The "Pedophile's Paradise"

Alaska Natives are accusing the Catholic Church of using their remote villages as a “dumping ground” for child-molesting priests—and blaming the president of Seattle University for letting it happen.


Rachel Mike, who won a settlement in a case involving Father Poole, at her confirmation in the summer of 1975. Behind her is Father George Endal, accused of raping or molesting several boys and allegedly walking in on another priest performing oral sex on a 6-year-old boy and doing nothing to stop it.

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Father James Poole in Nome, Alaska, with parish kids, in a photo taken sometime in the 1970s.
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The remote region in Alaska the lawsuit alleges was a molester priest “dumping ground.”

O ne spring afternoon in 1977, 15-year-old Rachel Mike tried to kill herself for the third time. An Alaska Native, Rachel was living in a tiny town called Stebbins on a remote island called St. Michael. She lived in a house with three bedrooms and nine siblings. Rachel was a drinker, depressed, and starving. "When my parents were drinking, we didn't eat right," she says. "I just wanted to get away from the drinking."

Rachel walked to the bathroom to fetch the family rifle, propped in the bathtub with the dirty laundry (the house didn't have running water). To make sure the gun worked, Rachel loaded a shell and blew a hole in her bedroom wall. Her father, passed out on his bed, didn't hear the shot. Rachel walked behind their small house. Her arms were too short to put the rifle to her head, so she shot herself in her right leg instead.

Rachel was found screaming in a pool of blood by her Auntie Emily and flown 229 miles to a hospital in Nome. The doctor asked if she wanted to see a priest. She said yes. In walked Father James Poole—a popular priest, radio personality on KNOM, and, according to allegations in at least five lawsuits, serial child rapist. Father Poole has never been convicted of a crime, but the Jesuits have settled numerous sex-abuse claims against him since 2005, in excess of $5 million, according to an attorney involved in four of those five lawsuits. Exact figures aren't available because some of the settlements involve confidentiality agreements. The Jesuits have never let a single case against Father Poole go to trial.

In a 2005 deposition, Rachel testified that she had been molested by Father Poole in 1975, while in Nome for her second suicide attempt, an attempted overdose of alcohol and pills. He'd come sit by her bed, put his hand under the hospital blanket, and fondle her, she said.

She traveled between Stebbins and Nome several times in the late 1970s, spending time in hospitals and receiving homes. By 1977, Rachel testified, Poole had given her gonorrhea, and by 1978 she was pregnant with his child. In an interview with The Stranger, she said Poole encouraged her to get an abortion and tell the doctors she had been raped by her father. She followed his advice. "He brainwashed me," she said. "He messed up my head, man."

Rachel Mike's father died in 2004. A year later, she heard Elsie Boudreau, another survivor of Poole's abuse, being interviewed on the radio. Listening to Boudreau, Rachel was moved to finally tell the truth.

"He's gone, and I'll never have a chance to tell him in person," she said, talking about her father between heaving sobs. "I was scared. In a way he knew, but—he never even touched me."

"This man," says Anchorage-based attorney Ken Roosa, referring to Poole, "has left a trail of carnage behind him."

The only reason Poole is not in jail, Roosa says, is the statute of limitations. And the reason he's still a priest, being cared for by the church?

"Jim Poole is elderly," answered Very Reverend Patrick J. Lee, head of the Northwest Jesuits, by e-mail. "He lives in a Jesuit community under an approved safety plan that includes 24-hour supervision."

Roosa has another theory—that Poole knows too much. "They can't put him on the street and take away his reason for keeping quiet," Roosa says. "He knows all the secrets."

F ather James Poole's story is not an isolated case in Alaska. On the morning of January 14 in Seattle, Ken Roosa and a small group Alaska Natives stood on the sidewalk outside Seattle University to announce a new lawsuit against the Jesuits, claiming a widespread conspiracy to dump pedophile priests in isolated Native villages where they could abuse children off the radar.

"They did it because there was no money there, no power, no police," Roosa said to the assembled cameras and microphones. "It was a pedophile's paradise." He described a chain of poor Native villages where priests—many of them serial sex offenders—reigned supreme. "We are going to shine some light on a dark and dirty corner of the Jesuit order."

The suit, filed in the superior court of Bethel, Alaska, the day before, accuses several priests of being offenders and conspirators. Among the alleged conspirators is Father Stephen Sundborg, who is the current president of Seattle University and was Provincial of the Oregon Province of Jesuits from 1990 through 1996. (The Oregon Province includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska; as Provincial, Sundborg was head of the entire province.) The suit alleges that while Sundborg was head of the Northwest Jesuits, he had access to the personnel files of several pedophile priests, including one named Father Henry Hargreaves, whom he allowed to remain in the ministry. "As a direct result of Father Sundborg's decision," the suit alleges, "Father Hargreaves was able to continue molesting children, including but not limited to James Doe 94, who was raped by Father Hargreaves in 1992, when James Doe was approximately 6 years old."

Roosa and his associate Patrick Wall (a former Benedictine monk who once worked as a sex-abuse fixer for the Catholic Church) said they knew of 345 cases of molestation in Alaska by 28 perpetrators who came from at least four different countries.

This concentration of abuses is orders of magnitude greater than Catholic sex-abuse cases in other parts of the United States. Today, Roosa said, there are 17,000 Catholics in the diocese of Fairbanks, though there was a much smaller number during the peak of the abuse. Roosa compared this lawsuit to the famous Los Angeles suits of 2001, which claimed 550 victims of abuse in a Catholic population of 3.4 million.

These abusers in Alaska, Wall said, were specifically sent to Alaska "to get them off the grid, where they could do the least amount of damage" to the church's public image.

One by one, the Alaska Natives—including Elsie Boudreau, the woman whom Rachel Mike had heard on the radio—took their turns before the cameras and microphones, talking softly and nervously and choking back tears. "I am Flo Kenny," a woman with a gray ponytail and sunglasses said carefully. "I am 74 years old. And I've kept silent for 60 years. I am here for all the ones who cannot speak—who are dead, who committed suicide, who are homeless, who are drug addicts. There's always been a time, an end of secrets. This is the time."

Alphonsus Abouchuk, wearing a black leather jacket and sunglasses, talked about how poor his family was and how the priests used to give him quarters after abusing him.

Rena Abouchuk, his sister, cried while she read a letter to a Franciscan monk named Anton Smario (currently living in Concord, California) who taught her catechism classes. "You did so many evil things to young children," she read, gripping her letter in one hand and an eagle feather tied to a small red sachet in the other. "God will never forgive you... You took a lot of lives." Six of her cousins, she later said, committed suicide because of Brother Smario.

The lawsuit states that Brother Smario offered children food and juice to coax them to stay after class: "He then would unzip his pants, and completely expose his genitals to these children, and masturbate to ejaculation as he walked around the classroom. He would ask the girls to touch his penis and would rub his erect penis on their backs, necks, and arms. Sometimes he would wipe or rub his semen on the girls after he ejaculated."

According to the allegations, Father Joseph Lundowski molested or raped James Does 29, 59–71, and 73–94, plus Janet Does 4–7—a total of 40 children—giving them "hard candy, money he stole from the collection plate, cooked food, baked goods, beer, sacramental wine, brandy, and/or better grades (silver, blue, or gold stars) on their catechism assignments in exchange for sexual favors."

The lawsuit also alleges Father George Endal raped and molested several boys—and, as Smario and Lundowski's boss, was the person who put Lundowski in charge of the boys dormitory in the Holy Rosary Mission School in Dillingham, Alaska, where catechism classes were split between Smario (in charge of the girls) and Lundowski (in charge of the boys). On separate occasions, Father Endal and another priest named Norman E. Donohue—who allegedly raped James Doe 69—walked in on Lundowski while he was molesting children and either quietly left the room or did nothing to stop it.

Father Francis Fallert, principal of the Copper Valley School and head of the all the Alaska Jesuits from 1976 to 1982, is accused of molesting Janet Doe 6.

The sheer concentration of known sex offenders in these isolated communities begins to look less like an accident than a plan. Their institutional protection looks less like an embarrassed cover-up than aiding and abetting. And the way the church has settled case after case across the country, refusing to let most of them go to trial for a public airing, is starting to look like an admission of guilt.

W hen Patrick Wall wore monk's robes, he must've looked like Friar Tuck. A former all-state football lineman, Wall has broad shoulders, a brawny neck, short reddish hair, and a habit of calling people "bro."

We met last week in Sea-Tac Airport's Alaska Airlines Board Room—a two-story business lounge, just past the security check, with conference tables, ergonomic chairs next to computer stations, and free espresso. He and Ken Roosa were there to meet with a client. Wall lives in California, Roosa lives in Anchorage, and many of their clients are on the West Coast, so they've done a lot of business in the Board Room. "I like to spend the night at home," Wall says, setting his airplane reading—The Name of the Rose—on the conference-room table.

Wall's first call as a sex-abuse fixer knocked on his door one morning in 1991, while he was brushing his teeth. Wall was not yet a priest, just a monk studying at St. John's University in Minnesota. The abbot came to his room before class with an urgent matter regarding another monk and said Wall would be moving into the boy's prep-school dormitory—immediately. The other monk "had an incident with a 14-year-old in the shower." Wall was to take his place.

Taken aback, Wall threw up every objection he could think of. He didn't own a computer and used the communal ones in the monastery. "We'll buy you a laptop." He helped with mass at a local parish. "We'll reassign you to campus ministry." He was on call for the volunteer fire department. "Not anymore." The abbot wouldn't take no for an answer.

So Wall packed up, moved into the boys dormitory, quickly intuited who else on the floor had been abused (5 out of the 90 residents), and coaxed them into talking about what had happened. Those cases never became public and were settled out of court. "If you're good," Wall says, "the assignments build." Wall was so good, he was ordained a year early and kept busy, working as many as 13 cases per month.

The job was harrowing and frustrating. "If you're the cleaner, you rarely find out the resolution to these things," Wall says. "Because survivors had to sign confidentiality agreements." The ultimate objective, for a cleaner, was to keep things quiet so the details never became public or went to trial. Wall slowly came to believe that his superiors were more concerned with protecting their public image than caring for survivors. It was, he says, a dark time, not least because he was struggling with his own vows of celibacy. In 1998, he asked to be laicized. By 2001, he was married to a ballet dancer and had a newborn daughter. By 2002, he was hired as a full-time researcher for the law firm Manly and Stewart investigating clerical sex-abuse cases.

Since then, he and Roosa—who often collaborate on cases with attorney John Manly—have worked over 250 cases together, all of them settled without going to trial. "I would like to see any of these cases go to trial to expose the corruption of the system," Wall says. But the church would rather pay the money than subject itself to public scrutiny, and survivors generally prefer to avoid the increased emotional turmoil of a trial. "There was one survivor who went through 11 days of questioning, of deposition," Roosa says. "The defense lawyers can make it so painful."

"If you bend a young plant, it grows at an angle," Roosa says. "Child sex abuse bends the character and maturation of a person—the abuse isn't the injury as much as the effect it has on people."

Father Poole's alleged abuses are particularly egregious, earning him a special place in Roosa's and Wall's hearts. He is their archetypal bad guy, their Dr. Mengele of the clerical sex-abuse world: Their clients have described, in sworn testimony, Poole pressing his erections against girls during junior-high dances, being caught by his own mother while masturbating in front of young girls, and much worse. "The defense lawyers have been so disgusted with Poole," Roosa says, "that they've told me off the record, 'anything you tell me about Poole, I'd believe.'"

According to a victim identified as Jane Doe 5 in a 2006 complaint, Poole first raped her during a private catechism class when she was 6 years old. From a direct transcript of her testimony:

He started fidget—finger—started to touch me digitally with his fingers. And at that time, when he started getting closer to me, I—there's a picture—I'm on the desk, a picture to the left of me is a picture of Jesus who's at the rock praying, and to my left I look at the picture to my left, and I look into James Poole's eyes. I turned away from the picture, looked into his eyes, and asked 'Not in front of Jesus, please.'... He kept telling me that in order to be a good little girl for God, I had to do this. That God wanted me to do this. And I remember a burning...

Then, she says, he raped her.

Roosa tells a story about Poole molesting a 9-year-old girl in Portland, Oregon, while simultaneously having an affair with the girl's mother. Poole supposedly told the girl's mother he would quit the priesthood and marry her, but abruptly returned to Alaska. The girl's mother committed suicide. According to Wall and Roosa, that same girl says she was molested by another priest, one who has been listed in at least three settlements in cases that reach back to the 1960s. They say that, in one incident, this priest was called to a house in Yakima to administer last rites to a dying woman in 1989. "He raped the woman on her deathbed," Roosa says. "He told the family to go into the other room, the husband heard a weird noise, went into the bedroom, and caught him raping his unconscious wife."

