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, November 18, 2009

New charges re Franciscan pedophiles in 2 lawsuits filed Nov. 3 in Santa Barbara

PREVIEW: Watch City of Angels late Thursday or early Friday, we will get a story up about new charges and evidence regarding Franciscans in Santa Barbara in time for a good weekend read. But prepare yourself. Here is a sample of what you will read: From one of the Nov. 3 complaints:

As to Gus Krumm, long before the Franciscans assigned him to St. Anthony’s he and another notorious Franciscan perpetrator, Father Philip Wolfe, contracted the sexually transmitted disease known as "crabs" while doing field work as novices (training to become Franciscans). The source of the crabs were adolescent boys Wolfe and Krumm encountered who, according to Krumm, were willing to do anything for money. And according to Krumm, Wolfe contracted not only crabs but other sexually transmitted diseases from these adolescent boys, prompting Wolfe’s and Krumm’s novice master (also a Franciscan) to lecture both men angrily and repeatedly with regards to the sexual promiscuity with these boys that resulted in Wolfe and Krumm contracting crabs. Thus, long before the Franciscans hired Krumm and Wolfe and assigned them to work at St. Anthony’s (seminary Santa Barbara), the Franciscans knew both Perpetrators had been sexually involved with adolescent boys. Despite this knowledge the Franciscans assigned both Perpetrators to work with adolescent boys, including plaintiff, doing nothing to stop the contact or to warn plaintiff.


Finally, with regards to physical examinations of students, during either the 1964-65 or 1965-66 school year, the Franciscans not only authorized such examinations but authorized them by Father Mario Cimmarrusti –a man with no medical training who was one of the most prolific Franciscan perpetrators in the history of this scandal. Cimmarrusti had expressed "concern" during a faculty meeting that some students appeared not to be developing normally, and had undescended testicles. No Franciscan questioned how Cimmarrusti gained such knowledge. Cimmarrusti then told the faculty, including Fr. Harris, that other signs a student was not developing normally included undeveloped sexual organs, lack of pubic hair, softness or femininity, or no changes to a student’s voice. He then proposed a program to the faculty wherein he would perform an initial assessment of freshmen students to determine if they were exhibiting any of these so called signs. Despite the fact Cimmarrusti had no medical training, the fact the rector (who had worked at other high schools prior to St. Anthony’s) had never heard of such a program, and the fact St. Anthony’s applicants were required to submit proof of a complete physical exam by an actual physician, the St. Anthony’s Franciscan faculty, including rector Father Xavier Harris, approved this program. Even worse, they approved the program without any understanding as to how Cimmarrusti would perform these so-called "assessments."

(I'm having to read the documents in segments, then stop and wrap my head around what I just read, before I can read more. Will get an in depth report on these new lawsuits, charges, and alarming evidence, as soon as I finish this Grand Slam of work on my other job... luckily I rarely sleep... slept enough in the nineties...)


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