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Priest tells congregation not to blame bishop or diocese for his removal

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Posted: Saturday, April 7, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:24 am, Sat Apr 7, 2012.

Three hours after hearing the verdict in his civil trial, a teary-eyed, choked up Michael Kelly faced an emotional congregation.

Earlier that afternoon, he was held liable on three counts of assault, sexual assault and abuse. He had been removed as a priest, stripping him of the ability to lead his congregation just before Easter.

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  • Ben Sanacore posted at 8:36 pm on Fri, Apr 13, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    SNAP and others who claim to be advocates of victims of pedophiles are asking alleged "victims" of Fr. Michael Kelly to come forward to accuse him of being a pedophile. Please understand that this organization and others are eager to believe anyone who accuses a Catholic priest of being a pedophile. Please understand that there are people who are looking to profit from such allegations. If you've had a bad experience with the Catholic Church that doesn't involve sexual abuse, please don't be encourgaged to falsely accuse Fr. Kelly to get even. If you have problems with the Catholic Church because of its philosophy or it doesn't aree with your lifestyle, please don't take the opportunity to falsely accuse Fr. Kelly as a result. This is an unacceptable way to resolve philosophical differences. Vengeance and spite never result in satisfaction, and they will destroy you on a personal level. If you are a person who would falsely accuse Fr. Kelly for profit, understand that in the end you will only hurt yourself. Put yourself in Fr. Kelly's shoes. Would you want someone to falsely accuse you of such a terrible crime of being a pedophile? What would it do to your life? The Sherriff's Office and District Attorney's office have both stated that anyone who falsely reports a crime, and it is later determined that they lied could be prosecuted and held criminally accountable for filing a false police report. Don't make the mistake of lying to law enforcemnt officials about being sexually abused by Fr. Kelly.

  • David Eager posted at 10:37 pm on Thu, Apr 12, 2012.

    DEAGER209 Posts: 1

    My family and I have been attending Father Kelly's masses since I can remember. From Presentation to that little place up in the foothills then to St. Joachims. I have always enjoyed his masses not just because he keeps them under 45 minutes, but you can actually understand his message and you feel like you know him, like he is a friend of yours. I really am not one who likes to go to church I mainly go to make my mother happy, but Father Kelly's mass is actually a service I would attend whether my mom forces me to or not. This man is incapable of doing what he is accused of, it makes me sick that some (person), im trying to watch my language would do this for $$$. I have watched enough Law & Oder SVU to know, that child molesters do not and can not just have one or so victims, they have urges and instincts which make them the way they are. I have known Father Kelly and been in contact with him since I've known him, and with my good looks he would have for sure made a pass at me. Which he didn't!!! For a lawyer such as Manly to make his living off ruining the lives of innocent people makes him lower than a scumbag, murderer, drug dealer or thief because his job is legal and can not be stopped by law, all I have to say to Manly is I wish I could be there to witness your judgment day.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:36 am on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Haverson, can you please post your real name so I can verify who you are and
    determine if I need to contact the FBI as you suggested.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:33 am on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Sloan... this is a case about one priest with one plaintiff. You are talking about generalities as if all priests are the same... SO in order to keep children safe, it would make sense to take each case on its own merits and determine guilt and innocence based on the evidence presented. Unfortunately, when people think like you, the evidence does not matter.

    By the way... there are more child abuse cases in the United States Educational system that there are in the Catholic church... I never see anyone fear for their children at schools... why is that?

    Below is the data...


    Now, on the heels of the Catholic abuse scandal comes another of historic proportions—one that has the potential to be much greater and far-reaching. According to a draft report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education, in compliance with the 2002 "No Child Left Behind" act signed into law by President Bush, between 6 percent and 10 percent of public school children across the country have been sexually abused or harassed by school employees and teachers.

    Charol Shakeshaft, the Hofstra University scholar who prepared the report, said the number of abuse cases—which range from unwanted sexual comments to rape—could be much higher.