The woman didn't die, and by the time Roosa and Wall caught up with her family last May, the church had offered the family half a million dollars. The family said they'd file a legal complaint if Roosa and Wall could guarantee more than half a million dollars in compensation.

"No," Wall said. "Take it, bro."

W ithin hours of the press conference on the sidewalk in front of Seattle University on January 14—which essentially alleges that Father Stephen Sundborg allowed molester priests to minister freely as members of the Northwest Jesuits when it was his responsibility, as Provincial, to keep them away from children—Sundborg denied having any information about the Jesuit "dumping ground" in Northwest Alaska:

The allegations brought against me are false. I firmly deny them. I want the victims and the entire community to know that. The complaint filed by the plaintiffs' lawyers represents an unprincipled and irresponsible attack on my reputation. Let me be clear—my commitment to justice and reconciliation for all victims remains steadfast.

On January 31, Father Sundborg, through his spokesperson, responded to questions from The Stranger with this statement:

I want to be very clear: As Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, I would never have put a child at risk. I was never aware of any claim of child abuse concerning either Fr. James Poole or Fr. Henry Hargreaves.
As I have said repeatedly in the past, as a member of the Society of Jesus, I personally and sincerely apologize for the pain that has been suffered through the actions of some members of our order.
I am disappointed that the plaintiffs' attorneys are attempting to use falsehoods and innuendo to fuel a media campaign. Their attack on my reputation is unprincipled and irresponsible.
Nonetheless, I remain firm in my resolve to seek justice and reconciliation for all victims.

With the exception of Father Hargreaves allegedly raping James Doe 94 in 1992, no abuses—at least none that have been reported—occurred while Sundborg was Provincial.

Still, Wall says, "Stevie has a little problem."

Hargreaves, Poole, and other problem priests continued to work in the ministry during Sundborg's tenure between 1990 and 1996 and, in Elsie Boudreau's words, "We know that he knew."

Father Poole came under scrutiny as early as 1961, when complaints about his behavior reached Rome and the Father-General of the Jesuits initiated an investigation.

In 1994, Poole was sent to the Servants of the Paraclete—a Jesuit-run psychiatric facility for troubled priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico—where, he later testified in a 2004 deposition, he learned that he had boundary issues, that he "wasn't this great king and lover," and that "French-kissing" a 12-year-old girl is "wrong."

Poole denies raping anyone but admits to "French-kissing" Boudreau—and emphatically denies that French-kissing her was in any way sexual. "With Elsie, I have never had any sexual impulse," he said in the 2004 deposition, "never had any sexual temptation." Later in this same testimony, John Manly asked Poole whether he had ever French-kissed his own niece.

"No," Poole replied.

"Why?" Manly asked.

Poole hesitated.

"Why not?" Manly insisted. "I think I know the answer, but I want you to say it."

"We were not that close, for one thing," Poole replied. "My brother had always lived away from us."

"Any other reason?" Manly asked.

"No," Poole said.

Monthly progress reports were sent to Sundborg during Poole's treatment in Jemez Springs. After his release, Poole continued to work as a hospital chaplain in Alaska until November of 2003, when Roosa threatened to sue the Bishop of Fairbanks over the childhood abuse of Elsie Boudreau. Poole retired shortly thereafter and was sent to Spokane, to live in an apartment near Gonzaga University. (Attempts to contact Father Poole for comment were unsuccessful.)

Father Sundborg testified in 2005 that he sent at least eight priests—including Father Poole, Father James Laudwein, and Father Craig Boly—for psychiatric evaluation by Dr. Stuart Greenberg, a leading consultant on clerical sex abuse for the Northwest Jesuits. After their visits with Dr. Greenberg, Poole, Laudwein, and Boly were returned to active ministry.

At the time of Sundborg's 2005 testimony, Father Laudwein was a defendant in a sex-abuse suit that ended in 2007 with a $50 million settlement, according to the Anchorage Daily News. And, in 1992, Father Boly wrote an essay for a book called Jesuits in Profile: Alive and Well in the U.S. about his attraction to high-school girls:

I remember being reprimanded more than once for spending too much time with visiting coeds from other local high schools. My rationalization was that if attractive young women brought their problems to me, it must be an opportunity for apostolic service. What I neglected to consider was what needs of my own the interactions with the women students were meeting.

Sundborg also contributed an essay to Jesuits in Profile, but testified in 2005 that he had no recollection of reading the book.

Dr. Greenberg—the counselor to whom Sundborg had sent Poole, Laudwein, Boly, and others for evaluation—was arrested in the summer of 2007 for surreptitiously filming staff members and patients using the bathroom at his office and, according to Roosa, filming himself masturbating while watching the films. A few weeks later, he rented a room at a motel in Renton, where he committed suicide. Police found him with a bunch of bottles of prescription pills and two slashed wrists.

"I wish I could offer you some adequate explanation," his suicide note read. "I just don't know. I deeply and profoundly apologize."

T his isn't Sundborg's first go-around with fending off a sex-abuse case. In 2006, the Jesuits settled a $350,000 suit against Father Michael Toulouse, a philosophy professor at Seattle University accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy in his residence in 1968. At the time of the settlement, Father Sundborg argued that Seattle University wasn't liable, even though the abuse happened on campus, because the abuse occurred outside of his official duties as a teacher—a rare Catholic argument for the separation of church and sex.

Complaints against Toulouse (who died in 1976) date from 1950, when a Spokane father threatened to shoot Toulouse, who was then teaching at Gonzaga High School. Toulouse was transferred to Seattle, where he allegedly molested several boys, including the son of a widow in 1967. The widow and another Jesuit wrote to the province in 1968 requesting action. (Father Toulouse continued teaching at Seattle University until 1976.) When the widow's son sought compensation in 1993, Sundborg wrote back, according to the Seattle Times: "There is nothing about this matter in the provincial files, in the personnel files of Fr. Toulouse, or in the files of Seattle University."

That may be. But Father Thomas Royce, Provincial of the Northwest Jesuits from 1980 to 1986, just four years before Sundborg became Provincial, has testified that similar information about Jesuits does exist in the personnel files—that they contain information that is "special," "not public," and "not good."

He called them "the hell files."

E lsie Bourdreau is a Yu'pik Eskimo with short brown hair, plump cheeks, and, when she is not testifying at grim press conferences, a radiant smile. As Janet Doe 1, Boudreau was the first person to speak publicly about being abused by Father Poole. She kept silent about her abuse until 2005, when her daughter turned 10. "I was 10 when the abuse started," she says. "And I just couldn't shield it from my consciousness anymore." She's now employed as a consultant to law firms pursuing clerical sex-abuse cases, including the firms where Wall and Roosa work.

When Boudreau was a child, the villages of Northwest Alaska were only accessible by plane, boat, or dog sled. Many still are. For the most part, they didn't have public schools, cops, or telephones. Many of the houses were one room and lacked food and consistent heat in the below-zero weather. "The perps would soften up their victims with food and warmth," Wall says, "because that's what the kids didn't have. 'It was always warmer in the rectory,' they say. 'There was always food in the rectory. There was always candy.'"

In those villages, the priests had unusual authority. "In the village, our elders loved the church and the priests so much," Boudreau says. "They were like honored guests in our land. The priest had the utmost power, power that historically the village shaman would have had." If children complained about the priests, it was tantamount to complaining about the village shaman. "I've talked to hundreds of victims in Alaska," Boudreau says, "and many were physically hurt by parents for speaking about this."

The priests came to occupy the role of shamans by a weird confluence of history and microbiology. In the early 1900s, a Spanish-influenza epidemic ripped through Northwest Alaska, sometimes killing entire villages. They called it "the Big Sickness" or "the Big Death."

Winton Weyapuk was a child in Wales, Alaska, and was orphaned by the epidemic. In an interview from 1997, he recalled that the flu came on a dog sled. The mailman, on his monthly delivery, brought the corpse of a man who'd died on the way to Wales. Curious villagers crowded around the corpse. "The men, women, and children who came to see this body went home, and many got sick and most of them died before the next morning."

Weyapuk's father died that first night, so the family moved into an uncle's house. Most everyone in the uncle's house died, and Weyapuk and his brother Dwight lived in a one-room sod house with four corpses until someone found them. He recalls seeing white men building tripods over the sod houses, using block and tackle to pull frozen bodies up through the skylights, then blasting holes in the frozen ground with dynamite for mass graves. Family sled dogs, neglected and starving, roamed the streets and fought over human remains.

The shamans, normally counted on as healers, were helpless. The population was decimated, and the social structure had to be created from nothing: Another Wales resident remembers that, in the aftermath, so many families had been destroyed that an official from Nome came to the village with a stack of notarized wedding licenses. He lined up all the surviving men, all the surviving women, and all the surviving children, and built families at random.

Catholic missionaries made major inroads into these communities in the aftermath of the Big Sickness. (Along with the Baptists and Orthodox churches. The major churches had a summit in Sitka years prior and divided up their geographical spheres of influence.) The missionaries brought flour and coffee, built orphanages and schools. "They looked at the shamans as evil and of the devil," Boudreau says. A new social order was created. In the villages of Northwest Alaska, the Jesuits stepped into a tailor-made power vacuum.

T he history of child molestation in the Catholic Church goes back centuries. The first official decree on the subject was written at the Council of Elvira, held around A.D. 305 near Granada, Spain. The precise history is complicated, but the council is traditionally believed to have set down 81 rules for behavior, the 71st of which is: "Those who sexually abuse boys may not commune even when death approaches." It was the harshest one-strike policy: If you're caught abusing a child, you are not only laicized, but permanently excommunicated—damned for all time.

The other major condemnation of clerical sex abuse was The Book of Gomorrah, completed by radical church reformer Father Peter Damian (a Benedictine monk, as it happens, who became a cardinal) in 1051. He appealed directly to the pope about the abuse of children, as well as consensual sex among clergy—in howling language: "O unheard of crime! O outrage to be mourned with a whole fountain of tears!... What fruitfulness can still be found in the flocks when the shepherd is so deeply sunk in the belly of the devil!"

In the 1930s, a priest-psychiatrist—and also a Benedictine—named Reverend Thomas Verner Moore researched the higher-than-usual rates of insanity and alcoholism among Catholic clergy. He suggested the church build an asylum for priests. The U.S. Catholic Bishops turned down his request in 1936. Father Moore became a Carthusian hermit.

In 1947, Father Gerald Fitzgerald founded the Servants of the Paraclete in Jemez, New Mexico—the same institution Father Poole was to visit almost 50 years later.

In a 1957 letter to the Bishop of Manchester, Father Fitzgerald wrote that predatory priests (who he euphemistically refers to as "schizophrenic") cannot be effectively treated and should not be allowed to continue in the ministry:

Their repentance and amendment is superficial and, if not formally at least subconsciously, is motivated by a desire to be again in a position where they can continue their wonted activity. A new diocese means only green pastures... We are amazed to find how often a man who would be behind bars if he were not a priest is entrusted with the cura animarum [the cure, or care, of souls].

By the early 1960s, Father Fitzgerald had seen enough chronic pedophiles that he did not want to treat them and have them rereleased into the ministry, but, as he proposed in a letter to Archbishop Davis, to build an "island retreat... but even an island is too good for these vipers."

In 16 centuries, church policy had evolved from one strike you're out to 30 strikes and you're sent to an island in the Caribbean.

In 1965, according to an affidavit from Fitzgerald successor Father Joseph McNamara: "Father Gerald purchased an island in [the Caribbean], near Carriacou, which had an abandoned hotel, damaged by fire, on it. This hotel was entirely removed from any civilization... This was to be Father Gerald's long sought after 'island refuge,' but it did not come to be. As is described below, Archbishop Davis ordered Father Gerald to sell the island."

Shortly thereafter, Father Fitzgerald was asked to step down. "It all became too public," Wall says. "The Holy See would never be able to explain Father Fitzgerald's leper island for pedophile priests."

In 1985, two priests and a lawyer—Father Michael Peterson, Dominican Father Thomas Doyle, and Ray Mouton—presented a report to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. The report, which reads more like concerned advice than a condemnation, warns that high rates of abuse and high rates of recidivism for "treated" priests could cost the church over $1 billion and a major loss of credibility in the coming decade.

Later that year, in the first highly publicized case of a pedophile priest in the United States, Father Gilbert Gauthe admitted to abusing 37 boys in Louisiana. He accepted a plea bargain, was sentenced to 20 years, and served 10. By 1997, according to the New York Times, he had moved to Texas, where he was "arrested for fondling a 3-year-old boy" and put on supervised probation. (According to the Times, "Texas authorities did not know of his criminal record in Louisiana.") In April 2008, he was arrested again for failing to register as a sex offender.

In 1993, Canice Connors, the director of St. Luke's, a psychiatric institute for troubled clergy, told the Los Angeles Times: "The Catholic Church in North America possesses the greatest data bank of evaluation and treatment of nonincarcerated pedophiles on the continent. That data should be analyzed scientifically and shared with others studying the problem." He was in Milwaukee to present his findings to the U.S. Conference of Bishops.

In 2003, the Archdiocese of Boston agreed to pay out $85 million to 552 victims of clerical sex abuse.

Also in 2003, in the midst of negotiations to settle four claims of clerical sex abuse with the Diocese of Fairbanks, one of the church's mediators told Ken Roosa that the dioceses didn't want to offer more than $10,000. "They said they couldn't offer more money to an Alaska Native because they'd just get drunk and hurt each other," Roosa said. "And it would just encourage more victims to come forward. Unbelievable."

In September 2005, former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—who'd just become the pope—asked the justice department of the Bush administration to grant him immunity from prosecution in sex-abuse cases in the United States. Ratzinger, the onetime head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was accused of "conspiring to cover up the sexual molestation of three boys by a seminarian" in Texas, according to the Associated Press. Ratzinger had "written in Latin to bishops around the world, explaining that 'grave' crimes such as the sexual abuse of minors would be handled by his congregation. The proceedings of special church tribunals handling the cases were subject to 'pontifical secret,'" Ratzinger's letter said. The Bush administration granted Ratzinger the immunity.

In 2007, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay $660 million to more than 500 victims of clerical sex abuse.

Why does the church keep sending these priests, who have come to be such a major liability, back into ministry? "It's all about keeping the stores open, keeping the revenue rolling," Wall says. The Alaskan provinces in particular, Wall says, were a source of revenue—not from the Native population living there, but from parishioners in the lower 48 who were encouraged to donate for the Native ministry up north. "You could raise thousands to fund a mission that cost very little to run," Wall says. "The profit margin is huge."

T he lawsuits against the Northwest Jesuits regarding abuses of Alaska Natives are not over. Within the coming weeks, Roosa and Wall say, more claims will be filed, more press conferences will be held, and more stories will come out.

"We talk about how we feel like we're doing God's work," says Boudreau. "It's something bigger than all of us. We're working to reveal the truth of what happened." recommended

This story has been updated since it was originally published, and a photo caption has been corrected to properly identify Father George Endal.


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Let's hope every single person who was victimized in Alaska finds the courage to come forward, speak up, expose predators, get help and protect others!

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Posted by davidclohessy on February 4, 2009 at 2:40 PM · Report this
The church's actions clearly show that it is in touch with something other than the god the people expect or the god this failed religion speaks of. When perverted incomplete men such as these fail as they have and as they will blindly continue there is a need to see them exposed as the frauds they are. Gods representative? What a perverse joke these abusers and users have played on society for centuries. Let their futile struggles to defend the indefensible crime of child rape be long, painful and maddening for them. Bringing these social monsters to account provides hope for all those deceived and abused by these incomplete men. There is no halfway point on this, the safety of children from sexual abusers and their enablers says that if you fail to speak out against these atrocities then you are as incomplete as the perpetrators, enablers and deniers. Let justice rain down on the heads of these pedophiles and their enablers and supporters.

My most recent letter to Vatican officials including the Pope:


Dear Benedict,

I find the opportunity to communicate via Vatican radio, YouTube and other avenues recently established as a breath of fresh air which can only lead to a better understanding and a more peaceful and just world.

On your recent visit to Australia you spoke of the clergy abuse issue; it is that matter which causes me to write.

At the head of your Vatican Radio it reads "The voice of the Pope and the Church in dialogue with the world". As a past victim of clergy abuse I would like to take the opportunity afforded to establish an avenue of communication with the church in both my own regard and in regards others who have experienced similar abuses. We find that on a universal and on a global basis that we as individuals and very often our families and our children are denied our human rights and our right to justice and fair treatment under the laws of our respective lands as well as in the manner taught by your Church. That this does occur is plain and obvious for all who care to look, to all who attempt to understand or to those who seek a just, humanitarian or Christian response from your Church.

The litany of these abuses and the subsequent failures are found across our entire planet and in each instance where there is some public debate the Church and your bishops are regularly condemned due to their inabilty to provide either a legally just outcome, a morally just outcome as taught by your Church or a Christian outcome. This as you are aware causes all who are involved endless pain and the very existence of these circumstances permits the greatest degree of harm on an individual and on a global basis to continue and singularly engenders the greatest degree of social discordance and human rights abuses experienced on a country level and is the greatest single cause of the significant anger, disgust and at times hatred expressed against your Church, your bishops and Catholics in general. Hatred and anger and disgust which your Church brings upon itself through its own universal failures.

Since your visits to the United States and Australia where you raised the subject of the failure of your bishops to deal with this issue in an appropriate and humane manner they have steadfastly refused to release documentation (except when demanded under the law of the country) which can firstly tell us all of the extent of the problem and provide the basis of the understanding required to develop and implement a Christian and humanitarian response. They have failed to act in accord with the teachings of the Church, the teachings of Jesus Christ and very often in defiance of the spirit of the laws of a country as well as continuing to fail on a human rights level.

As you would well be aware the numbers are staggering despite the majority of victims remaining silent about their abuse due to the lack of support and the injurious manner in which the Church responds to their claims.

In the United States estimates take the number there beyond 100,000 children with a cost against your Church of some $10,000,000,000 to $15,000,000,000 in that country with only a small percentage of outstanding cases having been heard. In Canada the Church has been implicated in the genocide of some 50,000 Native American children as well as tens of thousands of non-Native American children; these as in all other countries are mostly children raised within your own Catholic faith.

In Ireland your Church is unable to ensure the safety of children, your bishops are unable to provide and implement proper safety standards nor is it able to provide the justice and healing your bishops and priests preach of from their pulpits nor does it provide the just and compassionate outcomes sought by countless of your own Catholic people.

It seems that in each locality examined; Canada, Mexico, United States, The Philipines, Australia, New Zealand, Europe the failure is universal and comprehensive and plainly in opposition to the teachings of your Church.

Your Church has failed in the past and continues to fail on a global basis in regards the treatment of those abused by your clergy. While such a state continues to exist around the globe it can be clearly said that this is not in the manner of the teaching of Jesus Christ and as such your Churchs' representation of itself as a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ must be brought into question as no Christian respects the current response of the Catholic Church to the clergy abuse issue.

Countless people across the globe petition and beg your leaders, priests and bishops for a change and for your Church to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ yet your princes of God ignore them and deny them faith, justice and peace.

Benedict, your Church, for the sake of humanity must act humanely and justly or forever move on and be seen as the greatest religious failure in the history of mankind.

I have made many attempts to establish a dialogue in regards this matter with bishops and priest across the globe only to be met with silence and the failures inherent in the above. My attempts to communicate and to establish a proper representative dialogue with the Church or instruments of the Church have failed to progress and I am left with this global and public plea for you to take the lead in Christs name and begin that dialogue and communication.

I look forward to being a participant in that process and to taking a role in helping to establish the restoration of dignity and the provision of healing and a sense of justice to all those affected by these atrocities.

with regards

John A Brown


Online reference http://www.mybrokensociety.com/index.php…
Posted by JohnB on February 4, 2009 at 2:55 PM · Report this
Holy fucking shit.
Posted by AAM on February 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM · Report this
"He then would unzip his pants, and completely expose his genitals to these children, and masturbate to ejaculation as he walked around the classroom. He would ask the girls to touch his penis and would rub his erect penis on their backs, necks, and arms. Sometimes he would wipe or rub his semen on the girls after he ejaculated."

This is just bullshit. It's obviously made up. Come on! If it was in "I, Anon", eveyone would be saying BULLSHIT!
Posted by Kip Schoning on February 4, 2009 at 3:20 PM · Report this
How can anyone remain Catholic once they know about this?
Posted by Westside forever on February 4, 2009 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Posted by publicsdefender on February 4, 2009 at 4:11 PM · Report this
A depressing article but, sadly, not shocking.

A suggestion about using black bars in the print edition: if your intent was truly to protect the identity of the children, next time delete the space beneath before you add the black bar as a layer. The process the Stranger uses isn't truly opaque.

Posted by Bubbles on February 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM · Report this

this article reminds me of jason's song
Posted by benny on February 4, 2009 at 6:15 PM · Report this
And primarily line the pockets of plaintiff's lawyers. Wall is a grandstanding leech. His condescending referral to Fr. Sundborg as "Stevie" and his adolescent dramatization of his being a "cleaner" belie his for-profit efforts to gloss over his own failure as a priest.
Posted by help4victimsnot$$$$4lawyers on February 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM · Report this
And line the pockets of plaintiff's lawyers. Wall is a grandstanding leech. His condescending referral to Fr.Sunborg as "Stevie" and his adolescent characterization of himself as "a cleaner" belie his for-profit efforts to gloss over his own failure as a priest.
Posted by help4victimsnot$$$$4lawyers on February 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM · Report this
Watch the DVD "Deliver Us from Evil" for similar events in California.
Posted by strangerbart on February 4, 2009 at 7:25 PM · Report this
this is nauseating
Posted by misanthrope on February 4, 2009 at 7:28 PM · Report this
The described conduct may seem like BS to some, however, not to victims. My experiences at Catholic boarding schools is similar. These clergy are truly perverted, cruel, sadistic and vindictive. Catholicism is a twisted criminal organization that has a history of suppressing knowledge, education and civilization's advancement. It is estimated by some that without the church, we may have been able to land on the moon in the late 13th century and that man would be in complete control of his destiny by now.
Posted by owlafaye on February 4, 2009 at 8:14 PM · Report this
Organized religion is just a cover for greedy heinous individuals looking for cover to gain power, money, and ability to commit crime undetected.
This sickens me so much.
If there is a god out there, he/she needs to make a reservation in hell for these individuals.
But, I rather see them suffer in this life time if that is possible.
Posted by musashi on February 4, 2009 at 8:18 PM · Report this
Posted by peacenik on February 4, 2009 at 8:53 PM · Report this
Kip Schoning, it would seem that you have been abandoned by "Mr. Dictionary". And, sorry if the truth hurts, "KIP". In the past 7 years, it has been widely reported that priests, with GOD on their lips, not only raped and sodomized children, but also used religious oils and articles as sex toys. One priest even had victims urinate in his mouth. I know these things seem incomprehensible in a civilized, sane society, but they are true and they did happen. And don't beat that dead horse about how this happens in other religions. Our Ordained/Anointed were supposed to be held to a higher standard. We're the only religion that claims their priests are the Anointed Representatives of Christ on Earth. Well, Jesus promised HIS Apostles that HE would make them, "Fishers of Men"; Not Rapers of Children. The Faithful are going to have to come to grips with these TRUTHS, if the Roman Catholic Church is to survive; and the church will not survive until there is change.
Posted by sonjaj on February 4, 2009 at 9:09 PM · Report this
An amazing story. Thank you for enduring the difficult task of digesting the details.

As a practical matter, I like that your article allowed the plaintiffs' legal team to expose the evidence they'd amassed over years of investigation and discovery. I suppose highlighting these allegations puts more pressure on the defendants to settle as the suits roll in, but the article itself is a real public service.

With newspapers' declining ability to fund the kind of months-long investigations articles like these usually require, it's a tiny ray of hope to believe we might learn about big problems at least occasionally. Private lawyers like Poole who fund their own years of evidence-gathering can sometimes pass the information on to the public like this in a way that doesn't compromise their clients' claims.
Posted by tomasyalba on February 4, 2009 at 10:35 PM · Report this
mind blowing article! nice investigative work.
Posted by tiffany on February 4, 2009 at 10:55 PM · Report this
Amazing piece Brendan. I can't overstate how much the Stranger continually impresses me these days.
Posted by M. Haverton on February 5, 2009 at 12:10 AM · Report this
Kip Schoning comments on everything to get a reaction.
Posted by Kip Schoning on February 5, 2009 at 1:22 AM · Report this
War Tactics Should Be Applied to Abusers and to Those Who Offered Protection
By Mike Ference

Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

The recently unveiled federal grand jury investigation into the Los Angeles Archdiocese and it’s leader, Cardinal Mahony clearly suggests that a regime change should have been made long ago.

To be sure, media pressure and public outrage and a billion dollars in pr fees, legal fees and settlements have inspired displays of contrition from Mahony But as more and more cases of abuse — and cover-up — come to light, one begins to wonder whether Mahony should be considered any more trustworthy than, say, Saddam Hussein.

