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August 23, 2014

Suspended Catholic priest pleads guilty to child exploitation charges

PUERTO RICO
Imperial Valley News

Written by ICE

San Juan, Puerto Rico - A suspended Catholic priest pleaded guilty Thursday to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation that led to the arrest and subsequent guilty plea of the suspended priest.

HSI special agents arrested Israel Berrios-Berrios May 13 at his residence in Naranjito following an indictment that charged him with transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity. According to the government's version of facts, Berrios-Berrios transported a 15-year-old male minor to Miami, Florida, where together they took a four-day cruise to the Bahamas. While on the cruise, Berrios-Berrios engaged in lewd acts with the minor.

"The arrest and guilty plea of this man are especially disturbing given the position of trust he occupied," said Angel M. Melendez, special agent in charge of HSI San Juan. "Identifying people who violate their positions of public trust by contributing to the exploitation of children is a top priority for HSI. Anyone who targets children for sexual exploitation should also consider themselves a target by HSI and by our law enforcement partners regardless of who they are. We have an obligation to protect those most vulnerable in our society who cannot protect themselves."

In June 2011, the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force (PRCACTF) was created by HSI San Juan to respond to the need for an island-wide approach to fighting the escalating number of predatory crimes against children. The task force is a partnership between HSI San Juan and members of local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as local and state government officials and community leaders.

UPDATED: Six Local Men Arrested in Internet Sting

MONTANA
Flathead Beacon

BY MOLLY PRIDDY // AUG 22, 2014

At least six local men have been arrested and charged with sexual abuse of children in connection with an online investigation that ended on Thursday.

According to the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, there were seven men arrested total, and six of them were from the Kalispell area. Sheriff Chuck Curry reported that one of the suspects is a part-time youth pastor.

Curry confirmed the names of the local men as Justin Allen Zeiss, Benjamin David Emrich, Christopher Paul Adams, Karl Cilroy Wortley, Joshua Frederick Naethe, Daniel Anthony Hall, and Missoula resident Curtis Foster.

Court records indicate the investigation involved an undercover operation, with an ICAC agent posing as a woman offering up a 12-year-old girl for sex, and then arresting the men who communicated with the agent and showed up at a residence to engage is sexual conduct with the girl.

Seven Arrested in Kalispell Sex Sting

MONTANA
ABC Fox Montana

[with video]

By Jackie Coffin

KALISPELL -
A four-day online sex sting ends with the arrest of seven men for sexual abuse of children, and more arrests are pending.

Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force worked with 12 law enforcement agencies to conduct the sting, targeting online predators.

Curry says six of the seven men are from Kalispell, and one is a part-time youth pastor.

Cardinal retiring 'as if he has done nothing wrong' - Boland

IRELAND
The Argus

Anne Campbell
Published 23/08/2014

THE DUNDALK man who exposed Cardinal Sean Brady's role in a church inquiry into sex abuse by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth says the All-Ireland Primate is not resigning, but rather retiring 'as if he has done nothing wrong', while also revealing that five more of the dead cleric's victims have come forward since the publication of his book.

It was revealed last week that Cardinal Brady, the parish priest of Dundalk, had written to Pope Francis ahead of his 75th birthday at the weekend offering his resignation as cardinal, in accordance with the Church's own guidelines for clergy.

But Brendan Boland, whose book 'Sworn to Silence' was released last month, revealed how, as a 14-year-old boy in Dundalk in 1975, he was made sign an oath of secrecy after he told the then Fr Brady, and other priests, how he had been abused by Smyth and gave the names and addresses of others whom he believed had suffered the same fate.

Mr Boland's book says another boy in Cavan was also sworn to silence and Smyth went on to abuse children for a further 18 years.

August 22, 2014

Pell inflicts more agony

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

Aug. 23, 2014

EDITORIAL: THE arrogance of Cardinal George Pell knows no bounds.

His appearance at the royal commission into sex abuse on Thursday confirmed what many victims of horrific acts at the hands of Catholic clergy already knew, he cares very little about them.

Appearing at the commission, not in person but via a video link from the Vatican, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to that of a trucking company whose driver had assaulted a hitchhiker.

The point he was making was that the leadership of the company — in this case the Catholic hierarchy — should not be held responsible.

Cardinal Pell was the architect of the so-called Melbourne Response when he was Archbishop of the Melbourne Diocese in the mid-1990s. It has been roundly criticised by victims’ groups over its limitations to compensation and its failure to condemn guilty priests.

Much anticipated, Cardinal Pell’s appearance before the commission on Thursday might have been an opportunity for him to show a softer, more human side. It might also have been a chance for him to offer a hint of atonement, regret or even sorrow for the crimes of the past.

Pell is opting for the moral low road in comparing the church to trucking

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

David Marr
theguardian.com, Thursday 21 August 2014

Rome has been good to Cardinal Pell. Soft folds of skin fall to his chin. He looks a little older, more comfortable and a very long way away. Hopes of a glimpse of St Peter’s were dashed. He sat in front of the plainest possible curtain for his two-and-a-half-hour grilling by the royal commission.

Surely it was one of his life’s mistakes to compare the church to a trucking company? It opened the cardinal to scorn on all sides. Did he have in mind truckies interfering with hitchhikers? Yes. Did the church have no more integrity than a trucking company?

“The church is not always of the highest integrity,” he said with regret. “It existed for 2,000 years and there is a long history of sin and crime within the church, and one of the functions of the leadership of the church is to control and eradicate this.”

He was against sin and crime; for victims; and full of apologies. He began his testimony from Rome with an apology. He recalled the apology he gave when he became the Archbishop of Melbourne. He apologised once more to Chrissie and Anthony Foster, the parents of the two little girls raped by Father Kevin O’Donnell. He so regretted things were not better between them and the church.

Vatican cleric’s remarks on child abuse spark row

AUSTRALIA
Deccan Herald

Sydney: Australia’s leading Catholic cleric George Pell, a top Vatican official, came under fire on Friday after drawing an analogy between the church’s response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Cardinal Pell, head of a new Vatican finance ministry, made the comments on Thursday. He acknowledged to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne that the church had a moral obligation to the victims of paedophile priests.

But he suggested that when it came to its legal responsibility, the actions of its priests were not necessarily the fault of the church, citing the hypothetical example of a woman being molested by a truck driver.

Bishop Finn receives probation review

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

BY JUDY L. THOMAS
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
08/22/2014

Bishop Robert Finn may be one step closer to completing his probation.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker on Friday released a probation status report for the spiritual leader of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Baker’s five-page report described the status of each of nine special conditions of Finn’s probation while offering no opinion on whether the two-year probation should be dismissed. Baker did, however, praise the diocese’s ombudsman, Jenifer Valenti, and director of child and youth protection, Carrie Cooper, for helping keep the diocese in compliance with the terms of the probation.

“The State wants to take this opportunity to commend Ms. Cooper and Ms. Valenti for their efforts on behalf of the children of the diocese,” Baker wrote. “Together they have worked tirelessly to implement changes in the culture of the diocese. These changes help to insure that children are protected.”

Jackson County Circuit Judge John Torrence — who convicted Finn on Sept. 6, 2012, of failing to report child abuse suspicions involving the Rev. Shawn Ratigan — will now review the report, then decide whether to dismiss Finn’s probation, which is set to expire on Sept. 5. If the judge dismisses the probation, Finn’s case will become a closed record.

MORON Cardinal Pell equates Catholic Church to a trucking company not liable for driver’s rape on hitchhiker – to make CC not liable for JP2 Army

UNITED STATES
PopeCrimes& Vatican Evils.

Paris Arrow

With news compilation

On Thursday night, appearing at the Royal Commission via video link from the Vatican in Rome, Cardinal Pell equated the Catholic Church's responsibility for child abuse to that of a "trucking company". "If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way, I don't think it appropriate for the ownership leadership of that company be held responsible." This is one of the most ludicrous statements that can only come from a twisted criminal mind who has many times covered-up criminal bestial pedophile priests – as a “prince of the mighty Roman Catholic Church” in Australia and his Vatican reward – was to get promoted as the treasurer of the Vatican Bank -- appointed by another criminal the biggest in mankind’s history, read our related article –- Hidden Heist in the Holy See.

High court suspends lawyer in priest-abuse case

OREGON
Houston Chronicle

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has handed a 90-day suspension to a Salem lawyer accused of ethics violations for the way he allocated settlement money to victims of alleged sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.

Daniel Gatti represented 15 men from 2001 to 2007 who said they were abused at an Oregon reform school in the 1970s. The state paid $1 million to settle the lawsuits. The Portland Archdiocese paid $600,000.

One client — a prison inmate — complained he didn't get a detailed accounting of the settlements and that Gatti was less than forthright.

It its decision Thursday, the court said Gatti might have been exceedingly fair in divvying up the money, but it wasn't his decision to make.

Salem attorney who represented MacLaren sex-abuse victims receives 90-day law suspension

OREGON
Oregonian

By Aimee Green | agreen@oregonian.com
on August 22, 2014

The Oregon Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Salem attorney for 90 days because of the way he communicated with his clients as he divided up a settlement fund for victims of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest.

The high court found on Thursday that Daniel J. Gatti violated professional rules of conduct by failing to properly explain and receive permission from the sex-abuse victims, his clients, when he represented them as a group. Gatti represented 15 men who as youths decades ago had been incarcerated at the MacLaren Home for Boys and said that they were molested by the facility’s chaplain, the Rev. Michael Sprauer.

Gatti represented the victims from 2001 to 2007 -- settling most of their cases with the Archdiocese of Portland for $600,000 and, later, the State of Oregon for about $1.05 million. He took three cases against the state to trial -- garnering jury verdicts of $590,000 for one plaintiff, $595,000 for another plaintiff and no money for the third.

Although Gatti said he was going to divide up the state settlement proportionately to how he divided up the archdiocese settlement, he didn’t do that, according to a supreme-court summary of the case.

Sex abuse lawyer blasts Pell comments

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

By MATT NEAL Aug. 23, 2014

A WARRNAMBOOL lawyer who has been working with sexual abuse victims has blasted Cardinal George Pell for likening the church to a trucking company.

Cardinal Pell told the Royal Commission on Child Abuse that the Catholic Church was no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company that employs a driver who molests women.

“If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don’t think it’s appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from Rome.

But Warrnambool lawyer George Foster of Maddens Lawyers labelled the comments as “appalling”.

“I act for people who have been the subject of sexual abuse (and) Cardinal Pell’s analogy given to the royal commission likening the church’s legal liability to abused children as that of a truck company whose driver molested hitchhikers is appalling,” he said.

“May I suggest a more appropriate one: A boss who knows or suspects that his driver deliberately flouts the road laws continues to send him out on jobs.

Meisels Victims

ISRAEL
Tzedek-Tzedek

Full Disclosure: As Tzedek-Tzedek readers will be aware, I established and run Magen. I initiated the organization as a responsible & professional response to child/sex abuse cases, particularly in the frum community.
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Yesterday, I attended the grim and tragic funeral of Corporal Dave Gordon z"l.

Dave was a child sex abuse victim, who bravely stepped forward and spoke out publicly, advocating for other victims to also come forward. Dave volunteered his available time to Magen, to help in promoting this cause and protecting other children from being victimized and abused.

In Dave's case, the damage of the molestation he suffered as a child, played out tragically, even in this 21 year old, heroic, served-in-Gaza, IDF soldier.

The psychological trauma sex-abuse victims endured and often continue to endure for years and even decades, cannot be understated, minimized or overlooked.

As many are now aware, there is an extended blog-war (now officially declared a war of attrition) about Elimelech Meisels and the allegations that he sexually abused his seminary students; and the secondary allegations that, even in Meisels absence, the seminaries are still not safe due to the complicity and/or negligence of members of the staff who are still in positions of authority.

Sex abuse survivors angered by powerful Vatican cardinal’s testimony

VATICAN CITY
Religion News Service

Josephine McKenna | August 22, 2014

VATICAN CITY (RNS) One of the most powerful men in the Vatican, charged with cleaning up corruption and fostering financial reform, has outraged survivors of sex abuse by clergy by likening the church to a trucking company that refuses to take responsibility for a driver who molested women.

Cardinal George Pell, a member of Pope Francis’ advisory Council of Cardinals, was appointed the Vatican’s first economic prefect early this year by a pontiff who openly admires his “tenacity.”

But the former archbishop of Sydney has been unable to put Australia’s clerical sex abuse scandal behind him since his move to Rome.

Victim support groups expressed their anger this week after Pell gave video testimony from the Vatican to an Australian government inquiry looking into responses to child sex abuse by the Catholic Church and other institutions.

Using a hypothetical example, Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if it employed a driver who molested women. ...

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which represents 18,000 people around the world, said it was appalled by Pell’s testimony and accused the Vatican of failing to protect children.

“He shows that he really has absolutely no conception of what is appropriate or inappropriate behavior and what are appropriate or inappropriate things to say to survivors,” said SNAP’s Nicky Davis, who attended the inquiry in Melbourne, Australia.

Victims were also outraged by the Vatican’s refusal to hand over files requested by the Australian inquiry since the pope has signaled a tougher approach to fighting clerical sexual abuse and established a Vatican committee that includes Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins.

Vatican: SNAP outraged at Pell 'trucking co' analogy

VATICAN CITY
Gazzetta del Sud

Vatican City, August 22 - Survivors of clerical sex abuse are outraged by testimony from Cardinal George Pell comparing the Vatican to a trucking company that could not be blamed if a driver molested a hitchhiker. Pell, now the Vatican's economic honcho, made the remark while testifying via videolink from Rome to an Australian probe into historic abuse and alleged cover-ups when he was Melbourne archbishop in the 1990s. Saying it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be "foisted" on church leaders, he drew an analogy between the Catholic Church and a trucking company, citing a hypothetical example of a case involving a woman who was molested by a truck driver. "It would not be appropriate, because it's contrary to the policy, for the ownership, leadership of that company to be held responsible," Cardinal Pell said. "Similarly with the church and the head of any other organisation. "If every precaution has been taken, no warning has been given, it is, I think, not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted on the authority figure. "If in fact the authority figure has been remiss through bad preparation [or] bad procedures or been warned and done nothing or [done something] insufficient, then certainly the church official would be responsible." Nicky Davis from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) was in the audience of the royal commission during Cardinal Pell's comments. She said the truck analogy left the audience "open mouthed in shock". "We were literally saying to each other, 'Did he really just say that?'," she said.

Travel request from Alberta priest accused of sexual assault rejected

CANADA
Lethbridge Herald

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ON AUGUST 22, 2014.

PEACE RIVER, Alta. – A Catholic priest in northwestern Alberta who is accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been told he cannot travel outside Canada to attend a funeral because he is considered a flight risk.

The order was issued following a preliminary hearing Thursday in Peace River for Abraham Azhakathu, who is facing charges of sexual assault and sexual interference.

The 59-year-old man’s brother died in India earlier this year, but a request by the accused to participate in a memorial service was rejected by both the Crown prosecutor and provincial court Judge C. K. Thietke (TEE’-kah).

