Dirty Data Sinks The U.S. Bishops John Jay Report

Conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2004, the John Jay Report was commissioned and informed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB ) under the new Archbishop of Washington D.C. Wilton Gregory. The report relied on voluntary information provided by Dioceses — the very Dioceses responsible for the systematic cover-up the study sought to explain away. In the end, they found a total of 4,392 priests sexually assaulted minors across the nation from 1950 to 2002.

During their data collection, John Jay College never visited the Secret Archives of any Diocese. Instead, Cardinals and Bishops voluntarily sent in data to the College, who destroyed it after the report was complete. The bishops did not include themselves in the study (only Deacons and Priests), despite over two dozen bishops being accused. Upon its release, John Jay’s findings garnered legitimate skepticism from academics and survivors alike. New evidence proves us skeptics were right. The investigation surrounding the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report released last summer was one of the first times law enforcement raided the Secret Archives without warning, cornering the church into a “you’ll share them, or we’ll share them for you” situation. This catalyzed the Church to finally let Dioceses share their lists of known perpetrators from the Secret Archives.

Dioceses across the nation have now published names of 4,397 clerics from 122 Dioceses who sexually assaulted minors, with 75 Dioceses left to report. These numbers directly contradict the figures the Dioceses provided in 2004 by John Jay College. According to the new lists, the ratio of perpetrators to Dioceses is about 25 known perpetrators for every Diocese.  Only one U.S. Diocese thus far has the temerity to declare zero clerical offenders in it’s history.

If the remaining 75 Dioceses and hundreds of Religious Orders ever share their information, it would far exceed the numbers reported by John Jay College. We aren’t talking about new perpetrators that sprouted up since 2004 either; most of the recently named offenders were active during the time frame that the John Jay Report evaluated. This new data proves that not only was the John Jay Report problematic — it was plain wrong.

After the Pope’s directive at the end of February’s Vatican summit to stop releasing all Dioceses’ lists of known perpetrators to the public, it’s unclear whether we will ever see the remaining lists. Whether we see them or not, the numbers already provided demonstrate that the bishops underreported their records of known perpetrators in 2004 by 100% to suppress any scandal.

Now, more than ever, John Jay College needs to right this wrong in underreporting. It is time for the John Jay College to recall their 2004 report and recognize the Bishops used John Jay to cover up the chronic criminal conduct of clerics in the United States.

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A.I. Changes The Calculus for Child Protection

But for the printing press the 95 thesis of Augustinian Father Martin Luther O.S.A. might have been just a dusty document for Church Historians. Instead the printing press made it possible for people to listen, think and analyze Luther’s Thesis compared to the institutional Churches data.

The Artificial Intelligence tools available now are changing the calculus for child protection advocates. A.I. gives us the ability to analyze, connect and see patterns in large data sets that were impossible twenty years past.  Even though hundreds of Boy Scout files, millions of pages of directories and billions of Vatican Secret Archives pages (V.S.A.) are publicly available it is humanly impossible to read, analyze and connect all the data.

How is A.I. being applied?  I recommend reading an Atlantic article by Sam Kean, In Codice Ratio and Own the AI Revolution by Neil Sahota and Michael Ashley.

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/04/vatican-secret-archives-artificial-intelligence/559205/

http://www.inf.uniroma3.it/db/icr/index.html

https://cognitiveworld.com/books/own-ai-revolution

 

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Church 101 for Child Protection Advocates

Here are some lessons from the masters I have studied: Fr. Thomas Verner Moore OSB MD, Fr Gerald Fitzgerald s.P. and Fr. Aquinas Walter Richard Sipe O.S.B. 1. The sexual assault of minors is about power, not sex. 2. Child porn, child sexual assault and child trafficking are fruit of the same crime. 3. The cases are about criminal conduct, not belief.

The Catholic Church is a monarchical system that promises salvation to followers that adhere to the teachings. The system is fueled by a three tiered taxation engine rooted in powerful myths.   Nota Bene, the first teaching against clerical sexual abuse of minors is from the Didache in 60 A.D.

The Catholic Church is a consortium of churches in union with the Bishop of Rome. Each church is rooted in a specific language/culture called a Rite with the Roman Rite representing 95% of the 1 billion worldwide followers.

