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Second Miss. priest eyed in abuse: Both clerics served while Law was vicar
Boston Herald (print edition) | June 7, 2002 | Robin Washington

Posted on 06/07/2002 6:07:04 AM PDT by maryz

JACKSON, Miss. – A day after Bernard Cardinal Law’s admission that he allowed a priest accused of child sexual abuse to remain at a parish here 30 years ago, a second Mississippi priest has been identified as an alleged molester whose activities also went unchecked by Law.

The Rev. Thomas Boyce molested children at St. Peter’s Parish in the early 1970s, lawyers handling cases against the priest and the Catholic Church said yesterday.

Boyce served alongside the Rev. George L. Broussard, another alleged abuser whom Law was warned about but did not immediately remove from St. Peter’s, the Cardinal admitted during a deposition on Wednesday, according to attendees at the sworn interrogation.

The witnesses to the deposition also said Law acknowledged having information about a second Mississippi priest accused of molestation during Law’s tenure s the vicar general, or top lieutenant in the Diocese of Natchez-Jackson.

“He was the vicar general while these things were going on,” said Anthony R. Simon, an attorney representing the family of Billy Phillips, which alleges child sexual abuse of family members at the hands both Boyce and Broussard. “It’s really shocking how (Law) was looking the other way while these two men ruined so many families and so many lives.”

During a deposition conducted by attorney Rockerick MacLeish Jr. in a case against the Archdiocese of Boston and the Rev. Paul Shanley, Law was confronted with the affidavit of Kenneth P. Morrison, a 37-year-old ex-Mississippi man who alleges he and siblings were abused repeatedly by Broussard as a boy in the early 1970s. [sic]

My father (Dr. Francis Morrisson) later indicated to me that he had discussed (the abuse) with Bernard Law,” Morrisson said in his affidavit. “However, Broussard remained at the church for many more months after the church was notified about this abusive behavior and continued to abuse me.”

Law admitted at the session that he recalled both Broussard and the Morrison family’s allegations, the Herald reported yesterday, citing witnesses at the deposition. It is the earliest indication Law looked the other way when brought information on abusers in the clergy.

Records from the Josephinium seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where Law and Broussard were ordained, show they were classmates from the late 1950s until 1961, according to a seminary spokesman. Both sought assignment to the Natchez Diocese after ordination. And according to a classmate of both men, Bill Riley of Newton, the two were “very close friends” at the seminary.

Simon, who is also co-counsel representing the Morrison family, said Law eventually transferred Broussard to a parish in Waveland, Miss., but did not tell either the parishioners there or the state’s church hierarchy of the reason.

“The kids there had no idea what Broussard had done,” Simon said. Law left Mississippi to become Bishop of Springfield-Cape Giradeau, Mo., in December 1973.

Broussard, who left the priesthood soon after his transfer and is now living in Houma, La., declined comment on the accusations.

Boyce remains in ministry at another parish in Mississippi, where the phone went unanswered last night. The Diocese of Jackson also could not be reached for comment, but the Rev. Michael Flannery told the Associated Press last week that one priest had been suspended in Mississippi this year but did not identify him.

Boyce “was very appealing to kids,” Simon said. “They thought he was cool. He’d dress in bell-bottoms and drive a Datsun 280, telling them, ‘I’m one of you.’”

Though Law acknowledged warnings about Broussard and a “second priest” at his deposition Wednesday, Simon conceded he cannot definitively say the second accused cleric recalled by Law was Boyce. But, he said: “He knew or should have known. This is Jackson, Miss. in 1972. This is—[Some sort of printing glitch in the Herald; the story stops here and is not on the Herald website.]


