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Efficient Action by Hero Priest Gene Thomas Gomulka a retired Navy (captain) Chaplain to Disqualify Cardinals and Bishops who have Fueled Sex Crimes against Children and Seminarians from Voting in the Next Conclave for a Valid, House Cleaning, Truly Catholic Pope

Gay-Friendly Bishops Raise Suspicions About Their Own Sexuality

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Heterodox clergy shift blame to ‘clericalism’

By Gene Thomas Gomulka

For years, Catholics never questioned the sexual orientation of priests, bishops, cardinals or even the Pope. Most Catholics assumed their spiritual leaders were heterosexual men who sacrificed having spouses and children to serve Christ and His Church. This misconception was aided by the fact that Church leaders were able to cover up the growing number of homosexual bishops, priests and seminarians often by offering confidential out-of-court settlements to victimized seminarians and young men which covered up the sins of predator priests, bishops and even cardinals like Theodore McCarrick.

One of the most noted U.S. cardinals who helped cover up for sexual abusers was Chicago Cdl. Joseph Bernardin who, like Cdl. McCarrick, was known to prey upon seminarians. In Bernardin’s case, one of those seminarians was Steven Cook, who accused Bernardin of abusing him when he was in a high school seminary. While the archdiocese of Chicago maintained that Cook recanted of his accusation before dying of AIDS, Richard Sipe, the noted expert on celibacy and clergy sexual abuse, reported:

Several priests who were associates of Bernardin prior to his move to Chicago revealed that they had “partied” together; they talked about their visits to the Josephinum to socialize with seminarians. It is a fact that Bernardin’s accuser did not ever retract his allegations of abuse by anyone’s account other than Bernardin’s. If, as reported, three million dollars were paid in handling the scandal … the story … holds repercussions far beyond Chicago and one allegation.

Gay clerical parties continue to be covered up by Church officials at the very highest levels. When Cdl. Francesco Coccopalmerio was caught at a drug-fueled homosexual party at a Vatican apartment that Pope Francis himself insisted he be given, why did the Pope not discipline the gay cardinal who was whisked away from the gay orgy by Vatican police? Instead of sanctioning Coccopalmerio for his involvement in this scandalous, immoral and illegal drug bash, Pope Francis responded by appointing him to represent the Vatican at the 6th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Based on considerable evidence as to how Pope Francis covered up sexual abuse within his archdiocese of Buenos Aires, it should not come as a surprise that shortly after his election he ordered Cdl. Gerhard Müller, then head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to cease an investigation of Cdl. Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, who was a member of a group of cardinals that helped him get elected.

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor was accused not only of covering up sexual abuse on the part of pedophile priest Fr. Michael Hill, but also of paying hush money to victims of Fr. Hill and making them sign nondisclosure agreements to bar them from making the sex abuse allegations public. The Pope’s actions on behalf of Murphy-O’Connor are reminiscent of his attempt to overturn the verdict of Fr. Julio César Grassi who is serving a 15-year sentence in Argentina for abusing children entrusted to his care in the “Happy Children Foundation” orphanage.

One of the most noted U.S. cardinals who helped cover up for sexual abusers was Chicago Cdl. Joseph Bernardin who, like Cdl. McCarrick, was known to prey upon seminarians.Tweet

In light of the sheer number of cardinals who have been accused of engaging in, covering up, or underreporting sex abuse, it is understandable that a group of lay Catholics based in South Carolina have launched an initiative entitled “Better Church Governance” aimed at assessing cardinals’ records on combating abuse and corruption. Led by former FBI supervisory special agent Phil Scala, the organization will prepare dossiers on all cardinals eligible to vote in the next papal conclave. In anticipation of the results of the investigation, the question arises if any prelate scheduled to participate in the February 2019 Vatican meeting on clerical sex abuse should recuse himself or be disqualified from attending. Here are eight disqualifying factors worthy of consideration:

  1. Has a participant ever been accused of engaging in sexual abuse like Australian Cdl. George Pell who is currently awaiting trial on charges of sexual abuse spanning decades?
  2. Has a participant ever covered up sexual abuse like the Pennsylvania grand jury found Cdl. Donald Wuerl and other bishops to have done in cases involving over 1,000 victims who were preyed upon by over 300 priests?
  3. Has a participant ever underreported sexual abuse like Cdl. Edwin F. O’Brien who, while archbishop for the Military Services, USA, reported only two abuse cases between 1950 and 2002 when Bishop Accountability identified some 100 predator military chaplains?
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    Has a participant ever failed to report sexual abuse to authorities like Australian Abp. Philip Wilson or Kansas City-St. Joseph Bp. Robert Finn who were both found guilty in court of failure to report accusations of child abuse?

