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West Orange native, former priest to run for NJ governor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 28, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 26, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who and Why

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cecilia Springer, 85 year-old childhood sexual abuse victim

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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FROM THE

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Reconciliation and Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Abuse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Never seen anything like it’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inconsistencies in the church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The ‘look-back window’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Bishop Manuel Cruz after Mass in November at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, the seat of the Archdiocese of Newark. The archdiocese is preparing for the arrival of its new leader, Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
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NEWARK — Bishop Manuel A. Cruz opened with a head count. “Four,” he said, looking out at the four parishioners in a small chapel behind the soaring Gothic sanctuary of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart here. “The perfect number, because it is the number we are here.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pope names Indiana archbishop to lead Newark Archdiocese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tobin will begin his new assignment on Jan. 6.

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

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

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

Tobin speaks Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archbishop Tobin calls clergy sex abuse a “scourge.”

An installation Mass for Cardinal-elect Tobin will be held at the Cathedral Basilica on Jan. 6.

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New Archbishop Seen to Herald Change at Newark Archdiocese

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By David Cruz
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Cardinal designate Joseph Tobin is as different from the man he will succeed as you could imagine — younger by a decade, with a quicker smile, a lighter, more humble touch and a closeness (philosophically, anyway) with Pope Francis that has eluded outgoing Archbishop John Myers.

“What an honor the Holy Father has given to the priests, religious and lay people of this archdiocese and also to the state of New Jersey,” said Myers today.

Tobin comes to Newark from Indianapolis, where he served as Archbishop. His appointment is seen by many observers of the church as a further signal from the pope that a change is in the air.

“I think in maybe trying to figure out for myself why this is happening because of the experience of leading a worldwide congregation and really working in cultures other than my own I’ve learned respect for other cultures and I’ve learned to welcome the witness of other peoples,” said Tobin. “I mean, I really enjoy this experience of a multicultural community in church.”

But criticism of the church’s handling of sex abuse cases has lingered, and Myers seeming recalcitrance in the face of the charges has hurt morale and created a distance between the church and its flock. Today, Tobin asked for patience — as he’s been on the ground for only 18 hours.

“I do know from this country and other places in the world what a scourge clerical sexual abuse has been,” he explained. “It’s not only a physical violation but it is an unspeakable violation of trust. That people who believed, in a dangerous world, they couldn’t trust anybody but they could trust us with their kids. When we violate that, it is unspeakable.”

Outside today’s announcement Bob Hoatson, co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, a harsh critic of Myers tenure and an advocate for clerical sex abuse victims, said he welcomed the change in leadership.

“The message from the pope is that we want bishops who are merciful, who are just, who are pastoral and Archbishop Myers has been a bureaucrat, simply put,” he said. “What is important to Archbishop Myers is his image and the assets of the Archdiocese and everything else doesn’t matter. This new man hopefully will have the opposite.”

Tobin speaks four languages and has had several overseas assignments. He was at the center of controversy last year when he defied Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s ban on accepting Syrian refugees, which prompted a question about how he might advise Catholics on this day before Election Day.

“You should take a good look at what people are talking about, especially the candidates. Are they calling us together, or are they separating us?” he asked. “I’m not going to tell people who to vote for tomorrow, but I’m going to say that these are things you should keep in mind.”

The oldest of 13 children, Tobin says he’s learned that he doesn’t need much and hopes to challenge his fellow clergy to recognize that maybe they don’t need everything they think they need in order to be free and human. A subtle rebuke of Myers’ fondness for luxury, perhaps, but certainly in step with the gospel of austerity that, today, is in favor at the Vatican.

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Demonstration outside Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart
Newark, NJ

November 7, 2016

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MEDIA RELEASE – NOVEMBER 6, 2016

The Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey, Joseph Tobin, will be called upon to reach out to victim/survivors of sexual abuse by Archdiocese of Newark clergy and other clergy, religious men/ women (such as those in religious orders) and  personnel who have worked in the Archdiocese of Newark, settle their claims in a fair and timely manner, release all information about cases of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy and other clergy and religious men and women (such as those in religious orders) and other personnel, and pledge to be honest and transparent about ALL sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey

In particular, the Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey, Joseph Tobin, will be called upon to fairly settle six claims of childhood sexual abuse in a timely manner against Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters who allegedly sexually abused children at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, NJ and St. John Nepomucene Parish in Guttenberg, NJ

Road to Recovery, Inc. will call on the Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey, Joseph Tobin, to support the passage of statute of limitations legislation in the State of New Jersey that will give victims of sexual abuse their day in court

What
A press conference calling on the Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey,  Joseph Tobin, to treat victims of sexual abuse by Archdiocesan clergy and other clergy, religious men/women (such as those in religious orders) and personnel who have worked in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, with fairness, honesty, and transparency by settling their claims in a timely manner.  In addition, demonstrators will call on the Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey, Joseph Tobin, to support statute of limitations legislation in New Jersey that will give victims of sexual abuse their day in court

When
Monday, November 7, 2016, following the 10:30 am press conference announcing the appointment of Joseph Tobin as Cardinal Archbishop-designate of Newark, New Jersey

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 89 Ridge Street, 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., a sexual abuse victim and former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark

Why
The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has been wracked by allegations of sexual abuse by archdiocesan clergy and by clergy, religious men/women (such as those in religious orders) and personnel who have worked in the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.  To this day, information about cases of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Newark has been withheld from the victims, their advocates, and the general public.  Archbishop John Myers has been secretive about allegations of sexual abuse, the names of the abusers, and the documents associated with the cases that are in the possession of the Archdiocese of Newark.  This practice must end.  The Cardinal Archbishop-designate, Joseph Tobin, must treat victim/survivors of sexual abuse with compassion, honesty, and transparency.  Information about sexual abusers must be made public, and a list of abusive clergy and other personnel must be placed on the Archdiocese of Newark website.

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

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Demonstration outside of St. Francis of Assisi

New York City (Manhattan)

Friday, November 4, 2016

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

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Demonstration at St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, NJ

October 30, 2016

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MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 26, 2016

Mother, Elizabeth Frampton, to speak out about sexual abuse of her son by a teacher and counselor, James Spicola, at TechAccess, based in Warwick, RI, which eaches visually impaired and legally blind people about using technological services.

TechAccess teacher and counselor, James Spicola, pleaded “No Contest” in April, 2016, to two (2) counts of 2nd degree child molestation and received a suspended sentence, probation, and participation in a sex offender program

Victim of TechAccess teacher and counselor, James Spicola, was sexually abused on more than one occasion, including in a remote bathroom, in the TechAccess kitchen, and in an office of TechAccess.  James Spicola also forced the victim to perform sexually while Skyping

What
A press conference by Elizabeth Frampton, the mother of a sexual abuse victim of a teacher and counselor, James Spicola.  She will speak about her son’s sexual abuse by a TechAccess teacher and counselor, James Spicola, who pleaded “No Contest” in April, 2016, to two criminal counts.

When
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of TechAccess located at 110 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI, 02888

Who
Elizabeth Frampton, the mother of a minor child who was sexually abused at TechAccess, Warwick, RI, by teacher and counselor, James Spicola;  Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Why

“John Doe” is a legally blind minor child who was sexually abused by his teacher and counselor, James Spicola, beginning in approximately the sixth grade at TechAccess, a monthly program which teaches visually impaired and legally blind people about using technological services.  James Spicola sexually abused the minor child on more than one occasion from approximately 2011-2012 while he was participating in the TechAccess program.  James Spicola pleaded “No Contest” to two counts of 2nd degree child molestation in April, 2016, and was given a six year suspended sentence, six years of probation, and assignment to a sex offender program.  The victim’s mother will speak to the media about the sexual abuse of her son by James Spicola, the effects the sexual abuse has had on her son, and the effect of the sexual abuse on her family.  The mother and the victim are currently represented by Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA.

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

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Cumberland parents threaten to sue TechAccess, volunteer over child molestation charges

 
 WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Cumberland parents are following up to make sure that one man convicted of molesting a child years ago can never do it again.

The couple initially brought their ten-year-old son to TechAccess in Warwick in hopes that the organization would teach him how to use technology to help with his disability. Now, they say they plan on suing TechAccess and 33-year-old James Spicola, a former volunteer.

According to the parents, Spicola sexually abused their son four times in two years.

Police reports state that Spicola touched the boy inappropriately, forced the boy to touch him, and then bribed him to stay quiet.

Spicola has pleaded no contest to two counts of 2nd-degree child molestation.

“It’s just a horrible thing we’ve had to live with,” said the parents.

The incidents have taken a toll on their son, state the couple. “We’ve reduced our expectations. We used to have a kid where we’d say the sky’s the limit. Now we say, I hope he stays alive.”

Co-founder of Road to Recovery, Robert Hoatson said that “the most unusual aspect of this case ,in my opinion, is the fact that their son was able to come forward at a very young age to tell the family about the sexual abuse he endured.”

TechAccess said that they were distraught over Spicola’s actions and that client safety is their first priority.

Eyewitness News reached out to Spicola’s lawyers but did not receive a response.

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Sex abuse suit brought against former private school teacher

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

DARTMOUTH — A Dartmouth man and retired math teacher at Deerfield Academy is being sued in the wake of allegations he sexually abused a 16-year-old student there in 1986, the victim’s lawyers said.

Peter G. Hindle and his unidentified supervisor are named as defendants in a civil suit, filed Sept. 8 in Bristol County Superior Court, according to court documents.

 

The 12-page complaint alleges Hindle, now 82, engaged in “explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct” when he, among other things, rubbed, massaged and licked the student’s naked back. The victim is not identified in the complaint and his lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, said he is about 44 years old and resides in New York state.

“He should be proud by filing the complaint and empowering himself and other victims of sexual abuse and making the world a safer place,” the attorney said in an interview.

Garabedian said the victim suffers from issues relating to trust, self-esteem, anger, anxiety, self-respect and self-blame because of the abuse, which occurred in his dorm room.

“Educators have a lot to learn when it comes to protecting children against sexual predators,” Garabedian said. “Supervisors should be supervising so innocent victims are not sexually abused by sexual predators like Peter Hindle.”

The filing of the lawsuit was announced Monday at a press conference outside Dartmouth Town Hall by Robert M. Hoatson, a former priest and co-founder and president of Road to Recovery Inc., a non-profit based in New Jersey, that aids victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Hindle did not return three calls for comment on Monday from The Standard-Times. He was also a coach and dormitory master at Deerfield, according to the complaint.

Garabedian told The Standard-Times he has had four claims against Hindle, including this latest one. The incidents are alleged to have occurred between 1974 and 1989 when the victims were between the ages of 14 and 16. The victims now range in age from 43 to 56.

 Two of the complaints were settled in the “six figures,” and one is currently being investigated, he said.

Deerfield Academy is not named as a defendant in this lawsuit.

The lawsuit relates to information and a report released by Deerfield Academy in 2013, David Thiel, a school spokesman, said Monday. Following an investigation, conducted by independent legal counsel, the school concluded that sexual conduct by Hindle occurred with a student who came forward and there was evidence that he also engaged in “such conduct” with “at least one other student.”

Hindle admitted that sexual contact with the student had taken place “one time,” but claimed it was against his will, the school said in a March 30, 2013 report to the Deerfield community. However, the school found that Hindle “neither resisted nor reported the incident.”

In the March 30, 2013, report, the Board of Trustees decided to rename the Peter G. Hindle ’52 Schoolmaster’s Chair, remove his name from the squash facility and forbid him from attending events on campus.

Hindle was faculty member at Deerfield between 1956 and 2000 and retired in 2000, according to Thiel.

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Deerfield Academy pays six-figure settlement to sexual abuse victim

The former student sued the school and the former teacher

 

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Deerfield Academy paid $200,000 to settle a lawsuit with a California man who claims he was sexually abused by his math teacher there in the 1970’s. The former student sued the school and that former teacher.

“It’s really shocking to hear something like this going on,” said John Talbot of Deerfield.  “With a kid of my own, you’d like to think when you send them to school they’re safe.”

The teacher, Peter Hindle was accused of raping the then-14-year-old in his residence multiple times in the fall of 1979. Hindle lives in Eastern Massachusetts, and will never stand trial for child rape because the statute of limitations has run out. Attorney for the victim, Mitchell Garabedian, said his client suffered life-long emotional trauma from the abuse.

New Jersey based non-profit “Road to Recovery” assisted the victim and his familly throughout the recovery process.

Robert Hoatson, President of the Road to Recovery told 22News,”We’ve only just scratched the surface,” said Hoatson. “We think this hero will hopefully give others the courage to come forward and begin their recovery.”

22News called Deerfield Academy spokesman, David Thiel, but he declined to comment on the lawsuit, out of respect for the victim and his family.

Hoatson said statistics show 1 in 6 boys, and 1 in 4 girls in the U.S. are sexually abused before the age of 18.

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MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 23, 2016

“John Doe,” a childhood sexual abuse victim, files a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court against former Deerfield (MA) Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, believed to be a resident of the Dartmouth, MA, area, and against Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor.  The Plaintiff’s attorney is Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, MA.

 Deerfield (MA) Academy, located in Franklin County, MA, employed mathematics teacher Peter Hindle from approximately 1956 until 2000 where Peter Hindle also served as a coach, dormitory master, counselor, and supervisor of minor boys who attended Deerfield (MA) Academy

 From approximately 1984 until approximately 1987, the Plaintiff attended Deerfield (MA) Academy when he was approximately fourteen (14) to sixteen (16) years of age.  In approximately 1986, when the Plaintiff was approximately sixteen (16) years of age, Peter Hindle sexually abused the Plaintiff in the Plaintiff’s dormitory room at Deerfield (MA) Academy

What
A press conference announcing the filing of a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court by a childhood sexual abuse victim of Peter Hindle, a mathematics teacher, coach, dormitory supervisor, counselor, and supervisor of young boys for approximately forty-four (44) years at Deerfield (MA) Academy in Deerfield, Franklin County, MA.  The lawsuit also names Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor

When
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of the Town Hall of Dartmouth, MA, located at 400 Slocum Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747

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

Why
Peter Hindle, who was employed by Deerfield (MA) Academy for approximately forty-four (44) years as a mathematics teacher, coach, dormitory master, counselor, and supervisor of young boys, has been named by several former students of Deerfield (MA) Academy as being a sexual abuser of children.  Peter Hindle, according to reports, resides in the Dartmouth, MA, area.  Recently, a former student of Deerfield (MA) Academy, who attended the school from approximately 1984 to 1987, filed a civil lawsuit in Bristol County, MA, Superior Court, against Peter Hindle and Defendant Two, a currently unidentified Deerfield (MA) Academy supervisor or former supervisor. “John Doe” claims that Peter Hindle sexually abused him in approximately 1986 when he was approximately sixteen (16) years of age in his dormitory room at Deerfield (MA) Academy.  The Plaintiff has suffered and continues to suffer from harm as a result of being sexually abused by teacher Peter Hindle and because of the negligent supervision of Peter Hindle.  The Plaintiff has demanded a jury trial on all his claims.

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

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Enzo DomingoOct 20, 2016, 6:31 pm Oct 20, 2016, 6:31 pm

Man comes forward to share his story of alleged sex abuse at Bergen Catholic High School

Walter Slapkowski claims that his alleged abuser, Christian Brother Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan took advantage of him

Walter Slapkowski graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in 1974. But over 40 years after he left, Slapkowski returned Thursday to detail how he was allegedly abused while attending the school.

Slapkowski alleges that Christian Brother Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan took advantage of him during what was supposed to be detention. He says he came forward now because of a $1.9 million settlement in August, after a lawsuit from 21 men accusing staffers of sexual abuse decades ago. Slapkowski is one of the seven other victims who came forward, after the settlement.

Road to Recovery, a non-profit group that provides help to sex abuse victims, backs Slapkowski in his mission to spread awareness and stop the abuses.

“He needs to be stopped,” Slapkowski said. “Because I’m sure he’s still doing it. This was ’71, I was thirteen, I weighed 90-100 pounds. I wish I could go back and discuss it with him.”

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News Article from THE RECORD / NORTH JERSEY.COM

Bergen Catholic alumnus shares his account of being sexually abused by teacher in 1970s

Walter Slapkowski, of Bogota, stands outside Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

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 Walter Slapkowski, of Bogota, stands outside Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

A 1974 Bergen Catholic High School graduate came forward Thursday to share for the first time his account of being sexually abused by his chemistry teacher as a 13-year-old student, echoing public claims made by dozens of others who attended the school from the 1950s through 1970s.

Standing across the street from his alma mater in Oradell late Thursday morning, Walter Slapkowski, 59 of Bogota, shared in detail his recollection of the abuse he said he endured in after-school detention several decades ago.

Related:  Advocates for alleged child sex abuse victims announce settlement with Bergen Catholic H.S.

Walter Slapkowski, of Bogota, stands outside Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

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A photo of Walter Slapkowski as a senior from his Bergen Catholic High School yearbook.

He recalled how his chemistry teacher ordered him to detention for speaking in class. The detention, known as “jug” at the school, took a dark turn, Slapkowski said, when he was asked pull down his pants and underwear so he could be “disciplined.”

“I was completely naked. He put me over his lap, and he started smacking me – and I mean hard,” Slapkowski said.

“When he was done,” he added, “he was completely on top of me. I couldn’t scream. I couldn’t tell anybody. I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do. I was so scared.”

Slapkowski said he kept the incident to himself. He avoided the teacher in the hallways, and quit the track team. He said he joined the bowling team instead because he could avoid being in the locker room. Though he didn’t share his account with classmates, he said students knew to avoid the “chem. lab,” where the teacher often could be found.

Slapkowski said he was abused only once at Bergen Catholic.

He eventually graduated from college and became an accountant. He married, but said he never told his ex-wife, to whom he was married for 13 years, what had happened to him. He had two children, and just last week told his 21-year-old son about what happened. Slapkowski said he suffers from panic attacks and depression, and has trouble with personal relationships. He said he can’t go to a gym because he remains wary of locker rooms, and “freaks out” when his doctor asks him to drop his pants for an exam. He still goes to church, but said, “I look at priests and I think they’re pedophiles. I shouldn’t think that way.”

Slapkowski said he didn’t tell anyone about what happened until about six years ago, when child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the longtime Penn State assistant football coach, first surfaced. Slapkowski said he confided at that time in his current girlfriend about what happened that afternoon in detention.

Slapkowski said he was motivated to go public with his account after news broke that others have endured similar abuse while at the school.

“He needs to stopped, because I’m sure he’s still doing it,” Slapkowski said of his alleged abuser. “This was ’71.

In August, several of the former students who alleged that they had been victims of child sex abuse while they were enrolled at Bergen Catholic held a news conference outside the school, sharing stories similar to Slapkowski’s account. At that time, they announced that the school had reached a $1.9 million settlement agreement with 21 alleged victims in November 2015.

Slapkowski is one of eight additional victims who have come forward since the settlement was made public, said Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston-based attorney representing the new alleged victims. Garabedian also represented seven of the people included in the 2015 settlement.

Given the number of people coming forward, “I wouldn’t be surprised if hundreds upon hundreds of children were abused while at Bergen Catholic High School,” Garabedian said in a telephone interview on Thursday. “The question remains, where were the supervisors and why weren’t they protecting children from pedophiles?”

The school’s principal, Timothy McElhinney, did not return a phone message on Thursday seeking comment about the new allegations.

Garabedian said the abuse against his eight clients took place between 1950 and 1975, while most were between the ages of 14 and 17. Slapkowski, who turns 60 on Oct. 31, said he was 13 at the time.

In an unrelated case in 2013, the North American Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, which runs Bergen Catholic and many other schools across North America, agreed to a $16.5 million settlement as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in federal court. Officials with the order said they had filed for bankruptcy in 2011 because they were operating at a significant loss due to the legal costs related to the settlement of abuse cases.

Garabedian said he is representing his clients in eight separate claims, and recently filed an objection to the school’s bankruptcy filing on behalf of his clients. He said he is looking into the statute of limitations to see if his clients could file a complaint against the school or their alleged abusers.

Slapkowski on Thursday was accompanied by Robert M. Hoatson, the co-founder and president of Road to Recovery Inc., an organization that assists victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

“There was a real culture of sexual abuse here, and my guess is that they knew — somebody knew — and did nothing about it,” said Hoatson, who was a victim of abuse himself.

“The fact there are seven more victims since August is indicative of the fact that there are many more out there who are suffering, and we hope they see this and the courage [shown] by Walter, and say it’s time to break the silence and begin the healing process.”

Email: anzidei@northjersey.com; Twitter: @melanieanzidei

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News Article from Star Ledger / NJ.com

8 more men claim sexual abuse at North Jersey high school

Bergen Catholic abuse allegations
Walter Slapkowski, shown here during a news conference on Oct. 20, 2016, is one of eight men claiming that they were sexually abused at Bergen Catholic High School. (Sara Jerde | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com) (Sara Jerde)

Sara Jerde | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Sara Jerde | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 20, 2016 at 2:58 PM, updated October 20, 2016 at 4:05 PM

ORADELL — Eight more former Bergen Catholic High School students have come forward to accuse former staff members at the school of sexual abuse.

The eight have levied their allegations since it was revealed in August that the all-boys high school in Oradell had reached a $1.9 million settlement with 21 men who said they were sexually abused at the school.

The eight men, who are now between the ages of about 55 to 75 years old, say they were sexually abused when they were teens between the years of 1956 and 1977, said Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer who represented some of the previous alleged victims.

The timeframe of the alleged attacks is similar to the one provided by the other alleged victims who settled with the school. They had said they were abused between 1963 and 1978.

Settlement gives 'hope' to one alleged victim

Settlement gives ‘hope’ to one alleged victim

Those who settled will receive sums ranging from $65,000 to $115,000.

Walter Slapkowski, 59, spoke outside of Bergen Catholic on Thursday, willing to share his experience, he said, in the hopes that the man he says abused him is stopped.

Slapkowski, from Bogota, said a teacher at the school told him to take off his pants and underwear, and count while he spanked him during detention.

“I don’t want to hurt you, but I have to teach you a lesson,” Slapkowski said the man told him at the time. Slapkowski said the teacher then put him across his lap.

“I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t tell anybody,” Slapkowski said. “I was so scared. I didn’t know what to do.”

Slapkowski was about 14 at the time. He said he now suffers from panic attacks and depression, gets nervous around doctors who have to perform procedural physical exams and has had personal relationships suffer.

Slapkowski graduated from the high school and earned a degree in accounting at what is now St. Peter’s University. But he said he always grappled with sharing his experience.

Slapkowski said he never told his parents, his ex-wife or his daughter. His son was told just last week, but he said he told his girlfriend years ago when he had a “freak out” over the Penn State sex scandal.

“I dreaded this, but if it helps other kids,” Slapkowski said.

Garabedian said he was preparing to file claims on behalf of all the victims and was researching the statute of limitations.

The school, which has about 700 students enrolled, did not admit liability in reaching the previous settlement. It is staffed by the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, which did not immediately return a request for comment.

Bergen Catholic is a private school in the Archdiocese of Newark, but it doesn’t govern the school, so a spokesman for the archdiocese declined to comment.

The men who settled with the school have received their money, Garabedian said. They were expected to receive sums that ranged between $65,000 and $115,000.

There were 10 Christian Brothers and one layman accused in the settlement, said Robert Hoatson, co-founder of Road to Recovery, an advocacy group for sexual abuse victims.

There have been four perpetrators named so far by the eight men who have come forward, Garabedian said.

“Based on my experience in representing victims of sex abuse, given the number of pedophiles at Bergen Catholic and the number of children who attend Bergen Catholic over such a broad time period, there has to be hundreds upon hundreds of victims of sex abuse there,” Garabedian said.

A representative from Bergen Catholic High School didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Sara Jerde may be reached at sjerde@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @SaraJerde

MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 19, 2016

Bergen Catholic High School alumnus and childhood sexual abuse victim of Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC, Walter Slipkowski, of Bogota, New Jersey, to speak publicly for the first time about his childhood sexual abuse at Bergen Catholic High School
 
Walter Slipkowski was a minor child in approximately 1970 when he entered Bergen Catholic High School and met a sexual abuser, Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC, who was his science teacher

 
What
A press conference by Walter Slipkowski of Bogota, New Jersey, at which he will announce that he was sexually abused as a minor child at Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, New Jersey, by Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC

When
Thursday, October 20, 2017, at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the main entrance of Bergen Catholic High School, 1040 Oradell Avenue, Oradell, New Jersey 07649

Who
Walter Slipkowski of Bogota, New Jersey, a 1974 graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, and resident of Bogota, New Jersey; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., a former Irish Christian Brother of 23 years 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
Walter Slipkowski will turn 60 years of age on October 31, 2016.  His family moved from Jersey City, New Jersey, to Teaneck, New Jersey, when he was approximately 10 years old.  Approximately 4 years later (1970), he began attending Bergen Catholic High School at approximately the age of 14.  It was at Bergen Catholic High School in approximately 1970-1971 that he was a student in the science class of his teacher, Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC, who sexually abused him in an anteroom of the science class and laboratory.   It is believed that Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC, left the Irish Christian Brothers many years ago and may have taught (or still may be teaching) at a college in Massachusetts.  Walter Slipkowski will share his story of having been sexually abused as a minor child at Bergen Catholic High School in order to try to heal, be a support to other victims, and hopefully alert others to the dangers posed by pedophile Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, CFC.

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

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Sex abuse lawsuits mount against ex-priest, Newark diocese

Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 13, 2016 at 9:02 AM, updated October 13, 2016 at 9:56 AM

NEWARK — Two more sex abuse lawsuits were filed this month accusing a New Jersey priest of sexually abusing children when they attended a Catholic school in the 1980s.

Walters.jpgThe Rev. Michael “Mitch” Walters is accused in 2 new lawsuits of sexually abusing kids. (Archdiocese of Newark)

That brings the total lawsuits lodged against the Archdiocese of Newark and the Rev. Mitch Walters to three.

And more may be coming, according to Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston-area attorney who was portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the 2015 film “Spotlight.”

Garabedian said he is representing six clients who say they were abused by Walters.

The latest two lawsuits were filed separately in Essex County Superior Court on Oct. 5 by Danielle Polemeni and David Ohlmuller. Both attended St. Cassian’s Parish and the church’s associated school in Upper Montclair when they were children while Walters was a priest and deacon.

Jim Goodness, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark, declined to comment on the lawsuits. Goodness said earlier this year that Walters denies the allegations against him. Walters was removed from the ministry in January after the allegations arose.

Polemeni, a 47-year-old teacher who now lives in Columbus, Ohio, said in an interview with NJ Advance Media that Walters groped her on multiple occasions when she was 13 and 14 years old.

“I thought it was my fault,” Polemeni said. “I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed.”

Polemeni’s family was active in the church and friendly with Walters, she said. Polemeni said that Walters once groped her buttocks and put his face in her breasts while he was in her family’s home.

During an eighth-grade class trip to the Poconos, Polemeni said Walters carried her around a swimming pool while fondling her breasts and buttocks for several minutes. Though her parents did not witness either incident, other people were around, she said.

The Rev. Michael “Mitch” Walters, who was removed from the ministry by the Archdiocese of Newark, has also been accused of abusing parishioners in Montclair.

“I also thought that that was just how men behaved,” Polemeni said. “That, sometimes they were creepy, and gross, and you just had to wait for them to go away.”

Ohlmuller, a former alter boy at the St. Cassian’s, alleges that Walters fondled him “many, many times” in the church’s confessional in 1982 when he was 12. Ohlmuller, who also spoke with NJ Advance Media, also said the priest kissed him.

Ohlmuller said he distanced himself from the church and struggled with anxiety and substance abuse as a result of the alleged sexual assaults.

He said he began having flashbacks to the alleged abuse last year when his son entered the sixth grade, the grade Ohlmuller was in when he alleges he was assaulted.

“I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” Ohlmuller said, so he contacted Bob Hoatson of Road to Recovery, a group that supports victims of sexual abuse. Hoatson, who put the victims in touch with Garabedian, commended the two for going public with their stories.

“Talk about courage,” Hoatson said. “The fact that they put their names on this…shows they are not just looking out for themselves, but also for the healing of so many others.”

Katherine Carter, a spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, said the Archdiocese contacted authorities about the allegations but said no criminal charges have been filed against Walters.

Hoatson said his group often pursues civil suits because criminal statutes of limitation have expired in many clergy sex abuse cases.

Garabedian said he plans to continue to pursue cases that shed light on past abuses.

“It’s about empowering themselves, and making the world a safer place for children everywhere,” Garabedian said.

Though they are not seeking a specific amount in damages, the two plaintiffs said just filing the suits has brought them some sense of closure.

Polemeni, who works in a Catholic school in Ohio, said talking about the alleged abuse has been painful, but healing.

“My relationship with the Catholic Church is definitely a paradox,” she said. “It is where I have received the most hurt and the most shame, but also where I have received healing and grace.”

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 – OCTOBER 12, 2016

Two civil lawsuits by childhood sexual abuse victims, one a female and one a male, filed in Essex County, New Jersey Superior Court against Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey; St. Cassian’s Church and School, Upper Montclair, New Jersey; and the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey

David Ohlmuller (D.O.) and Danielle Polemeni (D.P.) claim that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters sexually abused them approximately during the years 1982 – 1983 when they were parishioners and students of St. Cassian’s Parish and School in Upper Montclair, New Jersey

David Ohlmuller(D.O.) and Danielle Polemeni (D.P.) seek justice through the civil courts of New Jersey.  They are two of six known childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters

What
A press conference announcing the filing of two civil lawsuits in Essex County, New Jersey, Superior Court, on behalf of two childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, David Ohlmuller (D.O.) and Danielle Polemeni (D.P.)

When
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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

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

Why
Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters’ was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in approximately1981.  From approximately 1982 until 1989, he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  Six childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters (one woman and five men) have come forward to report that they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters while he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (5 victims between approximately 1982 and 1985) and St. John Nepomucene Parish in Guttenberg, New Jersey (1 victim in approximately 1994).  Recently, two of the alleged victims of Fr. Walters, David Ohlmuller (D.O.) and Danielle Polemeni (D.P.), filed separate civil lawsuits in Essex County, New Jersey, Superior Court, alleging that between approximately 1982 and 1983, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters sexually abused them while they were parishioners and students at St. Cassian’s Parish in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  Copies of the lawsuits will be available.

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

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News Article from The New York Daily News

Gov. Cuomo says New York Archdiocese’s cash settlements for child sex abuse victims is just first step toward justice 

Gov. Cuomo has promised to make the issue of statue of limitations in child abuse cases a priority in the 2017 legislative session after the Child Victims Act failed to pass.

(Todd Maisel/New York Daily News)

A New York Archdiocese plan offering cash settlements to sex abuse victims with no statue of limitations is a positive step — but hardly the last one, Gov. Cuomo says.A Cuomo spokesman, one day after Timothy Cardinal Dolan unveiled his Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, said new laws were needed to provide compensation to all targets of sexual abuse.“We must continue to work to ensure all victims have the opportunity to get the justice they deserve and this means a global legislative solution,” said gubernatorial spokesman Rich Azzopardi.Cuomo has promised to make the issue of statue of limitations in child abuse cases a priority in 2017 after the Child Victims Act failed again this year in the state Legislature.Cardinal Dolan: We hope new program will help abuse victims healCurrently in New York, victims must bring civil suits before their 23rd birthday against their attackers.The Daily News led efforts earlier this year to pass the oft-defeated legislation, first introduced a decade ago.The church’s IRCP would only apply to victims of church clergy sexual abuse within the boundaries of the archdiocese. Some of the first 170 cases involved date back decades.

