Survivors: Catholic Church helping abusers more than abused

By | August 29, 2019


GOOD EVENING, I’M BRIAN STERLING.THANK YOU FOR JOINING US FOR A SPECIAL 24 HOUR NEWS 8 AT 11.TONIGHT, WE BEGIN OUR TARGET 8 INVESTIGATION- AFTER THE FALL.WE WANT TO WARN YOU THAT THIS STORY MAY BE TOO DIFFICULT FOR SOME OF OUR VIEWERS TO WATCH.WE KNOW WEST MICHIGAN. AND WE KNOW WITH A CHURCH ON NEARLY EVERY CORNER- THERE ARE MANY HERE WHO WOULD PREFER US NOT TO PROCEED.BUT WE MUST.IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THIS, A VOICEMAIL OUR TARGET 8 REPORTER RECEIVED JUST ONE DAY AFTER SITTING DOWN WITH ONE OF THE VICTIMS IN OUR STORY…”…YOU WERE HERE AND INTERVIEWED ME. I JUST WANTED TO CALL AND LET YOU KNOW THAT I THINK GOD ANSWERED MY PRAYERS…”THE CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN WILL BE DIFFICULT TO LISTEN TO.THE HARD TRUTHS ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ACCEPT. BUT WE NEED REASSURE YOU TO KNOW THAT NOT A SINGLE WORD MADE IT TO AIR WITHOUT AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF FACT CHECKING AND DUE DILIGENCE FROM OUR WOOD TV FAMILY.SO, TONIGHT, AFTER THE WEATHER AND HEADLINES, WE WILL GET STARTED- ON AN INVESTIGATION THAT WILL HOPEFULLY BE ACCEPTED BY THOSE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT REALLY HAPPENED HERE IN WEST MICHIGANa& AND WHERE WE CAN GO FROM HERE. 3 3 SPECIAL OPEN )) 3 SUE:.. 3 IN MICHIGAN AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INVESTIGATIONS INTO DECADES OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY CATHOLIC PRIESTS HAVE PUT A FOCUS BACK ON THE CHURCH.BRIAN:..THE SHUFFLING OF ABUSIVE PRIESTS FROM PARISH TO PARISH, THE COVER-UPS. TONIGHT, IN AFTER THE FALL, TARGET 8 INVESTIGATOR KEN KOLKER AND PHOTOJOURNALIST BILAL KURDI ARE EXAMINING THE FALLOUT HERE IN WEST MICHIGAN.SUE:..WHILE SURVIVORS SAY THEY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR ANY HELP THEY GET FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, MOST–IF NOT ALL OF THE SURVIVING ABUSERS IN THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE ARE COLLECTING PENSIONS, MEDICAL AND DENTAL COVERAGE AND CAR INSURANCE — ALL PAID FOR BY THE DIOCESE.HERE’S TARGET 8 INVESTIGATOR KEN KOLKER. 3 KEN:..TARGET 8 RESEARCH IDENTIFIED 14 PEDOPHILE PRIESTS WHO MOLESTED AT LEAST 33 KIDS IN THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE OVER SIX DECADES.MANY OF THE PRIESTS ARE STILL LIVING IN WEST MICHIGAN.JUST ONE EVER SERVED JAIL TIME, AND JUST ONE LEFT THE PRIESTHOOD. THE SURVIVORS WE TALKED WITH ACCUSE THE CHURCH OF TREATING THE ABUSERS BETTER THAN THE ABUSED, EVEN TO THIS DAY. 3 3 FRAN: “WE WERE DEVOUT, DEVOUT CATHOLICS. MASS EVERY SUNDAY.” FRAN: “THE PRIEST WAS THE EMBODIMENT OF CHRIST. WHEN HE HELD THAT HOST UP, AND THE WINE, THAT’S THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST. “THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WAS EVERYTHING.” 