  5. Is a participant known to associate with people who engage in immoral sexual behavior like Cdl. Francesco Coccopalmerio who was involved in a drug-fueled homosexual party in the Vatican?
  6. Has a participant ever reprised against an abuse victim or advocate like Crookston Bp. Michael Hoeppner who was sued by an abuse victim for coercing him into silence about an alleged sexual abuse?
  7. Has a participant ever attempted to intimidate, threaten, or discredit a whistleblower like Cdl. Blase Cupich did when he removed sexual abuse victim Fr. Paul Kalchik from his parish after he joined parishioners in a private burning of an LGBT banner that hung in their church and after he exposed the fact that his homosexual predecessor was found naked and dead in the rectory hooked up to a sex machine that the archdiocese attempted to cover up?
  8. Has a participant attempted to blame the sex abuse crisis in the Church on “clericalism” when Cdl. Gerhard Müller, the former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made it clear that over 80 percent of sexual abuse cases involve homosexual predation.
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Cdl. Joseph Tobin

In an article entitled “To the Root of Today’s Church Crises” by Serafino Lanzetta, the author questions Pope Francis, Cardinals Cupich, Tobin and others who would have people believe that “clericalism” is the root cause of the crisis. Lanzetta writes, “But it is very difficult to understand how clericalism can explain the predation of generations of seminarians if homosexuality plays no role at all. It would be like saying that a drinker is always drunk not because he has an addiction to drink, but because he has money and can buy all the alcohol he likes.”

Prelates who engage in, cover up, underreport or fail to report sexual abuse; reprise against whistleblowers; frequently associate with active homosexuals; or blame “clericalism” and not homosexual predation for the abuse crisis raise suspicions as to their own sexual orientation and should not be involved in investigating sexual abuse in the Church.

Gene Thomas Gomulka is a retired Navy (captain) Chaplain in Coronado, California who was a priest (monsignor) of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and who served on active duty at Marine Corps and Navy commands for over 24 years until his retirement in 2004. 

 

Open Letter to the Houston Chronicle on Criminal Indictment of Cardinal Dinardo by State Grand Jury for Conspiracy to Endanger Children

 

As Donna, the Girl, Wuerl Twirls, so Twirls his Sodomite Pittsburgh Diocese Associate Danny Dinardo, Cardinal Dinardo Must Resign as President of The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops as Culpable of and Not Credible to End Episcopal Fueled Child and Seminarian Sexual Abuse

Cardinal Dinardo is facing criminal indictment as Accessory after the Fact by The Texas Rangers via The District Attorney Office of Montgomery, County  Tx. in regard to Dinardo’s criminal enabling without impunity of Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez’s sexual abuse criminality, and any other hidden crimes by concealed clerical perpetrators brought to light  and justice after a raid by the Texas Rangers on Dinardo’s Shalom House, Sept. 13th, 2018.  Shalom House served to disappear credibly accused priests like Fr. Horn (who’s sexual abuse of children  Dinardo calculatingly covered up from Horn’s parishioners until after Dinardo was made Cardinal by Pope Benedict in Rome in 2007 ) and transit through to destinations unknown only to Dinardo.  Dinardo, according to The Houston Press, The Man Who Sued the Pope,

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    as 2005 Ass. Bishop of Galveston/ Houston before replacing Bishop “lying Joe” Fierenza, was instrumental in preventing than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 2006, CDF head under JPII, first as Cardinal, later as elected Pope, from being tried as Accessory after the Fact for Conspiracy in a global syndicate of clerical child sexual abuse ensconced  in the Catholic Church per Federal Criminal Court, Southern District of Texas, in part by Dinardo immediately placing on a Bush International flight back to South America as a fugitive from Justice a homosexual “gay pipe line” seminarian from South America posing as a Catholic Priest at a Houston Parish who had sodomized several boys in the parish while himself being kept for homosexual acts by the parish senior pastor. In turn, Benedict, after being elected Pope (who as CDF head under JPII knew and covered up world child sex trafficking by Bishops and especially Fr. Maciel Degolado and the Helu Sinaloa Federation Cartel /Chase Vatican Bank cantina child sex slave trafficking via the Archdiocese of Galveston/Houston until JPII’s death in 2005 and Benedict’s narrowly defeating Gorge Bergoglio to become Pope, thereby granting  diplomatic immunity as Sovereign of the Vatican City State, would be shielded from further criminal litigation for conspiracy in US Federal Criminal Court Jurisdiction by opinion of then Secretary of State, “Conde” Rice, backed by the G.W. Bush Presidency.  In turn, Benedict as Pope in 2007 made Dinardo Cardinal in Texas.  If Wuerl resigns (and should be indicted by Penn. Grand Jury- whats up with that- indicted 169 times by Grand Jury, and no criminal indictments against Wuerl? What type of Grand Jury is that! ) more concretely and actively criminal Dinardo  must be immediately forced to resign and criminally indicted. There is now criminal precedent to indict and convict bishops as Accessory after the Fact for Conspiracy to gravely harm children evidenced in a recent conviction of a Kansas City bishop enabling a clerical child pornographer with impunity.