  • Nancy Sloan posted at 11:33 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    N SLOAN Posts: 24

    THIS is not an issue about SNAP Its about keeping children safe. And the issue I have is NO authority figure should abuse power to further hurt children. My issue with the RCC is not being held to the same standards as you would want your neighbor, your grandchildrens teacher, a police officer held. I have gone to other churches when HUMANS sin....there is no covering up and shuffling and pretending like the decades and centuries is appear that the Church keeps repeating damage control at cost that injures everyone.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 7:43 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Haverson... thank you for responding but you failed to answer my question. My question was, what post did I say something that an FBI official would be interested in. SO far, it appears that you have alternative motives and are insincere in your request. I have completed and have paid for a backgroud check on you and could not find an individual named "Jeb Haverson" . Would you kindly post your real name so I can verify your background.

    I would be happy to contact the FBI about you, but I cannot as you seem to have registered with a false name.

  • Jeb Haverson posted at 7:35 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Jeb H Posts: 8

    The FBI’s investigative authority is the broadest of all federal law enforcement agencies. The FBI has divided its investigations into a number of programs, such as domestic and international terrorism, foreign counterintelligence, cyber, public corruption, civil rights, organized crime/drugs, white-collar crime, violent crimes and major offenders, and applicant matters. The FBI’s investigative philosophy emphasizes close relations and information sharing with other federal, state, local, and international law enforcement and intelligence agencies. A significant number of FBI investigations are conducted in concert with other law enforcement agencies or as part of joint task forces.

  • Ben Sanacore posted at 6:17 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    Meant to say in last post: When SNAP's smokescreen blows away and we get to the bottom of these vicious allegations by SNAP and others, I very seriously doubt there will be credible evidence to prove Fr. Kelly is a pedophile.

  • Ben Sanacore posted at 5:06 pm on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    Mr. Haverson, we know who you are. You're probably a SNAP member or one of its operatives. Is it suddenly a revelation that Fr. Kelly has another accuser? After the media attention and SNAP's efforts to encourage others to make accusations, we have another individual who has made allegations. Mr. Manly, the plaintiff's attorney attempted to admit these latest allegations during Fr. Kelly's trial. Judge McNatt didn't allow it. Why? Allegations aren't evidence, Mr. Halverson. Not a single shred of credible evidence implicating Fr. Kelly as a pedophile has been brought forward. SNAP is trying very hard to dredge up other people to accuse Fr. Kelly for the big money jackpot. Does anyone remember Father Murty Fahy who served at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Lodi? He was accused after his death some years back of being a pedophile. The Stockton Diocese referred the case to the police dept for investigation and no credible evidence was found. Fr. Fahy was cleared. Then you try to rattle Mr. Baumbach by referring him to the FBI. As far as I know, pedophiles are investigated by local law enforcement. I seriously doubt that when SNAP's smokescreen blows away and we get to the bottom of these vicious allegations by SNAP and others, there will still be no credible evidence to prove Fr. Kelly is a pedophile. As many others have said, this is a witch hunt.

  • Jeb Haverson posted at 8:01 am on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Jeb H Posts: 8

    Please report any information related to potential victims of Michael Kelly to:

    Calaveras County Sheriff's Department
    891 Mountain Ranch Road
    San Andreas, CA 95249
    (209) 754-6500

    Or contact 9-1-1 if there is a current threat.

  • Jeb Haverson posted at 7:22 am on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Jeb H Posts: 8

    There is an active criminal investigation against Michael Kelly for sexual assault and battery against a minor in Calaveras County. The information in this civil suit is tied intrinsically to the criminal matter.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:43 am on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Haverson stated...you have specific information regarding this case and the ongoing criminal investigation..

    Mr Haverson, if you could be so kind, can you please cite the criminal case number you were referring to. My comments are in regards to civil case. I am under the impression that the statute of limitations eliminated the possibility of a criminal case against father Kelly. Am I wrong?

    Since I always seek truth, if I am mistaken, please correct this as this is what has been reported in the news.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:26 am on Tue, Apr 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Haverson... which posts are you referring to that you perceive I have some type of information the FBI would be interested in?

    How are you defining specific information? I do not know what that means in your mind.

  • Jeb Haverson posted at 10:02 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Jeb H Posts: 8

    Darrell Baumbach,

    Since you have indicated that you have specific information regarding this case and the ongoing criminal investigation, please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at:

    FBI Sacramento
    4500 Orange Grove Avenue
    Sacramento, CA 95841-4205
    (916) 481-9110

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:22 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Yes Jackson...insurance (liability) for example

    the Catholic Church's Boston Archdiocese has spent months in court... the Church raised a First Amendment defense - based on either the right to free exercise of religion, or the government's duty not to establish a state religion, or both. The argument, which is not new, is that the church deserves operational "autonomy," and thus may not be brought into the courts to defend its handling of its clergy.