3 CHRIS BURRI: “I IDOLIZED THOSE GUYS. I WANTED TO BE LIKE THOSE GUYS. I WANTED TO FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS AND BECOME A PRIEST MYSELF.” CHRIS BURRI: “I LOVED THAT CHURCH.” CHRIS BURRI WAS 12 IN THE SUMMER OF 1983 WHEN FATHER 3 DENNIS WAGNER, A PRIEST HE IDOLIZED AT HOLY 3 FAMILY CHURCH IN CALEDONIA, SWAM UP FROM BEHIND. CHRIS BURRI: I STRUGGLED TO GET AWAY…IN CAMPAU LAKE NEAR CALEDONIA. CHRIS WAS AN ALTAR BOY; FATHER DENNY HAD QUICKLY BECOME A FAMILY FRIEND. CHRIS BURRI, PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVOR: “HE GRABBED ONTO ME AND FORCIBLY WOULD NOT LET GO. HE HELD ME SO TIGHTLY, AND I STRUGGLED TO GET AWAY, AND TO HIM IT WAS A BIG GAME. AND THAT’S THE TIME HE BEGAN FONDLING ME, AND IT KIND OF WENT A LITTLE FURTHER FROM THERE.”A LOT FURTHER, ACTUALLY. RAPE, HE SAYS, AN ASSAULT THAT LASTED A HALF- HOUR. CHRIS BURRI, 3 ABUSE SURVIVOR: “I STRUGGLED AND 3 STRUGGLED, AND HE JUST LAUGHED THE WHOLE TIME.” HIS FAMILY DIDN’T KNOW THAT WAGNER HAD BEEN CHARGED WITH FELONY GROSS INDECENCY WHILE A PRIEST AT ST. MICHAEL’S IN COOPERSVILLE FOR REPEATEDLY FONDING A 13- YEAR-OLD BOY IN MUSKEGON COUNTY.FOR THAT, WAGNER PLEADED NO CONTEST TO SIMPLE ASSAULT IN 1983, GOT PROBATION. THAT WAS TWO SUMMERS BEFORE THE PRIEST SWAM UP BEHIND CHRIS BURRI. BURRI: “THEY UNFORTUNATELY MADE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WERE ONE OF THE ONLY ONES AT THE TIME.”IN FACT, WAGNER SEXUALLY ASSAULTED AT LEAST SIX BOYS IN THE EARLY 1980S, ALL WHILE BEING MOVED FROM CHURCH TO CHURCH. MORE THAN 30 YEARS LATER, CHRIS BURRI STILL CRINGES DRIVING PAST CATHOLIC CHURCHES AND NOW PAYS FOR HIS OWN COUNSELING. THE MOLESTER WHO HAUNTS HIM IS NOW 70, LIVING IN A HOME ONCE OWNED BY HIS FATHER AT THE END OF A DEAD-END STREET IN NORTON SHORES. CHRIS BURRI, ABUSE SURVIVOR: “I NEVER FELT, WHY ME? I FELT WHY ISN’T THE CHURCH PROTECTING ME? WHY ARE THEY PROTECTING HIM? WHY IS HE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THOSE HE HAD ABUSED?”ON HIS FACEBOOK PAGE, WAGNER SHOWS HE HAD WORKED AT SEARS AND IS “NOW RETIRED AND LOVING IT.”NO MENTION OF THE PRIESTHOOD. HE’S NOT ON THE SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY. NONE OF THE PRIESTS ARE. CHRIS BURRI, MOLESTED BY PRIEST: “I’M VERY FEARFUL FOR ANYBODY THAT WOULD HAVE CHILDREN AND FOR THOSE CHILDREN WHO WOULD COME INTO PRESENCE OF HIM, MOST DEFINITELY.”NEIGHBORS DIDN’T KNOW HE WAS A PRIEST, OR A PEDOPHILE. UNIDENTIFIED NEIGHBOR: “WAS HE ACCUSED OF SOMETHING?” KKO: HE MOLESTED SIX KIDS.” NEIGHBOR: “HE’S SUCH A NICE GUY.”AFTER MICHIGAN’S ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ANNOUNCED IT WAS INVESTIGATING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE DIOCESE OF GAYLORD PUBLISHED A LIST OF 10 PRIESTS ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MINORS. THEY SAID IT WAS MEANT TO SHOW TRANSPARENCY.BUT THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE, WHICH COVERS 11 COUNTIES, HAS NOT PUBLISHED A COMPLETE LIST. INSTEAD, TARGET 8 RELIED ON ITS OWN ARCHIVES, PUBLIC LIBRARY ARCHIVES, COURT RECORDS AND INTERVIEWS WITH SURVIVORS TO CREATE A LIST.OF THE 14 PRIESTS WE’VE IDENTIFIED AS CHILD MOLESTERS, FIVE HAVE DIED, ALL AS PRIESTS. ONE WAS DEPORTED AND ONE, FATHER WAGNER, WAS DEFROCKED.WHILE WAGNER IS NO LONGER A PRIEST, IT’S NOT CLEAR IF THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE IS STILL PAYING HIM A PENSION. THE DIOCESE WON’T SAY. BUT THE DIOCESE IS PAYING TO SUPPORT UP TO SIX OTHER FALLEN PRIESTS.THEY ARE STILL PRIESTS, THOUGH THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO DRESS OR PRACTICE AS CLERGY.THEY’RE REQUIRED TO LIVE A LIFE OF PRAYER AND PENNANCE.THE OLDEST IS 87, THE YOUNGEST 69WHILE THE DIOCESE REFUSED TO SAY HOW MUCH THEY ARE GETTING IN PENSIONS, OTHER PRIESTS TOLD TARGET 8 THEY GET UP TO $2,000 A MONTH.THEY ALSO GET LIFETIME HEALTH AND DENTAL BENEFITS. 3 CHRIS BURRI: “TO BE ABLE TO BE OUT THERE LIVING HEALTHY LIVES, RECEIVING HEALTHY PENSIONS AND STILL NO RECOURSE, IT JUST DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT. IT DOESN’T SEEM FAIR; IT DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT. IT DOESN’T SEEM LOGICAL TO ME THAT THEY HOLD THE VALUE OF THESE FOLKS UP MORE THAN THEY HOLD THE VALUE OF THE VICTIMS.” FRAN HEINEMANN, 3 PRIEST SURVIVOR: “LET THEM GO OUT AND GET A JOB, OR BE HOMELESS. WHY DO THEY GET PRIVILEGE, BECAUSE THEY WERE SUPPOSEDLY PRIESTS?” FRAN HEINEMANN, NOW 73, AND HER TWO SISTERS WERE RAPED BY THE MOST NOTORIOUS PRIEST TO EVER PASS THROUGH GRAND RAPIDS: FATHER JOHN THOMAS SULLIVAN, WHO GAVE THEM STDS. HE RAPED AS MANY AS 9 GIRLS IN WEST MICHIGAN IN THE LATE 1950S, MANY MORE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, EVEN FATHERED A CHILD IN NEW HAMPSHIRE BEFORE BEING MOVED TO GRAND RAPIDS. 3 FRAN WAS THE OLDEST OF THE SISTERS. SHE WAS 12. THE OTHERS WERE 11 AND 7. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “WOULD YOU BLAME THE CHURCH AS MUCH AS YOU BLAME HIM?” FRAN: “YES. I BLAME THEM PROBABLY MORE.”SHE AND HER SISTERS GOT THE BIGGEST SETTLEMENT EVER FROM THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE — $500,000 — BUT THEY HAD TO SUE TO GET IT AND WANTED MUCH MORE.SULLIVAN DIED A PRIEST IN 1999, BURIED IN ARIZONA WITH THE TITLE, REVEREND. KKO: INSTEAD OF DYING AS A PRIEST, SHOULD HE HAVE DIED WITH AN INMATE NUMBER? FRAN: “OH YES. YES. FOR SURE.”ANOTHER WOMAN RAPED BY SULLIVAN …SHE IS NOW 73 AND LIVING NEAR GRAND HAVEN — SAYS THE CHURCH SHE STILL LOVES SHOULD NOT SUPPORT ANY SURVIVING MOLESTERS. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “THEY’RE BASICALLY TREATING THEM LIKE THEY’RE RETIRED AND NOTHING HAPPENED.” HER: IT’S NOT RIGHT.” KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “DOES IT FEEL LIKE A SLAP IN THE FACE TO VICTIMS? HER: IT DOES. IT CERTAINLY DOES.”SHE SAYS THE CHURCH HAS DONE NOTHING FOR HER — BEYOND COUNSELING YEARS AGO THAT SHE ABRUPTLY ENDED AFTER THE CHURCH’S THERAPIST KEPT ASKING THE SAME QUESTION: SURVIVOR OF PRIEST ABUSE: “SHE ASKED ME, WELL WAS HE GOOD LOOKING?”SHE HASN’T HEARD FROM THE CHURCH SINCE. 3 SUE:..OUR INVESTIGATION CONTINUES AFTER THE BREAK.BRIAN:..YOU’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TARGET 8 TAKES ITS FINDINGS TO THE BISHOP OF WELCOME BACK.TARGET 8 HAS IDENTIFIED 14 PRIESTS IN THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE WHO MOLESTED AT LEAST 33 CHILDREN OVER THE LAST SIX DECADES.SUE:..BUT WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW, AFTER THE FALL? KEN KOLKER CONTINUES OUR INVESTIGATION. 3 TARGET 8 REACHED OUT REPEATEDLY TO THE GRAND RAPIDS DIOCESE AND, AT FIRST, GOT ANSWERS TO PRELIMINARY QUESTIONS.BUT THE DIOCESE REFUSED TO ANSWER FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS AND WOULDN’T SET UP AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BISHOP AFTER THE AG ANNOUNCED ITS INVESTIGATION.SO, WE APPROACHED BISHOP DAVID WALKOWIAK AFTER A RECENT MASS. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “WHAT ABOUT THE PRIESTS WHO ARE GETTING WE’RE TOLD 2000 A MONTH IN PENSION AND LIFETIME HEALTH BENEFITS. THESE SURVIVORS BELIEVE THAT THEY’RE GETTING TREATED AS IF THEY’VE RETIRED AND AS IF THEY’VE HAD NO CONSEQUENCE.” BISHOP DAVID WALKOWIAK: “I’M NOT SURE ABOUT WALKOWIAK: “I’M NOT SURE ABOUT WALKOWIAK: “I’M NOT SURE ABOUT THAT. I’M NOT SURE ABOUT WHICH PRIEST HAVE BEEN RETIRED BEFORE THEIR RETIREMENT AGE, AND WE STILL HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO CARE FOR THEM. WE STILL DO. THERE IS SUCH A THING AS FOREGIVENESS, AND THERE IS SUCH A THING AS SUPPORT, AND I DO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE SUPPORTED THE VICTIMS THAT WE KNOW OF.”THE CHURCH, HE SAYS, HAS CHANGED SINCE 2002, WHEN US BISHOPS PASSED SWEEPING REFORMS IN RESPONSE TO THE ABUSE CRISIS. NOW, THEY’RE REQUIRED TO IMMEDIATELY REPORT ALLEGATIONS TO POLICE.AND, THE BISHOP SAYS, THEY WORK CLOSELY WITH SURVIVORS. BISHOP DAVID 3 WALKOWIAK: “AND WE IMMEDIATELY OFFER THEM HELP TO DEAL WITH THE PAIN AND THE SUFFERING AND THE HORRIBLE THINGS THAT THEY’VE BEEN THROUGH.”BUT THE REFORMS STOPPED SHORT OF DEFROCKING ALL MOLESTING PRIESTS, INSTEAD, BASICALLY FORCING THEM INTO RETIREMENT WITHOUT STRIPPING THEM OF THEIR PRIESTHOOD. CHURCH LEADERS SAID IT WOULD HELP THEM KEEP TRACK OF THEM, A CLAIM SURVIVORS STILL QUESTION. FRAN : HOW ARE THEY KEEPING AN EYE ON THEM. DO THEY HAVE STATIONS SET UP FOR THEM TO REPORT TO OR SOMETHING, IF YOU ARE A WAYWARD PRIEST?”NEW BITE FRAN: “I DON’T WANT ANY CHILDREN TO SUFFER.”THE DIOCESE REFUSED TO SAY HOW IT TRACKS PRIESTS, OTHER THAN TO SAY IT “REMAINS IN REGULAR CONTACT” WITH THE ABUSERS. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “IS THERE ANYTHING MORE YOU’D WANT TO SAY TO THESE SURVIVORS? BISHOP DAVID WALKOWIAK: “FIRST OF ALL, I THINK THAT I’VE BEEN VERY GENEROUS WITH MY TIME WITH YOU. STANDING OUTSIDE, IN THE COLD. AND I HAVE TO ADMIT, I’M NOT TOO HAPPY WITH YOU AMBUSHING ME THIS WAY. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “CAN I SAY THAT 3 WE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO SET UP INTERVIEWS AND WERE TURNED AWAY? BISHOP DAVID WALKOWIAK: “I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT.”BILL MCALARY SAYS HE’S ONE OF THE SURVIVORS NOT GETTING HELP. HE SAYS HE MET WITH BISHOP WALKOWIAK IN 2017 , ASKING FOR MONEY. 3 BILL MCALARY, PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVOR: “MY REQUEST FOR SOME FORM OF RESTITUTION WAS VEHEMENTLY DENIED.”HE SAYS HE WAS A 12-YEAR-OLD ALTAR BOY AT STS. PETER AND PAUL IN IONIA IN 1958 WHEN FATHER STANISLAUS BUR MOLESTED HIM AT HOME. BITE FROM PREVIOUS STORY…THE PRIEST DIED IN 2009. MCALARY SAYS THE CHURCH PAID FOR TWO YEARS OF COUNSELING BACK IN THE 1990S, AFTER HE CAME FORWARD. BUT HE COULDN’T HOLD A JOB, COULDN’T KEEP HIS MARRIAGE TOGETHER, CONSIDERED SUICIDE. 3 KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “HAS THE CHURCH EVER REACHED OUT TO YOU? THE DIOCESE? BILL MCALARY, PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVOR: “NO. NO, UH. NO WAY. THEY DON’T DO THAT. THEY TRY TO COVER IT UP.”TODAY, AT LEAST FIVE OF THE PRIESTS IDENTIFIED AS ABUSERS STILL LIVE IN WEST MICHIGAN, IN PRIVATE HOMES. 3 THERE’S FATHER DONALD HEYDENS, WHO WAS FORCED INTO RETIREMENT AFTER MOLESTING FOUR GIRLS IN THE 1970S WHILE AT ST. FRANCIS XAVIER IN GRAND RAPIDS.AT 74, HE’S LIVING ON GRAND RAPIDS’ SOUTHEAST SIDE. KKO: EXCUSE ME, FATHER HEYDENS. I’M KEN KOLKER FROM WOOD TV. I’VE LEFT A COUPLE OF MESSAGES AT YOUR DOOR. HIM: YES SIR. KKO: AND I’M WORKING ON A STORY ABOUT THE DIOCESE’S HANDLING OF ABUSE AND WE FIGURED IT WAS FAIR TO GIVE THOSE WHO WERE ACCUSED A SAY IN THE STORY. SO I’M WONDERING IF YOU’VE GOT A MINUTE? HIM: THANK YOU BUT I DON’T HAVE ANY COMMENT. APPRECIATE IT.” OR THIS HEYDENS: I 3 HAVE NO COMMENT SIR. KKO: I MEAN I’M TRYING TO GET BOTH SIDES OF THIS STORY AND OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE FOUR GIRLS WHO SAY THAT YOU MOLESTED THEM AND IT COST THE DIOCESE $100,000. DO YOUR NEIGHBORS KNOW?” 3 FATHER MICHAEL MCKENNA, WHO MOLESTED SEVERAL CHILDREN IN THE 1970S AT SACRED HEART IN MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, LIVES IN RETIREMENT IN HIS CONDO IN BYRON CENTER. JACK WENTZLOF SAYS HE WAS ONE OF MCKENNA’S VICTIMS — A 13-YEAR-OLD ALTAR BOY AT SACRED HEART WHEN THE PRIEST TRIED GOING DOWN HIS PANTS,HE CAME FORWARD TO THE MUSKEGON CHRONICLE IN 2007 AFTER READING THAT MCKENNA HAD BEEN FORCED INTO EARLY RETIREMENT FOR MOLESTING ANOTHER BOY, ALSO IN MUSKEGON. 3 JACK WENTZLOF, ABUSE SURVIVOR: THAT’S ALL I ASKED FOR WAS AN APOLOGY, YOU KNOW. I MEAN WHY NOT?” JACK WENTZLOF, PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVOR: “I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THE OTHER KIDS, BUT I’VE NEVER HEARD FROM THE CHURCH. THEY’VE NEVER REACHED OUT AND TALKED TO ME, OR ANYTHING.” THEN, THERE’S FATHER DAVID LEBLANC, WHO RESIGNED IN 2007 AFTER ADMITTING TO ABUSING A PRE-TEEN BOY IN 1971 WHILE AT ST. JEAN BAPTISTE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN MUSKEGON. HE WAS LIVING IN A BYRON CENTER CONDO BUT NEIGHBORS SAY HE MOVED. IT’S NOT CLEAR WHERE HE IS NOW. HE’S 83.FATHER DANIEL AERTS RESIGNED IN 2002 AFTER ADMITTING TO ABUSING A TEEN- AGED BOY IN 1979 WHILE SERVING AT ST. THOMAS AND HOLY SPIRIT IN GRAND RAPIDS.HE’S 69 NOW, LIVES ALONE IN FARM COUNTRY WEST OF BIG RAPIDS. 3 KEN KOLKER, KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “SO, WHAT DO YOU KNOW OF HIM? GLENN COTHERMAN, NEIGHBOR: “I DON’T KNOW TOO MUCH OF HIM. I JUST KNOW HE’S A RETIRED PREACHER.”TWO OTHERS HAVE MOVED AWAY.PROPERTY RECORDS SHOW LOUIS BAUDONE, WHO MOLESTED AT LEAST TWO KIDS IN 1981 IN MUSKEGON COUNTY, HAD A HOME BUILT OFF A COUNTRY ROAD IN MAINE. HE’S 87.A RELATIVE OF FATHER CHARLES ANTEKEIER, WHO MOLESTED A CHILD IN THE MID-1980S WHILE AT ST. JAMES IN GRAND RAPIDS, SAYS HE LIVES IN FLORIDA. AS FOR WAGNER, WHEN BURRI FIRST TOLD THE DIOCESE WHEN BURRI FIRST AS FOR WAGNER, WHEN BURRI FIRST TOLD THE DIOCESE IN 1992 THAT THE PRIEST HAD MOLESTED HIM, THE CHURCH OFFERED 10 COUNSELING SESSIONS. IT WASN’T ENOUGH.HE HIRED AN ATTORNEY TO GET $10,000 MORE FOR THERAPY. CHRIS BURRI, PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVOR: “THE CHURCH AT THE TIME SAID THEY WERE DOING ME A FAVOR BY DOING THIS, THAT THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THIS. THEY WEREN’T LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DO THIS.”THEN, A DECADE LATER IN 2002, HE GOT ATTORNEY AGAIN AFTER LEARNING HE WASN’T WAGNER’S ONLY VICTIM. THE CHURCH PAID HIM $50,000 MORE, BUT THAT RAN OUT A LONG TIME AGO. HE HASN’T HEARD FROM THE CHURCH SINCE. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “NEVER ONCE HAVE THEY REACHED OUT TO SAY HEY CHRIS, HOW YA DOING? BURRI: NEVER, THAT’S NEVER ONCE HAPPENED.”AFTER THE STATE ANNOUNCED IT WAS INVESTIGATING THE CHURCH, TARGET 8 REACHED OUT TO WAGNER. FROM FILE: KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: WE’RE WORKING ON A STORY ABOUT HOW THE AG’S OFFICE IS OPENING UP AN INVESTIGATION.” DENNIS WAGNER, FALLEN PRIEST: “I DON’T HAVE ANY THOUGHTS. THAT WAS ALL TAKEN CARE OF 30 YEARS AGO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING OUT.” CHRIS BURRI: “GREAT FOR HIM. YOU KNOW. GREAT FOR HIM. AND FOR HIM IT PROBABLY WAS TAKEN CARE OF YEARS AGO.” BURRI: JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU THAT THEY JUST DON’T GET IT, AND I DON’T KNOW IF THEY EVER WILL. KEN KOLKER, TARGET 8: “THEY 3 BEING THE ABUSERS OR THE CHURCH?” BURRI: BOTH.” BURRI: I STILL DON’T THINK THAT THEY BY ANY MEANS HAVE VICTIMS’ BEST INTEREST AT HAND.” 3 KEN:..WHILE THE DIOCESE WOULDN’T COMMENT ON SPECIFICS ABOUT THE PRIEST PENSIONS, THE BISHOP DID SAY, ON THE DIOCESE’S WEB SITE, THAT THE CHURCH IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO PAY THEM. 3 3 KEN:..WE KNOW THAT THIS STORY CAN BE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO WATCH — ESPECIALLY FOR ABUSE SURVIVORS.THE MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL HAS SET UP A HOTLINE FOR PRIEST ABUSE SURVIVORS TO TALK ANONYMOUSLY. WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION ON WOODTV.COM.THE STATE ALSO CREATED A HOTLINE THAT IS STAFFED 24-7 FOR ALL SEX ABUSE SURVIVORS.THAT NUMBER IS 855-VOICES-4. 3 3 (WRAP W/ KEN) 3 3 SUE:..TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7, AFTER THE FALL CONTINUES.KEN BRINGS US A HALF-HOUR SPECIAL ON THE LEGACIES OF TWO OF GRAND RAPIDS’S MOST NOTORIOUS PRIESTS AND THE SURVIVORS WHO CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE YEARS LATER.AGAIN THAT’S TOMORROW AT

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  1. Tennessee Fairfield Post author

    Jesus Christ said, if anyone harmed a child, may a millstone be tied around their neck and they be tossed into the ocean

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