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SNAP on Rigali’s replacement [United States]

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Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Whoever replaces Rigali will likely be less cold and aloof, but that means nothing when it comes to the safety of kids. You cannot judge a bishop’s performance on clergy sex crimes and cover ups based on his personality. Child predators and corrupt bishops can both come across as warm and charismatic in public. A more charming personal demeanor does not guarantee greater concern for children.

When one prelate replaces another, Catholics and citizens almost always assume that the new guy will be better than the old guy. That is a reckless assumption.

It is clear that after the 2005 grand jury report, Philly church officials chose to work harder and smarter at keeping clergy sex crimes hidden. Despite the work of the grand jury, they succeeded to some extent. Philly’s next archbishop could do the same.

It is important that no one get complacent. No one prelate caused the crisis. No one prelate can fix it.

It’s crucial that anyone who sees, suspects, or suffers clergy sex crimes or cover ups continues to speak up and seek help from independent sources. Sometimes, when a new bishop is named, victims who were rebuffed or treated insensitively under the former bishop think; “Well, I’ll give this new guy a try and sit down with his staff.” We beg victims to not fall to this temptation. Clergy sex crimes and cover ups should be reported to secular authorities, not church authorities.

Contact – David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com), Peter Isely (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)


Posted on Mon, Jul. 18, 2011

Sources: Rigali out as leader of Philadelphia Archdiocese


Philadelphia Daily News

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FIVE MONTHS AFTER a grand-jury report blasted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for failing to investigate claims of sexual abuse by priests against children, Pope Benedict XVI will accept Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation this week, the Daily News has learned.

The Archdiocese did not return calls yesterday seeking comment on Rigali’s expected resignation. But sources close to the Archdiocese confirmed a report Thursday on the National Catholic Reporter’s website that Rigali would resign. Blogger Michael Sean Winters, who authored that report, said last night that the announcement likely would be made tomorrow.

Sources told the Daily News yesterday that the front-runner to replace the embattled cardinal is Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, a Native American.

On his blog, Winters also named as a possible successor Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who would be the first African-American archbishop to become a cardinal. Other candidates suggested by Winters are Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, of Louisville, Ky., and Bishop William Lori, of Bridgeport, Conn.

Rigali, 76, took over for Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in 2003. He has been under fire following a grand-jury report, released in February, accusing the Archdiocese of a widespread cover-up of predatory priests over decades, and alleging that as many as 37 priests remained active in the ministry despite credible accusations against them. The report recommended that the Archdiocese revamp procedures for assisting victims and for removing priests accused of molesting children.

A high-ranking Archdiocesan official was charged with child-endangerment for allegedly transferring “predator priests” to other positions. Two priests, a former priest and a former Catholic schoolteacher were charged with sexually assaulting minors.

In response to the grand-jury report, Rigali initially said that no priests in active ministry “have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”

But in March, Rigali announced the suspensions of 21 priests accused of sexual abuse. The suspensions were the most sweeping in the history of the sexual-abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S.

Three other priests already had been placed on administrative leave after the grand-jury report. Five others would have been suspended, the church said in a statement, but three were no longer active and two were no longer in the Archdiocese. The church said that in eight cases, no further investigation was warranted.

With public pressure mounting, Catholic commentators say that a spotlight is shining on Philadelphia.

“This is the most high-stakes personnel move Pope Benedict is making as pope,” said Rocco Palmo, of Philadelphia, author of the Catholic-oriented blog Whispers in the Loggia. “Every bishop in the country is watching. They know it will reflect on them and their archdiocese. The eyes of the Catholic world are on Philly right now.”

Palmo said the pope decided two weeks ago who would become the city’s next cardinal.

As a matter of Cardinal Law, Rigali turned in his letter of resignation when he turned 75 in April 2010. The pope can accept the resignation at any time, but Winters said Rigali hadn’t planned to leave so soon.

“I don’t think he was planning on leaving this year,” Winters said. “He understood after the grand-jury report he could not dig them out of this mess.”