Under the plan announced by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, victims who accept a settlement from the Archdiocese surrender their right to file a civil suit.

Critics of Dolan’s response to the sex scandal in the Catholic Church stood outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral to express their skepticism.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan unveils new program for sex abuse victims

“One of my questions for Cardinal Dolan is ‘Where have you been?’” said Bob Hoatson, president of the victims’ support group Road to Recovery. “We find the timing of this suspicious.”

Hoatson suggested the new program was pre-emptive because of the inevitability of state legislation reforming the statute of limitations aspect of the law.

Victims who accept a settlement from the Archdiocese surrender their right to file a civil suit under the program’s rules.

Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston attorney who has represented hundreds sex abuse victims, said there was a feeling among some that the settlement deals would allow the church to keep its secrets.

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NY Archdiocese announces victim compensation program

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York says it has hired an independent administrator to oversee and compensate previous victims of sexual abuse by church leaders. (10/6/16)

 NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced Thursday that it has hired an independent administrator to oversee and compensate previous victims of sexual abuse by church leaders.

The Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program is an oversight committee headed by attorney Kenneth Feinberg. It is aimed at compensating about 170 sexual abuse survivors who previously submitted complaints to the archdiocese over the past 40 years.

The program consists of two phases. The first, which begins immediately, is to compensate previous victims. The second phase will deal with newer cases of alleged sexual abuse by clergy.

The archdiocese says the program is unique because the independent committee has total authority over how much victims receive from the church.

Officials say there is no cap on the compensation awarded to victims; however, once they agree to a settlement, the victims give up their right to further lawsuits against the archdiocese.

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MEDIA RELEASE – OCTOBER 3, 2016

Convicted pedophile and former Catholic Church worker, Ricardo Gonzalez, is sued by three childhood sexual abuse victims whom Ricardo Gonzalez admitted in criminal court to sexually abusing.  Attorney Mitchell Garabedian represents the three childhood sexual abuse victims, now adults, and filed the civil complaint on their behalf

One of the childhood sexual abuse victims of Ricard Gonzalez was an altar server at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in East Boston, MA, from approximately 1987-1989 when Ricardo Gonzalez was working at and affiliated with Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.  Another childhood sexual abuse victim of Ricardo Gonzalez was an altar server at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish from approximately 1988-1991 when Ricardo Gonzalez was working at and affiliated with Our Lady of the Assumption Parish

 The third childhood sexual abuse victim of Ricardo Gonzalez was a student at the Donald McKay Elementary School in East Boston from approximately 1992-1993 when he met Ricardo Gonzalez who then was a member of the school’s faculty and/or an administrator at the school.  Ricardo Gonzalez began sexually abusing the third victim approximately in the summer of 1993 until approximately 1995

What
A demonstration regarding the filing of a civil lawsuit in Middlesex County, MA Superior Court on behalf of three childhood sexual abuse victims of a pedophile, Ricardo Gonzalez, who is a former Catholic Church worker from Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in East Boston, MA, and a teacher/administrator at the Donald Mc Kay Elementary School in East Boston, MA

When
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, 404 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA 02128

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
Ricardo Gonzalez worked at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish in East Boston, MA, from approximately 1987 until 1992, where he trained, supervised, counseled, directed and sexually abused two minor children who were parishioners and altar servers at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, East Boston, MA.  Ricardo Gonzalez also sexually abused a minor child who had just completed elementary school in approximately 1993 at the Donald Mc Kay School in East Boston and was about to start at a new school.  Ricardo Gonzalez sexually abused the third boy from approximately 1993-1995.  The two men who were minor children and altar servers at Our Lady of the Assumption Parish from approximately 1987-1991 and the third man who was about to begin a new school have filed a civil lawsuit against Ricardo Gonzalez, in Middlesex County, MA, Superior Court.  The Plaintiffs suffer from the effects of having been sexually abused and seek healing, validation, and recovery.  Ricardo Gonzalez, who admitted in criminal court to sexually abusing all three minor children, is currently incarcerated at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Facility in Shirley, MA, for these crimes.

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

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Local priest accused of sexual abuse permanently removed from ministry

Archdiocese of New York finds allegations against Monsignor John O’Keefe’s credible

 The alleged victims of a former Pearl River priest and Westchester Catholic school leader accused of sexual abuse are resting a little easier today, knowing he has been permanently removed from his ministry

The allegations against Monsignor John O’Keefe’s go back for more than 30 years ago. He was suspended last year for allegedly sexually abusing a student on class trips in Virginia and Ulster County.

Two other male victims have come forward since then and their allegations were found credible…

“…To the point where the review board of the Archdiocese of New York was unanimous in its recommendation to Cardinal Dolan that Monsignor O’Keefe be removed permanently,” said Dr. Robert Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery.

Others say O’keefe’s alleged abuse started even earlier, when he was a guidance counselor at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.

After working at Cardinal Hayes, O’keefe was the leader of Catholic education at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains. Most recently, he had been serving St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River.

With O’keefe offically removed from practice, Hoatson and others are furious with Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan wondering why they are the ones releasing this information to the public.

“…I believe cardinal Dolan wanted to keep a lid as much as he could on this information because its very embarrassing to him as the cardinal and its embarrassing to the Archdiocese of New York,” Dr. Hoatson says.

Cardinal Dolan has not directly responded to the allegations. As for the anonymous victims, the statute of limitation has been reached. Attorney Mitchell Garabedian has reached out for a settlement with the Archdiocese. He also says O’keefe still needs supervision.

Going forward, O’keefe can be defrocked from the Vatican. That process can take three to six years.

Nonprofit Road to Recovery is also working to pass the Child Victims Act to remove the statute of limitations keeping victims from getting the closure they need.

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Pearl River priest removed from ministry over alleged sex abuse

 The archbishop of New York permanently removed a Pearl River priest from his ministry Tuesday because of sex abuse allegations. (9/27/16)
 YONKERS – The archbishop of New York permanently removed a Pearl River priest from his ministry Tuesday because of sex abuse allegations.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan removed Monsignor John O’Keefe because of sex abuse allegations from 30 years ago when he was on the faculty of Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx during the 1980s. O’Keefe has been stationed as pastor of Saint Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River since 2003, but was first removed in December.

“I’m sorry about that, I wish him good luck and I also hope that it works out the right way,” parishioner Ed Fitzpatrick says.

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Former Pearl River priest removed from ministry

“This claim is another example of why the statute of limitations has to be amended so that victims of sexual abuse can try to heal,” said Mitchell Garabedian, lawyer for the accuser.

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A former Pearl River priest and Westchester Catholic school leader accused of sexual abuse has been permanently removed from his ministry by the Archdiocese of New York, according to a lawyer for his alleged victim.

Monsignor John O’Keefe, who served for more than a decade as president at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, had been suspended last year from St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor on two occasions — in New York and Virginia — more than three decades ago.

EARLIER STORY: Pearl River priest suspended after sex abuse claim 

RELATED: Dolan sends rep to Pearl River Mass

The announcement of O’Keefe’s status was made Sunday afternoon by New Jersey-based nonprofit Road to Recovery Inc., which helps victims of sexual abuse. It issued a joint press release with Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer for the accuser, who said he had been informed of the action by a church official.

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, said the archdiocese would not make public statements on the case until the process is completed, which includes bringing the matter to the Holy See, the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Vatican City.

But a church official confirmed to The Journal News that O’Keefe will never be permitted to function again as a priest.

The archdiocese continues to be responsible for providing O’Keefe with a place to live. Zwilling said he could not comment on where O’Keefe has been living since his suspension.

O’Keefe has not been charged with any crimes; authorities said both incidents are beyond the statute of limitations.

Garabedian said his client was abused by O’Keefe between 1981 and 1983 while a student at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, where O’Keefe was a teacher and guidance counselor. The alleged abuse happened in a Virginia hotel room during a school trip to Washington, D.C., and at the Irish Christian Brothers’ retreat house in Esopus, New York, during a weekend leadership training program.

O’Keefe’s suspension was announced in a Dec. 16, 2015, letter to parishioners from New York’s archbishop, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who called the allegation “credible.” O’Keefe, who was on leave at the time for medical issues, denied the allegations.

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said in 2015 that there had been no allegations of misconduct made against O’Keefe in Rockland County. Zugibe’s office, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office and the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to inquiries about whether any further allegations against O’Keefe had surfaced since then.

Frank Pagani, a spokesman for Archbishop Stepinac High School, said the school posted a letter to its website after the suspension urging anyone with concerns or suspicions to come forward, but said there had been no reports so far.

Garabedian, whose firm is in Boston, has represented hundreds of victims of sexual assault before and after The Boston Globe ran a series of stories in 2002 exposing widespread allegations of sexual abuse by priests. The Globe’s reporting was the focus of a 2015 Oscar-winning movie, “Spotlight.”

“I’ve requested the archdiocese compensate my client financially so his claim can be validated and he can try to move on and he can try to heal,” said Garabedian.

“This claim is another example of why the statute of limitations has to be amended so that victims of sexual abuse can try to heal,” he added.

O’Keefe was named the first president of Archbishop Stepinac High School in 1992 and served as the school’s leader for 11 years. He was reassigned to St. Margaret’s in 2003.

MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

 MONSIGNOR JOHN J. O’KEEFE PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM MINISTRY IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF NEW YORK BECAUSE OF CREDIBLE CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE CLAIMS

Monsignor John J. O’Keefe, suspended Pastor of St. Margaret of Antioch Parish in Pearl River, New York, former Principal of Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, New York, former teacher and guidance counselor at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York, and former parish priest of Christ the King Parish in the Bronx, New York, has been removed permanently from serving as a priest by Cardinal Timothy Dolan because of credible childhood sexual abuse claims

One childhood sexual abuse victim of Monsignor John J. O’Keefe was sexually abused in two locations on separate occasions: 

 1)  In a hotel room in Virginia during a Cardinal Hayes High School trip to Washington, DC, to visit with a Hispanic Congressman and tour the nation’s Capital, in the 1980s; and,

 2)  At the Irish Christian Brothers’ novitiate retreat house, Santa Maria, in Esopus (West Park), New York, during a “Cardinal’s Leadership Program” training weekend for Hispanic youth when he was a student at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York, in the 1980s

Why has Cardinal Timothy Dolan NOT announced that Monsignor John J. O’Keefe has been removed permanently from ministry as a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, and why has Cardinal Dolan not announced that the sexual abuse case against Monsignor John J. O’Keefe has or has not been sent to the Vatican for Monsignor O’Keefe’s removal from the priesthood? 

 What
A press conference announcing the permanent removal from priestly ministry of Monsignor John J. O’Keefe, a well-known priest of the Archdiocese of New York, who has spent decades in ministry to children in schools and parishes, and as Director of the “Cardinal’s Leadership Program” for Hispanic youth

When
Monday, September 26, 2016 at Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of  St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue and East 50th Street, Manhattan

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

Why
“John Doe” met then Father John J. O’Keefe at Christ the King Parish in the Bronx in approximately 1975 when he was a minor child and a parishioner of Christ the King Parish.  He did simple jobs in the rectory and was an altar boy.  Father John J. O’Keefe then became a teacher and guidance counselor at a nearby Bronx high school, Cardinal Hayes High School, where “John Doe” attended high school.  When “John Doe” was approximately 15-17 years old and a student at Cardinal Hayes High School, he was sexually abused by Father John J. O’Keefe during two school-sponsored events.  “John Doe” was invited to accompany Monsignor John J. O’Keefe and a group of Cardinal Hayes High School students on a school trip to the Washington, DC area, where Monsignor John J. O’Keefe sexually abused “John Doe” in a hotel room in Virginia.   Sometime later, as Director of the “Cardinal’s Leadership Program” for Hispanic youth, Father John J. O’Keefe, who was rewarded with the title “Monsignor” by the Cardinal Archbishop of New York, sexually abused “John Doe” during a leadership training weekend at the novitiate retreat house of the Irish Christian Brothers, Santa Maria, in Ulster County, New York.  “John  Doe” suffered significant damages as a result of the sexual abuse by Monsignor John J. O’Keefe, including dropping out of Fordham University, because of the effects of the sexual abuse.

It will be demanded on behalf of “John Doe” and the other childhood sexual abuse victims of Monsignor John J. O’Keefe that Cardinal Timothy Dolan:

1) Investigate the “Cardinal’s Leadership Program” for Hispanic youth, reach out to those Hispanic young men who were part of that program and may have been sexually abused, and provide the necessary resources to help those men heal;

2) Announce publicly that Monsignor John J. O’Keefe has been removed from priestly ministry permanently and that he will be monitored on a full-time basis; and,

3) Confirm that the Vatican has received the sexual abuse file of Monsignor John J. O’Keefe so he may be removed from the priesthood.

“The secrecy of the Archdiocese of New York surrounding the sexual abuse of an innocent child by Monsignor John J. O’Keefe is another example of why statute of limitations laws must be changed to help sexual abuse victims heal and to protect innocent children.” – Attorney Mitchell Garabedian

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 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 – “WALK ACROSS THE DELAWARE”

Road to Recovery, Inc. was proud to be the lead organization in today’s “Walk Across the Delaware” from Morrisville, PA, to Trenton, NJ, to shed light on the need for stronger and fairer laws in all States of the United States regarding sexual abuse of children, teenagers, and vulnerable adults, but especially in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. 

Marchers from New York State, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey joined march directors Fred (Board Member of Road to Recovery, Inc.) and Maggie Marigliano in an important public demonstration that highlighted pending laws in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the States of New York and New Jersey that would give sexual abuse victims access to the courthouses in each State. 

Senator Joseph Vitale of New Jersey, who has been working on justice legislation regarding sexual abuse for nearly twenty years, attended the march and urged attendees to continue to fight for laws that are fair.  In New Jersey, for example, Senate Bill 280 will be introduced in the near future and it is hoped that New Jersey legislators will pass legislation that gives sexual abuse victims the opportunity to hold their abusers accountable.

When the approximately two-mile walk ended at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton, speaker after speaker appealed to the legislators in all three states to pass legislation that will finally and conclusively give sexual abuse victims the justice they deserve. 

Arthur Baselice, who lost his son as a result of clergy sexual abuse in Philadelphia, urged Pennsylvania lawmakers to do the right thing and pass House Bill 1947 in Harrisburg in the near future.  Ana Wagner, who organized the highly successful walk across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City several weeks ago, pledged to continue the fight in her state to enact victim-friendly legislation.  And, a host of New Jersey speakers repeated their calls for laws in New Jersey that will stop shielding predators and give victims the justice they seek.

Road to Recovery, Inc. will continue its mission to help victims of sexual abuse throughout the world as it has for almost fifteen years, and victims may call the Road to Recovery, Inc. hotline at 862-368-2800 for assistance.  Congratulations to all!

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc. – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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SPECIAL EVENT

Walk to End SOL PA to NJ, Sunday, September 18, 2016

Starting Location:

Morrisville Shopping Center Parking Lot

1 East Trenton Avenue

Morrisville, PA 19067

         

********** Meeting in the parking lot at 11:00 AM **********

        Begin Walking at 12:00 Noon

  • Left out of the parking lot, at the corner of East Trenton Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, traveling North on North Pennsylvania Avenue sidewalk towards East Bridge Street.
  • Left onto East Bridge Street to the Lower Trenton Bridge.
  • Cross the Lower Trenton Bridge via the walkway into Trenton, NJ
  • Follow Bridge Street to merge onto South Warren Street
  • Continue on South Warren Street to Front Street
  • Left onto Front Street to Barrack Street
  • Right onto Barrack Street
  • Left onto State Street, arriving at the State House 411 State Street, Trenton, NJ

Gathering on the sidewalk in front of the State House for a rally.

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MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 16, 2016

The Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball continue to ignore and re-victimize more than twenty (20) childhood sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, and will not allow them to try to heal by fairly and reasonably settling their claims

What
A demonstration and leafleting regarding the refusal on the part of the Boston Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball to help more than twenty (20) childhood sexual abuse victims of Red Sox equipment and clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, heal

When
Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk in 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 based in New Jersey 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 of millions of dollars 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 long-time equipment and clubhouse manager of the Boston Red Sox.

It is therefore disappointing and surprising that the Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball refuse to help more than twenty (20) childhood sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who sexually abused minor boys in Fenway Park, Boston; the Orioles ballpark in Baltimore, MD; the Kansas City, MO, ballpark; and the training facility of the Red Sox in Winter Haven, FL. 

In 2011, Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston issued a financial demand letter to the Boston Red Sox on behalf of the more than twenty (20) sexual abuse victims of 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.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian also contacted the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Robert D. Manfred, requesting the cooperation of and assistance of Major League Baseball in resolving the claims of the more than twenty (20) sexual abuse victims of Donald Fitzpatrick who seek to obtain settlements that will validate their claims and help them try to heal.

Demonstrators will call on Boston Red Sox fans, New York Yankee 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 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Penn State honors Joe Paterno during game despite controversy

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Joe Paterno during a Penn State game in 2009.  (REUTERS/Jeff Haynes/File)

Penn State paid tribute Saturday to Joe Paterno on the 50th anniversary of his first game, despite criticism that the ceremonies are insensitive to victims in the university’s sex abuse scandal.

Early in the second quarter in the matchup with in-state rival Temple, Beaver Stadium announcer Dean DeVore directed an announced 100,420 fans’ attention to two high-definition video boards for a two-minute video featuring highlights of Paterno’s career.

Another video played in the third quarter, this one dedicated to Paterno and his widow Sue, and it featured their $4 million donation put toward expanding the library and local hospital.

As soon as Paterno’s familiar image — shirt and tie, thick glasses and rolled-up pants– appeared, fans erupted and kept cheering as DeVore read from a statement highlighting Paterno’s commitment to student-athletes and academics.

“Before he became head coach in 1966, Joe Paterno spoke about recruiting more football players who were exceptional students,” DeVore said. “He was determined to bring to Penn State students who could earn a world-class education and graduate and play football at the highest level.”

Paterno’s “Grand Experiment,” which placed emphasis on academics and proved athletes could also be top students, is a source of pride for Penn Staters who credit Paterno for giving the university an identity to be proud of.

The weekend’s festivities, including a non-university event to commemorate the coach organized by Paterno’s family and former players on Friday night, have fueled debate over whether Paterno should be celebrated in any way after his role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Sandusky coached on Paterno’s staff for three decades until 1999. Paterno said before his death from lung cancer in 2012 that, with the benefit of hindsight, wished he’d done more to stop Sandusky.

In May, unsealed court documents said a victim complained to Paterno about Sandusky in 1976 and was rebuffed. The university’s president, Eric Barron, has said the allegation was not substantiated in court or tested by any other process.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.

Tom Kline, the attorney for the first of Sandusky’s victims to reach a settlement with Penn State, said in a statement that those celebrating Paterno’s accomplishments should remain mindful of his role in the scandal.

“While Penn State has chosen to officially celebrate the achievements of Joe Paterno, of which there have been many, no one should forget the failings which caused so much pain and anguish to the victims of Jerry Sandusky who have suffered so much for so long,” Kline said.

Moving forward has proven a difficult challenge for Penn State, requiring leaders to balance distancing the university from the scandal while juggling the wishes of Paterno’s ardent supporters who believe he was a scapegoat.

Prominent former players have led the defense of their coach, whose career included 409 victories, the most in college football history. But it ended with a phone call from the board of trustees who fired him amid the Sandusky scandal.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris said Friday that Penn State’s acknowledgment of Paterno’s achievements was a “good first step” but said he’d like to see a formal apology to the Paterno family from the board of trustees.

“I don’t tie the two together,” Harris said Friday. “There’s the board of trustees and there’s Penn State. There should be an apology for the way they handled it. I think they handled it wrong and I think they got bad advice from the lawyers and the lawyers got it wrong and they handled it wrong.”

He and fellow Penn State star Lydell Mitchell stood at the site where a statue of Paterno was removed by the university shortly after the scandal broke and talked with fans before Saturday’s game.  Fans left bricks, homemade signs and took pictures. One woman wiped a tear from her eye as she placed a brick at the site about two hours before kickoff.

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Big Ten football | Penn State honors Paterno during game despite criticism

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Robert Hoatson protests outside the Penn State game where Joe Paterno was honored.
By Travis Johnson The Associated Press  •  Saturday September 17, 2016 5:10 PM
 
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State paid tribute Saturday to Joe Paterno on the 50th anniversary of his first game, despite criticism that the ceremonies are insensitive to victims in the university’s sex abuse scandal.Early in the second quarter in the matchup with in-state rival Temple, Beaver Stadium announcer Dean DeVore directed an announced 100,420 fans’ attention to two high-definition video boards for a two-minute video featuring highlights of Paterno’s career.Another video played in the third quarter, this one dedicated to Paterno and his widow Sue, and it featured their $4 million donation put toward expanding the library and local hospital.

As soon as Paterno’s familiar image — shirt and tie, thick glasses and rolled-up pants— appeared, fans erupted and kept cheering as DeVore read from a statement highlighting Paterno’s commitment to student-athletes and academics.

“Before he became head coach in 1966, Joe Paterno spoke about recruiting more football players who were exceptional students,” DeVore said. “He was determined to bring to Penn State students who could earn a world-class education and graduate and play football at the highest level.”

Paterno’s “Grand Experiment,” which placed emphasis on academics and proved athletes could also be top students, is a source of pride for Penn Staters who credit Paterno for giving the university an identity to be proud of.

The weekend’s festivities, including a non-university event to commemorate the coach organized by Paterno’s family and former players on Friday night, have fueled debate over whether Paterno should be celebrated in any way after his role in the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Sandusky coached on Paterno’s staff for three decades until 1999. Paterno said before his death from lung cancer in 2012 that, with the benefit of hindsight, wished he’d done more to stop Sandusky.

In May, unsealed court documents said a victim complained to Paterno about Sandusky in 1976 and was rebuffed. The university’s president, Eric Barron, has said the allegation was not substantiated in court or tested by any other process.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.

Tom Kline, the attorney for the first of Sandusky’s victims to reach a settlement with Penn State, said in a statement that those celebrating Paterno’s accomplishments should remain mindful of his role in the scandal.

“While Penn State has chosen to officially celebrate the achievements of Joe Paterno, of which there have been many, no one should forget the failings which caused so much pain and anguish to the victims of Jerry Sandusky who have suffered so much for so long,” Kline said.

Moving forward has proven a difficult challenge for Penn State, requiring leaders to balance distancing the university from the scandal while juggling the wishes of Paterno’s ardent supporters who believe he was a scapegoat.

Prominent former players have led the defense of their coach, whose career included 409 victories, the most in college football history. But it ended with a phone call from the board of trustees who fired him amid the Sandusky scandal.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris said Friday that Penn State’s acknowledgment of Paterno’s achievements was a “good first step” but said he’d like to see a formal apology to the Paterno family from the board of trustees.

“I don’t tie the two together,” Harris said Friday. “There’s the board of trustees and there’s Penn State. There should be an apology for the way they handled it. I think they handled it wrong and I think they got bad advice from the lawyers and the lawyers got it wrong and they handled it wrong.”

He and fellow Penn State star Lydell Mitchell stood at the site where a statue of Paterno was removed by the university shortly after the scandal broke and talked with fans before Saturday’s game.

Fans left bricks, homemade signs and took pictures. One woman wiped a tear from her eye as she placed a brick at the site about two hours before kickoff.

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Ex-players celebrate Paterno

School to honor 50th anniversary of late coach’s debut
Published 10:33 pm, Friday, September 16, 2016

As night fell over Happy Valley on Friday, hundreds of Joe Paterno‘s former players gathered outside the school’s baseball stadium to celebrate their accomplishments and the coach who inspired them before he left a polarizing legacy.

About 50 yards from where a statue of Paterno was removed by the university after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and Paterno’s possible role in it, rocked the small Central Pennsylvania town in 2011, former players hugged, laughed and told stories about Paterno as they filed into the private ceremony.

 Jimmy Cefalo, who played for Paterno from 1974-77 before embarking on a broadcasting career, called the late coach “the most influential man in my life other than my father.”

He said his opinion of Paterno, who coached at Penn State for 46 years, remains unchanged.

“Joe will always be someone who took me out of a very small town and gave me a wonderful opportunity,” Cefalo said. “I don’t know how many people would say he was my mentor and someone who gave me a great deal of my life and then change your opinion about him. It doesn’t happen very often and it shouldn’t happen to any of us.”

It’s a sentiment shared by many of the men gathered there but not by a large group who view Paterno as a villain in the Sandusky scandal. For them, Paterno didn’t do enough to stop Sandusky, an assistant on Paterno’s staff for three decades, and believe honoring Paterno in any way is insensitive to Sandusky’s victims and the severity of the scandal.

Paterno said he’d wished he had done more before he died from lung cancer in 2012.

Robert Hoatson was the only protestor who showed up. He said he drove in from New Jersey, identified himself as a victim of sexual abuse with no ties to Penn State and said he was “outraged” the university would honor Paterno’s head coaching debut. Penn State plans to do that during Saturday’s game against Temple.

Hoatson stood across the street from the stadium’s entrance with two large signs — one reading “You already forgot” the other “sexual abuse of little boys and girls is soul murder.”

“I’m just outraged that Penn State, even in the midst of so much still going on with the trials coming up of administrators, with the recent information that Joe Paterno did know in the ’70s at the least that kids were being sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky,” said Hoatson, who founded and operates a sexual abuse support network called Road 2 Recovery. “It’s just outrageous that they have a celebration of Joe Paterno. It’s as if these poor little kids who were sexually abused here don’t matter.”

Hoatson was referring to court documents unsealed in May that said an alleged Sandusky victim complained to Paterno about Sandusky in 1976 and was rebuffed. The university’s president, Eric Barron, has said the allegation was not substantiated in court or tested by any other process. Paterno was never charged with a crime related to the scandal.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges in June 2012 and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

Former Penn State standout and Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris has long been a supporter of Paterno and has insisted college football’s winningest coach did nothing wrong.

Penn State will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s coaching debut in addition to his commitment to student-athletes and academics.

Members of the Paterno family would not comment during the event that was closed to reporters.

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Joe Paterno’s legacy a complicated one for Penn Staters who bleed blue and white

Joe Paterno in his first season as head coach of the Penn State University football team in 1966. (Used with permission from the Eberly Family Special Collections Library, Penn State University Libraries)

Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com By Wallace McKelvey | WMckelvey@pennlive.com
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STATE COLLEGE — It’s Friday night in Nittanyville and everyone’s thoughts are on JoePa, even if few people are willing to speak about the football coach’s fraught 50-year legacy.

“Don’t talk to the media,” barked a stout man in a scraggly goatee and white Penn State tee to a young woman in a camping chair.

The senior turned to the reporter, biting the side of her cheek: “I’m sorry. I was told not to comment.”

The man, who declined to give his name, said he was part of the executive board for Nittanyville, the student organization that oversees the community of makeshift tents that spring up around each Penn State home game. Its members have converged on Beaver Stadium during winning seasons, rainy weather and even the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal that rocked the campus in 2011.

Across the street, at Medlar Field, event staff erected blue curtains to shield a reunion of former Penn State football players — dubbed “Grand Experiment: A Golden Legacy” — from the public and the TV cameras. The private event is part of a weekend-long commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno’s first game.

Paterno, of course, faced allegations that he turned a blind eye to Sandusky’s crimes. The storied coach never faced criminal charges himself and died in January 2012, a few short months after the scandal broke.

Robert Hoatson, a 64-year-old former priest and victims advocate, positioned himself at the intersection of Curtin and Porter roads, within view of both Nittanyville and Medlar Field, sandwiched between signs commemorating the Sandusky case.

“You forgot already,” one of them read.

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Hoatson said he came out to make sure the other side of the story — those of Sandusky’s victims — was heard amid the festivities on either side of him. That, he said, is an important part of Paterno’s legacy that shouldn’t be forgotten.

“A lot of kids were injured under his watch,” he said. “This,” he added, gesturing toward the alumni reunion, “is just outlandish.”

As he stood at the corner, passing cars honked their horns and one driver after another gestured with their middle fingers. “Get out of here,” shouted a young woman in an SUV. “You’re an idiot,” rejoined a middle-aged man in a white pick-up.

“It happens all the time,” Hoatson said, “No one wants to be reminded of what happened here.”

A grad student wandered through the intersection, taking in the sights and sounds. He plopped down on a bench next to this reporter to speak, one outsider to another.

“I don’t really have any connection to it,” he said. “I’m just trying to understand it.”

When it comes to Paterno’s legacy, the grad student said he tries to analyze it with an academic’s remove. He wants to understand why it has inspired such strong emotions without arriving at his own conclusion. Like some of the others, though, he worries that his words may come back to hurt him.

“I don’t want anything I say to affect the review process,” he said, referring to the academic publications he’ll be graded on.

Not everyone held their silence, however. At least not at first.

The Daily Collegian, Penn State’s student newspaper, issued an editorial rebuffing the Paterno celebrations: “In light of these past years—even these past few weeks—this is in no way the right time or manner to ‘commemorate’ him, if he even deserves to be so.”

On Friday, a freshman and his senior resident assistant tossed a football back and forth in front of Beaver Stadium. It arced loosely through the air.

Sean O’Neill, the 22-year-old RA, said his own freshman year RA introduced him to Nittanyville in 2013. Ever since, he’s tried to make it out to every home game. An entire cycle of undergraduates have come and gone since the Sandusky scandal broke, but O’Neill said it’s a reality every student lives with today.

To this day, he’s bothered by the malicious and joking way some people treat the Sandusky case. That includes, for example, the “Joe Knew” t-shirts some Pitt University fans wore to a recent game.

“It’s tough because a lot of people are hurt and a lot of people are upset,” he said. “At some point, you have to move forward.”

From his perspective, O’Neill said, he tries to separate Joe Paterno, the coach who led the Nittany Lions to 409 wins, from Joe Paterno, the man. “But to ignore it is the worst thing,” he added.

The freshman, Alex Vandenberg, shares a similar view.

Both of his parents are Penn State alums, he said, and he’s been coming to football games his entire life.

“I always bleed blue and white,” the 18-year-old said, and the Sandusky revelations were hard to take.

Vandenberg said it’s important for people to remember both the man and the coach, but that honoring his achievements on the field should be separate from questions about his treatment of Sandusky.

Of course, a growing contingent of students — particularly those who haven’t bled blue and white their whole lives — don’t remember Paterno at all. On his year’s Facebook group, he said, some classmates recount having to explain JoePa to other freshmen.

“They should read about him—the good and the bad—and make an informed opinion,” Vandenberg said.

Later, after some of their peers spread the word that students should not speak to the press, O’Neill approached this reporter.

“Do you think I could take back what I said before?”

“That’s not how journalism works,” this reporter replied, “and you didn’t say anything controversial anyway.”

“I just don’t want to, you know, say anything that would reflect badly on Nittanyville.”

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Settlement Reached in PA Homosexual Brother Abuse Case

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Br. Stephen Baker allegedly molested over 100 young boys

YOUNGSTOWN, Pa. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A settlement has been reached in the case of three Franciscan brothers accused of protecting a homosexual friar allegedly responsible for molesting over 100 young boys.

