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"Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light;
and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops."

Luke 12:3


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THE CLERGY sexual abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church may be just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. With a millennia-old bureaucracy, there may be some very old, very dark secrets indeed. Here is a collection of articles I wrote and published in The Missing Link, the journal of The Linkup, the most important clergy victims advocacy group of the 1990s, accompanied by a collection of important documents concerning the crisis.

During my research, I found out how the cover-up has been successfully orchestrated by the Vatican for the last 600 years through what once was called the Inquisition.

Most surprising of all, the reason the scandals came out and have since gone away is largely due to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Some of the material found here inspired my dark psychological thriller, The Harrowing.
Much was later expanded into my exposé, Sons of Perdition,

Warning: May be upsetting to sensitive individuals,
the devout, and victims and survivors of abuse.
Please use care when reading.
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Priests of Darkness Article Archive Categories:

BLACK COLLAR CRIME: Fallen Clergy and the Cover-up

DARK RITES: Ritualistic Abuse and Clerical Deviltry

ROMAN CIRCUS: History and Hijinks of the Popes and Cardinals

SURVIVOR ISSUES: Of Interest to Clergy Abuse Victims and Survivors

THE VAULT: Documents Relating to the Crisis

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PLUS Featured Articles From the POP CULT Archive:

The Fallen Priests Film Festival
Movies about Compromised Clerics

What's all this then?A list of nearly 300 films and TV shows with devil-dealing priests, erring evangelists, nasty nuns, bad bishops, and calculating cardinals.

Driving through a Swiss city one day, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, the British filmmaker famous for suspense and thriller movies, suddenly pointed out of the car window and said, "That is the most frightening sight I have ever seen." His companion was surprised to see nothing more alarming than a priest in conversation with a little boy, his hand on the child's shoulder. "Run, little boy," cried Hitchcock, leaning out of the car. "Run for your life!"

How does the Shroud of Turin match up with Mel Gibson's bloody epic? Is the Shroud really the burial cloth of Jesus? The mystery is even stranger than you may think.

Also, from the Night Gallery Archive:

Link Pope Palpatine
A Scary Photo Gallery of Pope Benedict XVI

Why is this man smiling in such a way that he could terrify children and small animals?

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BLACK COLLAR CRIME

Fallen Clergy and the Cover-Up

Link Timeline of the Sex Scandals
Be on the lookout...
A 2,000 Year Cover-Up

A short overview of the most significant facts involving the crisis, including the roles of the Inquisition and the pope.

Link Catholic Pedophile Priests
The Effect on US Society

The official report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Church in the US masks a lot of shame amid its statistics.

Link Priests with AIDS
Questions and Controversy

With high percentages of infection among men of the cloth, one has to wonder just how much sexual activity these sworn celibates engage in.

LinkAwful Disclosures”– But No Longer Unbelievable
Maria Monk Reconsidered

The ongoing clergy abuse scandals have revealed crimes committed by female religious that rival those disbelieved in the 19th century.

Link The Nuns' Stories
Vatican Condemned for Abuse of Nuns by Priests

"God's wives"are often the first victims of choice for priestly predators.

Link Hearts of Darkness
Catholic Clergy and African Murders

Unlike during the Holocaust, when the German clergy tried to ignore the horror, in Africa the clergy were often the leaders in both the Rwandan Genocide and Ugandan Cult Murders.

Link The “Ex-Files”
Secrets of the Catholic Church

If the truth about its erring priests is out there, just where is it buried?

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DARK RITES

Ritualistic abuse and other clerical deviltry

Link Boys from Brazil, “Girls” from Brooklyn
A Gay Episcopal Clergy Sex Ring"Honi soit qui mal y pense"

Bizarre sexual behavior is not indulged in only by depraved Roman Catholic clergy. Here’s a story of some strange hanky-panky among high-church Episcopalians in New York.

Link The Murder of Sr. Margaret Ann Pahl
Clergy Ritual Abuse Illuminated

The trial of Fr. Gerald Robinson is finished, leaving unsettled allegations of underground satanic and other bizarre activities — including priests dressing as nuns.

