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Geographic Solution

In the early 2000’s I was asked by prosecutors and private attorneys to explain the management techniques applied by Bishops and heads of Religious Institutes.  In short I called it the geographic solution.  Instead of calling 911 the Church leaders quietly moved the perpetrators to different jurisdictions.

“The geographic solution of thinking that the [problem] is solved by moving the criminal from one place to another made everything worse, because the problem spread,” Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera, of Monterrey, president of the Mexican bishops’ conference and treasurer of the Latin American Conference of Bishops (CELAM).

Mexican prelate says bishops should admit moving predators was a mistake

Thank you to the President of the Mexican Bishops conference for acknowledging the problem.  Now it is time to speak the full truth and have all the Bishops of North America report the names of their perpetrators to law enforcement and to the public for healing to begin.

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Why Arch/Diocese Perp Reports are Fatally Flawed

“As it is, the Oklahoma City report is incomplete. McAfee & Taft says 37 boxes of records were taken from the archdiocese by its former chancellor and her husband, who served as outside general counsel. The boxes were only turned over to the law firm the day before the report was issued. Thus, another shoe will drop at a later time.

It begs the question of why would an Archbishop allow a report to be published when a former Chancellor walks in with 37 boxes the day before publication. 

First, how it is that 37 boxes of documents left the Secret Archives and were in the personal possession of the FORMER Chancellor who is also an Attorney?

Second, since we have waited 17 years under the Zero Tolerance Policy adopted in Dallas, what is another 60 days to be complete?

Third, why did 37 boxes go missing from inventory?  Is there no inventory of documents?  Didn’t the FORMER Chancellor sign out the documents?

Since the data set was knowingly incomplete at the genesis of the project there is no other conclusion than to say the Archdiocese of Oklahoma’s report is fatally flawed.  


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Supervised Learning Lessons for Analyzing Priest Files

Key Indicators for Red Flagging Bad Actors

Irregular Assignment history is the earliest indicator I learned after being ordered to replace Bad Actors. Whether the Bad Actor belonged to a Diocese or a Religious Institute, deviation from the typical path is a red flag. The Roman system promulgates consistency. Pastors are in office for six to twelve years or more. X = number of assignments in any ten year period. If X > or = 3: red flag.
There are several thousand examples, Father Michael Stephen Baker is instructive. Ordained for the Archdiocese of L.A. in 1974. Baker had 16 assignments in 25 years.

Geographic Solution A is a personnel management technique of transferring the bad actor to another part of the Diocese/Country/World where people do not know the bad actor. Monsignor Peter E. Garcia was moved around the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, other states and he requested work in a foreign Diocese. While in New Mexico Garcia was not allowed to return to LA because of criminal and civil legal issues. Father Richard Eckroth O.S.B. after teaching philosophy for decades at Saint John’s Abbey was sent to be a missionary to tiny island parishes in the Bahamas.

Geographic Solution B is another management technique of removing the bad actor from their office and tasking them to a monastery. The cleric is required to follow the horarium of the monastery, meet with a spiritual director/confessor and then the Abbot contacts Bishops or other Religious Institutes to place recycle the bad actor. My former monastery did this both Diocesan and Religious Order clerics which is documented in “Worship and Work” by Fr. Colman J. Barry O.S.B.

Geographic Solution C is the management technique of removing the bad actor and giving them the single option of transferring to a monastery to take on a new persona, name and way of life. Father George Pausch was a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who sexually assaulted minors, was sent to the Jemez Springs N.M., never returned to Los Angeles, joined the Servants of the Paraclete and is buried in the Orders cemetery.

Geographic Solution D is the technique of retraining the bad actor for working in the Chancery Office of the Diocese or Procurators Office of a Monastery. A bad actor would be sent away for further graduate training in Canon Law, Accounting or Computer Science for future 9-5 office work buried deep in bowels of an office with no outside parish assignment. Fathers Gerald Fessard in L.A., Joseph Wajda in St. Paul and Robert Becker in Chicago.

Life of Prayer and Penance is a common penalty imposed by the Holy See for those who sexually assaulted minors. After a finding of fact by a canonical court or an administrative office, the Holy See removes that cleric from office and sends him to a specific monastery to live out the rest of their life. Bishop Anthony O’Connell was sent to Mepkin Abbey in Moncks Corner, South Carolina.

Treatment Centers and Halfway Houses are facilities controlled by the Institution and staffed by Institution personnel. Most common were the Servants of the Paraclete, Saint John Vianney Institute and the Saint Luke Institute. Bad Actors were sent to these centers for analysis, self-help programs and recycling back into the workforce. The second monk I replaced is instructive, Fr Francis Hoefgen O.S.B.

Laicization is the penalty imposed by the Holy See on bad actors who have violated code section 1395.2, the sexual assault of minors (<age 16) and section 1044.2, a psychic infirmity. Fr. Oliver Francis O’Grady is an instructive example.

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Buffalo Diocese

Extraordinary series of events because of clerical child sexual assault that will surely affect the nation.

The event will be live streamed on the diocese’s Facebook page here:

Charlie Specht (@Charlie_Reports)

9/4/19, 12:32 PM
‪BishopRJMalone is calling a 2:30 p.m. news conference in reaction to our ‪@WKBW investigation, but the ‪@BuffaloDiocese says I’m not allowed to attend. Diocese spokeswoman has chosen which reporters she is allowing to the news conference.…

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Hope for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Assault

Hope for Survivors has two beautiful daughters: the Civil Justice System and Artificial Intelligence.

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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.


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