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May 29, 2017

Suit: Boy repeatedly raped

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

The mounting cases of abuse of children have turned even worse with the filing of a civil case alleging repeated sexual abuse of a very young boy, who was a Cub Scout, while attending mandatory Boy Scout jamborees decades ago.

That Cub Scout, now a 54-year-old man, with the initials A.N.D. to protect his identity, filed a lawsuit in the District Court of Guam against the Archdiocese of Agana, the Boy Scouts of America and former Guam priest Louis Brouillard.

A.N.D. alleges he was 11 in the summer of 1974 when he was sexually abused and raped by Brouillard, who was a priest and scoutmaster during a jamboree at Ypao Beach. The lawsuit states Brouillard went around the different camps and selected several boys, including A.N.D., and took them to a small building near Ypao where he allegedly forced himself on the 10 boys, sexually molesting and raping them and forcing the boys to perform sexual acts on him.

The civil complaint states as Brouillard abused the boys, they were crying. This happened every night for seven nights during the jamboree, court documents state.

Appointment of bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service - Bulletin

The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee, United States of America, His Excellency Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., of the U.S. “Moreau” province of the Congregation of the Holy Cross, currently pastor of the Saint Ignatius parish in Austin, Texas.

Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C.

Mgsr. William A. Wack, C.S.C., was born on 28 June 1967 in South Bend, Indiana, in the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in political sciences and international relations from the “Notre Dame” University (1990), and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He carried out his ecclesiastical studies at the “Notre Dame” University (1993) and then obtained a diploma in executive management from the same university (2002).

He gave his solemn vows in the Congregation of the Holy Cross on 28 August 1993. He was ordained a priest on 9 April 1994 for the same congregation.

Anthony Foster: Tireless fighter against Catholic sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
BBC News

By Jay Savage
BBC News, Sydney

Clutching a photo of two smiling girls, Anthony Foster last year delivered a powerful statement about what had become his life's mission.

"These are my girls," he said before television cameras in Rome.

"A Catholic priest was raping them when this photo was taken so that's why we've been fighting for so long... This was my perfect family. We created that, the Catholic Church destroyed it."

That fight occupied much of his final two decades. Mr Foster died in hospital at the weekend not long after suffering a fall at his home in Melbourne. He was 64.

Along with his wife, Chrissie, Mr Foster had relentlessly pursued the church for answers since his daughters, Emma and Katie, were abused at their primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Bishop-Elect Named For Diocese Of Pensacola-Tallahassee

FLORIDA
WKRG

By Chris Best
Published: May 29, 2017

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee announced Monday that it has a new Bishop-elect. William Wack with be the sixth bishop of the diocese. It was announced in a press release on the diocese website:

On May 29, 2017, it was announced that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop-elect William A. Wack the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee. Bishop-elect Wack comes to the diocese from the Diocese of Austin (TX), where he has been pastor of St. Ignatius Martyr Parish.The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee has been without a bishop since January 4, 2017, when Bishop Gregory Parkes was installed as Bishop of St. Petersburg. In the interim, the diocese has been under the guidance of Msgr. James Flaherty, diocesan administrator.

Trudeau asks Pope to apologize in Canada for residential schools

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Register

BY CINDY WOODEN, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE
May 29, 2017

VATICAN CITY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he asked Pope Francis to help Canadians "move forward on a real reconciliation" with the country's indigenous people "by issuing an apology" on behalf of the Catholic Church for its role in harming their communities.

The Prime Minister spoke to a handful of reporters in Rome's Villa Borghese Park May 29 following a 36-minute private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

"He reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world, fighting for them," the Prime Minister said, adding the Pope said that "he looked forward to working with me and with the Canadian bishops to figure out a path forward together."

The 2015 report of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which focused on past treatment of the Indigenous communities and concrete steps for a future of greater inclusion, included a recommendation that the Pope come to Canada to apologize on behalf of the Catholic Church for its participation in the residential schools for indigenous children.

Pope Benedict formally apologized in 2009 for the Church’s complicity in residential schools in a meeting with Phil Fontaine, then National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and other Native leaders, who met with the Pope in the Vatican.

Trudeau says Pope appeared 'open' to the idea of a residential schools apology

VATICAN CITY
Sudbury.com

VATICAN CITY — Justin Trudeau says he told Pope Francis it's important for all Canadians to move forward with reconciliation, and that the pontiff could help by issuing an apology for the role of the Catholic Church played in residential schools.

The prime minister says the Pope appeared to be open to it, noting that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world.

Following his visit to Vatican City, Trudeau says Pope Francis looked forward to working with the prime minister and the Canadian bishops on finding a way forward.

Trudeau says he also invited Pope Francis to visit Canada in the coming years.

Justin Trudeau meets Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY
eOntarioNow

May 29, 2017 by Beth Owens

Pope Francis received Monday in a seemingly relaxed atmosphere the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, come to speak to him about the aboriginal people of Canada victims of the policies of assimilation in which the Catholic Church has actively participated.

Trudeau was to ask the Pope to come to Canada to apologize to the aboriginal people, who had been victims of more than a century of abuse in residential schools governed mainly by the Church.

This was one of the end-2015 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, which heard testimony from nearly 7,000 alumni over six years.

Visibly relaxed during the public minutes of the audience, the Pope and Mr. Trudeau exchanged smiles and jokes without mentioning their 36 minutes of private conversation.

An Open Letter to Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NEW YORK
Catholic Whistleblowers

From the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee

May 22, 2017

The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
New York State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Re.: Child Victims Act
Dear Governor Cuomo,

If you had been sexually abused when you were a child, what would you be doing today? Or if such sexual abuse had happened to a member of your family, what would be your response?

Sexual abuse of children is a reality in New York State just as it is throughout the United States and around the world. And the voice of each of these victims must be heard whenever the voice speaks out – no matter how long it takes for the victim’s voice to come forth.

For the good of the society, when sexual abuse of a child becomes known, the victim needs access to justice and the society needs to know the name of the culprit so as to protect other children.

Thus, looking forward New York State needs to remove all statutes of limitations in both criminal and civil cases of child sexual abuse, as well as adding clergy to the list of mandated reporters and requiring criminal background checks for all employees and volunteers who work with children in either public or private settings.

Moreover, to render justice in civil cases where the current statute of limitations bars victims from speaking up in a court of law, a ‘lookback window’ of at least one year is necessary so as to provide the victims of child sexual abuse an open door to justice. Of course, guilt and responsibility would need to be established in the court, but with a ‘lookback window’ the victims at least would have the chance to prove their allegation.

Actually, by his actions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan supports a ‘lookback window’ in that the Archdiocese of New York’s Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program, imperfect as the program is, appropriately pays out millions of dollars to clergy sexual abuse victims whose claims exceed the New York State statute of limitations. In short, no matter when the sexual abuse occurred, Cardinal Dolan is willing to financially compensate the victim.

However, Cardinal Dolan’s plan limps severely in that it excludes compensation for victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated within the context of the Catholic Church by priests, sisters, and brothers who are members of religious orders, as well as for victims of abuse committed by lay employees or volunteers. His plan also does not provide for the public naming of priests against whom there is a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor as he did in 2004 while he was the Archbishop of Milwaukee.

In addition, even while doing right by a limited number of victim/survivors, Cardinal Dolan, using the expertise of lobbyists representing the New York State Catholic Conference, appears to spare no expense in opposing any proposed legislation that includes opening a civil ‘lookback window’ which would give those victim/survivors of childhood sexual abuse, by anyone, access to the justice they have been denied for so long.

Finally, it is disingenuous for the Catholic bishops in the United States to purport adherence to a zero tolerance policy for anyone credibly accused of sexually abusing a child. Their claim is off point. As a single yet very important example, the bishops prohibit their independent ‘Charter’ auditors (StoneBridge Business Partners located in Rochester, New York) to review the sexual abuse allegation files in the diocesan offices throughout the country to verity that each diocese is in compliance with the related civil and church laws. In short, no independent source verifies that the Catholic bishops actually handle allegations of clergy sexual abuse according to procedures required by civil and church laws.

Therefore, we members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee urge you to do all in your power to bring about the enactment of the Child Victims Act.

