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July 23, 2014

Minnesota Archdiocese wanted to label marriage equality-supporting priest 'disabled'

Twin Cities Daily Planet

By Andy Birkey, The Colu.mn
July 22, 2014

The investigation of alleged cover-ups of child sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has brought a flurry of court documents which reveal some details of Archbishop John Nienstedt’s war on gay marriage. In one case, the Archdiocese allegedly considered having a priest labelled disabled to silence his support of marriage equality.

Father Michael Tegeder of St. Francis Cabrini and Gichitwaa Kateri has been an outspoken critic of Nienstedt’s assault on LGBT rights. He was sharply critical of the anti-gay marriage amendment that was on the ballot in 2012.

He was so outspoken, Nienstedt threatened to remove him from ministry.

“If you choose not to offer your resignation, but continue to act openly or speak publicly about your opposition to Church teaching, I will suspend your faculties to exercise ministry and remove you from your ministerial assignments,” Nienstedt wrote to Tegeder in a letter in November 2011.

But behind the scenes, Nienstedt was considering other measures to silence Tegeder. According to an affidavit by whistleblower Jennifer Haselberger, Nienstedt has the authority to label a church employee as disabled:

However, both the Archbishop and Mr. Haws would be aware (as would others) that the determination of who is considered disabled under the terms of the Priests Pension Plan is the exclusive prerogative of the Archbishop. It is a matter for his prudential judgment. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on the Archbishop’s designation- no medical diagnosis is necessary, and it need not correspond to, for instance, a similar designation by the Social Security Administration. In other words, not only is the Archbishop qualified to evaluate who can be classified as disabled, he ís the only person who can make that evaluation.

New book includes evidence of Cardinal's role in Brendan Smyth inquiry

Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Jul 24, 2014

A number of new documents including Catholic Primate Cardinal Seán Brady’s handwritten account of answers provided at a secret 1975 inquiry into allegations of abuse by the notorious Fr Brendan Smyth, are contained in a book published this week.

Sworn to Silence, by Brendan Boland, also contains the handwritten record of the oath sworn by the then 14-year-old Mr Boland – who was abused by Smyth – to keep the inquiry secret.

A Garda investigation into the activities of the child sexual abuser began following the broadcast in 1994 on UTV of the programme Suffer Little Children which addressed Smyth’s abuse of children.

After the programme Frank Boland reported the abuse of his son Brendan by Smyth to gardaí in Dundalk and the fact that there has been a secret church inquiry into the allegations some two decades earlier.

On February 15th, 1995, as part the Garda investigation into Smyth’s activities in the State, Msgr Francis Donnelly, a priest of the Armagh archdiocese, was interviewed at his parochial house in Dundalk. He spoke of the inquiry in which he took part almost 20 years previously involving Brendan Boland. However, Msgr Donnelly refused to make a formal statement on the matter to gardaí.

Officials kept St. Paul priest in ministry after sex abuse revelations, documents indicate

Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
POSTED: 07/23/2014

Michael G. Kolar, a former priest who directed the Catholic Youth Center in St. Paul, was kept in ministry even after officials learned he had sexually abused underage girls beginning in the 1970s, according to documents released Wednesday as part of a lawsuit.

The documents also reveal Kolar told officials that Monsignor J. Jerome Boxleitner, the former head of Catholic Charities, tried to rape him at his lake cabin when Kolar was in seminary. Boxleitner died in 2013.

Kolar, 70, asked to be removed from the priesthood in 1992. He later married and currently lives in St. Paul.

One woman alleged in a 1991 lawsuit that she was abused by Kolar beginning in 1972 when she went on a retreat to the Catholic Youth Center as a 10th-grader. That suit was dismissed after a judge determined the statute of limitations had run out.

Former Christian radio host John Balyo faces federal child porn charge


By Angie Jackson | ajackso3@mlive.com
on July 23, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Former Christian radio host John Balyo now faces federal child porn and exploitation charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 12-year-old boy.

The former radio host for WCSG, a Christian radio station based in Grand Rapids, was charged Wednesday, July 23, with a count each of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

Authorities allege Balyo on April 19 took sexually explicit photos of a 12-year-old boy in Kalamazoo County using an iPhone, a computer and digital camera. Balyo in June allegedly possessed at least nine images of child pornography, some involving prepubescent minors.

Balyo, of Caledonia, in June was charged in Calhoun County with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an 11-year-old boy in Battle Creek in May. He allegedly admitted to some of the conduct and is jailed without bond.

Best Clinical Practices for Male Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse: “Do No Harm”

The Permanente Journal

Les Gallo-Silver, MSW, LCSW-R; Christopher M Anderson; Jaime Romo, EdD
Perm J 2014 Summer; 18(3):82-87

The health care literature describes treatment challenges and recommended alterations in practice procedures for female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, a subtype of adverse childhood experiences. Currently, there are no concomitant recommendations for best clinical practices for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse or other adverse clinical experiences. Anecdotal information suggests ways physicians can address the needs of adult male survivors of childhood sexual abuse by changes in communication, locus of control, and consent/permission before and during physical examinations and procedures. The intent of this article is to act as a catalyst for improved patient care and more research focused on the identification and optimal responses to the needs of men with adverse childhood experiences in the health care setting.

Diocese case: Remembering the children

The Kansas City Star


A gray-haired woman tilted her head, a hand held cupped to her ear, listening intently as the judge grilled attorneys representing the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese.

The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million award will stand.

It’s for the children. To ensure that the diocese will continue to do whatever is within its power to protect children from sexual abuse.

From 1956 to 1995 Marie Mentrup taught at St. Gabriel Archangel School. Among her former eighth-grade students was a boy who later accused a priest of molesting him as a child. She said she knew other victims too. But that student, who died nearly two years ago, was among the plaintiffs in the diocese’s 2008 $10 million settlement to resolve such civil suits.

“It hasn’t stopped,” Mentrup said, alluding to how this wound up back in the courts.

The largest indicator that the diocese failed to live up to its obligations from the settlement is the 2011 conviction of former priest Shawn Ratigan for child pornography. And the deplorable ways the diocese failed to follow up on what turned out to be credible questions about Ratigan’s behavior around children.

Mom of Alleged Victim Speaks Out


Jim Madalinsky

ALTOONA - Close to 90 people have come forward saying they were sexually abused by Franciscan Brother Stephen Baker.

Baker committed suicide in January of 2013.
In early May the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese was set to take part in settlement negotiations when they were called off pending the attorney general's investigation. On Wednesday, the mother of one of Baker's alleged victims was in Altoona.

"Brother Steve was put in place and I handed my son to him and that didn't have to happen," Barbara Aponte says.

Brother Steve is Brother Stephen Baker. He's accused of sexually assaulting close to 90 boys across three states for years.

Judge To Rule In Breach Of Contract Suit Against Diocese



A Jackson County judge heard arguments Wednesday on whether the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph should pay a $1.1 million arbitration award for breach of contract in its ongoing litigation over clergy sex abuse.

The diocese contends the arbitrator, Kansas City lawyer Hollis Hanover, exceeded his authority when he made the award after finding the diocese had violated the terms of a $10 million settlement it reached with 47 sex abuse victims in 2008.

Under the terms of the settlement, the diocese pledged to adopt a variety of child safety measures.

Forty-four of the victims claimed the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn had breached those measures by failing to promptly inform authorities after it found child pornography on the laptop computer of a diocesan priest, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan.

Last September, a federal judge sentenced Ratigan to 50 years in prison.

Earlier this month, Hanover found that the diocese had breached five of the safety measures spelled out in the 2008 agreement. He awarded the plaintiffs $1.1 million atop the $10 million they were awarded in 2008.

SNAP ...

Pacific News Center

SNAP Accuses Archbishop Apuron of "Dangerous" Behavior; Calls Father Wadeson's Parting Remarks "Self-Aggrandizing"

Guam - SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has issued another statement accusing Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of harboring a twice accused predator priest on island until SNAP revealed the accusations against Father John Wadeson in a release last weekend.
Father Wadeson is named in Los Angeles Archdiocese records, and in LA news reports, as having been accused on 2 occasions of being a predator priest. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has barred Father Wadeson from ministry in LA.

The accusations date back to the early 90's, they were never brought to trial.

Father Wadeson was incardinated on Guam by the Archbishop Apuron in 2000. Archbishop Apruon removed Father Wadeson from "active and public ministry" on Guam this past Tuesday, 4 days after SNAP issued a release calling attention to the decades old accusations against Father Wadeson.

However, local catholic observer, Tim Rohr, was the first to bring the issue to light on his blog last Wednesday. And last Friday, Father Adrian Cristobal told PNC News that the Archdiocese was aware of the accusations against Father Wadeson in California. But the allegations were just that: allegations.

With child abuse, we need to talk about original sin

The Conversation

James Boyce
University Associate at University of Tasmania

The statistics attached to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse have confirmed what many people suspected – that while child abuse has been widespread in Christian and secular institutions, the Catholic Church is dramatically over-represented.

Of the 1,033 faith-based institutions reported to the Commission, 68% were Catholic. Even when state-run and private sites are included, the figure is 41%.

The Commissioners report that they want to “find out why there have been a significant number of perpetrators in certain institutions". Given the extent to which our Government has handed over responsibility for publicly-funded education, health and social welfare services to the Catholic Church, so should we all.

This is not a matter of Catholic bashing but of civic responsibility. There is no question that Catholic schools and welfare institutions are now essentially shaped by professional and secular values, but this is still not uniformly the case. Grappling with the Church’s self-evident problem cannot be an in-house chat.

What is distinctive about the Catholic Church that might have fostered child abuse? The grim stories coming out of Ireland and other countries have meant this question has been part of the Western conversation for more than a decade. Compulsory celibacy, the priestly pedestal, and a cloistered culture have all been widely discussed, but what has received much less attention to date is the Church’s core ideology of childhood.

Update: Victims group calls for end to 'delays' ...


Update: Victims group calls for end to 'delays' involving Altoona-Johnstown diocese, other agencies in Baker sexual abuse cases


HOLLIDAYSBURG — The founder of a New Jersey nonprofit formed to help child sex abuse victims stood outside the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown on Wednesday calling for an end to delays in the Brother Stephen Baker sex abuse case, which has been tied up in litigation.

“Let’s settle this case morally, justly and quickly,” Road to Recovery Founder Robert Hoatson said.

Attorneys for the local diocese and other agencies, and those representing Baker’s alleged victims, have been negotiating off and on for more than a year.

Police charge another religious Brother with offences against a child

Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article posted on 23 July 2014)

New South Wales Police announced on 23 July 2014 that they have charged a 66-year-old religious Brother regarding indecent assaults of a child, committed 40 years ago. Broken Rites understands that the alleged victim was a pupil at a Marist Brothers boys' school which then existed at Maitland, north of Sydney in the Newcastle region.

The police announcement said that, in March 2013, detectives from Strike Force Georgiana received information about an alleged indecent-assault matter involving a child and they then commenced an investigation. (Strike Force Georgiana is a special unit of investigators located at Charlestown.)

On 22 July 2014, detectives from Central Hunter Local Command and Lake Macquarie Local Command attended Surry Hills Police Station in Sydney and spoke with a 66-year-old man about the alleged offences against a boy.

Idiot Catholics, ‘Don't believe what you read from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe’...

PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils

Idiot Catholics, ‘Don't believe what you read from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe’. Small newspaper detects deceit reporting from Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team

Paris Arrow

A small newspaper writer Joseph Tevington of the Bucks County Courier Times in Pennsylvania has detected the subtle snaky deceits coming out of giant journalists from AP, Reuters and Boston Globe and he is not afraid to special mention them. Tevington wrote in his article entitled boldly, Don't believe what you read: Church teaching isn't changing. Whoa, don’t believe what you read, idiot Catholics!

Tevington began his article, “Like many local newspapers, the Courier Times relies on large news organizations for national and international news. In the area of religious news, those organizations have a small pool of writers who may or who may not be well-equipped for their specialized work”. Then he gave specific examples.

Further on he wrote, “Whether one agrees with what the Catholic Church teaches, it strikes me that anyone seeking information would want, and be entitled to, accurate reporting. Whether it is intentional or not, the reports from the AP, Reuters and Boston Globe seem misleading”.

KC diocese disputes $1.1 million in sexual abuse case

The Kansas City Star


The Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese told a judge Wednesday that it shouldn’t have to pay the $1.1 million ordered by an arbitrator last spring for violating the terms of a 2008 settlement with priest sexual abuse victims.

The main reason, diocesan lawyers argued, was because the arbitrator overstepped his authority in issuing the award.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Bryan Round heard arguments from both sides during a 90-minute hearing attended by more than a dozen victims or their family members. The plaintiffs asked the judge to confirm the arbitrator’s order, while the diocese argued that the order be vacated or modified.

“This is obviously a difficult matter for a variety of reasons,” Round said as the hearing concluded. “It’s going to take me a little bit of time to go through everything.”

The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of the 2008 settlement, putting children in danger. The lawsuit was filed in Jackson County Circuit Court by 44 of the 47 plaintiffs from the previous case.

Sex abuse victim sues Alabama Baptist church

Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A victim of a former children’s minister sentenced to 30 years in prison has sued both his perpetrator and the church that hired him.

The victim, identified by initials J.G., filed a lawsuit July 22 in U.S. District Court alleging injury by Jeffery Dale Eddie, longtime associate pastor for children and church administration at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

The civil suit claims Eddie, who pleaded guilty to numerous sex crimes in March, molested the man now living in Louisiana over the course of 12 years beginning when he was 11.

The lawsuit accuses Highland Park Baptist Church, a congregation associated with the Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association, the Alabama State Board of Missions and the Southern Baptist Convention, of failure to properly supervise Eddie, an employee from 1998 until he was caught storing child pornography on his church computer in 2014.

The lawsuit claims church leaders waited 10 days before reporting the incident to police, after an internal investigation, violating a state law that requires clergy to report suspected abuse immediately.

Sex abuse victim files lawsuit against children's pastor, Baptist church


By Greg Garrison | ggarrison@al.com
on July 23, 2014

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama – A victim of former Highland Park Baptist Church Children's Pastor Jeff Eddie, charged this year with 36 counts of child sexual abuse, has filed a lawsuit against Eddie and the church.

The lawsuit was filed in Birmingham July 22 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Western Division. The plaintiff identified as "J.G.," now living in Louisiana, seeks unspecified damages for the sexual abuse that he said began in 2001 when he was 11. The lawsuit states that Eddie pleaded guilty on March 7 to 16 counts of sodomy for oral sex, three counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and one count of possession of child pornography. Eddie, 41, was arrested Feb. 4.

Eddie was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Colbert County District Attorney Bryce Graham said the number of Eddie's victims was in the double-digits.

Eddie was administrative and children's pastor at Highland Park, a Southern Baptist Church in Colbert County, from 1998 through 2014. The lawsuit said that sexual abuse took place at Highland Park

MO- Newly released records show archbishop's cover-ups

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson chose as his spiritual advisor a Minnesota priest who later admitted to being a sex addict. And Carlson, in turn, became his “close friend” and spiritual advisor too, according to hundreds of pages of long-secret Catholic Church abuse files have just been released.

The documents show that Carlson has had direct, first-hand knowledge and experience covering up sexual abuse for almost 40 years.

They involve a serial predator priest, Fr. Michael G. Kolar. He and Carlson, the archbishop admits, were or are “close friends.” In fact, Carlson wrote “Because of my past and continuing friendship with Fr. Kolar, it would be inappropriate for me to be involved (in his abuse case).” (ARCH 018348)

Still, Carlson meddled in Fr. Kolar's case, refusing to follow up on leads, corresponding with some victims, and telling others that their allegations had no merit. In fact, Kolar was promoted to head of the Archdiocese Youth Conference after Carlson knew that the priest was molesting vulnerable girls.

