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MEDIA RELEASE – FEBRUARY 9, 2016

Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, is outraged that one of the two victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse who serve on the Vatican’s Commission on Sexual Abuse, Peter Saunders of the United Kingdom, has been asked to step aside from the commission for pointing out and criticizing the “snail’s pace” progress of the commission

Road to Recovery, Inc. understands and empathizes with Peter Saunders in his frustration with the Papal Commission’s lack of substantive results and accomplishment since Pope Francis and Cardinal Sean O’Malley have determined for the commission its role, goals, and function; thus, the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse is not independent

STATEMENT OF ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC.

Road to Recovery, Inc. calls on Pope Francis and Cardinal Sean O’Malley to:

1) Apologize to sexual abuse victim/survivor Peter Saunders for the retaliation he has been subjected to for attempting to hold the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse faithful to its two-fold mission of helping to protect children and assisting local churches in dealing with the sexual abuse of children and young people.

2) Step aside and allow the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse to determine its own goals, procedures, and policies, and provide the commission with the resources needed to fulfill the mission determined by its members.

3) Cease leading and directing the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse and allow the victim/survivors, mental health professionals, and academic sexual abuse experts who are members of the commission to select their own Chairperson, committee structure, and goals.
4) Allow the “Tribunal on Bishop Accountability,” which was introduced by Pope Francis on June 6, 2015, but has not yet been constituted, be the responsibility of the Papal Commission on Sexual Abuse, giving it authority to investigate complicit bishops and make recommendations to Pope Francis on the dismissal of bishops.

5) Act swiftly and judiciously on the submissions of the American Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee regarding the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ handling of clergy sexual abuse cases and its request for the firing of three bishops for mishandling clergy sexual abuse cases.

CONTACT
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 1-862-368-2800
roberthoatson@gmail.com

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JESUITS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE ARE RE-VICTIMIZING A CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM

Media Release – January 26, 2016

Jesuits of the Northeast Province are insensitive and re-victimizing Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased, serial, pedophile Jesuit priest

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

Jesuits have refused to reasonably settle the childhood sexual abuse claim of Neal E. Gumpel

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners of a Jesuit-sponsored parish, and the 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 settle his claim reasonably. The Jesuits have already settled at least one public claim against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ.

When
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

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

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a serial pedophile Jesuit priest; 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 minor 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, when 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 Northeast Province (whose headquarters are around the corner on East 83rd Street) and demand of the Northeast Jesuit leadership that they treat Neal E. Gumpel with compassion, fairness, and justice.

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

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Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee – c/o P.O. Box 279, Livingston, NJ 07039 – 862-368-2800

MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 26, 2016

Florida priest Fr. John Gallagher, whistleblower, mistreated by Diocese of Palm Beach, FL

Catholic whistleblowers should be hailed as heroes and protectors of children, not villains

The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, comprised of lay men and women, religious sisters, priests, and former religious brothers and priests, is outraged that a fellow whistleblower, Fr. John Gallagher, formerly assigned to Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Palm Beach, Florida, has been treated shabbily by officials of the Diocese of Palm Beach, Florida.

Instead of hailing Fr. Gallagher as a hero for holding a fellow priest accountable for alleged sexual misdeeds against a minor child, the Diocese of Palm Beach in essence fired Fr. Gallagher from his priestly ministry at Holy Name of Jesus Parish, purportedly changed the locks on his home, and prevented him from ministering to the people of Holy Name Parish – all because he wasn’t silent about alleged sexual abuse of minor children. Fr. John Gallagher has suffered bodily, spiritually, and psychologically as a result, and the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee demands that officials of the Catholic Church, including Pope Francis, intervene justly in this matter.

It is outrageous that Fr. John Gallagher, who has been complimented and lauded by law enforcement officials for contacting them about alleged sexual abuse of a minor child by a priest, is not being treated as a hero by Catholic Church officials, including his bishop. The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee demands that Fr. John Gallagher be restored immediately to priestly ministry with all related faculties, benefits, and apologies. In addition, Bishop Gerald Barbarito should be fired immediately by Pope Francis for his mishandling of the Fr. John Gallagher matter.

Signed by Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee Members:

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., West Orange, NJ
Sr. Sally Butler, OP, Brooklyn, NY
Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D., Milwaukee, WI
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN, New Castle, DE
Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, OP, J.C.D., Vienna, VA

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MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 16, 2016

Two courageous childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, who are now adults – one male and one female – have come forward to report their sexual abuse in the 1980s

Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters was assigned to St. Matthew’s Parish, Ridgefield, New Jersey, after he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and minor children were at risk of sexual abuse in that parish

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting parishioners of St. Matthew’s Parish, Ridgefield, New Jersey, the media and general public that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has been accused of sexual abuse of two minor children, one male and one female, while they were parishioners of St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. By reporting the sexual abuse, these courageous victims have empowered themselves and other sexual abuse victims, thus making the world a safer place for children

When
Sunday, January 17, 2016 from 9:00 am until 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Matthew’s Church, 555 Prospect Avenue, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 07657

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. Michael “Mitch” Walters was assigned as a newly-ordained priest to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, and served there from approximately 1981-1989. During that time, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters allegedly sexually abused at least one boy and one girl. It has been reported by NJ.COM on January 15, 2016, that David Ohlmuller is the male victim who was sexually abused on several occasions. According to reports, David Ohlmuller was sexually abused in the church confessional by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters as a minor child and served alcohol by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters as a child. After Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters was at St. Cassian’s Parish, he served at St. Matthew’s Parish, Ridgefield, New Jersey, where children were at risk. Parishioners of St. Matthew’s Parish, Ridgefield, New Jersey, will be informed of the allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. “Mitch” Walters.

Contacts

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

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250
www.garabedianlaw.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 12, 2015

Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts settles a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut stating a claim of sexual abuse of one its students by English teacher and major fundraiser Bryce Lambert for $500,000.00

Deerfield Academy English teacher and major fundraiser, Bryce Lambert, sexually abused a Deerfield Academy student in five states more than 100 times

The father of the sexual abuse victim, who is an alumnus of Deerfield Academy, asked Bryce Lambert to take care of his son when he registered him as a new student in the 1980s

WHAT
A press conference announcing the settlement of a federal lawsuit filed in Connecticut against Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA, for $500,000.00, by a former student of Deerfield Academy who was sexually more than 100 times by English teacher and major fundraiser Bryce Lambert. The sexual abuse took place in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York during trips and excursions.

WHEN
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

WHERE
On the public sidewalk in front of Deerfield Academy near 71 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342

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
Bryce Lambert was an English teacher and major fundraiser for Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA. From approximately 1983 to 1985 when he was approximately 15-17 years of age, student “John Doe” attended Deerfield Academy and was sexually abused more than 100 times by Bryce Lambert in approximately five States – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New York. John Doe’s father is an alumnus of Deerfield Academy and asked Bryce Lambert to take care of his son when he registered him in the school in the 1980s. Deerfield Academy found “John Doe’s allegations of sexual abuse credible and settled his federal lawsuit for $500,000.00. The federal lawsuit alleges that Deerfield teacher Peter Hindle negligently supervised Bryce Lambert during the period of relevant sexual abuse. Although not stated in the federal lawsuit, Peter Hindle is known as a serial pedophile.

CONTACTS
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – JANUARY 4, 2016

Fraudulent Concealment by the Diocese of Portland, Maine, for decades leads to Civil Complaint filings by six (6) courageous childhood clergy sexual abuse victims of Fr. James Vallely

A copy of a church document obtained through legal discovery by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian (617-523-6250) indicates that the late Bishop Daniel J. Feeney knew of the sexual abuse of minor children by Fr. James Vallely in approximately 1956

The document obtained is a copy of a letter written by a currently-retired Portland, Maine, priest to a co-chancellor of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, purported to be Msgr. Marc B. Caron, in 2005. The letter indicates that as far back as approximately 1956, the late Bishop Daniel J. Feeney knew about allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. James Vallely at St. John’s Parish, Bangor, Maine. Bishop Feeney, while bishop of Portland, Maine, did not notify the public about Fr. Vallely being a sexual abuser. Subsequent to the notification, Fr. James Vallely was transferred by the late Bishop Daniel J. Feeney from St. John’s Parish, Bangor, Maine, to St. Dominic’s Parish, Portland, Maine. Fr. James Vallely was also stationed at St. Louis Parish, Limestone, Maine; Holy Name Parish, Machias, Maine; and, St. Michael’s Parish in South Berwick, Maine

What
A press conference announcing the filing of six (6) civil complaints of childhood clergy sexual abuse against Fr. James Vallely, deceased priest of the Portland, Maine, Diocese, by six (6) courageous childhood clergy sexual abuse victims of Fr. James Vallely who were parishioners of St. Dominic’s Parish, Portland, Maine, (approximately 1958-1960); St. John’s Parish, Bangor, Maine (approximately 1969); and St. Michael’s Parish, South Berwick, Maine (approximately 1975-1978). Although Fr. James Vallely was not assigned to St. John’s Parish in Bangor, Maine, in approximately 1969, he did return to that parish in approximately 1969 to participate in at least one Catholic Mass where he met the victim.

When
Tuesday, January 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Portland, Maine, 510 Ocean Avenue, Portland, Maine 04103 – 207-773-6471

Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, 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; 862-368-2800

Why
During earlier litigation against Fr. James Vallely, the Diocese of Portland, Maine, produced a copy of a letter written by a currently retired Portland, Maine, priest in 2005 which revealed that the Diocese of Portland and the late Bishop Daniel J. Feeney had knowledge of multiple accusations of sexual abuse of minor children against Fr. James Vallely as far back as 1956. The uncovering of that document has led to the filing of six (6) civil complaints of childhood sexual abuse against Fr. James Vallely and the Diocese of Portland, Maine. The Diocese of Portland fraudulently concealed the sexual abuse information about Fr. James Vallely, thus enabling childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. James Vallely from approximately 1958 until 1978 to file court claims against Fr. James Vallely and the Diocese of Portland, Maine

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

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DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE CHURCH OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA, 980 PARK AVE, NEW YORK, NEW YORK

DECEMBER 25, 2015

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Robert M. Hoatson (wearing white cap) and Helen Gumpel

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Robert M. Hoatson (wearing white cap) was threatened by a parishioner (standing in front of NYPD Officer)

JESUITS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE ARE RE-VICTIMIZING A CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM

Media Release – December 24, 2015

Jesuits of the Northeast Province are insensitive and re-victimizing Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased, serial, pedophile Jesuit priest

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

Jesuits have refused to reasonably settle the childhood sexual abuse claim of Neal E. Gumpel

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners of a Jesuit-sponsored parish, and the 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 settle his claim reasonably. The Jesuits have already settled at least one public claim against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ.

When
Thursday, December 24, 2015 from 10:15 pm until Midnight
Friday, Christmas Day, December 25, 2015 from 10:15 am until 11:30 am

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

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a serial pedophile Jesuit priest; 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 minor boys. The Province settled at least one public claim against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, in the past. Neal E. Gumpel’s credible story of having been sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, when 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 Midnight Mass attendees and Christmas Day Mass attendees to voice their outrage to the Jesuits of their parish and the Northeast Province (whose headquarters are around the corner on East 83rd Street) and demand of the Northeast Jesuit leadership that they treat Neal E. Gumpel with compassion, fairness, and justice.

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 21, 2015

JESUIT PRIESTS AND BROTHERS CONTINUE TO RE-VICTIMIZE CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM OF A JESUIT PRIEST – ENOUGH WITH THE DELAY!

Neal E. Gumpel is a clergy sexual abuse victim of a previously named predator, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, now deceased and former teacher and professor at Fordham Prep, Fordham University, and Main Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel

The Northeast Province of the Jesuits interviewed approximately six (6) individuals, including the victim, Neal E. Gumpel, who provided credible evidence confirming that Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, held himself out at all times as a Jesuit priest at Maine Maritime Academy and sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel there

WHAT
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, general public, and Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, parents, alumni, and staff that the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Fordham Prep and University keep dragging their feet in assisting a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of one of its priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ

WHEN
Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

WHERE
On the public sidewalk outside the gates of Fordham Prep and University on Southern Boulevard (near the entrance to the Bronx Botanical Gardens) Bronx, NY

WHO
The victim/survivor of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, 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 minor boys. They settled at least one claim against Fr. Drake in the past. Neal E. Gumpel’s credible story of having been sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, at Maine Maritime Academy was credibly supported by approximately five (5) other individuals. Now, the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) is dragging its feet in settling Neal E. Gumpel’s claim, and the Jesuits are re-victimizing Neal E. Gumpel. Demonstrators will demand that the Jesuit Priests and Brothers of the Northeast Province, Fordham University, and Fordham Prep cease their foot-dragging, acknowledge and verify Neal E. Gumpel’s story, allow him to heal, and try to gain a degree of closure

CONTACTS
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Demonstration outside Fordham Prep and University, Bronx, New York

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Helen Gumpel and  Victim/Survivor Kevin Waldrip

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MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 19, 2015 – ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC., LIVINGSTON, NJ

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN SHOULD HELP SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF MSGR. JOHN J. O’KEEFE HEAL AND PROTECT CHILDREN

Cardinal Dolan must permanently ban Msgr. John J. O’Keefe from ministry and have him properly supervised because of a credible allegation of sexual abuse against a minor male child in the 1980s on two separate occasions in New York State and Virginia. Another man has also come forward to claim that as a minor child he was sexually abused by Msgr. John J. O’Keefe

Msgr. John J. O’Keefe was the long-time director of the Hispanic Leadership Project for teenagers of the Archdiocese of New York and sexually abused a Cardinal Hayes High School (Bronx) student during a leadership project retreat at a facility in West Park, New York, operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers (Irish Christian Brothers). He also abused this student in an Arlington, VA hotel during a winter break tour of Washington, DC, in approximately 1982-1984

Also in the 1980s, at least three Cardinal Hayes High School students reported to Msgr. John J. O’Keefe that they were being sexually abused by the Dean of Discipline, Br. John Justin O’Connor, an Irish Christian Brother, but Msgr. John J. O’Keefe told the students that they were not telling the truth. Msgr. John J. O’Keefe did nothing to help those students and did nothing about the reports he received. One of the those students died several months ago of a drug overdose

WHAT
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York, and the general public that Cardinal Timothy Dolan must permanently remove Msgr. John J. O’Keefe from priestly ministry and have him properly supervised because of his history of sexual abuse of children and his cover-up of sexual abuse allegations reported to him at Cardinal Hayes High School when he was a guidance counselor at that school

WHEN
Sunday, December 20, 2015 from 9:00 am until Noon (Press conference at Noon)

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

WHO
Kirk Balay, a former student and alumnus of Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, NY, who was told by Msgr. John J. O’Keefe that he was not telling the truth when he reported sexual abuse allegations against Br. John Justin O’Connor, CFC, Dean of Discipline; 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 President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

WHY
For the reasons stated above, Msgr. John J. O’Keefe must be permanently banned from serving as a priest, and Cardinal Dolan must properly supervise him. Cardinal Dolan also should acknowledge and verify the claims of sexual abuse victims, help them heal, and gain a degree of closure.

