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Voices From the Grave: Suicide Victims of Roman Catholic Church Pedophiles

In 2016 I started a blog, Voices From the Grave: Suicide Victims of the Roman Catholic Church.

Thousands of victims of Roman Catholic pedophiles have committed suicide. This is a link to the blog and a posting of the stories with their links to it.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/category/suicide-victims-of-the-roman-catholic-church/

Stories from Voices From the Grave

Ex-altar boy who killed himself mourned in church where he was molested

Brian Gergely’s body lay at his funeral mass just feet from where, in the same church, his revered priest had shattered his innocence and trust by molesting him when he was 10 years old.

Brian Gergely, who died at 46, battled alcoholism from the age of 10, amid what a grand jury concluded was widespread rape and abuse in Pennsylvania

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/ex-altar-boy-who-killed-himself-mourned-in-church-where-he-was-molested/

Suicide, Sexual Abuse and the Search for Justice

Brian Gergely, a survivor of sexual abuse by a priest and a staunch advocate for other victims, took his own life last week, just days after the Pennsylvania State Senate eliminated from a bill reforming sexual abuse statutes the right of past victims to seek redress in court. Mr. Gergely’s suicide evoked deep compassion from many Catholics and fellow survivors and advocates.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/suicide-sexual-abuse-and-the-search-for-justice/

Michael R. Unglo

Michael R. Unglo had a history of attempting suicide. In May 2010, at least a month after the church announced that it would stop paying for his care, Mr. Unglo killed himself.

Mr. Unglo had claimed that he was the victim of “extreme sexual abuse” by a priest, Richard Dorsch at All Saints Church in Etna between 1982 and 1985, when he served as an altar boy and attended a school linked to the church. The priest was never charged criminally with molesting Mr. Unglo. Dorsch was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail after molesting a 13-year-old boy he had invited to North Park near Pittsburgh for a day of swimming and golfing, court records show.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/michael-r-unglo/

Eduardo Ramon Boehland

It’s been a very big loss. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Eduardo, Barbara Boehland said. Boehland’s son, Eduardo Ramon, committed suicide back in 1997. She says he did it because of sexual abuse by a priest. He was sexually assualted by a catholic priest named Carlos Lozano, in San Antonio Texas at the age of 16.

Barbara Garcia Boehland said after a San Antonio priest abused her son Eduardo twice in 1993 at a seminary boarding school he changed dramatically. “He had a lot of nightmares, on going nightmares, he couldn’t trust people, constantly scared, could never eat. We constantly went to therapy sessions. He just became somebody else he wasn’t,” Boehland said. Just four years after his abuse, 20-year-old Eduardo killed himself in 1997.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/eduardo-ramon-boehland/

Bell Rings 170 times for victims of suicide of clergy sex abuse

At the end of the service, the church bell at the Church of Our Savior on Wilshire Boulevard rang 170 times, once for each victim of clergy sexual abuse who has committed suicide in the U.S., according to statistics gathered by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

“We almost broke the bell,” said Greene, a part-time cleric for the Anglican Province of Christ the King. The denomination was formed in 1977 by traditionalists unhappy with changes within the Episcopal Church in America.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/bell-rings-170-times-for-victims-of-suicide-of-clergy-sex-abuse/

James Thomas Kelly

A Morristown, N.J., man who was instrumental in organizing New Jersey residents who had been abused by priests apparently committed suicide Sunday by walking in front of an eastbound New Jersey Transit commuter train.

The man, James Thomas Kelly, 37, was killed when a Hoboken-bound train from Dover struck him in the predawn darkness at 5:17 a.m.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/james-thomas-kelly/

John Doe SON

The parents of a man from Florissant who committed suicide in 2009 sued the St. Louis Archdiocese Thursday claiming their son’s death was the result of sexual and emotional abuse by a Roman Catholic priest at Kenrick Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury.

The lawsuit filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court says Bryan Kuchar, who was suspended by the archdiocese in 2002 and defrocked by the Vatican in 2006, molested the plaintiffs’ son at the seminary’s overnight camp between 1999 and 2002. The boy — known in court documents as John Doe SON — was between 12 and 14 at the time.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/john-doe-son/

Clergy Sex Abuse Linked To 13 Suicides: Report

Hundreds of sex abuse victims have come forward in Belgium with harrowing accounts of molestation by Catholic clergy that reportedly led to at least 13 suicides and affected children as young as two, a special commission said Friday.

