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Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal #287195
04/23/08 02:29 PM
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Has this story been reported in any other newspapers?

http://www.nypost.com/seven/0422200...at_diocese_as_sex_rap_priest__107514.htm


HOLY FUROR AT DIOCESE AS SEX-RAP PRIEST HIRED

April 22, 2008 -- A Catholic priest who was defrocked amid allegations he molested a boy in one diocese was hired by another, where he socialized with teens and young men studying to be priests, The Post has learned.
Despite warnings from the Bridgeport, Conn., Roman Catholic Diocese, Albert McGoldrick was given a job as an assistant to the bishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy, a diocese headquartered in Stamford, Conn., but which also has churches in New York.

"There's no reason why this guy should be back working with boys," said private investigator Vito Colucci, who would not disclose his client. "People are furious . . . These are boys, 17, 18, 19, 20 years old from the Ukraine - naive boys who are looking to get into the priesthood."

Colucci said he confronted McGoldrick, 58, in December about young men at St. Basil College in Stamford visiting his seminary-owned house, and asked, "Can you see why my clients are upset with this?"

"He said, 'No,' " Colucci recalled.

McGoldrick resigned as a priest in the Bridgeport Diocese in 2002 after a man claimed to have been molested by him in 1979, when he was 15. McGoldrick was then defrocked by the diocese.


In 2003, the unidentified accuser and 39 others accepted a $21 million settlement from the diocese to end lawsuits alleging molestation by dozens of priests, including McGoldrick.

McGoldrick was hired by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, which swears allegiance to Pope Benedict, who during his visit here last week blasted pedophile priests.

The Bridgeport Diocese "kept the Ukrainian eparchy fully informed of Mr. McGoldrick's situation and status," said Bridgeport Diocese spokesman Joseph McAleer. "The diocese, moreover, has consistently and strenuously objected to his employment by the eparchy."

Several months ago - after Colucci began making inquiries - McGoldrick stopped working for the Ukrainian bishop.

But Colucci said McGoldrick - who could not be reached for comment - was seen recently at his seminary-owned house across the street from St. Basil.



Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: podkarpatski] #287213
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Podkarpatski -

I am looking for some Ukrainian sex in this scandal you present as a Ukie sex scandal and I am just not seeing it.

What I am seeing is a man who had a problematic history of accusations. (noting no conviction of the crime he is accused of, only civil remedies as is far more common than most people think to notice...) Than I am noting he ceased to be employed by the eparchy after being contacted by Vito C...

Sex scandal? Not quite.

Really poor decision making? I would say so.

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Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: A Simple Sinner] #287218
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Well, this man is unfortunately, innocent until proven guilty. Let legal recourse do its job.

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Collin Nunis] #287248
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McGoldrick resigned as a priest in the Bridgeport Diocese in 2002 after a man claimed to have been molested by him in 1979, when he was 15. McGoldrick was then defrocked by the diocese.


In 2003, the unidentified accuser and 39 others accepted a $21 million settlement from the diocese to end lawsuits alleging molestation by dozens of priests, including McGoldrick.

McGoldrick was hired by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, which swears allegiance to Pope Benedict, who during his visit here last week blasted pedophile priests.

The Bridgeport Diocese "kept the Ukrainian eparchy fully informed of Mr. McGoldrick's situation and status," said Bridgeport Diocese spokesman Joseph McAleer. "The diocese, moreover, has consistently and strenuously objected to his employment by the eparchy."



The man was defrocked by the Roman Catholic Church and his case was settled out of court by paying off the victim or victims. It appears that the Roman Catholic authorities did the right thing by warning the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy. It is a scandal that the Ukrainian Catholic eparchy hired him.

Is there not a Catholic organization similar to www.prokrov.org that provides information on convicted clerical sex offenders and also acts as a watchdog?

Does the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the USA have a protocol for dealing with issues like this?

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Halia12] #287249
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Here is another article on this "Ukrainian scandal" of hiring a defrocked Catholic priest:

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Accused priest took job with church
By Angela Carella
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Article Launched: 04/23/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT


STAMFORD - A Catholic priest who resigned from the Diocese of Bridgeport six years ago amid allegations he abused a teenage boy was hired by another diocese, the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, where he could have had contact with seminarians from St. Basil College.

