Pa. court reverses conviction of Catholic church official jailed in clergy abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA –  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints.


His former Archdiocese now in shambles, retired Philadelphia prelate waxes affectionately about the “many graces” of the 2nd Vatican Council.

Through the council, “many graces” were given to the Church, he said, but following Vatican II, the Church also faced many challenges, and “not all of them have been met.”

Among these challenges has been the question of what constitutes “the Spirit of Vatican II,” Cardinal Rigali said, citing Pope Benedict XVI, who said “there is no spirit of Vatican II independent of what Vatican II says.”

He also recalled the former Pontiff’s quote, “Not everything that happened in the name of Vatican II belonged to Vatican II.”

A proper reading of Vatican II sheds light on our efforts to faithfully understand the intersection of the Church and the modern world, the cardinal explained.

“As we read the documents 50 years later, it’s amazing to see how relevant they are, how much they apply to the Church,” he remarked.


Editor’s note: Maybe something was lost in translation … or maybe the Cardinal’s memory has failed.  One thing’s certain though … the current Archbishop of Philadelphia – Charles Chaput – who inherited the mess – has necessarily been invoking the Holy Name of Jesus with greater and greater frequency. The big question: Is he invoking the Traditional pre-Vatican II Jesus (as in praise, worship and petitions) … or the modernist, “worldly” post-Vatican II Jesus (as in accidentally hitting his thumb with a hammer?)

Summary of the Gosnell abortion case grand jury report. (Not for the faint of heart.)


It was all in the open at 3801 N. Lancaster St., insanely blatant in the sheer horrific scale of murder, murders of babies born alive, infanticide, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, hindering, obstruction, and tampering, perjury, illegal late-term abortions, violations of the Abortion Control Act, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, abuse of corpse, theft by deception, conspiracy, corrupt organization, and corruption of minors.

Think I’m exaggerating? Those are the charges recommended against Gosnell and members of his staff by the appalled Grand Jury (pg. 219).

Complete details from Darwin Catholic

Thanks to American Catholic for the story

Gosnell trial: More gruesome details about what went on at horrific Philadelphia abortion mill.

Former abortion clinic worker James Johnson testified today during the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell and provided jurors with a nauseating account of the horrific conditions at the abortion facility.

Johnson worked as a janitor, maintenance man and plumber of sorts and he was the common-law husband of 51-year-old Elizabeth Hampton, who is herself Gosnell’s wife’s sister. He told jurors some of the morbid details that appear in the grand jury report — including how he threatened to quit working at the abortion clinic because he refused to pull any more flesh from aborted babies out of the plumbing.

His job was to collect abortion remains and take them to basement — but he eventually refused to participate and bags began piling up.

He told the jury toilets backed up one-two times a week and said he opened the outside clean out pipe and fetal parts such as babies’ arms came spilling out.


Late term abortionist Gosnell made $1.5 million a year.

The case has three big consequences. First, it reminds us that the abortion industry is indeed an industry – operating for profit, sometimes with cynical motives. Gosnell claims he was helping poor women, but he charged $3,000 for a procedure and enjoyed an annual income of $1.5 million. That he is accused to reusing medical supplies suggests that he upped his profit margin by reducing costs. Gosnell was a businessman, not a doctor.

Second, the claim that “hundreds” of babies survived the late-term abortion within the mother’s body and had to be killed outside of it blows out of the water the insistence of Planned Parenthood that such survival rates are very rare. Evidently, those babies are made of tougher stuff than prochoice militants realise.

Finally, the Gosnell story has to reopen the discussion about the nature of late-term abortions. It is self-evident that state and local agencies did not do their job, reflecting a “hands-off” approach to the abortion industry by politicians and public employees that smacks of moral complacency.


Abortion horrors in Philadelphia: Kermit Gosnell’s dark, Satanic abortion mill.


View the shocking 21 minute video.
Warning: The truly gory stuff begins around 7:15.

Teacher’s strike welcomes new Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput

“It was the biggest rejection of a contract I have ever seen that I can remember,” Paul Pedlow, a veteran English teacher at Archbishop Ryan, said after results of the secret ballot were announced Tuesday by the Association of Catholic Teachers, Local 1776.

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Philadelphia psychologist: “The 21 priests who were placed on administrative leave were thoroughly investigated and cleared of all charges. What’s sad is that instead of standing up for these priests and defending them, Cardinal Rigali simply handed them over to the investigator.”

“Many of the men who were placed on administrative leave were accused of boundary violations, not sexual abuse,” Kleponis added. “However, because they were lumped together with those who were accused of sexual abuse, the public automatically assumes that these men are also accused of sexual crimes.”

“These innocent men have had their reputations severely damaged. They have yet to be given the opportunity to speak out publicly to try to clear their names.”


Clergy abuse allegations: true, false and truthy

21 Philadelphia priests were recently stood down, even though most of them are clearly not abusers. What is going on?


When all you believe in is “women’s rights” and abortion, pretty soon, every problem begins to look like a baby.

