Skip to comments.Newark Archdiocese leader resigns amid sex scandal (NJ)
Posted on 05/25/2013 11:38:04 AM PDT by Olog-hai
The second-highest official in the Archdiocese of Newark is stepping down in the wake of a sex scandal involving a former priest accused of violating an agreement with law enforcement barring him from working with children.
Church officials say Monsignor John Doran resigned Friday as vicar general and will no longer hold a leadership position with the archdiocese. Doran signed the agreement the former priest had reached with prosecutors in 2007.
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why on earth is the perp (not the archbishop) still a priest? De-frock the freak.
Good. One small step toward cleaning house.
I don’t know anything about Archbishop John Myers, but I wonder if he needs to get shoveled out too? Regrettably, you can’t trust anything that AP says about Catholic scandals, so I really don’t know.
Not to worry - won’t be long and he can become a scoutmaster.
I'm just sayin'.....
Sadly not until the Pope purges homosexuals from the priesthood and makes celibacy ( the portal by which homosexuals enter) optional, these atrocities will not end. Homosexuals have gravely hurt the Catholic church. The Boy Scout leaders are fools. Politically correct behavior is not only self deceptive but harmful.
The priest was barred from working with “children.” Would that be male children, or female children? Usually when there is a problem of child rape, it’s either one sex or the other - not both.
Doesn’t celibacy apply to anal sex too?
A specious at best argument. If marriage was the panacea you think it would be then there would be no shortage of Priests in the 21 Churches in the Eastern Rites that ordain, as a norm, married men. That isn't the case. Also, explain the behavior of all of these baptists since you can't use the celibacy made them do it crutch.
it's very difficult for me to see why He'd want his(sic) vicars to be celibate for THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.
Then you need to brush up on your knowledge of Scripture to alleviate that difficulty.
If the perp is de-frocked he’ll probably become a Boy Scout leader.
It’s funny. If he were a public school teacher, this story would be downplayed.
Celibacy leads to a disproportionate number of homosexuals entering the priesthood. When they reach a critical mass, they achieve real administrative power and are able to operate much more freely than if the overwhelming majority of priests were heterosexual. That is true in any organization that gives homosexuals full access and proximity to young boys.
The persecution of the Russian Orthodox Church under Stalin provides great insight into celibacy; the Orthodox clergy could be coerced under threat to their families, while Latin-Rite Catholic priests could go to their deaths in Nazi and Bolshevik concentration camps/gulags without similar concerns (and they did). The upper echelons of the Eastern Rite Churches are celibate priests; the married priests do not advance.
Also, as others are pointing out, there is no shortage of married scout leaders, teachers, ministers and rabbis who commit the same crimes.
Soon it will be leaders of the Boy Sodomitess of America doing the same.
If he was to be released from the clerical state he would no longer be the Diocese’s concern. I can just imagine the howls if even a semblance of authority over his actions was removed from the Church and placed fully in State hands.
Look what just happened to the BSA. They barred homos from the group after decades of molestation and now are abandoning the safety of children to keep the donation train running.
So, once again, what causes homosexuals to achieve admnistrative power in protestant denominations and public education since you can't blame it on celibacy?
Seems to me all the liberal Catholics would agree that the discipline of celibacy isn’t valuable and should be ended. I mean try to find one liberal wackadoo Catholic who digs things like abortion, ‘gay marriage’ and homo-clergy in relationships who also thinks the discipline of celibacy is valuable and should be continued.
“the fact that such a noticeable portion of current priests are of an immoral “orientation”.
Compared to when, the 60s 70’s and 80’s? The abuse peaked in the late 70s-early 80’s and went down just as steeply. My guess is that gay men quit becoming priests as the broader culture accepted them. So why join a group that’s never going to change its position on acting on homosexual desires?
Of course you don’t, I never said you did. What I did say is that all liberal Catholics hate the discipline of celibacy, and want to see it ended. Try to find a liberal Catholic who digs abortion, ‘gay marriage’ and priestesses who also thinks the discipline of celibacy is valuable.
Celibacy is a discipline, it isn’t a universal law, never has been, see the Eastern Catholic Churches and the Orthodox Churches. One can think it is valuable or not, but among Latin rite Catholics the liberal ones are the ones that are invariably for doing away with it in the Latin Church.
"Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it." Matthew 19:11-12
"Then Peter answering, said to Him: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have? And Jesus said to them: Amen, I say to you, that you, who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. And many that are first, shall be last: and the last shall be first." Matthew 19:27-30
"Then Peter said: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed Thee. Who said to them: Amen, I say to you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting." Luke 18:28-30
As did St. Paul.
"But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife: and he is divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she that is married thinketh on the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your profit: not to cast a snare upon you; but for that which is decent, and which may give you power to attend upon the Lord, without impediment." 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
You quite obviously don't comprehend what the Priesthood is actually all about. The sacrifice of a conjugal life in order to fully serve God is a foreign concept to people who allow their genitals to dictate how they live their lives.
If so explain the former Anglican priests who,having vowed loyalty and obedience to the Holy Father,are now serving as Roman Catholic priests in the US,Canada,Britain,Ireland,Australia and elsewhere.
A miniscule number of men; whose career path in the Church is extremely limited, in the grand scheme of themes and who all promise to adopt the discipline of celibacy for the remainder of their life if their spouse precedes them in death. I suggest you talk to one of those men ordained under the 1980 Pastoral Provision and ask him who he devotes himself entirely to, God or his spouse. One of the two is getting short changed.
there is NO sex scandal here, FReepers and the liberal press just love to bash the Catholic Church. The incident written in the newspaper had to do with a contract or agreement signed years ago and that agreement MAY have been violated. Wait for the courts to decide.
There’s a reason why Paul wanted deacons and bishops to be the “husband of one wife”, AFAICS (1 Timothy 3:2, 12). Furthermore, marriage is an institution God created, even to the point where God described Himself as “married” to Israel (Jeremiah 3:14 and many others) and of course the future Bride of Christ.
and why have so many married protestant ministers and Rabbis molested children?
Those priests who are married were ALL married BEFORE being ordained. The Church has NO priests who married AFTER ordination. Thus, those who are priests already can’t marry now because they took a vow not to.
Homosexuals have chosen the priesthood in past years because it was a place that a man with no interest in having a traditional family could find a place in society. I know of several older priests who I suspect became priests because the gay lifestyle was simply not available at the time, ( say, pre-1965). The sexual revolution rewrote traditional norms such that everyone thinks "if it feels good, do it." Including liberal and homosexual priests who ignore the Church's teaching and no longer believe that homosexuality is sinful. Some of those priests became bishops. The rest is history.
Celbacy has nothing to do with it.
Homosexuality is the culprit.
Too often, problem teachers are allowed to leave quietly. That can mean future abuse for another student and another school district.
They might deal with it internally, suspending the person or having the person move on. So their license is never investigated, says Charol Shakeshaft, a leading expert in teacher sex abuse who heads the educational leadership department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Laws in several states require that even an allegation of sexual misconduct be reported to the state departments that oversee teacher licenses. But theres no consistent enforcement, so such laws are easy to ignore.
School officials fear public embarrassment as much as the perpetrators do, Shakeshaft says. They want to avoid the fallout from going up against a popular teacher. They also dont want to get sued by teachers or victims, and they dont want to face a challenge from a strong union.
The most probable pedophiles in order are:
Priests are way down on the list.
So if a father is a teacher of mid-high history, coaches the girls basketball team and is a youth minister at his church on weekends/Sundays watch out! He would be much more prone to pedophilia that any priest.
Those who cannot admit that pederasty ... the rape or molestation of boys by older males ... is part and parcel of homosexual 'culture' ... those who insist on obscuring pederasty as "pedophilia" ... are part of the problem. They are providing aid and comfort to the enemy. They are either enemies themselves, or they are traitors.
The Herculean task of the current Papacy is to muck out the stables. Did the Church do what it should have done for ALL of these perps? Nope. Is it taking on the task now (decades later than it should have)? Yup.
A lot of changes are happening in parallel. Cleaning up the sexual predators. Restoring the Mass. Proper catechesis. The list goes on.
Maybe you missed some of Paul's letters? Have you not read Jesus' Words? Two of the Apostles repeat them! God did not intend for man to be celibate. That is against His plan!
It is perfectly clear that anyone in leadership in the church should be not only married, but have an established family so others can see how he is able to lead. Indeed, we should all marry, man with wife!
Of course, doctrines made by men deny/ignore the existence of those doctrines instituted by God! The result is clearly seen by all casual observers. The Roman Catholic organization is a gateway for homosexual/deviant behavior. For reference, see NEWS! To make the claim that "OTHERS DO IT MORE..." is a puerile diversion from the facts of the Catholic restrictions on marriage.
