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October 24, 2014

Priest accused of posting child pornography on Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

A Chester County priest is facing charges for possessing and distributing child pornography. Mark Haynes, 55, is a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, Chester County was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Police allege Haynes posed as a 16-year-old girl and posted nude photos of a 14-year-old girl on Instagram.

When questioned, police said Haynes admitted to receiving and posting other images of child pornography. The girl in the photos has not yet been identified.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims. Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail," said District Attorney Tom Hogan.

I-Team: Local priest under investigation by state police

RHODE ISLAND
Turn to 10

[with video]

By Katie Davis, NBC 10 I-Team Reporter

The NBC 10 I-Team has confirmed a local Roman Catholic priest is under investigation by Rhode Island State Police for sexual abuse. The priest is no longer serving in a church, but is still living.

The new development follows an I-Team investigation that's now stretched more than a year.

"We're trying to determine whether it rises to the level of criminality, and fits into the statute," said state police Capt. Christopher Dicomitis.

He said state police are not releasing the priest's name because he has not been charged with a crime and that the investigation is ongoing. But he said criminal charges are possible.

The I-Team also learned that about 15 people have come forward to report sexual abuse by priests to state police since the NBC 10 first aired stories about the I-Team's investigation in November.

State police said the people who filed reports in 2014 had not reported the abuse to law enforcement in the past, although some had reported their experience to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence. ...

NBC 10 asked the Diocese of Providence for an interview with Bishop Thomas Tobin on Friday, but received a written statement instead.

The statement said in part, "The Diocese of Providence is not aware of any new allegations of sexual abuse; the issues being investigated are old allegations and have already been widely reported."

The statement did not address the state police investigation involving the living priest.

Man with FL ties on new accused priest list

MINNESOTA
Forest Lake Times

By Ryan Howard
October 24, 2014

A former priest who worked in the Forest Lake area and reportedly still lives in town is on a new list of Roman Catholic priests that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says have had allegations of sexual abuse of a minor filed against them.

John Owens, 85, provided what the archdiocese called “temporary weekend assistance” in and around Forest Lake from 1999 to 2004. He spent most of his priestly career (1960-1999) in the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota, where the allegations of abuse originate from. According to the list of 17 names released by the Twin Cities-based archdiocese on Oct. 23, there have been no substantiated claims of child abuse against Owens stemming from his time in Forest Lake. The archdiocese also reported that Owens still lives in Forest Lake, but the Forest Lake Times could not obtain contact information for him before this story was published.

As part of legal action and increased investigations into its past treatment of the victims and alleged perpetrators of sexual abuse in the archdiocese, local church officials have released a number of names over the last several months of priests who have served in the archdiocese who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The Oct. 23 list was released as part of a legal settlement with Jeff Anderson and Associates, a St. Paul-based firm that has brought legal action regarding sexual abuse against the archdiocese a number of times over the years.

While in Bismarck, Owens served as the communications director for the diocese and ran a radio advice show for area adolescents called “Padre’s Platters.” The diocese alerted the North Dakota Department of Human Services in 2002 that a report of sexual misconduct against a minor had been reported regarding Owens. According to the diocese, Owens was instructed to “lead a life of prayer and penance,” and the diocese ordered that he be monitored so as to not pose a risk to minors. In 2005, three years after the Diocese of Bismarck alerted the NDHS, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis removed Owens from ministry.

Priest cleared of girl sex assault

UNITED KINGDOM
Daventry Express

A retired priest from Solihull has been cleared of indecently assaulting a young girl after what his barrister described as a "grotesque" inquiry into the allegation.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court took around two hours to acquit Father Edward Simpson of indecently touching the girl during the mid-1980s.

The 85-year-old clergyman, of Olton Friary, Solihull, told his trial he could not understand why the historic allegation was made against him last year.

His alleged victim, now in her 40s, told the court she had been groped while in the same room as her parents. But two further witnesses, who had not been interviewed by police before the proceedings were brought, claimed the alleged assault could not have happened.

After Fr Simpson was acquitted, Judge Sybil Thomas thanked jurors for their careful consideration of the case and expressed concern at the police decision not to interview a number of potential witnesses.

Foggy Bottom Deli Distances Itself From Rabbi Accused of Voyeurism

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washingtonian

By Benjamin Freed

In the wake of Kesher Israel Rabbi Barry Freundel’s arrest last week on charges that he illicitly filmed women in the changing room attached to his Georgetown synagogue’s ritual bath, several organizations have distanced themselves from the modern Orthodox Jewish leader. Along with the temple’s board of directors, Freundel has also been suspended by Towson University, where he was an associate professor; the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington, which supervises the application of Jewish dietary laws; and the Rabbinical Council of America, a major Orthodox governing body with which Freundel once led a group overseeing conversions.

But it’s not just big, institutional entities distancing themselves from Freundel. Washington Jewish Week reports that Char Bar & Eli’s Market, a month-old Kosher steakhouse and deli in Foggy Bottom, scrubbed its menu last week of “the Freundel,” a grilled pastrami and smoked turkey sandwich with chipotle dressing served on thick slabs of toast. Naming dishes after influential Jews is standard practice at kosher delis, but one named after an alleged mikveh peeper probably doesn’t move a lot of sandwiches.

Police find ‘micro cameras’ ...

MARYLAND
Washington Post

Police find ‘micro cameras’ in search of rabbi’s Towson University office

By Peter Hermann October 24

Police searching the Towson University office of a prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of secretly recording women in a ritual bath found a backpack with an assortment of tiny cameras hidden in everyday household objects, including ones embedded in a computer charger, a clock and a tissue box, according to a search warrant filed in a Maryland court.

Authorities said they also seized an empty box for a “micro camera” hidden in a key chain, along with flash drives and memory cards — some in freezer bags — capable of holding more than 200,000 images and 25,000 hours of video. In addition, police found a picture of a nude woman and “hand written lists of names.”

The items listed in the search warrant obtained by The Washington Post indicate that devices that could have been used to spy were kept not only in the home of Rabbi Barry Freundel and the bath adjacent to the Northwest Washington synagogue he led but also on the campus where he taught . Police said Freundel used a camera hidden in a clock-radio to record at least six women in the bath, called a mikvah.

The latest discovery raised further questions about the rabbi’s interactions with his pupils at Towson, a public university in Baltimore County with more than 22,000 students. The rabbi has been an associate professor there since 2009 and has tenure.

DA: PA. PRIEST POSED AS GIRL, SHARED CHILD PORN ON INSTAGRAM

PENNSYLVANIA
ABC 7

[with video]

WESTTOWN, Pa. -- A priest from Chester County is behind bars, charged with posing as a young girl on Instagram to send and receive child pornography.

55-year-old Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, is with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child porn.

An undercover investigation revealed Haynes set up an Instagram account and posed as an underage girl named Katie to share multiple pornographic images of children.

Prosecutors say Haynes also posed as a 16-year-old girl to exchange lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl.

Investigators have seized all of Haynes electronic devices and are reviewing them.

Haynes has served at eight different parishes in the Philadelphia Archdiocese since 1985. The parishes are located in Chester, Delaware, Bucks and Montgomery Counties.

Haynes is now behind bars after failing to post $200,000 bail.

The Chester County District Attorney says the Saints Simon and Jude Parish immediately excluded him from the parish property after the crimes were discovered, and that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the parish have been cooperating fully with law enforcement.

The Archodiocese released the following statement Friday afternoon:

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has learned that Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police. He was charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.

These charges are serious and disturbing. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care. Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.

There were no prior indications that Father Haynes was involved in activity of this nature. Additionally, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against him.

Priest accused of disseminating child porn

PENNSYLVANIA
Chadds Ford Live

Posted by Kathleen Brady Shea on October 24th, 2014
*** STORY UPDATED at 4:10 p.m. ***

A Catholic priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township was charged on Thursday, Oct. 23, with multiple felony counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced the prosecution of Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, in an Oct. 24 press release. Hogan said Haynes, who was ordained in 1985, has served as Parochial Vicar at Saints Simon and Jude since Sept. 3, 2013.

The investigation began when Chester County Detective Joe Walton, the lead investigator in the case, received. information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). Walton learned that an Instagram account, a social media site that allows users to publish and share photographs, was disseminating images that included child pornography, the release said.

Walton traced the user name on the account — Katie — to an email account registered to the church. Initially suspecting that the account might belong to a student at the parish school, Walton interviewed the pastor at Saints Simon and Jude, who identified the user as Haynes, who resides at the parish rectory.

During a follow-up portion of the investigation, Walton also discovered that Haynes had received and posted a multitude of other images of child pornography and that he had been exchanging lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl. Haynes had been posing as a 16-year-old girl in those exchanges, the release said.

Chesco DA: Ss. Simon and Jude priest arrested on child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Main Line

By Michael N. Price
mprice@21st-centurymedia.com

Westtown >> A Ss. Simon and Jude Parish priest was arrested on Friday amid allegations that he disseminated child pornography on a popular social media site, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Haynes, 55, was charged with sexual abuse of children and related charges after investigators traced images of child pornography that were posted with an Instagram account that was registered to a Simon and Jude email account, officials said. Haynes has served as the parish’s Parochial Vicar since last September. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has assigned Haynes to parishes in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. He was ordained in 1985.

Law enforcement officials announced the arrest and said the possession of child pornography would not be tolerated.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims. Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail,” said Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan.

Since his ordainment in 1985, Haynes has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, in Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, in Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, in Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel, in Southampton; St. Pius X, in Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., in Havertown.

Priest charged with posting child porn on Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times of Chester County

WESTTOWN — A parish priest was charged Friday with possession and dissemination of child pornography.

Mark Haynes, 55, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in the township, according to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan. Haynes was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

“Every person who possesses child pornography is violating the rights and dignity of these young victims,” Hogan said in a statement. “Every person who disseminates child pornography is continuing the cycle of depravity that makes children around the world vulnerable. No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame, and jail.”

Haynes lived at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory and served as Parochial Vicar for more than a year. He was ordained in Philadelphia on May 18, 1985. The defendant had been assigned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to serve in parishes located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Since 1985, the defendant has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton; St. Pius X, Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown.

The investigation began, authorities said, when Chester County Detective Joe Walton received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (“NCMEC”) that an Instagram account linked to the immediate area was disseminating photographs including child pornography.

Police: Chester County Priest Shared Child Porn On Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

WESTTOWN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A priest in Chester County is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography through a popular photo-sharing network.

Rev. Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, has been charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

According to authorities, the investigation began when a Chester County detective received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Instagram account was disseminating photographs, including child pornography.

Investigators said that two photographs of a female under 14-years-old were posted to the account. Police said one photograph was of the child posing nude. The other photograph was a close-up of the child’s vaginal area.

The e-mail account that was linked to the Instagram was eventually traced to the Saints Simon & Jude Parish rectory building, police said.

Investigators said a detective spoke to the church’s pastor, who identified Haynes as the user of the email address.

After a further investigation, authorities allege Haynes received and posted a multitude of other images of child pornography and had been exchanging lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl. Investigators said Haynes had been posing as a 16-year-old girl in the exchanges.

Chesco priest who once served in Delco faces child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By Michael N. Price, mprice@dailylocal.com, @MikePriceWrites on Twitter
POSTED: 10/24/14

Westtown >> A Catholic priest from SS. Simon and Jude Parish was arrested on Friday amid allegations that he disseminated child pornography on a popular social media site, according to the Chester County District Attorney’s Office.

Mark Haynes, 55, was charged with sexual abuse of children and related charges after investigators traced images of child pornography that were posted with an Instagram account that was registered to a Simon and Jude email account, officials said. Haynes has served as the parish’s Parochial Vicar since last September. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has assigned Haynes to parishes in Chester, Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. He was ordained in 1985.

Priest who posed as teenage girl arrested on child porn charges -- after he posted the lewd pics to Instagram

PENNSYLVANIA
New York Daily News

BY MARC WEINREICH

A Philadelphia-area priest who pretended to be a teenage girl in an email with a minor in order to get lewd photos of her has been arrested on child porn charges after he allegedly posted the pics to an Instagram account -- and the District Attorney handling the case is reportedly concerned there may be other victims.

Rev. Mark Haynes, a 55-year-old priest at the Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown Township, Pennsylvania, was arrested by Chester County law enforcement officials after a local detective was notified by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Instagram account was posting child pornography, authorities announced in a CBS Philadelphia report Friday.

Haynes posted several photos of a nude 14-year-old girl that he allegedly obtained via graphic email exchanges with her in which he posed as 16-year-old female.

Pope sends special envoy to investigation 'black sheep' diocese

ITALY
Independent (UK)

ROSE TROUP BUCHANAN Friday 24 October 2014

A scandal-ridden Italian diocese where priests posted naked photographs of themselves on gay websites, sexually harassed parishioners and raided the church’s coffer will be investigated by Pope Francis’s special envoy.

Albenga-Imperia, in the north of Italy, will receive an “apostolic administrator” to assess the allegations laid against “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy” according to local news reports.

The Pope will reportedly send the administrator to determine the truth of charges - including hosting a string of ‘playboy priests’ moonlighting as barmen, stealing the church’s funds and getting tattooed, under the watchful eye of Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70, who has run the diocese for the last 25 years.

Although the bishop, a fervent traditionalists who once held a three-hour mass in Latin, is not accused of any wrongdoing, local newspaper Il Secolo XIX has reported the aging Bishop is expected to be replaced in the near future.

Pennsylvania priest arrested on child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Courier Express

Associated Press

WESTTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia-area priest has been arrested on charges of posting and exchanging child porn images on a photo-sharing site.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said Friday the Rev. Mark Haynes was taken into custody on charges of child pornography, disseminating images of child sex acts and criminal use of a communications facility.

Police say images of naked underage girls were found on an Instagram account with the user name "Katie" but belonging to 55-year-old Haynes, who has been vicar of Saints Simon & Jude parish in Westtown Township since September 2013.

Detective Joseph Walton said in a criminal complaint that Haynes acknowledged receiving about 100 images and sending about 50 to others. Police said he told them that he posed as a 16-year-old girl on a dating site around four years ago and received lewd videos from someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

True Peace is the Result of Action, Not Public Relations

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

by Barbara Dorris & David Clohessy

A humble salute to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee for awarding the prize to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for promoting human rights for all children.

The committee’s decision to not give the award to odds-on favorite Pope Francis was the right and logical move. Both of this year's laureates' strong and decisive actions have led to dangerous physical attacks, yet each remains a voice for our most vulnerable populations. Their words are commensurate with their actions.

On the other hand, Pope Francis has yet to take any real action to protect children. Vatican committees and meetings don't protect children from abuse. Rebuffing United Nations panels does not safeguard the vulnerable or heal the wounded. Letting abusers and the clerics who cover up for them remain in positions of power tells Catholics that their children are not a top priority. And so we wait.

Kailash and Malala didn’t wait to carefully negotiate the political complexities and personalities within the child labor factories or within the Taliban. They took real action.

Kailash and Malala have faced real threats, physical violence, and Malala was almost murdered. But neither of them have stopped their work. Pope Francis is a man of immeasurable power, and yet he will barely lift a finger to stop child sex crimes within his own organization.

A memoir of healing from abuse and leading a loving life

UNITED STATES
Mary Dispenza

When a long buried memory surfaced after nearly half a century, it sent Mary Dispenza on a quest to understand how the unforgivable happens and what a person can do to survive.

SPLIT, her courageous memoir, reveals the shocking story of her rape by the parish priest at seven years of age, an experience too horrible for the little girl to face.

Leaving the abused part of her self behind, Mary tried to live a normal life, while carrying her terrible, forgotten secret. SPLIT tells of her lifelong struggle for the intimacy, healing and love that always seemed to lay beyond her reach and the events that finally brought her to wholeness.

SPLIT is a story that leaves the reader engaged in current events, encouraged about healing and hopeful of a better future for the faithful and the church.

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Adds Names of 17 Priests to "Credibly Accused" List

MINNESOTA
City Pages

By Jesse Marx
Fri., Oct. 24 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has added 17 names to its list of credibly accused priests as part of a settlement agreement with Jeff Anderson's law firm. Nine priests allegedly abused minors within the archdiocese and eight allegedly abused minors outside the archdiocese, but held assignments here.

The list has also been updated to include three men whose alleged crimes had previously been considered unsubstantiated. It's not immediately clear why the status of these claims was elevated, but give it time. Some, if not all, of the files are expected to be made public in the coming weeks and months.

Seven of the 17 are still alive, according to the archdiocese, though we couldn't reach any of them for comment. Most remain in Minnesota, but two reside on the coasts.

For Bob Schwiderski, the addition of Father William Marks to this list is 52 years in the making. He says he was abused a hundred times as an altar boy in Hector, and church officials responded by transferring Marks to another parish in Green Valley.

Schwiderski is working on his own list of credibly accused clerics -- which includes several Christian denominations -- and says Thursday's disclosure, plus another one made by Winona two weeks ago, has added 94 previously unknown locations of suspected abuse to his list. Knowing where these clerics have traveled could open the door to more stories of abuse. It's possible there are still people out there who haven't come forward.

Religionslehrer streitet Vorwürfe ab

DEUTSCHLAND
RGA

[The trial of a priest and religion teacher has been reopened in Wuppertal.]

Von Sabine Naber

LANDGERICHT Prozess wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs wird in Wuppertal neu aufgerollt. Sexueller Missbrauch von Schutzbefohlenen hatte das Remscheider Amtsgericht einem Pfarrer und Religionslehrer aus Remscheid vorgeworfen. Und ihn im vergangenen Jahr zu elf Monaten auf Bewährung verurteilt.

Weil der 47-Jährige das nicht auf sich sitzenlassen wollte, wird der Fall jetzt im Wuppertaler Landgericht neu aufgerollt. Vorgeworfen wird ihm, er habe im Schuljahr 2010/2011 drei Fünftklässlerinnen in der Klasse und während eines Besuchs im Allee-Center an den Po gefasst und zudem seine Aufsichtspflicht verletzt. Außerdem habe er im Unterricht oft einen rüden Ton angeschlagen, und einen Schüler so grob angefasst, dass der blaue Flecken bekam.

Italienische Pfarrer auf Abwegen: Bunga-Bunga in Albenga

ITALIEN
Spiegel

Von Hans-Jürgen Schlamp, Rom

Albenga ist eine kleine Stadt an der Küste Liguriens im Nordwesten Italiens. Rund 23.000 Menschen leben dort, es gibt eine Kathedrale mit Grundmauern aus dem 11. Jahrhundert und einen Bischof, der seit einem Vierteljahrhundert die Messen liest - gerne in lateinischer Sprache. Bischof Mario Oliveri heißt der Geistliche, und derzeit hat er andere Sorgen als seine Messe und außerdem ungewohnte Gesprächspartner: Staatsanwälte und aufgeschreckte Emissäre aus Rom.

Skurrile Geschichten aus dem Innenleben des kleinen von Oliveri geleiteten Kirchenreichs beschäftigen die Öffentlichkeit schon seit Längerem. Zu seinem Bistum gehören die Nachbarstadt Imperia und etliche Kommunen im Umland. In einer davon geht es zum Beispiel um einen Pfarrer, der versetzt wurde, weil er eine Geliebte gehabt haben soll. Nicht gerade gut-katholisch.

DRUGI POLSKI KSIĄDZ OD “AFERY DOMINIKAŃSKIEJ” OSKARŻONY O 8 PRZESTĘPSTW SEKSUALNYCH NA DZIECIACH ...

POLAND
Ocaleni

DRUGI POLSKI KSIĄDZ OD “AFERY DOMINIKAŃSKIEJ” OSKARŻONY O 8 PRZESTĘPSTW SEKSUALNYCH NA DZIECIACH / 8 CHARGES PRESSED AGAINST THE SECOND PRIEST IN “DOMINICANA CASE”

W dniu 22 października 2014 r. Prokuratura Okręgowa w Warszawie skierowała do Sądu Rejonowego w Wołominie akt oskarżenia w sprawie o sygn. V Ds 281/13 przeciwko Wojciechowi G.

/ The Regional Prosecutor’s Office in Warsaw handed up an indictment against Wojciech G. to District Court in Wołomin (case no. V Ds 281/13) on October 22nd, 2014.

W akcie oskarżenia zarzucono podejrzanemu popełnienie łącznie 10 przestępstw. Osiem zarzutów dotyczy czynów z art. 200 § 1 kk polegających na obcowaniu płciowym z małoletnim poniżej lat 15 lub dopuszczeniu się wobec takiej osoby innej czynności seksualnej lub doprowadzeniu jej do poddania się takim czynnościom. Powyższe czyny popełnione zostały na szkodę 8 różnych pokrzywdzonych, w tym 2 obywateli polskich i 6 obywateli dominikańskich. Dwa czyny popełnione zostały w latach 2000-2001 w Polce, pozostałe czyny w różnych okresach na przestrzeni lat 2009-2013 na terenie Republiki Dominikańskiej.

Więcej na stronie Prokuratury Okręgowej w Warszawie.
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The indictment accuses the suspect of 10 crimes in total. 8 charges concern the acts under Article 200 § 1 of Penal Code – subjecting a minor under 15 years of age to sexual intercourse or making him/her submit to another sexual act or to perform such an act. These crimes were commited on 8 minors — 2 citizens of Poland and 6 citizens of the Dominican Republic. 2 of the acts were commited in Poland in 2000-2001, ant the rest of them in 2009-2013 in the Dominican Republic.

Concorso in calunnia Interrogati tre preti

ROME
Il Tempo

[Several prelates were heard yesterday by Rome prosecutors. Monsignor Luca Lorusso, Don Marco Valentini and Don Orazio Caputo, priests suspected of complicity in slander, spent the day answering questions from the deputy public prosecutor. The priest were close to Patrizio Poggi, the former parish priest who after several priests accused him of pedophilia was arrested and subsequently forced to stand trial. The priest, after being convicted and defrocked, threatened to reveal the names of nine other religious Romans who, he claimed, were stained with the crime of child prostitution. In 2013, Poggi was then arrested for slander.]

Andrea Ossino Tra i corridoi della procura di Roma sembrava di assistere ad una processione. Ieri infatti, diversi prelati sono stati ascoltati dai pubblici ministeri romani. Monsignor Luca Lorusso,...

Tra i corridoi della procura di Roma sembrava di assistere ad una processione. Ieri infatti, diversi prelati sono stati ascoltati dai pubblici ministeri romani. Monsignor Luca Lorusso, don Marco Valentini e don Orazio Caputo, i sacerdoti indagati di concorso in calunnia, hanno trascorso la giornata rispondendo alle domande del sostituto procuratore Eugenio Albamonte e dell'aggiunto Maria Monteleone. I preti, secondo gli inquirenti, erano vicini a Patrizio Poggi, l'ex parroco che dopo aver accusato di pedofilia diversi sacerdoti è stato arrestato e costretto successivamente ad affrontare un processo. Il prelato, dopo essere stato condannato e ridotto allo stato laicale, minacciò di rivelare i nomi di altri nove religiosi romani che, a suo dire, si erano macchiati del reato di prostituzione minorile.

Chesco priest faces child porn charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Philly.com

LAST UPDATED: Friday, October 24, 2014

A priest at a Chester County parish is facing charges for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Chester County District Attorney's Office said the Rev. Mark Haynes, 55, a priest at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory in Westtown Township, is accused of posting sexually explicit images of a teenage girl on Instagram.

"No matter whether you are rich or poor, young or old, clergy or layperson, the possession of child pornography will lead to arrest, shame and jail," District Attorney Tom Hogan said in a statement.

The investigation began last month, when law enforcement officials received information from the social media site about naked images of young girls.

Detectives traced the email address associated with the account to Saints Simon and Jude, and eventually to Haynes, prosecutors said.

