14 "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Good Day Everyone: You're probably wondering why I started off with a bible verse. Well it's simple. I'm bringing something that has been well-protected, covered up, and hidden from us to light...and that light is the power of 1,000 suns.
For a long time the ARLINGTON ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE seemed untouchable b/c it was one of the most powerful &
conservative roman catholic diocese in the
A Loudoun Minister Inspires Loyalty From Followers, Anger From Ex-Members With Torn Lives and Moral Pain
After reading that I knew it was almost time to act against the powerful Arlington Diocese and shine a VERY BRIGHT LIGHT on their operations. Much like the powerful Evangelical Church in Sterling, VA...St. Michael's has been telling parents (like my own) to throw their children out of the house if they don't abide by the very conservative teachings of the Arlington Diocese (proof of their radical conservatism is they still use the Baltimore Catechism). The Arlington Diocese is about as far right as you can get. They sanction Nigerian priests to come to their churches to hold "Healing Masses" to the ever-growing and very dangerous Catholic Charasmatic Renewal (Here is the Wikipedia entry on Catholic Charismatic Renewal) that ensnares the mind to believe some crazy psychotic things. My mother and half-sister are members of this group in the Arlington Diocese Sanctioned group, and I had the privilege of attending this public meetings in which these witch doctors from Nigeria and Kenya would Heal people and lay their hands on people who would fall over like they were playing a game and speak in tongues and see visions. It had to be one of the scariest things I've ever witnessed...similar to the monstrosities found in the Award Winning Documentary JESUS CAMP. Later I found out that there are some well placed adults that claim to be healed right away, and that puts peer pressure on others just hoping to become better, as well as well rehearsed playacting to have the first person drop to the ground and speak in tongues so others can be influenced to follow suit. Standard theatrics when it comes to this type of illusionary and deception.
If encouraging psychotic behavior isn't bad enough, you want to know what i think is the greatest crime against humanity coming from the Arlington Diocese besides alleged child abuse. What is being said in the privacy of confessional booths from priests to parishioners. Here you have no accountability, no auditing powers, and unlimited power to destroy someone's emotional well being. The things that were told to me @ St. Michael's when I was just 5,6,7,8, 9, 10 years old would curl most people's skin. Hell fire for little things like lying to grown ups, cheating on a test, and torture on earth by devils by just touching a girl. There was a priest there when I was growing up that wouldn't look at himself in a mirror for fear of vanity and told others to do the same. It got a hundred times worse as I reached puberty. Sexual organs and parts of your body falling off just by thinking impure thoughts, touching yourself, French kissing girls, and looking at naked pictures of women. And sex before marriage was tantamount to murder. The priests @ St. Michael's left lasting scars on one's psyche and it took a considerable amount psychotherapy (ironically started when I was in a Roman Catholic Missionary Seminary) to undo what they told me when I was young. And of course they told my parents to throw me out of the house after I got kicked out of Maryknoll Roman Catholic Missionary seminary (for harboring a personal opinion on whether priests should be married and the validity of chastity that conflicted with the Magesterium)...so they did, and I had no car, no money, and nowhere else to go (Maryknoll required that you give up all your material positions including money before entering the seminary). If that isn't bad enough a priest @ St. Michael's Church told my grandmother the other day that she would kill herself as soon as her husband dies from old age b/c she can't live without him even though she has being doing just that for years now ever since he found a renewed vigor for Catholicism and does NOTHING but pray all damn day.
You take this personal account coupled with the following NEWS STORY from 2003...and it the time has come for the light to be shined on the monster that is Arlington Roman Catholic Diocese.
Father Haley and "The Boy's Club"
By Mark Fellows
Reprinted with permission of Catholic Family News, see Editor's Notes below.
For years governments have had laws protecting whistle-blowers, These laws
shield from retaliation those employees who come forward with evidence of
illegal or immoral practices within their agency. The case of Father James
Haley makes it evident that the Catholic Church in
Father Haley, a priest in the diocese of
In fact Father Haley never went public with any of his incriminating information. For years he went privately to Bishop Loverde, not just with his complaints, but with indisputable evidence of clergy immorality in his diocese. Bishop Loverde's reference to Haley "publicizing priestly wrongdoing" concerns deposition testimony given by Father Haley pursuant to a law suit brought against Bishop Loverde and his diocese by a parishioner, James Lambert. The suit alleged diocesan negligence in failing to remove an obviously unfit priest who had given public scandal for years. 2. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed for failing to comply with the statute of limitations.
