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Judge dismisses Buffalo Diocese’s attempt to get $1.7M Covid-19 loan

Judge dismisses Buffalo Diocese’s attempt to get $1.7M Covid-19 loan
By Jay Tokasz
https://buffalonews.com/business/local/judge-dismisses-buffalo-dioceses-attempt-to-get-1-7m-covid-19-loan/article_c01d9be2-8123-5dc4-a4ae-9e3a7e1f7a49.html

A federal judge in Rochester has ruled against the Buffalo Diocese’s efforts to secure a $1.7 million loan through the Small Business Administration’s national Paycheck Protection Program.

U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford on Wednesday dismissed the diocese’s lawsuit against the federal agency that runs the loan program and refused to grant a preliminary injunction that would have forced the SBA into considering the diocese’s loan request.

Wolford said in a written summary judgment the “SBA did not exceed its statutory authority” in adopting a policy that excluded entities in bankruptcy from qualifying for the loans.

The diocese’s lawyers had argued that the SBA illegally excluded the diocese from applying for a share of the $659 billion Congress made available to businesses that keep employees on their payrolls during social distancing shutdown measures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Buffalo Diocese joined with the Rochester Diocese in asking the U.S. District Court for a preliminary injunction that would prohibit the SBA from denying the loan based on their bankruptcy statuses.

The Rochester Diocese sought $1.1 million from the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program and was ineligible because it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last September. The Buffalo Diocese filed for bankruptcy in February.

Government lawyers explained in court that the SBA adopted the bankruptcy exclusion to speed up loan processing and to ensure lenders that it wasn’t approving unacceptably high-risk loans.

Without the PPP loans, the dioceses argued that they “will be forced to lay off or furlough essential employees which will have a permanent effect” on how their Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases are administered.

The Buffalo Diocese in March eliminated the jobs of 21 employees, a fifth of its workforce, due in part to the “anticipated financial impact of the pandemic.” The cutbacks followed a 2019 fiscal year loss of $5 million for the diocese.

With Catholic Masses suspended during the pandemic, area parishes have been unable to bring in offertory collections. In turn, the parishes have been unable to meet their financial obligations to the diocese, the diocese’s lawyers said in court papers.

With stay at home directives in effect, the diocese “will struggle to continue making payroll payments,” which is the main eligibility requirement for the Paycheck Protection Program, lawyers argued.

Wolford said in her ruling that she was not convinced. She called the diocese’s explanations about the financial impact of the pandemic ban on church gatherings “vague.”

The diocese’s lawyers “point out that offerings have dropped off precipitously, but they do not state what percentage of their funding comes from parish assessments versus other sources,” Wolford wrote. “Plaintiffs further have not claimed that they need PPP funds in order to make payroll—indeed, there is no indication in plaintiffs’ papers that they have not paid their employees’ salaries or that failure to obtain PPP funds would somehow cause Plaintiffs to cease to operate.”

Lawyers for the dioceses also said that the SBA added the bankruptcy rule arbitrarily, even though nothing in the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed by President Trump limits the diocese’s eligibility for the funds.

Wolford’s decision said the CARES Act was “silent regarding the eligibility of debtors in bankruptcy to participate in the PPP” and nothing in the legislation required a bankrupt debtor be eligible.

“This detail was left by Congress for determination by the SBA,” she wrote.

Small businesses and other entities – including churches and religious organizations – that employ up to 500 people are eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides loans to cover payroll costs, rent, mortgages and utilities.

The loan, which requires no fees or collateral, is fully forgiven as long as at least 60% of it is used for payroll. If that requirement isn’t met, the loan must be repaid over five years at a 1% interest rate.