Investigators also found that Haynes received and posted other images and exchanged lewd emails with an unidentified 14-year-old girl, posing as a 16-year-old girl in the exchanges, prosecutors said.

Police Arrest Chester County Priest Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

PENNSYLVANIA
Fox Philly

Westtown Township - Police in Chester County have arrested Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon & Jude Parish in Westtown, Chester County, PA. He was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child pornography.

Haynes, 55 resides at Saints Simon and Jude Rectory, 8 Cavanaugh Court where served as Parochial Vicar at Saints Simon & Jude since September 3, 2013. He was ordained in Philadelphia on May 18, 1985.

Since 1985, Haynes has been assigned to eight different parishes, including: St. Ann, Phoenixville; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Doylestown; St. John of the Cross, Roslyn; Our Lady of Good Counsel,

Southampton; St. Pius X, Broomall; Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton; and Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown.

Chester County Detective Joe Walton received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ("NCMEC") that an Instagram account was disseminating photographs including child pornography. Instagram is a social media site that allows users to publish and share photographs.

DA: CHESTER CO. PRIEST POSED AS GIRL, SHARED CHILD PORN ON INSTAGRAM

PENNSYLVANIA
6 ABC

WESTTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- A priest from Chester County is behind bars, charged with posing as a young girl on Instagram to send and receive child pornography.

55-year-old Mark Haynes, a priest assigned to Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown Township, is with multiple counts of sexual abuse of children for possessing and disseminating child porn.

An undercover investigation revealed Haynes set up an Instagram account and posed as an underage girl named Katie to share multiple pornographic images of children.

Prosecutors say Haynes also posed as a 16-year-old girl to exchange lewd emails with a still-to-be-identified 14-year-old girl.

Investigators have seized all of Haynes electronic devices and are reviewing them.

STATEMENT REGARDING REVEREND MARK J. HAYNES

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

October 24, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has learned that Father Mark Haynes was arrested by Chester County Police. He was charged with two counts of dissemination of child pornography, two counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of criminal use of a communications device.

These charges are serious and disturbing. The Archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care. Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.

There were no prior indications that Father Haynes was involved in activity of this nature. Additionally, no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against him.

Father Haynes was immediately placed on administrative leave following his arrest and is no longer residing at Saints Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, where he was assigned. Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the Sacraments, or present themselves publicly as priests.

Biographical Information on Reverend Mark J. Haynes

Father Haynes is 55 years old. He was ordained in 1985. He served at the following parishes, schools and offices: Saint Ann, Phoenixville (1985-1989); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown (1989-1991); Chaplain, Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (1990-1991); Office for Youth and Young Adults (1990-1992); Saint John of the Cross, Roslyn (1991-1994); Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal (1992-2001); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton (1994-2000); personal leave (2000-2001); Saint Pius X, Broomall (2001-2005); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton (2005-2009); Annunciation, B.V.M., Havertown (2009-2013); personal leave (2013); Saints Simon and Jude, West Chester (2013-2014); arrested and placed on administrative leave (2014).

West Chester priest arrested on child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
CatholicPhilly

Father Mark J. Haynes, 55, an archdiocesan priest and parochial vicar at SS. Simon and Jude Parish in West Chester, was arrested late Wednesday evening, Oct. 22, by Chester County police and charged with six counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography.

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia called the charges “serious and disturbing” in a statement Oct. 24. It said Father Haynes has been placed on administrative leave immediately and he no longer resides at SS. Simon and Jude rectory.

The statement said no allegations of sexual abuse of a minor have ever been lodged against the priest, and there were no prior indications he was involved with child pornography.

“The archdiocese is cooperating fully with law enforcement regarding this matter and remains fervently committed to preventing child abuse as well as protecting the children and young people entrusted to its care,” the statement read. “Child pornography is a scourge that must be eradicated.”

While on administrative leave, Father Haynes is not permitted to exercise public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, or present himself publicly as a priest.

He has had the following assignments since his ordination in 1985: St. Ann, Phoenixville (1985-1989); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown (1989-1991); chaplain, Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster (1990-1991); Office for Youth and Young Adults (1990-1992); St. John of the Cross, Roslyn (1991-1994); Office of the Metropolitan Tribunal (1992-2001); Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton (1994-2000); personal leave (2000-2001); St. Pius X, Broomall (2001-2005); Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Morton (2005-2009); Annunciation B.V.M., Havertown (2009-2013); personal leave (2013); and SS. Simon and Jude, West Chester (2013-2014).

Milwaukee archdiocese wants some sex-abuse cases dismissed from bankruptcy proceedings

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WTAQ

MILWAUKEE (WSAU-Wheeler News) A judge is letting the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese proceed with its effort to throw out eleven damage claims from sex abuse victims as part of the church's bankruptcy case. Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has rejected the victims' request to keep delaying the matter. Creditors' attorney Jeffrey Anderson says it's wrong for the church to "pick off" some of the 575 priest sex abuse victims who've filed damage claims, saying it creates an emotional toll.

Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley said she was sensitive to the victims -- but she also has to make sure the law is followed. Two of the eleven cases in question involve victims who had previous lawsuits dropped -- and were not allowed to re-file their allegations. Two other victims said they were molested by employees of related Catholic organizations not directly affiliated with the archdiocese.

Former West Monroe Priest Accused of Child Molestation

LOUISIANA
MyArkLaMiss

West Monroe -- A former West Monroe priest is accused child molestation.

According to the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Pastor Charles Potocki is one of several priest with "substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests."

Potocki served as pastor at St. Paschal’s Catholic Church in West Monroe.

According to the release, Potocki also reportedly worked in Minnesota and Nebraska.

Potocki died in 1992.

The group SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, also released a statement.

Archdiocese to visit Divine Mercy

FARIBAULT (MN)
Faribault Daily News

October 23, 2014

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is hosting a Mass of healing, reconciliation, and hope at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.

Following mass, there will be an opportunity for private prayer with both priests and trained lay pastoral leaders. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available throughout the evening.

Bishop Bill Ray calls for fresh look at abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 25, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

ANGLICAN Bishop Bill Ray has called on Australia’s royal commission into child abuse to hold public hearings and use its special powers to investigate the cover-up of the rape and beatings of young boys at a north Queensland boarding school in the 1960s.

The north Queensland Bishop yesterday said he feared the ­extent of the sexual abuse by former principal Robert Waddington and other clergy at St Barnabas boarding school in Ravenshoe, southwest or Cairns, would remain secret unless the commission investigated.

School files are missing, believed to be have been thrown down a disused mineshaft in 1990.

Bishop Ray’s call comes two days after a church-ordered inquiry found a systematic cover-up by church officials, including the former Archbishop of York, now Lord David Hope, of 1999 and 2003 complaints of Waddington’s abuse in Queensland and Britain. Waddington was principal at Ravenshoe for almost a decade before returning in 1970 to ­England where he rose to become the head of education for the church in Britain and later dean of Manchester.

A joint investigation by The Australian and The Times prompted the British inquiry after revealing the mishandling of the complaints and that at least six boys and a young clergyman were sexually abused and beaten by Waddington.

Bishop Ray said he had referred the case to the royal commission after last year’s newspaper investigation but now believed it should go to a hearing.

Priests' sex abuse case: Court orders continuation of compensation claim

MALTA
Times of Malta

A court has ordered the continuation of a civil claim for compensation filed by 10 clerical abuse victims after it turned down the former priests' request for them to contest the case.

The priests had failed to reply to the civil case within the stipulated timeframe so technically, they were prohibited from contesting the case.

In August 2011, Godwin Scerri, 78, and Charles Pulis, 69, were respectively sentenced to five and six years’ imprisonment for sexually abusing boys in their care at St Joseph Home, in Santa Venera more than two decades ago.

Mr Pulis was defrocked during the proceedings while Mr Scerri’s defrocking followed the court judgment, which was confirmed on appeal a month later.

Lawrence Grech, Joseph Magro, Leonard Camilleri, David Cassar, Noel Dimech, Angelo Spiteri, Raymond Azzopardi, Charles Falzon, Phillip Cauchi and Joseph Mangion filed a civil case in the First Hall of the Civil Court, calling on the court to liquidate the damages they suffered.

Heroes in our midst: Chris Anderson and MaleSurvivor

UNITED STATES
Religion News Service - Rhymes with Religion

Boz Tchividjian | Oct 23, 2014

Since beginning this blog almost ten months ago, I have posted a couple interviews with individuals I believe are heroes for their commitment and service to shining light into the dark places as they serve children and survivors of sexual abuse. I am amazed and immeasurably blessed at these quiet champions and think it is critical that they be introduced to the wider world. In an effort to facilitate this introduction, I have decided to start a monthly interview feature entitled, ‘Heroes in our Midst’. – Boz

Two years ago, I was privileged to meet a man who is giving his life to serving a large population of sexual abuse survivors who have been kept in silence for generations. Chris Anderson is the executive director of MaleSurvivor, an organization that serves male survivors of sexual trauma and their loved ones. This first of a two part interview with Chris will address the challenges faced by male sexual abuse survivors and the work of MaleSurvivor. Part two of the interview, which will be posted next week, will focus on the unique struggles that male survivors of sexual abuse face within faith communities and how those communities can actually be a resource for authentic hope and healing.

Boz: Tell us a little bit about MaleSurvivor? What is it and when did it start?

Chris: MaleSurvivor was founded in 1994 by a group of social workers, clinicians, and other interested professionals who recognized the lack of any formal organizations working to raise awareness and address the unique needs of male victims of sexual abuse. Nationwide, approximately 25% of men – 1 in 4 will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.

In our 20 years we have grown into a unique non-profit that brings together professionals across disciplines and survivors to build “communities of hope, healing, and support.” From the very beginning MaleSurvivor has worked to tear down barriers that keep male victims silent and ashamed. We helped establish one of the first, and currently the largest, online discussion board for male survivors and their loved ones. In 2001, MaleSurvivor held it’s first “Weekend of Recovery” – a unique experiential retreat that brings together a small group of male survivors with a trained, compassionate, and experienced group of mental health professionals for a powerful healing experience. Since that time MaleSurvivor has run over 60 retreats in locations all over North America and we have had over 1000 men attend a Weekend. Lastly, we continue to work to build relationships with professionals around the world to train others in how to better engage with and support male survivors of any form of sexual abuse.

UPDATE: Former local priest accused of child molestation

LOUISIANA
The News Star

Barbara Leader, The News-Star October 24, 2014

A former pastor at St. Paschal's Catholic Church in West Monroe has been identified by as a credibly accused child molester.

According to a news release by SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Father Charles Potocki was named Thursday by the St Paul's Archdiocese and a legal firm as being one of our priests having "substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor."

Potocki also reportedly worked in Minnesota and Nebraska.

According to a news release issued Friday, Catholic officials claim they don't know when Potocki was at St. Paschal's.

SNAP is calling on anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Father Potocki, or any cleric, "to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protectors others and start healing."

Potocki was a religious order priest from the Order of Friar Minor and assigned to the Shreveport diocese.

Freundel Planned to Take More Female Towson Students on Tour

TOWSON (MD)
Jewish Times

October 23, 2014
BY MARC SHAPIRO

A Towson University senior who is taking a class Rabbi Barry Freundel taught prior to his arrest said she and “a couple of other girls” were invited to tour his synagogue.

“I had never planned on doing the mikvah, but going to the synagogue sounded like a cool experience,” Karen Berry, who is a student in the “Judeo-Christian Perspectives in Medical Ethics” class, said Thursday afternoon outside the classroom.

Freundel was arrested on Oct. 14 for allegedly setting up a hidden camera disguised as a clock radio in the National Capital Mikvah, a Jewish ritual bath next door to his Washington, D.C., synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation, in Georgetown. He is charged with six counts of voyeurism, to which he has pleaded not guilty. He is suspended without pay from his synagogue and suspended from all faculty responsibilities at Towson.

On Wednesday, the university began its own investigation into whether or not Freundel violated Title IX guidelines that pertain to sexual misconduct, university spokesman Ray Feldmann said. His office in the university’s liberal arts building was searched by police the previous day

How a Stunned Synagogue Faces Up to Sins of Rabbi Barry Freundel

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Jewish Daily Forward

By Nathan Guttman
Published October 24, 2014

There is no playbook guiding Modern Orthodox congregations on what to do when their rabbi is accused of abusing congregants and of violating their privacy at the most holy and intimate of moments.

But when the venerable Washington congregation Kesher Israel got the news on October 14 that its spiritual leader of more than 26 years had been arrested on just such charges, its members didn’t hesitate: First, the board voted unanimously to suspend Rabbi Barry Freundel. Then, the very next night, its members gathered to dance in the street, as Jewish tradition demands, to celebrate their completion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah.

“We will celebrate, dance, sing,” said Kesher’s president, Elanit Jakabovics, as she urged congregants to fulfill the calling to be joyous on Simchat Torah.

None of this was meant to mask or paper over the sense of utter shock that swept across the pews at the small but prominent synagogue in the upscale Washington neighborhood of Georgetown during the long holiday weekend of which Simchat Torah was a part. Freundel, according to the charges connected to his arrest, had used a hidden camera in the synagogue’s mikveh, or ritual bath, to record videos of female congregants and other women as they disrobed to submerge themselves in its waters.

Vatican probes Italy's 'playboy priests'

ITALY
The Local

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a diocese in north-west Italy following a series of scandals by “playboy priests”, including one being convicted for sexual abuse and another posting naked photos of himself on Facebook.

Pope Francis has ordered a Catholic Church representative to help bishop Mario Oliveri bring his priests into line, Il Messaggero reported.

During his 25-year-old reign over the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, Oliveri has allegedly turned a blind eye to the actions of priests under his direction.

They include Luciano Massaferro, who was sentenced to seven years and eight months for sexual abuse, and Gabriel Viorel Irla, a priest who allegedly posed naked on Facebook. Another priest - Alfonso Maria Parente - reportedly stole money from a Catholic church.

Other priests have raised eyebrows for working in bars at night and having tattoos, Il Messaggero said.

The Vatican’s decision to intervene follows a visit to the diocese by envoy Adriano Bernardini, after a local woman, Luisia Bonello, sent a dossier to the Pope detailing the scandals. Bonello committed suicide last month and an investigation is currently underway into her death.

Ex-priest from Moree/Armidale NSW admits some offences, denies others

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 24 October 2014)

In late 2014, a New South Wales magistrate is conducting the next steps in the court case of a former Catholic priest (from Moree and Armidale in northern NSW). The priest, whose name (for legal reasons) cannot be published at this stage, has already pleaded "Guilty" to 45 child-sex charges. Now, in the Armidale Local Court, the magistrate has begun preliminary proceedings (a "committal hearing") to determine how the court system will handle 31 other charges, to which the ex-priest is pleading "Not Guilty". There are multiple steps in this complex process, and the final steps may not be completed until 2015.

The ex-priest (who turned 61 years of age in mid-2014) allegedly committed the offences in the 1970s and 1980s while he was living in Armidale and Moree.

So far, each step in the process has been conducted by a magistrate in the Armidale Local Court but eventually all the charges will be passed on to a judge in a higher court, the New South Wales District Court.

The 45 charges to which the ex-priest has pleaded "Guilty" involved offences committed against five boys and three girls. For these charges, the District Court will merely need to conduct a sentencing.

The 31 other charges, which the ex-priest is contesting with his "Not Guilty" plea, are a more complex process and these contested charges are a reason why the court has placed a non-publication order on the priest's name at this stage. After the magistrate finishes the committal hearing, these 31 contested charges would proceed to the NSW District Court, where the ex-priest would have the opportunity to confirm (or otherwise) his "Not Guilty" plea. If a jury is needed, the judge will preside over the jury hearings.

Archbishop Seraphim’s salary from the Archdiocese of Canada

RUSSIA
Voices from Russia

Dear Metropolitan Tikhon,

We are members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

It recently came to our attention that the Archdiocese of Canada has continued to pay Archbishop Seraphim Storheim a salary, despite the fact that his retirement was announced by the synod of bishops on 3 April 2014.

http://archdiocese.ca/content/2014-may-23-24-ottawa-minutes-and-reports

(Page 6)

The material linked above clearly indicates that the archbishop is no longer an employee of the archdiocese. It seems apparent to us that these monies are simply a clandestine way to use Church resources to help pay for Archbishop Seraphim’s attorneys.

Judge orders continuation of compensation claim in priest sex abuse case

MALTA
Malta Today

Daniel Mizzi 24 October 2014

The First Hall Civil Court has ordered the continuation of a compensation claim filed by 10 sexual abuse victims after it rejected the request of two defrocked priest for them to contest the case.

The case goes back to August 2011, when two priests of the St Paul's Missionary Society, Godwin Scerri, 78, and Carmelo Pulis, 69, were defrocked and jailed for five and six years respectively after they had been convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys in their care at St Joseph’s Home in Santa Venera in the 1980s.

Following the priest’s imprisonment, the ten victims, led by Lawrence Grech – the man who broke the silence on this case – called for financial compensation, but did not specify the amount.

The compensation claim was filed by Lawrence Grech, Joseph Magro, Leonard Camilleri, David Cassar, Noel Dimech, Angelo Spiteri, Raymond Azzopardi, Charles Falzon, Phillip Cauchi and Joseph Mangion against the Curia, the government, the Attorney General, Carmel Pulis, Godwin Scerri, the Archbishop and the St Paul's Missionary Society.

Contesting the compensation claim, the priests argued that they did not respond within the stipulated 20-day timeframe due to several reasons since the assistant superior general of the Society left them with the impression that “everything would be handled.” Consequently, it argued that it should nevertheless be given the opportunity to contest the claims.

Raped at a mikvah, then abandoned

NEW YORK
Times of Israel

Manny Waks

It is heartbreaking that yet another victim of child sexual abuse within the Jewish community has suffered a tragic premature death. Last weekend, 34-year old Joey Diangello (formerly Yoel Deutsch) from New York died of a drug overdose. It is somewhat irrelevant if the overdose was intentional or not, as some have been debating on blogs and social media. We will probably never know definitively. What we do know is that Joey was sexually abused within his former Hasidic community. “I think when that person raped me, he murdered my Jewish soul,” Joey told PIX11 Investigates in early 2009, when he courageously went public with his story, describing how he was raped in a Mikvah (Jewish ritual bath-house) as a child. Joey became a victim advocate and featured in numerous media articles.

It is reasonable to connect Joey’s untimely death with his abuse as a child. Statistics show that drug use among victims of child sexual abuse is higher than in the general population. Moreover, suicide was apparently on Joey’s mind, as noted in his recent Jewish New Year message to Rabbi Eisenman.

So here we have what may be described as akin to the murder of an innocent man – whose Jewish soul had already been murdered – yet the Jewish world maintains its relative silence. At the time of writing, not a single mainstream Jewish media outlet has covered this story. Moreover, I have not seen a single prominent Jewish community leader – rabbinic or otherwise – speaking out about this tragedy. The only ones who have spoken out are victims/survivors of child sexual abuse, victim advocates and those who were connected to Joey in some way. Of course some individual community members have also spoken out.

A disturbing story that has been the focus of the Jewish world and media this past week has been the allegations regarding Rabbi Barry Freundel. It is most appropriate to compare the lack of reactions to Joey’s death, as noted above, to the reactions regarding Rabbi Freundel. In the latter case, so many rabbis, community leaders and members have shared their opinion and generally expressed their disgust. And the media – both Jewish and mainstream – has provided this case significant coverage. The vast majority of those that have spoken out have very little, if anything, to do with the actual case. The most common point of connection is that Rabbi Freundel is a prominent Orthodox rabbi who is alleged to have been filming women using his Synagogue’s ritual bath. Of course those victimised by his alleged actions deserve our full support and compassion. Moreover, it is appropriate for rabbis, community leaders and members globally to condemn Rabbi Freundel’s alleged abuse, as is currently happening. Indeed, I applaud the ground-breaking changes that have ensued – impressively, within a week of these allegations surfacing.

Fr. Tony Flannery preaches church reform with a brogue

WASHINGTON (DC)
National Catholic Reporter

Maureen Fiedler
Oct. 23, 2014

It was a cool, rainy night Wednesday at Augustana Lutheran Church in Washington, D.C. But the drizzly weather did not keep more than 150 people from coming out to hear Fr. Tony Flannery, a priest from Ireland who has been ordered by the Vatican to sign a statement of orthodoxy and to remain silent. But Flannery -- unlike many theologians before him -- did not sign and won't keep quiet. In fact, this was the first stop in an 18-city speaking tour of the United States, sponsored by a coalition of U.S. church reform groups.

The evening began when the Rev. John Kidd, the Lutheran pastor, welcomed this congregation of "modern Catholic reformers" to his church and offered quotations from Martin Luther on the significance of conscience. Both he and Flannery were grinning from ear to ear.

I interviewed Flannery the day before for "Interfaith Voices" and found him an absolutely delightful human being who has been deeply hurt by his treatment at the hand of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith at the Vatican. He explained that they condemned him and his views without even a conversation with him. They communicated only with the leadership of his Redemptorist order. He had no opportunity to dialogue or answer the charges against him.

"Any institution which acts against human rights and human dignity has lost its legitimacy," he said.

His reforming views include many that are held by majorities of Catholics today: welcoming LGBT people into church life and treating them with dignity, choice in the use of contraception, and the ordination of women. (Although he sounds like many feminist theologians I know who don't think women should become part of the current "system.") He believes that the role of women is the "elephant in the church," the obvious issue that cries out for change.

Victims' anger as Clegg backs boss of abuse inquiry...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Victims' anger as Clegg backs boss of abuse inquiry: Deputy PM says he has 'not heard anything' to suggest she is wrong choice for the role

By Sam Greenhill and Jack Doyle for the Daily Mail

Nick Clegg was condemned by sex assault victims yesterday for giving his support to the under-fire chairman of the Government’s child abuse inquiry.

The deputy prime minister offered his backing to Fiona Woolf, who faces mounting pressure to quit over her friendship with Lord Brittan, a possible key witness at the inquiry.

Mr Clegg said he had ‘not heard anything’ suggesting she was the wrong choice for the role.

But survivors of abuse, including one of his old schoolfriends, accused him of being on ‘a different planet’. Ian McFadyen, who was subjected to violent sexual assaults by two male teachers at Caldicott School in the 1970s, when he was in the same year group as the future Liberal Democrat leader, is spearheading the drive to have Mrs Woolf removed as inquiry chairman.

After the deputy prime minister backed Mrs Woolf, Mr McFadyen wrote on Twitter: ‘I’m sorry Mr Clegg, do we live on a different planet?’ Mr McFadyen is behind a High Court challenge demanding a judicial review of Mrs Woolf’s appointment.

Towson University investigates compliance with sex discrimination laws after DC rabbi's arrest

MARYLAND
Daily Journal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: October 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Towson University has launched an internal investigation into whether it complied with federal sex discrimination laws after learning a rabbi who teaches there invited students to take ritual baths at his District of Columbia synagogue.

The school also began more aggressive efforts to find current and former students of 62-year-old Barry Freundel, who has been charged with six counts of voyeurism after police found a clock radio with a hidden camera in the shower area of a ritual bath at the Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown. Police say at least six women were taped changing clothes, and that Freundel was captured on tape setting up the recording device.

Police have not said whether any of the recordings show Towson students, and school spokesman Ray Feldmann said the university will not publicly reveal if any had come forward.

Freundel's attorney, Jeffrey Harris, declined to comment on specifics of the allegations Thursday.

"He's pleaded not guilty and we stand by that plea," Harris told The Associated Press. "That says it all."

Catholic Church to Investigate Italian Priests ...

ITALY
Nigerian Bulletin

Catholic Church to Investigate Italian Priests For Posting Nude Pictures Online,Stealing Offering

The Catholic Church is set to investigate priests in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in Italy for allegedly posting nude pictures online, stealing church money and sexually harassing worshipers.

