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Posted: Monday, April 16, 2012 4:56 pm | Updated: 1:41 pm, Tue Apr 17, 2012.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Dear Bishop Blaire:

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43 comments:

  • Jackson Scott posted at 1:55 pm on Wed, Apr 18, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    Ross & Mr Brown: My error in quickly typing. I knew Kelly was not arrested. But my point, still, is that his passport should have been taken knowing he could leave the country.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:56 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jackson stated...they are such a flight risk, IMO... flight risk for what Jackson? There is no criminal case to be a flight risk from. He already had his trial after staying 4 and 1/2 years... the trail is over against him. Why would Kelly be considered a flight risk after staying here voluntarily for all that time with no pending criminal case against him?

    He was found liable... now all that is left is for the plaintiff and lawyer to get their award. Are you saying that if Mike Kelly died today, that the jury would not be able to give an award?

    If indeed you are unbiased, why did you only make comment about priests fooling entire churches... and not make comments that some priests have been falsely accused.... you do not appear to be unbiased to me. I am not in Mike Kelly's flock as you say but thing justice has been perverted in this case... Does it mean I am not biased because I like you have no dog in this fight? My bias is justice... I do not see it here.

     
  • Ben Sanacore posted at 5:32 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 104

    During the Salem Witch Trials, some people fled rather than be subject to the kangaroo court they set-up to persecute people. Don't think Fr. Kelly will return, but who knows. There seems to be bigotry, as demonstrated by the unbelievable jury verdict, toward Catholic priests that I now seriously doubt any priest could get a fair trial in the U.S. under such baseless allegations and standards of liability that are further aggravated by hysterical media attention and SNAP propaganda. Fr. Kelly may have made the best decision given his detractors' lynch mob mentality, the Salem With Trial style tactics, and the McCarthy style tactics he has endured to the serious detriment of his health.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:56 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Ok I stand corrected on the police matter with the first victim. But as you know he is outside the statute of limitations and there was nothing he can do about it. (Hats off to San Jose attorney Robert Allard for trying to get the statute of limitations changed.)

    What I found bizarre is that in Boston- which is light years ahead of California in dealing with pedophile priests- no one was attacking the victims who because they were outside the statute of limitations , then filed civil suits. Because of those civil suits, then victims WITHIN statute came forward and the Boston Police's Crimes Against Children Unit were able to put criminal cases together

    In California, a good example of this is the Dr. William Ayres case in San Mateo. Boy goes to police, case is too old, he files a civil suit, ensuing publicity brings out massive number of victims (over 100 and counting )- NONE of whom knew each other. For forty years, the victims had gone to the police, to Ayres' partners; to the California Medical Board; to Children's Services and no one did anything. Because of the large number of victims ( who didn't know each other) the San Mateo Police Department was able to get a search warrant and arrest Ayres.


    I do know that the Kelly victims don't know each other. You will have to take my word on this. And yes, I do have ways of knowing if they know each other. They don't.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:47 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Mr. Sadek: Prosecutors and police are well trained to suss out who the "real accusers "and who the fake ones are. If you care to call up a prosecutor or a police captain, they will tell you that especially in cases where men adult me to say they were abused as children for them to come forward with FALSE tales of abuse is almost unheard of.

    Hope I am not offending you, but you sound as if you are going through some wrenching grief on this Kelly matter, and it's not just because you know him. I hope you have a good support system.

    Thank you for being having a softer approach and tone when you talk about victims of sexual abuse here. Many here are shockingly harsh. I thought the Catholic Church taught its congregants to be kind to others.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:43 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Er, no Ms Mattea, "Lots of people" do NOT - I repeat- do NOT leave the country during a civil trial. If you have a link to a study or a news article that shows this, we would all love to see it. During the course of a civil trial, those who are slated to testify inform the judge that they will not be able to attend. The judge then tries to arrange things so the person can testify. Those who are supposed to attend a trial do NOT leave the country or state without telling the court.

    Also, as I have stated ad nauseum, although you choose to ignore it, the victim first went to the police but he was outside the statute for a criminal case.

