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    PA - Monsignor W. Lynn & 4 priests arrested in sweep/child rape & failure to protect

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20...use_cases.html

    4 priests charged in sex abuse investigation


    Monsignor William Lynn, former head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Office for Clergy, has been charged for allegedly failing to protect children from sexual abuse by priests, District Attorney Seth Williams announced today. Two felony counts of endangering the welfare were lodged against Lynn follow a grand jury investigation, Williams said at a news conference.

    Williams also announced the Revs. Charles Engelhardt, 64, and Edward Avery, 68, and Bernard Shero, 47, a former 6th grade teacher at St. Jerome's School in Northeast Philadelphia, had been charged with raping and sexually assaulting the same boy in the parish between 1998, when he was 10 years old, and 2000.

    Another priest, the Rev James Brennan, 47, is charged with raping and sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

    All five men were arrested today...."

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    "....The assistant district attorneys who wrote the scathing, 468-page report in 2005 said their office had sought ways to bring criminal charges against several archdiocesan leaders but were frustrated by Pennsylvania's "inadequate" state laws, such as the statute of limitations.

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    This is huge. Our DA Seth Williams who himself is a Catholic has taken a step no prosecution has before by filing those charges against Lynn.

    Willieams said he loves his Church, but not the evil pedophile priests that have hurt children and those that have covered it up.

    Also in the midst is our former Archbishop at the time Cardinal Bevilacqua. He may have known about this shuffling Lynn did because Lynn had to go to him to get the O.K. Well, Cardinal Bevilaqua is ancient with dementia so I don't think anything will happen there.


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    Prayers for those boys. This is really, really close to home for me.

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    Ughhhhhhh, hadn't seen Shero the teacher taught at Saint Mike's up in Levittown.

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    http://www.arkema-inc.com/index.cfm?pag=479


    What a coward. Shero took a pill when Philly police along with the help of Bristol cops came to arrest him at his Bristol apartment. He was taken to Lower Bucks hospital on his way back to Philadelphia.

    A pill. Like if you were never going to be arrested would you have taken "a pill"?




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    I knew it would be tough for you, Filly. I really admire Seth Williams. That's got to be a hard position to be in. But right it right and wrong is wrong. He seems to have a firm grip on that fact.

    A question. What has changed that allowed these arrests now and not in 2005 when the "scathing" report was released? I have to say that a massive amount of work must have gone into that report. You should be proud of the DA's office. They're trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    I knew it would be tough for you, Filly. I really admire Seth Williams. That's got to be a hard position to be in. But right it right and wrong is wrong. He seems to have a firm grip on that fact.

    A question. What has changed that allowed these arrests now and not in 2005 when the "scathing" report was released? I have to say that a massive amount of work must have gone into that report. You should be proud of the DA's office. They're trying.
    Seth Williams serves on the board of Catholic Charities in the Philadelphia Archdiocese.

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    Oh I know with "the pill" taking, Izzy. Right? Too bad he didn't take a pill because of his dang guilt. Nope. Not until they busted his sorry tail. Takes a pill. I bet they got him out of Lower Bucks hospital quick and right on to I-95 as quick as possible.

    Sad. Sad. Sad. These priests here and this "teacher" actually acted as a tag team it is alleged.

    Saint Jerome's is a nice parish.

    BTW, these are Oblates. The Jesuits here teach at Roman. As far as I know. I didn't read all their appointments so it looks like just grade schools. Preists don't teach the kids in grade school. So, it was the poor altar boys.

    As always I want to say especially in this case there are some fabulous Oblates who have taught my siblings, friends, and family members. Good priests that were very good to us growing up. So sad that these tainted men even got into the priesthood.

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    Looks like Shero didn't take nearly enough to do any harm. He was treated and released.

    Just the fact that he took them, speaks volumes. If LEOs showed up at our homes to arrest us for some crime we had no involvement with, would we take pills? I think not.

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    As we've seen in another recent case--the Jesuit priest, Jerold Lindner--who was beaten by a victim, family members did not escape abuse. Lindner's family was well aware that Lindner had been abusing relatives. He was caught abusing his niece. It's not often that I read of accusations of familial abuse when these priests are arrested. And yet we know that they must have access to numerous nieces, younger siblings, nephews, cousins, and family friend's children. They're a priest, for heaven's sakes. Who's not going to trust them? What about those kids?

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    Filly--I don't see if as any different than parents or teachers. There are some jewels and some clinkers.

    The problem with priests and other clergy is that they are so totally revered and put on a pedestal. I'm afraid that feeds their fantasy that nothing they do could really be wrong as look at all the wonderful things they've accomplished. The power trip.

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    This guy has some of the begining pages of the report here.

    Note he uses some curse words, but a few curses IMO can't sicken us more than what these kids were put through. He made a good point about Cardinal B not having to face charges because of his age. Point taken as I just submitted a thread about some 82 year oldaccessing child pornography and he was arrested.

