Third accuser: archdiocese knew of Houston-area sex abuse

(Dec. 21, 2018)  A third person has come forward this week to say that an archdiocese knew of sexual abuse allegations against a Houston-area priest, yet failed to take corrective action.

This third person has accused Manuel La Rosa-Lopez of molesting him in the early 1990s when the elder was a seminarian and he an altar boy at Houston’s St. Thomas More Catholic Church.

The man wished not to be identified.  He said that Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, then a seminarian, molested him in the early 1990s when he was just twelve years old.

A Houston Chronicle headline about the accused priest caught the 37-year-old man’s attention. He read the news on the web of a Richmond priest being arrested for decades-old claims that he had molested two children at a Conroe church.

The Chronicle reported that the third accuser hardly recognized the gray-haired man in the recent Montgomery County booking photo.  When he had last seen the accused priest, he was an altar boy at a Peruvian seminary, St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Houston.  That news report from September unearthed years of guilt and shame that he had long tried to bury.

“My heart just broke”

“My heart just broke,” the man told the Houston Chronicle.  He contacted the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office a few days later, becoming the third accuser to step forward with allegations of molestation against Father Manuel La Rosa-Lopez.  The clergyman became the center of a growing investigation this past summer of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston when he was accused by two others of sexual molestation.

Related:  Accused priests ID’d in Shalom Center Records

The latest allegations show that the leaders of the country’s fifth-largest diocese were aware of claims against La Rosa-Lopez as early as 1992, yet allowed him to be ordained into the ministry and move from church to church.

The priest’s lawyer did not respond on Dec. 20 to the Chronicle’s request for comment, though the church made a short statement yesterday:

“We cannot comment on this matter, which is still under investigation, except to say we are cooperating fully with law enforcement,” said church spokeswoman Jo Ann Zuniga.

The Chronicle reported that the father of four children sat in a Houston lawyer’s office last week and haltingly described the alleged abuse he suffered over a period of weeks at St. Thomas More.  For more than 25 years, he had kept the secret even from his wife.

“It completely engulfs your life,” the man said, breaking down in the office. “I really try to do the best I can to keep working, to keep being strong for my children.”

Accusers step forward

Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was arrested Sept. 11, 2018 on four charges of indecency with a child.  The charges stemmed from the man’s alleged abuse of two teens from 1998-2000 at Conroe’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Those charges triggered three search warrants executed at the Shalom Center treatment facility in Splendora in eastern Montgomery County, along with two churches between Fort Bend County and Conroe.

Mr. La Rosa-Lopez was held in jail for two nights before being released on a $375,000 bond. He returned to court in October, but that hearing was postponed until January 2019 after Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office investigators requested more time to examine their seized records.

To the Vatican, if necessary

The investigation of Mr. La Rosa-Lopez continues.  Montgomery County DA Brett Ligon has vowed, if necessary, to go “all the way to the Vatican.”

The investigation escalated in Nov. 2018 with a surprise search of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s headquarters in downtown Houston. The exhaustive search warrant made scant mention of the third accuser (only by his initials), and the accused priest has not been charged in this third claim.

20 Priests Treated for Sex Abuse Problems

More than 20 priests were treated for sex abuse problems, according to the documents seized from the Shalom Center.  Police also seized several computers and files from the archdiocese offices of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.  He was charged with overseeing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.  His stewardship in that role is now being severely tested.

More than 70 dioceses nationwide have released lists of accused priests.  On Dec. 19 this week, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office announced the discovery of 500 more clergy members accused of sexual abuse, in addition to the 185 disclosed by the six dioceses. In Texas, each of the 15 Catholic Dioceses and the archdiocese announced in October 2018 that they would compile and release their own lists.

The Catholic church has announced that it is sticking to its plan to release the names of priests “credibly accused” of child sex abuse by Jan. 31, 2019, though the latest search warrant has left a stash of priest personnel records and boxes of “sex allegation files” in the hands of law enforcement. Some of the files were taken from a so-called vault at the archdiocese’s San Jacinto Street office.

Jonah Dycus, a spokesperson for the archdiocese, said, “We do not wish to compromise the integrity of this important work by discussing it before we have the full facts assembled.”

Cardinal DiNardo last month identified the Kinsale Management Consultants as the auditor tasked with tabulating the list. The firm is led by former FBI Executive Assistant Director Kathleen McChesney.

The church has pledged to give company “unfettered access” to archdiocese records, said Mr. Dycus.



Wildfires Lawsuit Filed in Butte County

(Dec. 5, 2018)  Lawyers filed suit Nov. 30, 2018 in Butte County Superior Court of California in Chico.  The plaintiff is a woman who lost her home in the California wildfires which began Nov. 8, 2018  in Paradise, Calif.  The suit charges California Pacific Gas & Electric with inverse condemnation, negligence,  premises liability, trespass, public nuisance, private nuisance, and several other causes of action.  The petition names only PG&E, but leaves the woman’s lawyers room to add as many as 50 more defendants “when they are ascertained.”   The suit was filed by Peter de la Cerda of Matthews & Associates Law Firm.



The petition states:

“The Camp Fire devastated the towns of Paradise, Magalia, Pulga, Mineral Slide, Irish Towh, Centerville, Parkhill, and Concow, and terrorized several neighboring towns including Oroville, Gridley and Chico.  To date, the Camp Fire has killed 81 people, making it the deadliest fire in California history.  (The fire) burned 117,000 acres and destroyed 18,000 structures, more than the next seven worst fires combined.  More than 150,000 residents have been displaced from their homes as a result of the Camp Fire and more than 200 people are unaccounted for.  Particularly hard hit was the town of Paradise where 80 to 90 percent of the homes were destroyed.”

The Camp Fire was the single largest California wildfire in the state’s history.  The petition claims that, “PG&E knew or should have known that a breach of those standards and duties constituted negligence and would expose members of the general public to risk of death, injury, and damage to their property.”

PG&E History of Safety Failures

The lawsuit further states that “PG&E has developed a regular pattern of placing its own profits before the safety of the California residents it serves and has demonstrated no intention of changing this pattern.”