Several other dioceses around the country and some Catholic parishes in Western New York have applied for and received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


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Buffalo Diocese facing backlash for seeking federal funds, relief in CVA cases

Buffalo Diocese facing backlash for seeking federal funds, relief in CVA cases
By Cayla Harris
https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Buffalo-Diocese-facing-backlash-for-seeking-15251143.php

Advocates for survivors of sexual abuse are denouncing the Buffalo Diocese this week after the institution, temporarily headed by Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger, moved forward with two legal filings that activists say diminish victims’ experiences and could allow the diocese to dodge consequences for decades of alleged abuse and cover-up.

The most recent filing on Tuesday was a lawsuit against the federal Small Business Administration for denying the diocese’s application for relief under the CARES Act because of its ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. It followed a separate legal action on Saturday in bankruptcy court, in which the diocese argued that all cases filed against the institution under the state’s Child Victims Act, including those that also name local parishes and schools, should be permanently suspended.

Last summer, the act opened a one-year “look-back” window allowing survivors of sexual abuse to pursue previously time-barred cases against their alleged offenders. The Buffalo Diocese, the most-named defendant in claims filed under the act, is facing more than 250 actions.

“The Buffalo Diocese should not use the current pandemic as an excuse to evade responsibility for the decades-long abuse of children,” said Michael Polenberg, the vice president of government affairs for the victims advocacy group Safe Horizon. “Every survivor of childhood sexual abuse deserves to hold offenders – including negligent institutions – responsible for their actions. That is the promise of the Child Victims Act … and that’s what survivors deserve.”

All lawsuits lodged against the diocese have been frozen since February, when the institution filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which allows for reorganization of assets instead of liquidation. Some cases that also name separate Catholic entities where the abuse allegedly occurred would typically be allowed to move to trial at a later date – a move the diocese said would open the door to a cumbersome and costly discovery process.

Buffalo Diocese spokesman Greg Tucker declined to make Scharfenberger, who took the helm of the scandal-plagued diocese in December, available for an interview on either topic.

On the federal stimulus funds, Tucker said the institution decided to sue the SBA because it “exceeded its authority” in denying money to an organization moving through bankruptcy proceedings. The CARES Act “makes no reference to disqualifying applications on the basis of an entity in Chapter 11 reorganization,” he said.

State Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat and CVA sponsor, said in a statement Tuesday that the lawsuit “is just the latest example of the church failing to take responsibility for decades of egregious misconduct. They should be ashamed of themselves.”

In reference to the proceeding in bankruptcy court, Tucker said suspending all cases would allow the diocese to negotiate settlements “without the distraction of piecemeal litigation” and would also make the payouts more equitable for all survivors, not just those who filed first.

“While the process continues, any lawsuits against the diocese are halted to allow the diocese and its creditors to come to agreement on settlement terms,” he said. “The action that the diocese recently filed is intended to provide the same ‘breathing spell’ for parishes, schools and other Catholic entities in the hopes of achieving a global resolution.”

Stacey Benson, an attorney with the Manhattan-based law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates that represents several plaintiffs suing the Buffalo Diocese, said the filing was an “unnecessary legal tactic (that) is insensitive to survivors of child sexual abuse who have already been deeply harmed by the abuse they suffered, as well as by the actions and inactions of top diocesan officials.”

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


https://www.stmdurham.org/

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https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/27/bishop-peter-a-libasci-new-hampshire-diocese/

Indonesian Church goes public on an evil within

Indonesian Church goes public on an evil within. Sex abuse victim’s courage leads to the country’s first church-related case being prosecuted in court.
By Ryan Dagur
https://www.ucanews.com/news/indonesian-church-goes-public-on-an-evil-within/88598

It took many years for Yohanes — not his real name — to pluck up enough courage to reveal he had been sexually abused.

He says he was first attacked in 2008 while serving as a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Herkulanus Parish Church in Depok in Indonesia’s West Java province.

It happened after his fellow altar boys had returned home from spending time with their spiritual mentor, Syharil Marbun, who then allegedly took him to a secluded place and assaulted him.

He says he was too scared to report it because the perpetrator was an acolyte trainer and highly respected in the parish. “I didn’t even tell my parents,” he told UCA News.

