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BBC: US priest helped children take drugs
BBC News | Americas ^ | Friday, 26 April, 2002, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK | BBC.co.uk

Posted on 04/26/2002 9:36:09 PM PDT by history_matters


An alleged victim says he was abused for years.

A Boston priest at the heart of a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church taught children how to inject drugs, his diary has revealed.

Reverend Paul Shanley, who was involved with the North American Man Boy Love Association which promotes sex between men and children, also suffered from sexually transmitted diseases, he wrote.

Personal papers and other documents relating to Mr Shanley have been discovered by the Boston archdiocese and handed to lawyers suing the Church on behalf of an alleged victim of molestation.

Revelations about Mr Shanley's activities, sex abuse by another local priest and the fact that the archbishop appeared to cover up what he knew have sent shockwaves around the US and the world.

The discovery of Mr Shanley's diary coincided with the summoning of US cardinals to the Vatican to brief the Pope on what had happened and discuss how to tackle the scandal.

The papers were handed under a court order to lawyers acting for Gregory Ford, who says he was sexually abused by Mr Shanley.

One of the lawyers, Roderick MacLeish, said the documents included a frank diary from 1972 of Mr Shanley's role as a "street priest" ministering to drug addicts, runaways and homosexuals.

He read an excerpt written by Mr Shanley:

"Imagine much of my life these last few years has been choosing not to pick between good and evil, but the lesser of two evils.

"My God, I've even taught kids how to shoot up properly."

Mr MacLeish said: "What we have are Paul Shanley's own perverted ramblings about his conduct."

Letters to Vatican

The lawyer received 800 documents from the archdiocese which may include duplicates of about 800 papers he has already been given. He said the diary showed Mr Shanley sought regular treatment for venereal disease.

Records handed over from the Church showed officials had been told of allegations of abuse against Mr Shanley as early as 1967.

Also included were articles showing the archdiocese knew Mr Shanley, 71, had been a vocal proponent of sex between men and boys, as well as correspondence between the archdiocese and the Vatican on Mr Shanley's views about sex.

Mr Shanley, who is now retired and believed to be living in San Diego, California, has never been charged with abuse and has not spoken publicly since the case began.

A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese, Reverend Christopher Coyne, said the late discovery of the documents was "terribly embarrassing".

The alleged abuse victim Mr Ford, now 24, and his parents are suing Cardinal Bernard Law and the archdiocese for allegedly failing to protect him from being abused by Mr Shanley between the ages of six and 11.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archdiocese; boston; cardinallaw; cardinalmadeiros; catholic; catholicchurch; catholiclist; evil; homosexuality; nambla; paedophilia; pedophilia; sexcrimes; shanley
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1 posted on 04/26/2002 9:36:09 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: *Catholic_list; notwithstanding; allend
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2 posted on 04/26/2002 9:37:06 PM PDT by history_matters
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3 posted on 04/26/2002 9:41:15 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
"My God, I've even taught kids how to shoot up properly."

The "Safe Drugs" program. (Well, they're going to do it anyway.)

4 posted on 04/26/2002 9:41:29 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler
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To: history_matters
I notice when there's articles like this one about bad priests,it's ok to post it in the regular section,but to post an article about a priest like Fr Capadanno is removed to the "Religion section." It's really kind of disgusting.
5 posted on 04/26/2002 9:44:34 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: history_matters
A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese, Reverend Christopher Coyne, said the late discovery of the documents was "terribly embarrassing".

Well er, yes, fancy that. I might have gone on to say a bit more, but then I am not constrained, nor am I consigned to spin control. Those that are, might consider given their own theology, just might what be their individual fate.

6 posted on 04/26/2002 9:46:56 PM PDT by Torie
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To: history_matters
Reverend Paul Shanley, who was involved with the North American Man Boy Love Association which promotes sex between men and children, also suffered from sexually transmitted diseases, he wrote.

Well, well, does this say it all. Boston, the City of Tolerance. If the whole city falls into the Bay, they have it coming.