Three common strategies sexual offenders use to discredit child witnesses

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service

Boz Tchividjian | Aug 22, 2014

A Texas high school student named Greg Kelley was recently convicted of sexually victimizing a four year old boy. Despite the jury verdict, a small vocal group of supporters have been working hard to convince the public that this sexual offender is innocent.. Marginalizing the powerful voice of the child victim is often at the heart of this disturbing and all too common objective. In my years as a child sexual abuse prosecutor, I discovered that offenders and their supporters use three common strategies to try and convince others to embrace their distorted definition of innocence:

Making it up: In the Texas case, the defendant’s supporters initially argued that the 4 year old witness had made up the abuse allegation, with the hope that the public would believe that children are prone to make up false reports of sexual abuse. Unfortunately for them, the objective research indicates that children are no more likely to lie under oath than adults. In fact, these same studies have repeatedly found that false allegations of child sexual abuse are made only between one and ten percent of the time. Though any false allegation is a tragedy and should be dealt with accordingly, the reality is that such allegations are much more rare than offenders want us to believe. In fact, the research also establishes that children tend to minimize the extent of sexual abuse suffered. All of this tells us that the vast majority of abuse disclosures by children are truthful, and that there is a strong likelihood that the disclosing child was actually abused more than what has been reported.

It is not only research that pokes a major hole in this strategy. In order to believe this approach, we have to accept the illogical notion that little children make up details about a heinous act most have no knowledge about at that age. When offenders and their supporters realize that there is little hope in succeeding with this tactic, they often turn to the second strategy.

Mixing it up: When a child witness provides detailed and consistent testimony, offenders will question the child’s ability to accurately identify the perpetrator instead of attacking the credibility of the child’s allegations. This is best illustrated by the supporters of Greg Kelley when they write, “We are NOT saying that the 4-year-old boy was not sexual assaulted at some point in his young life. He very likely was, given that he had detailed knowledge of explicit sexual activity. However, we do not feel that there was enough evidence to name Kelley as the perpetrator.” With this approach, perpetrators and their supporters are ok with us believing every aspect of a child’s testimony except the part that identifies the perpetrator as the one who committed the offense. Not only is this argument blatantly self-serving, but it also lacks any common sense when the offender is known by the child. Is it likely that a child is capable of providing the details of horrific abuse, but incapable of accurately identifying the known individual who perpetrated the abuse?

Church commits sin of omission

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

EDITORIAL
HERALD SUN AUGUST 22, 2014

THE ill-chosen words of Cardinal George Pell in defending the Catholic Church on its legal responsibilities to the many people abused by its priests will only add to their pain.

In an extraordinary statement while giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell compared the church’s position with no more than that of a trucking company whose drivers molested hitchhikers.

The comparison brought an instant rebuke from the commission’s chairman as well as a barrister representing a victim of abuse.

That Cardinal Pell could contemplate such a comparison is baffling. Surely he regards priests — and he is one, as well as holding high office — as the essential core of the church and indivisible from it as an organisation. Barrister Sean Cash’s response was that far from being a trucking company, the Catholic Church was an organisation of the “highest integrity”.

Cardinal Pell found fault with that. The church was not always of the highest integrity, he responded, and had “a long history of sin and criminality within the church”.

4 new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe

NEW MEXICO
Daily Journal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: August 22, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Four new lawsuits have been filed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men who say they were molested by priests in New Mexico decades ago.

The four suits filed this week by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall bring the number of lawsuits he's filed on behalf of alleged victims to 25 and 11 have been settled.

The lawsuits include one naming a former priest who was recently released from a prison in Michigan after serving nine years for molesting two boys in the 1970s. The new suit alleges the former priest molested a now-47-year-old man in the mid-1970s at a church in a community about 15 miles west of Abiquiu (AH'-bee-kyoo).

Archdiocese wins legal row with Satanists as consecrated host intended for black mass is returned

OKLAHOMA
The Tablet (UK)

22 August 2014 by Liz Dodd

Satanists have returned a consecrated wafer intended for use in a black mass after a US Archdiocese threatened them with legal action.

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City confirmed that a representative of the group Dakhma of Angra gave the host to a priest, after a lawsuit that contested that the host had been stolen was filed on Wednesday.

The Archdiocese said that it also received a signed statement saying that the group no longer possesses a consecrated host.

Gozo abuse of minors:Court overturns ban on priest’s name

MALTA
Malta Independent

The Magistrates Court today overturned an initial decision not to publish the name of the priest who is charged with abusing of three girls in Gozo over a period of time some years ago.

The court, presided by Magistrate Neville Camilleri, upheld the request made by Inspector Silvana Briffa on behalf of the Police Commissioner for the name of the priest to be mentioned, the police CMRU confirmed to The Malta Independent.

The court said the priest, Jesmond Gauci, is not a relative of the alleged victims and so there should not be a ban on the publication of his name.

The court is still to decide on the appeal filed against the release on bail.

Court lifts ban on priest's name in Gozo sex abuse case

MALTA
Times of Malta

A court in Gozo has upheld an appeal by the police to lift the ban on the name of a priest accused of defiling minors.

The priest, Fr Jesmond Gauci, was arraigned on Monday but the court had imposed a ban on his name and on the case.

The police argued that there is no direct link between the priest and his alleged victims.

Magistrate Neville Camilleri upheld the request to lift the ban this afternoon.

Victims of ex-Catholic priest reveal torment

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By JOANNE McCARTHY Aug. 22, 2014

A HUNTER man wept in a courtroom on Friday as he asked the questions that expose the tragedy of child sexual abuse.

"What could I have been? What would my life have been like?" asked the man known as ST, as defrocked Catholic priest John Denham, 72, sat metres away in a glass-enclosed dock.

ST told a sentencing hearing at the Sydney Downing Centre court that he struggled with suicide every day because those questions could never be answered.

"I hate life. I look forward to the day I die," he said in a statement read to Judge Helen Syme by his legal representative, Nicola Ellis.

ST was Denham's student at St Pius X High School, Adamstown, in the 1970s.

Denham is being sentenced after pleading guilty in August last year to 25 child sex charges including buggery, violent oral sex and indecent assault involving 18 boys, aged 11, 12 and 13, at Singleton, Wingham and St Pius X in the 1970s. He accepted another 23 indecent assault charges had occurred.

Court lifts ban on publication of Gozitan priest charged with child abuse

MALTA
Malta Today

Daniel Mizzi 22 August 2014

A court in Gozo has upheld an appeal by the police to lift the ban on the name and identify of the Gozitan priest accused of defiling minors.

The priest has now been identified as being Fr Jesmond Gauci, of Xaghra. Sources told MaltaToday that the priest, who is in his early 40s, has been a priest for around 10 to 12 years and he was recently employed as a religion teacher at a boys’ secondary state school in Hamrun. Sources also said that the accused is known as Il-Papa.

Sources also said the priest was said to have been in the company of 15-year-old girls in a boat.

In its appeal filed on Tuesday, the police claimed that there should not be a ban on the publication of the name of the priest, arguing that the accused and the alleged victims are not relatives, and consequently, the decision to ban the former’s name is not justified.

“There is no reason why the court upheld the request to ban the publication of the names. There was no ban during other cases, and in addition, this case is nothing special,” police sources told MaltaToday.

Royal Commission publishes submissions ...

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Royal Commission publishes submissions on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes

22 August, 2014

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published 42 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on statutory victims of crime compensation schemes.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said submissions were received from a range of individuals and organisations, including government, community service organisations, legal services, survivor advocacy and support groups and other support services.

“The Royal Commission is required under its terms of reference to consider the role of compensation in addressing and alleviating the impact of child sexual abuse.

Abuse victims happy with response: church

AUSTRALIA
SBS

Source AAP 22 AUG 2014

Most victims of pedophile priests are happy with the Catholic Church's Melbourne compensation process, the man in charge of the payouts says.

But David Curtain QC says capped payments to victims cannot compensate for the harm done to them.

Critics of the Melbourne archdiocese's scheme for handling abuse complaints say it is overly legalistic and re-traumatises victims.

Attention is focused on those who weren't happy with the Melbourne Response but many victims got a lot out of it, said Mr Curtain, the compensation panel chair.

"There are many people who are very happy with the system and express their gratitude for us doing our jobs," Mr Curtain told the child abuse royal commission on Friday.

Rev. Michael Joseph Kelleher, popular but embattled Catholic priest, dies at 86

NORTH CAROLINA
Charlotte Observer

By Steve Lyttle
slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
Posted: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

The Rev. Michael Joseph Kelleher, 86, died Tuesday at a retirement community in High Point. Kelleher was a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh and then Charlotte for nearly a half-century, and spent his final years battling charges of child sex abuse.
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The Rev. Michael Joseph Kelleher, who served Catholic parishes in North Carolina for nearly a half-century but battled legal troubles in his final years, died Wednesday at a retirement community in High Point.

His death, at age 86, was announced by the Catholic News Herald, the newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte.

Kelleher was a pastor at several churches in Charlotte and elsewhere in the western Carolinas after moving to North Carolina in 1966. “Father Joe” was a popular clergy member who maintained support from some former parishioners even after he was charged in 2010 with child sex abuse.

Those charges were dropped by a judge less than two months ago because of Kelleher’s poor health, court officials said.

Kelleher, born in Ireland, came to North Carolina in 1966 as a priest in the Raleigh diocese – at the time, North Carolina’s only diocese. He moved to the Charlotte diocese when that was created in 1972. Kelleher’s pastoral assignments included Our Lady of Assumption and St. Patrick Cathedral churches in Charlotte; St. Dorothy in Lincolnton; and Our Lady of the Annunciation in Albemarle.

Catholic priest Glenn Humphreys guilty ...

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Catholic priest Glenn Humphreys guilty of indecent assault on teenage boy between 1983-1986

A CATHOLIC priest has been found guilty of abusing a West Australian teenager more than 30 years ago, but acquitted of a rape charge.

Glenn Humphreys, 61, was charged with abusing a boy between 1983 and 1986 when the boy was aged 15 to 17.

A District Court jury found Humphreys guilty late today of four counts of unlawful and indecent assault, but acquitted him of carnal knowledge against the order of nature.

At the start of the trial, Humphrey’s defence lawyer Seamus Rafferty said the priest denied all charges and that the rape incident that was alleged to have occurred during a trip to Quinns Rock did not happen.

Humphreys had engaged in inappropriate behaviour on a few occasions in 1986 but at the time his actions were lawful and involved mutual touching, Mr Rafferty said in his opening statement.

Vatican Refuses to Cooperate with Australian Child Abuse Commission, Calls it ‘Unreasonable’

AUSTRALIA
International Business Times

By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | August 22, 2014

The Vatican refused to submit criminal documents to the child abuse royal commission. The files in question are those of Australian priests accused of child sex crimes. According to the Vatican, it was "neither possible nor appropriate" for an Aussie churchman to be involved in such alleged activities.

The Vatican cited reasons like church investigations to back its claim that Australian priests could never have been involved in sex crimes. It also argued that the internal working files exclusively belonged to the Holy See. According to Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican may be more interested in providing specific case files rather than handing over every file related to such allegations. He said that the Vatican did provide documents of around 5,000 pages after requests for specific files had been made.

The royal commission earlier sent a letter to the Vatican, asking for necessary documents related to child sex related cases. "It is essential that the royal commission understand the nature and extent of the communications between those congregations and the Holy See in relation to child sexual abuse complaints about Australian clerics," it said. Pell said that the Vatican would not hand over "internal working documents of another sovereign state." He said that it was "unreasonable" for the royal commission to ask for documents related to child sex related charges.

Gleeson defends Melbourne Reponse’s $17m admin cost

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AUGUST 22, 2014

Pia Akerman
Reporter
Melbourne

THE $17 million cost of administering the Melbourne archdiocese’s response to clergy child sex abuse - equal to the amount spent on compensation and counselling - has been defended by the man seen as the scheme’s new chief.

Jeffrey Gleeson QC has been described as the likely successor to Peter O’Callaghan as the sole independent commissioner of the Melbourne Response - under which sex abuse claims are investigated and counselling and capped compensation provided for victims - if it continues in the absence of a national redress scheme.

The pair have been working together to investigate complaints since 2012. The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse has heard that the Melbourne Response has spent $17.2 million on ex gratia payments, counselling and medical treatment since it was established in 1996 by then archbishop George Pell. But $17m has been spent on administration costs in the same period, and the average compensation payment has been $36,100.

Mr Gleeson today told the royal commission those administration expenses were fair given the nature of the scheme. “The monies spent administering a scheme to deal with complaints about child sexual abuse are about more than money,” he said. “We are administering more than the doling out of money “We are administering the emergence of truth...I think that’s money well spent.”

ATA BLASTS PELL FOR CHILD ABUSE COMPARISON

AUSTRALIA
Australian Trucking Association

Watson takes senior Catholic cleric to task for insulting analogy

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has slammed Cardinal George Pell for comparing the Catholic Church’s responsibility for child abuse to trucking companies that employ drivers who molest women, describing his comment as insulting.

ATA chair Noelene Watson says Pell’s comparison is uncalled for.

"There are more than 170,000 professional truck drivers in Australia. They have families and children. Pell’s analogy is a deep insult to every one of them," Watson says.

"These comments are a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the Royal Commission being faced by the Catholic Church and other institutions that deal with children.

"Cardinal Pell must realise that he cannot solve these problems by insulting Australia’s hardworking truck drivers who deliver the goods we use every day."

Top Vatican figure under fire for child abuse comments

AUSTRALIA
Irish Independent

A top Vatican official has come under fire for drawing an analogy between the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse and a trucking company.

Cardinal Pell, Australia’s leading Catholic cleric and a former archbishop of both Melbourne and Sydney, said it would not be appropriate for legal culpability to be ‘foisted’ on church leaders, although he acknowledged the church had a moral obligation to victims of paedophile priests.

Speaking to a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne, Cardinal Pell cited the hypothetical example of a woman being molested by a truck driver.

"If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don't think it's appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible," he said via video link from Rome.

"Similarly with the church and the head of any other organisation.

Affidavit details teacher's shocking molestation confession

MISSISSIPPI
WLOX

[the affadavit]

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -
A South Mississippi teacher has admitted to investigators that he molested at least eight boys who were his students, and the abuse spanned a period of 20 years. That's according to an affidavit released Thursday.

William Richard Pryor, 68, is in federal custody charged with transportation of minors with intent of sexual activity.

WARNING: This story contains explicit details that may be offensive to some readers.

According to the affidavit, Pryor confirmed to FBI investigators that the allegations of molestation by two different victims are true. Pryor also identified six other victims, and gave the FBI details about when and where he sexually abused them.

The affidavit details interviews with two different victims, who are making the molestation allegations.

According to the FBI report, Victim #1 was interviewed on August 18, and told investigators he was molested by his Bayou View Junior High School math teacher, William Richard Pryor. The alleged molestation took place from 1973 to 1975 while the victim was a student at that school. Victim #1 said he would take summer trips organized by Pryor, and it was on these trips that the sexual abuse would happen.

