When I was five years old, the bishop stood over me and said, "Stop babbling about what Father Horne did to you." I kept the secret for 40 years. Today, I babble. - ke

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Post deleted from Bishop Accountability AND Examiner


This one, I know it's hard to take, and it's tumbling deep personal, still it has to be somewhere. The title was:

I Was A Six Year Old Sexual Predator

By Kay Ebeling
Written and posted at Examiner Dot Com in March 2009,
to reveal to the public how bad it got:

I was a six year old sexual predator

This week, Cardinal Roger Mahony makes one last ditch effort to prevent what happened in Boston from happening in LA, release of Catholic priest personnel files. We will cover document release up one side and down the other here at LA City Buzz, as this Thursday a hearing in LA Superior Court will finally decide whether files - including records of contact with law enforcement - will be released to a judge for in camera review, and then possible release to the public archives.
Part of the settlement in July 2007 where 510 plaintiffs received $660 million from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles included an agreement between the archdiocese and plaintiffs that personnel files of these perpetrator priests would be made available to the public.
The church is saying, those cases were all dismissed by January 2008 so no judge has jurisdiction over the cases any longer, if plaintiffs want to see documents let them file another whole lawsuit.
My case isn’t in Los Angeles, so I was not able to take advantage of that one-year window that opened in the Statute of limitations on child sex crimes in California in 2003, an opening that resulted in the 510 cases in LA. My case is in Illinois where the church is so entangled with the political landscape there is little hope for victims from more than 20 years in the past to ever see justice. My experience with the pedophile priest happened around 1953.
See in most states the SOL on child sex crimes runs out by the time you're grown up enough to report the crimes.
Illinois is where I was a six year old sexual predator.
At that age, a priest took me into the woods and “sexualized” me, as therapists decades later explained it. I liked what the priest did at age five-six, and I went on to be aroused pretty much for the rest of my life. Sex abuse by a man you think is connected to god when you are a child really leaves you confused, that's why the church has had to pay out so much in settlements, when pursued. At age six, I went down the street and took a group of kids up into a tree house. There, I told them all to undress with me and then showed them how to arouse themselves the same way the priest in the woods and in the rectory had showed me.
Until I was 45 I secretly believed Saint Michael the Archangel had visited me there in the woods in rural Chicago

at age five and bestowed in me this special energy. I went on to be basically a rapist for the rest of my life. I was a sexual predator. Because I was a female and hot looking, no one accused me of rape, but when I look back on it, I realize, I forced people into sex with me.
Call it what you want.
Why am I telling people I was a six year old sexual predator
I write this here now because some of the other survivors have given me feedback, don’t make us look bad. Don’t make it seem like all the survivors are sexual deviants.
They're not.
But at the same time, the damage done to us was enough for the Church to pay now billions of dollars in settlements to victims who were able to get as far as a lawsuit against the church. Most survivors don't get that far.
I'm coming out here so civilians can see, it could happen to anyone, rape by a pedophile priest could change the life of anyone. If we don’t admit how bad we were damaged, no one will ever know how bad were the crimes.
I'm admitting here the person I became as a result of the way priest sex crimes affected me. The crimes went on without inhibition in the Catholic Church for who knows how long, at least as far back as 1949, when Father Thomas Barry Horne got to my sister and then me in Bartlett, Illinois.
If only the Catholic Church could be as transparent as I am.
But no, still today Cardinal Roger Mahony fights release of priest files from the cases settled July 2007.
Tomorrow, more on the fight for personnel files in LA.

Post script
No, not all the thousands of victims who were raped by priests as children turned out to be deviants themselves, or suicidal, or predatory, or even necessarily unbalanced. But a few of us were badly damaged and acted out with our damaged behavior on other people and damaged them creating collateral damages. Residual damages are part of the crime I think the Catholic Church has yet to confess. Instead the “one true church” keeps trying to keep everything secret.
They think they can litigate their guilt away.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stories removed from Examiner:

For Some reason EXAMINER removed this story about cyber crime, that I took directly from a DOJ press release:

One had $1.14 million in an investment account that he had to forfeit yesterday as part of his plea as the two men from Los Feliz/ Glendale pled guilty today to internet fraud, “The government contends that defendants derived at least $2.4 million from the fraud scheme,” says the Department of Justice release. They obviously had a lot of free time on their hands. Dmitry Nadezhdin, 35, of Glendale, and Viacheslav Berkovich - not always the names they use - would access the websites of trucking brokers, intervene, insert data saying their fictitious trucking would handle the work. They would then get paid for trucking jobs, and the real truckers who did the work never saw payment. But Nadezhdin and Berkovich, not always their real names, would deposit the checks to their local Bank of America.
They got away with it for awhile, but today February 24, 2009, pled guilty to Federal charges of fraudulent use of a Federal Internet site.
Not the brightest crooks, using their local bank, although I’ve been to the Bank of America in the Los Feliz district and it does appear to be run by criminals. I had to take my account somewhere else after they stole money from me last summer, hmm.
In January 2008, Lakes and Berkovich accessed the Internet Truckstop website and learned a Dallas-firm Stevens Transport had brokered a load. Lakes and Berkovich used their fictitious company and entered an agreement to transport the load for $3,400. “Lakes and Berkovich then illicitly used the name of Barkfelt Transport, a legitimate trucking brokerage, to arrange for RK Trucking to transport the load for $4,000,” reads the DOJ release about the crimes.
“RK Trucking in fact transported the load, but never got paid for its work.
“In early February 2008, Lakes and Berkovich received a $3,390 check via the mail from Stevens Transport, which was deposited into an account for Vega Trucking. Berkovich was the account holder for this Bank of America account.”
After plea agreements today, Lakes and Berkovich will probably spend decades in prison. They go up for sentencing June 29 in front of United States District Judge John F. Walter.


also removed the story I wrote: "I Was a Six Year Old Sexual Predator."

BANTER BETWEEN LAWYERS reads like script for true crime series:

When the judge responded, “That's ridiculous!” to an argument by a church attorney in court Wednesday, I realized the drama, duplicity, abuse of the legal system is all in the actual words spoken at hearings and in filed documents, when it comes to the Catholic Church and its handling of pedophile priests. Like the Boston cases came to life on stage in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed by Michael Murphy, I found a revealing scene in the notes I took during the hearing in L.A. Superior Court Department 308 Wednesday April 1st, transcribed blow. The lines here are very close to what will be on the legal transcripts as I'm fast and accurate.
JUDGE EMILIE ELIAS: You're saying the archdiocese doesn't exist here.
LEE POTTS: (Jumps up gets out a few words and then)
JUDGE: No-no-no you can’t (Stops herself) You're saying there is no entity of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
POTTS: I don't want to sound like there is not an entity called the Archdiocese. (thinks, hesitates) It’s a geographical construct.
JUDGE: That's ridiculous. You can’t call it a geographical-.
POTTS: Well it’s like, my wife and I lived in Studio City and for the longest time I couldn't convince her that it wasn’t really a city-
(Déjà vu as I have watched Lee Potts do this same word game in 2007, he even used his wife in Studio City as an example, during pretrial hearings on the Clergy Cases back in Judge Haley Fromholz’ court. Those cases never went to trial, they settled around 11 PM the night before first trial set to begin, in July 2007. Potts likes to claim plaintiffs served the wrong party as a way to get cases dismissed, and I believe Fromholz had this same astounded reaction to the claim that there really is no actual Archdiocese of Los Angeles as Judge Emilie Elias has here.)
JUDGE: But your fellow attorney Sean Kneafsey states here that he is the counsel for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
POTTS: That's just one stray piece of paper written by one liaison counsel at the last minute the night before a hearing the next day.
JUDGE: It’s emailed on your letterhead. If the notice of service is bad, no problem, you can re-serve. But this GAME you're playing where you say there is no Los Angeles Archdiocese, that is not something I feel comfortable with. You're claiming confirmation of receipt on an entity that doesn't exist. If I served you as the King of Scotland, would you feel you had to confirm receipt?
POTTS: Probably.
JUDGE: Oh b-- (stops herself) (Reads numerous references in Defense motions that use the word “archdiocese.”)
POTTS: (has become deflated as she speaks, then) It says something to the effect - I’ll have to check, you can acknowledge receipt-
J: (Stops him) Don’t do it.
POTTS: But, but-
JUDGE: Then serve again.
POTTS: We never had an option to object to the case as it was never released. They can’t have it both ways.
(I can’t believe Potts is saying this not 30 seconds after trying to say there is no archdiocese, except where church attorneys choose to include archdiocese in their own verbiage. Talk about trying to have it both ways.)
JUDGE: I find this, um, I can’t-
POTTS: An amendment doesn't correct this.
JUDGE: The answer is bring your fellow attorney Kneafsey in and swear him in to say who he represents.
(Potts does not seem enthused or willing to agree to do this, in fact, he only squirms in response)
POTTS: To motion to quash?
JUDGE: I'm not going to grant - I’ll take it under submission, I’ll write an order. . .
[NEXT HEARINGS WILL BE APRIL 20th, 11 AM in Dept. 308, Civil West, which is at 6th and Commonwealth. ]
LA City Buzz Will Be There.
To Read up on past activities in L.A. and national clergy cases go to
City of Angels Network 3 for the L.A. cases in 2007
City of Angels 4 For national coverage in 2008
City of Angels 5: Early 2009, before moving it all over here to LA City Buzz Examiner.
Mr. Potts did not want me to take his picture, and as soon as the light changed, he ran away:

Onward. . .
Read about Sin: A Cardinal Deposed in late March posts here at L.A. City Buzz Examiner by Kay Ebeling.
Closing arguments continue in the Fresno case.
LA TIMES runs puff piece on perp priest

The L.A. Times wrote a glowing feature story about one of the "bystanders" in the Franciscan cases that finally ended April 2nd and nothing about the final rulings. If you had any doubt that the Times serves corporate interests over informing the people read “Protesting priest’s path leads repeatedly to jail,” from April 8th, a feature story the Times chose to run days after a monumental ruling in LA Superior Court in a years long legal battle that the Times had been covering until about a year ago. The Times ignored the ruling April 2nd ruling.

