Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Archdiocese Of Sham Francisco Is At It Yet Again

From the mouth piece of the USCCB, the Catholic News Service, we have this interesting tid-bit of hypocracy. Here's a wee bit;

California interfaith leaders urge suspension of immigration raids

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (CNS) -- From the steps of one of California's first missions, northern California faith leaders called for the suspension of sweeps for undocumented immigrants by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency pending comprehensive reform of immigration laws.

"I don't think the way they enforced the law is right, or just, or moral, or tolerable, especially for children," said San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius Wang, who was born in Beijing.

Awwww.... id'nt dat heartwarming? Those mean ol' government agents having the audacity to enforce this nations immigration laws.

Of all the unmitigated gall!!

Yet alas, I come across an interesting little story illustrating how the Archdiocese of San Francisco has a history of not really paying attention to the law.

Abuse survivor furious at San Francisco archdiocese

In July 2006, a jury "
found in favor of Joey Piscitelli, a former altar boy who was abused by the Rev. Stephen Whelan, a vice principal, when he was a freshman and sophomore at the high school from 1969 to 1971," according to a story in the Contra Costa Times. Piscitelli was awarded $600,000.

Piscitelli is furious at the San Francisco archdiocese and the Salesian order, to which Whelan belongs, for defending Whelan. Piscitelli recently sent the following letter to Bishop George Niederauer:

Dear Bishop Niederauer,
I have a letter from your office, written by Bishop John Wester, asking me to participate in letting your 'Investigative Review Board' reinvestigate my claim against your associate pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul, Father Stephen Whelan. Your review board found Whelan credible, and said that I was not. The letter was written before my court trial. This is the same review board that finds all of your priests credible, and the victims not.

As you know, I won the court case against Whelan and the Salesian order of San Francisco in July of this year. A civil court Jury found Whelan and the Salesians responsible for molesting me as a child. That was an unbiased jury. Not a board handpicked by Bishop Levada.

Since the court case in July, your pastor at Sts. Peter and Paul, Father Malloy, continues to bad mouth me publicly. The Salesians do also. The Salesians of San Francisco have not apologized and have not done anything remotely close to the 'Charter' concerning treatment of victims and their families after abuse has occurred.

You have refused to pay for therapy for me or my family, which you have done for other victims of abuse in your archdiocese. It is obvious to all that you and the Salesians have treated me and my family as though we are not even human beings, and your priests have behaved not as men of God, but rather as vindictive, spiteful, angry and unremorseful cynics.

Since your priests continue to call me a liar, and your staff continues to represent Whelan as some sort of martyr, and you do not acknowledge me as a victim of sexual abuse by one of your priests, I am accepting your offer to have your so called 'review board' interview me for your investigation. Although I already know the review board will find Whelan credible again, and myself not credible, perhaps we can go through the motions so that your staff can hear the sick, disturbing, un-Godly acts of perversion, sexual deviancy, and abuse your priest has brought upon me as a child.

Perhaps this will end the war the archdiocese has declared on me and my innocent family, and you will finally acknowledge that me and my wife and children are at least people, and you may even treat us as people.

Sorry if I find the good folks at the Archdiocese of San Francisco less than reputable when it comes to them telling any of us about obeying the law.


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