At age five, 1954, "the Bishop" (Chicago's Cardinal Stritch) stood over me and said, I had to "stop babbling" about what the priest did to me. It took me 40 years to talk about it again. Today, I babble.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Media storm today reveals new US Attorneys will investigate national Catholic priest pedophile epidemic. Here are more names to contact in the new DOJ

By Kay Ebeling

As the US Senate confirmed Eric Holder as the new Attorney General, Barack Obama's Justice Department in LA went to work getting the story in the media of an investigation of Cardinal Roger Mahony and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

What outrageous crime emerged in city after city across the country beginning in Boston in the last eight years, and yet was almost ignored by law enforcement, Federal Law Enforcement? Who is in charge now of the US Justice Department as of January 20th and so able to open investigations of criminal bishops across the country, and the great scam the Catholic Church pulled off, convincing America they employed priests who were safe to have around children.

Crimes committed by almost every archbishop in the nation, crimes of fraud, negligence, reckless endangerment - require federal attention, federal investigation and prosecution. Looks like it is finally going to happen with Barack Obama in office.

Other high level executives in the new Justice Department who one might want to dash off an email or a letter or two are:

David Ogden
New Deputy Attorney General

Was a top Justice Department official during the Clinton administration. Now in new post, the No. 2 figure under Attorney General Eric Holder.

Elena Kagan
New Solicitor General

Was dean of the Harvard University Law School and a former Clinton White House aide.

Tom Perrelli
New Associate Attorney General

Was counsel to Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno from 1997 to 1999, as the associate attorney will oversee civil matters.

President Barack Obama has said he wants to restore “integrity, depth of experience and tenacity” to the lead federal law enforcement agency, which has been battered by scandal.

You heard it here first
at City of Angels
in several recent posts:
It will be
the United States Attorney's office
who finally bring the bishops to justice.

Go get 'em. . .


Hundreds of thousands of adults today walk around damaged from being raped, aroused, sodomized, mind controlled, drugged, and otherwise assaulted by predator Catholic priests who used their role as spiritual guide and religious leader to target and gain access to children.

Here is an example of the explosion of stories about an investigation of Cardinal Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe

San Francisco Chronicle, USA - 52 minutes agoFederal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of ...

Cardinal Mahony under federal fraud probe over abusive priests ...

Los Angeles Times, CA - 1 hour agoThe US attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the alleged ...

Grand jury targets Cardinal Mahony, CA - 59 minutes agoLOS ANGELES (KABC) -- US Attorney Thomas O'Brien launched a federal grand jury investigation of Cardinal Roger Mahony, the Los Angeles Times reported ...

Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probeThe Associated Press - 59 minutes agoLOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors reportedly are investigating top officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of ...

U.S. Investigates L.A. Archdiocese

Wall Street Journal

By JOHN R. EMSHWILLERLOS ANGELES -- Federal authorities are investigating the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to see whether top church officials tried to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by priests, said a person familiar with the matter.

L.A. Cardinal Under Federal Probe Over Abusive Priests
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of . . .

(Added later in the evening)

Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe
The Associated Press -
3 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors are investigating Cardinal Roger M. Mahony and other officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over ...

Report: LA cardinal subject of federal probe
The Associated Press -
4 hours ago
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors reportedly are investigating top officials of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of ...
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Anonymous said...

This will teach the hierarchy of the Catholic Church NOT to meddle in politics and attempt to derail Obama's presidential campaign by slinking around behind the scenes.

Anonymous said...

It's well known insider FACT that the Federal AG scandal under BUSH, was to thwart RICO efforts targeting the USCCB Cardinals & Bishops for RACKETEERING & FRAUD.

Mahony is as dirty as the cess pool toilet scene in 'Slumdog Millionaire'.

Even a few days read at:
/abusetracker, or a phone call to saint in the making, Canon Lawyer Fr. Thomas Doyle, OP, can give the Grand Jury enough hard data and evidence, to open up several more criminal Grand Juries in workload, let alone reasonable presumption of guilt, to prosecute Mahony in aid & abetting of a huge pedo cult ring in LA & CA, as well as racketeering, fraud, perjury, wholesale accessory to child endangerment on thousands of cases in Fresno, Stockton, LA, Mexico, Ireland, Asia, etc., obstruction of justice, tax evasion, accessory to murder and kidnapping, etc.