The eparchy was warned repeatedly by the Bridgeport Diocese about Albert McGoldrick, who was a priest at St. Paul Parish in Greenwich when he resigned in 2002, a Bridgeport diocese spokesman said.

McGoldrick was hired Sept. 1, 2006, as assistant to Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy but never was employed by St. Basil College, said a statement the eparchy issued last night in response to media requests.

Fifteen months after McGoldrick was hired, in December, a private investigator "approached Mr. McGoldrick with certain vague accusations," then contacted the chancery a week later, the statement said. On Dec. 29, McGoldrick and Chomnycky agreed to terminate the employment contract immediately, it said.

As part of his severance package, McGoldrick was paid what was owed him under the contract and allowed to continue living in a house on Hope Street, which the eparchy owns, until Sept. 1, 2008, the statement said.

Vito Colucci of Stamford, who was hired to investigate McGoldrick, said his clients, who he would not name, were concerned that young seminarians were visiting the house at 18 Hope St.

"They are angry and upset that he was in a position to be working with


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17-, 18-, 19-year-old boys from the Ukraine," Colucci said. "People need to understand these are not cool American streetwise kids. These are trusting kids who are in a new country, not knowing the language as well, and they go to St. Basil's and say, 'I want to be a priest, will you help me?' "
During an interview, he asked McGoldrick if he could understand why his clients were upset about his contact with young seminarians, Colucci said. McGoldrick said no.

"He said he doesn't see the boys," Colucci said. "I asked him where his office was and he said it's not near St. Basil's. But his office was at 14 Peveril Road, which is right behind St. Basil's."

That is the chancery's address. The college is at 195 Glenbrook Road at Hope Street. The property includes St. Vladimir Cathedral at 24 Wenzel Terrace. Until 1990, there was a high school, St. Basil's Preparatory. All are within about three blocks.

The Rev. Ihor Midzak, rector of St. Vladimir Cathedral, had no comment yesterday. McGoldrick could not be reached.

The Stamford eparchy is a diocese of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, which has authority over all Ukrainian Catholic dioceses in the United States.

According to St. Basil's Web site, Pope Benedict XVI announced in January 2006 that Chomnycky, then Apostolic Exarch of Great Britain, would replace the retiring Bishop Basil Losten as head of the Stamford eparchy, which oversees dioceses in New England and New York.

The eparchy is Roman Catholic and answers to the pope, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport has no jurisdiction over it.

Joseph McAleer, spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport, said Losten and Chomnycky were warned about McGoldrick "on multiple occasions over the years, verbally and in writing."

He did not know when the diocese first warned the eparchy.

"I can't say specifically when we became aware of it," McAleer said.

McAleer said he did not know whether McGoldrick had contact with seminarians.

The unsigned statement from the eparchy said that, during his employment, "Mr. McGoldrick has not been accused, nor has he been charged with any crime or act of misconduct in any fashion. If someone believes he has done something wrong or illegal, we welcome the opportunity to address that allegation. In the absence of such an accusation, we all agree that he should be presumed innocent of any wrongdoing and that he may be afforded the same rights as any other private citizen."

The eparchy fully complies with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, it said.

The man who accused McGoldrick was one of 40 victims of clergy sexual abuse who reached a $21 million settlement with the Diocese of Bridgeport in 2003, said Jason Tremont, an attorney for the Bridgeport law firm Tremont & Sheldon, which handled the case.

The abuse began when the man was 14, Tremont said.

"He lived in Fairfield, and the abuse occurred in town and on trips. The priest befriended his family," Tremont said. "It consisted of all types of abuse over a number of years."

McGoldrick resigned from the priesthood voluntarily, said Tremont, whose firm has represented more than 100 victims of clergy abuse in Connecticut, including at least 60 in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

"I was shocked to hear that this priest would be at a seminary where he is around young men. In my opinion, he should be as far away from boys and young men as possible," Tremont said. "Apparently the Diocese of Bridgeport told them, but even if that were not the case, any background check would have discovered this."

In most cases of clergy abuse, "the criminal statute of limitations has passed, so there is no criminal charge," Tremont said.

The former priests "are not on a sex offender list," he said. "They could be living out in society anywhere."

In a visit to the United States last week, Pope Benedict spoke several times about the child sex abuse scandal, which has cost dioceses a total of $2 billion, bankrupting six, and shook the faith of many Catholics. He was the first pope to meet with sex abuse victims.
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/localnews/ci_9022564

As the article points out a background check would have revealed that this defrocked priest was not suitable for the job.


Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Halia12] #287250
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Here is another article and I am sure there are more avaialbel:

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Report: Resigned Former Westport Priest Got Church Job
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A Catholic priest who served in Westport 20 years ago and resigned from the Diocese of Bridgeport six years ago amid allegations he abused a teenage boy was hired by another diocese in Stamford, The Advocate reported today.

It said Albert McGoldrick, who served at Westport’s Assumption Church in 1988, was hired by the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Stamford, where he could have had contact with seminarians from St. Basil College.

The eparchy was warned repeatedly by the Bridgeport Diocese about McGoldrick, who was a priest in Greenwich when he resigned in 2002, a Bridgeport diocese spokesman said, according to the report. (See WestportNow Oct. 16, 2003)

McGoldrick was hired Sept. 1, 2006, as assistant to Bishop Paul Chomnycky of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy but never was employed by St. Basil College, said a statement the eparchy issued Tuesday night in response to media requests, The Advocate said.

Fifteen months after McGoldrick was hired, in December, a private investigator “approached Mr. McGoldrick with certain vague accusations,” then contacted the chancery a week later, the statement said, according to the newspaper.

On Dec. 29, McGoldrick and Chomnycky agreed to terminate the employment contract immediately, the statement said.

As part of his severance package, McGoldrick was paid what was owed him under the contract and allowed to continue living in a house on Hope Street, which the eparchy owns, until Sept. 1, 2008, the statement said.

Vito Colucci of Stamford, who was hired to investigate McGoldrick, said his clients, who he would not name, were concerned that young seminarians were visiting the house, the newspaper said.

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http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2/comments/20022/

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Halia12] #287257
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As we are talking about Eastern Catholic Churches being indirectly involved with the sex scandal(note the word indirect), there is an old article that comes to mind.

http://www.boston.com/globe/spotlight/abuse/stories5/011104_study.htm

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Collin Nunis] #287269
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A very good article so thanks for posting it.
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But the auditors were less impressed by the work of the one Eastern rite Catholic diocese in Massachusetts, the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, which the auditors said last week is one of just 19 dioceses around the country that are not yet complying with the church-approved "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."



First of all as the father of 2 sons or just as a father, it is good to know there is a "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."
Secondly, it is good to know that audits such as the one mentioned in the article are taking place.

We have to protect our youth.

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Miller] #287277
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I cannot see how this man could have been hired for anything. There is no way that his background could not have some up before he was hired.

The fact that the eparchy has not issued a formal statement on this situation is also disturbing.

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Miller] #287283
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Originally Posted by Miller
A very good article so thanks for posting it.
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But the auditors were less impressed by the work of the one Eastern rite Catholic diocese in Massachusetts, the Melkite Greek Catholic Eparchy of Newton, which the auditors said last week is one of just 19 dioceses around the country that are not yet complying with the church-approved "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."



First of all as the father of 2 sons or just as a father, it is good to know there is a "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People."
Secondly, it is good to know that audits such as the one mentioned in the article are taking place.

We have to protect our youth.


Indeed we do. Children are very vulnerable beings. It is enlightening to know that Eastern Catholics are responding much faster to hiring people allegedly involved in sexual abuse.

Re: Ukrainian Catholic sex scandal [Re: Collin Nunis] #287805
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The worse thing about sex abuse scandals is that they are more prevalent than the media would have you believe. The Associated Press did a story last year on non-Catholic sex abuse cases (presumably to see if it was just a "Catholic" phenomena). Google "protestant clergy sex abuse" and you'll see a lot of sites referencing the study). They checked the three largest insurance companies that handle maybe 2/3 of Protestant churches and if you run the numbers, you see that although the Catholic Church has averaged some 200 cases a year, if you add back the other 1/3 not covered by those three insurance companies, the Protestant total comes out to an average of about 350 cases a year, or 75% more. Unfortunately, the media has chosen to keep reporting the issue one-sided and as a result, the true magnitude of the problem and the fact that it occurs in all faiths is blindsighted. A few other sites talk about the issue also occurring not too infrequently in schools, but can't get good data, so the extent is unknown. Bottom line, all institutions that deal with children, whether churches, schools, clubs, etc. need to do something pretty quick to make sure our children are safe.


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