CONTACTS
Robert Hoatson, Ph.D. – Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL, NEW YORK CITY

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502 Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (left) and Kirk Balay

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Media Release – Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pedophile priest sexually abuses in approximately 1960 while assigned to the Archdiocese of Boston, MA, and then after being transferred to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, TX, sexually abuses again

The late Fr. Joseph Angeli was a San Antonio Archdiocesan priest who sexually abused at least one minor female in approximately 1962 when Fr. Joseph Angeli was assigned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hondo, TX, and this was after he sexually abused two minor females while assigned to St. Philip’s Parish in Boston, MA, in approximately 1960

Fr. Joseph Angeli allegedly sexually abused minor females in Massachusetts and Texas. He was also assigned to Catholic parishes in New Mexico and was transferred between and among at least four Catholic Dioceses in the United States from approximately 1960 until 1980 – Boston, MA; San Antonio, TX; El Paso, TX; and Las Cruces, NM

The Archdiocese of San Antonio should reach out to the female sexual abuse victim of Fr. Joseph Angeli, verify her allegations, and settle her claim so she may heal and receive a degree of closure

What
A press conference and demonstration alerting the media, Catholics of the San Antonio Archdiocese, and the general public that a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Angeli, sexually abused at least one minor female in approximately 1962 when Fr. Joseph Angeli was assigned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hondo, TX. Fr. Joseph Angeli previously sexually abused two minor females in approximately 1960 while assigned to St. Philip’s Parish, Boston, MA

When
Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, TX,
2718 W. Woodlawn, San Antonio, TX 78228 – 210-734-2620

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

Why
Fr. Joseph Angeli was an Italian-born priest who was ordained in 1942 and assigned to several Archdioceses and Dioceses in the United States. Allegations of sexual abuse of minor females against Fr. Joseph Angeli have been made as a result of his being assigned to parishes in Boston, MA, and Hondo, TX. Fr. Angeli also served in many parishes in the Diocese of El Paso, TX, and Las Cruces, NM. Two female victims have claimed to have been sexually abused as minors by Fr. Angeli in Boston, MA, in approximately 1960, and another female victim claims to have been sexually abused as a minor in Hondo, TX, in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, TX in approximately 1962 when Fr. Joseph Angeli was assigned to St. John the Evangelist Parish in Hondo, TX. The claims of the two minor female victims of Fr. Joseph Angeli from Boston, MA have been settled financially. The Archdiocese of San Antonio will be called upon to acknowledge the claim made by the female victim from Hondo, TX, verify and settle her claim, and allow her to gain a degree of closure.

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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MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 12, 2015

Leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers have refused to settle a childhood sexual abuse claim against one of their priests, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, causing the victim, who was abused in Indiana, to be re-victimized. The victim is being denied justice.

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners, and general public about the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, New York, to help settle a claim of sexual abuse of a child by a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB.

When
Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm (Masses at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm)
Sunday, December 13, 2015 from 9:45 am until Noon (Masses at 9:00, 10:30, and Noon)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of the Valley Church, 510 Valley Street, Orange, NJ, 07050. The parish is administered by the Salesian Priests and Brothers based in New Rochelle, New York.

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
The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, based in New Rochelle, New York, refuse to settle the claim of a man who was sexually abused in Indiana as a child by a serial pedophile Salesian priest and help him heal. They have told the man to “take a hike.” The man was sexually abused as a minor child by a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at St. Dominic Savio Juniorate in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The victim met with leaders of the Salesian religious order who coldly and callously informed him that they will not help him heal.

Demonstrators will call on the Salesians of Don Bosco, who administer Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Orange, to acknowledge and settle the claim of the childhood sexual abuse victim and help him heal.

In addition, demonstrators will call on Catholic parishioners of Our Lady of the Valley Parish to demand of their priests and brothers that they settle a sexual abuse case against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 8, 2015 – THE ADVENT/CHRISTMAS LETTER

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners, and the general public of the fact that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has not been removed from priestly ministry even though parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish were, according to reports, informed in October, 2015, that Fr. Walters had been removed from priestly ministry. Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters is currently listed as “Associate Pastor” on Our Lady of Sorrows Parish’s website, and he also holds the title and job of Director of Pontifical Mission Societies (Propagation of the Faith) of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey

When
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of Sorrow Parish, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07029

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 two alleged victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey

Why
According to reports, the parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, South Orange, New Jersey, were told in October, 2015, by the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters had been removed from active priestly ministry as the result of a report of at least one allegation of childhood sexual abuse when he was a priest at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey in approximately the 1980s. However, a letter dated “Advent/Christmas, 2015” (Advent began on November 29, 2015) and signed by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has possibly been received by hundreds upon hundreds of Catholics during this Advent/Christmas season, well after the supposed October, 2015, announcement by the Archdiocese of Newark of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters’ removal from priestly ministry. It appears that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters is continuing to serve as a priest in violation of the zero tolerance policy of the American Catholic Bishops regarding child sexual abuse, and the actions and inactions of the Archdiocese of Newark serve to re-victimize sexual abuse victim/survivors. Demonstrators will distribute copies of a letter signed by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters dated “Advent/Christmas, 2015,” asking for donations to the Propagation of the Faith, a Catholic charity, and urge parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows to demand of the Archdiocese of Newark that it “come clean” about the status of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, that he be relieved of all priestly duties, and that the Archdiocese and parish remove all references to Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters’ titles and jobs on its stationery, websites, and publications.

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

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AN UPDATE ON THE LEAFLETING OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS PARISH,
SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

Following the 8:00 am Mass, a concerned parishioner informed us that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters had been removed from ministry and that the parishioners were informed of such at Masses during an October weekend. She seemed to know what she was talking about, so we suspended distribution of leaflets and sincerely hope that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters is no longer an active priest. If officials of the Archdiocese of Newark did inform Our Lady of Sorrows Parish about Fr. Walters’ removal, why did they not inform the alleged victim? Did they inform the parishioners of St. Cassian’s, Upper Montclair? The general public? Why did it take so long?

ATTENTION:
PARISHIONERS OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS PARISH, SOUTH ORANGE, NEW JERSEY

Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has been accused of sexual abuse of a male and female when they were minor children and their families were parishioners of St. Cassian’s Parish in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Fr. Walters was stationed at St. Cassian’s at that time in approximately the early 1980s.

The Archdiocese of Newark was notified officially of the allegation of the male victim a few months ago by his attorney, but the Archdiocese of Newark has not removed Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from active priestly ministry. The inaction of the Archdiocese of Newark to remove Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters is in violation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ regulations regarding the handling of sexual abuse cases of minor children.

In June, 2015, members of Road to Recovery, Inc. distributed leaflets at St. Cassian’s Parish indicating that a former male student of St. Cassian’s School and parish altar server had come forward to report that he had been sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. Cassian’s Church in approximately the early 1980s. A short time after the June, 2015 distribution of leaflets at St. Cassian’s Parish, Road to Recovery, Inc. was contacted by a female who read the leaflet.

The female sexual abuse victim was moved by what she read about the male sexual abuse victim and felt it was important not only to report the sexual abuse by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters that she experienced but also support the male victim who is of a similar age. Both male and female sexual abuse victims attended St. Cassian’s Church and School and were active members of the parish, as were their families.

We are asking you, parishioners of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, to demand that Archbishop John J. Myers remove Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from active priestly ministry as Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrow Parish and Director of the Office of Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Newark, because of the two substantive allegations of sexual abuse of minor children, one a male and one a female. Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters must be removed from active priestly ministry immediately.

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 28, 2015

Archbishop John J. Myers and the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, are re-victimizing two childhood sexual abuse victims of a Newark Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Michael (Mitch) Walters, by not removing Fr. Michael (Mitch) Walters from active priestly ministry, even though “sufficient evidence” of childhood sexual abuse by two victims has been determined. Archbishop Myers and the Archdiocese of Newark must at all times act with the safety and best interests of children in mind

One male and one female have come forward to report that they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters as minor children when Fr. Walters was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey in approximately the 1980s

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting parishioners, the media, and the general public that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has yet to be removed from active priestly ministry despite the fact that two childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters have come forward

When
Sunday, November 29, 2014 from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm (Masses at 8, 9:30, 11, and 12:30)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, 217 Prospect Street, South Orange, New Jersey 07079

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
According to reports, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters is the Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in South Orange, New Jersey, and Director of the Office of Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, with an office in the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey. A few months ago, the attorney for one of the childhood victims of sexual abuse by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters contacted the Archdiocese of Newark to report that a male childhood victim of sexual abuse by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters had come forward to report that he had been sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, but the Archdiocese of Newark has yet to remove Fr. Walters from active priestly ministry. Archbishop John J. Myers is in violation of the United States Bishops’ regulations that a priest must be removed from ministry when an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor has “sufficient evidence.” Shortly after the male sexual abuse victim came forward, a second victim, a female, reported that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters had sexually abused her around the same time as the male victim on at least two occasions in at least two locations, one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey. Demonstrators will call on parishioners of Our Lady Sorrows Parish to demand of Archbishop John J. Myers and the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters be removed from active priestly ministry and that the Archdiocese of Newark reach out to the two victims with compassion and fairness instead of re-victimizing them by not removing Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 21, 2015

Leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers have refused to settle a childhood sexual abuse claim against one of their priests, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, causing the victim, who was abused in Indiana, to be re-victimized. The victim is being denied justice.

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners, and general public about the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, New York, to help settle a claim of sexual abuse of a child by a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB.

When
Sunday, November 22, 2015 from 9:30 am until Noon (Masses at 9:00, 10:30, and Noon).
Press conference at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of the Valley Church, 510 Valley Street, Orange, NJ, 07050. The parish is administered by the Salesian Priests and Brothers based in New Rochelle, New York.

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
The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, based in New Rochelle, New York, refuse to settle the claim of a man who was sexually abused in Indiana as a child by a serial pedophile Salesian priest and help him heal. They have told the man to “take a hike.” The man was sexually abused as a minor child by a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at St. Dominic Savio Juniorate in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The victim met with leaders of the Salesian religious order who coldly and callously informed him that they will not help him heal.

Demonstrators will call on the Salesians of Don Bosco, who administer Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Orange, to acknowledge and settle the claim of the childhood sexual abuse victim and help him heal.

In addition, demonstrators will call on Catholic parishioners of Our Lady of the Valley Parish to demand of their priests and brothers that they settle a sexual abuse case against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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Catholic Whistleblowers

(an organization dedicated to resolving the national crisis of sexual abuse of children)

 

Media Release – Sunday, November 15, 2015

 

A coalition of organizations dedicated to the safety of children to call on President Obama and his Administration to convene a national commission to investigate the urgent crisis of sexual abuse of children

 

One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused in the United States before the age of eighteen – it is time to address this epidemic with bold action

 

Other countries such as Australia and Ireland have courageously faced the scandal of child sexual abuse through national studies, reports, and commissions – it is time for the United States to do the same

 

What

A press conference and rally announcing the delivery of a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that he convene a “National Commission on Sexual Abuse of Children” which will study and investigate childcare and child welfare institutions, organizations, and agencies in the United States

 When

Monday, November 16, 2015 at 1:00 pm

 Where

Lafayette Park near the White House at 16th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500

Who

Members of more than twenty-five organizations, led by Catholic Whistleblowers, an organization of lay and religious women, priests, and former priests and religious brothers whose mission is to support victim/survivors of clergy and religious sexual abuse; Professor Marci Hamilton of Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University, New York City, constitutional lawyer with a specialty in First Amendment law, author, and advocate for victim/survivors of sexual abuse; and leaders of more than twenty national and international organizations that promote child safety

 Why

  According to studies and data, there are approximately 60 million American children who have been or will be sexually abused before the age of eighteen.  Children are sexually abused in every organization, institution, and social stratum of American life:  families, schools, clubs, athletic teams, churches, and community-based settings.  The problem is of epidemic proportion, and in much the same way that the United States convenes national commissions to eradicate diseases and threats to its population, it is time  for the establishment of a “National Commission on Sexual Abuse of Children.”  Catholic Whistleblowers, with the endorsement of more than twenty national child safety and advocacy organizations, will present a letter to President Barack Obama requesting his leadership in addressing the scourge of child sexual abuse in the United States through a national commission.