7 posted on 04/26/2002 9:47:28 PM PDT by pray4liberty
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Free Republic Prayers for Priests
8 posted on 04/26/2002 9:47:50 PM PDT by history_matters
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Free Republic Rosaries for Priests
9 posted on 04/26/2002 9:49:38 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: Lady In Blue
The story of a REAL priest.
10 posted on 04/26/2002 9:52:09 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: history_matters
The priest should be in jail. However; the BBC and the country in which it resides, have decided that drug laws are not worth enforcing and their schools teach both "safe sex" and "safe drug use". I would say that the hypocrisy is thick even for the leftists in Great Britain.
11 posted on 04/26/2002 9:53:36 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: history_matters
How long, oh Lord?
12 posted on 04/26/2002 9:54:44 PM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: Texasforever
Parents, teach your children-- before someone else does.
13 posted on 04/26/2002 9:56:02 PM PDT by let freedom sing
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To: history_matters
Mr Shanley, who is now retired and believed to be living in San Diego, California, has never been charged with abuse and has not spoken publicly since the case began.

It is believed that he has relocated to an unknown adress in Thailand.
14 posted on 04/26/2002 9:58:38 PM PDT by BansheeBill
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To: Lady In Blue
Oh, so you too have had threads exiled to the Religion Forum ghetto?

Mighty handy to have a hardly viewed subsection where they can banish threads that assault the irreligious sensitivities of some of our fellow FReepers, no? Welcome to the FRee Republic Religion Forum ghetto.

But don't accept your exile. Break out: Catholic Caucus: Internet Apologetics and the law of diminishing returns

15 posted on 04/26/2002 10:02:07 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Lady In Blue
IMHO, this comes under the heading of breaking news. Hopefully, this will all be resolved soon and articles like this will slip off the radar screen.

In the meantime, I want to hear breaking news - no matter what or whomever it involves. This mess should be resolved ASAP.

16 posted on 04/26/2002 10:02:58 PM PDT by Humidston
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To: Jeff Chandler
Well, they're going to do it anyway.

That's no excuse!

17 posted on 04/26/2002 10:05:33 PM PDT by spitz
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
Thank you for the link! I'll check it out tomorrow.My eyes are so tired.And speaking of tired, I don' know about anybody else,but I am sick and tired of hearing about scandals involving priests! Where are they digging these people up? After 20-30 years! Why did they wait so long? I really don't believe half of them.It's a media driven story to try and topple the Catholic Church.Little do they know that if that arch heretic,Luther couldn't do it,the pathetic media sure won't.We have Our Lord's words that His Church will prevail.
18 posted on 04/26/2002 10:06:06 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: spitz
Pssst...I was using sarcasm.
19 posted on 04/26/2002 10:08:13 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler
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To: pray4liberty
Quit the church and read the bible.....interpret it as you will.

There's a hell of a lot less overhead.

20 posted on 04/26/2002 10:08:48 PM PDT by zarf
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To: history_matters
This particular case is so out there I have to wonder if NAMBLA purposefully sent this guy into the priesthood.
21 posted on 04/26/2002 10:12:03 PM PDT by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: Texasforever
That’s right, he should be in jail. But why exactly does the BBC or Great Britain get the bashing? After all this IS about a priest in Boston. Isn’t it?

Do you think the BBC or British are preaching to you? This is just a news item, not a sermon.

22 posted on 04/26/2002 10:13:43 PM PDT by spitz
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To: zarf
Quit the church and read the bible.....interpret it as you will.

Good idea, I think I'll try that.

Matthew 27:5:  And he... departed, and went and hanged himself.

Luke 10:37:  Go, and do likewise.

On second thought...

23 posted on 04/26/2002 10:20:01 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler
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To: spitz
Do you think the BBC or British are preaching to you? This is just a news item, not a sermon.

First I am neither Catholic nor particularly religious. My point was that given the British attitudes on both homosexuality and drug use, the logical conclusion would be that they would support this US priest in his "enlightened" views. However; that puts the BBC in the position of defending someone involved in religion and they sure as hell can't do that. It is the true Hobson choice for that bastion of "tolerance" across the pond.

24 posted on 04/26/2002 10:20:46 PM PDT by Texasforever
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To: Lady In Blue
It's a media driven story to try and topple the Catholic Church.

