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September 30, 2008

Priest suspended after drug-possession arrest

CHARLESTON (WV)
The Charleston Gazette

By Kellen Henry
Staff writer
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A South Charleston priest charged Monday with felony drug possession has been suspended from his priestly responsibilities and removed from his position, pending an investigation.

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston said it is investigating James Edward O'Connor, according to a news release. O'Connor, 58, was arrested Sunday during a traffic stop and charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

O'Connor, 58, has been a priest at Blessed Sacrament in South Charleston since 2006. The diocese plans to cooperate fully with authorities while conducting an internal investigation.

"The personnel policy of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is very clear, as are laws of the state of West Virginia, that the use or possession of illegal drugs is prohibited," said diocese spokesman Bryan Minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Rabbi accused of abusing boy

ALBANY (NY)
WNYT

ALBANY - A rabbi who teaches at Hebrew Academy in Albany is accused of sexually abusing one of his students.

Yaakov Weiss of Loudonville was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Albany police say the 28-year-old rabbi had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy multiple times between November 2007 and April 2008. They say the abuse happened at least once at a location on Whitehall Road and at least twice at a location on New Scotland Avenue.

Police were alerted after New York State Child Protection Services received an anonymous tip about Weiss. After conducting interviews over the summer, police finally determined they have enough evidence to arrest him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Rabbi charged with sex abuse

ALBANY (NY)
Capital News 9

09/30/2008 11:56 AM
By: Web Staff

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A local rabbi is facing charges after police said he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy.

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss, 28 of Loudonville was arrested Monday and charged with one count of second-degree sex abuse, two counts of third-degree sex abuse and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:02 PM

Loudonville rabbi arrested for sexually abusing a child

LOUDONVILLE (NY)
CBS 6

September 30, 2008 - 11:15AM
CBS 6 Staff
A local rabbi is facing several charges after being arrested for having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13 year-old boy.

Yaakov Weiss, 28, of Loudonville was arrested Monday after detectives revealed he sexually abused the teen from November of 2007 to April of 2008. Weiss is alleged to have had sexual contact with the victim at a location on Whitehall Road at least once and on New Scotland Avenue on at least two occasions.

The victim was a student of Weiss, who is employed at the Hebrew Academy, according to Albany Public Safety spokesman Det. James Miller. Miller says their investigation began after Child Protective Services had received an anonymous tip about the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Albany-area rabbi faces sex abuse charges

ALBANY (NY)
Newsday

September 30, 2008
ALBANY - An Albany-area rabbi is facing charges he sexually abused a 13-year-old boy.

Yaakov Weiss of Loudonville was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of third-degree sex abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Weiss was the boy's teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Albany.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Suit Claims Elmhurst Priest Stole Man's Wife

JOLIET (IL)
WBBM

JOLIET, Ill. (STNG) - A former Elmhurst priest is being sued for allegedly stealing a man’s wife during marriage counseling sessions.

In the case, Stephen B. Crane seeks $50,000 in damages from Christopher Floss, who was a priest providing counseling, the Diocese of Joliet, and Bishop J. Peter Sartain.

Crane contends the diocese knew the priest was having a sexual relationship with his wife, Maureen Crane, and should have removed him from the church. In his complaint, Crane alleged that he and his wife had counseling sessions with Floss in 2006 at their Elmhurst home and at Elmhurst Visitation Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Sister Maureen on the actions of Belleville (IL) Bishop Edward Braxton

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Voice from the Desert

Bishop Edward K. Braxton would have the people of the Belleville, Illinois diocese accept as fact that the paying a 5 million dollar jury award in the case of the Rev. Raymond Kownacki, a known sexual predator, “would diminish diocesan resources and significantly limit the church’s ability to continue to serve our people, our parishes, (and) our schools,” yet no financial statements have been produced to support the bishop’s claims.

What is known, however, is that the diocese is said to be earning approximately 3.5 million dollars a year in interest from investments. If true, that fact alone would go a long way in weakening the bishop’s arguments.

Like the words of too many bishops, Braxton’s words indicate that there is still a long way to go before the transparency and accountability promised in 2002 becomes a reality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Sex abuse victims respond to Bishop Braxton's hurtful letter and selfish legal maneuver

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

If Bishop Braxton truly wants to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable, he should take three immediate steps.

First, he should immediately and publicly apologize to Jim Wisniewski. In a letter sent to southern Illinois parishes this weekend, Braxton called Jim "an alleged victim." This is wrong, hurtful and intimidating.

It's wrong because Jim is NOT an alleged victim. An impartial jury heard the evidence, and found that he WAS molested by Fr. Raymond Kownacki. Furthermore, Catholic officials never even disputed this.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Pastor accused of texting teens waives hearing

WINDSOR (PA)
York Daily Record

Article Last Updated: 09/30/2008 07:45:49 AM EDT

The Windsor pastor accused of inappropriate contact with teen girls waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.

Pennsylvania State Police charged the Rev. Scott Allen Snyder, 35, of Windsor with two counts of corruption of minors Aug. 11.

Officers say Snyder kissed a 13-year-old girl from his congregation and sent thousands of text messages, including some obscene images, to her and another girl, who is 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

Local lawyer on Alamo’s defense team

TEXARKANA (AR)
Texarkana Gazette

By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 09/30/2008

Two Little Rock lawyers and one from Texarkana will make up the defense team for Tony Alamo when he goes to court on charges he transported minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

“He denies everything and we’re going to put the government to its proof. He’s not pleading to anything,” said lead defense attorney John Wesley Hall Jr. of Little Rock. “I met with Pastor Alamo in jail this morning (Monday) in Arizona and we’re already interviewing witnesses.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Protecting Your Children...

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Jewish Voice

Child abuse is an uncomfortable topic to broad, but if we want to protect our children from this trauma we must speak up. The subject has been in news lately, so we would like to give you the evidence on how to protect your children.

Child molestors can often be trusted family members or friends, men or women. The Catholic priests do not have a monopoly on the scourge of pedophilia. In fact, the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault details over 100 cases of Jewish Rabbis and other community leaders who have betrayed our trust. In our area, Cantor Phillip Wittlin of Chisuk Emuna Congregation in Harrisburg and Ari Sorkin of Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park have been convicted of molesting children under their care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Kid porn plea by priest who served SPC

NEWARK (NJ)
The Jersey Journal

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
NEWARK - A Catholic priest pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to possession of child pornography.

The Rev. James Kuntz, 59, a former adminstrator at Saint Peter's College in Jersey City, admitted using a computer or an interactive computer service to gain possession of somewhere between 10 and 150 images of child pornography last February, according to his plea agreement. Kuntz is no longer at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Judge dismisses sex-assault charges against priest

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Allison Steele
Inquirer Staff Writer

A Trenton pastor who was accused this month of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Philadelphia boy has been cleared by a judge, who determined that there was insufficient evidence.

Charges against Charles Brinson, 48, were dismissed after a preliminary hearing Friday in the Family Division of the Court of Common Pleas.

Brinson had been charged with contact with a minor, solicitation, and corruption of a minor, according to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Odor of pot led to bust of priest, parishioner

SOUTH CHARLESTON (WV)
Daily Mail

by Charlotte Ferrell Smith
Daily Mail staff
by Ashley B. Craig
Daily Mail staff

South Charleston Patrolman S. W. Miller was on duty Sunday evening with his K-9, Vader, when the odor of marijuana filtered into his police cruiser.

It was that odor that eventually led to the arrest of a local priest, shocking a congregation and a community.

The scent was odd, even to Miller. As he recounted in a telephone interview with the Daily Mail, strange smells can make their way into vehicles through windows and air vents but the distinct odor of marijuana leaves no room for speculation.

With no other cars around except for the silver Chrysler mini-van in front of him, Miller turned on his lights and siren at Kanawha Turnpike and Elm Street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

4 girls to remain in state custody in Alamo case

ARKANSAS
Democrat-Gazette

BY ANDY DAVIS

Posted on Tuesday, September 30, 2008

TEXARKANA — At court appearances Monday, the parents of four girls taken from Tony Alamo’s religious compound in southwest Arkansas waived their right to a hearing on the state’s decision to take them from the church, allowing the girls to remain in foster care for at least three more weeks.

The two pairs of sisters were among six girls, ages 10 to 17, taken into protective custody Sept. 20 after a raid by more than 100 police officers and social services caseworkers investigating allegations of physical and sexual abuse and child pornography at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in Fouke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Sex, divorce hot topics at Catholic church

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

By Mziwandile Nkosi

Reports of sexual abuse and the Roman Catholic Church's stance on contraception and divorce took centre-stage at the first synod of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg.

Congregates on Sunday packed the historic Regina Mundi Cathedral in Soweto for the mass, which was officiated by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale to mark the end of the five-day synod. ...

"On the issue of sex scandals, it was found that most were untrue and no information was published to dispel them. This saw the church experiencing some damage, which is unfair," said Tsoke.

"Most of these allegations were reported under anonymity, and I think there should be no secrecy in telling the truth," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Catholic priest who sexually abused girls 30 years ago jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Steven Morris The Guardian, Tuesday September 30 2008

A Catholic priest who sexually abused seven girls 30 years ago and was finally caught when two of the victims swapped memories of him on the Friends Reunited website was jailed for a year yesterday.

Peter Carr, 73, sponged stage paint on to the naked bodies of girls taking part in plays at a school where he taught in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Altar boy sexual abuse claim in court

AUSTRALA
NEWS.com.au

September 30, 2008 12:14pm

AN 81-year-old retired Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing an altar boy almost 40 years ago has chosen not to appear in a New South Wales court for a mention of his case.

Kelvin Gerald Sharkey was due to face Wollongong Local Court, where his 10 charges of indecent assault and two counts of buggery were mentioned today.

He had been summonsed following an investigation into claims he sexually abused an altar boy between 1969 and 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Girl painter priest jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
Mirror

30/09/2008

A catholic priest whose sexual abuse of seven schoolgirls was exposed on Friends Reunited 30 years later was jailed for 12 months yesterday.

Father Peter Carr, 73, rubbed stage-paint on the pupils' naked bodies before school plays between 1969 and 1975.

But two victims now in their 40s - one a solicitor, the other a singer - then swapped online memories of his intimate make-up applications.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

ANGER AS PERVERT PRIEST IS JAILED FOR JUST ONE YEAR

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Express

Tuesday September 30,2008
By John Twomey

A JAIL sentence imposed on a priest who sexually abused at least seven children was yesterday labelled “too soft.”

Father Peter Carr molested girls aged between 10 and 11 after getting them to strip naked so he could apply stage make-up for school pantomimes.

The paedophile’s crimes came to light 30 years later after two victims – a lawyer and a singer – met up on the Friends Reunited website.

The women exchanged painful memories of how Carr made them strip for productions of Sinbad the Sailor and Tom Thumb so he could paint on their bodies or wash it off afterwards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Sex abuse lawsuit: Groups say Belleville diocese may be hiding assets

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- --

Members of three church watch-dog groups called Monday on Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton to conduct an outside audit of diocesan finances to determine whether money exists to pay a $5 million sex abuse judgment.

Dave Clohessy, national director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said an outside audit is needed because the diocese may be hiding assets.

"In 20 years, I have yet to see a diocese that when pressed by legal pressure hasn't disclosed more wealth and assets and insurance coverage and property than they typically disclose in their routine audits," he said. "They almost always come up with more wealth and they initially disclose."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

September 29, 2008

Suit: Priest slept with man's wife

JOLIET (IL)
The Herald News

September 29, 2008

By STEWART WARRRN swarren@scn1.com
JOLIET -- After his wife left him last year for the priest who acted as their marriage counselor, an Elmhurst man is suing him, the Diocese of Joliet and Bishop J. Peter Sartain.

In the complaint filed last week in Will County court, Stephen B. Crane accused the priest of alienation of affection and the diocese of negligence.

The diocese allegedly knew the priest was having a sexual relationship with his wife and should have removed him from the church, according to the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Pedophile Pastor From Brooklyn Sentenced to 10 to 40 Years

BROOKLYN (NY)
Brooklyn Eagle

by Brooklyn Eagle (edit@brooklyneagle.net), published online 09-29-2008

By Samuel Newhouse & Ryan Thompson
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
JAY STREET – Pastor Dieuvais Surin was sentenced Monday to about 10 to 40 years at Kings County Supreme Court for repeatedly molesting and abusing a young girl in various locations, such as his van, his apartment, and the church basement.

Surin was convicted on 22 felony counts of sexual abuse in June, after the story of his abuse of an 11-year-old child surfaced. Some church members attended the sentencing.

For each felony, he received 1 and 1/3 years to 4 years. Some of these sentences were set to run concurrently and some consecutively, said court officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Groups to Belleville Diocese: Prove poverty or pay sex abuse award

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- Members and leaders of three watch dog groups today called on Bishop Edward Braxton to conduct an outside audit of church finances to determine if money exists to pay a $5 million sex abuse judgment.

Dave Clohessy, national director of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said an outside audit is needed because the diocese may be hiding assets.

In August a St. Clair County jury awarded $5 million to former altar boy James Wisniewski, 47, of Champaign. During the trial Wisnewski testified he was sexually abused for years by the Rev. Raymond Kownacki of Dupo, a 73-year old priest removed from ministry in 1995 because of sexual abuse of minors. Kownacki has declined comment.

Clohessy and the other group representatives, Lena Woltering of Call To Action and Anne Harter of Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity, called on Braxton to reverse his decision announced in a letter to parishioners during the weekend to seek a new trial in the Wisniewski case. If the request for a new trial is rejected, then a formal appeal to the 5th Appellate Court in Mount Vernon could be filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

NEW: Tieton man expected to plead not guilty on child pornography charges

OREGON
Yakima Herald-Republic

A Tieton man is expected to enter a not guilty plea in an Oregon court today to charges of encouraging child sex abuse, according to his lawyer.

Juan Jose González Rios will appear in the Marion County Circuit Court to say he is innocent of the charges, Zillah attorney J.J. Sandlin said.

González, 37, was arrested in Tieton last March on a fugitive warrant charging him with viewing child pornography while he was studying to be a Catholic priest in an Oregon seminary five years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

Indicted FLDS men surrender in Texas

TEXAS
Deseret News

By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Published: Monday, Sept. 29, 2008 12:34 p.m. MDT

Three men recently indicted by a Texas grand jury investigating crimes within the Fundamentalist LDS Church have surrendered to authorities.

Abram Harker Jeffs, 27, and Lehi Barlow Jeffs, 29, surrendered Monday morning at the Schleicher County Sheriff's Office in Eldorado, where they were booked on charges of sexual assault and bigamy. Keith William Dutson Jr., 23, was also booked on a sexual assault charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Jail for priest who abused girls

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Catholic priest whose abuse of girls was uncovered after his victims swapped memories on the Friends Reunited website has been jailed for a year.

Father Peter Carr rubbed stage-paint on to pupils' naked bodies before plays at a school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, between 1969 and 1975.

Carr was brought to justice after two women got back in touch through the website and spoke out about the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Catholic priest who abused girls 30 years ago is jailed after victims discovered each other on soc

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Daily Mail Reporter

A priest who sexually abused seven schoolgirls 30 years ago has been jailed after two of his victims shared memories of him on the Friends Reunited website.

Father Peter Carr - who was jailed for one year - rubbed stage-paint on to the pupils' naked bodies before school plays between 1969 and 1975.

But the 73-year-old Catholic priest was exposed after two women, now in their 40s - one a solicitor, one a singer - discussed him on the website which brings together old schoolfriends.

Priest on trial for 101 crimes

GERMANY
IOL (South Africa)

Berlin - A Catholic priest in Germany went on trial on Monday charged with a total of 101 crimes including blackmail, fraud, breach of trust, coercion and assault.

Forty-six of the charges including causing bodily harm and extortion facing the 39-year-old, who has not been named, relate to a relationship to a woman whom he met through his priestly duties in 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

South Charleston priest busted on felony pot charge

SOUTH CHARLESTON (WV)
Daily Mail

by From staff reports
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston and a member of the congregation face felony charges of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

The priest, James Edward O'Connor, 58, and Michael Joseph Deegan, 59, of Cross Lanes, were arrested Sunday in South Charleston.

South Charleston Patrolman S.W. Miller made the arrests. The circumstances remained muddled today, and South Charleston officials were unable to clarify them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

W.Va. priest facing drug charge

SOUTH CHARLESTON (WV)
Herald-Dispatch

September 29, 2008 @ 02:40 PM

Herald-Dispatch.com

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ A South Charleston priest and a member of his congregation who is also a former drug counselor have both been charged with felony possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

The Rev. James Edward O'Connor, 58, is the priest at Blessed Sacrament. He and a passenger in his vehicle, Michael Joseph Deegan, 59, were charged Monday morning, according to Kanawha County Magistrate Court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Barsana Dham Responds to Anonymous Allegations in Austin American-Statesman Story

TEXAS
PRWeb

Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 29, 2008 -- JKP, Barsana Dham, a non-profit, religious and charitable organization of the Hindu faith, responded today to allegations made by unnamed sources in a story published in the Austin American-Statesman.

Barsana Dham vehemently denies the claims made against its spiritual leaders and expressed disappointment that the American-Statesman published a story based on false and malicious allegations made by a few anonymous people.

"Anyone who has met these two respected spiritual leaders knows that these hurtful allegations are totally false," said Diwakari Devi, president of Barsana Dham. "Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is 85 years old and Shree Swami Prakashanand Saraswati is almost 80. I encourage people to take advantage of their profound spiritual teachings while they still have the direct opportunity."

Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj is revered around the world. His ashrams, temples, schools and hospitals serve hundreds of thousands of people. His talks are widely watched on Indian, Nepalese and American television. When he speaks in a city, tens of thousands come for the opportunity to be present during his epic discourses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Infomercial executives help support Hindu temple

TEXAS
Austin American-Statesman

By Eric Dexheimer
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Sunday, September 28, 2008

In the mid-1980s, the leaders of a Hindu organization trying to gain a foothold in the United States contemplated how to raise money. Eventually, Prakashanand Saraswati and his devotees within the International Society of Divine Love — later called Barsana Dham, after they'd established themselves in Austin — ended up with an unorthodox source of support: infomercials.

The result has been a peculiar but apparently profitable alliance between the sacred and secular. Through overlaps between temple leaders and direct marketing executives and their companies, it has paired Prakashanand, a 79-year-old Hindu holy man also known as Shree Swamiji, with such late-night fare as promotions for the Miracle Blade, Abflex, homeopathic impotency treatments and the Ionic Pro air purifier.

There is nothing illegal about the religious organization benefiting from its ties to direct-marketing companies. AndBarsana Dham is not the only spiritual enterprise to have business-savvy disciples who contribute generously to support their spiritual homes.

But questions about where the Austin organization received its money were raised recently when ashram director and infomercial executive Peter Spiegel pledged $10 million to guarantee that Prakashanand would return to a Hays County courtroom to face charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact. The charges stem from incidents involving two teenage girls in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

Infomerical executives support temple

TEXAS
United Press International

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Hindu organization based in Texas has used TV infomercials for consumer products to raise funds, the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman reported Sunday.