 

Contacts

Professor Marci Hamilton, Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University, NYC – 215-353-8984

Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Catholic Whistleblowers, West Orange, NJ – 862-368-2800

Rev. James E. Connell, Catholic Whistleblowers, Milwaukee, WI – 414-940-8054

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 11, 2015

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, refuses to acknowledge, validate, and settle the claims of a man who was sexually abused repeatedly as a minor child by a repeat pedophile priest, Fr. John P. Nickas, at St. Rocco’s Parish, Newark, New Jersey

The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has acknowledged, validated and settled at least one other public claim against Fr. John P. Nickas but is stalling and foot-dragging regarding the credible claims of a man who was sexually assaulted repeatedly as a minor child by Fr. John P. Nickas, causing the clergy sexual abuse victim to be re-victimized

What
A press conference and demonstration alerting the media and general public that the Archdiocese of Newark is stalling and dragging its feet by not acting fairly and justly toward a man who was repeatedly sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. John P. Nickas, now deceased, at St. Rocco’s Catholic Church and Rectory in Newark, New Jersey

When
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, at 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07104

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
When “John Doe” was approximately seven years old, he attended St. Rocco’s School in Newark, New Jersey, for his elementary school education. His family attended St. Rocco’s Church in Newark and “John Doe” became an altar server at approximately age seven. Fr. John P. Nickas, a Newark Archdiocesan priest assigned to St. Rocco’s Parish, Newark, caught “John Doe” stealing communion wafers, brought him to the basement of St. Rocco’s Church, and sexually assaulted the little boy. Sometime later, Fr. John P. Nickas brought “John Doe” into the rectory of St. Rocco’s Parish and sexually assaulted him again. After that, Fr. John P. Nickas brought “John Doe” and a friend of a similar age to St. Rocco’s Rectory and made both boys simulate a sex act with each other while Fr. John P. Nickas watched.

Sometime after these events, Fr. John P. Nickas left St. Rocco’s Parish but returned when “John Doe” was approximately fourteen years of age. Fr. John P. Nickas resumed his sexual abuse of “John Doe” as a minor teenager and sexually abused him in St. Rocco’s Rectory again. Demonstrators will call on the Archdiocese of Newark to stop its stalling and foot-dragging, acknowledge and verify the claims of “John Doe,” and help him heal so he can gain a degree of closure.

Contacts

Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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A Response to Sr. Patricia Anastasio’s Article About “Spotlight” the Movie

I can just imagine what happened during the past week in the office of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. He more than likely gathered his communications and public relations team to answer the question, “How are we going to respond to the “Spotlight” movie about the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston? After all, it is getting rave reviews and there is growing Oscar buzz about it.”

The plan that was settled on in Cardinal Dolan’s office was a clever one. “Let’s get a good and faithful Catholic nun, Sr. Patricia Anastasio, head of the Archdiocese of New York’s Sexual Abuse Review Board and a loyal employee of the Archdiocese for a very long time, to write an article for the Daily News,” they most likely said to each other. “In fact, we will brief her on what we want in the article and have her send it to the Daily News.”

I can just imagine Cardinal Dolan and his communications experts meeting with Sr. Pat and telling her to focus on her service as an inner-city Catholic school principal, tugging on readers’ heart-strings, instead of as someone who has worked as a bureaucratic “insider” for decades for the Office of Catholic Education. She is currently the hand-picked Chair of the Archdiocesan Sexual Abuse Review Board. Sister Pat is not a psychologist, social worker, police officer, or law enforcement professional, yet she leads a panel that deliberates and offers opinions about crimes against children.

Sr. Pat’s article succeeded in parroting the words of Cardinal Dolan and all bishops who continue to do exactly what the “Spotlight” movie effectively exposes: treat sexual abuse victims as enemies, cover-up allegations of clergy sexual abuse, and attempt to discredit victims’ supporters and advocates, including plaintiffs’ attorneys. Nothing has changed; in fact, it is worse, because many Catholics, like Sr. Patricia Anastasio, and others believe the bishops when they say, “The crisis is over.” Actually, it is just beginning.

There are priests in the Archdiocese of New York who are still in ministry today after being credibly accused of sexual abuse. I work with some of their victims, demonstrate outside parishes and schools and institutions where these men (and women) are or were stationed, and assist these victims and their families to get on the road to recovery. In addition, Cardinal Dolan has refused to release the names, locations, and status of all New York Archdiocesan priests, deacons, and religious persons who have been accused of sexual abuse of children, and he continues to lead the multi-million dollar campaign to block fair and just legislation in Albany that would give victims of sexual abuse in New York State their day in court.

If Cardinal Dolan and Sr. Patricia Anastasio want to help sexual abuse victims, they can start by supporting the Child Victims’ Act which is introduced every year in the New York State legislature but successfully defeated primarily by one institution that claims to do everything in its power to protect children; namely, the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Dolan should be keeping his promise of transparency regarding sexual abuse of children, a promise he and his fellow bishops made in 2002 but have yet to fulfill.

The Catholic Church is not the safest place for children. It is far from it, largely because Catholic bishops continue to operate much the same as Cardinal Law did in the film, “Spotlight.” Children are no safer today in Catholic institutions than they were a hundred years ago because bishops, like Cardinal Dolan, continue to use communications and public relations experts (and heart string-tugging nuns) to try and convince Catholics and the public otherwise.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
Co-founder and President
Road to Recovery, Inc. ( assisting victims of sexual abuse and their families)
P.O. Box 279
Livingston, NJ 07039
862-368-2800

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., is a former teacher and Principal in the Archdiocese of New York, having served at: St. Cecilia’s School, East Harlem; Blessed Sacrament High School, New Rochelle; Rice High School, Central Harlem; and Sacred Heart High and Elementary Schools (Principal and Director of Total Parish Education), Yonkers, and he is a former member of the Harlem Area Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of New York. He is a former Irish Christian Brother and former Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. He was fired by Archbishop John J. Myers from ministry in 2003, three days after he testified before the New York State legislature and called for the resignation of any bishop who has covered up sexual abuse.

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 7, 2015

Leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers have settled previous childhood sexual abuse claims against serial pedophiles Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and Br. George Sheehan, SDB, but refuse to help two victims who were sexually abused in Indiana and New Hampshire by reasonably settling their claims and allowing them to gain a degree of closure

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners, and general public about the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, New York, to help two sexual abuse victims of two members of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and Br. George Sheehan, SDB.

When
Saturday, November 7, 2015 – 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm (before the 4:00 and 6:00 pm Masses)
Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 8:30 am until Noon (Masses at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30).
Press conference at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, 136 South Regent Street, Port Chester, New York 10573 – 914-939-3169. The parish is administered by the Salesian Priests and Brothers based in New Rochelle, New York.

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
The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, based in New Rochelle, New York, refuse to verify the sexual abuse claims of two men who were sexually abused in two states by two Salesians and help them heal. They have told the men to “take a hike.” One of the men was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at St. Dominic Savio Juniorate in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The other man was sexually abused as a minor child at Camp Don Bosco near East Barrington, New Hampshire, when he was a camper and Br. George Sheehan, SDB was a staff member and/or an administrator there.

Demonstrators will call on the Salesians of Don Bosco, who administer Corpus Christi Parish in Port Chester, to acknowledge and verify the claims of the two victims, settle their claims, and help them heal.
In addition, demonstrators will call on Catholic parishioners of Corpus Christi Parish to demand of their priests and brothers that they settle sexual abuse cases against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, Br. George Sheehan, SDB, and all Salesians Priests and Brothers, and help their victims heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

 

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NEWS ARTICLE FROM NJ.COM

Sex abuse victim walks through Newark to raise awareness, change laws

By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on November 05, 2015 at 6:07 PM, updated November 05, 2015 at 6:09 PM

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Group at Thursday’s walk through the city. (Courtesy Robert Hoatson)

NEWARK — It was only a walk of about three miles along Broad Street – from Lincoln Park to Washington Park, and back. But, the Thursday morning walk through Newark made a difference for victims of sex abuse, its organizers said.

Fred Marigliano, who recently completed a 270-mile walk from Cape May to Mahwah to bring awareness to childhood sexual abuse, added a city walk to his agenda. “A number of people from Newark reached out to me, asking why I hadn’t walked through the city,” Marigliano said Thursday.

Marigliano said he was abused by a family priest at age 11. It took him about 50 years to come forward with his story, he said. Marigliano is now a board member of Road to Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit that works to support other victims and their families.
The 68-year-old said he spoke to hundreds of people along the walk, and achieved his goal of spreading awareness about the issue.

“We were here to hear, and to help victims and supporters,” he said.
Robert Hoatson, Road to Recovery president and an abuse survivor, said he and Marigliano met four or five abuse victims while walking through Newark, and gave out more than 1,000 fliers with information about recovery.

The group also advocated in favor of state laws that would abolish the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to prosecute their alleged attackers.
The walk, he said, “was very effective.” The two said they may be in touch with other New Jersey cities to continue the walk.
“We are going to keep fighting to convince people of the right thing to do,” Hoatson said.
Jessica Mazzola may be reached at jmazzola@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @JessMazzola. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 3, 2015

FRED MARIGLIANO TO WALK THROUGH THE LARGEST CITY IN NEW JERSEY, NEWARK, TO COMPLETE HIS 270 MILE WALK ACROSS NEW JERSEY

FRED MARIGLIANO TO CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE AND PROMOTE CHANGES IN THE LAWS OF NEW JERSEY (STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS – SOL) THAT DEAL WITH CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE

WHAT
Fred Marigliano will complete his “Walk Across New Jersey” (from Cape May Point Lighthouse to Mahwah) by walking through New Jersey’s largest city, Newark.

WHEN
Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

WHERE
Fred Marigliano and his supporters will assemble at Lincoln Park in Newark, NJ (toward the south end of Newark on Broad Street – not far from Newark City Hall) and walk to Washington Park, Newark, a distance of approximately one and a half miles

WHO
Fred Marigliano, a victim/survivor of clergy sexual abuse in Plainfield, New Jersey; a member of the Board of Directors of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; a member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests; and an affiliate of the organization known as Male Survivor; Marigliano family members, and supporters from various organizations in Newark, NJ and other parts of the metropolitan area

WHY
Fred Marigliano has committed himself to supporting victim/survivors of sexual abuse by supporting them, helping them heal, and advocating for changes in the laws in the State of New Jersey regarding the SOL (Statute of Limitations) dealing with childhood sexual abuse. He will complete his 270 mile walk across the State of New Jersey by saving the largest city in New Jersey – Newark – for last. He will be joined by local and state political leaders, City of Newark employees and leaders, fellow victim/survivors and supporters by walking from Lincoln Park to Washington Park in the City of Newark.

CONTACTS
Fred Marigliano, Green Brook, New Jersey – 732-421-0033
Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 2, 2015

Leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers have settled previous childhood sexual abuse claims against serial pedophiles Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and Br. George Sheehan, SDB, but refuse to help two victims who were sexually abused in Indiana and New Hampshire by reasonably settling their claims and allowing them to gain a degree of closure

What
A press conference and demonstration alerting the media and general public about the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, New York, to help two sexual abuse victims of two members of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and Br. George Sheehan, SDB.

When
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Salesians of Don Bosco religious order, 148 Main Street, New Rochelle, New York 10801 – 914-636-4225

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
The Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, based in New Rochelle, New York, refuse to verify the sexual abuse claims of two men who were sexually abused in two states by two Salesians and help them heal. They have told the men to “take a hike.” One of the men was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, at St. Dominic Savio Juniorate in Cedar Lake, Indiana. The other man was sexually abused as a minor child at Camp Don Bosco near East Barrington, New Hampshire, when he was a camper and Br. George Sheehan, SDB was a staff member and/or an administrator there. Demonstrators will call on the Salesians of Don Bosco to acknowledge and verify the claims of the two victims, settle their claims, and help them heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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THE PREMIER OF THE MOVIE “SPOTLIGHT”

A film on Clergy Sex Abuse

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Coolidge Corner Theater  Brookline, Massachusetts

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (not pictured) attends the premier of the movie “Spotlight”

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Movie goers and actor Mark Ruffalo (right front)

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Demonstration outside Fordham University, Bronx, New York

October 27, 2015

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 (left to right) Helen Gumpel, Neal Gumpel, Kevin Waldrip                           (left to right) Helen Gumpel, Neal Gumpel, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 26, 2015

JESUIT PRIESTS AND BROTHERS CONTINUE TO RE-ABUSE CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM OF A JESUIT PRIEST – ENOUGH WITH THE FOOT DRAGGING!

Neal E. Gumpel is a clergy sexual abuse victim of a previously named predator, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, now deceased and former teacher and professor at Fordham Prep and University and Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel when he was a minor child

The Northeast Province of the Jesuits interviewed five individuals, including Neal E. Gumpel, who provided credible evidence confirming that Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, held himself out at all times as a Jesuit priest at Maine Maritime Academy and sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel there

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, general public, Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, parents, alumni, and staff that the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Fordham Prep and University keep dragging their feet in assisting a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of one of its priests, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ.

When
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the gates of Fordham Prep and University on Southern Boulevard (near the entrance to the Bronx Botanical Gardens), Bronx, NY

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ; 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., and Kevin Waldrip, a victim/survivor from New Jersey

Why
The Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus knows that Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was a serial molester of minor boys. They settled at least one claim against Fr. Drake in the past. Neal E. Gumpel’s credible story of having been sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, at Maine Maritime Academy was credibly supported by four other individuals. Now, the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus is dragging its feet in settling Neal E. Gumpel’s claim, and they are re-abusing Neal E. Gumpel. Demonstrators will demand that the Jesuit Priests and Brothers of the Northeast Province cease their foot-dragging, acknowledge and verify Neal E. Gumpel’s story, allow him to heal, and try to gain a degree of closure.

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 21, 2015

NEST OF PEDOPHILES AT THE FESSENDEN SCHOOL, NEWTON, MA

Two victim/survivors of sexual abuse as minor children at The Fessenden School in Newton, MA, will speak about the sexual abuse they experienced by at least three members of the administration, faculty, and staff of The Fessenden School. The Fessenden School has refused to act reasonably by validating their claims.

