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RCA (Rabbinical Council of America) “Clarification.”
PRESS RELEASE—June 12, 2013
ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE (RCA) OF OCEAN COUNTY
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese (RCA) remains steadfast in combating and condemning all forms of racketeering and violence. We are encouraged by the process that led to the guilty plea of Joey (“Legs”) Molko, Jr., a lapsed parishioner, who pleaded guilty to sex-trafficking a boy from Sicily.
For many years this diocese, in partnership with our sister diocese in Palermo, Italy, under the wise guidance of the Holy Mother Church, has decried the misguided efforts of those who cover up or ignore allegations of mortal sins. It is time for Italians, Italian-Americans, and members of other ethnic groups to reject the code of omerta.
The RCA strongly advocates, as a matter of the church’s cannon law and U. S. law, the reporting of reasonable suspicions of crimes to the civil authorities and full coöperation with the criminal justice system. The RCA decries any invocation of omerta, or considerations about scandal to the church in intimidating witnesses. It is not appropriate to joke about Sicilian galoshes, swimming with the fishes, or “snitches get stitches.”
Cardinal Samuel Gold, Bishop of our diocese, and Auxiliary Bishop Markus Scratch, Executive Administrator of our diocese, were concerned about the reported position on the Joey Molko, Jr. conviction of Mr. Vito Gambino, Ethics Adviser of our Office-workers Union (OU), and President of YTV Construction and Garbage Hauling.
We are grateful to be able to report that Mr. Gambino agreed to meet with us. In deference to his civic stature and his generous contributions to our endowment campaign, we acceded to his request that the meeting not include church attorneys, the local prosecutor, any representatives of the trafficked boy, or any other individuals likely to confuse the issue with actual facts.
Mr. Gambino insists Molko, Jr. is innocent. He bases this on his personal knowledge of two generations of the Molko family starting with Joey’s uncle, Father Judah Molko, Sr. He thought so highly of Joey that he personally sponsored him for a job at a YTV funded school in Brooklyn where he was well-liked by the children until he abruptly decided he preferred the climate in Southern Jersey. Continue reading