Adults who were raped as children and won civil lawsuits with the Franciscans of St. Barbara in 2006 were waiting for the religious order to come through with the second part of the settlement agreement, release of personnel files on the perpetrator friars. The Times had sent a reporter, John Spano, to every hearing until Spano left the Times. Apparently no one took Spano's place.

But then for the Times to ignore the Court Order and instead run a foot-kissing feature story is inexplainable, other than the Times is cowtowing to Catholic Church pressure over the people's right to know the truth. Here at L.A. City Buzz we had been scathing ourselves, here and here Remember the Franciscans of Santa Barbara produced at least 20 perpetrators in a fifty year period. Of their victims. 59 came back as adults and filed lawsuits, there are undoubtedly dozens more, maybe hundreds, damaged souls who happened to grow up near Santa Barbara or be sent to St. Anthony’s Franciscan Seminary as teenage boys.

How one religious order could wreak havoc on a community, men coming up behind children and humping them openly - oh sorry that was another religious order in a different town. . . . There’s so much sex crime against children in the Catholic Church, different towns, same MO with slightly different details - it’s hard not to confuse them.

The Times had the same new information that I had about the final ruling from Judge Peter Lichtman, L.A. Superior Court finally ending the Franciscans’ two year pillaging of the justice system and they have a lot more resources than I do. The Times didn't even run a short news blurb about the ruling. In the stuff I wrote, I was scathing and rightfully so, I am a survivor and I tell you up front, I am biased.
But I'm not the media giant that the L.A. Times is.
So probably five hundred people read the stories here about the ruling that finally ends the lawsuits against the Franciscans, though they were settled in 2006.
The Franciscans of Santa Barbara, with teams of attorneys for their defense fighting one plaintiff attorney,Tim Hale of Santa Barbara, were trying to keep the public from finding out the truth about crimes committed by the Franciscans brothers overseeing the perpetrator priests - claiming vows of poverty while flying around the state with their lawyers - and finally two weeks ago, Judge Lichtman called it to a halt, even warning in his order April 2 covered here April 4 in 2 parts
The final paragraph of Judge Lichtman's April 2nd could have been written through gritted teeth, Lichtman writes: “This Court notes that there is no reason for any further briefing regarding objections to the production and publication of the contested documents. This Court has addressed every argument raised by Defendant Franciscan Friars. In addition, this Court addressed every argument addressed by alleged perpetrators and the bystanders.
“In the interest of justice, this Court even applied the arguments raised by the alleged perpetrators and the bystanders to each of the contested documents. No further arguments remain. As such, the matter is resoved. Signed Judge Peter Lichtman, April 2, 2009.”
Final word
So apparently the monk in brown robe with rope belt in charge of PR for the Franciscans picked up his phone and dialed one of the L.A. Times executives and pleaded for positive news coverage. What could they do? There is really only one friar who ever makes news and since it’s for protesting against nuclear weapons and for world peace, it would be easy to send one of the college interns working for credit instead of pay to do the story.
Reporter Richard C. Paddock stories go back to 2007 in the L.A. Times database, maybe he is a veteran. Anyone who is still working at a mainstream newspaper is too stretched to do decent coverage. The story that ran April 9th about Father Vitale, the monk who shows up prenenially at peace demonstrations in what to me looks like astonishing self promotion. I guess these monks spend so much time in isolated prayer and fasting they have no idea how ridiculous they look to people on the outside.
The Times reporter Paddock wrote:
“Vitale explains in his gravelly voice that he had a higher purpose when he trespassed two years ago at Vandenberg Air Force Base: calling attention to the perils of nuclear war and persuading military personnel to embrace nonviolence.

"The biggest threat to the world is our nuclear arsenal," he tells Magistrate Judge Rita Coyne Federman.

More than two dozen family members and friends, including actor Martin Sheen, are in the courtroom to show support for the friar and his three co-defendants.
Okay here’s where I have to stop and have a smoke or I’ll give in to my gag reflex. You can read the LA TImes story here if you really want to: If you don't want to bother reading the LA Times story, let me just share this wonderful quote from Martin Sheen about Father Vitale:
"He's one of my heroes," said Sheen, a longtime friend who has been arrested with Vitale in Nevada. "He is one of the great peacemakers."
My God, I can see that LA Times guy just writing down whatever they say and printing it. That's journalism?
Tim Hale, the plaintiff attorney in Santa Barbara who fought the teams of Franciscan law firms and won, had this to say in response:
Fr. Vitale joined the Franciscan Order's Province of St. Barbara at a time when there was an explosion of sexual abuse of children by Franciscans, including the abuse of at least fifty-nine Santa Barbara children. Despite repeated opportunities to address this criminal conduct he has failed miserably. At least as early as 1982 Fr. Vitale found himself on the front lines of the sex-abuse scandal while serving as Provincial Minister.
HALE: Are children any less deserving of the passion for a cause Father Vitale devotes to protesting nuclear war?

That year one of the survivors of sexual abuse by Fr. Mario Cimmarrusti (22 known victims) reported his abuse to Fr. Vitale. Fr. Vitale said that he "was not surprised," and that "others had complained" about Fr. Cimmarrusti. Fr. Vitale also said that the Franciscans had sent Fr. Cimmarrusti to Mexico but that he got into similar trouble with the Mexican authorities, who wanted to throw Fr. Cimmarrusti in prison. Fr. Vitale did not specify what events except that they were of a sexual nature with children and that the Province had made arrangements with the Mexican authorities to have Fr. Cimmarrusti deported in lieu of serving prison time. Fr. Vitale told the survivor that Fr. Cimmarrusti had been assigned to a place where he would not come in contact with children, and offered assurances that Fr. Cimmarrusti would never be again be assigned to a ministry that would place Cimmarrusti in contact with children. However, in the early 1990's the survivor learned Fr. Cimmarrusti had in fact been transferred to a parish duties in the San Juaquin Valley without any warning to the community.
HALE: Vitale was given yet another opportunity to help prevent childhood sexual abuse by his fellow Franciscans. Fr. Vitale provided no warning to parishioners or the surrounding community


Similarly, while serving as pastor at St. Boniface in San Francisco in 2002, Fr. Vitale was given yet another opportunity to help prevent childhood sexual abuse by his fellow Franciscans. The Franciscans had previously settled a lawsuit for sexual abuse by Fr. Steve Kain in the 1990s. Nevertheless, when the Franciscans assigned Fr. Kain to St. Boniface, Fr. Vitale provided no warning to parishioners or the surrounding community.

Fr. Vitale's nonviolent protest against nuclear war and other societal ills is admirable. However, it is tragic he has not directed the same passion towards preventing childhood sexual abuse by his fellow Franciscans. Are children any less deserving of the passion for a cause Father Vitale devotes to protesting nuclear war?
The L.A. Times didn't write a paragraph, even though up to last year they had a seasoned report er with knowledge of the clergy cases, John Spano, covering the ongoing hearings between Franciscans law firm teams and Tim Hale fighting alone on behalf of the plaintiffs. Tim Hale won last week and the Times went looking for a positive story to run about the Franciscans.
They had to dig. There is one Santa Barbara Franciscan who pops up in the news like a carnival shooting target. Father Louis Vitale, who has been showing up at progressive demonstrations
“Dressed in the traditional brown robe and the knotted rope belt that signifies vows of poverty, chastity and obedience,” writes the Times. From the days of Martin Luther King to last year when again as reported in the Times, “Vitale explains in his gravelly voice that he had a higher purpose when he trespassed two years ago at Vandenberg Air Force Base: calling attention to the perils of nuclear war and persuading military personnel to embrace nonviolence.”
Oh give me a break says a friend of mine in Santa Barbara who has followed the fight with the Franciscans over their handling of pedophile brothers from the beginning.
Here is the extent of local news coverage, other than here at L.A. City Buzz, on the Court order re Franciscan privacy rights at the Injury Board website:

Los Angeles Judge Orders Franciscans to Open Clergy Files
InjuryBoard.com - ‎Apr 6, 2009‎
... saying doing so would violate their privacy rights. An attorney for the Franciscans had no immediate comment. Have an opinion about this post?

