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July 22, 2018

Second alleged victim of former Buffalo, Niagara Falls priest Silverio comes forward

Buffalo NY

July 20, 2018

Says he was abused at Niagara Falls parish in '70s

By Charlie Specht

A second man has stepped forward alleging child sexual abuse at the hands of former Catholic priest and Buffalo non-profit executive Ronald T. Silverio.

Daniel McKean, 51, of Niagara Falls, said in an interview with 7 Eyewitness News that Silverio abused him while he was between seven and nine years old.

McKean said he was an altar boy at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Niagara Falls when Silverio would abuse him, typically three times per week.

Rosario: ‘This is the most meaningful job I’ve ever had,’ says top cop of Twin Cities archdiocese

Pioneer Press

July 20, 2018
By Rubén Rosario

Although he was a former altar boy at his Chicago-area church and spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Timothy O’Malley ‘fesses up that he’s hardly the Scripture-quoting, every-Sunday-church-going type.

“I was raised Catholic but I probably go to church about three times a year,” the 62-year-old father of two said during a chat this week. “Also, I married a Methodist.”

O’Malley was blunt in 2014 when then-embattled Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt — reeling from a growing clergy-abuse scandal that he inherited and from his botched handling of a parish priest later convicted and sent to prison in a child-abuse case — selected the veteran Minnesota lawman to head and revamp the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

Henshaw: Clergy sex abuse report makes for interesting legal debate

Reading Eagle

July 20, 2018

By Steven Henshaw

There are valid issues from those objecting to its release.

All through my junior/senior high school and college years, I enjoyed those classes taught by instructors who would deviate from the lesson plan to discuss a topic in the news.

Not everyone appreciates this. Those in that camp probably choose other lines of work and don't go into journalism, law and politics.

It's too bad law schools are on summer break. A grand jury's much-anticipated report on clergy abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania, including the Allentown Diocese covering Berks and Schuylkill counties, would serve as a fascinating topic to dissect. The issue encompasses such legal principles as privacy, defamation, due process and constitutionality.

Revelations of US cardinal sex abuse will force pope’s hand

Associated Press

July 21, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Revelations that one of the most respected U.S. cardinals allegedly sexually abused both boys and adult seminarians have raised questions about who in the Catholic Church hierarchy knew — and what Pope Francis is going to do about it.

If the accusations against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick bear out — including a new case reported Friday involving an 11-year-old boy — will Francis revoke his title as cardinal? Sanction him to a lifetime of penance and prayer? Or even defrock him, the expected sanction if McCarrick were a mere priest?

And will Francis, who has already denounced a “culture of cover-up” in the church, take the investigation all the way to the top, where it will inevitably lead? McCarrick’s alleged sexual misdeeds with adults were reportedly brought to the Vatican’s attention years ago.

July 21, 2018

Goa temple priest accused of molestation granted bail

The Siasat Daily

July 21, 2018

A court here on Saturday granted interim bail to a priest at the iconic Mangueshi temple who has been accused of allegedly molesting two women inside the temple premises.

District and Sessions Judge Bela Naik directed the police not to arrest the accused priest Dhananjay Bhave until the matter is heard again on Wednesday (July 25).

Bhave has been booked under section 354 (outraging modesty) of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly molesting two young women, including a student of medicine enrolled in a US college, who have accused him of allegedly hugging and kissing them inside the temple premise in June.

Vatican suspends Chilean deacon accused of child abuse

AFP via The Local

July 21, 2018

The Vatican dismissed a Chilean deacon over sexual abuse accusations in central Chile, the archdiocese of the city of Rancagua said Friday, amid a widespread abuse scandal gripping the country's Catholic Church.

Luis Rubio was arrested for improper conduct and sexual abuse of minors when he was in charge of a Las Cabras school in 2013.

A year later, the archdiocese of Rancagua dismissed him from his duties while an investigation was underway, with the results sent to the Vatican, which has now expelled him.

Archbishop says Pope Francis will have to address abuse during visit


July 21, 2018

The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has said that Pope Francis will have to address the question of abuse in the Catholic Church's history when he visits here next month.

Pope Francis will visit Ireland for two days on 25 and 26 August, coinciding with the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families event.

The Pontiff is scheduled to visit Knock in Co Mayo, as well as keeping a number of engagements in Dublin.

Pope Francis will have to address question of abuse in Catholic Church history, says Archbishop of Dublin

The Irish Post

July 21, 2018

By Rebecca Keane

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said the Papal visit later this year will have to include a discussion on abuse committed by officials in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis is to visit Ireland next month.

The Pontiff’s Irish tour takes place in August with three events open to the public: World Meeting of Families 2018 at Croke Park on August 25, a Knock shrine event in Co. Mayo on the morning of August 26, and a closing mass at Phoenix Park later that day.

Speaking to RTÉ, Archbishop Martin said it was necessary for Pope Francis to discuss it as part of the Church's history but as part of the present because the wounds of survivors are there and new wounds are still emerging.

Vatican expert: To fight sex abuse, the Catholic Church must invest in women


July 20, 2018

By Michael J. O’Loughlin

One of the church’s experts on protecting children from abuse says that while today “there is much more awareness about the issue,” the church has to invest more resources and include more women, especially in places where the church is growing fastest.

“What is still lacking is an understanding that the protection of minors and the justice done to victims is a priority within the church,” Hans Zollner, S.J., who heads the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, told America on Thursday. He added that some bishops and other church leaders sometimes see combating sexual abuse as “one topic among others” and have not grasped that “this has to be a priority for the church.”

Father Zollner, a psychologist by training, launched the child protection initiative in 2012 in Germany and he moved to Rome in 2015 when Pope Francis requested that the center’s resources be used in the global church. He was then appointed to the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, and he is a consultor for the Vatican office that deals with clergy.

More details emerge on latest sex abuse allegations against Cardinal McCarrick

Associated Press via Crux

July 21, 2018

By Sarah Rankin

A Virginia man said Friday he was sexually abused for about two decades by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a prominent Catholic leader who was removed from public ministry last month over separate child abuse allegations.