Carlson also admits that Fr. Kolar “was my spiritual director.” And Carlson became the priest's spiritual advisor. (“Fr. Kolar asked me if I would be his spiritual counselor and I agreed to do that.” p. 25- 26)

Fr. Kolar is accused of molesting innocent girls and exploiting devout women. He admitted that he “was simply using (women and girls) because of my sexual needs.” (ARCH 018513)

Despite multiple credible allegations against him over a span of years, Fr. Kolar was quietly moved from parish to parish and even sent to work in Venezuela among unsuspecting families. (The files contain a 1990 letter urging St. Paul's archbishop to bring Kolar back from South America before he hurt more girls. (ARCH 019734): “Please do not allow any opportunity for more abuse and pain to be inflicted in the future.”

The Catholic Church must continue to aggressively address, prevent sexual abuse

Florida Times-Union

When Pope Francis recently met with six victims of clerical sexual abuse, he made an important statement that the Roman Catholic Church is committed to change.

He compared priests who abuse minors to “a sacrilegious cult.”

He begged for forgiveness.

He vowed to take action on priests abusing their vows.

And Pope Francis referred to the “sins of omission” by those who covered up or failed to report incidents of child sexual abuse.

The pope has also appointed a commission to confront the sexual abuse issue.

History suggests that’s a wise and proactive step.

Tears for the perpetrators. Anger at the victims.


July 23, 2014 By Fred Clark

Amy @ Watch Keep highlights a rare story of a local church responding appropriately to finding an abuser on its payroll.

John Sluder was an associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn, Alabama:
His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years. Lee County Sheriff’s detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990′s.

… [Attorney Ben] Hand represents Believers Church where his father is the pastor. Hand says the church was stunned, then angry, when Sluder was arrested by Lee County, after two adult victims revealed Sluder had molested them on several occasions in the early 1990′s when they were 8 and 9 years old.

“Every child, including my own daughter that has had contact with him has been questioned to make sure there are no other potential victims out there,” said Hand.

… ”He was told if he came on church property, he would be arrested from trespassing and was forbidden from every returning to Believers Church. His bond was lowered from $100,000 to $25,000 and that is a nominal bond, and we have recommended that nobody make that bond. He needs to be there,” said Hand.

… ”The full extent of the law needs to be handed down. And we have to do everything we can to protect these kids ant they need to know they are safe and that society will come to their defense,” said Hand.

Amy contrasts this response by Believers Church with the image-control, stonewalling and circling of the wagons she more often encounters in her work with SNAP (the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests):

Ex-Tampa Day School Principal Criminally Charged with Molestation of Child

Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos and Lehrman

by Adam Horowitz James Larkin sexual Tampa Day School abuse lawyer

James Larkin is a long-time educator, having worked as Prinicpal in Tampa Day School and Headmaster at St. John's Greek Orthodox School. According to a docket entry on Hillsbrough County Clerk's office dated July 21, 2014, James Larkin now faces felony sex charges in Hillsborough County for the molestation of a minor, who was his former student at Tampa Day School. (Hillbrough County Case No. 14-CF-005573-A)

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, when the boy's mother was out of town for the weekend in March 2014, Larkin and his wife watched the alleged victim and his sister. Larkin came into the boy's room at night, laid down next to him and put his hands down the boy's pants and fondled the boy's genitals. Larkin admitted his actions were "inappropriate" in a phone call between the student and principal that was recorded by the sheriff's office. Larkin was 63 years old at the time of the alleged incident. In April, Larkin was terminated after his arrest by Tampa Day School, where he had served for five years. Prior to serving as principal at Tampa Day School, Larkin resigned at headmaster at St. John Greek Orthodox School where he worked for over 30 years.

According to its website, Tampa Day School is a "specialized school for students in grades K-8 with mild to moderate learning disabilities, dyslexia, anxiety, and ADHD." Larkin founded and led a "dad's club" at Tampa Day School to develop social bonds between fathers and their sons enrolled in the school. Larkin was also involved in the Boy Scouts and numerous youth groups during his time as an educator. Larkin befriended the alleged victim and his mother over a period of months after the victim's father passed away. Over time, Larkin became a surrogate dad for the child and routinely took the alleged victim to "Dad Club" meetings and other recreational activities.

Families SA insider says ...

Perth Now

[with poll]

Families SA insider says new child-protection policies will fail without extra resources to help overstretched social workers


A FAMILIES SA insider says a radical rewriting of child-protection policies will be useless without extra resources to help social workers already stretched to breaking point.

In the wake of revelations a man working for Families SA was last month charged with child sex offences against seven preschool-aged children in his care, the State Government has promised an urgent review of policies and processes to shield vulnerable children from predators who use the care system to gain access to them.

But a Families SA worker who contacted The Advertiser said there was no point making major changes without providing extra staff to support them.

Ousted priest leaves Guam: Wadeson defends, praises Archbishop Apuron

Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

A day after he was stripped of authority as a Guam priest over child molestation allegations in Los Angeles, Father John Howard Wadeson has left the island.

Wadeson stated he's been falsely accused, but decided to leave because he didn't want the accusations against him to tarnish Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

"I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our archbishop, whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words," Wadeson stated, in response to the Pacific Daily News' request for comment.

"For the good of the church, I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our archbishop or the Church of Guam," he stated.

"I will continue to pray for our church, our archbishop as well as for those who attack him," Wadeson stated.

Wadeson left yesterday morning, said Father Pablo Ponce, rector of the Redemptoris Mater Seminary. where Wadeson had been staying.

Victim criticises judge over abuse hearings

The Australian

JULY 24, 2014

Dan Box
Crime Reporter

A CHILD sex abuse victim has criticised the royal commission over an alleged “opportunistic personal attack” on a senior prosecutor during a recent public hearing.

Peter Gogarty, who was repeatedly abused by a Catholic priest, wrote privately to commission chairman Peter McClellan about the treatment of Margaret Cunneen SC, a barrister who led a separate commission of inquiry into child sex abuse.

Earlier this month, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse spent days dissecting confidential advice provided by Ms Cunneen in 2004 about the prosecution of Olympic coach Scott Volkers for allegedly abusing teenage swimmers.

“In all of the circumstances, I am forced to the conclusion that Ms Cunneen during her evidence … was the subject of an opportunistic personal attack unrelated to the question at hand,” said Mr Gogarty’s letter said. “Given my public and strident support of ... (the) commission, I am very disappointed that the media has been offered the spectacle of an apparent ‘in-house’ spat.”

Guam- Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, 949-322-7434 cell, jcasteix@gmail.com, David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Abuse victims blast priest & archbishop
Twice-accused cleric lived in Guam for years
SNAP: Archbishop knew about abuse but did nothing
Now exposed, child molesting cleric heads to Bay Area

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is blasting a twice-accused Catholic predator priest for "hurtful, self-aggrandizing comments" he made as he left Guam for California.

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are criticizing Fr. John H. Wadeson for calling accusations about his alleged abuse “viciousness and lies ... about me and our (Archbishop Anthony Apuron).”

Fr. Wadeson worked in Hagatna in Guam until a few days ago, when SNAP publicly exposed that he has been accused of abuse twice and has been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Archbishop Apuron then suspended Fr. Wadeson. The comments were made after Wadeson was removed.

The information about Fr. Wadeson was on the internet and posted in Los Angeles Archdiocese documents dating back to 2004. Guam Catholics have also publicly called on the Archbishop to take action.

SNAP believes that Apuron's behavior is dangerous.

“Apuron knew that Fr. Wadeson was a predator and had been banned from Los Angeles, but he simply didn't care,” said Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director. “That behavior is unacceptable, reckless, and against common morality.”

KC Diocese's $1.1M sex abuse judgment challenged


By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
By Erika Tallan, Reporter

Earlier this month a judge ordered the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City - St. Joseph to pay $1.1 million to 42 victims of clergy sex crimes.

A Jackson County judge is hearing arguments Wednesday about whether the award should stand or be overturned.

The diocese is facing the penalty for not doing more to stop now-defrocked priest Shawn Ratigan from taking pornographic pictures of young parishioners after the diocese had pledged more than five years ago to prevent future abuse cases.

The diocese and Bishop Robert Finn, who has previously admitted in a criminal court that he failed to report child abuse by Ratigan to state authorities, are seeking to have the arbitrator's order nullified.

The diocese is appealing the judge's decision to pay up.

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a prominent victim's group, hopes it is upheld and that it will push employers to be more responsible in child sex cases.


Jeff Anderson & Associates

The priest file of former Archdiocesan priest Father Michael Kolar was made public due to a civil lawsuit filed in Ramsey County in 2013 by a survivor of Father Thomas Adamson. Doe 1 and his attorneys successfully sought and obtained the release of a list of credibly accused priests and their secret files from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Diocese of Winona.

Father Michael Kolar worked in the Archdiocese for decades and with the help of top Church officials, including now-Archbishop Robert Carlson and former Vicar General Kevin McDonough, Kolar was allowed to remain in positions where he sexually abused numerous girls and evaded civil authorities. Warnings from abuse survivors, parents, another priest and Kolar’s therapist were ignored by the Archdiocese and Kolar was sent to St. Luke Institute. To avoid scandal, Kolar was then sent to South America and finally Archbishop Roach pushed Kolar into laicization telling the Holy See, because of the legal and media climate, he was unable to assign Kolar.

Kolar later alleged he was sexually abused by former head of Catholic Charities Msgr. Jerome Boxleitner and Kolar attempted to work for the Catholic Church again in 1995. He is still living and resides in St. Paul.

In 1991 ABC and XYZ sued the Archdiocese of Saint Paul Minneapolis, Reverend Michael Kolar and Mr. Jim Kolar for childhood sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Father Kolar. At the time, Father Kolar was director of the Catholic Youth Center and NET. It is now known that the Court did not have the full record of Kolar that is produced below. The Court with the Appellate Court affirming, dismissed ABC and XYZ saying as a matter of law that ABC and XYZ brought their action too late and that the statute of limitations barred a lawsuit. In 2013 the Child Victims Act was enacted eliminating the Statute of Limitations in Minnesota.

[ABC v. Archdiocese of St. Paul]

Father Michael Kolar Summary
Father Michael Kolar Timeline
Michael Kolar Hot Docs Part 1
Michael Kolar Hot Docs Part 2
Michael Kolar File, part 1
Michael Kolar File, part 2
Michael Kolar File, part 3
Michael Kolar File, part 4

Thomas A. Delaney, OC's Newest Judge, was Favored Lawyer of Pedophile-Protecting Groups

Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano Wed., Jul. 23 2014

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown announced two new Orange County Superior Court judges: Thomas A. Delaney, and Nancy E. Zeltzer. No idea on who Zeltzer is, but Delaney's inclusion raised alarms in the part of my brain that tracks pedophile priests and their secular pedophile pals.
Simply put, our new Hizzoner made mucho money defending pedophile-protecting groups in the past couple of years, especially as the Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal spilled over into other organizations that had long protected perverts in plain sight.

Roll call!

* The Boy Scouts: Delaney represented the Scouts, arguing against them turning over secret personnel files that showed how the Scouts knew about the perverts within their midst over the decades. He lost that argument

*Catholic Church: Delaney represented different parts of the Catholic Church, including the Salesians against brothers who said they were molested by a Salesian. Delaney won that one, arguing statute of limitations invalidated their claims--ain't it nice!

* Los Angeles Unified School District: Delaney was the lead lawyer for the LAUSD in its current fight against dozens of pervert teachers over the decades. In that case, a judge sanctioned Delaney's firm for withholding evidence. Delaney, for his part, was charging LAUSD $500 an hour for his firm's services--because there's nothing like bilking cash-strapped schools, eh?

Father Michael court date postponed


By: WNYT Staff

A court date for a local priest charged with endangering the welfare of a child has been postponed.

Father James Michael Taylor was an associate pastor at the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady. He's accused of having inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old girl.

Taylor was due in court on Wednesday but the court date has been postponed until mid-August.

Kay Goodnow of Kansas City MO passes

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

David Clohessy

I'm sad to share the news that a dear friend and colleague, Kay Goodnow of Kansas City, has passed away at the age of 77.

Kay was a long time member of SNAP and, years ago, of Link Up. She had an acerbic wit and a huge heart. Kay was also a firm believer in using “letters to the editor” and “comment” sections to criticize the corrupt and empathize with the wounded.

While she was healthy, Kay often attended SNAP events, especially in Kansas City. She never hesitated to speak her mind and each time she did, her words rang with truth and compassion.

Often, she spoke highly of her friends in this movement, including Nancy Meyer of Canada, Rick Springer of Chicago, Mike Hunter of Kansas City and Joe McGee of Colorado.

Just two or three weeks ago, right after a news conference outside Bishop Robert Finn's headquarters, long time SNAP member Abott Durocher drove me to the suburban retirement home where Kay was living. The three of us had a wonderful time catching up and reminiscing.

Kay was visibly glad to see us. And she recounted tales of discussing clergy sex crimes and cover ups with other residents and staff (noting with some glee, that the topic made some of her neighbors feel a little uncomfortable).

IL- Clergy sex abuse group marks 25th anniversary

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy ( 314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Clergy sex abuse victims hold 25th anniversary conference in Chicago
Group celebrates 25 years of “growth, healing, justice and prevention”
Speakers include Pulitzer prize winner and noted St. Paul whistleblower

The world's largest and oldest support group for men and women sexually abused as children will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at a Chicago conference August 1.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPNetwork.org), was founded in Chicago in 1988 by clergy abuse survivor Barbara Blaine. What started as an informal group of survivors is now a global network, with support group meetings in 65 US cities and members in 79 countries.

SNAP has become the leading voice in the fight against sexual abuse in religious and institutional settings, with leaders continually quoted as experts by the global media on the topics of abuse, cover-up and healing. The group's advocacy on behalf of survivors has exposed abuse and cover-up around the world, including the Vatican.

The SNAP Annual Conference will bring together experts in the area of clergy sex crimes, law enforcement, psychology, health, healing, advocacy, and research. This event attracts hundreds of survivors and supporters from the US, Canada, South America, Africa and Europe.

NY- Priest case adjourned until August, SNAP responds

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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 Round Lake priest, who was arrested for inappropriate conduct with a minor, will go to court August 13. We are grateful this predator is being held accountable, but worried that his case has been adjourned for another three weeks. In this time it is possible that he might abuse more children.

We hope, although it is unlikely, that his inappropriate conduct with a minor was an isolated incident. Predators rarely attack only once. Fr. James Michael Taylor was a deacon and youth minister for the Corpus Christi Church during the alleged abuse and is now an ordained priest at Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady.

Church officials should aggressively seek out any other people who may have been hurt. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger should personally go to each parish where Fr. Taylor worked and beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to speak up and call police.

We hope that anyone who saw suspected or suffered abuse will contact law enforcement. It is not too late to speak up and help protect innocent children.


