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The Salesians of Today Are Not What Don Bosco Intended

They Are Far From It


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PURPOSE

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.


BACKGROUND


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 the well decayed Roman Catholic Church Administration that: If they put into 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.


DETAILS

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 order.

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 amping 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 offenders are:

Fr. Larry 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 happened.

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. Ernie Martinez.

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 Francisco.

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.

CONCLUSION

Given that St. John Bosco cannot dissolve the order now, we entreat anyone who reads this article to share it with other true Christians and not to support the Salesians in any form or fashion - with time or financial resources. Truly, St. John Bosco would not want to perpetuate this nest of vipers - destroyers of the souls; the souls of childre for whom he dedicated his entire life.

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(1) The Trajectory of Don Juan Bosco - a True example of Applied Christianity
(2) Mr. Piscitelli' s Article in Full
(3) Bishop Accountability Group


Published on April 25th, 2013 - Feast of St. Mark - Evangelist

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