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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

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

 

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?

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

 

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 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.

 

MEDIA RELEASE – DECEMBER 20, 2014

Hartford, CT Archdiocese has been informed of clergy sexual abuse by a deceased Hartford, CT priest, Fr. Vincent A. Brown, but refuses to acknowledge and validate the sexual abuse claim of the victim, Charles Mc Gilton, and help him heal

Hartford, CT Archdiocese, despite knowing about sexual allegations against the late Fr. Vincent A. Brown, has not ordered a public golf tournament named after Fr. Vincent A. Brown to be re-named

Fr. Vincent A. Brown, formerly assigned to St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, repeatedly sexually abused a minor child, Charles Mc Gilton, when Fr. Vincent A. Brown was assigned to St. Lawrence Parish in West Haven, CT

What
A media event and leafleting to alert St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, CT, the greater Connecticut area, and the general public of the Hartford Archdiocese’s unwillingness to help a sexual abuse victim of a Hartford Archdiocesan priest, the late Fr. Vincent A. Brown.

When
Sunday morning and afternoon, December 21, 2014 after the 7:00 am Mass until the end of the 12:15 pm Mass (and all Masses in between).  Press conference will be held at 11:30 AM.

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Mary’s Parish, 731 Main Street, Branford, CT, 203-488-1607

Who
Charles Mc Gilton, the sexual abuse victim of Fr. Vincent A. Brown, from West Haven, CT; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc. a non-profit charity that advocates for and assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and other supporters.

Why
Charles Mc Gilton was a young boy when his family lived near and attended St. Lawrence Catholic Church in West Haven, CT.  Charles Mc Gilton delivered newspapers to the rectory at St. Lawrence Church where Fr. Vincent A. Brown invited him in and repeatedly sexually abused him there.  Fr. Vincent A. Brown also sexually abused Charles Mc Gilton in a local West Haven store where many of Fr. Vincent A. Brown’s parishioners and neighborhood friends gathered to eat and talk.  Subsequently, Fr. Vincent A. Brown was transferred to St. Mary’s Parish in Branford, CT, where, today, a golf tournament, which raises thousands of dollars annually for the parish school, is named for Fr. Vincent A. Brown, held at a local elite country club, and supported by local Hartford media personalities, civic and Church leaders, and other celebrities.  Demonstrators will call on the Hartford Archdiocese in the person of Archbishop Leonard Blair, the people of St. Mary’s Parish, Branford, and all people in the greater Hartford/New Haven region to acknowledge and validate Charles Mc Gilton’s allegations, apologize for the sexual abuse he endured, and provide him with the resources he needs to heal.  Demonstrators will also demand that the name of Fr. Vincent A. Brown be removed from the annual St. Mary’s Parish Golf Tournament and any other honorary titles he holds.

 

MEDIA RELEASE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2014

NOTRE DAME SCHOOL CONTINUES TO RE-VICTIMIZE A SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM
SISTERS OF ST. URSULA REFUSE TO HELP FORMER MEMBER WHO WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY NOTRE DAME NUN PRINCIPAL

What
A demonstration and leafleting outside a Catholic girls’ high school Christmas  concert and celebration

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Notre Dame School at 327 West 13th Street, NY, NY 10014

When
Thursday, December 18, 2014 from 5:00 until 6:30 PM

Who
Cecilia Springer, an 84 year-old alumna of Notre Dame School, Class of 1948, who was approximately 14 years of age and a sophomore at Notre Dame School when the Principal of the school sexually abused her; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists sexual abuse victims and their families; and other supporters.

Why
Cecilia Springer became a Sister of Saint Ursula following graduation from college even after she was sexually abused by a nun (Sr. Mary Andrew) at Notre Dame School.  She left the Sisters of Saint Ursula many years later after it became unbearable for her to remain in a religious order of women which tolerated her sexual abuse of children at her alma mater, Notre Dame School.  Cecilia Springer’s religious name was Sister Mary Grace.  After being interviewed by representatives of the school and religious order, the Sisters of Saint Ursula and Notre Dame School refused to offer her any assistance that will allow her to live a decent life as a senior citizen.  Cecilia Springer and her supporters will call on Notre Dame School and the Sisters of Saint Ursula to do the right thing by acknowledging that Cecilia Springer is, indeed, a sexual abuse victim of Sister Mary Andrew, apologizing for what happened to her, and assisting her to live a life that is more free of worry and directed toward healing.

 

NYC Premiere of Movie
The Catholic Whistle Blowers, a group that has formed to support victims of clergy sexual abuse, will present the NYC premiere of its movie, “A Matter of Conscience,” at Cardozo Law School, 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, Manhattan, this Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 6:00 PM (first floor auditorium).  Attorney and Cardozo Law Professor Marci Hamilton will host the event (she also appears in the movie), and following the showing of the film, the Boston College-based producers, Professors Susan and John Michalczyk, and a few members of the Catholic Whistle Blowers who “star” in the movie will answer your questions about the film.   Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to defray the cost of the film.  Please tell your friends and neighbors.
The Catholic Whistle Blowers are:
Rev. John Bambrick, Jackson, NJ
Sr. Sally Butler, OP, Brooklyn, NY
Rev. Patrick W. Collins, Douglas, MI and Peoria, IL
Rev. James Connell, Milwaukee, WI
Rev. Thomas P. Doyle, OP, Vienna, VA
Robert M. Hoatson – West Orange, NJ
Rev. Ronald Lemmert – Peekskill, NY
Rev. Kenneth E. Lasch – Pompton Plains, NJ
Helen Rainforth – Diocese of Peoria, IL and Lincoln, IL
Sr. Claire Smith, OSU – Bronx and New Rochelle, NY
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN – New Castle, DE and Philadelphia, PA
Rev. Bruce Teague – Diocese of Springfield, MA
Patrick Wall – Stillwater, MN

(not all persons listed above are featured in the movie)
Also appearing in the film:  Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA and Anne Barrett Doyle of Bishopaccountability.org

 

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