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Friday, June 11, 2010

Always a better version on AlterNet a little later

Here is Wednesday's post with better headline and better editing at AlterNet:

MY PEDOPHILE HOUSEMATE: Franciscan Seminary in Santa Barbara Was Private Neverland for Father Robert

POSTED: 5:18 am, June 11, 2010 COMMENT NOW!

It’s impossible to read Iggy’s emails and then say the Catholic Church did not enable pedophiles:

“One time he brought in this young boy. They walked through the living room and straight into his study, then closed the door.” Iggy hesitates. “I heard the kid through the door say ‘Father Robert.’ And the way his voice sounded. It was this exclamation…. But I thought, nothing could be wrong, he’s with a priest. I just let it go. But my memory kept it. ‘Father Robert! Father Robert!’ Sometimes things are right in front of us and we don’t even see them.”

When I began researching the hundreds of child molestations that took place at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara, I wrote to Ignacio Aceves, one of dozens of adult victims of priests at the Santa Barbara school run by Franciscans.

Aceves’ first emails were tentative, then he opened up and poured out memories of years he lived and worked at the seminary, sharing living space with Fr. Robert Van Handel....

(The rest of the story is at AlterNet, here, then from there you will click back to here again, you could spend the whole weekend going back and forth ...)

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