|Pass Child Victim's Act in New York|
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
I wrote on my post (FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015) about the difficulty getting justice for children murdered and abused by priests and nuns in New York. High level political figures are very friendly with the catholic church. Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York (known for his cover-ups of pedophile priests), and several other high-ranking bishops socialize with Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York and other politicians at the Executive Mansion. Cuomo said he “looks forward to continuing to work closely with them during his administration.”
Basically, the State of New York belongs to the catholic church. I know, and other victims of the catholic church know, how difficult it is to get justice for the crimes committed against us in New York. There is no separation of the catholic church and the state. What’s true in NY is repeated all over the world.
Tzedek tzedek tirdof, justice justice you shall pursue. (The Torah)
Rabbi Ari Hart, writing in the New York Daily News (5/1/16) knows it is time to stop the child abuse in NY and he is backed by more than 100 Jewish leaders. They have one voice: to declare their support for statute of limitations (SOL) reform for child abuse victims in New York State.
Rabbi Hart says, “After decades of denial, cover-ups and darkness, the light is finally shining on the scourge of child sexual abuse. Today, we better understand the high rate of its prevalence, the lasting and far-reaching damage caused by abusers, and the extreme difficulty survivors face in coming forward and seek justice. Tragically, New York State’s regressive laws prevent many victims from getting the justice they deserve and from stopping abusers from causing more harm.”
Rabbi Hart, like other advocates for abuse survivors knows that people in their 40s, 50s and 60s (or even older) are only now coming to grips with what happened to them as children, and only now able to come forward. New York law fails these victims by giving a victim only five years from the time they enter adulthood to act. Rabbi Hart and his fellow Jewish leaders strive to be relentless pursuers of justice by calling on Albany to pass the Child Victim’s Act.
New York State has been ranked among the very worst, alongside Mississippi, Alabama and Michigan, for how the courts and criminal justice system treat survivors of child sex abuse.
Jewish law does not recognize the concept of a statute of limitations: If a wrong was committed, if someone has been harmed, they always have the right to seek justice. However, says Rabbi Hart, “… sometimes our religious institutions and leaders have been part of the problem. Too often, they have discouraged victims from going to the police. Too often, they have been enablers or even perpetrators of abuse.” Pope Francis and catholic leaders don’t have this morality like these courageous Jewish leaders to admit their guilt.
The victims have paid the price, now it is time for the abusers to do so. “We must ask ourselves: to which bottom line are we accountable? Those of profits, of those of the prophets?” says Rabbi Hart.
The world has hit the limits of tolerance of the catholic church’s lies and the lies of any religion or any group that harms children. We need all religions, all people, to join together to eradicate child abuse all over the globe.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
The story of child sexual abuse as told in the movie Spotlight continues today, and is explored in our movie Ring Around The Collar, a documentary exposing ongoing child sexual abuse and rape by Catholic priests and clergy in Catholic schools around the world.
Tens of thousands (if not millions) of victims and survivors of all ages need to be heard and Teja Arboleda and Dan Kiley, both survivors and the producers of this film will be their voice. The documentary also includes the critical and expert analyses by renowned international experts on sexual predators and victims, such as trial lawyer Eric MacLeish (who was characterized in the movie Spotlight); internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma specialist, Bessel van der Kolk; investigative reporter Joe Bergantino, NECIR (New England Center for Investigative Reporting); Simon Scott, International News Reporter; regional Catholic diocese public relations teams; school officials and non-governmental organizations such as Amnesty International and SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests).
Many survivors keep silent, in fear of retaliation by the predators, school administrators, local diocese and the Catholic Church itself. Many Catholic clergy in Catholic schools, even when implicated, are moved to other communities and countries where they continue to abuse and rape children. The evidence is damning - from recent Amnesty International demands for the Vatican to open records on harboring criminals and pedophiles, to Pope Francis’ admittance to the seriousness of the issue of child rape and mental torture, and the sheer number of cases of sexual predatory practices within Catholic schools around the world.
