Originally, we had high hopes when Bishop Joseph Galante became Camden’s bishop. Those hopes have largely been dashed.
It’s hard to feel sympathy for either side in the fight between Belleville Catholic officials and their insurers over a serial predator priest, Fr. Raymond Kownacki.
We're thrilled and grateful that a California judge is refusing to protect corrupt Catholic officials by keeping long-secret and long-promised church abuse records hidden any longer.
The thousands upon thousands of long-secret Catholic documents that describe horrific crimes against children by members of the catholic clergy have come to light only because of brave victims. Catholic officials have used every weapon in their vast arsenal to keep these files hidden and keep Catholics and citizens in the dark about their involvement in moving, shielding and enabling predators. We hope that the judicial system will not only release all the documents but allow the names of all complicit church staff to be made public.
Though the child sex abuse trial involving a Catholic priest and Catholic teacher starts this week, it’s never too late for other victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to step forward and help make sure these criminals are convicted and kept away from kids.
Like prosecutors, this brave mom accuses Victory church employees of refusing to report – for weeks - child sex crimes by a church janitor. We hope she prevails in court. And we hope her filing this suit will discourage other officials from ignoring, minimizing or hiding suspected child sexual assaults.
When an adult sexually violates a minor, it's never "a relationship" or "an intimate interaction." It's a crime. It should be described and treated like a crime. It should never be depicted as consensual, because by definition, a 16 year old cannot truly consent to sex involving someone twice his or her age.
The man who accuses a Hawaii priest is speaking publicly about his case. (“Colorado man suing Bismarck Diocese comes forward,” January 06, 2013) http://www.thedickinsonpress.com/event/article/id/64528/
Almost every single clergy sex abuse and cover up trial surfaces more damning information about the complicity of top church officials. So we are grateful this brave victim is seeking justice in court. We hope that Vermont citizens will pay close attention to the proceedings and that Vermont Catholics will ask tough questions of their church hierarchy.
David Lawson, the former student minister at Christ Church in Jacksonville FL, was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual activities with a minor.