Dear Bishop Gaydos:
Instead they have been strong-armed by the courts and prosecutors
to provide restitution in excess of $40 million (the annual budgets
for approximately 18 elementary schools for a single year; or
the 2011-2012 budget for Helias High School in Jefferson City –
$4.7 million – for the next five years, excluding athletics) for
crimes against children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
There is no excuse for the strangle-hold in Missouri that entwines the four corporate entities governing the local church structure. Sadly, each diocese is led by a rogue management team dedicated to unscrupulous tactics to suppress the truth.
of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (or chief justice
of the Vatican Supreme Court); Justin Cardinal Rigali, formerly archbishop of St. Louis and now embroiled in an even more bitter child molestation scandal in Philadelphia; John R. Gaydos, bishop
of Jefferson City; Raymond J. Boland, retired bishop of Kansas City-St. Louis; (bottom row, left to right) Timothy M. Dolan, formerly auxiliary of St. Louis and now archbishop of New York; Robert W. Finn, Boland’s successor in Kansas City, Mo.; Robert J. Carlson, Rigali’s successor in St. Louis; and James Vann Johnston, the successor to Bernard Cardinal Law in Springfield-Cape Girardeau.
Two of Archbishop Carlson’s Memoranda recommend shielding the Rev. Lee D.
Krautkremer and compromising the victim. Carlson protected numerous pedophile
priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis including the notorious predators
the Rev. Thomas Adamson and the Rev. James Porter.
Harry J. Flynn, archbishop
of St. Paul-Minneapolis
(ret.), expensed pedophile
priest settlements by raiding
a retirement fund earmarked
for clergy benefits.
pedophile priest cases led to a 2003
settlement and legal expense estimated
at $8.8 million. Archbishop Flynn
raided $3.1 million from a priest
retirement fund labeled “Clergy
Benefit Fund”; and $700,000 from
a fund earmarked for charity and
social services for settlement awards.
An insurance policy paid legal expenses
estimated at $5 million. As the New
York Times noted in its 2 May 2006
story entitled, Pensions in Peril Over
pension fund in 1969, reducing the importance of the older fund.
“James J. Keightley, former general counsel to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, said he thought more such problems would arise. ‘There have been a significant number of plans that have gotten their I.R.S. ruling letters and have opted out of P.B.G.C. coverage,’ he said. ‘Every plan that loses insurance protection is at risk.’ He . . . now practice[s] at the Washington firm of Keightley and Ashner [Harold J. Ashner, a former assistant general counsel for legislation and regulations at the pension agency].”
Rigali’s reputation is tarnished beyond repair, as it should be. As head of the St. Louis archdiocese, he did not spare the child. In fact, he purchased a boy’s ranch in Dittmer, Mo., from the Franciscans and turned it into a hide-a-way for pedophile priests. Identified variously as RECON – and, euphemistically, the St. John Vianney Renewal Center – he allowed bishops nationwide to export their worst cases to rural Missouri to hide them from the police.
Rigali continued to protect pedophile priests when he was promoted to Philadelphia and inducted into the College of Cardinals in 2003 by Benedict XVI. Rigali lied to a second grand jury in February about the scale of the scandal until this legal maneuver revealed that he was protecting as many as 37 sexual predators (in 2005 to another grand jury that 63 priests were implicated as child molesters). Rather than expose the criminality of his predecessor, Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, he protected the bottom line: cash flow and lifestyle frills such as Bevilacqua’s $5 million renovation his summer cottage, Villa St. Joseph-by-the-Sea ($9,200 for Schumacher fabric) and a newly-built 4,800-square-foot retirement home.
Charles J. Chaput
Archbishop of Philadelphia
and Anthony J. O’Connell
Protected by restrictive statute and state court relationships, the organization has been able to buy justice for pennies on the dollar for decades. And it can be as simple as hiring an attorney to influence a judge, who happens to be the lawyer’s father, hoping the judge will not recuse himself or herself.
Consequently, the evolution of the pedophile priest scandal in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is unremarkable. Bishop Raymond J. Boland (retired, 2005) is typical of this management cohort that permitted this problem to persist: shielding child molesters from the police and courts
fellow countryman and Irish cleric,
hoping to remain above the fray and
avoiding contact with the Tar Baby.
He was more concerned about his
own reputation, position, and family
name since his brother, John K. Boland,
is bishop of Savannah, Ga.
The Vatican recalled its ambassador to
Ireland on Monday, 25 July 2011, rather
than cooperate with the Irish government’s
investigation of the pedophile priest scandal
there, according to the New York Times.
The Irish prime minister, Enda Kenny, has denounced “the dysfunction, disconnection, elitism and the narcissism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day,” the government’s sharpest-ever direct attack on the Roman Catholic leadership. Kenny told Parliament last week:
“The rape and torture of children were downplayed or ‘managed’ to uphold instead, the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and ‘reputation.’ ”
Kenny added that the Vatican had not listened “to evidence of humiliation and betrayal” with compassion, but had instead chosen “to parse and analyze it with the gimlet eye of a canon lawyer.” The Irish Parliament also passed a motion denouncing the Vatican’s role in “undermining child-protection frameworks.”
And so Boland retired in 2005 taking the secrets of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph with him. Or so he thought.
Perhaps it is time to in invoked the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
of 1977 and consider the validity of Raymond Boland’s naturalized citizenship. The RICO suits failed to stick, deporting an undesirable like Boland should be standard practice.
Editorial cartoonist Tony Auth captures the character of Bishop Robert W. Finn in
this 2011 caricature.
Robert W. Finn: Undermining Community Standards
Bishop Finn’s Credibility
Msgr. Robert Murphy
credibility with regard to his curriculum vitae.
His on-line biography purports that he was
awarded a master’s degree in theology in
1979 from the Angelicum as a student at
the Pontifical North American College
We find this information confusing and disturbing,
because Finn was enrolled at Kenrick Seminary at
that time, and we sat together in the same classroom
for a number of different courses. I was working on
an master’s of divinity degree (awarded by Kenrick),
as well as an M.A. in history from St. Louis University
(thesis: Henry Edward Cardinal Manning and restoration
of the Catholicism in England). But I doubt that Bishop
Finn could be in two places at the same time, especially
since we saw each other at breakfast, lunch, and supper
on a regular basis.
Face Time: Finn’s Scandal Page
Mug Shot: Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan
general, Msgr. Robert Murphy caught up in the scandal and
forced to resign. Murphy has
been a key player in the Kansas
City crisis. Like O’Connell, he
is a key player in HR policy that
shielded and shuffled these predators.
According to Murphy’s webpage: “I first felt called to the priesthood by watching a movie about a priest: “Going My Way” starring Bing Crosby. He was so positive and affirming that I wanted to be that kind of priest.”
And then he discovered Robert Frost: The defining issue of our times is “two roads diverged in a yellow wood” as Robert Frost wrote. Can you take “the road less traveled by”: the way of Christ and, as the poem ends: “And I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence, two roads diverged in a wood and I, I took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” Priests, above everything else, need to be men of prayer totally given to Jesus Christ and his message and his way of life.
Rev. Michael Tierney
Shawn F. Ratigan, arrested by the FBI
on child pornography charges. Ratigan
is being held on $200,000 bond; he has
pleaded not guilty.
was removed from active ministry
2 June 2011 due to multiple allegations
of child molestation. The chaos of the
situation will continue as more damaging
information enters the public arena. Then
there is the Rev. John R. Tulipana and the
2008 settlement of 40 cases for more
than $10 million settlement.
Rev. John R. Tulipana
lunatic: put on a show and say “Mea Culpa.”
The Rupert Murdoch approach is to shutter
The News of the World and then, as an
afterthought, issue an apology and advertise
the fact as such on a global scale.
Finn staging of a “Solemn High Mass” to
pray for priests in peril rather than extend
a helping hand to the children young people, and vulnerable adults at risk. Like P.T. Barnum, Finn believes in the slogan: Never give a sucker an even break. But you should not sneer or engage in a spectacle designed to conceal a crime. Nor should pride and presumption add to your offense against children.
Finn’s character remains true to form from the days when I knew him at Kenrick Seminary (1977-1979). Then his reputation was that of a hippy: a stoner, sequestered in his room with his private stash and a good book. He sported a John Lennon haircut, an open clerical collar, and a string of love beads, emulating a weak rebel without a cause.
Rev. Michael Roach
prank in 1978 at Kenrick Seminary. He and
two other theologians, after enjoying several
joints in Finn’s room, scampered through the
halls of Kenrick at midnight, dressed in
Franciscan habits, flashing students they
encountered along the way. The would-be
mendicants were not wearing undergarments,
which may or may not reveal a secret of that
In the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph,
one need look no further than the parishes
of St. Therese, North Kansas City and the Rev. Anthony Pileggi, JCL, Our Lady of Sorrows (you can read more about Pileggi and his relationship with Finn at Roman Catholic Faithful, Inc. or Clerical Whispers). Finn’s relationship with his former Kenrick professor, Bishop Michael Sheridan of Colorado Springs, also should be noted. If they demure as to personal knowledge of Finn, asked either pastor about their college days at Conception Abbey and an event at which a seminarian suffered a broken leg fending off a sexual advance from a student known as “Shirley McLane.”
Roach and Pileggi are quite familiar with their current boss’ history. Access to power often destroys a youthful reputation and sins of the
past can become common place without notice as we age. In Finn’s case, it is “l’eglise c’est moi.”
Summer Holiday: Rev. Michael Roach (standing, center)
posed with his Kenrick classmates for this costume
photograph taken in 1978 at the Lake of the Ozarks.
Unless you explain what happened to those molested and apologize for this terrible miscarriage of justice, the reputation of the Church will remain permanently tarnished with no hope for renewal.
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