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Posted: Friday, March 28, 2008 10:00 pm

A lawsuit alleges that in the 1980s, Father Michael Kelly, the parish priest in Lockeford, abused a young boy who is now serving with the U.S. military.

The suit filed in San Joaquin County Superior Court on Wednesday alleges the abuse began when the boy was 7 and lasted until he was 11 during a period from 1982 to 1985. It alleges that Kelly was a priest at Stockton's Cathedral of the Annunciation at the time.

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43 comments:

  • posted at 8:50 am on Mon, Apr 7, 2008.

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    I wonder if this will be an in house investigation.

     
  • posted at 1:17 pm on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.

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    nylodian, I agree. My parents and some family members are still Catholic. They are amazing people. But it is a sham that some church leaders choose to pretend the pedophile problems with a few of their priests exist.

    Can you imagine how great the Catholic Church would have looked had they addressed this problem head on?

     
  • posted at 1:57 am on Fri, Apr 4, 2008.

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    sam: I agree that the Church is very guilty of hiding and even fostering abuse (which is one of many reasons I am now a happy heathen), but some money from good intentioned parishioners IS going to legitimate programs that help people, not just to "fund pedophilia".

     
  • posted at 4:43 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    nylodian, I got a different take from watchdog's blog. I did not get that he was condemning all Catholics (I too was once a Catholic). I thought he was pointing out how the church is great at hiding the crimes and hding the criminals.

    I had a friend who was a priest and who left the priesthood because he was frustrated with the way the church protected the pedophiles.

     
  • posted at 1:29 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    watchdog: I am no longer a practicing Catholic, but your post suggests all Catholics willingly fund pedophilia, which is not true. There is still some good in the Church. Anger over the abuse should be focused on the offending priest, and even more so, any Bishop or Cardinal covering for that priest (like Mahoney).

     
  • posted at 12:19 pm on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    well said, watchdog.

     
  • posted at 7:58 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    cc: there is a victim -- a us soldier. the certificate of merit that qualifies his complaint demonstrates that this is not frivolous. there is a defendant -- the stockton diocese. the stockton diocese has a track record of untrustworthiness. the stockton diocese has a track record of aiding and abetting pedophiles. the stockton diocese has a track record of false reports. look it up on bishopaccountability.org. in my opinion, the stockton diocese cannot be trusted with children. nobody should trust them with their money either. lawsuits alone won't put them out of business. parishioners need to take action too.

     
  • posted at 6:00 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    I'm not Catholic. Are you, and is that why you purport to know so much?
    For clarification to all readers: who the victim might be hasn't been determined yet. Further, Does v O'Grady has nothing to do with this case, unless Watchdog has some knowledge that perhaps hasn't been revealed yet? Or is this an assumption on the 'dog's' part? Facts, watchdog, cold hard facts will go a long way towards making your case. And further, only a court of law will determine the outcome. Be sure to respond to that jury summons.

     
  • posted at 4:54 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    Yes, you do fund a cult of pedophilia. Diocese of Stockton gave O'Grady a pedophilia headquarters, a car, a gas card, paid credit card bills for motels, money to buy lures for children. In fact, Diocese of Stockton is still paying O'Grady. Gave him an annuity in exchange for him not testifying in a trial ten years ago. Instead of bing outraged at negligence in care of parishioners and abuse of funds, catholics on this board blindly defend the cult and attack the victim. Nobody would bring a case against these bullies unless they were suffering severely. Under-reported not over-reported.

     
  • posted at 2:45 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    JF wrote on Apr 2, 2008 10:15 AM:
    "I think anyone who is found guilty or commits such terrible acts should be strung up and heartily punished, crimes against children by anyone are deplorable."

    I agree!

     
  • posted at 1:32 am on Thu, Apr 3, 2008.

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    whoa Dog, heel! ( watch dog 4/2)
    steady boy, you have become rabid and slanderous. Catholics do not fund a pedophile organization.Prayers, rituals and traditions do not exist in the catholic church to promote pederasty. Do not be offensive in your rant. No one yet has posted any specific facts,including yourself. do not inhibit the process. I hope you find it in yourself to be open to all facts as they are revealed.

     
  • posted at 5:21 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    Catholics get a clue! You funded a cult for pedophiles and when severely injured people sue for damages to arrange for their mental health and pull their lives back together, you try to crucify them with your hick-hackneyed claims of tort abuse. Why don't you take a moment to write to Bishop Blaire that you are tired of finding out your priests are pedophiles? Or take me up on this dare -- send your own children and grandchildren on overnights at the rectory. Cult pedophiles are the worst -- chants, rites -- your kid will never be the same.

     
  • posted at 4:03 pm on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    "Watchdog": It was stated in the Record a couple weeks back there was a police investigation.

