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March 27, 2015

Church intern arrested for sexually assaulting multiple children

MISSOURI
Fox 2

FEBRUARY 11, 2014, BY ANDY BANKER

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A California man cannot escape allegations he molested boys in St. Louis County nearly seven years ago; boys he met while he was an intern the First Christian Church of Florissant on Patterson Road.

Brandon Milburn, is locked up in the St. Louis County Jail.

He’s charged with 6 counts of statutory sodomy.

His bail is set at $100,000 cash only.

Milburn is accused of repeatedly molesting the boys at their homes beginning in 2007.

KY--Ex-Louisville church worker to be sentenced re abuse

KENTUCKY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Friday, March 27

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, 314 566 9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

A Louisville native and former church employee will be sentenced soon for molesting boys in Missouri. We urge his former colleagues in his Louisville congregation to aggressively seek out others who he may have assaulted.

[Fox2]

In January, Brandon Milburn pleaded guilty to seven counts of sodomy with two kids under the age of 12 in a St. Louis County courthouse. From October of 2008 to April of 2009, he worked at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville.

It’s crucial that law enforcement officials know as much as possible about Milburn’s crimes so he can be appropriately sentenced. It’s also crucial that every person he hurts be found and helped. And it’s crucial that any of Milburn’s church supervisors or colleagues who may have concealed his crimes also be prosecuted.

So we beg anyone who has seen, suspected or suffered Milburn’s crimes – or cover ups by church staff – to call police and prosecutors in Missouri immediately.

He could be sentenced to life in prison.

Milburn returned to Louisville in December 2007 after graduating from college in December of 2007 and was hired by Southeast Christian Church as an Atmosphere and Media Tech.

(In Missouri, he worked at First Christian Church in Florissant, in north St. Louis county. The pastor there is Rev. Tyler Brown. Milburn also worked at Gateway Christian Church in west St. Louis county.)

(In Feb. 2014, he was arrested in Valencia, CA, about 35 miles north of Los Angeles, where he worked at the Real Life Church. In 2010, he was an intern at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, California.)

Doing and saying nothing keeps churches unhealthy and keeps kids in danger. Please, search your conscience, find some courage and call us or law enforcement if you have any information or suspicions about Milburn.

HIA witness ruling overturned by Court of Appeal

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A woman who wants to testify at the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) is not entitled to legal representation at public expense, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

The decision overturned an earlier ruling by the High Court.

The inquiry had said witnesses did not need legal representation, nor should it be met by public funding.

In January, the High Court said that decision was wrong, but on Friday the Court of Appeal overturned the ruling.

The inquiry is examining allegations of child abuse in children's homes and other residential institutions in Northern Ireland from 1922 to 1995.

Nuncio apostólico: "No se le ha escondido nada a la Santa Sede"

CHILE
La Tercera

[Apostolic Nuncio: "There was hiding anything to the Holy See".]

por Sergio Rodríguez - 27/03/2015

“Estoy tranquilo, cumpliendo mi deber”, dijo ayer el nuncio apostólico, Ivo Scapolo, tras la ceremonia de inauguración del año judicial eclesiástico 2015, de la diócesis de Santiago, efectuada en un salón junto a la Catedral Metropolitana (ver recuadro).

A este acto, encabezado por el cardenal Ricardo Ezzati, Scapolo asistió en su calidad de delegado del Papa Francisco. Y, por primera vez, se refirió a la designación de Juan Barros como obispo de Osorno, quien fue acusado por los denunciantes del sacerdote Karadima de ser “encubridor” del ex párroco de El Bosque.

“Lo que yo he podido constatar, estando allí, es que la gran mayoría de los que estaban en la iglesia tenían globos blancos. Era gente que ama a su obispo, que es un enviado del Santo Padre. Y había una minoría que, con mucho ruido, le faltaba el respeto a la mayoría, a la eucaristía, a los obispos y al lugar”, manifestó, en referencia a los incidentes del sábado pasado, en la Catedral de Osorno, en la toma de posesión canónica de Barros.

Representante del Vaticano en Chile ....

CHILE
El Mostrador

[Vatican representative in Chile denies hidden background on Juan Barros for appointment. The nuncio said he was at the cathedral and said most of the people there support the new bishop.]

por EL MOSTRADORENVIAR RECTIFICAR IMPRIMIR

El nuncio apostólico Ivo Scapolo, representante del Vaticano en Chile abordó la controversia generada a partir del nombramiento del obispo Juan Barros a cargo de la diócesis de Osorno. Barros ha generado fuerte resistencia incluso desde sectores de la Iglesia a partir de que las víctimas del ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, lo apuntan como encubridor y cómplice de los abusos sexuales que cometió durante años.

Aunque Barros ha dicho que no conocía los abusos y que nunca tuvo cercanía con Karadima, durante la ceremonia en que asumió su cargo se registró una importante manifestación en la catedral de Osorno, en la que un grupo de personas expresó su rechazo al nombramiento.

Sobre la protesta Scapolo dijo a La Tercera que “lo que yo he podido constatar, estando allí, es que la gran mayoría de los que estaban en la iglesia tenían globos blancos. Era gente que ama a su obispo, que es un enviado del Santo Padre. Y había una minoría que, con mucho ruido, le faltaba el respeto a la mayoría, a la eucaristía, a los obispos y al lugar”, aseguró.

Backlash against Chilean bishop threatens Francis' reform agenda

CHILE
Huffington Post

By Jason Berry

A thunderous protest engulfed the arrival of a controversial Chilean bishop to San Mateo cathedral on Saturday. To many, the appointment casts a shadow on Pope Francis's reform agenda for the clergy abuse crisis.

The scene of screaming protestors pushing and shoving as Bishop Juan Barros, 58, enters the cathedral in the southern Chilean city of Osorno can be seen on a YouTube clip.

Pope Francis's decision to send Barros, a bishop for 11 years who served as a military chaplain, to Osorno has ignited new media coverage on Rev. Fernando Karadima, 84, a notorious pedophile in Chile who was ousted by the Vatican four years ago, and who Barros used to share a close connection with.

Karadima was for many years the pastor of a parish in El Bosque, one of Santiago's upscale neighborhoods near a wooded park. Karadima had a cult-like following among youths he guided into seminary and had deep ties with politicians, the military and Vatican officials.

Barros and three other Karadima protégés grew up to become bishops.

"Pope Francis has to withdraw this appointment or I and others may find it impossible to stay on the commission," Peter Saunders, a clergy abuse survivor in London and member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors told GroundTruth in a lengthy email interview.

Forward Motions: Parishes to Seek More Say in Archdiocese Bankruptcy

MINNESOTA
Wall Street Journal

By JOSEPH CHECKLER

Thursday in Minnesota, about 113 parishes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will argue they deserve their own voice as creditors in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case.

Victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse and their advocates have called the parishes’ request to form an official committee “troubling,” saying another creditors’ committee would effectively give the archdiocese a place on both sides of the bargaining table.

More than 150 sexual-abuse victims have brought claims against the archdiocese since it filed for bankruptcy in January, in addition to more than 80 claims brought against individual parishes, court papers show.

Catholic dioceses have used the breathing room offered by chapter 11 to negotiate settlements with alleged victims of sexual abuse by clergy members and others, deals that can total many millions of dollars and include nonmonetary forms of compensation such as the release of long-shielded church documents detailing the alleged abuse and subsequent coverup.

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien facing fresh accusations of sexual misconduct

SCOTLAND
Herald Scotland

Friday 27 March 2015

GERRY BRAIDEN
SENIOR REPORTER

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien is facing fresh accusations of sexual misconduct, with one priest accusers claiming the fallen cleric was involved in dozens of incidents in the past.

Exactly a week after the Vatican announced it had found Cardinal O'Brien guilty of allegations of sexual impropriety, new claims have emerged that he preyed on seminarians and young clergy.

One priest involved in the first public allegations which led to the spectacular fall from grace told the Cardinal encouraged young clerics to attend the sacrament of confession, which he would take, in order to groom them for sexual contact

Anthony McSweeney: Catholic priest jailed 30 years after abusing boy at children's home

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

A Catholic priest was today jailed after abusing a young boy at a children's home where he helped out more than 30 years ago.

Father Anthony McSweeney, 68, visited the children's home as a helper and abused the vulnerable boy over two years.

The sex attacker denied the crimes but was jailed for three years after he was convicted by a jury.

McSweeney was introduced to boys at the home by John Stingemore, who was running it at the time.

Assignment Record– Rev. Thomas Andert, O.S.B.

MINNESOTA
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: Thomas Andert is a priest of the Order of St. Benedict (Benedictines), ordained in 1975. A monk of St. John's Abbey in Collegeville MN, Andert has spent his career as an educator, academic administrator, and as a parish priest. Andert was investigated by Abbey officials in 1994 for an improper sexual relationship with a minor boy who was a St. John's Preparatory School student. Andert was the school's headmaster at the time. The matter was dropped when the boy is said to have told the Abbot that there was no sexual misconduct. In June 2007 Andert was appointed prior of St. John's Abbey and member of the Abbey's External Review Board. The appointment drew public criticism. In response, an Abbey spokesperson said the 1994 investigation yielded "no credible charges of sexual abuse." However, the chair of the Interfaith Sexual Trauma Institute at St. John's in 1994 provided a detailed account in 2007, stating that the investigation was inadequate, and that an inappropriate sexual relationship did occur.

Ordained: 1975

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien was 'a predator' whose sexual abuse covered 25 years- his entire reign as archbishop, claims priest

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

27 March 2015 By Charlie Gall

A PRIEST, who has not been named, told the Catholic Church’s own newspaper The Tablet he believed at least 40 cases took place from 1985, the year O’Brien became archbishop, until 2010.

CARDINAL Keith O’Brien was “a predator” whose sexual abuse covered 25 years his entire reign as archbishop, it’s been claimed.

A priest, who has not been named, told the Catholic Church’s own newspaper The Tablet he believed at least 40 cases took place from 1985, the year O’Brien became archbishop, until 2010.

The Tablet spoke to the priest who insisted there were multiple incidents of sexual misconduct by O’Brien against seminarians and young clergy.

Shamed O’Brien - Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric at the time - stepped down from the archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in February 2013 after three priests and a former priest made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him.

Last week it emerged the Pope has allowed O’Brien to keep his cardinal title but it carries no “rights or privileges”.

Prosecutor says Germany is unlikely to charge N.J. school employees accused of sex with students

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 19, 2015

TRENTON — The criminal case against two former employees at a Bergen County high school accused of having sex with students on a school trip to Germany is likely dead now that the state Supreme Court ruled that the men cannot be tried in New Jersey, the prosecutor in the case said today.

New Jersey's highest court voted 6-0 Wednesday that the state does not have jurisdiction in the case against former Paramus Catholic High School employees Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski and dismissed a series of sexual assault and child endangerment charges against the men.

But Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said while his office notified German authorities of the allegations, he does not expect the men to now face charges there instead. The age of consent in the European country is 14.

"Although I can't speak for them, I always believed it would be highly unlikely something would be brought by German authorities," Molinelli said.

NJ Can't Prosecute Chaperones in Overseas Sex Case

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Law Journal

Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal
March 18, 2015

New Jersey authorities cannot prosecute two high-school chaperones accused of having sex with three high-school students on a school trip to Germany, the state Supreme Court ruled March 18.

In a unanimous, but unsigned, ruling, the court said New Jersey prosecutors have no authority to prosecute sex crimes that occurred outside of the state’s borders.

“There must be territorial jurisdiction in New Jersey for the state to prosecute a crime here,” the court said. “The state has the power to prosecute crimes that occur within its borders but may not bring charges for offenses committed entirely in another state or country.”

Defendants Michael Sumulikoski and Artur Sopel both worked for Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus. Sumulikoski was a permanent substitute and an athletic coach. Sopel was vice president of operations. Both were chaperones for 17 students on a school-sponsored German Club trip in February 2011, according to the opinion.

The Record: Unsettling ruling

NEW JERSEY
The Record

NO ONE should be surprised that the state Supreme Court this week ruled that individuals cannot be prosecuted for crimes allegedly committed in a foreign country. The unanimous court ruling broke no new ground; it simply reinforced longstanding principles about the sovereignty of individual nations in terms of prosecuting crimes.

Yet the ruling was still unsettling, as the court itself acknowledged, because it related to very serious charges: The alleged sexual abuse of three high school students by two of their chaperones during a 2011 school trip to Germany.

John Molinelli, the Bergen County Prosecutor whose office sought to prosecute the case in New Jersey, called on lawmakers to change the state’s criminal code to remedy the court opinion. And state Sen. Paul Sarlo, D-Wood-Ridge, says he plans to do just that. Nonetheless, it’s hard to see exactly how state legislators can amend a code to allow New Jersey to criminally prosecute sexual offenses allegedly committed in a foreign land.

What the ruling should do is prompt parents and school officials to be more cognizant of the chaperones who accompany students on overseas trips and of the laws governing sexual activity in the nation being visited.

In Sexual-Assault Cases Overseas, School-Trip Chaperones Can't Be Prosecuted

NEW JERSEY
Forbes

Maureen SullivanMaureen Sullivan Contributor

Parents sending their children on class trips overseas: beware. Chaperones may not be prosecuted for sexual assault against the students they are overseeing if the alleged crimes take place in a foreign country.

In a 6-0 decision last week, the New Jersey Supreme Court overturned earlier rulings and said the state did not have “territorial jurisdiction” because the alleged sexual acts by two male chaperones against three 17-year-old female students at a Catholic high school took place in Germany.

The court, however, did recognize what some may consider the “unsettling” nature of its decision and suggested that the legislature may want to rewrite the law. “It is troubling to think that a teacher responsible for the care of young adults can sexually assault them on a school trip abroad and not be subject to prosecution in our state,” the justices said in their decision.

The case began back in February 2011 when Michael Sumulikoski and Artur Sopel supervised a group of students from Paramus Catholic High School on a trip to Germany. A week after the group returned to New Jersey, stories started spreading that something sexual had occurred between the men, who worked at the school, and three of the female students on the trip. A teacher reported the men to state authorities and a Bergen County grand jury indicted Sumulikoski and Sopel on multiple counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

State Supreme Court Tosses Sex Assault Charges Against Paramus Catholic Employees

NEW JERSEY
CBS New York

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the state cannot prosecute two high school employees for sexual assaults on students alleged to have occurred during a class trip to Germany.

Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski were charged with a total of 25 counts, including sexual assault and child endangerment. The 2011 trip involved students from Paramus Catholic High School. Sopel was vice president of operations at the school and Sumulikoski was a substitute teacher and assistant football coach.

As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the case has been a cloud over Paramus Catholic for almost four years.

The men sought to dismiss the sexual assault and endangerment charges, arguing New Jersey didn’t have jurisdiction since the alleged acts occurred in Germany. A judge denied the motion, and an appeals court upheld that ruling. Both held that New Jersey retained jurisdiction because the men had assumed supervisory and disciplinary control over the students while in New Jersey.

Court rules former Paramus Catholic overseas chaperones cannot be charged with sexual assault

NEW JERSEY
The Record

MARCH 18, 2015

BY KIBRET MARKOS AND MARY DIDUCH
STAFF WRITERS | THE RECORD

A state Supreme Court ruling that dismissed charges Wednesday against two former Paramus Catholic High School chaperones accused of having sex with students during an overseas trip will leave parents worried about sending their children on trips, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said. He called on lawmakers to amend the state’s criminal code to remedy the court decision.

Defense attorneys and some legal experts, meanwhile, defended the ruling as one that was based on a long-established principle that crimes should be prosecuted where they were committed.

“I am hopeful that school districts throughout New Jersey recognize the significance of this ruling, at least until it is corrected by statute,” Molinelli said in a statement Wednesday. “Any school-sponsored class event outside of the state of New Jersey and where a similar incident is alleged to have occurred might meet with the same result, much to the surprise of parents and guardians that might believe otherwise when they authorize their child to attend such events.”

The state’s highest court ruled unanimously that Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski, two former ­employees of the school, cannot be charged in New Jersey for alleged acts |in Germany.

Priest jailed for abusing boy at children's home

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Sandra Laville
Friday 27 March 2015

A Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for abusing a boy at a children’s home, in the first case to emerge from allegations of a VIP paedophile ring at a guesthouse in south London.

Father Tony McSweeney, 68, was arrested in February 2013 at his parish in St George’s, Norwich, where he was a respected member of the establishment. He was a member of the governing body of a Catholic school and at one time had served as part-time chaplain for Norwich football club.

When he was arrested officers found indecent images of boys on his computer, and evidence presented to his trial revealed that he had been offending as far back as the 1970s when he began training for the priesthood.

His trial heard how for four decades he was an active paedophile, and that the church and the authorities, including the Catholic church, ignored at least two clear warning signs of his sexual interest in children.

Pope’s abuse experts voice concerns over appointment of Chilean bishop accused of cover-up

VATICAN CITY
The Tablet

27 March 2015 by Abigail Frymann Rouch, Isabel de Bertodano

Members of Pope Francis' safeguarding board have expressed concern over his appointment of a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite accusations that he covered up child abuse by a priest.

Marie Collins, an abuse survivor, said she could not understand how Bishop Juan Barros could have been appointed given the concerns about his handling of allegations regarding Fr Fernando Karadima.

"It goes completely against what he [Francis] has said in the past about those who protect abusers," Collins told the Associated Press. "The voice of the survivors is being ignored, the concerns of the people and many clergy in Chile are being ignored and the safety of children in this diocese is being left in the hands of a bishop about whom there are grave concerns for his commitment to child protection."

Ms Collins is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which was set up in 2014 under the leadership of Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Bankruptcy shadows 75th anniversary

NEW MEXICO
National Catholic Reporter

Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola | Mar. 27, 2015

GALLUP, N.M. The year 2015 was meant to be a joyous one for the Gallup diocese. It marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the diocese, and normally that would be a cause of celebration in parishes and schools across New Mexico and Arizona.

However, celebrations have proven to be few and subdued as the diocese continues to be mired in bankruptcy court, and the legacy of clergy sex abuse continues to cast a long shadow across the diocese.

Although Bishop James Wall designated Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as the kickoff date for the yearlong anniversary celebration, the event was marked with just a low-key Friday morning Mass at Gallup's Sacred Heart Cathedral.

In contrast, three days later, the bishop made national news when he publicly released an updated list of credibly accused sex abusers from the diocese. The list, which included the names of 30 diocesan and religious order priests and one lay religious education teacher, was also posted on the diocesan website for the first time.

"The publication of these additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here," Wall said in his statement. "The investigations remain ongoing."

Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney jailed for sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Catholic priest has been given three years in jail for sexually assaulting a teenage boy at a children's home in west London between 1979 and 1981.

Anthony McSweeney, 68, abused the 15-year-old between 1979 and 1981 while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow.

The priest was investigated as part of a police probe into allegations of a paedophile ring at the home.
As part of his defence, he had said he was too fat to fit a teenager on him.

Former Norfolk Catholic Priest jailed for three years for sexually abusing teenage boy at care

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

A former Norfolk Roman Catholic priest has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a teenage boy at a care home.

Father Anthony McSweeney has also been put on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years and has been given a Sexual Harm Prevention order which means he has no access to boys between the ages of 12 and 17 without supervision.

He will also only have controlled use of the internet and computers.

Father Anthony McSweeney was found guilty of abuse at a children's home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.

Former Norfolk Catholic priest Father Anthony McSweeney jailed for child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
EDP 24

Former Norfolk Catholic priest Anthony McSweeney has been sentenced to three years in jail for assaulting a teenage boy at a children’s home in west London between 1979 and 1981.

McSweeney, 68, abused the 15-year-old between 1979 and 1981 while working at Grafton Close Children’s Home in west London.

A sexual harm prevention order was also made against him.

