Yet another probe into Catholic cruelty is to be launched in US

Yet another probe into Catholic cruelty is to be launched in US September 8, 2018

Vermont Attorney General T J Donovan, above, announced yesterday (Friday) that officials in Burlington plan to open an investigation into a now-disused Catholic orphanage that was allegedly the site of extensive abuse that lasted for decades. One instance involved a boy who was allegedly pushed to his death from a window by a nun.
According to this report, the investigation into St Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage is expected to be announced Monday. In a statement to BuzzFeed News on Friday, Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said that officials had recently discussed their options regarding the facility, and that the allegations are “horrific and demand investigation.”

Donovan said that the investigation will involve a joint state-local task force.
The planned investigation comes after a report from BuzzFeed News documented years of abuse at the orphanage, which closed in 1974. One woman, Sally Dale, who entered the facility in 1940 and lived there for more than two decades, told a lawyer that she saw a nun push a boy to his death from a window, that she was forced to kiss the body of a boy who was electrocuted, and that she was sent into a fire pit to retrieve a ball.
Dale, according to this report, reckoned the boy fell from the window in around 1944, because she was moving to the “big girls” dormitory that day. Girls usually moved when they were six, though residents of St Joseph’s Orphanage did not always have a clear sense of their age – birthdays of children who passed through its doors were never acknowledged by the sadists who ran the place.
She recounted his fall in a deposition on November 6, 1996. It was part of a group of lawsuits that 28 former residents brought against the nuns, the diocese, and the social agency that oversaw the orphanage. The lawsuits detailed alleged instances of torture and sexual abuse, among other horrors.
Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo is also expected to be involved in the investigation into the orphanage.
Del Pozo said that the investigation is still in its “nascent stages” and officials have not yet decided how to proceed. Del Pozo added that:

If nothing else, there is [a] need for truth and reconciliation. It’s safe to say that the mayor and I feel it’s in the interests of justice to offer a full accounting of the crimes. We feel it’s the duty of the state to do so.

The Vermont announcement came shortly after the New York Attorney General’s office issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state with regard to Catholic sex abuse.

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  • AgentCormac

    I know I’m fantasising here, but wouldn’t it be nice if, in years to come, we are able to look back on all these actions against the RCC and realise that they turned out to be he beginning of the end for this hateful crime syndicate. It really couldn’t happen to a viler bunch of people.

  • Broga

    AgentCormac : For the time being parents will have to protect their children e.g. keep them away from priests etc;
    Accept and understand that religious belief is incredible;
    leave the churches empty.
    Long way ahead while a monster like Trump lies while he robs his fuckwit followers to their adoring howls.

  • StephenJP

    AC: I wonder if Ireland might be a sign of the future. The people are turning away in droves in disgust, and the RCC is impotent to respond.
    Mind you, this may largely be because Ireland has become better educated and more prosperous. There are still loads of countries in Latin America and elsewhere where people are too poor and ignorant to know why the message of salvation the RCC is peddling to them is so illusory.

  • Yotty

    The real catalyst for the rapidly diminishing authority of the RCC is the internet. Whereas before, news of Catholic abuse may have been reported in a provincial or national paper that news is now spread globally in a trice and with ease. And previously the RCC had power over much of the press so that they could suppress such news easily. But now the RCC is mostly unable to censor because they cannot control social media. Everyone can now publish with impunity globally with ease and the RCC can do very little about it. The RCC is going down fast and about time.

  • Broga

    StephenJP : I hear on the news this morning that the government is preparing the military to quell protests against Farage, Boris the Berk, Moggy and Co’s Brexit total and utter Brexit Fantasy Fuck up i.e. the BFF to the cognoscenti.
    Could this revelation at last rouse the sloths from their couches as they watch the next Dancing or Baking programme. Off up the hill with my Labrador. An unfailing source of solace in troubled times when allied to this site.

  • tonye

    It’s always interesting to see Bill Donohue’s reaction to corruption in his RCC. It would be great if he were to condemn these acts, but I won’t be holding my breath.

  • Ed McArthur

    How is the Catholic Church still in business and it is a business.
    Case after case , and this is just one modern scandal, consider the last hundred years . I dont have to make a list.
    Any other organasation ould have closed down or gone down through lack of support.
    Because they are a religious body they are given a free pass to committ crimes and its even likely that our right to be critical of them and to tell the truth will be taken away, thats the way things seem to be going
    Ed McArthur

  • Ed McArthur

    Not ju?st Child sex abuse but psychical abuse and even murder, with which crime can the RC Church not get away
    with ?

  • Vanity Unfair

    Fatal defenestration, corpse-kissing and firepits? This is reminiscent of the “Satanic abuse” scandal of the 1980s and 1990s. You will know how that turned out. Certainly, the RCC has shown itself capable of committing unspeakable abuse but is it possible that this particular accusation might have been overstated? It might even be a trap.