[“The net widens”!]

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  •  August 10, 2018   

The late Richard Sipe informed bishop in 2016 of McCarrick’s sexual predation

SAN DIEGO, Calif. ( – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy was told of Abp. Theodore McCarrick’s sexual predation as early as July 2016, but remained silent.

Richard Sipe, the renowned expert in clerical sex abuse who passed away Friday, published his private correspondence with McElroy proving that the bishop was made aware of McCarrick’s sexual harassment of seminarians.

The 13-page letter, dated July 28, 2016 — which Sipe notes was “hand delivered” on August 30 — began: “It was clear to me during our last meeting in your office, although cordial, that you had no interest in any further personal contact. It was only after that I sent you a letter copied to my contacts in DC and Rome.”

Several pages later, Sipe continues:

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been reported by numerous seminarians and priests of sexual advances and activity. A settlement with one priest was effected by Stephen Rubino, Esq.

In that record the operation of McCarrick in sexual activity with three priests is described. Correspondence from “Uncle Ted,” as he asked to be called, is included. One of the principals is now a lawyer who left the priesthood, two men remain in the priesthood, but refuse to speak publicly despite the fact that the settlement document is open. One priest was told by the chancery office, “if you speak with the press we will crush you.”

Priests or seminarians who speak up about a sexually active superior are threatened with the loss of everything — employment, status, etc. Those who report are greeted with disbelief or even derision if they know but were not personally involved. If they were a partner in the sexual activity and “come out” they become a pariah and labeled a traitor.

I have interviewed twelve seminarians and priests who attest to propositions, harassment, or sex with McCarrick, who has stated, “I do not like to sleep alone.”

One priest incardinated in McCarrick’s Archdiocese of Newark was taken to bed for sex and was told, “this is how priests do it in the U.S.” None so far has found the ability to speak openly at the risk of reputation and retaliation.

The system protects its impenetrability with intimidation, secrecy and threat. Clergy and laity are complicit.

In spite of these detailed allegations about McCarrick’s homosexual predation, McElroy said and did nothing, offering no response to Sipe.

This same letter was also sent to the papal nuncio and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors — headed by Cdl. Sean O’Malley, who admits that his office received another letter from a priest in June 2015 detailing McCarrick’s homosexual predation.

In at least two separate instances, then — once from a priest, another from a respected expert on priestly abuse — O’Malley was alerted to McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. Like McElroy, O’Malley also chose to remain silent; even more, O’Malley continued to publicly welcome, laud and travel with McCarrick.

A Homosexual Network of Complicit Clergy

Other prelates mentioned in Sipe’s letter include Cdl. Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, California; the late Bp. Thomas Lyons of Baltimore, Maryland; the late Bp. Raymond Boland of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri; Bp. Robert Brom of Duluth, Minnesota; and Abp. John Nienstedt, formerly of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, who stepped down from office for failing to report sex abuse.

The late Bp. Raymond Boland


The letter contains disturbing details about young males being sodomized and assaulted against their will, told by their assaulters they were “special” and that the violations were signs that God “loves” them.

The boy asked Boland why they were doing this and he responded, “God makes special boys and girls for pleasure, and you are certainly one of them.” When he saw the erect penises of his abusers he was told, “See what you have done.”

They said they were going to make him a “big boy” and show him how much God loved him. And breathlessly told him that it was, “the ultimate sign of love when a man ‘came’ with a special boy; that gave him, “the seed of life.”

Lavin said, “when I was 12 years old that I would be taken on retreats were spiritual bonding between older men and younger boys took place.” They assured him the pain would go away, gave warnings to keep secret and delivered threats of dire consequences if he told anyone. (He did tell his mother who slapped him and told him never to talk that way about a priest or nun.)

He made a first suicide attempt with aspirin.

Sipe addresses the problem of bishops being exempted from the 2002 Dallas Charter.

“Significant here is the operation of the National Conference of Bishops who in their 2002 Dallas Charter made provision for ‘zero tolerance’ of clergy abusing minors but neglected to address violations by bishops,” he wrote. “Instead they appointed Brom, when allegations were known, to make ‘Fraternal Correction’ to other bishops accused.”

Brom, who is currently a retired bishop in San Diego, settled a $120,000 sex abuse lawsuit with a seminarian who accused him of sexual assault.

Bp. McElroy Leading Liberal in US Church

McElroy is a leading liberal voice in the American Church known for pushing the LGBT narrative while condemning faithful Catholics  as a “cancer” in the Church.

Bp. McElroy taking part in a pro-immigration rally in 2016 at the Mexican border


He has vigorously defended homosexualist Jesuit Fr. James Martin, and has proposed that the term “intrinsic evils” be dropped from the vocabulary of the Church, claiming the notion of intrinsic evils is an ineffective guide for Catholic voters. The comments came during the 2016 presidential election, when he stated that bishops should refrain from directing the faithful how to vote.

Father Richard Perozich, a San Diego priest who published a bulletin making clear Catholics could not vote in good conscience in line with the Democratic Party, was quickly marginalized by Bp. McElroy, who forbade the priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin.

“I had put other theological opinions in on Islam, sexuality,” Perozich explained to Church Militant at the time. “He [the bishop] said that these were anti-gay, anti-Muslim.”

Perozich is now retired and no longer in active ministry. (Although the bishop did not force him into retirement, the priest makes clear McElroy was quick to accept his resignation.)

McElroy was among the first bishops in the nation officially to open up Holy Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried, implying as well that active homosexuals were also welcome, following a diocesan synod on how to implement Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and the family.

