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 Joseph Towle - “From beginning to end this situation is a tragedy, and it remains a tragedy. There is a man murdered brutally in a park -- that's a tragedy. His family, the Rivera family, are the forgotten ones now.”
 Joseph Towle - “pardon in the name of God for the things that he had done wrong.”
 Joseph Towle - “It was a heart-to-heart talk where he was feeling very badly that two of his friends had been accused and convicted of something which he had done, and it was his desire to do something to make the truth appear and he wanted to make public the fact that he was responsible and they were not,”
 Joseph Towle - “Far from feeling in giving this testimony that I was doing harm to him, I was revealing to the court and the people around that this was the most redeeming moment of his life and probably the most heroic moment of his life,”
 Joseph Towle - “Go to the court and tell them everything that you've told me, ... And that is exactly what he did. He made a public declaration of everything he said to me.”
 Joseph Towle - “He was asking me what he should do, and at that time I told him that if he had the courage and the heart to do it, that he should go to the court and that he should acknowledge that he was responsible and the others were not,”
 Joseph Towle - “I did bless him at the end of our conversation. I said to him, 'Do you want the forgiveness of God' He said, 'Yes.' I said, 'You have to ask for it.' I gave him absolution and said, 'Now go to the court and tell them everything that you've told me.' And that is exactly what he did. He made a public declaration of everything he said to me,”
 Joseph Towle - “So I advised him then that if he had the courage and the heart to do it that he should go to the court and should reveal in detail, just as he had done to me, ... His purpose in having this conversation with me was to decide what he could do publicly to exonerate these two boys who were accused in his place.”
 Joseph Towle - “If it was a formal confession, I would not be able to say a single word,”
 Joseph Towle - “There is nothing, first of all, nothing more sacred then the seal of confession, ... I did not consider this to fall under that precise seal of confession because he had not come to me explicitly seeking absolution, but to find a solution on how he could help his friends.”
 Joseph Towle - “went publicly and conveyed this material to the lawyers. At this point the seal of confession is not in play.”
 Joseph Towle - “If someone were to come to a Catholic priest and to confess to a murder in a confessional situation, which is between that person and God -- using myself in this case as a medium -- there is nothing absolutely that I could say, ever,”
 Joseph Towle - “He was crestfallen and guilt-ridden, because he was allowing at that point two boys in his group who had not been present and were not responsible for the murder to take the blame for something he had done,”
 Joseph Towle - “a formal confession to begin with, but an appeal to me for advice, followed by a blessing.”