Disappearing boys

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Keep Walking - courtesy of Stephen Koigi via Flickr

Keep Walking - courtesy of Stephen Koigi via Flickr

The sexual abuse of boys is a topic that is all too often overlooked inside and outside of the Church.  I am so grateful for my dear friend, Mike Reagan, who is working to bring about a greater public dialogue on this issue.  As a survivor of child sexual abuse, Mike understands the unique dynamics and devastating stigmas associated with the sexual abuse of boys.  With the assistance of writer and sexual abuse survivor, Jerome Elam, Mike contributes a guest post this week that will prayerfully help begin to empower the public and the Church to understand the issues related to the epidemic of male trafficking.  It is only then that we are able to take effective steps to bring this nightmare to an end. – Boz


The heavy door closed with a loud thump as the young boy left the hotel room. As he walked, a look of pain swept across his face as he struggled to forget the physical and emotional trauma he had just endured. At the bottom of the stairs a man waited and as the boy approached he grabbed him by the arm and shook him. The boy reaches into his pocket and hands the man a collection of crumpled bills. The man slaps the boy across his face adding to the rapidly growing collection of bruises on his young body. He turns the boy’s pockets inside out as a candy bar and a small toy fall to the ground. The man drags the boy towards a nearby van and opens the back door. Inside a collection of boys and girls sit dirty and hungry in the grip of the dark world known as human trafficking. When they are not being sold for sex, the children are forced to shoplift and steal wallets. Many are from abusive homes and no one has ever reported them missing. The only constant in their lives is the feeling of worthlessness and the fear of death threats from the human traffickers that have stolen their lives and broken their spirits.

America is being eroded at its very base and one of the most rapidly expanding parasites on our society is the crime of human trafficking. The Department of Justice estimates that between 100,000 and 300,000 children are at risk of being trafficked in this country right now. Human trafficking is a $9.5 billion a year business in the U.S. according to the United Nations. Within the first forty-eight hours of leaving home, a runaway child will be approached by a human trafficker and is at risk of being forced into sexual servitude. Human trafficking is second only to the drug trade as the largest criminal enterprise according to the Justice Department. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports that pimps can make from $150,000 to $200,000 per year for each child. The NCMEC also reports a pimp has an average of four children and the Polaris Project, an anti-trafficking non profit, reports the average victim of sex trafficking is forced to have sex 20-48 times a day. These numbers are shocking and part of a tragedy that is actively swallowing America’s children. The life of a child being trafficked is brutal. Drugs, alcohol, beatings and death threats are used as tools to keep innocent children as slaves to the depths of depravity. The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports the average life span of a child being trafficked is seven years. The drugs, alcohol and abusive lifestyle wither the fragile spirit of a child leaving them to die in the shadow of hope.

Keep Walking - courtesy of Stephen Koigi via Flickr

Keep Walking – courtesy of Stephen Koigi via Flickr

[tweetable]Our children are being thrown into the darkest abyss of humanity and some have been lost in a broken system.[/tweetable] In 2010, Los Angeles officials reported that 59 percent of juveniles arrested for prostitution were in the foster care system. In addition, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported that of the children who are reported missing, who are also likely sex trafficking victims, 60 percent were in foster care or group homes when they ran away. In July of 2013, the FBI rescued 105 children who were forced into prostitution in the United States, and arrested 150 pimps in a series of raids in 76 American cities. The campaign, known as “Operation Cross Country,” was the largest of its type and conducted under the FBI’s “Innocence Lost” initiative.  It all took place in just 72 hours. The youngest victim recovered was just 9 years old. (Reuters).

Historically women have been identified as the overwhelming majority of victims of human trafficking but recent studies have shown male victims of trafficking have been severely overlooked. In 2008 study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, of those who were sexually exploited in New York, fifty percent of victims were found to be boys from the United States, being trafficked domestically. Until now anti-trafficking organizations have been focused on female victims but that tide is now starting to turn. A 2013 study by the organization ECPAT discovered males are more likely to be arrested for shoplifting or other petty crimes even though they are being trafficked sexually.

One of the great myths about male victims of sex trafficking is that they are predominantly homosexual. The truth is the majority of trafficked youths are not gay according to Steven Pricopio from the organization Surviving Our Struggle, a center for young male trafficking victims. Most are trapped in a life of sexual servitude through threats of violence against their families or themselves. “They don’t see them as victims … It’s not an issue of sexual orientation, it’s an issue of right circumstances which bring you to exploitation or the vulnerability that brings you into being sexually exploited.” Pricopio says. Also included in the John Jay study was the fact that forty percent of male victims were forced to service female clients. The lens through which we currently view human trafficking has to change and we need acknowledge that this scourge defies gender, race, and socioeconomic status. Instead of viewing victims of trafficking as either male or female we have to now view this as a human problem.

The path to becoming a victim of sex trafficking is similar for both males and females. Income is not the sole determining factor in assessing the vulnerability of children. Traffickers have no limitations on the methods they will use to lure victims into an inescapable trap. Human trafficking has also infiltrated our schools. Traffickers will hand pick a child to be a recruiter, typically one who has formed a trauma bond with their trafficker and place them in a school. The recruiter will wear nice clothes and jewelry and drive a nice car. When the other kids compliment the recruiter on their clothes or car the recruiter will say, “I can show you how to have all this and more.” It doesn’t take long before the trafficker has the new child trapped with threats of violence against their family and friends. There are factors that do make a child more vulnerable and one of the most common risk factors among victims is a dysfunctional family environment. Alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence and childhood sexual abuse all create a chasm in the self-esteem of a child. Traffickers actively target these children and soon they are lost to the darkness few survive.

