Protect the Children

A new organization dedicated to protecting Catholic children from pedophile priests in the Louisville Archdiocese.

My 67 years of faith in the Catholic Church

My years of faith have turned into years of doubt.

Why is the Catholic Church trying to destroy SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)? Their purpose is to provide a place of refuge for those abused.

Why is the Catholic Church trying to force SNAP to reveal victims names when these victims are not ready to come forward?

The St. Louis Archdiocese has subpoenaed SNAP personnel to obtain confidential information on victims of abuse by Catholic priests and who have yet come forward.  Why?

The Kansas City Archdiocese has also pursued similar action against SNAP personnel. Why? Without SNAP and similar organizations, would we ever hear of the wrongs perpetuated by the Church?

See the New York Times, March 13, 2012, “Church Puts Legal Pressure on Abuse Victims’ Group”. 

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/us/catholic-church-pressures-victims-network-with-subpoenas.html?ref=us 

Why did Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua in 1994 order the shredding of a memo about 35 Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests suspected of molesting children?

Why did Louisville Archdiocese personnel lied to the police with respect to where an accused priest is housed?

Why did Archbishop Kelly of Louisville try to persuade medical personnel to change their finding concerning a problem priest so that he could be placed back in a parish?

Why do the bishops in Germany own a company that sells pornographic materials? Their response is that it is only “erotic literature”.

Why does the Catholic Church hoard large sums of money and treasures rather than use their assets to help the needy?

Why does the Catholic Church feel that they have to hide behind teams of lawyers? Jesus Christ didn’t. He stood by himself before Pontius Pilate, the governor from Rome.

Why, why, why and the list goes on.

The only answer is that Satan has taken over the Church. God help us.

John Pfeiffer

 

Sexual Abuse, Lies & Corruption

Kurtz… Needs to Clean House

Kelly… Needs to be Rebuked

  The Catholic Laity… Needs to Take Charge

Now Rev. James Schook Indicted for seven felony charges of sodomy

 

Rev. Joseph Herp, Rev. Irvin Mouser, Rev. Joseph Stoltz, 

Rev. Daniel C. Clark,  Rev. Louis Miller and Rev Arthur Wood

ALL GUILTY, Shame on you.

Catholic Bishops in the  business of selling porn.
“We cannot earn money during the week with what we preach against on Sundays,” Cardinal Joachim Meisner told Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper Nov. 22.

Does the Catholic Church have no shame!

 

The Weltbild Publishing Group is one of Germany’s largest publishers, with an annual income of $2.2 billion dollars, nearly 6,500 staff and book stores on the main street of many German towns and cities. However, it also publishes and distributes nearly 2,500 pornographic titles, largely through their Internet sites.

At present, 12 of Germany’s 27 dioceses own just over 24 percent of the shares in the publishing firm. Some dioceses have already divested themselves of their stock in recent years, including the Archdiocese of Cologne which is led by Cardinal Meisner.

 

$572,507,094.00 spent on abuse by the Catholic Church from 1950 to 2002, Shame, Shame
September 8, 2011 - News Conference

Facts Contained in Court Records - Commonwealth of KY vs James R. Schook

 

Case No. 11CR2004

Jefferson Circuit Court        Complete documents are available on: www.ky-protectthechildren.net

Division (3)

Judge Mitch Perry

 

On Sept. 8, 2009 Brian Reynolds told Detective Rebecca Sanders that Fr. Schook was living at St. Therese parish.   Doc./ Page no.000013

 

Documents show that before Sept. 8th, 2009 Fr. Schook had been:

 

1)            Diagnosed as a sexual addict Doc.000324, 000326, 000325, 000012

 

2)            In January 1986 he entered a residential treatment program at Out Lady of Peace Doc.000306

 

3)            Fr. Schook was accused of paying money for sex (total number of times, undetermined) Doc. 000308 and was reported in the Courier-Journal 8-24-11

 

4)            In August 1986 thru June, 1987, Fr. Schook was sent to the House of Affirmation in Massachusetts for depression and “sexually-acting out” after it became know that he was having anonymous sexual encounters with adult men. Treatment was for 12 months and after-care program continued for 5 years Doc. 000306

