The following comes from an August 2 story on the Catholic New Agency.
As the first set of religious orders’ files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims and continued efforts for child protection.
“Please continue to pray for the victims and their families and all impacted by this terrible tragedy in the history of our Church,” said Monsignor Joseph Brennan, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General for the L.A. archdiocese.
“Let us all continue to remain vigilant and work together to protect children and young people from all harm,” he added in an Aug. 1 message to priests, deacons, parish life directors and principals of the archdiocese.
“The archdiocese and our Catholic community of faith in Los Angeles remain committed to the assistance of victims, protection of children and the prevention of abuse.”
The file release is part of the $660 million abuse settlement reached in 2007. The first set of files has documents from five religious orders: the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, the Marianists, the Benedictines, and two orders of religious sisters.
The release concerns 10 priests or religious brothers and two nuns, each of whom were accused of molesting children in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The files report 21 alleged victims whose allegations cover incidents ranging from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The files are particularly detailed about Father Ruben Martinez, O.M.I., whose actions prompted eight lawsuits settled in 2007.
The documents show decades of therapy dedicated to trying to cure Martinez of pedophilia. During the therapy, he admitted abusing his younger brother as a child, the Associated Press reports. He said he abused about 100 boys in total.
He worked in parishes in the Los Angeles archdiocese in the 1970s and 1980s, beginning at a small parish in Brawley, Calif. in 1969.
According to the files’ psychological reports, he said he started molesting children in 1970 and stopped “direct sexual contact” with boys after a mother complained to his pastor in 1982. He claimed a 1986 complaint made him stop molesting boys completely .
The files are not clear whether the Oblates or the archdiocese knew of the complaints. Around 1986 he began his therapy sessions and started a counseling program for people with sexual compulsions. He also joined a “gay pride” group and at one point marched in a gay pride parade.
A 50-year-old man who sued over the priest’s abuse, speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, said the priest would have him and other boys wrestle in their underwear, sometimes with the priest, and take pictures of them. The priest would take groups of young boys to see R-rated movies and on group trips.
On one trip the priest stopped with six boys in front of a man’s apartment and took one boy in, leaving the other boys in a hot car for several hours. After the priest and the boy returned, the boy cried for hours.
“A lot of us kind of knew what had happened to him,” the abuse victim told the AP.
The victim’s lawsuit was settled in 2007 but Fr. Martinez was never charged criminally. His abuses were not reported until years afterward.
After treatment in the early 1990s, he was assigned to a small parish in a remote town in southeastern California. However, he would drive miles to San Diego to find male prostitutes.
Fr. Martinez was removed from active ministry in 1993. He is now 72 and lives in Oakland.
In 2003, the priest worked as a switchboard operator in the archive room at the Oblates’ Washington, D.C. offices. He was reprimanded for making sexual jokes, looking at sexually suggestive pictures of young boys, and downloading files on “topics dealing with the gay lifestyle,” the released documents said.
During a 2005 psychiatric assessment, the priest denied any contact with a child in 23 years.
Msgr. Brennan, recognizing the “troubling and upsetting” nature of the files on abuse in religious orders, said that those affected can find help by contacting the archdiocese’s Office of Victims Assistance Ministry.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has set a September deadline for the public release of files on accusations against religious order members in the archdiocese. Other orders involved include the Salesians and Vincentians.
The files are distinct from those of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which released 12,000 pages of abuse-related documents several months ago.
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Where are the studies that show how much money was brought into the Church by each perpetrator? I wonder how much money it was worth to the bishops to keep the perps in such positions. In other words, why are we not yet hearing about the money angle attached to this scandal?
The Oblates of Mary Immaculate have been in a sad state of decline for decades. Perhaps we now have a small glimpse as to the reason why.
Those who wish to be Bishops, Priests or Nuns must set the example for Holiness for everyone.
If not, they should resign immediately from their Orders and all Diocese positions.
Unfortunately, you are dreaming!
Viva Cristo Rey!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
I was going to post this (part 1 of 2) on the ‘Oppose SB 131’ thread – but it works just as well here, Sadly:
OPPOSITION TO SB # 131 = ANIT-CATHOLIC MISANDRY
I herewith register my deep opposition to the Depraved, Hateful Misandrist scam behind the double standard of Anti-Catholic Bias pervading SB131.
The Double Standard of rank Hypocrisy displayed by the legislative majority in trashing the Catholic Church, for fun and profit – is made all the more disgraceful by the attendant Cover-Up by the same forces for the LARRY BRINKIN Racist Homo-Anal Toddler Boy Rape Ring, apparently run out of the tax subsidized ‘in-human rights’ commission in Frisco.
