WI - Benedict leaves papacy with no apologies to we deaf victims of Fr. Murphy

Very sadly, today, Benedict XVI finished his time as Pope without ever once apologizing for his involvement in covering up the crimes of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, who sexually assaulted me and over 200 other students when we were youngsters at St. John’s boarding school for the deaf, operated by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

We pleaded with Benedict, when he was Cardinal Ratzinger and the head of the powerful head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Faith (CDF) to remove Murphy from the priesthood so he could harm no other children. The Pope had at his desk thousands of pages of direct criminal evidence and testimony that Murphy had destroyed and was likely destroying the lives of so many young deaf children. We wanted the Pope turn Murphy over to criminal authorities, and alert the deaf community and the public about this dangerous man.

The Pope never doubted Murphy’s guilt. Yet, he allowed him to remain in ministry in good standing as a priest, Murphy’s secrets kept safe by the church. As one final gesture, when Murphy died in 1997, we begged Cardinal Ratzinger and officials of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to not allow Murphy to be buried as a priest. That, we felt, was the least the church could do, given all the harm that Murphy had caused us. Instead, the Vatican and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee one more time ignored our pleas, and Murphy was buried in his full priestly vestments his today. Murphy’s grave stone today still identifies him as a priest.

Fr. Murphy may have stolen our bodies, but it was Pope Benedict who stole our voice.

We still believe that the Pope Benedict can still do what’s right, even in his retirement, and reach out to us deaf survivors and make amends and finally hear our stories and our anguish.

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commented 2013-03-08 13:23:56 -0600 · Flag
Every Victim; of Clergy Sex Abuse; I feel all of our voices have been silenced and our lives taken away in so many ways.From The Statute of Limitation; and from the Priest on up to the Pope; protects these Child Molesters (Priest) for decades as we very well Know "no one wants to accept accountiblity for the Priest sex acts on Children. Nobody in the public eye has seen these (Child Molesters) Priest ; sexualy abuse Children; and since they didn’t see the Priest molest anybody ; they can’t believe it happened ; it seems as though this is what happenes when everybody wants to turn a blind eye ( Vatican). It’s like I said every Priest who have raped,molested Children; their faces should be placed in every news paper in every State and they should be registered sex offenders;this could be somewhat of justice for the victims and also to help alert parents to protect their children from these Priest ( Child Molesters),the public should of been alerted many years ago about these Priest ;and in this case silence isn’t Golden, Children (victims) are hurting.
commented 2013-03-03 15:18:05 -0600 · Flag
MY PRAYER IS; THAT THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER POPE! All the talk and speculation is just that. THE LEADER OF CHRISTIANITY IS JESUS CHRIST! THE . PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH! WHY NOT START HONORING HIM FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US?? NO LEADER NEEDED ! JESUS CHRIST IS OUR LEADER..period!
commented 2013-03-02 17:35:23 -0600 · Flag
I saw the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God which, for me as a fellow abuse survivor, is a testament to the courage of these men who came forward and would not be silent about what was done to them. But I fear the Church will not change its policy of never admitting to any wrong doing. This Pope affirmed this policy. Also the European press has reported for years this man is gay and his ‘hunky’ secretary is his lover. It is reported this is the real reason for his resignation. And don’t forget Cardinal O’Connor of NYC. He had the nephew who was sexually abused by a priest shunned by the entire family for going public about his molestation.
commented 2013-02-28 18:42:58 -0600 · Flag
I hope that Pope Benedict hears this plea!
Our most powerful tool is the light of truth. Through our actions, we bring healing, prevention and justice.



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