The man, who agreed to be identified only by his first name, James, told The Associated Press he recently filed a police report detailing the abuse with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office. James, who first spoke publicly with The New York Times for a story published Thursday, said the abuse began when he was a child and continued into adulthood.

McCarrick was a close family friend, James said. The 88-year-old retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., is one of the highest-ranking U.S. church officials accused in a sexual abuse scandal that has seen thousands of priests implicated.

Survivors of Catholic priest abuse brace for scathing grand jury report


July 20, 2018

By Ivey DeJesus

Four men who were abused as children by their Catholic priests on Friday expressed warnings to individuals trying to block the release of an upcoming report on a grand jury investigation into clergy sex abuse.

The men have either testified before a grand jury or have provided information to investigators on predatory priests. They said that the significant pushback to revise or block what is expected to be a scathing report into church mishandling or cover-up of child sex abuse signals that the grand jury's findings must be stunning.

"There was no backlash after Altoona-Johnstown. No Supreme Court stay," said Shaun Dougherty, who was molested by his priest from the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. "What and who is in this report that is so powerful? We already had Philadelphia and Altoona. What is in the report, it's gotta be damning.

Judge unseals AG's argument in the Catholic sex abuse scandal

The Herald (Sharon PA)

July 20, 2018

By Melissa Klaric

Victims are one step closer to vindication after a ruling today that made public the state attorney general's argument to unseal a grand jury report detailing child sex abuse within the Catholic Church.

Just minutes ago, the brief filed last week by the Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro was posted. The brief cites similar cases in which the court decided to make public the identities of people who are named in a grand jury report, but who have not been indicted.

Judge Norman A. Krumenacker, who oversaw the grand jury that for two years investigated child sex abuse allegations spanning several decades within the Erie, Pittsburgh, Greensburg, Scranton, Harrisburg and Allentown dioceses, issued the order to make the legal document public.

Judge: AG's response to challenges against Catholic sexual abuse report does not violate grand jury secrecy law

The Tribune-Democrat

July 20, 2018 [Updated July 21, 2018]

By Deb Erdley

The protracted battle over the release of a secret grand jury’s report into decades of allegations of sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses, including the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses, may be winding down.

A legal response from Pennsylvania’s attorney general to those challenging the report does not violate state grand jury secrecy laws, a Cambria County judge presiding over the matter ruled Thursday.

Common Pleas Judge Norman A. Krumenacker III, however, left it to the discretion of the state Supreme Court to publicly release the argument filed by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office. That document had yet to be released as of Friday.

July 20, 2018

Pope removes Honduran bishop accused of sexual misdeeds

The Associated Press

July 20, 2018

By Nicole Winfield

Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of a Honduran bishop accused of sexual misconduct with seminarians, the latest in a series of high-ranking clergy implicated in sexual improprieties with adults under their authority.

Francis had ordered an investigation into the allegations against Tegulcigalpa Auxiliary Bishop Juan José Pineda Fasquelle last year. On Friday, the Vatican said Francis had accepted Pineda's resignation.

No explanation was given. At 57, Pineda is well below the normal retirement age of 75 for bishops.

Pineda was the top deputy to Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, one of Francis' main cardinal advisers, and his downfall is a blow to the Honduran archbishop.

‘An Entire Community Got Together to Rape a Child’: India Recoils at Girl’s Assault

The New York Times

July 18, 2018

By Kai Schultz and Suhasini Raj

For months, the police say, a group of men took turns raping an 11-year-old girl.

In the gated community in Chennai, India, where the girl lived with her parents, the men gave her soft drinks laced with drugs, the police said. They filmed themselves raping her, brandishing knives and threatening to release the videos if the girl told her family, the police said.

The men were not intruders in the gated community, but employees who greeted residents, operated the elevator or brought water coolers to apartments.

When news broke on Monday that the authorities in Chennai, a coastal city in the southeast, had arrested 17 men accused of raping or molesting the girl over a period of seven months, chaos erupted at the complex in an older part of the city. Residents dismissed the building’s remaining staff members. Women volunteered to guard the complex’s entrances, and some called for the suspects to be hanged.

India most dangerous country for women with sexual violence rife

Thomson Reuters Foundation

June 26, 2018

By Belinda Goldsmith and Meka Beresford

India is the world's most dangerous country for women due to the high risk of sexual violence and being forced into slave labour, according to a poll of global experts released on Tuesday.

War-torn Afghanistan and Syria ranked second and third in the Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of about 550 experts on women's issues, followed by Somalia and Saudi Arabia.

The only Western nation in the top 10 was the United States, which ranked joint third when respondents were asked where women were most at risk of sexual violence, harassment and being coerced into sex.

The poll was a repeat of a survey in 2011 that found experts saw Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, India, and Somalia as the most dangerous countries for women.

Experts said India moving to the top of poll showed not enough was being done to tackle the danger women faced, more than five years after the rape and murder of a student on a bus in Delhi made violence against women a national priority.

Study finds widespread history of sexual abuse among formerly Orthodox

Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA)

July 18, 2018

By Sam Sokol

While Jews are no more likely to be sexually abused than other Americans, individuals who have left the Orthodox community are more than four times as likely to have been molested as children than the general population, a new study has found.

The study, by two Orthodox Jewish researchers, surveyed more than 300 participants over a three-year period. Its authors — Dr. David Rosmarin of Harvard and Dr. David Pelcovitz of Yeshiva University — said their report was an attempt to address a lack of research on the prevalence of sexual abuse in the Jewish community.

While the rate of abuse was higher among formerly Orthodox individuals, Rosmarin and Pelcovitz also found that abuse was “associated with significantly lower levels of intrinsic religiosity and lower levels of religious observance” among victims who chose to remain part of the Orthodox community.

“This report supports the anecdotal evidence I’ve seen that indicates a close link between abuse in a religious context and the subsequent rejection of that community, its practices, values and often everything it stands for,” said Manny Waks, the founder of Tzedek, an Australian advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse. “This is proof for what he already knew. I’ve met many people who were religious, especially within the ultra-Orthodox community, who left because of sexual abuse.”