 

5)            Six (6) individuals had already alleged sexual abuse by Fr. Schook, at least 4 while they were 16 years old or younger Doc. 000307, 000308, another alleged victim reported sexual abuse by Schook two weeks later, Johnny C. Doc.000308

 

6)            One of the six had claimed felony charges of sodomy and the Louisville

Crimes Against Children Unit was in the process of investigating Doc.000015

 

7)            Two additional potential victims were named by one of his accusers Doc.000016

 

8)            The Archdiocese of Louisville Sexual Abuse Review Board, of which Brian Reynolds is and was a member, reviewed allegations by a man who reported that he had been sexually abused as a teenager by Fr. Schook.  A July 30, 2009 Press Released issued by the Archdiocese of Louisville announced that Fr. Schook was being removed from service at St. Ignatius. Doc. 000313, 000296 

 

9)            Reynolds told investigator, Detective Sanders, that the rectory at St. Therese was vacant and on non-active church property. Doc. 000013  Margie Weiter was working at the rectory at that time, people met at the rectory and Fr. Tony Olges had an office there.  St. Therese still has masses, a parish bingo, fish fries and an active parish council.  Reynolds told Detective Sanders that there was no official diagnosis of  Fr. Schook having a sexual addiction. Doc.000012. Doc. 000323-325 says, “He (Schook) has agreed to attend Sex and Love   Addicts Anonymous, Doc. 000326 Archbishop Kelly states,”Jim has been diagnosed and treated as a 'sexual addict'.” 

 

10)         Shortly after Schook arrived at St. Therese, an employee who worked in the rectory, gave notice to the pastor of her concern of Fr. Schook's presence there.  After being told to keep this to herself her husband tried to contact Archbishop Kurtz and explained that he did not want to talk to Brian Reynolds, he wanted to talk to the Archbishop about this situation.  Reynolds returned his call but did not  remove Schook.

 

11)         Jeff Keonig, a sexual abuse survivor, called Brian Reynolds shortly after the announcement that Schook was being removed as pastor, because of sexual abuse allegations. Keonig expressed his concern about where Schook would be housed. Reynolds told him not to worry, that Schook would not be housed on church property.  Additional calls got the same assurance.  St. Therese is church property. He breached the trust of a survivor.... again.  Keonig later filed an affidavit recalling his conversations.

 

12)         Schook stayed at St. Therese for approximately 8 months, from  August, 2009 to March, 2010

 

13)         The records show that several parishes did not want Fr. Schook returning to their parish, St. Lawrence Doc. 000254, Ascension Doc. 000317, 000318, St. Therese of Rhodelia, KY, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Doc.000223, 000219-221, 000217-8; and Our Lady of Consolation Doc. 000243, 000242, 000241

 

14)         Schook is still receiving a salary, medical expenses, housing allowance and retreat funds. Doc. 000300

 

15)         7-30-09 the Courier-Journal “No other allegations have been brought against Schook, Reynolds said. Doc. 000308 Philip R. Initial report mid 1990's...”He was provided money in exchange for sexual activity”.

 

16)         Doc. 000317, 000240, 000328, 000333, 000243 and 000237,  refer to other documents;however, they are missing.

 

Because of the extensive known history of sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Louisville,  particularly the sexually predatory behavior by Fr. James Schook, notification of concern by an employee of St. Therese and a sexual abuse survivor, it is unconscionable that  Fr. Jim Schook would be housed at an active parish.  According to Doc. 000309 “ He can choose to live where he wishes with the permission of the Archbishop.  The Archdiocese will assign a supervisor able to check on him”.

 

Who is his supervisor?  How is he being supervised?  Can he travel on his own?  How can the people of the Louisville Archdiocese be assured their children are safe from Fr. Schook?

 

Because of the gross failure to protect the children of the Archdiocese of Louisville, SNAP is calling for all concerned Catholics to demand changes in policies and  procedures and most importantly Archdiocesan personnel. 