TOPICS: General Discusssion
KEYWORDS: cardinallaw; catholicchurch; priestscandal

1 posted on 06/07/2002 6:07:05 AM PDT by maryz
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To: Antoninus; Aquinasfan; Askel5; Cicero; Gophack; eastsider; saradippity; american colleen...
I seem to recall that in the last issue of First Things, Fr. Neuhaus says that, according to friends of Law, he is waiting for a moment to leave "gracefully."
2 posted on 06/07/2002 6:10:53 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
If Law had been allowed to resign back in March and April and disappear a lot of these revelations about him wouldn't be coming to light. When you drive wrecklessly and cause an accident you don't just abandon the car and walk away from the scene. I hope his fellow bishops are paying attention to what happens when arrogance and indifference consume a person. Hopefully there will be many more depositions for Bernard in the future.
3 posted on 06/07/2002 6:48:03 AM PDT by SMEDLEYBUTLER
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
There's an article on the Boston Globe that doesn't reflect well on him, either. I'll go post it if no one else has by the time I get there.
4 posted on 06/07/2002 6:53:36 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
For the good of the victims and for the faithful, Law should resign. Every day new revelations show him complicit to these crimes. His lack of action or explicit cover-ups are despicable for a man who is a successor to the Apostles. What did Jesus say about a milestone?
5 posted on 06/07/2002 7:47:48 AM PDT by ThomasMore
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To: ThomasMore
What makes Cardinal Law any different than most of the Cardinals? It is just a matter of degree, IMO. There have been more accused priests here in Massachusetts, I believe - were/is there just more priests per capita or is it because we live in the "bastion of liberals"?

Cardinal Law was supposedly one of the most conservative Cardinals in the USA. I guess it "depends on what the meaning of conservative is..." CYA has no ideology, it appears.

6 posted on 06/07/2002 8:05:01 AM PDT by american colleen
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To: ThomasMore
His lack of action or explicit cover-ups are despicable for a man who is a successor to the Apostles.

"But, Ma, everyone else is doing it!"

7 posted on 06/07/2002 8:05:15 AM PDT by maryz
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To: SMEDLEYBUTLER
I hope his fellow bishops are paying attention to what happens when arrogance and indifference consume a person.

I used to think that Cardinal Law was corrupted by the "pomp and circumstance" of being a Cardinal. Nice surroundings, fancy dinners, a suck-up entourage, etc., etc. But, it appears that Cardinal Law was guilty of the cover-up crime way before he came to Boston.

8 posted on 06/07/2002 8:08:22 AM PDT by american colleen
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To: american colleen
Law's resume supposedly brags about how active he was in the civil rights movement in the 60's and 70s.

Fight for the civil rights of one group, and blatantly allow the civil rights of another group to be grossly violated.

9 posted on 06/07/2002 8:15:01 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: sinkspur
Fight for the civil rights of one group, and blatantly allow the civil rights of another group to be grossly violated.

Isn't that what civil rights are these days? ;-)

10 posted on 06/07/2002 8:25:36 AM PDT by american colleen
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To: sinkspur
Fight for the civil rights of one group, and blatantly allow the civil rights of another group to be grossly violated.

I noticed some time back that none of the predators had ever been assigned to predominantly black or Hispanic parishes. Coincidence?

11 posted on 06/07/2002 8:28:23 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
Well, the black priest from Baltimore who was shot a couple of weeks back by his abuser is a notable exception.
12 posted on 06/07/2002 8:35:24 AM PDT by sinkspur
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To: american colleen
In another context on another thread, someone gave the following link The Symbiotic Relationship Between Liberals and Conservatives, which includes the following on Cardinal Law:

The same situation [as Bush looks very conservative next to Bill/Hillary/Al] exists to an even greater extent in the Catholic church. Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, he who has occupied so many headlines recently, is often called a "conservative" bishop. I lived in Boston, and I can tell you that, even leaving aside the current scandals, he is nothing of the sort. For example, after a shooting at an abortion clinic (by a delusional psychotic gunman), he prohibited public pro-life displays in the diocese. He doesn’t want to be "confrontational," any more than he wants to be confrontational with the Kennedys when it’s photo-op time at a funeral.

The same Cardinal Law who last month led all the American cardinals to Rome for a face-saving PR opportunity had previously led the same group over to Rome a few years back in an (unsuccessful) attempt to pressure Rome into approving the "inclusive-language" Bible readings that he was responsible for producing. Cardinal Law is considered a conservative only because liberals like Archbishop Weakland are even worse. Without the cover provided by bishops like Weakland in Milwaukee and Mahoney in Los Angeles, Law would have been exposed as a modernist years ago.


