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MAN ARRESTED AFTER SUING THE VATICAN
Courthouse News Service ^ | A. D. 1 November 2010 | Tim Hill

Posted on 11/06/2010 11:54:39 PM PDT by Robert Drobot

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A man charged with assaulting a priest at a Jesuit retirement home has sued the Vatican, claiming it knew its priest had sexually molested him and others, and failed to protect him from being "raped, tortured, and forced to engage in sexual acts with his own brother," when they were children.
William Lynch, 43, was arrested on Friday, 2 days after he sued the Vatican, the Oakland Archdiocese, the Jesuit Order, The Christian Family Movement and others in Federal Court. Lynch was accused of assaulting the Rev. Jerold Lindner, 65, in the lobby of a retirement home in Los Gatos, in May this year.
Lynch claims Lindner oversaw his rape, torture and abuse at a summer camp when he was 7, and that the religious defendants knew of Lindner's propensities, and covered for him for decades.
"In May 1975, plaintiff was entrusted to a CFM [Christian Family Movement] children's camp in Portola State Park in the state of California, whereat he was raped, tortured, and forced to engage in sexual acts with is own brother by Jesuit priest and CFM Camp Spiritual Advisor Jerold W. Lindner. Plaintiff was 7 years old at that time," according to the complaint.
"Not only did the Jesuit Order know of Lindner's propensities for child rape and abuse, Lindner was well known by his order as a 'torturer of children.' He was specifically known for sexual gratification while torturing his victims among his order, and his reputation and knowledge of his crimes extended all the way to the Holy See in the 1970s [and] 1980s."
Lynch's lawyer told The Associated Press last week that Lynch put up $25,000 bail and will plead not guilty to the assault charges. No explanation was provided why Lynch was arrested 2 days after he filed his lawsuit for an assault that allegedly occurred in May.
Lynch says in his complaint that the Vatican and the other defendants continue to protect the retired priest after "decades of abuse and hundreds of victims."
"Lindner was a Roman Catholic Priest and employee of Defendant Catholic Church for over four decades," according to the complaint.
"Even now, although the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy See know of Lindner's decades of abuse and hundreds of victims, Lindner still receives a pension from the Holy See and Oakland Archdiocese and has yet to be defrocked," the complaint states.
Lindner is not named as a defendant in Lynch's complaint.
The Associated Press reported on Friday, however, that "Father Lindner, 65, has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his sister and nieces and nephews. ... He has previously denied abusing the Lynch boys and has not been criminally charged. The abuse falls outside the statute of limitations."
The AP report continued: "Father Lindner was removed from the ministry and placed at the Los Gatos retirement home in 2001.
"He was named in two additional lawsuits for abuse between 1973 and 1985, according to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The cases were included in a $660 million settlement struck between the church and more than 550 plaintiffs in 2007."
Lynch claims that the Vatican and the other defendants not only covered for Lindner's sexual abuse but continued to promote him despite their guilty knowledge.
"Lindner's sexual abuse of children began in [the] 1950s, continued through the 1970s and persisted into the 1980s, when Lindner was actually promoted by defendants to a teacher post at an all boys school, Loyola High School in Los Angeles," according to the complaint.
"Lindner actually abused his own nieces, nephews and a younger sibling, all of which was brought to the attention of the Catholic Church by Lindner's own brother. One memorandum among his superiors regarding Lindner's conduct reads that the accusations ... should be kept 'internal to the Society of Jesus.' Further, the Catholic Church has never reported Lindner's crimes, despite knowledge of them, to any law enforcement agency, parent or teacher," according to the complaint.
Lynch and his brother settled a previous lawsuit for their alleged abuse at the children's camp, accepting $625,000 from the Jesuits of the California Province in 1998, the AP reported.
According to his federal complaint: "The sexual abuse of plaintiff, and the circumstances under which the abuse occurred, caused plaintiff to develop various psychological coping mechanisms and symptoms of psychological distress, including great shame, guilt, rage, alcohol abuse, self-blame, depression, repression and disassociation. As a result, plaintiff was unable to perceive or know the existence or nature of his psychological and emotional injuries and their connection to the sexual abuse perpetuated upon him by Lindner.
"Plaintiff is still unaware of the deep and troubling psychological pain caused by Lindner and all defendants."
Lynch seeks punitive damages.
He is represented by Eugene P. Harris with Geragos & Geragos of Los Angeles.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: California