    There's alot of good comments as well.

    Again it's tough to read. May be a trigger to some.


    http://www.theburningplatform.com/?p=10959#comments

    This one victim is now 22 years old. He became a heroin addict. The other victim along with many physical ailments ultimately tried to commit suicide and had substance abuse problems.

    Unfortunately I've seen it so many times that a victim of child sexual abuse becomes a heroin addict. That PO's me off big time. Especially since that teacher took "a pill" when he just got arrested.

    Please if you pray than pray for these young men. If not please send positive vibes to them. They are going to need it now more than ever IMO.

    Oh this father Avery? Guardian to Hmong children. The thought makes me physically ill. You come to this country. This is who helps you?

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    http://dailylocal.com/articles/2011/...9728596070.txt

    The grand jury report states that Lynn knew of previous reports of abuse by the priests in question. Avery was sent to a therapy program for sexual offenders and after he left the program, Lynn assigned him to St. Jerome, which had a school. Avery's previous record was not reported to anyone. The therapy program made recommendations that Avery should not be at a facility with minors, the grand jury report states.

    The grand jury found that Lynn also knew of previous relations between Brennan and young boys and simply hid them. Brennan served as a member of the faculty at Cardinal O'Hara High School and was known to have "inappropriate relationship" with students, the grand jury report states.

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    Our Inquirer today.

    Why 37 accused priests are still serving.



    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/11...cmpid=15585797

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Our Inquirer today.

    Why 37 accused priests are still serving.



    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/11...cmpid=15585797


    Isn't it interesting how Cardinal Rigali sidestepped the issue...


    "I assure all the faithful that there are no archdiocesan priests in ministry today who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them," he said in a short letter to all 267 parishes in the 1.5 million-member archdiocese, sent hours after the report's release Thursday.

    In other words, these 37 were not convicted or confessed offenders, so it's perfectly all right to keep them in ministries where they can have continued access to children.

    The beat goes on...and on...and on.

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    PA-the Anatomy of an Archdiocese that hides sex abuse

    It was a two year Grand Jury. Two years of combing the files, the letters, the reports. Now that the process is completed and indictments have been handed down, a lawsuit against the Archdiocese will be filed today on behalf of a victim.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/03/07/...ex.html?hpt=T2

    Typically I like to try and snip it before I post it, but you really have to read it. The story isnt new and the outrage I feel isnt new either. This Archdiocese is tied to "Father" Romano Ferraro who was transferred all over the US, leaving victims where ever he went. Ferraro is serving a life sentence in MA right now.

    You have to read the letters detailing Ferraro's self described "problem" with 13-15 year old boys.

    This was such an organized response to priest sex abuse...the story is the same one over and over-it is just the location that changed.
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    Hi Believe,

    We have a thread going about the Archdiocese, and Pennsy. Maybe we can combine these.

    Today a lawsuit was filed by Phil Gaughan aged 31 who said he was assaulted from age 14 to 17 at Our Lady Of Calvary Church in Philadelphia by Msgr. John Gillespie.

    I have to get the link.


    In 1994 Father Gillespie said he admitted to sexually molesting several boys, but was allowed to keep his post.
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    I will merge...I figured there had to be another one, but I couldnt find it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by believe09 View Post
    I will merge...I figured there had to be another one, but I couldnt find it.
    Thank you dear B! It's sad we have to merge at all. Sad all the way around.

    Our DA is working hard though.


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    Thanks Filly-I have no magic powers here, so I asked Salem to merge it for us.



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    I'm assuming this is the proper spot for this post. It looks to be connected to the report released last month. But why no names?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_priest...Fwcmllc3Rzbg--

    21 Pa. priests named in sex report are suspended

    "PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia archdiocese suspended 21 Roman Catholic priests Tuesday who were named as child molestation suspects in a scathing grand jury report last month, a move that comes more than eight years after U.S. bishops pledged swift action to keep potential abusers away from young people. The priests have been removed from ministry while their cases are reviewed, Cardinal Justin Rigali said. The names of the priests were not being released, a spokesman for the archdiocese said.

    "These have been difficult weeks since the release of the grand jury report," Rigali said in a statement. "Difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community....."

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    Somehow, I think that the pain was just a teensy bit more extreme for the victims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    I'm assuming this is the proper spot for this post. It looks to be connected to the report released last month. But why no names?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_priest...Fwcmllc3Rzbg--

    21 Pa. priests named in sex report are suspended

    "PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia archdiocese suspended 21 Roman Catholic priests Tuesday who were named as child molestation suspects in a scathing grand jury report last month, a move that comes more than eight years after U.S. bishops pledged swift action to keep potential abusers away from young people. The priests have been removed from ministry while their cases are reviewed, Cardinal Justin Rigali said. The names of the priests were not being released, a spokesman for the archdiocese said.

