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April 20, 2014
By John L. Allen Jr. | GLOBE STAFF APRIL 19, 2014
Every spring in Rome, the big production is normally the Easter Mass celebrated by the pope. This year Easter remains the spiritual linchpin, but in popular terms it’s more like a warm-up act for next Sunday’s double-play canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.
This will be the first time two popes have been declared saints in the same ceremony, and although projections vary, well over a million people could turn out in Rome to watch history being made, with millions more following the event on TV or over the Internet.
Here are five things to know about the biggest Vatican happening of early 2014.
First, putting these two popes together amounts to a call for unity between the church’s liberal and conservative wings.
In the Catholic street, John XXIII is an icon of the left, remembered as the pope who launched the reforming Second Vatican Council and opened the Church to the modern world. John Paul II is a hero to the right, the pope who brought down Communism, who fought what he called a “culture of death” behind liberalizing currents on abortion and other life issues, and who insisted on strong Catholic identity vis-à-vis secular pressures to water down the faith.
Questions from a Ewe
Next week’s double pope canonization extravaganza is creating a lot of sainthood “buzz” in the air right now. Therefore, I thought I’d offer some tips for sainthood.
First, Catholic dogma says the Communion of Saints includes official canonized and beatified saints, anybody in heaven, and all believers on earth. So, if you believe in Jesus, congratulations, you’re already a saint! You can stop reading now and go do something more productive.
However, this common, garden-variety sainthood does not land people on religious trading cards and rarely results in statues being erected in your honor, or churches, schools, and ritzy vacation spots being named after you. If you’re going for that high-profile, high-revenue type of sainthood, then keep reading.
I’ve been plowing through saint records and building a database to catalog demographic information for well over 10% of the canonized and beatified folks. If my calculations are correct, the sampling I’ve done so far yields statistics with a 3.5% margin of error for projections across the full canonized / beatified population. Good news, some of these statistics are so skewed, the 3.5% margin of error is kitten’s play.
My advice if you want to be an officially recognized saint:
1. Be male. Based on my sample set, 84% of canonized and beatified people were male. You might scratch your head in confusion since 80% of the church’s work is done by women, and women are over 50% of the world’s population. This might seem backwards to you. No, no…I beg of you; don’t let facts, equity and reality confuse you. If you insist on logic and equity, you probably should stop reading now before you injure your brain or sense of righteousness. That statistic simply reflects church hierarchical members’ value system and helps us quantify it. They see men as being over five times more virtuous and holy than women…end of story.
2. Be a priest, monk, or religious brother. About 60% of all official saints were ordained or religious males. If we look at only the male saints…that tiny 84% majority of all saints…the number jumps to around 70% who were ordained or religious. So if you’re going to be male, be a priest too, to up your odds.
Prayers for ‘a way forward’
ROSIE LEWIS THE AUSTRALIAN APRIL 21, 2014
THE prospect of finding a path forward, personal transformation and a “better church for all” were the central themes of yesterday’s Easter Sunday service given by the Bishop of Parramatta Anthony Fisher.
Speaking after leading a packed morning mass, Bishop Fisher, who is considered among the frontrunners to replace Cardinal George Pell as Archbishop of Sydney, said he had been praying for “a way forward” in the wake of the child sex abuse inquiry.
A number of people have been asking me what happened at the trial at which I testified in Victoria, BC on 12 March of this year.
I didn’t have a clue. I was there for one day. There was no media coverage. I was in the dark.
Well, the following article appeared in yesterday’s Victoria Times Colonist:
15 April 2014: Blogger found guilty of violating judge’s publication ban
Gregory Hartnell has been found guilty of breaching the publication ban on the Father Phil Jacobs preliminary hearing. And, yes, the breach entailed comments he blogged on Sylvia’s Site. I thought there was more to the charges than that, but, as I found out when I arrived in Victoria to testify, the charges related solely to comments he posted on Sylvia’s Site.
The message to one and all is loud and clear: please please take care one and all on reporting what happens in court during preliminary hearings. There is virtually always a publication ban on all testimony at preliminary hearings. And there is generally always a publication ban on the identity of victims at both preliminary hearings and at trial.
As you see, there was also a publication ban on the Hartnell trial. I wasn’t aware of that until now. Thankfully, for a variety of reasons, I didn’t blog a word :) What an absolute comedy of errors that would have been!
Anyway, the verdict for Gregory Hartnell is guilty. Sentencing is yet to come. But, as you see, Hartnell is first challenging the constitutionality of Section 539. (1) of the Criminal Code of Canada. If that section is struck down Hartnell will not be convicted. I would guess that this is a Charter challenge claiming right to freedom of speech?
Here is the wording of Section 539 (1) of the Criminal Code:
539.  Prior to commencement of the taking of evidence at a preliminary inquiry, the justice holding the inquiry
[a] may, if application therefor is made by the prosecutor, and
[b] shall, if application therefor is made by any of the accused,
make an order directing that the evidence taken at the inquiry shall not be published in any newspaper or broadcast before such time as, in respect of each of the accused,
[c] he is discharged; or
[d] if he is ordered to stand trial, the trial is ended.
I don’t know when the next court date is. I will do what I can next week to find out. I am certainly interested.
The judges’ Reasons for Judgement (for the guilty verdict) should be posted within the next week or so. Perhaps that will be put on hold pending the outcome of the challenge? if not I will post for the benefit of all. It is good for all of us to know.
VON KAI BIERMANN
20. April 2014
Manche reisen nach dem Abitur in die Welt, manche suchen sich eine Lehrstelle, viele studieren. Klara geht ins Kloster. Es ist das Jahr 2003. Der Krieg im Irak hat gerade begonnen, in Österreich regiert zum zweiten Mal die FPÖ mit, Arnold Schwarzenegger wird Gouverneur in Kalifornien. Für Klara ist das alles fernes Rauschen. Viel lauter ist eine Stimme in ihr, die sagt, sie sei berufen. Klara ist neunzehn Jahre alt.
Sie ist in Süddeutschland aufgewachsen, mit sechs Geschwistern und der Überzeugung, dass die Kirche Halt und Trost gibt. "Seit ich sechzehn war, wollte ich Nonne werden", sagt sie. Heute will sie davon erzählen, um andere zu warnen. Es war ein Wunsch, an dem sie fast zugrunde ging.
Horrende Baukosten haben den Limburger Bischof Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst sein Amt gekostet, sein ausschweifender Stil ließ ihn als Protz-Bischof bekannt werden. Der ehemalige Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa, selbst höchst umstritten, findet nun tröstende Worte.
Der ehemalige Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa (72) hält die aktuelle Situation des Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst (54) aus Limburg mit der von Jesus für vergleichbar: "Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass sich mein bischöflicher Mitbruder ganz aktuell in einem Gemütszustand großer Verlassenheit und Traurigkeit befindet. Da hilft der Glaube und das Wissen darum, dass Jesus Christus selbst, der ohne Sünde gewesen ist, dennoch ungerechtem Urteil und dem Spott der Menge ausgesetzt war," sagte Mixa in einem Interview mit "Bild am Sonntag"
[Summary: Former Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa feels great compassion for his colleague Franz-Peter Tebartz van Elst. He said he can well imagine the former Limburg bishops is feeling desolation and sadness. Pope Francis accepted Tebartz van Elst's resignation after a scandal where he spent more than 30 million euros on his official residence.]
Der ehemalige Augsburger katholische Bischof Walter Mixa, 72, empfindet großes Mitleid mit seinem Amtsbruder Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, 54. "Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass sich mein bischöflicher Mitbruder ganz aktuell in einem Gemütszustand großer Verlassenheit und Traurigkeit befindet", sagte Mixa mit Blick auf den früheren Limburger Bischof in einem Interview der "Bild am Sonntag".
Da helfe der Glaube und das Wissen darum, dass "Jesus Christus selbst, der ohne Sünde gewesen ist, dennoch ungerechtem Urteil und dem Spott der Menge ausgesetzt war", sagte Mixa.
By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 16 April 2014)
The Melbourne Catholic Archdiocese knew that Father Wilfred James Baker was committing crimes against children but it allowed him to continue in the priesthood, thereby inflicting him on more victims. This cover-up was finally exposed by Broken Rites and Baker was jailed. After he finished this jail term, more of his earlier victims came forward. But, in February 2014, Baker he died before the courts could sentence him again.
Broken Rites first heard about Father Baker after Broken Rites launched its Australia-wide telephone hotline in late 1993. Broken Rites advised these callers that victims should contact the Victoria Police sexual offences and child abuse unit. As a result, detectives eventually charged Baker with child-sex crimes.
During Baker's court proceedings in 1999, the court learned that one of Australia's most prominent Catholic leaders, Archbishop Frank Little, had ignored complaints about Father Baker's child-sex crimes.
In the Melbourne County Court on 8 June 1999, Father Wilfred James Baker (then aged 62) was sentenced to four years' jail, with parole after two years. A Broken Rites researcher was present in court.
What the judge said
In a pre-sentence hearing on 7 June 1999, Judge Russell Lewis told the court that, at the Gladstone Park parish (in Melbourne's north-west) in 1978, a family complained to the church that Father Billy Baker was misbehaving towards their young son. The judge said Melbourne's Archbishop Frank Little was made aware of the complaint. Despite this (said the judge) Baker was then transferred from the Gladstone parish to Eltham (in Melbourne's north-east).
By a Broken Rites researcher
A Sydney woman (who will be referred to by Broken Rites as "Mandy") has revealed that a Catholic priest (Father Kevin Cox) sexually abused her for six years from the age of eleven. Furthermore, the sexual abuse resulted in a pregnancy at age 17 — and then the priest paid for an abortion.
After these six years, Father Cox reluctantly apologised to the family for his sexual abuse of the girl. He also reluctantly admitted the sexual abuse to his bishop. However, the diocese granted him a transfer to another parish and allowed him to continue working as a priest for the next 15 years, until Mandy finally reported the sexual abuse to the police when she was nearly 32.
After the police charged Father Cox in court with his earliest sexual crimes against the child (at the age of 11 to 13), his supporters in the church sprang to his defence. After a jury convicted him of these crimes, church leaders and priests wrote "good-character" references for him, asking the court for a lenient sentence. A judge gave Cox a part-time jail sentence but church lawyers appealed to a higher court against the criminal conviction and won an acquittal for the priest.
Privately, a church leader apologised to Mandy's mother, acknowledging that the priest had broken his priestly vows in doing what he did to Mandy.
By a Broken Rites reseacher (article updated 18 April 2014)
Australians may soon learn more about how the Catholic Church protected the paedophile priest Terrence Pidoto for 25 years while he committed crimes against boys in his parishes. Pidoto, who is in jail, will be interviewed by police again in 2014 because more of his alleged victims have come forward. This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about the Pidoto cover-up.
In 2014 Pidoto is reaching the end of a seven-year jail sentence for crimes that he committed durng his priestly career in the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese.
On 17 April 2014, a Melbourne magistrate granted permission to detectives from the Victoria Police sex crime squad to interview Pidoto in jail for four hours about some new allegations.
