Dioceses releases list of abusers
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9298) 19 days ago
The Great Falls - Billings Diocese released a list of sexually abusive priests, including at least two who I know were in Miles City. I knew about one but not the other. There's also a Fr. O'Reilly, no first name, but that is a pretty common name. Sad to see but about effing time.
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Posted by The man from snowy plains (-159) 19 days ago
So true Amorette, What is equally likely, many other religious faiths have these hunting perverts on the young impressionable youth victims. Hang'em high by their privates an give them a dull knife.
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr. (+13722) 18 days ago
I’m devastated!
-Kirk Morgan
-Fr. Patrick O’Reilly
-James Reynolds
-Leo Jansen

and one name not on this list Michael Huntington who abused me on 29-Dec-1973

Ya’ll can rot in some place of darkness. FU! 🤬😢

Suddenly, in the midst of all of that Fr. Koneceni running off with Sr. Judith seems acceptable.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2723) 17 days ago
Richard, I'm very sorry you experienced abuse by a priest, and thank you for the courage it took to come forward. I'm sure you were deeply and adversely affected, and I hope you have overcome the trauma you experienced.

I would suggest everyone should see the movie,"Spotlight." It's about the editors and reporters at the Boston Globe who spent a year doing investigative journalism, and then published their story in January 2002, about the 90 or so abusive priests in Boston (and their victims), and how the Catholic Church, under the leadership of Cardinal Law, for years knew about it, allowed it to continue, and used the legal system to cover-up for priests abusing kids.

At the end of the film before the film credits, is a list (worldwide) of where abuse allegations have been made. It is a pervasive and systemic problem for the Catholic Church worldwide.

Just this week, Cardinal McCarrick in Washington was forced to resign, and today there is news of 80 or so accused priests in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

It's my opinion that the Catholic Church must change and the sooner the better -- the celibacy requirement must go; priests should be allowed to marry; women should be allowed to be priests; and the church must stop its hypocritical stance on homosexuality given that there are many gay priests. I would also add that it is the height of hypocrisy for allegedly celibate male priests to be making decisions about birth control and abortion rights for women!

My parish priest in Billings is on the list, as is another priest who was at that parish when I was growing up. It's hard to take knowing that some kids at my catholic school grade school were abused by these priests, the confusion and trauma those kids experienced and felt, and the years of healing that were necessary to recover.

What makes this so confusing and difficult to process is that many of us knew these priests and considered them nice people. It's a weird consolidation of conflicting feelings.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2723) 16 days ago
Here are some scenes from the movie, Spotlight.



They Knew and They Let It Happen:



Ending credits with worldwide list:

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Posted by Shu Pius (+1314) 14 days ago
Reply to Richard Bonine, Jr. (#376644)
Richard Bonine, Jr. wrote:
I’m devastated!
-Kirk Morgan
-Fr. Patrick O’Reilly
-James Reynolds
-Leo Jansen

and one name not on this list Michael Huntington who abused me on 29-Dec-1973

Ya’ll can rot in some place of darkness. FU! 🤬😢

Suddenly, in the midst of all of that Fr. Koneceni running off with Sr. Judith seems acceptable.


Yeah, this is disappointing to me, too. And sorry about what happened to you with Huntington, Richard.

The times I was slapped and thrown around by Sr. Roch were traumatic enough for me. It obviously could have been worse.

Fr. Koneschni (not sure how to spell it) and Sister Judith leaving the church and getting hitched happened when Sr. Judith was my teacher in second grade. She was kicked-out and replaced that year with Mrs. Shepherd. At any rate, I agree, that a priest and a nun leaving the church to marry each other is a very minor crime compared to stealing the innocence of a child. I never had any bad encounters with Fr. O'Reilly or Fr. Morgan and got along well with both...which makes it all-the-more disappointing that they would make this list.

Just a point of clarification, however, the list does have a Fr. O'Reilly on it, but it does not say Patrick, so there's a chance it's not THAT Fr. O'Reilly. I'm not dismissing the severity of the offenses by any means, but the list does not say Patrick.

[Edited by Shu Pius (8/4/2018 11:11:50 PM)]
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Posted by Tucker Bolton (+2939) 12 days ago
Hopefully no one believes this is a problem confined to the Catholic church. I was molested by a Baptist preacher and his son when I was an adolescent. I also don't have any love for the cub scouts. The scout leader was a deacon in our church and he invited his favorite, my cousin Mike, into his tent on camp outs. He was a married man and Mike is gay. I doubt that his experience had anything to do with his being gay but it was an inappropriate assignation between a married man and an adolescent. I have a friend that was molested by a Methodist youth leader. My point is that men in a position of power and even respect can be culpable and even more apt to get away with these heinous actions. They even, if so inclined, seek out these positions.

