Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no c...

Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse

There are 63 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 12, 2007, titled Nun who taught in Chicago pleads no contest to abuse. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

A Sister of Mercy nun who taught in Chicago-area Catholic schools for more than three decades has pleaded no contest to two counts of indecent behavior with a child.

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dateline fan

AOL

#57 Nov 12, 2007
bill p wrote:
Say'Traveler", about the Jewish Rabbi thing, did you forget the rabbi they caught on "To Catch a Predator with Chris Hansen on Dateline NBC. Oh he wasn't kosher?
u called that one right
mowog

Chicago, IL

#58 Nov 12, 2007
Paul wrote:
The Catholic church has outlived it's usefulness and should be shut down.
Who is going to do this? I guess the constitution only applies to things you agree with. Everything else gets thrown out the window.
Your local media

Chicago, IL

#59 Nov 12, 2007
dateline fan wrote:
<quoted text>u called that one right
The operative word here is "one."
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#60 Nov 12, 2007
$$$$$$ Bet they wouldn't have come forward if there was no chance for a nice big check.
exnun

Willow Springs, IL

#62 Nov 12, 2007
It saddens me to think of all of the victims in this case---the two young boys and the thousands of Sisters of Mercy who ultimately will "pay" for Sister Norma Giannini's crime. The Sisters of Mercy and thousands of other women religious faithfully live out their vow of celibate chastity daily for decades upon decades. They are capable of accepting the challenges and complexity of this vow. They freely choose to give up the love of another person to be more fully present to those they minister to. This woman is sick. She did a bad thing. She committed multiple felonies. She broke her vow. I know her. She suffers too.

Back in 1992, abuse by a member of a religious order was not a reportable crime. When the Sisters of Mercy learned of the accusations they immediately pulled her from contact with children. They sent her for treatment. And, they strictly monitored her behavior the past 15 years to ensure that she had no contact with children. In 1996 when questioned by the review board, Sister Norma admitted to what she did. At that time the abuse was reportable and it was reported. Never did the Sisters of Mercy try to hide this crime or sweep it under the carpet.

Sister Norma will be sentenced on February 1, 2008. She will accept her punishment and probably go to jail. Let's pray for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Dust Storm

United States

#63 Nov 12, 2007
Your local media wrote:
<quoted text>
The operative word here is "one."
Stay steadfast in your denial loser which with a simple google search you can produce page after page of abuse by rabbis alone. To unjustly focus on a group and pretend it doesnt exist elsewhere is exactly the attitude predators rely on. Atheists, Buddhists, Rabbis, Hindus, Muslims and every religion on earth have what we deem as sick, twisted individuals who often feel what they are doing is not wrong. But hey lets ignore it and burn Catholics at the stake after all thats the only place it exists right? The facts are otherwise, but its always easier to make someone the scapegoat. No not a defense of Catholics only but the denial and self-righteousness in view of the overall problem in the world at large is truly no less than amazing. The result is more children will suffer.
ahfallscity

AOL

#64 Nov 12, 2007
My husband went to a Catholic school for six years. In the resent years he has heard of the priest being charged with various types of abuse. But to be honest the nuns abuse was far worse and little has been done. The emotional and physical scars remain unhealed. They would do things like send you to a closet and beat you with a board with holes, make you kneel on pencils with your arms out to your sides with books in your hands, beat your hands with rulers. Because of the nuns actions some people now have physical conditions such as cripleing arthritis of the hands and knees. These people need to be held accountable for the years of abuse that was done to innocent children. The Jesus I know said not to harm a hair on thier heads. When he said to kneel and pray, he left the pencils out.
Not Catholic

Chicago, IL

#65 Nov 12, 2007
ahfallscity wrote:
My husband went to a Catholic school for six years. In the resent years he has heard of the priest being charged with various types of abuse. But to be honest the nuns abuse was far worse and little has been done. The emotional and physical scars remain unhealed. They would do things like send you to a closet and beat you with a board with holes, make you kneel on pencils with your arms out to your sides with books in your hands, beat your hands with rulers. Because of the nuns actions some people now have physical conditions such as cripleing arthritis of the hands and knees. These people need to be held accountable for the years of abuse that was done to innocent children. The Jesus I know said not to harm a hair on thier heads. When he said to kneel and pray, he left the pencils out.
This is enough to make me get down on my knees and thank God I wasn't born Catholic. Thank you, God. Amen.
Barbara

United States

#66 Nov 13, 2007
themadtrader wrote:
<quoted text>
Agreed, accused is not guilty. But accused and pleading "no contest" is GUILTY AS SIN!
Not really. Not when you're as old as the hills & don't want to spend any time in prison and you're being pressured by the order who is keeping you alive with thier small pittance.
Also, being the devils advocate, I just wonder how old this nun was when the abuse happened. At that time, women became nuns because they were clueless or it was decided by thier families.
Now, lets not have a riot....it was just a thought. I went through 12 yrs of nuns & they were miserable people. It was very confusing because they were "suppose" to be all about God.
exnun

Naperville, IL

#67 Feb 6, 2008
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>
Not really. Not when you're as old as the hills & don't want to spend any time in prison and you're being pressured by the order who is keeping you alive with thier small pittance.
Also, being the devils advocate, I just wonder how old this nun was when the abuse happened. At that time, women became nuns because they were clueless or it was decided by thier families.
Now, lets not have a riot....it was just a thought. I went through 12 yrs of nuns & they were miserable people. It was very confusing because they were "suppose" to be all about God.
She did enter the convent at 18. She was about 30 when this happened.
Larry John

