"Sexually Abusive Bishop
Must Be Removed!"
Catholic Faithful Charges
American Catholic Hierarchy with Negligence
Washington Times, Friday, July 18, 1997)
Feb 11, 1997 Roman
Catholic Faithful, Inc. (RCF) held a press conference calling for the
resignation of an American bishop. The press conference was covered by
Thomas A. Droleskey of The Wanderer and was published in the
February 20 issue of the paper.
"The growth of Roman
Catholic Faithful (founded May 15, 1996) prompted several priests to
contact (Stephen) Brady (President of RCF) about problems they had been
having with the bishop. Two priests, whose identities have not been
revealed publicly, gave Brady detailed information
concerning.....incidents of having been sexually harassed by the bishop.
One of the priests, who gave an exclusive, detailed telephone interview to
The Wanderer shortly after the press conference, provided (The
Wanderer) reporter with extensive corroboration of the charges Brady
has made against the bishop.
"After having gathered
statements from these priests, Brady wrote the bishop a letter. Dated
November 8th, 1996, it stated in part:
"While working with
these priests we have come to learn that some of them have suffered abuse
and persecution. One form of this abuse has been the sexual harassment of
these priests. In other cases, we have learned that you have had
consensual sex with priests. This is a scandal of the highest order and an
affront to God." An attorney for the bishop wrote to attorney James
Bendell, who serves on the Board of Directors of Roman Catholic Faithful,
(suggesting that Brady might) be subjecting himself to a lawsuit if he
made the allegations public."
"Brady, however, did
not go public with his accusations (right away). He sought the counsel of
many individuals, including leading canonists and a bishop. At the urging
of one priest the documentation of these allegations was provided to the
Papal Nuncio in November, 1996. A meeting about these allegations was held
at the Nunciature on November 25th, 1996. Unbeknownst to anyone, however,
the Papal Nuncio had provided all the documentation that had been given to
him concerning these allegations to the bishop including a detailed
four-page statement by one of the priests (who had been promised strict
confidentiality in the matter). He thus had all of the evidence against
him, including the names of his accusers. The Papal Nuncio never once
contacted either of the two priests involved in this case at this
juncture." (The Wanderer) (After Brady went public with the
allegations, the bishop never sued for libel. How could he — the
allegations are true!)
It is up to the laity
to take back our churches. RCF continues to call for the bishop's removal.
We have found that the life of any diocese is often a reflection of its
bishop's life. If the diocese is morally bankrupt, then prudence would
dictate a close scrutiny of the diocesan bishops and administration.
If you provide the
information and support RCF needs, by the grace of God, we can bring about
change, and we can make a difference for the good of Christ's Roman
Catholic Church. We have found that litigation and public exposure can
help rid the Church of scandal and corruption.
Help RCF send a
powerful message to the NCCB, Papal Nuncio, and those cowardly American
Bishops who say and do nothing in defense of the Faith. Write or Call:
P.O. Box 109
Petersburg, IL 62675
217-632-5920 fax: 217-632-7054