By Kay Ebeling
"First indict Cardinal Roger Mahony for aiding and abetting about a hundred pedophiles in Central and Southern California." (Comment posted on a Hollywood Reporter story saying Roman Polanski may voluntarily be extradited.)
Note the cool graphic above the headline here at City of Angels announcing a performance of “For Pete’s Sake” in New York, as a benefit for Road to Recovery. Reading of the one-act play will be December 11th, 8PM in Manhattan at 2 West 64th Street, the NY Society for Ethical Culture ceremonial hall. Wow. Tickets are $15 and the show is a fundraiser for Road to Recovery, the East Coast nonprofit that provides direct support to survivors of pedophile priest sex crimes.
Somewhere in New Jersey there are likely more victims of Monsignor Pete Cheplic, namesake of "For Pete's Sake." Playwright Joe Capozzi talked to City of Angels recently: “I hear from people,” Capozzi said. “I know he’s had guys suddenly pull out of his life, guys he was close to all of a sudden once they get married, they cut him out, for whatever reason. I know he had relationships with a bunch of other guys. Was it the same with them, I don't know, unless they want to come out and say. They were the same age range, they would also go drinking with Cheplic and to dinner.”
Announcing the upcoming reading, Joey wrote: "For Pete's Sake" is a story of a young man who chose to keep a secret without realizing how it would affect the rest of his life. Twenty years later he's getting divorced, quit his job and is finally forced to deal with the truth about his life long relationship with his Priest. Dealing with the church, the press and his family was only the beginning. Being honest with himself would be his greatest challenge. "For Pete's Sake" is an honest and humorous look at his journey
City of Angels wrote about "For Pete's Sake" in the October 9th post.
Writing on the Web about Roman Polanski
At work I'm transcribing interviews regarding the film The Ghost, which will be released in 2010 if Roman Polanski is able to complete production from a Swiss prison. Often when I'm doing my TV job, I end up hearing something I need to hear for the project of writing these blogs.
Today’s job - well shoot, I'm not allowed to reveal anything from what I transcribe for TV shows while they are in production. But I can say that in one of the interviews I worked on, a cast member of The Ghost made a remark which I'm paraphrasing here:
"If your life depends on something, you make sure you are good enough, even if it’s something at which you're not natural." She said, "It’s amazing what skills you can acquire when it’s life or death.”
She's talking about the character she plays, but that quote stunned me today and lit my fire.
After the Illinois Supreme Court decision early last October, it seems people born before 1964 in Illinois are SOL as to the SOL, as far as civil lawsuits regarding pedophile priests in that one state.
So now that I know I'm probably not going to get a settlement from the Chicago Archdiocese, my life depends on doing something else to pull myself up, I mean poor people die young, so I’ve got to do something fast.
It is life or death, my life depends on it.
At City of Angels 2 I'm developing something.
Like the woman in the quote: I can’t be held back by the fact I don't know what I'm doing, my life depends on this, I have to create something that pulls me up,
So, stay tuned to City of Angels 2.
I hope 'Sunset Boulevard' will grow into an online book, or some new thing that because it's online, it has not really been invented yet, but it is sort of a living book.
I don't know what the end result will be but I'm posting it there, posting it every day
Some of the scenes will be rewritten, some of the events described may never be referred to again. And as you will see at the top of the page, “This Story is Available for Sale to be made into a major motion picture."
With all the news about Roman Polanski, I recently went on a frenzy, going to every story I could find about the convicted pedophile on the lam, to put in a comment. If anyone wants to try the same project, here is a sample of what I’ve been posting. However, I'm not necessarily toting a party line here, and I'm sure others in the survivor community do not agree with me, here goes:
In the USA, pedophile Catholic priests performed worse crimes than Polanski’s, many with similar MO's - drugs, isolating the child from parents, etc. If the USA really wants to prosecute pedophiles, indict Cardinal Roger Mahony of L.A. Extradite pedophile aiding and abbettors who are now hiding out at the Vatican, such as William Levada and Bernard Law. It's easy to go after Polanski, let's see some real muscle in law enforcement, go after the real source of most of the pedophilia in the USA, the Catholic Church. . .
Another comment on a Hollywood Reporter story saying Polanski may voluntarily be extradited:
First indict Cardinal Roger Mahony for aiding and abetting about a hundred pedophiles in Central and Southern California. Catholic priests preyed on parish families all over the state, and committed sex crimes against hundreds of children, much worse than Roman Polanski. Read City of Angels blog for more...
At another news outlet:
There are about a thousand pedophiles that have not been prosecuted right now in the USA. What these Catholic priests did to kids the last 40 years was 10 times worse than Polanski's crimes, and at least the director has admitted guilt. The priests, many of them serial felons, often live in luxury today and even continue to run schools and parishes.
Polanski's victim does not want him prosecuted or any more news coverage. Many of us priest victims WANT our stories told...