The detectives are from a special unit, Taskforce Sano, which was established to investigate historical and new allegations that have emanated from the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into child sex abuse.
A bishop in Scotland and another in the US have renounced lavish living in exchange for simpler lifestyles
Clerics have been changing their ways since the scandal involving the Bishop of Limburg, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who was forced to leave his German diocese after faithful protested against the exorbitant sum he spent on his new residence complex, a whopping thirty million Euros. In recent weeks, Atlanta’s archbishop, Wilton Gregory admitted that he authorized an excessively expensive restructuring project for his residence, a mansion that was donated to him. The project cost two million dollars. Now, the newly appointed bishop of Paisley, John Keenan, has announced he wants to live in a parsonage in a low-income housing estate.
The Francis effect is taking root it seems. The Pope has not asked any bishop to copy him: it is a well-known fact that Francis never lived in the apartment reserved for him as archbishop and cardinal, preferring instead to take a simple room in the Curia building. In the Vatican he chooses to reside at St. Martha’s House instead of the Apostolic Palace, “for psychological reasons”, because he likes having people around him. He has spoken about the poverty and sobriety of men of the Church on many occasions but his example is not becoming contagious.
In an interview with The Herald, the prelate said Francis and himself dreamt of a Church that went out into the street and got dirty instead of clinging onto safety. “When people see a church not just giving to the poor and the excluded but being among them and living with them joyfully, then they will really begin to believe there is a way out of the vicious cycle of living for yourself in your own little bubble."
The Association of Catholic Priests
Despite the fact that protests about criticism in the media of Catholic priests in Ireland can sometimes be self-serving and counter-productive, and despite the fact that cartoons of their nature tend to be edgy and provocative, the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) believes that the publication of the Martyn Turner cartoon in The Irish Times (April 16th, 2014) is gratuitously insulting to Irish Catholic priests, many of whom are readers of that paper.
The cartoon’s resonances of sectarianism and bigotry have no place in the pages of a newspaper which prides itself, as it does, on fairness and high standards in its coverage, not least its awareness of the bigger picture. It would be difficult to imagine a similar publication of such an offensive cartoon in regard to the clergy of any other denomination or faith.
On behalf of our 1000-plus members and other Catholic priests, the ACP protests in the strongest possible terms at this unacceptable slur on the Irish priesthood.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Tim O'Neil
The Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, who is charged with sexually abusing a young male student at St. Louis Cathedral School, was released on bail Friday from the city jail, a friend said.
Bill Hannegan, a friend of Jiang’s, said another supporter posted the $150,000 bond set by a St. Louis circuit judge. Hannegan declined to identify the person who made bond for the Catholic priest.
Jiang, 31, of the 3400 block of Lafayette Avenue, was charged with two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14.
The charges allege he had sexual contact with the boy twice in a school bathroom between July 1, 2011, and Aug. 1, 2012.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended him from duties pending the case. He previously had been accused in Lincoln County of contact with a teenage girl, but that case was dismissed.
Religion News Service
Boz Tchividjian | Apr 18, 2014
This week I have found myself moved by how the sufferings of Jesus are tragically similar to the sufferings of so many who have been abused. These similarities are no coincidence and for some reason they have been a source of comfort to me during this important week in the Christian faith. Perhaps, you may find some comfort as well.
Failed promises: Survivors are frequently promised support from those who never follow through. In fact, it is often those same people who end up asking the hurting survivor, “Can’t you just move on?” Just hours before he denies even knowing Jesus, Peter promises Jesus, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus understands.
Betrayed: Over 90% of victims are abused by someone they know and trust. Someone who has spent a lot time with the victim and shared many life experiences. Someone who nobody expects would betray and abuse. Judas spent three years with Jesus and had shared some amazing moments with him and the other disciples. Nobody expected Judas to betray Jesus. Jesus understands.
Abandoned: Survivors are often abandoned when those they hope will walk alongside them fall asleep or flee. This leaves them alone and all too often in the hands of those who will inflict more pain. On the night that he was betrayed, Jesus asked three of his closest disciples to come with him to pray. Instead of praying, they fell asleep. When Jesus needed them most, they were focused on themselves. If that wasn’t bad enough, a few hours later they ran away from Jesus when Judas arrived with the soldiers. Jesus understands.
Abused and mocked by the Church: I have encountered too many survivors who have been dehumanized by a Church that mocks them and demands their silence. After being arrested, Jesus was immediately taken before Caiaphas the high priest. In the place where one might hope that the Son of God would be loved and served, Jesus was mocked, slapped, spit upon and silenced. Jesus understands.
The Irish Times has apologised for publishing a controversial cartoon by its contributor Martyn Turner, calling it "an editorial lapse".
The cartoon, published on Wednesday, dealt with mandatory reporting requirements for priests on child abuse and portrayed a priest saying he "would do anything for children, but not that".
An editorial in this morning's newspaper said things sometimes "flew under the editorial radar".
The editorial said the cartoon had taken an unfortunate and unjustified "sideswipe at all priests", suggesting that none of them could be trusted by with children.
The cartoon had caused considerable offence, the paper said, and it regretted and apologised for the hurt.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Perth from Monday 28 April 2014. The hearing will look into the experiences of a number of men who were resident at Christian Brothers’ residences in Western Australia and the responses of the Christian Brothers and relevant Western Australian State authorities to allegations of child sexual abuse at the residences.
The public hearing will be held at:
Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission
111 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000
All those attending the hearing must go through security which will include screening of bags. People attending the hearing are advised where possible, to minimise what they take with them.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
1. The experiences of a number of men who were resident at one or more of the residences operated by the Congregation of Christian Brothers (the Christian Brothers) in Western Australia: Castledare Junior Orphanage, St Vincent’s Orphanage Clontarf, St Mary’s Agricultural School Tardun and Bindoon Farm School (the Christian Brothers’ institutions).
2. The response of the former Christian Brothers’ Province of Western Australia and South Australia and the current Province of Oceania and relevant Western Australian State authorities to complaints made about any member of the Christian Brothers who was engaged in teaching or other activities at each of the Christian Brothers’ institutions.
3. The conduct of the claims made through Towards Healing, Redress WA, civil action and/or directly to the Christian Brothers for compensation or assistance by each of the residents and the experience of each in the relevant process
4. The evidence and findings of other inquiries relating to the Christian Brothers’ institutions.
Any other related matters.
Go Banking Rates
By Christina Lavingia
In recent years, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), often referred to as the Vatican Bank, has come under scrutiny for its lack of transparency and use of funds. With a history of accusations tying the Vatican Bank to everything from money-laundering to connections with the Mafia to, most recently, the funneling of tens of millions of dollars toward legal settlements surrounding priest sex-abuse scandals, many are calling for the Vatican Bank to be more upfront about where its money comes from — and goes.
Recent Years of Controversy for the Vatican Bank
According to CNBC, in 2010, the Italian government began investigating the Vatican Bank after the Bank of Italy notified the authorities about two transactions it made totaling $30 million, from Credito Artigianato to JPMorgan Chase and Banca del Fucino. The Vatican violated Italian law by not stating the origin of the money, but denied any wrongdoing; the matter was eventually dropped.
The Vatican Bank officially operates as a financial institution designed to support charitable work, meaning it can avoid typical banking governance. However, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI tried to get the Vatican on the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development’s “white list” in 2010, designated for countries that uphold international banking standards.
At the end of that year, Benedict created the Financial Information Authority as an independent agency to oversee the Vatican Bank and other Vatican-related institutions in regard to their financial activities.
However, the 2012 “Vatileaks” affair, in which Benedict’s former butler leaked documents disclosing transfers made to the American church to cover its more than $3 billion in sex-abuse settlements, made it clear that the Vatican Bank was still struggling with corruption.
Why protection of vulnerable children must always take precedence over the seal of the confessional
EILIS O'HANLON – PUBLISHED 20 APRIL 2014
HISTORY is full of pioneers who stood up bravely against unjust laws and brought about change. Martin Luther King. Rosa Parks. The abseiling lesbians who famously stormed the House of Lords and later broke into the studio live on air as Sue Lawley read the BBC News.
To that illustrious list can now be added a new name, that of Fr Gearoid O Donnchu, who last week told Newstalk that he wouldn't co-operate with new laws on the reporting of child abuse. Truly, the spirit of principled civil disobedience fostered by Mahatma Gandhi lives on.
Meanwhile, back in the real world ...
Fr O Donnchu was responding to the publication of the Children First Bill, which makes it mandatory for certain professions and holders of official posts to report their suspicions of child abuse to the Child and Family Agency. This includes doctors, nurses, teachers, guards, social workers, psychologists, childcare workers, as well as priests. But of course, it's the clergy who've been hogging the headlines with their concerns about the new system and its impact on the sanctity of the confessional.
Speaking on Newstalk Breakfast, retired parish priest O Donnchu practically painted himself as a martyr to the cause, telling Chris O'Donoghue: "The seal of confession takes precedence over everything – even my own safety." In his own mind, no doubt he was the heir to Montgomery Clift in Hitchcock's I Confess, who was willing to stand trial for a murder he didn't commit rather than tell the police that the real killer had admitted all in the confession box. To the rest of us, he just came across as a man who needs to rethink his priorities.
April 19, 2014
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.
Updated April 19, 2014
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil i.e. the Vatican Mammon Beast - - is for (enough) good men and good women - to do and say (write and draw) nothing.
The mission of the singing Irish priests cartoon by Martyn Turner is ‘for the pen is mightier than the sword’ to sever the Octopus Dei Beast. It’s similar to the non-violence method of Gandhi in India that brought down the mighty British Empire from the rising to the setting of the sun that rose in the east and set in the west covering the globe which the Vatican Mammon Beast now occupies. Read the Vatican Mammon Beast a.k.a. Opus Dei Beast http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/mark-of-vatican-mammon-beast-aka-opus.html
ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Friday, April 18
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 566 9790 , SNAPclohessy@aol.com )
Our deepest sympathies go out to both families whose children have been sexually violated by Fr. Joseph Jiang.
Because of the first criminal charges against him, Fr. Jiang was suspended from his parish in June 2012. Carlson assured his flock that Fr. Jiang would be kept away from kids. Evidently, Carlson didn't honor his promise, because Fr. Jiang is now charged with molesting a different child just two months later (in August 2012).
We especially feel sorry for these brave families because Archbishop Robert Carlson continues to play mean-spirited legal hardball to protect his close pal, Fr. Jiang.
Today, through one of his public relations staff, Carlson released a statement impugning the honesty and motives of the family of the second child who has reportedly been sexually assaulted by Fr. Jiang.
[St. Louis archdiocese]
Neither Carlson, his lawyers nor his professional public relations people are stupid. They desperately want to prevent embarrassing lawsuits. They know that it helps to quickly scare others who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Jiang's crimes into keeping silent. And they know that one good way to ensure silence is to quickly and publicly question the honesty of those who speak up. We believe that's why Carlson claims that this victim's family 1) supposedly raised concerns about bullying in their parochial school and 2) supposedly didn't mention child sex abuse until this week.