Rosmarin is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. According to the study, formerly Orthodox individuals were substantially more likely to report abuse than those who remain part of the community — perhaps an obvious point given the inhibitions regarding speaking out in tight-knit communities. Various haredi Orthodox organizations have debated in recent years whether and how to report child abusers to law enforcement agencies.

‘It never stops shaping you’: the legacy of child sexual abuse – and how to survive it

The Guardian

June 28, 2018

By Gaby Hinsliff

Child sexual abuse is frighteningly common and hugely damaging. But a new project is collecting survivors’ stories – and revealing what is needed to heal

The first thing Sabah Kaiser does after sitting down at the table when we meet, is to pick up a pen, and write her name on the nearest sheet of paper. She does it almost unthinkingly, and only later will it come to seem significant.

When she was a little girl, Kaiser wrote her name a lot. She scrawled it defiantly on the wall at home, balancing precariously on a banister four floors above the ground to reach the wallpaper: “Sabah is the best.” Later, she wrote it in foster homes: “I would find the hardest place that I could reach, or the most beautiful or lovely area, and write ‘Sabah is the best’.”

It was a coping mechanism she learned young, without really understanding why. But now, at 43, she recognises it as a way of fighting the feelings of worthlessness and shame so many child abuse survivors experience. “It was saying: ‘Look at me, I belong here; I can do the same as you, if not better.’”

The name she writes now is not, however, the same one she had then. Kaiser changed it by deed poll years ago, borrowing inspiration from Keyser Söze, the character in the film The Usual Suspects who has a double life. Kaiser, she explains, means king; above other men, but below God. It is a powerful name, and the one under which she approached the Truth Project.

Set up by the government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the project gives individual victims and survivors a chance to be heard; to share stories in confidence, helping inform the inquiry’s investigation into the widespread failure of institutions from churches to boarding schools to halt abuse. So far it has collected more than 1,000 stories (and remains keen to hear more), and while the details are often harrowing, they are striking in what they reveal about the lifelong consequences. As one survivor says in the report published this week by the Truth Project, it’s “like pebbles thrown into a pond; the ripples keep on getting bigger”.

Malcolm Turnbull tells Pope to sack Archbishop Philip Wilson after court ruling

Australian Broadcasting Corporation

July 20, 2018

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has called on the Pope to "sack" Adelaide's Archbishop Philip Wilson.

Wilson was convicted of covering up abuse by priest Jim Fletcher in the NSW Hunter region in the 1970s, making him the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing sexual abuse.

He was sentenced to 12 months' detention, eligible for parole after six months, but has said he will lodge an appeal against his conviction.

The Archbishop has refused to quit his post, and Mr Turnbull has previously said Wilson should resign — a call echoed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and South Australian Premier Steven Marshall.

Today the Prime Minister intensified the pressure on the Catholic Church by saying "the time has come for the Pope to sack him".

Key points:
- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull calls on Pope Francis to sack Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson
- Wilson is the most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of concealing child sexual abuse
- Wilson has stepped aside from his duties, but will only resign if his appeal against his sentence is unsuccessful

Catholics at Novena Say Church Abuse Report Should be Released


July 18, 2018

By Peggy Lee

Scranton, Pa. - At St. Ann's Basilica in west Scranton, the faithful make their annual pilgrimage to participate in the weeklong novena.

This religious service comes as the state attorney general is attempting to release an 800-page grand jury report that details decades of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

But that's currently being denied by a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order after a group of unnamed individuals petitioned to keep it under wraps.

People at the novena say the report needs to come out.

“It pains me as a Catholic, and I think that to be forthcoming about the abuses is going to help everyone in the end and the healing process,” said Kristen Lemoncelli from Peckville. “So I just hope for the best for all families and victims involved.”

“You want the truth to come out and what's right, should be brought to the surface and justice should be done then to help the victims,” said Joanne Simmens from Moscow.

Australian Leader Says Pope Should Fire Archbishop Convicted of Hiding Abuse

New York Times

July 19, 2018

By Isabella Kwai

Sydney, Australia - Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia said Thursday that Pope Francis should fire an Australian archbishop who is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the world to be found guilty of concealing sex crimes against children.

“He should have resigned, and the time has come for the pope to sack him,” Mr. Turnbull said of Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide.

Archbishop Wilson, 67, was sentenced this month to 12 months in detention after being found guilty in May of hiding abuse by a priest, Jim Fletcher, in the state of New South Wales in the 1970s.

Mr. Turnbull, who converted to Catholicism in 2002, said he and other political leaders had already called on Archbishop Wilson to resign.

“I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him,” he said.

AG, Cambria judge meet on child sex abuse case


July 20, 2018

By Jocelyn Brumbaugh

Ebensburg – Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, several of his staff and attorneys representing clergy named in a still unreleased grand jury report regarding child sexual abuse across six Catholic dioceses attended a hearing behind closed doors in front of Cambria County President Judge Norman Krumenacker III on Thursday.

Shapiro, along with Senior Deputy Attorney General Daniel Dye, were in Krumenacker’s courtroom for approximately 90 minutes.

Krumenacker, who oversaw the 40th statewide investigating grand jury, confirmed the hearing involved the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s July 6 opinions detailing the deadlines for briefs to be submitted by attorneys representing those named in the report as well as representatives of the state attorney general’s office.

A Catholic trifecta of disgrace: Next step in abuse saga is due - Minors, employees, women

National Catholic Reporter

July 20, 2018

By Mary E. Hunt

The Academy Award-winning movie "Spotlight" offered a summary of the first part of what I predict will be a Catholic trifecta of disgrace. "Spotlight" showed priests abusing minors and clerical higher-ups covering for them, making for a grim, ongoing tale of betrayal and corruption.

The second aspect came into sharp focus in Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman's recent Pulitzer-worthy article, "He Preyed on Men Who Wanted to Be Priests. Then He Became a Cardinal" in which they spell out the dastardly deeds of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The authors made clear that McCarrick's sexual exploits were many, widely known, and just as widely ignored on his way to a red hat.

