Pillars of the Church. Police seized files, documents, and electronic equipment, including computers and cell phones. Watch Saginaw Abuse Victim: By commenting on ChurchMilitant. Other boys also experienced detailed sexual questioning by the priest in the confessional, where he would ask the boys if they had ever seen a girl naked, whether they had looked at pornographic magazines, how they reacted, or questions about their genitalia. In spite of the Saginaw diocese's knowledge of the molestation, it honored him in the year for 50 years of priesthood. Cistone, he never received a response, whether by email, phone or letter.
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During the questioning, the boys would hear the priest "moaning and groaning," Sylvester said. Cistone and the diocese, Sylvester's organization has seen a noticeable increase in calls from other victims. Because the abuse took place nearly three decades earlier, it was beyond the statute of limitations. After credible allegations of abuse by William McAlary, who claims when he was a boy he had been awakened by Bur with his hand down the boy's underwear, the priest was forced into early retirement in the s. Bur had a history of sex abuse in the Grand Rapids diocese, where he worked before coming to Saginaw. You are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting.