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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Salesians hold world record for pedophile priests -- guest writer Joey Piscitelli lists their names and connections to William Levada

The Salesians go on trial in LA April 14. Plaintiffs say the Order let pedophile priest Titian Miani have access to children at St. John Bosco High in Bellflower. Piscitelli sued the Salesians in 2006. -- ke

By Joey Piscitelli
The Salesians Clergy of California have shattered the World Record for the most accused child molesters in one area, by a landslide. There is no religious order in the world that we know of that is even remotely close in the number of accused molesters. And the list is growing. At latest count, there are 21 local (California) Salesians accused and/or convicted pedophiles, 19 of them named as child molesters in lawsuits! This tally is so far off the charts.

The following Salesians have been accused of sex crimes in California, including abuse, molestation, rape, sodomy, lewd and lascivious conduct, felony child abuse, copulation, and sexual deviation: Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, Fr. Richard Presenti, Fr. Bernard Dabbenne, Fr. Steve Whelan, Bro. Sal Billante, Bro. Jesse Dominguez, Fr. Jim Miani, Fr. Harold Danielson, Bro. Mark Epperson, Fr. Mario Blanco, Bro. Anthony Juarez, Bro. Ernie Martinez, Fr. Emanual Palayo, Fr. Juan Sanchez, Bro. John Verhart, Fr. Fleming, Fr. Al Mengon, Bro. John Vas, Bro. Ralph Murguia, Bro. Dan Pacheco, and Mr. Sam Vitone.

Cardinal William Levada shielded and covered for so many Salesian accused molesters that victims of the Salesians have nicknamed the Salesian pedophiles -"Levada’s Boys". Still, Levada has shown no shame or remorse, nor has he apologized.

Several of the Salesian criminal record holders were shielded in San Francisco by Cardinal Levada himself. According to court testimony, Levada promoted Salesian molester, Fr. Bernard Dabbenne, to a top position for the West Coast, after a witness complained that Dabbenne had molested him. Dabbenne was later convicted when he was caught in the act of molestation by the SF Police.

Fr. Steve Whelan, was kept in ministry, with children, after Levada was told Whelan was being sued for child abuse. Whelan was found guilty by court trial, while he was still in active ministry with children.

Another Salesian friend of Cardinal Levada, Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, is an accused serial molester, and is scheduled to go on trial next month.

Fr. Larry Lorenzoni is known as a famous writer, and has penned a well known phrase that the Salesians are proud of:

"The average person, thinks he isn’t". (As in, the average person thinks he isn’t average. . . . clever)

Now, to this famous accused Salesian serial abuser, Fr. Lorenzoni, I dedicate this new phrase:

"The average Salesian molester, claims he isn’t".

Many of these Salesians are accused serial molesters, and even when convicted and found guilty by courts and jury trials, they continue to deny wrongdoing. Many of the confirmed Salesian molesters were transferred after reports of abuse against them were made.

Maybe it is the disgrace of being the World Record Holder accused clergy molesters that has made the Salesians of California the angry, unremorseful group they are today, or perhaps the lawsuits with countless victims.

In any case, many of these men are still around locally. The bottom line is, California Beware!

I would definitely recommend keeping your children away from this World Record Holder serial sexual predator group, the Salesian Religious Order. The list does not need to expand any more than it is already.

Joey Piscitelli
Salesians Victim
Northern California SNAP

Onward. . .


city of angels lady said...

Cholo asked me to post this.
It is tragic that so many trusted Catholic clergy have
committed such
horrific sexual violence against children. I would
not be surprised to
learn that former San Francisco Archbishop William
Levada is a
pedophile. If that's the case, then it makes sense to
transfer him to
Rome and make him a Cardinal so as to provide him with
immunity. Pedophile diplomats with immunity cannot be
prosecuted in
the US for their crimes.

In my opinion, all of the American Catholic bishops
are gay/bisexual
and their all boys club protects fellow bishops. I
could be wrong but
I doubt it.