    1. Bishop admits failure in priest’s child pornography case

      The Kansas City case, while involving only one priest, seems to reveal a pattern long associated with the clergy sex abuse scandal: Local bishops make the final decision regarding whom to notify …

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With Cardinal Wuerl stepping down, who’s next?

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, pictured in 2015, as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., on Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(RNS) — The buzz about the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who heads the archdiocese of Washington, D.C., had a lot to do with his position: technically, as some outlets pointed out, Wuerl is the most highly ranked member of the American Catholic hierarchy to lose his office in the wake of the bombshell Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sex abuse released in August.

But while the height of Wuerl’s fall is dramatic, his departure was not unexpected. By Sept. 11, after a strained meeting with his diocesan priests, Wuerl revealed his intention to travel to Rome and encourage Pope Francis to accept his resignation. (Like most bishops, he submitted his resignation upon turning 75 three years ago, but the pope decides when to accept them.)

Nor was Wuerl accused of abuse himself. In fact, at first Wuerl defended himself against some of the allegations in the August report that he reassigned priests who abused children to shield them from accountability, and many others noted that he had, while in Pittsburgh, pushed the Vatican to take a tougher stance on child sex abuse. But public backlash over the summer placed the Archdiocese of Washington under intense pressure all the same.

Wuerl’s tumble was far less dramatic than another episode in June, when Pope Francis ordered retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Wuerl’s predecessor, to cease all public activities following allegations he abused a teenager more than 45 years ago while working in New Jersey as a priest.

Ultimately, the drama surrounding Wuerl’s resignation is only partially about Wuerl himself — it’s also about who’s next. Other bishops, also facing tough questions, could now find themselves beset by calls to follow Wuerl’s example and step down.

In February, a retired priest from the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., confessed to the The Buffalo News that he had molested “probably dozens” of boys at multiple parishes from the 1960s until the 1980s. Other allegations of abuse have since emerged via reports from Buffalo’s WKBW-TV 7 Eyewitness News and others, prompting Boston Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley to call on the Vatican to investigate Bishop Robert Malone “for the action or inaction of diocesan leadership in Buffalo with regard to the reports of abuse,” a diocesan spokesman told WKBW-TV.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, and head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is also confronting allegations he ignored rampant sexual abuse of children by a priest under his purview when he was a bishop in Sioux City, Iowa. DiNardo apologized for any failures 16 years ago, admitting that allowing the priest to continue volunteer duties at a church after forced retirement was a “mistake that we regret.”

But DiNardo is now facing a similar issue in Texas, where a priest was arrested in September on charges of sexually abusing children in the region from the late 1990s to early 2000s. DiNardo has been accused of not doing enough to remove the priest from ministry, although the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston argued in a statement that complaints about the cleric were referred to Child Protective Services.

As the scandal builds, Texas dioceses are taking a cue from others who have sought to increase transparency regarding abuse: On Wednesday, it was announced that early next year all 15 dioceses in the state will release the names of clergy who have been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of a minor.

Meanwhile, representatives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — including DiNardo — met with Francis on Sept. 13 to address the issue, saying the American church has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.” The meeting came on the heels of an announcement by the pope that he is summoning every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world for a summit in February to discuss how best to prevent clergy sex abuse and protect children.

For his part, Francis has proven himself willing, though at times reluctant, to hold the powerful accountable when pressured. After initially defending a Chilean bishop wrapped up in the sexual abuse scandal that swept the nation earlier this year, Francis has since accepted the resignations of seven bishops from the region, two of whom stepped down in September.

The shift, along with Wuerl’s resignation, may signal that Francis could oversee a similar string of departures by leadership in the U.S. Catholic Church or elsewhere, even as the pontiff — along with his predecessor Pope Benedict — continues to field criticism that he mishandled allegations regarding sexual harassment of seminarians by McCarrick.

And according to a statement released after the USCCB meeting, the pontiff is already paying close attention.

“He listened very deeply from the heart,” the statement read.