Mahony needs to have all possible means of civil and criminal prosecution thrown at him, and hound the Teflon Cardinal, until he's DEAD, JAILED FOR LIFE, or skips, like coward Bernie Law, to Rome, under the protection of the Pedo Cult Holy See.

Anonymous said...

Citizen Investigator Won’t Be Silent on Western PA Childhood Sexual Abuse. Speaking Engagements Will Detail 20-Year Investigation.

Catholic clergy childhood sexual abuse and cover-ups were seldom discussed before the Boston Archdiocese scandal broke around Cardinal Bernard Law’s mishandling of pedophile priests like John Geoghan, Paul Shanley, and others. According to Mike Ference, who began investigating similar issues in Western Pennsylvania after his son was shot by a boy believed to have been abused by a priest, that silence was, and is, a large part of the problem.

“Abuse has been documented for centuries,” he explains. “And one reason it continues is that too many people remain silent, look the other way, or, worst of all, actively engage in a cover-up. The primary culprit may be the church hierarchy, but the problem extends to individual parishioners, law enforcement officials, politicians, journalists. Even today, the civil liberties of victimized children and their families are often deliberately ignored.”

Ference believes in straightforward legal solutions advanced by people like Marci A. Hamilton, a leading U.S. church/state scholar and expert on federalism and representation. “In Hamilton’s book, Justice Denied, she says that childhood sexual abuse in the United States is a silent epidemic because of a legal system that is not effectively protecting children from predators,” Ference says. “Her solution is simple and direct — broaden or eliminate the statute of limitations for sex abuse crimes against children as one means of restoring civil rights.”

Based on his 20-year investigation revolving around clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups, Ference asserts that the civil liberties of abused children and their families often fall prey to the Catholic hierarchy’s ability to lure individuals into silence, influence law enforcement authorities, and manipulate the justice system. “Again and again, my investigation has turned up evidence of system-wide cover-ups — and individuals unwilling to confront the authority of the church and tell the truth. Many people I’ve contacted seemed afraid to discuss anything related to the church,” he says.

With no police badge, or even a press pass, Ference has had little leverage to encourage people to talk. But driven by a desire to prevent others from suffering, he has persevered, piecing together a disturbing matrix of clergy-related abuse, corruption, and cover-ups involving multiple positions of authority in Western Pennsylvania. While he has distributed and published some of this information in the past, he believes the climate is now right to begin telling his story to targeted audiences and the public through a series of speaking engagements.

“Enough information has surfaced in the past few years that all but those deepest in denial now admit that the Catholic church hierarchy has systematically shuffled pedophile priests from one assignment to another, often placing more innocent children in harm’s way,” he says. “It’s sad that it has taken this long, and this much evidence, to get people to remove their blinders, but people are now more receptive to my investigation — they believe it because they’re hearing similar stories from all over the country. The tragedy is that in the 20 years I’ve tried to draw attention to this problem, it is likely that there were more victims who could have been saved if officials I sought help from had done their jobs,” he concludes.

Given people’s reticence to talk about abuse within the church, Ference acknowledges that he has often had to focus more on raising questions that need to be answered than on proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. “You be the judge,” he tells listeners when relating his 20-year ordeal following the attempted murder of his son Adam on a Catholic school bus. “Did the McKeesport police do everything they could to protect civil rights and perhaps the lives of other innocent folks? Currently, McKeesport is being sued in two separate filings in federal court for civil rights violations in the famous Tanya Kach case — a fourteen-year-old girl taken and held captive for almost a decade by a school security guard with close ties to several police officers on the McKeesport force. Is that a coincidence — or a trend that has been going on for years?”

Ference points out that after his son was shot, McKeesport police were not permitted to investigate the crime scene for over 24 hours according to then Police Chief Thomas Brletic. “You can read that in the police report for yourself,” he says, adding that it took him almost 19 years to gain access to the report. “Current McKeesport Mayor Jimmy Brewster refused to hand it over even after the Allegheny County District Attorney’s office insisted. Brletic also told me during an interview that Pittsburgh Diocese spokesperson Father Ronald Lengwin pressured him to close the case prematurely. After a phone conversation with Brletic, McKeesport Detective Brian Washowich told me there needs to be a grand jury investigation into my story.”