    Talk to law enforcement sometime about what they think of civil cases. I know from personal experience that law enforcement likes these civil cases as it brings out younger victims who are within the statute for criminal cases.

    This happened down in San Mateo County in the Dr. William Ayres case. A victim of Ayres went to the police, was told he was outside the statute, so he filed a civil case. As a result of the civil case, 15 victims of Ayres came forward. Because of this, the police were able to open up a criminal investigation and Ayres was arrested in 2007.

    It happened in Boston all the time. Sometimes civil suits and criminal cases in the Boston District Attorney's office were going on almost simultaneously.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:37 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Really? If you're so knowledgable about the signs of abuse in victims, why are you so harsh in your opinion of them?

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:36 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Ahh... but there will be. Mark my words.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:34 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Um, Ms Mattea, you are aware that the victim went to the police first, are you not? He's out of the statute of limitation for a criminal trial. Victims in this country who are outside of the statute of limitations have no recourse but a civil trial.

    You are aware that other victims have gone to the police and that they have not filed a civil suit? And that they never forgot what happened to them? Are you aware that 95 per cent of men who are sexually abused NEVER EVER come forward? Don't you think lawyers; police and prosecutors can evaluate when someone is making up something?

    Do you think it's fun to be interviewed by the police about being sexually abused and to relive it? By your comments you don't seem very educated on this topic at all. There is an excellent book called "Our Fathers" by Newsweek writer David France about the explosion of pedophile priests cases in Boston. At first, loyal parishioners defended the priest. Then the evidence mounted. No one's in denial any more about this in Massachusetts, I can tell you.

    I also find your harsh tone towards sexual abuse victims to be shockingly at odds with the gentle teachings of the church toward fellow man. I wasn't aware that the Catholic church was teaching its members to be so filled with hate and venom.

     
  • Ross Farrow posted at 2:51 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Jackson Scott: Michael Kelly has NOT been arrested. He was subpoenaed to testify in a lawsuit where he and the Stockton Diocese are co-defendants.

     
  • Ronald Brown posted at 2:48 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    gipper Posts: 116

    Mr. Scott. Some comments:

    1) The case involved here was a civil case and not a criminal one. I am not an attorney, but one is not required to surrender their passport in a civil decision. I believ he has no oblgiation to surrender his passport.

    2) The Calaveras case is currently being investigated. The investigation is still being looked at, and the police have yet to file charges. Right now, these are only allegations. I have only made the point that these complaints started surfacing at the time the civil trial was getting under way.

    I believe this will only provide information that will serve possible future cases of victims of "repressed memories". In fact, the criminali investigation found that Fr Kelly was not guilty (having passed two polygraph tests). Information gained from this criminal investigation was used against Fr Kelly in the civil trial. I believe this is serving as a model for others who after the Diocese's coffers in future cases.

    In addition, i have reiterated that people who think that Kelly is guilty often associate him with Father O'Grady. This is not relevant. In cases where O'Grady was found guilty, there were multiple cases of abuse in his parish. In this case, there have been NO other cases that have been brought forward against Fr. Kelly from the time he was in Tracy, Annunciation and other parishes (late 1970's-early 1980's).
    The "roughhousing" incidents were looked at by the diocese, and when examined under oath these individuals said Fr. Kelly's actions were not sexual at all.

    I am just stating the facts Mr. Scott.

     
  • Jeff Bennett posted at 1:20 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Jeff B Posts: 5

    Ms. Clark stated:

    "One victim who was molested at St. Andrew's in San Andres is still very young. This is not a case of repressed memory. He went to the POLICE FIRST."

    This is not the case. According to every article regarding this allegation, Manly's law firm found the alleged victim, and notified the diocese via a letter. The DIOCESE then refered the case to the Calaveras County Sheriff's Department. You can re-read the article if you want here:

    http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_c10e7606-e974-11e0-b416-001cc4c002e0.html

    If the alleged victim had been the one who went to the police and reported the crime, why would the alleged victim's attorney have to arrange a meeting between the sheriff's dept and the alleged victim. If the victim had been the one to report it, wouldn't such a meeting already have occurred?