One day later, the FBI spoke to Victim #2, who told a similar story of molestation by Pryor in 1999 and 2000. Again, the victim said he was a student of Pryor's at Bayou View Junior High when the abuse occurred. According to the affidavit, Victim #2 told investigators that "the molestation consisted of Pryor touching his penis and masturbating him." Victim #2 told investigators the molestation happened on at least five separate occasions in Louisiana.

That same day, FBI agents interviewed Pryor at St. Patrick High School, where he was working as a math teacher. He has since resigned from the school. Pryor gave the agents a voluntary statement where to confessed to molesting eight children between the mid-70s and ending in 2005, during his time as a teacher at Bayou View Junior High School. Pryor said his victims were between 13 and 14 years old.

Ex-teacher charged with sex crimes in Gulfport

MISSISSIPPI
WJTV

MEDIA RELEASE:

Gulfport, Miss - William Richard Pryor, 68, of Gulfport, was arrested by FBI agents pursuant to a criminal complaint charging him with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp.

William Richard Pryor was formerly employed as a math teacher at Bayou View Junior High School in Gulfport. According to the criminal complaint, beginning in approximately September, 1973 and continuing through the present, Pryor traveled and transported minor children in interstate commerce with the intent that the minor children would engage in sexual activity.

Pryor appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo for an initial appearance. He remains in custody pending a preliminary and detention hearing on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Former teacher admits to engaging in sex acts with eight teenage boys from 1973-2005

MISSISSIPPI
GulfLive

By Warren Kulo | GulfLive.com
on August 21, 2014

GULFPORT, Mississippi -- A 68-year-old teacher who resigned from St. Patrick High School Tuesday has been charged with transporting at least eight boys ages 13-14 to multiple states and engaging in sexual acts with them.

According to U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Acting FBI Special Agent In Charge Johnnie Sharp, William Richard Pryor was arrested by FBI agents Tuesday on the St. Patrick campus.

The complaint against Pryor alleges that he transported the eight teenage boys to various states from 1973 to 2005 to engage in sex acts.

Prior to working at St. Patrick, Pryor worked at St. John High School and Bayou View Middle School, both in Gulfport, although all of the victims were students at Bayou View.

In an affidavit accompanying the criminal complaint, FBI agent Matthew Campbell says Pryor confessed to molesting eight boys from 1973 to 2005. At least one incident in the 1990's occurred in Gulfport, Pryor told investigators.

Outlining the affidavit of charges against William Richard Pryor

MISSISSIPPI
Sun Herald

Outlining the affidavit of charges

Former St. Patrick Catholic High School teacher William Richard Pryor, 68, was charged in federal court Thursday with transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Below are bullet points from the affidavit:

* The FBI interviewed two alleged victims Aug. 18 and 19 who said Pryor molested them while they were students at Bayou View Junior High School in the mid-1970s and in 1999-2000.

* Pryor allegedly told the FBI he molested eight children when they were 13 or 14 years old, starting in the mid-1970s and ending in 2005.

* Both victims the FBI interviewed said the assaults happened while on trips.

* The assaults reportedly happened in eight states: Mississippi, California, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, Louisiana, Texas and Georgia.

Mississippi teacher molested teen students while in Oregon

MISSISSIPPI/OREGON
Bend Bulletin

The Associated Press /
Published Aug 22, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. — A Mississippi math teacher admitted that he molested at least eight teenagers over a period of four decades, largely during out-of-state trips, including to Oregon, authorities said Thursday.

The victims were all students at Bayou View Junior High School in Gulfport, where William Richard Pryor taught between 1973 and 2005, according to a criminal complaint and an affidavit filed by the FBI. Pryor appeared in U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Thursday.

He was turned over to U.S. marshals to be held until a preliminary and detention hearing Tuesday on charges of transportation of minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.

U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis said in a statement that the alleged molestation occurred in Mississippi and at least a half dozen other states where Pryor traveled with the victims. One of the victims told the FBI that the molestation occurred during a summer trip Pryor organized.

FBI agent Matthew Campbell said two victims were interviewed this week and Pryor was arrested Tuesday after he talked with agents and confirmed the victims’ accounts, according to the affidavit.

“Pryor provided a voluntary statement to the agents wherein he confessed to molesting eight children when they were 13 or 14 years old. Pryor stated the molestations began in the mid-1970s at Bayou View Junior High and ended in 2005 at Bayou View Junior High,” Campbell stated in the affidavit.

Pryor was working as a math teacher at St. Patrick High School in Gulfport when he was arrested Tuesday. Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Superintendent Mike Ladner said Pryor resigned Tuesday.

South Mississippi math teacher accused of molesting children since 1973

MISSISSIPPI
Sun Herald

BY ROBIN FITZGERALD AND PATRICK OCHS

GULFPORT -- Longtime teacher Richard Pryor has admitted to FBI agents he began molesting children 41 years ago on out-of-state trips.

A criminal complaint unsealed Thursday says the trips continued after Pryor began molesting children he taught in September 1973.

The FBI arrested Pryor, 68, of Gulfport, Tuesday on suspicion of transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. The charge is punishable by 10 years to life in prison plus post-release supervision of five years to life.

Pryor is held pending court hearings next week.

Pryor resigned his job as a geometry teacher at St. Patrick Catholic High School earlier this week. School district officials have confirmed Pryor is known for organizing private trips that aren't associated with school functions.

Bishop: Child Safety Crucial

ILLINOIS
The Observer - Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford

August 22, 2014

DIOCESE—Bishop David Malloy has asked all parishes to read a letter this weekend.

“I take this opportunity,” he says in the letter, “to renew publicly the commitment of the Diocese of Rockford, our priests, our staff and especially our schools and educational and youth programs to the safety and wellbeing of our young people.”

The Diocese of Rockford has taken several steps to help assure the safety of young people in parish and school programs. That includes safe environment training for youths from pre-kindergarten through high school, all geared for specific age groups.

Adults, whether employees or volunteers, are screened and required to take specialized training. That Virtus training program is available both through class instruction and online. The program raises awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse, what to watch for and what to do if abuse is suspected.

N.J. priest accused of sex abuse

NEW JERSEY
Philly.com

EMILY BABAY, PHILLY.COM
POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014

Authorities are investigating allegations that a New Jersey priest sexually abused a 16-year-old boy.

The Diocese of Trenton says it learned about the alleged abuse by Father Romannilo "Nilo" Apura, a pastor at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, this week.

Apura, 67, was taken into custody on Thursday, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said.

Prosecutors say he is accused of having sexual contact with the boy in late spring or early summer at a Trenton home. In a separate incident in June, he tried to remove the boy's pants, prosecutors said.

Apura is facing charges of second-degree endangering the welfare of child, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and fourth-degree attempt to commit criminal sexual contact.

Attorney says abuse suit against cleared priest "is alive"

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Eric Peterson

The man accusing Catholic priest Joseph Wilk of sexual abuse will continue his lawsuit against the former Schaumburg pastor, despite the Archdiocese of Chicago recently reinstating the priest to good standing and removing him from a list of abusive clergy, his lawyer said Thursday.

"This case is alive," attorney Patrick F. Bradley said. "There is so much reasonable cause (to pursue the case), it stinks."

Bradley filed suit on behalf of his now 29-year-old client in May 2013, naming Wilk, former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg, as defendant. The case's next status hearing is Oct. 10, Bradley said.

The suit claims Wilk sexually abused Bradley's client once in 1995, when he was 10 years old, and again from his freshman year of high school until he was 19 years old.

Wilk was pastor of St. Matthew Church from 1994 until 2006.

Based on information it had at the time, an independent review board ruled in early February 2014 that Wilk's name should be added to a list of past and present archdiocese clergy with a substantiated allegation of abuse against them.

But Jan Slattery, director of the archdiocese's Office for the Protection of Children and Youth, said Wednesday that new information caused the board to reverse its decision and remove Wilk from that list on July 24. Slattery did not say what that new information was.

Cardinal Pell defends his Melbourne Response compensation scheme

AUSTRALIA
ABC - AM

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: At the Royal Commission into child sex abuse Cardinal George Pell has defended the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's controversial victims' compensation scheme known as the Melbourne Response.

Giving evidence via video link from Rome, the Cardinal said the scheme he set up was an Australian-first and victims were its first priority.

Samantha Donovan reports.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Victims of clerical sexual abuse have told the royal commission the Melbourne Response gave them inadequate compensation, took away their legal rights to sue, lacked compassion and was intimidating.

But the man who set up the scheme 18 years ago, Cardinal George Pell, gave evidence from Rome that the victims were his priority.

GEORGE PELL: We were ahead of the curve. Not sure there was any other system in Australia, perhaps anywhere else, we were certainly no less generous.

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Sean Cash, the barrister acting for abuse victim Paul Hersbach, didn't accept Cardinal Pell's claim that money wasn't his main concern when setting up the Melbourne Response.

Chicago Archdiocese removes pastor from list of accused priests

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By John Keilman, Tribune reporter

The former pastor of Schaumburg's St. Matthew Catholic Church has been removed from a list of priests facing substantiated accusations of sexual misconduct, but a lawsuit in which a man claims the priest abused him as a child is still moving ahead.

The Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed in February that Joseph Wilk had been added to the public list of priests facing allegations that a review board deems credible. The confirmation came about nine months after a young man named Donnie Ophus filed a lawsuit accusing Wilk of sexual abuse.

Ophus, now 29, claimed in the lawsuit that Wilk abused him from the ages of 10 to 18. He told the Tribune in an interview this year that Wilk had paid him to keep quiet, but he did tell his father, who reported the allegation to church officials.

Susan Burritt, an archdiocese spokeswoman, said a supplementary review convinced the board that investigates abuse allegations that there was "insufficient reason to suspect that … Wilk engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor."

The archdiocese removed Wilk from the list July 24, the first time such an action has been taken, Burritt said.

She offered no details about why the board took another look at the case or why it reached its decision.

Point Pleasant priest faces charge of abusing teen

NEW JERSEY
Courier-Post

POINT PLEASANT – A Catholic priest who once served in Moorestown was arrested Thursday on a sexual abuse allegation involving a 16-year-old filed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Rev. Romannilo S. Apura, pastor at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, was charged in connection with an incident that took place in Trenton, according to a statement issued by the Diocese of Trenton.

Apura has served as pastor of St. Martha Parish since July 2012 and formerly served in the parishes of St. Joachim, Trenton; St. Agnes, Atlantic Highlands; St. Maximilian Kolbe of Holiday City at Berkeley; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown; St. Ann Parish, Keansburg, and St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Bishop David M. O’Connell has suspended Apura pending the outcome of the investigation by law enforcement and recommendations from the Diocesan Review Board.

Pedophile priest John Sidney Denham tells court he destroyed lives

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AUGUST 22, 2014

ONE of Australia’s worst child sex offenders, pedophile priest John Sidney Denham, has told a court he was a “proud, self-indulgent, self-obsessive person”, who destroyed peoples’ lives.

Denham, a former Catholic priest and schoolteacher, was giving evidence at a sentencing hearing in Sydney after pleading guilty to 25 charges relating to offences against 20 victims. He has asked the judge to take a further 23 charges into account.

The 71-year-old has previously been convicted of abusing a further 39 young boys in the St Pius X Catholic High School in the NSW Hunter Valley between 1968 and 1986.

Wearing his prison greens, Denham told the court he is currently in protective custody in Goulburn jail, where he shares a yard with other child abusers and murderers.

“There are three or four there that I know of, sexual offenders. In the yard there are six ex-policemen, two ex-priests ... then there are the people who threw their wives off balconies,” he said.

Pell's comment outrages support groups

AUSTRALIA
7 News

AAP

Cardinal George Pell's comments comparing the Catholic church with a truck company have outraged support groups for victims of child sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company that employs a driver who molests women, Cardinal George Pell, via video from Rome, told Thursday's royal commission in Melbourne.

Adults Surviving Child Abuse president Dr Cathy Kezelman said Cardinal Pell's comments were not helpful to victims of abuse.

"His comments were outrageous," she told AAP on Friday.

He showed a lack of compassion, and "continues to duck and weave" she said.

"To have their (victims') experiences denied yet again drives a knife into the wound and twists it," she said.

Melbourne Response attaches paedophile 'stigma', investigator says

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 22, 2014

Jane Lee
Legal Affairs Reporter for The Age

The Melbourne Response attaches the "stigma" of being a paedophile to priests, brothers and nuns it determines guilty of clerical abuse, the Catholic Church's independent investigator says.

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is investigating the effectiveness of the Melbourne Response, the church's internal process for handling victims' complaints.

Jeffrey Gleeson, QC, is one of its two Independent Commissioners who assesses victims' complaints. He appeared before the Commission on Friday and defended the scheme, saying it helped victims feel "believed". He also said it was his role to tell them they did not have to report to police if they did not want to.

The Commission's chairman, Justice Peter McClellan, asked Mr Gleeson whether his approach to complaints was driven by concerns about how his decisions would impact on clerics or for victims: "Because the redress scheme in itself has no consequences for the alleged abuser."

Mr Gleeson rejected this, saying that clerics were named when he found there had been abuse which meant "that person suffers the appropriate stigma of having been determined to be a paedophile."

Cardinal George Pell insults truck drivers ...

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

Cardinal George Pell insults truck drivers over remarks at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

TRUCK drivers around the country are up in arms over Cardinal George Pell’s comments at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Noelene Watson, said Cardinal Pell had publicly insulted every truck driver in Australia.

Mrs Watson was responding to Cardinal Pell’s comments at the Commission where he stated that the Catholic Church was no more responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company would be if they employed a driver who molested women.

“There are more than 170,000 professional truck drivers in Australia. They have families and children. Cardinal Pell’s analogy is a deep insult to every one of them,” Mrs Watson said.

“These comments are a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the Royal Commission being faced by the Catholic Church and other institutions that deal with children.

“Cardinal Pell must realise that he cannot solve these problems by insulting Australia’s hardworking truck drivers, who deliver the goods we use every day.”

Archdiocese settles suit with man abused by priest as boy

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

It's a case that dates back to the early 1970s, but the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is settling a suit with a 54-year-old man who claims Father Tom Stitts sexually abused him while being shuffled through metro parishes.

“This is a bittersweet day,” said Leander James, victim's attorney. “Our client was sexually abused and his mother silenced. After 43 years, his abuser's employer has finally heard him, his mother and acknowledged his injury. It's a first step.”

It took more than 40 years for the man known only as John Doe 100 to get the resolution he'd hoped for. On Wednesday, he and his mother intend to emerge from that confidentiality to speak publicly about the case with their attorneys.

"I need to speak up," John Doe 100 said. "I'm no longer afraid."

Seated next to his mother, Yvonne, at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, he announced, "My name is Jon Jaker, and I am a survivor, and today, we won a little bit back."

Priest who abused dozens of boys says he was 'self-indulgent, self-obsessive'

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Australian Associated Press
theguardian.com, Friday 22 August 2014

A Catholic priest who systematically abused dozens of boys says he was “self-indulgent” and just acted on his desires.