Link The Devil at Home in Rome
Insiders Claim Satanists Lurk in the Vatican

Vatican efforts to curtail Emmanuel Milingo, a former archbishop and popular exorcist who first accused the Holy See of harboring devil-worshippers.

Link Malachi Martin and the “Enemy Within”
Satanic Plots and the Fall of the Roman Church

The late author, a one-time Jesuit and Vatican insider, and his allegations of Freemasonry and Satanism within the Vatican itself.

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SURVIVOR ISSUES Yowe- the Priest Killing Kachina

Of Interest to Survivors and Victims

Link World Clergy Abuse Survivors Day Manifesto

How to confront the Catholic Church by celebrating.

Link Mysteries Remain in New Mexico
A Decade After the Clergy Abuse Scandals

“The Land of Enchantment” was an epicenter in the clergy sex crisis in the early 1990s, and many questions linger even today.

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ROMAN CIRCUS

History and Hijinks of the Popes and Cardinals

"And they are well hung!"For Catholics, all roads inevitably lead to Rome. Over the centuries, many secrets have come to hide in the shadows of St. Peter's.

Link Papal Trivia
Fun facts about the Popes

Some stramge tidbits about the Vicars of Christ. Including anecdotes about the origins and meaning of the papal tiara, and who got to grope the pope and hit him on the head when he died.

Treasures of Our Catholic Tradition
Scandals Through History

Excerpts from an authoritative 19th century academic historical text, the History of Sacerdotal Celibacy within the Christian Church by Henry Charles Lea shows the long and often losing struggle between faith and flesh.

Link Part I: The Rise of the Papacy

Link Part II: Corruption, Dissent, Reform

Link Part III: Solicitation in the Confessional

Link Holy Terror

One poor bastard then

Another poor bastard now

The Black Bequest of the Inquisition

The horror of Abu Ghraib is nothing new.

Link In Praise of Folly
Giordano Bruno and the Magical Reformation

A tribute to a martyr for free thought.

Link The President, the Pope, and the Pastor
The Catholic Connection to Lincoln's Murder

A fascinating, long-neglected theory on the assassination by one of Lincoln's friends concerning the involvement of Roman Catholics.

Link Nazi Gold and the Vatican
How Rome Saved Fascists for a Price

There are interesting connections between the wealth of victims of fascist oppression in World War II used by the Vatican to run the "rat lines" whereby the perpetrators escaped and the modern shrine of Medjugorje.

Link Pius XII and the Holocaust
Wartime Role Questioned

Was the Wartime Pope an anti-semite? Debate still continues.

Link Secrets of the Vatican
Glimpses Through the Purple Curtain

What does the Pope know about clergy abuse, how much does he know, and when did he know it? If there’s a cover-up, who runs it?

And what about those Vatican Secret Archives anyway?

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THE VAULT The Truth is Out There

Documents Relating to the Crisis

Vatican | Tom Doyle | Canon Law | Regions | Cases
Black Collar Crimes | Tom Economus Memorial

A collection of official reports and articles by experts.
These are
the "smoking guns" of the Clergy Sexual Abuse crisis.

Note: Many of these documents are in PDF format, which requires Adobe Acrobat to read.


Vatican:

Here's the documentary proof of Joseph Ratzinger's important influence
from the beginning to the end of the scandals:

Link Ratzinger's Responsibility for the Sex Scandals

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI bears a great, but largely unrecognized responsiblity for the clergy sex scandals around the world. As a young man, he wrote a document that helped set the stage for the crisis, and before he ever became pope, he took decisive steps to end it.
(PDF format, 159 KB)


Link Crimes of Solicitation
(PDF format, 1.7Mb)

Smoking gun or not? This document reveals the secret medieval procedures dictated by the Holy Office, that is, the curial department once known as the Inquisition, issued during the reign of Pope John XXIII before the start of the Second Vatican Council, to deal with priests accused of making sexual advances in the course of hearing confessions and other "worst crimes" including bestiality and sex with minors.

This shows that the Church considered itself above secular law even well into modern times. In order to keep these cases secret, excommunication could be invoked on victims, witnesses, participants and the accused.

At last, there may be an explanation of why bishops have so consistently lied — they were just obeying orders from Rome, under penalty of eternal damnation. Or at least that's one interpretation.

Another view comes from a man who should know, renowned canonist and victim advocate, Fr. Tom Doyle. He has written several pieces explaining the nature and content of the document, which are linked below. Other important documents by Fr. Doyle may be found below.

NOTE: Originally in Latin, this typescript translation of Crimen Sollicitationis may be somewhat difficult to read. Note that the use of underlines replaces the italics of the original. Page numbers are included in the text where the original page breaks were located. Text in brackets and parentheses seems to have been included to make the translation more understandable.

Retyped version of Crimen
(9/6/07, PDF format, 124Kb)

An analysis of what it means and how it has affected me as a survivor of clergy abuse, can be found here.

Commentary on Crimen

The 1962 Vatican Document on Solicitation in the Confessional
(8/10/03 PDF format, 55Kb)

The above is his original statement, published shortly after the document became known. In 2006, Fr. Doyle completely revised and expanded his 2003 statement, adding important new historical and contextual background:

The 1962 Vatican Instruction "Crimen Sollicitationis" Promulgated on March 16, 1962
(11/1/06, PDF format, 35Kb)

In 2006, Fr. Doyle yet again revised and expanded his comments. Now he admits that the Inquisition (currently known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith or CDF) has been running the coverup all along, just as I have been claiming:

The 1962 Vatican Instruction "Crimen Sollicitationis" Promulgated on March 16, 1962
(4/1/08, PDF format, 36Kb)

These are Doyle's latest comments from 2008 on Crimen Sollicitationis and an identical version of the document that had been issued in 1922.


Vatican cover letter for new policy
(5/18/01, PDF format, 66Kb)

The Vatican's new policy still maintains secrecy, and puts the CDF, the modern form of the Roman Inquisition, back in charge.

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Tom Doyle:

Fr. Thomas P. Doyle, O.P., J.C.D., is well-known in survivor circles as an expert and an victim advocate. Involved since the earliest days of the crisis, he has written a number of very informative and important articles and historical documents.

Link Clergy Sexual Abuse: The First Decade
(17 pages, 57Kb, PDF format) 

His insider's look at the early years, including the beginnings of the Linkup, SNAP, and other groups.

Link The Archives and the Secret Archives
Required by Canon Law
(HTML format) 

As a prominent canon lawyer, here is an article on the secret records that the Vatican requires to be kept by dioceses.

Link A Short History of The Manual (HTML format) 

A brief outline by Fr. Doyle concerning the origins of the book that first outlined the problem and its poor reception by the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

Link Executive Summary

Presented as a summary of The Problem of Sexual Molestation By Roman Catholic Clergy: Meeting the Problem in a Responsible Manner, ( or the Doyle/Mouton Report” for short), this is damning evidence. Written in response to the first cases that reached national attention involving Gilbert Gauthe, this 1985 document proves that the American Catholic hierarchy was warned of the on-coming crisis and offered solutions but did nothing (HTML format).
Part 1 (111Kb) Part 2 (65Kb)

Here is the full report in four parts (PDF format).

Part 1 (29 pages, 675Kb) Part 2 (21 pages, 493Kb)
Part 3 (32 pages, 1.45Mb) Part 4 (13 pages, 317Kb)

Link What Bishops Can Do To Help
(10/17/06 PDF format, 14Kb)

Some recent pastoral suggestions for the bishops from Fr. Doyle.

Link Revelation of Confessional Matter with Permission
(undated PDF format, 17.5Kb)

An explanation of Canon Law regarding under what circumstances that things said in confession may be revealed.

LinkReview of Sons of Perdition
(10/12/09 PDF format, 8Kb)

A nice review posted by Fr. Doyle at Amazon.com regarding my exposé.

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Canon Law:

Link The Code of Canon Law (1983 PDF format 2.62Mb, 290 pgs.)

Here it is, the entire current code, without commentary.

