Organization alleges church official 'concealed child sex crimes'
A victims' rights group is calling for an investigation of retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, shown here in 2002.
March 1st, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Organization alleges church official 'concealed child sex crimes'

From Logan Burruss, CNN

A victims' rights organization is calling for further investigation of a former archbishop of Philadelphia, claiming records show that he ignored and covered up sex crimes against children "from the earliest days of his career."

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says documents obtained from an alleged victim in a Florida civil case show that authorities in Pennsylvania and New York should investigate retired Roman Catholic Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.

Bevilacqua, now 87 and reportedly in ill health, was one of the subjects of a two-year Philadelphia grand jury investigation that ended just two weeks ago. The grand jury - despite finding that there was "no doubt" Bevilacqua "endangered thousands of children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese" by his actions while archbishop - declined "for now" to press charges against him.

CNN was unable to reach Bevilacqua for comment, and the Philadelphia Archdiocese refused comment.

The documents the victims' organization obtained "essentially show that from the earliest days of his career, Bevilacqua has ignored and concealed child sex crimes," said David Clohessy, the group's national director.

The documents indicate that while serving as an auxiliary bishop in Brooklyn, Bevilacqua knew of incidents involving a priest, failed to inform the authorities, and assisted in the priest's transfer from New York to St. Louis, Missouri.

The former priest, Romano Ferraro, is now serving a life sentence for raping a child in Massachusetts.

Monsignor Kieran Harrington, a spokesman for the Brooklyn Diocese, said the documents were released to Mike Mullen, the diocese's attorney in the Florida case, who included them in court filings. The Florida case against Ferraro stemmed from allegations of abuse during his time as a U.S. Navy chaplain in Key West. The case was dismissed in 2007 after the parties reached "an amicable settlement," according to Miami-Dade Circuit Court documents.

The prosecuting attorney's office sent CNN multiple case documents, dated primarily to the 1970s and 1980s, including a letter from Bevilacqua to Ferraro's file in 1977, along with a document authorizing the release of these documents to the prosecuting attorneys.

"Father Ferraro claims that his major problem is with boys 13 to 15 years of age," Bevilacqua wrote in the 1977 document, followed by a reference to a molestation accusation from Ferraro's time as a Navy chaplain. "The one in the Navy involved a 13 to 15 year old boy and it involved the incident of touching one boy in bed."

Ferraro was also accused of grabbing "one of the young boys twice" and then trying "to engage 2 of the other boys to a conversation and discussion on their masturbatory practices," according to a handwritten letter which indicates that Bevilacqua received a copy.

Harrington, however, insisted that Bevilacqua was not fully aware of Ferraro's behavior and acted in accordance with the policy on handling such situations at the time.

"As soon as he realized the situation with Father Ferraro, the guy was taken out of ministry and the Archdiocese of St. Louis was made aware of that," Harrington told CNN.

According to the documents released by prosecutors, Ferraro was placed in psychological treatment and transferred to St. Louis, where he was again accused of molesting boys. He was later denied any more positions within the Diocese of Brooklyn.

The new information from these documents comes just two weeks after a Philadelphia grand jury report said the jurors had "no doubt" that Bevilacqua's "knowing and deliberate actions during his tenure as archbishop also endangered thousands of children in the Philadelphia Archdiocese."

The grand jury did not press charges against Bevilacqua. "We cannot conclude that a successful prosecution can be brought against the cardinal - at least for the moment," the report said.

But the grand jury report includes testimony that claimed Bevilacqua had insisted that the dismissal or resignation of priests accused of sexual misconduct be explained as matters of health, and that parishioners were not to be informed.

While Bevilacqua was not charged, three priests and a parochial school teacher were charged with raping and assaulting boys in their care, while Monsignor William Lynn, a former top aide to Bevilacqua, was accused of allowing the abusive priests to have access to children.

Lynn, who served as the secretary for clergy for Bevilacqua, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the alleged assaults, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said earlier this month.

From 1992 until 2004, Lynn was responsible for investigating reports that priests had sexually abused children, the district attorney's office said.

The grand jury found that Lynn, 60, endangered children by knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to kids.

