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July 24, 2016

Police investigate child abuse claims at Tarrant County church

The Dallas Morning News

By Julieta Chiquillo Follow @jmchiquillo jchiquillo@dallasnews.com
The Dallas Morning News

Published: 24 July 2016

North Richland Hills police are investigating allegations of child sexual abuse by a volunteer at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, officials said.

A deacon read a letter about the investigation to parishioners during Saturday and Sunday services at the church on 7341 Glenview Drive, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

The letter stated that several children reported that the abuse happened on church property during evening prayers, according to the Star-Telegram. No priest or deacon is involved in the investigation.

Sex offender sues Monsey rabbi after 'slanderous' tweet

News 12

MONSEY - A Rockland rabbi is facing a slander lawsuit over a tweet that identified a level 3 sex offender in Monsey.

The lawsuit was delivered to Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, written in Hebrew and filed in Israel, where Yona Weinberg currently lives. Weinberg served time in state prison for having sex with a child under the age of 14.

A longtime educator in Rockland, Horowitz posts parenting videos on YouTube and produces children's books to help parents talk to kids about sex abuse. He says he has no plans to stop warning the community about sex offenders on social media.

"I have a responsibility to the children and their parents and there's no way I'm going to give up on that," says Horowitz.

Sexual abuse investigation underway at North Richland Hills church



An investigation into sexual abuse of youths at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church is underway, police and church officials said Sunday.

A letter concerning the investigation was read at a Saturday mass and Sunday morning services at the church, 7341 Glenview Drive.

The investigation is the early stages, Detective Keith Bauman said Sunday in a telephone interview.

No one has been arrested.

According to the letter, the allegations involve a church volunteer accused of sexual abuse, some of which took place on church property during evening prayers, several children reported.

The investigation does not involve a priest or a deacon, according to the letter.

The letter from Bishop Michael Olsen was read by Deacon Rigoberto Leyva from the central offices of the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Officials from the Diocese of Fort Worth received reports from a member of St. John about 10 days ago and alerted police. The abuse is alleged to have occurred over the past seven years, according to the letter.

Assignment Record– Rev. Richard P. McGann


Summary of Case: Richard P. McGann was ordained for the Hartford archdiocese in 1970. He assisted throughout the 1970s at St. Gregory's in Bristol CT, then served several years as chaplain at Hartford Hospital. During this time he was in residence at a local parish. Through most of the 1980s McGann was Director of Pastoral Ministry at St. Paul's Catholic High School in Bristol while living at St. Gregory's. In 1989 he was named pastor of Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville. He was still there in 2005 when quietly placed on Administrative Leave. In 2011 it was revealed that, in 2009, a man had received a settlement from the archdiocese. The man had accused McGann of sexually abusing him over a two-year period in the 1970s at St. Gregory's in Bristol and on out-of-town trips, beginning when he was 12-years-old. The man was convicted in 1986 of murdering his grandfather at age 23 and was serving a 60-year sentence.

Ordained: 1970

Newark Archbishop John J. Myers poised to retire


By Mark Mueller | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

After a 15-year run as spiritual leader to more than a million Roman Catholics in New Jersey, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers is expected to submit a letter to Pope Francis this week seeking the pontiff's permission to retire.

On Tuesday, Myers turns 75, the mandatory retirement age set by canon law. It remains to be seen how swiftly Francis will move to replace him. Some bishops continue to work a year or more after they reach 75.

"The pope can do what he wants," said Christopher Bellitto, a church historian and professor of history at Kean University. "He can accept immediately, or he can say, 'Thanks for the letter. I'll let you know.'"

Given that Francis had previously appointed a coadjutor bishop for the archdiocese, Bellitto said he suspects the pope will move more quickly than he might have otherwise.

Apuron accusers demand answers

Pacific Daily News

Steve Limtiaco, slimtiaco@guampdn.com July 24, 2016

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai has refused to meet with the former altar boys who have accused Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron of rape and molestation, according to attorney David Lujan, who outlined several concerns in a letter this month to the attorney for the Archdiocese of Agana.

Since May, three former Agat altar boys and the mother of an altar boy have accused Apuron of sexual assault in the late 1970s, when he was parish priest in Agat. They accused Apuron publicly, at several tearful press conferences near church property and in an interview with the Pacific Daily News.

The accusers include Roy T. Quintanilla, Walter Denton, Roland Sondia and Doris Concepcion — the mother of deceased former altar boy Joseph Anthony Quinata.

Apuron, whose duties on Guam are temporarily in the hands of Hon, pending a church investigation, has not been seen in Guam since Hon was appointed and he has not issued any public statements. Apuron and the archdiocese have denied some of the allegations and have not specifically addressed others.

Dillingham parish priest charged with attempted sexual assault


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Father Michael Nicolai has been suspended from his duties at the Russian Orthodox church after allegations of domestic violence and attempted sexual assault.

KDLG: Dillingham police have charged a local parish priest with attempted sexual assault. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more.

Father Michael Nicolai is the priest at Saint Seraphim of Sarov, the Russian Orthodox Church in Dillingham. Early on Saturday July 16, police were called to the parish home behind the church by his wife, who reported she had been assaulted.

Dan Pasquariello is the chief of Dillingham Police.

“The officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance. They went there, they interviewed all parties involved, they made an arrest. The information they gathered, after conferring with the district attorney, led them to charge Father Nicholai with attempted sexual assault and a physical assault.”

LNP to remove time limit on sex abuse claims

Sky News

Child sexual abuse survivors will be able to seek damages from their abusers at any time if Queensland's LNP is restored to government.

Queensland's Liberal National opposition has promised to remove the three-year limit on lodging civil claims against alleged abusers if they are elected.

Opposition leader Tim Nicholls said the current three-year limit from a survivor's 18th birthday denied them the opportunity to claim damages and seek justice.

'We want to empower child sex abuse survivors to seek the justice they deserve, no matter how long ago the alleged offence occurred,' Mr Nicholls said.

A Fox News Alumnus and Anarchy in the Vatican: A Timely Convergence

The Open Tabernacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on July 24, 2016 by Betty Clermont

Pope Francis appointed Greg Burke director of the Vatican Press Office on July 11. Burke was a Fox News correspondent from 2001 until he was hired as a senior communications adviser in the Vatican in 2012.

Burke is an Opus Dei numerary, i.e. an avowed celibate. On July 13, Pope Francis appointed another American close to Opus Dei, Kim Daniels, to the Secretariat of Communications. Daniels was “Sarah Palin’s personal domestic policy czar” in 2010. Daniels is a co-founder and director of the U.S. branch of Catholic Voices. Right-wing National Review editor, Kathryn Jean Lopez, is the other co-founder and director. Lopez regularly lectures at Opus Dei‘s Catholic Information Center on K Street, Washington D.C. Jack Valero, co-founder of the worldwide Catholic Voices, is also Press Officer for Opus Dei in the UK.