The suit lists several other episodes in which PG&E was alleged to be at the center of “safety lapses that caused injury and death to California residents, and destroyed or damaged property.”  That list includes:

  • A 1992 Santa Rosa Gas Explosion that killed two people and injured three.
  • A 1994 Trauner Fire that burned down an historic schoolhouse and 12 homes. A Nevada County jury found PG&E guilty of 739 counts of criminal negligence.  PG&E was forced to pay $24 million in penalties.  A 1998 CPUC report showed PG&E had diverted $77.6 million from its tree-trimming budget to other uses from 1987 to 1994. In that same time, PG&E underspent its authorized maintenance budgets by $495 million, using that money instead to boost corporate profits.
  • A 1999 Pendola Fire that occurred when PG&E failed to remove a rotten pine. It burned for 11 days and scorched 11,725 acres, mostly in Tahoe and Plumas national forests. PG&E paid a $14.75 million settlement to the U.S. Forest Service in 2009, and also reached a $22.7 million settlement with CPUC.
  • A 2003 Mission Substation Electrical Fire that burned for two hours and 1/3 of San Francisco lost power. A CPUC report concluded, “PG&E did not implement its own recommendations from its own investigation of the 1996 fire.”
  • A 2004 Sims fire that burned more than 4,000 acres of forest land in Six Rivers and Trinity National Forests. A federal suit alleged PG&E failed to remove a decaying tree, which fell on a transmission line and began the blaze.
  • A 2010 San Bruno Gas Explosion that killed eight people and injured 58 as it destroyed an entire neighborhood. NTSB issued a report that blamed PG&E’s poor pipeline management.  In April 2015, CPUC slapped PG&E with a $1.6 billion fine for causing the explosion and diverting maintenance funds into stockholder dividends and executive bonuses.  In Jan. 2017, a federal jury found PG&E guilty of six felony charges. The judge ordered PG&E to pay $3 million in fines for causing the explosion, and ordered the company to submit to court supervision of its natural gas operations.
  • A 2015 San Francisco Electrical Explosion that injured two people, one critically.
  • A 2015 Butte Fire in Calaveras County that ignited when a weak grey pine tree that PG&E should have removed struck a 12,0000-volt PG&E-owned power line. The fire burned for 22 days; killed two people; destroyed more than 70,000 acres; destroyed and/or damaged 475 residences, 343 outbuildings, and 45 other structures.   Thousands were forced to evacuate their homes.
  • The 2017 North Bay Fires that began when PG&E-owned equipment contacted vegetation due to “PG&E’s disregard of mandated safety practices and the foreseeable risks associated with its infrastructure.” These fires killed at least 43 people, injured many others, burned more than 245,000 acres, destroyed more than 14, 700 homes.

2013 Liberty Report

The petition also details the role of a consulting group hired to investigate PG&E’s safety practices in order to improve on them.   The Liberty Consulting Group sent a report to the Safety and Enforcement Division of the CPUC in May 2013.  Liberty concluded that “several aspects of the PG&E distribution system present significant safety issues.”  Liberty found that, “addressing aging infrastructure and adding SCADA to the [PG&E] system comprise the major focuses of safety initiatives for the distribution system.”

After the Liberty Report, PG&E began to state publicly that it was treating wildfires as an enterprise-level risk.

“However,” reads the petition, “the methodology used by PG&E to evaluate the severity of that risk was, and is, unscientific and not based on valid statistical methodology.  Instead, PG&E’s method is to engage in a group discussion where an agreement is reached on a specific risk level based on personal opinion, anecdotal evidence, and factual misconceptions.  This process has led to PG&E’s failure to properly evaluate the frequency and severity of the risk posed by wildfires.”

The petition also notes that a 2014 audit of PG&E’s North Valley Division revealed that between 2009 and 204 there were more than 3,400 PG&E repair and maintenance requests in the area of the Camp Fire that were completed past the date of the scheduled action.

Further, 44 fires in Butte County were caused by electrical equipment from 2006-2016. In 2015, electrical power problems sparked the burning of 149,241 acres across California, more than twice the number from any other cause.

A 2017 CPUC report found “Poorly maintained poles and attachments have caused substantial property damage and repeated loss of life in this State.”

The petition further charges that PG&E instituted a “Run to Failure” approach to maintenance that included its purchasing insurance coverage to cover punitive damages in amounts that exceed hundreds of millions of dollars.

“PG&E purchased insurance policies that cover punitive damages for the purpose of providing corporate security at the cost of public safety,” the law suit alleges. “This contributed to a culture of reckless disregard for the safety of the residents of Northern and Central California and contributed to the cause of the Camp Fire.”

Do PG&E Profits trump Safety Issues?

The lawsuit also alleges that “PG&E’s corporate culture is the root cause of the Camp Fire. (Rather) than spend the money it obtains from customers for infrastructure maintenance and safety, PG&E funnels this funding to boost its own corporate profits and compensation.”

In one of the most incendiary allegations of the petition, the suit claims, “PG&E has implemented multiple programs that provide monetary incentives to its employees, agents and/or contractors to not protect public safety.  Prior to the Butte Fire, PG&E chose to provide a monetary incentive to its contractors to cut fewer trees, even though PG&E was required to have an inspection program in place that removed dangerous trees and reduced the risk of wildfires.”

PG&E Response

PG&E officials have noted publicly that the cause of the fires is still being investigated.  No definitive conclusions have yet been drawn.

California Wildfires Lawsuit Filed in Butte County

The case is 18CV03874,  Deborah Glass vs. PG&E Corporation, et al.  It is filed in Butte County Superior Court of California.



Gluten Intolerance Glyphosate Intolerance

Study blames Roundup for gluten intolerance and celiac disease epidemic

Roundup and Celiac Disease

“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic,” concluded the authors of a research paper which examined nearly 300 studies.

The researchers wrote in their meta-analysis that “Celiac disease and gluten intolerance present a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it.”

The Celiac Disease Foundation says Celiac disease is believed to affect as many as 3.2 million Americans, an estimated 2.5 million of whom remain undiagnosed.

What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine and inhibits absorption of nutrients.  Celiac disease tends to run in families, but it does not follow a specific inheritance pattern.  It is not always inherited (as most diseases are not inherited, but environmental, including cancer); certain genes are, however, more likely to cause an autoimmune reaction to gluten.

The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center claims that a person must have two genes found on the HLA-class II complex, called DQ2 and DQ8 to have celiac disease.  Gluten sensitivity, by contrast, can typically occur in people without a family history of the disorder.

A Shocking Shift in Thinking

This study implies that everything we think we know about Celiac disease and gluten intolerance is wrong.  That is a shocking conclusion, so why haven’t we heard more about it?

Published in the journal Interdisciplinary Toxicology in 2013, it was completely ignored by all major mediaMother Earth News and The Healthy Home Economist covered it, but since those aren’t publications that get national attention, the story has remained quiet, even blacked out by mainstream media.  All that may be changing.  Internet magazines, news blogs, videos, and movies across the digital spectrum are increasingly making it more difficult for Monsanto’s mainstream media minions (see Monsanto’s paid “journalist”) and academic shills to keep the lid on the burning Monsanto Roundup story.

Related:  Monsanto attacks Science

Spotlight catches Monsanto

Monsanto’s glyphosate (from Roundup and other pesticide poison products) is at last getting the attention it deserves.  Monsanto was hit with a  $279 million cancer lawsuit verdict this past summer.  California listed glyphosate – the main listed active ingredient in Roundup — as a probable human carcinogen after the World Health Organization declared it was back in 2015.

Gluten Intolerance Glyphosate Intolerance

The paradigm-shifting 2013 study was authored by Anthony Samsel, an independent scientist who has served as a consultant to the EPA on arsenic pollution and to the U.S. Coast Guard on chemical hazard response, and Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at MIT.

