Former Priest Accused of Sexual Assault Tells His Side of Story
My question is; "how do you provide proof that you were raped by a priest"? Do you keep your clothes that can be checked by DNA? It is your word against the church. If you don't have proof, I think the Priest should be exonerated due to insuffecient evidence. Too many gold diggers out there.
The bishops of the US have acknowledged that over 5,000 clergy have sexually assaulted children or minors over the past several decades. The percentage of false reports, according to a review of their records by John Jay College for Criminal Justice, is under 5 percent. You can see much of this data at bishops-accountability.org. This means that 95 percent of abuse reports are true. Yet, only 3 percent of any of these clergy were ever prosecuted because bishops covered up these crimes and then transferred the offenders to new and unsuspecting parishes. At least now canon law requires a bishop to remove a priest from ministry when it has been determined, after a professional investigation, that the allegation is substantiated -- that's no different a standard than for any other licensed professional. That’s what Morlino was required to do that's why he and the Vatican removed Vosen from ministry. What Morlino is not doing—and some of these posts demonstrate what happens when you don’t—is exercise pastoral leadership and to personally minister to the victims, families and congregations that are hurting. An offender priest, like any other sex offender, doesn’t wear horns and announce his intention to molest a child. Offenders come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Many of them, such as those in the ministry, are gifted speakers, charismatic personalities and talented administrators. Being nice or charming is not a character quality nor does it reveal moral integrity and much less criminal intent. Vosen has made his case before 3 professional church boards and a civil jury. He has been found guilty each time. That’s much greater deference and due process than teachers, social workers, pediatricians or any other professionals working with children in civil society are granted. It’s time for Bishop Morlino to come to St. John’s, explain his decision to the faithful, and bring truth and healing.
I knew Fr. Vosen years before he came to Janesville. I was a young boy (one of many) that was in his "club" where he took (along with many adult chaperones) kids up to a place he had on Lake Wisconsin. In all the times I went, and with all the other kids I went with, I ABSOLUTELY NEVER witnessed, heard of, or experienced anything even remotely inappropriate. Fr. Vosen was an absolute picture of what a priest should be. Did he love kids? Absolutely. I find the accusations completely unbelievable.
Well, I don't know whether this man is guilty or not. I wasn't there and don't know the accuser. I will say that there have been false accusations of abuse, sexual and otherwise inside and outside the Catholic Church, even before this crisis started. It is now to the point that being a man you are almost putting your life on the line working with children, as a teacher or counselor or in any other capacity. I agree that the Catholic Church did not do what it was supposed to do in reference to these priests, but that doesn't mean that every priest out there is a pedophile. This problem exists also in our society at large so it isn't only in the Catholic Church, but the Church should of handled this whole thing much better.
Answer: Institutionalized child rape.
"Victims of clergy sexual abuse have been urging Vosen’s bishop, Robert Morlino, to release Vosen’s file and speak to the parishes where Vosen served and explain why he considers Vosen so dangerous he will not let him be a priest. Morlino has exercised extraordinary deference to Fr. Vosen. If he was a member of any other profession, his ordination “license” would have been revoked years ago, he would not be receiving benefits, and he could not maintain the public use of his professional title or credentials."
Peter Isley raises a valid point when he mentions Bishop Morlino's "extraordinary deference to Fr. Vosen."
If the deference is "extraordinary," the question is, Why?
lovestoscrap, I didn't say "every priest." Why don't you get a comprehension level that will allow you to read plain English?!
You too, whatever.... Then the both of you should re-read peterisley's post below.
Your blind allegiance is not healthy.
This is not a topic I feel at all comfortable commenting on.
gazettefan...I see you still believe every catholic priest is guilty of child abuse. Sheesh...get a life. There was no evidence against this man...just one man's accusations, who never filed charges and just wanted money. There are a lot of people in this world who are looking for handouts every day by taking advantage of others. Like others have said here...this man was guilty until proven innocent. This is a travesty!
I went to St. John Vianney 1-6th grades. I also knew Father Vosen. He was always kind, decent, and caring. I don't know anymore than anyone else if the allegations against him are true. I don't believe it is up us to judge him. No proof, no stone can be thrown.
MrScott, what is it about you that needs to ignore the information in peterisley's post?
The fact that pedophile priests were not punished but instead were sent to other parishes with a fresh flock of victims all for the protection of the Catholic Church and not the children is prima-facie evidence of institutionalized child rape.
