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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 24, 2017

 A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957 

The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province, which includes Boston College High School., continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child against Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

 

What
A press conference announcing that the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province refuse to reasonably and fairly settle the sexual abuse claim of Ronald Edward Casey who is 72 years of age and continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, from approximately 1956 through 1957

When
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Who
Ronald Edward Casey, sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, assigned to Boston College High School during the period 1956 through 1957; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA.  His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, told Ronald Edward Casey when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 years old that he (Fr. Leo Pollard) was a Boy Scout chaplain.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on a Boy Scout trip to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on at least six more Boy Scout trips from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11-13 years of age.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, sexually abused Ronald Edward Casey on each of the Boy Scout trips.  Ronald Edward Casey and his advocate will demand of the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province that they do the right thing by reasonably and fairly settling his claim of sexual abuse.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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A former state lawmaker has accused a former English teacher at a prestigious prep school of sexually abusing her.
(Published Monday, April 24, 2017)

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Former N.H. legislator alleges abuse at Phillips Academy Andover

Alexander Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s,” school officials said in 2016.

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Alexander Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s,” school officials said in 2016.

A former New Hampshire state representative on Friday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that a teacher at Phillips Academy Andover sexually abused her when she was about 15, court filings show.

Marie Sapienza, now an attorney in private practice in Hampstead, N.H., is seeking $5 million in damages in the suit, which alleges that in about 1982, Alexander Theroux, then an English teacher and writer-in-residence at Andover, groped her breasts and buttocks, according to the filings.

Theroux, who was previously named by the academy as one of five former teachers accused of sexually abusing students, later called Sapienza at her home and asked her to enroll in a class he taught, promising her a good grade, she alleges.Neither Sapienza nor Theroux responded to requests for comment Sunday evening. Sapienza is scheduled to announce the suit at a news conference Monday morning, according to Road to Recovery Inc., an organization that assists sexual abuse survivors.

Theroux is a poet and a writer of fiction and nonfiction, and the brother of novelist Paul Theroux. His books include “Darconville’s Cat” and “Laura Warholic: or, The Sexual Intellectual.”

Sapienza’s suit also alleges that when she later reported the assault to the academy’s then-headmaster, Donald McNemar, he said he would do nothing because Theroux had left the school by then. Andover is not named as a defendant.

McNemar declined to address the claim when reached by phone Sunday night. “I just can’t comment on a pending lawsuit,” he said.

Head of School John Palfrey offered his sympathies for survivors of abuse in a statement.

“Our hearts go out to all those who were harmed at our school and at all schools in the past,” Palfrey said. “At Andover, we are committed to learning as much as we can about our school’s past, offering support and acknowledgment for survivors of sexual misconduct, and ensuring the safety and security of all students on our campus today.

“The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

A previous investigation found that five former teachers at the academy allegedly harmed students during the 1970s and 1980s, Andover announced in August. At the time, Palfrey named three former faculty members accused of abuse, including Theroux, in a letter to the school community.

Theroux allegedly “engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s” — before Sapienza came to the academy — and multiple people expressed concerns to investigators about his behavior, Palfrey wrote last year.

Theroux denied the allegations, Palfrey said, but has been banned from campus and school events.

The court documents state that Sapienza continues to experience “mental distress and emotional injuries” from the assault that have led to “suicidal ideation, depression, sadness, anger, anxiety, sleep problems, and panic attacks.”

Sapienza only recently realized the harm that the assault had caused her, according to the filings.

Sapienza’s attorney is Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who represented survivors of clergy sexual abuse in cases that in 2002 helped publicly expose widespread abuse within the Catholic church and a conspiracy within the church hierarchy to conceal that abuse.

Garabedian could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Last year, the Globe Spotlight team reported that since 1991, at least 67 private schools in New England have faced allegations that at least 200 students were abused or harassed by employees.

Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.

 

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Teacher at Mass. prep school sued by former NH state rep over alleged abuse

A lawsuit seeking $5 million in damages has been filed in federal court in Boston by a former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, alleging she was sexually abused by a teacher while enrolled at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., in the 1980s.
Marie Sapienza, now a Hampstead-based attorney, alleges that novelist and former teacher Alexander Theroux sexually abused her when she was a student at the prep school.
Sapienza served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing District 8, Rockingham, for four terms — from 1997 to 2002, and again from 2010 to 2012.
Reached by phone Sunday night, Sapienza confirmed the filing of the lawsuit but would not comment further.According to paperwork filed with the U.S. District Court in Boston on Friday, the lawsuit reads: “As a direct and proximate result of defendant Alexander Theroux’s negligent conduct, the plaintiff suffered and will continue to suffer in the future: severe and permanent mental distress and emotional injuries, including objective corroboration of said mental distress and emotional injuries as outlined above; financial expenses for medical and therapeutic care and treatment; long-term lost earning capacity; as well as other damages.”In the lawsuit, Sapienza alleges on one occasion in approximately 1982, when she was approximately 15, that Theroux engaged in “explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct” with her at his Andover, Mass. residence.According to court documents, Sapienza claims that after the sexual assault Theroux called her at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.” The lawsuit also claims that when Sapienza told Phillips Academy school officials about the alleged sexual abuse, they did nothing about it, because he was no longer employed there at the time.Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984.A report released by Phillips Academy officials in 2016 investigation detailed five cases of sexual misconduct between teachers and students in the 1970s and 80s, including a claim against Theroux.Similar allegations have also been brought against New Hampshire’s Phillips Exeter Academy. Last month, officials revealed the names of four additional former teachers and a school psychologist who they believe engaged in sexual misconduct against students decades ago.The investigation was launched a year ago after the school publicly disclosed that former history teacher Rick Schubart had admitted to sexual misconduct involving two students in the 1970s and 1980s.
CORRECTION: A headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly said Phillips Academy was the target of the lawsuit.

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Former N.H. State Rep. Suing Her Phillips Andover Teacher for Alleged Sexual Assault

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A former New Hampshire state representative is suing her English teacher at Phillips Academy Andover for sexually assaulting her when she was 15.

But she says she’s still haunted by incidents dating back  35 years when she claims her former teacher, the novelist Alexander Theroux, sexually groped her and the school did nothing.

Maria Sapienza is now 50 and is a private attorney in Hampstead, N.H.
Credit Courtesy of The Law Office of Marie Sapienza

Her attorney Mitchell Garabedian is known for helping to uncover the priest sex abuse scandal within the Catholic church in Boston. He says Sapienza wants to make sure this doesn’t happen to others.

“Every victim of sexual abuse can come forward when their coping mechanisms allow them to and she called me recently and said it’s time for her to report the sexual abuse to try to gain a sense of healing and closure.”

In August, a school investigation named Theroux as one of five former teachers accused of sexually abusing students. He has been banned from campus and school events, but Theroux denies those allegations.

Sapienza is suing Theroux for $20 million in damages. Due to statute of limitations laws, Sapienza cannot sue the school or press criminal charges against Theroux.

 Lawsuit says former Phillips Andover Academy student was sexually abused by teacher there

  • Mike LaBella and Breanna Edelstein Staff Writers
 A lawsuit says a former teacher at Phillips Academy in Andover sexually abused a female student there in the early 1980s and that the school covered up the abuse, according to the victim’s attorney, Mitchell Garabedian.

The suit, filed Friday in a federal court, names the victim as Attorney Marie Sapienza of New Hampshire, a former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. The suit says former Phillips Academy teacher Alexander Theroux touched her in a sexual manner around 1982, when she was 15 years old.  Theroux has been linked to sexual abuse allegations involving other former Phillips students.

When contacted Monday morning, Phillips Head of School John Palfrey said, “Our hearts go out to all those who were harmed at our school and at all schools in the past. At Andover, we are committed to learning as much as we can about our school’s past, offering support and acknowledgement for survivors of sexual misconduct, and ensuring the safety and security of all students on our campus today. The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

 According to a press release from Road to Recovery, an organization that assists victims of sexual abuse, it was around 1983 or 1984 when Sapienza, a Phillips Academy student at the time, allegedly told the school’s then-headmaster Donald Mc Nemar about the sexual abuse.

Sapienza described how Theroux allegedly called her at home and requested that she enroll in his class, promising a “good grade.”

She was a full-time commuter student at the time.

Sapienza said that when she reported the abuse, school officials did nothing to help her heal, and instead covered up the abuse.

A press conference about the lawsuit is scheduled for Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the third floor conference room of the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad St., Boston.

 Sapienza is represented by Garabedian of Boston and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and president of Road to Recovery Inc.

Theroux was among three Phillips Academy teachers named in an abuse scandal made public in September 2016.

Along with H. Schuyler Royce (now deceased) and Stephen Wicks, Theroux was linked to five cases of sexual misconduct involving faculty members and students in the 1970s and 1980s, according to prior Eagle-Tribune reports.

Watch eagletribune.com for developments. A complete story will appear in Tuesday’s Eagle-Tribune.

 

Former NH State Rep Files Sex Abuse Suit Against Phillips Academy Professor

ANDOVER (CBS) — A former New Hampshire state representative has filed a federal lawsuit accusing her former Phillips Academy professor of sexually abusing her when she was a student at the school.

Marie Sapienza, a four-term member of the New Hampshire House, says she was a 15-year-old day student at the academy when she alleges Alexander Theroux sexually abused her around 1982.

She said she never graduated because of the trauma caused by Theroux.

“The instance of the abuse was followed by phone calls to my home,” she said. “I was offered the equivalent of an A to take one of Alexander Theroux’s classes. He did subsequently leave the school.”

Sapienza also claims she told the then-headmaster about the abuse, but that he did nothing.

“Donald McNamar, who was the headmaster, asked to meet with me and I agreed to do that,” Sapienza said. “I told him about what happened to me, and he basically said, ‘It doesn’t matter, I’m not going to do anything, he’s not here anymore.’”

She and attorney Mitchell Garabedian are filing a suit against Theroux for $20 million.

“This was a criminal act,” said Garabedian. “This is not consenting adults–this is a person in a position of trust, a teacher, who sexually abused a student, age 15, teacher was an adult. The student reports it to the school newspaper, the newspaper reports it to the headmaster, and the headmaster covers it up.”

Thoreau published a book in 1981 about an affair between a teacher and a student, entitled “Darconville’s Cat.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karyn Regal reports

NH attorney and former state rep files federal suit in New England prep school sex abuse case

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BOSTON — A New Hampshire attorney and former state representative has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging sexual abuse by a noted writer who had served as a teacher at a Massachusetts prep school.

Marie Sapienza, a Hampstead lawyer and four-term member of the New Hamsphire House of Representatives, filed the $5 million suit Friday. A press conference regarding the suit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston.

According to Road to Recovery, Inc., a group that provides support to victims of sexual abuse, Sapienza said she was abused by Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, a former teacher at the Massachusetts school around 1982 when she was a teenage student.

According to a press release, after the sexual assault, Theroux telephoned student Sapienza at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.” When Sapienza, in approximately 1983 or 1984, told the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, about the sexual abuse by Theroux, he did nothing about it. As a result, Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984.

Robert M. Hoatson, president and co-founder of Road to Recovery, said Monday the abuse took place in Theroux’s home.

“She told headmaster (Donald) Mc Nemar approximately 2 years after in happened. Then he just told her to basically get over it, don’t worry about it, he’s not working here anymore. He’s gone. Just get over it.”

According to a New York Times story published in August of 2016, Andover hired the Sanghavi Law Office (in Brookline, Mass.) to investigate instances of possible sexual abuse. The Times story said the “law firm concluded that Alexander Theroux, formerly a a writer-in-residence, engaged in sexual misconduct toward a student in the 1970s. During this investigative process, the school received multiple concerns related to Mr. Theroux’s behavior toward students. Mister Theroux has denied these allegations.”

Sapienza served as a Rockingham County representative from 2010 to 2012.

 

Woman files $20M lawsuit against former prep school teacher

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Updated: 5:25 PM EDT Apr 24, 2017

A former teacher at a prestigious Andover prep school is now facing a lawsuit from a former student who says the teacher abused her.

Marie Sapienza is seeking $20 million in damages against her former teacher Alexander Theroux.

Sapienza said the abuse happened in the 1980s when both were at Phillips Academy.

Sapienza also said the school covered up the abuse, even after she reported it to the headmaster.

“I publicly thank those who came out, so to speak, before me because that made me feel like it is safe to talk about it again,” she said.

Phillips Academy has released a statement, reading, “We are committed to offering support and acknowledgement for survivors of sexual misconduct. The harms done to students in the past must never be repeated.”

 

MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 23, 2017

Former four-term member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Attorney, Marie Sapienza, to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit alleging that a former teacher of Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, sexually abused her, and that Phillips Academy covered up the sexual abuse

 Federal lawsuit Plaintiff, Marie Sapienza, alleges that former Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, sexually abused her in approximately 1982 when she was approximately 15 year of age

 In approximately 1983 or 1984, Marie Sapienza, a Phillips Academy student at the time, allegedly told the Headmaster of Phillips Academy, Donald Mc Nemar, about being sexually abused by Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, but Headmaster Mc Nemar did nothing to help Marie Sapienza heal, and covered up the sexual abuse by Alexander Theroux

What
A press conference announcing the filing of a federal lawsuit against former Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux, by Marie Sapienza, Esq., a former student of Phillips Academy who alleges that she was sexually abused in approximately 1982 when she was approximately 15 years of age.  When she allegedly reported the sexual abuse by teacher Alexander Theroux to the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, nothing was done to help her heal or hold Alexander Theroux accountable.

When
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where
A third floor conference room of the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110

Who
Marie Sapienza, Esq., an attorney and resident of New Hampshire who served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, District 8, Rockingham, for four terms, and who is an alleged sexual abuse victim of a teacher, Alexander Theroux, at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; her attorney, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
  It is alleged as follows: 
In the Fall of 1981, when she was approximately 14 years of age, Marie Sapienza entered Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, as a full-time commuter student.  In approximately 1982, when she was approximately 15 years of age, Marie Sapienza was sexually abused by a Phillips Academy teacher, Alexander Theroux.  After the sexual assault, Alexander Theroux telephoned student Marie Sapienza at her home and requested that she enroll in Theroux’s class, promising her a “good grade.”  When Marie Sapienza, in approximately 1983 or 1984, told the Phillips Academy Headmaster, Donald Mc Nemar, about the sexual abuse by Alexander Theroux, he did nothing about it.  As a result, Marie Sapienza voluntarily left Phillips Academy in approximately 1984. 

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Man allegedly sexually assaulted by priest continues to seek justice

 

CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Neal Gumpel was allegedly sexually assaulted by a priest at Maine Maritime Academy is 1974 — it took him decades to open up about the incident, but now he is seeking justice and an advocacy group from New Jersey is helping.

”We’re looking for more victims of a professor of Maine Maritime who abused children” Robert Hoatson said as he passed fliers out to everyone that walked and drove by him in downtown Castine. Hoatson is the president of Road to Recovery — an organization dedicated to helping sexual assault victims seek justice and find peace. Now he is doing his part to help Neal Gumpel — who says he was molested at Maine Maritime Academy 44 years ago.