The once part-time chaplain at Norwich City FC was leading the congregation at St George’s Church in north Norwich when the claims against him emerged.

Paedophile priest faces sentencing for Grafton Close abuse today

UNITED KINGDOM
Local Guardian

by Laura Proto, Chief reporter - Richmond and Twickenham

A Catholic priest faces prison today after being found guilty of indecently assaulting a boy at a Richmond Council-run children's home in the 1970s and 80s.

Father Tony McSweeney, 68, was found guilty last month of one charge of indecent assault against a boy under 16 at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hanworth.

He was also found guilty of three counts of possessing indecent images of children.

McSweeney was acquitted on three other charges of indecent assault on boys under the age of 16 and one count of taking an indecent photograph of a child.

The priest was charged alongside John Stingemore, the former manager of the children's home, under Operation Fernbridge.

Pease Pottage priest faces jail today after being found guilty of abusing boy

UNITED KINGDOM
West Sussex County Times

A Roman Catholic priest from Pease Pottage faces jail today (Friday March 27) after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children’s home.

Father Anthony McSweeney, 68, of Old Brighton Road, Pease Pottage, was also found guilty of three counts of making indecent images of children at Southwark Crown Court last month.

He faces sentencing today (Friday March 27).

McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the London care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of the boys.

The church hid the crimes of Brother Ted Dowlan (alias Ted Bales) — but Broken Rites helped to expose this cover-up

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 27 March 2015)

This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Christian Brothers organisation concealed the crimes of Brother Edward Dowlan (now known as Ted Bales). From the start, the Christian Brothers knew that Dowlan was committing criminal sexual assaults against Australian schoolchildren but, instead of dismissing him, the Christian Brothers kept transferring him to more schools, thus giving him access to more victims. After 20 years, when some victims finally reported him to the police, the Christian Brothers supported Dowlan and tried to defeat the victims. The victims eventually won (by getting him jailed in 1996 and again in 2015), but their lives have been damaged by the Christian Brothers — and several of Brother Dowlan's victims ended up in suicide. Dowlan's 2015 jailing (under the name Ted Bales) is reported towards the end of this article.

Twenty years after his first crime, Broken Rites arranged for one of Dowlan's victims to have a private chat with detectives from the Victoria Police child-abuse investigation unit, who then interviewed some more of Dowlan's victims. This resulted in Dowlan being jailed in 1996. After being released from jail in 2001, Dowlan changed his surname to "Bales" to avoid media scrutiny and, with help from the Christian Brothers organisation, he moved into a private residence of his own as Mister Ted Bales. In 2014, after more of his earlier victims finally contacted the police, Edward "Bales" pleaded guilty to some more of his crimes and was remanded in custody to await his next sentencing, on 27 March 2015, when he was given a further jail sentence.

It was Broken Rites that first documented the Christian Brothers policy of continuing to support any criminal member in their ranks, even after a court conviction. A senior Christian Brothers official explained this policy in the Melbourne County Court in July 1996, when Brother Edward Vernon Dowlan faced charges for indecently assaulting boys in Victorian Catholic schools. A Broken Rites researcher was present in court, day after day, taking notes during the 1996 proceedings. The following article is based on those notes, together with further notes made in court in 2014 and 2015.

Celibacy is a fiction and Church must change its rules

NROTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

BY SUZANNE BREEN – 27 MARCH 2015

A woman whose only crime was to fall for the wrong man is heartbroken and humiliated. The man she loved has had the most intimate details of his life plastered all over the Press, his reputation now in ruins. The parishioners who adored him are left abandoned and confused. Behold the trail of human wreckage from the Catholic Church's cruel and callous code of compulsory priestly celibacy.

Fr Ciaran Dallat isn't the first - and won't be the last - priest to have lived a lie. The former Bishop of Galway, Eamon Casey, had a fling with an American divorcee and fathered a son.

Singing priest Fr Michael Cleary had two kids with his Dublin "housekeeper" Phyllis. Septuagenarian curate Fr Mossie Dillon fathered a child with his 31-year-old girlfriend, Madonna. Irish priests could win awards for preaching celibacy while not practising it.

Bishop Pat Buckley, the rebel cleric excommunicated by the Church after his Episcopal ordination outside its regulations, isn't shy in pointing out this hot-blooded history. "Just look at Irish surnames: McEntaggart, the son of the priest; MacAnespie, the son of the bishop; McNabb, the son of the abbot. Priests having sex is no new phenomenon."

Eastern Orthodox diocese defrocks Kodiak religious academy headmaster

ALASKA
Alaska Dispatch News

Jerzy Shedlock
March 26, 2015

Abuse allegations against the now-former headmaster of a small religious academy in Kodiak have resulted in the removal of his professional status within an Eastern Orthodox diocese.

What will happen to St. Innocent’s Academy -- an alternative school for “at-risk” youths on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska -- and its staff and students remains unclear.

The allegations center on Paisius DeLucia, who’s accused of physical, verbal and psychological abuse of students at St. Innocent’s.

Complaints from former students of the academy sparked an investigation by Alaska State Troopers as well as an internal investigation by the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the U.S., Canada and Australia, which oversees the academy.

The students posted victims’ statements detailing allegations to the website Academy Abuse, which went live in early January. Students claimed there that DeLucia once slammed a young man’s head against a wall and openly shared private confessions to embarrass a student, among other allegations.

Lakewood rabbi's son wasn't involved in forced divorce, executive testifies

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 26, 2015

TRENTON —The son of a Lakewood rabbi accused of arranging the beatings of men who wouldn't give their wives religious divorces was in a meeting in Ohio when one of the attacks occurred, a business associate told jurors in an ongoing federal kidnapping and conspiracy trial.

The testimony of Greg Emmer, vice president and chief marketing officer for Kaeser & Blair Inc., was offered Thursday as an alibi for David "Ari" Epstein, who is accused of participating in the Aug. 22, 2011, attack on a Brooklyn man who would not give his wife a religious divorce.

That man, Usher Chaimowitz, eventually agreed to the divorce after hours of beatings. Chaimowitz's roommate, Menachem Teitelbaum, who was also beaten in the attack, testified earlier in the trial that he heard one of the assailants yell, "Epstein, call your father."

Federal prosecutors contend the reference was to David Epstein and his father, Mendel Epstein, a prominent Lakewood rabbi who specializes in divorce proceedings. The father and son, along with rabbis Binyamin Stimler and Jay Goldstein, are on trial on kidnapping and conspiracy charges that grew out of a federal sting.

Victims lash out as former Christian Brother jailed for sex attacks

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

PADRAIC MURPHY, SHANNON DEERY HERALD SUN MARCH 27, 2015

A FORMER Christian Brother was told to “rot in hell” as he was removed from court today to start a fresh sentence for appallingly brazen sex attacks on students.

Ted Bales — who changed his name from Edward Dowlan to hide his true identity — was ordered to serve at least three years for assaulting more than 20 students, some of whom were as young as eight.

As he was led from court, one victim shouted: “Dog”, while another said: “Rot in hell.”

Several victims also stared at Bales throughout the sentencing as the 65-year-old sat slumped in the dock.

County Court judge Richard Smith described Bales’ offending as “brazen” and a gross breach of trust.

Paedophile Christian Brother Ted Bales jailed for abusing school boys

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Peta Carlyon

A Christian Brother and convicted paedophile who changed his name to avoid adverse publicity has been jailed for six years for abusing young boys in the 1970s and '80s.

Ted Bales, 65, formerly known as Edward Dowlan, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting boys, aged between eight and 14, when he was a teacher and headmaster at number of Christian Brothers colleges across Victoria.

The Victorian County Court heard Bales physically punished his victims to make them vulnerable.

He was previously jailed in the 1990s for abusing other boys, some of them the classmates of the victims in the latest case against him.

Jailed Christian brother 'satanic': victim

AUSTRALIA
9 News

He professed to be a man of God, but outside a Victorian court where he was jailed for child sex abuse, former Christian Brother Edward "Ted" Bales was called evil and satanic.

The 65-year-old has been ordered to serve at least three years of a six-year prison sentence for indecently assaulting 20 boys under his care at Victorian schools in the 1970s and 1980s.

Bales, formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan, changed his name to avoid the publicity of being associated with convicted pedophiles Brother Robert Best and Brother Stephen Farrell, whom he taught alongside at St Alipius school in Ballarat.

Fr Gerald Ridsdale, who was chaplain of the school, is Australia's worst pedophile priest.

Victorian County Court Judge Richard Smith said Bales was a renowned disciplinarian in the school yard.

Der schmale Grat der Redlichkeit

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

[The Thin Red Line of honesty]

Funf Jahre nachdem die katholische Kirche in Deutschland, ausgehend vom Berliner Canisius-Kolleg, ihrer schwersten Demuts- und Wahrhaftigkeitsprobe unterzogen wurde, ist offensichtlich: Der Skandal des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Schutzbefohlenen wird uns noch lange beschäftigen. Die jüngst in der ARD gezeigte NDR-Dokumentation "Das Schweigen der Männer" und der Kinofilm "Verfehlung" machen dies gerade in den Tagen der vorösterlichen Bußzeit klar.

Zwei Reflexe erschwerten von Beginn an eine angemessene Aufarbeitung. Auf der einen Seite der apologetische: Er lässt sich vom Leid der Opfer nicht wirklich tief berühren und stellt diese nicht ins Zentrum aller Überlegungen. Der typische Apologet fällt nach dem pflichtschuldigen Abscheu-Lippenbekenntnis rasch in den Modus der Schadensbegrenzung für das Ansehen der Kirche. In der guten Absicht, ihre moralische Autorität als Hort der Wahrheit und der Liebe nicht zu sehr beschädigen zu lassen, schreiben manche das "Ja" zur Schande klein und das "Aber" groß.

How I Stood Up to Chicago’s ‘Abusive’ Imam

ILLINOIS
The Daily Beast

Zainab Khan

Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, who faces new criminal charges of sexual assault, tried to ban Zainab Khan from burying her father. Now, she tells her courageous story of standing up to one of Chicago’s most powerful imams.

The decision by courageous women in Kabul, Afghanistan, to defy the orders of mullahs and carry the coffin of a young woman, Farkhunda—slain for the false accusation of burning the Quran— took me to a dramatic moment last spring when I faced off against an imam, not in some faraway city in our Muslim world, but in our own backyard, right here in the United States, in the Chicago suburb of Elgin, Ill.

Today, that imam, Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, faced new criminal charges for alleged sexual assault.

My confrontation with the imam was about something much more ordinary, but also deeply personal, and my experience reveals the challenges women face in standing up to Muslim clerical leaders—as women do in most faiths, but particularly in ours, stuck as it is religious hierarchies that are the exclusive domain of men.

On May 29, 2014, my beloved father, Jehan Zeb Khan, passed away from prolonged sickness. I was heartbroken. Born in Afghanistan, my father came to the U.S. in the 1950s, knowing that he wouldn’t have the same chances for success had he remained in Afghanistan. He wanted his family to have the life and dignity which he foresaw that he would be stripped of, had he chosen to live there.

Did Pope Francis Post A Turkey To A Bishopric In Chile?

UNITED STATES
Why I Am Catholic

March 26, 2015 by Frank Weathers

It’s looking like it, if you asked me. But nobody asked me, nor would they ever. One thing is for sure, and that is that lots of local folks were unhappy with the appointment, and the installation, of Bishop Juan Barros.

Kevin O’Brien has a lot of the background on how this came about over at his blog, Waiting For Godot To Leave. It seems like lots of folks in Chile are waiting for Bishop Barros to clear out, even though he just took the chair.

The thing that really gets me is that it seems that there was absolutely zero oversight regarding the Fr. Barros appointment. Folks who sit on Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are starting to wonder why they even bother, and frankly, so am I. Here’s what they told reporters from the Associated Press,

The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they knew about the case only from news reports and were not speaking on behalf of the 17-member commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley to head.

“I am very worried,” said commission member Dr. Catherine Bonnet, a French child psychiatrist and author on child sex abuse. “Although the commission members cannot intervene with individual cases, I would like to meet with Cardinal O’Malley and other members of the commission to discuss a way to pass over our concerns to Pope Francis.”

Ga. lawmakers consider hidden predator act

GEORGIA/FLORIDA
First Coast News

[with video]

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On a mission to get Georgia's Hidden Predator Act signed into law, a local man who says he was sexually abused as a child is speaking out. He and the bill's sponsor, Republican State Representative Jason Spencer of Woodbine, say the bill is getting a lot of push back from some powerful special interest groups.

"Imagine summoning the courage to come forward. Most survivors come forward to protect other children, and they often come forward when they are at an age when they have their own children and want to identify the perpetrator, and being told there is nothing you can do," said Justin Conway.

That is what Conway, 37, who is from Kingsland, Georgia says happened to him. It wasn't until about 18 months ago that he says he broke his silence and went to authorities sharing a dark secret he says he had kept for decades.

"I'm a survivor of childhood sexual abuse," said Conway. "Unfortunately the laws sets up now are set up to hide predators and the Hidden Predator Act is aimed at changing that."

Abuse redress hearing continues

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The Salvation Army and Scouts Australia are among those who will give evidence on Friday to a royal commission examining a national compensation scheme for the victims of child abuse.

The hearing in Sydney is considering responses to a consultation paper published in January in which a $4.3 billion scheme funded by governments and non-government institutions was suggested.

The federal government has said running such a scheme would be too complex and cost too much.

During two days of hearings so far, that response has been criticised by support and advocacy groups representing survivors as well as by the commission and the Catholic Church.

Child sex abuse royal commission: Care Leavers Australia Network wants own compensation scheme for victims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Jayne Margetts

A group representing children who were held in out-of-home care has told an inquiry they should be entitled to a separate compensation scheme.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing submissions from nearly 40 government and non-government organisations about a national redress scheme for survivors.

Leonie Sheedy from the Care Leavers Australia Network said all forms of abuse should be recognised, not just sexual abuse.

"It is our view that the care leavers' experience is so unique that it requires its own redress scheme," she said.

"The time has come for the perpetrators and enablers of this abuse to pay for their crimes.

Law Council backs compensation scheme for abuse survivors

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Thursday 26 March 2015

The Law Council of Australia has backed a national redress scheme for abuse survivors and says the commonwealth has the mechanisms to establish one.

Duncan McConnel, the president of the society which represents 60,000 Australian lawyers, says it is possible for the states and territories to refer power to the commonwealth.

In its response to the child sexual abuse royal commission, the federal government has said running a national scheme would be too complex and it does not have the power to set one up.

McConnel said the commonwealth had demonstrated the ability to develop and support a redress scheme through the establishment of the defence abuse response team. The defence force model provided a holistic approach incorporating reparation payments and restorative justice, he said.

Call for abuse redress to restore dignity

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

STATE governments and churches that ran children's homes should not be allowed administer a redress scheme for child sexual abuse survivors, a royal commission has been told.

LEONIE Sheedy the chief executive of Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) said a national independent redress scheme needed to recognise all forms of abuse and neglect suffered by children in care.

"Past providers and governments that operated orphanages, children's homes and other institutions should contribute to this national scheme but should have no say in how the redress in managed," she said on Friday.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hearing from governments and non-government organisations about a compensation scheme for tens of thousands of abuse survivors.

Councils seek anti-grooming powers

UNITED KINGDOM
Southend Standard

Town halls have called for new powers to help them intervene to prevent children being groomed for sex.

The Local Government Association (LGA) said court-backed orders were necessary because officials were "powerless" to act if they suspected grooming but did not have enough evidence to prosecute.

Sanctions already in place were "too limited", the association said, with Sexual Risk Orders available only to police for suspects posing a risk of sexual harm.

The call, backed by children's charity Barnardo's, comes in the wake of multiple child sex abuse scandals in towns including Rochdale, Rotherham and Oxford - for which police and councils have apologised over their failure to act.

Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's Children and Young People Board, said: "At present sanctions to prevent the grooming of vulnerable children are too limited and we need to make it easier to intervene earlier before harm is done.

Abuse of power in the Church

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

26 March 2015

The stripping by Pope Francis of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s rights and privileges of his office, coupled with an admission by his successor Archbishop Leo Cushley that his behaviour had made the Catholic Church in Scotland “less credible”, might not be enough, sadly, to bury this sorry affair and let healing begin. There were major allegations against O’Brien when he was Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. The first was that he was a hypocrite when he outspokenly attacked the proposal for gay marriage. His exposure as a gay man who had made multiple unwanted sexual advances fatally undermined the Church’s message in what was already a tense debate. The reputational damage has been done; he has apologised and paid the penalty.

It is not so easy to lay to rest the allegation that he made some appointments in his archdiocese based on favouritism. That means the essential problem – abuse of power under the protection of the Church’s hierarchical structure – may still be present. But it is not confined to Scotland. There are several cases, most notoriously that of Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër of Vienna, where clergy knew of sexual irregularities in the past or present lives of senior church dignitaries, and did not know where to turn, or were not listened to. On a lesser scale, those who felt aggrieved by the behaviour of Bishop Kieran Conry, then of Arundel and Brighton, felt they had no obvious remedies except, eventually, to go to a national newspaper.

The victims of O’Brien’s sexual misconduct, mainly fellow clergy, suffered greatly. They felt trapped and powerless because of his seniority. It is still not clear how many there were – around 40 has been suggested – and though the new archbishop will need time to address all the issues, there is nothing in place so far that looks likely to give the victims justice. It is suggested that many of the 40 have not made formal allegations, though they are known to fellow victims. That indicates a lack of confidence in the Church’s procedures for dealing with such complaints.

Former Grey County church leader committed to stand trial

CANADA
CTV

Almost a year after he was arrested, a former Grey County church leader known as 'the prophet' will stand trial for alleged crimes dating back to 1978.

Fred King was the leader of the now defunct Church of Jesus Christ Restored near Chatsworth, Ont.
Following complaints of assault from a former 'church wife,' he was arrest in April 2014.

A preliminary hearing wrapped up in Owen Sound on Wednesday, with Fred committed to stand trial.
He faces 24 charges including sexual exploitation, sexual interference, sexual assault and uttering death threats.

The incidents allegedly happenet at the Chatsworth-area church compound from 1978 to 2008.

Former WACOSA Employee Accused of Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Adult

MINNESOTA
WJON

By Dan DeBaun March 26, 2015

WAITE PARK – An investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Services says a former staffer with WACOSA in Waite Park allegedly sexually abused a vulnerable adult.

WACOSA provides training and employment support for those with disabilities.

The investigation report says the abuse happened on several occasions before December 29th, 2014. Both the vulnerable adult and alleged staff person involved in the abuse were not identified in the report.

In the report it says the staff person touched the vulnerable adult’s breast and genital area underneath clothing on two occasions while working at a church. During the investigation, another incident of the staff person touching the vulnerable adult’s breast was seen by another staff person.

Alleged sexual abuse at Sterling church under investigation

VIRGINIA
WUSA

STERLING, Va.(WUSA9) -- Officials are investigating an alleged sexual abuse that happened at the Calvary Temple Church in Sterling, Va., according to Loudoun County Sheriff's Office.

"We understand the concerns of the public, and we want to ensure everyone that we take all allegations of abuse seriously and these crimes will be investigated to their fullest extent," said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman.

The is an ongoing investigation, officials said.

Local Church Being Investigated for Sexual Abuses

VIRGINIA
Patch

By CHRIS GAUDET (Patch Staff)

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday confirmed that an investigation is taking place of alleged sexual abuse at the Calvary Temple Church in Sterling.

“Due to the fact this is an ongoing investigation, no further details can be released at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

“We understand the concerns of the public, and we want to ensure everyone that we take all allegations of abuse seriously and these crimes will be investigated to their fullest extent,” Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman said in the statement.