So-called Gluten Intolerance

The scientists said that symptoms of so-called “gluten intolerance” and celiac disease are shockingly similar to the symptoms in lab animals exposed to glyphosate.  They reference a recent study that shows how glyphosate affects fish’ digestive systems. Glyphosate was shown to decrease digestive enzymes and bacteria, disrupt mucosal folds, destroy microvilli structure in the intestinal wall, increase mucin secretion.

The scientists wrote: “These features are highly reminiscent of celiac disease.”

Celiac Disease Parallels Glyphosate Use

Furthermore, the number of people diagnosed with gluten intolerance and celiac disease has risen in proportion to increased glyphosate use in agriculture, especially with the recent practice of  drenching grains in the herbicide right before harvest.  That troubling practice began  in the 1980s.  It became routine in the 1990s.  Here’s a look at the glyphosate Celiac disease parallels:

Some say the Celiac disease surge is due to better diagnostic tools (which occurred around 2000), a recent study suggests that’s not a solid retort.

Four-Fold Increase in Celiac Disease

In 2009, researchers looked for gluten antibodies in frozen immune serum obtained between 1948 and 1954 for gluten antibodies.  They compared those with samples taken from people today. They found a 4-fold increase in the incidence of celiac disease in the younger people.

Further Evidence of Celiac Glyphosate Link

The researchers also shared these points:

•  “Celiac disease is associated with imbalances in gut bacteria that can be fully explained by the known effects of glyphosate on gut bacteria.”

•  “Celiac disease is associated with the impairment of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Glyphosate is known to inhibit cytochrome P450 enzymes.”

•   “Deficiencies in iron, cobalt, molybdenum, copper and other rare metals associated with celiac disease can be attributed to glyphosate’s strong ability to chelate these elements.”

•   “Deficiencies in tryptophan, tyrosine, methionine and selenomethionine associated with celiac disease match glyphosate’s known depletion of these amino acids.”

•   “Celiac disease patients also have a known increased risk for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which has also been implicated in glyphosate exposure.”

•   “The incidence of non-Hodgkins lymphoma has increased rapidly in most Western countries over the last few decades. Statistics from the American Cancer Society show an 80% increase since the early 1970’s, when glyphosate was first introduced on the market.”

•   “Reproductive issues associated with celiac disease, such as infertility, miscarriages, and birth defects, can also be explained by glyphosate.”

The scientists also say that glyphosate residues in grain, sugar and other crops are increasing recently likely due to the growing practice of crop desiccation just prior to harvest.  This  secretive, illegal poisoning practice has become routine among conventional farmers since the 1990s.

This arcane practice increases yields by killing the crops, which causes them to release their seeds in their death throes as they struggle to survive the poison onslaught.

Does Roundup Desiccation (Desecration?) drive Celiac Disease?

Farmers use Roundup to “desiccate” most conventional (non organic) crops grown in the U.S. This is a dirty little secret in U.S. farming as well as in the UK and other places where “efficiency” and corporate farming lord it over the health concerns of sentient beings.

Since the 1980s, farmers around the world have been using Roundup and other pesticides to dessicate their fields before harvest.   So, sadly, even if one is buying non-GMO corn, wheat, soy, or other common crop staples, one is likely ingesting Roundup with that food.   Farmers dessicate before harvest to dry up the crop, to dry it out to kill it all at once for “better” harvests – better for “production” and “profits,” but decidedly not better for the animals  and people who eat those crops, or breathe in the pesticides.  (EPA also classifies herbicides as pesticides)

Along with wheat and oats, farmers use glyphosate to desiccate a wide range of other crops including lentils, peas, non-GMO soybeans, corn, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets, and potatoes. Even sunflowers may be treated pre-harvest with glyphosate, according to the National Sunflower Association.  See the desiccation/desecration story here.




Camp Fire Lawsuit Filed

(Nov. 21, 2018)  Paradise, Calif. residents filed suit Nov. 13, 2018 against California Pacific Gas & Electric in San Francisco Superior Court.  Their lawsuit alleges that PG&E’s negligence and faulty equipment generated the deadly Camp Fire.  The tragedy has so far burned more than 130,000 acres in Butte County, destroyed thousands of homes, and killed dozens of people.

The suit, titled “Quammen Et Al vs. PGE,” lists 25 plaintiffs.  They are described as “an owner and/or occupants of real property damaged by the Camp Fire.”

Suit claims PG&E Line Failed

The lawsuit petition attacks PG&E’s safety record.  It claims, “[T]he Camp Fire started when a high-voltage transmission line failed, igniting vegetation.”  The lawsuit is attempting to saddle PG&E with legal liability for the most destructive fire in California history.

Camp Fire’s Cause still undetermined

Despite the suit’s allegations, the cause of the Camp Fire has not yet been determined. California Fire did, however, determine that PG&E equipment did spark similarly destructive California wildfires in 2017.

KQED reported that PG&E recorded “an incident early Thursday, Nov. 8, just before the fire began.  The incident involved a major electrical transmission line at a remote site in Butte County.  That incident report came just minutes before the reported start of the Camp Fire.

In addition to that oddly-timed report, just hours before the fire spread, PG&E announced via a November 8 press release that it had decided to cancel a previously proposed service suspension to some Northern California households as an anti-fire measure.  The timing could hardly have been more ironic, or more odd, or perhaps coincidental if PG&E were to turn out to have no responsibility or liability in the latest tragic California fires.

PG&E Statement

The company’s statement just prior to the start of the fires read:

“Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has determined that it will not proceed with plans today for a Public Safety Power Shutoff in portions of eight Northern California counties, as weather conditions did not warrant this safety measure.”

On Tuesday, PG&E began notifying approximately 70,000 customers in portions of Northern California of the potential that the company would turn off power for safety given forecasts of extreme fire danger conditions. PG&E will now notify customers […] that the potential Public Safety Power Shutoff has been canceled.

That statement and the nearly unbelievable timing of it do not look good for PG&E, in terms of the company’s potential liability.  However, both people and corporations in the U.S. are, by law,  presumed innocent of any wrongdoing until proven guilty.

Nevertheless, California fire investigators as well lawyers who have filed the first lawsuits in these fires have yet to prove exactly what caused the fires.

Cause of Fires Undetermined

PG&E spokesperson Mayra Tostado told Curbed SF: “It’s important to remember that the cause has yet to be determined.  (We) are aware of lawsuits regarding the Camp Fire.”  Ms. Tostado wished to emphasize PG&E’s efforts to restore service rather than comment on the complaint.

The California plaintiffs who filed suit over the fires allege that PG&E has a damning record of maintenance oversights that regularly creates dangerous conditions for the company’s customers.  Their petition includes some very emotional language.  It reads, in part:

“PG&E has a duty to manage, maintain, repair, and/or replace its aging infrastructure to protect public safety. These objectives could and should have been accomplished in a number of ways. […] PG&E knew or should have known that a breach of those standards and duties constituted negligence and would expose members of the general public to risk of death, injury, and damage to their property. PG&E’s safety record is an abomination.”