     
  • posted at 5:15 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    I think anyone who is found guilty or commits such terrible acts should be strung up and heartily punished, crimes against children by anyone are deplorable. When a crime is committed everyone loses some dignity.

     
  • posted at 5:10 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    Lodian, I am not defending anyone, I dont know the facts. I do know that in accusations like these the accused is always presumed gulity in public first. Never innocent until proven guilty. Then when a person is found innocent by due process the public perception is never changed to truly believe his innocence, the accused is forever labeled and forced to wear it as a badge of disgrace while the accuser whose claim was disproven walks away unscathed.

     
  • posted at 3:32 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    correction to my post of 4/2 8/06 am
    The article I read wasn't in the Record,it was the Modesto Bee 3/31/08.
    the attorney's remark was that the Diocese had not asked the attorney for a meeting with the plaintiff . I believe that is normal when there is atty representation, attys meet with attys and decide if there can be resolution before going to court. ( someone correct me if I am wrong)
    It was the plaintiff's attorney who refused to meet with diocese's attorney. then there was the platitude regarding what we want is healing and a meeting won't accomplish.

     
  • posted at 3:06 am on Wed, Apr 2, 2008.

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    To Sam March 29 9:55 am
    The Stockton Record said the diocese contacted the attorney and the "third party' but neither agreed to a meeting. The attorney was quoted in the Record as saying something like 'We didn't meet with the diocese because it wouldn't accomplish anything, what we want to accomplish is healing.." IMHO this is contradictory on the face of it. There wasnt a follow up question such as "Mr Attorney, why wouldn't you consider a meeting as the first step toward healing?" bad reporting I suppose.

     
  • posted at 6:16 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    JF wrote on Mar 29, 2008 6:14 PM:
    "I just remembered my dad paddled my bare butt in 1968, quick get me a lawyer"

    JF: Why would you liken your "paddled" butt, by your dad when you were a child, to a child that has endured sexual abuse? You are belittling the torture of a child that has been abused by making these flip comments.

     
  • posted at 6:13 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    My 11:11 PM post was to JF, not RF.

     
  • posted at 6:11 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    RF: Regarding the St. Annes comment... your comments sounded like you were defending the abuse, or rather belittled the abuse, of the victims from the likes of O'Grady etc.

     
  • posted at 6:07 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    JF: Many an abused child will not come forward until they are older and even into adulthood. This is not unusual behavior for a victim of child sexual abuse. Most are made to feel ashamed, afraid and controlled as the abused child. It isn't until many years later that they might feel it's now okay to share the truth about their ordeal.

     
  • posted at 4:46 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Watch Dog said it best, "Actually, I don't know the facts of this case". None of us do, we only know what we are being fed, A sex story that grabs head lines EVERY time it is printed. We can all speculate, guess, assume, wish and pray and yes pass judgement without the facts. Even basing an opinion on the personality or deeds of a different person all together, How fair is that? Sadly we all fall for the hook of the headline

     
  • posted at 4:40 pm on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Lodian, you said JF 6:14 PM: I see that you are still a member of St. Annes. You still havent answered my question,what is your concern? You also said "The difference today is that the victims are more willing to come forward because they feel there will be someone that might listen to them and not make them feel ashamed." That is hard to believe because the overwhelming majority of these accusations are 20+ years old. If what you say were true victims would be with their parents at the police first and THEN a lawyer not the otherwayaround.

     
  • posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Actually, don't know the facts of this case. But I do know the Diocese, Bishop Blaire, and Paul Balestracci too well. They lie, badger, and raise any and every defense to the defenseless; and go on the offensive too. Nobody would sue these people unless they had the facts on their side.

    For those speculating that there has been a police investigation: are you Paul Balestracci? Because the story we are all reading doesn't mention this one way or the other. As far as anyone reading the news knows, there was Blaire's investigation, and who believes him?

     
  • posted at 8:36 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Some of you seem to have all the facts that point to this priest's guilt. Please ,share those facts with the proper authorities so the matter can be addressed and little boys aren't buggered. If instead you are postulating just to see your thoughts in paper, then can it.
    Should you be accused of a crime, I will stand by your right to a fair trail in a court of law, not a court of uninformed opinion.
    Peoples' lives are at stake, have some sympathy for all parties and respect for judicial process.

     
  • posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    JF: You must realize that there is absolutely no comparison to your "paddled" butt, by your dad when you were a child, to a child that endured sexual abuse.

     
  • posted at 8:18 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    JF wrote on Apr 1, 2008 12:24 PM:
    "There are creeps everywhere, unfortunately society is nothing like when we grew up where we were taught to trust the church, a policeman, your doctor, people of stature."