Matthew 19: 4 "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' 5 and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh' ? 6 So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
Mark 19: 6 "But at the beginning of creation God 'made them male and female.' 7 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
1 Corinthians: 2 ... But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. 5 Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 I say this as a concession, not as a command. 7 I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. ...
1 Timothy 3: 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of Gods church?)
I have heard tha happening around here too.
The Church has always been aware of the problem and has taken measures to deal with it. But no rule is better than its enforcement. Plenty of men were expelled from seminaries in the old days because they like being with other boys too much. Of course, many get through undetected. After Vatican II many priests forsook their calling, most to get marriied, and many just because they had been disappointed. With so many slots opened, bishops began to accept the scrubs and the queers. Many rationalized by accepting the new therapy notion, thinking they could cure these men.
Whatever you may feel, the Scripture is hardly clear about that. Our Lord led a celibate life, as did John the Baptist. If women played a role in his earthly mission, they were generally thrust into the background. Paul lived a celibate life and so did the other apostles, so far as we know. Virginity was highly respected state of life in the Christian community ,it can be inferred that the early Church expected an early coming family life did not play the role it played in the Jewish community as whole.
Once heard a sermon from an elderly priest. He said the Catholic Church has faced a major crisis that could have shattered it about every 500 years. The first was the barbarian sack of Rome in ~476 when Church records, infrastructure were destroyed and many of its leaders killed. The second was the great schism with Eastern orthodoxy ~1000 AD. The third of course was the Reformation. He stated that today’s crisis with sexual molestations by the clergy was equally significant and threatening. The faithful believe that the Holy Spirit will always be present in the Church and ultimately the right corrective decisions will be made. It will take strong and wise leaders to do what is necessary.
...Our Lord led a celibate life
Feelings don't matter at all!
Jesus role was a little different from the church. He is the Cornerstone. His role was foretold throughout the Old Testament, and confirmed in the New. He does have a "bride", if you understand Scripture. He has had "children" all through the ages.
As for John the Baptist, we do not know if he was married or not. The Scripture does not say, and historians have not categorized him either way. That is merely an assumption, not a fact.
...If women played a role in his earthly mission, they were generally thrust into the background.
... Nowhere in John does Jesus explicitly teach about the roles and nature of women. Rather, we are left with an implicit commentary by John, who portrays women as active, innovative ministers of the Kingdom. We are given only indirectly Jesus attitude toward women, as revealed by his words and actions: the Johannine Jesus affirms them in roles that were unusual and often unacceptable within that culture. Jesus approach to women was in such contrast to that of his culture that we can assume a deliberate modelling of a new way of relating to women. Surely such modelling is as valid as explicit teaching.
Johns story reveals a certain sensitivity and a deep respect for women which is evident in his selection and portrayal of incidents in Jesus life. The Johannine Jesus is not presented as seeking to modify the feminine role prevalent within Judaism; rather, Jesus seems to ignore it altogether as he calls women to public ministry and affirms them in the face of male opposition. ...Direction Journal
I won't bother to address the rest of your specious arguments as they hold no validity within Scripture. The Scriptures that I quoted are to the point! Peter was married (Mark 1:30 But Simon's wife's mother lay sick of a fever..." See also: Matthew 8:14; Luke 4:38; 1 Corinthians 9:5)
1 Timothy 4:1-3 "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
...and I will add one more note about asceticism:
Colossians 2:18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
As I see it, you start from the Lutheran objection to monasticism, that this is the basis for your rejection of celibacy. But Where is there in the early Christian tradition the same emphasis on blood ties that we find in the orthodox Jewish tradition? I am not a Christian because I had a Christian Mother.
Most of us trust nothing the Catholic Church says about the scandals either.
You may not have a complete understanding of New Testament Theology. Jesus fulfilled the Law and the Prophets (Matthew 17). It is only the Roman Catholic "traditions" that are in question, not the Holy Scriptures. Traditions of Roman Catholicism are man-made, whereas Scripture is from God (2 Tim 3). Your post is just another attempt to divert/deflect and does nothing to defend against the truths I have posted!
2 Timothy 3: 15 ... how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Who is the "us" you are referring to?
The ex and non-Catholic majority of this country, kemosabe.