By George Rizer, pool (source)
The Rev. Paul Shanley at a bail hearing May 9 (2002) and handing out candy to children in 1983.
First, the letter, titled: Report of Rev. Paul Shanley's talk to Dignity-Integrity 9/23/77, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Rochester, NY. Dated 10/4/77.
Dear Jean,Shanley worked with young people. He made his reputation as a "street priest."
In regard to Fr. Paul Shanley, the following are some of his statements per your request.
Homosexual acts are not sinful, sick, a crime, nor are they immoral.
What has been done to gays by the straight community calls out for vengeance from heaven. Gay persons aren't angry enough, they should become more angry at society.
He has been following Lewis crew, who is an advocate for gay teachers and gay curriculum in schools, and he (Fr. Shanley) agrees with Crew, that gay children should have gay teachers and gay curriculum.
Most first homosexual encounters are with straights. It is straights who seduce youngsters.
Further, "straight people cannot tell the truth about sex."
Straights spend time worrying about the bedsores of gays in regard to their sexual activity. (This brought a big laugh.)
He doesn't advocate as some clergy to that gays form gay unions (2 forming a pr.), because in his experience counseling those in gay unions, he finds that gay unions invariably fall apart. (He laughed) and said just as heterosexual unions are falling apart, but in gay unions no children are involved.
He stated celibacy is impossible, therefore, the only alternative is for gays to have sex with different persons whenever they want to.
He spoke of pedophilia (which is a non coerced sexual manipulation of sex organs including oral-genital sex between an adult and child). He stated that the adult is not the seducer -- the "kid" is the seducer and further the kid is not traumatized by the act per se, the kid is traumatized when the police and authorities "drag" the kid in for questioning.
He stated that he can think of no sexual act that causes psychic damage -- "not even incest or bestiality".
He stated that clergy do not work with gays because they are fearful of losing their reputation -- that they may be thought to be gay. He said this is an indictment of the clergy. He said it would be a good idea if people thought the clergy was gay because it would have a radicallizing (sic) effect. Fr. Shanley described himself as an ultra liberal.
To top off his speech he said, "Homosexuality is a gift from God and should be celebrated".
I have a clipping which states that Fr. Paul Shanley, of the Archdiocese of Boston represents "sexual minorities" on the Young Adult Ministry Board of USCC. Also a Fr. Patrick O'Neill OSA is the USCC's representative for young adult ministry.
Fr. Shanley said he was appointed to his position by a Cardinal Maderis (my spelling of the cardinal's name may be incorrect).
Fr. Shanley also stated that he had spoken to several clergy the afternoon of the evening meeting of Dignity/Integrity Sept. 23, 1977, St. Luke's Episcopal Church. 8.P.M. Fr. Shanley was wearing full Roman garb.
Sorry I didn't get this off to you sooner, but have been very busy. Hope it helps.
The Rev. Paul R. Shanley made his reputation as a Boston "street priest" in the 1960s and 70s -- a crusader for runaways and drifters, drug addicts, and teenagers struggling with questions about their sexual identity.The church's response to the letter, money quote:
The position of the Archdiocese of Boston, is that, while Father Shanley enjoys the Faculties of the Archdiocese of Boston, he alone must be held responsible for any statements regarding homosexuality.Oh sure. And we'll just slip and slide right over that pedophilia incest and bestiality stuff, and the part about children being seducers...
A short excerpt from Unholy Communion, by Maureen Orth:
Of all the accusers I have spoken to, Ford has suffered the most severe damage. His parents explain that one part of his brain blocked out his rape memories, but at times they would begin to surface and another part of the brain would react violently to push them back down. The day his aunt brought the Globe's article for his parents to read, Rodney Ford says, "I knew in my gut I had the missing piece of a puzzle.... I showed Greg the article ... and said, ‘Do you remember this person?’ It was a couple of pictures of Shanley. He looked at them and went, ‘No.’” Then Greg's mother got the photo album with pictures of Shanley giving Greg his first Communion. "He looked at the picture, put it down on the table, got up, and instantaneously collapsed to the floor crying," says Rodney Ford. "I literally had to pick him up, and we held each other and hugged for 20 minutes, crying."
Greg, like Paul Busa, was allegedly raped repeatedly by Shanley for six years. "The same M.O., the same pattern—torturing the kids physically as well as mentally," says Rodney Ford. "’If you ever say anything, I'll hurt your family, and no one will ever believe you.' At six years old that's a very impressionable thing on a kid's mind, never mind physically abusing him. He just ultimately destroyed my son's life."