PG&E Lawsuit filed over Camp Fire

This latest PG&E lawsuit petition cites at least 18 separate fires and explosions caused by PG&E infrastructure since 1991.  It includes the tragic 2010 San Bruno gas explosion that left eight people dead.

The recent northern California fires have also sparked other, similar lawsuits.  The Sacramento Bee reported on a Butte County appraiser who is also planning legal action.



More Catholic Parishes release Abusive Priests’ Names

(Nov. 4, 2018)  Since a shocking report from Pennsylvania identified some 300 priests who had abused more than 1,000 victims over several decades, several more Catholic parishes have released abusive priests’ names. About 50 dioceses across the U.S. have since released the names of clergymen who have been credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.

As in Pennsylvania, some of the accused priests were transferred to other parts of the country.  In October 2018, dioceses in Indianapolis, Ind.; Washington, D.C.; Bridgeport, Conn.; and Steubenville and Youngstown, Ohio released their own lists of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.  The state of Louisiana has also seen a whole new round of allegations of priest abuse come to light, including incidents in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Lake Charles.

New Orleans Parish releases 57 Names of Accuse Priests

The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans last week released the names of 57 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing minors.  In the wake of that announcement, the New Orleans district attorney is urging any victims of clergy sexual abuse to come forward with their stories.

In NOLA, Archbishop Gregory Aymond released a 10-page document with the names on Nov. 2, with a letter explaining his action.

The archbishop wrote:  “I believe it is the right thing to do in order to foster the healing of victims, in a spirit of transparency, and in the pursuit of justice.”

See the list of 57 here: #NOLA

Mr. Aymond told WDSU-TV that a dozen men and women reviewed the files of 2,432 priests who served in the archdiocese since 1950. Others looked into the files of now-dead clerics.

The archbishop told his congregation: “Some will be surprised to see the name of a priest who served in your parish or who you personally knew very well.  As you experience this disappointment, I raise you to the Lord and ask him to give you comfort and his peace.”

Mr. Aymond also gave the list to the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, and said it would be available to other DAs who ask for it.

NOLA District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said his office is ready to evaluate for possible prosecution any cases brought to him after investigations by the NOLA police department.

More Catholic Parishes release Abusive Priests’ Names

The church has been struggling in NOLA and elsewhere since the explosive Pennsylvania developments surfaced in August 2018.  The Pennsylvania grand jury report accused the Catholic Church of covering up for 300 “predator priests.”  The grand jury put the number of victims at 1,000, but pointedly said that the real number of victims is more likely several thousand. The 900-page report covered eight of Pennsylvania’s ten dioceses, about half of the state’s 3.2 million Catholics.

Cardinal Resigns amid Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

The archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, resigned last month following the report. Prior to his D.C. promotion, Mr. Wuerl had served as the Bishop of Pittsburgh.  He is the second Catholic cardinal in the US to resign due to the sex abuse scandal.  The first was Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law in 2002.

Pope Francis praised Wuerl’s “nobility” and leadership and allowed the cardinal to remain as the caretaker until a new archbishop takes his place.  The pope has taken considerable criticism from victims and victims’ groups as a result of that stance.

Criminal and Civil Charges Differ

District attorneys can prosecute sex abuse crimes in the criminal court system, while victims may also have a chance to hold the church and/or their abuser accountable in civil court.  Victims of sexual abuse by clergy can contact a district attorney for criminal matters; they can also contact a a clergy abuse attorney for a possible civil action.

Statutes of Limitations Issues Changing

Statues of limitations govern both criminal and civil cases, limiting the time one has to file a case.  However, many states are now following in the footsteps of Minnesota to grant victims of child sexual abuse an additional grace period in which to seek justice.



Roundup Verdict Survives Monsanto Appeal

(October 23, 2018) – A Roundup verdict for a California man who was stricken with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he used Monsanto poisons will stand.  San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos yesterday denied Monsanto’s motion to toss a verdict won this past summer by former groundskeeper DeWayne “Lee” Johnson.  Twelve jurors awarded Mr. Johnson $289 million in total damages in August 2018.

$78.5 Million Award for Monsanto Victim

Monsanto had filed a petition requesting that the judge throw out the entire jury verdict.  The judge instead slashed about $211 million from the $289 million total.  She ruled the jury’s $250 million punitive damages award needed to be reduced to $39.25 million, which was the amount the jury awarded in compensatory damages.  That makes the total award $78.5 million for the Monsanto victim.

Judge Suzanne Bolanos acknowledged the jury’s finding that Monsanto’s herbicides were a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

In her 12-page order, Judge Bolanos reversed course from a tentative ruling she made in a hearing earlier this month.  She had said that Mr. Johnson had not proven Monsanto had acted with malice.  She said she would likely toss the entire punitive damages award.  But the judge ruled instead that that Mr. Johnson had established an “inference” that Monsanto had acted maliciously.  She further explained that the court had not found a case in which a “series of corporate actions and decisions” was found to be insufficient to support punitive damages.

Monsanto Malice Organization-wide
Judge Bolanos wrote in her ruling: “When the entire organization is involved in acts that constitute malice, there is no danger a blameless corporation will be punished for bad acts over which it had no control.”

Judge Bolanos ruled furthermore that it was also reasonable for the jury to conclude that Monsanto acted with malice by continuing to market and sell a dangerous product without a warning.

Nevertheless, Judge Bolanos also ruled the punitive damages must be reduced. She pointed to a 2003 U.S. Supreme Court  ruling in State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Company v. Campbell, which held that the Fourteenth Amendment limits punitive damages.

Judge Bolanos wrote that when a compensatory damages award is large and primarily for noneconomic damages, the appropriate ratio between compensatory and punitive damages is one-to-one.

She said that if Mr. Johnson did not accept the reduced $39.25 million punitive damages verdict, she would grant Monsanto’s motion for a new trial as to punitive damages only.

First Roundup Cancer Trial

Mr. Johnson’s case was the first to go to trial over Monsanto’s Roundup cancer link.  The California groundskeeper was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014, after he had sprayed Monsanto’s Ranger Pro and Roundup poisons on Benicia, California school grounds.

Mr. Johnson charged that Monsanto knew of Roundup’s health risks since the 1990s, when studies began showing a link between Roundup and lymphoma.  His lawsuit petition said he used Monsanto products because he thought they were safe, because Monsanto downplayed the known dangers and failed to post a warning label.  Mr. Johnson said that soon after an equipment problem soaked him head-to-toe in Ranger Pro, his skin broke out in blistering lesions.  Doctors testified in the trial that he is dying from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

$289 Million Jury Award

Three days after deliberating in August 2918, a jury awarded Mr. Johnson $39.25 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages. The award included $33 million in noneconomic damages, a million for every year of the 46-year-old’s life that he will have lost to cancer.