KEYWORDS: children; paragraphs; pope; rape; repost; torture
A victim of child rape by Newjesuit presbyter Jerold Lindner attacked his rapist with his bare fists and soundly beat him up. The San Jose, California, man, William Lynch, took the sword of justice into his own hands. He told the press: "You can’t put into words what this guy [Lindner] did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life." Lynch was age 7 at the time when presbyter Lindner started raping him on Newchurch-sponsored camping trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The presbyter told the child: "You will go to Hell if you tell anyone what happened."
Who can blame the victim? The ecclesiastical and civil "justice" systems completely failed. The presbyter had raped not only Lynch, but also his little brother. But instead of punishing the presbyter, Newchurch officials hid its presbyter's crimes and let him continue his predations upon children unabated.
The rapist presbyter had been fingered by a dozen children and parents up and down California while Newchurch popes and bishops sat on their hands. Even when the presbyter's own sister, nieces, and nephews accused him of having raped them for years while Newchurch popes and bishops sat on their hands. Most of presbyter Lindner’s family severed contact with him after discovering he had raped family members as young as age 3. Lindner ended up with bruises and lacerations as a result of the victim's justice -- a lot less than what Lindner inflicted on his child victims. He was well enough to drive himself to the hospital.
But such is the injustice of the ecclesiastical and civil "justice" systems that it is the victim who is arrested. The rapist presbyter gets of scot free because of an arbitrary "statute of limitations" in California for child rape. But California has no statute of limitations for murder. Go figure!
The Lynch brothers were aged 5 and 7 when presbyter Lindner, on camping trips sponsored by Newchurch, took them into the Santa Cruz mountains and raped them repeatedly. A psychologist said of the incident: "Reading about Lindner in media accounts throughout the years and realizing he had gone unpunished could have pushed Lynch to act. Imagine holding something inside for 35 years and letting it fester. He’s probably thinking, 'You're living your life and here I am a failure and all because of what you did to me on that day.’" Yes, imagine.
There have been several other instances of frustrated child-victims exacting justice from guilty Newchurch clergy when the ecclesiastical and civil "justice" systems have completely failed. Newchurch and civil authorities have worked to keep these instances of retributive justice quiet, probably fearing that by their example, numerous others of the 100,000 child victims of Newchurch bishops and presbyters would get the courage to act.
In Baltimore, Maryland, a child-victim of assault and sodomy by a Newchurch presbyter shot the clergyman three times after the presbyter told him to go away when he demanded an apology. The victim in that case was acquitted of attempted murder. The notorious paedophile presbyter John Geoghan, who was considered too vile even by the prisoners, was strangled to death in his jail cell. Geoghan had been convicted of molesting as many as 150 boys.
The presbyter's own sister, whom Lindner also raped repeatedly, told the press: "Jerry’s [presbyter Lindner] violent, and I would not be surprised if he did get beat up. I could understand somebody getting that mad. I’ve often said myself that I don’t trust myself around him. I would likely wind up in jail because I'd probably kick him somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine — and I’m his sister." The presbyter's own brother, a retired Los Angeles police officer, whose 8-year-old daughter the presbyter had assaulted, told the press: "I told him he best get in his vehicle and leave. I said, 'If I go out to the truck and get my off-duty weapon out of the glove box, you're a dead man." In essence, the child-rapist presbyter's own family said that it was just for Lindner to be beat up for his vile crimes!
It was this sleaze that Newchurch bishops and popes, and even the civil "justice" system protected. He's no "priest." He should have been run out of Newchurch on a rail, but only the victim seems to have had any sense of justice. But presbyter Lindner may not be the only one to be "punched out" over these crimes. A lawsuit has been filed in federal court charging Benedict-Ratzinger and Newvatican for complicity in rape. The lawsuit also charges the Jesuit authorities, who knew of presbyter Lindner's continuing crimes, as proven by an internal memorandum on the subject, and yet concealed them from authorities.
The Executive Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by P[resbyters] summed up the situation by saying: "I certainly understand the frustration of a victim whose life is devastated while church officials continue to shield and protect and pay and coddle." Benedict-Ratzinger, are you listening, or are you just stone deaf to the cries of your children?
1 posted on 11/06/2010 11:54:42 PM PDT by Robert Drobot
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To: Robert Drobot