EXCLUSIVE: Allegations of sex abuse involving Sterling church

VIRGINIA
Fox DC

[with video]

By Marina Marraco, FOX 5 Reporter

STERLING, Va. -
A Loudoun County church is under investigation following allegations of years of sexual abuse.

Two accusers spoke exclusively with FOX 5 in hopes that others will come forward and abandon a church they say operates as a cult, brainwashes and has sexually abused minors.

26-year-old Chassidi Thompson says for more than a year she was sexually abused by her uncle, a man who also happens to be a deacon at Calvary Temple in Sterling.

"I thought that everything that I was experiencing was in my head. There was no proof of anything, there was no evidence. I would lay there at night: this is just a dream-this is just a dream, this is not happening to me,” said Thompson.

Thompson was only 12 when she says the abuse started. She says at 14 years old she was dumped with only the clothes on her back at a gas station, shunned and ostracized by the church.

Oblates confirm sex-abuse claim against late priest

OHIO
Toledo Blade

BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Catholic church leaders are looking for other potential victims of a deceased priest who once served at St. Francis de Sales High School, and who, they confirmed, abused a minor 14 years ago.

The Rev. James H. Roth, 61, died Feb. 11 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio after taking a high dose of insulin. Though his death has not been confirmed as a suicide, he left a note admitting to the allegation, said the Rev. Ken McKenna, provincial of the Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales.

The survivor, who was not a St. Francis student and is now an adult, reported the abuse to the Oblates in January. Father Roth, who at the time was working for a Catholic school board in Toronto, was immediately removed from his position, police were alerted, and an internal investigation begun, Father McKenna said.

Father Roth was in a drug study for diabetes, and the side effects of the drug included depression and suicidal thoughts, according to the Oblates. While co-workers had noticed mood changes, Father McKenna said it’s unclear whether the drugs impaired his judgment or if the revelation led to his death.

Father McKenna acknowledged that the note would give the impression that Father Roth killed himself because of the charge, but he said he was waiting for the coroner’s office to rule officially on the manner of death.

Class action motion filed in Collège St-Hilaire sexual abuse case

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

JOHN MEAGHER, MONTREAL GAZETTE

A former student at Collège St-Hilaire has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court to authorize a class-action suit on behalf of individuals allegedly sexually abused by clergyman Jean-Paul Thibault, a former teacher and principal at the school.

Thibault, a Catholic brother with the Frères de Notre-Dame de la Miséricorde, was arrested March 17 for sexually assaulting the former student at the college in the 1980s.

Thibault, 72, is accused of indecent assault, sexual assault and incitement to sexual touching while in a position of authority.

The abuse began when the victim was 12 years old, said lawyer Robert Kugler of the law firm Kugler Kandestin, which filed a class-action suit to include the possibility there are other victims of Brother Thibault, who was released on $1,000 bail following his arrest.

Former Christian Brother jailed for abusing 20 boys at six schools over 14 years

AUSTRALIA
The Age

March 27, 2015

Mark Russell

A former Christian Brother who was part of a notorious paedophile ring involving the clergy in Ballarat has been jailed for a minimum of three years for abusing 20 young boys.

County Court judge Richard Smith said on Friday that Ted Dowlan, who changed his name by deed poll to Bales in 2011, had preyed on vulnerable boys as young as eight years old over a 14-year period at six different schools from the first year he became a Christian Brother in 1971.

Judge Smith said Dowlan had been in a position of authority and trust and believed he had "some right of entitlement" to abuse the boys in appalling circumstances because he had power over them and they were unable to resist him.

The judge described Dowlan's offending as brazen and said he did not believe he was remorseful.

Late St. Francis priest admits sexual misconduct with minor

OHIO
NBC 24

by Christopher Burns

TOLEDO, Ohio – The Oblates of St. Francis De Sales received an allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor nearly 14-years after it occurred.

Fr. James Roth, who died in February of 2015 from a high dose of insulin which caused low glucose levels and brain damage, is being investigated by Catholic Church leaders. The leaders say the allegations of sexual misconduct from 14-years ago were confirmed true.

According to a statement on the Oblates of St. Francis De Sales website, Roth admitted to the allegations in a note written before his death.

Catholic priest faces jail over historical sexual abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
ITV

A Catholic priest dubbed the "fat vicar" is facing jail today after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy at a children's home between 1979 and 1981.

Father Anthony McSweeney preyed on the vulnerable youngster while working at Grafton Close Children's Home in Hounslow, west London.

McSweeney, 68, was also found guilty of making indecent images of children.

He preyed on the boy with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January - weeks before his trial.

March 26, 2015

Vic pedophile priest jailed for six years

AUSTRALIA
SBS

Source: AAP
27 MAR 2015

A pedophile priest who sexually abused 20 boys under his care at schools in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed in Victoria for six years.

Edward "Ted" Bales, 65, pleaded guilty to 34 child sex abuse charges that he committed while a teacher, often disguising his crimes as disciplinary action.

Bales, who was jailed in the 1990s for child sex crimes when he was known as Edward Vernon Dowlan, changed his name to avoid publicity.

In the Victorian County Court on Friday, Judge Richard Smith said some of Bales' victims were also abused by other offenders teaching at the schools with Bales.

Court Rejects Appeal of Philadelphia Priest Who Died Fighting Abuse Conviction

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC 10

A state appellate court has rejected the appeal of a Roman Catholic priest who died in prison while serving time in a Philadelphia abuse case.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt insisted he was wrongly convicted at his 2013 trial.

The 67-year-old priest was serving a 6- to 12-year sentence. He died in November, weeks after his appeal was argued.

He died after a brief hospital stay that followed heart-related problems.

Los obispos pierden la prórroga de un año para registrar propiedades

ESPANA
El Pais

[The bishops lose one-year extension to register property.]

CARMEN MORÁN Madrid 26 MAR 2015

La reforma de la ley hipotecaria planteada por el PP en abril del año pasado eliminaba los privilegios de los obispos para poner a su nombre propiedades que no tenían dueño conocido. Pero les daba un año desde que esta modificación entrara en vigor para seguir haciéndolo. Ese año de prórroga fue eliminado el miércoles mediante una enmienda de los populares: la reforma de la ley en la comisión de Justicia del Congreso impedirá, nada más publicarse en el BOE, que la Iglesia siga con esta práctica que tanto rédito le ha dado. Se desconoce el número de propiedades —pisos, ermitas, catedrales, fincas, frontones, fuentes, plazas públicas— que los obispos han registrado a su nombre, sobre todo desde 1998, cuando el Gobierno de Aznar amplió esos privilegios, pero se sabe que son miles por toda España.

El juez espera documentación del Vaticano en el ‘caso Romanones’

ESPANA
El Pais

[The judge expects Vatican documentation in the 'case Romanones']

El Juzgado de Instrucción 4 de Granada, que investiga el caso sobre supuestos abusos sexuales cometidos presuntamente por varios sacerdotes del llamado grupo de Los Romanones, ha recibido ya la documentación que requirió a la Conferencia Episcopal, pero aún no tiene noticias de la que solicitó al Arzobispado de Granada y al Vaticano. Según fuentes del caso, la procedente de la Santa Sede tardará, puesto que debe mediar en ello el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores.

Concretamente, y después de que así lo instara la acusación particular —que representa al primer denunciante, un joven de 24 años que trasladó su caso hasta el Papa Francisco—, el titular del juzgado, Antonio Moreno, reclamó información al Vaticano sobre las actuaciones canónicas y de todo lo actuado en la jurisdicción eclesiástica en relación a los hechos denunciados y sobre las quejas, denuncias o reclamaciones de cualquier tipo que se hubiesen podido recibir respecto de los 10 sacerdotes presuntamente implicados, desde que fueron ordenados.

Vatican -- Victims say Pope should oust Chilean bishop

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, March 26

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 )

We applaud the two victims on the pope’s abuse panel who are speaking out against the promotion of a corrupt prelate. We call on Francis to reverse himself and out the Chilean bishop he just appointed.

Marie Collins and Pete Saunders are expressing concern over the elevation of Bishop Juan Barros who faces credible allegations of witnessing and concealing child sex crimes by Fr. Fernando Karadima.

[ABC News]

Rewarding wrongdoers encourages wrongdoing. In some ways, this pope differs from his predecessors. But with clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, he differs little. Francis is way more adept at saying the right things about predator priests and complicit bishops. But he steadfastly refuses to do the right things about them.

Actions matter, not words. And kids are endangered when those who ignore or hide child sex crimes are promoted. Barros’ elevation essentially signals to victims that their pain doesn’t matter to the church hierarchy and to bishops that protecting predators is still valued by the church hierarchy.

Pope Francis has made several unprecedented moves, like carrying his own luggage, cold-calling individuals, and washing the feet of Muslims. He should make a similarly but more significant and unprecedented move and oust this complicit bishop he just appointed.

Sex Abuse at NJ Catholic Prep School Alleged

NEW JERSEY
Courhouse News Service

By CHRIS FRY

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CN) - The Delbarton School faces five lawsuits from alumni of the preparatory school who say they were sexually abused 30 years ago.

The plaintiffs do not use their full names, with three of them using initials and two others simply going by John Does. Each filing involves allegations of abuse from between 1972 and 1984.

Delbarton, a Morristown preparatory school for grades seven through 12, opened in 1939.

While the complaints against the school do not any individuals as defendants, they do identify the priests who allegedly abused the plaintiff students as the Rev. Timothy Brennan, the Rev. Benedict Michael Worry, Father Donal Fox, the Rev. Justin Caputo and the Rev. Luke Travers.

The lawsuits each claim that each of these aforementioned men individually was a "pederast, frotteurist, pedophile and/or ephebophile or other sexual offender, with a habit of making sexual advances and/or engaging in unnatural sexual acts with children."

Though each complaint tips the scales at 30 pages each, none cites specific instances of abuse or goes into detail about any misconduct. They all simply state that the plaintiffs were all "sexually assaulted and/or sexually abused" by the officials at the school while they were matriculating there.

Prison sentences upheld for priest and lay teacher in sexual assault of altar boy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

MATT GELB, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LAST UPDATED: Thursday, March 26, 2015,

A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia.

The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s.

Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence.

Engelhardt died Nov. 16, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard. He was sentenced to six to 12 years in prison for child endangerment, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault. Prosecutors said Engelhardt offered Communion wine to the boy, forced him to disrobe, and assaulted him at the church's sacristy.

San Francisco priests' council debates 'P.R. disaster' parish

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

Dan Morris-Young | Mar. 26, 2015

During what one participant described as an "explosive" meeting, the San Francisco archdiocese's Council of Priests in mid-February addressed Star of the Sea pastor Fr. Joseph Illo's decision to phase out altar girls as well as the designation of the parish as an oratory-in-formation.

Retired Sulpician Fr. J. Michael Strange, who lives at St. Stephen Parish in San Francisco, "proposed this agenda item and raised the issue for discussion because many of his constituents and parishioners at St. Stephens and elsewhere have contacted him regarding Fr. Illo's recently announced policy of admitting only altar boys at Star of the Sea Parish," according to a draft of the Feb. 12 meeting's minutes.

NCR obtained a copy of the minutes from an anonymous priest.

Strange told council members that "he found other aspects of Fr. Illo's parish bulletin explanation [in regard to] this new policy troublesome, as was the fact that Fr. Illo did not consult his deanery to see if this was a wise and prudent move prior to implementing this policy, noting consultation is one of the purposes of a deanery."

According to the minutes, Strange said he and other priests have had "to spend much time on the issue with parishioners."

Regarding Father James Roth, OSFS

OHIO
Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo

The Diocese of Toledo has received a report from the Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales (OSFS) which has deemed credible an allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor by one of the religious order’s priests, the late Father James Roth (1953-2015). From 1976 to 1987 as a religious brother and 1995 to 2004 as a priest, Father Roth served at Saint Francis de Sales High School in Toledo Ohio as a faculty member/administrator, and from 1995 to 2004 assisted with weekend Masses and sacramental ministry at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Monroe, Michigan. Other assignments included educational ministry in Utah and Ontario, Canada. Father Roth died February 11, 2015.

All inquiries concerning this case should be directed to the provincial for the Toledo-Detroit Province, Father Kenneth McKenna, OSFS (419-724-9851). If you have something to report regarding this matter, please contact the Oblates’ victim assistance coordinator, Adrienne Rowland (888-308-6252). For more information: www.tdprovince.org.

FR. JAMES ROTH, OSFS

OHIO
Toledo-Detroit Province, Oblates of St. Francis de Sales

In January the Toledo-Detroit Province received an allegation of sexual misconduct of a minor by Fr. James Roth (1953–2015). The abuse occurred 14-years ago.

The Province responds to allegations according to standards developed by Praesidium. Within hours of receiving the report, Fr. Roth was removed from ministry and law enforcement was informed. We convened the Praesidium-mandated Review Board and hired an investigator to investigate the accusation.

The Review Board, consisting of two social workers with extensive experience dealing with sexual misconduct, an educator, a psychologist and a Toledo-area judge, confirmed the allegation. They are now helping us learn of any other victims so we may offer a compassionate response.

If you or someone you know has been sexually abused by an Oblate, please click here to report sexual misconduct or call me at 419-724-9851.

On behalf of the Oblates, I want to apologize to anyone who has ever been injured, physically or emotionally, by any member of our congregation. We wish to help those in pain and we reaffirm our desire to play a role in the healing process.

Sincerely Yours,

Fr. Ken McKenna, OSFS
Provincial

Rev. James H. Roth, O.S.F.S. — March 10, 1953 - Feb. 11, 2015

OHIO
East Niagara Post

Rev. James H. Roth, O.S.F.S. passed away on February 11, 2015 at Hospice of NW Ohio, due to complications of diabetes.

Fr. Jim was born to Robert J. and Therese (Desjardins) Roth in Lockport, New York on March 10, 1953. In 1971 he graduated from DeSales High School, Lockport, NY. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Spanish from Niagara University in 1976, a Masters in Religious Education degree from St. Michael’s University in 1984, a Masters in Education from the University of Toledo in 1985 and a Masters of Divinity from the Toronto School of Theology in 1995. Fr. Jim made his first profession as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales in 1978 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.

After profession Fr. Jim taught at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio for 11 years followed by 5 years at Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He returned to St. Francis High School in 1995 as teacher and guidance counselor. In 2004, he became director of the Oblate House of Studies as well as campus minister at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. From 2008 to his time of passing, he was the priest-in-residence for the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board in Mississauga, Ontario.

Priest who served at St. Francis left note admitting abuse before his Feb. death

OHIO
Toledo Blade

BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Catholic church leaders are looking for other potential victims of a now-deceased priest who once served at St. Francis de Sales High School and who they confirmed abused a minor 14 years ago.

The Rev. James H. Roth, 61, died Feb. 11 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio after taking a high dose of insulin. Though his death has not been confirmed as a suicide, he left a note admitting to the allegation, said the Rev. Ken McKenna, provincial of the Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales

The survivor, who is now an adult and was not a St. Francis student, reported the abuse to the Oblates in January. Father Roth, who was at the time of the accusation working for a Catholic school board in Toronto, was immediately removed from his position, police were informed, and an internal investigation initiated, Father McKenna said.

Father Roth was in a drug study for diabetes, and the drug warned of side effects that included depression and suicidal thoughts, according to the Oblates. Coworkers had noticed mood changes. Father McKenna said it’s unclear whether the drugs impaired his judgement, or if revelation of the abuse led to his death.

Parents ask San Francisco archdiocese to remove controversial parish priests

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
National Catholic Reporter

Mandy Erickson | Mar. 26, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO
In a packed auditorium at Star of the Sea School in San Francisco on Wednesday, parents told representatives of the archdiocese to remove the parish's two priests.

After describing the changes that Fr. Joseph Illo, administrator, has instituted at the school since his arrival and the effects on their children, most of the parents concluded their talks by saying, "We respectfully ask that Fr. Illo and Fr. Driscoll be removed from Star of the Sea."

The audience frequently clapped and cheered while Illo and associate pastor Patrick Driscoll faced the audience and the speakers. Auxiliary Bishop William Justice and Fr. Raymund Reyes, vicar for clergy, also attended the meeting. Reyes took notes; Justice said they would pass the parents' comments on to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone.

Justice added that recently, the archdiocese has received a few, "not a lot," of emails in support of Illo. He said those emails would be considered along with the parents' comments.

Preocupa a comisión vaticana designación de obispo en Chile

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
El Nuevo Herald

POR NICOLE WINFIELD ASSOCIATED PRESS
03/26/2015

CIUDAD DEL VATICANO
Varios miembros de la junta asesora del papa Francisco sobre abusos sexuales manifestaron preocupación e incredulidad por su decisión de designar un obispo chileno a una diócesis pese a denuncias de que encubrió al pedófilo más famoso de Chile.

En entrevistas y correos electrónicos con The Associated Press, los expertos cuestionaron la intención del pontífice de responsabilizar a los obispos y garantizar la seguridad de los niños, dados los antecedentes del obispo Juan Barros en el caso del religioso Fernando Karadima.

Los cinco miembros de la comisión hablaron con la AP tanto profesional como personalmente pero destacaron que no hablaban en nombre de la comisión, que Francisco formó a fines del 2013 bajo la dirección del cardenal de Boston Sean O'Malley.

Be Careful What You Wish For

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

If the Vatican's Abuse Commission was established merely for show, the members thereof do not think so. If Francis really wants the laity involved in cleaning up the Scandal, he's getting what he asked for - and I'd wager he doesn't like it.

Here's an ABC News story on the situation in Chile that quotes a number of lay members of the Abuse Commission who are attempting to hold Pope Francis accountable for serious reform. It is ironic that the liberalists in the Church, for all their errors, are right about one thing in particular - the laity are members of the Church as much as the clergy are. Vatican II was adamant about that, and maybe that will begin to sink in.

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

Assignment Record– Bro. Joseph J. Alexander, O.S.B./Rev. Joseph J. Alexander

UNITED STATES
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A native of Lafayette LA, Joseph J. Alexander joined the Benedictine order in 1955. He lived and worked as a religious brother at a monastery in KY, and was ordained a priest in 1973. Alexander left the Benedictines in 1984, returning to LA to serve as a priest of the Lafayette diocese. He was involved in education and parish work. In April 2002 Lafayette bishop Edward O'Donnell removed Alexander from active ministry after learning of an allegation that Alexander had "engaged in sexual impropriety" with a teenage boy in KY in the early 1960s. Alexander acknowledged the "impropriety."

Joined Benedictine Order: 1955
Ordained: 1973

Comisión Vaticana por abusos sexuales está "preocupada" por designación de Barros

CHILE
La Tercera

por Angélica Baeza Palavecino - 26/03/2015

Dos miembros de la Comisión Vaticana que asesora al Papa Francisco en el combate de abusos sexuales dijeron estar "preocupados y sorprendidos" por el nombramiento de Juan Barros como obispo de Osorno.

En entrevista con National Catholic Reporter, los miembros de la comisión indicaron que están considerando viajar a Roma para hablar con el Papa cara a cara sobre la materia.

"Yo sólo hablo por mí mismo o como un sub-grupo de trabajo de la comisión, todos estamos muy preocupados por lo que está pasando en Chile", dijo Peter Saunders, un miembro de la Pontificia Comisión para la Protección de Menores y víctima de abuso sexual.

Monseñor Juan Barros Madrid se instaló el sábado como cabeza de la diócesis de Osorno, Chile, en medio de las protestas en la catedral. Sobrevivientes chilenos acusan Barros de encubrir el abuso por el padre Fernando Karadima, una vez reconocido líder espiritual y figura clave de la iglesia chilena que fue encontrado culpable por el Vaticano en 2011 de abusar sexualmente de menores de edad, cuando Barros era un sacerdote.