The Catholic Church is also a secular State known as Sanctae Sedes or the Holy See. The Holy See has diplomatic missions in hundreds of countries called Nunciatures staffed by representatives appointed by the Pope. The Nunciatures, Dioceses and Parishes are connected to the Holy See through the Vatican Bank or I.O.R. The Holy See rules by soft power and has not maintained a military force since the creation of the Italian State.

The core Governmental principle is that Power flows down and money flows up. At the top of the pyramid is the Bishop of Rome aka the Pope who holds universal jurisdiction where he alone teaches, governs and sanctifies the world. The world is organized by Dioceses which are geographic regions established by the Pope. Only the Pope appoints the Bishop of a Diocese, the Bishop reports to the Pope and pays annual taxes to Rome.  Each Diocese is a geographic region of parishes established by the Bishop. Only the Bishop appoints Priests to the parishes, the Priests report to the Bishop and pay annual taxes to the Diocese.  Laity do not have the capacity to govern. Respondeat Superiori is a common law principle that closely expresses the Roman model of Church polity. One of the key cases to be aware of is Hosanna-Tabor v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 565 U.S. 171 (2012).

A general norm of roman structure is to adapt to the local civil laws (canon 22) in so far as they are not contrary to Codex Iuris Canonici. Roman Catholic institutions adapt to State law and incorporate to what most closely represents Church Polity.  Corporation Sole is a common listing in the annual Official Catholic Directory (O.C.D.) delivered to the I.R.S. and a document that is judicially noticeable.

There are three types of Roman Catholics: Clerics, Religious and Laity. Clerics (Patricians) are men ordained as Bishops, Priests or Deacons to teach, govern and sanctify the Religious and Laity.

Religious (Centurions) are vowed men and women following a Rule under a Superior. If male religious are also Clerics they can serve in parishes under the jurisdiction with faculties (permission) of the Diocesan Bishop. Religious men can be either Priests or Brothers. Religious women are referred to as Nuns or Sisters traditionally running schools and hospitals. Religious Institutes also are in the O.C.D.

Laity (Plebs) are all the baptized (99%) whose job is to pray, pay and obey. They achieve salvation through participation in the seven sacraments which are only provided by the Clerics.

Insurance is a requirement of all institutions with each Diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior as the autonomous administrator. Dioceses and Religious Institutes rely upon commercial insurance companies as well as risk sharing pools as Catholic Mutual Group and Catholic Risk Retention Group.

Once rumor or direct knowledge of child sexual assault comes to a Bishop or Religious Superior there are several traditional management options. An initial investigation is conducted by the Vicar for Clergy or a trusted Priest and a confidential report (canon 489) is created for the Holy See and the Secret Archives which only the Bishop and Vicar General (2nd in command) have access.

First and most common option is to quickly change the assignment, a geographic solution. A second is to command the offender to see a sympathetic psychiatrist or psychologist. Upon further offenses the Cleric or religious is ordered to the Servants of the Paraclete, Saint Luke Institute, House of Affirmation, Saint John Vianney Institute or Southdown. Final solutions are being sent to a monastery for prayer and penance or involuntary laicization. All of these management decisions have document trails maintained in the Secret Archives, their retention policy is in to maintain these files in perpetuity.

The Church has a closed loop system of Treatment Centers created in 1947 for Clerics and Religious. The purpose is to evaluate, report back and recycle clerics and religious back to ministry. Initial evaluations as well as monthly and final reports are sent back to the Bishop or Superior with the most common diagnosis being Pedophilia, Ephebophilia or N.O.S. (not otherwise specified).

The Church in the past faced minimal criminal exposure with a few exceptions of Fr. Donald Roemer in 1981 or Fr. John Goeghan in 2002 or Fr. Donald McGuire S.J. in 2006. There currently are 12 Grand Jury reports and charges against Bishops for failure to report and consumer protection violations for knowingly employing sex offenders. A Key case was Stogner v. California 539 U.S. 607 (2003).

