Pope Francis launches new panel to speed up abuse cases

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Pope Francis officiated at the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica earlier this month. Religion News Service photo by Cathleen Falsani

Pope Francis officiated at the weddings of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica earlier this month. Religion News Service photo by Cathleen Falsani

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, called the pope’s proposal a “good solution” to help alleviate a backlog of cases.

  • Neon Genesis

    I still don’t know why the Catholic church isn’t turning these bishops over to the police and letting the law punish them. This all seems to be about doing damage control for the Catholic church’s PR than it is about doing justice.

  • Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    It seems to me that Josephine McKenna and Kurt Martens, a canon law expert from Catholic University are swallowing the Vatican spin. As Catholics, we want to believe that what the Vatican says is true. As a physician who has met many who have been sexually abused by clergy, I have found that the Church is good at manipulation and has had no problem with lying and abusing our trust. We are the fools for trusting the Church leaders, who have a vested interest in keeping their power over us all, and children remain at risk for being sexually abused and raped by clergy and nuns in the U.S. and around the world, because the Church continues to protect the predators when they can get away with it.
    Sincerely, Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh, M.D., M.Spir.

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  • Why yes, as one of those victims, who took the church at it’s word? We know how the church clears away the backlog of reports of our rapes.

    First they hire a lawyer, to twist your words and brand you a liar, especially if you happen to be a victim, who is incredibly vocal against the crimes of the church.

    Tens of thousands of priests have raped and brutalized hundreds of thousands of children through-out the world. You also have the horrors of the Magdalene and Good Shepherd Laundries, their Industrial Homes, their Women’s and Children’s Homes and their Native American/First Nation Homes.

    Again, hundreds of thousands of children, enslaved, beaten, raped, brutalized and yes, murdered.

    Yet, if you are a victim, who stands up for your rights and seeks justice against this evil and the crimes perpetrated against you by these pedophiles of this church?

    You are attacked, you are deemed a liar, a gold digger out looking for a payday. You are told you seduced your rapist priest, or you are told you need to be brought into a room where a priest can beat you with a baseball bat to show you what real pain and suffering is.

    Then you have that disgusting Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League who insults, denigrates and defames priest rape victims. Why he is even being sued by a priest rape victim for defamation and slander. But does the Vatican or the Pope do anything about Bill Donohue? Heck no.

    Yeah, the lawyer used the infamous, statue of limitations, which is typical to get my case dismissed. They KNEW I was telling the truth, and that is why they branded me a liar and sought to stop us getting Father Leon Gaulins files and the blueprints of the church offices.

    We knew, that Gaulin raped me along with others in St Thomas More parish in Durham NH in March of 1975.

    Right after my lawyer’s investigator went and saw Gaulin in Maine? He disconnected his phone, put his house up for sale and left Maine with his homosexual boyfriend for Florida. He also changed his phone number down there and left it as no way to hunt this dangerous, psychotic pedophile to protect children from his sorry butt.

    Yeah, we the victims know how the church is going to handle the cases…by using the Statue of Limitations and brand us liars.

  • They attack us.

    Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, states that if we did not punch our rapist priests in the face, that means we not only wanted to be raped, we enjoyed being raped and are homosexuals because of it.

    Or that we are nothing more than liars, gold diggers out looking for a payday from the church.

    Or other priests, like Rev. Richard Ross told the Joliet Herald-News. “I’ll take all of these people who were abused, and I’ll abuse them with a baseball bat. You can quote me on that.

    Or Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who cried how he felt betrayed that New York passed the same sex marriage law against his wishes, but in the same breath, about the one year statue of limitations against child abuse that New York was trying to change said the following…and please read his words carefully.

    Dolan also explained that he wanted to keep the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims to one-year, because if the church gets sued, “The perpetrators don’t suffer. There’s no burden on them. What suffers are the services and the ministries of the apostolates that we’re doing now. Because where does the money come from? So the bishops of 30 years ago that allegedly may have reassigned abusers, they don’t suffer. They’re dead. So the people that suffer are those who are being served right now by the church. We feel that’s a terribly unjust burden.”

    Funny…no mention about our terrible unjust burdens, no mention of our sufferings

    Or how about Rev. Benedict Groeschel,who stated: “Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster — 14, 16, 18 — is the seducer,” Groeschel said.

    He said the cases were “almost romantic” and said the sexual contact often did not include penetration.

    I have been branded a liar by the Manchester NH Diocese about my priest rapes. We know for a fact, that Father Leon Gaulin raped me at St Thomas More parish in Durham NH in March of 1975. I also know something else happened that night. As he gave me a glass of water to drink after he raped me, and I do not remember anything afterwards until I was in the car of my social worker and we were going by Weeks Family Resturaunt in Dover NH.

    I have always said another name in this, and the nightmares I have had, shows that I had been raped multiple times that night.

    We attempted to get the church to get us this priests file and the blueprints of the offices and bedroom of the church. They instead filed a statue of limitations dismissal and got it.

    So much for the Church making things right with us victims eh?