Lynn, who is out on bond, is set to be arraigned on the charges March 3. His attorney told CNN Lynn will plead not guilty. He also added that one of the charges, endangerment of a child, does not apply to Lynn as he is too high up of an official to have had direct contact with children, something he says a 2005 grand jury had recognized.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Catholic Church • Pennsylvania • Sex abuse • United States

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. negative_creep

    this is why mom and dad didn't send me to st. paul elementry school but newman. oh yeah and the fact that i'm not catholic didn't render their choice. I'm protestant. Thank u mom and dad for not sending me to a sect pool like that.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  2. jesuscaresme

    Wonder how many impressionable young boys were told to bend over and shut up in the name of Christ or threatened if they told with "If you tell then you won't go to heaven." Sickos

    March 2, 2011 at 3:32 am |
  3. S

    LEB, thank you for pointing out that fact. I was one of the adults abused. It has ruined my life.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:30 am |
  4. aj

    The priest at my (former) church preyed on women. Predators who hide behind the cloth are the worst kind.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  5. PGelsman

    What a surprise! I bet if the Catholic Church lost its tax free status, they'd clean their act up fast!

    March 2, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  6. Brian

    I hate to say it but I have seen hundreds of stories just like this one over the years. What is to be done about it? A sacred cow is a sacred cow. Religion is the ultimate sacred cow.

    March 2, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  7. LEB

    It seems that these crimes only make national news when the victims are boys. In reality, there are more girls under age 8 assaulted than boys, and teen girls and women are being assaulted, too. There have also been many cases of nuns and aspiring nuns being assaulted by priests, even becoming pregnant and forced to face abortions. So why aren't these abuses of girls and women being reported? Or is it more "acceptable" when the victim is female?

    March 2, 2011 at 3:03 am |
  8. john leddy

    there is no doubt that the catholic hierarchy and leaders in the catholic church in phila allowed preditor priests to be quietly moved from parish to parish to to do their evil deeds. remember that many priests,gay and straight, have spent their lives working for the good of the catholic people they served, i worked with many gay and straight catholic priests for 35 years and witnessed their dedication and sacrifice to do good for the people they served. don't lump them all together!!

    March 2, 2011 at 2:23 am |
    • CatholicMom

      John leddy,
      To add to what you have said…there is nothing as precious as a holy priest! Without our holy priests, Jesus Christ who is our High Priest could not continue His Priesthood! Jesus Christ’s plan for sinful man is most perfect….without His intervention we would all be lost in sin. Thank God for our holy priests!

      March 2, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • MarkinFL

      Now if you can just get rid of the unholy ones. And I mean the ones that helped cover it up, not just the pedo's.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
    • evolvedDNA

      Catholic mom. sounds like you have to thank god for the unholy ones too. Does Sin mean S han't INvestigate just hide.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:57 am |
    • CatholicMom


      I don’t quite understand your last sentence….but your first sentence…

      We can thank God that He can take evil actions and make good out of them as only God can do. Jesus dying on the cross was an act caused by man’s sin, but, look, He applied the pain and suffering for the good of the world that all might have life everlasting.

      These unholy priests have brought us many more holy ones who wish to purge the Church of the unholy one’s infestation. We have prayed more for the world, more for holiness, more for our neighbor...thinking of other’s well-being rather than self….this is what evil does in most cases. But there are cases where there will be pockets of people who lose hope, become bitter, hateful, reject helping another, and so on….

      but hopefully good will win out.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:30 am |
  9. ItWillBeAFeastForAHungryAtheistWolves

    @EvolvedDNA you said and I quote, "Gerald.. If the church had handled this in the proper manner, and convicted these priests it would be out of the news,,,"

    REALLY???!!!!O c'mon, ESTORYAHEH!

    March 2, 2011 at 12:49 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Of course.. but I cannot say that will stop them finding new skeletons, and new allegations coming forward... which appears to be the case.

      March 2, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
  10. oldzoom

    This is no longer headline news (pedophile priests) it seems to have become a regular staple of the rcc, along with cover ups and of course other pedophile priests investigating peodphile priests, what a group of sickos...time for god to bend you guys over...

    March 1, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  11. Shhhhh...

    Listen Folks....Shhhh...This is the most holy church, that is without spot, stain, or wrinkle! They have the magesterium, catechism, and popes and bishops. How dare any one you say a thing against this holy place. They founded themselves as the successors of peter, and say they are following the church, the one true church that Jesus talked about!
    They are the church that pokes at the others that left this mother church, calling them heretics.

    They are all of such piety, why how dare anyone try to point a finger at these molestors! They are Holy priests and popes and bishops!

    The followers (note I did call them Christians) would just as soon vomit on these news places that broadcast the corrupt "perfect" church. The followers would rather spit on us, for daring to get upset with them, I mean afterall, no big deal to them, happens in other places as well! not places as "HOLY and CHOOSEN and PERFECT as them, but what the heck..Funny how they can compare thier sins with the sins of those heretics, to come to a common place,huh?

    Well, you PERFECT Catholics need to wake up! Jesus never asked for a bunch of basketwoven li-ckers, he wants a TRUE church. He wants YOU to stand against the wiles of Satan, and get rid of these "perfect popes" and priests, who hold the highest of places, and yet defile his very word, as they mo-lest little children. HOW SICK are you people to stay and defend these criminals? They are all responsible, and have broken thier succession by going against Gods word. Do you justify it by saying you are doing in "for Jesus sake"?
    He does not need your support, when it defiles everything he stands for. You are just as guilty by as-sociation, and are hiding under the cloak of the church (not the one jJesus founded)!, but the one who claims they are the "true" church
    Tell me what scripture says...Defile the children, with your lust, for this is of me, and I will reward you for being faithful to me...and all of you that remained to back up these creeps.
    Not a happenin thing! Shame on you all.

    March 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • gerald

      YOu have no clue. What do you think confession is for simpleton. We don't think we are perfect by a long shot. The Popes themselves go to confession weekly. The "without spot or wrinkle" is because Christ forgives us. Not because we don't sin. The Church is a hospital for sinners more than a hotel for saints. Sounds like you go to a Church. Bet ya anything there are child molesters in it. Even in your clergy.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Gerald..Christ may forgive you but the mythically challenged rest of society does not. Do some thing wrong and get is wiped away by a company wizard..what type of justice is that..

      March 2, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Void

      @Gerald: Cross-examining your posts has been very entertaining. I keep coming across wonderful paradoxes like these
      "What I am sick of is those who continue to deny that priests should have due process, accuse and broad brush all priests"
      "Sounds like you go to a Church. Bet ya anything there are child molesters in it. Even in your clergy"

      Not unlike the bible, your posts seem coherent until someone actually bothers to read them, at which time they crumble under the weight of contradiction and nonsense.

      March 2, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • CatholicMom


      Seems the thing that bothers you the most is that the Bible tells us that the Church is without stain, wrinkle, or any such thing. Don’t you believe the Bible? You claim it isn’t the One that Jesus founded yet you fail to tell us which one of the 38000 ecclesial communities is the one.]

      You must also not believe the Bible when it tells us that Jesus Christ promises to guide and guard His Church until the end of time [so that evil will not prevail] and that the Bible says that Jesus Christ will bring His Apostles [which would include their successors] into remembrance of all that He taught them and He would bring them into the fullness of Truth as we can bear it. Are you not a Bible Believer? Are you calling Jesus Christ a liar when it comes to His promises?

      The Bible also tells us that man is a sinner…and that the Church will be persecuted from within and from without by sinners. We know this is true; yes, from within and from without. Scandal shall come but woe to the one who brings it. We understand the ones from within must be prosecuted by us and our man-made laws; we understand that the ones that persecute from without will also be prosecuted….but not by man-made laws.

      The Church is hated because it is not of this world and the world hates what it doesn’t understand. We need to be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing, who wish to tear the Church down and take disciples with them. It has been so since Jesus Christ founded His Church! There have been heretics all through the history of the Church. Where are they now? What has happened to the ecclesial communities that they started? What has happened to the Catholic Church? Who is protecting Her?! After 2000 years, why is She still growing? [Jesus Christ is KEEPING His promises!]

      This latest scandal is just another bite out of man who should humble himself and know that he will always need our Savior, His Church with Her Tradition, Her Bible and Her Magisterium.

      I say, those of you without sin, keep throwing your stones.