Adriaenssens, a child psychiatrist who has worked with trauma victims for 23 years, said nothing had prepared him for the stories of abuse that blighted the lives of victims.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/clergy-sex-abuse-linked-to-13-suicides-report/

Patrick McSorley: A Prominent Accuser in Boston Abuse Scandal Is Found Dead

Patrick McSorley was 12 when a priest named John J. Geoghan took him out for ice cream, offering comfort to a boy whose father had just committed suicide.

But on Monday, after years of struggling with the scars of his ordeal, Mr. McSorley, 29, was found dead in a friend’s apartment in Boston’s North End. A Police Department spokesman, David Estrada, said the cause of death would not be known until autopsy results were analyzed.

Mr. McSorley was one of the first people to come forward with accusations of abuse, telling his story in January 2002, as the scandal was erupting. He was also one of the younger men to speak publicly about his experience

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/patrick-mcsorley-a-prominent-accuser-in-boston-abuse-scandal-is-found-dead/

BOYS RAPED AT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, 30 COMMIT SUICIDE

A police officer investigating a series of sexual assaults at a
Catholic boys school in Ballarat has called for a parliamentary
inquiry into the church’s handling of the abuse.

Detective Sgt Kevin Carson, of Ballarat police, told the ABC’s 7.30
last night that up to 30 students had committed suicide since being
abused at St Alipius primary school.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/boys-raped-at-christian-school-30-commit-suicide/

For A. J. Baselice: Sins of the Father

WHILE THE FAITHFUL and holy gather in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Art Baselice stands outside, bearing witness in his own way. He isn’t interested in prayers for Bishop Joseph Cistone, who is leaving Philadelphia to run a diocese in Michigan. He isn’t hoping to shake hands with the cardinal and all of the archbishops, who have come together on this summer afternoon for Cistone’s farewell benediction.

Surrounded by a handful of priest abuse victims and their advocates, he holds a sandwich-board sign bearing photos of his son, Arthur Baselice III, and two clerics, Brother Regis Howitz and Father Charles Newman. As a pair of clergymen head into the service, Baselice raises up his billboard. They look over for a moment, then move on. “See what I get?” Art says. “There’s a man of God. He turns his head.”

Back home in South Jersey, the ashes of Art Baselice’s son sit in a marble urn, surrounded by trinkets and photographs, as if part of a funeral that never ends. The man Art holds responsible is Father Charles, the former president of Archbishop Ryan, the largest Catholic high school in the city. With his wife and two children, Art would attend Saturday mass, and walk up the aisle to Father Charles, who would place the Holy Eucharist in their outstretched hands or on their tongues. Art is mostly bald now, and stocky, with the meaty hands of a prizefighter. He rarely smiles, and when he speaks, there’s an edge to his words, like he’s spitting them out — partly the South Philadelphia Italian in him, partly the ex-city cop. But his sharp cadence is mostly a reflection of what he can’t stop thinking about. “He started grooming Arthur the day he met him,” Art says of Father Charles. “Not only Arthur. He groomed us.”

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/12/12/for-a-j-baselice-sins-of-the-father/

Callous church leaders kill another victim

The suicide death of clergy sex abuse victim John Pirona has devastated an entire community in the Hunter region of NSW, and saddened and enraged his fellow victims around the country.

The news was made all the more tragic because John disappeared nearly a week before his body was found, leaving room for hope. But with knowledge of his history as one of dozens of victims of a notorious paedophile priest, and the existence of a suicide note telling of the overwhelming pain of his abuse, it was hard to see any other outcome of the search for John Pirona this week.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/callous-church-leaders-kill-another-victim/

Lou Pirona

The body of John Pirona, 45, of Belmont North, was found in a car at Tomago yesterday morning, five days after leaving the letter his family had always feared, which ended with the words “Too much pain”.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/lou-pirona/

Bill Zeller

Bill Zeller was a talented programmer whose work we’ve featured on Lifehacker. He took his own life on Sunday and left an explanation that I think it’s important you read.