I strongly believe that if investigative bodies that
evaluate claims
against Catholic clergy were investigated by grand
juries or other
legal authorities, they would discover that the
Catholic churche's
investigators probably never conduct even half of the
claims against
clergy that they publicly claim to have investigated.
Some of the
investigative bodies of the Catholic church are headed
by Licensed
Psychologists. It's possible to submit complaints
against them through
their licensing boards. If indeed they have lied
about having
investigated claims against Catholic clergy, they
could be fined,
placed on probation or loose their license to

Mr. Piscitelli, thank you for naming the accused and
convicted child



North Hollywood Insider said...

Bill 'Darth' Leveda was about many cover ups (and body counts) in Portland and SF, and yes, the transfer to work for his former Boss, Joseph Ratzinger, was part of the immunity plan from prosecution, in upgrading him to a red hat (Holy See Citizen).

A strong rumor is Bertone is about to take DARTH LEVEDA's job at CDF, and Billy Boy comes back to New York City (more transfers and musical chairs to stay ahead of law enforcement) to cover for 'retiring' Edward Egan, embroiled in a palamony law suit from his dead (AIDS) gay priest lover's family.

I tell you, fact remains stranger than fiction.

North Hollywood Inaider

Anonymous said...

Jerome (347 - 420) was a Roman Catholic Saint and Doctor of the Church. In the book “The 33 Doctors of the Church” (Tan: 2000) are these secrets, HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT. Jerome came from a wealthy family, and went to Rome at age 20 to study, where he had a “roving, restless nature… [F]ollowing his student days … [h]e travelled for three years … [and] then spent five years as a monk in the desert … Jerome left there for the same reason he had left Aquilea, because of controversy.” Pp. 86-88. In a section cleverly titled, “Deep Friendships,” [p. 92], Jerome wrote to St. Paula on the death of her daughter, “I make no secret of my feelings ... I was her father in the spirit, her foster-father in affection ...” Hmmm. [In 385, Jerome was forced to leave his position at Rome after an inquiry by the Roman clergy into allegations that he had improper relations with the widow Paula.] Jerome also wrote to Rufinus, “Believe me, brother, I look forward to seeing you more than the storm-tossed mariner looks for his haven, more than the thirsty fields long for the showers, more than the anxious mother sitting on the curving shore expects her son.” Hmm. Years later, Jerome had a quarrel with Rufinus and a “furor … developed” with Jerome referring to Rufinus as “the pig, the scorpion …the grunter.” P. 90. Hmmm.

Anonymous said...

Head of the Salesians in Rome Accused of Protecting Pedophile Priests in Mexico.

A new book just hit the shelves in Mexico. Chapter Two explains in detail how the current World director of the Salesians,Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva-a Mexican- protected and aided one of his priests who abused arround 50 boys. He was never suspended ans still says mass.

Fr. Pascual Chavez was recently re-elected World leader of the salesians. Names of prominent bishops emerge from the book, all Salesians. Check out this article (in Spanish) published by the respected weekly news, Proceso.

Check also the book's extensive review, a week earlier, on the same magazine. And selected readings.

Someone should translate the whole chapter to English and get hold of the evidence on the top Salesian leaders' protection of pedophile priests.

Chapter 3 is also excelent. More than 30 new documents, recentlty released, are examined carefuly: the famous cover up of a priest that until this day is allowed to mingle with kids and say Mass in spite of his abominable record of about one hundred children raped or abused. Two cardinals, one in Mexico and the other in LA are implicated.

The author, Dr. Jorge Erdely, examines the evidence, expert witness testimonies given in court and offers insightful comments on the psychology of complicity, contemporary cover-ups in Mexico.

Lots of names, places and primary sources.

Check the involvment of the head of the Salesians in directly covering-up and aiding pedophile priests to abuse impoverished boys in Mexico before he was called to Rome to head the order.

Someone should try to translate this book.

Martha Dominguez

Anonymous said...

Shortly after it opened, Salesian High School in Boyle Heights, hired a music instructor who went on to sexually abuse several of his students. Some of his victims we're abused while they were still grammar school students prior to their enrollment in the high school.

CALL: Target Crimes, LA DA's Office, to report sex crimes in the Catholic Church: Phone: (213) 974-5985

City of Angels Lady