      March 2, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • gerald

      Void, you should take a course in logic. You make me laugh. Seems you like to see contradictions where there are none. It is not illogical that there are protestant child molesters and it has even been proven. Nor did I say there are not convicted Catholic priests as child molesters. I have not accused all protestant pastors of being child molesters as some like to broad brush Catholic priests. I simply noted that the finger pointing toward the CC gets a bit ridiculous when there is more of a problem than meets the eye in protestant churches if you do a little research on the net and elsewhere. Do a search on phil jenkins for instance.

      March 2, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  12. bonnie richard

    concealment that is what the priest,nuns,and bishop is about– the church is for the 'people'

    March 1, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Justina

      The Church is for God's glory. Honest people finds it so.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:14 am |
  13. patrick

    The cover up the RCC has undertaken is deplorable. I was abused as a child and the offending Priest was just moved from parish to parish to continue to abuse other children. So the people that moved this priest around are just as guilty as the Priest that abused.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Justina

      Patrick, you are right. Letting criminals go knowingly is a crime. I'm sorry for your experience but my family was rescued by the Church, fed and provided, and protected from criminal regimes.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Jerry Senzee

      Big organizations always try to keep their transgressions from being made public. Fraternal organizations, Police departments, the mafia. you name it. Thefact that the cc does this is doubly bad, because they are supposed to be acting for God. Real sad.

      March 2, 2011 at 3:59 am |
  14. T-party

    @ age 6 I thought religion was imaginary and fake. @ 46 I realize how right I was.

    March 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  15. Q

    I frankly don't care about the particular theology of the CC and I frankly don't care about how the incidence of pedophilia within the CC compares to the general rates in other sects or the public at large. When you write, "Ho hum, another let's keep the priest scandal in the forfront of the news by CNN thread." (sic), I wonder if you recognize that the crimes themselves, while abhorrent, are actually not the principal issue. Rather, it's the inst-itutional attempts to hide, suppress and evade liability for the crimes. Nothing makes for news like a cover-up exposing the pious for the political, power-hungry and "morally-flexible" mortals they truly are. It's not the fault of CNN or any of the posters that this particular hypocrisy originates from the various tiers of CC leadership...

    March 1, 2011 at 7:04 pm |
    • gerald

      Read my post above junior. I am well aware that great crimes have been committed by priests. What I am sick of is those who continue to deny that priests should have due process, accuse and broad brush all priests, and make claims that are not proven anywhere in a court of law. I know you don't care about other examples of abuse. You don't really care about the victims of abuse. I don't begrudge any of them a nickel of the money that they got, some of it with my donatoins as I live in a diocese that has been sued. But in reality all posters like you care about is having your prejudices "confirmed" about the Catholic Church. You don't really care about the victims of abuse. Now go make more false accusatonis at people like me that you don't even know.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • Q

      @Gerald – I read your post grandpa. Just more sidestepping. Due process is only available once an alleged crime has made it into the legal system and the already public record indicates that significant efforts by CC leadership were attempting to prevent this from ever happening. So, please, spare me your ad hominems and your martyr complex.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:43 am |
    • gerald

      The evidence is primarily that Catholic Bishops moved priests. Well they always move priests. All priests for reason that are quite innocuous. There may have been some that they had inuendo about and a few that they knew were guilty.

      March 2, 2011 at 9:22 am |
  16. gerald

    Ho hum, another let's keep the priest scandal in the forfront of the news by CNN thread. More "Catholic priests are a bunch of pedophiles" and "I'm against pedophiles" posts by people who really know very little about pedophile statistics and just use these areticles to vent their anti-catholic prejudices.

    March 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald.. If the church had handled this in the proper manner, and convicted these priests it would be out of the news,,, but it did not and so is reaping its rewards. How do you not know that this is coming from god anyway...

      March 1, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      You continue to fail to realize that in addition to years and years of child abuse, the rcc, including the two most recent pope-a-dopes, appears to be guilty of systematically covering the crimes up! While in no way diminishing the child abuse crimes, it is the coverup that will cause the rcc the most problem. The number of pedophiles in the rcc may not be much different than in the general population, but it appears that the number of priests, or others in authority, that place the safety and future of children above their cult is very low, if not zero, given that not a single "whistle blower" from within the rcc has come forward, to my knowledge.

