Archive for August, 2018

‘Monsignor Meth’ gets more prison time for failed drug test

August 29, 2018

 

Kevin Wallin

Kevin Wallin, meth dealing priest

 

 

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Connecticut Roman Catholic priest who ran a methamphetamine ring has been sent back to prison for nine months for failing another drug test while on supervised release.

Kevin Wallin asked a federal judge in Hartford on Thursday to continue his supervised release so he could begin long-term residential treatment for substance abuse.

But Judge Alfred Covello sent Wallin back to prison. Covello warned Wallin earlier this year that he faced more prison time if he failed another drug test.

Wallin resigned as a pastor in the Bridgeport diocese in 2011, and proceedings are underway to permanently remove him from the priesthood. He was dubbed “Mosignor Meth” in some media reports.

He was sentenced to more than five years in prison in May 2015 for selling meth and freed on supervised release in November 2016.

Mount Vernon man decapitated girlfriend after he ‘had spoken with God’

August 30, 2018

 

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… ignore him because he’s at least as crazy as you are.

 

When 32-year-old Timothy Hernandez’s parents arrived at their Mount Vernon home after church Sunday afternoon, they found his girlfriend on the ground, with her head removed from her body and placed on the back of her torso, according to Mount Vernon police reports.

Hernandez is now charged with first-degree murder in Skagit County Superior Court, accused of plotting his 27-year-old girlfriend’s death that morning. He would later tell police that he “had spoken with God,” who told him to “strike down” his girlfriend. Their 3-year-old daughter also told investigators she witnessed the slaying.

After the parents called 911, cops arrived to find Vanessa Cons’ body on the floor of the bedroom she shared with Hernandez, at the parents’ house in the 1200 block of North 18th Street in the city about 60 miles north of Seattle.

The parents told officers that they had left for church between 9:30 and 10 a.m. that morning without seeing Hernandez or Cons. They found her body when they returned home about 12:45 p.m. The parents claimed the couple argued before going to bed the previous night.

Investigators found a butcher knife in the kitchen sink with a clean blade, but blood and human hair on the handle. They also spotted multiple stab wounds to Cons’ back and the back of her head. They believe Hernandez sawed her head off from her body and placed it on the back of her torso, according to the incident report.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano told the pope about sex abuser and cover-up artist ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013

August 26, 2018

And pope Francis, the Donald Trump of the religious world, originally claims ignorance then fails to deny the charge.

 

Ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, seen in 2011, resigned as cardinal last month after a sex abuse investigation by the church d

Carlo Maria Vigano – The pope  knew all about McCarrick’s sex offences and cover-ups in 2013.

 

DUBLIN (AP) — The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was made a cardinal regardless.

The letter, an extraordinary j’accuse from a one-time Holy See diplomat, also accuses Pope Francis of being informed of McCarrick’s penchant for young seminarians in 2013 but of having rehabilitated him — a claim of cover-up against the pope himself.

The National Catholic Register and another conservative site, LifeSiteNews, published the letter attributed to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano on Sunday as the pope was wrapping up a two-day visit to Ireland dominated by the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal.

Vigano, 77, a conservative whose hard-line anti-gay views are well known, urged the reformist pope to resign over the issue and what he called the “conspiracy of silence” about McCarrick. He and the pope have long been on opposite ideological sides, with the pope more a pastor and Vigano more a cultural warrior.

 

The board of directors of fuckthepope.com joins Vigano in calling for the pope’s resignation.