Another one at the Hollywood Reporter:
I posted a true crime story yesterday at City of Angels about two Catholic priests out of the five thousand who got away with serial pedophilia in the US in the last fifty years.
If we really want to extradite pedophiles, there are plenty felons involved with American pedophile crimes hiding at the Vatican or living lives of luxury around the country, with a news media that is afraid to run stories about their criminal activity. Please read city of angels blog for the truth, Roman Polanski's crimes are nothing compared to these guys.
Then at Los Angeles Times:
The news media refuses to run stories about the worst pedophiles ever to operate in America, Yesterday at cityofangels5 . blogspot . com I put up a story about two Catholic priests who operated in Louisiana. There were 5000 pedophile priests preying on parish families in the last 40 years in this country, (see bishopaccountability . org )
If the USA really was concerned about sex crimes against children, law enforcement would stop caving to Catholic Church pressure and prosecute felony bishops, monsignors, etc.
What Roman Polanski did was nothing compared to the epidemic of pedophile Catholic priests.
(Note: The L.A. Times did not post any of the comments I wrote on their site to any of the stories.)
The issue here is rich & powerful people getting away with crime and crime victims not getting justice. What Polanski did is not half as bad as the 5000 Catholic priests who raped children in the USA and the bishops who let them do it. I'm one of the priest victims and what I see here is an imbalance of justice.
If we overlook the epidemic of pedophilia in the Church, we have no credibility prosecuting Polanski.
NOTE THIS POINT:
As recently as this week, the victim has said she does not want Polanski extradited, shw wants the whole story to go away, the media frenzy is making her sick.
Roman Polanski's victim asks court to drop charge against director
October 26, 2009 2:19 pm
The victim of Roman Polanski’s 1977 sex charge has asked an appellate court to drop the charge against the film director, saying the unceasing publicity has disrupted her family, job and health.
Since the director’s arrest last month, Samantha Geimer and her attorney have received close to 500 phone calls from media as far as Germany, Israel and Japan, attorney Lawrence Silver wrote in a statement filed Friday.
Larry King and Oprah have beckoned, and photographers have been camped outside her Hawaii home, trying to take photos or video through holes drilled in their cars and offering gifts to her children in exchange for information, Silver wrote.
“This statement makes one more demand, one more request, one more plea: Leave her alone,” Silver wrote in the filing.
Free Polanski – the woman has spoken!
Times LIVE - Oct 27, 2009
The woman raped by Roman Polanski when she was 13 yeard old wants the case against him to be thrown out for the sake of her “mental health”. ...
Polanski victim wants case to go away -- is she right?
Kansas City Star - Oct 27, 2009
The teenage girl who accused director Roman Polanski of rape is now a grown woman with a family and a job. And she's officially asking the courts to dismiss ...
From Huffington Post this morning:
From the classical French point of view, the US is criminally puritanical about sex as opposed to France , with its own more "liberal" wink-an-eye espousal of affairs under the sheets. The extent of this prejudice is so great that most popular French papers -- such as "Le Monde" and Liberation -- have chosen to distort the facts when reporting on the case. Liberation described Polanski's crime as an "affaires des moeurs", a banal case of mores, rather than a convicted case of "illegal sex with a minor". Le Monde describes what happened as "Polanski's relations with a young girl," forgetting the word "illegal
Today a crime like Polanski's would receive a much harsher sentence than in 1978. Now, if Polanski returns for sentencing, legally the most he himself could receive is two years.
Read entire story
BACKGROUND on "For Pete's Sake"
Friday, October 9, 2009
New one act play shows passion of going public about crimes of pedophile priest
*By Kay Ebeling
It's yet another case of a Catholic priest insinuating himself on a parish family then raping the children. Survivor Joe Capozzi of New York City is also an artist, so as he went public with his charges against Monsignor Peter Cheplic of New Jersey...
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Phillip Garrido, who held Jaycee Dugard captive for 18 years up in Lake Tahoe, was also a self-described Fundamentalist Christian pastor.
Garrido was passing out flyers shortly before his arrest last summer, to round up people to come hear him give a sermon.
I got to see one of the flyers on a video, again because of my job. The flyers said:
The first time anywhere in the world, right here at J&M enterprises.
You can witness what the world believes it’s impossible to produce. Look for date and time in your local newspaper coming soon.
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God has allowed me to speak in the tongue of angels in order to provide a wake up call that will in time include the salvation of the entire world.
A demonstration of this ability had already taken place during the month of July.
Ah, that wonderful confusing connection between sex and spirituality that thrives in the backwoods of America.
"For Pete' s Sake".
A play by Joe Capozzi
Staged reading to benefit Road to Recovery
Friday, December 11th at 8pm
NY Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th St @ CPW, NYC
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Fl.
For more information about Road to Recovery go to road-to-recovery.org