More gory details have emerged in the case of Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor who allegedly made millions of dollars performing illegal abortions at a clinic for over 30 years.

It’s now being alleged that doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which operates two hospitals within a mile of Gosnell’s squalid abortion clinic, failed to report the horrific condition of patients who came to them after having seen Gosnell.

The Daily Mail reports many women who went to Gosnell to end their pregnancies came away with life-threatening infections and punctured organs.

Some of these women reportedly still had fetal parts inside them when they arrived at the hospitals in desperate need of emergency care.

“We are very troubled that almost all of the doctors who treated these women routinely failed to report a fellow physician who was so obviously endangering his patients,” wrote the Philadelphia grand jurors, who recommended a slew of charges against Gosnell and his staff in January.


Philadelphia Catholic laments scandalous betrayal of the faith

It is a true test of faith, to try to remain in the Catholic Church knowing all that has happened, not only in Philadelphia but throughout the world, with clergy sex-abuse scandals. It is like everything I once believed, has been turned upside down, inside out.

The trust that has been broken is almost too great, the betrayal runs so deep. As a child, I was taught to look toward the clergy as an example of what is good and holy, and now I find I have had to tell my children to look away.

I was taught from a young age that as a Catholic, I needed to be careful to not fall prey to the corruption and evil that exists in the secular world around us. But this time the threat comes from within the church. The problems of the outside world have never shaken my beliefs the way the church itself has done in recent years.

I was also taught to speak out against injustice and all that is wrong, and so I do; however it is against all that I have ever known and believed. So for now, I remain, wanting to walk away, but in doing so feeling like I would be abandoning all that the Catholic Church has destroyed.

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Clark, the confessed, self-loathing Catholic from Philadelphia

Back in the day, to be a Catholic school student in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was, by modern standards, to be abused psychologically and physically. Every high school seemed to have at least one priest who was a former Golden Gloves champion and was willing to demonstrate his technique on a prideful student or three. That was part of the mystique, lore, and reality of being a Catholic school kid. And we celebrated it the way Marines celebrate surviving Parris Island.

I think psychiatrists call it the Stockholm syndrome, in which hostages come to identify with and support their captors. They also have a name for the psychological condition manifesting itself in varying degrees among many of us in this room tonight: post-traumatic stress syndrome.

We child soldiers for Christ have been betrayed by our commanders. Most of us are angry or in denial. Some of us are broken.

But what the people who label us “self-loathing Catholics” don’t understand is how much we loved the church. They don’t understand that this awful feeling wasn’t our choice. It was the church that abandoned us. Everybody!

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Philadelphia abortion holocaust: They all stood by and did nothing.

“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.”

Echoing the same kind of dark euphemisms plied by Planned Parenthood propagandists who refer to unborn life as “fetal and uterine material,” Gosnell referred to his deadly trade as “ensuring fetal demise.” Reminiscent of the word wizards who refer to the skull-crushing partial-birth abortion procedure as “intact dilation and evacuation” and “intrauterine cranial decompression,” Gosnell described his destruction of babies’ spinal cords as “snipping.”

He rationalized his macabre habit of cutting off dead babies’ feet and saving them in rows and rows of specimen jars as “research.”

His guilt-ridden employees then took photos of some of the victims before dumping them in shoe-boxes, paper bags, one-gallon spring-water bottles, and glass jars.

They weren’t the only ones who adopted a see-no-evil stance:

*The Pennsylvania Department of Health knew of clinic violations dating back decades, but did nothing;

*The Pennsylvania Department of State was “repeatedly confronted with evidence about Gosnell” – including the clinic’s unclean, unsterile conditions, unlicensed workers, unsupervised sedation, underage abortion patients, and over-prescribing of pain pills with high resale value on the street – “and repeatedly chose to do nothing.”

*Philadelphia Department of Public Health officials who regularly visited Gosnell’s human waste-clogged offices did nothing;

*Nearby hospital officials who treated some of the pregnant mothers who suffered grave complications from Gosnell’s butchery did nothing; and

*The National Abortion Federation, the leading association of abortion providers that is supposed to uphold strict health and legal standards, determined that Gosnell’s chamber of horrors was “the worst abortion clinic she had ever inspected” – but did nothing.

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Pennsylvania Abortion Scandal:”Scores of gruesome killings” of infants born alive.

The grand jury spent a year investigating Gosnell’s practice. According to the report, Gosnell had no nurses on hand to monitor the women’s medication or recovery, no hospital on standby for emergencies and few if any medical records because Gosnell destroyed them. His staff testified about “scores of gruesome killings” of infants born alive.

“These killings became so routine that no one could put an exact number on them,” the grand jury report said. “They were considered ‘standard procedure.'”

Authorities charged that Gosnell deliberately hired unqualified staff so he could pay them low wages. He sent his six children to private schools — one is now a doctor and another a professor — and has a beach house at the New Jersey shore, prosecutors said.

Besides the five charged with murder, five other clinic employees, including Gosnell’s wife, were charged with conspiracy, drug and other crimes. Pearl Gosnell, the doctor’s third wife, performed extremely late-term abortions on Sundays when the clinic was otherwise closed, the report said. All 10 charged were in custody.