  

More documentation of Brian Reynolds' and other key personnel handling of the sexual abuse crisis in the Archdiocese of Louisville can be found at: www.BishopAccountability.org  see Files of Bishops - Louisville

 

For more information contact: Cal Pfeiffer

                                                 Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

                                                 502-396-7178

 www.snapnetwork.org          www.ky-protectthechildren.net              www.BishopAccountability.org

 

The above document reference numbers are page numbers in the attached document

Discovery Pages 1-371 Redacted
www.bishopaccountability.org  The site where you can see the many documents that Archbishops Kelly and Kurtz don't want you to see. 

Rev. James R. Schook

Indicted

Rev. James R. Schook Indicted June 30, 2011

While I am not surprised to learn about this indictment, it does point out the carelessness of the Archdiocese of Louisville and the lack of concern in protecting our children from sexual predators. Fr. Jim Schook is the same predator that was removed from St. Ignatius and moved to St. Therese.  When Margie Weiter complained and blew the whistle about his presence, she  was bullied and then fired.  Why wasn’t Schook kicked out of  the priesthood long ago?  What else did Brian Reynolds and Archbishop Kurtz know about Schook’s past, What will his personnel file reveal?  How could they justify allowing him to live at St. Therese?  Heads ought to roll on College Street.

           Cal Pfeiffer

Shame on you Archbishop Kurtz

You had the perfect opportunity to show your flock that you believe in the words of Jesus Christ. Your actions haven't shown it. 

The incident at St. Therese church was the perfect opportunity for you to stand up for what’s right and show that you truly believe and follow the word of Jesus Christ. You couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. You should have immediately met with the Weiters even if it was against the advice of your lawyers. Jesus Christ never consulted with lawyers before acting. After meeting with the Weiter’s you should have had a stern talk with the pastor of St. Therese’s Church and then insisted upon speaking at each mass on the following Sunday. There are many things you could have said that would have shown your true feelings. But no, you hid behind the lawyers. You never called the Weiters.  Did you just not care about the problem? Were you just too important to deal with a sexual abuse problem? Who knows? I can only ask the questions. Actually you have shown your true feelings.

Now Rev. James Schook has been indicted. Shame on you for not acting.

       John Pfeiffer

June 30, 2011

Written by

Peter Smith Courier-Journal

A Jefferson County grand jury has indicted a Roman Catholic priest on seven felony charges of sodomy.

The indictment of Rev. James R. Schook was read Thursday afternoon in Jefferson Circuit Court. He faces three counts of sodomy in the second degree and four counts of sodomy in the third degree.

Police and prosecutors first began investigating the case in mid-2009.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz had temporarily removed Schook from ministry in July 2009 — when he was serving as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church on Rangeland Road — after the archdiocese received the first in a series of recent complaints alleging Schook had committed sexual abuse in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Archdiocese of Louisville announced in March 2010 that Schook's suspension from ministry became permanent after it concluded that claims against him were valid. He remains a priest but has been forbidden to do public ministry or present himself as a priest publicly.

Schook was also at the center of a recently dismissed lawsuit against the archdiocese. Former St. Therese Church bookkeeper Margie Weiter and her husband Gary Weiter Sr. alleged she was fired for objecting after Schook began residing at the Germantown parish in late 2009 and early 2010.

Schook had resided at the parish for several months after the accusation was announced in July 2009, when he was placed on leave as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Church.

The archdiocese has said Weiter lost her job due to a budget cut, not due to retaliation.

Jefferson Circuit Judge Mitch Perry dismissed the lawsuit in May, saying the court could not interfere with how religious organizations do internal discipline and also saying state employment laws wouldn’t have governed the type of claim she brought.

The Weiters are appealing to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Schook was ordained in 1975.

Schook previously had assignments at St. Thomas More, St. Raphael, Ascension, St. Lawrence, St. Polycarp and Our Lady of Consolation parishes in Louisville. St. Polycarp and Our Lady are now part of St. Peter the Apostle.

He also worked in the Catholic Deaf Community Ministry, St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi Church in Payneville, Ky., and St. Theresa Church in Rhodelia, Ky., according to the archdiocese.

