Another Pedophile Bites The Dust

This past weekend America lost another pedophile and killer of an innocent man, Jim Reed.

August 26, 2018 Thomas J. O'Brien, 82, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Phoenix (1982–2003), complications from Parkinson's disease.

Sexual abuse scandal

Main article: Sexual abuse scandal in Phoenix diocese

In 2002, Maricopa County prosecutors initiated a grand jury investigation into charges of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in the diocese of Phoenix. Bishop O'Brien was a target of that investigation for allegedly covering-up allegations against other priests. The prosecution ended when the bishop admitted he had sheltered abusive priests. O'Brien agreed to cede his authority over diocesan sexual abuse policy in exchange for immunity from indictment for obstruction of justice. On August 4, 2017, it was announced that a civil lawsuit was filed against O'Brien over allegations that he sexually molested a boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982.

On June 14, 2003, less than two weeks after signing the sexual abuse agreement with prosecutors, O'Brien struck and killed 43-year-old Jim Reed in a hit-and-run car accident. A driver behind O'Brien reported O'Brien's license plate number to the police. Police also discovered a dent in a fender and a crack in the windshield of the bishop's Buick Park Avenue. O'Brien later claimed he did not report the accident because he thought he had hit a dog, cat, or rock. O'Brien was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident and released on $45,000 bond. He resigned as Bishop on June 18, 2003.

On February 17, 2004, O'Brien was found guilty of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after a three-and-a-half-week-long trial. On March 26, 2004, he was sentenced to four years' probation and 1,000 hours of community service, and required to surrender his driver's license for five years.

He was the first American Catholic bishop to be convicted of a felony. O'Brien later asked for travel time to be deducted from his 1,000 hours and for flexibility in the number of hours he must serve each month.

While I was browsing the web over O'Brien's death, I came across this strange obit. It may simply be a coincidence, but I think it's worth noting:

Dieudonné Bogmis, 63, Cameroonian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Éséka (since 2004), stroke.


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Bishop Dieudonné Bogmis passed away this Saturday morning, August 25, 2018; age 63 years old. He was found dead around 10:20 am

Some Report that the prelate appointed head of this diocese in 2004, died of a stroke (Avc). A priest says the bishop was complaining of not feeling well for several days.

The Bishop has been head of the Eseka Diocese for about 14 years.

Of course, where ever scandal is announced on the web, this person always makes the headlines:

Pope Francis says he will 'not say one word on' allegations he covered up sexual abuse

Updated yesterday at 8:13pm

Pope Francis says he will 'not say one word on' allegations he covered up sexual abuse

Pope Francis has said he would not respond to explosive accusations by a former top Vatican official that the pontiff had covered up sexual abuse, saying dismissively that the document containing the allegations "speaks for itself".

Key points:

Pope meets privately with abuse victims, makes public apology for "state of shame"

This is the first papal visit to Ireland in almost four decades

Pope accused of knowing allegations of sex abuse by prominent US cardinal for five years

Talking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Dublin, Pope Francis said he would "not say one word" on the 11-page document, in which the former official says the pontiff should resign.

Pope Francis said journalists should read the document carefully and decide for themselves about its credibility.

The official accused the Pope of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for years.

The document by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to Washington, was an unprecedented broadside against the Pope by a Church insider.

"I read that statement this morning. I read it and I will say sincerely that I must say this, to you [the reporter] and all of you who are interested: read the document carefully and judge it for yourselves," he said.

"I will not say one word on this. I think the statement speaks for itself and you have sufficient journalistic capacity to reach your own conclusions."

Archbishop Vigano gave the bombshell statement to conservative Roman Catholic media outlets during the Pope's visit to Ireland, which was dominated by the Church's sexual abuse in that country and others around the world.

He accused a long list of current and past Vatican and US church officials of covering up the case of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington DC.

McCarrick, 88, resigned last month in disgrace and was stripped of his title after allegations that he had abused a minor nearly 50 years ago, and also forced adult male seminarians to share his bed.

In the letter, Archbishop Vigano accused the former Vatican secretaries of state under the previous two popes of ignoring detailed denunciations against McCarrick for years.

He said Pope Benedict XVI eventually sanctioned McCarrick in 2009 or 2010 to a lifetime of penance and prayer.

Pope apologises for 'state of shame' in Ireland

Speaking in Ireland during the first papal visit to Ireland in almost four decades, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the multitude of abuses suffered by victims there at the hands of the church over decades, as he concluded a tour of the once deeply Catholic country.

After meeting privately with abuse victims on Saturday, the Pope apologised to mothers estranged from their children in church-run homes, children abused by priests and those exploited in religious schools, calling it a "state of shame".

"To survivors of abuse of power, conscience and sexual abuse, recognising what they have told me, I would like to put these crimes before the mercy of the Lord and ask forgiveness for them," he said at a church service attended by more than 100,000 people at Dublin's Phoenix Park.

"We apologise for some members of the hierarchy who did not take care of these painful situations and kept silent."

Years of sexual abuse scandals have shattered the credibility of the church, which dominated Irish society four decades ago.

In the past three years, Irish voters have approved abortion and gay marriage in referendums, defying the Vatican.

The declining influence of the Catholic Church has been demonstrated by crowds far smaller than those that met Pope John Paul II during the last papal visit in 1979, when more than three-quarters of Ireland's population turned out.

While 500,000 people snapped up tickets to see Pope Francis say mass, local media quoted police recording the numbers as estimating some 130,000 arrived in the rain at the same spot where Pope John Paul II stood 39 years ago.

'Give this man a chance'

Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics last week asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover-ups.

Exposing a national shame

Some who turned out for him in the Irish village of Knock, where a group of locals in 1879 said they saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary, said Pope Francis should be given time to deal with the abuse issues that have rocked the church for decades.

"People have to give this man a chance, he's trying his best," Carmel Lane, who travelled from County Longford in the Midlands, said.

However thousands of people joined survivors, their families and supporters at an event elsewhere in Dublin as the Pope said mass to stand in solidarity with those who had suffered.

"It [the visit] has been very, very painful," said Graham Mills, 52, who was sexually abused as a child by a member of the Christian brothers religious order and travelled from Northern Ireland to join the protest.

"I think Pope Francis is probably a very decent human being. But yesterday I was very disturbed by the big celebration for him knowing the lives that have been destroyed."

So, Francis says he will not say a wor