John Sidney Denham, 71, was jailed for a maximum of almost 20 years in New South Wales in 2010 for his “sadistic” indecent and sexual assault of boys as young as five.

The priest and teacher has now pleaded guilty over another 25 charges involving the sexual abuse of 18 boys at St Pius X College in Adamstown near Newcastle from 1975 to 1979.

Another 23 offences are also to be taken account when sentencing him.

In a hearing on Friday, Denham told Sydney’s district court he was responsible for “destroying the lives of so many people”.

Truckers outraged by Cardinal George Pell's sex abuse comparison

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Melissa Davey
theguardian.com, Friday 22 August 2014

The Australian Trucking Association has joined child sexual abuse victims and their advocates in expressing outrage at comments made by Cardinal George Pell while giving evidence before a royal commission on Thursday night.

While facing questions from the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse, Pell said the Catholic Church was no more responsible for child abuse carried out by church figures than a trucking company would be if they employed a driver who molested women.

“If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don’t think it’s appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from Rome on Thursday.

His comments left chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Noelene Watson, fuming.

“There are more than 170,000 professional truck drivers in Australia,” she said.

“They have families and children. Cardinal Pell’s analogy is a deep insult to every one of them.”

The comments were a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the commission’s questioning of the church, she said.

Child sex abuse royal commission: Victims care more about justice than money, Catholic Church commissioner says

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By court reporter Peta Carlyon and staff
Updated 22 Aug 2014

A commissioner of the Catholic Church's Melbourne Response has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that victims told him they wanted justice, not money.

Jeffery Gleeson QC, who investigates complaints of abuse under Commissioner Peter O'Callaghan QC, told the inquiry that victims just wanted to be believed.

"Complainants have told me, it's not about the money, and I believe them," Mr Gleeson said.

"I don't think it's about the money. It's about being believed that that person, that priest, that brother, that nun abused them.

"I don't speak for victims. But my sense for having spoken to them for so many years is that they need to know that there has been a factual finding.

Moral responsibility a drive-by victim of Pell’s view of the church

AUSTRALIA
The Conversation

Michael Salter
Lecturer in Criminology at University of Western Sydney

Cardinal George Pell’s appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will do little to rehabilitate his image in the eyes of clergy abuse victims.

Via video link from the Vatican, Pell used the example of a trucking company to illustrate the legal responsibility of the Catholic Church to victims of clergy abuse. In his view, the church’s responsibility to those abused by priests is comparable to the responsibility of a trucking company to a hitchhiker raped by a trucker.

This was just one of several moments before the royal commission in which Pell’s rhetoric of concern for victims came into tension with the detached and bureaucratic manner that has characterised his response to clergy abuse over the last two decades.

The Melbourne Response

At the royal commission, Pell strongly defended the Melbourne Response, the clergy abuse compensation scheme that he established in 1996 as Archbishop of Melbourne. He described the scheme as an attempt to lessen the suffering of victims and to address their needs quickly and compassionately.

However, Pell’s statement that “money was never my primary concern” sat uncomfortably alongside his emphasis on protecting the financial resources of the archdiocese. Compensation offers were considerably lower than the likely outcome of a successful civil claim.

Santa Fe archdiocese faces more sex abuse suits

NEW MEXICO
ABQ Journal

By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer

PUBLISHED: Friday, August 22, 2014

Lawsuits filed this week by four New Mexico men ages 33 to 62 allege they were sexually abused by priests in Archdiocese of Santa Fe parishes.

Former Roman Catholic priest Jason Sigler, 76, who returned to Albuquerque last year after completing a prison term in Michigan, is among the four priests named in the lawsuits.

The new suits, filed Monday in 2nd Judicial District Court, bring to 25 the number of lawsuits filed in recent years by Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall. Of those, 11 have been settled, Hall said.

The plaintiffs are asking for an unspecified amount of money for compensatory and punitive damages.

A 47-year-old man alleged that Sigler molested him around 1976 at a church near Coyote, about 15 miles west of Abiquiu. The man was about 9 at the time.

Melbourne Response reveals considerations when weighing up abuse payouts

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

August 22, 2014

Jane Lee, Cameron Houston

The way the Catholic Church awards money to victims of clerical abuse has been questioned at the royal commission.

In the final hearing of the week, David Curtain, QC, the chairman of the Melbourne Response's compensation panel, outlined the calculations used to determine compensation for victims.
Mr Curtain revealed that:

* Victims whose abuse involved "sexual penetration" are paid the highest level
* The panel does not discuss with victims how they arrived at a figure below the current $75,000 cap
* The impact of the abuse on the individual victim is considered above the level of abuse suffered
* There is no cap on the amount of counselling the Church will fund via Carelink or external psychologists
* Victims pay for their own lawyers to be with them at the discussion
* The panel's decision is not reviewable, and its discussion with victims is not recorded except for the amount agreed on and whether victims want to receive a letter of apology from the Archbishop

The Church has given hundreds of victims ex gratia payments since the Melbourne Response was established in 1996 by Cardinal George Pell, who was then Archbishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese. The royal commission is investigating the scheme's effectiveness as it considers a national redress scheme for victims of sexual abuse.

Despite criticisms of the Melbourne Response, Mr Curtain said only a minority of victims were unsatisfied with the process.

He said it would not be "appropriate" to comment on the adequacy of the $75,000 cap for victims' suffering but said "whatever people get is not enough" to compensate them. The payment was "financial recognition of a wrong done".

August 21, 2014

Catholic priest forced young boy into sex acts, lawsuit alleges

CANADA
Sun News

TONY SPEARS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA -A man who claims a local priest sexually abused him is suing the Archdiocese of Ottawa and other local Catholic bodies for $200,000.

The complainant, who QMI Agency has chosen not to name, said that as a young boy in the late 1970s he lived with his mother near the church that was then known as Eglise Ste-Famille in 1978.

The man alleges the priest abused him and his friend through acts of sexual touching and oral sex.

"The priest used his relationship of clerical authority and trust to convince and force the plaintiff to engage in these sexual acts," the statement of claim alleges.

"He did not permit them to leave the premises during the assaults.

"He threatened the plaintiff with exposure as a liar should he tell anyone about the abuse, stating that nobody would believe him."

Priest guilty of assault on teen

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

ELLE FARCIC The West Australian
August 22, 2014

A Catholic priest has been found guilty of sexually abusing a teenage boy on church property in Perth 30 years ago.

Glenn Humphreys was accused of abusing the teenager between 1983 and 1986 while he was assistant priest at a church in Perth's south.

After six hours of deliberation, a District Court jury last night convicted Humphreys of four counts of unlawful and indecent assault.

He was acquitted of carnal knowledge against the order of nature.

The court was told Humphreys had assaulted the boy in the church's presbytery and in a bathroom at a nearby primary school.

Priest Charged for Engaging in Sexual Conduct with Teenager

NEW JERSEY
Mercer County Prosecutor

Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. reported today that a priest from the Diocese of Trenton was arrested and charged for engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage boy.

Shortly after eleven this morning, the Reverend Romannilo Apura, age 67, was taken into custody by detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at his residence at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, NJ.

It is alleged that Apura masturbated the teenage male victim in a home in Trenton on an occasion in the late spring/early summer of 2014. A second incident occurred in June 2014 when Apura attempted to remove the same victim’s pants.

Apura is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and one count of fourth-degree attempt to commit criminal sexual contact. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu of $100,000 cash or bond bail. As conditions of bail, Mercer County Superior Court Judge PedroJ. Jimenez Jr. ordered that Apura surrender his passport and have no contact with the victim or any other children.

The Diocese of Trenton reported the allegations to the prosecutor’s office earlier this week and an investigation ensued. Anyone with information on the case should contact the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at (609) 989-6568.

There is no scheduled court date at this time.

Diocese of Trenton Priest Charged for Allegedly Engaging in Sexual Conduct with Teenager

NEW JERSEY
Planet Princeton

by Krystal Knapp on August 21, 2014 , 4:13 pm 0

A priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton was arrested and charged for engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage boy from Trenton, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini, Jr. announced today.

The Rev. Romannilo Apura, 67, was taken into custody by detectives with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at his residence at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant shortly after 11 a.m. today.

Apura allegedly fondled the private parts of a teenage male victim in a home in Trenton in the late spring of this year. A second incident occurred in June when Apura attempted to remove the same victim’s pants.

The priest is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and one count of fourth-degree attempt to commit criminal sexual contact. He is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu of $100,000 cash or bond bail. As conditions of bail, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro J. Jimenez Jr. ordered that Apura surrender his passport and have no contact with the victim or any other children.

Priest charged for having sexual contact with teenage boy in Trenton

NEW JERSEY
The Trentonian

By Penny Ray, The Trentonian
POSTED: 08/21/14

TRENTON — A priest from the Diocese of Trenton was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with a teenage boy.

According to prosecutors in the case, around 11 a.m. Thursday, the Rev. Romannilo Apura, 67, was arrested in his residence at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant by detectives from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit.

Prosecutors allege that in the late spring/early summer of this year Apura masturbated a teenage male in a Trenton home. Prosecutors say a second incident occurred in June when Apura allegedly attempted to remove that same victim’s pants.

The Diocese of Trenton reported the allegations to the prosecutor’s office earlier this week, which triggered the investigation. According to a statement on the Diocese’s website, the allegation of sexual abuse committed by Apura against a 16-year-old boy was brought to light on Monday. The statement says that lone allegation is the only complaint received about Apura, and that “it has no connection to St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, where he has been serving as pastor.”

New Jersey Priest Accused Of Sexual Conduct With Teenage Boy

NEW JERSEY
CBS Philly

TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – A New Jersey priest has been charged with engaging in sexual conduct with a teenager.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office says that Reverend Romannilo Apura, 67, was taken into custody on Thursday morning at his residence at St. Martha Parish in Pt. Pleasant, NJ.

Apura reportedly masturbated the teen victim, a male, inside a home in Trenton on one occasion in the spring/early summer of 2014. A second incident occurred in June 2014, when the suspect reportedly tried to remove the same victim’s pants.

Apura is charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and one count of fourth-degree attempt to commit criminal sexual contact.

South Jersey Priest Sexually Abused Teen Boy: Police

NEW JERSEY
CSNPhilly

August 21, 2014

A South Jersey priest is accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on more than one occasion.

Police arrested 67-year-old Reverend Romannilo Apura Thursday and charged him with aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and other related offenses.

Apura sexually abused the teen in a Trenton home sometime in late spring of this year, according to police. The suspect then attempted to remove the same victim's pants in a separate incident in June 2014, according to authorities.

Officials with the Diocese of Trenton learned of the allegations against Apura Monday and immediately turned the complaint, the first against the suspect, over to authorities, according to a Diocese spokeswoman.

The suspect had served as the pastor of St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, Ocean County since July 2012, a Diocese spokeswoman said.

A statement by the Diocese of Trenton concerning alleged sexual abuse by Father Nilo S. Apura

NEW JERSEY
Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton

21 Aug 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we report an allegation of sexual abuse by a priest serving in the Diocese of Trenton.

On Aug. 18, we received an allegation of sexual abuse committed by Father Nilo S. Apura against a 16-year-old minor. The complaint was based on abuse alleged to have taken place in Trenton. It is the only complaint that we have received about Father Apura, and it has no connection to St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant, where he has been serving as pastor.

The complaint was immediately turned over to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. An investigation was initiated, resulting in Father Apura’s arrest today by law enforcement officers.

Father Apura has served as pastor of St. Martha Parish since July of 2012, and formerly served in the parishes of St. Joachim, Trenton; St. Agnes, Atlantic Highlands; St. Maximilian Kolbe, Toms River; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown; St. Ann Parish, Keansburg, and St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., has suspended Father Apura, effective immediately, pending the outcome of the investigation by law enforcement and recommendations from the Diocesan Review Board. This suspension prohibits Father Apura from celebrating Mass publicly, wearing priestly garb, or presenting himself as a priest.

The Diocese will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement’s ongoing investigation into this allegation. All inquiries about the investigation should be directed to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

We call upon anyone who may have information or allegations relevant to this case to contact the Special Victims’ Unit of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-989-6568 as well as the Diocese of Trenton Abuse Hotline at 1-888-296-2965 (or email abuseline@dioceseoftrenton.org).

Point Pleasant priest arrested on sex abuse charge

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Carol Gorga Williams, @APPCarol 4:11 p.m. EDT August 21, 2014

A priest with deep ties to to the Shore community was arrested today on a sexual abuse allegation filed by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to the Trenton diocese, Father Nilo S. Apura faces a charge involving a 16-year-old that is alleged to have taken place in Trenton.

Apura has served as pastor of St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant since July of 2012, and formerly served in the parishes of St. Joachim, Trenton; St. Agnes, Atlantic Highlands; St. Maximilian Kolbe, Toms River; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown; St. Ann Parish, Keansburg, and St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Bishop David M. O'Connell has suspended Father Apura, effective immediately, pending the outcome of the investigation by law enforcement and recommendations from the Diocesan Review Board.

Diocese of Trenton priest charged with engaging in sexual conduct with teenage boy

NEW JERSEY
Times of Trenton

By Cristina Rojas | Times of Trenton
on August 21, 2014

A Diocese of Trenton priest was arrested today on charges he engaged in sexual conduct with a teenage boy earlier this year, Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. announced.

The Rev. Romannilo Apura, 67, was taken into custody at his home at St. Martha Parish in Point Pleasant around 11 a.m. by detectives from the prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit.

Apura allegedly masturbated the 16-year-old victim in a home in Trenton in late spring/early summer. A second incident occurred in June when Apura attempted to remove the same victim’s pants.

Apura is charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact and fourth-degree attempt to commit criminal sexual contact.

Video: Australia Royal Commission, Cardinal Pell et al testimony Here Aug 2014

AUSTRALIA
City of Angels

[with video]

Kay Ebeling

From John Brown on YouTube

Once again, in order to get the truth out, Guerrilla Journalists are doing the work that paid journalists don't have time to do, John Brown of Toowoomba will be posting all testimony from now on from The Royal Commission on his YouTube channel and City of Angels Blog will be embedding them here over the coming weeks. Word from the Commission was the files were "too long" but Brown is doing this from his garage. Onward.

NC- Admitted child molesting priest dies, SNAP responds

NORTH CAROLINA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, August 21, 2014

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

A North Carolina priest, who has been accused of child sexual abuse and admitted it, has died. Our condolences to the priest’s family, but we hope Catholic officials do not bury him with priestly honors.

Fr. Michael Joseph Kelleher was first accused of abusing a boy in the late 1970s in 2010; a second victim later came forward. Fr. Kelleher’s last assignment before being removed was chaplain at Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston-Salem. We hope anyone who may have been suffering in silence and self-blame will now find the courage to speak up.

We hope his victim finds peace from his death. We are glad that he can no longer hurt any more children and we hope Catholic officials do not callously rub salt into the wounds of victims by giving Fr. Kelleher a large and pomp-filled funeral.

