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A PAINFULL LEGACY- ABUSE BY ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIESTS IN ALASKA

In the Yupik Eskimo village where Tom Cheemuk lived as a child in the 1960s, there was no running water. Homes in the tiny community of St. Michael were lit with gas lamps and generators. The town shared a single telephone. As a boy Cheemuk picked berries and gathered goose eggs on the pockmarked Alaskan tundra and fished for tomcod on the windy shores of the Bering Strait. Like most other children, he also spent many days inside the weather-beaten little Catholic church, helping the Jesuit missionaries who held such powerful sway over Eskimo life. That meant doing what you were told—even if it was wrong—and staying silent about it.

For Cheemuk, now 53, the past was buried for decades, through a lifetime of struggling with shame, anger and alcoholism. "I remember Mom asked me why there was blood on my underclothes," he said one recent frigid night in his cramped house in the Eskimo village. His sat alongside his wife, sometimes breaking into tears. "I was afraid to tell her what happened. I thought I might go to jail."
It is one of the darkest chapters of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. More than 110 children in Eskimo villages claim they were molested between 1959 and 1986, raped or assaulted by 12 priests and three church volunteers. Families and victims believe that another 22 people were sexually abused by clergy members but have since killed themselves. The Jesuit Oregon Province, which includes Alaska, has agreed to pay $50 million in damages. It is believed to be the largest settlement ever against a religious order.
Chris Cooke, a partner in an Anchorage law firm that has represented Eskimo victims, voices outrage over the staggering level of abuse by priests and church volunteers. "They had absolute power over the people and the culture," says Cooke. "They had language power. They had political power. They had racial power. They had the power to send you to hell. There was nowhere for victims to turn."
This is a culture that values emotional restraint. Especially among men, talking about pain is rare. Cheemuk once tried to escape the nightmares by putting a gun to his head. His wife grabbed the gun as he pulled the trigger, the bullet whizzing past his head. But two of his brothers did take their own lives. Cheemuk wonders if they were abused too.
Cheemuk was allegedly abused by Joseph Lundowski, a volunteer who performed many of the duties of a priest. In the span of seven horrific years, Lundowski allegedly abused nearly every boy in the villages of St. Michael and neighboring Stebbins. Thirty-eight of these men, now in their late 40s and 50s, have come forward to say Lundowski abused them. Villagers believe six other alleged victims committed suicide. Ken Roosa, a lawyer in Anchorage, began taking his first Jesuit priest abuse cases in 2002. When he later ran a newspaper ad seeking information about Lundowski, calls poured in, and eventually the church volunteer, now deceased, was accused by a total of 60 victims, the majority of the Alaska abuse cases covered in the $50 million settlement.


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  • Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too.

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  • Entinlude: "Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too."
    Unfortunately there are pedophiles from all walks of life. Perhaps the result of the 60's revolution was the liberalization of the Church and society, thus many homosexuals found a "home" in the Church.

    If in fact you are in th More..

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  • After a very long legal battle, my mum finally got compo from these bastards (28 years in court).

    Please avoid the Catholic Church! They are the most evil pedophile harboring bastards on the planet.

    If you put one dollar in the collection plate, you've just helped fund the relocation of ANOTHER pedophile from one feasting ground to another.

    This is the sickest, most corrupt organization in the western world and should be bombed out of existence.

    I fully support a pre-emptive strike on the Va More..

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  • cat-scratch-fever: "
    Entinlude: "Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too."
    Unfortunately there are pedophiles from all walks of life. Perhaps the result of the 60's revolution was the liberalization of the Church and society, thus many homosexuals found a "home" in the Church.

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    Totally agreed with the religious tolerance......
    Also the fact that you can't denegrate a whole religion for the actions of a few.......True??

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  • Stay clear of those with Religion and Belief not there's.

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  • cat-scratch-fever: "
    Entinlude: "Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too."
    Unfortunately there are pedophiles from all walks of life. Perhaps the result of the 60's revolution was the liberalization of the Church and society, thus many homosexuals found a "home" in the Church.

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    Homosexuals ? ? ? Your out of your fukkin mind , apologist . People who tamper with kids are not poofs , they're paedos , BIG diff . And there's a sick cult of this in catholisism . And the cover-up is as bad as the deed . If the day ever comes I would gladly raise the blade against you and all other religions .

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  • Entinlude: "Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too."
    Since US school teachers molest 100 times more children every year than all clergy in the world, combined...you should be taking up your argument with the department of education.

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=3d3_1196370014

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  • there is no proof of god and religion is just a tool for people to manipulate other people. fuc*en bastards and castration is the answer.

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  • cat-scratch-fever: "
    Entinlude: "Alaska, England, Califirnia. Location changes, the story remains the same.

    Steer clear less children take it in the rear.

    It's bad enough you lie to your children about Heaven and an afterlife, don't send em to pedo-territory too."
    Unfortunately there are pedophiles from all walks of life. Perhaps the result of the 60's revolution was the liberalization of the Church and society, thus many homosexuals found a "home" in the Church.

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    I agree with you Mr Fever. But some of the most offensive are not held any higher standard. Always offended and squalling - but never offensive themselves.

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  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS NOT A CHRISTIAN CHURCH. IT NEVER WAS NOR WILL IT EVER BE.. IT IS THE WHORE OF BABYLON... REVELATION 17:2 AND 19:2. IT IS THE MOST CORRUPT RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. IT HAS DECEIVED AND PERVERTED MILLIONS OF LOST SOULS..... NAME ME A CATHOLIC COUNTRY THAT IS NOT CORRUPT.. NAME ME A CATHOLIC COUNTRY THAT ISN'T BACKWARDS WHICH CENTRIAL OR SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY WOULD YOU LEAVE NORTH AMERICA FOR?... THE JUSUIT PRIEST ARE LIKE THE PRIEST OF BAAL...TREACHER More..

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  • eprocker: "THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS NOT A CHRISTIAN CHURCH. IT NEVER WAS NOR WILL IT EVER BE.. IT IS THE WHORE OF BABYLON... REVELATION 17:2 AND 19:2. IT IS THE MOST CORRUPT RELIGIOUS STRUCTURE THIS WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. IT HAS DECEIVED AND PERVERTED MILLIONS OF LOST SOULS..... NAME ME A CATHOLIC COUNTRY THAT IS NOT CORRUPT.. NAME ME A CATHOLIC COUNTRY THAT ISN'T BACKWARDS WHICH CENTRIAL OR SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY WOULD YOU LEAVE NORTH AMERICA FOR?... THE JUSUIT PRIEST ARE LIKE THE PRIEST OF BAAL...TREACHEROUS.. THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS JUST AS PERVERTED AS THE MUSLIMS....BOTH ENSLAVE THE MAS More..
    Argentina: Roman Catholic 92%,
    Austria: Roman Catholic 74%
    Belgium: Roman Catholic 75%,
    Canada: Roman Catholic 43%
    France: Roman Catholic 83%%u201388%,
    Germany: Protestant 34%, Roman Catholic 34%
    Ireland: Roman Catholic 88%
    Italy: Roman Catholic approx. 90%
    Luxembourg: Roman Catholic 87%
    Spain: Roman Catholic 94%,
    United States: Protestant 52%, Roman Catholic 24%,

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