As a survivor of child abuse and child pornography, I am all too familiar with the effects of childhood trauma. In 1948, at the age of three, my mother and father divorced. This event changed my world as I was placed in the custody of my mother and the time spent with my father became a shadow of our former relationship. Divorce can be difficult to process in the mind of a young child, and many internalize the blame for the breakup of their parents, saddling themselves with a lifetime of guilt. At the age of eight my sister and I were moved to a “day” school, where we returned home every night. Due to my mother’s busy schedule as an actress, my sister and I were enrolled in an after- school program, and it was there I was targeted by a pedophile.

The man who ran the after school program began working his way into my life, filling the void left by the absence of my father. He taught me how to throw a baseball and attended all of my sporting events. There was a point where he owned me and molested me sexually three days a week. This continued for a year, and even though I knew it was wrong, for an eight year old it was just too much to process. There was no one I could tell about the sexual abuse. My relationship with my parents was strained due to their divorce and my struggles with being adopted. I knew what was happening to me was wrong but children always bear the greatest burden as victims of child abuse and they keep that secret at their own expense.

My abuser did not stop at molesting me, and soon he was using me for child pornography. I remember the moment as a young boy I believed that my life was over. My abuser would often drive me home at the end of the day, and one evening, as my mother waited at the front door, he asked, “Mind if I take him to dinner?” My mother waved as she stood on the porch “Fine, see you in a bit!” She said.

Instead of taking me to dinner, my abuser took me back to his apartment. In the kitchen, my abuser drew back the curtains to reveal a photography-developing studio. As my abuser began moving a sheet of paper from pan to pan, an image of mountains appeared. He allowed me to try, and to my horror, the image that developed was not a landscape but a picture of me nude as an eight-year-old boy. It was at that point that I knew my life was over. I was consumed with an uncontrollable anger and hatred of myself that would haunt me throughout my life.

I remember as a young boy smashing my bike with a hammer when the chain came off and as an adult taking a sledgehammer to a 1965 Oldsmobile at my father’s ranch when the battery died. The car and the bike represented my abuser, and my anger towards the man who stole my innocence was a bottomless well. In 1987 I was offered two million dollars to write a “tell all” book about my parents, Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman. As I began writing, something unexpected happened; I began getting angry, and as I struggled with a whirlwind of emotions, I finally realized I could no longer keep silent about my molestation.

I met with Nancy and my father and I began to shake as tears welled up in my eyes when I told my father how my innocence was stolen. I remember Nancy rubbing my back and my father’s hand on my shoulder. I also remembers my father’s words “Where is he so I can kick his ass!” I realized on that day in 1987 that God was speaking to me and he wanted me to break my silence so others could be inspired to speak out. God has given me the strength to survive and my wife Colleen is my North Star. God has also blessed me with two beautiful children, my son Cameron and my daughter Ashley.

Children from dysfunctional homes are deprived of unconditional love and starved for affection. They are infected with worthlessness and this makes them a target for sexual predators and traffickers. It is only through the unconditional love of my parents and opening myself up and accepting God’s unconditional love for me that I was blessed to have the strength to survive and heal. I thank God every day that I am here today and not a statistic. [tweetable]To protect the innocence of our children we need to educate and empower ourselves with knowledge.[/tweetable] We also need to give our children the unconditional love they deserve and teach them about God’s boundless love for us all. To learn more about the signs of child abuse and how to stop predators visit the GRACE prevention page. To learn more about how you can help victims of human trafficking visit the Michael Reagan Center at Arrow Child and Family Ministries. For education and prevention of human trafficking visit the Polaris Project website.

Michael Reagan is president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation, speaker, and former radio talk show host.  Jerome Elam is Staff Writer and Columnist for Communities Digital News. 



  • Perhaps a minor correction is needed; “leaving them to die in the shadow of hope?” I would believe, ‘the dark shadows of hopelessness’ would be for more accurate.

  • Lori

    While this tears up the heart to read, it’s crucial to get this message out.
    What are some ways we can help?

  • JuneAnnette

    In the context of this tragic narrative, and in light of the revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by Roman Catholic clergymen, one has to question the real motives behind the illegal immigration agenda which finds the Roman Catholic “church” through her bishops at the forefront, with a significant number of those coming into this country being unaccompanied young children!

  • Robert Newmiller


    What a pertinent question!

  • JuneAnnette


    My name is June. Not a question, rather an observation!

  • JuneAnnette

    Robert . . by way of a postscript: make no mistake about it . . the pope is driving the amnesty for illegals agenda and Roger Mahony is the pope’s point man in this initiative!
    Connecting the dots . .
    Catholic Church Urges Parishioners to House Illegal Aliens / Source: Limits to Growth / July 8, 2014 / Link: http://www.limitstogrowth.org/?s=Cardinal+Roger+Mahony&submit.x=7&submit.y=6

    Catholic Bishops Promote Immigration Lawbreaking as Religious Freedom / Source: Limits to Growth / April 13, 2012 / Link: http://www.limitstogrowth.org/?s=Cardinal+Roger+Mahony&submit.x=7&submit.y=6

    It isn’t a coincidence that . .
    US Roman Catholics Bishops’ Immigration Reform Policy seems to coincide with Obama’s!
    “In January 2003, the U.S. and Mexican Catholic bishops issued the pastoral document, Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, and the bishops of both countries called for a “globalization of solidarity” and an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. In the pastoral letter, the U.S. and Mexican bishops outlined several criteria for the reform of the U.S. immigration system, including the following:

    A broad based legalization (permanent residency) of the undocumented of all nationalities;
    Reform of our family-based immigration system to allow family members to reunite with loved ones in the United States;
    Reform of the employment-based immigration system to provide legal pathways for migrants to come and work in a safe, humane, and orderly manner, and;
    Abandonment of the border “blockade” enforcement strategy.
    Restoration of due process protections for immigrants.”