Zeller was a victim of sexual and psychological abuse. It’s clear from his writing that the abuse left him unable to interface with the world in any way that didn’t leave him feeling he was too sullied to have the same experiences that he thought others had. He had a self-described “darkness”, which despite his prostration it’s clear he handled more ably than perhaps he ever realized.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/bill-zeller/

Wrongful Death claim filed in suicide of Daniel Neill

A new wrongful death claim against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali was filed Wednesday on behalf of the family of Daniel Neill, a 36-year-old former St. Mark Parish altar boy who committed suicide in 2009 after reporting he had been sexually abused by a priest.

Neill’s suicide and allegations of sexual abuse were included in a recent Philadelphia grand jury report released in February.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/wrongful-death-claim-filed-in-suicide-of-daniel-neill/

Daniel Neill

Daniel Neill committed suicide. And he did not do it for the sole reason of being sexually abused by the Catholic priest Joseph Gallagher, but because he confirmed that both the civil and religious authorities dismissed his accusation and raised the abuse suffered at the maximum power. He took his own life not by the pain caused by sodomy that he suffered under the robe of the Catholic priest but because everyone keeps their eyes closed and participate as silent accomplices before the Great Harlot (Vatican).

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/daniel-neill/

Eric Patterson, Gilbert Rodriguez, Paul Tafolla, Bobby Thompson, and Daniel Romey

They were bright-eyed boys raised in this fertile land of wheat fields, train whistles, and the modest steeples of small country churches. Their parents smiled from wooden pews filled with neighbors and friends when they helped their parish priest consecrate bread and wine on Sunday mornings.

Eric Patterson, Gilbert Rodriguez, Paul Tafolla, Bobby Thompson, and Daniel Romey lie in rural graveyards today. And their survivors, law enforcement officials, and some of the psychiatrists who tried to help say Larson’s alleged sexual attacks – and church officials who they say must have known about them – bear some responsibility for their deaths.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/eric-patterson-gilbert-rodriguez-paul-tafolla-bobby-thompson-and-daniel-romey/

Kathleen McGonigle

Helen McGonigle was 6 when, she says, the Rev. Brendan Smyth fondled, raped and sodomized her. McGonigle, now a 48-year-old lawyer in Connecticut, says Smyth abused her, her sister and even her mother over a period of two years. She believes the abuse drove her mother mad and drove her sister to suicide. Her mother was found hysterical, half-naked, on her front lawn, screaming, “The pope owes me,” McGonigle remembered. Helen’s sister, Kathleen, took her own life in 2005.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/kathleen-mcgonigle/

Paul Anthony Carson

EXCLUSIVE: AGONY OF THE MOTHER WHOSE SON WAS DRIVEN TO SUICIDE BY HIS EVIL ABUSER. I held Paul Anthony as his daddy cut him down…we just cradled him and cried for our boy. His pain was over.

Paul Anthony Carson cowered in a phone box, shaking, crying and desperately begging his mother for help. At 21 years old and over six feet tall, he was reduced to a sobbing wreck by the very sight of a man he had not had contact with for eight years. That man was Martin Kerr, a paedophile who had subjected him to horrific abuse during the seven years his victim was an altar boy in West Belfast.

Seven months after that brief glimpse on Christmas Eve as Kerr enjoyed prison parole, Paul Anthony hanged himself. A long letter he had written days earlier explained why he just could not carry on.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/paul-anthony-carson/

David M. Jarboe Jr.

As the sun rose on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, David M. Jarboe Jr. stepped into the parking lot of downtown Owensboro’s Blessed Mother Catholic Church. A few blocks from the Ohio River, Blessed Mother is a flat, ranch-style structure featuring just one church-like fixture: a small, white spire in its central narthex, pointing to the sky. The resulting architecture makes it a bit unorthodox-looking for a Catholic church — no flying buttresses, stone gargoyles or giant stained-glass windows — but it fits right in with the surrounding neighborhood of modest one-story homes.

It’s impossible to know what Jarboe was thinking, gun in hand, on that frigid morning, but according to multiple news reports, we are able to make an educated guess. The former Owensboro Catholic High School football player had posted a six-page note on his Facebook page earlier that morning alleging that he had been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of parish priests when he was a child.

https://silentvoicesnolonger.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/david-m-jarboe-jr/