and other disappearing documents from L.A. Clergy Cases

L.A. Mid-Wilshire Superior Court bldg. (Kay Ebeling 2009)Last week I tried to track down the rest of the documents from Clergy Cases 2007, so I called the Superior Court media office, explained that the cases were moved from one courthouse to another, that “30 bankers boxes” of documents were to be released to the public in January. Will the remaining docs be scanned in with the rest of the JCCP docs, and will we ever have easy access to civil case documents in Room 106 of Superior Court downtown again? Asking the PIO got me no answer to either questial at all.
I'm learning, I have to be more aggressive, just go right up and ask anyone I see. So before the hearing April 20th in Department 308, I asked both Donald Steier defense attorney for the pedophile priests and Tony DeMarco plaintiff attorney for hundreds of the priests’ crime victims, “What is the deposition that the judge agreed to keep sealed? I think it’s with law enforcement, the deposition of George Neville Rucker. The judge ordered it to be returned to the party who provided it. Who is that party?”
What deposition? Both attorneys seemed flummoxed. Which order which judge?
Steier guffawed to me: “There are so many depositions in these cases, you think I remember one more than any other one? I can't remember everything. . . . "
I'm trying to get Steier to stop running this tape by interrupting: “With Rucker, the only document the judge seems to agree with you needs to remain sealed. Who did the deposition?”
But Steier was going on and on, “I can’t remember everything I do, I can’t remember everything I write or say,” then from a foot higher than me he is in my face saying: “I don't remember a lot of things, I don't even remember who you are.”
Silence. Okay, there’s jocularity between opposing parties and then there’s arrogance. I went into the courtroom convinced the new mantra for American liars is “I don't remember, I don't recall,” we've heard it in U.S. Senate hearings and every time a Catholic Church hierarchy person goes under oath.
FYI, from Order of Judge Emilie Elias
#3. Lodged Deposition transcript of Neville Rucker
Tentative Rulings: #3 is a lodged document and should be removed from the files and returned to the party who provided same to the Court.
(From: "Tentative Ruling Re: Purportedly Sealed and Lodged Documents" February 24, 2009)
The 11 o'clock hearing began and the rogue deposition of George Neville Rucker came up, who has it, where is it, what is in it, and how can the judge rule on whether it should be sealed if she doesn't even know what it is. Here is the gist of what was said in the hearing April 20th. (I do transcription for a living for TV production so I'm REAL fast and accurate. Most of the following lines would be found in the Hearing transcript if you could ever afford to buy one. )
JUDGE: I don't understand why a privilege log.
SEAN KNEAFSEY: Just categories of information such as nonparties including employees of the archbishop.
(Sean Kneafsey is one of several teams from several law firms that represent the L.A. Archdiocese corporation in these cases.)
(Judge Elias doesn't understand why it should be sealed.)
KNEAFSEY: For some reason it got put in the public court file, we believe it should remain sealed.
JUDGE: Okay the Miani one and then another one?
KNEAFSEY: The Miani one was filed under seal and there has been no argument over it. With the Rucker privilege log, that was erroneously filed in support of a motion to compel by a plaintiff’s lawyer. It has information such as names of individuals, it should have been lodged under seal with notice to all parties. I don't believe parties for Father Rucker realized until later that it hand’t been filed under seal when it should have been.
JUDGE: But you don’t represent the priests.
STEIER: He’s just articulating on my behalf, your honor, thank you. The only reason these documents were ever prepared was in response to motion to compel discovery. There would be no other reason for a privilege log to begin with.
JUDGE: What is the name of the priest again?
(ME: Oh no, the Judge does not even know the name of George Neville Rucker ? It’s bad enough no one seems to know where the deposition transcript is. )
JUDGE: I’ll consider putting them back under seal, if we can ever find them.
KNEAFSEY: We have a list of what box all the documents are in, and I can submit the location to you.
JUDGE: Oh this document is in one of the exhibit rooms. I don't know if there still is anything in the exhibit room. We don’t know, we're working on it now.
DEMARCO: There has to be good cause to keep them under seal. There still has to be good cause even if they're discovery. That said, these documents, the prior protective order pertained to specific information, if the opponent wants it sealed it should be only to that information.
JUDGE: Here’s the thing, I don't have them. What you've given me is a privilege log.
KNEAFSEY: I have copies of it in my officer, your honor. All the boxes were numbered and all the files were numbered so we can give directions to whoever has those documents as to where they're located.
JUDGE: The only person objecting is the one person whose name is in it. I need a copy of what was in the privilege logs. I don't have the privilege logs because they're over in those boxes. (OVERLAPPING DISCUSSION) Give me the box number and the location. I'm happy to look at them, but I don't believe I’ve ever even gotten them.
KNEAFSEY: Your honor has already ruled that discovery documents are sealed,
JUDGE: They don’t fall under two point five oh. Just get me a copy of them, as soon as I see them, I’ll rule. These seem to be the only documents left.
So, no one really knows where the Rucker deposition is.
If I want to see it, someone with a conscience reading this blog who knows where it is will get it to me. I could try calling the lawyers again, but which one?
AFTER THE HEARING WAS OVER, the Judge Elias talked casually to DeMarco and Kneafsey. The Court Reporter was not listening, but I was standing behind the barrier that keeps the public from coming through and strangling attorneys …. I mean, I was standing there, already packed up my Acer but grabbed some paper and started taking notes, obviously listening as Judge Emilie Elias talked over the problem with the remaining documents with the two attorneys.
Some of the paralegals are “not putting them in the right envelopes” or other mistakes, so the Clerks are rejecting them and turning them back.
JUDGE: The Clerks know this stuff. The Plaintiffs want some of these documents sealed too. They have personal information about employment, their names.
Apparently this is a logistics problem in civil court with a lot of cases and Judge Elias is on a committee of judges and others who are trying to resolve the problem.
JUDGE: we do an education program on sealing documents for everyone. Everyone who wants to do it right.
[OVERLAPPING CONVERSATION]: SOMEONE: That creates a lot more work:
JUDGE: [INTERRUPTS] Following laws takes work.
She set up a breakfast meeting for their paralegals to meet with her in June.
The Wheels of Justice Grind Slo-o-o-o-owly…..
So frustrating to me coming to the Commonwealth courthouse to cover these little hearings. In the courtroom next door for a good two months now has been the Diet Doctor Jury Trial with cameras and a packed courtroom, lots and lots of testimony. I sat in on it for a few minutes last week and realized I was surrounded by angry plaintiffs, nudging each other, giving out collective harrumphs as the corporate side testified.
Why can’t people who were raped as children by priests and essentially got their innocence and understanding of sex destroyed - why do we so rarely get to experience justice?
Where the Jury awarded $0 to two plaintiffs.
Problem is in order to get a new trial, plaintiffs have to petition the same judge who apparently agreed pretrial with defendants on issues such as Introduction of evidence, so in the end in the Fresno trial there were days like this reported at Injury Board
In what had to be one of the more bizarre moments in court proceedings this morning, one of the plaintiff's attorneys was allowed to question Bishop Madera regarding the existence of the Ramierez documents (documents that would contradict Madera's earlier testimony), but was not allowed to ask about the actual documents, refer to the documents' contents or discuss any details of the complaints, including when the letters were written. This led Bishop Madera to deny any memory of these documents, but the Bishop constantly challenged the plaintiff's attorney by answering, "If such documents exist, why don't you show them to me?" The attorney then held up the document in front of the Jury, prompting the Defense to object that the document was not in evidence. The Judge, based on his earlier instructions, was forced to sustain all objections regarding this individual matter. This occurred for 45 minutes.

ABC News Fresno affiliate reported:
Bishop (John) Steinbock's testimony drew an emotional response. He said, "I never have returned anyone to ministry that I believe was guilty of sex abuse." But the victims' attorneys grew angry asking, what about Father Eric Swearingen? A former altar boy claimed Father Swearingen molested him at churches in Fresno and Bakersfield twenty years ago. In 2006, a jury found that allegation true. But that case ended in a mistrial because the jurors could not agree on whether the church ignored the abuse. Despite jurors believing Swearingen molested a child, the Bishop allowed Swearingen to remain a priest. To this day, Father Swearingen is a pastor at Holy Spirit. Bishop Steinbock stood by the father saying, "I do not believe that was credible at all .. I believe he was absolutely innocent."
Here is some sense of how the Hispanic culture prevents justice from happening in priest sex abuse cases where the jury pool is mostly Hispanic Catholic: From Abuse Tracker by Kathy Shaw April 20th.
The Priest’s Kids
[this article is also posted in Spanish]
A very small percentage of Hispanics are non-Catholics. I never was one, and I wrote on my blog the reasons a long time ago. One of the reasons was that growing up I learned about Catholic priests in my country being famously promiscuous. Often it was heard that they chose a special female on an exclusive basis that everybody knew as the “priest’s woman” (la mujer del cura).
Fernando Lugo, the president of Paraguay, it appears, used to be a bishop. And now that he left the priesthood to be involved in politics, at least two women have come forward to declare they had a child by him.

The same week the LA Archdiocese began to realize they were losing the fight to seal documents, Room 106 where you could easily view documents closed for renovation, then reopened with everything still operating except the two rows of monitors where you used to be able to sit for 20 minutes, or longer if no one was waiting, and get hours of research done. Now there are two terminals combined in a room with every other service provided to the public, half a dozen people are in line for the terminals most of the time. You can spend ten minutes doing research, and then get back in the end of the line. With the thousands of documents about the 510 cases against the L.A. Archdiocese, it takes a good five minutes to even access the one you want to read. Routine civil cases usually have one case file, so people in the main public room can still ask for the paper file and sit down and read it. But with 510 civil cases that settled after two years of pretrial litigation, there is no way a journalist trying to research the Clergy Cases can get access to the documents well enough access to do meaningful research. So L.A. Superior Court has found a way to keep the public from reading the case files against Roger Mahony and the Catholic Church in Los Angeles.
There is more in my notes from the April 20th hearing. Mainly the judge wants to postpone decisions until the Hightower Decision comes down from the Supreme Court. LA City Buzz has to do some more reading….
Onward. . .

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Albino Luciani says:
www.bishop-accounability.org/abusetracker for daily verified & vetted reporting on the Rog "Mahal" Mahony pedo cult, costing laity literally mutiple billions of diverted and stolen offetory plate dollars, massively hiked insurance liability premiums per parish, and squanderd or sold laity paid for assets and real estate.

THE SOLUTION? "STOP DONATING LAITY!" as St. Peter Damien correctly asserted.