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Local Houston Media Does Pulitzer Work Exposing Cardinal Dinardo’s Legally Documented History of Child Sex Abuse Duplicity and Cover Up, But Only Tip of the Ice Berg Still Exposed in this Story of the Millennium

Local T.V. media, Chanel 11 and 2,  the Houston Chronicle and Houston Press (The Buried Abuse of the GalvestonHouston Archdiocese.” Craig Malisow) have done Pulitzer  work exposing Cardinal Dinardo’s hypocrisy and duplicity as two faced President of the U.S. Conference of Bishops in demanding answers to leading questions from Francis (the Apostate) implicating the Vatican in “Uncle Ted” McCarrick’s ascension to D.C. Cardinal, while uncovering Dinardo’s legally documented history of  child sex abuse duplicity and cover up as Bishop of Souix City, Iowa in the Father McFadden case. The McFadden cover up, as Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez’s arrest and raid of Dinardo’s Shalom House by Texas Rangers indicates is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg in respect to Dinardo’s hypocrisy in demanding answers about Vatican complicity regarding Uncle Ted from Francis.  Further investigative journalism will show  Dinardo  succeeded criminal sadistic Catholic high school principal pederast Bishop Lawrence Soens (Soens receiving no criminal sanction for his sadistic sexual assaults on minors from Church or State) as a “clean up” replacement in 1998 at Soen’s “retirement,”  until 2004.

The lawsuit  is the first that names Soens, but it is not the only time in his 48-year career in the clergy that he has been accused of sexual misconduct.

Earlier this year, Davenport Bishop William Franklin reported that Soens’ had been the subject of three separate sexual abuse allegations, one of which was settled out of court last fall for $20,000.

Those allegations also dated from his tenure as high school principal and significant because it marked the first time allegations of sexual misconduct had been leveled at a someone who had reached such high ranking status with the church in Iowa.

Soens was appointed priest and the first principal at Regina in 1959 and served in Iowa City until 1967. He was then elevated to Rector at St. Ambrose College in Davenport and later served as priest in Clinton.

In 1983, he was appointed by the late-Pope John Paul II as Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese, and last fall, one month after the diocese paid his sexual abuse claim, met with and was honored by Pope John Paul II.

Soens retired in late 1998 and lives in Sioux City.

Dinardo was consecrated Souix City Bishop by his Pittsburgh Bishop and “take a twirl with Wuerl” Sodomite Partner,  Donna, the Girl Wuerl, who Dinardo through under the bus in an 11 page letter to the Francis questioning the Vatican “Romanitas” (house politics) not just of “Uncle Ted McCarricks” rise to Cardinal, Washington D.C., but in the same breath,  Donald Wuerl’s rise to Cardinal, Washington D.C. with the ardent support and recommendation of Wuerl’s Cardinal predecessor in D.C. Cardinal “Uncle Ted,” and Cardinal Dinardo using his substantial control over Pope Benedict to push Wuerl up the Vatican Sodomite ladder to Cardinal, Washington D.C.. Fellow Vatican sodomite Cardinal Burke, who was first to call for an investigation of  Uncle Ted Vatican catapult to cardinal before Dinardo, also consecrated Dinardo with Wuerl as Bishop of Souix City. It is pure ironic comedy that Dinardo is forced by Fr. Manuel de la Rose-Lopez cover up and dismissing of victims’ complaints to support enthusiastically Francis’ Vatican investigation of McCarrick which will certainly point squarely  back at Dinardo, and JPII and Benedict (CDF head under JPII who did nothing to stop Uncle Ted, or Fr. Maciel Degolado for that matter, and far worse than McCarrick, as the criminal mastermind and founder of the Sinaloa Federation Cartel pioneering child sex slave trafficking to the impoverished and disenfranchised in cantinas along the I-10 and I-69). Francis quipped recently some people say JPII is a saint (Francis canonized JPII with John 23rd saints- neither were saints, both like Francis were satanic papal impostors profoundly involved in the cover over and trafficking of sodomite child sex slave trafficking globally by the Vatican via The Catholic Church) and I am a devil. Likewise, Cardinal Dinardo is no saint when it comes to defending children and seminarians in the Church from clerical sodomy.  Dinardo knowing about Fr. Steven Horn’s sexual assaults on children kept Horn in place as pastor with an elementary school until (just as he did with Manuel as Pastor of  St. John Fisher with an elementary school, until right before Dinardo first meet with Francis demanding answers on Uncle Ted) unknown to parishioners, until immediately after Dinardo was made Cardinal by Pope Benedict in 2007.  The irony is Dinardo sought to use disgruntled Vatican homosexual Vigano’s letter and call for the resignation of Francis over McCarrick to make himself “popably” or papal candidate to replace Francis as an advocate for clerical child sex abuse victims dismissed by the Pope and Vatican.  Dinardo did this same papal conclave politicking campaign gimmick when at first in 2010 Dinardo denied as malicious falsifications all claims Benedict had like Francis covered up and dismissed child sex abuse and enabled abusers (Benedict making Dinardo Cardinal in 2007 while Dinardo had covered up Bishop Soens (with JPII), Horn, and Manuel) only to in the end counsel Benedict to resign in 2012 so Dinardo could run for Pope in conjunction with Rick Perry as President, and Tilman Fertitta as global Vatican Bank/ Sinaloa Federation Cartel Syndicate boss. Man plans and God laughs! Francis who was the Vatican P-2 Masonic gay mafia Lucio Gelli protege candidate who came in second to Benedict, took it away from Dinardo after Dinardo fooled Benedict to resign.  Dinardo saw hypocrisy as the only path forward to take out Francis and become Pope himself as a reformer.  As in 2012, truth reared its ugly head.