“In recent weeks in the Vatican chaos reigns supreme … The infinite war between factions, the continuous clashes between the leaders of the Roman Curia, the strategies for the replacement of the president of the Vatican Bank,” Emiliano Fittipaldi wrote in a July 14 article titled “Santa Anarchia” in the prominent Italian weekly news magazine, l’Espresso.

The Vatileaks trial that ended on July 7, “was a total debacle: strategic, communicative, political,” concluded Fittipaldi, one of the five defendants tried for leaking Vatican secrets that were published. Not only because the trial publicized “the financial obscenities” during the reign of Pope Francis exposed in Fittipaldi’s book, Avarice: Documents Revealing Wealth, Scandals and Secrets of Francis’ Church, “but also because the management of the scandal showed a surprising internal disorganization and an inability to build winning communication strategies” in addition to exposing “new struggles between opposing factions,” Fittipaldi wrote.

These opposing factions, according to Fittipaldi, “are likely to pass sleepless nights to the new head of communications, Greg Burke.”

Five new sex offences each week: Reports of abuse in UK churches, mosques and Sikh temples have risen by 20 per cent in the past year – and half of them involve children

Daily Mail

By Charlotte Wace For The Mail On Sunday

At least five new church sex offences are reported to police each week – and half of them involve children, according to shocking new figures.

Statistics from forces across the UK reveal that the number of sex offences reported to have taken place in religious buildings has risen by 20 per cent in the past year.

The figures, released to The Mail on Sunday under Freedom of Information laws, showed that in the past three years, 725 such crimes were reported, with 368 of them relating to child abuse.

Most cases were at churches but the figures also included offences at mosques and Sikh temples.

Phil Johnson, spokesman for the charity Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors, said: ‘We’ve seen numbers increase dramatically in the past few years because of the Jimmy Savile effect, but those that go to the police are in the minority.’

Patty Wetterling brings clout to board working to prevent clergy abuse

Star Tribune

By Jenna Ross Star Tribune JULY 23, 2016

A board that reviews troubled Catholic priests in the Twin Cities archdiocese — once faulted for being insular and ineffective — has a new makeup and a high-profile member: Patty Wetterling, the state’s best-known advocate for child safety.

Wetterling’s reputation, built on her work since her 11-year-old son Jacob was abducted in 1989, adds another layer of credibility to the archdiocese’s Ministerial Review Board as it grapples with the aftermath of a clergy abuse scandal.

“A lot went wrong,” Wetterling said by phone last week. She is optimistic about the “intent and structure” of the board, she said, which is “trying to ensure that the church is doing all that it says it’s doing going forward.”

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi touted Wetterling’s appointment at a news conference Wednesday announcing that his office was dropping criminal charges against the archdiocese. He also announced he was releasing documents showing an effort to quash an investigation into alleged sexual improprieties by former Archbishop John Nienstedt.

Defrocked Southern Illinois priest who founded Camp Ondessonk has died

The Southern


ELIZABETHTOWN -- A one-time ambitious, popular Southern Illinois priest who spearheaded the creation of Camp Ondessonk in 1959, and nearly 50 years later was defrocked by the Vatican after allegations surfaced he sexually abused youth campers when he was director, has died.

Robert Vonnahmen, 85, was reportedly quietly buried in Elizabethtown in early May. It doesn’t appear that an obituary was written on Vonnahmen’s behalf, at least not one that is available online or otherwise readily accessible.

Vonnahmen’s death was announced this past week by the St. Louis chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. In the 1990s, Vonnahmen was at the center of a Catholic Church sex abuse scandal that rocked Southern Illinois, and ultimately resulted in the removal of 14 priests, including Vonnahmen, and one permanent deacon, from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, which oversees parishes in roughly the bottom third of the state.

In a statement, SNAP Director David Clohessy accused local Catholic officials of neglecting to make known the passing of a man he referred to as “one of Southern Illinois’ most notorious pedophile priests.”

Clohessy said he heard about Vonnahmen’s death by word-of-mouth, from an individual associated with the church. Clohessy said that same person told him Vonnahmen was buried in Elizabethtown a few days after his death. The newspaper was unable to confirm any information about Vonnahmen’s arrangements from church officials or others.

July 23, 2016

Documents in Settlement of Curtis Wehmeyer Case Reveal Vatican Interference in Investigation of Allegations about Archbishop Nienstedt's Sexual Improprieties


William D. Lindsey

WHAT HE'S SAYING: Well, there you have it at the top of this posting. Archbishop Nienstedt's full statement in response to the revelations contained in documents in last week's settlement of the Curtis Wehmeyer case in St. Paul-Minneapolis can be found appended to this article by Marino Eccher in Twin Cities Pioneer Press. Nienstedt's response:

I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life.

The screen shot at the head of the posting is the header from an article by Jean Hopfensperger in the Star Tribune.


John Nienstedt, the former archbishop of the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul, said accusations of sexual misconduct against him were part of a false smear campaign in response to his opposition to gay marriage
~ Marino Eccher's report in Twin Cities Pioneer Press again


He called the allegations "a personal attack against me due to my unwavering stance on issues consistent with Catholic Church teaching, such as opposition to so-called same sex marriage," and went on to say that he saw the allegations as retribution for decisions he made as a supervisor and leader of the archdiocese.
~ Laura Yuen and Peter Cox, MPR News


A July 2014 memo from the Rev. Daniel Griffith, who at the time was in charge of the archdiocese's department focused on protecting children, accuses the apostolic nuncio — the Vatican's representative to the United States — of ordering the investigation to end abruptly, without following up on all the leads investigators had uncovered.

Long Island church sued for allowing sexual assault of 4-year-old by priest's perv teenage son

New York Daily News

Friday, July 22, 2016

A 4-year-old Long Island boy was sexually assaulted last year by the former parish priest’s teenage son on the grounds of a Greek Orthodox Church as the little boy’s 6-year-old sister watched in horror, a lawsuit filed Friday in Manhattan alleges.

The victims’ parents say the attack took place in May 2015 after Sunday services at Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Brookville.

To protect the identities of the children, the Daily News is not naming the parents.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the parents say that while they chatted with the parish priest, the priest’s son, then a teenager, sodomized, fondled and ejaculated on their half-naked son as his sister “helpless observed.”

Church critics protest at ITC

Guam Daily Post

Neil Pang | Post News Staff

Members of the Concerned Catholics of Guam (CCOG) and the Laity Forward Movement (LFM) staged a wave protest at the ITC Intersection in Tamuning on Friday, July 22, reiterating their call for a more responsive apostolic administration and the defrocking of Archbishop Anthony Apuron.

