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Victim of Child Abuse Beats Priest Who Abused Him

 
 
Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 12:34 pm
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Will Lynch is looking for justice in an unusual way. Charged with savagely beating the priest he says molested him as a child, he plans to try to use his trial to publicly shame the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court.
Law experts say he faces an uphill battle. However, priest abuse victims are cheering Lynch on and offering to donate to his defense fund.
"Somebody needs to be a face for this abuse and I'm prepared to put myself on the line," Lynch told The Associated Press in the first interview since his arrest last month. "There's nothing they can take from me that they haven't already taken."
Lynch is accused of luring Lindner to the lobby of a retirement home in May and beating him bloody in front of horrified witnesses. Lynch, 43, plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment on an assault charge Friday.
Lynch accuses the 65-year-old Jesuit priest of sexually abusing him and his younger brother in 1975 during weekend camping trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The boys, 7 and 4 at the time, were raped and forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched, Lynch said.
Lindner has repeatedly denied abusing anyone and has never been criminally charged. He hung up Wednesday when the AP called him for comment.
In a deposition in the late 1990s, Lindner said he didn't recall Lynch or his brother, though the siblings received $625,000 in a 1998 confidential settlement with the Jesuits for alleged abuse by the priest.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101112/ap_on_re_us/us_priest_attack

I am not usually one who admires vigilantism, but in this case, I feel like standing up and cheering. I think that the Catholic Church has gotten away with "murder" far too long.

What do you think? What would you have done if you were Will Lynch?
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 01:00 pm
@Phoenix32890,
If we had the records, I think we would find this has been going on in the Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Here is another one:

NM diocese sued over sexual abuse allegations
The Associated Press
Nov. 11, 2010, 1:56PM

GALLUP, N.M. — A 70-year-old Phoenix man has sued the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, among others, claiming that he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in the 1950s.

The lawsuit filed in Arizona's Coconino County Superior Court accuses longtime Diocese of Gallup priest Clement Hageman of abuse and the church of covering up and hiding the abuse. Hageman died in 1975.

The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation and punitive damages. The archidiocese, the Diocese of Gallup, the Diocese of Corpus Christi in Texas, Hageman's estate and a Holbrook, Ariz., church were named in the lawsuit.

Hageman was assigned to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Holbrook in 1942, where the alleged victim served as an altar boy. A group of men from the church confronted Hageman a decade later, accusing him of sexually abusing boys and informed the bishop, the lawsuit stated.

The defendants "covered up and deliberately tried to hide and deny the specific incidents of Hageman's sexual abuse, Hageman's history of sexual abuse, and Hageman's propensity for sexual abuse," it said.

The Diocese of Gallup released Hageman's name as a credibly accused pedophile priest in 2005. During a healing Mass for victims, the late Bishop Donald Pelotte called Hageman one of the "most abusive priests in the diocese."

Robert Pastor, an attorney for the plaintiff, said the abuse has damaged his client's personal life and he wants to reveal the truth about Hageman. The lawsuit sought a jury trial.

Officials with the Gallup diocese declined to comment. A victim assistance coordinator at the Texas diocese told the Gallup Independent there had been no allegations against Hageman.

According to the complaint, Hageman's sexual abuse of boys first was documented in the 1930s in the Corpus Christi diocese, where he was ordained a priest. It said he was "banished" from the diocese in 1939 and unsuccessfully sought assignments in Wisconsin and Connecticut.

The lawsuit detailed allegations that, if true, fill in gaps of missing information about Hageman's life, and his assignments and reassignments with the church in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

Hageman left Holbrook by 1953 and was reassigned to a Kingman, Ariz., parish where he worked until 1963. His last assignment was in Winslow, Ariz.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 01:12 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I think it is bad form to go beat him up in a retirement home after having received a financial settlement from him for the crime.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 01:17 pm
@Rockhead,
Rockhead wrote:

I think it is bad form to go beat him up in a retirement home after having received a financial settlement from him for the crime.


Yeah, I would have beat him up behind the dumpster in the back.