William Lynch, a Child-victim of Rape by Newchurch Clergy Raised the Sword of Justice to Beat Down the Paedophile Presbyter Lindner
The Pervert Presbyter Raped Children on Newchurch-sponsored Camping Trips, And Raped His Own Sister, Nieces, and Nephews
His Continuing Crimes Were Known to Newchurch Officials, Who Covered Them Up
The Presbyter's Family Publicly Supported the Victim's Action
Benedict-Ratzinger Has Been Charged in U.S. Federal Court with Complicity in Rape.

2 posted on 11/07/2010 12:02:59 AM PDT by Robert Drobot (Qui tacet consentit)
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To: Robert Drobot

The story seems exaggerated, if true in part, possibly. For whatever reason Mr. Miller is clearly guilty of criminal assault, and frankly looks like a wacko.


3 posted on 11/07/2010 12:21:52 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Who is Mr. Miller?


4 posted on 11/07/2010 12:39:20 AM PDT by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: presently no screen name

Oops, I meant Mr. Lynch.


5 posted on 11/07/2010 12:41:28 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

we would all look like wacko’s if we had sex with our own siblings.


6 posted on 11/07/2010 12:41:55 AM PDT by liberty or death
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To: liberty or death

As I said, ‘for whatever reason’. This is one of the parts of his story that sounds a lot like the MKcMartin case. While there is no information on his recollection of the case, one way or the other, this has the smell of a ‘recovered memory’ type fiction.


7 posted on 11/07/2010 12:46:52 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Robert Drobot

This is a gut wrenching story. The crime is horrific as is the cover up.

Mark 4:22
For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.


8 posted on 11/07/2010 12:54:00 AM PDT by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

The statements from Lindner’s own brother and sister would seem to lend a great deal of credibility.


9 posted on 11/07/2010 12:55:45 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Something so horrible, I’m sure he tried very hard as a young kid to suppress the torture. Who wouldn’t.


10 posted on 11/07/2010 12:58:19 AM PDT by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: presently no screen name

The stories told by the dozens of children in the McMartin case were even more terrible. They were also fictitious.
In the case of these folks, when is the first time they told somebody about the events? Had they been receiving counseling involving memory regression just prior to that? Child abuse is a real and horrible crime, but the more fantastic stories often are just that, fantasies.


11 posted on 11/07/2010 1:09:24 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: RegulatorCountry

It’s strange though, that to paraphrase, his sister says “oh Jerry’s violent , I don’t always feel comfortable around him”.Why is she going near a brother that raped her? Makes me a bit skeptical of the story. Not saying he’s innocent, just that was a weird statement. As a Catholic, I know there was abuse, but there is in all segments of society and religions, evil exists everywhere. Also, I don’t believe the Vatican and Pope knew that a priest in southern California was torturing and raping children.


12 posted on 11/07/2010 1:13:57 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

And it also says he abused his brother’s (a retired police officer) daughter and nothing happened ? huh?


13 posted on 11/07/2010 1:18:54 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: MacMattico

One last questionable thing from the article, it says people knew that the abuse continues yet then states the statute of limitations made prosecution impossible. How would that be if abuse has continued to go on?


14 posted on 11/07/2010 1:25:31 AM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
In the case of these folks, when is the first time they told somebody about the events?

Who knows, the priest put the fear of God in them - if they tell anyone they will go to hell.
15 posted on 11/07/2010 1:45:36 AM PDT by presently no screen name ("Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down.." Mark 7:13)
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To: MacMattico
"Jerry’s [presbyter Lindner] violent, and I would not be surprised if he did get beat up. I could understand somebody getting that mad. I’ve often said myself that I don’t trust myself around him. I would likely wind up in jail because I'd probably kick him somewhere where the sun doesn’t shine — and I’m his sister."

That's bit different from your take on things. She isn't around him because she's afraid she'd commit violence upon him.