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis. The Pope reportedly intends to send an “apostolic administrator” to assess allegations that the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Described by one Italian newspaper as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy”, it has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70. He is expected to be replaced in the near future by an auxiliary bishop, according to Il Secolo XIX, the region’s main newspaper. Pope Francis has already sent Adriano Bernardini, an apostolic nuncio, or ambassador, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the scandals thay have allegedly unfolded under Bishop Oliveri’s watch.

Pervert priests who posed nude for gay websites...

ITALY
Daily Mail (UK)

Pervert priests who posed nude for gay websites, sexually harassed parishioners and stealing Communion cash in Italy are set to be investigated by the Pope

Pope Francis has ordered a secret sex inquiry into an Italian bishop who has presided over a diocese of 'playboy priests', it has been reported.

An independent investigator has been called in to the Albenga-Imperia diocese in northern Italy, which has been rocked by scandal after scandal.

Priests have variously been caught naked pictures of themselves on Facebook, having affairs with parishioners and moonlighting as barmen.

Others, more seriously, have been investigated or convicted for child abuse.

Pope Francis has sent an apostolic visitor to assess the capability of Bishop Mario Oliveri, who has been in charge for 25 years.

The decision follows a primary investigation by a papal Nuncio sent in after Francis was warned about the wayward diocese, La Repubblica reported.

The bishop is accused of having welcomed aspiring priests into the seminary without discernment, including former models, reality stars, priests with tattoos, bodybuilders and trainees who had been expelled from the seminary, generated a body of 'weak' priests, the newspaper reported.

Pope Francis launches probe into ‘priests who posed naked online and got tattoos’

ITALY
Irish Independent

Pope Francis has launched an investigation into a Catholic diocese in Italy where priests have posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, stolen money from church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners, according to Italian media.

The Pope has despatched a special envoy to the Albenga-Imperia diocese, in northern Italy, which has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Led by Bishop Mario Oliveri (70), Albenga-Imperia has been described as “most gossiped about diocese in Italy”. While the bishop is not accused of any wrong-doing himself, the recruitment standards have been strongly criticised - with priests with very chequered pasts appearing in the diocese.

Some of the scandals which have enveloped the diocese include a priest who was found guilty of running an under-age prostitution ring and others who posted nude photos of themselves on Facebook and gay websites.

Other priests associated with the diocese have been accused of openly having gay relationships, stealing Communion money and sexually harassing mass-goers.

The scandals hit the headlines in Italy last month after Luisa Bonello, a doctor who lives in the diocese, committed suicide. She had written to the Pope last February to express her horror at what was going on in the diocese.

Anglican Church acknowledges access to choir for pederast cleric

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 24, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

THE head of Australia’s Anglican Church has acknowledged the “cover-up’’ of child sexual abuse in Queensland and Britain as it emerged a pedophile clergyman was still allowed access to choirboys after the first complaints were made to church officials.

Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier yesterday said he was profoundly disappointed with handling of allegations of horrific sexual abuse of boys by former Queensland headmaster, and later Dean of Manchester Robert Waddington over several decades.

A church-ordered inquiry in Britain this week found a “systemic failure” of church officials, led by the former Archbishop of York, now Lord David Hope of Thornes, in handling allegations against Waddington, made in 1999, 2003 and 2004.

The 164-page report by British judge Sally Cahill, following a year-long inquiry prompted by a joint investigation by The Australian and The Times, has sparked a proposed overhaul of child protection measures within the Church of England.

Safeguards only work if used, say vulnerable adults

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 24 Oct 2014

IN JULY 2008, a 26-year-old woman complained to the Dean of Jersey, the Very Revd Robert Key, that she had been subject to abusive behaviour by a churchwarden. Five years later, an investigation into his handling of her complaint resulted in his suspension by the Bishop of Winchester, the Rt Revd Tim Dakin. This led to claims of "constitutional crisis" in Jersey, and, eventually, transfer of episcopal oversight for the island to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

The facts of the case have been subject to extensive scrutiny and dispute. Both the Dean, reinstated in April last year, and the woman have criticised that first investigation, carried out by a psychotherapist, Jan Korris. In 2013, Bishop Dakin commissioned two more reviews of the situation. The results of neither have been published after concerns about confidentiality and legality.

What is agreed is that, three months after the 26-year-old arrived at a church in Jersey, a churchwarden and his wife invited her to stay in their home.

"We took risks in our relationship with [the woman] but thought we were doing so under God's calling," he later told the Dean.

According to the Korris report, within a few months, the woman had moved out and reported "unwelcome and potentially abusive behaviour" to the Dean. Over the course of the next three years, she also made complaints against the Dean, the safeguarding officer, and others, and was eventually arrested for breaking a harassment order and deported from the island for three years. She has since written a number of blog posts expressing her rage and hurt about what she says was violation at the hands of the Church.

Archdiocese may proceed in effort to toss 11 sex abuse claims

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee can proceed with its efforts to throw out 11 sex abuse claims filed in its ongoing bankruptcy, a judge ruled this week.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley on Wednesday refused to stay motions filed by the archdiocese arguing for the dismissal of those claims, over the objections of victims' attorneys.

Jeffrey Anderson, whose firm represents most of the 575 who have filed sex abuse claims in the case, pleaded with Kelley to stay the motions, saying the archdiocese's efforts to "pick off" survivors exacts an emotional toll. Kelley rejected that, saying she is sympathetic to the pain of victims but also is required to apply the law in the bankruptcy case.

"I am sensitive — and you know that I am, attorney Anderson — to the plight of the survivors.... But at this point, I have to apply the law," she said.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January 2011 to address its mounting sex abuse claims.

Orders still failing to contact victims of clerical abuse

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Caroline O’Doherty

Religious orders are still failing to respond adequately to victims of clerical child sex abuse, the latest tranche of monitoring reports reveals.

While practices have improved in terms of acting quickly on allegations of abuse and alerting the gardaí and health authorities, orders are subsequently running scared of complainants and cutting themselves off from contact with them.

“They miss that human bit,” said Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) which yesterday published reviews of safeguarding practice in 18 orders and congregations.

“After they have notified the civil authorities, they should be writing and inviting those people to come and meet with them. Survivors can get angry and can get upset, but that’s what they have to put up with.”

The latest tranche of reports shows that many orders are still having to actively manage members against whom allegations have been made but where there has either been no criminal investigation — because the complaint relates to a time when the member was working overseas — or no conviction.

Religious orders told they must improve when dealing with abuse

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sarah MacDonald
PUBLISHED
24/10/2014

The way religious congregations respond to survivors of clerical sexual abuse needs to improve and become more compassionate and meaningful.

That was one of the key findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) in its sixth tranche of safeguarding audits, which were published yesterday.

The reviews cover five male religious congregations and 13 female religious congregations and document 121 allegations against 54 priests and religious brothers or sisters which resulted in just two criminal convictions.

The audits also found that time frames for reporting abuse allegations to the civil authorities up to 2009 was "variable", but has "improved considerably since the introduction of the Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance".

Pope to investigate scandal-ridden Italy diocese

ITALY
Press TV (Iran)

[with video]

The Catholic Church has been hit with another sex scandal as a special envoy to Pope Francis is to investigate an Italian diocese for alleged sexual harassment of parishioners and involvement in pornography.

Pope Francis is set to send the envoy to the northern city of Albenga in the region of Liguria to assess the allegations that the diocese has hosted a group of “playboy priests.”

The priests in the diocese are accused of sexually harassing parishioners, posting naked photos of themselves online and raiding church coffers as well as moonlighting as barmen and stealing parish funds.

In addition, a priest working for the diocese has been found guilty of organizing an underage prostitution ring.

The Albenga diocese has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, aged 70, and has been described by Italian media as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy.” According to local media, Oliveri is expected to be replaced by an auxiliary bishop.

Priest Suspended Following Sexual Abuse Allegations

MISSOURI
Webster Kirkwood Times

October 24, 2014
Rev. John J. Ghio, who most recently served at Annunciation Catholic Parish in Webster Groves, has been suspended by the Archdiocese of St. Louis following allegations of sexual abuse.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced Ghio's suspension this week in a letter to archdiocesan parishes. The abuse was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.

Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment, according to the archdiocese. He joined Annunciation Parish as priest in residence in June 2011, and had previously spent time at other St. Louis area parishes.

"I have suspended Father Ghio's priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded," Carlson said in a statement.

Pope Appoints Special Administrator To Investigate Scandal-Hit Italian Parish Of Albenga-Imperia

ITALY
International Business Times

By Mark Hanrahan @markdhanrahanm.hanrahan@ibtimes.com on October 24 2014

Pope Francis is to send a special administrator to take charge of an Italian diocese where priests have been accused of a spate of crimes including theft and sexual abuse. The diocese has been seen as hosting a number of so-called “playboy priests,” who often broke the law.

The appointment of an "apostolic administrator" follows a report on the diocese of Albenga-Imperia in northern Italy by papal envoy Monsignor Adriano Bernardini, according to a report in The Times of London. The paper reports that one priest in the diocese was jailed for four years for running a prostitution ring, while another posted naked photographs of himself on a gay website.

The scandals took place during the tenure of Bishop Mario Oliveri who, while not accused of any wrongdoing personally, is regarded as having recruited a number of priests with checkered personal histories, according to a report from The Telegraph.

When asked by the paper about the scandals, the bishop reportedly said: “I don't want to talk about it – it's not the right time.” The Vatican also reportedly said that it would not comment on an ongoing investigation.

October 23, 2014

Legionaries Sue New Castle Over Loss Of Tax Exemption

NEW YORK
Chappaqua Daily Voice

by Tom Auchterlonie

NEW CASTLE, N.Y. -- The Legionaries of Christ is suing the Town of New Castle to overturn the loss of its property tax exemption.

In the lawsuit, dated Oct. 14 and filed with the state Supreme Court in White Plains, the Roman Catholic religious organization argues that the use of the property, which is about 97 acres, has not changed.

“To date, Petitioner continues to use the Property for its religious purposes,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit is called a tax certiorari, a type of litigation used for challenging property assessments.

The non-profit organization’s corporate name, which is Legion of Christ, Incorporated, is listed as the plaintiff. The suit claims that the exemption had been granted every year since the organization bought the property in 1994.

Research reveals a dark history of children’s institutions in Australia​

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse this week released three research reports that shed light on the history of child protection legislation in Australia, out-of-home care residential institutions and past inquiries that have reviewed these institutions.

Royal Commission CEO Phillip Reed said these historical reports, prepared by Professor Shurlee Swain of the Australian Catholic University, provide a much-needed context for the work of the Royal Commission.

“The Royal Commission was set up to investigate where systems have failed to protect children, and to make recommendations on how to improve them,” Mr Reed said. “This research helps the Royal Commissioners better understand the broader socio-political and legislative contexts within which the cases we are considering have taken place.”

Mr Reed said that as a community we have largely moved away from the institutionalisation of children who cannot live at home and have come to rely more on evidence and best practice to guide our policies in this area.

The reports form part of the comprehensive research program supporting the work of the Royal Commission and to inform its findings and recommendations.

The Royal Commission has commissioned a significant number of research projects across a range of themes including the causes, prevention and responses to institutional child sexual abuse and support for victims and survivors.

You can read the reports via this link: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/policy-and-research/published-research

About the reports

History of child protection legislation documents the history of child protection legislation in Australia from its establishment in 1860 to today. It reveals the way different jurisdictions structured their child welfare system initially around concerns of vagrancy to establishing systems of inspection and regulation of punishment. It also includes ways in which parents were treated under legislation, from the desire to prevent them from ‘foisting their children on the system’ to keeping families together. It then documents legislation dealing with special groups such as Aboriginal children, child migrants and children with disabilities.

History of Institutions providing out of home residential care for children examines the history of the many different types of institutions providing out-of-home care for children from 1788 to the de-institutional movement of the 1980s. It sheds light on the complex mix of government, church, charitable and community organisations that provided care.

History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children summarises the history of Australian inquiries that have reviewed institutions providing care for children from 1852 to 2013. The inquiries fall into three main categories: those that examined the establishment and refinement of the child welfare system from 1852 to postwar, those that examined child abuse scandals of 1860s to the 1990s, and those that hear survivor testimony from 1990s to now.

For specific stakeholder enquiries please contact stakeholders@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

Royal Commission to hold public hearing into the Hutchins School, Hobart

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing at the Hobart Federal Court from 19 November 2014 at 10:00am AEST.

The public hearing will inquire into the responses by the Hutchins School and the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania to allegations of child sexual abuse at the School.

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

1. The Hutchins School’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Ralph Lawrence and Lyndon Alfred Hickman.
2. The role of the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania in respect of the Hutchins School’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse made against David Ralph Lawrence and Lyndon Alfred Hickman.
3. Any related matters.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 29 October 2014. See the application for leave to appear.

Archdiocese releases four new names of priests accused of abuse

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Oct 23, 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of 17 additional priests accused of sexual abuse, as part of a settlement of a clergy abuse lawsuit.

Four of the names were previously unknown to the public. They include the Revs. Robert Clark, Donald Dummer, Harry Majerus and John Owens.

In a statement, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he released the names as part of a legal settlement reached last week with attorney Jeff Anderson. Nienstedt said the 17 men "have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests."

However, the archbishop did not explain why the archdiocese had kept the allegations secret. Nor did he provide information on the alleged sex crimes or when the archdiocese learned of them.

The disclosure also raises questions about the archdiocese's previous statements that it had already released every name. Nienstedt's statement does not explain how the archdiocese determined that more priests had "substantiated claims" against them. Nienstedt did not respond to an interview request.

'Jail archbishop who covered up my abuse': Victims say nothing was done to stop paedophile priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By RICHARD MARSDEN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

A former archbishop who failed to act on alleged crimes of a paedophile priest should be jailed, the abuser’s victims have said.

Lord Hope, the former Archbishop of York, did not act on 19 occasions when allegations of abuse or inappropriate conduct by the priest were raised with him, a scathing report revealed yesterday.

But despite that, Lord Hope remains as an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford.

Eli Ward and Bim Atkinson, who were among seven victims of the Very Reverend Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, said it is ‘incredible’ that the man who did nothing to stop the priest has been allowed to keep his post.

The report by Judge Sally Cahill QC said Lord Hope failed to act because his ‘concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount’.

Waddington, who kept an official position in the church until 2005 and died in 2007, targeted young choirboys over several decades. One of the seven victims committed suicide in 1989.

Nienstedt testimony contradicts 6-year-old letters

MINNESOTA
San Francisco Chronicle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop John Nienstedt made a false statement when he testified earlier this year about his knowledge of an abusive priest's past, according to a report Thursday by Minnesota Public Radio News.

The station reported (http://bit.ly/1wv8TSJ ) that during his April 2 sworn deposition, Nienstedt said he had learned about the prior conviction of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson "during the last six months."

But letters obtained by MPR show that one parishioner wrote to Nienstedt about Gustafson in 2008. The parishioner said Gustafson had a criminal conviction and was working as a consultant for Twin Cities parishes.

Nienstedt responded with a letter of his own two weeks later, MPR reported. In it, he told the parishioner he had no control over Gustafson because he was no longer an archdiocesan priest. Nienstedt also referred in the letter to Gustafson as a former priest — which was not true.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has come under fire in the last year for the way it handled allegations of sexual abuse by clergy, prompting some to call for Nienstedt to resign. His statements on Gustafson mark the second time his April testimony has been called into question.

17 more priest offenders are identified by St. Paul Minneapolis Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER , Star Tribune Updated: October 23, 2014

The latest list brings to 55 the number of priests credibly accused of abuse while serving the archdiocese.

The names of 17 more priests identified as child sex abusers were released Thursday, a sign of the new transparency created by the historic clergy abuse settlement announced last week between the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis and victims’ advocates.

The priests served in 84 parishes in Minnesota, including 56 in the archdiocese. Nine priests were accused of misconduct while working in the Twin Cities archdiocese, bringing to 55 now its list of “credibly accused” offenders.

For church officials and victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson, the joint release of information illustrates the impact of the settlement, which has both parties working together to release priest names and files.

“This is the first significant disclosure of information that arose from the settlement,” said Anderson. “It’s a very hopeful sign.”

Archbishop John Nienstedt, in a written statement, said he was “profoundly saddened” by the harm the abuse caused the victims and their families.

“Ten of these 17 men are deceased,” he wrote, “but the pain they caused is very much alive.”

Former Bismarck priest, DJ named in sex abuse claim

NORTH DAKOTA
Bismark Tribune

By Andrew Sheeler

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Bismarck on Thurday named longtime Bismarck priest and disc jockey Father John Owens as one of 17 priests facing allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.

The announcement comes as part of a settlement agreement with the law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates, which represented alleged victims in the case.

The 85-year-old Owens now resides in Forest Lake, Minn., where he lives a life of atonement, according to a prepared statement released by the office of the Bismarck Diocese.

For nearly 40 years, Owens lived and worked in Bismarck, where he served as director of communications for the local diocese and also ran a weekly radio show on KFYR, “Padre’s Platters,” that reached out to area youths and discussed drugs, alcohol, acne, obesity, sex, teenage pregnancy and other problems, according to a Tribune article from June 2, 1982.

Rome--Pope to “investigate” scandal-ridden Italian diocese

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

Again, Pope Francis says he’s sending an “investigator” into a scandal-ridden diocese. This is not an effective approach.

[Telegraph]

Despite making nice promises on abuse, Francis has yet to defrock, demote, discipline or even clearly denounce a single Catholic employee anywhere for refusing to call police or prosecutors about known or suspected child sex crimes. Not one.

Until he does, he can respond when scandals reach a fever pitch by announcing another small, belated and ineffective internal church “investigation” into one of hundreds of dioceses where priests are accused of committing sexual misdeeds or crimes. But little or nothing will change.

Let’s be honest: this is a late, tepid and almost silly response to a global crisis of sexual crimes and misdeeds by thousands of clerics who are helped by thousands of complicit church colleagues and supervisors. This is like battling Ebola with band-aids. The Pope knows better.

We applaud every single person who has reported wrongdoing in the diocese of Albenga-Imperia. Staying silent helps no one. We hope their courage will inspire others who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by any cleric will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

The best way to do this, however, is to call secular authorities, not church officials and to keep reporting until someone listens and acts.

Ireland's shocking record on women's rights

IRELAND
Aljazeera

Laurence Lee

In recent months there has been a welter of reports about the horror of FGM, or female genital mutilation. The health service in the UK, for instance, is having to deal with thousands of cases, but because FGM is ‘cultural’ politicians don’t appear to be able to do much to wipe it out.

While FGM has become a real cause of concern in the UK – the former foreign secretary William Hague was particularly personally interested in it – nobody ever said a thing about a practice carried out for many, many years in Ireland which is only now being regarded as a similar human rights violation.

It’s called symphysiotomy, or the separation of the pelvis. Put simply, it involves sawing through a woman’s pelvic bone and cartilage during a difficult childbirth to open up the pelvis and enable birth.

It was banned in most places before the 20th century, but in Ireland hundreds and hundreds of women had it done to them, apparently because doctors preferred it to caesarian section. Why? Because c-section limits the number of children a woman can have, and once a woman has been effectively spatchcocked through symphysiotomy the doctors hoped she could have more and more. After all, this is in line with Catholic thinking on family size.

You can see in the attached video what the effects of all this were: women felt butchered, their physical lives and emotional wellbeing wrecked completely by a medical hierarchy which seemed, to campaigners, to insert religious dogma into medical practice. As a violation of a person’s rights, often without their consent, it’s easy to see the comparison with FGM.

Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Washington Post

Top Anglican calls for lifting seal of confessional in child abuse cases

By Trevor Grundy | Religion News Service October 23

CANTERBURY, England — Anglican priests should no longer be bound by the centuries-old principle of confidentiality in confessions when they are told of sexual crimes committed against children, the Church of England’s No. 2 official said.

Speaking at the end of an internal inquiry on whether senior church officials ignored abuse allegations involving children, Archbishop of York John Sentamu said that “what happened was shameful, terrible, bad, bad, bad.”

He said that the Church of England must break the confidentiality of confession in cases where people disclosed the abuse of children. “If someone tells you a child has been abused, the confession doesn’t seem to me a cloak for hiding that business. How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?”

Armidale's court drama in the case of a defrocked priest ...

AUSTRALIA
Armidale Express

Armidale's court drama in the case of a defrocked priest facing historic child sexual abuse charges

By SAMANTHA-JO HARRIS Oct. 24, 2014

THE committal of a defrocked priest has heard one alleged victim of historic child sexual abuse told his mother “he raped me too”.

On Wednesday Armidale Local Court heard how the man, who was in court to be cross-examined, discovered the allegations against the former priest after he heard about it on the radio.

In a statement made to police in early 2013 the man claimed the “mongrel from Moree” had assaulted him when he was an altar boy in the early 1980s.

The complainant, his mother and partner were in court to be cross-examined about their evidence to see if they would give evidence at the trial.

Magistrate Karen Stafford allowed the cross-examination to start, saying there were “inconsistencies in the statements” and the fact the allegations were from a recovered memory.

But the hearing was delayed after the Crown prosecutor Peter Woods was rushed to hospital with chest pain.

Preti playboy nudi su Fb e barman notturni: il Papa commissaria la diocesi di Albenga

ITALIA
Il Mattino

ALBENGA - ​ La diocesi di Albenga è stata commissariata da Papa Francesco: era retta da 25 anni da monsignor Mario Oliveri, 70 anni.

La decisione sarebbe stata presa dopo che il Nunzio apostolico Adriano Bernardini ha compiuto una indagine sulla chiesa locale. Era stato inviato lì dal papa dopo che in Vaticano erano arrivate varie segnalazioni su un clero ''disinvolto''.

La notizia non è stata commentata dal vescovo. E la curia ha scelto il silenzio. A monsignor Oliveri viene rimproverato di aver accolto in seminario aspiranti sacerdoti senza aver esaminato con attenzione la reale vocazione dei giovani e questo avrebbe generato preti ''deboli''.

Così la sua diocesi ha dovuto subire vari scandali: sacerdoti condannati o indagati per pedofilia, altri che posano nudi su Facebook, parroci con tatuaggi, sacerdoti che lasciano le parrocchie portando via la ''cassa'', preti che fanno i barman in locali notturni, altri che corteggiano le fedeli.

LA DIOCESI DI ALBENGA “COMMISSARIATA” DA PAPA FRANCESCO

ITALIA
Liguria Notizie

GENOVA. 23 OTT. La diocesi di Albenga, retta da 25 anni da monsignor Mario Oliveri, 70 anni, sarebbe stata commissariata da Papa Francesco.

La decisione sarebbe stata presa dopo che il Nunzio apostolico Adriano Bernardini ha compiuto un’ indagine sulla chiesa locale.

Era stato inviato lì dal Papa dopo che in Vaticano erano arrivate varie segnalazioni su un clero “disinvolto”.

Albenga, il Papa commissaria la diocesi degli scandali

ITALIA
Repubblica

dal nostro inviato MASSIMO CALANDRI

ALBENGA - "Liberaci dal male", mormora monsignor Mario Oliveri dall'altare della cattedrale di San Michele Arcangelo. E sulla fronte gli s'allunga una ruga profonda: dolore, inquietudine. Amen, signor vescovo: ma è proprio vero che con tutti questi preti peccatori, Papa Francesco ha deciso di "commissariare" la sua diocesi? "Non voglio parlarne. Non è il momento", taglia corto.

Dopo un quarto di secolo da indisturbato padrone di casa, Oliveri tra pochi giorni dovrà condividere il palazzo vescovile di Albenga con un altro prelato. Un "amministratore apostolico" scelto da Bergoglio per aiutarlo a reggere il peso dei troppi scandali delle sue parrocchie: sacerdoti condannati o indagati per pedofilia, altri che in processione corteggiano le fedeli più carine, parroci che posano nudi su Facebook o per siti gay, che svuotano le cassette delle elemosine e se la danno a gambe, che palpeggiano turiste adolescenti sul lungomare.

Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' ...

ITALY
Telegraph (UK)

Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese

By Nick Squires, Rome 23 Oct 2014

A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis.

The Pope reportedly intends to send an “apostolic administrator” to assess allegations that the diocese of Albenga-Imperia, in the Liguria region of northern Italy, has hosted a string of “playboy priests” moon-lighting as barmen, stealing parish funds and getting tattooed.

Described by one Italian newspaper as “the most gossiped about diocese in Italy”, it has been run for the last 25 years by Bishop Mario Oliveri, 70.

He is expected to be replaced in the near future by an auxiliary bishop, according to Il Secolo XIX, the region’s main newspaper.

Pope Francis has already sent Adriano Bernardini, an apostolic nuncio, or ambassador, to conduct a preliminary investigation into the scandals thay have allegedly unfolded under Bishop Oliveri’s watch

The bishop himself is not accused of any wrongdoing, but is reported to have been overly-charitable in recruiting “black sheep” priests with distinctly chequered pasts, including trainee priests expelled from seminaries for misconduct.

MN--New disclosures aren’t enough

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, October 23

Statement by Frank Meuers of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 952-334-5180, frankameuers@gmail.com )

We are glad the names of four newly "outed" predator priests are surfacing today, especially because three of them are likely living among unsuspecting neighbors in Massachusetts, and Arizona and Forest Lake, MN. (Fr. Donald Drummer, Fr. Robert P. Clark and Fr. John Owens, respectively). But police, prosecutors, parishioners, parents and the public need and deserve to know where and when these priests assaulted children. Archbishop Neinstedt must be more forthcoming if kids are to be better protected and victims are to be better supported.

Catholic officials are NOT disclosing when abuse reports were made against these priests. We suspect that in virtually every case, St. Paul church employees sat on this information for years or decades.

Let’s look specifically at the four newly-named priests. With each of them, Twin Cities Catholic officials kept secret about the child sex abuse allegations against them for years. This secrecy continued unabated over the past decade, despite an allegedly binding national US bishops’ abuse policy that supposedly mandates “openness and transparency.”

They hid accusations against Fr. Clark for at least 14 years, against Fr. Owens for at least nine years, and against Fr. Drummer for at least eight years. Among just those three clerics, that’s 31 years of secrecy, recklessness and callousness.

(Fr. Clark was “removed from active ministry on March 26, 2002.” Fr. Owens was quietly ousted in 2005. Ditto with Fr. Drummer in 2006. And we suspect that allegations against Fr. Majerus were first made in 1971, but he stayed on the job until 1987.)

This new information confirms again just how much St. Paul Catholic officials have endangered and continue to endanger kids. In each case, Twin Cities church officials chose to endanger kids and protect predators by making these moves behind the scenes instead of disclosing them in public.

Review of orders’ practices on child protection published

IRELAND
Irish Times

Patsy McGarry

Thu, Oct 23, 2014

Support for people making allegations of clerical child sexual abuse continues to be inconsistent in some Catholic Church religious congregations, a review published today has found.

“Contact in many instances was not made directlyby the congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed,” it said .

The observation was made by Teresa Devlin, chief executive of the Church’s child protection watchdog, its National Board for Safeguarding Children.

Today it has published 18 reviews of child safeguarding practices involving five five male and 13 female religious congregations. Eight are standard reviews of safeguarding practices against the seven established standards that the Catholic Church in Ireland has agreed to meet.

The congregations fully reviewed included the Vincentian Fathers, the Redemptorists, Sisters of St Louis, Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Pallottines, St Joseph’s Missionary Society (Mill Hill), The Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), the Presentation Sisters.

However, because 10 of the congregations are so small and have very limited contact with children, also due to the advanced age of their members and the fact that they face no allegations of sexual abuse in Ireland, these were assessed against a revised framework. “The 10 Congregations demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to working positively with the National Board, in spite of their limited ministries”, Ms Devlin said.

CHURCH SETTLEMENT WITH VICTIMS OF ABUSE

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

October 23, 2014 Author: berger

As part of a settlement agreement, Twin Cities Catholic officials released names of 17 priests with “substantiated claims of abuse” against them. Among them: Fr. Edward Beutner who worked at SLU in the 1970s and Fr. James Porter who was at a church treatment center here.

Congregations response to victims 'inconsistent'

IRELAND
RTE News

The Catholic Church child protection watchdog has found that eight religious congregations often failed to contact directly people making child sexual abuse allegations against priests, brothers and nuns and their support for complainants continues to be inconsistent.

In audits of the congregations, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church also found the time frame for reporting allegations against congregation members to the civil authorities was variable up until 2009.

However, it has improved considerably since the introduction of new church standards.

This latest tranche of audits by the NBSCCC examines the responses of eight religious congregations to allegations of abuse against their members.

The congregations are the Presentation Sisters, the Vincentian Fathers, The Redemptorists, the Sisters of St Louis, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, The Pallottines, The Mill Hill Fathers and the Missionaries of Africa, also known as the White Fathers.

It said allegations were made against a number of priests ministering abroad by children both in Ireland and in missionary countries.

Documents contradict Nienstedt testimony on priest's sexual assault

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

[with copy of Archbishop Nienstedt's testimony]

Madeleine Baran St. Paul, Minn. Oct 23, 2014

Archbishop John Nienstedt gave a false statement under oath about his knowledge of a priest's criminal conviction for sexually assaulting a child, letters obtained by MPR News show.

Nienstedt testified on April 2 that he first learned of the criminal conviction of the Rev. Gilbert Gustafson, an archdiocesan priest, "during the last six months." He also claimed little knowledge of Gustafson. "I believe that he is retired," Nienstedt testified. "He's in our monitoring program, and he's living on his own."

That statement surprised Catholic parishioner LaLonne Murphy, who had written to Nienstedt more than six years ago to inform him of Gustafson's criminal conviction and his ongoing work as a consultant for Twin Cities parishes.

Murphy, who retired last year as director of liturgy and music at St. Edward's parish in Bloomington, provided MPR News copies of the letters she sent to Nienstedt, as well as the archbishop's

Nienstedt's false statement casts doubt on his credibility as he struggles to respond to a clergy sex abuse scandal that has led to calls for his resignation as the leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

This latest revelation marks the second time that Nienstedt's testimony in that April deposition has been called into question. MPR News reported in August that Nienstedt gave false testimony about his knowledge of a different priest accused of abuse.

17 more Twin Cities priests ID'd as probable pedophiles

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Emily Gurnon
egurnon@pioneerpress.com
POSTED: 10/23/2014

The Twin Cities archdiocese and the law offices of Jeff Anderson issued a joint statement Thursday disclosing the names of 17 priests with "substantiated" claims against them of sexual abuse of a minor.

The names bring to 55 the priests deemed to have substantiated claims of child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Ten of the 17 priests have died, "but the pain they caused is very much alive," Archbishop John Nienstedt said in a written statement. "I am profoundly saddened and sorry for the harm clergy sexual abuse has caused victims and survivors, their families and the community."

The joint statement comes 10 days after archdiocese officials and Anderson's office, which represents victims of clergy sex abuse, held a joint news conference at the Landmark Center. They announced settlement of a lawsuit that had disgorged more than 50,000 pages of priest personnel documents going back decades and a new child protection plan.

The disclosures Thursday were part of the Oct. 13 settlement, Anderson said.

Four of the names have never been released to the public before, he said. Those are Robert P. Clark, Donald Dummer, Harry Majerus and John Owens. Dummer and Owens are still alive.

Archdiocese of St. Paul Releases More Names of Credibly Accused Priests

MINNESOTA
KAAL

(AP) - The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has released the names of another 17 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse.

The release of the names is part of last week’s settlement between the archdiocese and a victim of alleged abuse.

Nine of the priests had claims against them inside the archdiocese; the other eight priests had claims against them elsewhere, but some may have traveled to the archdiocese, had temporary assignments in the archdiocese or lived there as a lay person.

MA--Credibly accused predator priest in Tewksbury is “outed”

MASSACHUSETTS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest who lives in Tewksbury has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on Massachusetts Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him.

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr. Donald Drummer is one of three priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against (him) of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).

We applaud Doe for insisting that more names of predator priests are disclosed as a result of his courageous litigation.

[St. Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese]

Let there be no mistake about this new information: it’s being released because victims have filed lawsuits and insist on real safety measures, not just pay offs. It’s not a sign of reform by Catholic officials. It’s a sign that when victims are brave enough to step forward and smart enough to file lawsuits, more truth can be exposed and more kids can be protected.

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes by Fr. Drummer – or any cleric – will find the courage to speak up, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

The Names of 17 Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse ...

MINNESOTA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

The Names of 17 Priests Accused of Child Sexual Abuse Added to Archdiocese’s List of Abusers

Disclosures part of Doe 1 settlement and child protection action plan

Documents and priest files on all 17 priests soon to follow

(St. Paul, MN) – Today, the names of 17 additional priests who are the subject of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of minors were added to Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis’ disclosure lists posted on its website. In addition, three men whose names were previously identified as having unsubstantiated claims are now added to the substantiated claim disclosure list. This disclosure of names was agreed upon as part of the settlement of the Doe 1 civil lawsuit and is an early step in the child protection action plan announced last week.

At least four of the names* announced today have never been released to the public before. The list of names includes the following priests:
Edward Beutner Ambrose Filbin *Harry Majerus James Porter
*Robert Clark Jerry Foley William Marks Charles Potocki
Eugene Salvatore Corica Ralph Goniea Wendell Mohs Roger Vaughn
*Donald Dummer Reginald Krakovsky Jim Nickel James Vedro
Thomas Erickson Robert Loftus *John Owens Adalbert Woski

“This is a big step forward in an action plan begun and reached as part of an agreement with the Archdiocese,” said attorney Jeff Anderson. “The more that is known about these offenders and their histories, the safer our community becomes. This is just the beginning of a plan for full disclosure.”

Attached is a fact sheet compiled by Jeff Anderson & Associates based on files received in the Doe 1 case, the official Catholic Directories, and independent investigations. Documents and priest files on all 17 priests will be released in the upcoming weeks and will be available at www.andersonadvocates.com.

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NEVER BEFORE KNOWN

Robert Clark (deceased)
Donald Dummer, OMI (alive- Tewksbury, MA)
Harry Majerus (deceased)
John Owens (alive- Forest Lake, MN)

NEWLY RELEASED BY THE ARCHDICOESE - ALIVE

Thomas Ericksen, Minneapolis, MN
Jerry Foley, Minneapolis, MN
Wendal Mohs, OSC, Sartel, MN
Roger Vaughn, OSC, New York, NY (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
James Vedro, OSC, Murrieta, CA

NEWLY RELEASED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE – DECEASED

Edward Beutner
Eugene Salvatore Corica (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
Ambrose Filbin
Ralph Goniea, OMI
Reginald Krakovsky, TOR
Robert Loftus (previously released but “unsubstantiated”)
William Marks
Jim Nickel
James Porter
Charles Potocki, OFM
James Vedro
Adalbert Wolski, TOR

This information was compiled by Jeff Anderson & Associates based on files received in the Doe 1 case, the official Catholic Directories, and independent investigations.

Statement Regarding Disclosure of Additional Names

MINNESOTA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Source: Rita Beatty, Communications Manager

From Archbishop John Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Today, we join law firm Jeff Anderson and Associates in jointly disclosing the names and assignment histories of 17 men who have substantiated claims against them of sexually abusing a minor while they were assigned as priests. As part of a legal settlement with Jeff Anderson and Associates announced last week, a process was established for the disclosure of additional names of priests who are the subject of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor.

Of these 17 men whose names are disclosed today, nine are the subjects of substantiated claims of abuse of a minor within this archdiocese.

The remaining eight individuals are or were priests of other dioceses or religious orders who have substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor outside of this archdiocese. The archdiocese is not aware of any substantiated claim of sexual abuse of a minor asserted against these individuals relating to any conduct that occurred in this archdiocese. Some of these eight individuals held temporary assignments in this archdiocese. In other cases, they may have traveled to the archdiocese, or resided here without ministry faculties or lived here as a lay person.

Most of the reported incidents of abuse related to these 17 men occurred between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s. All of these men have been permanently removed from ministry in this archdiocese; most of them have been out of ministry here for a decade or more. Ten of these 17 men are deceased, but the pain they caused is very much alive. I am profoundly saddened and sorry for the harm clergy sexual abuse has caused victims and survivors, their families and the community.

In addition, the status has changed for three men whose names were previously disclosed. Both Eugene Corica and Robert Loftus are now moved to the list of men who are subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor within this archdiocese, bringing the total number of names on that list to 55. Roger Vaughn is added to the new list of men who are the subjects of substantiated claims of sexual abuse of a minor outside of this archdiocese. There are a total of nine names on that list. ...

DISCLOSED NAMES

Edward Beutner
Robert P. Clark
Donald Dummer
Thomas Ericksen
Ambrose Filbin
Jerry Foley
Ralph Goniea
Reginald Krakovsky
Harry Majerus
William Marks
Wendell Mohs
James Nickel
John Owens
James Porter
Charles Potocki
James Vedro
Adalbert Wolski

ND--Credibly accused predator priest from Bismarck is “outed”

NORTH DAKOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, Oct. 23

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP (314 503 0003)

A Catholic priest from Bismarck has been “outed” today for the first time as a credibly accused child molester. We call on North Dakota Catholic officials to warn parents, parishioners and the public about him and to beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately.

[Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis]

In a joint announcement by a law firm and the St. Paul archdiocese, Fr. John Owen is one of three priests whose names are being disclosed today for the first time as having “substantiated claims against (him) of sexually abusing a minor.” The revelations come as part of a settlement of a clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit announced last week (John Doe 1 vs. Fr. Thomas Adamson and the St. Paul archdiocese).

More about Fr. Owen is here:

[Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis]

We applaud Doe for insisting that more names of predator priests are disclosed as a result of his courageous litigation. And we denounce Bismarck Catholic officials who apparently have kept silent about the accusations against Fr. Owens for almost a decade. (Twin Cities church officials say they "removed his faculties" in 2005. We strongly suspect that even before then they alerted their North Dakota colleagues about these allegations against Fr. Owens.)

We urge Bismarck's bishop to "come clean," explain why he and his colleagues have hidden these allegations, and to fire or at least demote every single Catholic employee who endangered kids by keeping quiet about them.

One Lesson From The Voyeur Rabbi Scandal: Women Must Be Part of Every Board Room

UNITED STATES
Second City Torah

October 23, 2014 by Rabbi Ben Greenberg

It has now been more than a week since the revelations occurred in the media of the alleged voyeuristic spying committed by one of the most influential and powerful Modern Orthodox rabbis in America, Rabbi Barry Freundel. If it was not horrible enough that women, most of them in the process of converting to Judaism, were violated in one of the most special and intimate ritual places in Judaism, it is now clear that the problems go back for years. Abuses of a sexual nature are often more about exerting power over someone as much as they are about sexual gratification. Secretly filming women nude at their most vulnerable in a time of their lives during a conversion process when they are particularly vulnerable is about unequivocally declaring, “I have absolute power over you: your soul, who you will marry and when you will marry them and, yes, even your very body.” The violations of rabbinic propriety that surfaced beginning in 2012 (and perhaps earlier) were also abuses of power.

These abuses of power are not unique to Rabbi Freundel or to the Orthodox rabbinate as Rabbi Ruth Abusch Magder pointed out in a blog post on MyJewishLearning.com. They do send a very powerful message though: The time has long come to open up the door for learned women working in clergy roles in the Orthodox community to join all of the Modern Orthodox rabbinic associations. The time has long come to make sure every mikvah has women serving on its board of directors.

Opening up the power structures to women is not because all men have failed, it is because men in conversation only with themselves fail. Men and women together can make better decisions, hold each other accountable and make sure that the needs, concerns and voices of both women and men are respected.

Archbishop calls for new relationship with media

IRELAND
RTE News

Catholic Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin is to call this afternoon for the development of a new relationship between his church and the media characterised by mutual respect and trust.

In an address to the Radharc television awards ceremony in Dublin, he praised what he calls the "vitally important role" the Irish and global media have played in exposing child sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church.

According to his speaking notes, he also criticised some unidentified commentators, particularly on social media, for failing to objectively question stories, and for publishing instead "their consensus caricature of the Church".

Archbishop Eamon Martin recalled 35 years of output on RTÉ by what he called the "radical" Catholic television documentary unit of the same name on a wide spectrum of contemporary issues from ethics at home to liberation theology abroad.

He called for the development of a new relationship between his church and the media characterised by mutual respect and trust and not based on fawning or deferential attitudes.

Catholic orders are “improving” in reporting abuse allegations

IRELAND
The Journal

CATHOLIC ORDERS ARE getting better at reporting child abuse allegations.

That is according to the latest child welfare reports from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

The reports cover five male and 18 female female religious congregations.

The reports show that between variable times in the 70s and 2009, there were 121 allegations of abuse against 54 members of the orders. Of these, two brothers from the Missionaries of Africa were convicted. The complaints came from children in Ireland and abroad.

However, despite the improvement, the board’s CEO Teresa Devlin says the responses to complaints are “inconsistent”.

“However, support for complainants continues to be inconsistent. Contact in many instances was not made directly by the congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed. This however is an improving picture and the reviewers highlighted instances of compassionate meaningful responses to survivors.”

Rabbis, cowards and cynics: Why religious freedom has few champions in Israel

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Oct. 23, 2014

Wherever you look right now in the Jewish press, you find distressing stories about conversion to Judaism - and about the ugly politics of the conversion process.

Conversion should be moving and sublime, demanding but profoundly meaningful, and reflective of Judaism’s broadly inclusive values. Sadly, what we see in the media in the last few weeks is how human weakness and political opportunism have caused pain and suffering to candidates for conversion in America and turned conversion in Israel into a political football. Whatever else happens, this much is certain: Sacred values have been trampled.

The “voyeur case,” as it’s been called in the press, involves Rabbi Barry Freundel, a Washington, D.C. rabbi accused of videotaping women candidates for conversion while they were naked in the mikveh (ritual bath). The Jewish world has responded to these accusations with outrage and revulsion. But since Rabbi Freundel denies the charges and nothing as yet has been proven, full consideration of the matter will have to wait.

For now, it can simply be noted that in some ways the case is not about conversion at all; it is about rabbinic misconduct and exploitation of religious authority, of the sort that can happen in a variety of settings and by clergy of all movements and all faiths. At the same time, it does raise questions about the problems of conversion in the American Orthodox world, which in recent years has adapted its procedures, usually not for the better, to accommodate the demands of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate. At a later point, these matters will need to be discussed.

Students of disgraced rabbi head back in class

TOWSON (MD)
WTOP

By Nick Iannelli

TOWSON, Md. -- Students of a disgraced rabbi are back in class, stunned and saddened to hear about allegations against their former teacher.

Barry Freundel was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism.

According to police, Freundel used a hidden camera to film women as they undressed, preparing for a ritual bath at Freundel's synagogue in Georgetown.

"It's just very surreal," explains Jonathan Munshaw, one of Freundel's students.

Freundel was a respected, longtime teacher at Towson University.

The school has now replaced him with a new teacher who asked students to share their feelings when they went back to the classroom for the first time Tuesday.

What the Catholic synod that discussed divorced, LGBT believers did – and didn’t – do

ROME
Reuters

By James Martin October 23, 2014

If you told me a few years ago that a synod of bishops would make the front page of almost every newspaper, be featured prominently on almost every news website, and be the topic of heated conversation among Catholics worldwide, I would have said that you were — to use a theological term — crazy.

The interest generated by the Synod of Bishops on the Family, the two-week meeting of bishops, priests and lay people that concluded last weekend at the Vatican, surprised even veteran Vaticanologists. In recent years, synods did not garner much enthusiasm, to put it mildly. One reason for the renewed interest this year was Pope Francis’s urging participants to be as open as possible. And they were. Not only to one another, but also in the daily media briefings, which brought their candor before the general public.

The document that received the most attention was the relatio, or report, issued midway through the two-week session. (The Synod of Bishops on the Family, incidentally, is a two-year event. This session was the first. In other words, that first relatio was midway through midway.) The first relatio was characterized by a warm pastoral outreach to divorce and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples, as well as to gays and lesbians, the last of which were included under the subject line “Welcoming Homosexual Persons.”

The synod’s final relatio, however, proved a less controversial publication, reflecting the variety of viewpoints that exist among the Catholic bishops. Nevertheless, there was still a great deal of confusion over the final document, particularly regarding what it did or did not do. So let’s address those two questions.

WHAT DID THE SYNOD DO?

1. Fostered openness

The synod seems to have ushered in an era of openness in the Vatican. In the past, the results of synods were sometimes seen to be foregone conclusions. Why? Some bishops, for a variety of reasons, may not have felt as comfortable discussing controversial topics, or may have concluded that a pope might not want certain topics raised. That was not the case this month. Bishops were vocal, disagreeing with one another politely but vigorously, a consequence of the pope’s encouragement to be open. “Speak clearly,” he said at the synod’s opening. “Don’t tell anyone, ‘You can’t say that.’”

Police investigate 'questionable locker room behavior' at McNicholas HS

OHIO
WLWT

CINCINNATI —Four freshman football players are gone from their team after questionable locker room behavior and a police investigation.

Archdiocese of Cincinnati spokesman Dan Andriacco told WLWT News 5 Wednesday night that Cincinnati police were investigating after receiving reports of alleged inappropriate behavior at McNicholas High School.

Andriacco would not say specifically what happened in the locker room, but that the four teens were suspended from school for five days and kicked off the freshmen football team.

He also said that the school had notified Cincinnati police, who have started their own investigation into the incident.

So far, no charges have been filed.

Archdiocese investigating four McNicholas High freshman

OHIO
Local 12

[with video]

Updated: Thursday, October 23 2014

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- The Archdiocese of Cincinnati says they are investigating an incident involving four teens at McNicholas High School for "inappropriate behavior."

The four freshman football players were suspended from the school for five days and are no longer with the team.

The teens are scheduled to return to school Thursday.

Men who claimed they were sexually abused as boys by Verona Fathers in Mirfield settle out of court for £120,000

UNITED KINGDOM
Examiner

Oct 23, 2014 11:18 By Martin Shaw

A group of men who claimed they were sexually abused as boys in a Catholic college in Mirfield in the 1960s and 1970s have settled out of court.

The 11 men were training to be priests at the Mirfield Junior Seminary run by the Verona Fathers, an Italian missionary order.

The boys claim they were subjected to a catalogue of abuse by several priests running the boarding school.

Now it has been revealed, all 11 men have accepted payments totalling £120,000. The settlements paid by the order, now known as the Comboni Missionaries, have been made without any admission of liability.

Abuse victim Peter Gogarty launches book

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

By Sam Rigney Oct. 23, 2014

HUNTER activist and abuse victim Peter Gogarty said he hopes his new book will provide understanding and hope for victims of child sexual abuse.

Mr Gogarty - a victim of Hunter paedophile priest Jim Fletcher - launched his book ‘‘Judas Church - Memoir of a Shy Young Fellow’’ at Maitland Gaol on Thursday night.

‘‘I was nine years old when I met newly ordained Catholic Priest Father James Patrick Fletcher,’’ Gogarty says.

‘‘Before I turned 18 I told him I would kill him if he ever touched me again.

‘‘Twenty-five years later, driving home from work, I heard that he had been arrested on multiple child abuse charges.