Hmm.  And the impeachment proceedings were just
a scheme to get rid of Clinton, per Hillary, as if lying under oath
had nothing to do with it. Pedophilia trap?

25 posted on 04/26/2002 10:25:46 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: goldenstategirl
This particular case is so out there I have to wonder
if NAMBLA purposefully sent this guy into the priesthood.

Maybe so.  But they weren't responsible for keeping
him there for 30 years.

26 posted on 04/26/2002 10:27:05 PM PDT by gcruse
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To: Jeff Chandler
Of course Prozac was unknown to those kids.
27 posted on 04/26/2002 10:38:43 PM PDT by zarf
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To: Texasforever
The reference to ‘British Attitudes’ is a rather sweeping statement. British attitudes, on many subjects, are not as shallow or single minded as you seem to think. May be your beef is with the media. Defending this person would be indefensible, not even the godless, evil BBC could justify it.

BTW, I am neither Catholic nor particularly religious either.

28 posted on 04/26/2002 10:39:20 PM PDT by spitz
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I believe there is a more demonic league responsible.

I am told that the above is just one of my conspiracy theories. But my family is from Galveston, Texas and New Orleans -- and Malachi Martin's Windswept House keeps hovering in my thoughts about all that has come to light.

29 posted on 04/26/2002 11:07:43 PM PDT by history_matters
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To: All; Lady in Blue; Dr. Brian Kopp; Diago
Click for Father Duffy, a great priest and military chaplain.
30 posted on 04/26/2002 11:14:26 PM PDT by history_matters
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31 posted on 04/27/2002 10:22:03 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: zarf
Thanks for the advice, but I go to church and read the Bible.

I wish more people did. In fact, I pray for it. Have a blessed Sunday.

32 posted on 04/28/2002 9:24:19 AM PDT by pray4liberty
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To: history_matters
This is just flat out sickening, what those so called "men of God" have done!!
33 posted on 04/28/2002 9:26:21 AM PDT by timestax
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To: muggs
bump for justice!!
34 posted on 04/28/2002 9:35:18 AM PDT by timestax
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bttt
35 posted on 04/28/2002 2:26:22 PM PDT by timestax
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To: history_matters
bump
36 posted on 04/30/2002 7:16:07 AM PDT by timestax
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But that is the point. These perverts were obviously NOT men of god and should be tried and hung by men of this earth. 37 posted on 4/30/02 7:23 AM Pacific by sixtycyclehum [ Post Reply

Ditto!

38 posted on 04/30/2002 7:26:08 AM PDT by timestax
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To: muggs
I notice not too many Catholics are not addressing this post, hoping it just fades away. I won't let it.
39 posted on 04/30/2002 7:40:03 AM PDT by timestax
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To: timestax
This evil cannot fade away. The stench of it rises to heaven and demands justice from God.

Shanley and all who covered up for him are all servants of evil as far as I am concerned -- and anyone who sexually abuses a child deserves the death penalty as far as I am concerned.

41 posted on 04/30/2002 7:44:04 AM PDT by history_matters
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To: muggs
bump for newbies to see and think about!
42 posted on 04/30/2002 11:04:25 AM PDT by timestax
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bttt
43 posted on 05/01/2002 10:55:18 AM PDT by timestax
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To: muggs
This story isn't going to just Fade away..
44 posted on 05/01/2002 10:55:58 AM PDT by timestax
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bump
45 posted on 05/02/2002 9:18:47 AM PDT by timestax
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bttt
46 posted on 05/02/2002 5:17:29 PM PDT by timestax
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bttt
47 posted on 05/03/2002 8:13:21 PM PDT by timestax
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To: Texasforever
bump for justice!!
48 posted on 05/03/2002 8:13:48 PM PDT by timestax
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To: history_matters
I wonder if the sexually transmitted diseases Shanley suffers from include AIDS. I read on a thread here yesterday that one of the boys he abused has since died.
49 posted on 05/03/2002 8:20:30 PM PDT by aristeides
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a bump for justice
50 posted on 05/04/2002 6:48:47 AM PDT by history_matters
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