John Sweeney and Steven Starr, schoolmates at The Fessenden School, were sexually abused as minor children by one or more of the following administrators, teachers, and staff members: Arthur Preston Clarridge, James Dallmann, and Michael Clampitt

What
A press conference alerting students, alumni, and parents of The Fessenden School, the media, and the general public that sexual abuse of minors took place at The Fessenden School in Newton, MA, and The Fessenden School refuses to act reasonably by validating the claims of sexual abuse by two former students of The Fessenden School against at least three former members of the administration, faculty, and staff of The Fessenden School

When
Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459

Who
John Sweeney, a 57 year-old honorably discharged Green Beret and victim/survivor of sexual abuse as a minor child by a former assistant headmaster of The Fessenden School; Steven Starr, a schoolmate of John Sweeney and victim/survivor of sexual abuse at The Fessenden School who lives in California and was sexually abused as a minor child by three former members of the administration, faculty, and staff of The Fessenden School; and, 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
John Sweeney and Steven Starr were minor children and students at The Fessenden School when they were sexually abused by one or more of the following administrators, faculty members, or members of the staff of The Fessenden School of Newton, MA: Arthur Preston Clarridge, James Dallmann, and Michael Clampitt. For approximately the past 45 years, John Sweeney and Steven Starr have lived with the effects of having been sexually abused as minor children. Both men will speak of the sexual abuse they experienced as minor children at The Fessenden School and demand that The Fessenden School act reasonably and validate their claims, thus helping them heal. They will also reach out to other sexual abuse victims from The Fessenden School and all sexual abuse victims and encourage them to come forward to begin their healing.

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

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Media Release – October 19, 2015

Archbishop Emeritus of Hartford, CT, and former Bishop of Fall River, MA, Daniel A. Cronin to be deposed on October 21, 2015, as part of a Massachusetts Superior Court Civil Complaint alleging negligent supervision by two clergy sexual abuse victims of Msgr. Maurice Souza of the Diocese of Fall River, MA

Fall River, MA priest Msgr. Maurice Souza sexually abused minor children in CT, MA and numerous other states over the course of years

What
A press conference announcing that Archbishop Emeritus of Hartford, CT, and former Bishop of Fall River, MA, Daniel A. Cronin will be deposed on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by attorneys for two men who have alleged that they were sexually abused by a Fall River, MA diocesan priest, Msgr. Maurice Souza, and that Msgr. Souza was negligently supervised by former Fall River Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. According to the Civil Complaint, the two plaintiffs are represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA.

When
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Fall River, MA near 423 Highland Avenue, Fall River, MA 02720 – 508-675-1311

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 advocate for the plaintiffs in this case

Why
In June, 2015, a Civil Complaint was filed in Middlesex (MA) Superior Court on behalf of two Massachusetts men who allege that they were sexually abused in CT, MA, and numerous other states over the course of years by Msgr. Maurice Souza, a now deceased priest of the Diocese of Fall River, MA. The two plaintiffs allege that between approximately 1977 and 1986, when they were altar boys at St. Anthony’s Parish in East Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod, Msgr. Maurice Souza sexually abused them as minor children. The two plaintiffs allege that they were approximately 9-17 years of age when they were sexually abused by Msgr. Maurice Souza. The bishop of the Fall River, MA, Diocese from approximately 1970 until 1991 was Daniel A. Cronin who was the supervisor of Fall River diocesan priest Msgr. Maurice Souza when he was assigned to St. Anthony’s Parish in East Falmouth, MA. The two victims were taken as minor children to Connecticut, Massachusetts, and several other states to attend athletic and other events. Archbishop Emeritus of Hartford, CT, Daniel A. Cronin, when he was Bishop of the Diocese of Fall River, MA, is accused of negligent hiring, retention, direction, and supervision, among other things. Attorneys for the plaintiffs will depose Archbishop Emeritus of Hartford, CT, and former Diocese of Fall River Bishop Daniel A. Cronin on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

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

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Opinion: Letters to the Editor

The Record: Letters, Thursday, Oct. 15

Bishop affirms doctrinal tradition

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Newark Bishop Myers

Regarding “Bishop affirms doctrinal tradition”   (Oct. 14):

Thanks be to God that Archbishop John J. Myers has chosen to leave the Archdiocese of Newark with one more “jewel” of inspiration and pastoral encouragement with his letter on the excesses of secular society. As he rides in a few short months into the sunset of western New Jersey, perhaps he can reflect on his letter more carefully as he rests in one of the two pools he has had built for himself as a goodbye gift to his flock. You can’t make it up.

Robert M. Hoatson

West Orange, Oct. 14

The writer is a former Catholic priest.

Regarding “Bishop affirms doctrinal tradition”   (Oct. 14):

I read the article with utter amazement. I am very pleased with some of the directions that Pope Francis has the church going. Apparently Newark Archbishop John J. Myers did not get the memo. I attended parochial grammar school, have had years of service as an altar boy and church usher and have chaired numerous fundraising activities. I find it hard to fathom that, according to the bishop, I should not be allowed to receive Communion.

My late wife and I were blessed with three wonderful children, but we used birth control. Although I am not a big fan of abortion, I also was never in a position to decide what to do about an unwanted pregnancy. So who am I to judge?

My original feeling toward gay marriage was negative. However, I realized I was wrong in those feelings. Two months ago, my new wife and I took a recently married gay couple to dinner to celebrate the occasion. It was a happy and joyous occasion and a highlight of 2015. I have a niece in Maryland who may be one of the sweetest people God ever put on the face of the earth. She is a lesbian who will be getting married next May. We will be there to celebrate.

As head usher at a local 5:30 p.m. Mass, I have seen attendance dwindle from an average of 350 to 400 about 10 years ago to about 150 to 200 now. Myers seems to be oblivious to the reasons why so many have stopped coming to Mass: The negative feelings toward divorced couples and homosexuals, and the refusal to consider women as priests or deacons have driven people away.

Jack Nagel

Wood-Ridge, Oct. 14

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Leafleting Outside CitiField, Queens, New York

At the Mets and Dodgers Game on Monday, October 12, 2015

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              COUNCIL APPLICANT QUESTIONS SPANGO REPLACEMENT PROCESS

By Sean Quinn

Staff Writer

West Orange Chronicle

During the same Sept. 29 Township Council meeting in which newly appointed Councilwoman Michelle Casalino was sworn into office by Assemblyman John McKeon, a former West Orange mayor, one of the other applicants expressed dissatisfaction regard­ ing the process used to replace resigned Councilwoman Patty Spango. Bob Hoatson, one of the 17 residents who applied last month to fill Spango’s council seat temporarily, said during the meeting’s public comment that he was dis­ appointed in the way the council handled finding Spango’s replacement. Stressing that he was not questioning Casalino’s qual­ifications, Hoatson stated that the process particularly what he perceived as a failure to communicate left a lot to be desired. “As a person with a doctoral degree in administration with a heavy concentration on organizational theory and application, I believe that the process is always as important as the product,” Hoatson said. “I am here to question certain aspects of the process you chose to use and to tell you that the process left this candidate disenfran­chised from that process.” Hoatson, who ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Township Council last fall, said he submitted his resume to Township Clerk Karen Carnevale on Sept. 15, but he did not hear back from anyone in the township. He then contacted each of the four remaining council members by email on Sept. 20, but again did not receive a response. He even decided not to stay at hotels while he trav­eled to Washington and Philadelphia dur­ing Pope Francis’ recent visit to the United States – which he was required to do for his work counseling victims of clergy abuse- thinking he might be called in for an interview. But Hoatson was never called. In fact, he said it was not until days after Casalino’s selection following the Sept. 24 special meeting for public interviews of chosen candidates which he only learned about after reading a Sept. 26 article about it – that Councilman Joe Krakoviak and Council­ woman Susan McCartney got back to him.
In all those days of not hearing from anyone, Hoatson said he figured the council members were not allowed to communicate with candidates, only to learn that some had actually conducted private interviews with several possible replacements. He ques­ tioned whether those interviews were held in accordance with the selection process and New Jersey state law. He also asked why all of the candidates were not privately interviewed, and inquired as to which coun­cil members interviewed which candidates.
Overall, Hoatson said he just hopes to help the council avoid such a “flawed” process in the future. “Perhaps the collective frustrations and laws experienced by some of the other can­didates and myself during the recent process will help to shape a better policy next time,” Hoatson said. Council President Jerry Guarino respond­ ed by reviewing the process that the council decided upon, emphasizing that not every candidate was ever going to be publicly inter­viewed since each council member chose up to three candidates after reviewing all of the resumes. Guarino also said the private inter­ views did not violate the Open Public Meet­ ings Act since no candidate spoke with a majority of the remaining council members at once; if candidates had spoken to more than two council members at once, a public meeting would have been legally required. Guarino said that he personally talked to “a couple” of potential replacements, while some called him to speak. Carnevale added that letters were mailed out to all candidates who were not chosen. Above all, Guarino said he and the rest of the council believe the process was fair. “The entire council selected the process,” Guarino said. “The entire council agreed that it was a very well-put-together process. Members of the community felt that it was a very fair process to select a new council member.”

McCartney and Councilman Victor Ciri­ lo agreed that the process was fair and clear in the way it was laid out at the Sept. 8 council meeting and in the official call for resumes issued by Carnevale on Sept. 9. Cirilo, who made it known that he did not conduct any private interviews, pointed out that job candidates do not always hear back if they do not get the position for which they’ve applied.
Krakoviak, on the other hand, did say that he was a little “disappointed” with the process, adding that some of the other can­didates told him that they were similarly frustrated by a lack of communication. He said a big part of the problem was that there simply was not much time to review the 17 resumes submitted. Plus, he said replacing a vacated council seat is rarely done, so there were understandably a few kinks since the township does not have a standard procedure for doing so. To make up for this, the councilman said he tried privately inter­ viewing as many candidates as he could – adding that he did not reach out to Hoatson because he was already familiar with his background – but he said he hopes things go more smoothly next time.
“I agree that the process could have been handled a little bit better,” Krakoviak said. “I do agree that perhaps the next time we could do a little bit better at the com­munication and the process, but I do have to say this was a very constrained process.”

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 Photo by Sean Quinn Bob Hoatson, above, expresses his disappointment in the process the Township Council fol­ lowed to select a new member.

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MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 7, 2015

CONVICTED PRIEST SEXUAL ABUSER ACCUSED AGAIN
SEXUAL ABUSE OCCURRED AT ALL SAINTS PARISH, HAVERHILL, MA

Fr. Kelvin E. Iguabita, also known as Kelvin E. Iguabita-Rodriguez, a serial sexual abuser of children who served a long prison term, has

been accused once again of sexual abuse of a minor child when she was approximately 5-6 years old at All Saints Catholic Parish in Haverhill, MA

Fr. William F. Murphy, currently the Bishop of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, who was the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Boston at the time of the sexual abuse; and Rev. Paul E. Miceli, who was Secretary for Ministerial Personnel for the Archdiocese of Boston, at the time of the abuse, allegedly breached their fiduciary duty to properly hire, retain, direct and supervise Fr. Kelvin E. Iguabita at All Saints Parish, Haverhill, MA

What
A press conference alerting the media and general public of the filing of a civil complaint in Middlesex County against two priests of the Archdiocese of Boston; Fr. William F. Murphy, currently the Bishop of Rockville Centre, Long Island, NY, who was the number two man under Cardinal Bernard Law; and Fr. Paul E. Miceli, currently Dean of Seminarians at the John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA and former Secretary of Ministerial Personnel under Cardinal Bernard Law

When
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 120 Bellevue Avenue, Haverhill, MA 01832

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

Why
From approximately 1999 when the plaintiff was approximately 5 years old to approximately 2001 when the plaintiff was approximately 6 years old, Fr. Kelvin E. Iguabita, a priest at All Saints Catholic Church in Haverhill, MA, repeatedly engaged in explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct with the minor child plaintiff. Fr. Kelvin E. Iguabita is a convicted felon, serial and dangerous sexual abuser of minor children and was allegedly improperly supervised by two priests of the Archdiocese of Boston; in particular, by Fr. William F. Murphy, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia under Cardinal Bernard Law and now Bishop of Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York; and Fr. Paul E. Miceli, currently an administrator at the John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA, who at the time of the sexual abuse of Fr. Iguabita was Secretary for Ministerial Personnel under Cardinal Bernard Law. Both priests allegedly were aware or should have been aware of Fr. Iguabita’s sexual abuse of children and allowed him access to minor children at All Saints Parish in Haverhill, MA.

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

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High school football has become too dangerous | Opinion

 Bo Melton of Cedar Creek is hit by Michael Slattery of Cedar Grove during a high school football game last month in Cedar Grove. (Ed Murray/NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Star-Ledger Guest Columnist By Star-Ledger Guest Columnist
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on October 06, 2015 at 6:00 PM, updated October 06, 2015 at 6:02 PM
 By Robert M. Hoatson

The recent postponement of the October 2 varsity football game between Seton Hall Prep and James Caldwell High School could be a sign of things to come regarding the future of high school football. Caldwell administrators asked for the postponement of the game until the day before Thanksgiving because only 18 players would have been available for the game due to injuries. Nationally, participation in high school football has declined and an increasing number of football programs have been terminated due to lack of interest, excessive injuries or parents’ decisions not to allow their boys to play.

Will the trend toward elimination of high school football continue? No doubt, because it is becoming more and more evident that injuries associated with high school football are no longer acceptable to parents and students. My brother, Richard Hoatson, a member of the Town of West Orange Athletic Hall of Fame, a three-sport athlete at West Orange Mountain High School in the late 1960s and early 1970s, is currently in rehabilitation after double knee replacement. The knee surgery followed double hip replacement a few years ago. Richie Hoatson played high school football and has the scars to prove it. He also played basketball and baseball, and as a catcher in baseball, his knees went through significant trauma. His youth and adult life have been medically challenging, to say the least, and he told me recently that he was glad his son did not play football.