After failing to get a judge to keep the contents of the deposition sealed, the
Although Father Haley has been silenced, his story is told in his deposition
testimony. Here we learn that James Raymond Haley was ordained a Roman Catholic
priest in 1987 at
Haley was also troubled by what he heard about the homosexual priest network in
the confessional, but the list of priests he could confide in was getting
shorter. One of his seminary classmates was also a priest in the
Determined not to leave the priesthood, Haley sought out Bishop John R.
Keating, then bishop of the
Bishop Keating confirmed Haley's alarm over the homosexual network in the Church. According to Keating the problem went higher. "He indicated a problem existed even among the bishops and cardinals, naming some that surprised me," Haley testified. 8. Deposition, p. 140. Although he was sympathetic, in the end Keating was no help. According to Haley, Keating said "he could not do anything about homosexual priests or their activities." 9. Ibid
Haley was stunned to learn that
"A bishop would knowingly ordain a homosexual man…I thought that they would want to know that a man or a seminarian or a priest was homosexual. And they couldn't care less, so I started to feel like the outsider, like maybe I was the unique guy. That it wasn't the gay men that were unique, it was the straight men that were unique." 10. Deposition, p. 144.
Adding to his discomfort was what he was hearing in the confessional: "I was becoming aware of some significant sexual problems among our priests, which I could not say to anybody." In 1995 Haley began seeing a psychologist, "to help me deal with the emotional burden of knowing what I did not want to know about my fellow priests through confession." 11. Deposition, p. 118.
"The Boy's Club"
In 1997 Father Haley was transferred to All Saints Church, the largest parish
This last discovery was less a surprise than Verrechia's appetite for
homosexual pornography. Father Verrechia had for some time conducted a very
public romance with Nancy Lambert. The two spent hours together, sometimes
socially, like the parish party where they sat together in a hot tub drinking
wine, Verrechia's arm around
"It was a full-blown scandal by the fall of 1998," Haley testified. 14. Deposition, pp. 211-212. Numerous
parishioners and one of the associate pastors complained to the diocese about
Father Verrechia and Nancy, but nothing changed. Bishop Keating died in 1998,
and in 1999 Pope John Paul II appointed Paul Loverde as
Haley stressed the importance of the situation, and Loverde repeatedly said he was going on vacation first. According to Haley, Loverde did not seemed surprised by anything Haley told him about Verrechia, and was not happy to receive hard evidence concerning the bad priest. Haley testified that when Loverde finally found time to look at Haley's evidence, he suggested that Haley authored the e-mails. When Haley laughed aloud at the idea that he had composed hundreds of e-mails, Loverde implied that Haley had "doctored" the e-mails.
Word got back to Verrechia far more quickly than Loverde got back to Haley. The
day after he delivered the evidence to Loverde, Haley discovered that Verrechia
had deleted all his e-mails to Nancy Lambert from the rectory computer. Shortly
after this Haley was transferred to St. Lawrence Church in
Here he met Father Erbacher. One of the first activities the two priests shared was Erbacher going through the St. Lawrence picture book and showing Haley "the boys of the previous pastor." 16. Deposition, p. 145. By this he meant altar boys the former pastor had paid $500 or $1000 to continue as his altar boys, a duty that included, among other things, vacations at the pastor's beach home. 17. Deposition, p. 153, which includes a similar story concerning a different priest. Erbacher was either very careless or very confident, for he also told Haley how he regularly embezzled funds from collection baskets. The trick to embezzlement, according to Erbacher, was that "you have to be consistent" in how the money is taken. According to Haley, "there were conversations that indicated Father Erbacher had been trained by certain priests of the diocese on how to handle and obtain money." 18. Deposition, p. 149-150. Some of the stolen money was used to increase Erbacher's collection of homosexual pornography, which featured young boys. 19. Deposition, p. 225-226. Pictures of much of this evidence were marked as Exhibits at the deposition. In addition to evidence of embezzlement, there are also photos of a large pornography collection. One of the titles is "Merry Christmas."
Erbacher also voluntarily revealed to Haley many more of the homosexual priests
"pictures of his (Erbacher's) homosexual pornography collection of basically young boys, very similar to what Father Verrecchia had been looking at, but much more extensive…And so I had gone to Bishop Loverde and told him he had a significant problem at Saint Lawrence. That there was immoral and criminal activity occurring and that it was very obvious and that he needed to go and see it." 20. Deposition, pp. 155-156.