16 posted on 11/07/2010 1:07:33 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: MacMattico
The presbyter's own brother, a retired Los Angeles police officer, whose 8-year-old daughter the presbyter had assaulted, told the press: "I told him he best get in his vehicle and leave. I said, 'If I go out to the truck and get my off-duty weapon out of the glove box, you're a dead man."

And again, a bit different from your take on things. His brother threatened to kill him. That's not exactly "nothing happened."

17 posted on 11/07/2010 1:10:20 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: MacMattico

The reference is to Lindner continuing to rape children, even though the adults who were themselves raped as children could not prosecute because the statute of limitations had made prosecution impossible.

Children grow up, in other words.


18 posted on 11/07/2010 1:16:13 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry; MacMattico
And again, a bit different from your take on things. His brother threatened to kill him. That's not exactly "nothing happened."

Fr. Lindner's brother, who is a police officer, made a terroristic threat after an actual crime was committed rather than pursue the appropriate channels to 1)keep his own daughter safe in the future, 2)keep other children safe in the future, 3)get Lindner the help that he obviously needs, and 4)make sure that justice is served.

When you consider that we are talking about a LEO who is claiming that his daughter was assaulted, this is about as close to "nothing happened" without actually being nothing.

There's more to this whole situation than the article is saying.

19 posted on 11/07/2010 2:58:16 AM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: GCC Catholic

***Lynch and his brother settled a previous lawsuit for their alleged abuse at the children’s camp, accepting $625,000 from the Jesuits of the California Province in 1998, the AP reported.***

How does this fit in with the claim that the ‘statute of limitations has run out?

Lynch is an angry man who is looking for more money, it seems.


20 posted on 11/07/2010 3:46:49 AM PST by maica (Freeper 'rllngrk33' coined the acronym 'LAME' the other day...'Liberal Activist Media Establishment')
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To: Robert Drobot
He is represented by Eugene P. Harris with Geragos & Geragos of Los Angeles.

There you have it. Lying POS law firm + attention whore with repressed memory in need of money = match made in hell.

21 posted on 11/07/2010 4:28:04 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Robert Drobot

The responses here are absolutely disgusting.


22 posted on 11/07/2010 4:32:08 AM PST by battletank
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To: presently no screen name

‘Who knows’

That seems an accurate summary of our knowledge of this situation.


23 posted on 11/07/2010 4:41:41 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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More reason why I would not let my son join the church Boy Scout troop or be an altar boy like I was.

The church leadership has no interest in protecting children from gay priests who molest them.

Like our parish, they just pay the cash for the lawsuits by selling off property and never mention it.


24 posted on 11/07/2010 5:02:22 AM PST by WaterBoard
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To: Robert Drobot
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25 posted on 11/07/2010 5:12:29 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

and what is Lindner guilty of?


26 posted on 11/07/2010 8:47:48 AM PST by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: GCC Catholic
The statements of Lindner's brother and sister ring true to me. Perhaps they have been good Catholics, trusted their church hierarchy and feared harming their church, a reaction that was no doubt encouraged by having received repsonses similar to yours, that are far more supportive of a presbyter with repeated accusations of child rape against him, than of the children who were raped or their parents.

"Lindner actually abused his own nieces, nephews and a younger sibling, all of which was brought to the attention of the Catholic Church by Lindner's own brother. One memorandum among his superiors regarding Lindner's conduct reads that the accusations ... should be kept 'internal to the Society of Jesus.' Further, the Catholic Church has never reported Lindner's crimes, despite knowledge of them, to any law enforcement agency, parent or teacher," according to the complaint.

Lynch and his brother settled a previous lawsuit for their alleged abuse at the children's camp, accepting $625,000 from the Jesuits of the California Province in 1998, the AP reported.

Lindner does not appear at all innocent of these charges. Practically his entire family has dissassociated themselves from him, with several having threatened violence upon him. They appear to have gone public, despite being counseled not to do so by their church, due to outrage that the abuse continued.

That had to be a hard decision to make. Your rationalizing and diminishing their honesty does not help matters.

Why do you "traditionalists" try so hard to defend the tares in your midst? Root them out and let them burn of their own accord.

27 posted on 11/07/2010 9:42:55 AM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
You are reading into what I said.

Lindner does not appear at all innocent of these charges.

No, he does not. From all accounts, he is a very evil man. I said nothing to the contrary.