Albino Luciani,
April 22, 9:12 PM
LA Archdiocese Watcher says:
Thanks Kay, no doubt the Church is pulling out all the stops to blackmail the DOJ, again, like they did during the Bush Adminstration.

I heard one of the arguments (old and tried) used during the Federal AJ shake-up, caused by the pedo Mahony Church lobbying, during the Bush Adminsitration, was "we bury the dead, don't mess with us or we'll mess with you".

The truth is, 9 out of 10 RC's don't have a funeral at all anymore, and only a small % of those who do, have a priest anywhere near it.

In an article online today, interviewing the new Archbishop Dolan, in NYC, there was admission that "90% of all sexual abuse victims of the Roman Catholic Church have yet to even come forward" which Dolan DID NOT REFUTE!

If the JJ Criminal Justice Report (free online at www.bishop-accountability.org) is to be believed, there were at least 14,000 kids sodomized or raped by RC priests and bishops and cardinals, in the last 40 or so years.

If 90% have not come forward, that means the real number of kids sexually assaulted exceeds 140,000 in just the USA with the Bishops allowing it to happen, repeatedly for many decades!

Back to Cruiser Rucker, yep, Mahony knew all about it and DID NOTHING, which is consistent with Mahony's M-O, except to keep it under wraps.

When it was more than obvious Rucker would be prosecuted, Mahony tried to get him out of the country, also consitent with Mahony's M-O (just like many, many dozens he personally did make or pay to flee).

Rucker fought the exportation, stayed, was prosecuted, convicted, and jailed.

Rucker handed his CRYSTAL CRUISES gig off to a non pedo priest (retired and by all reports truly a good man) doing hospital duty in LA, now living and serving Masses up in the Monterey Diocese, where they just busted another pedo pastor a few days ago, in Salinas, and Richard Garcia, the Bishop there, is trying to distance himself from, in knowledge of the felonies, but did know ahead of time, and knew there was a high probablity kids would be assaulted.

Garcia is clearly complicit as an accessory to sodomy and child endangerment; yet again, having been an enabler in the Diocese of Scaramento under pedo aid & abettor Weigand.

Thank you for your good work Kay.
April 22, 2:18 PM
kay, LA City Buzz Examiner says:
No, Watcher, all I get is "no comment" from US DOJ who won't even confirm there is a Grand Jury going on re Mahony. But the luxury cruise story is a new one. Email me at cityofangelslady@yahoo.com if you can give me more info for a story here. . . WOW, what a place to put a pedophile, on a cruise line working among kids.

So many more people were damaged by these guys than anyone knows of so far.
April 22, 11:12 AM
LA Archdiocese Watcher says:
Neville Rucker had the exclusive, and lucrative income gig, of being the Archdiocese priest, assigned to CRYSTAL CRUISES, as a chaplain, for many years, prior to his sentencing and jail time.

Because CRYSTAL would consider it BAD PR, and the attacks occurred on the HIGH SEAS, out of the jurisdiction of the domestic landed authorities, it was never reported that many children were attacked by Rucker, on these luxury cruises.

Some of the attacks occurred during the Tim Manning and Vicar General Bejamin Hawkes (a known and proven pedophile) era, and others under one Roger M. Mahony.

Roger was happy to have Neville off shore where he was less of a 'distraction'.

Any news Kay on the Criminal Grand Jury investigation on our felonious and demonic meglomaniac Cardinal Mahony?
April 22, 10:59 AM


Ron Howard is proving he may really be Opie, ignoring the 800 pound gorilla in the room with the release of Angels & Demons May 15th. In the story an assassin kidnaps four cardinals and plans to kill them and to blow up The Vatican. And the reason for all this pent-up anger has something to do with something that happened about seven hundred years ago?????? If there is any reason people in 2009 would get angry at the Catholic Church, it would likely be the serial felonies from recent decades, crimes against thousands of children, some who made it to adulthood. Pedophilia in the Catholic Church destroyed lives, and are crimes where the Church continues to use manipulation of civil law and criminal justice, and outright abuse of power, to keep the truth about its crimes from coming out.

Isn’t the pedophile crisis a little bit more topical than something the Illuminati may or may not have done in 1300? Funniest thing is the Catholic Church is criticizing Howard for the film Angels & Demons, when from what I see, the film is an apology Howard is making to the church for making DaVinci Code. Howard and others from the production are making an embarrassing number of public appearances to get out the word, “Hey, no this is just fiction. We really love the Catholic Church.” (see below). I wish everyone from Dan Brown to the screenwriters to the producers paid more attention to what is going on in the real world to write their fiction.

Hey, Ron Howard et al, there is a mound of REAL LIFE evidence against thousands of pedophile priests and the bishops who aided and enabled them at bishopaccountability.org, or my old website City of Angels, which is now City of Angels Productions, but we have no money. Why is Ron Howard still bothering with silly fiction when real life is much stranger than fiction, and a whole shipload more fascinating, stories that have never been told before. Especially when it comes to the stories of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church and the efforts the church has gone through to keep the real story stifled. Oh well City of Angels will do the story, it will just take a little time.

Ron Howard: Catholics Will Enjoy Angels & Demons
Seattle Post Intelligencer - ‎Apr 21, 2009‎
... surrounding The Da Vinci Code, director Ron Howard is trying to get ahead of any criticism that his latest film, Angels & Demons, is anti-Catholic. ...

Angels and Demons not anti-Catholic: Ron Howard
Hindustan Times - ‎Apr 22, 2009‎
"Let me be clear: neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the ...

Director Ron Howard defends "Angels & Demons"
Reuters - ‎Apr 21, 2009‎
... defended his film adaptation of "The Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" from criticism that it smears the Roman Catholic Church, ...

Catholic Church demands ban on film
Hindu - ‎Apr 21, 2009‎
New Delhi (PTI): The Catholic Church in India has demanded a ban on the release of a film based on Dan Brown's bestseller "Angels and Demons", alleging that ...

Ron Howard Illuminates Angels & Demons: "Catholics Will Enjoy"
E! Online - ‎Apr 20, 2009‎
Looking to nip the inevitable religion controversy in the bud, the director of the upcoming Angels & Demons is already defending the Da Vinci Code sequel's


What Happened to Lizzie & Kay

When Hollywood Highland Mall Went Up

Weekly rental motel where we lived while money ran outWhen we moved into For Rent Luxury Apartments on Franklin in 1998, the neighborhood was dark and scary. We never went down the hill to the boulevard a block away. Hookers there did things hookers nowhere else would do, and storefronts sold the paraphernalia to go with it. There were lap dance bars, adult peep shows, and just a darkness, it would seem dark even at high noon on a summer day on Hollywood Boulevard near Highland in the 1990s. But my daughter and I could stay up the hill on Franklin, and just always go east or west when we pulled out of the garage, never down to the boulevard, and afford a luxury rental at a low rent neighborhood rate.
Then in 2003 Hollywood Highland Mall opened and my landlady started to find reasons to knock on the door and threaten eviction.
I should have been more careful. I’d seen this apartment manager’s tactics before. Within the first months we moved in, the neighbor across the hall looked at me hollow-eyed as he carried his belongings out of his home, saying he had no idea where he would go. You watch, he said, after about three years, because of the rent control, they still find ways to raise the rent, or if they can’t do that, they find a way to make you move out, so they can charge the next tenant even higher rent.


It was a fluke. Mid-October 2003 I got in an argument with the manager that ended up with me saying, “Okay, then I give 30 days’ notice,” and I stormed off wondering why she was the one looking victorious. After a week I realized I was not going to find to an apartment anywhere near the $1100 I was paying then for the two-bedroom (Yes, cheap for L.A. even in 2003). Now even shabby one-bedrooms were $1250).

So all apologetic and humble I knocked on the manager’s door and said, you know what, I'm not leaving on the 15th after all-
And she interrupted.
“It’s too late, I’ve already rented your apartment for $1500 and they are ready to move right in, so I need you to vacate by the 15th, too late, you signed the papers.” Slam.
Okay, I know now that I could have fought back, my landlord did not really evict me, legally we could have stayed in the apartment.
No sheriff would have carried me and my daughter out of our home.
But see, I'm a crime victim and at that time I was a little depleted, living with PTSD. On top of that, in 1997 there was a murder in my family, and the inheritance I’d counted on all my life was embezzled and gone.
The perpetrators in both crimes walked free, while me, in 1998- 2005 or so, I was kind of in a daze, stunned, all the fight was gone out of me. It didn't even dawn on me to fight my landlord at that time. I just said, oh well, that's what she says so that's what we have to do, Lizzie, start packing. . . . So my daughter and I became homeless. We put most our stuff into storage and moved into a weekly rent motel. I figured I’d take whatever apartment I could find in the next week, but in the next month, I could not find anything.