The fact that his parents were also close to the alleged perpetrator also made it hard for him to reveal what happened,” according to Yohanes, who is now 24 years old and works in Jakarta.

He says he felt if he kept his distance from Marbun nothing would happen again, but he claims it did five years later in 2013 when he was 17.

He claims Marbun attacked him again after luring him to his house after an event they had attended with his parents.

“At the time, I thought he would not bother me as I was older and a long time had passed without incident, but it happened again,” he says. “I felt broken, depressed and dirty. My relationship with God was also broken.”

Feeling ashamed, he continued to build walls between himself and his parents and friends. However, things started to change on May 30 when he received an unexpected call from a friend inviting him to attend a parish meeting.

At the meeting, attended by other former altar boys, he was asked directly whether he had been sexually abused by Marbun. He was shocked to learn that many of the others at the meeting were also victims.

The fact that others were prepared to speak about their experiences encouraged him to do the same.

He says he felt guilty about not speaking out earlier about what had happened, which could have prevented further crimes.

“I didn’t believe there would be other victims,” he says, adding the revelation made him determined to help the parish team and lawyers investigate all the claims further.

“I felt a change in me after dismissing my fears. Now I feel free,” he says.

On June 6, during a meeting in which the victims’ parents, the parish priest and lawyers confronted Marbun, Yohanes’ testimony was pivotal.

Marbun, who initially denied the allegations, saying his acts of affection were misunderstood, finally confessed after Yohanes explained his experiences in detail.

“He could not deny it anymore,” Yohanes said. Marbun allegedly wrote down 13 names of other children he had abused. It is believed Marbun may have abused and raped at least 21 boys.

Yohanes is now actively involved in tracking down other victims. “I feel some are thinking like I did and are reluctant to speak. Many victims have turned to drugs to blot out the trauma,” he says.

Positive sign

The case is the first case of sexual abuse in the Indonesian Church to be prosecuted by state authorities. Previous crimes were kept quiet or settled privately to avoid bringing shame on the Church as well as the victims, observers say.  

Father Yosep Sirilus Natet, the parish priest of St. Herkulanus Church, which comes under Bogor Diocese, said the parish fully backs the alleged victims and the police in investigating the case.

Azas Tigor Nainggolan, a lawyer representing the victims, told UCA News that this case could open the lid on other such cases.

Since this case came to light, he has received word of other alleged abuses committed by church workers and religious people. He did not say whether any accusations were being made against clerics.

“They need to be investigated further,” said Nainggolan, who is also working with the bishops’ Commission for Justice, Peace, and Migrant-Itinerant People.

He said sexual abuse has long been a problem but no one dared speak up. Many Catholics have even criticized efforts to pursue such cases through the courts.

Nainggolan said many church people consider such cases as disgracing the Church, so should not be made public.

“But I feel the perpetrators, whoever they are, are criminals who must be prosecuted,” he said.

Inspired by Pope Francis

Yohanes hopes the case against Marbun will be the starting point for renewal in the Indonesian Church. “I’m pursuing this because I want to see drastic change on this issue within the Catholic Church,” he said.

He admitted feeling strengthened after reading about Pope Francis’ commitment to ending sexual abuse in the Church, including abolishing the rule of “pontifical secrecy” that allowed it to be covered up.

“I feel what we are doing is carrying out the Holy Father’s will,” he said.

“It also means that there is no more reason for the Church to cover such things up. It’s time for victims to speak out.

”Yohanes also called on the Church and parents to listen to children more closely.

“When I first told my parents about the abuse, their response amazed me. My parents cried and pledged full support in seeking legal action,” he said.

His parents, he said, had forgiven his abuser, which he said he might do in time. “But for now, I want him to face justice so that there are no more victims.”

