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Vatican defrocks priest accused of abuse



Published: Tue, July 20, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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Father Thomas Crum

A Catholic priest who was accused of sexual abuse while he taught at Cardinal Mooney High School has been defrocked.

Thomas Crum, who served in the Diocese of Youngstown from 1975 to 2009, was removed from the priesthood about two weeks ago, said Monsignor Robert Siffrin, vicar general of the diocese. He did not have the exact date.

Monsignor Siffrin said that after an abuse allegation surfaced in May 2009 while Crum was pastor at Our Lady of Peace Church in Canton, the diocese removed him from active duty and asked him to consider requesting removal from the priesthood, which he did.

The diocese sent the request to the Vatican, Monsignor Siffrin said, and after review, a decree from Pope Benedict XVI came back and was presented to Crum.

The person who first came forward about abuse at Cardinal Mooney in 1975 and 1976 was soon joined by two others who said they also were abused. The victims’ identities were kept confidential.

Judy Jones, Midwest associate director of the group Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said two of the Cardinal Mooney victims have contacted her.

SNAP sent out a prepared statement saying that it worries about where Crum is and if anyone is making sure he’s being kept away from children.

“To defrock a priest means nothing to us,” said Jones, whose group urges victims to call police, not church officials.

“He needs to be in jail,” she continued, but said she realizes there’s a statute of limitations involved. That statute is the reason Crum was never prosecuted criminally.

Crum, 61, is not living in the diocese, is all Monsignor Siffrin would say. He said, though, that the church notified civil authorities in the county where Crum lives.

“One of the things we do, when a priest is accused and it’s credible, we always tell local civil authorities,” he said.

Monsignor Siffrin also said that notices, to be posted, were sent to every place Crum was assigned in the diocese.

In the Youngstown area, Crum was assigned to Cardinal Mooney from 1975-77; St. James Church in Warren and St. John the Baptist Church in Campbell, 1977-79; St. Christine Church in Youngstown, 1979-85; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Youngstown, 1991-92; and St. Charles Borromeo Church in Boardman, 1997-99.


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1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

One of the things we do, when a priest is accused and it’s credible, we always tell local civil authorities,” he said.

Well isn't that great,after keeping quiet about this widespread abuse and all the harm done over the years!!

That fat sob needs to be in jail no matter how long ago he commited his horrible crimes to God only knows how many young men.

These creeps never change their stripes and left to roam free you can be sure he's creating more victims !!!

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2arg2015153(1 comment)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

It's always a sign that there's a problem when these guys bounce around from parish to parish, spreading the joy (among other things). Wonder where he was from 1985-1991? Probably in Guam running an orphanage.

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3YTownBred(30 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

LMAO!!! Typical. With all the talk in Youngstown about the young blacks and crime and city's crime rate, no one ever really holds these perverts accountable for anything.

If it doesn't fit, you must acquit!... No wait...That just sounds messed up! Ok, they defrocked him for deflowering? Nevermind, too many jokes for this post.

Maybe they'll move him to another state or country, and then re-instate him like they always do?
He actually may enjoy prison too much? Lots of men in there.

This is a great morning for news.

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4mamamia0709(3 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Why is there a statute of limitations on a crime that renders it's victims traumatized for the rest of their lives? The pain, the brokenness never goes away for victims of these crimes, why should the prosecution have a limitation?
Our system is so messed up on issues like this. We should all write our state legislators and demand a revocation of this statute.

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5OhioanVoters(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Did the school or church know about the boy(s) being molested by the priest near Youngstown, Ohio?

Personally, I am appalled by organizations that deliberately put children at risk with known child molesters while deceiving the parents about it. I strongly believe that it is time to put a stop to such criminal negligence, deception, and fraud by prosecuting and imprisoning those who deliberately commit such serious crimes against children and their parents.

It is also time to expose politicians who refuse to do anything about such serious crimes. John Kasich is such a politician and he is running for Governor of Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch newspaper did an expose’ called “The ABCs Of Betrayal”. In that newspaper series, the administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) and Grace Brethren Church (GBC) along with their attorney got caught while deliberately putting thousands of students at “risk” (their secretly-recorded word) for nearly a decade with several repeat child molesters lead into temptation to molest again, while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it, while the WCS/GBC administrators and their attorney conspired to cover up their crimes (i.e. Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups) against the parents and students, including John Kasich’s family.

The repeat child molesters were employed at WCS as Teachers and Coaches as well as Youth Directors for elementary-age children.

Refer to the Internet web site http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com for the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence.

