January 20, 2005

Same old news, old articles released on past clergy sexual abuse.

Worcester Voice

The Worcester voice has been supplied old newspaper article's that were thought too have been unattainable.

A painful and unthinkable pattern now vividly presents itself, the Worcester Diocese Catholic Church by known published documentation have since 1993, been actively practicing deception and cover-up of clergy sexual abuse committed by diocesan priest. Theses actions, chronicled by these articles are consistent for the past 12 years. See Published cases, Removed clergy, Rev Robert E. Kelly links for articles. Due to the amount of material, more will be added in time.

In 1993 clergy prosecution first began with Rev Robert E. Kelley, then soon another and another. The February 8, 1993 Boston Globe headline read, ACCUSATIONS ROIL WORCESTER DIOCESE SEX ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SEVEN PRIESTS ARE RAISING QUESTIONS OF TRUST. If you read the headline only, it appears to be one of recent times. Just December 30, 2004, only three short weeks ago the Worcester telegram headlines read Sexual abuse lawsuits filed Six diocesan priests named.

In 1993 those who faced allegations were, Msgr. Leo Battista of Leominster, Rev. David A. Holley of New Mexico, Rev. Joseph Fredette of Worcester ( who later won an appeal), Rev. Ronald D. Provost of Barre, Rev. Justin Steponaitis of Athol, Rev. Victor Frobas, visiting from Northborough and Rev. Robert E. Kelley of Gardner.

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 07:13 AM