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


https://www.stmdurham.org/

https://www.facebook.com/stmdurham/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/28/the-pedophile-priests-of-st-thomas-more-parish-in-durham-nh/

https://www.catholicnh.org/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/27/bishop-peter-a-libasci-new-hampshire-diocese/

Disturbing Report Uncovers Alleged Child Sex Abuse in Fiji’s Catholic Schools

Disturbing Report Uncovers Alleged Child Sex Abuse in Fiji’s Catholic Schools
By Hemant Mehta
https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/13/disturbing-report-uncovers-alleged-child-sex-abuse-in-fijis-catholic-schools/

Over the weekend, New Zealand’s TV 1 News aired a disturbing report about Catholic priests allegedly abusing children on the island nation of Fiji. One of the victims said on camera that when he attended a Catholic school, priests would lure boys up to their bedrooms using candy and oranges (rare treats), then sexually assault them.

But where did these priests come from? That’s the kicker: Many of them were kicked out of the Catholic Church in New Zealand and Australia because they were accused of sexual abuse. Instead of moving them to another local parish, as we’ve seen in the U.S., some of them went to Fiji, where they found new victims in a culture that reveres men of God.

The Church itself denies any wrongdoing… because they have rules!

While speaking to TV 1 News, [Archbishop] Father Perter Loy Chong says there has not been any reports of such allegations of abusing children.

The Archbishop adds that the church has a sexual abuse guideline which defines the process when something is reported or when someone presents an allegation.

Reporter Barbara Dreaver says that there’s no indication of how serious this problem is, but she says the Pacific island of Guam may be a useful comparison. Over there, she says, there are 300 lawsuits against more than 20 priests.

(Featured image via Shutterstock. Thanks to @LeoDotWalsh0x05 for the link)

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


https://www.stmdurham.org/

https://www.facebook.com/stmdurham/

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Time For Vigilantist Justice Against Roman Catholics

Disturbing Report Uncovers Alleged Child Sex Abuse in Fiji’s Catholic Schools

https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/07/13/disturbing-report-uncovers-alleged-child-sex-abuse-in-fijis-catholic-schools/

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


https://www.stmdurham.org/

https://www.facebook.com/stmdurham/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/28/the-pedophile-priests-of-st-thomas-more-parish-in-durham-nh/

https://www.catholicnh.org/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/27/bishop-peter-a-libasci-new-hampshire-diocese/

Over the weekend, New Zealand’s TV 1 News aired a disturbing report about Catholic priests allegedly abusing children on the island nation of Fiji. One of the victims said on camera that when he attended a Catholic school, priests would lure boys up to their bedrooms using candy and oranges (rare treats), then sexually assault them.

But where did these priests come from? That’s the kicker: Many of them were kicked out of the Catholic Church in New Zealand and Australia because they were accused of sexual abuse. Instead of moving them to another local parish, as we’ve seen in the U.S., some of them went to Fiji, where they found new victims in a culture that reveres men of God.

Catholic Church a big winner in US’s huge Covid-19 cash giveaway

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/thefreethinker/2020/07/catholic-church-a-big-winner-in-uss-huge-covid-19-cash-giveaway/

New York Diocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling airily suggested that the RCC simply took what was rightfully theirs, and just wanted to be ‘treated equally and fairly under the law.’

Many of the millions handed to the RCC, according to the Religious News Service, went to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups. And one beneficiary was a treatment centre for Catholic paedophile priests which received a loan of between $350,000 to $1 million.

An Associated Press analysis of federal data released this week found that the church’s haul may have reached – or even exceeded – $3.5 billion, putting it among the biggest winners in the US government’s pandemic relief efforts.

Time for these scumbags to pay for their Crimes Against Humanity and their Crimes Against the Children of the World.

If the courts, judges, and legislative bodies will not do what is right?

