We are glad that that Fr. Fernando Sayasaya - a former Fargo priest - will be returned to the United States to face a trial for his crimes. It is rare that victims of a predator priest have the chance to see the justice system work in their favor. We are hopeful that this trial will give them some peace and will protect children from this child molesting cleric.
Our hearts ache for the victims of Lee Bradberry. At the same time, we are left wondering how it is possible that – after having already had a high-ranking staff member, director Pete Newman, arrested for child sex crimes – Kanakuk Kamps allowed the same thing to happen again?
We hope Arkansas lawmakers quickly remedy this dangerous situation. Teachers, like clerics, enjoy tremendous power over the youngsters and teens that rely on them for guidance. That power is easily abused, almost always with devastating consequences.
Noted Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo (of “Whispers in the Loggia”) reports that Cardinal Tim Dolan is bringing disgraced Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia to St. Patrick's Cathedral to preach next Thursday.
We are sorely disappointed that the California State Supreme Court did not agree with the legislative intent of the law and have now deprived many victims the right to use the civil courts for justice and accountability.
We are grateful that Pastor Boyd has been convicted of his crimes
There have been many different attempts by many different people to get bishops to act responsibly in child sex cases. But nothing seems to have much impact.
First, we want to thank the Orange County District Attorney's Office for working diligently over the past decade to ensure that Denis Lyons faced justice in the criminal courts. Despite numerous setbacks, prosecutors have never lost sight of the threat that Lyons has continually posed to children across the county.
We are grateful that Fr. Mark Broussard has been apprehended and will be prevented from harming more children. We are extremely upset and disturbed, however, at the revelation that documents were found in this predator priest’s file that detailed sexual contact with at least four other children. It is unconscionable that someone could have knowledge of these depraved crimes and yet do nothing to stop them.
We’re grateful that Avery’s victim won’t have to endure a trial. We hope all of Avery’s victims will feel comforted, knowing that kids will be safe from him for several years.