WATCH: Who Will Save Our Seminarians?


 

Abused Seminarians Betrayed by a Church They Trusted

As clergy sex abuse victims mark the six-year anniversary of when ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was outed in the media as a predator who abused seminarians and minors, Church leaders are facing renewed scrutiny as abuses and cover-ups soar in Catholic seminaries.

In a new investigative report, “Who Will Save Our Seminarians?” prelates who in 2018 pledged “never again” are confronted with fresh scathing evidence that bishops and seminary leaders who were reported for sexually abusing seminarians remain unpunished and continue to oversee dioceses and seminaries.

As calls grow for accused clergy to be defrocked, the video report probes questions about which Catholics have been left in the dark, such as:

  • “Is the current bishop of my diocese a predator like ex-Cardinal McCarrick who sexually exploited seminarians, or is he covering up their abuse?”
  • “How many bishops today have yet to be disciplined after facing credible sex abuse or cover-up allegations?”
  • “What seminaries are still headed by priests who are subjects of seminarian abuse complaints?”
  • “Are priests still ministering in my diocese after being reported for abusing seminarians or engaging in homosexual misconduct?”

The video report disproves Church officials who claim that seminary abuses and cover-ups are “a thing of the past” by revealing first-hand accounts of abuse; detailed sworn testimony; and compelling documentary evidence, including newly-released screenshots from an accused predator priest’s Grindr dating app account.

As victimized seminarians find themselves (and not their predators) ousted because they reported abuse to Church leaders, a growing number of abuse survivors are forced to turn to the legal system for protection. In a Church where Pope Francis continues to reign over some 1.2 billion Catholics without denying accusations that he himself sexually abused seminarians, victims’ advocates observe that there is no one left in the hierarchy who will stand up for seminarians. Seminary abuse experts are pointing to an ongoing sex abuse lawsuit against New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and North American College (NAC) seminary leaders as “the last chance of seminarians to secure protections which are unavailable to them within the Church” given the overwhelming graphic evidence against the defendants and the more than 30 prelates who covered up for them. As priestly vocations continue to plunge and good seminarians are discarded by superiors who are “preying on” rather than “praying for” vocations, more and more faithful Catholics are left to question, “Who will save our seminarians?”

Anyone wishing to support seminarians who are victims of abuses and cover-ups is invited to contribute to the “Save Our Seminarians Fund” at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/save-our-seminarians-fund

Gene Thomas Gomulka is a sexual abuse victims’ advocate, investigative reporter, and screenwriter. A former Navy (O6) Captain/Chaplain, seminary instructor, and diocesan respect life director, Gomulka was ordained a priest for the Altoona-Johnstown diocese and later made a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by St. John Paul II. Follow Gene Gomulka on YouTube or email him at msgr.investigations@gmail.com.

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