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Philadelphia archdiocese to face new claims in child sex abuse allegations
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, a former archbishop, is named in the lawsuit.
March 7th, 2011
11:24 AM ET

Philadelphia archdiocese to face new claims in child sex abuse allegations

Attorneys said they will announce a new lawsuit Monday against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which has been the subject of a two-year grand jury investigation into claims officials ignored and covered up sex crimes against children.

"The Lawsuit will allege that Archdiocese officials conspired to endanger the safety of the Plaintiff when they actively concealed their knowledge of (a) priest's previous offenses, lied to parishioners, and created a sham sexual abuse victim assistance program for the Archdiocese," according to a news release announcing the lawsuit.

The lawsuit does not identify the plaintiff, but describes him as "an adult male individual who is a citizen and resident of the State of Delaware."

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  1. John Medford

    Where is CatholicMm, ranting about how bad this man is? How he is living a lie? How awful what he has done to those kids? How the Catholic Church, without spot , stain, and wrinkle, would be able to justify this behavior, that these apostolic successors have done, and thier clergy? Surely the ole devil has infiltrated the CC, as she parades around with all that holyier then thou talk! Jesus is gonna be real proud of how these holy guys have handeled what he entrusted to them...if in fact he did. There is great conflict over whether the CC appointed themselves to this postion, or God actually set up a succession to begin with.
    Betcha Jesus is real sad over how his church without spot, stain, or wrinkle, had dirtied it up!
    Thank God for the Episcopalian Church. Reallove of God and mercy are shown there.

    March 8, 2011 at 10:23 am |
    • Fatima

      The essence of the Third Secret of Fatima is that Satan has entered the Catholic Church, bringing with him agents to occupy highest positions in the Church. Here are the revelations by the Blessed Virgin Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ through Veronica Lueken as a voice box:

      "How I warned and warned that satan would enter into the highest realms of the hierarchy in Rome. The Third Secret, My child, is that satan would enter into My Son's Church." (Our Lady through Veronica, May 13, 1978.)
      "Satan, Lucifer in human form, entered into Rome in the year 1972. He cut off the rule of the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI. Lucifer has controlled Rome and continues his control now." (Our Lady through Veronica, September 7, 1978.)
      "I say this evening, as your God, that on that date, as promised at Fatima, satan entered My Church upon earth. He brought with him his agents - and satan himself, the deceiver of all mankind - sat in on Vatican II and maneuvered all the outsiders to come in and distort My doctrines and distort the truth ... You will speak out and say that satan is in the Church, My Church upon earth. He knows his time is growing short." (Our Lord through Veronica Lueken, June 18, 1986.)
      "Yes, My child, even with Vatican II, it started out with the best resolves, but then satan took over the scene. And with his agents he reached into the highest professions, the highest league of the Hierarchy, until, it saddens Me to say that many priests are now on the road to perdition and taking many others with them." (Our Lord through Veronica Lueken, July 25, 1985.)
      Editor's Note: For additional information see http://www.cephasministry.com/world_church_black_magick_pope.html
      These are confirmed by at least another source: The Blessed Virgin Mary's words to Father Don Stefano Gobbi:

      "I am weeping because the Church is continuing along the road of division, of loss of the true faith, of apostasy and of errors which are being spread more and more without anyone offering opposition to them. Even now, that which I predicted at Fatima and that which I have revealed here in the third message confided to a little daughter of mine (i.e. Sister Lucia) is in the process of being accomplished. And so, even for the Church the moment of its great trial has come, because the man of iniquity will establish himself within it and the abomination of desolation will enter into the holy temple of God." (To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, No. 362, September 15, 1987, p. 572.)
      "The black beast like a leopard indicates Freemasonry; the beast with the two horns like a lamb indicates Freemasonry infiltrated into the interior of the Church, that is to say, ecclesiastical Masonry, which has spread especially among the members of the hierarchy. This Masonic infiltration, in the interior of the Church, was already foretold to you by me at Fatima, when I announced to you that Satan would enter in even to the summit of the Church. If the task of Masonry is to lead souls to perdition, bringing them to the worship of false divinities, the task of ecclesiastical Masonry on the other hand is that of destroying Christ and his Church, building a new idol, namely a false christ and a false church." (To the Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, No. 406, June 13, 1989, p. 649)
      (Source: To The Priests, Our Lady's Beloved Sons, 12th English Edition,1991, The Marian Movement of Priests, Rev. Albert G. Roux, P.O. Box 8, Francis, Maine 04774-0008. Also available in many foreign languages.)

      This is the prediction of a combined forces of Communists and Masons gradually taking control of the Church and ultimately succeeding in installing an Anti-Pope who will be a henchman of the coming Anti-Christ. Then, it will be the completion of the mystery of iniquity.

      http://catholic.cephasministry.com/masonlst.html

      March 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
  2. HeavenSent

    Time for continuing education (CE) courses for these priest. Jesus' teachings are spiritual. Why is the church not ensuring these priest focus on what Jesus preached instead of being blinded the sin of Lust and the ways of the world?

    March 8, 2011 at 7:50 am |
  3. MrEO

    Until law enforcement is serious about stopping crime, we will see more of this for many years to come.
    Do Catholic members of law enforcement "recuse" themselves from these cases? I bet they don't.
    Will law enforcement go after the criminal organization operating under the religious umbrella of Catholicism? Nope.

    But they'll go after the poor after taking money from the rich. That's a wonderful ethical standard we can all look up to.

    March 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Bob Rock

    The Catholic church is nothing but a ring of pedophiles operating under the cover of religion. Great cover! It's been going on for centuries. The sheep supplies both the money for the operation and the victims (young children). Ingenious!

    March 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Reality

    Once again:

    Why did today's pope, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's s-exual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?

    FEAR, SHAME and GUILT and COVER IT ALL UP!!!

    Obviously ordination in any religion is not assurance of good behavior !!!!!

    Neither is coronation!!! e.g. Henry VIII, King David.

    Neither is marriage as 50% of those men convicted of pe-dophilia are married.

    Neither is being elected president of the USA!! e.g. Billy "I did not have se-x with that girl" Clinton, John "Marilyn Monroe" Kennedy"

    Neither is possessing super athletic skill!!! e.g. Tiger "I am so sorry for getting caught" Woods

    Neither is being an atheist or pagan since ped-ophilia is present in all walks of life.

    If someone is guilty of a crime in this litany of "neithers" they should or should have been penalized as the law dictates to include jail terms for pedo-philiacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for ad-ultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law, Cardinal Bevilacqua?,) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

    March 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
  6. JC

    I'm paying you back to want you have done to my people, still more to come.

    March 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
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