 

Ireland protests Francis’ visit – “Say Nope To The Pope”

August 25, 2018

 

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The turnout to hear the pope say mass, while low, wasn’t this sparse but we wish it had been.
When free tickets for the mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis in Phoenix Park in Dublin were advertised, Mary Coll applied for two – one in her name and the other in the name of her birth mother, who gave her up for adoption in 1962.
But Coll will not be using the tickets. “This is my protest, not to go,” she said. Instead, she will drive from her home in Limerick to Tuam, where a vigil will be held at the site of a  at a former Catholic church mother-and-baby home. It contained the remains of up to 800 infants.
Coll got the idea of applying but not using tickets for the mass on Sunday from , a campaign of “silent and peaceful protest” against his visit. The group’s Facebook page has about 9,000 supporters.
Michael Stewart, one of the organisers, said the idea resonated with people “because it’s an effective form of protest”.
When faith fades: can the pope still connect with a changed Ireland?
“As Irish citizens, we were all entitled to a ticket to the papal mass if we wished. The taxpayer was funding this visit regardless of their faith, and that was the icing on the cake for many,” he said.
Half a million tickets were available to the public for the mass, with a further 45,000 for the papal visit to the Marian shrine in Knock.
“Why shouldn’t [people] claim their ticket and use it how they see fit?” Stewart said. “It seems that actively and deliberately not using their ticket was an appropriate option while we stand in solidarity with the excessive number of victims from this atrocious organisation.”
The board of directors of fuckthepope.com enthusiastically and unanimously endorses this powerful form of protest.

11 Nuns among 12 arrested in Scotland orphanage abuse case

August 25, 2018

 

Yeah. Nuns. Are you surprised?

 

លទ្ធផល​រូបភាព​សម្រាប់ Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, monsters of the Smyllum Park orphanage

 

Aug. 23 (UPI) — Scotland police arrested and charged a dozen people, including nuns, in an investigation of alleged child abuse at the now-closed Smyllum Park orphanage.

Eleven women and one man, ages 62 to 85, have been arrested in the case, police said Thursday.

The arrests of the nuns and former staff were based on an investigation into claims of systematic physical and sexual abuse of children over many decades at the orphanage in Lanark.

Another four former staff members at the Catholic-affiliated orphanage were reported to the Crown Office, Scotland’s prosecution service.

Former residents told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry earlier this year about their experiences at the orphanage. They said staff and nuns abused them repeatedly, humiliated them for wetting beds and deprived them of food. They also said some male and female staff sexually abused children.

“Investigating child abuse offenses is highly complex and every care is taken to ensure that enquiries are proportionate, appropriate and that victims’ needs are central to our investigations,” Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor said.

Police would not release any further details in the case.

The orphanage run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul was closed in 1981. It had opened in 1864 and had more than 11,000 children placed there over 117 years.

The bodies of approximately 400 children were discovered in grave just a few minutes way from the Smyllum orphanage in 2003.

Two former residents, Frank Docherty and Jim Kane, previously uncovered the burial plot in an unmarked section of St. Mary’s Cemetery, where a third of the bodies belonged to children aged 5 or younger.

Records showed deaths attributed to ailments like tuberculosis, flu and scarlet fever, reported the Sunday Post. Deaths also occurred from accidents and malnutrition.

“It is heartbreaking to discover so many children may have been buried in these unmarked graves. After so many years of silence, we must now know the truth of what happened here,” said Jack McConnell, former first minister of Scotland.

Lady Smith, SCAI chair, is expected to soon release a preliminary investigative report. The full report will come late next year.

US cardinal accused of concealing abuse pulls out of Dublin event

 

 

August 22, 2018

 

A US cardinal has pulled out of a keynote speech at the World Meeting of Families, a global event being hosted by the Roman Catholic church in Dublin, after he was criticised for his handling of child sexual abuse in a damning report.

, the archbishop of Washington, concealed abuse and moved known child molesters to new posts when he was bishop of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania from 1988 to 2006, according to the grand jury report.

His withdrawal from the event, which begins on Tuesday and which Pope Francis will attend next weekend, is another indicator that the church is struggling to get on top of a wave of sexual abuse scandals that have engulfed the Vatican this year. Survivors of sexual abuse are expected to protest during the pope’s 36-hour visit to Ireland.

No reason was given for Wuerl’s withdrawal. It follows the cancellation of the appearance another cardinal, Sean O’Malley, the archbishop of Boston, whose diocese said he had to personally attend to allegations of sexual harassment and bullying at a seminary.

In his defense the cardinal said, “Hey, I didn’t fuck nearly as many kids as the priests I protected and I never killed and ate any of them, so back the fuck off.”

