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March 5, 2015

Former Knox head goes back on cover-up confession

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 06, 2015

Ean Higgins
Reporter
Sydney

FORMER Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson has reversed his evidence on key elements of the child sexual abuse inquiry, now denying that he deliberately kept information from police, protected pedophile teachers, or covered up in any way.

In the final public hearing of the inquiry into Knox by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Dr Paterson’s lawyer took him back over critical evidence he had given this week.

In his responses this morning, Dr Paterson withdrew a series of admissions he had previously made under oath.

Earlier this week under cross-examination, Dr Paterson had agreed that he had deliberately not told a police officer, who in 1996 had come to him to inquire about child abuse allegations against several Knox teachers, about what by then he knew to be a wealth of claims and in some cases admissions of improper conduct.

Former Knox headmaster Ian Paterson changes story at Royal Commission

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 6, 2015

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

Former Knox Grammar School headmaster Ian Paterson recanted previous testimony given to a royal commission in which he admitted to misleading a police officer and hindering her investigation into child abuse allegations involving six teachers at the school.

In a dramatic about-face, Dr Paterson told the commission he did not mislead an officer from the Child Protection Enforcement Agency who spoke to him about sex abuse claims in 1996.

Under questioning from his own lawyer, Jim Harrowell, the former headmaster agreed that Inspector Beth Cullen was examining general allegations rather than specific claims.

"So you did not deliberately seek to mislead Inspector Cullen?" Mr Harrowell asked.

"Absolutely not," Dr Paterson replied.

He also denied in Friday's evidence that he knew the extent of sexual abuse at the school, which he ran from from 1969 to 1998.

He agreed he had been made aware of concerns about teachers Barrie Stewart and Damien Vance and addressed them. He also said he acted on his suspicion that teacher Christopher Fotis was the so-called balaclava man who sexually assaulted a year 8 boy in his bed by removing Fotis from the boarding house.

Knox Grammar: Former headmaster Ian Paterson backflips ...

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

Knox Grammar: Former headmaster Ian Paterson backflips on earlier acceptance he deliberately misled police

By Nicole Chettle

A former headmaster of the prestigious Sydney boys school, Knox Grammar, has told a royal commission he did not try to mislead a police investigation into child sexual abuse.

This is despite, earlier in the week, Dr Paterson accepting that he deliberately tried to mislead a policewoman about matters that were centrally important to her investigation in 1996.

On Wednesday, Dr Ian Paterson told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse he provided staff files to Inspector Beth Cullen from the Child Protection Enforcement Agency.

Edward Cardinal Egan Dies at 82

NEW YORK
NY1

Edward Cardinal Egan, who served as the Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, died earlier today at the age of 82.

Cardinal Egan passed away at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m. The Archdiocese says the cause of death was cardiac arrest.

After being appointed Archbishop, Cardinal Egan set out to improve the finances of the Archdiocese of New York. He trimmed the budget, closed churches and undertook a fundraising effort to raise private money for the church.

"He had the heartiest laugh and a great sense of humour, and he made me laugh," said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Egan also apologized in 2002 for sex abuse in the Catholic Church, but 10 years later, when he was retired, he recanted. He said, "I never should have said that...I don’t think we did anything wrong."

New York Cardinal Edward Egan has died at age 82

NEW YORK
Crux

By Michael O'Loughlin
National reporter March 5, 2015

Cardinal Edward Egan, the archbishop emeritus of New York who was popular in Rome but had a rocky tenure as head of the nation’s second largest archdiocese, died Thursday afternoon of cardiac arrest. He was 82.

His successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, said Egan was stricken at his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and rushed to NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

“Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford,” Dolan said in a blog post.

Egan was appointed archbishop of New York in May 2000, a post he held for nine years.

In some ways, Egan’s chances for success in New York were slim.

He took over from one of the American Church’s most colorful figures, Cardinal John O’Connor, whose gregarious nature stood in stark contrast to Egan’s, and whose disdain for management left Egan with an archdiocese with severe financial challenges.

His tenure as archbishop of New York was marked by public battles with priests, questions about how he handled allegations of clergy sexual abuse, and criticism of his general demeanor.

Even In Death, Fmr. Archbishop Isn’t Spared By The NYT

NEW YORK
The Daily Caller

Betsy Rothstein

New York’s former Archbishop Edward M. Egan died Thursday of a sudden heart attack. He was 82.

The NYT writeup doesn’t let even one graph go by without bringing up the phrase “sex-abuse scandals.”

In the very first sentence of Egan’s obituary, they manage to say ”stern… troubled finances… dwindling, aging ranks” and “shaken by sex-abuse scandals.”

Cardinal Egan, Former Bridgeport Bishop, Dies At 82

NEW YORK
CT Now

RACHEL ZOLL
Associated Press
7:06 p.m. EST, March 5, 2015

NEW YORK — Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York who oversaw a broad and sometimes unpopular financial overhaul of the archdiocese and played a prominent role in the city after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, died Thursday. He was 82.

Egan, who retired in 2009 after nine years as archbishop, died of cardiac arrest at a New York hospital, the archdiocese announced. As a child he survived polio, which affected his health as an adult, and he also used a pacemaker.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop of New York, asked for prayers for Egan and for his family.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Egan "was a generous man who committed his life to serving others." ...

In 2002 The Courant published stories that showed Egan failed to aggressively investigate some abuse allegations, reassigned priests he knew had allegations against them and generally downplayed allegations made against many of the priests.

The Courant obtained more than 440 pages of secret depositions that Egan gave in cases involving 23 people who made accusations against seven priests under his control.

One case involved Lawrence Brett, a priest accused of molesting several boys who then disappeared for years. Brett was found living on St. Maarten by The Courant in 2002 more than 10 years after he had been disciplined. Brett had been getting help from two priests in the Diocese of Bridgeport while he was on the lam.

Egan was named cardinal of New York shortly before the lawsuits in Bridgeport were settled for $12 million.

Egan's death elicits mixed memories

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Michael P. Mayko
Updated 8:38 pm, Thursday, March 5, 2015

For a dozen years, he served as the face of 460,000 Fairfield County Catholics and brought their presence to Rome.

Cardinal Edward Egan strived to bring more men into the priesthood by establishing the St. John Fisher pre-seminary residence in Trumbull and later Stamford, took control of diminishing diocesan finances by raising $40 million through the Faith in the Future campaign, created the Catherine Dennis Keefe Queen of the Clergy Retired Priests' residence in Stamford and built St. Catherine Academy, the only private school for special needs children in the state.

He reorganized and expanded Catholic Charities and created outreach programs such as soup kitchens, clinics and housing for AIDS patients. He opened Malta House, a home for pregnant mothers and reorganized the area's Catholic School system.

But his image was forever bruised by his failure to halt a growing scandal of pedophile priests who invaded the Diocese of Bridgeport, which includes Stamford, Greenwich and Danbury. ...

"May he rest in peace," said John Marshall Lee, a leader in the Voice of the Faithful, Bridgeport chapter. "He was unable to reconcile the tension of his political vision of being a church man with that of being one of the people of God."

Lee said Egan, as the leader of the Greater Bridgeport Catholic Diocese from 1988-2000, was in a position to halt the pedophile priest scandal that cost the diocese nearly $40 million in damages.

"He missed that opportunity," Lee said.

And Christopher Caruso, a former state representative, mayoral candidate and staunch Catholic, said there will always be a scar on Egan's legacy.

"No one can ever question his love for the Church, his defense of the Church," said Caruso, who attended Egan's installation as archbishop of New York in 2000. "But his not being more aggressive in acknowledging and correcting the problem was inexcusable."

The Last Orphans of Holy Cross

ALASKA
Indian Country Today Media Network

Mary Annette Pember
2/6/14

The memories are coming back to her now in bits and pieces. Sometimes they emerge slowly and sometimes they engulf her bringing a terrible pain she describes as a tsunami wave of hurt.

When this happens she raises her arms up in the air. “I say, dear God in heaven, please help me, and I pray. Prayers keep you in a line of goodness,” said Kim Oseira, Alaskan Native and survivor of the Holy Cross Mission Orphanage in Holy Cross, Alaska.

The boarding school, located along the Yukon River, over 400 miles from Fairbanks, was officially called an orphanage in church records. Holy Cross Mission was founded in 1880 near the village of Holy Cross, a community of Athabascan and Yupik Eskimos, according to the Holy Cross tribal website. The early mission included a day school, boarding school and church. Today, only a church remains, the Holy Family Catholic Church served by Catholic diocese of Fairbanks.

Oseira, 73, has come forward to tell her story because, she says, “It is time.” Over several hours and multiple interviews she takes us through her childhood years at the Jesuit orphanage, sharing memories that she once thought were “completely blotted out.”

Her history, she says, is the same as so many other Native children who were taken from their families and raised in religious mission boarding schools in Canada and Alaska.

The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis

UNITED STATES
Publishers Weekly

Garry Wills, Author

Is it possible, or even prudent, for an institution that has survived for 2,000 years to change? The Catholic Church, according to Wills (Why I Am a Catholic), professor emeritus at Northwestern University, has changed substantially over the course of its existence and must continue to do so if it is to survive. The author presents fascinating historical snapshots of the church throughout its history and illustrates the shifts it has navigated, from adopting and then dismissing universal Latin for its liturgical language to rejecting its embedded anti-Semitism at the Second Vatican Council. The current pope is not mentioned as often as the title might suggest, although one cannot fault the author for attempting to ride the wave of interest in Francis that’s sweeping the globe.

THE FUTURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH WITH POPE FRANCIS

UNITED STATES
Kirkus Reviews

By Garry Wills

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Beautifully conceived and wrought essays that systematically address the wrongheadedness of the Catholic Church over centuries—and the space therein for Francis’ long-needed reforms.

A pope determined to admit change and renounce “infallibility”—is this possible? Pulitzer Prize–winning intellectual and leading Catholic scholar Wills (Why Priests?: A Failed Tradition, 2013, etc.) is guided by his close scholarly readings of the Gospels, as well as by modern commentators, examining how the church can right itself—as it has repeatedly over the ages in the face of bad decisions—e.g., the adoption of Latin for sacraments and documents. This is Wills’ first example of the church’s attempts at controlling the message, at excluding versus including: adopting Latin as a “secret code of the elect” rather than the vernacular of the people of God. From there, the early church was able to exclude forbidden books and even forbidden ideas. From arriving at a language understood by all, Wills moves into a compelling study of how the early church evolved from a marginalized sect of martyrs to a state organization sanctioned by the Emperor Constantine at the Council of Nicaea in 325. The author reminds us that Jesus forbade his followers to have any pre-eminence among them (and rejected any earthly kingdom), yet by the third century, a “Vice Petri” or “stand-in” for Peter, the Rock of the Church, was established, essentially evolving into a monarchy by the 11th century. Wills also labels the long strain of anti-Semitism in the church as a “tragic absurdity," and he nods to the Second Vatican Council as a template for moving forward. He valiantly destroys the church’s unjustified stances (in the name of “natural law”) on birth control, abortion and the right of women to serve as priests.

Lawsuit Alleges Priest Sexually Abused 7th Grader in Wichita Falls

TEXAS
Everything Lubbock

By Staff
newsweb@everythinglubbock.com

WICHITA FALLS, TX -- A lawsuit filed in Tarrant County alleging long-term sexual abuse of a 7th grader at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls seeks an award of more than $1 million from the Fort Worth Catholic Diocese.

The suit was filed Tuesday on behalf of the anonymous listed in the lawsuit as John Doe 117. It alleged the sexual assaults by a priest began in 1989 and continued into the boy's 9th grade.

Doe's attorney said Father John Hugh Sutton, was the school chaplain and the boy's history teacher and confessor.

Sutton died in 2004 after serving in several other states under various aliases according to the suit. It said he told the boy the assaults were punishment because the boy copied an assignment from an encyclopedia.

The boy was told he had to do penance in the small chapel inside the school.

ADL mourns Cardinal Edward M. Egan

NEW YORK
San Diego Jewish World

NEW YORK (Press Release) — The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the passing of retired Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a friend to the Jewish community and a significant figure in the realm of interfaith affairs.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

We note with sorrow the passing of Cardinal Edward Egan who will be remembered for his dedicated service to the Church and steadfast interfaith efforts.

Shortly after the declaration of Nostra Aetate, the Cardinal organized the archdiocese new office for ecumenical and interreligious engagement, and during his tenure as archbishop of New York, he demonstrated a continued commitment to interfaith relations. When the Cardinal was named head of the New York Archdiocese, we expressed hope that he would foster harmony among the diverse religious groups of New York — he did just that.

Cardinal Edward Egan, former New York archbishop, dies at 82

NEW YORK
Reuters

BY ELLEN WULFHORST
NEW YORK Thu Mar 5, 2015

(Reuters) - Cardinal Edward Egan, a former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, who won praise for his leadership after the Sept. 11 attacks but was criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse scandal, died on Thursday at age 82.

Egan, considered an expert in theology and canon law, was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. (1920 GMT) at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was taken after eating lunch at his residence, the archdiocese said in a statement. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

As archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, Egan was praised for the role he played as spiritual leader of the city's Catholic community after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center.

"Cardinal Egan spread love and knowledge, and brought comfort to countless New Yorkers and others across the country and the world who sought his guidance and counsel – especially in the aftermath of 9/11," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. ...

In 1988, he was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he came under fire for how he handled allegations of sex abuse by priests under his jurisdiction.

Critics say Egan failed to report the allegations to authorities, sought to cover up the claims and allowed offending priests to continue working.

The diocese eventually paid nearly $40 million to settle dozens of claims of abuse by priests from the 1960s through mid-1990s.

Egan apologized in 2002, saying he was "deeply sorry" about mistakes the diocese may have been made.

After he retired as archbishop of New York, Egan reversed course, saying he had done nothing wrong while presiding over the Bridgeport Diocese and that he regretted making the earlier apology.

'Pastor' stripped, beaten to pulp for impregnating SS1 student

NIGERIA
Pulse

Angry teachers in Enugu mobbed a contractor who impregnated a teenage student of their school. The man claimed to be a pastor.

A 'pastor' escaped death by the whiskers after a mob of teachers beat him to inches of his life for impregnating a Senior Secondary 1 student of the Metropolitan Girls Secondary School, Ogui New Layout, Enugu.

Student Pulse gathered that the man, who claimed to be a pastor, was handed over to officials of National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), but not before they had beaten him severely.

Reports say the man is an Enugu-based contractor.

Acusan a sacerdote hondureño de violación

HONDURAS
El Heraldo

[A priest was accused of raping a 15-year-old in San Juan, Intibucá, western Honduras.The complaint was filed by the girl's father, Jose Maximo Cantarero, through the local radio station HRN.The parent accused the priest Francisco Rivas of taking the child to a room of the local church and demanded that she remove her clothes.]

TEGUCIGALPA, HondurasUn sacerdote fue acusado de haber violado a una adolescente de 15 años en San Juan, Intibucá, al occidente de Honduras.La denuncia fue interpuesta por el padre de la menor, José Máximo Cantarero, a través de la emisora local HRN.El progenitor acusó que el sacerdote Francisco Rivas llevó a la menor hasta una habitación de la iglesia local y le exigió que se quitara la ropa.Después procedió a ”tocarle partes íntimas de su cuerpo” y le dijo ”que él tenía una pomada que la había traído de los Estados Unidos para que le devolviera la virginidad a las adolescentes”

12-month jail term for indecent assault in the 1970s

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

By William Vallely March 6, 2015

A FORMER Ballarat parish priest has appealed a three-month jail sentence after indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl in the 1970s.

Leslie Sheahan, 84, a Ballarat North priest in the 1960s, was on Thursday given a 12-month sentence by magistrate Michelle Hodgson – three of which were to be served immediately.

Ms Hodgson said the historical sex offence was indicative of the culture of silence and accountability by members of the clergy who have abused positions of trust.

“Slowly but surely we have come to recognise people in positions of power are taking advantage of people,” she said.

Sheahan pleaded guilty to unlawful/indecent assault of a girl – a historical charge which predates the sexual penetration of a child charge introduced in 1980s – in February.

Rabbi Karp indicted; remains in jail

OHIO/MARYLAND
Cleveland Jewish News

Thu Mar 5, 2015.
ED WITTENBERG | STAFF REPORTER
ewittenberg@cjn.org

Rabbi Ephraim (Frederick) Karp was indicted last week by the state’s attorney’s office for Baltimore County, Md., on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and related charges and is awaiting a trial date in Baltimore County Circuit Court, said Lisa Dever, spokesperson for the state’s attorney’s office.

As of March 2, Karp remained in the Baltimore County Detention Center in Towson, Md., Dever said.

Karp, director of spiritual living at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood, has been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, continuing course of conduct; perverted practice and second- and third-degree sex offenses. The state’s attorney’s office said he sexually assaulted a girl in Baltimore County over a five-year period.

Former Western Mennonite School student sues for $5.5 million, says school knew teacher had been accused of sexual abuse

OREGON
The Oregonian

By Stuart Tomlinson | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on March 03, 2015

A 19-year-old woman who was sexually abused by her Salem-area high school teacher is suing the school, the woman's attorneys said Tuesday.

The suit, which seeks $5.5 million in damages, was filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court against the Western Mennonite School and the Pacific Northwest Mennonite Conference.

The suit alleges that school officials hired teacher Matthew Yoder "despite being aware of previous sexual abuse allegations against him and widespread concerns about Yoder's inappropriate interactions with students," a news release from attorneys with the Portland law firm of O'Donnell Clark & Crew says.

Yoder, 32, was arrested on numerous sex abuse charges on Valentine's Day 2012. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree sex abuse in March 2014 in a Yamhill County courtroom. He was sentenced to 32 months in prison.

The Western Mennonite School fired Yoder after learning about the suspected abuse, school Principal Darrel Camp told The Oregonian in February 2012.

OR--Victims challenge Mennonite school on abuse

OREGON
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priestsf

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

We applaud this brave teenager for having the strength to take action against the man who assaulted her and the school officials who enabled those crimes to happen.

[The Oregonian]

It is very rare that someone so young manages to find the maturity and courage to step forward like this. Usually, it takes decades before a child sex abuse victim understands that what they endured was criminal, hurtful, apt to be repeated, and then summons the strength to act.

By her bravery, she is no doubt sparing other kids horrific trauma and deterring other school officials – in Mennonite circles and elsewhere – from acting so recklessly and callously in the future.

We challenge school officials to why they knowingly put kids at risk. We also urge them to show real courage and compassion by aggressively seeking out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered teacher Matthew Yoder’s crimes, either at Western Mennonite School or elsewhere.

It’s important that school staff mail and call students and staff who spent time around Yoder and beg anyone with information or suspicions about his crimes to call law enforcement, expose wrongdoing, protect others, deter cover ups and start healing.

CT--Victims say Egan was “among the worst” prelates

CONNECTICUT
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Cardinal Edward Egan was among the most callous, reckless and deceitful prelates ever. We hope his passing brings some comfort to the many adults who were abused as children because of his self-serving secrecy and his relentless protection of predator priests. We grieve for every single victim, witness and whistleblower who was mistreated in any way by Egan and his former top aides, whether in New York or in Bridgeport.

As much as we try to be charitable, sugar-coating Egan’s horrific track record on abuse is irresponsible. We feel duty bound to do whatever we can to deter powerful officials who may be tempted to shield predators, stone-wall police, hide evidence and attack victims, even if it means being honest about their egregious wrong-doing even when they pass away.

We suspect that some current and former Catholic church staff and members have kept silent for years about clergy sex crimes and cover ups, in part because they feared repercussions and punishment by Egan. We hope that his passing will cause at least some of these individuals to finally find the courage to speak up, expose wrongdoers, protect kids, and deter future cover ups.

Leading haredi rabbi says sexual abuse should be reported to police

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most influential experts on Jewish law in Israel, advises parents of molested boy to report to police without prior recourse to a rabbi.

Sexual abuse of a minor should be reported to the police without prior recourse to a rabbi, a senior ultra-orthodox figure has stated.

In a video posted to You-Tube, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, one of the most influential experts on Jewish law in Israel, was asked if the parents of a young boy who was molested were permitted to inform the secular authorities.

According to a translation of the Yiddish exchange provided by Jewish Community Watch, a Crown Heights based activist group, Kanievsky said that “it’s logical [to go to the police first] because one is saving others.”

“Rabbi Kanievsky’s psak (Rabbinic ruling) reflects a large positive step towards combating Child Sexual Abuse in our community and represents a turning point in the way abuse is being handled, even in the most religious sectors of the Frum [observant] community,” according to JCW.

Federal judge dismisses 9 sex abuse claims against Milwaukee Archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WISN

MILWAUKEE — A federal judge has dismissed nine sexual abuse claims challenged by church leaders in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy case, eliminating the largest group of claims to date among more than 500 filed in the four-year long litigation.

In seven of the claims, U.S. District Judge Susan Kelley ruled Wednesday the claimants failed to show evidence of fraud. In the two others that were tossed, Kelley said the cases had previously been dismissed by state courts.

As for the remaining case, the judge ruled there's evidence the archdiocese may have known as early as the 1950s that the Rev. Lawrence Murphy was molesting boys at St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee and failed to remove him.

Kelley said that such disputes over facts must be litigated rather than dismissed on summary judgment as the archdiocese had asked.

Judge dismisses nine claims brought by sex abuse survivors in Milwaukee bankruptcy case

WISCONSIN
National Catholic Reporter

Marie Rohde | Mar. 5, 2015

MILWAUKEE The judge in the Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy case on Wednesday dismissed nine claims brought by sexual abuse survivors, a move that a church spokesman said could affect many of the more than 570 claims filed against the archdiocese.
Another claim was allowed to go forward.

Judge Susan V. Kelley found that there was no evidence supporting the contention in the nine cases that the archdiocese knowingly allowed abusers to work in parishes or other settings where they came into contact with additional victims. She refused to dismiss a 10th case, finding that there was evidence to support the prior-knowledge claim.

The distinction is important because the Wisconsin Supreme Court earlier ruled that the archdiocese could not be sued for negligence in supervising its abusive priests and other employees but in a later case found that it could be sued for fraud if it knew of an abuser and continued to allow him or her to work and abuse others. While the ruling applied to state court, it was the basis of several cases that were put on hold after the bankruptcy was filed.

In none of the cases decided Wednesday was the archdiocese disputing that the abuse occurred. Instead, the question revolved around legal issues, including whether the statute of limitations had expired before a claim was filed and whether the archdiocese was responsible for religious order priests and other employees.

Montana church sex abuse case settlement approved

MONTANA
KAJ18

A federal bankruptcy judge confirmed a $21 million plan to settle sex abuse cases involving church-run schools in Montana.

During a Wednesday hearing today in Coeur D'Alene, U.S. District Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers signed off on the agreements.

The settlement is for two cases filed jointly on behalf of victims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena and the Ursuline Nuns.

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims In Montana's Diocese of Helena To Receive $20 Million In Payments

MONTANA
Huffington Post

AP

By Matthew Brown

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 million, after a federal judge on Wednesday confirmed the bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers approved the plan during an hour-long court hearing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in which representatives of both victims and the diocese voiced their support.

More than 360 abuse claims will now go through an adjudication process to determine final payment amounts. Each allowed claim will receive a minimum of $2,500, and attorneys involved in the case said only a handful of the claims are considered dubious.

A $920,000 trust will be established for victims who come forward in the future.

SNAP loses a good friend

WISCONSIN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

John Pilmaier's dad, the roof over our heads as survivors, died Sunday; let’s keep his seat for him at the hearing tomorrow

Most of you know John Pilmaier III, SNAP’s Wisconsin director and a corporate officer of the Survivors and Clergy Leadership Alliance (SCLA). John’s dad, John Jr., died this Sunday of cancer, at home, surrounded by his family. There will be an empty seat, in other words, at the archdiocesan bankruptcy hearing tomorrow, Wednesday, that John Jr. most certainly would have attended if fate would have allowed him to get there. Let’s remember him at the hearing tomorrow as we stand with our fellow survivors as John always stood with his son and with us: 11:00 a.m., Milwaukee Federal Courthouse, Judge Susan V. Kelley courtroom, first floor. You can email John III at pilmaier@milwaukeepc.com and his mom Lynn at lynpilmaier@yahoo.com. I know they would appreciate hearing from us. John’s obituary can be found here and where you can make donations in his memory.