Monsanto claims Insufficient Evidence
After the verdict, Monsanto moved for either a new trial or a judgment notwithstanding the verdict.  Monsanto lawyers said Mr. Johnson had not given “sufficient and substantial evidence” to show Monsanto herbicides cause cancer.

Judge Bolanos flatly rejected those motions as to the punitive damages.   She also ruled there was no basis to overturn the jury’s finding on liability and toss the verdict in its entirety.

Judge allows Jury System to Work

The judge wrote that it was proper for the jury to rely on testimony from Mr. Johnson’s key causation expert, oncologist Dr. Chadi Nabhan.

Dr. Nabhan used an admissible method to support his conclusion that Roundup caused Mr. Johnson’s cancer, wrote the judge.  “Dr. Nabhan was cross-examined and the defense presented expert witnesses to criticize the basis of Dr. Nabhan’s opinion.  (The) court does not resolve scientific controversies.’ … That is a matter for the jury to resolve.”

Bayer Responds

Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto this summer, called Judge Bolanos’ ruling “a step in the right direction,” repeated its attorneys’ arguments about a lack of sufficient evidence presented at trial, and said it plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Roundup Verdict Survives Monsanto Appeal

The case is Johnson v. Monsanto Co. et al., case number CGC16550128, in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of San Francisco.




Cardinal quits amid Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

(Oct. 12, 2018)  Cardinal Donald Wuerl quit today amid the ongoing Catholic church sex abuse scandal.  Pope Francis accepted the Archbishop of Washington’s resignation.  Mr. Wuerl is the latest casualty in the ongoing fallout from the shocking Pennsylvania grand jury investigation which concluded in August.  After working for two years interviewing dozens of priest abuse victims and reading thousands of pages of internal church documents, the grand jury found that more than 300 priests had sexually molested more than 1,000 children — and likely abused thousands more — in the last six decades.

Cardinal Wuerl Apologizes

“Once again for any past errors in judgment, I apologize and ask for pardon,” said Mr. Wuerl.  “My resignation is one way to express my great and abiding love for you the people of the church of Washington.”

Related:  Pennsylvania Priest Abuse Lawsuit

The Church Cover-up

The extent of the priest sex abuse in itself is demonstrably provable and acknowledged by church officials in the church’s own documents.  But what is equally troubling and even more shocking is the extent of the church’s top-down cover-up of priest sex crimes against children.

Like Pope Francis and other top church officials, Mr. Wuerl has been accused of covering up sexual abuse to protect clergy members.   He stands accused of reassigning accused priests to new posts without punishing them.  He effectively let abusive priests off the hook for their alleged abuse, and worse.  He reassigned them to unwitting parishes where they could abuse children again.

Mr. Wuerl, 77, was at the center of the Pennsylvania grand jury findings that priests had sexually abused more than 300 children over a 70 year period.  As the bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006, Mr. Wuerl oversaw the height of the sexual abuse.  He was then appointed to the archdiocese of Washington.  There, he denied knowing that the man he replaced – now a disgraced Cardinal and former Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, whom the pope also protected — was suspected of child sex abuse.


Mr. Wuerl praised Pope Francis as he departed.  “I am profoundly grateful for [Francis’]  devoted commitment to the well-being of the archdiocese of Washington and also deeply touched by his gracious words of understanding.”

Men of God?

Are we all taking crazy pills?  Both these “Men of God” appear to be riding a lunatic merry-go-round of shared adulation on which neither can claim credibility or honor. Their robes are scorched with the burning tears of abused children who were taught to trust their elders, and to trust their priests most of all.  The innocence of thousands of abused children lies broken and bleeding at the coddled feet of these men of God.

Pope Francis Engineers Ongoing Coverup

Instead of encouraging the soul-cleansing mea culpa which the Catholic church teaches all of its penitents is the one true path to heaven, the pope has called for a very different M.O. for accused priests.  Pope Francis has told his clergymen to remain silent “like Jesus on Good Friday,” when they stand accused of sex abuse crimes.

That histrionic nod to martyrdom may represent sound legal advice for a man running a corporation cowering under the potential weight of its legal liability in child sex abuse lawsuits.  It is hardly the message to send true Christians or free thinkers who already suspect that the church’s hierarchical structure has led to this terrible crisis in the first place.  The pope’s message for accused priests to remain silent instead of confessing their sins perverts the most salient teachings of the church itself.

What need of Catholic priests at all if not to hear confessions and help people pay penance and cleanse their souls?  But for priests we get a double standard?  Is their God different from ours?  Does he, or she, as you will, offer a separate set of rules for those perched closer to the top of the church’s artificial hierarchy?  It won’t wash.  The pope is all wet.

The Catholic church is in trouble. The Pennsylvania grand jury report makes it impossible for many Catholics to ever look at their church in the same way again, to see it as a place of justice, where Christ’s light shines through the daily darkness of the temporal world, and love and truth reign supreme.  Unless the truth be told, the light cannot shine through the darkness.  Light and Truth must be synonyms for any viable church.

States investigate Catholic Church for Sex Abuse Crimes

In more bad news for the Catholic church, thirteen state’s attorneys general have requested all documents from their Catholic dioceses pertaining to sexual abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic church in their states.



Monsanto loses bid to Collect Personal Information

Monsanto fails to curtail free speech
(Oct. 6, 2018)  Monsanto might have its minions working to consolidate its dream of an agricultural business monopoly — in the EPA, the U.S. Senate, the Supreme Court of the United States, to name just a few places — but despite the heavy stacking of the deck in its favor, the biotech bully from Missouri can still be beaten. Monsanto can be beaten not only in the court of U.S. public opinion, but also in the court of law.  In September 2018, activists (sentient humans, by any other name) working to stop the Monsanto juggernaut and uncover its crimes were backed in court by a significant judicial ruling.

Monsanto had sued the citizens’ group Avaaz to force it to hand over the names of millions of people who had acted against Monsanto by signing petitions or sending money to fight it. These activists were trying to stop Monsanto from destroying our land and food with glyphosate and other patented poisons. Monsanto lost that bid to collect the activists’ personal information, thanks to a judge who recognized the dangers of allowing deep-pocketed corporations to harass and bully human beings in the U.S. court system.

Judge Hagler delivers Justice

On September 6, 2018, a Manhattan judge threw out a subpoena filed by Monsanto against Avaaz. The judge then lectured Monsanto on the importance of free speech and democracy.

The 168-page subpoena – authored by Monsanto through a New York court — would have forced  Avaaz to hand over a decade’s worth of internal campaign communications.  That list would have included the personal information of millions who signed petitions protesting Monsanto’s genetically modified crops and the company’s carcinogenic Roundup. (Wouldn’t Monsanto have loved to “roundup” those activists, if only to frighten them into submission, or name them on its next lawsuit in the kind of legal harassment which has helped the company become so deservedly infamous.)