Local media needs to follow up on Fr. Manuel’s abuse at Sacred Heart in Conroe, Texas by interviewing a concurrent parish staff member at that time and MSW named Rona, under Pastor David Kennedy, who told Fr. Christopher Terry, O.P. when assigned to Sacred Heart in 2006, about Fr. Manuel and Manuel frequently taking away children both male and female from the parish elementary school in his car. It is not credible Manuel had only two victims during his time at Sacred Heart, or after.  Fr. Manuel is, as the immediate payment of his three million dollar bail attests (who paid Manuel Bail has been blocked from media publication ironically by the investigating DA office) from a wealthy South American family.  Manuel used his family’s  wealth to bankroll lavish dinners and vacations with sodomite associate Bishop Jose Vasquez, who Dinardo, knowing of Vasquez’s homosexual association with Manuel (who showed one of the male Conroe victims who thought to become a seminarian,  naked pictures of seminarians he claims  to “have had fun with” promoted to Bishop of Austin in a very “Uncle Ted” ecclesiastical promotional protocol.

Manuel assaulted minor Iraqi Refugee boy children at St. Michael’s Home, covered up by Cardinal Dinardo in 2011 with the complicity of then Sheriff Andrian Garcia for Dinardo’s political blessing and support (Tilman Fertitita child sex slave trafficking  protection campaign contributions) in Garcia’s re-election as Houston Sheriff.  Garcia was notorious for allowing sexual assault of inmates by Sheriff personal in his Harris County Jail as and employee benefit and was called before congress to testify about one of the highest rates of jail assault in the nation.

Feds say Houston children’s shelter tried to cover up sex assault

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Cardinal DiNardo admits mistake in handling pedophile priest

The case dates to DiNardo’s time in Sioux City, Iowa, years before the recent arrest of a Texas priest for indecency with a child.

The leading voice in the clergy sex abuse crisis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo admitted to mishandling the case of a pedophile priest, KHOU 11 Investigates found.

The case dates to DiNardo’s time in Sioux City, Iowa, years before the recent arrest of a Texas priest for indecency with a child. Although the cases are years and miles apart, the similarities are troubling – accusers claiming DiNardo did not do enough to protect them.

Before arriving at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 2004 and later rising to the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, DiNardo served as bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City from 1998 to 2004.

There, Father George McFadden, a self-admitted sex addict, faced dozens of accusations that he sexually abused boys and girls from the 1960s through the 1980s. Althea Goff was one of his victims, who came forward later as adult.

“He told me that I was a very bad little girl and that God didn’t love me,” said Goff, now 63. “I’ll always remember that. That’s in my heart, and it hurts.”

As a child, Goff lived doors away from the Immaculate Conception Church in Sioux City. Growing up 1960s in a devout Catholic home, she hid her abuse and her pain.

“It took years for that little girl to become brave enough and say, ‘You did me wrong,’” she said.

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Althea Goff, now 63, said Father George McFadden sexually abused her as a young girl in the 1960s.
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Goff and her brother sued McFadden and the Sioux City diocese in 2003, according to Woodbury County court records. Other families filed cases as well, claiming sexual abuse ranging from groping to repeated rape.

In all, KHOU 11 Investigates found 27 lawsuits against the same priest. The Diocese of Sioux City confirmed another dozen people did not take legal action but claimed McFadden sexually abused them.

Twelve of those complaints were pending under the tenure of then-Bishop DiNardo, according to Michael Ellwanger, a Sioux City attorney who represented the diocese in the vast majority of the cases.