The third leg of this trifecta remains unexplored, but I predict/believe it will soon explode onto the scene: some priests' use and abuse of women.

The first, we can call it the "Spotlight" phase, is now well documented. It cost several billion dollars, ruined many young lives, took other lives, and left a trail of destruction through generations of believers. The second moment, just opening in the public forum, is the chronicle of how priests preyed on (not prayed for) one another in a hierarchal system with few checks and balances against such abuse. Apparently getting ordained and promoted was not just a matter "who you know," as it were …

The New York Times reporters detail the apparently well-known M.O. of McCarrick as a serial creep. He chose his bedmates out of groups of available seminarians, invited others to share his New York pied-à-terre in a hospital (now there's a unique place for a tryst), and used a fishing cabin for similar purposes.

Chile bishop resists giving abuse report to prosecutors

Associated Press

The head of the Chilean Roman Catholic Church’s abuse prevention committee says he will not deliver a report on sex abuse committed by priests against minors to Chile’s attorney general.

The 2,300-page report was ordered by Pope Francis after he visited the South American country.

Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez said Thursday that the information in the report could harm those who testified in secret if it became known. He said that “the pope is the only recipient of this report.”

Francis received the report earlier this year and then publicly denounced a “culture of abuse and cover-up” in Chile’s Catholic Church. He also said he was ashamed that neither he nor Chilean church leaders truly ever listened to victims as the country’s abuse scandal spiraled.

New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

Catholic News Agency / EWTN

July 19, 2018

Washington D.C. - A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun.

The New York Times reported July 19 the man’s allegation, that McCarrick began sexually abusing him in 1969, when the priest was 39 and the man, “James,” whose full name has not been reported, was 11 years old. McCarrick was reportedly a friend to the alleged victim’s family.

The man says that he continued to be sexually abused by McCarrick for almost two decades, the Times reported.

The man claims that the abuse contributed to alcohol and drug habits that plagued him for years. He also says that he attempted to disclose the abuse to his father several years after it began, but was disbelieved, according to the Times.

In 1969, when the abuse is alleged to have begun, McCarrick ended a four-year term as president of the Catholic University of Puerto Rico, and became assistant secretary for education in the Archdiocese of New York. In 1977, he become auxiliary bishop of New York, and later became the Bishop of Metuchen, Archbishop of Newark, and, eventually, Archbishop of Washington.

As McCarrick spotlight grows, is revoking honors sensitivity or whitewash?


July 20, 2018

By Christopher White

New York - Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that its Board of Trustees had voted to rescind an honorary doctorate awarded to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, following revelations that the former Archbishop of Washington had molested an altar boy nearly 50 years ago as a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

On Thursday, the New York Times reported on another allegation against McCarrick, this one involving alleged sexual abuse of a minor. The person making the charge is identified only by his first name in the Times account, yet the story also indicates he’s filed a police report in Loudon County, Virginia.

With the growing spotlight on McCarrick, Fordham isn’t the only institution to have awarded an honorary degree to the 88-year-old retired Cardinal who has now been suspended from public ministry by the Vatican. The Catholic University of America, the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown University, Sienna College, St. Peter’s University, the College of New Rochelle, and the University of Portland are just a number of the institutions that bestowed honorary degrees to a man who, during his 50 years of ministry, was widely known as a social justice giant within American Catholicism.

Former Guam resident re-files clergy sex abuse suit

Pacific Daily News

July 19, 2018

By Haidee V Eugenio

A former Guam resident now living in Las Vegas refiled on Thursday a clergy sex abuse lawsuit he voluntarily withdrew in August, in which he accused Father Antonio C. Cruz, who is now deceased, of molesting him when he was about 9 years old, around 1964.

The $5 million lawsuit has been refiled in the U.S. District Court of Guam by the plaintiff, identified only as A.J.A. in court documents, to protect his privacy.

The lawsuit says the priest pulled down A.J.A.'s pants and began touching the boy's private parts when the boy delivered the priest's clothes to him in his bedroom at the Chalan Pago church rectory.

At the time, A.J.A. and his family would cook for Cruz and wash the priest's clothes, the lawsuit states. A.J.A., represented by Attorney David Lujan, is now in his early 60s.

The named defendants in A.J.A.'s lawsuit include: the Archdiocese of Agana; Capuchin Franciscans; Capuchin Franciscans Province of St. Mary; Capuchin Franciscans Custody of Star of the Sea; and other John Does. The lawsuit states Cruz was an agent of the Capuchin Franciscans.

Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal case: Leaked phone talk reveals Cardinal George Alencherry knew nun’s plight

The New Indian Express

July 20, 2018

Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.

Kottayam - In a major setback to Syro-Malabar Catholic Church head Cardinal George Alencherry, a leaked phone conversation between him and the nun who raised rape allegation against Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal has revealed the Cardinal knew about the nun’s sufferings at the Jalandhar diocese.

According to the leaked recording, she is heard saying as many as 25 nuns in the congregation were ready to quit and join Syro-Malabar Church, following hardships in Jalandhar. Cardinal Alencherry had earlier maintained he was unaware of the rape complaint against the Bishop and the nun had only told him about some issues in her diocese.

However, the leaked conversation reveals the Cardinal was well-informed about the developments in the diocese, even though the nun did not mention about sexual harassment in particular.

Lawsuit alleges priest molested boy whose family cooked and washed clothes for him

Guam Daily Post

July 20, 2018

A new lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest has been filed in the District Court of Guam.

In the lawsuit, a man using the initials A.J.A. names the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana as a corporate entity; the Capuchin Franciscans; the Capuchin Franciscans Province of Saint Mary; and other unnamed individuals and entities.

When he was 9 years old, A.J.A. was sexually molested and abused by Father Antonio C. Cruz, an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Agana, the lawsuit states. The plaintiff now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The priest, who was assigned to the Chalan Pago Parish, died in November 1986 at the age of 62.