The disgraced bishop and the loyal parish: Catholic double standards at their finest

UNITED KINGDOM
The Spectator

Damian Thompson

The Catholic bishops of England and Wales are to hold an inquiry into the case of the Rt Rev Kieran Conry, he of the two (or is it three?) girlfriends, who resigned as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton when he had a crisis of conscience caused by the tabloids knocking on his door.

Displaying their celebrated transparency, the bishops have decided to keep the name of the ‘chair’ of the inquiry secret. The committee will focus on whether Conry breached guidelines on ‘vulnerable adults’. I very much doubt whether it will ask why Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor persuaded Rome to make his protégé a bishop when his relationship with a woman was already common knowledge. Conry was ‘one of us’, you see: a member of the Magic Circle of ambitious liberals (life president, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor; honorary press officer, Doctor A. Ivereigh) who had various nuncios wrapped round their little fingers.

Meanwhile, what about Catholics who are not ‘one of us’? You can’t get further from the Magic Circle than the parishioners of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Blackfen, Kent. The previous parish priest, Fr Tim Finigan, is a traditionalist who celebrated the Tridentine Latin Mass on Sundays – but also the New Mass, in strict conformity with rules laid down by Pope Benedict XVI. No sooner had he left earlier this year than the new PP, Fr Steven Fisher, cancelled the traditional services. Fr Fisher has the backing of his boss, Archbishop Peter Smith, but it’s a decision that has caused terrible distress to traditional Catholics for whom the old Mass at Blackfen was the centre of their spiritual lives. Now, you could argue that an incoming pastor is entitled to change – gently – the way things are done in his parish; but in this case the new man, having apparently concluded that the traddies were ‘divisive’, has effected change in a brutal fashion that has left his flock truly divided. More of a Cromwell than a Fisher, you might say.

Did D.C. rabbi charged with voyeurism film Towson University students?

TOWSON (MD)
WJLA

[with video]

By Brad Bell October 23, 2014

TOWSON, Md. (WJLA) – A search is under way to find out if a prominent D.C. rabbi, accused of spying on women as they undressed, may have also recorded video of students he taught at Towson University.

Rabbi Bernard “Barry” Freundel is already charged with voyeurism, after police say he hid a camera inside a ritual bath at Kesher Israel Synagogue.

At Towson, Freundel’s students wonder how many more victims there may be.

“I don’t think we should have to worry about that when we’re interacting with our teachers,” said Grace Peterson.

“I think it’s really inappropriate and … kinda disgusting,” Alex Halperin added.

Freundel was arrested last week in D.C. on charges he secretly spied on several women at the Georgetown synagogue he led as rabbi. It is alleged he used a camera hidden in a clock radio to record video of women in a sacred mikvah cleansing bath.

Anti-Abuse Activist Joey Diangello Dies of Overdose, But His Legacy Lives On

NEW YORK
The Jewish Daily Forward

By Hody Nemes

As a teenager, Joey Diangello, a self-described survivor of child sex abuse, left the insular Satmar Hasidic community of Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where he’d grown up and plunged into the world of heavy metal music.

There, Diangello, who wore mascara and heavy metal T-shirts and sported long, black hair, found some measure of comfort in the music of such bands as Metallica.

But in death, Diangello, a co-founder of the group Survivors for Justice, which seeks to expose child sexual abuse in the Orthodox community — where it is often repressed — returned to the ultra-Orthodox enclave of Monsey, New York. On Ocotber 19, he was buried in a cemetery there under the birth name he abandoned long ago: Yoel Deutsch.

Diangello, who was 34, died of a drug overdose, according to PIX11, a local New York television news outlet. But friends remained uncertain of whether the death was a suicide.

“As of late he had been clean. He was running a marathon, he was really getting his life together, which is why it’s especially frustrating,” said Mark Weiss, a fellow member of Survivors for Justice.

Paedophile ex-police officer Don Mackintosh found hanged after court appearance over fresh sex abuse allegation

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

Oct 23, 2014 06:00 By Neal Keeling

A paedophile former police officer has been found hanged just days after appearing in court to face fresh allegations of child abuse.

Prolific abuser Don Mackintosh, a ex-sergeant in Greater Manchester Police, and church Boys’ Brigade leader was convicted in 1994 of a string of sex offences against young boys and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Mackintosh, 71, was found hanged at his home on Calico Crescent, Stalybridge, by officers who broke in when neighbours reported he had not been seen for several days.

Last week he appeared at Manchester Crown Court for a preliminary hearing accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s. ...

Mackintosh, who also worked as an education welfare officer for Manchester council in the 70s, was also a lieutenant in the 59th Battalion of the Boys’ Brigade, based at Platt Lane Methodist Church, Fallowfield, where he abused his trust to pursue youngsters.

He got away with his crimes for 25 years until one victim had the courage to come forward. This triggered a police investigation and other victims were traced.

Ex-cop paedophile found dead in his home just days after answering child sex allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Mirror

A paedophile former police officer has been found dead just days after answering fresh child sex allegations.

Serial abuser and ex-Greater Manchester Police sergeant Don Mackintosh was found hanged at his home by officers who smashed down his door.

The twisted sex beast, who was once a church Boys' Brigade leader, was convicted of a string of offences against young boys in 1994 and sentenced to nine years in jail.

Mackintosh, 71, was found hanged by the neck after appearing at Manchester Crown Court last week accused of indecent assault against two boys dating back to the mid 1970s and 80s.

Victim speaks about rape ordeal

WALES
Barry and District News

by Dominic Jones

A WOMAN who was raped by a Jehovah's Witness elder in Barry has spoken out about her ordeal and her hopes for bringing legal action against the church.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is pursuing legal action against the Jehovah's Witness church alongside fellow victim and campaigner Karen Morgan in regards to their treatment in the aftermath of being abused by Mark Sewell, 53, who was jailed for 14 years in July for one count of rape and seven counts of sexual assault.

The pair are being represented by Kathleen Hallisey, the lawyer who represented American Candice Conti in a legal action against the Witnesses following years of childhood sexual abuse in California.

The woman, now in her 50s, was raped by Sewell at his home in the early 1990s having become friends with him and his family through the church.

Following the attack, she became pregnant but subsequently miscarried.

Groping teacher jailed for historic abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Oldham Evening Chronicle

A FORMER deputy headmaster has been jailed for four years after admitting sexually molesting nine youngsters over 35 years ago.

Grandfather Anthony Kerr (71) and in frail physical and mental health, preyed on the vulnerable boys when he was a teacher at an Oldham school.

Kerr, who later went on to devote his life to the church and became a Church of England priest, carried out the offences over four years from the late 1970s.

Manchester Crown Court heard the circumstances were virtually identical in each case: he called the boys - some as young as seven - to his desk to hear them read for him. then he sat them on his knee and fondled them under their short trousers. If they made a mistake wile reading he would pinch them.

New concerns over hospice chaplain accused of sexual misconduct

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Lilly Fowler lfowler@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82210

An alleged victim of sexual exploitation has fresh concerns over a pastor and former licensed psychologist who is now working as a hospice chaplain.

The Rev. Bill Little is currently employed by Unity Hospice in St. Louis’ Dogtown neighborhood. Rhonda Pitt, who together with her husband first sued Little in 2011, accusing him of sexual misconduct, is concerned the pastor could hurt someone else.

“We just need people to know. They need to be warned,” Darrell Pitt, Rhonda’s husband, said at a news conference sponsored by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “I just hope we can prevent him from hurting anyone else.”

The couple sued Little, and the now defunct Christ Memorial Baptist Church in Cool Valley, claiming that in the 1980s he used his position as pastor, and his role as their personal therapist, to engage in an affair with Rhonda.

Boston atty. plans to pursue sex abuse settlements for 28 more Warren JFK victims

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

Wed, October 22, 2014
YOUNGSTOWN

The $8 million settlement reached in Pennsylvania between 88 sex-abuse victims of Brother Stephen Baker did not involve any Ohio victims, but there are still 28 alleged Ohio victims with claims.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said he plans to begin asking the Diocese of Youngstown for settlement negotiations “forthwith” regarding the 28 who claim also to have been victims of the Franciscan friar while he taught at Warren John F. Kennedy High School from 1986 to 1992.

Garabedian said a representative for the Diocese of Youngstown participated in the negotiations that resulted in the $8 million Pennsylvania settlement, but it was not because any victims were from within the Youngstown diocese.

The settlement was for 88 alleged sex-abuse victims of Brother Baker while he taught at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa., from 1992 to 2001.

Youngstown Diocese had no victims in most recent Brother Baker settlement

YOUNGSTOWN (OH)
Vindicator

Thu, October 23, 2014 .
By Ed Runyan
runyan@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

The $8 million settlement reached in Pennsylvania between 88 sex-abuse victims of Brother Stephen Baker did not involve any Ohio victims, but there are still 28 alleged Ohio victims with claims.

Atty. Mitchell Garabedian of Boston said he plans to begin asking the Diocese of Youngstown for settlement negotiations “forthwith” regarding the 28 who claim also to have been victims of the Franciscan friar while he taught at Warren John F. Kennedy High School from 1986 to 1992.

Garabedian said a representative for the Diocese of Youngstown participated in the negotiations that resulted in the $8 million Pennsylvania settlement, but it was not because any victims were from within the Youngstown diocese.

The settlement was for 88 alleged sex-abuse victims of Brother Baker while he taught at Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown, Pa., from 1992 to 2001.

Garabedian said the 28 in Ohio are separate from the 11 men who received a settlement from the Youngstown diocese, Warren JFK High School, and Brother Baker’s religious order, the Third Order Regular Franciscans, in 2012 because of alleged sexual misconduct by Brother Baker while at JFK.

Senior Anglicans apologise for failing to deal with abuse allegations in Australia

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Helen Davidson
theguardian.com, Wednesday 22 October 2014

Senior members of the Church of England have issued formal apologies after an inquiry found a high level Anglican clergyman made serious failures in addressing allegations of the sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain.

The year-long independent inquiry in Britain examined an alleged cover-up by the Anglican church in response to allegations made in 1999 and 2003 against a former Queensland school principal, Robert Waddington, and revealed by the Times of London and the Australian.

Waddington, who died in 2007, was a principal of North Queensland’s now closed St Barnabas boarding school from the early 1960s to 1970. He was unexpectedly sent to Queensland in 1954, one year after he joined the church, very soon after abuse allegations were raised, and in circumstances one former victim suggested were suspicious. After he left St Barnabas, Waddington returned to England where he held senior roles in children’s education and became the dean of Manchester.

At least six boys and one clergyman were allegedly abused by Waddington, the Australian reported, as far back as the early 1950s and as recently as 2003.

Press Release- Review Reports of safeguarding practice published today

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Support For Complainants Inconsistent But Practice Overall Continues To Improve

(23rd October 2014 )

18 reviews of safeguarding practice across 5 male religious congregations and 13 female religious congregations have been published today. 8 of these are standard reviews measuring safeguarding practice against the 7 established standards that the Catholic Church has agreed to meet. However, because 10 of the orders in question are very small, have very limited contact with children, the advanced age of their members and no allegations of sexual abuse in Ireland, were assessed against a revised framework. This framework has been devised to address the actuality of their current existence.

“The findings for the 8 full reviews show that the timeframes for reporting to the civil authorities in relation to allegations against priests/brothers/sisters up until 2009 is variable but has improved considerably since the introduction of the “Safeguarding Children, Standards and Guidance,” said Teresa Devlin, CEO, NBSCCCI. “However, support for complainants continues to be inconsistent. Contact in many instances was not made directly by the Congregation and the opportunity for pastoral support was missed. This however is an improving picture and the reviewers highlighted instances of compassionate meaningful responses to survivors.”

The reports also showed that a number of the priests were in ministry abroad and allegations were made from both children in Ireland and in the missionary countries. Practice in terms of managing those situations varied, but increasingly is now dealt with by returning the accused priest to Ireland and being placed under restrictions in houses in Ireland. Where allegations have been made abroad it is rare for the complainant to pursue any action in relation to criminal or civil investigations. In these instances the Church inquiries are critical in establishing if there is a semblance of truth to the allegation and in the management of risk.

“We have also found that management plans relating to accused Priests and Brothers and sisters have improved significantly over time, though there is still room for improvement, in terms of clarity of roles, review of restrictions, and sharing of information,” said Devlin. “Adherence to other aspects of the 7 standards was less well developed in many Congregations. Many have limited ministry with children in Ireland today therefore the applicability of all criteria was limited. Recommendations for improvement where relevant have been made.”

For those 10 Congregations undergoing the revised audit process it was found that where there is ministry with children, the policy and procedures of the Diocese/Service provider was followed. The 10 Congregations demonstrated a strong sense of commitment to working positively with the National Board, in spite of their limited ministries.

“The publication of these Safeguarding reviews may evoke memories, it is important that complainants come forward if there are still unreported allegations of abuse,” said Devlin. “So, please do come forward and report them to the civil authorities and to the Diocese or Religious Order.”
ENDS

For further information please contact: Ger Kenny 087 2488393

18 Review Reports on Safeguarding Practice published today

IRELAND
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Overview Report – 6th Tranch Reviews & 1st Tranche small Female Congregations

6th Tranche Review Reports

St. Joseph’s Society for Foreign Missions ( Mill Hill)

Sisters of St Louis

Missionaries of Africa ( White Fathers)

Pallottine Fathers & Brothers

Redemptorists

Union of Sisters of the Presetnation of Blessed Virgin Mary

Vincentians

Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary

Female - Small Congregations

Notre Dame des Missions

Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa

Faithful Companions of Jesus

Daughters of the Heart of Mary

Medical Missionaries of Mary

Missionary Sisters of St. Columban

Sisters of Charity of Jesus & Mary

Sisters of Marie Reparatrice

Ursulines of Jesus

Sisters of Adoration and Reparation

Congregations 'improve' in reporting abuse allegations

IRELAND
RTE News

The Catholic Church child protection watchdog has fully reviewed the responses of eight religious congregations to allegations of sexual abuse of children in their care.

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church said the timeframe for reporting allegations against congregation members to the civil authorities was "variable up until 2009".

However, it said it has improved considerably since the introduction of new church standards that year.

Commenting on the audits, the board's chief executive, Teresa Devlin, said the religious congregations' support for complainants continues to be inconsistent.

The audit reports relate to: the Presentation Sisters, the Vincentian Fathers, the Redemptorists, the Sisters of St Louis, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, The Pallottines, The Mill Hill Fathers and the Missionaries of Africa also known as the White Fathers.

York Inquiry finds 'systematic failure' over abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Madeleine Davies

Posted: 23 Oct 2014

IN 1999, after receiving allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in his province, Lord Hope, then Archbishop of York, wrote a letter of apology, aware that "this whole business will have caused you deep disquiet and distress and a considerable degree of sadness and pain."

The letter was sent not to the survivor, but to the abusive priest. On Wednesday, it was published as part of a strongly critical report on the Church's response to allegations of abuse against the priest, the former Dean of Manchester, the late Robert Waddington. It details how the failure to implement policies meant that victims were denied an opportunity to see their abuser brought to justice.

The report is the result of an inquiry commissioned last year by the present Archbishop of York, Dr Sentamu (News, 17 May 2013), after a joint investigation by The Times in London and The Australian newspaper in Sydney had revealed allegations against Waddington dating back decades.

The inquiry, led by Sally Cahill QC, concludes: "Irrespective of the policies in force, there was a systemic failure: appropriate referrals would not have taken place . . . because the decision-making was in the hands of those not qualified or sufficiently experienced in child protection to make those decisions."

On Wednesday, Dr Sentamu, who has visited all the victims living in the UK, said he was "deeply ashamed that the Church was not vigilant enough". There was a need for "deep repentance".

October 22, 2014

Former Notre Dame Academy teacher arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting student

CALIFORNIA
My News LA

POSTED BY JOHN SCHREIBER ON OCTOBER 22, 2014

A former teacher at the private Catholic girls school, Notre Dame Academy in West Los Angeles, was freed on $400,000 bail Wednesday after her arrest on suspicion of sexually molesting a student several years ago.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony child sexual assault and was bailed out about 2 p.m. today, according to the sheriff’s website.

Culver City police made the arrest because the alleged crime or crimes occurred in that city between 2005 and 2007. “Mrs. Brewer was a teacher at the Notre Dame Academy in the city of Los Angeles during the same period, and it is alleged that the victim was one of her students,” Culver City police stated.

The elementary school is at 2911 Overland Ave., and the high school at 2851 Overland Ave.

So far, Brewer has not been charged, but police said detectives presented their case to the District Attorney’s office.

Anyone who may have been a victim of a similar crime, or who has more information about the case, was urged to call Detective Tobias Raya, (310) 253- 6318; or the watch commander, (310) 253-6202.

Culver City teacher arrested on sexual assault charges

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By TRE'VELL ANDERSON

A former teacher at a Los Angeles all-girls school was arrested Wednesday and accused of sexually assaulting one of her students between 2005 and 2007.

Elizabeth “Beth” Brewer, 39, has been charged with several felony charges by the Los Angeles District Attorney, according to a Culver City Police Department press release.

Brewer was a teacher at the private, Catholic high school Notre Dame Academy. The alleged victim is believed to have been one of Brewer’s students while she taught there.

The teacher left in 2006 after six years of service for unknown reasons, according to a source with knwoledge of the case who did not want to be identified.

After working at the high school, Brewer got a job as a course instructor and research analyst at UCLA before joining the Loyola Marymount University School of Education as adjunct faculty in 2007.

Woman Arrested In Alleged Sex Assault Of Former Student

CALIFORNIA
CBS Los Angeles

CULVER CITY (CBSLA.com) — A woman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of the sexual assault of a former student at an all-girls Catholic high school.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, faces several felony charges of sexual assault of a minor.

The alleged acts occurred in Culver City between 2005 and 2007, police said.

“Mrs. Brewer was a teacher at the Notre Dame Academy in the City of Los Angeles during the same time period and it is alleged that the victim was one of her students,” said Det. Raya.

Ex-Teacher at Catholic Girls High School in L.A. Arrested on Suspicion Child Sex Assault of Student

CALIFORNIA
KTLA

OCTOBER 22, 2014, BY MELISSA PAMER

A former teacher at a Catholic girls’ high school on the Westside of Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of felony sexual assault in connection with incidents that occurred between 2005 and 2007.

Elizabeth Brewer, 39, was arrested Tuesday morning after a “lengthy investigation” into an alleged incidents that involved one of her underage students at Notre Dame Academy in Rancho Park, according to the Culver City Police Department.

The school’s president informed parents of the arrest in a letter Tuesday. President Nancy Coomis said she first learned of the allegations several years ago after the student had graduated and Brewer was no longer at the school.

The allegations were reported to police immediately, Coomis said.

“We have cooperated with the police investigation and will continue to do so,” Coomis wrote. “School personnel are screened on their ability to work safely with minors, are provided information to help recognize and deal with issues of child sexual abuse, and are given guidance and instruction on appropriate professional conduct with students. Every student has the right to be respected and treated with the dignity befitting a child of God.”

Pope Francis’ Old Breeding Policy Fails Kids, Women & Gay Folks

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

WARNING — Eternal damnation awaits those who pursue sexual intimacy without pregnancy prospects, except maybe for clerics. This is the “wonderful warning” that recently Pope Francis and his Synod of Bishops, in effect, confirmed again — both for “opposite sex couples” and for “same sex couples”. This also confirmed the clear Vatican strategic link between the contraception and homosexuality issues. As the prominent Catholic observer, Peter Steinfels, noted a decade ago: “Homosexuality becomes the obvious battleground for addressing questions about nonprocreative heterosexuality.”

Papal power, of course, is derived from (1) claims that the pope is the only infallible transmitter of Jesus’ hopeful “message of love”, and (2) continued belief in these claims by over a billion docile Catholics who contribute and vote. Unending scandals of priests’ child abuse and bishops’ financial corruption, as well as chaotic clerical confrontations over “doctrines” and “turf”, like those at the recent Synod, are sending a very “unloving and fallible” message to a billion plus Catholics.

See, in the picture and report here, as a likely indication of related political and financial considerations, Pope Francis’ welcoming at the end of the Synod, Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, hardly the most “prophetic” supporter of Pope Francis’ breeding strategy:

[StarAfrica]

As usual, the voices of women, as Francis’ “Adam’s Rib”, were barely heard at the Synod, as strongly noted in “‘Baad” News Around the World” here:

[National Catholic Reporter]

The man-made “Rabbitt Rule” (Breed & Breed More!) of Popes Pius XI (1930) and Paul VI (1968) appears still to be the cornerstone of the Vatican’s key moral “doctrine of procreative sex, ONLY”. Corollaries this Rule include:

1. Catholic “opposite sex couples” must “shoot” for pregnancy in each intimate encounter; and

2. Catholic “same sex couples”, who cannot “shoot” for pregnancy, cannot be intimate ever; otherwise heterosexual couples will also demand “unfruitful non-procreative sex”.

These continuing Vatican scandal setbacks make it strategically paramount for the Vatican to generate more Catholic babies, at least to replace millions of younger, and even older, Catholics, who increasingly find the Vatican’s Church to be neither loving nor infallible. Meanwhile, the Vatican’s main worldwide religious competitor, Muslims, keep producing more babies, at a higher rate than Catholics now do, putting more pressure on the Vatican’s escalating “Baby Crusade”.

'Compel witnesses' to give evidence

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

22 OCTOBER 2014

Witnesses in historic child abuse cases should be forced to give evidence as victims deserve more than promises of co-operation from Government agencies, MPs have heard.

Scandals including Rotherham, Rochdale and the brutal paedophile ring who abused boys from the Kincora home in Belfast are linked by allegations of an MI5 cover-up, Alliance Party MP Naomi Long said.

And it would be "utterly naive" to expect former security and intelligence service officials to voluntarily give evidence if they could face prosecution, Ms Long said.

She reiterated demands for the Official Secrets Act to be temporarily suspended to ensure full evidence emerged in connection to the Kincora investigation.

Ms Long added the Government-commissioned UK-wide probe into historic abuse - chaired by Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf - should also have statutory powers to compel witnesses to give evidence, as she warned state institutions had previously failed the victims.

Diocese asked to provide therapy as part of sex abuse settlement

PENNSYLVANIA
WJAC

Updated: Wednesday, October 22 2014

By: Maria Miller

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- It's only been a day since the Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown announced an $8 million settlement with 88 alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Brother Stephen Baker and already 6 News has learned at least one more alleged victim has come forward.

It was announced Wednesday by Road to Recovery, an organization that helps victims of sexual abuse.

The group was in Hollidaysburg with a parent of an alleged victim asking the diocese to do more.

"Your mind is spinning, you can't believe it happened. You don't want to tell anyone about this, you don't even want it to be a reality for yourself," said Barbara Aponte.

"I know this because as a child I was a victim of sexual abuse, not by a clergyman but by a family member."

Aponte not only knows what it's like to be a victim, she knows what it's like to lose a child because of the stigmas attached to sexual abuse.

Her son, Luke Bradesku, took his own life at 29, but it took nearly 11 years until his family found out why. They say he was a victim of Baker. "Had my son gotten help, he might still be here," Aponte said.

Child abuse investigation...

UNITED KINGDOM
Independent

Child abuse investigation: PM confident inquiry chair Fiona Woolf will act 'with integrity' despite connection to former minister under scrutiny

Paul Peachey

The head of the Government’s sprawling historical child abuse inquiry is facing demands to step down after she admitted hosting dinner parties with the former minister under scrutiny over his role in an alleged Establishment cover-up.

In a letter to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, Fiona Woolf, a lawyer, said that she had hosted three dinner events for Lord and Lady Brittan and dined twice at their home since 2008.

Despite other connections with the couple, including living in the same street, she said this did not amount to a “close association” with the former minister.

But concern at her relationship with the couple is mounting, particularly as Ms Woolf was only appointed after the original choice to head the inquiry – Lady Butler-Sloss – was herself forced to step aside over Establishment and family links to Lord Brittan.