Shame on Carlson, his lawyers and his PR team. Neither of those allegations – even if they are true - have any bearing whatsoever on whether these new criminal charges are valid.
Both of those claims might well discourage others with information about predator priests from stepping forward. We believe that's Carlson's motive here. What other reason could there be for Carlson to publicly make these allegations – or any allegations – about a victim or his or her family?
The Wartburg Watch
We live in a hurried world and constantly search for time savers. Today, TWW presents a time saver for pastoral search committees all over the world. We know how much time and effort goes into reading resumes of pastoral candidates. This is followed by phone conversations and visits to the candidate's current church. Then there is the candidate visit in which people quiz him in order to figure out if he is a good fit. The process can take months. Here is one way to save time in that exhaustive search if you have a candidate who is a recent graduate of SBTS.
This week, Al Mohler announced big changes in faculty retention at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship seminary of the SBC. Some might view the changes in a negative light. However, time saving experts should hail the changes. Al Mohler has clarified, front and center, the carefully honed belief structure of the seminary and the internalized gospel © playbook will be part and parcel of the graduates of this seminary.
In a post written for Southern News (a publication of SBTS so they should have gotten this right) Southern Seminary Trustees Update Faculty Hiring Policies, ‘Unify’ Faculty, we are told what is in the future of SBTS.
For the sake of brevity, I will focus on a few items. We urge you to read the full article.
* In order to continue to “attract and retain a first-class academic faculty,
* All actions of the board were unanimous.
* Under new employment policies, all elected faculty will serve under a “simple academic instructional contract” rather than a tenure-based contract.
* we have returned to making the election of faculty by the board of trustees the most important issue,
* (Tenure) no longer ensures academic quality, but actually is a major impediment to it.”
* Tenure is a “ticking fiscal time-bomb”
Patrick Counihan @irishcentral April 19, 2014
The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has accused the Vatican of delaying church reform in Ireland in the wake of clerical sex abuse scandals.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has told the Irish Times that delegation sent by Rome in the wake of Murphy and Ryan reports on abuse effectively held up reform of the church in Ireland.
The delegation which included leading Irish American prelates Cardinal Sean O’Malley and Cardinal Timothy Dolan were sent to Ireland by the Vatican following the publication of the reports in 2009 to establish what went wrong in the Irish church.
Dr Martin believes the apostolic visitation delayed real reform.
He said: “The visits froze the Irish church at a particular moment and actually, in some ways, delayed reforms in the Irish church.
“My comments are not a criticism of those who carried out the visitation, but maybe a criticism of those who planned it.”
He added: “The visitation from Rome set expectations it was never going to realise and I think there are lessons to be learned for future events of that kind.
The Associated Press
ATLANTA (AP) — Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests in the latest dust-up involving the home.
The dispute involves Atlanta Catholic Archbishop Wilton Gregory's former residence, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported (http://bit.ly/19h2mCB ). Earlier this month, Gregory said he would sell a $2.2 million mansion after parishioners complained it wasn't in line with the tone of austerity Pope Francis has set. Gregory still lives in the mansion but plans to move.
Attorney Hakim Hilliard, who represents some residents near the house, said the planned renovation would create a dormitory for a half-dozen priests in a historic neighborhood zoned for single-family homes. Hilliard said the parish is trying to create a church annex in a neighborhood where such structures are not allowed, and that it should have obtained a special-use permit but did not.
Plans for the project include a chapel, bar, exercise room and other amenities, and the initial estimate for the improvements is $292,000, the Atlanta newspaper reported.
By MICHELL ELOY
There’s a new controversy involving the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta and housing, after some Buckhead residents say they oppose a plan to move some priests into a house previously inhabited by Archbishop Wilton Gregory.
Christ the King Catholic Church spokesperson Dave Fitzgerald said the church is taking a second look at its plans to move six of its priests into the home, but said the church still intends to move forward.
“We’re convinced that everything we plan to do to the property is in accordance with all city codes,” Fitzgerald said," adding later that new attention to the issue prompted the church to "revisit" its plans.
But some area residents disagree.
[Summary: The case of former priest Don Marino Genova, who is accused of pedophilia, has been sent to the Holy Office at the Vatican following a canonical trial held in Pescara.]
Dopo il processo canonico che si è svolto a Pescara ora la parola passa alla Congregazione per la dottrina della Fede, istituzione interna al Vaticano, che dovrà pronunciarsi sulla richiesta della riduzione allo stato laicale del sacerdote accusato di presunti abusi sessuali. Francesco Zanardi, presidente della Rete dell’Abuso che segue le sorti e le vicende della presunta vittima Giada Vitale, esprime un velo di preoccupazione: «Non si parla di tempi, anche perché il processo canonico non ha alcuna attinenza con quello civile. Al momento non vi è certezza neppure del fatto che Giada ottenga giustizia dalla chiesa».
The Irish Times
[Commission of Investigation Report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin (Murphy Report) via BishopAccountability.org.]
Archbishop says not enough was done to help priests after the report’s publication
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Not enough was done to help priests after the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse was published in 2009, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said.
In an interview to mark 10 years since he became archbishop in April 2004, he said it was “a fair criticism” to say that not enough had been done to deal with “the trauma of priests” after the publication of the Murphy report, but add- ed that the atmosphere “became so difficult that it wouldn’t have been easy to do that”.
A lot of priests were “genuinely traumatised” and “a polarisation came out of that”.
Soon meetings “were not about the Murphy report”. Instead, much of the reaction “was about church personalities, not about the children”.
He noted that now there was “a certain revisionism of the Murphy report abroad”, which he rejected. “The pope himself has said that he wants to take/assume a responsibility within the church for what happened. There can be no denial of that and there can be no denial that the church in which that happened had got it severely wrong,” he said.
What upset Martin most after the publication of the Murphy report was “the sort of bland apologies. It just wasn’t, to me, the sort of reaction that should be coming from a situation within the church of Jesus Christ in which you had the sort of thing said to me, ‘I studied law and in all my course there was never mention of paedophilia’.”
The Irish Times
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
At The Irish Times the default position has been and will remain that the views expressed, often robustly, by our columnists and contributors such as cartoonist Martyn Turner, are largely sacrosanct. We’re in the business of providing a platform for civilised debate between articulators of a wide range of views from left to right, social conservative to liberal, to whatever you’re having yourself, and whose presence in these pages has never implied our endorsement .
That aspiration is very much in the spirit of the obligations placed on the paper’s editors by the Irish Times Trust’s principles which require the paper to ensure that “comment and opinion shall be informed and responsible ... and special consideration shall be given to the reasonable representation of minority interests and divergent views” and to uphold “the promotion of peace and tolerance and opposition to all forms of violence and hatred, so that each man may live in harmony with his neighbour, considerate for his cultural, material and spiritual needs.”
That means, however, that there is no carte blanche , and that there are ground rules which we try to adhere to, mostly with no argument from those contributors. Civilised debate, we accept, requires the eschewing of ad hominem argument, playing the ball, not the man, and avoiding crude stereotyping.
THE IRISH TIMES has apologised for a controversial Martyn Turner cartoon, calling its publication an “editorial lapse”.
In an apology published today, the paper said that Turner “took an unfortunate and unjustified side-swipe at all priests, suggesting that none of them can be trusted with children”.
The cartoon, which was removed from the paper’s website, depicted three priests standing next to each other; the priest in the centre was holding a paper with ‘Children’s First Bill’ and ‘mandatory reporting’ written on it.
The Bill will make it mandatory for certain professions and post-holders to report incidents of harm and the risk of harm
The Irish Times’ apology today said the paper ‘regrets and apologies for the hurt caused’.
"This has, unsurprisingly, caused considerable offence and we regret and apologise for the hurt caused by the cartoon whose use in that form, we acknowledge, reflected a regretable [sic] editorial lapse."
The apology notes that the views of columnists and contributors are “largely sacrosanct”, but that under obligations placed on the paper by the Irish Times Trust, “there are ground rules”.
The Irish Times
[Vatican delegation delayed church reform, says Martin]
Full interview with head of Dublin diocese by Patsy McGarry
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin will be 10 years in that role on Saturday next, April 26th. He reflects on the past decade in an interview with Religious Affairs Correspondent Patsy McGarry.
What was the high point of the past 10 years where you are concerned?
“It was the way in which the peoples in our parishes rallied after the Murphy report (it investigated the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese and was published in November 2009) and the establishment of robust child protection facilities. It was very impressive to see how people took responsibility to address a problem and a challenge which they didn’t cause. The 2012 Eucharistic Congress was an important event. Will it go down in the corporate memory of Ireland as did the 1932 Eucharistic Congress? The answer is no.”
And the low point?
“The Murphy report. The most traumatic experience was the gathering and acquainting myself with the information involved with the report, as well as listening to victims, which is still going on. Listening to the trauma brought on them, families, spouses and children…The Murphy Commission couldn’t have worked if we hadn’t co-operated. Some say gardaí and HSE got off light. We provided information and I haven’t the slightest remorse about having done that. I believe it was absolutely important that it come out. Looking back, the most frightening for me is that we had, at the same time, 10 serial (clerical) paedophiles active in the archdiocese of Dublin (in 1970s). There’s no way you can say that was system’s failure. That was a terrible thing. It’s very hard to explain it.”
Critics of the Murphy report have been busy of late. What’s your view of them?
“There’s a certain revisionism of the Murphy report abroad. I have no mandate to defend Judge Murphy but there was a reality there. If people don’t say that shouldn’t have happened then I don’t know what world they belong in. The Pope himself has said that he wants to take/assume a responsibility within the Church for what happened. There can be no denial of that and there can be no denial that the Church in which that happened had got it severely wrong.
The Irish Times
[Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reflects on past decade]
Visitation from Rome in wake of Murphy report and Ryan report ‘froze the Irish church’
Sat, Apr 19, 2014
A delegation sent by Rome following the publication of the Murphy and Ryan reports effectively held up reform of the church in Ireland and “set expectations it was never going to realise”, Catholic Archbishop Dr Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said.
They were dispatched by the Vatican following the publication of the reports in 2009 to establish what went wrong in the Irish church.
The apostolic visitation, which comprised seven high-powered teams, “froze the Irish church at a particular moment” and “actually, in some ways, delayed reforms in the Irish church”, Archbishop Martin said.
In a veiled criticism of the Vatican, he said his comments were not a criticism of those who carried out the visitation, but “maybe a criticism of those who planned it”.
The Murphy report examined the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese and was published in November 2009. The Ryan report on abuse in residential institutions for children was published in May of the same year.
National Catholic Reporter
Brian Roewe | Apr. 18, 2014
Too much power in too few hands. Inadequate oversight. Broken communication channels and compartmentalized information. An outdated record-keeping system, and no meaningful program to audit and monitor compliance.
