Sunday, May 15, 2022

Mountain Views News: McMansions aren't the only problem Mater Dolorosa faces

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McMansions aren't the only problem Mater Dolorosa faces (Mountain Views News link): The Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center is already the stuff of local controversy. The notion that 42 McMansions might accrue some sort of religious significance from being built on land sold by the Monastery has been a source of much humor. That the Monastery has special development rights beyond those actually paying taxes in town? Less amusing.

You might believe that the conflagration over priestly sexual abuse of children had ended. It is not so. There remain thousands of victims who have yet to surface. In recognition Sacramento signed into law a bill called the California Child Victims Act in 2019. This extended the statute of limitations for these specific crimes by three years. It sunsets this December.  

In order to encourage those remaining persons to come forward, a law firm, Jeff Anderson and Associates, has launched an extensive social media outreach campaign. For this the firm has produced a series of short videos identifying offending priests and their associations with Los Angeles area Catholic institutions. Three deal specifically with accused Passionists affiliated with Mater Dolorosa.

Here are brief descriptions of the 3 Passionist videos, plus YouTube URLs you can use to view them. Those doing so will see very familiar Sierra Madre sights.

Accused priest Joseph Stadtfeld: Two young girls accused Fr. Stadtfeld of sexual abuse occurring at the Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. Lawsuits were settled in 2007. (

Accused priest John Baptist Ormechea: Also accused of molesting minors. As of 2017 Fr. Ormechea was thought to be working for the Vatican in Rome. (

Accused priest Henry Xavier Vetter: Four survivors came forward alleging child sex abuse from 1953 to 1973. He later fled to Mexico and vanished. (

The purpose of these videos is not to revisit horrors from the past. Rather it is to encourage those who were so preyed upon to find justice before all opportunities are gone. People now likely well into middle age, and might have decided they need to live with a terrible secret forever.


  1. California law allows for victims of childhood sexual assault to sue decades later

    1. This is one of the reasons why I would never join an organized religion. My relationship with God is a personal one. The middle men are not to be trusted.

  2. Nearly 10,000 suits filed as New York's Child Victims Act window closes and survivors await justice

    Any number yet on how many have come forward under California's version of the Child Victims Act?

  3. Shut down, bankrupt the Vatican, be done with them all.

  4. These were not good works.

  5. Phone alert by Glendale officials sent to SoCal residents was only a drill — but caused brief panic.

    It was only a drill.

    But possibly millions in Southern California got an alert at about 9:10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, on their smartphones blaring with a message that looked like the real deal: It instructed residents in Chevy Chase Canyon, near Glendale, to evacuate immediately and head to an evacuation site in Glendale Community College’s Parking Lot B.

    No mention with the alert, which sounded off like an Amber Alert, that it was but a drill.

    But it was.

    “Glendale fire and police (agencies) planned for a fire drill exercise this morning,” police Sgt. Shawn Milligan said. “It was mistakenly sent out not described as a drill, and we’re working to remedy.”

    The city tweeted this: “There was an error in the tech used to send out this morning's message. We are working to remedy this issue.”

    The blaring alert landed on phones in Long Beach, Downey, Temple City, the San Fernando Valley, San Pedro and even in Costa Mesa — and likely in many other communities as well.

    Glendale fire officials had tweeted Thursday, May 12, that they had planned the drill. And about 20 minutes before it took place, the city of Glendale sent out a tweet with that information.

  6. Des Moines Police Department responds to ruling that found officers violated family's rights, denied immunity.
    The appeals court ruling, filed Tuesday, upheld a June 2021 district court ruling that determined three Des Moines police officers violated the constitutional rights of the family of a 2017 murder victim. It also denied the officers' qualified immunity claim.
    "Rarely do rights come more clearly established. The Des Moines Police Department apparently thinks it is constitutional to seize, transport, and interrogate innocent witnesses based on 'societal needs'," a concurrent appeals court opinion said. "We once again reject the argument that investigatory need justifies suspicionless seizures. No Fourth Amendment principle is more clearly established."

  7. Communist-republican DeSantis tries to rig elections by gerrymandering, but Florida judge says, hell no! | Opinion.

    Everyone familiar with basic Florida law knew that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to manhandle the redistricting process for political gain violated the Florida Constitution.

    But DeSantis went ahead anyway and used his office to draw congressional district map lines, blatantly favoring Republicans and disenfranchising the state’s Black voters.

    Two illegal moves in one act: Participation by a partisan governor in a function that’s supposed to be impartial. Gerrymandering districts to steal from minorities the right to choose who represents them, thus favoring the white, Republican majority.

    Did the governor, an Ivy League-educated lawyer, really think his crass usurpation of power would go unchallenged in a democracy?

    Not at all, I’m sure, since there’s recent legal precedent confirming that politically manipulated maps won’t stand a court challenge in the state.