The terms of the out-of-court settlement, which were publicly released Tuesday, reveal that the diocese of Youngstown, Pennsylvania and the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception, are responsible for paying out $900,000 to 28 individuals who claim they were sexually abused by Br. Stephen Baker while he worked at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Additional clauses hold the diocese responsible for paying fees for counseling accrued by the alleged victims.

The three friars in question — Giles Schinelli, 73; Robert D’Aversa, 69; and Anthony M. Criscitelli, 61 — served successively as provincial ministers of the Franciscan Friars,  in western Pennsylvania from 1986 to 2010, and as such were responsible for members of the order, including Br. Baker, who killed himself in 2013 after allegations leveled against him were made public. All three friars were awaiting trial following a hearing in mid-April.

The settlement, which had been reached in March, was only made public after victims’ advocate group Road to Recovery held a press conference Tuesday, during which the terms were publicly disclosed.

The nearly $1 million settlement, which averages around $32,000 for each victim, has been labeled “offensive” and “insulting” by New England attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented the 28 plaintiffs. “Many of my clients felt re-victimized,” remarked Garabedian, who gained nationwide recognition for handling the homosexual priest abuse scandal in Boston in 2002.

The attorney notes that the per-victim settlements are significantly less than those received by other victims of Baker in 2013. “It is unfortunate that the diocese of Youngstown and the Franciscans weren’t respectful enough to my clients to at least offer the same amount of money they offered earlier victims in Ohio,” Garabedian stated Tuesday. 

Following the release of the settlement terms, victims’ advocate groups held protests outside of the diocesan offices, a move the chancellor of the Youngstown diocese admitted surprised him. Speaking on behalf of the diocese, Msgr. John Zuraw asserted his belief that the resolution was “copacetic.” 

“I think it’s important to realize the agreements were signed by all parties involved,” the monsignor noted. The intention behind keeping the settlement private, Zuraw claims, was to avoid re-victimizing the alleged abuse victims “by opening up old wounds.”

Diocesan arguments, however, are not being bought by victim’s advocates, with Road to Recovery founder Robert Hoatson alleging the Youngstown diocese simply took advantage of the purported victims. “They know the victims have no other options,” he maintained. 

Only 27 of the 28 plaintiffs are living, with Barbara Aponte pursuing the settlement on behalf of her son, Luke Bradesku, who committed suicide at 26 years old in 2003. While Aponte maintains the settlement is insufficient, she agreed to the terms in order to put an end to the case, which she contends was “hard.”

To date, the various dioceses of Youngstown and Altoona-Johnstown in Pennsylvania have paid over $8 million in settlements to victims of Br. Baker. 

The allegations against Br. Baker resurfaced in early 2016 following the release of a grand jury report unveiling a massive, systematic cover-up of abusive homosexual priests perpetrated by various members of the Church hierarchy in Pennsylvania. Within the report were details revealing Baker had been assigned to Bishop McCort High School by Friar Schinelli despite knowledge the friar had previously abused minors. While at the high school, Baker volunteered to serve as the school’s athletic trainer, despite having no experience or training, and allegedly used the position to molest male high school students, including giving massages to high school males “so they could run faster,” according to one witness’ testimony.

Also among those who gave testimony Wednesday was former Bishop McCort principal William Rushin, who asserted the Franciscans had never informed him of the past allegations leveled against Baker. “Obviously, it would have been inappropriate to have someone like that working with children,” Rushin maintained. 

Rushin further insists he would never have hired anyone with a history of abuse allegations.

Baker was removed from Bishop McCort in 2000 after a “credible” allegation of abuse was leveled against him; the brother was then appointed as provincial “vocations director,” which entailed leading overnight teenage retreats all across the country among other events.

Under the leadership of Friar Criscitelli, the brother was permitted to work in a shopping mall where he had daily access to children. During this period, Baker was required to be under surveillance, but according to the grand jury report was never monitored.

In 2013, the Church announced it would be settling lawsuits brought forth by 11 of Baker’s alleged victims from his time at Bishop McCort; the announcement resulted in an additional 25 claims of sexual abuse at Baker’s hands.

Weeks later, Br. Baker committed suicide at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg by driving two knives into his heart.  

Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane noted the investigation is not about attacking the Catholic Church. “This is not about a religious order. This is not about Catholicism. This is about standing up for the law. … We are teaching our children that they do not have to hide this horrific act.”

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Baker Ohio victims settle; attorney calls amount paid in sexual abuse case ‘offensive’

Terms of a new out-of-court settlement involving 28 individuals sexually abused by Brother Stephen Baker, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception were released on Tuesday.

The victims received a combined $900,000, coming out to about $32,000 each.

In comparison, back in 2013, the diocese settled with a group of other Baker victims for $75,000 apiece.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who represented the individuals in the latest case, called the settlement “offensive,” since it paid significantly less per victim than the amount given in the past. “Many of my clients felt re-victimized,” Garabedian said.

Baker, a former member of the Blair County-based Province of the Immaculate Conception, was accused of abusing about 100 children when he served at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown from 1992 to 2000.

The Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, Bishop McCort and Third Order Regular reached settlements with at least 91 victims, totaling more than $8 million.

Baker is also accused of committing sexual abuse when he was in Michigan and Minnesota.

Garabedian described Baker, who died of a reported suicide in 2013, as a “serial pedophile.”

In the most recent settlement involving Youngstown victims, Garabedian and Robert Hoatson, founder of the nonprofit victims advocacy group Road to Recovery, believed the diocese underpaid the individuals.

“They know the victims have no other options,” Hoatson said.

The agreement was reached in March, but never made public until Tuesday when Road to Recovery held a press conference.

“Obviously, the diocese was never going to announce that it happened,” Hoatson said.

Msgr. John Zuraw, chancellor of the Youngstown Diocese, said he thought everything was “copacetic” until he heard about the press conference being announced. He said the diocese kept the settlement quiet because it did not want to “re-victimize them by opening up old wounds.”

Most of the victims attended John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, where Baker taught from about 1985 until 1992, according to Garabedian.

Twenty-seven of the victims are still alive. One declined to sign the agreement. Barbara Aponte accepted the settlement on behalf of her son, Luke Bradesku, who committed suicide in 2003 at age 26.

“I think it’s important to realize the agreements were signed by all parties involved,” Zuraw said.

Aponte believes the settlement amount was inadequate.

But she took it because the process has been “hard” dealing with her son’s abuse and death over many years. She also doubted the diocese and Third Order would make any better offer.

Three former Province of the Immaculate Conception minister provincials – the Revs. Giles Schinelli, Robert D’Aversa and Anthony Criscitelli – are being tried in Blair County on one count apiece of conspiracy and endangering children for giving Baker assignments where he had access to children even though they allegedly knew he had been previously accused of committing sexual abuse.

“That’s where the money is going,” Aponte said. “That’s where their concern lies. It’s not with the victims.”

An attorney for the Province of the Immaculate Conception did not respond to a request for an interview.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5056. Follow him on Twitter @Dave_Sutor.
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Brother Stephen Baker’s sex abuse victims decry settlement as ‘paltry’

Published: 9/14/16 @ 12:11
By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Representatives of 28 people who were sexually abused by Brother Stephen Baker while they were students at Warren JFK High School conducted a sidewalk news conference outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown offices to announce a $900,000 settlement.

They decried, however, what they said was the inadequacy of the settlement.

A diocesan official said Tuesday the church is committed to protecting children and helping abuse victims heal.

Baker, a member of the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars of Hollidaysburg, Pa., who killed himself Jan. 26, 2013, in a Pennsylvania monastery, was a former teacher and coach, who was at JFK from 1986-91.

The settlement was reached directly with the diocese and the Third Order Regular. It is not part of any lawsuit because the civil lawsuit statute of limitations has expired.

The Franciscan Friars did not respond to a request to comment.

Speaking at the news conference were Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., a nonprofit New Jersey-based organization that assists sexual-abuse victims and their families, and Barbara Aponte, mother of the late Luke Bradesku, who was part of the settlement.

Hoatson blasted what he called “the paltry sum of money that the diocese and the Franciscans offered these men.”

He also cited what he said is “the agony that they will go through after they’ve been devalued again and re-victimized.” Aponte and 26 of the 27 living victims have signed the settlement, but one victim has not, Hoatson said.

“What that says to me is that his life was worth about $20,000 to $25,000,” Aponte said of her son and the settlement.

“In my years of dealing with this horror, I’ve gone from having faith in this church to feeling personally victimized by this church,” she said.

Bradesku wrote in his suicide note “he wished he could let somebody in his head one day to see how he tears himself down,” she recalled.

Although she protested what she called its inadequacy, Aponte said she accepted the settlement because: “I don’t personally have the endurance to drag this out. … I don’t have the energy to deal with the nonsense anymore.”

In addition to the financial settlement, the diocese has agreed to pay “the reasonable cost” of professional counseling for the victims, said Monsignor John Zuraw, diocesan chancellor.

“Our commitment is to ensure that children are protected,” Monsignor Zuraw said. “Our commitment is to ensure that individuals that have been victimized in the past by members of the clergy and religious communities are taken care of.

“The bishop is willing to meet with her [Aponte] or any of the victims,” the monsignor said, referring to Bishop George Murry.

The diocese urges that accusations concerning sexual abuse of minors by any church employee be reported first to police and county children services authorities, Monsignor Zuraw said.

The church wants to know about any allegations of sexual abuse of minors by any church employee, even if criminal and civil statutes of limitations have expired, he said.

The diocese recently announced its appointment of retired Detective Sgt. Delphine Baldwin-Casey of the Youngstown Police Department as its safe environment program coordinator.

He said reports of sexual abuse of minors by any church employees be made to Baldwin-Casey at 330-718-1388. He said she also would forward those complaints to police.

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Youngstown Diocese settles Brother Baker sexual abuse case

Before Brother Stephen Baker killed himself in 2013, he was accused of molesting 88 students between 1986 and 2001

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A settlement has been reached between the Youngstown Catholic Diocese and the alleged victims of a child sexual abuse case, but a victims’ advocate group says the amount isn’t enough.

An investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office in March revealed Brother Stephen Baker of the Youngstown Catholic Diocese may have molested 28 more alleged victims.

Before Baker killed himself in 2013, he was accused of molesting 88 students between 1986 and 2001.

Organizers from the Road to Recovery nonprofit group said Monday that the $900,000 settlement is “disrespectful.”

“Their main mission is to help these families and these victims heal, and we don’t think that this settlement goes very far in doing that,” said Robert Hoatson with Road to Recovery.

Barbara Aponte still carries the memory of her son, Luke Bradesku, around her neck.

“A little cross with some of his ashes and his dog tag from his service in the Marines,” she said.

Aponte’s son was one of a number of former Warren JFK High School students who say they were sexually assaulted by Baker, who was a baseball coach at the school.

Bradesku ultimately committed suicide. Now he and 27 classmates are sharing in the $900,000 payment from the Diocese of Youngstown.

“The settlement is their acknowledgement that these victims were indeed victims,” Aponte said.

Leaders with the diocese reached the settlement with victims and their families last spring, and included mental health counseling as well as the financial award. The diocese says they’re a little surprised by Tuesday’s protest.

They had an opportunity to talk specifically with their attorney to simply say, ‘I’m not ready to sign off on this,’” said Monsignor John Zuraw.

Aponte admits she signed off on the agreement in August, hoping this part of the nightmare would end.

“I can’t speak for anybody else. I don’t have the energy to deal with the nonsense anymore,” she said.

Aponte says she is still waiting for her chance to talk face-to-face with Bishop George Murry about what he’s doing to keep others from being abused.

“He has offered that and that invitation still remains on the table,” Zuraw said.

In the meantime, Zuraw says the diocese has implemented a number of programs to both investigate abuse and help victims recover.

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Posted: Sep 12, 2016 9:47 PM EST Updated: Sep 13, 2016 2:15 PM EST

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Decades have passed, but the pain lingers for dozens of victims who say they were sexually abused at the hands of a former religious teacher and coach at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren.

The latest settlement in the case against Brother Stephen Baker has been reached, but some of those victims feel they’re being victimized all over again.

The attorney for 28 of Brother Baker’s alleged victims tells 21 News that at least one of the men finds the dollar amount so offensive that he won’t be accepting his share of the money.

The financial settlement of $900,000 will come from the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars, based out of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The money will be divided among the victims. 

An advocate for the victims calls the payment “disrespectful” and says it “de-values” what they’ve gone through.

A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

“We’re going to appeal once again to the Diocese of Youngstown and to the Franciscan Friars to really be more moral and ethical when they deal with other victims because they should be providing whatever resources these people need to recover and the sums they are giving out just not enough to help people heal,” said Robert Hoatson, President and Co-Founder of Road to Recovery Inc.

The allegations of the 28 victims are just some that have surfaced against Brother Baker.  This particular settlement did not go through the courts due to the state’s statute of limitation.

21 News tried to contact the Catholic Diocese for comment but, no one could be reached after business hours.

The Diocese has said in the past that Brother Baker never admitted to the allegations. He took his own life back in 2013.

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MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 12, 2016

The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars, based in Hollidaysburg, PA, disrespect twenty-eight (28) childhood victims of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., with a settlement of nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000.00), thus re-victimizing and disrespecting the victims, once again acting unfairly toward sexual abuse victims and preventing healing

Twenty-eight (28) innocent childhood sexual abuse victims of serial clergy sexual abuser, Br. Stephen Baker of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, have been re-victimized by the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars because they refused to fairly and reasonably settle claims of twenty-eight (28) childhood sexual abuse victims, thus preventing victims from healing

The Youngstown Diocese recently announced a so-called “expansion” of its efforts to ensure the safety of children, but the Youngstown Diocese and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars would be  more moral and ethical if they reasonably and justly settled claims of childhood sexual abuse by clergymen, like Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., who was able to abuse dozens of children because the Youngstown Diocese and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars enabled Br. Stephen Baker’s dangerous and destructive actions

 
What
A press conference announcing a disrespectful settlement of nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000.00)  for twenty-eight (28) sexual abuse victims of serial pedophile Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., who taught at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio

When
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the headquarters of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, at 144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44503 – 330-744-8451

Who
Barbara Aponte, mother of Br. Stephen Baker victim, Luke Bradesku (RIP), who was part of the settlement; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and possibly another victim of Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R.

Why
The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars refused to settle twenty-eight (28) sexual abuse claims against Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R. fairly and reasonably, hiding behind and bolstered by antiquated statute of limitations laws in the State of Ohio.  The path of destruction of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R. at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Warren, Ohio, is well-documented and undeniable, yet the Diocese of Youngstown and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars disrespected Br. Baker’s victims by settling twenty-eight (28) cases for nine hundred thousand dollars ($900,000.00).  Demonstrators will discuss the disrespectful settlement and express their disappointment with the Diocese of Youngstown and the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars for not fairly and reasonably settling their claims and preventing victims from healing.

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – SEPTEMBER 7, 2016

“The Fordhams” (Prep and University) resume academic years under clouds of sexual abuse allegations from former students and complete strangers against Jesuit priests and lay teachers

Reports of childhood sexual abuse by Fordham University and Fordham Prep Jesuit priests and lay teacher, including Neal E. Gumpel’s credible claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., continue to surface in the aftermath of the recent announcement by Fordham Prep alumnus, Michael Meenan, that religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him in 1984

Neal E. Gumpel was a high school student from Westchester County, NY, who was sexually abused by as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep professor and teacher, who was teaching at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, while Neal E. Gumpel was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Jesuit leaders thus far have refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating and reasonably settling his claim which they have found to be credible

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, Fordham Prep and University students, parents, alumni and the general public about the growing number of reports of sexual abuse against Fordham University and Fordham Prep faculty and staff members, and focusing attention on the credible claim of Neal E. Gumpel

When
Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM

Who
Neal E. Gumpel; his wife, Helen Gumpel; victim/survivor Kevin Waldrip; and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the main gates of Fordham University, 400 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY

Why
Neal E. Gumpel’s account of having been sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, has been found credible by the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), but the Jesuit leaders have yet to reasonably settle Neal E. Gumpel’s claim.  Recently, in a media report, the Jesuits expressed their willingness to help victims of childhood sexual abuse heal.  It is time for the Jesuit Priests and Brothers of the Northeast Province to reasonably settle the childhood sexual abuse claim of Neal E. Gumpel.

Contact
Robert M. Hoatson, Fordham University Ph.D., 1988 – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 27, 2016

“Move-in Day” for Fordham University students should signal “Movement Day” for the Northeast Province of Jesuit Priests and Brothers in reasonably settling the case of childhood sexual abuse of Neal E. Gumpel by a deceased Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., who taught and lived on the Fordham campus for many years

 Reports of childhood sexual abuse by Fordham University and Fordham Prep Jesuit priests and lay teachers, including Neal E. Gumpel’s credible claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., continue to surface in the aftermath of the recent announcement by Fordham Prep alumnus, Michael Meenan, that religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him in 1984

 Neal E. Gumpel was a high school student from Westchester County, New York, who was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, who was teaching at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, while Neal E. Gumpel was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Jesuit leaders thus far have refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating and reasonably settling his claim which they have found to be credible

 The Jesuits of the Northeast Province, in a media report, recently expressed their willingness to help victim/survivors of sexual abuse by Jesuit Priests and brothers, BUT they have not done so with Neal E. Gumpel

 What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, parents, alumni and the general public about the growing number of reports of sexual abuse against Fordham University and Fordham Prep faculty and staff members in the aftermath of the recent announcement (New York Times, New York Post, The Ram, e.g.) by Michael Meenan, Fordham Prep ’84, that he was sexually abused by his religion teacher, Fernand Beck, during a graduation party in Westchester County, New York.  Demonstrators will also draw attention to the claim of Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., a deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine, and which was found credible by Jesuit leaders of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.  However, the Northeast Province of the Jesuits still have not validated Neal E. Gumpel’s claim, thus preventing Neal E. Gumpel from healing

When
Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
On the public median outside the Fordham University gates near 400 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York, which also is in front of the entrance to the New York Botanical Gardens

Who
Neal E. Gumpel; his wife Helen, Gumpel; and Robert M. Hoatson, Fordham University Ph.D., 1988, 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
Neal E. Gumpel’s account of having been sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, S.J., has been found credible by the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), but the Jesuits have yet to reasonably settled Neal E. Gumpel’s claim.  Recently, in a media report, the Jesuits expressed their willingness to help victims of childhood sexual abuse.  It is time for the Jesuit Priests and Brothers of the Northeast Province to reasonably settle the childhood sexual abuse claim of Neal E. Gumpel.

Demonstrators will call upon the Jesuits of the Northeast Province, including Jesuits at Fordham University and Fordham Prep, to stop their foot dragging and reasonably settle the childhood sexual abuse claim of Neal E. Gumpel. 

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Fordham University Ph.D., 1988 – 862-368-2800 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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Whistleblower Hoatson: Local child abuse ‘secret’ protected by culture, ‘dome’ of faith

The Catholic Church is deeply ingrained in the Johnstown region’s identity.

Worshipers have celebrated and mourned together, lived lives of virtue, served their communities, and raised their children in the faith – all within the framework of the institution. But, that same structure allowed countless acts of alleged child sexual abuse to take place – and be covered up – in the opinion of Robert Hoatson, founder of Road to Recovery, a New Jersey-based advocacy group.

Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General released a report that accused the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown of perpetrating a decades-long conspiracy to shield priests and other religious leaders who preyed upon children.

 The investigation started after the office learned Brother Stephen Baker allegedly abused students when he served at what was then Bishop McCort High School in the 1990s.

Hoatson is a former Irish Christian Brother and Roman Catholic priest who was laicized – had his privileges withdrawn – in 2011 after challenging the church for allowing abuse and coverups to occur.

“In 40 years of being inside the church, and then obviously now five years outside the organization of the church, I have never seen a phenomenon quite like Stephen Baker and the affect he’s had on a geographic section or area of our country,” Hoatson said in a meeting with The Tribune-Democrat. “Having been here so long now on different occasions, it’s almost as if these beautiful hills around here – or mountains, whatever you call them – a dome was put over it, and the secret was kept in here for so many decades that, even today, it’s the hardest place I’ve experienced to get people to talk about it.”

He added: “The Catholic Church must have had such a stranglehold on this region that you just paid, prayed and obeyed.”

‘Culture of clericalism’

The attorney general’s office issued a report in which it accused at least 50 religious figures of sexually assaulting children, while alleging that former Bishop Joseph Adamec and the late Bishop James Hogan helped conceal the abuse over several decades.

Adamec, through an attorney, defended his actions, saying he took the proper steps when – between 1987 and 2002 – he learned about allegations made against 14 living diocesan priests and one living member of a religious order.

Since the AG’s report was released, three priests – Revs. Giles A. Schinelli, Robert J. D’Aversa, and Anthony M. Criscitelli – have been charged with conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. They are accused of – in their roles as ministers provincial of the Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception – giving Baker assignments where he had access to children, even though, the prosecution asserts, they should have known he was a dangerous predator.

It is a claim their attorneys deny.

Hoatson, who has attended several of the priests’ court appearances, said he believes Baker was able to carry out his alleged heinous acts because of being protected by the province and church.

“It’s a culture that said, ‘Whatever I do I can do and not be held accountable for,’ basically,” Hoatson said. “ ‘I can say and pretty well do whatever I want because the people think I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. Whenever I walk down the street people step aside so I can walk on the sidewalk and they get on the grass because I’m wearing a brown robe.’ It’s the whole culture of clericalism that then becomes something that’s really dangerous.”

Baker – a man Hoatson described as “one of the most prolific pedophiles I’ve experienced or have come across” – died in 2013 by reportedly stabbing himself in the heart at St. Bernardine Monastery in Blair County.

“It’s very symbolic to me that he would cut his heart because religious people are supposed to be giving their hearts away to people,” Hoatson said. “Their heart is full of love and their heart is full of service. And here, he put a knife in his heart.”

An attorney for the monastery did not respond to a request for an interview.

Outreach to victims

The diocese recently posted names online of clergy members who had credible allegations of child sexual abuse made against them. Bishop Mark Bartchak also presided over three prayer services for victims in May.

 “Bishop Bartchak has repeatedly apologized to all those who have been harmed in the Church. Our hearts ache for them, and we pray that they find peace,” Tony DeGol, the diocese’s secretary for communications, said in an email statement. “The Bishop is working to make sure that all survivors of sexual abuse receive the support they need.

“In recent weeks, the Diocese launched a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and agencies throughout our eight-county Diocese that offer support to survivors of sexual abuse. Representatives from those groups are sharing important information through our Diocesan media – our Proclaim! television ministry, The Catholic Register, and our website – about the valuable services they offer.

“No survivor of sexual abuse should suffer alone, and we hope this collaboration will encourage survivors to reach out for support, hope, and healing. It is also a good way to educate everyone in our community about sexual abuse, which is an enormous problem in society and by no means limited to the Catholic Church.”

Hoatson said no prayer service should have been held until the diocese, in his opinion, did much more to help the victims.

“This is one of the reasons why survivors and the church may never, ever come to a tête-à-tête is because the thinking is so radically different,” Hoatson said. “The bishop thinks that he was doing a good thing by bringing – and inviting – victims, their families, parishioners, members of diocesan clergy, whomever, to churches to pray for victims.”

 Speaking about what he thinks the diocese and entire Catholic Church should do, Hoatson said, “I keep saying if the church would only listen to me once – just once – if I had a meeting with them, I would say this: Get all of the victims together and give them whatever resources they need to recover, no limits. If you do that, you will be seen as the most caring, altruistic organization in history.”

‘Murder of the soul’

Hoatson, who has worked with more than 4,000 victims in numerous communities since 2003, the The Tribune-Democrat he was abused by multiple people himself, starting with family members when he was about 3 years old.

Then, shortly after joining the Irish Catholic Brothers, a superior called him a “cold person” who needed to be warmed up. In retrospect, Hoatson now understands he was being groomed. Hoatson said he was then abused when serving in the brotherhood, which led to depression and anxiety.

After a few years, when working at a school in New York City, Hoatson confided in a superior, who then met with his family to assure them their son would be OK.

“They invited him to spend the night that night because he would have had to go back to New York City,” Hoatson said. “And, halfway through that night, I feel somebody crawling into my bed. It’s the same guy I had just told my story to several hours before that. So, this trusted superior, I thought, turned out to be an abuser.”

Hoatson has been working through his issues in therapy for more than three decades.

He said: “When people first call me and say, ‘Listen, I’m a victim of sexual abuse. What do I need to do?’ I say, ‘Well, there are three things: therapy, therapy and more therapy.’ That’s the way we recover. The only reason I can tell you that is because I’m a living example.”

However, Hoatson was not able to disclose publicly his abuse experiences until he was almost 50, which is why he thinks statutes of limitations should be eliminated in child sexual abuse cases.

Currently in Pennsylvania, victims who were under the age of 18 when the abuse occurred can file civil charges until age 30. Criminal charges can be brought until age 30 for individuals born before Aug. 27, 2002 with the limit moving to age 50 for alleged victims born after Aug. 27, 2002.

Legislation that would remove the statute of limitations has been before the General Assembly. The measured passed the House in April and is now with the Senate.

“To me, it’s very simple,” Hoatson said. “There are no statutes of limitations on murder of the body. If you murder somebody – in most jurisdictions – that case never closes. 

“Why would we have a statute of limitations on murder of the soul when we know that most people can’t even begin to deal with the issue until they’re well into their adulthood, if ever?”

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

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Article from the NY Daily News

SAYING NO TO CATHOLIC HS PAYOUT

BERGEN CATHOLIC High School has agreed to pay $1.9 million to 21 men who say they were molested by 11 teachers during the 1960s and 1970s, but the former student who sparked the settlement talks is not part of the deal because he has refused to take down a website detailing sexual and physical abuse at the school. Kobutsu Malone said lawyers for the Oradell, N.J. school want to silence him in hopes of making the sex-abuse scandal go away with as little fanfare as possible.

“Considering the charges we are making, to find the school in a covering mode rather than healing mode is really disgusting,” said Malone, a 66-year-old Buddhist monk who now lives in Maine. The school agreed to the settlement in November but the deal was not made public until Monday. Lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, who represented seven of the 21 former students, said they alleged victims were between 13 and 17 years old when they were abused between 1963 and 1978. The men are now 53 to 68 years old. The alleged victims will be paid between $65,000 and $115,000 each, according to the settlement agreement.

Michael O’Keeffe

NY DAILY NEWS

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Bergen Catholic HS reaches $1.9 million settlement with victims of alleged sex abuse

 Bergen Catholic High School reaches a $1.9 million settlement with 21 victims of alleged sex abuse. (8/22/16)

ORADELL – Officials at Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell have reached a settlement with 21 former students over alleged sexual abuse.

The school will offer no formal admission of guilt or apology, but gave $1.9 million to the 21 alleged victims who went to the school in the 1960s and 1970s. They were allegedly abused by 11 teachers and staff members.

Road to Recovery, an organization dedicated to helping survivors of sexual abuse, helped some of the victims in the group.

“It is an acknowledgement first of all from the school – yes, it did happen. They are credible.  These are not made up allegations,” says Co-Founder Robert Hoatson. “No amount of money will ever bring these men’s lives back and the damage that was done to them.”

Hoatson says that it took a year of talks and protests to come to the settlement. He says the Road to Recovery organization also wants the school to release all files regarding any other sexual abuse.  They believe there could be more victims.

One of the alleged victims was not part of the settlement because he refuses to take down his website against Bergen Catholic.

News 12 New Jersey reached out to officials at Bergen Catholic for comment, but did not receive calls back.

 

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Settlement in Child Sex Abuse Cases at NJ Catholic School

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Advocates for alleged child sex abuse victims announce settlement with Bergen Catholic H.S.

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ORADELL — A Boston lawyer for seven alleged child sexual abuse victims at Bergen Catholic High School said 21 victims settled with the parochial school in November for $1.9 million. Two advocates — neither of whom were abused at the Oradell high school — hosted a press conference today in front of the school to announce the settlement.

Mitchell Garabedian said nothing has changed legally since November but “victims want to come forward now.”

Garabedian said at the time of the alleged abuse, his clients were between 13 and 17 years old between 1963 and 1978. They are now between 53 and 68 years old. His clients were allegedly abused by brothers at the school.

According to a copy provided by Garabedian, the 21 alleged victims agreed to a $1.9 million settlement on Nov. 25, 2015 that stipulated they would not file a civil lawsuit against the Christian Brothers Institute or Bergen Catholic High School. The school did not admit liability by settling with the alleged victims. The settlement also said the $1.9 million amount “does not relate or correlate” to the merits of the allegations.

Related:  Read the settlement (PDF)

The payments were supposed to be dispersed by Dec. 7, 2015, according to the settlement. Each victim received between $65,000 and $115,000. An arbiter decided how much each alleged victim received of the total $1.9 million sum, weighing “the nature of the abuse suffered,” “the duration and frequency of the abuse,” “the extent of injuries suffered” by the victim and “whether the claim is within the New Jersey statute of limitations.” The arbiter did not consider liability.

The paperwork was signed by Brother Brian M. Walsh, the high school’s president.

Road to Recovery, Inc., hosted the press conference outside the high school in Oradell. The organization assists victims of sexual abuse.

The high school’s principal could not be immediately reached for comment. He did not return a phone call and a secretary said he was in the school but would not speak to a reporter.

A year ago, several of the alleged victims protested outside the school, saying officials had dragged their feet during settlement talks — which had been going on for four months at the time. 

Thomas Herten, a lawyer representing Bergen Catholic, said in a 2015 statement that the school has been involved in a “good faith mediation” of the claims and that by doing so admitted to no liability or wrongdoing. Herten could not be immediately reached today.

On Monday morning, Robert Hoatson, 64, of West Orange, and Kevin Waldrip, 65, of Old Bridge, spoke to The Record in front of the high school. Hoatson, who is president of Road to Recovery, said he was abused over 10 years in New York and New Jersey. Waldrip, an advocate for victims, said he was abused in Newark in 1964.

“The reason why this settlement occurred was because Kevin and I in particular kept coming back here time after time after time,” Hoatson said. “We were out here last summer and we annoyed the hell out of the basketball camp that was here” by passing out leaflets alongside the courts.

Waldrip believes the school is motivated by its reputation. “They want to avoid negative publicity at all costs,” he said.

Garabedian said he believes supervisors of the school knew of the alleged abuse.

Garabedian was portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the Oscar-winning film “Spotlight,” which shows reporters from The Boston Globe as they investigate widespread allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in Massachusetts.

Email: dazio@northjersey.com and pugliese@northjersey.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 21, 2016

 1.9 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT REACHED BETWEEN BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, ORADELL, NEW JERSEY, AND TWENTY-ONE (21) CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF TEN (10) IRISH CHRISTIAN BROTHERS AND ONE (1) LAY TEACHER

A 1.9 million dollar settlement was reached between twenty-one (21)) childhood sexual abuse victims from Bergen Catholic High School.  The abusers are identified as:

1)         Br. Richard Daniel Berryman, C.F.C. – he is no longer an Irish Christian Brother and allegedly lives in Florida

2)         Br. John Bonaventure Chaney, C.F.C. – he is still an Irish Christian Brother and may be living in New Rochelle, New York

3)         Br. Ronald Alexis Howe, C.F.C. – he left the Irish Christian Brothers, married, and is deceased

4)         Br. Charles Borromeo Irwin, C.F.C. – he is a deceased Irish Christian Brother, and may have been a chief financial officer of the Eastern American Province of the Irish Christian Brothers for many years

5)         Br. Lawrence Sean Mc Elhatton, C.F.C. – his location and status are unknown

6)         Br. Eugene David Mc Kenna, C.F.C. – he is a deceased Irish Christian Brother and the founding Principal of Bergen Catholic High School.  A prestigious graduation award at Bergen Catholic High School may still bear his name.