    Ms. Clark also stated:

    "They don't know each other and they certainly would not be privy to what the other victims have told police."

    You have ABSOLUTELY NO WAY of knowing whether or not any of the alleged victims know each other or have shared details of their allegations with each other (either personally or through family or friends that they might have told).

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 12:36 pm on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    Darrell & Bruce- yes, I am shocked. Obviously Kelly has a huge flight risk. Kelly's passport should have been ASKED for by the DA/Prosecutor. Criminal, Civil, Whatever- a non-US citizen should give up their passport after their arrest since they are such a flight risk, IMO.

    As I mentioned, I have no dog in this fight, I'm just commenting as an unbiased viewer. So many of Kelly's flock have too much of an emotional tie to look at the case clearly. While I'm not making any judgement of Kelly, we have seen this before where the Priest has fooled the entire church. To his defense, I have been impressed with the members of the community who have written letters.

    Now, I'll await the replies where others read between the lines of my post and interject that I am anti-Catholic or some other silly stuff.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:48 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    You are truly an instigator!!! Most countries do have extradition treaties for criminal convictions. In cae you don't know, there hasn't been one.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:46 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    as do you....for MONEY!!

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:46 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    He was sent for evaluation which showed "no evidence of abuse tendencies.
    You people can skew the information however you want, it doesn't change the fact that this man was not guilty.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:43 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    Yes, I am sure it is devestating, so much so that you aren't going to repress it for 25 years!!! Children that are abused show signs. This guy would not have gone back willingly, if he had been abused and his parents would have seen it, if they paid attention to their kid. I DON'T BELIEVE it.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:39 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    ...and neither do you. You are hoping that there is something, so that you can milk everyone and gain the publicity that you eveidently crave. This investigation has been going on for years, and there is NOTHING. Meawhjile, you and your fellow witch hunters go merrily along, having destroyed a good man.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:35 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    You are on a witch hunt here and don't seem to get it. People come out of the woodwork all of the time, when the lure of money it too good to pass up. You don't think that these people have read the accounts and heard about the big payoff that have occured? Id will NEVER believe in Fr Kelly's guilt. I have know him too long, and have observed him around children. In my field, I am very knowldgeable about abuse and the signs and methods of reporting it. There have never been any, that's why he has so much support from the community. One repressed memory, which is a theory that is not believable and one that showed up in the aftermath of the first.

     
  • Ronald Brown posted at 9:35 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    gipper Posts: 116

    Ms. Clark, you speak like you are an attorney? Are you?

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:31 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    Lots of people leve the country during a civil trail. The plantiff just wants money, and can get that no matter where Fr Kelly is.

     
  • Posey Mattea posted at 9:28 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    chatty95321 Posts: 15

    You don't this man or what his medical condition is. He has always suffrered from stomach ailments, due to stress, as when his church was burned down by an arsonist years ago. This is a man that has been destroyed by people like you, ready to comdemn when you have no justifiable facts.He needs to go home. This country has not been good to him.

     
  • Dave Pierre posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    It is clear that Fr. Kelly was victimized by attorney John Manly, a mean-spirited individual who once compared being a Catholic priest to being a train conductor carrying prisoners to Auschwitz:
    http://www.themediareport.com/hot-topics/attorney-john-c-manly/

    ----

     
  • Dave Pierre posted at 9:25 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    The accusations are false because:

    a) Fr. Kelly passed two totally independent and verifiable polygraph tests

    b) the accusations are based on a thoroughly discredited and debunked theory of "repressed memory"
    http://www.themediareport.com/hot-topics/attorney-john-c-manly/

    ---

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 6:36 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Kelly faces a criminal investigation in one case, been found guilty in another, was about to take the witness stand and shown no outward signs of ill health last week in court. It's pretty clear he's trying to avoid prison, not fly half way around the world for 'health problems.'

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 5:25 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    You have NO idea what is going on in the criminal investigation, and how many new in-statute victims have gone to the police. Criminal investigations take a long time.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 5:24 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Mr. Sadek: How do you know there are "false accusers?" The police who are conducting their investigation right now don't give out ANY information to the victims who have come forward to any of the other victims. They don't know each other and they certainly would not be privy to what the other victims have told police.

