Trump's DOJ Tells Catholic Bishops to save Abuse Documents, hides names of religious liberty officials
Public Advocate condemns the abuse of children and the long established liberal domination in the recruitment of pro-homosexual and other liberation philosophy adherants in the American church.
Wholesale abuse by criminals who abuse children use the confidentiality of a private organization to perpetrate their horrific abuse of young men and women. In the case of homosexual priests we agree with Catholic League president Bill Donohue "almost all molesting priests-(are) homosexuals. (They are ) not pedophile(s), though the media cover-up of offending homosexual priests continues.
Public Advocate president Eugene Delgaudio: "It is ironic that the Attorney General announced religious liberty office appointments and new regulations to protect religious liberty six months ago but has yet to tell me or the public who the lawyers are that will investigate incidents of attacks on religious liberty. We are appealing the DOJ's non-response and now this broad action against the entire Catholic Church."
The New York Times reports: (Oct. 26)
The Department of Justice has sent a sweeping request to every Roman Catholic diocese in the United States not to destroy documents related to the handling of child sexual abuse, a sign that the federal investigation into the church could grow far more extensive.
Catholic bishops have been asked by the federal government to retain their files on a broad array of internal matters, including sexual abuse investigations, and the transfer of priests across state or international borders, or to treatment centers. The request includes documents contained in "secret archives" - the confidential files that are kept by each diocese.
News reports last week revealed that the Justice Department had opened an investigation into all eight Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, and the diocese of Buffalo in New York. This marked the first time the federal government had undertaken an investigation of the church's handling of abusive priests, a scandal that surfaced in the United States in the mid-1980s.
But this request to preserve files, first disclosed by Whispers in the Loggia, a site that closely follows the Catholic hierarchy, suggests that federal investigators are throwing a very wide net. The abuse scandal, long fueled by the shocking details in the church's own personnel documents, may now grow like an uncontrolled wildfire.
Earlier Catholic League Questioned the Justice Department investigation when it was only a possibility:
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on an AP story about a Trump administration probe of clergy sexual abuse in Pennsylvania:
The Associated Press has learned, from anonymous sources, that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. AP reports that U.S. Attorney William McSwain of Philadelphia has issued subpoenas seeking information on the clergy and seminarians who may have committed federal crimes. This follows the release in August of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania.