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“It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult”: How Many Child Molestation Investigations Overlap?

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COMMENT: With Bene­dict XVI hav­ing exit­ed pre­cip­i­tous­ly, one can but won­der how many of the emerg­ing child-molesta­tion scan­dals emerg­ing actu­al­ly over­lap and what sort of pow­er-polit­i­cal  inter­ests have been uti­liz­ing those enmeshed in the affairs for black­mail and polit­i­cal and/or eco­nom­ic gain?

Among the long-time pals and sup­port­ers of for­mer Penn State defen­sive coach Jer­ry San­dusky is Sen­a­tor Rick San­to­rum. San­to­rum con­tin­ued to defend San­dusky after it emerged that he was molest­ing kids.

In FTR 559, we have not­ed San­to­rum’s close rela­tion­ship with Opus Dei–a secre­tive, fas­cist-con­nect­ed order that has gained great pow­er under the last two papa­cies. 

When that most sul­lied of Fed­er­al retirees for­mer FBI direc­tor Louis Freeh was appoint­ed to head the Penn State molesta­tion scan­dal, it was appar­ent that there was more to that inves­ti­ga­tion than met the eye at first.

Might there be a Vatican/Catholic Church con­nec­tion to the Penn State case?

The now-dis­graced Car­di­nal Kei­th O’Brien was very close to the late child-molest­ing BBC star Jim­my Sav­ile, who presided over the pop­u­lar “Top of the Pops” show for many years. Sav­ile had been made a Vat­i­can knight by Ratzinger/Benedict’s pre­de­ces­sor, John Paul II.

Might there be a Vatican/Catholic Church con­nec­tion to the Sav­ile case?

We also note that Britain’s high­est-rank­ing Roman Catholic will not have any say in who replaces the recent­ly-resigned Ratzinger/Benedict as Pope.

One should remem­ber that “hav­ing the goods” on a well-placed indi­vid­ual such as San­dusky or Sav­ile could be of con­sid­er­able use to a poten­tial black­mail­er. The fix­ing of sport­ing events and pro­mot­ing music acts are both long-stand­ing main­stays of orga­nized crime. Both are­nas of activ­i­ty would also be of inter­est to any enti­ty involved in seri­ous mon­ey-mak­ing.

In FTR #724, we high­light­ed the col­lab­o­ra­tion of one of Aus­trali­a’s most promi­nent Catholic the­olo­gians in the San­tiken­i­tan Park association–a mind-con­trol cult with which we believe Julian Assange is affil­i­at­ed.

Is there a Vatican/Catholic Church link to the San­tiken­i­tan Park group and/or the Nazi-linked Wik­iLeaks.

As one wag who blogged about the San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion observed; “What good is an LSD mind con­trol reli­gious cult sex­ual abuse sto­ry with­out the Catholic Church mak­ing a guest appear­ance?”

When pon­der­ing these ques­tions, remem­ber that cen­tral to Catholic reli­gious prac­tice is the rit­u­al of confession–of major inter­est to intel­li­gence ser­vices and poten­tial polit­i­cal black­mail­ers.

“San­to­rum: ‘Angel’ award for Penn State’s San­dusky”; Seat­tle PI; 11/9/2011.

EXCERPT: Ex-Sen. Rick San­to­rum, run­ning for the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, in 2002 nom­i­nat­ed for­mer Penn State defen­sive coor­di­na­tor Jer­ry San­dusky for a “Con­gres­sion­al Angels in Adop­tion Award.”

The nom­i­na­tion by San­to­rum was made in the same year that a Penn State grad­u­ate assis­tant spot­ted San­dusky alleged­ly per­form­ing a sex act with a young boy in a show­er at the university’s ath­let­ic com­plex. He report­ed the inci­dent a day lat­er to head foot­ball coach Joe Pater­no.

“Its phi­los­o­phy is sim­ple: It is eas­i­er to devel­op a child than to reha­bil­i­tate an adult,” read the cita­tion from San­to­rum in an awards din­ner pro­gram dat­ed Sept. 24, 2002.

The cita­tion was refer­ring to The Sec­ond Mile, a char­i­ty launched by San­dusky in 1977 to serve dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren. It was first report­ed Wednes­day by the Philadel­phia Inquir­er.

