Abuse crusader priest sacked
From correspondents in New York
THE US Roman Catholic priest who has provided the most visible help to
victims of clergy sex abuse for the past 18 years has been fired by his archbishop and cannot celebrate public Masses.
It's the second career disruption for the Reverend Thomas P Doyle. In 1986,
the Vatican Embassy in Washington ended his employment as staff canon lawyer after Fr.Doyle co-authored a detailed memo sent
to the nation's bishops that warned of the molestation crisis.
Fr. Doyle became the most outspoken US priest in criticizing the American
hierarchy's handling of the scandal. He has provided victims pastoral counsel and expert legal advise in numerous suits against
After Vatican service, Fr. Doyle enlisted as a US Air Force chaplain. Last
September 17, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the Archdiocese for the Military Services withdrew his endorsement as a chaplain,
meaning he cannot function as a priest on military bases or celebrate sacraments.
The stated reason was a disagreement over whether military chaplains must
provide public Masses every day, but observers charged today that Fr. Doyle's advocacy for victims is the underlying reason.
The military archdiocese's chancellor said O'Brien is the only official
able to discuss the situation. Calls to O'Brien's office were not returned today.
Fr. Doyle described the situation in an interview today.
Asked whether victim advocacy played a role in his firing he said, "I certainly
would hope not, but I have no way of knowing for sure because I had no opportunity for dialog".
David Clohessy of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said "the
only reasonable conclusion" is that Fr. Doyle was punished for victim advocacy.
"Most Catholics will see this as a very sad step backward," he said.
Fr. Doyle said that after leaving the Air Force he will seek a job acceptable
to his Dominican religious order in substance abuse or hospice work.
This priest Rev Fr. Thomas Doyle
Is Our Shepard and He Looks after his sheep.
See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I
tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not
leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?
And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one
sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of
these little ones should be lost.
And we are lost. We are the lost souls of the Catholic Church because of
the abuse and sexual abused which
the priest and nuns did to us.
Support for Rev. Fr. Dolye
some info for you if you are interested re Rev. Fr. Tom...email
addresses to the military superiors of Rev. Fr. Tom's in US
The email address to complain re Tom and contacts are:
Most Reverend Edwin F O'Brien ( Archbishop )
Most Reverend Joseph J
Most Reverend Francis X Roque
( need the country code for United States and also check the area code
of 202 is correct for Washington DC ok...
My dear brothers and Sisters we are in full support of Rev Fr. Thomas
one of our brave brothers who is not afraid to speak the truth, we
need more Priests and Nuns to come out with out fear
and do the right
A person is just as guilty if he or she knows the truth of any kind of
abuse to anyone
and says nothing about the ABUSE.
Greater than any Canon Law is the Word of God when he gave Moses the 10
Beware to those who hide the truth, For Our Lord all ready
knows the truth.