The new protest action, according to Lou Klitzkie of LFM, was prompted by a new memo issued by the Archdiocese of Agana, involving the Archdiocese Annual Appeal (AAA).

The memo, signed by the Apostolic Administrator Savio Hon Tai Fai and addressed to "all pastors, rectors and parochial administrators,” indicated that the AAA failed to meet its collection target of $250,000 for 2016.

According to the memo, the AAA collection for this year hit only $85,552.44, falling far below the goal.

Fai asked that the memo be read during Mass to encourage generous tithing.

Globe’s Robinson of Spotlight Team to speak for literacy group

The Westerly Sun

July 23, 2016


WESTERLY — Walter “Robby” Robinson was in Idaho, taking a quick break between interviews with the local Public Radio affiliate and his talk at The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

For a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, Robinson, who led the Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team in uncovering the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, is extraordinarily modest.

“I don’t think of myself as a writer,” said Robinson, whose character was played by Michael Keaton in the movie “Spotlight,” the film that depicted the investigation and won Best Picture at the 88th annual Academy Awards in February.

Robinson will be the guest speaker Wednesday at Watch Hill Chapel in a benefit appearance for the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County. The organization selected Robinson as its Joyce S. Ahern Summer Speaker.

Victims fight court order in civil suit involving once-accused priest

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Valerie Schremp Hahn St. Louis Post-Dispatch

UPDATED at 11:31 p.m. with SNAP's intent to join other victims in emergency motion to stay judge's order

ST. LOUIS • People who made accusations against Roman Catholic priests filed an emergency motion in federal court on Friday, saying that their rights will be violated if a survivor's group follows a judge's order to hand over personal information of accusers in another case.

Meanwhile, late Friday night, the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests filed a document saying they will join with the other victims in their emergency motion to stay the order.

SNAP is among those being sued by the Rev. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang, who is seeking damages. He had been named in Lincoln County and St. Louis in charges that were later dropped.

The victims who filed the emergency motion are not connected to the Jiang suit but said they were assaulted by other priests, but they have privacy concerns because of the judge's order in the Jiang case.

David Clohessy, director of the group, said earlier Friday night that group leaders didn't know yet what they would do or how the victims' motion would affect the judge's order involving the group. They had until midnight Friday to decide.

Brave victim speaks out to reveal years of harrowing child abuse he suffered at Catholic order school

Daily Record


DAVE Sharp spoke out after a Catholic priest and a teacher were found guilty of a string of offences against troubled youngsters in the 70s and 80s.

A VICTIM of horrific child abuse has told of his hell at a residential school run by Catholic order the Christian Brothers.

Traumatised Dave Sharp spoke out after Catholic priest John Farrell and teacher Paul Kelly were found guilty of brutalising young boys in the 70s and 80s.

Farrell, 73, and 64-year-old Kelly preyed on troubled youngsters at St Ninian’s in Falkland, Fife.

Dave, 57, has been fighting for justice for nearly 20 years.

LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson subpoenaed for deposition in sex abuse lawsuits

Fox 13


SALT LAKE CITY -- Attorneys have subpoenaed Thomas S. Monson, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to give a deposition in a series of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of Navajo children who participated in a church-run placement program.

Lawyers representing four people who claim to have been sexually abused while participating in the LDS Church's "Lamanite Placement Program" or "Indian Student Placement Program" in the 1960s and 1970s issued a deposition subpoena to the church leader. FOX 13 learned of the subpoena when attorneys for the church filed in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City to have it quashed.

"In justification of their discovery demand, Defendants claim that President Monson has 'unique information' concerning the jurisdictional facts in this case. Nothing could be further from the truth," LDS Church attorney David Jordan wrote. "The only connection President Monson has to this case is that he happened to be a senior leader of the LDS Church during the time period Defendants allege they were abused. Defendants do not claim that President Monson, in his role as an LDS Church leader, had responsibility for the administration of the ISPP. Nor do Defendants suggest that President Monson has personal knowledge of their participation in the ISPP or of their alleged abuse."

A letter from the alleged victims' attorney, Craig Vernon, argues that President Monson's testimony is relevant. He cites the situation surrounding former LDS Church General Authority George Lee, who was excommunicated from the church in 1989 and accused of sexual abuse. Vernon argues Monson was a high-ranking Mormon church leader at the time, and would be in a position to testify about complaints against Lee.

Closings, mergers on hold


Associated Press

Change will come a little more slowly to Catholics in the Winona Diocese.

Implementation of a proposed diocese-wide reorganization plan — Vision 2016 — originally set for July 1 has been temporarily put on hold. Diocesan spokesman Ben Frost said that “the timeline for implementation has been extended slightly. We hope to communicate updates on Vision 2016 later this summer.”

“This year we have seen the passing of five of our priests, the retirement of one and impending retirements on the horizon. These are contributing factors to the delayed implementation of the Vision 2016 plan for many parishes,” Frost said.

The diocese has had to deal with a number of other challenges in recent months.

That includes 115 claims of sexual abuse brought under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, and last month’s resignation of Chancellor and Vicar General Richard Colletti after the revelation of a 30-year-old improper relationship with an adult woman. Colletti played a key role in the development and implementation of Vision 2016.

Former Maine youth pastor indicted on sex abuse charge

Bangor Daily News

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

Posted July 22, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine — A former Canaan youth pastor was indicted this week by a Kennebec County grand jury on an unlawful sexual contact charge involving a minor.

Lucas Savage, 37, of Clinton could spend up to 10 years in prison on the Class B felony charge if found guilty.

Savage, who was arrested in March in the town of Mercer, allegedly abused the victim, who according to the indictment list was under the age of 12, at his residence. Savage worked as a youth pastor at Youth Haven Ministries at the time of the alleged crime.

Good friend of accused priest: 'I won't believe those accusations'


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BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — Community members close to a Mountain Home priest who was accused of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult speak on his behalf as the allegations spread.

As a result of the allegations, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise has put Father Jagerstatter on administrative leave.

We spoke to some members of the Roman Catholic Church as they were heading in for prayer this evening, and they say they don't believe the allegations.

Mountain Home Police say 39-year-old Victor Jagerstatter was arrested Friday. Formal charges have yet to be filed, so prosecutors aren't releasing any details of the allegations.

But the executive director of communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise did release this statement:

"The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise has learned of the arrest of Rev. Victor Jagerstatter, Parish Administrator of Our Lady Good Counsel in Mountain Home. The Diocese will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, Fr. Jagerstatter has been placed on administrative leave. We hold up in prayer all those involved in this matter."

"Yeah I mean he seemed like a good guy nothing you would expect from him really," Pedroza said.

Mountain Home priest arrested on sex abuse, exploitation charge

Idaho Statesman

Mountain Home Police arrested Victor Jagerstatter, 39, Friday on suspicion of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, police said, but they gave no further information.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise issued a statement to KBOI-TV Friday evening, saying the diocese "has learned of the arrest of Rev. Victor Jagerstatter, Parish Administrator of Our Lady Good Counsel in Mountain Home. The Diocese will cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in their investigation. Due to the seriousness of the allegations, Fr. Jagerstatter has been placed on administrative leave. We hold up in prayer all those involved in this matter."

Police said the investigation is ongoing. Jagerstatter was booked into the Elmore County Jail at 11 a.m. Friday, according to a jail supervisor. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge Monday.

July 22, 2016

Mountain Home priest arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse

Idaho Press-Tribune

The priest over the Roman Catholic parish in Mountain Home, formerly of Weiser, was arrested Thursday, according to Mountain Home Police.

The Rev. Victor Jagerstatter was arrested Friday and booked into the Elmore County Jail on suspicion of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Jessica Kuehn, deputy prosecutor for Elmore County, confirmed Jagerstatter's arrest and that he is the parish priest over Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mountain Home. Formal charges will be filed Monday, and no further information is available at this time.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise's offices were closed Friday afternoon. Emailed requests for comment were not returned.

According to the Diocese website, Jagerstatter was ordained June 8, 2006. In addition to Mountain Home, his current assignment includes Our Lady of Limerick in Glenns Ferry, St. Bridget in Bruneau and St. Henry in Grand View.

Editorial: Rep. Rozzi, HB 1947 not going away

Daily Times

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is learning that while a key aspect of House Bill 1947 might be going away, its biggest booster is not.

State Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-126, of Berks County, the man who authored the controversial language in the bill that would have retroactively extended the window for victims of child sexual abuse that occurred decades ago to sue the molesters and those that employed them, took his case to the church this week.

Rozzi knows a little something about the church and sexual abuse. He was an altar boy and a victim decades ago. Now he’s a state representative.

His colleagues in the House gave HB 1947 a stunning, resounding victory in a 190-15 vote to extend the age when victims could sue their tormentors and those who employed them or enabled them from age 30 to age 50.

Gov. Tom Wolf indicated he supported the controversial language in the bill, which would also lift the statute of limitations for criminal charges in such cases. Wolf said if it wound up on his desk, he would sign it.

Mansfield pastor accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old


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Deanna Boyd, Star-Telegram , WFAA July 22, 2016

MANSFIELD - The pastor of a Mansfield church has been jailed, accused of inappropriately touching an 8-year-old congregation member.

Jose Luis Pizarro, 40, faces a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Pizarro, pastor of Iglesia de Dios Nuevo Amanecer, is being held in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $500,000.

According to a Mansfield police new release, police began investigating the case on Tuesday after receiving information that the 8-year-old girl had made an outcry about the alleged abuse.

Man arrested on sexual abuse and exploitation charge

Mountain Home News

Friday, July 22, 2016

Mountain Home Police arrested Victor Jagerstatter, a local parish priest, on Friday for adult sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. The investigation is on-going and no more information will be released from law enforcement officials at this time. Any questions regarding this case should be directed to the Elmore County Prosecutor's Office at 208-587-2144.

Mountain Home priest arrested on sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult


MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (News Release) - A Mountain Home priest is accused of sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to the Mountain Home News.

Mountain Home Police arrested Victor F. Jagerstatter, 39, Friday for sexual abuse and exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to a news release.

This investigation is on-going, and no more information will be released at this time.

Anyone with questions about this case, may contact the Elmore County Prosecutor's Office at 208-587-2144.

Police told CBS affiliate KBOI 2News that Jagerstatter will be arraigned in Elmore County court on Monday.

Officials reached could not confirm if this Victor F. Jagerstatter is the same man who is a Roman Catholic priest for Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mountain Home, Our Lady of Limerick in Glenns Ferry, St. Bridget in Bruneau and St. Henry's Catholic Church in Grandview. A picture of Jagerstatter is listed on the Roman Catholic Diocese website.


Church Militant

by Joseph Gallagher • ChurchMilitant.com • July 22, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL (ChurchMilitant.com) - Evidence is surfacing that Minneapolis-St. Paul archbishop John Nienstedt was a practicing homosexual who had an ongoing relationship with convicted ex-priest Curtis Wehmeyer, and Vatican officials tried to keep it a secret.

Archbishop Nienstedt was head of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis during the child sex abuse scandal of defrocked priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Wehmeyer is currently serving time after being convicted of molesting three boys. The archdiocese itself became the first in the nation's history to be criminally prosecuted by the state, but it dropped all six charges of child endangerment on July 20 after reaching a settlement with the archdiocese.

On July 20, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office issued a press release stating that it would be disclosing the case's internal court documents. Among the hundreds of pages, evidence surfaced suggesting Nienstedt and Wehmeyer were in a sexual relationship that was concealed from the public by Vatican officials, particularly by former papal nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano.

Former Canaan Youth Pastor Indicted for Sex Crime Against Young Girl


JUL 22, 2016


A former youth pastor in Canaan accused of sexually abusing a young girl was indicted Friday by a Kennebec County grand jury.

Lucas Savage of Clinton is charged with unlawful sexual contact.

The Kennebec County District Attorney says earlier this month Savage rejected a plea deal in the case.

Savage was the director of ministries for the Youth Haven Ministry when he was arrested in March.

Abuse survivors warned over legal actions

RTE News

Lawyers representing the Department of Education and the State have written to people who were sexually abused in schools as children warning them to withdraw legal cases against it or potentially face significant costs.

The letters cite recent High Court judgments which found that a European Court of Human Rights ruling of State liability in the Louise O'Keeffe case was not applicable in other actions currently before the courts.

The letters say the State parties are prepared to bear their own costs in proceedings to date, but only on the strict condition that the cases are withdrawn within 21 days.

Documents show Vatican official allegedly stopped Minnesota investigation

Religion News Service

Affidavit of Thomas E. Ring - Redacted
July 7, 2014 Memo

By Emily McFarlan Miller

(RNS) A Vatican spokesman says the release of documents alleging its former ambassador to the U.S. stopped an investigation of a Minnesota archbishop “is a very complex issue” that will require further study.

“We need more information before we can make any comment,” the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

The spokesman’s remarks came in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday (July 21), the day after a new collection of documents regarding clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was made public.