Those "serious shortcomings" emerged from a lay task force's six-month independent review of the policies and organizational structures within the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese related to the prevention of clergy sexual abuse of minors.
"The work of the Task Force revealed that, despite Archdiocesan policies and procedures designed to protect against clergy sexual abuse of minors, a flawed organizational structure with little oversight and accountability created opportunities for some priests to harm children," the seven-member Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force said in its 53-page report, released Monday.
Formed in October in response to accusations of mishandled abuse allegations by the archdiocese, the task force said that too much decision-making power regarding abuse allegations rested in one or two individuals who were not subject to monitoring themselves. The task force found communication "inadequate and, at times, non-existent" among the archdiocese, lay Catholics, the media and victims.
The Times (UK)
Frances Gibb Legal Editor
April 19 2014
Hundreds of women who were forced to work in appalling conditions without pay are about to receive compensation after a marathon legal battle.
The settlement, from the Irish government is the climax of a 12-year fight by London lawyers to obtain justice for the women, who worked in what were known as the Magdalene Laundries.
West Hawaii Today
By TOM CALLIS
Stephens Media Hawaii
A support group for victims of sexual abuse is asking the state Department of Human Services and Catholic Charities to explain how children were continually placed in the care of Jay Ram, accused in a lawsuit of abusing boys he fostered and adopted.
The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which helped five men previously under Ram’s care file the lawsuit against him, said Thursday it is requesting Human Services and the charity do an independent investigation of the processes that allowed dozens of boys to be placed with the former Big Island resident.
“It is time for action,” Joelle Casteix, SNAP western regional director, said in a press release. ...
The men are allowed to file the lawsuit because of a two-year window the state granted victims of abuse for cases outside the statute of limitations. That window, which doesn’t apply to criminal charges, will close Thursday.
The Legislature is considering two bills to extend that timeframe.
Bangalore, April 19: An Irish woman registered a complaint of sexual abuse by a 61-year-old Christian pastor while she was taking a nap in the air-conditioned resting room at the Bangalore railway station on Friday April 18. The foreigner was on a tour in India.
The police had arrested Kashinath (61) of Davangere immediately after the compliant was registered.
The 31-year-old tourist travelled from Hampi to Bangalore on Thursday and had booked another
train ticket to reach Ernakulam, Kerala. Since the train was scheduled at 5.30 pm, she decided to stay back and rest at the railway station.
Catholic News Service
OMAHA, Neb. — From its founding 125 years ago by six Midwestern bishops looking to obtain reasonably priced insurance on their churches, Omaha-based Catholic Mutual Group has grown to become the primary provider of property and casualty coverage for the Catholic Church in North America.
And this year, the not-for-profit organization, owned by the Catholic Church, is celebrating its anniversary by honoring founding and current members and employees, and by building on accomplishments that began when the first coverage was written Feb. 1, 1889.
"Our success is predicated on the support we get from our member dioceses and religious orders," said Michael Intrieri, president and CEO. "Without them, we wouldn't have the success we have today." ...
Helping the church respond to clergy and other sexual abuse claims, Catholic Mutual also has provided financial support through its liability coverage and helped develop and implement training and policies to prevent sexual misconduct through its risk management services.
Intrieri said Catholic Mutual's growth stems from the vision of the six bishops who founded the benevolent relief society as the Catholic Mutual Relief Society: Bishop James O'Connor of the then-Diocese of Omaha; Bishop Richard Scannell of the Diocese of Concordia, Kan. (now Salina), who succeeded Bishop O'Connor in Omaha; Bishop Martin Marty of the Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Bishop Louis Fink of the Diocese of Leavenworth, Kan. (now the Archdiocese of Kansas City); Bishop John J. Hennessy of the Diocese of Wichita, Kan.; and Bishop Thomas Bonacum of the Diocese of Lincoln.
APRIL 19, 2014
CHILD safety officers would be appointed in parishes across Perth under a proposal to eradicate sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe recently outlined to senior church personnel a draft policy to appoint child safeguarding officers with specialist training.
Common in the UK, the officers take a key role in responding to allegations of abuse and advise parishes on child protection policies.
A spokesman for Archbishop Costelloe said he was “keen to act as swiftly as possible” to strengthen the protective measures already in place.
In his Easter Sunday message, Archbishop Costelloe will today reflect on the “terrible history of abuse perpetrated by some of our diocesan clergy”.
The sermon comes days after Perth priest Patrick Holmes admitted sexually abusing two young girls more than 30 years ago.
Pope Francis recently begged the countless victims of clerical abuse to forgive him for the “evil” committed by Catholic clergy.
It was the first time any pope has personally taken responsibility for the worldwide rape and molestation of children perpetrated for decades by priests. It was the first time any pope asked pardon for the sex crimes of revered clerics — and the bishops who looked the other way.
But is it enough for this pope to go beyond the apologies and denunciations of his predecessors in addressing the stunning scope of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church? Do the many young victims, who grew up wounded because a trusted priest molested them, feel Pope Francis has their back?
No, says Toledo native Barbara Blaine, a victim of clerical abuse as a child. More than 25 years ago, she founded what is now a nationwide support and advocacy group for victims called Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
April 18, 2014
An Albany man who formerly was a priest in Corvallis has been arrested on multiple charges of encouraging child sexual abuse.
Albany Police, assisted by the state Department of Justice, executed a search warrant in the 2400 block of SE 8th Avenue in Albany at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Stanley Brittain, 39, was arrested and lodged in the Linn County jail on 25 counts of first-degree encouraging child sexual abuse and another 25 counts of second-degree encouraging child sexual abuse.
Brittain worked as a priest under the name Father Isidore until last week with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis.
The apology published by The Irish Times today is an important acknowledgment that Martyn Turner’s cartoon last Wednesday crossed a line. The cartoon caused immense upset, not on Twitter, or even in mainstream media, but among those who abhor seeing innocent people demonised.
The cartoon features three priests, one of whom is emerging from a confessional carrying a Bible. Another priest holds up the headline: Children First Bill – Mandatory Reporting. The three priests sing together: “I’d do anything for children (but I won’t do that).”
Had that been all, it would not be a daring or original cartoon, but it could be argued that it remained – just about – within the bounds of acceptable commentary. You might argue it was somewhat tasteless to mock a Catholic sacrament during Holy Week. You might even wince a bit at the satire of “singing priests”, given the best-known singing priests are humble men who raise phenomenal amounts of money for charity. However, on the right of the cartoon in small print it states: “But there is little else you can do for them [children] except stay away from them, of course.”
By: Dean Herbert
Published: Sat, April 19, 2014
Maltese Bishop Charles Scicluna is probing sexual misconduct claims surrounding O’Brien.
O’Brien, 76, stepped down as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh last year after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.
He admitted at the time that his conduct had “fallen beneath the standards” expected of him.
Bishop Scicluna has been credited with reforming the Vatican’s attitude to sexual abuse over the past decade.
It is understood he began interviewing priests and other Roman Catholic figures last week as he compiles a report on O’Brien.
Sources said that Bishop Scicluna’s investigation had seen “lots of people” questioned.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A priest who up until last week served at a Corvallis church was arrested on child porn charges Thursday, the Albany Police Department confirms.
Stanley Brittain, 39, was taken into custody Thursday and booked into the Linn County Jail on 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree following the execution of a search warrant.
Investigators were tipped off to Brittain’s alleged activity by the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.
The Albany resident, also known as “Father Isidore,” was associated as a priest for St. Anne Orthodox Church, though Father Stephen Soot said he was removed from the clergy about a week ago and was not an employee of the church.
Soot said he and the church staff were surprised by the accusations and “are doing the best they can.”
ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis priest charged with having sexual contact with boy at school
By Susan Weich email@example.com 636-493-967449
ST. LOUIS • A priest was charged Friday with sexually abusing a boy at a St. Louis Catholic school.
The same priest was previously accused of having improper contact with a teenage girl from Lincoln County, though those charges were later dismissed.
In the new case, prosecutors on Friday charged the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, 31, of the 3400 block of Lafayette Avenue in St. Louis, with two felony counts of first-degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14.
Jiang had sexual contact with a student at the St. Louis Cathedral School in the 4400 block of Maryland Avenue, police said in court documents. The boy told detectives and a forensic interviewer that Jiang had sexual contact with the boy two different times in a school bathroom between July 1, 2011, and Aug. 1, 2012.
Frank Brennan | 21 April 2014
I write to defend Cardinal Pell in the wake of Elizabeth Farrelly's claim in the Fairfax press that Pell, when appearing before Justice McClellan at the Royal Commission, proposed a 'priestly child abuse insurance scheme' and that 'if you wanted to maximize the damage already done to countless children, you'd be hard put to find a surer way or crueler'.
I am a Catholic priest, a Jesuit, but I have never been on Cardinal Pell's Christmas Card list. It got to the stage a couple of years ago that he gratuitously published the observations that 'part of the key to understanding Brennan is that he's really not well educated in the Catholic tradition — in Catholic theology' and that for the Jesuits, Jesus 'has been almost displaced by (their) enthusiasm for social justice'.
He is not one of my fans, and neither am I one of his. But I think Farrelly has unfairly kicked him when he is down. More importantly she has muddied the waters about what is a critical issue for the victims of child sexual abuse suffered within institutions, including the Catholic Church.
HAVRE, Mont. (AP) — A former Havre priest has denied federal charges that allege he took nearly $65,000 from St. Jude Thaddeus Church.
Dale Yurkovic pleaded not guilty to wire fraud and money laundering during an April 8 hearing before U.S. Magistrate Keith Strong in Great Falls. Yurkovic's trial is set for June 18, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Yurkovic served as pastor at the Havre parish from July 2009 to late 2011 and lives in Las Vegas, the Havre Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/1gQFAmx ).
The indictment alleges that in December 2009, Yurkovic deposited a $50,000 donation to the church into a credit union account he opened without the church's knowledge, then transferred the money to his personal account. Prosecutors allege he also transferred just over $14,500 from a church account to his account in February 2010.
The Assam Tribune
GUWAHATI, April 18 – Coming down heavily on the Congress party, senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy today alleged that Sonia Gandhi has secret accounts in foreign banks.
Speaking to reporters here, Swamy said that Gandhi has three accounts with a total worth of Rs 1.5 lakh crore in foreign banks and added that the Congress president withdrew $10 billion from a Vatican bank recently, said Swamy.
Gandhi withdrew the amount from the Vatican-based bank after Pope Francis recently declared that all accounts in banks based in the city state disclose the name of the account holder.
According to Swamy, Gandhi allegedly has accounts in one bank in Vatican, besides two Swiss banks – Sarasin in Basel and Pictet Bank in Zurich.
By John Killen | firstname.lastname@example.org
on April 18, 2014
A man who had until recently served as a priest at a Greek Orthodox church in Corvallis has been arrested and accused of numerous counts related to sex abuse of children.
Stanley Brittain, also known as Father Isidore, was arrested about 11:30 a.m. Thursday by detectives with the Albany Police Department at his residence in the 2400 block of Southeast Eighth Avenue in Albany.
