Monthly Archives: September 2017

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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Persistent Patience in Pursuing “The List”

Recently, a Vicar General of an archdiocese, when asked, how many perpetrators are you aware of, answered: “I have to fly.”

Why would anyone answer such a serious question with such a flippant deflection?

Because he knows the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops maintains “The List” of at least 6,721 clerics who have sexually abused minor children in the United States.  To date we know of 3,883.

That leaves a remainder of at least 2,838 clerics on “The List.”

This is a dangerous List.  Who are these priests and where are they today?

Whether it is Los Angeles, New York, or St. Paul, the pattern and practice is the same:

First deny, then delay and finally dribble out “The List” after a civil court orders the release.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Los Angeles Archbishop Gomez. His List and his secrets are sacred.

Criminal and civil litigation forced not one but three separate “Reports to the People of God” from 2004-2013.  The 2004 report listed some priests and attempted to justify Cardinal Mahony’s geographic solution when Father Michael Baker reported to Mahony in 1986.  The 2005 Addendum listed an additional 26 clerics.

The 2008 Report released on January 31, 2013 (under Los Angeles Archbishop Gomez) dribbled out 24 additional names.  To date the partial list is 269 clerics just in L.A.

Archdiocese of New York

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan – Where is his List?

The first Grand Jury report from Westchester County New York in 2002 found:

  • The Archdiocese of New York has a secret archive list. The religious institution had substantial evidence and continued to question survivors with the intent to suppress survivors resolve to report to law enforcement.  The Archdiocese of New York referred none of the cases reviewed by the Grand Jury to law enforcement.
  • Evidence from the secret archives revealed that after an accusation made the public List, the Archdiocese of New York willfully mislead the public and lied to parishes by defending the perpetrator and humiliating the survivor and their family.
  • “The List” was veiled in an additional layer of secrecy as the Archdiocese of New York required survivors and the family to sign a confidentiality agreement in order to receive counseling.  The Archdiocese then routinely stopped payment between 12-18 months.

To date The Public List includes 77 in the Archdiocese, 54 in Brooklyn and 57 in Rockville Centre.

Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis

Former Vicar General Fr. Kevin McDonough

Former Vicar General Fr. Kevin McDonough

In 2004 Saint Paul released the number of of perpetrators, but the not the names. That number was 33.

In September 2013. Vicar General Kevin McDonough, JCD ,gave an interview where he was asked how many priests he knew of were accused of abuse.  His answer: I have to fly.  This is Father McDonough’s last known interview and worth a listen.

On December 5, 2013, A court order forced Saint Paul to release the 33 names, seven previously unknown that served in over 50% of the Archdiocese parishes.

In 2014, Saint Paul released three additional lists. The List nearly doubled in length to 64.  In 2015, 17 more names were added, bringing the total number to 81.

The Reality

The stark reality is that the bishops and major superiors of male and female religious orders could produce their Lists with the numbers, names and locations tomorrow.  When asked, however, their actions speak quite loudly, “NO! I have to fly.”

In order to protect the children of today and tomorrow, we cannot allow institutions to maintain secret lists of perpetrators.  We must be relentless to make the secret lists public.

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