      March 1, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • gerald

      Church convicted the priests? What are you talking about. The Church is not a legal system. It is a means of helping men overcome sin. The Church matches what Christ said it would be. Even in it's sins. He predicted all of this. He said there would be wolves among the sheep. Tares among the wheat. Mankind shows he is a sinner in need of a savior. We show we need the great healer for our souls and you say "why do you believe". Without believe the world is a place to dispair.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • gerald


      Reality is not named appropriately. You are. The evience against the pope is flimsy. A letter he might have seeen out of the millions of letters the vatcan gets in a year. Yet you feel something has been proven? Guilty until proven innocent works for you unless it's a priest or a bishop. Many have been prosecuted. What do you want. Most cases are past the statute of limitations. That is the main reason why a good share of them were not prosecuted. If you know anything about child abuse you know the perpetrator has ways of preventing the victim from telling. No need for priests and bishops to cover up and they I am sure would tend toward the american way that you refuse to grant Catholic Clergy though I am sure you have looked with pride on such a great justice system this country has.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • evolvedDNA

      Gerald.. the church is not above the law.. and its leaders had an obligation to have these ra-pests convicted. The church has been trying to cover it a-ss and as such has perpetuated the issue, as I had said before. Don't go crying to us just because you feel the CC is being victimised..the kids are the real victims.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:24 am |
    • HotAirAce


      You should stop deflecting and try reading for comprehension. If you did, you would notice that I used the word "appear" above. While you might prefer that I said alleged, I did leave room for innocence.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:47 am |
    • The Bobinator

      > What do you want. Most cases are past the statute of limitations.

      By design of the church. It stepped in and prevented justice from occuring. It directly moved priests to other geographical locations to hide the fact from the public and put it's own interests over other children's safety.

      What the church needs to do is say "We're sorry we did such a horrible thing. It will not happen again."

      Because it was horrible. And it was evil.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:25 am |
    • gerald

      The Church has said that abuse is horrible and evil and has apologized. Some of the moves were because of abuse but that was the exception rather than the rule. Priests are always moved and so that a priest is moved is no evidence of knowledge or cover up as most anti-catholic posters assume. Further while they may have known about accusations, their knowledge was likely hear say. Evidence that is not even allowable in court. In most cases I do not believe they had the knowledge to act as you would have liked them to. But it is easy to have 20-20 vision after the fact and sit in a chair and type stuff on the internet.

      March 2, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • Eric G.

      @gerald: "Priests are always moved and so that a priest is moved is no evidence of knowledge or cover up as most anti-catholic posters assume. Further while they may have known about accusations, their knowledge was likely hear say. Evidence that is not even allowable in court."

      Please be cautious. You have proven through previous posts that you have no understanding, or desire to understand what "evidence" is.

      Your church claims to be a the moral standard for all mankind. Is it moral to cover up child abuse and protect child molestors? Please answer this question in your own words. Yes or no?

      March 2, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Evolved DNA

      Gerald,, I guess evidence is some thing you don't require either that's the trouble with faith.... god is hear say but you believe it...yet when your church is involved its fingers in the ear time..To say we are all anti- catholic is ridiculous.. that's just a way to try to stifle discussion.. we see the same with Muslims..I am against anything that is anti human.. get your guys to do the right thing.. this is not going away..

      March 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  17. Reality

    Why do/did popes, prelates, preachers and rabbis, so focused on society's se-xual sins, lose sight of clerical se-xual sins?

    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 pe-dophilia 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 pe-dophiliacs (priests, rabbis, evangelicals, boy scout leaders, married men/women), divorce for adultery (Clinton, Kennedy, Woods), jail terms for obstruction of justice (Clinton, Cardinal Law, Bevilacqua?) and the death penalty or life in prison for murder ("Kings David and Henry VIII).

    March 1, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • gerald

      The CC does not claim it's priests are sinless. Never diid. Doesn't claim the Popes and Bishops are sinless. Never did. Doesn't claim there are not those who sin grievously. Never did. It does say that those who apply Christina principles, over time will live better lives than when they started. That is true.

      March 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Neither is a BIG Ego (sin of Pride) that hold's a degree.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
    • Reality

      From the Catholic catechism:

      "Through the ordained ministry, especially that of bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers. In the beautiful expression of St. Ignatius of Antioch, the bishop is typos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father."

      Living image of God the Father"? What went wrong??