Brittain, 39, was then placed in the Linn County Jail on accusations that include 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the first degree and 25 counts of encouraging child sexual abuse in the second degree. Brittain was serving at St. Anne's Greek Orthodox Church until last week, authorities said.
Brittain was arrested after a search warrant was executed at his residence. The search revealed evidence supporting the charges, Albany Police said. The investigation began after police received a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
by Tom Lyden
He's the focus of a nationwide manhunt, but there are still many questions about Victor Barnard. One stands out more than any other: What makes a man like that, and why would so many people follow him?
To begin to understand Victor Barnard, it's important to know who he followed. When he was just 19, Barnard met a charismatic religious leader who had tens of thousands of followers in 35 countries -- but even those who knew him back then tell Fox 9 News that something happened before Barnard went rogue with the Bible.
According to friends from that time, Barnard was a party animal back in 1979, which is when he graduated from the prestigious Breck School. In fact, they were surprised to hear he'd found God the following year in Ohio after he met the man who would become his mentor -- Dr. Victor Wierwille, the founder of a religious sect called The Way International.
Karl Kahler took theology classes with Barnard, and wrote a book on The Way International titled "The Cult that Snapped," and he told Fox 9 News that Barnard had charismatic qualities but did not stand out as unusual in Way Corps training in Kansas and Ohio in the 1980s.
Jenna Ross Minneapolis Star Tribune
Officers in Minnesota and Washington are chasing down dozens of leads in their search for Victor A. Barnard – a minister charged with sexually assaulting girls he called his “maidens” in an isolated religious sect near Finlayson, Minn.
Since charges were filed against Barnard, 52, the Pine County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office has been “absolutely inundated” with tips from across the country, Sheriff Robin Cole said Thursday. “It is nonstop.”
Washington officers and the U.S. Marshals Service are scouring the area around Spokane, Barnard’s last known residence, said Lt. Shane Nelson of the Washington State Patrol. They are canvassing previous residences and “contacting known associates that he’s talked to,” Nelson said. In the last few days, “we’ve acted on 20, 30 tips.”
The charismatic leader of the River Road Fellowship, Barnard faces 59 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with two girls who told investigators that they were 12 and 13 years old when the sexual abuse began.
Written by Steve Leader on April 18, 2014
Albany police don’t yet know if Stanley Brittain, 39, had any illegal sexual contact with children at Saint Anne Orthodox church in Corvallis where, until last week, he served as a priest known as Father Isadore.
According to Albany Police captain Eric Carter, a tip involving Brittain was received earlier this week from the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. That led to execution of a search warrant Thursday at Brittain’s home on the 2800 block of Southeast 8th Avenue in Albany.
Carter says Brittain was arrested after the search revealed evidence that supports charges of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse. (child pornography)
Anyone with information on Stanley Brittain/Father Isadore is asked to call Albany Police detectives at 541-917-7680.
New York Daily News
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Friday, April 18, 2014
An Oregon priest has been jailed after a raid at his home uncovered child pornography on his computer, according to police.
Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore of Albany, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of encouraging child sex abuse after authorities said they were tipped off to his extremely disturbing material.
Up until last week police said the 39-year-old had served as a priest at St. Anne's Greek Orthodox Church in Corvallis.
Reasoning for his leave was not provided by Albany police Cpt. Eric Carter.
"As of last week he has left the church so at this point in time, at the time of his arrest, he was still technically a priest with the Orthodox Church but not affiliated or associated with the church in Corvallis," Carter told the Daily News.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
(KMOV.com) – Authorities have issued first-degree statutory sodomy charges against Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, 31, on Friday.
Father Joseph Jiang was arrested Thursday night and, according to police, the incidents took place on the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica, where Jiang served as an associate priest.
Jiang is accused of having deviate sexual intercourse with a male victim under 14 between July 2011 and August 2012.
A statement posted on the website for the Archdiocese of St. Louis says that the allegation against Jiang “was reported through the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hot line by a family who over the past year has been pursuing a claim against the archdiocese related to their child being bullied by other students”.
The statement also says that, “the family had never claimed that their child was abused by a priest until this week”.
According to the statement, Jiang’s canonical privileges have been revoked while the investigation continues.
ALBANY, Ore. -- Albany police on Thursday arrested a Corvallis priest on child pornography charges.
Stanley Brittain, 39, who is also known as Father Isidore, was associated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis until last week, police said.
Detectives searched Brittain's Albany home Thursday morning and said they found evidence to charge him with 25 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the first degree and 25 counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree.
Albany Police said their investigation started with a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Detectives worked with the state to serve a search warrant at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Summary of Case: Rev. Brad Reynolds, s.j. was ordained a Jesuit of the Oregon Province in 1977. He rose to prominence as a photographer and writer, work that took him from Toksook Bay, Alaska to Colombia, South America. Reynolds was affiliated with Seattle and Gonzaga Universities, and worked as Assistant Formation Director for the Province. He was also a close advisor to the Provincial. In August 2008 Reynolds was accused by two "John Does" of having sexually abused them when they were minors in Toksook Bay. He was placed on leave and sent to live under supervision in a Portland Jesuit community. The Gonzaga University website in April 2014 shows Reynolds to be working at Gonzaga as Assistant Director of Campus Ministry.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER Associated Press
April 18, 2014
ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis priest previously accused of felony child endangerment and witness tampering in Lincoln County has been charged with first-degree sodomy involving another child.
St. Louis prosecutors on Friday filed two felony counts of having deviate sexual intercourse against 31-year-old Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang. He is accused of twice forcing oral sex in a Catholic school bathroom on a male victim under 14 between July 2011 and August 2012.
In a statement on its website, the Archdiocese of St. Louis said it has revoked the priest's canonical privileges and that the abuse reported to a child safety hotline came from the family of a child who had previously complained of being bullied by classmates. The statement also said that over the past year, the family "has been pursuing a claim against the archdiocese related to their child being bullied by other students."
"The family had never claimed that their child was abused by a priest until this this week," the statement said.
Vatikanstadt, 15.04.2014 (KAP) Der Vatikan legt im Mai erstmals einen Bericht über Anti-Folter-Maßnahmen für sein Staatsgebiet vor. Dabei handele es sich um ein "reguläres Verfahren", das für alle Unterzeichnerstaaten der UN-Anti-Folter-Konvention gelte, erklärte Vatikansprecher Federico Lombardi am Dienstag. Das Übereinkommen von 1984 verpflichtet alle Vertragsstaaten, Personen vor Angriffen auf ihre seelische und körperliche Identität zu schützen. Zudem müssen sie Maßnahmen treffen, um Folter zu verhindern und rechtlich zu ahnden. Der Vatikan trat der Konvention im Jahr 2002 bei. Der erste Bericht über ihre Verwirklichung wäre laut Vertragstext ein Jahr nach Inkrafttreten des Beitritts fällig gewesen.
Lombardi stellte klar, dass der Heilige Stuhl der Konvention nicht als Leitungsorgan der katholischen Kirche, sondern stellvertretend für den Staat der Vatikanstadt beigetreten sei. Zudem versicherte er, dass der Vatikan seinen Verpflichtungen auch weiter nachkommen und in regelmäßigen Abständen die vorgeschriebenen weiteren Berichte einreichen werde.
[Summary: Abuse victims will hold a vigil in front of Essen Cathedral on April 27 to protest the canonization of Pope John Paul II which will happen that day in Rome. The canonization mocks the victims of sexual violence, according to Wilfried Fesselmann, who is with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.]
Mit einer Mahnwache vor dem Essener Dom wollen Missbrauchsopfer am 27. April gegen die Heiligsprechung von Papst Johannes Paul II. am gleichen Tag in Rom protestieren. "Die Heiligsprechung verhöhnt die Opfer sexualisierter Gewalt", erklärte Wilfried Fesselmann vom Opfernetzwerk SNAP am Donnerstag. Johannes Paul II. (1920-2005) sei tief in die Vertuschung der Missbrauchsfälle involviert gewesen und tauge nicht als christliches Vorbild.
Der Opferverband fordert eine unabhängige staatliche Untersuchung der kirchlichen Missbrauchsfälle. Die von der katholischen Deutschen Bischofskonferenz beauftragte Aufarbeitung könne nicht objektiv sein. Die internationale Organisation SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Netzwerk der Überlebenden von Missbrauch durch Priester) versteht sich als Selbsthilfegruppe für Missbrauchsopfer.
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[Summary: After the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, prevention is very important and Pastor Philipp Cuck is responsible for implementation of guidelines. He said the situation has radically changed. The scandal has brought upheaval in the church which have been unthinkable years ago, he said. Many believers have left the church as a result, he added.]
Nach dem Missbrauchsskandal wird Prävention in der katholischen Kirche großgeschrieben. Pfarrer Philipp Cuck ist für die Umsetzung der Richtlinien verantwortlich. Mit ihm sprach Franz Albert Heinen über Fehler und Neuerungen. Von F.A. Heinen
„Es hat sich radikal viel verändert. So viel, dass ich ans Japsen gerate!“ Philipp Cuck ist als Pfarrer vor Ort für die Umsetzung des neuen Gesamtpakets zur Missbrauchs-Prävention zuständig. Es hat Umbrüche in der Kirche gebracht, die vor Jahren noch undenkbar gewesen wären. Nach Bekanntwerden der diversen Missbrauchs-Skandale hatten viele Gläubige die Kirche verlassen.
[Summary: Speaking about sexual abuse by clergy, Cardinal Mueller said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was never responsible only for faith and morals but also for punishment of offenses in the area of life and ministry leadership of clergy. He discusses the work on the CDF.]
Kurienkardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller ist Präfekt der vatikanischen Kongregation für die Glaubenslehre. Im ersten Teil seines Gesprächs mit der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung sprach er über Widerstände gegen seine Aufnahme ins Kardinalskollegium, die Pius-Brüderschaft, die Befreiungstheologie und die Entweltlichung der Kirche.
Im zweiten Teil des Gesprächs warnte der frühere Bischof von Regensburg vor einer Entwicklung, in der die Unauflöslichkeit der Ehe zu einer abstrakten Theorie würde, die in der Praxis keine Rolle mehr spielt. Zugleich sah er sich eins mit Papst Franziskus in der Absicht, wiederverheiratet Geschiedenen „seelsorgerlich zu helfen“.
Im dritten Teil spricht er nun über die Entschlossenheit des Vatikans, sexuelle Gewalt im Raum der Kirche nach Recht und Gesetz zu ahnden sowie über die Katholische Kirche in Deutschland.
Ah, Pope Francis you've struck another bad cord with me. It was condescending enough of you to say that atheists can go to heaven -- myself included. But now, as it's Holy Week, you're doing your Jesus bit by donning a crown of thorns and taking the rap for your employees -- priests who abused children. Dead ones as well, I presume.
In my last missive to you, "A Memo To Pope Francis," I called you Frank, which I'll continue to do because of Bob. Father Bob, precisely, my uncle the priest, long dead, and I presume in Heaven, with his other child-abusing cohorts.