So — what should be done if the grand jury finds Mahony to be just another member of the hierarchy more concerned with protecting dysfunctional sex freaks than innocent children? Given the level of wreckage and anguish caused in the lives of so many people, it seems appropriate to look to the war on terror for a model strategy.

A first prong of attack might involve a Special Forces unit made up of highly skilled and trained military personnel capable of tracking down and obtaining confessions from any current or former priests accused of acts of sexual abuse against children. If rights are violated, if military personnel sometimes go a little too far, so be it. The Catholic Church had ample opportunity to fess up and repent. Those incapable of civilized behavior shouldn’t expect the rights and privileges of civilization.

A deck of cards can be created to help identify hard-to-find priests as well as the disgraceful church leaders who permitted, and in essence, condoned the sexual abuse of young children. Photos of the most deviant and reprehensible church officials accompanied by a list of their offenses will encourage us all to do our patriotic duty in helping the authorities track down suspected priest-terrorists or at least be able to identify the culprits as they come and go freely because their sins where covered up and the time to criminally prosecute has expired.

Another option would be to divide the nation into territories. A color-code warning system would be established, alerting parents about abusive priests being transferred into their respective regions. Depending on the designated color for a particular region, parents would know whether their children should serve at Mass, go on field trips, or even attend Catholic school that day.

To aid this unique war on terror, a pool of money should be collected, not involuntarily from taxpayers, but voluntarily from those decent human beings who believe crimes committed against our children are sins that God takes very seriously. Some of the funds raised could then be turned into outrageously tempting reward sums for information leading to the capture of our targeted criminals. Once the rogue clerics have been imprisoned and forced to talk, I recommend that their confessions be given to someone like Steven Spielberg or George Romero. Hollywood writers and producers could create a blockbuster movie like Roots or Schindler’s List to serve as a bitter reminder that these crimes should never again be permitted to occur. Tom Savini could be hired to recreate the horror on the faces of child actors chosen to play parts.

Proceeds from the movie could go to victims of abuse and their families. And no matter how old the crime, compensation would be available. There should be no statute of limitations when the rights of children have been violated by those who lived much of their adult lives perched on a pedestal heightened by the trust of innocent and vulnerable believers. In fact, I would extend compensation to the second and perhaps even third generation of sufferers. It would certainly include siblings denied the experience of growing up with a brother or sister untraumatized by such abuse. And since crimes of abuse tend to echo, it would extend to the victims of the victims as well.

If all else fails, is it any less rational to declare war on the Catholic Church as part of a war on child abuse than it was to declare war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al-Qaeda and apparently had no weapons of mass destruction) as part of a war on terror? How many innocent children have been verifiably lost to this menace — and how many more will be lost if we don’t make a preemptive strike?

As horrific as sexual abuse by priests may be, the perpetrators might merit a more forgiving place if only their superiors had the courage to do the right thing. For a few, counseling and close supervision might have been enough to prevent future abuses. Others clearly required something more intensive — a mental hospital or a prison.

But repeated abuse, as well as willfully hiding the crimes and the criminals — as far as I can see, this brings us much closer to the realm of mortal sin. And the sinners include not just the church hierarchy, but also attorneys who ill-advised parents not to buck the system and take on the Catholic Church, or may even have provided inside information to thwart legitimate cases against the church, law enforcement officials who may have thought it best to warn church officials of pending investigations, and janitors, housekeepers, teachers, and employees of the Catholic Church who kept silent because of concerns about a paycheck, a 401K, a pension, or a fear of standing up to church authorities. God has a place for everyone — and if you abuse children or protect the abusers of children, we can only hope that your place is called hell.

Posted by mike ference on February 5, 2009 at 1:32 AM · Report this
Catholics' motto should be
"get it while you can."
Posted by candylittlegirl on February 5, 2009 at 2:26 AM · Report this
Or they could allow priests to marry.....
Posted by Eric Vaughan on February 5, 2009 at 2:30 AM · Report this
Why should anyone who is considered Catholic by their doctrines remain Catholic?
Posted by Deanna Leonti on February 5, 2009 at 2:32 AM · Report this
Why should anyone who is considered Catholic by their doctrines remain Catholic?
Posted by Deanna Leonti on February 5, 2009 at 2:37 AM · Report this
tomasyalba wrote:
"Private lawyers like Poole..."

James Poole is allegedly one of the worst offenders, not a private lawyer.
Posted by candylittlegirl on February 5, 2009 at 2:38 AM · Report this
the children in that picture look extremely distraught
for a Communion Day celebration.
Posted by Deanna Leonti on February 5, 2009 at 2:40 AM · Report this
If you are catholic, you are livestock, sheep of a malevolent shepherd and the shepherds he "hires" to be his minions through the priesthood of RCC Inc. The sheep/shepherd metaphor is interesting because it *seems* to convey something good and positive, but the true relationship of the shepherd to the sheep is - fleece 'em (deprive them of all their resources), screw 'em (use them for sex and other pleasures), kill 'em (slaughter them or sell them to be slaughtered, destroying every one), and eat 'em (consume their flesh, allow others to do so). Rams not wanted for reproduction have a band put around their bits until they turn black and fall off. Shepherds only "care* about their sheep long enough to keep them alive to take to market to sell for food. That catholics and other christians want to make themselves into livestock for their god is appalling and disgusting. That's even lower than being a slave.

What catholics and christians don't know also is that their central myth *begins* with the ****rape**** of a little girl who had been pimped by her parents to work as a temple "dove", a servant who was there to provide more services than just cleaning and dusting - her function was to be a temple prostitute as was the function of *all* children in religious temples in that part of the world at the time (not unusual at all). Even if sex wasn't her primary job, don't think that pedophiles of the day weren't in those temples taking full advantage of children that were given to those temples in order to enrich their parents financially, religiously, and socially. Thing is, the story has been prettied up with birdies, angels, and bright lights - and a rape victim who is said to have said, "What? God raped me? And now I'm going to bear God's child? How wonderful!" So, pedophilia is not only something promoted throughout the old testament, but it's something the bible god did to make a clone of himself on earth to cure a non-existent disease, and his minions thereafter have felt the holy obligation to emulate this god at every opportunity and rape every child available that has been pimped by their parents through baptism - a turning over of ownership to RCC Inc to do with their children as RCC Inc chooses. The conspiracy has existed since the time of Abraham, it has never stopped, and it never will.

All of this evil disguised as goodness and holiness must be stopped for the good of all children and vulnerable adults. It starts by as many people leaving as possible. It starts by not putting a penny in collection baskets any more.

It stops by prosecuting abusers and their protectors to the fullest extent of the law.
Posted by Clevelandgirl on February 5, 2009 at 2:55 AM · Report this
How can ANYONE on this planet accept ANY RELIGION or GOVERNMENT that does these deeds? In U.S. there is supposed to be SEPERATION of CHURCH and STATE, yet President and Pope make agreement to let Churches protect PEDOPHILES (and who knows what other CRIMINALS!!)! Sounds to me like EVERYONE knows that IT IS ALL A SHAM except the LOST SOULS that have been CONNED FOR CENTURIES to GIVE,GIVE,GIVE to get to a HEAVEN that THE CHURCH knows DOES NOT EXIST!! If there is a GOD - Why would HE allow this to happen for so many centuries? Makes a person WONDER !!
Posted by Michael D. Toth on February 5, 2009 at 3:40 AM · Report this
This is just more foolishness to distract from the Gaza holocaust and Khazarian rip off of the American tax payer.
Posted by Bernie Madoff on February 5, 2009 at 5:09 AM · Report this
I have one word to say about this whole thing: MONEY!
Posted by Bryce on February 5, 2009 at 6:17 AM · Report this
The Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, newly elected Superior General of the Jesuit Order International will meet with a sex abuse cover-up professional, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles. during his January 30, 2009 through February 7, 2009 stay in California,

Posted by Roger on February 5, 2009 at 6:22 AM · Report this
organized religion is a terrible thing.taking advantage of the weak is their specialty. in one way or another they prey on people. weather it is the young starving children in this article or the starving old people that give the church the money they should be using for necessities. it saddens me to think that so many people have fallen for the biggest scam the world has ever known.
Posted by killthehill on February 5, 2009 at 6:35 AM · Report this
This story is timely - and more evidence that Jews in media manipulate news to meet their various wars on interest groups.

Let's see some stories about pedophile Rabbis.... ain't gonna happen.

Just a wake up call to you dumb goy who think news is fair and balanced... it's not.

Posted by gus on February 5, 2009 at 7:02 AM · Report this
Catholic priests are fucking disgusting. How can anyone even consider being Catholic after reading this crap. I feel dirty just reading this. These priests are complete failures as human beings. Stop worshiping these degenerates. Catholicism is a lie anyway- grow up and act like adults. stop believing the fairytale- and these priests will have no jobs. Some of my family is catholic- and I still think you're all idiots. WAKE UP dumbass catholics.
Posted by disgusted on February 5, 2009 at 7:26 AM · Report this
Well, to be fair, a bunch of Catholic priests are disgusting, but, honestly, not all. I was Catholic when I was little and I loved all my priests. One of them I know was gay, not a pedophile, and I don't know about the others. The ones I remember were all really awesome. Anyway, one of my priests knew there was a pedophile priest in a nearby church. He talked with his superior to get the police involved. He eventually called the police himself, and I never saw the brave priest again. Not all of them are assholes, and not every Catholic is a brainless schmuck. This article broke my heart. I hope something can be done, and, honestly, ordaining women and allowing married people would certainly help. Why? Those people are less likely to be pedos. Why can't the Church just kill the pedophile priests? They seem to be able to get away with everything else.
Posted by Former Catholic on February 5, 2009 at 8:29 AM · Report this
Thanks for the close reading candylittlegirl!

Now this morning I gotta say this is the first Stranger comments thread to mash up Foucault's Pendulum with a "priest and a rabbi" joke.
Posted by tomasyalba on February 5, 2009 at 8:31 AM · Report this
Kip, you are a horse's ass.
Posted by Your Name Here on February 5, 2009 at 9:13 AM · Report this
Any more information about Father Boly? Is that the same person who was the head of Saint Joe's in Seattle for so many years? If so, I'm feeling a little sicker than I already was...
Posted by seattleeco on February 5, 2009 at 9:59 AM · Report this
to helprvictimsnot$$$$lawyers
Helping the victims is important, but your effort leaves the offenders and those who support them without punishment, consequence, or accountability. $$$$ is the only language these people seem to understand.

Signed: one of the victims mentioned in the article above
Posted by NM on February 5, 2009 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Or they could allow priests to marry.....

Plenty of pedophiles are married men, unfortunately.

As Dan's youth pastor series shows, pedophiles seek jobs that give them authority over children.
Posted by Screen out the perverts on February 5, 2009 at 10:24 AM · Report this
another story not picked up by most media was that 13 international grandmother went to italy and sent a paper asking the current pope to recind the papal bulls of the late 1400s that largely to blame the on slaught of natives in the americas with the start of the spanish conuest of the middle americas, and shortly thereafter, everyone with power followed.
Posted by human on February 5, 2009 at 11:02 AM · Report this
gus: i'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that the most plausible reason why you don't see articles on pedophile rabbis is because it's not a widespread issue like it is for the catholic church. likely because rabbis are allowed to marry instead of festering in a fantasyland of temptation that inevitably leads to abuse. clergy abuse is a real and tragic problem, not a paranoid, perceived war on interest groups by jews. haven't you figured out that jews aren't responsible for everything wrong with the world, including the self-induced downfalls of other religions?
Posted by emf on February 5, 2009 at 11:22 AM · Report this
I'm appalled that even the churches have their own conspiracies and are actually paying for their own selfish members' mistakes by paying off affected families with money that is supposed to go towards building a greater church and place of worship.
Posted by Alicia on February 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM · Report this
I don't give a shit if "some" priests are great. They believe in, and perpetuate, a LIE. Christianity lost its path hundreds of years ago. All that exists now of true "christians" is a joke. And Catholics are a complete waste of space. The bible is a fairytale. Sorry if you people are too weak to give up your "faith". You're just brainwashed and you make me sick. Stop making up excuses for your immaturity and weakness. Take some responsibility for your "leaders" or better yet- stop being a Christian. And most of all- QUIT PUTTING YOUR CHILDREN IN POSITIONS WHERE THEY CAN BE ABUSED. Just because your a pathetic "adult" that needs to believe in this crap to be strong enough to live your lives- doesn't mean your children deserve to be potentially hurt.