The grand-jury investigation was released following the investigation into allegations that two priests and a teacher sexually abused a 10-year-old boy at St. Jerome Parish in Northeast Philadelphia, and that another priest assigned to St. Jerome raped a 14-year-old boy.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt, former priest Edward Avery and former teacher Bernard Shero were charged with sodomizing the 10-year-old, and the Rev. James Brennan was accused of raping the 14-year-old in his apartment.

Monsignor William Lynn was charged with child endangerment for allegedly shielding and transferring known predatory priests. Lynn, who was responsible for investigating reports of rape and for recommending corrective action to prevent reoffending, also had been Bevilacqua’s secretary for clergy.

The grand jury was the second empaneled in the past decade to examine sexual abuse among Philadelphia priests. In 2005, a grand jury accused the Archdiocesan leadership of mishandling abuse complaints and protecting pedophile priests. Those grand jurors complained that the statute of limitations prevented them from criminally charging higher-ups.

Two months ago, the Associated Press reported that the head of the church’s own review board accused Rigali and his bishops of having “failed miserably at being open and transparent,” and said that most cases of abuse had been kept from the board.

Yesterday, a leading advocate for victims of alleged priest sexual abuse said the church must address its existing culture.

“It’s a culture in an establishment that puts the reputation of predators and enablers over the protection of children,” Barbara Blaine, president of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said in a telephone interview from Chicago. “Rigali has fallen short of leadership. It is really important, whoever follows Rigali, that there’s a new structure in place to prohibit the cardinal from covering up sex crimes.”

Rigali’s anticipated resignation and replacement come at a time of significant downsizing in the Archdiocese.

The Archdiocese announced in March that seven small parish elementary schools – four in Philadelphia and three in Bucks County – were to close at the end of the recent school year.

Parish elementary-school enrollment in the Archdiocese has fallen 18 percent during the past five years; high-school enrollment has dropped 20 percent.

Last year, 11 schools were closed, including two city high schools: Cardinal Dougherty and North Catholic. Parish schools closed in the city were Ascension of Our Lord and St. Anne, both in Kensington; St. Cyprian, in Cobbs Creek; and St. Hugh of Cluny, in Fairhill.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 19 juli 2011


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juli 21, 2011 at 7:45 am

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UPDATE 6/12: The Causes & Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010: a news selection

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compiled by drs. Pieter Schultz (web editor, information professional & religion researcher)



  1. Report
  2. News releases
  3. Background information
  4. Critical analysises
  5. Videos
  6. Articles / blogs (by country)
  7. Articles on homosexuality
  8. Andrew M. Greeley: Celibacy Isn’t Cause of Sex Abuse
  9. John Jay & celibacy
  10. Articles on celibacy (by country)
  11. Some observations on sexual abuse by priests & the oath / vow of celibacy

Appendix: Literature on clergy sexual abuse mentioned in John Jay’s review of the literature

Startpagina polyamorie [blog], 12 juni 2011

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Media oversimplified US abuse report findings [United States]

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An expert in abuse prevention strategies said the John Jay report examining the causes of clergy sexual abuse in the US was over-simplified by media reports, reports the Catholic News Service.

Texas-based researcher Monica Applewhite said she was surprised the report was characterised almost solely by what the New York Times dubbed the “blame Woodstock” theory, especially since that factor did not “jump out” at her after reading the 150-page report.

She said highlighting one cause – among multiple factors that were described – “is an extreme simplification of what the report actually says” and ends up oversimplifying “a complicated problem that requires a complex solution.”

“I would encourage people to read the report for themselves, or at least the four-page executive summary,” she added. (…)

The report by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York concluded that there is “no single identifiable ‘cause’ of sexually abusive behaviour toward minors” particularly during the 1960s and 1970s; that situational factors, opportunities to abuse, social upheaval of the time and lack of “careful preparation for a celibate life” for priests played a role.


From her perspective, the most significant gap for preventing abuse in the Catholic Church and other religious groups is the “lack of professional supervision for ministers.”



