On this episode of the Recovering from Religion podcast we discuss Catholic Church child sexual abuse. We interview G.R. Pafumi, author of Clergy Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church and founder of VictimsSpeakDB.org. And Emily highlights eleven upcoming secular events. You can check out this episode and previous episodes on iTunes, YouTube, iHeartRadio and all the other main podcast catchers. You can also stream or download the show from: http://www.recoveringfromreligion.org/podcast
Clergy Sex Abuse
The SACADDAS DB Profiler provides summary statistics about clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database.
Extend the statute of limitations for sex crimes against children. Justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.” — G.R. Pafumi
SPRING VALLEY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, May 10, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — We are pleased to announce a new feature of the VictimsSpeakDB website, the SACCADAS DB Profiler. It provides summary statistics about Catholic clergy abuse for individual states/provinces, countries or regions included in the SACCADAS database. VictimsSpeakDB viewers can request profiles of individual states/ provinces, countries or regions by sending a Profile Request. Profiles of individual clerics, such as priests, brothers or nuns, are also available upon request.
The SACCADAS DB Profiler was created to provide summary data about specific locations and/or individuals. Not every user requires the detail provided on the dozens of charts on this website. In some cases, the user would like to obtain an overview of clergy abuse in his particular state/ province or by a specific abuser. Viewers can request a profile of a specific state/province or abuser by sending a Profile Request. We have included on this website a profile of the entire SACCADAS database as well a sample of an individual state/province. The state/province we chose was the U.S. territory of the Guam. We chose Guam because the pattern exhibited in the data is a primary reason this website was created.
There are 67 records of victims abused in Guam. Of those 67 records, only one victim was abused in this century (in 2015). Of the remaining 66 records, 57 records represent victims abused prior to the 1980s. On the other hand, 57 records of the 67 records represented victims who made the first public accusation of abuse in the 2015-2017 time slot. Why? In September 2016, Guam enacted a law removing the statute of limitations on sex crimes against children. Fifty five of the 67 records are from victims who made their first accusation of abuse after September 2016. Clearly, eliminating the statute of limitations had a major effect. Moreover, when victims come forward it encourages other victims to come forward who might otherwise have continued to remain silent. There is another interesting aspect to abuse in Guam. The most prolific abuser in Guam was Father Louis Brouillard. His abuse represents 37 out of the 67 records. Interestingly enough, not only did Father Brouillard sexually assault a large number of minors, but a large percentage of them came forward. This compares to the overwhelming majority of abusers who are typically accused by three or fewer victims. It is expected that more victims abused by Father Brouillard will come forward. When victims come forward, it encourages other victims to come forward too. As we have indicated in a variety of venues, the statute of limitations needs to be expanded or eliminated. Guam is a great example of how a change in legislation can provide enormous, but long delayed benefits to the victims. Guam has demonstrated that justice delayed is not necessarily justice denied.
The VictimsSpeakDB (DataBase) website was created to provide statistical information about the abuse of children and vulnerable adults by Roman Catholic clergy. Also known as the SACCADAS (Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence) database, it is derived exclusively from the first-hand accounts and experiences of the victims, or alleged victims. It is the only database which provides comparative information about abuse internationally, divided into five, not necessarily contiguous, regions: the United States, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Developed Countries and LDCs (less-developed countries).
Newly Launched Website Details the Alleged Sexual Abuse of Minors by Roman Catholic Clergy in 49 Countries; Advocates Expansion of the Statute of Limitations
New website provides comprehensive statistical information about the alleged abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by Catholic clergy. It covers alleged abuse on six continents during the past century. It was created and designed to encourage legislation to expand the statute of limitations on sex crimes committed against minors.
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Spring Valley, NY–April 26, 2017–(PR.com)–Author and quantitative analyst G.R. Pafumi announces the launch of his newest website, VictimsSpeakDB.org. It is derived from the proprietary Survivor Accounts of Catholic Clergy Abuse, Denial, Accountability and Silence (SACCADAS) database. The site provides comprehensive analyses of the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in 49 countries on six continents. VictimsSpeakDB.org includes statistical data detailing the abuse of over 9,000 victims molested by nearly 3,000 Catholic clergy, dating as far back as the 1920s, and as recently as 2017. The launch of the new website was timed to coincide with pending state legislation to expand the SOL (statute of limitations) for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Key findings of the SACCADAS database include:
• Abuse patterns in Australia/New Zealand and Canada mirror patterns observed in the United States, including the gender of the abused and the decades in which the greatest abuse occurred (1960-1989).