Obama to receive Pope Francis on 23 September

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The President of the United States has requested to continue the dialogue he has begun with the Argentinian Pontiff, the White House announces

VATICAN INSIDER STAFF
ROMA

The President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the First Lady will welcome Pope Francis to the White House on 23 September. It will be a visit in which Obama and the Pontiff will continue the dialogue they started during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, the White House has announced.

During the visit, Obama and the Pope will continue to discuss their shared values and commitments on a wide range of topics, including caring for those on the margins of society and the poor, the effort to promote economic opportunities for everybody, to be good custodians of the environment, to protect religious minorities and promote religious freedom in the world, and the acceptance and integration of immigrants and refugees into our communities. “The President is delighted to be able to continue his conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pontiff”, the White House has said.

Vic pedophile priest facing more jail time

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

A pedophile priest who changed his name to avoid publicity after being jailed for sex crimes will be sentenced for more than 50 new child sex offences.

Edward "Ted" Bales, 65, is due to face the Victorian County Court after pleading guilty to the sexual abuse of boys in his care during the 1970s and 1980s.

Bales, a defrocked layman living in Thomastown, was formerly known as Edward Vernon Dowlan.

He spent five years in prison in the 1990s after being convicted of other historical sex offences.

Manhattan Beach mother files sexual abuse lawsuit ...

CALIFORNIA
Beach Reporter

by Carley Dryden

A Manhattan Beach woman has filed a lawsuit against a former priest from American Martyrs Catholic Church, alleging he sexually abused her while she was setting up a Mass.

Kate Bergin also named the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the suit, announced Wednesday morning, claiming the church was negligent and failed to warn parishioners when it transferred the priest to another parish in Los Angeles late last year.

Bergin said she would drop the lawsuit if Father Nicholas Assi is removed from ministry.

“I don’t want to sue the church. I want to be able to go to church, but I can’t,” Bergin said through tears Wednesday outside American Martyrs. “It’s hypocrisy. They act like everything’s fine. It’s not. When something like this happens, they turn their backs.”

Cardinal O’Brien the author of his own misfortune

SCOTLAND
The Catholic Register (Canada)

BY DOROTHY CUMMINGS MCLEAN

March 26, 2015

Edinburgh’s disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien was in the news again last week after he resigned his rights and privileges as a cardinal. The Vatican stated that “with this provision” Pope Francis “would like to manifest his pastoral solicitude to all the faithful of the Church in Scotland and to encourage them to continue with hope the path of renewal and reconciliation.”

Nevertheless, Mr. and Mrs. McLean of Edinburgh screamed at each other for half an hour, fighting hammer and tongs over whether or not Cardinal O’Brien had been hung out to dry by a coterie of gay priests because of his prominence in the Scottish battle to preserve traditional marriage.

One of the difficulties Edinburgh Catholics have in discussing the downfall of our former archbishop is that we don’t know what he did exactly. We know only that three active priests and one “former” priest told journalist Catherine Deveney that within a 33-year period, O’Brien made at least four “inappropriate approach[es]” to them. The youngest was 20, a seminarian, when the alleged impropriety occurred. The others were priests, adult men, when Father/Bishop/Cardinal O’Brien offended them.

The story broke on Feb. 23, 2013 and, like many other Edinburgh Catholics, I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t get my mind around the idea of our big, hearty Irish cardinal making sexual passes at men.

I run with a Church-centric crowd that is well-seasoned with urban sophisticates, and none of us had an inkling that the cardinal was gay or unchaste. Gossips opined only that he was no intellectual and was overfond of whiskey. They were embarrassed by his habit of singing “Mud, Mud Glorious Mud” at parties, but they had to admit it was a crowd-pleaser. The cardinal sang it even at the Edinburgh Festival.

200 personas protestan nuevamente contra investidura de Juan Barros como obispo de Osorno

CHILE
Bio Bio

[Two hundred people returned Wednesday night to protest ordination of Juan Barros as bishop of Osorno.]

La noche de ayer miércoles cerca de 200 personas volvieron a protestar contra la investidura de Juan Barros como obispo de Osorno en el frontis de la Catedral San Mateo.

Con ello cumplieron con lo anunciado el sábado pasado, tras la caótica ceremonia de asunción del prelado, de no dejar de manifestarse hasta que Barros deje su cargo como líder del catolisismo en la ciudad.

En la ocasión, declararon como personas no gratas a el arzobispo de Puerto Montt, Cristián Caro, y el ex obispo de Osorno, René Rebolledo, debido a la defensa que realizaron de Barros.

Irlandesa víctima de abuso pidió remoción de obispo Juan Barros

CHILE
Cooperativa

La irlandesa Marie Collins, víctima de abuso de parte de un sacerdote, pidió al Papa Francisco que remueva al recién asumido obispo de Osorno, Juan Barros.

De acuerdo a RTE (televisión nacional de su país), Collins dijo que acepta como veraces los dichos de una de las víctimas de Karadima, que acusa que el recién nombrado obispo Barros sabía de los abusos y los encubrió.

La información destacada por el sitio de la televisión pública irlandesa agrega que Barros asumió el pasado domingo como Obispo de Osorno en medio de protestas y con detractores entre los que se encuentran miembros de la Iglesia Católica y el Parlamento chileno.

Pope's Sex Abuse Commission Alarmed by Bishop Appointment

VATICAN CITY
ABC News

VATICAN CITY — Mar 26, 2015

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press

Several members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations that he covered up for Chile's most notorious pedophile.

In interviews and emails with The Associated Press, the experts have questioned Francis' pledge to hold bishops accountable and keep children safe, given the record of Bishop Juan Barros in the case of the Rev. Fernando Karadima.

The five commission members spoke to the AP in their personal and professional capacity and stressed that they were not speaking on behalf of the commission, which Francis formed in late 2013 and named Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley to head.

"I am very worried," said commission member Dr. Catherine Bonnet, a French child psychiatrist and author on child sex abuse. "Although the commission members cannot intervene with individual cases, I would like to meet with Cardinal O'Malley and other members of the commission to discuss a way to pass over our concerns to Pope Françis."

Another commission member, Marie Collins, herself a survivor of abuse, said she couldn't understand how Francis could have appointed Barros given the concerns about his behavior.

"It goes completely against what he (Francis) has said in the past about those who protect abusers," Collins told AP. "The voice of the survivors is being ignored, the concerns of the people and many clergy in Chile are being ignored and the safety of children in this diocese is being left in the hands of a bishop about whom there are grave concerns for his commitment to child protection."

Members of Vatican abuse commission question Francis' inaction in Chile

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Mar. 26, 2015

ROME
Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse say they are both concerned and surprised at the pope's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, even witnessing it while he was a priest.

Speaking in brief NCR interviews Thursday in personal capacities, the commission members also said some in their group are considering traveling to Rome to speak to the pope face-to-face on the matter.

Bishop Juan Barros Madrid was installed Saturday as head of the diocese of Osorno, Chile, amid protests in the cathedral. Chilean survivors accuse Barros of covering up abuse by Fr. Fernando Karadima, a once-renowned spiritual leader and key Chilean church figure who was found guilty by the Vatican in 2011 of sexually abusing minors, when Barros was a priest.

"I am only speaking for myself, but as a working sub-group of the commission, we are all very disturbed by what is going on in Chile," said Peter Saunders, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and a survivor of abuse.

Life of Prayer and Penance Imposed on Diocesan Cleric

OHIO
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

March 5, 2015

The Reverend Joseph Lieberth, formerly the pastor of Holy Family parish in Stow, Ohio, was placed on administrative leave by the Diocese of Cleveland in April of 2002 based on an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to the 1980’s.

After appropriate due process according to canon (Church) law, the Most Reverend Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, has imposed on Father Lieberth “A life of prayer and penance.” Father Lieberth is no longer permitted to celebrate Mass publicly or administer the sacraments. He is not to wear clerical attire or publicly present himself as a priest. In a spirit of repentance, he has agreed to pray daily for the victims of sexual abuse as is mandated by the Essential Norms of the U.S. Charter for the Protection of Children.

Under canon law, “A life of prayer and penance” is imposed, for example, when a priest is of advanced age or is seriously ill. The process also includes regular periodic monitoring by Diocesan staff.

The Diocese of Cleveland continues its commitment to protecting children and helping to heal victims of abuse. We are deeply sorry for the pain suffered by survivors of abuse due to the actions of some members of the clergy.

The church's cover-up of Brother Edward Dowlan (alias Ted Bales) — and how Broken Rites helped to expose this

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 26 March 2015)

This Broken Rites article is the most comprehensive account available about how the Christian Brothers organisation concealed the crimes of Brother Edward Dowlan (now known as Edward Bales). From the start, they knew that he was committing criminal sexual assaults against Australian schoolchildren and, instead of dismissing him, the Christian Brothers kept transferring him to more schools, thus giving him access to more victims. When police finally charged him after 20 years, the Christian Brothers supported Dowlan, instead of supporting the victims. The victims eventually won (by getting him convicted in 1996 and again in 2014), but their lives have been damaged by the Christian Brothers— and at least one of Brother Dowlan's victims ended up in suicide. Dowlan is being sentenced again (under the name Ted Bales) on 27 March 2015.

Twenty years after his first crime, Broken Rites arranged for one of Dowlan's victims to have a private chat with detectives from the Victoria Police child-abuse investigation unit, who then interviewed some more of Dowlan's victims. This resulted in Dowlan being jailed in 1996. After being released from jail in 2001, Dowlan changed his surname to "Bales" to avoid media scrutiny and, with help from the Christian Brothers organisation, he moved into a private residence of his own as Mister Ted Bales. In 2014, after more of his earlier victims finally contacted the police, Edward "Bales" pleaded guilty to some more of his crimes and was remanded in custody to await his next sentencing proceedings, which are scheduled to be completed by March 2015.

It was Broken Rites that first documented the Christian Brothers policy of continuing to support any criminal member in their ranks, even after a court conviction. A senior Christian Brothers official explained this policy in the Melbourne County Court in July 1996, when Brother Edward Vernon Dowlan faced charges for indecently assaulting boys in Victorian Catholic schools. A Broken Rites researcher was present in court, day after day, taking notes during the 1996 proceedings. The following article is based on those notes, together with further notes made in court in 2014 and 2015.

Archdiocese of Boston takes Friends of St. Frances to court to end vigil

MASSACHUSETTS
Wicked Local Scituate

By Ruth Thompson
rthompson@wickedlocal.com

Posted Mar. 26, 2015

SCITUATE
The fate of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church is now up to a judge.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston served the Board of Directors of the Friends of St. Frances X. Cabrini, Inc., with a summons to appear at the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham on Friday, March 20 for a hearing on the archdiocese’s request for a preliminary injunction.

The archdiocese had until Tuesday, March 24 to file the proper deed to the 30-acre property located on Hood Road in Scituate with the Norfolk Superior Court, according to Mary Elizabeth Carmody, legal counsel for the Friends of St. Frances. X. Cabrini, Inc.

The Friends then had until Wednesday, March 25 to file a supplement, including a deed—at the Court’s request.

“Then the court will decide,” Carmody said. “We do not know how long the decision will take.”

The relationship between the archdiocese and the Friends has been rocky since 2004, when the archdiocese closed the St. Frances X. Cabrini church as part of its reorganization plan.

Alleged abuse victim denies making up evidence of morning teas with priest

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

March 26, 2015

Christopher Knaus
Reporter for The Canberra Times.

The alleged victim of a Catholic priest has denied making up evidence about the Sunday morning teas where she says she was molested.

Father Edward Evans, 85, is accused of repeatedly abusing the girl at his home in Braddon, near where he delivered German-language services, and while they were alone in a car outside Cooleman Court.

The complainant says Father Evans put his hands down her pants and touched her bottom three times, and digitally penetrated her twice during gatherings at his home after his 10am service on Sundays.

She said her family went to the home with Father Evans, who they called "Father Eddie", on a near-weekly basis.

But, during cross-examination on Thursday, Father Evans' barrister Steven Whybrow told the woman that Father Evans held a service at Page at 11.30am on three of the four Sundays of each month.

Cushley says O’Brien destroyed Church’s credibility as new allegations emerge

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

26 March 2015 11:49 by Brian Morton, Christopher Lamb

The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has described the actions of his predecessor, who has apologised for his sexual failings, as damaging the Church’s credibility and demoralising Catholics.

Archbishop Leo Cushley’s comments came after Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by five men, four of them priests, resigned the “rights and privileges” of a cardinal.

This week The Tablet spoke to one of the priest accusers of Cardinal O’Brien who said there were multiple incidents of sexual misconduct by the cardinal against seminarians and young clergy.

The priest, who is remaining anonymous, said he believed that at least 40 cases took place from 1985, the year the cardinal became archbishop, until 2010.

He described how the cardinal made an “unmistakeable” sexual advance to him at Archbishop’s House in Edinburgh in 1990 which the priest, who is not gay, said he rebuffed. He said that the cardinal acted afterwards “as if nothing had happened…he blanked it completely.”

Polens Priester Gil zu 7 Jahren ...

POLEN
Karibik News

Polens Priester Gil zu 7 Jahren Haft wegen sexuellem Kindermissbrauch in der Dominikanischen Republik verurteilt

Warschau, Polen.- Am Mittwoch wurde in Warschau der polnische Ex-Priester Wojciech Gil (Pater Gil) zu 7 Jahren Haft und einer Geldstrafe von 155.000 Zloty (rund 40.000 Euro) verurteilt. Kurz vor der Urteilsfindung bekannte sich Gil schuldig in der Dominikanischen Republik Kinder sexuell missbraucht zu haben.

Dadurch erreichte er mildernde Umstände und wurde nur zu 7 Jahren Haft verurteilt, sonst hätte man ihn bis zu 15 Jahre einsperren können. Weiter legten die Richter dem ehemaligen Priester ein Arbeitsverbot im Kreise von Jugendlichen für 15 Jahre auf und ebenso darf er sich nicht mehr den Opfern nähern.

Polnischer Ex-Priester muss ins Gefängnis

POLEN
20 Minuten

Ein polnischer Expriester ist wegen des sexuellen Missbrauchs Minderjähriger in der Dominikanischen Republik und Polen zu sieben Jahren Gefängnis verurteilt worden. Das Gericht in Wolomin bei Warschau befand den 37-Jährigen am Mittwoch für schuldig, in dem Karibikstaat zwischen 2009 und 2013 sechs und in Polen von 2000 bis 2001 zwei Jugendliche sexuell missbraucht zu haben.

Der Angeklagte hatte sich als nicht schuldig bezeichnet, aber eine siebenjährige Haft akzeptiert, um einen umfangreichen Prozess zu vermieden. Darauf liess sich Staatsanwaltschaft ein. Das Gericht wies den Expriester an, den Opfern 155'000 Zloty (40'000 Franken)zu zahlen.

„Rom muss den Bischof verklagen“

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

[The apostolic administrator for the Limburg diocese said when he took over management of the diocese a year ago he found deep dear and distrust.]

Von PETER HANACK

Der ehemalige Bischof Tebartz-van Elst hat dem Bistum Limburg finanziell geschadet – dafür müsse er sich verantworten, sagt Weihbischof Manfred Grothe, der im Auftrag des Papstes das Bistum leitet. Einen Verabschiedung Tebartz-van Elst aus der Diözese hält er für wünschenswert.

Seit 26. März 2014 leitet Manfred Grothe (75) im Auftrag des Papstes das Bistum Limburg. Seit dem Tag, an dem der Papst den Rücktritt des umstrittenen Limburger Bischofs Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst angenommen hat. Anlässlich dieses Jahrestags lud Grothe, Apostolischer Administrator in Limburg und Weihbischof in Paderborn, ein Dutzend Journalisten zum Frühstück in den Konradinerkeller des Bischofshauses ein – also jenes Baus, dessen Kosten unter Tebartz’ Bauherrenschaft ins schier Unermessliche stiegen. Wir haben das Gespräch aufgezeichnet.

Dan 7 años a cura que abusó de niños en República Dominicana

POLONIA
El Comercio

Wolomin. Un tribunal polaco condenó el miércoles a siete años de prisión al ex sacerdote Wojciech Gil por abusar de menores en República Dominicana y Polonia.

Un tribunal de Wolomin, cerca de Varsovia, declaró culpable a Wojciech Gil de abusar de seis menores en la nación caribeña entre 2008 y 2013 y de dos en Polonia entre 2000 y 2001. Los cargos incluyeron posesión de pornografía infantil y posesión ilegal de un arma de fuego.

Gil, de 37 años, se declaró inocente, pero negoció los cargos y una sentencia de siete años de prisión, que le evitó un juicio prolongado.

Condenan a 7 años de prisión al sacerdote Wojciech Gil por abuso de menores

POLONIA
SDP Noticias

El exclérigo también fue acusado de posesión de pornografía infantil, un arma de fuego y demás municiones.

El exsacerdote Wojciech Gil abusó de dos menores en Polonia y seis en República Dominicana, entre 2000 y 20001 y entre 2009 y 20013, respectivamente, por lo que el tribunal de Wolomin, en Varsovia lo condenó con siete años de prisión, además de una indemnización de 43 mil dólares por cada niño.

Pese a que la defensa del acusado propueso la aceptación voluntaria de la condena, la sentencia también prohibe a Gil trabajar con jóvenes durante 15 años y, por supuesto, acercarse a las víctimas. Sin embargo, esta es apenas la mitad de la pena máxima a la que se enfrentaba el 'religioso', quien cometió también delitos como: posesión de pornografía infantil, un arma de fuego y demás municiones.

Polish priest abused boys in Dominican Republic gets 7 years in jail, EFE

POLAND
Dominican Today

Warsaw.- A court in Wolomin, Poland on Wednesday sentenced former priest Wojciech Gil to seven years in prison and fined 40,000 euros for abusing two children in Poland. He also faces charges of abusing six boys in Dominican Republic, EFE reports.

The ruling also bans Gil from contacting the victims and from working with young people for a period of 15 years.

In the first hearing on March 20 Gil’s defense plea bargained for a 7-year sentence, half the maximum penalty for a child abuse conviction and possession of child pornography.

The priest was also indicted on charges of molesting at least 7 seven between 2009 and 2013 during his tenure as parish priest in the town of Juncalito, in Dominican Republic's highlands.

‘Rabbi told me not to go to civil authorities’

AUSTRALIA
The Australian Jewish News

YESHIVAH Melbourne’s senior rabbi allegedly told a congregant this week that he had no right to contact police without permission from a rabbi.

The congregant, who was a victim of child sexual abuse, has filed a claim against the Yeshivah Centre and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Telsner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Right Commission (VEOHRC).

The victim, who has been the subject of bullying and intimidation because he came forward to police, was granted an Interim Intervention Order (IIO) against someone within the Yeshivah Centre community.

On Monday, he told Rabbi Telsner about the IIO so that it could be enforced in synagogue.

“Rabbi Telsner then asked the applicant (victim) whether he had sought and received permission from a rabbi to have the order granted by the court,” the victim said in a statement to the VEOHRC.

Denuncian a arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles por abuso sexual

CALIFORNIA
Univision

Una feligresa presentó una denuncia contra la arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles y uno de sus sacerdotes por un presunto abuso sexual ocurrido en abril del año pasado en la parroquia de American Martyrs Catholic Church, en Manhattan Beach, según la información judicial divulgada este miércoles.

La denuncia fue presentada ante la Corte Superior del condado de Los Ángeles y fue respondida por la arquidiócesis, que en un comunicado aseguró que el incidente había sido investigado ya por las autoridades que no hallaron pruebas de delito.

La presunta víctima, Catherine Bergin, acusó al sacerdote Nicholas Assi, párroco asistente de esa iglesia entre 2009 y 2014, de tocarla indebidamente y causarle angustia emocional el pasado mes de abril cuando ella hacía trabajo de voluntaria en la sacristía.