Prince Charles to tell child abuse inquiry he sent 'small gifts of money' to bishop friend but was 'certainly not aware' he was a paedophile despite clergyman accepting caution for gross indecency

Daily Mail

July 20, 2018

By Alexander Robertson and Martin Robinson


• A written statement from Prince Charles will be read out at the inquiry next week
• Ball, who has boasted of being a confidant of Charles, was jailed in October 2015
• Heir to the throne says he sent him 'small gifts and money' after being deceived
• Former Bishop of Lewes had sexually abused 18 young men over three decades
• He was released in February last year after serving half his sentence behind bars

The Prince of Wales sent a disgraced former bishop 'small gifts and money' - but didn't know he was a paedophile, the heir to the throne has told an inquiry.

The heir to the throne remained friends with Peter Ball, now 86, because he did not understand that the clergyman’s caution relating to gross indecency was an admission of guilt, it was reported today.

Charles was in contact with Bishop Peter Ball for more than 20 years until he was convicted in 2015 for sexual abuse offences.

Ball resigned in 1993 after a police investigation into abuse of boys and young men and accepted a caution over it - but told the Prince it was because someone with a grudge was 'persecuting' him.

‘This is the most meaningful job I’ve ever had,’ says top cop of Twin Cities archdiocese

Pioneer Press

July 20, 2018

By Rubén Rosario

Although he was a former altar boy at his Chicago-area church and spent 16 years in Catholic schools, Timothy O’Malley ‘fesses up that he’s hardly the Scripture-quoting, every-Sunday-church-going type.

“I was raised Catholic but I probably go to church about three times a year,” the 62-year-old father of two said during a chat this week. “Also, I married a Methodist.”

O’Malley was blunt in 2014 when then-embattled Twin Cities Archbishop John Nienstedt, reeling from a growing clergy abuse scandal that he inherited and from his botched handling of a parish priest later convicted and sent to prison in a child-abuse case, selected the veteran Minnesota lawman to head and revamp the archdiocese’s Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

O’Malley’s credentials ranged from beat cop in Rochester, Minn., FBI agent, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigator and agency head to deputy chief administrative law judge before accepting the church post. He was not seeking absolution.

“I said that if they were looking for that kind of church-going Catholic, then I was not the best person for the job,” he said.

Ex-priest Daniel McCormack committed indefinitely to facility for sex offenders

Associated Press via WGN 9

July 19, 2018

A former Chicago Roman Catholic priest deemed to be a sexually violent person on Wednesday was ordered committed indefinitely to an Illinois facility for sex offenders.

Daniel McCormack will be confined in a detention facility in Rushville, where he has been living since 2009. He completed a five-year sentence that year for molesting five boys in the West Side Chicago parish where he worked as a priest, teacher and basketball coach.

Cook County Circuit Judge Dennis Porter in a September trial found McCormack to be a sexually violent person. Prosecutors contended the 49-year-old McCormack would likely re-offend if he were set free.

“I can’t disregard the fact that he has never been of the belief that he has a problem,” Porter said in ordering McCormack committed indefinitely.

Lawsuit accuses priest of concealing sex abuse, denying help to victim

Boston Herald

July 18, 2018

By Marie Szaniszlo

A man who alleges he was raped as a child in the 1970s by a now-deceased Roman Catholic brother in Harvard, Mass., has filed a lawsuit accusing the head of the abbey where the abuse allegedly occurred of trying to conceal it and refusing to pay for his psychiatric treatment.

The plaintiff, identified as John Doe No. 1001 in a complaint filed Tuesday in Worcester Superior Court, alleges he was raped by Brother Joseph Martin at St. Benedict Abbey over four to five months, beginning in 1974, when he was 11.

The man, who was one of several boys who worked at the abbey, confided in a supervior there, according to the complaint, but the supervisor, who also is deceased now, did nothing to stop the abuse.

The plaintiff, now 55, yesterday said that for decades he suppressed memories of the abuse. He married, had a son and worked in several high-level positions with military and government contractors.

Erie Diocese Releases Names Of Accused Priests, Educators While Grand Jury Report Remains On Hold

KDKA-TV CBS Channel 2

July 19, 2018

When Jim Van Sickle was a boy, he suffered serial sexual abuse at the hands of a priest named David Poulson, but it would be 36 years before Van Sickle would come forward.

“Deep shame. Guilt. Fear of exposure,” he said.

In May, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro criminally charged Poulson with the assistance of the Diocese of Erie, which has been in the forefront of exposing the actions of its own priests and lay educators.

Erie Bishop Lawrence Persico is the only bishop to testify in front of Shapiro’s grand jury investigating decades of sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses, including Pittsburgh and Greensburg.

While a dozen priests are fighting to block the release of the grand jury report to protect their identities, Persico hasn’t waited.

To that end, the diocese has posted on its website a public disclosure list with the names of all 64 priests and religious with credible allegations of sexual abuse lodged against them.

July 19, 2018

Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years

New York Times

July 19, 2018

By Sharon Otterman

James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom. Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church, was a close family friend, whom James and his six siblings called Uncle Teddy. James was changing out of his bathing suit to get ready for dinner.

“He said, turn around,” James, who is now 60, recalled in an interview last week. “And I really don’t want to, because I don’t want to show anybody anything.” But he did, he said, and was shocked when Father McCarrick dropped his pants, too. “See, we are the same,” James said he told him. “It’s O.K., we are the same.”

It was the beginning of a sexually abusive relationship that would last nearly 20 years, James said in the interview, the first time he has spoken publicly about the trauma. He asked that his last name be withheld to protect a sibling.

As the decades passed, Father McCarrick became Cardinal McCarrick, one of the most prominent public faces of the Catholic Church in America. He was suddenly removed from ministry last month over a substantiated allegation that he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old altar boy in 1971.

The news changed James’s life. “I got down on my knees and I thanked God that I am not alone and it is going to be O.K.,” James said, through sobs, recalling the moment. “And I can tell somebody and someone is going to believe me.”

