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They never stop...they never miss an opportunity to re-victimize.

They ALWAYS take just one more shot...damage one more more awful memory...and justice???? NEVER !

Paedophiles are monsters, monsters in our midst .
Sadly, we think monsters should look like Lon Chaney when his mask was pulled, Freddy Krueger or, for the younger readers, someone from one of the recent zombie series, but they don't.

They don't 'look' like the monsters that they are.  They're  regular looking men and women like Jerry Sandusky,Philip Koufos, Stephen Baker, etc. ...and they don't stop. They re-victimize by blaming the victim , and in Baker's case, take one last stab at the victimS' heart without allowing ANY justice.

Oh, sure, the faithful can believe there's some 'higher court' operated by hallo-wearing wing-ed ones or a lower court operated by horned, pointed-tailed, cloven-hoofed creatures that will do...well, something. Others can believe that somehow reincarnation's the answer, but the victims STILL get re-victimized.

This particular vicious monster, Stephan Baker, was reached by WKBN/WYTV earlier this month:

...Baker, reached at about 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in his room at St. Bernadine’s monastery in Newry, Pa., about seven miles south of Altoona, said he was shocked when alerted of the accusations in a brief phone interview with the newsroom.
“I’m flabbergasted,” Baker said. “I’ll have to ask my superiors if I can say anything.”
Baker then hung up and failed to return the call....

surprise (someone) greatly; astonish. from Oxford)

More lies, more victimization.

When Baker committed suicide, he victimized AGAIN. Once AGAIN, striking and leaving.  Baker knows...well, knew what most of us know - he had victimized MANY more than we'll ever know. Many of Baker's victims will never come forward. I only hope that those victimized will be  able to stop re-victimizing themselves with their painful memories, memories created beyond their control, memories created, perpetrated by a monster, a monster that struck one more time, a monster that CHOSE to try to tear out one more piece of his victim's  hearts and souls, as he took the cowardly way out........



Posted by JudyJones (anonymous) on January 27, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

Our hearts are with the brave victims, and they are to be commended for having the courage to speak up and take action to expose the truth. This is not an easy thing to do, especially now that Bro Baker has committed suicide. It can be an emotional roller coaster, some may feel relief that he can not longer harm another child, and yet some may feel cheated because they will never see him behind bars for his crimes.

But hopefully anyone who has knowledge or may have been harmed by Brother Stephen Baker or anyone within this diocese, will have the courage to come forward and contact the police and get help.
Also keep in mind your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Posted by uselesseater (anonymous) on January 28, 2013 at 8:25 a.m.

Let us hope that Stephen Baker was truly guilty and that guilt drove him to his premature demise.

It's a tough matter. These offenders are a varied lot. It is easy to say they all continue to offend. Statistically, a fair number do, but some do not.

We must learn to dislike the actions of people and not the people themselves. What causes such malfunction in a human? Their own victimization often. A victim who becomes an offender and passes the curse along.

No free passes here. We need to do better to weed misdoers like this out quicker and earlier. To the victims, it is a tough road to recovery. But it is a road worth traveling. The weight gets lighter as the calendar pages turn.

Posted by lbf () on January 28, 2013 at 9:55 p.m.

on tomorrow's BrainFood
WYCL am 1540, Atty Mitchell Garabedian
Decades of experience pursuing, justice, truth, and compensation for victims and survivors of sexual abuse

Mitchell Garabedian is an attorney specializing in sexual abuse cases. He has become an internationally recognized advocate on the topic.

Mitchell Garabedian began practicing law in 1979 and focused his practice on helping individuals in cases involving personal injury, divorce, immigration, bankruptcy, and criminal matters. He became widely known and respected for his representation of victims and survivors of Roman Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse in the 1990s and 2000s. To date, the firm has represented more than 750 victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Most of the victims and survivors he has represented have been from Massachusetts, but with appropriate local counsel, he has represented victims and survivors throughout the United States, as well as victims and survivors from other countries.
History of obtaining results for victims and survivors

In 2002 Mitchell Garabedian obtained a $10,000,000 settlement for 86 Father Geoghan victims or survivors. In 2003 Mitchell Garabedian representing 120 victims and survivors of over 40 different priests, along with lawyers representing other victims and survivors of abuse, obtained an $85,000,000 settlement with the Archdiocese of Boston. Since 2003, the Law Offices of Mitchell Garabedian has continued to obtain millions of dollars in settlements for victims and survivors.