Abuse scheme rejection alarms Catholics

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Catholic Church says it is disappointed the federal government has so quickly rejected a national scheme to compensate abuse survivors.

In its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the church backed a national, fair, compassionate and independent scheme which would be run by the federal government with the participation of state and territory governments.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), told a national inquiry on Thursday that it was surprising that the Commonwealth had initiated the inquiry and "yet has so quickly discounted itself from one of the most fundamental issues we have to redress".

"You would think that any government that was setting up a Royal Commission of this nature would know that a possible redress scheme would be one option," Mr Sullivan said.

The commission has recommended a single national scheme and done modelling to show it would cost $4.3 billion and cover 65,000 survivors.

Call to expand Medicare for abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
7 News

By Annette Blackwell
March 26, 2015

Redress funds for abuse survivors should be used to expand Medicare, a royal commission has been told.

Louise Roufeil, executive manager of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), said an overhauled Medicare system was essential to properly help thousands of people traumatised by childhood experiences in care.

Dr Roufeil said the doorway to services was very narrow and entry "very difficult and when you can get in, the capacity to fully provide treatment is limited".

Her evidence on Thursday to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse came a day after the federal government knocked back a commission suggestion that Medicare be expanded.

Residential school day students seek compensation

CANADA
CBC News

The Tk'emlups Indian Band and the Sechelt Indian Band are fighting for compensation for First Nations children who attended B.C. residential schools but did not live there.

Lawyers representing the bands will be in court next month, arguing for the certification of a class action lawsuit launched in 2012 that seeks compensation for all day scholars who attended residential schools.

Tk'emlups Chief Shane Gottfriedson says the two bands will argue that day scholars — students who returned home every night — suffered the same abuse and mistreatment that many residential school students endured.

They also suffered the same loss in culture and language, the bands will argue, yet they were never compensated.

Manhattan Beach mother files sexual abuse lawsuit against former American Martyrs priest

CALIFORNIA
Daily Breeze

By Carley Dryden, Daily Breeze
POSTED: 03/25/15

A Manhattan Beach woman has filed a lawsuit against a former priest from American Martyrs Catholic Church, alleging he sexually abused her while she was setting up a Mass.

Kate Bergin also named the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in the suit, announced Wednesday morning, claiming the church was negligent and failed to warn parishioners when it transferred the priest to another parish in Los Angeles late last year.

Bergin said she would drop the lawsuit if Father Nicholas Assi is removed from ministry.

“I don’t want to sue the church. I want to be able to go to church, but I can’t,” Bergin said through tears Wednesday outside American Martyrs. “It’s hypocrisy. They act like everything’s fine. It’s not. When something like this happens, they turn their backs.”

Payout refusal sparks backlash

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 26, 2015

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

A victim of child sexual assault by a Catholic brother has said the federal government “would prefer us to suffer in silence” after it critic­ised plans for a compensation scheme for the victims of such crimes.

The government also declined an invitation to appear at a public hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to discuss the issue yesterday.

Commission chairman Peter McClellan said commissioners were “disappointed” the government had not backed the scheme, which was “overwhelmingly supported” by victims and many institutions, including the Catholic, Anglican and Uniting churches.

The proposals involve establishing an independent national body with powers to order instit­utions to formally apologise, pay compensation to and help with the medical costs of an estimated 65,000 victims, at a cost of about $4.3 billion.

Child sex abuse royal commission: Catholic Church says rejection of national compensation and support scheme surprising

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[Submissions on redress and civil litigation]

By Jessica Kidd

The Federal Government's rejection of a proposal for a national compensation and support scheme for victims of child sexual abuse is surprising, the Catholic Church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council chief says.

Francis Sullivan appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this morning to present the Catholic Church's proposal for a victim's redress scheme.

Mr Sullivan said the church supported a national scheme administered by the Federal Government and funded by the institutions responsible for abuse.

But he expressed his surprise that the Federal Government disagreed with a national model, which was widely supported by most institutions and victim advocacy groups.

Child sex abuse victims 'retraumatised' by counselling services, royal commission hears

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 26, 2015

Paul Bibby
Court Reporter

Victims of child sexual abuse are being "retraumatised" by inadequate Medicare-funded counselling services that are plagued by a shortage of properly trained practitioners, the head of the Australian Psychological Society has told the royal commission.

As the commission continued to examine the issue of redress for victims on Thursday, the executive manager of the Psychological Society, Louise Roufeil, said the maximum of 10 private counselling sessions provided for people with mental health issues under Medicare were nowhere near sufficient to support abuse victims.
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"Commencing a therapeutic relationship with a survivor and offering hope and then not being able to carry the treatment to fruition represents a failure again for the survivors," Dr Roufeil told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

"The treatment response is itself retraumatising. This cannot be allowed to continue."

Dr Roufeil said there were very few counselling services in the country which had practitioners who were properly trained in assisting victims of child sexual abuse.

Child abuse victims deserve more than the commonwealth's excuses

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Adam Brereton
@adambrereton

The moment when things went wrong for victims of child abuse in Australia was a very precise one. In the 1990s, Jeff Kennett, then premier of Victoria, met with George Pell, who was at that stage the Catholic archbishop of Melbourne. According to Pell, Kennett told him to “clean this [child abuse] thing up and there won’t be a royal commission”.

Kennett told The Age last year that he was “reassured that George said ‘yes’, he’d get stuck into it ... it’s not for me to sit in judgment … of whether the response was adequate or not”.

We know what the church’s action was: Pell took matters into his own hands and set up the Melbourne Response in 1996. In doing so, he went out ahead of the rest of the church which, we know from the commission, was in the process of developing a more integrated, national version of what would become its response to abuse, Towards Healing.

By being unconcerned with the quality of the church’s response and leaving it to its own devices, Kennett made a serious mistake.

His response laid bare a question that the commission is now grappling with: do we believe the state has a moral duty to care for its vulnerable citizens, or not? Of course, many don’t believe that governments should “sit in judgment” on matters that are properly the domain of the private sector, civil society, or the impersonal order of the market.

Sentence Upheld for Priest Convicted of Sexual Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Legal Intelligencer

P.J. D'Annunzio, The Legal Intelligencer
March 26, 2015

The state Superior Court has upheld the prison sentence of Charles Engelhardt, a priest convicted of indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child.

On Wednesday, a three-judge panel affirmed the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas' sentencing of Engelhardt to six to 12 years in prison, to be followed by five years of probation.

Engelhardt, who was accused of raping D.G., an altar boy, stood trial on Jan. 14, 2013. Engelhardt was charged with one count each of indecent assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, rape of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault, as well as four counts of criminal conspiracy, according to Judge Sally Updyke Mundy's memorandum.

The indecent assault, corruption of minors, and endangering the welfare of a child convictions came on Jan. 30, 2013, Mundy said.

WOMAN FILES SEXUAL ABUSE LAWSUIT AGAINST PRIEST, ARCHDIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES

CALIFORNIA
KABC

[with video]

By Rob Hayes
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A lawsuit has been filed against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and a priest, claiming he sexually abused a woman at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach.

Catherine Bergin claims Father Nicholas Assi sexually abused her last spring at the church.

"He pressed his belly against my back. He pushed me against the counter. He put his hand under my shirt, moving down my pants," she said.

Bergin and her attorney have filed a lawsuit against Assi and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She said the church is once again trying to hide sexual abuse problems, in this case by transferring Assi to a different parish - St. Basil's Church in Koreatown.

"It's hypocrisy. They act like everything is fine. It's not. When something like this happens, they turn their backs," Bergin said.

Alabama priest, a former TV host, accused of molesting underage son

ALABAMA
New York Daily News

BY JASON SILVERSTEIN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Here’s a soul that might need some serious saving.

A Catholic priest and former TV host in Alabama has been accused of molesting his own underage son several years ago.

The accusation against David Lawrence Stone, 54, came in court papers he’s been waging with the mother’s child, Christina Presnell.

Stone was arrested and charged for the alleged sex assault in 2013, but the case had a second coming this week when the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a national child abuse monitoring group, started focusing on it.

The group's outreach director, Barbara Dorris, told AL.com the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham is trying to obscure Stone's sordid past.

Clergyman losing faith in church's leader

GUAM
KUAM

By Jolene Toves

Deacon Stephen Martinez is hoping Archbishop Anthony Apuron will take action. He's written another letter to the head of the island's Catholic church not only concerned about Father Luis Camacho's recent arrest, but also about the Redempotoris Mater Seminary, where he learned to become a priest and its connection to the Neocatechumenal Way.

Fr. Luis was arrested last week after police found him with a 17-year-old girl parked at a beach in Agat. The girl was supposed to be in school at the time. According to Martinez, he alleges the two were engaging in cunnilingus.

Deacon Martinez used to be the Archdiocese of Guam's sexual abuse response coordinator (SARC), but was removed seven months ago. According to Martinez, he's not sure he why was suddenly ousted but two months prior to his removal he had brought up concerns regarding the church's sexual abuse policy. Deacon Martinez, who did not want to be interviewed for television, said at that time - and even till now - he is extremely concerned that the policy is flawed and could cause financial distress for the archdiocese. He pointed out that the policy has the potential for a conflict of interest.

For example, he says, "If there is an allegation against the archbishop and he decides not to move forward, then the policy becomes meaningless." In order to remedy this flaw Martinez had recommended that the policy be revised "allowing for a bishop from a different archdiocese to make the call."

But aside from the policy, Deacon Martinez is going public because he wrote he is "gravely concerned with a growing pattern of sexual deviancy from Redemptoris Mater Seminary-trained priests and seminarians" .

March 25, 2015

More Disturbing Details Alleged in Priest Sex Scandal

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[with video]

Written by Janela Carrera

These alleged disturbing details extend to other seminarians involved in the Neocatechumenal Way.

Guam - The saga continues in the priest sex scandal, this time more disturbing details are being alleged and not just with Father Luis Camacho, but with other members of the neocatechumenal way.

It’s the second letter Deacon Steve Martinez has written to Archbishop Anthony Apuron over Father Luis Camacho’s sex scandal involving a 17-year-old female student. Deacon Steve alleges that, based on his understanding, Father Luis and the student engaged in oral sex.

“This is a grave abuse of trust and a tendency which a proper psychological examination may have disclosed,” writes Deacon Steve.

He points out the irony in Father Luis’ case. He says Father Luis was a product of the teachings of the neocatechumenal way led by Father Edivaldo--teachings Deacon Steve says should be investigated.

For instance, he says on one occasion, Father Edivaldo warned young girls about boys, saying boys will treat girls like oranges, “sucking the sweet juice from them and when they are all dried up the boys will spit them out.” Other examples include public confessions in which seminarians would disclose personal struggles that include "excessive masturbation."

The most recent, says Deacon Steve, was during mass at the Cathedral de Basilica in which Father Luis’ brother, Gabe Camacho, a seminarian at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary, is alleged to have told churchgoers quote “I don’t know how many girls I’ve taken advantage of … I should maybe have two children, three children, not even with the same woman.” Again this quote is according to the letter written by Deacon Steve.

Tremors From Chile Bishop Revolt Reach Ireland, USA & UK Pronto

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

Last weekend, supporters of Pope Francis’ Chilean appointment, Bishop Juan Barros, incredibly tried to drown out the chants of protest against his ordination in Osorno Cathedral. This occurred despite Osorno’s close proximity to Argentina and Francis’ longstanding close ties to Chile. In Italy, Pope Francis and his media machine have since focused instead on pizza, relics, gossip, gender theory, etc. — anything but Chile, it seems.

Not so elsewhere. In Ireland, the prophetic abuse survivor, Marie Collins, who now with UK abuse survivor, Peter Saunders, advise Pope Francis on priest child abuse matters, has called on the pope to remove the recently-appointed Chilean bishop. The bishop is alleged by several credible abuse survivors to have covered up for Chile’s most notorious clerical abuser. Collins says she accepts as truthful the testimony of a male survivor that Barros watched him being abused, yet did nothing about it. See “Irish abuse survivor calls for removal of bishop accused of abuse cover-up”, with a brief but pointed video of Collins’ giving her no-nonsense statement, as well as of the unforgettable statement of the male survivor, here,

[RTE News]

In the USA, a perceptive and careful Catholic has carefully dissected the captive Catholic media’s shameful and inept attempt to spin the reports (confirmed by vivid videos) of the unprecedented revolt of thousands at the bishop’s chaotic installation. This suggests that Pope Francis may face considerable similar protests from outraged parents and grandparents when he visits Philadelphia, New York and Washington DC in several months. See “Catholics: Don’t Believe CNA’s Spin on Bishop Barros and the Situation in Chile“, here,

[Waiting for Godot to Leave]

Moreover, in the UK, where a major national investigation of church and other institutional child sexual abuse is just beginning, Peter Saunders, the pope’s other featured abuse survivor who now sits on the pope’s belated “go slow” abuse commission, is also bravely speaking out — evidently after now having seen up close what the abuse commission’s flawed approach to date has been. Saunders has reportedly said that proof of the Church’s seriousness in tackling the problem will be revealed by its action – or inaction – in cases like the one involving Barros in Chile.

If Francis fails to remove Barros promptly, will either Marie Collins or Peter Saunders or both of them resign from the seemingly ineffective abuse commission? As a Cathoilc grandparent, I hope they both do. As an international lawyer, I think they should. If Barros stays, they are then just being used, it appears.

Updated: Settlement Forged Just Before Trial in Priest Abuse Case

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Law Tribune

Christian Nolan, The Connecticut Law Tribune
March 25, 2015

Jane Doe No. 2 v. Norwich Roman Catholic Diocese et al.: A Massachusetts woman who claims she was sexually abused by a priest in Norwich over the course of her entire childhood has settled her lawsuit against the diocese for $1.1 million. The woman, known only as Jane Doe No. 2 in court records, claims she was molested about 60 times from age 3 to age 18 by the Rev. Thomas Shea, a former parish priest in the Diocese of Norwich.

Years later she came forward and sued the diocese and its former bishop, Daniel Reilly.
At least 15 young girls claim to have been molested by Shea in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, according to Doe's lawyers, Kelly and Robert Reardon, of the Reardon Law Firm in New London. Six other victims were prepared to testify that they had been molested by Shea and had complained to church officials but nothing was done about it.

The Norwich Diocese paid $1.1 million to another victim, known as Jane Doe No. 1, in late 2012. The Reardon lawyers represented that woman as well.

Kelly Reardon explained that Jane Doe No. 2 met Shea when he was pastor of St. Stephens Church in Quinebaug in eastern Connecticut. Though she was from Massachusetts, she had family members who were parishioners of the Connecticut church, as it was just over the state line.

Reardon said Shea began inviting himself over to Doe's parents' home in Webster, Mass. where he'd kiss and inappropriately touch the young girl. "Her earliest memories are of Father Shea touching her," said Kelly Reardon.

'Did you abuse my son?' mother asks priest 40 years after son died

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 26, 2015

Joanne McCarthy

Andrew Michael Nash was 13 when he died in his bedroom.

Other family members were in the Newcastle home, watching television and doing homework, at the time.

His death, in 1974, came after an apparently uneventful day at school where his class teacher was also a serial child sex offender.

More than 40 years later, his mother Audrey Nash, 89, wants that teacher, former Marist Brother Romuald to answer a devastating and heartbreaking question.

"I want him to tell me if he sexually abused my son," said Mrs Nash, who still lives in the home where her son died.

"I'm 89 years of age. There's no other reason why it happened, and I thought his conscience might be getting to him now.

"I believe Andrew was abused. I believe he committed suicide. I want him [Romuald] to tell me if he abused [Andrew]. That could put my mind at rest before I die."

Catholic priest, ex-EWTN TV host, fathered child; he's now in custody fight, accused of abuse

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com
on March 25, 2015

A national group that monitors allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy has focused attention this week on the Alabama case of David Lawrence Stone, a Catholic priest and former EWTN TV host who was arrested in 2013 and charged with sexual abuse of a minor under 12.

The minor he is charged with sexually abusing is his own son, now six years old.

Stone, 54, formerly known as Father Frances Mary Stone, was host of the TV program "Life on the Rock" on Eternal Word Television Network.

In court filings, Stone's attorneys have argued that the allegation of child abuse is false. Stone has been in a lengthy custody battle with Christina Presnell, the mother of his child, according to Jefferson County Court records.

A spokeswoman for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was in Birmingham on Tuesday to discuss the case. She said Bishop Robert J. Baker, head of the Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, should let people know about the allegation and that the priest still lives in Irondale.

Irish abuse survivor calls for removal of bishop accused of abuse cover-up

IRELAND/CHILE
RTE News

An Irish abuse survivor who advises Pope Francis has called on him to remove a recently-appointed Chilean bishop, because he is alleged to have covered up for Chile's most notorious clerical abuser.

Marie Collins says she accepts as truthful the testimony of a male survivor that Bishop Juan Barros watched him being abused, yet did nothing about it.

Last weekend, supporters of Bishop Barros tried to drown out the chants of protest against his ordination in Osorno Cathedral.

They accuse the new bishop of protecting Chile's most notorious paedophile priest Fernando Karadima.

Four years ago he was found guilty by the Vatican of the serial abuse of teenage boys and banned from celebrating mass in public.

One of his victims testified that the newly-appointed Bishop saw Karadima molesting him.

But Bishop Barros has denied that he knew about the abuse: "I never imagined the serious abuses committed by this priest. I have never approved or participated in these gravely dishonest acts," he said.

Islamic Scholar Indicted on Charges of Sex Abuse, Battery

ILLINOIS
NBC Chicago

[with video]

By Regina Waldroup

A Cook County grand jury on Wednesday handed down an eight-count indictment against a prominent religious leader on charges of sex abuse and battery of a female school employee.

Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, appeared in a Rolling Meadows courtroom filled with his supporters. The prominent Islamic scholar head of the popular Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin posted a $25,000 bond last month and remains free.

His attorneys, Raymond Wigell and Uma Rashid, entered a plea of not guilty.

"My client is holding up quite well," said Wigell. "This is a big stress on him. He is a 75-year-old man. We are not in a hurry with this case. We want to do it right, but the judge is holding our feet to the fire and making us do work in an expeditious manner."

HEAD OF ELGIN ISLAMIC SCHOOL PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO SEX ABUSE CHARGES

ILLINOIS
WLS

ELGIN, Ill. (WLS) -- The founder of a suburban Islamic school has pleaded not guilty to new charges involving the sexual abuse of an employee.

Prosecutors allege that Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, repeatedly hugged, touched and massaged a 22-year-old worker at the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin last April.

Because of these charges, three other women joined a civil suit against Saleem.

Elgin cleric pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charges

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Barbara Vitello

An Elgin cleric on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a 22-year-old employee at an Islamic school.

Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, a well-known Muslim cleric who founded and once headed the Institute of Islamic Education, an Elgin private school for students in sixth through 12th grades, appeared before Cook County Judge James Karahalios.

Saleem, 75, was accused last month of sexually abusing the employee from October 2013 through April 14, 2014.

He was indicted on charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery of a school employee, criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint.

Islamic school chief pleads not guilty to sexual abuse

ILLINOIS
Houston Chronicle

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) — The head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has pleaded not guilty to eight criminal counts alleging he sexually abused an employee.

Seventy-five-year-old Mohammad Abdullah Saleem entered the plea Wednesday before a Cook County judge. The founder of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin was indicted on charges including aggravated criminal sexual abuse, aggravated battery of a school employee and unlawful restraint.

If convicted, Saleem could face up to five years in prison. He's free on $250,000 bond.

The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1EUpgLR ) Saleem's 22-year-old accuser has claimed he repeatedly hugged, touched and massaged her against her will in her school office.

Sexual abuse case against Chaminade College Preparatory School ...<

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Lilly Fowler

CREVE COEUR • A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge ruled Wednesday that a sexual abuse case against a former Marianist cleric at the Chaminade College Preparatory School can proceed to trial.

