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AVALANCHE OF NEW ABUSE CLAIMS THREATENS CHURCH IN NEW YORK.


By the end of Wednesday 427 lawsuits had been filed across the state – most were against the Catholic Church and its dioceses in New York state.

Avalanche of new abuse claims threatens church in New York

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Avalanche of new abuse claims threatens church in New York

by James Roberts

By the end of Wednesday 427 lawsuits had been filed across the state – most were against the Catholic Church and its dioceses in New York state.

A new law came into force in New York State yesterday that is threatening to bring an avalanche of new child abuse claims down on the Catholic Church.
In Germany, as abuse cases flooded around the Church in 2010, it spoke of a “tsunami”. Millions have left the Church in disgust since then.
In Australia and Ireland, the Church is still reeling from the revelations of how children were treated there, and how the Church sought to hide its culpability. The hierarchies are attempting to chart a path to recovery, but despite all the evident service and self-sacrifice on the part of so many ordinary priests, the Church is held in such low public esteem that the mountain they have to climb is more than daunting.
In the United States, the Church has used its vast wealth to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to thousands of victims. But if the Church there thought the reckoning was over, it was profoundly mistaken, as events in New York on Wednesday showed.
The New York law, the Child Victims Act, was approved by the state’s Senate and Assembly in January this year, with every senator voting for the bill, and the Assembly passing it with a majority of 130 to 3. It has now come into force.
Victims of sexual abuse in New York were previously required to file civil lawsuits by their 23rd birthdays. Under the new law, they have until age 55, and for one year, as from Wednesday 14 August – they can be even older than that.
Crucially, by giving plaintiffs the power to subpoena private institutional records, the thousands of lawsuits expected to be filed this year could open a window into how institutions including the Vatican handled the abusers and the abuse claims, casting a searing light on any attempts at cover-up.
By the end of Wednesday 427 lawsuits had been filed across the state. Some were against institutions including the Boy Scouts, but most were against the Catholic Church and its dioceses in New York state.
One plaintiff speaking to the press on Wednesday was James Grein, 61. Grein told how disgraced ex-cardinal Thedore McCarrick took him to see St Pope John Paul II in 1988.
McCarrick was removed from the clerical state in February after being found guilty of sexually abusing children and adults.
According to Mr Grein, McCarrick, in 1988 the archbishop of Newark, left the room, leaving him to speak to the Pope. Grein said he knelt before the Pope and revealed, in the presence of several Vatican officials, that then archbishop McCarrick had been sexually abusing him since childhood.
“I told him I had been abused as a child by this man, and I need you to stop it,” said Grein. “He put both hands on my head, and told me he would pray for me.”
Because his lawsuit claims that he told Pope John Paul II about the abuse, Grein’s legal team will seek to depose Vatican officials and gain access to secret Vatican documents.
“The cover-up has ended and now we are going right to the top,” Mitchell Garabedian, Grein’s lawyer, told reporters on Wednesday in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. “We are attempting to show that the Vatican knew that McCarrick was abusing James Grein.”
The Catholic Archdiocese of New York said in a statement on Wednesday that it had anticipated facing new lawsuits with the change in the law. It said it would continue to “invite people to consider” a compensation programme created in 2016 for people sexually abused by its clergy. So far, the archdiocese has paid more than $66 million in compensation to 335 victims. The payments are funded by loans secured against its many valuable properties.

31 replies on “AVALANCHE OF NEW ABUSE CLAIMS THREATENS CHURCH IN NEW YORK.”

I wonder whether Fulton-Sheen will be mentioned in any of these suits. I can’t believe that he didn’t at least cover-up for offending priests.

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9.43
Fulton-Sheen was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York for many years before becoming Bishop of Rochester in the mid-Sixties. It is virtually a safe bet not only that he was involved in at least concealing rape and/or sodomy of minors, but that he was involved multiple times.
New York archdiocese has a more numerous Catholic population than Boston archdiocese. We know that Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston concealed many such crimes and protected many offending priests, facilitating further sexual crimes against minors. Given Richard Sipe’s metrical analysis of the incidence of offending priests to a determined clerical population, and the fact that the Archdiocese of New York had more priests (including religious) than Boston, it is at least possible that the scale of cover-up under Fulton-Sheen was even greater.
No; none of this would hinder the cause of Fulton-Sheen’s canonisation.