The peer faces questions about what actions he took, while serving as Home Secretary in the 1980s, after being handed a now-missing dossier by the late MP Geoffrey Dickens that included claims of the involvement of VIPs in a child sex ring. In her first public grilling since she was appointed head of the inquiry, Ms Woolf – the Lord Mayor of London, former Law Society president, and member of the RAC club – repeatedly denied that she was a member of the Establishment.

Former school counselor, priest gets reduced in sex offender status

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By Bob Gardinier
Published 4:54 pm, Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TROY — A former School 14 guidance counselor and one-time Roman Catholic priest who was convicted in 2002 for inappropriately touching an 11-year-old boy and possessing a library of child pornography had his Sexual Offender Registration level 3 status — the rank assigned to the most the top level, reduced to 2 after a hearing Wednesday.

William J. Heim, now 72, appeared before Judge Andrew Ceresia asking for the reduction. Ceresia heard testimony on how the man had not re-offended since he was released from prison 10 years ago and had complied with and attended all of the sexual offender courses required by parole and probation.

Assistant District Attorney Roman Griffith, however, argued that Heim has only been off probation for a couple of years.

"He has not had that fear of going back to jail hanging over his head for only a couple of years," Griffith said. "We argued he has not been truly tested and should stay at a level 3, which requires the person to report every 90 days whether he has moved or not."

Priest denies charges of child sexual abuse

CANADA
North Renfrew Times

by Terry Myers

Father Michael Daniel Miller, 70, a Catholic priest who served in Deep River in the 1970s, will return to Pembroke court December 3 to face the verdict on charges of child sexual abuse.

Miller appeared in Pembroke court last week before Superior Court Justice Martin James on charges of gross indecency and indecent assault on a male.

Miller was previously convicted and sentenced to nine months in prison last year on five counts of indecent assault on a male.

Three of those charges involved victims who had served as altar boys at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and whose families had welcomed him into their Deep River homes.

The current charges were laid following last year's court proceedings, after another Deep River man came forward to claim that he also was a victim of sexual abuse at Miller's hands in the early 70's.

Poland indicts priest linked to abuse of boys in Dominican town

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Warsaw. – The Warsaw Office of the Prosecutor on Tuesday announced that a Polish priest has been charged in his country of sexually abusing minors in Poland and the Dominican Republic, AP reports.

A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Warsaw, Przemyslaw Nowak, said the priest, identified only as Wojciech G., has been charged on 10 counts acts of abuse, eight of them with teen boys under 15.

Nowak said Wednesday that the alleged abuses occurred in Poland in 2000 and 2001 and in Dominican Republic from 2009 to 2013.

The priest, identified as Wojciech Gil in an interview for the TVN network , was also indicted on possession of pornography and possession of an unlicensed weapon and ammo. He was arrested near Krakow in February and has been in police custody since.

ARCHBISHOP BLASE J. CUPICH TO RESIDE AT HOLY NAME CATHEDRAL RECTORY

CHICAGO (IL)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

Archbishop's Residence Committee to be Established to Determine Best Uses for North State Parkway Residence

Chicago, IL (October 22, 2014) – Archbishop Blase J. Cupich has informed the priests of the Archdiocese of Chicago of his decision regarding his choice of residence and will live in the former quarters of the late Bishop Lyne at Holy Name Cathedral. Archbishop Cupich made this decision in consultation with Cardinal George, Msgr. Dan Mayall, Pastor of Holy Name Cathedral, and several Chicago priests.

Among the considerations that Archbishop Cupich took into account when making this decision was the historical significance of the North State Parkway Residence with its symbolic meaning for the people in the Archdiocese. As the home of all the Archbishops of Chicago since it was built in 1885 by Most Rev. Patrick A. Feehan, the Residence has hosted St. John Paul II and two of his predecessors before they were elected Pope, Cardinals Pacelli (Pius XII) and Montini (Paul VI). President Franklin D. Roosevelt was also an overnight guest. The important legacy of the Residence is that it was made possible through the sacrifice and financial commitment of Archdiocesan Catholics.

Another consideration for Archbishop Cupich in making this decision was his expressed desire to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago. When his schedule permits, the Archbishop intends to say daily Mass at the Cathedral. The location also provides easy access to his office at Archbishop Quigley Center, as well as everything Chicago has to offer in everyday life in the City.

New Chicago Archbishop Won't Live In $14.3 Million Cardinal's Mansion

CHICAGO (IL)
Huffington Post

By Carol Kuruvilla

Chicago’s incoming Archbishop Blase Cupich is foregoing the archdiocese’s lavish $14.3 million Cardinal’s Mansion for humbler digs.

The Chicago Archdiocese confirmed in a press release Wednesday that Cupich is breaking from the tradition set by his predecessors and has made up his mind to move instead to the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral.

The decision was made, in part, because Cupich expressed a “desire to reside in a place where he could be most effective in serving all the people in the Archdiocese of Chicago.”

The Archbishop also has plans to say daily mass at Holy Name Cathedral, which is the seat of the Chicago archdiocese.

Kids can't consent! Get it right, reporters!

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Two clergy sex abuse stories yesterday by television stations – one in Texas, the other in Indiana – made me want to crawl back into bed and stay there.

First, KHOU TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston, reported that a girl, “when she was 13. . . .began a sexual relationship” with her 37-year-old youth pastor, Derek Hutter. The station reported that she “had sex with Hutter over a dozen times” and “had been involved with the youth minister since she was 13-years-old.”

[KHOU]

Then, WBIW, the Fox affiliate in Vincennes, reported that 34-year-old youth pastor Derrick "Duke" Hampsch is accused of “engaging sexual acts with a minor” and that “the probable cause listed three incidents in which the victim described taking part in sexual acts with Hampsch.”

[WBIW]

(emphasis added)

Look at those underlined words and phrases. Each implies consent. Each suggests that the victim, despite being a child, is a willing participant. (And one phrase - “when she began a sexual relationship” - actually says that the child was the instigator.)

Each phrase is dreadfully hurtful. Reporters simply MUST be more accurate and sensitive in their language surrounding sex crimes, especially child sex crimes.

Ever wonder why so many rape and abuse victims stay silent? In part, it’s because of callous, stupid and inappropriate reporting like this.

If I put a gun in a teller’s face and demand the bank’s money, no one writes that she “took part in a financial transaction” with me. So no one should say or suggest that somehow, when adults sexually violate kids or teenagers, there’s no coercion involved.

Child molesters are usually more subtle and less overtly violent. But they still force their victims into what may seem like compliance. But it’s not. And we shouldn’t use careless or callous language that implies an equality and a willingness between child and adult that is just not possible.

My StoryCorps recording in Chicago

UNITED STATES
Watch Keep

Amy Smith

In August 2014 SNAP entered a community partnership with StoryCorps. Since 2003 StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 90,000 participants. With the storyteller's permission, each conversation is recorded on a CD to share and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to their weekly broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition and on their Listen pages. To help commemorate the 25th Anniversary of SNAP at the 2014 National Conference, StoryCorps reserved two full recording days for SNAP members to share their stories. Since then, others have been able to record at the StoryCorps booths in San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago.

Police: Clearwater wrestling coach accused of hitting students had a history of similar claims

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

Laura C. Morel, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A wrestling coach arrested Tuesday on charges that he recently hit two students was accused of stripping a Pinellas Park High student naked in 1998 after he caught the boy smoking a cigarette, according to records.

Teachers grew concerned when the student began missing classes around Thanksgiving. When confronted, the student said he felt uncomfortable seeing Scott Stern, a wrestling team volunteer, at school.

According to police records, the boy said that after Stern caught him smoking a cigarette in a car, Stern asked him to come into the wrestling room.

"Coach Stern said he could handle the smoking situation in three ways," an officer wrote in a report. "One was to call his mother, two was the hard way, and the third was the mental way."

The boy chose the mental way. Stern forced him to strip naked and balance a ruler on his head, records show.

When confronted by school officials and police, Stern admitted to making the student balance the ruler, but denied making him take off his clothes.

Müller: It is not true I avoided greeting the Pope because of an argument

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

The cardinal has denied last Sunday’s alleged “incident”. At the post-Synod round table the President of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, Mgr. Melina, argued that the open approaches proposed during the Synod were simply “ways to attract people. It is like introducing end of season sales, Church style”

ANDREA TORNIELLI
VATICAN CITY

“It is not true that I deliberately avoided going to greet Pope Francis at the end of last Sunday’s mass because of an argument ... these allegations are false,” Cardinal Ludwig Müller said at the end of a round table on the theme “The hope of the family. The Synod and beyond” held at the European University of Rome. He denied that he avoided greeting the Pope after the celebration of October 19th because of an argument a number of individuals claimed he had had with him.

Is Fiona Woolf’s child abuse inquiry falling apart before it has begun?

UNITED KINGDOM
The Conversation

Bernard Gallagher
Reader in Social Work and Applied Social Sciences at University of Huddersfield

Bernard Gallagher has, in the past, received funding from the Department of Health, the Home Office, the Economic and Social Research Council, the NSPCC, and The Nuffield Foundation. He is a trustee of the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

The Conversation is funded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Alfred P Sloan Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our global publishing platform is funded by Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Fiona Woolf’s first appearance before the Home Affairs Committee as Chair of the independent inquiry into historical child sexual abuse provided some useful, albeit minimal, information on what work she and her panel will be undertaking.

Ms Woolf replaced Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, who was originally appointed to lead the inquiry by the home secretary, Theresa May, to investigate the handling of abuse allegations by “a variety of public bodies and other important institutions”.

There have been serious misgivings about this inquiry – particularly around its remit – from the outset, and Ms Woolf’s appointment and eventual select committee appearance have done little to address them. Indeed, the problems have only multiplied.

Softly softly

Those overseeing the inquiry seem to be in no rush to commence proceedings. The home secretary set it up on July 7 2014; Butler-Sloss was appointed on July 8, and resigned on July 14 after her establishment links and record on other child abuse investigations was pillorited in the media. Her replacement by Woolf was revealed on September 5.

Woolf did not appear before the committee until October 21, more than six weeks after she was selected and 15 weeks after May initiated the inquiry – and still the panel has not begun its substantive work.

Retired Priest Suspended After Sexual Abuse Allegation

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A retired priest with the St. Louis Archdiocese has been suspended due to a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson announced the suspension of retired priest Father John Ghio.
Carlson says the suspension is due to a recently reported allegation of sexual abuse which was alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.

Click here to read a statement from the St. Louis Archdiocese.

Ghio is currently retired from active ministry and resides in a monitored environment.

Former student on accused coach: 'Thank God he got caught'

FLORIDA
Fox 13

[with video]

By: Josh Cascio, FOX 13 News

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Even 15 years can't erase the awful memories.

"Degrading, like I was powerless over it," recalled Jon.

Jon, who wanted his identity hidden, says he was 16 when he was caught smelling like cigarettes by his wrestling coach, Scott Stern at Pinellas Park High.

Stern allegedly offered not to tell Jon's mother -- if he followed his rules.

"He asked me to take off my underwear and hold a ruler over my head until arms wouldn't hold it anymore," Jon said. "I think it was for his own sexual fantasy, maybe for little boys."

Jon would eventually be forced to transfer schools, and a case he filed against Stern would later be dropped. He says the encounter still haunts him.

"It is definitely still there. The first reaction I saw was, 'Oh my God,'" he said.

That reaction came after learning of two new cases against Stern, now a wrestling coach at Clearwater Central Catholic.

In one from February, Stern is accused of making a 17-year-old strip naked, then grabbing him by the throat and groin while yelling at him. The other involves forcing another student to strip and slapping him on the rear.

3rd claim surfaces against former Clearwater coach accused of battering naked students

FLORIDA
WFLA

By WFLA.com web staff

PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) -
A third allegation against a former Clearwater wrestling coach surfaced on Wednesday, one day after the coach's arrest on battery charges.

Documents released by Pinellas Park Police on Wednesday detail a 1999 abuse allegation against Scott Stern, 45, a former Pinellas Park High School wrestling coach who was arrested Tuesday on charges he battered two students at Clearwater Catholic School.

Deputies say he struck a two male students at Clearwater Catholic School, where he was a coach. Stern resigned from his coaching position at Clearwater Catholic about two weeks ago.

Investigators say Stern made one victim strip naked, he then grabbed the teen in his throat and groin area while yelling at him. The second victim was battered on several occasions between August 2013 and May 2014. Investigators say the victim was forced to take off all of his clothes and was struck with a ruler and Stern's hand on the buttocks.

On Wednesday, Pinellas Park Police released details from an alleged 1998 incident report involving Stern and another teen. The incident described a similar scenario involving a ruler and a student who was told to strip naked.

Sentamu: My shame over cathedral child sex scandal

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

[with video]

THE Archbishop of York has said he is “deeply ashamed” that the Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former cathedral dean.

Dr John Sentamu was responding to a report published today into the handling of allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester, which found there were “systemic failures” by the Church.

Dr Sentamu’s predecessor as Archbishop, Lord Hope of Thornes, has been accused of failing to act on information he received.

Today’s report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his (Lord Hope’s) evidence is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Lord Hope has said he is “disappointed” that the report has raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a cover-up.

Responding to the report, Dr Sentamu said: “I have already been in contact with those who gave evidence to the inquiry regarding their alleged abuse by Robert Waddington.

Church of England failed to stop former Dean of Manchester abusing children, says report

UNITED KINGDOM
Manchester Evening News

Oct 22, 2014 By Wayne Ankers

The Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former dean of Manchester, a report has found.

Claims of sex abuse by the late Robert Waddington, formerly Dean of Manchester, were first made in 1999 but the report says there were ‘systematic failures’ in the handling of the allegations.

And a former Archbishop of York Lord Hope of Thornes has been accused of failing to act on information he was given.

The report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his (Lord Hope’s) evidence is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Lord Hope has said he is 'disappointed' that the report raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a cover-up.

Polonia acusa padre Gil violación menores

POLONIA
Al Momento

VARSOVIA, Polonia.- El párroco polaco Wojciech Waldemar Gil (padre Alberto Gil) fue acusado formalmente aquí de abusar sexualmente de menores en su país y en República Dominicana, dijo la fiscalía.

Przemyslaw Nowak, vocero de la fiscalía de Varsovia, dijo este miércoles que el sacerdote fue acusado de diez actos de abuso, ocho de ellos en perjuicio de niños varones menores de 15 años.
Explicó que los hechos habrían ocurrido en 2000-2001 en Polonia y en 2009-2013 en República Dominicana.

El padre Alberto Gil, quien negó los cargos de abuso sexual, también fue acusado de posesión de material pornográfico y posesión de un arma de fuego y municiones sin permiso.

Polish priests is charged in sexual abuse of boys below age 15

POLAND
Star Tribune

Article by: Associated Press Updated: October 22, 2014

WARSAW, Poland — Prosecutors say a Polish parish priest has been formally charged in his native country with sexually molesting minors in both the Dominican Republic and Poland.

A spokesman for prosecutors in Warsaw, Przemyslaw Nowak, said the priest, whom he identified as Wojciech G., has been accused of 10 offenses, eight being the sexual abuse of boys under age 15.

Nowak said Wednesday the alleged acts took place from 2000-2001 in Poland and from 2009-2013 in the Dominican Republic.

The priest, who used his own name, Wojciech Gil, when speaking to TVN television, is also charged with possessing pornographic materials and possessing a firearm and ammunition without having a permit. He was arrested near Krakow in February and remains in police custody.

A Catholic Brother is charged in Victoria and is investigated in NSW

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 20 October 2014)

Many years ago, Broken Rites began researching "Brother Gabriel Mount", who had worked in Catholic children's homes conduced by the St John of God Brothers in New South Wales and Victoria. We discovered that he eventually became a priest ("Father Roger Mount"), working in Papua New Guinea. In October 2014 he was brought back to Australia, where police charged him with multiple child-sex offences in Melbourne, involving seven Victorian victims, He is scheduled to appear in court in Melbourne again in early 2015. New South Wales police, also, are investigating Father Mount concerning incidents that are alleged to have occurred in NSW.

Broken Rites research ascertained that, early in his church career (in the 1960s and 1970s), Roger Mount was listed in the annual editions of the Australian Catholic Directory as Brother "Gabriel" Mount, a member of a Catholic religious order called the St John of God Brothers. (When men joined this religious order, they normally adopted an ancient "saintly" name - hence Brother "Gabriel".)

Later, Brother "Gabriel" Mount transferred to Papua New Guinea, where he left the St John of God order and became a diocesan priest. He reverted to his birth name, becoming Father Roger Mount, and was attached to the Diocese of Port Moresby. He reached a senior rank in this diocese. His most recent parish, Sogeri, is on the southern end of PNG's famous Kokoda Track.

Priest in court in western Sydney re an altar boy

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated on 22 October 2014)

A retired senior Catholic priest from western Sydney, Father Richard Cattell, has been undergoing preliminary court procedures (charged with child-sex offences) and now he is about to appear before Judge H. Syme in Sydney's Penrith District Court for the final steps in the justice process. On the District Court schedule, Father Cattell is listed as case number 201400062169.

Father Cattell retired from parish work in the mid-1990s. He later lived privately at Port Macquarie on the New South Wales mid-north coast and, recently, on the Gold Coast in Queensland. On 28 February 2014, New South Wales detectives travelled to Tweed Heads, on the New South Wales side of the Queensland border, and interviewed Richard Cattell at Tweed Heads police station about one former altar boy who has alleged that he was sexually abused while Cattell was based at parishes in western Sydney in the 1980s.

Cattell was taken on 24 March 2014 to Tweed Heads Local Court, to enable the matter to be officially filed in New South Wales.

Richard St John Cattell, aged 73, was charged with indecent acts against this boy.

Report finds C of E failed over abuse allegations against former dean

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

22 October 2014 14:38 by Christopher Lamb

The Archbishop of York has said he is “deeply ashamed” that the Church of England failed to stop abuse by a former Dean of Manchester Cathedral, Robert Waddington.

An independent inquiry by Judge Sally Cahill found that the allegations made against Waddington, who died in 2007, had not been adequately responded to by the Church and puts forward a series of recommendations for improvement.

Complaints were made against Waddington between 1999 and 2004 relating to incidents that took place in Australia in the 1960s and when he was Dean of Manchester in the 1980s.

Archbishop John Sentamu, who commissioned Judge Cahill’s report, said the inquiry had shown “systemic failures” by the Church.

Archbishop Sentamu’s predecessor Lord Hope was among those singled out for criticism for how he responded when he heard of allegations against Waddington.

These included not taking advice from his child protection officer, failing to take action that might have led to a prosecution, not establishing the risk to children and the fact that he interviewed Waddington about the allegations.

Archbishop of York ‘deeply ashamed’ by church’s handling of abuse allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Press Association
The Guardian, Wednesday 22 October

The Archbishop of York has said he is deeply ashamed that the Church of England failed to ensure children were not abused by a former cathedral dean.

John Sentamu was responding to a report published on Wednesday into the handling of allegations of sex abuse against the late Robert Waddington, formerly dean of Manchester, which found there were systemic failures by the church.

Sentamu’s predecessor as archbishop, Lord Hope of Thornes, has been accused of failing to act on information he received.

The report, by Judge Sally Cahill QC, found that: “Our conclusion, having heard his [Lord Hope’s] evidence, is that his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seems to have been paramount in his response to these allegations.”

Hope has said he is disappointed that the report raised concerns about how the cases were handled and denied that there was a coverup.

Archbishop of York 'wholehearted' apology to abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Caroline Wyatt
Religious affairs correspondent, BBC News

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has apologised to victims of sexual abuse by a former cathedral dean.

Dr Sentamu was responding to a report into how abuse allegations against the Very Rev Robert Waddington, formerly dean of Manchester, were handled.

His predecessor was criticised for not acting on allegations in the report, which found "systemic failures" within the Church of England.

At least two men made claims of abuse in 1999 and at sometime in 2003-04.

The then Archbishop of York Lord Hope of Thorne and others were criticised in the report by Judge Sally Cahill for not acting at the time the allegations were made - and therefore putting other children at risk.

Several other boys the inquiry spoke to said they too had been subject to sexual abuse by the late Dean Waddington, who died in 2007.

Abusive priest 'avoided prosecution because of failure to act on allegations'

UNITED KINGDOM
Christian Today

Ruth Gledhill

A senior Church of England priest who was deeply sexually and emotionally abusive to young boys escaped prosecution when he was alive, possibly because of a failure to act against him when the first complaints were made, according to a report today.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said it was a matter of "shame" and "deep repentance" that the abuse had occurred. The inquiry by Judge Sally Cahill QC found that the former Archbishop of York, Lord Hope of Thornes, did not act on information he was given about abuse by Robert Waddington, former Dean of Manchester, who is now dead.

The 125-page report makes chilling reading and illustrates how a respected churchman could at the same time groom the young boys he had access to while cultivating an illusion of goodness in front of almost everyone else.

Throughout his long career as a paedophile, during which senior clergy praised him as someone with "a special gift with boys", children were abused in Australia, where Waddington also worked, and in England. He would treat his chosen boys like young adults and give them the pet name of "mon petit". There were also reports of boys being taken away by him on holiday, and of "boys frolicking with little clothing on."

Judge Cahill concludes that it is a "possibility" that Waddington might have faced prosecution had any investigation been made into allegations against him in 1999, 2003 or 2004. The last victim identified was in the 1990s but as late as 1999, when the first complaint was made to Lord Hope, Waddington had access to the choirboys' cloakroom at York Minster.

Clearwater wrestling coach bonds out of jail

FLORIDA
WFLA

[with video]

By Melissa Beckman

CLEARWATER, FL (WFLA) -
A former high school wrestling coach, accused for making students strip naked and battering them and arrested, has bonded out of jail.

Pinellas County Sheriff's detectives say they know of two victims and believe there may be others out there.

The Sheriff's Office arrested Scott Stern, 45, Tuesday. He resigned from his coaching position at Central Catholic High School two weeks ago.

Detectives say Stern made the first victim take off all of his clothes, and then grabbed him by the throat and groin area while yelling at him. The second victim claims he was battered on several occasions between August 2013 and May 2014. The teen claims Stern forced him to take off all his clothes and struck him with a ruler.

Stern's attorney tells 8 On Your Side his client is innocent of the charges.

Clearwater wrestling coach accused of assaulting students

FLORIDA
TBO

A former Clearwater high school wrestling coach assaulted two students after he made them take off their clothes, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Scott Stern, 45, was arrested Tuesday on two counts of simple battery, deputies said.

He was the wrestling coach at Clearwater Central Catholic High from 2003 until recently.

According to investigators, in February, Stern made an 18-year-old male strip, and then grabbed him by the throat and groin area while yelling at him as a form of discipline.

A sheriff’s office report said another student, a 17-year-old boy, was battered by Stern on several occasions between August 2013 and May. The teen was forced to strip, then Stern struck him with a ruler and slapped him on the buttocks, the report said.

On another occasion, the boy was forced to take off his clothes while Stern conducted a strip search, the report said.

School teacher arrested after 'forcing students to strip naked and beating them'

FLORIDA
Daily Star (UK)

By Cyrus Engineer / Published 22nd October 2014

Scott Stern, 45, was taken into custody by police in Florida after resigning two weeks ago.

An 18-year-old claimed Stern – who taught wrestling and history at Clearwater Central Catholic High School – ordered him to remove his clothing and grabbed him by the groin and throat while shouting at him.

WFLA-TV has said the coach considered it a form of discipline.

The second victim, a 17-year-old, alleges Stern told him to strip before using a ruler to spank him.

There are fears other teens may also have fallen victim to Stern.