Respectfully submitted,

Members of the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee who submit this Open Letter are:
Sr. Sally Butler, OP (Brooklyn, NY); Sr. Claire Smith, OSU (Bronx, NY); Rev. Ronald D. Lemmert (Peekskill, NY); Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (West Orange, NJ); Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN (New Castle, DE); Rev. Bruce Teague (Sheffield, MA); Rev. Patrick Winchester Collins, Ph.D. (Douglas, MI); Rev. Thomas Doyle, OP, J.C.D. (Vienna, VA); Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D. (Milwaukee, WI)

Contacts: Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D., (West Orange, NJ) 862-368-2800 roberthoatson@gmail.com
Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN (New Castle, DE) 610-212-2770 maturlishmdsnd@yahoo.com
Rev. James E. Connell, J.C.D. (Milwaukee, WI) 414-940-8054 connell.james951@gmail.com

Trudeau arrives at Vatican, looking for formal apology for residential schools

VATICAN CITY
CBC News

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the Vatican on Monday with plans to raise reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the global fight against climate change and the importance of religious and cultural diversity during a meeting with Pope Francis.

He will also ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — among the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark history and legacy of residential schools.

The Liberal government has promised to act on all of them.

‘The Keepers’ Is the Best True-Crime Docuseries Yet

UNITED STATES
Variety

Sonia Saraiya
TV Critic
@soniasaraiya

The Netflix docuseries should be a model for others — it avoids the mistakes that "Serial," "Making A Murderer," and "The Jinx" made

One of the most distinctive characteristics of Netflix’s “The Keepers,” a seven-part docuseries that premiered May 19, is that nearly every speaking character is a middle-aged woman. This is rare enough that it begins to be surprising, and soon after that, it becomes one of the defining elements of the show — following an interviewee into her living room as she is accompanied by her five small dogs, or reminiscing with another about her loving husband, now deceased. The B-roll notices things like the decorations on the walls, the family photos on the mantle, and the niceties of small talk. These are no Hollywood-friendly million-dollar kitchens, or carefully composed sitcom living rooms. The subjects of “The Keepers” keep cozy homes, in an unassuming, uncontrived way that indicates much about them. In this largely Catholic, working-to-middle class community of Baltimore, “The Keepers” manages to convey a mindset and shared, accepted values by just following the interviewees home.

“The Keepers” tells the true story of the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a young nun and high school teacher who disappeared in late 1969 only to be found dead two months later. Her disappearance was followed a few days later by another murder of another young woman named Joyce Malecki. Both cases remain unsolved. But Cesnik and Malecki had in common a connection to a powerful local priest, Father Joseph Maskell. As Cesnik’s former students started to ask questions about what happened, they began to uncover a shocking legacy of sexual abuse and coercion around Maskell and the high school he and Cesnik worked at: Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls school with a primarily Catholic student body. Two former students of Sister Cathy’s, Abbie Schaub and Gemma Hoskins, started a Facebook page and a tip line. A third, who remained anonymous for years to protect her reputation, comes forward in “The Keepers” to identify herself as Jean Wehner, one of Maskell’s most-abused victims who had repressed much of what happened to her. Schaub, Hoskins, and Wehner work together to compile information, pursue leads, and corroborate Wehner’s own disturbing memories.

Northern Ireland abuse victim's search for long lost Scottish family

IRELAND/SCOTLAND
Belfast Telegraph

May 29 2017

A victim of historic child abuse at a Catholic Church children's home is to make an emotional return to her hometown in a bid to trace her long lost family.

Kate Walmsley, 60, was seven years old when she was taken from her home in Glasgow and placed in the care of the Sisters of Nazareth in Londonderry, following the break-up of her parents' marriage.

While there she was regularly sexually assaulted by a priest and beaten by the nuns.

After more than five decades away from home Ms Walmsley is to make her first trip back to Scotland on Wednesday where she hopes to trace some family members.

"I have always wanted to go back to the place where I remember being happy, before all the abuse. I finally feel it is time," said Ms Walmsley.

Saddleback Church Members React To Arrest Of Youth Pastor Accused Of Lewd Acts With Teens

CALIFORNIA
CBS Los Angeles

LAKE FOREST (CBSLA.com) – A youth volunteer at an Orange County megachurch has been arrested on suspicion of having inappropriate relations with at least two boys.

Ruven Meulenberg, who volunteers as a junior high youth mentor with Saddleback Church, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child following a parent’s report, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

He was booked into Orange County Jail and is now being held on $100,000 bail.

Today was the first time Sunday services were held since the arrest.

CBS 2’s Greg Mills spoke to congregants who, suffice to say, were not happy hearing the news.

“It’s not acceptable,” said Lennard Cowans.

Many, like Cowans were hearing the news for the first time.

Compassionate account of a terrible era of moral dictatorship

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Margaret Madden
May 29 2017

Fiction: The American Girl
Rachael English, Hachette Ireland, €18.40

Boston-Irish Rose Moroney shocks her family when she finds herself pregnant at 17. It is 1968 and while Rose insists she will marry her boyfriend, her mother is having none of it. "There are ways of handling these things."

The family's hard-earned reputation is everything to them and Rose is dispatched to Ireland, where she can conceal her condition and place her baby up for adoption.

Young Rose is met by her aunt, a nun in Carrickbrack Mother and Baby Home, and is soon swallowed whole by the religious institution.

The girls are treated abysmally and their babies seen as commodities; sold with no emotional involvement.

Sister Agnes justifies the adoptions in the typical Catholic way: "Unfortunately, many modern girls have peculiar ideas. They think they can do whatever they like without considering the consequences. And, of course, they never pause to consider the pain and shame they're visiting on their families."

Religious group Sisters of Charity 'end involvement' with National Maternity Hospital

IRELAND
Irish Mirror

BY ANITA MCSORLEY
29 MAY 2017

Religious order Sister of Charity will have no involvement with the new National Maternity Hospital.

The order confirmed the news this morning as they announced they will part ways with the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG).

Sisters of Charity, which helped run the depraved Magdalene laundries, are stakeholders in SVHG, which incorporates St Vincent's University Hospital, St Vincent's Private and St Michael's in Dublin.

The new €300m National Maternity Hospital is set to be built on the St Vincent's University Hospital campus.

By relinquishing their ownership, the nuns will no longer be able to appoint directors to the board of the group.

National Maternity Hospital: Sisters of Charity to relinquish ownership of St Vincent's Healthcare Group

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, May 29, 2017

Update 11.21pm: The Sisters of Charity said they had spent the last two years trying to find the best way to give up their ownership of the St Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG).

"Just as our Founder Mary Aikenhead saw the need in 1834 to establish a hospital to meet the needs of the sick and poor, we believe that it is in the best interests of the patients and children born in the National Maternity Hospital today that they be provided with modern maternity and neonatal services that are women and infant centred and integrated within the Elm Park campus," Sr Mary Christian, the leader of the order said.

"It is now time for us to relinquish completely our involvement in SVHG.

"We are confident that the board, management and staff of SVHG will continue to maintain a steadfast dedication to providing the best possible acute healthcare to patients and their families in line with the values espoused by Mary Aikenhead."

The potential involvement of nuns in the running and governance of a maternity hospital had caused deep unease in some medical circles and among the public.

Nuns 'will not be involved' in new maternity hospital

IRELAND
RTE News

The Religious Sisters of Charity are to relinquish ownership of three hospitals they are involved with, St Vincent's University Hospital, St Vincent's Private and St Michael's.

A new company with charitable status is to be formed, called St Vincent's.

It is to replace the Sisters of Charity as the shareholders in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group.

The sisters will no longer have the right to appoint directors to the board of the group.

The moves follows controversy over the proposed ownership of the planned new National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent's Hospital campus.

The current requirement of the healthcare group to conduct and maintain SVHG facilities in accordance with the Catholic code will be amended, to reflect compliance with national and international best practice guidelines on medical ethics and the laws of the Republic of Ireland.

Nuns 'will not be involved' in new maternity hospital, Sisters of Charity confirm

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn
May 29 2017

THE Religious Sisters of Charity has said they will end their involvement in the St Vincent's Healthcare Group and won't be involved in the ownership of the planned new National Maternity Hospital.