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Poster at 11:49pm

I see you’re back from rehab, you weren’t there long enough, now you looking for any dirt on The Servant of God Fulton-Sheen, we do know that you can’t believe anything good about any priest.
Evviva Maria!

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You make an interesting speculation, Magna, though I wonder how much say in the running of the Archdiocese Spellman allowed him, given they couldn’t stand each other. Sheen was busy on the telly, and Spellman was away a lot entertaining the troops or chaperoning elderly matriarchs on luxury cruises, so I imagine most of the cover up was done by the Vicars General – cp. the role of the late Mgr Daniel Leonard in Birmingham. I wonder more about Spelly’s successor, Terence Cooke, who had none other than McCarrick as his secretary.

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9.38

You know the double entendre that was attributed to Spellman’s ‘entertaining’ American soldiers stationed outside the USA? That he was ‘on his knees overseas’.

Based on Sipe’s research, it is a statistical probability that not an insignificant number of priests in the Archdiocese of New York at the time were ‘kiddie-fiddling’, and that hierarchs like Fulton-Sheen knew of it. Certainly, such a theocrat as Spellman (known for his, shall we say, ‘uninhibited homosexuality’?) would scarcely have thought twice about covering up the rape and sodomy of minors (and, therefore, of ordering his auxiliaries to do precisely that and of expecting nothing less than unswerving obedience from them).

Yes, it is conceivable that Fulton-Sheen had little autonomy in the running of his corner of the Archdiocese, which strengthens my point that he, under Spellman’s gimlet eye, likely conspired, on ‘holy obedience’, to conceal sexual crimes against minors.

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This is going to cost some dioceses in the USA a huge chunk of their money, perhaps even lead them in to bankruptcy. And that is right. So complicit has the Church, its bishops, its clergy, and yes even the laity, over the decades in turning a blind eye to the evil that was being done in their midst, and in some cases with direct knowledge and a decision to turn a blind eye, that it has the smack of justice about it that the Church should be humbled not just in character but in fact and pay a heavy price for what it has done or failed to do. A poor, humbled, and penitent Church will be a purer Church and reflect more closely the early Church of the Apostles and Jesus Christ. Maybe its bishops and priests will have to go out to work in order to earn their own living and support, and that will surely be a shock to the system ! They won’t like it ! Gone will be the days of celebrating Mass, retiring to the presbytery for a nice breakfast and coffee and the newspapers, followed by some light administrative work (usually checking the bank balances), followed by a nice pre-prandial and lunch, followed by a siesta, then a little light exercise, and then settling down to an evening with supper before the TV. And, don’t think that I’m exaggerating. 8 hour days in the office or factory will be exhausting for them !

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That parish you ask is all around the place. My wife and I witnessed it yesterday as we tend to go out every Sunday for a Roast (our favourite meal). Yesterday we were in a hotel on the outskirts of Coleraine, on the Garvagh side. We can’t name establishments anymore because the Manager of somewhere mentioned on this blog before told us we were no longer welcome as he recognised our contributions on here or was made to recognise them. Turns out that this oaf is related to a Priest from the Tyrone/Armagh direction. However, yesterday we listened to some country folk on the next table ( wife insists they sounded like yokels from Ballymena area) with hi this and hi that. They were enjoying the fact their PP was being finally moved. He spends money like water they said, is a lazy no good rotter, says Mass, dines out every day, new big car, doesn’t visit, has his favourites, cuts people off never shines his shoes, bad breath and greasy hair. They were partial to the egg mayonnaise starter but we had our favourite prawn cocktail. My wife tried to engage them in conversation but they became wary when the subject of the clergy was raised. They didn’t want to converse any further so we have learned not to push or pry too much in future (I blamed her for this) which didn’t go down too well. By the dessert things had got a bit frosty between all concerned.

