In his intriguing and informative book Sin, Shame and Secrets: A True Story of the Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and the Cover-up in the Catholic Church, award-winning journalist and author David Yonke —who’s “now working full time as the editor of The News-Messenger in Fremont and the News Herald in Port Clinton, two Gannett daily newspapers”—threw a quiet bombshell: the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio had paid for certain women’s abortions and kept a secret file on it.
This secret abortion file was discovered several years ago during the investigation into the reopened ritualistic murder case of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980. Father Gerald Robinson was convicted of the murder in 2006; he died in a prison-run hospice in 2014.
(Incidentally, Father Jeffrey Grob, an exorcist and the current chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, assisted investigators in the case.)
In regard to the diocese’s secret abortion file—which the diocese never publicly confirmed nor denied—I asked Yonke if there’s been any update on the matter.
He responded: “I talked to one of my sources about it; [he/she] reaffirmed its accuracy but would not offer any more information other than the file contains some ‘terrible’ reports. Someday they may talk about it, but not yet. I am still confident that my report is accurate—and not that this affects how I feel about my reporting, but if it were not true, the diocese would have jumped on me long ago.”
Regarding abortion, the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law:
You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish.
God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes….
Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life. ‘A person who procures a completed abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,’ ‘by the very commission of the offense,’ and subject to the conditions provided by Canon Law. The Church does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of society.
The Toledo diocese has a moral obligation to set the record straight on this matter. If they deny that it’s true, they should refute Mr. Yonke’s assertions and prove that he defamed them in his book. If they can’t do that, they have some explaining to do. I have no interest in seeing the diocese reveal the women’s names (there would be no reason for them to do so). If the diocese is guilty as charged, however, they have a duty to publicly apologize to the faithful for paying to have these unborn children killed. After all, church officials have done the same in regard to victims of clergy sex abuse.
This is a case that demands no less.
Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He’s been interviewed on MSNBC, NPR, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. He can be reached at [email protected]
Wow, first time ever hearing of both cases. Where has this been to keep Catholics in the dark?
The Satanic murder of the nun by the priest is old news, at least a decade. The expose regarding the diocese’s complicity in abortion is newer however.
Thank you DJR. Is there any articles from Catholic sites I can read about the Satanic murder of the nun?
I don’t know of any specifically Catholic websites that have any information on this murder, but I found an old article at the link. The author is well known in Catholic circles.
Thank you, I will read it when I get back from Mass. If u find any other links, please share. I’ve never heard of this case before.
Old news to some, no doubt, but I’m with Andrew. As for the abortions, though I don’t minimize the evil associated with them, it should be obvious that in any priest involved in “[t]he Satanic murder of the nun” cannot be expected to turn back from any evil whatsoever, nor is it surprising that the anonymous persons who must have shared some level of involvement with him did not shrink from the evil of abortion.
You’re making me feel old. Maybe it’s because… I am old.
It stands to reason that younger Catholics would not know about such things if they were not of age, or were not as aware of things Catholic, at the time.
Some of us had read about this event in the… egad!… newspapers way back when.
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The Toledo case is quite believable. Since the break of the clergy sex abuse scandal, it has been seen that church officials will go to any extreme to protect the survival of the institutional church, even dispensing themselves from any of the Commandments. The old saying is true: “The Church is the cross upon which Christ is crucified again today.”
The Archdiocese of New is paying for abortions TODAY through it’s archcare insurance.
A Catholic hospital in Lacrosse has three Abortionists on staff with the approval of the Bishop.
Tubal ligations were being performed in at least one Catholic hospital in the Cleveland diocese as far back as the early 80s. Heard it with my own ears admitted under oath during a deposition in a lawsuit.
Nothing out of the ordinary for the New Order Church. Our Lady of LaSalette Sept 1846 foretold the True Church would be in “Eclipse”. http://www.thepopeinred.com/secret.htm
“Melanie, what I am about to tell
you now will not always be a secret. You may make it public in 1858.
“The priests, ministers of my Son,
the priests, by their wicked lives, by their irreverence and their impiety
in the celebration of the holy mysteries, by their love of money, their love
of honors and pleasures, and the priests have become cesspools of impurity.
Yes, the priests are asking vengeance, and vengeance is hanging over their
heads. Woe to the priests and to those dedicated to God who by their
unfaithfulness and their wicked lives are crucifying my Son again! The sins
of those dedicated to God cry out towards Heaven and call for vengeance, and
now vengeance is at their door, for there is no one left to beg mercy and
forgiveness for the people. There are no more generous souls; there is no
one left worthy of offering a stainless sacrifice to the Eternal for the
sake of the world.
“God will strike in an