Resuming the Survey of Catholic Pedophiles
An Arizona case accuses some 60 Roman Catholic priests and church employees, in testimony dating back to the 1950’s. Inevitably, a lawsuit alleges a coverup. This is undebatable.
At least two priests absconded from the US to destinations unknown, and due to the antiquity of many of the charges, a significant number of the malefactors are now deceased.
The article in USA Today then returns to survey mode, addressing accusations of child molestation that may date back 70 years in Louisiana.
Just a year ago, in November, 2016, the Reverend F. David Broussard, 51, was charged on 500 counts of possession of child porn. Five hundred counts.
|Faces of pedophiles. David Broussard. Pedophiles look like this. Charged with 500 counts of child porn. KLFY.|
Father Broussard wrote a public apology yet still pled not-guilty to felony charges in May 2017. He remains free on bond and is on administrative leave from the priesthood.
Another priest named Broussard, no relation, Mark A. Broussard, was sentenced in May 2016 to 2 consecutive life sentences for aggravated rape and an additional 50 years for other charges of sex abuse.
Then the article tells us that the Most Reverend Harry Flynn, bishop in both Lafayette, Louisiana and in Minnesota, was implicated shuffling pedophile priests around yet again. It appears inescapable that shuffling pedophile priests around among victimized diocese was a formal Catholic Church policy for decades.
|Faces of pedophiles. Gilbert Gauthe. Pedophiles look like this. Bishop Accountability.|
Just one of those priests, Gilbert Gauthe, admitted raping or sodomizing 37 children beginning in 1972. He pled guilty to 11 counts of child molestation in 1986 and served only 10 years of a 20 year sentence. A watchdog website, bishopaccountability.org, says that Gauthe may have abused up to 100 children.
Then the article shifts to Delaware, where accounts of child molestation, coverups, and shuffling of priests around diocese were tracked beginning in 2002, the same year that child sex abuse exploded in public awareness with the reporting of The Boston Globe in Massachusetts.
The News Journal in Wilmington, DE stated that the Diocese of Wilmington paid out more than $110 million in settlements, with “tens of millions more…paid in confidential settlements with dozens of other childhood rape survivors who had been abused in families, other churches, non-profit groups or in public, private or religious schools in Delaware.”
The Catholic Diocese in Wilmington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009, listing assets of approximately $100 million and liabilities of some $500 million. The Diocese emerged from bankruptcy in 2011, after laying off employees, liquidating an emergency fund, and selling the home of the bishop.
No further abuse claims have been settled since 2011, though the Diocese did ask Pope Benedict XVI to laicize or expel 9 suspended priests. Four of those cases are still pending.
This grotesque survey of clerical child molestation continues with Minnesota, where more than 800 claims were filed against churches, schools, the Boy Scouts and a children’s theater.
Two bishops were implicated, and the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and the Archdiocese of Minnesota also filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piché resigned.
The diocese in Duluth filed for bankruptcy in 2015, after a jury assessed $4.8 million of an $8.1 million settlement to just one accuser.
A list of 71 priests with substantiated claims of child sex molestation against them was released in 2015, while the Diocese of St. Cloud is still grappling with 74 claims, with 31 accusations against members of the clergy.
These numbers are mind numbing, yet I remind you that each number represents a child, a child that was molested by an authority sworn to protect them. The hypocrisy of priestly child molestation is unspeakable.
Continuing, the article states that New York victims filed 118 claims of Catholic clerical abuse. The Archdiocese of New York paid out more than $1.5 million to settle claims against 6 Catholic priests from the Hudson Valley.
The Diocese of Rochester published a list of 23 priests accused of child molestation in 2012, all of whom were allegedly removed from public ministry.
Incredibly, Syracuse Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham testified in a 2011 deposition that victims themselves were partly culpable for their own molestation, a characterization that is frequently expressed by pedophiles and their facilitators.
|Facilitators of pedophiles. Bishop Robert Joseph Cunningham blamed victims. Inquisitr.|
Cunningham’s comments were reported by The Syracuse Post-Standard in 2015. He apologized. He should have been euthanized, indeed, euthanasia appears to be the only definitive treatment for pedophilia.