Puerto Rico Priest Pleads Guilty in Abuse Case

PUERTO RICO
ABC News

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Aug 21, 2014

Associated Press

A Roman Catholic priest in Puerto Rico has pleaded guilty to transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct.

Israel Berrios was arrested in May amid accusations that he sexually abused an altar boy from the time he was about 8 years old until he turned 17.

Authorities accused Berrios of giving the boy money, a computer and a camera and taking him on a four-day cruise to the Bahamas with his mother's permission in July 2008. The boy was 15 at the time.

Berrios is the first priest to face federal sex charges of that kind in the U.S. territory.

Sacerdote se declara culpable por abuso sexual

PUERTO RICO
El Nuevo Dia

Por Mariana Cobian / Mariana.cobian@gfrmedia.com

El primer sacerdote católico acusado en Puerto Rico por abusar sexualmente de un menor de edad, Israel Berríos Berríos, se declaró culpable esta tarde a nivel federal por transportar a un menor de edad para cometer actos de índole sexual ilícitos.

El comienzo de la selección del jurado en el caso en su contra estaba pautado para esta mañana, previo al juicio en su fondo que iniciaría este lunes.

Las personas citadas para el jurado llegaron al Tribunal Federal de Hato Rey, pero poco después fueron despachadas porque se informó que las partes estaban tratando de llegar a un acuerdo para que el suspendido sacerdote hiciera alegación de culpabilidad.

El acuerdo contempla que se declararía culpable por uno de los cuatro cargos que pesaban en su contra a cambio de una pena recomendada de entre 10 y 12 años de cárcel. Las guías de sentencia señalaban entre 12 años y medio y 15 años y medio, y de ver el juicio en su fondo y ser encontrado culpable, se exponía a una pena mínima de 10 años hasta cadena perpetua.

Judge upholds order for breach-of-terms payment in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Brian Roewe | Aug. 21, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO. A circuit judge has upheld an arbiter's decision that the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese pay $1.1 million for breach of terms of a 2008 settlement that included measures intended to prevent further sexual abuse of children by clergy.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Bryan E. Round ruled Aug. 14 that "there can be no doubt that the diocese, through its leadership and higher-level personnel, failed in numerous respects to abide by the terms" of the 2008 settlement, according to The Kansas City Star. In addition to awarding $10 million to 47 plaintiffs, that settlement included 19 nonmonetary commitments aimed at preventing abuse and helping survivors.

"The Diocese paid less in damages for agreeing to the non-economic terms demanded by the Plaintiffs," Round said in his decision. "When the Diocese breached the non-economic commitments, it effectively received the benefits without paying for it."

Jack Smith, diocesan spokesman, told NCR it will not appeal the decision.

Change prompted by previous sex abuse case in Shoals community

ALABAMA
WAFF

[with video]

By Lauren Morrison

MUSCLE SHOALS, AL (WAFF) -

A former Muscle Shoals youth minister is now in the process of being extradited from Texas back to Alabama after being charged with rape and sodomy.

Kyle Adcock is the former youth minister at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church.

Police said the incidents he's accused of happened to a female under the age of 16 between 2010 and 2012.

Before these allegations even came to light, Woodward church deacon David Turner says the church had already made changes. Those changes were actually prompted by another sex abuse case in the Shoals.

In February, Jeffrey Eddie was charged with sex abuse, sodomy, and child pornography. He was the children's pastor at Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals. Eddie pleaded guilty to the charges in May.

NEW: Muscle Shoals church pastor addresses charges involving former youth minister

ALABAMA
WHNT

AUGUST 21, 2014, BY CLAIRE AIELLO AND CARTER WATKINS

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) – The senior pastor of a Muscle Shoals church talked with WHNT News 19 on Thursday about the arrest of a former youth minister on sex abuse charges.

The former youth minister, Charles Kyle Adcock, was arrested Wednesday in Frisco, Texas. The alleged acts took place in Muscle Shoals and authorities in Colbert County are working to extradite him here to face charges. Adcock is charged with nine counts of sodomy and 22 counts of rape.

Muscle Shoals Police say the victim is a female who was under the age of 16 when the incidents took place between 2010 and 2012. Police say some of the incidents happened at the church and others took place at his residence in Muscle Shoals.

Former youth pastor charged with abuse

ALABAMA
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

A Southern Baptist church in Alabama pledged to cooperate with police following the arrest of a former youth minister charged with sexually abusing a girl younger than 16 and urged anyone with knowledge about the case to come forward.

Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Ala., posted a statement on the church website Aug. 21 saying the congregation is “deeply saddened” by news of Wednesday’s arrest of Charles Kyle Adcock, 31, the church’s former student pastor and interim worship pastor, on 22 counts of second-degree rape and nine counts of second-degree sodomy.

According to local media, Adcock, who goes by the first name of Kyle, was arrested in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on a warrant issued out of Alabama. He is under arrest at the Frisco City Jail with a $500,000 bond and awaiting extradition to face charges after a girl told police that Adcock sexually abused her between 2010 and 2012, beginning when she was 14. Police said the alleged abuse happened both at the church and at Adcock’s residence in Muscle Shoals.

According to Internet archives, Adcock, a graduate of Dallas Baptist University, became involved in student ministry in 2002 and joined the staff at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church in 2008. He worked as a financial adviser in Little Rock, Ark., beginning in October 2012 and recently moved to another firm in Frisco, Texas.

Survivors from Poland: Bishops are laughing into the victim’s face. The first such case in Polish court.

POLAND
Ocaleni/Survivors

This is the first time when the Polish Catholic Church will be interrogated for concealing acts of pedophilia. Hierarchs of the Catholic Church might be afraid of media, but they are brave enough to laugh in the face of the victim and society.

The precedent case brought by Marcin K. – the victim of a pedophile priest, is not only the first compensation case against the Chuch, but also the first time when hierarchs will be asked to explain their negligence regarding their subordinate’s acts.

The first hearing was held in June 2014. The next hearing is scheduled on September 12th, 2014 at 9 AM at the Regional Court in Koszalin.

The case is held against not only priest Zbigniew Ryckiewicz (convicted for pedophilia with a legally binding decision and sentenced to two years of prison) the abuser of Marcin K., but also against the Diocese of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg and Saint Albert (Wojciech) parish, where Ryckiewicz used to hold a rector’s position. Church hierarchs - cardinal Kazimierz Nycz (Metropolitan Bishop of Warsaw previously Bishop of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg in 2004-2007) and archbishop Marian Gołębiewski will be interrogated during the next hearing on September 12th.

This is a public trial. Hierarchs are apprehensive to testify in Koszalin, which will be a highly attended event by journalists and that is why they have applied for a video-conference. We requested Polish media outlets to come to the trial, in which the hierarchs will testify:

1. Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz will be interrogated at the Regional Court in Warsaw on September 12th at 9 AM I Civil Division al. Solidarności 127,

2. Archbishop Marian Gołębiewski at the Regional Court in Wroclaw on September 12th at 10 AM I Civil Division ul. Sądowa 1, room 103.

According to an official statement from Cardinal Nycz’s lawyers, he is not able to arrive in Koszalin as he is ill. But as one of the greatest Catholic portals reported recently, Cardinal Nycz celebrated a holy mass for pilgrims in Koszalin, therefore proving his contempt towards society and the victim.

(Cardinal Nycz celebrating a mass on August 15th, 2014 http://koszalin.gosc.pl/doc/2122008.Kard-Nycz-Rodziny-potrzebuja-wsparcia-Kosciola) ...

In case of any questions, please contact:

Dr. Adam Bodnar, President of Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), who supervises Marcin K.’s case . +48 603 608 400

Unfortunately, Polish government does nothing to treat hierarchs on the same level as other citizens. The subject of strong hierarchization of Church and lack of democratic mechanisms in Polish Church (which are the cause for concealing pedophilia even by believers themselves) was raised by Maria Mucha in the newest (100th) issue of prestiguous quaterly Bez Dogmatu. The quaterly Bez Dogmatu was awarded with Cristal Candlestick (nagroda Kryształowego Świecznika), a prize established by Deputy Marshal of Polish Sejm, Wanda Nowicka. Wanda Nowicka is also one of not many politicians in Poland who is fighting for the rights of minorities. She postualted for establishing a committee that would investigate the problem of clergy abuse in Poland several times.

Cardinal George Pell asked to swear on the Bible

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

August 21, 2014

Tony Wright
National affairs editor of The Age

The voice that has delivered a thousand sermons seemed unsuited to be that of a witness in the dock, even if it was a virtual dock. There seemed a defensiveness to it, and the jutting jaw left the viewer in a familiar, vain search for a gesture of humility.

Cardinal George Pell, of course, was in a complicated position.

He was in the eye of a camera in the Rome morning, speaking across an uncertain video link to a royal commission sitting through the late Melbourne afternoon, trying to explain his years-long and much criticised efforts to deal with a calamity within his church: the sexual abuse of hundreds of children at the hands of priests.

Here was a prince of the Church, good Lord, required to take a Bible in his hands and swear to tell nothing but the truth.

As counsel assisting the commission, Gail Furness, began the long process of peeling back the years of the so-called Melbourne Response to cases of abuse, the cardinal was a disembodied presence beamed jerkily on video screens around courtroom three of Melbourne's County Court. The Vatican had gone to no fuss. He sat before a drab curtain, as if he were in an old-time photo booth.

No hint of the gorgeous robes of a cardinal; Cardinal Pell wore a severe black suit and white shirt topped with a clerical collar. This was all business for the man who explained to the commission that his new job was "akin to being the treasurer to the Holy See". The keeper of the Vatican's treasure, the only outward sign of his power the solid gold cardinal's ring flashing as he adjusted his spectacles.

Pell compares priests to truckers as victims given apologies

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

August 22, 2014

Jane Lee, Cameron Houston

Cardinal George Pell has strongly defended the so-called Melbourne Response as Australia's first comprehensive redress scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse at the royal commission.

Appearing at the commission via video link from the Vatican in Rome on Thursday night, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church's responsibility for child abuse to that of a ''trucking company''. If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way, he said, ''I don't think it appropriate for the … leadership of that company be held responsible.''

Cardinal Pell, who established the Melbourne Response when he was Archbishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese in 1996, denied suggestions that any of its three arms - the Independent Commissioner, compensation panel and counselling arm Carelink - had stopped operating independently of the other.

Sean Cash, a lawyer for abuse victim Paul Hersbach, challenged the trucking company analogy, saying that because the Catholic Church was an organisation of the ''highest integrity'' it owed victims a far greater legal and moral responsibility. He said it should not impede victims' ability to receive full and fair compensation.

The benefit of the doubt

ILLINOIS
Oakpark.com

Opinion: Ken Trainor
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

By Ken Trainor
Staff writer

Last week I spent a lot of time thinking about the sex abuse accusation leveled against Ascension's Monsignor John Fitzgerald, the iconic pastor of my childhood. Decades later, I learn that the man I respected may have had a darker side.

We don't have hard-and-fast proof that he committed a sexual assault that left a 17-year-old girl traumatized, and we don't have his side of the story because he died in November of 1984.

What we do have is a compelling account by Gail Peloquin Howard, who says she was the victim of that assault. Read it for yourself in the LifeLines section, starting on page 29.

When I first heard about the accusation, I hoped it wasn't true – and if it were true, that it was an isolated incident, perhaps exaggerated. Then I read Howard's account and, in spite of my misgivings, I found it plausible.

I've been a journalist for 30 years and though I've been fooled before, I have some experience with "B.S. detection." I look for "red flags" when people tell their stories. I reserve my "willing suspension of disbelief" for films and theater, and even then they have to earn it.

Gail Howard earned it. She is a convincing, articulate spokesperson for victims of sex abuse – and not in that slick, polished style where you feel you're being "worked."

Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Host

OKLAHOMA
Courthouse News Service

By DAVID LEE

(CN) - A Satanist group stole a consecrated host in order to sacrifice it to Satan at an upcoming black mass, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Oklahoma City claims in court.

The Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley sued Adam Daniels and the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu Syndicate in Oklahoma County Court on Wednesday.

Consecrated hosts, small, unleavened wafers of bread, have undergone transubstantiation and are viewed by Catholics as the blood and body of Jesus Christ.

"To Catholics, the consecrated host is the most sacred, respected and revered thing in the world," the 7-page complaint states. "Because consecrated hosts are so precious, the Catholic Church has developed, over the course of 2,000 years, rules and institutions to ensure the integrity, protection of consecrated hosts."

Coakley claims Daniels possesses a consecrated host without authorization and that it "must have been procured from the Catholic Church by theft, fraud, wrongful taking" by Daniels or a third party.

Archdiocese clears former Schaumburg pastor of abuse allegation

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

Eric Peterson

New information has cleared a former pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church in Schaumburg of allegations he sexually abused a young parishioner, leading to his reinstatement as a priest in good standing, the Archdiocese of Chicago confirmed Wednesday.

An independent review board on July 24 removed the Rev. Joseph Wilk from a list of clergy with a substantiated allegations of abuse against them. Wilk had been placed on the list Feb. 5.

"It was the most horrible thing to go through," Wilk said Wednesday. "I was a good priest. I still am a good priest. I'm a priest in good standing. Now I'm living a very holy life and reading spiritual books."

Wilk is not assigned to any ministry currently. Instead, he is looking after his ailing parents in Palos Park.

An archdiocese official said the decision to remove Wilk from the list came after new information about his case came to light.

Sexual abuse victims want their voices heard

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

August 22, 2014

Rob Hulls

This week the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse turned its attention to the Melbourne Response - a process established by the city's Catholic Archdiocese to address the sexual abuse complaints accumulating against the church. Like much of the evidence presented to the Commission, the hearings included stories of lives and trust destroyed – shattered not only by individual perpetrators, but by the obfuscation and bellicose approach of the responsible institution.

Witnesses spoke of being discouraged from reporting to police; and of the distress of having their allegations accepted for the purposes of compensation offers, yet being told that these same allegations would be strenuously defended should they seek instead to go to court. Certainly, sexual assault complainants are often met with a theatre of evasion – from denial to legalistic defences which trivialise the complaint or disparage the complainant; from responses framed only in terms of compensation, to settlements which prevent victims from speaking out.

Startlingly, however, this week's hearings also revealed that the Catholic Church has spent around $17 million on administering this process – an equivalent sum to the total it has paid out to approximately 350 victims whose complaints it has accepted. These payments have averaged a modest $30,000, with a cap at $50,000 (more recently raised to $75,000), yet the Independent Counsel who determined the complaints has been paid $7 million since being engaged in 1996.

This approach is obviously out of kilter with the community's expectations – with as much invested in shielding the church's reputation as in supporting those who seek its help. Yet too often this is the case in the wider adversarial process – the elaborate series of hoops which any claimant must jump through obscuring the advantages of bringing the claim. This means that, although Archbishop Denis Hart is now considering a further review of the Melbourne Response's compensation cap, as well as whether past cases should be re-examined, we need to ask whether tinkering at the edges of institutional responses is ever sufficient.

Cardinal George Pell backs Vatican over dealings with abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

SHANNON DEERY HERALD SUN AUGUST 21, 2014

CARDINAL George Pell last night backed the Vatican over victims of sexual abuse saying it was unreasonable for the Royal Commission to request papal documents regarding every case of abusive clergy.