The Kansas City Star


1936 - 2014 | Obituary

KATHARINE A. (LONDON) GOODNOW Katharine (Kay) Goodnow, 77, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kansas, surrounded by the love of her family, her friends and Crossroads Hospice. Kay was born on July 20, 1936, in Kansas City, Missouri, to the late William J. and Emily London. She attended Notre Dame de Sion High School, Baker University and the University of Missouri. Kay's seemingly endless energy and phenomenal communication skills served her brilliantly in her insurance, publishing, retail and real estate careers. She gave tirelessly of her time and talent to the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, Johnson County Young Matrons, Shrine Ladies, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and the Philanthropic and Educational Organization for Women. She was also an accomplished classically-trained pianist and published author. For the last several years, she was actively engaged in the Lakeview Village community; volunteering in the "What Not Shop" and the Lakeview Pantry, contributing writings to the Lakeview Journal and assisting with the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Kay was preceded in death by her brother, William J. London, Jr., who gave his life to his country in 1970 while in the service of the United States Air Force. She is survived by her loyal husband of 51 years, Weston E. Goodnow of Lakeview Village, Lenexa; her devoted sister, Allison "Peachy" Smith and partner Bob Williams of West Plains, Mo.; her daughters, Allison (Goodnow) Verman and husband Brian of Independence, Mo., and Betsy (Goodnow) Masters and husband John of Merriam, Kan., her son, Bill Goodnow, nine grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Kay's life will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, Lakeview Village, 9100 Park St. Lenexa. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory are suggested to the Child Protection Center; 3101 Broadway, Suite 750, Kansas City, MO 64111, or to Crossroads Hospice, 11150 Thompson Ave., Lenexa, KS 66219.

Ever a crusader in life, our mother has waged her final battle. We mourn her passing, yet rejoice that she finally can be at peace.

Published in Kansas City Star on July 23, 2014

Ousted priest leaves Guam


by Jolene Toves

Guam - Father John Wadeson is no longer on Guam. It was on Tuesday Archbishop Anthony Apuron took action against Father Wadeson who was twice accused of child molestation in California.

Father Wadeson became a part of the Archdiocese of Guam in 2000.

Four years later his name appeared in a list of accused priests and he was banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese.

Although he was not convicted these allegations were brought to light by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests who wrote to Apuron expressing their fear for our islands children.

Priest accused of inappropriate contact with teen in court today


[with video]

Updated: Wednesday, July 23 2014

CLIFTON PARK-- A court appearance is set for Wednesday afternoon by a local priest accused of having inappropriate contact with a Saratoga County teen.

Prosecutors say James Michael Taylor exchanged phone calls, text messages and pictures with a 15-year-old girl between October 2013 and April 2014. T

aylor met the victim while serving as Deacon and Youth Minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Round Lake. He most recently served as a priest in Schenectady and is on administrative leave.

Magnanimous memoir of a 'dead canary' bishop

Eureka Street

Andrew Hamilton | 23 July 2014

'Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three' by Bill Morris

Many of Pope Francis' metaphors have to do with smell. He has urged priests and bishops to go out of the churchy world, saying that it is better to be accident prone than to grow sick through living in fetid air. He has said the clergy must smell like the sheep. And he has remarked on the stuffy air of the Vatican administration.

In mines, where bad air could be lethal, miners used to bring canaries with them. If they fell ill and died, the miners had warning to get out. The recent book by Bishop Bill Morris, replete with documentary evidence, tells the story of a canary caught in the shafts of Vatican culture. His early expiry date pointed to something amiss in the governance of the church, heralding the larger disclosures in the Royal Commission on sexual abuse.

Morris' story needs no retelling. He was Bishop of Toowoomba, sought to empower the laity and local communities, engaged in serious pastoral planning, was informal in his manner and, earlier than most, understood sexual abuse from the perspective of the victim rather than of the institution.

A small minority of Catholics hostile to him complained regularly to Roman officials and were given credence. Pope Benedict decided on the evidence of his officials that Morris' grasp of theology was inadequate and that he had to go, and after the many representations and meetings described in this book, he eventually retired.

Irish baby homes investigation reveals use for cadavers, vaccine testing

Washington Post

By Terrence McCoy July 23

More than 60 years ago, a fair-skinned Irish politician named Sally Mulready was born into a home for unwed mothers called St. Patrick’s. It sat on a road named Navan in Dublin, and Mulready was one of four siblings born there. Her brother John never made it out of St. Pat’s. Like hundreds of other babies born into an Irish homes for “fallen women,” John died in 1947. He was two months old.

“Inanition,” his death record read, according to RTE News. “Failure to thrive.”

But RTE News said the record carried a mystery. John for some reason wasn’t buried until 1950 — three years after his death. The oddity was first discarded as a clerical error.

But it wasn’t. John’s records had the designation “AS,” or “anatomical study.” His infant remains had in fact been given to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, who used them for medical research — though it’s unclear whether his mother had given consent for this.

Mulready eventually tracked down his burial plot, she explained to the Irish Times, but found it marked by a “stick with a number on it. … I cannot imagine that happening to children or young babies who died in … well-to-do-families, families with influence.”

Hunter priest charged with historical child sex offences

ABC News

A Hunter Valley priest has been charged with indecently assaulting a boy in the early 1970's.

Police were alerted about the religious brother in March last year and investigators from Strike Force Georgiana were called in.

Yesterday a 66-year-old man was charged with three offences of alleged offences of indecent assault against a boy.

Officers allege the offences happened at Maitland between 1971 and 1972.

Child sex abuse allegations: Vigilance the key say protection advocates

ABC News

Advocates on child protection say it is clear people remain able to circumvent efforts by authorities to keep children safe.

A royal commission is likely to be held in South Australia into another case of alleged child sexual abuse.

A man, 32, from Adelaide's southern suburbs is facing charges of unlawful sexual intercourse involving seven preschool-aged wards of the state over 18 months to late 2012, as well as pornography offences.

Authorities say the man had cleared police, child protection and psychological checks before he was hired to care for children in a government-run residential facility.

Royal Commission to hold public hearing in Melbourne

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

22 July, 2014

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Melbourne commencing on Monday 18 August 2014.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

The principles, practices and procedures of the Melbourne Response adopted by the CatholicArchdiocese of Melbourne and their application in responding to:

a. Victims of child sexual abuse; and

b. Allegations of child sexual abuse against personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The experience of people who have engaged in the Melbourne Response process, or otherwise sought redress from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Any other related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 4 August 2014.

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website entitled ‘Application for Leave to Appear at the Royal Commission’ and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.

Melb Church to face abuse royal commission

Daily Mail (UK)


Melburnians who survived child sex abuse within the Catholic Church will have a chance to have their stories heard by the royal commission next month.

Over two weeks of public hearings to be held in Victoria, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will investigate allegations of abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese and the church's response.

The church says its formal course of action in Melbourne, adopted in 1996 and known as The Melbourne Response, is the first institutional response in Australia.

The archdiocese will have to explain to the royal commission why it has the Melbourne Response and what it was supposed to achieve.

"This will be a warts-and-all examination of what is arguably the first institutional redress scheme developed in Australia, perhaps the world, to address clerical child sexual abuse," the CEO of the church's Truth, Justice and Healing Council Francis Sullivan said.

Why did the Salvation Army fail to act on my claims of sexual abuse?

The Guardian

SA Mathieson and Saba Salman
The Guardian, Tuesday 22 July 2014

The Salvation Army failed to investigate allegations of historical child abuse, according to a woman who told the charity 16 years ago that four of its members had sexually assaulted her in the 1970s.

In 1998, Lucy Taylor (not her real name) told the Salvation Army that four men at her local branch of the charity in the north of England had abused her. Her story suggests she was groomed from the age of 10, assaulted from 12 years old and the abuse continued for eight years until she left the organisation.

Taylor says her complaints were not handled seriously either at the local branch, known as a "citadel", which was at the centre of her allegations, or at the national headquarters in London. When she later approached police, an investigation resulted in two of the four men being arrested on suspicion of indecent assault. They were later released without charge. For legal reasons the Guardian cannot name the alleged victim, now in her 50s, or the men.

Taylor says: "I want somebody to take me seriously – listen to my problem and help me sort this out". She adds of her alleged abusers: "I just want them to realise what they've done to me [but] part of me doesn't, part of me doesn't want them to know how it's upset me and ruined my life."

Residential school activist passes

Alberni Valley Times

Eric Plummer / Alberni Valley Times
July 23, 2014

One of the most vocal opponents of the Alberni Indian Resident School has died, leaving behind a host of unanswered questions in what many believe is a black mark on the Alberni Valley's history.

At the age of 10 Alvin Dixon was taken from his family in Bella Bella to attend the school in 1947, part of a mandatory federal program designed to assimilate First Nations children into mainstream society. He would spend the next eight years at the Alberni school, eventually studying at the University of British Columbia and leading careers in teaching, councilling and social activism. Dixon passed on Sunday at the age of 77 in Vancouver.

He was one of several former students at the local school to accuse the institution of experimenting the effects of malnutrition on students. A study released last summer by University of Guelph historian Ian Mosby backed up Dixon's claims, determining that students were deficient in vitamins A, B, C, iodine and riboflavin due to a lack of fruits, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheese. To measure the effects of an enhanced dairy intake, the amount of milk in students' diets was tripled.

"There's no question that there's more to be discovered and there's no question that the health issues are reverberating today. It's disgusting," said Dixon in an interview with the Victoria Times Colonist last year. "This government is no different from the government 40 or 50 years ago. Racism is still rampant."


Broadway World

This month, as a part of the 15th Anniversary Season of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Michael Mack will perform the NY premiere of his acclaimed solo show Conversations with My Molester: A Journey of Faith, which will run thru Saturday, August 2 at the Jewel Box Theater (312 West 36th St, 4th Floor). Spanning four decades after his childhood experience of clergy sexual abuse, Mack's award-winning solo play is his spiritual autobiography charting the crime, the wreckage, and his astonishing, redemptive return to the Catholic Church.

Written by and starring Michael Mack, and featuring direction from Boston stage veteran Daniel Gidron, the production premiered in Boston in 2012 at the 10-year anniversary of the clergy sexual abuse crisis. It won an Artist Grant for Dramatic Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state's most competitive and prestigious individual arts fellowship. Mack's autobiographical work goes where few have ventured on this topic - depicting one clergy survivor's odyssey full-circle from life-changing trauma to genuine reconciliation.

As a boy from a devout Roman Catholic family, Boston-based playwright Michael Mack wanted to be a priest. That dream ended at age 11 when his pastor first invited him to the rectory to help with "a project." Mack soon left the Church, haunted for decades by disturbing questions about spirituality and sexuality, but forty years later he landed on his former pastor's doorstep for the conversations of a lifetime.

NBC 6 Exclusive: Victims react to local pastor being sentenced for sex crimes

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Nikki Henderson
Kimberly Rusley

A former Shreveport pastor will spend 6.5 years behind bars for sex crimes.

Today, U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote sentenced Andrea Lewis for taking young girls across state lines for sex.

Two of his victims say the sentence was too light.

“I don't like the length,” says Jane Doe, one of Lewis’ victims. “If it had been done in the early 2000's or later, he would have had a harsher sentence, but because it was done in 1998/1999, his sentence wasn't as strong."

"I feel like the sentencing wasn’t lengthy enough,” says Jane Doe III, another victim of Lewis’. “I mean, because I've endured 10 years plus, building the rest of my life. I'll always be affected by this and six and a half years will never equal up to the pain that I've endured, because of this situation."

Lewis is the former pastor of Act on Faith Ministries off of Hollywood Avenue.

Ousted priest leaves Guam

Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

Father John Howard Wadeson, who has been removed from the Archdiocese of Agana over a cloud of sexual abuse allegations in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, has left Guam.

As he left, Wadeson responded to the Pacific Daily News. Here are excerpts:

“…I was in such shock at the viciousness and lies of what was being said about me and our (Archbishop Anthony Apuron), whom I hold in great esteem, that I was lost for words.

For the good of the Church I thought it best that I leave the country, albeit with a very heavy heart, so that these false accusations that are being leveled at me do not become weapons to use against our Archbishop or the church of Guam. Years of evidence shows that our Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron has been in the forefront against gambling and the corruption that it would bring; he has consistently defended marriage and the family; he is encouraging vocations to the priesthood and religious life to help in the evangelization of the Pacific. He has truly been a pastor and those who are attacking him know not what they do!

Santa Fe archbishop talks about his experience


[with video]

By: Tom Joles, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is looking for a new archbishop and not because it wants to.
Archbishop Michael Sheehan just turned 75 and that means he has to retire.

In a very candid conversation KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Tom Joles talked about him, the church, and that rumored half million dollar house.

“Have you ever questioned whether there's really a God?” asked KOB’s Tom Joles.

“No. It's beyond my pay grade,” joked Sheehan. ...

“If you could change one thing about the church, what would it be?” questioned Joles.

"Holier priests. There wouldn't be any of this sexual abuse garbage. And stuff like that and meanness and whatever. Holier priests. That's the thing I would like to see happen,” answered Sheehan.

Sheehan understands flawed humans, which compelled Joles to ask him if Sheehan has stumbled in the job at all or had anything to regret.

Shreveport pastor sentenced to prison for engaging in sexual acts with minors


A 54-year old Shreveport pastor has been sentenced to over 7 years of imprisonment for engaging in sexual activities with minors.

Andrea Lewis, a Shreveport pastor was found guilty for engaging in sexual acts with girls under 18-years old. They were among members of the choir he formed, and of his congregation.

Lewis used his status as a pastor to coerce the girls. He then used choir trips and church related travel to cover up the sexual abuse, and threatened the girls not to tell anyone.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says Lewis was found guilty for three counts of transporting minors across state lines to have sex. Evidence collected had proved that Lewis transported at least three minors to and from Texas to have sex with him.

"Unfortunately, this defendant took advantage of his position to abuse young girls in his care and left them with emotional and physical scars that may never heal," Finley stated.

July 22, 2014

Decision on defrocked priest’s appeal due in 2015

Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

A decision is likely early next year on an appeal by a Cork priest into a secret Church court’s decision to defrock him for the serial sexual abuse of minors and teenagers.

As part of the appeal, the priest, Dan Duane, aged 76, was invited to Rome by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith to outline his objections to the diocese’s decision. He is not obliged to attend.

He was the subject of 11 complaints of abuse and three years ago, Cork Circuit Criminal Court directed that he be found not guilty of indecently assaulting a teenager.

The judge made the direction on the grounds of the 30-year delay in making the complaint.

A month later, Duane was found not guilty of indecently assaulting a 14-year-old girl 31 years earlier.

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular of Pennsylvania continue their foot-dragging in clergy sexual abuse cases

Road to Recovery


Mother of sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., of the Franciscan Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA, to speak of harm done to victims and their families by continuing delays

What: A press conference announcing the disappointment and frustration of dozens of
sexual abuse victims, their family members, and their advocates toward the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, the Franciscan Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA, and the Diocese of Youngstown, OH because of their foot-dragging regarding the settlement of cases of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R.

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Where: On the public sidewalk in front of the headquarters of the Diocese of Altoona-
Johnstown, PA, 927 S. Logan Boulevard, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 – 814-695-5579.

Who: Barbara Aponte, mother of Luke Bradesku, an alleged Ohio victim of Br. Stephen Baker, T.O.R., who took his life after suffering from the effects of allegedly having been sexually abused as a high school student at John F. Kennedy Catholic High School in Warren, OH; and Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families.

Why: Religious leaders, including the Bishop of Altoona-Johnstown, Mark L. Bartchak,
and attorneys representing the Franciscan Third Order Regular Friars of Hollidaysburg, PA; the Diocese of Youngstown, OH; and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA have expressed hollow sentiments that they wish to settle in a timely fashion dozens of cases of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker from Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA, the greater Altoona-Johnstown area, and the Youngstown, OH area. The victim/survivors have waited long enough. It is now time for settlements to occur. One mediation session in May, 2014, was cancelled as a result of foot-dragging, and Bishop Mark Bartchak has promised that cases would be settled in a timely fashion. Another summer has come and nearly gone, and victim/survivors continue to suffer. Barbara Aponte, mother of an alleged Br. Baker victim from Ohio, will speak about the devastating effects not only of the sexual abuse on families but of foot-dragging by church authorities. Because of these delays, victim/survivors are unable to reach closure and heal from the sexual abuse.

