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Part II – “Profile of A Pederast” covers the clerical background of Fr.
Cipolla and provides insights into his troubled past that should have served as red flags to four consecutive bishops of the Pittsburgh Diocese from 1969 to 2006, but tragically, did not.
She was a former home-schooling leader and a veteran of the Mc Hugh Wars promoting sex initiation programs in Catholic schools dating back to the late 1960s. This particular phone call, however, was to inform me Mrs. Henry helped me set up an introductory phone appointment with Diana, after which there was exchange of detailed information, mostly in the form of e-mails, for over a period of more than six months.
Henry had made contact with Diana Thompson (now Diana Magnum) the mother of not one, but three sons, two of whom she said were sexually abused in 1977-1978 by Fr. Part I – “Setting the Record Straight,” covers the grooming of the Thompson family by Fr.
If there was ever a case to support the opening up the window to victims of clerical and other institutional sexual abuse, a window closed by the current statutes of limitations in the state of Pennsylvania, the Thompson Case is it. Cipolla set his eyes on Diana Thompson and her family, including her three young sons, he must have thought he had died and gone to heaven. It was his fifth parish assignment since his ordination in 1972 – an unusual record for any young priest.
Francis Xavier Church on the North Side of Pittsburgh in early 1977. Hearing that the Thompson family was financially strapped, and that Diana’s husband Tom was an Army veteran who had serious medical and emotional problems, Father Newell gave Diana a part-time job cleaning which included cleaning the bathrooms. This work and the income she earned from her other job at a nearby print shop helped put food on the table and covered the parochial school tuition for her oldest son, Frank Labiaux, age 12, her daughter Betty Anne Labiaux, age 11, and her youngest son, Bernard Thompson, age 8. The grooming of the Thompson family started almost immediately after Father Cipolla met Diana and her children. Cipolla stepped in and volunteered to do the baptisms.He appeared to be everything a priest should be – understanding, caring, helpful, and holy. “The children felt secure being part of something so social and respected,” she added.From snatches of conversation she had overheard of the phone conversations between the priest and her oldest son she assumed that Fr.In February of that year, Diana Thompson registered her family with the parish and registered her children for the parish school. Her nine-year-old son, Thomas Thompson, affectionately known as Tucker, had a learning disability. The priest began to visit the Thompson home on a regular basis. Early that spring he baptized all of Diana’s children including Frank, thus setting up a special spiritual bond between the priest and the young boy. Cipolla would call and ask Frank to come to the rectory to help with yard work or gathering and boxing donations of food, toys and clothing for charity which were left at the rectory by parishioners. Tom Thompson was seriously injured, almost killed, in 1965, in a vehicle crash and explosion during special training maneuvers at the Army base-camp in Spartanburg, S. Unfortunately, while his physical injuries healed, his mental disabilities increased.When he didn’t have time to visit he would call and ask specifically to speak with Frank. Frank was especially excited by the priest’s talk of a summer of fun and special trips which Fr. He was never the same man he was before the accident.