• The average age at the time the abuse was first reported was 43 years for victims who came forward in the 21st century. Their average delay in reporting that abuse was 29 years after the abuse ended. This is strong evidence as to why the statute of limitations to report sex crimes against children must be expanded.
• There is a spike in first reporting of abuse at ages 30-49 for men (nearly half of the male victims) and ages 40-59 for women (nearly half of the female victims).
• Three times as many male abuse victims (8.4%) became substance abusers as compared with females.
• 1 out of 4 molested male minors were altar boys, while only 1 out of 100 females were altar servers.
• Nearly 10% of clergy abusers continued to abuse after their first accusation, in some case for more than 25 years after.
• Attempted suicide rates were 5.3% of clergy-abuse victims, as compared with 8.6% in the general population. However actual suicides identified in the SACCADAS database were over 30 times the rate in the general population (based on Centers for Disease Control–CDC–data).
• Over 80% of the victims abused by priests were male. Nearly 90% of the victims abused by brothers were male. Brothers represented nearly one third of clergy abusers in Australia/New Zealand, as compared with 6% in the United States. This is the result of a greater number of Catholic children who resided in Catholic boarding schools. Well over half of the victims abused by nuns were female. Only 4% of clergy molesters abused children of both sexes.
The website is both fee-free and ad-free. It does not require registration, although there is a Contact Us feature for users who wish to be notified about major updates to the site. There is also a companion VictimsSpeakDB Blog. It permits registration for users who wish to keep apprised of ongoing research studies derived from the SACCADAS database.
About the Publisher
G.R. Pafumi is an author, financial engineer, content engineer and quantitative analyst. He developed risk analysis products for hedge funds and was chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager of a São Paulo based hedge fund. He is the founder and chief executive of InvestmentMetriX Corp., a website-based provider of quantitative financial information, and was a content engineer at NewsGrade.com, Inc., an early internet startup. He has over 40 years’ experience as a research analyst and portfolio manager. He was previously associated with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and HSBC Bank.
Mr. Pafumi received his B.S. degree in finance and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He also has an M.S. in Quantitative Analysis as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from New York University. He has been cited in the financial media and has appeared on the CNBC, CNN, NBC and PBS television networks. His book, “Is Our Vision of God Obsolete? Often What We Believe Is Not What We Observe,” compared the universe and our place in it, as articulated in the Bible, with the evidence available from contemporary science and discovery. In “The Origin and Rise, Decline and Fall of the God Known as Yahweh: Why the God of Abraham Is Incongruous in the 21st Century,” Mr. Pafumi traced the history of the Israelites back 4,000 years to Egypt, based on modern archaeological discoveries. His most recent book, “Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned: Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers,” delves into the worldwide abuse of children by Catholic clergy.
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Press Release: New book asks, is the Catholic Church widely populated with psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists? Is the Catholic Church a dinosaur on its way to extinction?
Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned
Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers
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Is the Church widely populated with psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists?
G.R. Pafumi compares what the Church preaches to how its clergy acts in his latest book
Spring Valley, NY– July 09, 2015 – According to the author G.R. Pafumi, the Catholic Church is rife with resident evil. He asks, is the Church widely populated by psychopaths, pedophiles and atheists? How else does one explain nearly 2,000 years of Church history? How does one explain the Church’s involvement in so many evil deeds in the name of Jesus Christ, including persecution, murder, and widespread clergy sex abuse. Revelations of sex abuse by Catholic clergy is the prevailing explanation as to why Catholics are fleeing the Church in droves. The Pew Research Forum recently estimated that 13% of Americans are former Catholics, up from 10% a mere three years ago. That is nearly one out of eight Americans. Is the Church a dinosaur? Catholics seem to be leaving the Church like rats on a sinking ship. These and similar issues are addressed in Mr. Pafumi’s most recent book.
- Disturbing comparisons of the Church to the Mafia and the Nazis.
- A 1,700 year history of sex abuse of children and animals by Catholic clergy.
- The sale of babies by Church officials for profit, “stolen” from unwed mothers, in Ireland, Australia and Spain.
- Sadistic physical abuse of young boys at a reform school in the Bronx run by the Catholic Church.
- Father [Tyrannosaurus] Rex, who molested dozens of Philippine women and children, and was the prime suspect in two murders of young women who rebelled.
- The Church’s 2002 admission that 200 of its priests had abused women and children in the Philippines. Yet there has never been a successful prosecution of a priest there.
- A Philippine facility which cares for young women impregnated by Catholic priests to limit illegal abortions.
- The clergy pedophile manifesto, a manual designed by a priest on how to groom children for sexual abuse.
- A blueprint for the Holocaust designed at the Vatican; Church assistance to Nazi war criminals to evade justice.
- Conversations with Cardinals Dolan (New York) and Tagle (Manila) which “never” happened.
Pafumi notes that Brazil, the largest Catholic country in the world, has only a couple of cases where the Church was assessed a fine relating to clergy sex abuse. In Mexico, another large Catholic country, there has only been two well-publicized cases of clergy sex abuse. No clergy in Mexico has ever been convicted of a sex crime. One notorious Mexican priest, had children with two women, and sexually assaulted numerous altar boys. His case was reported to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) when Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, was in charge. The priest was sentenced to life of penitence and prayer. Pafumi concludes, “Children are not well protected in less-developed countries dominated by the Catholic Church.”
The book publication was timed to coincide with Pope Francis’ visit to New York in September 2015. He has begun a petition asking the Pope to require all Catholic personnel to pledge to an honor code patterned after the Cadet Honor Code at U.S. military academies. “I will not abuse women and children, intimidate them or their families, cover-up for fellow clergy or subordinates, nor tolerate among us those who do so.” Pafumi asks the Pope to insist that bishops and supervisors who fail report abusive priests are turned over to the civil authorities for prosecution. In June of this year, the state of Minnesota sued the Catholic Church for failing to supervise appropriately clergy sex abusers. Ten days later, the archbishop and his auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese resigned. Had these two bishops been investigated by the CDF instead, it is not likely they would have resigned, at least not in 10 days.
Thoroughly researched, the book presents a disturbing description of the Catholic Church over the last 17 centuries. He not only details sex and physical abuse of women and children, but also widespread homosexuality among the Church’s clergy. It is against same-sex marriage. Yet 81% of priestly sexual abuse in the United States is of male minors. The Church is against abortion, but it is also against contraception. It prefers that women die, rather than condoning an abortion when a woman’s life is at stake. It automatically excommunicates clergy who do not keep secret Church tribunals investigating sex abuse. Yet it sometimes sentences the abusers only to a life of prayer. Defrocking a priest can take years, while they sometimes continue to abuse. Whistleblowers are excommunicated in seconds. The Church is against physician-assisted suicide. It would rather people suffer painful deaths. Only one in five Americans are practicing Catholics. But the Church wants to determine the lifestyle for the entire American population. The citizens of Ireland, once residing in a virtual Catholic theocracy, overwhelmingly approved same-sex marriage by popular vote.
Is the Catholic Church a dinosaur on its way to extinction? Pafumi ultimately concludes, indeed it is!
About the Author
G.R. Pafumi is a former financial engineer and consultant specializing in quantitative investment analysis and financial accounting. He developed risk analysis products for hedge funds and was chief investment strategist and co-portfolio manager of a São Paulo based hedge fund. Mr. Pafumi has 40-years’ experience as a security analyst and portfolio manager in domestic equities, international equities, and derivatives (listed equity and index options). He was previously associated with Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and HSBC Bank. Mr. Pafumi received his B.S. degree in Finance and Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He also has an M.S. in Quantitative Analysis as well as an M.B.A. in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He has been cited in a variety of financial newspapers and investor magazines and has appeared on the CNBC, CNN, NBC and PBS television networks. His first book, Is Our Vision of God Obsolete? Often What We Believe Is Not What We Observe, compared the universe and our place in it, as articulated in the Bible, with the evidence available from contemporary science and discovery. His second book, The Origin and Rise, Decline and Fall of the God Known as Yahweh: Why the God of Abraham Is Incongruous in the 21st Century, traced the history of the Jewish people back 4,000 years to Egypt, based on recent archaeological discoveries. His most recent book delves into the abuse of women and children by Catholic clergy in less-developed countries.