Pennsylvania priest faces charges as sex abuse fallout grows

August 22, 2018

 

Two days after Pennsylvania bishop David Zubic stated publically that the Catholic Church is “different now”and no longer engaged in systemic sexual abuse, back in the real world this hit the news –

 

 

Kevin Lonergan, keeping alive the Catholic tradition of child sex abuse 

Ironic, huh?

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Roman Catholic priest was charged Tuesday with groping a 17-year-old girl and sending her nude images of himself, just a week after a Pennsylvania grand jury reported the church had covered up decades of priests’ child molestation across the state.

The charges of felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault against the Rev. Kevin Lonergan, 30, a Pottstown, Pennsylvania, native who most recently served as pastor at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena in Allentown, were not a result of the landmark grand jury investigation but stemmed from a complaint filed in June after the grand jury had finished its work, authorities said.

This is at least the second case of possible priest abuse being investigated in the Allentown Diocese since the grand jury finished its report, which identified 301 “predator priests” in a half dozen Pennsylvania dioceses going back to the 1940s.

Authorities have charged just two priests as a result of the grand jury investigation, including a priest who has since pleaded guilty.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Vatican On Sex Abuse Report: ‘Listen, No Normal Person Is Going To Sign Up To Be A Priest’

August 18, 2018

 

 

VATICAN CITY—Following a Pennsylvania grand jury’s report on widespread sexual abuse of children by priests and a cover-up that spanned decades, the Vatican released a statement Friday saying “listen, no normal person is going to sign up to be a priest.” “Look, we ask an awful lot of ordained priests and make them follow all these bizarre rules, so it shouldn’t be surprising that we have trouble finding people who aren’t degenerate creeps,” said Pope Francis, adding that although the Vatican would encourage members of the clergy to stop engaging in child abuse, there ultimately wasn’t that much they could do since the Church’s mandate of celibacy and its tacit acceptance of child abusers “basically turns away all well-adjusted, reasonablepeople at the door.

” “It’s only gotten worse over the years because regular people would much rather have actual experiences in the real world than be cooped up in a rectory insisting that they’re married to God or whatever. We’d bet that if we relaxed the rules, reformed the power dynamics, and allowed priests to marry and have sex, we wouldn’t be overrun by monsters who can’t function in normal society, but we’re not going to do that, so it’s just going to be a bunch of freaks and deviants from here on out. Honestly, the way the Church currently operates is pretty much designed to appeal only to sick fucks who know they’ll get away with moral atrocities, if you think about it.” Vatican officials also defended priests who have been accused of child abuse over the past several decades, saying that at this point, given all of the available information, only an incredibly negligent parent would allow a child to be associated with the Catholic Church in any way.

Thanks to theonion for this realistic assessment of the state of the priesthood.

Fantasizing Priest Accidentally Turns Communion Wafer Into Body Of Altar Boy

August 18, 2018

 

 

Whoops.

 

Thanks to the onion.com for this piece.

These Are Just A Few Of The Chilling Stories Of Abuse Covered Up By The Catholic Church In Pennsylvania

August 18, 2018

 

 

For decades, stories about clerical sexual abuse committed by Pennsylvania Catholic priests were reportedly locked away in the church’s secret archives.

These old secrets exploded into the light Tuesday with the publication of a grand jury report into six of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses.

The jurors’ 884-page report allowed Pennsylvania Catholics to finally grasp the extent of the abuse ― and cover-up ― in six dioceses: Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton. Over the course of two years, jurors identified 301 “predator priests” and more than 1,000 victims.

Jurors heard stories of boys and girls being groped. They heard about cases of kids becoming victims of child pornography, being made to masturbate with assailants, and being raped orally, vaginally and anally.

Underpinning the horrific crimes in the report are hundreds of pages of documents from the church’s secret archives that the jurors claim show that senior church officials knew the abuse was happening and failed to act properly. Catholic leaders, including former bishops, actively worked to protect abusers and the church’s public reputation, while brushing aside victims’ reports, the jurors claim.