One of my most endearing memories of John Jr. was during an historic day in Rome when his son and I, along with Barbara Blaine and Barbara Dorris, were conducting what would become something of an historic press conference for survivors outside of St. Peter’s Square. Simultaneously with the publication on the front page of the New York Times, we were there discussing the infamous Fr. Lawrence Murphy case, and releasing hundreds of pages of secret church documents from St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee detailing the cover up by the church of the sexual assault of 200 deaf children by Murphy over several decades. Those documents directly implicated for the first time the Vatican and the Pope in child sex crimes by pedophile priests. We were detained by Rome police after the event, who carried us, press in tow, inside a phalanx of police cars, sirens blasting, creating this truly surreal motor cade through the center of the city, and providing the breaking news scrolling across cable stations around the globe. At one point in this whirlwind, as I was preparing for a live interview in the BBC press room in Rome, I glanced up to look at one of the monitors, and there before me in all his glory, with signature mustache, was John III’s dad. He and his wife Lynn were on a live feed from Milwaukee outside archdiocesan headquarters. With them were deaf and other Milwaukee survivors and family members, readying for remarks. ABC World News used Lynn’s words as their headline story (you can see a clip here). That’s John standing next to Lynn. He was the pillar we could all fall back on, literally or figuratively, if we found ourselves, as is impossible not to when speaking of these crimes, shaking with sorrow or anger.

Edward Cardinal Egan, former Catholic Archbishop of New York, Dead at 82

NEW YORK
Wall Street Journal

By MELANIE GRAYCE WEST
March 5, 2015

Edward Cardinal Egan, the ninth archbishop of New York, died Thursday afternoon of cardiac arrest, according to the Archdiocese of New York.

He was 82 years old.

Cardinal Egan was born in Oak Park, Ill., ordained in 1957 and consecrated as a bishop in 1985. From 1985 to 1988, he served as auxiliary bishop and vicar for education of the Archdiocese of New York. He served as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., for 12 years before becoming Archbishop of New York in May 2000.

He was made a cardinal in 2001 and retired as Archbishop of New York in 2009, but continued to live in New York and to serve the archdiocese and the Vatican.

New York City's Cardinal Edward Egan dead at 82

NEW YORK
Los Angeles Times

By JAMES QUEALLY

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York City, died Thursday of cardiac arrest. He was 82.

Egan, who served as archbishop in the city from 2000 to 2009, was pronounced dead at New York University's Langone Medical Center in Manhattan at 2:20 p.m., the archdiocese said in a statement.

He died at his residence earlier in the day, according to Joseph Zwllling, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

"My sympathy to his natural family, who will grieve for their uncle, and to you, his spiritual family here in the archdiocese of New York," Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop, said in a statement.

Dolan described Egan's passing as a "peaceful death" in his statement.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement on Thursday described Egan as a constant positive influence in the city who helped New Yorkers heal after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

"Cardinal Egan had a powerful and positive impact on our state and the world that will continue to be felt for years to come," he said in his statement. ...

While the church has praised his tenure as archbishop, Egan was fiercely criticized in 2002 after announcing the archdiocese would not immediately refer all cases of alleged sex abuse by priests to prosecutors.

At the time, Egan said the archdiocese would only refer cases if the church determined there was reasonable cause to do so, and if the victims' relatives did not object to that decision.

Cardinal Dolan’s Statement on the Passing of Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic

My dear people,

I am saddened to tell you that our beloved Cardinal Edward Egan, the Archbishop of New York from 2000-2009, has gone home to the Lord.

Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford, in his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. He was rushed to NYU Langone Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 pm this afternoon.

Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood.

Pray as well that the powerful mercy of Jesus, in which our Cardinal had such trust, has ushered him into heaven.

Cardinal Egan, Ex-Archbishop Of New York, Dies

NEW YORK
NPR

Cardinal Edward Egan, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of New York, has died. He was 82. The cause was cardiac arrest, the Archdiocese of New York said in a statement.

Egan, who was archbishop during the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, died this afternoon at NYU Langone Medical Center.

In a statement, Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his condolences to Egan's "natural family, who will grieve for their uncle, and ... his spiritual family" in New York.

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest who is editor at large of America, a Catholic magazine, said Egan "was a dedicated bishop, a hardworking priest and a kind man. His Eminence was also extremely supportive and caring of the Jesuits in his archdiocese and of me personally."

Ex-New York Archbishop Cardinal Edward Egan Dead at 82

NEW YORK
Gawker

Andy Cush

Cardinal Edward Michael Egan, who served as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009, died of cardiac arrest at NYU's Langone Medical Center this afternoon. He was 82.

Egan, who was appointed archbishop by Pope John Paul II, was known for his low-key and academic approach to the archdiocese as well as a sometimes icy relationship with New York's Catholic priests, as a 2007 New York magazine profile lays out:

Historically, the city's top priest has been a tribal chieftain as much as a spiritual leader—a man who represents the pride of a blue-collar immigrant community that overcame prejudice and hardship to become the most prominent and powerful religious force in the city. Every bishop has a threefold mandate, "to teach, to sanctify, and to govern," and New York churchmen have made full use of those powers...

Not so Egan. From the start, he approached the job more as a private administrator than as a civic leader. He eschewed partisan politics and shunned the media.

Before his appointment as New York archbishop, Egan served as Bishop of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000, where priests were accused of sexually abusing minors. Egan half-apologized for his handling of the episode in 2002, saying, "If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry." But in 2009, he retracted his apology, claiming, "I don't think we did anything wrong."

Cardinal Edward Egan, former New York archbishop, dies at 82

NEW YORK
Washington Post

By David Gibson | Religion News Service
March 5

NEW YORK — Cardinal Edward Egan, who served as archbishop of New York through the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks and the clergy sex abuse scandal but was best known for administrative acumen that helped solidify the finances of the sprawling archdiocese, died on Thursday (March 5). He was 82.

Egan suffered a heart attack right after lunch at his apartment and was rushed to NYU Langone Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m., said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

“Join me, please, in thanking God for his life, especially his generous and faithful priesthood,” Dolan said in a brief statement.

Egan was appointed archbishop in May 2000, shortly after the death of the legendary Cardinal John O’Connor. When Egan retired in February 2009 — making way for Dolan — he was the first archbishop of the city to leave office while still living. ...

Egan also faced intense criticism for his track record in fighting claims of clergy sexual abuse.

But if Egan was never beloved by priests or parishioners the way other archbishops were, he also had a tough job to do.

When he took over, the 3 million-member Archdiocese of New York reportedly had a $20 million annual operating deficit and an outdated, outmoded infrastructure that needed a serious overhaul.

New Orleans Baptist church rocked by abuse arrest

LOUISIANA
Baptist News

By Bob Allen

A Southern Baptist youth minister fired by his church after he was seen on surveillance video sneaking into a closet with a 14-year-old girl faces up to 10 years in prison on a charge of sexual battery.

Jonathan Bailey, 33, minister of youth at First Baptist Church in New Orleans for about two years, was originally arrested Feb. 23 on a lesser charge of indecent behavior with a juvenile and released on $35,000 bond.

Police re-booked him March 4 on the more serious charge, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, after the alleged victim gave details in a second interview she hadn’t previously shared with her parents or police.

The new warrant indicates that since the first arrest a second church contacted police reporting it fired Bailey as youth minister about 10 years ago, because of similar allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile congregant. The warrant did not name the church or say where it is located.

According to a cached copy of the church staff page before his firing Feb. 9, Bailey is a 2004 graduate of Louisiana College who went on to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While there he met his future wife, Tiffany Atkins. The two were married in January 2008 and have a young daughter.

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Former Archbishop of New York, Dies at 82

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
MARCH 5, 2015

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, a stern defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy who presided over the Archdiocese of New York for nine years in an era of troubled finances, changing demographics and a priesthood of dwindling, aging ranks shaken by sexual-abuse scandals, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 82.

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said the cause was cardiac arrest. Cardinal Egan’s successor, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, said in a statement that Cardinal Egan “had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch” in his home at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Manhattan. He was taken to NYU Langone Medical Center and pronounced dead there, Cardinal Dolan said.

As archbishop of New York from 2000 to 2009 — spiritual head of a realm of 2.7 million parishioners, an archipelago of 368 parishes and a majestic seat at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan — Cardinal Egan was one of America’s most visible Catholic leaders, invoking prayers for justice when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his historic visit to the city in April 2008. ...

And as the sexual-abuse scandal widened, he tried to protect the church from liability. In Bridgeport, he was accused of withholding information about accused priests and moving some from parish to parish. In New York, he gave prosecutors files on accused priests, but critics said he was slow and reluctant to act.

Cardinal Egan, retired N.Y. archbishop, dies at 82

NEW YORK
USA Today

Michael Winter, USA TODAY March 5, 2015

Cardinal Edward Egan, who headed the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York from 2000 to 2009, died Thursday after suffering a heart attack at his Manhattan residence. He was 82.

He was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, the archdiocese announced..

"Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary, Father Douglas Crawford, in his residence at the Chapel of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary," Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the current archbishop, said in a statement.

Egan succeeded Cardinal John O'Connor, a major figure among American Catholics. He was elevated to cardinal in May 2001, and retired in May 2009, a month after he was hospitalized and was outfitted with a pacemaker. ...

The Bridgeport diocese was rocked by a sexual-abuse scandal involving priests. In 2002, he apologized in a in a letter read at Mass, saying, "If in hindsight we also discover that mistakes may have been made as regards prompt removal of priests and assistance to victims, I am deeply sorry."

In 2009, the the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that records detailing sexual abuse allegations by priests in the Bridgeport diocese should be released

Three years later, Egan he retracted the apology during a magazine interview, denying that sexual abuse occurred during his tenure.

"I never should have said that," he told Connecticut Magazine. "I don't think we did anything wrong."

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, retired NYC archbishop, dies

NEW YORK
CBS News

Retired New York archbishop Cardinal Edward Egan died Thursday of cardiac arrest, archdiocese officials said. He was 82.

Egan was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m. NYU Langone Medical Center, according to an archdiocese statement.

Born in Oak Park, Ill., Egan was ordained a priest in 1957 in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1985, he was consecrated as a bishop and served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the New York archdiocese.

In 1988, he became bishop of the diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., named by Pope John Paul II, but returned to New York to serve as archbishop in 2000 as successor to the late Cardinal John O'Connor. He was named cardinal in 2001. ...

Egan's successor, Cardinal Timothy Dolan released a statement expressing grief at Egan's passing:

"Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary," Dolan said. "My sympathy to his natural family, who will grieve for their uncle, and to you, his spiritual family here in the Archdiocese of New York."

Cardinal Edward Egan, Former Archbishop Of New York, Dies Of Cardiac Arrest At 82

NEW YORK
International Business Times

By Zoe Mintz @ZoeMintz z.mintz@ibtimes.com on March 05 2015

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, the archbishop of the New York Archdiocese from 2000 to 2009, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was 82.

“I am saddened to tell you that our beloved Cardinal Edward Egan ... has gone home to the Lord,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who succeeded Egan, said in a statement. “Thank God he had a peaceful death, passing away right after lunch today, with the prayers and sacraments of his loyal priest secretary.”

In a statement officials at the Archdiocese of New York announced Egan died at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Egan's time as archbishop was rife with troubled church finances and changing demographics in a see with 2.5 million Catholics, according to the New York Times. During his term, the number of registered parishioners increased as did enrollment in Catholic schools and the budget of Catholic Charities. He was highly visible after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and escorted Pope Benedict XVI when he visited New York City in April 2008.

Still, Egan was not safe from controversy. He was a staunch opponent of gay marriage and abortion, once comparing the latter to the same reasoning behind Adolf Hitler’s actions during the Holocaust.

In 2012 he rescinded an apology he had given to victims of clergy sexual abuse in Bridgeport, Connecticut, The Associated Press reported. The diocese paid nearly $38 million to 60 victims of sexual abuse in 2001. Egan, who was bishop of Bridgeport from 1988 to 2000, wrote a letter to parishioners as cardinal in 2002 saying he was “deeply sorry” for any mistakes he made regarding removing priests from their posts or helping victims.

During his retirement in 2012, he told Connecticut magazine, "First of all I should never have said that," Egan said. "I did say if we did anything wrong, I'm sorry, but I don't think we did anything wrong."

Death of Edward Cardinal Egan

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

March 5, 2015
For Immediate Release:
March 5, 2015

Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop-Emeritus , 12th bishop and 9th archbishop and 7th Cardinal of the See of New York, died today.

The cardinal was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 pm, cause of death was cardiac arrest. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Cardinal Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His Eminence was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on December 15, 1957.

Cardinal Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. From 1985 – 1988, Cardinal Egan served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York. In 1988 he was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport by Pope John Paul II. In the year 2000, he was appointed Archbishop of New York and made a cardinal in 2001.

In May of 2009, at the age of seventy-seven, Cardinal Egan was retired as Archbishop of New York. He maintained and assisted in the works of the Archdiocese, while serving on a number of offices of the Vatican.

Cardinal Egan, retired NY archbishop, dies at age 82

NEW YORK
The Kansas City Star

ASSOCIATED PRESS
03/05/2015

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Cardinal Edward Egan, the former archbishop of New York, has died. He was 82.

The Archdiocese of New York says Egan died Thursday afternoon at a New York hospital. The cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Pope John Paul II had appointed Egan as leader of the archdiocese in 2000 to succeed the late Cardinal John O'Connor.

Egan was archbishop during the Sept. 11 terror attacks during which he anointed the dead at a lower Manhattan hospital and presided over many funerals for victims.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article12632474.html#storylink=cpy

Cardinal Egan, former archbishop of New York City, dies at 82

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS , CORKY SIEMASZKO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Thursday, March 5, 2015

Edward Cardinal Egan, who was archbishop of New York City during the 9/11 attacks and led the city’s Roman Catholic faithful for nine turbulent years, died Thursday at age 82.

Egan, who battled polio as a child and relied on a pacemaker, died of cardiac arrest at a New York hospital at 2:20 p.m., church spokesman Joseph Zwilling said.

Funeral plans were still being finalized.

Former Bridgeport bishop dies

CONNECTICUT
Darien Times

By Susan Shultz on March 5, 2015

Cardinal Edward M. Egan, who served as the head of the Diocese of Bridgeport from 1988 until he left in 2000 to become Archbishop of New York, has died. He retired in 2009.

Egan, 82, died at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m. of cardiac arrest, according to the New York Archdiocese. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Egan steered the Diocese of Bridgeport through some of its most difficult times, during years of accusations of sexual abuse by priests who were allegedly sent to other parishes instead of being removed from their roles.

Egan was born on April 2, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on Dec. 15, 1957. Egan was consecrated a bishop in 1985. For the next three years, he served as Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar for Education of the Archdiocese of New York. ...

In 2002, Cardinal Egan apologized for the handling of sex abuse cases in both New York and Connecticut in a letter read at Masses.

While he was the Bishop of Bridgeport, several Fairfield County priests were accused of sexually abusing boys.

He later withdrew his apology in an interview with Connecticut Magazine in 2012 saying that he did an “incredibly good” job handling the crisis in Bridgeport.

“I never should have said that,” he said. “I don’t think we did anything wrong.”

New lawsuit alleges sexual abuse in Fort Worth Catholic Diocese

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BY ELIZABETH CAMPBELLLIZ@STAR-TELEGRAM.COM
03/05/2015

FORT WORTH
A man who lives near Spokane, Wash., is suing the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese saying he was sexually assaulted in the 1990s by a priest who was his seventh-grade history teacher at a Catholic school in Wichita Falls.

The victim, identified in court documents as John Doe 117, also named Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson in the suit filed this week in Tarrant County district court.

The victim is seeking over $1 million in damages for emotional anguish, medical expenses and diminished earning capacity because of what is described in the suit as a “sadistic ritual of sexual abuse” by the late priest John Sutton.

Sutton, who died in 2004, told the student that if told anyone of their encounters that “I have the power to ruin your life,” according to the suit.

In a emailed statement to the Star-Telegram, diocese spokesman Pat Svacina wrote that there is an ongoing investigation of the victim’s claims of abuse.

“Bishop Michael F. Olson personally knows John Doe and his family. The Bishop travelled to Washington State in order to provide pastoral care to the former student and family members and to learn more about the allegations,” according to the statement.

Priest From Vrindavan, India, Accused of Sexual Abuse by California Woman

INDIA
Liberty Voice

A California woman has accused a priest in the city of Vrindavan, India, of physically and sexually abusing her. Days before the world celebrates Women’s Day on March 8, the horrific case of sexual abuse of a woman, allegedly at the hands of a priest, has come up. Local police located the woman while working on a tip. The woman hails from California, U.S., and was found in a tortured condition by the police.

The woman is a citizen of the United States and was visiting Vrindavan to celebrate Holi – the upcoming festival of colors, which is celebrated in India with much fanfare. She was said to have rented a guest house when she reached Vrindavan February 26. The woman was unaccounted for after the first day. The local police started their search operations and located her on Tuesday, March 3. It was reported that the woman was physically and sexually tortured by a priest, and there were wounds and bruises on her body.

The police reported that when they discovered the woman, she was in a drunken state. However, once she regained composure and sobered up, the woman alleged that she had been physically and sexually abused by a priest. Officers from the United States embassy visited Vrindavan on Wednesday, March 4, to get complete information about the incident. A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against an unidentified priest. Police are currently looking for the priest accused of this crime.

Vatican confirms negotiating tax deal with Italy - update

VATICAN CITY
Gazzetta del Sud

Vatican City, March 5 - The Vatican is in talks with the Italian authorities for a deal about bank secrecy and other tax issues to help track down Italian tax evaders, Holy See sources told ANSA on Thursday. Italy recently reached deals to end bank secrecy with Switzerland, Monaco and Liechtenstein. In an interview with weekly magazine L'Espresso, Premier Matteo Renzi said he was hopeful the Vatican would be the next State to sign a tax deal with Rome. The sources said an eventual deal would not regard the position of individuals with accounts in the Vatican, as this area has been effectively dealt with via recent reforms of the Vatican Bank, the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and the closure of accounts of people who are not clergy or Holy See employees.

Ex-Lancaster Catholic teacher arrested for sexual contact with student

PENNSYLVANIA
ABC 27

By Myles Snyder
Published: March 4, 2015

LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A former teacher at Lancaster Catholic High School has been arrested for alleged sexual contact with a 17-year-old student eight years ago.

James Scott Dwight III, 47, was taken into custody last week in Harvard, Massachusetts by the Massachusetts State Police and the United States Marshals Office, Lancaster police said in a news release Wednesday.

Police said the former student, now 25, reported last year that Dwight had sexual contact with her at his home in the 500 block of North Pine Street in June 2006.

Lancaster police charged Dwight with two counts of corruption of minors, and police in Massachusetts charged him with being a fugitive from justice.

Ex Lancaster Catholic High teacher arrested on sexual assault charges involving student

PENNSYLVANIA
WPMT

MARCH 4, 2015, BY HOWARD SHEPPARD

LANCASTER, PA (WPMT) A former Lancaster Catholic High School teacher is arrested on sexual assault charges involving a female student. James Scott Dwight III, was taken into custody on February 26 in Harvard, Massachusetts by U.S. Marshals and state police without incident.

The arrest resulted from an investigation that began after the victim, a 25 year old woman reported in February 2014, an incident in June 2006, when she was a 17 year old student at Catholic High. Dwight, who was then 38 years, reportedly had sexual contact with her at his home in the 500 block of North Pine Street.

Lancaster City Detective Aaron Harnish obtained an arrest warrant for Dwight and asked for the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force Service in locating Dwight. At the time of his arrest as a Fugitive from Justice, he was working at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts. Dwight has also worked as a part-time Adjunct Professor at Millersville University.

Update from The Diocesan Chancery, March 1, 2015

ALASKA
Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese

As the Investigation into allegations against Archpriest Paisius DeLucia proceeds, His Eminence has established a Response Team to conduct additional witness interviews and inquiries, review affidavits and statements received by the Diocese, and engage in additional investigative efforts to address allegations and complaints. Reader Bede, a retired federal investigator, and Licensed Private Investigator with extensive alleged misconduct investigative experience, will serve as the contact person on behalf of the Diocese for this investigation. Reader Bede is not attached to this Diocese.

Witnesses are asked to kindly contact Reader Bede at 866-866-5252 or via KodIsland@gmail.com to provide statements. Intake of those witnesses who would like to appear, if possible, at the Spiritual Court proceedings will likewise be coordinated by him. Witnesses can be assured of a timely response to messages and emails received.

From: The Diocesan Chancery

In response to the allegations and complaints against Archpriest Paisius DeLucia, Rector of St. Innocent’s Academy, Kodiak, Alaska, filed at the Diocesan Chancery by a number of individuals, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph has called the Diocesan Spiritual Court to convene on March 19-21, 2015.

An investigation by the Diocese is presently in progress and is being led by His Grace Bishop Daniil of Dragovitsa, the Metropolitan Vicar. Last week His Grace visited St. Innocent’s Academy in Kodiak and interviewed witnesses. On Feb 27-28, His Grace will meet with other witnesses in Syracuse, NY and on March 6-8 he will be visiting Indianapolis. All parties who are interested in giving their testimony may contact the Rectors of Holy Transfiguration Church, Syracuse and Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Indianapolis for the schedule of meetings.

AK--New church contact in probe of Kodiak school ...

ALASKA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

AK--New church contact in probe of Kodiak school; victims’ group urges survivors to go to the police instead

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 3, 2015

Statement by Melanie Sakoda of Moraga CA, Orthodox Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 925-708-6175, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com )

A new contact person has been designated in the church probe of an Orthodox priest on leave from a school in Kodiak. The clergyman has been accused of abusing current and former students physically, psychologically and spiritually.

On Sunday, March 1, the Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia announced on its website that “Reader Bede” will serve as the contact person for a newly created response team. The diocese is investigating complaints of abuse at Saint Innocent’s Academy in preparation for Archpriest Paisius DeLucia’s March 19-21 spiritual court.

[Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese]

A victims’ group is urging survivors to go to the police instead.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is concerned that the Bulgarians are forging ahead with a spiritual court while a police investigation is still pending.

The Executive Director of SNAP, David Clohessy, put it this way.

“What’s the rush? Criminal behavior is best investigated by independent professionals in law enforcement. We hope that anyone who experienced, witnessed, or suspected abuse at the academy will report to the police, get help and begin healing.”

Trooper Robert Casey (907-486-4121, robert.casey@alaska.gov) is in charge of the criminal investigation.

Cappy Larson, also of SNAP, added, “Once again the victims are not being given complete information. While we’re still waiting to learn where Archpriest Paisius is, and who is replacing him at the academy, this new press release from the diocese raises even more questions. What is “Reader Bede’s” legal name, and with which Orthodox jurisdiction is he affiliated? Who else is on the response team and what are their qualifications?”

Mom Of Fondling Victim Seeks Change In Sex Offender Law

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

Mike Krauser

CHICAGO (CBS) – Proposed legislation to close a loophole in the state’s sex offender laws serves as testament to the persistence of a Plainfield woman who would not take no for an answer.

Tina Estopare’s 15-year-old daughter had been molested by a neighbor in December 2011.
“What he did was fondled her, took her hand, and pleasured himself,” she said.

Prosecutors said the best they could get against her daughter’s molester was a misdemeanor battery conviction. Even the judge wondered aloud why it wasn’t a felony case.

“I squealed in court,” Estapore said.

Estopare has said charging her daughter’s abuser only with misdemeanor battery, there was no option to place him on the state’s sex offender database, because the current misdemeanor battery statute does not include a provision for sexually motivated battery.

Cardinal O’Malley Preaches Clarity in Dealing With Clerical Sex Abuse

ROME
National Catholic Register

by EDWARD PENTIN 03/05/2015

ROME — The Church needs to have “very clear procedures” in dealing with bishops and religious superiors who have mishandled clerical sex-abuse cases “because, right now, it’s very unclear, and, as we see, it’s very open-ended,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley said.

Speaking to the Register Feb. 16, during a recess of a conference at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, the cardinal-archbishop of Boston, who heads the newly formed Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, told the conference that the failure of the Church to punish bishops who covered up for abusers has seriously harmed its credibility in central areas, such as defending human rights, the unborn and immigrants.