During his Sunday homily closing the synod, the bishop went so far as to say that sometimes “God is asking me to do the opposite” of Church teaching. He also stressed the primacy of conscience as the main factor in making moral decisions.

“Many Catholics tend to think of our moral life as being rule-oriented,” McElroy said. “Rules are important primarily as a check on rationalization. The real core of Catholic teaching is and always was a decision of conscience.”

Catholics disgusted with the network of silent and complicit bishops are demanding an end to the hypocrisy and cover-up of homosexual predation. Thousands are expected to descend on Baltimore, Maryland at the annual meeting of the U.S. bishops November 12–15 to demand serious reform — including mass resignations of bishops who knew about McCarrick and remained silent.

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  1. There are a few reforms that are needed to address these scandals. A lay commission is needed comprised of lay canon lawyers, private detectives and investigators with canonical authority to serve as an official Church Tribunal for adjudicating criminal allegations about bishops. The Church also needs a lay “security” service to act as a police force of canon law enforcement to coercively relieve criminal bishops of their office and imprison them when they are found guilty of crimes, as well as confiscating any embezzled church funds. Unfortunately, the modernist bishops have demonstrated too much corruption and infiltration by the Lavender Mafia and liberal modernist heretics who support the Lavender Mafia’s LGBT agenda to be entrusted with policing themselves.

    The other reform which should be explored is making it a goal to have every seminary class comprised of 50% laymen studying to be married deacons, canon lawyers, and professors of theology, philosophy, and canon law. This would add a needed check on the influence of the Lavender Mafia. It would also prepare a very needed resource of married, heterosexual Catholic men for leadership positions in the Church. Part of the seminary education for married deacons and lay canon lawyers should be focused on preparing them to serve on the national Church Tribunal to investigate corrupt bishops and priests. Only when there is a fear of an immediate lay-directed investigative dragnet in the event of crimes by bishops and priests will this nonsense begin to stop. Any priest or bishop found guilty of sex crimes should be immediately defrocked, laicized and removed from church salary funds. Any property they have accrued from church salary should be used to pay damages to victims. The gravy train meal ticket for freeloading, embezzling perverts needs to be ended. If you’re a pervert, your days as a Catholic priest or bishop are over.

  2. [The net widens further]

    Call for three cardinals to be removed from World Meeting of Families line-up

    Survivors claim each has questions to answer about known clerical child abusers

    Fri, Aug 10, 2018 – Patsy McGarry

    A group representing clerical child sex survivors worldwide has written an open letter to Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin seeking the removal of three cardinals from World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events in Dublin later this month.

    Archbishop Martin is chairing the WMOF board.

    Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA) represents survivors in 15 countries and aims to hold the Vatican to account over clerical abuse of minors.

    It says the three cardinals – Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life which has overall responsibility for the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga of Honduras and a member of Pope Francis’s Council of Cardinals, and Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl should be “investigated, not honoured”.

    The organisation claims they have covered up for clergy who abused minors, something denied by the three cardinals.

    “Any bishop who covers up for another bishop should not be trusted to safeguard Catholic families, much less preach to the world about the sacred and intrinsic dignity and meaning of family life. We are deeply troubled that three cardinals who may have protected abusive brother bishops are playing significant roles at the World Meeting of Families,” it said.

    Sexually abused minors

    They noted how recently former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick in the US was removed from ministry following accusations that he had sexually abused minors as well as seminarians and young priests.

    Cardinal Wuerl succeeded McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington in 2006 “around the time New Jersey dioceses were settling with McCarrick’s victims.”

    Last month it emerged that Cardinal Maradiaga’s close associate and auxiliary bishop in Honduras, Bishop Juan Jose Pineda, was removed because of sexually abusing seminarians.

    Cardinal Farrell was consecrated Auxiliary Bishop of Washington in 2002 by then Archbishop McCarrick and served as vicar general.

    “I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before in the six years I was there with him,” Cardinal Farrell said last month, referring to former Cardinal McCarrick and the allegations against him. He had “no indication, none whatsoever”.

    From Drimnagh in Dublin, Cardinal Farrell and his brother Bishop Brian Farrell, secretary of the Vatican’s Council for Promoting Christian Unity, began their clerical careers as members of the controversial Legionaries of Christ.

    Bishop Farrell remains a member while Cardinal Farrell left them in 1981.

    Serial sex abuser

    Legionaries of Christ founder Fr Marcial Maciel, who died in 2008, was exposed as a serial sex abuser of boys and young men and father of six children by multiple women and was removed from ministry in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

    In 2016, when asked by The Irish Times what he had known about Fr Maciel’s activities as a sexual predator, Cardinal Farrell said: “I never knew anything back then. I worked in Monterrey, and maybe I would have met Maciel once or twice, but I never suspected anything . . . I left the Legionaries because I had intellectual differences with them.”

    The survivors want the pope to acknowledge and meet publicly with survivor leaders of Ireland during his visit and to announce that the next WMOF will be dedicated to the impact and prevention of sexual violence, particularly clergy sexual violence, on families.

  3. “Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect at the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life which has overall responsibility for the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Óscar Maradiaga of Honduras and a member of Pope Francis’s Council of Cardinals, and Archbishop of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl should be “investigated, not honoured”.
    Nay, nay, my friend. Defrocked and sent to Jail would be a better solution. That these three are apparently friends of Bergoglio says all anyone needs to know about the state of the Hierarchy in our times.

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