Rev. Stephen E. Jeselnick– Assignment History


Summary of Case: Stephen Jeselnick was ordained in 1977 for the Diocese of Erie. He briefly assisted at parishes in Oil City, Meadville, Jamestown and Greenville, after which there is a two-year gap in his assignments. By 1983 he was assisting in a Colorado Springs, CO, followed by another unexplained gap 1985-1986. During 1986-1987 Jeselnick was back in the Erie diocese, assigned to a DuBois parish. Thereafter, until his retirement in 2010, Jeselnick moved around as a military chaplain. He is not indexed in the Directories beyond 2015.

In 1991 a man reported to Bishop Trautman that 11 years previously, when he was a 20-year-old college student on home in PA for summer break, he had two "unwanted sexual encounters" with Jeselnick. The man said that his father was in failing health at the time and that he was vulnerable. In 2005 the man received a settlement on the condition that he keep the case quiet.

Jeselnick's name was included on the Erie diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of clergy, lay employees and volunteers with credible accusations against them of the sexual abuse of minors. He was noted to be living in Colorado Springs, CO, and "Forbidden to function as a priest."

Ordained: 1977

Rev. Edward W. Jungquist– Assignment History


Summary of Case: Edward W. Jungquist was a priest of the Diocese of Erie, ordained in 1980. He assisted briefly at parishes in Erie, Grove City and Oil City until 1984, when he began a five-year assignment in Titusville. In 1989 Jungquist transferred to a Pensacola FL parish, after which he is neither indexed nor listed in the diocesan pages as at his previous assignment in the Official Catholic Directory. He is shown to have been On Leave of Absence 1991-1992, then appears to drop out of the Directory altogether.

Jungquist's name was included on the Erie diocese's list released April 6, 2018 of clergy, lay employees and volunteers with credible accusations against them of the sexual abuse of minors. He is noted to be deceased. There are indications that he moved to Tucson, AZ, where he lived until at least October 2001.

Ordained: 1980

Deaths for July 15

The Olympian

July 15, 2018

Lamm, Father Timothy, 89, Lacey, died Wednesday, July 11, 2018, at Providence Mother Joseph Care Center, Olympia. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Lacey, 360-491-3000.

Abbey pledges cooperation with any sex abuse investigation

The Associated Press

July 19, 2018

A Massachusetts monastery being sued by a man who says he was sexually assaulted by a monk as a child says it cooperated fully with a police investigation into the allegations and will continue to cooperate.

Saint Benedict Abbey in Harvard says its monks are “committed to the safety and well-being of others and the protection of all children.”

Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

The Associated Press

July 19, 2018

By Rod McGuirk

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should have resigned when he was convicted in May of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by a pedophile priest in the Hunter Valley region north of Sydney during the 1970s.

Turnbull said on Thursday the 67-year-old cleric should not be allowed to remain an archbishop while he appealed against his conviction.

"He should have resigned and the time has come for the pope to sack him," Turnbull told reporters.

"There are many leaders that have called on him to resign, it's clear that he should resign and I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the church to take action and sack him," Turnbull added.

Lawsuit Alleges Ohio State University Diving Coach Forced Athletes Into Sex


July 18, 2018

A lawsuit accuses USA Diving, the sport’s governing body, of failing to protect its athletes after a diving coach was alleged to be sexually abusing female athletes.

The class-action suit accuses William Bohonyi, who had been a diving coach, of sexually preying on at least two female divers and names him, USA Diving and the Ohio State University Diving Club as defendants.

The lawsuit was filed last week in US District Court in Indianapolis, where USA Diving is based.

Ohio State Report: Diving Coach Accused Of Sexually Abusing Teen Said It Was Just Flirting


July 17, 2018

By Diana Moskovitz

Ohio State released today its investigative report into what happened when multiple people told the university in 2014 that then-assistant diving coach William Bohonyi was having a sexual relationship with a teenage diver. The documents goes over the multiple people who reported what they had heard, as well as how different Ohio State employees had different observations they wanted to include. Two reported it and confronted Bohonyi about it. A third, head diving coach John Appleman, instead pointed out to investigators that he had heard the diver had been untruthful in the past. Appleman currently is on leave from Ohio State. The investigation ultimately found that Bohonyi had violated the university’s sexual harassment policy, and he was fired later that month.

The report does not address everything the diver said in her federal lawsuit filed last week against USA Diving and Ohio State’s diving club—that Bohonyi maintained a relationship with her after his firing, which included further sexual encounters with him on Ohio State’s campus, that she was bullied at school by other members of the university’s dive club, and that Ohio State never forwarded relevant text messages to law enforcement.

Deadspin has emailed an Ohio State spokesperson for comment and will update the blog if they respond.

What makes the NXIVM “sex cult” so awful? An Ayn Rand fan exploiting women’s need for sisterhood


July 18, 2018

By Gewnda Bond

On this episode of “Cult Faves,” an examination of the role “Atlas Shrugged” played in NXIVM’s philosophy

If you have even a passing interest in cults and cult-like organizations — or for that matter, celebrity scandals — you’ve probably heard about how the leader of the oddly-named NXIVM Keith Raniere and high-level follower and former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack have been charged with sex trafficking, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, and forced labor. It’s not every day, after all, that someone who used to play opposite a teenage Superman is alleged to have recruited women to be sex slaves and to have branded them, all in service to what the New York Times describes as "a sex cult," with other celebrity and socialite names in the mix.

On our podcast “Cult Faves,” my co-host Cher Martinetti and I couldn’t wait to dive into the disturbing ocean of material about NXIVM to see if we could make some sense of it. (In case you’re wondering, the alphabet soup name is pronounced NEX-ee-um, like the heartburn medication; at least that’s the most commonly held belief. You’re welcome.)

Keith Raniere fits the profile of a cult leader in several ways. The first is that he claims to be an exceptional human. Among the accomplishments he’s reportedly claimed at one time or another are: speaking in full sentences by age one, having one of the highest IQs in the world, and, oh right, the ability to set off radar detectors by his sheer existence if he drives. The second is he has a shady past. In 1990, he founded something called Consumers’ Buyline Inc., which sold memberships in a discount buying club. Twenty-three states and two federal agencies investigated and decided it was a pyramid scheme. In the mid-’90s, Raniere signed a consent order that didn’t admit wrongdoing, but did force him to agree he’d never initiate another con game of that exact variety.