“We’re appealing to Maine Maritime and the Jesuits, especially of New England, to do something right for a change” Hoatson said.

Hoatson believes spreading the word — even all these years later — can motivate other victims to come forward. Gumpel was afraid to talk about his alleged assault for decades — he stated it is the root of his depression and substance abuse problems. Now he protests in front of the Jesuit headquarters in New York and even hired a lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, a couple of years ago and met with Jesuit officials. Gumpel claims they refused to publicly apologize or settle with him. They have settled with another of Drake’s victims.
“I’m turning 60 in a few months and for the last 43 years its been a living hell” Gumpel said. “If the Jesuits come together with the state of Maine and gave me 20 million dollars in a wheel barrow, I don’t think its going to really change the dark thing that hangs over me”.
However, any type of settlement would help Gumpel start the healing process — something Hoatson says is crucial.
“That check says from Maritime Academy we believe you, hopefully we’re sorry and we hope you can get on with your life” Hoatson said.
NEWS CENTER reached out to Maine Maritime for a comment — this is what we received.
“More than two years ago the Academy received a letter alleging an assault that occurred over 4 decades ago. Those who wrote the letter offered little information about their allegation. The matter was referred to the Attorney General and we have not heard from Mr. Gumpel or his lawyer since October of 2014.

Any claim of this nature is troubling, and therefore, we looked into the complaint. The age of the allegation and lack of specifics severely limited our effort. We found some anecdotal information indicating that we employed a Roy Drake as a chemistry teacher but no evidence of a connection to a religious order. There were no documents and no knowledge among employees who might have known of him at the time that showed a claim or information that he may have posed a threat.

The Attorney General continues to be our point of contact regarding this matter”

An attorney for the Jesuits couldn’t discuss Gumpel’s case but say  Drake was on a “leave of absence” at the time of the alleged abuse.

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 16, 2017

JESUIT PRIEST; COLLEGE PROFESSOR AND RESEARCHER; AND, SERIAL CHILD ABUSER, FR. ROY DRAKE HAD ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN DURING HIS SEVERAL YEARS LIVING AND WORKING IN NORTHERN MAINE TOWNS AND CITIES – ORONO, CASTINE, AND BUCKSPORT (APPROXIMATELY 1971-1977)

ROY DRAKE RECEIVED A DOCTORAL DEGREE IN EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MAINE, ORONO, AND LIVED IN ORONO, MAINE, FOR AT LEAST PART OF THE 1971-1977 PERIOD OF TIME WHEN HE ALSO CONDUCTED A STUDY OF LEARNING STYLES OF STUDENTS

 ROY DRAKE WAS EMPLOYED AS A PROFESSOR AND PROJECT DIRECTOR AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN CASTINE, MAINE, FROM APPROXIMATELY 1974-1977, WHERE HE SEXUALLY ABUSED INNOCENT CHILD NEAL E. GUMPEL WHO WAS VISITING MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY IN APPROXIMATELY 1976

 FROM 1974-1976, FR. ROY DRAKE, WHILE EMPLOYED AT MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY, WAS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF A GRANT PROGRAM AT A BUCKSPORT, MAINE, PAPER MILL, THAT ESTABLISHED A FAMILY LEARNING CENTER AT THE PAPER MILL FOR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES

What
A leafleting of two towns, Castine, Maine, and Bucksport, Maine, whose children were or may have been victims of serial pedophile and Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Drake, who was a professor at Maine Maritime Academy and directed a project in Bucksport, Maine, during the period of approximately 1974-1977

When
Monday, April 17, 2017

Where
Bucksport, Maine – from 9:00 am until 11:00 am
Castine, Maine – from Noon until 2:00 pm

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Fr. Roy Drake is a deceased Jesuit priest and serial pedophile.  He was involved in towns and cities of northern Maine for approximately six years (1971-1977).  Fr. Roy Drake lived and/or worked in Orono, Castine, and Bucksport, Maine, during that approximate six-year period and sexually abused at least two innocent children during that time.  The leafleting of the towns of Castine and Bucksport will alert residents, businesses and the general public of the sexual abuse of children by Fr. Roy Drake and urge those who may have been sexually abused by Drake of anyone else to come forward and begin to heal.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

ATTENTION:  RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES, AND INTERESTED PARTIES OF CASTINE, MAINE, AND BUCKSPORT, MAINE April.., 2017

Fr. Roy Alan Drake, deceased Jesuit Catholic priest, spent approximately six years in northern Maine and may have left a trail of sexual abuse of innocent children behind.  Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a serial pedophile.  Were you or your children sexually abused during Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s time in northern Maine?

FR. ROY ALAN DRAKE’S TIMELINE IN NORTHERN MAINE

1971-1977 –      Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a doctoral student at the University of Maine, Orono, where

he conducted research on learning styles of students.  How many children were involved in his study, and/or how many children may have been sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake in Orono and surrounding towns?

1974-1977-       Fr. Roy Alan Drake was employed as a professor and project director at Maine Maritime Academy where he sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, a minor child, in approximately y 1976 when he was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Fr. Roy Alan Drake presented himself as a priest and wore the clothing of a priest.  It is believed that at least one other child was sexually

abused in approximately 1976 in Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s residence near the campus of Maine Maritime Academy.

1974- 1976 –              Fr. Roy Alan Drake was the project director of a grant program sponsored by Maine Maritime Academy which established an employee and family learning center at the St. Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport, Maine.  The center was not only

meant to serve the employees of the paper mill, but it also was a learning center for the family members of the paper mill employees, including children.  How many children were took advantage of the resources of the learning center, and how many children were sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake during the grant program?

 THE  PRESENT

Recently, Maine Maritime Academy purchased six acres of the former Verso Co. paper mill in Bucksport, Maine, where it will establish a “Safety and Offshore Survival Institute.”  Maine Maritime Academy has yet to acknowledge the sexual abuse allegation made by Neal E. Gumpel against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, and Maine Maritime Academy has done nothing to help Neal E. Gumpel heal from the effects of having been sexually abused by a Maine Maritime Academy professor and employee.  ln addition, the Jesuit Priests

and Brothers of the New England Province have so far refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal and recover.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

1)  Please ask yourself, your family, and your neighbors if Fr. Roy Alan Drake or anyone else

sexually abused you. If so, it is time for healing and recovery.  We may be able to help you.

2)  Demand of Maine Maritime Academy that it help Neal E. Gumpel heal by acknowledging his claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake and giving him the resources he needs to recover

3)  Support all victims of sexual abuse and their advocates

CONTACT

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ-862-368-2800

roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Protest outside St. Peters Catholic Church at The World Trade Center, New York City on
Good Friday, April 14, 2017

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

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Diocese Settles Sexual Abuse Cases Against Holy Trinity Priest

By: William F. Galvin

 The Diocese of Fall River has settled eight sexual abuse cases against former Holy Trinity Church Parish Rev. James Nickel, SS. CC. The sexual abuses took place between 1973 and 1983. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

 WEST HARWICH — A long shadow of sexual abuse came to light this week with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River settling eight sexual abuse cases against the late Rev. James Nickel, who served as a priest in Holy Trinity Church from 1972 to 1978.

Seven of the eight boys sexually abused by Nickel were alter boys. Six of them served in Holy Trinity Church and one at Our Lady of Annunciation in Dennisport. The other child was abused by Nickel on a trip to Abaco Island, Bahamas, said attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented the eight victims.

A press release issued by Garabedian stated the Congregation of Sacred Hearts and the Diocese of Fall River recently found all of the men’s accounts of having been sexually abused as children credible, and settled the eight cases for $880,000.

Garabedian said the sexual abuses took place between 1973 and 1983 and occurred in West Harwich, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Illinois, New York, Washington, D.C., Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Garabedian said Nickel received the permission of parents to take trips with the boys to baseball games, amusement parks and to visit his family.

“The victims were 10 to 20 years old and many were abused for years,” Garabedian said. “Nickel became a trusted friend with the families, which were usually dysfunctional, and then he abused the child. He’d tell the victims to keep it a secret and they did based on him being a priest.”

Garabedian said the $880,000 settlement was reached with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts and the Fall River Diocese. He said he is presently investigating one additional claim from the Holy Trinity Parish.

Of the eight victims, Garabedian said three were willing to participate in a press conference held on Monday in Boston. They are Chris Piersall, son of famous Red Sox center fielder Jimmy Piersall; Chris Hopkins, who now lives in Tennessee; and Rick Blakeley of Harwich Port. The other victims chose to remain anonymous at this time.

Blakely declined to comment through an intermediary.

“They should be proud of themselves for coming forward and exposing this for other victims and to make the world safer for other children,” Garabedian told The Chronicle.

“Where were the supervisors and why were they not protecting these innocent children?” Garabedian said of church leaders. “Why didn’t the Bishop of Fall River protect these innocent children by notifying adults that Father Nickel was a serious problem?”

Garabedian said the church received notice there were problems with Nickel before the sexual abuses took place. Nickel sent a letter on Nov. 18, 1972 stating, “I wish to categorically deny these accusations.”

“I can not comprehend how the boys could say such things. I feel that these accusations are of a most serious nature, and I am concerned…I have spoken with my Major Superior, Fr. Fintan Sheeran, regarding this matter. If you would like we could arrange a meeting with the boys to discuss it. I only wish that this could be handled in such a manner that no one would be hurt.”

Garabedian cited the letter as proof the Fall River Diocese knew about the situation before these sexual abuses occurred. A priest needs the permission of the Bishop of Fall River Diocese to serve in this diocese, he added. Garabedian said he has settled two other cases of sexual abuse, in 1983 and 1984, one on the Cape and one in Fairhaven, when now-Cardinal Sean O’Malley was the Bishop of Fall River Diocese.

Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery, Inc, a service based in New Jersey which provides assistance to people who are victims of sexual abuse, said he is working with the victims and encouraging them to seek therapy and assisting them on the road to recovery.

Nickel served for several years as director of administration and pastoral care at Damien Ministries, an HIV/AIDS organization in Washington, D.C. starting in 1999. He passed away on Jan. 20, 2008.

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 11, 2017

The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, New Jersey, recently welcomed to its campus disgraced professional football player and wife physical abuser Ray Rice to speak to its football team

 The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco Prep School, Ramsey, New Jersey, and their colleagues refuse to settle a case of clergy sexual abuse against one of its priests, a serial sexual abuser, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, despite making a promise to the victim that they would settle his case in a timely manner

 The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, New Jersey, favor wife physical  abusers and clergy sexual abusers over innocent women and children

What
A press conference and demonstration alerting the media and general public that the Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, New Jersey recently invited and hosted professional football player and acknowledged wife physical abuser, Ray Rice, to speak to its football team, and they refuse to settle a clergy sexual abuse case against one of its priests, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, despite promising to settle the case in a timely manner, thus allowing the victim of Fr. Maffei to begin to heal

When
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 10:00 AM until Noon (School dismissal at 11:15 AM)

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the main entrance of Don Bosco Prep School, 429 North Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non- profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco Prep and their colleagues promised over one year ago to settle a case of clergy sexual abuse against one of its priests, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, a serial pedophile.  They have dragged their feet in settling the case, and the victim continues to be re-victimized and re-traumatized each day the case drags on.  Recently, Ray Rice, the disgraced wife physical abuser and professional football player, was invited to the campus of Don Bosco Prep by the Salesian Priests and Brothers to speak to their football team.  It appears that the Salesian Priests and Brothers are more interested in welcoming and protecting child abusers and wife physical abusers than doing the right thing by victims and their families.  It is time for the Salesian Priests and Brothers to stop foot-dragging by fulfilling their promise to settle the clergy sexual abuse case immediately.

 Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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News Article from

8 settle Cape clergy sex abuse claims for $880K

Rev. James Nickel, who died in 2008, served in Harwich, Dennis in 1970s and 1980s

BOSTON — Eight men who say they were sexually abused by a Cape Cod priest in the 1970s and 1980s have reached an $880,000 settlement with the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious order and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River.

The men, who were between 10 and 20 years old at the time, say they were abused by the Rev. James Nickel while he was a priest at Holy Trinity Church in West Harwich and Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel in Dennis Port.

 Three of the men, including the son of former Boston Red Sox player Jimmy Piersall, spoke of the settlement and told stories of years of abuse at a press conference in Boston on Monday.

“It screwed up my life for a long time,” one of the victims, Christopher Hopkins, said at the press conference. “I look back and he was a sick person and my anger isn’t with him, it’s with the hierarchy.”

Nickel died in 2008. He was executive director of Damien Ministries, an HIV/AIDS organization in Washington, D.C., at the time of his death.

The abuse took place on the Cape and during trips that Nickel took with the boys to the Bahamas; Illinois; New York; Washington, D.C.; Rhode Island; and New Hampshire, according to their attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston lawyer who spearheaded the sexual abuse lawsuits against former priest John J. Geoghan and the Boston Archdiocese.

Garabedian said all of the men were abused between 1972 and 1982.

Church leaders, however, were made aware of the accusations of abuse as early as 1972 and continued to allow Nickel to supervise the minor boys, according to Garabedian and a letter referring to accusations dated that year.

In the letter, which Nickel dated Nov. 18, 1972, he denies accusations of “a most serious nature” made by several boys and said he already had spoken to Major Superior Fintan Sheeran about the matter.

 Sheeran, Garabedian said, had an obligation to let the public know what was going on.

“Once again cover-up at the highest level of a religious order,” Garabedian said. “There’s no excuse for allowing innocent children’s lives to be destroyed by clergy sexual abuse.”

Hopkins, of Franklin, Tennessee, spent summers on Cape Cod and believes he was targeted by Nickel because his father worked multiple jobs.

“When he came around and started paying attention to me, it was a huge thing for an Irish Catholic family,” Hopkins said.

Christopher Piersall, who lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, said his parents were divorced and Nickel was an occasional dinner guest at the home of his mother, who was very involved in the church.

“He would take me to movies, movies I didn’t want to go to,” Piersall said. “He used to introduce me as a son of a former Red Sox player.”

Nickel took altar boys on two or three trips a year that included amusement parks, Canobie Lake and skiing destinations, Piersall said.

 Richard Blakeley, who still lives in Harwich Port, said he was sexually abused by Nickel about 50 times over 2½ years, including at a church retreat house in Buzzards Bay.

“He’d cull you from the herd. He basically ruined you,” Blakeley said. “Once he was gone from my life I turned it around, I finished school.”

Garabedian has settled 10 sexual abuse cases involving Nickel, and another man recently came forward and is still deciding whether to pursue a case, the attorney said Monday. The eight men involved in this settlement filed claims about three years ago but never brought a lawsuit, he said.

Mitchell Garabedian

“From my experience, there are hundreds of victims of any pedophile priest,” Garabedian said. “Especially where there was a cover-up.”

Robert M. Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., also attended the press conference. The organization has provided assistance to the survivors and their families.

The Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Fairhaven and the Diocese of Fall River did not respond to requests for comment.

— Follow Haven Orecchio-Egresitz on Twitter: @HavenCCT

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News Article from NECN BOSTON

Catholic Priest Sex Abuse Settlement Announced

 By Elysia Rodriguez

  Eight clergy sex abuse victims, including the son of a former Major League Baseball player, announced a settlement with a Catholic order and diocese based in Massachusetts on Monday.