Link The Loss of the Clerical State (HTML format) 

An article by Gregory Ingels, J.C.D., a canon lawyer and author of the "no-tolerance" policy, who has himself been accused of clergy sexual abuse. This essay explains that once given, priestly powers can never be taken away, but at most circumscribed.

Link Canonical Delicts Involving Sexual Misconduct and Dismissal from the Clerical State

An important document first released by the USCCB in 1995, explaining just what canonically can be done to boot priest perpetrators out. This is the second edition from 2002, divided into 4 parts, in PDF format.

Part 1 (1.61Mb) Part 2 (1.32Mb)
Part 3 (2.5Mb) Part 4 (1.35Mb)

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Regions:

United States:
 
Link The John Jay Report” (PDF format, 4.13Mb)

This official report, called A Report on the Crisis of the Catholic Church in the United States, was issued by the National Review Board for the Protection of Children and Young People of the USCCB. It was conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, hence the name.

Though purporting to be authoritive, though incomplete, this is surely not yet the end of the story. Nonetheless, its statistics do indeed show that the Roman Church faces an epic crisis due to long-term policies of denial and cover-up. And, giving the recent backtracking from it by the bishops, may have been their last chance to come clean.


California:
Link Clergy Sex Abuse in Los Angeles

"After nearly three years of legal wrangling, the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese released information from the confidential personnel files of 126 clergymen accused of sexual abuse.

"The records, which summarize the files of the clergy, show that for more than 75 years the Archdiocese shipped priests accused of abuse between therapy and new assignments, often ignoring parishioners' complaints.

"The confidential files were released as part of the settlement talks in a civil suit with lawyers for 560 accusers. Much of the information has already been published in various forms, but the documents offer details in a number of cases.

"Archdiocese and plaintiff attorneys had agreed earlier to release the information, but earlier this year attorneys for the accused clergymen succeeded in blocking the publication of the information, arguing it would violate their clients' privacy rights.

"An appellate court ordered the documents released last month. "(AP, Oct. 12, 2005)

Here are both reports, the first from February, 2004, and an addendum from October 2005.

A Report to the People of God (PDF format)

Addendum (PDF format)


Massachusetts:
Link The Massachusetts Attorney General's Report
(PDF format, 1.39Mb)

Card. LawAs a result of the scandals in Boston, a Grand Jury probed the dealings of the Archdiocese. While they failed to uncover sufficient evidence to indict Cardinal Bernard Law and his subordinates, they did uncover almost 1,000 victims of nearly 250 priests since 1940, reflecting a long-term pattern of abuse and cover-up.

For his efforts, Law has been rewarded with a cushy job in the Vatican.


New York:
Link Grand Jury Investigation into the Diocese of Rockville Centre
(PDF format, 1.14Mb)

A little noted document with important background information on abuse in suburban New York.


Pennsylvania:
Link The Philadelphia Grand Jury Report

A shocking report issued in September, 2005, by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Grand Jury found rampant and often ritualistic child abuse in Pennsylvania throughout the twentieth century.

According to the D.A.'s Office, there is no possibility of bringing criminal charges against the newly discovered perpetrators nor the Archdiocese. Nor is there a chance of bringing charges against Cardinals Bevilacqua and Krol, or Secretary for Clergy Monsignor William J. Lynn.

Here is the report, split up into the main section with appendices, plus the Archdiocese's response and the D.A's criticism. Note: Each section of the report actually begins on page 2 and contains the index and dedication pages for the full report. All are in PDF format.

May be very disturbing to victims/survivors. Use care in reading.