This self perpetuating downslide happened. We were in the motel another week and another week and I had less and less money paying for increasingly cheaper weekly rent motels and soon all the cash was gone.
Oh, I forgot to mention, back then I was doing the same job I do now, work that is all done from home. Since now I didn't have a home, I didn't have a place to do the job. I tried carrying the equipment up from the car and working from the motel room, using the internet café down the street to send files back and forth with my bosses. That fell apart after about a week…
Now what I find suspicious is that in 2003 when Hollywood Highland Mall had just gone up, the rent for every single apartment within ten miles suddenly went up the exact same amount. Everywhere in L.A., even in the dregs of Echo Park or below Wilshire, every single 1-bedroom apartment now cost $1250. Landlords had evidently colluded, gotten together and decided from now on everyone in L.A. will pay $1250 for a one bedroom. I don't know if it’s legal or ethical, but somehow the rents in L.A. went up the same amount all at the same time, in 2003, and to make it worse, there were hardly any vacancies, so you applied for an apartment and then competed with all the other people, auditioning for the same home.
This was all new to me in 2003. Now it’s just the way things are. I think I’ve figured it out. Every landlord charges at minimum whatever the Government is willing to pay for Section 8 units, and of course that “Fair Market Rate” is inflated not really a fair rate but definitely the market rate.
I am 60 years old, I have been on my own since I was 17, right here in Hollywood, and never in my whole life have I had a hard time finding an apartment and moving in. Now, my teenage daughter and I were in a kinda skanky motel, paying $325 a week.
We ended up being homeless for two years, a lot of that time we slept in our car on the streets of Hollywood. I’d park up in the hills so we’d feel safer as we slept, until we ran out of gas.
We moved into the Seven Star Motel about a week before Thanksgiving. I asked around and found out where poor people go for Thanksgiving dinner, and made a note to go there - and network with other homeless people.
I was so clueless about the world I was about to enter.
Part Two coming soon.
NOTE: My friends have been telling me for years I should write about the period my daughter and I were homeless in L.A. It was 2003-2005, almost two years to the date, from Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving. I think I'm finally distanced enough from the experience to be able to write about it, so I decided to do the story as a series here at L.A. City Buzz Examiner.
PHOTO: I love the Internet. When I wrote this Friday I realized I should run out now and get a shot of that motel. Instead I went to Google Images and found exactly the shot I would have taken. The photo of the Seven 7 Motel looks right at the room we had, right over the back entrance to the garage, with a window looking South, where anyone walking up LaBrea could see right into our room. From there I started my phone campaign trying to find help for my daughter and me, from that room I went out each morning trying to find a place for us to live before our money ran out.


Case filed by plaintiff who is child molester in prison could set standard

May 13, 6:09 PM

Thomas Hightower watched from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, as the Diocese of Sacramento agreed in July 2005 to pay $35 million to settle 33 claims of sexual abuse by priests, including 16 against Tacoma priest Mario Blanco. There were 17 cases filed, presumably the 17th was Hightower’s left unsettled. Yes, pedophile priest named in 17 lawsuits, Mario Blanco was still serving as a priest in 2005 in Tacoma, Washington.

Perpetrator priest Blanco In fact, while at least 17 men dealt with interrogatories from Catholic Church attorneys and lengthy litigation on their cases, Mario Blanco was being flown around the state by Mel Gibson. A man who became close to the priest in the 12 years he was at the Tacoma church and kept his schedule for several years said:

“Blanco traveled to such cities as Redding, Calif., Spokane, Tucson, Ariz., Denver and Los Angeles. The priest was so respected that the actor Gibson regularly flew Blanco to Southern California to celebrate Mass for a group of traditionalists. He said the actor also took the priest to Mexico to buy vestments and other items for the church.
From: Accused Priest Led a Public Life
The News Tribune [Tacoma WA]

A description of how Blanco insinuated himself into families’ lives in and around Sacramento from the Sacramento Bee:
According to diocesan records and people who remember him. Blanco was a talented musician who started church youth bands. That's how the the family of one of his plaintiffs met him
They recount how their parents were thrilled that Blanco paid attention to their sons, especially when he told them he wanted to start a band featuring their kids.

"My parents thought it was going to take them somewhere ... that he was going to make their kids famous," says Chico Chavez.

He says his father worked long hours as a landscaper. Their mother was often ill and spent much of her time in bed. There were 10 children. Blanco taught the kids music, and their father was so happy that he built a makeshift stage area in a corner of the basement. The Norteno-style band called "Crysol" played at several churches throughout the diocese, according to a church news clipping from the time. They cut two records in Spanish.

Over time, Blanco became a frequent visitor to the Chavez house.

Chico Chavez claims in his suit that the priest assaulted him repeatedly beginning when he was young. He says he was too ashamed and frightened to tell anyone and that the priest threatened the family. Chavez says it wasn't until he was a teenager, and told his brothers David and Javier that he had been abused, that they told him they had also been assaulted by Blanco.

Jaime says he fought off the priest. But Jaime also became increasingly hostile -- he picked lots of fights at school -- over the priest's presence in their home.

The boys say that when they told their parents about the abuse, their father became angry, accusing them of telling lies about the priest. But the boys made it clear they didn't want the priest around.

But they say Blanco did come back.

Each of the Chavez brothers describes waking up in the middle of the night and seeing that the priest had been staring at them through a window while they slept in the basement. They say he threatened them, and they chased the priest down the street. After that, they started sleeping with the baseball bats by their sides.

Their father declined to speak to The Bee. Their mother died in 1992.

Blanco said he does not remember the incident
From Dec. 20, 2003 Sacramento Bee story
So the attorneys are not the only ones waiting for a decision in Hightower and Quarry.
I am too.
Stay tuned here at LA City Buzz Examiner.
Tim Hale, Santa Barbara attorney, helped me understand Hightower
"Hightower came out during heart of coordinating proceeding and claimed the plain language statute 340.1 was not the plain language of the statute," Hale said.
"As to why Hightower could impact so many other cases, as you know, most survivors never come to terms with what happened to them. Hell, some never even remember it, instead taking their nightmares to their graves. And for those few who do remember they were abused and recognize the harm the abuse caused, quite often that recognition does not come until much later in life after years of struggling with various demons they did not realize originated with their abuse.
“The end result of this is very few people make the connection between injury and abuse before they turn 26.
“Under Hightower, anyone who was 26 or older in 2003 does not have the right to make a claim under CCP 340.1's standard of making the connection between the injury and the abuse. This arbitrary cut-off could not have been intended by the legislature, but that is exactly what Hightower holds.
“The result is the dismissal of any case filed by someone who was over the age of 26 in 2003 (unless they had completely repressed their memory of the abuse, in which case there is case law that some courts -- not Judge Elias -- believe allows the plaintiff to avoid the Hightower result).”
The march of justice goes on. . . slowly

The decision affects anyone who wants to file a civil lawsuit for child sex abuse, but cases against the Catholic Church were being thrown out in L.A. because of a 2006 decision in a case litigated by Thomas Hightower, a plaintiff who filed his own briefs from a cell in Mule Creek State Prison.

The Bishop of Oakland won the case against Thomas Hightwoer on appeal, saying the suit was time barred by the Statute of Limitations, thus making all cases filed after the age 26 cap since December 2003 invalid. Now another appellate decision on the Quarry case in February 2009 disagrees with Hightower and says cases filed after age 26 are valid.

“The main difference is that Quarry was litigated by professional plaintiff attorneys,” says a plaintiff attorney in Santa Barbara.

Any day now the California Supreme Court could either agree to take the Quarry appeal, or refuse to take Quarry, making Hightower law. “The main difference is that Quarry was litigated by professional plaintiff attorneys,” says a plaintiff attorney in Santa Barbara.

The outcome of this case could keep plaintiffs from being able to file lawsuits as adults about sexual assault they experienced as a child in the state of California, except under strict guidelines that either no longer exist or continue to exist since the passage of CCP 340.1 in 2002.

Blanco, Hightower perpAttorneys and judges in the California Clergy Cases are now “waiting for Hightower,” as future civil cases re child sexual assault in this state hinge on this decision coming up any day now in the California Supreme Court. In hearings last month, Judge Emilie Elias referred indirectly to the February 2 Quarry decision and delayed action on several Los Angeles cases re Catholic priests saying, “My intent is to stay any more of the Hightower motions until we see if the Supreme Court takes them.
“I'm just not going to hear them until we see what's happening.”
Judge Elias has already dismissed about a dozen child sex assault lawsuits against the Catholic Church that have come before her since January 2008 when she took over the Clergy Cases from retiring Judge Haley Fromholz, based on the 2006 decision in the Hightower appeal. One after the other, Elias granted the LA Archdiocese’s motions to dismiss - based on the Second District Court of Appeal decision in the case of Hightower vs. the Roman Catholic Bishop of Sacramento, now on appeal, which said the Legislature did NOT remove the age 26 cap. She stopped dismissing cases when the February 2, 2009 Quarry decision came out, and now everyone is waiting for the California Supreme court.
The Deck Once Again Stacked in Church’s Favor
The church will have managed to stack the deck entirely in its favor if the state Supreme Court turns down Quarry and retains Hightower, because Hightower was filed by a plaintiff filing motions for himself from state prison, where he is incarcerated as a hild sexual molester himself.
How could the Hightower case become the case that decides the future of child sex assaults lawsuits in California?
A decision as important as the Hightower appeals court decision in August 2006, litigated for plaintiffs by a damaged man in prison, if left in place, could return the State to pre- CCP 340.1 thinking. When the Legislature created the one-year window for lawsuits to be filed in 2003, most lawyers agree the legislators also removed age 26 cap from the statute of limitations.
The Bishop of Sacramento was able to get an appellate court to disagree. Fighting against one plaintiff filing motions from prison.
“Under Hightower, anyone who was 26 or older in 2003 does not have the right to make a claim under CCP 340.1's standard of making the connection between the injury and the abuse,” explains attorney Tim Hale in Santa Barbara. “This arbitrary cut-off could not have been intended by the Legislature, but that is exactly what Hightower holds.”
The Quarry decision from the First Appellate Court in Alameda in February 2009 counters Hightower, saying:
“Effective 2003 the Legislature deleted the age 26 cutoff as against a narrow category of third party defendants who had both the knowledge and the ability to protect against abusive behavior but failed to do so. Anyone discovering that childhood abuse was the cause of their injuries after 2003 could sue these—more culpable—defendants without regard to the age 26 cutoff.”