But you'll just blow me off and go suck some more fluoride. This is a nation of adult children.
Posted by christians suck on February 5, 2009 at 12:04 PM · Report this
hm...gus...i actually heard a story on NPR about pedophile rabbis in new york's ultra-orthodox jewish community a couple days ago.

i guess no group is exempt.

imho a big part of the blame lies not on the content of the catholic beliefs but in the way the power structure is set up. any time the power is held in the hands of a few men, you are going to have trouble b/c they are going to want to hush up anything that would disrupt their power structure.

it is so sad that these children were allowed to suffer because those in charge wanted to save face.
Posted by slackerina on February 5, 2009 at 3:16 PM · Report this
May the offenders find themselves in a special kind of hell. May the survivors find peace. I lived in New England when the scandal broke out there. I lived in the next town over from one of the "retreat" camps for the Boston area churches. It was still up and running last time I checked. Nothing like hearing family friends talk about father 'so and so' and his odd behaviours.
Posted by divinemissem on February 5, 2009 at 6:07 PM · Report this
The difficulties of keeping secrets in a post-Internet world makes for interesting headlines indeed. I suppose a comment is warranted. I am not, nor have I ever been, a Catholic, but I do attend Seattle University, and I have been receiving press releases from Father Sullivan on a fairly regular basis.

I know there are many Catholic priests out there who are horrible people and who have committed terrible acts. There are around 500,000 members of the Catholic priesthood around the world. In a population sample that large, a given amount of pedophiles is sure to occur; other factors, certainly including celibacy, likely account for a higher than statistically average occurrence.

To complicate the problem, the church does have the largest religious infrastructure and coffers in the world; it is, or at least has been, more than capable of smoothing over problems to protect its image and work.

The abuses imposed on these and other victims are heinous and unforgivable, and should not be smoothed over by the church, or any other religion or organization. These men are mentally ill criminals, who deserve treatment for their diseases and punishment for their crimes, to the same extent that would be faced by a member of the laity.

With that said, I hesitate to wholly condemn the church. The Holy See has been remarkably negligent, this is true. The church, however, is the charge of the See, not the sum of it. The church is composed of millions of people who have chosen, at various levels of conformity and adherence to doctrine, to believe in and participate in something they believe can bring them peace, hope, and healing.

Let us condemn the perpetrators of these crimes. Let us condemn those who allowed the crimes to continue. Condemn the systems that permit things to be swept under the rug or shuffled somewhere 'safer'. Let us hope and pray that these poor victims may find peace and healing, and let us actively work with them to accomplish that. Let us change these truths rather than simply be outraged at them.

A broad condemnation of the church, however, hurts more people than it helps. Mother Teresa, St. Francis of Assi, and countless others who did and do incalculable amounts of good in this world counted and count themselves as members of the church. Many people I know view their lives as being richer for being Catholic, and I am glad for them.

Tragedies like these can and do occur anywhere. As a Jew, I can say that the mention in a previous comment of Hasidic abuse is sadly familiar. Indeed, the nature of cloistered religious communities of all types lends itself to this type of abuse. The Catholic church is especially vulnerable due to its size, resources, and history. This is something people of all walks of life need to be vigilant about.

I hope that justice is meted out to those responsible, and I hope that all sides can find peace and healing. If you are a victim of these crimes, or those like them, my prayers are with you.

I hope this discussion, on this page and across the world, can generate more than mere vitriol and trolling. I hope.
Posted by Logos on February 5, 2009 at 9:55 PM · Report this
Hey Kip-
You have never lived with Native American children, or in Alaska- that's obvious from your scathing rebuke. I can DEFINITELY see this happening with those kids in these isolated places. Having gone to elementary school on Tulalip's res, I know that native american kids are different by culture, environment and parenting. Add to that complete village isolation, all-powerful priests with pedophilic 'needs' and this is exactly what you get.
Shut the f**k up about issues you know nothing about.
As for the Catholic church- I hope Benedict and his host of pervs burn in their Hell for eternity. SICK, SICK, SICK.
Posted by BeenThere on February 6, 2009 at 12:17 AM · Report this

Some people honestly believe that organized religion should be abolished. I think that organized religion has done more good than harm, but I think I understand why some people think otherwise.

I was googling for a Bible verse that I couldn't quite remember when I came across a webpage that I think is perfect as a comment for this article. It is titled "The Christian Deists: Christians Without Churches:"
Posted by candylittlegirl on February 6, 2009 at 12:35 AM · Report this
For those of you bringing up the tired old saw about victims just being after money, keep in mind that for every dollar a victim receives, RCC Inc spends another dollar paying high priced lawyers to work to destroy the plaintiffs *by any means necessary* (additional rapes on top of rapes by predopriests) and to high powered PR firms used to publicly discredit victims, their advocacy groups, and anyone who speaks out for abuse survivors (the poster trashing Patrick Wall is probably a spokeshole from a PR firm). Lawyers who take the cases of abuse victims are paid *on contingency* - for those too ignorant to know, this means that the lawyer must make sure he has a *very good* case because if he loses, he gets exactly NOTHING for all of his time and billable hours, as most survivors are too poor to pay the hourly fee that the dioceses have no problem coughing up for *their* $500-1000/hour lawyers that they use (and even have on continuous retainer). A lawyer for survivors only gets 1/3 of the settlement IF THEY WIN (which is fair considering billable hours used to take the case - we got more than $2000 in services from a lawyer who took a worker's comp case, which was his 1/3, and it was a bargain for what we got in return). So, if $2 billion has been paid out to survivors (public estimate), then ***at least $2 billion*** has been paid by RCC Inc to lawyers and PR firms and their spokesholes to keep the truth that they're an organized criminal child rape cult *COVERED UP*. BTW, RCC Inc employs PR firms such as those that tried to spin the crimes of Enron and Arthur Andersen, among others. It isn't the survivors and their lawyers making tons of money, it's the lawyers and PR spokesholes who are making all the money.

BTW, there are *insurance companies* suing RCC Inc for fraud regarding their anti-abuse insurance because bishops *knew* they had abuse problems when they were getting insurance and LIED to the insurance companies that there was no abuse and that they'd obey the law in reporting it. They did neither, so now insurance companies are against RCC because they're losing money by insuring them. There's some evidence that corporations are suing RCC Inc, not just abuse survivors.

For details on all kinds of clergy abuse, including christian ministers and rabbis, check out Bishop Accountability's Abuse Tracker page for credible mainstream media news (including from RCC sources) on the ongoing abuse issue. It hasn't stopped - it never will. Not when you have a pope who rehabilitates the antisemitic SSPX and its bishops and priests (at least three of which have made *public* statements denying the holocaust) and appoints a bishop in Austria who said Hurricane Katrina was punishment for gay-positive New Orleans and because NOLA has the fanciest brothels and most beautiful prostitutes, among his other idiotic moves, like saying Maciel didn't abuse anyone or do anything wrong and protecting him.

Note to self and everyone: religion freaky. It certainly isn't a friend to Native American people, who have all but been genocided by the "kind" ministrations of christian churches.
Posted by Clevelandgirl on February 6, 2009 at 2:57 AM · Report this
Very well researched article on how the Alaskan Natives were sacrificed. The article could have been more complete if it had drawn the global connections on how the Catholic Church in many countries has allowed its sex offenders free reign amongst populations who were living in poverty. In Canada a parellel situation was happening with our First Nations people on reserves across the country.
It would appear that this organization responds only to the loss of the almighty dollars in its coffers. The data is in for all who are strong enough to stomach it - this church is morally bankrupt and the average Catholic in churches around the world are too brainwashed to put their religion back on a strong moral footing. Until they do - consider doing what is necessary - withholding funds and continued lawsuits.
Posted by Nellie in Toronto on February 6, 2009 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Kip - I find your outrageous comments laughable. Look at the face of that girl, she is not lying.
There is only one question you need to answer "KIP" - With all the damage and the millions paid they should come clean and get this behind them. They don't -why.
I give you the answer - its worse than they want everyone to know.
Posted by John Doe 130 on February 7, 2009 at 6:23 AM · Report this
This is sick! I wouldn't have been able to cope with all of this, if i were one of the victims. I pray that these women get through this. I wonder if they will ever trust a religious leader again, i hope so. Suprised no. Mortified, yes.
Posted by Cat on February 7, 2009 at 9:39 AM · Report this
How unique, a homosexual periodical attacking the Catholic Church.

Perhaps you boys and girls should write about your LGBT comrades and clean your own house first:

The Journal of Homosexuality recently published a special double-issue entitled, "Male Intergenerational Intimacy," containing many articles portraying sex between men and minor boys as loving relationships. One article said parents should look upon the pedophile who loves their son "not as a rival or competitor, not as a theft of their property, but as a partner in the boy's upbringing, someone to be welcomed into their home."

In 1995 the homosexual magazine "Guide" said, "We can be proud that the gay movement has been home to the few voices who have had the courage to say out loud that children are naturally sexual" and "deserve the right to sexual expression with whoever they choose. …" The article went on to say: "Instead of fearing being labeled pedophiles, we must proudly proclaim that sex is good, including children's sexuality … we must do it for the children's sake."

Larry Kramer, the founder of ACT-UP, a noted homosexual activist group, wrote in his book, "Report from the Holocaust: The Making of an AIDS Activist": "In those instances where children do have sex with their homosexual elders, be they teachers or anyone else, I submit that often, very often, the child desires the activity, and perhaps even solicits it."

In a study of advertisements in the influential homosexual newspaper, The Advocate, Reisman found ads for a "Penetrable Boy Doll … available in three provocative positions. She also found that the number of erotic boy images in each issue of The Advocate averaged 14.

Homosexual newspapers and travel publications advertise prominently for countries where boy prostitution is heavy, such as Burma, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

If you going to mock the Catholic Church, at least show pictures of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence mocking the nuns that have given their life to Christ.
Posted by aSeattleConservative on February 7, 2009 at 2:31 PM · Report this

Of course many people believe organized religions should be abolished or otherwise dispersed. People believe many things should be abolished, or diminished, or expanded, depending on their perception of them; this is their right. Personally, I've never found what I need in organized religion, but clearly many people have.

I think many of these organizations or movements warrant a serious reevaluation of some of their basic frameworks (an issue that becomes a secular one as soon as crimes such as these are committed). But I'm more interested in hearing a considered debate among secular and religious leaders as to the roots of these issues (including, perhaps, the existence of organized religions in the first place) than I am in hearing yet another "LOL STUPID CHRISTIAN SHEEPLE REDNECKS" type of comment, or in listening to the frankly overbearing smugness of many vocal anti-theist leaders such as Hitchens or Dawkins. Many of the smartest people I've known have been deeply religious, while the converse holds true as well. Your mileage may vary, of course.

Measured and thoughtful debate is the answer here. The reduction of it to staple "Dumb rapist Christians/godless heathen intelligentsia" lines makes progress, of any kind, impossible. Worse, it takes the debate dangerously off-topic: finding and solving the root causes here will be the only way to prevent such tragedies in the future.
Posted by Logos on February 7, 2009 at 8:09 PM · Report this
aSeattleConservative, and others who have written a response to this article pointing fingers elsewhere, why do you do that?

I absolutely agree that the Catholic church is not the only host for pedophiles in the world. We all know that... so my question to you is this: Do you not think shining a spotlight on a problem of this size within a very powerful organization is important?

Pedophilia and abuse within the catholic church is happening... has been happening for as long as there has been the power and position to abuse, I'm sure. So why are you trying to distract from this problem, why the negativity toward the Stranger for speaking out in this way?

What surprises me here is that everyone who reads this article can't simply agree that what happened to those children is horrible, that those responsible need to be held accountable, and that changes need to be made to ensure that the same will be prevented from happening in the future whenever possible. Is that so hard to agree on?

Why do we all hold onto our reactive natures in these instances? Conservative vs. liberal, non-Christian vs. Christian... At the end of the day, am I wrong in thinking that there should be *some* things that we can agree on? Unless you simply enjoy evil, and want to perpetuate it, why not lend your support to something that is trying to address an issue that needs addressing? Even if the venue (in this case the Stranger) is one that you may have significant differences of opinion with in general, can't you simply focus on what *is* important?

I don't understand why so many people are so focused on our differences of opinion. I think it only detracts from our ability to successfully deal with problems like this one when we squabble over how we don't agree.

Do you, or do you not, think pedophilia and child abuse is wrong? If you do... then do something positive about it. Didn't we all learn in kindergarten that "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" Well, I would change that to, "If you don't have anything helpful to say, don't say anything at all." Sometimes what we have to say isn't nice, it's necessary, but if it's not going to help improve the situation at hand, then perhaps you should reevaluate your reasons for speaking out.

Perhaps I'm mistaken, but it seems to me that no one is saying that child abuse (sexual or otherwise) is only a problem within the Catholic church. They're just saying that it is a significant problem that is being dealt with poorly if at all, and they're trying to help others wake up and realize just how significant it is.