 

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville
July 30, 2009

The following announcement was made by the Archdiocese of Louisville:

Father James R. Schook is on leave as pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Parish due to an accusation of sexual abuse of a minor.
Couple Sues Archdiocese over Sexual Abuse Issue

By Peter Smith, The Courier-Journal
January 27, 2011


A woman is suing the Archdiocese of Louisville, alleging she was wrongfully fired as a bookkeeper at St. Therese Church after complaining that a priest who had allegedly been sexually abusive was living at the parish and circulating among children without supervision.

And her husband is also suing, saying the church's handling of this situation revived traumas he had suffered as a victim of an allegedly abusive priest decades earlier at the parish.

The lawsuit, filed by Gary and Margie Weiter of Louisville, also names Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and two priests as defendants — the Rev. Anthony Olges, pastor of St. Therese, and James R. Schook, whom the archdiocese suspended in 2009 and removed from ministry in 2010 after receiving an allegation of past sexual abuse.

The Weiters are seeking damages for wrongful dismissal and alleging the archdiocese's action was "outrageous and constitutes a departure from all reasonable bounds of decency."

The lawsuit alleges that the archdiocese violated its own policies on responding to sexual abuse. It said Schook "walked around unsupervised at the parish and rectory at St. Therese in shorts and/or swimming trunks, sandals and T-shirts in front of plaintiffs … and others, including children."

The lawsuit alleges that Olges terminated Margie Weiter's job in May 2010 "in retaliation for and as a proximate and direct result of (her) complaints and attempt to officially complain about and expose (the defendants') wrongful concealment and protection of … Schook."

What has the abuse cost the Archdioceses of Louisville?

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Counseling & Victim Support $9,380 $42,140 $24,008 $19,338 $16,882 $13,746 $20,537 $2,209 $4,052 $152,292
Settlement $154,913 $26,205,772 $93,000 $95,000 $350,000 $26,898,685
Legal fees $1,385,373 $194,275 $133,850 $339,135 $7,666 $4,057 $676 $2,530 $2,067,562
Communications $86,202 $27,457 $45,858 $159,517
Prevention/Education $36,398 $30,083 $27,924 $13,466 $18,394 $16,041 $26,901 $169,207
Miscellaneous $5,937 $1,096 $3,669 $369 $11,071
Accused Priest/Removed Priest   $172,502 $125,321 $91,343 $21,527 $18,688       $429,381
$250,495 $27,833,244 $524,797 $370,710 $759,137 $53,935 $42,988 $18,926 $33,483 $29,887,715
$29,887,715 and still counting!                      Source: archlou.org

The above account does not include the many cases that were settled before any information reached law enforcement.

 

Rev. Louis E. Miller   

IN JAIL

69 Victims that have been that were listed in court records. There are many more.

He is serving a 20 year sentence in the Ky. State Prison. 

Archbishops Floersh, McDonough and Kelley along with Bishop Maloney all knew what Rev. Miller was doing but no one did anything about it. He was unsupervised and around children up to the day his story broke in the newspaper in 2002.

Not one of these men of GOD stood up for his children. What a shame.

 HIS VICTIMS  and those who new about it.                                                                                      

                                                                                             Archbishops John A. Floersh (1924-1967)     Bishop Charles G. Maloney (1955-2003)

Holy Name, Camp Tall Trees, Otter Creek Park

Ordained May 26, 1956

Holy Spirit (June, 1956 - December, 1961

St. Athanasius (1962 - 1963)

 SS Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (1964 - 1972)

Archbishops Thomas J. McDonough (1967-1981)

 St. Aloysius (Pewee Valley) (1973 - 1976)

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1977 - 1990)

                                                                                                  Archbishops Thomas C. Kelly OP (1981-2007)

                                                                                           Dr. Brian Reynolds, Ed.D, Chancellor and Chief Administrative Officer (1990 to present)

                                                                                           Archdiocese of Louisville issues Statement of Policy and Procedures on Sexual Abuse (2/2/92)

Sacred Heart Home (1991 to retirement in 2002)  

Retired: May, 2002

Archbishops Joseph E. Kurtz (2007-present).