PA--Complicit judge resigns from Catholic school; Victims respond
For immediate release: Monday, March 7, 2016
A judge who worked with Altoona Catholic officials to hide a predator priest has resigned from the board of a Catholic school.
Cambria County Judge Patrick T. Kiniry has stepped down from Bishop McCort’s trustees board, in the wake of a grand jury report that shows he collaborated with Altoona-Johnstown church officials to keep silent about the repeated and horrific child sex crimes by Fr. Frances McCaa.
Kiniry’s claim that those were different times” rings hollow. He was a prosecutor. He knows now and knew then how crimes should be handled. Shame on him.
“Back then, the diocese moved the problem, that is just how it was,” Kiniry reportedly told state investigators. That’s baloney. Catholic officials did indeed “move the problem,” but often only with the reckless complicity of timid, self-serving public officials like Kiniry.
Because of Kiniry’s irresponsible secrecy, hundreds of families of veterans were put at risk, because Msgr. McCaa was quietly sent to work for years in a VA hospital in West Virginia.
Even if one gives Kiniry every possible benefit of the doubt about Msgr. McCaa, how does the judge justify years of continued secrecy after the church’s horrific child sex abuse and cover up scandal blew up in 2002? Surely at that point he clearly knew he had behaved improperly. But we see no signs that he lifted a finger, even once, to protect kids in West Virginia or Pennsylvania from a serial child predator.
We hope Kiniry will face severe consequences for his decades of callous and hurtful behavior.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Judge Kiniry resigns from Bishop McCort board
By David Hurst - firstname.lastname@example.org 14 hrs ago - The Tribune-Democrat
A Cambria County judge – and former prosecutor – has resigned from Bishop McCort’s trustees board, chairman Mark Pasquerilla said Sunday, March 6, 2016. Fellow trustees accepted Patrick T. Kiniry’s resignation, “effective immediately,” Pasquerilla said – and just days after a state Attorney General’s Office report portrayed current and former local law enforcement leaders – including Kiniry in one 1985 case – as alleged conspirators in efforts to keep child sexual abuse scandals under wraps.
A Cambria County judge – and former prosecutor – has . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
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