      March 1, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
    • gerald


      Once again you imply all priests and bishops are guilty of this. Once again you show that your handle just doesn't fit you. There are many good and holy priests and bishops who do manifest Christ to the world.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
    • gerald

      By the way what went wrong? Jesus predicted it. There would be wolves among the sheep. Tares amongst the wheat. Why should we be surprized. But you seem to be and again accuse all it seems.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Reality

      Matt 10: 16

      "I am sending you (apostles/priests) out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves."

      Obviously said pedophiliac priests got the "shrewd as snakes" part right but forgot about the "innocent as doves" part.

      Of course, quoting Jesus is not always a good thing:

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:00 am |
    • gerald

      "Most contemporary NT experts "

      Should add most that you accept since there are tons of orthodox and catholic and evangelical Christian scholars that you clearly have not read or considered. You like the Jesus Seminar but that is a rather small group comparitively. You do love name dropping and sweeping generalizations to make yourself sound knowledgable however.

      March 2, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Reality

      References for Gerald's perusal:

      o 1. Historical Jesus Theories, earlychristianwritings.com/theories.htm – the names of many of the contemporary historical Jesus scholars and the ti-tles of their over 100 books on the subject.

      2. Early Christian Writings, earlychristianwritings.com/
      – a list of early Christian doc-uments to include the year of publication–

      30-60 CE Passion Narrative
      40-80 Lost Sayings Gospel Q
      50-60 1 Thessalonians
      50-60 Philippians
      50-60 Galatians
      50-60 1 Corinthians
      50-60 2 Corinthians
      50-60 Romans
      50-60 Philemon
      50-80 Colossians
      50-90 Signs Gospel
      50-95 Book of Hebrews
      50-120 Didache
      50-140 Gospel of Thomas
      50-140 Oxyrhynchus 1224 Gospel
      50-200 Sophia of Jesus Christ
      65-80 Gospel of Mark
      70-100 Epistle of James
      70-120 Egerton Gospel
      70-160 Gospel of Peter
      70-160 Secret Mark
      70-200 Fayyum Fragment
      70-200 Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs
      73-200 Mara Bar Serapion
      80-100 2 Thessalonians
      80-100 Ephesians
      80-100 Gospel of Matthew
      80-110 1 Peter
      80-120 Epistle of Barnabas
      80-130 Gospel of Luke
      80-130 Acts of the Apostles
      80-140 1 Clement
      80-150 Gospel of the Egyptians
      80-150 Gospel of the Hebrews
      80-250 Christian Sibyllines
      90-95 Apocalypse of John
      90-120 Gospel of John
      90-120 1 John
      90-120 2 John
      90-120 3 John
      90-120 Epistle of Jude
      93 Flavius Josephus
      100-150 1 Timothy
      100-150 2 Timothy
      100-150 T-itus
      100-150 Apocalypse of Peter
      100-150 Secret Book of James
      100-150 Preaching of Peter
      100-160 Gospel of the Ebionites
      100-160 Gospel of the Nazoreans
      100-160 Shepherd of Hermas
      100-160 2 Peter
      100-200 Odes of Solomon

