Wednesday, 31 August 2011

New Lawsuit Accuses Fresno Priest of Sexual Abuse

In yet another lawsuit filed by victims of clergy sexual abuse in California, a former priest in Fresno has been accused of sexual abuse of boys in at least three different parishes. The lawsuit also alleges that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno was aware of the abuse, but did nothing to stop the priest.

The lawsuit alleges that the abuse occurred at San Joaquin Memorial High School between the 60’s and 70’s. The priest, Father Don Flickinger, allegedly abused boys over a period of four decades. According to the lawsuit, when the priest was working at San Joaquin Memorial High School, he would handpick boys and take them to his office where they would be abused. The lawsuit also alleges that the church was aware of the abuse at least in 1972, but failed to act.

Flickinger’s actions were no secret on campus. In fact, according to some of the students of the school, they had nicknames for the priest, and used these to warn each other whenever he was around. It's hard to believe that such kind of talk was openly prevalent in the school, and the church was never aware of it.

The Fresno Diocese is promoting the same head-in-the-sand attitude that California sexual abuse lawyers have found at many other churches around the state. According to the diocese, some priests involved in the abuse have been sent to receive “professional help.” According to the diocese, the church is “praying for both victims as well as the priests” involved in the sexual abuse.

The lawsuit is seeking monetary compensation for the victims, as well as a change in the policies of the church towards sexual abuse. The lawsuit wants the church to ban the practice of transferring priests accused of sexual abuse in their parishes, to churches elsewhere without warning neighborhoods and parishioners about the priest’s history of sexual abuse.

4 comments:

  1. Not to diminish the high crimes of the RCC but Please examine the Jehovah's Witnesses who go door to door and come on our property.

    Jehovah's Witnesses pedophiles.
    Many court documents and news events prove that Jehovah's Witnesses require two witnesses when a child comes forward with allegations of molestation within the congregation. Such allegations have customarily been treated as sins instead of crimes and are only reported to authorities when it is required to do so by law, (which varies by state).

    It has also been shown that child molesters within the organization usually have not been identified to the congregation members or the public at large. These people engage in a door to door ministry, possibly exposing children to pedophiles.

    The Watchtower corporation has paid out millions in settlement money already.
    -- Danny Haszard abuse victim
    www.dannyhaszard.com

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