“The Marianists and Chaminade attempted to have the case rejected on summary judgment for statute of limitations issues but failed,” plaintiff attorney Ken Chackes said in a press release.

The prep school is sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States, a Roman Catholic religious order.

In addition to Chaminade and the Marianist Province, the lawsuit, filed in 2012, names Marianist leader, the Rev. Martin Solma.

Brother Louis Meinhardt, the former teacher and coach accused of abuse, is not named in the suit because he is deceased. The plaintiff is only known as "John Doe."

Victims' rights group hands out flyers about accused priests at Mobile cathedral

ALABAMA
AL.com

By Carol McPhail | cmcphail@al.com
on March 25, 2015

On Wednesday, a member of a victims' rights group distributed flyers to parishioners entering the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception as they entered noon Mass.

Barbara Dorris, outreach director for SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said she wanted to shine light on allegations made against a Mobile priest and the response by the Archdiocese of Mobile, as well as reach out to those who may have been affected.

Dorris, of St. Louis, Mo., said she handed out about 25 flyers entitled "Please help us protect kids." The flyers urged Archbishop of Mobile Thomas J. Rodi to suspend an accused Mobile priest and to warn people about an accused Jesuit who had previously lived in Mobile.

"We're concerned about the case with Father Savoie," said Dorris, referring to an allegation that Rev. Johnny Savoie had sex with a teenager at St. Lawrence Catholic Parish in Fairhope more than a decade ago. The allegation, which Savoie has denied, surfaced during an unrelated lawsuit regarding bullying at St. Pius X Catholic Parish in Mobile, where he is pastor.

Deacon concerned about archbishop's inaction

GUAM
KUAM

By Jolene Toves

It turns out Deacon Stephen Martinez not only filed a report with Archbishop Anthony Apuron about information he's received regarding allegations of sexual contact between Fr. Luis Camacho and a 17-year-old minor but has also written a letter about how he remains "gravely concerned with a growing pattern of sexual deviancy from RMS (Redemptoris Mater Seminary) trained priests and seminaries," he wrote.

As we reported Fr. Luis studied at RMS. The priest was arrested last week after police found him in a parked car at an Agat beach with a 17-year-old girl. He was arrested for Custodial Interference. Police said the girl was supposed to be in school at the time she was found with Fr. Luis. Although little information was released about what they were doing in the car, in his report filed with the Archbishop and Child Protective Services, Deacon Martinez alleged there was sexual contact between the two.

In the follow up letter written by Deacon Martinez he is concerned about Fr. Luis' connection to the NCW (Neocatechumenal Way), "It is my understanding that the girl whom Fr. Luis had cunnilingus with is a member of the NCW, and her parents as well. It appears that Fr. Luis used his position of authority as presbyter of an NCW community to take advantage of this child. This is a grave abuse of trust and a tendency which a proper psychological examination may have disclosed. Unfortunately this is not the only incident which raises alarm bells about problems within the RMS formation and screening process. I certainly hope the victim's participation in the NCW, and that of her parents, was not exploited to convince them not to press charges against Fr. Luis. Prudence would dictate this is a question an independent investigator should follow up upon," Martinez wrote.

The Deacon also alleged other disturbing actions by members of the clergy including Fr. Edivaldo. He alleged that in November 2013 the priest during a Eucharistic Congress at Ypao Beach warned young girls in attendance about boys, " the boys will treat girls like oranges, sucking the sweet juice from them, and when they are all dried up the boys will spit them out," he wrote in his letter to the Archbishop.

New indictment against Elgin Islamic leader accused of sex abuse

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By George Houde
Chicago Tribune

A prominent Islamic leader who was previously arrested in the alleged sexual abuse of an employee now faces additional charges after he was formally indicted.

Mohammed Abdullah Saleem, an imam who founded the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, appeared in court Wednesday, where an indictment was read charging him with aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual abuse, attempted aggravated criminal sexual abuse, unlawful restraint and aggravated battery. Saleem, 75, had previously been charged with criminal sexual abuse and aggravated battery.

The older charges and Wednesday's indictment all stem from allegations that Saleem forced a 23-year-old woman to sit on his lap and fondled her last April when the woman worked for the school.

"He's a holy man, and these accusations are troubling," said Saleem's attorney, Raymond Wigell. He said he has not yet received a report on possible DNA evidence in the case. Prosecutors have said that a substance from the clothing the woman was wearing during the alleged abuse was determined to be semen, and they are running tests to determine if it matches Saleem.

Wigell noted that DNA evidence does not necessarily equate to guilt.

A restless pursuit of sexual abusers

CALIFORNIA
The Jewish Journal

[Video: A Frum Survivor Tells Her Story Publicly - For the First Time]

by Tess Cutler

Meyer Seewald, the founder of the sexual abuse watchdog Jewish Community Watch (JCW), uttered the name of a local Chabad rabbi to a packed room during a March 22 community event hosted by L.A. Congregation Shaarei Tefila.

The room fell silent. One person gasped, then another. One woman leaned into her friend, restating the rabbi’s name to make sure she heard right.

“I’m not one to name abusers at events,” the New York-based Seewald told the group, but this was a special circumstance. Last month, JCW posted the rabbi’s name and photo on its Wall of Shame, following an 18-month investigation by the organization of “his alleged sexual abuse of a number of female minors,” according to its website.

The Journal is not printing the rabbi’s name because he has not been charged with these allegations in court, but among the Los Angeles audience during Seewald’s recent visit, the rabbi’s name was well known — so it goes in the close-knit Los Angeles Orthodox community.

Sima Yarmush, now 27, gave her own testimony to the community at the event, accusing this rabbi of numerous acts of molestation. She was 14 at the time.

Bernard Shero Loses Appeal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

The state Superior Court has turned down Bernard Shero's request for a new trial.

In a 36-page decision posted online today, a panel of three Superior Court judges ruled that seven appeals issues raised by Shero at a hearing last Oct. 28th "are either waived or devoid of merit."

In their decision, the Superior Court judges affirmed the June 12, 2013 sentence imposed on Shero by Judge Ellen Ceisler. The judge sentenced Shero, 51, to 8 to 16 years in jail after he was convicted by a jury of rape of a child, attempted rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor, and indecent assault.

In its decision, the Superior Court judges did not address the appeal filed on behalf of Shero's co-defendant, Father Charles Engelhardt, except in a footnote to say that the priest's case is "currently pending before this court." Judge Ceisler sentenced Father Engelhardt to 6 to 12 years in jail after being convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor and indecent assault.

The 67-year-old priest died in prison last November. In spite of his client's death, defense lawyer Michael J. McGovern, and Engelhardt's religious order, the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, had vowed to continue the appeal, to clear the priest's name. But the courts aren't bound by such sentiments. When an appellant dies, a court can decide that since there's no longer any controversy, the appeal is "abated."

Father Engelhardt Loses Appeal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

A day after they ruled against an appeal from Bernard Shero, a panel of three state Superior Court judges came to the same conclusion regarding the appeal of Shero's co-defendant, the late Father Charles Engelhardt.

In a 25-page decision issued today, the Superior Court judges ruled that seven appeal issues raised by Engelhardt are "either waived or devoid of merit." The judges then affirmed Engelhardt's sentence of 6 to 12 years in jail after being convicted of endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of a minor and indecent assault.

The 67-year-old priest died last November in jail after serving nearly two years of his sentence. In their opinion, the judges note "that appellant has passed away during the pendency of this appeal. However, consistent with our cases, we decline to dismiss this appeal as moot in its entirety."

This was before the judges went through the appeal issues and dismissed them as "either waived or devoid of merit."

In Engelhardt's appeal, the defense had faulted Judge Ceisler for allowing Dr. Gerald Margiotti, a pediatrician, to testify as an expert witness to the jury.

Dr. Margiotti testified about the victim in the case, Billy Doe, saying that Billy's boyhood complaint of testicular pain was consistent with sexual abuse suffered after the alleged attack by Engelhardt.

Cardinal Nichols attempts to silence faithful priests. This will backfire

UNITED KINGDOM
Spectator

Damian Thompson

[Update: On looking more closely at the list of priests, I’m astonished by some of the names I see there – clergy I wouldn’t have described as conservatives, let alone traditionalists. It reinforces my sense that vast numbers of priests, however much they admire Pope Francis, are worried about the direction of this pontificate – or, rather, its lack of direction.]

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has slapped down nearly 500 priests who signed a letter to the Catholic Herald expressing concern about the Synod on the Family this October, which is to debate sensitive questions of sexual morality. This is a significant blunder by the Cardinal that exposes both the inflexibility of his leadership style and – certainly in the case of some of the priests – lack of confidence in his stewardship of the Catholic Church in England Wales. Here’s today’s Catholic Herald report:

Priests should not conduct a debate about the October Family Synod through the press, Cardinal Nichols has said, following the publication of a letter signed by hundreds of priests, urging the synod to issue a ‘clear and firm proclamation’ upholding Church teaching on marriage.

In the letter, signed by almost 500 priests and published in this week’s Catholic Herald, they write: ‘We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.’

Former Manhattan Beach pastor accused of sexual harassment, battery

CALIFORNIA
My News LA

POSTED BY COLLEEN PARK ON MARCH 25, 2015

A married Catholic woman is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an assistant pastor after he allegedly touched her in an inappropriate way at a South Bay church last year.

Catherine Bergin filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, alleging sexual harassment, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She seeks unspecified damages.

An archdiocese spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The suit states that the Rev. Nicholas Assi, the assistant pastor at St. Basil’s Catholic Church in Los Angeles, was assigned to American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach as an assistant pastor from 2009 until last May 2. Assi was known as Father Nick and he became a friend of the Bergin family while at American Martyrs, the suit states. He often brought Middle Eastern treats for Bergin’s children and “was always warm and friendly,” the suit states.

Woman says priest sexually assaulted her, sues L.A. Archdiocese

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By JEFF GOTTLIEB

A longtime volunteer at a Catholic church in Manhattan Beach has filed suit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles alleging that a priest sexually molested her while she was arranging flowers in preparation for Sunday Mass.

Catherine Bergin filed the suit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging sexual harassment and sexual battery. It seeks unspecified damages.

Bergin, a mother of three who said she has taught religious education and served as a Eucharistic minister, alleged that she was approached from behind last April and touched inappropriately by Nicholas Assi, a priest at American Martyrs Church.

In an interview prior to the suit being filed, the archdiocese said it had investigated the complaint and that Assi had been placed on leave and then eventually reassigned to St. Basil Catholic Church in Koreatown. The archdiocese said Assi remained a “priest in good standing.”

Manhattan Beach police also investigated the allegations but no charges were filed. A detective who worked on the investigation said Assi refused to talk with police without an attorney present, and that police never met with him.

Bergin alleged that Assi came up behind her while she was trimming flowers in the sacristy and pressed his nose against her neck and began breathing deeply as he put his hand under her shirt.

Polish Ex-Priest Sentenced to 7 Years on Abuse Charges

POLAND
The New York Times

By JOANNA BERENDT
MARCH 25, 2015

WARSAW — A former priest was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison on charges of sexually abusing eight children in Poland and the Dominican Republic, a spokesman for the regional court in Warsaw said.

The former priest, Wojciech Gil, who was charged with committing 10 crimes, eight of which related to the sexual abuse of boys under the age of 15, will also have to pay his victims compensation totaling about $43,000.

Mr. Gil, 36, who did not appear in the courtroom in Wolomin, near Warsaw, on Wednesday, avoided a full trial by offering on Friday to serve a prison term. Under Polish law, Mr. Gil, who led a parish in the Dominican Republic for nearly a decade, did not have to plead guilty. But the deal had to be accepted by the judge and the prosecutors who represented the Polish and Dominican victims, and the prosecutors had to present firm evidence of Mr. Gil’s guilt.

Woman Sues LA Archdiocese For Sexual Harassment Charges Against Pastor

CALIFORNIA
Fox LA

Manhattan Beach, CA - (FOX 11 / CNS) A married Catholic woman is suing the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and an assistant pastor after he allegedly touched her in an inappropriate way at a South Bay church last year.

Catherine Bergin filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court Tuesday, alleging sexual harassment, sexual battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She seeks unspecified damages.

An archdiocese spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

The suit states that the Rev. Nicholas Assi, the assistant pastor at St. Basil's Catholic Church in Los Angeles, was assigned to American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach as an assistant pastor from 2009 until last May 2. Assi was known as Father Nick and he became a friend of the Bergin family while at American Martyrs, the suit states. He often brought Middle Eastern treats for Bergin's children and "was always warm and friendly," the suit states.

But last April 17, while doing volunteer work in the sacristy, Assi came up from behind Bergin, put his arms around her and whispered, "Hi, darling," the suit alleges.

Papst empfängt Schweizer Missbrauchsopfer

VATIKAN
Der Bund

[The pope met today with former Swiss home children who were abused in church-run institutions.]

Zeichen aus Rom: Der Papst empfängt ehemalige Schweizer Heimkinder, die in kirchlich geführten Institutionen missbraucht wurden. Im politischen Ringen um einen Wiedergutmachungsfonds ist dieses Signal wichtig.

Der heutige Mittwoch ist für Guido Fluri, einst selber Heimkind, ein besonderer Tag. Ein Tag, der ihm Hoffnung gibt, wie er sagt. Seit Jahren kämpft der Unternehmer für die Wiedergutmachung des Leids, das die Vormundschaftsbehörden mit Zwangsmassnahmen Tausenden von Menschen zugefügt haben. Bis 1981 wurden in der Schweiz Kinder ohne Gerichtsbeschluss den Eltern weggenommen und in Heime gesteckt, Frauen zur Sterilisation oder Abtreibung gezwungen und Jugendliche ohne Schuldspruch in geschlossenen Anstalten «versorgt».

Heute Mittwoch nun reist Fluri mit zwei 67-jährigen Geschwistern, die als Kinder in kirchlich geführten Heimen in der Schweiz misshandelt worden sind, nach Rom, wo die Gruppe bei einer Generalaudienz mit Papst Franziskus teilnehmen wird. «Die Einladung kam vom Vatikan selbst.» Fluri hatte den Papst vor Weihnachten schriftlich darüber orientiert, dass in Bern am 19. Dezember die Wiedergutmachungsinitiative eingereicht werde – das Volksbegehren verlangt einen 500-Millionen-Fonds zur Entschädigung der schweren Opfer fürsorgerischer Zwangsmassnahmen sowie die wissenschaftliche Aufarbeitung dieses «dunklen Kapitels der Schweizer Geschichte». Kurz darauf lud der Heilige Stuhl zur Audienz nach Rom. «Für mich war das ein Zeichen, dass für den Papst die Aufarbeitung der Missbrauchsfälle ein persönliches Anliegen ist.»

Demonstrators disrupt Chilean bishop’s installation ceremony

CHILE
Catholic Herald (UK)

by Catholic News Service posted Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015

Protestor accuse Bishop Juan Barros of protecting a priest accused of sexual abuse

A bishop being installed in his new assignment in southern Chile expressed disappointment with hundreds of black-clad demonstrators who interrupted the ceremony by marching into a cathedral and shouting at him to leave the diocese, saying he protected a priest accused of sexual abuse.

“You have to distinguish between showing a disagreement in a good way and this, because interrupting a Mass is a big shame,” Bishop Juan Barros said in reference to the demonstration organised against him on March 21 while he was being installed as new bishop of Osorno.

Witnesses described the scene inside the Cathedral of St Matthew as chaotic.

The New York Times reported that television images showed clashes between the bishop’s supporters, who carried white balloons, and demonstrators, carrying black ones.
The demonstrators, numbering about 3,000 inside and outside the cathedral, according to local media reports, included politicians and members of Congress. They held signs and called for Bishop Barros to resign.

Prison term for Polish ex-priest accused of abusing minors

POLAND
Miami Herald

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
03/25/2015

WOLOMIN, POLAND
A Polish court has sentenced a former priest convicted of abusing minors in the Dominican Republic and Poland to seven years in prison.

A court in Wolomin, near Warsaw, on Wednesday found Wojciech Gil guilty of abusing six minors in the Caribbean nation between 2009 and 2013 and two in Poland in 2000-2001.

Gil had pleaded not guilty, but sought a settlement which avoided a full trial. That was accepted by prosecutors, who represent the Dominican and the Polish victims.

Catholics: Don't Believe CNA's Spin on Bishop Barros and the Situation in Chile

UNITED STATES
Waiting for Godot to Leave

Kevin O'Brien

Conservatives are rightly angry at liberal bias in the media. There's a lot of it.

But the game works both ways. There's a huge conservative bias as well, and it follows a pattern.

The pattern is typically this. Someone in the Church does something horrifically awful and outrageously embarrassing, something that can't possibly be defending or excused. For several days the truth is out there and none of my DC (Defensive Catholic) friends comment on it either here or on Facebook or elsewhere. An awkward silence falls and the truth is simply ignored.

Then (typically) the Catholic Defense League or an organization like Catholic News Agency pipes up with a defense of the situation that is a real stretch of the imagination, but that provides a handy template for the reactionaries to use, and suddenly comboxes are filled everywhere with the rank and file DCs who have swallowed the template whole, who run with it and who don't look back.

With Bishop Finn, the lie that was being promulgated was that the priest's crime at the center of the scandal was not child pornography at all, that the priest in question was utterly innocent, and that Finn did all he could in the situation, that he was being persecuted for being a vocally orthodox bishop who was firm on pro life issues, and that this is why folks in Kansas City were out to crucify him, the whole case against Finn being trumped up.

But the truth was just the opposite. In fact, not only (in that case) were the pictures in question child porn, but the perpetrator priest was sentenced to fifty years in prison for producing the hundreds of images, using his own parishioners as victims, some under the age of three. And for years prior, Finn not only refused to look into or even acknowledge any of the many complaints about this priest's behavior, some of which came directly from the principal of the school that most of the victims attended, he also stonewalled once the child porn came to light, failed to inform or warn any of the families of the victims, gave the priest continued access to children, was complicit in the destruction of evidence, spent $1.4 million of diocesan money defending himself against two misdemeanor charges in court, only alerted the police when forced to, and, in short, put children at risk and failed to get the offending priest any serious help or counseling.

Report into Cardinal O'Brien should be published

SCOTLAND
The Tablet

21 March 2015 by Elena Curti

Pope Francis must hope that his swift, decisive action against Cardinal Keith O'Brien will draw the line under a scandal that done great harm to the Church in Scotland and beyond.

The Pope's personal intervention lies behind the announcement last Friday that O'Brien is surrendering the duties and trappings of a cardinal and the repetition of his profound apologies for sexual misdemeanours. It is an appropriate sanction against the breathtaking hypocrisy of a church leader who made advances to seminarians and young priests yet nevertheless felt entitled to rail against homosexuality and gay marriage in the most blunt terms.

A story such as O'Brien's is a reminder of the human weakness that is common to us all. It is hard to find it in our hearts to forgive someone who has betrayed our trust. As Christians we have to be merciful but it's tough. Mercy must be accompanied by justice. Forgiving him does not mean the full implications of what he did should remain hidden.

We still don't know whether O'Brien was someone who sporadically shed in his inhibitions when he'd had a few drinks and then felt profoundly ashamed or whether his was a pattern of coercive behaviour and abuse of power and patronage.

The quote from one of O'Brien's accusers saying that the report prepared for Francis "is “hot enough to burn the varnish” off the Pope’s desk" suggests the latter but we cannot be sure without seeing this report for ourselves. The report was prepared by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, previously chief prosecutor at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, someone who has the drive and determination to uncover the truth. That is apparent from his work in exposing the sickening corruption of Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

Catholic priest told alleged abuse victim to 'move on'

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

March 25, 2015

Christopher Knaus
Reporter for The Canberra Times.