According to attorney Mitchell Garabedian, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious order based in Fairhaven and the Fall River diocese recently settled eight clergy sex abuse cases involving Father James Nickel for $880,000.

Fr. Nickel, who died in 2008, was a priest at Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich on Cape Cod for several years in the 1970s, where he abused Chris Piersall, who is the son of former Red Sox Jimmy Piersall, and a number of other victims. The abuse spanned through the 1980s.

“The whole battle with the church over the last three years has been almost as bad as the abuse itself,” survivor Chris Piersall said. “It’s good to get it over, the settlement wasn’t nearly what it should have been and some of these people should go to jail.”

Cases against Father Nickel were also reported in New Jersey, Illinois, Washington D.C., Rhode Island, New Hampshire and the Bahamas.

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 9, 2017

 SON OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GREAT JIMMY PIERSALL, CHRIS PIERSALL, AND OTHER MEN WILL ANNOUNCE A SETTLEMENT OF $880,000.00 FOR CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS AGAINST FATHER JAMES NICKEL, SS.CC.  ATTORNEY MITCHELL GARABEDIAN REPRESENTS THE EIGHT (8) CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS

 THE CONGREGATION OF THE SACRED HEARTS RELIGIOUS ORDER, BASED IN FAIRHAVEN, MA, AND THE DIOCESE OF FALL RIVER, MA, RECENTLY SETTLED EIGHT (8) CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE CASES OF MINOR CHILDREN AGAINST FR. JAMES NICKEL, SS.CC., WHO SERVED AT HOLY TRINITY PARISH, WEST HARWICH, MA, ON CAPE COD, AND AT ST. FRANCIS DE SALES PARISH, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS, FOR SEVERAL YEARS

 What
A press conference announcing a settlement of $880,000.00 for eight (8) clergy sexual abuse victims of Fr. James Nickel, SS.CC., a deceased member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious order, who abused several minor children when he was assigned to Holy Trinity Parish, West Harwich, MA, on Cape Cod, and St. Francis de Sales Parish in Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, the Bahamas.  Fr. James Nickel sexually abused in West Harwich, MA; Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, the Bahamas; Illinois; New York; Washington, DC; Rhode Island; and, New Hampshire.

When
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 11:30 AM

Where
In a third floor conference room of the Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA, 02110

Who
Chris Piersall, son of former Major League baseball star, Jimmy Piersall, and other men who were sexually abused by Fr. James Nickel, SS.CC., when they were minor children and members of Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich, MA, on Cape Cod; their attorney, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., which has provided assistance to the victim/survivors and their families.

Why
Fr. James Nickel, SS.CC., a deceased member of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts religious order which was or is based in Fairhaven, MA, was assigned to Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich, MA, on Cape Cod for several years in the 1970s.  Chris Piersall , as a child, attended Holy Trinity Parish, as did a number of other victims who were sexually abused by Fr. James Nickel, SS.CC at the parish and on trips to St. Francis de Sales Parish, Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, the Bahamas, and several other States and cities.  Fr. Nickel’s religious order, the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts, and the Diocese of Fall River, MA, recently found all of the men’s accounts of having been sexually abused as children credible, and settled eight (8) cases for $880,000.00.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 roberthoatson@gmail.com

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 4, 2017

 

FORMER CINCINNATI, OH, CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ACCUSED OF ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ABUSING FIVE (5) MINOR CHILDREN

 It is believed that Paul Doty has been a Catholic school teacher and/or Principal for nearly forty (40) years in four (4) States – Cincinnati, OH (St. Francis Seraph); Anniston, AL (Sacred Heart); Richmond, KY (St. Mark’s); and Boston, MA (St. Augustine, South Boston; St. Patrick’s, Roxbury; and, Charlestown Catholic, Charlestown)

Paul Doty has been accused by five (5) men of sexual abuse between approximately 1986 and 1996 when Paul Doty was the Principal of St. Augustine School in South Boston, MA, and the men were students of St. Augustine School and minor children

 The five minor male children, now adults, are represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA, with regard to the allegations of sexual abuse

 What
A press conference alerting the media; Catholic school parents, students, and alumni; and the general public that Paul Doty, a graduate of Boston area Catholic schools and colleges, who became a Catholic school teacher and Principal in at least four (4) States, has been accused of sexually abusing five (5) minor male children from St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, between 1986 and 1996.

When
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 100 East Eighth Street, Cincinnati, OH, 45202.

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
Five men have come forward with allegations that their elementary school Principal, Paul Doty, a 1972 graduate of Boston College, sexually abused them when they were minor children and students at St. Augustine School in South Boston, MA.  Paul Doty has been employed in Catholic schools in at least four (4) States for approximately forty (40) years, many of those years as a teacher, Principal, or otherwise.  It is believed that Paul Doty currently lives in Cincinnati, OH, and was employed as “Leader of School” at St. Francis Seraph School in Cincinnati, OH.  The press conference will call upon Catholic education leaders in Ohio, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Alabama, where Doty is alleged to have been employed, and the general public to protect children in Catholic schools and elsewhere from sexual abuse by Paul Doty and others.  In addition, Catholic school leaders in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be called upon to act immediately if Paul Doty is still employed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati or acting in any capacity with children.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 30, 2017

An advocacy agency for victim/survivors of sexual abuse, Road to Recovery, Inc., to leaflet former South Boston parish and school, St. Augustine’s, to alert parishioners, residents, businesses, and the general public to sexual abuse that allegedly occurred at St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, by Principal, Paul Doty, between approximately 1986 and 1996

Paul Doty, former Principal of St. Patrick’s School, Roxbury, MA; Charlestown Catholic School, Charlestown, MA; St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, and elementary schools in Anniston, AL, Richmond, KY, and Cincinnati, OH, has been accused by five (5) former students of St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, of sexual abuse between approximately 1986 and 1996 when they were minor children.  All five men are represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA with regard to the allegations of sexual abuse

 What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the residents, businesses, and general public that Paul Doty, a graduate of Boston area Catholic schools and colleges, who became a Catholic school teacher and Principal in at least four States, has been accused of sexually abusing (5) minor male children at St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA between approximately 1986 and 1996

When
Friday, March 31, 2017 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM – Press conference at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the former St. Augustine Church (now the Residences at St. Augustine’s), 224-225 Dorchester Street, South Boston, MA 02127

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
Paul Doty, a 1964 graduate of St. Kevin’s School, Dorchester, MA; a 1968 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School, West Roxbury, MA; and a 1972 graduate of Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, has reportedly spent nearly 40 years as a teacher and Principal in schools of the Archdiocese of Boston and in Catholic schools in Alabama, Kentucky, and Ohio.  Five men have come forward with allegations that their Principal at St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, Paul Doty, sexually abused them between approximately 1986 and 1996 while they were minor children.  Road to Recovery, Inc., a sexual abuse victims’ advocacy agency, will inform the neighborhood surrounding the former St. Augustine Parish and School in South Boston, MA, and the general public that former Principal Paul Doty allegedly sexually abused children in and around St. Augustine School, and call on the Archdiocese of Boston to inform the alumni of the school and former parishioners about the alleged sexual abuse of children by Paul Doty.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com  

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 28, 2017

Catholic elementary school teacher and Principal in a number of States, Paul Doty, has been accused of sexually abusing five (5) minor male children who were students at St. Augustine School in South Boston, MA, between 1986 and 1996 when Paul Doty was their teacher and/or Principal.  The five minor male children, now adults, are represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA, with regard to the allegations of sexual abuse

 It is believed that Paul Doty has been a Catholic school teacher, Principal, and/or School Leader at schools in South Boston, MA (St. Augustine’s); Roxbury, MA (St. Patrick’s); Charlestown, MA (Charlestown Catholic School); Richmond, KY (St. Mark’s); Anniston, AL (Sacred Heart); and, Cincinnati, OH (St. Francis Seraph) for approximately forty (40) years and may still be employed as a teacher, Principal or otherwise in Catholic institutions

 What
A press conference alerting the media, Catholic school parents and students, and the general public that Paul Doty, a graduate of Boston area Catholic schools and colleges, who became a Catholic school teacher and Principal in at least four States, has been accused of sexually abusing five (5) minor male children from St. Augustine School, South Boston, MA, between 1986 and 1996.

When
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 100 East Eighth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.  It is believed that Paul Doty has served as “Leader of School” and/or teacher at St. Francis Seraph School or continues to serve as “Leader of School” and/or teacher at St. Francis Seraph School, Cincinnati, Ohio, or another Cincinnati Archdiocesan school.

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
Five men have come forward with allegations that their elementary school teacher/Principal, Paul Doty, a 1968 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School, Boston, and a 1972 graduate of Boston College, sexually abused them while they were minor children and students at St. Augustine School in South Boston, MA.  Paul Doty has been employed in Catholic schools in at least four States for approximately forty (40) years, many of those years as a teacher, Principal, or otherwise. It is believed that Paul Doty currently lives in Cincinnati and was employed at St. Francis Seraph School in Cincinnati, OH.  The press conference will call upon Catholic educational leaders in Massachusetts, Kentucky, Alabama, and Ohio, where Doty is alleged to have been employed, and the general public to protect children in Catholic schools and elsewhere from sexual abuse by Paul Doty and others.  In addition, Catholic school leaders in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati will be called upon to act immediately if Paul Doty is still employed by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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News Article and Video from

Victim advocates warn against ‘walking away’ from lessons of Sandusky and Spanier

Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com By Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com
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on March 24, 2017 at 9:41 PM, updated March 24, 2017 at 11:44 PM

A lot has changed in the five years since Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse scandal became public.

The penalties for failing to report such incidents are stiffer. More people are trained to spot the warning signs and the “chain of command” system that allowed administrators to wash their hands of responsibility is no more. On Friday, prosecutors succeeded in forcing a third Penn State official to account for endangering the welfare of a child.

Penn State’s response to the guilty verdict against its former president, Graham Spanier, was written with a sense of finality: “With today’s decision, we have that closure.”

Victim advocates, however, warn that such thinking breeds the kind of complacency that allowed Sandusky to abuse children for decades with impunity.

“Walking away from this as if it’s the end of the story, to me, is a grave mistake and a lost opportunity,” said Andrew Shubin, an attorney who represented four of Sandusky’s victims involved in the former assistant football coach’s trial, as well as a number of others.

The university has made improvements to encourage reporting, Shubin said, but it has also worked to undercut the credibility of Sandusky victims and to put the case in its rear view. He pointed to a letter written by current President Eric Barron last May about new allegations and the “rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment that have accompanied media stories.”

Jury reaches split verdict in trial of ex-PSU president Spanier

Jury reaches split verdict in trial of ex-PSU president Spanier

A Dauphin County jury reached a split decision, finding former Penn State president Graham Spanier guilty of endangering a child, but acquitted him of two other charges related to Jerry Sandusky.

That impulse to protect an institution’s reputation likely contributed to Spanier and the others remaining silent about the allegations against Sandusky. Pedophiles, experts say, often gravitate toward positions of authority–teachers, coaches, pediatricians and priests–because of the access they have to potential victims and, as Shubin pointed out, “they enjoy an unearned presumption of trust.”

“In many ways, when we’re looking at serial pedophiles, we also need to look at the institutions as enablers and causes of widespread abuse,” Shubin said. “We see that with the church and with Sandusky. These are, at the very heart of it, a betrayal. These institutions are betraying the children entrusted to them.”

Of course, there have been a series of changes in the law meant to encourage reporting and avoid similar inaction by administrators like Spanier.

Cathleen Palm, founder of the state’s Center for Children’s Justice, said it’s likely that the Sandusky abuse would have been reported sooner if it happened today. In the past, she said, someone like Joe Paterno was only required to tell his supervisor. Now, he would be required to call Childline, the tipline to report abuse, or law enforcement.

The verdict against Spanier is a case study in the failures of the old system, Palm said, although the new system has its own flaws. The flurry of legislation that came after Sandusky led to a lot more child abuse reporting because people are worried about running afoul of the law for not reporting. Funding hasn’t kept pace and neither has training.

“So many reports are coming in the front door,” she said, “there’s not enough resources or people to sort through and figure it out.”

If the public should learn anything from the Sandusky affair, Barbara Dorris, hopes it’s an understanding that few pedophiles fit the  stereotype.

“They aren’t dirty old men hiding in the bushes,” she said. “Child molesters are charming and rich. They’re people who look just like you–educated and maybe an important person in the community.”

Dorris, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said their good name contributes to other people’s desire to cover for them or to ignore the warning signs. As a child, Dorris was abused by a priest in her neighborhood. Later, as a teacher at a parish school, she reported a pedophile priest only to have her concerns ignored.

Spanier’s conviction is a positive sign that those who enable or shield predators will be held accountable, she said. The increased discussion of these issues mean allegations are more likely to be investigated but there’s always a danger that large institutions–whether it’s Penn State or the Catholic Church–will put a greater premium on their reputations than on protecting the children in their care.

“There are people who still want to put a statue of Joe Paterno back up,” she said. “If you’re a child on campus who was abused and you watch your fellow students celebrate someone who was involved in protecting predators, what kind of message are you sending?”

AG: Spanier, Curley and Schultz 'turned their backs'

AG: Spanier, Curley and Schultz ‘turned their backs’

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Friday that former Penn State President Graham Spanier and other school officials “turned their backs” and allowed abuse to continue.

Robert Hoatson, a former priest who founded the survivors nonprofit Road to Recovery, said an institution may feel closure at the end of a trial but the victims seldom do.

“They’re going to be living through this nightmare for the rest of their lives,” he said. Many struggle from post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse as they grapple with the emotional fallout, he said.

“What Penn State should be saying is that we are glad to be held to a higher standard,” Hoatson said. “Unfortunately, I find their statement self-serving.”

And not every incident is as cut and dried as the Sandusky case, said Kristen Houser, a spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, which centered on an eyewitness who saw the coach engaged in inappropriate behavior in the locker room with a young boy.

Most of the time, Houser said, there are no eyewitnesses to the abuse–just an uncomfortable feeling or the words or behavior of a victim. Many people are afraid of the consequences for speaking up, both for themselves and the alleged abuser.

“It takes one person to start the ball rolling,” she said. “There are lots of people waiting for that one person to be ‘somebody else.’ We all need to start taking those risks because, if it were our own child or family member, we’d certainly want someone to step in.”

Houser said Sandusky’s case shows what happens when no one wants to step in. Trained investigators, not school administrators, should have been tasked with weighing the veracity of the allegations against Sandusky.

“You want trained investigators to be the people looking into these matters and making determinations about what the appropriate response is,” she said. “Spending five years in litigation is not an appropriate outcome.”

Key players in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

Key players in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

The saga surrounding former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has involved a number of people from heads of industry to a graduate assistant.

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News Article and Video from News 10 Tampa FL

Alleged sex victim of Red Sox worker still seeks compensation

 Red Sox molestation claim

 

For most of his life, Gerald Armstrong never told a soul about his darkest secret.  Now every chance he gets, he tries to share it with strangers outside ballparks across the country.