Indeed, Revered Homosex Icon Larry Brinkin is also mentioned in the suit by employee Thomas Willis against said ‘in-human’ Rights Commission, under Sparky the Drag Queen (CV#12-0231 Willis V SF; N.D. CA).
Yet despite having his own week named after him, and numerous honors and awards over the years, and his handshaking picture (used to) hang on the walls of the powerful throughout Sacramento… There is No Mention of LARRY BRINKIN in a Bill about Covering Up for ‘Child Sex Abuse” – despite its clear relevance.
Of Course LARRY BRINKIN is still the subject of an Ongoing Cover-Up, participated in fully by the lamesteam media and legislature – despite the absolutely horrific examples of rank Racism and Infant / Toddler Boy Homo-Anal Rape – that LARRY BRINKIN was twice arrested for.
Here is Part 2 of my Opposition to SB 131, which also applied to this thread as well. The Coverup for Martinez is Over – the Coverup for Brinkin, still going strong:
….Apparently LARRY BRINKIN’s Crimes are to be forgiven and Forgotten, or else.
Hence – I see this Bill (and others similar by similar advocates) as simply another Gaystapo Hate Pogrom directed against the Catholic Church.
During the Prop-8 cases the Church where my parents were married (Holy Redeemer in SF) was spray-painted with swastikas and slurs against the Pope, with no arrests reported. This is more of the same, from the same.
If a monster like LARRY BRINKIN can use tax subsidized commissions to Rape Boys, and have the story completely covered up…
– then this Bill would apparently allow those who fostered this Homosexualist Racist Toddler Boy Rape Ring to escape the same standards as the Catholic Church.
– Which at least has made a far more serious and successful effort to clean up their act, than all the Gaystapo stooges combined.
I Oppose SB 131 = Anti -Catholic Misandry at its lowest.
Michael J McDermott email@example.com
SEE: Leading California gay rights leader arrested over child porn possession
“NO SHAME” https://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2012/06/27/no-shame/
In the Archdiocese we have many openly “gay” religious and clergy…these hypocrites and phonies who continue to hide behind collars, habits and titles, need to leave the ministerial priesthood and religious life immediately! The shame, scandal, and infamy they have infected the Church with has destroyed the faith of many and ruined the lives of countless others…please, do everyone one a favor and GET OUT!!!
In case you hadn’t noticed, the new policy is: “Who am I to judge?”
It’s a rhetorical question, and, Dave N., you’re in deep doo doo.
If someone is gay, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?”
If someone is a sinner, who searches for the Lord and has goodwill, who am I to judge?”
What does a person who is not a Christian; seeks the Lord and is of Good will do to enter the Church?
Yes Dave; your answer is theyare babtized.
What is the rite of babtism? What questions must the sinner who wishes to be forgiven answer?
V. Do you reject Satan?
V. And all his works?
V. And all his empty promises?
Well, the thing is, The Holy Father
‘Of Good will & Seeks the Lord
If they are openly gay then they are not hiding behind collars, habits and titles, are they? It is one or the other, my friend.
False, YFC, because openly gay people can hide behind collars? How? By lying and calling it the Gospel; it deceives many and sucks them into the whirlwind to Hell.
In Benedict XVI’s Light of the World of 2010, we find as an afterword a very important passage about homosexuality and priesthood. These words of the Holy Father are, in a way, a comment on the earlier documents of the Holy See. It seems he is speaking “from the heart”, and is quite explicit:
“Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into priesthood who don’t want to get married anyway. For, in the end, their attitude toward man and woman is somehow distorted, off centre, and, in any case, is not within the direction of creation of which we have spoken. The Congregation for Education issued a decision a few years ago to the effect that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation estranges them from the proper sense of paternity, from the intrinsic nature of priestly being. The selection of candidates to the priesthood must therefore be very careful. The greatest attention is needed here in order to prevent the intrusion of this kind of ambiguity and to head off a situation where the celibacy of priests would practically end up being identified with the tendency to homosexuality”.
An idiom involving a horse and a barn door comes quickly to mind.
Dave N., I agree with your idiom that we need to take the timber that bolts the barn door and use it on the heads of the evil doers pushing and promoting gayness in the clergy.
