Wednesday’s news items [church scandal and shame; police reports & more] – 8/15/2018

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“We all wish more charges could be filed, but due to the church’s manipulation of our weak laws in Pennsylvania, too many predators were out of reach.” – A quote from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro in this Washington Post article about the vile and reprehensible actions, of the church’s leadership in the Pennsylvania church sex abuse report, “Priests were raping little boys and girls, and the men of God who were responsible for them not only did nothing; they hid it all. For decades.”   

The main thing wanot to help children, but to avoid “scandal.” That is not our word, but theirs (church leaders); it appears over and over again in the documents we recovered.” – extract from the Report on Pennsylvania church sex abuse (click on the link to read the horrifying report in full).


“Here is how the grand jury, in caustic terms, described the Catholic Church’s methods for covering up abuse and protecting priests:

First, make sure to use euphemisms rather than real words to describe the sexual assaults in diocese documents. Never say “rape”; say “inappropriate contact” or “boundary issues.”

Second, don’t conduct genuine investigations with properly trained personnel. Instead, assign fellow clergy members to ask inadequate questions and then make credibility determinations about the colleagues with whom they live and work.

Third, for an appearance of integrity, send priests for “evaluation” at church-run psychiatric treatment centers. Allow these experts to “diagnose” whether the priest was a pedophile, based largely on the priest’s “self-reports,” and regardless of whether the priest had actually engaged in sexual contact with a child.

Fourth, when a priest does have to be removed, don’t say why. Tell his parishioners that he is on “sick leave,” or suffering from “nervous exhaustion.” Or say nothing at all.

Fifth, even if a priest is raping children, keep providing him housing and living expenses, although he may be using these resources to facilitate more sexual assaults.

Sixth, if a predator’s conduct becomes known to the community, don’t remove him from the priesthood to ensure that no more children will be victimized. Instead, transfer him to a new location where no one will know he is a child abuser.

Finally and above all, don’t tell the police. Child sexual abuse, even short of actual penetration, is and has for all relevant times been a crime. But don’t treat it that way; handle it like a personnel matter, “in house.” – The New York Times

LNP – Always Lancaster is on the list.The Boston Globe

“You talk about corruption in the county police departments and the Lancaster District Attorney’s Office and suddenly they get busy trying to impress the public with all the work they are allegedly doing:

—  The Lancaster City Police suddenly put out video of an armed robbery from June 16th looking for help to identify the two robbers! What was the almost two month delay? Who knows and no one asks! (You can watch the video on the police YouTube channel – clickhere.)” Lancaster Independent Press

Strangulation / Simple Assault Arrest, 2:00 a.m., Saturday, May 26, 2018, 1703 New Holland Pike – Juke Box Nightclub (MT) – Kenneth F. Hudson, M/68, of Columbia, PA, was charged strangulation and one additional charge.” Manheim Township CrimeWatch page and there’s a piece at FOX43-TV, toothere theirColumbia’s Police Officers have had their hands full of the unusual; yesterday’s report includes “BEEP.”

Makes you wonder; has us thinking of Steve McQueen | Why former Worley & Obetz CEO Jeff “Lyons has not been criminally charged with any wrongdoing, but Fulton Bank has filed a complaint in bankruptcy court accusing him of carrying out ‘a massive bank fraud’ while illegally pocketing ‘in excess of $1 million,'” according to an article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster.

halfCan you believe it? August is nearly half way gone!

“If you can’t come to some agreement with what to rename the stadium, at least provide the public with better logic for your decision.” – This is the last line in a letter to the editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster asking the Columbia Borough School District to rethink their decision to not consider renaming the football stadium. “The nonsense of their logic in the ‘plethora’ of reasons why the renaming of the football stadium after standout scholar/ athlete Ronnie Smith was not a “’wise choice’ is hard to fathom,” the writer adds. Click on the graphic below to enlarge the decision the letter writer is addressing.

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2 comments

  1. Having read just a part of the report so far and reading lines like this (“The victim said he awoke to discover Bonner lying in bed with him stroking his penis. When the victim asked Bonner what he was doing, Bonner replied, ‘I am sorry . . . I shouldn’t have done that; Go back to bed.’”), we are increased incensed by the complete disdain that church leaders hold for children.

    That the church leaders continuously “simply reassigned” these predators is so wrong on so many fronts. Equally wrong is that these predators are not listed on Megan’s List.

    Several years ago, my daughter and granddaughter lived doors away from one of these disgraced priests who was “retired” and “sentenced” to live in Lancaster not as a clergy, but as a retired predator. We should have known this – the sex offender, cloaked and hidden, should have been identified.

    PA Representative Mark Rozzi is so right – there can be no statute of limitations protecting these actions. Priests, bishops and everyone who violates children, or anyone with mis-guided actions, have to pay the same price that other trusted role models pay. Teachers, youth leaders (e.g., Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, youth sports organizations, etc.) and others go to jail and bear permanent scorn.

    So, too, must these church violators. Pennsylvania “elected public servants” – do your jobs.

    Brian L. Long

  2. Just read this at BuzzFeedNews:

    “Bill Cosby says being declared a sexually violent predator will damage his reputation. The comedian also argued in court documents that it would interfere with his relationship with his family. Cosby’s attorneys argue that being designated a sexually violent predator “is by any measure excessive when applied to a 81-year-old blind man.” Cosby, who is currently awaiting sentencing for rape, appears to not know just how much his reputation is already damaged.”

    Our advice for Cosby: Become a priest then you won’t have to worry.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiarosenbaum/bill-cosby-violent-predator-argument

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