Giving evidence to the abuse royal commission via videolink from Rome Cardinal Pell said the Vatican was right to refuse to release papal documents relating to every abuse case involving an Austrlian cleric. Describing those documents as “internal working documents of another sovereign state” Cardinal Pell said the Church had provided 5000 pages of documents which he deemed sufficient.

In a letter to the commission in July Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin refused a request by commissioner Justice Peter McClellan for documents with respect to "each case" of clerical abuse.

He said the Commission wanted to understand the extent to which Australian clerics accused of child sexual abuse had been referred to the Holy See. The Cardinal outraged victims by admitting he hadn’t been following the Royal Commission because he had been busy in Rome.

The comments sparked audible gasps from victims who had turned out to watch his evidence.

Catholic Church’s history of sin is long, says George Pell

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AUGUST 22, 2014

Pia Akerman
Reporter
Melbourne

GEORGE Pell has spoken out to distance the Catholic Church from pedophile priests, admitting a “moral responsibility” while denying the church had legal culpability as the priests’ ultimate employer.

Giving evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Cardinal Pell last night compared the church’s position to that of a truck company whose driver mol­ested hitchhikers.

“I think it’s not appropriate for legal culpability to be foisted upon the authority figure,” he said, qualifying his answer by saying the “authority” would be remiss if it had prior knowledge of the offender’s behaviour.

The comparison prompted criticism from the commission’s chairman, as well as the barrister representing one abuse victim, Paul Hersbach.

“This was not a trucking company,” barrister Sean Cash said.

“This was an organisation of the highest integrity, one which you would expect would conduct itself in keeping with the teachings of Jesus Christ.”

The Vatican refuses to release files of Australian priests accused of abusing children

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

AUGUST 22, 2014

THE Vatican has refused to hand over the files of Australian priests accused of sex crimes to the child abuse royal commission.

Claiming the internal documents were the property of the Holy See, the Vatican argued the commission’s request was “neither possible nor appropriate”.

Reasons included ongoing church investigations, and that internal working documents were the sovereign property of the Holy See.

Cardinal George Pell, now working in Rome, was asked if he sought an assurance from the Vatican that any document the royal commission needed would be provided.

“That is correct,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video-link today.

“I suppose in retrospect there would be some discussion over what ‘any document’ meant.” Cardinal Pell said specific requests about cases would be more likely to succeed than what he described as an “ambit claim” for large numbers of documents.

A letter from the royal commission to the Vatican said it needed access to documents if it was to fulfil its terms of references. “It is essential that the royal commission understand the nature and extent of the communications between those congregations and the Holy See in relation to child sexual abuse complaints about Australian clerics,” the letter said.

Former Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Edmund Szoka has died

MICHIGAN
ClickonDetroit

Author: Jeff Wattrick, Managing Editor, jwattrick@wdiv.com

Cardinal Edmund Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981-1990, died of natural causes Wednesday night in a Novi hospital. He was 86.

"We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said current Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who had served as a priest under Cardinal Szoka in the 1980s. "For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors."

Edmund Casimir Szoka was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Grand Rapids to Polish immigrants Casimir and Mary Szoka. His father had immigrated from what is now Belarus. His mother from Poland.

Szoka was ordained on June 5, 1954 and began his priestly service with the Diocese of Marquette.

The Curious Case of Carlos Urrutigoity (II)

UNITED STATES
dotComonweal

Grant Gallicho
August 21, 2014

Read part one here.

“Dream with us,” read a 1999 Society of St. John promotional mailer, “of a small city with winding streets scattered with warm homes, fields with children playing, an amphitheater with drama and music, a schoolhouse and markets.” The city has a “magnificent church,” where daily “the bells call the families up the hill” for Mass, and a college, where students receive “the best of Catholic education.” This place—dreamed up by the Society of St. John and its founder, Fr. Carlos Urrutigoity—would stand as a beacon of “healthy civil life in our declining society.” It would, according to the brochure, be nothing less than “a new foundation for Catholic culture.” It would also require something the Society of St. John evidently had no idea how to handle: money.

If the Society of St. John was going to build a seminary, a Catholic college, and a city, it would need breathing room. The SSJ turned to its lay advisory board, which had been recently established to help manage the organization’s financial affairs. These advisers were laypeople “who had a certain stature among those attached to the Latin Mass,” according to a report written by James Earley, then chancellor of the Diocese of Scranton. They included prominent conservative Catholics like John Blewett, president of the Wanderer Forum Foundation (now called the Bellarmine Foundation), which publishes the Wanderer, and Howard Walsh, then president of Keep the Faith, another conservative publishing outfit.

In consultation with the advisory board, the Society of St. John eventually settled on a thousand-acre piece of land in rural Shohola, Pennsylvania. With the permission of Bishop James Timlin, the SSJ purchased the land for nearly $2 million on September 16, 1999—just two days after the diocesan Review Board had considered an accusation of sexual misconduct against Urrutigoity, and found the evidence inconclusive.

Diocesan property is customarily deeded to the bishop, but the Society of St. John neglected to put Timlin on the title. Instead, the property was put in the name of the Society of St. John, which had incorporated as a nonprofit organization. On September 8, Fr. Eric Ensey of the SSJ wrote to Timlin to assure him that “we·will gladly follow your advice on all points”—including putting his name on the title as trustee. But days later the SSJ claimed that they weren’t sure how to put the bishop on the property—and the closing date was too near to add him. Timlin gave them a pass. “Rather than cause any kind of difficulty, it is perfectly all right with me to proceed as you requested,” he replied.

Cardinal George Pell likens church to truck company

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

August 21, 2014

Cardinal George Pell has strongly defended Melbourne Response as Australia's first comprehensive redress scheme for victims of clerical sexual abuse.

Appearing at the royal commission via video link from the Vatican in Rome on Thursday night, Cardinal Pell likened the Catholic Church's responsibility for child abuse to that of a "trucking company".

If a driver sexually assaulted a passenger they picked up along the way, "I don't think it appropriate for the ownership leadership of that company be held responsible."

Cardinal Pell, who established the Melbourne Response when he was Archbishop of the Melbourne Archdiocese in 1996, denied suggestions that any of its three arms - the Independent Commissioner, compensation panel and counselling arm Carelink - had stopped operating independently of the other.

Royal Commission: Cardinal George Pell 'never anticipated' number of complaints made to Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Freya Michie
Updated 21 Aug 2014

Cardinal George Pell says he was surprised by the number of complaints made in the lead up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response to abuse within the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Pell has appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne via video-link from the Vatican.

The inquiry has been examining the Catholic Church's Melbourne Response, which Cardinal Pell established when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.

Under the scheme, independent commissioners were appointed to investigate claims, a free counselling and support service known as Carelink was created, as well as a panel to provide ex-gratia compensation payments.

Religious brother arrested for Goulburn sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Goulburn Post

[with video]

Detectives from the Hume Local Area Command have arrested and charged a brother from a religious order in relation to alleged historical indecent assaults upon children in the Goulburn area.

In February 2014, Strike Force Charish was formed to investigate allegations of child sex offences said to have occurred between 1978 and 1980.

The offences allegedly occurred upon eight boys aged 12, while the man was a school teacher at a private school in Goulburn.

As a result of ongoing inquiries, about 7.15am today (Tuesday 19 August 2014), investigators arrested a 65-year-old man at Sydney Airport.

VIDEO: Police arrest a Christian Brother at Sydney airport

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

In this article, you can watch a video of detectives arresting a member of the Christian Brothers religious order at Sydney airport on 19 August 2014. The Christian Brother has been charged in relation to alleged indecent assaults upon children in the Goulburn area in southern New South Wales.

The detectives are based at Goulburn (within the Hume Local Area Command of the NSW Police).

In February 2014, the New South Wales Police formed a unit (called Strike Force Charish) to investigate allegations of a series of child sex offences said to have occurred between 1978 and 1980.

The offences allegedly were committed against eight boys aged 12, while the man was a teacher at a private school in Goulburn.

Ex-Victorian priest to face 2015 retrial

AUSTRALIA
SBS

Source AAP 21 AUG 2014

Former Victorian priest David Edwin Rapson has been granted a six-month delay before facing new trials on child sex charges after his convictions were quashed.

Rapson, 61, was jailed for 13 years in 2013 for rape and sexual assault offences involving eight boys at two Victorian Catholic colleges between the 1970s and 1990.

But he was released on bail earlier this month after the Victorian Court of Appeal quashed his convictions.

The convictions were set aside after the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP) conceded the charges should not have been dealt with in the one trial.

Rapson's barrister Shaun Ginsbourg told a brief hearing in Victorian County Court on Thursday that there should be a delay of at least six months from the convictions being quashed to his new trials.

Correction: Retired Priest-Abuse story

PENNSYLVANIA
The Sentinel

August 20, 2014
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about a retired priest accused of molesting a child in the early 1960s in western Pennsylvania, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he now resides at a home for retired priests in the Boston area. The Boston Archdiocese said the Rev. John Carroll lives at an assisted-living facility neither owned nor operated by the archdiocese.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Boston priest. 86, accused of Pennsylvania abuse

Retired Boston priest accused of abuse while working in Pittsburgh diocese in early 1960s

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh's bishop has notified parishioners that a retired priest now living in Boston has been accused of molesting a child at a western Pennsylvania parish where he served in 1962 and 1963.

Bishop David Zubik also urged anyone who attended St. Michael Parish in Elizabeth — or five other Pittsburgh-area parishes through 1972 — of the allegations.

Former priest David Rapson granted six-month wait before retrial

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 21, 2014

Adam Cooper
Court reporter for The Age

A former priest who this month had convictions for sexually abusing eight boys at a Catholic boarding school quashed has been granted a six-month wait before a retrial.

David Rapson, 61, was last year jailed for a minimum 10 years after he was found guilty by a County Court jury of five counts of rape and eight charges of indecent assault related to the abuse of eight boys at the school between the mid-1970s and 1990.

But the Court of Appeal this month overturned the convictions after the Office of Public Prosecutions conceded the 13 charges should not have been heard in the one trial because of differences in the offending that was alleged. Rapson was released on bail.

The Court of Appeal ruled Rapson should face a retrial and that the number of trials to be held should be a matter for the presiding judge.

Abuse case priest barred from contact with minors

MALTA
Times of Malta

A Gozitan priest charged with defiling three girls has been banned by both the civil and Church authorities from contact with minors.

The priest, who served as a religion teacher at a boys’ secondary school in Malta, was barred from entering classrooms until the court proceedings were over, an Education Ministry spokesman said.

The crimes the priest was accused of were allegedly perpetrated in Gozo and were unrelated to his work at the school.

Church sources said the priest’s pastoral activities were stopped the moment the case was referred to the police.

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said yesterday he followed all civil and Canon law protocols in this case and would do so in other cases.

Volume of priest complaints unexpected: George Pell

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AAP AUGUST 21, 2014

CARDINAL George Pell says the Catholic Church never anticipated the volume of complaints against paedophile priests when he launched the Melbourne archdiocese’s compensation scheme in 1996.

Dr Pell told the child abuse royal commission he expected the Melbourne Response, set up to handle claims of clergy sex abuse in the Melbourne archdiocese, would originally go for six months.

“I was aware that there were dozens of complaints that (Vicar General) Monsignor Cudmore was dealing with in, I think, an effective way under great, great pressure,” Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from the Vatican in Rome, where he holds a senior position.

“We never anticipated the volume of responses, that it would go on for years.”

The former Melbourne archbishop said he was initially sceptical about the groups involved in advocating for the church to investigate scores of allegations of child abuse.

Cardinal Pell: Money 'never a concern'

AUSTRALIA
3AW

Posted by: Pat Mitchell | 21 August, 2014

Cardinal George Pell says money was never a primary concern when he set up the Melbourne Response compensation scheme for the victims of abuse by the clergy.

Cardinal George Pell admits he originally took complaints about sexual abuse involving Catholic clergy with a "grain of salt".

He told the Royal Commission into child abuse via video link from the Vatican there were groups such as Broken Rites who very active in pushing for the church to act on behalf of the victims.

"With some of those groups, I took what they said with a grain of salt but nonetheless there was evidence that something needed to be done to deal with the suffering," he said.

Pell struggles with compensation calculations

AUSTRALIA
The Age

[video]

Cardinal George Pell says he is not in favour of financial caps on claims and struggled when he tried to suggest today's equivalent compensensation amount, speaking from Rome to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Pell 'tried to help' abuse victims' family

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Cardinal George Pell insists he only tried to help the victims of a Victorian paedophile priest, and has apologised for their suffering.

Christine and Anthony Foster won a $750,000 settlement from the Melbourne archdiocese after two of their daughters were raped by notorious abuser Father Kevin O'Donnell.

Mr Foster said Cardinal Pell showed a 'sociopathic lack of empathy' when they met to discuss the case in the 1990s.

In his statement to the child abuse royal commission, Cardinal Pell said he had not tried to insult the Fosters.

'I am sorry for anything I did to upset them at this meeting,' he said.

'It was certainly not my intention to upset them. I wanted to help them.'

Pell's trucker analogy 'ludicrous'

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

AAP

BY ANGUS LIVINGSTON AND DANNY ROSE
August 21, 2014

The Catholic Church is no more legally responsible for priests who abuse children than a trucking company which employs a driver who molests women, Cardinal George Pell maintains.

Victims' families say it's a ludicrous comparison and even the chair of the child abuse royal commission thinks the situation is quite different when it comes to a priest getting access to a child.

Cardinal Pell accepts the church has a moral obligation to victims, but when it comes to its legal responsibility, the actions of its priests are not necessarily its fault.

"If the truck driver picks up some lady and then molests her, I don't think it's appropriate, because it is contrary to the policy, for the ownership, the leadership of that company to be held responsible," Cardinal Pell told the commission via video link from Rome on Thursday.

Church victim compo 'goes backwards'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Compensation payouts to Melbourne victims of pedophile priests have effectively gone backwards over the past two decades, an inquiry has been told.

The Catholic Church's payments in the Melbourne archdiocese, when introduced in 1996, were capped at $50,000.

Cardinal George Pell told the child abuse royal commission that was about $120,000 in today's dollars.

Senior counsel assisting the commission Gail Furness was quick to point out the cap on compensation had increased but payments today were well short of $120,000.

"The cap is now $75,000 which suggests it might have gone backwards," Ms Furness said.

Statement from Bishop Andrew Cozzens

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Source: Jim Accurso, Media and Public Relations Manager

Today, a mediated settlement was reached in the case of Doe 100, who was abused by Thomas Stitts in 1971. Stitts was assigned as a priest at local parishes from 1962 until his death in 1985. Stitts’ name was disclosed by the archdiocese last year and his assignment history is posted on the archdiocesan website here.

The settlement mediation involved attorneys for the victim and for the archdiocese, as well as the archdiocese’s vicar general, who functions as the archbishop’s chief of staff. We regret that the victim’s pleas for help were not heard earlier by the archdiocese. We are grateful now that we were able to listen to Doe 100.

