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University Chaplain at UNL made sexual advances

April 29, 2020 AP

LINCOLN, Mo. (AP) — The longtime pastor of the Newman Center on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln made “occasional” sexual advances to students and seminarians, the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln announced Wednesday.
Monsignor Leonard Kalin, who died in 2008, led the Newman Center from 1970 to 1998.

The report said the leadership of the diocese was aware of the socializing, frequent trips to casinos, alcohol and cigarette use by Kalin but said evidence did not support allegations that church leaders knew of sexual impropriety by the priest, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

The diocese began investigating Kalin’s conduct in April 2018 after two former seminarians alleged in that he had made sexual advances toward them in 1998.

In a letter to church members Wednesday, Archbishop George Lucas said the investigation by an independent private investigator focused on Kalin’s leadership style and the culture he promoted at the Newman Center .

“The investigation did not find there was a culture of homosexuality at the Newman Center,” Lucas’ letter said. “The investigation did reveal that Msgr. Kalin did on occasion make sexual advances toward some seminarians and college students.”
In April 2019, the diocese released names of nine former priests — three of them now dead — facing substantiated allegations that they sexually abused minors.

‘I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice’

CANADA SUPREME COURT FINDS AGAINST CHURCH ATTEMPT TO LIMIT AWARDS TO VICTIMS.

CBC News · Posted: Apr 30, 2020 4:33 PM ET | Last Updated: May 1

London, Ont. lawyer Rob Talach said today’s Supreme Court decision puts a definitive end to the long legal battle involving the Basilian Fathers and Rod MacLeod, a former Sudbury high school student. (Doug Husby/CBC)

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a Catholic teaching order concerning damages awarded to a former Sudbury high school student.
Lawyer Rob Talach says Father Hodgson Marshall was convicted of sexually abusing his client, Rod MacLeod, who was a student at St. Charles College from 1963-1967.
In 2011, Marshall was ultimately convicted of abusing 17 young people over his 38-year career. He served two years in federal prison and died in 2014.

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Talach said Thursday’s Supreme Court decision puts a definitive end to the long legal battle, and upholds the judgement on damages of more than $2.5 million dollars, including $500,000 in punitive damages.
“The outcome is a victory for not only Mr. MacLeod but also all victims of sexual abuse in Canada,” Talach said in a release. “The law is now friendlier to victims and tougher on their perpetrators.”
A call to the Basilian Fathers in Toronto has not been returned.
The Basilians are a Roman Catholic Religious Order of priests who operate on three continents, including Canada and the United States, with their headquarters located in Toronto.
MacLeod also commented on today’s decision:
“I hope this final victory will give hope to other sexual abuse victims to come forward and seek justice through the courts. It is possible to achieve justice in Canada.”


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72 replies on “University Chaplain at UNL made sexual advances”

Par for the course. The truth had to be dragged out of the Diocese of Lincoln and the Basilians over many years of denial. Even now it is only a very partial admission. Breathtaking – well, no, not really – that Archbishop George Lucas of Ohio claims that nobody in authority knew of Mgr Kalin’s sexual assaults, and that there wasn’t a culture of homosexual abuse at the Newman Centre. There is plenty of easily accessible online evidence to the contrary. Several poor sods thought they would be safe at the Lincoln Seminary, given its impeccable conservative and traditionalist credentials. Well, they were wrong about that.

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@ 10.22 First of all it is the Archdiocese of Omaha Nebraska and George Lucas is the Archbishop. He is not the Archbishop of Ohio.

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Double any figures on abusers given out by dioceses. The above is the despicable practice of spinning out the process in the hope the complainant will get tired and go away.
NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

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I heard of a religious brother coming out of a pub loo in west of Ireland with troosers doon . Was he plastered or something else. Clerical frustration is fatal. That said as well as possible victims there are those who use the situation for their own advantage hi🌚

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They say the ‘dilly never been busier since the Ordinariate moved into Warwick street a few minutes walk from Picadilly Circus.