It comes after a row erupted over the plan to move the maternity hospital from Holles Street to the St Vincent's campus, which is owned by the religious order.

Now they have confirmed that they "will not be involved in the ownership or management of the new National Maternity Hospital".

There was concern that procedures to be carried out at the planned hospital, including fertility treatments like IVF, are against Catholic teachings and would not be allowed at the new site.
Health Minister Simon Harris said he wanted until the end of May to address the issue issue of ownership of the hospital.

Sisters of Charity to ‘end involvement’ in maternity hospital

IRELAND
Irish Times

Paul Cullen

The Sisters of Charity are to end their involvement in St Vincent’s Healthcare Group (SVHG) and will have no involvement in the new national maternity hospital on its campus, the Catholic religious order has said.

Ownership of the St Vincent’s group is to be transferred to a newly-formed company with charitable status to be called “St Vincent’s”, according to a statement from the order.

It said the Sisters of Charity would have no involvement with this new company.

Existing codes governing medical ethics at the St Vincent’s would be amended and replaced to reflect compliance with national and international best practice guidelines and the laws of Ireland, the order continued.

LOVETT: Abuse survivors rip Boy Scouts for hiring ex-state senator to lobby against Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Monday, May 29, 2017

ALBANY — The Boy Scouts of America has hired a former state senator to lobby against legislation that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults.

The Boy Scouts this year are paying Dentons US $12,500 a month to lobby on three bills, including against the Child Victims Act.

Former Sen. Craig Johnson, a Long Island Democrat, is a principal for Dentons’ public policy and regulatory practice and one of two people from the firm registered since February to represent the Boy Scouts in Albany, according to filings with the state ethics commission.

Johnson referred questions to the Boy Scouts.

In an email, a spokesman for the organization confirmed Johnson was hired to work “on a variety of legislative matters in New York that impact youth-serving organizations” — including the Child Victims Act.

The spokesman did not respond to a followup email asking why the scouts are fighting the legislation. The organization is said to oppose for financial reasons the push to create a one-year window to revive old sex abuse cases that can’t be pursued under current law.

Destroy 'highly personal' residential school records, NTI says

CANADA
CBC News

Inuit are opposed to the federal government's position in the Supreme Court case which will decide whether to preserve or destroy "highly personal" accounts of residential school survivors.

The Government of Canada is arguing that the Federal Access and Privacy legislation mandates these records be preserved in national archives.

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, which speaks for Inuit in Canada, says all Independent Assessment Process records should be destroyed, unless an individual survivor opts for theirs to be kept.

The Supreme Court started hearing arguments in the case on Thursday.

"The main issue is whether the 30,000 highly personal and descriptive, psychological, physical, and sexual abuse records by residential school survivors will be destroyed or not," NTI's Bruce Oviluk said.

He says the nature of small Northern communities means, even if names were redacted, making these stories public could expose Inuit residential school survivors.

Guam clergy sex abuse cases tracked in database

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com May 29, 2017

Guam is a great example of how changing the law can provide enormous but long-delayed benefits to clergy sex abuse victims, according to the publisher of one of the most comprehensive databases on Catholic clergy sex abuse of minors worldwide.

G.R. Pafumi, publisher of Victims Speak Database or VictimsSpeakDB.org, said Guam alone has 75 Catholic clergy sex abuse cases involving 70 unique victims and 15 clergy.

The bulk of the alleged abuses are contained in 69 clergy sex abuse lawsuits filed so far in local and federal courts since Guam lifted on Sept. 23, 2016 the statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse.

The law allows victims of child sex abuse to sue their abusers, and the institutions with which they are associated, at any time.

Netflix Show The Keepers Has Made It Easier To Report Sexual Assault

UNITED STATES
Elle (UK)

BY LOUISE DONOVAN
MAY 29, 2017

Sick of the binge-watching shamers? If someone ever tries to discredit you inhaling several hundred hours of TV, simply roll out this titbit of news: after Netflix's new true-crime series The Keepers premiered last Friday, the Baltimore police created an online form for those who want to report abuse related to the documentary.

The show delves into the unsolved murder of 26-year-old Baltimore nun and teacher Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik (aka Sister Cathy) who went missing in 1969.

Two months after she disappeared, her decomposing body was found in a field. The show suggests she was murdered after she was about to expose serious levels of sexual assault happening in the Archbishop Keough High School, an all-girls Catholic high school where Cesnik taught.

In the Netflix original documentary, six people claim they were repeatedly sexually abused by Father A. Joseph Maskell, a priest who worked at the school as a chaplain/guidance counselor throughout the 1960s and '70s.

Lawsuit claims Brouillard, older scouts raped boy during jamborees

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com Published May 29, 2017

Former island priest Louis Brouillard allegedly raped and sexually molested a former boy scout every night during the Boy Scouts of America's summer jamborees around 1974 and 1975, a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam Monday afternoon says.

The complaint, filed by a man identified in court documents only as A.N.D., also alleged that two older scout leaders took turns raping the boy in the 1975 summer jamboree.

That was after A.N.D. allegedly told Brouillard he was going to report what the priest was doing to him, the lawsuit says.

"During the period in which he was a boy scout, A.N.D. was sexually molested and raped by Brouillard," the complaint says. "Brouillard was a Catholic priest for the Agana Archdiocese, and was also an employee, volunteer and/or agent of the Boy Scouts of America, who worked as a scoutmaster and performed duties for the Aloha Council."

May 28, 2017

Trudeau to urge Pope Francis to apologize to residential school victims

ROME
The Globe and Mail

ROBERT FIFE - OTTAWA BUREAU CHIEF
ROME — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, May 28, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hopeful Pope Francis will heed a personal call to make a formal apology to aboriginal survivors of sexual and physical abuse at Catholic-run residential schools during a private audience with his holiness at the Vatican on Monday.

Mr. Trudeau will use the one-on-one meeting in the Apostolic Palace to request a papal apology and an “open invitation” for the Pontiff to visit Canada to address victims of the residential school system.

“The Prime Minister is using this opportunity to talk to the Pope about Indigenous issues and reconciliation and one of the things aboriginal communities want is an apology,” a government official said.

Canadian and Vatican officials have been working behind the scenes to arrange the meeting, which officials say is an opportunity for Pope Francis to make amends for a dark chapter in the Catholic Church’s attempt to “Christianize” Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Trudeau to raise Indigenous reconciliation, climate change and diversity in meeting with Pope

ROME
Metro

By: Joanna Smith The Canadian Press Published on Sun May 28 2017

ROME — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau plans to raise reconciliation with indigenous peoples, the global fight against climate change and the importance of religious and cultural diversity when he meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday.

There, he will also ask the pontiff to issue a formal apology in Canada for the role of the Catholic Church in the residential school system.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — among the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark history and legacy of residential schools.

The Liberal government has promised to act on all of them.

Trudeau, who is religious, is also expected to discuss the Catholic community in Canada.

Former altar boy reported sexual abuse

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A former altar boy who was allegedly sexually abused when he was 9 years old said he reported the abuse decades later to Catholic Church officials.

G.J., who used his initials to protect his identity, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam yesterday against the Archdiocese of Agana and former priest Andrew Mannetta.

The lawsuit states G.J. became an altar boy at the Mangilao parish in 1985 to learn about priesthood and considered the Mangilao church his "second home."

Attorney David Lujan, who represents G.J., accuses Mannetta of developing an "evil campaign" to induce altar boys to spend the night at the rectory so they wouldn't be late to serve at early morning Mass.

Pastor of two Fargo Catholic Diocese churches placed on leave

NORTH DAKOTA
KFGO

Saturday, May 27, 2017 by Jim Monk

FARGO (KFGO) - The pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor has been placed on administrative leave for what the Diocese of Fargo calls "alleged conduct" involving his interaction with youth.

The Diocese says Father Thomas Feltman has been removed from his duties and will not be residing at the parish pending the outcome of an investigation.

Bishop John Folda says the report is being taken seriously and says "appropriate civil authorities" have been contacted.

Statement from Bishop Folda:

The Diocese of Fargo has placed Father Thomas Feltman, Pastor of St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor, on administrative leave from his priestly duties pending the outcome of an investigation into his alleged conduct at the Parish.