13 posted on 06/07/2002 8:35:54 AM PDT by maryz
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To: sinkspur
Well, the black priest from Baltimore who was shot a couple of weeks back by his abuser is a notable exception.

Sorry - I should have specified that I meant in Boston.

14 posted on 06/07/2002 8:37:38 AM PDT by maryz
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To: american colleen
What makes Cardinal Law any different than most of the Cardinals?

Good question!

15 posted on 06/07/2002 9:10:15 AM PDT by ThomasMore
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To: maryz; american colleen; sinkspur; all
The overall problem here is CYA homosexuality. It is rampant in the priesthood. I believe if they laicized all actively homosexual priests we'd lose 50%. Is Law or has Law ever been actively homosexual? With so much of this crap being uncovered, and with his cover-up track record, who knows. This is not gossip. I'd just like to know how extensive the damage is. How deep does this iceburg go? Will we see a solution to this in our lifetime?
16 posted on 06/07/2002 9:17:38 AM PDT by ThomasMore
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To: ThomasMore
Is Law or has Law ever been actively homosexual? With so much of this crap being uncovered, and with his cover-up track record, who knows.

Your guess is as good as mine. The article, however, seems to be inserting a little innuendo, whether it has any basis in truth or not:

Records from the Josephinium seminary in Columbus, Ohio, where Law and Broussard were ordained, show they were classmates from the late 1950s until 1961, according to a seminary spokesman. Both sought assignment to the Natchez Diocese after ordination. And according to a classmate of both men, Bill Riley of Newton, the two were “very close friends” at the seminary.

17 posted on 06/07/2002 9:46:52 AM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
This is somewhat interesting ........

CLERGY ABUSE TRACKER

18 posted on 06/07/2002 10:42:56 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer
Thanks for the link!
19 posted on 06/07/2002 10:56:33 AM PDT by maryz
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To: NYer;maryz;;americancolleen;antoninus;howlinglymindbendingabsurdity;BlackElk;CatholicGuy;redhead...
That link is terrific,there are several blurbs that make incredible sense. One in particular by the someone in the Peoria Diocese that rings so true.

There is also a link to a letter from an anonymous sex abuser(one-time)priest that every single person who is angrily demanding "one time and you're out" should read.It explains a whole lot,not only about what the circumstances of the "abuse" were but especially about why some bishops may appear to cover for them.

From the beginning of this whole mess,I have tried to convey my thought that we who love the Church and see the teachings of Christ as the only hope for mankind,must be especially careful not to step into a nice big grave that the "enemy",temporal and spiritual, have dug out for just this purpose;that is,to bury us.

Sometimes,it seems to me,that only when I pray to the Holy Spirit for the grace to think with the mind of the Church,do I see things clearly and understand.

20 posted on 06/07/2002 11:59:50 AM PDT by saradippity
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To: saradippity
Where is the letter you mention? I went to NYer's link again, but the letter wasn't obviously listed.

Anyone hear Michael Rose on Howie Carr today? He had him on for two or three segments. I wasn't home for the whole thing, but I do have it on tape. I'll listen to the whole thing and see if it seems worth transcribing.

21 posted on 06/07/2002 1:09:08 PM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
Sorry. The first interesting article is under "Champagne(sp) Sexual Abuse". I found the last paragraph interesting. The letter is linked on the bottom of the article entitled"Syracuse Diocese Faces Sexual Abuse-----".The link says "Letter in Catholic Reporter From Anonymous Priest"The article is pretty far down the list,maybe as many as ten after the one on the Champaign(sp)?Priests. Please read it Mary I am interested in your opinion on it. Thanks.
22 posted on 06/07/2002 1:33:43 PM PDT by saradippity
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To: saradippity
I see what you mean -- the letter is very moving. Everyone really does have his own story, and no one else knows what it is. (Have you read Narnia, where Aslan says, "I never tell anyone any story but his own"?)

From the letter:

Anything to do with sex was grave matter to be handled by the seminary confessor, a retired priest whose indignant voice roared through the chapel when he scolded a boy for masturbating. I don’t blame the priests on the faculty for this. They were good and dedicated people, and they gave us an excellent education in all subjects. They treated sex as everybody did then; it was not a subject for public discussion. . . .