The conference provided an update on the Center for Child Protection, a Church-run resource founded in 2012 aimed at providing prevention and protection against abuse. Along with an e-learning program, the center, which moved its headquarters to Rome in January of this year, will offer in 2016 a course at the Gregorian dedicated to safeguarding minors against abuse.

The Church, Cardinal O’Malley said, must lead the way by “humbly making the commitment to accountability, transparency and zero tolerance.”

Canon lawyers and theologians are reviewing proposals to present to Pope Francis on increasing the accountability of bishops and religious superiors. The proposals were developed by the commission, which comprises experts and two survivors of abuse. “We cannot fail to do all that is possible to restore our credibility,” Cardinal O’Malley said.

IL--Did 6 Chicago predator priests go to Springfield?

ILLINOIS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, March 5

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

Six Chicago predator priests, who were ousted from local parishes in the 1990s, may have spent time in the Springfield are, we have learned.

[Journal-Star]

During one year – 1993 - all six Chicago predator priests were mysteriously listed in the Official Catholic Directory as having the same Springfield area phone number. Internet searches show that the phone – 217 324 4192 - is a land line in Litchfield, in the Springfield diocese. (The only Catholic facility in Litchfield is Holy Family parish.)

As best we can tell, neither Chicago or Springfield Catholic officials have told anyone about these six possibly being in Springfield. (All six have been deemed “credibly accused” by archdiocesan officials.)

It could be that there’s a simple explanation for this very unusual listing. If so, Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki and Chicago Archbishop Blasé Cupich should provide it. Otherwise, Springfield area Catholics will be left to wonder if their kids were around dangerous Chicago clerics. And Chicago area Catholics will be left to wonder if local predators were secretly or quietly sent out of town and if so, whether this reckless practice continues today.

If one or more of these predators were in Springfield, he or they may well have assaulted a Springfield boyr or girl. If so, that child, or those children are now adults and are likely still suffering. And if so, Archbishop Cupich and Bishop Paprocki have a moral duty to aggressively reach out to them.

Just to be clear: We suspect – but don’t know for sure – that at least one or more of the six priests spent time in the Springfield area. (If not, how can the 217 phone number be explained?)

If so, it’s possible other Chicago child molesting clerics were sent elsewhere too (maybe Springfield, maybe another city). Is that happening now?

We beg Cupich and Paprocki to clear this up. We beg them to honor their repeated pledges of “openness and transparency” by giving Catholics and citizens this information.

Ettaler Missbrauchsopfer schildert Übergriffe

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

[Another victim has come forward to report abuse at Ettal monastery.]

Im Missbrauchs-Prozess gegen einen Benediktiner und früheren Internatslehrer in Kloster Ettal hat ein früheres Opfer am Donnerstag erstmals öffentlich ausgesagt.

Der Pater habe ihn im Schuljahr 2004/2005 in seinem Präfektenzimmer etwa zweimal in der Woche auf den Schoß gezogen und ihm unter die Hose gegriffen. „Ich war daran gewöhnt“, sagte der heute 24-jährige Student vor dem Münchner Landgericht. Er habe mit dem Pater „nie ein Problem“ gehabt, „ich hatte das beste Verhältnis zu ihm“, sagte der Zeuge. Er fühle sich durch die damaligen Vorkommnisse auch im Nachhinein nicht belastet. Als andere Schüler sich wegen des Religionslehrers an die Klosterleitung wandten, habe er sich „gewundert, warum sie das machen“.

Rep. Mautino backs bill expanding statute of limitations on sexual abuse

ILLINOIS
News Tribune

State Rep. Frank Mautino (D-Spring Valley) is backing legislation to protect victims of sexual abuse by expanding prosecutors’ ability to file charges against alleged rapists.

“Sexual assaults are hideous crimes that can leave victims traumatized for the rest for their lives. Their emotional pain is made worse when their attackers can’t even be arrested and held accountable,” Mautino said in a press release this week.

“Victims must be given every opportunity to see their attackers brought to justice.”

The measure calls for lengthening the statute of limitations in rape cases. Currently, the statute of limitations begins once the crime is committed. Under the bill Mautino supports, the clock on the statute of limitations would not begin until the evidence from the rape is collected, transmitted and analyzed by the state police.

Review: 'God's Bankers' by Gerald Posner

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

By Trine Tsouderos

Soon after coming into office, Pope Francis began reforming the church's secretive yet powerful institution, the Institute for the Works of Religion, also known as the Vatican Bank. He issued decrees speeding reviews and improving transparency. He created a commission to do a thorough review of its operations. He replaced much of its leadership with experts from the global banking industry, charging them with overhauling the institution.

Francis' reforms included revising the mission of the bank too. The institution would leave its investment banking days behind to become a payment service and financial adviser to employees and other parts of the Catholic Church. As the prefect of the Vatican's Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal George Pell, said, "The ambition is to be boringly successful, to get off the gossip pages."

Why all this reform? Wall Street-lawyer-turned-author Gerald Posner lays it out in his deeply researched, passionately argued book, "God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican." Posner, whose previous books include the best-seller, "Why America Slept," about the U.S. government's failure to prevent 9/11, is a merciless pitbull of an investigator, marshaling mountains of evidence to make his arguments.

Posner began researching "God's Bankers" after working on "Mengele," the 1986 biography he wrote with author John Ware on notorious Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Posner and Ware obtained access to 5,000 pages of Mengele's personal writings and photos, using this trove to paint a portrait of a monster. During his research, Posner writes that he repeatedly unearthed evidence pointing to church involvement with the Nazis.

While the book traces the history of the Vatican's ongoing efforts to fund itself and its network, from sales of "indulgences" in the Middle Ages to the creation of the Vatican Bank to Pope Francis' reforms after decades of scandal, the heart of "God's Bankers" lies in chapters devoted to the church's actions during and immediately after World War II. In these chapters, Posner dissects the church's actions with the eye of a prosecutor.

Knox headmaster insists he informed police

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 06, 2015

THE current headmaster of Knox Grammar, John Weeks, has defended his actions in protecting students from potential harm at the hands of teacher and serial pedophile Craig Treloar.

Speaking yesterday to The Australian outside the inquiry into child sexual abuse at the school, Mr Weeks insisted that, despite contrary evidence from the NSW police inspector involved, he had in 2007 reported Treloar to the police child protection unit.

Mr Weeks arrived at Knox in 2004, and almost immediately launched an investigation into another pedophile teacher, ­Adrian Nisbett.

He was advised in 2007 by a former Knox general duties master, Stuart Pearson, that Treloar had in the 1980s shown a pornographic video to a student and “attempted to have a sexual ­encounter with this lad”.

Knox Grammar old boy saw headmaster hit girl on buttocks: ‘It was more of a grope’

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

JANET FIFE-YEOMANS THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MARCH 06, 2015

A KNOX Grammar old boy has come forward to back up a claim his former headmaster Dr Ian Paterson “groped” a scantily-clad schoolgirl during ­rehearsals for Guys and Dolls.

The man told the child sex abuse royal commission ­yesterday he felt he needed to corroborate Lucy Perry’s story after he heard Dr Paterson’s lawyer accuse her of lying, which she denied.

Dr Paterson, 81, has ­vehemently denied touching Ms Perry during the rehearsal in the Knox assembly hall in 1989. This week he did, ­however, admit to covering up sex abuse of pupils by at least five of his teachers and deliberately lying to police.

Ms Perry, 41, claimed she was sexually assaulted by Dr Paterson as a 15-year-old during the rehearsals, when she was part of the chorus of girls wearing feather boas and fishnet tights.

Judge throws out nine of ten sex abuse claims in Milwaukee Archdiocese case

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WTMJ

[with video]

MILWAUKEE -- A bankruptcy judge threw out nine of the ten sex abuse claims in the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy case Thursday.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Judge Kelley said seven of the victims didn't show evidence of fraud, and two others had already been dismissed by state courts.

The Archdiocese responded by saying in part "These rulings now allow the Archdiocese to move forward with its plan of reorganization to finally emerge from Chapter 11 and return its focus to its charitable, educational, and spiritual mission."

A child left unprotected

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Times

By Benjamin Hardy

On April 4, 2014, a 38-year-old resident of Bella Vista named Eric Cameron Francis was arrested by the Arkansas State Police for the rape of a 6-year-old girl in what the police said was his temporary care. Sexual crimes against children always attract a certain horrified attention, but this particular case earned additional scrutiny because Francis had recently worked as head teacher at a Christian preschool in West Fork owned by state Rep. Justin Harris (R-West Fork) and his wife, Marsha.

Harris, who said he was "devastated and sickened" by news of the abuse, told the Arkansas Times in April 2014 that Francis had been in his employ only about three months, from November 2013 to January 2014, before being fired for poor work attendance.

"He came with a pristine record," Harris said at the time, noting that Francis was also a youth pastor at a church and had worked previously in early childhood education for the Bentonville School District and with a Head Start program. Harris added that he was confident nothing had happened to any of the children at Growing God's Kingdom Preschool, because of strict security protocols (the classroom contains a continuously operating camera that generates a permanent record). Indeed, no further charges against Francis resulted from subsequent State Police interviews of families at the preschool, although investigators uncovered at least two other incidents of sexual abuse of children in the community outside of the school. In November, he was sentenced to 40 years in prison on a negotiated plea.

What Harris did not publicly disclose last spring, however, is how Francis came into contact with the 6-year-old victim. In prosecutor documents recently obtained by the Arkansas Times, state police investigators and multiple witnesses concur that the child was in fact the legally adopted daughter of Justin and Marsha Harris.

Looking Into "Rehoming" Process Among Allegations Against State Lawmaker

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Matters

[with video]

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- An Arkansas state lawmaker refused to answer questions Wednesday about allegations involving children he and his wife adopted.

The Arkansas Times reported Tuesday that two young children adopted from DHS by State Rep. Justin Harris ended up living with family friends where a six-year-old girl was raped.

Eric Francis was convicted last year and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

He was an employee at a preschool in Washington County owned by Harris.

According to the story, the child was one of two adopted by Harris and his wife. But after about a year living with them was sent to live with Francis' in a process called "rehoming."

Lawmaker And Christian School Owner 'Rehomes' Adopted 6 Year Old To Man Who Then Rapes Her

ARKANSAS
The New Civil Rights Movement

A Republican lawmaker who owns a religious pre-school adopted a little girl with his wife. He apparently later "re-homed," or unofficially but permanently gave over the 6-year old to a man he would end up hiring as a pre-school teacher. That man later raped her.

Justin Harris is a conservative Arkansas State Representative who serves as the chairman of the Subcommittee on Children and Youth. A Tea Party Republican, Harris has voted to allow the Christian bible to be taught in public schools, and has co-sponsored anti-abortion bills. A Pentecostal Christian, he and his family belong to the Assemblies of God fellowship. Harris also owns a religious, Christian pre-school, named Growing God’s Kingdom.

In 2011, Americans United, an organization that advocates for separation of church and state, revealed that Harris' Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool had "received over $1 million in state funds since 2005," despite separation of church and state.

That revelation did nothing to discourage Rep. Harris, just two years later, from co-sponsoring a bill that would, as NCRM reported, "force the state to pay for 'faith-based' or religious daycare and pre-school, as long as the parent and not the state requests it."

Pope Francis’s Report Card

VATICAN CITY
Time

John L. Allen, Jr./Rome @JohnLAllenJr

A veteran Vatican watcher sizes up Pope Francis

This article is adapted from the new book THE FRANCIS MIRACLE: Inside the Transformation of the Pope and the Church, published by Time Books.

Since his surprise election two years ago, Pope Francis has electrified and baffled the world in roughly equal measure. He’s launched Roman Catholicism on a reform path—though without altering its traditional ­teaching—and he’s tried to put a more compassionate and attractive face on its message. He has moved to address scandals and meltdowns that plagued the church under his predecessor and has done so in such a far-­reaching and unexpected fashion that some of the Cardinals who elected him may be getting more than they bargained for. But on some fronts, the ultimate impact remains unclear. Here’s where Pope Francis’ reform campaign stands on five key issues. ...

3. Sex Abuse: PROMISING BUT INCOMPLETE
Pope Benedict XVI left behind a mixed legacy on Catholicism’s child-sexual-abuse scandals. He was the first Pope to meet victims and the first to embrace a zero-­tolerance policy. He moved aggressively to weed abusers out of the priesthood, removing more than 400 in his final two years alone. Yet critics say Benedict fell short of holding bishops around the world accountable for failing to deal with the scandals.

Francis has taken steps to try to complete Benedict’s unfinished business, including the creation of a Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which is led by Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston and includes two survivors of clerical abuse as members.

He has also launched a Vatican criminal trial for a former papal diplomat charged with abuse in the Dominican Republic, insisting that there will be no special privileges on his watch. In early February he dispatched a letter to all bishops saying “everything possible must be done to rid the church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors.”

Critics nevertheless charge that progress under Francis has been halfhearted and slow. In 2014 he approved an investigation of Bishop Robert Finn in Kansas City—to date the only American bishop found guilty of a crime for failure to report a charge of child abuse. Until victims see a prelate like Finn disciplined, many will argue that the Pope’s efforts deserve a grade of incomplete.

4. Vatican Finances: THE NUMBERS WILL TELL
Over the years, money has been a recurrent source of Vatican scandal. The roll call runs through the Vatican bank crises of the 1970s and ’80s all the way up to the arrest in summer 2013 of “Monsignor 500 Euro”—a onetime Vatican accountant indicted by Italian authorities as part of a cash-smuggling scheme.

Francis began his reform by creating an ambitious three-part structure: a Secretariat for the Economy with power to impose fiscal discipline and accountability; a Council for the Economy composed of heavy-­hitter Cardinals as well as business professionals to oversee operations; and an independent auditor general to keep everyone honest.

To run it all, Francis brought in a tough-as-nails Australian prelate named George Pell. In mid-February, Pell reported to all Cardinals that his team had discovered $1.5 billion in hidden assets and a shortfall of almost $1 billion in the pension fund.

Pell and his team have their critics. Some members of the Vatican’s old guard believe it’s a reform in the spirit of the classic Italian novel Il Gattopardo: “Everything must change so that everything can stay the same.” More will become clear when the secretariat submits its first audited financial statement later this year.

Ex-youth minister re-arrested in First Baptist case; 2nd church reports firing him over juvenile affair allegation

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

By Ken Daley, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on March 04, 2015

The former youth minister who last month was fired from Lakeview's First Baptist New Orleans church and arrested on accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile was rebooked Wednesday (March 4) on a more serious charge of sexual battery involving the same underage girl.

Jonathan Bailey's new arrest warrant said a second church has contacted New Orleans police to say it fired Bailey as youth minister about 10 years ago, because of similar allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a juvenile congregant. Court documents did not name the second church or say whether it's located in New Orleans.

Orleans Parish magistrate commissioner Robert Blackburn on Wednesday set Bailey's new bond at $35,000. At a court appearance, Bailey's attorney, Townsend Myers, told the commissioner, "While this is a rebooking on a new charge, it's a new spin on the alleged conduct he already has been arrested for."

Bailey, 33, had been free on bond after being booked Feb. 23 with one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. That arrest came after First Baptist New Orleans officials and the parents of a 14-year-old girl notified NOPD Special Victims Section Detective Corey Lymous of alleged inappropriate behavior between the youth minister and the student inside a church closet, and during an earlier out-of-state retreat in Mississippi.

SNAP Criticizes Springfield Diocese

ILLINOIS
WICS

[with video]

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest (SNAP) is searching for answers from the Springfield Bishop Thomas Paprocki. SNAP director David Clohessy said there were two predator priests in the Springfield area decades ago, both are now deceased, and it's his obligation to reach out to possible now-adult victims.

Neither of these priests had ever been charged with a crime, but Clohessy said Paprocki should post all predator priests.

“We're asking him to post the names of Father Martinez and Father Fitzgerald and any other proven admitted or credibly accused child molesting cleric who spent any time in the Springfield diocese.

Residential school survivors honoured as part of Healing and Reconciliation week

CANADA
Medicine Hat News

BY PEGGY REVELL ON MARCH 5, 2015.
prevell@medicinehatnews.com
@MHNprevell

Hope for healing, hope for understanding, hope for the future.

“People are going to learn to get together from all of this … I feel it,” said Winston Wadsworth, following Wednesday’s banquet in honour of those like himself who are survivors of Canada’s residential school system — one of many ceremonies and events marking Healing and Reconciliation week in Medicine Hat, and organized by the Miywasin Centre and the Blood Tribe Department Inc.

For Wadsworth, the week has been a special one as it brings people together. He hopes it helps people understand what indigenous people have been through, to understand, for example, the “why” when they see a homeless aboriginal person.

The week has included often an emotional sharing of stories by elders and survivors like Wadsworth —of being taken away from their families at a young age for months and years at a time, of being beaten, abused, denied their culture and language, of growing up with parents who also survived residential schools, of how many turned to drugs and alcohol, of the friends and family they’ve lost.

A paedophile priest, two bishops ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

A paedophile priest, two bishops and a sickening conspiracy of silence: He married Frank Bruno and said Mass for Delia Smith. But behind the glitz was one of the Catholic Church's dirtiest secrets

By RICHARD PENDLEBURY FOR THE DAILY MAIL

Father Tony McSweeney chalked up a number of notable additions to his CV during a lifetime supposedly devoted to the service of children and God.

He said Mass at Norwich City Football Club at the request of its celebrity cook owner Delia Smith, and conducted the marriage of world heavyweight boxing champion Frank Bruno.

He also received the prestigious Silver Acorn for decades of ‘dedication’ to the global Scout movement and his co-authorship of its official songbook.

Last week, he even boasted of being the ‘world expert’ on organising campfire get-togethers.

But now he must add a chilling new entry to his list of achievements: he has become the first paedophile to be tried and convicted after being linked to allegations of a VIP ring based at an infamous South London guesthouse who preyed on boys from a nearby care home.

And unless police make further progress with their investigations, he could well be the last.
For decades — culminating in his trial and conviction at Southwark Crown Court on Friday — McSweeney, 68, lied and lied.

Knox Grammar: Former student's life 'destroyed' by 'horrible' sexual abuse, inquiry told

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia

By Nicole Chettle

A former Knox Grammar School student tells a royal commission the sexual abuse he suffered destroyed part of his life and chance at a normal education.

A former student at Sydney's Knox Grammar School has told a royal commission that sexual abuse had "destroyed a lot of [his] life" and that he was traumatised by the sight of the current and former headmasters at the inquiry.

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has been examining reports of abuse of students at the school from the 1970s through to 2003.

The man, who the ABC will not identify, told the hearing in Sydney that he was abused in 2003, when he was in year six, by Craig Treloar, who was later sentenced to 4.5 years jail for indecent assault.

The man said he had made several suicide attempts, and went from being a promising student to a troubled teenager who was unable to concentrate in class.

Knox Grammar: Kings headmaster Dr Tim Hawkes outraged at handling of child sex claims at old school

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nicole Chettle

The headmaster of Sydney's prestigious Kings School has told an inquiry he is outraged by the handling of child abuse complaints at Knox Grammar, where he was a teacher in the late 1980s.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told Dr Tim Hawkes was boarding master at MacNeill House when a sleeping teenager was indecently assaulted by a man wearing a balaclava in around 1988.

Dr Hawkes said he alerted the headmaster at the time, Dr Ian Paterson, immediately, and trusted authorities would be informed.

"I felt that I had been faithful and effective in the exercise of my duty in alerting him to the incident," he said.

More transparency on abusive priests asked of Springfield bishop

ILLINOIS
State Journal-Register

By Chris Dettro
Staff Writer

Posted Mar. 4, 2015

A national support group for clergy abuse victims on Wednesday called for more transparency from the Catholic Diocese of Springfield concerning two out-of-state "predator priests" who spent time in the diocese.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, also wants an explanation as to why six priests ousted from their Chicago parishes in the 1990s appeared in an official Catholic directory for the Springfield Diocese, all with the same Litchfield phone number.

The group says it isn't sure those six priests ever were assigned to or spent time in the Springfield Diocese, but it suspects that one or more did.

The two out-of-state priests are the Rev. Frank R. Martinez Jr. of Iowa and the Rev. James Vincent Fitzgerald of South Dakota, said David Clohessy, director of Chicago-based SNAP.

Victims getting payment through sex-abuse settlement say trauma is far from over

MONTANA
Helena Independent

KATHRYN HAAKE Missoulian

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse that spanned decades in Montana stand to receive payments totaling about $20 mi… Read more

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho — Though a federal court has approved a $20 million settlement compensating hundreds of western Montana Catholics molested by nuns and priests, the trauma endured by the victims is far from over, they said Wednesday.

“This isn’t going to stop me from remembering,” said one of the victims following the bankruptcy hearing. “I walk past a church, I remember it. I walk past a priest, I remember it. I see a nun, I remember it.”

The bankruptcy settlement includes a $15 million payment from the Catholic Diocese of Helena and another $4.45 million from the Ursuline Nuns of the Western Province, who ran the Ursuline Academy of St. Ignatius.

Bryan Smith, who represented over 360 victims, said most attended school at the Ursuline Academy or the St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius.

Police: North Highlands Church Choir Director Has Another Sexual Abuse Victim

CALIFORNIA
CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A North Highlands church choir director accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor is facing new charges.

Sacramento Police say Kareem Mitchell, 42, will face four additional charges, because another victim has come forward.

Linden youth leader accused of possessing 1,000 child porn images

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

Suzanne Russell, @SRussellMyCJ March 4, 2015

NEWARK – A Linden man who was a leader in a boys youth organization and a religious education teacher is accused of possessing more than 1,000 images and 43 videos of child sexual abuse.

Gregory J. Aker, 45, is charged with one count of possessing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Aker is in state custody and scheduled to appear March 12 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Falk here.

According to the complaint, Aker was a leader with a boys youth organization and a religious education teacher with his church. The name of the church was not identified by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Sacramento police report additional alleged victim in sex abuse case involving church choir director

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

BY CATHY LOCKECLOCKE@SACBEE.COM
03/04/2015

Sacramento police report that additional charges have been filed against a man arrested last month on suspicion of assaulting a teenager he met while working as a church choir director. The new charges came after another alleged victim recently came forward.

Kareem Abdul Mitchell, 42, was arrested Feb. 3, following an investigation that began in September 2014, when police received a report of an alleged sexual relationship, initiated by Mitchell, that had occurred several years earlier and involved a minor in his late teens. The initial alleged victim, who is now an adult, indicated that the relationship began in 2005 and ended in 2008. The investigation revealed that Mitchell met the victim while working as a choir director at the New Testament Baptist Church in North Highlands, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said similar allegations were leveled against Mitchell twice before, while he was working as a choir director, but no charges were ever filed.

Mitchell was taken into custody Feb. 3 at police headquarters after being interviewed by detectives. He was booked at that time on suspicion of multiple sexual offenses.

Ballarat priest appeals jail sentence for abuse

AUSTRALIA
Braidwood Times

By William Vallely March 5, 2015

A FORMER Ballarat parish priest has appealed a three month jail sentence after indecently assaulting a nine-year-old girl in the 1970s.

Eighty-four-year-old Leslie Sheahan, a Ballarat North priest in the 1960s, was on Thursday given a 12-month sentence by magistrate Michelle Hodgson - three of which were to be served immediately.

Ms Hodgson said the historical sex offence was indicative of the culture of silence and accountability by members of the clergy who have abused positions of trust.

"Slowly but surely we have come to recognise people in positions of power are taking advantage of people," she said.

Another victim accuses former choir director of sexual assault

CALIFORNIA
News 10

A former North Highlands church choir director faces addition charges of sexual assault of a minor after another victim came forward, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said.

Kareem Mitchell, 42, was charged with four counts of oral copulation with a minor under the age of 18 during his arraignment Wednesday. According to the criminal complaint filed by the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, the abuse lasted between January 2001 and August 2001.

The victim, a teenage boy, reported Mitchell after he was arrested and charged with sexual assault on another teenage boy. Sacramento police said the abuse with that victim dated back to 2005 and lasted for three years.

Extraditing Victor Barnard from Brazil could take years

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Posted by: Jennifer Brooks Updated: March 4, 2015

Fugitive cult leader Victor Barnard is behind bars in Brazil, but getting him behind bars in Minnesota could take years.