Myth is Power: The Pope is the descendant of St. Peter and St. Paul, his teachings ex-cathedra are without the possibility of error. Every Bishop chosen by the Pope is a successor to the Apostles. Every Priest ordained by a Bishop is ontologically changed to be a little less than the angels, set apart to provide the sacraments necessary for salvation. Rome is the one, true, holy, catholic (universal) and apostolic church. Obedience and Secrecy are the highest virtues while creating scandal is a deadly sin.

At least 64 high level documents from the 1st to 21 century demonstrate a Tradition of superior knowledge by Catholic Bishops of child sexual assault by clerics. Here is a short sampling. Didache of 60 A.D. ; Council of Elvira of 309 A.D.; Book of Gomorrah by Cardinal Peter Damian O.S.B. Cam. in 1051 A.D.; Sacramentum Poenitentia by Pope Benedict XIV in 1741 A.D; Instructio de Modo Procendi in Causis Sollicitationis by Pope John XXIII in 1962 A.D.; Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela by Pope John Paul II in 2001 A.D.

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The criminal conduct of clerics continues unabated 500 years after the Reformation

For those who tell me: These crimes are a thing of the past 

Here is a list of current or former Catholic priests recently arrested and/or charged with sex crimes 

 

Reverend Richard E. Jacklin, Diocese of Joliet, Illinois

His crime: Sexual assault of developmentally disabled

 

Monsignor Harry J. Byrne J.C.D., Archdiocese of New York

His crime: Possession of child pornography

 

Former priest Fernando Christancho, Archdiocese of Baltimore 

His crime: Manufacture of child pornography

 

Monsignor Carlo Capella J.C.D., Canonist to United States Papal Nuncio 

His crime: Accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography in Canada. 

 

Reverend John T. Sweeney, Diocese of Greensburg, PA  

His crime: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, a first-degree felony

 

Cardinal George Pell, Ph.D. – Ballarat, Australia; Holy See 

His crime: Multiple historical sexual assaults

 

 

 

 

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Child Molesters and Child Porn in the Vatican Diplomatic Corps

You may have read recently about how the Holy See withdrew Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella from the Nunciature in Washington D.C. 

One thing Father Colman J. Barry OSB taught us over and over again: the past is prologue to the future.

So with the Capella case I put the thesis to the test: Is there evidence that fallen priests are assigned to the Holy See’s Diplomatic Corp with prior notice for offending against minor children?

Low and behold, a simple Google search found Reverend Daniel R. Pater of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.

Father Pater sexually abused a 14-year-old female in Dayton, Ohio on his first assignment after ordination in 1979.

Fr. Pater admitted to the conduct.

Most civilized countries call this child sexual abuse.

Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk then exercised the geographic solution by sending Fr. Pater out of the jurisdiction to Rome to the Holy See’s Diplomatic Corps.

After serving in Burundi, Australia, and Zaire, a survivor sued Pater and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in 1993.

Pater was sent from Rome to the Maryland Saint Luke Institute in 1995. At the same time, the Archdiocese entered into a confidential settlement with the survivor. After that, Father Daniel Pater returned to Italy, serving at the Holy See’s Office of the Secretary of State and continued at the Nuncio’s Office in New Delhi, India.

In 2003 Reverend Daniel R. Pater resigned from the priesthood and in 2014 the Holy See assigned Fr. Pater to a life of prayer and penance. I do not know the current whereabouts of Pater, or if he returned to Ohio long enough to run out the criminal statute of limitations.

Unless and until the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice opens an investigation, there is no reason for the Holy See to stop the pattern and practice of protecting offenders.

Sadly, when you compare Pater and Capella it appears the past is the prologue to the future and the future is now.

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The legacy of Barbara Blaine (1956-2017)

In remembrance of the tenacious Barbara Blaine and her contribution to child protection, we must not look not to the past, but to the now.

More than 1,000 survivors have come forward in the last three years with civil complaints against their priest perpetrators across Australia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Cardinals, Bishops and Priests are presently facing charges for child sexual abuse, child porn, failure to report child sexual abuse, extortion and murder.

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella of the Archdiocese of Milan fled Washington D.C. last month after the U.S. State Department notified the Holy See of possible violations of child pornography.

The child sexual abuse trial for Abbot Laurence Soper O.S.B. is scheduled for October in England.

