Flyer for Our Next Speaker

We will conclude our summer series with Becky Ianni’s talk at St. Luke’s in Alexandria on September 25 at 5pm.

In February 2019, Becky answered questions on the PBS News Hour about the Vatican “summit” on sex abuse…

Here’s a brief documentary that tells Becky’s story…

One thought on “Flyer for Our Next Speaker

  1. Ms. Ianni’s assailant, the late Rev. William Reinecke, was stationed at St. Mary in Alexandria, VA (now known as the Basilica of St. Mary) from 1965-1969. Prior to 1974, the Diocese of Arlington had yet to be carved out of the Richmond diocese, so the parish was under the jurisdiction of Bishop Knestout’s predecessor. Reinecke would later go on to be chancellor, then vicar general for the new Diocese of Arlington. Wow.

    As someone who attends mass at the Basilica of St. Mary, I can tell you that about a month ago the faithful here learned of another priest, Rev. Leo Creamer. He had just been added to Richmond’s list of credibly-accused clergy, and His Excellency Bishop Knestout was letting us Alexandrians know that Creamer, too, was stationed at St. Mary during the years just prior to Reinecke, that is, from 1963-1964.

    Come to find out also that in 2016, Richmond had made us aware of yet ANOTHER priest who helped out at St. Mary by saying mass on an as-needed basis. Friar Cletus Adams, T.O.R. was not diocesan, but a Pennsylvania grand jury (by the way, how much do faithful Catholics owe to PA grand juries…) found that his superiors re-assigned him despite his molestation of a girl in South Dakota in the 1970’s. Adams spent time at St. Mary in 1969.

    I think this helps illustrate the size and scope of the problem: from 1963 to 1969 AT LEAST three credibly-accused priests lurked in the Alexandria rectory of Virginia’s first and oldest Catholic parish. Were there more? Who knows.

    I say this to make two points. First, this proves that Bishops of Richmond CAN in fact make egregious errors in judgment. This should humble any man who wears the miter for Richmond, and he should second-guess himself daily, with knowledge that his decisions are most decidedly NOT guaranteed to be those of the Holy Spirit (especially when he’s seeking to laicize a righteous priest whose “grave sin” is speaking out for victims of clerical sex assault…)

    Second, as a lifelong Catholic I’ve always heard that in the wake of Vatican II, large numbers of priests and religious left the priesthood and religious life. I confess I never quite understood this phenomenon—I mean it’s not like Vatican II declared that a life of prayer, chastity, and sacrifice is no longer pleasing to God. But looking back from the other side of 2002, is it possible that the exodus was driven by those who saw this utter corruption, like that in Alexandria, going on all around them? Is it possible that while they felt they could no longer participate in the sinful cover-up, they respected the Church and didn’t want to expose it to shame? Is it possible that, similar to St. Joseph, they resolved instead to divorce the Church quietly?

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