The newspaper said its investigation found that Prakashanand Saraswati and his devotees within the International Society of Divine Love have teamed with direct marketing companies to sell such things as the Miracle Blade, Abflex, homeopathic impotency treatments and the Ionic Pro air purifier.

There is nothing illegal about the sect benefiting from its ties with marketing companies, the newspaper said. However, questions were raised recently about where the Austin organization received its money, when ashram director and infomercial executive Peter Spiegel pledged $10 million to guarantee that Prakashanand would return to court to face charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

The hypocrisy of Bishop Soto

CALIFORNIA
Lobdell's OC

Mi amigo, Gustavo Arellano, wrote another insightful commentary about the Diocese of Orange and, in particular, one of its former rising stars, Bishop Jaime Soto (who now heads the diocese of Sacramento). Gustavo couldn't be more correct in his analysis.

Soto is one of the Catholic Church's rising stars because he's -- how to put this delicately? -- an ass-kisser. He delivers to his bosses what they want: silence on most of his sexually abusive brothers, a passionate defense of the fellow priest convicted of 46 counts of child molestation, and now a stinging rebuke for those who engaging in same-sex sex.

Among those commenting on Gustavo's post was Richard Sipe, a former monk who's an clergy sexual abuse expert and has long been ahead of the curve on the scandal. He writes:

You are absolutely right. Priests do not speak up about the abuse they know about. The reason: Most, I repeat most, have had or are having some kind of sexual contact, experience, relationship, or habit. They run the risk of exposing themselves, or in some cases superiors or bishops with whom they have had sex-play, experience, or a relationship. Even temporary involvement of priests in sexual relationships with other priests or sexual experimentation puts them in a fearful state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Remember the Alamo -- Tony Alamo

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Diane Dimond

America has a doctrine that very clearly separates our government from our various religions, a definite separation of Church and State. Our founding fathers wrote about the need to keep the two institutions detached way back in 1791 when adopting the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Being a career journalist I especially like the First Amendment. You know, the one that guarantees free speech and makes it illegal to infringe on freedom of the press? It's also the amendment that includes language guaranteeing the "free exercise of religion" and prohibits the government from taking steps to prohibit it.

The amendment does not guarantee a citizen's right to abuse children in the name of God, marry multiple wives, withhold taxes from the government or use deadly snakes in services. But all of that -- and more -- has occurred in the name of religion.

Consider characters like 74 year-old Tony Alamo who runs a Christian ministry headquartered in tiny, isolated Fouke, Arkansas. Federal agents moved into the compound last week to rescue several young girls. The FBI arrested Alamo a few days later at a motel in Arizona on suspicion of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes. ...

I have no answers but I wonder if the specter of that first amendment protection is one of the reasons child sex abuse by Catholic priests flourished for as long as it did. Did it have something to do with Jim Jones and his People's Temple being allowed to flee America to the jungles of Guyana where 900 of the faithful died? I wonder to what extent the doctrine continues to cripple authorities from rescuing children trapped in polygamist compounds where girls are forced to wed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Sex abuse suit filed against ex-pastor

LAFOLLETTE (TN)
Tennessean

Associated Press • September 29, 2008

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. — A former pastor of an East Tennessee Presbyterian church is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing a mentally unstable young woman.

Malcolm M. King III, his church, First Presbyterian Church of LaFollette, and the Presbytery of East Tennessee are defendants in a $40 million Campbell County Circuit Court lawsuit filed last month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Sex abuse priest to be sentenced

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press Association

A Roman Catholic priest whose sexual abuse of seven schoolgirls was uncovered 30 years later after two women shared memories of him on the Friends Reunited website is due learn his fate.

Father Peter Carr, 73, who rubbed stage-paint into the pupils' naked bodies before school plays between 1969 and 1975 will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

In Boston for almost seven years a crew has shown up at the Cathedral every Sunday to protest the pedophile priest epidemic. Pictures from today. .

BOSTON (MA)
City of Angels

[photos]

Dear Kay,

We continue to vigil here in Boston on the sidewalk in front of the Cathedral. It was a warm rainy day today, with Hurricane Kyle just off the coast. That didn't dampen our spirits or prevent us from "calling to order" our weekly meeting.

Stan Doherty displayed his new designed "Reserved Space" signs for the rod iron fence which we have used to prop up our posters for the past six and a half years. Into her eighties now, Rosemary Morgan to continues participate each Sunday from her lawn chair with her prestigious title "Our Lady of the Lawn Chair."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

September 28, 2008

Radio announcer killed and two books sale blocked

MEXICO
News: Free Expression and Struggles

Journalist and author Sanjuana Martínez Montemayor has said that the Samborns bookstore chain, which is owned by powerful businessman Carlos Slim and is one of the most popular bookstores in Mexico, has blocked the sale of two books in which she documented cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Mexico. Martínez Montemayor has had a long career as a journalist for Mexican media outlets. In 2006, she won Mexico's National Award for Journalism, and she is the author of several books, including "Manto Púrpura" ("Purple Cloak")and "Prueba de Fe" ("Test of Faith"). "Manto Púrpura" was published in November 2006 by the Grijalbo publishing house. Eight thousand copies of the book were printed, recounting the testimonies of individuals who have accused Catholic priests of sexual abuse. In the book, Martínez Montemayor alleges that Cardinal Norberto Rivera, the archbishop of Mexico City, protected priest Nicolás Aguilar, who has been accused of sexually abusing 26 boys in the United States in 1987. Rivera approved Aguilar's transfer to the United States, even though he presumably knew of alleged sexual abuses committed by the priest inMexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

From the Abuse Desk

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Whispers from the Loggia

Hit last month with a $5 million civil judgment for "fraudulent concealment" of an abusive priest, the diocese of Belleville has moved for a retrial:

Bishop Edward Braxton has directed the diocese's lawyers to ask St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto for a new trial in the 2002 lawsuit brought by James Wisniewski, 47, of Champaign. He alleged he was sexually abused for five years beginning about age 13 as an altar boy at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem in the 1970s. The priest named was the Rev. Raymond Kownacki who was removed from ministry in 1995 by a diocesan review board for sexual abuse of minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

The vicar who shamed a small community

UNITED KINGDOM
Wales Online

Sep 28 2008 by Gavin O'Connor, Wales On Sunday

‘He was a vicar, so you gave him respect. Now you look at him as some kind of a monster.'

Beguildy – a sleepy little hamlet in deepest Mid Wales – was rocked this week when its vicar, the Reverend Richard Hart was jailed for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of possessing around 57,000 images of child pornography. GAVIN O’CONNOR visited the village to find its residents trying to rebuild their lives in the shadow of scandal...

IT’S little more than a collection of chocolate box cottages spread across a strikingly beautiful little patch of Welsh countryside.

But for years the picturesque hamlet of Beguildy in Mid Wales hid a terrible secret.

This week, the Reverend Richard Hart was jailed for 3½ years at Cardiff Crown Court for amassing a huge collection of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Volume of victims hampers abuse commission

IRELAND
The Post

Sunday, September 28, 2008

By John Burke
The commission set up to investigate clerical child sexual abuse in Dublin Archdiocese has failed to meet its deadline for a second time, due to the number of alleged victims making contact with the investigating team.

The Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation was due to conclude its work by the end of next week, but is now set to enter into its fourth year of operation.

The government granted it a last-minute reprieve last week, when the cabinet approved an extension of the commission’s work to the end of January 2009.

It is understood that the delay is related to the increasing numbers of alleged victims who are making contact with the commission on a weekly basis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Former Altar Boy Accuses Del. Priest Of Abuse

DOVER (DE)
CBS 3

DOVER, Del. (AP) ―
A second former altar boy has filed a lawsuit in Delaware alleging that he was abused in the 1950s by the late Reverend Walter Power.

Edward Banks, a 66-year-old attorney from Maryland, filed his lawsuit Friday. Also suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington over Power's alleged molestation is 65-year-old William Fleming, who lives in Denver.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

For Tony Alamo survivors, religious abuse scars the soul

OREGON
The Oregonian

by Michelle Roberts, The Oregonian
Saturday September 27, 2008, 10:11 PM

Diane Bach gives her horse Star Point a smooch on the nose at her home near St. Helens. A former member of the Tony Alamo ministry in Arkansas, Bach lived there from age 17 to 31 and was thrown out in the early 1980s after her then-husband sewed her a shirt from factory scraps and Tony Alamo called it stealing. She still struggles daily with diagnosed post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of brainwashing.

It's been 23 years since Diane Bach left the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in Arkansas, but she still struggles to make decisions for herself.

As a St. Helens waitress hands Bach a menu during a recent lunch meeting, she swallows hard. Her hands begin to tremble; she shifts uncomfortably in her chair. Soon, she's sweating and red blotches pool on her chest like spilled wine.

"I'm sorry," she says. "I have a lot of trouble ordering from a simple menu because, to this day, I have trouble making my own choices."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

September 27, 2008

That priest lied to me last July in Chicago, saying no one else had reported my perp as a molester. It took me until last week to realize the truth

BARTLETT (IL)
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

He must have been lying, because I know for a fact there had been a previous report of child abuse about Father Thomas Barry Horne.

Sitting here thinking about why am I so angry, at one point last week even scared this anger would give me a heart attack, in the middle of writing about something else, some other lies some other criminal priest or bishop told a different survivor -- it just came out of me. I wrote it down, repeated it to a person or two, cogitated on it --

Then this morning it SLAMMED into my head as I was adjusting the caption under my picture from age five that is at the top of this blog. Just typing away I was on a new caption and then SLAM into my head.

HE WAS OUTRIGHT LYING
He must have been.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Alamo will be brought back to Arkansas

ARKANSAS
Texarkana Gazette

By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 09/27/2008

Tony Alamo, who was in federal court Friday in Arizona for his first judicial appearance following his arrest, will be brought back to Arkansas to face prosecution.

Alamo was arrested Thursday on charges of transporting minor children across state lines for sexual activity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

State to retain custody of girls

ARKANSAS
Texarkana Gazette

By: Lynn LaRowe - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 09/27/2008

The State of Arkansas will maintain custody of at least two of the six girls removed from the Tony Alamo Ministries compound one week ago, Circuit Judge Jim Hudson decided Friday.

An adjudication hearing to address the girls’ permanent custody is scheduled for Oct. 20.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Where is accused pedophile Msgr. Loomis? On staff at upscale LA parish, while his files are in a big empty banker box. Watch video now at CAN-4

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

[video presentation]

"Before (Loomis) became a priest, he taught at Pater Noster High school where he was known as Brother Beckett (and) routinely molested children," reads the original complaint from Case #BC307934 in Clergy Cases 2007. Today Msgr. Richard Loomis is listed as pastor of Saints Felicitas and Perpetua Church in San Marino, CA.

Watch video at http://cityofangels4.blogspot.com/ of Joelle Casteix with other survivors in front of Our Lady of the Angels Thursday afternoon with a big empty file box, and a lot of questions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

"Suffering in silence:" 3 women tell story of sex abuse by nun

MINNESOTA
KARE

[with video]

Decades after they were allegedly sexually abused by a nun, three women announced Thursday they have reached a settlement with the Sisters of St. Francis in Rochester.

The women -- Karen Britten of Illinois, Patricia Schwartz of Eden Prairie and Christine Bertrand of California -- sued the convent in 2005 and 2006.

The three women, all in their 50s, allege they were sexually abused by Sister Benen Kent several times in the 1960s.

Kent was a music and piano teacher. She died in 2003. The women repressed the abuse, their attorney said, until years later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

Court denies Framingham church's appeal

FRAMINGHAM (MA)
MetroWest Daily News

By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Sep 27, 2008 @ 12:11 AM

FRAMINGHAM — The state Court of Appeals has rejected St. Jeremiah parishioners' February appeal of a Middlesex Superior Court ruling that courts can't intervene in church law.

"Unfortunately, the court ruled we didn't have standing to bring the suit," Mary Beth Carmody, chairwoman of the St. Jeremiah appeals committee, said yesterday. The appellate court ruling states "the attorney general is the only one that has the right to bring suit" involving donations to a public charity.

"I find that very distressing," said Carmody. It sends a message "the members of a parish have no way to protect their rights.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Man sues priest, claiming affair with wife

ELMHURST (IL)
Daily Herald

By Christy Gutowski | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 9/27/2008

Stephen Crane and his wife, Maureen, accompanied their Elmhurst church choir on a pilgrimage to Rome in January 2007.

Despite recent marital woes, Crane thought the couple would renew their vows in Italy. Instead, his wife of nearly 10 years told him she wanted a divorce.

The Elmhurst man filed a lawsuit this week alleging his former priest, Christopher Floss, who later left the church, caused the divorce by having an affair with his wife while he served as their marital counselor.

The jilted husband's lawyers filed the suit in Will County, naming Floss and the Joliet Diocese as defendants. Besides emotional harm, the suit alleges Crane suffered economic loss by having to quit his full-time job to care for the former couple's three children, ages 18, 16, and 8.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

Miller County Judge Orders Girls Remain In Custody

ARKANSAS
KTHV

Posted By: Charles Crowson

Two of the six girls taken into state custody following the Sept. 20 raid of the Tony Alamo Christian Church in Fouke, Ark., will remain in foster care.

Miller County Circuit Judge Jim Hudson released his verdict around 6:00 p.m. Friday at the county courthouse in Texarkana. His decision came after more than nine hours of testimony in a courtroom that was closed to media and the public.

Arkansas Dept. of Human Services Communications Director Julie Munsell says the safety of the six girls, each between 10- and 17-years-old, is the state?s top priority, as they continue their investigation into self-proclaimed world pastor Tony Alamo.

Alamo, whose real name is Bernie Lazar Hoffman, was arrested Thursday by federal agents in Flagstaff, Ariz. He?s charged with violating the Mann Act, which involves the interstate trafficking of minors for sex. Alamo had been in California at the time of the Sept. 20 raid in Fouke but was highly vocal, proclaiming his innocence, to both local and national media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Women say temple gurus made sexual advances

TEXAS
Austin American-Statesman

By Eric Dexheimer
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sexual advances from the two spiritual gurus of the Barsana Dham temple were a part of life for some women who lived on, or frequently visited, the ashram south of Austin, according to the recollections of five women who spent a collective 60 years living, working and worshipping at the Hindu temple.

The intimate contact between the gurus — Prakashanand Saraswati, known as Shree Swamiji, and his spiritual master, Maharajji Kripalu, also called Kripalu — and some women on the ashram was known and accepted among other devotees, added the women, who all said they experienced the advances firsthand. Many of the incidents they recounted occurred years before: The latest with Prakashanand was a decade ago; with Kripalu, in 2003. All of the women have since quit the organization.

The organization did not make the gurus available for comment. But temple representatives vigorously denied the accusations, suggesting they were part of an orchestrated plan to disparage the organization by disgruntled ex-devotees. Ashram director Kathleen Williams called the women's recollections "preposterous" and insisted that the incidents did not happen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Picton man, 68, charged with sex offences during time as priest in Cayuga

CANADA
680 News

September, 26, 2008 - 06:56 pm

THE CANADIAN PRESS
CAYUGA, Ont. - A 68-year-old former priest from Picton, Ont., has been charged with sex-related offences dating back 30 years.

Police say Donald Grecco has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault for alleged offences against a boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Scranton Diocese comes clean on abusive priest

SCRANTON (PA)
The Times-Tribune

By Laura Legere
Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Diocese of Scranton has released the name and history of a priest who was found by the church to have sexually abused one boy in the 1970s and who is suspected of abusing at least three more. The diocese had never before disclosed the Rev. Robert Gibson as a sex offender.

The diocese’s account of the priest opens a window on an internal process designed in the 1990s to allow the church to investigate and discipline its own spiritual leaders while also addressing emerging concerns about sexually abusive members of the clergy.

The diocese released the account to address concerns voiced by one of the Rev. Gibson’s victims, now a 48-year-old retired Navy officer, who criticized the diocese’s policy for dealing with abuse victims after reading a story about other victims’ similar concerns published in The Sunday Times in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Evangelist OKs extradition in sex case

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
Chicago Tribune

September 27, 2008
FLAGSTAFF — Evangelist and convicted tax evader Tony Alamo waived his right to fight extradition to Arkansas after his arrest on charges that he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

Alamo appeared briefly Friday in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff. It will be at least a week before he is moved to Arkansas, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office there said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Audit finds San Angelo diocese in compliance

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Abilene Reporter-News

By Brian Bethel
Friday, September 26, 2008

The Catholic Diocese of San Angelo is, for the fifth year in a row, in complete compliance with requirements issued in 2002 to protect children from sexual abuse.

The yearly audit was conducted by the independent auditing group, William Gavin, in Winthrop, Mass. An auditor from Gavin spent almost a week reviewing the diocese.

The effort is designed to provide a "safe, healthy and sacred environment for all of our people, especially our children," said Bishop Michael Pfeifer, whose diocese oversees 29 counties in West Texas, including Abilene churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Vatican Toots Its Own Horn!

VATICAN CITY
OpEd News

Diary Entry by Debby Bodkin

Wall Street and the U.S. economy is crumbling and the Vatican toots its own horn about financial investment success! What is wrong with this picture?

In response to "The Vatican's Midas Touch" at http://blog.beliefnet.com/pontifications/2008/09/the-vaticans-midas-touch.html, as a Catholic wife, mother and United States citizen, still struggling with the truths revealed since the clergy sex abuse crisis erupted in 2002, the Vatican's arrogance is just a bit too much to ignore. The Vatican toots its own horn for financial success while the United States economy crumbles before our eyes. Thoughts...

1. The Vatican was granted immunity by President Bush in 2005, for approximately 100,000 sex crimes committed against children in the United States ("Deliver Us From Evil" documentary). In addition, the Catholic Church and other religious institutions continue to plead in criminal and civil courts of law throughout the U.S. that freedom of religion privilege and tax exempt status, is a free pass to sexually abuse children and adults, without financial and moral accountability to socieity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Braxton asks for new trial in $5 million ruling

BELLEVILLE (IL)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/27/2008

Bishop Edward Braxton asked for a new trial Friday in St. Clair County court after a jury there last month said the Roman Catholic diocese of Belleville conspired to hide allegations of sexual abuse by one of its priests. A former altar boy was awarded $5 million in the trial.

In a letter to his priests that the bishop asked be read to parishioners this weekend, Braxton said while he recognized asking for a new trial "may seem to prolong the suffering of everyone whose lives are touched by the misdeeds of the past … simply complying with the judgment as written would diminish diocesan resources and significantly limit the Church's ability to continue to serve our people."

Asking for a new trial, Braxton wrote, "is the only recourse available to give the Diocese the time needed to assess further all of the possible pastoral options available … without putting any of these options in jeopardy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Two former altar boys sue Wilmington diocese

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By SEAN O'SULLIVAN • The News Journal • September 27, 2008

Two state civil lawsuits were filed Friday against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington alleging that the late Rev. Walter D. Power sexually abused two men when they were altar boys in the 1950s.