7)         Br. Timothy Joseph O’Sullivan, C.F.C. – he is no longer an Irish Christian Brother and may have worked for several years as a professor of science at a Massachusetts university

8)         Br. Robert Jogues Roepke, C.F.C. – he is a deceased Irish Christian Brother and may have been Principal of Blessed Sacrament High School in New Rochelle, New York,    in the 1970s

9)         Br. John Peter Seibert, C.F.C. – his location and status are unknown

10)       Mr. James Sokoloski (Lay Teacher) – his location and status are unknown

11)       Br. Donald Dominic Walsh, C.F.C. – his location and status are unknown

 

Bergen Catholic High School currently refuses to reasonably settle an additional claim of sexual abuse by the Reverend Kobutsu Malone, Buddhist monk, formerly Kevin Malone, who was sexually abused by Br. Charles B. Irwin, C.F.C. at Bergen Catholic High School because Reverend Kobutsu Malone, age 66, continues to practice transparency regarding clergy sexual abuse cases in order to protect children.  His website, bergencatholicabuse.com, has been a major source of transparency and information for Bergen Catholic victim/survivors and many others.

What
A press conference announcing a 1.9 million dollar settlement between Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ, and twenty-one (21) men who were sexually abused as minor children by ten (10) Irish Christian Brothers and one (1) lay teacher at Bergen Catholic High School, Oradell, NJ in approximately the 1960s and 1970s

When
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Bergen Catholic High School, 1040 Oradell Avenue, Oradell, NJ, 07649, 201-261-1844

Who
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Inc., who spent 23 years as an Irish Christian Brother and is a victim/survivor of sexual abuse by Irish Christian Brothers.  Road to Recovery, Inc. assists victims of sexual abuse and their families and advocates on behalf of several of the victim/survivors involved in this settlement

Why
For decades, students at Bergen Catholic High School were sexually abused as minor children by several teachers, many of whom were members of the Irish Christian Brothers religious order and one lay teacher.  Bergen Catholic High School reached a settlement of 1.9 million dollars with twenty-one (21) of those students who were childhood sexual abuse victims of ten (10) Irish Christian Brothers and one (1) lay teacher.  These men were found credible.  However, Bergen Catholic High School currently refuses to settle the sexual abuse claim of Reverend Kobutsu Malone, age 66, because he continues through his website, bergencatholicabuse.com, to practice transparency regarding clergy sexual abuse in order to protect children.  

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

Reverend Kobutsu Malone, Maine – 207-359-2555 (victim/survivor of Br. Charles B. Irwin)

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Group raises awareness of alleged abuse at Fordham University, Fordham Prep

People gathered at Fordham University and Fordham Prep on Thursday to raise awareness of the alleged abuse students have received from Jesuit priests and teachers over the years at the school. (6:07 PM)

 THE BRONX – People gathered at Fordham University and Fordham Prep on Thursday to raise awareness of the alleged abuse students have received from Jesuit priests and teachers over the years at the school.

Organizers of the nonprofit Road To Recovery passed out fliers with information about several issues that have taken place, including a man who came out about his alleged abuse in 1974 and has since received a private apology from the order.

Neal Gumple says since coming out two years ago, he has faced ridicule that has deeply impacted his personal life. He now wants the Northeast Province of Jesuits to make a public apology and do more to help victims.

The gathering comes after other students came forward to accuse teacher Fernand Beck of sexual abuse.

News 12 The Bronx was told by people at the event that two more former students of Fordham Prep came forward claiming they were also sexually abused by Beck.  

Gumple says he hopes he can be a voice for other victims and stop sexual abuse from happening again.

In a pair of statements, Fordham Prep says it does not tolerate any case of sexual misconduct or inappropriate teacher-student relationships, while the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus says it is aware of the allegations and will help with the healing process.

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Alleged Abuse Victim Protests, Two More Contact Lawyer

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A local policeman showed support to Neal Gumpel on Thursday afternoon. Gumpel is an alleged victim of sexual clergy abuse. (Andrea Garcia/The Fordham Ram)

Two more individuals have made allegations about former Fordham Prep teacher Fernand Beck and have contacted Mitchell Garabedian, a lawyer specializing in sexual assault cases made against the Catholic Church. Their claims are currently being investigated, according to the lawyer. Beck was accused of rape by former student Michael Meenan. Fordham Prep launched an investigation, found the claims to be credible, alerted the Fordham Prep community and announced that Beck would not be returning to the school in early August. More information can be found here.

On Thursday afternoon, a small group of protesters gathered outside of Fordham University gates passing out pamphlets to pedestrians and drivers and holding signs that said that Jesuits were unresponsive to allegations of sexual assault. The protesters included Neal Gumpel, who said he was sexually assaulted by Rev. Roy Drake in the 1970s.  Robert Hoatson, a former priest and alleged victim of priest of abuse who now is  co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, a New Jersey based nonprofit that assists victims of sexual abuse by priests, also attended. Gumpel was not a student at Fordham Prep.

Drake was a priest who resided for several years on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus and briefly worked as a teacher at Fordham Prep. Gumpel’s wife Helen also attended the protest. Drake had left Fordham Prep and was employed by the Maine Maritime Academy at the time of the alleged assault.

Gumpel is a former screenwriter who made his complaints against Drake public two years ago.

“When you used to Google my name two years ago, a profile of my work would come up. Now when you do it all you read about is me that a 59 year old assault victim of a priest,” Gumpel said. “It’s humiliating, but I need to be out here. I need to tell what happened.”

Gumpel said he would like a public apology from Fordham, who he said has privately apologized to him, as well as some form compensation.

“This has taken years from my life,” he said.

The protesters used to gather around once a month outside of Fordham Prep. Since the allegations made against Beck, Gumpel, Hoatson and Gumpel’s wife say they will be making more appearances.

A Fordham Prep spokesperson has been contacted for comment.

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 17, 2016

Reports of childhood sexual abuse by Fordham University and Fordham Prep Jesuit priests and lay teachers continue to surface in the aftermath of the recent announcement by Fordham Prep alumnus, Michael Meenan, that religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him in 1984

For example, Neal E. Gumpel was a high school student from Westchester County, New York, who was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, who was teaching at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, while Neal E. Gumpel was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Jesuit leaders have refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating his claim which they have found to be credible

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, parents, alumni, and the general public about the growing number of reports of sexual abuse against Fordham University and Fordham Prep faculty and staff members in the aftermath of the recent announcement (NY Times and New York Post) by Michael Meenan, Fordham Prep ’84, that he was sexually abused by his religion teacher, Fernand Beck, during a graduation party in Westchester County, New York.  Demonstrators will also draw attention to the claim of Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, who sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine and was found credible by Jesuit leaders of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus

When
Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
Outside the gates of Fordham University and Fordham Prep near 400 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, which is also across the street from the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a sexual abuse victim/survivor of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ; Helen Gumpel, the wife of Neal E. Gumpel; 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
Michael Meenan was a Fordham Prep senior in 1984 when his religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him at a graduation party in Westchester County, NY.  On Monday, August 8, 2016, the New York Times and New York Post published stories about Michael Meenan’s allegations which were found credible by attorneys for Fordham Prep.  Fernand Beck has been fired by Fordham Prep and recently denied the allegations in the Fordham University student newspaper, the Ram.  Since Michael Meenan’s story went public on August 8, 2016, reports of alleged sexual abuse against Fordham Prep faculty and staff members, including Fernand Beck, have been made.  In addition, while the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province have found allegations of childhood sexual abuse against one of its deceased members, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, credible, they have refused to help childhood sexual abuse victim/survivor Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating his claim

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(left to right)  Kevin Waldrip – Victim/Survivor, Neal Gumpel, Victim/Survivor, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. President and Co-Founder, Road to Recovery

 

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Helen Gumpel (wife of Neal Gumpel)                                (left to right) Robert Hoatson, Ph.D., Helen Gumpel 

 

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(left to right) Helen Gumpel, Kevin Waldrip – Victim/Survivor

 

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(left to right) Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Neal Gumpel – Victim/Survivor

 

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(left to right) Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Helen Gumpel
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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President and Co-Founder Road to Recovery

 

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

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News Article from The Boston Globe

Maine diocese settles sex abuse lawsuit for $1.2m

By Trisha Thadani Globe Correspondent August 15, 2016

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Lawrence Gray, who was abused by a Diocese of Portland priest beginning in 1958, spoke Monday during a news conference in Boston.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, has settled a sexual abuse lawsuit for $1.2 million, according to a lawyer for six men who accused the church of covering up abuse allegations against a former priest.

“Once again you have purportedly the most moral institution in the world acting the most immorally,” Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian said Monday at a news conference held to announce the details of the settlement.

Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse, said the victims were between the ages of 8 and 15 when they were abused by the Rev. James Vallely. The abuse occurred between 1958 and 1977, he said.

RELATED: Spotlight: Clergy sex abuse crisis

In 2009, church officials admitted having known that Vallely was sexually abusing children as early as 1978, according to Garabedian. But he said there is evidence that the church knew of the abuse as far back as 1956, yet did nothing about it.

In a 2005 letter to a church official, a retired priest said that former Maine Roman Catholic Bishop Daniel Fenney knew in the 1950s that Vallely was molesting children. Vallely was moved to a different parish, which Garabedian described as the “typical approach of the Catholic Church when sexual abuse is reported.”

The abuse was kept secret for 60 years, Garabedian said, putting children at multiple parishes in contact with a “serial pedophile.” Vallely retired in 1988 and died in 1997, according to published reports.

“There is absolutely no excuse for not protecting innocent children. It is time for accountability, it is time for transparency,” Garabedian said. “What other pedophiles are within their ranks that the diocese is protecting?”

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In 1993, Vallely was suspended from his duties after three men told the church that the priest abused them in the 1950s, when he was a priest at St. Dominic’s parish in Portland.

In a statement, the Diocese of Portland said Bishop Robert P. Deeley encourages anyone with information about any case of the sexual abuse of a minor to contact authorities.

“The diocese hopes that this settlement brings a measure of peace to the people involved,” David Guthro, a diocese spokesman, said in a statement.

Garabedian called on the state of Maine to conduct an independent investigation of the Portland Diocese to determine what church officials knew about the abuse, and when.

Lawrence Gray, 68, said Vallely sexually abused him when he was a boy, sending him into a downward spiral that has taken “half a lifetime” to repair.

“I have done a lot of homework, a lot of honest psychological work in terms of who I am and what I’ve been through, and I’m actually grateful for my life, as silly as that sounds,” he said.

When his parents divorced, Vallely became his “caretaker,” Gray recalled. He spent years suppressing his emotions, unable to admit what was happening to him, even to his own family.

Robert Hoatson, president of the Road to Recovery, a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual abuse, said the six plaintiffs in the case are elated by the settlement. Yet no amount of money can erase the trauma they experienced as children, he said.

“The Diocese of Portland should have done this decades ago,” he said. “We have at least five or six bishops that held this secret all this time — and it’s an absolute disgrace.”

Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani

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August 15, 2016 – Law Office of Mitchell Garabedian

Media Release

1.2 million dollar settlement reached between Diocese of Portland, Maine, and six (6) plaintiffs in fraudulent concealment lawsuits who are also childhood victims of sexual abuse of Fr. James Vallely

What
A press conference announcing a 1.2 million dollar settlement of six (6) fraudulent concealment lawsuits between the Diocese of Portland, Maine, and six (6) plaintiffs and childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. James Valley

When
Monday, August 15, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where
Law Office of Mitchell Garabedian, 100 State Street, Boston, MA, 02109

Who
Lawrence Gray, a plaintiff in fraudulent concealment lawsuits; Attorney Mitchell Garabedian; and, Dr. Robert Hoatson, President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families
Why – As a result of litigation in an earlier case against Fr. James Vallely and the Diocese of Portland, Maine, the diocese produced a copy of a letter written by a currently-retired priest in 2005 which revealed that the Diocese of Portland, Maine, and Bishop Daniel J. Feeney had knowledge of multiple accusations of sexual abuse of minor children against Fr. James Vallely as far back as 1956.  Fr. James Vallely was assigned to St. John’s Parish in Bangor, Maine, in the 1950s.  Instead of removing Fr. James Vallely from priestly ministry and notifying the public, Bishop Daniel J. Feeney transferred Fr. James Vallely to another parish where children were placed at risk of further sexual abuse by a serial pedophile priest.  The Diocese of Portland, Maine, was aware of this information for decades but fraudulently concealed it.  Approximately two weeks ago, the Diocese of Portland, Maine, and six (6) plaintiffs, childhood victims of sexual abuse by Fr. James Vallely, settled the fraudulent concealment lawsuits for 1.2 million dollars.

Contacts
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian – 617-523-6250
Dr. Robert Hoatson: President, Road to Recovery – 862-268-2800

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 11, 2016

Reports of childhood sexual abuse by Fordham University and Fordham Prep Jesuit priests and lay teachers continue to surface in the aftermath of the recent announcement by Fordham Prep alumnus, Michael Meenan, that religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him in 1984

For example, Neal E. Gumpel was a high school student from Westchester County, New York, who was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, who was teaching at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, while Neal E. Gumpel was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  Jesuit leaders have refused to help Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating his claim which they have found to be credible

 What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, Fordham University and Fordham Prep students, parents, and alumni, and communities, and the general public about the growing number of reports of sexual abuse against Fordham University and Fordham Prep faculty and staff members in the aftermath of the recent announcement (NY Times and New York Post) by Michael Meenan, Fordham Prep ’84, that he was sexually abused by his religion teacher, Fernand Beck, during a graduation party in Westchester County, New York.  Demonstrators will also draw attention to the claim of Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham University and Fordham Prep teacher, who sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel at Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine and was found credible by Jesuit leaders of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus

When
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
Outside the gates of Fordham University and Fordham Prep near 400 Southern Boulevard, which is also across the street from the entrance of the New York Botanical Gardens

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a sexual abuse victim/survivor of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ; Helen Gumpel, the wife of Neal E. Gumpel; 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
Michael Meenan was a Fordham Prep senior in 1984 when his religion teacher, Fernand Beck, sexually abused him at a graduation party in Westchester County, NY.  On Monday, August 8, 2016, the New York Times and New York Post published stories about Michael Meenan’s allegations which were found credible by attorneys for Fordham Prep.  Fernand Beck has been fired by Fordham Prep.  Since Michael Meenan’s story went public on August 8, 2016, reports of alleged sexual abuse against Fordham Prep faculty and staff members, including Fernand Beck, have been made.  In addition, while the Jesuit priests and brothers of the Northeast Province have found allegations of childhood sexual abuse against one of its deceased members, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, credible, they have refused to help childhood sexual abuse victim/survivor Neal E. Gumpel heal by validating his claim

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 6, 2016

A religious order of priests and brothers, the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, based in midtown Manhattan, refuses to help a woman who is a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul A. Walsh OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, OFM, a priest who served at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

Woman who was sexually abused at approximately the age of ten (10) in approximately 1962 by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle Walsh, OFM, wants the Franciscan Friars to pay for the cost of her therapy, resolve her clergy sexual abuse claim, and help her try to heal

 What
A demonstration and leafleting regarding the Franciscan Friars’ Holy Name Province refusal to help a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Franciscan Friar, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, from Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

When
Sunday, August 7, 2016 from 8:45 am until 12:30 pm (before and after Sunday Masses)

Where
At the rear entrance to St. Francis of Assisi Parish on West 32nd Street, Manhattan, between 6th and 7th Avenues.  
The address of St. Francis of Assisi Parish is 135 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001
212-736-8500

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

Why
  A woman who was approximately ten-years old in the 1960s and sexually abused by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, OFM, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica, wants the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans to pay for her therapy, resolve her claim, and help her try to heal.  Demonstrators will demand of the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans that it help the woman who was sexually abused as a child by a Franciscan priest try to heal by paying for her therapy and resolving her clergy sexual abuse claim in a timely and just manner.

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

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Deerfield Academy reaches $200K settlement with former student who alleged 1979 rape by faculty member

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The administration building at Deerfield Academy. The private school settled a lawsuit against a former student who charged the school did nothing to prevent his being raped by a teacher when he was 14. (Patrick Johnson / The Republican)

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 DEERFIELD — A California man who this year filed a $40 million lawsuit against Deerfield Academy, charging that a faculty member raped him at age 14 and school officials did nothing to prevent it, has reached a settlement with the private school.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said the final settlement was for $200,000.

“My client felt settling the case at this time validated his claim. He now wants to take the time to heal and move on with his life,” Garabedian said. “My client recognizes (Deerfield Academy) doesn’t care about my client, and only cares about its own economic well-being.”

Going to trial likely would have taken two years, he said.

Deerfield Academy declined to comment on the case. Assistant Director of Communications Jessica Day said, “Out of respect for the survivors, we don’t comment on any settlements.”

The suit, filed in January in U.S. District Court in Boston, named former instructor Peter Hindle and three unnamed “John Doe” as defendants. The suit sought $10 million from each of the defendants for the victim’s ongoing mental and emotional distress.

Hindle was employed at the academy from 1959 through 2000.

The suit alleged that Hindle committed the rape in 1979 when the client, then age 14, was a student at the school.

Garabedian said Hindle was at that time a math instructor and dormitory monitor. He said his client was not a student of Hindle but asked him a math question about probability in relation to sports statistics. Hindle invited him into his quarters and then raped him.

Afterward, Hindle told the student that “no one needs to know” what happened — which the victim interpreted as a threat, Garabedian said.

Garabedian said his client transferred out of Deerfield in 1981, and spent the next three decades going through a “long spiral downward” that included depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety and panic attacks. 

The suit also claims the victim experienced financial hardship caused by years of medical and therapeutic care and treatment, a long-term loss in earning capacity and other damages.

Garabedian, who represented numerous victims of clergy sex abuse in the Boston Catholic archdiocese, said Hindle was one of at least three faculty at Deerfield who sexually assaulted students from the mid-1950s until the 1990s.

He called Deerfield “a den of pedophiles” during that time.

Garabedian has also represented clients in suits against the school on previous cases involving Hindle, as well as former faculty member Bryce Lambert. He previously won settlements of $350,000 from the school in another case against Hindle and $500,000 in a case against Lambert.

The academy in 2013 disclosed to students, parents, and alumni the allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty and launched an internal investigation. Officials later unveiled the results of that investigation, acknowledging some incidents of faculty engaging in improper sexual activity with students and admitting the school could have done more to prevent abuse.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan has previously looked into the charges but concluded in 2015 that, because the reported assaults occurred so long ago, they exceeded the statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges.

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Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery, left, and Bill Nash of Ashfield, speak to the press on a sidewalk at Deerfield Academy on Wednesday. The school settled a lawsuit by a former student who said he was raped at age 14 by a Deerfield faculty member. 
 

Word of the settlement brought Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, a New Jersey organization that aids survivors of sexual abuse, to the Deerfield campus Wednesday.

Staging a briefing for the press on a public sidewalk outside the main administration building, Hoatson praised the man’s courage for coming forward to report the rape. Hoatson said he hoped other victims will do the same.

“Hopefully people at Deerfield Academy have learned a lesson,” he said. “The residential boarding schools in particular have a horrible history of abuse and I think we are only scratching the surface.”

Given the length of careers for the three former Deerfield faculty named in lawsuits, Hoatson said it is likely there are more potential victims.

“The numbers could be staggering,” he said.

One of the reasons for the press conference is to encourage other victims to come forward.

“We come here in hopes that others will see this. The norm is that within a week we will have more victims, or a victim (coming forward),” he said.

He said there is no amount of money that can ever make up for the pain and suffering of the victims endured afterward.

Hoatson, who said he has never met the victim in this case but said they had conversations over the telephone, said that he is likely pleased that, in the end, “Deerfield Academy is publicly acknowledging through the settlement that they believe him.”

On Wednesday afternoon, David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) issued the following statement:

“We applaud the brave man who has settled his child sex abuse and cover up suit against a high profile western Massachusetts private school. We hope this decision will help him heal and help other victims come forward.”

“We’re convinced that other child molesters who worked at Deerfield Academy remain ‘under the radar’ and other victims from the school remain in deep pain. The courage of this victim will hopefully inspire others who were victimized to speak up.”

“No matter what school officials do or don’t do, we urge every single person who saw, suspected or suffered child sex crimes and cover ups in schools, churches or institutions to protect kids by calling police, get help by calling therapists, expose wrongdoers by calling law enforcement, get justice by calling attorneys, and be comforted by calling support groups like ours. This is how kids will be safer, adults will recover, criminals will be prosecuted, cover ups will be deterred and the truth will surface.”

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Deerfield Academy settles sexual abuse lawsuit

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Robert Hoatson, co-founder and president of New Jersey-based Road to Recovery, speaks at Deerfield Academy Wednesday following the settlement of a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against the school. Recorder Staff/Tom Relihan

DEERFIELD — Deerfield Academy has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a former student who accused a former mathematics teacher at the prestigious private school of sexually abusing him.

The victim, referred to in the lawsuit as “John Doe” and who was 14 at the time of the 1979 incident, filed it against Peter Hindle, who retired from Deerfield Academy in 2000 after working there for over four decades.

Robert Hoatson, the co-founder and president of Road to Recovery, a New Jersey-based group that advocates for sexual abuse victims, said during a press conference at the school Wednesday that the victim now lives in California.

Though the press conference was held on Deerfield Academy’s campus, no one from the school attended the event.

Jessica Day, a Deerfield Academy spokeswoman, said the school does not comment on settlements out of respect for the victim.

“When he was 14 years old and began what he hoped to be a fantastic journey through a private school, he met a monster,” Hoatson said of the settlement. “By stepping forward he’s hopefully begun his own recovery.”

Hindle, according to the lawsuit, invited the victim to his residence on campus, where he sexually abused him and told him not to tell anyone. The lawsuit also named three “John Does,” who Hoatson said were administrators or other supervisors at the school who may have known what was happening.

Hindle currently lives in South Dartmouth. Reached at home Wednesday night, he declined to comment on the settlement.

The victim’s lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, told The Recorder Wednesday that the settlement was for $200,000 and has been paid by Deerfield Academy. The lawsuit originally asked for $10 million.

“After my client’s sexual abuse, his life spiraled downward. He became very negative in life, and left for another school,” Garabedian said.

Garabedian, who is widely known for defending sexual abuse victims, said he represents at least four clients who have accused Hindle of sexually abusing them between 1974 and 1989, two of which he has won settlements for, and two others that he is still investigating. He’s also won settlements against former faculty member Bryce Lambert, he said.

Lambert has since died.

Hoatson said the settlement represents the crucial step of having a private institution like Deerfield Academy acknowledge what happened and apologize.

“It’s a sign that it’s been acknowledged, that something did happen, and this institution has taken responsibility for that. They’ve said ‘We believe you’” he said. ‘I’d love Deerfield Academy to say, ‘Whatever you need, we’re going to help you through that,’ but that unfortunately does not happen.”

He noted many other private schools in New England have also been facing allegations of sexual abuse by former students.

“They’ve had a horrible history of sexual abuse and we’ve only just scratched the surface,” Hoatson said. “Hopefully this will give others the courage to come forward. It’s six figures, but he’ll need the rest of his life to recover. Unfortunately, his perpetrator is living in probably fairly comfortable retirement and will never be held criminally accountable. Hopefully the people here at Deerfield have learned their lesson, too.”

Hoatson was accompanied by Bill Nash of Ashfield, who survived sexual abuse by priests of the Catholic Church and was supported by Road to Recover.

“I’m glad there’s another settlement for this victim, I know it’s important for victims to have their voice, and I hope they can have some kind of peace for themselves,” Nash said.

He said he hopes other victims will step forward in the wake of the settlement.

“My client should be proud about coming forward, in doing so making the world a safer place for others and for children,” said Garabedian.

Deerfield Academy is also facing other allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Hindle’s time at the school.

He was the focus of a 2013 investigation by Deerfield Academy, after another former student, Whitney Sheppard, alleged he had been molested by Hindle in the early 1980s.

Hindle has not been criminally charged, despite the allegations.

After the investigation the school announced it would review its policies regarding sexual misconduct; it also renamed the Peter G. Hindle Schoolmaster’s Chair, removed his name from the school’s squash facility and forbade the former teacher from attending events on campus.

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The former student sued the school and the former teacher

DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Deerfield Academy paid 200-thousand dollars to settle a lawsuit with a California man who claims he was sexually abused by his math teacher there in the 1970’s. The former student sued the school and that former teacher.

“It’s really shocking to hear something like this going on,” said John Talbot of Deerfield.  “With a kid of my own, you’d like to think when you send them to school they’re safe.”

The teacher, Peter Hindle was accused of raping the then-14-year-old in his residence multiple times in the fall of 1979. Hindle lives in Eastern Massachusetts, and will never stand trial for child rape because the statute of limitations has run out. Attorney for the victim, Mitchell Garabedian, said his client suffered life-long emotional trauma from the abuse.

New Jersey based non-profit Road to Recovery” assisted the victim and his familly throughout the recovery process.

Robert Hoatson, President of the Road to Recovery told 22News,”We’ve only just scratched the surface,” said Hoatson. “We think this hero will hopefully give others the courage to come forward and begin their recovery.”

22News called Deerfield Academy spokesman, David Thiel, but he declined to comment on the lawsuit, out of respect for the victim and his family.

Hoatson said statistics show 1 in 6 boys, and 1 in 4 girls in the U.S. are sexually abused before the age of 18.

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MEDIA RELEASE – AUGUST 2, 2016

FEDERAL SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT SETTLED

Federal lawsuit filed on behalf of “John Doe,” a childhood sexual abuse victim/survivor of Deerfield (MA) Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, is settled financially for six figures by Deerfield (MA) Academy 

Deerfield (MA) Academy mathematics teacher, Peter Hindle, employed by Deerfield (MA) Academy from approximately 1956 to approximately 2000, and who resided on the campus of Deerfield (MA) Academy, sexually abused John Doe, a residential student, on one occasion in approximately 1979

 Minor child “John Doe” was invited to the Deerfield (MA) Academy campus residence of math teacher, Peter Hindle, where Peter Hindle sexually abused minor child “John Doe” on one occasion in approximately 1979

   What
A press conference announcing the settlement of a federal lawsuit accusing Deerfield (MA) Academy teacher, Peter Hindle, of sexually abusing John Doe, a residential student who was approximately 14 years of age, on one occasion in approximately 1979 at Deerfield (MA) Academy

When
Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Deerfield (MA) Academy, 7 Boyden Lane, Deerfield, MA 01342

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
Deerfield (MA) Academy has settled a federal lawsuit filed by a former student of Deerfield (MA) Academy, “John Doe,” for six figures.  When “John Doe” was approximately 14 years of age and a residential student at Deerfield (MA) Academy from approximately 1979-1981, mathematics teacher, Peter Hindle, who resided on the campus of Deerfield Academy during the time “John Doe” was a student and minor child at Deerfield (MA) Academy, invited “John Doe” to his campus residence in approximately 1979 and engaged in explicit sexual behavior and lewd and lascivious conduct with “John Doe.”  Math teacher, Peter Hindle, then told “John Doe” not to tell anyone about the sexual abuse he experienced in the campus residence of teacher Peter Hindle.  As a result of the sexual abuse by teacher Peter Hindle, “John Doe” has suffered greatly as a result of the sexual abuse by Peter Hindle.

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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Johnson V. Fordham University

 

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Fordham University Settles Case

New York, NY July 25, 2016:  

The wheels of justice turn slowly, and sometimes crookedly, but they do turn. After 6 years of litigation, my beloved Alma Mater, Fordham University, finally offered me a settlement that my family could live with, one that allows us to move on in putting some of the pieces back together that were shattered in the wake of my mistreatment as Assistant Dean in 2010. In light of all that is happening in our world, I don’t want to make a long statement at this moment. I just want to publicly thank my husband Joseph Rini, who stood by my side in full support of women and equity for all, and our daughters, who sacrificed their livelihood, their private school, and their home, so that we might pursue justice on behalf of women at Fordham and other institutions that have been negligent of hard won Equal Employment Opportunity laws and procedures.

I’d like to thank dear friends, family and strangers who have supported me in this quest. With me every step of the way was my teacher, mentor, friend and willing witness against his own employer of 45 years, Dr. Mark Naison, the Progressive Alumni of Fordham, and students who offered to testify. I thank Pope Francis, SJ, several unnamed Jesuit priests, my counsel, Robert Hoatson and the Catholic Whistleblowers, Voice of the Faithful’s Emily and Rosemary Fund, Joan Chittister, OSB, and the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, The Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Catholic Womanpriest Mary Ann Schoettley, Ray Brescia, Esq., Dr. Jerry Epstein, Maureen Lally, Melissa Murphy, Catherine Rice, my dear circle from Long Island and women’s journey sisters at Church of the Presentation, ….Victory is ours!

To stop the veiled cycle of mistreatment, I refused to sign a confidentiality waiver, so I am forever free to testify or discuss this case with anyone who needs support in pursuing justice for sex discrimination and retaliation.

I love Fordham University (FU). My sisters and I earned a total of four degrees at the Rose Hill campus. I earned two: BA (English/Communications) and MA (Religious Education). I played varsity volleyball and wrote for The Paper. I worked as Promotion Director at WFUV-FM as an undergrad and Dean’s Assistant as a graduate student at GRE. I went on to earn a Doctorate of Education at Columbia University in 2009. I was delighted to be able to share my education and gifts with my Alma Mater. But that was short-lived.

In response to recent incidents of bias at Fordham, after nearly six years of silence, I chose to share my experience of mistreatment as Assistant Dean at the Graduate School of Religion, and by Fordham, the corporation, and its legal team.

If the Fordham community saw what I’ve seen firsthand, they would be appalled: files don’t get turned over, witnesses lie under oath for fear of losing their jobs, and victims are bullied and harassed by administrators and the high-priced corporate legal team. It’s far from just.

In June, 2010, after being mistreated by my dean, I was encouraged by the Director of Human Resources to speak with the then VP for Academic Affairs, now Provost, about my mistreatment as an Assistant Dean by the Dean of GRE. The Provost and his chief of staff promised me (federally mandated) protections, but insisted on filing complaints for me, and sent me to the Office for Equal Opportunity (EEO). However, rather than doing the “right” thing under Federal and moral law by investigating with purpose, they retaliated with a vengeance, fired me one week later, and hoped I would disappear. They kept the dean. Shortly after, I was subjected to bewildering treatment by Fordham security in August, 2010, when I returned to campus to celebrate Mass with 40 retired Jesuit priests and visit with my spiritual director, another Jesuit priest. I was unlawfully detained by security as I returned to the parking lot.
In a 7-page letter to the Provost and the GRE Dean, dated March 28, 2011, three GRE faculty members say:

“Through verbal abuse, including yelling, you attempt to intimidate faculty….You threaten to shut down schools if anyone disagrees with you…You have obvious problems retaining administrative staff, particularly female employees. There has been a significant turnover of staff since the commencement of your deanship. Four administrative employees have quit or been fired, most of them women, because they were not able to work with you. The most recent departure, of a female assistant dean, was not even announced or explained…The turnover of female employees has negatively impacted the hiring environment for the school.”