In the late 1970s, I was the athletic director in a small boys’ Catholic high school in Westchester County, New York. The football program at Blessed Sacrament High School, (enrollment: 400 boys) in New Rochelle was famous for its toughness and “David vs. Goliath” reputation. “David” was known to beat “Goliath” on a consistent basis. When I made the decision to suspend varsity football in approximately 1978, I was roundly criticized by the media, alumni and many others who yearned for a return to the “glory days.” Those who didn’t criticize me were the students themselves because they knew that fielding a varsity football team against “Goliath” programs like Rye, Harrison, Sleepy Hollow and Pelham would have placed them at significant risk of injury.

When 16 players tried out for our varsity football team in 1978, I knew we were in trouble. The center on our team would have stood 5-foot-2-inches tall and weighed 140 pounds. I was not prepared to risk his safety or the safety of the other student/athletes. I appealed to the league of which we were a part for understanding of our plight, and the league agreed to allow us to field what came to be known as a “special varsity” team, comprised of sophomores and juniors only and playing a junior varsity schedule. We were allowed to play a few juniors against most league teams that fielded sophomores only. The plan worked for that year. The next year, Blessed Sacrament returned to varsity competition but the program could not endure. Football was dropped a couple of years later.

Let’s face it. Football has become too dangerous. Training programs are bulking kids up to an extreme degree, steroids and other growth enhancers are rampantly available and technology and other factors have speeded up the game to a frightening level. What once was a “contact” sport has become a “collision” sport, and we know what happens in collisions: one or both parties end up with serious damages, including permanent brain trauma.

I applaud parents who are taking second and third looks at allowing their boys to participate in football programs. If I were a parent today, there is no way I would allow my son to play youth football. I saw too much through the years, including sitting in hospital emergency rooms with parents awaiting news of the extent of their children’s injuries. I comforted families whose sons suffered ruptured spleens similar to the one that recently took the life of Evan Murray of Warren Hills High School in New Jersey. We should not risk that type of tragedy for the sake of tradition.

With the growing popularity of soccer, hockey, lacrosse and other “lesser-contact” sports, there are plenty of extracurricular athletics for students and parents to choose from. Kids seem to understand why football is on its way out; now we have to convince the adults of the same.

Robert M. Hoatson is a former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark and currently is co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, Inc., a nonprofit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families. He has been a university dean, high school and elementary school principal, coach of several sports and athletic director.

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“Walk to End SOL (Statute of Limitations)”

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Fred Marigliano (left) and Sam Rivera arrive in the Township of Millburn, NJ

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Arriving in Springfield NJ on the way to Milburn, NJ

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (left) and Fred Marigliano arrive in the Borough of Chatham, NJ

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Armond and Anna Maria Apisa (right) live in the house on Leland Avenue in Plainfield where Fred Marigliano was sexually abused by Fr. Contarto, a priest of the Society of St. Paul from Staten Island. Here is Fred with his wife Maggie (right) and the Apisas who purchased the house from Fred’s parents in 1970

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Fred Marigliano arrives at the Borough of Fanwood NJ Administrative Offices

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The walk across NJ reaches assemblywoman Linda Stender’s office in Scotch Plains
Fred Marigliano (left) and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

MEDIA RELEASE- SEPTEMBER 9-10, 2015

“Walk to End SOL (Statute of Limitations)” on sexual abuse of minor children, teenagers, and vulnerable adults in the State of New Jersey to begin on 9/11/15

A 270 mile walk from Cape May to Mahwah, New Jersey will pass by the offices of NJ legislators in order to encourage the passing of legislation that will give sexual abuse victims their day in court

One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused in the USA before the age of 18, and New Jersey must face this epidemic with courage and strong legislation

What
A press conference to kick off the 270 mile walk from Cape May, NJ to Mahwah, NJ by sexual abuse victims and their supporters

When
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:00 am

Where
Cape May Point Lighthouse, 215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, New Jersey 08212
609-884-5404

Who
Fred Marigliano, a victim/survivor of sexual abuse, from Green Brook, New Jersey, who will walk the entire State of New Jersey; members of victim/survivor and advocacy agencies, including Road to Recovery, Inc. of Livingston, NJ; SNAP ( the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests); and Male Survivor

Why
For the past several years, the New Jersey State legislature has been asked to consider eliminating the statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims. Most recently, efforts have been made to encourage the NJ Senate and Assembly to post bills that would ensure the rights of children and adults who are victim/survivors of sexual abuse. The research is clear: victim/survivors are not able to deal with the effects of sexual abuse until they are well into adulthood, but current New Jersey law insists that victim/survivors report their claims of sexual abuse by approximately their 21st birthdays. This is not realistic! Therefore, victim/survivor Fred Marigliano of Green Brook, New Jersey, and his supporters will walk 270 miles throughout New Jersey, passing by the offices of NJ legislators and asking them to “get with it” and end the restrictive statute of limitations laws in the State. Senator Joseph Vitale has heroically led the charge on behalf of victim/survivors, and his colleagues will be asked to join him in ending antiquated sexual abuse laws in the State of New Jersey.

Contact
Fred Marigliano, Green Brook, New Jersey – 732-421-0033

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News article from The Washington Post on the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia
with quotes from Robert M. Hoatson and Kevin Waldrip

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/pope-francis-to-celebrate-huge-outdoor-mass-on-his-last-day-in-us/2015/09/27/43b7db54-64a2-11e5-9757-e49273f05f65_story.html

Robert Hoatson, a former priest who has become an advocate for sexual abuse victims, felt the pope’s comments brushed too quickly over the serious issue. “It’s going to cause more distress, more traumatization, re-abuse,” he said, “because it seemed like a side note.”

Kevin Waldrip, 64, who was abused on his 13th birthday by “a priest who was one of the first to be convicted,” was unmoved by the pope’s meeting and by his statement afterwards.

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OUTSIDE THE CATHEDRAL PARISH PHILADELPHIA PA, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

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MEDIA RELEASE – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Pope Francis’ comments in Washington, DC today about clergy sexual abuse were offensive toward victim/survivors

Victim/survivors have been re-abused by Pope Francis’ insensitive congratulatory message to the bishops of the United States today in Washington, DC

Victim/survivors will have the opportunity to get together on Thursday outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to support one another and express disapproval of Pope Francis’ message to the US Bishops about clergy sexual abuse

What
A gathering of victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their supporters in order to express disappointment in Pope Francis’ strange and dangerous address to the bishops of the United States in which he applauded the bishops for handling the clergy sexual abuse scandal with courage. Courageous is the last word the Pope should use to describe the bishops of the United States.

When
Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm

Where
On Fifth Avenue between 47th and 48th Streets in Manhattan. The NYPD has set up an area there where groups can gather to demonstrate. We must approach the area from the south only!

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc. who are victim/survivors of clergy sexual, and any other victim/survivors who wish to gather for support, encouragement, and to express disapproval of Pope Francis’ statements to the United States bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral on September 23, 2015

Why
Pope Francis, instead of admonishing the bishops of the United States for their mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, congratulated them for their courage and applauded them for confronting the scandal. In St. Matthew’s Cathedral today were some of the worst offenders regarding clergy sexual abuse, and many at the Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception should never have been allowed to show their faces. Cardinal Theodore Mc Carrick was in Cuba with the Pope and all over Washington, DC today (and probably tomorrow). He should have been fired years ago. Cardinal Justin Rigali was there today. He was lambasted by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office for mishandling cases of clergy sexual abuse. He should have been fired years ago. And, Cardinal Roger Mahoney was there today after countless numbers of children were abused by clergy on his watch in Los Angeles.

The phone at Road to Recovery has been ringing off the hook since the Pope made his comments today, and the calls have been from victim/survivors who feel as if they have been re-abused all over again by the Church. Victim/survivors will gather together to support and console one another, and stand once again against the evil of child sexual abuse which Pope Francis seemingly has forgotten about.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ 07039 – 862-368-2800

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CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM/SURVIVORS NEED TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES DURING THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS

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

Many Catholics and ordinary citizens for that matter may not fully be aware of the difficulties faced by victim/survivors of clergy sexual abuse and their families during the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Simply stated, clergy sexual abuse victim/survivors and their families may be “triggered,” a term referring to the sudden return of many of the same feelings and memories of having been sexually abused by clergy members, not just because the Pope represents the Catholic Church and therefore reminds victim/survivors of the clergy or religious persons who abused them. The triggering actually brings them back to the horrific events of sexual abuse that they endured and survived until now.

Victim/survivors need to take care of themselves this week because the popularity of Pope Francis among the Catholic faithful and the general public and the unprecedented media coverage of Pope Francis could lead many to believe that the sexual abuse scandal has been resolved when victim/survivors know full well there is much to be done by the Catholic Church and the Pope himself to bring healing and justice to the victim/survivors. Road to Recovery, Inc. is one such outlet for victim/survivors during this week, and all victim/survivors who are finding the Papal visit difficult to deal with are urged to reach out to Road to Recovery and other advocacy and support agencies for help and a listening ear.

Road to Recovery was founded by two Catholic priests (at the time) in 2003, Kenneth E. Lasch, a retired priest of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, who was pastor of a parish where many of his parishioners were sexually abused by a previous pastor. I was the other priest at that time, and I am a sexual abuse victim/survivor of several persons from the approximate ages of three to twenty-nine. I was forced to get out of the priesthood in 2011 after the Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, fired me from ministry and suspended me from performing priestly duties, virtually strangling me financially and pastorally.

Road to Recovery has helped over three thousand victim/survivors of sexual abuse since 2003, and we offer victim/survivors assistance and a listening ear throughout the visit of Pope Francis to the United States. Our phone number is public (862-368-2800), and we offer anyone who is finding it hard to cope with Pope Francis’ visit confidential help and assistance at any time of the day and night. We are here to help.

If any of the Catholic faithful or general public is aware of any victim/survivor who is need of help, give us a call and we will reach out to your family member, neighbor, or friend. Let us take care of each other during these joyful days for many and trying times for others.

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Two-Day Workshop on the Brain and Trauma

New York, OCT 2015

October 10, 2015
9:30 am

99 Madison avenue, NYC

http://battleoftheabusedbrain.website/the-course/

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MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

First female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Ronald J. Tully comes forward to report her abuse, is found credible by the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, and is thereby validated. A financial settlement was reached

First female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Ronald J. Tully was a student at Pope Pius XII Regional High School in Passaic, New Jersey, when she was repeatedly sexually abused in approximately 1977

Fr. Ronald J. Tully of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, sexually abused both minor girls and boys during his time as a high school teacher/administrator at Pope Pius XII Regional High School in Passaic, New Jersey

What
A press conference announcing the first known settlement of a claim by a female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Ronald J. Tully by the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey

When
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, 777 Valley Road, Clifton, New Jersey 07013
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
“Jane Doe,” a former student of Pope Pius XII Regional High School in Passaic, New Jersey, has settled her claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Ronald J. Tully with the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, in the amount of six figures. “Jane Doe” was approximately 16 years of age in approximately 1977 when Fr. Ronald J. Tully, Vice Principal and Dean of Discipline at Pope Pius XII Regional High School, repeatedly sexually abused her. “Jane Doe” quit the school after her junior year and suffered serious injuries as a result of the sexual abuse by Fr. Ronald J. Tully, and she is attempting to heal from the injuries. “Jane Doe” repeatedly reported the sexual abuse of Fr. Ronald J. Tully to the Principal of the school who refused to prevent the sexual abuse from continuing. Therefore, “Jane Doe” continued to be sexually abused by Fr. Ronald J. Tully. By coming forward and reporting her sexual abuse, Jane Doe is helping many other females and males who have been sexually abused. The Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, recently found Jane Doe’s claim to be credible.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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Media Release – September 12, 2015

Boston Archdiocesan priest, Fr. Richard Donahue, sexually abused at least one minor child at Sacred Heart Parish, East Boston, MA, in the late 1970s and early 1980s

Fr. Richard Donahue is currently serving as a priest in the Central American country of Honduras and is the founder of three schools for children, posing a serious danger to children in Honduras

Fr. Richard Donahue, according to his website, “Padre Donahue,” was preaching (and probably fund-raising) at St. John the Baptist Parish, Westport, MA in late August and early September, 2015

What
A press conference and leafleting to alert the media, Catholics, and the general public to allegations of sexual abuse against a priest who was ordained for the Archdiocese of Boston but currently ministers in the Central American country of Honduras and has access to many children

When
Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 3:45 pm until 4:30 pm (4:30 Mass)
Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 8:30 am until Noon (8, 9:30 and 11:00 am Masses)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, 945 Main Road, Westport, MA 02790-0702

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, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why
“John Doe” was approximately 8 years old between 1978 and 1980 when he was sexually abused on numerous occasions by Fr. Richard Donahue, parish priest of Sacred Heart Parish in East Boston, MA. Fr. Richard Donahue was allowed in approximately 1991 to study Spanish and begin ministering in Spanish-speaking countries in South and Central America. According to reports, Fr. Donahue is currently serving as a priest in the Diocese of Juticulpa, Honduras, and allegedly has founded three schools in Honduras, including a college preparatory school, a middle school, and a school for special needs children, where allegedly he continues to work. Demonstrators will inform parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish of the allegation of sexual abuse against Fr. Richard Donahue, who supposedly preached and “fund-raised” in their parish during the last days of August, 2015. Demonstrators will urge parishioners to stop supporting Fr. Donahue and demand that he be removed from his ministry in Honduras, returned to Boston for disciplining and monitoring, and held accountable for sexually abusing at least one minor child in East Boston, MA.

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

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Media Release

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee – September 11, 2015

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee will submit to Pope Francis’ newly-established Vatican tribunal cases of abuse of office against Cardinal Justin Rigali for his behavior in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO, and in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA, and Cardinal Raymond Burke for his behavior in the Diocese of La Crosse, WI, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis, MO.