    The Archdiocese has said that it raised this defense reluctantly, and “ ONLY BECAUSE IT'S INSURANCE CARRIER REQUIRED IT...

    If a doctor injures or kills someone because of negligence, there is insurance to pay for it. If the church is found negligent, they have insurance sometimes that pays for it. Your characterization of what I said is so silly that it demonstrates your lack of understanding... The insurance is not for child molesters. This is a civil suit in which the plaintiff will claim negligence... that the church should have known. That is why organizations get liability insurance, in case they make mistakes and errors in judgment.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 7:49 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Darrell: INSURANCE policies?! For child abuse, molesters, & pedophiles? Who offers that State Farm or Allstate. The Catholic Church has deep pockets.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:34 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    You also have to remember that the Plaintiff's attorney is after the money.
    The money is not with father Kelly, it's in the church, and their insurance policies.

    The church is next on the list. The church has been attacked by SNAP representatives throughout the trial. They knew if father Kelly was found liable that the church then could possibly be found negligent. They have made statements that the church should have known. The church is responsible. Now why say that during the trial of father Kelly... again, to influence the future jury pool. You need to fight fire with fire and do you best to make public your views and the good things the church does for the community.

    Even the comments about the bishop were calculated and intended to influence the jury pool that will be selected when they take the church to trial. You can be certain that the bishop will be a prime target. They do not care about father Kelly, the Bishop of the church. THEY WANT MONEY. To get it, the church must be held responsible by showing they should have known father Kelly should not have in his position. It was no accident, but an attempt to influence public perception so that they can get their money.

    If you think this is unjust, I suggest you organize and participate in the process. SNAP is organized. Tim Lennon just retired and is doing this full time. They have a website to help in their activities.

    The snow ball is rolling down the hill and gaining speed. I hope you do something about it

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:10 pm on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I think supporters of father Kelly should take action to organize. I have observed enough people who care and have love for this man that maybe something should be done to increase the odds that justice can be done.
    For example, if you observe what SNAP has done and will continue to do, is coordinate, manipulate and effect public perception. This activity can easily effect the jury pool. I noticed Tim Lennon from SNAP was involved and went to the court house and got his picture in the paper and an article last December where he told his story of repressed memory and how he had been abused. No one wants to see children abused. Once the perception is engrained in the public's mind that repressed memory syndrome is real, and SNAP representatives do their best to make that happen, then the case is already half over.

    You can read this article at... http://www.lodinews.com/news/article_6327e964-d4c6-54a6-80a0-d3d4bdb7c776.ht

  • Wendy Frink posted at 8:49 am on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Wendy Frink Posts: 1

    My family is heartbroken...Fr. Kelly is a dear and trusted friend. We will continue to pray for Fr. Kelly and pray that upon appeal this madness will end and truth and common sense will prevail. Our daughter sobbed when she realized that her friend and teacher, Fr. Kelly, would not be giving her first Holy Communion this May. I pray he is back with us at St. Joachim long before our son receives his. I look forward to the opportunity to stand a line of thousands of Friends of Fr. Kelly who are willing and anxious to testify on behalf of our priest.

  • Brigid Jenkins posted at 7:18 am on Mon, Apr 9, 2012.

    Brigid Posts: 3

    Our Family is honored to know and love Fr. Kelly. In my culture, tickling and roughhousing was acceptable forms of male interaction with children. The plaintiff has been groomed by an excellent attorney, as even his (Manly's) website has a drop-down menu, to choose your diocese of choice to sue.
    I also have repressed memory of winning the lottery, I believe I will sue the State of California for denying it to me.Many of the responders below work for SNAP,and are against the Catholic church. SNAP admits lying to the press, see the link provided in previous discussion. They do not know Fr. Kelly, they do not know Lockeford or Stockton. Fr. Kelly is fighting for the priesthood and the Catholic church, and I will stand behind him.