    Source: Justice for Immigrants
    The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform
    Link: http://www.usccb.org/about/migration-policy/justice-for-immigrants.cfm
    * “. . . the plain truth of the matter is that Barack Obama received the votes of the majority of American Roman Catholics! 56% of Roman Catholics voted for him.3 When it comes to international affairs, Obama and the Vatican are in agreement – and this is the bigger picture which interests the Vatican, not whether or not Obama supports abortion. In addition, the bishops support Obama’s Socialist health care reform legislation, and his other Socialist policies: favouring world government, opposing capital punishment, favouring illegal immigration, promoting the “global warming” myth, scaling back and eventually stopping America’s war against Islamic terrorism, denying Americans’ right to bear arms, etc. “Bluntly put, Barack Obama was the pope’s man in this last election. Even if the Vatican truly does care about the unborn, the Vatican cares far more for the advance of Roman Catholic social policies which create social conditions most conducive to the expansion of papal power.”4

    3.Barna Update, November 11, 2008; quoted in The Coming (Phoney) War between Barack and Benedict, by Ralph Ovadal. Pilgrims Covenant Church, January 8, 2009. http://www.pccmonroe.org.
    4.The Coming (Phoney) War between Barack and Benedict.
    *The Vatican/Obama Alliance by Shaun Willcock, Biblical Apologist / Christian Evangelist’ online here: http://www.biblebasedministries.co.uk

  • Ocar

    It is a very good question and thank you for having compassion.

    Perhaps some of my story might help:

    Parents were missionaries, brought up in a mission boarding school situation and sex offenders were rampant. Yet it has taken decades for the truth about the magnitude of the atrocities committed to come out. The reason being that the paedophiles were protected (they are also clever and manipulative) by the organisation involved.

    As a child of this nightmare, I do not wish to be told to forgive and that God will heal me. For I no longer believe in God (let’s just say I’m an Agnostic) and those that perpetrated the crimes still deny that they did so and the organisation has made little sincere efforts to clean up their mess (and the abuse is more than likely still going on, as the latest arrest was last year).
    For me religion is now mumbo jumbo. The biggest religious influence on my life, my father, sends me hate mail when I speak out about what happened to myself and many other children, yet he is still treated as a hero of missionary Christianity.

    If you have the courage, take on the organisations that are known to hide paedophiles. Any organisation that deals with children (be they religious or not) will be a magnet for paedophiles, that is how they operate. Some organisations will deal harshly and promptly with any offender who arises, but alas many will not.
    The best way to disable them is to expose their lack of due care, attention and compassion to their donors. There are many worthy charitable causes to donate to, so why not expose those who are not worthy of public/private funding?

    For me, I would have liked my family to have looked at the proof now emerging about our past and then joined me in pursuing justice, not just for myself but for the scores of other victims. This never happened, however I have met others on my journey to healing and together we have pursued justice, this has been enormously therapeutic.
    Speaking out has its costs. My family have no idea where I am and I have received threats from them and the organisation involved. There are many dark secrets to protect, the exposure of which has financial implications, so dirty tactics are common.

    The answer to your question I suggest is: If you know a victim, ask what you can do. For some it will be a shoulder to cry on, or a “normal” environment to find a home with (even as adults). For others it will be to pursue the organisations and individuals that have committed the abuse and seek justice. See us as individuals, each with a different journey, each with a past that makes it hard to trust sometimes and prone to make a bit of a mess of things at times, but individuals who can go on to live healed, but still scared, lives, if only good people like yourself reach out.

  • HRH

    Off your meds again, June?

  • Robert Newmiller, Author, Molested In Gos’s House


    Sorry for the mean mixup. HRH, only fools will not believe after more than $3 billion in settlement money paid out by the Catholic Church! Wake up man.

  • JuneAnnette

    Robert, No problem . .
    HRH . . With all due respect sir, it is you who is in need of meds, not to mention a reality check! You are either woefully uninformed or willfully ignorant of these matters. I have followed the Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse SCANDAL since day one. I have read countless articles, commentaries, editorials, victim’s impact statements, courtroom transcripts and reports from various media outlets including Roman Catholic websites. I have visited victims/survivors’ blogs / websites and read their harrowing accounts of abuse. I have read as well many heart rending and stomach turning accounts of those who suffered abuse at the hands of these perverted and depraved men of the cloth and of the abusive treatment they were subjected to by the unholy hierarchy of the Roman Catholic “church”. I can’t think of a more oppressed (tormented and tortured )soul than those who were abused as children by a trusted “man of the cloth” and then as an adult forsaken by their own faith community in whom they sought comfort and solace. Roman Catholic Apologists who are fond of calling her detractors “Catholic haters” would do well to apply the charge to the priests and bishops who have abused the most vulnerable in their midst . . the “little ones”, and for whom “the faithful” for the most part have little empathy/sympathy for! From the US, to Ireland, to Australia and all across the globe, it is the same scenario.
    My sympathies lie entirely with the Victims of these reprehensible crimes.
    So do get off your holy high horse and do some research. Maybe then you can add something meaningful to the conversation.
    “Thousands of Catholic clergy and religious have raped and sodomized tens of thousands of children—perhaps more than 100,000 children—since 1950. These crimes were committed in secret, and bishops nurtured that secrecy. Nearly 15,000 survivors have broken through the silence, and their accounts have created an in-depth picture of the crisis, both in their own writings and in the work of journalists and law enforcement officials. Attorneys have obtained diocesan documents that reveal additional survivor witness and also document parts of a huge cover-up. But for every account that is known, hundreds are not yet public. In order to understand the crisis fully and take the necessary policy actions, the in-depth testimony of individual survivors must be combined with data that capture the breadth of the crisis.”