The documentary will cover stories in various locations including the US, Canada, Japan, England, Australia, Chile and Ireland. Funding will cover all aspects of production, from research, writing and pre-interviews, to international travel, filming, editing and distribution. The film will have an active on-line presence through which communication and connections can be made by survivors, victims and supporters. In addition, the documentary will be matched with a committed and appropriate distributor such as PBS.
|Bessel van der Kolk|
For more information on how to support this film, please contact Dan Kiley: firstname.lastname@example.org
Info On Twitter: @RACmovie
Link to: IndieGoGo fundraiser:
http://igg.me/at/ringaroundcollar Video Clip
Producer: Teja Arboleda M.Ed. is an Emmy Award and two-time Telly Award winning PBS documentary producer and editor. Arboleda is also a professor and public speaker. He is a survivor of abuse at St. Mary’s International School in Tokyo, Japan.
Producer: Dan Kiley is an educator. He is a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of Fr. James Porter (Massachusetts) at 11 years old, and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Morning Show, The Jenny Jones Show, and numerous other television and radio programs to speak about the case.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO JEAN & GEORGE BARILLA
Friday, March 18, 2016
Most church insiders who have witnessed sexual abuse have chosen not to report it. BishopAccountability.org has put the first database of church whistleblowers - priests, nuns, church employees and volunteers -- who reported colleagues to church or civil authorities and fought their superiors’ concealment of abuse. These whistleblowers listed below are remarkable exceptions to those in the church who are enablers of worldwide child sexual abuse.
Clergy and Religious Whistleblowers
Rev. Felix Alarcon | Rev. John Bambrick | Marianne Benkert | Rev. Thomas Bolte | Msgr. Lawrence Breslin | Sr. Sally Butler OP| Rev. Daniel Clayton | Sr. Jeanne Christensen | Rev. Patrick Collins | Rev. John Conley | Rev. James Connell | Rev. Donald Cozzens | Bishop John M. D'Arcy | Rev. Tom Doyle OP | Rev. Thomas Economus | Jim Fitzpatrick | Rev. Joseph Fowler | Rev. Terence German SJ | Rev. James Gigliotti, T.O.R| Bishop Thomas Gumbleton | Rev. Gary Hayes | Rev. David Hitch | Sr. Jane Kelly | Rev. Bob Hoatson | Sr. Peg Ivers | Msgr. Kenneth Lasch | Rev. Ron Lemmert | Jane Levikow | Rev. Michael Lipareli | Rev. James A. "Seamus" MacCormack| Rev. John McNamee | Rev. John Minkler | Msgr. James Molloy | Sr. Catherine Mulkerrin | Sr. Joyce Newton | Rev. Joseph Okonski | Lynette Petruska | Msgr. Michael Picard | Rev. Richard Reissmann | Msgr. Phillip Saylor | Fr. James Scahill | Sr. Joan Scary | Rev. Edward Seagriff | Richard Sipe | Claire Smith, OSU | Rev. Robert Smoot | Rev. Stephen Stanbery | Rev. Joseph Starmann | Rev. Tim Stier | Rev. Frederick E. Sweeney | Rev. Bruce Teague | Sr. Janice Thomas | Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish | Juan Vaca | Patrick Wall | Rev. Robert Williams |
Lay Catholic Whistleblowers
Linda Briggs-Harty | Anne Burke | Joelle Casteix | Elizabeth Cucinotta Sorvillo | Donna Cox | Robert Fontana | Connel Friel | Frank Keating | Theresa Gerstner | Jennifer Haselberger | Jim Jenkins | Margaret Mata | Larry Probst | Barbara Westrick |
You can see their photos and stories at:
See also: "Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse," by Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times, May 20, 2013.
Many of the whistleblowers have experienced retaliation and grief: defamation, job loss, career derailment, ostracization, pressure by superiors to admit to mental illness, and in at least one case, suicide, according to Bishop Accountability.
I thank Bishop Accountability for their continued dedication to survivors and children. The most important thing that catholic parishioners can do is to open their eyes and close their wallets.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Friday, March 4, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Francis’ bed: what does he dream about?|
Dwayne James Mitchell is a regular commentator on this blog. He always hits the nail on the head with his comments about the Criminal Catholic Church. He is a true advocate for the children and adults that were and are physically, mentally and spiritually abused by nuns and priests. I would and I know Dwayne would like to hear your voice added to this noble effort to save the children. Dwayne even dreams about Pope Francis:
A DREAM ABOUT #POPEFRANCIS
Last night I had a dream, (well, more like a nightmare), that I was invited to dinner with Pope Francis at the #Vatican. This dream occurred right after I read about his comment dealing with people who believe in countries having closed borders, and being #Christian at the same time!
The purpose of my “dinner with the Pope” was to interview him on current issues that are in the world news.