Capuchin Franciscan Archbishop Anthony Apuron OFM Cap. has been removed from Guam and is in the midst of a secret canonical proceeding in Rome.

The Texas murder trial for former Servant of the Paraclete Fr. John B. Feit s.P. is scheduled for October.

Reverend Jacob Beltran of the Diocese of San Diego faces a trial in January 2018.

Cardinal George Pell, forced out of the Holy See, returned to Australia to face child sexual abuse charges from his home Diocese of Ballarat in 2018.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of the Archdiocese of Lyon is alleged to have failed to report to the French police his knowledge of Father Bernard Preynat. Cardinal Barbarin’s trial is scheduled for April 2018.

Thank you, Barbara. Were it not for your lifetime of work, we may never have known about these men.

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The Archdiocese of Santa Fe List of 74 Accused Priests

Yesterday, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe released a list of 74 priests who have been accused of abuse.

For ease of search, I have reposted the list of names and the order or diocese below.

 

Fr. Augustine Abeywickrema, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Marvin Archuleta, Sons of the Holy Family (SF)
Fr. Paul Baca, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Donald Bean, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Earl Bierman, Diocese of Covington
Fr. Bernard Bissonnette, Diocese of Norwich
Br. Rudy Blea, Benedictines (OSB)
Fr. Wilfred Bombardier, Blessed Sacrament Fathers (SSS)
Fr. Laurence F.X. Brett, Diocese of Bridgeport
Br. Luis Brouseau, Christian Brothers (CSC)
Fr. Ronald Bruckner, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Br. Marr Burach, Benedictines (OSB)
Fr. Walter Cassidy, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Charles Charron, Servants of the Paraclete (sP)
Fr. Johnny Lee Chavez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Br. Andrew Abdon, (aka John Christianson), Christian Brothers (CSC)
Fr. David Clark, Claretian Missionary (CMF)
Fr. Henery Clark, Diocese of Syracuse
Fr. Ovtavio Coggiola, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Leon Corpuz, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Leo Courcy, Diocese of Burlington
Fr. Barry Finbar Coyle, Franciscan (OFM)
Fr. Ed Donelan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. John Esquibel, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Dan Farris, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Anthony Gallegos, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Deacon Hector Garcia, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Ruben Garcia, Diocese of Boise
Fr. Paul Greenwell, Diocese of Louisville
Fr. Sabine Griego, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. David Holley, Diocese of Worcester
Br. Dennis Huff, Franciscan (OFM)
Fr. Theodore Isaias, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. James Kemper, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Robert Kirsch, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Irving Klister, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Laurier Labreche, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Vincent Lipinski, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Humbertus Lomme, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Clive Lynn, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Robert Malloy, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Phillip Martin/Peralta, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

Fr. Armando Martinez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Luis Martinez, Sons of the Holy Family (SF) no
Fr. Robert Martinez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Roger Martinez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Diego Mazon, Franciscan (OFM) no
Fr. Michael O’Brien, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Don Osgood, Diocese of Manchester
Fr. Ralph Pairon, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. George Pausch, Servants of the Paraclete (sP)
Fr. Vincente Peris, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Arthur Perrault, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Roman Pfalzer, Franciscan (OFM) yes
Fr. James Porter, Diocese of Fall River
Fr. Louis Prefontaine, Blessed Sacrament (SSS)
Fr. John Quinn, Diocese of Manchester
Fr. John Rodriguez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Paul Rodriguiez, Diocese of Richmond
Fr. Ron Roth, Diocese of Peoria
Fr. Charles Rourke, Diocese of Tucson
Fr. Lorenzo Ruiz, Franciscan (OFM)
Fr. Edward Rutowski, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Deacon Julian Sanchez, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Clarence Schoeppner, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Br. Fintan Shaffer Little Bros. of the Good Shepherd (BGS) yes
Fr. Frank Sierra, Sons of the Holy Family (SF)
Fr. Jason Sigler, Diocese of Winnipeg
Fr. George Silva, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Robert Smith, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Ignacio Tafoya, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Gordon Wagoner, Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana
Fr. George Weisenborn, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
Fr. Thomas Wilkinson, Archdiocese of Santa Fe

You can read their statement and the entire list here.

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