Power, who retired in 1983 and died in 1998, was named by the diocese in 2006 as one of 20 priests who had "credible or substantiated complaints of sexual abuse of minors" against them.

William Fleming, 65, who now lives in Denver, alleged Power molested him while he was serving as an altar boy at St. Helena Church in the late 1950s.

Edward G. Banks Jr., 66, who is now an attorney in Maryland, claims Power sexually abused him more than 50 times when he was serving as an altar boy in the rural St. Francis De Sales parish in Maryland from 1952 to 1954.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Braxton requests new trial in sex abuse lawsuit

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

[with link to the bishop's letter]

BELLEVILLE --A motion filed Friday clears the way for the Diocese of Belleville to appeal a $5 million jury award given last month to a former altar boy who testified that a priest sexually abused him for years.

Bishop Edward Braxton has directed the diocese's lawyers to ask St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto for a new trial in the 2002 lawsuit brought by James Wisniewski, 47, of Champaign. He alleged he was sexually abused for five years beginning about age 13 as an altar boy at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem in the 1970s. The priest named was the Rev. Raymond Kownacki who was removed from ministry in 1995 by a diocesan review board for sexual abuse of minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

An appeal to compassion

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

Edward Braxton, bishop of the Belleville Catholic Diocese, offers 5 million reasons why the diocese plans to appeal the recent verdict in a civil sexual abuse case. And certainly, paying the $5 million judgment would strain diocesan finances.

But here are three reasons why we think an appeal will cost Catholics even more spiritually and emotionally:

• It is clear that James Wisniewski was sexually abused as a child in the early 1970s by the Rev. Raymond Kownacki. There was no testimony at the trial to even try to refute that.

• It is clear that diocesan leaders knew Kownacki had abused children yet did nothing to stop him. They didn't call the police, they didn't remove him from contact with children, they didn't even tell Kownacki to stop. They just moved him to other unsuspecting parishes. In the 1990s, they concealed some of the records from then Bishop Wilton Gregory that showed the extent of Kownacki's actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

September 26, 2008

Evangelist Tony Alamo agrees to return to Arkansas

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
News Channel 8

Evangelist and convicted tax evader Tony Alamo has waived his right to fight extradition to Arkansas after his arrest on charges that he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes. Alamo appeared briefly Friday in U.S. District Court in Flagstaff. U.S. marshals will move him as soon as possible, although it isn't known exactly when. The one-time rock promoter and street preacher was arrested by the FBI (web) while leaving a Flagstaff hotel Thursday on charges of violating the Mann Act, usually used in interstate prostitution cases.

Federal prosecutors sought Alamo's arrest after interviewing six girls taken into state custody during a raid of his southwestern Arkansas compound Saturday.

Alamo told U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark E. Aspey he had legally changed his name to Tony Alamo from his birth name, Bernie Lazar Hoffman. He also said he was legally blind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

DELAWARE: Lawsuit claims priest sex abuse

DOVER (DE)
The Daily Times

Associated Press • September 26, 2008

DOVER — A Colorado resident has filed a lawsuit in Delaware claiming he was sexually abused as a child by a Catholic priest.

Attorneys for 65-year-old William Fleming of Denver filed the lawsuit today alleging that officials with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington failed to protect Fleming from the Rev. Walter Power.

A spokesman for the diocese declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Belleville Diocese heads toward appeal of $5 million sex abuse verdict

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

[with link to Bishop Braxton's letter]

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK
gpawlaczyk@bnd.com

BELLEVILLE --Bishop Edward Braxton has approved asking for a new trial in the case of a former altar boy who was awarded $5 million for being sexually abused by a Belleville Diocese priest.

In a written statement to parishioners to be read at Mass over the weekend, Braxton said that paying the judgment, "...would diminish diocesan resources and significantly limit the church's ability to continue to serve our people, our parishes (and) our schools..."

The motion, which was filed Friday, clears the way for an appeal in the event that the trial judge, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto, rejects the request for a new trial. Some of the arguments have already been ruled on by Cueto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Ill. diocese to appeal priest-abuse judgment

BELLEVILLE (IL)
WTHI

Associated Press - September 26, 2008 3:34 PM ET

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The bishop of Belleville says the diocese will appeal a jury award of $5 million to a former altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest.

Bishop Edward Braxton made the announcement in a letter that he's asked priests to read during Mass this weekend in the diocese's southern Illinois parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Former OC Bishop Jaime Soto Not Just a Pedophile Apologist but a Homo-Hater

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra
September 26, 2008 10:21 AM

We and supporters of sex-abuse victims celebrated loudly when Bishop Jaime Soto left the Diocese of Orange to become the eventual head bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. Soto, while a staunch defender of immigrant rights, was an active member of the Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal cover-up. To quote just a small part of a previous Ex Cathedra post:

Soto's role, compared to other heavyweights in Orange, seems small. In 1986, he wrote a letter in support of Andrew Christian Anderson, one of only two Orange County Catholic priests ever convicted of sex-abuse crimes. Soto was also the poor sap in charge of trying to fish back Eleuterio Ramos from Tijuana after a Ramos victim filed a lawsuit against the Orange diocese's most notorious pedophile. Of course, there's always the sin of silence, but we'll put that aside for the meanwhile. Actually, let's bring it back. Soto is someone so suffocated in the Catholic bubble he can't see the hell it's become for sex-abuse victims and Catholics with any sense of morality.

On that note, it's nice to know that Soto has a bigger problem with homosexuals than he does pedophile priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Speak Out At San Fernando Cathedral

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
WOAI

Clergy sex abuse victims speaking out in front of San Fernando Cathedral Tuesday.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or S.N.A.P., believe Catholic officials have not done enough to protect children from abuse.

They say 3 local predator priests fled San Antonio to other countries.

"And we want the mothers who have children that are near these men to know about their history," said Barbara Blaine, President of S.N.A.P.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

The Vatican's "Midas touch"

VATICAN CITY
Beliefnet

Friday September 26, 2008
posted by David Gibson @ 9:19am

The Catholic Church may be the only institution doing well during the economic crisis. According to an exclusive from The Tablet's Rome correspondent Robert Mickens, the Vatican may finally have learned (after decades of deficits and fiscal mismanagment and even scandal) how to manage its affairs. Indeed, the Vatican seems to have developed a gift for prophecy that Wall Street could learn from.

The piece, "Church with a Midas Touch," is based on a confidential report sent to the world's bishops, who, together with donations from the faithful, support the Vatican. The Holy See actually has few resources of its own, unless one wants to sell of the Pieta. The report isn't that transparent, and much as to be taken on faith. The Tablet piece is only available to subscribers, but here are a few (gold) nuggets:

--The Holy See's total assets at the end of last year added up to nearly 1.4 billion euros or more than £1 billion. It reveals that the Vatican's financial advisers shrewdly spotted the risks of keeping the Church's money tied up in shares and switched to safer investments, including gold. The Holy See owns almost a ton of gold which in today's volatile market would be worth some £15 million. (The math? Maybe $30 million?) That's a decent sum, though hardly the endowment of a decent U.S. university.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Catholic order of nuns settles claim by three who say they were abused

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By PAT PHEIFER, Star Tribune

Last update: September 25, 2008 - 9:15 PM

Three women who say they were sexually abused as children in the 1960s by a Roman Catholic nun say they hope to find peace when they meet today with the current and former leaders of the Franciscan Sisters, based in Rochester.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson announced Thursday that two lawsuits, filed by Christine Bertrand of Sierra Madre, Calif., and Patti Schwartz of Minneapolis, were settled recently. A third filed by Bertrand's sister, Karen Britten of Chicago, was dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired, Anderson said.

The women said Sister Benen Kent abused them when she was their piano teacher at St. Juliana's parish in Chicago and when their parents took them to visit her at the order's mother house in Rochester, where Kent was transferred in 1967.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

When will we see raids on Catholic Church seminaries, rectories, and personnel file storage spaces? How much more evidence of crime do the Feds need?

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

With arrests for pedophile clergy on Tony Alamo Ministries last week and the FLDS in April, why have there been no raids on Roman Catholic Churches, rectories, personnel file storage spaces, chanceries, and archdiocese offices? In video at http://cityofangels4.blogspot.com we ask Joelle Casteix why SNAP continues to demonstrate in front of the cathedral in LA instead of at the nearby Federal Building, where they could reach US attorneys and FBI agents with demands. Watch this video on YouTube as well at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYfKUwA4FRU

Mounds of evidence against the Catholic church has come out of civil cases settled across the country the past decade. Where are the search Warrants?

Why doesn't SNAP ask for an organized crime investigation into the pedophile network in the Catholic Church, instead of more press events in front of cathedrals and churches?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Two sue deceased priest, diocese

EDWARDSVILLE (IL)
The Telegaph

September 25, 2008 - 10:24PM
By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT
The Telegraph
EDWARDSVILLE - Two women have filed suit against a deceased priest, a former church and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, claiming the late priest abused them 30 or more years ago at St. Kevin's Catholic Church.

Deanna M. Stewart and Paula J. Ford both claim the Rev. Frank O'Hara abused and assaulted them when he was senior pastor and priest at St. Kevin's Catholic Church in Rosewood Heights. The church since has closed and has been consolidated with another church into Holy Angels Catholic Church.

The suit filed in Madison County Circuit Courtlaims the priest assaulted and abused them at various times between 1971 and 1978.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Abuse images warning over vicar

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A charity has warned that child pornography is growing at "a phenomenal rate" because of people like the vicar, the Reverend Richard Hart.

Mr Hart, a priest in Beguildy in south Powys, is starting a three-and-a-half year prison sentence.

Lucy Thorpe, of the NSPCC warned that people viewing images online "should realise more children get abused in the real world as a result".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

9.30am - Paedophile vicar collected images like a magpie

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Gloucestershire

A VICAR who once preached in Gloucestershire has been jailed after downloading thousands of sexual images of children.

Richard Hart, 59, was jailed for three and half years at Cardiff Crown Court after he admitted amassing a collection of more than 56,000 indecent images of children.

Hart, who was suspended from all duties by the Church in Wales following his arrest, was also disqualified from working with children by Judge Michael Burr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Child porn vicar starts jail term

UNITED KINGDOM
Shropshire Star

A Mid Wales vicar was today beginning a three-and-a-half year jail sentence after admitting taking, making and possessing more than 56,000 indecent pictures of children.

The Reverend Richard Hart, 59, formerly of The Vicarage, Beguildy, near Knighton, was sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Victims of paedophile win payout

UNITED KINGDOM
Nidderdale Herald

Published Date: 19 September 2008
By Staff Copy
SEVEN victims of a paedophile priest have won their fight for compensation from the Catholic Church in Leeds.

The men took legal action against Leeds diocese in 2006 over abuse at the hands of Father Neil Gallanagh at St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa in the 1970s.

Now the diocese has agreed to pay out-of-court settlements with the men, now in their 40s. No details have been made public on the sum they have received – though it is understood to be “significant”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Church bell-ringer jailed for sex offences

NEW ZEALAND
Otago Daily Times

Fri, 26 Sep 2008

The former Master of the Bells at Dunedin's First Church has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years for prolonged and predatory sexual offending against a young girl in the 1980s.

David Hockley (69), raped the girl the day before she started high school in 1985. He continued to sexually abuse her up to six times a week for several years, often in the attic of First Church where he had taken her for bell-ringing lessons.

Justice French told Hockley in the High Court in Dunedin today there were no mitigating features about the offending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Chandler Sunday School Teacher molested girls, gets 35 years

CHANDLER (AZ)
AZfamily

CHANDLER -- The following is a press release from the Maricopa County Attorney's Office:

County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced today that Terence Greenwood, 63 (DOB 6/12/45), has been sentenced to 35 years in prison and three counts of lifetime probation.

Greenwood had pled guilty to charges related to the sexual molestation of young children who were under his care during Sunday school sessions at a Chandler church.

Additional instances of abuse occurred at his home. The sentence was issued on September 24, 2008 in the courtroom of Judge David K. Udall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Bell ringer jailed for sex abuse

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

Friday, 26 September 2008

A Dunedin man was today jailed today for seven and half years for sexually abusing a schoolgirl in the 1980s.

David Hockley, 68, a Master of the Bells at First Church in Dunedin, was told by Justice Christine French in the High Court in Dunedin that the harm he had done was incalculable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Ex-Sunday school teacher sentenced to 35 years

ARIZONA
East Valley Tribune

Andre Bowser, Tribune
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced Thursday that a former Chandler Sunday school teacher was sentenced to 35 yearsin prison for sexually molesting children under his care.

Terence Greenwood, 63, also was sentenced to three counts of lifetime probation by Superior Court Judge David K. Udall, County Attorney Andrew Thomas announced.

"This sentence effectively prevents the defendant from harming other young children for the rest of his life," Thomas said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Alamo's Last Stand? Preacher Arrested by Feds

ARIZONA
ABC News

[with video]

By MARCUS BARAM
Sept. 25, 2008

Following a raid on his church's compound last week, Christian evangelist Tony Alamo has been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes, the FBI told the Associated Press.

Tony Alamo denounces raid and defends his church, stating "We're holy."Alamo was staying at a motel in Flagstaff, Ariz., when agents arrested him Thursday, FBI spokesman Steve Frazier told the AP. He did not believe children were with Alamo when he was arrested.

Alamo is scheduled for a federal court appearance Friday in Arizona, the AP reported.

Just days ago, Alamo was laughing in an interview with ABCNews.com, despite the raid on the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in Arkansas by more than 100 federal agents as part of a two-year investigation into allegations of child pornography, physical and sexual abuse of children, polygamy and underage marriage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

FBI arrests evangelist Alamo on suspicion of child sex abuse

ARIZONA
Tennessean

By JON GAMBRELL • Associated Press • September 26, 2008

FBI agents arrested evangelist and convicted tax evader Tony Alamo at an Arizona motel Thursday, alleging days after raiding the Arkansas headquarters of his ministry that he took minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

Alamo was staying at a resort in Flagstaff when arrested, said FBI spokesman Steve Frazier in Little Rock.

The religious leader, who began his career as a California street preacher in 1966, was scheduled for a federal court appearance today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Book on Sex Abuse Scandals Banned from Catholic Bookstores

BOSTON (MA)
LifeSite

By Hilary White

BOSTON, September 25, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A book chronicling the mishandling by the US bishops of the sex abuse crisis is being banned from Catholic bookshops, its author says. Philip Lawler, a Catholic journalist and author of "The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture," has said his book signings at Catholic bookshops have been cancelled and suspects that the reason is complaints from Church officials offended by the book.

The book has been selling well, he says, but people have to buy it at Barnes and Noble or on Amazon. "It's not readily available in Catholic bookstores," his blog informs potential readers.

Lawler's wife, Leila, wrote on the blog, "It seems to me that the establishment -- particularly here in the Boston area -- is more concerned with protecting their turf than with this perennial project of bringing Christ, the way and the truth, to every human endeavor."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

September 25, 2008

Alamo Arrested

FLAGSTAFF (AZ)
ArkLaTex

Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 @07:13pm CST

At approximately 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, FBI Special Agents arrested Bernie Hoffman, aka Tony Alamo in Flagstaff, Arizona without incident.

A federal Arrest Warrant was issued for Alamo, the founder and leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, by United States Magistrate Barry A. Bryant in the Western District of Arkansas for violating United States Code Title 18, Section 2423. This statute makes it a federal crime to knowingly transport a minor (under 18) across state lines with the intent to engage in sexual activity that would be a criminal offense under state law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

FBI: Evangelist Alamo arrested in child sex probe

ARIZONA
Yahoo! News

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The FBI says evangelist Tony Alamo (uh-LAHM'-oh) has been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of transporting minors across state lines for sexual purposes.

FBI spokesman Steve Frazier says Alamo was staying at a motel in Flagstaff when agents arrested him Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Pastor Linked to Infant Porn Pictures

ROYSE CITY (TX)
My Fox Dallas-Fort Worth

Federal agents arrested a Royce City church pastor Wednesday for sharing child porn pictures with other people online. 36-year-old Steve Richardson, leader of the First United Methodist Church of Royce City is charged with transporting child pornography after agents seized computers at home and at his church.

The arrest stemmed from an investigation that began in December 2007 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents (ICE). While serving a warrant on another suspected child pornographer, they discovered pictures posted in a peer-to-peer service by someone named "cowboysspades."

Agents working undercover made contact with "cowboysspades" several times and linked more than 30 child porn pictures to that person, including pictures of infants engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Court Hearings Set for Alamo Children

ARKANSAS
ArkLaTex

Reported by: Karen Hopkins
Thursday, Sep 25, 2008 @04:39pm CST

Officials say evidence of sexual abuse of children at an evangelist compound is strong enough to go to court.

Court hearings will start Friday for two of the six girls taken from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. Federal agents raided the compound near Texarkana Saturday, with suspicions of child pornography. Alamo denies any wrongdoing. Two girls will have hearings Friday morning before Miller County Judge Jim Hudson. The other four girls will have hearings Monday morning with other Circuit judges, Hudson said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Alamo speaks to Signal en route to Santa Clarita

CALIFORNIA
The Signal

By Jim Holt
Signal Senior Writer
jholt@the-signal.com
661-259-1234 x527

Somewhere between Texarkana, Ark. and Santa Clarita, Calif., church evangelist Tony Alamo is waiting at the side of a desert road for the car part, far from the nationwide controversy about children removed from his Fouke, Ark. compound.

"I'm not on the run," Alamo said on the phone Thursday from a desert location he would not specify. "I was on my way to Santa Clarita but I got stranded here."

In an exclusive interview Thursday, Alamo told The Signal he's waiting for the proper replacement part for his broken "vehicle" after having received the wrong part three times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Arrest Warrant Issued For Tony Alamo

CALIFORNIA
KHTS

Written by Carol Rock
Thursday, 25 September 2008

Authorities looking for vehicle believed to be used by wanted charismatic ex-con.

A federal arrest warrant has been issued for Bernie LaZar Hoffman, better known as Tony Alamo, the ex-con leader of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries with a compound on Sierra Highway near Agua Dulce.

It was reported that FBI agents, with support from local sheriff deputies and county child welfare workers, visited the compound early Sunday morning, but no one was taken into custody. It is not known how many adults or children are living at the Saugus location.

Sgt. Darren Harris of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s station confirmed that deputies have been given a description of the vehicle Hoffman/Alamo is believed to be using and that the federal warrant was outstanding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

Rockwall County Pastor Facing Child Porn Charges

TEXAS
CBS 11

ROYSE CITY (CBS 11 News) ― The pastor of a church in Royse City is facing federal child pornography charges.

Federal officials say Steve Richardson, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Royse City, was arrested yesterday on charges of transporting child pornography. Royse City is in Rockwall County.

Richardson's arrest was announced Thursday by the office of U.S. Attorney Richard Roper.

In a news release, Roper's office says in August 2007, undercover federal agents investigating the online distribution of child pornography came across an online identity that was later found to be Richardson's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Porn vicar jailed: Church's reaction

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The Reverend Richard Hart, 59, from Beguildy, near Knighton in Powys, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after admitting possessing more than 56,000 indecent images of children. The Church in Wales has described his crimes as "insidious". Here is its statement in full.

The Church in Wales is deeply saddened and shocked that one of its clerics has committed very serious offences involving the use of indecent images of children. Our thoughts and prayers are with those children affected and with the wider communities in which they live.

Following his conviction, the Reverend Richard Hart was referred to the Church in Wales Disciplinary Tribunal which will meet as a matter of urgency in the coming weeks. Mr Hart will face the charge of conduct giving just cause for scandal or offence. In the meantime, he remains suspended from all clerical duties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Vicar's victim speaks of betrayal

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

One of Richard Hart's victims has told how he photographed her as a child with her friends swimming naked in a river.

Now a woman, Sarah, which is not her real name, said she and her friends were all members of Hart's Christian Sunday school group in Powys.

Some parents were concerned about the incident at the time, but it was passed off as something innocent because he was a vicar, she explained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Vicar was 'connoisseur' of porn

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Carl Yapp
BBC News

The detective who led the investigation into convicted vicar Richard Hart has spoken about his double life as a respected village priest and a so-called "connoisseur" of child pornography.

Hart, 59, was ordained in 1986 and had spent the last seven years in charge of four parishes in mid Wales.

To the outside world he was a trusted member of the community - chairman of the school governors in the village where he lived, and a loving father.

But this masked a sinister obsession with indecent images of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Vicar found with 56,000 child porn images jailed for three and a half years

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Richard Savill
Last Updated: 8:08PM BST 25 Sep 2008

Richard Hart, a vicar and trusted member of the community, visited websites around the world to download depraved pictures, fictional stories and films Photo: WALES NEWS
Richard Hart, 59, who was chairman of the school governors in the village where he lived, was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The trusted member of the community had earlier admitted 21 charges of taking, making and possessing pictures over a 16-year period between 1991 and 2007.

Hart, a married man whose wife knew of his collection, visited websites around the world to download depraved pictures, fictional stories and films, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

He also took photographs of young girls when he went swimming with them at a lake as part of their Sunday school activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

City jails “hesitant” to house Catholic priest, attorney says

CALIFORNIA
The Orange County Register

The Rev. Luis Eduardo Ramirez, who was sentenced to 180 days in jail last month for bringing a 17-year-old to a motel room and giving him alcohol, is having problems finding a city jail to take him, his attorney said.

Ramirez, who served at Our Lady of the Pillar parish in Santa Ana before his January arrest, was supposed to start serving his sentence at a private city jail today. But a judge decided Tuesday to give him an extension until October 21 to report to a jail.

His attorney, Gary Pohlson, said today the cities of Huntington Beach and Fullerton have declined to house Ramirez because of concerns of keeping a priest protected from other inmates.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Vicar is jailed over child porn

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A vicar who admitted possessing more than 56,000 indecent images of children has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison at Cardiff Crown Court.

The Reverend Richard Hart, 59, from Surrey, but formally of Beguildy, near Knighton in Powys, admitted taking, making and possessing pictures.

The 21 offences took place between 1991 and 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Proven innocent

CALIFORNIA
St. Helena Star

By Jesse Duarte
STAFF WRITER
Thursday, September 25, 2008
An advocacy group for those abused by priests is requesting the resignation of Monsignor John Brenkle from a church sex abuse review panel because he was once accused of attempting to lure a boy into his sacristy under false pretenses in the 1990s.

The accusation by the child’s father was false, according to two letters from the supposed victim who said the accusation is groundless and that Brenkle was not abusive in any way.

Brenkle’s innocence was further bolstered when he asked the St. Helena Police Department to investigate, and police found no evidence of wrongdoing on his part.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:31 PM

Church raided in child pornography probe

ROYSE CITY (TX)
WFAA

[with video]

By CRAIG CIVALE / WFAA-TV

A Royse City church pastor is at the center of a child pornography probe that led to a police raid of his home and church Wednesday.

More than 100 members of the First United Methodist Church in Royse City were shocked to hear that Steve Richardson, who has been their pastor for the last two years, was arrested in connection to a child pornography probe.

"If you would have heard the groans and the crying that went on when this was announced, I mean, it's just shocking for the whole church," said Kat Elliott, a church member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Royse City pastor arrested in connection with child porn investigation

ROYSE CITY (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, September 25, 2008
WFAA-TV (Channel 8) / The Dallas Morning News
Marissa Alanis contributed to this report.

Authorities arrested a Royse City pastor on Wednesday after executing a search warrant in connection with a child porn investigation.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took the Rev. Steve Richardson, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Royse City, into custody at the church. Agents had searched his home and the church, where they seized his computer and other items.

Carl Rusnok, spokesman for ICE in Dallas, said agents executed the warrant based on credible leads. He said this was part of an ongoing investigation and declined to comment further. News of the pastor's arrest stunned the more than 100 members who gathered at the church Wednesday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Hearings set for girls taken from Alamo compound

FOUKE (AR)
KFSM

Associated Press - September 25, 2008 8:44 AM ET

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) - Hearings will begin tomorrow on whether the state can keep temporary custody of 6 girls taken from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound after a federal raid.

Circuit Court Judge Jim Hudson says probable-cause hearings for 2 of the girls will be held tomorrow. The remaining four hearings will be on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

The case for St. Stanislaus

DAMS (MA)
Berkshire Eagle

Editorial

Tuesday, September 23
Churches will be closed shortly in Northern Berkshire County, just as they are being closed elsewhere in the Diocese of Springfield and throughout the state. It's the obligation of the diocese to collect and consider all of the necessary information and make the right choice, a tough task that will be made easier if it works closely with parishioners, which hasn't always been the case up to now.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell and Monsignor John Bonzagni have met with 11 parishioners from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Adams, including Laurie Haas, who presented a detailed report making the case against closing the church, which is scheduled to shut its doors in about three months. The argument for St. Stanislaus is a strong one, based on its solid attendance and in particular a financial viability that many churches in Berkshire County do not share. A certified public accountant commissioned by Ms. Haas found that St. Stanislaus' lower maintenance costs contribute significantly to that viability, and its small campus also makes it easier to keep the church building and surroundings in good shape.

St. Stanislaus is also a spectacularly beautiful church and would be a huge loss aesthetically. It is also the heart of the Adams Polish community, which is not a small consideration. The current plan in Adams is to close St. Stanislaus and St. Thomas Church and offer services at Notre Dame. The closing of any church is painful and every church has its adherents, but St. Stanislaus emerges as a poorer choice the more that is learned about the options.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Sex Abuse Cases Against Catholic Nun & Religious Order Are Settled

ST. PAUL (MN)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
At a news conference, three women will speak publicly for the first time. They were sexually abused by a Catholic nun and just settled their civil child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against her Minnesota-based religious order.

WHEN
Thursday, Sept. 25, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
At the law offices of Jeff Anderson, 366 Jackson Street, Suite 100, in downtown St. Paul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Vicar sentence for child porn due

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A vicar who has admitted possessing more than 56,000 indecent images of children is due to be sentenced later at Cardiff Crown Court.

The Reverend Richard Hart, 59, from Beguildy, near Knighton in Powys, admitted 21 counts of taking, making and possessing pictures.

He was remanded in custody earlier this month, and has been suspended from his pastoral duties.

He was also suspended as chairman of governors at Beguildy primary school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

DUIN: Catholic book raises furor

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Times

Julia Duin
Thursday, September 25, 2008

Does the Index of Prohibited Books still exist? Officially, the list of publications forbidden by the Roman Catholic Church, starting in 1559, was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1966. But an incident at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception bookstore makes one wonder whether censorship is still in effect.

My story - which I've assembled from several sources - concerns a book by Philip E. Lawler, editor of Catholic World News and an editor of the Pilot, the Boston archdiocesan newspaper, during the late 1980s.

He was in a prime spot to research "The Faithful Departed: The Collapse of Boston's Catholic Culture" on the clergy sex abuse crisis. Released earlier this year, the book was a popular read and many of its buyers were priests who liked its journalistic style.

One morning this June, Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the shrine, walked into the bookstore. It was about two weeks before Mr. Lawler was slated to have a book-signing there. After thumbing through a copy of the book, the monsignor ordered it out of the store.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Archdiocese confirms suspension in child abuse case

NEWARK (NJ)
Star-Ledger

Friday, September 12, 2008
BY JOHN MOONEY
Star-Ledger Staff
The Newark archdiocese confirmed the suspension of an Elizabeth and Jersey City priest convicted of child abuse after a national victims support group yesterday complained church leaders had failed to disclose the case.

Daniel Medina was arrested in 2004 on unspecified charges of abuse to a male minor in mid-1999 and pleaded guilty this summer to fourth-degree child abuse, according to the Union County prosecutor's office. The prosecutor's office said he was sentenced to three years of probation.

The archdiocese said Medina was placed on administrative leave in 2002 and suspended this summer following the sentencing. He now faces a church trial that could lead to his being defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Judge extends restraining order in FLDS custody case

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard Times

By Matt Phinney
Originally published 04:30 p.m., September 24, 2008

District Judge Barbara Walther today extended a restraining order designed to keep FLDS spokesman Willie Jessop from communicating with the now 17-year-old daughter of sect leader Warren Jeffs.

Walther signed the extension, which will remain in effect until the girl's custody case concludes, after a hearing that lasted about an hour and a half, only about a half-hour of which was spent with court in session.

Natalie Malonis, the attorney who represents the child, said after the hearing there is to be no communication between the child and Jessop, who has acted as spokesman for the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Former LDS bishop pleads guilty to sex abuse

OGDEN (UT)
KSL

[with video]

September 24th, 2008 @ 5:00pm
By Gene Kennedy
A former LDS Bishop in Harrisville has pleaded guilty to molesting children from his church ward. Originally Timothy McCleve pleaded not guilty to several sex abuse charges, but later he struck a deal with prosecutors.

It's a mystery why McCleve changed his mind, but we know victims were ready to testify in a trial.

In March 2007, McCleve molested three sisters from his ward. The little girls were abused in their home when their parents were gone. The girls came forward after seeing media reports of sexual abuse involving school teacher Frank Lane Hall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Rabbinic Molesters Issue Moving Agudah

UNITED STATES
The Jewish Week

by Larry Cohler-Esses
Editor At Large

The recent rash of cases in which rabbis have allegedly molested young children going back decades has moved one group that usually bristles at government involvement in Orthodox schools to envision shifting its stance.

“Our general sense is that we’re much better off when government leaves us alone,” said David Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America for government and public affairs. “But because of the sensitivity of this particular issue, I could see the possibility of our rabbis affirmatively encouraging schools to buy into the system, and even maybe affirmatively encouraging government to impose it on us.”

Zwiebel was speaking specifically about a new law that will, for the first time, allow non-public schools to voluntarily take part in a program to fingerprint school employees for use in criminal background checks. But for Agudah, an umbrella organization of ultra-traditional Orthodox groups that seek a degree of insulation from the secular world, it was a striking statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

McCleve pleads guilty to sex charges

OGDEN (UT)
Standard-Examiner

By TIM GURRISTER
Standard-Examiner staff
tgurrister@standard.net

OGDEN -- A man police say used his church position to gain access to children has pleaded guilty to charges of child molestation.

Timothy O'Sean McCleve, 53, entered guilty pleas Wednesday to two counts of second-degree felony child abuse involving three young girls, including one incident 15 years ago.

The latter victim, an Ogden woman now 21, came forward after seeing news reports of charges filed against McCleve involving pre-teen girls victimized in Harrisville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Woman Talks Of Days At Church Compound

OKLAHOMA CITY (OK)
KOCO

[with video]

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A woman who used to live in an evangelical compound under controversial pastor Tony Alamo said she believes the allegations of potential sexual abuse of minors in Arkansas are true.

Anna Pugh said she was in what she calls Tony's Cult for 11 years. ...

Pugh said the worst thing she remembers from the compound was a 7-year-old who told her what Alamo was doing to young girls.

"She told me he took her in the bedroom with all these little girls," she said. "They were her age and maybe 10 or 11."

Pugh said the girl told her that Alamo had touched them inappropriately while watching pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Sexual assault plea brings prison time for former Midwest City deacon

MIDWEST CITY (OK)
The Oklahoman

By Ann Kelley
Staff Writer
MIDWEST CITY — A former deacon received a lengthy prison sentence for sexually assaulting a teenage church member.

Orlando Javier Wynn, 41, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree rape, lewd acts with a child younger than 16 and forcible oral sodomy.

Wynn was initially scheduled to stand trial Monday on 12 charges involving the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Archmere Academy settles sex abuse suit

DOVER (DE)
The News Journal

By ESTEBAN PARRA • The News Journal • September 25, 2008

A Navy doctor, who earlier this year settled a sexual-abuse lawsuit for $450,000 with the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has now settled with Archmere Academy -- where his alleged attacker taught religion and English.

Attorneys for Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell on Wednesday announced their client had settled a lawsuit for an undisclosed amount against the Claymont school and the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin branches of the Norbertine religious order.

In addition to the settlement, Whitwell received an apology for the abuse the 41-year-old allegedly suffered at the hands of the Rev. Edward J. Smith.

"It has been a long and difficult journey, but settlement is an important step in the healing process for my myself and my family," Whitwell said in a statement released by his attorneys. "My goals in these court cases have always been simple ones -- to tell the truth about past injustices and ensure that young children are protected from sexual predators in the future."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Navy officer settles church sex abuse lawsuit

DOVER (DE)
The News Journal

By RANDALL CHASE • Associated Press • September 24, 2008

DOVER -- A Navy doctor awarded $41 million in damages by a federal jury after alleging he was raped by a Catholic priest has settled a separate state lawsuit against church officials.

Attorneys for Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell said today that he has settled a lawsuit against Archmere Academy in Claymont and the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin branches of the Norbertine religious order.

The settlement involves an undisclosed sum and apologies to Whitwell and members of the Archmere community for the abuse that Whitwell, now 40, suffered at the hands of the Rev. Edward J. Smith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Carolyn B. Disco: A more balanced assessment of bishop's leadership

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Union Leader

The 10th anniversary of Bishop John McCormack's installation in the Diocese of Manchester calls for a balanced evaluation of his tenure. The question might be posed, "Has McCormack healed the Body of Christ so damaged in these years?"

The article, "Bishop McCormack suffered and learned," by Kathryn Marchocki (Sept. 21) features laudatory opinions exclusively in the prominent front-and back-page spread. Those opinions cite McCormack as an effective administrator who rode out the storm due to his personal leadership style; claim he maintains his stature and credibility in the diocese; and that the clergy love him dearly because of his pastoral sensitivity; and finally, propose that his perseverance is a model for all Catholics.

The majority of comments on the Union Leader Web site below the article are in direct opposition to the tenor of those quotes. They cite McCormack's refusal to acknowledge his culpability in enabling the sexual abuse of minors, multiple refusals by parishioners to donate to the church as long as he is bishop, or their abandoning Catholicism altogether, and McCormack's manipulation of the truth and a loss of credibility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

“Not free to absolve the Dominicans”

CALIFORNIA
California Catholic Daily

The Diocese of Sacramento has taken a dispute with the Dominicans over the order’s share of a sexual-abuse settlement to the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

In a statement released on Sept. 15, the Sacramento diocese announced it had asked the tribunal to rule “in an on-going dispute with the leadership of the Western Dominican Province concerning responsibility for the actions of Fr. Jerome Henson, a priest of the Dominican Order, who was accused of sexual abuse while serving at St. Dominic’s Church in Benicia in the early 1980s. Fr. Henson has since left the priesthood.”

The decision to take the case to the Metropolitan Tribunal came “in response to recent remarks from the pulpit at St. Dominic’s Church by Fr. Emmerich Vogt, prior provincial of the Western Dominican Province,” the diocese announced. The statement did not provide details of what Fr. Vogt said that triggered the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

September 24, 2008

Former LDS bishop pleads guilty to molesting girls

OGDEN (UT)
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Melinda Rogers
The Salt Lake Tribune

OGDEN - A former LDS bishop accused of molesting three girls - who he frequently visited at home while their parents were away - pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree felony sexual abuse of a child in 2nd District Court on Wednesday.

Timothy O'Sean McCleve of Harrisville, 53, could go to prison for up to 15 years on each count when he is sentenced Nov. 26 by Judge Ernie Jones.

Prior to sentencing, McCleve will undergo a pyscho-sexual evaluation, which the judge can use to determine McCleve's future risk to children and whether he may be eligible for probation rather than prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Opposition to Fransciscan request to lump Ongoing Public Nuisance case in Santa Barbara with Clergy Cases in LA

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

Posted by City of Angels Network

DAVID L. NYE (Bar #67009)
TIMOTHY C. HALE (Bar #184882)
NYE, PEABODY, STIRLING & HALE, LLP
33 West Mission St., Suite 201
Santa Barbara, California 93101
Telephone: (805) 963-2345
Facsimile: (805) 563-5385

Attorneys for Plaintiff

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
County of Los Angeles

COORDINATION PROCEEDING SPECIAL TITLE (RULE 1550(b))

THE CLERGY CASES I
This s Document Relates to:
MARY JONES, an individual,
Plaintiffs,
v.
Franciscan Friars of California, Inc.; Old Mission Santa Barbara; and Does 5 through 100, Inclusive.
Defendants.
Santa Barbara Superior Court Case No. 1265207
JUDICIAL COUNCIL COORDINATION PROCEEDING
No. 4286
PLAINTIFF OPPOSITION TO DEFENDANTS’ REQUEST TO ADD ON SANTA BARBARA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT CASE NO. 1265207 AND FOR STAY; DECLARATION OF TIMOTHY HALE
California Rule of Court Rule 3.544(b)
Dept.: 308
Coordination Judge: Honorable Emilie H. Elias

Plaintiff Mary Jones submits this Opposition to the Request to Add On Santa Barbara Superior Court Case No. 1265207 and for Stay filed by Defendant Franciscan Friars of California, Inc. (AFranciscans@) and Defendant Old Mission Santa Barbara (AOld Mission@).

I.
INTRODUCTION
Secrecy is the name of the Franciscans’ deadly game. For decades the Franciscans of the Province of St. Barbara (Province) have concealed and protected Franciscan perpetrators of childhood sexual abuse. Instead of notifying law enforcement and empowering the public to protect their children, the Franciscans’ have sheltered these predators and thereby thrown to the wolves children in the communities throughout the Western United States where the Franciscans conduct their ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Navy officer settles Del. church sex abuse lawsuit

DOVER (DE)
Chicago Tribune

By RANDALL CHASE | Associated Press Writer

DOVER, Del. - A Navy doctor awarded $41 million in damages by a federal jury after alleging he was raped by a Catholic priest has settled a separate state lawsuit against church officials.