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11:32 pm

Good Evening hi fly.
Begorra and bejaney. The brother came out of the jacks with the pants doon.
Well holy god. There’s a quare one.Was anything else doon.
Was he gaga, gagging or had he too much gargle. Pioneer pin must off that nite. Pioneering of a different sort musta been on his mind. Takes all kinds.
Bye bye fly hi.

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Scandalous, lamentable and sad as it is – and predictable in respect of the Church’s response – I do wonder whether we have flogged this horse to death ? We know about what has happened. We want these abuses to see the light of day, and for justice to be done for the victims. We get the coverup and abusive failures of the clergy and the Church in these matters. We don’t want to forget them, but we have to move on, surely ? We know enough about what has happened and why it has happened in order for us to use it as a foundation for moving forward to a place where this cannot happen again, but where we also can begin to grow and thrive. Surely ?

There are so many other challenges facing us. Perhaps we could spend some time discussing those ? For example, getting right the training and culture of priesthood, so that candidates are formed in a healthy and integrated way. For example, rethinking the theology of priesthood, so that we can develop it as a ministry that has a wide embrace of all God’s people. For example, taking very seriously the call of the Gospel to be on the side of justice and of the poorest and most vulnerable, social justice. These, and many more things, are not incidental to our lives as Christians, and deserve interest and focus. It doesn’t mean that we have to forget the issues that are rehearsed here day after day, sometimes salaciously, but these matters should also be the subject of our interest and debate. Surely ?

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I don’t see how we can begin to address questions of formation and mission when we are still largely in denial over firstly the clerical establishment’s cover up, and secondly the Church’s warped understanding of human sexuality and relationships.

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I’m not in denial about the clerical establishment’s cover up or the Church’s warped understanding of human sexuality and relationships. Which is why I think that fundamental thinking about formation and mission are vital. Only by concentrating on the those do you make any headway with the former. They are inextricably linked if we are to go forward.

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+ Pat, we don’t all share your visceral hatred of the Church. Some of us see it as having validity and a future, which will involve RENOVATION rather than demolition. You do come at this with a particular view, I guess as a result of your treatment by the Church over the decades, but I do think it has given you a particularly mono focal perspective.

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10.38am Yo are clearly not a builder with that mentality. Sometimes it’s renovation not demolition.

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I’m strongly inclined to agree. The whole set up is very unfortunate and whilst I think children are *probably* safer in church and other settings than they were even 10 years ago, I don’t yet believe in spite of what is said in carefully scripted sound bites that all the hierarchy do. At the IICSA I was not convinced that the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster entirely gets it, still less some of the others; equally I feel that about most of them at home in Ireland.

Yes, all the issues the contributor at 10:04 suggests do need to be dealt with. Yes, the Church needs to move forward and into the modern world in a way that doesn’t deter rather than attract the faithful. But until the Church can convince its members who are, after all, the body of Christ, that it really has changed and is ready to listen and learn as well as teach, it’s not going to be possible to move forward. Human failing exists on every level and we should view many failings with compassion. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But scale and repetition of and learning from such fallings short do mean something, as indeed does firm purpose of amendment.

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11:03

Renewal, reform, renovation, call it what you like, has been talked about ad nauseam
in the catholic church for decades. It’s gone from bad to worse.
Maybe it time to realise it cannot be renovated.

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10:04 am

This blog is focused on exposing corruption, abuse and criminality in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland and Internationally. This horse anything but flogged to death. There is a very serious moral imperative to expose abuse corruption and crime particularly rape of children. Covering up in the church continues. Relocating priests continues. Survivors are still retraumatized when they come forward. Talking theology is secondary to protecting human lives. Bishops must be made accountable. According to Pope Benedict XVI, there is no forgiveness without justice. There is no justice without accountability. God has NO favourites.

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5:27 pm

Are you living in the land of make believe?
What do you think the church is—-a refuge for corrupt abusive clerical criminals?

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Currently the only religious body I know of which both has a strict policy on sexual abuse of any sort and which sticks to it is the Church of Satan! If you get convicted they throw you out completely and if they find out first they report you to police immediately and then throw you out.
I know where to find good morals.

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No, seriously. And although they are a religious body they don’t take religious tax exemption.
They have a FAQ on their website but @1:31 you wouldn’t read it. Incidentally they also don’t believe in Satan.