In a statement, Bishop John Folda of the Diocese of Fargo told parishioners of the two parishes: “Late last week, Father Thomas Feltman came to the Diocese to inform us of concerns that had been brought to him regarding his interaction with youth. We take any such concerns very seriously. We have reported the concerns to appropriate civil authorities at Richland County Social Services for them to review and investigate as they deem appropriate; we have placed Father Feltman on administrative leave and have removed him from his priestly duties pending a complete investigation of this matter. Father Feltman will not be residing at the Parish during the period of this investigation.

Pastor on Administrative Leave for Alleged Conduct with Youth in Richland County

NORTH DAKOTA
KVRR

Nick Broadway

RICHLAND COUNTY, N.D. — A Richland County pastor was placed on administrative leave for alleged conduct with youth.

Officials with the Diocese of Fargo said Father Thomas Feltman is being investigated.

He was a pastor for churches in Wyndmere and Milnor.

They said Feltman told the Diocese last week about concerns regarding his interactions with youth.

Andrew Jasinski was chosen to be the Temporary Administrator of the parishes.

Richland County sheriff investigating pastor's possible inappropriate conduct with children

NORTH DAKOTA
Valley News Live

Parishioners head back to church this morning a day after the Fargo diocese dropped a Memorial weekend bombshell that one one of their own was being investigated for his interactions with children.

Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of the St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor is on administrative leave after concerns were brought to his attention regarding his interaction with children.

The Fargo Diocese says that Father Feltman approached the organization saying that there were "concerns that had been brought to him about regarding his interaction with youth."

The Diocese then placed Father Feltman on administrative leave and reported the issue to investigators. He also won't be living in the parish until the end of the investigation.

A Saturday evening press conference to address the media brought forward little new information. When asked about the nature of the accusations against Father Feltman, a Fargo Diocese spokesperson said that any of those questions would have to be directed towards the Richland County Sheriff's office. The spokesperson also couldn't say if there were similar claims made at Father Feltman's previous parishes.

Area pastor placed on administrative leave

NORTH DAKOTA
WDAY

[with video]

FARGO -- A local pastor has been placed on administrative leave after possible inappropriate interactions with children.

According to the Diocese of Fargo, concerns were made against Father Thomas Feltman, Pastor of St. John and the Baptist’s Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold’s Catholic Church in Milnor.

The incident has been reported Richland County Social Services for a review and investigation.

Father Feltman has been removed from all priestly duties and will not be residing at the Parish during the investigation.

Pastor put on leave after concerns of interactions with youth

NORTH DAKOTA
Valley News Live

May 27, 2017

UPDATE: A press conference to address the media was held tonight, but little new information came from the meeting.

When asked about the nature of the accusations against Father Feltman, a Fargo Diocese spokesperson said that any of those questions would have to be directed towards the Richland County Sheriff's office.

The spokesperson also couldn't say if there were similar claims made at Father Feltman's previous parishes.

Currently, the Richland County Sheriff's Office detective assigned to the case is out of the office.

ORIGINAL STORY: Father Thomas Feltman, pastor of the St. John the Baptist's Catholic Church in Wyndmere and St. Arnold's Catholic Church in Milnor is on administrative leave after concerns were brought to his attention regarding his interaction with children.

The Fargo Diocese says that Father Feltman approached the organization saying that there were "concerns that had been brought to him about regarding his interaction with youth."

Artist urging Supreme Court to preserve residential school testimony

CANADA
CBC News

An artist who's the son of a residential school survivor is urging the Supreme Court of Canada to rule to preserve the stories of more than 35,000 people like his father so future generations can learn from the tragic chapter in the country's history.

Carey Newman founded the group Coalition to Preserve the Truth to save the testimony delivered to adjudicators as part of the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was set up to determine individual compensation for survivors who suffered as a result of being forced into residential schools.

But some, like the Assembly of First Nations, want those records destroyed to protect the privacy of survivors. The documents are now in the hands of the Supreme Court, which will decide their fate.

"I think that future generations do have some right to those stories, because we are also impacted," said Newman, who came to Ottawa Thursday to argue his case to the Supreme Court.

Victim Services seeing more sexual assault clients than expected

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

By Dave Sutor
dsutor@tribdem.com

Attention surrounding the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown child sexual abuse scandal has not only affected the victims themselves, but also other individuals who have been assaulted at some point during their lives.

The issue has been prominently discussed from 2013, when allegations were first made that Brother Stephen Baker molested students at Bishop McCort High School, through the release of a grand jury report last year in which the diocese was accused of perpetrating a coverup to protect predator priests, until today.

Victim Services staff members believe it has played a role in the number of people coming to their organization for help.

When making a July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017, fiscal year budget, Victim Services anticipated seeing about 800 sexual assault clients throughout Cambria and Somerset counties. That expected total was already surpassed by the end of February.

“I think that, especially with the media attention that this particular scandal has gotten, this particular issue, we have seen a lot of survivors who aren’t even related to this issue who are struggling a lot more because it’s constantly brought up and they’re constantly being triggered,” said Erika Brosig, Victim Services clinical supervisor.

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: Child advocates, agencies seek 'a movement' aimed at helping kids

PENNSYLVANIA
The Tribune-Democrat

By Marcia Moore
CNHI News Reports

Health officials around Pennsylvania are sounding the alarm on child protection.

Pat Bruno, director of the Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Child Advocacy Center in Sunbury said the public needs to understand how adverse childhood experiences affect adults later in life.

“What we need now is a movement,” Bruno said. “We need to make people aware that we’re dealing with a public health crisis.”

Researchers of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study found traumatic childhood experiences can lead decades later to physical and mental health problems.

“We know the more adverse childhood experiences you have, the more likely in the long term you’ll have physical problems, behavioral problems, psychological problems as an adult,” Bruno said. “We know your life expectancy will be decreased by as many as 20 years.”

6 Important Things That Happened After the Events in The Keepers

UNITED STATES
Popesugar

May 27, 2017 by MAGGIE PEHANICK

There are things in The Keepers that you can never un-hear. Netflix's latest true crime series explores the unsolved 1969 murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, and it's not long until the story takes a horrific turn. The seven-part series delves into allegations of unthinkable sexual assault, perpetrated by a trusted Father at the all-girls Catholic High School where Cesnik worked. Hearing from the victims is traumatizing enough, but the way the show concludes is both frustrating and depressing. That said, the story isn't over. Here's every bit of news that has come out since The Keepers wrapped production.

1. Maskell's DNA Was Tested Against DNA Found Near the Crime Scene

In February, Father Joseph Maskell's body was exhumed. His remains were tested by a forensics lab, and his DNA did not match a sample that was taken from the Cesnik crime scene. "For now, we've pretty well reached the end of the road when it comes to forensic evidence," said a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department. "Our best hope for solving this case at this point lies with the people who are still alive. And we hope that someone will be able to come forward with conclusive information about the murder.

2. Maryland's Statute of Limitations on Sex Abuse Reports Has Been Extended

In April, C.T. Wilson, the delegate who was featured in The Keepers, was finally able to pass his bill. Beginning on July 1, survivors of sexual abuse will have until age 38 to sue their abusers.

Man claimmg sex abuse by priest at Mangilao church is 70th accuser

GUAM
KUAM

May 28, 2017
By Krystal Paco

Another $5 million lawsuit is lodged against the church. 41-year-old G.J. alleges he was sexually molested and raped by Father Andrew Mannetta while he was an altar boy at the Catholic Church in Mangilao in the mid-1980s. During sleepovers at the rectory, the priest allegedly let the altar boys watch "softporn."

On one such sleepover, Mannetta allegedly called G.J. to the bedroom where the boy was instructed to massage and masturbate the priest before he was raped. The incident was life changing and prompted G.J. to quit as an altar boy as well as give up on his dream of becoming a priest. In 2009 or 2010, the civil complaint states G.J. reached out to the church.

Deacon Jeff Barcinas and Deacon Steve Martinez were able to determine G.J.'s allegations were true. He marks the 70th plaintiff to file suit.

Child sex abuse victims’ advocate Anthony Foster to have state funeral

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

AAP, Herald Sun
May 28, 2017

THE FAMILY of Anthony Foster has accepted the Victorian government’s offer of a state funeral, which Premier Daniel Andrews says was to honour a man who “quietly and profoundly changed Australian history.”

