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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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SPECIAL EVENT

Fred Marigliano

Email: fredmarigliano@optimum.net
Cell phone 732.421.0033
www.walktoendsolnj.weebly.com

Dear Family, Friends and Associates:

Many of you already know my work with Road To Recovery (R2R) has been a
passion of mine for the last 10 years. Road To Recovery is making huge advances in
bringing attention to the issue of child sexual abuse in America through providing direct
and indirect services to abuse survivors.

The statistics are startling, 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually abused
before the age of 18. Those numbers add up to 60 million Americans that are affected
and only 10% will share their stories. Many survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress
disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders and suicidal thoughts and actions.

We have taken the challenge to abolish the statute of limitations (SOL) in NJ
through lobbying in our local, county and state governments to pass bills S868 and
A3664. I know many of you have supported this effort by writing your Senators and
Assemblymen and women and or called to speak to them personally and for that we are
grateful.

I am writing today to share with you our upcoming walk to end SOL. Starting on
Friday, September 11, 2015 we will be walking across NJ, passing by the offices of our
NJ Senators and Assemblymen and women to bring attention to the bills. The walk
depending on weather and other unforeseen happenings should conclude around
September 25th or 26th. We need your support.

By simply walking with us, for a block, for a mile, for a day or a week you will
help. Meeting us at the beginning of the day or at the conclusion to show your support.
You can download the route at our website www.walktoendsolnj.weebly.com or look for
our daily starting places. For more information, please call me at the number noted
above.

If you can share a donation, even the smallest amount will help please send a
check to Road To Recovery, Inc. PO Box 279 Livingston, NJ 07039 and write in the
memo Abolish SOL Walk. R2R is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity and your tax
deductible donation will be used to support compassionate counseling, financial
assistance, legal counsel and support of those in need of recovery from sexual abuse.

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you on the
Walk to End SOL NJ.

Sincerely,
Fred Marigliano

 

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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

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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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