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Very curious indeed: 78% of the alleged victims were age 11 to 17

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Feb 18, 2004

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The Rev. Carl Anthony Schipper, academic dean at St. Patrick Seminary, Menlo Park, for the past eight years, has been arrested on charges apparently related to child pornography and sexual abuse.

"What I'm afraid of is we're going into this witch hunt for gays,'' said the Rev. Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist and sex abuse consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Fr. Neal Destefano, S.J., was convicted of offenses that may be summarized as follows: three offenses of conduct unbecoming an officer (by luring enlisted men to his hotel room for indecent acts, taking a picture of an enlisted man in his underwear, and masturbating in the presence of enlisted men); two assimilative crime violations of Alaska law by serving alcohol to underage enlisted men; and, one indecent assault (by hugging, kissing, and fondling the genital area of an enlisted man).

"What I'm afraid of is we're going into this witch hunt for gays,'' said the Rev. Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist and sex abuse consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Disgraced priest Bernard Kelly planned to leave his massive East Otis vacation property to his lover-turned-accused killer Paul Nolin and was planning to hand down $10,000 to an alleged New Bedford pedophile priest, court records show.

"What I'm afraid of is we're going into this witch hunt for gays,'' said the Rev. Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist and sex abuse consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"As I begin reading the emails on Confession and the need to confess after one has been intimate with a man -- big deal right? This reminds me of an incident years ago. I had gone to confession to a neighboring priest. Of course, I felt comfortable confessing to him because he had made a pass at me. While in confession he asked me who was that guy because he would like to have sex with him. I thought this was interesting at the time."

"What I'm afraid of is we're going into this witch hunt for gays,'' said the Rev. Stephen Rossetti, a psychologist and sex abuse consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Doe XIV described how, on one occasion in 1981 or 1982, Father MacRae brought him to the rectory in Hudson. Doe XIV guzzled some alcohol. MacRae then brought Doe XIV into the bedroom and made Doe XIV undress. ... According to Doe XIV, MacRae then left the room and another man, whom Doe XIV believed was a priest, came into the room and anally raped Doe XIV. A second man came in and had anal intercourse with Doe XIV as well.

Q: Bishop Gregory, will homosexuality and homosexual priests be discussed there this week?

[Gregory's voice rose and he slapped the table.] I would not be surprised. However, I think that the focus should be on, and this is what I've continually said: The focus must be on the safety of children! That's A-number one!

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