The Catholic Church doesn't need your support on this issue... what it needs is to know that you do *not* support it on this issue. If you're catholic and you get a lot from your faith, of course this will be difficult to read about for you. But try to realize and acknowledge the difference between supporting your faith (which is absolutely understandable) and supporting a specific portion of your church that is clearly broken and needs fixing. And if you happen to be Christian, then it should be all the more clear to you that it is okay to criticize those abuses of power, it is okay (even necessary) to acknowledge them as being such. According to your bible, didn't Jesus himself fight against the power structure of his own day? Isn't that why he was crucified? If you're Catholic and you want to be Christ-like, then stop blinding yourself to problems within your own "home," stand up for what is right, and do something to change it, to make it better.
Posted by BeReasonable on February 7, 2009 at 9:19 PM · Report this
Why should'nt Wall call him Stevie, the man does'nt deserve respect. If he did not know this was going on then what was he doing in that position? Ignorance is not a good excuse. Time to go down in the basement of the Vatican and cough up some of the booty that has acculumated over the centuries.
Posted by Pamela Joan on February 7, 2009 at 10:36 PM · Report this
Thank you, BeReasonable.

I think my wordiness on this article (which is not a general habit of mine online) is largely because my experience with the Jesuits has been quite positive. I go to a Jesuit school. My father is a professor here, and I have had long interactions with the Fathers of the S.J., whom I've generally found to be thoughtful, intelligent men deeply involved in their faith and their world. Though the abuses are terrible on their own, I think I'm more horrified by them then if they had been perpetrated by, for example, Benedictines or imams. It feels a little morally repugnant to say that, but it's true. It saddens me that the Jesuits, who have the most stringent and restricted entrance requirements in the priesthood (14 years as a novice is common) could have admitted and then tolerated these men. Though no one is permitted these atrocities, the Society of Jesus should be better than this.
Posted by Logos on February 7, 2009 at 10:37 PM · Report this
This is a sad, sad story and, as with anything having to do with pedophiles, disgusting and infuriating. I have no sympathy for priests who abused children, and even less for any of their superiors who knew (or know) about it and did nothing. They should not only be dismissed from their duties but prosecuted and jailed. However, there are hundreds of millions (close to 1 billion) Catholics in the world, and thousands of priests and nuns (and many, many more lay ministers) who do selfless work serving the poor, the hungry, the sick, and the vulnerable all over the world. I've known many of them personally. They get no attention because it's not flashy and doesn't make headlines or sell newspapers. Again, this doesn't and shouldn't in any way excuse the behavior of pedophiles or those who protect them...absolutely not. However, some perspective is also necessary, and is sadly missing from many of these comments.
Posted by Irish on February 7, 2009 at 11:18 PM · Report this
I nominate myself as "father" slayer. Any seconds? It will cost a whole dime. All I need is a list... Motive comes forth from being molested as a child and knowing the pain, shame and confusion that NEVER goes away. I am not ashamed to feel or express my utter hatred and contempt for these disgusting, vile beasts who perform horrendous acts on children (or anyone for that matter.) Their last breath should come while looking through bloodied eyes at the rusty shovel coming down once more, as they are simultaneously sodomized by a broken wine bottle.

Sorry. Reading this article stirs up some repressed anger and hostility. My sentiments, sorrow and love goes out to all the victims...
Posted by cynic01 on February 8, 2009 at 12:10 AM · Report this
p.s. hmmm. comments arguing anything against this article have got to make you seriously wonder... "aSeattleConservative" just what the hell is your arguement anyway? That this makes it okay? You would'nt happen to be a "father" would you?
Posted by cynic01 on February 8, 2009 at 12:22 AM · Report this
Some points.
Alaska was divided into districts in the late 19th century where missionaries of different religions would establish schools on behalf of the Bureau of Education and Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Catholics were given the swampy district between the mouths of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers. Northwest Alaska went to the Swedish Evangelical Brotherhood, Southeast to the Presbyterians, and so on. The Russian Orthodox church was not given a district; it was already present and once the Russians left, it was the only defense for Native people from the newcomer churches, which were considered blasphemous in the eyes of Orthodoxy, the one true church and protector of the faith since Council of Nicaea (iirc).
The Catholics were given this district because it was swampy, filled with mosquitoes and biting insects, spread out over a vast area of wet tundra and riverine sloughs that were hard to get through in summer and winter. Reports of the Bureau of Education are available in Google Books, and accounts of missionaries are online at Library of Congress as well.
AS such, the priest or missionary was often pressed into service as an official representative of the government, as postmaster, judge, sheriff, doctor and translator. Often they were the only people available to translate Yup'ik to English, French, and other languages. In some cases, sexual abuse was perpetrated by whites on Natives and opposed by the Russian Orthodox church, but no other church seemed to oppose it-they all preferred to force marriage onto those caught abusing young girls (George Palmer in fact beat a Russian Priest for opposing his cohabiting with a 12 year old Native girl, almost causing an uprising against the trader).
Also, the Great Death was in 1900-1904 in the Kuskokwim River region as documented by Rev. Henry Kilbuck, who was taking the census in 1900. Robert Fortuine, MD, has written a book and several articles about the devastation of the diseases that arrived in Alaska as a result of the Gold Rush, which included a huge variety of ailments including tropical diseases from crossing Panama (Yellow Fever) as well as things we take for granted today as minor, such as whooping cough, mumps, measles, and chicken pox. Death rates were incredibly high as waves of Gold Rush travelers passed through Native Villages and spread diseases around that the locals had no resistance to. Once one disease was going, another would afflict the survivors and get passed on to the still sick. It was a holocaust.
The Catholic Church has a lot to atone for in this case. I am disgusted but not shocked by aSeattleConservative and Kip, who in the one case demonstrate why Conservatives are simply sad, perverse and defective people and the second an example of sociopathic conditioning. Alaska's Native People, like Natives everywhere, have suffered regrettably thanks to the influx of white people from Europe, from the military to the citizens to the priests and the government. It's time to right some wrongs if we can.
Bashful No Longer: Oswalt, Wendell
Chills and Fever: Fortuine, Robert
and everything by Ann Fienup-Riordan.
Posted by Alaskan guy on February 8, 2009 at 12:39 PM · Report this
Before contact, native people had their own societies. Men, women, elders raised and protected the children together. Taught them skills they'd need when they came of age. Taught them the "rules or laws" of each group in order that they'd become productive members of that society. Taught to rely on each other for survival.

After Contact, they have broken families, acoholism, drug addition, high suicide rates, etc.
"Such progress!"
Posted by D. Joe on February 8, 2009 at 12:46 PM · Report this
Yeah, those grandstanding lawyers are SO much worse than priests who abuse their power while holding themselves up as paragons of the correct way to live.
You seem to take it all very personally. Are you a priest or monk yourself, or just a brainwashed Catholic?
Posted by Aquinas on February 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM · Report this
Sadly, the same abuse of native peoples by religious and educational authorities has occurred right across North America; there is a long history of this at residential schools in Canada as well. The damage will take generations to set right. My heart goes out to the victims and their families; speaking out is the first step in healing this great wrong.
Posted by 2nd Gen. Immigrant on February 8, 2009 at 8:23 PM · Report this
Years ago (in 1979), when I went through treatment for alcoholism at a facility for Native people in Seattle, I witnessed something that still deeply haunts me to this day should I think about it.

As a part of the addictions therapy at this facility, a group of trauma specialists engaged in an exercise that mentally and emotionally caused victims of sexual trauma to "re-live" their experiences. One of the program's staff members, who was Alaskan Native, volunteered for this exercise. He was "walked through" his experiences of both sexual and physical abuse at the hands of clergy members when he was a boy growing up in Alaska. As the therapists guided this man (who had a very kind, gentle affect) through his trauma, the man suddenly became so enraged that he had to be restrained by six big men who were on the program's staff. This poor fellow was again living through what had happened to him in Alaska, and he was horribly transformed from a calm, rational person into a raging, wounded and angry beast that was literally foaming at the mouth. At one point, I actually thought that his head was going to explode.

As a Native American, but not Alaskan, I have heard stories all my life (I am close to 60 now) about the terrible abuses that were meted out to people from my own tribe in South Dakota (Pine Ridge Agency), as well as almost all other tribes in the U.S. that had been exposed to missionaries and their assorted ilk over the years.

The incident I witnessed in Seattle that icy day long ago shall never be forgotten as it was the greatest display of human rage I have ever known.

Posted by Melvin Martin on February 9, 2009 at 12:27 AM · Report this
This is just a good, sad story.
Posted by quality on February 9, 2009 at 12:31 AM · Report this
this makes my blood boil! and my brain cry in search of answers! How? and Why? then i guess the only other thing i'd like to know is what they plan on doing to eliminate this bologna! the sooner the better!
Posted by doodleicious on February 9, 2009 at 1:33 AM · Report this
Thank you to Melvin for sharing that very sad yet educational story. It reminded me of a letter I read in the Seattle Times fifteen years ago, a letter I also found very educational:

Neal Summers And Darrell Cloud -- Releasing Bottled-Up Rage

Some students, teachers and readers of The Times express difficulty comprehending how a long-term victim of childhood sexual abuse could be impelled by rage to kill his abuser.

I'm a state certified mental health counselor. For over 40 years I have worked with victims of childhood sexual abuse: teenagers, women and men. I have encountered murderous rage in several instances, and have worked with both a teenager in Seattle and a woman from Alaska who did attempt murder. The teenager caused serious injury but not death. The woman did kill with an ax. I worked with a client who had been sexually abused by her father for years, and then discovered that he had also sexually abused her daughter. When she got off work each day she sat in her car outside her father's house with a shotgun, ready to shoot to kill the instant he stepped out. Fortunately, she was able to talk out her rage before she got the father in her gun sight.

I gave three workshops for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a small town in Washington state. At the conclusion of the third, a woman who had not spoken throughout the workshops asked if she could walk me to my car. Alone with me she quietly said, "I want you to know that I have taken the loaded gun out of my purse. I've carried it for a long time."

For those who can't talk, can't get access to a therapist, the bottled-up rage becomes so intense that the victim is likely to attempt either suicide or murder.

Had Darrell Cloud gone to a therapist the murder of Neal Summers could have been averted. However, the action did clarify what I'm sure many students and probably others knew and kept secret: childhood sexual abuse.

Vera Gallagher, Seattle

Copyright (c) 1994 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

Posted by Colleen on February 9, 2009 at 5:09 AM · Report this
Excellent article! Very well researched and written. This is such an important topic, I really appreciate you taking the time to write it.
Posted by katiecro on February 9, 2009 at 9:04 AM · Report this
There is more here than meets the eye. When a church denomination becomes so big that they can hide their own crimes from the public gives them the opportunity to continue in these crimes for decades, then that becomes the real problem. The church has become to powerful for anyone to stop them from these crimes which they sweep under the carpet (under cover), then release them on unsuspecting victims is ungodly. And yet the Pope claims that his church is the one true church, knowing what kind of crimes its hiding. Its ungodly is what it is. The Lord is the judge they will have to face, and in that time he will not be so forgiving. Count on it.
Posted by unbelievable on February 9, 2009 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Why are there so many unsourced quotes in your article?
Some details strain credulity--the person who had six cousins commit suicide?

I don't doubt the basic premise of your article; however, it contains elements of the sort of hysteria found in cases where it turns out that nothing untoward has happened--instead, suggestible children were manipulated into making up stories.

Perhaps you can post some notes sourcing the unattributed quotes in your article. I would bet that many of them come from the lawyers and investigators fighting the church, which makes the quotes much less damning.
Posted by factchecker on February 9, 2009 at 5:13 PM · Report this
The irony is in how the Church condemns "unnatural" acts. Celibacy is not only unnatural, but harmful, and as we see here.. can lead to sexual deviancy. Priests are always around children, their sexual impulses will manifest themselves one way or another.. just imagine the sheer number of pedophile priests that simply haven't done anything and haven't been exposed.

The reality is: men need to HAVE SEX, it's inherent to us, so for God's sake or anyone else's do it with a woman.
Posted by faust on February 9, 2009 at 7:48 PM · Report this
May all the molesters burn in hell!!!!!!!
Posted by MPF on February 9, 2009 at 7:50 PM · Report this
I couldn't read the whole article but I'd like to have a hour with a rapist priest,a straight razor, and a bag of rock salt....
Posted by BADASS on February 9, 2009 at 8:18 PM · Report this
Can we just jump to the part where the money will make everything ok?
Posted by JF on February 10, 2009 at 7:59 AM · Report this
Posted by beetseeka on February 10, 2009 at 11:32 PM · Report this
It was hard to read, but I know it must have been much harder to write. Well done, Mr. Kiley. The complicity, and they are all complicit, of the Church hierarchy in covering up these and countless other abuses is shameful and sinful. It breaks my heart to think that the church I happily grew up in was such a hellish experience for others. I would rather that church cease to exist than another child be victimized by sick and evil men posing as servants of God.
Posted by Simon on February 11, 2009 at 12:24 AM · Report this
I had thought that the Jesuit church, benedictine groups, and catholic groups were all separate from one another. At least, they didn't go together when I was in Catholic School. Can someone fact check this point?
Posted by EAK on February 11, 2009 at 1:42 AM · Report this
To all attacking organized religion in this: most people and priests aren't like this. As with many cases, the minority is the loudest. Most Muslims are not terrorists, but still many people associate them with the Muslim religion.
Things like this rarely happen, making this an even bigger deal when it does. Sexual harassment and rape is no small matter, and no, the leaders in the church didn't handle it right at all. But what are people supposed to do? Abandon their beliefs all because of a few fuck-ups?

As a Catholic, I feel EXTREMELY sorry for the injustice that these victims felt at the hand of the church and many people, but the church as a whole is not bad, and they do many things for the community.

A few bad apples do not ruin the bunch.
Posted by petite_nombre@hotmail.com on February 11, 2009 at 1:47 AM · Report this
petite_nombre wrote:
"Most Muslims are not terrorists, but still many people associate them with the Muslim religion."

Perhaps you meant:
"It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims."
--Abdel Rahman al-Rashed
Posted by candylittlegirl on February 11, 2009 at 5:23 AM · Report this
in response to candylittlegirl:

not even half of all child molesters are catholic, most are regular people.
Posted by petite_nombre on February 11, 2009 at 10:24 AM · Report this
"He then would unzip his pants, and completely expose his genitals to these children, and masturbate to ejaculation as he walked around the classroom. He would ask the girls to touch his penis and would rub his erect penis on their backs, necks, and arms. Sometimes he would wipe or rub his semen on the girls after he ejaculated."

This is just bullshit. It's obviously made up. Come on! If it was in "I, Anon", eveyone would be saying BULLSHIT!

your a fuckin piece of shit
Posted by anon on February 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM · Report this
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I know it would appear that I am biased in favor of the plaintiffs, being an Alaskan Native myself, but I heartily dispute the previous comment calling a pastor's activity with his students Bull. If you spent one day in an Alaskan village, you would see that most of those people have encountered such pain and dysfunction in their lives at the hand of the Jesuits and other churches, you would know that what they allege is the truth. Substance abuse as a result of broken family life is rampant, as are birth defects; as people in the village drink or do drugs and then procreate, furthering this vicious cycle of despair. My grandfather suffered at the hands of the church--it removed him from the arms of his loving parents and put him in boarding school in an effort to "whiten" him. We all still feel a disaffectedness because of that one seemingly well-meaning effort to bring Alaska's indigenous population "up to par" with white America. Natives have and always will want to continue to live their lives in the traditional way. The Churches easily disrupted that peaceful but separate existence, creating endless despair in the most beautiful place on earth that has cost us all, and not just in taxpayer dollars (therapy, abuse, hospitalization, lawsuits, criminal justice overload, murder).
Posted by lc on February 13, 2009 at 9:59 AM · Report this
Pedofiles are EVERYWHERE not just the Catholic church,They are in every religion,income status, poor and rich,schools,daycare,homes, foster and boarding homes,doctors dentists,they have also been protected,shelterd and not exposed by many people of all of the above,is it fair to target only one religion?
Posted by Santana on February 15, 2009 at 9:22 AM · Report this
I attended Seattle Prep and I swear that Fr. Boly's (surfer boy)interaction with the woman at the other catholic girls school was total wrong. In fact one Jesuit studing to be a priest at the time left and married a girl from the same school that he and Fr. Boly use to visit. When Boly was at St. Joseph's in Seattle he even hired some those women to work there. And continued to maintain a relatinship that seemed strange He basicly bancrupted the parish with is lasting building legacy that was not needed. the man went unchecked for years. He is in Oregon on special assignment. I wonder why?
Posted by dismayedPrepster on February 18, 2009 at 2:48 PM · Report this
Pedophile priests are only the tip of a great historical iceberg of corruption. But that may now be coming to an end. The very origin of the roman catholic church is coming under question by a new interpretation of the moral teaching of Christ; redefining the character of faith and the nature of the Resurrection. Is Rome about to fall for the second time? Check the link, join the revolution.
Posted by R. a. Landbeck on February 21, 2009 at 4:36 AM · Report this
This article provide a lot of information about pedophiles and, as a consecuence, most of the time quote or cite comments expressed in some media (legal documents, catholic files, and so on). Where are the sources cited along the article? I think an addendum should be posted for the sake of clarity and professionalism.
Thanks for your attention.
Posted by martin on February 25, 2009 at 8:52 AM · Report this
Regarding Fr. Toulouse
He always showed up at Prep track meets, I think now to watch the boys. But nothing has ever been brought up with the fact when Fr. Toulouse died in Calif, there was a 14-16 year old boy, he was traveling with and was from Washington State. I wonder what his stories are?
Posted by dismayedprepster on March 2, 2009 at 11:34 AM · Report this
This is really disturbing. I do believe that the Catholic church probably does cover things and maybe they do use "dumping grounds". I would like to think that the officials would put the needs of the victims above the offenders. However, since cases like these can be difficult to prove, I'm guessing that there are probably situations in which they don't have enough evidence to excommunicate offenders. In which case, I can actually believe that Catholic officials might use unsuspecting communities as dumping grounds. Truly appalling.

Posted by According to the pope, condoms don't prevent HIV on March 18, 2009 at 9:59 AM · Report this
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Rome in going down for the second and last time.
Posted by Robert Landbeck on January 29, 2010 at 10:43 AM · Report this
When I hear of stories such as this I can’t help but wonder; what is the difference between a witch and a pedophile?
If memory serves me, this same “religious” organization pursued and punished those who boiled up various animal parts and called out some idiotic verbiage, calling this an effort to save these same people.
It would seem now that people are more learned and sophisticated, there is nothing wrong with assaulting young boys and not being held accountable for screwing up their lives.

Posted by Cranford on March 31, 2010 at 8:38 AM · Report this
Jehovah's Witnesses have the same issues. There are known pedophiles who are protected by the Watchtower society and are knocking on your doors every Saturday morning. There is a huge story here too if anyone cared to look.
Posted by watch out on March 31, 2010 at 9:45 AM · Report this
To anyone who has ever worked in healthcare in that part of Alaska finding out about this is kind of a light bulb experience because it only makes sense considering the suicides, mental health problems, and chemical dependency it would generate. There are other types of serial preditors who go to that area. They have serial bullies who work in healtcare rendering the treatment very dysfunctional. Many of the pracitioners are incompetent and have been run off from the lower 48. When native people try to get help they are often met with abuse or incompentence. These serial bullies abuse the good staff until they are rendered ill and leave. This leaves a core of staff that essentially can not function. It causes trauma on top of trauma. What a horrendous situation.
Posted by aspiecelia on April 5, 2010 at 1:36 PM · Report this
This is a sick and sad thing that has happened all these years to all these innocents. In a "civilized" society, these men would be in jail getting what they gave from "bubba". What's even worse is the cloak of secrecy they enjoyed from their superiors. The fact that they want to cover it up at all costs is indicative of their guilt.

All I surmise from this is the one central common denominator; religion, not money is the root of all evil. We all just read the proof.
Posted by Bigtoe on April 5, 2010 at 11:28 PM · Report this
Not one person has the guts to start killing these animals?The article says it is desolate,no police, what more do you need? Kill everyone of them and there will be no more child rape.
Posted by Clintstone on April 6, 2010 at 7:31 AM · Report this

Yes if that religion supports the crime. Either by the specific dogma contained in the scripture OR in the Catholic churches case an actual power structure that actively hid and controlled the information about these priests.

The same can be said for criticizing Islam. In the case of the bible its support of slavery, persecution of homosexuals, and lack of any condemnation of child abuse or rape are good examples as well.

Does this mean that religion should be banned? No. Ideas should never be banned. They should be heard and if they are terrible ideas they should be quickly mocked. We should have a free market of ideas the best will float to the top. That will only happen if people are brave enough to criticize the truly horrible.
Posted by Cartman86 on April 6, 2010 at 8:49 AM · Report this
the reason these pedo priests abuse boys is that they have IPPA Induced Pedophilic Pheromonic Addiction ,,,which is they are addicted to the unsmelled scents given off by young bodies and need constant 'fixes' which they get by - getting into close contact with young bodies.
The Detergents industry needs to get to work to make anti-APPA sprays for classrooms and toilets and for clothes conditioners for final rinse or for ironing sprays to pedo-prood the children.
Posted by rosewhite on April 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM · Report this
It would be nice if the main stream media would change their approach to this. It is the parishioners who continue to attend and fund the church that are enabling these atrocities to continue. The news should call a spade a spade, and the catholic church an evil institution, more appropriately associated with satan than any god, and make it clear that those funding the church are in fact funding these hellish actions.
Posted by DiverThom on April 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM · Report this
Why is the Catholic Church allowed to maintain a IRS non-profit status when they spend so many millions of $ donations on covering up felonious crimes by their front line representatives? Why is there not a hue and cry to revoke their non-profit status?
Posted by lifelong religious worker on April 6, 2010 at 7:45 PM · Report this
Thank you - a comprehensive and horrible article, well articulated. It feels like a bruise is being punched with each new set of revelations. To those who doubt the authenticity, I'd say that your views are important to ensure that this train stays on track: but there is a consistency from around the world here that is very unlikely to have been coordinated maliciously or invented coincidentally.

For those apologists who point out that abuse happens "in every profession" (the favourite RCC defence right now), that is such a mendacious argument, it takes my breath away. The teaching profession for example, where abuse does of course occur, does not hold itself up as the one true global moral arbitor, telling the world how to live. Nor do they conspire to protect abusers when they are found. On the contrary abusers are outed and vigourously prosecuted when found. The RCC is unique in its position here - and as such truly deserves special mention and attention. Particularly as they have been so successful in blocking those who would stop the abuse - and protecting the abusers from justice.

I really worry about the motivation of Catholic's who attack those exposing the abuse. What are you worried about? It clearly is not the abused...
Posted by Jimmy-boy on April 6, 2010 at 11:36 PM · Report this
klatu 105
The waves of accumulating scandal engulfing the roman catholic church will look a mere trifle compared to the 'perfect storm' that is shortly coming. For these growing, worldwide sexual scandals and endemic institutional corruption, having destroyed virtually any remaining 'moral' authority or presumption to understand human nature, are just setting the stage for the 'churches' worst nightmare: the questioning of it's very origins! And that has already begun on the web. Not by any atheist ravings, but with first wholly new interpretation for 2000 years of the Gospel/moral teachings of Christ. Redefining all primary elements, For the first time in history, however unexpected, the world must now measure for itself, the reality of a new claim to revealed truth, a moral tenet not of human intellectual origin, offering access by faith, to absolute proof, an objective basis for moral principle and a fully rational and justifiable belief!  This is not reformation but revolution. We may very well come to 'remember' the church as two thousands years of hubris, theological self deception, retailing a counterfeit copy of revealed truth. Check it at: http://www.energon.org.uk  
Posted by klatu http://www.dunwanderinpress.org on April 7, 2010 at 1:33 AM · Report this
Can anyone explain to me why the Department of Justice has not pursued action against the church under RICO laws? If a huge company was transferring employees from state to state in light of criminal behavior wouldn't that at least be investigated at a federal level? Isn't that racketeering? Someone called this a crime against humanity and I'm hard pressed to argue with that.
Posted by Ahead on April 8, 2010 at 10:40 AM · Report this
I have been reading most of the comments, and I think that they are all valid for the most part.
As a human being, I think it's safe to say that humans who are in the right state of mind all agree that what is happening in our world is horrible. This story and others like it really highlight the evil that has permeated our world.
As a Christian, I also think that it is safe to say that it is a shame that there are people like Poole who have been given power to continue to ruin the lives of innocent children. I believe that evil truly has a grip on our world and it doesn't leave anyone untouched. Thankfully, I believe that there is hope that the world will be made right. The world was not intended to be filled with evil.
I think it was BeReasonable (I apologize if I'm wrong) who said that Jesus fought the power of the earth in order to pave the way for a new world order - a new world order of complete goodness. I think that it is up to those who recognize evil in any way, shape, or form to stand up to the injustices of the world and do something about it. I hope that fellow Christians (including myself) will have the courage to fight for justice and goodness.
Thanks for such a well-researched article.
Posted by LoveSaves on April 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM · Report this
I'm not Catholic, and that's a good thing, because if I were, I would puke after reading this.
How can anybody continue to support an institution that allows such atrocities to flourish?
Posted by RAFritz on April 8, 2010 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Pedepriests on parade. Remarkable so little is ever done to stop it. But see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpuYoK6wv…
Posted by D. Trott on April 9, 2010 at 11:11 AM · Report this
Remarkable that so little is done to stop this. But see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpuYoK6wv…
Posted by D. Trott on April 9, 2010 at 11:20 AM · Report this
I grew up in Gympie Queensland Australia .Things were pretty much the same there .I am no longer a christian,no god could allow these crimes.
Posted by Ahjay on April 18, 2010 at 12:50 AM · Report this
Find it a bit tasteless of your mag, to advertise your half-naked "Stranger Personals" from the "Lovelab" next to this article.
Posted by ThaDude on April 18, 2010 at 11:59 PM · Report this
It is now impossible to separate the decent priests from the mass of perverts whom the Bishops and Pope have given free reign to abuse children. I wouldn't give a cent to the Catholic Church as long as they keep up this perversion and would encourage others to do the same until they really clean house. They could have been a massive force for good, instead they have become perverted predators. They are killing the Church and maybe it should die as it has chosen to distort Christianity in this sick way. Maybe the pedophiles should be sent quickly to St. Peter to face their fate. MAP
Posted by Mexviking on May 18, 2010 at 8:28 AM · Report this
Those molested as children by Poole while he was in Barrow, Alaska are still suffering.
Posted by Sister to one of Poole's victims on September 14, 2010 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Have got here from comments about Pope's visit to GB. Very good detailed article. I'm glad to see even catholics getting outspoken and no longer supporting the present type of church. The question of the pope being a head of state and getting state visits is also getting eroded. I wish some gvts would refuse his visits as such.