Ference adds that an insider tip was an early motive for his investigation. “Soon after Adam was shot, Clairton Public Safety Director William Scully approached my wife and me with inside details and handwritten notes and advised me to start my own investigation into the attempted murder. He openly admitted that the case had been quashed, but he was too afraid he would lose his job if he tried to take on the Catholic church,” Ference explains.

According to Ference, a critical aspect of Scully’s original notes and information referred to former Catholic priest John Wellinger possibly having sexually abused the boy who shot Adam, then killed himself. He adds that Wellinger was reported to the Pittsburgh Diocese in 1995 for allegedly sexually abusing Chris Mathews, an 11-year-old altar boy at Holy Spirit Church in West Mifflin. “The boy’s parents first met with current Pittsburgh Diocese Bishop Zubik to voice their concerns, but little was done. It wasn’t until 2003 that Pittsburgh Catholic (official publication of the Pittsburgh Diocese) acknowledged that a sexual abuse crime may have been committed,” he says. “By then, as with so many of these cases, the statute of limitations had expired for prosecuting the crime. Today, Wellinger lives just two blocks from the Clairton Education Center, a public school for children K though 12, and lives on his stipend from the Pittsburgh Diocese.”

Ference says the statute-of-limitations fight is another reason he is stepping forward to share the results of his investigation. “We need to help other children who may have been victimized and families who may have had their civil liberties violated. Pennsylvania should do as California, Delaware and many states have—open a window, preferably two years or more, to allow victims of childhood sex abuse to name and prosecute their abusers,” he says, adding that over 300 victims came forward in California. “One glance at the chilling results of the grand jury investigation into clergy abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and you know that crimes have been committed and covered up by the Catholic hierarchy. If we don’t address that, we’re complicit in those crimes.”

Ference is currently booking speaking engagements with interested community groups and organizations, but he hopes to eventually speak to journalism schools, law schools, law enforcement conventions, and a range of other audiences. “I have three goals in telling my story. First, to spread the word about civil rights violations, sometimes involving the very people who are supposed to protect those rights; second, to try and find solutions so these violations will be less likely to occur, regardless of the power, resources or influence of the offenders; and third, to establish a reporting and prosecuting window for sex abuse victims in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States,” he explains.

Ference says his investigation raises other disturbing questions: “Were law-makers and law enforcement officials compromised by Catholic church hierarchy who possessed information gleaned in the confessional?” he asks. “Did organized crime partner with the church hierarchy to influence law enforcement? I know that sounds like an episode of The Sopranos at first, but then you hear about the recent investigation involving former Catholic Archbishop Marcinkus, who may have ordered the kidnapping and murder of a mafia gang member’s daughter to squelch an investigation into the Vatican Bank. We have to investigate all the possibilities.”

Ference hopes that disclosing his evidence will inspire investigators with more experience and resources to begin digging for real answers to the questions he’s raised. And, he adds, “maybe telling my story will inspire others to step forward and share their stories of abuse and civil rights violations.”

To set up a speaking engagement or interview, or to review evidence from Ference’s 20-year investigation, contact Mike Ference at 412-233-5491 or

Anonymous said...

I, of course, hope that this comes to pass. But I'm not getting my hopes up.

The RCC is so darn big, so rich, and so powerful, that it will require the resources of the U.S. govt to succeed against them. If this is for real, Mahony will be living in Rome before much longer.

It is possible that the events of the past decade have left me so jaded that I think that what is in actuality the crack of dawn is just the light of an oncoming train. I hope so.

The RCC has always meddled about in politics, espionage, blackmail and the like. It's nothing new, and they're bloody good at it.

If you are for real Mr. Holder, and I hope you are, do not take them likely.

I guess I'll just wait and see.

I voted for Obama, and I believe he's a good man, I just hope that if he really does go after what is at the heart of centuries of the worst kind of corruption...that he takes it very, very seriously.

History has a litany of great men who underestimated these evil bastards. Men like Martin Luther King, JFK, RFK, and others who are not as famous but just as prematurely dead. They will shoot you in broad daylight in front witness if given a chance.

I do not want to see Obama's name added to that list.

May God damn the goddamned confessional.