DOJ begins criminal investigation of Pennsylvania pedophile priests

The sexual abuse of minors is not just immoral and a grave sin, it is a criminal offense.

In the wake of the August 14 release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury’s report on the sexual abuse of more than 1,000 child victims by over 300 predator priests, and the coverup of those crimes by bishops, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl (who was Bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006) — which is a conspiracy — some U.S. dioceses have either made public or announced they will make public the names of pedophile priests.

But not the Diocese of Fresno in California where the bishop dithers.

As reported by the Fresno Bee, October 17, 2018, Bishop Armando X. Ochoa is “working” with a review board to “determine” what information the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno “may” release about area priests accused of sexual misconduct, including “the possibility” of publicly identifying those priests by name.

Bishop Ochoa can dither all he wants, but soon it’ll no longer be his option.

On Oct. 18, the U.S. Department of Justice served subpoenas for “documentation and files” to 6 of Pennsylvania’s 8 dioceses in a state-wide move by federal authorities to investigate sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy.

A senior Church official told CNA the investigation concerns the federal crimes of transporting minors across state lines to abuse them, and the production or distribution of illegal (child) pornography, including electronically.

There are speculations that a federal investigation might focus on charges related to institutional cover-ups or conspiracy, perhaps seeking to build a case under the federal RICO laws meant for dealing with organized crime.

The news of a federal investigation in Pennsylvania raises the possibility that similar probes could also be launched in other states. In the meanwhile, state-led investigations into clerical sexual abuse are currently underway in several states including Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Missouri, and New York. (Catholic News Agency)

~Eowyn

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Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

Communist Leader, Dr Bella Dodd, Confesses to Infiltrating the Church & USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37HgRWTsGs0

Alma
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Alma

Guilty. About time justice has come along to those innocent victims that have carried their cross for a very long time.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I personally like the idea of enacting the “RICO” act. It is great to actually see the DOJ doing something.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Anyone else doing this would have have had their premises searched, the perps arrested, tried and if found guilty, incarcerated appropriately

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Zip-ped-d-doda

Although these criminal acts were occurring throughout dioceses in many states, the 2015 movie “Spotlight” exposed the Boston dioceses https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56jw6tasomc There is no mystery why this case commenced in Pennsylvania or why it is named “The Keystone State”. https://www.pacourts.us/assets/files/setting-2236/file-1741.pdf?cb=b40ffc Remember the “Kids for Cash Scandal” in PA courts that robbed justice from around 6,000 juveniles? Acting under a rarely used power established in 1722 and reserved for extraordinary circumstances, known as “King’s Bench jurisdiction” the Pennsylvania Supreme Court appointed a special master on February 11, 2009, to review all juvenile cases. Multiple cases were filed in Pennsylvania courts and one… Read more »

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Zip-ped-d-doda

The Catholic Church is taking the heat presently for the worldwide criminal abuse of children; however, if you take the time to educate yourself and then share with others who have ears to listen, you will learn human trafficking, pedophilia, prostitution, etc. has occurred in ALL RELIGIONS and ongoing today. This worthwhile 43 minute presentation by Attorney John Salza, a former Freemason who became a Catholic, exposes the evils of Freemasonry and reveals that they are the church of Satan. They are the greatest enemy of the Catholic Church and the whole of society. He explains how Freemasonry has worked… Read more »

Steven Broiles
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We all abhor this state of affairs. But former professor E. Michael Jones, who also detests this state of affairs, criticized the Pennsylvania D.A.’s grand jury, for this reason: He said that of the priests mentioned who are dead, they are not here to defend themselves. Not to nitpick in the least, but a principle of law may be endangered here: Yes, historians and living witnesses can examine the history of the dead, but they need corroboration. Jones reported that he did not believe there was enough corroboration. There is also the problem of impersonators, people who were not victims… Read more »

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I have a couple of older friends that were abused by priests in the 1940’s… When they told their parents they caught a beating and had to “confess” to the very monsters that misused them. Both of my friends became very successful in life but dispise the Catholic Church and priests… My current wife is a very devout Catholic but I refused to have a Catholic wedding so we were married by a Justice of the Peace. Matter of fact I told a priest off when we went to see about getting married…. I told him I would stick a… Read more »

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