The settlement is not confidential. Since the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was issued by U.S. bishops in 2002, dioceses have not engaged in confidential settlements. However, out of deference to the victim, the archdiocese is not presently disclosing the terms of the settlement.

The Doe 100 case was slated to go to trial on December 15, 2014. It is now the first case filed under Minnesota’s Child Victims Act to be settled.

The archdiocese apologizes for the harm suffered by abuse victim/survivors and their families and friends and asks for forgiveness for the Church’s shameful failures of the past. We were grateful this week to hear this victim and make a positive step toward helping.

Settlement reached in clergy abuse case

MINNESOTA
Houston Chronicle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was molested by a priest in the 1970s has become the first plaintiff to settle under a new state law that opened a three-year window for people to sue over older abuse cases.

Fifty-two-year-old Jon Jaker sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis last year, saying he was an 11-year-old altar boy at St. Leo's Church in St. Paul when the Rev. Thomas Stitts sexually abused him. Stitts died in 1985.

Jaker, who now lives in California, told reporters Wednesday he's ready to go public and is no longer afraid. He says he wants to encourage other victims to come forward.

INTERVIEW: Rare One-on-One Interview with Archdiocese Official

MINNESOTA
KSTP

[with video]

By: Cassie Hart

A former Minnesota man says he's finally getting justice for what a Catholic priest did to him. Fifty-four-year-old Jon Jaker says Father Thomas Stitts sexually abused him at St. Leo's Catholic Church in St. Paul in 1971. Stitts died in 1985 but now, after a change in state law, the victim sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Following the settlement, we sat down with Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the archdiocese.

It’s one of few times a high-ranking member of the archdiocese was available for an interview with us.

"Some people have accused us of being somewhat silent over the last six months and there’s some truth to that. We believe actions speak louder than words. We are taking victims seriously, " Fr. Cozzens said in a one-on-one interview.

The archdiocese says it is leaving it up to the family to talk about a settlement.

The Pope's real reform plan isn't about sex. It's about money

UNITED KINGDOM
Spectator

[with audio and video]

Damian Thompson

If you want to understand how Pope Francis is planning to change the Catholic church, then don’t waste time searching for clues in the charming, self-effacing press conference he gave on the plane back from South Korea on Monday.

It’s easy to be misled by the Pope’s shoulder-shrugging interviews and impromptu phone calls. On his return flight from Rio last year, he said, ‘If a gay person seeks God, who am I to judge?’ What did that mean? Then there was that mysterious telephone conversation with an Argentinian woman apparently telling her it was OK to receive communion despite her irregular marriage. The media has concluded that Francis wants the church to change its stance on divorcees and same-sex couples.

But the media are wrong. Neither of these subjects is high on Francis’s agenda — and, even if they were, he wouldn’t alter Catholic teaching on sexuality.

The first non-European Pope was elected to do one thing: reform the Roman Curia, the pitifully disorganised, corrupt and lazy central machinery of the church. He is determined to pull it off — but he’s 77 and has part of a lung missing. When he looks at his watch during long Masses in St Peter’s, it’s not just because elaborate services bore him. He knows he may not have much time. ‘Two or three years and then off to the house of the Father,’ he said this week. Was he serious? You can never tell.

Jorge Bergoglio has little in common with Joseph Ratzinger apart from an intense, orthodox Catholic faith and a love of classical music. Like many Jesuits, Francis isn’t interested in liturgy. This is actually good news for traditionalists, because it means he won’t clamp down on the Latin Mass (with one baffling exception: the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, a new order whose use of the Old Missal has been brutally restricted).

Gozo Bishop took active role in priestly abuse investigation

MALTA
Malta Independent

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech personally called in the police over allegations that a priest had abused a number of girls in the past weeks and months, according to sources close to the Gozo diocese. It is understood that, at least one of the victims spoke to Mgr. Grech, who immediately asked police investigators to handle the matter. Police Inspector Sandro Camilleri yesterday confirmed that the Gozo Bishop collaborated with them.

The Gozo Bishop said in a statement yesterday that he had followed protocol indicated by canon and civil law and will act in the same way if other similar cases emerge.

In the press communique, Mgr. Grech said “any abuse case is a deep wound for the Maltese Church and society.

The Gozo Bishop said he is staying close to the victims and their families but said he understood he had responsibilities towards all priests, even those who commit mistakes, and towards God’s people, in particular minors.

Most abuse victims come forward as adults

AUSTRALIA
9 News

The vast majority of victims of pedophile priests came forward as adults many years after the abuse, the child abuse royal commission has heard.

Only three victims have gone to the Catholic Church's Melbourne Response scheme, set up in 1996 to handle clergy sex abuse claims in the Melbourne archdiocese, while still children.

Church lawyer Richard Leder said the vast majority of more than 300 victims came forward as adults.

"It was and remained very unusual for a victim to come forward so soon after the abuse," Mr Leder told the commission on Thursday.

Fellow church member indicted for acts with girl

OHIO
Toledo Blade

TIFFIN — A former layman at Bloomville United Methodist Church has been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury for kidnapping and gross sexual imposition.

Emanuel Lewis, 61, of New Washington, Ohio, is in the Seneca County jail in lieu of $500,000 bond, which was set Tuesday by Common Pleas Judge Steve Shuff.

Church's lawyers forced to apologise

AUSTRALIA
The Age

August 21, 2014

Cameron Houston and Jane Lee

The Catholic Church's lawyer has been forced to apologise before the Royal Commission over insensitive and incorrect statements made in correspondence between himself and senior figures in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The comments, by Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Richard Leder, were made about an application for church funding by Chrissie and Anthony Foster, whose daughter, Emma, was abused by notorious paedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell.

The Foster family requested the church pay for special accommodation for Emma, who suffered from depression, anorexia and drug addiction.

Their application was supported by a report from a counsellor and clinical psychologist.

But Mr Leder accused the Fosters of kicking their eldest daughter out of home, while the church's "Melbourne Response", which was established in 1996 to deal with clerical abuse, rejected their funding request.

Royal Commission: Cardinal George Pell 'never anticipated' number of complaints made to Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
Yahoo! News

By Freya Michie | ABC

Cardinal George Pell says he was surprised by the number of complaints made in the lead up to the introduction of the Melbourne Response to abuse within the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Pell has appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Melbourne via video-link from the Vatican.

The inquiry has been examining the Catholic Church's Melbourne Response, which Cardinal Pell established when he was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996.

Under the scheme, independent commissioners were appointed to investigate claims, a free counselling and support service known as Carelink was created, as well as a panel to provide ex-gratia compensation payments.

Once victims went to police they were no longer eligible for compensation.

Royal commission to get more time

AUSTRALIA
Echo Netdaily

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has all but confirmed the royal commission into institutional abuse will be given extra funding and its term extended to enable all victims to be heard.

The commission has requested an additional $104 million and a two-year extension to its 2015 reporting deadline to allow hundreds, if not thousands, more victims to come forward and give evidence.

So far the request has gone unanswered, but on Thursday Mr Abbott said he was confident he would be able to grant the commission’s wishes.

‘We ought to be in a position in the new few weeks to commit additional resources,’ he told ABC Radio, adding the government had supported it ‘every step of the way’.

More than 2000 victims already have presented to the commission which is investigating institutional sexual abuse.

Former Muscle Shoals youth minister arrested in Texas on rape, sodomy charges against teen

ALABAMA/TEXAS
AL.com

By Jonathan Grass | jgrass@al.com
on August 20, 2014

MUSCLE SHOALS, Alabama -- A man was arrested in Texas Wednesday in relation to sex crimes against a child during his time as a youth minister in Muscle Shoals.

Charles Kyle Adcock, 31, faces 22 counts of second-degree rape and nine counts of second-degree sodomy. He was picked up by Frisco police in Texas after arrest warrants were issued out of Muscle Shoals a few days ago. He is currently being extradited back to Alabama. In the meantime, his bond at the Frisco City Jail is $500,000.

Lt. Sieg Mueller with the Muscle Shoals Police Department said Adcock is committing these crimes against a young girl at his Muscle Shoals home and at Woodward Avenue Baptist Church, where he served a youth minister. Mueller said the girl came forward within the last few weeks, telling police Adcock abused her between 2010 and 2012. She was 14 years old when it started.

Mueller said Adcock left the church and Alabama in 2013, moving to Arkansas then to Grand Prairie, Texas.

Church employees could not comment. The woman who answered the phone said she did not work there while he was there, and no one else was available to speak.

After 43 Years, Sexual Abuse Victim Settles with Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
KAAL

[with video]

By: Todd Wilson

A former Minnesota man says he's finally getting justice for what a Catholic priest did to him.

Fifty-four-year-old Jon Jaker says Fr. Thomas Stitts sexually abused him at St. Leo's Catholic Church in St. Paul in 1971.

Stitts died in 1985 but now, after a change in state law, the victim sued the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The church says this is the first case filed under the state's Child Victims Act to be settled. Jaker and his mother Yvonne settled the case Wednesday morning.

Jon said it was a long time coming and he finally has some justice. He hopes others will follow him to find their own closure.

Parents of schoolgirl victims ...

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Parents of schoolgirl victims upset by lawyer’s description of abuse as ‘relatively minor’

AUGUST 21, 2014

Pia Akerman
Reporter
Melbourne

A SENIOR lawyer representing the Catholic Church has described a notorious priest’s sexual abuse of a young girl as “relatively minor”.

The royal commission investigating institutional responses to child sexual abuse today saw a letter Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Richard Leder, who has advised the Melbourne archdiocese since it established a scheme to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse,

wrote to then Vicar-General Denis Hart in 1998 about the case of Emma Foster.

Emma and her sister Katie were abused as schoolgirls in the 1990s by priest Kevin O’Donnell, and nearly 20 per cent of all compensation paid by the Melbourne Response relate to his crimes.

“This is plainly a situation where special efforts are needed to try and solve a horrendous problem,” Mr Leder wrote.

He wrote that while Emma was reluctant to give details of the abuse she suffered, it appeared she had been fondled and not penetrated by O’Donnell.

Priest sex abuse victim settles with Twin Cities archdiocese; first settlement under new law

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 08/20/2014

St. Paul archdiocese put accused priest on marriage tribunal, documents say
He was once a terrified 11-year-old filled with guilt and shame at being molested by his St. Paul parish priest.

As an adult serving six years aboard Navy submarines, he felt safer next to a nuclear warhead in the middle of the Pacific Ocean than he had at church.

Now, he said, he's not terrified anymore. And he wants the world to know his name.

"My name is Jon Jaker," said the 54-year-old resident of Orange, Calif., who won a settlement Wednesday morning in his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Jaker claimed he was sexually abused by the Rev. Thomas Stitts at the rectory of St. Leo Parish (now Lumen Christi in the Highland Park neighborhood).

Abuse victim raps Majella O'Donnell over backing for Sir Cliff Richard

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

BY GREG HARKIN – 21 AUGUST 2014

A victim of a paedophile priest has criticised Majella O'Donnell over her public support for singer Sir Cliff Richard following the launch of a police investigation.

Sir Cliff strenuously denies an historical child sex abuse allegation after his home was searched by police last week.

Majella, wife of country singer Daniel O'Donnell and a close friend of Sir Cliff, took to Twitter to defend him.

Majella (54) said she believed the legendary singer had been "treated appallingly" by police after his home in England was searched with the operation captured live by the BBC.

But Michael Connolly, who lives close to the O'Donnells' family home in Dungloe, Co Donegal, said Majella should apologise for her comments.

George Pell defends compensation scheme as 'ahead of the curve'

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Melissa Davey
theguardian.com, Thursday 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell has described a compensation scheme for victims of child sex abuse that he introduced to the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne in 1996 as “ahead of the curve”.

Appearing on Thursday afternoon before the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse via video link from the Vatican, Pell defended the church’s response to investigating sex abuse claims, called the Melbourne Response, which included compensating some victims.

Earlier in the week three witnesses had criticised the scheme for capping payments to victims at $50,000 when it was first introduced, and then at $75,000 since 1998.

Chrissie Foster told the commission her two daughters were abused by a priest at Sacred Heart school in the late 80s and through to the early 90s. She told on Monday how her family withdrew their compensation claims under the Melbourne Response.

George Pell tells inquiry he took claims from victims' groups 'with a grain of salt'

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Melissa Davey
theguardian.com, Thursday 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell has told the royal commission into institutional responses to child sex abuse that he originally took comments about the extent of abuse within the church from victim rights groups “with a grain of salt”.

He was facing questions via videolink in Rome about the Melbourne Response, a scheme he introduced to the Catholic archdiocese of Melbourne in 1996 to investigate sex abuse claims.

He introduced the scheme in 1996 because dozens of sexual abuse complaints had come to the attention of the church, putting it under great pressure, he said.

It led to him appointing an independent commissioner, lawyer Peter O’Callaghan, to investigate complaints and interview witnesses, Pell, now the financial controller of the Vatican, said.

Counsel assisting, Gail Furness, asked, “Was there any work that you did or you instructed to be done to come to a view as to how many complainants there may be out there who wished to come forward to the independent commissioner?”

August 20, 2014

Cardinal George Pell to give evidence at child sex abuse inquiry

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian (UK)

Australian Associated Press
theguardian.com, Wednesday 20 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell’s role in setting up a Catholic Church compensation scheme for victims of pedophile priests will be scrutinised on Thursday at the child abuse royal commission.

Pell was archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when the Melbourne archdiocese decided to respond to growing allegations of child sex abuse by its clergy. The church considered creating a legal entity that could be sued by victims, but designed the Melbourne Response compensation scheme instead.

Cardinal Pell told the royal commission earlier this year he believed the church should now create an entity that could be sued.

A Victorian parliamentary inquiry last year recommended the Catholic Church be incorporated so it could be sued.

Melbourne archdiocese lawyer Richard Leder said the church’s position had shifted due to a better understanding of the extent of clergy sexual abuse.

Wendy Davis Calls For Eliminating Statute Of Limitations On Rape

TEXAS
KERA

By SHELLEY KOFLER

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

Candidate for Governor Wendy Davis calling for and end to the statute of limitations on rape in Texas.
“I will classify sexual assault at the same level as other heinous crimes such as murder and manslaughter and human trafficking, which have no statute of limitations. Eight states are already doing do,” Davis told reporters gathered on the steps of the Frank Crowley Criminal Courts building in Dallas.

Davis appeared with Dallas County Constable Beth Villareal, a victim of domestic violence, whose current job requires her to assist with sex assault cases.

First clergy abuse settlement with archdiocese reached under new law

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: August 20, 2014

Jon Jaker, who was abused as an 11-year-old boy in a St. Paul parish, has reached the first legal settlement with the archdiocese.

A man who was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s became the first to reach a settlement with the St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese Monday under a new law that temporarily expands the time period in which such clergy abuse lawsuits can be brought to court.

Jon Jaker had sued the archdiocese last year, charging he had been sexually abused more than 10 times by the now-deceased Rev. Thomas Stitts while serving as an altar boy at St. Leo’s Church in St. Paul. He said he was 11 years old when sexually molested by Stitts, who has been accused by at least a dozen others over the past year.

