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Controversial group SNAP targets local priest

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Dave Pierre

Denise Warmerdam

Michael Kelly

Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:21 am, Sat Dec 17, 2011.

Tim Lennon is a 64-year-old San Francisco man who says he was raped by a priest in the Midwest when he was 13. The priest was a family friend.

But Lennon said the rape didn't return to his memory until a year and a half ago. He added that he's suffered from severe depression, problems developing personal relationships, low self-esteem and anger.

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7 comments:

  • Neil Allen posted at 7:51 am on Fri, Dec 30, 2011.

    Neil Allen Posts: 8

    The Catholic church and their supporters are such horrible examples of Christians, it is reprehensible.

    The Catholic church raped tens of thousands of children world-wide, hid pedophile priests, and lied about it. Everyone now knows this, despite how they tried to lie and hide it.

    Supporters like Dave Pierre of "themediareport" try to make money off it by selling books. Dave publicly endorses the website of a convicted pedophile (www.thesestonewalls.com) named Gordon Macrae.

    Macrae was convicted of the crime in 1994, when he also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three other boys, according to By Katherine McQuaid
    Union Leader (top Manchester, NH newspaper) March 4, 2003.

    In exchange, Macrae, convicted pedophile priest, endorses Pierre's book. Truth is "themediareport" is written by a professional pedophile protector for the Catholic church.
    ******************************************
    Now the professional pedophile protectors jump in, touting "themediareport".

    "themediareport" is written by a guy named Dave Pierre trying to sell two books. Pierre also publicly endorses and is endorsed by Gordon Macrae, a convicted pedophile priest. See ads for Pierre's books on the right side of the pedophile priest's web page at www.thesestonewalls.com

    Macrae was convicted of the crime in 1994, when he also PLEADED GUILTY to sexually assaulting three other boys, according to By Katherine McQuaid
    Union Leader (top Manchester, NH newspaper) March 4, 2003. He is in prison for a minimum of 30 years.

    Truth is "themediareport" is written by a professional pedophile protector for the Catholic church.

    Not surprisingly, he hides the truth about that, just like his church would.

     
  • Dorothy Stein posted at 2:07 pm on Sat, Dec 24, 2011.

    Dorothy Posts: 1

    I agree entirely with David Pierre's assessment of accusations of this kind. SNAP loses all credibility when its leaders take the position that every such claim is true. I would like to see some authority for one commenters claim that children abused by religious figures don't remember it until their adulthood. I think that is classic psycho-babble, and the sort of thing SNAP people continually feed us. What helps many of these people consider their victimization when they contact SNAP is to be informed of the number of zeroes on the check they can expect from the Catholic Church. I just read a study of Holocaust survivors, and the grim truth is that there has not been a single case of repressed and recovered memory that came out of the Holocaust. Claims like that of the 64 yr. old are motivated solely by greed.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:23 pm on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    John Shuster, of Port Orchard, WA  stated...Children who are sexually abused in religious settings tend to remember the assaults when they are adults and capable of processing their memories and ready to find out why their life has been so troubled.
    Interesting that SNAP specializes in cases that priests cannot possibly prove their innocence. If the typical case involves repressed memories that could easily be false memories after so many years, there will be many innocent priests falsely accused. SNAP in Father Kelley’s case is convicting him without trial and assumes he is guilty. Obviously, by looking at SNAPS technique, they have people from out of area post comments on articles like this to influence to perception of guilt. I think everyone should be suspicious of SNAP... Both of the posts here are by SNAP activists.

     
  • John Shuster posted at 9:23 am on Sun, Dec 18, 2011.

    John Shuster Posts: 1

    Priests always have the advantage. They abuse vulnerable children then threaten them into silence. The rape is such a shock to the child's sense of well-being that it suppresses the memory then develops complex post traumatic stress syndrome and trauma traits that emerge and have a negative effect on their personal development and socialization. Bishops and other priests who lead double sexual lives cover for predators because they don't want to be exposed themselves. Children who are sexually abused in religious settings tend to remember the assaults when they are adults and capable of processing their memories and ready to find out why their life has been so troubled. This usually happens in their mid 30's and as late as their early 70's. By then, hostile church lawyers funded by big church money use statutes of limitation to dismiss the sex crimes committed by priests and to contain the truth of the crime that was committed. Many survivors live lives of quite desperation because of the trauma they suffered at the hands of religious leaders. SNAP provides an international network where they can go to find healing and some measure of justice. Because of SNAP and a more survivor-friendly atmosphere, victims are beginning to take the first steps to understand what happened to them. An important part of the healing process is confronting the predator who abused them when they were young.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:47 pm on Sat, Dec 17, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The problem with SNAP is that they convict all priests ( intheir minds) no matter guilty or innocent....

     
  • Kay Goodnow posted at 4:41 pm on Sat, Dec 17, 2011.

    Kay4Justice Posts: 1

    I am a survivor of priest abuse that occurred in Kansas City, MO in 1952. I never forgot what happened or how it happened, but I did not fully understand that I had been a victim until I contacted SNAP many years later. They literally saved my life in more ways than one. My life was awful to say the least, a couple of suicide attempts, alcohol and years and years of counselling: all because a man decided to prey on a 14 year old girl, and did so. Parents simply must learn to accept that priests are not God, not even God-like. They are human beings and not above the law of the land, let alone above God's law. SNAP's mission is to educate as well as being there for survivors everywhere. Their mission is valid. At least, it was for me.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:00 am on Sat, Dec 17, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    It was good to see a balanced article where both sides are presented.

     
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