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Boston Sexual Abuse Attorney: ‘The New Pope Will Just Toe the Company Line’

A Boston attorney who has helped hundreds of Catholic sexual abuse victims obtain settlements believes the new pope will continue to ignore sexual abuse issues. “Pope Benedict and the current pope will just toe the company line. And he’s going to continue to sweep sexual abuse issues under the rug and maintain the secrecy, which has allowed sexual predators to thrive,” said Mitchell Garabedian, who heads a Boston law firm specializing in helping victims of sexual abuse. “I think sources from outside will continue to force the church to reveal the ugliness of child abuse within the church.” Garabedian also offered his recommendations for the new pope – Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. “For an institution such as the Catholic church to hold themselves as the most moral organization in the world – they have to act morally. The pope is the leader of that institution. He has to clear house. He has to get rid of bishops who have allowed children to be molested. He has to report them to the police and support victims who have been sexually molested. The pope has to institute a policy of transparency so that victims are allowed to heal, and other victims are empowered – and the world is made a safer place for children.” In 2002, Garabedian obtained a $ 10 million settlement for 86 victims or survivors of former priest John Geoghan. The following year Garabedian represented 120 victims and survivors of more than 40 different priests, along with lawyers representing other victims and survivors of abuse, an obtained an $ 85 million settlement with the Archdiocese of Boston.  “The decades of sexual abuse by thousands of priests of thousands of children, and tens of thousands of priests and children has to stop. The pope has to set an example by instituting a moral policy, which will guide individuals within this group. Child abuse has to end period,” said Garabedian. “The Catholic church is an institution that for decades upon decades has been practicing and allowing priests to sexually molest children and to enable priests to molest children. It’s an institution that got caught and now is allowed to police themselves. I highly doubt the Catholic church will correct its way. It should have supervision from the ouside. Such as law enforcement authorities and legislation, which will enable victims to proceed with lawsuits.” Asked why he thinks the church continutes to allow sexual abuse to continue, Garabedian made the main reason clear: “They’re a trillion dollar business that is very powerful and in turn does not listen to forces from the outside and does what it wants to do.”  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 14, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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South End’s Cathedral: A ‘Good Sign’ New Pope is from Latin America

After a short conclave, cardinals at the Vatican announced Wednesday that Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected the new pope and would call himself Pope Francis. Parishoners at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End said they were a little sad – but also happy – that Boston Cardinal SeanO’Malley wasn’t selected.  “They always say anyone that has press before the conclave will go in and come out a cardinal – it’s always that quiet one, the one that isn’t on the radar,” said Bob Travers Jr., a pastoral associate at the cathedral.  Travers said that the South End church where Cardinal O’Malley is in residency would have lost their Cardinal, and possibly their Father Kevin J. O’Leary, too, to Rome, so the announcement is bittersweet. “Now, we’ve still got them both,” he said.  Pope Francis 76, is the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. He’s not only the first to be called Francis, he’s also the first pope from South America, the first Jesuit, and the first non-European pope in more than 1,000 years.  Travers said he thinks it’s a good sign that someone from Latin America was chosen to lead the Catholic church. “The future of the church is in Latin America and Africa, and I think the Cardinals recognized that,” he said.  SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 13, 2013 at 11:05 pm

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Will Cardinal O’Malley Become Pope?

With the papal conclave to choose the next Pope beginning Tuesday, speculation has grown over the past weeks that one of Boston’s own could become the Catholic Church’s new leader. Cardinal Sean O’Malley could become the new pontiff following Pope Benedict XVI’s Feb. 11 resignation, according to the National Catholic Reporter. Though it is less likely an American would be elected, it’s not impossible, and O’Malley has as good a chance as any Western papal candidate, according to the Reporter. O’Malley, 68, has been lauded for his efforts in the wake of the church’s sex abuse crisis. However, the Reporter points to O’Malley’s wilting in 2004 while the Archdiocese of Boston suffered parish closings, which have indirectly lead to realignment. O’Malley is highly regarded in the Catholic Church, but there has never been an American pope. Should it be O’Malley? Leave your opinion in the comments. SOUTH END PATCH: Facebook | Twitter | E-mail Updates South End Patch

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

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