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Roman clerical cult of privilege, not American cultural history, at heart of global priest sexual abuse crisis says Twin Cities editorial
"At the heart of the crisis was clericalism, the mind-set of ecclesiastical privilege in which leaders behave as an anointed class accountable to no one except those above them in the church hierarchy." -- Editorial in the Minneapolis - St Paul StarTribune, 27 May 2011
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Diocese knew of priest who 'fit the profile of a child predator' months before removing him from access to childrenKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a child predator” six months before the diocese took any action to remove him from ministries dealing with children. This week, one full year after the bishop was told of the threat to children in his diocese, the priest was arrested on possession of child pornography charges.
Read the full story in the National Catholic Reporter ...
Updated 29 May 2011
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Catholic canon law expert comments on church-financed denial of bishops responsibility in abuse crisisThere have been at least 27 other reports on clergy sex abuse between 1989 and 2011. All cite cultural causes as contributory. But the only one citing any culture other than the Roman clerical culture as causative is the one that very culture bankrolled.
So says catholic canon law expert Thomas Doyle, author of the first report ever issued to the US bishops on clergy sex abuse, in 1986.
Of all the reports citing cultural causes of clergy abuse, the recently released John Jay College of Criminal Justice report exonerating the "arrogant" clergy from blame is the only one shifting that blame from the clerical culture out of which the crisis arose to the secular culture surrounding it, against which the bishops claim moral superiority while continuing to deny responsibility for protecting pedophile priests.
"Most of the (27 other) reports contained a section on causality. None of the reports said anything about the effect of the culture of the sixties or seventies as a factor of causality but every one of them pointed to the various kinds and levels of failure by the bishops as the essential cause of the phenomenon of sexual abuse of children and minors by clerics." Fr.Thomas Doyle, catholic canon law exert.
Although the report should not be completely written off as largely either irrelevant or enabling of the bishops’ never-ending campaign to avoid facing their responsibility square on, says Doyle, it definitely claims the moral high ground for the bishops again.
Tom Doyle is a priest, canon lawyer, addictions therapist and long-time supporter of justice and compassion for clergy sex abuse victims. He is a co-author of the first report ever issued to the U.S. bishops on clergy sex abuse, in 1986.
In our opinion, the bishops of the US Catholic Church, in allegiance to their European monarch the pope, have attempted to shift attention away from the victims of clergy abuse and onto itself again. The implication is that the church and its 'innocent' leaders are the victims here -- victims of circumstances -- the "circumstances" of an era in American cultural history.
Read Tom Doyle's commentary "'Arrogant clericalism' never assessed in John Jay report" ...
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Biased study blames priest pedophilia on an era, bankrolled by Catholic bishops, Catholic groups and US TaxpayersThe National Survivors Advocacy Coalition, NSAC, has published the list of stakeholders in the seriously skewed John Jay College study designed to blame the Catholic priest child abuse crisis on a troubled era in American history.
The nearly 2 million dollar, 4 year study, involving 2 researchers, was paid for by:
- Catholic bishops;
- Catholic foundations and groups; and, most surprisingly, by
- US taxpayers.
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops – $1 million according to Karen Terry CV amount, $918, 000 Catholic News Service story amount
- National Institute of Justice (United States Department of Justice) – $283,652 (figures identified with grant number 20092009-IJ-CX-0036)
- Knights of Columbus – $250,000
- Raskob Foundation – $100,000
- Catholic Mutual Group – $50,000
- Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation – $25,000
- Luce Foundation – $25,000
- Catholic Health Association of the United States – $25,000
- St. Joseph’s Health System – $15, 000
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation – $10,000
- Assisi Foundation of Memphis – $5,000
- Daughters of Charity Foundation/Province of the West – $1,000
- “Anonymous” donations – $100,000
- Individual donors – $242 from Voice of the Faithful members
Read the full NSAC Editorial 'Funders of the John Jay Report' ...
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US Catholic bishops claim church, pedophile priests are victims of circumstance in '152 page millstone'Referencing the gospel passage from Luke 17:2, religion scholar Joanna Brooks called the John Jay report, underwritten by the Catholic hierarchy it exonerates, "a 152 page millstone."
"As it is, this report is evidence of a large church prioritizing the interests of powerful, large institutions over the rights of children to security and freedom from abuse. It is an 152-page millstone (as in Luke 17:2) hung about the neck of organized religion."