Frustrated Pine County officials are waiting to hear whether Barnard is going to fight the extradition order that would bring him back to face 59 counts of sexual assault against young girls in his congregation. Barnard, 53, spent three years on the run in Brazil before his arrest Friday in the coastal resort town of Pipa.

"At the very earliest, one month. At the very latest, we're talking three years," said newly elected Pine County Attorney Reese Frederickson. "We don't know. If he waives extradition, it will be one month. If he wants to fight it, it's a one- to three-year process, depending on his life circumstances."

Barnard left Pine County in 2010 bankrupt and under a cloud of suspicion for his behavior during his years at the head of the River Road Fellowship in Finlayson. After charges were filed a year ago, he was able to evade an international manhunt with the aid of one of his followers -- a young woman from a wealthy Brazilian family.

The woman, identified by Brazilian media as 33-year-old Cristina Liberato, had been a member of the fellowship since she was in her teens. Former fellowship members identified her as one of Barnard's "maidens," young women between the ages of 12 and 24 he separated from their families and brought to live near him in the isolated religious community.

Church sex abuse case nears settlement: victim speaks out

MONTANA
KHQ

[with video]

by Victor Correa, KHQ Local News Reporter

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -
There was a sigh of relief on behalf of attorneys today in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. This came after a judge approved a multi-million dollar settlement between the Catholic Diocese of Helena and more than 300 people who claimed they had been sexually abused by the diocese clergymen. Today marked the end of a three and half year legal battle that started in September 2011.

Abuse victim, Jane Doe, says the money is secondary to the suffering she and hundreds more endured.

"It doesn't go away, the pain never goes away," says Doe.

Doe says she was abused in 1954 when she was only 10 years old. Though the legal fight may be over, for her, it'll never end.

"Every time you see a nun, a priest, every time you walk past a church, you're reminded of it," says Doe.

In 2011, people like Doe began to come forward, the numbers quickly grew from 30 to 362. Lawsuits were filed against the diocese of Helena for sexual abuse and the Ursuline Nuns of the Western Province for allegedly knowing about the abuse and even participating. The current Bishop said at the time all of these allegations were overwhelming.

March 4, 2015

Fourth Christian brother arrested over alleged child sexual abuse at Goulburn school in 1980s

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Another Christian Brother has appeared in a New South Wales court charged over historical sexual offences against children in the Goulburn area.

The 63-year-old man, who was arrested on Wednesday at Ryde in Sydney, is the fourth Christian Brother arrested in relation to allegations of abuse in Goulburn between 1978 and 1989.

Until recently, the teacher had been working at a Catholic school college in Chatswood.

He was stood down last week.

It is alleged he abused a teenage boy from 1984 to 1987, while working at a Catholic school in the Goulburn area in the state's Southern Tablelands.

The first offence allegedly occurred when the boy was just 13 years old.

Ex-Knox head told to report allegations

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

A FORMER Supreme Court judge says he told the headmaster of Knox Grammar to report an allegation to police that a teacher had been sleeping with a boy at the elite Sydney school for two years.

MORRIS "Dusty" Ireland, who was chairman of the Knox school council in the 1990s, has told the child abuse royal commission headmaster Ian Paterson told him in 1992 a student was threatening to sue the school and expose it "as a hotbed of homosexuality".

The student, known as ATJ, also alleged another teacher - known as ARZ - had been having sex with a senior student, known as ATP, for two years.

Justice Ireland said he could not now remember full details, but recalled advising Dr Paterson not to approach the student and telling him the ARZ affair should be reported to police because it "might involve criminal conduct" depending on the student's age.

No charges against Knox teacher

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The child sex abuse royal commission has apologised for mentioning the name of a teacher who was alleged to have had a two-year affair with a Knox Grammar boy.

It says it will not be recommending any charges against the teacher, who has now been given the pseudonym ARZ.

David Lloyd, counsel assisting the commission, said he made an error in mentioning the teacher's name when questioning witnesses about the allegation made by a former student who was threatening to sue the elite north shore Sydney school.

'The error is as counsel assisting entirely mine and I apologise for it,' Mr Lloyd said.

Student saw Ian Paterson grope teenage girl at Knox, Royal Commission hears

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 5, 2015

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

A former Knox Grammar School student witnessed the school's then headmaster Ian Paterson allegedly grope a 15-year-old girl during rehearsals for a musical, a royal commission heard.

The former student, known as AUE, backed up evidence from former Roseville College student Lucy Perry.

Ms Perry told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that Dr Paterson touched her on the bottom and genitals during rehearsals for the musical Guys and Dolls in 1989.

The student came forward to the commission after hearing evidence from Ms Perry, now the chief executive of a global women's health charity.

AUE said he clearly remembered seeing the incident while he was seated on the floor, facing the stage.

"Lucy had to almost jump out of his grasp and she turned – and she gave a small scream of surprise," he said. "Then I noticed that Dr Paterson had a grin on his face."

Knox Grammar: Former student allegedly witnessed headmaster Ian Paterson grope girl during rehearsal

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nicole Chettle

A former Knox Grammar School student has told a royal commission he witnessed former headmaster Dr Ian Paterson inappropriately touch a girl during a school musical rehearsal in 1989.

Lucy Perry told the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse on Tuesday that Dr Paterson touched her buttocks and placed his hand near her genitals, on the outside of her costume.

On Wednesday, Dr Paterson denied groping Ms Perry, who is now the chief executive of the women's health charity Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia.

The boy she was partnered with for the show, known as AUE, today told the inquiry he had a clear view of the incident from the floor of the school's assembly hall.

Witnesses differ on Knox grope claim

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A royal commission has heard conflicting evidence about whether former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson groped a schoolgirl during a musical rehearsal at the school.

One witness AUE, a former student at the school who was in the Guys and Dolls musical with Lucy Perry in 1989, said he saw Ian Paterson, grope her.

He said the assault happened as Ms Perry, then known as Lucy Schaffler, walked off the stage.

'As she completed her walk, when she turned around Dr Paterson hit her on the buttocks but I would not call it a pat, because his hand stayed there', he said.

Brian Buggy, who was musical director at the school and who handled the orchestra in that production said he never saw it happen.

'It would have been out of character for him and would have been, you know, the gossip around the school', Mr Buggy, who is now musical director of the Sydney orchestra, said.

National safeguarding measures will be painful for Church and state

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet (UK)

04 March 2015 by Danny Sullivan

David Cameron this week announced a consultation that could lead to custodial sentences for those in the public sector who fail to protect vulnerable children and young people. This is one of a number of recent developments in the field of safeguarding that has implications for the Church in England and Wales.

While the government consultation has come in response to recent cases of horrendous trafficking in Oxford and Rochdale, it raises questions. Why has the Government not introduced mandatory reporting of abuse allegations? Since the publication of the Nolan Report in 2001 the Catholic Church has been required to refer any allegation to the statutory services.

A number of reviews into serious abuse or neglect of children, while showing real failings, have also shown serious resource issues with social workers expected to carry unrealistic case loads. That injustice must be addressed – the service must be properly resourced.

Judge confirms plan settling St. Ignatius clergy sex-abuse claims

MONTANA
Missoulian

By Kathryn Haake

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho – Though a federal court has approved a $20 million settlement compensating hundreds of western Montana Catholics molested by nuns and priests, the trauma endured by the victims is far from over, they said Wednesday.

“This isn’t going to stop me from remembering,” one of the victims said following the bankruptcy hearing. “I walk past a church, I remember it. I walk past a priest, I remember it. I see a nun, I remember it.”

The bankruptcy settlement includes a $15 million payment from the Catholic Diocese of Helena and another $4.45 million from the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province, who ran the Ursuline Academy of St. Ignatius.

Bryan Smith, who represented more than 360 victims, said most attended school at the Ursuline Academy or the St. Ignatius Mission in St. Ignatius.

The diocese was forced to file for bankruptcy last year in order to settle a lawsuit filed by two groups of victims in 2011. U.S. District Judge Terry Myers approved the arrangement in a federal bankruptcy court in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on Wednesday morning, without objections from either side.

Clergy abuse support group calls for transparency in Springfield Diocese

ILLINOIS
Journal Star

By Chris Dettro of Gatehouse Media Illinois

Posted Mar. 4, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — A national support group for clergy abuse victims on Wednesday called for more transparency from the Catholic Diocese of Springfield concerning two out-of-state predator priests who spent time in the diocese.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, also wants an explanation as to why six priests ousted from their Chicago parishes in the 1990s appeared in an official Catholic directory for the Springfield Diocese, all with the same Litchfield phone number.

The group says it isn’t sure those six priests ever were assigned to or spent time in the Springfield Diocese, but it suspects that one or more did.

The two out-of-state priests are the Rev. Frank R. Martinez Jr. of Iowa and the Rev. James Vincent Fitzgerald of South Dakota, said David Clohessy, director of Chicago-based SNAP.

“Neither Bishop Thomas Paprocki (leader of the 28-county Springfield Diocese) nor his predecessors have told anyone about them,” Clohessy said at a sidewalk news conference held across the street from the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield.

John Freml’s statement at the SNAP news conference on March 4, 2015

ILLINOIS
Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community

What follows is a transcript of the statement I gave at the SNAP news conference that took place today, March 4, 2015, outside the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield.

My name is John Freml, and I’m a leader in the central Illinois chapter of Call To Action. The reason I’m here today – the reason why I wanted to assist David from SNAP – is to call for additional accountability from our diocese and from our bishop.

Now, Bishop Paprocki is a very smart man. He’s a civil lawyer and a canon lawyer, and he knows exactly what he’s doing. Don’t get me wrong – he’s done some good in our community, by establishing a legal service for low income people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.

However, we can’t forget that he is also the same man who – in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2007 – said, and I quote, “the principal force behind (sex-abuse lawsuits) is none other than the devil.”

Really. So it’s the victims who are doing the work of the devil, not the priests who harm children, or the bishops who protect them? According to Bishop Paprocki, it’s the victims.

Predator priests in the Springfield, Illinois Catholic diocese

ILLINOIS
Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community

This entry was posted on March 4, 2015 by John Freml
Bishop PaprockiOn Wednesday, March 4, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Call To Action Central Illinois held a news conference in which the names of eight priests accused of sexual abuse of minors were released, all of whom are believed to have been transferred to various towns within the Springfield diocese.

What follows is a summary of the information that was released. (Disclaimer: This information was provided to us by SNAP.)

What we know for sure:

* Two out-of-state predator priests spent time in the Springfield diocese.
* Neither Bishop Thomas Paprocki nor his predecessors have told anyone about them.
* If they molested kids here, those kids are now adults and are likely still suffering.
* If so, Paprocki has a moral duty to aggressively reach out to them.
* Six predator priests ousted from their Chicago parishes in the 1990s, while Bishop Paprocki was the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Chicago, were listed in the Official Catholic Directory as having a central Illinois area phone number, after they were ousted from their Chicago parishes for alleged abuse. The phone (217-324-4192) is a land line in Litchfield. Currently, the only operating Catholic facility in Litchfield is Holy Family parish.

More details:

The two out-of-state predator priests who spent time in the Springfield diocese are Fr. Frank R. Martinez Jr. of Iowa and Fr. James Vincent Fitzgerald of South Dakota, both deceased.

In 2008, Fr. Martinez was deemed “credibly accused” of child sex abuse by Davenport diocesan officials and reportedly molested at least one kid in Iowa. Later, he was sent to St. Mary’s hospital in Decatur (source).

Fr. Fitzgerald was a member of a Washington, DC-based religious order called the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (202-529-4505). In 2013, Fr. Fitzgerald was sued for reportedly assaulting one kid in Minnesota and in 2010 for molesting two kids in South Dakota. From 1994-2002, he lived at a church facility in Belleville (source, source).

Catholic officials must soon release more church records about Fr. Fitzgerald, thanks to a ruling last month in a pending civil abuse case against him in Minnesota (source, source)

The six priests ousted from their Chicago parishes in the 1990s and listed in the Official Catholic Directory in the 217 area code are: Fr. David F. Braun, Fr. Eugene P. Burns, Fr. William J. Cloutier, Fr. Norbert J. Maday, Fr. Robert E. Mayer and Fr. Kenneth C. Runge.
We believe Fr. Mayday and Fr. Mayer are alive, but are unsure.
Fr. Cloutier, Fr. Burns, and Fr. Braun are deceased.

The identities of these priests were revealed from long-secret church documents, made public recently through civil lawsuits.

2 groups release names of 8 priests who allegedly committed crimes against minors

ILLINOIS
WAND

Posted: Mar 04, 2015

SPRINGFIELD - Members of Call to Action Central Illinois and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests have released the names of eight priests who were believed to be transferred to the Springfield Catholic diocese and have allegedly committed predatory crimes against minors.

Members of both groups revealed the names of the alleged individuals during a press conference in Springfield Wednesday afternoon. SNAP Director David Clohessy and Call to Action Central Illinois spokesperson John Freml were in attendance.

The individuals who were named at the conference allegedly committed various crimes involving minors before being transferred to the Springfield Catholic diocese.

The press release from the event (information provided by SNAP officials) can be found at this link: http://www.inclusiveholyfamily.org/blog/predator-priests-in-the-springfield-illinois-catholic-diocese.

A statement regarding the release of the alleged individuals' names from Call to Action spokesperson John Freml can be found here: http://www.inclusiveholyfamily.org/blog/john-fremls-statement-at-the-snap-news-conference-on-march-4-2015.

Knox Grammar head Ian Paterson did indecently assault girl says former student

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 05, 2015

Ean Higgins
Reporter
Sydney

A FORMER student at Knox Grammar has backed up allegations that former headmaster Ian Paterson indecently assaulted a 16-year-old girl in 1989, putting his hand on her bottom during a musical he was directing.

The former student, who has been given the acronym AUE, told an inquiry this morning that he had a clear view of the alleged event, and the girl, Lucy Perry, had had to “almost jump out of his grasp” and “gave a small scream of surprise.”

AUE gave an account consistent with the evidence Ms Perry presented to the Commission this week in which she said Dr Paterson had put his hand on her bottom and touched her genitals.

The allegation was categorically denied by Dr Paterson in his evidence yesterday, who said he had not groped the teenager.

The alleged incident occurred during a full dress rehearsal of a cabaret scene in a Knox production of Guys and Dolls, directed by Dr Paterson.

Judges dismisses key sex abuse claims against archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel March 4, 2015

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy on Wednesday dismissed nine sexual abuse claims involving priests and a counselor at a Catholic social service agency — the largest group of victims eliminated from the 4-year-old bankruptcy to date.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley threw out nine of 10 claims challenged by the archdiocese, saying seven of the victims failed to show evidence of fraud — the basis for their claims — and that lawsuits by two others had previously been dismissed by state courts.

The judge left one claim standing, at least for now: that of Arthur Budzinski, who was molested by the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy at St. John's School for the Deaf as a boy in the 1970s.

Kelley said evidence suggests the archdiocese may have known as early as the 1950s that Murphy was molesting deaf boys at the school and failed to remove him, and that such disputes over facts must be litigated rather than dismissed on summary judgment as the archdiocese had asked.

The 10 claims taken up Wednesday had been seen by some as test cases that could be used to dismiss large numbers of similar claims.

Victims voiced anger and disappointment at Kelley's dismissals of the nine. Even Budzinski drew little consolation from his victory.

The Deer In The Headlights

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright asked Father Andrew McCormick if he was making his decision not to testify in his own defense of his own free will.

"I am," the 59-year-old priest said.

It was the only time "Father Andy" has spoken in the courtroom since he pleaded not guilty to five sex abuse charges.

The jury did not hear Father Andy's brief answers; they were in the back room on a break. And when it comes time to decide the priest's fate tomorrow, the jury of 10 women and two men will have to try and reach a verdict without ever hearing a word from the defendant other than his repeated plea of "Not Guilty."

Defense lawyer Trevan Borum told the judge that the decision for the defendant to not take the witness stand was "based on the Commonwealth's evidence," or presumably lack thereof. There is no physical evidence in the case, only the words of the alleged victim about an incident that supposedly happened behind closed doors of a church rectory 18 years ago.

But another factor in Borum's decision had to be Father Andy's disastrous performance on the witness stand a year ago during his first trial. William J. Brennan, Father Andy's previous defense lawyer, conceded to that jury in his closing that Father Andy was "a bit of an awkward guy" who turned "beet red" on the witness stand and generally looked like "a deer in the headlights."

Sentencing date set for former pastor guilty of historical sexual assault

CANADA
The Peterborough Examiner

By Jason Bain, The Peterborough Examiner
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A sentencing date has been set for a former pastor found guilty last month of sex-related charges involving a then-teenaged boy 25 years ago.

On Feb. 13, Mr. Justice Hugh O’Connell found Clifton Pelley guilty of sexual assault and gross indecency, but not guilty of three other charges involving a different man who alleged Pelley drugged him and sexually assaulted him as a teen.

The former pastor appeared Tuesday in court in Oshawa, where a sentencing date was set for March 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Superior Court of Justice in Peterborough, local trial co-ordinator staff said.

Last month, O’Connell told court he had no difficultly believing the testimony of the victim, who said Pelley had taken him into a church office after a trip to the U.S. in 1985 and told him he had the authority of the church and police to inspect his genitals.

UPDATE: No bail for Westtown priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Local News

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@dailylocal.com, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter
POSTED: 03/04/15

Philadelphia >> A federal judge on Wednesday agreed with the U.S. District Attorney’s office that a priest who had been assigned to parishes across the Delaware Valley should be held without bail pending a future trial on child pornography cases.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel granted the government’s motion to hold defendant Mark Haynes in detention pending his trial. The prosecution had alleged that Haynes, even after his arrest in October on charges that he possessed and distributed child pornography, continued to seek out to connect with young girls.

The priest, who has been formally removed from his duties, had also molested at least three minor victims while he served as their pastor, the government claims.

WI--For victims, Milwaukee Archdiocesan bankruptcy going from bad to worse

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director
CONTACT: 414.429.7259

Four years ago Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki petitioned the federal bankruptcy court for chapter 11, promising that court ordering sexual abuse cases into bankruptcy was necessary to bring “healing” and “resolution” to victims of pedophile clergy. That took cases out of state court and put them into bankruptcy court, where they decide if creditors should get paid their business debts or private companies reorganize themselves.

$22.5 million dollars in lawyers’ fees later, not only hasn’t a single one of the 575 victims that filed cases in Milwaukee received a penny of restitution, ten more representative cases were tossed out today in a confusing set of narrow rulings by Judge Susan V. Kelley. One can only wonder: why did it take four years and millions of dollars to figure out only now that these cases don’t have legal merit?

If it wasn’t before, it is now painfully clear that the federal court should never have accepted Listecki’s petition for bankruptcy. The archdiocese never intended to bring healing and restitution to victims. What it has done, besides increasing exponentially the pain and suffering of survivors and their families, is bar victims from seeking justice in state courts and herd them into federal bankruptcy. Now, instead of being a victim of child rape or a plaintiff in a terrible negligence act, you’re a consumer or a creditor trying to get you bill paid.

Which leads to the obvious point: bankruptcy court is no place for criminal child rape and institutional conspiracy cases. Yes, other church bankruptcies around the US were resolved quickly, leading to some actual restitution for victims, on average, $350,000 per survivor. But the bishops in the other bankruptcies, in retrospect, seemed to have decided that they would work in some significant way with victims and their attorneys to reach resolution. In Milwaukee, however, the lone wolf archbishop decided he was going to send his lawyers to destroy victim cases like heat seeking missiles. So far, they have done splendidly for themselves. The current offer on the table for restitution per victim, by the way, is under $7,000.

That is why Milwaukee is now the nation’s object lesson on exactly how not to resolve church sexual abuse cases, as was recently mentioned, very pointedly and publically, from the bench of at least two federal judges in other church bankruptcy filings, Gallup and Minneapolis. How, the judges mused, could lawyers be paid twice as much in Milwaukee as the total being offered to all victims?

Apparently the message to the community from the archbishop from this bankruptcy, the innocent and the criminal alike, is that you can get away with anything if only you have enough money, power and time.

Priest who does Vatican PR says he won’t sue conservative blogger

ROME
Crux

By Inés San Martín
Vatican correspondent March 4, 2015

ROME — Despite a frenzy in the conservative Catholic blogosphere, a high-profile priest who volunteers as an English-language assistant to the Vatican press office says he’s not planning to take legal action against a Canadian blogger who had criticized him, and considers the matter closed.

The Rev. Thomas Rosica, also a Canadian, said Wednesday he never planned to sue the blogger, and also insisted that he’s not a “high-ranking Vatican official” and hence there was never any prospect of the Vatican taking action.

On Feb. 17, Rosica sent David Domet, a musician who runs a blog called “Vox Cantoris,” a letter through the Toronto-based law firm Fogler, Rubinoff demanding the removal of nine statements that Domet had posted about Rosica. The letter said the statements were “false and defamatory for suggesting that the priest is dishonest, untrustworthy, and willing to act unethically to further his own agenda.”

When Domet posted the letter, it generated a mini-tempest among some Catholic commentators, often based on the impression that the Vatican was cracking down on conservative voices.

Bail Denied For Chester County Priest Accused of Sex Crimes

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson and Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A federal judge today denied bail for a Chester County priest charged with internet sex crimes.

Meanwhile, the defense, which argued for bail, says it is eager to confront the charges against Father Mark Haynes, 55, who will plead not guilty to charges that include enticing a child to engage in sexual conduct and possession of child pornography.

Judge Lawrence Stengel ruled against bail for Haynes after reviewing the prosecution’s evidence, including new allegations that Haynes lied to authorities after his arrest, and that he concealed and tried to destroy an incriminating computer that authorities cannot find.

“If true, the allegations that have been advanced by the government this afternoon are very, very serious, and speak to an ongoing and persistent pattern of predatory conduct with respect to minor children,” Judge Stengel said.

And authorities add that since Haynes’ arrest, three people have come forward to claim they were sexually assaulted by Haynes as minors in the 1990s. They conceded, however, that those allegations are now beyond the statute of limitations.

Bail denied for Catholic priest charged with child porn

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

JEREMY ROEBUCK, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A lawyer for a suspended Chester County priest "emphatically denied" accusations his client abused three young parishioners as a federal judge ordered the man detained Wednesday on separate child pornography charges.

The mounting allegations against Mark Haynes prompted U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel to reverse a lower court's decision releasing the priest. Stengel said the allegations, if true, establish a "consistent pattern of predatory conduct toward minor children."

Haynes, 55, previously of SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown, stands charged with trading hundreds of pornographic images of children over Instagram and enticing 25 teenage girls he met online to send him explicit photos of themselves.

According to court filings, he used the alias "Katie Caponetti" while communicating with the teens online.

But federal prosecutors on Tuesday revealed a host of other allegations that have surfaced since Haynes' arrest in October, including reports from three accusers who say the priest molested them in the '90s.

“Die katholische Kirche will die Missbrauchsfälle weiter vertuschen”

DEUTSCHLAND
Netzfrauen

[Interview with Francesco Zanardi, founder of the Italian organization "Rete L'abuso."]

Du bist der Gründer und Präsident der Organisation „Rete L’abuso“, die zur Zeit die einzige Organisation in Italien ist, die sich um das Problem des sexuellen Missbrauchs durch katholische Priester kümmert. Weshalb und wann hast du die Organisation gegründet?

Die Idee entstand Ende 2009, und zunächst ging es um eine Organisation zur Selbsthilfe für die Opfer. Dabei haben wir sehr bald gemerkt, dass wir alle nicht nur die Erfahrung des Missbrauchs gemeinsam haben, sondern auch das Bedürfnis, Gerechtigkeit zu erfahren für das, was wir als Kinder erlitten haben, und für die Folgen der Taten.

Missbrauch in Kirche: Weitere Opfer-Meldungen

OSTERREICH
Wien@ORF

[The Klasnic commission appointed by Cardinal Christoph Schonborn received reports of abuse from 138 victims last night and so far 20 million euros have been paid to victims.]

Nach den Missbrauchsfällen der katholischen Kirche melden sich noch immer Betroffene bei der von Kardinal Christoph Schönborn eingesetzten Klasnic-Kommission - 138 Opfer alleine im Vorjahr. Bisher wurden 20 Millionen Euro an Opfer gezahlt.