“I was embarrassed for a long time. I was ashamed more than embarrassed for what happened to me because I actually thought I did something wrong,” Armstrong said.

He was standing outside the New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox spring training game on Tuesday.

In the mid- to late 1960s, Armstrong was living a dream as a clubhouse attendant, first for the Kansas City Athletics, then later the Royals.  But he says longtime Red Sox clubhouse and equipment manager Donald Fitzpatrick turned it into a nightmare.  

Fitzpatrick has been accused by more then 20 men, including Armstrong, of molesting them over several different decades.

“It changed me in the sense that I became a drug addict. I became an alcoholic,” Armstrong said.

In 2002, Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to sexual battery charges against boys at the team’s old spring training stadium in Winter Haven. The Red Sox even settled an over $3 million lawsuit with seven victims from their old spring training home.  

Fitzpatrick died in 2005 while serving a 10-year suspended sentence.

But still over 20 other men who say they were abused by Fitzpatrick haven’t been compensated by the team. Because of the statute of limitations, they likely won’t ever get a day in court either.  

So child abuse advocate Robert Hoatson is hoping to help pressure the team into a settlement. He stands outside of ballparks holding a sign reading “Red Sox Ignore Sex Victims.”

“No amount of money is going to take away what happened to them, but many of them because of the damage done to them they’ve really struggled,” Hoatson said.

Armstrong says opening up about the abuse has helped him heal and believes the Red Sox will eventually pay for the sins of one of their longtime employees.

“Right now they might be on the wrong side of history, but yeah, I believe they’ll do the right thing,” Armstrong said.

© 2017 WTSP-TV

MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 20, 2017

The former clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox, Donald Fitzpatrick, sexually abused many innocent children throughout the United States

 The Red Sox organization reached settlements with several abuse victims but has refused to help more than twenty more sexual abuse victims who were sexually abused as children when they worked in the Red Sox Fenway Park clubhouse or visiting clubhouses in at least three other states and have come forward to report the sexual abuse

One sexual abuse victim of Donald Fitzpatrick who worked as a clubhouse assistant in the Kansas City ballpark, Gerald Armstrong, continues his fight for justice from the Red Sox organization

 What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media and general public that the Boston Red Sox organization continues to re-victimize over twenty sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, by not settling their claims, and allowing them to gain validation, and try to heal

When
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM before the Spring Training baseball game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the spring training ballpark of the New York Yankees, George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa, FL 33614

Who
Gerald Armstrong from Kansas City, MO, who was sexually abused at the Kansas City ballpark in the Red Sox visitors’ clubhouse by clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, when he was a child; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
More than twenty men who were sexually abused as children by former Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, a deceased serial pedophile, including Gerald Armstrong of Kansas City, MO, continue to be re-victimized by the Boston Red Sox organization that refuses to settle the credible claims of these men.  Reportedly, in the past, the Boston Red Sox settled several claims of sexual abuse against Donald Fitzpatrick for approximately 3.15 million dollars.  However, more than twenty men continue to be treated unjustly and unfairly by the Red Sox organization.  Demonstrators will call upon the Red Sox to do the right, settle the claims of these men, allow them to gain validation, and try to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 11, 2017

Discovery of “mass baby grave” behind nuns’ convent and residence for women and babies in Tuam, Galway, Ireland, demands a reassessment of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the world, especially in New York City

 The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee has rejected a request by Road to Recovery, Inc., to enter a contingent of marchers in the March 17, 2017, parade in order to honor the deceased babies who were recently found in a mass grave in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland

 Parade President and Director, Dr. John Lahey, and New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan must honor and reverence the deceased babies of Galway and all of Ireland by asking marchers and others to demonstrate their sadness and  horror with a gesture of solidarity (such as wearing black armbands) and ordering Catholic parishes and institutions to schedule memorial services

What
A gathering of abuse survivors, advocates, concerned Catholics, and the general public to memorialize and reverence the deceased babies, toddlers, and infants from the “mass grave” uncovered behind the Bon Secours sisters’ home and convent in County Galway, Ireland, and to call on St. Patrick’s Parade Committee President and Director, Dr. John Lahey, and Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan to ask marchers to express their solidarity with the deceased babies and their families with an outward gesture or ritual which respects and memorializes the deceased children and their families

When
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at from 10:00 AM until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and East 50th Street, Manhattan, NYC, 10022

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.; victim/survivors of clergy and religious sexual abuse; concerned Catholics and citizens

Why
The recent unearthing of what officials called “significant quantities of human remains” in a mass grave located behind the former St. Mary’s Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland, is horrific, outrageous, and unacceptable.  Further disturbing information indicated that the remains were located in a chamber that was part of or very near to a septic tank.  It is believed that the remains of upwards of 8,000 babies will be uncovered in mass graves located at Catholic facilities for women and babies throughout Ireland.  In light of this astounding and troubling information, clergy and religious abuse victims and their supporters will call upon leaders of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City, the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world, to “tone down” the 2017 parade celebration by expressing their compassion for the victims and their families through a public gesture during the parade and recommending the scheduling of memorial services in Catholic parishes and institutions throughout the Archdiocese of New York and the United States of America.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Fessenden abuse part of a larger pattern

Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery speaks in front of the Berkshire School campus.

SHEFFIELD — The allegations of sexual abuse from more than 45 years ago lodged against current Berkshire School faculty member C. Dary Dunham are part of a larger pattern of abuse in independent schools that has come to light in the last several years.

Hundreds of victims — often former students at New England boarding schools — have come forward to assert their suffering at the hands of predatory faculty and staff members at elite schools where students and faculty live on campus, dine together and develop close relationships with one another.

The allegations against Dunham made by an adult victim who says the abuse took place in 1971 are but one part of Dunham’s long private school career during which he has headed three schools.

For more on this story, pick up this week’s edition of the Berkshire Record on a newsstand near you.

Berkshire School counselor accused of past sexual abuse

Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery speaks in front of the Berkshire School campus.

SHEFFIELD — A former student of Dary Dunham’s, a current faculty member at the Berkshire School, has come forward with allegations that Dunham sexually abused him back in 1971.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place at the Fessenden School in West Newton, where Dunham was a teacher and coach, while the student-victim, Michael Parker, was just 14.

C. Dary Dunham

In a written statement sent to news media, Parker states that Dunham was a teacher of his as well as the coach of the three sports — soccer, hockey, and lacrosse — that Parker played at Fessenden, an independent day and boarding school for boys.

In a phone interview with the Record on March 2, Parker said that his reasons for coming forward are threefold: Parker believes that going public with the information is the next step in his personal healing process.

He believes that some sort of justice should be served to Dunham as well.

Berkshire School Human Resources Director CherylGeerhold spoke briefly with the Record on Wednesday, explaining that the school would be looking into the matter.

“At Berkshire School we take any allegation of wrongdoing very seriously,” Geerhold said. “We are reviewing the situation and will take the appropriate action.”

For more on this story, pick up this week’s edition of the Berkshire Record on a newsstand near you.

Dunham resigns from Berkshire School amid abuse allegations

 C. Dary Dunham

SHEFFIELD — C. Dary Dunham, a faculty member at Berkshire School since 2009, has resigned amid allegations that he sexually abused a former student of his at another school in 1971.The Record reported this week that on March 1, Michael Parker, a former student of Dunham’s, alleged via a written release to the media that Dunham had sexually abused him while he was attending the Fessenden School in West Newton, where Dunham was employed as a teacher and a coach. Parker was 14 at the time.

Berkshire Head of School Pieter Mulder announced Dunham’s resignation Thursday. In an email addressed to the Berkshire School Community, Mulder said that Dunham had immediately been placed on administrative leave once the school learned of these allegations.

“Subsequently, Mr. Dunham voluntarily resigned from his part-time position at Berkshire,” Mulder writes. “It is important to note that we have no reason to suspect any impropriety involving anyone in the Berkshire community.”

According to the email, the school plans to continue to gather information on the situation.

 In his written statement sent to news media, Parker said Dunham was a teacher of his as well as the coach of the three sports — soccer, hockey, and lacrosse — that Parker played at Fessenden, an independent day and boarding school for boys.

Parker told the Record his reasons for coming forward are threefold: Parker believes that going public with the information is the next step in his personal healing process. He believes that some sort of justice should be served to Dunham as well.

Parker is being represented by attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston. Garabedian represented a number of victims in the cases involving sexual abuse by priests in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston, which were covered by the Boston Globe in a series of articles in 2002.

According to Garabedian, Parker recently settled on a claim “in the low six figures” regarding these sexual abuse allegations with Fessenden, where a series of sex abuse cases in the 1970s through the 80s and 90s, and even as recently as 2010, were acknowledged six years ago by school officials.

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 1, 2017

Dary Dunham, currently a member of the staff of the Berkshire School in Sheffield,.MA, and former Headmaster of the Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, CT, sexually abused Michael Parker, a student at the Fessenden School in West Newton,.MA, in approximately 1971 when he was approximately fourteen years of age

Michael Parker was sexually abused at the Fessenden School in West Newton,.MA, by Dary Dunham who was a teacher and coach of soccer, hockey, and lacrosse, the three sports that Michael Parker played for the school. Michael Parker was represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston,MA

What
A press conference announcing that a credibly accused sexual abuser from the Fessenden School in West Newton, MA, Dary Dunham, sexually abused Michael Parker when he was a student at the Fessenden School, and that Dary Dunham continues to work among minor children at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA

When
Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Berkshire School, 245 North Undermountain Road, Sheffield, MA 01257

Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; Michael  Parker will be available by telephone and attached is a statement by Michael  Parker

Why
The Fessenden School in West Newton, MA, has found allegations of sexual abuse of a minor

child, Michael Parker, by former teacher and coach, Dary Dunham, to be credible.  Michael Parker was sexually abused at approximately the age of 14 in approximately 1971 by Dary Dunham, who currently works at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA.  Michael Parker and his advocate will demand that the Berkshire School do the right thing and protect its students by acting appropriately on the allegations of sexual abuse of a minor child by Dary Dunham at the
Fessenden School in West Newton, MA.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. -862-368-2800-roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA- 617-523-6250

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Michael Parker- Remarks For the Press

March 1, 2017

I was sexually abused by C. Dary Dunham in May 1971while attending the Fessenden School in West Newton MA. I was 14 years old and in the spring of my 8th grade year.He was my teacher, coach and mentor.

In an extremely premeditated and predatory way, he used his authority and my trust in him to manipulate and take advantage of me in a most inappropriate manner. Over a period of weeks, he took me from study hall 3 or 4 times to  a remote classroom to bond and play a sports related table game. The same game that other students and I would play during our free time. He manipulated the rules to serve his perverted purpose. Somehow he made it OK to allow the victor of the game to fondle the loser as a form of dominance. Iremember that he won the first game and put his hand in my pocket and squeezed several times. I was very uncomfortable. I did not like any part of it and I showed it. He was quick to reassure me with a smile and said we could play again at another time. Part of me relished the attention, but I hated the game and thought  it was all very confusing. The next time  he took  me from  study hall, I remember winning and being relieved, until he insisted that I put my hand in his pocket and squeeze a number of times. Each time we met to play the game, the rules seemed to escalate. The last time  we played the game, he made sure that I won and to my horror, he had removed his pocket liner in his pants pocket in anticipation of my victory. When I realized what he had done Ipulled my hand out of his pocket in time to see the stain of his ejaculation coming through his trousers.He left me there alone to deal with the trauma. I was a child and very much alone.

I was one of the lucky ones. I remember walking back to study hall dazed and confused. Then, my 14 year old mind took over and I blocked the experience from my memory completely for over 10 years. It wasn’t until I read several reports of other pedophiles at Fessenden School in

the early 1980s that Irealized that it had happened to me too. I ignored the disgusting memory and successfully suppressed it until last year, May 2016. At that time, I realized that I had to deal with the pain and trauma once and for all. I knew that I could not hide from it or let it fester any longer. Coming to grips with  what happened  was very painful on a level I never experienced before. With therapy  and support from  people who cared and understood  the trauma,I am pleased to state that I am a survivor. The memory remains but the feelings of guilt and remorse from this horrible secret are gone.

I  speak out today for three reasons.  First, it is important for me to tell the story to complete the healing for me. Second, I   want some  sort of justice. I   believe Dunham should  be exposed  for what he has done  and  keep him away from school aged children. He currently  is employed  at the  Berkshire School and that  should not stand.  lastly, I  want you to publish the story in hopes that  others will come  forward  and  start  their  own  healing  process.  News reporting  on  the subject  was  the  catalyst  that  enabled   me  to  face  the   past  and  survive. As we  all  know, pedophiles  strike again and again, and I  am sure this case is no different. In fact, I   do  know at least one other  person who was subjected to Dunham’s abuse.

Thank you for your  interest  in the  case  and  I   hope  we can  help other  victims and  at  least protect the students at The Berkshire School.

Respectfully submitted,

Michael Parker

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MEDIA RELEASE – FEBRUARY 27, 2017

A Jesuit priest, Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, stationed at Boston College High School from approximately 1951-1967, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Ronald Edward Casey, from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 to 13 years of age

 Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, held himself out as a Boy Scout chaplain and took Ronald Edward Casey on Boy Scout trips to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, repeatedly sexually abused minor child Ronald Edward Casey from approximately 1956 through 1957 

 The Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province, which includes Boston College High School., continue to re-victimize childhood sexual abuse victim Ronald Edward Casey by not reasonably and fairly settling the claim of sexual abuse of a minor child against Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ

 
What
A press conference announcing that the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province refuse to reasonably and fairly settle the sexual abuse claim of Ronald Edward Casey who is 72 years of age and continues to suffer from the effects of sexual abuse by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, from approximately 1956 through 1957

When
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125

Who
Ronald Edward Casey, sexual abuse victim of Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, assigned to Boston College High School during the period 1956 through 1957; and, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why
Ronald Edward Casey was born in 1944 and grew up in a large family in South Boston, MA.  His older brother, Bill Casey, was being counseled by Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, who was assigned to Boston College High School and endeared himself to the Casey family which he visited frequently.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, told Ronald Edward Casey when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11 years old that he (Fr. Leo Pollard) was a Boy Scout chaplain.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on a Boy Scout trip to Camp Loon Pond in Lakeville, MA, where he was forced to sleep in the same cabin as Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, took Ronald Edward Casey on at least six more Boy Scout trips from approximately 1956 through 1957 when Ronald Edward Casey was approximately 11-13 years of age.  Fr. Leo Pollard, SJ, sexually abused Ronald Edward Casey on each of the Boy Scout trips.  Ronald Edward Casey and his advocate will demand of the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province that they do the right thing by reasonably and fairly settling his claim of sexual abuse.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250garabedianlaw@msn.com

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JESUIT PRIESTS AND BROTHERS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE CONTINUE TO RE-VICTIMIZE A SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM OF A JESUIT PRIEST

MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 28, 2017

Jesuits of the Northeast Province, based on the upper eastside of Manhattan and surrounded by a parish, an elementary school, and two high schools, continue to re-victimize Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased, serial pedophile Jesuit priest, by refusing to reasonably settle his claim

 Jesuits admit to having credible information from approximately five (5) persons (besides the victim) about Neal E. Gumpel’s childhood sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, and still refuse to settle Neal E. Gumpel’s claim reasonably

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners of a Jesuit-sponsored parish, and general public that the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) has insulted and re-victimized a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest by refusing to reasonably settle his credible claim.