Contacts: Dr. Robert M. Hoatson, Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800
Attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Boston, MA – 617-523-6250

Old abuse accusations resurface with recent arrest

Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

Leaders of a Baptist association in Alabama investigated questions raised in recent media reports about a director of mission’s handling of alleged child sex abuse decades ago in 2009 and found no evidence of cover-up, according to a news story dated July 17 in the Alabama Baptist.

Recent news stories about the May 20 arrest of a former youth minister at Lakeside Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., included comments by one of the alleged victims claiming the pastor at the time, Mike McLemore, knew about the abuse but kept it quiet to protect the congregation’s image.

Mack Allen Davis, 73, minister of youth and recreation at Lakeside Baptist Church from 1977 until his retirement in 1999, faces 15 charges from three counties stemming from allegations by two men who stepped forward to claim that Davis molested them 30 years ago.

One of the men, Davis' nephew, Andrew Guffey, 44, told the Birmingham News that McLemore, now director of missions for Birmingham Baptist Association, knew about the abuse by the late 1990s but did not report it to the police.

Youth pastor gets 3 years for child porn

Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A former Tennessee Baptist youth minister avoided a maximum 20-year sentence for child pornography found on his cell phone during an investigation of his previous arrest on charges of statutory rape and sexual battery.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice sentenced 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill to three years and four months for a single charge of possessing child pornography July 21.

Neill, former youth director at North Fork Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Tenn., pleaded guilty Feb. 23 in a plea bargain that included up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the judge said in reviewing Neill’s record that the incident seemed to be isolated. Neill will receive credit for the five months he has already been in jail.

Montana judge censured over rape comments

Sun Herald

The Associated Press
July 22, 2014

HELENA, MONT. — The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday publicly reprimanded a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

District Judge G. Todd Baugh, of Billings, appeared before the court in Helena, where Chief Justice Mike McGrath read the prepared censure statement. A censure is a rarely used public declaration by the high court that a judge is guilty of misconduct.

"We have determined that, through your inappropriate comments, you have eroded public confidence in the judiciary and created an appearance of impropriety in violation of the Montana Code of Judicial Conduct," McGrath said. The Supreme Court also suspended him for 31 days, effective in December.

Baugh stood at the podium to receive the reprimand, but he did not speak. McGrath did not read a sentence in the transcript of the censure that asked if Baugh had anything he wanted to say.

MT- Victims urge reprimanded MT judge to volunteer

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com )

We are glad that Helena Judge Todd Baugh will be suspended in December for his inappropriate rape comments.

We encourage him to spend that month doing community service at a rape crisis center or similar agency so he will learn to be sensitive about horrific sex crimes.

Rock Legend Tom Petty Slams Catholic Church And Conservative ‘Christians’ For Un-Christian Behavior

Addicting Info


Could Tom Petty be the counterbalance to Ted Nugent that many Americans have been looking for? It certainly seems that way considering the Heartbreaker blasted the Catholic Church and so-called “Christians” who aren’t acting very Christ-like in a recent interview with Billboard magazine.
The legendary rocker talked a great deal about religion during the interview, pondering why those of the Catholic faith still give money to the Church knowing that it’s being used to shield pedophile priests or cover up their crimes. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have,” Petty told the publication.

Petty then went on to criticize alleged Christians who thirst for war and defend killing people like conservative “Christians” do today.

Religion seems to me to be at the base of all wars. I’ve nothing against defending yourself, but I don’t think, spiritually speaking, that there’s any conception of God that should be telling you to be violent. It seems to me that no one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians.

The Catholic Church has been rocked for decades by the massive pedophile priest scandal that has resulted in thousands of molested and abused children around the globe. The image of the Church has taken a major hit over the years because of it, but they still rake in the cash from Catholics who seem not to care that their money is helping the Church prevent victims from getting justice.

Meanwhile, Conservative “Christians” here in America are bloodthirsty. They support perpetual war, guns everywhere, and senseless violence. The current border crisis involving refugee children has revealed conservative “Christians” for what they really are as they hurl racial epithets and threaten violence against them in the most un-Christ-like manner. In addition, conservative “Christians” want to punish poor people severely by taking food stamps and health care away from them, which is something else that Jesus wouldn’t do.

US missionary accused of sex abuse in Kenya blames ‘pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo’

The Raw Story

By Travis Gettys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A 19-year-old Oklahoma man accused of sexually abusing children while volunteering in Kenya is blaming his actions on “pseudo-tribal psychological voodoo.”

Matthew Durham was charged Friday in federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct, reported The Oklahoman.

The Edmond man was accused of sexually abusing up to 10 children of both sexes, between the ages of 4 and 9 years old, while volunteering this spring at Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi.

At least one of the victims is HIV-positive, authorities said.

Durham had previously volunteered three times at the children’s home, which was founded by a couple from Edmonds and provides neglected kids with housing, clothing, education and religious instruction.

He was accused of committing the sex acts on his fourth trip, from April 30 to June 17, when he asked to stay overnight at the children’s home.

A comparison of responses to allegations of child sex abuse- Prestonwood Baptist Church and Morrison Heights Baptist ...

Watch Keep

A comparison of responses to allegations of child sex abuse- Prestonwood Baptist Church and Morrison Heights Baptist vs. Believers Church: image over child protection

A longtime associate pastor at Believers Church in Auburn has been arrested on child sex abuse charges.

His arrest in May got him kicked out of the church where he had been for 30 years. Lee County Sheriff's detectives say the two adult victims came forward in April to report they were abused in the early 1990's.

Every Sunday, for nearly 30 years at Believers Church on Moore's Mill Road, 53-year-old John Sluder, an associate pastor, would play guitar during services.

"People have shed tears because of what he appeared to be, a gentle old man. So yes, we were very shocked," said attorney Ben Hand. ...

Tears for the victims. Anger at the perpetrator. This is a refreshing response from a church who gets it. It's not about them. It's about the kids harmed by one of their own. But they don't protect their own image and shun and silence these kids, now adults, who though it took a long time, bravely came forward to report the harm done to them. Kids will be safer now, and other possible victims of Sluder will know they are not alone and perhaps have the courage to come forward as well, begin to heal and protect others.

Prestonwood Baptist Church, where are the tears for the victims? Where is the anger at one of your own former ministers, John Langworthy, who confessed publicly to sexually abusing kids at your church? The only public anger we have seen from Prestonwood staff is at those who have dared to ask simple questions of the executive staff like why Langworthy wasn't reported to police in 1989?

TN- Church should reach out to possible victims SNAP says

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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 Tennessee youth pastor has been sentenced to 3 years in jail on child pornography charges. We are glad he is going to jail but believe his sentence should have been much stricter.

Joseph Todd Neill was the youth pastor at North Fork Baptist Church prior to him being investigated on a statutory rape charge. Investigators later found violent and graphic child pornography at his home.

We urge North Fork Baptist church officials to immediately reach out to congregants and beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered crimes by Neill to call police immediately.

We hope any victims suffering in silence and self blame will find the courage to speak up. Children are kept safe when those who know about or suffered crimes call police and share what they know.

OK- Church must "seek out" victims of just arrested-man, SNAP says

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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 teenaged missionary from Oklahoma is accused of sexually abusing several young children from an African orphanage. Our hearts ache for the vulnerable children who, instead of receiving much needed aid, were sexually assaulted. We hope the children will now, more than ever, receive the care they need.

Matthew Durham has traveled several times to Kenya to work at a children’s home with an organization called Upendo. The allegations of abuse stem from his most recent trip, but we are concerned there are more victims who have been suffering in silence and self blame from previous trips. We urge Upendo to publically explain how one of their volunteer missionaries was able to sexual assault the children they were meant to help.

We suspect Durham was or is affiliated with a church in Oklahoma. Officials at that church must aggressively seek out others in their congregation who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him.

Children sexually abused in developing countries face added hardships of limited access to recourse and rehabilitative services. Upendo should immediately provide the children with access to rehabilitative services and reach out to anyone else who might be suffering in silence and self blame.

Public Statement Regarding the Manipulation of the Negotiations by CardinalEzzati and Bishops in Civil Lawsuit with Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Chile

Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, James Hamilton Sánchez and José Andrés Murillo Urrutia

Santiago, July 22, 2014 -- As part of the civil lawsuit we filed against the Archdiocese of Santiago for its complicity, negligence and willful ignorance in the case of abuse by Fr. Fernando Karadima, we would like to report that the conversations initiated in March have stopped; thus, ending the conciliation stage.

On the one hand, we recognize and appreciate the efforts and willingness of lawyers hired by the Archdiocese and the priest chosen by both parties as a mediator, to find common ground, smooth roughness and reach a common story based on the facts established by Chilean criminal justice and the Vatican itself.

However, we were unable to reach the main three key points in our lawsuit: 1) the Archbishop and current head of the Archdiocese of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, would recognize their negligent liability in the abuse cases that happened to us and several others for more than 30 years; 2) for this reason, the Archbishop would publicly apologize; and, 3) that this damage would be compensated materially according to its severity.

Our effort and openness have continuously sought to establish these three points that are essential not only for our particular case, but for all cases of abuse involving the Catholic Church worldwide. We also believe that the Catholic Church, as a universal institution, has taken a significant step when Pope Francis apologized for the complicity, concealment and omissions of the hierarchy of the CatholicChurch, embodied by Bishops and Cardinals, in cases of sexual abuse.

His words, unlike the words of the Chilean hierarchy, are unambiguous: "I humbly apologize for the leaders of the Church who have not responded adequately to allegations of abuse by relatives and those who were victims of abuse. This brings still further suffering to those who have been abused and endangered other children who were at risk" (Vatican City, July 7, 2014) That recognition and apology should be translated, in the words of Francis himself, in the best abuse prevention policies and material reparation for victims.

However, in Chile these words did not find the expected repercussion. Apparently Cardinal Ezzati, along with his predecessor, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz – who sits in the Pope’s Council of 8 “reformer” Cardinals -- and most of their fellow bishops, interpretedthis step to a possible agreement as an opportunity to rewrite history and clean, instead of their conscience, their image.

We will not take part of this whitewash. We believe that victims of sexual abuse and abuse of conscience deserve justice. We also believe that many members of the Catholic Church at all levels, that are honest and committed men and women that pursue truth and justice, don’t deserve a hierarchy that does not represent them.

We continue to look for a respectful dialogue but in justice and truth. We will not accept a dialogue that benefits these Cardinals’ and Bishops’ self-image by trying to distort history and manipulate the conscience of survivors and the people of Chile.

Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew
James Hamilton Sánchez
José Andrés Murillo Urrutia

Víctimas de Karadima ...

Bio Bio

Víctimas de Karadima rechazan acuerdo con Iglesia y acusan intento de lavado de imagen

Las víctimas de abusos sexuales del sacerdote Fernando Karadima rechazaron el acuerdo propuesto por el arzobispado de Santiago para poner fin a la demanda por 450 millones de pesos que interpusieron contra la iglesia.

El periodista Juan Carlos Cruz Chellew, el médico James Hamilton y el filósofo José Andrés Murillo, a través de un comunicado, anunciaron el cese del proceso de conciliación que se inició en marzo de este año.

“Aparentemente el Cardenal Ricardo Ezzati, junto con su antecesor, el Cardenal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, y otros colaboradores eclesiásticos interpretaron esta etapa de posible acuerdo como una oportunidad para reescribir la historia y limpiar, en lugar de su conciencia, su imagen. No estamos disponibles para ello” dice la declaración. ...

Pastor avoids maximum sentence in child porn case

Greenville Sun

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A one-time youth pastor from Shelbyville has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Harry S. "Sandy" Mattice could have leveled a 20-year sentence on 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill on Monday for downloading "violent" and "sadistic" prepubescent child pornography on his home computer.

Shelbyville police were investigating Neill on charges of statutory rape and searched his home computer, finding 72 images of minors, 32 of whom were children. Images contained depictions of bondage and child rape and molestation of children ages 5 to 9 years old. Neill worked at North Fork Baptist Church.

NC pastor kills self in front of deputies as they try to arrest him on child sex charges

The Raw Story

By David Edwards
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A North Carolina pastor shot himself to death over the weekend as deputies were trying to arrest him on child sex charges.

According to WCOC-TV, Michael Mullis, the former pastor of Near Calvary Baptist Church in Concord, knew that he was being investigated for indecent liberties with a child before Rowan County deputies showed up on Saturday to serve warrants on him.

The sheriff’s office said that when deputies arrived to arrest him, he went to the bathroom to put on his shoes, and shot himself with a pistol.

“I’m sure he knew because our investigators had talked to him about this incident,” Concord Police spokesperson Maj. Gary Hatley told WSOC. “Or attempted to talk to him anyway — he knows we were investigating.”

A timeline provided by the victim indicated that Mullis was still serving as pastor at Near Calvary Baptist during the years of sexual abuse. The abuse allegedly ended in 2004, and Mullis resigned from the church in 2011 after 20 years as pastor.

Bishop Palmer, pope's Pentecostal friend, dies in motorcycle accident

National Catholic Reporter

Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service | Jul. 22, 2014

The Pentecostal bishop who used his iPhone to film a video of Pope Francis addressing other Pentecostals died Sunday after a motorcycle accident.

Bishop Tony Palmer, whom Pope Francis referred to as his friend, was riding the motorcycle when he crashed head-on with a car traveling in the wrong lane, according to Ian Findlay, principal of Embassy Bible College in Bath, England.

Palmer, a member of the independent Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, "was airlifted to [the] hospital and was in [the operating] theater for 10 hours, but the doctors could not save him," Findlay told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview Monday.

The bishop served as the dean of the Bible college and was "a very dear friend," Findlay said. "I'm praying the fruits of his ministry," particularly his promotion of ecumenical cooperation, will continue.

Findlay said the bishop was in his early 50s and leaves behind a wife and two teenage children. As of Monday, funeral arrangements were pending.

Palmer, who was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in South Africa, was co-founder of The Ark Community, which describes itself as "an internet-based, interdenominational" Christian community. Previously he served as the director of the South Africa office of Kenneth Copeland Ministries, a U.S.-based Pentecostal group offering mega-prayer meetings around the world.

Pope Francis' iPhone video message, which Palmer filmed in January, was addressed to participants in a conference sponsored by Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

Edmond man confesses to crimes in Kenya

The Edmond Sun

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A federal grand jury alleges a 19-year-old Edmond man staying at a children’s’ home in Kenya engaged in illicit sexual conduct with residents ages 4-9.

An Edmond couple originally from Kenya established Upendo Children’s Home, located in the Juja area of Nairobi, so impoverished children and orphans could have a place to go to school for free. U.S. churches send financial support and volunteers to the home.

Monday morning, the office of U.S. Attorney Sanford Coats announced that on Friday a criminal complaint was unsealed charging Matthew Lane Durham, 19, of Edmond, with traveling to Kenya to engage in illicit sexual conduct with underage children, both male and female, ages 4-9 from April to June.

Durham is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Defense counsel information was not available Monday.

An effort to gain comment from the founding couple was under way; they are not named in the complaint.

Federal law makes it a crime for any U.S. citizen to travel in foreign commerce and engage in any illicit sexual conduct with another person under the age of 18. Durham traveled to and from Kenya out of Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport, according to court records.

Oklahoma Man Charged with Sexually Abusing Kids in Kenya


EDMOND, Okla_An Oklahoma man faces several charges after allegedly sexually abusing young children on a mission trip to Kenya.

According to court records, 19-year old Matthew Lane Durham of Edmond volunteered at a children's shelter in Kenya from April to June of 2014. While there, prosecutors say he sexually abused both male and female children ages four to ten years old. According to investigators the children first came forward with the claims, Durham later confessed.

Edmond man faces charges of sex acts with Kenyan children


by Matt Dinger Published: July 22, 2014

A 19-year-old Edmond man is accused of engaging in sex acts with children while volunteering in Kenya this spring.

Matthew Lane Durham was charged late Friday in Oklahoma City federal court with four counts of traveling to engage in illicit sexual conduct.

Lane is accused of committing the acts with four to 10 children of both sexes, according to the probable cause affidavit. The children range in age from 4 to 9 years old.

At least one of the children is HIV positive, records show.

Durham volunteered at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi. The home, which is funded through sponsorships and donations, provides neglected Kenyan children with food, housing, clothing, education and religious instruction. Durham has previously volunteered three times: June 2012, June 2013, and in December. He stayed with sponsor families during prior visits.

The sex acts are alleged to have been committed on the fourth trip, from April 30 to June 17, when Durham requested to stay overnight at the children’s home, the complaint states.

Durham’s attorney, Steven Jones, said, “The affidavit is shot through with inaccuracies.

Teenage Missionary Accused of Raping Young Children at African Orphanage


JULY 21, 2014, BY CNN WIRE

An Edmond teenager faces a possible life in prison sentence after authorities say they learned about shocking crimes he allegedly committed on an African mission trip.

The suspect was volunteering at a Kenyan children’s home when he allegedly raped and molested a number of young children.

According to court records, 19-year-old Matthew Durham confessed to raping several young girls, forcing some boys to perform oral sex on him and even making other kids watch.

“This is a young man in our community that made choices to exploit children in an orphanage,” said United States Attorney Sanford Coats. “It’s a true tragedy all the way around.”

The 19-year-old suspect traveled overseas with a group called Upendo.

Upendo is an organization that assists neglected Kenyan kids by providing food, housing, clothes and religion.

MO- Crucial hearing tomorrow for unprecedented $1 mill award

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy of St. Louis, SNAP Director (314) 566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com

Crucial court hearing is tomorrow
It involves embattled Catholic bishop
Judge may OK “ground-breaking” award
Arbitrator says 42 abuse victims to get $1.1 million
SNAP: “Top Catholic official broke his prevention contract”
Group encourages parishioners to attend court session on Wednesday

A Kansas City judge will hear arguments tomorrow about whether an unprecedented $1.1 million award to 42 clergy sex abuse victims should stand or be overturned.

Judge Bryan Round will hear lawyers for embattled KC Bishop Robert Finn claim that the sum should be tossed out because an arbitrator exceeded his authority during binding arbitration.

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging local parishioners to attend the 10 a.m. hearing Wednesday in Division 8 of the Jackson County court.

The group applauds the arbitrator's award and agrees with the finding that Finn is guilty of "breach of contract."

Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, have called the award “ground-breaking.”

“As best we can tell, there's never been a case like this – anywhere in the U.S. - in which victims have successfully held a bishop responsible in court for breaking the promises he made during a settlement,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s director. “And the amount of this award is significant because it may will deter more Catholic officials from breaking the promises they make to victims.”

In 2008, 47 victims settled child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against Finn and his diocese. As part of that deal, they insisted that Finn commit to 19 non-economic child safety measures.

In October 2011, 44 of those victims formally charged that Finn broke many of those child safety measures, in part by keeping two credibly accused predator priests in ministry (Fr. James Tierney and Fr. Shawn Ratigan) and by not reporting suspicions and knowledge of child sex crimes promptly to law enforcement.

Ramsey County judge rules clergy sex abuse case may go to trial

Minnesota Public Radio

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Jul 22, 2014

A Ramsey County judge decided Monday to allow a clergy abuse lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to go forward on claims of negligence.

However, Judge John Van de North said he needed more information before he decided whether a claim that the church created a public nuisance should also go forward to a jury.

Archdiocese attorney Tom Wieser said he's hopeful that the judge will dismiss the public nuisance claim.

"The majority of courts that have ruled on that have ruled that there's no legal basis for that claim to move forward," Wieser said.

Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson says he's pleased with the ruling, since it means the case is headed for a trial in September.

"And it's very clear that the judge gets it," Anderson said. "And it's very clear that we're going to get another opportunity every day for the rest of these days forward to get more information out there to protect kids."

New Minnesota NPR Report ..."


William D. Lindsey

New Minnesota NPR Report on Cover-up in St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese: "Nienstedt Chose Not to Reveal the Cover-Up. Instead, He Contributed to It"

Not to be missed: Madeleine Baran's stellar four-part series "Betrayed by Silence" published today at the website of Minnesota NPR. Baran does an outstanding job of showing how deep-seated the cover-up of clerical crimes against children is in the Catholic archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, despite repeated assertions of one archbishop after another that the archdiocese was exemplary in its handling of cases of molestation of minors by priests. Here's an excerpt from the final chapter of the four-part series, speaking of the arrival of John Nienstedt in 2007 as archbishop:

The new archbishop exuded self-control. At age 61, 6 feet tall, trim, with perfect posture, Nienstedt kept his black clerical outfit spotless and his short gray hair neatly trimmed. When he walked into a room, he expected everyone to stand.

Nienstedt told a reporter that he would work to establish trust with priests, restructure the chancery and reduce the archdiocese's debt.

But the archbishop would soon encounter a situation more troubling than financial debt. He had walked into an archdiocese that was nearly three decades into a cover-up of clergy sexual abuse.
Nienstedt would later claim that he was "blindsided" in the fall of 2013 by an MPR News investigation that showed top church leaders had covered up abuse for decades.

Parents, specialists gather in Volusia to discuss child sex abuse prevention

News 13

By Joel Schipper, Reporter
Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014

About 200 members of the Volusia County community, including parents, teachers and social workers, met Monday night to discuss how the community can grow together while moving forward after an elementary teacher was arrested and accused of making and distributing child porn.

Matthew Graziotti, 42, of Edgewater, was arrested July 14, after the FBI raided his home. They said they found thousands of porn images on his computer. They also found a folder labeled "personally known." In one of the subfolders, the FBI said they found a picture of Graziotti abusing one of the victims.

Graziotti is a teacher at Warner Christian Academy and summer day camp counselor at White Chapel Church of God. He is currently on unpaid administrative leave.

But on Monday night, people focused on how they can move forward.

Rules won't restore the Church

Eureka Street

Chris McGillion and Damian Grace | 22 July 2014

'Reckoning' by Chris McGillionIt is widely assumed that rules are the solution to transgressions such as those being investigated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Rules without doubt are useful. They can be framed to aid compliance and deter wrongdoing. It is no argument against them to say that people will still offend, but if rules are more legal requirements than the expression of genuine morality, they will have limited effectiveness.

The most desirable form of social control is self-restraint — the work of morality. For a minority of people, morals do not have this effect, but pathologising normal conduct because we are fearful that deviants are impervious to morality and law is no way for free people to live. Indeed, moral counsel and tighter regulation are wasted because they do not work on the very people at whom they are directed. Instead, barriers are raised to protect children that distort normal responses and have their own abusive aspect.

When teachers in New South Wales, for instance, were forbidden to touch children, even to comfort them, because a few teachers had abused their office, it was the children who bore the consequences. The lesson teachers took from this regulation was that they were not sufficiently trusted to comfort distressed children. Because of an aberrant few, all teachers were regarded as suspect, and distressed children lost the comfort of a responsible adult.

This response was disproportionate and eventually came to be seen as such by the authorities.

Trust was nonetheless eroded not only by the actions of abusers but also by those seeking to protect children from abuse. Representing formal accountability as more reliable than personal trust actually destroys trust, first by making it very much a second best option when a system of checkable procedures is available, and then, as a consequence, suggesting trust is less safe than documented dealings.



By SEAN DOUGLAS Tuesday, July 22 2014

RAMPANT abuse, including of a sexual nature, at the St Michael’s Home for Boys in Diego Martin is not a recent phenomena and has been going on, at the very least, for the past 30 years, a former inmate told Newsday yesterday.

The ex-inmate, now a happily married, gainfully employed father in his mid-40s, who owns his own home and car, spoke on the basis of strict anonymity with Newsday yesterday. He said the so-called “startling” revelations coming to light about wanton abuse at the Home, are nothing new.

The ex-inmate said that when he was incarcerated at the Home in the early 1980s, an attractive woman who was among the staff at that time, would habitually choose specific inmates with whom she would have sexual relations — sometimes at the institution and sometimes elsewhere.

“Back when I was at that facility, everyone knew what was going on,” the man recalled. The woman would sometimes intimately touch and fondle her “boyfriends” while they were showering, he related.

Sexual allegations at St Michael’s: Teen ready to talk with cops about abuse


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The teenager who came forward to report allegations of sexual and physical abuse and negligence at the St Michael’s School for Boys, Diego Martin, says he is willing to give the police a statement on the matter which is currently under investigation. The 19-year-old victim said he had remained silent before because he thought no one would believe him. But after a probe into the death at the school of Brandon Hargreaves, the teenager said he was ready to speak out. Referring to the teenager’s T&T Guardian interview, during which he confirmed the allegations in the report, chairman of the Child Protection Task Force Diana Mahabir-Wyatt said: “It sounds entirely believable. It is consistent with the findings of the investigative committee.”Commenting on that report, she said: “The report is accurate. We have known for years that things were wrong at the home. It's horrible.” Asked to comment on the statement she made just after Hargreaves’ death that there was no need for further investigation, Mahabir-Wyatt said: “No outside investigation at that time was warranted because there was already an internal investigation going on. “The ministry had set up an investigative committee and it was not appropriate to appoint another investigative committee when that was going on.” There are now reports that Hargreaves was beaten to death by another boy at the home in a fight which was ignored by supervisors sitting nearby. But at the time Mahabir-Wyatt was also reported as saying: “Think back over Brandon and his mom. Accidents do happen and boys do battle each other and from the report Brandon was trying to kickbox somebody and fell backwards. “Well, I have seen my own son try to do that.

The Lies, The Endless Lies

The Amrican Conservative

By ROD DREHER • July 21, 2014

Minnesota Public Radio’s Madeleine Baran is doing an incredible job of reporting on the roots of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s current clerical sex abuse scandal. I was stunned to discover from her reporting that the present-day scandals there have their roots in the Diocese of Lafayette, La.

She got her hands on some unsealed court records and went down to south Louisiana to talk to people who knew former Minneapolis bishop Harry Flynn when he was made a bishop and sent to Lafayette to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor, who allowed the convicted child molester Fr. Gilbert Gauthe stay in ministry, despite knowing that he was raping boys. Bishop Flynn came to town with an agenda to heal the Church. When he left town years later, his reputation as a caring bishop who went the extra mile to rebuild the diocese and to help the families of the abused boys carried him to Minneapolis. Later, after Boston broke big, he became the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ point man on dealing with the sex abuse scandal. Who better than Harry Flynn, right?

Except, reports Baran, everything people thought they knew about Archbishop Flynn was a lie. Excerpts:

Another Catholic attorney who had represented victims, Anthony Fontana, was frustrated in his efforts to get the bishop’s attention. “There’s another problem you need to know about,” he told Flynn. A Lafayette priest named Gilbert Dutel had been accused of coercing young adult men into having sex.

Flynn offered a calm reply. He explained that Dutel was cured and that, regardless, he needed to keep him in ministry because of the priest shortage.

Fontana said that in a sworn affidavit that was part of the 1990s lawsuit. More:

The files do not support the claim that Flynn healed the diocese. They also contain no suggestion that Flynn called police about priests accused of sexually assaulting children. Hundreds of documents reveal that Flynn’s diocese used many of the same aggressive legal tactics that he would later employ in the Twin Cities.

Attorneys hired by the diocese argued that victims waited too long to come forward and that the public didn’t need to know the names of accused priests. The diocese fought efforts by victims to seek compensation from the church and focused on keeping the scandal as private as possible, which meant that fewer victims came forward to sue.

Judge rejects archdiocese plea to drop clergy abuse case

Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: July 22, 2014

Charges of church negligence in the handling of sexually abusive priests will be heard by a jury this fall.

The clergy sex abuse lawsuit against the Twin Cities archdiocese will move to a jury trial, a Ramsey County district judge ruled Monday.

Attorneys for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona had asked the court for a summary judgment that would dismiss the case.

But Judge John Van de North said a jury trial would proceed, now set for Sept. 22.

“This case needs to be tried,” said Van de North. The alleged victim “deserves a day in court, at least on the negligence claims.”

The judge said he would take under advisement a separate claim that the church’s handling of sex abusers posed a public nuisance.

The ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed last year on behalf of a man who claimed he was abused in the mid-1970s by the former Rev. Thomas Adamson. It contends that church officials here and in Winona put children and others at risk of abuse by failing to disclose information about Adamson and other abusive priests — and that the practice has continued to the present day.

Shattering an unholy vow of silence

Irish Examiner

By Dan Buckley

'Sworn to Silence' a recollectuion of the clerical abuse of a boy, reflects on blame and shame in 1970s Ireland, says Dan Buckley

BLESS me, Father, for I have sinned.

Those are the words that the Catholic Church authorities in Ireland expected of a 14-year-old boy as his response to years of abuse by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth.

“I knew that the quizzing about confession was all about me and my fault,” says Brendan Boland, now 53, in Sworn To Silence, his memoir published today.

It was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest. An inquiry was quickly called in which Brendan was subjected to a barrage of questions from three priests, among them Fr John Brady — later to become primate Cardinal Seán Brady.

Sworn To Silence details the highly intrusive and inappropriate questioning that the young lad was subjected to during the meeting.

“Then I was just terrified and scared. Today I am angry, furious,” Boland writes. “Even as I am recounting this, I want to smash my fist against the bloody wall beside me.”

Smyth was later uncovered as the most notorious child abuser in the Irish Catholic Church, carrying out more than 130 sexual assaults against 40 youngsters over 20 years. He later died in jail.

Ramsey County judge advances part of priest abuse lawsuit, studies other issue

Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
POSTED: 07/21/2014

A Ramsey County judge ruled Monday that at least part of a sweeping priest sexual abuse lawsuit should go forward.

"Doe 1 deserves his day in court on this important case," Judge John Van de North told attorneys for the plaintiff, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona.

Doe 1 is the pseudonym for a Twin Cities man who alleges he was sexually abused by then-priest Thomas Adamson between 1976 and 1977 while Adamson worked at St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park.

Van de North ruled that the plaintiff's claims of negligence by the diocese and archdiocese should be decided by the jury. Attorneys for the defendants had argued that the judge should dismiss those claims.

A larger question for the judge is whether the plaintiff can allege that church officials created a "public nuisance" by allowing offending priests to remain active and concealing information about their misconduct from the public.

Van de North said he would rule on that issue after the defendants present more electronically stored information the plaintiff has requested. That is expected to happen within two weeks.

"It's very clear that the judge 'gets it,' and it's very clear that the jury's going to 'get it,' " Anderson said of the judge's decision Monday.

Archbishop Apuron removes priest from public ministry

Pacific Daily News

Written by
Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno
Pacific Daily News

Archdiocese of Agana Archbishop Anthony Apuron announced just minutes ago he has removed Father John Wadeson from public ministry over community concerns that the priest faces sex abuse allegations in Los Angeles.

"In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time," a statement from the archdiocese states.

"The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously," according to the statement.

Wadeson was accepted as a priest under the Archdiocese of Agana after the archdiocese in Los Angeles barred him from priestly duties there over two sex abuse allegations, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests announced over the weekend.

The network had urged Apuron "to immediately remove Father Wadeson from ministry and make public announcements about Father Wadeson at every parish where he has worked or celebrated Mass."

Archdiocese removes priest accused of child molestation


by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - The Archdiocese of Agana has issued the following statement regarding Father John Wadeson.

“In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time. The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.”

The announcement follows the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) calling on Archbishop Anthony Apuron to have him removed.