San­dusky has since been charged with mul­ti­ple counts of child abuse. The university’s ath­let­ic direc­tor and a vice pres­i­dent have been charged with per­jury. Pater­no, 84, coach for more than four decades, announced on Wednes­day that he will retire at the end of the year.

San­to­rum is run­ning for pres­i­dent as a social con­ser­v­a­tive and fam­i­ly val­ues cham­pi­on. He is a strong oppo­nent of abor­tion, crit­ic of con­tra­cep­tion, and out­spo­ken foe of such gay and les­bian caus­es as mar­riage equal­i­ty. . . .

“Jim­my Sav­ile and the Car­di­nal: Britain’s Top Catholic Cler­ic Was Friend of Dis­graced TV Host” by Steve White; The Mir­ror [UK]; 2/26/2013.

EXCERPT: Grin­ning and giv­ing a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cler­ic pos­es with his friend, dis­graced pae­dophile Jim­my Sav­ile.

The snap, tak­en six years ago, emerged last night after Car­di­nal Kei­th O’Brien quit amid alle­ga­tions of “inap­pro­pri­ate acts” towards fel­low priests.

The pho­to was tak­en in Edin­burgh in 2007 as fund-rais­er Sav­ile and the car­di­nal unveiled a £375,000 vehi­cle for the dis­abled.

The pair first met in the 70s, when O’Brien was a priest in Kil­syth, North Lanark­shire – and worked with a friend of Savile’s mum.

Anoth­er priest at Kil­syth at the time has been sus­pend­ed fol­low­ing claims of abuse against two young vic­tims.
It was Car­di­nal O’Brien who ordered the inves­ti­ga­tion last Sep­tem­ber.

When Savile’s vile secrets became known, the car­di­nal called for him to be stripped of his papal knight­hood, award­ed in 1990.
Car­di­nal O’Brien quit just 24 hours before he was due to fly to Rome to help choose the next pope. . . .

“Ronald Con­way: The Hands-On Psy­chol­o­gist Who Helped the Catholic Church’s Trainee Priests”; clericalwhispers.blogspot.com; 5/17/2010.

EXCERPT . . . Conway’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy says that he began his LSD exper­i­ments at St Vincent’s Hos­pi­tal. And for­mer patients say that Con­way also admin­is­tered LSD to them at the Newhaven psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal which was sit­u­ated at 86 Nor­manby Road, Kew, in Melbourne’s inner east.

In the late 1960s and dur­ing the 1970s, Newhaven hos­pi­tal was owned and man­aged by Mar­ion Vil­limek, a mem­ber of a “New Age” sect called the San­ti­nike­tan Park Asso­ci­a­tion, also known as “The Fam­ily”. A leader of the sect, Anne Hamil­ton-Byrne, was also an admin­is­tra­tor at the Newhaven. Con­way, Eric Seal and oth­er ther­a­pists hired con­sult­ing rooms there on a ses­sional basis, and were not involved with the sect. Newhaven ceased being a hos­pi­tal in 1992.

Ronald Con­way became one of Australia’s most promi­nent Catholic intel­lec­tu­als, writ­ing books and news­pa­per arti­cles about Aus­tralian soci­ety. He also appeared in radio and tele­vi­sion dis­cus­sion pro­grams as a psy­chol­o­gist and social com­men­ta­tor.

When the church’s sex­ual scan­dals became news in Aus­tralia in the 1990s, Con­way some­times com­mented on the issues of celiba­cy and sex­ual abuse. . . .

. . . “After sev­eral ses­sions with Con­way, it was sug­gested that I under­go LSD ther­apy in Newhaven Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal as an overnight patient. It was explained to me that this ther­apy was a way to fast-track psy­cho­analy­sis and would be very help­ful in accept­ing my sex­u­al­ity. Con­way, as a psy­chol­o­gist, had no qual­i­fi­ca­tions to admin­is­ter drugs. I did not under­stand this at the time.

“Dur­ing the last ses­sion I came to believe that I had been in the pres­ence of God who autho­rized me to lead the sex­ual life which had been cho­sen for me.

“Con­way then sug­gested that I con­tinue to see him with­out the use of LSD.I explained to him that my finances were stretched and that it was not pos­si­ble. He said that it was impor­tant that I con­tinue to see him and that if I were will­ing he would see me at his home in Tor­ring­ton Street, Can­ter­bury, gratis.