They intended to send their letter to faculty senate, which would expose the issues to the larger community, but, within days after the writers notified the dean of their intentions, he resigned.

Yet, the mistreatment I experienced as an Assistant Dean at Fordham has been compounded by the mistreatment I have experienced by Fordham and its internal and outside legal team: over five years, hundreds of hours of grueling depositions, responses to requests for discovery, research and production of thousands of pages of documents, emails, numerous court appearances, hearings, mediations, etc. since I filed the suit. At every juncture, FU’s legal team has appealed and imposed delays on the resolution of this injustice to my family. My two daughters have grown up in this grueling lawsuit, enduring the sale of their home and transferring schools multiple times as I struggle to pursue justice and find meaningful work with a large blemish scarring my c.v. 

I am not alone in this treatment by the Fordham administration and its legal team. There are a number of women who filed complaints of sex discrimination and retaliation with Fordham’s HR, VP for Academic Affairs, and the Director of the EEO. Each woman faced retaliation and was either fired, given the silent treatment for months, or forced out by a raging dean. These cases are mentioned in the deposition of Former EEO Director. When asked by my attorney where the complaints or files are regarding the above-mentioned women, one by one, she responded, “In my office.” Yet, most of these files were not turned over in discovery. When I consulted one of these women who had filed numerous complaints, she told me “Fordham is not going to turn over my complaints or anyone else’s, you should drop this lawsuit and run in the other direction.” Another female at GRE, who had previously complained about this dean, told me in June 2010 that she went to the Provost to protest my firing. About her own complaints, she said, “Carolyn, I have a file as long as your arm at his office.” She considered testifying on my behalf, but feared retaliation, asked my attorney how we could protect her – but how could we? Two other women witnesses/employees at GRE feared retaliation and rescinded their offers to sign affidavits on my behalf. Hence, because of FU’s bullying tactics, potential witnesses did not testify on my behalf for fear of retaliation. Two did, however. One of the Fordham professors, (40+ years at Fordham) who ignited my passion for justice has testified on my behalf.

I learned at Fordham to pursue justice at all costs. Fordham’s corporation spent untold thousands, better spent elsewhere, on a cover up and to crush me, while my contingency-based lawyers worked without pay to keep up with FU’s endless resources and efforts. Mitchell Garabedian, Esq. (Spotlight) and my conscience dictated that I not sign an agreement that would allow Fordham to “lose” my file and complaint, making it challenging, if not impossible for future victims to gain justice.

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MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 22, 2016 

RELATIVE REVEALS SEXUAL ABUSE OF A MINOR CHILD BY CAMP COUNSELOR AT CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY, LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF SALESIAN HIGH SCHOOL AND THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE SALESIAN PRIESTS AND BROTHERS

During a demonstration on July 21, 2016, outside the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers in New Rochelle, NY, regarding the Salesians’ refusal to reasonably settle a childhood sexual abuse claim against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, it was revealed by a close relative of a minor child that the minor child had been sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY, several years ago by a camp counselor

Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a leader of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, NY, and on whose campus CAMP ECHO BAY is located, inaccurately told advocate Dr. Robert M. Hoatson during a demonstration outside a Salesian parish months ago that the Salesians were settling the claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, of a minor child from a Salesian seminary in Indiana, but there has not been a reasonable settlement and there have been no reasonable settlement talks

 What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting CAMP ECHO BAY parents, families, local residents, and the general public that, according to a close family relative of the victim, a minor child was sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY, several years ago by a camp counselor

When
Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside CAMP ECHO BAY and the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers at 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801

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
During a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Salesian religious order in New Rochelle, NY, on July 21, 2016, regarding the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers to reasonably settle a claim against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, it was reported to Road to Recovery, Inc., by a close relative of a minor child that the minor child was sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY several years ago by a camp counselor.  Demonstrators will demand that the Salesian Priests and Brothers reasonably settle the claim of the childhood victim of Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and investigate and resolve the matter of the sexual abuse of the minor child at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY so the victim of that sexual abuse can begin to heal

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

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

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Kimberly Wallace Jul 21, 2016

6 claim they were sexually abused by priest who worked in Upper Montclair, Guttenberg

Abuse allegedly occurred in church, family homes and during trips to Poconos

Five men and one woman have stepped forward claiming they were sexually abused as kids by Father Michael “Mitch” Walters at churches in Upper Montclair and Guttenburg – where he was a priest in the 80s and 90s.

The allegations come after a year-and-a-half investigation by the organization Road to Recovery, which aids sexual abuse victims. Co-founder Robert Hoatson says he believes there are many more victims who have yet to step forward.

“We’re talking about fondling and we’re talking about some pretty horrific things,” Hoatson said. “Evidently, the rectory here was kind of a club house that Father Mitch ran so he would invite kids over and then things would happen.”

“During the period of sexual abuse, Father Michael Walters was assigned to Saint Cassian’s Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey and Saint John Neposmem Church in Guttenberg, New Jersey. The sexual abuse took place within Saint Cassian Church, family homes in New Jersey and on trips to the Poconos,” said Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for all 6 alleged victims.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating and Garabedian awaits its decision as to whether the county is going to proceed criminally or not.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Newark says they’ve offered the alleged victims counseling support and,

“The attorney for the individual has not permitted any interview. Fr. Walters has been out of ministry since the fall of 2015, and the Archdiocese will cooperate with the prosecutor’s office to the extent we can.”

No one from the Archdiocese of Newark nor the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office could be reached for comment.

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News Article from NJ.com

Former Hudson priest facing criminal probe in sex abuse case, victims group says

 Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com By Steve Strunsky | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on July 20, 2016 at 10:54 AM, updated July 20, 2016 at 11:23 AM
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The Rev. Michael “Mitch” Walters is accused of molesting a 12-year-old boy at St. Cassian Church in Montclair in 1982 and a 13-year-old girl in 1982 and 1983. He has denied the accusations. (Archdiocese of Newark)

GUTTENBERG — A Catholic priest is under criminal investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office following allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner at a Guttenberg church where the priest worked in the 1990’s, a victims rights group said.

The Rev. Michael “Mitch” Walters had been accused by the parishioner at the St. John Nepomucene Parish in Guttenberg of molesting him two decades ago, Road to Recovery, a Livingston-based group that advocates for victims of clergy abuse, announced on Wednesday. 

“Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters was stationed in the 1990s at St. John Nepomucene Parish in Guttenberg, New Jersey, in Hudson County, and a man has come forward to allege that he was sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. John Nepomucene Parish when he was a minor child,” the Road to Recovery stated in an announcement in advance of a press conference it had scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Guttenberg church on Polk Street.

Ray Worrall, a spokesman for Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, declined to confirm whether the office was investigating the allegations.

“We can’t comment whether or not this office is even involved in an investigation,” Worrall said in an email.

The assertion by the Guttenberg parishioners are in addition to allegations by five parishioners at St. Cassian’s Parish in Montclair that Walters abused them when he worked there decades ago.

Former altar boy says priest molested him in confessional

The Rev. Michael “Mitch” Walters is accused of fondling a 12-year-old boy in a confessional

Walters was removed from the ministry in October after the allegations were made last year, when he was working as a weekend pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows in South Orange while also serving in two positions at the Archdiocese of Newark, overseeing educational and spiritual enrichment programs for parishioners, and fundraising for missionary and evangelical work.

A spokesman for the Newark Archdiocese, Jim Goodness, said Wednesday that church officials had informed county prosecutors of the allegations against Walters, after the archdiocese was contacted by a lawyer for several people alleging they had been abused by the priest in Guttenberg and Montclair.

“We brought the information directly to them,” Goodness said, referring to prosecutors. “We are ready to cooperate to any extent possible.”

NJ Advance Media staff writer Mark Mueller contributed to this report.

Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 9, 2016

The “International Summit to End Sexual Violence” to meet on the Fordham University Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, NY on July 10th and 11th, 2016; EVEN THOUGH,

A childhood sexual abuse victim, Neal E. Gumpel,  who was strangled, plied with alcohol, and sexually assaulted by a deceased Fordham University professor and Jesuit priest, Roy Alan Drake, SJ, cannot get justice from the Jesuit religious order or Fordham University; SO,

Neal E. Gumpel, his wife, and supporters will demonstrate outside the main gate of Fordham University, Bronx, NY, and ask the “International Summit to End Sexual Violence” to call on Fordham University and the Jesuit religious order do the right thing by settling Neal Gumpel’s claim which will allow him to gain validation and help him try to heal

What
A demonstration and leafleting informing participants in the “Internal Summit to End Sexual Abuse,” Fordham University students and staff, and the general public that Fordham University and the Jesuit religious order refuse to settle a credible claim of childhood sexual abuse against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham University professor and Jesuit, who violently sexually abused minor child Neal E. Gumpel at a residence near the campus of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine.

When
Sunday, July 10, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, near 400 Southern Boulevard (across from the entrance to the New York Botanical Gardens), Bronx, NY

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ; his wife, Helen Gumpel; 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; supporters, and friends

Why
The “International Summit to End Sexual Violence” is scheduled to kick-off its two-day conference at Fordham University on Sunday, July 10, 2016, despite the fact that Neal E. Gumpel, who is a childhood victim of a deceased Fordham University professor and Jesuit priest, has yet to receive any justice from Fordham University and the Jesuit religious order and has been demonstrating near the campus for months.  Neal E. Gumpel was violently sexually assaulted in the residence of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, near the campus of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine.  He was plied with alcohol, violently strangled, and sexually assaulted when he was a minor child.  Demonstrators will call on the “International Summit to End Sexual Violence” to support Neal E. Gumpel’s request to Fordham University and the Jesuit religious order that they settle his claim, allow him to gain validation, and help him try to heal.

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

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Voice of clergy abuse survivors takes own life

The attorney for Brian Gergely, who went public about his sexual abuse in 2003, said Mr Gergely’s demons “finally won out.”

July 5, 2016 11:44 PM

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Brian Gergely holds up an old photograph of himself during a a news conference in 2003. Mr. Gergely was found hanged in his home on Friday.
By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

For more than a decade, Brian Gergely spoke out to seek justice, and offer hope, to his fellow survivors of sexual abuse by priests and other trusted adults.

He once described his recently completed, unpublished memoir, “The Last Altar Boy,” as a journey toward forgiveness and healing.

But today, Mr. Gergely’s funeral is scheduled in the same Ebensburg church where he and countless other altar boys were sexually assaulted decades ago by the late Monsignor Francis McCaa, one of the most notorious predators named in a March 1 state grand jury report on abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

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Mr. Gergely was found dead in his Ebensburg home on Friday, a suicide from asphyxiation, according to the Cambria County Coroner’s office. He was 46.

Although the immediate cause of his suicide was unknown, those who knew him or work with survivors of child sexual abuse say that for some, the pain, isolation and sense of shame can be overwhelming.

“It’s a tragedy,” said Altoona attorney Richard Serbin, who represented Mr. Gergely and other McCaa victims in a lawsuit and settlement with the diocese a decade ago.

“He was a courageous individual. He felt very strongly that he had a responsibility to identify himself publicly. Since then, through these years, he continued to speak out on behalf of child sexual-abuse victims. He unselfishly did so to further the cause of making certain that child predators are no longer in a position of access to children.”

He said Mr. Gergely was the fourth client he has represented over child sexual abuse to take their own life.

A football star and 1988 graduate of Bishop Carroll High School in Ebensburg who earned a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, Mr. Gergely worked in behavioral health and with children with mental illnesses.

As a child, Mr. Gergely was among many altar boys at Holy Name Church in Ebensburg assaulted by Monsignor McCaa, whom the grand jury report described as “deadly a predator as any child molester can be.” It said at least one previous victim committed suicide.

Monsignor McCaa routinely required altar boys to remove their pants under their cassocks, and he would molest them.

The Cambria County District Attorney’s office investigated parents’ complaints in 1985, but no prosecution ensued, the report said.

Despite then-Bishop James Hogan’s knowledge of multiple assaults by Monsignor McCaa by 1985, he reassigned the priest to a West Virginia hospital chaplaincy until 1993, the grand jury said. Bishop Hogan died in 2005 and Monsignor McCaa in 2007.

Mr. Gergely spoke out repeatedly over the years, including after revelations of serial predator Jerry Sandusky at Penn State University and after this year’s release of the Altoona-Johnstown report, which found cover-ups of sexual abuse by dozens of priests and others associated with the church over the latter decades of the 20th century.

Robert Hoatson of Livingston, N.J. — a former Catholic priest and leader of Road to Recovery, a support group for abuse survivors — said that although he didn’t know the immediate cause of Mr. Gergely’s suicide, victims can be retraumatized by a triggering event.

He noted that the Pennsylvania Senate last week defeated a proposal — which briefly gained traction after the Altoona-Johnstown report — that would have lifted statutes of limitations for filing lawsuits over past sexual abuse.

“People go into depressions and real lows when they keep getting slapped in the face by institutions that really don’t handle these situations carefully and with justice,” said Mr. Hoatson. As a priest, Mr. Hoatson said, he assisted in the funeral of another abuse survivor, Patrick McSorley, who in 2002 became the public face of victims in the Archdiocese of Boston and whose story is told in the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight.” Mr. McSorley died of a drug overdose in 2004.

Mr. Hoatson said many abuse victims feel undeserved shame and guilt. “Trauma is like a death,” he said.

Those feeling suicidal should call a hotline for help, and those suffering long-term depression or anxiety, he said, should seek therapy and be open to medication.

“Seek help,” agreed Michelle Snyder, executive director of the Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute, a regional interfaith counseling and psychotherapy center. “The No. 1 problem that people who are thinking about suicide have is finding someone who is willing to talk about it,” she said.

Help can be found by dialing 911, or by calling the national suicide prevention lifeline (800-273-8255), or contacting a trusted person, she said.

Peter Smith: 412-263-1416 or petersmith@post-gazette.com; Twitter @PG_PeterSmith.

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MEDIA RELEASE – JULY 5, 2016

Jesuit priest psychologist and head of the Northeast Province of the Jesuit religious order, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, who refuses to help a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, for whom he is responsible, is giving a week-long workshop to other priests and religious persons on the topic:

“FLOURISHING IN MINISTRY:  ISSUES OF SPIRITUAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SELF-CARE AND SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP” 

Fr. John Cecero, SJ, head of the Jesuit religious order based in New York City, refuses to give care, acknowledgment, and recovery services to Neal E. Gumpel who was sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, when Neal E. Gumpel was a minor child and Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ was a Jesuit priest and a visiting professor of science at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, even though the Jesuits have found Neal Gumpel credible.

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting Catholics, members of the clergy and religious orders, residents of the Jersey shore, and neighbors of a popular New Jersey retreat center of the lack of care, concern, and compassion on the part of the leader of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), Fr. John Cecero, SJ, who refuses to help a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest but finds time to “lecture” other priests and religious men and women about being spiritual leaders

When
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside San Alfonso Retreat House, 755 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey 07740 (also called West End, New Jersey)

Who
Neal E. Gumpel, a victim/survivor of childhood sexual abuse; his wife, Helen Gumpel; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; supporters, and friends

Why
Fr. John Cecero, SJ, Provincial of the Society of Jesus’ (Jesuits) Northeast Province and a trained psychologist is presenting a week-long workshop at a popular New Jersey retreat house on the topic of psychological self-care and spiritual leadership.  Recently, he and his New York City-based Jesuit colleagues told a seriously harmed childhood sexual abuse victim of a Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, that the Jesuits would not settle his claim and allow him to gain validation and try to heal, even though the Jesuits have found Neal Gumpel to be credible.  The Jesuits have settled other claims against Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a serial pedophile, for hundreds of thousands of dollars, but they have told Neal E. Gumpel to take a hike.  Demonstrators will call upon Fr. John Cecero, SJ, to do the right thing and settle Neal E. Gumpel’s claim so he can gain validation and try to 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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More victims come forward alleging they were sexually abused by former NJ church pastor

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Father Mitch Walters was removed from ministry last October after 2 others made similar claims

More victims are coming forward claiming they were abused at the hands of a Catholic priest in new Jersey.

“He molested me on two occasions. He fondled me on by buttocks and breast outside my clothes. I was also subject to years of predatory grooming by him,” Danielle Polemeni, said.

The former upper Montclair native is the latest to speak up, alleging her former church pastor, Father Mitch Walters sexually abused her when she was only 13.

“I had been processing my abuse from Father Mitch for many years. I didn’t feel like I would be ready to come forward myself.”

The Archdiocese of Newark confirms Walters was removed from ministry last October after two others made similar claims.

Ultimately, the victims want Father Walters removed from priesthood.

However, an archdiocese of Newark spokesman says they don’t have enough evidence to make that call because they say the victims are not coming to them directly to tell their stories.

But Dr. Hoatson argues that’s nonsense as the diocese already had Father Walters step down from the ministry when the allegations first surfaced.

Danielle and others are taking legal action and she encourages other potential victims to come forward as well.

“I can’t say this enough you do not need to feel guilt or shame anymore,” Polemeni said.

The Essex County prosecutors is also investigating.

MEDIA RELEASE –  JULY 2, 2016

Danielle Polemeni, a courageous childhood sexual abuse victim living out of state, returns to the New Jersey town and parish (St. Cassian’s, Upper Montclair, NJ) where she was repeatedly sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters to discuss the abuse she experienced and encourage others who have been sexually abused to come forward and speak the truth

 Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, is accused of sexually abusing a minor girl at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, NJ; four (4) minor male children from St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (Essex County); and one (1) minor male child from St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey (Hudson County).  The sexual abuse of these minor children took place from approximately 1982 to 1994.

Danielle Polemeni follows another courageous childhood sexual abuse victim, Dave Ohlmuller, who revealed the details of his childhood sexual abuse by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, in a Star Ledger (nj.com) article of January 15, 2016

What
A leafleting and press conference to discuss the childhood sexual abuse of a minor child, Danielle Polemeni, and five (5) other minor children by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, NJ, St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, NJ, and other locations

When
Saturday, July 2, 2016 from 5:00 pm until 6:30 pm (leafleting only)
Sunday, July 3, 2016 from 8:30 am until Noon (press conference with Danielle Polemeni at 11:45 am)

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of St. Cassian’s Church and School, 187 Bellevue Avenue, Montclair, New Jersey 07043

Who
Danielle Polemeni, a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, originally from Upper Montclair, NJ and who now lives out of state; Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (roberthoatson@gmail.com) advocate for Danielle Polemeni and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; family members of Danielle Polemeni, including her sister, Madeleine, and the daughter of Danielle Polemeni; other family members; and, supporters from the victim/survivor community

Why
Danielle Polemeni attended St. Cassian’s Church and School in Upper Montclair, NJ, as a minor child.  Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters sexually abused her when she was a minor child at St. Cassian’s Parish and at other locations in and around Upper Montclair, NJ, and, as a result, the sexual abuse caused her harm. She and her supporters will call on the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, to permanently remove Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from the priesthood and help her try to heal by validating her sexual abuse claim.  Danielle Polemeni will encourage other childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters to come forward to begin their healing.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., P.O. Box 279, Livingston, NJ – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D, President & Co-Founder of Road to Recovery and Danielle Polemeni, Victim/Survivor

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(left to right) Madeleine Polemeni (Danielle’s sister), Danielle Polemeni, Victim/Survivor and Mary Polemeni-McGovern (Danielle’s daughter)

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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 30, 2016

A religious order of priests and brothers, the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, refuses to help a woman who is a childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Paul A. Walsh OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, OFM, a priest who served at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

 Woman who was sexually abused at approximately the age of ten (10) in approximately 1962 by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, OFM, a/k/a Fr. La Salle Walsh, OFM, wants the Franciscan Friars to pay for the cost of her therapy, resolve her clergy sexual abuse claim, and help her try to heal

 What
A demonstration and leafleting regarding the Franciscan Friars’ Holy Name Province refusal to help a childhood sexual abuse victim of a Franciscan Friar, Fr. Paul A. Walsh, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, from Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica

When
Friday, July 1, 2016 from 11:00 am until 1:15 pm

Where
On the public sidewalk outside the headquarters of the Franciscan Friars of the Holy Name Province, 129 West 30th Street, New York, New York 10001 – 646-473-0265

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

Why
  A woman who was approximately ten-years old in the 1960s and sexually abused by Fr. Paul A. Walsh, a/k/a Fr. La Salle A. Walsh, OFM, at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and Preparatory School in Kingston, Jamaica, wants the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans to pay for her therapy, resolve her claim, and help her try to heal.  Demonstrators will demand of the Holy Name Province of the Franciscans that it help the woman who was sexually abused as a child by a Franciscan priest try to heal by paying for her therapy and resolving her clergy sexual abuse claim in a timely and just manner.

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

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

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NEWS ARTICLE FROM THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

‘Spotlight’ actor joins advocates to strengthen New York’s child sex abuse lawActor Neal Huff as Phil Saviano in “Spotlight,” joins advocates to build awareness on New York child sex abuse law.

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Neal Huff was waiting in line at a Westchester post office earlier this year when a clerk recognized him as the actor who played dogged victim advocate Phil Saviano in “Spotlight,” the Academy Award-winning film about The Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal.The clerk had a big smile on his face as he announced that he was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Huff said that kind of openness is necessary to change laws that prevent victims from seeking justice.“That is the only hope this issue has, if people talk about it,” the actor said. “Awareness is the tool we need to change these laws, because the laws will not get changed without public outcry. It is mind-boggling to think of how far back New York is on this issue.”Huff has teamed up with Saviano to ensure the public outcry sparked by “Spotlight” doesn’t wane once the closing credits end.Child-sex abuse bill unlikely to pass before legislature breaksThe actor and the activist marched across the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this month, along with hundreds of other survivors and supporters, to encourage lawmakers to repeal the statutes of limitations on sex abuse cases in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

They traveled to Albany last month to lobby for passage of a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations in New York, which bars victims from pursuing criminal charges or civil lawsuits after their 23rd birthday.

Huff and Saviano will also appear together at SNAP’s (the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests) annual conference in Chicago later this month.

Saviano, 63, and Huff have forged a deep friendship. Saviano said he was impressed because while the New York actor understood that he would be playing the Massachusetts activist in the film, he would be standing in for millions of other abuse victims who have been denied their day in court.

Child victims will march to demand window for justice, protection

Child sex abuse survivor Phil Saviano (blue jacket), marched across the Brooklyn Bridge calling for passage of the Child Victims Act.

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(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)

“Right from the get-go, Neal understood that he would be representing not only me but all those other clergy abuse victims,” Saviano said.

Saviano said he was repeated molested by Father David Holley, beginning in 1964 when he was just 11-years-old. The abuse continued for 18 months until Holley mysteriously disappeared from Saviano’s Douglas, Mass., parish.

Holley, also accused of sexually abusing children in Colorado, Texas and New Mexico, was sentenced to up to 275 years in prison in 1993. He died behind bars at age 80 in 2008.

Saviano, who was diagnosed with AIDS, got an attorney — Eric MacLeish, played by Billy Crudup in “Spotlight” — who eventually negotiated a $12,500 settlement with the Diocese of Worcester. The agreement did not bar Saviano from speaking publicly about the abuse.

Gov. Cuomo leaves Child Victims Act off legislative outline

Church officials, Saviano said, probably thought that he would be dead soon after the deal was reached. But a new medication cocktail to combat the deadly virus kept him alive.

“Protease inhibitors,” Saviano said, “turned my life around.”

Saviano then became an advocate for victims of clergy sexual abuse. He spent years trying to convince Boston-area media that the Catholic hierarchy not only tolerated predator priests but covered up their abuse, a key scene in the film.

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Michael Meenan (c.) a survivor of child sex abuse who was abused at age 17 by a Catholic high school teacher, talks awareness issues with Neal Huff (l.).

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., survivor and President of Road to Recovery, Inc. (r).

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“When you’re a poor kid from a poor family and a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal,” the Saviano character tells the reporters. “How do you say no to God?”

Huff emailed Saviano shortly after he got the part and asked if he could visit him. Their first meeting lasted 12 hours.

“He was trying to understand the emotional life of a sexual abuse victim. He had a great sensitivity and awareness,” said Saviano.

Huff, who attended Fordham Prep in the Bronx and NYU, said Saviano surprised him by convincing director/writer Tom McCarthy and writer Josh Singer to tweak the script at the 11th hour. The references to “grooming” – how a pedophile befriends a child to lower inhibitions and initiate sexual contact – came at Saviano’s insistence, he said.

Truth without limitations on justice for child sexual abuse

Huff said his approach to the role was shaped in part by a close friend who has struggled for years after being sexually abused as a teen. That man’s struggles, he said, have driven his work on behalf of statute of limitations reform.

“Think about the sheer numbers of people hurt by this,” he said. “Think of all the promise lost. When you rob a child of power and render them helpless, it is hard not for them to feel helpless for the rest of their lives.”

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NEWS ARTICLE FROM PENN LIVE

Arguments on constitutionality: The main points out of Senate hearing on statute of limitations reform bill

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 Advocates for child sex abuse victims rally for lawmakers to push through House Bill 1947, which would amend the statute of limitations for child sex crimes, on the steps of the Pennsylvania state Capitol, Monday, June 13, 2016. Dan Gleiter, PennLive.com

Ivey DeJesus | idejesus@pennlive.com By Ivey DeJesus | idejesus@pennlive.com
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In a three-hour long hearing steeped in references to Pennsylvania case law, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday heard expert testimony on the validity and viability of proposed legislation that would change how child sexual predators are prosecuted.

The hearing, which tipped markedly in favor of opponents of House Bill 1947, was held in a hearing room packed with victims advocates as well as past victims of sexual abuse. Many of them wiped away tears as a cadre of expert witnesses – with the exception of one – argued how the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibits the General Assembly from retroactively altering expired statutes of limitations.

The hearing, which featured five expert witnesses, only one testifying in support of the bill, focused on the constitutionality of the bill, which would impose lookback measures for past victims of abuse, including those molested by priests as children.

Much of the testimony centered around the state’s constitutional remedies clause, which ostensibly bars the General Assembly from retroactively altering expired statutes of limitations.

Prior to the experts giving their testimony, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who in March released findings of a grand jury report that found systemic child sex abuse over decades in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, delivered a short appeal.

Priests and church leaders sexually abused hundreds of children in Altoona Diocese: AG office

Priests and church leaders sexually abused hundreds of children in Altoona Diocese: AG office

Hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of 40 years by priests or church leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, a grand jury investigation has concluded.

Kane, whose law license has been suspended in the wake of criminal charges stemming from the grand jury leak investigation, begged the panel to pass the bill immediately.

“I’m asking you to do that because every single day that goes by… is a day more and more and more victims are denied justice,” she said.

Kane said that, if after approval of the bill, the Senate found that it violated the state’s Constitution, lawmakers should “figure out a solution” to the constitutional issue, whether that meant amending it “or whatever needs to be done but make firm commitment” to finding a way that “we are never denying justice to anyone in the Commonwealth.”

“We as government will prove by our actions that we support child survivors and their families and not cruel, cold-hearted criminals who prey upon our criminals,” Kane said. “We will not protect the institutions that harbor them.”

“If the bill is passed as is, there will certainly be a legal challenge.” Bruce Antkowiak

In contrast to Kane’s opening remarks, the witnesses who followed reiterated respective arguments that the bill would not pass state Constitutional muster.

Coming on the heels of Kane’s short appeal, the second-highest ranking official in her office, Bruce Castor, the solicitor general, testified that the bill would violate the remedies clause of the state’s Constitution, and therefore, prove to be unconstitutional.

“House Bill 1947, if enacted into law in its current form and without amendment will, in our opinion, violate the remedies clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution,” Castor argued. “Potential defendants, who have had the statute of limitations pass without their being subjected to suit, will rightly claim a vested right in the applicable statute of limitations.”

Arguing for reform Senate Judiciary Committee hears arguments for and against House Bill 1947.

Castor said that while the bill represented “a laudable attempt to provide a remedy for a well identified social problem”, the the General Assembly “in its zeal, cannot overrule a state constitutional right.”

Castor based his conclusion in large part on a 1908 case involving a retroactive claim. In Lewis v. Pennsylvania Railroad Company, the  state Supreme Court ruled against the widow of railroad worker who had filed a negligence claim retroactively against the company. The court, Castor said, had concluded that “retroactive legislation that reduces a defendant’s defenses or “exemptions from demands” cannot be applied where the defense has “vested.”

The state’s remedies clause states that “all courts shall be open; and every man for an injury done him in his lands, goods, person or reputation shall have remedy by due course of law, and right and justice administered without sale, denial or delay. Suits may be brought against the Commonwealth in such manner, in such courts and in such cases as the Legislature may by law direct.”

House Bill 1947 came in the wake of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese grand jury report as a groundswell of advocates called for reform in the law. The bill, which was approved in the House by a 180-15 vote, would eliminate all criminal statutes going forward on most child sex crimes, and retroactively amend civil statutes. The bill would retroactively extend civil statutes that expired at a victim’s age 30 to 50.

Castor was followed by three other speakers – all of them law experts – who reiterated his stance that the bill would violate the state’s remedies clause.

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Citing a handful of case law, Bruce Antkowiak, a law professor at Saint Vincent College, argued that the U.S. Constitution has permitted the revival of expired statutes of limitations in cases where legislatures have explicitly made that determination in the matter before it.

Antkowiak argued that while House Bill 1947 would likely pass federal Constitutional muster, it would fail at the state level. Pennsylvania’s Constitution, he argued, has been consistently interpreted to reject the legitimacy of revival of expired claims.

Unless the General Assembly undertook “a dramatic reversal of established jurisprudence in the area,” or passed a Constitutional amendment, the proposed bill “will fail a Constitutional challenge in the Courts of the Commonwealth.”

“If the bill is passed as is, there will certainly be a legal challenge,” Antkowiak said.

Cary Silverman, an attorney who testified on behalf of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and the Insurance Federation of Pennsylvania, reiterated that line of thinking.

Silverman argued that Pennsylvania law has been “consistent and unequivocal” on the merits of reviving a civil claim for which the statute of limitations has expired.

The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the church’s legislative branch, and the insurance industry, along with the business sector, argue that the retroactive components of the law are unfair and would be detrimental to their interests.

Silverman pointed out that while “most states” have not revived time-barred claims, Pennsylvania’s constitutional law regarding vested rights is consistent with the approach taken by “most states,” leading them to apply extensions of the statute of limitations prospectively, not retroactively.

More than two hours into the hearing, supporters of the bill finally had their expert witness called to testify.

Marci Hamilton, a constitutional law expert and one of the country’s leading experts on statutes of limitations, said that given the fact that opponents of the bill had ostensibly been given more than two hours to testify, she would break her protocol and read her full testimony.

“I haven’t done that ever in my career,” said Hamilton, who began her testimony summarizing what the basic points she and victims and other advocates had heard during the morning, including that “bishops fully plan on dragging victims through a constitutional challenge if the statute of limitations is revived.”

Her voice piqued with frustration, Hamilton registered her objection that the prosecutors involved in grand jury reports into church dioceses had not been asked to testify.

“It is unfortunate that prosecutors who worked very, very hard on grand jury reports and whose lives changed by learning of this abuse were not permitted to testify,” Hamilton said. “All asked to testified and were not permitted.”