      101-220 Book of Elchasai

      105-115 Ignatius of Antioch

      110-140 Polycarp to the Philippians

      110-140 Papias

      110-160 Oxyrhynchus 840 Gospel

      110-160 Traditions of Matthias

      111-112 Pliny the Younger

      115 Suetonius

      115 Tacitus

      120-130 Quadratus of Athens

      120-130 Apology of Aristides

      120-140 Basilides

      120-140 Naassene Fragment

      120-160 Valentinus

      120-180 Apocryphon of John

      120-180 Gospel of Mary

      120-180 Dialogue of the Savior

      120-180 Gospel of the Savior

      120-180 2nd Apocalypse of James

      120-180 Trimorphic Protennoia

      130-140 Marcion

      130-150 Aristo of Pella

      130-160 Epiphanes On Righteousness

      130-160 Ophite Diagrams

      130-160 2 Clement

      130-170 Gospel of Judas

      130-200 Epistle of Mathetes to Diognetus

      140-150 Epistula Apostolorum

      140-160 Ptolemy

      140-160 Isidore

      140-170 Fronto

      140-170 Infancy Gospel of James

      140-170 Infancy Gospel of Thomas

      140-180 Gospel of Truth

      150-160 Martyrdom of Polycarp

      150-160 Justin Martyr

      150-180 Excerpts of Theodotus

      150-180 Heracleon

      150-200 Ascension of Isaiah

      150-200 Acts of Peter

      150-200 Acts of John

      150-200 Acts of Paul

      150-200 Acts of Andrew

      150-225 Acts of Peter and the Twelve

      150-225 Book of Thomas the Contender

      150-250 Fifth and Sixth Books of Esra

      150-300 Authoritative Teaching

      150-300 Coptic Apocalypse of Paul

      150-300 Discourse on the Eighth and Ninth

      150-300 Melchizedek

      150-400 Acts of Pilate

      150-400 Anti-Marcionite Prologues

      160-170 Tatian's Address to the Greeks

      160-180 Claudius Apollinaris

      160-180 Apelles

      160-180 Julius Cassianus

      160-250 Octavius of Minucius Felix

      161-180 Acts of Carpus

      165-175 Melito of Sardis

      165-175 Hegesippus

      165-175 Dionysius of Corinth

      165-175 Lucian of Samosata

      167 Marcus Aurelius

      170-175 Diatessaron

      170-200 Dura-Europos Gospel Harmony

      170-200 Muratorian Canon

      170-200 Treatise on the Resurrection

      170-220 Letter of Peter to Philip

      175-180 Athenagoras of Athens

      175-185 Irenaeus of Lyons

      175-185 Rhodon

      175-185 Theophilus of Caesarea

      175-190 Galen

      178 Celsus

      178 Letter from Vienna and Lyons

      180 Passion of the Scillitan Martyrs

      180-185 Theophilus of Antioch

      180-185 Acts of Apollonius

      180-220 Bardesanes

      180-220 Kerygmata Petrou

      180-230 Hippolytus of Rome

      180-250 1st Apocalypse of James

      180-250 Gospel of Philip

      182-202 Clement of Alexandria

      185-195 Maximus of Jerusalem

      185-195 Polycrates of Ephesus

      188-217 Talmud

      189-199 Victor I

      190-210 Pantaenus

      193 Anonymous Anti-Montanist

      193-216 Inscription of Abercius

      197-220 Tertullian

      200-210 Serapion of Antioch

      200-210 Apollonius

      200-220 Caius

      200-220 Philostratus

      200-225 Acts of Thomas

      200-250 Didascalia

      200-250 Books of Jeu

      200-300 Pistis Sophia

      200-300 Coptic Apocalypse of Peter

      203 Acts of Perpetua and Felicitas

      203-250 Origen

      3. Historical Jesus Studies, faithfutures.org/HJstudies.html,
      – "an extensive and constantly expanding literature on historical research into the person and cultural context of Jesus of Nazareth"
      4. Jesus Database, faithfutures.org/JDB/intro.html–"The JESUS DATABASE is an online annotated inventory of the traditions concerning the life and teachings of Jesus that have survived from the first three centuries of the Common Era. It includes both canonical and extra-canonical materials, and is not limited to the traditions found within the Christian New Testament."
      5. Josephus on Jesus mtio.com/articles/bissar24.htm
      6. The Jesus Seminar, mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/seminar.html#Criteria
      7. Writing the New Testament- mystae.com/restricted/reflections/messiah/testament.html
      8. Health and Healing in the Land of Israel By Joe Zias
      9. Economics in First Century Palestine, K.C. Hanson and D. E. Oakman, Palestine in the Time of Jesus, Fortress Press, 1998.
      10. 7. The Gnostic Jesus
      (Part One in a Two-Part Series on Ancient and Modern Gnosticism)
      by Douglas Groothuis: equip.org/free/DG040-1.htm
      11. The interpretation of the Bible in the Church, Pontifical Biblical Commission
      Presented on March 18, 1994
      12. The Jesus Database- newer site:
      13. Jesus Database with the example of Supper and Eucharist:
      14. Josephus on Jesus by Paul Maier:
      15. The Journal of Higher Criticism with links to articles on the Historical Jesus:
      16. The Greek New Testament: laparola.net/greco/
      17. Diseases in the Bible:
      18. Religion on Line (6000 articles on the history of religion, churches, theologies,
      theologians, ethics, etc.
      19. The Jesus Seminarians and their search for NT authenticity:
      20. The New Testament Gateway – Internet NT ntgateway.com/