    Source: BISHOP ACCOUNTABILITY / ‘Data on the Crisis – The Human Toll’ ( a Roman Catholic website)

    JuneAnnette, in solidarity with the VICTIMS of ROMAN CATHOLIC CLERGY ABUSE

  • Oscar

    Hi June,

    If it’s any consolation, it is the same modus operandi in the Protestant Fundamentalist world.
    Speak out against sexual abuse of children occurring in one of these organisations and there will often be a backlash of name calling and labelling, resulting in the organisation portraying itself as the victim.
    I’ve got an interesting collection of correspondences to such effect, some with threats.

    On the other hand I also have a diverse collection of correspondences from good people who care enough to speak out and expose these atrocities.

    Take care in the good work you do. There are those who do not wish their sordid activities coming to light, but if we don’t expose what is going on in the name of “religion” or “charity” then it will continue to go on and it will rest on our consciences.

  • JuneAnnette

    Oscar . . I’m not ignorant of the fact that the abuse of children goes on in other denominations, however, the Roman Catholic “church” has a peculiar distinction that sets them apart from other churches, namely, they arrogantly claim to be the One True Church of Jesus Christ and claim as well that their priests . . their bishops are Christ’s representatives on earth!
    Thomas Patrick Doyle, RC priest & Victim’s Advocate who has also distinguished himself as an outspoken critic of the response of the RCC’s hierarchy to clergy abuse allegations puts these things in proper perspective . . . and I quote . .

    “Sexual abuse of the vulnerable by clergy has been a shameful aspect of Catholic culture for centuries. Church defenders claim it has always been a minuscule percentage of the clerical population, but the numbers are irrelevant. What is urgent and destructive has been the way the Church leadership, from the papacy on down to local bishops, have responded. “For the good of the Church” victims have been ignored, silenced and rebuffed, and criminal offenders have been quietly sent off to new assignments, often to offend again. “For the good of the Church” those harmed by the clergy have been led to cooperate in their own exploitation, convinced by their trusted leaders that the institution’s image and the exalted status of the priests is of greater value than healing or justice. Though other institutions, public and private, religious and secular, have all experienced sexual abuse and other forms of internal corruption, the Catholic Church is unique. It has used its immense spiritual power and its absolute authority to control victims to the extent of persuading them to be part of their own cover-up.”

    Article: THE POPE, THE CHURCH & SEXUAL ABUSE: A PERSPECTIVE / by Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C. / April 1, 2010

    These spiritual imposters . . these wolves in sheeps’ clothing have given the religion of Christ a bad name! How fitting then that the Roman Catholic “church” that has so greatly dishonoured the name of Jesus Christ and brought His doctrine and His cause into such disrepute is now being exposed and SHAMED in such a public way for the reproach they have laid upon Christ!
    It is they who must now endure the universal contempt, scorn, derision, and disdain being meted out to them by the worldwide community and reserved for those who commit the abominable act / crime of child abuse!

  • GailT

    Great article, but the Catholic-bashing comments make me hesitant to share it. The suggestion that Catholics want to provide safe haven to illegal immigrants in order to have easy access to potential prey is cynical and disgusting as well as ignorant. I, too, am disgusted by the sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic church. However, if you look closely into abuse statistics, you’ll find Catholic clerics are no more likely to abuse than Protestant clerics, scout leaders, school teachers, etc. Due to the size of the Catholic church, abuse tends to be much more visible–and much more likely to be made public. Abuse that occurs in little fundamentalist churches is generally kept quiet. Although there is no bishop to protect the offending cleric, the congregation can send him elsewhere. Or, in the case I’m most familiar with, no one believed the victim and business went on as usual.

    As a Protestant, I attended four churches where pastors/youth pastors abused. One was a female who ran off with one of her young charges. I know of another where the pastor, supposedly happily married, molested two young boys. That’s five Protestant churches I know about; there are more that I’ve heard about–and God only knows how many nearby I don’t know about. The point is, sexual abuse is not a Catholic problem. And the one church I’ve gone to where people have to undergo background checks and take a course on abuse awareness–that would be the Catholic church I’m now attending.

    All that being said, I wish the writer of this article had told us what we can do to help fight against this disease in our society.

  • Robert Newmiller


    My molestation came at the hands of a Pentecostal pastor also running the teen challenge program in Philadelphia. I agree that it is in every sect of religion. However, no religion is insulated but leadership globally will be giving an account for the leaven which has pervaded them in their creed of silence!

  • JuneAnnette

    GailT wrote:
    “The suggestion that Catholics want to provide safe haven to illegal immigrants in order to have easy access to potential prey is cynical and disgusting as well as ignorant.”

