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Diocese: Roman Catholic Church The “Model” Institution For Protecting Kids

Diocese Spokesman Says Despite Recent Arrest Of Waterford Priest Dennis Carey For Child Porn, The Church’s Screening Process Is The Best Of Any Institution

Monday, the Rev. Dennis Carey, formerly the pastor of Waterford’s , Court documents would later show that while there are no allegations of Carey sexually abusing children, the priest admitted to police he was

For many, it seemed like another of many cases of a priest in the Roman Catholic Church being charged with a crime against children. But Michael Strammiello, director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Norwich, said Thursday nothing could be further from the truth, calling the Roman Catholic Church “the model institution” when it comes to protecting children.

“There is no institution in America that has done more to protect young people than the Catholic church,” Strammiello said. “No institution has done more, invested more.”

Strammiello said the screenings of priests and the way child abuse allegations are handled has completely changed since 2001, when allegations of priests sexually abusing children began pouring in nationally. He said the church is constantly working on how to guarantee safety for children, and has done a better job than anybody of doing that.

“The numbers of any incidents have been dramatically reduced to practically zero,” he said. “But practically zero is not zero.”

Carey Case

Patch asked Strammiello how Carey could be viewing child pornography for at least two years in the Waterford rectory, and be caught by state police, not the Diocese of Norwich that oversees the church. Strammiello said the church’s computers are monitored, but the diocese does not have the same technology as the police and Carey might have had his own private computers in the rectory.

Strammiello said every priest is given a thorough background check, as well as every employee who works for the church. He said the Carey case has the diocese discussing its safety policies, and said “those talks are ongoing.”

Strammiello added that the Carey case was handled very quickly, as state police executed a search warrant on his computer on June 28th and he was arrested on July 1. Patch brought up that while the arrest was quick, Carey was viewing child pornography for at least two years, and would likely still be viewing the pornography it if it weren’t for state police.

“You can’t say that,” Strammiello said in response. “We might have (caught him) ourselves.”

Meanwhile, some victim groups maintain that the Roman Catholic Church is hardly the “model” institution for protecting children. Judy Jones, who is part of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said the dioceses need to hold their bishops more accountable.

“The bishops never get fired,” Jones said. “There needs to be more accountability for the bishops.”

Church’s History

In 2001, allegation after allegation began to come in from American adults who claimed they were abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were younger. The stories drew intense media attention, to the point the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to study the problem.

The college came out with its report in 2004, nicknamed the “John Jay Report,” which said not only were priests molesting children, but bishops were just moving the priests around from parish to parish rather than reporting them to authorities. The report found that of the 109,694 priests that served from 1950 to 2002 in the United States, 4,392 of them – roughly four percent – had substantiated claims of sexually abusing children against them.

There were several issues locally as well. For example, two priests, the Rev. Bruno Primavera and the Rev. Thomas Shea, both allegedly sexually abused children while serving as priests in New London.

June Annette July 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The RC “church” is no model for child protection but rather a template / model for child predation. That’s because aberrant sexual behaviour is the example the bishops themselves set for their priest understudies. They both sanction and practice sexual depravity themselves. They set the standard and the priests (who don’t know any better) think it is perfectly acceptable and normal to do likewise! Sexual perversion is thus the norm in RC hierarchy circles and so the pedophile epidemic will continue to rage in the unholy Roman Catholic “church”! As *Richard Sipe explains: “This sexual aberration is not generated from the bottom up – that is only from unsuitable candidates – but from the top down – that is from the sexual behaviors of superiors, even bishops and cardinals. Bishop Thomas Lyons, now deceased, who was an Auxiliary in the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. groomed, seduced, and sexually abused a boy from the time he was seven years old until he was 17. When that boy grew into manhood he in turn abused his own child and young relatives. When I asked him about his actions he said to me, “I thought it was natural. Father (Lyons) told me a priest showed him this when he was growing up.” A pattern was perpetuated for at least four generations. *Source / Website: richardsipe.com / Priests, Celibacy, Sexuality & the Catholic Church Article Online: Open Letter of author Richard Sipe to Benedict XVI - continued -
June Annette July 06, 2012 at 03:54 PM
- continued - The RC “church” is no model for child protection but rather a template / model for child predation. That’s because aberrant sexual behaviour is the example the bishops themselves set for their priest understudies. They both sanction and practice sexual depravity themselves. They set the standard and the priests (who don’t know any better) think it is perfectly acceptable and normal to do likewise! Sexual perversion is thus the norm in RC hierarchy circles and so the pedophile epidemic will continue to rage in the unholy Roman Catholic “church”! As *Richard Sipe explains: Abbot John Eidenschink of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota sexually abused some of his young monks during confession and spiritual direction. He admitted this behavior in regard to two of the monks I interviewed. They described the behavior in disturbingly graphic detail. Older monks that I interviewed told me that they knew that John’s Novice Master was inappropriately affectionate with him during his two years as a novice. More than a dozen of the monks of this monastery have been credibly accused of abuse of minors while Abbot Eidenschink was promoted to President of his Monastic Congregation, the American Cassinese. Source / Website: richardsipe.com / Priests, Celibacy, Sexuality & the Catholic Church Article Online: Open Letter of author Richard Sipe to Benedict XVI
June Annette July 06, 2012 at 03:56 PM
- continued - The RC “church” is no model for child protection but rather a template / model for child predation. That’s because aberrant sexual behaviour is the example the bishops themselves set for their priest understudies. They both sanction and practice sexual depravity themselves. They set the standard and the priests (who don’t know any better) think it is perfectly acceptable and normal to do likewise! Sexual perversion is thus the norm in RC hierarchy circles and so the pedophile epidemic will continue to rage in the unholy Roman Catholic “church”! As *Richard Sipe explains: While I was Adjunct Professor at a Pontifical Seminary, St. Mary’s Baltimore (1972-1984) a number of seminarians came to me with concerns about the behavior of Theodore E. McCarrick, then bishop of Metuchen, New Jersey. It has been widely known for several decades that Bishop/Archbishop now Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick took seminarians and young priests to a shore home in New Jersey, sites in New York, and other places and slept with some of them. He established a coterie of young seminarians and priests that he encouraged to call him “Uncle Ted.” I have his correspondence where he referred to these men as being “cousins” with each other.” Source / Website: richardsipe.com / Priests, Celibacy, Sexuality & the Catholic Church Article Online: Open Letter of author Richard Sipe to Benedict XVI
Annette Nestler July 06, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The short answer to this is "NO". From outward appearences and RC progoganda some things may LOOK as though they have changed their ways and children are better protected but this is an illusion, put in place to ensure the masses keep the collection plate full. If the RC church truely had the best interest of children in mind, they would have (the bishops, archbishops, cardinals and pope, himself) done what needed to be done 10 years ago, when sexual abuses cases began to come into the light. They would have WILLINGLY helped victims/survivors and their families with support and financial compensation. This allows for therapy, transportation, higher education, etc. They DID NOT do this, instead, they spend millions on high priced attorneys, to ensue their coverups. If they truly cared about children, they would have WILLINGLY and IMMEDIATELTY posted the names of their pedophile/predator priests for parents and the public to see. Again, they DID NOT do this. They again spent millions on the defense of William Lynn, hoping to quell the TRUTH, which is that the RC institution is and has been covering up their our henious behaviors (moving pedophile/predator priests from parish to parish in hopes of keeping the dirty, little secret) Thanks to the American judicial system, competent DA's like Lynn Abraham and Seth Williams, and judge Sarmina (who knows how to do her job), the verdict is GUILTY. Bishops and the RC hierarchy, cannot police themselves. Annette Nestler

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