“This has been a long battle,” said Jaker, at a news conference in the offices of Minneapolis attorney Patrick Noaker.

”I would encourage other victims and survivors to come forward,” he said. “Know that you are not alone. There are hundreds of you still in the shadows. There’s a chorus of us building as strong survivors. I want that chorus to grow.”

Cardinal Pell to face royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cardinal George Pell's role in setting up a Catholic Church compensation scheme for victims of pedophile priests will be scrutinised at the child abuse royal commission.

He was Archbishop of Melbourne in 1996 when the Melbourne archdiocese decided to respond to growing allegations of child sex abuse by its clergy.

The church considered creating a legal entity in 1996 that could be sued by victims, but designed the Melbourne Response compensation scheme instead.

Cardinal Pell told the royal commission earlier this year he believed the church should now create an entity that could be sued. ...

Cardinal Pell, now working in the Vatican, will give evidence via video-link from Rome at 4pm (AEST) on Thursday.

Former priest dies as prisoner after embezzling from Louisa parishes

VIRGINIA
Richmond Times-Dispatch

BY BRANDON SHULLEETA Richmond Times-Dispatch

Former Catholic priest Rodney L. Rodis — who lived a secret life as a husband and father of three children — died as a prisoner earlier this month, after stealing at least hundreds of thousands of dollars from two Louisa County parishes.

Rodis, 58, was serving an 18-year prison sentence for embezzling money intended for church construction, tsunami relief and mission work in Haiti, among other causes. The money was used to support Rodis’ wife and children.

He also wired hundreds of thousands of dollars to his native Philippines, according to evidence presented in court leading up to convictions of 10 counts of felony theft in 2008, in addition to other related convictions.

Rodis died on Aug. 5, according to Chiles Funeral Home in Richmond. At the request of his family, a death notice was not provided, and a cause of death was not available.

Rodis wired at least $515,000 to the Philippines, according to authorities, who said at the time of the investigation Rodis bought properties there, including a three-story mansion.

Rodney Rodis Dies Behind Bars

VIRGINIA
Newsplex

Aug. 20, 2014

A former Catholic priest serving time for stealing from two churches where he served as pastor has died behind bars.

According to a national online database, 58-year-old Rodney Lee Rodis died on August 5th.

Rodis was serving 13 years in prison in Louisa County for embezzling more than a million dollars from Immaculate Conception and St. Jude Catholic churches.

Priest Sex Abuse Victim Settles With Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A victim of clergy sex abuse spoke out Wednesday after settling his case with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The case involved Father Thomas Stitts, who was working at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in St. Paul when the alleged abuse occurred.

The victim, 52-year-old Jon Jaker, came forward Wednesday with his mother and his attorneys. Jaker says the abuse happened when he was 11, and his attempts to speak out were shut down by the church for years.

He was one of the first to bring a lawsuit after the statute of limitations was lifted for victims last year under the Minnesota Child Victims Act.

“I didn’t know what to do, and at 11, I was terrified,” Jaker said. “I’m not terrified anymore, I’m not afraid and I’m going to sit here and tell you my name again. My name is Jon Jaker and I’m a survivor, and today we won a little bit back.”

Archdiocese settles suit with man abused by priest as boy

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

Updated: Aug 20, 2014
by Shelby Capacio

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
It's a case that dates back to the early 1970s, but the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is settling a suit with a 54-year-old man who claims Father Tom Stitts sexually abused him while being shuffled through metro parishes.

“This is a bittersweet day,” said Leander James, victim's attorney. “Our client was sexually abused and his mother silenced. After 43 years, his abuser's employer has finally heard him, his mother and acknowledged his injury. It's a first step.”

It took more than 40 years for the man known only as John Doe 100 to get the resolution he'd hoped for. On Wednesday, he and his mother intend to emerge from that confidentiality to speak publicly about the case with their attorneys.

"I need to speak up," John Doe 100 said. "I'm no longer afraid."

Seated next to his mother, Yvonne, at a Wednesday afternoon press conference, he announced, "My name is Jon Jaker, and I am a survivor, and today, we won a little bit back."

KANSAS CITY STAR TARGETS BISHOP FINN AGAIN

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Catholic League

Bill Donohue comments on the latest assault by the Kansas City Star on Kansas City-St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn:

Last week a judge agreed with the finding of an arbitrator that Bishop Finn violated a 2008 agreement mandating that suspected child abuse be reported immediately to the authorities. The Kansas City Star says it is “still waiting for the bishop and the Catholic Diocese to do the right thing,” by which it means he should resign. The Star has been waiting for a long time: this is its sixth call for Finn’s resignation in three years. They must be slow learners—few seem to care what it says.

Here are some fast facts that the Star doesn’t want the public to know:

* In 2010 a computer technician finds disturbing crotch-shot photos of girls fully clothed on the computer of a priest; there is one naked photo of a non-sexual nature
* A police officer and an attorney are contacted by diocesan officials
* After the priest attempts suicide, he is sent for psychiatric analysis: it is determined that he is depressed, but he is not a pedophile
* When it is learned that restrictions placed on the priest are violated, the diocese contacts the authorities—even though it had no legal mandate to do so
* Bishop Finn orders an independent investigation of this matter even though there is no complainant
* Porn pictures are later found and Bishop Finn is then found guilty of one misdemeanor for not reporting suspected child abuse

The Star doesn’t want the facts to come out: In 2011, it turned down $25,000 for a full-page ad I had written exposing all the players involved in their well-coordinated war on Bishop Finn, including the role played by the Star.

Gozo bishop stands by ‘alleged’ victims of sexual abuse

MALTA
Malta Today

Gozo bishop Mario Grech today said that he will abide by canonical and civil laws in dealing with priests accused of sexual abuse. In a brief statement, Grech said that in his role as “spiritual leader,” he stands close to the “alleged victims” and their families.

Yesterday, a Gozitan priest was charged in court with sexually abusing a number of underage girls.

Today it emerged that the police intend to file an appeal against bail, after the young priest was released on bail against a €5,000 personal guarantee and €1,000 deposit after pleading not guilty to charges of child molestation, in what is understood to have been criminal acts taking place over several months and involving a number of minors.

Grech added “I acknowledge that I have a duty towards all priests, including those who err and towards God’s people, especially children.”

Padre Urrutigoity: "Si yo tuviera el problema de pedofilia que me atribuyen, no debiera servir como sacerdote"

PARAGUAY
Religion Digital

José Manuel Vidal, 15 de agosto de 2014 a las 19:30

(José Manuel Vidal).- Estuvo en el centro de todas las miradas en la reciente visita apostólica a su diócesis Ciudad del Este. De hecho, antes de la llegada de los visitadores, el padre Carlos Urrutigoity, fue relevado de su cargo de vicario general de la diócesis de Ciudad del Este. En entrevista exclusiva con RD, el sacerdote niega las acusaciones de pederastia, asegura que la Teología de la Liberación "es una ideología anticuada que fracasó" y cree que los "aires primaverales" del Papa existen "sólo en la prensa".

¿Cómo se encuentra tras la visita apostólica? ¿Tuvo ocasión de entrevistarse con alguno de los dos visitadores o con ambos?

Para sorpresa mía y de muchos, los Visitadores no me llamaron a ninguna entrevista ni me pidieron ningún tipo de información. Al parecer, estaban concentrados en otras áreas. Sólo pude conversar unos minutos con el Cardenal Santos y Abril durante una de sus visitas. No me hizo preguntas ni me pidió ningún informe.

¿Cree que los visitadores llegaron con ideas preconcebidas?

No quisiera juzgar ni prejuzgar. Es cierto que todos tenemos ideas preconcebidas, ya que es parte de nuestro proceso de conocimiento. Pero no sabría decir a ciencia cierta cuáles serían las ideas con que vinieron los Visitadores.

Todos ellos me parecieron observadores muy puntillosos, aunque no parecen haberse interesado en algunos de los temas que uno esperaba. Por la impresión que me dio el Cardenal, no dudo que presentará al Santo Padre un relato muy puntual.

CA- Priest accused of abuse moved to undisclosed location, SNAP responds

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

A California priest has been removed from his position following allegations of sexual abuse with at least one teenager. We are grateful to the brave individual who spoke up and reported to law enforcement. Children are safer when victims, witnesses and whistleblowers speak up and report crimes.

Fr. Robert E. Gamel was a priest at St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos since 2009. According to officials at the Diocese of Fresno Gamel has been removed to an undisclosed location away from kids. We are glad he has been removed, but urge Catholic officials to be open and transparent about what they know and when they knew it.

We hope anyone who saw, suspects or suffered child sex crimes will find the courage to speak up, report to law enforcement, and start healing.

Habla el polémico sacerdote Urrutigoity

PARAGUAY
ABC

[Summary: Priest Carlos Urrutigoity agreed to give an interview with Religion Digital, whose managers are linked to Opus Dei which also answers to Rigelio Livieres, bishop of Ciudad del Este. Urritugoity has been accused of sexual abuse and pedophilia.

Asked about allegations of sexual abuse filed in the United States he replied there is no place for that in ministry and it is a serious disorder and psychological and emotional imbalance and is a grave sin. He said information on the internet is slander. He did not mention that in one of the accusations the church had to play the complainant $500,000 to close the case. In the interview which was later released by the press office of the Ciudad del Este diocese, he recognizes himself as a traditional Catholic and conservative and far from the theology of liberation.]

El sacerdote Carlos Urrutigoity accedió a dar una entrevista publicada en un sitio religioso, rompiendo el largo silencio desde las acusaciones por supuestos abusos sexuales y pedofilia, que inclusive propiciaron una intervención del Vaticano.

El portal religioso “Religión Digital” –cuyos directivos estarían ligados al grupo Opus Dei, al que también responde el obispo de Ciudad del Este, Rogelio Livieres– accedió a una entrevista con Urrutigoity, luego de que se haya cumplido la intervención hecha por los enviados del papa Francisco, ante las denuncias de abusos sexuales y pedofilia, además de otras supuestas irregularidades dentro del seminario y de la diócesis, y el público enfrentamiento con el arzobispo de Asunción, Pastor Cuquejo.

“Si yo tuviera el problema que me atribuyen, no debería servir como sacerdote”, reflexiona el sacerdote argentino al ser encarado sobre los casos de abuso sexual y pedofilia que le han venido siguiendo desde hace años en diferentes países y que lo trajeron finalmente a Paraguay, donde practica su ministerio en Ciudad del Este, con el férreo apoyo del obispo local, Rogelio Livieres.

Lawyer denies Catholic Church tried to protect itself

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

AUGUST 21, 2014

Pia Akerman
Reporter
Melbourne

A SENIOR lawyer who was ­instrumental in establishing the Melbourne Catholic archdiocese’s compensation scheme for victims of clergy sex abuse has denied any economic modelling was undertaken before a $50,000 cap was established.

This was despite the church’s plan to offer the scheme as an ­alternative to civil litigation.

Richard Leder, who acts on ­behalf of the archdiocese, its archbishops and its representatives in the Melbourne Response, yesterday told a royal commission that $50,000 was insufficient to meet the needs of some victims.

But he defended the church’s intentions in setting up the scheme and denied its requirement that participants waive their rights to future litigation was ­intended to protect the church and its assets.

“I don’t agree, but I can see people would say that,” Mr Leder said, prompting jeers from the public gallery during his testimony in Melbourne.

Priest abuse case...

MALTA
Times of Malta

Priest abuse case: Bishop says Church and civil law procedures followed; Police planning to appeal bail decision

Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said today that he had followed the protocols laid down by Church and Civil law in the case revealed yesterday of a priest who allegedly defiled three girls.

In a brief statement, Mgr Grech said any case of sexual abuse of minors deeply hurt the Church and society.

As bishop, he was close to the alleged victims and their their families. He recognised that he had duties to all priests, even those who made mistakes, as well as the people of God, particularly children.

In this case, he said, he had followed the protocols indicated by church and civil law and would continue to do so in other cases.

Meanwhile, informed sources said the police are planning to appeal the Gozo court decision granting bail to the priest, who stands accused of defiling three girls.

Gozo Bishop says hefollowed canon andcivil protocolin priest’s abuseof minors case

MALTA
Malta Independent

Gozo Bishop Mgr Mario Grech today said he followed protocol indicated by canon and civil law in the case of a Gozo priest who was accused of abusing girls.

In a short statement, the bishop said that any case of abuse is a deep wound for the Church and society. He said he was staying close to the victims and their families.

He said he understood he had responsibilities towards all priests, even those who commit mistakes, and towards God’s people, in particular minors.

He said that in this case – the Bishop did not mention it in particular, but was making an obvious reference to that priest who was accused of defiling children over the past years – “I followed canon and civil law” and will act in the same way if other similar cases emerged.

Police Inspector Sandro Camilleri also confirmed that the Gozo Bishop collaborated with them.

Priest Charged With 7 Counts of Sexual Assault to Appear in Enfield Court

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

A Connecticut priest who was suspended last year and arrested in March on several sexual assault charges is due in court on Wednesday for pre-trial proceedings.

Rev. Paul Gotta, 55, of Bridgeport pleaded not guilty to seven counts of sexual assault charges he faces, according to the state judicial website.

Gotta, who served as administrator of St. Philip Church in East Windsor and St. Catherine Church in Broadbrook until he was placed on administrative leave, is accused of sexual abuse, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Police said in April that the arrest warrant is sealed.

Gotta is facing two counts of second-degree sexual assault, felony charges, in connection to reported incidents on April 1, 2012 and Feb. 1 2013, and five counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, misdemeanor charges, for reported incidents in January, February, March, April and May of 2012, according to the state judicial website.

Priest abuse case: Police planning to appeal bail decision

MALTA
Times of Malta

The police are planning to appeal a Gozo court decision granting bail to a Gozitan priest who stands accused of defiling three girls.

The 38-year-old priest, who cannot be identified by court order, was arraigned yesterday and his case is being heard behind closed doors.

It is understood the allegations relate to incidents that took place some years ago in Gozo.

Updated | Police to appeal bail for Gozo priest charged with child abuse

MALTA
Malta Today

Daniel Mizzi 20 August 2014

Clarificaton: this article erroneously referred to the defendant's previous employment as having been inside a Church school.

The police intend to file an appeal against bail, after a a young priest was yesterday allowed out against a €5,000 personal guarantee and €1,000 deposit after pleading not guilty to charges of child molestation, in what is understood to have been criminal acts taking place over several months and involving a number of minors.

The priest has been prohibited from approaching the victims and their homes, the court said in its bail conditions.

Sources told MaltaToday that the accused has been a priest for around 10 to 12 years and he was recently employed as a religion teacher at a boys’ secondary state school in Hamrun.

Victims were said to be aged close to 15, but one of the girls is said to be aged eight years old.

Standing before Magistrate Paul Coppini at the Gozo courts, the priest, whose name cannot be published by court order, appeared wearing casual clothes and a pair of flip flops after he was summonsed to court by arrest.