Bless Me Father, For You Have Sinned
Resident evil in a Catholic Church populated with sexual deviates, psychopaths, sadists and nonbelievers
Publication Date: June 29, 2015
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I have recently published a book about Catholic clergy sex abuse and its effect on the declining number of Catholics in the United States. I timed the release of the book and my petition to the Pope to coincide with his arrival in New York. Clergy sex abuse is under a fairly high level of control in the United States due to media coverage, in particular revelations published by The Boston Globe in 2002. We have seen what media coverage can do to calling attention to problems and getting the appropriate laws enacted. Without the revelations in the Boston archdiocese, it is not likely that clergy sex abuse in the United States would have fallen as much as it has. Indeed, the Church resists responsibility for abuse and to do the right thing by the victims. At a hearing of the Maryland legislature to extend the statute of limitations for clergy abuse, the Church testified against the then pending bill. Cardinal Timothy Dolan attempted to shelter $57 million while he was the archbishop of the Milwaukee archdiocese. It took the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rule that those funds are available for victim compensation in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy. A priest in Uganda was suspended indefinitely for exposing child sex abuse. He was told to help cover up the crimes because “that’s what one is supposed to do.” He refused and was suspended.
My book is primarily about abuse in less-developed countries. I traveled to the Philippines late last year and I was appalled at the status quo. In 2002, when the revelations in Boston became front page news, the Church in the Philippines acknowledged that 200 of its priests had abused women and children. Here we are 13 years later and not a single, solitary priest has been convicted of a sex crime in the Philippines. The same is true in Mexico. A widely publicized case of clergy sex abuse in Mexico resulted in the priest being “sentenced” to a life of prayer and penitence by Pope Benedict XVI. There has never been a priest criminally convicted of a sex crime in Mexico. The Pope has set up a 17-member papal commission on abuse. There is not a single member from SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), which has great expertise in clergy sex abuse. SNAP has over 10,000 abuse victims internationally among its membership. Why isn’t its voice being heard or included?
Pope Francis announced that he will be giving the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) the ability to discipline bishops who do not report clergy sex offenders in their charge to the civil authorities. This is the fox watching the chicken coop. On June 5 of this year, the state of Minnesota filed charges against the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Two weeks later, the archbishop and auxiliary bishop of this archdiocese resigned. In April Bishop Finn of the archdiocese of Kansas City–St. Joseph resigned. He was criminally convicted of failing to report a priest who had child pornography on his laptop computer.
Pope Francis has the ability to issue a motu proprio (executive order) to require bishops to report clergy sex offenders to the police, in addition to the CDF. It is Church policy that bishops are not required to report offenders to the authorities unless the law requires them to do so. There are few such laws in the less-developed countries. Sadly, there are 23 American states, including New York, which do not have mandatory reporting for clerics.
My petition asks the Pope to issue an order requiring bishops to report offending clerics in their charge and in addition make it mandatory for all Catholic personnel to take the following oath, “I will not abuse women and children, intimidate them or their families, cover-up for fellow clergy or subordinates, nor tolerate among us those who do so.” This oath is patterned after the Cadet Honor Code at the U.S. military academies.
Let me end this note with a quote from Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for a Free Choice. “Clergy sexual abuse is a global problem. It is imperative that individual nations assume responsibility for the welfare of their young citizens and take steps to protect their youth from this type of abuse…One of the reasons that governments must step up is that we have a clear sign from the Vatican that sex abuse is not a priority.” In less-developed countries, the most likely children and women to be abused are the poorest people. Indeed I describe in my book how priests seek uneducated and indigent parents and target their children for abuse, especially those kids who come from single-parent homes.
I would like to call your attention to a clergy abuse petition I have set up online and which I hope to present to the Pope when he arrives in New York in September of this year. It was in October 1517, nearly 500 years ago, that Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. This acted is considered the spark which ignited the Protestant Reformation. I plan to post my petition on the door of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I may even dress up like Martin Luther when I post my petition on St. Patrick’s door if I can get the appropriate media attention.