Practically his entire family has dissassociated themselves from him, with several having threatened violence upon him. They appear to have gone public, despite being counseled not to do so by their church, due to outrage that the abuse continued.

That had to be a hard decision to make.

Yes, they did come forward, and yes, that was a hard decision - and again, I said nothing to the contrary.

Your rationalizing and diminishing their honesty does not help matters.

I'm not defending Fr. Lindner, nor am I rationalizing or diminishing the honesty of his siblings, or even of Mr. Lynch (who despite the abuse was unjustified in assaulting Lindner).

What I am saying is that there either is more to the story than was printed - and even then, the actions of his siblings seem rather strange to me.


Why do you "traditionalists" try so hard to defend the tares in your midst? Root them out and let them burn of their own accord.

Why? Because God is Mercy. Because there is nothing "traditional" about giving up on the sinner. EVERYONE is entitled to the offer of forgiveness, no matter what the sin was. Yes... there will be those who never repent - and they WILL burn. And yes, it is right to be angry about situations like these - just as it is right to turn over the guilty to the secular authorities. But it is for the sake of those who DO repent, that we must always be willing to forgive. To forget that is to lose sight of the Gospel.

As I said already, from all accounts, Fr. Lindner is an evil man - worse than that, an evil priest - and that has wrought great damage, especially on those that he sinned against. I will pray that he accepts the forgiveness that God offers - and then will willingly accept the justice that man rightly demands.

28 posted on 11/07/2010 1:30:10 PM PST by GCC Catholic (0bama, what are you hiding? Just show us the birth certificate...)
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To: B4Ranch

‘and what is Lindner guilty of?’

Whatever he has been convicted of, and a bunch more, most likely.


29 posted on 11/07/2010 1:43:32 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: RegulatorCountry

>>One memorandum among his superiors regarding Lindner’s conduct reads that the accusations ... should be kept ‘internal to the Society of Jesus.’ <<

This kind of thing should be a felony for all involved.


30 posted on 11/07/2010 4:20:32 PM PST by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: B4Ranch

It could be construed as aiding and abetting, at a minimum.


31 posted on 11/07/2010 4:32:07 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Robert Drobot
“that “Father Lindner, 65, has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his sister and nieces and nephews. ... “

Why is this monster still alive? William Lynch should not be charged with ANYTHING in this case. The perverts that covered up for this “priest”, should all be in jail.

This evil needs to stop.

32 posted on 11/07/2010 4:42:24 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Vote like Obama is on the ballot)
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To: RegulatorCountry

To conceal a criminal act such as raping a child is a felony. I am thankful that my children nor I wasn’t a victim of this sick pervert because today he would have long ago been lubricant for a wood chipper.


33 posted on 11/07/2010 7:03:12 PM PST by B4Ranch (Conflict is inevitable; Combat is an option. Train for the fight.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
The story seems exaggerated, if true in part, possibly.

Sure, the two brothers made the whole thing up. The priest's sister, nieces and nephews too. /s

34 posted on 11/07/2010 7:17:30 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: Robert Drobot

What a ridiculous headline


35 posted on 11/07/2010 9:42:17 PM PST by Kevmo (Has Obama resigned yet?)
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To: ladyjane

‘Sure, the two brothers made the whole thing up.’

If that is what you think I suppose it is a possibility, but I think there is most likely a core of truth, surrounded by a certain amount of childish fantasizing. The exact proportion of which is hard to determine without more of the details. I do not take a lawyer’s brief as the gospel truth. Lawyers, like the politicians they so often become, lie for a living.


36 posted on 11/07/2010 11:38:54 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

There’s a lot of truth to these allegations. The damage has been immeasurable.

I went to school with a kid who was the nicest, most normal kid you’d ever want to meet. Smart too. About a year after his father died he changed dramatically. We figured it was because he lost his father. It turns out he was being molested by a local priest.

I’d like to tell you that story turned out okay - but it didn’t. The kid is in prison now.


37 posted on 11/08/2010 6:46:00 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: ladyjane

‘There’s a lot of truth to these allegations.’

In general that is correct, but there have also been a number of false or exaggerated charges. I have no personal knowledge of this case, but do not trust lawyers.


38 posted on 11/08/2010 8:53:35 AM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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