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Accusers From Camp Fatima Continues to Grow

Accusers From Camp Fatima Continues to Grow

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List of Accusers from Camp Fatima Continues to Grow. Friends Honor Memory of Priest
By Kathryn MarchockiUnion Leader (Manchester NH)May 30, 2002Two more men claim they were molested at Camp Fatima by a religious brother in the 1970s,bringing to six the number of former campers who say they were assaulted at the Lakes Regionsummer camp, their attorney said yesterday.In addition, two other men have come forward alleging the late Rev. Karl E. Dowd sexuallyassaulted them in the early 1960s while he served at St. Catherine Church in Manchester, attorneyPeter E. Hutchins said.The four men have joined the class action suit Hutchins filed against the Catholic Diocese of Manchester. The civil suit, which so far represents nearly 50 alleged sexual assault victims of diocesan employees, has yet to be certified by the court, the Manchester attorney said.Two brothers from New York claim they were molested at Camp Fatima in 1972 by Brother GuyBeaulieu, who was a staff member at the Catholic boys summer camp during the 1970s, Hutchinssaid.The brothers, who were 8 and 6 years old at the time, spent the summer at the camp, Hutchinssaid. The Manchester diocese operates the camp, located in Barnstead and Gilmanton Iron Works.They claim Beaulieu twice invited them to his private cabin to take a nap, then climbed into bed withthem and fondled them, he added.One brother is now a 36-year-old firefighter in the Northeast, Hutchins said. The other is 38 andlives in the Manchester area. Their names are not being made public.Beaulieu, who also was a math teacher at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, has beenaccused of sexually assaulting three other men at Camp Fatima in the 1970s, said Hutchins, whorepresents all four alleged victims.The third man, Kevin Dandley, 42, of Hudson, filed civil suit earlier this month alleging Beaulieu firstmolested him in 1973 at Camp Fatima and continued abusing him when he began his freshmanyear at Bishop Guertin that fall.Beaulieu, a member of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, had no comment yesterday whencontacted at the religious order's provincial house in Pascoag, R.I."I'm sorry, but I won't be speaking to you," Beaulieu said before hanging up the telephone.In an unrelated development, a pair of Manchester brothers said they were molested by Dowd inthe early 1960s when the priest was stationed at St. Catherine parish, Hutchins said.The brothers, both former altar boys now in their 50s, claim Dowd molested them more than adozen times in his car, the church and rectory, Hutchins said."Father Dowd became very friendly with the family and would be over their house quite a bit," heexplained.Dowd allegedly groped and fondled the brothers over their clothes, he added. The alleged abusestopped when Dowd left the parish, he said.Dowd was ordained in 1960 and served at St. Catherine parish until he was transferred to Holy
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Trinity Church in Somersworth in 1963, according to church directories.The 67-year-old cleric died while vacationing in Fort Pierce, Fla., Feb. 18, three days after thediocese released a list of 14 priests who had been accused of past sexual misconduct with minors.While Dowd's name was not on that list, the diocese received a complaint Feb. 22 alleging Dowdsexually assaulted a minor in 1971 in Keene, diocesan spokesman Pat McGee said.In addition, a 39-year-old Manchester man last week claimed Dowd tried to digitally rape him atCamp Fatima when he was about 9 years old in the early 1970s.Dowd was camp director from 1968 to 1990.McGee said the diocese has received no complaints against Dowd or any other cleric with regard toCamp Fatima.He also said the diocese has not received any reports of alleged abuse involving Dowd at St.Catherine parish.Manchester Bishop John B. McCormack will be questioned under oath in Manchester Mondayabout his role in supervising retired Boston archdiocesan priest, the Rev. Paul R. Shanley.Shanley, who publicly advocated sex between men and boys, was arrested May 2 in San Diego,Calif., and faces child rape charges in Massachusetts.Boston attorney Roderick MacLeish Jr. will question McCormack, who was one of Cardinal BernardF. Law of Boston's top aides before he became bishop of New Hampshire in 1998.MacLeish represents one of Shanley's alleged victims.Friends honor memory of priestNASHUA (AP) --Days after the publication of allegations that the late Rev. Karl Dowd molested twoboys, about 100 of his friends and former parishioners gathered for a memorial service in his honor."He was as good as gold," said Claire Rioux, a member of St. Joseph Church. "I think anybody whosays anything against him is a blasphemer."Dowd died in February while on vacation in Florida. Tuesday's service was held at St. Joseph onthe 42nd anniversary of his ordination.Last week, the lawyer for a 39-year-old Manchester man said Dowd assaulted him when he was 9years old and serving as an altar boy at Camp Fatima in Gilmanton. The man, who asked not to beidentified, has joined a class action lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Manchester.Sunday, the diocese said another man had reported being abused by Dowd at a Keene church in1971, when the man was a 16-year-old altar boy.Dowd was a pastoral associate at St. Joseph's in 1967 and 1968. He was pastor of two other Nashua churches: St. Christopher, from 1986 to 2000, and St. Stanislaus, in 1999 and 2000.Those attending the memorial service said they doubted the accusations.Dowd would "never in a million years would do something like that. He had too much respect for people, children, parents and the community," said St. Joseph's organist Paul Jette. A man who would not give his name said such accusations are just "an easy way to make money.It's a money racket. The guy can't defend himself."Others said their good memories of Dowd are all that matter now."He did so much good for a lot of people --more than anyone will ever know," said parishioner PatHurd.
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