Friday, November 30, 2007


Albert Terney, 103, Survivor

The Cincinnati Post - Albert Terney, 103, police officer: "He survived a childhood bout with diphtheria, then spent four years in a Price Hill orphanage after his railroad-worker father, Joseph Terney, died in a train accident. His mother, the former Julia Toth, was a native of Hungary who didn't speak English and had no relatives close by. The orphanage children didn't have enough to eat, and Mr. Terney talked of being beaten by a priest for talking. The priest also sexually abused him, said Mr. Terney's niece, Virginia Beck. 'I think the priest preyed on children whose mothers couldn't speak English,' Beck said."

The above is from an obituary of a man who was a police officer in one of the towns in which I spent part of my childhood. Price Hill, where the orphanage was located, is about twenty miles north in a suburb of Cincinnati. Can you imagine that life and that the people who said they had the voice of God, who were supposed to be caring and protecting you, beat and sexually abused you? His death this week, at the age of 103, reminds us, once again, that this advantage taken by powerful priests has been going on for ages. It is ashame that Popey Dict today came out with a writing blasting atheists as the root of evil, when it appears he did very, very little to contain and eradicate the problem of sexual abuse in his own organization. Maybe someone should send this obituary to him for the necessary reminder of the problems he should be tackling. Of course, he shouldn't need a reminder to rid his Church of sex offenders. Imagine that.

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