Police: Clearwater wrestling coach accused of hitting students had a history of similar claims

FLORIDA
Tampa Bay Times

Laura C. Morel, Times Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A wrestling coach arrested Tuesday on charges that he recently hit two students was accused of stripping a Pinellas Park High student naked in 1998 after he caught the boy smoking a cigarette, according to records.

Teachers grew concerned when the student began missing classes around Thanksgiving. When confronted, the student said he felt uncomfortable seeing Scott Stern, a wrestling team volunteer, at school.

According to police records, the boy said that after Stern caught him smoking a cigarette in a car, Stern asked him to come into the wrestling room, where he forced him to strip naked while balancing a ruler on his head.

The Pinellas Park Police Department forwarded their investigation to the State Attorney's Office in 1999, but prosecutors declined to file a child abuse charge against Stern.

Stern, who worked at Clearwater Central Catholic High School for 12 years, currently faces two counts of battery.

Florida Catholic high school wrestling coach accused of beating naked students

FLORIDA
New York Daily News

BY DEBORAH HASTINGS

A 45-year-old Catholic high school wrestling coach and history teacher has been arrested and charged with battery for allegedly "punishing" two students by forcing them to get undressed, then beating their bare bodies, authorities said.

Scott Stern was taken into custody on Tuesday in Florida by Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies, WFLA-TV reported.

His alleged victims were two male students at Clearwater Central High School. Stern resigned two weeks ago. Deputies began investigating earlier this month after receiving a complaint, WABC-TV reported.

In February, Stern ordered an 18-year-old to remove his clothing and then grabbed him by the groin and throat while screaming at him, authorities said. It was considered a form of discipline, WFLA-TV reported.

Man describes childhood abuse by late Dean of Manchester

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC

[with video]

An inquiry has sharply criticised the Church of England's handling of allegations of child sex abuse against the late Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington.

Its head, Judge Sally Cahill, said there had been systemic failures by the church in not reporting the sexual abuse, despite several alleged victims from the UK and Australia speaking out 15 years ago.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has offered a wholehearted apology, as the BBC's Caroline Wyatt reports.

Archbishop of York 'deeply ashamed' at church's handling of child abuse allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
York Press

[with video]

by Mike Laycock

A REPORT on the Church of England’s handling of child abuse allegations against a former cathedral dean has strongly criticised a former Archbishop of York.

It says Lord Hope struggled with the conflict between his responsibilities for both the pastoral care of clergy and discipline, and says his concern for the welfare of Robert Waddington seemed to have been paramount in his response to the allegations against the former Dean of Manchester Cathedral.

The report, published following an independent inquiry set up by current Archbishop Dr John Sentamu, also identifies ‘systemic failures’ in the church’s failure to implement or follow its own procedures and guidelines on the reporting of incidents.

It makes eight recommendations for future handling of allegations, including policies that decision-makers should not have a pastoral responsibility for the alleged perpetrator, child protection should be approached on a national rather than diocesan basis and record keeping should be national.

Dr Sentamu said he was ‘deeply ashamed’ that the church was not vigilant enough to ensure such things did not happen, adding: “Any act of abuse committed by someone in a position of authority in the Church is a matter of shame and requires deep repentance.”

Former Archbishop of York ‘hid child sexual abuse here and in Britain

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

OCTOBER 23, 2014

Michael McKenna
Reporter
Brisbane

ONE of the most senior Anglican clergymen in the world covered up horrific sexual abuse of children in Australia and Britain, according to an independent inquiry whose findings have rocked the church worldwide.

Lord David Hope of Thornes, formerly the Archbishop of York, was slammed by the church-­ordered inquiry, which found that he kept allegations against Robert Waddington secret from police and that his biased internal invest­igation into pedophile clergyman had put more children at risk.

Lord Hope, then the second-highest-ranking official in the Church of England, was also accused of compromising potential police investigations in both countries and misleading Queensland victim Bim Atkinson into dropping his fight against the church.

Victims of Waddington are calling for Lord Hope, who was knighted for his services to the Queen, to be stripped of his life peerage in the House of Lords.

Headed by English judge Sally Cahill, the 12-month inquiry was ordered last year after a joint investigation by The Australian and London’s The Times exposed a high-level cover-up into the 1999 and 2003 allegations into the late reverend Waddington.

The Cambridge-educated Waddington was principal of a Anglican boarding school in far north Queensland for almost a decade until 1970, before returning to England where he rose to become the head of education for the church in Britain and later dean of Manchester. The newspaper investigation revealed that at least six boys and a young clergyman were sexually abused and beaten by Waddington in Britain and Australia.

Lord Hope's Statement On The Independent Inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Archbishop of York

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

The Office of Lord Hope of Thornes issued the following statement today. Bishop David Hope is a former Bishop of London, and the former Archbishop of York.

STATEMENT RE THE WADDINGTON INQUIRY

Lord Hope issued the following statement today

(Wednesday 22 October 2014)

I have maintained throughout my career that any allegation of abuse made against anyone connected to the Church must be dealt with professionally and swiftly. Accordingly, as someone who has always taken safeguarding extremely seriously, I am obviously disappointed that this Inquiry has raised concerns about how the two cases in question were dealt with during my time at Bishopthorpe.

As Bishop of Wakefield, then London followed by my time as Archbishop of York I always took great care and acted in, what I believed to be, an appropriate and effective manner in cases where the abuse of victims was brought to my attention. I note that the Inquiry itself is clear that no allegations of abuse in the Diocese of York were ever made during my time as Archbishop.

At the time 15 and 12 years ago respectively such allegations as were reported to me were unspecific. Indeed the full details of the allegations in question have never been brought to my attention either at the time that I was Archbishop, or during this Inquiry. The allegations were also from unnamed sources who had indicated their unwillingness at that stage to go to the police. In such circumstances, at that time, there was no recommendation that reporting to the police and statutory authorities was mandatory and that there was 'no single, correct procedure for dealing with a disclosure of abuse by an adult'[1]. If any allegations were passed to me today, however, I would not hesitate to inform the police and the statutory authorities.

I am glad that the Report has found that there is no evidence that Waddington abused anyone else after I spoke to him in 1999.

Statement from the Archbishop of York

UNITED KINGDOM
Archbishop of York

[with video]

Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Archbishop's Statement On Publication of the Independent Inquiry by Her Honour Sally Cahill into the Church of England’s Response to allegations against Robert Waddington

I wish to begin by expressing my gratitude to the Judge, Her Honour Judge Sally Cahill QC, Mr Joe Cocker and Mrs Nicola Harding for the work they have done in producing this report. I also want to thank all those who gave evidence to assist the Inquiry team in coming to its conclusions.

I have already been in contact with those who gave evidence to the Inquiry regarding their alleged abuse by Robert Waddington. As I have said to them I am deeply ashamed that the Church was not vigilant enough to ensure that these things did not happen, failing both to watch and to act, where children were at serious risk.

Any act of abuse committed by someone in a position of authority in the Church is a matter for shame and requires deep repentance. We are called as individuals and corporately to a higher standard and to show God’s love and care as revealed in Jesus Christ. Those who trusted us in this only to be grievously wounded deserve not only our wholehearted apology but also the assurance we will keep a watchful eagle’s eye and act swiftly. ...

At the request of some of those interviewed by the inquiry to the Archbishop of York this report will not be made available in an electronic format but in hard copy only.

Hard copies of the report are available from Bishopthorpe Palace in York and Church House Bookshop, Westminster. Copies of the report have been sent to newsdesks.

Copies of the Report for the media will be available free of charge on Wednesday 22 October. After this date, the Report will be available at a cost of £7.50 plus postage and packing.

The Bishop of Manchester's statement on the Waddington Inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
Anglican Communion News Service

The Bishop of Manchester issues a statement today on the publication of The Inquiry into the Church of England's response to child abuse allegations made against Robert Waddington.

Robert Waddington abused children. He abused them in Australia and in England. He exploited the trust placed in him, first as a teacher and then as a priest, to gain repeated and unsupervised access to the children he abused. My heart goes out to those whose lives have been irreparably damaged by what Robert Waddington did to them. When I read of the ongoing effects of his abuse, decades after it took place, it makes my blood run cold.

So I want to thank Archbishop Sentamu for setting up this inquiry. I also want to thank Judge Sally Cahill and her colleagues for their hard work over these last months. But above all I want to say thank you to those who Robert Waddington abused, and who came forward. Thank you, because every time a survivor of abuse speaks out it makes it just a little easier for the next person to speak. Thank you, because every time one of you tells your story, you make a little narrower the space in which abusers can conceal their crimes. Thank you for the courage you have found, and for the long years you may have spent in plucking up that courage.

The Cahill Inquiry has done what it could to encourage other survivors of abuse by Robert Waddington to come forward. They state clearly that they have heard no evidence that he was continuing to abuse children at or after the turn of the millennium, when allegations were first raised with Child Protection Advisors here and in York. Nevertheless, it is plain that a more vigorous and coordinated response by the dioceses involved, and with the police, might have led to a situation where it would have been possible to bring Robert Waddington to account for his earlier crimes, in his lifetime. That opportunity was tragically missed. The eight recommendations in the Report, which largely focus on the national dimension of safeguarding, will go some way to avoiding similar situations ever happening again. Manchester Diocese itself is in a very different place now. Our safeguarding work is led by a full time professional officer, fully qualified to carry out her responsibilities. In her absence and as additional back up we have access to consultancy from one of the major and most highly respected national safeguarding organisations.

Archbishop: Church must end secrecy of confession

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Sean O'Neill Crime Editor

Child abusers should no longer be protected from justice by the confidentiality of the confessional, the Archbishop of York told The Times today.

Dr John Sentamu said that after listening to survivors of sexual abuse by a senior clergyman he had pressed the Church of England to undertake legal and theological study on the secrecy of confession.

Under canon law priests are forbidden from disclosing what is said to them in the confessional.

MO--Lawsuit vs. abusive minister & ex-radio host settles

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Lawsuit vs. abusive minister & ex-radio host settles
One of his victims will speak publicly for the first time
He sexually repeatedly exploited her during counseling
He surrendered his psychologist’s license to state officials
But he’s now around “vulnerable adults” as hospice chaplain
Last month, he was honored by a large local funeral home chain
And he also reportedly worked for Cardinals & Seattle Mariners
SNAP urges others who “saw, suspected or suffered” misdeeds to “speak up”

WHAT:
Holding signs and a photo of an alleged offender at a sidewalk news conference, a woman who was sexually exploited by a minister, ex- psychologist, ex-St. Louis Cardinals consultant and ex-KMOX radio talk show host will

-- blast a funeral home & hospice provider for honoring the minister last month,
-- discuss, for the first time, her civil lawsuit against the minister and his church, and
– disclose that the suit has settled and that his psychologist’s license has been revoked, and
-- prod anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered his misdeeds to speak up, expose wrongdoing, and protect others.

WHEN:
Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m.

WHO:
A woman who was sexually exploited by her minister, filed an unusual lawsuit against him, settled the case and now worries about the minister’s efforts to gain access to other vulnerable adults. She'll be joined by her husband and three-four members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHERE:
Outside the Unity Hospice headquarters, 6406 Wise Ave. (corner of Tamm) in St. Louis’ Dogtown neighborhood

WHY:
Last month, Rev. Bill L. Little was honored by a local funeral home and the hospice company where he works.

[Unity Hospice]

But two lawsuits against him, charging that he sexually exploited congregants or counselees, have settled. And while being investigated, he relinquished his psychologist’s license to state officials and was ordered to surrender his certificates and licenses due to an inappropriate relationship with a patient and for performing treatments for which he was not licensed. (As best SNAP can tell, he has never regained his license.)

Canada-- Church still paying convicted predator archbishop

CANADA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

For more information: Melanie Jula Sakoda ( 925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com ), Cappy Larson ( 415-637-2006 cell, cappy@rlarson.com ), David Clohessy ( 314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com )

Convicted abusive archbishop still gets a salary
Victims’ group is “outraged” by “this hurtful injustice”
Hierarch was retired and is no longer an archdiocesan employee
Survivors believe this set-up is a way to channel archdiocesan funds to the prelate’s legal defense
Officials early on made it clear that church entities must not be involved in raising money for archbishop’s attorney fees
Victims’ beg the synod to put an end to “this hurtful, expensive charade”

Members of an abuse survivors' group say that Orthodox Church officials are continuing to pay an archbishop who was retired in the wake of hjs conviction on child sexual abuse charges.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was found guilty of molesting a child in January of 2014. He was once the highest-ranking Orthodox prelate in Canada. (He worked in Winnipeg and Ottawa.)

[Orthodox Church in America]

However, official archdiocesan minutes that were recently put online show that Storheim received his full salary through the end of August. Although his employment benefits ended in June, he will apparently continue to collect two thirds of his salary, with no end in sight to the payments.

Attorneys: Settlements reached with 88 former Bishop McCort students in Baker abuse case

PENNSYLVANIA
Tribune-Democrat

By DAVE SUTOR dsutor@tribdem.com | Posted: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 4:36 pm

Eighty-eight former Bishop McCort High School students who Brother Stephen Baker sexually abused will receive a combined $8 million in compensation.

A settlement, involving four parties – the victims, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Province of the Immaculate Conception of the Third Order Regular Franciscans and Bishop McCort Catholic High School, was announced on Tuesday.

Baker, whose January 2013 death has been ruled a suicide, abused the children when he served as an athletic trainer at the Johnstown school from 1992 through 2001.

“The victims of Brother Stephen Baker should be proud of themselves for having the strength to step up and fight such devastating evil,” said Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston-based attorney for almost three dozen of the accusers.

Richard Serbin, an Altoona lawyer who represents some of the other molestation victims, added: “No amount of money eliminates the emotional and physical pain of having been sexually molested by someone you trust and respect. By coming forward, these brave young people took action in an effort to prevent other children from being sexually abused.

Update to Freundel investigation

TOWSON (MD)
The Towerlight

20 OCTOBER 2014 BY JONATHAN MUNSHAW, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Update (Oct. 21, 3:42 p.m.): Director of Communications Ray Feldmann told The Washington Post that the University did not know about these trips to the synagogue for Freundel’s class, and that they were unauthorized by the school.

Original story

The University has indefinitely suspended Associate Professor Barry Freundel with pay, following his arrest outside his home in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 14.

Freundel was charged with voyeurism for allegedly setting up a hidden camera disguised as a clock radio in a ritual bath, to which he pled not guilty.

“Dr. Freundel has been suspended from any and all faculty duties and responsibilities, pending the outcome of that investigation and associated criminal proceedings. At this time there is no indication that these activities occurred on the Towson University campus. We are concerned about the serious nature of this matter, and we are providing support and counseling resources to members of the campus community,” Director of Communications Ray Feldmann said in a statement Wednesday.

Alarm grows over news that rabbi accused of voyeurism ...

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

Alarm grows over news that rabbi accused of voyeurism took students to ritual bath

By Peter Hermann October 21

Police searched a D.C. rabbi’s office at Towson University on Tuesday as students and campus officials expressed growing alarm over news that the rabbi, who was a professor there, took students on field trips to his Georgetown synagogue and invited them to use a ritual bath where he is now accused of secretly recording women.

Students in two of Barry Freun­del’s religious classes said on Tuesday that the professor who replaced the suspended rabbi let students vent and that in back-to-back sessions, several said they either had been invited to shed their clothes and use the bath, called a mikvah, and had declined, or knew classmates who had participated.

“It was very emotional, confusing, frustrating,” said Jenna Taylor, a 22-year-old majoring in health-care management, describing her class on faith perspectives in medical history now being taught by Avram Reisner, a rabbi and theologian from the Baltimore area. Freundel began teaching at the school in 1989.

A woman who had helped Freundel with the ritual bath from late 2013 through May said she assisted at least a half-dozen Towson University students as they showered and immersed themselves in the mikvah as part of the field trips. The woman said she is in contact with D.C. police.

Police Search Office Of DC Rabbi Accused Of Voyeurism

MARYLAND
WBAL

The offices of a now suspended Towson University professor were searched by police on Tuesday.

The Washington Post reports police were at the office of Barry Freundel yesterday.

Freundel is now charged with six counts of voyeurism. The DC Rabbi was also a professor of religious studies at Towson.

Some students in his class say they were invited to use the religious cleansing bath at a Georgetown synagogue where Freundel worked and which are the focus of the investigation.

Freundel is accused of secretly recording women getting into the baths at the synagogue.

Healing Garden planned to remember residential schools in St. Albert

CANADA
CBC News

By Trisha Estabrooks

More than five decades after the last residential school in St. Albert closed its doors, a new plan is in the works to remember the city’s sometimes-painful past.

There were once two residential schools in what is now St. Albert:

* The Edmonton Indian Residential School (1919-1960), which was originally run by the Methodists and later by the United Church, and

* St. Albert’s Indian Residential School (1941-1948) was run by the Roman Catholics
Both buildings were destroyed by fire and no longer exist.

Now, St. Albert United Church minister James Ravenscroft and well-known aboriginal activist Maggie Hodgson want to create ‘a healing garden’ to commemorate the children who were forced to attend the faith-based organizations.

The story of residential schools in St. Albert’s is not well-told, they said. In fact, many people are often shocked to hear that St. Albert even had residential schools, said Ravenscroft.

Head of abuse inquiry faces calls to quit over 'establishment' ties and links to Leon Brittan

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

Oct 21, 2014 By James Lyons

Three Labour MPs warned that Fiona Woolf’s ties to the Tory grandee meant she should not investigate how historic abuse allegations were handled

The new head of the national child sex abuse inquiry is facing calls to quit before she starts – as the full extent of her links to Leon Brittan were revealed today.

Three Labour MPs warned that Fiona Woolf’s ties to the Tory grandee meant she should not carry out the probe into how historic abuse ­allegations were handled.

Ms Woolf said that she has enjoyed five dinner parties with Mr Brittan and his wife – prompting Labour MP Simon Danczuk to comment: “In the world where I come from if you have people round for dinner regularly, you would consider yourselves friends.”

Mr Danczuk, who exposed Cyril Smith as a paedophile, added: “The public will suspect the government is trying to protect Leon Brittan.”

Child abuse inquiry: Woolf pressed to quit over ‘dinner parties with Brittan’

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Matthew Weaver and Rowena Mason
The Guardian, Wednesday 22 October 2014

Fiona Woolf, the second person to lead the government’s inquiry into child abuse, is facing parliamentary and legal pressure to stand down after it emerged she was on “dinner-party terms” with Lord Brittan, who was home secretary when a dossier about alleged Westminster paedophiles went missing from his department.

Woolf, a QC and lord mayor of London, replaced the government’s initial choice, Lady Butler-Sloss, who resigned soon after the inquiry was set up when it emerged that her late brother Lord Havers was attorney general at the time of some of the historical allegations.

Now a second conflict of interest row is growing as lawyers representing victims of the abuse insist that Woolf should resign after it emerged that the Tory peer was one of her neighbours, with whom she had dined five times since 2008.

She also faces a legal challenge over her appointment and an parliamentary motion calling for her replacement.

The shadow energy secretary, Caroline Flint, told BBC’s Daily Politics programme: “I think it’s really difficult for her to stay.” But No 10 insisted the prime minister had “full confidence” in Woolf.

Child abuse inquiry chair 'beyond the pale' and must step down ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Child abuse inquiry chair 'beyond the pale' and must step down over dinner party links to top Tory Leon Brittan, say victims

The new chairman of the government inquiry into child sex abuse was dismissed as 'beyond the pale' for victims today because of her dinner party links to Leon Brittan.

Fiona Woolf admitted she entertained the former Home Secretary and his wife three times at dinner parties at her house, and twice went to his central London home for dinner.

The revelations showed she was not fit to oversee the official inquiry into historic allegations of child abuse, victims said today.

Asked whether Mrs Woolf should step down, Alison Millar, who represents a number of abuse victims whose cases are likely to be raised in the inquiry, said: ‘Yes. I think this evidence of dinner parties with Lord Brittan really puts her beyond the pale in terms of her credibility with my clients.’

Ms Millar told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: ‘This is not about Fiona Woolf's ability or her integrity. This is about her independence and her ability to lead this inquiry in a way that is credible to the survivors of abuse whom I represent.

‘The people that I am in contact with because they are my clients, or I am in contact with otherwise, the general view among them is that Fiona Woolf really does not have the necessary credibility to lead what is such an important inquiry for them.’

Legal challenge launched over abuse inquiry chair

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

[with video]

A victim of historical child sexual abuse has launched a legal challenge to the choice of Fiona Woolf as the chair of the inquiry investigating the issue.

A judicial review application, seen by the BBC, claims she is not impartial, has no relevant expertise and may not have time to discharge her duties.

Labour wants Mrs Woolf to meet abuse victims amid concerns over her links to former home secretary Lord Brittan.

Downing Street said it had "full confidence" in her doing the job.

The BBC's assistant political editor Norman Smith said he believed the government would do everything it could to "cling onto" Mrs Woolf given that her predecessor in the role had already stood down and the inquiry was being asked to produce an interim report by the end of March.

EXCLUSIVE: Survivors question Campion appointment at Archdiocese

MINNESOTA
Fox 9

video report by Tom Lyden

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis brought in some heavy hitters to investigate the child sex abuse allegations plaguing the church, but survivors say they weren't told about a very relevant bit of history from a new hire's resume.

Tim O'Malley, the former superintendent of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, was appointed to the newly-created position of director of ministerial standards and safe environment at the end of August. Last week, he brought in his old boss -- former Public Safety Commissioner Michael Campion -- to help without much fanfare; however, Campion had first-hand experience dealing with a child abuse allegation 20 years ago -- and it's a case that's very similar to those the church is accused of mishandling.

Campion's own methods are raising serious questions, but lawyers announced last week that he will join the investigation of abuse allegations after they announced a settlement involving the archdiocese. Some abuse survivors, including Bob Swiderski, welcomed the idea of having a top cop come into the church.

"We just heard he was this longtime cop," Swiderski told Fox 9 News.

Yet, back in 1993, Campion was the No. 2 guy at the BCA. That's when former Minneapolis Police Chief John Laux forwarded a letter he got from two brothers who said they were molested by a counselor at the YMCA's Camp Warren. That counselor, William Jacobs, had become the Minneapolis Park Police Chief, and Campion arranged a meeting between Jacobs and one of his victims. During that meeting, Jacobs allegedly confessed.

Speaking to Fox 9 News by phone from the chancery office, Campion claimed his hands were tied. The Attorney General's Office told him the cases were outside the statute of limitations, and the victims didn't wish to go public. So, Campion told Jacobs he was going to keep an eye on him. When asked whether he conducted an investigation, Campion said, "I did an inquiry."

Retired priest who served at 9 area churches suspended for sexual abuse

MISSOURI
Fox 2

[with video]

OCTOBER 21, 2014, BY ANDY BANKER

WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KTVI) – Stunning news for parishioners at St. Louis area Catholic churches. Arch-Bishop Robert Carlson has announced the suspension of a long-time priest after an allegation of sexual abuse.

They knew him as Father Jack at Annunciation Parish in Webster Groves. Fr. John Ghio last served as a retired priest in residence. To the allegation of his sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980’s, just revealed in announcement from the Arch-Bishop, seems out of the question.

Ghio served in 8 other parishes since his ordination in 1980, Including St. Joseph’s in Manchester from ’83-’86. there will be an announcement of his suspension, in the Sunday bulletins of all 9 parishes.

St. Catherine, Alexandria in Riverview Gardens, St. John the Baptist in St. Louis, St. Joseph-Manchester, St. Angela- Florissant, Our Lady of Lourdes U-City, St. Joseph–Farmington, St. Peter in St. Charles, Assumption in Mattese, and Annunciation in Webster Groves.

Settlement with Pa. victims of ex-Warren JFK priest totals $8 million

PENNSYLVANIA
Vindicator

Staff and wire report

PITTSBURGH

Attorneys for about half of the 88 former students sexually abused by a Franciscan friar, who worked as a teacher and athletic trainer at Bishop McCort Catholic High School in Johnstown, Pa., say the students’ claims have settled for $8 million.