The Grand Jury Report (424 pages, 1.9Mb)

Appendix A: Catalogue of Sexually Abusive Priests (97 pages, 635Kb)

Appendix B: List of Assignments of Sexually Abusive Priests (27 pages, 151Kb)

Appendix C: Archdiocesan Priest Biographical Profiles

Part 1: Avery - Cochrane (13 pages, 4Mb)
Part 2: Connor - Durkin (13 pages, 4Mb)
Part 3: Dux - Iannarella (13 pages, 4.5Mb)
Part 4: Jones - Mulholland (14 pages, 4Mb)
Part 5: Murray - Steingraber (14 pages, 4.3Mb)
Part 6: Swierzy - Wisniewski (8 pages, 2Mb)

Appendix D: Selected Documents Part 1 (35 pages, 5Mb) Part 2 (33 pages, 4.9Mb)

Appendix E: Glossary of Terms (6 pages, 117Kb)

Appendix F: Articles from Other Jurisdictions Part 1 (17 pages, 3.1Mb) Part 2 (11 pages, 2.7Mb)

Response of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (73 pages, 515Kb)

District Attorney's Examination of the Response (30 pages, 136Kb)


Dublin, Ireland:
Link Report by the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin

This report, issued in November, 2009 by the Irish Repubic's Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform, details the failure of the Irish Catholic Church and the police to deal with sexual abuse in Dublin. Though edited with many sections missing, it condemns virtually the entire hierarchy as well as hundreds of perpetrators. It includes information about the Servants of the Paraclete but also of a treatment center set up byh the Hospitallers of St. John of God to treat criminal clerical child molesters — in 1994. This is therefore smoking gun evidence of a criminal conspiracy to cover up child abuse at the very highest levels of the Irish Catholic Church and the Vatican. All files are in PDF format.

  1. Cover page (161Kb)
  2. Signature page (111Kb)
  3. Start, Part 1 (39Kb)
  4. Part 1 (161Kb)
  5. Cover, Part 2 (167KB)
  6. Part 2 (2.04Mb)
  7. Cover, Appendices (163Kb)
  8. Appendices (965Kb)
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Cases:

Rudy Kos

During the Rudy Kos trial in Dallas, which resulted in the largest settlement up to that time, several documents surfaced written by experts on clergy sexual abuse that expose the history of the crisis in the United States and the lack of proper action by the Roman Catholic Church.

Link The Kos Files — the whole grim story.

Link Doyle-Demarest Memo

Another document by Fr. Doyle, this one recounts events in the cases of Frs. Rudolph Kos, Robert Hughes and William Peebles including the roles of the NCCB/USCC and the Military Vicariate (Chaplains Corps).

Part 1 (116Kb) Part 2 (47Kb)

Link Sipe Report

Written by psychotherapist, researcher and former priest, A. W. Richard Sipe (A Secret World; Sex, Priests and Power), this contains important background information on the situation in general and the Dallas cases in particular.


Sanchez Deposition Former Abp. Robert Sanchez

In January 1994, disgraced former-Archbishop Robert Sanchez of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, gave a deposition over several days in regard to cases involving his own exploitation of young women, the crimes of former priests Jason Sigler, James Porter and the long-disappeared Arthur Perrault, among others, the Servants of the Paraclete treatment program, and his own failure to act. Though heavily edited by a judge, with many names and details deleted, this document still gives invaluable insights into the scandal.

Link The Secrets of Archbishop Sanchez
— An analysis of his statements.

The Deposition (HTML format):

Part 1A (75Kb) Part 1B (106Kb)
Part 2A (65Kb) Part 2B (109Kb)
Part 3A (125Kb) Part 3B (62Kb) Part 3C (84Kb)
Part 4A (114Kb) Part 4B (60Kb) Part 4C (91Kb)
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The Linkup Archives

The Premiere Victims Group in the 1990s

Link Black Collar Crimes The Linkup Shield

During the 1990s, one of the leading clergy abuse survivor support groups in the country was The Survivors of Clergy Abuse Linkup. It's gone now, but the archives of its news summary columns, Black Collar Crimes, give a glimpse into the global clergy abuse crisis from April 1997 to August 2002.

Link Tom Economus Memorial

The president of The Linkup through much of its existence was Fr. Tom Economus, a clergy abuse survivor, Independent Catholic priest, and unsung hero of the movement. He died in 2002 just as the scandals in Boston were taking off.

Here is a memorial site in his honor, adapted from the one originally put up at the now-defunct Linkup site. It also contains an interview for PBS' FRONTLINE that was posted online but never used on-air.

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