According to a press release from SNAP, Father Wadeson was accused twice of child molestation and had been banned from the Los Angeles Archdiocese. The allegations however had not as of yet resulted in any convictions. “Although Fr. Wadeson has not been convicted of abuse, the fact that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has banned him from ministry is just cause for Apuron to remove the cleric immediately. We fear that Apuron is putting Guam's children at direct risk and protecting a credibly accused predator instead of protecting his flock,” the SNAP press release stated.

Statement from the Archdiocese of Agana Regarding Fr. John Wadeson

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Agana

In response to concerns in the community regarding Father John Wadeson serving in the Archdiocese of Agana, the Archbishop has decided to remove Father Wadeson from active and public ministry at this time.

The Archdiocese of Agana has a policy regarding sexual misconduct and sexual harassment and takes these matters very seriously.

The Archdiocese of Agana, 562-0000.

VIDEO: Archdiocese Admits ...

Pacific News Center

[with statement from the archdiocese]

VIDEO: Archdiocese Admits They Were Aware of Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against Father Wadeson

Written by Janela Buhain Carrera
Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Guam - After allegations surfaced last week that a priest with a record of sexual abuse was being protected by Archbishop Anthony Apuron, the Archdiocese of Agana today announced that they are removing Father John Howard Wadeson from active ministry.

But not before the Archdiocese confirmed that it knew about Father Wadeson’s tainted past.

Father John Howard Wadeson was incardinated on Guam by the archbishop in 2000. But the allegations of sexual abuse date back to the early 1990s, according to Archdiocese of Agana Chancellor, Father Adrian Cristobal. Local catholic observer Tim Rohr was the first to bring the issue to light on his blog. Last Wednesday, Rohr spoke to PNC about why he wanted to expose Father Wadeson’s past.

"He sent out a very hostile email and essentially fingered me for reporting on my blog what I had heard about the meeting," said Rohr, who was talking about a blog post he wrote on the controversial closed door meeting religious leaders had with the Papal Nuncio last week.

"I truly believe he’s innocent until proven guilty, however, in the year 2000, Archbishop Apuron incardinated him, which means made him an official priest of this diocese, and according to my sources, without any background checks, without his advice from the presbyterial council," he argued.

PNC contacted Father Adrian last Friday, who confirmed that Father Wadeson had a record in California. But he denied claims that Father Wadeson was being protected by the Archbishop. Father Adrian said the Archdiocese is aware of Father Wadeson’s past, but the allegations were just that: allegations.

Judge: Jury should decide priest abuse lawsuit


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who says he was sexually abused by a priest around 1976 deserves his day in court, a judge decided Monday in a case that has forced top local church officials including Archbishop John Nienstedt to give sworn testimony and disclose lists of priests accused of sexual misconduct.

The plaintiff, identified only as Doe 1, says he was a 14-year-old altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park when Thomas Adamson molested him.

Lawyers from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona asked Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North to dismiss the lawsuit. They agreed that Adamson abused the plaintiff but argued that there weren’t sufficient legal grounds to present to a jury. But the judge said from the bench that he’ll let Doe 1 proceed with his negligence claims and decide later whether to allow him to assert a novel claim that the archdiocese created a “public nuisance” by failing to disclose its lists of accused priests.

“Generally speaking, this case needs to be tried,” Van de North said. “Doe 1 deserves his day in court, at least on the negligence claims, and I’m going to take a closer look at nuisance.”

Can Archdiocese be considered 'public nuisance'?

Fox 9

[with video]

Posted: Jul 22, 2014

video report by Tom Lyden

Pressure is building on Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign as the latest sexual abuse lawsuit brought against a priest makes its way through the legal system -- and it's raising an interesting question.

What's unusual about the case against Father Thomas Adamson is that the victim's attorneys are arguing that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is a public nuisance because it failed to protect children. That contention has given them pretty wide latitude in the discovery process -- but a judge is still considering that rationale even as he allows the case to move forward to trial.

"Nuisance is the anchor that we have to expose the painful truth," Jeff Anderson said.

Adamson chillingly has admitted to molesting more than 20 boys. On Monday, a Ramsey County judge decided that one victim, identified only as John Doe, deserves his day in court.

In 1975, Adamson came to St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minn., from the Winona Diocese. By then, he had already molested boys and was in therapy, but the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis claims it was unaware of any of that until 1980.

"There are no documents to show that the archdiocese knew Adamson was a bad guy, to put it very bluntly," Thomas Wieser, attorney for the archdiocese, told Fox 9 News.

Except maybe for Exhibit 23 -- a 1984 letter from Bishop Watters of Winona to then-Archbishop Roach. In it, Watters writes, "I am very sorry Father Adamson's many talents continue to be compromised because of his involvement with juvenile males."

MORE: Exhibit 23 on Scribd

Pope Francis: No to clergy sex abuse


By Ver F. Pacete
As I See It
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I LOVE Pope Francis. He is firm in his stand not to tolerate clergy sex abuse. His words were crisp when he said that this is “the shame of the Church” (the church founded by Jesus Christ).

We should be aware that the Vatican has made a compromise on two international agreements prohibiting sexual abuse of children. These two treaties are “The Convention on the Rights of the Child” (ratified by the Vatican in September 1980) and the “Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography” (OP-CRS, ratified on October 2001).

Based on these, we can view the stand of the Church on pedophiles and on the victims (thousands of them) of sexual abuse. Was there concealment on the part of Vatican? Did Vatican acknowledge, rectify, or make amends on what happened? Was there a confirmation that there were children who were victims of Vatican’s agents and priests?

Why is Pope Francis seeking forgiveness? My idol Pope is asking forgiveness because Church leaders did not respond adequately to their reports. We do not generalize Church leaders. We have good cardinals, bishops and priests. Many of them are our personal friends and we salute them. They are the best breed of leaders in our Church. They are exempted in this storytelling.

July 21, 2014

NY Times: Pope's housecleaning should start with Twin Cities archbishop


ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
If Pope Francis is serious about holding bishops accountable for sexual abuse and cover-ups in the Catholic Church, the New York Times editorial board says his first stop should be the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“When Pope Francis met earlier this month with victims of rape and sexual abuse by priests, he vowed to hold bishops accountable for covering up the scandal instead of confronting it,” the board wrote in a July 17 opinion. “A good place to start is with the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese, where calls are mounting for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt, a warrior against same-sex marriage who, it turns out, is facing accusations that he indulged in improper sexual conduct in the past with priests, seminarians and other men.”

In a 107-page deposition released last week, former canon lawyer Jennifer Haselberger detailed several cases of the archdiocese allowing priests accused of sex offenses to remain in the ministry.

A quarter of babies sent to US from Sean Ross Abbey

Irish Examiner

By Claire O'Sullivan
Irish Examiner Reporter

Nearly a quarter of the babies born to Irish mothers and exported to the US for adoption were born at the Sean Ross Abbey, Co Tipperary, the convent at the centre of the film Philomena.

Adoption rights groups have suggested that the high rates could be for “geographic reasons”, as it was so close to Shannon airport.

Department of Foreign Affairs records show that, of the 1,962 babies sent abroad for adoption between 1950 and 1974, 1,911 went to the US and approximately 438 of these children came from Sean Ross Abbey.

The highest rate of US adoptions was from St Patrick’s Guild in Dublin, from where 515 were sent, while Sean Ross’ figures for the same period stand at 438.

It is believed that American parents paid religious orders from €1,000 to €10,000 for their babies.

Rowan deputies: Rockwell man fatally shoots self during arrest

Independent Tribune

Staff reports
ROCKWELL, N.C. -- A Rockwell man allegedly shot himself Saturday while Rowan deputies were serving arrest warrants related to sex offenses in Concord.

Michael Reese Mullis, 63, of 145 James Drive, Rockwell, died at his home after he allegedly shot himself in the head in the bathroom with a .357 magnum pistol, according to information provided by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say they went to Mullis' home on Saturday to serve two arrest warrants issued by the Concord Police Department.

The warrants were for taking indecent liberties with a minor, Concord police said. The crimes were reported on July 10, 2012 but occurred years earlier when the victim was less than 16 years old.

Police: Former pastor accused of child sex crimes kills self


By Paige Hansen


A former concord pastor took his own life days after authorities took out warrants to arrest him on child sex charges.

Channel 9 learned Monday the former pastor shot himself in front of deputies this weekend.

Police said the former pastor appeared to have one victim and the two knew each other.

She came forward about the alleged abuse two years ago.

Now, investigators cannot do anything more with the case they’ve worked on for two years.

“The case is over,” said Maj. Gary Hatley with the Concord Police Department. “As far as for us, we’ll never get to serve the warrants.”

Those warrants were taken out last week and Rowan County deputies tried to serve them Saturday to arrest Michael Mullis on two counts of indecent liberties with a child.

Channel 9 learned Mullis’ death was a suicide. The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said when deputies arrived, Mullis asked to put on shoes, then made his way to the bathroom where a deputy saw Mullis with a pistol in hand when he shot and killed himself.

Funds secured for HIA inquiry


First Minister Peter Robinson had said on Friday that the inquiry's work could be suspended if the Executive failed to agree on budget adjustments.

He said the June Monitoring Round is yet to be signed off due to ongoing disagreement over welfare reform.

Prior to the funding being secured, victims expressed their anger at Stormont on Monday in response to the First Minister's comments.

Margaret McGuckin, from Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (SAVIA), said that while they were given some reassurance that the inquiry would be funded, the initial comments were "inhuman and abusive".

"We let them know that we're very very angry, it's living through this nightmare. It was very unkind, it was untimely, it was uncalled for," she said.

New Tom Petty album rocks Catholic church on abuse

National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Jul. 21, 2014 NCR Today

Step aside, Mary Jane.

Tom Petty is dancing with the Catholic church in his next album “Hypnotic Eye.”

In new song titled “Playing Dumb,” famed rocker Petty and his band the Heartbreakers -- who together have produced classics such as “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Free Fallin’” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” -- address their outrage with the church’s decade-long abuse scandal.

“For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils,” Petty sings at one point.

“Playing Dumb” does not appear among the album’s 11 main tracks, but is included as a bonus song on Blu-Ray and vinyl editions.

In an interview with Billboard magazine, Petty said he did not intend to attack Catholics or religion in general. But the abuse scandal, however, has left him seeing it difficult for people to maintain their faith.

Tom Petty Criticizes Catholic Church For Sex Abuses In New Song 'Playing Dumb'

Huffington Post

By Antonia Blumberg
Posted: 07/21/2014

Rocker Tom Petty has taken on a weighty and controversial topic in the bonus track to his new album, "Hypnotic Eye," and it's not bound to win him any friends at the Vatican.

The song -- "Playing Dumb" -- addresses the victims of the Catholic Church's sex abuses over the last several decades and will appear as a bonus track on the new album's vinyl release.

In an interview with Billboard preceding the album's release, Petty said:

"I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have… [But] if I was in a club, and I found out that there had been generations of people abusing children, and then that club was covering that up, I would quit the club. And I wouldn't give them any more money."

Billboard quoted several lines from the song that illustrate a sense of distrust toward the church: “For every confession that wasn’t on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils.”

Although "Playing Dumb" may be one of the first songs explicitly written about the Catholic Church's sex abuses, Petty isn't the first mainstream artist to publicly condemn the church its response to the allegations. In 1992 singer Sinéad O'Connor unexpectedly ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on the set of Saturday Night Live to protest sex abuse in the church.

Women priests give $1,000 to shelter after Cincinnati archdiocese withdraws donation

National Catholic Reporter

Nicholas Sciarappa | Jul. 21, 2014

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests donated $1,000 to a Catholic Worker house that shelters homeless women after the Cincinnati archdiocese retracted its funding because a woman priest led a prayer service at the shelter.

The archdiocese had promised Lydia's House, which offers shelter to homeless women and their children, $1,000 toward the purchase of a new washer and dryer. A number of community organizations support the house, which can hold up to four women and six children, and the archdiocese was an irregular donor.

"We spent the money in June with the promise that it would be reimbursed at the start of the new fiscal year July 1, and we submitted the receipt on July 5," said Mary Ellen Mitchell, one of the founders of Lydia's House. "We found out Wednesday, July 16, of this week that [the archdiocese] wouldn't do the reimbursement."

The archdiocese withdrew the donation after learning that Debra Meyers would hold a July 20 prayer service at the house. Meyers is a Roman Catholic Woman Priest, but the house's monthly newsletter, which contained information about the prayer service, did not identify her as such.

Tom Petty Isn't 'Playing Dumb' About Church Sex Abuse Scandal on New Song


By Fred Schruers | July 21, 2014

n a new track — and a blunt conversation — Petty won't back down when asked about a religious scandal

During his hard-fought, ascendant career, Tom Petty has often been labeled as intense. The artist wouldn't disagree — and a corrosive new track called "Playing Dumb" won't change anyone's mind. Though the song didn't make the new album — it was hard to sequence with the rest of the tracks, says Petty — it will be included as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release.

Petty hitches back in his seat when "Playing Dumb" comes up. In the lyrics, he proposes lighting a candle "For every confession that wasn't on the level/For every man of God that lives with hidden devils."

The song mourns the victims of sex abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy, and takes aim at the controversial financial settlements the church eventually made. This is not a love song.

When asked about "Playing Dumb," Petty arches an eyebrow at the digital recorder before him. "Catholics, don't write me," he says. "I'm fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can't tell anybody it's OK to kill people, and it can't abuse children systematically for God knows how many years."

Hearing Monday postponed in case against St. Louis priest


(KMOV) – The hearing in the case of Joseph Jiang scheduled for Monday morning, was delayed and the prosecutor said the trial is set to start September 2, 2014.

The Reverend Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang is charged with two counts of first degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14 at the St. Louis Cathedral School.

His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis suspended Jiang from duties pending the case.

MN- Two new predator priests “outed” today, SNAP responds

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com )

A new, credibly accused predatory Twin Cities Catholic cleric, Monsignor Jerome Boxleitner, is exposed in today's alarming four-part Minnesota Public Radio series. We hope that every current or former parishioner who spent any time around Boxleitner will ask their children and loved ones if they were hurt by the priest. (MPR reports that “Boxleitner stayed in ministry and remained a prominent Twin Cities leader until his death in 2013.”)

A second credibly accused child molesting cleric, Fr. Gilbert Dutel, has also been publicly exposed for the first time as a predator by MPR. He's still working in a parish today.

Minnesotans owe it to themselves to read the four-part series. Here are a few disturbing “high lights”

--“When they encountered a fellow priest abusing a child, most priests looked the other way.”

--“No reporter cited independent sources for the claim that the archdiocese was a pioneer in confronting clergy sexual abuse. Those assurances came from church leaders, church-paid psychologists and the church's lawyers.”

--“At St. Joseph of the Lakes parish in Lino Lakes, a string of accused priests served for 20 years. One offender served as the pastor and supervised two associate priests, both of whom were also accused of child sexual abuse. After all three men left, another abuser arrived. On and on it went.”

--“Some parishes were served for decades by a series of priests now known to have been accused of child sexual abuse.” St. John the Baptist in New Brighton, for example, had in succession:

Fr. Thomas Stitts, who was later accused of abusing dozens of boys,

Fr. Gerald Grieman, now under criminal investigation for alleged child sexual abuse, and

Fr. Michael Keating who is accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl.

With every new revelation about heinous crimes and continuing cover ups, the tepid actions by Twin Cities law enforcement officials becomes more and more disgusting and untenable. Still, those who saw, suspected, and suffered clergy sex crimes should continue speaking up. It's the only real chance of prodding secular officials to act responsibly and protect kids.

Institutional abuse campaigners 'reassured' by Peter Robinson

BBC News

Institutional abuse campaigners say they have been "reassured" by the First Minister Peter Robinson that money will be available for the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA).

It follows Mr Robinson's warning that HIA funding was under threat due to a dispute over Stormont finances.

