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by Charles M. Sennott

eBook Broken Covenant/the Story of Father Bruce Ritter's Fall from Grace epub
  • ISBN: 0671767151
  • Author: Charles M. Sennott
  • Genre: History
  • Subcategory: Americas
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Pages: 373 pages
  • ePUB size: 1388 kb
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As a Franciscan working with Bruce, I later read this book and will just say, read and learn.

book by M. Sennott Charles. The prize-winning journalist who broke the story recounts how power, politics, and sex rocked the foundation of the sprawling Covenant House charity. 40,000 first printing. As a Franciscan working with Bruce, I later read this book and will just say, read and learn. Don't stop loving Jesus, just stop worshipping the homosexual, pedophile ordained ministers of the sacraments as "gods".

Charles M. Sennott is the Co-founder of the award-winning international .

In the fall of 2006, he returned to the Globe newsroom as a Staff Writer for Special Projects where he did pioneering work in multimedia. In April, 2008, he and CEO Philip Balboni launched GlobalPost, seeking to produce a new source of original international reporting for the digital age at a time of diminished foreign coverage by American media. Throughout his career, Sennott has broken new ground in reporting across platforms in print, video, audio and where they all come together on the web.

BROKEN COVENANT By Charles M. Sennott. Bruce Ritter resigned as director of Covenant House. Mr. Sennott, while at The New York Post, was the first to report the charges of Father Ritter's sexual misconduct. Yet Mr. Sennott never met the man. He talked to Father Ritter once on the phone, on Dec.

The fall of Covenant House founder Father Bruce Ritter was an omen of the .

The fall of Covenant House founder Father Bruce Ritter was an omen of the sexual-abuse cases involving hundreds of Roman Catholic priests and tens of thousands of victims all over the world. Ritter founded Covenant House in 1972 as a small facility for homeless teens in the crime- and drug-ravaged East Village.

Ritter wrote two books, Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street (New York .

Ritter wrote two books, Covenant House: Lifeline to the Street (New York: Doubleday, 1987) and Sometimes God Has a Kid's Face, which detailed his experience in starting up Covenant House and provided his perspective on homeless teenagers. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan praised Covenant House in his State of the Union address for their efforts in aiding homeless and runaway youth .

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Bruce Ritter's Fall from Grace by Charles M. Sennott Brother Tony's . Sennott Brother Tony's Boys : The Largest Case of Child Prostitution in . History: The True Story by Mike Echols A Child Called "It": One Child's Courage to Survive by David J. Pelzer, Childhood's Thief : One Woman's Journey of Healing from Sexual Abuse by Rose Mary Evans .

The Story of Father Bruce Ritter's Fall from Grace. by Charles M. Published May 1992 by Diane Pub Co. Written in English. Social work with youth, In library, Covenant House (New York, . Church work with youth, Investigation, Clergy, Sex crimes, Catholic Church. Bruce Ritter (1927-). New York, New York (State), United States.

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The prize-winning journalist who broke the story recounts how power, politics, and sex rocked the foundation of the sprawling Covenant House charity. 40,000 first printing.
Comments: (5)
Sometimes the truth needs to be told. This is it.
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I knew Bruce & in fact was one of the group that started Covenant House. This account, while not comprehensive (how could it be in such a complex situation), is balance & fair.
the book is biased and the truth is skewed..i know because i was there when it was all happening. its amazing what jaded employee's will say in order to get back at someone that "wronged" them. The book portrays Ritter as an ogre. Knowing the ma I can say I never saw that or felt that or saw it. He loved od and Christ and his only "sin" so to speak was his breaking his vow of Chastity, but child molester no way. plus the man who brought the allegations was 26 years old and I met him on 2 occasions and each time he told me 2 different names. Bruce Ritter's "crime" if any was that he was a closeted homosexual. no sin there.
I lived those years worked there at the time of the scandal. not sure I believe the book, since I was a victim of it. Father Bruce was a Saint not a child molester. I respected him and loved him, he said Yes to God, so that I could say Yes to Christ and serve His broken rejected and forgotten children. I met Jesus face to face because of Bruce Ritter. God Rest his soul. The book is biased
Broken trust, this is what this deals with and it goes to show how things can easily be swept under the table. This man should've gone to jail, but God dealt with him, I'm sure in another way.