    "These have been difficult weeks since the release of the grand jury report," Rigali said in a statement. "Difficult most of all for victims of sexual abuse but also for all Catholics and for everyone in our community....."

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    Somehow, I think that the pain was just a teensy bit more extreme for the victims.

    Well there's going to be a bunch of Priests missing tomorrow for Ash Wednesday.

    Possibly there's going to be some teachers missing as some of the Priests teach High School.

    Ya know who will know who the heck is missing straight away? The elder Parishoners. They go to Mass daily. They volunteer at things at Church. They're some of them newsy. Some don't miss a trick.

    Sooooooooooo no names? This is all going to lead to speculation if your Parish Priest went POOF. How about the teachers? Your paying for your child's education and he's in Senior year and suddenly his teacher just vanishes?

    It does hurt. Of course the hurt and shame and guilt the poor victims feel and in some cases felt and they are no longer with us can't be compared. However, I truly feel for the elderly folks. At this time in their lives after being good Catholics their entire lives they know no other way. Of course they are hip to the entire thing. Of course at first it shocked them. It still shocks, and saddens them. However, when it hits ya right in your own Parish well that's another story.

    Please know I am not minimizing any of the cover up or the horrific abuse. I am outraged, but as a Catholic and having elderly neighbors and family trying to grasp this I can tell you it hurts them.

    Prayers for the victims. Every poor kid that has suffered at the hands of their abusers, and the people that allowed them to continue. Paryers for our Church that it may find a way to keep the faithful. I think. It just really and truly is an awful, awful legacy they have laid down here.

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    Interesting comments accompany the article about "boundary issues".

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    On a national newscast this evening it was reported that the parishioners of 21 parishes will learn this weekend that "their" priests are the ones involved here. Why not just publish their names to all can read them? This is just so awful. Afraid to post more for fear of being banned.

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    Oh my...just reading the names takes my breath away. Each of those names (one man ordained in 1948!!) represents so many victims, so much pain, so many ruined lives and lost opportunities. Stolen innocence at the hand of the man who should have only shown love and tenderness. What an absolute shame and disgrace.

    I am in prayer for the victims. However, I take issue with Cardinal Rigali calling on the faithful to pray for the healing of the church before the victims. To me, the individual victims deserve my prayer tonight.

    Filly and to all others reading this who are Catholic, I'm so very sorry. I know how this must hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post

    Filly and to all others reading this who are Catholic, I'm so very sorry. I know how this must hurt.
    Thank you, Missizzy that means alot.

    We're keeping our Faith.

    Fortunately I only know one of those Priests. Well I don't know him but he lived at our Parish when we were kids. Otherwise I have to read more. I was looking to see if any of the Priests were presently teaching. They would be teaching High School, and I just wonder how that will be explained and where they'll get the teachers.

    Our Parishes have been closing at alarming rates. Same for the High Schools. Once they closed North Catholic I mean people were just stunned. A good school with tremendous history. That meant you too could be next. Then again suburbia has gotten some brand new ones so the flight of the Philadelphians had alot to do with the closings as well.

    Praying for the victims as well. Especially the ones that are no longer here with us. Painful and so sad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Thank you, Missizzy that means alot.

    We're keeping our Faith.

    Fortunately I only know one of those Priests. Well I don't know him but he lived at our Parish when we were kids. Otherwise I have to read more. I was looking to see if any of the Priests were presently teaching. They would be teaching High School, and I just wonder how that will be explained and where they'll get the teachers.

    Our Parishes have been closing at alarming rates. Same for the High Schools. Once they closed North Catholic I mean people were just stunned. A good school with tremendous history. That meant you too could be next. Then again suburbia has gotten some brand new ones so the flight of the Philadelphians had alot to do with the closings as well.

    Praying for the victims as well. Especially the ones that are no longer here with us. Painful and so sad.
    Monsignor Lynn was our parish monsignor. Hard to reconcile the man who was gentle and loved with the one from the grand jury report. Have to wait and see. Very upsetting.

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    Bishop McFadden says he never heard tell of any Priest sexually abusing children while he was in Philly.

    The "secret files" that the DA claims the Church kept? Bishop McFadden says they were probably personell files and quite frankly when someone does something wrong the Church doesn't go around blasting that. That's an understatement if ya ask me. He makes the point you can't ruin a person's reputation.

    Meanwhile at Mass Bishop McFadden urged Parishoners to let go of their guilt. Well geez thanks for that Bishop.
    http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/ind...fadden_sa.html



    Last night on talk radio one of the accused Priests was on. He never, ever hurt a child. He doesn't know what's going on with the now grown man that is accusing save for he's in prison for some hefty charges.

    Actually there were some good points made on this show. Hoping I can find some kind of link

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