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Nun: I Was Fired For Reporting Priest's Dirty Mags

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Nun: I was fired for reporting priest's dirty mags

By JOANN LOVIGLIO | Associated Press – Mon, Apr 9, 2012

http://news.yahoo.co...-224756748.html

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A nun testified Monday in a landmark church sex-abuse trial that she was fired from a southeastern Pennsylvania parish for reporting concerns to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia about explicit mail that a priest had received.

Sister Joan Scary said she lost her job as director of education at St. Gabriel's in the rural Montgomery County town of Stowe, near Pottstown, after she complained to then-Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua about the Rev. Edward DePaoli shortly after his arrival in 1995. She said she was concerned about mail DePaoli began to receive, including computer disks from Denmark and magazines containing "deplorable" content, none of which included DePaoli's clerical title or indicated that his address was a rectory.

DePaoli, who was defrocked in 2005, is not a defendant in the trial but prosecutors are using the testimony about him and others to build a case against Monsignor William Lynn, who was the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004 and entrusted within investigating complaints against priests.

Lynn is the first Roman Catholic official in the U.S. charged with endangering children for allegedly moving priests suspected of molestation from parish to parish without warning anyone of previous sex-abuse complaints. He is on trial with the Rev. James Brennan, who is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Scary said Monday she was unaware when he came to St. Gabriel's that DePaoli was convicted in federal court in 1986 of possessing child pornography and sentenced to probation. The conviction was not announced in the parish but Scary said she did think it odd that "he didn't really have duties."

"During Mass he would sit in the sanctuary and wouldn't do anything, other than just be there," she said. "Most priests would either read the gospel, give a homily, help out with communion ... it just seemed strange."

She testified she was warned by the church's pastor to keep any concerns about DePaoli to herself "or I could pack my bags and leave."

That's exactly what happened after she anonymously mailed one of DePaoli's magazines to Bevilacqua, she testified, with a handwritten note asking whether the cardinal thought that it was appropriate material for a priest. She was fired by the Rev. James Gormley, the pastor, in May 1996 after seven years at St. Gabriel's.

A detective went on the stand Monday to read a series of memos regarding the case of the Rev. Thomas Shea, who was removed from active ministry in 1994, a week after the archdiocese was contacted by an attorney who said his client was sexually abused as an altar boy by Shea in the 1970s at Saint Helena parish in Philadelphia. In one memo, Lynn suggests the priest might have been "seduced into it" by the then-altar boy.

Shea, who was sent to a Catholic treatment facility and diagnosed as a pedophile with the emotional maturity level of a 12- or 13-year-old boy, was permitted to retire in 1995 and said he had only two victims — the boy whose lawyer contacted the archdiocese and a boy who had since died.

In 2002, however, the archdiocese received an anonymous letter from someone who said his or her family member was one of several boys molested by Shea in the 1970s at Saint Joseph parish in Collingdale and "cannot to this day stop running away from his life."

A detective on the witness stand told Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington that investigators found no evidence that the archdiocese tried to locate the letter writer or any other potential victims.

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there seems to be no end to the revelations about the catholic chucrh and the molestation of young boys . these scum make me sick .

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Its not just the wall of secrecy the catholic church hides behind but their behavior of moving pedophile priests accused of crimes from one place of opportunity to another just to make the problem "go away" and keep it quiet. Its not just criminal its evil on a basic level.

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Its not just the wall of secrecy the catholic church hides behind but their behavior of moving pedophile priests accused of crimes from one place of opportunity to another just to make the problem "go away" and keep it quiet. Its not just criminal its evil on a basic level.

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Imagine a world where all the good deeds of the Church were posted instead of only the bad ones...

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Imagine a world where all the good deeds of the Church were posted instead of only the bad ones...

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Snitches get stitches.

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So the whistle is the only thing they're not allowed to blow?

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nuns scare me let alone a angry nun

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feel free to post. i would love to hear of these good deeds . and not deeds by individuals, but by the church itself .

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What? There's been plenty of individuals who have done good deeds in the name of the church/religion rather than their individual self, it's ignorant not to think that. If you're going to give credit to the individual for good deeds, then give shame on the individual for bad deeds as well, not a whole institution.

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Imagine a world where all the good deeds of the Church were posted instead of only the bad ones...

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there seems to be no end to the revelations about the catholic chucrh and the molestation of young boys . these scum make me sick .

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The church is a group that harbor and protects child abuses. Have to hide embarrassment and save lost profits. Call the church for what it really is. Just another greedy corrupt corporation. That has really killed far more people that it has saved.

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Cut the Christian self-victimization crap. Seriously.

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Funny...2000 years ago, Catholics were blamed for everything, and now they're being blamed for everything again.

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