What you need is a cue in from one who knows. What Father Bob (that's what I called him, never Uncle Bob) did to me happened long ago. I don't talk about it much. What's done is done. What's the use of hanging on to something you can't do anything about.
What isn't done is this construct called "the healing process." Get on with it. I did. I do. One does. What's not healed, nor never will ever be, is the PTS of being abused by a priest, let alone a relative, and have no one, no one at all to tell it to back then.
Bill Gothard Denies 'Sexual Intent' in Hugs, Foot Contact With Young Ladies in Statement Following Resignation
BY NICOLA MENZIE , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
April 18, 2014
Bill Gothard, an influential conservative Christian leader in the homeschooling movement, has released a statement denying allegations that he sexually harassed women and teen girls. He insists in the statement that his behavior toward those whom he favored, such as holding hands or touching the feet or hair of young ladies, was never carried out "immorally or with sexual intent."
In his statement publicized via his Twitter account Thursday night, Gothard addressed ways in which he believes he failed in his leadership of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which he quit last month more than 50 years after founding the nonprofit organization.
"For many years I have been building the Institute but losing my first love for the Lord," Gothard, 79, writes in the statement, which appears in full at the end of this report.
"I was finding value and affirmation from the accomplishments of the ministry and those involved in it instead of filling this void in my life with God and His love. I have repented in deep sorrow. However, over the years many people have been offended in different ways because of my lack of genuine love."
Gothard goes on to suggest that putting the Institute in Basic Life Principles' goals ahead of people's needs harmed relationships and led to unhealthy standards and expectations.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Susan Weich email@example.com 636-493-96742
ST. LOUIS • A Catholic priest who was previously accused of having improper contact with a teenage girl from Lincoln County has been arrested on new sex-related allegations in St. Louis.
The Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, 30, was booked Thursday into the St. Louis Jail for statutory sodomy involving a child younger than 14. No criminal charges have been filed yet and little is known about the case.
The charges in the Lincoln County case were dismissed in November.
The accuser in that case and her family attended the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, where Jiang was associate pastor. The charges of child endangerment and witness tampering — Jiang had been accused of leaving a $20,000 check for the family as hush money — were dismissed without comment from Prosecutor Leah Askey.
Jiang has been closely tied to St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson since Jiang came to the United States as a young seminarian from China in 2006. As part of the criminal case, Carlson was questioned in a deposition.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
CBS St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Father Joseph Jiang, an associate priest at the Cathedral Basilica who was previously accused of sexual misconduct, was arrested again Thursday night.
Police are seeking five counts of having sex with a minor.
According to a statement posted on the website for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, the allegation against Jiang “was reported through the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline by a family who over the past year has been pursuing a claim against the archdiocese related to their child being bullied by other students.” Until this week, the statement notes, the family had never claimed their child was abused by a priest.
Jiang voluntarily surrendered yesterday, and his canonical privileges have been suspended while the police decide whether to bring charges against him.
In 2012, Jiang was accused of molesting a teenage girl and witness tampering, when authorities alleged he wrote a $20,000 check to the family as hush money. In 2013, charges were then dropped.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis
April 18, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact:
Executive Director of Communications and Planning
The Archdiocese of St. Louis was made aware of a new allegation of misconduct with a minor against Fr. Joseph Jiang. The allegation was reported through the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline by a family who over the past year has been pursuing a claim against the archdiocese related to their child being bullied by other students. The family had never claimed that their child was abused by a priest until this week. Fr. Jiang voluntarily surrendered yesterday at the request of police pending a decision whether charges are going to be brought.
Per the protocol of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Fr. Jiang’s canonical privileges have been fully revoked while this allegation is being considered. The Archdiocese of St. Louis will cooperate fully with law enforcement during their investigation of this matter. Prayers are requested for everyone involved.
Criminal charges against Fr. Jiang involving a separate allegation of inappropriate contact with a high school aged minor were dismissed in November 2013. In the dismissal order the Court noted that the evidence established Fr. Jiang had never been alone with the child.
The Archdiocese of St. Louis encourages all persons with reports of misconduct with a minor involving a member of the clergy or other church personnel to contact Deacon Phil Hengen, Director of Child and Youth Protection, at 314.792.7704, the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 800.392.3738, or law enforcement officials.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
April 18, 2014, by Vera Culley
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis priest has turned himself into police after new allegations of abuse surfaced. The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline received new allegations of misconduct with a minor against Father Joseph Jiang.
Now the St. Louis police are applying for warrants.
Jiang voluntarily surrendered on Thursday pending a decision on whether charges will be brought against him.
Back in November, a judge thew out the child endangerment charges against Father Jiang in a separate case in which he was accused of molesting a teenage girl from Franklin County.
In a statement posted to the St. Louis Archdiocese website, the Archdiocese says Jiang’s canonical privileges have been revoked while police investigate the allegations. That is standard protocol for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.
ALBANY, OR (KPTV) -
A priest known as Father Isidore who was associated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis has been arrested on child pornography charges.
Albany police said Stanley Brittain, aka Father Isidore, is being held in jail on charges of encouraging child sex abuse.
Police detectives raided a home in the 2400 block of Southeast Eighth Avenue on Thursday morning, and they said they found evidence supporting the child porn charges. A police spokesman didn't elaborate on the evidence.
The investigation began when the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force passed along a tip to Albany police regarding Brittain.
A priest with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis was arrested Thursday on child pornography charges.
Stanley Brittain, known to his parishioners as Father Isodore, was arrested around 11:30 a.m. after Albany police detectives, with help from the Oregon Department of Justice, executed a search warrant at his Albany residence on the 2400 block of Eighth Avenue Southeast.
He was booked in the Linn County Jail on 25 counts each of first-degree encouraging child sex abuse and second-degree encouraging child sex abuse.
The investigation began after the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force tipped off the Albany Police Department.
by KGW Staff
Posted on April 18, 2014
ALBANY -- An Albany priest has been arrested on accusations of child sex abuse.
Stanley Brittain, 39, was taken into custody by Albany police after a tip from the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
He surrendered without incident at an Albany home. He is known as Father Isidore and until last week, was affiliated with the St. Anne Orthodox Church in Corvallis, police said.
Summary of Case: Harold Francis Quigg was ordained a priest of the Seattle archdiocese in 1960. Over much of four decades he ministered in parishes - as an assistant, then pastor - until his 2002 retirement. The Official Catholic Directory shows him during 1987-1988 to have been on 'Special Assignment' and 'Medical Leave'. In a June 2003 report the archdiocesan Review Board stated that there was sufficient evidence to support an allegation that Quigg sexually abused a 17-year-old, but that the church's age of consent at the time of the abuse was 16. The Board determined that Quigg's "actions were egregious so as to make him unsuitable for the priesthood."
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Friday, April 18
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com )
Fr. Joseph Jiang has been arrested for a second time on child sex charges against a second victim. Our hearts ache for this family and for every family that has been hurt by this cunning predator and by his Catholic supervisors – especially Archbishop Robert Carlson – who repeatedly refuse to take simple steps to protect innocent children from child molesting clerics.
We say it often and we'll say it again: Now is not the time for complacency. Anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by Fr. Jiang must call the police. Jiang escaped prosecution last time because his lawyer shrewdly exploited a legal technicality. If could happen again. But if most people who share their knowledge of and suspicions about Fr. Jiang find the courage to speak up, the chances that he'll be convicted and kept away from kids will increase dramatically.
We desperately hope that the child in this case hasn't been sexually assaulted by Fr. Jiang during the past two years since the first accusation against him surfaced. Time and time again, we begged Carlson to put Jiang in a remote, secure, independently run treatment center so that kids would be safe. Carlson ignored our plea. So if this victim was hurt during that period, the blame lies squarely with Carlson.
We hope this case will serve to remind Catholics that the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse reports against priests, nuns, bishops, and seminarians turn out to be true. We hope that in the future, parishioners will be more reluctant to immediately and hurtfully express public support for an accused predator priest. We hope they will avoid rushing to judgment and show their concern for alleged child molesters privately, not publicly.
THE IRISH TIMES is to publish an explanation in tomorrow’s edition of the newspaper as to why a Martyn Turner cartoon was removed from its website.
The cartoon, which was published on Wednesday, was accessible at this link, but is no longer available.
It is also gone from the archive of Martyn Turner cartoons on the Irish Times website.
The cartoon showed three priests standing next to each other; the priest in the centre was holding a paper with ‘Children’s First Bill’ and ‘mandatory reporting’ written on it.
Director of Communicaions
Archdiocese of Newark
I’m responding to The Express-Times editorial about the archbishop of Newark’s retirement home (“Bishops’ homes are over the top,” April 16).
In the days since the Faithful America petition was delivered, we have reviewed it thoroughly. From a claimed 22,500 signatures (their number/statement):
* Only 483 names claim residency in the archdiocese. However, none of these provided evidence or corroboration of affiliation as donors, parishioners, or members of the Catholic faith. (Of the 483, only 13 are actual signatures.)
* There are numerous duplicate entries/listing of names.
* 100 pages (two-sided) in the document are totally blank.
* 50 pages of blogging appear (as if lifted from newspaper sources).
* 98 percent of the document is a typed listing of names/towns from states other than New Jersey — primarily the Midwest and West Coast (including Alaska and Hawaii), with no apparent evidence or corroboration of the individuals’ affiliation with the Catholic Church.
An extensive number of names in this document clearly indicates the petitioner is a member of the clergy of a Protestant or other denomination, given designations as Reverend and Mrs., Reverend and Mr., Pastor Jill, etc.
ST. LOUIS (MO)
Posted on April 17, 2014
(KMOV.com) – Police said they will seek charges Friday against a local priest who was previously accused of sexual misconduct.
News 4 has learned Father Joseph Jiang was arrested Thursday night. Police said they will push to have Jiang charged with five counts of having sex with a minor. Jiang was an associate priest at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis.
Jiang was previously charged with sexually abusing a minor, and witness tampering after he was accused of molesting a teenage girl in Old Monroe, Mo. in 2013. Authorities alleged he tried to pay the victim’s family $20,000 in hush money. Those charges were dropped in November.
The New York Times
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
APRIL 18, 2014
Each time Pope Francis speaks out, he seems to be evolving in his view of how well the Roman Catholic Church has been dealing with the grave historical legacy created by priests who raped and abused children. Last month he was decidedly defensive about a United Nations report that criticized the church. Francis insisted “no one else has done more” than the church to address the scandal, “yet the church is the only one to have been attacked.”
This month, on the other hand, the pope took a different tone in stepping forward to stress his own responsibility as a leader “compelled to personally take on all the evil” that some priests — “quite a few in number” — committed against children.
Without being specific, Francis promised the imposition of sanctions, presumably against those who committed or covered up the abuses. He offered no concrete measures, though he did venture a step beyond his Vatican predecessors in personally taking responsibility for confronting the problem.
