Sunday, October 23, 2005

Child Molesting Priests Dumped In Alaska?



People in other states get toxic waste dumped in their back yard. We get child raping priests...

(Source: CNN)
A recent string of lawsuits accusing Roman Catholic priests of molesting children has reinforced suspicions among some critics of the church that remote Alaska was a dumping ground for problem clergy.

"I absolutely believe that church officials intentionally sent abusive priests to minor communities, transient communities, where kids may be less apt to tell and have less faith in the justice system," said David Clohessy, national director of Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

...Patrick Wall, a former Benedictine priest and consultant for a Costa Mesa, California, law firm that has worked on more than 300 church abuse allegations nationwide, said rural Alaska was a prime place to send abusive priests. Alaska's isolation and its cultural reverence for authority figures, such as elders and priests, meant parishioners would be less likely to speak up.

...Fairbanks Bishop Donald Kettler disputed the notion of Alaska as a dumping ground.

"My reaction when I hear that is that I feel the opposite is really true," said Kettler, who has been bishop for three years. Those who work or volunteer in the diocese "come with a commitment wanting to serve the peoples of Alaska. They were not forced to come here."

Plaintiffs' attorneys said they have had a hard time obtaining church personnel records that might prove their suspicions

...Rev. John Whitney, a church official in Portland, Oregon, vehemently denied Alaska is a magnet or hiding spot for problem priests.

"It's absolutely untrue," he said. "I have never seen any evidence of that. People were sent to Alaska who requested to go to the missions there. It was considered the hardest place to go, because of the remoteness and the conditions they had to work with at the time. They wanted to spread the gospel."


More:

'Jesuit retiree minimizes impact of abuse' -"Roman Catholic Church officials are distancing themselves from comments by a retired Jesuit official who suggested that a priest's alleged abuse of Native Alaskan boys wouldn't have much effect because their culture was "fairly loose" on sexual matters."

Ohhh I see...so that's why they're shipping child molesting priests to Native villages. It all makes perfect sense now. I guess this also means that people who molest Native kids should get less jail time since it's not supposed to affect them as much as other children. Jeez what an idiot.

'Another plaintiff joins lawsuit against former Alaska priest'

Priest accused of raping, impregnating women in Alaska. -Recent DNA tests confirm that Rev. James E. Jacobson of the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese did father the children.

The suit alleges that shortly after the mother of John A. Doe became pregnant, Jacobson was moved to another location in Alaska; and shortly after plaintiff Jane B. Doe became pregnant Jacobson was permanently moved from Alaska to Oregon.

Religioustolerance.org: 'Current scope of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic Clergy' -Names the diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska as one of the dioceses which witheld or destroyed personell files of accused molesters.

'Sex Abuse Group Blasts Top Alaska Catholic Official'

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