Mr Foster, 64, died this week, reportedly after a major stroke.

Mr Andrews said in a statement today:

“History will record that a man named Anthony Foster quietly and profoundly changed Australian history.

“This afternoon, I offered his family a State Funeral in his honour.

“His wife, Chrissie, has accepted.

'He roared like a lion': Father who waged decade-long war against the Catholic Church over the shocking sexual abuse of his two daughters dies aged 64 after suffering a major stroke

AUSTRALIA
Daily Mail

By Jacob Polychronis For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

A high-profile advocate for child sex abuse victims, whose daughters were repeatedly raped by a Melbourne priest, has died after suffering a major stroke.

Anthony Foster, 64, became a relentless campaigner after his daughters Emma and Katie were sexually abused by priest Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

He is believed to have died on Friday evening after falling and hitting his head.

Mr Foster rose to prominence after engaging in a decade-long battle with the Catholic church for a compensation payout.

The Fosters were offered a $50,000 payout from the church which they rejected - later taking them to court.

The church settled the Fosters in 2006 for $750,000.

Mr Foster publicly accused Cardinal George Pell - who was archbishop of Melbourne at the time - for stalling their compensation claim.

Who killed Sister Cathy? That is — and isn’t — the story of Netflix’s latest true crime show

UNITED STATES
Salon

ERIN KEANE

Note: This story contains spoilers for the Netflix series “The Keepers.”

True crime fans cleared their schedules for a Netflix binge last weekend when the streaming service dropped the nonfiction cold case investigation “The Keepers,” a seven-part series about the 1969 disappearance and murder of a young nun in Baltimore. Comparisons to Netflix’s 2015 sensation “Making a Murderer” were unavoidable — another fascinatingly ambiguous criminal case for fans to get lost in, debate with fellow fans, and maybe even engage in some amateur sleuthing of their own.

Once upon a time — as recent as two years ago, a lifetime in Peak TV years — new seasons of fictional prestige dramas like “House of Cards” were awaited breathlessly. True crime was more the domain of documentary features and magazine shows like “Dateline” or “The First 48,” those nonfiction procedural counterparts to the “CSI” and “Law & Order” franchises. But three influential shows paved the way for true crime stories to claim a solid berth in the prestige tier of mass entertainment. Of course networks are now looking for the next story that could stretch into a multi-part binge-worthy series rather than a one-and-done feature film.

Irish victim alleges abuse by Maskell

IRELAND
The Times (UK)

Toby Harnden, Washington
May 28 2017
The Sunday Times

A potential Irish victim of Joseph Maskell, an American priest who fled to Co Wexford in the 1990s following allegations of sexual abuse in Baltimore, Maryland, has come forward after a Netflix documentary revealed his possible involvement in murder.

Maskell fled to Ireland in 1995 after US police uncovered a trove of incriminating documents, including psychological profiles of his victims, that he had buried in a Baltimore graveyard the previous year. While in Ireland he worked as a psychologist in private practice and with the local area health board.

One potential victim has come forward in Ireland, where Maskell said mass despite being defrocked. “One of the attorneys in my office took a call concerning a potential victim of sex abuse in Ireland by Maskell,” said Joanne Suder, a Baltimore lawyer who represents many of the victims.

There have been no previous reports of allegations against Maskell in Ireland, which Suder said had in the past protected paedophiles. “Historically, Ireland has not been receptive to sending priests back. It’s been a safe haven for priests and it doesn’t make Ireland safer,” she said.

Anthony Foster's death is a national loss

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Joanne McCarthy
28 May 2017

ANTHONY Foster was integrity personified.

His death on Saturday, aged 64, after he collapsed on Wednesday, has shattered everyone who knew him.

His death has added to the merciless toll that’s a consequence of the Catholic Church’s history of child sexual abuse.

Anthony and wife Chrissie’s two eldest daughters, Emma and Katie, were sexually assaulted by Catholic priest Kevin O’Donnell when they were barely five and six years old, and O’Donnell was in his 70s. Emma died of a medication overdose in 2007, aged 25. Katie was struck by a car in 1999, aged 16, after periods of binge drinking. She survived, but with profound disabilities.

Since the 1990s Anthony and Chrissie Foster have fought the church on behalf of their daughters, but increasingly on behalf of all survivors.

On my desk I have the book Chrissie wrote in 2010, Hell on the Way to Heaven, about that fight, including their attempt to meet Pope Benedict in Sydney during World Youth Day events in 2008, and the church’s shocking response – that some people were “dwelling crankily on old wounds”.

Abuse victim advocate Anthony Foster to be honoured with a state funeral

AUSTRALIA
The New Daily

Kaitlyn Offer

High-profile child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster will be honoured with a state funeral.

Mr Foster’s wife, Chrissie, was on Sunday offered the service to commemorate a man who “quietly and profoundly changed Australian history” and she accepted, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

Mr Foster, 64, died on Friday, reportedly after a major stroke.

Anthony Foster and wife Chrissie spent years battling for justice for their abused daughters.He became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O’Donnell at their Melbourne primary school in the suburb of Oakleigh between 1988 and 1993.

Anthony Foster: Family accept state funeral for 'brave' child sex abuse victim advocate

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The family of long-time advocate for child sex abuse victims, Anthony Foster, has accepted an offer from the Victorian Government for a state funeral.

Mr Foster, who died in a Melbourne hospital on Friday, aged 64, after a fall last week, was yesterday hailed as "brave and gracious" and a "hero" for his campaigning for victims.

He dedicated his life to seeking justice for child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church after two of his daughters were repeatedly raped by a priest in the 1980s.

"History will record that a man named Anthony Foster quietly and profoundly changed Australian history," Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

"This afternoon, I offered his family a state funeral in his honour.

"His wife, Chrissie, has accepted."

In a two decade-long quest to hold the Catholic Church accountable for crimes against children, Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie told the harrowing story of their family's treatment at the hands of the church to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster to receive state funeral

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Josh Gordon

Anthony Foster, the tireless advocate for victims of child sexual abuse, is to receive a state funeral.

Mr Foster, who ran a high-profile campaign accusing the Catholic Church of covering up abuse, died on Friday evening at the age of 64 after suffering a stroke.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he offered Mr Foster's family a state funeral on Sunday afternoon, and his wife Chrissie had accepted.

Mr Andrews said Mr Foster would be remembered as a man who "quietly and profoundly changed Australian history", after campaigning for justice from the Catholic Church.

"He fought evil acts that were shamefully denied and covered up," Mr Andrews said in a statement. "He and Chrissie lost so much, but never their dignity, grace and strength. Anthony won't be forgotten, and the fight for justice goes on."

Child sexual abuse victims advocate to get state funeral

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Kaitlyn Offer - AAP on May 28, 2017

High-profile child sex abuse victims advocate Anthony Foster will be honoured with a state funeral.

Mr Foster's wife Chrissie was on Sunday offered the service to commemorate a man who "quietly and profoundly changed Australian history" and she accepted, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement.

Mr Foster, 64, died on Friday, reportedly after a major stroke.

He became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Apuron accuser's family meets with new archbishop

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio, heugenio@guampdn.com May 28, 2017

Archbishop Michael Jude Byrnes met in private for the first time with a family who says their life has been broken by Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron. Forty years ago, he allegedly raped the now deceased, former altar boy Joseph "Sonny" Quinata.

But the family said it is now putting the broken pieces together so they can all heal.

"The actions of one man have affected a whole generation of my family...I lost a brother and my children lost a father. This man affected my brother and myself," John Michael "Champ" Quinata, 47, told Pacific Daily News.

Champ Quinata publicly accused Apuron of repeatedly raping his older brother Sonny when Sonny was 9 years old, in 1977.

Lawsuit claims church knew of 1985 priest abuse

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Haidee V Eugenio , heugenio@guampdn.com May 28, 2017

The Archdiocese of Agana investigated and found to be true, in 2009 or 2010, an allegation that former Guam priest Andrew Mannetta sexually abused a former altar boy in 1985, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court of Guam.

The man, identified in court documents only as G.J., alleged that Mannetta sexually molested and abused him when he was 9 or 10 years old and serving as an altar boy at the Santa Teresita Catholic Church in Mangilao.