“It is personal moral damage carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward regarding how we will deal with this problem,” the pope promised in impromptu remarks at the Vatican to a French children’s welfare organization. “On the contrary, we have to be even stronger, because you cannot interfere with children.”
As welcome as the pope’s words were, advocates for abused victims properly asked whether and when they will see deeds to go with the talk. “Until he takes some actions, it’s hard to believe that his request for forgiveness is serious,” said Barbara Dorris of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
Scottish Catholic Observer
The new Bishop of Paisley has opted not to move into the diocesan bishop’s house, instead choosing to live in a parish house in a less affluent part of the diocese.
Bishop John Keenan of Paisley said he wanted to ‘be close to the people of our times.’
In an interview with the Herald newspaper, Bishop Keenan echoed Pope Francis’ concerns that the poor have been ‘abandoned by society and the Church,’ and said he wanted to reflect ‘a Church out on the street, not one that’s comfortable in the chapel.’
“I’ve just come from living in a university chaplaincy with a dozen students so I’ve been living surrounded with the buzz of life and fun,” Bishop Keenan said. “When I was thinking about becoming a bishop I was keen to take as much of that into my new life, finding people who could form a family with me and support me. Priests in Paisley found me a place in St Laurence’s, Greenock.”
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.
Updated Arpil 17, 2014
The cartoon by Martyn Turner published in the Irish Times yesterday, April 16, showed three priests standing next to each other singing, "I'd do anything for children (But I won't do that)" meaning break the seal of confession and report pedophiles (who went to them in Confession) to authorities . The priest in the centre held a paper that has “Children’s First Bill” and “mandatory reporting” written on it referring to Ireland’s Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald who has said that the Children First Bill will make it mandatory for certain professions (including priests in the Sacrament of Confession _and post-holders to report incidents of harm and the risk of harm to the Child and Family Agency. Some Irish priests have been vocal that they will never break the Seal of Confession and wrote to the Irish Times "I wish to object, in the strongest terms possible, to your publication of Martyn Turner’s bigoted, nasty and downright disgraceful cartoon" and "I am registering my absolute disgust and abhorrence at the cartoon..." .
By Ruben Rosario
Many well-intentioned reports urging change are only as good as their implementation.
Which gives me an opening here to address the findings released this week by the seven-member Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards task force. The panel was assigned to look into how the local archdiocese mishandled clergy child abuse and misconduct cases in recent years and to recommend changes.
Not surprisingly, the task force found "serious shortcomings" in the way the archdiocese handled the cases of one priest found with adult pornography in his possession and another priest arrested, convicted and serving time for abusing minors while a pastor in a parish on St. Paul's East Side.
Conducting criminal background checks on priests every six years, creating an anonymous abuse complaint hotline, making the Delegate for a Safe Environment a mandated reporter and having all misconduct allegations reviewed by the archdiocese's Clergy Review Board were among its recommendations.
But what the task force did not do has drawn criticism for the report. A clergy victims group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said the report failed to name names or to assign blame to those who "ignored, hid, minimized or enabled heinous crimes against children."
The West Australian
The leader of Australia's largest Anglican Diocese says the resurrection of Jesus Christ is relevant to all Australians.
In his Easter message, Sydney Archbishop Dr Glenn Davies says the theme can be found in popular culture, including references to sporting and political "comebacks".
He gave the example of former prime minister John Howard's description of himself as "Lazarus with a triple bypass".
"Even a triple bypass would not have saved Lazarus from dying yet again - only Jesus can perform the heart operation that brings eternal life, for only he has conquered death on the cross," he said.
Meanwhile, a western Sydney Bishop says the Catholic Church has been shamed by the ongoing Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Bishop of Parramatta, the Most Reverend Anthony Fisher, says the Church was brought to its knees in shame by the commission, which has heard allegations of child sex abuse by priests.
The West Australian
April 18, 2014
The appeal of the red shield will have lost its aura of quaint goodness after the second public hearing into how the Salvation Army treated victims of abuse.
It was not only the stories of stomach-churning child abuse that happened years ago that stopped Australia in its tracks this time.
What the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse laid bare over the past three weeks is a 19th century Christian charity struggling to realise it has to come into the 20th, never mind the 21st century.
"They just don't get it," said Leonie Sheedy, co-founder of Care Leavers Australia Network.
Sheedy and the members of her organisation have been at the Sydney hearings to support the men and women who had sad, sad childhoods in Salvation Army homes.
By The Associated Press
ENFIELD, Conn. >> Authorities say a former East Windsor priest sexually assaulted a teenage parishioner, making the boy remove his clothes for his paychecks and causing him to seek hospital treatment for the abuse.
The Journal Inquirer reports that according to an arrest warrant unsealed in Enfield Superior Court on Tuesday, the Rev. Paul Gotta was charged on March 31 with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. Police say the incidents occurred between January 2012 and February 2013.
His lawyer did not immediately return a call Thursday morning seeking comment.
By Michael Martinez and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
(CNN) -- Texas authorities initiated the seizure of the 1,600-acre ranch where prosecutors say polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs and others sexually abused children, officials said Thursday.
The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Schleicher County Sheriff's Office met Wednesday afternoon with two residents of the Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado, Texas, and those occupants said eight adults live there, a DPS spokesman said Thursday.
Authorities provided the residents with copies of court orders directing the state to take possession of the forfeited ranch, state officials said.
"Law enforcement personnel are working with the occupants of the ranch to take all reasonable actions to assist with their departure of the property, to preserve the property, and to successfully execute the court order," the state agency said.
The state obtained the final judgment of forfeiture on January 6, authorities said. The Attorney General's Office filed for the seizure of the property in 2012.
Author: Paul Venema, Reporter, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published On: Apr 17 2014
SAN ANTONIO -
A woman who once worked for Douglas Phillips, a former elder in a Boerne church and president of Vision Forum Inc. a Christian home-schooling organization, has sued Phillips claiming he kept her as “his personal sex object."
Phillips has admitted having an extra-marital affair with the woman, Lourdes Torres-Manteufel, and has since stepped down from his role in the church and reduced his involvement with the home-schooling organization.
“The evidence, I’m sure, is going to exonerate Mr. Phillips,” his lawyer Jason Jakob said.
Jakob suggested that the lawsuit is simply about money.
“You’ve got somebody asking for $10 to $20 million dollars and who thinks that if nothing else they can ride this to a personal gain and be able to write books or whatever,” Jakob said.
The woman’s attorney, David Gibbs, insisted that money was not his client’s consideration.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee won a victory in its bankruptcy Thursday when U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley agreed to move forward with a key document that, once approved, would put the local church one step closer to exiting its 3-year old Chapter 11 proceedings.
Kelley stressed Thursday that she was not taking up the archdiocese's reorganization plan, only its accompanying disclosure statement, which is intended to give creditors enough information to vote on the plan.
Attorneys for the creditors committee, which includes sex abuse survivors, had asked Kelley to delay acting on the statement. They argued the judge should first decide a separate point of contention: whether the archdiocese had the right to include in the reorganization plan that a pending lawsuit over $60 million in archdiocesan cemetery funds would be settled.
Kelley denied those requests, saying she was determined to move the case forward.
"I am very sensitive to finishing this case," the judge told a packed courtroom and more than 15 attorneys.
APRIL 17, 2014
BY ALFRED DOBLIN
Alfred P. Doblin is the editorial page editor of The Record. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow AlfredPDoblin on Twitter.
LAST YEAR, Pope Francis made headlines for washing the feet of inmates at a juvenile detention center. Not only did the pope break with the Holy Thursday tradition of the pope only washing the feet of 12 priests, Francis included women and Muslims.
This Holy Thursday, the pope traveled to a home for seniors and the disabled. Again he broke with tradition. The washing of feet is symbolic of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. While it is common in parish churches for priests to wash the feet of men and women, that was not the case in Rome until Francis.
If Pope John XXIII opened the windows of the Church, Pope Francis is smashing them. And back here in New Jersey, Newark Archbishop John Myers is installing double-pained glass ones in the 3,000-square-foot extension to his 4,500-square-foot weekend house in anticipation of his retirement.
I had an opportunity to read what appeared to be a form letter to a former contributor to the archdiocese. Myers wrote that he hoped this former donor would reconsider his decision not to contribute because of the negative press Myers was receiving about his retirement home.
Having spent a decade in and about the chanceries of three Catholic dioceses, I know a crisis when I see it and I know crisis management. Such a letter is not generated for one complaint. And while Myers may hope this particular crisis fades, that is not likely. You cannot hide a 7,500-square-foot mansion.
SARAH MACDONALD – PUBLISHED 18 APRIL 2014
An Irish priest who was expelled from the priesthood in 2004 by Pope John Paul II for abusing children in the US has been excommunicated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
The Archbishop imposed the church's most serious sanction on Clive Lynn in February when it emerged that the former priest was refusing to abide by the terms of his dismissal, which prevented him presenting himself as a priest.
It is the first excommunication imposed by the Archbishop in his 10 years as leader of the largest diocese in Ireland.
A spokeswoman for the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin told the Irish Independent that no live sexual abuse complaint against Lynn exists in Dublin, otherwise the matter would have been referred to gardai. "He never served as a priest in Ireland," the spokeswoman added.
A series of allegations have been made in the US parishes in which he served in the 1970s and 1980s.
April 17, 2014
SARAH MAC DONALD – PUBLISHED 18 APRIL 2014 02:30 AM
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has strongly backed fellow clergy as he hit out at unfair media "unjustly" tarnishing all priests.
The senior clergyman said many priests and lay people had been left hurt by a cartoon based on the current controversy over the sanctity of the confessional.
"I am a strong believer in freedom of speech and of the vital role of satire in social criticism, but I object to anything that would unjustly tarnish all good priests with the unpardonable actions of some," the Archbishop said in his homily for the Chrism Mass in Dublin's Pro Cathedral.
In an affirmation of his clergy, Dr Martin stated that there are "great priests in the Archdiocese of Dublin."
Víctima de Karadima y organizaciones civiles protestan por falta de apoyo de la Iglesia en temas de abuso sexual
[Summary: A group of people led by Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of abuse by priest Fernando Karadima, protested outside the Santiago cathedral against Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati. They believe the church and Ezzati have not been supportive of the victims and the church has not done enough to ensure protection of children.]
En las afueras de la Catedral de Santiago, un grupo encabezado por Juan Carlos Cruz -una de las víctimas del sacerdote Fernando Karadima- desarrolla una protesta en contra del arzobispo metropolitano, Ricardo Ezzati, quien realiza su primera misa tras ser nombrado cardenal por parte del Vaticano.
"Sabemos que hay religiosos que son buenos, pero con gente como (el ex arzobispo) Errázuriz y (el actual arzobispo de Santiago) Ricardo Ezzati no vamos a salir adelante nunca", dijo Cruz, refiriéndose a la falta de diálogo que la Iglesia ha mostrado en nuestro país, respecto de los abusos que miembros de la Iglesia han cometido en contra de niños durante los últimos años.
