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Estimates for gay priests run from 25% to 50%.  On the Pope’s position on faggots (on the bottom), history of marriage, etc.  Denis Diderot (a leader of the reformation and associate of Voltaire) in his Memoirs of a Nun (La Religieuse)--a few juice pages here 





The Phoenix Gazette, Section A, Tues November 30, 1993


Dozens of

reported abused by Catholic friars

By Jeff Wilson

The Associated Press


GOLETA, Calif. — For more than two decades, Roman Catholic priests sexually abused boys aged 7 -to 16 at a boarding school in a Santa Barbara seminary, a panel organized by a Franciscan order concluded.  A board of inquiry for the St. Barbara Province of the Francis­can Order said Monday that 12 priests engaged in nude games, fondling and other sex acts with students at St. Anthony's Semi­nary from 1964 to 1987, when it closed because of financial prob­lems. So far, 34 boys, mostly teenag­ers, have been identified as vic­tims.


"The abuse perpetrated by our own brothers on the victims and their families is truly horrific," said the Rev. Joseph Chinnici, minister of the Oakland-based Province of St. Barbara and leader of Franciscans in seven Western states.  "We totally abhor what has occurred," Chinnici said.

At a news conference Monday night, the chairman of the order's panel said they were stunned by the results of their investigation.  "We found that in the years in question, a serious problem of sexual abuse of minors by friars existed at the seminary," Geoffrey Stearns said.  He said the investigation would continue and that the panel ex­pects other alleged victims to come forward.


A message left after business hours Monday at District Attorney Thomas Sneddon's office was not immediately returned. Lt. John Thayer, a police spokesman, said prosecutions of the priests were unlikely because of the statute of limitations, which is six years on child molestation cases in Califor­nia.  Of the 12 priests, whose names weren't disclosed in a 72-page report, eight were being treated by therapists. One left the order, one died and another priest's case was being investigated by the panel.  The other priest served six months in jail after pleading no contest in 1989 to oral copulation of a minor at the seminary.  After the case, the order sent out letters to former students asking if they had been abused. When some of them came forward the order decided to investigate. The panel, organized in 1992, included an attorney, three psy­chotherapists, a member of the order and a victim's parent. 


The Roman Catholic Church has been criticized for not addressing abuses openly in the past. A flurry of lawsuits accuse the church of quietly reassigning offenders to other parishes.  Cardinal Roger Mahony, arch­bishop of the Los Angeles archdio­cese, said the seminary does not fall under his jurisdiction, but that archdiocesan officials approved of the way the investigation was handled.

The panel said the Franciscan friars involved children in nude games, nude photographs, fon­dling, masturbation, oral copula­tion and examination of genitals under the guise of hernia exams.  Chinnici said the order has paid $90,000 so far for counseling for the victims. He wouldn't disclose whether the victims have been paid anything else to make amends for their suffering.  "When the process first began, I was under the impression that there were only a few cases of sexual abuse at the seminary. I was wrong," said Chinnici.  "To the victims and their fami­lies, I want to express on behalf of all the friars, our most profound apologies," he said. "The report gives graphic testimony to the humiliation, loss of faith and betrayal of trust."



Sex abuse by priests found to be rampant


Survey provides framework for examining Catholic crisis


By Laurie Goodutuin



The sex-abuse crisis that engulfed the Roman Catholic Church during the past 12 months has spread to nearly every American diocese and in­volves more than 1,200 priests, most of whose careers span a mix of church history and seminary training.  These priests are known to have abused more than 4,000 minors over the past six decades, accord­ing to an extensive New York Times survey of documented cases of sexual abuse by priests through Dec. 31, 2002.


The survey, the most complete compilation of data on the problem available, contains the names and histories of 1,205 accused priests.  It counted 4,268 people who claimed publicly or in lawsuits to have been abused by priests, though experts say there are surely many more who have re­mained silent.  But the data show that priests secretly violated vulnerable youth long before the first victims sued the church and went public in 1984 in Louisiana.  Some offenses date from the 1930s.


  This has been going on for decades, probably centuries,” said Richard K O’Connor a former Dominican priest who say he was one of 10 boys sexually assaulted by three priests in a South Bronx  N.Y.,  parish In 1940, when he was 10.  “It was just that all of a sudden the caught us.”