Among them was a memo that detailed sexual misconduct and harassment allegations against former Archbishop John Nienstedt, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

It also said the Vatican ambassador in 2014 had told bishops to stop their investigation. When those bishops responded with a letter saying that “would rightly be seen as a coverup,’’ the memo published on the Star Tribune website said, then-ambassador Archbishop Carlo Vigano told them to “destroy” the letter.

Boys abused under residential school's brutal regime

BBC Scotland

By Andrew Black
BBC Scotland News

Two former teachers have been convicted of sexually and physically abusing boys at a residential school in Fife in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Paul Kelly, 64, of Plymouth, was convicted of seven charges and acquitted of 22, while John Farrell, 73, of Motherwell, was found guilty of four and acquitted of 18 charges.

Paul Kelly and John Farrell were supposed to care for the pupils at St Ninian's.

Instead, when they taught at the school in the late 1970s and early 1980s, they sexually and physically abused six boys between the ages of 11 and 15.

St Ninian's, which was located in the Fife village of Falkland, was a "List G" state school for troubled children, run by the Christian Brothers organisation.

Most of its pupils came from Glasgow, Dundee and Perth and many were from broken and abusive homes, and had been in some kind of trouble themselves.

St Ninian's was supposed to give them a chance at life.

'Screaming was pointless,' survivors tell of school abuse by Christian Brothers


By Peter Smith, Scotland Correspondent

The Christian Brothers were meant to be men of God - a religious order within the Catholic Church.

At their St Ninian’s school in Fife, though, two of the Brothers were men of unspeakable cruelty who stole innocence from children and left the deepest scars.

John Farrell and Paul Kelly were today convicted of 11 counts of sexual and physical abuse against six children in their care. Children as young as 11. The pair were doing it with impunity through the 1970s and 80s.

Survivors of their crimes told me how they did it.

Victims called in new Anglican child abuse ‘cover-up’

The Australian


British police have interviewed Australian victims of child abuse for an international investigation into an alleged cover-up involving one of the most senior former Anglican clergymen in the world.

North Yorkshire Police is ­investigating Lord David Hope of Thornes, 76, for a possible offence of misconduct in public office over his handling of complaints of abuse by a fellow senior clergyman in Queensland and Britain.

The late Reverend Robert Waddington raped and beat students at a north Queensland Anglican boarding school in the 1960s before returning to Britain where he abused choirboys as the Dean of Manchester.

Waddington’s abuse and the church’s failure to tell authorities of the complaints were exposed in a joint investigation by The Australian and The Times of London newspapers in 2013.

The revelations sparked a year-long, church-commissioned inquiry, headed by sitting English judge Sally Cahill, which slammed Lord Hope over his ­response to 1999 and 2003 complaints of past abuse by victims in Britain and Australia.

Sexual abuse victim group to defy Missouri court order

The Olympian

The Associated Press

An advocate for victims of sexual abuse by clergy says his group will likely not hand over personal information about people who made accusations against a priest despite an order from a St. Louis federal judge.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/29Qe0Ky ) reports that the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has until Friday to provide the information as part of a civil lawsuit filed by Rev. Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang. Jiang was accused of sexually abusing a boy in a Catholic school bathroom in 2011 and 2012, but charges were dropped.

The boy's parents, police, SNAP leaders David Clohessy and Barbara Dorris and others are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

The judge's order said federal law does not guarantee privacy in the production of pre-trail evidence.

SNAP was ordered to produce emails and text messages sent among the defendants and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. They have also been ordered to turn over all records of donations attorneys for SNAP has made to the organization. Attorneys have said they're looking for evidence to support their belief that Jiang was the target of a conspiracy.

Child abuse, the Church and the Goddard inquiry: Why we should all pray it succeeds

Christian Today


A year after it opened on July 9, 2015, the Goddard inquiry into institutional child sex abuse has spent nearly £18 million on highly-paid lawyers and setting up regional offices, but has still not heard any actual evidence. The inquiry is gradually creeping toward the point where it will, however, and next week there will be preliminary hearings about organisations including the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church.

This inquiry seems to have been going for ages already.

Not really. But it seems like it because it was first mooted after revelations about the scope of Jimmy Savile's offending in 2012. It was actually set up in 2014, but two people appointed to chair it, Baroness Butler-Sloss and Dame Fiona Woolf, resigned in succession due to perceived conflicts of interest. Former home secretary and now PM, Theresa May, eventually settled on New Zealander Dame Justice Lowell Goddard.

Town Hall: Lifting the Silence




JOHNSTOWN - WJAC-TV examined the aftermath of the church abuse Thursday night in the local areal during a special round table discussion.


Road to Recovery


During a demonstration on July 21, 2016, outside the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers in New Rochelle, NY, regarding the Salesians’ refusal to reasonably settle a childhood sexual abuse claim against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, it was revealed by a close relative of a minor child that the minor child had been sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY, several years ago by a camp counselor

Fr. Timothy Zak, SDB, a leader of the Salesian Priests and Brothers, based in New Rochelle, NY, and on whose campus CAMP ECHO BAY is located, inaccurately told advocate Dr. Robert M. Hoatson during a demonstration outside a Salesian parish months ago that the Salesians were settling the claim of sexual abuse by Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, of a minor child from a Salesian seminary in Indiana, but there has not been a reasonable settlement and there have been no reasonable settlement talks

WhatA demonstration and leafleting alerting CAMP ECHO BAY parents, families, local residents, and the general public that, according to a close family relative of the victim, a minor child was sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY, several years ago by a camp counselor

Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm

On the public sidewalk outside CAMP ECHO BAY and the headquarters of the Salesian Priests and Brothers at 148 East Main Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Members of Road to Recovery, Inc., a non-profit charity based in New Jersey that assists victims of sexual abuse and their families, including its co-founder and President, Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D.

During a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Salesian religious order in New Rochelle, NY, on July 21, 2016, regarding the refusal of the Salesian Priests and Brothers to reasonably settle a claim against a serial pedophile priest, Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, it was reported to Road to Recovery, Inc., by a close relative of a minor child that the minor child was sexually abused at CAMP ECHO BAY several years ago by a camp counselor. Demonstrators will demand that the Salesian Priests and Brothers reasonably settle the claim of the childhood victim of Fr. Joseph Maffei, SDB, and investigate and resolve the matter of the sexual abuse of the minor child at CAMP ECHO BAY, NEW ROCHELLE, NY so the victim of that sexual abuse can begin to heal

Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., Road to Recovery, Inc. – 862-368-2800

Hunter Catholic priests' alleged sexual relationship used by a child sex offender priest, says author

Newcastle Herald

22 Jul 2016

SADISTIC Catholic paedophile priest John Denham committed crimes against boys without fear of exposure because of an alleged sexual relationship between Catholic priests Tom Brennan and Patrick Helferty, writes a former St Pius X, Adamstown student in an explosive new book.