When
Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 10:00 am until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10028 (between East 83rd and East 84th Streets) – 212-288-3588

Who
Neal E. Gumpel; his wife, Helen Gumpel, and members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
The Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) knows that Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was a serial molester of boys.  The Province settled at least one public claim against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, in the past.  Neal E. Gumpel’s credible factual account of having been sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake was a professor and Jesuit priest at Maine Maritime Academy, was credibly supported by approximately five (5) individuals, in addition to Neal E. Gumpel.  Now, the Northeast Province of the Jesuits, which has found that Neal E. Gumpel’s claim is credible, has insulted and re-victimized Neal E. Gumpel by refusing to reasonably settle his claim.  Demonstrators will ask parishioners and the general public to voice their outrage to the Jesuits of their parish and the leaders of the Northeast Province of the Jesuits whose offices are located around the corner on East 83rd Street and demand of the Northeast Province Jesuit leaders that they treat Neal E. Gumpel with compassion, fairness, and justice.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.,

 

President & Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

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MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 12, 2017

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo expresses his desire to get rid of the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children – Victims/survivors are cautiously optimistic

 Governor Cuomo also favors a one-year look back window in which any child who was sexually abused in New York State will have one year to file a claim against his/her abuser

 The Child Victims’ Act must be passed in 2017 by the New York State Legislature

 What
A demonstration to support and affirm Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent commitment to make the Child Victims’ Act the law in the State of New York.  Demonstrators will call on the members of the New York Senate and Assembly to pass the bill that includes:

1) NO CRIMINAL STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON SEX CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN, and;

2) A ONE-YEAR WINDOW TO ALLOW THOSE WHO WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED AS CHILDREN TO HOLD THEIR ABUSERS ACCOUNTABLE IN CIVIL COURTS

 When
Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the New York City Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, 633 Third Avenue (between 40th and 41st Streets), Manhattan, 10017

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and a victim/survivor of sexual abuse in four different

New York State counties, and:

Cecilia Springer, an 85 year-old sexual abuse victim of her high school Principal, Sr. Mary Andrew, SU, at Notre Dame School on West 79th Street, Manhattan, in the 1940s. 

Why
Victims/survivors of sexual abuse in New York State have been given hope that the Child Victims’ Act will finally become law now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed his support of it.  Victims/survivors have fought for justice for decades, and it appears that there might be hope in 2017 for the passage of the bill.  Demonstrators will express their support of Governor Cuomo in his quest to get the Child Victims’ Act signed into law.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 roberthoatson@gmail.com

Cecilia Springer, Victim/Survivor
Outside the New York City Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, 633 Third Avenue, NYC

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News Article and Video from MY 9NJ.com  on the Installation of Cardinal Joseph William Tobin

New archbishop in Newark

Joseph Cardinal Tobin was installed as the Newark archbishop.
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Newark was overrun by joy on Friday with the installation of the new archbishop of Newark.

Cardinal Joseph Tobin was handpicked by Pope Francis, making him the first cardinal named to the post in 163 years. Tobin succeeds Archbishop John Myers.

 Churchgoers came to welcome their new leader, along with some of New Jersey’s political elite including Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez.

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Demonstration at the Installation of Cardinal Joseph William Tobin

Friday, January 6, 2017


Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart


Cardinal Joseph William Tobin

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Sexual abuse still persists fifteen years after Spotlight, attorney and source argues

 

Fifteen years after the Boston Globe’s Spotlight series uncovered the widespread sexual abuse of Catholic priest — and more than a year after it became a highly acclaimed film on the big screen — the issue of priest molesting children still exists throughout Massachusetts and worldwide.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian and members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a press conference to shed light on the Catholic church’s lack of transparency and cooperation in dealing with these cases and more recent accusations of abuse.

“Pope Francis is making compassionate statements but it’s not being followed with compassionate activity,” Garabedian, who helped the Globe expose the Catholic church in its 2002 Spotlight reports, told the audience. “Transparency is necessary. The records have to be released for this to begin to end.”

Garabedian said he is handling 49 cases in Connecticut’s federal court alone against Douglas Perlitz, a Jesuit priest at Fairfield University who is accused of sexually abusing children at a school in Haiti. He’s also received calls across the country about abuse from other priests.

“Documents around the country have been produced through litigation indicating that supervisors of pedophile priests knew what was going on and did nothing about it and hid it,” Garabedian said. “It’s time for transparency so the victims can try to heal and gain a degree of closure.”

Barbara Dorris, the victims outreach director of SNAP and a survivor of clergy sexual assault, said she also receives many calls, some from teens, particularly since the release of the movie Spotlight.

“You may think your kids are safe. You may think this crisis is over, but I would say to you please, please be vigilant. This is not over. I talk to teenagers now. This is not over. We need to make changes so the kids are safe,” Dorris said.

Garabedian went on to suggest that statute of limitation laws for all kinds of sexual abuse be lifted as they are with murder cases. The statute in Massachusetts is 52 or younger.

He also said that the church needs to be more accountable, keep a watchful eye over its communities and set up workshops with survivors to better prevent abuse from occurring.

Garabedian is currently working with sexual abuse survivor and North Andover resident Bassam Haddad, a father of two and a victim of Father Ross Frey, who went on to share his story.

“I was a victim from about the age of 13 to close to 18 by Father Ross Frey at St. Joseph’s in Lawrence, and when I came forward in 2012 I actually told my wife and she said we need to speak to attorney Mitchell Garabedian,” an emotional Haddad said.

Father Frey was sent to Lebanon after eleven victims and Haddad came forward in the 90s, where he could not be extradited and where he later died. Years of keeping the abuse from his family made Haddad suicidal, particularly knowing that the church wouldn’t help him.

“My kids were in a Catholic school and the first thing the principal said to me when they found out, she came forward to me and said, ‘Don’t worry. This won’t happen to your kids. We keep a close eye on the priests here.’ This is what a principal said to me,” Haddad said before breaking out into tears.

Garabedian said that what had changed in the 15 years since he worked with the Globe on uncovering this systemic problem in the Catholic church was people’s attitude toward the issue, which he credited the film Spotlight for contributing to that change. The overall problem though, Garabedian argued, still lies with the mindset of the church itself.

“Victims need to hear that the sexual abuse was not the victim’s fault,” Garabedian said. “And the way they hear that is to hear the truth, through transparency and through documentation. Not slogans about how priests care for children and they’re going to help children in the future, but through evidence, through documentation, through the real deal.”

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MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 4, 2017

PRESS CONFERENCE ON JANUARY 5, 2017

THIS IS THE FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOSTON GLOBE “SPOTLIGHT TEAM” COVERAGE OF THE CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE SCANDAL IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, MA (2002-2017)

 VICTIMS/SURVIVORS, ADVOCATES, AND AN ATTORNEY WILL DISCUSS THE CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS IN THE BOSTON ARCHDIOCESE AND WORLDWIDE, INCLUDING ITS HISTORY DURING THE PAST FIFTEEN YEARS, ITS PRESENT STATE, WHERE IT IS HEADED, AND WHY IT HAS NOT ENDED

 What
A press conference featuring victims/survivors , advocates, and an attorney who will discuss the state of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of Boston and worldwide, including its history, the present state, where it is headed, and why the Catholic Church has not been successful in ending it

When
Thursday, January 5, 2017, at 11:15 am

Where
Hilton Hotel, 89 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02110

Who
Robert Costello, victim/survivor of a Boston Archdiocesan priest

Barbara Dorris, St. Louis, MO, a victim/survivor of clergy abuse, who is the Victims Outreach Director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, based in Chicago, IL

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, whose information about the “secret files” of the Archdiocese of Boston made it possible for the Boston Globe to uncover and publish hundreds of stories about them, and who is featured in the movie, Spotlight, portrayed by actor Stanley Tucci

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists sexual abuse victims, based in Livingston, NJ; former religious brother and priest; a victim/survivor of sexual abuse in Boston by an Irish Christian Brother, and former Headmaster of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, MA, who blew the whistle on sexual abuse by a Boston priest in 1981 but was ignored

Why
Despite rhetoric and promises, the Catholic Church has not made significant progress in its efforts to eradicate clergy sexual abuse.  Pope Francis’ promise of zero tolerance of clergy sexual abuse has not been realized.  In addition, his pledge to fire bishops who have mishandled and covered-up sexual abuse cases has not been fulfilled, and Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, the Pope’s special consultant on clergy sexual abuse, has not been transparent and open about clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and in his role as head of the worldwide Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse.

 Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA. – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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Group asks for settlement in abuse claim against Deerfield Academy

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Three decades later, Altoona–Johnstown diocese doesn’t object to the release of information in abuse cases

After the passage of three decades – and the release of a scathing report by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General that provided details about an alleged cover-up of rampant child sexual abuse within its ranks – the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown changed positions as to whether information in a civil litigation against Msgr. Francis McCaa should be made public.

In 1986, counsel for the monsignor, diocese, former Bishop James Hogan, and Holy Name Catholic Church in Ebensburg argued that pretrial documents – in a case brought by four plaintiffs – should be sealed in order to “prevent serious and irreparable harm to the defendants through the disclosure of information which may not be relevant or admissible at the trial of the case,” as described in the papers.

But, when The Tribune-Democrat sought to have the documents unsealed this year, the diocese did not resist, so long as the accusers’ names were redacted.

 

“Their policy now is to be as transparent as possible without hurting someone else,” Eric Anderson, an attorney for the diocese, said.

Michael Sahlaney, a lawyer who handled the action for the newspaper, complimented the diocese for not fighting the legal action.

“The diocese, I want to give them credit,” he said. “They were very open. They had no objection to the file being open at this time. It is what it is.”

But he added: “They have a terrible history, but we’ve got to give them credit where credit is due.”

‘Right to know’

The diocese points to this action as evidence of an ongoing effort to become more open in dealing with accusations of abuse.

The McCaa case decision came after the release of the AG’s report, which outlined its findings that the diocese had protected at least 50 priests and other religious leaders under the direction of Hogan and Bishop Joseph Adamec.

However, the McCaa documents were not released until The Tribune-Democrat pursued the matter.

“Given the scope and severity of findings in the attorney general’s report, we believed the McCaa files would contain information that the community had a right to know, and also information that might shed further light on events connected with the issue of child sexual abuse within the diocese,” Chip Minemyer, the newspaper’s editor, said. 

“The courts clearly agreed, and approved our request to have the case unsealed.

“As we noted in our petition to open these records, the issue of clerical abuse of minors and the processes by which those situations were handled constitute a matter of significant public concern.”

Since the report was released in March, the Altoona-Johnstown diocese has publicized a list of priests who have had credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against them. There are 22 priests on the current list: 16 deceased, three laicized, two removed from public ministry, one incarcerated.

Bishop Mark Bartchak publicly apologized to the victims and held prayer services. 

‘Children in our church’

The diocese, though, has often been hesitant to discuss the abuse scandal, since there are ongoing legal matters, including a case against three former minister provincials from the Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception.

The Franciscans are accused of putting the late Brother Stephen Baker in positions – including at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown – where he had access to children, even though, as the state contends, they knew he was an alleged pedophile.

The attorney general’s office still considers the investigation to be open. The three Franciscans are expected to face trial in 2017.

“The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown continues to be the subject of an ongoing investigation, and we cannot discuss matters related to that investigation,” Tony DeGol, a spokesman for the diocese, said. “As always, our thoughts and prayers are with all victims of sexual abuse. Bishop Bartchak remains committed to helping those who were harmed and ensuring the safety of all children in our church.”

Critics claim not enough is being done.

 Less than two weeks ago, Road to Recovery, a nonprofit support group for victims, held a press conference outside Bishop McCort, where Baker allegedly abused dozens of boys when he served there as an athletic trainer and in other roles.

The organization’s co-founder, Robert Hoatson, accused the diocese and Franciscan order of refusing to, in his opinion, justly and fairly settle the claim of an unnamed victim, who was allegedly abused by Baker from approximately 1996 to 1998 when a student at Bishop McCort.

“When the spotlight is on the diocese – for example, when the attorney general was doing her investigation, and when they started to indict priests, and then when they came out with the report of the 50 or so priests who had abused in the diocese – oh, then Bishop Bartchak was so welcoming and so hospitable,” Hoatson said. 

“And, as soon as the spotlight is turned off, they seem to go right back into their usual modus operandi, which is secrecy, which is cover up, which is then to ignore the victims. 

“That’s what we’re experiencing again. So we’re going to keep coming. We’re going to keep coming and shedding the light on this because this can’t continue.” 

‘Spin control’?

Boston-based attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represents the alleged victim, said his client is being re-victimized by the diocese and Franciscan order.

“These cases are never really about money,” Garabedian said. “They’re about validation.”

Garabedian, one of the nation’s leading legal representatives for victims of child sexual abuse, who played a major role in exposing a cover-up within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, describes the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese’s willingness to not fight release of the McCaa documents as “spin control.”

“The diocese is concerned about its public image,” Garabedian said.

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Media Release – December 10, 2016

Jamaican girl sexually abused by New York-based Franciscan priest, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle Walsh, has asked the Franciscan Friars for help so she can heal.  The Franciscan Friars have told her to “take a hike”

 Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based in Manhattan with parishes and ministries throughout the NY City/northern New Jersey metropolitan area, refuse to help a Jamaican woman even with the costs of counseling so she can begin to heal.  She was sexually abused by a Franciscan missionary when she was approximately 10 years old in Kingston, Jamaica

What
Demonstration and leafleting in Northern NJ alerting the media, parishioners, and ordinary citizens of the refusal of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based on West 31st Street, Manhattan, to help a Jamaican childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul A. Walsh, heal

When
Sunday, December 11, 2016 – 6:00 am until 9:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk and alongside a procession for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 65 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler, NJ, as the procession makes its way through the Town of Butler, and on to St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, NJ, where a 9:00 am Mass will be held

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a New Jersey-based non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
The Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, based in Manhattan, refuse to assist in the recovery of a childhood sexual abuse victim of one of their priests, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM.  This Kingston, Jamaica, woman was a little girl of approximately ten years old at Our Lady of Angels Parish and School in Kingston, Jamaica, when Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, also known as Fr. La Salle Walsh, sexually abused her.  This innocent victim wants to heal, but the Franciscan Friars have told her to “take a hike,” refusing, even, to help her with the costs of counseling.  Demonstrators will call upon parishioners of Franciscan parishes in Butler and Pompton Lakes, NJ, and ordinary citizens to demand of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province that they do the right thing and help this Jamaican woman heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE FORDHAM UNIVERSITY, BRONX, NY
THURSDAY, DECEMBER, 2016

           
(Left to Right) Victim/Survivor Neal Gumpel, his wife Helen and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

     

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DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI, MANHATTAN

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2016


Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

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MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 9, 2016

Deerfield Academy continues to re-victimize a childhood sexual abuse victim of a former Deerfield Academy teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, counselor, and supervisor, Peter Hindle, by not acting reasonably and justly in settling his claim and allowing him to heal

 “John Doe,” a former Deerfield Academy student who filed a civil lawsuit on September 8, 2016, in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court, against former Deerfield Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, was sexually abused by Peter Hindle, in approximately 1986, when “John Doe” was approximately 16 years of age. 