    You are truly naieve. Let’s be clear . . I’m not suggesting . . I’m saying!
    For the record . . Catholics are not being accused of such nefarious conduct, but rather the “HIERARCHY!” The laity have been and sadly continue to be duped! It is helpful to remember that it is the HIERARCHY who pursued a callous and reckless policy of knowingly transferring abusive priests from one diocese to another, often out of the country to evade prosecution; it is they who foisted these predator priests upon the unsuspecting laity, giving them access to fresh victims upon whom they could prey; it is these holier than thou men of the cloth that routinely put other children at risk. It is the so-called “princes of the church” who systematically covered up the crimes of their clerics; who have lied under oath; who obstructed justice by destroying evidence; who placed canon law above the laws of the land; who forced their young victims into signing oaths of silence; who abuse of power is as reprehensible as the abuse itself; these who have used their powerful lobbying arm to fight against extending the statutes of limitations for child abuse! Oh and in case you didn’t know . . many RC priests & bishops are homosexuals!
    Tell me do you honestly believe such are in a position to instruct the flock in matters of faith and morals? ? Do you imagine that such are capable of instilling in their young proteges family values? ?
    Your decision to attend a Catholic church beggars belief. You might want to reconsider your choice after giving these matters more thoughtful and prayerful consideration.
    With respect to the so-called Child Protection / Safe Environment programs implemented by the unholy Roman Catholic “church”, here’s something you need to know:
    Mother’s Watch, a Catholic Blog, examines the Child Safety Programs/Measures/Resources implemented by the Bishops in response to the Clergy Abuse Scandal in light of Catholic teaching. Their in-depth analysis begs the question . . are these programs designed to protect children or the Bishops? You be the judge!

    EXCERPTS from the article: ‘Safe Environment Programs: Your Excellency’s Elixir’:

    (start quote) From promiscuity to the horrendous problem of sexual abuse, the “remedy” offered by our callous bishops is more and more sex education.  The sexual abuse programs now being pushed so hard by the bishops are just their crafty and cunning attempt to pretend they care about children.
    Bishops hide the programs from parents because the child abuse prevention programs almost exclusively target parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles as the abusers. The bishops’ sex abuse programs continue to bring pornographic materials into the youngest of grades and call it “age appropriate.”  All this sex information is geared at desensitizing the child about sexual language, genitalia, and sexual acts.
    Young parents are dumbfounded when they learn the extent of perversion being foisted on innocent young children by bishops. These same bishops maliciously harbored, protected, and thereby facilitated the homosexual sodomites who have physically, spiritually, mentally and socially destroyed untold numbers of young boys.  These men, who call themselves bishops, are blackened by the sins of what they have done and what they have failed to do.
    What do bishops have to gain by further enlarging child sex abuse prevention programs instead of removing sodomites from the priesthood?  The least known purpose of such programs is that they are dangerously anti-child and anti-parent.   From such information false statistics will be created.  Such  “reported suspected abuse” is an attempt to fabricate false statistics that would make the parents and families appear abusive, thereby directing attention away from bishops and priests. (end quote)

    1) Citation: Source: Mother’s Watch Blog / Link: http://www.motherswatch.net/content/view/7/17/ Safe Environment Programs: Your Excellency’s Elixir .

  • Larry

    “Reform of our family-based immigration system to allow family members to reunite with loved ones in the United States;

    Reform of the employment-based immigration system to provide legal pathways for migrants to come and work in a safe, humane, and orderly manner, and;

    Abandonment of the border “blockade” enforcement strategy.

    Restoration of due process protections for immigrants.””

    These are BAD things?

    I guess if your goal is to keep the nation white and protestant it could be.

  • JuneAnnette

    Larry . .
    In case you weren’t aware . . Richard Sipe, Thomas Patrick Doyle & Patrick Wall, all prominent Roman Catholics, have warned that the next wave of Roman Catholic clergy abuse will be in Latin America. It is reasonable to assume that the children / young men that were abused by RC clerics in Latin America will relinquish any and all right to sue the RC “church” for damages, once they become US citizens, making the matter one of great urgency to the RC “church”! The humanitarian crisis which they are so fond of calling it is one of their own making. Don’t be fooled . . the push by the unholy RC “church” is not driven by altruistic motives, but rather, for self-serving interests. In the first instance, they are launching a pre-emptive strike designed to minimize their exposure to fresh lawsuits. They are in full damage control mode! Another factor which cannot be overlooked is the fact that the RC “church” has many corporate holdings and most certainly would benefit from the cheap labor force these illegal aliens would provide. Even more sinister than that and in light of the revelations of widespread sexual abuse of minors perpetrated by Roman Catholic clergymen, one has to question the real motives behind the illegal immigration agenda which finds the Roman Catholic “church” through her bishops at the forefront, with a significant number of those coming into this country being unaccompanied young children! The Roman Catholic hierarchy have provided ample evidence that they cannot be trusted! . You can fool some of the sheeple some of the time, but not all of the sheeple all of the time!

  • GailT

    Wow! No disrespect intended, but you and the writer of the article you referred to are voicing a lot of wild claims (and conclusions) with absolutely nothing to back them up. If the Mother’s Watch author is aware of these publications from the bishops, aware enough to quote from them, surely she could get them online for all of us to see. Otherwise, this all sounds like conspiracy theory to me.

  • Ocar,

    My heart goes out to you. I believe your story. It echoes the stories of other MKs I’ve heard/read elsewhere and you are right, it needs to be exposed. It completely makes sense why you are agnostic. When the people who should have protected you are now blaming you and threatening you, there indeed is a problem. I’m so, so sorry.

    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Oscar

    Many thanks, you are most kind.