  • Ben Sanacore posted at 11:31 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    Mr. Piscitelli, you are so blinded by your hatred and so steeped in venom that you would crucify an innocent man. Now you've gone after the Stockton Diocese's Bishop and claim he should be removed. Isn't it because all Catholic priests and Bishops are pedophiles in your mind? Shouldn't they all be crucified regardless of whether or not there is credible evidence in your mind? Yes, Mr. Piscatelli, we live in a country of laws, and this country was founded on principles of "innocent until proven guilty". A jury that failed to apply critical thinking and demonstrated signs of media brainingwashing toward catholic priests rendered an unjust veridict, not the truth. I'm confident that on appeal the truth will set Fr. Kelly and the Diocese free. Mr. Piscatelli, you need to find a way to deal with your hatred and unresolved anger instead of vomitting it all over unjustly accused people.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 2:07 am on Sun, Apr 8, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    The director of SNAP, Joey Piscitelli, stated... it is puzzling to read the story about how the guilty priest, Fr. kelly, who apparrantly shows no remorse …

    Please Joey, you know very well he is not guilty. Innocent people do not have remorse. What goes around comes around Joey. It will be a good day when you get yours.

    Anyone who could assume a priest is guilty simply because they were accused under the shaky repressed memory syndrome is in my view, after the money. You and people like you like the money, you hate priests and if innocent ones get convicted, you do not care. You are an ill man and should seek therapy in my opinion. I would expect that someday you will give an apology to father Kelly when the truth is finally revealed, but because you and SNAP members are only in it for the money
    and irrational revenge, , I will not hold my breath. You should be ashamed, but but that is not possible.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:24 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I do not think it was an accident that on the first day of the trial, the Plaintiff broke down and caused a dramatic emotional scene ( he has a very good lawyer that knows exactly how to “WIN”). That was a perfect script to pull the emotion and heart strings of the jury. There were 10 females on the jury. I thought the trial was over and Kelly was already convicted that first day. In my view females are loving, caring and nurturing. If you look at all the testimony, all of it evolved around what others were told by one man, the plaintiff who is looking at becoming a millionaire soon. A multimillionaire.

    No physical evidence, only his word and other testimony about tickling. His word of course is that he remembered nothing for 25 years...then suddenly crystal clear vivid memories suddenly came to him..
    It is fortunate that the statute of limitations was over as then he would have had to go to criminal court where the burden of proof is more difficult for the plaintiff.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:15 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Arabella Clark posted...Those cases by Barry Scheck almost always involved innocent people who are convicted of murders, who are then cleared by DNA. No priest has ever been convicted of molestation who was found innocent

    The point is that juries found people guilty( when they were innocent all along), They convicted them. They too thought they were doing the right thing. Years later, thanks to DNA, people who were found guilty were able to prove their innocence based on new technology that was not available during the trial.Since repressed memory caes have no physical evidence, they cannot be helped by DNA evidence.

    In the case of father Kelly, there is no DNA evidence as his is a repressed memory case where all physical evidence was not presented or preserved. Repressed memory cases are a dream come true for lawyers ( like Manly) as emotion and fantasy is the evidence. No priest can ask for DNA evidence as there is none.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:57 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Arabella Clark ... who are you. You claim to know too much be believe father Kelly is innocent. What is your position? What is your connection to this case. How are you related to the plaintiff.
    You appear to be extremely bias and have some sort of ax to grind. Maybe you can give more details that can substantiate that your information is objective. Nothing you have said so far has any merit and is not believable.

  • Joey Piscitelli posted at 10:53 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Joey piscitelli Posts: 23

    I would like to sincerely thank the judge, the jury, and the American Justice system for the much deserved guilty verdict of this perpetrator. And thanks to the jury selection system of the US Court, for enabling an unbiased jury to judge this guilty man for his atrocious crimes against the innocent victim, and the ability of the court to not allow biased jurors to aid Fr. kelly to fool more people, and to do more harm.
    And it is puzzling to read the story about how the guilty priest, Fr. kelly, who apparrantly shows no remorse at all for what harm he did to the innocent victim- plays the martyr. It's a good thing he is being taken out of his position; his lack of conscience, displayed by his tearful "act" in front of the church is scary.
    The Bishop clearly shows no remorse either, and is clearly a pedophile protector, by saying the jury was not fair. The bishop should be removed as well. It is typical for this lack of remorse, denial, and continued abusive behavior to be displayed by those who protect clergy abusers, instead of children. It is very fortunate for kids in the area to have advocates who continue to support them, instead of supporting abusers like Fr. kelly.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:52 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Even Catholic experts acknowledge that over 95% of abuse allegations are true,

    I went to the web site. There is one person who said in this opinion it is at 95%.
    As normal, SNAP distorts. It is impossible ofone person to possibly know what if allegations are tue or false. This contention is absurd at best.

