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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Bishop of Peoria admits Finance is main concern of Catholic Church, not reconciliation or justice for raped children

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By Kay Ebeling


"It was better to cover up crimes against my six year old body than to let the church suffer possible scandal and financial loss."

The bishop of Peoria says, the Catholic Church “No longer enjoys equal justice under the law,” and I'm yelling, more like Justice is finally waking up, and treating the Church like any other possible criminal organization, instead of the silk gloves approach the Church has enjoyed the last 8 years.

I was taking a sick day. Then I read, "Abuse lawsuit ruling endangers Church’s equality under law, bishop says," released today by the Catholic News Agency, and found myself banging on the keyboard, the anger generating from my soul to my fingers slamming the flu right out of my body.

"Noting his duty to work as a 'prudent steward' of diocesan finances, Bishop Jenky charged. . .”

Yes!

He's so dumb he doesn't even realize how criminal he looks saying that.

Bishops are CEOs first


Not stewards of their diocese members’ souls, spirits, or even charity.

"The saddest part of his ministry has been dealing with 'our part of the immense societal issue of sexual misconduct with minors,'" reports CNA.

And I HOWL out so loud, my neighbors come running out their doors. I don't remember any other societal group allowed to operate in America where they harbored five thousand pedophiles and turned them loose freely on children. . .

It’s hard to read this article in CNA without getting sick. Or maybe it’s from the hours I spent in a Free Clinic waiting room yesterday to pick up more Lyrica.

More from Jenky:

"In the face of the media's intense hatred for our Catholic Faith, I am increasingly concerned that our Church in effect no longer enjoys equal justice under the law."

LET ME SET THIS STRAIGHT

Systematic rape of children is not a religion.

No one is criticizing people for having faith, you, Bishop Jerky, are totally on the opposite side of right again, sir.

Systematic rape of children defended by overstuffed little bishops like you is what we hate.

People who pray to God and live a reverent life are not the ones survivors scream internally at day after day.

It is not the faith that fills the media and people like me with contempt for the Church.

It is statements like yours, Bishop Jenky, where you barefaced admit that protecting assets of the church is the real reason the real purpose of everything the church is doing now. The Church won’t open its files to law enforcement and allow oversight in the future, they put up some window dressing, initiated a few programs, and

The Priests are Still Allowed to Live in Secrecy and Lies

If there was ever proof that the Catholic Church is a criminal organization it is in its handling of the pedophile crisis, and in its legal maneuverings to keep the truth about the crimes from ever reaching the public.

Thank you, Bishop Jenky, for laying bare so blatantly and clearly everything that is wrong with the church, and we even get to see your chubby cherubin face to go along with the story.

MY BODY WAS SACRIFICED IN THE NAME OF PROTECTING CHURCH ASSETS

My Life Was an okay sacrifice to Cardinal Stritch in Chicago in 1953

It was better to cover up crimes against my six year old body than to let the church suffer possible scandal and financial loss back in 1953

Now when these bishops come right out and admit that it's all about money for them, and it has been all along, it is

Another stab wound on my soul

With all the damage they did, they insist on doing more.


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BUT THIS PART OF THE STORY MADE ME ALMOST AS ANGRY

The CNA story ends, "After the 10:30 am Mass at Peoria’s St. Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, supporters of the group Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) handed out fliers to people leaving Mass encouraging them ask the Bishop to tone down his criticisms.

THAT'S ALL SNAP CAN COME UP WITH?

Three at least full time staff running our "survivor network," and the only response they can come up with to the Illinois Supreme Court's amazing decisions that open new avenues for survivors in Illinois is to leaflet outside a church?????

Go leaflet Law Enforcement, don’t waste your time in front of churches, go to law enforcement.

AAARRRRRGGGGHHHH

Every time we have a window of opportunity to do something significant and strong, SNAP shows up and leaflets at a church property and calls it action.

PAY ATTENTION!

When we leaflet outside Mass, it gives the bishops exactly what they want, proof that the pedophile priest rape survivors are a bunch of inconsiderate, unholy skags with no respect for a person's Sunday spiritual journey -

LEAVE THEM ALONE AT MASS

Leaflet Law Enforcement, not the Church.


Unless your real agenda is to make survivors look bad, stop leafleting at Mass. Stop doing it where children can pick up the leaflet. God, stop doing it at elementary schools, like SNAP did in LA in 2006, in case there were any active Catholics left who still felt pity for the crime victims, that probably turned them off for good.

Because I truly believe that when they approach someone coming out of a prayerful Sunday Mass and stick a leaflet about pedophiles in their faces -

SNAP makes survivors look like they are insensitive and cruel

Leafleting at Masses makes us look godless to the church goers.

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NEXT post about Illinois:

We analyze the Illinois Supreme Court recent decisions, logically, not in a way that assures more cocktails and caviar for the cardinals

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Cut paragraph: God’s not going to go easy on these guys, no matter what the bishops tell each other in their luxe suites over cream puff desserts. I mean look at the guy, Jenky, in picture at right. Would you trust your spiritual salvation to this man? That smile is fake-fake-fake, too big, too practiced, from years of covering up crimes.
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are quite correct, while the practice of leafleting might created some awareness of the problem of clergy abuse in the beginning, it is still an intrusion of a person's time of spiritual renewal. The SNAP leaf letters are generally regarded, albeit quietly, like Hare Krishnas in the airport. That is to say they are an unwelcome annoyance. There is no one who has not heard of clergy abuse, so how can it possibly be for the purpose of raising of awareness anymore?

Anonymous said...

RE: Your take on SNAP, the following AP story on Megan's Law shows the futility of notification:
SNAP's MO is notification. Megan's Law requires registration and notification of convicted sex offenders. So, Megan's Law goes one step further than SNAP. The following article references studies that indicate Megan's Law is a failure and waste of taxpayets' money!

February 7, 2009

Megan's Law not a deterrent

By BETH DeFALCO
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A new federally funded study examining sex offenses in the state where Megan's Law was created concluded that the law hasn't deterred repeat offenses.

The report released Thursday found that registering sex offenders in New Jersey makes it easier to find them when they are accused of crimes, but does little to alter the types of sex crimes committed or the number of victims. The study also suggests the costs associated with the laws may not be justified.

The study estimated the cost of implementing Megan's Law in New Jersey at around $555,000 in 1995. By 2007, the annual costs of maintaining the programs totaled around $4 million.

New Jersey was among the first states to enact laws requiring community notification and sex offender registration. The laws, now in all 50 states, are named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old New Jersey girl who was raped and killed in 1994 by a twice-convicted sex offender who lived near her home.

Megan's Law requires law enforcement agencies to notify the public about convicted sex offenders living in their communities.

When the most dangerous sex offenders move to a neighborhood, police go door to door to personally notify citizens and past victims. Those considered to have a lower risk of re-offending are listed on an Internet registry available to the public. The lowest risk offenders must register but aren't subject to notification laws.

Kanka's mother, Maureen Kanka, says the laws were never intended to alter the behavior of sex offenders.

"It was to provide an awareness to the public, which it has done," Kanka said Friday. "We never said it would stop them from going somewhere else and sexually abusing."

She added: "Would having that knowledge have made a difference for my daughter? Absolutely. She'd have been alive and well."

But Kristen Zgoba, one of the lead authors of the report and a research supervisor for the state Corrections Department, said that increased awareness alone doesn't result in safer communities.

"There's no other way to increase safety other than to decrease the likelihood of these crimes taking place," Zgoba said.

A public defender, Michael Buncher, said the money spent on Megan's Law would be better used for improved supervision of sex offenders and sex offender therapy in prisons.

The report is among only a few to use hard data to evaluate the effect of the laws on the crime rate. Recent studies in New York and Arkansas have come to similar conclusions. Other previous studies, however, have used mostly anecdotal evidence to support use of Megan's Laws.