Denham “protected his position by threatening to reveal Brennan and Helferty as homosexual lovers”, writes James Miller in his book, The Priests, in which he alleges he was sexually abused by Brennan in 1978 when he was 15.

Mr Miller has called for Catholic schools funding to be stopped until the celibacy rule for priests is removed, saying the celibacy vow poses a blackmail risk because of the church’s structures relating to schools.

Studies suggesting up to 50 per cent of Catholic priests break their vows because of sexual relationships with men or women, or sexual abuse of children, mean “every second priest is living a life of deceit, with the other probably aware”, Mr Miller said.

Men convicted of ‘appalling abuse’ of boys at former school in Falkland

Fife Today

Liz Rougvie
Friday 22 July 2016

Two men have been found guilty of ‘the most appalling abuse’ against boys at a former school in Falkland.

John Farrell (73) and Paul Kelly (63) were charged with sexual and physical abuse of more than 20 ex-pupils of St Ninian’s School between 1977 and 1983.

Farrell was found guilty of four charges and Kelly was convicted of seven in charges which involved five victims.

They had denied a total of 51 counts of physical and sexual abuse at the school.

The pair committed indecent acts on boys aged 11 to 16 and forced the children to perform sex acts on them, the High Court in Glasgow heard. They punished the children by forcing them to stand naked in a hallway.

The trial, before judge Lord Matthews, began in April and was one of the longest abuse trials ever heard in Scotland. Dozens of the alleged victims gave evidence have given evidence, some of whom are now in their 50s.

Two men found guilty of sexually abusing and assaulting boys at St Ninian's in Fife

Daily Record


THE headmaster and teacher of a former school for troubled boys have been convicted of physical and sexual abuse against six pupils more than 30 years ago.

John Farrell, 73, and Paul Kelly, 64, preyed on youngsters at St Ninian's in Fife, which was run by the catholic Christian Brothers organisation.

The pair abused the boys - many who already had a chaotic upbringing and whom they should have been protecting - to satisfy their depraved needs.

Two men found guilty of abuse at Christian Brothers school in Falkland

The Courier

Stewart Alexander
July 22 2016

The headmaster and teacher of a former Fife school for troubled boys have been convicted of physical and sexual abuse against six pupils more than 30 years ago.

John Farrell, 73, and Paul Kelly, 64, preyed on youngsters at St Ninian’s in Fife, which was run by the Catholic Christian Brothers organisation.

The pair abused the boys – many who already had a chaotic upbringing and whom they should have been protecting – to satisfy their depraved needs.

Farrell, who was the headmaster, was convicted of physically abusing one boy and sexually abusing three others.

Kelly was found guilty of sexually abusing two boys and sexually and physically abusing a third.

Former teachers guilty of abusing boys at Fife residential school

BBC News

The headmaster and teacher of a former Fife school have been convicted of physical and sexual abuse against six pupils more than 30 years ago.

John Farrell, 73, of Motherwell, was found guilty of four charges and Paul Kelly, 64, of Plymouth, was convicted of seven charges.

They abused boys aged between 11 and 15 at St Ninian's in Falkland, a school for children from troubled backgrounds.

It was run by the Christian Brothers organisation and closed in 1983.

Farrell and Kelly, who both denied all charges, were remanded in custody pending sentencing next month.

Royal Commission will hold Hunter Catholic public hearing after historic Anglican hearing from August 2

Newcastle Herald

22 Jul 2016

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold a public hearing into the Catholic Church in the Hunter almost immediately after an Anglican Church public hearing in Newcastle from August 2.

Back-to-back hearings will confirm the Hunter as Australia’s epicentre of institutional child sex abuse only three years after a NSW Special Commission of Inquiry exposed shocking systemic protection of paedophile priests within the Catholic Maitland-Newcastle diocese over decades.

A date and details for the Hunter Catholic public hearing – the 43rd to be held by the royal commission since 2013 – are expected to be released in the next week on the eve of a proposed two-week Anglican hearing at Newcastle Courthouse from August 2.

The Hunter Catholic hearing is expected to start in late August before the 44th public hearing into Armidale priest John Farrell starts in Sydney on September 12.

News of the back-to-back hearings comes after more shocking revelations about senior Hunter Anglicans failing to stop known paedophile priests including Peter Rushton and James Brown, and a backlash against Bishop Greg Thompson and senior diocesan officers that has included death threats for challenging the “mates” culture of abuse.

Francis mandates wide changes for contemplative women religious, requests revision of all constitutions

National Catholic Reporter

Joshua J. McElwee | Jul. 22, 2016

Pope Francis has issued a new wide-ranging set of guidelines for how the tens of thousands of Catholic women religious living in contemplative communities around the world should regulate their lifestyles, calling on them to implement changes in 12 diverse areas from prayer life to work habits.

The pontiff has also mandated that each of the global communities of contemplative women religious will need to adapt their various governing constitutions or rules to the new changes and send new versions of their documents to the Vatican for approval.

Francis makes the changes in a new apostolic constitution released Friday titled Vultum Dei Quaerere (“Seek the Face of God.”) The document is addressed only to Catholic women religious in contemplative communities, such as those that live in cloisters or whose lives are marked by a lifestyle devoted mainly to prayer instead of evangelical outreach or work.

While the pontiff uses the new document to issue effusive praise for such women -- especially lauding their ability to serve as an example of stability in a contemporary world often marked by temporary commitments -- he also calls for them to begin to institute changes particularly in their prayer lives.

Celibacy is the greatest risk to child protection in the Catholic Church: survivor

Newcastle Herald

22 Jul 2016

THE man looked down from the fourth floor window to a footpath where he’d decided to end his life.

It was 1997. He was pissed.

He’d made the decision to kill himself in an entirely matter-of-fact way after his pissed barrister mate lurched away to find a toilet.

James Miller stepped onto the window ledge at Newcastle Law School’s King Street Clinic. He was 35.

He was always the boy most likely to achieve. Mind like a steel trap. Confident. Happy. A blond-haired, blue-eyed surfer in a town where his type were gods. Destined for great things.

And here he was on the window ledge waiting to die, with the lights of Newcastle City Hall shining across the park.

Controversial Cardinal George Pell portrait wins irreverent 2016 Bald Archy Prize

ABC News

By Deborah Rice

A controversial painting depicting Cardinal George Pell with a face formed from male genitalia has won Australia's most irreverent portraiture prize.

Warning: This story contains a graphic image

Titled 'Nothing to Say', the painting is the work of artist Pat Hudson, a first time entrant in the Bald Archy, which is a parody of the more serious and revered Archibald Prize.