Waiting for justice: Child sex abuse victims push for changing statute of limitations

Waiting for justice: Child sex abuse victims push for changing statute of limitations

Hundreds of adults who were sexually abused as children by priests in Philadelphia and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will be watching the House this week as it takes up a bill that would reform the statute of limitations.

Hamilton then went on to make a case for the constitutionality of House Bill 1947, arguing in specific, that the state Supreme Court had not heard arguments on the issue.

“The Supreme Court has not ruled on this,” she told the panel. “You don’t know what the Pennsylvania Supreme Court will do. I don’t understand how this committee would know if it’s unconstitutional if the Supreme Court has not ruled on it yet.”

Hamilton argued that House Bill 1947 did not violate due process under either state or federal law. Revival of expired civil statutes of limitations are constitutional if two due process requirements are met: clear legislative intent and the change is to a procedural element – like a statute of limitations.

At the state level, Hamilton argued, the state high court has permitted the retroactive application of statutes similar to those in HB1947, distinguishing between procedural and substantive retroactive changes in the law.

Under the proposed legislation, Hamilton said, “mere alteration of a statute of limitations does not violate due process in Pennsylvania.” She added that Pennsylvania was in line with the “majority of states, which have not found that defendants have a vested right in expired statutes of limitations.”

Hamilton further argued that the state’s remedies clause protected the injured not those who caused injury. She said the Catholic Church and its powerful lobbying might had “fallen back” on the idea that the remedies clause barred revival of expired statutes in order “to protect tortious defendants.”

“The purpose of the remedies clause is to protect plaintiffs from legislative action that will undermine the existence of an individual’s remedy for an injury done,” Hamilton argued. “It is a constitutional guarantee of open courts for plaintiffs, and not a shield to block courts access in favor of powerful defendants.”

At the conclusion of her testimony, Sen. John C. Rafferty, addressing Hamilton, said it was incumbent on the committee to consider the legislation before it. He said should issues of constitutionality arise, it was best left up to “people in black robes.”

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, chairman of the committee, said he hoped his committee would rule on the bill before the summer break.

“Now that we’ve heard testimony of witnesses in regards to the constitutionality, we can move ahead with that issue,” said the Montgomery County Republican. ” Members of my committee have to decide and absorb the information that they just heard and make a decision on that issue.”

Greenleaf said his chamber could always amend the bill, if there was a question of constitutionality on the retroactive measure.

“We can take the provision out of the bill and move the bill without that provision,” he said. “But this is the first time they’ve heard this information. I’m going to have to talk to my members.

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Debate continues over NY bill lifting statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes

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As the New York state legislature plans to close up shop for its annual session by the end of this month, the Catholic bishops are hoping to run out the clock on a bill that would lift the statute of limitations on sex abuse crimes.A bill passed by the state Assembly would lift the statute of limitations on future sex abuse crimes against minors, which now prohibits lawsuits five years after victims pass their 18th birthday. The bill would also provide a one-year window allowing for lawsuits in old cases.Proponents say the measure would balance the scales of justice and provide child sex abuse victims with their day in court. Opponents argue that it would be impossible to fairly judge decades-old cases, that the legislation unfairly exempts public institutions, and that the legal costs would bankrupt the Catholic church in the state.Similar measures enacted elsewhere eventually resulted in the Wilmington, Del., diocese filing for bankruptcy and for an increase in liabilities for dioceses in California and Minnesota.Dennis Poust, a spokesman for the New York State Catholic Conference, told NCR that the bishops are willing to support changing the age limit on reporting sex abuse crimes to 28. But, he said, the proposal passed in the Assembly unfairly singles out private institutions like the Catholic church.

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“If such a change in the law is made, we believe the change should apply equally to individuals and institutions, so that all survivors have equal access to justice and all institutions, public and private, are treated equally in the eyes of the law, unlike the current law which protects public institutions,” he said.

The proposed law, he said, would open up cases from private schools from 40 years ago, while leaving students recently abused in public schools no recourse.

Programs implemented by dioceses provide safeguards for children in Catholic schools and parishes, said Poust. These include fingerprinting of employees, training in sex abuse prevention, cooperation with law enforcement and review boards in all of New York’s dioceses to oversee cases.

“There is no hint of any diocese in New York State being anything but fully transparent at this point,” he said.

Marci Hamilton, professor of law at Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan, told NCR that the legislation is needed because predators continue to act without legal consequences. Those who bring forth complaints outside the statute of limitations are vulnerable to defamation suits under current law.

“It is a very modest bill,” she said of the bill passed in the Assembly, sponsored by Democrat Margaret Markey. While California also offered a one-year window to bring suits, other states have offered wider windows, including two years in Delaware, three years in Minnesota and four years in Hawaii. A similar measure is now being debated in Pennsylvania.

She said that in those states where the statute of limitations has been lifted, there were no false claims. Reforms were implemented, including improving child protection policies in the Wilmington diocese.

While the New York bishops are adamantly opposed, that has not permeated to many rank-and-file Catholics. Among groups supportive of raising the statute of limitations are Voice of the Faithful and Call to Action. Markey, the bill’s prime sponsor, is a Catholic who represents a swath of heavily Catholic neighborhoods in the New York City borough of Queens. She has sponsored the bill over the past 10 years, inspired to do so by a constituent who is a sex abuse survivor.

Also among its supporters is the New York Daily News, the struggling city tabloid which has been up for sale and in danger of closing for the past few years. The paper has taken on the issue as a crusade, including front-pages photos of men in clerical garb. A June 6 front-page headline shouted “‘Not how our religion should be'” as it described Catholics marching in support of the legislation.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, in his column in The Tablet, the diocesan newspaper, described the Daily News as consumed by an agenda “to attack leaders of the Catholic Church as uncaring and unapologetic because we defend the Church family from the crippling consequences of an unjust law.”

He wrote that the proposed law threatens to “cripple our mission of service and bankrupt us financially.” He noted that “statutes of limitations in both criminal and civil cases were established for valid reason. Memories fade, witnesses die, and evidence gets stale. Accusations become difficult and impossible to defend.”

But proponents of the measure, including Robert Hoatson, founder of Road to Recovery, a victims’ aid organization based in New Jersey, said that rescinding the statute of limitations is “a no-brainer.”

Hoatson, a former Newark archdiocesan priest and Christian brother, now laicized, is a sex abuse survivor and counselor, who says that he has heard people in their 70s describe for the first time their abuse as children.

“There is no statute of limitations on the murder of the body,” he said, adding that mental health professionals describe childhood sexual abuse as “soul murder” that should be subject to the same legal response as physical murder.

The Daily News reported that the Catholic Conference has spent $2.1 million in lobbying efforts over the past eight years, but Poust of the Catholic Conference argues that figure includes lobbying over other issues, including Catholic school aid. The Daily News has also reported that Sen. John J. Flanagan, the leader of the State Senate, which so far has not acted on the bill, was a member of a law firm which worked for the Rockville Centre diocese on Long Island.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he is supportive of changing the statute of limitations. Apparently only the state Senate stands against Markey’s bill being enacted into law as the summer approaches and the legislature plans its annual recess.

[Peter Feuerherd is a correspondent for NCR‘s Field Hospital series on parish life and a professor of journalism at St. John’s University, New York.]

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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 7, 2016

New York State legislature has eight (8) days to do the right thing by eliminating the statute of limitations on sexual abuse of children and allowing victim/survivors to hold their abusers accountable

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston, who was portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the Academy Award-winning movie, “Spotlight,” and whose work with clergy sexual abuse victims is well documented, will stand with two of his clergy childhood sexual abuse clients, Cecilia Springer and Neal Gumpel, to demand reasonable and just settlements of their claims and changes in the New York State statute of limitations concerning childhood sexual abuse

 Cecilia Springer is an 85 year-old ex-nun who was abused by her high school Principal, Sr. Mary Andrew, SU, a Sister of St. Ursula, in the 1940s.  The Sisters of St. Ursula refuse to help Cecilia in her senior years despite the fact that Cecilia Springer’s father donated a Manhattan building to the Sisters of St. Ursula

 Neal Gumpel, 57, originally from Port Chester, NY, was sexually abused by a Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, NY) Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a serial pedophile, who received permission from his Jesuit superiors to teach at Maine Maritime Academy in the 1970s.  The Jesuits have found Neal Gumpel’s story credible but refuse to help him heal by reasonably settling his claim.

What
A press conference alerting the media to the cases of two childhood sexual abuse victims, represented by Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the movie, “Spotlight,” who have been re-victimized by two religious orders, the Sisters of St. Ursula, based in Dutchess County, New York, and the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), based in Manhattan, because of their refusal to help the victims heal.  The press conference will also demand that the New York State legislature enact laws allowing childhood sexual abuse victims to gain access to the courts in a fair and just manner.

When
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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

Who
Boston Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, portrayed by Stanley Tucci in the Academy Award’s 2016 Best Picture, “Spotlight,”; Cecilia Springer, a childhood sexual abuse victim and ex-nun; Neal Gumpel, a childhood sexual abuse victim and Hollywood screenwriter; Dr. Robert M. Hoatson of Road to Recovery, Inc., advocate and sexual abuse victim as a young adult in five counties of New York State; Helen Gumpel, wife of Neal Gumpel; friends, and supporters

Why
New York State has one of the most restrictive statutes of limitations on the sexual abuse of children in the country, and the New York legislature is currently discussing ways to change that.  Attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston will stand with two of his clients, Cecilia Springer and Neal Gumpel, and discuss the injustice of the Sisters of St. Ursula in not reasonably settling credible claims of childhood sexual abuse by a nun, Sr. Mary Andrew, S.U., who was Cecilia Springer’s Principal at Notre Dame School in the 1940s.  Sister Mary Andrew, S.U., followed high school student Cecilia Springer up the school stairway from the lunchroom, grabbed her from behind, and hugged and kissed her.  Cecilia Springer suffers from the effects of that sexual abuse.

Attorney Garabedian will also stand with Neal E. Gumpel, who was invited by his brother to spend the weekend at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine in the 1970s.  Neal Gumpel was told when he arrived that he would be staying in the apartment of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, who was a professor of science at Maine Maritime Academy.  Fr. Roy Alan Drake plied Neal Gumpel with alcohol and sexually assaulted him during that weekend.  The Jesuits of the Northeast Province, based in Manhattan, have found Neal Gumpel’s story credible but refuse to reasonably settle his case. 

The press conference will demand that the Sisters of St. Ursula and the Society of Jesus Northeast Province (Jesuits) do the right thing, reasonably settle the two claims, and help the victims heal.

The press conference will also demand that the New York State legislature eliminate the statute of limitations regarding childhood sexual abuse and allow victims of childhood sexual abuse, whenever it occurred, to have their day in court.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-280
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – JUNE 4, 2016

SALESIANS OF DON BOSCO PRIESTS AND BROTHERS BREAK THEIR PROMISE TO HELP A CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM HEAL

Leaders of the Salesian Priests and Brothers have refused to reasonably settle a childhood sexual abuse claim against one of its priests, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, a serial pedophile, causing the victim, who was abused in Indiana, to be re-victimized

 Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a leader of the Salesian Fathers and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, NY, inaccurately told advocate Dr. Robert M. Hoatson during a recent demonstration at a New Jersey church that the Salesians were settling the claim from a Salesian seminary in Indiana, but there has been no reasonable settlement and no reasonable settlement talks

At the Don Bosco Prep graduation exercises in Ramsey, NJ, the Salesian Priests and Brothers will have another opportunity to keep their promise by announcing to the 2016 graduates and their guests that they intend to do the right thing and reasonably settle the credible sexual abuse claim from Indiana against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, a serial pedophile

What

A demonstration alerting high school graduates, their families, the general public, and the media that the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order of men, have refused to reasonably settle the credible claim of sexual abuse in Indiana by a man who was promised a timely and fair resolution.  Thus far, it has not happened.

When

Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm before the commencement exercises of Don Bosco Prep, Ramsey, New Jersey which begin at 5:00 pm

Where

On the public sidewalk across from the main entrance of Don Bosco Prep School, 492 North Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446

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

Several weeks ago, Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a member of the leadership team of the Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, approached Dr. Robert M. Hoatson at a demonstration outside Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Orange, NJ, and told him that there was no need for a demonstration outside that parish or any Salesian parish or school because the Salesians were in “settlement talks” with a man who was sexually abused as a child by a Salesian priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, in Indiana.  Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, and the Salesians have not fulfilled their promise by resolving the Indiana claim, and demonstrators will demand that the Salesian priests and brothers do what they promised

Contact

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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PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016 at NOON

PLEASE JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016 at NOON at Cadman Plaza Park in Brooklyn, NY for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Park to bring awareness to the “Child Victims Act” in New York State.  Road to Recovery, Inc. will have a banner there and you might want to look for it and walk with us!  You are welcome!

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Holding the Road to Recovery Banner and escorted by the NYC Police are

Victim/Survivor Sam Rivera (left) and Victim /Survivor Kirk Balay

 

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

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Franciscan leaders in Baker abuse case waive arraignments

 HOLLIDAYSBURG – All three priests charged in the Brother Stephen Baker child sexual abuse scandal waived their formal arraignments that were scheduled for Friday at Blair County Courthouse.

No actual in-court proceedings took place.

The Revs. Giles A. Schinelli, 73; Robert J. D’Aversa, 69; and Anthony M. Criscitelli, 62, face felony charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children. Earlier, in March, they pleaded not guilty during a preliminary arraignment and each were set free on $75,000 unsecured, supervised bail by Blair County Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner.

They were then held over for trial following a preliminary hearing.

“This was simply another step in the process,” Jeffrey Johnson, assistant press secretary for the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, wrote in an email.

“We expect the case will now enter a phase where pre-trial hearings are held and pre-trial motions are filed.”

The attorney general’s office alleges the former ministers provincial of the Third Order Regular, Province of the Immaculate Conception gave Baker assignments in which he was around children – or could have potentially had access to children – even though allegations of child sexual abuse had been made against the friar.

Baker formally served at what was then called Bishop McCort High School from 1992 until 2000 and maintained unofficial access afterward, a time period during which he is alleged to have sexually abused maybe more than 100 children.

Baker was a monster, and I think the TORs knew it,” Bob Hoatson, a former priest and co-founder of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit organization that supports abuse victims, said during a telephone interview.

Hoatson continued: “It’s just appalling that men who were making the decisions were doing it for the protection of the order and the man and not the children who were suffering.”

Criscitelli’s attorney, James Kraus, respectfully declined to comment on the matter. Lawyers representing Schinelli and D’Aversa did not immediately respond to requests for interviews.

The next scheduled formal step in the process is a preliminary conference on June 27.

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Kirk Balay a Client of Road to Recovery

News Article from the DAILY NEWS NEW YORK

Former student claims ‘monster’ abused him in Bronx high school, supports Child Victims Act

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Kirk Balay, 45, holds a photo of his 18-year-old self as he stands in front of Cardinal Hayes High School on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx , where he only learned “blame, shame, fear and guilt.”

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He was the dean of discipline, and Kirk Balay remembers how he would always be lurking as students got off the train on their way to Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx.Brother John Justin O’Connor, a large, heavyset friar, was on the prowl for any behavior — shouting, cursing, horsing around — he deemed worthy of punishment.For Balay, who seemed to run afoul of O’Connor at least once a week throughout the fall of 1985 and into 1986, discipline often consisted of being sexually and physically abused.Sometimes O’Connor had him stand facing a classroom wall for two or three hours with two dozen other disciplined students, Balay said.Child Victims Act is gaining bipartisan support in AlbanyMore frequently, he would bring Balay to his office, where he would beat and molest him.“It started out with him groping my buttocks as he paddled me and it evolved into him trying to rip my clothes off as he fondled himself,” said Balay, 45, who claims he first received “jug” — “justice under God” — from O’Connor about three weeks into his freshman year.“He terrorized me. I would go to school sweating and panicking every day. The only thing I learned in that institution was blame, shame, fear and guilt.”Balay said he received about $50,000 from the Irish Christian Brothers, O’Connor’s order, after it filed for bankruptcy in 2011 in the wake of sex and physical abuse allegations. The North American branch agreed to pay $16.5 million to Balay and more than 400 other men and women who say they were abused by members of the order.Dems challenge state Senators stalling child abuse victims bill

Balay also wants Cardinal Hayes and the Archdiocese of New York to answer for the abuse he suffered as a student, but he is unable to have his day in court because the state’s statute of limitations bars sexual abuse victims from pursuing civil litigation or criminal charges after their 23rd birthday.

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Brother John Justin O’Connor (left), the dean of discipline at Cardinal Hayes High School, “terrorized” Balay through abuse, he claims. Father John O’Keefe (right), the school’s former guidance counselor, protected O’Connor. Balay believes that he too was an abuser.

He said he supports passage of the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and open a one-year window for past victims to file lawsuits against predators and the institutions that protect them.

“It is not fair that this monster is free and able to continue doing what he did to me and others,” Balay said. “What would help me move forward is making Cardinal Hayes and this terrorist O’Connor accountable for destroying people’s lives.”

Balay said he has struggled with depression, anxiety and intimacy issues as a result of his sexual abuse. He began drinking vodka and orange juice in high school to numb himself.

Balay said he told his mother about the abuse. His mother met with a Cardinal Hayes guidance counselor, Father John O’Keefe.

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“My mother says O’Keefe told her that I and other students who had accused O’Connor of abuse were liars and con artists — and my mother believed him,” Balay said. “When your own parents don’t believe you, where do you go?”

Balay says he now believes O’Keefe was covering up for O’Connor because he, too, was a sexual predator. Timothy Cardinal Dolan suspended O’Keefe, then the pastor of St. Margaret of Antioch in Pearl River, Rockland County, in December after a lawyer representing a man who says the priest abused him in the early 1980s contacted the archdiocese.

O’Connor and O’Keefe could not be reached for comment. An attorney for the Irish Christian Brothers, Anthony Dougherty, did not return several calls from the Daily News.

Cardinal Hayes referred The News to archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling, who said church officials were aware of the allegations about O’Connor and had reported them to the prosecutors.

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The News featured alleged victims' stories and efforts to stop the passage of the Child Victims Act on the cover of its May 25 edition.

The News featured alleged victims’ stories and efforts to stop the passage of the Child Victims Act on the cover of its May 25 edition.

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Another former Cardinal Hayes student who requested anonymity told The News he witnessed O’Connor beat and molest Balay — and says the brother sexually abused him, too.

Denise Ciarlo, the twin sister of another Balay classmate, said to The News that her brother told her that he had been abused by O’Connor.

“It was an open wound in his life,” Ciarlo said of her twin, Ernie Sierra, who died last year.

O’Connor left the school, Balay said, under mysterious circumstances during his sophomore year. Officials announced over the school intercom that he had gone to a “fat farm,” Balay said.

Cardinal Hayes has been dogged by sex scandals in recent years. Father Robert Harrison, a Franciscan priest who taught religion at the school since 1989, was fired in December 2014 after he admitted he had abused minors in the 1970s and 1980s.

Dean of Discipline James West, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment in 2009 after being charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse. Hayes’ former principal, Christopher Keogan, was forced out in 2008 for having inappropriate images on his computer. A former Spanish teacher pleaded guilty to having sex with a 16-year-old student in 2003.

“It is a sick institution,” Balay said. “My soul was murdered at Cardinal Hayes. O’Connor started it with his abuse. O’Keefe finished it by saying I was a liar and creating distrust between my mother and I.”

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 27, 2016

 CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN IS GIVING POOR MORAL EXAMPLE TO THE 14 MEN WHOM HE WILL ORDAIN TO THE PRIESTHOOD BY CONTINUING TO LOBBY AGAINST LEGISLATION THAT WILL GIVE CHILDHOOD VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HOLD THEIR ABUSERS AND ENABLERS ACCOUNTABLE

Cardinal Timothy Dolan will ordain 14 more men to the priesthood on May 28, 2016.  How can the newly ordained priests expect to treat childhood victims of sexual abuse with compassion and fairness when their supervisor, Cardinal Dolan, continues by poor example to fight legislation that will give those victims their day in court? 

Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York should expect better example from Cardinal Dolan by demanding that he stop fighting against legislation in New York State that will give childhood sexual abuse victims a pathway to healing and justice.

What

A public demonstration alerting Catholics, the general public, and the media about Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s poor example to newly ordained priests and Catholics of the Archdiocese of New York State through his opposition to the Child Victims Act of New York State

When

Saturday, May 28, 2016 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm (during and at the end of the ordination of 14 men to the priesthood which begins at 9:30 am)

Where

On the public sidewalk outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at East 50th Street, Manhattan

Who

Victim/survivors of sexual abuse, including members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, led by its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., who is a victim/survivor of multiple acts of sexual abuse in five counties of New York State

Why

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has led and continues to lead the Catholic Church’s fight in New York State against the Child Victims Act which would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to have their day in court.  Cardinal Dolan and his New York State bishop-colleagues have poured millions of parishioners’ dollars into an all-out effort to prevent the healing of thousands of innocent victims of sexual abuse.  Recently, at a rally for farm workers’ rights, Dolan refused to even comment on New York State legislation that would change one of the worst statute of limitations laws in the country that continues to bar victims from justice and healing.  Cardinal Dolan will ordain 14 men to the priesthood, and demonstrators will call on Cardinal Dolan to lead by example and do the right thing by supporting the Child Victims Act in New York State which will allow childhood sexual abuse victims to be heard and heal.

Contact

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc., 862-368-2800

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 24, 2016

FORDHAM PREP SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT DEMONSTRATION

Neal E. Gumpel is a childhood clergy sexual abuse victim of Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Jesuit priest who taught at Fordham Prep in the Bronx, New York, and Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

At Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, Fr. Roy Alan Drake presented himself as a Jesuit priest while teaching science courses there.  He sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, a Port Chester, New York, a minor child, who was visiting his brother, a student at Maine Maritime Academy at that time

The Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) which supervises Jesuit priests at Fordham Prep School and Maine Maritime Academy where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was teaching at the time that he sexually abused Neal E. Gumpel, has acknowledged that Neal E. Gumpel was sexually abused by Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, in Maine but, refuse to bear responsibility for Fr. Roy Alan Drake’s actions, will not settle and validate Neal Gumpel’s claim, and help Neal Gumpel heal

 What

A demonstration and leafleting alerting the Fordham Prep community, the general public, and the media that the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and Fordham Prep School refuse to assist a clergy sexual abuse victim of one its priests, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, a deceased Fordham Prep School teacher

When

Wednesday afternoon, May 25, 2016 from 2:30 PM until 4:30 PM, at the commencement exercises of Fordham Prep School at the Rose Hill Gymnasium on the Fordham University campus

Where

On the public median outside the main gates of Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus, Bronx, NY, near 400 Southern Boulevard (across from the New York Botanical Garden entrance)

 Who

Advocates and supporters of Neal E. Gumpel, including 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

Neal E. Gumpel is a childhood sexual abuse victim of deceased Jesuit priest, Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine, where Fr. Roy Alan Drake, SJ, was teaching and presenting himself as a priest at all times.  Fordham Prep School and the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), who have found Neal E. Gumpel’s story of childhood sexual abuse credible, refuse to validate and settle his claim and help him heal.  Demonstrators will distribute copies of a Portland Press Herald article about the sexual abuse allegations of Neal E. Gumpel and demand that Fordham Prep School and the Society of Jesus help Neal E. Gumpel heal by settling his claim responsibly, fairly, and justly.

Contacts

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

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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MEDIA RELEASE – MAY 17, 2016

Boston Archdiocesan senior priest, Fr. Arnold E. Kelley, currently in residence at All Saints Parish, Haverhill, MA, is accused of sexually abusing a minor child from approximately 1973-1976 according to a lawsuit filed recently in Essex County, Superior Court, Salem, MA

“John Doe” of Massachusetts has accused Fr. Arnold E. Kelley of sexually abusing him from approximately 1973-1976 when he was approximately 10-13 years of age at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA

 What

A press conference alerting parishioners, the general public, and the media of the recent filing of a lawsuit in Essex County, Superior Court, Salem, MA, against Fr. Arnold E. Kelley by a man who claims to have been sexually abused as a minor child for approximately three years by Fr. Arnold E. Kelley at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Jamaica Plain, MA

When

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

Where

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

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, former Catholic priest Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why

As early as 1997, the Archdiocese of Boston was made aware of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor child by Fr. Arnold E. Kelley at St. Rita’ s Parish in Lowell, MA.  It is believed that Fr. Arnold E. Kelley arrived at St. Rita’s Parish in approximately 1980.  Recently, a man came forward to report that he was sexually abused as a minor child from approximately 1973-1976 when he was approximately 10-13 years of age by Fr. Arnold E. Kelley at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Jamaica Plain, MA.  Attorney Mitchell Garabedian recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of this man in Essex County Superior Court in Salem, MA, against Fr. Arnold E. Kelley for sexual abuse.  “John Doe” was active in St. Thomas Aquinas Parish as a parishioner, band member, and religious education student.  “John Doe” alleges that he was sexually abused as a minor child by Fr. Arnold E. Kelley at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish School and St. Thomas Aquinas High School.  Demonstrators will demand that Fr. Arnold E. Kelley be recognized by Cardinal O’Malley as a sexual predator, and that John Doe’s claim be validated and settled fairly by the Archdiocese of Boston.

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

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News Article from

theguardian

US Catholic church has spent millions fighting clergy sex abuse accountability

Lobbying funds have gone towards opposing bills that would extend statutes of limitations for child sex abuse cases or grant temporary windows to take action

Since 2007, the New York bishops’ lobbying arms have poured more than $1.1m into ‘issues associated with timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses’, nearly half of their total compensation for lobbyists in that period.
Since 2007, the New York bishops’ lobbying arms have poured more than $1.1m into ‘issues associated with timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses’. Photograph: NurPhoto/Rex Shutterstock

The US Catholic church has poured millions of dollars over the past decade into opposing accountability measures for victims of clergy sex abuse, according to state lobbying disclosures.

The lobbying funds have gone toward opposing bills in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland that would extend statutes of limitations for child sex abuse cases or grant temporary civil windows for victims whose opportunities for civil action have already passed.

In light of major child sex abuse scandals from Jerry Sandusky to Dennis Hastert, lawmakers nationwide are pushing to give victims other avenues to sue. In Pennsylvania, house representative Mark Rozzi, who was abused as a child by a Catholic priest, has led a campaign to extend the age before which child abuse victims can bring on cases. In New York, assemblywoman Margaret Markey is pushing to grant a temporary one-year window for those whose statute of limitations has already expired.

“Many child sex abuse cases are done gradually, under the guise of love or sex education, and so what happens is most victims don’t even realize until literally decades later,” said David Clohessy, a director with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “The overwhelming majority of us rationalize it. That’s how we as survivors cope with this stunning betrayal. We cope with it by denying and minimizing it.”

Since 2007, the New York bishops’ lobbying arms have poured more than $1.1m into “issues associated with timelines for commencing certain civil actions related to sex offenses”, nearly half of their total compensation for lobbyists in that period. Another nearly $700,000 also went towards lobbying for a package of church priorities, including but not limited to influencing the climate on “statute of limitations” legislation.

During this same time period, bishops’ conferences spent millions on lobbyists in states where the church is actively opposing similar legislative proposals. Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey spent more than $5.2m, $1.5m and $435,000 respectively on top lobbyists in the state capitols. Opposition efforts ultimately thwarted statute of limitations reform efforts in those states.

These states did not provide breakdowns of how much of that money was spent opposing these particular bills. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference said in a statement: “The list of issues for which we advocate is long – services for the poor, education, access to healthcare especially for the poor, elderly and children, religious liberty, immigration, pro-life issues, death penalty, just to name a few.”

Under existing law, child victims sexually abused in New York have until the age of 23 to press civil charges, but those abused across the border in Connecticut have until the age of 48. In Maryland and Pennsylvania, victims cannot enter into civil suits after turning 25 or 30 respectively, but across the border in Delaware they can do so at any age.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests hold a press conference in Chicago.
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Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests hold a press conference in Chicago. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images

“New York is trying to move into the 21st century,” explains Brad Hoylman, a New York state senator sponsoring reform legislation. “How do we expect a 23-year-old to have the wherewithal to take on their church or youth group?”
Reformers have faced staunch opposition from business advocacy groups, the insurance industry, and, most publicly, the Catholic church.

In states such as Pennsylvania and New York, bishops’ organizations make their influence felt particularly among state Republicans, wary of crossing an institution that mobilizes significant pro-life constituencies and channels diocesan revenues into robust lobbying efforts.
“The Republican-dominated Senate has always been the stumbling block for final passage,” said Mike Armstrong, communications director for Markey. “They have blocked even committee consideration of the bill over the past few years.”

Representatives of the church say that the proposals they are opposing go too far in both the time window and the number of institutions they allow individuals to sue.

Dennis Poust of the New York State Catholic Conference said: “While it is fair to argue that we should extend the statute of limitations going forward to give victims more time to sue, a wide-open ‘window’ allowing claims that are decades old is fundamentally unjust because the claims are impossible to defend.” Poust added that New York’s bishops support a law that would extend the statute of limitations cut-off date to the age of 28.

Amy Hill of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference worried about protecting other institutions from lawsuits. “We continue to have serious concerns about retroactively extending the civil statute of limitations against non-profit and private institutions, allowing lawsuits for cases involving matters that occurred decades ago,” she said. “In other states, such action has led to the closure of parishes, schools, and vital social service ministries.”

But Hoylman said that while these institutions “can take care of themselves”, victims don’t have the same resources. “Who is looking after these survivors who have had years of deeply seeded personal conflicts over a crime they’re not responsible for?”

Marci Hamilton, a professor at Cardozo Law School, says fears about unjust lawsuits are overblown. ‘“Reviving expired statute of limitations has identified hundreds of hidden predators across the United States, but the number of cases has been modest. Out of a population of 35 million in California, only 1,150 claims were filed and in Delaware 1,175 claims were filed but 1,000 of those claims were against a single pediatrician, Dr Earl Bradley … False claims are a fantasy issue made up by church and insurance lobbyists.”
As many as 100,000 US children may have suffered clerical sex abuse, according to an estimate by insurance experts presented at a 2012 Vatican conference. Nonetheless, only 4,300 members of the US Catholic clergy have ever been accused of sexual assault, and only about 300 have ever been convicted.
In past few years, the church has helped shoot down similar reform attempts in New Jersey, Colorado and Maryland. And over the past decade, bishops have opposed similar reform efforts in places such as Iowa, Virginia and Washington DC.

Many legal advocates and survivor groups have been particularly disappointed with the bishops’ lobbying efforts given the new era of reform promised by Pope Francis. “The pope announced last June he would be setting up a tribunal to investigate bishops who protected predators, but the tribunal reportedly hasn’t even been created yet,” says Anne Barrett Doyle of the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org.

In March, new revelations of abuse delivered fresh momentum for reform in Pennsylvania.

A Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed that as many as 50 church officials in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown had for five decades helped cover up the abuse of hundreds of children in collusion with police and county officials. In April, following some of the grand jury’s recommendations, the Pennsylvania state house overwhelmingly passed an extensive reform bill, abolishing the criminal statute of limitations for child sex abuse cases and permitting child sexual abuse victims as old as 50 to file civil claims.

Despite the momentum stemming from the scandal, local observers expect the church will continue to lobby vehemently against the bill in the state senate.

“If the bishops continue to win,” says Clohessy, the survivors network director, many victims will “behave in destructive ways because they were violated as kids … And we as society tell them ‘tough shit’.”