When I was 22, I went to a big seminary for theology. . . .

This was the end of the ’60s and beginning of the ’70s, the time of the sexual revolution in segments of the popular culture when “free sex” was touted as normal, healthy and hip.

I have thought for a while (and thinking harder since the scandal started to break) that the timing of Vatican II was disastrous (literally "of a bad star") in its collision with the sex-drug-let-it-all-hang-out-do-your-own-thing revolution, and that an awful synergy resulted and is still working its way through the Church.

This guy (and I have no reason not to take his word at face value, and even allowing for a certain "gloss" that we all tend to give our own stories for public consumption) was especially ill-placed to withstand the storm. Those of us outside quite such a sheltered environment had at least a bit more of a chance to keep our equilibrium.

I think we agreed on the other thread on the need for discretion in treating one-time offenders. Would that so many our bishops had not shown themselves incapable of exercising any honorable kind of discretion. Another tragedy -- like the idiot judges in the criminal courts, who roused such outrage among the citizenry with their hair-brained decisions that legislatures took sentencing into their own hands, so that the judges actually capable of just judgment are as hog-tied as the zanies.

23 posted on 06/07/2002 2:11:15 PM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
"Anyone hear Michael Rose on Howie Carr today? He had him on for two or three segments. I wasn't home for the whole thing, but I do have it on tape. I'll listen to the whole thing and see if it seems worth transcribing."

I'M SO MAD!!! I missed it!I had 96.9 on default (Imus, Bill O) and therefore, I had Jay Severin on and not Howie Carr. And he doesn't have a rebroadcast at all. I'm getting sick of being a day late and a dollar short.

24 posted on 06/07/2002 2:16:00 PM PDT by american colleen
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To: american colleen
Anyone hear Michael Rose on Howie Carr today?

I'll try to transcribe it tomorrow or Sunday and post it. The high point I remember is the guy who called in about a friend of his who was at St. John's, I think in the 70s(?). He and the other nine straights were so harrassed by the gays that they left. At one point the guy's friend complained to whoever was in charge, who told him he would have to get used to a "new vision of the priesthood."

25 posted on 06/07/2002 2:25:38 PM PDT by maryz
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To: maryz
Thank you! I searched wrko for a tape of the broadcast, but apparently they don't sell them.

My parish took a collection up a few weeks ago for the MA seminaries (no, I did not contribute) and my priest said that he knows the priest in charge at St. John's and he is a good guy - but, since my priest has never addressed the crisis as one stemming from disobedience to Rome or a problem of homosexuality in the seminaries, they'll have to do without my $$$. I hear St. John's has been cleaned up, but who knows.

BTW, you would get a kick out of this website: "Fr. Bob Carr's blogspot" - his columns are pretty good, and then click on "the e-cathedral" and read "the lady in the pew" columns - especially the ones about women in the church and her take on VOTF.

26 posted on 06/07/2002 3:12:19 PM PDT by american colleen
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To: maryz
I had forgotten that line from Narnia.Thanks for going back and reading the article,to me,it is totally believable and I could go further but I will stop.

Addressing your comment on the post to which I am responding,did you ever read Thomas Sowell's book, "A Conflict of Visions"? It is a wonderful read and the beginning of my own development of a workable sorting process.

After I read it it became clear to me that within the Church in America we had two factions with two visions. I used to write letters to the editor of the diocesan newspaper and to clearly differentiate I took to calling one faction,members of the Catholic Church and the other faction,members of the "Church of the New and Different Vision".

The paper was in the possession of the Church of the New and Different Vision,and did not print but one of my letters.

27 posted on 06/07/2002 6:24:45 PM PDT by saradippity
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To: saradippity
The paper was in the possession of the Church of the New and Different Vision,and did not print but one of my letters.

Sounds like you were lucky to get even one printed! Somebody must have been napping.

28 posted on 06/08/2002 1:33:15 AM PDT by maryz
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To: saradippity
Yes, I have read Conflict of Visions and also Vision of the Anointed. Sowell is a remarkable man; now that you bring them up, I'll have to read them again.
29 posted on 06/08/2002 1:35:13 AM PDT by maryz
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