“What a shock I got when one night he made advances to me and we end­ed up on the floor of his sit­ting room. The room was dec­o­rated as if it were the inside of an Egypt­ian tomb. He said this should not have hap­pened but that, as it had, we should do it prop­erly in his bed­room. It was a spar­tan room with the bed cov­ers on a sin­gle bed already turned down and elec­tric bar heaters turned on rest­ing on tables either side. . . .

. . . ”In the ear­ly 1990s, when I was 48 years of age, I was a patient in the Freemason’s Hos­pi­tal and woke up one after­noon to find Ron Con­way sit­ting on my bed hold­ing my hand. He had heard from some­one that I was in hos­pi­tal. I made it clear that I was not hap­py with his pres­ence . He explained to me that he had been fol­low­ing my life through a work col­league of mine, anoth­er psy­chol­o­gist.“Ron Con­way nev­er appeared again.” . . .


3 comments for ““It’s Easier to Develop a Child than to Rehabilitate an Adult”: How Many Child Molestation Investigations Overlap?”

  1. Re: San­dusky, Penn State and The Catholic Church

    No doubt this D.A. could have revealed a lot, if he was still alive:


    “One of the ques­tions sur­round­ing the sex-abuse case against Jer­ry San­dusky is why a for­mer dis­trict attor­ney chose not to pros­e­cute the then-Penn State assis­tant coach in 1998 after reports sur­faced that he had inap­pro­pri­ate inter­ac­tions with a boy.
    The answer is unknow­able because of an unsolved mys­tery: What hap­pened to Ray Gricar, the Cen­tre Coun­ty, Pa., dis­trict attor­ney?
    Gricar went miss­ing in April 2005. The murky cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing his dis­ap­pear­ance — an aban­doned car, a lap­top recov­ered months lat­er in a riv­er with­out a hard dri­ve, his body was nev­er found —
    “No one got a bye with Ray,” said Antho­ny De Boef, who worked as an assis­tant dis­trict attor­ney under Gricar for five years. “He didn’t care who you were; he had a job to do.”

    De Boef said Gricar did not share any infor­ma­tion with him about the case in 1998, which involved San­dusky alleged­ly show­er­ing with an 11-year-old boy. Gricar, he said, reviewed the police reports in pri­vate includ­ing, pre­sum­ably, notes or record­ings of two con­ver­sa­tions that the police heard between San­dusky and the boy’s moth­er. But Gricar had a rep­u­ta­tion for thor­ough­ness, and if he thought he had enough to charge San­dusky, he would have, De Boef and oth­er lawyers said.

    Still, the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Gricar’s dis­ap­pear­ance prompt many ques­tions.

    On April 15, 2005, Gricar, then 59, took the day off. At about 11:30 a.m., he called his girl­friend, Patri­cia For­ni­co­la, to say he was tak­ing a dri­ve on Route 192. About 12 hours lat­er, she report­ed him miss­ing.

    The next day, Gricar’s Mini Coop­er was found in a park­ing lot in Lewis­burg, about 50 miles from his home in Belle­fonte. Gricar’s cell­phone was in the car, but not his lap­top, wal­let or keys, which were nev­er recov­ered. Months lat­er, the lap­top was found in the Susque­han­na Riv­er with­out its hard dri­ve, which was dis­cov­ered lat­er. It was too dam­aged to yield any infor­ma­tion. On the fourth anniver­sary of his dis­ap­pear­ance, inves­ti­ga­tors revealed that a search of his home com­put­er yield­ed a his­to­ry of Inter­net search­es for phras­es like “how to wreck a hard dri­ve,” accord­ing to a report at the time in The Cen­tre Dai­ly Times.

    The Catholic Min­istry at Penn State:


    Cam­pus Min­istry at Penn State Uni­ver­si­ty

    “The Bene­dic­tine Monks who run the Penn State Catholic Cam­pus Min­istry assist the 10,000 Catholic stu­dents and employ­ees at Penn State in nur­tur­ing their faith through dai­ly and week­end litur­gies, retreats, ser­vice and social jus­tice projects, prayer and faith shar­ing groups and orga­ni­za­tions such as the New­man Catholic Stu­dent Asso­ci­a­tion.
    For those prepar­ing to join the Church, Cam­pus Min­istry pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn about the faith in the com­pa­ny of a warm and sup­port­ive com­mu­ni­ty through the Rite of Chris­t­ian Ini­ti­a­tion for Adults. In addi­tion, Catholics dis­cern­ing a reli­gious voca­tion have the sup­port and guid­ance of ordained cler­gy and pro­fes­sion­al staff.
    ‑pic­tured in the above page is this: “A glimpse at the future ‑The Suzanne Poh­land Pater­no Catholic Stu­dent Faith Cen­ter at Penn State Uni­ver­si­ty”

    Posted by Swamp | March 5, 2013, 9:09 am
  2. Find­ing a SNAP-approved pope: requires more secre­cy than you might expect:

    Wash­ing­ton Post
    Col­lege of Car­di­nals impos­es media black­out

    By Jason Horowitz, Updat­ed: Wednes­day, March 6, 10:48 AM

    VATICAN CITY — The Col­lege of Car­di­nals that will elect the next pope cut off for­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tions with the news media on Wednes­day after their pri­vate delib­er­a­tions emerged in the Ital­ian press, rais­ing the specter of a leak­ing scan­dal that cast a pall over the last year in office of Pope Bene­dict XVI.

    “Con­cern was expressed in the Gen­er­al Con­gre­ga­tion about leaks of con­fi­den­tial pro­ceed­ings report­ed in Ital­ian news­pa­pers,” said Sis­ter Mary Ann Walsh, direc­tor of media rela­tions for the U.S. Con­fer­ence of Catholic Bish­ops, who has orga­nized news con­fer­ences with Amer­i­can car­di­nals in recent days. “As a pre­cau­tion, the car­di­nals have agreed not to do inter­views.”

    The deci­sion, com­mu­ni­cat­ed only an hour before a sched­uled news con­fer­ence with Amer­i­can car­di­nals on Wednes­day after­noon, marked a quick end to a brief peri­od of open­ness on the part of the Amer­i­cans, who had said they hoped to keep reporters as informed as pos­si­ble with­out break­ing vows of secre­cy.

    The Vat­i­can declined to spec­i­fy who in the col­lege expressed oppo­si­tion to the news brief­in­gs, say­ing only that as the car­di­nals pre­pare for the con­clave that will elect the next pon­tiff, “they real­ize the impor­tance of keep­ing things among them­selves,” said the Rev. Tom Rosi­ca, a Vat­i­can spokesman.

    A report Wednes­day by Italy’s most author­i­ta­tive Vat­i­can reporter, La Stampa’s Andrea Torniel­li, dis­closed details of the car­di­nals’ pri­vate delib­er­a­tions, includ­ing the rev­e­la­tion that they had called for reforms of the Roman Curia, the bureau­cra­cy that gov­erns the Catholic Church, and had asked for more infor­ma­tion about the leak­ing of papal cor­re­spon­dence, a scan­dal known as VatiLeaks that engulfed the Vat­i­can last year. Torniel­li also report­ed that embat­tled Car­di­nal Roger Maho­ny of Los Ange­les had spo­ken, that car­di­nals called for bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions between the pope and the heads of the var­i­ous church depart­ments, and that some car­di­nals want­ed to extend the pre­lim­i­nary talks into next week.

    Accord­ing to Vat­i­can offi­cials and experts, the media black­out might be more than a crack­down in reac­tion to the leak. It could also have a polit­i­cal dimen­sion. One Vat­i­can offi­cial speak­ing on back­ground said that Ital­ian car­di­nals, some of whom stand to ben­e­fit most from a quick con­clave, had expressed mis­giv­ings about the Amer­i­can news con­fer­ences, dur­ing which U.S. prelates artic­u­lat­ed what they were look­ing for in a pope. They often described cri­te­ria that did not match the char­ac­ter­is­tics of car­di­nals in the curia. The Amer­i­can car­di­nals also repeat­ed­ly said they want­ed more time to lis­ten to their col­leagues and get to know one anoth­er, a posi­tion that Vat­i­can experts said dimin­ished the chances and pow­er of bet­ter-known Roman offi­cials, many of them Ital­ian, who would gain from a speed­i­er process.


    Vat­i­can experts instead inter­pret­ed the delay as they did the ten­sion over talk­ing to the media — as anoth­er polit­i­cal pow­er strug­gle between offi­cials in the Roman Curia and out­siders.