What
A press conference announcing that Deerfield Academy, located in Franklin County, MA, which employed sexual abuser, Peter Hindle, from approximately 1956-2000, as a teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, counselor, and supervisor, is not acting reasonably and fairly in settling a sexual abuse claim of “John Doe”

When
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the main entrance of Deerfield Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
Recent talks to settle the sexual abuse claim of “John Doe,” who attended Deerfield Academy from approximately 1984-1987, and was sexually abused by former Deerfield Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, were unsuccessful because Deerfield Academy is not acting fairly and reasonably in negotiations to settle his claim, causing him to be re-victimized and delaying his attempts to heal.  Peter Hindle was a serial sexual abuser of minor children at Deerfield Academy, and it is believed that other adults at Deerfield Academy knew about Peter Hindle’s sexual abuse of minor children.  Deerfield Academy will be called upon to stop dragging its feet, settle “John Doe’s” claim fairly and reasonably, and allow him to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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News Article From

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West Orange native, former priest to run for NJ governor

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A West Orange native has thrown his hat into the ring for New Jersey’s gubernatorial race roughly a year before the 2017 election.

Robert Hoatson, a former priest who now runs the Road to Recovery nonprofit organization, which assists sexual abuse victims, announced his intention to run in the Democratic primary during an event at the Wilshire Grand Hotel on Nov. 15. Hoatson acknowledged he face an uphill battle, as former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy has already scored the backing of numerous state leaders and recently loaned his campaign $10 million of his own money. But the resident said he is running to stop the Democratic Party from becoming an arm for the elites.

“We seem to be electing fewer and fewer leaders and more demigods and managers and people who can buy elections,” Hoatson told the West Orange Chronicle in a Nov. 25 phone interview. “What is happening now is that government seems to be a way to either develop a career and/or accumulate a lot of money. And I don’t think that’s what civil service is meant for.”

In addition to Hoatson and Murphy, the Democratic primary race so far includes former U.S. Undersecretary of the Treasury for Enforcement Jim Johnson and Assemblyman John Wisniewski, a Bridgegate investigator. On the Republican side, Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli and entrepreneur Joseph Rudy Rullo have declared they will run.

Hoatson ran unsuccessfully for the West Orange Township Council in 2014, a race in which seven candidates ran for two open seats eventually re-filled by the incumbents; he came in fifth place.

Hoatson promised that as governor he would focus solely on helping those in need and to do so, he said he will first have to change the way Trenton operates. To start, he said he would hold application processes for all governor-appointed positions instead of hiring cronies catering to special interests. Additionally, Hoatson said he would push to impose term limits for all municipal, state and federal elected leaders so that the “career politician” ceases to exist.  

He added that he would meet regularly with regular citizens to learn about their needs and work hard to meet them. After all, he said, the people should be the priority of any governor.

“When push comes to shove, what we’re serving is not the government,” Hoatson said. “What we’re serving is people.”

One way Hoatson plans to benefit New Jerseyans, if elected, is to help the economy. U.S. Census data shows the state poverty rate was 10.8 percent last year. That data also shows that the household median income for New Jersey residents only increased by 0.3 percent in 2015, which is a smaller increase than in any other state. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the state’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in October, higher than the national rate of 4.9 percent.

To create jobs, Hoatson said he would focus on improving New Jersey’s infrastructure, which received a “D-” on its 2016 report card from the American Society of Civil Engineers. People can find work fixing the state’s bridges and roads, he said, and in turn the state will gain infrastructure that can attract businesses. He added that he would also establish a task force to look into why corporations are leaving the state when its location between the major cities of New York, Philadelphia and Boston should make it an ideal home for them.

Hoatson said he would also eliminate wasteful spending, cut political patronage jobs to save funds, and do away with the state’s tax-exempt status for charitable and religious organizations so everyone pays their fair share.

“Has anybody ever seen a poor minister in the state of New Jersey?” Hoatson said. “Here you have these inner-city churches where the minister is driving around in a Cadillac and has a $100,000 a year job. To me, a lot of the churches in the state have a lot of money. Now, I’m not saying we should tax them at the same amount as profit-bearing companies, but I think we all should have to pay taxes.”

While these measures are intended to save the state money, Hoatson also wants to make sure residents are getting paid more, so he would call for a $15 minimum wage, if elected.

Another area Hoatson would work to improve is education. As a priest and an Irish Christian Brother, he worked as a middle and high school teacher, and as principal at Hackensack’s Holy Trinity School as well as director of schools for Newark’s Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish. He also helped found the Catholic Urban Educators group in the 1980s.

If elected, Hoatson said he would offer funding to any educators willing to start charter schools in the inner cities, saying, “I want good teachers and creative teachers to take the bull by the horns and create the best learning environments for kids. Very often we just spend too much time creating these mega structures and they end up not as effective because the community and the teaching staffs were not involved with the planning. I think when you involve the people who are receiving the services, then you’re going to come up with a much better product.”

As for higher education, Hoatson said he would raise taxes on the wealthy and major corporations in order to offer free tuition to community colleges and reduced tuition to Rutgers University for in-state students. He also wants to urge Rutgers to leave the Big 10 so it can return its focus to academics, funneling the millions it now spends on sports toward scholarships and reduced tuition instead and opening locations in other areas of the state.

Of course, none of these ideas will come to pass if Hoatson is not elected. He said he has reached out to several party leaders but no one agreed to meet with him. So, to secure the nomination, he said he will run a grassroots campaign funded solely by donations from supporters and looks forward to traveling the state and talking with as many citizens as possible to generate support.

Hoatson has a loyal following in West Orange, where he has lived for most of his life. Anita Strauss said she has watched him grow up and has no hesitation supporting him for governor.

“He’s such a wonderful human being,” Strauss told the Chronicle in a Nov. 26 phone interview. “He has the kind of attributes that I would like to see in a governor — honesty, integrity, intelligence, a sense of justice and a feeling of compassion for all. He’s just a super human being. And he’s always giving.”

Bob Sforza, another West Orange supporter, agreed that much of the state’s infrastructure needs to be upgraded, and said he likes Hoatson’s education ideas, pointing out that poverty cannot be solved without good schooling.

“Despite the odds, I think he’d make a tremendous governor,” Sforza told the Chronicle in a Nov. 25 phone interview.

Even with this homegrown support, Hoatson still has a long road ahead of him. According to Matthew Hale, an associate professor for Seton Hall University’s Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, the support of county party leaders is crucial for anyone running for office in New Jersey. And Murphy has done a “masterful” job doing so, Hale said.

Money is also essential to any political campaign, Hale said, adding that he thinks a former priest may not have the enormous personal wealth of a former Goldman Sachs executive. The professor said Murphy, a multimillionaire, has been campaigning on a platform geared directly toward helping the lower and middle classes, like overshadowing Hoatson’s similar ideas, which does not bode well for his chances.

“It seems like it’s a folly to think that a candidate could compete under those terms,” Hale told the Chronicle in a Nov. 28 phone interview. “That being said, I think a lot of people didn’t expect Bernie Sanders to do as well as he did against Hillary Clinton, and certainly no one expected Donald Trump to win. But I think it’s incredibly difficult and in many ways different than either of those examples for this candidate to run in New Jersey, where structure matters a lot more than it does on the national stage.”

Neither the Murphy campaign nor the New Jersey State Democratic Committee responded to requests for comment before press time Nov. 29.

The odds may be against him, but Hoatson said he is up to the challenge. He pointed out he spent nearly 40 years within the Catholic Church trying to combat clergy abuse and, after experiencing blowback that resulted in him leaving the Church in 2011, continues to demand that pedophile priests be held accountable for their actions through his organization. With that experience, he said he is well-prepared to reform New Jersey’s government as well.

“I’ve already taken on the largest bureaucracy in the world,” Hoatson said, referring to the Catholic Church. “I’ve spent my life trying to clean things up, so to speak. And if New Jersey doesn’t need a cleaning up, I don’t know what does.”

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Victims advocate: Altoona-Johnstown diocese ‘retrenching’ in wake of abuse report

  • An alleged victim of child sexual abuse, who came forward shortly after a grand jury report was released that accused the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown of orchestrating a decades-long coverup of pedophilia within its ranks, now finds himself at odds with the diocese over a proposed settlement.The now 34-year-old man claims he was abused by Brother Stephen Baker from approximately 1996 to 1998 ,when both were at what was then called Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown.
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  • Robert Hoatson, co-founder of Road to Recovery, a support group for victims, said a settlement offer has been made by the diocese and Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception, which assigned Baker to Bishop McCort. But Hoatson described the amount as “peanuts.”

    Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston-based lawyer who represents the accuser, said, “The diocese and the Franciscans are re-victimizing my client.”

    He accused the diocese of acting in an “extremely non-pastoral way.”

    Hoatson blames Bishop Mark Bartchak for, in his opinion, not living up to his promise to help victims.

    “For the last year and a half or so, Bishop Bartchak has been actually sending out a regular appeal to victims to come forward, especially those who have been abused by priests and religious leaders,” Hoatson said during a press conference held across the street from Bishop McCort on Tuesday.

    “Of course, we know that Brother Stephen Baker (was) perhaps the most prolific abuser here in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Well, a young man, 34 years old, answered the call of Bishop Bartchak to come forward. Bishop Bartchak has promised that the victims will receive a warm welcome, that they will be helped, that their needs will be met. And we’re finding just the opposite once again. The church is retrenching.”

    The accuser, whose name has been withheld, came forward on March 7.

    On March 1, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General issued a grand jury report in which it accused the diocese of protecting at least 50 priests and other religious leaders accused of sexually abusing children.

    Baker allegedly abused dozens of children during his time at Bishop McCort, from 1992 through 2001.

    The AG’s investigation into the diocese is still considered to be open.

    “The diocese does not comment on the details of settlements, nor can we discuss any matter related to the ongoing investigation of the diocese,” Tony DeGol, secretary for communications, wrote in an email. “As always, we offer our continued prayers and support to anyone who has been harmed in the church.”

    Thomas Farrell, an attorney representing the order, could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 28, 2016

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania continue to disrespect a childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, a deceased serial pedophile and member of the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania, who served in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, by not reasonably settling his claim

 A childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, is being re-victimized and prevented from healing by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania, because they are not acting reasonably in the settling of his claim

What
A press conference announcing that the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania refuse to justly and fairly settle the claim of a childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, causing the childhood sexual abuse victim to be re-victimized, prevented from healing, and feeling disrespected

When
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the front entrance of Bishop Mc Court High School, 25 Osborne Street, Johnstown, PA 15905

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including several childhood sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

Why
John Doe was a minor child attending Bishop Mc Cort High School in Johnstown, PA, when he met a serial pedophile, Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR.  From approximately 1996-1998, when he was approximately 15-17 years old and a student at Bishop Mc Cort High School, John Doe was repeatedly sexually abused by Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR.  Now, at age 34, John Doe has courageously come forward to report the sexual abuse that caused him great harm.  He expected to receive a timely and fair response from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania.  Instead, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular Pennsylvania have been unfair and unjust in settling John Doe’s claim, causing him to feel re-victimized, and disrespected, thus preventing him from healing.  The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania will be called upon to settle John Doe’s claim in a timely, fair, and just manner, and allow “John Doe” to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250garabedianlaw@msn.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 26, 2016

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s financial compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by New York Archdiocesan clergy does not include victims of sexual abuse by nuns, religious brothers, lay employees and volunteers who serve or have served in the Archdiocese of New York

Nuns, religious brothers, lay employees and volunteers who sexually abused children in the Archdiocese of New York must be held accountable through the New York Archdiocesan sexual abuse compensation program so that all childhood sexual abuse victims in the Archdiocese of New York have the opportunity to heal

Two childhood victims of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New York, one by a religious sister (nun), and another by a Catholic high school lay teacher, will demand that their sexual abuse claims be included in the financial compensation program of the Archdiocese of New York

 What
A demonstration and press conference demanding that Cardinal Timothy Dolan revise his financial compensation program for childhood victims of sexual abuse by Archdiocese of New York clergy to include childhood sexual abuse victims of nuns, religious brothers, lay employees and volunteers who serve or have served in the Archdiocese of New York

When
Sunday, November 27, 2016 from 10:30 am until Noon (Cardinal Dolan is the usual presider at the 10:15 am Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral) – Press conference at 11:15 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue between East 50th and East 51st Streets, New York, New York 10022

Who and Why

Cecilia Springer, an 85 year-old childhood sexual abuse victim of her high school Principal, Sr. Mary Andrew, S.U., at Notre Dame School, Manhattan, in 1945.  She reported the sexual abuse by Sr. Mary Andrew, S.U., to officials of Notre Dame School and the Sisters of St. Ursula, who impolitely told her to take a hike.  They have refused to help her.

Michael Meenan, who attended Fordham Prep School, the Bronx, in the 1980s and was sexually abused by a lay teacher of Fordham Prep, Fernand Beck, at a graduation party in Westchester County, New York.  Michael Meenan reported the sexual abuse by the teacher to an official of the school, but that official did nothing about it.  Recently, Michael Meenan met with lawyers and officials of Fordham Prep School, and they have yet to offer Michael any assistance.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and a victim of sexual abuse by three Irish Christian Brothers in the Archdiocese of New York
Cecilia Springer and Michael Meenan will demand of Cardinal Timothy Dolan that he:

1)         Include childhood sexual abuse victims of religious order men (priests, deacons, and brothers), religious order women (nuns), and all lay employees and volunteers who serve or   have served in the Archdiocese of New York in the financial compensation program for      sexual abuse victims sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York

2)         Allow all childhood sexual abuse victims in the Archdiocese of New York to try to heal by being included in the Archdiocese of New York compensation program.

 Contacts
Robert M.  Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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Cecilia Springer, 85 year-old childhood sexual abuse victim

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 22, 2016

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania continue to disrespect a childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, a deceased serial pedophile and member of the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania, who served in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, by not reasonably settling his claim

A childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, is being re-victimized and prevented from healing by the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania, because they are not acting reasonably in the settling of his claim

What
A press conference announcing that the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania refuse to justly and fairly settle the claim of a childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, causing the childhood sexual abuse victim to be re-victimized, feel disrespected, and prevented from healing

When
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where
In front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, 927 S. Logan Boulevard, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 – 814-695-5579

Who
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including several childhood sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR, in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania

Why
John Doe was a minor child attending Bishop Mc Cort High School in Johnstown, PA, when he met a serial pedophile, Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR.  From approximately 1996-1998, when he was approximately 15-17 years old and a student at Bishop Mc Cort High School, John Doe was repeatedly sexually abused by Br. Stephen P. Baker, TOR.  Now, at age 34, John Doe has courageously come forward to report the sexual abuse that caused him great harm.  He expected to receive a timely and fair response from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania.  Instead, the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular Pennsylvania have been unfair and unjust in settling John Doe’s claim, causing him to feel re-victimized, and disrespected, thus preventing him from healing.  The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania will be called upon to settle John Doe’s claim in a timely, fair, and just manner, and allow “John Doe” to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 17, 2016

Clergy sexual abuse victim, Neal E. Gumpel, his wife, and supporters to demonstrate at Fordham University and Fordham Prep in the Bronx in the aftermath of a Business Insider article (http://www.businessinsider.com/catholic-church-sexual-abuse-victims-compensation-fund-2016-11) that told his story of sexual abuse by a Catholic Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham Prep and Fordham University teacher and professor, who has been previously identified as a sexual abuser, and the refusal of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Fordham University, and Fordham Prep to fairly compensate him.  After an investigation, Mr. Gumple was found to be credible by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with regard to his claim.