THEN ALL VICTIMS AND ALL SURVIVORS SHOULD RISE THE FUCK UP AND TAKE THE LAW INTO THEIR OWN HANDS AND START HUNTING DOWN THESE FUCKING ROMAN CATHOLIC PEDOPHILES, THEIR PEDOPHILE PIMPS AND ANY SCUMBAG, LIKE SAY BILL DONOHUE OF THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE, WHO DEFENDS THESE SCUMBAGS AND ATTACK THE VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS?

SHOULD ALL BE PUT ON THEIR FUCKING KNEES AND FUCKING EXECUTED.

IF THE COURTS WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT? IF THE LAW WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT? THEN WE THE SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS MUST TAKE THE LAW INTO OUR OWN HANDS.

TIME TO HUNT DOWN THESE PERVERTED PEDOPHILE SCUMBAG ROMAN CATHOLICS AND PUT THEM ON THEIR FUCKING KNEES AND GIVEN A FULL FRONTAL LOBOTOMY.

Pope wants to ban indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness — Your NZ

Religion may help some people cope with the Covid-19 virus, but even people as high as the head priest can’t do much but console and support – and suggest bans of common human conditions. Reuters: Banish ‘self-centredness’, pope tells the world as it faces coronavirus The pope’s Easter “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the […]

Pope wants to ban indifference, self-centredness, division and forgetfulness — Your NZ

This head Pedophile Pimp, Pope Francis? Should be dragged out of the Vatican, along with all the rest of his fellow Pedophile Pimp Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops who covered up for their disgusting pedophiles, protecting them over the children of the church, and by their actions of protecting these pedophiles? These Pedophile Pimps committed Crimes Against Humanity and Crimes Against the Children of the World. And they all should be put on their knees in St Peter’s Square and a bullet put in the back of the heads of each and every one of them. If we put down rabid dogs who bite out children? How much more should we put to death scumbag Pedophile Pimps and Pedophiles of the Unholy Roman Catholic Cult of Pedophile Pimps, Pedophiles and the Pew Polishers who all love, defend and protect them and proclaim them all Holy Men of God, while they continue to offer their children to be sacrificed on the altars of Roman Catholic pedophiles and pedo pimps.

Saint Pope Pius V: Constitutionn Horrendum Illud Scelus: Death Penalty for Roman Catholic Pedophiles

So that the contagion of such a grave offense may not advance with greater audacity by taking advantage of impunity, which is the greatest incitement to sin, and so as to more severely punish the clerics who are guilty of this nefarious crime and who are not frightened by the death of their souls, we determine that they should be handed over to the severity of the secular authority, which enforces civil law.
Therefore, wishing to pursue with greater rigor than we have exerted since the beginning of our pontificate, we establish that any priest or member of the clergy, either secular or regular, who commits such an execrable crime, by force of the present law be deprived of every clerical privilege, of every post, dignity and ecclesiastical benefit, and having been degraded by an ecclesiastical judge, let him be immediately delivered to the secular authority to be put to death, as mandated by law as the fitting punishment for laymen who have sunk into this abyss.

(Constitutionn Horrendum illud scelus, August 30, 1568, in Bullarium Romanum, Rome: Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, Mainardi, 1738, chap. 3, p. 33)

Cathechism of the Roman Catholic Church, Part Three: Life in Christ; Section Two: The Ten Commandments; Chapter Two: You Shall Love Your Neighbor As Yourself; Article Six: The Sixth Commandment; OFFENSES AGAINST CHASTITY:

2356 “Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them.”

The Pedophile Priests of St Thomas More parish in Durham NH are Fathers Joseph Desmond, Paul McHugh and Leon Gaulin.
St Thomas More Parish
6 Madbury Road
Durham New Hampshire 03824-0620
1-603-868-2666


https://www.stmdurham.org/

https://www.facebook.com/stmdurham/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/28/the-pedophile-priests-of-st-thomas-more-parish-in-durham-nh/

https://www.catholicnh.org/

https://atheistmilitantsrising.home.blog/2021/04/27/bishop-peter-a-libasci-new-hampshire-diocese/