Im Jahr vor dem Aufbrechen des Missbrauchsskandals hatten sich weniger als 20 Opfer bei den Ombudsstellen der katholischen Diözesen gemeldet. Fünf Jahre danach waren es immer noch 138. Fälle von Gewalt und Missbrauch aus vergangenen Jahrzehnten - aber nicht mehr die allerschlimmsten, sagt Waltraud Klasnic: „Ich glaube, dass die schwersten Fälle in den ersten Jahren auf dem Tisch gewesen sind und dass es Menschen gibt, die sich nie melden werden, weil sie es nicht können oder weil sie vielleicht nicht mehr melden.“

Mertes: Schweigen der Kirche ist Gewalt

DEUTSCHLAND
Katholisch

[More attention to victims of abuse is needed on the part of the church, according to Jesuit Father Klaus Mertes. "The silence of the church is not neutral, but a form of violence," the director of the College of St. Blaise said Tuesday night in Stuttgart.]

04.03.2015 – Stuttgart

Mehr Aufmerksamkeit für Missbrauchsopfer hat der Jesuitenpater Klaus Mertes von Seiten der Kirche gefordert. "Das Schweigen der Kirche ist nicht neutral, sondern eine Form von Gewalt", kritisierte der Direktor des Kollegs St. Blasien am Dienstagabend in Stuttgart. Er beobachte eine Tendenz in der Kirche, die Opfer verloren zu geben. Dabei hätten viele von ihnen zwar mit den Tätern, nicht aber mit der Institution Kirche abgeschlossen.

Mertes forderte bei einer Diskussion zum Kinofilm "Verfehlung", Missbrauchstäter dürften nicht wieder als Seelsorger arbeiten. Glaubwürdigkeit könne die Kirche nur dann wieder herstellen, wenn es ihr um mehr gehe als um ihre eigene Glaubwürdigkeit. Der Regisseur des Films, Gerd Schneider, sagte, in der Kirche mache man sich einerseits viele Gedanken, warum wiederheirateten Geschiedenen die Kommunion vorenthalten werde, während andererseits Täter eine zweite Chance bekämen. "Das beschädigt die Botschaft", so der ehemalige Priesteramtskandidat.

Helena, Montana Roman Catholic Diocese Settles Abuse Claims

MONTANA
Wall Street Journal

By TOM CORRIGAN
March 4, 2015

A judge on Wednesday approved a $21 million plan to compensate about 380 people who allege they were sexually abused by the clergy of Montana’s Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Terry Myers had been widely expected to sign off on the plan, which drew no objections and was approved by more than 98% of the alleged victims when put to a vote earlier this year.

The plan will settle about 380 sexual-abuse claims brought against the Helena diocese, 235 of which were filed jointly against both the diocese and the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province, a religious order of nuns. The settlement also resolves the claims against the Ursuline Sisters.

The judge’s signature also clears the way for the diocese to exit Chapter 11 protection later this year.

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin to Receive Award...

NEW JERSEY
Jewish Link

Teaneck—On Sunday, March 15, Project S.A.R.A.H. (Stop Abusive Relationships At Home) will hold its 9th annual community breakfast in recognition of its 18 years of serving victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse throughout the State of New Jersey.

The breakfast will begin at 9:30 am at Congregation Keter Torah on Roemer Avenue in Teaneck. The keynote speaker will be Jill Starishevsky, author of My Body Belongs to Me, and an assistant district attorney in New York City, where she has prosecuted thousands of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child sexual abuse and sex crimes.

The Rabbinical Supporter Award will be presented to Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, senior rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Torah in Englewood, for his longstanding support of Project S.A.R.A.H.’s community-based work. He has participated in our rabbinic trainings, seeks our guidance when a crisis arises, refers congregants to our agency and has been a vocal supporter to members of his community.

The Aleinu Hero Award will be presented to Rabbi Jonathan Knapp, Head of School of Yavneh Academy in Paramus. Rabbi Knapp has invited Project S.A.R.A.H. into his school to train his entire faculty, students, and their parents on child safety through our Aleinu Safety Kid program. His consistent commitment to this training places Yavneh in a leadership role among all Jewish day schools.

"Nobody seemed to know anything about" investigation into clerical abuse, court hears

IRELAND
Newstalk

Lawyers for a detective charged with forging a document in relation to her investigation into a clerical child abuse allegation have described the investigation as one “nobody seemed to know anything about”.

Wicklow Detective Garda Catherine McGowan (48), who is based at Bray Garda Station, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of forgery on January 15, 2009 at Bray Garda Station and two counts of using a false instrument at Bray Garda Station and at Harcourt Street Garda Station between June 21 and 22, 2011.

The instrument is alleged to have been a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), dated January 14, 2009.

The investigation of Gda McGowan’s handling of the case was prompted by the publication of the Murphy Report which investigated clerical sexual abuse in the Dublin area. The priest in Gda McGowan’s case was one of the clerics mentioned in the report.

The letter read: “Dear Sir, I (illegible) to yours. In (illegible) the statement of the complainant…could not possibly form the basis of a prosecution given that the complainant’s allegation of rape is only conjecture.”

Bankruptcy Court Approves Diocese Settlement

MONTANA
KULR

By The Associated Press

COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO -
A federal judge has confirmed a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena that calls for almost $20 million in payments to hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Terry Myers approved the plan during a Wednesday court hearing in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Abuse claims from more than 360 victims will now go through an adjudication process to determine final payment amounts.

Each will receive a minimum of $2,500, and a trust will be established for victims who come forward in the future.

TX--Bishop accused of illegal taping of victim’s mom

TEXAS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

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

A startling new clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuit charges that Ft. Worth Catholic Bishop Michael F. Olsen:

-- illegally tape recorded a child sex abuse victim’s mom without her knowledge,
-- also tape recorded a “trusting” and deeply wounded victim too,
-- “betrayed,” “re-victimized” and “tried to silence” him until his statute of limitations expired,
-- conducted a “virtual interrogation” of him “for fraudulent purposes: to limit or deny” any potential civil case (he) would have and to “elicit support for the diocese’s legal defenses” if he did sue,
-- intended to “trick and betray” the mom “into testifying against her own abused and damaged son” with the “sole purpose of (using) her statements to defeat any potential civil claims he might justly have.”
-- promised to contact the victim again “in a few weeks” but never did,
-- led the victim “to believe he would go to Mass with him and pray with him but never did,
-- said “how happy he was that (the victim) had not hired a lawyer to sue the diocese.”

The bottom line is that “As a trusting child, Doe was betrayed and victimized by a chaplain and as a trusting adult he was betrayed and then re-victimized by his bishop,” the suit asserts.

The perpetrator of the child sex crimes was Fr. Hugh John Sutton.

Under the guise of punishment, Fr. Sutton repeatedly inflicted “sadistic abuse” on the boy,” the suit charges, beginning in in 1990, when the boy was in the 7th grade at Notre Dame Middle-High School at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Wichita Falls, Texas. During lunch hour in the school chapel, Fr. Sutton “disciplined” the boy by sexually assaulting him.

Fr. Sutton claimed, the suit says that “these excruciating, humiliating abuses were testimonies to God of his repentance for having plagiarized, and pleased Him” while also warning the boy to “not to tell anyone because no one would believe him,” and threatening “I have the power to ruin your life.”

A New York native, Fr. Sutton was ordained in Pueblo Colorado and worked as a teacher, chaplain or priest in Arkansas, California, Mississippi, North Dakota, Ohio, Guam and the US Navy. His only church assignment in the Ft. Worth diocese was apparently at Notre Dame (which he left in 1992). His last known location was at the Commons of Providence, a Catholic-affiliated assisted living facility in Sandusky, Ohio. He died in 2004.

The victim now lives out of state. He is represented by Dallas attorney Tahira Khan Merritt (214 503 7300). The suit, filed yesterday in Tarrant County court, seeks actual and punitive damages of more than one million dollars. It also says that in 2013, the victim “had a nervous breakdown, began to suffer debilitating panic attacks (which) flooded his sleeping and waking hours and wreaked havoc in his life” “as he recalled, for the first time, disturbing images of the serial rapes and sadistic abuses by Sutton.”

We applaud this brave man for his courage in exposing the Fr. Sutton’s horrific crimes and Bishop Olsen’s diabolical cover up of and manipulative response to those crimes.


We urge anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups in the Ft. Worth diocese – by this cleric or any church employee – to find the strength and courage to step forward, seek help, call police, expose wrongdoers, protect kids and start healing.

‘Unusual Positions’ lectures explore relationships between religion, sexuality

MAINE
Bates College

The Bates lecture series Unusual Positions: Controversial Approaches to the Study of Religion and Sexuality continues with Refusing Redemption: Making Catholic Sex Abuse ‘Our’ Story, a talk by Kent Brintnall of the University of North Carolina Charlotte, at noon Wednesday, March 4, in Room 221-222, Commons, 136 Central Ave.

Presented by the religious studies department, the women and gender studies program and the humanities division at Bates, the lectures are open to the public at no cost. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to the noontime events. For more information, please call 207-786-8204 or visit bit.ly/unusual-positions.

In the third event of the series, Janet Bennion of Lyndon State College discusses changing attitudes toward polygamy in Progressive Polygamy in North America: Is Plural Marriage the New Civil Rights Frontier? at noon Friday, March 20, in Room 226, Commons.

Concluding the series is Christine Hoff Kraemer of Cherry Hill Seminary with the lecture Eros and Touch from a Pagan Perspective: Loving Touch as Divine Birthright at noon Wednesday, April 8, in Room 221-222, Commons.

“The relationship between religion and sexuality is complex, seemingly contradictory, often tense, yet full of possibility,” says series organizer Megan Goodwin, lecturer in religious studies and Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the humanities at Bates. “Our speakers address religious traditions and sexual practices on the margins of conventional scholarship.”

PA--No Bail for Philly cleric

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 4

Statement by Karen Polesir, Philly SNAP leader, 267 992 9463, karenpolesir@yahoo.com

Under no circumstances, we believe, should Father Mark Haynes be set free, no matter what restrictions the court may impose. Like most predator priests, he is well educated, well spoken, charming, and cunning. He should be given no more chances to intimidate victims, threaten whistleblowers, discredit witnesses, fabricate alibis, destroy evidence or even flee the country.

Archbishop Charles Chaput should personally visit each place this priest worked, begging victims, witnesses whistleblowers to call law enforcement immediately. For the safety of others, we in SNAP implore everyone who may have information or suspicions about any Philly cleric to call police or prosecutors now.

[The Morning Call]

Suit accuses ex-Notre Dame chaplain of sex abuse

TEXAS
Times Record

Lynn Walker
Mar 4, 2015

A man who claims he suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a priest at Notre Dame Middle School in Wichita Falls has sued the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and its bishop, Michael F. Olson.

The plaintiff, who is identified in court papers only as John Doe 117, alleges he was abused by Father John Sutton, his history teacher and the school chaplain between 1989 and 1991.

The suit alleges that Sutton, who died in 2004, used the excuse that the boy had copied an assignment from an encyclopedia to require the boy to pay penance by accompanying the priest to a small chapel in the school building where the priest sexually assaulted him.

The suit claims Sutton kept “menacing ‘sex toys’” in a black bag he used to assault and torture the boy. It also claims the priest stuffed a towel into the boy’s mouth so his screams would not be heard.

Priest, 55, already facing child porn and molestation charges ...

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Mail (UK)

Priest, 55, already facing child porn and molestation charges 'forced a teenage girl to perform oral sex on him while in the confessional' over two decades ago

Three women have come forward to say that a Catholic priest already facing child sexual abuse accusations molested them in the 1990s and he allegedly forced one to perform oral sex while in the confessional.

Two of the three cases occurred when Rev. Mark Haynes was assigned to St. Ann's parish in Phoenixville and all women were minors at the time, say police.

One of those three women said that Haynes attacked her when she confessed that she performed oral sex on a teenage boy. He then made her repeat the sex act on him.

Philly.com reports that Haynes, formerly assigned to SS. Simon and Jude Parish in Westtown hasn't yet been charged with sexual abuse and has denied all allegations.

Spokesman Ken Gavin of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is asking anyone with more information about Hayes to come forward.

Recent search terms on Haynes' computer are 'nude teen girls' and '8th grade girls tumblr.'

Newly named San Diego bishop calls for immigration reform

CALIFORNIA
The Telegraph

BY JULIE WATSON
Associated Press
March 3, 2015

SAN DIEGO — A history scholar selected by Pope Francis to be the new Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego said Tuesday that he will be a "friend" to the Latino community and called for comprehensive immigration reform.

Monsignor Robert McElroy made the comments during a news conference in San Diego hours after the Vatican announced his appointment. He called immigration "the vitality of our nation."

"The border is a reminder to us of what we are called to do in our greatness as Americans and that we sometimes fall short of in how we deal with immigrants and how we must really confront the issues of immigration and resolve them with justice and have a comprehensive immigration reform that will do that," he said.

The 61-year-old native Californian has been serving as an auxiliary bishop in San Francisco since 2010. He will be formally installed as the sixth bishop of San Diego during a Mass at St. Therese of Carmel Parish on April 15. San Diego's Bishop Cirilo Flores died of cancer last year. ...

Joelle Casteix, the western regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said McElroy has not done enough to speak out against priests accused of abuse.

McElroy said the church has come a long way in improving the way abuse cases are handled. But "we need to constantly reform our environments so that they maximize safety and security for children," he said.

"We can never think we've done enough or that we have put it in the past," McElroy said, adding later that "a constant notion of vigilance going forward needs to be in place."

Former Doylestown Priest Accused of Sexual Assault in Confessional Booth

PENNSYLVANIA
Patch

By Kara Seymour (Patch Staff)
March 4, 2015

A former Doylestown Catholic priest who is facing federal child pornography charges is now accused of sexual assault, after three parishioners said he molested them in the 1990s, according to reports.

One victim said Mark Haynes, 55, who previously served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, forced her to perform oral sex on him in a Phoenixville church confessional booth, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Haynes already faces multiple felonies involving child pornography after being charged by Chester County authorities in October; he was arrested this week by the FBI on similar charges.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that three parishioners recently came forward with the allegations against Haynes, who is also accused of posting nude photos of children to Instagram as well as exchanging lewd emails with a 14-year-old girl, according to authorities.

Haynes served at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel from 1989-1991, according to the Archdiocese.

Cardinal George hospitalised after medics 'run out of tricks' to treat his cancer

CHICAGO (IL)
The Tablet (UK)

04 March 2015 11:49 by CNS

US Cardinal Francis George, archbishop emeritus of Chicago, was admitted to Loyola University Medical Centre this week to undergo several days of tests.

A statement from the Chicago Archdiocese said the tests were being conducted to evaluate his condition since he stopped treatment for cancer in late January.

"The cardinal continues to count on the prayers of so many who have written to wish him God's blessings," it said.

Until January Cardinal George was taking part in a clinical drug trial to treat his cancer. He was dropped from the trial being conducted by University of Chicago Medicine after scans showed the experimental treatment was not working for him.

Therapist accused of groping boy, 11

LOUISIANA
Bayou Buzz

Sheriff’s deputies Monday arrested a Baton Rouge therapist accused of inappropriately touching an 11-year-old client during a counseling session in early February.

The boy told investigators that the therapist, William Nicholas Abraham, 60, groped him on Feb. 3 during a counseling session at Abraham’s office on United Plaza Drive, according to a Sheriff’s Office report.

In an interview with deputies, Abraham denied touching the child inappropriately, saying the only physical contact he had with his client was when he put his arm around the boy after the session, the report says.

Jarrett P. Ambeau, Abraham’s attorney, described his client as being “absolutely innocent.” ...

Abraham, a well-known local therapist, is a former Catholic priest who has written and performed contemporary Christian rock music in the Baton Rouge area.

Former Bronx principal who stole money from alumni fund can avoid jail by paying school back

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY BEN KOCHMAN NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Monday, March 2, 2015

He's in limbo.

The disgraced former principal of a Bronx Catholic school who fessed to dipping into the academy's alumni fund — before resigning amid charges of sexual misconduct — has one last chance to pay back $8,200 and avoid being tossed in jail.

Christopher Keogan, 58, has just two weeks to come up with $8,251 to pay back Cardinal Hayes High School, according to a deal hashed out Monday in Bronx Supreme Court.

The former Christian Brother resigned after being accused of having an affair with a male subordinate and having explicit images on his computer.

He was never formally charged, but was indicted in 2010 for allegedly stealing $50,000 from the south Bronx school's alumni fund.

VIDEO: Another Christian Brother charged in New South Wales

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

At 8.05am on 4 March 2015, police arrested and charged a Christian Brother in Sydney regarding sexual and indecent assaults upon children. Police allege that the offences were committed three decades ago at Goulburn, in south-western New South Wales.

The detectives arrested the 63-year-old man at an address in Victoria Road, Ryde, a Sydney suburb. Until a few days before the arrest, he was working at a Catholic school in Chatswood (in suburban Sydney).

The offences allegedly occurred upon one boy aged between 13 and 17, while the man was a Christian Brother at a Catholic school in Goulburn between 1984 and 1987.

He was taken to Ryde Police Station, where he was charged with:

two counts of indecent assault;
two counts of sexual assault;
three counts of homosexual intercourse with a pupil; and
one count of committing an act of indecency.

He is the fourth Christian Brother to be arrested by a special unit of NSW Police detectives (called Strike Force Charish), which was formed in February 2014, to investigate allegations of child-sex offences said to have occurred between 1978 and 1989 at a Catholic college in Goulburn involving numerous victims. This unit it located at the Goulburn Detectives Office.

In Vatican finance reform rules, pope cements power for Cardinal Pell

VATICAN CITY
Los Angeles Times

By TOM KINGTON

Pope Francis has taken action that appears to confirm his faith in the controversial head of a task force he created to clean up the Vatican's finances.

On the pope's orders, new legal statutes were published Tuesday cementing most of the powers that were given to the Secretariat for the Economy, which Francis set up a year ago and is headed by the outspoken Australian Cardinal George Pell. The statutes went into effect Sunday.

The Vatican's hitherto murky finances will be overseen by the Council for the Economy, made up of eight prelates and seven lay people. The council will formulate policy, and the Secretariat for the Economy will carry it out. An independent auditor will be given free rein to check the accounts of Vatican departments.

Pell, who has said he discovered millions of euros that did not show up on the Vatican's books and has suggested that Italian accounting is slipshod, has ruffled feathers and faced accusations of centralizing power at the new secretariat, designed to bring transparency to the Vatican.

Proof that he was making enemies within the Vatican's bureaucracy came Friday when an Italian magazine published leaked documents suggesting Pell had spent more than half a million dollars in six months on his new department, flying business class and paying assistants large salaries, while spending $2,800 on robes at a Rome tailor and more than $50,000 on furniture.

Evangelische Kirche zahlt Missbrauchsopfern Entschädigung

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Allgemeine

[The Evangelical Luther Church of Bavaria will pay compensation to victims of sexual abuse.]

Munchen (dpa) - Die evangelische Landeskirche in Bayern entschädigt Opfer sexueller Gewalt. Die Kirche und die Diakonie im Freistaat übernähmen Verantwortung für das Leid, das den Opfern in ihren Kirchengemeinden oder diakonischen Einrichtungen zugefügt worden sei, teilte ein Sprecher in München mit.

Finanzielle Leistungen können Menschen bekommen, «die glaubhaft machen, dass sie sexuelle Übergriffe durch kirchliche oder diakonische Mitarbeitende erlitten haben und deren Ansprüche gegenüber den Tätern und den Institutionen inzwischen verjährt sind», heißt es. Über die Höhe der Zahlungen entscheidet eine unabhängige Kommission.

Council accepts findings of Bullfinch serious case review

UNITED KINGDOM
Oxfordshire County Council

Oxfordshire County Council accepts the findings of the serious case review into child sexual exploitation and apologises that the multi-agency child protection system failed to prevent horrific abuse of six girls.

The independent Serious Case Review into Child Sexual Exploitation in Oxfordshire was published today (Tuesday 3 March 2015) by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board. The serious case review followed a trial in 2013 in which seven men were imprisoned for a total of 95 years for their crimes which took place from 2005-2011.

Jim Leivers, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director for Children, Education and Families, said:
“Like the whole community we are horrified at what happened in Oxford. We fully accept that we made many mistakes and missed opportunities to stop the abuse.

“Like the whole community we are horrified at what happened in Oxford. We fully accept that we made many mistakes and missed opportunities to stop the abuse.

“After the trial, the council apologised to the girls for not stopping their abuse sooner, and I do so unreservedly again today. They suffered dreadfully at the hands of these violent men, and despite many attempts we failed to keep them safe while they were in our care.

Was it a hate crime? ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

Was it a hate crime? Fears gangs of Asian paedophiles who preyed on hundreds of vulnerable white girls were racially motivated as PM brands it 'abuse on an industrial scale'

By Martin Robinson and Matt Chorley, MailOnline Political Editor and Keiligh Baker

A total of 373 girls suffered sexual abuse in Oxfordshire, a report into 'indescribably awful' child sexual exploitation has found - and now fears have been raised that the abuse may have been racially motivated.

Over 15 years hundreds of victims as young as 11 were groomed, raped and forced into prostitution by gangs of men 'predominantly of Pakistani heritage', a serious case review has found.

The damning 114-page report said victims were in a 'living hell from which they couldn't extricate themselves' after 'hostile' officials wrote some off as 'difficult girls making bad choices' when they begged for help.

The vulnerable girls were initially showered with gifts before being plied with alcohol and drugs including crack cocaine and heroin, making them dependent on the men who sexually abused them.

Today Thames Valley's Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, said the abuse may have been a 'hate crime'.

Knox Grammar Royal Commission...

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Knox Grammar Royal Commission: Former headmaster Ian Paterson admits to hindering police investigation into paedophile ring

JANET FIFE YEOMANS AND AAP THE DAILY TELEGRAPH MARCH 04, 2015

THE man who ran Knox Grammar School for 30 years has admitted multiple failures which put vulnerable boys at the elite NSW school at risk.

Asked about these failures, by counsel for the child abuse royal commission, former headmaster Ian Paterson answered “correct”, with the qualifications “in looking back” or “in retrospect”.

Dr Paterson agreed he hadn’t delivered training for staff on mandatory reporting obligations; had no written policies on child protection; had no systems in place for interviewing or conducting reference or criminal checks for people applying to be housemasters and had never reported to police when students made allegations against teachers.

Knox head denies groping girl

AUSTRALIA
news.com.au

THE former headmaster of Knox Grammar denies he groped a teenage girl at a school musical production in 1989.

LUCY Perry, the CEO of a global women's health charity has told a child sex abuse inquiry Ian Paterson cupped her bottom and put his hand near her genitals during rehearsals for a joint school production of Guys and Dolls.

Dr Paterson said on Wednesday it was "absolutely not" true that he had inappropriately touched the then 15-year-old girl.

He was asked about Ms Perry's evidence that boys roared with approval when he groped her.
"Absolutely not. They were roaring approval for her performance."

Ms Perry has told the commission she felt humiliated when students cheered and said Dr Paterson had a "creepy look of satisfaction" on his face.

Knox Grammar: Former headmaster Ian Paterson deliberately withheld sexual abuse information from police

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nicole Chettle

A former headmaster at the prestigious Sydney boys' school, Knox Grammar, has told a royal commission he deliberately withheld information from police conducting an investigation into child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard Dr Ian Paterson was approached by a policewoman from the Child Protection Enforcement Agency in December 1996.

Inspector Beth Cullen had received anonymous information alleging child sexual abuse by six people who had been employed by the school.

Dr Paterson told the royal commission's counsel assisting David Lloyd he deliberately attempted to mislead Inspector Cullen.

David Lloyd: "You were deliberately attempting to mislead Inspector Cullen about matters that were centrally important to her investigation".
Dr Ian Paterson: "I accept that".
Lloyd: "And you did so with intention of protecting those teachers about whom she was making the inquiries".
Paterson: "That's the way it appears".

Under questioning, Dr Paterson confirmed he did not share what he knew with police.

Protecting the good name of Knox Grammar School has left a toxic legacy

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 4, 2015

Alan Dearn

Comment

We were sitting on the grass at the side of Knox Grammar School's main oval in 1987; it must have been in my final few weeks of school. The memory of an awkward moment saying uncomplimentary things about Mr Fotis the religion teacher, while he was sitting behind me popped back into my mind when I saw his name deeply implicated in evidence before the royal commission into sexual abuse.