      21. Writing the New Testament- existing copies, oral tradition etc.
      22. The Search for the Historic Jesus by the Jesus Seminarians:
      23. Jesus Decoded by Msgr. Francis J. Maniscalco (Da Vinci Code review)jesusdecoded.com/introduction.php
      24. JD Crossan's scriptural references for his book the Historical Jesus separated into time periods: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan1.rtf
      25. JD Crossan's conclusions about the authencity of most of the NT based on the above plus the conclusions of other NT exegetes in the last 200 years:
      26. Common Sayings from Thomas's Gospel and the Q Gospel: faithfutures.org/Jesus/Crossan3.rtf
      27. Early Jewish Writings- Josephus and his books by t-itle with the complete translated work in English :earlyjewishwritings.com/josephus.html
      28. Luke and Josephus- was there a connection?
      29. NT and beyond time line:
      30. St. Paul's Time line with discussion of important events:
      31. See http://www.amazon.com for a list of JD Crossan's books and those of the other Jesus Seminarians: Reviews of said books are included and selected pages can now be viewed on Amazon. Some books can be found on-line at Google Books.
      32. Father Edward Schillebeeckx's words of wisdom as found in his books.
      33. The books of the following : Professors Marcus Borg, Paula Fredriksen, Elaine Pagels, Karen Armstrong and Bishop NT Wright.
      34. Father Raymond Brown's An Introduction to the New Testament, Doubleday, NY, 1977, 878 pages, with Nihil obstat and Imprimatur.
      35. Luke Timothy Johnson's book The Real Jesus

      March 2, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • CatholicMom

      This is precisely what Scripture reveals about Jesus: “He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation” (Colossians 1:15)....which fits nicely with what you said the Saint Ignatius of Antioch said, the bishop is typos tou Patros: he is like the living image of God the Father’.

      Christ says to the Twelve, “He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives him who sent me” (Matthew 10:40) Bible believers know this.….. through apostolic succession.... “…the bishops have by divine inst!tution taken the place of the apostles as pastors of the Church, in such wise that whoever listens to them is listening to Christ and whoever despises them despises Christ and him who sent Christ” (CCC 862).

      Nothing went wrong. What was true then is still true today.

      March 2, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Reality

      On Luke 10:16 = Matt 10:40

      As per Professor Gerd Ludemann:

      "Jesus did not utter the saying in its present wording, because the transference of the authority of Jesus to the disciples presupposes the situation of the community (cf. on Matt. 18.5). [Jesus, 329]"

      And can we trust anything Jesus supposedly said?

      Once again:

      Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

      Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Most contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospels being mostly fiction.

      March 2, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
    • gerald


      Not sure what the point of your post is. I am well aware of the writings in the Early Church, apocrypha, nostic gospels, writings of the Church Fathers. I've read the Gospel of Thomas and some other like writings. I've read the Didache, Ignatius of Antioch, Hermes, Clement, etc. etc. These in general agree with Catholic teaching so they can hardly be put in with the Jesus Seminar. You have a list of 100 books. Big deal. There are thousands of books by Christian scholars who do not agree with the Jesus Seminar. Probably 100's of thousands. For the life of me I just don't know what anyone can do for you. It's ridiculous.

      March 2, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  18. Geraline Graves

    BUMP-Ummmm-which is worst looking silly or being a fool. Never mind you just won the award for both.

    March 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  19. doctore0

    The church = Oldest criminal organization in the world; Accepted because people can not accept their own death; Still people are going to be dead when dead; No religion will get you past that fact.
    Religion is "Supernatural" "Nigerian" scam; Get over it or look silly

    March 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • Justina

      The Church = the oldest and largest organization through which people get saved physically and spiritually. There is life after death as God's word says so. Jesus the divine Savior is the only Way of salvation. Our spirits sense it, too. Atheists are in denial.

      March 2, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Owned

      Atheists haven't been touched by the hand of God/pedophile priest yet. Blasphemers!

      March 2, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  20. first one to comment


    March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Jesus is BS

      Priests/pastors/etc. should beat off 10+ times a day to help overcome their temptations.

      March 1, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
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