Posted by lbf () on January 28, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

also on Tomorrow's BrainFood:
In response to the emergence of the clergy abuse crisis in the Roman Catholic Church in 2002, one priest advocate and another priest survivor/advocate collaborated in the development of a “first-stage service” called Rescue&Recovery International, Inc. has provided emotional, psychological, financial, and spiritual assistance to survivors as they attempt to recover from the effects of having been sexually abused by members of the clergy.

Fr. Robert M. Hoatson, its President/Founder,

Posted by lbf () on January 29, 2013 at 6:56 p.m.

Bishop Mark Bartchak of the Altoona-Johnstown "...Diocese said in a statement Saturday he was saddened by the news of Baker's death but did not comment further, citing pending legal action. A message left for the Rev. Patrick Quinn, the head of Baker's order, the Third Order Regular Franciscans, was not returned...."
from the San Francisco Chronicle

Posted by JudyJones (anonymous) on January 31, 2013 at 12:46 a.m.

more news about Baker..

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director,

Posted by Askmeificare (anonymous) on February 9, 2013 at 11:06 p.m.

As a responder in Vindy City, In the County of the Land of Mahoning, I respond to this article regally and put my thoughts into a post, legally.

You see, and I have got to state this meagerly, to be, you see, yes priests, the stupid priests, are morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and, reliably, a big part of the problem!

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on February 11, 2013 at 11:28 p.m.

Louie b. Free - Where in the heck did you learn to write? You can't put tripe like this on a newspaper website! This thing reads like a poem by e.e. cummings! But cummings is considered by those much wiser and more knowledgeable than lil'ole'me to be a literary genius. You are a grammatical nincompoop!

Nowhere in the English language is there anything allowing for the use of four consecutive question marks. One is enough. Your erratic use of elipses is downright crazy. Ending this horrid attack of the English language with eight consecutive elipses is both a travesty and a tragedy! Just as weird is your misuse of the parenthesis symbol. I'm not even giving specific instances here. Anyone who has passed sixth-grade English can readily see very major flaws with parenthetics, along with many other grammar errors, throughout this piece of writing (which I presume is intended to be a column or a commentary of some kind). It reads more like the raving rant of some uneducated and illiterate lunatic, however.

By the way, screaming in all caps as much as you do is unprofessional and as an opinion writer, you should be aware that even in the most fiery of opinions, mild temper is always a prize virtue. You're not going to coax anyone over to your argument by screaming in all caps. Take it from the political pundits who really know how to argue - those silver-tongued devils - they're as glib and charismatic as slippery sea snakes probably appear to stupd little fish.

It might be okay for the posters to do this on They seem to answer to a lower standard. But you, Louie b. (for the life of me, I don't even know why you have your middle initial appearing in lower case all the time) Free, are subject to a bit of a higher level of writing. Evidently, is an online version of The Vindicator, a publication that has long been an icon of journalistic integrity and credibility.

I'm not even getting iinto the argument arguments. And believe me, I have plenty with this thing (that's about the kindest thing I can call this oh, whatever the *&%#$ it is).

Todd Franko needs to get you a strong fifth of rye, a fifth of rum and perhaps even a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20. But mostly, you need a good grammar guide along with an AP style maual.

First, however, I think you need to learn to communicate. I don't think you're even up to that, looking over your blog postings.

Have a wonderful day!

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on February 12, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.

From your picture on your webpage, Louie b. Free, you look about as weird as e. e. cummings looks in most of the photos I've seen of him.

I meant this as a compliment. I felt sort of bad for lambasting you and wanted to give you a little hip, hip, hooray of some sort. This is about as close as it gets, though.

I do the cummings thing a bit, too. The AP style `maual' reference in the above post was both a deliberate misspelling of 'manual' and a screaming misuse of 'maul' and was put there to attract other posters to point this out. Though these words are not synonymous, either would fit in the immediately above-appearing post I wrote late last night.

My ruse didn't work, unfortunately.