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News Article from Post-Gazette.com

Three Franciscan priests ordered to stand trial in sex abuse case

This combination of file photos shows Giles Schinelli, left, Anthony Criscitelli, center, and Robert D’Aversa, when they were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy at a district magistrate in Hollidaysburg, Pa.

 

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — Hours of testimony and legal jousting led to a quick conclusion Wednesday afternoon when a judge ordered three Franciscan priests to stand trial on charges of conspiracy and endangering the welfare of children for their oversight of a sexually abusive friar.

Blair County District Judge Paula Aigner made the ruling without elaborating after a prosecutor argued that the three put hundreds of children in harm’s way over nearly two decades by assigning the late Brother Stephen Baker to work among them.

“The safety of children was on the line,” Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye said during closing arguments. The friar’s supervisors responded as a “bureaucracy,” he said, informing their insurance company but not Baker’s supervisors or parents at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown. They decided “how much risk was appropriate to expose other people’s children to,” he said.

Defense lawyers countered that the priests knew little of what is now known about Baker’s attacks — and that they acted responsibly on what they knew.

“It’s easy to Monday-morning quarterback and say Baker was a disgusting man,” said Charles Porter, representing the Very Rev. Giles Schinelli. But, he said, “there is no evidence of any conspiracy.”

But Mr. Porter said afterward he wasn’t surprised by the decision because the burden of proof to send a case to trial is lower than for a conviction, which would require proof beyond reasonable doubt.

The hearing took place at Blair County Courthouse. Judge Aigner set a June 3 arraignment date. She also rejected motions to dismiss the cases under the statute of limitations.

All three of the defendants are former ministers provincial for the Franciscan Friars, Third Order Regulars of the Immaculate Conception Province, based here in Hollidaysburg. In addition to Father Schinelli (who led the order from 1986 to 1994), the other defendants are the Very Revs. Robert J. D’Aversa (1994-2002) and Anthony Criscitelli (2002-2010).

They sat wordlessly behind their attorneys during the proceedings, dressed in black clerical garb.

Baker committed suicide in January 2013 at the Hollidaysburg monastery when the enormity of his offenses became publicly known. Authorities now say he molested more than 100 children in Johnstown and elsewhere, but this case hinges on what his supervisors knew and when they knew it.

Attorneys for the three Franciscans aggressively cross-examined the investigators who testified in the case. The lawyers argued there is no evidence among the 8,000 pages of internal Franciscan documents seized by authorities that show the three ever sat down together to talk about what they knew of Baker’s assaults and how to handle him.

Special Agent Jessica Eger of the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation maintained that Father Schinelli knew of an allegation against Baker in the early 1990s, reported it to the province’s insurance company, but never told officials at Bishop McCort.

Mr. Porter said the allegation was vague and that Father Schinelli referred Baker to a mental health clinic, but that the friar passed the clinic’s psychological evaluation, which found no evidence of sexually deviant tendencies.

Still, Mr. Dye said no parents, aware of such facts, would have consented to having their child taught by Baker if they had known what his superiors knew.

Father Schinelli assigned Baker to work as religion teacher at Bishop McCort beginning in 1992.

Baker also volunteered as an athletic trainer and molested the athletes he was ostensibly helping with stretching, equipment fitting and therapy.

Baker often used such occasions to grope the players’ private parts and digitally penetrate them anally, according to a grand jury report released in March. A former student testified earlier this month that Baker molested him so many times it came to seem normal and that many fellow students talked of similar experiences.

Retired Bishop McCort High School Principal William Rushin testified that no one told him when he hired Baker in 1992 of any allegation against him, and that he received a positive reference from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School near Youngstown, Ohio — where Baker taught and where victims later came forward.

Mr. Rushin said he never hired any staff member with such an allegation against him.

Father D’Aversa removed Baker from the school in 2000 after another allegation surfaced from an earlier Baker assignment in Minnesota. But Father D’Aversa appointed him as vocations director, giving him regular access to children, including on overnight retreats.

Robert Ridge, representing Father D’Aversa, argued that his client did put numerous restrictions on him.

Even after concerns grow and Father D’Aversa removed Baker from that assignment, Baker continued to work at the Friar Shop — a gift store at the Altoona Mall — and to volunteer at St. Clare of Assisi Church in Johnstown.

“That’s endangering children in the mall,” testified Special Agent Eger. But attorney James Kraus, representing Father Criscitelli, disputed the idea that “you are endangering children by allowing someone to go in public.”

Ms. Eger also said that even though Father Criscitelli put Baker on a “safety plan,” the friar’s supervisor in Hollidaysburg went on a sabbatical and there is no evidence anyone else was assigned to mind him. Father Criscitelli himself was working in Minnesota.

The three priests belong to a tiny group — also consisting of a Missouri bishop and a Philadelphia monsignor — who have ever been charged with covering up for an abuser.

Afterward, a victim’s advocate watching the court proceedings said he was “thrilled” with the judge’s ruling.

“One of the things victims have been waiting for is for the criminal courts to be able to judge these matters,” said Robert Hoatson, a former priest and director of the New Jersey victim support group Road to Recovery.

Peter Smith: petersmith@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1416

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News Article from the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Child sex abuse victim’s one-man fight for justice

Friday, April 22, 2016, 8:11 PM

“If a child is murdered, there’s no statute of limitations on that,” said Robert Hoatson (r.), of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit group that is supporting Gumpel and other child sex abuse victims.

A Connecticut screenwriter who says he was preyed upon by a notorious Jesuit priest brought his campaign for justice to the Upper East Side Friday.

Neil Gumpel called for an end to the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases in a one-man demonstration outside the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Ave.

“It just sickens me they’re allowed to flaunt this statute of limitations stuff,” said Gumpel, 58, who is seeking an official apology from the Jesuits.

LAWMAKERS PUSH FOR STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ROBBING CHILD SEX ABUSE VICTIMS

“The night that happened to me, I as a person was pretty much murdered.”

Gumpel says he was beaten, strangled and raped by the Rev. Roy Drake during a college tour at the Maine Maritime Academy in 1974.

Neil Gumpel called for an end to the statute of limitations in child sex abuse cases in a one-man demonstration outside the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Ave.

The attack sent Gumpel into a downward spiral of alcohol abuse and depression.

“When you’ve been raped like that and nobody believes you, it’s like poison,” Gumpel said. “It eats away at you. It’s destroyed our family to this day.”

DEMS TO PUSH BILL TO HELP CHILD SEX ABUSE VICS SEEK JUSTICE

Drake died in 2008, three years after he was accused of raping a 13-year-old boy in 1968 while working as a teacher at Fordham Prep.

Victims of sex abuse have until their 23rd birthday to seek civil or criminal action in New York courts — and until their 21st birthday to pursue a civil claim in federal court.

In New York, a pair of bills seek to eliminate the statute of limitations on the state level.

And Sen. Chuck Schumer has added a provision to his Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016 that would extend the statute of limitations in federal civil cases for victims of sexual abuse, sex trafficking and other crimes related to child pornography.

“If a child is murdered, there’s no statute of limitations on that,” said Robert Hoatson, of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit group that is supporting Gumpel and other child sex abuse victims.

“Why would you put a statute of limitations on if a child’s soul is murdered?”

Calls to the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus were not returned.

rschapiro@nydailynews.com

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JESUITS OF THE NORTHEAST PROVINCE ARE RE-VICTIMIZING A CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM
 
Media Release – April 22, 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
Friday, April 22, 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
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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RESPONSE TO THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD ON

The Catholic Church’s defiance and obstruction on child sex abuse

To the Editors of the Washington Post:

On behalf of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, I want to thank the Editorial Board of the Washington Post for its “on-target,” “on-point” editorial today (April 20, 2016) regarding Pope Francis and his handling of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and, in particular, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  You may recall receiving a copy of the attached letter authored primarily by Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in January, 2016, and signed by several members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee.

The attached letter of January 4, 2016, requests the “Vatican” to commence a thorough investigation of the Bishops of the United States regarding their handling (or mishandling) of the clergy sexual abuse scandal.  The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee has not received a response to our request to this day.

The Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee thanks the Washington Post Editorial Board for keeping this issue in the “spotlight.”

Gratefully,

Robert  M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee Member

10 Gaston Street, Apt. 8-S

West Orange, NJ 07052

862-368-2800

THE WASHINGTON POST

The Post’s View

The Catholic Church’s defiance and obstruction on child sex abuse

Editorial Board

 April 19 at 6:38 PM

IN THREE years at the helm of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has been a source of inspiration for millions of faithful around the world. In one critical respect, however, he has fallen short of his own promise: to come fully to terms with decades of child sex abuse by clergymen and the institutional cover granted to them by bishops and cardinals.

Francis has pledged “the zealous vigilance of the Church to protect children and the promise of accountability for all.” Yet there has been scant accountability, particularly for bishops. Too often, the church’s stance has been defiance and obstruction.

In his trip to the United States in the fall, Francis told victims that “words cannot fully express my sorrow for the abuse you suffered.” Yet his initiative to establish a Vatican tribunal to judge bishops who enabled or ignored pedophile priests has come to naught. Not a single bishop has been called to account by the tribunal, which itself remains more notional than real.

Meanwhile, church officials have fought bills in state legislatures across the United States that would allow thousands of abuse victims to seek justice in court. The legislation would loosen deadlines limiting when survivors can bring lawsuits against abusers or their superiors who turned a blind eye. Many victims, emotionally damaged by the abuse they have suffered, do not speak until years after they were victimized; by then, in many states, it is too late for them to force priests and other abusers to account in court.

Eight states have lifted such deadlines, known as statutes of limitations, for victims who are sexually abused as minors. Seven states have gone further, enacting measures allowing past victims — not just current and future ones — to file lawsuits in a finite period of time, generally a two- or three-year window.

 In many more states, however, the bishops and their staffs have successfully killed such bills, arguing that it would be unfair to subject the church to lawsuits in which memories and evidence are degraded by the passage of time. Quietly, they also say the church, which has suffered an estimated $3 billion hit in settlements and other costs related to clergy sex abuse scandals nationwide, can ill afford further financial exposure.

A typical case is Maryland, where bills to extend the statute of limitations until the alleged victim turns 38 have failed even to come to a vote, owing to opposition from House of Delegates Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph F. Vallario Jr. (D-Prince George’s) and the Catholic Church, among others.

In his trip to the United States, Pope Francis praised bishops for what he called their “generous commitment to bring healing to victims” and he expressed sympathy for “how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you.” Yet by its actions, the church’s “commitment to bring healing” has seemed far from generous. And it seemed perverse to address the bishops’ “pain” when the real suffering has been borne by children.

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News Article from boston.com

Prep schools wrestle with sex abuse accusations against teachers

 Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H.

Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H. – Jim Cole / AP

BOSTON — Phillips Exeter Academy, an elite New Hampshire boarding school whose prominent graduates include Daniel Webster and Mark Zuckerberg, disclosed last month that it had forced out a popular teacher in 2011 because of sexual misconduct in the 1970s and ‘80s.

The school’s delayed announcement — officials said they had been protecting the victims’ privacy — brought forth allegations against other employees. And on Wednesday, Exeter announced that it had fired a second teacher who had admitted to sexual encounters with a student more than two decades ago.

The revelations at Exeter are the latest to rock the insular, privileged world of U.S. prep schools. In the past decade, sex abuse allegations have tarnished a litany of top private schools, including Horace Mann in New York City, Deerfield Academy in western Massachusetts and the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Since December, more than 40 alumni of St. George’s School, an elite boarding school in Rhode Island, have reported several cases of molestation and rape, mostly in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Sexual misconduct is, of course, not limited to select private schools. Educators say that it occurs with alarming frequency across all types of educational institutions.

But because boarding schools are usually high-profile institutions with powerful alumni, they receive intense public scrutiny when misconduct occurs on their manicured campuses. The rash of recent allegations and bad publicity has started to yield changes, some experts said, with some schools doing more now to try to prevent sexual abuse and be more receptive to students who report it.

A 2004 analysis of the scant research on sex abuse estimated that 9.6 percent of students in public schools experience some form of educator sexual misconduct, ranging from offensive comments to rape, between kindergarten and 12th grade.

There appears to be no comparable data available about boarding schools, said Peter W. Upham, executive director of the Association of Boarding Schools, who calls sexual abuse by educators “a national scourge.”

Some researchers and lawyers involved with abuse cases say that while very few teachers take sexual advantage of students, some aspects of boarding school life can be conducive to abuse.

“Boarding schools are fertile ground for predatory behavior, mostly because you’re with the kids all the time,” said Eric MacLeish, a lawyer representing several alumni who say they were sexually abused at St. George’s.

“It is accepted that teachers will get very, very close to students as they become mentors,” he said. “They work out together, eat together, take trips together, go to Europe together with the school choir. Many live on campus and are dorm parents.”

Hawk Cramer, 48, an elementary school principal in Seattle who said he was molested by a faculty member at St. George’s when he was a student there in the early 1980s, agreed that the unfettered access to students at boarding schools can allow a pedophile to groom victims.

“You can call kids into your home, you can be alone with them, and kids think you have control over their future,” he said.

And students are loath to report the abuse, at least in real time. “Students are embarrassed and under huge pressure to perform,” Cramer said. “They don’t want anyone to think they aren’t measuring up or that they’re a victim.”

Dr. Eli Newberger, a Boston pediatrician and specialist in child protection, said these are places “where, for the most part, children were treated extremely well, with very high expectations for career accomplishment.” As such, he said, abuse in such rarefied settings “may take decades to overcome.”

Until recently, he and others said, the schools were reluctant to acknowledge bad behavior, and victims had little confidence that their complaints would be taken seriously.

Now, with so many cases coming to light, educators and analysts said that the schools were making greater efforts to prevent misconduct from occurring, and to be more transparent in their reporting when it did.

“I do think a lot of schools are grappling now in a way they haven’t before with what are the best practices in terms of providing safety and enough prevention, training and education,” said David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire.

He noted that by many measures, reports of current child sexual abuse, at least in public schools, were going down. For example, the Minnesota Student Survey, conducted every three years, said that in 2013, less than 6 percent of ninth-graders reported being touched or forced to touch an adult sexually. This was a new low, down from 13 percent in 1992, the first year of the study.

As for the boarding schools, many are conducting more rigorous background checks when hiring staff and are training employees to recognize grooming behaviors among adults. They are also teaching students to identify when classmates seem under stress and when adults might be crossing a boundary.

A number of schools have developed anonymous tip lines and set aside confidential areas where students can air their concerns.

“Now, we have schools sending out pre-emptive letters, even without any allegations, saying, ‘If you are ever harmed or abused, we’re here for you,’” Upham said.

He and others attributed the changes in part to liability concerns stemming from the explosive Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at Penn State in 2011. Sandusky, a coach who was convicted of abusing 10 boys over 15 years, has cost the university more than $92 million in settlement costs.

More recently, the Oscar-winning movie “Spotlight,” an account of The Boston Globe’s exposé of sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests and the subsequent cover-up, may be spurring a new round of reporting.

“’Spotlight’ has given survivors the permission to come forward now because they see people siding with them and they see institutions being held accountable,” said Robert M. Hoatson, a former Catholic priest based in Livingston, New Jersey, and co-founder of Road to Recovery, an organization for survivors of sexual abuse.

The Sandusky revelations appear to have been a motivating factor behind the report of sexual abuse at Exeter. According to police documents obtained by The Associated Press through a records request, an Exeter teacher cited the Sandusky case when she reported in 2011 that Rick Schubart, a popular history teacher, had been sexually involved with a student in the 1970s.

The teacher, who had also been a student at Exeter at that time, said that a classmate had told her she had had sex with Schubart, according to The AP. The classmate confirmed to the school that she had had a relationship with Schubart during her senior year in 1977, when she was 18, but said it was consensual. Schubart was forced to resign, and the school said at the time that he left for personal reasons.

In 2015, a 1982 graduate reported that Schubart had sexually abused her when she was 17. Schubart told police it was consensual, The AP said, but the woman’s lawyer told the school she had to have extensive therapy and was seeking financial compensation.

That second report prompted the school to strip Schubart of his emeritus status last year and bar him from campus. Schubart did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

On March 30, school officials disclosed the situation to students, parents and alumni, saying Schubart had been forced out after admitting to misconduct.

The revelations shook the Exeter community and unleashed additional charges of sexual misconduct, which led to the firing last week of a second teacher, Steve Lewis, who admitted recently to abuse that happened decades ago, the school said. The police said this was the only report they received against a current teacher. Attempts to reach Lewis on Sunday were unsuccessful.

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 13, 2016

Three criminally indicted Third Order Regular Franciscan priests, Rev. Giles A Schinelli, TOR, Rev. Robert D’Aversa, TOR, and Rev. Anthony M. Criscitelli, TOR, all of whom were major superiors and supervisors of their religious order based at St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg, PA, will face a Pennsylvania judge at the first hearing on their cases of child endangerment on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 9:30am, in Blair County Courthouse, Hollidaysburg, PA

 After dozens of children were sexually abused by Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, over the course of several decades, after years of cover-up and mismanagement of allegations of sexual abuse against Br. Stephen Baker and possibly other Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars by major superiors and supervisors of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, and after two suicides in the Monastery of St. Bernardine, it is time for the Third Order Regular Franciscan Friars of St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg, PA, to admit their guilt, apologize to their victims and families, work with criminal authorities, and agree to be monitored by a truly independent agency

 What

A press conference alerting Catholics of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, residents of the Altoona-Johnstown area, the media, and general public that it is time for the Third Order Regular Franciscans of St. Bernardine Monastery, Hollidaysburg, PA to “come clean” in every way regarding the sexual abuse of children by members of their monastery and those who enabled it.

When

Thursday, April 14, 2016 after the court hearing

Where

On the public sidewalk outside the Blair County Courthouse, 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, PA

Who

Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; and, Barbara Aponte from Poland, Ohio, and mother of Br. Stephen Baker suicide victim Luke Bradesku from John F. Kennedy High School, Warren, Ohio

Why

Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, a deceased member of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of Hollidaysburg, PA, was allowed for decades to sexually abuse minor children while his superiors and supervisors looked the other way and enabled his sexually abusive behavior to continue in Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, at least.  Dozens of young lives and their families’ lives were forever altered by Br. Baker’s sexual abuse, and at least one of Br.  Baker’s victims, Luke Bradesku, took his own life as a result of the sexual abuse he experienced.  Frs. Schinelli, D’Aversa, and Criscitelli were Br. Baker’s major superiors and supervisors for decades and continued to assign him to Catholic schools and parishes despite knowing about his sexual abuse of children.  Demonstrators will call on the Third Order Regular Franciscans to:  admit their guilt, apologize to their victims and families, work with criminal authorities, and agree to be monitored by a truly independent agency.

Contact

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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WWLP.com

Victim of child abuse seeks civil recourse after alleged abusers’ death

The bill was filed by Rep. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen

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Sex abuse victim advocates plan protest at Fenway

The group says the Red Sox refuse to help victims of a deceased clubhouse manager.

The Associated press

BOSTON — An organization that says it advocates for sexual abuse victims of a deceased former Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager has planned a demonstration outside Fenway Park on Monday ahead of the team’s home opener against the Baltimore Orioles.

Road to Recovery says the Red Sox and Major League Baseball are refusing to help more than 20 victims of Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005. Fitzpatrick had pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery of a child. He was fired in 1991 after he was first charged.

In 2003, the Red Sox settled a lawsuit with seven men who said Fitzpatrick molested them. The team says Fitzpatrick’s actions were “abhorrent,” but the organization is “unaware of any specifics regarding these particular claims.” The league has not responded to a request for comment.

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 10, 2016

 What:

A demonstration and leafleting alerting Red Sox fans, fans of baseball, and the general public of the refusal of the Red Sox organization and Major League Baseball to help more than 20 sexual abuse victims of a former Red Sox clubhouse manager heal.

 When:

Opening Day, April 11, 2016, from Noon until 2:00 PM

 Where:

On the public sidewalks at Kenmore Square, Boston, before the Red Sox home opener against

the Baltimore Orioles at 2:05 PM

 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 and advocate for more than 20 sexual abuse victims of former Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick

 Why:

THE BOSTON RED SOX AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL REFUSE TO HELP MORE THAN 20 CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIMS OF A FORMER BOSTON RED SOX EQUIPMENT AND CLUBHOUSE MANAGER 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 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 – roberthoatson@gmail.com

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MEDIA RELEASE – APRIL 7-8, 2016

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

Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a leader of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, NY, told advocate Dr. Robert M. Hoatson during a recent demonstration at a New Jersey church that the Salesians were settling the claim from a Salesian seminary in Indiana, but there has been no settlement and no settlement talks

At the “Will and Anthony” concert at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, the Salesian Priests and Brothers will have another opportunity to keep their promise by announcing to concert-goers that they intend to settle the credible sexual abuse claim from Indiana against Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB

What

A demonstration alerting high school parents, the media, concert-goers and the general public that the Salesians of Don Bosco, a religious order of men, have refused to settle the credible claim of sexual abuse in Indiana by a man who was promised a timely and fair resolution.  Thus far, it has not happened.

When

Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM before the “Will and Anthony” concert

Where

On the public sidewalk across from the main entrance of Don Bosco Preparatory School, 492 North Franklin Turnpike, Ramsey, New Jersey 07446

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, former Archdiocese of Newark priest, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why

A few weeks ago, Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a member of the leadership team of the Salesian Priests and Brothers of Don Bosco, approached Dr. Robert M. Hoatson at a demonstration at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Orange, NJ, and told him that there was no need for a demonstration outside Our Lady of the Valley Church or any Salesian parish or school (like Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ) because the Salesians were “in settlement talks” with two men who were sexually abused, one by Br. George Sheehan, SDB, and the other by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB.  Fr. Timothy Zak was incorrect.  While the sexual abuse victim of Br. George Sheehan received a settlement, the sexual abuse victim of Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, did not and has not received a settlement yet.  No settlement talks have taken place in months, and no settlement has been reached.  Demonstrators will demand that the Salesian Priests and Brothers do what they promised.

Contacts

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

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COURIER-POST

Camden Diocese settles abuse claims

Addressing bishops from around the world gathered in Philadelphia, Pope Francis said the stories of minors sexually abuse by clergy weigh heavy on his heart and mind. He said “God weeps” over their pain and called sexual abuse survivors “true herald

CAMDEN – The Diocese of Camden has made financial settlements to resolve claims of clergy sex abuse involving parish priests in the 1950s and 1960s, a lawyer said Monday.

The payments took place after two men alleged they were sexually assaulted in separate incidents when they were children, said attorney Mitchell Garabedian of Boston. He gave no details but said each settlement was “in five figures.”

One man, now in his 70s, alleged that the Rev. Joseph Brennan sexually abused him from 1957 to 1959 at the former St. Maurice Parish in Brooklawn, Garabedian said.

The man was 12 to 14 years old at the time, Garabedian said.

The other, now about 60, said he was abused in 1966 by the Rev. Philip Mathews, who was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Berlin Borough.

Both  priests are deceased.

The men did not sue over the alleged abuse, Garabedian noted. Instead, the lawyer sent “demand letters” to the diocese, which settled after investigating the claims, he said.

“The survivors should be proud of themselves,” Garabedian said. “By coming forward, they’ve empowered themselves and made the world a safer place for children.”

A Camden diocese spokesman said the policy of the diocese “is to settle every single credible claim of sexual abuse — no matter how old the claim might be, and regardless of whether the statute of limitations has expired.”

The spokesman, Michael Walsh, said the diocese contests allegations in court “when the claim is questionable or the financial demand is unreasonable.”

The diocese has settled two lawsuits after court fights in recent years.

It reached an agreement in June 2014 with a North Carolina woman, Lisa Syvertson Shanahan, who alleged she was abused as a child by Thomas Harkins, then a priest at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Hammonton. Similarly, the diocese in November 2013 settled a suit brought by Mark Bryson of Ohio, who contended he was victimized almost 50 years ago by the Rev. Joseph Shannon at a Camden parish, St. Anthony of Padua.

Terms of those agreements were not disclosed.

Garabedian and Walsh offered opposing views on the role of the Catholic Church in enabling sex offenders.

“One has to wonder where the supervisors of these priests were and why they did not protect these children,” Garabedian said. “I think the Catholic Church is an entity that’s allowed innocent children to be sexually abused.”

Walsh said the Camden diocese has been “active in implementing policies and procedures to ensure the safest possible environment for those entrusted to its care.”

“The Diocese of Camden takes any claim of sexual abuse seriously, and reports every allegation of abuse to law enforcement authorities,” he said, noting a toll-free number is provided for people alleging wrongdoing by clergy members.

According to Garabedian, Brennan abused the boy in a bathroom at St. Maurice Church and in the priest’s bedroom of a nearby rectory. That case was settled in January, he said.

Mathews was accused of sexually assaulting a boy in an Atlantic City hotel in 1966. That claim was settled in February 2015.

Garabedian said his clients reached out to him with “completely unrelated” cases.

“It’s not unusual for survivors to contact me,” said the attorney, whose advocacy on behalf of clergy abuse victims is depicted in the Oscar-winning film, “Spotlight.”

Road to Recovery, a North Jersey-based group that aids victims of clergy sex assaults, helped each of the men alleging abuse, said Robert Hoatson, the nonprofit’s founder.

“This is the way to do it,” he said of the out-of-court settlements.

“Who’s going to make these stories up?” he asked.

“You’re not getting a windfall of money,” added Hoatson. “You’re coming forward to get healing, and the acknowledgement by the diocese is an important part of that process.”

Jim Walsh; (856) 486-2646; jwalsh@gannettnj.com

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Protestors rally amid allegations of child sex abuse at Brooklyn yeshiva

New York’s PIX11 / WPIX-TV

Posted 10:18 PM, March 20, 2016, by Magee Hickey

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The school buses were lined up along the service road on Eastern Parkway to block protesters from being seen by people going to the yeshiva’s fundraiser.  But their voices can clearly be heard.

“Call the cops, not your rabbi,” protesters chanted, carrying signs saying “sexual abuse of little boys and girls is soul murder.”

Dozens of survivors of child sexual abuse, former students, advocates and parents rallied in front of Oholei Torah.

They are protesting what they say is the continued coverup of child sexual and physical abuse that they say occurs in the boys’ yeshiva.

We’re demanding accountability,” Chaim Levin, the rally organizer, told PIX11. “Two teachers who have physically abused students are still here. One teacher threw a student out a window. The principal been here for all the cover ups,” Levin claimed.

Among those protesting was a young woman who says she was molested by a family member who was also a rabbi.

“I was 16 and it was the night of my brother’s bar mitzvah and my life has never been the same,” Brocha Mishulovin told PIX11. “A police report was filed, but nothing was ever pushed farther than that.”

Marc Appel, Voice of Justice founder, said that type of abuse is typical.

“This is a situation that has been going on for years,” Appel said, “where there is an accusation involving a rabbi, whether is physical or sexual abuse and it doesn’t get investigated.”

Protestors point to a Newsweek story this month detailing an alleged coverup at the yeshiva dating back to the 1990s.

One parent we spoke to going into the gala said the problems here at Oholei Torah are all in the past.

“There is no abuse going on right now,” Sheva Tauby, a parent said. “It is all in the past. My sons are 100 percent safe here,” she added.

The protesters say they will keep coming back until all the staff that has been accused of abuse have been replaced.

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Three Pennsylvania friars arraigned on charges of allowing child sexual abuse

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

 

Robert D’Aversa, Anthony Criscitelli and Giles Schinelli allegedly let Brother Stephen Baker work at school where he molested children in 1980s and 1990s

 Dr Robert Hoatson from West Orange, New Jersey, holds signs outside magistrate office where Catholic friars were arraigned on charges of child endangerment and criminal conspiracy. Photograph: Keith Srakocic/AP

Bringing criminal charges against church leaders for covering up abuse is almost unprecedented in the US despite the serial scandals that have engulfed the church since widespread abuse and concealment of the crimes began being exposed by the media in Boston in 2002.

But on Friday, three Catholic friars appeared in district court in Hollidaysburg, near Altoona, accused of allowing a known predator in their midst to have access to children.

Friars Robert D’Aversa, 69, Anthony Criscitelli, 62, and Giles Schinelli, 73, were arraigned in court on child endangerment and conspiracy charges, felonies that carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

“My son is dead because of your poor decision-making,” Barbara Aponte of Poland, Ohio, shouted as the three men, wearing traditional clerical collars and black outfits, entered court.

The woman’s son, Luke Bradescu, had been abused while the predator previously worked at the high school he attended in Ohio. Bradescu killed himself in 2003 at the age of 26.

“The fact that we actually charged people, not for the abuse but for not taking the steps required to stop it, should send a strong signal to everybody in this commonwealth and, we would hope, in other places that action is possible,” said Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane.

Each friar successively led the local Franciscan religious order from 1986 to 2010 and were in charge of assigning and supervising members of the order, which included Brother Stephen Baker, whom the authorities say molested children in his care while he worked in Ohio and then later at Bishop McCourt high school in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the 1980s and 1990s.

Baker killed himself in January 2013 in the Franciscan monastery in Hollidaysburg where he lived and died, shortly after his misdeeds finally became public.

A legal settlement was made in cases against him by 11 victims in the Youngstown, Ohio, area, and in October 2014 the diocese of Altoona-Johnstown paid out $8m in settlements to 88 victims arising from Baker’s reign of perversion at Bishop McCort school.

Despite the Franciscan order being made aware of abuse allegations against Baker in the late 1980s and official recommendations that he not be allowed contact with children, the state contends, the three friars are accused of allowing him to work at the school and to continue to be left alone in charge of youngsters in various settings even after he was quietly asked to quit the school job in 2000.

Baker was never prosecuted and the attorney general, Kane, has reported he is suspected of molesting more than 100 victims.

A devastating grand jury report into the Altoona-Johnstown diocese published last month did not go into the events at the Franciscan order involving the Baker case, focusing on dozens of other egregious cases across the diocese.

But investigators looked into the background of the Baker case in parallel during their two-year examination and three days ago announced the criminal cases against the three friars.

Ardo said that since the grand jury report was published and the state set up a hotline it has received 250 calls “the vast majority of which are from alleged victims who seemed to have credible allegations that need to be reviewed”.

On Friday, D’Aversa, Criscitelli and Schinelli were each released on $75,000 bail and allowed to travel out of state, but ordered to return for a preliminary hearing on 14 April.

Ardo was not able to comment on details of an ongoing investigation.

Lawmaker Mark Rozzi is leading a campaign in the state general assembly to force a vote on two bills that have been stuck in committee for many years, one to lift the statute of limitations on bringing both criminal and civil cases in future child abuse cases and one to create a two-year window in which victims of past abuse can bring cases against alleged predators even though time limits for action have expired.

He has also called on the state to launch grand jury investigations into other dioceses. Although the attorney general does not have the power to initiate such probes unless complaints or evidence emerge at the local level first, Rozzi said the recent exposure of crimes and cover-ups, and the ongoing state investigation “puts district attorneys on notice” that allegations of abuse by priests, of which he himself was a victim as a young teen, must be fully investigated.

Kane is not running for re-election as attorney general later this year and is embroiled in her own legal difficulties – facing a criminal trial in August for corruption and obstruction, stemming from accusations that she previously leaked secret grand jury material to the media, involving matters unrelated to investigations into church child sex abuse.