When he was no more than seven or eight years old, Greg began to mutilate himself and light fires. By the time he was in the seventh grade, teachers were telling his parents that his writings were violent and bizarre. The Fords are a close-knit, loving family, but the counselors who saw Greg said he was exhibiting classic signs of sex abuse, which naturally put the parents under suspicion. Today they even admit to having wondered about each other at times. "It was after Shanley left in the early 90s that my son had a complete breakdown," says Rodney Ford. "He was in and out of 17 institutions and halfway houses." He tried to commit suicide twice. "Greg tried to jump through a seven-foot window," his father says. "He severed all the tendons in his hand." In the second suicide attempt, says Rodney Ford, "he came at me with two knives in the backyard. He wanted the police to respond and see that he was holding a knife at me and shoot him so he wouldn't have to go on." "You just didn't want to live anymore?," I ask Greg Ford. "For how long?" "A long time," he answers.
Recently I did a post about Guatemala, the violence there, the history, and linkages to the Catholic Church and US politicians, especially on the right, and sexual blackmail.
One of the organizations set up in Guatemala was Covenant House, founded by Father Bruce Ritter.
Background: Covenant House is a New York-based organization for teenage runaways founded by Franciscan Father Bruce Ritter in 1968.(3) Ritter began the organization to serve "streetwise" youths who could not obtain assistance from New York social service agencies. In 1977 Ritter and his cause caught the attention of business magnate and founder of AmeriCares, Robert Macauley. Macauley "adopted" Covenant House and recruited some of his influential friends, including former Treasury Secretary William Simon and J. Peter Grace to join the Covenant House board of directors.(3,35) Under the tutelage of Macauley and the board, Covenant House gathered influence and financial support from around the nation and expanded its operations.(3) It is now a multinational organization with 17 centers serving 25,000 youth in Canada, the United States, and Latin America.(3) Many of the Covenant House land acquisitions were financed by a $40 million loan from Charles Keating. Keating, a major figure in the savings and loan scandal and a devout Catholic, was chairman of Lincoln Savings and Loan.(12)^^^^^^^
J. Peter Grace was once chairman of the Order of the Knights of Malta in the US.
One of the earliest members of the Western Goals Foundation and its principal espionage agent was Birch Society member, John Rees, whose Information Digest supplied information to the FBI, CIA, and the National Security Agency. Instrumental in obtaining Rees' entrance to Western Goals was J. Peter Grace, who was also chairman of the Order of the Knights of Malta in the United States. President of W.R. Grace and Co. from 1945 until three years before his death in 1995, J. Peter Grace is profiled in Who's Who in America which lists among his credentials: Bachelor of Arts from Yale University in 1936, Assistant Secretary at W. R. Grace (1936), President and CEO (1945), Newcomen Society, Council on Foreign Relations, Knights of Malta (American Chapter of the Board of Founders), Knights of Malta President, address: 1114 Avenue of the Americas.
Considering that the Newcomen Society and CFR to which J. Peter Grace belonged were branches of Cecil Rhodes's eugenics club, The Round Table, it is not out of character that Grace would be involved in Project Paperclip -- a post World War II CIA arrangement to remove classified information from dossiers so that former SS members and 900+ Nazi scientists could emigrate to the U. S. Hundreds of war criminals would find employment within government agencies and companies such as W.R. Grace chemical company. The Covert Action Information Bulletin documents the close relationship between Reinhard Gehlen, the CIA, the Knights of Malta and the Vatican (by now a Rothschild front), which had smuggled Nazi war criminals out of Europe through the infamous "rat lines".
Yesterday's post about the bestiality farm in Washington State links to an older post about organized crime.
And that post leads to this story from last year:
Authorities have identified a teenager believed to be suffering from amnesia who was found on the streets of New York two weeks ago. Police say a CNN viewer in Maryland identified the young woman, who mysteriously turned up in Manhattan two weeks ago, claiming to have no memory of her family, her home or even her own name....The girl was found in Midtown Manhattan around 12:30 a.m. October 9 outside the Covenant House youth shelter, although the organization said that she was not a resident at the time and did not appear as if she intended to seek refuge at the facility....According to its Web site, "Covenant House New York is the nation's largest adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth." Nearly 7,000 youths reportedly seek shelter there per year.
It's not really possible to pack this all up in a little brown paper lunch sack for people, so that you can read for five or ten minutes and comprehend the scale of this problem. It's not like that. You could spend all day reading the links in full just on this post, which barely scratches the surface. We're just rock skipping here. Every single tentacle of this thing vectors into another hell on earth. All you can do is click on the links and read and try to understand how enormous this thing is. It just oozes from one place to the next.