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Glad to see you removed that “scum” comment from the usual suspect. It is really really getting very tiresome and adds nothing to anything except vitriol and the irrationality of hatred.

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Hatred can be called irrational when it is driven by prejudice, ignorance, envy, spite and a deliberate intention to cause maximum offence, as it is in this particular case.

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On Youtube wanderings during lockdown, I came across this video from Maynooth Chapel of June 2018. My initial interest was in the music, which is very haunting and well done. However, my curiosity gets the better of me, and I am now wondering who is who. I have heard several names from Maynooth – though the star players would have departed by the date of this video – but often cannot put a face to the name. I am struck by how relatively young the “lads” are, looking as if they have come straight from school, so if there have been problems with immature behaviour, that might well be the reason to be addressed rather than subjecting them to relentless public humiliation. Nevertheless, they are opting for public ministry, so it is right they should be accountable. I think I recognize Brendan Marshall, and could that be Conan McGonagle on his left? Do I also see Stephen Wilson on the back row, standing to the right of a rather good-looking guy with blond designer stubble? They all look so sweet and innocent.

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2.36: Don’t obfuscate or equivocate on the relevance and significance of comments directed to you. Be moral and accept truth about yourself when evidenced in your vitriol: Your hatred is irrational, dangerous and nasty. Look to thine own heart first.

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I agree with 11:48pm. I cannot help thinking that Crispian Hollis would have been a much better choice for Westminster. He is a nice man like Nursie, but has more steely resolve, viz his ability to stand up to Maurice. He is also entirely at home with the British establishment, which is not necessarily a bad thing for Westminster – see how they fawned over Basil. The only reason he didn’t get beyond Portsmouth was that he was seen to be a progressive and has never made any bones about it unlike others – Elsie in particular – who change tack to the prevailing wind viz. his by now notorious selling the Soho Masses down the river.

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Pat, I was very interested in the blog yesterday (Sorry it’s not relevant to today’s isdue). It was a great discussion and debate about the horrible anti Irishness of the RC Church in England and now many endured it and continue to do so. I was talking to a relatively young priest recently who told me that you yourself have helped priests on the quiet and were a good support. I never realised that. There were bishops in the past who were very good to priests (sadly not now). The likes of George Patrick Dwyer, Joe Cleary, Hollis, Heenan, Frank Thomas, etc all did the same but it was never reported, documented or talked about

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Good to read a positive comment at 4:10 pm. I agree with your appraisal of the previous generation of bishops. The contrast between Hollis for example and his successor at Portsmouth could not be starker. I also feel that the anti-Irish strain has been reactivated by the phoney claim to some specious Ecclesiae Anglicans heritage as put about by the Fraudinariate.

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@4.53pm I totally agree with you in relation to your observation of 4.10pm ‘s contribution. The bishops of old are not like the present crop – nowhere like them at all. The present ones are all uncaring daft apeths. I’m glad Pat is highlighting this on his blog. The Irish clergy were looked down in England, Wales and Scotland like scum, sadly it’s still true. I think Pat that your story about Leo McCartie from yesterday dropping his first name as Patrick and had opened old wounds how the Irish clergy were regarded as dirt and still to this day.

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Happy birthday Pat. I hope you have a lovely day. The sun is shining here and not a cloud in the sky. Lots of love x

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Father Kevin on the parish web site – Disgusting asking at such a time !

“IF YOU CAN HELP FINANCIALLY, THIS IS HOW TO DO IT. THANK YOU.
The Diocesan Finance committee have been working on the options we have available to allow us to support Holy Family parish and Fr Kevin through this time of not being able to attend Mass. It seems like an appropriate time to mention our Easter Offering for Fr. Kevin, being mindful that Easter and Christmas are the two times in our Church year when our offering goes directly to him. His Wages if you like

You can set up a standing order for donations to Holy Family parish using your online bank account. The information required to make the donation is as follows.