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“Finally!” Abuse advocate, former priest thankful for charges

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“We have said from the very beginning that all these people wanted was healing,” said Robert Hoatson.Hoatson is the founder of “Road to Recovery,” an organization that helps victims of sexual abuse. It’s also an organization that’s dealt specifically with alleged victims of Brother Stephen Baker for years.“Finally, finally. I wanted to hug Attorney General Kane,” Hoatson said. “But at the same time my goosebumps were there thinking of the families in Johnstown who for years have been just living with this nightmare.”Allegations against Baker first surfaced from nearly a dozen young boys taught or trained by Baker in the ’80s at a school in Ohio. That’s when Hoatson first became involved.6 News met him Johnstown when dozens of others came forward in 2013 claiming the same abuse by the same man at Bishop McCort in the early ’90s.“This religious order, a small monastery in Hollidaysburg was able to cover up not just abuse at Bishop McCort, but in four or five other states,” he said.Charges have been filed against three men, all Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regulars, Province of the Immaculate Conception, accused of covering up Baker’s actions. And while Hoatson said he knows his sacrifices and his fights have made a difference, he’s not done fighting yet.“I was fired from the priesthood for doing this, for speaking out and protecting kids,” he said. “(Today) just tells me that what I’ve been doing for so many years is the right thing and I’m going to continue to do it.

Hoatson said there is hope for healing. He said his organization is willing to help anyone victimized by sexual abuse continue their healing down the road. To get in touch with “Road to Recovery,” visit http://www.road-to-recovery.org or call (862) 368-2800. The organization says all information and correspondence is held in the strictest confidence.

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Response to:

“Youngstown Diocese responds to allegations made by Road to Recovery”

 by Linda M. Linonis – (Vindy.com and The Vindicator, March 9, 2016)

Was Monsignor John A Zuraw, Chancellor of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, telling the truth when he told the Vindicator that “there are no secret files on good and bad priests” in the offices of the Youngstown Diocese?  According to the law of the Church, the Diocese of Youngstown is mandated to have secret files and archives under lock and key, and the key is to be controlled only by the bishop of the diocese.  Canons 486 to approximately 492 of the Code of Canon Law are very clear that serious matters, such as questions regarding moral turpitude (behavior that shocks the public) and others are to be kept in those secret files and archives.  Does Msgr. Zuraw expect Catholics of the Youngstown Diocese and the general public to believe that past and present bishops never had secret files or archives containing information that might cause the public to be shocked?

Secret files and archives are mandated by Church law to be kept under the careful control of the bishop. It is more than likely that Attorney General Mike DeWine, if he decides to raid the offices of one or more of the Catholic dioceses in the State of Ohio, will find comparable evidence to that uncovered by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane when she ordered a raid of the offices of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  She found a large number of priests who sexually abused hundreds of children, and they were enabled by at least two bishops who covered up the allegations.

Msgr. Zuraw also asserted in the Vindicator interview that the Diocese of Youngstown had no knowledge of the sexual abuse of Br. Stephen Baker at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio until it surfaced in allegations relatively recently.  Since John F. Kennedy High School is a diocesan high school under the direct auspices of the bishop of Youngstown, there is evidence to indicate that the Diocese of Youngstown knew almost thirty years ago about Br. Stephen Baker.

Barbara Aponte, mother of JFK suicide victim Luke Bradesku, and I received information a couple of years ago from the parent of a student at St. Mary of the Lake School in Orchard Lake, Michigan, that Br. Stephen Baker was transferred out of that school because he had sexually abused his son who lived in a dormitory where Br. Baker was the supervisor.  According to the parent, who insisted that Br. Baker be removed immediately from St. Mary of the Lake School, he was told by administrators of St. Mary’s that Br. Baker would be gone by morning and he was being sent to an all-girls school in Ohio.

As we know, John F. Kennedy High School is a coed school, so when Br. Baker was transferred from Michigan to Ohio under “suspicious” circumstances in the middle of a semester (which his superiors had to know about and approve), it is reasonable to conclude that the superiors of the Franciscans informed the administrators of JFK (who work for the Bishop in “his” diocesan high school) that Br. Baker was being assigned to JFK.  It is further reasonable to conclude that the Diocese of Youngstown knew about Br. Stephen Baker’s transfer from Michigan to Ohio and the reason for such.
Instead of denying that the Diocese of Youngstown has and had no secret files,  and since the diocesan records of allegations of  sexual abuse of children by priests, deacons, religious brothers and sisters are not evidently secret, why doesn’t Msgr. John A. Zuraw invite the Ohio Attorney General to the offices to see for himself?

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – Co-founder and President, Road to Recovery, Inc.

Road to Recovery, Inc., P.O. Box 279, Livingston, NJ 07039 – 862-368-2800

roberthoatson@gmail.com – March 11, 2016

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Poland mother who says her son’s suicide resulted from being sexually abused by a priest at JFK demands transparency

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The leader of a national support group for victims of sexual abuse by priests and other clergy is calling on county prosecutors in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to urge Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to launch an aggressive investigation into sexual abuse within the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
At a press conference Sunday outside the headquarters of the diocese, Robert Hoatson, president of the New Jersey-based Road to Recovery support group, said, “We want the same type of investigation as was done in Altoona [Pa.].”
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week released findings of her office’s investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. It revealed that former bishops either covered up or didn’t do enough to respond to hundreds of allegations of abuse committed by more than 50 priests from 1966 to 2011.
“We want state officials to raid that building,” Hoatson said, referring to the West Wood Street headquarters of the diocese.
“In that building, I guarantee you are the same types of files found in Altoona,” Hoatson said. He added he would like the state to review records of all priests who have served in the diocese over the past 60 years or so.
“What was uncovered in Altoona was dastardly. What is going on in Youngstown is just as dastardly,” Hoatson said, adding that Sunday marked his 10th or 11th trip to the Mahoning Valley over abuse allegations in the diocese.
Many of the allegations center around Brother Stephen Baker, a Franciscan friar who served as baseball coach, sports trainer and religion teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Warren from 1986 to 1991. Baker also was implicated in many of the abuse cases in Altoona.
He committed suicide in January 2013 after reports surfaced of settlements made in abuse cases in which he was accused of abusing about a dozen JFK students.
Also speaking at the press conference Sunday was Barbara Aponte, mother of Luke Bradesku, a former student at JFK. Aponte, a former teacher at JFK, said her son committed suicide over the long-lasting impact of shame he felt from the abuse he suffered at the hands of Baker. Bradesku attended Warren JFK from 1990 to 1994 and died in 2003 after two previous unsuccessful suicide attempts, his mother said.
“In the eyes of the church, suicide is not a problem; it’s a solution,” she said, because it means the church has one fewer victim to deal with.
She said she is disappointed with Bishop George Murry and leadership within the Youngstown Diocese for not taking a leadership role in actively working to resolve cases.
“We’ve met with mediators, but the bishop did not bother to come to the mediation. I’ve been trying to speak to the bishop for 21/2 years now,” she said.
“When this is over, I’m not going away. I’m going to keep after the church to get this problem solved. When this first came to light for me, I knew Brother Steve, and I worked with him. Not only did they move him around because he was a pedophile, they moved him to where there were more kids,” she said in a telephone interview before the conference.
“There needs to be transparency. There are records in Bishop Murry’s office. I can’t do anything more to help my son, but I can’t sit back, knowing what I know and knowing what they know, and do nothing, because it is still happening to others,” Aponte said.
Boston Atty. Mitchell Garabedian represents 27 clergy sexual-abuse victims of Brother Baker, plus Aponte, who has made a claim of clergy sexual abuse on behalf of her deceased son, who she said was sexually abused by Baker in Warren.
“I am mediating those clergy sexual-abuse claims with counsel for the Franciscans, TOR and the Diocese of Youngstown. The mediation began in person in Cleveland for three days in February, 2016 and continuing discussions are taking place by telephone. To date, the mediation has been unsuccessful,” Garabedian said.
Clergy sexual-abuse victims and their families should be proud of the courage they show by confronting the evil of clergy sexual abuse as they are doing in this unfortunate matter. In doing so, clergy sexual-abuse victims empower themselves, other victims and make the world a safer place for children, he said.
At the press conference, Hoatson said church leaders have said they don’t have the money or the time to settle all claims expeditiously.
“They can sell one building and have the money,” he said.
Aponte’s husband, Felix Aponte, accused the church of shielding pedophiles and urged the Youngstown Diocese to release records of all priests.
“Be men of God and not men of men,” he added.
Also speaking at the press conference was “John Doe,” who chose the pseudonym to protect his job and reputation. He said that he was a frequent target of molestation by Baker while attending JFK in the mid-1980s.
He related the long-term negative impact the abuse has had on his mental well-being. He also urged the church to release records and cooperate with a broader investigation.
Attempts to contact the diocese Sunday evening were not successful.

 

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Abuse survivor wants two clerics stripped of ‘bishop’ title

By Kecia Bal
kbal@tribdem.com

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Former Catholic priest and child sex abuse survivor Robert Hoatson wants retired Bishop Joseph Adamec and deceased Bishop James Hogan to never be called bishops again.
In the wake of last week’s grand jury report detailing hundreds of alleged sex abuses cases – and alleged cover-ups by Adamec and other diocesan leaders
– Hoatson is hoping to stir more parishioners in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johstown to demand action.
With a sign hung from his neck with information about New Jersey-based nonprofit Road to Recovery Inc., he handed out print-outs to those stepping into Saturday’s 5 p.m. Mass at St. John Gualbert Cathedral in Johnstown. He said he wants Adamec and Hogan stripped of their titles and hopes the Altoona-Johnstown report, detailing decades of sex abuse and systemic cover-ups, catches Pope Francis’ attention.
“We’re calling on Pope Francis to remove that title (of bishop),” he said. “We know priests are being removed for sex abuse. We want the bishops removed who covered it up and called these victims liars when they came to them and hid the evidence in safes and in file cabinets with one key and one lock.”
State Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s report accused Adamec of covering up child abuse by priests during his 1987-2011 tenure as bishop. Investigators found slightly more than 115,000 documents, including handwritten notes by Hogan, letters from Adamec, sexual abuse victim statements and internal correspondence, that Kane said provided details of a cover-up.
Earlier last week, Adamec responded to the allegations by issuing a statement, through his lawyer, stating that between 1987 and 2002, he learned about accusations made against 14 living diocesan priests, nine of whom were suspended from public ministry or retired. Then, beginning in 2002, Altoona-Johnstown implemented a Diocesan Allegations Review Board, he said.
Hoatson spread leaflets outside Mass twice Saturday – once at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Altoona, where a relative of an alleged victim joined him. A victim who had planned to stand with him at the Johnstown cathedral decided against it, he said.
“This place was so Catholic,” he said. “For years, no one could speak against the church.”
He said he hopes they do so now. Already, more than 100 calls have come into the tip line Kane’s office set up to report information about suspected cases of child sexual abuse within the Diocese.
The 64-year-old said he could not bring himself to come forward about sex abuse from three religious leaders until he was age 50.
“It take enormous courage and fortitude,” he said.
“Living in that secrecy is like living in an isolated hell.”
It’s not the first time Hoatson has been to the region. He also continues to work with victims who came forward in the case of Brother Stephen Baker – which sparked the grand jury investigation. Close to 50 victims have stepped forward from Baker’s Catholic school appointment in Ohio, where he worked before he came to Bishop McCort High School, Hoatson said.
On Saturday, the school’s trustees made public their sentiments in a letter from Chairman Mark Pasquerilla. The letter said the situation was brought to members’ attention more than three years ago and that they took “aggressive, pro-active” steps.
“We understand that our actions were not always popular, but they were necessary for the health and safety of our school community,” the letter said.
“Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane issued a disturbing report detailing the widespread abuse of area children – including Brother Stephen Baker.
“The Attorney General’s report was heartbreaking, but the painful truths it detailed needed to see the light of day if we aspire to help the victims of abuse come to closure and peace,” the letter continues.
The letter also encouraged abuse victims to make the call to the attorney general’s office: 888-538-8541 FREE

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ABUSE TRACKER
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March 6, 2016

State investigation of sex abuse in Youngstown Diocese sought

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Vindicator
Staff report
YOUNGSTOWN

The leader of a national support group for victims of sexual abuse by priests and other Catholic Church clergy today called upon county prosecutors in Mahoning and Trumbull counties to urge Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to launch an aggressive investigation into sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown.
At a press conference this morning outside the headquarters of the diocese, Robert Hoatson, president of the New Jersey-based Road to Recovery, “We want the same type of investigation as was done in Altoona {Pa.].”
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane last week released findings of an investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. It revealed that former bishops either covered up or didn’t do enough to respond to hundreds of abuse allegations in the diocese by more than 50 priests from 1966 to 2011.
“We want state officials to raid that building,” Hoatson said, referring to the West Wood Street headquarters of the Youngstown Diocese.
“In that building, I guarantee you are the same types of files found in Altoona,” Hoatson said. He added his group recommends the state review records of all priests that have served in the diocese over the past 60 years or so.
Also speaking at the press conference today were Barbara Aponte, mother of a former student at Warren John F. Kennedy High School who says her son committed suicide due to the shame of abuse he suffered at the school; her husband Felix Aponte and “John Doe,” a former JFK student who described the long-term impact of abuse he said he suffered also at JFK in the 1980s.
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Man relives a personal hell to tell story of boyhood abuse by priest in Maine

MAINE
Portland Press Herald
BY ERIC RUSSELL STAFF WRITER
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For 40 years, Neal Gumpel kept the details locked away in a dark corner of his memory.
Details about the night he met the Rev. Roy Drake while visiting his brother at Maine Maritime Academy. The night Drake violently molested him. The night everything changed.
Though he kept it hidden, the encounter shaped his entire life. It led to alcohol and drug abuse, helped ruin his first marriage, kept him awake nights and even affected his health.
“It sounds dire, but I felt like I was at a point where I had to come forward or I was going to kill myself,” Gumpel said.
At the urging of his wife, Helen, who feared she was losing her husband, Gumpel contacted Mitchell Garabedian, the Boston lawyer who has represented hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by clergy and helped expose a massive cover-up of pedophile priests by the Catholic Church.

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Demonstration against church leaders planned

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We Are Central PA
Altoona, Blair County, Pa

Catholics in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese are still reeling over the findings of the alleged sex abuse cover-up. During the church’s holiest time of the year there are feelings of disbelief, sadness, and anger.
On Saturday, members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families will be holding demonstrations at churches in Altoona and Johnstown.
The group’s co-founder and president, Robert M. Hoatson, a former priest, has been assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse. He will be calling for the removal of Bishop Joseph Adamec as a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the removal and resignation of anyone in the Diocese who covered up childhood sexual abuse.
At least 50 priests are accused of abusing hundreds of children over a four decade period. Many of those men have died and because the statute of limitations have passed, no criminal charges will be filed.

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Advocate protests outside cathedral

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA
By Karina Cheung | kcheung@wtajtv.com

Published 03/05/2016
Altoona, Blair County, Pa.

The victims of sexual abuse are seeing support from people outside of our state.
An advocate from New Jersey protested outside of the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Altoona Saturday.
Robert Hoatson is a former priest and now an abuse victim advocate.
He wants justice for the victims that suffered sexual abuse by church officials.
That’s why he traveled to Altoona from New Jersey to pass out leaflets calling for justice.
“We’re here today to call for finally the resignation of one of the men who lead the cover up,” explained Hoatson, “who is the reason why much of this has been covered up.”
Bishop Adamec and Bishop Hogan are cited in the Attorney General’s grand jury report for covering up sexual abuse crimes dating back to the 1940’s.

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 4, 2016

RETIRED BISHOP JOSEPH ADAMEC SHOULD RESIGN AS A BISHOP

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s release on March 1, 2016, of the Grand Jury Report that investigated childhood sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, indicates that hundreds of children were sexually abused in that diocese since the 1940s by many clergy members, and the sexual abuse of children was enabled, covered up, and mismanaged by at least two (2) Bishops of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

Since the hotline set up by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office has already uncovered approximately one hundred more childhood sexual abuse victims, it is clear that many more children were sexually abused by clergy and other religious persons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WHAT
A demonstration and leafleting requesting parishioners attending Mass in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown to alert their children, grandchildren, relatives, neighbors, fellow parishioners, and friends that hundreds of children were sexually abused by dozens of priests and other religious persons throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and that children continue to be at risk of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania

WHEN and WHERE
Saturday, March 5, 2016, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm outside the Noon Mass at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, One Cathedral Square, Altoona, PA 16601

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 pm outside the 5:00 pm Mass at St. John Gualbert Cathedral, 117 Clinton Street, Johnstown, PA 15907

WHO
Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, which assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., a former priest, who is assisting victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Jerry Sypek, a Boston clergy sexual abuse victim/survivor who lives in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

WHY
It is clear from the Grand Jury Report released by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on March 1, 2016, that children were, have been, and are at serious risk of sexual abuse by clergy and religious persons in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is rampant and must be stopped. Demonstrators will call on Catholics to demand the removal of Bishop Joseph Adamec as a bishop of the Roman Catholic Church and the removal and resignation of anyone in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown who covered up childhood sexual abuse.
Courageous victims should come forward and be proud of themselves for confronting the evils of sexual abuse.

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 5, 2016

The Diocese of Youngstown, OH, and the Franciscan Friars, TOR, of Hollidaysburg, PA, continue to re-victimize 28 childhood sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen Baker, TOR (deceased) from John F. Kennedy High School, Warren, OH, and St. Mary’s School, Warren, OH, by dragging their feet in validating and settling claims in a just, timely, and fair manner.

Twenty-eight (28) childhood sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, are being re-victimized by Youngstown Diocesan Bishop George Murray. Bishop Murray has reneged on his statements and obligation to treat childhood sexual abuse victims fairly and in a timely manner.

The recently-released Grand Jury Report by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane regarding an investigation of hundreds of cases of childhood sexual abuse in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, was prompted in part by the courageous men and women who have come forward to report childhood sexual abuse by serial pedophile, Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, in Virginia, Minnesota, Michigan, and Pennsylvania

What
A press conference announcing that Bishop George Murray, the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Franciscan Friars, TOR, based in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, are re-victimizing childhood sexual abuse victims by refusing to settle their claims fairly and by dragging their feet regarding 28 cases of childhood sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, from John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio and St. Mary’s School, Warren, Ohio.

When
Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 11:30 am

Where
On the public sidewalk across from the headquarters of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, 144 West Wood Street, Youngstown, Ohio, 44503

Who
Barbara Aponte of Poland, Ohio, whose son, Luke Bradesku, who took his life as a result of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker; “John Doe,” who will speak for the first time about his childhood sexual abuse at John of Kennedy High School by Br. Stephen Baker; and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc.

Why
John F. Kennedy High School in Warren, Ohio, and St. Mary’s School, Warren, Ohio, were ravaged by the serial sexual abuse of minor children by Br. Stephen Baker, TOR, who was transferred to JFK High School after it was reported by two parents that Br. Baker was sexually abusing minor children in a school in Orchard Lake, Michigan. After abusing dozens of children in Ohio, Br. Baker was sent to Bishop Mc Cort High School in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where he continued to sexually abuse minor children. The Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio and the Franciscan Friars, TOR, of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, are dragging their feet in helping childhood sexual abuse victims and their families heal by not settling their childhood sexual abuse claims in a timely, fair, and just manner.

Contacts
Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc., Livingston, NJ 07039 – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

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Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee – 862-368-2800

MEDIA RELEASE – MARCH 2, 2016 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee applauds Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane for the release of a Grand Jury Report about sexual abuse of children in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, dating back to the 1940s. The findings are horrific, explosive, and not surprising to the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, during the past year, has petitioned a number of institutions and organizations to take bold action regarding the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious persons, and Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee challenges those institutions and organizations to act swiftly on the proposals it has made

On March 1, 2016, a courageous civil servant, the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Kane, a Catholic wife, mother, and government official, reported the results of a nearly two-year investigation of sexual abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania. In that relatively small diocese, where there are approximately 90,000 Catholics, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania uncovered secret archives and other documents that indicate a pattern of secrecy, cover-up, and obfuscation on the part of at least two bishops and others in the diocese. Hundreds of children were sexually abused, according to the report.

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee’s principal response to the news from Altoona-Johnstown, PA is the following:

Nothing has changed relative to the Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse of children,
and Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee reiterates its appeals to officials of the United States government, the Vatican, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to act decisively and speedily in addressing the epidemic of sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. The following actions have been taken by Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee in the recent past:

1) Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee, in collaboration with approximately thirty (30) organizations committed to the protection of children, has submitted a petition to President Barack Obama to convene a national commission on sexual abuse of children;

2) Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee has submitted a petition to Vatican authorities to hold bishops accountable who have been complicit in the cover-up or mismanagement of sexual abuse of children;

 3) Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee has submitted a petition to the Vatican for an investigation of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which has consistently violated the “letter” and “spirit” of various documents and decrees regarding the protection of children and youth.

Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee is awaiting responses from President Obama and the Vatican regarding its petitions. In light of the March 1, 2016 report from the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Grand Jury, those responses must not experience further delay.

PLEASE CONTACT “CATHOLIC WHISTLEBLOWERS STEERING COMMITTEE” AT THE PHONE NUMBER ABOVE OR THE EMAIL ADDRESS OF THE SENDER OF THIS MEDIA RELEASE

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“Spotlight”

Thanks to the Academy of Motion Pictures for honoring “Spotlight” and all who have courageously confronted sexual abuse, the authorities who have enabled it and continue to enable it, and advocates and supporters who are trying to end it!

Congratulations to all who made “Spotlight” a reality and a voice for clergy sexual abuse victim/survivors. To my fellow victim/survivors, thank you for your example, bravery, and endurance. It ain’t easy, for sure, but we’re making it!
Condolences to the family of Patrick Mc Sorley who is prominently displayed in the movie. I had the honor of con-celebrating his funeral Mass and officiating at his burial. Congratulations to Attorney Mitchell Garabedian whose courage and tenacity helped the Boston Globe reporters do their work.

Congratulations to Phil Saviano who wouldn’t take no for an answer, to Joe Crowley for representing victim/survivors so well in the movie (and for our intense talk at “Mayor Menino’s favorite diner), and to my “Boston students” who showed me how to go from victim to survivor.

I was in the Boston area today announcing the name of another Boston priest who allegedly sexually abused a child. The Archdiocese of Boston was notified at least 7 months ago about this allegation, yet Cardinal Sean O’ Malley has not visited the parish where the abuse occurred, hasn’t told the people about it, and hasn’t been open, transparent, and honest about it to this day. This is the man in charge of the Pope’s Commission on Sexual Abuse of Children. It’s time for major changes!

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

 

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Neal Huff (left) Starred in the movie “Spotlight” & Fred Marigliano

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Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. (left) President & Co-Founder of Road to Recovery

Neal Huff (center) & Fred Marigliano

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News Article from

Attorney general to hold press conference in Blair County, likely linked to Baker abuse case

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane will hold a press conference at the Blair County Convention Center on Tuesday.
Her office would not confirm the subject matter.
However, it is believed the department has been conducting a grand jury investigation into alleged cases of child molestation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona–Johnstown.
Reports about the grand jury being convened surfaced shortly after molestation accusations were made against Brother Stephen Baker, a former athletic trainer at what was then called Bishop McCort High School.
“There is a Pennsylvania grand jury that has been hearing testimony,” said Richard Serbin, an Altoona lawyer who has represented some of Baker’s reported victims. “Of course, that testimony is not public.”
Serbin said he does not know what will be discussed at the press conference, but it would not surprise him if a Baker report was issued in “the near future.”
Settlements among more than 80 of Baker’s alleged victims, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Province of the Immaculate Conception of the Third Order Regular Franciscans and Bishop McCort Catholic High School have been reached.
Last summer, agents from the attorney general’s office searched the St. Bernardine Monastery, located in Newry, Blair County, suggesting the investigation may have expand to beyond only the Baker case – although, again, the attorney general’s office would not confirm that search took place.
“I wonder if the attorney general’s investigation has come to a head,” said Bob Hoatson, co-founder of Road to Recovery, a nonprofit organization that supports victims of child sexual abuse.
Accusations have been made against more than two dozen priests within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, according to bishop-accountability.org.
The list includes the Rev. Francis E. Luddy, who, in a well-known local case, was accused of performing various acts of abuse with at least 10 children between 1969 and 1984.
More recently, the Rev. Joseph D. Maurizio was convicted of molesting children at a Honduran orphanage he helped support.
Earlier this month, the diocese suspended Rev. David J. Arseneault and the Rev. James B. Coveney in what Bishop Mark Bartchak called a “precautionary measure,” while an investigation is underway into allegations of sexual abuse that they may have committed more than 20 years ago.

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

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MEDIA RELEASE – FEBRUARY 27, 2016

FR. RICHARD POWERS, DECEASED PRIEST OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF BOSTON, TO BE NAMED PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A REPEAT SEXUAL ABUSER OF A MINOR CHILD

Fr. Richard Powers, deceased Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish in Belmont, MA, who has never been publicly named, has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor child

Fr. Richard Powers, who died in 2007, has been accused of repeatedly sexually abusing “John Doe” from approximately 1974-1975 when Fr. Powers was assigned as Pastor of St. Luke’ Parish, Belmont, MA. Fr. Powers was the Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Belmont, MA, from approximately 1974-1996

What
A demonstration and leafleting alerting the media, parishioners, and the general public that Fr. Richard Powers will be named publicly for the first time as a repeat sexual abuser of a minor child from approximately 1974-1975 when Fr. Powers was assigned as Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish, Belmont, MA

When
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 3:15 pm until 5:30 pm (before and after the 4:00 pm Mass)
Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm (before or after parish Masses)
PRESS CONFERENCE AT 12:30 PM

Where
On the public sidewalk outside St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 132 Lexington Avenue, Belmont, MA 02478 – 617-484-1996. St. Luke’s Parish is now part of a combined parish (with St. Joseph’s Parish, Belmont, MA) known as New Roads Catholic Community

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
The clergy sexual abuse scandal is far from over, particularly in the Archdiocese of Boston, where cases of clergy sexual abuse continue to emerge. A deceased priest, who is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a minor child but has never been publicly named before, Fr. Richard Powers, will be named publicly for the first time. Fr. Richard Powers is accused of repeatedly sexually abusing “John Doe” from approximately 1974-1975 when “John Doe” was a minor child. “John Doe” has suffered terribly since he was repeatedly sexually abused when he and his family were parishioners of St. Luke’s Parish in Belmont, MA. Fr. Richard Powers served as Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish in Belmont, MA from approximately 1974-1996, and demonstrators will alert parishioners to the repeated sexual abuse that allegedly occurred in their parish and ask them to support the victim/survivor who has come forward.

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

 

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(left to right)   Victim / Survivor Brian Doherty, Brian’s Mother Eileen and Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.
Outside St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, Belmont, MA

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MEDIA RELEASE – FEBRUARY 20, 2016

RE-SCHEDULED FROM LAST WEEKEND BECAUSE OF DANGEROUSLY COLD WEATHER

Four adults who claim they were sexually abused as children by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, NJ (3 victims), and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey (1 victim) have courageously come forward to report their sexual abuse and begin the healing process

It is clear that a serial sexual predator priest, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair for nearly a decade, and it is believed that many children were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from approximately 1982-1989. It is further believed that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters stayed connected to many St. Cassian’s families after he left in 1989 and may have sexually abused children from St. Cassian’s Parish for years after he left

What
A demonstration and leafleting announcing that four adults (3 men and 1 woman) have come forward to report that, as children, they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, in the 1980s, and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey, in the 1990s.

When
Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 6:15 PM
Sunday, February 21, 2016 from 8:15 AM until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of St. Cassian’s Parish, 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 its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Four courageous childhood sexual abuse victims (1 female and 3 males), now adults, have alleged that they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (1980s), and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey (1990s). Demonstrators will thank the parishioners of St. Cassian’s Parish for spreading the word about the sexual abuse in their parish, enabling others to come forward to begin the healing process and report other acts of sexual abuse.

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

 

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MEDIA RELEASE – FEBRUARY 13, 2016

Four adults who claim they were sexually abused as children by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, NJ (3 victims), and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey (1 victim) have courageously come forward to report their sexual abuse and begin the healing process

It is clear that a serial sexual predator priest, Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair for nearly a decade, and it is believed that many children were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from approximately 1982-1989. It is further believed that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters stayed connected to many St. Cassian’s families after he left in 1989 and may have sexually abused children from St. Cassian’s Parish for years after he left

What
A demonstration and leafleting announcing that four adults (3 men and 1 woman) have come forward to report that, as children, they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, in the 1980s, and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey, in the 1990s.

When
Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 5:00 PM until 6:15 PM
Sunday, February 14, 2016 from 8:15 AM until Noon

Where
On the public sidewalk in front of St. Cassian’s Parish, 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 its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

Why
Four courageous childhood sexual abuse victims (1 female and 3 males), now adults, have alleged that they were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when he was assigned to St. Cassian’s Parish, Upper Montclair, New Jersey (1980s), and St. John Nepomucene Parish, Guttenberg, New Jersey (1990s). Demonstrators will thank the parishioners of St. Cassian’s Parish for spreading the word about the sexual abuse in their parish, enabling others to come forward to begin the healing process and report other acts of sexual abuse.

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

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THANK YOU, ST. CASSIAN’S PARISHIONERS, FOR SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT THE SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST FR. MICHAEL “MITCH” WALTERS AND HELPING MORE VICTIMS TO COME FORWARD

You might recall that members of Road to Recovery, Inc. were at St. Cassian’s Parish on Fathers’ Day, June, 2015, to alert parishioners that a courageous young man had come forward to report that he had been sexually abused as a child in the 1980s by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when he and his family members were parishioners of St. Cassian’s Parish.

A few days later, a courageous young woman contacted us to say that she, too, had been sexually abused as a child by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters when she was a parishioner of St. Cassian’s. Since then, a third childhood sexual abuse victim of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters from St. Cassian’s Parish has come forward, as well as a childhood sexual abuse victim (a male) from St. John Nepomucene Parish in Guttenberg, New Jersey, where Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters was assigned from approximately 1993-1995.

Four childhood sexual abuse victims of Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters (1 woman and 3 men) have come forward. In addition, Road to Recovery, Inc. has been contacted by many other former and current parishioners of St. Cassian’s who have indicated that Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters was (and is) a serial and dangerous sexual abuser of children. Thank you for contacting your children, grandchildren, fellow parishioners, neighbors, and friends to alert them to the allegations against Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters and making sure they stay away from him.

As you may know, the Star Ledger recently published a story about a courageous young man originally from your parish, Dave Ohlmuller, who alleges that he was sexually abused in the 1980s by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters at St. Cassian’s. As a result of Dave Ohlmuller’s extraordinary bravery, the “secret” of sexual abuse at St. Cassian’s Parish has been told, and Dave Ohlmuller’s courage has allowed many others to come forward and begin to heal.

We thank you for your attention to and support of the victims of childhood sexual abuse at St. Cassian’s Parish and beyond, and we ask that you continue to contact current and former parishioners, neighbors, and friends to ask them if they or their children, grandchildren, family members or neighbors were sexually abused by Fr. Michael “Mitch” Walters, other priests or personnel from St. Cassian’s, or anyone else.

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

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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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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

6

Victim/Survivor Kevin Waldrip

4

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

816

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

2

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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