-- Religion scholar Joanna Brooks in Religion Dispatches Magazine
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Priest survivor sees little in new bishop-funded report to suggest genuine commitment to protecting victims
"This report does not get to the heart of the issue, and the heart of the issue is deceit, cover-up, silence, secrecy and an internal culture that doesn't let anybody else in."
-- NPR Interview with survivor and Catholic priest Bob Hoatson
"We need a massive overhaul, a massive restructuring of the Catholic Church. The monarchy has to be dismantled. The hierarchy has to go and the faithful have to reclaim their church."
-- Fr. Bob Hoatson on CNN 19 May 2011
- Read and listen to the full NPR interview ...
- Watch the CNN interview with Fr. Bob Hoatson ...
- Visit Fr. Bob Hoatson's Road to Recovery website ...
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Our first concern today as we alert our readers to the release of the John Jay Report is for the survivors and their families and for the families of those who committed suicide as it will be a day with increased news coverage about sexual abuse which brings with it the searing tearing at scars, the churning of memories, the trauma of flashback, and quite simply, pain. We renew our commitment to walk with you."
We join with NSAC today in this commitment to Survivors.
Read the full NSAC editorial ...
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Bishops blame 'woodstock,' redefine 'pedophile' and skew numbers in their favor in new church-financed reportA 2 million dollar study just released -- half of which was paid for by the Roman Catholic bishops in the United States themselves, and the balance of which was paid for mostly by other Catholic organizations -- points the blame for the Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis everywhere except toward the bishops who financed the report, and who continue to evade prosecution and to refuse to accept blame in the crisis.
Citing "the blame Woodstock" explanation, the report has outraged survivor and victims advocates worldwide.
Among the outrages, say the survivors, is the continuing attempt of the Roman hierarchy to redefine 'pedophile' in the public's mind as someone attracted to children under 10. This skews the numbers to imply that a significantly fewer number of Catholic priest perpetrators are actually "pedophiles."
The implication, of course, is that rape of older children is somehow less heinous than rape of younger children -- further implying that the older the children are, the more complicit in their own rapes they are, and the less culpable the priests are.
This is completely consistent with Catholic theology which places the "age of reason" -- i.e. the age at which a child can be guilty of a "mortal sin," punishable by eternal damnation -- somewhere between 7 and 10 years of age. It is part and parcel of a co-dependent and abusive environment within which all Catholics are raised.
Read all about the report and the responses from victims and survivors advocates world wide by following the links below:
- NYtimes: Church Report Cites Social Tumult in Priest Scandals ...
- Action3News Omaha: New Report Outrages Sex Abuse Victims
- 3 victims respond to new church abuse report
- 4 fallacies in new bishop’s abuse report - SNAP
- New bishops document on abuse released; SNAP responds
- SNAP: Bishops to issue “blame-shifting” report
- Ten reasons the Vatican’s new abuse guidelines will change little
- New Vatican child sex abuse guidelines; SNAP responds
- Victims rap Vatican child sex abuse guidelines
- What the Vatican COULD have done today; SNAP responds
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This marked the first time the Vatican was named in the group's Annual Report on the state of human rights around the world. The 2011 Annual Report covered human rights in 157 countries, looking particularly at rights abuses and restrictions and at failures to implement international rights' agreements.
The report, released May 13, said, "The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international obligations relating to the protection of children," specifically regarding sex abuse.
"Canon law does not include an obligation for church authorities to report cases to civil authorities for criminal investigation. Secrecy is mandatory throughout the proceedings," the Amnesty report said.
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WHAT THE POPE CAN DO TO PROTECT CHURCH ASSETS:
Sept 22, 2010 -- Irish Times Headline
Dec 30, 2010 -- Irish Times Headline:
WHAT THE POPE HAS DONE TO PROTECT CHILDREN
Jul 15, 2010 - Associated Press
May 5, 2010 -- NYTimes
May 16, 2011 -- National Catholic Reporter
May 16, 2011 -- SNAP National Website
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Fr. Patrick Conway is a smart, well-educated man. He knew child molestation was a crime. He knew suspected crimes should be reported to police. But he didn’t.
Read Peter Isely's full statement on the SNAP national website ...
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New settlement reached for survivor of Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese serial child molester priestAnother victim of the late Monsignor James Reilly, a serial child molester who worked in Arlington, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, reached a settlement Monday with the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Reilly, who died in 1999, was a priest at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington from 1969 through 1987. He retired in 1987 and moved to Philadelphia.
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