Avaaz campaign director Iain Keith emailed members after the judge denied Monsanto’s gestapo-like quest to roundup the names and personal information of activists:  “This subpoena was terrifying and would have had Avaaz spend months and hundreds of thousands of dollars digging up and handing over to Monsanto everything anyone on our team ever said or wrote about them for YEARS. Including even the email addresses and identities of our members who had sent messages to officials about Monsanto!”

Mr. Keith said in a Facebook video:
“Monsanto was so angry about the millions of activists who fought to convince the European Union and other governments to step up and protect citizens from glyphosate that it took us to court and wanted us to hand over all of our strategies and partnerships.”

Sentient beings can only thank God the case didn’t go Monsanto’s way, and they can thank the fair judge who ruled against the biotech bully from Missouri.

Judge Shlomo S. Hagler of the Manhattan Supreme Court Justice “absolutely destroyed” Monsanto’s subpoena, said Mr. Avaaz.  Judge Hagler said, “the subpoena would have a ‘tremendous chilling effect’” and that “no member would want to have their privacy and their activity known.”

Judge Rules for Free Speech over Monsanto
We beat #Monsanto in court! The judge even said that Monsanto was trying to stop the lobbying efforts of our members. In his words, “This is America…you can speak your mind.”
— Avaaz (@Avaaz) September 6, 2018

Other Recent Wins over Monsanto:

•  The New York state attorney general charged Monsanto with fraud in 1996 and then beat the bully in court.  New York sued Monsanto over its Roundup marketing claims. The state specifically objected to Monsanto’s wild claim that Roundup was as safe as table salt. Monsanto also claimed Roundup had more than a 1,000 fold safety margin over food (whatever that even meant). Another Monsanto ad claimed, “Roundup can be used where kids and pets will play.” Monsanto never admitted any wrongdoing (poisoning the world for profit means never having to say you’re sorry), but the company nonetheless agreed to stop making such unproven claims about its glyphosate products in New York state. (Meanwhile the rest of the country is still treated to Monsanto’s misinformation over glyphosate safety.)

•  In August of this year, Monsanto was ordered to pay a dying California man $289 million for failing to warn him that using Roundup could give him non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

•  In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer announced that glyphosate – the only listed active ingredient in Roundup – was a probable human carcinogen.

World Celebrate Victory over Monsanto

The ruling for Avaaz sparked celebrations around the world. Users took to social media to voice their support for Avaaz, as well as for the judge who delivered justice.

BREAKING: Judge Hagler quash subpoena from Monsanto against Avaaz. Democracy won. Freedom of speech rules the day! #FirstAmendment
— Oscar Soria (@OscarHSoria) September 6, 2018
I love when common sense, #truth, #justice, #wisdom, #freedom, and #integrity stand tall!

Thank you @Avaaz for your courage to speak for freedom in court in response to #Monsanto subpoena. Huge gratitude to the judge who is beyond bullying, who sees simple Truth!
— Jeanine DuBois (@jrd1776) September 7, 2018

NY Supreme Court just quashed Monsanto’s subpoena against @Avaaz. I hear the judge delivered a spanking to Monsanto’s lawyers. This wouldn’t have been possible without the thousands of Avaazers who donated towards the legal defence — very grateful to them!
— Fatima-Zahra Ibrahim (@fortuashla) September 6, 2018

Avaaz Deputy Director, Emma Ruby-Sachs, said in a press release:
“It’s unbelievable, but we beat back Monsanto and won in court! Not only are we safe from this legal attack, but the judge even told Monsanto that what they were doing was anti-democratic and an attempt to ‘chill’ the voices of our members, and the voices of citizens engaged in lobbying everywhere. Monsanto can appeal, but they’d be crazy to try to take on this amazing community of almost 50 million people again.”

Monsanto acted with Malice, Oppression, Fraud
In the $289 million verdict against Monsanto last molnth, a jury of 12 determined that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup caused cancer in 46-year-old Dewayne Johnson, a former school groundskeeper who became terminally ill with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he sprayed Roundup on schoolgrounds. The jury agreed with Mr. Johnson’s lawyers, who charged that Monsanto acted with “malice, oppression or fraud.”

Monsanto said it will appeal the verdict in Mr. Johnson’s case, and it will likely also appeal Judge Hagler’s ruling in the Avaaz case.  The ruling nevertheless sparked a wave of malaise among Bayer investors, pushing the stock price to its lowest in five years, and the ruling gives the rest of us hope that the Monsanto juggernaut can be stopped before it poisons the entire world even more than it already has.



Roundup Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance

(Sept. 28, 2018)  Celiac disease or gluten intolerance, which strike millions of people, may not be caused by the wheat itself.  These diseases may well be caused by Monsanto’s flagship product. Roundup wheat contamination occurs in most wheat in the U.S., and most people eating it are entirely unaware of its considerable danger to their health.

The Healthy Home Economist noted this past summer that she had received numerous emails from people with allergy or digestive problems that they attributed to eating wheat in the U.S. She said the stories were far too frequent to ignore. But curiously, the same people did not experience the same problems when they ate pasta while vacationing in Italy.

Related: Real Reason for Toxic Wheat not Gluten

She also noted stories from parents who wondered why their children suffered autoimmune reactions while eating American-made pasta. She also noted that her husband experienced digestive problems from eating just a “single roll in a restaurant,” while suffering no ill effects from the organic wheat she served him at home.

What’s wrong with U.S. Wheat?
She began to ask what was wrong with U.S. wheat. She determined that something was done to most U.S. wheat which was not known to most people. Because even conventionally-grown (non-GMO) wheat causes no problems for many gluten-intolerant people who eat wheat in other parts of the world, she determined that the problem goes beyond organic vs. nonorganic, gluten or hybridization of wheat.

What is done to wheat
She found that it is not the wheat itself which causes problems, but what is done to the wheat. She feared, like some other healthy food-conscious consumers, that GMO wheat was secretly invading and contaminating organic wheat in the U.S.  She reasoned that it couldn’t be the gluten or wheat hybridization, because gluten and wheat hybrids had been eaten for thousands of years without the kinds and the number of wheat-related problems we see today. She asked why it was that so many people suddenly began having problems with wheat and gluten in just the past 5-10 years.

Discovering the Culprit
She discovered the culprit while researching and speaking with a friend. She was relieved to learn that wheat had not become toxic due to its secretly being contaminated by GMOs.  On the other hand, she was horrified to learn that the reason wheat had become a problem for so many Americans was that U.S. farmers were saturating their wheat crops with Roundup just prior to harvest.

Drenched in Roundup
Common wheat harvest practice for U.S. farmers is to drench their wheat fields with Roundup several days before the harvest. This poison practice is believed to allow for earlier, easier, bigger yields.