Attorneys for Cmdr. Kenneth Whitwell said Wednesday that he has settled a lawsuit against Archmere Academy in Wilmington and the Delaware, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin branches of the Norbertine religious order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Fransciscans try to get easy dismissal of Ongoing Public Nuisance case by slipping it in with Clergy Cases 2003 then saying it is too late. . .

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Now Church Attorneys want to move the Ongoing Public Nuisance suit against the Franciscans in Santa Barbara down to LA Superior Court, performing more legal tomfoolery when they think no one is looking. Paul Gaspari, Esq. of San Francisco representing the Friars, filed a “Request to Add On” the Ongoing Public Nuisance case, originally filed December 2007, with the “Coordinated Cases” in LA, the thousand plus lawsuits filed during the unique window of opportunity in California in 2003.

That window was open one time only. I watched the original judge Haley Fromholz dismiss one claim after another last year for being too late, even cases that were filed in the early morning just hours past the deadline at midnight.

At first it looks like lazy lawyering. Then I happened to hear Naomi Klein author of Shock Doctrine on Air America Radio this morning, talking about our current American leadership:

“Don't call them incompetent because they know exactly what they are doing,” Naomi Klein said on the Stephanie Miller Show this morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

SNAP press event in Denver, Wednesday, Sept. 24th

DENVER (CO)
Voice from the Desert

SNAP will be doing a press event tomorrow Wednesday, September 24, in Denver in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ( 1530 Logan Street , on the Pearl Street side) at 11:14 AM

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Priest indicted for child abuse of altar boy

MARYLAND
Gazette

by Melissa A. Chadwick | Staff Writer

The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, who once served as a pastor at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown, has been indicted on one count of child abuse in a case that alleges he sexually touched a teenage altar boy, according to court records.

Cote, 56, of New York City, was indicted on Sept. 11 in Montgomery County Circuit Court. He was charged in Montgomery County with one count of custodian child abuse against altar boy Brandon Rains in July.

Cote and the Catholic religious order to which he belongs reached a $1.2 million settlement in August 2007 with the altar boy. The settlement included no admission of wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Judge rejects wrongful death lawsuit

WISCONSIN
Chicago Tribune

Associated Press
6:42 AM CDT, September 24, 2008
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. - A western Wisconsin judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a man who was killed by a priest.

Carsten and Sally Ellison of Barron filed a lawsuit in St. Croix County Circuit Court against the Catholic Diocese of Superior over the death of their 22-year-old son, James Ellison. He was fatally shot along with 39-year-old Dan O'Connell in 2002 at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Lawyer wants priest's records

SYRACUSE (NY)
Post-Standard

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
By Renée K. Gadoua
Staff writer

A lawyer representing the family of three young children allegedly abused sexually by the Rev. John W. Broderick is seeking personnel records of the priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse.

"Everyone has passed him along," John Aretakis said Tuesday in a news conference across the street from the chancery of the Syracuse Diocese.

Aretakis is seeking records from the Syracuse Diocese; the Albany Diocese; the Society of St. Pius X, based in Platte City, Mo.; the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, based in Elmhurst, Pa.; the Dominican Sisters of Idaho, which runs a school in Massena; the Franciscan brothers; and the Rev. Timothy Pfeiffer, pastor of Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God Church, a St. Pius community in Syracuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Bishop, newspaper go one-on-one

CANADA
Standard-Freeholder

By TREVOR PRITCHARD, STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

It would be "blatantly unfair and unrealistic" to hold the Catholic Church's actions in the mid-20th century to the same standards that exist today, says the head of a national bishops' conference.

Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber spoke one-on-one with the Standard-Freeholder Tuesday about the Cornwall Public Inquiry -in particular, how the church has evolved in the years since some of the sexual abuse claims made public at the long-running inquiry allegedly occurred.

Weisgerber is the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, meeting this week in Cornwall.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

The American Catholic sex abuse crisis: Where are we now?

UNITED STATES
Statesman Journal

By Peter C. Boulay

September 24, 2008
We now know there were two stunning scandals in the American Catholic church: priests committing child sex abuse offenses and bishops illegally covering up these crimes.

The rate at which accusations of child and youth abuse were brought against priests was, by my calculations based on available figures, 74 times higher than the rate of such accusations among the American male population as a whole. As for the bishops, it appears from our present knowledge that nearly all American bishops and cardinals in charge of dioceses participated in illegal cover-ups.

All of this points to a systemic problem that still begs to be analyzed. What is there in the recruitment, education and deployment of priests, or in the mindset of the church, that could explain these two humiliating fin de siecle phenomena?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Children seized in Ark. raid to remain with state

ARKANSAS
The Associated Press

By JON GAMBRELL

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six girls removed from an evangelical compound as part of an investigation into the possible sexual abuse of minors will remain in state custody for the near future, a state official said Tuesday.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services had until Tuesday night to ask the court for permission to keep the children or return them to the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound. State and federal agents raided the compound Saturday looking for evidence that children were being molested.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 AM

Tony Alamo talks about the raid of his Arkansas compound

ARKANSAS
Christianity Today

Brad Greenberg
I'm always skeptical when people refer to fringe religious groups as "cults." You know, Christianity was a heretical Jewish cult in the first century, and look how that turned out.

The word cult was thrown around in Sunday papers this weekend following the raid of Tony Alamo Ministries, and again, I chose against using the word. The guy certainly seemed odd, and allegations of a child pornography ring at his religious compound didn't help. But those were allegations, and Fouke, Ark., wasn't Jonestown or Rancho Santa Fe.

I'm still not ready to call Alamo a cult leader, but I am willing to say he is absolutely bonkers, at least theologically. Last night he did exactly what no person in trouble should do: He opened his mouth, and to a reporter no less. And, boy, he's got some wild ideas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 AM

Kanawha Valley Pastor Indicted on Sex Abuse Charges

CHARLESTON (WV)
WSAZ

Reporter: Courtney Sisk
Email Address: courntey.sisk@wsaz.com

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A pastor from Kanawha County accused of sexual abuse has been indicted on those charges.

Sandy Cook was charged last September with sexually abusing several young teenage boys at his home and in his truck back in 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 AM

Lawsuit rejected in case of priest who killed two

WISCONSIN
Leader-Telegram

By Chuck Rupnow
Leader-Telegram staff
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Carsten and Sally Ellison of Barron against the Catholic Diocese of Superior for the murder of their son by a priest was dismissed Tuesday afternoon in a summary judgment by Eau Claire County Judge Paul Lenz.

Lenz, in an oral ruling, said it was "too remote" to think the diocese would have any reason to believe the Rev. Ryan Erickson would kill someone based on the information it had before the double murder occurred.

Even if the diocese did have information about Erickson's suspected temper, child pornography and violent tendencies, Lenz said, "it would appear such negligence would not have brought about such harm."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 AM

Syracuse Diocese served civil lawsuit

SYRACUSE (NY)
News 10 Now

[with video]

09/23/2008 07:17 PM
By: Iris St. Meran

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Attorney John Aretakis isn't suing the Syracuse Diocese for money, He wants information about one of its priests, Father John Broderick.

"From the Syracuse Diocese I'm asking for his personnel records. However, from St. Gregory's where he's worked on two occasions they may not have a personnel file, so to them it might be his employment file," said Aretakis.

Aretakis will be serving lawsuits to churches in New York and Pennsylvania, places Broderick worked as a priest. He believes what's in these files is important to his criminal case against the priest. Back in February, Broderick was arrested on child sexual abuse charges. He's accused of inappropriate contact with children of a Montgomery County family and is awaiting a trial in November.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 AM

City Hall men accused of molesting orphans

PHILIPPINES
The News Today

By Bobby J. Mahadali

BACOLOD CITY -- Some innocent boys are said to be victims of sexual molestation at the Bacolod Boys Home (BBH) and affidavits of the victims are in a possession of a known lawyer in the city and also by Fr. Fernando Peralta of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

The sexual molestation is said to be committed by some people assigned by City Hall at the said orphanage in Brgy. Granada, Bacolod City. ...

The orphanage was founded by the late Fr. Gratian Murray in 1960 for his great love and concern to boys who are orphaned or abandoned and got into trouble with civil authorities because of poverty and parental neglect. BBH is now 45 years old.

When Fr. Murray died on December 12, 2000, BBH was turned over to the supervision of Bro. Gus Boquer, president of the University of St. La Salle-Bacolod for the continuance of the program for the orphaned boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 AM

Ex church official gets prison term for fraud

SWITZERLAND
SwissInfo

A priest and former ecclesiastical judge of the diocese of Fribourg, Geneva and Lausanne has been found guilty of embezzling SFr486,000 ($447,830).

A court in Fribourg in western Switzerland sentenced the cleric to 28 months in prison, most of it suspended for five years. The charges included fraud, breach of trust and filing false documents.

Of the misappropriated funds, SFr100,000 was destined to be paid in compensation to a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy. The diocese, a religious foundation and a former ward of the priest were the victims of the fraud.

The court president highlighted the priest's embezzlement of his ward's inheritance as his worst offence. The young woman, a minor at the time, was the daughter of a close friend and was entrusted to his care after her father's death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 AM

September 23, 2008

Former Alamo Church Member Tells The Behind The Scene Story

ARKANSAS
ArkLaTex

Reported by: Karen Hopkins
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008 @04:00pm CST

There's more fallout from the Tony Alamo Ministries raid. Arkansas State Police are looking for the parents of six girls taken into custody. They all lived in the compound near Texarkana. Lots of people called claiming to be the parents of the girls.

A spokesperson for the Department of Human Services says they had to check ID's first. The DHS is caring for the six girls taken from the Fouke church. KTAL talked with a man who has children at other Alamo churches to find out what life is like for kids, as well as with Tony Alamo himself.

News of the raid Saturday gave hope to former church member Anthony Lane. He has three children in other Alamo churches - nine year old Tim, 11 year old Sarah and 13 year old Ashley. "I fear that my daughters may already be married to some older man, and I fear that my daughters may already be pregnant or have children of their own," says Lane.

Tony Alamo says girls at puberty age are ready for marriage. "A person can get married, is at legal age for marriage at puberty. Puberty is primarily 14 years old for girls."

Lane says he's never met his son Tim. He just gets emailed pictures, like this one of his daughter with a black eye. "You're not going to see any sexual acts or even abuse in the general church. That's all done behind closed doors. If a child is going to be beat, they're going to take them to the beating place," says Lane.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

County attorney appeals decision in Fushek case

ARIZONA
East Valley Tribune

Lawn Griffiths, Tribune
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is appealing a San Tan Justice Court decision to order five separate trials in the sexual misconduct misdemeanor charges against Monsignor Dale Fushek, former pastor of Mesa’s St. Timothy’s Catholic Community and LifeTeen program founder.

Prosecutors say they need the cases bundled into a single trial so that the jury can clearly see Fushek’s pattern of conduct and his “opportunity, which was easy access to young men who were under his religious power and control,” according to court documents.

Fushek is charged with five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, one count of indecent exposure and one count of assault in connection with his hearing confessions and counseling the men while they were teens between 1984 and 1993 at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

5 more indictments against sect members

ELDORADO (TX)
San Angelo Standard Times

By Jayna Boyle
Originally published 03:45 p.m., September 23, 2008

ELDORADO - A grand jury in Schleicher County today issued five indictments against three people in a criminal case involving members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

All the charges are felonies, said Schleicher County District Clerk Peggy Williams, but she declined to elaborate further. The suspects' identities were not disclosed.

The indictments come after a quiet day at the courthouse. No sect members were seen in their trademark prairie dresses or long-sleeved button-down shirts walking in or out to testify, as was the case in previous grand jury hearings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Texas grand jury indicts three more FLDS members on sex abuse counts

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Brooke Adams
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 09/23/2008 03:02:11 PM MDT

A Texas grand jury indicted three additional members of a polygamous sect after meeting for about six hours Tuesday.

Schleicher County District Clerk Peggy Williams confirmed the indictments but said identities will not be released until they are served. Each person faces one felony count of sexual assault; two also face bigamy charges.

This is the fourth time the grand jury has convened in Eldorado, Texas, to consider charges against members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Texas Attorney General's Office is building its case against the sect using documents and other materials seized during a raid in April at a nearby ranch that is home to sect members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

More Indictments in FLDS Probe

TEXAS
WOAI

By Jim Forsyth
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Three more members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints were indicted today on charges of sexual assault of a child, 1200 WOAI news reports.

They are facing the child rape charge, and two of the men face an additional charge of bigamy. Both counts are first degree felonies, carrying punishment of up to 99 years in prison.

The names of the men were not immediately released, because they have yet to be arrested.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

3 more polygamist-sect members indicted in Texas

ELDORADO (TX)
The Associated Press

ELDORADO, Texas (AP) — A west Texas grand jury investigating allegations that members of a polygamist sect sexually abused girls indicted three more people Tuesday, raising the number of defendants in the case to nine.

Each of the sect members indicted Tuesday by the Schleicher County grand jury was charged with sexual assault of a child, and two face an additional charge of bigamy, state Attorney General Greg Abbott said in a statement. Abbott's office has taken over prosecution of the case from local authorities in the tiny county.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

Tony Alamo says he's back in California after raid at Arkansas church

SANTA CLARITA (CA)
LA Daily News

By Brandon Lowrey, Staff Writer
Article Last Updated: 09/23/2008 12:30:04 AM PDT

SANTA CLARITA - Windowless, white commercial vans glide through the dry canyons north of Santa Clarita, stirring up suspicion and gossip among the locals.

The vans transport the faithful - many of them homeless and runaway young people - in and out of Tony Alamo's New Jerusalem Christian Ministries. The reclusive sect has made its home deep in Mint Canyon, amid tall oaks, for more than 40 years.

Across the street, a small neighborhood of ranch-style homes is perched on a hillside overlooking the modest-size ministry.

"They don't bother anyone," said Mike Hooper, 48. "They're kind of misunderstood because they don't go into the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Geoghan killer files suit against Boston Herald

MASSACHUSETTS
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

September 23rd, 2008 | by davef |
If the convicted killer of defrocked pedophile priest John J. Geoghan has his way, he’ll soon be headed back to court.

Only this time he’s hoping to appear as a plaintiff in a libel suit against Boston Herald Publisher Patrick J. Purcell and former Herald scribe Michelle McPhee.

According to a two-page document mailed to Lawyers Weekly from the friendly confines of the DDU Unit at MCI Walpole, Joseph L. Druce has filed a pro-se complaint in Suffolk Superior Court (docket number SUCV2008-0384-C). ...

If the libel case doesn’t pan out, Druce is hoping for a chance in Worcester, where, according to his civil action cover sheet, he has also filed suit against the “Worcester Diocese.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Diocese facing lawsuit

SYRACUSE (NY)
News 10 Now

[with video]

09/23/2008 07:51 AM
By: Web Staff

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- A press conference is expected in front of the Syracuse Diocese to announce a new civil lawsuit against the Diocese and Father John Broderick. Broderick was arrested back in late February in Massena on sex abuse charges involving four children.

Police say at the time of the alleged abuse the children ranged from five to eleven-years-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Questioning Celibacy: VOTF calls for a debate

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

Tuesday September 23, 2008
posted by David Gibson

Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), the grass-roots Catholic group that sprang up after the sexual abuse scandal, has always focused its mission on "structural change" and largely avoided hot-button doctrinal disputes. But VOTF is now raising the issue of priestly celibacy. In a letter to Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, chair of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations, VOTF calls for a "serious ecclesial review of mandatory celibacy for diocesan priests."

The letter cites the 60 percent drop in vocations to the priesthood during the past 40 years and notes that for many young men "the requirement of celibacy is a major obstacle preventing them from responding to a call to the priesthood." It adds, "Recruiting non-native priests from poor countries, substituting communion services for Mass, lowering standards for admission to seminaries," and an increase in parish closings and the use of one priest to serve as pastor for multiple parishes fail to address the root of the problem.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Prosecutors urge denial of appeal for Robinson

OHIO
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

Lucas County prosecutors yesterday asked the Ohio Supreme Court to deny an appeal by Gerald Robinson, the Toledo priest convicted in 2006 of murdering a nun in 1980.

His attorneys last month asked the high court to hear the case, claiming that the 24-year delay between the nun's murder and the priest's arrest denied him a fair trial.

The Catholic cleric, now 70, was arrested in April, 2004, and convicted by a Lucas County Common Pleas Court jury on May 11, 2006. The Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals upheld the conviction in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Alamo denies fostering marriages among young

ARKANSAS
The Associated Press

By CHUCK BARTELS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Since Tony Alamo's start as a California street preacher more than 40 years ago, the self-styled evangelist's story has been colorful and checkered.

When his wife died of cancer, Alamo claimed she would be resurrected and kept her body on display for six months while their followers prayed. It would be 16 years before her body was returned to her family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Arkansas 'cult' linked to Canyon Country

CANYON COUNTY (CA)
KABC

[with video]

By Leo Stallworth

CANYON COUNTRY, Calif. (KABC) -- FBI agents raided the compound of a controversial ministry with ties to Southern California. The FBI suspects child sexual abuse. Ministry founder Tony Alamo, described as a "cult leader," denies the charges.

The raid follows a two-year investigation into suspicions of child abuse and child pornography at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Arkansas. Monday, Alamo said he has never promoted sexual abuse but believes there's a mandate in the bible for young girls to marry.

Eyewitness News went to Alamo's church in Canyon Country and was met by armed security. In a phone interview with a Alamo Monday morning about the raid on his compound in Arkansas, Alamo began quoting bible scripture. He characterized the U.S. government as "Satan out to bring down God's church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Ark. compound leader in child porn investigation has ties to Huntington

WEST VIRGINIA
Huntington Herald Dispatch

From staff, wire reports

HUNTINGTON -- Tony Alamo, whose Tony Alamo Christian Services compound is embroiled in a child pornography investigation in Arkansas, has ties to the Tri-State.

He was once married to Huntington native Elizabeth Caldwell. They became embroiled in a child custody case in Cabell County in the late 1980s. It involved children from her prior marriage to a local businessman. In 1986, Alamo's followers distributed fliers in the Tri-State that attacked the Catholic church and local leaders.

Alamo is a convicted tax evader who critics describe as a cult leader. He made national headlines over the weekend after more than 100 state and federal agents raided the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries this weekend in Arkansas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

State: Children at Alamo compound were in danger

ARKANSAS
Baxter Bulletin

September 23, 2008

LITTLE ROCK (AP) -- A state official said Monday that the six girls removed from the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex in southwestern Arkansas were taken into custody because they were in immediate danger.

Arkansas Department of Human Services spokeswoman Julie Munsell said nine girls from the compound were assessed at the compound because of allegations of sexual abuse, but the six removed because of the safety concerns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Tony Alamo speaks

ARKANSAS
Arkansas Times

Well, Tony Alamo (pictured in old photograph) often speaks, and speaks, and speaks some more, as you’re doubtless aware if you’ve ever stumbled upon his AM radio program. But on Monday evening the minister spoke to me for about 25 minutes about Saturday’s raid on his Fouke complex and other subjects. (No charges have yet been filed, though six girls aged 17 and younger have been taken into temporary custody by the state following a raid that federal officials have said was related to allegations of sexual abuse of children and child pornogrpahy.)