Bishop Loverde did not visit St. Lawrence. The only immediate change in the
parish was Father Haley's transfer, to St. Mary's parish in
Father Haley had noticed a pattern. He was being transferred shortly after each conversation he had with Bishop Loverde about immoral priests. Upon arriving at St. Mary's, Haley testified that the parish priest, Father Daniel Hamilton, was "involved in extraordinarily graphic and incredibly disturbing sadomasochism, sexual torture, cross-dressing, transgender pornography that involved she-males. He (Hamilton) was completely addicted, daily immersed in this kind of sexual horror." 22. Deposition, p. 183.
In September 2001 Father Haley went to Bishop Loverde again. He asked Loverde
for a leave of absence "to find a place in the Church outside the diocese
Haley had presented Loverde with substantial, credible evidence concerning Fathers Verrecchia and Erbacher. Loverde's response with Father Verrecchia was to suspect Haley of manufacturing and doctoring the evidence. While Loverde stated he had told Verrecchia to stop seeing Nancy Lambert, Verrecchia was not suspended or evaluated for his unpriestly behavior. His relationship with Lambert - and the public scandal it caused - continued until Spring of 2000, when Verrecchia voluntarily and abruptly left the Church to marry the newly divorced Lambert (on Holy Saturday), after impregnating her earlier that year.
Bishop Loverde was equally ineffectual with Father Erbacher. He never visited St. Lawrence's parish to investigate the evidence Haley had given him, and only acted after Erbacher's activities were publicized. Loverde appeared more effective at transferring good priests than disciplining bad ones. "It seemed," said Father Haley, "that the only person that was getting into trouble was me."
The trouble continued one week later, when, in response to Bishop Loverde's complaint that he couldn't do anything without evidence, Haley presented to the bishop evidence of Father Hamilton's perversity. "At the end of that meeting," Haley testified, "which was basically a slide show of the pictures of his (Hamilton's) incredible collection, the bishop told me that I had better watch out, that I did not know what he (Loverde) was capable of doing." 25. Deposition, p. 190.
One week later Father Haley was summoned to the chancery. Loverde handed him a
letter of resignation and told Haley to sign it. Haley refused, and asked
Loverde what he was going to do about Father Hamilton. Loverde thrust forward
another piece of paper, which according to Haley, read: "I hereby instruct
you to get out of Saint Mary's parish by 7 o'clock this evening." 26. Deposition, p. 192. Haley
persisted in asking about
"If you tell anybody by any means what has happened to Father Hamilton or anybody you will be immediately suspended from the priesthood without any warning. And (Loverde) gave me a further document that (sic) if I said anything about any priest, past, present, or future, in any behavior (I suppose it would include criminal behavior or child rape), that I would be suspended. And I said you mean I'm going to get suspended if I tell the truth to anyone but you, but if I tell you the truth you don't seem to do anything about it. So he took away my faculties, he took away my ability to preach." 28. Deposition, pp. 193-194.
Diocesan spokeswoman Linda Shovlain confirmed that Haley's right to
celebrate Mass and administer the sacraments was revoked in October, 2001. 29. The
Moreover, according to his sworn testimony, Haley had requested a leave of absence to find another diocese to be a priest in, not to decide whether or not to be a priest. He claims he told Loverde "emphatically, that I have never in the whole course of my priesthood asked to leave the priesthood." 30. Deposition, p. 206. In a June 14, 2002 letter, Haley told Loverde: "I have never requested a departure from the sacred priesthood." 31. Letter to Bishop Loverde by Greg Murphy, p. 4.
In spite of this, in all the letters Loverde has addressed to Haley since
imposing a "period of discernment" upon him, the Bishop repeatedly
writes: "Since it is your intention to leave the priesthood…I am more than
happy to help you in your laicization from the priesthood." Haley believes
that Bishop Loverde "is trying to strangle me out of the Church." 32. Deposition, pp. 205-206. He
maintains Loverde has insisted that Haley enter treatment before he can regain
his priestly faculties. He also states that Loverde "indicated to me in
the letter of June 28th that on his part, he would not give approval for a
transfer to any other bishop. So even if a bishop would want me, Bishop Loverde
will not allow me to be transferred." 33. Deposition, p. 209. Father Haley presently subsists
on a modest stipend from the Diocese of Arlington, which has required him to
relocate several times. In January of this year he was back in
"If everybody in these stories (about homosexual priests) gets together we're going to find out one little center and it always is the bishop in the diocese…they seem to know, but they will protect every single other person from knowing what they know." 34. Deposition, p. 173.
Paul Loverde was born in
Bishop Loverde cannot be blamed for the condition of the diocese he took over.
His predecessor appears to have allowed "the boy's club" to become
firmly entrenched before Loverde arrived. In these circumstances it is
understandable that a new bishop might, in prudence, take some time to
familiarize himself with the homosexual order in the diocesan power structure.
