Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Canonical Abuse Trials Heat Up!

The number of canonical trials for those priests accused of sexual abuse have increased dramatically this month and will continue through November. Most of these canonical trials are occurring in Rome and many bishops along with the accused priests have been showing up lately in the Eternal City. Once again, Bishop Tod Brown of Orange is in the news. He is presently in Rome for a variety of matters, but most notably the canonical trial of former Orange Vocations Director Msgr. Daniel Murray.

The Orange Diocese had the record $100 million abuse settlement. In Murray's case, he is accused of sexually abusing a boy from the time the boy was 8 to his early teens, back in the 1970's. The Orange Diocese settled this particular case last December for $500,000. What makes this case interesting is because the settlement was unannounced for months and because the priest, Msgr. Daniel Murray, is technically still the pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport Beach. Murray has denied the allegations and has been on paid leave for the past year and a half pending a church investigation. Well, now the canonical trial is occurring in Rome, and our sources say it doesn't look good for Murray.


Anonymous a. meyers said...

Murray's case is a sad one. There is much more to the story than vaticanisti shrewdly unearths. The details are, let's kindly say, not PG rated. How many of these cases will be tried in the next 2 months? Looks like Rome wants to get ur done.

7:00 PM  
Anonymous susan said...

Murray is (was) my pastor. I feel bad for him because he seemed like a good priest. He could be a little prissy at times, but he seemed to have the good of the parish at his heart. He's been living at a house of prayer for priests in Orange and working at the chancery office with some canon law cases.

I love your site!

7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since Tod Brown is often-mentioned as a candidate to succeed the Prefect of CDF in SF, it will be interesting to monitor the conclusion of the Murray trial. Whatever the conclusion, it is a good thing that CDF is moving the trials along since justice delayed is justice denied.

If Tod Brown followed the standard procedures adopted by most of the CA bishops in the handling of such abuse cases, it is unlikely that he would have sanctioned the removal of Murray in the first place and approved the payment of settlement money to the alleged victim if he and his review board did not deem the allegations to be credible. Further, I suspect the attorneys for the diocese would not have recommended the settlement to the bishop if they were concerned about the credibility of the allegations since they are certainly not in the business of giving money away.

It might also be helpful to consider the way the Prefect handled the case of a popular and prominent SF clergyman who was removed from his post as pastor of a prominent SF church.

The priest was placed on forced leave in 2002 following at least a single allegation of abuse. In fact, the allegation was initally raised back in 1994! I was told by the Chair of the SF Review Board that there were in fact multiple allegations lodged with the archdiocese against this particular priest. The SF Archdiocese quitely paid a settlement to the victim even though the priest in question denied the allegations and lobbied for reinstatement to his former post. Shortly before his departure for Rome, the Prefect made a decison not to reinstate the priest to his former position. At the same time, the appointement of a new pastor was NOT announced in the Catholic SF along with the annual announcement of pastoral assignments.

Perhaps the Prefect will modify his episcopal motto once he is created Cardinal to "Run Silent, Run Deep"

Paul - SF

2:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, look at the ratings OJ's trial, and the Michael Jackson trial got, the money, the interest on the part of the general public!

Why not a Vatican Court TV Channel? I bet these trials are loaded with SEX, VIOLENCE, BETRAYAL, HURTING PEOPLE, all the elements that the general public loves. This could be a huge huge money maker for the right network!

5:20 AM  
Anonymous preserve the balance on the court! said...

I'm glad to see Paul from SF is back. I thought for awhile that he had given up on vaticanisti, but I surmised the cause of his absence when I noticed there had been no postings linking sexual abuse to episcopal appointments for some time. That explained it. Way to reel 'em back in Vaticanisti!

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balanced Preservation:

Your heartfelt "welcome back" is touching.

Paul - SF

8:25 PM  
Blogger kelley sterling said...

Welcome back Paul from SF! We have all missed you more than you'll ever imagine! Never leave us again! Your church insights as they especially relate to the NorCal scene are so desperately needed. I consider you my equivalent up North. You got SF, I got San Diego. We make a great team!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelley -

What's going on down in San Diego (ie. what kind of toxic waste site did Maher leave behind)? Sadly, one has to admit that he is another export from SF!


Paul - SF

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canonical Abuse Trial Heats up well there is a duplicit Bishop in the Diocese of Orange please read the Los Angeles catholic mission newspaper there is article in The July /August 2004 they have a website. Please comment back . I will post further details regarding Bishop Todd Brown and other corrupt elements in the Diocese of Orange.

12:36 AM  
Blogger BarbariansAtBay said...

Any news on Murray's trial? The pasish has been informed that a new pastor will be appointed shortly.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been informed by my source in the Diocese of Orange that Msgr. Murray is officially out of the priesthood and has received orders to not practice the sacraments. Having served as a seminarian for the Diocese of Orange under Murray when he was the vocations director, I can without any remorse say "Don't let the door hit you on the way out." The amount of emotional abuse he place upon myself and my brother seminarians would be considered harrasment in any other business. He was mean, down right cruel, and would never hesitate to verbally put us down in front of others. He lied to many of us and created false stories regarding "reviews" by the Bishop that never existed. He destroyed more vocations then he did supporting them. My ten years of absolute hell under him caused enough damage. I hope that he enjoys the unemployment line.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is that you Hung? I also was a seminarian under Msgr. Murray and like the parishioner from his previous parish - Msgr. Murray really seemed like a great guy. Ask Fr. John Nenaman. It's hard to have compassion for someone who did something so horrible. Additionally, your comments about Msgr. are nothing compared to the Dean of St. John's Seminary College who left in 1994 - He was much worse (told me to go have sex with a girl before coming back to the seminary the following spring) and always telling me what a great body I had (eerie), and I was glad to see him go with a bang, just like our rector. I wish Mahoney would go too - He has assigned two bishops (classmates) I know of that had sexual behavioral issues. One came on to me (and I awkwardly resisted)! I told someone but no one believed me so I dropped it. Later he was busted though. Oh well, It's not just a Catholic issue either. I had a Military Chaplan form El Toro who was married with children proposition me so blatently describing the acts he wanted before I almost tore him a apart - though I resisted, I told him to get counselling before I look up his family and let his wife know (finding out who the military chaplains are on a base is pretty easy). I was stunned, a man "happily married with children" wanted to have sex with me. Point, he was a protestant minister MARRIED. We all have had our struggles here and there - forgive and let it go, and ultimately, let God. I often wonder if I would have been a priest if I had better examples in formation. Sad. I still have things that deeply churn in my heart, but I choose to let it go and forgive.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was been thrown out of the priesthood. Another person came forward with a case against Murray that was kept private from the public. It was the final chapter in the life of this perv priest. The diocese made another payment without telling anyone and use the latest information agaist Murray in the case against him. He is washed up and gone for good.

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those canonical trial are only against priest who have sexually abused children?

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least the Americans have the moral courage to expose these scandals.Here in England in the notorious diocese of Arundel and Brighton the local bishop Kieran Conry has actually exempted one of his clergy from canon law so that he can run a property company for private profit.This cleric,Brian Madders,runs a company that threaS INNOCENT PEOPLE WITH HOMELESSNESS.
The Catholic press is afraid to print the truth.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What horrifies me is that the Catholic diocese of Arundel and brighton in England paid over 100,000 pounds to house a cleric whom the police accused of pedophilia.The victim,a girl aged 9,was too distraught to testify at the trial.
The bishop declined to answer our questions about why he would not help the homeless of the diocese.
We need American standards of disclosure here.

7:58 AM  
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