The New Jersey study was conducted by the state Department of Corrections with help from Rutgers University. It was funded by the National Institute of Justice.

The authors found that New Jersey has seen an overall reduction in the number of sexual offenses since the early 1990s, but that reduction can't be directly associated with the passage of the notification laws in 1995.

Other factors may be at play. In 1998, New Jersey started civil commitments of sex offenders deemed the most likely to re-offend.

Those who treat sex abusers say registration and notification programs are helpful, but aren't comprehensive enough and don't help rehabilitate the offenders.

"There's a whole containment approach that means that people from a bunch of disciplines — probation and parole, sex offender treatment, victim advocacy and local law enforcement — are working to make sure they don't re-offend," said Alisa Klein of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

"Those types of programs seem to be the most effective way to ensure they don't re-offend, opposed to programs that monitor where they are or residence restrictions that a lot of states are investing money into now."

Some studies suggest that notification laws are counterproductive. A 1999 study noted that the fear of exposure may cause offenders to avoid treatment, and may encourage pedophiles to seek out children as a result of adult isolation.
February 7, 2009 11:46 AM

AZ said...

So the churches money bag is more important to this fat reptile than the destruction of a child's life.

What else is new?

But even so, this sub human piece of trash is lying even when he says that, because their precious finances are in tip top shape. The RCC is wealthy, very, very wealthy.

So just how do you know that AZ?

Ever see a diocese that, regardless of size, could not afford the best legal teams money can buy? Squadrons of attorneys so large that even large cities like Los Angeles are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of motions and other legal hassle generated by the defenders of pedophiles?

No, you haven't and no you never will. Do you have any idea how much these teams of attorneys cost?

Think they work for free? Hell no.

I would guess it's about $500/hr, times the number of attorneys involved.

While some firms might give the client use of more than one attorney for hourly charge, others do not. And most diocese's use multiple firms anyway.

They also charge for travel, food, lodging, etc. They don't stay at motel 6. They do not fly coach, not big prestigious firms such as those used by the RCC. I wonder how many attorneys Jenky's diocese employs?

Three firms is nothing for a diocese, so I'll be conservative here.

3 firms, multiple attorneys and paralegals per firm...cost, apx 1500 per hour each, total per hour $4500 per hour. Then there are court fees, filing fees as well.

Airline tickets (1st class) apx 2400 per trip per attorney. Hotels accommodations, apx $250 to 450 per night per attorney.

Going out of town one time could easily break $20,000 per firm in expenses alone..

Now if the church did the right thing and really tried to assist the survivor, these expenses would nearly all go away.

Many survivors would not sue the church if the church demonstrated, by means of counseling and financial support while they recover from PTSD and addictions, that it was concerned for their welfare. It might be expensive to rehabilitate a victim back to health, but it's far cheaper than fighting them in court. And it's the right thing for this so called church to do.

For victims who seem to be mentally unscathed, a sincere apology...as evidenced by deeds, not words, disclosure of all documents would go a long way to reducing the number of court cases.

Every victim I have ever talked to agrees that the treatment they received from the church after coming forward was even worse than the initial crime.

But the church claims that it has to fight victims claims to be a good steward over it's money.

All of the bishops play the "we are too broke to do what is right" card. Then they blame survivors and their attorneys for being broke.

It's not true, it is a LIE. An absurd LIE.

San Diego was a prime example.

When Bishop Robert Brom could not make Judge Louise Adler see things his way and trials loomed in the near future, he suddenly found the $198,000,000.00 dollars he had been claiming he didn't have.

Jenky thought he was going to come off as a faithful steward of the church's money bag with his spurious claim.

All he accomplished was demonstrating that he puts the church first and foremost, above you, above me, above the poor, above the spiritual needs of his flock and above kids that are raped because of pedophile priests in his diocese, and that is above everything, including God.

When will people wake up and leave the clergy behind, Catholic and Protestant alike? Stop giving these assholes money and power and the problem will fix itself.

When the human race grows up, it will not need them.