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Amazing hi. A sure we ll give ya a few bob and till be alright but. The first thing they think about is££££. We have a responsibility to proclaim the name of Jesus as well as challenge adversity. I see the challenge but where is the proclamation hi. No apologies needed to pray for the lot of them hi. Perhaps we should include a wee prayer on the blog to ask Gods blessings on th good th bad and th ugly hi

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At 10:44 a.m. What a wind up artist you are. You have gone so far ott that only the very gullible here will take you to task. Your very big to gue is stuck in your even bigger cheek.
Hehehe!

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If similar legislation was passed in Gt. Britain or Ireland, l have no doubt a tsunami of historical cases would come before the courts. This criminal culture in the Rcc will only change, and rapidly, when members of the hierarchy are brought before the courts en masse, for complicity in covering up crime, with imprisonment where there’s sufficient evidence.

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Don’t be an idiot. We have no statute of limitations. Some people of this blog are snowflakes. In fact I think most of them are just keyboard warriors. Up the Republic. Brexit Now. Push the Brits out of Europe NOW.

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Oh well, it sounds to me that you might be the true idiot here ! If you want “Up the Republic” then you really should be in favour of keeping the Brits in Europe, because if Brexit happens, particularly with no deal, then I’m afraid the Brits will suffer, but even worse will be the effect on Ireland north and south. Just look at the geography. Ireland could return to just a little agriculture economy on the fringe of the Atlantic, and in spite of what the EU says about supporting Ireland, they will only do so much. So, self-interest in “Up the Republic” dictates that you argue for no Brexit, or a very good Brexit deal, because without either of those the Republic will be in the shite.

Now, you are right about no statute of limitations in the UK and Ireland for crimes, so matters can be prosecuted no matter how long ago the crime took place. There are probably a lot of old clergy out there just wishing that there were a statute of limitations, because they will be worrying about what they got up to decades ago with the little boys and girls will come back to haunt them ! There are more than you think. What we see prosecuted is the tip of the iceberg.

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The legislation encourages all victims of sexual abuse to come forward — if followed up on it would spread the nightmare affecting the catholic clergy to all ranks of society, notably to schools — but probably only rich organizations (the Boy Scouts are one) will be targeted.

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10.44am Best laugh I’ve had all weekend. Wish I could meet you and your Missus. Does she wear a hat and does she wear a pair of goggles? Reminds me of George and Mildred.

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“The (compensation) payments are funded by loans secured against its many valuable properties.”
Presumably, monies collected from parishioners are now servicing the debt on these loans.

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STARTING ON THIS BLOG NEXT WEEK

PRESBYTERY TALES…………………….from the pen of The Housekeeper.

Canon Hughes and his two curates Fr Smith and Fr Collins live in a busy Down and Connor parish. Births, deaths, shotgun marriages, family disputes, unwanted pregnancies, Channel 4 Racing, same sex marriage and mixed marriages where the groom is from Dunlop and the bride from Cloughmills all form part of daily life in this parochial house.
However, will a little secret from the Canon’s past come back to haunt him? Will Fr Smith’s bingo fiddle be revealed or will Fr Collins old flame from Bellaghy knock the door and cause mayhem.
Read how the VG has become completely frustrated with these three clerics who make Fr Ted and co look organised.

Read this blog next week for the first instalment.

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5.50: What a barrel full of shit! You have about as much humour as a rhinoceros. Stay with your day job. Are you trying to outsmart the fat, over indulgent crabby couple who dine out on fine foods and wine and who stick their nose in everyones business ( of course they don’t exist)?? You are NOT funny. Outdated attempt at humour and it doesn’t work. You’re not intelligent, imaginary, creative or funny….

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I’m sorry to disappoint you. My wife and I don’t drink wine (fine or otherwise). Last time I checked a Sunday Roast wasn’t listed as fine food either. Your imagination has lost the run of itself. Does it exist?

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There’s not a parish in Down and Connor that has a PP and two curates today. Indeed there’s only one or two curates in the entire 88 parishes so your scenario is most definitely a work of fiction.

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Pat can I ask a question? Are you not publishing comments? Or are people not taking any notice of this blog? Comments are certainly down.

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