I'm not such a sly, surreptitiously venomous seasnake, either.

Have a wonderful day, Louie b. Free!.

Posted by peggygurney (anonymous) on February 15, 2013 at 9:56 a.m.

This is Louie's blog page. He can write about anything/anyone he wants to.

And what's with the personal attacks, OpinionsAreLikeBellyButtons? hmmm let me give this a try. Your comment above is about as mature as your username. There. :)

Posted by msweetwood () on February 15, 2013 at 10:09 a.m.

I DO love when people make grammar-based attacks and then make their own mistakes (proving perfection is much more difficult than it looks). They always use the same ruse: I meant to do that!

Yeah. Sure. Just admit you, too, are a flawed human and quit riding side-saddle on your own high horse.

Sheesh. Or as the kids say, SMH.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

Posted by JudyJones (anonymous) on February 15, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.

A new development in LA Archdiocese ..

Thankfully today, LA Superior Court Judge Emilie H. Elias ordered Cardinal Mahony to be deposed for questioning under oath before he leaves for Rome. It is time for law enforcement to investigate these sex crimes against kids, and to investigate those who shield and cover up these crimes. Until high ranking church officials spend some time behind bars, nothing will change within this secret archaic institution. As long as they can still get away with it, they have no reason to stop.

Pope Benedict has taken no decisive actions to punish any high ranking church official for enabling, empowering, and covering up sex crimes against innocent kids.
He should fire Cardinal Mahony, for his horrific cover up of sex crimes within LA archdiocese, yet Mahony is still a cardinal and now he can vote for a new pope. This is extremely disturbing.

Children are safest when child predators and those who enable and conceal their crimes are held responsible.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on February 21, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

peggygurney - You're right. I am very immature. I never ever intend to grow up.

msweetwood - As managing editor of this newspaper, if you can't see there are very serious grammatical problems with this article, you really shouldn't be the managing editor here. Sure, it's a blog but it's a blog that has a direct link to As far as riding side saddle on a high horse, I don't even own a horse. I'm the proud owner of my own pet hyena. Go *&^%$ yourself, Mark Sweetwood!

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on February 21, 2013 at 2:21 a.m.

I'm shaking my head. I'm shaking my head. I'm shaking my head. I'm shaking my head. I'm shaking my head. I'm shaking my

Posted by OpnionsAreLikeBellyButtons (anonymous) on February 22, 2013 at 12:05 a.m.

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Posted by Freeatlast (anonymous) on February 24, 2013 at 11:20 a.m.

To Mark Sweetwood

I do not think you are an idiot Mark , not even a (IDIOT!) as someone so politely put it . But it would be nice if you made it so readers would only get one vote a day in the poles.

Posted by lbf () on February 25, 2013 at 8:38 a.m.

Fifty more accuse friar of abuse, group says

Posted by lbf () on February 26, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Youngstown Diocese says nobody is reporting abuse to it

Posted by lbf () on February 27, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.


Posted by JudyJones (anonymous) on March 1, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.

As we have witnessed throughout the world, the sex abuse cover up within the Catholic church is not nearly over, the truth is just beginning to come out. There are cardinals and bishops who are still covering up sex crimes against kids, they are still not removing predator clergy, and they are still not reporting to the police. There has been no bishop or cardinal fired or punished to deter them to stop.
It is so sad that more kids may have to be sexually abused before any of these church officials are held responsible. Outside law enforcement needs to get involved and investigate their crimes against humanity.

You would hope there is someone within the college of cardinals who could be a pope with integrity, who will start to take immediate actions to stop this abuse. Yet with that in mind, since all of these cardinals were promoted by popes, we have our doubts.

That is why the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a 30 page report to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child documenting the ongoing worldwide sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.

Children are safest when child predators and those who enable and conceal their crimes are held responsible. We are here to protect kids and to help heal those already wounded.
Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.,
"SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Posted by lbf () on March 14, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

Youngstown Diocese says 2 JFK alumni alleging abuse

Posted by JudyJones (anonymous) on March 21, 2013 at 5:17 p.m.

March 21, 2013
"Bishop McCort scandal: Former female student alleges abuse"

Judy Jones, SNAP, 636-433-2511

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