The six dioceses and the accused priests were allowed to include their own responses to these claims at the end of the grand jury’s report. Some priests attached rebuttals, saying that the report included inaccuracies. About two dozen people named in the report petitioned to have their names redacted, claiming their right to due process would be violated if they were identified. The state Supreme Court plans to consider these individuals’ claims in September to determine if those redacted names should be revealed.

The majority of the perpetrators may never be brought to justice. Many are dead, while in some cases, the statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges has expired. That’s why the jurors insisted on naming accused priests and their bishops, and describing the abuse in detail.

“We are going to shine a light on their conduct, because that is what the victims deserve,” the report says.

To highlight the scope of the issue and the need for change, here are just some of the shocking cases of abuse and alleged cover-up documented in Tuesday’s landmark investigation.

The Priest Who Arranged An Abortion For His Victim
The grand jury reports that a priest in the Diocese of Scranton, Thomas Skotek,  assaulted a young girl from 1980 to 1985. The priest raped her, got her pregnant and helped arrange an abortion.
Documents in the church’s archives suggest that the diocese’s bishop was “fully aware” of the priest’s actions by 1986. Skotek resigned and was sent to a Catholic treatment center for clergy.
In a 1986 letter obtained by the grand jury, the bishop of Scranton expressed his condolences to the accused priest.
“This is a very difficult time in your life and I realize how upset you are. I too share your grief. How I wish it were not necessary to take this step,” the former Bishop James Timlin wrote in the letter to Skotek. “With the help of God, who never abandons us and who is always near when we need Him, this too will pass away, and all will be able to pick up and go on living.”
One year later, in 1987, Skotek was reassigned to another Pennsylvania church.
In 1989, the young woman was asked to sign a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a financial settlement.
That same year, Timlin sent a letter to the Vatican acknowledging that the priest had helped arrange an abortion. Catholic canon law deems those who cooperate in a completed abortion as “irregular,” which means they could be prevented from carrying out priestly duties. This bishop asked Rome to issue a dispensation for the priest, which is an exemption from an existing canon law.
“The Grand Jury noted that the focus of Timlin’s letter seemed to exclusively address the procurement of the abortion with little concern that Skotek had impregnated a child,” the report reads.
The priest continued in active ministry until 2002.
Timlin, now 91 and a bishop emeritus, responded to the grand jury report through his lawyer. While acknowledging that his efforts to respond to child sexual abuse in the diocese were “imperfect,” Timlin said he had acted with his best judgment, according to the medical standards of the time. In 1993, Timlin said, he established an internal review board in the diocese to help review child abuse cases.
“While not perfect, the Diocese of Scranton was in the vanguard of many religious organizations addressing the serious concerns related to child sexual abuse by members of the clergy,” the bishop’s statement said.
The Ring Of Predatory Priests Who Groomed Their Victims With Gold Crosses
The grand jury claims it uncovered a “ring of predatory priests” that operated within the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The jurors claim the ring created child pornography on diocesan property and used “whips, violence and sadism” in raping their victims. The ring apparently shared information about victims and even exchanged victims among themselves.
One man testified to the grand jury that the group of Pittsburgh priests once invited him to a parish rectory and asked him to get on a bed and remove his shirt, pants and underwear. The priests took photos of the victim, all the while claiming to make an “analogy to the image of Christ on the cross” and that the photos would be used to create religious statues.
The same victim also testified that the ring of priests groomed their victims with gifts. The priests would mark their “favorite boys” with gold cross necklaces.
″[The crosses] were a signal to other predators that the children had been desensitized to sexual abuse and were optimal targets for further victimization,” the grand jury wrote in its report.
The Priest Who Rinsed His Victim’s Mouth With Holy Water
The grand jury reports that a priest in the Diocese of Allentown sexually abused a young boy from 1981 to 1983. The victim reported the abuse to the diocese in 2011, and the diocese alerted local police.
The victim told police that the priest forced him to perform oral sex and also orally raped the boy. The victim claims that afterward, the priest would squirt holy water from a bottle into the victim’s mouth “to purify him,” the report states.
Since the statute of limitations had expired, no charges were brought against the priest. The priest, who has denied the accusations, served in churches until his retirement. As late as 2009, he was assisting with a local parish in Florida.
The Priest Who Confessed Abuse But Continued To Serve
In 1982, the Diocese of Allentown received a complaint from a victim’s father saying that a priest, Michael S. Lawrence, had sexually abused his 12-year-old son. When church officials confronted the priest, he reportedly confirmed the father’s account and said, “Please help me. I sexually molested a young boy.”
Church records obtained by the grand jury indicate that Lawrence was sent to a treatment center for Catholic clergy, where a doctor told church officials that the victim’s family should be given time to “ventilate” and that “the experience will not necessarily be a horrendous trauma” for the boy.
Two years later, Lawrence was assigned to a high school to teach religion classes. He wasn’t removed from active ministry until 1987. He continued to serve in a Diocesan Tribunal until 2002, when journalists at the Boston Globe brought national attention to the issue of child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. Lawrence retired that year and died in April 2015.
The Priest Whose Superiors Had His Back
Jurors claim that some former church officials in the Diocese of Pittsburgh took pains to defend and reassign the Rev. Richard Zula, who was sentenced to prison in 1990 for child abuse.
In 1987, a church official claimed one of the Zula’s victims, a 15-year-old girl, had “pursued” the priest and “literally seduced” him into a relationship.

