The purpose of this brief document is
to alert the uninformed faithful that the Salesians - founded by St.
John Bosco - have fallen so far that, if Don Bosco could, he would
probably dissolve the Order.
For years we have been using the
trajectory of St. John Bosco as
a living example of the results that may be
obtained by living the Word - Jesus Christ - and all that He taught us.
We have even equated Don Bosco's life as an on-going Marian Apparition,
producing much good spiritual and temporal fruit. (1) We are convinced that
God used Don Bosco's trajectory to teach, by innumerable examples, to
well decayed Roman Catholic Church Administration that: If they put
practice the Gospel, as John Bosco did, they would evangelize the
world in a very short
time. Something that they had failed to do in the prior 1,500 years.
Tragically, it seems that not only the "smoke of satan" entered into
the Salesians, as it did Church wide, but flaming embers, straight form
hell, did too.
We have become acquainted with an article (2)
by Mr. Joey Piscitelli
and published on July 1, 2012, which, by its nature, staying
power and platform (3)
may be considered reliable.
We will reproduce below a few of its key paragraphs to fully illustrate
why we say that if Don Bosco could, he would probably dissolve the
The Salesians of San Francisco, who
were previously disgraced by holding the record for accused, convicted
and sued priests in the Bay Area and northern state, have been
up the the presence of their infamous clan once again.
The "troubled order" as writer Ron Russel described the notorious
Salesian province of San Francisco in the San Francisco Weekly in
October of 2006, were entangled in a web of accusations, shuffling,
coverups and denial; resulting from decades of ping-ponging sex abusers
back and forth from churches, camps, schools and retreats.
A record number of Salesian
priests names appeared on the molestation radar, and the
Salesian provincials and damage control personnel scrambled to mitigate
and dissolve the negative press and lawsuits. But what they could not
dissolve what was the truth.
There are at least 23 accused local Salesian sex abusers named; and
they are either admitted, convicted, sued, or named for various sex
crimes against children.
Some of the named sex
Lorenzoni, Fr. Richard Presenti, Fr. Bernard Dabenne, Fr. Steve Whelan,
Bro. Sal Billante, Bro. Jesse Dominguez, Fr. Jim Miani, Fr. Harold
Danielson, Bro. Mark Epperson, Fr. Mario Blanco, Bro. Anthony Juarez,
Bro. Ernie Martinez, Fr. Emanual Palayo, Fr. Juan Sanchez, Bro. John
Verhart, Fr. Fleming, Fr. Al Mengon, Bro. John Vas, Bro. Ralph Murguia,
Bro. Dan Pacheco, Fr. Gerald Wurtz, Mr. Sam Vitone, and Mr. Rick Bonds.
In 2006, the Salesians made
headlines by placing 5 out of 6 priests who were accused or convicted
on their authoritative staff at the S.F. Franklin Street
Provincial headquarters, another staggering and embarrassing record.may
Meanwhile, in the East Bay Area, the Salesians spent an estimated
five million dollars fighting just one case alone for sex abuser pastor
Fr. Steve Whelan, which lasted almost 6 years in litigation, and they
lost by court jury trial. Fr. Whelan had been kept in
ministry by Cardinal Levada, and had access to children at the St.
Peter and Pauls grammar school in San Francisco the entire time.
The Salesians appealed the lost court case several times, and lost the
final appeal in High Appellate Court in late 2008.
Fast forward to the present time, and the Salesians are up to their old
habits again, apparently forgetting the past, and the accused
predators are gaining placement and notoriety as if nothing had ever
As of July 1, 2012, the
Salesian San Francisco Province now boasts the presence of 3 accused
pedophiles on their website, still named as clergy, after they
were named in multi-million dollar suits that the Salesians have
settled. Those clergy are:
accused serial rapists Fr. Larry Lorenzoni, Fr. Gerald Wurtz, and Bro.
But the most outrageous
Salesian debauchery must certainly be the spokesperson chosen
for the "blood of Christ" itself. Fr. Steve Whelan, whom I
can personally say is a child rapist who was found liable by a court
jury trial in a civil case, speaks for the purity of "sacramental wine"
in a currently viewed tv documentary. The documentary lists Whelan as a
Reverand, and is filmed at the St. Peter and Pauls Cathedral in San
As I am (that is, Mr. Piscitelli) the
person who sued this child rapist and won the case, I can attest to the debased
conduct of Whelan and his nest of pedophiles without reservation.
In conclusion, the number of accused Salesian rapists and child sex
abusers now known to be back in positions in the local North Cal clergy
arena is six.