    You seem to be sending mixed messages in your post. First you say Kelly is innocent but then you say "How can the real victims come forward if there are so many false accusers?"

    So it sounds as if you believe that there are real victims out there. Bear in mind that the victims who have come forward don't know one another, and don't know the names of the other victims or their story. But prosecutors will tell you that VERY few MALE victims- many of whom would rather die than come forward- do NOT make this up. And if there are "false accusers" out there, the police are very skilled at figuring out in who is telling the truth.

    As you may or may know, it's unbelievably traumatic for a victim to go to the police, as this victim did back in 2011. One victim who was molested at St. Andrew's in San Andres is still very young. This is not a case of repressed memory. He went to the POLICE FIRST.

    You may also know that more than 90 per cent of victims never come forward. Most because it's too shameful. And many abuse victims either die untimely deaths- in accidents, or they drink themselves to death, or they commit suicide, or turn to a life of crime and drugs and end up in prison.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 5:23 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    And the lives of the victims who have been shattered? Can you imagine what it's like to be raped at 10 years old?

    Do you realize that one victim went to the police in 2011 about this, and has not filed a civil suit? Do you realize how painful and traumatic it is to go the police on this matter for victims? That's why the vast majority of male victims never do.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:06 am on Tue, Apr 17, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Reynard stated...12 reasonable, adult people felt that the preponderance of the evidence supports the fact that Kelly is and was a child molester. It appears that this can be independently corroborated. The Kelly supporters here and in the courtroom appear to be less reasonable, and less adult than those 12 jurors.

    Mr Reynard, lets assume for argument sake that Kelly's supporters are as you say and that you are more reasonable and know truth so much so that you would go against the teachings of Christian faith and will not forgive Kelly's supporters to your own detriment.

    I have been waiting for you since the trial began. I do not have faith in repressed memory syndrome and think that money is at the root of this entire thing. If I truly believe this and if there was “NO” physical evidence submitted to the court, how could I believe Kelly guilty? You must be convinced beyond doubt or certainly you would forgive others that so have doubt. Right?
    I am not religious , go to church or know father Kelly. Most likely a good candidate to be on the jury. I also believe that in the jury selection, if I were to have been interviewed as a jurist, I would have been dismissed if I said the above about repressed memory. Since you appear to know truth... what is the truth? Were there any jurists selected that said they do not believe in repressed memory syndrome as a science? If you do not know, how can you be so convinced that justice was done? Reasonable people can conclude the results of the trial were unjust... Please articulate why my thinking is wrong.

    Since you know truth, what specific physical evidence was submitted? If there was no physical evidence like I claimed, are you saying that repressed memory accusations are scientific fact or are you just using your faith.

     
  • Bruce Reynard posted at 10:16 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Bruce Reynard Posts: 60


    A person who has for untold centuries maintained the imposing position of spiritual head of four-fifths of the human race, and political head of the whole of it, must be granted the possession of executive abilites of the loftiest order. In his large presence the other popes & politicians shrink to midgets for the microscope.

    He hasn't a single salaried helper; The Opposition employs a million.

    - Mark Twain's notebook #42

     
  • Bruce Reynard posted at 9:57 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Bruce Reynard Posts: 60

    I'm shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you!

    OK. Not so much.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:35 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Jackson... are so saying that all people who go to civil court ( not criminal) should give up their passports? ... as long as we are talking about everyone... not just priests... then maybe that would be ok is that is within law...

    But I find it hard to believe that someone who has not been charged formally with a crime can legally have their passport taken. I do not know for certain, that would be interesting to find out.

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 9:03 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    testing the new reply button feature....

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 9:02 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 384

    As an unbiased observer, since I am not Catholic & do not know the victim, I am shocked that Father Kelly did not have to give up his passport. The DA & Prosecutor should have asked for the passport immediately when this case went to trial.