Business Insider, the largest business news site on the web, published an article during the week of November 14, 2016, entitled, “The Catholic Church has a plan to compensate sexual-abuse victims, but many will get nothing.”  It described the compensation plan of the Archdiocese of New York which assists victims of clergy (Archdiocesan priests and deacons only) sexual abuse but does not include sexual abuse victims of religious order priests, sisters (nuns), brothers, deacons, and all lay Church employees who work or have worked in the Archdiocese of New York with the express consent of the Cardinal/Archbishop of New York.

Demonstrators will urge Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, faculty, administrators, and the general public to demand that Fordham University, Fordham Prep, and the Society of Jesus do the right thing by fairly and justly compensating sexual abuse victims of Jesuit priests, like Neal E. Gumpel, whose allegations of sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, have been found credible.  In addition, Cardinal Timothy Dolan must demand of religious orders that they fairly and justly compensate sexual abuse victims of their members and lay employees or else they may not serve in the Archdiocese of New York

What and Why
A demonstration and leafleting alerting faculty, students, administrators, and the general public about the unfair and re-victimizing policy of the Archdiocese of New York to NOT include in its recently-announced compensation program for victims of Archdiocese of New York clergy, sexual abuse victims of religious order personnel, like Jesuits, who sexually abused children; and the unfair and re-victimizing policy of the Society of Jesus, Fordham University, and Fordham Prep NOT to compensate a sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, previously identified as a sexual abuser, Neal E. Gumpel, whose allegations have been found credible by the Society of Jesus, Fordham University, and Fordham Prep

When
Friday, November 18, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
Outside the main gates of Fordham University and Fordham Prep, 400 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY (near the entrance of the New York Botanical Garden)

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, his wife, Helen, and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250 – garabedianlaw@msn.com

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FROM THE

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Reconciliation and Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Abuse

  • The Archdiocese of New York has announced another step in its ongoing efforts to respond to the past scourge of sexual abuse of minors by clergy with the establishment of a voluntary Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP) that will seek to promote healing and bring closure by providing compensation to victim-survivors of abuse by priests or deacons of the archdiocese. 

    The program, to be administered by the renowned mediator Mr. Kenneth Feinberg, was put into place by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York.  The archdiocese has already begun reaching out to those victim-survivors who have previously notified the archdiocese that they had suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of the archdiocese in order to invite them to participate in Phase 1 of the program.  Mr. Feinberg and his colleague, Ms. Camille Biros, will have complete autonomy in deciding compensation for victim-survivors, and the archdiocese has agreed that it will abide by their decisions.

    Former Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska, and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Jeanette Cueva, M.D., an expert in child psychiatry, have agreed to serve as an Independent Oversight Committee, to oversee the implementation and administration of the IRCP.  Commissioner Kelly, Judge Preska, and Dr. Cueva have reviewed and approved the protocols of the IRCP, and they will continue to oversee the implementation and administration  of the program, although the decisions reached by Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros regarding compensation to victim-survivors are final and cannot be appealed or overturned by the archdiocese or the Independent Oversight Committee.

    In announcing the IRCP, Cardinal Dolan said “The program we are establishing today will, please God, help bring a measure of peace and healing to those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of this archdiocese.  While the Church, particularly here in New York, has made great strides in working with the ten district attorneys who serve in this archdiocese and in dismissing clergy found guilty of abuse, as well as in preventing acts of abuse through our Safe Environment programs, we continue to hear from victim-survivors that more needs to be done to reach out to those who have been hurt in the past.  We have been told, time and again, by victim-survivors that they are not principally interested in money, but instead are seeking some tangible sign of the Church’s desire for healing and reconciliation. As this Year of Mercy nears its conclusion, it is only appropriate that we take this opportunity to follow Pope Francis and once again ask forgiveness for whatever mistakes may have been made in the past by those representing the Church, even by us bishops, and continue to seek reconciliation with those who have been harmed and feel alienated from the Church.”

    “I wish to thank Mr. Feinberg and his colleague, Ms. Camille Biros, for taking on this assignment, and pledge to them that the archdiocese will respect and honor any decision they make regarding compensation for those who suffered abuse by a member of the clergy of this archdiocese.  I am also grateful to Commissioner Kelly, Judge Preska, and Dr. Cueva for their leadership and service,” the cardinal concluded.

    “As we begin this assignment, we are pleased to work with Cardinal Dolan, and the IRCP Independent Oversight Committee. We hope the program will be successful and that any victims of abuse come forward in a timely fashion to seek compensation through this independent program,” said Mr. Feinberg.

    Commissioner Kelly, who is serving as chair of the Independent Oversight Committee, said, “I commend Cardinal Dolan for his proactive leadership in redressing the wrongs committed in the past by some clergy in the New York Archdiocese. I’m honored to support the IRCP as it seeks to provide justice and restitution to victims of abuse.”

    After Mr. Feinberg and Ms. Biros have completed Phase I, they will begin Phase II, to review new allegations brought against known offenders as well as new allegations brought against clergy who have not previously been alleged to have engaged in misbehavior.  Anyone bringing forward a new allegation will be required to follow the policy of the archdiocese to notify the appropriate district attorney’s office, so that they might determine if a crime has been committed.  Such allegations will also be investigated by independent professionals and examined by the archdiocesan lay review board. 

    The archdiocese will take a long-term loan to cover the cost of compensating victim-survivors.  The archdiocese will not use money given by the people of the archdiocese to support parishes, schools, and charitable works, nor will it use funds from the annual Cardinal’s Stewardship Appeal, the newly initiated capital campaign Renew and Rebuild, or money given by a donor for a specific ministry or apostolate. 

  • Individuals who wish to learn more about the
    Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program can visit
    www.NYArchdiocese-IRCPSettlementProgram.com

 

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The Catholic Church has a plan to compensate sexual-abuse victims, but many will get nothing

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Neal Gumpel, a 59-year-old screenwriter, said he was elated when he heard in October that Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York, announced that the church was setting up a fund to compensate sexual-abuse victims. Gumpel said that when he was 16 the Rev. Roy Drake, a Jesuit priest, sexually assaulted him.

The program, called the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (IRCP), is intended to “bring a measure of peace and healing to those who have suffered abuse,” Dolan said.

The IRCP has many phases. The first, which spans from October to January, covers only those who had previously filed claims of sexual abuse against the church. The second phase, for which an implementation date has not been announced, will cover new claims filed against clergy members.

“I thought, finally, they’re acknowledging the victims,” Gumpel told Business Insider. “Finally, they’re admitting the pain they’ve caused us, not just by abusing us, but by turning their backs on us when we tried to come forward.”

But then he heard the bad news. Gumpel’s claims would not be covered and he would not receive a public acknowledgement from the church.

The IRCP only covers people abused by diocesan priests and deacons, leaving out victims of religious order members, such as Jesuits, Franciscans, Benedictines, and others, and church employees, like choirmasters and coaches, claiming that religious order members do not fall under the archdiocese’s purview.

The reason why comes down to a technicality, according to the church.

Although clerics from religious orders, like Drake, have to secure the permission of the archbishop of New York to function as a priest at any Catholic parish, school, or institution in the diocese, canon law stipulates that the bishop isn’t liable for what clerics do outside of “sacramental duties,” such as hearing confession and marrying couples, Edward Mechmann, a civil attorney and head of the New York Archdiocese’s Child Protection Office, told Business Insider.

That’s why Dolan’s fund doesn’t cover victims abused by religious order members.

As of 2013, 79% of officials in the New York Archdiocese — which includes diocesan priests, deacons, religious priests, brothers, and sisters — are from religious orders.

‘Never seen anything like it’

Neal Gumpel Helen Gumpel Neal Gumpel, right, and his wife, Helen, regularly demonstrate against the church and Society of Jesus outside the gates of Fordham University, a Jesuit school in the Bronx, New York. Neal Gumpel

Gumpel has tried many avenues for recourse with the church. In many ways the IRCP was his final hope.

In 2013, Gumpel went public with his allegations after decades of keeping them secret.

He contacted Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church and who was depicted in the movie “Spotlightin 2015. 

Before contacting Garabedian, Gumpel told only the people closest to him. The abuse destroyed his life and family, he said. He is estranged from his siblings, he suffered with substance abuse for years, and his trauma contributed to the failure of his first marriage.

Garabedian already knew about Drake when Gumpel called because he had worked with Richard Cerick, who said Drake had raped him when he was 13 years old in New York in 1969.

Cerick succeeded in getting a six-figure settlement, according to Garabedian, from the Society of Jesus, the religious order in the church that Drake was part of, as well as a public apology from Fordham University, the Jesuit university that housed Drake for 24 years and that continues to house a large number of New York Jesuits to this day. 

Garabedian and Gumpel were both hopeful that the church would agree to compensate him and issue a public apology, just as they did for Cerick. 

When Gumpel met with representatives for the Society of Jesus, they apologized for what had happened, before questioning “almost everyone” in Gumpel’s life, said Gumpel and Garabedian. They eventually deemed his story credible and apologized again privately but declined to compensate him or issue a public apology.

The Society of Jesus then said it would not compensate Gumpel because Drake had abused him while he was on a leave of absence.

That reasoning doesn’t make sense, Robert Hoatson, a former priest and the founder of Road to Recovery, an organization that advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse, told Business Insider. Jesuit priests have to go through a formal process to be “laicized,” or removed from the priesthood, he said. Drake never did.

“I’d never seen anything like it before. They said [Gumpel’s] story was credible, they acknowledged that it happened, they acknowledged the problem, and then they said they wouldn’t fix it,” Garabedian said.

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Inconsistencies in the church

The church’s distinction between diocesan priests and deacons and religious order clerics and church officials doesn’t make complete sense, according to many experts on canon law. 

Canon law stipulates that the bishop in any diocese holds ultimate authority over religious order clerics, Patrick J. Wall, a canon lawyer and former Roman Catholic priest who has written extensively about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, told Business Insider.

A book on canon law by three canon lawyers — John Beal, James Coriden, and Thomas Green — concluded the same.

“There is no statute of canon law which says the bishop is only responsible in certain cases,” Wall said. “The bishop is responsible, according to canon law, for the people of God. That includes any priest, religious [order member], layperson, or volunteer who works or functions in the diocese in collaboration with the bishop.”

Even in practice, the church has not always been consistent in differentiating between diocesan members and religious order members when it comes to sexual abuse.

At the beginning of the abuse crisis, the church frequently settled and gave payments to victims of religious order members, Anne Barrett-Doyle told Business Insider. She is the codirector of BishopAccountability.org, an information resource that tracks sexual abuse by members of the Roman Catholic Church.

For example, the New York Archdiocese took partial responsibility for sexual abuse committed by the Rev. Bruce Ritter, a Franciscan priest, in the 1990s. Ritter was never “defrocked” from the priesthood.

In 2007, the Los Angeles Archdiocese, in conjunction with religious orders, paid out $660 million to settle claims that 508 victims brought against 221 priests, brothers, teachers, and employees in the largest church-abuse case nationwide. That same year, the San Diego Diocese agreed to pay $200 million to 144 victims who said they were abused by diocesan and religious-order clerics. In 2004, the Orange County Diocese paid $100 million to settle claims by 91 victims against 44 priests and religious-order members.

Neal Gumpel Bob Hoatson Neal Gumpel, right, and Robert Hoatson demonstrate against the church and the Society of Jesus a couple of times a month. Neal Gumpel

The ‘look-back window’

Outside of excluding victims of religious clerics, Dolan’s program has been criticized as being instituted to circumvent legal action against the church. 

New York’s current sexual-abuse laws, particularly those regarding child sexual abuse, are among the most stringent in the country, because they give victims a very small window of time within which to take legal action than do laws in other states.

The statute of limitations for child sexual abuse in New York gives victims only until age 23 to prosecute their abusers and until age 21 to prosecute negligent employers. By comparison, Connecticut, Florida, Delaware, and other states have no civil or criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse.

The IRCP comes at a time when victims advocates are gaining ground pushing for statute-of-limitations reform in New York. The Child Victims Act, which has received support in the New York Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, aims to eliminate the statute of limitations for child-sexual-abuse cases. It includes a “look-back window,” which would give victims of child sexual abuse one year to retroactively file civil suits against their abusers.

Cecilia Springer, age 85, would benefit from the Child Victims Act. Springer said she was abused in 1945 at the age of 14 by Sister Mary Andrew, who was the principal of Notre Dame High School in Manhattan, which she attended. A religious sister for 30 years and a Garabedian client, Springer cannot sue the church because the statute of limitations has ended.

The Child Victims Act is her last hope. She cannot participate in the IRCP because, like Gumpel, she was abused by a religious-order member, not a diocesan priest or deacon.

“If it doesn’t pass, then I have no way of seeking justice for the crime committed against me,” she said. “The church is turning a blind eye to me and anyone like me who was abused by a [religious-order member]. What other option do I have?”

Springer, Gumpel, and others like them would likely be the church’s biggest liability if the bill passes, said Barrett-Doyle, who added that the IRCP is intended to signal to New York legislators that the church is taking care of victims themselves, while limiting how much it has to pay.

“A ‘look-back window’ like the one in the Child Victims Act would be catastrophic for the Church. Can you imagine how many people would sue them?” she said.

The IRCP stipulates that if claimants choose to participate in the program, they forever waive the right to sue the church, thereby releasing the institution of any liability in the future, and they must sign an agreement to adhere to “all requirements pertaining to privacy and confidentiality.”

“If the Child Victims Act ever passes in New York — and Gov. Andrew Cuomo promises it will be a priority in 2017 — Dolan will have already flushed out and shackled many of the victims who might have filed suit,” Barrett-Doyle wrote in an op-ed for the National Catholic Reporter in October.

“The church is doing what it always does,” said Garabedian. “It’s taking care of the problem quietly and paying as little money as possible, all while sweeping the abuse under the rug.”

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In Troubled Newark Archdiocese, Hoping Its New Leader Is a Pastor, Not a Prince

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 Bishop Manuel Cruz after Mass in November at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the seat of the Archdiocese of Newark. The archdiocese is preparing for the arrival of its new leader, Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
By JAMES BARRON

NEWARK — Bishop Manuel A. Cruz opened with a head count. “Four,” he said, looking out at the four parishioners in a small chapel behind the soaring Gothic sanctuary of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart here. “The perfect number, because it is the number we are here.”

