According to a Tuesday report, a New York Catholic diocese is part of a $27.5 million settlement against the embattled church for the sexual abuse of four men.
“Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Roman Catholic church reached a $27.5 million settlement with the Diocese of Brooklyn and a local after-school program on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of abuse within the church,” the report said.
The men were abused by 67-year-old Angelo Serrano, who taught catechism classes and organized religious education programs at St. Lucy’s – St.Patrick’s Church in Brooklyn. He reportedly abused them at the church, during the after school program, and in his apartment.
The Catholic Church has been in hot water for months now, dodging sexual abuse scandals and allegations of coverups that rise all the way to the level of Pope Francis.
Four states have subpoenaed all documents from all Catholic dioceses relating to sexual abuse within the dioceses after a former church diplomat accused Pope Francis of covering up the serial sexual abuse of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who recently resigned in disgrace.
The Pope has done nothing to quell the concerns of Catholics or members of the community at large. In fact, he has repeatedly attacked the victims, likening them to Satan and comparing the accused clergy members to Jesus on “Good Friday,” using biblical pretext to encourage the accused to remain silent.
Lat week, a viral photo of the Pope grinning and laughing with high-ranking church members at an emergency meeting to discuss sexual abuse within the Church sparked outrage.
John Weaver Pulls Kevin Spacey Card, Announces “I’m Gay” In Response to Grooming, Sexual Harassment, Rape Allegations
Lincoln Project founder John Weaver partially admitted to allegations of sexual misconduct on Friday, releasing a statement in which he admitted to his own homosexuality and apologized for inappropriate sexual conversations with college aged-men in the ranges of 19 to 26.
Weaver, an ex-Republican neocon and former John McCain and John Kasich operative, had been purged from reference on the Lincoln Project’s website after populist commentator Ryan Girdusky revealed that at least ten young men had been sexually solicited by Weaver. Weaver had promised the young men employment in politics in return for gay sex, which one victim alleges never materialized.
An article by Girdusky in the American Conservative details the allegations against Weaver in length.
Weaver attempted to distract from the coercive nature of the allegations against him by admitting to be gay in a statement provided to Axios Friday.
The Lincoln Project merely shrugged in a statement regarding Weaver’s misconduct, stating that his own statement spoke for itself.
Disgraced actor Kevin Spacey had tried a similar strategy when he himself faced accusations of sexual misconduct, attempting to elicit sympathy by coming out of the closet. Being gay isn’t an excuse for coercing much younger men for sex with the promise of a lucrative career opportunity.
‘Professional’ Wikipedia editors are currently hard at work to protect the alleged predator’s reputation, with no mention of the 10+ misconduct allegations or his own admission of (partial) guilt evident on John Weaver’s Wikipedia page.
In a Twitter thread, journalist Scott Stedman details his own experience of facing sexual harassment at the hands of Weaver, while suggesting that other victims faced treatment that “pales in comparison.”
Of course, what he said to me pales in comparison to others with whom Weaver communicated and countless others who have experienced much worse from people in power.
— Scott Stedman (@ScottMStedman) January 10, 2021
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