“After the sexual abuse, G.J. began to fail in school and lost interest in the priesthood,” the lawsuit says. “Eventually, G.J. ceased being an altar boy and gave up on his dreams of becoming a priest.”

The lawsuit says around 2009 or 2010, at a stage in G.J.’s life where he continued to suffer deep trauma from his childhood abuse at the hands of Mannetta, the former altar boy reached out to the church.

May 27, 2017

Catholic priest who worked at Balls Pond Road church faces jail for raping and assaulting boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Islington Gazette

26 May 2017 Sam Gelder

A Catholic priest who repeatedly raped and assaulted boys is facing jail.

Father Eugene Fitzpatrick, 68, was found guilty of the horrific attacks at Blackfriars Crown Court yesterday after he denied all charges.

He raped one boy multiple times between 1986 and 1992 while working at Our Lady and Saint Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Balls Pond Road, Islington.

Fitzpatrick also indecently assaulted another boy throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The first offence took place in Tufnell Park in 1965 when he was just 17 and the boy aged under eight.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Mubeena Cockar-Khan said: “Eugene Fitzpatrick repeatedly indecently assaulted one boy and raped another for his own gratification.

From 'Spotlight' to 'Keepers,' Richard Sipe sees celibate priesthood as problem for the Catholic Church

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks
The Baltimore Sun

Richard Sipe, the former priest who spent 25 years studying the sexual behavior of the Catholic clergy, appears in “The Keepers,” the Netflix documentary series about the unsolved murder of Sister Catherine Cesnick and the monstrous abuse of some of her students by the chaplain of a Baltimore high school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sipe is the bearded fellow with the cool eyeglasses in Episode 4.

A Benedictine monk and priest for 18 years, Sipe came to Baltimore to study counseling at the old Seton Psychiatric Institute. He left the priesthood at 38 and married a former Maryknoll sister. He practiced psychotherapy in Maryland before moving to California with his wife in the late 1990s. He has written six books and contributed to numerous documentaries on the celibate priesthood and sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. He estimates that he has reviewed more than 1,500 cases and provided expert testimony in 230.

Sipe famously helped the Boston Globe reporters who broke the story of widespread abuse by priests in Massachusetts. In “Spotlight,” the Oscar-winning film about the Globe’s investigation, the actor Richard Jenkins plays Sipe – or at least his voice, by phone – telling reporters that his lengthy study of priests found that six percent of them had had sex with children. Sipe provided the Globe Spotlight team with guidance throughout its lengthy investigation.

So he’s an old hand at this. He’s heard a lot of stories and told many.

But even Sipe felt physically ill – “I got sick,” he says – when he heard the descriptions of sexual abuse by the victims of the late A. Joseph Maskell, the former priest who served as chaplain at Archbishop Keough High School more than four decades ago.

Netflix claims about priest linked to Wexford

IRELAND
Wexford People

By Maria Pepper
May 27 2017

A new Netflix documentary series 'The Keepers' which was released last weekend, has broadcast harrowing descriptions of sex abuse allegedly carried out by the deceased American priest, Fr. Joseph Maskell who spent over three years living in Wexford where he worked as a psychologist for the former South Eastern Health Board.

During his time in Wexford from approximately late 1994 to 1998, Fr. Maskell lived in Castlebridge and worked for about eight months as a clinical psychologist for the SEHB (now the Health Service Executive) which referred children to him for assessment. He later spent about three years in private practice at an office in Common Quay Street.

During his stay, the Diocese of Ferns became aware of his activities and contacted the Archdiocese of Baltimore for information, subsequently notifying the SEHB and the gardai about the risks of him having access to children.

The HSE has refused to release any information about Fr. Maskell due to a data protection policy relating to current and former employees although at the time, it informed the Diocese that Fr. Maskell had given an assurance not to work with anyone under the age of 18.

Priest to return after porn investigation, but questions remain

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philly.com

by David Gambacorta & Maria Panaritis - Staff Writers

One name stands out on an otherwise innocuous list of upcoming clerical assignments issued this month by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia: the Rev. Louis Kolenkiewicz.

He’s scheduled to return from a leave of absence on June 19, and become a parochial vicar at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, around the corner from the archdiocese’s administrative offices. What’s left unsaid in the announcement is the reason why Kolenkiewicz has been on leave since 2015.

Bucks County prosecutors investigated the priest in 2011 for more than 12,000 pornographic images found on a computer he used at St. Bede the Venerable Parish in Holland, Bucks County, where he had been assigned. And while they did not file charges, they said they remained so concerned about the priest returning to active ministry that they helped provoke his suspension two years ago.

District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub described the news of Kolenkiewicz’s reinstatement as a surprising development after a frustrating investigation he said was hobbled by the church’s failure to preserve evidence found a decade ago and leaving local law enforcement in the dark.

Trudeau to ask Pope for apology for Canada's residential schools

CANADA
BBC News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected next week to ask Pope Francis for a formal apology over the Catholic Church's role in the country's residential school system.

The request stems from a report into Canada's history of taking indigenous children from their parents and sending them to residential schools.

Many children experienced neglect and abuse while far from their families.

Mr Trudeau meets with the Pope on Monday.

Fife abuse victim to hold ‘vigil’ outside Scottish child abuse inquiry

SCOTLAND
The Courier

Michael Alexander
May 27 2017

A man who claims he was trafficked to Ireland and drugged and raped by multiple men whilst in the care of a former residential home in Fife is to hold a vigil in Edinburgh on the opening day of the Scottish child abuse inquiry.

Dave Sharp, 58, who says he was abused whilst in the care of the Christian Brothers running the former St Ninian’s School in Falkland, intends to hold the vigil outside of Rosebury House on Wednesday May 31 to remember “all victims of abuse”.

Mr Sharp, who was awarded a £15,000 pay out from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in 2015, said: “As far as the programme goes the plan is for the vigil to be from 9am till 5pm.

“At 1pm we will all stop for a minute’s silence to remember all the children (across the country) whose lives were lost or taken because of child abuse and also to remember all the survivors who died without ever seeing justice.

Former Fort Augustus Abbey school priest guilty of assault

SCOTLAND
BBC News

A former priest has been found guilty of assault to injury of a pupil at a former Catholic boarding school at Fort Augustus in the 1970s and 1980s.

The jury in Father Benedict Seed's trial found five other charges not proven by a majority.

The 83-year-old, who appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court under the name Thomas Michael Seed, belted Paul Curran on the wrists until he bled.

Seed, of Brora, denied all the charges against him. He has been fined £1,000.

Mr Curran, now a 50-year-old businessman living in Hong Kong, told the jury at Inverness Sheriff Court that he had dreams of being "hunted" by Seed for the five years he attended the now closed Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Highlands.

Saddleback Church youth mentor accused of lewd conduct with teen boys

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

Joseph Serna

A youth mentor at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest has been accused of lewd acts involving two teenage boys while he volunteered there, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

Ruven Meulenberg, 32, was arrested Thursday and booked on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts on a child and is being held on $100,000 bail, authorities said. Jail records show he is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in a Santa Ana courtroom.

Detectives were alerted after a 14-year-old boy told his parents that Meulenberg had molested him, Lt. Lane Lagaret said. The parents told the church’s youth pastor, who called the Sheriff’s Department, Lagaret said.

Another 14-year-old boy turned up during the detectives’ investigation, Lagaret said.

Vale Anthony Foster

AUSTRALIA
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

27 May, 2017

Chair of the Royal Commission Justice Peter McClellan said the Commissioners and staff of the Royal Commission are deeply saddened by the death of Anthony Foster. We extend our condolences to Chrissie Foster and her family.

Anthony and Chrissie dedicated many years of their lives to bringing about justice for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Their tireless advocacy helped bring about this Royal Commission.

They attended hundreds of days of public hearings and participated in many of our policy roundtables.

With a dignity and grace, Anthony and Chrissie generously supported countless survivors and their families whilst also managing their own grief.

NSW Parliament needs to face facts about the Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

27 May 2017

IT took the NSW Upper House seven months to debate Newcastle Animal Justice Party Upper House MP Mark Pearson’s motion to condemn the Catholic Church for its history of child sexual abuse in Australia.