Alamo’s main point: The antichrist government run by the Vatican is out to get him. But we knew that already. Here are some of the other highlights (or lowlights, as the case may be.)

Not surprisingly, Alamo categorically denied charges of child pornography and polygamy that have been reported in the past few days. “Anybody can accuse and spread it around town, and of course they want to kill you,” he said of the allegations. “But there’s no child abuse going on.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Campbell County family files $40 million suit against former pastor

CAMPBELL COUNTY (TN)
WVLT

[with video]

Reporter: Mike McCarthy
Email Address: mike.mccarthy@wvlt-tv.com

CAMPBELL COUNTY (WVLT) – A Campbell County family has filed a $40 million lawsuit against their church, ex-pastor, and the Presbytery of East Tennessee for sexual abuse.

The lawsuit contains documents that show Malcolm King III, 58 confessed to the presbytery that he “sexually touched a mentally disabled church member.” He has since resigned as the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church USA of Lafollette.

The family said the sexual abuse took place starting in May 2006, while he was providing her with spiritual counseling. Ericka McCarty, 22 suffers from bi-polar disorder and has battled suicidal thoughts. According to the suit, the family turned to the pastor for help, but he took control of Erika’s life, from her finances to where she lived.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Priest's suit claims he found porn at Somersworth church

DOVER (NH)
Foster's Daily Democrat

By AARON SANBORN
asanborn@fosters.com

Article Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
DOVER — A lawsuit filed by a former Catholic priest claiming he found pornographic material in a Somersworth church remains pending at Hillsborough County Superior Court North.

The Rev. Thomas Cooper of Dover filed the suit against the Diocese of Manchester in 2007.

In the suit, Cooper alleges the diocese ignored complaints by him about the pornographic material.

In addition, the suit claims Cooper had information regarding Bishop John McCormack and Father Paul Shanley of Boston and that as soon as he began conducting his own investigation regarding the information, the diocese made false accusations toward him, leading to his eventual arrest and commitment to the New Hampshire State Hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

When 24 pedophile priests from one town rape 60 children, it is a Public Nuisance. SOL Breakthrough suit filed against Franciscans in Santa Barbara

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Since 1964, the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara have produced 24 pedophiles, resulting in 60 settled lawsuits, likely hundreds more victims. “This is a city of a hundred thousand people, and the Franciscans still have perpetrators hidden here,” said Tim Hale, who with his partners, obtained $28 million in the late 1990s, for victims of serial pedophiles among the Franciscan Friars.

A woman contacted Hale in early 2004 with a case similar to two in the Southern California clergy cases, but the window in the statute of limitations closed at midnight January 1, 2004. Hale (pictured at right) decided to get around the statute of limitations by filing suit against the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara for being an Ongoing Public Nuisance. (The entire complaint is copy and pasted at the end of this post.)

“Defendants, in concert with each other and with the intent to conceal and defraud, conspired and came to a meeting of the minds whereby they would misrepresent, conceal or fail to disclose information relating to the sexual misconduct of the Perpetrator and/or Defendants,” reads the September 22 Complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 AM

Prosecutors in Fushek case challenging judge's ruling

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

by Jim Walsh - Sept. 22, 2008 04:59 PM
The Arizona Republic
Prosecutors are appealing a judge's ruling that would have required five separate jury trials for a suspended Roman Catholic priest and blocked them from presenting evidence to prove a pattern of sexual misconduct.

San Tan Justice of the Peace Sam Goodman cancelled a hearing scheduled for Tuesday on Monsignor Dale Fushek's upcoming trial after the Maricopa County Attorney's Office filed a notice for a stay in the proceedings.

The County Attorney's Office said in a statement that Goodman's ruling prevents the introduction of evidence "from several uncharged acts" and that prosecutors do not plan to dismiss any charges against Fushek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 AM

September 22, 2008

Why news crews were waiting for Tony Alamo church raid

FOUKE (AR)
Jewish Journal

You probably heard yesterday about the raid of Tony Alamo Christian Ministries compound in Arkansas. (If you hadn’t, authorities were investigating allegations of child pornography and six minors have been placed in state custody.) Alamo has, um, a colorful past—his church has been raided three times and he was previously charged, and acquitted, with child abuse and threatening to kidnap a judge and convicted of tax evasion—but that’s not why the Bible Belt’s press corps was ready for this raid.

Frank Lockwood, the Bible Belt Blogger, explains:

When state and federal law enforcement officials swooped into Tony Alamo Ministries, many, if not most, of the major news organizations in Arkansas were in Texarkana, Ark. watching it all unfold.

This wasn’t how it was supposed to be. The raid was originally scheduled for sometime in October. But on Friday, somebody in the U.S. Attorney’s office inadvertently sent an e-mail about the raid, several weeks early, to 50 media outlets across the state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Friends Reunited helped uncover priest's abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Worthing Herald

Published Date: 22 September 2008
A Battersea Catholic priest's sexual abuse of a class of schoolgirls was uncovered after 30 years when two old friends shared memories of him on the Friends Reunited website, it has emerged.

Father Peter Carr, 73, of Orbel Street, indecently assaulted seven schoolgirls by rubbing stage paint into their naked bodies during school plays between 1969 and 1975.

His crimes only came to light after the two women, now in their 40s - one a solicitor, one a singer - swapped online recollections about the clergyman's intimate application of the paint.

They complained to police, who found that other girls were also abused at the boys school in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, after being invited there to join in with productions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

8 per mille, Radicali: la Cei lucra sull’ignoranza imposta dai Governi. Se il Governo informasse, 600 milioni di euro in meno per la CEI

ITALY
Radicali

Roma, 16 settembre 2008

Dichiarazione di Maurizio Turco, deputato radicale eletto nel PD e Segretario di Anticlericale.net, e di Mario Staderini, della Giunta di Direzione di Radicali Italiani e autore del libro “8 per mille, come lo Stato sottrae ogni anno 1 miliardo di euro agli italiani per darli alla Chiesa cattolica”

I dati sulle scelte sull’otto per mille espresse dagli italiani con dichiarazioni dei redditi 2006 e valide per il 2009, anticipati ieri da Adista, confermano quanto sosteniamo da tempo: il miliardo di euro che ogni anno viene sottratto dal bilancio dello Stato in favore della CEI è frutto di un patto scellerato tra quest’ultima ed i Governi italiani, che da 18 anni tengono nascosto al Paese il reale funzionamento dell’otto per mille.

[translation]

8 PER THOUSAND: THE RADICAL PARTY SAYS THE ITALIAN BISHOPS MAKE MONEY DUE TO THE IGNORANCE IMPOSED BY THE GOVERNMENT. IF CITIZENS WERE GIVEN A CORRECT INFORMATION, THE BISHOPS WOULDN'T CASH AN ADDITIONAL YEARLY SUM OF 600 MILLION EUROS

Rome, September 15, 2008


Statement by Maurizio Turco, leader of the Transnational Radical Party, secretary of the association Anticlericale.net, Democratic Party member of the House of Deputies and Mario Staderini, member of the executive board of the Italian Radical Party and author of the book “8 per mille, come lo Stato sottrae ogni anno 1 miliardo di euro agli italiani per darli alla Chiesa cattolica” (8 per thousand, how the State subtracts every year 1 billion euros from the Italian taxpayer to benefit the Catholic Church).

The recent data about the choice of the 8 per thousand (the taxpayers can donate eight euros for each one thousand euros of their taxable income to some religious institutions or to the Italian State) about the year 2006, which will have effect in the year 2009, is confirming what has been said by us for a long time: the sum of one billion euros which is yearly subtracted from the Italian budget in favor of CEI ( Italian Bishop Conference) is the fruit of a wicked pact between the CEI and the Italian Governments, which have been hiding to the taxpayers the real mechanism of the 8 per thousand.

In 2004, using the few means available to the Radical Association Anticlericale.net, we started a campaign to inform the 64% of Italians who didn't make any choice of the consequence of their action. By not signing, in fact, their money didn't remain in the State coffers but were divided according to the proportions reached by the remaining 36% of the Italians who had instead made a choice.

We learn now with satisfaction that in three years, the number of those who don't make any choice has lowered to 59% and those who express their choice in favor of the State is increased from 7,7% to 11%.

In an absolute value that means 800 thousand additional signatures in favor of the State, while the Catholic Church got only an increase of 38 thousand signatures.

We are sure that if the Government had done its duty, that's to inform the citizens, the allocations of the eight per thousand would be much different, and the CEI would lose a good portion of the 600 hundred millions of extra income which is cashed yearly for the induced ignorance.

Is the Minister for the Economy Tremonti, who was the inspirer of the mechanism of the eight per thousand, write a letter in addition to the letter the Italian bishops are going to write the taxpayers to solicit their donations to the Catholic Church?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Who’s calling who an evangelical?

ARKANSAS
GetReligion

Posted by dpulliam

This morning brought religion news junkies yet another case of authorities investigating a religious group for doing things that are against the law and against any sense of society’s morality. In this case, it is the Southwestern Arkansas-based Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, more than 100 police from federal and state agencies and six children in state custody. There have been no arrests, but people expect the leader, Tony Alamo, to be arrested soon once again.

The accuracy of the allegations, which are highlighted by “possible sexual abuse of minors” and alleged child pornography, won’t be determined for awhile, but we can judge the accuracy of the terms applied to the group by the media. A reader wonders whether anyone read the Associated Press article’s lead with any level of scrutiny:

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the possible sexual abuse of minors at a 15-acre evangelical compound run by a convicted tax evader whom critics describe as a cult leader.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Website uncovers priest's abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Catholic priest's sexual abuse of schoolgirls in Gloucestershire was uncovered years later when two women shared memories of him on a website.

Father Peter Carr, 73, of Orbel Street, Battersea, London, indecently assaulted seven girls by rubbing stage paint into their naked bodies during school plays.

Carr was convicted of eight counts of indecently assaulting six different girls after a trial last December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

San Francisco church settles abuse case

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
United Press International

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- The Greek Orthodox Metropolis church of San Francisco has settled a lawsuit in which a man alleged he was sexually abused by his priest, lawyers say.

Lawyers for both sides offered few comments regarding the concluded litigation that focused on allegations made by a man with a serious mental illness who allegedly was molested by the Rev. Michael Rymer, the San Francisco Chronicle said Sunday.

The man, whose identity was not revealed, accused Rymer of taking advantage of his troubled emotional state to have a lengthy sexual relationship despite his position and his HIV-positive status.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Local parishioners hoping for a miracle

ADAMS (MA)
Berkshire Eagle

By Derek Gentile, Berkshire Eagle Staff
Article Last Updated: 09/22/2008 10:46:10 AM EDT

ADAMS — With the closing of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church only about 13 weeks away, a local parishioner has brought her case against that action to the Diocese of Springfield.

Laurie Haas, who has been a member of the parish for 15 years, presented an eight-chapter report to Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell and Msgr. John Bonzagni, the director of Pastoral Planning for the Diocese at a meeting in Lenox earlier this month. Haas and 11 other parishioners met with McDonnell, Bonzagni, the Rev. Daniel Boyle, pastor of St. Stanislaus, and church deacons Greg LaFrenier and Robert Moulton.

And while Diocesan spokesman Mark E. Dupont reported that McDonnell did not commit to any action on the part of the Diocese, he said McDonnell will share the figures with Diocesan officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Parishioners make appeal

ADAMS (MA)
North Adams Transcript

By Jennifer Huberdeau, North Adams Transcript

Friday, September 19
ADAMS -- Despite the lack of a written decree formally announcing the closing of St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, a group of parishioners is appealing to church officials in Rome to reverse what they call an "arbitrary and capricious" decision.

The parishioners submitted a formal appeal to the Most Rev. Timothy McDonnell, bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, on Aug. 14 -- just days after the planned closings of St. Stan's and St. Thomas Aquinas were announced. The second appeal, to the Congregation for the Clergy in Rome, was mailed last week.

"The bishop had 30 days to respond and change his mind," said Laurie Haas, a parishioner of St. Stan's, who authored both appeals on behalf of the group. "He did not respond and change his mind. Our church is slated to close in 15 weeks -- to prevent this I had no alternative but to appeal to Rome. I informed them in our cover letter, I would forward the written decree when it became available to me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 PM

3.09pm - Priest guilty of indecent assaults

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Gloucestershire

Monday, September 22, 2008, 15:04
A Catholic priest who molested seven teenaged girls when he applied stage make up to them for school pantomimes was caught more than thirty years later - thanks to Friends Reunited.

Two of his victims got talking about their school days on the Friends website and realised they had both been abused by Father Peter Carr in 1969 and 1970.

They compared notes about how he would make them strip naked before using a sponge to apply make up to their bodies for annual pantos at a Catholic school in Blaisdon, nr Gloucester, where he was a teacher.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Indianapolis minister jailed on bigamy charge

INDIANAPOLIS (IN)
Indianapolis Star

By Vic Ryckaert

An associate pastor at an Eastside church is in jail this morning on allegations of bigamy and for failing to pay $60,000 in child support, according to metropolitan police.

Spencer K. Osborne, 36, is also a convicted sex offender who molested a 7-year-old Marion County girl in 1993, police say. The offense predated the sex offender registry.

Osborne is an associate pastor with a church on Sherman Drive, said metropolitan police Lt. Dave Young. He declined to disclose the name of the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Love Among The Ruins by David France

UNITED STATES
Perfectly Me

O Magazine

By David France

It was long ago and it was far away, but for the one out of six American men who were sexually abused as children, the results are always present, deeply corrosive, and wildly contagious. David France talks to a few brave men—and the women who married them—who have shattered their silence, faced their traumas, and taken their first steps toward healing.

Donna Mertrud fell for Ray Skettini when she was only 17. A year older and the class clown at their Pequannock, New Jersey, high school, he had a chip on his shoulder, some people said. But he made Donna laugh. Three years later, when she agreed to marry him, Ray asked his family priest, Father James Hanley, to officiate.

From early on, Donna felt something was wrong. Among the “red flags” that kept popping up, she says, were Ray’s irritability and his tendency to pace. And then there was his subtle but growing detachment from her. “When we got married, we really explored each other. We had fun,” says Donna, now 50. “Getting to know each other, forming as a married couple and as a family, we bonded closer. But as weird as this sounds, the more we did that, the more he pulled away, emotionally and physically.” Slowly their sex life dwindled. Sometimes she had merely to touch his shoulder when he’d freeze and draw back. Donna wondered if he was having an affair. Mostly, though, she just felt rejected, and this broke her heart.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Residents Speak Out About Living Near Alamo's Ministry

ARKANSAS
KHBS/KHOG

FOUKE, Ark. -- Talk in the small town of Fouke is largely focused on the raid of evangelist Tony Alamo's Christian Ministries headquarters.

"It's overdue," said Barbara Lenaway. "The people here are just really thrilled to see something finally be done."

More than 100 law enforcement agents raided Alamo's property after a two year investigation into allegations of child abuse.

"The state concerns are that children living at the facility may have been sexually and physically abused," said the FBI's Tom Browne.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Former Ministry Member Tells Of Abuse, Polygamy

ARKANSAS
KHBS/KHOG

DYER, Ark. -- Evangelist Tony Alamo is at the center of a child pornography investigation after his compound in southwestern Arkansas was raided Saturday. Now, former members of his ministry are speaking out about what they say is a history of abuse and polygamy at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

Alamo's ties to the area began back in 1975, when he opened his first church in Dyer. It wasn't long before the evangelist was being investigated for labor abuses and tax evasion. But former followers said the abuses also included his marriages to underage girls. ...

Fryer said her daughter was 17 years old when Alamo asked for her hand in marriage.

But Fryer said it was less a proposal than a demand.

"She said well, let me pray about it, and he got mad, and he said, 'Well, God said he's gonna take your life if you don't cooperate,'" Fryer said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Authorities moved up raid because of e-mail mistake

ARKANSAS
KGAN

September 22, 2008 06:36 EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- The raid at an evangelical compound in Arkansas was launched earlier than authorities had planned because of an e-mail error.

The raid was moved up to this weekend after a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney accidentally e-mailed more than 60 local media outlets on Friday about plans for an October raid at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex. Media organizations managed to keep mum until Saturday, when authorities descended on the complex. It was the culmination of a two-year investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

OC Diocese Could've Stopped Boy-Molestor Long Ago

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra
September 22, 2008 3:43 AM

Not to pile on Matt “Jubal” Cunningham, OC’s blog king who infamously outed Diocese of Orange sex-abuse victims, but his recent comment about my post regarding the necessity of ridiculing the county’s pedo-priests and their apologists got me thinking. The case of Luis Eduardo Ramirez, a member of the Order of Augustinian Recollects who served at Our Lady of the Pillar in SanTana and is going to jail for his boy-molesting ways, still stinks like sulfur. Apologists for Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown said His Eminence did everything possible to alert county Catholics about Ramirez’s crimes, that there just wasn’t any way he could prevent the priestly perversion to happen.

Bullshit. Brown and his hierarchy had ample reason to consider Ramirez a risk to children and—surprise, surprise!—did nothing about it.

The Weekly has obtained the late 2005 police report filed after Ramirez was arrested for driving under the influence. This was no mere buzz ride: Ramirez was so soused (at .18, more than twice the legal limit) that the reporting officer wrote he originally stopped the padre for driving “on only three tires.” A partner saw “the right front tire was missing and that there were sparks coming from the rim.” Once stopped, Ramirez failed his sobriety tests miserably. Twice, he began a test before the officers told him to. When asked to raise his left leg, “he raised his right one.” Ramirez couldn’t touch the tip of his knows the six times he tried.

But it gets worse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Italian bishop forgives "playboy in a cassock"

ITALY
The Times (United Kingdom)

Richard Owen in Rome
A priest who was found in bed with a parishioner's wife has been publicly exonerated by his local bishop, who said the woman had tempted the cleric and "led him astray".

The woman's affair with the priest at Chioggia, near Venice, came to light when her husband returned home unexpectedly from work and found them in flagrante delicto. The enraged husband stormed into the bishop's palace to demand an explanation, but before he could speak to the bishop the police were called to "calm him down."

Writing in the latest issue of the diocesan weekly newspaper, La Nuova Scintilla (The New Spark) the bishop, Monsignor Angelo Daniel, said the priest, 53, a notable Biblical scholar who teaches theology at Padua and Verona and was a "friend of the family", had been "pushed" into sexual misbehaviour.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Pornography Is Target in Raid on Ministry

FOUKE (AR)
The New York Times

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: September 21, 2008
FOUKE, Ark. (AP) — Six minors have been temporarily placed in state custody as part of a child pornography investigation after a raid on a ministry here, officials said Sunday.

The children will be in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services as investigators interview them, a spokesman for the state police, Bill Sadler, said.