  • Pete Saco posted at 10:17 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Pete Saco Posts: 3

    My wife and I have been parishioners since 2005 at St. Joaquin's with Father Kelly. We have seen him around our youth many times and he is magnificent.. This would just not happen if he had abuse issues. II have worked in education for over 36 years and the students know right from wrong. They also know when they feel uncomfortable around certain individuals. We have never heard of such issues with any young students. Some of the allegations are completely over the top: utilizing chloroform on the plaintiff, walking and sexually assaulting him on a trail (never heard which one). I believe for Barbara and I-it comes down to repressed memory or Father Kelly's word. The answer is simple! At some point and we do not how or when, the truth will prevail. As for the SNAP folks, we do not support abuse. You won this case yesterday, but there will be a time when you will realize you should have taken your fight elsewhere!

  • Ben Sanacore posted at 8:31 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    Lennon and Sakoda of SNAP continue their persecution of Fr. Kelly and the Catholic Church. Is it because you hate Christians and the Catholic Church in particular? Is it because you hate Jesus Christ? Is it because Christianity doesn't agree with your way of life? With suspect fervent zeal SNAP has persecuted a man without credible evidence, and now it's kicking him when he's down. The difference between Fr. Kelly and the Modesto High School Teacher is that what appears to be credible evidence was gathered by law enforcement in the high school teacher's case; no such credible evidence was gathered by law enforcement in Fr. Kelly's case. Rally behind a priest? I will rally behind anyone who hase been railroaded and falsely accused. Does SNAP understand the devastation that is caused to a person who is falsely accused of such heinous acts of pedophilia? I suspect that SNAP knows full well, and it is by design. Now SNAP is trying to dredge up more "supposed victims". Why? They know the case against Fr. Kelly is very flimsy and isn't likely to stand up to an appeal. They want to find someone else with mental problems or a hatred for Christians to bolster their very weak case. The second strategy is to tear down the Diocese for the next phase of the trial. They're bitterly criticizing the Diocese for a failure to act. It's well known in the Diocese that when abuse toward children is brought to the attention of the Stockton Diocese it is immediately reported to law enforcement for investigation. This idea that the Diocese is negligent does not ring true. It's all a well calculated plan by SNAP to damage the Catholic Church and extract as much money from it as possible. What has struck me the most are the many testimonials from people who were around Fr. Kelly as children and were never molested by him; not only that, they say his influence on their lives has been very positive.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 6:27 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2114

    "and there is ample evidence that some people can repress the memory of a traumatic event and later recall it.


    SOOOO, this means that all those alien abduction recalled memory stories are TRUE? The reality is that "repressed" momories are very easily influenced by the "therapist and what the therapist WANTS the person to recall. IF recalled memories are to be used in cfriminal and liable court cases then the ORIGINAL sessions with the recalled memories recovery MUST be recorded so any bias introduced by the interviewer can be seen and debunked.

    Lie detectors are as much an art in the interpritation and not reliable either.

  • Dave Pierre posted at 6:21 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    Read the shocking facts about John Manly, the contingency lawyer in Fr. Kelly's case:

    Despite what others claim, "repressed memory" is completely JUNK SCIENCE:

  • Gian Ghiglieri posted at 4:53 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    God is Great Posts: 1

    I moved to the church when i was 13 and Father Kelly has been one of the biggest influences in my life! i have been a strong supporter of him since these lies about him were released. i was shocked when i returned home from school to find out that the jury voted against him with no evidence given to them that he did it, he passed 2 polygraph tests! i think it is wrong that those are not allowed to be used! I hope that Father Kelly fights this with everything he has to bring the truth to everyone. I will love and support him for the rest of my life and believe that all priests falsely accused fight like he did!