The Hightower decision reads:
“The statute of limitations ran out on Hightower's claims in 1977.”

Hightower’s case if full of errors, and it is different from almost every other child sex assault case in California. Yet the decision in this case filed by a prison inmate, fighting singlehandedly all the way to the Supreme Court against the Roman Catholic Church, could affect all future cases filed for sexual abuse that include a third party, not just against the Catholic church, but any guilty third party that was negligent and allowed sex crimes against the child now an adult filing a lawsuit to continue.
Where the third party - any employer or a corporate entity - is at fault, as has been the case with thousands of cases against the Catholic Church, the appellate decision in this weak case filed by Thomas Hightower, a prison inmate without an attorney, could affect the future of child sexual assault tort law in California.
Background on the unique case of Thomas Hightower:

Mule Creek State Prison, where Hightower residesThe Hightower case like so many
Is a story in itself:
Thomas Hightower claims he got his “letter to bishop stating intent to sue” postmarked from Mule Creek State Prison mail December 23, 2003, putting his “motion” into the one year window for civil suits re sexual assault that the California Legislature opened in Civil Codes: 340.1 -
What is it this one plaintiff’s case - filed by a prison inmate acing on his own behalf; indeed the appeal briefs that led to the Second District appeal decision were filed by Hightower acting as his own attorney from prison - why is this the case that is used to go all the way to the California Supreme Court?
Hightower’s case is not at all similar to the more than 600 civil cases filed in California during that one-year window in 2003 or any cases filed since. Yet this weird case might be used to set the standard for all future child sex assault lawsuits in the state.
Once again the cards are stacked in favor of the Roman Catholic Church, who we know had teams of attorneys from several law firms fighting against Hightower, as they do with all their cases in California. All that power is fighting one damaged man in prison, who says he is a child molester himself because of the damage done to him by Mario Blanco?
Hightower’s case was too muddled to set a standard
From the Hightower appellate decision:
“January 14, 2004, the Sacramento court refused to file the document as a complaint because Hightower did not include the filing fee or a fee waiver request,” reads the Hightower decision.
“He alleged that as a state prison inmate he had an extra year to file his complaint under section 352.1 and that the delayed discovery rule for repressed childhood memories applied."
The Hightower case is extremely unusual and should not be allowed to affect future cases in California.
Hightower made a lot of mistakes filing from prison: More from the Hightower decision:
“Apart from a general statement that beginning at the age of 12 he was sexually abused by a priest of the Sacramento Archdiocese from 1970 to 1972, the document contains no allegations concerning a basis of liability against the bishop, does not mention damages, and seeks no relief. Finally, Hightower confirmed at the hearing on the bishop's demurrers that he filed the December 2003 document in order to put the court on notice that he was suing the bishop, that a formal complaint was being prepared, and that he eventually planned to file a complaint.”
He told the court in a hearing: “This is what I'll be suing for, and the formal complaint is being composed just as fast as I can get it composed.”
The case in the Quarry Decision is more likely similar to future cases: In Quarry, six brothers claim they were sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970’s, when they were children. They sued defendant Doe I (Bishop of Alameda) in 2007 for damages due to adult-onset psychological injuries allegedly caused by that abuse. When they sued, they ranged in age from 43 to 40, but they did not discover until 2006 that the cause of their adulthood psychological injuries was the childhood sexual abuse.
The Bishop demurred to the complaint, arguing that the complaint was barred by the statute of limitations of Code of Civil Procedure[1] section 340.1.
The appellate court disagreed and said:
“Plaintiff need only allege the onset of psychological injury or illness after the age of majority and that he commenced his action within three years of the time he discovered or reasonably should have discovered such psychological injury or illness was caused by the childhood sexual abuse. (§ 340.1, subd. (a).)” (Id. at p. 1186.)
NOTE: Once again, the Church never denies these crimes took place, they just hire teams of attorneys to block justice for the crime victims.
More about Hightower’s case that reads like a drama:
Thomas Hightower watched from Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, as the Diocese of Sacramento agreed in July 2005 to pay $35 million to settle 33 claims of sexual abuse by priests, including 16 against Tacoma priest Mario Blanco. (there were 17 cases filed, presumably the 17th was Hightower’s left unsettled.
Yes, Mario Blanco was still serving as a priest in 2005 in Tacoma, Washington.

In fact, while at least 17 men dealt with interrogatories from Catholic Church attorneys and lengthy litigation on their cases, Mario Blanco was being flown around the state by Actor Mel Gibson:


Contempt. Now I understand the use of that word for disrupting the court. Listening to arguments by attorneys for the Franciscans of Santa Barbara in L.A. Superior Court last week, I had to take on physical restraints to keep myself from jumping up and hollering. Especially when they they mentioned the Friars’ vows of poverty, I kept wanting to somehow get it on the record: Vow of poverty? Then how can they have three law firms in here representing them? And when have these brothers ever had to skip a meal to feed their kids, or sacrifice to pay bills? All their bills are paid for them. What do they really know of poverty?

If a person jumps up and starts screaming in a hearing, does the Court Reporter take it down? Do you get to go on the record one last time before they throw you out of there forever?

Equally astounding was the Franciscans now, three years after the Santa Barbara settlements, claim the documents about the perpetrators have to be secret due to the father son relationship between the hierarchy and the brothers below them.

“These are adult men,” Judge Peter Lichtman pointed out after pointing out that he had already pointed all this out several hearings back and repeated it several times since then. The church attorney then threatened to appeal because he thought the judge was laughing at him.

That was me laughing out loud at you back in the viewing area.

But here is the part that makes me need even more anger management:

What's missing from our current state of civil justice: The voice of the plaintiffs, the crime victims, like me, aren’t even part of these procedures. There is one plaintiff attorney who sticks it out hearing after hearing, Tim Hale of Santa Barbara, but he is forced to respond to the church's ludicrous claims, I don't know if anyone ever mentions the crime victims. I am in the lone one, sitting in the back silent, taking notes.

“When have you ever gone a day without food so your kids would have something to eat?” Vow of poverty?

No matter how superfluous and redundant and ridiculous the arguments, the Court has to listen, be attentive, judicial, as there is always the threat of an appeal. Apparently you can win an appeal because the judge grinned during your argument in trial court

Contempt. I'm filling up with contempt, scrawling on a yellow pad...

And a father son relationship? So now the priests aren't just pedophiles but they are committing incest too, is that the church’s argument? Sorry, guys, but the judge may be listening. The public - like Me - we see right through you. And sorry, priests, but after all these years, if you are still in there schmoozing with the bishops, you are just as guilty as Goeghan and Shanley from Boston. So sit there and start taking some grief. To me, Catholic priests have lost all claim to respect. If you are still in there with them, you are one of them.

Of all the groups who can’t claim knowledge of parent-child relationships, I think Catholic Priests come out way on top.

Maybe if these priests had been able to marry and have kids in the first place, they would have seen the damage done to children and never raped us in the first place.

Superfluous ludicrous arguments made by people with no real right to make them, in 20-minute intervals of meaningless rhetoric, talking away in front of the court.

Like battery bunnies.

They just keep going and going, filing motions and motions, scheduling hearings and hearings, and getting away with it. Catholic Church lawyers with endless budgets can take a phrase in a plaintiff argument and write a 75 or 126 page objection with declarations from all the excess monsignors etcetera who are sitting around collecting salaries, they might as well do something, have them file an friend of the defendant affidavit.

The judge and the plaintiffs apparently have no choice but to respond, go through this theatrical demonstration of a hearing as though the Church legal motions were reasonable. But they're usually ludicrous, the result an endless supply of cash supplied to a growing class of nearly amoral attorneys.

So in the end, as long as you can afford to file motions, you will win your case, since the person who runs out of money first loses.

That's American Civil Jurisprudence today. No wonder I'm thinking about learning to make stink bombs. . . .

NOTE: The morning hearing Tuesday about Los Angeles Documents was continued to April 1st.

This is Part 3 of the story.

Here is part one which is much more angry.

Here is Part Two which is even angrier

I’m listening to the 500 dollar an hour or more attorney talking in front of the courtroom about vows of poverty. Poor Father Chinnici. “He stood up in a public forum in 1993 at the Board of Inquiry," pleads his attorney, and now whatever the Friar wrote has to remain secret. So this priest sitting next to me is trying to hide what he wrote in a personnel file after the Santa Barbara Board of Inquiry in 1993? You totalitarian freak! That is PUBLIC INFORMATION. How dare you claim “authorship” with your tacky suede shirt. No author would dress like that.

I am still waiting for the replacement battery for my laptop so instead am scrawling on a yellow pad these notes: My contempt grows as the Nicholas Heldt says the friars who abetted the perpetrators “had no choice back then because of their vows of obedience and poverty.”

That's how you display your poverty, in your little overfed face and hands that never saw hard work, you sit there and have three attorneys arguing in front of a judge saying you have a right to hide what you wrote about these pedophile freaks.

What kind of a pedophile freak are you?

“This was the most important decision of Father Chinnicci’s life,” spoke the overpaid, overfed attorney for the Franciscans, and I scrawled in my notes: “This wimpy priest on my left can’t handle the trauma of the public seeing what he wrote, and “This was the most important decision of his life”?

Oh too bad.

And that's all I wrote, there’s nothing else.

I start ranting whenever I think about this stuff.

It's so bad i have to stop and dance to this video a few times, for ANGER MANAGEMENT:

In Court Tuesday wanted so much to scream at them all: Where is the crime victim here? You're all going to stand here jabbering about ancillary issues, and the judge has already admitted that everything we say here is going to end up in an appeals court, so this is really all about some kind of display, some theatrical carrying out of justice, that has nothing to do with the crimes that were committed.

