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By Jo Renee Formicola

The e-book discusses the altering dating among American Catholic Bishops and civil gurus within the usa, as civil authority has eclipsed conventional Catholic ecclesiastical privilege and clerical exemption caused by the hierarchical mismanagement and cover-up of clerical sexual abuse within the usa.

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No holds barred. Instantly, the dynamic about the case totally changed: everything would be made public; the media would investigate; the case could be tried in the press and in the court of public opinion. The Church would no longer be able to hide behind confidential proceedings. Stansbury could prosecute the priest and plead for justice in a criminal court. Other legal decisions were also tipping the scales in favor of the plaintiff. 36 This was a first in state demands on religious leaders.

They taunted him and often told him that he would burn in hell for his crimes. Within the prison walls, skinners 45 46 Clerical Sexual Abuse were the worst of the worst, and this one was no exception because he was a serial pedophile. The skinner’s murderer, Joseph Druce, was already serving a 30-year life sentence without the possibility of parole. He had beaten a guy to death for making a pass at him while he was hitchhiking, an assault he would never forget. That could have motivated Druce as he began to think about killing the skinner in the cell next to him.

Simon, in fact, was essentially challenging the legality of the revered, respected, and unquestioned canon law—its prerogatives and the underlying notion that Church law was supposed to supersede civil law in matters that dealt with the treatment of the clergy. He planned to challenge the canon law’s validity in matters of sexual abuse and the right of bishops to act outside civil law in such criminal acts. In fact, some reports indicated that Simon also intended to indict the Pope, himself. Simon started by filing a motion to break the court’s protective seal on the discovery or the evidentiary findings of the impending Gastal case.

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