Then Bishop Cruz said the evening Mass — the nightly service in English. Of the four worshipers, one was a lay reader, Edna Tan, who came to the United States from the Philippines 27 years ago. Also at the service was the cathedral’s head sacristan, Sister Ana Julia Frias, a nun from the Dominican Republic. The third worshiper was black, the fourth white.

Ninety minutes later in the same chapel, another Mass began, the weekly evening service in Spanish. The pews were full, about 50 people in all.

The difference in attendance illustrates one of the main challenges facing the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark as it prepares for the arrival of a new leader, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, currently the archbishop of Indianapolis. The cathedral is the seat of a troubled archdiocese stretching across four counties in northern New Jersey. It encompasses some of the state’s wealthiest communities, and some of its poorest.

But Archbishop Tobin will face other challenges in Newark, where he will succeed Archbishop John J. Myers, the leader of the archdiocese’s 1.5 million Catholics for the past 15 years.

 Archbishop Myers — who in July turned 75, the age at which bishops routinely submit their resignations to the Vatican — has been faulted for the archdiocese’s handling of a case involving a priest convicted of sexual abuse. He has also come under fire for using more than $500,000 of church money to build an addition to his weekend home in Hunterdon County, N.J. — a three-story wing with an exercise pool and an elevator.

“It seems to me it is a place that needs some serious healing,” Christopher M. Bellitto, a professor of history at Kean University in Union, N.J., said of the archdiocese.

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 Archbishop Tobin at the Cathedral Basilica last week. As the archbishop of Indianapolis, he made headlines in 2015 when he said that the archdiocese would continue to welcome Syrian refugees, despite moves against resettlement by Gov. Mike Pence.

Pope Francis, by appointing Archbishop Tobin to his new post and elevating him to cardinal later this week, is not only rejiggering the hierarchy of the church in the United States, but he is also elevating the Newark Archdiocese, Catholic commentators said. It is one of the 10 largest dioceses in the country, but it has never been led by a cardinal, as the Archdiocese of New York is.

Rocco Palmo, who follows the church hierarchy for the Catholic news site Whispers in the Loggia, wrote that Archbishop Tobin and his counterpart in New York, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, are “two garrulous, larger-than-life Irishmen whose shared lack of shyness is punctuated by a more than occasional difference of approach to church life.”

Archbishop Tobin, who is seen as a moderate, made national headlines last year when he announced that his archdiocese would continue to welcome Syrian refugees in Indiana, despite moves against resettlement by Gov. Mike Pence, now the vice president-elect.

Archbishop Myers, who is considered a conservative, barred a priest from the ministry in September over the priest’s support for gay advocacy groups. The priest, the Rev. Warren Hall, a former chaplain at Seton Hall University, said the archbishop had told him he was “confusing the faithful.”

Even before Archbishop Myers reached retirement age, Pope Francis was moving to put his imprint on Newark. In 2013, the pope named a coadjutor archbishop who would have succeeded Archbishop Myers automatically when he turned 75. But in 2014, the pope reassigned the coadjutor archbishop, Bernard A. Hebda, to another trouble spot, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

“Hebda and Tobin are Francis bishops, where Myers is more of a prince or prelate,” Professor Bellitto said, noting that Archbishop Tobin has told people never to call him “a prince of the church.” The National Catholic Reporter quoted the archbishop as saying that he and the pope were “fed up to here with princes.”

Professor Bellitto said that “Newark needs a pastor, not a prelate or a prince” and that Archbishop Tobin would fit the bill. Once he arrives in Newark, the professor said, parishioners would “feel as if a bishop is being named to hear them, as opposed to being named to preside over a wealthy place and talk to wealthy people all the time.”

“Fund-raising is part of the job,” Professor Bellitto said. “Balancing the books is part of the job, but you can hire people to do that. You can’t fake authenticity. You can’t fake a sense of real compassion for the people in the pew. After Francis was named pope, a lot of people were saying soup kitchens became the new limousines, and they were saying St. Francis of Assisi was always my favorite. But their closets were still full of French cuffs.”

With parishes that offer Mass in 20 languages, the Newark Archdiocese serves a wide economic range in the counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Union. The township in the archdiocese with the highest median household income, $194,536, is North Caldwell, N.J., about 12 miles from Newark. Orange has the lowest, $32,749. Newark itself has the second lowest, $34,012, according to a Queens College analysis of census data.

The four counties are also racially mixed. They are 42.6 percent white, 26.3 percent Hispanic and 18.6 percent black, according to the Census Bureau data.

 “It’s very different from when I grew up,” said Peter Ahr, an emeritus professor of religion at Seton Hall, from which he graduated in 1962. “In my youth, it was largely European ethnic — Irish, Italian, German, Polish. There has been an enormous increase in the number of African-American Catholics and Latinos, and I can think of Korean-American Catholic parishes that didn’t exist 50 years ago.”

But the archdiocese, like many across the United States, has closed churches as attendance has fallen or shifted. It now has 214 parishes, down from 238 in 1995. It operated 192 schools in 1995 — 153 elementary schools and 39 high schools. Now it has 96 — 67 elementary schools and 29 high schools. The archdiocese had 806 priests in 1995, compared with 700 today.

The Rev. Thomas Dente, the pastor of Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell, said his big challenge was “to bring people back.”

“I say this to my staff, I say I’d be happy if we get parishioners who are registered to come” to Mass, he said. “It’s not a question of going out and bringing non-Christians and converting, quote unquote. It’s a question of bringing back people who are only slightly connected now.” He estimated that such people made up half the 2,000 families in his parish.

The sex abuse case that drew national attention involved the Rev. Michael Fugee, who was convicted in 2003 of criminal sexual conduct. He had been accused of groping a boy in 1999 and 2000, when he was an associate pastor at St. Elizabeth Church in Wyckoff, N.J. The conviction was later overturned, but he and prosecutors in Bergen County reached an agreement that called for him to undergo sex-offender treatment.

The agreement also said that he was not to have unsupervised contact with children. And the archdiocese was to see that he was not given responsibilities that put him in a position to do so.

But in 2013, The Star-Ledger reported that he had been working with youth groups at St. Mary’s Church in Colts Neck, N.J., part of the Diocese of Trenton. Father Fugee voluntarily left the ministry as Archbishop Myers moved to suspend him. He was expelled from the priesthood in 2014.

James Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said that it had restricted Father Fugee to administrative work — essentially a desk job — after his conviction was overturned. “Michael Fugee did not tell us he was going down to Colts Neck,” Mr. Goodness said. “He went there on his own. He never asked for permission to do any of that. Had he asked, he would have been told no.”

The archdiocese does not make public the number of sex abuse cases it is dealing with. Mr. Goodness said it has reported allegations to county prosecutors and referred cases that are not prosecuted to a review board within the archdiocese.

Robert M. Hoatson, a former Catholic priest and a founder of Road to Recovery, an organization based in New Jersey for survivors of sexual abuse, said that under Archbishop Myers, the archdiocese had “treated this bureaucratically,” even as it settled cases. The archbishop “doesn’t meet with anyone, doesn’t offer any pastoral outreach,” he said. “In other dioceses, the bishop has met with victims. It’s more pastoral in tone.”

Father Dente said he had heard from parishioners about the archdiocese’s handling of abuse cases and the money spent on Archbishop Myers’s house.

“But I will say, most people in the parish, the ones who are coming, love their church,” he said. “They love the local parish, and their faith is not hindered by events or scandals that upset them. Their faith is deeper.”

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Pope names Indiana archbishop to lead Newark Archdiocese

Cardinal-elect Joseph W. Tobin during a press conference Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

 
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Cardinal-elect Joseph W. Tobin during a press conference Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark.

The Roman Catholic spiritual leader who was picked by the Vatican to lead the Archdiocese of Newark is a friend of Pope Francis and embodies many of the pontiff’s values, said a pastoral minister who talked on Monday about a ushering in spirit of “joy and transparency.”

Observers say that Joseph Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis and soon to be named a cardinal, could hardly be more different from the man he will replace, Archbishop John J. Myers, a staunchly conservative prelate whose tenure has been punctuated with scandal.

Catholic Church experts speculated that Monday’s announcement by the Vatican that Tobin would succeed Myers was another sign of Pope Francis’ moderate makeover of the church.

Tobin, introduced at a press conference on Monday at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, said he doesn’t know why the pope picked him to lead the Newark Archdiocese, but said it may be because he’s worked in multicultural communities.

Related:  As he exits, Newark Archbishop Myers opens up; criticizes secular culture

“Sometimes I think that Pope Francis sees a lot more in me than I see in myself,” said Tobin, who was born and raised in Detroit.

“This is an important appointment…maybe Newark… has some characteristics of my hometown, and I’m comfortable in that sort of environment,” he said.

Myers is a champion of strict Catholic doctrine, who has come under fire for sinking more than a half-million dollars of archdiocese funds into expanding his spacious Hunterdon County retirement home. Tobin, in contrast, is committed to ministering to the poor, and eschews the “princely” life for a bishop.

 Tobin will join the College of Cardinals when he is elevated to the exalted rank later this month. Cardinals are tasked with picking the next pope and usually preside over archdioceses in the nation’s largest and most important cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

It will be the first time that a cardinal would lead the Newark Archdiocese, and the first time that there will be cardinals on either side of the Hudson River. Tobin said that New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan called him Monday morning to welcome him

 “It’s extraordinary,” said Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit writer for the National Catholic Reporter. “The pope is selecting him as a person, because he likes Tobin, not simply because he’s the archbishop of Indianapolis.

Reese said for the pope to designate Tobin as a cardinal while he led Indianapolis was “extraordinary,” and that his transfer to another archdiocese as a cardinal is unprecedented.

“We have never had a case in the United States of a cardinal being moved from one archdiocese to another,” he said.

Tobin will begin his new assignment on Jan. 6.

The 64-year-old Tobin, who has known Pope Francis for more than a decade and speaks several languages, rose rapidly in the church. He was appointed archbishop in Indianapolis four years ago.

Tobin said during Monday’s news conference that he grew up in a multicultural neighborhood of southwest Detroit and was a little jealous of classmates who spoke different languages at home.

“My service of the church obliged me to live many years in cultures different from the Irish-American ambient of my family,” he said. “So I’m excited to lead an archdiocese where the Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday in 20 languages.”

Tobin speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

He said he didn’t plan to offer a strategy on how he would lead the diocese yet, but instead talked about principles that would guide his ministry. He also identified “joy, transparency, and freedom” as qualities he believed the archdiocese needed and which he intended to promote.

 “I intend to be in regular and effective communication with people of this archdiocese, city and state,” he said. “I will promote policies that recognize that we preach the Gospel not only with words but with actions.”

After delivering prepared remarks, Tobin answered questions, including a few in Spanish. He spoke briefly about his sense of humor, meetings with Pope Francis, his childhood growing up in a home of 13 children and some of the work he did leading the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

When asked about what message he had for parishioners and others who are affected by claims of priest sexual abuse, he said that although he didn’t know the archdiocese’s history on that issue, he said it was “not only a physical violation, but an unspeakable violation of trust.”

Since 2002, he said, the church has implemented safeguards to make it safer for children.

The appointment is a sign that Francis is eager to reassure the Catholics in the Newark archdiocese after years of tumult during Myers’ leadership, priests in the archdiocese said.

Myers was appointed in 2001 and reached the mandatory retirement age of 75 in July.

Myers won the praise of conservatives in the church for lamenting the increasing secular culture that he said “undermined” the family and diminished the role faith plays in shaping public policy.

But his conservative interpretation of Catholic doctrine often has been at odds with the pope’s efforts to welcome gay Catholics into the church, to elevate the work of religious women, and Francis’ condemnation of bishops and priests who lead lush lifestyles on the donations of parishioners.

Under his tenure in Newark he is alleged to have returning a priest who had been convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage boy to active ministry. He came under intense criticism for using more than $500,000 in archdiocesan funds to vastly expand the large retirement house in the rolling hills of rural western New Jersey.

In 2013, Pope Francis named Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda as Myers’ assistant bishop and likely successor three years before Myers’ mandatory retirement after criticism grew over the prelate’s leadership.

A beloved figure in the church, Hebda lived in a small room at Seton Hall University in South Orange, rejecting the lavish surroundings of the archdiocese in Newark. His supporters said his appointment improved morale among parish priests and were heartened by the likely prospect of Hebda taking over.

Earlier this year, the pope appointed Hebda to lead of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, where mismanagement of clergy sexual-abuse cases led to resignations of church officials.

Tobin has commented on people seeing similarities between him and the pope in terms of building bridges and welcoming refugees and immigrants. Last year, Tobin defied Gov. Mike Pence’s ban on resettling Syrian refugees in Indiana.

In 2007, Tobin was in Argentina for a period, including in Buenos Aires which then was led by Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, who later became Pope Francis. He said he considers the pope his teacher.

The Archdiocese of Newark serves 1.2 million Roman Catholics in Bergen, Essex, Union and Hudson counties, while the Indianapolis archdiocese serves 39 counties in the central and southern parts of the state. Tobin said that 11 percent of the population in those counties is Catholic.

Rev. James Teti, pastor of the Church of the Annunciation in Paramus, attended the press conference and said that Tobin’s multilingual skills and his experiences in Indianapolis make him a “fine fit” for the archdiocese.

 “He’s got a very outgoing style and is good with people and that will serve him well just to engage with the people of the Archdiocese, the priests,” said Teti, who oversees the training of deacons for the archdiocese.

Robert Hoatson, of the New Jersey advocacy group Road to Recovery, which helps victims of sex abuse, held two white placards outside the Basilica before the press conference which read “GIVE MANSION TO SEX VICTIMS” and “15 YRS OF ABUSE.” Hoatson, a former priest and critic of Myers, said he was hopeful with Tobin’s appointment.

“It’s clear that Pope Francis is sending a message, he wants bishops to be pastoral, to be compassionate, to be merciful,” he said.

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Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Joseph Tobin as cardinal to lead Newark Archdiocese

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Archbishop Joseph Tobin was appointed as the new cardinal for the Newark Archdiocese. (11/7/16)

NEWARK – A cardinal will lead the Newark Archdiocese for the first time in its history as Pope Francis named Archbishop Joseph Tobin to the position.

Archbishop Tobin transferred from Indianapolis. He will be named cardinal later this month. A cardinal is a high-ranking clergy member who is involved in choosing a new pope.

The archbishop says that he believes his new position will help to give the archdiocese a bigger voice.

“So in a certain sense they have a spokesperson who will be able to speak about the reality, the lights and the shadows,” he says.

Archbishop Tobin replaces Archbishop John Myers, who will be retiring at age 75. Archbishop Myers had a controversial tenure in the position. Some critics spoke out against his expenses and for the way he handled allegations of sex abuse by members of the clergy.

“We’re hoping that Cardinal Tobin will treat victims of sex abuse and particularly by clergy, with greater compassion and greater honesty and we hope he settles cases and meets with victims,” says Bob Hoatson, of the sex abuse advocate group Road to Recovery.

Archbishop Tobin calls clergy sex abuse a “scourge.”

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