Current priest abuse in Diocese of Saginaw

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Jun 30, 2007
 

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I am a former priest for the Diocese of Saginaw. Priest are still abusing in the Saginaw area. I have names of three priests who are abusing their power in hopes of getting what they want. My consceince tells me I should notify the proper authorities. Is it time?
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Jul 3, 2007
 
I feel remorse and sad that as a former priest you still are willing to blame others while you contemplate your own guilt...is this revulsion of the vows YOU took to enter the priesthood? Let our father whom we believe in handle this matter. I will pray for you tonight.
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Oct 12, 2007
 
How would you feel if you were sexually mistreated by a priest? How would God want this resolved? What is my responsibilty to society?
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#4
Dec 26, 2007
 
I know of four men who were abused by a priest in Saginaw in the late fifties and sixties. These men have struggled for years with it- one has been become a sexual abuser himself. I do not believe any of them have come forward. Please. Please please come forward. You have no idea the horror that this experience has cast in these mens lives, and in the lives of so many whom they have been in relationship with. It MUST BE STOPPED NOW. Help them find peace.
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Jan 1, 2008
 
Last month I addressed some of my concerns to the bishop of saginaw and two things took place. One, because I am former priest and this was not brought to his attention earlier, I am not taken seriously. Two, I told him of a priest (and former friend) formerly of Pinnconning who is now in Vassar who would tell me of a young man who came to the rectory door for assistance and this priest and boy ended up in bed together. The bishop did not investigate because I could not remember the young mans name. How am I suppose to know the name?? Another cover up of church. I have almost given up on this pursuit for justice. The same priest in Vassar, corrupted my mind as seminarian, telling me it is ok to have sex as a priest and have lovers on the side. The bishop once again, did not want to investigate. I am very grateful that I am no longer a Roman catholic but ordained in a different church where one does not worship and follow a church, but worship and follow christ.
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Jan 28, 2008
 
Forgive me but the Bishop of Saginaw needs to turn himself in. The only reason for his silence is his guilt. He is a criminal in my mind. I have dated and been sexually abused by a man who was himself sexually abused by his priest in Saginaw. At the time, back in the late fifties, the mothers immediately pulled their children out of the church and of course said nothing. These men are now alcoholics, 'heads' of shattered homes etc etc. You myopic ones in robes are CLUELESS. I do not know exactly what God you serve and hide behind but it is not mine.
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Dec 19, 2008
 
For ex-priest, I am glad too, that you are no longer a Catholic priest but still a man of God. Am so pleased to see that you acted upon your conscience as well...surely that is what any compassionate person should do, isn't it? Sex abuse devastates the lives of children and the adults they later become and generations of human beings. Too bad the Catholic church doesn't acknowledge and stop her destruction of trusting families who think of themselves as faithful Christians.
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#8
Dec 30, 2008
 
Are you sure you are speaking of the church in Vassar? I show that post vacant, unless this is one of the churches that has a weekly visiting priest to serve the people. I feel our faith is a strong faith. I agree there are issues but that does not make the whole church or their communities bad people. If you are feeling this weight I believe you should either go above the bishop or speak to the authorities. It is unfortunate you did not do something when Bishop Utner was in the position. He was a great man and I feel he would have done something. As a person that was abused as a child but older peers it is your responsibility as an adult to bring this to light. You keep going until you get results. Your job as a man of faith is to protect the people no matter if you are a current or ex priest. I help out with children at our church and I can tell you if I felt anything was going wrong I would fight to my death to protect one of God's children. We are left here on this earth to protect his flock.
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Midland, MI

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Sep 13, 2009
 

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ex-priest wrote:
I am a former priest for the Diocese of Saginaw. Priest are still abusing in the Saginaw area. I have names of three priests who are abusing their power in hopes of getting what they want. My consceince tells me I should notify the proper authorities. Is it time?
I urge you to contact www.SNAPnetwork.org
WE know of a lot of surviviors that haven't come forward The old and new bishop are still doing cover-ups. I hope you receive help too.
Sam from Saginaw

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Jun 5, 2011
 

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The Diocese of Saginaw is still making excuses and cover-ups for sick priests? Have you heard about the removal of cathedral pastor Jim Bessert a while back? It is no secret that he is an openly gay priest. What about others that we don't hear about? Don't be blind to wolves in sheep skin!
Frances

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Jun 5, 2011
 
ex-priest wrote:
I am a former priest for the Diocese of Saginaw. Priest are still abusing in the Saginaw area. I have names of three priests who are abusing their power in hopes of getting what they want. My consceince tells me I should notify the proper authorities. Is it time?
YES it's time!!!!
Frances

Merrill, MI

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#12
Jun 5, 2011
 
Please do it now..the tme has come!
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Midland, MI

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#13
Jun 6, 2011
 
SNAPnetwork.org and we have self-help group monthly meetings here in Saginaw.
Hopefully you have contacted authorities by now. If not, please do so right away.
This is an old article, but these atrocities still go on today.
Thank you for your courage to come forward and help others.
Brad Sylvester
Snapnetwork.org
steve

Los Angeles, CA

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#14
Jun 10, 2011
 
I heard the priest at the cathedral was having relations with the janitor?
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Los Angeles, CA

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Jun 11, 2011
 
That is sick! On behalf of the gay community, we don't want him!
John Fisher

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Jan 13, 2012
 
I think you need to write to the Papal Nuncio. This sort of behaviour occurs and there needs to be total honesty. The Church judges the sins of individuals and society and it is right it be indefectable when it comes to conduct within.
finallyhome BishopCistone

Harbor Beach, MI

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May 7, 2012
 
ex-priest wrote:
I am a former priest for the Diocese of Saginaw. Priest are still abusing in the Saginaw area. I have names of three priests who are abusing their power in hopes of getting what they want. My consceince tells me I should notify the proper authorities. Is it time?
From ABC News: MArch 2012.
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Bishop Cistone stood by with the Cardinal, and watched while the names of 35 priests and there realleged abuses were shredded in Philly. For his silence he was promoted and made Bishop in 1994. He now is BIshop in Saginaw
finallyhome BishopCistone

Harbor Beach, MI

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May 7, 2012
 
According to ABC News in MArch 2012.

Bishop Cistone in1 994 served in Philedelpha where is sexual abuse trials are now takin place.
Hestood by and watched the shredding of documents that named 35 priests accused of child abuse in the Diocese. The Cardnial was also present. Father Cistone was then promoted to Bishop, and recently transfered to Saginaw.
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May 10, 2012
 
Did the Reverend Father Thomas Sutton come out of the closet yet?
Michelle Freeland MI

Midland, MI

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May 25, 2012
 
Ex Priest: to leave Christ's church because of this is to leave Christ. No other church gives you the Eucharist, Jesus! Yes, they should be prosecuted, the abusers, the ones who did cover ups..... You should have gone all the way up the chains of authority until the guilty were finally dealt with (and you still must) If the Bishop did not respond, take it higher. Please come home. There is only one church that has the fullness of faith. Do not abandon your Lord. Do not abandon the people who need true Priests.........(i have studied all denominations/religions and only the Catholic church is proven to be Christs.....history, the early church fathers writings, scripture such as the Mass depicted and so strongly weaved into the book of revelation......molestation is more prominent in protested churchs and is in all churches, public schools, boyscouts you name it. Horrible sin of man is part of this world. We must keep our eyes on His truths, His tradition, His doctrine, correct theology, the Holy Mass, all 7 sacraments, not perverted mens sins regardless of the horrid scars.......parishiners have left, priests like you and thus reject Jesus, period........I am praying for you. Take your dilemma to www.catholic.com , they will help you..........

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