Despite allegations, DiNardo allows accused predator to serve as a priest

Ellwanger said when Bishop DiNardo arrived in Sioux City, two of McFadden’s accusers had already come forward. One of those, Daniel Nash, had received counseling from the Diocese of Sioux City, but was still dealing with emotional trauma after moving to Rochester, New York.

In a January 2000 letter to the Diocese of New York, Sioux City’s Vicar General and Chancellor Michael Sernett claimed McFadden was not in a position where others are in danger.

“Father McFadden was retired from active ministry in early 1992 and thereafter participated in the full range of therapy available to sexual offenders,” Sernett wrote, adding that McFadden “no longer has access to the young.”

But turns out, that wasn’t true.

In subsequent court pleadings, Ellwanger acknowledged the accused predator priest was allowed to say daily noon mass at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in downtown Sioux City.

“There’s a school attached to that church, so his access to children would have been endless,” Goff said.

She assailed Bishop DiNardo and the diocesan hierarchy for not taking stronger action.

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Father George McFadden.

“They were just as guilty as he was, if not more,” Goff said.

In June 2002, then-Bishop DiNardo publicly acknowledged the error.

“We apologize for the decision that allowed (McFadden) to continue his volunteer priestly duties,” DiNardo wrote in a statement published in the Diocese of Sioux City newspaper. “In hindsight, that was a mistake that we regret.

“In today’s world, that mistake would not have been made.”

In a 2004 deposition, McFadden told plaintiff attorneys he was a sexual addict.

“Addiction, you’re not thinking much about what’s wrong with you. You’re just looking for a fix or something, I suppose,” McFadden said.

At another point in the deposition, McFadden compared his pedophilia to substance abuse.

“It’s there and available and you can probably put yourself to a place where things aren’t as bad as they should be. Addiction is something you do without even thinking … it’s inappropriate and the whole thing, but it’s—I suppose like drinking or like drugs, you take them even though you know you shouldn’t,” he said.

Multi-million-dollar settlements paid

Ultimately, the Diocese of Sioux City paid $3.9 million to settle 39 claims against McFadden for sexual abuse that occurred over three decades, according to attorney Ellwanger.

KHOU 11 Investigates spoke with five of those victims, all of whom spoke of a deep, enduring pain after so many years. They also shared their anger that a bishop would allow a predator priest to have any access to children.

DiNardo was questioned about that in a separate 2004 deposition by plaintiff attorney Scott Rhinehart.

“He had access to all sorts of little children, didn’t he? I mean there’s a grade school right across the street, there’s a high school right attached to the Cathedral of the Epiphany. Am I wrong on that Bishop?” Rhinehart asked DiNardo in that deposition.

“No, you’re not wrong on that,” DiNardo told him.

Later in that deposition, DiNardo said that McFadden had undergone counseling for sexual offenders and upon returning to Iowa was under observation while living in a house with retired priests. But the Bishop acknowledged it took three victims to come forward before he was persuaded to take further action. In February 2002, DiNardo prohibited McFadden from performing any priestly functions.

“You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Goff said of DiNardo.

According to attorney Ellwanger, DiNardo initiated the laicization or “defrocking” process to have McFadden completely removed from the priesthood. Citing his advanced age, the Vatican denied that request but prohibited McFadden from acting as a priest or performing priestly duties in public. Now 93, McFadden is living with relatives in Indiana.

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Pope Francis with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. (CBS News)

Recent claims against DiNardo

Since arriving in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and being named president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal DiNardo was accused of failing to remove another accused predator priest from ministry. Father Manuel LaRosa-Lopez was arrested in Montgomery County last month on indecency with a child charges.

The alleged crimes occurred in the late 1990s to early 2000s while LaRosa-Lopez was a priest at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe. One of his alleged victims told police that she met with DiNardo and was promised that LaRosa-Lopez would be removed from any contact with children. The priest was later relocated to another parish in Fort Bend County.

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Manuel La Rosa-Lopez

READ: Full arrest warrant for Manuel LaRosa-Lopez

Days after LaRosa-Lopez’s arrest, DiNardo traveled to Rome, leading a delegation to discuss the sex abuse scandal with Pope Francis.

“Cardinal Dinardo is so powerful in this country, the number one most powerful person in the church in this country,” Goff said. “It scares the hell out of me quite frankly.”