    Alas as you indicate, there are many MKs roaming the world with similar stories. Some of us have been fortunate to find healing, some have not. Many of us have dysfunctional families, even to the point of having no contact, others have been able to reconcile.
    My worry is the number of male MKs who have never spoken of the abuse they endured and are the proverbial loaded gun waiting to go off. It has already happened and I have no doubt it will happen again.

    I admire men like Mike Reagan and Robert Newmiller who have the courage to tell their stories in order to help others.

    P.s. Sorry I misspelt my own name, how embarrassing 🙁

  • Oscar

    I think that is a good point. It is possible to fly through the dark shadows of hopelessness.

    I had the same reoccurring nightmare about the environment I grew up in. But when I finally turned the tables and dealt with the perpetrators, the reoccurrence stopped and I was able to start moving on in many respects.
    Sure not all their debt to society has been paid through the judicial system, but moving out of victim mode and actively taking a clear stand against these sorts of crimes has been enormously therapeutic and confidence building.

    To fly above the dark shadows of hopelessness is wonderful, to see others do the same is exhilarating and to realise that many still do not fly free is motivation to speak out.

  • Hi Oscar (no worries on the misspelling),

    I know of a number of people (including someone close to me) who is like that loaded gun. You can encourage them to get help, but if they don’t want it, they remain ready to go off. It’s so sad because they do not have to be held in that kind of pain/bondage forever, but they choose it out of fear.

  • Oscar

    It’s scary isn’t it? I’m a New Zealander by birth, but grew up on a U.S. based mission groups boarding school complex in the third world.

    New Zealand’s do not have access to firearms, in the same way as U.S. citizens (our police are not routinely armed). However if you google “David Bain” in Wikipedia, you will see what eventuated in one missionary family. It’s a complex case, but well worth a read.
    My concern is if this can happen in a little country with few MKs and few guns, it can certainly happen in places where there are far more MKs and many many more guns, because all the ingredients that were in that case are in many families I grew up with and no doubt many more families.

    We all have the choice to reach out for help, before it is to late, but alas us males are not that good at it (he says grossly generalising of course).

  • JuneAnnette

    GailT: Why don’t you contact Mother’s Watch directly. You really are in denial about the depth and scope of the Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse Scandal.
    Some things you need to know that your Bishops won’t tell you:

    In the context of the Roman Catholic Clergy Abuse SCANDAL, Fr. Donald Cozzens, university professor, seminary rector, and experienced counselor of priests and religious wrote:
    “When vicars of priests met to learn from one another how we might better minister to the victims of clergy sexual misconduct, we discovered a factor that put priest offenders at variance with the general population of child abusers. As a group, abusers tend to be married men who prey on girls, although many pedophiles abuse both girls and boys.
    Most priest abusers, we concluded, were not pedophiles in the strict sense of the term. They tend to be ephebophiles, adults whose sexual interest focused on post-pubescent teenagers. …. Relatively little attention has been paid to this phenomenon by Church authorities. Perhaps it is feared that it will call attention to the disproportionate number of gay priests.”

    Citation: *D. Cozzens, The Changing Face of the Priesthood, pp. 123-124

  • JuneAnnette

    GailT . . If there’s any conspiracy theory going on, it is on the part of the Bishops! Homosexual priests / bishops remain the “elephants in the room’ and it is not politically correct, neither in the interest for the hierarchy to draw any attention to the FACT that a significant number of priest/bishops are homosexual!

    2) Some things you need to know that your Bishops won’t tell you:

    The National Review Board, a group of prominent Catholics, issued its study in 2004, the team’s chief, attorney Robert S. Bennett, said that “any evaluation of the causes and context of the current crisis must be cognizant of the fact that more than 80 percent of the abuse at issue was of a homosexual nature.” One of the members, Dr. Paul McHugh, former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins, has said that “This behavior was homosexual predation on American Catholic youth, yet it’s not being discussed.”
    Source: AMERICA / Article: Bill Donohue’s Ad in NYT / Posted at: Monday, April 11, 2011
    “In regard to the role of homosexuality in the abuse crisis, Dr. Paul McHugh, a member of the first USCCB National Review Board and former psychiatrist-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, stated in an interview about the crisis: “I’m amazed that this fundamental bombshell [of the homosexual predation of American adolescent males] has not been the subject of greater interest and discussion. . . . I’m astonished that people throughout America are not . . . wondering about what the mechanisms were that set this alight.”

    Citation: 1) Source: Tim Drake, “Abuse Progress: Board Winning Uphill Battle,” National Catholic Register, November 13, 2005

  • JuneAnnette

    3 ) Some things you need to know that your Bishops won’t tell you:

    Source: John Jay Report
    Link: http://www.philvaz.com/ABUSE.PDF

    From PAGE 14 of the John Jay Report:
    • The largest group of alleged victims (50.9%) was between the ages of 11 and 14,
    27.3% were 15-17, 16% were 8-10 and nearly 6% were under age 7. Overall, 81%
    of victims were male and 19% female. Male victims tended to be older than
    Psychiatrist Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons has echoed that.
    “The John Jay report has revealed clearly that the crisis in the Church is not one of pedophilia but of homosexuality. The primary victims have not been children but adolescent males. Fitzgibbons told Catholic News Agency that “every priest whom I treated who was involved with children sexually had previously been involved in adult homosexual relationships.”
    The findings of Roderick MacLeish Jr., who examined the full archives of the Archdiocese of Boston during his lawsuit against the Church. MacLeish represented nearly 400 victims of abuse in court, 90 percent of whom were male, and three-quarters post-pubescent.