In 2 hours of hearings, the word pedophile was never mentioned, sodomy, forced oral sex, children forced to be penetrated over and over again before they even reached puberty, none of that is comin up.

In 2 hours of hearings, the word pedophile was never mentioned

They're debating issues that have NOTHING AT ALL TO DO with the crimes that were committed. I want to blow up the whole building. So instead I go across the street, have a smoke, and go take pictures. Here’s some more of my notes:

An element of sleeze emanates from the attorneys from three law firms who show up to represent Franciscan Friars and various ancillary issues, as the church digs deep into its bottomless briefcase full of cash to pay for attorneys to make up issues that are meaningless, do nothing but take up the Court’s time as judges are forced to listen to everything these overpaid idiots say in front of them, or they will end up having their decisions overturned in Appeals Court. Everything in Trial Court is done to prepare for Appeals Court, kinda like the way every medical decision is made by an insurance company in today’s upside down America. One of them Nicholas Heldt, who I showed compared to people he resembles in a previous post

As court begins he introduces the creep on my left: “Father Joseph Chinnicci, sitting in the courtroom, is one of the bystanders.” Ooh. Creeps. He’s all pasty white like he never sees sunlight, he’s wearing these clothes that look like they never get washed and he might sleep in them, they're all wrinkled and worn out.


Here is the Santa Barbara Board of Inquiry Report which says Father Chinnici was in charge of depositions:

Regarding St. Anthony's Seminary
P.O. Box 1065
Santa Barbara, California 93102

Presentation of Board's Report
November 29, 1993
[Note: This web page was scanned from a printed copy of the presentation by Geoffrey B. Stearns, Esq., in the Ray & Anne Higgins Archive. For a picture of Stearns and the other panelists at the presentation, see Molested at St. Anthony's, by Andrew Rice, Santa Barbara Independent, December 2-9, 1993.]
I'm Geoffrey Stearns, Chairperson of the Board.
With me are my fellow board members: Kathleen Baggarley, Keith Mar and Ray Higgins. Our out-of-town members, Father Dismas Bonner and Eugene Merlin were not able to be here because of the demands of their respective professional commitments and schedules.
The purpose of our meeting is to present to you the final report of the Independent Board of Inquiry Regarding St. Anthony's Seminary; to highlight some of its key portions; and to make copies of it available for distribution. Before beginning a discussion of the report's content, I'd ask you to bear with me while I attempt to create a context for it.
As most of you know, our Board was convened by the Franciscan Province in January of this year, when we met with Father Chinnici to receive background and briefing about the problem of sexual abuse at the seminary, as it was then understood. I don't think any board member could anticipate the magnitude and importance of the task that lay ahead.
I do think we shared a sincere willingness to do whatever we could to find out the truth and report it, to help as many victims as possible, and to come up with [page 2 begins] sound ideas to try to prevent a tragedy like this from reoccurring in the future. At this point, I would like to acknowledge and appreciate my board colleagues for their dedication, professionalism, intelligence, humanity, humor and good-will. I am extremely proud to have been part of a group of this caliber, and am grateful for an opportunity to experience firsthand what I truly believe we have achieved—a comprehensive and effective pastoral response to an extremely confusing and painful situation.
Once you have had an opportunity to review the report, I believe most of you will find it to be a serious and thoughtful document—one that is accessible to the reader, thorough and sensitive in its approach to very troubling subject matter, and helpful to those among both the clergy and the laity who wish to continue to proactively address the issue of clerical sexual abuse. Ultimately, our hope is that the report will help promote healing for all concerned.
As you might expect, the majority of our report is devoted to our Findings and Recommendations. The findings section discusses the nature and extent of the abuse; its effects on victims, families and the community; and the dispositions of offending friars. It was written to convey the true nature and extent of the abuse, while preserving [page 3 begins] the security, and sense of security of those victims who came forward and spoke in reliance on our pledge of confidentiality. No names or other information that could lead to identification of a victim were included. We had no authority to release offenders' names; that decision lies with the Province and the offenders themselves. However, we also do believe that in some cases, disclosure of offenders' names would lead to identification of a victims. In the couple of instances where victims' experiences are set forth verbatim, we were careful to obtain their informed written releases.
Turning to the findings themselves, we found that in the years in question (1964 - 1987), a serious problem of sexual abuse of minors by friars existed at the seminary. We have identified eleven friars as perpetrators of sexual abuse; a twelfth friar was identified as probably having engaged in pre-abusive conduct, sometimes referred to as "grooming".
Of the students who have thus far come forward as a result of the Board's outreach effort, thirty four were identified as victims of sexual abuse, and one additional student as the object of "grooming" by a friar. One of the friars had seven known victims; another friar had eighteen known victims; the other friars had either two victims or one victim. Without going into graphic detail now, I will [page 4 begins] indicate that the report describes a wide range of serious sexually abusive behaviors perpetrated under a variety of circumstances, spread among the friars in a somewhat even fashion.
With respect to the disposition of offenders, first of all, I want to state that no offending friar is either assigned to ministry or placed in Santa Barbara County. Further, I believe that we have forged an ongoing, collaborative process with Father Chinnicci to assist him in making dispositions that are safe and secure, and solidly based on the recommendations of experienced sex-offender evaluators.
Of the twelve identified friars, one is deceased; one was criminally prosecuted and left the order; one left the order before final profession; and as to a fourth friar, who is suspected of grooming, more information is being awaited before a final disposition is completed.
Of the remaining eight friars, seven have been sent by the Province to highly respected professionals, experienced in working with sexual offenders and recommended by this Board, where they are currently in various stages of assessment and treatment. The eighth was evaluated by a forensic sex offender evaluator agreed upon by himself and the Provincial Minister. These eight friars are either [page 5 begins] restricted from ministry and contact with minors pending completion of evaluation or have such restrictions in place as were recommended by their evaluation and/or treatment professionals.
It must be emphasized that oversight of the offenders is an ongoing process. The permanent board will know who and where these friars are, and will continue to work with the Provincial Minister to modify or refine any given disposition as new information surfaces or therapy progresses.
Similarly, in other ways this report marks the end of one phase and the beginning of the next. We have set forth a comprehensive set of recommendations concerning: (1) prevention of further abuse through screening, training, formulation of guidelines and provision of support for friars; (2) methods of dealing with both known, and any newly reported offenders in a timely and effective manner; (3) ongoing pastoral response to, and support of victims and families; (4) a proactive stance for the Province towards laity in general, e.g., through ongoing education and other prevention work; and (5) the scope and functions of the permanent board, referred to as the Independent Response Team, which will operate on a Province-wide basis.
We are gratified by the number of victims and family members whom we have been able to help by providing the [page 6 begins] therapy they need and deserve. We believe there will be other victims that will come forward when they are ready and able, and that they will be assisted by a permanent board with effective and sensible processes, implemented in a caring and humane way.
We want to express our appreciation to Father Chinnici and the Province for their dedication to this painful and necessary task and for their support of our work. We wish to convey to the victims and their families our deepest admiration and respect. We thank the Greater Community for its support and valuable input along the way. And lastly, we would like to leave you with our belief that a process has been created and set in motion that has worked, is working, and will continue to work; and thus is worthy and deserving of the trust and support all of concerned.

Father Joseph P. Chinnici claims his vow of poverty earms him special treatment using two attorneys who flew down with him from San Francisco. If the poverty claim doesn't work, then it’s a parent child relationship, and if that doesn't work then it was a psychiatrist-patient relationship, whatever will let Franciscan Friars keep the truth about their sex crimes against children from becoming public. Father Chinnici was the point of many arguments in the courtroom of Peter Lichtman Tuesday as the beige skin white haired blank faced priest wants to keep his life a secret. Well here is his resume, which I found easily on line. So much for your anonymity, little weasel man who thinks poverty has something to do with wearing tacky shoes.

Here's a lesson for the priest about poverty lifestyles: Next time watch who you sit next to while you carry out this rape of jurisprudence in L.A. Superior Court. That was me next to you, a journalist who is also a very damaged member of the crime victim community you Catholics created. Thousands of children got raped by you priests and then you have the nerve to sit next to me in court? It’s YOUR Religious order, Father Chinnici, the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara that allowed 24 priests to rape at least 60 children in that one small beach town. For more information read the story linked below. Then read thefrightened little priest's "curriculum Vitae" copy and pasted below.

Franciscan Head. . .

These attorneys have a topless budget they are using to abuse the American Court system and keep the public from finding out what their clients, the Roman Catholic Church, turned loose on the California landscape the last part of the Twentieth Century, so below is Curriculum Vitae of Fr. Joseph Cannici, found easily on line, with more to come.

The Catholic Church will go to any length to keep from having to release not to the public but just to a judge for review, documents that may tell the story of the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara’s contribution to the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church including a letter that will put Father Chinnici in the public eye. There will be another post following this one shortly, plus more posts about Tuesday’s hearings. Here is Chinnici's resume:

Joseph P. Chinnici, O.F.M.