In this respect Loverde appears to have been very prudent. Initially, however,
his actions pleased Arlington Catholics. Shortly after his installation the new
bishop held prayer services outside several abortion clinics. Over 400
Catholics attended, and Loverde led small groups in the recitation of the
But under Bishop Loverde the
Then there is the apparent belief of Bishop Loverde that unity in liturgy bars kneeling to receive Communion. This was enforced in his Cathedral during the same week Loverde permanently suspended Father Haley. The Cathedral rector not only refused Communion to Virginia Delegate Richard Black, he chased Black to the back of the Cathedral, shouting that Black was "a conservative idiot" and a "liar." 40. This incident was widely reported in the electronic press. I am quoting from an eye-witness, Joseph Strada, who wrote Loverde a letter of complaint. This lesson on how unity at all costs only causes disunity appears unheeded. 41.The Director of Seton School in Manassas, for instance, has declared that the custom of receiving Communion standing is "the custom and posture in every parish in the Diocese…we should avoid confusion and disunity…The fostering of unity in the Diocese of Arlington is one of Bishop Loverde's hopes since his arrival…" Sentinel, Thursday, January 25, 2001. Also unheeded is a Vatican statement declaring that "any refusal of Holy Communion to a member of the faithful on the basis of his or her kneeling posture to be a grave violation of one of the most basic rights of the Christian faithful…" 42. Statement of The Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Responses to Questions on Kneeling, published in the November-December 2002 edition of Notitiae.
As miserable as these anecdotes are, they only support the remarkably unremarkable conclusion that Arlington Catholics are victims of the usual post-conciliar muddle. But Bishop Loverde's treatment of Father James Haley has definitely raised the bar. Instead of acting like a shepherd by promptly investigating Haley's evidence in order to protect his flock, Loverde disbelieved Haley's proofs, transferred him twice, failed to give him promotions due a priest of his tenure, threatened him, stripped him of his faculties, publicly discredited him, blocked his transfer to another diocese, and permanently suspended him. Some of his public statements appear knowingly false, like his claim that Father Haley was not subpoenaed. The diocesan attorneys knew this, and surely Loverde either knew this as well, or should have investigated the matter before making his public statement. It is very probable that he also knew that diocesan lawyers tried repeatedly to postpone Father Haley's deposition, then declined to appear at the deposition to question Haley. 43. Deposition preamble by Greg Murphy, Esq.
Bishop Loverde appears unmoved by the protests of Arlington Catholics over his treatment of Father Haley. He maintains that he has acted properly in disciplining Father Haley, and in his treatment of the priests Father Haley exposed as unfit. "I expect every priest to live a virtuous life in keeping with his sacred calling, including his commitment to celibacy and chastity," he affirmed recently. 44. As quoted in Whistle-Blower Priest In Trouble With Diocese, ABC News Report, December 2, 2002.
This public statement conflicts with testimony Haley gave concerning statement Loverde allegedly made to him regarding homosexual priests. According to Haley, Loverde told him "there was nothing wrong" with homosexual priests, that "he never asks" if a priest is homosexual: "He said 'I have no right to ask.'" 45. Deposition testimony, pp. 157-158, p. 187. If true, this is a curious attitude not only for a bishop, but for the NCCB Chairman of the Vocations Committee, another position Loverde currently holds. 46. See U.S. Catholic Bishops, Secretariat for Vocations and Priestly Formation, Interview With Bishop Paul S. Loverde, at http://www.usccb.org/vocations/ordination/loverde.htm.
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"When he consecrated the Sacrament, his voice would just tremble with emotion," a parishioner said of Father Haley. "We were bitterly sorry to lose him." 47. ABC News, Whistle-Blower Priest In Trouble With Diocese, December 2, 2002.
In the upside down world of the American Catholic Church, it appears that to have a vocation to the priesthood is grounds for suspension, and questioning whether a priest is a homosexual is morally abhorrent. As the rays of sunlight from the New Springtime of the Church fail to provide warmth, as we behold bare branches unadorned by the green leaves of renewal promised from the "New Pentecost of Vatican II," may Father Haley and other faithful Catholics gain consolation from the prophet in Wisdom:
"For the creature serving thee, the Creator,
Is made fierce against the unjust for their punishment…
Afflicted in a few things,
In many they shall be well rewarded,
Because God hath tried them,
And found them worthy of Himself…"
"The souls of the just are in God's hands,
and the elect find grace and mercy."
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This little light o' mine, I'm goin' let it shine,
This little light o' mine, I'm goin' let it shine,
This little light o' mine, I'm goin' let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.