KHOU 11 Investigates requested an interview with Cardinal DiNardo, but the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston told us he was in Rome and unavailable, but sent us the following statement:

“Bishop DiNardo assumed his duties as Bishop of the Sioux City Diocese in November of 1998. As more information about George McFadden’s history of abuse prior to 1985 became known, Bishop DiNardo publicly stated it had been a mistake for the Sioux City Diocese to have previously permitted McFadden to have even a very limited function in the diocese. Although McFadden had already been removed from parish ministry, Bishop DiNardo terminated all of McFadden’s priestly faculties in 2002 — and in 2003 initiated the process to have McFadden completely removed from the priesthood. Bishop DiNardo was assigned to the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 2004.”

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Cardinal DiNardo to meet with Pope Francis for second time since ex-Conroe priest arrest

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Ahead of a Monday meeting with Pope Francis, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston echoed his call for a review of how the Vatican handled the rise of a Washington D.C. cardinal amid sex abuse claims.

DiNardo, who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is slated to meet with the Pope a second time since Sept. 11 when a Houston-area priest was arrested on four counts of indecency with a child.

In a statement from Rome on Sunday, DiNardo seconded Pope Francis’ pledge to study the Vatican archives to determine how the Catholic Church addressed allegations that former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was sleeping with seminarians and priests. The claims were reported as early as 2000.

ARRESTED IN SEPTEMBER: Galveston-Houston Archdiocese housing former Conroe priest accused of sex abuse at retirement community

DiNardo applauded the Pope for taking steps to “ensure the faithful are protected from the evil of sexual assault.”

While the cardinal’s remarks do not cite McCarrick or anyone else by name, the statement refers to the Pope’s Oct. 6 request for the internal review of claims against McCarrick, who resigned in 2006.

“The truth will ensure terrible sins of the past are not repeated,” DiNardo wrote. “The courage of abuse survivors who first brought the horrific truth of sexual abuse to light must continue to be matched by our courage as pastors to respond in justice.”

Additionally, DiNardo’s statement did not reference the criminal investigation into Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, the priest formerly assigned to Richmond’s St. John Fisher Church. La Rosa-Lopez, is accused of molesting two young parishioners of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Conroe.

The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston did not respond to a request for comment following DiNardo’s remarks.

Michael Norris, of Houston’s chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, took exception to DiNardo’s overseas trip and failure to address the accusations against one of his own.

“He has a lot of nerve,” Norris said Sunday night. “He’s got his own issues in Houston that need to be addressed, not being off in Rome.”

La Rosa-Lopez has been accused of assaulting a teen boy and girl from 1998 to 2000, according to investigators in Montgomery County.

By DiNardo’s arrival at the Houston archdiocese in 2004, La Rosa-Lopez had been ordered to undergo sex addiction therapy and assigned to the parish in Richmond, about 70 miles to the southwest of Conroe.

Before reporting La Rosa-Lopez to the police, both victims said they met with DiNardo but in their view he did not take them seriously.

A third accuser came forward last Thursday to allege that La Rosa-Lopez inappropriately touched him on multiple occasions in the mid-1990s while he was an altar boy at a Houston church.

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Cardinal DiNardo, at center of clergy abuse crisis, accused of mishandling cases in Iowa and Texas

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A U.S. cardinal at the center of the Vatican’s response to the sex abuse crisis besetting the Catholic church is being accused this month by clergy abuse survivors of mishandling cases in Iowa and Texas.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, led a delegation of Catholic leaders this month to meet with Pope Francis about the crisis.

In public remarks, DiNardo blamed the “moral catastrophe” on “the failure of episcopal leadership.”

“The result was that scores of beloved children of God were abandoned to face an abuse of power alone,” DiNardo wrote.

But one Iowa abuse survivor told Reader’s Watchdog that DiNardo is guilty of the same leadership failures.

Daniel Nash, a Jefferson, Iowa, native now living in Ithaca, New York, told Reader’s Watchdog that DiNardo has failed to stop or defrock priests who have faced multiple allegations of abuse — starting with his early days as a bishop in Sioux City, Iowa, all the way to his present work as a top church leader in Texas.

In 2002, Nash told the Register he was molested at least 30 times when the Rev. George McFadden served at St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson from 1969 to 1972.

McFadden served in Jefferson and four other western Iowa parishes from 1953 to 1992. He was accused of abuse by dozens of victims, McFadden was never defrocked.

McFadden admitted committing “harmful acts,” but he never made a public apology. He continued to receive a pension and to celebrate Mass daily in Sioux City’s largest church after he retired in 1991.

“The people of Jefferson still have not forgotten DiNardo lying to them there,” said Nash, now 60.

Michael Ellwanger, an attorney whose firm has represented the Sioux City diocese in clergy abuse cases since 2002, said McFadden was relieved of parish duty in 1998, before DiNardo becoming bishop in Sioux City.

DiNardo acknowledged that it was a mistake allowing McFadden to perform some “limited functions” after his retirement.