Great book!
Rev. Bruce Ritter (1927-1999) was a Catholic priest and Franciscan friar who founded the charity Covenant House in 1972 for homeless teenagers. In 1990 he was forced to resign from Covenant House after widespread reports that he had engaged in sexual relations with several youth in the care of the charity, and had financial improprieties in the operations of the organization. (It should be noted that Ritter denied any wrongdoing; Covenant House, however, does not defend his activities.) [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 496-page paperback edition.]

Journalist Charles Sennott wrote in the "Author's Note" of this 1992 book, "This book relies on the charity's own findings in the Kroll report, and on original reporting, based on nearly 100 interviews... I have tried to make the book as fair and accurate as possible... Despite its careful wording, the Kroll report was widely viewed as confirmation that Ritter was guilty of sexual misconduct. And, like much of the press coverage at the time, this book concludes that the charges against Ritter were true. There are no criminal or civil charges pending against Ritter and, to this day, he continues to maintain his innocence." (Pg. 12)

Ritter's lifelong friend James Fitzgibbons "insists that he does not know if the allegations of sexual abuse against Ritter were founded. He said he never saw any sign that he was violating his vows of celibacy in the beginning years of their ministry in the East Village. For Ritter to have been making sexual advances to the young kids in his care, Fitzgibbons said, would have required 'tremendous risk of discovery.' It was possible, Fitzgibbons added, but it would not have been easy. He would have been cutting close to the edge of a humiliating and degrading revelation every day. [Sennott adds] But every day he got away with it, he must have grown more confident that he'd never get caught." (Pg. 102)

He notes, "by Covenant House's own estimates, about one-third of the kids who came to them didn't return to the streets. but small programs ... had success rates as high as 75 percent. Father Pat Molroney, who founded his ten-bed shelter for troubled teenagers ... a few years after Ritter started his ministry, said, 'We all realized that small was better; that's why it seemed that Covenant House was more of a product of Ritter's ego than a display of sound social work. Covenant House... was a monster... Kids in the New York program were getting beaten up a raped inside there. Ritter was going completely against the tide.'" (Pg. 190)

Of Ritter's alliances with Republican Party interests, Sennott states, "To most of the social-service people in the field, however, it as an unforgivable form of complicity. Father Bruce was not only buying into their agenda, he was hurting the hundreds of other agencies that provided services poor youths needed. Father Bruce was in effect using expedient alliances to build his own empire while encouraging a status quo that was putting more and more homeless youths on the street." (Pg. 254) Staff wondered, "Was Covenant House, through its manipulative fund raising, distracting the good people that made up its donor base from the real issues that created the complex socioeconomic problems that put the young kids on the streets in the first place? Was focusing on pornography and prostitution as the two great demons ... blurring the real issues of poverty, drugs, housing, and health care?" (Pg. 255)

Of the District Attorney's early investigations, he wrote, "Discussions ... centered on what, if any, crime had been committed by the revered Franciscan priest in his relationship with Kevin Kite. The sexual aspect, if true, was indeed a violation of the Church's strict doctrine on celibacy and a horrible violation of the trust place in a child-care worker, but it was in no way illegal. Ritter and Kite were consenting adults. There was no evidence of rape or sexual harassment. Kite admitted that the sex was of his own free will, even if he did feel it was a misuse of trust and a manipulative exercise of Ritter's power." (Pg. 316-317)

About one accuser, Sennott notes, "the bulk of his story held up. He had names of staff members, descriptions of the inside of Ritter's apartment, and statements that appeared to be easy to corroborate. Many of them, including the detailed description of the sex, provided a kind of forensic match of the allegations that Kite had made, even though none of those details had been published. It was clear Ritter had an M.O." (Pg. 375)

He recounts, "There was a battle not only for the 'soul' of Covenant House but for its purse as well. In the wake of Ritter's resignation, Cardinal O'Connor muscled the archdiocese's way into the role of interim leadership. The archdiocese had its eye on the nearly $100 million Covenant House raised each year, which was more than six times as much as the $15 million budget of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. But that wasn't all the Church coveted. There was also Covenant House's impressive real-estate holdings and its sophisticated direct-mail-marketing machinery." (Pg. 424)

This is a disturbing, yet extremely well-written and very informative account of the fall of Ritter and the decline of Covenant House, that will be "must reading" for anyone interested in these issues.
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