Curriculum Vitae
1508 Arch Street
Berkeley, California 94708
Franciscan School of Theology
1712 Euclid Ave.
Berkeley, California 94709
Roman Catholic Priest, Ordained June 17, 1972
Professed member of Order of Friars Minor, Province of Saint
Barbara, 1965; solemn profession, December 6, 1970
Pastoral and Administrative Experience:
1971-1972: Deacon, Priest, Holy Family Parish, Pueblo, Colorado
1972-1976: Chaplain, Our Lady's Convent School, Abingdon, England
1976- : Retreat Director
1979-1984: Director of Formation for Franciscan friars studying theology
1979-1984: Provincial Definitor, Province of Saint Barbara
1979-1985: Assistant Academic Dean, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California
1984-1988: Vicar Provincial, Province of Saint Barbara
1988-1997: Provincial Minister (CEO), Province of Saint Barbara, Order of Friars Minor
1998-2001 Commission for the Restructuring of the Order of Friars Minor, Curia Generalizia
deiFrati Minori, Rome, Italy.
2000-2005 Academic Dean, Franciscan School of Theology,Berkeley, California
2000- Chairman, Commission on the Retrieval of the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition,
English Speaking Conference, Order of Friars Minor.
2001-2003 Convenor, Council of Deans, Graduate Theological Union
Fall, 2003 Acting President, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California
Educational Background:
B.A. : San Luis Rey College, San Luis Rey, California
June 2, 1968
Major: Philosophy
M.A. : Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
June 11, 1971
Major: Theology; Honors: Church History
M.Div. : Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California
June 2, 1972
D.Phil. : University of Oxford, Oxford, England
February 28, 1976
Thesis: "John Lingard and the English Catholic
Major field: Modern Church History

Prrofessional Experience:

1975-1980 Associate Professor of Church History, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley
1976-1988 Doctoral Faculty, Committees, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California
1980- Professor of Church History, Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, California
1987 Catholic Daughters of the Americas Chair of Church History, Catholic University of
America (Spring only)
1998 Visiting Scholar, St. Paul Seminary, School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul,
1999-: Doctoral Faculty, Graduate Theological Union
1999-: Visiting Faculty, The Franciscan Institute, St.
Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York
Membership in Professional Associations:
American Catholic Historical Association
Committee on Nominations, 1984-1987
American Historical Association
United States Catholic Historical Society
I. Books and Editorships:
The English Catholic Enlightenment, Shepherdstown, West Virginia: Patmos Press, 1980
Ed., Devotion to the Holy Spirit in American Catholicism, New York:
Paulist Press, 1985.
Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States, New
York: Macmillan, 1989
Living Stones: The History and Structure of Catholic Spiritual Life in the United States, second
edition with new preface, New York: Orbis Books, 1996.
With Sr. Angelyn Dries, O.S.F., eds., Prayer and Practice in the American Catholic Community,
Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Press, 2000.
General Editor, The Franciscan Heritage Series:
I. Kenan B. Osborne, OFM, The Franciscan Intellecltual Tradition,
Tracing Its Origins and Identifying Its Central Components, with
Introduction by Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, v-xiii, (St.Bonaventure,
NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2003).
II. Ilia Delio, OSF, A Franciscan View of Creation, Learning to Live
in a Sacramental World, with Introduction by Joseph P. Chinnici,
OFM, v-xv, (St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2003).
In Jim O’Toole, ed., Habits of Devotion, Catholic Religious Practice in Twentieth-Century
America (Ithaca, NewYork: Cornell University Press, 2004), “The Catholic Community at Prayer,
1926-1976,” 9-87.
Articles, 2000-2004
“Poverty: An Image for the Franciscan Presence in the World,” Laurentianum 41 (2000), 413-437,
reprinted in Greyfriars Review 16 (2002), 95-117.
“Deciphering Religious Practice: Material Culture as Social Code in the Nineteenth Century,” U.S.
Catholic Historian 19.3 (Summer 2001): 1-19.
“Negotiating the Social Gaps: Practicing a Trinitarian Expereince in the Tradition of the Evangelical
Life,” The Cord 51 (May/June 2001), 138-152.
“Institutional Amnesia and the Challenge of Mobilizing our Resources for Franciscan Theology,” in
Elise Saggau, OSF, ed., The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition, Washington Theological Union
Symposium Papers 2001 (St. Bonaventure, NY: The Franciscan Institute, 2002), 105-150.
“Penitential Humanism: Rereading the Sources to Develop a Franciscan Urban Spirituality,” in
Roberta A. McKelvie, OSF, ed., Franciscans in Urban Ministry (St. Bonaventure University, NY:
The Franciscan Institute, 2002), 105-150.
“The Credentials of Truth and Honesty,” U.S. Catholic Historian 20.2 (Spring 2002), 55-61.
“Maria Maddalena Bentivoglio,” New Catholic Encyclopedia (2002).
“Suffering, Spirituality, and Evangelization: The Catholic Experience, 1930-1996,” forthcoming for
The Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs.
“Reception of Vatican II in the United States,” Theological Studies 64.3 (September 2003), 461-
“Freedom’s Freedom: A Conversation with John McGreevy,” U.S. Catholic Historian 21.4 (Fall
2003), 93-99.
“Religious Life in the Twentieth Century: Interpreting the Languages,” U.S. Catholic Historian 22.1
(Winter 2004), 27-47.
Review of Kenneth Baxter Wolf, The Poverty of Riches, St. Francis of Assisi Reconsidered, in
Spiritus 4 (Spring 2004), 98-101.
“Hierarchy, Power, and the Franciscan Family in the American Church,” The Cord 54 (September-
October 2004), 222-262.
“Theo-History and the California Frontier,” Boletin, The Journal of the California Mission Studies
Association 21.2 (2004), 55-63.
III. Public Academic Presentations, 2000-2004
“From Sectarian Suffering to Compassionate Solidarity: Joseph Cardinal Bernardin and the
Americna Catholic Language of Suffering,” sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of
American Catholicism, March 9, 2000.

“Seminary Education, Ecclesial Development and American Culture,” at the American Catholic
Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 10, 2004.
“Confession: Performance, Social Meaning, and Change 1945-1989,” at the Catholic University of
America, sponsored by the Center for American Catholic Studies, March 19, 2004.
“The Problem of John Courtney Murray,” Guest Lecture, Graduate Theological Union Berkeley,
Sponsored by the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, October 21, 2004.
“Changing Religious Practice and the End of Christendom in the United States 1965-1986,” at the
American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 7, 2005.
IV. Pastoral Work, 2004-05
Retreat, “Celebrating Life, Forgiving Debts,” San Damiano Retreat, Danville, California, January 16-
18, 2004.
Series of In-Service trainings at St. Anthony’s Foundation, San Francisco: “Training in Franciscan
organizational charism., Spring and Fall 2004.
Spriitual Asisstant to Protiuncula Fraternity, Napa California, twice monthly meetings.
Four day workshop/retreat to Poor Clare Abbesses and counselors, Easton, Pennsylvania, September
16-21, 2004.
Retreat on Saint Bonaventure, Poor Clare Monastery, Bloomington, Minnesota, February 2005.

More information in this story I wrote last year, click headline to go there:

When 24 pedophile priests from one town rape 60 children, it is a Public Nuisance. SOL Breakthrough suit filed against Franciscans in Santa Barbara
By Kay Ebeling

Since 1964, the Franciscan Friars of Santa


(w/Videos) Unfortunately reports on the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church came out during the 'Flashpan Era' of American journalism, where the story is only as important as the number of cameras pointed in its direction. The cameras never stay longer than they need to produce a five minute story, so there is no place in modern journalism for articles that require legwork, weeks of interviewing, hours of waiting in boring courtrooms, and reading through mounds of documents. No corporate media outlet will pay a reporter to be that unproductive in today’s media. Plus by the time a reporter can do that much research, the Flash in the Pan would be on another topic. So the total story of pedophilia in the Catholic Church is yet to come out for mainstream readers. The result when it comes to the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church is, they got away with it.

In past decades the church has turned five thousand, (5000) pedophiles loose on the American landscape and thousands of children were fondled, penetrated, and seriously damaged as a result. (THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN . (Read bishopaccountability accounts http://bishopaccountability.org/ ) These criminals were so empowered by the treatment they got from church hierarchy that by the sixties and seventies in Southern California the pedophile priests did not even hide what they were doing. It was obvious.

The predators came into elementary school classrooms and catechism classes, picked out the same vulnerable sad miserable children, took them off somewhere, the children came back even more sad and miserable. Or pedophiles stood on playgrounds and had children dive deep in the pockets of their priest robes for candy, having children fondle them openly.

These sex crimes against children went on for years and years in one archdiocese after archdiocese, with the same modus operandi, or patterns of crime, right in front of the lay workers and other priests, the pedophilia was just part of the culture. The crimes took play with the knowledge and enabling of bishops and monsignors who were charged with supervising the priests. The story of pedophile priests is one part that mainstream readers have barely received, they don’t yet have a grasp on the totality of the horror, otherwise there would be more of a public outcry.

Instead Nobody Has Really Done Anything About It. Settlements go to maybe ten percent of the crime victims and usually result in additional secrecy. There has been no accountability for the crimes, no guilt declared, no real criminal conviction to match the extent of the crimes.

The predators came into elementary school classrooms and catechism classes, picked out the same vulnerable sad miserable children, took them off somewhere, the children came back even more sad and miserable. Or pedophiles stood on playgrounds and had children dive deep in the pockets of their priest robes for candy, having children fondle them openly.

The story did not BREAK like shattered glass as news of pedophile priests broke across the country, but instead the story just fell and chipped a small amount, rendered the glass no longer safe to use, yet the church continues business as usual like we thousands of crime victims aren’t even here, or act like an occasional Healing Mass at the churches where we were raped is going to help. (Story continues after these two videos)

VIDEOS: Comedy piece by a Brit found on YouTube: Boys Boys Boys (Pedo Priests) Plus 2nd video: Activists track down a pedophile priest and confront him at his home, alert the Minneapolis neighborhood.