I know some people say religions do some good, which they obviously do. But non religious groups do too. All religions are to be blamed for promoting lies myths and legends. I used to practise buddhism but realized it was lies too, even if meditation can be useful, it doesn't need beliefs.

Unfortunately, there is very little about the buddhist practise of child monks, who are extremely vunerable to sexual (and other) abuse. There are some ex monks who have published this.

Surely it's well over time that all countries take strong measures against these religions. We are supposed to be capable of non religious morality and universal charters. I wish that the UN universal rights charter includes an article for children to be free of religion. At the moment, it's the opposite, allowing parents and authorities to impose religion. As is seen with abuse, it leaves lifetime trauma, learning irrational beliefs as a child also leaves traces that can influence one's behaviour and thinking. Adults can choose their beliefs, children can't.
Posted by alicie on September 28, 2010 at 4:58 AM · Report this
I know there is abuse in the Catholic Church and most other churches as well as in most organizations that involve children. I have actually encountered it in a parish in Dallas that I lived in. However, I also have evidence that things are not quite squeeky clean on the other side and there is a serious risk of psychologically dysfunctional people cooking up stories of abuse. For example, just recently I encountered a story on the Internet by some person who claimed to have been at a Church run boarding school at the same time as I attended back in the late 1960s. He described horrific sexual abuse and wide spread sexually degenerate behavior by students and priests. I was first surprised when I couldn't actually remember any student by his name at the school at that time and checked the rosters and no such person attended. I also know that the school was a VERY happy and healthy environment and other than a few kids getting up to a few teenage sexual indiscretions which is not really surprising or shocking for a bunch of teenage boys, there was not a whisper or a hint of such sexual deviancy at the school. This guy even described in detail how he was abused in the communal showers....There were no communal showers!!! All the showers were enclosed cubicles. Also we were given strict instuctions about dressing and undressing in changing rooms in a modest and respectful manner. I never encountered a single incident like he described and I am fairly sure his story was a pack of concocted lies. Motive....who knows? But I have a strong suspicion that this guy was being swept along by the hysteria against the Catholic Church in the media and the Internet And while I sympathize with victims who stuggled so much because no one would listen to them, we can't become naive and assume that just because someone tells you something that it must be true. You don't even know whether my story here is true!!!!
Posted by David0042 on September 30, 2010 at 2:11 PM · Report this
All this should not surprise anyone if you ever read the books of nuns who escaped convents. The priests would rape the nuns, torture them in the dungeons they have below the convent. The woman could hardly fight back as their diet was one of forced malnutrition,so they were weak, while the filthy priests had 3 square meals a day and whatever they wanted!
Posted by Killalljesuits on October 18, 2010 at 8:06 PM · Report this
All this should not surprise anyone if you ever read the books of nuns who escaped convents. The priests would rape the nuns, torture them in the dungeons they have below the convent. The woman could hardly fight back as their diet was one of forced malnutrition,so they were weak, while the filthy priests had 3 square meals a day and whatever they wanted!
Posted by Killalljesuits on October 18, 2010 at 8:09 PM · Report this
A child is a ten times more likely to be sexually abused by his or her own biological father than a priest. This would mean that the celibate priesthood is in fact rather effective at preventing sexual abuse. Do the math.

That doesn't I condone the "hide the pedophile in the poorest places on Earth" tactics. That, much more than the abuse itself, places shame on the RCC.
Posted by spider88 on November 27, 2010 at 3:52 AM · Report this
My husband was a Deaf student at St. John School for the Deaf in Milwaukee. They couldn't hear Murphy approaching their beds at night. They had to lay in wait to be awakened by a hand on them. He admitted to it and admitted to using the confessional to start it. He was not defrocked and was buried as a priest in good standing with all the paraphanalia in a Catholic cemetary. No one believed the boys for years as he would say they were mentally defective. Since sign language was their means of communication and he signed and most parents didn't, he had full control. For people saying there are good hard working priests out there then WHY DON'T THEY STAND UP AND DEMAND THE POPE STOP THE COVERUPS. THEY ARE STILL MOVING PEDOPHILES AROUND. Pam Kramer-Kohut
Posted by Pam Kramer-Kohut on April 19, 2011 at 8:17 PM · Report this
Posted by winniehawk on April 20, 2011 at 4:06 PM · Report this
the abuse is monstrosity the cover up is evil . the society can forgive a heinous act but not the continuous cover up .Bishop Lynn is indicted hopefully bishop Vlazny is next . Those two are well known patron saints of pedophile priests .
Posted by mossland on April 23, 2011 at 6:13 AM · Report this
You would think that after all of these stories have surfaced that this society of so-called religious men would start to study the reasons why this happens and address them. But as I have sadly realized- religion is all about money- and now obviously a sexual predators free society. If it were anything but, the catholic society would do something about it other than payoffs. I was raised catholic and so was my brother who was an altar boy for a year or too. He spent the rest of his teen childhood raping my sister and trying to rape me the fighter. In my opinion he was molested and it was a learned behavior. We girls were raised to believe these were things we should've been quiet about, ashamed of. My parents didn't even see what was happening and we were too scared to tell on my brother the golden child. The Catholic society should be abolished- especially the idea that men can go without sex-it's unnatural. This "religious" society does not care, does not take care of it's own, and believes money is god. It all sickens me and I think that the government should step in. This group has gotten away with too many crimes & too many lives crushed. When does it end? They obviously do not care about anything but hiding the truth. The worse part is pedophiles rarely change as studies have shown. I say we take all perpetraters and send them to the vatican where they can live happily together and hide the truth behind there own closed doors; away from the futures children.
Posted by Losing Faith on April 30, 2011 at 12:38 AM · Report this
F**k the piece of sh** Catholic Church and the whole world!!!
Posted by Cryptic on May 19, 2011 at 1:25 PM · Report this
Please tell us your story and help us get the word out about these scum bags....It happened to my cousins daughter recently and the criminals have not been charged yet.....http://pedophilereport.com/
Posted by stevenduquette http://pedophilereport.com/ on July 5, 2011 at 10:06 PM · Report this
I grew up Catholic, and I was baptized by one of the priests mentioned in your article. I do not practice this religion anymore, nor do I believe in it. I'm grossed out by all the allegations, and I have Uncles that have been paid off by the Church. When will this horror ever end? The Catholic Church should be ashamed of themselves, for sending these perverts to our Western Alaska People.
Posted by AKButterfly on July 17, 2011 at 11:11 PM · Report this
as long as they can pay people off.....it will continue..........the catholic religion and its priests are sick.....
we all need to stand up and say no more payoffs...take it to court take it to the papers.....shout it out......what the church is really like
Posted by Rainfeather on November 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM · Report this
Fr.Craig Boly is being moved from his current post at St.Pius X in Portland to another church on the other side of town. I'm wondering if there is something sinister that is being covered up. Anyone with info on this?
Posted by CuriousCatholic on March 11, 2012 at 9:58 AM · Report this
I have the greatest idea ever, get rid of the fucking church, people can grow the fuck up, lose the imaginary friend in the sky, and start doing the right thing. Instead of taking money, take the fuckers to court. Instead of being on your knees talking to yourself, call the fucking police. Religion is long overdue to be destroyed, starting with christianity and islam.
Posted by JoieRose on May 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM · Report this
Then one those 'victims', actually two of them, molested me for five years when I was a child. Do I get to sue the church too?
Posted by Iskwesis on July 6, 2012 at 6:17 AM · Report this
The article incorrectly states that:
Servants of the Paraclete—is a Jesuit-run psychiatric facility for troubled priests in Jemez Springs, New Mexico.

It is not run by the Jesuits.
Try wikipedia for Servants of the Paraclete --- very interesting.
Posted by WestSeattleDan on July 26, 2012 at 6:21 PM · Report this
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I am a Catholic from Alaska. This article was so informative and as I was reading it, I thought, "How could this get any worse?" And then I got to one of the last paragraphs and literally gasped when it described the financial incentive the Catholic Church has to continue sending criminals back into small villages: because the Church makes an enormous amount of money from donations from Catholics in the Lower 48 who want to support inexpensive missions in Alaska. Why did I gasp? Because I knew first-hand this to be true. I lived in NYC and Washington DC for 5 years. My ex-boyfriend was from NYC and his father went to mass daily. I was visiting and walked into their family kitchen and I saw a copy of The Alaskan Shepard newsletter on the counter. Because I belong to the Diocese of Fairbanks, I wanted to know why my boyfriend's dad felt the need to donate to missions in my Diocese of all places. It's the 21st century after all! He's a really sincere, devout man who really walks the walk of a good person. He really lives his values. The motto of The Alaskan Shepard newsletter is (paraphrased from what I recall) "Some serve by going to the missions, Some serve by giving to the missions. Without either, there would be no missions." He was sincere and they were exploiting that sincerity for their own financial gain! Never was that connection put into context for me than when I read this article! The website for the Archdiocese of Fairbanks is very streamlined to assist abused people. When I say that, I mean their website has a list of priests and laity found guilty and the number of victims they had!!! I googled one man with 112 victims! He's dead now. It was on Frontline on PBS, also online. The Bishop Donald Kettler is presently being transferred to the Lower 48. The Archdiocese declared bankruptcy in 2008. My advice to Catholics wanting to donate to a Catholic mission up here: seek elsewhere. There are plenty of Catholic nonprofits doing a whole lot of good in Alaska. Yes, I know donating to a far away mission sounds exotic and inspiring, but, hey, this this Alaska, not Mars. Do some research. It is sad to say this, but by supporting these missions, you are being duped into subsidizing criminal activity. Legal reform is necessary to lengthen the statute of limitations so the criminals can be prosecuted and put in jail where they belong.
Posted by AKCatholic on September 22, 2013 at 8:02 PM · Report this
I was raised in Faibanks and had native foster siblings. for various reasons, I may have heard heard more than others, but I know I heard on the radio and read in the news of these abuses as well as the personal friends and family of all ages. This information was common knowledge in all social circles circa 1970 and I know my parents reassured me "it would never happen again now that it was out in the open"

I am miserable that I would accept such nonsense and see nothing has changed in all this time! this is all newer than my life in Alaska. DO NOT THINK THIS WILL NOW CHANGE

New ways will be found to exploit children by the RCC and others in power. Look at those with power over children, foster care is big business. Look at the famous and wealthy who into children's charities .....

Posted by b9st8 on December 3, 2013 at 8:44 PM · Report this
I was raised in Faibanks and had native foster siblings. for various reasons, I may have heard heard more than others, but I know I heard on the radio and read in the news of these abuses as well as the personal friends and family of all ages. This information was common knowledge in all social circles circa 1970 and I know my parents reassured me "it would never happen again now that it was out in the open"

I am miserable that I would accept such nonsense and see nothing has changed in all this time! this is all newer than my life in Alaska. DO NOT THINK THIS WILL NOW CHANGE

New ways will be found to exploit children by the RCC and others in power. Look at those with power over children, foster care is big business. Look at the famous and wealthy who into children's charities .....

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I tried to reopen the page because it closed when I registered and I found out why some have two posts. it puts another one when you try to return to the article!
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