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Church Pastor, Fire Marshal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

August 17, 2018

 

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Mark Alan Feeney and David John Croyle accused of sexual assault of a minor

 

 

KITTANNING (KDKA) — A church pastor and a fire marshal in Armstrong County are accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy.

State police say 55-year-old Mark Alan Feeney, of Applewold, Pa., and 60-year-old David John Croyle, of Kittanning, are facing statutory sexual assault charges.

The two men allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old boy multiple times between April and September of 2016.

Croyle is a church pastor, Kittanning newspaper publisher and the vice president of the Kittanning City Council.

Feeney is a former fire chief and the present fire marshal for two Buffalo Township volunteer fire companies. He has been suspended pending the outcome of the criminal case. Feeney also was on the Applewold Town Council at one time.

 

Investigators tell KDKA the victim first met Croyle when he applied for a job at the Kittanning Paper.

Croyle allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager inside his apartment.

Troopers say they have text messages and other digital evidence to back up the victim’s account.

Feeney allegedly assaulted the teenager at his home on Ridge Avenue.

Investigators say Feeney and Croyle are acquaintances and they are not ruling out the possibility that Croyle may have introduced the victim to Feeney. They also say there’s no mistaking that both suspects knew the victim was minor.

“It was no accident. There was no mistake of age. It was an intentional act. They knew what they were doing,” Trooper Robert Rottman said.

Croyle and Feeney are in the Armstrong County Jail, both held on $150,000 bond.

Biblical Scholars Find Evidence Church Covered Up For 3 Wise Men Who Molested Baby Jesus

August 16, 2018

 

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Shedding further light on a long history of attempts to protect itself from accusations of criminal activity, biblical scholars at Harvard Divinity School reported Wednesday they have found evidence that the early Catholic church covered up for three wise men who molested baby Jesus. “After deciphering fragments of a previously unknown gospel, we now have textual documentation that clearly delineates abuse by three magi who arrived in Bethlehem and inappropriately touched the newborn Christ Child as He lay in the manger,” said Professor Raymond White, recounting the extensive efforts made by the church to scrub the story from early versions of the Bible and to discredit Jesus’ account of the event in His later sermons. “As described in newly discovered scraps of papyrus dating back nearly 2,000 years, these three magi were powerful men of great influence. Whatever moments of weakness or temptation they may have exhibited on that first Christmas morning, the early church must have seen fit to protect their reputations against any accusation from the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, who were, after all, very poor.” White went on to note that additional passages from the text explain how the three wise men were quietly relocated and allowed to continue their work in a remote village in Persia.

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