He first raised it in October, 2016, in a powerful speech in Parliament after a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse public hearing in Newcastle about abuse in the Hunter Catholic Church over decades.

He was supported by barrister and NSW Greens Justice spokesman David Shoebridge, who has been a champion for survivors of child sexual abuse in Australia for many years.

It was not until Thursday that the major parties responded, and survivors and survivor groups experienced a chill about the future – after the royal commission has delivered its final report in December and politicians are responsible for how governments address its recommendations.

Ex Boys' Brigade leader and charity founder David Wall jailed for sexual abuse of four children

UNITED KINGDOM
Bournemouth Echo

Alex Winter / Winter_Alex

A FORMER Boys' Brigade leader and charity founder who sexually abused four children has been jailed.

One of David Wall's victims were driven to attempt suicide as a result of the attacks, which took place between 1981 and 2001.

Wall, a married church-goer, abused his power in the Christian organisation to indecently assault three boys in his care.

The father-of-two, now 53, went on to abuse a fourth child, who was not a member of the Boys' Brigade. Wall later founded Hampshire-based Christian charity Acts 4 Sharing.

He was finally brought to justice around two decades after the last offence he committed.

Yorkshire School will be focus of inquiry into abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

The national child sexual abuse inquiry is to hold its preliminary hearing into allegations relating to a leading North Yorkshire independent school early next month.

The preliminary hearing relating to Ampleforth College will be held in London on June 6 to examine procedural issues ahead of the full inquiry which is due to start in December.

Now Ampleforth faces charity probe linked to sex abuse claims It is part of an investigation into “the extent of any institutional failures to protect children from sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church”, which is one of 13 separate areas of investigation being looked into as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

The first case study in the Catholic church investigation is into the English Benedictine Congregation, a Catholic religious order whose affiliated monasteries run or have run a number of prestigious private boarding schools around the country, including Ampleforth. Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the national inquiry, told a conference in York that the inquiry has set out a work programme.

Pastor Faces Third Lawsuit Alleging 'Sexual Exploitation'

TEXAS
Christian Post

BY LEONARDO BLAIR , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
May 26, 2017

A third woman and former member of the now defunct Renew Ministries in New Braunfels, Texas, has alleged in a new lawsuit that former Pastor Terry Knighten took advantage of his position as spiritual leader and counselor to have sex with her, and is now seeking $1 million in damages.

The woman, Kristi, and her husband, Samuel Guerrero, who were wed by Knighten in 2011, accuse him in the lawsuit of conducting "a scheme of sexual exploitation" that caused repeated sexual contact between the disgraced pastor and Kristi Guerrero.

The lawsuit filed April 28 called Knighten "a sexual predator," who groomed Kristi Guerrero before forcing her into "unreciprocated sexual intercourse" in May 2015 at his New Braunfels home which she was paid to clean, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

It charges that officials at Renew Ministries, formerly known as Celebrate Life Church, did not act when they became aware of Knighten's alleged misconduct.

Anthony Foster: campaigner for child sexual abuse victims dies

AUSTRALIA
The Guardian

AAP

The chair of Australia’s child sex abuse royal commission has said he is “deeply saddened” by the death of tireless victims advocate Anthony Foster.

Foster, who became a relentless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, was reported to have died on Friday evening from a major stroke.

Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Justice Peter McClellan extended his condolences to the Foster family and praised their dedication to achieving justice for survivors of child sexual abuse.

“They attended hundreds of days of public hearings and participated in many of our policy roundtables,” McClellan said.

Anthony Foster demanded justice for children abused by priests

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 27, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Anthony Foster, the relentless and deeply respected advocate for Catholic abuse victims, has died, sparking tributes from across the community.

Mr Foster, aged in his early 60s, died after complications relating to an apparent brain injury incurred this week.

Child sex abuse royal commission chairman Peter McClellan today described Mr Foster’s work as having been key to the formation of the national inquiry.

Mr McClellan offered the commission’s condolences to his wife Chrissie, with the pair having campaigned for abuse survivors as recently as last weekend in Ballarat.

“Anthony and Chrissie dedicated many years of their lives to bringing about justice for survivors of child sexual abuse,’’ he said.

Anthony Foster remembered as a 'voice for survivors'

AUSTRALIA
9 News

AAP

Tributes have poured in for Anthony Foster, who dedicated his life to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.

He is believed to have died from a major stroke after falling and hitting his head on Friday night. He was 64.

Mr Foster became a relentless advocate after his daughters, Emma and Katie, were raped by notorious abuser and pedophile Father Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Mr Foster and his wife, Chrissie, shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Their daughter Emma took an fatal overdose of medication in 2008, and Katie was hit by a car after binge drinking in 1999, leaving her brain-damaged and in need of 24-hour care.

South Africa: Time Could Be Up for Sexual Offenders Who Have Escaped Justice

SOUTH AFRICA
AllAfrica

By Pontsho Pilane, Carl Collison

A test lawsuit will determine whether the time limit on reporting sexual assault will be lifted.

It took more than three decades for Gavin Hendricks to come to terms with the sexual abuse he suffered during his teenage years and lay charges against the priest he accuses of abusing him.

"It took a lot of courage to lay that charge. I was very intimidated and kind of reluctant, but I knew it was something I had to do," says 51-year-old Hendricks, who chose to use a pseudonym. For years, he was sexually abused by the priest - "a trusted family friend" - in the Cape Flats township of Bonteheuwel.

After opening a case at the Bishop Lavis police station last year, Hendricks was told that, because the abuse had taken place more than 20 years ago, the matter could not go to court. The man he accuses of abusing him would never face his day in court.

May 26, 2017

Pell sex charges possible but doubts rise over fair trial

AUSTRALIA
The Weekend Australian

May 27, 2017

REBECCA URBAN
JournalistMelbourne
@RurbsOz

The former prosecutor who put gangland killer Carl Williams behind bars has suggested charges against George Pell are a distinct possibility but warned that he had concerns about whether he could get a fair trial.

Retired Victorian senior crown prosecutor Geoffrey Horgan­ QC told The Weekend Australian there were unique pressures when weighing up cases. “It seems to me it’s going to take a tough-minded police ... to say ‘we will not try this case’,” Mr Horgan said. “It’s much harder to decide to not prosecute than to prosecute. The public backlash would be enormous.”

Mr Horgan’s comments come as Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton confirmed this week that police were reviewing final advice from the state’s ­Office of Public Prosecutions on allegations of child sexual­ abuse against Cardinal Pell and a decision on charges was ­“imminent”.

Mr Horgan, who successfully prosecuted serial killer Peter Dupas during almost two decades with the OPP, has backed concerns about whether the Ballarat-born clergyman could receive a fair trial.

Father and advocate of abuse victims dies

AUSTRALIA
7 News

Simone Ziaziaris - AAP on May 27, 2017

High-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims, Anthony Foster, has reportedly died after suffering a major stroke.

Mr Foster, who became a tireless advocate after his daughters were raped by a priest, is believed to have died on Friday evening after falling and hitting his head, media are reporting.

Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie shared their torment to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

His daughters, Emma and Katie, were traumatised by the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of pedophile priest Kevin O'Donnell at their Melbourne school between 1988 and 1993.

Anthony Foster, long-time advocate for child sex abuse victims, dies aged 64

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Anthony Foster, who dedicated his life to seeking justice for victims of child sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church after two of his daughters were repeatedly raped by a priest, has died in a Melbourne hospital, aged 64.

In a two decade-long quest to hold the Catholic Church accountable for crimes against children, Mr Foster and his wife Chrissie told the harrowing story of their family's treatment at the hands of the church to the media and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The couple's daughters Emma and Katie were raped by Melbourne paedophile priest Father Kevin O'Donnell when they were in primary school in the 1980s.

Emma suffered from eating disorders, drug addiction and self harm. In 2008 she overdosed on medication and died at the age of 26.

Father of abuse victims Anthony Foster dies

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Melissa Cunningham

Tributes are pouring in for Anthony Foster who became a tireless and high-profile advocate for child sexual abuse victims after his daughters were raped by a priest.

Mr Foster died after suffering a stroke on Friday evening.