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In His Sign Network Catholic Radio available on-line and over the air

By Doug Lawrence
Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I had the opportunity to spend a pleasant hour on the air today, talking about Catholic stuff with Kathleen McCarthy, President of the In His Sign Network, and host of a twice weekly radio program “What the World Needs Now” (5-6 PM Eastern Time, Tuesdays and Wednesdays). See the official site for times and days of other Catholic programs.

Kathleen is a warm, gracious host, very knowledgeable and strong in her Catholic faith. It was great talking with her, and sharing the faith with so many listeners, in such a public setting.

Kathleen also conducts retreats and workshops, and is available to speak to Catholic groups and conferences . Kathleen’s contact information.

Thanks to Kathleen, for inviting me to be on her program, and special thanks to Harry, who arranged the interview.

I’ve always maintained that good Catholics are some of the nicest people you’re ever going to meet … this side of Heaven … and that certainly applies here!

In the Philadelphia area, tune-in to WTMR-800 AM.

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The City of Philadelphia is in the Business of Killing Babies

According to reports the teen was originally excited about the baby, even discussing a name for her second child. But all that ended, according to the girl’s foster mother when a DHS employee allegedly told the girl that DHS would separate her children if she had the second child. It was shortly after that when the girl announced her determination to abort her child.

The girl’s social worker Marisol Rivera, was ordered to take the girl to the clinic but she had refused to take the teen due to her “religious beliefs.” Her supervisor threatened to fire her for insubordination. She said, “They hired me to work in child protection, not to kill children.” according to the Daily News.

A short while later, Rivera was not so mysteriously fired for “deficiencies” in her job performance.

Stanton, who advised the Daily News reporter on abortion law for the story, said that the city could face numerous legal issues on many fronts as he questioned the legality of the city department paying for abortions with taxpayer money, the legality of crossing state lines with a minor to procure a late term abortion, and he said that if the allegations prove true the city acted criminally in coercing a minor to procure an abortion.

Stanton also wondered if DHS informed the court when they received the court order that they would be transporting the girl to a different state for a late term abortion which is illegal in Pennsylvania.

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Scouts sue after Philly demands rent or new policy

Scouts sue after Philly demands rent or new policy


PHILADELPHIA (AP)  A Boy Scouts chapter engaged in a long fight over gay rights has sued the city of Philadelphia to try to avoid paying $200,000 a year in rent to stay in the city-owned space
that has been its headquarters for 80 years.

The Cradle of Liberty Council currently pays $1 annually for the space, but the city has given it until Saturday to open their membership to gays or start being charged fair-market rent.

The federal suit filed Friday accuses the city of censorship for targeting the Scouts but maintaining free or nominal leases with other groups that limit membership, such as Baptist and Roman Catholic church
groups and The Colonial Dames of America.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the Boy Scouts, as a private group, have a First Amendment
right to bar gays.

But the policy has had consequences, with municipalities, charities and donors withholding support. “We will not allow discrimination in providing services on city property,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday.

A 1982 city ordinance bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and other grounds.

“We’re not punishing them for not admitting homosexuals,” City Solicitor Shelley Smith said. “But they can’t get free rent and violate our policy.”

Smith said the city was unaware of any discrimination by other groups with city-subsidized space, but that it would investigate any complaints.

The Cradle of Liberty Council oversees about 300 troops in Philadelphia and suburban Delaware and Montgomery counties. It serves about 70,000 children, including 50,000 in the city, the suit said.

The Scouts say the higher rent would force them to cut programs, and represents the cost of sending about 800 needy children to summer camp. “They’re providing a tremendous public benefit. They’re giving back a whole lot more than what they get from the city,” said lawyer Jason Gosselin, who represents the Cradle of Liberty Council.

The group adopted an explicit nondiscrimination policy in 2003 after negotiations with the city. But it was forced to rescind it when the Boy Scouts of America said Philadelphia Scout officials could not deviate
from national rules barring participation by anyone who is openly gay.

The Cradle of Liberty Council then negotiated compromise language that barred “unlawful discrimination.” “It was a non-issue once the 2004 agreement was reached, and then sort of out of the blue it’s being brought up again,” Gosselin said.

Smith said the city fears that the language does not go far enough and provides the Scouts wiggle room to ban gays by citing the Supreme Court ruling. “I think they think that their First Amendment right trumps our local ordinance,” Smith said.

The city owns the Beaux Arts headquarters constructed by the Scouts in 1928 and the land beneath it. The Scouts have spent about $60,000 a year to maintain the building, and another $1.5 million for renovations in 1994, the suit said.

The building would be far from the first loss associated with the Boy Scouts’ policy on homosexuals.

Film director Steven Spielberg resigned from the national group’s advisory board. The city of Berkeley, Calif., stopped lending its marina for free to the Berkeley Sea Scouts. United Way chapters stopped funding programs, and the Defense Department stopped sponsoring troops.

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