I am a non-Catholic who grew up in a largely Catholic area and witnessed the effects of what that church does to its children.
Wow gazettefan, one person accusing one man hardly appears to be institutionalized rape of children. No one knows whether or not it happened except the two parties involved. You've demonized the Catholic church every opportunity on this website, including comments in articles which had nothing to do with the Catholic Church. It appears you have a personal problem with the Church, especially pushing the notion that this gentleman is automatically guilty just because it has happened elsewhere.
Suzanne, you need help.
nomad, the victims are the solid evidence. It is infinitely more likely that the guilty will deny the truth than it is that someone will lie about being raped.
The institutionalized rape of children in Catholic Church depends on the disturbing mentality that the both of you share.
I believe Fr. Vosen.
These are evil times and Satan is laughing because people do not believe in evil power of deception and Satan is out to make minced meat out of Consecrated souls. The devils stategy is to confuse by coinciding authentic sexual abuse with false accusations against good and holy priests. Who would believe their innocence in view of the horrendous crimes of a few (who were false shepherds in the first place) especially when they no longer believe in the most powerful deceiver, the liar from the beginning, Satan? People do not understand his stategies.This is happening in the culture everywhere now, not just in priesthood, false accusations in the midst of authentic sexual crimes. Confusion is the devils business and families are being ripped apart everywhere. My own good father was falsly accused so I understand well this deceptive evil in our culture. I would encourage Fr. to trust completely in Christ, he is sharing in the same cross of accusation that the Lord withstood. Jesus was physically crucified, Fr. Vosen is being morally crucified. I would encourage him to offer his suffering for the millions of lost souls including the accusers.
Without solid factual evidence, I can not understand how a person can be convicted on an accusation. This case sounds like guilty before proven innocent instead of innocent before proven guilty.Makes one wonder how many priests who have been accused are truly innocent. I support criminal punishment for those who it can be proven without doubt that they are guilty.
Then there is the on going cases of public school teachers doing the same, no outrage from the media or society.
Vosen, according to his own account, has had three victims and seven witnesses come forward to the diocese. A Catholic bishop is required under canon law to remove a priest from public ministry if he determines that priest has sexually molested a child or minor. He cannot publically present himself as a priest. But that is exactly what Vosen is doing anyway with his book, hoping, no doubt, to intimidate any more victims and witnesses from coming forward, call his bishop’s bluff, and turn a profit to boot off the misery of those harmed.
Vosen has had not one, not two, but three separate due process hearings where he has brought all his evidence: a lay review board of professionals and experts, a canon law trial composed of his priest peers, and a civil law trial before a civil jury.
He has been found guilty before all three hearings.
When a teacher, psychologist, medical doctor or any other of the dozens of licensed and certified professionals in the state of Wisconsin are found by their professional board to have committed ethical and especially criminal misconduct, the results of that investigation, including the revocation of his or her license, is publicized and the ruling and evidence is readily available, including being posted online by the State Department of Regulation and Licensing.
Victims of clergy sexual abuse have been urging Vosen’s bishop, Robert Morlino, to release Vosen’s file and speak to the parishes where Vosen served and explain why he considers Vosen so dangerous he will not let him be a priest. Morlino has exercised extraordinary deference to Fr. Vosen. If he was a member of any other profession, his ordination “license” would have been revoked years ago, he would not be receiving benefits, and he could not maintain the public use of his professional title or credentials.
There are statutes of limatations on when a person can be convicted of sexually abusing a child. Sadly, that child will never have closure in their adult life.
As a victim, I know that sexual predators can get away with their crimes. If a child is in foster care, as was I, those children are extremely vulnerable.
I was unable to have justice. I carried hate with me for a long time.
I do not know if this man is guilty or not. If he is innocent, that is a horrible stigmata to carry indeed. If he is guilty, well that is at the very least, a miscarriage of justice.
If he is innocent -- he was never charged with a crime -- then he has my sympathies. Sadly, as Sr. Maureen's post below suggests, one of the biggest problems is the stonewalling of the Catholic church itself. For too many years they tried to be judge and jury for sexually abusive clergy, even moving them to new churches or schools knowing they had a history of molestation, and preventing criminal prosecutions from taking place by destroying records. This makes it more difficult to know the truth of any single case such as Vosen's.
Removing all statutes of limitation in regard to the sexual abuse of children in the single, most effective means of holding sexual predators and their enablers, if they exist, accountable befor a court of law.
Sister Maureen Paul Turlish
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