"It's a great honour and a big surprise," Hudson, from Templestowe in Victoria, said.

The 2016 contenders were unveiled in Canberra in February and the artist said he painted the portrait in response to the controversy surrounding Cardinal Pell at that time.

At the time it was unclear whether the Cardinal would testify at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

He later gave evidence via videolink from Rome over his handling of alleged abuse by Catholic Priests within the church in Australia.

Cardinal Pell is not the subject of any allegations of abuse before the commission.

Attorney argues that sexual assault victims should be able to file civil cases

Northern California Record

John Severance Jul. 21, 2016

IRVINE – The Stanford University case where a young woman claimed she was raped by Brock Turner, an Olympic hopeful, sent shockwaves through the nation.

Then the judge sentenced Turner to six months in jail despite the fact prosecutors wanted him sentenced to at least six years.

Attorney John Manly of Irvine let his feelings known about the case in an opinion piece recently published by the Orange County Register.

“The California Legislature also has an important role to play in protecting victims of campus sexual abuse,” Manly wrote. “Lawmakers surely must be taking notice of all that has recently happened. But in addition to paying attention, they need to take action.”

Manly wants laws changed so rape victims also can file civil cases.

“Put simply, those persons and institutions who facilitate child and adult sexual assault are almost never held accountable criminally,” Manly told the Northern California Record. “Moreover, criminal law imposes a jail sentence on the perpetrator but provides no way to compensate the victim for the tremendous suffering both physical and emotional they suffer as the result of a violent rape.”

In Wake of Pennsylvania Charges, Abuse Spotlight Falls on Religious Orders

National Catholic Register

BY BRIAN FRAGA 07/22/2016

Since the sex-abuse crisis entered the national discussion in 2002, the bulk of the media attention has been on how individual Catholic dioceses have responded and the steps they have taken over the years to remove abusive clergy from ministry and protect minors and vulnerable people.

But this spring, a religious order put the spotlight on fresh concerns about Church handling of sexual abuse: Criminal charges were filed in Pennsylvania against three Franciscans friars, related to their roles in supervising a brother friar who was accused of molesting more than 100 children.

Though they have not garnered the same attention as dioceses until now, religious orders in the United States say they have also implemented new policies and practices over the past 14 years to hold abusive members in their communities accountable and protect victims.

“We were completely committed to the principle that no one who has been established as an abuser will ever practice a public ministry and certainly will not be in a position to have access to children, to youth and to vulnerable people,” said Capuchin Father John Pavlik, president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, an association of the leadership of men in religious and apostolic institutes in the United States.

Editorial: Gallup Diocese re-abuses victims with settlement

Albuquerque Journal

The Diocese of Gallup drives a hard bargain – one in which truth is a casualty.

In the case of the $21 million settlement to victims of priest sexual abuse it’s a deal that essentially re-abuses the victims by making them fear they might lose their hard-fought settlements if they reveal details of their abuse. In one case, a victim was so afraid of court sanctions he did not dare to look at the one record that pertained to his abuse.

The court-approved settlement agreement allows a victim just a one-time “eyes only” access to a single file pertaining to that victim’s abuser. It strictly prohibits sharing or duplicating the password-protected electronic contents, which will be destroyed after a year.

The diocese threatened to withdraw the settlement when attorneys for the victims sought to have the church publicly release personnel files of accused priests.

Such a bully tactic certainly seems to indicate a lack of contrition. But it appears to be business as usual for the church, whose leadership for years kept hidden from its faithful members the abuse visited on innocent children by some clergy.

Stephen Tarleton Dougherty

Tahira Khan Merritt

On Tuesday, July 12 , 2016, we filed in County Court at Law #3, Nueces County, Texas, our firm filed a civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Corpus Christi (Diocese), Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (S.O.L.T) and Stephen Tarleton Dougherty (Dougherty), alleging that when Father Dougherty worked in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he sexually assaulted and sexually abused our client, who at that time was a child. She is identified in the lawsuit only by the pseudonym, Jane Doe 108.

Dougherty was ordained a Catholic priest in 2003 in Corpus Christi, worked in parishes there and in Mathis, and resided in Robstown at the SOLT facility. On June 14th, 2016, Dougherty was indicted by a Grand Jury in Bee County for felony sexual assault of Jane Doe 108. The criminal case is pending.

The civil lawsuit alleges negligence and gross negligence against the Diocese and SOLT, alleging these Church entities knew or should have known prior to the sexual assault of Doe of Father Dougherty's propensities to molest children, but failed either to warn or protect her.

You can read the petition here

6 claim they were sexually abused by priest who worked in Upper Montclair, Guttenberg

Fios 1

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Five men and one woman have stepped forward claiming they were sexually abused as kids by Father Michael "Mitch" Walters at churches in Upper Montclair and Guttenburg – where he was a priest in the 80s and 90s.

The allegations come after a year-and-a-half investigation by the organization Road to Recovery, which aids sexual abuse victims. Co-founder Robert Hoatson says he believes there are many more victims who have yet to step forward.

“We're talking about fondling and we're talking about some pretty horrific things,” Hoatson said. “Evidently, the rectory here was kind of a club house that Father Mitch ran so he would invite kids over and then things would happen.”

“During the period of sexual abuse, Father Michael Walters was assigned to Saint Cassian's Church in Upper Montclair, New Jersey and Saint John Neposmem Church in Guttenberg, New Jersey. The sexual abuse took place within Saint Cassian Church, family homes in New Jersey and on trips to the Poconos,” said Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for all 6 alleged victims.

Women's religious groups get face time with Archbishop Hon


Jul 22, 2016

By Krystal Paco

Dozens of the island's women religious groups had their chance to speak with apostolic administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai in an open dialogue following Friday morning mass. Father Jeffrey San Nicolas is the new delegate of the administrator, and says the women represented the Sisters of Mercy, the Notre Dame Sisters, the Dominican Sisters, and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

"I think they're very open and honest," said Fr. Jeff. "They asked some serious questions about the issues, but those issues are not secret to anyone here on the island. The questions that were asked were not a shock to the archbishop, and he responded as much as he could in terms of the progress that's being made."

Archbishop Hon was appointed by the Vatican in the midst of allegations of molestation made against Guam's archbishop, Anthony Apuron. Earlier this month, Apuron's accusers filed a libel and slander lawsuit against him and the Archdiocese of Agana. According to the Judiciary of Guam, however, there is no confirmation that the archdiocese or Apuron have been served the legal documents.

Church abuse survivor urges victims to get help ahead of royal commission hearings in Newcastle

ABC News

By Dan Cox

A Hunter clergy sexual abuse survivor and victims advocate is urging fellow victims to seek professional help if a royal commission hearing raises issues for them.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold hearings in Newcastle in August.

