The Opus Dei controlled and run the papacy of John Paul II the Great for over 26 years and so they covered-up all the pedophilia reports that were coming in because they wanted his papacy to be "great". This pedophile priest from Allentown was one of them and they push under the rug his report. The Opus Dei even "silenced" the Jesuit Jon Sobrino who has been working for more than 40 years with the poorest in El Salvador because he criticized the hypocrisy of the papacy of John Paul II. Those Opus Dei eunuchs tolerate no criticisms and tolerate no bad news that will tarnish the image of John Paul II see the John Paul II Millstone for in-depth coverage www.jp2m.blogspot.com and the Benedict XVI-Ratzinger God’s Rottweiler www.pope-ratz.blogspot.com .
Diocese of Allentown, the Rev. James McHale named in sexual abuse lawsuitby Express-Times staff
Thursday May 14, 2009, 12:35 AM
Photo Courtesy of Sharon Tell
Sharon Tell, second from left, says the Rev. James McHale, third from right, abused her for two decades. They are seen here with Pope Paul VI, center, during a visit to Rome.
Express-Times Photo | KELBY ANDERKOSharon
Tell, center, stands with her attorney and family members during a news conference Wednesday outside the Diocese of Allentown headquarters.
Sharon Tell, of Millersville, Pa., says a Diocese of Allentown priest abused her over a 20-year period that began when she was 12 years old. The weight of her suffering, allegedly at the hands of the Rev. James McHale, landed Tell in a psychiatric ward after she suffered a mental breakdown in the 1980s.
"She was abused for 20 years, and spent another 20 years in silence and pain," Tell's son Patrick Conlin said. "So this is a person who has been in pain for 80 percent of her life. This is her day to be heard."
Conlin and other members of Tell's family were on hand to support her Wednesday when she announced a lawsuit against the diocese and McHale, who is deceased.
"While the Diocese of Allentown regrets that any person may have been the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of any cleric, the diocese does reserve its right to defend itself against the charges in this lawsuit," diocese spokesman Matt Kerr says in a prepared statement.
The alleged abuse started when Tell attended Notre Dame parish in Bethlehem and continued even after her family moved to Smyrna, Del.
In Delaware, the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse is two years after the victim turns 18. However, a piece of legislation passed in 2007 created a two-year window during which victims could bring civil action in cases previously barred by the current statute.
When Conlin learned about the window, which closes in July, he urged his mother to file suit.
"People wouldn't believe how you could be abused for 20 years, until she was 32 and had kids," Tell's husband, Jeff Gundel, said. "But perpetrators know how to pick their victims and condition them, and she was certainly conditioned."
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Posted by maryMcPherso on 05/14/09 at 3:29PM
People who say that others (ministers, rabbis) have done this TOTALLY MISS THE POINT! Sure, there are terrible people everywhere... But the Catholic church is the only organization that purposely cover up for these people and then sent them to find new victims in other communities. No other religion did this!!!!
I hope the Express-Times will continue to have the courage to keep covering this story. I am sure they will get pressure to minimize the coverage. Pennsylvania needs to change the law and provide a window for victims to come forward ... as so many other states have done. But in Harrisburg, the Church fought against this bit of justice.
Posted by Heimat on 05/14/09 at 5:07PM
Remember, also, that the current pope (the guy who was once in the Hitler Youth), was the guy who wrote that infamous memo to the American Catholic Churches telling them to delay as long as possible the investigations into the allegations by all those people who claimed to have been abused by priests. You really have to wonder about the integrity of this mess. The Spanish Inquisition was bad enough, but the list of crimes they have committed over the years is quite extensive.