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Thursday, September 22, 2005

Catholic Officials Condone Their Own Terrorism

A three-year grand jury investigation of the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the longest known inquiry in the national clergy sex abuse crisis, ended Wednesday with scathing allegations that cardinals and other churchmen had conspired to protect offenders.
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The grand jury said it could bring no indictments because of time limits on prosecuting the claims and because the Catholic archdiocese is not a corporation under state law. Only one priest in the archdiocese has been indicted.
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Here's the kicker. The archdiocese responded with its own equally sharp-worded report, calling the grand jury's conclusions "discriminatory" and "sensationalized," and accusing investigators of "bullying" former Cardinal Joseph Bevilacqua during his 10 appearances as a witness.
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The two men knew that priests were molesting children but conducted bogus "non-investigations" designed to avoid uncovering abuse, while they and aides transferred known abusers among parishes, the grand jury said.
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The 418-page report names 63 priests "whose abusive behavior was well-documented in archdiocesan files and by witnesses who testified" before the panel. All had multiple victims, and many more abusers certainly exist, the grand jury said.
xxx The examples of abuse cited in the report included an 11-year-old girl who was allegedly raped and impregnated by a priest, who took her for an abortion, and a priest who falsely told a 12-year-old boy that the child's mother knew he was being raped repeatedly and allowed it.
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"The evidence is clear. This reaches the top -- the very top of our archdiocese," Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham said Wednesday at a news conference. "Regrettably, the perpetrators of these crimes and the people that protected them will never face the penalties they deserve."
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The archdiocese rebuttal continues in an accusatory, unrepentant manner somehow defending itself of atrocities instead of cleaning up its house of horrors. The archdiocese said in its rebuttal that the grand jury report was "a vile, mean-spirited diatribe" that was "reminiscent of the days of rampant Know-Nothingism in the 1840s" -- a time of strong anti-Catholic sentiment.
xxx "The original intent behind the grand jury concept was to shield against abuses of power," the archdiocese said. "In this case, the grand jury was used as a sword to attack the church and build support for insidious pre-judgments."
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This is nothing less than outrageous, with the Catholic Church all the way up to the Vatican protecting these terrorists of children, while making excuses for itself by accusing the victims. Laws should be changed so these professional pedophiles are no longer protected by their own condoning religious authorities and will face their victims and long terms in hard-core prisons where they will receive their just desserts.

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