     
  • Joe Sadek posted at 8:57 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Joe Sadek Posts: 2

    To those who judge without knowing - The damage done to this innocent priest serves no one. The true victims are harmed just as badly as those who are falsely accused. How can the real victiums come forward when there are many false accusors? The ignorant application of anger and vengance does no good, heals no person. This is a sad, sad day. At least one person is working on healing. Get well, Fr. Mike.

     
  • Ben Sanacore posted at 8:47 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 104

    Meant to say: Is it any wonder he wanted to get far away and be close to his family?

     
  • Ben Sanacore posted at 8:43 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 104

    I am not at all surprised Fr. Kelly left for Ireland. Not knowing it would be this soon, I predicted it to my family. What was there left for Fr. Kelly to do here? His ministry was taken from him. He faced further relentless derision and malice from his detractors. His life has been effectively destroyed. I have no doubt he is physically ill and is suffering from severe mental stress. This verdict could surely send someone over the edge. Every person has his or her breaking point, and he has been tormented and tortured for years over nothing more than unsubstantiated allegations. Is it any wonder he wanted to get far away and be close to your family? As for SNAP and its supporters, they sure know how to kick a man when he's down. Fr. Kelly's departure doesn't change the current facts of the case. Fr. Kelly was held liable under an extraordinary lack of evidence. At this point, the Calaveras County investigation hasn't produced anything more than allegations. One thing is certain, SNAP and its operatives will milk it for every last penny they can get. I only hope that Fr. Kelly will return for an appeal when he is well, but those prospects may now be dimming as a result of the terrible damage that has been done to him.

     
  • Nancy Sloan posted at 8:35 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    N SLOAN Posts: 24

    Kim says: I hope this verdict, and the two of you are right in your judgement because this man's life has been shattered..

    And the lifes of the victims?

    How often do you here of child abusers NOT being warm and charismatic and friendly and outgoing???? NOT TO OFTEN. HOW ELSE do they pull the wool over the adults eyes?

    AUGH Beating my pounding head over the lack of understanding re: PEDOPHILES.

    The ones that are slimy creepy, scary on the outside....they dont get away with decades of abuse the same way as those with what appear with good social skills to those and in a such a selfless, yet authoritarian role as this.....OH BROTHER.

    Please Kim...don't stop going to church. GOD is still great, and never failing in his love. JUST be supportive to the victims too.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:43 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Lennon stated....This not surprising considering that the Bishop and other church officials were doing their upmost to dismiss and downplay all the complaints made of Kelly's abuse, inappropriate and improper behavior with children.


    Just speculating, but it apppears that Mr Lennon is working very hard to maximize the money that the jury will require the church to pay out.. The more the church is seen to have covered up, the more liable and the more money... $$$$$$$$$$... In my opinion, the comments posted by SNAP are always directed to flame emotions to reach its goal of millions in pay outs.

    I hope that other child advocates get involved that have concern for the children more than money... children need to be protected by people who have children's best interest at heart. SNAP is not an appropriate organization for protecting children.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 7:37 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    So who made the two of you experts in this case? I don;t blame Father Kelly one bit. I know this man and find it very very hard to believe that he was guilty of this. He is a warm, sincere person with a great sense of humor who brought joy to his Churches. I did not go to Church for 30 years until I met Father Kelly and started going again, and a lot of the reason was because of him. I hope this verdict, and the two of you are right in your judgement because this man's life has been shattered..

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 7:27 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Kelly sounds like a true sociopath in this letter.

     
  • Tim Lennon posted at 7:24 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Bishop Blaire is stunned. This not surprising considering that the Bishop and other church officials were doing their upmost to dismiss and downplay all the complaints made of Kelly's abuse, inappropriate and improper behavior with children.
    And, of course, when they sent him away for "counseling" for six months of "psycho-sexual evaluation" they covered his absence with the story that his ulcers were acting up. Kelly and the church officials used the "I am sick" excuse once and parade that same excuse again.
    More likely his escape to Ireland is prompted by the criminal investigation of child abuse by Kelly in Calavaras County which scared Kelly with the thoughts of handcuffs.

     
  • Arabella Clark posted at 6:27 pm on Mon, Apr 16, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Anyone know what the extradition treaty is between Ireland and the US?

     
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