A former Catholic priest told his alleged abuse victim to "move on" and stop living in the past when she asked for an apology during a covertly recorded phone call almost 20 years later, a court has heard.

Father Edward Evans, now 85, went on trial in the ACT Supreme Court on Wednesday over allegations he abused a young girl at his home on five occasions and at Cooleman Court on another.

The girl and her family attended his German-language church in Braddon, and were close with Father Evans, who was often referred to as "Father Eddie".

The Crown, represented by Sara Gul, alleges the priest put his hands down the girl's pants and grabbed her bottom three times, and digitally penetrated her twice in his kitchen.

It is also alleged he grabbed her breast while they sat alone in a car outside of Cooleman Court, before pulling her on top of him into a straddling position.

Cardinal Nichols urges priests not to conduct synod debate in press

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

by Madeleine Teahan posted Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015

The cardinal was responding to a letter signed by almost 500 priests

Priests should not conduct a debate about the October Family Synod through the press, Cardinal Nichols has said, following the publication of a letter signed by hundreds of priests, urging the synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage.

In the letter, signed by almost 500 priests and published in this week’s Catholic Herald, they write: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.”

In a statement, a spokesman for Cardinal Nichols said that the press was not the medium for conducting dialogue of this sort.

Nearly 500 priests in Britain urge synod to stand firm on Communion for the remarried

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

[with list of priests who signed the letter]

by Madeleine Teahan posted Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015

Priests says that doctrine and practice must 'remain firmly and inseparably in harmony'

Almost 500 priests in Britain have signed a letter urging those attending this year’s family synod to issue a “clear and firm proclamation” upholding Church teaching on marriage.

In the letter, published in this week’s Catholic Herald, the priests write: “We wish, as Catholic priests, to re-state our unwavering fidelity to the traditional doctrines regarding marriage and the true meaning of human sexuality, founded on the Word of God and taught by the Church’s Magisterium for two millennia.”

Last year’s extraordinary synod provoked heated debate on the question of whether remarried Catholics should be permitted to receive Holy Communion – a proposal presented by retired German Cardinal Walter Kasper.

German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome

GERMANY
Washington Times

By - Catholic News Agency - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MUNICH, Germany - A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome.

Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes published a letter earlier this month objecting to the pronouncements of prominent leaders of the Church in Germany that the nation’s bishops’ conference will pursue its own program of pastoral care for marriages and family regardless of the outcome of October’s Synod on the Family.

At a Feb. 25 press conference following the German bishops’ plenary assembly, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who is president of the conference, stated, “We are not a branch of Rome. Each conference of bishops is responsible for pastoral care in its cultural context and must preach the Gospel in its own, original way. We cannot wait for a synod to tell us how we have to shape pastoral care for marriage and family here.”

Francis: Don't gossip about the synod! Pray for it

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Mar. 25, 2015

ROME Pope Francis has asked Catholics around the world -- at every level of the church -- to stay away from gossiping about the upcoming Synod on the Family and to instead pray fervently that it will result in a church more committed to witnessing God's love for all.

"There is not need of gossip!" the pope insisted strongly while talking about the synod during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square Wednesday. "Everyone -- pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, and lay faithful -- we are all called to pray for the synod."

Inviting those in the square and Catholics around the world to say such prayers "with holy insistence," Francis asked that the prayers "may be animated by the compassion of the Good Shepherd for his flock, especially for persons and families who for various reasons are 'troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.'"

Cardinal rebukes 500 priests for going to the press with call to resist change to church teaching

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

24 March 2015 by Christopher Lamb, Abigail Frymann Rouch

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has rebuked the almost 500 priests in England and Wales who have signed a letter resisting any change to church teaching at the Vatican’s next Synod on the Family, saying that discussions around the Synod are "not best conducted through the press".

The 461 priests were responding to two letters, seen by The Tablet and now to be published in the Catholic Herald, sent by a group of a dozen conservative-minded clergy. As The Tablet first reported, the first letter was a draft to be submitted for publication in the press, while the second, signed by the 12 clergy, set out the reasons for agreeing to the first.

The first letter urges those who will participate in October’s synod of bishops to end the “confusion” that was caused at last year’s gathering, where some bishops put forward ways for the Church to be more welcoming to gay Catholics as well as for remarried divorcees to receive Communion. The letter states fidelity to the Church’s traditional doctrines of marriage and sexuality, and affirmed the traditional discipline of the reception of the sacraments (which bars Communion for the divorced and remarried).

Były ksiądz Wojciech G. skazany na siedem lat więzienia za molestowanie nieletnich

POLSKA
Wyborcza

Wojciech G., były ksiądz, został skazany na siedem lat więzienia za molestowanie nieletnich na Dominikanie i w Polsce.

Jak mówiła sędzia Alina Bielińska, Wojciech G. nie chciał być obecny podczas ogłaszania wyroku. Odczytując wyrok, nie podała opisów jego czynów - ograniczyła się do podania artykułów Kodeksu karnego. Wiadomo, że dotyczą one molestowania nieletnich. Uzasadnienie wyroku zostało utajnione. Jest on nieprawomocny, ale nikt nie będzie się zapewne odwoływał.

Były ksiądz Wojciech G. został uznany za winnego wszystkich 10 zarzutów - najwyższa cząstkowa kara to 3,5 roku więzienia. Wyrok łączny opiewa na 7 lat. Zdaniem prok. Radosława Cieślińskiego Wojciech G. może odbywać karę w systemie terapeutycznym.

Ksiądz Wojciech G. skazany na 7 lat więzienia

POLSKA
TVN 24

[wideo]

Wołomiński sąd rejonowy skazał w środę księdza Wojciecha G. na 7 lat więzienia. Mężczyzna wcześniej zaproponował dobrowolne poddanie się karze za molestowanie nieletnich na Dominikanie i w Polsce. Obrońca Wojciecha G. przekazał, że jego klient nie przyznał się do winy.

Wyrok został ogłoszony o godz. 13.30. G. został uznany za winnego wszystkich 10 zarzutów. Jak powiedział mec. Michał Szreniawa, obrońca Wojciecha G. to stan psychiczny i otoczka sprawy zdecydowały, że jego klient poddał się karze, bo do winy się nie przyznał.

Prison term for Polish ex-priest accused of abusing minors

POLAND
Fox 28

March 25, 2015

WOLOMIN, Poland (AP) -- A Polish court has sentenced a former priest convicted of abusing minors in the Dominican Republic and Poland to seven years in prison.

A court in Wolomin, near Warsaw, on Wednesday found Wojciech Gil guilty of abusing six minors in the Caribbean nation between 2009 and 2013 and two in Poland in 2000-2001.

Gil had pleaded not guilty, but sought a settlement which avoided a full trial. That was accepted by prosecutors, who represent the Dominican and the Polish victims.

Polish priest jailed for seven years over child sex abuse

POLAND
Reuters

WARSAW (Reuters) - A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Poland and the Dominican Republic was sentenced to seven years in jail by a Polish court on Wednesday.

The priest will also have to pay his eight victims a total of 155,000 zlotys ($41,735) in compensation, and will not be allowed to work with minors for 15 years, said judge Alina Bielinska at the regional court in Wolomin, central Poland.

The priest, who under Polish law can only be identified as Wojciech G., was suspended by his religious order in the rural Dominican parish of Juncalito last year after local residents accused him of molesting altar boys, according to the church.

He was arrested after returning to his native Poland and was tried on 10 charges relating to child sex abuse and possessing pornographic images of children. The charges carried a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

Fr Charles Fenech cleared of libel suit filed against him, case is time-barred

MALTA
Malta Independent

The Dominican priest charged with the sexual abuse of a 42-year-old woman, Fr Charles Fenech, has been cleared of criminal libel filed against him by Edgar Bonnici Cachia, a male friend of the alleged victim of Fr Fenech.

Mr Bonnici Cachia had filed the case against Fr Fenech, claiming that the priest had told the alleged victim to inform the ecclesiastical authorities that she was forced to file a report against him by Bonnici Cachia, back in February 2012.

The libel case was filed in May 2013 and Fr Fenech was notified in July 2014.

The court noted that Bonnici Cachia brought forward no proof that substantiates the argument and that the alleged victim's testimony does not indicate that she was forced to make such statements against the Dominican priest.

Kerygma priest cleared of criminal libel due to lapse of prescriptive period

MALTA
Malta Today

Matthew Agius 25 March 2015

The Dominican priest accused of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman has been cleared of criminal libel in a case filed by a male friend of his alleged victim, after a court held that the case had been filed almost two years too late.

Lawyer Edgar Bonnici Cachia had filed the case against Fr Charles Fenech, who is currently undergoing separate criminal proceedings for allegedly sexually abusing a 42-year-old Zabbar woman.

Bonnici Cachia had alleged that in February 2012, the priest had made the female victim inform the ecclesiastical authorities that she “had been forced to file her criminal complaint against the priest by Bonnici Cachia.”

The offending affidavit by the victim had been presented in court in March 2013 and Bonnici Cachia had personally filed his police complaint in May 2013. The criminal libel case had begun in July 2014.

Defamation case against Fr Charles Fenech dismissed because it was time barred

MALTA
Times of Malta

A criminal libel case instituted against Dominican priest Charles Fenech was dismissed today because it was time barred.

Fr Fenech, who faces separate charges of sexually abusing a woman, had been sued by Edgar Bonnici Cachia, who alleged that the priest had forced the alleged victim to say that it was he (Bonnici Cachia) who had forced her to file a criminal complaint about the abuse.

But Magistrate Francesco Depasquale ruled that the complaint was filed outside the three-month time window, rendering it time-barred.

Fr Fenech is facing separate charges before a different magistrate in connection with alleged violent sexual abuse against a mentally-unstable 42-year-old woman from Zabbar. He also stands charged with holding the woman against her will and committing indecent acts in public.

Fr Fenech, who has been a Dominican friar for almost three decades, has spent most of his priesthood surrounded by young people who flock to the numerous spiritual, cultural, educational and sports events organised by the Kerygma Movement he founded in 1984. He was removed from his position shortly after the sexual abuse charges were made public by The Sunday Times of Malta.

Catholic brother's child sexual abuse case adjourned because of brief

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A Hunter region Catholic brother, extradited from New Zealand to face child sexual abuse charges, has had his case adjourned for two months to allow his lawyers time to digest the enormous police brief.

Bernard Kevin McGrath, 67, is facing 252 child sex offences, relating to 35 victims and dating back to the 1970s.

The alleged offences happened in the Lake Macquarie region, near Newcastle.

McGrath's case was mentioned briefly in Newcastle, and the ABC has been told the brief of evidence is 8,000 pages.

Canberra priest standing trial on alleged offences

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (updated 25 March 2015)

A Canberra priest (Father Edward Evans, aged 85) began facing a trial in the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court on 25 March 2015. He is charged with alleged offences against a child in the 1990s. Father Evans is based in Canberra, where he has been acting as a chaplain to the German-speaking community. Among other duties, Father Evans has been associated with St Patrick's Catholic Church in Braddon (Canberra), where German-language Masses have been conducted on Sundays.

Fr Evans was interviewed by police in 2013 and was charged with three acts of indecency between 1994 and 1997. He was accused of indecently touching a girl three times, twice when she was between 11 and 12, and a third time when she was 13. He has pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Father Edward Evans appeared in the Magistrates Court of the Australian Capital Territory for the first time on 7 June 2013, when the charges were officially filed. The court heard that he had surrendered his passports to police. He was released on bail pending his subsequent court proceedings. Meanwhile, the police investigation was continuing, with the possibility of additional charges being laid.

The case came up for mention in the same court on 3 October 2013. The prosecution sought to have the matter committed for trial in the ACT Supreme Court, arguing that the additional charges, when laid, would require the matter go before a judge, rather than a magistrate.

Archbishop Cupich Moving Quickly To Reorganize Archdiocese

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS Chicago

Jay Levine

(CBS) – Major reorganization and downsizing is underway at the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Archbishop Blase Cupich, in office for barely four months, has moved quickly to completely reshape the Archdiocese of Chicago under totally new leadership.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports Cupich is bringing in his own people, dealing with financial reality in keeping with the tone being set by Pope Francis.

He’s replaced some, offered early retirement to many others in top management, and is even shaking up seminaries. At the same time, he is inviting supporters to an event, which may or may not happen.

Almost immediately after his installation, the archbishop moved to replace his vicar general, his CEO, fired his school superintendent, and has now replaced his moderator of the curia, in charge of 800 priests.

But inside the new chancery offices, the recently remodeled former seminary, where Cupich was announced as the new archbishop last fall, the changes will soon be even more extreme.

UPDATE: Catholics plan prayer rally for 4:30 p.m. today

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

A prayer rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. today in Hagatna, in an effort to heal a division within the local Catholic community, according to one of the organizers.

The gathering will be held on the front steps of the Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Hagatna and everyone, including Archbishop Anthony Apuron and people from other faiths, are invited.

Lou Klitzkie, one of the organizers, said the rally is part of the lay Catholics' efforts to try to heal the division in the local Catholic community. Over the past several months, many of the island's Catholics have been divided by a line in which one side supports the Neocatechumenal Way movement and those who want to keep the old traditions of the local Catholic church.

Klitzkie said she hopes the prayer rally will get the attention of the Vatican to help heal the rift.

THE INDOMITABLE AND EFFECTIVE CARDINAL PELL

UNITED STATES
First Things

by George Weigel
3 . 25 . 15

Shortly after George Pell was named Archbishop of Melbourne, he instituted several reforms at the archdiocesan seminary, including daily Mass and the daily celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours, both of which had fallen by the wayside in the preceding years. The seminary faculty, enthusiastic proponents of Catholic Lite, thought to call the archbishop’s bluff and informed him that, were he to persist in such draconian measures, they would resign en masse.

The archbishop thanked them for the courtesy of giving him a heads-up, accepted their resignations on the spot, and got on with the reform of the Melbourne seminary—and of the rest of the archdiocese.

The defenders of the status quo in the Vatican may have been unaware of this episode when they recently tried to take down the man chosen by Pope Francis to clean up the financial mess the Argentinian pope inherited two years ago. Like their predecessors in Melbourne, the leaders of a nasty campaign of personal accusation against Cardinal Pell, conducted by leaks to the ever-sleazy Italian media, failed. I hope that failure will be a lesson to such scoundrels in the future: don’t mess with a former Australian football star who likes contact sports. That may be hope-against-hope. But we are obliged to believe that conversion, even among curialists native to the boot-shaped peninsula, is not beyond the power of God’s grace.

Pope Francis was elected by a conclave determined that the next pontificate should clean up what Msgr. Ronald Knox used to call the “engine room” of the Barque of Peter. In the ensuing two years, there’s not been a whole lot of progress in curial reform. The striking exception to that rule is the result of the pope’s most successful reformist appointment: that of George Pell as head of a new super-dicastery in the Roman Curia, the Secretariat for the Economy, with a mandate to make the Vatican “boringly successful” as a “model of good financial practices,” as Cardinal Pell likes to tell reporters.

Calls for abuse early intervention

AUSTRALIA
SBS

Source: AAP
25 MAR 2015

An early intervention program for very young victims of sexual abuse is needed to avoid chronic adult mental health illness across Australia, a royal commission has heard.

Wayne Chamley from Broken Rites, a support group for people abused in the Catholic Church, said on Wednesday a national redress scheme for abuse survivors should include an early intervention program for children between the ages of three and 12.

He was giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into how to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse.

Dr Chamley said Broken Rites supported a national redress scheme but would like to see an early intervention scheme as well.

Former Illawarra priest Father Patrick Kervin denies sex claim

AUSTRALIA
Illawarra Mercury

March 25, 2015

A former Holy Spirit College priest has pleaded not guilty to the indecent assault of a student in 1988.

Father Patrick Kervin, 58, fronted Port Kembla Local Court on Wednesday charged with one count of indecent assault.

Police allege that while serving as chaplain at the Bellambi school in 1988, the Catholic priest, now living in Sydney, assaulted a 15-year-old boy.

The hearing has been adjourned to May 6 and Fr Kervin has been excused from attending if legally represented.

Fr Kervin celebrated 25 years of Marist priesthood in September, 2010.

He has taught at Lismore’s Woodlawn College and the Marist Regional College in Burnie, Tasmania, where he was principal for two years.

Abuse victims demand national redress

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

[Submissions on redress and civil litigation - Royal Commission]

By AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS

Survivors of child sexual abuse will band together to force Australian governments to back a national compensation scheme.

The opening day of a three-day hearing into redress for thousands of people who were abused as children in institutions heard the federal government had rejected a proposal for a national scheme.

The knock-back was described as disappointing by Peter McClellan, the chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Nicky Davis, who heads up the Australian branch of the international advocacy group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, claimed the federal and state governments were telling survivors to "suffer in silence".

Only three state governments, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania have opted to appear at the hearing. The federal government declined to attend and filed a two-and-a-half page submission with the point-blank `no' to a national scheme.

Christian Minister Whose Father Sexually Assaulted Girls ...

UNITED STATES
The Gospel Herald

Christian Minister Whose Father Sexually Assaulted Girls in Congregation Teaches Churches How to Guard Against Pedophile

By LEAH MARIEANN KLETT (NEWS@GOSPELHERALD.COM)

After discovering that his father, an Evangelical pastor, had sexually assaulted multiple young women throughout his career, Rev. Jimmy Hinton has made it his life's work to teach churches how to guard against pedophiles.

Jimmy's father, John Wayne Hinton, shared the gospel from the pulpit of Somerset Church of Christ for nearly 27 years before retiring in 2001. Inspired by his father to enter the ministry, Jimmy took over the pulpit in 2009. However, just two years later, a woman approached Jimmy and informed him that his beloved father had molested her when she was a young girl.

Sadly, by the end of the conversation, Jimmy knew the woman was telling the truth, and was forced to contact the authorities.

"I'm not saying I wanted to believe that about my dad," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Doing the right thing isn't doing what we want to believe. It's about doing the right thing."

Cop busted for allegedly having sex with teen he met as church pastor

NEW YORK
New York Post

By Matt McNulty
March 24, 2015

A Bronx cop who is also a minister was arrested Tuesday for using his position at a local church to lure a 16-year-old female parishioner into having sex with him.

Vladimir Sosa, 38, was busted by officers with the Internal Affairs Bureau and charged with three counts of rape after the teen’s mother discovered incriminating texts between the two, court papers said.

Sosa works out of The Bronx’s 46th Precinct, which patrols the University Heights section.

Sosa met the girl while running a youth program at a church the victim attended, sources said.

NYPD cop and pastor is charged with rape for having sex with 16-year-old girl he met through church youth program: police

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY BEN KOCHMAN , KERRY BURKE , THOMAS TRACY

A 38-year-old Bronx cop who also is a pastor was arrested Tuesday on charges of having sex with a 16-year-old girl he met at his church youth program, officials said.

Officer Vladimir Sosa, a seven-year NYPD veteran, was arraigned Tuesday night in Bronx Criminal Court on third-degree rape, sexual misconduct and child endangerment charges.

“He abused his two positions of authority, both public and vestal,” Bronx Assistant District Attorney Joelle Morabito said.

Sosa is an evangelist who studied theology at the United Christian College in North Carolina, according to his Facebook page.

Spiritual warfare at Sterling’s Cavalry Temple church

VIRGINIA
Loudoun Times-Mirror

Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015 by Crystal Owens

Chassadi Thompson was 14 when she found herself standing outside a Loudoun County gas station one night with nothing but the clothes on her back.

Thompson was dumped there in 2003, she said, by members of Calvary Temple, a Sterling-based Pentecostal church off Tripleseven Road, after spending at least six hours being questioned by some of the church's leadership – including the man whom she had just accused of sexual assault.