Mr. Sadler did not say how long the interviews would last but did say that courts would decide the children’s status in the event of any “long-term separation” from the property of the ministry, Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in rural Fouke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Catholics split on merger

DOVER (NH)
Foster's Daily Democrat

By ADAM D. KRAUSS
akrauss@fosters.com

Article Date: Monday, September 22, 2008

DOVER — On their way to church Sunday morning, parishioners at St. Joseph's said it was "inevitable" the Catholic Church in New Hampshire would look to merge their church with St. Mary, St. Charles and the Chapel of the Nativity in Barrington.

"Ultimately, it's a really good thing to bring the entire community together and for us to share all our good works in an efficient way, such as the food pantry and all the other things we do to help the community," said Chris Novak, who's been attending church at St. Joseph's for several years.

He acknowledged it hasn't always been an easy transition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Inside the Arkansas compound, tales of abuse and neglect

OREGON
The Oregonian

by Michelle Roberts, The Oregonian
Sunday September 21, 2008, 8:28 PM

At age 12, having not set foot outside a religious compound in Arkansas since she was 4, Elishah Franckiewicz believed it was possible.

Day after day, she lay down beside the corpse, dressed in a wedding gown, for Susan Alamo was "the bride of God." And day after day, she endured beatings by church elders because the dead woman -- wife to sect founder Tony Alamo -- did not open her eyes.

"We prayed over her open coffin for months," said Franckiewicz, now 37 and an English teacher at an area community college. "When she didn't come back to life, Tony (Alamo) started losing his mind. He believed that it was because the devil was in the children, because we had weak souls."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Tony Alamo speaks out

FOUKE (AR)
KSLA

By Ben Wolf

FOUKE, AR (KSLA) - Tony Alamo spoke to KSLA News 12 just 24 hours after federal agents raided his ministry in south Arkansas.

Their investigation: accusations of child sexual abuse and the trafficking of young girls across state lines.

Alamo claims he hasn't done anything wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Children interviewed after raid on Ark. compound

FOUKE (AR)
The Associated Press

By JON GAMBRELL

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) — State and federal authorities are investigating the possible sexual abuse of minors at a 15-acre evangelical compound run by a convicted tax evader who critics describe as a cult leader.

The Tony Alamo Christian Ministries complex in southwestern Arkansas was raided Saturday by more than 100 federal and state police, and six children have been placed in temporary state custody and are being interviewed.

No one was arrested, but U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe said prior to the raid that he expects a warrant to be issued for Alamo, 74, who has a long history of tangling with law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Ex-pastor, Presbytery, church targets of suit

LAFOLLETTE (TN)
Knoxville

[with links to the law suit, the pastor's admission of guilt and the church judicial commission's formal censure of the pastor]

By Jim Balloch
Sunday, September 21, 2008

LAFOLLETTE, Tenn. — As pastor of First Presbyterian Church of LaFollette for 17 years, Malcolm M. King III was highly regarded in the community.

Ericka McCarty was a mentally unstable young woman who turned to him for counseling.

Instead, by his own admission, he sexually abused her, according to documents.

And now, King, his church and the Presbytery of East Tennessee are defendants in a $40 million Campbell County Circuit Court lawsuit that alleges that in addition to the sex abuse, he took over McCarty’s finances, made her “utterly dependent upon him” and even moved her into the church parsonage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Bishop McCormack suffered, learned

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Union Leader

By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
New Hampshire Union Leader Staff

THE REV. JOHN Brendan McCormack had three strikes against him before he even stepped foot in New Hampshire to lead its Catholics 10 years ago today.

One, he was not a local boy.

Worse, he came from Boston.

Lastly, he wasn't Bishop Leo E. O'Neil, his charismatic and highly regarded predecessor. A raconteur in the best Irish-American tradition, O'Neil was beloved by the Catholic faithful who followed him through his public and painful battle with cancer and collectively grieved his death in 1997. ...

McCormack concedes he considered resigning after Law left in December 2002.

He said his decision to stay not only was a personally transformative experience, but one rooted in his vision of the bishop's role as a shepherd who does not abandon his flock.

"Resignation really isn't part of what it means to be Christian," the Massachusetts native explained last week during an interview at his North River Road residence, where he is recovering from open-heart surgery performed Aug. 29.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Church settles sex abuse suit against priest

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Seth Rosenfeld, Chronicle Staff Writer

Monday, September 22, 2008

(09-21) 17:33 PDT -- Thirty-two years old, struggling with severe mental illness, the man turned in desperation to his church, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco.

But soon after the man implored the Rev. Michael Rymer to be his "spiritual father" and guide him through his troubles, the priest allegedly seduced him without revealing that he had been exposed to HIV, court records show.

The priest allegedly entangled the mentally ill parishioner in a long-running, illicit relationship, offering religious salvation while inflicting sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

September 21, 2008

10:15 p.m. - Alamo Compound Raided in Sex Investigation

FOUKE (AR)
KARK

[with video]

Saturday, Sep 20, 2008 @10:56pm CST

Simultaneous federal and state search warrants were executed today at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Fouke, which is located south of Texarkana.

Entry onto the property occurred without incident late this afternoon and was coordinated by a combined team of Arkansas State Police and Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The search warrants were based on information gathered during the course of an extended and continuing investigation dating back at least two years. This has been a joint investigation between the Arkansas State Police and the FBI, with the assistance of the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas.

Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division and investigators assigned to the Crimes Against Children Division are interviewing minor age children who live on the Alamo property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Six children in custody after evangelist's compound raided

ARKANASAS
CNN

(CNN) -- Six children were put into temporary custody after authorities raided an evangelist's Arkansas compound, a state police spokesman said Sunday.

The children were being interviewed as part of an investigation into whether they were physically or sexually abused at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries near Texarkana, Arkansas, according to Bill Sadler.

About 100 agents raided the 15-acre site Saturday and met with no resistance, he said.

Alamo, reached by phone Saturday in Los Angeles, California, denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

6 children in Ark. custody after raid on compound

FOUKE (AR)
The Associated Press

By JON GAMBRELL

FOUKE, Ark. (AP) — Six children are in temporary state custody as they are interviewed after a raid on a church compound that was part of a child-porn investigation, Arkansas police said Sunday.

The children will be under the care of the state Department of Human Services during the interviews, said state police spokesman Bill Sadler. He didn't offer a timeline for the interviews.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Evangelist Compound Raided

ARKANSAS
PoliGazette (Netherlands)

The Tony Alamo Christian Ministries south of Texarkana was raided by police on Saturday, as part of ‘a child pornography investigation and said they planned to remove several children from the complex.

Tony Alamo was already accused of child abuse in the past.

He was once accused of ‘directing the beating of a church member’s 11-year-old son. In 1994, he was sentenced to six years in prison on tax evasion charges filed in Memphis, Tennessee.’

Nonetheless, he can count on quite some supporters, nay followers, who are incredibly dependent on him. ‘The judge in the tax case ordered him held pending sentencing after prosecutors argued that the evangelist was a flight risk and a polygamist who preyed on married women and girls in his congregation. U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla said he was concerned over “the very great control Mr. Alamo has over a number of people.”‘

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Mayor Troubled Over Fouke's Alamo Ties

FOUKE (AR)
KHBS/KHOG

FOUKE, Ark. -- Hours after federal agents raided the compound of evangelist Tony Alamo, Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis said there have been complaints about the ministry since Alamo arrived in town in the late 1990s.

Purvis said the compound started with a convenience store, which later became Alamo's church complex. The facilities still resemble a strip mall, but the group's influence runs deep in the town of about 800 residents.

Purvis said private armed security guards would often patrol the dead-end road that leads up to the Alamo complex. For at least a time, the church had "Keep Out" signs on its lawn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

More Victims Accuse Harlem Pastor Of Abuse

NEW YORK
WCBS

[with video]

Reporting
Sean Hennessey

NEW YORK (CBS) ― Eight more men have come forward to accuse a prominent Harlem pastor of sexually abusing them when they were children.

Manhattan prosecutors say 10 people have now lodged complaints about Monsignor Wallace Harris, who was suspended by the Archdiocese of New York after the allegations surfaced this summer.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney says that even if the allegations are true, a statute of limitations will keep the state from prosecuting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

8 More Accuse Harlem Pastor Of Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
WNBC

NEW YORK -- Eight more men have come forward to accuse a prominent Harlem pastor of sexually abusing them when they were children.

Manhattan prosecutors said 10 people have now lodged complaints about Monsignor Wallace Harris, who was suspended by the Archdiocese of New York after the allegations surfaced this summer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

More victims accuse NYC pastor of abuse

NEW YORK
WABC

HARLEM - (WABC) -- Eight more men have come forward to accuse a prominent Harlem pastor of sexually abusing them when they were children.

Manhattan prosecutors say 10 people have now lodged complaints about Monsignor Wallace Harris, who was suspended by the Archdiocese of New York after the allegations surfaced this summer.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney says that even if the allegations are true, a statute of limitations will keep the state from prosecuting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

Alamo raid is third for ministry

FOUKE (AR)
San Jose Mercury News

The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/20/2008 08:23:59 PM PDT

FOUKE, Ark.—Saturday's raid on Tony Alamo's compound at Fouke marked the third time police officers have raided his property.

In 1991, Alamo and his followers disappeared when U.S. marshals stormed his complex near Alma in western Arkansas—taking with them the remains of Alamo's late wife Susan, who had died in 1982 and from whom Alamo anticipated a resurrection.

The marshals moved in after a judge awarded $1.8 million judge to six of his former followers. The judge found that Alamo owed them money for a number of violations, including alienating the affections of two men's wives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Evangelist's compound raided in child abuse case

FOUKE (AR)
CNN

[with video]

(CNN) -- Federal and state police raided an evangelist's compound in Arkansas late Saturday to investigate whether any children have been physically or sexually abused, officials said.

Arkansas State Police troopers monitor the situation at Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Fouke, Arkansas.

The raid is part of a two-year investigation into a compound near Texarkana, Arkansas, owned by Tony Alamo Christian Ministries, said Bill Sadler of the Arkansas State Police. About 100 agents were on the 10- to 15-acre site late Saturday and met with no resistance, he said.

Alamo, reached by phone in Los Angeles, California, denied any wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Evangelist site raided over porn

ARKANSAS
Channel 4 News (United Kingdom)

Social workers are interviewing children who live at an evangelist group's headquarters after FBI agents and police raided the compound in a child porn probe.

No-one was arrested during the raid at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries in Fouke, south of Texarkana, Arkansas.

Armed guards regularly patrol the headquarters of the group - which critics call a cult - but there was no resistance as agents moved in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Arkansas Evangelist's Compound Raided In Child Porn Case

FOUKE (AR)
KUAR

FOUKE, AR (2008-09-21) The investigation into rumors of child pornography continue after federal agents and state police conducted after a dramatic raid yesterday at the headquarters of Tony Alamo Ministries in Fouke. The organization is run by a convicted tax evader who has been in trouble with the law many times since moving to Arkansas in the mid 70's.

Tom Browne, who runs the FBI office in Little Rock, says there's been a two-year long investigation of Tony Alamo involving transportation of children across state lines for criminal activity. He says children at the compound in Southwest Arkansas may have been sexually and physically abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

Crowd gathers near compound to watch events unfold

FOUKE (AR)
Texarkana Gazette

By: Susan Lindsey - Texarkana Gazette - Published: 09/21/2008

FOUKE, Ark.—A crowd gathered at the town’s car wash Saturday evening to witness whatever they could of the raid on Tony Alamo Christian Ministries.

To many, the events were a welcome relief and had been a long time coming.

“I have been waiting on this for three years,” Fouke Mayor Terry Purvis said about the execution of search warrants prompted by allegations of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Church compound quiet after child porn raid

ARKANSAS
Town Hall

By JON GAMBRELL

A 15-acre church compound was quiet Sunday morning following a raid by federal and state law enforcement officers as part of a child-abuse and pornography investigation. A prosecutor said an arrest warrant was likely.

A man at the gate of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries turned away an Associated Press reporter Sunday morning. He refused to give his name and said no one was available to comment.

Police said the church complex would be allowed to open for Sunday services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Ark. evangelist compound raided in child porn case

ARKANSAS
San Francisco Chronicle

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press Writer

Saturday, September 20, 2008

(09-20) 16:50 PDT Fouke, Ark. (AP) --

FBI agents and state police raided an evangelists' headquarters Saturday as part of a child pornography investigation and said they planned to remove several children from the complex, run by a man previously accused of child abuse.

The raid at the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries south of Texarkana started an hour before sunset. Armed guards regularly patrol the ministry headquarters, but there was apparently no resistance as agents moved in.

"I have not heard of any shots fired," state police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

U.S. Attorney Bob Balfe said before the raid that he expected an arrest warrant would be issued later for Alamo. It wasn't known whether he was present during the raid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Il marito la sorprende insieme al prete ma il vescovo invita a "non giudicare"

ITALY
Il Repubblica

VENEZIA - "Non giudicate per non essere giudicati". E' ricorso alle parole di Cristo il 75enne vescovo di Chioggia Angelo Daniel, per giustificare il sacerdote sorpreso lunedi scorso in intimità con la moglie di uno dei fedeli. E nel paese è caccia all'identità del prete fedifrago.

L'episodio. La dinamica è da "pochade": "lui" rientra a casa prima del previsto e trova "lei" a letto con un altro. L'altro è un prete, elemento anche questo nè nuovo nè originale. Anzi, un intellettuale, perchè il sacerdote colto in "flagranza amorosa" è docente di Sacre Scritture a Padova, alla Facoltà teologica dell'Italia Settentrionale. Il marito è sconvolto - e fin qui tutto normale" - si sfoga con il cognato e insieme vanno dal vescovo a chiedere giustizia.

[translation]
The bishop of Chioggia: " There are people who are pushing the priest not to do his duty"

The husband had surprised his wife with the priest and he had made a complaint to the bishop
The husband catches her with a priest but the bishop invites him "not to judge"

VENEZIA - "Don't judge others lest you be judged": The 75-year-old bishop of Chioggia, Angelo Daniel, used Jesus's words to justify the priest caught last Monday in intimacy with one of his faithful's wife. And in the town they are trying to identify the unfaithful priest.

The episode. The dynamic is a kind of "pochade": "he" returns home before the foreseen time and finds "her" in the bed with another man.The other man is a priest, a particular neither new nor original. The priest caught in "making love" is a docent of Sacred Scriptures in Padua, at the Faculty of Theology of Northern Italy. The husband, very upset - something very normal until now - gets it out of his chest with his brother-in-law and the two go together to meet the
bishop and ask for justice.

It's here that strange things happen. Above all, the Curia impedes the man to meet the bishop and calls the police, for the man "appeared too much agitated". An excess of precaution, perhaps, but given the old age of the bishop that could have been justified. It's "very curious" , instead, the evalutation of the bishop of what had happened.

The "moral authority" writes an admonishment in the diocese newspaper, 'La Nuova Scintilla' (the New Spark): "Don't judge others lest you be judged. And let's not forget that, even if the great responsibility of a priest must lead him to be an example and a guide, there is no lack of people who, directly or indirectly, push him to miss his duties." To sum it up, she had allured him into sin.

But the bishop reassures;" If we all share some weakness - he ends up - we are sure that everyone can get the compassion and therefore can be forgiven by God".

A full absolution for the adventure, therefore, or a signal of modernity"? The people living in Chioggia are divided on what to make of it, and since last Monday they are hunting down the priest.

There are those who say "these things have always happened and will always continue to happen", who is instead angry because "he would have never believed that such a thing could happen" , there are those who are indulgent in front of human weaknesses and there are those
who bet at the lottery the numbers corresponding to the age of the protagonists. the age of the protagonists. But the priest has never been seen until now: "He is out of Chioggia", the secretaries of the Curia let it be known.

September 20, 2008

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Disgraced priest Joseph Creegan marries lover in secret ceremony

SCOTLAND
Sunday Mail

Sep 21 2008 By Norman Silvester

ROMEO priest Joseph Creegan married his divorcee lover in a secret ceremony yesterday.

The 66-year-old Monsignor spent thousands on a reception to celebrate tying the knot with Anne Marie Ogden, 48.

The Sunday Mail revealed in January the pair were spending nights together in her home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Holy Family seeks strength from program

AMESBURY (MA)
The Daily News

By Katie Curley
Staff writer

AMESBURY — Catholic congregations like the Holy Family Parish are hoping a new program will lure more parishioners and strengthen the church's foundation, and in Amesbury, it appears to be working.

As the Archdiocese celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, churches are making an attempt to draw in more people through "Arise Together in Christ," which will read and discuss the scriptures in small groups each week.

Local church leaders said there is no getting around the problems that have plagued the archdiocese in the last few years — the sexual abuse scandal, and the declining numbers of priests and parishioners who attend Masses.

But there are signs that more men are entering the priesthood, and local church leaders are hopeful the Arise program can renew parishioners' faith in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Indicted Priest To Face 5 Trials

MESA (AZ)
KPHO

MESA, Ariz. -- A suspended Roman Catholic priest from Mesa accused of sexual misconduct with five teens will have five separate trials on the misdemeanor charges.

A judge ruled this week that Monsignor Dale Fushek is entitled to face each of his now-adult accusers separately. He agreed with defense lawyers' arguments that a jury that heard all the cases could become prejudiced against him.

Fushek is the former pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Community in Mesa and founded the international Catholic youth program known as LifeTeen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Out of the shadows: Central Coast men talk about childhood sex abuse in new film

CALIFORNIA
Santa Cruz Sentinel

Jennifer Squires - Sentinel staff writer
Article Launched: 09/21/2008 01:32:07 AM PDT

MONTEREY -- Their stories are the same, but different.

Fear. Secrecy and shame. Anger. Men who were sexually abused when they were boys.

"Boyhood Shadows," a groundbreaking documentary about the little-talked-about crime and the emotional carnage it leaves behind, debuts Monday evening at the Steinbeck Forum.

Kim Allyn, a Santa Cruz deputy sheriff who was molested by his priest as a child, is one of the boys-turned-men featured in the film.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

September 20, 2008

More victims accuse NYC pastor of abuse

NEW YORK
Newsday

September 20, 2008
NEW YORK - Eight more men have come forward to accuse a prominent Harlem pastor of sexually abusing them when they were children.

Manhattan prosecutors say 10 people have now lodged complaints about Monsignor Wallace Harris, who was suspended by the Archdiocese of New York after the allegations surfaced this summer.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney says that even if the allegations are true, a statute of limitations will keep the state from prosecuting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

‘¡Ask A Mexican!’ author Gustavo Arellano publishes new book

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Register

September 15th, 2008
OC Weekly writer Gustavo Arellano made a big splash in the national media a few years ago (and made his colleague Commie Girl cry) when he signed a two-book book deal with Scribner.

‘¡Ask A Mexican!’ reached bookstores last year, compiling dozens of his smart-alecky, irreverent and informative columns of the same name.

His second book, ‘Orange County: A Personal History’ (Scribner, $24), arrives this week. It mixes his family history and a coming-of-age story with an overview of well-worn local lore. ...