Carcinogenic Roundup Everywhere
Monsanto’s Roundup – the killer which the World Health Organization declared a probable carcinogen in 2015 — is sprayed copiously on U.S. wheat and barley as a “desiccant” before harvest. In “conventional” farming, it has become routine in the last 15 years to use Roundup as a drying agent 7-10 days before harvest.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff of MIT has studied the issue in depth. She told attendees at a recent nutritional Conference in Indianapolis that “desiccating” non-organic wheat crops with glyphosate just before harvest came into vogue late in the 1990’s. Now, most non-organic wheat in the U.S. is contaminated with it. Dr. Seneff explained that exposing wheat to a toxic chemical like glyphosate makes the plant release more seeds, in its last gasp at life, which results in a slightly greater yield.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that 99% of durum wheat, 97% of spring wheat, and 61% of winter wheat is now treated with herbicides.

While the herbicide industry maintains that glyphosate is minimally toxic to humans, research published in the Journal Entropy strongly argues otherwise by shedding light on exactly how glyphosate disrupts mammalian physiology.

$289 Million Roundup Verdict against Monsanto 

And then there is that $289 million verdict in California where a jury of 12 determined that Monsanto and Roundup were responsible for the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma suffered by a man who used Roundup while working for a local school.

Just because Roundup doesn’t kill a person immediately doesn’t make it nontoxic. The fact is that the active ingredient in Roundup – glyphosate — lethally disrupts the all important shikimate pathway found in beneficial gut microbes. That pathway is responsible for synthesis of critical amino acids. Mental and physical health start in the stomach, and Roundup attacks the friendly flora in the human stomach, just as it attacks plants, and kills them.

People whose health is weakened or compromised by Roundup are less able to fend off the attacks of other chemicals and environmental toxins. Worse, glyphosate works slowly and insidiously over months and years. The inflammation it causes gradually infects the cellular systems of the body.

Systemic inflammation has many consequences that include:
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Heart Disease
• Depression
• Autism
• Infertility
• Cancer
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Alzheimer’s disease
• And more …



Clergy Abuse Claims bankrupt Catholic Dioceses

Clergy abuse claims bankrupt Catholic dioceses in many cases.  In just the last 14 years, claims from more than 4,000 victims of abuse by clergy — or priest abuse — have driven 19 different Catholic dioceses or religious orders into bankruptcy.  The watchdog group  put the bankruptcy list together in May of this year.

Related: Abuse by Clergy Lawsuit

Here is a list of 19 bankrupted Catholic dioceses or religious orders, the dates they filed for bankruptcy protection, the settlement amount they agreed to pay, the number of alleged abuse survivors.

  1. Archdiocese of Portland Oregon:  filed 7/6/04 — $75 million settlement.  At the time the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, some 170 people had filed abuse suits.
  2. Diocese of Tucson, Arizona:  9/20/04 — $22.2 million.  At least 26 victims
  3. Diocese of Spokane, Washington:  12/6/04 — $48 million.  ~ 175 victims
  4. Diocese of Davenport, Iowa:  10/10/06 — $37 million.  156 victims
  5. Diocese of San Diego, California:  2/27/07 — $198 million. 144 victims
  6. Diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska:  3/1/08 — $9.8 million.  ~ 300 victims
  7. Oregon Province of the Jesuits:  2/17/09 — $166 million.  Nearly 500 victims
  8. Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware: 10/18/09 — $77 million.  142 victims
  9. Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 1/4/11 — $21 million.  ~330 victims Congregation of the Christian Brothers:  4/28/11 — $16.5 million.  400+ victims
  10. Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico: 11/12/13 — $22 million.  ~ 57 victims
  11. Diocese of Stockton, California: 1/15/14 — $15 million.
  12. Diocese of Helena, Montana: 1/31/14 — $20 million. 362 victims
  13. Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minn.: 1/16/15 — $210 million.  ~400 victims
  14. Diocese of Duluth, Minnesota: 12/7/15 — Ongoing
  15. Diocese of New Ulm, Minnesota:  3/3/17 — Ongoing
  16. Diocese of Great Falls-Billings Montana: 3/31/17 — $20 million.  86 victims (pending judicial approval)
  17. Crosier Fathers and Brothers Minnesota & Arizona: 6/1/17 — $25 million.  400+
  18. Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota:  intention announced 2/28/18 — Ongoing

More Catholic Dioceses’ and Religious Orders’ Settlements  

Catholic dioceses and religious orders have paid out nearly $3 billion in out-of-court settlements since the mid 1980s, according to  Here is a list of the major awards and settlements since 2000, the place, the amount paid out, the number of alleged victims.

2000-03-15:  Santa Rosa, California — $1.6 million – 4 victims

2000-12-04:  Los Angeles, California: $5.2 million — 1

2001-03-08:  Bridgeport, Connecticut — $15 million — 26

2001-12:  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — $5 million — 1

2002-01-30:  Tucson, Arizona — $14 million — 11

2002-04-01:  Orange and LA, California — $1.2million — 1

2002-06:  Los Angeles, California — $1.5 million — 1

2002-06-14:  Omaha, Nebraska —  $800.000 — 1

2002-08-23:  Orange, California — $400.000 — 1

2002-09-04:  Los Gatos, California — Jesuits — $7.5 million — 2

2002-09-09:  Providence, Rhode Island — $13.5 million — 36

2002-09-18:  Boston, Massachusetts — $10 million — 86

2002-10-10:  Manchester, New Hampshire — $950.000 — 16

2002-11-26:  Manchester, New Hampshire — $5.1 million — 62

2003-01-09:  Boston, Massachusetts (Jesuits) — $5.8 million — 15

2003-01-29:  Metuchen, New Jersey — $800,000 — 10

2003-03-13:  Camden, New Jersey — $880,000– 23

2003-05-08:  Manchester, New Hampshire — $815.000 — 4

2003-05-22: Manchester, New Hampshire — $6.5 million — 61

2003-05-22: Manchester, New Hampshire — $2.1 million — 33

2003-06-10:  Louisville, Kentucky — $25.7 million — 243

2003-06-30: San Bernardino, California — $4.2 million — 2

2003-07-01:  Chicago, Illinois — $1.9 million — 1

2003-07-10:  Chicago, Illinois — $4 million — 4

2003-08-14 — Tucson, Arizona — $1.8 million — 5

2003-09-09 — Boston, Massachusetts — $84.2 million — 552

2003-09-11 — Seattle, Washington — $7.9 million — 15

2003-10-02 — Chicago, Illinois — $8 million — 15

2003-10-11 — Covington, Kentucky — $5.2 million — 27

2003-10-16 — Bridgeport, Connecticut — $21million — 40

2003-11-24 — Oakland, California — $1 million — 1

2003-12-04 — Covington, Kentucky — $1million — 5

2004 — Bridgeport, Connecticut — $40,000 — 2

2004-01-23 — Oakland, California — $3 million — 1

2004-01-28 — Covington, Kentucky — $2 million — 7

2004-04-15 — St. Petersburg, Florida — $1.1 million — 12

2004-04-21 — St. Louis, Missouri — $1.7 million — 1

2004-05-27 — Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania — $3.7 million — 21