Mormon church urges judge to toss 1984 sex-assault claim

The Associated Press

July 18, 2018

By Lindsay Whitehurst

Mormon church lawyers asked a judge Wednesday to toss out a lawsuit from a woman who says she was raped in the 1980s by a former Mormon missionary leader who held the powerful position even though church officials knew he had a history of sexual misconduct.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints denies those allegations, and attorneys argue her case should be dismissed because key witnesses are dead and evidence has disappeared over the last 34 years.

"One needs to take the rights of the accused seriously," said Andrew Deiss, a lawyer for the former leader, Joseph L. Bishop. He said his client is now an 85-year-old man who may not be able to fully defend himself.

No date was immediately set for U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball to rule.

140 Sexual Abuse Survivors United to Accept an ESPY Award

The Cut

July 19, 2018

By Sarah Spellings

On Wednesday night, 140 women who had been abused by doctor Larry Nassar united to accept an ESPY award together. They were given the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, presented by Jennifer Garner. Nassar was convicted and faces 40 to 125 years in prison for routinely sexually abusing young women, many of whom were rising gymnasts.

Three representatives – Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, former gymnast Sarah Klein, and softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez – spoke about how they continue to speak about the harassment they faced. Klein called the women onstage a “portrait of survival, a new vision of courage.”

“For 30 years the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, and Michigan State University all placed money and medals over the safety of child athletes,” Klein said. “It is time to start caring about children’s safety more than we care about adults’ reputations.” They also thanked the law enforcement officials who helped convict Nassar, including Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.

Raisman directly spoke to the adults who did not listen when women came forward about Nassar and allowed the abuse to continue for 30 years. “The intention was to silence us in favor of money, medals, and reputation,” Raisman said. “But we persisted and finally someone listened and believed us … If just one adult had listened, believed, and acted, the people on this stage would have never met him.”

Marine officer accused of sexual harassment must fight to stay in Corps


July 18, 2018

By Tom Vanden Brook

The Marine Corps determined that an officer must fight to keep his job after sexual harassment allegations mushroomed into a scandal that prompted the firing of a general.

Two civilian women accused Maj. David Cheek of making blatant sexual overtures to them at their office at the Corps' base at Quantico, Virginia. Their allegations, reported by USA TODAY in February, prompted Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller to order a new investigation of their case and ultimately cost Brig. Gen. Kurt Stein his job after he labeled their claims "fake news."

Cheek will face officers on a board of inquiry, whom he must convince to allow him to continue serving in the Marine Corps.

Girl With Disability Gang-Raped By 22 Men For 7 Months In India, Police Say

The Huffington Post

July 18, 2018

By Alanna Vagianos

Accused assailants include an elevator operator, gardener and security guards at her family’s apartment complex.

A young girl with a hearing disability was drugged and gang-raped by at least 22 men repeatedly over a seven-month period at the apartment complex where her family lives in Chennai, India, her mother told police.

Police quickly rounded up 18 of the 22 men, including an elevator operator, gardener, housekeeper, electrician, security guards and plumbers in and around the apartment complex where the girl’s family lives in Purasawalkam, according to the Times Of India. The men range in age from early 20s to late 60s, according to the Economic Times. Officers reportedly are looking for four other suspects.

There are conflicting reports about the girl’s age. Times of India reported the victim is 12, while other outlets gave her age as 11. She was examined and treated Sunday at a hospital, which determined she had been raped by multiple men, according to the paper.

The girl told police that an elevator operator named Ravi Kumar, 66, first sexually assaulted her when she arrived home from school before she entered her family’s apartment. She said Kumar raped her in a vacant apartment. A few days later, he invited two other men to rape her, she said.

Police said the three men videotaped the second assault and threatened to release it if the girl talked about the attacks.

MSU: Student who alleged rape can sue basketball players, not us

Detroit Free Press

July 18, 2018

By David Jesse

A female Michigan State University student who alleges she was discouraged from reporting a rape by three basketball players can sue, but not the university, MSU lawyers argue in a court filing this week.

That's because the alleged rape happened off campus and was only reported to members of the counseling staff, who aren't mandatory reporters, the school's lawyers argue.

So a federal lawsuit by the female student should be dismissed and her focus, if she wants to sue, should be on the players, not MSU, the filing says.

"Plaintiff has every right to pursue appropriate criminal and civil remedies against the students who assaulted her," the filing says. "Plaintiff, however, cannot show that MSU is responsible for criminal actions that did not occur on its campus. Nor can she fault MSU’s conduct after the assault where she never told any MSU employees who were in a position to take action, and she never requested any remedies from MSU that were not provided."

Australian PM says Pope must sack archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse


July 19, 2018


By Colin Packham

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Thursday that Pope Francis must sack an Australian archbishop convicted of concealing child sex abuse.

In May, Archbishop Philip Wilson, 67, became the most senior Catholic cleric to be convicted of not disclosing to police abuse by another priest.

Wilson, who was sentenced to a year’s detention this month, has stepped aside as archbishop of Adelaide in South Australia state, but has not resigned, insisting he will do so only if he is unsuccessful in an appeal.

Turnbull, who has previously called on Wilson to resign, escalated his criticism of the archbishop remaining in office.

“He should have resigned and the time has come for the Pope to sack him,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney. “I think the time has come now for the ultimate authority in the Church to take action and sack him.”

Eight victims get $1M settlement from Catholic order

The Eagle-Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Mike LaBella

Lawrence - Outside St. Mary of the Assumption Parish late Wednesday morning, Robert Hoatson, president of Road to Recovery Inc., announced that a Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by the Revs. John Gallagher and Robert Turnbull during the 1970s and 1980s at Catholic schools in Lawrence and Reading.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has been at the forefront of representing victims of clergy sexual abuse, said the settlement with his clients and the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova in the Philadelphia area was reached last month during mediation.