John Jay report not just about mistakes in 1960s, says sex abuse expert (Catholic News Service)

CathNews, 1 juni 2011

Zie ook:

  • ‘Change in Vatican Culture’ : A Sex Abuse Expert Sees Hope in Pope Benedict / by TIM DRAKE [US; National Catholic Register, 16 april 2010] http://alturl.com/w4k64

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juni 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

‘Blame the hippies’ for Catholic sexual abuse? [United States]

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By Wilson Quinn

This month the Catholic Church released a report titled “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.” A cynic might conclude that the church was seeking to deflect the responsibility of priest-abusers by pointing to the cultural changes—toward “deviance”—that occurred in the 1960s and 1970s as a cause of these behaviors. The report asserts that these changes “manifested in increased levels of deviant behavior in the general society,” (p. 2) and we further learn that the “1960s came with a rise in social activism, intergenerational conflict, illegal drug use, crime, and disorder.” (p. 36) Finally, among the “many social changes [that] occurred in the 1960s” was an “importance given to young people and popular culture.” These descriptions appear to be the church’s way of accusatorily yet deftly referring to the hippie experience of the time, without saying so expressly.

These views are then added to the rather odd diagnosis of the psychopathy of priest-abusers who fall into two groups: (1) pedophiles who are pathological, and (2) “generalists” who were child abusers of opportunity, indistinguishable from the rest of the priesthood. (p. 119) What we learn further is that “pathologically driven priests [pedophiles] were not influenced by social factors,” and moreover only constituted “less than 5 percent of the priests” who could be classified as pedophiles (p. 3). Necessarily, then, the remaining 95% of “generalists” who were apparently occasional child sex abusers “were influenced by social factors.” This group of priests, then, were those presumably co-opted by the promiscuous culture of the hippies, who are truly at fault here.

Critics of the mass cultural renovation of the late sixties often point to the behavior and particularly the sexual activities of hippies as the beginning of sexual degeneration infecting society at large. While it is true that sex among hippies was freer and more pervasive than among their young counterparts of the 1960s establishment, equally true is that it was not so much about reckless abandon and hedonism for its own sake, but rather about liberation from what was seen as dogmatic and repressive restrictions placed on perfectly natural functions.

Hippies have to this day suffered from the false accusation of being the genesis of the sexual revolution that occurred as a cultural historical event during the 1950s and 1960s. For those objectively in search of the facts that initiated the sexual revolution of that era, the place to begin is with the research into human sexuality by Dr. Alfred Kinsey, who published his pioneering work Dr. Alfred Kinsey in 1948, followed shortly thereafter in 1953 with the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female. The effect that these scientific works had on the public and its attitudes about sex was dramatic, if not explosive. Both these works and the public’s reaction to them served to generate new fields of medical inquiry and related academic research into sexuality, and the momentum created by them is still evident.

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the same year in which Dr. Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Female was published, Hugh Hefner released the very first issue of Playboy magazine. Twelve years later, by 1965, when the hippie experience actually came into existence, the monthly circulation of Playboy was around three million copies. The Playboy corporation had grown into a sexual empire with clubs, resorts, movie studios, publishing house, and two syndicated television shows. Obviously, hippies had nothing to do with the dramatic growth of this phenomenon. Neither did hippies have anything to do with the start-up of Penthouse magazine in London in 1965 by Bob Guccione, who relocated his magazine to New York in 1969.

This culture of burgeoning sexuality and pornography was one into which most hippies were born, not one they created. (…)

In the lyrics to “You Can’t Always Get What you Want,” Mick Jagger is said to have written of his former lover, Marianne Faithful, that she was “practiced at the art of deception.” No one is suggesting that the church’s report is per se deceptive. But it does, very subtly, attempt to deflect the responsibility and liability of the vast majority of priest child molesters (those who cannot be clinically diagnosed as pathological pedophiles) to the social and cultural upheavals of the 1960s, in which the hippie experience was center stage.

Wilson Quinn, brother of On Faith moderator Sally Quinn, is author of the upcoming “Articles of Aquarius” which traces a number of accepted beliefs and trends in today’s culture to their roots in the hippie experience.

The Washington Post, 1 juni 2011

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juni 5, 2011 at 8:41 am