by Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Cleaning Up The Roman Catholic Church… One Impostor at a Time
AVE MARIA, Florida: A Lawyer — also known as Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, has left a long path of cover ups and destruction, which is being revealed piece by piece.
We are seeing the tip of the iceberg.
The names of the 21 priests suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have begun to surface. Four of the suspended priests are Monsignors.
Victims have filed lawsuits against Cardinal Bevilacqua, Cardinal Rigali and others, at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
There’s also a dark cloud of uncertainty over the Diocese of Pittsburgh– another place where Bevilacqua left his mark, as the former bishop of that diocese.
A 2005 Grand Jury Report mentioned Bevilacqua 784 times in connection with sexual child abuse investigations at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
But that did not seem to affect those who enjoy being around, and having access to Bevilacqua– as he continued to receive the benefits of being a “prince of the Church”– including his current position as chairman of the financially powerful Papal Foundation, where he has worked closely with Benedict XVI.
On December 3, 2010 Bevilacqua was also referred to as an “invaluable” ecclesiastical advisor for Legatus (headquartered in Ave Maria, Florida). Legatus is Tom Monaghan’s Catholic club for wealthy men.
Monaghan is the former owner of Domino’s Pizza. He arrived in Southwest Florida a few years ago, with his controversial Ave Maria brand– including the Town of Ave Maria and Ave Maria University.
Some of the 21 suspended priests in Philadelphia had been in ministry as many as 62 years.
That is a long time to allow predators, or their protectors, in our midst.
That is a long time to be breaking the spirit of trusting Catholics.
That is a long time to be driving people away from the Church.
Cardinal Rigali, the current Archbishop of Philadelphia, would not have suspended these 21 priests were it not for the second Grand Jury Report issued on January 21, 2011– which resulted in the arrests of three priests and one parochial school teacher.
As it was, on February 10 Cardinal Rigali was still making the following public statement: “I assure all the faithful that there are no archdiocesan priests in ministry today who have an admitted or established allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against them.”
But it looks like the pile of evidence is mounting– and Rigali may be wondering if he is next.
Here is a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION: Archdiocese of Philadelphia + Ave Maria University + Cardinal Bevilacqua + Cardinal Rigali + Pederasty + Pedophilia + Sexual Abuse of Children + Tom Monaghan +
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