On Monday, campaigners met Mr Robinson at Stormont to raise their concerns.

The inquiry is examining allegations of abuse in NI care homes between 1922 and 1995.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Evening Extra programme after the meeting, abuse campaigner Margaret McGuckian said she was happy with the outcome.

MO- SNAP: Carlson keeps hurting Fr. Jiang's victims

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

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

Archbishop Robert Carlson keeps playing “good cop” in the Fr. Joseph Jiang case while letting (or perhaps encouraging) a few misguided parishioners play “bad cop” by publicly professing the priest's alleged innocence despite two accusers, two criminal indictments and a pending civil abuse and cover up lawsuit.

This is immoral and cruel.

Today, five or six Fr. Jiang backers publicly rallied around Fr. Jiang, picketing the courthouse claiming the priest didn't sexually assault either of the youngsters he's accused of sexually assaulting. Carlson is tolerating – or maybe prodding – them to do so. And that scares others who were hurt and keeps them silence. And it discourages others who saw or suspected abuse into giving up and doing nothing.

As adults, we can either make it harder or easier for kids and teens to report molesters. The moral choice is to make it easier. Carlson is making it harder.

Carlson knows how to respond when allegations of clergy sex crimes surface. But when his close pal Fr. Joseph Jiang was arrested on a second set of criminal child sex charges in April, Carlson chose to publicly cast doubt on and violate the privacy of the second alleged victim's family. Shame on him and on every person on his staff who played a role in this callous, self-serving statement.

Carlson himself publicly cast doubt on this courageous family when, weeks ago, he issued a statement claiming that the second victim's family supposedly didn't mention child sex abuse until recently.

[St. Louis archdiocese]

Everyone knows that the overwhelming majority of child sex abuse victims can't understand and disclose their trauma until decades later. So delays in reporting child sex crimes are not unusual or relevant at all.

But by mentioning the alleged delay, Carlson is deliberately casting doubt on the victim's family.

‘A jigsaw puzzle ...

Irish Times

‘A jigsaw puzzle that must be looked at in its entirety’

Pamela Duncan

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

When TD Anne Ferris took to her feet in the Dáil chamber last week it was to speak on a deeply personal matter. The 59-year-old revealed that, up until a fortnight ago, she had “never laid eyes” on her sister: the two women were adopted from different mother-and-baby homes, grew up in different families and ended up living in different countries.

In a poignant address Ms Ferris said that, when they met they “looked like sisters but we didn’t talk like sisters”.

“Where other sisters in our age group have shared experiences and a shared family history, we have just had a very long, long gap in our lives . . . We look very alike but so far that’s the only aspect of our lives that we share.”

Jigsaw puzzle

Ms Ferris went on to describe mother-and-baby homes, adoption practices, the Magdalene laundries, the county homes, private homes, religious organisations and the State as part of a “very large jigsaw puzzle that must be looked at in its entirety”.

Some pieces have already fallen into place due to the work of historian Catherine Corless, whose research into 796 child deaths in the home in Tuam, Galway sparked national controversy and led to the Government establishing an inquiry into mother-and-baby homes.

Since then, The Irish Times has published figures on a number of deaths recorded in contemporaneous local government and public reports and returns filed by the homes with the Department of Health. A further 222 deaths have been documented in the Protestant-run Bethany Home.

Warning issued on mother-and-baby homes inquiry

Irish Times

Pamela Duncan

Mon, Jul 21, 2014

A group representing people housed in mother-and-baby homes has warned that it will bring a complaint to the UN Committee Against Torture if the terms of a forthcoming inquiry are not inclusive.

Paul Redmond of the Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors said the terms of reference of the Government’s commission of investigation into mother-and-baby homes must be comprehensive.

“My hope for the terms of reference is that they will be as full and inclusive as possible and that the entire issue of how society treated unmarried mothers before and after the birth of their children should be looked at,” he said.

He said this should include all women and children housed in State-supported mother-and-baby homes, those run by religious orders, county homes, Protestant-run homes, private homes including the Regina Coeli hostels, institutions such as Stamullen, Co Meath and St Patrick’s Infant Hospital in Temple Hill, Blackrock and other associated institutions as well as adoption practices.

Wake-up call for Catholic hierarchs

Spiritual Politics

Mark Silk | Jul 21, 2014

Jennifer Haselberger’s affidavit ought to be sounding alarms throughout the length and breadth of the Roman Catholic hierarchy. What the former chancellor of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minnesota has done is to call into question the efficacy of the procedures the American church has put into place to assure the faithful and society at large that it is successfully dealing with the sexual abuse of minors by priests.

The 109-page document is the first insider’s account of the handling of reports of clergy abuse by diocesan officials in the years following passage of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, initially approved at the bishops’ June, 2002 meeting in Dallas. No doubt, there are facts asserted by Haselbeger that might not constitute proof beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. As she herself notes on a number of occasions, her recollection is at odds with what others have sworn to.

Nevertheless, it is impossible to dismiss her portrait of an archdiocesan culture bent on working around the Charter, on keeping information from the civil authorities to the extent possible—all the while putting up a show of caring deeply for the victims. Anyone who doubts this portrait should listen to the hour-long documentary on Minnesota Public Radio, which integrates what Haselberger has to say with statements of a wide range of church leaders, victims and their families, and legal experts.

Where the buck stops in Minnesota is with Archbishop John Nienstedt, who inherited a corrupt regime and perpetuated it. Nienstedt, who is himself being investigated for sexual misconduct, has provided more than ample evidence that he is unworthy of serving in his present position.

LA- Victims urge bishop to suspend predator priest

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

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

Recently uncovered files show that an accused predator priest is still on the job in Louisiana and former Lafayette Bishop Harry Flynn covered it up. We urge the current bishop to take immediate action and suspend this cleric immediately.

When then-bishop Flynn was asked about Fr. Gilbert Dutel, Flynn said “he’s cured.” Despite multiple allegations of sexual abuse of young men and a child, Fr. Dutel was kept in ministry. Church records show no information was ever given to the police or made public regarding the allegations.

Everyone knows that child molesters are rarely “cured.” They often continue abusing until they are publicly exposed and kept away from children.

Fr. Dutel is currently the pastor of St. Edmond church and has worked at elementary and high schools. http://www.st-

We are deeply concerned about this information. Recently released depositions and documents show a long history of cover-ups by Flynn, both in Lafayette and the Twin Cities. We are worried about how many other current or former priests have credible allegations of abuse, but were allowed to keep working near children.

We urge Bishop Michael Jarrell to immediately oust Fr. Dutel and use his vast resources to beg anyone who saw, suspects or suffered crimes by Dutel to come forward, call police and start healing.

Pressure builds for Kincora claims to be investigated by Westminster

News Letter

Political pressure to have allegations of a paedophile ring at the Kincora Boys’ Home included in a Westminster inquiry is increasing.

First Minister Peter Robinson has added his voice to calls for the terms of reference of the UK’s Child Abuse Inquiry to include claims of paedophilia at the east Belfast home during the 1970s and 80s.

Mr Robinson has also made public a letter from Sir Anthony Hart – the chair of the Northern Ireland Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) – stating his belief that “there may be benefits to the UK-wide inquiry examining the relevant allegations into Kincora Boys’ Home”.

The former High Court judge said the HIA does “not have sufficient powers” in its present form to investigate allegations relating to the activity of the Army or MI5 – but added that the HIA could continue to run alongside the Westminster probe.

Mr Robinson said: “I want to see a full investigation into the terrible abuses which occurred in Kincora. Having received this communication from Sir Anthony, it is clear that the proper route to fully investigate the abuse at Kincora Boys’ Home is to have it included in our United Kingdom’s Child Abuse Inquiry.

Kincora probe has to access secret files...

Belfast Telegraph

Kincora probe has to access secret files, says former Army officer Colin Wallace


Former Army officer and whistleblower Colin Wallace has called for any new investigation of the Kincora Boys' Home to have access to information from intelligence agencies.

Mr Wallace tried to draw attention to sexual abuse at the east Belfast home in the 1970s.

He said if the home was included in the UK-wide investigation into institutional abuse, then the terms of any inquiry into what happened must be widened.

In 1981 three senior care staff at the home were jailed for abusing 11 boys.

It has also been claimed that people of the "highest profile" were connected – taken to mean senior politicians.

Mr Wallace received intelligence in 1973 to say that boys were being abused, but claims some of his superiors refused to pass on the information.

"I know that some officers from the security services in Northern Ireland did know and actually reprimanded intelligence officers from raising the matter and also told them they were to desist from any further investigation," he said.

Full story of Kincora Boys' Home...

Belfast Telegraph

Full story of Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast yet to be told, says child sex abuse victim


A UK-wide inquiry into child sex abuse will lack credibility unless it examines allegations surrounding Kincora Boys' Home, it has been claimed.

Pressure is mounting for the notorious east Belfast home to be included in the Government's review, with one victim saying the full story around Kincora has yet to emerge.

Clint Massey, who waived his right to anonymity to speak about how he was abused, said: "I strongly believe there's a lot more to come out."

Amnesty's Northern Ireland director Patrick Corrigan also warned that any inquiry must examine Kincora.

William McGrath was one of three staff members jailed in 1981 for abusing boys at Kincora
"For an inquiry to take place into child sexual abuse and potential cover-ups by the establishment and not include Kincora would mean that that inquiry lacks credibility," he said.

Supporting the calls, East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton said the perpetrators behind Kincora's grim past must be held accountable.

Colin Wallace: Any Kincora inquiry 'must have full access'

BBC News

A former Army officer has said any new investigation of the Kincora Boys' Home must have access to information from intelligence agencies.

Colin Wallace tried to draw attention to sexual abuse at the east Belfast home in the 1970s.

He said if the home is included in a UK-wide investigation into abuse, then the terms of any inquiry into what happened must be widened.

In 1981, three senior care staff at the home were jailed for abusing 11 boys.

It has been claimed that people of the "highest profile" were connected.

Mr Wallace received intelligence in 1973 to say that boys were being abused, but claims some of his superiors refused to pass on the information.

"I know that some officers from the security services in Northern Ireland did know and actually reprimanded intelligence officers from raising the matter and also told them they were to desist from any further investigation," he told the BBC's Sunday Sequence programme.

Paisley's dead pastor friend linked to Kincora abuse

Belfast Telegraph


A firebrand preacher who was a good friend of Rev Ian Paisley has been linked to the abuse of children at Kincora.

Pastor Willie Mullan took his own life in December 1980, less than a year after police started an investigation into the paedophile ring operating at the east Belfast care home for boys.

Sources say the 79-year-old, who was also struggling to come to terms with the death of his wife, shot himself with his legally held weapon after learning he could be arrested.

Mullan, who was never charged, had close links to William McGrath — the sinister Orange Order leader who used his role as housemaster at Kincora to sexually assault dozens of boys.

He was also friendly with Joss Cardwell, an Ulster Unionist councillor who preyed on kids at the home and who died by suicide in 1983 after being |questioned by the RUC.

“There were strong rumours at the time about Willie Mullan’s involvement in Kincora, particularly as he
killed himself not long after the police investigation began,” said a religious source.

Church's '€10k offer for victim's silence'



A DUNDALK man abused by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth and sworn to secrecy by the Church, has revealed he was offered €10,000 by its lawyers.

Brendan Boland was one of two boys who had to sign an oath of secrecy in 1975 when they gave evidence about their abuse by Smyth to a church inquiry.

Norbertine priest Smyth continued to abuse children and is believed to have raped and sexually assaulted more than 100 children over five decades up to the 1990s.

In his memoir "Sworn to Silence", Boland says Cardinal Sean Brady, who was a 36-year-old canon lawyer and teacher in 1975, countersigned the oath of secrecy the Dundalk man was required to make about Smyth.

He says in 2011 Church lawyers offered him €10,000 to settle his High Court case for damages. The amount was to include legal costs for 14 years litigation.

Boland subsequently settled the case for €100,000 plus costs the following year.

Hearing begins Monday in case against St. Louis priest


Posted on July 21, 2014

(KMOV) – The next hearing in the case of Joseph Jiang is scheduled for Monday morning.

The hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Division 16 Carnahan Courthouse.

The Reverend Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang is charged with two counts of first degree statutory sodomy involving a boy younger than 14 at the St. Louis Cathedral School.

His lawyer has said Jiang denies the allegations.

MO- Presbyterian minister sues Presbyterian church

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Monday, July 21, 2014

For more information: David Clohessy (314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Presbyterian minister sues Presbyterian church
He reports being abused as a kid by mid-MO minister
Convicted for child porn, the accused is also a murder suspect
And he cut off a man's genitals in a botched sex change operation

A former Presbyterian minister who is a suspect in a missing person case, who pled guilty to sex crimes and who admitted severing a man's genitals in an illegal gender reassignment surgery is now being sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a boy who grew up to be a Presbyterian minister.

Rev. Kris Schondelmeyer has filed a civil lawsuit against the now-imprisoned Jack Wayne Rogers, formerly of Fulton, Missouri. Schondelmeyer says Rogers sexually violated him at a nationally sponsored youth conference in Maryland in 2000. At the time, Rogers was a Presbyterian Lay Pastor for the Missouri Union Presbytery serving at Bellflower Presbyterian Church.

Rogers is now behind bars in Florida for child pornography and other sexual crimes. He has been publicly named as a suspect in the disappearance of a northwest Missouri boy who went missing months after Rogers allegedly assaulted Schondelmeyer. According to the Associated Press, “authorities believe Rogers bragged in an online chat room that he abducted, raped and murdered a man (and) said police would never find the body because of how he disposed of it.”

However, Rogers has never been charged in connection with the man’s disappearance. He did, however, plead guilty a decade ago to first-degree assault and practicing medicine without a license after cutting off “a man's genitals in a makeshift gender reassignment surgery in a hotel room,” the Associated Press reported.

Don't believe what you read: Church teaching isn't changing

Bucks County Courier Times


Like many local newspapers, the Courier Times relies on large news organizations for national and international news. In the area of religious news, those organizations have a small pool of writers who may or who may not be well-equipped for their specialized work.

With marriage being a hot news topic, large news organizations were quick to pick up on the Vatican’s June 26 release of a working paper, “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Age of Evangelism.” It is a preparatory document for an upcoming international meeting of bishops exploring “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” We can undoubtedly expect to be seeing that document and the bishops’ meeting discussed on the pages of the Courier Times.

Where the document has already received coverage, much focus has been on how the Church might supposedly change its teaching to accommodate adults who disagree:

* “The Vatican conceded that most Catholics reject its teachings on sex and contraception as intrusive and irrelevant and officials pledged not to ‘close our eyes to anything’ when it opens a two-year debate on some of the thorniest issues facing the Church.”

* “The bishops will discuss the paper in October and could make recommendations on changes to Church teachings, on which the pope would decide.”

* “Called an instrumentum laboris, or ‘working paper,’ the document sets the table for a summit of Catholic bishops from around the world in Rome Oct. 5-19, summoned by Pope Francis to discuss the family. It should be great theater, since there’s almost no hot-button issue that isn’t germane. The text is designed to synthesize the input the Vatican has received, including responses to a questionnaire requested by Francis to seek the views of the Church’s grass roots. In early reporting, much was made of the document’s acknowledgment that many Catholics do not follow church teaching on contraception. That’s hardly a thunderclap, however, since it’s been blindingly obvious for decades.”

Whether one agrees with what the Catholic Church teaches, it strikes me that anyone seeking information would want, and be entitled to, accurate reporting. Whether it is intentional or not, the reports from the AP, Reuters and Boston Globe seem misleading.

Source notes | About the reporting

Minnesota Public Radio

July 21, 2014


A week ago, MPR News broadcast a radio documentary as part of its investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The story showed how church leaders over decades protected many priests accused of sexually abusing children and it revealed a pattern of choices supported by a culture that put the needs of the church ahead of the needs of its people.