I am and will remain a militant atheist. Did my early experience cause my belief? I don't know but it didn't help. I know from personal experience of an instance in your own town, of a church, where the pastor rails against homosexuality and tells his flock how to vote. A young person that attended that fine institution and was obviously gay took their own life. I have no love lost for "religion."
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6158) 12 days ago
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Mary Catherine, I know you aren’t implying that relaxing the celibacy rules of the Catholic Church will prevent future abuse of children. But there are those who will. Men who sexually assault children are not acting out from normal sexual frustration. They are aroused by children and have acted on that arousal. Sexually healthy adults do not assault children just because they’ve not been able to have a sexual relationship.

Bigots often conflate homosexuality with pedophilia to justify their hatred of the LGBTQ community. We need to make sure our words don’t do the same.
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Posted by Dave Roberts (+1150) 11 days ago
Joe Heretick was my grandmother's neighbor in Billings. Apparently long after whatever happened, happened. Discussion of it was verboten.

By that point the collar was a ticket to a wee dram of whisk(e)y or a snifter of brandy while making his rounds. Grandma always had one or both on hand, just for Joe.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+9298) 4 days ago
Am I the only one who finds the name of Joe Heretick morbidly amusing?
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2723) 4 days ago
Systemic, pervasive, historic and allowed to happen -- This is the latest news involving the criminal sexual abuse of children by priests in several dioceses in Pennsylvania, and the play book for hiding the truth about their criminal behavior.

https://www.nytimes.com/2...sContainer

https://www.nytimes.com/2...hurch.html

Here is the link to the report of the Grand Jury about sex abuse and cover-up by Catholic priests in 6 dioceses in Pennsylvania which begins:

"We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this. We know some of you have heard some of it before. There have been other reports about child sex abuse within the Catholic Church. But never on this scale. For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away. Now we know the truth: it happened everywhere."

http://media-downloads.pa...f?cb=42148

https://www.nytimes.com/2...-jury.html
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Posted by Oddjob (+134) 2 days ago
Before you go off the deep-end any further with Catholic Church OCD, MCD, here's a reality check.

When these Grand Juries get done with the Catholic Church, perhaps they can move on to the public school systems. There are thousands of suspended teachers across the nation lolling around in "rubber rooms", still on the taxpayer's dime, waiting for their discipline cases to be adjudicated.

Many of them are sex offenders, being protected by non-disclosure clauses in their union contracts. Thousands of them will wait years for any action, showing up every day to collect their pay. They sleep, play cards, do crosswords and probably hook-up, all while continuing to get paid. The sex offenders remain free to continue abusing children. Most will move on to other Districts with their past disposition records sealed by the courts.

It wasn't just Sacred Heart. You had them in the public school system then and you have them now. They are here in mine, as well. We will most likely never find out anything about their perversions perpetrated on the kids because they are protected by the same institutions and same desire for the avoidance of scandal.

It doesn't necessarily have to wear a collar, MCD. Better keep an eye on Mr. Rogers as well.
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2723) 2 days ago
Odd Job: You are being abusive and insulting when you use the term OCD when referring to the articles or comments I post on this website. I am simply reporting this news story, as are many newspapers around the world. It is a big problem and a big story!

Yes, sexual harassment, rape and all sorts of sexual abuse and assault of human beings (the very young to the very old) occurs everywhere worldwide -- within families, churches of all denominations, schools, businesses, the military, nursing homes, various organizations, prisons, etc. This is what the #me too movement is all about -- victims not keeping silent about it. This particular thread is just about the way sexual abuse and assault happens, and has been allowed to happen, by officials of the catholic church.

So, on this particular thread, my message to all readers is: If you are a victim, or know anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the catholic clergy (priests, brothers, nuns), please call 888-538-8541 to report it.

Also, if you are a ever a victim of sexual assault or rape, please report it to the police. Do Not Remain Silent!
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Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2723) 2 days ago
I also recommend (as a resource) the website of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priets (SNAP).

http://www.snapnetwork.org/
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Posted by Bridgier (+8048) 2 days ago
WHATABOUT WHATABOUT WHATABOUT

Jesus oddy.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+11731) 2 days ago
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Bridgier wrote:
WHATABOUT WHATABOUT WHATABOUT

Jesus oddy.


Yep, it's always deflect, deflect, deflect.

Give Oddy credit for one thing. At least he didn't bring up the Deep State pedophile ring.
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Posted by David Schott (+12378) 2 days ago
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It seems that some people never learned the lesson about two wrongs not making a right.
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