    But DeSantis’ ego looms over Florida larger than the law — and his desire to feed his voter base red meat knows no boundaries.

  8. Jail Time? Ex-Prosecutor Names The Law Kevin McCarthy Should Be Worried About, 2022.

    “It’s called misprision of a felony,” Glenn Kirschner, who spent 24 years as a prosecutor in the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, explained on his YouTube channel.

    The law says someone who has knowledge of a felony that’s “cognizable by a court of the United States” but doesn’t come forward with information about it could face up to three years in prison.

  9. Why is Rep. Andy Biggs afraid to testify under oath before the Jan. 6 committee?

    Biggs and several other Republican members of Congress with connections to the insurrection of Jan. 6, the so-called “Stop the Steal” demonstrations and the effort to overturn a duly certified presidential election were subpoenaed by the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

    The committee has tried to talk to speak with Biggs before.

  10. ‘Having sex with women is gay’: White nationalist praises involuntary celibacy

    How extreme has the MAGA right become?

    1. A few things... one - wtf does sex have to do with white nationalists, and two - who the f cares? Why do we even know about what these idiots think about sex? Life is weird.


  11. Britain says Russia has lost a third of its forces in Ukraine, 2022.


  12. Women Are Sharing How Little The Men In Their Lives Know About Reproduction, 2022.
    Then there was this doozy, from an aspiring physician no less: “I had an ex that told me women shouldn’t complain about their periods because they are clearly getting pleasure from their tampons. He was pre-med.”
    Then there was Dan Flynn, a former Texas state representative who was one of the main architects of a 2013 proposed anti-abortion law in the state ― even though he had no idea how abortion actually worked. As an interview with Samantha Bee revealed, Flynn seemed to think that abortion providers cut into women’s bodies. (Wrong procedure; that’s a C-section.)
    “I shudder to think that someone other than the woman herself would have a say in health care decisions, especially if that someone is a guy who thinks women can swallow a camera to conduct a gynecological exam.”

  13. 'Don’t agonize, organize': Wayne church takes part in nationwide abortion rights rallies, 2022.

    "She came over and touched my tummy to wish me well," said Markman. "A week later, she was dead from a back alley abortion."

    Markman was one of over 70 abortion-rights advocates that stood outside of the Lakeland Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Saturday afternoon to call on the Supreme Court to not reverse the 50-year precedent set by Roe v. Wade. More than 380 "Bans Off Our Bodies" demonstrations for abortion rights were planned for Saturday across the country, with the largest crowds expected in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin, Texas, according to organizers.

  14. The question, is America safe for black people to live in?
    While law and justice are for White people ONLY?
    Black citizens recount fear, distrust as complaints against Mpls. police go nowhere

    The officers said they were responding to a call of a domestic incident by his neighbor's garage and saw footage of a crying woman running from what appeared to be Tadasa's property. They asked if they could search his home. Tadasa refused. He had no criminal record and questioned whether the cops had the right address, noting that his mother and cousin, the only women who lived there, were away.

    Tadasa felt his heart pound as an officer pushed past him to search the home anyway. Alone at his north Minneapolis home, the 34-year-old Black man feared that he could be hurt or killed if he tried to stop them.

    "Tadasa said we needed a warrant," police wrote in a case report. "It was explained that due to extenuating circumstances officers could check for the victim of domestic assault."

    Police found no evidence of wrongdoing. After they left, Tadasa filed a complaint with the city's Office of Police Conduct Review (OPCR), a panel of citizen and police appointees who review complaints.

  15. 3:51pm - rinse, wash, lather, repeat- rinse, wash, lather, repeat, enough with the cut and paste.

    1. Bocephus - If you don't like the blog, why do you keep returning? It's not like you have anything interesting to say.

  16. Trump has converted Mar-a-Lago into a social 'hot spot' for conspiracy theorists

    "Conspiracy theorists" is the polite term for crazy assholes.

  17. Melania Trump Rips Vogue 'Bias' For Keeping Her Off The Cover

    “They’re biased, and they have likes and dislikes, and it’s so obvious,” the former first lady told Fox News in her first interview since leaving the White House.

    A petty Melania was not having a 'be best' moment.

    1. Vogue has a reputation to uphold. A woman of Melania Trump's nude photos history is not going to be useful to that reputation.


  18. Biden condemns racist extremism that motivated Buffalo shooting suspect

    During a speech a day after an avowed white supremacist shot and killed 10 people in a supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, President Biden said “We must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America.” Eleven of the 13 people shot were Black.

    1. And now closer to home another cockroach killed and wounded innocent people in the Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods. What's the excuse this time? They didn't condemn abortion? All we know is that the easy access to guns made this possible.

