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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003
    In heels

    AK - Pedophile Priests were sent to Alaska, some say.

    The fourth lawsuit in less than two weeks accusing an Alaska-based Catholic priest of sexual abuse was filed Thursday, fueling a conviction among critics that Alaska was a dumping ground for problem clergy.

    The complaint alleges the Rev. James Laudwein molested a 14-year-old Western Alaska girl in 1980 when she visited the nearby Yup'ik Eskimo village of St. Marys. According to court documents, Laudwein agreed to hear the girl's confession, then took her to a dark room and said "her sins would be forgiven" if she touched his genitals.

    Laudwein is the latest of a dozen priests who served in Alaska and have been accused publicly of abusing a child or children in the past. Most of the abuse occurred in remote villages and most of the alleged victims were Alaska Natives -- a common pattern over the decades, critics contend.

    "I absolutely believe that church officials intentionally sent abusive priests to minor communities, transient communities, where kids may be less apt to tell and have less faith in the justice system," said David Clohessy, national director of Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

    Rural Alaska was a prime go-to place to send abusive priests, given its isolation and cultural reverence for authority figures, such as elders and priests, said Patrick Wall, a former Benedictine priest and consultant for a Costa Mesa, Calif., law firm that has worked on more than 300 church abuse allegations nationwide, including Alaska.

    Wall said he's interviewed more than 100 Alaskans alleging abuse, many taking decades to come to terms with their past.

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  2. #2
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    Apr 2005
    Coincidently, i was thinking about a cousin who was sent to Bethel, Alaska just last night and it go me searching on the web for the region (very large regieon).

    the Yup'ik Eskimos do live in remote areas (many of them) and it's clearly a place to 'lose' a priest.

    how dare they!

    there is much, much more waiting to come out about 'transfers'.

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