After years in the courts, the bankruptcy of the Milwaukee Archdiocese case was set before a federal judge Thursday.
Attorneys must explain to their creditors several different issues in their bankruptcy reorganization plan.
First, they must explain why the sexual abuse victims are being split up into categories with the intention of only paying some of the victims. They must also prove why they aren't borrowing more money from their cemetery funds.
The Irish Times
New law on reporting abuse should recognise seal of confession can aid child safety
Fr Chris Hayden
In Catholic practice, the “client privilege” associated with the sacrament of confession is guaranteed by what is known as the “seal” of the sacrament. This term refers to the fact that what the penitent
discloses to the priest remains sealed. Under no circumstances can a priest pass on to a third party what he has learned about a person in confession. In principle, a penitent could subsequently authorise a priest to pass on, or act upon, information first disclosed in the sacrament, but this would not prejudice the sacramental seal.
Here are two scenarios that relate to the controversy sparked by the recently published Children First Bill on mandatory reporting of child abuse.
First, the sacramental seal is perceived no longer to apply where child abuse is concerned. In this scenario, the likelihood that priests will hear anything that might be of assistance to the Health Service Executive or the Garda Síochána is virtually zero. The insistence that mandatory reporting applies to the confessional will, in practice, make it inapplicable to the confessional. This is a circle that no legislation can square.
The second scenario is the one that obtains at present, where the sacramental seal is understood to be inviolable. Guaranteed confidentiality makes it likely (and the likelihood is far from zero) that priests may, from time to time, be in a position of encouraging people to take a step towards healing, or to contact the authorities.
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.
Updated April 17, 2014 Holy Thursday
Whatever theatrics Pope Francis – as the pretender and impostor of Jesus - will play this Holy Week especially the washing and kissing of feet are all Opus Dei PR Deceits Team + Hollywood strategies that “lie for a living” and the chrism oil which Pope Francis blessed are all panacea and cover-up for his ‘hidden heist in the Holy See’, read more here http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/hidden-heist-in-holy-see-biggest-heist.html.
The Roman Colosseum is once again the site of ancient Roman bloody spectacle come alive except that this time it is poor Jesus and his bloody Stations of the Cross which are re-enacted in Vatican hypocritical feel-good theatrics of Pope Francis - as the great pretender and impostor of Jesus - holding a not-heavy cross and jawing a lot of hollow holy words – to cover-up his own worst crime - the biggest heist in mankind’s history, read here http://pope-francis-con-christ.blogspot.ca/2014/02/hidden-heist-in-holy-see-biggest-heist.html. The crime of Pope Francis is worse than King Herod’s and Pontius Pilate’s crimes combined! The 1.2 billion Catholics better wake up to this current Pope Francis crime before it is too late to make him and the Vatican accountable. SNAP and victims of pedophile priests are there - alive to tell their stories – decades later - to challenge and sue dioceses and the Vatican in the secular courts of law including the UN.
Green Bay Press-Gazette
MILWAUKEE — The Archdiocese of Milwaukee must explain in documents being sent to its creditors why its bankruptcy reorganization plan classifies sexual abuse victims into categories, with plans to pay one group and not others, a federal bankruptcy judge ordered Thursday.
The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in 2011, saying it would not have the money to pay if lawsuits filed by clergy sexual abuse victims went against it. The reorganization plan filed in February would provide about $4 million to pay nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others from compensation.
The archdiocese has maintained that it is liable only for abuse committed by its priests, and people who were abused by religious order priests or lay people working in schools or parishes should seek compensation from those organizations. Victims believe the archdiocese has responsibility for all priests and lay people working within its boundaries.
Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley told the archdiocese’s lawyers to explain in documents going to creditors why the plan divided victims into groups to be paid or not paid instead of turning the money over to them and letting them decide how to divide it up, which is how other church bankruptcies have been handled.
Lawyers for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of clergy sexual abuse are arguing over what creditors will be told before they vote on the archdiocese's bankruptcy reorganization plan.
The plan the archdiocese filed in February would provide about $4 million to compensate nearly 130 victims, but it would exclude hundreds of others.
Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley told the archdiocese's lawyers during a Thursday hearing to explain why the plan would give money to one group of victims and not others instead of letting the victims decide among themselves how the money would be divided.
That information will be included in documents sent to creditors who will vote on the plan. Kelley will consider the votes in deciding whether to approve the plan.
Claire Galofaro, The Courier-Journal; 6:21 p.m. EDT April 17, 2014
A dying Catholic priest was sentenced to spend 15 years in prison Thursday for molesting a boy four decades ago, despite his plea that the jury consider his age and his illness, then be merciful.
James Schook, 66, was convicted of three counts sodomy and one count indecent or immoral practice for molesting a teenage altar boy for years in the 1970s, beginning when he was 13. The jury could have chosen a minimum sentence of two years, or a maximum of 25.
Schook's sentencing ends a sordid chapter in the local Catholic sex abuse crisis. The Archdiocese of Louisville, like others across the nation, has for years been accused of protecting pedophile priests and the church's reputation — at the expense of children.
Schook, a Roman Catholic priest with end-stage melanoma, was tried this week for abusing two boys. The jury convicted him in only one of the cases.
"I'm sad that it had to come to this," said Colleen Powell, a member of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who joined Schook's victims at the trial. "These two guys went through all this turmoil, it took this long. They are heroes, absolute heroes for coming forward and holding Mr. Schook's feet to the fire."
By Emily Gurnon
A priest who took a voluntary leave of absence in November for past sexual misconduct not involving children has returned to his New Prague churches.
A written statement on the website of the New Prague Area Catholic Community said the Rev. David Barrett returned to public ministry over the weekend.
Barrett, 49, did not immediately return a call and an email seeking comment Thursday.
The website statement quoted him as saying his past behaviors included "angry outbursts, inappropriate staring at women, and inappropriate sexual misconduct with non-parishioner adult females, which was over a decade ago.
By Janelle MacDonald
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A pedophile priest convicted of crimes committed decades ago was sentenced to 15 years Thursday, but Father James Schook is still not behind bars.
Like so many things in this case, the reason for that all goes back to Father Schook's health. It was a major issue in the delays getting him to trial, it came up as his attorneys argued for leniency during the sentencing phase Thursday and it will allow him to remain out of jail for the next six weeks even though he's been convicted.
Schook, now convicted of molesting a boy back in the 1970s, walked into court Thursday not with sheriff's deputies in handcuffs, but in street clothes, using the walker that helps him get around.
His attorney argued jurors should take the former priest's health into account when handing down their sentence.
"Here's the prescription list and here are the doctor appointments," said David Lambertus.
Lambertus said Schook has terminal skin cancer, coronary artery disease and COPD.
by NANCY SCHEPER-HUGHES
Dedicated to Jack Kernaghan, SJ.
There are sins and there are mortal sins. There are crimes and there are heinous crimes. Finally, there are abominations, sins so violent and godless that they cried out to heaven for vengeance–or so I was taught in catechism class in Brooklyn in the 1950s.
Today some of those abominations would fall under the secular judicial category of war crimes and crimes against humanity. But, we were told, all human transgressions, even the most heinous and abominable, can be forgiven by God. This is the solid bedrock of Roman Catholic doctrine on the question of sin, confession and forgiveness. It would be vainglorious and prideful to assume that any human act, no matter how egregious, could trump or surpass the absolute and limitless Divine Mercy of God. But there are conditions to be met. First, the penitent must make a full, detailed, and complete confession. No dirty little secrets can be held back in the confessional.
(“Bless me father for I have sinned”). This includes an admission of personal guilt and responsibility (“Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa” — it was my fault, my most grievous fault). The confession must be followed by a sincere act of contrition. (“I am sorry for these sins because they offend Thee, my God, and Your infinite goodness”). Lastly, absolution and forgiveness requires the expression of firm resolve to sin no more and to resist the temptations to do evil.
Thus, even the most heinous crimes against humanity committed by the generals and their henchmen during the Argentine Dirty War (1973-1982) could technically be forgiven and erased. The Proceso de Reorganización (the military dictatorship’s name for the war) turned ordinary people into enemies of the state and waged a war through the process of limpieza, a political cleansing of dangerous and dirty elements, subversives, beginning with leftist guerrillas, those suspected of supporting the left, union leaders, university students, artists, writers, journalists, psychoanalysts, nuns and priests who lived and worked with the poor, and then going after the politically neutral, the unaligned, until finally the crazy generals went after the merely ‘indifferent’.
Voice from the Desert
I am going to be speaking on a public panel on behalf of childhood victims of sexual abuse at the San Francisco Justice Summit on April 23, 1014. The panel is debating the fairness of convicting an accused perpetrator based on the mere recollection of the incident by an alleged victim. The panel will be discussing the issue of the reliability of “memories of childhood sexual abuse”. I am opposing the memory experts and defense attorneys who claim that memories of being raped, or sexually abused as a child are not credible. Many of the defense attorneys, memory experts, and support groups for accused sex offenders are stating that alleged victims of rape and sex abuse, especially children, are not able to accurately recall their past – especially a supposed traumatic incident.
Some neurological scientists who study brain activity and memory, claim that the recollection of a repressed memory is totally undependable. They further state that even normal recalled memories of childhood sex abuse, which were not blocked out and repressed, aren’t valid memories either. These experts who defend accused perpetrators state that any memories of childhood experiences are tainted, exaggerated, embellished and imagined, and cannot be relied upon at all to convict an accused offender. They go on to explain that in a case where there is a claim for PTSD, the condition itself will render the memory invalid, because the victim has a damaged brain by virtue of having a traumatic disorder.The memory experts for the defense also state that many alleged victims actually believe their tainted memories, and theses memories are called “false memories”.
I was asked to speak at the conference because I had previously sued the Roman Catholic Church and a priest for child sex abuse in a jury trial in the S. F. Bay Area. The defense for the cleric in that case claimed that my memory was a “false memory”. They stated that my memory was fabricated, and I may have actually believed that my false memories of the sex abuse were real - or I was lying. In the past several years, many highly publicized cases of childhood sex abuse have been brought to the forefront in the media. This has sparked a lot of public debate over the validity of childhood memories, no matter if the memories were constant, recalled, or repressed.
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests
For immediate release: Thursday, April 17, 2014
For more info: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, CA, SNAP Western Regional Director (949) 322-7434, firstname.lastname@example.org, Barb Dorris of St. Louis, MO, SNAP Outreach Director, (314) 503-0003, email@example.com
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A support group for sex abuse victims is urging Catholic Charities and Hawaii state officials and to investigate how a predator was able to foster children.
Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are urging the two organizations to answer questions about how so many boys were placed in the care of Jay Ram. And investigate Roselyn Viernes, who is the head of East Hawaii Child Welfare Services in Hilo, and was the social worker responsible for placing the children in foster homes.
Ram, who is also known as Gary Winnick, is accused of sexually abusing boys that he fostered and adopted in California and Hawaii. He is believed to be the Tampa Florida area. A recent documentary chronicles Ram’s abuse. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2sFheAc1rQ