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Priest Pressured Seminarians Into Swimming Naked

Three former seminarians claim that Cleveland Diocese failed to respond, after Father James Cosgrove, a parish priest, allegedly pressured them to take naked swims, reports PillarCatholic.com (October 22).

The three reported in December 2019 to the diocese but Cosgrove kept having access to seminarians including a key to the seminary until recently. Last November, Cosgrove took a paid medical leave of absence because of depression and anxiety. This October, he resigned from ministry.

One seminarian, Nick Grismer, claims that he pressured him in June/July 2019 into skinny-dipping at the seminary’s swimming pool and at a lake house owned by a diocesan priest while taking photos and videos even after Grismer asked him to stop.

The priest was Grismer’s friend and mentor telling him that he should expose himself to “be free” or “naked before God.” Cosgrove also encouraged him to drink although Grismer struggled with alcohol problems and tried to convince Grismer to sleep for the night next to him in the house’s living room but he declined.

Two other former seminarians confirmed they were also pressured to swim naked with Cosgrove in summer 2019.

Picture: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Cleveland © wikipedia, #newsRdvtbadhfd

Ultraviolet
Not sure how a seminarian can be pressured into this. What's wrong with saying,, "Sorry, brah... I just ain't into that."
Brandi Williams
Emotional manipulation. This priest was older than these seminarians and they looked up to him as a mentor. That, amongst many other reasons, is why it's disgusting and wrong.
la verdad prevalece
St Bernardine of Siena: 'This Is the Worst Sin that exists':
"One who lives practicing the vice of sodomy will suffer more pain in Hell than anyone else, because this the worst sin that exists.
Facts Not Lies
Maybe it is a language barrier...

The word is not semInary (not with an 'e').
Ultraviolet
This "skinny-dipping" routine is an old grooming tactic to lower inhibitions. It was popular with clergy who ran the all-boys "Camp Fatima" .in NH. Students at the local Catholic all-boys high school used to sourly say Fatima needs a "G" instead of a "T".
Facts Not Lies
Archbishop Mitty High (was all male) had the mascot Monarchs... the locals called them the butterflies with similar implications.

Bellarmine College Prep (was all male) had the mascot 'Bell'... one can imagine how that was abused in a similar manner.

And, yes... skinny dips were alluded in casual conversations with both groups students.

Most took this with a grain of high school salt...
aderito
if its true the priest should be dismissed
Hugh N. Cry
Despicable