What
A press conference sponsored by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee which will announce the filing of cases against both Cardinal Rigali and Cardinal Burke to the newly-established Vatican tribunal that investigates and holds accountable bishops who abuse their office in matters of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

When
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 11:30 am

Where
St. John Chrysostom Albanian Orthodox Church, 237 N. 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Who
Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee: Rev. James Connell, retired priest of the Milwaukee, WI Archdiocese and canon lawyer; victims’ advocate Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castle, DE, and Philadelphia, PA; former Newark, NJ, Archdiocesan priest Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, who will represent and speak on behalf of Carol A. Kuhnert, whose brother, Fr. Norman H. Christian, deceased of the St. Louis, MO, Archdiocese, sexually abused children before and during his years as a priest; and Arthur Baselice, father of Arthur Baselice III, who was sexually abused by a priest in Philadelphia and took his own life as a young adult.

Why
The efforts of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee to hold bishops accountable for the mishandling of cases of clergy sexual abuse have been affirmed by Pope Francis and his June 6, 2015 establishment of a new Vatican tribunal within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to investigate (and discipline) bishops who have harmed people by abusing their power and authority in matters related to clergy sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

But, the new tribunal will not function if people do not bring to the attention of the tribunal those bishops and the circumstances of the problems. The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee is bringing to the tribunal the cases of Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal Raymond Burke for their culpable negligence regarding matters of clergy sexual abuse.

“Culpable negligence” is a key term in the Church’s Canon Law. It is not simply that a bishop did something or did not do something that harmed people; he should have known better and behaved better; his negligence was culpable.

The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee is seeking a specific “just penalty” for Cardinals Rigali and Burke: removal from the College of Cardinals and all other offices; and, as to provide reparation, that Cardinals Rigali and Burke be required to listen to those harmed, provide any and all information sought by those who were harmed, and publicly apologize for using ecclesiastical power and authority in such a way that through their culpable negligence, their actions have harmed persons.

It’s all about protecting children, young people, and vulnerable adults, and holding the culprits accountable.

Contacts

Rev. James Connell, J.C.D., Milwaukee, WI – 414-940-8054
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN, New Castle, DE – 610-212-2770
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., West Orange, NJ – 862-368-2800

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Media Release – September 7, 2015

Clergy sexual abuse claim made in approximately 1963 by minor teenage girl and her family has been wrongfully denied and covered up by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio to this day

Minor teenage girl from Wellsville, Ohio, was sexually abused by Immaculate Conception Parish priest, Fr. Gerald X. Curran, in approximately early Thanksgiving morning in approximately 1963 on a field trip to Chicago, IL

Classmate of abused minor teenage girl from Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville, Ohio, who was present on the class trip run by Fr. Gerald X. Curran to Chicago in approximately 1963, has come forward to confirm the reporting to her of the sexual abuse by her classmate in approximately 1963 and speak about the cover-up of her classmate’s sexual abuse allegation by the Youngstown Diocese

What
A press conference alerting the media and public that many members of the Youngstown, Ohio Roman Catholic Diocese, including several priests, received a report of sexual abuse of a minor child by a priest over the course of approximately 50 years and still have not acknowledged the victim or her claim. A classmate of the minor child victim/survivor, who was on the class trip in approximately 1963 with Fr. Gerald X. Curran and other classmates from Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville, Ohio, will speak about her knowledge of the situation and affirm the allegation of the victim/survivor.

When
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the headquarters of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, 144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, Ohio 330-744-8451

Who
Mary Ann (Rivelle) Kennedy, currently a resident of East Liverpool, Ohio, and an alleged clergy sexual abuse victim/survivor of Fr. Gerald X. Curran; Kim Kennedy, the husband of Mary Ann Kennedy; Jessica (Hawk) Mc Menamin, currently a resident of Slippery Rock, PA, and a classmate of Mary Ann Rivelle at Immaculate Conception School, Wellsville, Ohio in approximately 1963

Why
Jessica (Hawk) Mc Menamin, a classmate of Mary Ann (Rivelle) Kennedy at Immaculate Conception School in Wellsville, Ohio, in approximately 1963, will speak about and confirm the reporting of the sexual abuse allegation of Mary Ann (Rivelle) Kennedy while both women were students and classmates as minor teenagers at Immaculate Conception School. Jessica will confirm the reporting of the sexual abuse of Mary Ann (Rivelle) Kennedy to the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, shortly after it happened in approximately 1963, the outrage of members of the Wellsville, Ohio, community, including Jessica’s father, who pulled his children out of Catholic schools after the Diocese of Youngstown, upon learning of the sexual abuse, did nothing. Attendees will call on the Youngstown, Ohio, Diocese to find the allegations of sexual abuse of Mary Ann (Rivelle) Kennedy credible, acknowledge her claim, and help her heal.

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

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Media Release – August 28, 2015

What
Demonstration and distribution of leaflets regarding the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball’s refusal to help more than twenty (20) sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick
When
Friday, August 28, 2015 before the Mets-Red Sox game at 7:10 pm. Distribution of leaflets will begin at approximately 4:30 pm until game time.
Where
On the public sidewalk outside Citifield, 126th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing, NY 11368
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, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong” (the aftermath of the Marathon bombing) and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from inner-cities, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park, Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former spring training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox organization has decided to ignore the demand and further ignore the victims; therefore, the Red Sox organization continues to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick. In addition, Attorney Garabedian has sought the assistance of Major League Baseball through its Commissioner, Robert D. Manfred, who has also ignored the demand for justice.

Demonstrators will call on NY Mets fans, Boston Red Sox fans, and all fans of baseball to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness.

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

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PROTESTING OUTSIDE THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK, NJ

CALLING FOR THE REMOVAL OF FR. MICHAEL “MITCH” WALTERS FROM  ST. CASSIAN’S PARISH, UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ

August 25, 2015

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Victim/Survivor Kevin Waldrip

500

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 24, 2015

FR. MICHAEL “MITCH” WALTERS MUST BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY FROM PRIESTLY MINISTRY BY THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK BECAUSE A FEMALE CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM HAS COME FORWARD TO REPORT THAT SHE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY FR. WALTERS WHEN SHE WAS A MINOR CHILD AND A PARISHIONER AND STUDENT OF ST. CASSIAN’S PARISH, UPPER MONTCLAIR, NJ

A female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, has come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Fr. Walters in as a minor child in approximately the early 1980s on at least two occasions and in at least two locations, one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey

A few weeks ago, a male childhood sexual abuse victim from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, reported that he had been sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters as a minor child at St. Cassian’s Parish in approximately the early 1980s.

What
A press conference calling on the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey to immediately remove Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from active priestly ministry based on new allegations of childhood sexual abuse by a female who came forward recently to support the male childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Walters and report allegations of sexual abuse by Fr. Walters when she was a minor child and a parishioner and student of St. Cassian’s Parish in Upper Montclair, New Jersey

When
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey at 171 Clifton Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07104

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
A female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Fr. Walters as a minor child when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, on at least two separate occasions in two separate locations while she was a parishioner and student at St. Cassian’s Parish. This female childhood sexual abuse victim joins a male childhood sexual abuse victim who reported allegations against Fr. Walters, currently head of the Office of Pontifical Mission Societies of the Archdiocese of Newark and a member of the pastoral staff of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, South Orange, New Jersey, several weeks ago. Demonstrators will call on the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey to remove Fr. Walters immediately from active priestly ministry and from contact with children and urge other victims of Fr. Walters and anyone else to come forward for support and to begin to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 22, 2015

A female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, has come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Fr. Walters as a minor child in approximately the early 1980s on at least two occasions in separate locations, one in Pennsylvania and one in New Jersey

A few weeks ago, a male childhood sexual abuse victim from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, reported that he had been sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters as a minor child at St. Cassian’s Parish in approximately the early 1980s

What
A press conference and leafleting announcing that a female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has come forward to report that she was sexually abused by Fr. Walters as a minor child when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey in the 1980s and she was a parishioner and student at St. Cassian’s School. This female victim was shown the Road to Recovery leaflet of June, 2015, about a male childhood sexual abuse victim’s allegations against Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters and decided to report that she also had been sexually abused by Fr. Walters when she was a minor child. In doing so, she supports the male victim who has come forward.

When
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm (before the 5:30 pm parish Mass)
Sunday, August 23, 2015 from 8:00 am until 11:30 am (before and/or after parish Masses)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Cassian’s Roman Catholic Church, 187 Bellevue Avenue, Upper Montclair, New Jersey 07043

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

Why
A female childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters has alleged that Fr. Walters sexually abused her as a minor child when she was a parishioner and student of St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey in the 1980s. This female childhood sexual abuse victim has come forward to report that on at least two separate occasions and in separate locations, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters sexually abused her. In so doing, she supports the male victim who has already come forward. Demonstrators will express their support for the new female victim of Fr. Walters and encourage other sexual abuse victims of Fr. Walters and anyone else to come forward and begin to heal.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey

Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, 2015

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Victim/Survivor Steve Novosedlik

3

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 21, 2015

Jared Fogle, the “Subway” spokesperson for many years, may have had hundreds of child sexual abuse victims who have yet to come forward to report their abuse

Jared Fogle was the ‘Jerry Sandusky’ of “Subway,” sexually abusing many children and establishing a charitable foundation for obese children which gave him access to many more children

Although there is no evidence that “Subway” knew about the sexual abuse of children by Jared Fogle, it is time for “Subway” to do the corporate responsible thing and reach out to other possible sexual abuse victims of Jared Fogle, support them, and help them heal. Jared Fogle for years was the face and voice of “Subway” to hundreds of thousands of innocent children

What

A press conference and demonstration calling on “Subway” to reach out with a national public service campaign to other sexual abuse victims of former “Subway” spokesperson Jared Fogle, a self-admitted serial pedophile who may sexually abused hundreds of innocent children, and to support other victims and help them heal

Where

Outside the “Subway” shop in Times Square, New York City, at 351 West 42nd Street, NY, NY 10036

When

Friday, August 21, 2015 from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM
Saturday, August 22, 2015 from Noon until 2:00 PM

Who

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

Why

It is commonly referenced by those in the field of child safety, protection, and health care that sexual abusers of children often have more than one hundred victims. The former “Subway” spokesman, Jared Fogle, who has admitted to sexually abusing several children, had access to thousands of children during his time as a television and marketing celebrity as well as the founder of a non-profit organization for obese children. Demonstrators will call on “Subway” to do the right thing by reaching out to children who were sexually abused by Jared Fogle, believe them, support them, and provide them services for healing. “Subway” must sponsor a national public service campaign to urge other victims of Jared Fogle to come forward and begin to heal.

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

Outside the “Subway” shop in Times Square, New York City, New York

Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22, 2015

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Victim/Survivor Kevin Waldrip

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Victim/Survivor Cecilia Springer (right) distributes a flyer to a pedestrian

8

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

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Demonstration outside the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club, Spring Lake, NJ

August 12, 2015

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Victim/Survivor Kevin Waldrip

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Fred Marigliano

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 11, 2015

Neal E. Gumpel is a clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased former professor at Fordham University, Bronx, NY, and Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, sexually abused Neal Gumpel when he was a minor child

Fordham University and the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), who staff Fordham University and were responsible for Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ for decades until his death, refuse to acknowledge and bear responsibility for the allegations of sexual abuse against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ in Maine and give any assistance to Neal E. Gumpel, settle and validate his claim, and help him heal

The wife of Neal E. Gumpel, Helen Gumpel, retired fashion model and actress, thwarted a sexual attack in Bill Cosby’s dressing room on the set of “The Cosby Show,” and was featured recently in a New York magazine cover story on the sexual abuse of women by Bill Cosby. Helen Gumpel has become an advocate for her husband, a clergy sexual abuse victim, and the women who were sexually abused by Bill Cosby

What
A press conference and leafleting alerting the media, general public, and Fordham University alumni that the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Fordham University refuse to assist a clergy sexual abuse victim of one of its priests, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ

When
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Spring Lake Bath and Tennis Club, 1 Jersey Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including the co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, a Fordham University alumnus, Ph.D., 1988

Why
Fordham University President Rev. Joseph Mc Shane SJ, along with new men’s basketball coach, Jeff Neubauer, will update alumni and friends about the university and the men’s basketball program, while continuing to ignore the request of childhood sexual abuse victim, Neal E. Gumpel, for help and healing from the injuries he incurred from the sexual abuse of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Jesuit and Fordham University professor. Demonstrators will call on Fr. Mc Shane and the Jesuits to help Neal E. Gumpel heal by doing the right thing and acknowledging his sexual abuse claim.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Fordham University, ‘88
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA, 617-523-6250

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Leafleting outside Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY

Tuesday, August 4 and Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

3

Victim/Survivor Kirk Balay

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (center) and a Yankee Fan (left)

Media Release – August 3, 2015

What
Demonstration and distribution of leaflets regarding the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball’s refusal to help more than twenty (20) sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick

When
Tuesday and Wednesday, August 4-5, 2015 before the Yankees-Red Sox games at 7:05 pm. Distribution of leaflets will begin at approximately 4:30 pm until game time each day.

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Yankee Stadium, 1 East 161st Street, Bronx, New York 10451

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, Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong” (the aftermath of the Marathon bombing) and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from inner-cities, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park, Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former spring training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox organization has decided to ignore the demand and further ignore the victims; therefore, the Red Sox organization continues to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick. In addition, Attorney Garabedian has sought the assistance of Major League Baseball through its Commissioner, Robert D. Manfred, who has also ignored the demand for justice.

Demonstrators will call on Yankee fans, Boston Red Sox fans, and all fans of baseball to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness.

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

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Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark archbishop
July 29, 2015, 4:31 PM Last updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:00 PM
BY JEFF GREEN
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

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Former priest Robert Hoatson speaks at a press conference hosted by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee to announce the filing of a case against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in East Hanover.
In what might be the first formal complaint to a new Vatican tribunal, an advocacy group for clergy sexual abuse victims on Wednesday called for an investigation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers and his handling of child molestation cases spanning three decades.
Eight members of Catholic Whistleblowers, a national group of church reformists, said they would be filing an 80-page document detailing Myers’ actions in various cases in Newark and at his former diocese in Peoria, Illinois. On Wednesday, they hand-delivered a copy of their grievances to Myers’ spokesman at the Newark chancery and said they would send another to the Vatican’s top U.S. diplomat in the coming days.

301The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee (from left to right) Helen Rainsforth, Father Jim Connell, Linda Bruns, Sister Maureen Turlish, Robert Hoatson and Samuel Rivera arrive at the Archdiocese Center with a copy of the case they filed against Archbishop John J. Myers on Wednesday July 29, 2015 in Newark.

The group is aiming to get the attention of a tribunal set up by Pope Francis in June to hold bishops accountable for covering up or failing to take action against sexually abusive priests.
It was unknown on Wednesday whether the tribunal, housed in the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, had received any other cases for its review, but the activists said they believed their complaint was among the first, if not the first, to be presented publicly.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said it was “premature” to comment on what cases would be considered by the tribunal, which he said has not yet been organized.
The complaint came days after Myers turned 74 and entered what is expected to be his last year at the helm of the archdiocese. Next year, when he turns 75, he must submit his resignation to the pope. But critics said they hoped Francis would remove the archbishop from office before then.
“The pope has 11 ½ months to act,” said Robert Hoatson, founder of Road to Recovery, Inc., a victims’ advocacy group. “It’s not too late.”
“We say it’s important for Pope Francis to act and not just let nature run its course,” said the Rev. James E. Connell, a retired Milwaukee priest and canon lawyer who helped compile the complaint. “He needs to actually discipline the bishops who have harmed people.”
Connell added that Myers should not be “allowed to live in that palatial house he’s building,” referring to a 7,500 square-foot retirement house in Hunterdon County that Myers used upwards of $500,000 in archdiocesan funds to expand.
In a written statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jim Goodness, Myers’ spokesman, said: “Archbishop Myers has been very aggressive in pursuing allegations of sexual misconduct while he has been serving as Archbishop of Newark — from reporting accusations to law enforcement, to having our Archdiocesan Review Board investigate matters, and in taking action.” Myers has consistently defended his record, citing the removal of 19 sexually abusive priests since he became archbishop in 2002.
In Peoria, Goodness said he could not comment on specifics, but that Myers had removed some priests there as well.
At a press conference in an East Hanover hotel on Wednesday, the Catholic Whistleblowers accused Myers of shielding abusive priests from scrutiny – in effect putting more children in harm’s way.
“There has been a consistent lack of protecting the children,” Connell said.
Two parishioners who traveled from Illinois to New Jersey for the press conference said Myers failed to remove a priest who molested their sons in the Peoria diocese. There were as many as 13 complaints about the Rev. Norman Goodman, but the diocese did not remove him until after Myers left Peoria for Newark, said Helen Rainforth, whose son Lance said he was abused by the priest.
Myers’ successor in Peoria, Bishop Daniel Jenky, removed eight abusive priests from ministry, including Goodman, just weeks after taking office.
Linda Bruns, the other parishioner, said years ago during a meeting with Myers to discuss stopping future attacks by Goodman and other priests, Myers looked at her directly and said the only solution would be to “catch him with his hand in the cookie jar.”
Also during the press conference, Samuel Rivera, a former parishioner at Immaculate Conception parish in Newark, tearfully described similar dealings with Myers when he alleged abuse by Monsignor John Laferrera. The priest was not immediately removed, and in fact was promoted, after another victim filed a complaint against him in 2009, Rivera said. Three years later, the archdiocese settled a lawsuit brought by Rivera and five victims for $300,000 and announced that Laferrera had been removed from ministry.
The group also referred to a case involving Michael Fugee, a former Bergen County priest whose conviction for groping a 13-year-old boy was tossed out by an appellate court over a judicial error. Prosecutors did not retry him but required Fugee to sign a ban on ministering to children, which he was accused of violating a few years later by attending youth groups throughout New Jersey. Critics said Myers failed to supervise the priest, who has since been defrocked.
In appealing for a review of Myer’s actions, Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, a nun from Delaware and member of the Catholic Whistleblowers, emphasized the gravity of sex crimes against young people.
“This is soul murder,” she said. “It’s like your whole psyche, you’re gutted, you’re like a fish, your insides are pulled out, and it’s not acceptable. The gospel says the responsibility is to protect the most vulnerable. Well, who’s more vulnerable than the child or young people or vulnerable adults?”
Email: greenj@northjersey.com

Media Release – Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee– July 27-28, 2015

On July 29, 2015, the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee will submit to Pope Francis’ newly-established Vatican tribunal a case of abuse of office against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, regarding incidents of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy, and request that Archbishop John J. Myers be removed as Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the clerical state, that he be denied access to his lavish retirement home, and assigned to a life of prayer and penance

What
A press conference sponsored by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee which will announce the filing of a case against Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, New Jersey to the newly-established Vatican tribunal that investigates and holds accountable bishops who abuse their office in matters of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults

When
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 11:30 AM

Where
Fair Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 130 New Jersey Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ 07936

Who
Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, victim/survivors of sexual abuse and their families, and victim/survivors of the actions and decisions of John J. Myers as Bishop of Peoria, IL and Archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, including: Peoria, IL Diocese parents (of sexual abuse victims) Helen Rainforth and Linda Bruns; Newark, NJ sexual abuse victim/survivor Samuel Rivera; Milwaukee retired priest and canon lawyer Rev. James Connell; former Newark Archdiocesan priest Dr. Robert M. Hoatson; New York Archdiocese sexual abuse victim/survivor Sr. Claire Smith; victims’ advocate and whistleblower Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castle, DE and Philadelphia, PA; and, New York Archdiocese whistleblower Fr. Ronald Lemmert, who will represent and speak on behalf of Fr. Patrick Collins, a retired priest of the Peoria, IL Diocese

Why
Pope Francis has expressed his desire to hold accountable bishops who have abused their office with regard to incidents of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and established on June 6, 2015 a Vatican tribunal to hear cases of such abuse of office. The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, with the involvement of victim/survivors of sexual abuse, advocates, and supporters, have compiled a case of abuse of office against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Newark, NJ Archdiocese, and will submit documentation of such abuse to Vatican authorities with copies to the Papal Nuncio in Washington, DC, and Archbishop Myers. From the time he was named co-adjutor Bishop of Peoria, IL in 1990 to his tenure as Archbishop of Newark, NJ from 2002 to the present, John J. Myers has abused his episcopal office on many occasions, including a serious cover-up of the sexual abuse of priests in the Peoria, IL Diocese and the mistreatment of families of sexual abuse victim/survivors there. John J. Myers also retaliated against a Newark Archdiocesan priest for speaking out about clergy sexual abuse, forcing him to leave the priesthood, and he mishandled the cases of sexual abuse against the notorious Fr. Michael Fugee and other priests, including a Newark Archdiocesan priest who was allowed to retire one week after 6 victim/survivors received a settlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The press conference will call on Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Myers from the Newark Archdiocese and the clerical state, deny him access to a lavish retirement home, and assign him to a life of prayer and penance.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., West Orange, NJ – 862-368-2800
Rev. James Connell, Milwaukee, WI – 414-940-8054

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 Demonstration supporting Victim/Survivors of Fr. Kenneth Wicks – Pastor from 1983 – 1991

St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in East Flatbush, Brooklyn New York

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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

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Kirk Balay (left), Victim/Survivor of abuse at Cardinal Hayes High School, Bronx, New York AND Victim/Survivor of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, Luis Ramos (right)

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (front right) and Kevin Waldrip (back right)

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 Victim/Survivors  (left to right) Luis Ramos, Kirk Balay, Kevin Waldrip, Juan C. Rodriguez
 

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 Victim/Survivors  (left to right) Luis Ramos, Kirk Balay, Kevin Waldrip, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Media Release – July 24-25, 2015

The two sexual abuse victims and their advocates/supporters will appeal to parishioners of a Flatbush, Brooklyn parish, St. Catherine of Genoa, where Fr. Kenneth Wicks served as pastor from 1983-1991 for information about sexual abuse of children in St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, Flatbush, Brooklyn

Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported the sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks to the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, in approximately 1993-1995 but the Diocese of Brooklyn did nothing to help the childhood victims of clergy sexual abuse and kept the sexual abuse quiet

What
A demonstration, leafleting and press conference alerting the media and general public of horrific and extensive sexual abuse of minor children by Fr. Kenneth Wicks who served as a Catholic priest and pastor at a number of parishes in the Diocese of Brooklyn, including St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, and St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn

When
Saturday, July 25, 2015 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm (before and after the 5:00 PM parish Mass)
Sunday, July 26, 2015 from 8:45 AM until 1:00 PM (before and after the parish Masses)

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Catherine of Genoa Parish, 520 Linden Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York, 718-282-7162

Who
Juan Rodriguez, a community activist and leader of the 75th NYPD Precinct Community Board, and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks; Luis Ramos, a social worker in New York City, former priest seminarian and Franciscan friar, indigenous activist, and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, and members of Road to Recovery, Inc.

Why
In the 1980s, Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos as minor children were sexually abused by Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, New York, and other places. Shortly after Fr. Kenneth Wicks sexually abused children at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, the Diocese of Brooklyn appointed him pastor (1983) of St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn, and it is believed that Fr. Kenneth Wicks continued to sexually abuse children at St. Catherine of Genoa Parish in Flatbush, Brooklyn, where he served as pastor until 1991. When Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported the sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks in approximately 1993-1995, at least one of the men was told that Fr. Wicks had died of a heart attack or stroke, when, in fact, he killed himself. Demonstrators will urge other victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks to come forward to begin their healing and demand of the Diocese of Brooklyn that it compensate sexual abuse victims.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph  856 Pacific Street  Prospect Heights  Brooklyn New York

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2015

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VICTIM/SURVIVORS RICHARD TOLLNER (LEFT) &

DR. ROBERT M. HOATSON

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VICTIM/SURVIVORS RICHARD TOLLNER (LEFT) & TIM WALSH

Media Release – July 19, 2015

Two Brooklyn Diocesan priests will be ordained bishops for the Brooklyn Diocese while two childhood sexual abuse victims of a deceased and dangerous pedophile priest are denied justice from the Brooklyn Diocese in their attempts to heal. The Brooklyn Diocese is hiding behind the antiquated and unfair New York State statute of limitations

Juan Rodriguez, who was sexually abused by Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, and reported the abuse to Brooklyn Diocesan officials in the 1990s, will speak to the media about his twenty-year effort to hold his abuser and the Diocese of Brooklyn accountable

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting Brooklyn Diocesan Catholics, the media, and the general public about the twenty-year attempt by childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks to receive justice from the Brooklyn Diocese

When
Monday, July 20, 2015 from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11238 before the ordination of two new bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn

Who
Juan Rodriguez, a community activist and leader of the 75th NYPD Precinct Community Board and childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Kenneth Wicks at St. Gabriel Parish in East New York, Brooklyn, NY; Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Two priests will be ordained bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn while at least two childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, who allegedly committed suicide in 1993, are denied justice by the Diocese of Brooklyn in their approximately twenty-year claims against Fr. Wicks and the Diocese of Brooklyn. Juan Rodriguez and Luis Ramos reported their sexual abuse by Fr. Kenneth Wicks to officials of the Diocese of Brooklyn approximately twenty years ago, and nothing has been done by officials of the Diocese of Brooklyn to help them heal and recover. The Diocese of Brooklyn has covered up the horrific sexually abusive activity of Fr. Kenneth Wicks, who abused children in St. Gabriel Parish in East New York and at his vacation home in upstate New York where he tied up children, plied them with alcohol, and sexually abused them. Demonstrators will call on the Brooklyn Diocese to do the right thing by compensating Juan Rodriguez, Luis Ramos and all clergy sexual abuse victims for the sexual abuse they endured. Such compensation helps victims try to heal and gain a degree of closure.

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

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BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL AND THE CONGREGATION OF CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ARE RE-VICTIMIZING FIVE (5) FORMER BERGEN CATHOLIC STUDENTS BY DRAGGING THEIR FEET IN SETTLING CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY EITHER ONE OF TWO CHRISTIAN BROTHERS

Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney taught at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, NJ, a school administered by the Congregation of Christian Brothers. While they were stationed at Bergen Catholic High School, they sexually abused at least five (5) students who were minors at the time of the sexual abuse. The Congregation of Christian Brothers has acknowledged that both men sexually abused minor children at Bergen Catholic High School in the 1960s and 1970s.

The five (5) courageous men who reported their sexual abuse as high school minor teenagers by Br. Irwin (4 victims) and Br. Chaney (1 victim) have requested of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers that their claims be acted on in a timely, just, and fair manner, but that has not occurred. The leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers are dragging their feet in settling the claims of the sexual abuse victims of Br. Irwin and Br. Chaney, thus re-victimizing them.

We call on Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers to act justly, fairly and in a timely manner to settle the claims of the five (5) sexual abuse victims of Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney, allow these men to heal, and get on with their lives.

OUTSIDE BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL  –  ORADELL NEW JERSEY

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – President & Co-Founder ROAD TO RECOVERY

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Victim/Survivor – Kevin Waldrip

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 15, 2015

Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers continue to re-victimize five (5) former students of Bergen Catholic High School who are survivors of sexual abuse as minors by either one of two Christian Brothers who taught at Bergen Catholic High School through its foot-dragging in settlement talks

Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney have been credibly accused of sexually abusing many Bergen Catholic High School students who were minors at the time of the sexual abuse. Br. Irwin sexually abused 4 of the 5 minor teenagers from approximately 1963-1966, and Br. Chaney sexually abused 1 minor teenager in 1978.

