Saturday, 25 August 2018

"A naked boy as Christ

Zirwas befriended a boy called George in the mid-1970s, taking him on trips and even teaching him how to drive. George said his family encouraged the friendship, believing Zirwas was "very trustworthy" and a good influence. Zirwas brought George to a parish rectory in Munhall, where he met Pucci, Zula and another priest, Francis Luddy.

According the report, the priests asked George to get up on a bed and remove his shirt. They drew an image resembling Jesus Christ on the cross, and told George to take off his pants so he would look like Christ in a loincloth. The priests started taking Polaroid pictures of the boy and asked him to remove his underwear.

George, who said he was under 18 at the time, recalled that the priests giggled and said the pictures would be used as reference for new religious statues at their parishes. They added the pictures to a collection of "similar photographs" depicting other teen boys, George said.

George said each of these priests had a group of "favored boys" and gave them gold cross necklaces as gifts. But the grand jury found that these crosses also marked which children were victims of abuse. "They were a signal to other predators that the children had been desensitized to sexual abuse and were optimal targets for further victimization," the report says.
Zirwas was put on leave twice before fleeing to Florida and then Cuba, according to the report. He was murdered in Havana in May 2001.

Zula, Pucci and Wolk were charged in 1988 with sexually assaulting two altar boys. Zula pleaded guilty and was sentenced to up to five years in prison, while Wolk was sentenced to up to 10 years, the report says. Pucci's charges were dropped because the statute of limitations passed.

Luddy was one of the few priests to face justice long before the report came out. A jury awarded one of his accusers $1.57 million in 1994. Luddy denied molesting that boy but admitted to molesting others, and he was pushed out of the priesthood.

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Crucifix sodomy

Father Gregory Flohr of the Diocese of Greensburg allegedly started abusing a boy in 1967 or 1968, when the boy was 10 or 11. It allegedly started when Flohr touched the victim's genitals while saying, "God loved all His children." Flohr later instructed the boy on how to touch Flohr's genitals, and performed oral sex on the boy, the report says.

In a final act of abuse in 1969, Flohr allegedly took the victim into a confessional, tied him up in a praying position, and silenced the victim by putting his penis in the boy's mouth, the report says. He then sodomized the boy with a crucifix, called him a "bad boy" and let him go.

Gold pectoral cross worn by John XXIII with 'eye and triangle'.  

The victim later set fire to a church carpet. The Diocese reimbursed him for $51,163 in therapy and medical treatment, calling it "an act of Christian charity in your dire need," according to the report. Flohr died in 2004.

God "did not want" children wearing clothes

Father Edmon A. Parrakow, who served in Mount Pleasant, admitted in 1985 that he molested about 35 boys over a 17-year period, which included "mutual fellatio" and "mutual anal intercourse," the report says.

One victim later said that Parrakow told altar boys not to wear any clothes under their cassocks because "God did not want any man-made clothes to be worn next to their skin while they were serving Mass." That victim also said Parrakow took the altar boys into a private room and said he had to do a "physical examination" on them because of reports of abuse in their school. Parrakow touched the boys "all over," including their genitals and buttocks, and told the boys not to say anything about it because then the school wouldn't figure out which of its students had been abused, the victim said.
Parrakow admitted to a grand jury in December 2017 that he molested altar boys, and said he wasn't aware of any "serious effects" his actions had on the victims. The statute of limitations passed for Parrakow's crimes and he now works in a Westmoreland County mall, the report says." -extracted from


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