2004-07-03 — Toledo, Ohio — $500,000 — 2

2004-08-17 — Springfield, Massachusetts — $7.8 million — 46

2004-08-20 — Toledo, Ohio — $1.2 million — 23

2004-08-26 — St. Louis, Missouri  — $2 million — 18

2004-09-22 — Miami, Florida — $3.4 million — 23

2004-10-08 — Newark, New Jersey — $1 million — 10

2004-10-28 — Davenport, Iowa — $9 million — 37

2004-12-02 — Orange, California — $100 million — 91

2004-12-17 — Seattle, Washington — $1.8 million — 12

2004-12-23 — Oakland, California — $6.3 million — 3

2005-02-15 — Paterson, New Jersey — $5 million — 27

2005-03-08 — Cincinnati, Ohio — $3.2 million — 120

2005-03-24 — Oakland, California — $437,000 — 1

2005-03-31 — Fort Worth, Texas — $1.4 million — 1

2005-04-07 — Fairbanks, Alaska-Jesuits — $1 million — 1

2005-04-09 — Fort Worth, Texas — $2.7 million — 1

2005-04-15 — Oakland, California — $1.9 million — 2

2005-04-20 — San Francisco, California — $5.8 million — 4

2005-04-22 — Santa Rosa, California — $3.3 million — 1

2005-05 — Orlando & St. Augustine, Florida — $1.5 million — 3

2005-05-09 — Davenport, Iowa — $1.9 million — 1

2005-05-19 — Stockton, California — $3 million — 1

2005-06-10 — San Francisco, California — $21.2 million — 15

2005-06-10 — Seattle, Washington — $1.7 million — 4

2005-06-29 — Sacramento, California — $35million — 33

2005-06-30 — Boston, Massachusetts — $33.1 million — 257

2005-07-01 — Santa Rosa, California — $7.3million — 8

2005-07-08 — San Francisco, California — $16.0 million — 12

2005-08-05 — Oakland, California — $56 million — 56

2005-08-27 — Seattle, Washington – Benedictines — $2.6 million — 7

2005-09-02 — San Francisco, California — $4 million — 4

2005-10-11 — San Francisco, California — $2.6million — 2

2005-11-01 — Hartford, Connecticut — $22million — 43

2006-01-09 — Covington, Kentucky — $2.5 million — 19

2006-01-09 — Covington, Kentucky — $79 million — 243

2006-02-21 — Dubuque, Iowa — $5 million — 20

2006-03-13 — Los Angeles, California – Franciscans — $28 million — 25

2006-03-16 — Jackson, Mississippi — $5.1 million — 19

2006-04-01 — Seattle, Washington — $1 million — 2

2006-06-30 — Boston, Massachusetts — $6.3 million — 86

2006-08-04 — Anchorage, Alaska and Boston, Massachusetts — $1.4 million — 5

2006-09-01 — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — $16.7 million — 10

2006-10-27 — Los Angeles, California – Carmelites — $10 million — 7

2006-11-30 — Norwich, Connecticut — $1.1 million — 1

2006-12-01 — Los Angeles, California — $60 million — 45

2006-12-16 — Washington, D.C. — $1.3 million — 16

2007-01-05 — Denver, Colorado — $1.5 million — 15

2007-03-27 — Dubuque, Iowa — $2.6 million — 9

2007-03-29 — Fairbanks, Alaska and Oregon Province of Jesuits — $1.9 million — 4

2007-05-10 — Rockford, Illinois — $2.2 million — 2

2007-05-16 — Portland, Oregon — $1.3 million — 2

2007-05-18 — Rockville Centre, New York — $11.4 million — 2

2007-05-29 — Chicago, Illinois — $6.6 million — 15

2007-06-30 — Boston, Massachusetts — $2.1 million — 34

2007-07-14 — Los Angeles, California — $660 million — 508

2007-07-30 — Charleston, South Carolina — $10.3 million — 80

2007-08-30 — Charleston, South Carolina — $1.375 million — 11

2007-09-07 — San Bernardino, California — $15.1 million — 11

2007-09-13 — Santa Rosa, California — $5 million — 10

2007-10-05 — Orange, California — $6.6 million — 4

2007-10-19 — St. Louis, Missouri – Marianists — $160,000 — 1

2007-11-16 — Fairbanks, Alaska – Jesuits — $50 million — 110

2008-01-04 — Spokane, Washington – Jesuits — $4.8 million — 16

2008-01-18 — Wilmington, Delaware — $450,000 — 1

2008-04-10 — Dubuque, Iowa — $4.7 million — 18

2008-05-13 — Burlington, Vermont — $784,000 — 1

2008-05-14 — Los Angeles, California – Salesians — $19.5 million — 17

2008-06-30 — Boston, Massachusetts — $5.4 million — 55

2008-07-01 — Denver, Colorado — $5.5 million — 18

2008-08-12 — Chicago, Illinois — $12.6 million — 16

2008-08-19 — Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri — $10 million — 47

2008-08-27 — Belleville, Illinois — $5 million — 1

2008-08-29 — Providence, Rhode Island — $1.3 million — 4

2008-09-11 — Chicago, Illinois — $2.5 million — 1

2008-09-18 — Chicago, Illinois — $1.7 million — 1

2008-10-30 — Pueblo, Colorado – Marianists — $4.2 million — 23

2008-11 — Seattle, Washington – Christian Bros — $7.2 million — 11

2008-12-03 — Springfield, Massachusetts — $4.5 million — 59

2008-12-17 — Burlington, Vermont — $784,000 — 1

2009-01-29 — Seattle, Wash. – Christian Brothers — $7 million – 13

2009-02-28 — Memphis, Tennessee — $2 million — 1

2009-04-08 — Wilmington, Delaware — $1.5 million — 1

2009-06-03 — Monterey, California — $1.2 million — 1

2009-06-30 — Boston, Massachusetts — $3.6 million — 27

2009-07-21 — Chicago, Illinois — $3.9 million — 6

2009-10-09 — Burlington, Vermont — $784,000 — 1

2009-10-22 — Belleville, Illinois — $1.2 million — 1

2009-10-28 — Savannah, Georgia — $4.2 million — 1

2009-11-05 — Portland, Maine — $200,000 — 1

2010-05-03 — Indianapolis, Indiana — $199,000 — 1

2010-05-13 — Burlington, Vermont — $17.6 million — 26

2010-06-10 — Charlotte, North Carolina and Capuchins — $1.2 million — 1

2010-08-11 — Lansing, Michigan — $250,000 — 1

The sheer number of these heinous abuse cases staggers the mind.  If the Catholic church expects to remain a viable institution in the world, it would seem that those in charge of running the church have no choice but to clean house entirely.  It doesn’t take a genius to see that church leaders need to perform the kind of soul-searching which they endlessly encourage in their parishioners.  The sheer number of abuses can represent nothing more than a systemic problem at the very heart of the Catholic church itself, as well as systemic problems at some of the religious orders which also clearly suffer from something rotten inside their very foundations.

We can pray for those leaders to do better.  But we must also hold them accountable by the law for their moral and professional failures to protect the young from unspeakable abuse at the hands of trusted elders.