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Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests

Jul 29, 2019

By Martha Mendoza, Juliet Linderman, and Garance Burke

The visiting priests arrived discreetly, day and night.

Stripped of their collars and cassocks, they went unnoticed in this tiny Midwestern town as they were escorted into a dingy warehouse across from an elementary school playground. Neighbors had no idea some of the dressed-down clergymen dining at local restaurants might have been accused sexual predators.

They had been brought to town by a small, nonprofit group called Opus Bono Sacerdotii. For nearly two decades, the group has operated out of a series of unmarked buildings in rural Michigan, providing money, shelter, transport, legal help and other support to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse across the country.

Again and again, Opus Bono has served as a rapid-response team for the accused.

When a serial pedophile was sent to jail for abusing dozens of minors, Opus Bono was there for him, with regular visits and commissary cash.

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2 comments on “Unmarked buildings, quiet legal help for accused priests

  • I learned from the story that

    1 – the lady who blew the whistle on OBS has innate morals her father couldn’t corrupt, my hat off to her!

    2 – the founder of Domino’s Pizzeria is a staunch Trump supporter: whoops, just lost me appetite!

    ad2: No chain pizza for me anymore! I’ll get my pizza from a local independent pizzeria from here on.

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  • If this isn’t criminal conspiracy then I don’t know what is!

    The founder Joe Maher must be a complete automaton zombie who serves the international pedophile organization known as the Roman Catholic Church to such a degree that he seems oblivious to the welfare of his own daughter and the countless victims of the thousands of predatory priests over the centuries.

    And definitely, no more Dominoes!

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