Ponca City, OK

#68 Feb 6, 2008
exnun wrote:
It saddens me to think of all of the victims in this case---the two young boys and the thousands of Sisters of Mercy who ultimately will "pay" for Sister Norma Giannini's crime. The Sisters of Mercy and thousands of other women religious faithfully live out their vow of celibate chastity daily for decades upon decades. They are capable of accepting the challenges and complexity of this vow. They freely choose to give up the love of another person to be more fully present to those they minister to. This woman is sick. She did a bad thing. She committed multiple felonies. She broke her vow. I know her. She suffers too.
Back in 1992, abuse by a member of a religious order was not a reportable crime. When the Sisters of Mercy learned of the accusations they immediately pulled her from contact with children. They sent her for treatment. And, they strictly monitored her behavior the past 15 years to ensure that she had no contact with children. In 1996 when questioned by the review board, Sister Norma admitted to what she did. At that time the abuse was reportable and it was reported. Never did the Sisters of Mercy try to hide this crime or sweep it under the carpet.
Sister Norma will be sentenced on February 1, 2008. She will accept her punishment and probably go to jail. Let's pray for forgiveness and reconciliation.
Thank you for the information given in a loving way. I needed to read your reponse.God bless you.
Social Services

AOL

#69 Feb 7, 2008
Sister, like her clergy counterparts was......horny
Chicago Born

West Union, OH

#70 Feb 8, 2008
Barbara wrote:
<quoted text>
Not really. Not when you're as old as the hills & don't want to spend any time in prison and you're being pressured by the order who is keeping you alive with thier small pittance.
Also, being the devils advocate, I just wonder how old this nun was when the abuse happened. At that time, women became nuns because they were clueless or it was decided by thier families.
Now, lets not have a riot....it was just a thought. I went through 12 yrs of nuns & they were miserable people. It was very confusing because they were "suppose" to be all about God.
I attended a Catholic school in a western suburb. Never in my eight years in that school, was anything ever said or done, that would have lead anybody to believe this type of behavior was going on. Because it wasn't, this stuff didn't come to the forefront until the '80's. The powers that be, Cardinal, Bishop, and Priests, actively recruited homosexuals for the priesthood. All you have to do is look 90 miles to the north. The former Archbishop of Milwaukee, Rembert (Georgie) Weakland is homosexual and actively recruited them. This he admitted in court documents. It was well known in that diocese. How many other dioceses in the U.S. had simular situations is unknown.
exnun

Naperville, IL

#71 Feb 8, 2008
Larry John wrote:
<quoted text>Thank you for the information given in a loving way. I needed to read your reponse.God bless you.
This is the way all Sisters of Mercy feel. They are sick over these crimes. It's difficult to see so many dedicated women embarrassed and saddened by Sister Norma's actions.
njs52wny

New York, NY

#72 Mar 10, 2008
Attended Catholic School in Western New York in the 1960's. In the primary grades ONLY--thank God--the boys were led by the principal (a stern and aseptic nun)to the hallway that led to her office. We were all to stand in single file, hands down and remain totaly silent.One by one the principal called the boys in to her office and closed the door. While in her office we were asked to drop our pants and underwear so that this "doctor" could check for a hernia. The nun dropped her head and stared at the glossy waxed floor as each boy nervously did as the principal commanded.The putative "doctor", while sitting forward in a chair, grabbed each boy's scrotum and asked him to cough as the boy turned his head once to the right and then to the left.
The poker-faced "doctor" said nothing more but the nun asked each boy to pull up his underpants and buckle up their pants and ordered the boy's to say nothing about the "check-up" to the girls or your parents. And of course, we didn't...because we knew the consequences of such actions. A whack across the lips or the solid oak "Board of Correction" across your behind. HAD ANY OTHER MALES EXPERIENCED THIS WHILE ATTENDING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN THE 60's????? WAS THE "DOCTOR" TRULY A DOCTOR OR A VISITING PEDOPHILE PRIEST ??? MY parents have no recollection of being notified of a check-up for hernias but my friends, cousins and brothers sure remember this...and so do guys I know work with in Pittsburgh ??? Were we victims of pedophilia in the supposed safe confines of a Catholic school ????
jontownzin@comcast.net
Monettan in Exile

Pleasanton, CA

#73 Mar 10, 2008
Mike wrote:
I'm sure those two "boys" are coming forward after 40 years because there is CASH at the end of this rainbow.
:) So true! It's an easy way to make a million... of course after you die you will have a... difficult time... shall we say.
Victor

Hollywood, FL

#74 Mar 11, 2008
Monettan in Exile wrote:
<quoted text>
:) So true! It's an easy way to make a million... of course after you die you will have a... difficult time... shall we say.
So tell me with facts, how you are "sure".

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#75 Mar 11, 2008
Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, am I glad I read the King James Version of the Bible:
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Sorry, whatever that priest did, he did not *make* innocent children sin. The sin was all his. God certainly knows better than to make someone guilty for something they were forced to do.
18:6 But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.

“Wait til next year”

Since: Dec 06

Brooklyn NY USA

#76 Mar 11, 2008
Ashley wrote:
<quoted text>
Wow, am I glad I read the King James Version of the Bible:
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Sorry, whatever that priest did, he did not *make* innocent children sin. The sin was all his. God certainly knows better than to make someone guilty for something they were forced to do.
May I ask, why do you prefer the KJV, translated by the Roman Catholic priest Erasmus?
me 2 u

Milwaukee, WI

#77 Jul 20, 2009
Mike wrote:
I'm sure those two "boys" are coming forward after 40 years because there is CASH at the end of this rainbow.
Follow the money.
u are so stupid.....rainbow??

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