One of the things people who weren't at Knox in my era find surprising was that the culture did not value learning or academic curiosity. After all, this was a school that closed its classics department and opened a business centre instead. What was valued was image. I vividly remember the headmaster, Ian Paterson, speaking in assemblies on topics like why Knox boys didn't swear, because only members of the less privileged classes did that. Everything was appearance.

And sadly, I think that was what seduced my parents about the place. My father never finished school, spending a chunk of his adolescence in a Japanese internment camp instead. For him, Knox offered security, a network of old boys he thought would support his sons in later life, who would recognise the old school tie and help us on our way into our careers in the business world.

I nearly escaped in Year 11. The first couple of years were a bit of a blur of being miserable, sporadically bullied, and feeling constantly lonely. That never changed, although the bullying did. By Year 11, I was big enough and odd enough that people basically left me alone. I mainly lived in the library, to which fact I owe my encyclopaedic knowledge of World War II German military hardware. I did my work, so wasn't generally bullied by the teachers either, and fortunately was neither a boarder, good looking or sporty. Nevertheless, Year 11 was a low ebb. I truanted, embraced depressing music and wrote awful poetry.

Former Knox head Ian Paterson admits sex abuse cover-up

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

MARCH 04, 2015

Ean Higgins

Reporter
Sydney

THE former headmaster of Knox Grammar has denied a sensational allegation that he indecently assaulted a schoolgirl 25 years ago.

Lucy Perry this week told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that in 2009 she reported to police that when she was rehearsing for a musical directed by the headmaster 20 years earlier, he had indecently assaulted her.

Ms Perry told the inquiry that while rehearsing for a strip club scene in Guys and Dolls when she was a 16 year old schoolgirl, Ian Paterson, in a deliberate act of misogyny to humiliate her, had put his hand on her bottom and touched her genitals, to a roar of delight of the Knox boys in the cast.

Dr Paterson said he remembered Ms Perry performing in the class, but categorically denied the groping incident took place.

As to the allegations that the boys roared at the time, Dr Paterson said: “They were roaring with approval for her performance as the sultry dancer.”

The inquiry also heard from Dr Paterson that when a former student threatened to sue the school for allegedly having been sexually molested by Stewart, and to publicly expose widespread homosexuality at Knox, he kept file notes that he made the decision not to tell the school council about it.

Royal Commission into child sex abuse...

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Royal Commission into child sex abuse: Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson admits he could have stopped abuse

March 4, 2015

Rachel Browne and Melanie Kembrey

Former Knox Grammar School headmaster Ian Paterson told a royal commission that he could have stopped the child sexual abuse which pervaded the school over a 30-year period.

Dr Paterson agreed he had thousands of boys under his care during his time as headmaster between 1969 and 1998 but never attempted to find out about the impact of child sexual abuse despite multiple allegations coming to his attention as early as 1975.

Under questioning from counsel assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, David Lloyd, Dr Paterson said he could have prevented boys from being abused.

"If you had done more to . . . make investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse that it is quite likely that a number of boys under your care would not have been abused," Mr Lloyd said.

"Correct," Dr Paterson replied.

In earlier evidence Dr Paterson admitted misleading a police officer from the child protection enforcement agency who quizzed him about child sex abuse claims at the school after receiving anonymous information in 1996.

Former Knox head questioned about 'failures'

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

The man who ran Knox Grammar School for 30 years has admitted multiple failures which put vulnerable boys at the elite NSW school at risk.

Asked about these failures, by counsel for the child abuse royal commission, former headmaster Ian Paterson answered 'correct', with the qualifications 'in looking back' or 'in retrospect'.

Dr Paterson agreed he hadn't delivered training for staff on mandatory reporting obligations; had no written policies on child protection; had no systems in place for interviewing or conducting reference or criminal checks for people applying to be housemasters and had never reported to police when students made allegations against teachers.

Dr Paterson was insistent he did deal fairly with a boy who complained he had been propositioned by teacher Damien Vance.

He sent to the 15-year-old to the library to think about what he had alleged, before accepting his story.

Former Knox Grammar head Ian Paterson led cover up of abuse, Royal Commission hears

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 4, 2015

Rachel Browne and Melanie Kembrey

Knox Grammar School was Ian Paterson's "life and empire" and the former headmaster told the royal commission he would go to great lengths to protect its reputation.

On Wednesday he admitted he tried to cover up potential litigation against the school, misled a police officer investigating child abuse allegations and hindered her inquiry into claims against six teachers.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard Inspector Beth Cullen spoke to Dr Paterson about the six teachers in 1996. At the time three of the teachers under suspicion were still working at the Wahroonga school.

Dr Paterson admitted to the commission he did not provide the officer with any information about sexual molestation claims but referred her to their staff files, in full knowledge they did not contain records of abuse.

Under questioning by counsel assisting, David Lloyd, Dr Paterson agreed that he deliberately misled Inspector Cullen and hindered the investigation but said he could not remember why.

Former headmaster of elite Sydney school admits hindering sex abuse investigation

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson has admitted he deliberately hindered a police investigation into claims of sexual abuse at the school.

During his appearance in the witness box today, Dr Paterson made a number of admissions, including that a number of boys under his care would not have been abused, had he taken action based on allegations of abuse that he was aware of.

In 1996 Inspector Beth Cullen, a police officer from the child protection enforcement agency, attended the school to investigate anonymous complaints of sexual abuse against five teachers.

Dr Paterson said he was aware of some allegations but said nothing at the time.

He suggested the detective should have questioned him more.

"I'm wondering why Inspector Cullen ... didn't question me more closely," he said.

Former judge tells inquiry he told Knox Grammar headmaster to go to police

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Australian Associated Press
Wednesday 4 March 2015

A former supreme court judge says he told the headmaster of Knox Grammar to report an allegation to police that a teacher had been sleeping with a boy at the elite Sydney school for two years.

Morris “Dusty” Ireland, who was chairman of the Knox school council in the 1990s, has told the child abuse royal commission headmaster Ian Paterson told him in 1992 a student was threatening to sue the school and expose it “as a hotbed of homosexuality”.

The student, known as ATJ, also alleged teacher Bob James had been having sex with a senior student, known as ATP, for two years.

Ireland said he could not now remember full details, but recalled advising Paterson not to approach the student and told him the James affair should be reported to police because it “might involve criminal conduct” depending on the student’s age.

'Sad ...

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

'Sad, angry, disappointed': Hugh Jackman watched every minute of inquiry into shocking abuse at exclusive Knox Grammar - where he was once school captain

By DANIEL PIOTROWSKI FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

Hugh Jackman and his former classmates are 'sad, angry and disappointed' at the testimony of their former headmaster at the prestigious Sydney high school Knox Grammar at an inquiry into child sex abuse at the school.

Dr Ian Paterson, the school's headmaster from 1969 to 1998, gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse on Tuesday and Wednesday, today admitting to impeding a police investigation into allegations of paedophilia from teachers.

Jackman was among many who live-streamed Dr Paterson's testimony in New York on Tuesday morning Australian time, exchanging emails with around eight of his former classmates at the exclusive school, according to best friend Grill Team radio presenter Gus Worland.

Historical abuse inquiry funding judgment is reserved

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

BY ALAN ERWIN – 04 MARCH 2015

Judgment has been reserved in an historical abuse inquiry chairman's bid to overturn a ruling that he unfairly denied legal representation to an alleged victim.

Sir Anthony Hart is appealing a High Court verdict that a bar had effectively been erected against the woman who claims she was molested by a "very high-profile figure".

Senior judges hearing the challenge have been told alleged victims are now increasingly refusing to sign witness statements unless they secure legal funding.

The woman at the centre of the case is due to give evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse hearings in Banbridge, Co Down, which are investigating child abuse in Northern Ireland residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

The inquiry has so far heard from more than 100 victims and survivors of abuse, most of whom were in the care of the Catholic Church at homes in Derry and Kircubbin in Co Down.

Former pastor gets jail for sex abuse

NEW ZEALAND
3 News

A former pastor and counsellor jailed for more than 12 years, has done incalculable harm to two girls and their family, a judge says.

Justice Mark Woolford was sentencing James Leyland Watkins, 65, in the High Court at Rotorua on 16 charges of sexual violation, one each of indecently assaulting girls of six and seven, three of inducing a child under 12 to do an indecent act on him and six of sexual violation by rape.

He ordered Watkins to spend at least five-and-a-half years behind bars before he's to be considered for parole.

The court heard Watkins, a former pastor and counsellor in Rotorua and Tokoroa, had been extradited from Colorado in the United States to face the charges, which spanned a period between 2000 and 2006.

Pastors fall into sexual immorality

ZIMBABWE
Nehanda Radio

By Tarisai Machakaire

HARARE – Most people have rooted their faith in “men of God” with the belief that they possess supernatural powers and are closer to God.

Some believe they possess the ability to solve all of their problems.

Women flock to churches in larger numbers than men. And consequently, they have often fallen prey to philandering “pastors”.

The local media has described such unscrupulous men of God as “rape pastors.”

Several such cases have been brought into the limelight.

And apparently, the offenders do not just abuse women and girls, they have also desecrated the places of worship by engaging in sexual activities on Holy ground.

12 years in prison for former pastor

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

Email Stephanie

A former Rotorua pastor who was extradited from the United States to face child sex abuse charges has been jailed for more than 12 years.

James Leland Watkins, 65 was sentenced in the High Court at Rotorua yesterday to 12 years and three months' imprisonment after previously admitting 27 charges of sexual abuse against two victims, including six counts of rape.

The offending happened in Rotorua between 2000 and 2006, and the majority of the charges were representative, meaning the offending happened more than once.

His sentence carries a minimum non-parole period of five years and six months.

Watkins was extradited from the United States to face the charges. An American-born New Zealand citizen, he had returned to live in his country of birth in 2006.

Bail for 4 in satanic sex abuse case

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

March 4 2015

By Shain Germaner

Johannesburg - Four people, including a church pastor, accused of conducting a satanic ritual during which a 9-year-old boy was allegedly raped have been released on bail. This was after the State’s case was deemed too weak.

Meanwhile, leaders at the church where the incident allegedly took place have broken their silence over the incident.

The child’s grandmother, grandfather, uncle and the 54-year-old pastor were arrested last month after an investigation by the SAPS Occult Related Crimes Unit.

Police suspect the pastor and relatives of the child brought the then 7-year-old to the Full Gospel Church of God in Witfield, Boksburg, sometime in 2013.

The pastor, grandparents and uncle, clad in red robes and chanting, then allegedly forced the boy to fondle their genitals before the uncle raped the child, the State claimed.

Diocese of Helena Settlement Heads to Bankruptcy Court

MONTANA
Fox Montana

By Ashley Sanchez

MISSOULA -
A bankruptcy court in Idaho gets the final say in two multi-million dollar settlements involving hundreds of sexual abuse victims and the Catholic Diocese of Helena.

On Tuesday a bankruptcy judge in Coeur d'Alene will be asked to approve two separate sexual abuse settlements, totaling more than $19 million.

Decades after they came forward with their stories hundreds of sexual assault victims are ready to be compensated for the physical and emotional pain they endured so many years ago.

"All parties want is to have this adjudicated quickly. We hope the court approve plan so all the victims are compensated as soon as possible," said Vito de la Cruz with Tamaki Law.

On behalf of the victims, on Wednesday Tamaki Law will ask a judge to approve two settlements.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena Sex Abuse Settlement

MONTANA
KFBB

[with video]

Updated: Mar 03, 2015

By Amanda Roley, Reporter

HELENA -
Tomorrow the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena will ask a bankruptcy judge for permission to proceed with a $15-million plan, which will be used to pay over 300 victims of alleged sexual abuse committed by its clergy.

The hearing comes just four years after lawsuits were filed against the Diocese for the alleged abuse that happened between 1940 and 1960.

One of the two lawsuits filed in 2011 claims that 362 children were sexually abused by clergy members at the Diocese of Helena, many of those children are now between the ages of 30 and 60.

The $15 million settlement to compensate the victims was reached last year, after the Diocese filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. So, the settlement must be approved tomorrow in bankruptcy court in Coure d'Alene, Idaho.

Alleged satanic priest gets bail

SOUTH AFRICA
Times LIVE

The grandparents of a nine-year-old boy, his uncle, and a pastor were granted bail after a suspected satanic ritual that led to the boy's alleged rape and molestation, according to a media report.

The two grandparents, the 29-year-old uncle, and the 54-year-old pastor were granted bail of R4000 each in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Sharlotte Sithole said the medical report from 2013, when the boy was seven years-old, had no indications of sexual abuse or penetration.

On Monday, investigating officer Lt-Col Hendrik de Jager described the boy's ordeal and said interviews revealed that over a period, possibly several years, the child was allegedly raped and molested multiple times by the group.

March 3, 2015

Father Kunz murder still unsolved after 17 years

WISCONSIN
NBC 15

[with video]

Those who lived in the area at the time will remember it well. Father Alfred Kunz was a well-known priest and his death shocked many. Now all these years later, investigators are still not giving up.

Seventeen years ago Tuesday, Father Alfred Kunz recorded his final radio broadcast. The next morning, March 4, 1998, Father Kunz was found dead, brutally murdered, inside St. Michael Catholic Church. The murder remains unsolved.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney tells us, "It's still a priority for this organization to resolve that homicide."

Mahoney says a number of detectives keep up to speed on the case and follow new leads that still occasionally come in. Matt Abbott, a Chicago-based writer specializing in Catholic issues, has written extensively on the case for more than 14 years. He spoke to us over the phone.

Abbott explains, "There have been various conspiracy theories that have been put forth."

Ranging from the involvement of a satanic cult, to the involvement of fellow clergy. Abbott believes the most plausible theory: "Souring, I guess, of a relationship between Father Kunz and one of his teachers."

Garda denies saying colleague would be ‘looked after’

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

by Sonya McLean

The supervisor of a garda accused of forging a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions has denied telling the garda that if she “admitted wrongdoing” she would be “looked after”.

Wicklow Detective Garda Catherine McGowan, aged 48, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of forgery on January 15, 2009, at Bray Garda Station and two counts of using a false instrument at Bray Garda Station and at Harcourt Street Garda Station between June 21 and June 22, 2011.

The instrument is alleged to have been a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), dated January 14, 2009.

The investigation of Gda McGowan’s handling of the case — which involved a priest accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl — was prompted by the publication of the Murphy Report which investigated clerical sexual abuse in the Dublin area. The priest in Gda McGowan’s case was mentioned in the report.

Abuse inquiry funding judgment reserved

NORTHERN IRELAND
News Letter

Judgment was reserved on Tuesday in an historical abuse inquiry chairman’s bid to overturn a ruling that he unfairly denied legal representation to an alleged victim.

Sir Anthony Hart is appealing a High Court verdict that a bar had effectively been erected against the woman who claims she was molested by a “very high-profile figure”.

Senior judges hearing the challenge have been told alleged victims are now increasingly refusing to sign witness statements unless they secure legal funding.

The woman at the centre of the case is due to give evidence at the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) hearings in Banbridge, Co Down which are investigating child abuse in Northern Ireland residential institutions between 1922 and 1995.

Guess Who's Back? The Dog In the D.A.'s Dog And Pony Show

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

It's a real dog of a case but the district attorney seems intent on retrying it.

On June 22, 2012, in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Father James J. Brennan, a jury deadlocked 11-1 on whether to convict Father Brennan of attempted rape.

The same jury convicted Msgr. William J. Lynn on one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The historic conviction of the monsignor became the show pony for D.A. Seth Williams, as Lynn became the first Catholic administrator in the country to go to jail for the sexual sins of the clergy. Meanwhile, the dog in the D.A.'s dog and pony show -- the Father Brennan case -- had to disappear for a few years.

Yesterday in Courtroom 1102 of Common Pleas Court, Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright brought back the Father Brennan case by setting a retrial date of Jan. 4, 2016. None of the lawyers involved in the case are talking publicly in the event that the judge may elect to restore an former gag order. But with all the delays and credibility problems with the D.A.'s star witness in the Father Brennan case, you have to wonder whether the retrial will ever really happen.

Busy Day at Philly Archdiocese – New Abuse Accusations and More Child Porn

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

MARCH 3, 2015 BY SUSAN MATTHEWS

The Federal authorities have announced new evidence of more crimes committed by Father Mark Haynes. The new evidence includes destroying a laptop (which was evidence) and, far worse, the sexual abuse of at least three children. The abuse accusations fall outside the statute of limitations (SOL). Therefore, charges can not be pressed. This is another example of why PA needs to catch up with all the other states who have abolished the SOL for child sex abuse and have enacted a retroactive window for past victims to come forward. Reform legislation is pending but being blocked by Judiciary chairman, Rep. Ron Marsico. Visit the Protect PA Kids Facebook page to find out more and how you can contact him.

Click here to read: “New Accusations Surface Against Chester County Priest Charged With Explicit Exchanges With Minors,” Tony Hanson, CBS Philly, March 3, 2015

It turns out the Archdiocese had a very good reason to remove Father Kolenkiewicz – child porn. Perhaps he accidentally downloaded a dozen of those images while in a feeding frenzy of adult porn (over 12,000 images in 2005 alone and more in 2011). Who knows? What we do know is that maybe the priesthood isn’t for him.

House passes bills to help protect children from sexual abuse

UTAH
Herald

By Jackson Hadley Capital West News

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah House of Representatives has moved a pair of bills forward in an effort to better protect children from child sexual abuse.

HB277, sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, would eliminate the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse cases. HB345, sponsored by Rep. Daniel McCay, R-Riverton, would ban anyone convicted of a felony involving child abuse from receiving or renewing a license to teach children in school.

Both bills passed unanimously Monday and will now go to the Senate for consideration.

Emotions ran high as legislators addressed the bills, as victims of abuse looked on from the gallery and representatives shared how abuse has affected them personally.

Judge could rule on critical archdiocesan sex abuse claims

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel March 3, 2015

The judge in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy could decide as early as Wednesday whether to throw out 10 claims of men and women who allege they were sexually assaulted by priests or others representing the church.

The archdiocese has not disputed that the 10 were abused. However, it argues it is not required by law to compensate them for a number of legal reasons, including the lapse in the statute of limitations.

Attorneys for the survivors reject those arguments.

"This is just the latest attempt by the archdiocese to hide behind the passage of time instead of treating survivors fairly," said Michael Finnegan, whose firm represents six of the victims whose claims will be heard Wednesday, and most of the bankruptcy's 570-plus sex-abuse claimants.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said the church has been clear from the beginning that it would not pay claims ineligible under the law.

"It's not fair to the people who should be compensated to include those who shouldn't," he said.

Battle Of The Altar Boys

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano
for Bigtrial.net

A couple of former altar boys duked it out in court today.

Testifying for the prosecution in the Father Andy sex abuse case was Adam Visconto, 28.

He's a special education administrative assistant who says that 15 years ago Father Andy creeped him out by attempting to lure Visconto and another altar boy down to the church basement for a secret rendezvous.

Visconto claimed that he and another altar boy, Steve Dozier, were so afraid that they ran to the parish school at St. John Cantius for safety. Visconto said that after he and Dozier told Visconto's mother and a teacher what happened, the women advised the two altar boys to run home to Adam's house and lock the door.

But the defense put their first witness on the stand today -- Steve Dozier. He's a former altar boy who's now a Pennsylvania State Trooper. And Trooper Dozier told the jury today that Visconto's story about running away to hide from Father Andy never happened.

Former Chester County priest faces new sex abuse allegations

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Local News

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@dailylocal.com, @ChescoCourtNews on Twitter
POSTED: 03/03/15

PHILADELPHIA >> The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a federal judge to hold a former Ss. Simon and Jude parish priest without bail pending his trial on child pornography charges, saying it had uncovered additional information about him that suggested a previously unknown danger.

In a motion filed Tuesday for the pre-trial detention of Mark Haynes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rotella wrote that investigators had interviewed three people who came forward to say that Haynes had sexually abused them when he was their parish priest and they were minors.

Haynes, 55, now of Egg Harbor, N.J., is alleged to have molested the children, whose identities or the places they lived were not provided, “with acts of sexual touching, masturbation, and forced oral sex,” according to Rotella’s motion. In one instance, Haynes is alleged to have taken confession from one young girl, who told him that she had engaged in oral sex with a teenage boy. Haynes then had the girl perform that same act on him, the motion states.

Former Knox head admits he impeded child abuse investigation on purpose

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Bridie Jabour and agencies
@bkjabour
Tuesday 3 March 2015

The former headmaster of Knox Grammar school has admitted deliberately impeding a police investigation into paedophile teachers working at the school.

Ian Paterson was approached by Inspector Elizabeth Cullen from the child protection enforcement agency about complaints of child sex abuse at the school in 1996. Paterson told Cullen he was not aware of any complaints, which he has admitted was a lie.

He made the admission in his second day of evidence at the royal commission into institutional responses to child abuse.

He also directed Cullen to files he knew would contain no information. It was not until 2009 that teachers from Knox were charged with child sex abuse offences which dated back to the 1980s.

In reply to counsel advising the royal commission, David Lloyd, Paterson agreed he knew this would impede the investigation.

Priest on leave after allegedy downloading porn images of minors

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

CHRIS PALMER, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Bucks County priest was placed on administrative leave last month after it was discovered that a trove of pornographic images he had downloaded in 2005 included up to a dozen photos of minors, the Archdiocese said in a statement Tuesday.

The Rev. Louis J. Kolenkiewicz, 47, most recently of St. Bede the Venerable Parish, in Holland, had been disciplined in both 2005 and 2011 for downloading pornography, said Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin.

But recently, Gavin said, after learning that Kolenkiewicz had returned to active ministry, the Bucks County District Attorney's Office - which had investigated the previous cases but declined to press charges - told the Archdiocese that among the 12,000 images Kolenkiewicz downloaded in 2005, up to 12 may have depicted juveniles.

The Archdiocese had announced in February that Kolenkiewicz had been placed on leave but did not specify why.

New Accusations Surface Against Chester County Priest Charged With Explicit Exchanges With Minors

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS Philly

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Federal authorities say there is new evidence of additional crimes by a Chester County priest, already charged with engaging in sexually explicit communications with minors. Those crimes include trying to destroy evidence in that case and, more troubling, sexually abusing at least three children during his 30 years in the priesthood.

But a federal judge has ruled that Father Mark Haynes is not a danger to the community and has ordered him released on bail. Prosecutors are appealing that order.

Federal prosecutor Michelle Rotella says Haynes, most recently assigned to Ss. Simon and Jude parish, in West Chester, posed as a teenage girl and engaged in sexually explicit communications with more than two dozen minor girls.

In addition, Rotella has told the court, there is new evidence that Haynes lied and tried to destroy a laptop computer, which is now missing. More disturbing, since news of his arrest, she says, “There were people that came forward to say they had been sexually abused by him many, many years ago, for a period of years.”

MT--Victims blast Helena Catholic officials re bankruptcy

MONTANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

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

These more than 500 brave victims and their dedicated attorneys have done the very best with an awful situation brought on by the Catholic hierarchy’s immense clout, expensive lawyering and obsessive secrecy. We hope the new settlement brings them sorely-needed healing.

[KTVQ]

The real bankruptcy of Montana Catholic officials is moral, not legal or financial. Every last priest, nun, seminarian and parish employee in the Helena diocese should be ashamed that their bishop exploited and hid behind legal technicalities so the horrific cover ups of horrific crimes remain covered up and so that parents, parishioners, police, prosecutors and the public learn as little as possible about clerics who committed and concealed heinous crimes against children.

Catholic diocesan bankruptcies are always selfish, shrewd and secretive schemes designed to protect the reputations and careers of church bureaucrats.

Bishops claim they seek bankruptcy protect so that they can purportedly “treat every victim fairly.” That’s baloney. If Catholic officials wanted to do that, they long ago would have set up a national or international fund so that kids assaulted in any state or nation would get help, regardless of that jurisdiction’s statute of limitations or that diocese’s insurance coverage.

Bishops pretend to be “on their own” when it works for them and part of the global church when that works for them. Legally and morally, they try to have their cake and eat it too. And that’s incredibly disingenuous and hurtful.