    Pedophiles are the same as when we grew up. They have always been amongst us committing their crimes. The difference today is that the victims are more willing to come forward because they feel there will be someone that might listen to them and not make them feel ashamed. It is not wise to teach a child to blindly trust anyone just because they wear a uniform, a stethoscope or a clerical collar. That has been learned the hard way. That is one difference in raising our children today. Thank God the victims are not shunned and shamed as they were years ago.

     
  • posted at 7:24 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Lodian,
    you have to admit that these cases or for that matter any SEXual ALLEGATION elicit an immediate guilty charge in the JQ public world, even when the accused proves innocence the damage is done, forever. The accuser walks into the sunset annonymously. Is that justice? There are creeps everywhere, unfortunately society is nothing like when we grew up where we were taught to trust the church, a policeman, your doctor, people of stature.

     
  • posted at 7:20 am on Tue, Apr 1, 2008.

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    Lodian, what is your point? I am not Catholic. I believe in god and I am a Christian first, a diverse ethnic one at that.

     
  • posted at 7:21 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.

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    skier1: The case doesn't look closed to me. How do you figure?

     
  • posted at 1:11 pm on Mon, Mar 31, 2008.

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    These comments are pathetic. Just because a priest is accused, you automatically assume his guilt. Your ignorance is appalling. In this country innocense is presumed. Guilt must be proven. Their were two investigations by the police and the diocese. The accuser would not talk to investigators. Therefore: Case Closed.

     
  • posted at 5:31 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2008.

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    I guess Fr. Kelly isn't cleared of all the child sexual abuse charges after all.

     
  • posted at 5:30 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2008.

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    GetUrHeadOut 10:42 PM: It's both that we need to be worried about.

     
  • posted at 5:28 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2008.

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    JF 6:14 PM: I see that you are still a member of St. Annes.

     
  • posted at 5:27 am on Sun, Mar 30, 2008.

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    Stockton Diocese is Godfather III church. Why are the AP and freelance filmmakers the ones to expose this? Why can't the local press simply follow the documents to see what local children are up against? Blaire released a bogus report in 2004. The investigation that culminated two weeks ago was not just flawed, it was the same fraud as the report in 2004 and every "investigation" in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and early 2000. Read the pleadings. Read the depositions. Do not give the Diocese spokesperson a free pass to spin. Make them answer your tough questions. Please?!

     
  • posted at 5:42 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    And you are worried about a waitress wearing a bikini in a bar in Lockeford and people dancing! It is the church people you should be worried about!

     
  • posted at 5:27 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    ...and yet, the episcopals actually highly consider having gay priests. *sigh*

     
  • posted at 3:41 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    Sam you know Thou Shalt Not Lie. Oh wait, that doesn't apply to priests.

     
  • posted at 1:14 pm on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    Sunday church tithing $10.00
    K thru 8 catholic education $50,000
    20 plus years of repressed memory BS, ALLEGATIONS of abuse and a lawyer who gets a third.. PRICELESS
    I just remembered my dad paddled my bare butt in 1968, quick get me a lawyer

     
  • posted at 11:23 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    Ben, great post. I just dont get it, how can these men of the cloth simply look the other way? My Catholic friends rarely have a negative comment except, "He was such a good man." OMG! More Catholic guilt! I'm starting to think as young men these pedophiles join the church so they know they have a full range of boys to choose from, and they know they wont see any jail time if caught. Is it any wonder why the percentage of Catholics has dropped so much the past 20yrs?

     
  • posted at 9:24 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    The Bishops are acting as they are above reprimand when the priests get caught. I want the job security priests have. Bishops are still acting as nothing has happened and are continuing with business as usual. The priests have the best teamsters union in the World. They get caught with the whole cookie jar and people still protect them from facing the criminal and civil justice systems around the world.
    If it was not for the bogus celibacy ploy I would be a priest. I could not make it without the touch of a woman.

     
  • posted at 6:28 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    www.bishop-accountability.org/abusetracker for daily verified coverage on why no one should be donating any monies to the RCC, which has racked up billion$ in hush monies, out of court settlements, bankruptcies, legal fees, bribes, racketeering, perjuries, stone-walls, aiding & abettings, embezzlements, insurance liability premium hikes, closed schools/universities/semminaries/
    parishes/shrines/convents, etc., ALL at 100% laity expense, with no end in sight, & child endangerment still very pervasive, in criminal organizations like the LA Archdiocese, run by Rog Mahal Teflon Mahony.

    Rome pretends to 'get' little laity, but moves very swiftly when revenue ceases! STOP DONATING!

    Benedict XVIth
    Pontiff, Sinner, & Surrounded
    By JP II Appointed Crooks

     
  • posted at 4:55 am on Sat, Mar 29, 2008.

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    Hmm, the bishop said he is not guilty. The church investigated this thoroughly WITHOUT talking to the accuser or his attorney?

    Sounds like the O'Grady investigation all over again.

     
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