What

A demonstration and leafleting highlighting the foot-dragging by the leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers in helping 5 minor teenaged sexual abuse victims of either Br. Charles B. Irwin or Br. John B. Chaney heal by acting in a timely, fair and just manner in settling their claims against Bergen Catholic High School

When

Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 9:00 am to Noon

Where

On the public sidewalk outside the main vehicle entrance of Bergen Catholic High School, 1040 Oradell Avenue, Oradell, NJ 07649

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,   Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

Why

Five former students of Bergen Catholic High School, all of whom are in their 50’s and 60’s, are being re-victimized by Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers because of their foot-dragging surrounding negotiations to settle the victims’ claims, help them heal and get on with their lives. The leadership of Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers are aware of the many sexual abuse victims of Br. Charles B. Irwin and Br. John B. Chaney; yet, they refuse to settle their claims. Demonstrators will call on Bergen Catholic High School and the Congregation of Christian Brothers to stop their foot-dragging and help these victims heal by acting in a timely and manner any be being fair and just.

Contacts

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 13, 2015

THE RED SOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ARE NOT ALL-STARS WHEN IT COMES TO SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINOR CHILDREN

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, fans of baseball, All-Star Game attendees, and the general public about the refusal of the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball to assist in the healing of more than 20 sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick who, as minor children, worked in many clubhouses throughout the country
When
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 – Noon thru 8:00 pm
Where
On the public sidewalks outside and near the Great American Ballpark of the Cincinnati Reds, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that advocates for and supports victims of sexual abuse, such as the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick.
Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from the inner-city, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park; Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox have decided to ignore the demand and therefore continue to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who desire healing.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has also contacted the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

We call on Boston Red Sox fans, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.

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

MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 11, 2015

What
Distribution of leaflets (see below) regarding the Red Sox and Major League Baseball’s refusal to help sexual abuse victims of Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick.

When
Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 10:30 am until 2:00 pm

Where
Outside the “T” station at Kenmore Square, Boston, MA before the Red Sox/Yankees game

Who
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a
non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why
The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against a former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. One of the ways the Red Sox served the communities in the cities in which they trained and played was to allow young boys to work as “assistants” to their equipment and clubhouse manager.

Many boys, mostly from the inner-city, had their dreams come true when they were selected to work in the clubhouses of many ballparks in the United States, but those dreams quickly became nightmares when they were sexually abused in some ballparks by a serial pedophile, Donald Fitzpatrick, the equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox for many years.

It is therefore surprising and disappointing that the Red Sox organization refuses to help more than 20 childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who sexually abused children in Fenway Park; Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and Winter Haven, FL, the former training facility of the Red Sox. In 2003, the Red Sox organization settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit for approximately seven men who were sexually abused as minor boys at the Winter Haven, FL training facility.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of the late equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve. The Red Sox have decided to ignore the demand and therefore continue to re-victimize the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who desire healing.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has also contacted the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the more than 20 sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the more than 20 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

We call on Boston Red Sox fans, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.

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

RED SOX DEMONSTRATION – JULY 12, 2015 – ROBERT HOATSON OUTSIDE FENWAY PARK BOSTON MAFH

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 STATEMENT OF ROAD TO RECOVERY, INC.
REGARDING THE RESIGNATION OF ARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF ST. PAUL-MINNEAPOLIS AND THE APPOINTMENT OF NEWARK, NEW JERSEY CO-ADJUTOR ARCHBISHOP BERNARD HEBDA AS TEMPORARY ADMINISTRATOR
Monday, June 15, 2015

It appears that the re-arrangement of the deck chairs on the Titanic continues in the Catholic Church with no indication that the Titanic is essentially being righted so the ship can sail in calm waters. Of course, the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt is welcome news. Archbishop Nienstedt did nothing but add to the pain and distress of sexual abuse victims and their advocates. With his background as an alleged sexual abuser in such places as a Detroit seminary and his less than ethical character as a member of the Church’s hierarchy, Archbishop Nienstedt never should have been appointed to the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis. His tenure was nothing but disgraceful. But that could be said for hundreds of other bishops, and the ship continues to sink while the chairs are being re-arranged.
The Vatican has chosen to take one of the Titanic “chairs” from the Newark Archdiocese to be the temporary administrator of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese. Co-adjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who was scheduled to succeed the disgraced Newark Archbishop John Myers when he submits his retirement letter in 2016, is now headed to Minnesota to occupy that Archdiocese’s seat, at least temporarily. In much the same way that Bishop Joseph Galante (Camden, New Jersey) asked out of the Diocese of Dallas, TX when he was co-adjutor bishop because he couldn’t get along with former Dallas Bishop Charles Grahmann, it is clear that Archbishop Bernard Hebda had had it with Archbishop John Myers and his lack of leadership in the Archdiocese of Newark. It was a perfect pretext to re-arrange the chairs in two sinking ships. We don’t foresee Archbishop Hebda ever becoming the Archbishop of Newark and believe he will stay in the Midwest.
What does all this mean? It means that Pope Francis is trying, but it might be too late. The Church continues to sink under the weight of its own corruption and mismanagement, and nothing but a full-scale abandonment of structures and policies and that created this mess will change things. The hierarchy of the Church has to go, with a more democratic and people-centered organization taking its place.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
Road to Recovery, Inc.
P.O. Box 279
Livingston, NJ 07039
862-368-2800

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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND THE BOSTON RED SOX REFUSE TO HELP 22 CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF A FORMER EQUIPMENT AND CLUBHOUSE MANAGER HEAL

Three courageous sexual abuse victims of the late former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, have come to New York City and the headquarters of Major League Baseball to demand justice from the Boston Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball. Gerald Armstrong of Kansas City, MO; Alvin Storms of Boston, MA; and Charles Crawford of Baltimore, MD, were sexually abused when they worked as assistants to Donald Fitzpatrick in the Red Sox clubhouses in Kansas City and Boston.

Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005 while serving a ten-year suspended sentence and fifteen years’ probation for attempted sexual battery against boys younger than twelve, sexually abused many innocent boys in Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Kansas City, MO; and Winter Haven, FL. According to news reports, approximately seven men who claimed to be sexually abused at or near the Winter Haven, FL training facility of the Boston Red Sox settled a $3.15 million dollar lawsuit with the Boston Red Sox organization in 2003.

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the sexual abuse victims of the late Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick. Attorney Garabedian has also written to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the sexual abuse victims. Unfortunately, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox have turned a deaf ear to the sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain a settlement that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

The Boston Red Sox organization has done great work in the community concerning “Boston Strong,” the “Jimmy Fund,” and earlier settlements regarding sexual abuse claims against Donald Fitzpatrick. It is now time for the Boston Red Sox to step up and help the 22 victims who have courageously come forward to tell their stories.

We call on Major League Baseball, the Boston Red Sox, all fans of baseball, and the general public to join Donald Fitzpatrick’s sexual abuse victims’ request for justice and fairness. All sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick should be proud of themselves for coming forward, reporting the truth and making the world a safer place for children.

Contact
Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800

MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 8, 2015

THE BOSTON RED SOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REFUSE TO HELP CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF FORMER BOSTON RED SOX EQUIPMENT AND CLUBHOUSE MANAGER

Deceased former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, serial pedophile Donald Fitzpatrick, sexually abused many innocent children in four states (Massachusetts, Missouri, Maryland, and Florida), but the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball have refused to settle the claims of 22 sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, even though the Boston Red Sox settled with other Donald Fitzpatrick sexual abuse victims in the past. Settling with the 22 victims will validate their claims and help them try to heal

What
A media conference and leafleting placing one essential issue before the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, and the Boston Red Sox: it is time for Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox to step up and settle the claims of 22 childhood sexual abuse victims of the late former Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick, a serial pedophile

When
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of Major League Baseball, 245 Park Avenue (between East 45th and East 46th Streets), New York, NY 10167

Who
Gerald Armstrong, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant when the Red Sox played in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1960s; Alvin Storms, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1980s; and Charles Crawford, who, as a minor child, worked as a Boston Red Sox clubhouse assistant at Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1990s; Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA, who represents the 22 sexual abuse victims; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and supporters

Why
For many years in United States ballparks, the late Boston Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick sexually abused many innocent children whose dreams of working for a Major League Baseball club came true – and then were shattered as were their lives. The Boston Red Sox organization has proven that it can be sensitive, compassionate, and caring for those who are suffering. The Boston Red Sox organization in 2003 compensated several Donald Fitzpatrick sexual abuse victims for their injuries, and in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, the Boston Red Sox have been heroic in their support of and care for the victims of that tragedy. The Boston Red Sox also continue their great work with the Jimmy Fund. Why have the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball refused to help 22 sexual abuse victims of deceased former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager Donald Fitzpatrick recover from their injuries and heal?

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

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50 SHADES OF GREY IS ABOUT ABUSE OF POWER, NOT SEX

Yes, this ex-Irish Christian Brother, ex-priest, survivor of clergy sexual abuse, and advocate for thousands of sexual abuse victims for over a decade, saw the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, but not for reasons one might suspect.  I saw the movie because a preview I read mentioned that the title character was a victim of childhood sexual abuse.  I was not interested in being titillated with images of intimate sexuality, nudity, or pornography.  I was most intrigued by how the film would depict the life of a childhood sexual abuse victim, and I was not disappointed.

The movie I saw on opening night in a packed New York City theater was not about sex, despite all one might read about 50 Shades of Grey.  The fifty shades of Christian Grey were unfortunate shadows hovering over a young, handsome man who seemingly had never received any counseling, psychotherapy or sympathy for the sexual violation of his innocence as a boy.  The movie was about the “break” in the psyche of Christian Grey which led him to fear intimacy, vulnerability, passion, and friendship.   Christian Grey needed an intervention by a compassionate advocate to help him understand how his life had ironically cycled out of control despite his efforts to control everything and everyone.

50 Shades of Grey is not a movie about kinky sex.  There is hardly anything sexual about the movie.  It is about abuse of power and its aftermath.  Christian Grey, a wealthy, handsome young man at the peak of his manhood is incapable of developing an intimate and meaningful relationship with a beautiful young woman who tries everything (including becoming somewhat of a sex slave) to get to Christian’s soul.  What she did not realize was that her boyfriend’s soul had been murdered as a child and, as a result, he could not emote as most normal human beings can emote.

I am hoping psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals will view this movie and weigh in on its psycho-social and psycho-sexual implications.  The “toys” that Christian Grey possessed (women, cars, helicopters, ropes, chains, handcuffs, etc.) never brought him peace, security, or satisfaction.  They exacerbated his profound loneliness, a loneliness that can be traced back to his childhood when an adult’s sexual abuse isolated him from the rest of humanity and made him feel shame and guilt.

I haven’t read a single review, summary, or article that warns prospective viewers that 50 Shades of Grey might be triggering to those who have suffered childhood sexual abuse.  Nor have I read a single article deciphering the reasons why Christian Grey had 50 shadows hanging over him.  In fact, the titillation factor seems to have taken over for the millions who have read the book and seen the movie, but as far as I am concerned, there was nothing titillating about the movie.  There was sadness, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder in the film, at least that’s how it struck me.  I felt sympathy for both characters because the female could not get through to the male to prove her genuine love, and the male was incapable of being loved through no fault of his own.

When I left the theater after watching 50 Shades of Grey, I was disappointed that the real spark of love between Christian and Anastasia was never formalized in a love scene or in an act of intimacy.  I had a hope as the movie progressed that Anastasia and her obvious love for Christian would bring him around, but he was not capable of accepting her love.  I wondered as I sat through the movie if Anastasia would get to the heart of the matter and recommend to Christian that he be seen by a trauma specialist.  Perhaps had Christian been able to trust (one of the principal traits taken away from a childhood sexual abuse victim) Anastasia, he could have come around.  Unfortunately, that never happened, and he continued to live in his isolated world.

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

“I KNOW (AND KNEW) FR. ROBERT HARRISON, CAPUCHIN FRANCISCAN”
(Fr. Robert Harrison has allegedly admitted to sexually abusing several children)
by Dr. Robert M. Hoatson

AN APPEAL TO POSSIBLE VICTIMS OF FR. ROBERT HARRISON

From 1979-1981, I was stationed as an Irish Christian Brother at Rice High School in Central Harlem, New York City.  In my second year there, I was the junior varsity basketball coach.  It was during this time that I came in contact with Rev. Robert Harrison, a Capuchin Franciscan friar from Milwaukee who was a civil attorney employed by the City of New York.  Fr. Robert Harrison allegedly has admitted to sexually abusing several children.

Fr. Robert Harrison was living around 1980 at the Pierre Toussaint Residence, a facility located on the border of Harlem and Washington Heights.  The Pierre Toussaint Residence housed young African-American men who were considering the priesthood.  It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York.

Fr. Robert Harrison offered to help coach the junior varsity team at Rice High School and began his own basketball program in Harlem for area teenagers.  Fr. Robert Harrison’s interest in basketball was interesting because his demeanor and personality were not particularly “athletic.”

When I was transferred to Boston in 1981, I lost touch with Fr. Robert Harrison, but we reconnected in 1985 when I returned to New York City to complete my doctoral studies at Fordham University at Lincoln Center and was living at the Christian Brothers residence in Hell’s Kitchen.  Fr. Robert Harrison had become either pastor or administrator of St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Harlem but was not well received by the parishioners.

In or around 1989, Fr. Robert Harrison was removed from St. Charles Borromeo Parish and was hired at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx where he taught and worked his way into the basketball program, eventually becoming coach of the junior varsity team.  I ran into him at various athletic and religious events in New York City during this time.

In 1989, I became Principal of Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, NY, and our athletic teams participated in the CHSAA (Catholic High School Athletic Association) of the Archdiocese of New York.  In addition, I was a basketball referee in the CHSAA and officiated many contests involving Cardinal Hayes High School.  I often ran into Fr. Robert Harrison at basketball games throughout the Archdiocese.

I am concerned that one or more of  the Rice High School basketball players whom I coached and taught could have been harmed by Fr. Robert Harrison.  Fr. Harrison was friendly with some of those players, and he recruited some of them to play on his private traveling team.

Since 1989 and until recently when he was removed, Fr. Robert Harrison was stationed at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx where he came across thousands of teenage boys, primarily African-American and Hispanic.  In addition, Fr. Robert Harrison lived in the Cardinal Hayes building, enabling him to give access to students to his private quarters in the building.

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