He said the settlement avoided bringing a lawsuit against the Augustinians. Hoatson, whose nonprofit charity in New Jersey assists victims of sexual abuse and encourages them come forward with their stories, made the announcement.

"We Augustinians, taking seriously allegations of misconduct in these cases that occurred approximately 40 years ago, have dedicated resources to investigate them," Cher Rago, communications director for the Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova, said in addressing the settlement. "Because we are committed to justice in upholding the dignity of every person, and in a desire to promote healing, we have concluded the claims made against our Province. At the same time, we continue to work diligently to ensure the safety and protection of all children and adults."

Garabedian said three of his clients, now adult women, were abused by a former parish priest who was also a coach at St. Mary's in Lawrence between 1973 and 1976. The victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time.

Catholic order reaches $1M settlement over sexual abuse

Associated Press

July 18, 2018

A Roman Catholic order has agreed to pay $1 million to eight people who say they were sexually abused by two priests in Massachusetts.

The Boston Globe reports attorney Mitchell Garabedian said Tuesday the settlement with his clients and the Order of Saint Augustine was decided last month.

The Augustinians say they settled due to a “desire to promote healing.”

Garabedian says five men and three women were abused by the Revs. John Gallagher and Robert Turnbull in the 1970s and early 1980s. The victims were 9 to 12 years old at the time.

Garabedian says one of the victims wrote about her abuse to the late Cardinal Bernard Law, which proved that the former archbishop of Boston knew of sexual abuse by priests.

Both Gallagher and Turnbull have since died.

Australia PM says Pope must sack archbishop over cover-up

BBC Australia

July 19, 2018

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull has called on Pope Francis to sack a Catholic archbishop found guilty of concealing child sexual abuse.

Archbishop of Adelaide Philip Wilson was convicted in May of covering up abuse by a paedophile priest, but has resisted calls to resign.

The most senior Catholic in the world to be convicted of the crime, Wilson has said he will appeal the verdict.

Mr Turnbull said: "The time has come for the Pope himself to sack him."

Two weeks after Wilson was sentenced to detention, the prime minister said that the "ultimate authority in the Church" must now intervene.

"There are many leaders that have called on him [Wilson] to resign - it is clear that he should resign," he told reporters in Sydney.

Defrocked priest committed indefinitely to state facility for sex offenders

Chicago Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Megan Crepeau

Arguably Chicago’s most notorious figure in the national Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandal was committed indefinitely Wednesday to a state facility for sex offenders.

In refusing to release Daniel McCormack under strict monitoring, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter noted that the defrocked priest had never cooperated with treatment or even admitted to a problem.

“I can’t disregard the fact that he has never been of the belief that he has a problem,” Porter said. “The first (step) of treatment here is recognizing there’s a problem that has to be treated.”

McCormack, 49, sat impassively throughout the approximately 45-minute hearing and passed up an opportunity to speak on his own behalf, saying, “Not at this time, no” while giving a slight wave of his hand.

McCormack had pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys and was sentenced to five years in prison. Shortly before he was eligible for parole in 2009, the state filed to designate him a sexually violent person so he could be held indefinitely at the secure state facility in Rushville. He has been held there since then while awaiting to learn his fate. Last September, Porter found him sexually violent, agreeing with prosecutors who argued the disgraced ex-priest was substantially likely to re-offend. The judge decided Wednesday to keep him in that same facility.

Diocese of Erie Updates Its List of Public Disclosures

Diocese of Erie

July 18, 2018

When The Most Rev. Lawrence T. Persico, bishop of Erie, authorized the April 6, 2018 publication of 51 names of persons who were credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese’s judgment, disqualify each person from working with children, he promised that additional names would be added to the list as new information came to light.

The original list was updated on May 18, 2018, with six new names. Today, another seven new names, two of which are still under investigation, have been added to the website because of courageous survivors and witnesses coming forward and assisting various investigative processes. The full list can be found at www.ErieRCD.org/childprotection/disclosure.html.

Among the new names listed is Father William A. Rice, retired and living in Fryburg, Pa. The Diocese of Erie has received allegations of sexual harassment concerning Father William A. Rice involving both children and adults. Following diocesan policy, law enforcement was informed, an independent investigation was launched, and Bishop Persico placed him on administrative leave. Father Rice has been informed he is to refrain from all public ministry while the investigation continues. He is to have no contact with children.

Anyone who may have knowledge of these situations or who has been affected by similar improprieties is encouraged to report that information through any of the outlets listed at the end of this release.

Erie Catholic Diocese Adds New Names to List of Clergy, Laypersons Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse

WICU / WSEE / Erie News Now

July 18, 2018

Seven new names were added to the list Wednesday

The Erie Catholic Diocese Wednesday released an update to the list of clergy and laypersons who are credibly accused of actions that the Diocese believes disqualifies them from working with children.

The new names include Father William A. Rice, who is retired and living in Fryburg, Pa. The Diocese of Erie said it has received sexual harassment allegations concerning Father Rice involving both children and adults.

Lawsuit accuses priest of denying aid for sex abuse victim

Associated Press via Star Tribune

July 18, 2018

By Alanna Durkin Richer

A man who says he was sexually assaulted as a child by a Roman Catholic monk in Massachusetts has filed a lawsuit accusing a priest of trying to conceal the abuse and refusing to help pay for his mental health treatment.

The man said in the lawsuit filed on Tuesday that he was raped by Brother Joseph Martin while he worked at Saint Benedict Abbey in Harvard, Massachusetts in the 1970s.

The lawsuit says Abbot Francis Xavier Connelly knew Martin admitted to police in 2013 that he had engaged in inappropriate acts, but didn't tell the man about Martin's admission while Martin was alive. It also accuses Connelly of reversing course after initially agreeing to pay for the treatment for the man, who was suicidal.

"He promised to help me and then kind of yanked the rug out from underneath me," the man told reporters on Wednesday. The man is not identified in the lawsuit and The Associated Press does not identify people who say they're victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission.

Neither the abbey nor its congregation immediately returned voicemails or emails seeking comment.