  • Robert Newmiller

    To anyone who has the courage to watch it:

    If you really desire to know what corruption seeths within the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church turn on your computer and key in the following:

    PBS.org/secrets of the Vatican

    I’m confident you will be stunned!

  • JuneAnnette


    4) Some things you need to know that your Bishops won’t tell you:

    The Roman Catholic popes speakiout of both side of their mouth . .

    Article: Pope,(Benedict) in book, says homosexuality incompatible with priesthood
    Nov. 24, 2012 / Source: CNS – Catholic News Service

    Article: Pope Francis says he won’t ‘judge’ gay priests / July 29, 2013 / Source: USA Today

    Tell me . . what kind of message does this send to the “faithful” when one pope contradicts the other? The two positions are antithetical the one to the other and represent the inconsistent position one pope has from the other on a matter of no small significance.

    Homosexual priests promoting family values is an oxymoron

    In the solemn matter of RC clergy abuse and in the words of your own experts . . the National Review Board wrote:
    “homosexual predation of Catholic youth”. Inasmuch as WE KNOW the abuse was perpetrated / committed by (sexually active) “homosexual” priests / bishops, there can be no doubt of their significant presence in the “hierarchy”.
    And Inasmuch as your pope has no problem with “homosexual priests”, it is certain the abuse will continue!

  • JuneAnnette


    Some things you need to know that your Bishops won’t tell you:

    I strongly recommend you thoughtfully and prayerfully read the Article online: Catholic priests are dying of AIDS, often in silence / Source: Kansas City Star:

    I share with you two EXCERPTS from the Article:

    1) “Experts say the incidence of AIDS among priests stems primarily from sexual contact.
    As long ago as the early 1980s, the Rev. John Keenan discovered that Catholic priests were contracting AIDS at an alarming rate.
    “We looked at what was taking place in the gay Catholic population, and there was a lot of concern about the epidemic proportions of HIV,” said Keenan, a Blessed Sacrament priest and clinical psychologist who runs Trinity House in Chicago, an outpatient clinic for priests.
    Keenan and his staff developed an anonymous AIDS testing program, then notified priests, bishops and superiors of religious communities.
    The response surprised him.
    “Originally, it was just for people in our region,” Keenan said. “And then we started getting people from all over.”
    Keenan now runs weekly support sessions for infected priests. He believes most priests with AIDS contracted the disease through same-sex relations. He said he treated one priest who had infected eight other priests.”
    2) “Joseph Barone, a New Jersey psychiatrist and AIDS expert, puts the number of U.S. priests who have died at 1,000 — nearly 11 times the rate of the general population.
    Barone directed an AIDS ministry from 1983 to 1993 for students at North American College in Rome. While there, he set up an underground AIDS testing program. Over seven years, he tested dozens of seminarians. Barone gave them false names, drove them to their tests in an unmarked car and paid for the tests himself.
    “I didn’t know who they were; they didn’t know who I was,” Barone said.
    Of those he worked with, he said, 1 in 12 tested HIV-positive.
    By the time Barone left Rome, he had treated about 80 priests with AIDS. Most of them were gay, he said, and contracted the disease through sexual activity.
    “The tragedy is many of them have been so duplicitous and so closeted,” said Barone, a member of the National Catholic AIDS Network.
    “They didn’t realize what they were doing, not only to themselves, but to other individuals, because of the exponential transmission rate.”

  • JuneAnnette


    FACTS/STATS you need to know regarding the homosexual makeup of the RC HIERARCHY:

    From the Article: GAY PRIESTS by A. W. Richard Sipe / Source / Website: richardsipe.com

    Dean Hoge is one of the most respected RC theologian/researchers on the subject of the priesthood* . . . . In a 2001 survey Hoge found that 55 percent of priests said that there clearly or probably was a homosexual subculture among priests.
    Father Donald Cozzens**, another respected commentator on the priesthood was somewhat marginalized by the church when in 2000 he estimated a relatively high proportion of gay men in seminaries who tend to form a disruptive subculture (up to 50 percent).
    Cozzens reported that “Priests have told (him) stories of how they were approached for sex in the seminary, or how they locked the door of their room in the rectory to prevent the pastor or another priest from coming in at night.” He pointed out that it is difficult for priests to control the problem of gay acting out in the culture because “there is nothing in place for those who want to make a complaint.”
    Mr. Sipe’s Citations:
    *Dean R. Hoge (2006) Experiences of Priests Ordained Five to Nine Years. Washington D.C.: National Catholic Education Association.
    **Donald Cozzens (2000) The Changing Face of the Priesthood. (2002) Sacred Silence: Denial and the Crisis in the Church. (2004) Faith That Dares to Speak. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press.
    A Must Read:
    Chapter 4 – Bishops Too
    A QUESTION THAT JUST WON’T GO AWAY Do Bishops Have A Sexual Orientation?
    Website: Richard Sipe . . Priests, Celibacy & Sexuality
    Link: http://www.awrsipe.com/Click_and_Learn/2006-08-01-Sexual_Orientation-4.html

    About: A. W. Richard Sipe
    He spent 18 years serving the Church as a Benedictine monk and Catholic priest. In those capacities he was trained to deal with the mental health problems of priests. He and Marianne have been married since 1970 and have one son. Both as a priest and married man he has practiced psychotherapy, taught on the faculties of Major Catholic Seminaries and colleges, lectured in medical schools, and served as a consultant and expert witness in both civil and criminal cases involving the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests.