“Bishop DiNardo did subsequently decree that McFadden’s faculties as a priest be terminated,” Ellwanger wrote in a statement.

After McFadden’s faculties were removed, he moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to be with his sister. He is now 93.

Church officials acknowledged paying for roughly $3,200 in counseling for Nash and other costs for him after he first contacted them in 1996.

Later, they stopped paying Nash after church officials said he refused to provide them with his medical records.

DiNardo led the Sioux City diocese in 2002 when it acknowledged for the first time paying multiple out-of-court settlements related to McFadden’s abuse.

Thirty-nine people ultimately filed suit or made claims against McFadden and the Diocese of Sioux City.

“The total amount of settlements was approximately $3.9 million,” Ellwanger said. “The last settlement was in 2008. As far as Dan Nash specifically, a settlement was reached with him for $150,000.”

Nash noted that McFadden also was moved to new parishes after abuse claims surfaced against him, and he was allowed to remain active in the church after he was asked to resign in 1991.

“Sending McFadden to Fort Wayne is just like everything else the Catholic church has been doing,” Nash said, “moving people around so you can’t get a finger on what’s going on.”

DiNardo was named co-adjutor bishop in Galveston-Houston in January 2004 and took over leadership of that archdiocese in early 2006.

“In my opinion, Bishop DiNardo has never ‘mishandled’ allegations of abuse,” Ellwanger said. “One thing that one should perhaps realize is that the first time the diocese would hear of a particular allegation is when a lawsuit was filed. Virtually all of these victims were represented by legal counsel. There really was not much opportunity for the bishop to have any contact with victims while a lawsuit was pending.”

While DiNardo was at the Vatican this month, two other sex abuse victims in Texas told the Associated Press that DiNardo failed to take action to stop a priest who abused them.

Both made allegations against the Rev. Manuel LaRosa-Lopez, although those allegations were 17 years apart.

Both met with DiNardo, who leads the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to discuss the abuse they suffered. One said DiNardo promised in a meeting that LaRosa-Lopez would be removed from any contact with children.

In fact, LaRosa-Lopez was moved 70 miles away and continued in active ministry.

LaRosa-Lopez, 60, was arrested Sept. 11. He is pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Richmond and the archdiocese’s episcopal vicar for Hispanics, according to the Associated Press.

In 2007, DiNardo found credible allegations of abuse committed by the Rev. Stephen Horn, a priest who served the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for almost 35 years, between 1989 and 1993.

By then, U.S. bishops repeatedly had pledged to act quickly and openly with credible sex abuse allegations.

DiNardo suspended Horn. But the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a national support organization based in St. Louis, criticized DiNardo for keeping secret the allegation and his determination from parishioners, police and the public for two months.

That delay occurred in the weeks before the pope announced DiNardo would be named a cardinal in October 2007.

In July of this year, Pope Francis removed Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after church investigators ruled as credible an allegation that McCarrick groped a teenage altar boy in the 1970s. Several former seminarians and priests have reported they have been abused or harassed by McCarrick as adults.

DiNardo called in August for a “prompt and thorough examination” of questions surrounding McCarrick.

In August, a grand jury report found Roman Catholic leaders in Pennsylvania had been covering up child sex abuse committed by more than 300 priests over seven decades. DiNardo said the findings amounted to a “moral catastrophe.”

In an 11-page written statement, DiNardo has also raised questions about the conduct and appointment of several U.S. cardinals and bishops, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, and Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, archbishop emeritus of Baltimore.

Archbishop Carlo Mario Viganò claimed that Pope Francis knew about allegations against Archbishop McCarrick and reinstated him in ministry after Benedict XVI had imposed sanctions on him.

DiNardo said Archbishop Viganò’s letter brought focus and urgency to the need for an “examination into how the grave moral failings of a brother bishop could have been tolerated for so long and proven no impediment to his advancement.”

DiNardo has been drafting a plan to better combat clergy sex abuse at a general assembly of bishops in November.

The initiatives include establishing a code of conduct and a confidential hotline — to be run by a third party — to receive complaints of sexual misconduct by bishops, and relay such complaints to appropriate church and civil authorities.

Critics have said they need to go further, allowing outside investigators full access to church sex-abuse records and by supporting changes to statute-of-limitation laws so that more cases of long-ago sex abuse can be addressed in court.

Lee Rood’s Reader’s Watchdog column helps Iowans get answers and accountability from public officials, the justice system, businesses and nonprofits. Contact her at lrood@dmreg.com, 515-284-8549, on Twitter @leerood, or at facebook.com/readerswatchdog