Today's four-chapter story builds on the radio documentary to present a closer look. Both reports relied on dozens of interviews, hundreds of thousands of never-before-published documents, and the account of a whistleblower with unprecedented access to the church's secrets. Many source citations are listed below.

MPR News published its first investigative report in September 2013. The fallout was immediate. The vicar general resigned within days. Police launched criminal investigations. Catholics held protests, the archbishop suspended his public appearances and an important fundraising campaign eventually was canceled.

The scandal grew as MPR News reported more revelations: that the archdiocese had kept accused priests in ministry, failed to call police, ignored Vatican rules, and given special payments to priests who had admitted privately to abusing children. Since the radio documentary aired last week, calls for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt have increased among Twin Cities Catholics and the story has gained more national attention.

— Chris Worthington, MPR News managing director

It all began in Lafayette

Minnesota Public Radio

How three archbishops hid the truth - radio documentary

By Madeleine Baran · July 21, 2014


Lafayette, La. — The Diocese of Lafayette stretches from the city south to Vermilion Bay, whose waters lead to the Gulf of Mexico. Down among the bayous and sugar cane fields of southern Louisiana, Catholicism runs deep.

Many of the 300,000 Catholics who live here trace their history back to the late 1700s, when their French ancestors fled Canada to escape British rule. In this humid, undeveloped land, they discovered waters filled with shrimp, oysters and crawfish, and they built churches on patches of dry ground.

For generations, they believed the priest served as the living face of Jesus Christ. He forgave their sins, baptized the young and anointed the sick. In his purity, he gave the faithful a glimpse of what heaven would be like.

No one had ever heard of a priest raping a child.

So when the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe arrived in the 1970s and showed an interest in young boys, no one paid much attention.

The priest took boys on camping trips and invited them for sleepovers in the rectory. He claimed to hold practices for altar boys every day at 6 a.m. and encouraged parents to let their boys spend the night.

His sexual appetite was uncontrollable. He put bars on the windows of a rectory. He kept a gun by the side of his bed, and when children refused to submit he threatened to use it. At night, he raped the boys, forced them to perform sex acts on each other, and took photographs on his Polaroid camera.

It went on this way for more than a decade. Gauthe remained in ministry even when his bishop learned that he had abused one boy and licked the faces of two others. After the second complaint, the bishop transferred Gauthe to a small church in the isolated town of Henry, La. On Sundays, the priest stood at the altar and surveyed his victims.

The church protects its own

Minnesota Public Radio

By Madeleine Baran · July 21, 2014


In the fall of 1984, with reporters and top church officials focused on the clergy abuse crisis in Lafayette, a lawyer in Minnesota received a phone call that would lead to the church's next major scandal.

Jeff Anderson, then 37, had created a name for himself in the Twin Cities as a combative, ambitious trial lawyer who represented underdogs and outcasts. Tanned and trim at 5 feet 5 inches, often dressed in a three-piece suit, he projected a confidence and intensity that captivated jurors.

Anderson idolized Clarence Darrow, the famous crusading attorney who took on powerful institutions, and he decided to go to law school after reading a Darrow biography called "Attorney for the Damned." He barely graduated. "I couldn't really engage in the study of the past, which law requires you to do, because I was more interested in shaping the future," he recalled.

One day, Anderson got a call from a colleague about a married couple who claimed their son had been abused by a Catholic priest. He didn't want the case but thought Anderson might.

He was right. Anderson met John and Janet Riedle, who explained that their son Gregory had been sexually abused by a priest named Thomas Adamson. They said they'd met with Chancellor Robert Carlson, but he refused to remove Adamson from his parish.

Then the couple showed him a check for about $1,500 they'd received after going to the archdiocese. "Should we cash it?" they asked.

"Go ahead," Anderson said. "But we also need to call the police, and I need to look into this."

Anderson wasn't sure where to start. He'd never heard of a priest raping a child, and a search of court records for lawsuits came up empty. He looked up the full name of the local Catholic Church and wrote it down: the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Then he prepared a lawsuit and walked it over to the chancery. The next day, he got a call from a church lawyer. As he recalled later, the lawyer asked, "What do you want?"

"OK," the lawyer said. "We're removing him today. What else do you want?"

"I want to know who's in charge," Anderson said.

"Archbishop John Roach," the lawyer said.

Archbishop makes vow, breaks it

Minnesota Public Radio

By Madeleine Baran · July 21, 2014


On Jan. 6, 2002, the Boston Globe published a story that would lead to the worst scandal in the history of the U.S. Catholic Church. It showed that Cardinal Bernard Law kept the Rev. John Geoghan in ministry for years despite allegations of child sexual abuse. Geoghan was accused of abusing more than 100 children.

Although similar cover-ups had been reported in Louisiana and Minnesota years earlier, the Boston scandal was different — it happened in one of the wealthiest cities on the East Coast with an aggressive media and one of the most powerful archdioceses in the world.

Nearly every day, the Boston Globe published more disturbing revelations. Newspapers reported similar cover-ups in other dioceses. Donations dried up, parishioners began to leave the church, and hundreds of lawsuits hit dioceses across the country as victims came forward. It got so bad that some Catholics speculated that Satan had created the crisis to destroy the church. The faith of the nation's 65 million Catholics and the wealth and reputation of the church were at risk. Soon the clamor reached the Vatican.

Faced with the worst scandal yet, bishops panicked. Familiar strategies — expressing regret, vowing to help victims, blaming the media — no longer worked. They decided they needed a national response led by a bishop with credibility.

Cover-up unravels from the inside

Minnesota Public Radio

By Madeleine Baran · July 21, 2014


Bishop John Nienstedt was driving near Marshall, Minn., on April 2, 2007, when his phone rang with a call from the Vatican Embassy.

Cell phone reception was spotty, and it took nearly an hour to understand that Pope Benedict XVI had appointed him as the new archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He would take over in May 2008 when Archbishop Harry Flynn retired.

In the Twin Cities, reaction was mixed. Catholics had grown accustomed to the less doctrinaire approach of Flynn and his predecessor, Archbishop John Roach.

Nienstedt had built a reputation as the conservative bishop of New Ulm, Minn. He criticized parishioners who missed weekly Mass, spoke of Satan's efforts to drive men away from the priesthood and warned that "homosexual inclination is a result of some psychological trauma" that occurs before the age of 3.

He saw himself as fighting for the souls of the faithful. "Believing in sin has become countercultural," he wrote in 2005. "Oh, the reality of crime, violence, road rage, sexual promiscuity, infidelity and deceit are all around us."

The new archbishop exuded self-control. At age 61, 6 feet tall, trim, with perfect posture, Nienstedt kept his black clerical outfit spotless and his short gray hair neatly trimmed. When he walked into a room, he expected everyone to stand.

Why aren’t Pope Francis and his cardinals singing from the same hymn sheet?

Irish Times

Paddy Agnew

Sat, Jul 19, 2014

It was possibly a watershed moment in Holy See media relations. The scene was the Sala Stampa of the Holy See some 10 days ago. Australian Cardinal George Pell was presenting the New Economic Framework for the Holy See, a document which outlines proposed major reforms not only to IOR (the Vatican bank) and to APSA (the Vatican City treasury), but also to all the various Vatican-run media. Halfway through the press conference, a reporter from Milan newspaper Corriere Della Sera asked a question. She wanted to know why, among the six new lay members of the board of IOR, there was no Italian representative. For a brief moment, almost the entire press room started to laugh.

So, what do you want to do? Put the foxes in charge of the chickens again? Has not the recent traumatic history of IOR been besmirched by the nonchalant ease with which, thanks to a bit of blind eye and to a bit of maladministration, Italian high finance (Banco Ambrosiano, Enimont) and sometimes even organised crime used IOR for their own money-laundering purposes.

Cardinal Pell, of course, was much too polite to acknowledge any such thoughts but, rather, he assured us that there will soon be Italian bankers on the IOR board. The point, though, is there for all to see. One aspect of Pope Francis’s reform drive, but by no means the only aspect, involves changes in the all-too Italian ways of much of the Roman curia, which at times can still seem modelled on the court of a 16th-century Tuscan city republic.

Pope’s annoyance Recently, Italian media reported the Pope’s alleged annoyance at the fact that the former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, was having major reconstruction work done on a 700 sq m flat inside the Vatican. Francis, of course, continues to live in 70 sq m in the relatively modest surrounds of the Vatican’s Santa Marta residence, rather than in the Apostolic Palace. When questioned about his apartment, Cardinal Bertone pointed out that (a) the Pope was not annoyed about it, (b) it was 300 sq m, not 700, and (c) that all the reconstruction work was being done at his own expense. Curiously, in the middle of these polemics, the papal Twitter issued a tweet which read: “A sober lifestyle is good for us and enables us to share more fully with those in need.”

Why the Popes Failed to Act

New Oxford Review

By Jay Dunlap

Jay Dunlap served as communications director in North America for the Legion of Christ and its lay affiliate, Regnum Christi, from 1998 to 2006 and as a communications consultant from 2006 to 2010. He is currently President of Madonna School & Workshop, the Archdiocese of Omaha’s outreach to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This April Popes John XXIII and John Paul II were canonized together. This moment of great rejoicing in the Church arose under a shadow, due in large part to two high-profile television documentaries that detail how the Church responded — or failed to respond — to the criminal actions of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legion of Christ. A PBS Frontline investigation titled Secrets of the Vatican, and a documentary on Irish television titled The Legion, both dwell on the fact that three Popes — John XXIII, Paul VI, and John Paul II — failed to take action when informed of Fr. Maciel’s sexual abuse, drug addiction, and misuse of funds.

There is a good explanation for why these three Popes did not move against Maciel. The explanation does not excuse inaction, nor does it abrogate responsibility at various levels of the Vatican for having enabled Maciel’s corruption and deception. But such an explanation answers the question raised about these three Popes: Why didn’t they act?

I served as communications director for the Legion of Christ in North America from 1998 to 2006. My responsibilities included media relations and helping the Legion in crisis management. Published reports of allegations against Fr. Maciel kept me and my colleagues busy for long stretches of time. And a central part of the Legion’s response, I am convinced, explains why the three Popes ignored the allegations: “The charges had already been thoroughly examined and found baseless.” Or so we were led to believe, and so we told others.

Number of mums tracing adopted children soars after 'Philomena'

Irish Independent

Eilish O'Regan
Published 21/07/2014

The number of people who are putting their names on an adoption contact register to retrace a birth mother or child has soared in the wake of publicity generated by the film 'Philomena' and the Tuam babies controversy.

The register is open to a birth mother or adopted child to put their name on it saying they would be interested in meeting or getting medical information.

The register is operated by the Adoption Authority of Ireland since 2005 and it has arranged 700 matches after the parent and child put their names down seeking contact.

Kieran Gildea, acting registrar of the Adoption Authority, said the rise was mainly due to the film 'Philomena' which told the story of Philomena Lee who was sent to the convent of Roscrea after falling pregnant.

Revelations spark calls for cardinal to step down

Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
Published 21/07/2014

REVELATIONS concerning Cardinal Sean Brady's involvement in a 1975 canonical inquiry into Fr Brendan Smyth's abuse of Brendan Boland have sparked fresh calls for the Catholic Church's most senior churchman to stand down.

Marie Kane, who was one of six survivors who met Pope Francis two weeks ago in the Vatican, has threatened to write again to the Pope if Dr Brady does not offer his resignation.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Kane said Mr Boland's book "confirms the conversation I had with Pope Francis and the issues I raised" regarding "cover-ups and secrecy in the Irish church".

"This is a book Pope Francis really needs to read," she said as she called on Dr Brady to make a statement.

However, the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth declined to comment on the book's contents.

Only 67 British-based Magdalene survivors seek redress despite ‘majority’ claim

Irish Post

By Niall O Sullivan on July 21, 2014

ONLY 67 Magdalene Laundry survivors based in Britain have come forward for compensation despite claims that the “vast majority” of abuse survivors are based here.

Figures released last month show that £10.2m has been paid out in compensation to 357 Magdalene Laundry survivors. Of those survivors, just 67 – or one-in-five – are British-based, accounting for £1.7m in compensation.

Campaign groups in Britain believe that that figure should be nearer 500 given the number of survivors they claim are based here.

Last year Sally Mulready, of the Irish Women Survivors Support Network (IWSSN), told The Irish Post that the “vast majority” of the 10,000 Magdalene women left Ireland for new lives in Britain.

Virtuous Pedophiles group gives support therapy can't

CBC News

By Amber Hildebrandt, CBC News Posted: Jul 21, 2014

Last year, Ethan Edwards, a man in his mid-50s, confided his deepest secret to a close friend: that he was a pedophile.

"He's happy to keep my secret," Edwards wrote in an online chat with CBC News, too fearful of vigilantes to give out his phone number. But he says his friend now feels infected by his secret.

Edwards, a pseudonym, only realized he was attracted to young girls a few years ago. He says he's never acted on it.

Now, he's devoting his energy to helping others ensure they, too, never victimize a child.

Edwards, who says he is from Pennsylvania and is the father of three daughters, co-founded a online support group called Virtuous Pedophiles.

Priests tried to 'blame and shame me' at meeting in front of Brady, claims abuse victim

Irish Independent

John Spain
Published 21/07/2014

A MAN who survived horrific sex abuse at the hands of paedophile Brendan Smyth has told how priests sought to saddle him with "blame and shame" in a meeting attended by Sean Brady, now the most powerful cleric in Ireland.

Brendan Boland (53) was an 11-year-old altar boy when the notorious priest began to abuse him in the 1970s.

In March 1975, he told three priests, including the cardinal – who was then Fr John Brady – of the abuse in the hope that it would prevent further cases. But Smyth went on to abuse dozens more victims.

Now details have emerged of the highly intrusive and inappropriate line of questioning that the 14-year-old was subjected to during a meeting where he was alone in the room with the priests.

Questions included whether he had done these things before with another boy or man, whether the abuse by Smyth had led him to masturbate alone and why he had taken so long to go to Confession.


Transcripts of the secret church inquiry are revealed in Mr Boland's new book 'Sworn to Silence', published today by O'Brien Press.

"I knew that the quizzing about Confession was all about me and my fault.

"Then I was just terrified and scared. Today I am angry, furious. Even as I am recounting this, I want to smash my fist against the bloody wall beside me," he says.

Doing What Comes Naturally?Doing What Comes Naturally?

Another Voice

In October 2014, there will be an “Extraordinary Synod on the Family,” a big Roman Catholic gathering of bishops to consider important issues of Catholic belief and practice.

In preparation for that October gathering, the Vatican sent out questionnaires; and now the results have been processed and a Vatican “working document,” called an instrumentum laboris has been written.

The questionnaire results show that large numbers of Catholics around the globe neither accept nor follow official Roman Catholic teaching on: birth control, sterilization, in vitro fertilization, homosexuality and homosexual unions, cohabitation before or without marriage, and recognizing the legitimacy of marriages for the divorced and remarried.

Some open-minded Catholics, encouraged by the apparently open-minded and friendly behavior of Pope Francis, are expecting big changes in October. That may occur; but the instrumentum laboris seems to reiterate the same old teaching, in a rather judgmental manner. It stresses that many Catholics do not accept church teaching because they have been distorted by the individualistic, relativistic, and secularistic cultures in which people live today. To summarize: Catholic people do disagree with official church teaching: but the people are misguided and wrong. Food for though.

In a recent article in The Tablet (July 12, 2014), Charles Curran, formerly of the Catholic University of America and currently Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, sees two current problems in official Roman Catholic ethical statements: (1) natural law as an outdated approach to ethical decision-making and (2) the papalization of moral truth.