Not a single one of the dozens or hundreds of complicit Catholic officials, who ignored or hid these thousands of crimes, will ever be exposed or face justice. That’s a tragedy. And that’s why the cover ups of clergy sex crimes continue to this day, because those who cover up escape consequences, win promotions and thus have no incentive to act more responsibly when they learn of or suspect a predator priest is hurting a child.

No amount of money can restore the shattered faith, violated trust and stolen childhoods of these 500+ survivors.

Pope Francis grants sweeping powers to Cardinal Pell’s Economy Secretariat

VATICAN CITY
The Tablet (UK)

03 March 2015 by James Roberts

Pope Francis on Tuesday issued a motu proprio that formally accords Australian Cardinal George Pell oversight of the Vatican’s financial activities, and sets up a new and powerful office of auditor-general.

Today’s decree consolidates the financial reforms Francis initiated a year ago when he established the Secretariat for the Economy under Cardinal Pell and the Council for the Economy under German Cardinal Reinhard Marx.

As head of the Secretariat for the Economy, Cardinal Pell has the power to issue executive decrees to all Vatican departments regarding their procedures, ensuring that their operations are carried out “efficiently” and “in compliance with the approved budgets”, the decree states.

The norms of the motu proprio state that Pell will oversee the creation of a centralised budget for the whole of the Vatican, showing income and expenditure for each curial office.

Suggestion garda accused of forgery could be ‘looked after’ denied

IRELAND
Irish Times

The supervisor of a garda accused of forging a letter from the Director of Public Prosecutions has denied he told her if she “admitted wrongdoing” she would be “looked after”.

Wicklow Det Garda Catherine McGowan (48), based at Bray Garda station, has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of forgery on January 15th, 2009, at Bray Garda station, and two counts of using a false instrument at Bray Garda station and at Harcourt Street Garda station between June 21st and 22nd, 2011.

The instrument is alleged to have been a letter from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), dated January 14th, 2009.

Insp Michael Moore was was asked to determine if the letter genuineDPP letter a bad-quality photocopy, forensic expert tells court

The investigation of Garda McGowan’s handling of the case was prompted by publication of the Murphy report, which investigated clerical sexual abuse in the Dublin area. The priest in Garda McGowan’s case was one of the clerics mentioned in the report.

Rules for Vatican finance offices include protection for whistleblowers

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Philly

BY CAROL GLATZ
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — New rules governing the guidance, oversight and control of Vatican financial and administrative activities include the power to levy sanctions and take “civil or criminal action” in cases of “damage to assets,” as well as providing protection for whistleblowers raising red flags about “anomalous activity.”

The provisions were detailed in separate statutes for the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and a “general auditor’s office,” which will be staffed by three lay experts.

The Vatican published the new statutes in Italian on its web site March 3; they went into effect March 1. Pope Francis approved the statutes “ad experimentum” (on a trial basis) for an unspecified period of time.

The establishment of the council and secretariat were announced in February 2014. Officials said it took a full year to develop the statutes because they had to be reviewed by the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts. A key issue reportedly was to ensure adequate checks and balances.

The statutes officially define the nature, role, responsibilities and organizational structure of each of the three bodies; outline channels of command and accountability; designate English and Italian as the new offices’ working languages; and emphasize the need to keep data and documents confidential.

NJ--Victims beg more victims of predator/exorcist to speak up

NEW JERSEY
The Jersey Journal

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Mark Crawford, SNAP Director for New Jersey ( 732-632-7687, mecrawf@comcast.net )

We’re grateful that an already-convicted North Bergen pastor/exorcist now faces new charges.

[The Jersey Journal]

Most child molesters are never charged. When they are, they’re usually charged with a fraction of their crimes. Because the horror they inflict is so severe, and so likely to be repeated, it’s crucial that predators are charged with as much wrongdoing as possible, even if they’re already convicted or imprisoned. The safest way to protect kids is to do everything legally possible to keep predators and kids apart for as long as possible.

We hope that every single person who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by Gregorio Martinez – of cover ups by his church colleagues or superiors – will come forward, get help, protect others, call police and expose those who commit and conceal these heinous crimes against children.

Pope Consolidates Overhaul of Centuries-Old Financial Structure

VATICAN CITY
Bloomberg

by Alessandro Speciale
March 3, 2015

(Bloomberg) -- Pope Francis consolidated his overhaul of the Vatican’s financial system by publishing the statutes of three new economic bodies created to help increase transparency and modernize the centuries-old institution.

The statues of the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and an independent Auditor General, all created in the past few years, were published on the Vatican website. Jointly, the bodies promote modern management principles and oversee Vatican offices that have operated independently in the past.

A more transparent and accountable handling of the Church’s affairs has been a key priority for the pope since his election in 2013. The first non-European pontiff in almost 1,300 years, who vowed to make the church “poor, and for the poor,” Francis is trying to restore the image of the Church’s finances following several scandals.

The Council for the Economy “follows international best practices in public administration, with the aim of an ethical and efficient financial and administrative management,” according to one of the three legal texts published on the Vatican website.

Pope approves legal framework for financial reform

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

BY PHILIP PULLELLA
VATICAN CITY Tue Mar 3, 2015

(Reuters) - Pope Francis approved detailed new plans to reform Vatican finances on Tuesday, giving the Australian cardinal leading the changes sweeping powers to monitor Vatican departments and ensure budgets conform to international accounting standards.

The statutes had been keenly awaited for signs of how much power would fall to Cardinal George Pell - an outsider Francis brought in to oversee often muddled finances and who, according to Italian media, is viewed skeptically by detractors in the Vatican bureaucracy who feel he has amassed too much power.

The changes were one of the clearest indications to date that Francis is committed to the mandate given him by cardinals who elected him in 2013 to clean up after a series of financial scandals.

The most important of three new norms is one that governs the Secretariat for the Economy, which Pell has headed since it was set up last year. The norms give Pell wide powers, including the monitoring of other Vatican departments, ensuring their budgets conform to international accounting standards and are reviewed by external auditors.

Former Knox head 'sorry' to Royal Commission into child abuse never enough

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 4, 2015

Peter FitzSimons
Columnist

Over his time as headmaster of Knox, Dr Ian Paterson's authority was as unimpeachable as his seeming integrity, a man whose piercing eyes were so powerful, so pervasive, he was known as "Snake". A glare from him could turn an errant boy, including this one, into a pillar of salt at a distance of 100 metres on a dark day.

Yesterday, when he appeared before the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse to give evidence as to his role in systemic abuse and its coverups at the school, all was different.

This time the piercing eyes belonged to former Knox students in the public gallery, victims of pedophilia, wanting an answer to how he, of all people, could have presided over it. And instead of glaring back upon us, this time his eyes looked stunned, bewildered, that it really could have come to this.

At least he started well, saying, "I am deeply and profoundly sorry."

But then when counsel assisting, David Lloyd, took him through the lowlights of his actions, we were all shown that a "sorry" was never going to be enough.

Voyeur Rabbi Double Parks His Neighbors Before Moving Out of House

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washingtonian

By Benjamin Freed

Barry Freundel, the former rabbi at Georgetown’s Kesher Israel synagogue who pleaded guilty last month to secretly taping nude women who were preparing to enter a ritual Jewish bath, is finally vacating the congregation-owned house he was supposed to leave months ago, but not before committing one more shonda: his moving van is double-parking his neighbors and blocking traffic.

The house, on O Street, Northwest, is owned by a family trust connected to Kesher Israel, which fired Freundel last year following his arrest on multiple voyeurism charges. His wife left the residence last fall, while Kesher gave Freundel until January 1 to get out. The rabbi stayed over the synagogue’s orders, and only after his February 17 hearing, when he admitted to 52 misdemeanor counts, did his lawyers say he would finally move out.

According to a neighbor who happened to be walking by, Freundel had reserved a parking spot for his movers last Friday, but wound up delaying his exit. And it appears Freundel did not even bother to clear his steps and sidewalk following Sunday’s ice storm. The movers arrived Tuesday morning to nearly an inch of ice. “They were like, ‘WTF?’” the neighbor says. Eventually, one of the movers grabbed a metal pole from the truck and started thwacking the ice away to clear a path.

On financial reform, Pope Francis doesn’t blink

VATICAN CITY
Crux

By John L. Allen Jr.
Associate editor March 3, 2015

By now, one thing ought to be abundantly clear about Pope Francis: Faced with attempts to hobble his reform efforts through character assassination of his reformers, this pope just doesn’t blink.

The latest case in point is Australian Cardinal George Pell, put in charge of leading an historic clean-up of Vatican finances one year ago. The hard-charging former Australian Rules Football brawler has more than his fair share of critics, but on Tuesday Pope Francis issued a set of statutes for his operation which, to some extent at least, amount to a vindication.

(The statutes were released Tuesday, but were signed by the pope on Feb. 22 and actually took effect March 1.)

Early reaction to the decision has been mixed, with some Italian commentators seeing it as a defeat for Pell’s ambition to create a “super-dicastery,” meaning a Vatican department with virtually unlimited powers over both administration and vigilance of all Vatican assets.

North Bergen pastor/exorcist convicted of molesting boy now facing new sex charges

NEW JERSEY
The Jersey Journal

By Michaelangelo Conte | The Jersey Journal
on March 03, 2015 a

New sex crime charges have been filed against the North Bergen pastor/exorcist convicted last week of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 2012.

Gregorio Martinez, 47, was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual contact, child abuse and endangering the welfare of the child for kissing the boy on the lips and groping his genitals.

Last week Hudson County Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Debbie Simon said the new complaint against Martinez was signed Feb. 13 and charges him with one count of criminal sexual contact and two counts of attempted sexual assault in connection with two separate incidents.

The new charges involve an adult male victim, with the first alleged attempted sexual assault occurring in October 2013, said Simon, who heads the prosecutor's office's Special Victims Unit. She said Martinez remains free on a $250,000 cash or bond bail.

Attempted sexual assault is a second degree crime carrying a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison. Criminal sexual contact is a third degree crime carrying a possible three to five years sentence upon conviction.

Pope’s Big Chance: Replace Cardinal Pell With A Woman Executive

UNITED STATES
Christian Catholicism

Jerry Slevin

Pope Francis has a golden opportunity. Pope Francis made a huge mistake in betting on Cardinal Pell — a failed moral leader in Australia, seemingly with an insatiable ego and an incurable inability to be a team player. He has demonstrated his incompetence both in financial and moral matters.

Francis needs to replace him promptly — with a top female financial executive. This would show that Francis will do more than “trash talk” about his ineffective Vatican bureaucracy — he will act decisively as well. It will also show he is serious about women’s roles at least in the Catholic Church’s upper management. It is not necessary to be “ontologically changed” to read a financial statement correctly — something Pell seems unable to do, intellectually or ontologically!

For more on Pell’s “mortal sins”, please see below and also “Can the Pope trust Cardinal Pell?” here,

[Global Pulse]

and “Rules Are for Schmucks: How to Succeed in Rome” here,

[The Humanist]

If Francis is not up to taking this bold step, he should at least replace Pell with Australian Bishop William Morris, who moved resolutely against a Catholic schoolteacher that serially abused students and against the school administrators that failed to discipline him. Bishop Morris put the interests of students and their parents first. He sacked the incompetent staff and he set about putting in place procedures to put right the errors that had been made.

Result: Ex-Pope Benedict XVI , with help likely from Cardinal Bertone and surely from from his ambitious henchman, Philly’s culture warrior, Archbishop Chaput, removed Morris as a bishop in May 2011, allegedly because of doctrinal and governance problems in the diocese.

Statutes of new Vatican economy watchdogs enter into force

VATICAN CITY
Gazetta del Sud

Rome, March 3 - The statutes of the Council and Secretariat for the Economy, two bodies established by Pope Francis in February 2014 to oversee Vatican finances, came into force on March 1, the Holy See said Tuesday. The two documents are published on the Vatican website, along with the statute of the Office of the Auditor General, which also entered into force on the same day. The 15-member Council for the Economy is mandated to offer "guidance on economic management and [supervise] the structures and the administrative and financial activities of the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, of the Institutions connected to the Holy See, and of Vatican City State" according to the motu proprio document that established it.

Pope backs embattled financial reformer with new statute

VATICAN CITY
Crux

By Inés San Martín
Vatican correspondent March 3, 2015

ROME — Pope Francis decided the future of his financial reform on Tuesday, issuing a new legal framework for three key oversight bodies that largely confirm the authority of the man he put in charge of his clean-up operation, controversial Australian Cardinal George Pell.

The decision came in the form of a new legal framework approved by the pontiff for the Vatican’s three financial oversight bodies that he created in 2014: The Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and an independent auditor general.

Despite mounting calls from some quarters of the Vatican to rein in Pell, such measures are largely missing from the new statutes, which were signed by Pope Francis on Feb. 22 and became effective March 1.

The only major concession is that while the Secretariat for the Economy has been confirmed as responsible for procurement and personnel, it will not administer Vatican real estate. That function, which had been assigned to Pell’s department last year, will be returned to another Vatican department.

Francis backs Pell’s reforms...

UNITED KINGDOM
The Spectator

Damian Thompson

Phew! I was worried that the smear campaign against Cardinal George Pell mounted by the pigs at the Vatican trough would persuade Pope Francis to water down Pell’s plan to impose proper accounting procedures on the Curia. But today Francis published the legal framework for the reform and – well, I can’t improve on the reporting of the Vatican correspondent of Crux website, Inés San Martín:

Pope Francis decided the future of his financial reform on Tuesday, issuing a new legal framework for three key oversight bodies that largely confirm the authority of the man he put in charge of his clean-up operation, controversial Australian Cardinal George Pell.

The decision came in the form of a new legal framework approved by the pontiff for the Vatican’s three financial oversight bodies that he created in 2014: The Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy, and an independent auditor general.

Can the Pope trust Cardinal Pell?

VATICAN CITY
Global Pulse

Robert Mickens, Rome
February 27, 2015

Vatican City

The first stems from when he was Archbishop of Sydney where, as an Australian commission recently concluded, he bullied victims of clergy sex abuse. It was part of an unambiguous strategy to deter them and others from suing the Church.

The second is connected to his current Vatican position as prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy where directors of the pension fund for papal employees “corrected” him for making erroneous claims about the solvency of their operation. It was a part of his increasingly blatant efforts to tighten his control over all financial matters at the Vatican.

For many people in Australia and in Rome these incidents have re-surfaced lingering questions about Cardinal Pell’s commitment to genuine transparency, accountability and credibility, foundational values that are becoming ever more scrutinized in the unfolding pontificate of Pope Francis.

The two controversies have also sounded new alarm bells in the ears of the Pope’s closest allies who are already well aware that, except in the area of financial management, the Australian cardinal is not an enthusiastic supporter of the change of tone and direction that Francis has tried to bring to the Vatican and the worldwide Church.

MI--Victims back new child safety proposal

MICHIGAN
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Tuesday, March 3

Statement by Bill McAlary of Grand Rapids, Michigan Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( 616-514-0654, bllmack1@gmail.com )

A new bill has been introduced into the Michigan legislature that will protect more kids from child molesters by reforming the state’s archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statute of limitations. We wholeheartedly endorse this long-overdue measure that will make families safer from predators.

We applaud Rep. Holly Hughes in Muskegon for her concern for kids, victims and crime prevention. We hope every Michigan lawmaker backs House Bill 4231 so that more adults who commit or conceal heinous crimes against kids will be exposed, punished and stopped.

The vast majority of child sex offenders go undetected. That’s one reason why one in four girls and one in eight boys are molested.

One reason for such widespread trauma is because short, rigid statutes of limitations prevent victims from using the courts to publicly expose those who commit child sex crimes and deter those who conceal child sex crimes. These legal deadlines reward wrongdoers who successfully intimidate victims, threaten witnesses, discredit whistleblowers, destroy evidence, fabricate alibis and sometimes even flee overseas.

When lawmakers extend or eliminate these deadlines, criminals know they can no longer just “run out the clock” and evade justice.

Adults can either make it harder or easier to catch child molesters. This law would make it easier. We beg Michigan lawmakers to vote for kids and against predators by passing this legislation.

Child abuse: Theresa May vows to end 'culture of inaction and denial'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Tuesday 3 March 2015

A new single national point of contact for whistleblowers trying to expose child abuse, and to spot patterns of failure across the country, is to be set up in the wake of the Rotherham scandal, the home secretary has announced.

The measure, along with a specialist national taskforce to help local authorities struggling to tackle this issue, is part of the package to be announced at the Downing Street summit on child sexual abuse.

Theresa May said it was clear that the huge scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham was only the tip of the iceberg and that a national response was required to the series of failures exposed by the inquiries conducted by both Prof Alexis Jay and Louise Casey.

“We need to address the culture of inaction and denial that led to victims being dismissed and ignored,” said the home secretary, as she published the official report responding to the Rotherham scandal.

The Pope approves the statutes of the new economic entities

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Vatican City, 3 March 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has approved the statutes of the new economic entities of the Holy See: the Council for the Economy, the Secretariat for the Economy and the General Auditor's Office. The three statutes, signed 22 February 2015, feast of the Chair of St. Peter, were approved “ad experimentum” and entered into force on 1 March 2015, prior to their publication in the Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

The statutes may be consulted on the Vatican website: www.vatican.va

Francis picks McElroy, known for mercy emphasis, to lead San Diego diocese

VATICAN CITY
National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Mar. 3, 2015

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed an auxiliary bishop known for his focus on addressing poverty and stressing the role of mercy in church teaching as the new bishop of San Diego.

Robert McElroy, a San Francisco native who had served as a prelate in his hometown since 2010, is expected to be installed in his new role soon. He succeeds late San Diego Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died last year from cancer after less than a year as head of the diocese.

A prelate who has garnered attention both for his writings and his pastoral approach, McElroy in January said Francis is moving the church away from an ecclesiastical vision of "smaller but purer" to a church that embraces the wounded and frail.

Speaking in a presentation to Dominican women religious in San Rafael, Calif., the new bishop said the church has in the past focused too much on telling people how to live rightly instead of welcoming them and supporting them in their struggles.

Pope taps Cordileone’s auxiliary to head San Diego diocese

VATICAN CITY
Headlines from the Catholic World

Rome, Italy, Mar 3, 2015 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced Tuesday that Pope Francis has appointed San Francisco’s native auxiliary bishop, Robert W. McElroy, as the new head of the archdiocese of San Diego.

McElroy will succeed Bishop Cirilo Flores, who passed away from cancer in September just one year after assuming the position.

Born in San Francisco in 1954, Bishop McElroy, 61, grew up in San Mateo County and resided with his family in Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Daly City and Our Lady of Angels Parish in Burlingame.

After receiving a master’s of divinity degree from St. Patrick’s Seminary and University in 1979, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop John R. Quinn in St. Mary’s Cathedral April 12, 1980.

Nomina del Vescovo di San Diego (U.S.A.)

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
Bolletino

Il Santo Padre Francesco ha nominato Vescovo di San Diego (U.S.A.) S.E. Mons. Robert W. McElroy, finora Vescovo titolare di Gemelle di Bizacena ed Ausiliare di San Francisco.

S.E. Mons. Robert Walter McElroy

S.E. Mons. Robert Walter McElroy è nato a San Francisco, California, nell’arcidiocesi omonima, il 5 febbraio 1954. Dopo aver frequentato il Saint Joseph Minor Seminary, ha ottenuto il Baccalaureato in Storia presso la Harvard University a Cambridge, Massachusetts (1975) e il Masters in Storia presso la Stanford University a Palo Alto, California (1976).

Große Unzufriedenheit im Bistum Münster

DEUTSCHLAND
Kirchen Site

[The Munster diocese commissioned a study to find out why people are leaving the church.]

Bistum. Deutlicher konnten die Worte von Bischof Felix Genn kaum sein: "Die Entwicklungen schmerzen mich, und sie müssen uns alle alarmieren." Oder: "Wenn mich diese Entwicklungen kalt ließen, würde ich meine Aufgabe als Bischof nicht verantwortlich genug wahrnehmen." Oder: "Wir befinden uns in einer Abwärtsbewegung."

Nach einem explosionsartigen Anstieg der Kirchenaustrittszahlen 2013 – um 78 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr auf 10.112 – hatte das Bistum Münster im Juli 2014 eine Studie in Auftrag gegeben, um verlässlichere Informationen über die Ursachen zu erhalten. Die Marketing-Experten Professor Dr. Heribert Meffert aus Münster und Professor Dr. Peter Kenning befragten mit ihren Teams dazu 1.000 Katholikinnen und Katholiken im Bistum Münster repräsentativ.

Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen Ex-Priester aus Dillingen

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbruecker Zeitung

[A former priest of the Trier diocese has joined the monastic community at Admont and is under investigation for sexual abuse.]

Von Dietmar Klostermann, 03.03.2015

Gegen einen ehemaligen Priester aus dem Bistum Trier, der 2009 ins Benediktinerkloster Admont/Österreich gewechselt ist, laufen Ermittlungen wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs an zwei Jungen. Wie der Sprecher der Staatsanwaltschaft Leoben/Steiermark Walter Plöbst der SZ sagte, werden die beiden jungen Männer, die zum mutmaßlichen Tatzeitpunkt mindestens 16 Jahre alt gewesen seien, derzeit vernommen. Dem Pater würden „geschlechtliche Handlungen mit über 16-Jährigen“ zur Last gelegt, sagte Plöbst. So wie es aussehe, liege kein Missbrauch eines Autoritätsverhältnisses vor. Der Pater sei ein Freund der betroffenen Familie gewesen. „In dieser Situation ist es passiert“, erklärte der Staatsanwalt. Der Benediktiner habe dabei weder als Seelsorger noch als Autoritätsperson gehandelt. Plöbst rechnet mit einem Abschluss der Ermittlungen in den nächsten vier bis sechs Wochen. Die Mutter der Jungen hatte den Mönch angezeigt.

Alleingelassene Priester

VEREINIGTE STAATEN
Gloria TV

[video]

USA. Die Bischöfe der USA und ihre Rechtsschutz-Versicherungen lassen Priester, die des sexuellen Missbrauchs beschuldigt werden, völlig alleine, auch wenn sie nachweislich unschuldig sind. Das schreiben David Shaneyfelt und Joseph Maher in der “Homiletic and Pastoral Review”.

Ewiges Stigma?

DEUTSCHLAND
News Locker

Katholisch

[The trauma in the house is still noticeable, says Father Tobias Zimmermann. The rector of Berlin's Canisius College knows that the renowned Jesuit High School has the stigma of the past sexual abuse. But the school has prepared a comprehensive approach to prevention, to prevent such cases.]

Das Trauma ist im Haus noch spürbar", sagt Pater Tobias Zimmermann. Der Rektor des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs weiß, dass das renommierte Jesuitengymnasium auch mit dem Stigma "Missbrauch" leben muss. Es hat ein umfassendes Präventionskonzept erarbeitet, um solche Fälle zu verhindern.

Zimmermanns Vorgänger Klaus Mertes hatte die sexuellen Übergriffe mehrerer Patres, die bis in die 80er Jahre geschahen, vor fünf Jahren öffentlich eingeräumt. Damit löste er eine Welle weiterer Enthüllungen in kirchlichen Einrichtungen, aber auch an der reformorientierten "Odenwaldschule" und anderen Einrichtungen aus. Sexueller Missbrauch ist seither ein Dauerthema in Politik und Gesellschaft.

Im Alltag der rund 800 Kinder und Jugendlichen am Canisius-Kolleg ist das allerdings nicht so. "Da war doch so ein Medien-Hype", erinnert sich eine 16-jährige Schülerin eher belustigt. Fünf Jahre sind lange her für einen Teenager, der sich mit Notenstress und Beziehungsknatsch herumschlägt. Für die Canisius-Pädagogen hat die Zeit dagegen nicht gereicht, um einen Verhaltenskodex für haupt- und ehrenamtliche Mitarbeiter zu beschließen.

House passes bill eliminating statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases

UTAH
KSL

Marjorie Cortex

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah House of Representatives unanimously passed HB277 Monday, which would eliminate the statute of limitations for lawsuits against perpetrators of child sexual abuse.

The bill, as amended by the House, applies only to perpetrators of child sex abuse as individuals.

Deondra Brown, co-founder of the nonprofit Foundation for Survivors of Abuse, was among a handful of supporters who sat with lawmakers as members of the House debated and voted on the bill. Other backers filled part of the House gallery.