Ahead of the hearings, the ABC's 7.30 program has evidence from 2002 that Anglican bishop at the time, Roger Herft, ignored allegations of sexual abuse against notorious paedophile Father Peter Rushton.

Now-Archbishop Herft led the Newcastle diocese for more than a decade, and is facing claims he covered up Rushton's child sexual abuse network.

Alleged abuse victim's family were asked to pay school fees, royal commission told

Sydney Morning Herald

July 22 2016

Rachel Browne

The family of a boy who was allegedly molested by a staff member at a Catholic school in Sydney's south-west was asked to pay thousands of dollars in school fees after the child left the institution, according to evidence before a royal commission.

The inquiry heard the alleged perpetrator was allowed to resign from the Mater Dei School for children with intellectual disabilities, despite being suspected of sexually abusing two other students in his care.

Evidence before the commission is that the staff member, given the pseudonym CID, raped a 14-year-old girl, shared his bed with a teenage boy and sexually molested an eight-year-old boy with Down syndrome.

All the students were boarding at the college in 1990s, according to evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Perth Archbishop 'knew' about 'child abuse king pin' priest, insider claims

WA Today

July 22 2016

Heather McNeill

The Anglican Bishop of Perth, Roger Herft, did not report a child abuse complaint he received against a priest labelled the "king pin" of a paedophile ring to police, according to an Anglican Church insider.

ABC's 7.30 program claimed it had obtained a confidential note showing Archbishop Herft had received a complaint about Father Peter Rushton molesting a boy when they worked together in New South Wales in 2002.

According to ABC News, in the note, the Archbishop wrote the complaint "left me in an unenviable position" because "Father Peter had my licence [to be a priest] and if he re-offended I would be held liable as I now had prior knowledge of his alleged behaviour".

He goes on to explain he had been informed by a man that Rushton had molested his son 15 to 20 years ago, after the father welcomed the priest into his home to "spend some days off".

Nienstedt says he's 'relieved' that fate of investigation is now public

Star Tribune

By Jean Hopfensperger Star Tribune JULY 21, 2016

Former Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt: “I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life."

Former Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt said Thursday he is “relieved” that the public now is aware of the fate of an investigation into alleged sexual improprieties by him.

A day after a 2014 memo from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was made public stating that a Vatican emissary quashed the investigation, Nienstedt repeated that he has done nothing improper, despite allegations of misconduct revealed in documents released Wednesday by the Ramsey County attorney’s office.

“I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life,” Nienstedt wrote in an e-mail to the Star Tribune Thursday. “I am relieved that the public now knows the extent of the allegations and can hear my response.”

The fate of the Nienstedt investigation has been a question confronting Twin Cities Catholics for two years. The memo made public this week indicated that the Vatican emissary in Washington, D.C., put the brakes on the probe, which had been looking into allegations of sexual misconduct by Nienstedt in Michigan, Minnesota and Rome.

July 21, 2016

Statement from Patty Wetterling Regarding Joining the Ministerial Review Board

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2016

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

I was honored that John Choi and Tim O’Malley, both of whom I hold in high regard, asked me to join the Archdiocese’s Ministerial Review Board. John and Tim are collaborative leaders who instill hope. I have known County Attorney John Choi for years and have always admired his unwavering commitment to protecting children and preventing sexual abuse. John and I have partnered in the past on human trafficking initiatives, working together on prevention programs and presenting at training conferences. He is a collaborative leader dedicated to fairness and justice.

I have known Director Tim O’Malley since October 22, 1989 when my son Jacob was abducted. Tim was one of the BCA Agents working on the investigation. Over the years, we have worked closely on my son’s case, on other abduction investigations and on a number of sexual abuse prevention initiatives. As an investigator, BCA Superintendent, Administrative Law Judge and now as the Director of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment, Tim has proven himself to be a dedicated public servant and champion for protecting children and preventing sexual abuse.

I look forward to working with John, Tim, members of the Ministerial Review Board and others to prevent abuse and keep children safe. I understand the vital importance of the work of the Ministerial Review Board in keeping our communities as safe as possible. I hope my experience will add value to the Board and I pledge to take my responsibilities seriously. For me, this is a great opportunity to help champions that I have always admired build a world where children can grow up free from sexual exploitation. I am honored to serve.

Response to Release of Documents

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Source: Tom Halden, Director of Communications

From Joe Dixon, Counsel for the Archdiocese, Fredrikson & Byron

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office and the St. Paul Police Department have fully and thoroughly investigated the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and its leaders for 3 years. They have reviewed each of the documents made public today and investigated the allegations raised in those documents.

Today, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi told the public there is no basis to bring a criminal charge against any of those leaders. He also dismissed all of the criminal charges against the Archdiocese. That dismissal is unconditional and speaks for itself.

Former priest denies sex assault accusations


By Krista M. Torralva of the Caller-Times

A former priest denies accusations he sexually assaulted a girl.

Stephen Tarlton Dougherty, 59, appeared before a Bee County judge Thursday after a grand jury last month indicted him on a first degree felony of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Dougherty and his lawyer, John Pinckney of San Antonio, declined to comment outside the courtroom but referred to a court document in which the former priest and philanthropist pleaded not guilty.

During the brief hearing, Pinckney requested a list of the grand jury members that indicted Dougherty. He is expected to present case law that he says supports the release of the usually secret information at the next hearing Aug. 18. The trial is slated for Sept. 12.

The Diocese of Corpus Christi stripped Dougherty of his duties in 2011 after receiving a sexual misconduct allegation on Dougherty. Last year, Bee County law enforcement officials contacted Bee County law enforcement about another accusation.

WA--Ex-OK predator preacher accused; Victims respond

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For immediate release: Thursday, July 21, 2016

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

A pastor is accused of sexually abusing a girl for two years. Now, his current and former church colleagues and members must aggressively reach out to others who may have information or suspicions about his alleged crimes or possible church cover ups.

[Bellingham Herald]

Christopher L. Trent, who left Oklahoma three years ago and attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, will soon face formal charges in Washington state, where he lives now. But we strongly suspect he has abused others – either in Washington or Oklahoma. It’s not enough for his supervisors and colleagues to claim they’re “cooperating” with law enforcement. They must use their resources – church websites, bulletins, mailing lists and pulpit announcements – to seek out victims, witnesses and whistleblowers and beg them to call secular authorities.

Josh Carter, the top pastor at the Washington church where Trent met his victim, must lead the way with courage and compassion. But this duty - to reach out to the lost, wounded sheep – falls on every person who is or was associated with this congregation.