John Kasich refuses to do anything about these very serious crimes, betrayals, and dangerous hypocrisy committed against his own family and thousands of others. This clearly demonstrates that John lacks the courage, integrity, leadership qualities, and common sense needed to be a suitable Governor.

Please refer to the Internet web site http://NotKasich.com for more information.

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6OhioanVoters(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Excellent point, Judy Jones, that:
"We urge anyone who was injured by Crum or any clergy in the Youngstown diocese to call police officials, not church officials."

One of the several child molesters at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) here in Columbus, Ohio wasn't reported to the Police but to Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) instead. The Police only wrote one letter to the FCCS and refused to pursue the matter after the FCCS did not respond to that letter. WCS and Grace Brethren Church (GBC) covered it up and rehired the child molester again. Those administrators and their attorney got caught by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper 8 years later while employing other repeat child molesters as well. Go to the web site ABCsOfBetrayal dot com for details.

See NotKasich dot com for the poor judgments by John Kasich, who is running for Governor of Ohio, in regard to those serious crimes.

REPORT THE CRIMES TO THE POLICE!!!
NOT to the Church or School or Franklin County Children Services.
Then pressure the POLICE to do the job that we taxpayers pay them to do.

And don't count on Columbus Prosecutor Robert S. Tobias to prosecute those who deliberately put the children at risk with child molesters while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it.
Instead of Robert S. Tobias prosecuting the WCS and GBC administrators and their attorney, Tobias prosecuted a parent for asking two questions (the first as suggested by the Supreme Court of Ohio) about those crimes.

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7OhioanVoters(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago


Excellent point, Judy Jones, that:
"We urge anyone who was injured by Crum or any clergy in the Youngstown diocese to call police officials, not church officials."

One of the several child molesters at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) here in Columbus, Ohio wasn't reported to the Police but to Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) instead. The Police only wrote one letter to the FCCS about it and refused to pursue the matter after the FCCS did not respond to that letter. WCS and Grace Brethren Church (GBC) covered it up and rehired the child molester again. Those administrators and their attorney got caught by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper 8 years later while employing other repeat child molesters as well.
Visit the web site http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com for the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence.

Also in regard to those crimes, visit http://NotKasich.com for a clear demonstration that John Kasich, who is running for Governor of Ohio, does NOT have the courage, integrity, leadership qualities, or the common sense needed to be a suitable Governor for Ohio.

REPORT THE CRIMES TO THE POLICE!!!
NOT to the Church or School or Franklin County Children Services (FCCS).
Then pressure the POLICE to do the job that we taxpayers pay them to do.

And don't count on Columbus Prosecutor Robert S. Tobias to prosecute those who deliberately put the children at risk with repeat child molesters while deceiving and defrauding the parents about it.

Instead of Robert S. Tobias prosecuting the WCS and GBC administrators and their attorney for their 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against the students and parents, Tobias prosecuted a parent for asking two questions (the first as suggested by the Supreme Court of Ohio) about those crimes.

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8anothermike(211 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I can certainly understand the "traumatized' part of an individual experiencing such a disgusting thing....what I cannot understand is why it take more than three (3) decades to mention it to anyone, and what anyone expects the local police and prosecutors to do about it at this late date.

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9Nunya(1356 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

This is beyond sickening,..

This is clearly beyond a few occurrences and or any disturbing trend with an enormous history.

Where if there's not enough being shown. That being closet and indefensible pedophilia based homosexual predators.

Aren't prerequisites to be deemed acceptable by the heads of the catholic syndicate. Then I don't know what is or what more it'll take to make believers out of the populous.

Those blasphemous ingrates are a bushel of bastards that's going straight to Hell and trying to take masses of others with them.

That rotten predator is exactly the type of child molester the pope protected. It's not just him or a couple nor even a few either.

By such widespread numbers and pattern of condoning it. It's without question and perfectly clear that they breed and dispatch that variety of demon in a manner of mass proliferation.

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10wvsparkey(1 comment)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

These monsters never quit! The sad thing about it is for every proven accusation there are probably 10 more kids that will not say anything... they feel guilt and shame. My prayers to the families victimized by this predator.

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11HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Simply another cover up from an organization who sells itself as more moral than the rest of us. Nothing could be further from the truth. Gambling at carnivals and bingo. Perverts permeate the priesthood. Bishops and Cardinals (and higher) who cover for them. It would be hard to imagine a more corrupt organization if you tried.

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12OhioanVoters(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

And it's not just Catholics:
http://ABCsOfBetrayal.com

And it's not just the Pope who refuses to do anything about it:
http://NotKasich.com

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