    Aug 1, 2006

  • JuneAnnette


    MORE facts/stats you NEED to KNOW about your the homosexual makeup of the Roman Catholic Hierarchy that for obvious reasons, your Bishops won’t tell you:

    Article: Bishops Accused of Abuse / Source: BishopAccountability.org

    In the sexual abuse crisis, attention has focused on priests who have sexually abused children; the problem of bishops and major superiors who abuse has not received systematic scrutiny. Yet a bishop who is guilty of child abuse, or who has other violations of celibacy to conceal, has compromised his role in the formation of his priests and in assigning them properly. Bishops who sexually abuse seminarians, as Anthony J. O’Connell has admitted doing, may establish a generational pattern of clergy abuse.

    The following list includes 22 U.S. bishops who have been publicly accused of sexually abusing minors. We have also provided a preliminary list of 9 bishops accused of sexual misconduct in other countries. Arzube, Brown, Dudley, Dupré, Ferrario, Gelineau, Harrington, Hart, Hubbard, O’Connell, Rausch, Rueger, Ryan, Sanchez, Skylstad, Soens, James S. Sullivan, Joseph V. Sullivan, Symons, Weldon, Williams, Ziemann***Preliminary List International Cases of Bishops Accused of Sexual Misconduct• Archbishop Richard A. Burke, S.P.S. (Ireland and Nigeria)
    • Cardinal Hans H. Groër, O.S.B. (Austria)• Bishop Raymond J. Lahey (Canada)
    • Bishop John Magee, S.P.S. (Ireland)• Bishop Georg Müller, SS.CC. (Norway)
    • Bishop Hubert P. O’Connor, O.M.I. (Canada)• Archbishop Juliusz Paetz (Poland)
    • Archbishop Edgardo G. Storni (Argentina)• Bishop Roger J. Vangheluwe (Belgium)

    We have not included Cardinal Humberto S. Medeiros, who was accused in 2002 of sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in 1979. The survivor had previously alleged abuse by Msgr. Frederick Ryan, and had stated his intent to amend his complaint to include Medeiros. To our knowledge, the complaint was not amended 1 2. We have also not included Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, who has been accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians. McCarrick is not included on our list because the alleged victims were not minors 1.

    We have also excluded from the table and the database the following allegations that were subsequently recanted or demonstrated to be incorrect: two allegations in 1992 against Bishop Gerald F. O’Keefe 1 2; an allegation in 1993 against Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin 3 4; two allegations in 2002 against Cardinal Roger M. Mahony 5 6 7; and an allegation in 2002 against Cardinal Edward M. Egan 8.

  • JuneAnnette


    Closing thoughts:

    Some within the Roman Catholic “church”, the present pope included, see no problem with homosexual priests/bishops. Others are altogether opposed to their presence. I can cite numerous Catholic websites to make the case and prove the point. Both the hierarchy and the laity are equally divided on the issue.

    In the final analysis, what really matters most of all is what you think. I honestly believe just as the “church hierarchy” covered up the routine practice of transferring abusive priests from diocese to diocese, most of “the faithful” are ignorant of the fact that the RC priesthood has been overrun by homosexuals. The aforementioned stats I have provided in prior posts on the Clergy Abuse SCANDAL provide ample evidence that RC priests/bishops/cardinals are not chaste but sexually active homosexuals. Not only have the RC “hierarchy” failed to protect the children from the sexual predators in their midst, they have embraced homosexuality in their own closeted community while simultaneously denouncing it as intrinsically evil to the Catholic laity and the public at large.
    The exposure of a homosexual sub-culture in the RC priesthood/hierarchy is yet another disturbing revelation that has emerged over the past ten years and one which remains unaddressed. This is yet another dimension to the ever-widening RC Clergy Abuse SCANDAL, for which the Bishops are wholly accountable. While the bishops assert they are the “church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals” it is plain enough that the standard the “hierarchy” hold out to the laity is not the standard they live by. They need to get their own house in order by purging their ranks of all homosexual priests and bishops. Until they do, they remain at variance with their own teaching as it is defined in the Catechism regarding homosexuality. Their tolerance of active homosexual priests/bishops in their own ranks is tantamount to both teaching and condoning “evil actions”!
    But don’t imagine that the present hierarchy will clean their own house of their homosexual priests and bishops or that they will voluntarily recuse themselves for the “good of the church”! According to a news story in the New York Times (Sept. 15, 2005), Fr. Thomas Reese, S.J., the former Editor-in-chief of America, said that “with the shortage of priests, the church can hardly afford to dismiss gay seminarians.” Can you really afford to wait until your child is sacrificed on the altar of priestly abuse?
    Those who neither embrace or model a morality that is agreeable to their own teaching are neither fit, nor qualified to guide others in the solemn matters of faith and morals. Catholics who are genuinely interested in the well-being and welfare of their children, as well as providing a safe and wholesome environment that both instills and mirrors the traditional family values they hold and cherish cannot remain in the RC “church”!

  • Oscar

    It’s certainly well worth taking the time to watch, thanks for posting the link.
    Probably fair to say that it’s good proof that corruption, abuse and coverups are endemic in the upper echelons of the Catholic Church and has been for a very long time.

    Of course it isn’t the sole preserve of the Catholic Church to have such a mess in their hierarchy, as no doubt many of us have found out the hard way.

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  • Duane Atkinson

    Hey Boz enjoyed your articles don’t know if you remember me We worked together with the brick machine in the DR I am still with Hard Hats for Christ back in Oregon now. it was good to see what your doing now take care Lord Bless
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