While elector Cardinal Roger Mahony was a protector of pederast Gay priests, Pope Francis will be greatly encouraged by the news that Archbishop Jose Gomez has not allowed a single new every-Sunday Extraordinary Form Mass in two years of leadership of our diocese of 4 million baptized Catholics. Pesky Pelagians such as me must drive one hour to EF mass, two years after the accession of the new Archbishop of the second largest city of the USA. Of course Pope Francis did better, because in his old jurisdiction of Buenos Aires Capital Federal there is not a single EF mass. Not one. In addition, Pope Francis confirmed the nomination of msgr. Battista Ricca as prelate of the Vatican Bank because he repented from having his Swiss male Gay lover on the payroll and living quarters of the Uruguayan nunciature. Who am I to judge?
Well, Gratias, obviously you cannot see you are part of the problem, not part of the solution.*
* q.v. This is ironic humor for those who have problems interpreting posts.
Interesting that the Latin mass folk have
all their guns blazing- becoming our new
Pope’s greatest critics.
It says much about where their prioritis lie.
Latin Mass Folks? Who are those? Catholics?
Sometimes, Mbuku, but not always.
Priorities are and should always be in Jesus, not in popes. Popes are infallible only on rare occasions, and regardless of their behavior on all other occasions: Jesus guarantees the Church, but there is not indication this includes individual popes.
Please answer these questions?
What is your definition of “infallible”?
Can an infallible decree by a Canonized Saint Pope be negated (hint, Pope Benedict already answered that one)?
Can a Moto Proprio by a Pope be completely negated by his successor?
Your answers to these questions will tell us much about how much you really know about Theology!
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
Likewise McCrory, don’t you find it odd that the OF people don’t do much of anything to further the Gospel?
Gratias, if you are attempting to draw a conclusion that EF is an antidote to pederasty and the vernacular mass, you would be of short memory: The crisis went back as far as the 1950s. In fact, one can say that the institutional roots of the problem began long before Vatican II with a system that rewarded offending priests with new positions.
You would also be wrong to presume, as you seem to do, that the sex abuse crisis was a gay problem: It was both gay and straight priests, and the priests who covered it up were mostly straight.
wrong, as usual–“not my fellow catholic”…the pederast’s were the gay sodomites, who should never have been ordained, because they were “flaming”…these are the members of that sacrilegious community called the “lavender mafia…you savvy?
“You would also be wrong to presume, as you seem to do, that the sex abuse crisis was a gay problem”
Another fantasy island response from YFC
Dictionary Definition of Delusion
1. an act or instance of deluding.
2. the state of being deluded.
3. a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur.
4. Psychiatry. a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact: a paranoid delusion.
How does being nasty to another person advance the discussion? You remind me of the soldiers who crucified Christ who needed to pull every bone from its joint in order to satisfy their own rage.
This will not get interesting until we see the Jesuit files
Keep waiting. Their gay friends will never expose them.
Going to a Latin Mass is a no no. Banging an altar boy is okay. Nice priorities, guys.
Isn’t the present bureaucratic church leadership all about balancing these two things, Ski Ven? What is it with the Peace Circle (The Peace Circle, on youtube) that troubles people?
I have no idea what the present Church leadership is all about. They certainly don’t like the Latin Mass and they coddle Priests who molest altar boys. The sodomy lovers amongst them might be more open to the Latin Mass if they realized that it would provide them with more access to altar boys. They would not have to go to the Boy Scouts to get more fresh meat. Now I am rethinking making the Latin Mass more available to those who want it. I don’t want to feed the sodomy lovers. I want to starve them out the Priesthood. Make them go to the Boy Scouts instead.
“I have no idea what the present Church leadership is all about.” Would the present leadership tell us if we were to ask them?
Many “priest’s and religious brother’s” have slid under the radar…they have molested many, and are not on these “roll’s” of infamy yet…they should all be…all of these vermin should come clean, admit they are evildoer’s and do the right thing…LEAVE!…get out of the ministerial priesthood and religious life…stop contaminating these holy offices, with your odious and predatory presence…I can think of 2 religious brothers who have groped adult’s and gotten away with it, well… only one got away, as far as I can tell…this little pervert is passing himself off as a brother and a paragon of ethical behavior in the community…he is filth
There is nothing as bad as an evil cleric.
This is about the abuse of catholic child rape victims. What do the victims have to say? They exposed this so the Church can start claiming back some moral ground. What is wrong with you people?
Clergy who molest or assault adult’s are guilty and culpable of not only violating and breaking their religious vows…they expose themselves as hypocritical frauds!…these degenerate’s have the temerity and gall to call themselves “father or brother”…when they are nothing more than sexual predator’s, who can’t control their lust and unbridled passion for men or women… a number of adults have been assaulted by wayward clergy in the archdiocese…not only children…
Do you think these people pray the daily office?
No, they likely do not even know what day it is. We are in the last days, according to St John. Those pervs probably think it’s monday or something.