Shifting to California, an assistant pastor named Uriel Ojeda, 33, surrendered to the Sacramento Police Department in 2011, after allegations that he assaulted a young teenage girl in her bedroom. Father Ojeda was expelled from the priesthood.
|Faces of pedophiles. Uriel Ojeda. Pedophiles look like this. New York Daily News.|
In 2005, the Diocese of Sacramento settled a lawsuit by 33 victims against 10 clerical predators for $35 million.
In Pennsylvania, a grand jury sent up indictments against the Reverend John T. Sweeney for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, charging him with compelling a 10 year old boy to perform oral sex. A total of 6 Catholic diocese are under investigation.
|Faces of pedophiles. John T. Sweeney, age 74. Pedophiles look like this. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.|
The Altoona-Johnstown diocese was accused of harboring 50 priests or other religious leaders, and multiple grand juries reported child molestation in Philadelphia, with one report in 2005 alleging abuse by 63 separate priests.
These numbers make one wonder whether any priests are not pedophiles. Truly, pedophilia attained epidemic proportions in the priesthood.
|Faces of pedophiles. Howard Fitzgerald, age 63, laicized by Pope Francis. New York Daily News.|
In Iowa, Pope Francis defrocked Howard Fitzgerald, age 63, he was the 5th priest expelled for child molestation in just the Des Moines diocese since 2003.
Sickeningly, Catholic authorities in other jurisdictions appear to continue a formal policy of suppressing reports of child molestation.
In June 2017, Jose Ataulfo Garcia, a Catholic priest with HIV who admitted raping nearly 30 young girls between 5 and 10 years old in Oaxaca, Mexico, was cleared of complicity by the Archdiocese of Mexico.
|Faces of pedophiles. Jose Atulfo Garcia, HIV infected priest, child rapist. Pedophiles look like this. Urgente24.|
It was reported in February 2017 that Pope Francis himself overruled punitive sentences imposed by the Vatican and ordered two pedophile priests to be punished by a “lifetime of prayer.”
A “lifetime of prayer.” That was their punishment. Again, I ask, whether euthanasia should not be the default cure for the pedophile epidemic? The dimensions of the epidemic remain undefinable, but the existence of a systematic epidemic is undeniable.
One of the priests, Reverend Mauro Inzoli, 67, was later convicted by an Italian criminal court of sex crimes against children as young as 12.
|Faces of pedophiles. Mauro Inzoli, 67. Pedophiles look like this. LifeSite.|
Inzoli appealed, and in 2014 Pope Francis reduced his penalty to a lifetime of prayer, prohibited him from celebrating the Mass in public, barred him from contact with children, barred him from his diocese, and ordered five years of psychotherapy.
In August 2017, NeonNettle, an alternative news source with a sketchy track record, published “Catholic Church Caught Dumping Pedophile Priests on Native American Reservations.”
The Vatican, the article states, send their worst predatory pedophiles to work on Montana reservations.
“According to reports, the Vatican had determined that these predatory pedophiles could live and remain undetected, yet, the Catholic Church acted as an anchor in these communities, and the abuse that they continued to inflict on these people, meant a whole new wave of victims were left to suffer in silence.”
The accusations against Catholic clergy in particular seem endless. A blog called Abuse Tracker chronicles reporting on a daily basis, and the cases never cease.
The website bishopaccountability.org is a crucial resource documenting systematic pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church alone. Using this website, one is overtaken by a sensation of hopelessness, as the dimensions of the pedophile epidemic just in this one institution of western civilization are staggering.
Links in order of precedence.
This is my 34th installment on the pedophilia epidemic.
Read dispatches 1-33 and forthcoming segments at magickingdomdispatch.com, or on Medium: https://medium.com/@estebantrujillodegutierrez.