List of Diocesan Clergy for whom the Diocese received allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor – Diocese of Brooklyn

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Notice: The below list(s) of accused clergy is based upon reports and allegations by victims or the families of victims.

The listing of a clergy’s name does not state or imply that clergy charged with allegations are guilty of a crime or liable for civil claims. The charges made against these clergy are just charges until judicially determined even if many others could find them credible.

Based upon the evidence available to the Diocese, the allegations against the persons set forth on the below lists were deemed to be credible unless otherwise noted. By “credible” the Diocesan officials believe that the allegations may be true. As to deceased priests and laicized priests generally no investigation would be implemented if the claim was first made after the priest left ministry. In addition, generally no investigation would be undertaken as to priests who admitted to the allegation. The judicial system, however, presumes that a person accused of or charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty. In a civil action a person charged with wrong doing is likewise presumed not to be liable as charged unless a plaintiff proves otherwise. Admissions of guilt or liability are not typically a part of civil or private settlements.

Clergy is a broader term than priest and includes Bishops, priests and deacons. This list(s) includes all Diocesan clergy for whom allegations were reported to the Diocese or the IRCP program unless the allegations were unsubstantiated or investigations are still pending. Professional and reasonable efforts have been undertaken to ensure that an allegation has been received regarding each priest on this list while that person was a clergy in active ministry. For clergy in active ministry at the time of the allegation, the Diocese will undertake an investigation. While these investigations assist the Diocese in determining whether or not a clergy member should be in active ministry, it does not legally confirm the veracity of any actual allegation, and this list is not a representation of the legal case history, or part thereof, of an individual.

The below lists are accurate to the current knowledge of Diocesan authorities as of the date set forth on the list(s). The Diocese reserves the right to change, amend or update these lists if additional information is provided to it. In the event that any changes are made to the list(s), the revised, modified or updated list(s) will be posted on this website immediately. Please check the latest information posted here to become informed of any changes.

The Diocese is currently sponsoring an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program (“IRCP”). Kenneth Fienberg is the independent administrator of the IRCP and is not bound to, or by, any actions or determinations of the Diocese. This list is not intended to imply approval, determination, or knowledge by the IRCP Administrator of any information set forth herein.

CLERGY MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN WITH CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS:
CREDIBILITY DEEMED BY DIOCESAN REVIEW BOARD DETERMINATION AND/OR ADMISSION ON BEHALF OF THE CLERIC.

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State of California to pay pro-life law firm $399,000 – 16 Feb 2019

Dear Reader,

Our line-up for today includes:

State of California to pay pro-life law firm $399,000: Faith-based pregnancy centers cannot be forced to promote abortion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trump meets with abortion survivor, pro-life activists: Melissa Ohden survived abortion attempt and spoke at March for Life

 

Bishop Nguyen: “…People flock here to seek divine grace so they can rise above their suffering.” (Photo courtesy of OC Catholic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orange diocese bishops pilgrimage to Vietnamese shrine: Bishop Thanh Nguyen recounts his own journey fleeing Vietnam

From Marie’s “Fiat” to the “Yes” of the Blessed Martyrs of Algeria

On December 8, 2018, the Church beatified 19 new martyrs, who were murdered between 1994 and 1996, in Algeria. These martyrs announced the Lord’s unconditional love for all mankind, giving witness to their belonging to Christ and to the Church until martyrdom. Following is an excerpt from the homily delivered by Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciù during the Beatification Mass celebrated in Oran on December 8th:

“Blessed Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions (religious men and women) carry on them the salvific seal of the Redemption of Christ. By inscribing their names in the book of the saved and blessed, the Church wanted to recognize the exemplarity of their virtuous life, the heroism of the death of these extraordinary peacemakers. In Christ, the Church desires to worship the living God: and the glory of God is the person who receives from him the fullness of life.

This fullness of life, the Virgin Mary experienced it in an incomparable way, when the Archangel Gabriel announced to her that she had found favor with God, and that by the action of the Holy Spirit she would conceive Jesus, the Son of the Most High. “Rejoice, full of grace: the Lord is with you!” (Lk 1: 28)

We too today, contemplating these new Blessed, are invited to lay aside all narrow-mindedness and to rejoice, because in them we see the mystery of the eternal holiness of God shine forth.”

Vatican News

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Source: From Marie’s “Fiat” to the “Yes” of the Blessed Martyrs of Algeria

Holy See: McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state for abuse – Vatican News

The Holy See announces sanctions against former American Cardinal, Theodore Edgar McCarrick, including dismissal from the clerical state.

By Vatican News

The Holy Press Office has published a statement from the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concerning the case of Theodore Edgar McCarrick.

The Congresso of the CDF, which investigated the accusations, has issued a decree finding McCarrick “guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power”.

The Congresso has imposed the penalty of “dismissal from the clerical state”.

The statement of the CDF notes that McCarrick’s appeal against this decision was considered on 13 February 2019 by the Ordinary Session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “Having examined the arguments in the recourse”, the statement says, “the Ordinary Session confirmed the decree of the Congresso”. McCarrick was notified of the decision on 15 February 2019.

This decision, following the recognition by the Holy Father, is definitive and admits of no further recourse or appeal.

Source: Holy See: McCarrick dismissed from the clerical state for abuse – Vatican News

“Zero Tolerance.” The Watchword of a Church Without Mercy – Settimo Cielo

There are two sinners for whom, in the preaching of Pope Francis, there has never been a shred of mercy: the corrupt and those guilty of the sexual abuse of minors.

Against these latter the watchword is “zero tolerance.” Francis, during the press conference on the way back from the journey to Chile and Peru, identified Benedict XVI as the first to adopt this formula. But in reality it does not appear in any document or discourse of pope Joseph Ratzinger and not even in the 2002 “Dallas Charter” of the bishops of the United States, while on the contrary it is continually proposed by the current pope as his pole star in the effort to combat abuse, most recently in the “letter to the people of God” of last August 20.

“Zero tolerance” – as explained at the February 12, 2015 consistory by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, whom Francis put at the head of the pontifical commission for the protection of minors – implies “the binding obligation that no member of the clergy who has abused a child will be allowed to continue in the ministry.” In practice, this means that someone who committed even one offense of this kind, perhaps decades ago, would be excluded forever from the exercise of the ministry, on a par with a serial abuser. And this even before the accusation would be confirmed by a regular canonical process.

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Source: “Zero Tolerance.” The Watchword of a Church Without Mercy – Settimo Cielo – Blog – L’Espresso

To make reparation to the Heart of our Heavenly Mother

The Virgin Mary had asked Sister Lucia of Fatima to make known to the world the devotion of the first five Saturdays of the month which consists, for five consecutive months, in receiving holy communion, reciting the Rosary while meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary in a spirit of reparation, and to confess one’s sins within 8 days, with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of Mary.

Our Mother promised to those who would practice it, her assistance at the time of death, with all the graces necessary for the salvation of their souls.

On February 15, 1926, returning from the garden after emptying a garbage can, Sister Lucia saw the Child Jesus, who asked her: “Have you revealed to the world what the Heavenly Mother has asked you?”

Lucia admitted that no, she had not. Then the Child Jesus said to her: “It is true that many souls begin but sadly few persevere to the very end, and those persevere do it to receive the graces promised. The souls who practice the first five Saturdays with fervor and with the intention of making reparation to the Heart of your Heavenly Mother please me more than those who make 15, but are lukewarm and indifferent.”

The Marie de Nazareth Team

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Source: To make reparation to the Heart of our Heavenly Mother