    “Some peo­ple in the curia want­ed an ear­ly elec­tion because it would ben­e­fit the front-run­ners, and it would ben­e­fit the cur­ial car­di­nals who already know every­body in the Col­lege of Car­di­nals,” said the Rev. Tom Reese, a polit­i­cal sci­en­tist and author of the book, “Inside the Vat­i­can.”

    “Who does it hurt?” he asked. “The unknown can­di­date who would make a great pope, the younger car­di­nals; they are going to be depen­dent on the cur­ial offi­cials.”


    The Vat­i­can said Wednes­day there was no con­nec­tion between extend­ed pre­lim­i­nary meet­ings and a short con­clave. “We should resist the link,” Rosi­ca said.

    News that the Amer­i­cans had can­celed their news con­fer­ences, which had become a dai­ly rit­u­al here, streamed into the smart­phones of reporters dur­ing the dai­ly Vat­i­can brief­ing. It was the first thing reporters asked Lom­bar­di about when he opened the floor to ques­tions, reflect­ing the incon­ve­nient sto­ry lines that can emerge for the Vat­i­can in what is essen­tial­ly a news­less envi­ron­ment.

    It is a vac­u­um that crit­ics of the church have rushed to fill. Ear­li­er Wednes­day, the Sur­vivors Net­work of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an orga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports vic­tims of sex abuse by cler­ics, held a well-attend­ed news con­fer­ence in which it released a list of a “dirty dozen” car­di­nals it con­sid­ers unac­cept­able lead­ers of the church based on their past han­dling of the child sex-abuse cri­sis. Among them were car­di­nals often men­tioned as prime can­di­dates for the pon­tif­i­cate, includ­ing car­di­nals Tim­o­thy Dolan of New York, O’Malley of Boston, Leonar­do San­dri of Argenti­na, Peter Turk­son of Ghana, Ange­lo Sco­la of Italy and Marc Ouel­let of Cana­da.

    “It real­ly isn’t up to SNAP to decide who should or should not par­tic­i­pate in the con­clave,” said Rosi­ca.

    One Vat­i­can insid­er close to the church hier­ar­chy ques­tioned the wis­dom of a media black­out, sug­gest­ing that the church was only cre­at­ing a headache for itself.


    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 6, 2013, 11:25 am
  3. Con­sid­er­ing that the fall­out over the sex abuse scan­dals is pre­sumed to be a fac­tor in the Pope’s res­ig­na­tion, this seems ill-advised:

    Vat­i­can: Vic­tim group wrong to crit­i­cize car­di­nals
    | March 13, 2013 | Updat­ed: March 13, 2013 11:29am

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A church sex abuse vic­tims group is act­ing out of “neg­a­tive prej­u­dices” when demand­ing some car­di­nals with­draw from the papal elec­tion, the Vat­i­can spokesman said Wednes­day.

    The Rev. Fed­eri­co Lom­bar­di said at a news brief­ing that the crit­i­cisms raised by the Sur­vivors Net­work of those Abused by Priests are “well known” and car­di­nals already have respond­ed.

    The Sur­vivors Net­work has said Car­di­nal Roger Maho­ny should with­draw from the con­clave because con­fi­den­tial church files released last month showed the retired Los Ange­les arch­bish­op was among church offi­cials who had shield­ed abu­sive priests and failed to pro­tect chil­dren.

    Maho­ny has apol­o­gized repeat­ed­ly for how he respond­ed to abuse claims. His suc­ces­sor in Los Ange­les, Arch­bish­op Jose Gomez, stripped Maho­ny of his pub­lic duties. But the car­di­nal has said Vat­i­can offi­cials told him to par­tic­i­pate in the con­clave, which began Tues­day.

    “We are con­vinced that there are opti­mal rea­sons to believe these car­di­nals should be held in esteem and should enter in the con­clave, and they have all the right to be present in the con­clave,” Lom­bar­di said at a news brief­ing on the sec­ond day of the con­clave. “We don’t believe they should be incon­ve­nienced or put under pres­sure by the con­sid­er­a­tions made by SNAP which are, by my read­ing, informed by very neg­a­tive prej­u­dices.”


    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 13, 2013, 8:55 am

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