  • Tim Lennon posted at 4:25 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Kelly has been removed as a priest yet he says: "he will continue to attend church functions." For the sake of children he better not have any access to children--no more babysitting, no more trips to the motel, no more access to children.
    Despite Kelly's extraordinary interest in children, his trial demands that he stay away from children.
    For those parishioners with children, calmly, talk to your children. listen to their stories, investigate their experience. I they have had contact with Kelly you need to know.

  • Melanie Sakoda posted at 3:32 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Melanie Sakoda Posts: 16

    Even Catholic experts acknowledge that over 95% of abuse allegations are true,


    and there is ample evidence that some people can repress the memory of a traumatic event and later recall it.


    Lie detector tests have not been approved for courtroom use.

    But more importantly, it is terribly hurtful to victims to see parishioners openly rallying behind an accused priest. Even if the priest is innocent, somewhere in the parish is a young girl being molested by a relative or a boy being abused by his coach or youth leader. If these children see adults they love and respect publicly rallying around accused perpetrators, they will be less likely to report their own victimization to their parents, the police, or other authorities. They will be scared into remaining silent, and their horrific pain will continue.

    If you have been the victim of abuse, don't suffer alone and in silence. There are people who will believe you and support you.

    Melanie Jula Sakoda
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP)
    SNAP East Bay Director
    Toll Free Phone: 1-877-SNAPHEALS (1-877-762-7432)

  • Ron DuHamel posted at 2:42 pm on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    RJD Posts: 1

    Father Kelly brought me to Christ in the late 1990's. He is a magnificent priest and a friend. I have five children all of which enjoyed his friendship and his guidance. We spent many evenings together over dinner and talking about what it means to be a Christian. I cannot express in words how much this man has done to be a positive influence my life and my familes life. He saved my marriage and brought me into the Lords Kingdom in some difficult times. 14 years later my kids are all following Christ, my marriage is strong and we are reaching out to help others in this world.
    Father Mike - We are praying for you and we wish you the best in getting through this!

  • Dave Pierre posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    The fact that the bogus theory of "repressed memory" was allowed into the case, but the fact that Fr. Kelly PASSED TWO POLYGRAPH TESTS was NOT allowed is disgraceful.

    Plaintiff attorney John Manly may have won the case, but he doesn't have a ounce of integrity. The man is truly an awful individual, imho.

  • Dave Pierre posted at 11:31 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    DPierre Posts: 18

    The time has come for people to learn the TRUTH about SNAP:

    The time has come for people to learn the truth about how BOGUS "repressed memory" is:

    The time has come to spread the truth about the dreadful John Manly:


  • Tim Lennon posted at 11:22 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    SNAP opposes all child abuse. We consistently urge stronger laws to protect children from child abuse.
    We condemn teachers, coaches, priests and boy scout leaders who abuse children. Always.
    The high school teacher was immediately criminally charged and removed. Good, let the criminal justice system work. On the other hand, Bishop Blaire did not pursue any investigation of the numerous complaints from parents about Kelly except to investigate the victim.
    Church officials, along with insurance companies and the boy scouts oppose stronger laws for the protection of children such as eliminating time limitations on when criminal and civil actions can be legally brought forward. The National Conference of American Bishops opposes the elmination of time limitations on bringing charges of child sex abuse.
    The mission of SNAP is to provid support to those abued by priests. Our work includes supporting a person who was cruelly raped and abused at age 10 by Kelly.

  • Ben Sanacore posted at 10:40 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    We know who you are Mr. Lennon and Ms. Jones. You're a part of SNAP. Your organization continues to ignore the truth to pursue an anti-Catholic agenda that doesn't consider real truth in determing innocence or guilt. Your posts make it clear that you have an ax to grind and motives beyond simply catching pedophile priests. It was reported today with what appears to be credible police produced evidence that a Modesto High School teacher molested young girls. Where's your outrage over that? It's interesting that SNAP makes a point of going after the Catholic Church and eagerly believes anyone who levies charges against a Catholic priest regardless of any credible evidence. Your allegations against the Stockton Catholic Diocese are now aimed at the next phase in the trial to bleed the Diocese of as much money as possible. I only hope that Fr. Kelly and the Diocese will appeal this unjust decision in the name of truth and in the name of finding and bringing real pedophiles to justice in our society.