He rose to national prominence after he publicly accused Cardinal George Pell of stalling the family's compensation claim against the Catholic Church when he was archbishop of Melbourne.

It is believed Mr Foster fell and hit his head before suffering a major stroke. He died with his wife Chrissie by his side.

Two of the Fosters' daughters, Emma and Katie, were repeatedly raped by disgraced Melbourne priest Kevin O'Donnell while pupils at a primary school in Melbourne's Oakleigh parish.

After years of turmoil and a decade-long court battle, Emma died by suicide at the age of 26.

Her sister Katie drank heavily before being left severely disabled when hit by a drunk driver in 1999.

Father of abuse victims fights for life

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

May 27, 2017

JOHN FERGUSON
Victorian EditorMelbourne
@fergusonjw

Anthony Foster, a relentless and high-profile advocate for Catholic abuse victims, is gravely ill after suffering what is believed to have been a major stroke.

Key members of the community rallying against church abuse were told yesterday that Mr Foster faced the battle of his life to survive the illness.

Mr Foster, aged in his early 60s, rose to national prominence during the 2008 visit to Australia by Pope Benedict for World Youth Day, when he publicly chided the pontiff and Cardinal George Pell over the church’s handling of the scandal that engulfe­d his family.

Two of Mr Foster’s daughters were raped by Father Kevin O’Donnell at a primary school in Melbourne’s Oakleigh parish, with one committing suicide in 2007 and another profoundly injured­ after apparently self-medicating and being struck by a car in 1999.

Peter Blenkiron, an abuse survivor from the western Victorian diocese of Ballarat, said Mr Foster was a relentless supporter of victims. “I think we’ve all fought alongside him on the battlefield for truth,’’ he said. “It’s bought so many people together. It just breaks my heart.’’

School priest assaulted pupil with tawse

SCOTLAND
The Times

David Love
May 27 2017
The Times

A former priest has been found guilty of assault to injury of a pupil at a Catholic boarding school more than 30 years ago.

Thomas Seed, 83, faced another five charges, all of which the jury found not proven by a majority.

Fining Seed £1,000, Sheriff Gordon Fleetwood said: “I am obliged to deal with you by the law that applied when the offence was committed. You were in a position of trust and you abused that.”

Also known as Father Benedict, Seed belted a young private schoolboy until his wrists bled at the Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school on the shores of Loch Ness.

Paul Curran, 50, now a businessman in Hong Kong, told a jury at Inverness sheriff court that he “lived in fear” of the Benedictine monk. Mr Curran said that after being caught swearing by the monk he was belted with a tawse, which left his hands and wrists bleeding, swollen and bruised.

Father and son sue State over plan to hand new National Maternity Hospital over to nuns

IRELAND
Dublin Live

BY AENGUS O'HANLON

A father and son are taking on the State to in a bid to stop the Sisters of Charity from taking ownership of the proposed €300million National Maternity Hospital.

Veteran campaigner Dick Spicer, 70, and his son Norman have launched a High Court challenge against the decision, which they claim is unconstitutional.

The Spicers were keen to state that they had no issue with any religious order, or their beliefs, but rather the Government, for what they said was the "inexplicable decision" to build the new hospital at St Vincent's.

There was a public outcry when it announced last month that the Sisters were to be handed full ownership of the taxpayer-funded facility, which will be built on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus in Dublin 4.

Mr Spicer, a co-founder of the Campaign to Separate Church and State, said: "There is a State-owned site in Tallaght right beside a major hospital with gynaecology.

Men Sue Willow Creek Community Church, Allege Sex Abuse By Counselor

ILLINOIS
CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Two men are suing Willow Creek Community Church in suburban South Barrington and say they were allegedly sexually abused over several years by a youth minister at the church.

The complaint, filed Thursday under the aliases John Doe and Joe Doe, claims Brian Wongkamalasai, 30, sexually abused them beginning in 2009 when they were 16 and 14 years old and Wongkamalasai was 22.

Wongkamalasai was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in 2013, and is a registered sex offender currently living in Denver, Colorado, Illinois State Police records show.

According to the suit, John Doe and Joe Doe were sexually abused in more than 300 instances between September 2009 and December 2011. Both said Wongkamalasai masturbated them and performed oral sex on them.

Wongkamalasai was working for Willow Creek Community Church as a counselor, youth minister, youth leader, supervisor, monitor and accountability partner to Joe Doe and John Doe when the abuse occurred, according to the suit. In return for those services on behalf of Willow Creek Community Church, he was allowed to stay in John Doe’s and Joe Doe’s homes.

Two men accuse former Willow Creek youth minister of sexually abusing them over 300 times

ILLINOIS
Christian Today

Leonardo Blair 26 May 2017

Two men who say they were sexually abused as teenagers more than 300 times over several years by a former youth minister at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, are now suing the church, seeking more than $50,000 in damages for pain and suffering.

The men, identified by aliases John and Joe Doe, alleged that former Willow Creek youth minister Brian Wongkamalasai, now 30, started sexually abusing them in 2009. They were just 16 and 14, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The former counselor, who is now a registered sex offender living in Denver, Colorado, was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old in 2013.

His current accusers alleged that between September 2009 and December 2011, Wongkamalasai masturbated them and performed oral sex on them more than 300 times.

During the time of the abuse, Wongkamalasai was allegedly working for Willow Creek as a youth minister, youth leader, supervisor, monitor and accountability partner to the men. He was allowed to stay in the home of the then teenagers in exchange for his work.

Second suit against Caluag

GUAM
The Guam Daily Post

Mindy Aguon | For The Guam Daily Post

A second victim has filed a civil lawsuit against former St. Anthony Catholic School music and religion teacher Ray Caluag, alleging school officials and police took no action against the teacher, who allegedly sexually abused and raped him as a boy.

Troy Torres, through his attorney, David Lujan, filed a civil complaint in the District Court of Guam against Caluag, St. Anthony Catholic School and the Archdiocese of Agana yesterday accusing Caluag of repeatedly sexually abusing and raping him when he was a student at St. Anthony's in 1993.

Torres, the governor's senior policy adviser, was in the 8th grade and was required to take music class.

Caluag was a trusted mentor and friend who manipulated his authority to procure compliance with his sexual demands from his victims and induce the victims to continue to allow the abuse, the lawsuit states.

AACO police: FBI is investigating Joyce Malecki's murder

MARYLAND
ABC 2

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"The Keepers" series on Netflix has Anne Arundel County residents asking questions about the 1969 murder of 20-year-old Joyce Malecki.

In response to requests from the public, The Anne Arundel County police released the following statement saying the FBI is investigating her case.

"There is information circulating among on-line blogs and websites that state the Joyce Malecki murder investigation was at some point in time handed over to the Anne Arundel County Police Department by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This is not an accurate statement. Because Ms. Malecki’s body was found on Federal property, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigating agency for this case."

"The Keepers" suggests that Joyce Malecki’s murder may be linked to the murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik at the Old Archbishop Keough.

Malecki's body was found near a Fort Meade shooting range and left in a similar manner as Sister Cesnik's.

Anne Arundel County Police said they've been fielding calls from viewers who want to know what is going on with the investigation.

8 tidbits from 'The Keepers' director's Reddit AMA — including an Archdiocese appearance

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

Kate Coiro

If you’ve watched “The Keepers,” on Netflix, chances are you have some questions about Sister Cathy Cesnik’s unsolved killing and the allegations of sexual assault at Baltimore-based Archbishop Keough High School.

Fortunately, director Ryan White turned to the social networking site Reddit on Thursday for an “AMA” (short for ask me anything), where he answered fans’ questions about Netflix’s new seven-part production.

Here are eight tidbits from White’s AMA.

1. The Archdiocese of Baltimore showed up. A user named ArchBalt, presumably, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, chimed in when White mentioned that he wished the Archdiocese would release their internal records on Rev. Joseph Maskell, who was at the center of the abuse allegations detailed in the show.

“Archdiocesan records related to Maskell are confidential, and Archdiocesan policy and state law would preclude us from disclosing much of the information in them as they include confidential personal information (e.g. names of alleged sexual abuse victims), personnel records, health records, attorney-client communications, personally identifying information (such as social security numbers), etc.,” ArchBalt wrote.