As I arrived at the Vatican in my vehicle, I was given a parking spot, and I was escorted by his security into a small room where I was “strip searched,” and my entire brief case along with my laptop were examined. I was a little concerned about the “strip search,” after all, this is the Vatican, and they are known for their issues with the Altar Boys, but since I did not see any Priests in the area, I figured that I was “ok,” although one of the security guards did look at me very strangely, but maybe that was just my paranoid imagination.
From the security office, I was escorted to an elevator, and we traveled to the Pope’s private residence. As we were traveling, the thought crossed my mind that if “security for a country at its borders was not such a big issue,” why was there so much security for the Pope at the Vatican? What is he and his staff afraid of from the world? After all, he is a man of God, so shouldn’t he be willing to trust his fellow human beings without concern?
When we arrived at the residence area, I was asked to wait in a little foyer. In a few minutes I was then ushered into the dining room where the Pope was already seated at the table. As I approached the table, Pope Francis stood up, and we were introduced. I asked the Pope that since this was an informal meeting, if it would be “ok” if I could address him as “Francis,” and he could then address me as Dwayne. He agreed, and as the dinner was being served we had the following conversation.
I would like to thank you for extending this invitation to dinner with you, and to be able to discuss the issues of the day from the point of view of the #CatholicChurch.
It is my pleasure to open up the inner workings of the Catholic Church. I am seeking more transparency in both the Catholic Church and the Vatican.
In the last ten, (10), years the Catholic Church has been hit with a big scandal with regards to child abuse from both the #Priests and #Nuns, (in the schools, churches and institutions), and the position of the Vatican with regards to sealing the files of these offending clergy from prosecution by civil authorities. How do you defend this position that the Catholic Church has taken on this issue?
As representatives of God, we are above the Civil Law. We only come under Church Law, and since we are also a country, I consider all of my employees to be agents of the Vatican, and as such, they have “diplomatic immunity!” So, you might say that they are untouchable.
Besides, the people that they “might have abused” are of no consequence. They are just the “little people,” and they are of no importance. They reproduce like rabbits, and when one goes, there will be another to replace them. What is more important is that I keep my staff happy so that we can do the job of getting everyone under the umbrella of the Catholic Church. We are running a business, just like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler. Our product is “religion,” coated with a dose of “smoke and mirrors!” We have found that the more “smoke and mirrors” in our religious ceremonies the better the little people like the presentation. It is all about the bottom line.
What do you say to the people who have been abused by the Catholic Clergy when they were children?
I would simply tell them to “get over it!” It was just a “role in the hay,” so move on with your life. Since you are just a member of the Catholic Church, and not a Priest and Nun, you are of no real importance. You will never get the justice that you are seeking, because we are going to delay the legal process until most of you are dead and buried, and then there will be no one to testify to what really happened! The “Faithful” need to understand that they are in the church to be used and abused by the Clergy for their pleasure. In addition, the “Faithful” are there to give their financial support on demand to the Clergy whenever necessary without question. The role of the “Faithful” is to serve the clergy as appropriate and never question church authority, and to be submissive 24 / 7 / 365. Independent thinking is not accepted behavior and will not be tolerated in the Catholic Church. Only “group think” will be accepted as directed by the Catholic Church.
Why are you in favor of open borders?
Let’s be very practical about this issue. My business (church), in the United States is in “BIG TROUBLE!” Since the #AltarBoy Issue, people have been leaving the Catholic Church, and they have taken their money with them, and those that are left are starting to question the authenticity of the Catholic Church, and the beliefs of the Catholic Church. Would you believe that some of the older members are starting to question the concept of “transubstantiation?” We thought that we had that issue firmly implanted into the brains of these gullible individuals, but I guess they need to go to the re-education Catholic Camps formally known as Catholic Schools. We need new blood in the Catholic Church, and the best place to get that new blood is across the border from Mexico. We can get these people to believe anything, so we need them in the United States to fill up our churches. The American people have seen through our “smoke and mirror act,” and we can no longer con them into giving us money to continue our life style. We have bills to pay. There are court costs, and hush money, and those funds have to come from the “Faithful.”
At the end of our dinner, I thanked the Pope for his candor and I left the Vatican. Once I woke up from my dream, I felt enlightened by the experience because I now understand the operation and motivation of the Catholic Church!
We can wake up from our dreams and make the world a safer place for children so that they will not be abused like me and like Dwayne and like so many of you.