  • Leanna Mattea posted at 9:32 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    posey29 Posts: 6

    Those writing here, do not know this man. I have known him for years, and he DID NOT do this thing! he is the victim here,not the perpetrator. I have known many children that participated in Fr Kelly's soccer teams and as alter servers....not one, had anything bad to say.....NEVER HAPPENED.
    The truth will come out, because it usually does. As far as the polygraph tests, one was .administered by an FBI profiler who declared that Fr. Kelly passed, "without question. If these tests aren't reliable, why give them.
    I beleive Fr Kelly is the victim here...the victim of all of the previous charges against priests, so now everyone that is accused is guilty and all those that accuse are innocent....we know how that goes....money !!

  • Judy Jones posted at 8:30 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Judy Jones Posts: 12

    This victim is extremely brave for speaking up and taking action to expose the truth.

    Hopefully any others, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Fr Michael Kelly, will also have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

    When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance for prevention, healing and justice ­ especially when they seek independent sources of support and avoid contacting Catholic officials.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511

    (SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
    SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

  • Tim Lennon posted at 7:58 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Tim Lennon Posts: 45

    Kelly had his opportunity to tell the truth at the trial. He equivicated, couldn't remember, can't recall, maybe but I'm not sure, etc. so much that his testimony did not have the ring of truth.
    And the ludricous argument of innocence by using a lie detector test as "proof" defies good sense. See the American Psychological Association analysis:
    Who hired the tester? Who drew up the questions? Who interpreted the results? Using a lie detector test as an evidence of truth is a con. The courts don't use them.

  • Arabella Clark posted at 7:09 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Correction: the falsely convicted men were convicted of raping women, and were then cleared by DA.

    You're barking up the wrong tree with me. I know too much about how these perps operate..... Luckily this faction of Kelly supporters is only a small minority.

    There are far, far more charismatic priests than Kelly around the country who have been convicted. See: Father Shanley from Boston, the most charismatic priest that ever was. Turned out he was a member of the Man/Boy Love Association who gave a talk at their convention. Vanity Fair did a profile on him. Look him up; he was pals with a bunch of other pedophile priests and then eventually moved to California and while still a priest ran a free for all motel for gays in southern California (nothing wrong with that legally, although I am sure the Catholic Church was not too happy about that.

    My heart goes out to the brave Kelly victim who testified, and am crossing my fingers for the next victim who has a trial coming up.

  • Arabella Clark posted at 7:04 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Those cases by Barry Scheck almost always involved innocent people who are convicted of murders, who are then cleared by DNA.

    No priest has ever been convicted of molestation who was found innocent.

    Respect the jury process. There's another trial coming!! We fully expect that in-statute victims will come forward, so that criminal charges can ben been brought. Too bad he didn't molest a boy in Massachusetts, as that state's "Stop the clock "law has enabled them to convict priests who molested boys in the 1940s and 1950s.

    You are all acting like he's the first priest ever to be convicted...

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:49 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    and sometimes Ms Clark, the jury gets it wrong and innocent people are punished. by Gordon J. MacRae

    It is justice turned on its head that wrongly convicted prisoners and falsely accused priests both pay a very steep price for not being guilty.

    In “The Mirror of Justice Cracked,” an article on my blog at www.TheseStoneWalls.com, I wrote of an episode of CNN’s “Larry King Live” which had a panel of twelve recently exonerated prisoners. They each served an average of 20 years in prison for sexual assault crimes they did not commit and had nothing to do with. Innocence Project founder, Attorney Barry Scheck appeared with them. Mr. Scheck spoke of 25 new exonerations for a total of close to 300 in the U.S. alone in recent years.

  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:07 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Sometimes molesters are the most charismatic people around:: Pediatrician Mel Levine, for example.

  • Arabella Clark posted at 4:06 am on Sat, Apr 7, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    It is unheard of for someone who has just been found negligent to then speak to the public about this case. Has he no shame or sense of decorum? Doesn't he know that everything he says from now on can be used against him?

    I hope that all of the boys who were abused by him come forward.

    to the victim: many around the country salute you for your bravery.

    John Manly: great job you did for the victim.



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