The bill passed 74-0.

"It was so exciting for any of us who are victims to be able to see such support," Brown said. "Today's passage is another victory for victims across the state of Utah, so it's an exciting day."

Judge set to approve settlements in Montana church abuse cases

MONTANA
KTVQ

By Dennis Bragg - MTN News

COEUR D'ALENE -
A federal bankruptcy judge could resolve a pair of multimillion dollar cases this week that would settle legal claims over decades old sex abuse cases involving church-run schools in Montana.

The settlement agreements are aimed at resolving the suits filed on behalf of victims against the Catholic Diocese of Helena and the Ursuline Nuns of the Western Province, based out of California.

The suit filed against the Diocese involves 362 victims, with another 232 victims named in the suit against the nuns. The victims claim the abuse happened while they were attending Catholic-operated schools in St. Ignatius and other Western Montana communities.

The Diocese settlement is valued at $15 million, while the settlement total with the Uruline Nuns amounts to $4.45 million.

Broken Rites supported these orphanage victims but a bishop opposed them

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher (article updated 3 March 2015)

When Broken Rites launched its national telephone hotline in September 1993, our first callers included former inmates of a Catholic orphanage (St Joseph's Home, at Neerkol, near Rockhampton, Queensland). Some of these callers said they were sexually assaulted by Father Reg Durham, who was the "chaplain" at this orphanage from 1965 to 1997. We referred these callers to an appropriate unit of the Queensland Police, and this resulted in Father Reg Durham being jailed in 1999 for child sex crimes. In 2015, Australia's national child-abuse Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Rockhampton into child-abuse at this orphanage.

Meanwhile, as well as referring these victims to the police, Broken Rites also advised the victims about other ways of obtaining justice. As a result, the matter was raised in the Queensland Parliament in September 1996. Parliament was told about the physical and emotional abuse committed by nuns and sexual abuse committed by priests at the Neerkol orphanage from the 1940s to the 1970s. Rockhampton's Bishop Brian Heenan immediately circulated a letter in his parishes, refuting the allegations of abuse as "scurrilous" and "scandalous".

The allegations against Durham were investigated by Rockhampton detectives. In February 1997, Father Reginald Basil Durham was charged with counts of rape and 41 of indecent dealing, involving two girls and a boy, between 1960 and 1967. When Durham's first committal hearing began in June 1997, some unpleasant secrets surfaced about sexual and physical abuse at Neerkol. One man, who was aged 59 in 1997, said that children who ran away from the orphanage were captured, stripped naked and flogged in front of the entire assembly.

George Pell: Pope's decree will cement or unhinge Australian cardinal's rising star

VATICAN CITY
Sydney Morning Herald

March 3, 2015

Paola Totaro

London: When Pope Francis gives the stamp of approval for his much anticipated reforms of the Vatican's finances, it will also dramatically reshape the roll call of power behind the tiny city's ancient walls.

Expected any day, the Pope's decree will change the way the Vatican does business - and cement or unhinge the ascendant star of his "czar finanziario", former Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell.

The restructure of the Holy See's financial activities began last April when the Pope anointed 73-year-old Pell to head a powerful new ministry known as the Secretariat for Economy and charged him with improving financial transparency and accountability in the historically shadowy Roman Curia.

During the past fortnight however, mounting internal tensions over the shape of his proposed reforms have erupted into the public domain with the publication of two devastating exposes in Italian current affairs magazine L'Espresso.

The first, titled "Peccati Cardinali" ("Cardinal Sins") outlined in forensic detail his attempt to seize and centralise control of Vatican investments and the multimillion-dollar asset and property portfolio, including hospitals, into his bailiwick.

Fellow cardinals were reported to have mounted a "counter-attack to the Australian's blitz", seeking an audience with Pope Francis who blocked the transfer of property to Pell's secretariat.

New statutes for economic reform are in effect at the Vatican

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican City, Mar 2, 2015 / 09:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Statutes of the Vatican Council for Economy, Secretariat for the Economy, and General Auditor went into effect March 1, having been signed Feb. 22 by Msgr. Bryan Wells, assessor of the Secretariat of State.

The text of the statutes have not been released by the Holy See Press Office, but can be seen in the Vatican's Courtyard of San Damaso, where they are displayed.

The statutes of the Secretariat for the Economy stressed over which Vatican bodies the Secretariat exercises its functions of financial control and oversight, and clarified its relations with the Council of the Economy.

The statutes of the Council for the Economy clarify functions and competences of the Council. Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, one of the members of the Council for the Economy, told CNA Feb. 13, “the Council for the Economy will be mostly entrusted with providing financial policies that the Secretariat for Economy will then foster.”

Knox gave sex abuse teacher top reference

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

Former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson gave a glowing reference to a religious teacher with prior child-sex convictions who resigned after being seen masturbating outside another school.

Dr Paterson, headmaster at the prestigious Sydney boys school from 1969 to 1998, has told a royal commission hearing that the reference he gave religious teacher Chris Fotis was 'grossly inappropriate'.

Fotis, a Knox old boy, had been hired without any reference check.

He left the school in 1989 and at that stage Dr Paterson was aware of a string of complaints against him.

One was that he was suspected of donning a balaclava, hiding under a dormitory bed and groping a 14-year-old boy.

Former principal of elite Sydney school says his failure to report a pedophile teacher was a ‘silly mistake’

AUSTRALIA
9 News

Former Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson has been grilled over his handling of a former teacher who watched hard-core pornography with male students.

Dr Paterson appeared at a hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse today, telling the commission he should have known about the abuse of boys in his care over a 30 year period between the 1970s and 1990s.

The commission heard evidence that former teacher Craig Treloar exposed students to images of bestiality and pedophilia, and was accused of asking boys to perform sexual acts of him, Fairfax Media reports.

Dr Paterson said he made a "silly mistake" when he failed to ask Treloar what type of material he showed, how many boys were involved, whether he had propositioned the boys or if it had happened before.

Knox Grammar: Former principal Ian Paterson 'didn't think' to alert police to alleged indecent assault

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Nicole Chettle

A former headmaster of Sydney's Knox Grammar School, Ian Paterson, "didn't think" to alert police when a man wearing a balaclava allegedly indecently assaulted a student in his bed in 1988, an inquiry has heard.

At Sydney hearings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, Dr Paterson rejected counsel assisting David Lloyd's description of the incident as "very grave" and said he would reserve that term for rape.

Dr Paterson said he suspected former teacher Christopher Fotis was behind the attack on the sleeping student but had no proof.

An arrest warrant is outstanding for Mr Fotis for failing to appear at the commission.

Paedophile teacher's actions just a 'silly mistake': former Knox headmaster tells royal commission

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

March 3, 2015

Rachel Browne and Melanie Kembrey

The former headmaster of Knox Grammar School Dr Ian Paterson dismissed a claim that former teacher Craig Treloar watched pornography with a student as just a "silly mistake", a royal commission has heard.

He also told one boy who reported abuse at the hands of teacher Damien Vance to "go away and think about what he'd said."

Another former student who was threatening the school with legal action over claims he had been molested by music teacher Barrie Stewart was ignored, the commission heard.

The long-serving former headmaster took the stand for the first time at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and spent most of the day giving evidence, following a heart felt apology to victims.

In evidence, he said he did not realise that it was a crime for a teacher to grope and sexually proposition a student nor was he aware of his legal obligation to report abuse.

Knox head defends not sacking teachers

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

After an abject apology to Knox Grammar sexual abuse victims, the former headmaster of the elite Sydney boys school has defended his decision not to report the assaults to authorities.

Ian Paterson, head of the Wahroonga based school from 1969 to 1998 faced intense questioning on Tuesday at a royal commission hearing into the school, where five former teachers have been convicted of indecent assault on boys and three others stand accused.

The crimes all happened during Dr Paterson's tenure and they were never reported to police.

'I am deeply and profoundly sorry,' Dr Paterson told the child abuse inquiry in Sydney.

'I should have known and I should have stopped the events that led to the abuse and its tragic consequences for these boys in my care and their families.'

'His nickname at school was the Snake' ,,,

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

'His nickname at school was the Snake': Former students of Knox Grammar reveal what they thought of headmaster Ian Paterson… who famous old boy Peter FitzSimons said acted like 'the King'

By DANIEL PIOTROWSKI FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

He ruled the prestigious Sydney school Knox Grammar with an iron fist and students nicknamed him The Snake because of it.

But a former Knox pupil told Daily Mail Australia one-time headmaster Dr Ian Paterson lived up to that reputation by 'slithering away' while providing evidence at the Royal Commission into Child Sex Abuse on Tuesday.

Dr Paterson, the school's headmaster from 1969 to 1998, began the proceedings by reading out a statement apologising to students for what had occurred, accepting responsibility for 'all that occurs during my headmastership'.

Further remarks provoked a loud groan from former students, relatives and support personnel watching on when he described an alleged sexual assault victim as a 'drama boy who liked to exaggerate stories' .

Royal commission: former Knox headmaster Ian Paterson's testimony ...

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

[with video]

Royal commission: former Knox headmaster Ian Paterson's testimony raises more questions than answers

After six days of damning claims that Dr Ian Paterson actively covered up evidence of child sexual abuse during his time as headmaster of Knox Grammar School, the time had come for him to explain the inexplicable.

Why did he fail to inform the police when he learned that teachers at his school were, at best, behaving inappropriately with students? Why did he allow one teacher, Craig Treloar, to continue working at the school after being caught watching hard core pornography with students? Why did he allow suspect teachers to "resign" with glowing references which allowed them to go on to work at other schools?

These are questions the 81-year-old former headmaster grappled with in the stand before a hearing room packed with old boys, their families and supporters at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

As is the case with many who give evidence at this royal commission, Dr Paterson issued a sincere apology before undergoing questioning by counsel assisting David Lloyd.

"As headmaster I am responsible for all that occurs during my headmastership," he began.

"There were matters that I knew about and other matters that I did not. However, without doubt I should have known and I should have stopped the events which led to the abuse and its tragic consequences for those boys in my care and their families."

Sydney school head apologises ...

AUSTRALIA
Telegraph (UK)

Sydney school head apologises for 'abject failure' over decades of sexual abuse

By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney 03 Mar 2015

A headmaster of one of Australia’s most exclusive boys’ schools has admitted he should have known about decades of sexual abuse that occurred under his watch, describing his failure to report an accused paedophile teacher as a “silly mistake”.

Following a week of graphic testimony about a culture of paedophilia and cover-ups involving at least eight teachers at Knox Grammar in Sydney, Dr Ian Paterson, the headmaster from 1969 to the 1998, finally took the stand at a royal commission into sexual abuse of children.

He proceeded to shock the public gallery when he said he did not immediately take a student’s claims of sexual abuse seriously because the fifteen-year-old was a “drama boy... who could build up situations”.

Asked about the student’s claim that he was molested, Mr Paterson said: “I was not aware that it was a crime.”

The shocking revelations about Knox have dominated headlines for days and prompted parents of current students to tie ribbons to the school’s wrought iron gates this week as a tribute to the numerous victims.

Pastor held over ‘satanic sex abuse’

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

March 3 2015

By Shain Germaner

Johannesburg - A suspected satanic ritual at a Boksburg church is at the centre of a case in which a 9-year-old boy was allegedly raped and molested by his grandparents, uncle and pastor.

The case was originally not pursued in 2013, when the boy was younger.

However, the SAPS’s Occult-Related Crime Unit was later brought in to investigate, culminating in the arrest of all four alleged abusers last month.

On Monday, the two grandparents, a 29-year-old uncle and a 54-year-old pastor appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court for a formal bail application.

During proceedings, the investigating officer described the boy’s terrifying ordeal.

Lieutenant-Colonel Hendrik de Jager said interviews with the child had revealed that over a period – possibly of several years – the group had allegedly raped and molested the boy multiple times.

Minn. cult leader Victor Barnard hid out in Brazil

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune Updated: March 2, 2015

Barnard to return to Minnesota on sex-crime charges. Woman was arrested, released.

A Minnesota cult leader accused of raping girls and young women was found hiding out in Brazil with a woman who had been a member of his congregation since she was in her teens.

Victor Arden Barnard, one of the most-wanted fugitives in the country, was arrested over the weekend, along with a woman whom Brazilian media identified as 33-year-old Maria Cristina Cajazeiras Liberato, a Brazilian-born member of his River Road Fellowship.

U.S. and Brazilian law enforcement agencies are working to return Barnard to Minnesota, where he faces 59 counts of sexual assault on young women in the secretive religious community he founded in Pine County. He stands accused of separating young girls from their families and sexually exploiting them for years on end, while assuring them that the abuse was God’s will.

Barnard was arrested Friday in the beach resort community of Pipa. According to local news reports, Liberato had spent months or years shuttling Barnard between hideouts in the northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Local Woman Speaks On Pastor Accused Of Sexual Abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Fox Philly

Offered-up to a cult leader by her own parents when she was just a child a local woman who escaped that nightmare is talking to FOX 29. The Camden County woman is also ready to talk in court against the very man who she says raped her and many others.

As FOX 29's Jeff Cole reports that self-proclaimed pastor was on the U.S. Marshals Most Wanted List and they tracked him to a beach in Brazil just days ago. Victor Barnard sits in a jail in Brazil awaiting his return to the United States. When he hits U.S. soil, he'll face dozen of counts of child molestation.

"I started to cry immediately. I felt like I was going to faint," Lindsay Tornambe said.

The news nearly floored 28-year-old Lindsay Tornambe. Living in Harleysville, Pa. as a young girl, she moved to Minnesota with her parents to become followers of Barnard's church--River Road Fellowship. She says the 53-year-old cult leader convinced her parents and others to give their first-born females to the church.

A pastor and the family of 9-year-old boy are in court over satanic sex abuse and molestation

SOUTH AFRICA
Destiny

The arrest of four people, including a pastor, for rape and molestation of a nine-year-old boy in an apparent satanic ritual has rocked a Boksburg community

The grandparents of a nine-year-old boy, his uncle, and a pastor are expected to again appear in court on Tuesday for a suspected satanic ritual that led to the boy’s alleged rape and molestation, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The two grandparents, the 29-year-old uncle, and the 54-year-old pastor appeared in the Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Monday for a formal bail application.

During the proceedings Investigating Officer Hendrik de Jager described the boy’s ordeal and said interviews revealed that over a period, possibly several years, the child was allegedly raped and molested multiple times by the group.

On one occasion the uncle and grandparents allegedly took the child to their place of worship, the Full Gospel Church of God in Witfield, Boksburg, where the pastor was based.

Pastor accused of satanic sex abuse

SOUTH AFRICA
iAfrica

Article By: Megan Ellis
Tue, 03 Mar 2015

A Boksburg pastor appeared in the Germiston Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly taking part in the rape and molestation of a nine-year-old boy during a satanic ritual.

The pastor is accused of taking part in the rape along with the boy's grandparents and uncle.

The case was initially not pursued in 2013, but the SAPS Occult-Related Crime Unit was brought in to investigate and the four were arrested last month.

The rape and molestation of the boy had allegedly taken place multiple times, possibly over a number of years.

A satanic ritual allegedly took place at the Gospel Church of God in Witfield, where they four adults are said to have dressed in masks and red robes, praying in strange tongues while standing in a circle, The Star reported.

Former Glace Bay pastor facing jail time

CANADA
Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — A former Glace Bay pastor will learn his sentence later this month after a Supreme Court justice reserved decision on Monday.

Harrington gets redemption on 17, and 1st PGA Tour win in 6 years at Honda

After hearing sentencing arguments from prosecutor Christa MacKinnon and defence lawyer Nash Brogan, Justice Robin Gogan adjourned sentencing until March 12.

Robert Stewart Lawther, 62, of Reserve Street, was convicted in December on a single count of sexual interference involving a girl under the age of 15. A Supreme Court jury returned a not guilty verdict on two other similar counts involving two other female complainants.

MacKinnon has recommended a two-year jail sentence followed by a one-year period of probation. She is also seeking a DNA order, an order to register as a sex offender for 20 years and an order to prohibit Lawther from visiting places where children are likely to gather, including pools, parks and playgrounds.

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

NEW JERSEY
NJ.com

By Warren Reporter
on March 02, 2015

Talking with children about personal safety and prevention of abuse is not always easy, but it is absolutely necessary.

Professionals in the field of Child Abuse Prevention agree that children, who have discussed with adults what they could do in potentially dangerous situations, are safer than children who have never been given any prevention strategies.

"For most parents and many teachers, talking with a child about potentially abusive situations is a difficult proposition," said Carole Ciurczak, coordinator of the Warren County Child Assault Prevention project at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen.

"Unfortunately, the increased violence in schools, on the internet, and in society in general also increases the need for children to learn how to deal with a variety of situations about which a generation prior may not have had to worry. The good news is that there are ways to talk to children that will not increase their fear but actually will help them feel safer and more confident. CAP's motto is, "All children deserve to be safe, strong and free" and parents can teach this to their children."

Sexual Abuse: Nun Plans to Launch Hunger Strike

INDIA
New Indian Express

KOCHI:The nun who was expelled from her congregation after she reportedly resisted sexual abuse by a priest and registered complaint against him is planning to intensify her agitation. Sr Anita, who has found shelter in the Janseva Sisubhavan, Aluva, is all set to launch an indefinite hunger strike in front of the Sisters of St Agata Convent at Thottakkattukara.

Sr Anita, a native of Kannur district, became a nun at the Sisters of St Agata on January 15, 2007. She was entrusted with the job of teacher at the Providence Convent HS, Pachore, Madhya Pradesh. According to her, the congregation authorities turned hostile towards her after she complained about an alleged attempt of sexual harassment by a priest in 2011.

She was transferred to the Mother House, Italy, in May 2012. She allegedly faced physical and mental harassment in Italy also.

“There were days when they refused to give me food. After a series of torture, I was thrown out of the convent on February 19. When I sought shelter in another convent, with the help of another nun, the congregation authorities bought air ticket to Kochi and asked me to leave Italy. When I reached the convent at Thottakkattukara, I was denied entry. My luggage was thrown out and I was asked to leave the convent . “It was the local people who took me to the Janaseva Sisubhavan,’’ Sr Anita said.

March 2, 2015

Australian Jewish News denies sacking abuse whistleblower Adam Kamien

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Amanda Meade
Monday 2 March 2015

The Australian Jewish News has denied sacking a senior journalist who helped the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse by supplying a damaging text message from a senior rabbi.

Adam Kamien was made redundant after nine years on the paper – including a stint as acting editor – after a text message he passed on to the commission resulted in the resignation of Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant.

Kluwgant, the president of the Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia, stepped down last month after the commission heard that he had called the father of three sons who were sexually abused a “lunatic” in a text message.

The text message, sent to the editor of the Australian Jewish News, Zeddy Lawrence, read: “Zephaniah is killing us. He is a lunatic on the fringe, guilty of neglect of his own children. Where was he when all this was happening?” ...

Last week the paper told staff Kamien had been made redundant after a restructure.

Contacted by Guardian Australia, Kamien declined to comment as he had signed a confidentiality agreement.

But Zephaniah’s son Manny, the only Jewish victim of child abuse to be named at the commission, believes Kamien was sacked for leaking the text message.

“I am very disappointed with the AJN’s decision,” Waks told Guardian Australia from Paris where he is living. “I understand their dilemma as a media outlet in terms of protecting their sources but in the context of the royal commission, it was a moral imperative for them to do the right thing.

Royal commission into sex abuse...

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Royal commission into sex abuse: Knox Grammar headmaster Ian Paterson 'did not realise groping was a crime'

March 3, 2015

Rachel Browne
Social Affairs Reporter

The former headmaster of Knox Grammar School Ian Paterson did not realise that it was a crime for a teacher to grope and sexually proposition a student, a royal commission has heard.

Dr Paterson, who ran the school for almost three decades, also admitted he did not regularly conduct background checks on teachers employed at the elite boys school, nor was he aware of child protection laws introduced in the 1980s.

Appearing before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Dr Paterson admitted he was an "abject failure".

Under cross examination by counsel assisting David Lloyd, Dr Paterson also admitted he provided glowing references to teachers whom he knew or suspected had inappropriate dealings with students.

Dr Paterson told the commission that a student complained to him in 1989 that teacher Damien Vance had groped him and propositioned him while they were smoking under the Knox chapel.

Former Knox Grammar head: pupil who reported sex abuse was a 'drama boy'

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

Bridie Jabour
@bkjabour
Monday 2 March 2015

A former Knox Grammar school headmaster did not believe a student who complained a teacher inappropriately touched him because he was a “drama boy”, an inquiry has heard.

Ian Paterson, who was headmaster at the prestigious Sydney school for more than three decades at a time when there were multiple allegations of child sex abuse, took the stand at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Tuesday.

He began his evidence with a statement apologising to the victims of child sex abuse at the school but when questioned by counsel assisting the commission, David Lloyd, he said he did not know about the sex abuse at the time and was aware of only one complaint.

The inquiry heard that a student came to Paterson in the late 1980s to complain a teacher, Damian Vance, had touched him inappropriately and asked him to engage in mutual masturbation. Paterson told the boy to go to the library and “think about what he was alleging”, he told the inquiry.

“He was a drama boy,” Paterson said as explanation for why he did not immediately believe the boy.

Paterson said he eventually believed him and counselled Vance but said he did not report it to police. “I was not aware it was a crime,” he said.

Former Knox headmaster Ian Paterson apologises to abused students

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

THE former long-serving headmaster of Knox Grammar, Ian Paterson, has issued a sweeping apology for failing to protect students from child sexual abuse by teachers over three decades.

But Dr Paterson, in his early testimony to an inquiry this morning, said he was unaware of any such incidents before one involving a teacher in 1989.

This contradicted evidence of other witnesses including a former policeman who was general duties manager, Stuart Pearson, who said he had in the mid to late 1980s reported sexual abuse by two other teachers, and a suspicion about a third.

Under cross-examination, Dr Paterson said that when he had been told by one 15-year-old student that the teacher had touched him in an inappropriate fashion on the bottom while the two smoked under the chapel, and made a sexual advance on him, he had told the boy to go to the library and think about what he had said.

“The boy was a drama boy ... who could build up situations,” Dr Paterson said.

Royal commission into sex abuse: seven key Knox Grammar figures

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

THE PLAYERS

Five Knox teachers were convicted of multiple sex charges and one is wanted by police. These seven people are the key figures in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sex Abuse.

CONVICTED: Adrian John Nisbett

Popular English teacher who worked at the school from 1971-2004. Arrested over sexual offences in 2009 and given a suspended sentence. Current principal John Weeks told the royal commission in February 2015 he believed former head master Ian Paterson was covering for Nisbett, pictured above, and wanted to sack him when he became headmaster. Nisbett was allowed to resign. Unable to be summonsed, he now lives in South Africa and is working for a cheetah conservation reserve in Namibia.

CONVICTED: Damien Vance

English and French teacher who was asked to leave the school two years after indecently assaulting a student. Royal commission told Vance, pictured above, received a glowing reference from the school praising his teaching skills, despite having indecently assaulted one student and physically assaulted two others. Arrested in 2009, convicted and released on a good behaviour bond. Told the commission he had previously hit two boys at the school, in 1985 and 1986. Now a cleaner in Melbourne.

CONVICTED: Roger James

Science teacher between 1974-77. Resigned to take up a teaching position in New Zealand. Arrested for sex offences in 2009, convicted and given a suspended sentence. A 14-year-old victim told the royal commission in March 2015 he did not complain about the abuse at the time because of the culture of cover-up at the school. Boys who did speak up were "victimised and ostracised," he said. "They were seen as weak and they became everybody's bitch."

Former Knox Grammar principal Ian Paterson fronts Royal Commission

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THE man accused of covering up child sexual abuse at Knox Grammar over three decades has admitted to ignoring a student’s claim he had been abused by a teacher and described his as “a drama boy” who was known to “exaggerate stories”.

Ian Paterson ran Knox Grammar school from 1969 to 1988, and is accused of failing to inform police about incidents of abuse.

He today confronted the claims amid new explosive accusations he engaged in abuse at the school himself, as he gives evidence at the Royal Commission into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

In giving evidence, Dr Paterson admitted a 15-year-old student had complained to him about a teacher, Damien Vance, touching him inappropriately in 1987, and the then headmaster told him to think about the allegations.

“The boy was a drama boy,” he told the Sydney hearing.