Published 4/8/02 by American Atheist

Canada is one example of where the pedophile scandal has drawn media and judicial scrutiny.  Indians there have filed over 2,500 compensations claims of  physical and sexual abuses at a string of boarding schools operated by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. 



Last week, the religious order filed for bankruptcy protection.  Reports of cleric abuse in Australia began in the late 1980s in Australia, with nearly 50 priests and brothers sentenced for Sexual offenses in the last nine years.  Some of the most horrific took place in Christian Brothers orphanages. 


A brother who testified at government inquiries said that he received pressure directly from the Vatican to stop releasing material about clerical molestation and impropriety.


In Ireland, site of deep religious divisions, the church is confronting what The Irish Times newspaper describes as "the greatest institutional crisis in its modern history."  In a negotiated settlement announced last January, about 3,000 victims of churches schools, reformatories and orphanages will share in a $110 million compensation package.  


Bishops hastily established a child protection office.  In neighboring England, 21 priests were convicted of sexual molestation from 1995 to 1999.




Pedophile Scandal Not the Only "Dirty Secret" Behind Church doors



A secret study conducted by St.  Louis University and financed by several orders of Roman Catholic nuns reveals that many of the women and young girls who took church vows have been sexually victimized by priests and others in the male-controlled church hierarchy.  According to the St.  Louis Post-Dispatch, which obtained a copy of the report, a "minimum" of 34,000 Catholics nuns -- about 40% of the national total -- have suffered some kind of sexual trauma.  "Some of that sexual abuse, exploitation or harassment has come at the hands of priests and other nuns in the church," notes the Dispatch.  Many of the victims "were left with feelings of anger, shame, anxiety and depression."


The revelations come as the Catholic hierarchy is trying to survive the growing pedophile scandal.  A number of archdiocese are on the verge of financial bankruptcy -- will the government step in with some kind of assistance? and face loss of support from many followers.


"The bishops appear to be only looking at the issue of child sexual abuse," said Ann Wolfe, one of the researchers on the confidential study.  "Catholic sisters are being violated, in their ministries, at work, in pastoral counseling."  The study was "intentionally never publicized," reports the Dispatch. And a spokesperson for the U.S.  Conference of Catholic Bishops said  that the group was unaware of the report.  Other findings in the document:  Of the 1,100 surveys returned to researchers, a number included disturbing personal accounts of abuse.  These include the case of a priest fondling breasts during confession, and "sexual experiment" as a prescribed therapeutic technique by one pastoral psychologist.  Another wrote that as a young girl, a priest insisted on applying "holy oil" to her genital area "to keep me safe while dating."  Later, when she became a nun, her superiors forced her to attend religious retreats with the same priest, who also happened to be her uncle. Several respondents said that the research was long overdue.  "Thanks for taking the time to admit there is a problem in this area," wrote one participant in the study. 


About one-in-ten nuns admitted to being the focus of sexual harassment of some kind at least once in the course of their religious careers.  Half of these involved priests, or other nuns and religious figures.  "More than half of the total harassment cases involved some type of physical contact," reported the Dispatch.


*One-in-eight nuns claimed to have been "sexually exploited. "Seventy-five percent of these reported cases involved a priest, nun or other religious figure, with the requests involving everything from "dates" to sexual intercourse.  Out of this cohort, 40% said that the encounters involved intimate contact.


The figures likely represent underestimates of the actual incidents involving some kind of sexual exploitation or contact, said researchers.  "The fear and pain of disclosure would be sufficient enough to discourage responding in some sister," the report said.


According to Dispatch, the study was deliberately given a low profile.  A summary of the survey appeared in the May-June, 1998 edition of "Review for Religious," a journal published by St.  Louis University,  with the full results appearing in the "Review of Religious Research."


"Both are respected journals with limited circulation," noted writer Bill Smith of the Dispatch.  The researchers reportedly agreed to not send out a press release because of disapproval from a national Catholic women's organization, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious that feared that the findings would be "sensationalized."


"It was like this," said John T.  Chibnall, a research psychologist at St.  Louis University who co-authored the research summary.  "We don't wash our dirty laundry in public; we'll (the church) take care of it." 


Another St. Louis University professor connected with the project, Paul N. Duckso said that investigators "guaranteed" the various religious communities involved "that we would not handle this in any way that sought publicity."  He added that the two low-circulation journals were selected in order to presumably disseminate the information to key individuals, "but not out in front of everybody's eyes."