Bank: NatWest

Sort Code: 60-06-11

Account Number: 91052106

Account Name: RCDN Holy Family Parish, Slough

Payment Ref.: Holy Family Parish, Langley

OR

Fr Kevin O’Driscoll (if this is your Easter Offering)

These are the same details required should you wish to make a one-off payment to Holy Family Parish OR: Fr Kevin O’Driscoll (if this is your Easter Offering)

There is also an online donation facility on our main Diocesan website through Virgin Money giving. If you use this option we ask that you please indicate in the notes section that the donation is for Holy Family Parish, Langley or Fr Kevin O’Driscoll if the donation is for Fr. Kevin’s Easter offering. Thank You”

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But they were asking for more money over and above regular donations, i.e. any extra money people have saved on not going out during lockdown.

All three of them have the option to go on the game if they need more, many of them are coined operated nowadays anyway.

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Pat, just wondering if you have officiated at any funerals of covid related deaths! Probably not: yet you tell other priests what they should be doing. Hypocrite. I have officiated at 12 in the last fortnight. You have no awareness of the immense sadness or grief present, no awareness of the effects of these realities on everyone. Stay in the comfort of your hut. One day real life and work will hit you!!

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6.15 pm -Clergy like us deal with real life all the time . Minister to the the broken , rejected , abused , caused by the broken institution you seek to close ranks for and protect . You are not better than any in your church that cause such harm . By staying in it you support all the forms of abuse it causes to the children of God .

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6:15 pm -What happened to the funeral fee for the twelve funerals ? Did you keep it for yourself , or did it go to the parish funds ? Or did you donated it to help those who are struggling financially in your parish,or have no food to feed their kids ? Or did you turn down the funeral fee at such a difficult time for grieving people ?

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6.50: Your questions are mischievous. Donations are only given with consent of families. If families are in difficulty as many, many families are, there are no problems re: donations. The undertakers and cemetery owners actually get the most from families, the church, a small donation. In our Diocese, because if Revenue Charities Act, all donations go directly to a Common Fund out of which relevant people get their offering. Do I give my share to charity? That’s entirely none of your business. And – I contribute frequently to charity, both local, nationally and to the many who knock at my door. Hooe that satisfies your cynicism and unnecessary curiosity. Now, I’d be interested if you asked Pat the same questions re: wedding, baptismal, visitation, mass offerings, funeral fees!!! Now that would be far more concerning!

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9.33

A small donation to the Church?

Here it is fifty quid, which I won’t pay. My funeral instructions are clear: no Romanist perverts and parasites anywhere near my remains.

The truth here is that if a Romanist moocher has to be paid to pray, then he isn’t praying, but performing…just as he has since ordaination.

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Anon at 6.50 is at it again. It’s very curious that this person is so destructively devilish. Why is he/she/it so cincerned? Families are never forced or pressurised to give donations. You know very little, so rather than speculate and lie, go and research first before mouthing off.

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7.07: Magna, who said you were welcome back after your hate speech this morning….Outrageous and which Pat morally and rightly deleted. Get a grip, Mags. I’m praying for you as you are very close to the edge!

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Pat, it’s a wonderful service you are doing with broadcasting from the oratory. Fair play to you with all the people in lockdown.

Sure they say that laughter is the best medicine. And it’s very reassuring and consoling, no doubt also, for the viewers, when they tune in with all their worries and sicknesses, to realise whatever troubles I might have at least I’m not feckin barking mad.

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7.17:….Remember Pat, you too are called to be a True Shepherd of Christ along with Catholic priests. Like most of us, I’m sure you find the task difficult and challenging at times, frustrating and fulfilling and lots of searching questions about how we live more fully, honestly and authentically to embody the spirit of Christ.

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Bishop Buckley, there’s been a lot of chat about Bishop Leo McCarthy of Northampton on your blog these past few days. Who was the deacon ordained by Leo and pointedlty on the order of Service highlighted he was ordained by Patrick Leo McCartie (tongue in cheek). Leo was furious at the Patrick bit
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Curious really considering that his Archbishop was always referred to as George Patrick, also in the Canon of the Mass.

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Pat. Birthday blessings from Lancaster RC Diocese. I will offer Mass for you tomorrow. Keep up the good work. God bless.

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