Now 26, the Maryland woman, along with one other victim, have come forward, alleging rampant sexual assault within the church among members of its leadership, teachers and teacher's aides.

The women paint a disturbing picture of an atmosphere where physical and sexual abuse were not only tolerated and encouraged, but “taken care of” within the church should a victim come forward.

But Thompson and the other woman, whose name is being withheld by the Times-Mirror because she fears for her safety, say they can't stay silent anymore.

By breaking their silence, they're hoping to find closure.

Liz Mills, spokeswoman for the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, said March 19 that detectives are investigating allegations against the church.

NYPD OFFICER, PASTOR ACCUSED OF HAVING SEX WITH TEEN HE MET AT CHURCH

NEW YORK
WABC

BRONX (WABC) -- An NYPD officer has been released on his own recognizance after he was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Vladimir Sosa, 38, is charged with three counts of rape, three counts of criminal sex act, five counts of sexual misconduct, two counts of third-degree sex abuse and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17.

Police said Sosa met the girl over seven months in 2014, but accusations just came to light in February when the teen's mother found incriminating texts.

The officer is assigned to the 46th Precinct in the Bronx. He has been suspended without pay from the force.

Officials said Sosa is a pastor at a church on 180th Street where he met the girl. Police said they had sex in the home where he lived with his mother.

Paedophile Murderer Awarded 23-year Rigorous Imprisonment

INDIA
New Indian Express

By J Shanmugha Sundaram Published: 25th March 2015

VELLORE:A 50- year-old temple priest was sentenced to 23-year rigorous imprisonment (RI) by the Mahila Court in Vellore on Tuesday for abducting, sexually abusing and murdering a five-year-old girl 3 years ago.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 on him. The Judge A Nazeer Ahmed found the accused, Kumar (alias) Kumara Gurukal of Pandiyan Nagar in Gudiayttam, guilty of abduction, sexual abuse, homicide and concealment of evidence. The five-year-old child, Lakshmi (name changed), was studying in Class I in Annai Indira Gandhi Middle School at Pandiyan Nagar.

She went missing after lunch break on September 19, 2011. The girl’s father filed a missing person case with Gudiyattam Town Police. On September 21, two days after the girl went missing, residents found the girl’s body floating in a well near Gurukal’s house.

Abuse commission disappointed at govt failure to support compo

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 25, 2015

Dan Box
Crime Reporter
Sydney

A victim of child sex abuse by a Catholic priest has said the federal government “would prefer us to suffer in silence” after it declined to support proposals for a multi-billion dollar national compensation scheme for those abused as children.

Ms Davis, who was abused from the age of 12 by a member of the Passionist Order north of Sydney, was giving evidence at a royal commission hearing into the proposals, at which the federal government has also declined to appear.

“We just have to demand there be a national scheme. What the government was saying this morning to survivors was that they would prefer us to suffer in silence, to not reveal their shortcomings to not make them face their financial responsibilities.

“It says ‘we don’t want you to recover’. We actually have a right to recover,” Ms Davis said.

Alumnus recalls March in Selma

UNITED STATES
Notre Dame Observer

Emily McConville | Wednesday, March 25, 2015

In March of 1965, to protest the lack of voting rights for African American citizens and violence against civil rights activists, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) planned a 54-mile march from Selma to Montgomery to talk to Alabama Governor George Wallace. Wallace promised he would prevent the demonstrators from marching, but despite his warnings, they set off from Selma on March 7, 1965.

They made it to the Edmund Pettus Bridge before they met state troopers equipped with nightsticks and tear gas. The ensuing violence, which became known as Bloody Sunday, was broadcast on national television and prompted a condemnation of the brutality from then president Lyndon B. Johnson.

Two days later, another march began, this time led by Martin Luther King, Jr. The SCLC had asked for a court order preventing the the police from stopping the march, but since it had not yet gone through, the marchers turned back at the bridge. That night, a Unitarian Universalist minister by the name of James Reeb was beaten by members of the Ku Klux Klan. He died two days later. ...

Among them was Jim Muller, class of 1965, a senior pre-med student at Notre Dame.

Muller, an Indianapolis native, had not been involved in the Civil Rights Movement, but voting rights for African Americans was a prominent issue at Notre Dame. Few black students attended the University, but University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh was on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and he had imparted his vision of equality on many of his students.

Muller said Reeb’s murder spurred him to action.

“We were all horrified that a minister would be beaten to death just because he was helping a minority group get voting rights,” Muller said. “So a call went out from the march for people to join them, and that’s what I heard.” ...

The organization, and Muller through it, won the 1985 Peace Prize. Over the next several decades, Muller also started Voices of Faith, a Catholic discussion group born from outrage over priest sexual abuse scandals. A cardiologist, Muller also started a company, Infraredx, which manufacturers spectrometry systems to identify plaques that might cause heart attacks.

“I have chosen to help with other large social problems,” he said. “The way I’ve put it, I’ve had the privilege of working against nuclear war, child abuse by priests and heart attacks. Those targets are things that are good to work against, and they’re motivating, and I’ve had the privilege of working with a lot of good people on those projects.”

Woman 'was in shock' when family priest allegedly first molested her in the 1990s, court hears

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Elizabeth Byrne
March 25, 2015

An 85-year-old former priest has gone on trial in Canberra charged with molesting a young girl in the 1990s.

Edward Evans is facing six charges of committing acts of indecency against the girl, who was aged between 10 and 13 at the time.

Most of the incidents are alleged to have happened in Evans's house, where the girl's family would sometimes go after church.

Evans is alleged to have touched the girl inappropriately several times, including when he was sitting beside her at the dining table.

The alleged victim told the court that during the first incident Evans allegedly put his hand inside her pants when other people were nearby.

More Disturbing Details Alleged in Priest Sex Scandal

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Written by Janela Carrera

These alleged disturbing details extend to other seminarians involved in the Neocatechumenal Way.

Guam - The saga continues in the priest sex scandal, this time more disturbing details are being alleged and not just with Father Luis Camacho, but with other members of the neocatechumenal way.

It’s the second letter Deacon Steve Martinez has written to Archbishop Anthony Apuron over Father Luis Camacho’s sex scandal involving a 17-year-old female student. Deacon Steve alleges that, based on his understanding, Father Luis and the student engaged in oral sex.

“This is a grave abuse of trust and a tendency which a proper psychological examination may have disclosed,” writes Deacon Steve.

He points out the irony in Father Luis’ case. He says Father Luis was a product of the teachings of the neocatechumenal way led by Father Edivaldo--teachings Deacon Steve says should be investigated.

For instance, he says on one occasion, Father Edivaldo warned young girls about boys, saying boys will treat girls like oranges, “sucking the sweet juice from them and when they are all dried up the boys will spit them out.” Other examples include public confessions in which seminarians would disclose personal struggles that include "excessive masturbation."

March 24, 2015

Royal commission: Blow to plan for national redress scheme for child sex abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 25, 2015

Paul Bibby
Court Reporter

Hopes for a single, national scheme to provide assistance and compensation for victims of child sexual abuse have been dealt a heavy blow, with the federal government stating that such a scheme is too complex, time consuming and costly.

The statements were made in a blunt, two-page submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is trying to develop a redress scheme for those who have suffered abuse.

On Wednesday, the chairman of the commission, Justice Peter McClellan expressed disappointment that, while the Commonwealth government had accepted the need for "effective address" when it set up the commission, it now did not support what evidence showed was the most effective scheme.

Under the scheme proposed by the commission this year, the Commonwealth would have responsibility as a co-ordinator, and also as a "funder of last resort" - to provide financial support for victims when the institutions responsible were insolvent.

"It seems clear from the Commonwealth's submission that it does not support a single national redress scheme," Justice McClellan told a hearing, to discuss providing redress to victims, that was held in central Sydney on Wednesday.

Federal government's refusal to set up national fund ...

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Federal government's refusal to set up national fund for child sex abuse victims criticised by commissioner

Australian Associated Press
Tuesday 24 March 2015

The federal government’s refusal to establish a national compensation scheme for child sex abuse victims is disappointing, Justice Peter McClellan, the royal commissioner, has said.

In an opening address on Wednesday to a public hearing into redress for abuse survivors, McClellan said it was disappointing that the approach most likely to ensure a “just, fair and consistent outcome for all victims” was not supported by the Commonwealth.

The hearing before a full bench of six commissioners has received submissions from governments and institutions as well as support groups for victims, and has invited them all to speak.

Six governments, including the federal government, declined the invitation to speak.

In a two-and-a-half page submission, the Commonwealth said a national scheme was unworkable.

Child sex abuse royal commission...

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Child sex abuse royal commission: Federal Government does not back national support scheme for victims, wants institutions to accept responsibility

By Jessica Kidd

The Federal Government does not support a single national support scheme for victims of institutionalised child sexual abuse and believes those institutions should foot the bill, a royal commission has heard.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has invited 38 government and non-government organisations to present spoken submissions outlining their proposals for a redress scheme for survivors of abuse.

The commission released a consultation paper in January which outlined a number of options for redress, including a single national scheme led by the Commonwealth.

But in a written submission to the royal commission, the Federal Government has made it clear it does not support a national scheme because of the significant time and resources it would require.

Protestors disrupt bishop’s installation in Chile: 5 keys to understanding the controversy

CHILE
Headlines from the Catholic World

Santiago, Chile, Mar 24, 2015 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- A group of protesters attempted to stop the installation of Bishop Juan Barros Madrid as the new bishop of Osorno in southern Chile, pushing the bishop and throwing objects at him during the March 21 Mass.

The protestors accuse Bishop Barros of covering up sexual abuse committed by Fr. Fernando Karadima. The bishop has repeatedly denied it. The story was picked up this weekend by international news media.

Here are some keys to understanding what has happened since Jan. 10 of this year, when Pope Francis named Bishop Juan Barros as the new bishop of Osorno:

1. Who is Fernando Karadima Farina?

Fr. Karadima fostered the vocation of some 40 priests, including Bishop Juan Barros, who decades ago belonged to Karadima’s closest circle of friends. When reports of sexual abuse and other scandal surrounding Karadima surfaced, Bishop Barros, like a number of other prelates, at first did not believe the accusations.

The judge in the civil case dismissed the charges because the alleged abuse was too far in the past. Nevertheless, in February 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican completed its own investigation and declared 84-year-old Karadima guilty. He was sent to a life of solitude and prayer.

The news of the sentence surprised bishops, priests and lay people who viewed the priest as a role model and considered the initial accusations as an attack on the Church.

2. Juan Carolos Cruz and the accusers

Three of Karadima’s reported victims are accusing Bishop Barros of covering up the priest’s abuses. The accusations do not agree with the investigation carried out by the Vatican. Juan Carlos Cruz is the most well known of the accusers. He lives in the United States and is often asked by national and international news media for comments on what is happening in the Chilean Church.

After Bishop Juan Barros was appointed as Bishop of Orsono, Cruz told CNN Chile that the Chilean Episcopal Conference and Pope Francis were giving Karadima’s victims “a slap in the face.” This has created international media attention.

3. Bishop Barros’ Defense

Bishop Juan Barros and three other bishops close to Karadima supported the decision of the Holy See in April of 2011 and denied having known about his double life. They declared in a statement that “with great sorrow we have accepted the sentence declaring him guilty of serious offences condemned by the Church. Like so many, we learned about this situation and its diverse and multiple effects with deep astonishment and pain.”

In a letter addressed to the faithful of the Osorno diocese days before his installation, Bishop Barros reiterated that “I never had any knowledge of any accusation concerning Father Karadima when I was the Secretary for Cardinal Juan Francisco Fresno and I never had any knowledge nor did I even imagine such grave abuses as this priest committed against his victims. I neither approved nor participated in those actions.”

In defense of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, sort of

ROME
Global Pulse

Robert Mickens, Rome
March 24, 2015

Italy

There are good reasons why Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien of Scotland should have participated in the last Conclave.

(I'll get to that in a minute.)

Instead, he resigned as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh just before the papal election got underway. Four men had gone public and accused him of pressuring them into having sex years ago when they were junior priests (one was actually an adult seminarian). The papers ran wild with the story and the cardinal could no longer deny it.

“I… admit that there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal,” he finally confessed publicly on March 3, 2013, before going into seclusion.

Last Friday, a full two years later and following a Vatican “investigation,” a note from Rome announced that Cardinal O'Brien had freely relinquished “the rights and privileges” — but, bizarrely, not the title — of a being a cardinal. Even weirder, Church officials said he could continue wearing his cardinal attire, but only in private.

More Rats Leaving the Sinking Ship?

MINNESOTA
Canonical Consultation

03/24/2015

Jennifer Haselberger

It appears that a few more departures are imminent among the more senior staff and advisers of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

One resignation that I am told has been received but not announced involves a relatively longstanding employee in the office of what is now called 'Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment'. Interestingly, this employee was involved early on in the 'witch trials' of which I have recently written, including in the matter of the trumped up charges against the priest who secretly recorded Archbishop Nienstedt.

Other significant resignations include members of the Archdiocese's Clergy Review Board (which handles accusations involving minors) and the Ministerial Standards Board (which handles all other issues of clergy misconduct). According to an email sent to priests earlier this month by Tim O'Malley, the Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, the Archbishop has accepted the recommendation of the 'Safe Environment and Ministerial Standards Task Force' that the two boards be combined, which will bring the Archdiocese back exactly to the disastrous situation that led to the horrid decisions with which we are all too familiar (remember the Clergy Review Board recommendations regarding Father Michael Keating, and the implementation or non-implementation of those recommendations?). Perhaps in acknowledgement of the fact that this move is unlikely to result in the application of ministerial standards or the creation of a safe environment, O'Malley's email also indicated that while 'some current Board members will continue to serve; others have chosen not to'.

Dubuque Man Claims Past Abuse From Priest

IOWA
Siouxland Matters

Waterloo, IA (KCRG) - A former Dubuque man says his priest abused him when he was a child at Resurrection School.

Jeff Buchheit says Father Leo Riley first abused him in 1985 before school during an early morning mass.

Buchheit was an altar boy at the church.

Father Riley is no longer with the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He's currently on administrative leave in a Florida parish during the ongoing investigation.

This morning in Waterloo, Buchheit and his attorney spoke with reporters about the allegations.

Former Smithville Baptist Church pastor admits to sexually abusing 9-year-old girl

NEW YORK
Watertown Daily Times

By BRIAN KELLY
TIMES STAFF WRITER
PUBLISHED: TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015

WATERTOWN — The former pastor of Smithville Baptist Church pleaded guilty Tuesday in Jefferson County Court to an allegation that he had sexual contact with a 9-year-old girl in 2008.

Thomas W. Wilson, 63, of 20560 Weaver Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse. He had been charged in January with having sexual contact with the youth July 6, 2008, in Sackets Harbor.

State police said at the time of Mr. Wilson’s arrest that the incident occurred behind the Lake Ontario Playhouse in Sackets Harbor.

Mr. Wilson, who served at the Smithville church for about 18 years, has resigned as pastor, according to Rev. Terry Alford, who is now co-pastor of the church with Cathy Alford.

Former Church Pastor Pleads Guilty To Sexually Abusing A Child

NEW YORK
WWNY

The former senior pastor of Smithville Baptist Church has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl.

Thomas Wilson of 20560 Weaver Road in Watertown was arrested in January on a felony count of first-degree sexual abuse and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 63 year old pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court to first-degree sexual abuse.

Wilson is expected to receive ten years probation when he's sentenced May 27.

It's also expected that he will be required to register with the state as a sex offender.

Wilson was accused of having sexual contact with a nine year old girl in the village of Sackets Harbor during the spring or summer of 2008.

Some cardinals may fear blackmail

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | Mar 24, 2015

Almost exactly a year ago, Robert Mickens was suspended from his post as Vatican correspondent for the London Tablet, after he showed his contempt for Pope Benedict XVI with a Facebook comment that he was looking forward to “the Rat’s funeral.” Usually Mickens was more discreet, but that crude comment tells you what you need to know about his perspective.

Having subsequently left The Tablet, Mickens now writes for Global Pulse, a web site that views Catholic affairs from a strongly “progressive” slant. There he has posted another revealing comment, this time on the decision by Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien to renounce his privileges in the aftermath of a homosexual scandal.

In a quick series of one-sentence paragraphs that convey a staccato effect, to capture the reader’s attention, Mickens writes about the question of homosexuality:

For far too long this has been the elephant in the rectory parlor.

I know.

Former West Island Deacon sentenced for child pornography

CANADA
CTV

CTV Montreal
Published Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A West Island man has been sentenced to two years less a day in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography.

William Kokesch is the former deacon of St. Edmund Church in Beaconsfield.He was arrested in December 2012 and early in 2014 he pleaded guilty to producing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

His sentence is 12 months for distribution of child pornography, 14 months for the publication of child pornography, and two years less a day for possession of child pornography, with all three sentences to be served concurrently.

Following his release Kokesch will be on probation for three years, and will be subjected to a ten year ban on using the internet or being near children under the age of 16.

William Kokesch, former Montreal deacon, sentenced to 2 years less a day

CANADA
CBC News

Former West Island deacon William Kokesch has been sentenced to two years, less a day in jail on child pornography charges.

Kokesch appeared in court on Tuesday morning for his sentencing.

The sentence was a joint recommendation of the crown and defence.

In February 2014, Kokesch pleaded guilty to three charges: possession, production and distribution of child pornography.

Kokesch addressed the court to express his regret.

In a letter addressed to the judge, he wrote:

"I wish to use this occasion to publicly express my deep remorse and regret for the actions which have led to my being here before you. The past 27 months have allowed me to recognize the source of character flaws that played a role in what I did. Through the help and support of an extraordinarily loving wife, some close friends and neighbours, my family, self-help groups and the professional and spiritual counseling I am undergoing, I have grown greatly as a person, rebuilding my life into one that is wholesome and good."

Arrested priest may have had sexual contact with teen girl

GUAM
Marianas Variety

By Jasmine Stole - jasmine@mvguam.com - Variety News Staff

HAGÅTÑA — Last week, after receiving a phone call from a person about the Rev. Luis Camacho’s arrest, Deacon Steve Martinez said he was obligated to report the allegations of sexual contact to the proper authorities including the archbishop and the government.

On March 18, Martinez sent a letter to Child Protective Services and Archbishop Anthony Apuron relating what he was told about Rev. Luis Camacho’s arrest last week Tuesday. Martinez wrote that on March 17, Camacho illegally transported the 17-year-old girl from Southern High School without her parents’ permission.

Camacho reportedly drove the minor to a Subway restaurant and then to a remote beach in Agat “and had sexual contact with her and that the (Guam Police Department) arrested (Camacho),” Martinez wrote in his letter.

GPD said Camacho was booked and charged with custodial interference for being with a female minor who was not in school at the time they were found parked at the beach. Camacho was released from police custody the same day.

Chileans Protest Promotion of Bishop Who Covered Up Abuse

CHILE
Latin Post

By Rodrigo Ugarte (staff@latinpost.com)

Chileans protested the appointment of a new bishop in the city of Osorno.

They accused Bishop Juan Barros of covering up for a priest who sexually abused many teenagers.

Hundreds of protesters stormed the Cathedral of San Mateo de Osorno during the ceremony installing Juan Barros as bishop of the city, according to Reuters. The event took place over the weekend, when the protesters, carrying black balloons, stormed interrupted the service and demanded Bishop Barros resign.

Bishop Barros has been accused of covering up the sexual abuses a priest by the name of Fernando Karadima committed in the 1980s. The Vatican found Karadima guilty of sexual abusing minors in 2011 and banned him from saying Mass; however, the victims could not pursue legal charges due to technicalities.

Hoping to prevent Bishop Barros' appointment, activists, victims, politicians and priests wrote to Pope Francis asking him to not follow through, as he had taken a stance against sexual abuse. However, their petition was ignored.