Altoona attorney Richard Serbin represents 13 former students at the school, and Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian represents 33. The students said they were abused by Brother Stephen Baker, who worked at the school, 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, from 1992 to 2001.

Baker, 62, committed suicide in January 2013 by stabbing himself shortly after two former Warren John F. Kennedy students and Garabedian disclosed that 11 former Kennedy students had reached a settlement with that school, the Diocese of Youngstown and the religious order under which Baker served, the Franciscan Third Order Regular. The newest settlement involved the Diocese of Youngstown as well.

The Warren revelations prompted many of the alleged McCort victims to come forward.

Medical drama halts ex-priest's sex case

AUSTRALIA
Armidale Express

By SAMANTHA-JO HARRIS Oct. 22, 2014

THE hearing into a defrocked priest facing historic child sexual abuse charges was halted on Wednesday after the prosecutor was rushed to hospital suffering chest pains.

Just after lunch, Peter Woods complained he was “feeling flat”, before walking out of the courtroom clutching his chest.

Later, court staff said Mr Woods had been complaining of symptoms which indicated a problem with his heart, but he said he was feeling no pain when treated by the paramedics.

Crown solicitor Edward Freelander, who had been in the district court, offered to step up for the hearing, which was expected to involve the cross-examination of three witnesses, including one of the complainants.

The committal was to determine which witnesses would be needed to give evidence when the case went to trial.

Ks. Wojciech G. molestował osiem osób? Jest akt oskarżenia

POLSKA
Gazeta Wiadomosci

Prokuratura Okręgowa w Warszawie skierowała do sądu akt oskarżenia przeciwko Wojciechowi G., duchownemu podejrzewanemu o molestowanie nieletnich na Dominikanie.

Do Sądu Rejonowego w Wołominie trafił akt oskarżenia przeciwko Wojciechowi G. podejrzewanemu o wykorzystywanie seksualne nieletnich w wieku poniżej 15 lat na Dominikanie.

W akcie oskarżenia pojawiły się zarzuty popełnienia łącznie 10 przestępstw, w tym osiem dotyczy "obcowania płciowego z małoletnim poniżej lat 15 lub dopuszczenia się wobec takiej osoby innej czynności seksualnej, lub doprowadzenia jej do poddania się takim czynnościom". Zarzuty te dotyczą ośmiu różnych osób, w tym dwóch Polaków i sześciu obywateli Dominikany. Dwa przestępstwa miały być popełnione w Polsce w latach 2000-2001, pozostałe w latach 2009-2013 na Dominikanie.

Ksiądz Wojciech G. postawiony w stan oskarżenia

POLSKA
Newsweek

Prokuratura Okręgowa w Warszawie skierowała w środę do Sądu Rejonowego w Wołominie akt oskarżenia przeciwko księdzu Wojciechowi G.

Ks. Wojciech G. został oskarżony o obcowanie płciowe z małoletnim oraz molestowanie. Zarzutów jest dziesięć: osiem zarzutów dotyczy obcowania płciowego z małoletnim poniżej lat 15 lub dopuszczenia się wobec takiej osoby "innej czynności seksualnej" lub doprowadzenia jej do poddania się takim czynnościom. Za pokrzywdzonych prokuratura uznała 8 osób: 2 obywateli polskich i 6 obywateli dominikańskich. Z ustaleń śledztwa wynika, że dwa czyny ks. G. popełnił w latach 2000-01 w Polsce, a pozostałe - w różnych okresach na przestrzeni lat 2009-13 na terenie Republiki Dominikańskiej.

Priest indicted in Poland for child abuse

POLAND
The News

22.10.2014

A Polish priest accused of child abuse in both the Dominican Republic and Poland has been formally

Father Wojciech G.'s case has been referred to a district court in Wolomin, 12 miles east of the capital, according to Przemyslaw Nowak, spokesman for a public prosecutor's office in Warsaw.

Nowak has confirmed that the priest stands accused of 10 offences, 8 of which relate to the sexual abuse of boys below the age of 15.

“Two acts were committed in 2000-2001 in Poland, the others at various times over the years 2009-2013, in the Dominican Republic,” he outlined on Wednesday.

Nowak also revealed that the priest is accused of possession of pornographic material involving minors, as well as the possesion of a firearm and ammunition without the necessary permits.

“We have ample evidence in this case, including the testimonies of over 100 witnesses, and over a dozen reports by experts,” he noted.

REBUTTAL to Mark Peterson “Is the story of the Catholic Church distorted?” Reply - No, it isn’t distorted; it’s just disintegrating

UNITED STATES
POPE FRANCIS the CON-Christ.

Paris Arrow

Mark Peterson’s article is Opus Dei Beast PR Deceits Team Stunt of Day -- to complement Synod of Bishops and defend all-empty-talk charade of pre-selected Opus Dei Bishops.

Mark Peterson is wrong to identify the story of Judas Iscariot and the Apostles in the Bible likened to the story of the bestial pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.

When Australia’s Vatican Pied Piper Anne Lastman first defended the pedophile priests in her country being investigated by the Royal Commission, she put it cleverly in such a way that it was the Catholic Church being persecuted despite all its predator bestial priests:

October 21, 2014

Retired Archdiocesan Priest Suspended Because Of Allegations Of Abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Public Radio

By PATRICIA RICE

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced Tuesday the suspension of retired priest John J. Ghio because of a recently reported allegation of abuse -- allegedly in the early 1980s.

In a letter to parishes of the Archdiocese, Carlson said:

“Having consulted with the Promoter of Justice, the Vicar for Priests, and the Review Board of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and to ensure the integrity of the process, I have suspended Father Ghio’s priestly faculties until a canonical process is concluded.”

Ghio, already retired from active ministry, now resides in a monitored environment.

All parishes where Ghio served will get church bulletin announcements, the archdiocese said in a release. According to the St. Louis Review, Ghio was at St. Catherine of Alexandria in Riverview Gardens (1980); St. John the Baptist in St. Louis (1982); St. Joseph in Manchester (1983); St. Angela Merici in Florissant (1986); Our Lady of Lourdes in University City (1989); St. Joseph in Farmington (1991); St. John the Baptist in St. Louis (1995); St. Peter in St. Charles (2000); senior Assumption in Mattese (2008); and Annunciation in Webster Groves (2011).

Children's home abuse: My brother couldn't live with the abuse and drank

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

BY AMANDA FERGUSON – 21 OCTOBER 2014

It was a tragic waste of life.​

The sister of a man who claimed he was sexually abused as a boy at Rubane House in Kircubbin is speaking out for the first time about the torture he told her he suffered at the hands of the men tasked with caring for him.

Rosaleen O'Connor (69) from Larne is sharing John Christopher Magill's story, following his death in 1999, as the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) hears disturbing witness testimony from ex-residents of the former Catholic care home, run by the De La Salle Brothers.

"He didn't get any justice in this world," Rosaleen said.

John's alcohol addiction began after he emerged from Rubane House, at the age of 14, following what he told his sister was nightly episodes of abuse.

On New Year's Day 1999, aged just 48, John was found dead with a large quantity of alcohol and three types of prescription drugs in his system.

Frank Brennan slams church’s actions over abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

John Ferguson
Victorian Political Editor
Melbourne

ONE of the nation’s most senior Catholics has warned that the church must take legal, moral and collective responsibility for the systemic abuse of children before 1996.

Frank Brennan, professor of law at the Australian Catholic University, yesterday condemned the church’s handling of abuse more than 20 years ago and called for collective institutional responsibility.

He stopped short of criticising Cardinal George Pell, the former archbishop of Sydney, arguing that the church’s structures had been so opaque before 1996 as to have been dysfunctional.

He said Cardinal Pell’s recent evidence to the royal commission into child abuse made it possible to properly analyse the church’s position on the subject.

While it was understandable that Cardinal Pell’s critics had focused on his comments comparing the church’s responsibilities with the criminal act of any truck driver, the bigger picture could be missed, he said.

“Reviewing Cardinal Pell’s evidence, I have concluded that we Catholics need to accept moral responsibility and legal liability for all child sexual abuse committed by clergy prior to 1996, regardless of what might be the moral or legal position after 1996 when improved measures for supervision and dismissal of errant clergy were put in place,’’ he wrote in the online church publication Eureka Street.

MEDIA RELEASE

PENNSYLVANIA
Road to Recovery

88 of Br. Stephen Baker’s courageous sexual abuse victims to share 8 million dollar settlement from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA; Bishop Mc Cort High School, Johnstown, PA; and the Franciscans Friars Third Order Regular of Hollidaysburg, PA

At least one sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen Baker from the Altoona-Johnstown area who is not part of the recent settlement has come forward to report that he too was sexually abused by Br. Stephen Baker, and more victims are expected to come forward. Br Stephen Baker was a serial predator.

What: A press conference to discuss the 8 million dollar settlement for 88 victims of Br. Stephen Baker, a Franciscan Third Order Regular religious brother who resided at the headquarters of the Franciscans in Hollidaysburg, PA and was assigned to Bishop Mc Cort High School in Johnstown, PA as a religion teacher, coach, and athletic trainer, although unlicensed and uncertified.

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:30 AM

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

Who: Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., co-founder and President of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families; Barbara Aponte of Poland, Ohio, whose son, Luke Bradesku, took his own life because of sexual abuse by Br. Stephen Baker in Ohio.

Why: 88 courageous sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen Baker will finally try to realize some sense of validation and closure through the settlement of 8 million dollars from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, PA, Bishop Mc Cort High School, and the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular. Br. Stephen Baker was a serial sexual abuser of minor children and his victims number in the hundreds. At least one more sexual abuse victim of Br. Stephen Baker has come forward, and other victims will be encouraged to come forward to begin the healing process and hold the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Franciscan friars accountable for enabling the sexual abuse of minors. All sexual abuse victims of Br. Stephen Baker and any other clergyman or religious person should know that it is not too late to come forward, report the sexual abuse, and begin the healing process. It is known that Br. Stephen Baker sexually abused innocent children in Minnesota, Michigan, and Ohio before sexually abusing innocent children in Pennsylvania. Why weren’t the supervisors of Br. Stephen Baker doing their job?

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

Diocese Releases Statement on Brother Baker Settlement

PENNSYLVANIA
We Are Central PA

ALTOONA - An $8 million settlement has been reached between 88 victims of Brother Stephen Baker and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, Bishop McCort High School, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and several individuals.

Most Rev. Mark L. Bartchak, Bishop of the Diocese, released this statement saying, "The diocese hopes that this outcome will allow the victims to seek counseling and find the healing and comfort they deserve. We continue to pray for them and all victims of sexual abuse."

Brother Stephen Baker was a member of the Franciscan Order of the Third Order Regular and assigned to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. He taught religion at Bishop McCort High School and was also an athletic trainer between 1992 and 2001.

Assignment Record – Rev. Joseph C. Dooley, s.j.

UNITED STATES/JAMAICA
BishopAccountability.org

Summary of Case: A Jesuit priest of the New England Province ordained in 1941, Dooley's early career was spent in parishes and schools in Jamaica. Subsequently he was assigned briefly to Boston College High School in MA, followed by several-year stints at Cheverus High in Portland ME and Fairfield College Preparatory School in CT. He returned to Boston College High in 1958 where he remained until his death in 1983. In 2000 the Portland diocese received a call from a woman who said Dooley sexually abused her "many years ago." Her age at the time of the alleged abuse was not ascertained. Another woman reported to the diocese in 2002 that Dooley sexually abused her when she was 3 to 11 years-old, from 1956-1964. She said the abuse occurred in Portland and on Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

Ordained: 1941
Died: July 31, 1983

Massimo Faggioli on Shifting Tectonic Plates of Global Catholicism...

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Massimo Faggioli on Shifting Tectonic Plates of Global Catholicism: Europe and Latin America at Forefront of New Openness, North America, Africa, and English-Speaking Catholics Determined to Resist

Massimo Faggioli in Conversation US on how the synod on the family reveals a tectonic shift in global Catholicism, in which old alliances and loyalties are breaking down and new ones forming:

In this new map [of the Catholic world] Europe and Latin America are at the forefront of the new openness. On the other hand, North America, Africa, and in general English-speaking Catholics are more inclined to hone to a firm countercultural line, refusing to evolve the doctrine and pastoral practice of the church with regard to marriage and family. Asia presents a more complex picture, although the Cardinal from Manila, Luis Antonio Tagle, for example, was one of the leaders of Francis’s majority.

And:

This October the strongest objections to the German bishops' proposed welcome to gay and divorced Catholics came from the representatives of English-speaking Catholics from the United States, Africa, and Australia. Their opposition was carefully planned even before the Synod as one can see from the long paper trail of interviews, op-eds and books laid down by Cardinal Raymond Burke (USA) and Cardinal George Pell (Australia). Once in Rome they argued with the Europeans in a way that has created a new sense of self-awareness in their churches back home.

I might add to Faggioli's statement that the opposition of Burke, Pell, and other right-wing prelates to the proposed welcome to gay and divorced Catholics was not merely carefully planned in advance of the synod: it was also heavily financed in advance of the synod. The fear that the Catholic church may simultaneously loosen its hard line about issues of sexual morality (which have been instrumentally useful to the 1% and the political right in the U.S. for a long time now as they play their divide-and-conquer political games) while stepping up its teachings about socioeconomic justice galvanizes economic elites who want to assure that the leaders of the Catholic church continue to dance to their self-interested tune about these issues.

One of the interesting aspects of most U.S. media discusssions of what's taking place in the Catholic church right now is how heavily invested these discussions are in a false, simplistic meme that emanates from the religious and political right. This meme maintains that Catholic teaching about homosexuality and contraception is carved in doctrinal stone and can't be changed. The media have bought into a mindless dualism which keeps parroting what is essentially a line prepared for them by the hard right within the church: that doctrine cannot and will not change, and that what is under discussion right now at the top levels of the church is a pastoral shift rather than a doctrinal shift.

Blacklisted priest hopeful for changes to Catholic credo

UNITED STATES
The Washington Times

By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A blacklisted priest is calling on Catholics to keep up the momentum for change generated by this month’s Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops, which divided church leaders on how welcoming the 2,000-year-old faith should be toward 21st century issues like gay marriage and divorce.

In his address to synod participants, Pope Francis said the church has one year “to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront.”

But Father Tony Flannery, founder of the Irish Association of Catholic Priests, said Tuesday that the next 12 months “will be enormously important in the life of the church.”

“A major impact is the changing tone of the synod,” he said. “They began by talking about the real lives of people. That’s a real change for the church [as] normally it starts by talking about doctrine.”

Father Flannery shared his vision of a more accepting church during a newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, the first stop of an 18-city speaking tour across the country.

A native of Galway, Ireland, he is a member of the Redemptorist Congregation. He was ordained a priest in 1974 and is the author of several books and was a columnist for the Redemptorist magazine Reality.

Archdiocese of St. Louis suspends retired priest accused of sex abuse in 1980s

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Lilly Fowler lfowler@post-dispatch.com 314-340-82210

A former priest with the Archdiocese of St. Louis was sued Tuesday by a man accusing him of sexual abuse at St. George Parish in Affton 30 years ago.

Due to a recent sexual abuse allegation, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has suspended a retired priest.

The archdiocese announced today that it had suspended the Rev. John J. Ghio, who is alleged to have sexually abused a minor in the early 1980s.

Ghio retired in 2011 and currently resides in a monitored environment, according to a press release.

The Habit Does Not Make The Monk

UNITED STATES
Patrick J. Wall

One of the first lessons in the monastery is: “The Habit does not make the monk.”

Why? People are easily distracted by holy garbs, nice shoes, tailored clothes, and expensive cars. White collar criminals who use their position of trust to commit crimes against children depend on this. They need children and the public to be easily distracted.

Do not be distracted by a monk’s habit, a doctor’s white coat, or a judge’s black robe. By putting on a habit, one is not instantly infused with wisdom and understanding. Rather, it comes from years of listening to people, prayer, reflection and learning to recognize the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Why do I bring this up?

Recently, my eyes have been opened to other versions of the white collar crime I know as “solicitation in the confessional.” Crimens Sollicitationis—simply put—is the confessor’s abuse of power over the penitent.

Apparently, this kind of crime is not limited to Catholicism.

Very recently, a Rabbi was discovered to have been using the Mikvah—the ritual bath—to film the unsuspecting faithful. In the age of the internet and file sharing, one has to be concerned for those unknowingly filmed.

From the Editor’s Desk: Covering the Barry Freundel story

TOWSON (MD)
The Towerlight

21 OCTOBER 2014 BY JONATHAN MUNSHAW, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

When I signed up for Barry Freundel’s honors seminar last spring, I never expected to be covering his arrest.

Over the course of the past few days, I’ve received calls and requests for interviews from The Washington Post, The Daily Beast and NBC4 in Washington, D.C.

These requests — as well as my role in covering the story as Editor of The Towerlight — have tested my ability to be a student, a journalist and a human being all at the same time.

On Tuesday, we had our first class meeting under the new professor, who is in just as unfortunate a position as the students. It was emotionally exhausting to say the least. No one knows where to take the curriculum at this point, and it’s impossible to avoid the topic of Freundel’s arrest.

I have never been in a classroom environment where students were on the verge of tears, with some of them even having to exit the room early. Despite the fact that the University emailed students in the class with outlets for support, it still couldn’t have prepared the class for the emotion of the first class back.

These are students who had been invited to Freundel’s synagogue and asked to shower in the mikvah — the same shower that Freundel is now accused to setting up hidden cameras in. Although his court case has not been settled yet, just the accusations levied against him have put these students in an adverse position.

I never went to Freundel’s synagogue, but he was still a professor of mine who I trusted to share his knowledge with me, on ethics no less. Journalists are expected to be perfectly impartial writers, but unfortunately as a student in his class, I have become part of the story.

Towson Student Says Accused Rabbi Asked Her To Use Ritual Bath

MARYLAND
WBAL

A Towson University student, whose professor is now accused of secretly recording women changing at a ritual bath in Washington, D.C., says she and several other students were asked to use the bath during a tour last fall.

Nicole Coniglio tells the student newspaper The Towerlight, that she and several female students were taken on a tour of the National Capitol Mikvah last fall, when they were students in a religious studies class taught by Rabbi Barry Freundel.

Freundel was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism for setting up the hidden camera and recording women who were using the changing rooms.

The incidents took place in June, and earlier this month.

Coniglio tells the newspaper, Freundel asked the students if they wanted to use the bath. Coniglio said that she declined, but two other female students, who were Jewish, accepted Freundel's offer.

Towson Indefinitely Suspends Rabbi Professor For Voyeurism

MARYLAND
In The Capital

Towson University has indefinitely suspended associate professor Rabbi Barry Freundel, who was arrested October 14 after being charged by D.C. police with six counts of voyeurism. He was allegedly using a camera under the guise of a clock radio to record women in a ritual bath. An affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court seems to suggest that Freundel has been "engaging in the criminal act of voyeurism in several locations and with the use of several devices and over a period of time.”

While there's no information that has been made public about whether students were recorded, law enforcement authorities say that they're just at the beginning of their investigation. Towson officials do remain concerned that students could be among the victims, which explains Freundel's suspension.

“Dr. Freundel has been suspended from any and all faculty duties and responsibilities, pending the outcome of that investigation and associated criminal proceedings," Director of Communication Ray Feldmann said in a statement Wednesday. "At this time there is no indication that these activities occurred on the Towson University campus. We are concerned about the serious nature of this matter, and we are providing support and counseling resources to members of the campus community."

Israel Rabbinate backtracks on decision to review 'peeping' rabbi's conversions

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Judy Maltz | Oct. 21, 2014

Responding to strong international condemnation, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel has backtracked on its decision to review conversions performed by Rabbi Barry Freundel, the American rabbi charged with secretly filming women in his synagogue’s ritual bath.

In a statement published Tuesday afternoon, the Chief Rabbinate spokesman Ziv Maor announced: “After a thorough reviewing of the various aspects of Jewish law on the issue, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel now announces that past conversions of Rabbi Freundel will not be affected by recent events. Anyone with a conversion certificate from Rabbi Freundel will not face special problems when approaching the Chief Rabbinate with questions of marriage or any other questions.”

On Monday, Haaretz reported that the Chief Rabbinate of Israel was looking into conversions performed during the period when Freundel allegedly had hidden cameras installed in the shower stalls near the synagogue’s mikveh. It had no intention, though, of reviewing conversions overseen by Freundel prior to then. The first accusations against Freundel began to surface in 2012.

The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) – an umbrella organization for the Modern Orthodox movement in the United States – announced on Monday that all conversions ever performed by Freundel were valid. The announcement created intense pressure on the Chief Rabbinate to back down and not interfere with decisions taken by the religious Jewish establishment abroad.

Rabbi Took Students To Synagogue Where He Allegedly Recorded Women

WASHINGTON (DC)/MARYLAND
CBS Baltimore

Derek Valcourt

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — The popular DC rabbi accused of voyeurism apparently took some of his female Towson University students to the synagogue in Georgetown where he’s accused of secretly video-recording women.

Derek Valcourt explains the students were apparently part of a field trip in their religious studies class.
To be clear, no wrongdoing was alleged to have happened at the university, where the rabbi has taught classes since 2009—but any field trips the professor apparently took some of his students on to that synagogue could raise some red flags.

Respected rabbi and Towson University religious students professor Barry Freundel led the Kesher Israel congregation in DC for 25 years—until last week, when he was arrested on charges that he set up a hidden camera and recorded videos inside the synagogue’s ritual bathing area known as a mikvah, where women immerse themselves during sacred rituals.

Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

WASHINGTON (DC)
JTA

October 21, 2014

NEW YORK (JTA) — When Rabbi Barry Freundel asked Bethany Mandel to take a “really long shower” before a “practice dunk” in the mikvah prior to her formal conversion to Judaism, the whole request seemed a bit odd, she says.

For one thing, Freundel instructed her to skip the pre-mikvah checklist, which includes things like cleaning out one’s navel, trimming nails, and getting rid of excess hair and skin. For another, she had never heard of practice dunking.

But Mandel eventually bought the rabbi’s explanation: that women performing the ritual for the first time at their actual conversions might in their nervousness and confusion turn around and mistakenly expose themselves to the three rabbis present. Mandel said she, like other women who took practice dunks, actually found the trial run helpful.

But that was before last week when Freundel, a prominent Orthodox leader and rabbi at Washington’s Kesher Israel synagogue, was arrested for allegedly installing a clock radio with a hidden camera in the mikvah’s shower room. He is believed to have clandestinely filmed women showering and undressing before their practice dunks and the monthly immersions that married Orthodox women perform following menstruation.

MO--STL priest removed for abuse

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris of SNAP 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Another credibly accused St. Louis predator priest has been “outed” but Archbishop Robert Carlson is providing only the sketchiest of details about him.

He’s Fr. John J. Ghio. Carlson will only say the accusations against him are “recently reported.”

[St. Louis archdiocese]

But we suspect that allegations against Fr. Ghio surfaced months or even years ago.

We applaud the brave person who was strong enough to step forward, get help, expose Fr. Ghio and warn the public about him. We hope this disclosure will help that individual in his or her healing. And we are confident that this move will make children safer.

We urge victims, and whistleblowers to contact secular authorities, not church officials. And we beg anyone who may have seen, suspected, or suffered clergy crimes - by this cleric or others - to come forward, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Carlson should personally visit every parish where Fr. Ghio worked and beg anyone with information or suspicions about him to call law enforcement immediately. And he should put Fr. Ghio in a remote, secure, independent treatment center so that kids are safer. Until this happens, Carlson should disclose where Fr. Ghio is now, again, so that kids will be safer.