  19. California Sec. of State Candidate, ‘Pray to Incinerate All Fraudulent Ballots’

    Rachel Hamm has been endorsed by Steve Bannon, Mike Lindell, and Mike Flynn. That should tell you quite a bit. But she has also said that she repelled a home intruder by telling him to go kill the two witches next door. No word from the two women who are likely teachers or dental hygienists who may happen to be a couple, completely normal. And she decided to run after Jesus materialized in her son’s closet and told her to run.

    Fine. Except for killing the two witches, “which” clearly didn’t happen. Now Rachel Hamm has a prayer she wants her followers to pray along with her. She has her priorities straight. First, she wants people to pray for her. But she then goes into praying with the assumption that God and Jesus are actively involved in keeping the election fair and legal which, ironically, is the job of the Secretary of State, the office she wants to win.

    “First of all, vote for Rachel Hamm. Second thing is, let’s pray. Let’s pray for several things. Let’s pray that if they steal votes in machines, the votes are flipped back.
    “Let’s pray that if they create fraudulent ballots, they’re incinerated. Let’s ask the angels to go burn then up. No fake ballots.

    “If people who are not American citizens try to vote, let’s pray it doesn’t work, that that votes disappear.

    “Any attempt, any of the one thousand ways they are attempting to cheat, let’s pray that it doesn’t work. That their schemes to cheat and to steal fall back on their own head and that they are unsuccessful.

  20. 10 people are confirmed dead, all thanks to an 18 year old little punk with a gun.

    1. "The Buffalo killer's manifesto reads like a job application for a junior producer on Tucker Carlson." - Rick Wilson

    2. Not just one punk. It's MAGA-nation in action.

  21. Rape Victims Should Be Forced to Have Rapist’s Baby, GOP Gov. Openly States, 2022.

    If Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts wants to ban abortion in his state, and he wants that ban to apply to victims of rape.

    CNN’s State of the Union host Dana Bash asked the governor about a recent effort he supported to pass a “trigger” abortion ban that would go into effect immediately if the Supreme Court rules to overturn abortion rights, which appears to be imminent considering the recently leaked Supreme Court draft opinion.

  22. GWFSO, not a chance of listening to a criminal gov.
    Oklahoma governor warns tribes not to create abortion havens, 2022.

    Oklahoma has passed into law a total ban on abortions after six weeks, only making an exception if the mother’s life is endangered. The law would go into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned.

    More than half of Oklahoma is within tribal lands. Stitt said the expansion of tribal lands in Oklahoma includes the city of Tulsa, which covers about 1 million people, so he is “watching” what might be done to establish abortion safe havens in his state.

    “They think they can be one-one-thousandth tribal member and not have to follow state law,” Stitt said.

    The Supreme Court is currently overseeing a case involving a separate dispute between Stitt and tribal leaders over whether the state can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal lands if the victim is Native American.

  23. This could have been Glendora, California as they seem to have the same ideology.
    The Buffalo Shooter Isn’t a ‘Lone Wolf.’ He’s a Mainstream Republican, 2022.
    Such was the case on Saturday, when a teenaged white supremacist named Payton Gendron opened fire in a supermarket in a Black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people, while livestreaming the carnage on the live-video site Twitch. Prior to the shooting, he had posted a 180-page manifesto in which he laid out his rationale clearly: He was an adherent of what is called Great Replacement Theory, the idea that white people, in the United States and white-majority countries around the world, are being systematically, deliberately outbred and “replaced” by immigrants and ethnic minorities, in a deliberate attempt to rid the world of whiteness


  24. How resilient is the US consumer, 2022.
    Retail sales rose at a healthy 0.5% clip in March when compared to February and were up 6.9% from March 2021. Economists are expecting that the strong trend for retail lasted into April as well. The government will report retail sales figures for April on Tuesday. Forecasts are calling for a 0.7% jump from March levels.
    In other words, experts don't think negative headlines and recent market turmoil slowed down consumer spending.

    "We are yet to see a looming recession show up in hard economic data," said Mark Holman, partner and portfolio manager with TwentyFour Asset Management in a blog post, adding that "retail sales have held firm."

  25. The Supreme Court as an instrument of oppression
    As Thurgood Marshall put it in a 1987 speech, when the founders wrote “we the people” in the preamble, “they did not have in mind the majority of America’s citizens.” They did not see white women as equal citizens. They didn’t see Black people as citizens as all.

    The average age of those five justices is 61 years old. And, as Forbes explained last year, the average age of a justice leaving the court, either by death or retirement, has increased to roughly 81 years old.

    Republicans and their judges may well have just ushered in a new age of oppression.


  26. Look what his white whale got him in to?
    NO sympathy for either one of them!
    She led him around on a leash.
    Suspicious Clarence Thomas Complains He's 'Looking Over' His Shoulder Since Leak, 2022.
    The lying garbage and his wife, “You would never visit Supreme Court justices’ houses when things didn’t go our way,” Thomas insisted. “We didn’t throw temper tantrums. It is incumbent on us to always act appropriately, and not to repay tit for tat.”


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