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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:09 pm
@Phoenix32890,
well, I'm not Will Lynch and I never "walked a mile in his shoes" and I certainly understand his motivation but I have to say that in my career working in child protection I all too often came face to face with persons who had done horrendous things to child however, I could not have remained an advocate for children had I not deferred my personal feelings to the judicial system. There are no easy answers but here in the USA we do rely on Law and Order in spite of it's flaws.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:15 pm
@Phoenix32890,
I guess he's gonna have to repay that 625k
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:27 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

I guess he's gonna have to repay that 625k


Why?

Did he sign something saying he'd have to pay back the money if he beat the **** out of the perve?
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:29 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

well, I'm not Will Lynch and I never "walked a mile in his shoes" and I certainly understand his motivation but I have to say that in my career working in child protection I all too often came face to face with persons who had done horrendous things to child however, I could not have remained an advocate for children had I not deferred my personal feelings to the judicial system. There are no easy answers but here in the USA we do rely on Law and Order in spite of it's flaws.


You were the advocate of the children, he's the now adult, then child. He doesn't have to defer his personal feelings, and doesn't have to give a rat's ass about the judicial system.

If they put Lynch in prison, how would that be worse than the prison he's been in since he was as lad?
dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:32 pm
@chai2,
Quote:
doesn't have to give a rat's ass about the judicial system.
Yeah, actually I do give a rat's ass about the judicial system as I'm sure he will after being charged with assault and battery. While it may be a defense in Texas, "he needed killing" really don't fly in the remaining 49 states.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:37 pm
@chai2,
chai2 wrote:

ehBeth wrote:

I guess he's gonna have to repay that 625k


Why?

Did he sign something saying he'd have to pay back the money


confidential settlement

all bets are off now
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:47 pm
@dyslexia,
dyslexia wrote:

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doesn't have to give a rat's ass about the judicial system.
Yeah, actually I do give a rat's ass about the judicial system as I'm sure he will after being charged with assault and battery. While it may be a defense in Texas, "he needed killing" really don't fly in the remaining 49 states.


I know you give a rats ass.

I'm betting he doesn't care if he goes to prison or not.

Like he said "they've taken everything from me, what else is there to take"

confidentiality agreement.

screw that. spend all the money, let them come try to get it.
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chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:49 pm
I guess it comes down to that my opinion on this is that there are more important things than not going to prison, or money.
engineer
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 02:58 pm
@chai2,
But it's hard to see what that is here. Next week, he is in prison and the priest is fine. Is that justice for what happened? Maybe he gets some cathartic release and finds some peace after all these years, but now he's in prison getting new scars. I don't think logic really applies to situations like this but from the outside looking in this doesn't look like a good thing.
chai2
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:01 pm
@engineer,
Let's ask this victim if he feels justice is served because he finally got to do something.

For all we know, the memory of slamming his fist into the priests face repeatedly will keep him happy.
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dyslexia
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:07 pm
@engineer,
It's my assumption that both victims suffer from mental illness. I doubt very much that either one has the potential for happiness.
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Mame
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:10 pm
Well, I think he could have been smarter about it, but the best thing would be for him to have spent some of that money healing himself; then he wouldn't be obsessing about it and now facing prison time.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:12 pm
@Mame,
I'm very much in agreement - you said that in a much nicer way than I could have.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:44 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:
What do you think? What would you have done if you were Will Lynch?

I think that Lynch justice is wrong, period. (Pun unintended, but inevitable.)

If I was Will Lynch, I would have rejected the Jesuits' settlement offer and continued pursuing the case in court when it was ripe. To accept the settlement, change my mind twenty years later, and beat the man to a pulp just because I feel like it, is just plain assault. I hope the jury will thwart Lynch's threadbare attempt to change the subject before it, and swiftly hand down his well-deserved jail sentence. Certainly, the whole thing doesn't make me want to cheer. On the contrary: it saddens me to see otherwise-civilized people in this thread applauding this regression into senseless violence.
Sglass
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 03:44 pm
I was groped in the baptismal pool by a Bible Belt minister when I was a child, maybe 10ish. Talk about mixed messages. I was old enough and already had some savy to know the incident was not about me and the church did get rid of him.

It marked my departure from organized religion
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Fri 12 Nov, 2010 04:18 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:
I guess he's gonna have to repay that 625k
My best estimate of the situation
is that he will not have to repay the amount of the settlement.





David
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