4) In trying to be clever and cutting, he can go too far. We get that the whole alt-weekly deal is to push the envelope, spout off outrageous opinions, and try to get people riled up at the same time other people are laughing. Still, there’s a line that you sometimes might not want to cross. Like when Arellano lays into the Diocese of Orange for its piece of the priest abuse scandals, and refers to it as ”…the most horrific crime perpetuated in Orange County’s history, even more disgusting than Taco Bell: the rape of innocents.” Comparing mediocre Mexican food to molested kids? Does that really help make your point? Really?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Voice of opposition to Catholic diocese church-shuttering plan grows louder

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

Saturday, September 13, 2008
David Briggs
Plain Dealer Religion Reporter

[with link to an interactive map of the diocese's parishes]

Parishioners at St. Casimir Catholic Church on Cleveland's East Side are contacting inactive members and developing a Sunday evening youth Mass to try to save their church.

At St. Barbara Catholic Church on Cleveland's West Side some 400 people have appealed to the Cleveland Catholic Diocese to allow their parish to remain open, say some activist members.

And at Immaculate Heart of Mary, where church members learned Sunday that a regional committee is proposing that the Slavic Village neighborhood church be closed, members are encouraging written responses to the bishop and drafting a report to urge reversal of the initial recommendation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Cleveland Catholic parishes protest downsizing plan

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Canadian Press

CLEVELAND — A downsizing plan that could shutter more than 45 Roman Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Cleveland is prompting some Catholics to look for ways to save their churches.

More than 20 regional groups of parishes are preparing recommendations for closing or merging parishes in response to population shifts to the outer suburbs and the ongoing clergy shortage. Bishop Richard Lennon is expected to decide the fate of the parishes by March. The most closures are expected in Cleveland, where about 25 parishes are in danger of being shut down.

An increasing number of parishes have decided to fight to stay open. St. Peter Church in downtown Cleveland has opposed an initial plan for a merger with St. John Cathedral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

8 More Men Accuse Priest of Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By PAUL VITELLO
Published: September 19, 2008
Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, a prominent Harlem pastor who was suspended from his duties last month after two men accused him of sexually abusing them as children, has since been accused of similar abuse by eight other men, the Manhattan district attorney’s office said on Friday.

All 10 accusers have told the authorities that the abuse occurred in the 1970s and ’80s, the district attorney’s spokeswoman, Alicia Maxey Greene, said in response to a question. She said that the state’s five-year statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse precluded criminal prosecution in any of their cases.

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, would not say how many new complaints were made against Monsignor Harris since his suspension, but said, “We have gotten other allegations, and we have continued to follow our policy of sharing information with the district attorney.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Judge: Fushek entitled to 5 separate trials

ARIZONA
East Valley Tribune

Lawn Griffiths, Tribune
A judge has ordered five separate trials for Monsignor Dale Fushek, former pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Community, accused by five men of sexual misconduct in the 1980s and early 1990s while they were teens at the Mesa parish.

San Tan Justice of the Peace Samuel Goodman ruled Tuesday that the priest, who founded the international Catholic youth program, LifeTeen, is entitled to face his accusers in separate trials with separate juries, with the first trial to begin Nov. 17 in the Chandler court. Fushek faces seven misdemeanor counts, pared down from 10 counts first filed in November 2005 after a Maricopa County Attorney's Office investigation. Three counts were dismissed. One of the victims has died.

In his order, Goodman said criminal procedure rules require the cases to be "severed."

Fushek's attorney, Thomas Hoidal, had argued at a hearing Aug. 21 that a single jury would be ill-equipped to hear testimony on separate incidents from five complainants without one case prejudicing their thinking in other cases. The judge noted that originally he had intended to try Fushek on all counts in a single trial from the bench, with him determining Fushek's fate. But the priest got the Arizona Supreme Court to rule that he was entitled to a jury trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

September 19, 2008

Rent-boy jailed for extorting £3,000 from priest

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

Published Date: 20 September 2008
By Victoria Weldon
A RENT-BOY who tormented a gay Catholic priest by threatening to expose his sexuality was jailed for three years yesterday.

John Gallagher forced the priest to pay £3,000 over two years for his silence.

The pair met in a park in Glasgow's West End. Gallagher, 30, began extorting money from the priest, threatening to go to the press if he refused to pay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

‘My body ached with the thought he had seen us’

MINNESOTA
In-Forum

Dave Olson, The Forum
Published Friday, September 19, 2008

When members of the Concordia College women’s basketball team found a video camera in their shower room in December, they thought it might be a joke.

Then they hit the “play” button and saw images of one of the school’s custodians adjusting the camera, a man they knew well.

“My heart dropped to the pit of my stomach. My body ached with the thought he had seen us,” one of the players said Thursday at a sentencing hearing for Steven Sopko.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Ex-Concordia janitor sentenced for taping basketball team in shower

MINNESOTA
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Associated Press

Last update: September 19, 2008 - 12:28 PM

MOORHEAD, Minn. - A former Concordia College janitor has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail for videotaping members of the women's basketball team in the shower.

Steven Sopko was sentenced to 350 days in jail. Nearly three additional years were stayed on condition Sopko complete two years of probation and pay fines and fees totaling more than $1,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

LA judge orders priest files released to mediator

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Desert Sun

Desert Sun Wires • September 19, 2008

A Los Angeles judge has ordered that the personnel files of Catholic priests and other offenders named in the San Diego diocese’s sexual abuse settlement be turned over to a court-appointed referee next month.

Judge Emile Elias Thursday gave a San Diego attorney hoping to block the release until Oct. 14 to seek an appeal, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

San Diego lawyer Robert Jassoy, who represents seven alleged offenders, requested the delay to give him time to ask the state appeals court to rule on the legality of releasing the files, according to the newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Dean Hoge; Wrote Key Studies on Religion

MARYLAND
Washington Post

By Joe Holley
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 19, 2008; Page B07

Dean R. Hoge, 71, a Presbyterian layman and sociology professor at Catholic University who helped write influential studies of religion in America, died Sept. 13 of cancer at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore. He was a Takoma Park resident. ...

Commenting on the priest sex-abuse scandals in recent years, he told the Los Angeles Times in 2007 that they had contributed to changes in the way some Catholics perceive priests, traditionally viewed as God's representatives on Earth.

"Catholics distinguish between Jesus Christ and the institutional church," he said. "People are too smart to believe that priests are representatives of God. These are men."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Calling all Catholics in Southeastern Ohio

OHIO
Voice from the Desert

From an email from Judy Jones via Bob Schwiderski, 9.16.2008.

* * *
Dear family and friends..

We are planning a massive leafleting at parishes in Southeastern Ohio.. on the weekend of Sept 27th and 28th... We would love to cover as many parishes and get media coverage on this event.. We will be informing the parishioner that Steubenville survivors are telling their stories of abuse, via videos… they will be posted on our web site.. http://www.steubenvilletruth.org/

Would any of you be willing to offer your time to leaflet at any of these parishes. (below) ????

The parishes that I have covered so far are .. but could use more help at these also..
1.) St Marys’ in Marietta.
.2.) St Joseph’s in Bridgeport…
3.) Christ the KIng, in Athens..

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Man arrested on porn charges has Wayne Co. record

GASTON (IN)
Pal-Item

BY DOUGLAS WALKER • MUNCIE STAR PRESS • September 19, 2008

GASTON, Ind. -- A rural Delaware County man who once worked as a youth pastor has been apprehended by federal authorities on charges related to child pornography.

Charles S. "Chuck" Miller, 48, 10880 W. Bethel Ave., Gaston, is charged in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis with two counts of "receiving visual depictions of minors engaging in sexual explicit conduct by means of a computer," and one count of possession of a computer containing such images.

The first two charges carry possible sentences of 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 fines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Priests told of Clergy Fund woes, plans for overhaul

MASSACHUSETTS
The Pilot

By Antonio M. Enrique
Posted: 9/19/2008

BRAINTREE -- At a series of regional meetings with archdiocesan clergy, the Archdiocese of Boston announced steps to overhaul its ailing Clergy Fund.

Around 400 priests attended meetings in which the poor financial situation of the Clergy Fund was discussed. The meetings were held between Sept. 9 and Sept. 11 in all five regions of the archdiocese.

The Clergy Fund is the investment vehicle that provides for the retirement, disability, medical and financial needs of the priests of the archdiocese. Currently there are 775 Boston priests; 269 of those priests are retired and 13 are on disability.

At the meetings, Chancellor James McDonough explained that he is drafting a plan to raise $50 million needed to stabilize the retirement portion of the Fund, expand the lay presence on its board of trustees and review ways to streamline the current benefits, including taking additional advantage of available government benefits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Priest remembered fondly

VICTORIA (TX)
Victoria Advocate

BY MADELINE LEWIS - MLEWIS@VICAD.COM
September 18, 2008 - 11:06 p.m.
The Rev. Stan DeBoe recently made a difficult phone call to fellow Trinitarian priest David L. Colella.

“I’m not one of those that will completely reject him no matter what the outcome is,” said DeBoe of Colella.

DeBoe is the pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Victoria. Colella held this position between 1981 and 1990. On Wednesday, the church confirmed that Colella had been accused of committing sexual abuse while a pastor there.

Colella denies the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Judge: Turn priest's files over to court-appointed referee

LOS ANGELES (CA)
San Diego Union-Tribune

8:29 p.m. September 18, 2008

A Los Angeles judge Thursday said personnel files of Catholic priests and other accused offenders involved in the San Diego diocese's sexual abuse settlement should be turned over to a court-appointed referee next month.

Judge Emile Elias gave an attorney hoping to block the release until Oct. 14 to seek an appeal, said Anthony De Marco, a victims' attorney who was present at the hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

San Diego lawyer Robert Jassoy had requested a two-month postponement on behalf of seven alleged offenders. Jassoy said in his request that the delay was needed to give him time to ask the state appeals court to rule on the legality of releasing the files. He could not be reached for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Man alleges abuse by Chippewa Falls priest

CHIPPEWA FALLS
Leader-Telegram

By Candy Czernicki Chippewa Falls News Bureau
CHIPPEWA FALLS - A 34-year-old Eau Claire man Wednesday filed a lawsuit in Chippewa County Court alleging he was sexually abused by a priest between 1979 and 1986 at St. Bridget Catholic Church southeast of Chippewa Falls.

James J. Kaufman, 728 Second Ave., named the church at 2801 N. 110th St., the Diocese of La Crosse - the administrative district in which the church is located - and a priest referred to only as John Doe.

Kaufman is seeking a formal apology, damages for the cost of his past and future psychological treatment, long-term emotional damage, loss of childhood, failure to fulfill potential, difficulty with interpersonal relationships and court costs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

A final word from Father Pat

AUSTRALIA
Blayney Chronicle

19/09/2008 4:44:00 PM
by MARGARET PATON
While the bonfire planned for his farewell was rained out, Father Pat O’Regan was still farewelled with warmth at a barbecue on September 5, on the cusp of his last day as head of Blayney’s Catholics.

He has moved on to a new parish, Bathurst, home to about 35,000 Catholics compared to Blayney’s 3,000. But at Bathurst, he’ll be assistant priest and somewhat closer to his boyhood home of the Perthville general store. ...

Responding to the scandal over sexual abuse allegations at a Bathurst Catholic school, he said: “I hope the truth will come out about the allegations. My reaction is one of sadness and empathy for those involved.

“We are all human, but this is not an excuse. There are so many more protocols – such as for priests’ relationships with minors - in the church that the likelihood of this occurring again is reduced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Priest investigated for possible abuse

DALLAS (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

A priest who worked at two Dallas-area parishes is being investigated on suspicion of committing sexual abuse 18 years ago at a southeast Texas church to which he was assigned.

The Rev. David L. Colella, 80, is accused of abusing at least one girl when he led Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Victoria, Texas, from 1981 to 1990. Father Colella worked at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Waxahachie from 1990 to 1996 and then led Santa Clara of Assisi in Oak Cliff until 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

September 18, 2008

Plainfield pastor charged with sex abuse makes bail

PLAINFIELD (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

by Jason Jett/The Star-Ledger
Thursday September 18, 2008, 8:20 PM

The Rev. George Carver Benbow Sr. of Plainfield made bail hours after his arrest in the alleged sexual assault four girls and endangerment of two others in separate incidents on church property dating to 2000.

Union County Prosecutor's Office Detective Paul Han today reiterated details given at an earlier press briefing, saying Benbow was arrested at 10:30 Wednesday morning without incident at Christian Fellowship Gospel Church on Johnston Avenue. Bail was set at $150,000.

Benbow was released from the Plainfield municipal jail at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Recent Developments Regarding Clergy Child Abuse: How They Reveal Both Good and Bad News About the Chances of Getting Justice for Abuse Survivors and Preventing Future Abuse

UNITED STATES
FindLaw

By MARCI HAMILTON

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008

It is difficult to get the big picture regarding clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, for a number of reasons. One is that the Church - and, unfortunately, its abusing priests - are spread all over the world. Another is that the Church is organized in dioceses, which tend to be city-specific. A third is that the organization reports in a hierarchical fashion, toward Rome. And a fourth, and final reason is that the Church prizes secrecy and avidly resists accountability to civil authorities.

For these reasons, in the United States stories that concern a local diocese tend to be picked up by local newspapers, and not as often by the national media. Still, the timing of three recent stories regarding clergy abuse - stories largely seen by the media as local, despite the fact that they concern a pressing nationwide issue -- counsels in favor of assessing the big picture at this time. The news is good and bad.

The Good News: Victims Are Increasingly Coming Forward

The good news is that victims are increasingly coming forward, finding each other, finding support, and seeking justice. Many are victims from decades ago, but certainly not all.

States like Delaware and California have encouraged victims to tell their stories by removing the statutes of limitations for bringing civil claims and opening the courthouse doors. Moreover, there is a movement afoot - a movement I strongly support -- to create such opportunities across the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

On A Flippant Attitude Toward the Diocese of Orange Sex Abuse Scandal

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra
September 18, 2008 10:42 AM

The Orange County Register published Peter Larsen's previous blog review of my Orange County: A Personal History book (go to the Yost tonight! 7pm! Corner of Third and Spurgeon in SanTana! 714-973-7900) in today's paper. Larsen didn't particularly like it and threw in a bunch of digs--it happens. I only take issue with one of his criticisms, involving a subject I've been covering for years: the Catholic Diocese of Orange sex-abuse scandal.

Here's an outraged Pedro:

In trying to be clever and cutting, he can go too far. We get that the whole alt-weekly deal is to push the envelope, spout off outrageous opinions, and try to get people riled up at the same time other people are laughing. Still, there’s a line that you sometimes might not want to cross. Like when Arellano lays into the Diocese of Orange for its piece of the priest abuse scandals, and refers to it as ”…the most horrific crime perpetuated in Orange County’s history, even more disgusting than Taco Bell: the rape of innocents.” Comparing mediocre Mexican food to molested kids? Does that really help make your point? Really?

Yes, Peter: yes it does. The Orange diocese sex-abuse scandal is so absurd in how county residents, politicians, and the law have never really given a shit about it that the only way to truly cover the story is by belittling it, by treating the Orange diocese hierarchy that covered everything up and its supporters as the jokers they are.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

BREAKING NEWS: CPS reports mother violated court restrictions

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Paul A. Anthony
Originally published 03:00 p.m., September 18, 2008

The polygamous-sect matriarch whose husband led the YFZ Ranch in Schleicher County has been uncooperative with child-welfare caseworkers and broken court-imposed communication restrictions between her and her 14-year-old daughter, according to a report filed last week in state district court in Tom Green County.

Barbara Jessop, who the state alleges allowed her daughter to be married at age 12 to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' self-styled prophet Warren Jeffs, lost custody of the girl last month after pleading the Fifth Amendment more than 50 times during a hearing.

The report is a routine progress check as the custody case against the family moves toward its scheduled Sept. 25 hearing. It alleges Jessop and the girl had 21 unsupervised telephone conversations in one week despite an order from 51st District Judge Barbara Walther restricting communication to weekly monitored phone calls and weekly one-on-one visits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Taking steps to remove the fear

OREGON
Canby Herald

By John Baker

Ending the secrecy and fear that surrounds child sexual abuse isn’t a pretty topic to talk about, but it’s one that needs attention.

Canby special education teacher Steve Fearing doesn’t just think that, he knows it. As a victim of abuse and a trailblazer of legal precedent in prosecuting those cases against the Catholic Church, Fearing said doing nothing about it is no longer acceptable.

To that end, he will participate in the inaugural Walk Across Oregon event. The event is traveling the length of Oregon in September, and Fearing will be part of the walk Sept. 14 and 21. The walk passes through Canby Sept. 24-25 on its way to Portland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Hikind Reports Second Reichman Allegation

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

by Hella Winston
Special To The Jewish Week

A second former student of Rabbi Avrohom Reichman alleged Tuesday that the Satmar yeshiva teacher sexually molested him as a child, State Assemblyman Dov Hikind reported this week.

But, reflecting an endemic problem known well by law enforcement authorities, Hikind said that despite his entreaties, the alleged victim and his family refuse to report the case to the police.

“Just an hour ago, I had a man here I know, who shocked me and told me that this same person molested his son,” Hikind said, referring to Rabbi Reichman. “I told him, come on, let’s go [to the authorities].” But, Hikind added, “He absolutely will not do anything.”

The father, “a chasidish guy from Williamsburg,” told Hikind that his son, is now “looking to get engaged” — a goal certain “to be imperiled due to the stigma of being a victim and the communal antipathy toward “informing” to the secular authorities, were he to go public with his charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Pedophiles and Ordination

ITALY
Zenit

ROME, SEPT. 17, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Answered by Legionary of Christ Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university.

Q: Is it true that three things necessary to validate any of the seven sacraments are: 1) proper substance, 2) proper form, and 3) proper intentions? If true, could a man who is secretly a "hopeless" pedophile enter and complete the course of study, never having revealed his lifestyle (through deliberate omission), and become ordained? If your answer is "Yes, this is a valid sacrament," then how do we explain the proper intentions requirement? Finally, do you think this scenario has ever come to pass, is the Church legally responsible for his later misconduct, and what is your solution? -- E.N., Penngrove, California

A: Our reader is correct regarding the general criteria for invalidating the sacraments. Some other sacraments have added criteria, but these three are common to all.

When the Church speaks of correct intention with respect to sacramental validity, the requirement is fairly minimal. It basically means that the person administrating the sacrament and the one receiving the sacrament want to administer and receive the sacrament as the Church understands it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Pastor spent €2m church cash on high life

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Thursday 18 September 2008

The former pastor of the Catholic church in the village of Gulpen in Limburg stole €2.5m from church funds, reports Thursday's Volkskrant.

According to the church’s lawyer, Joep Haffmans spent all but €600,000 of the money on wine, women, cars, expensive clothes and foreign travel before his death last July at the age of 64.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Former church publisher tried for embezzlement

POLAND
PR-Inside (Austria)

2008-09-18 14:46:59 -

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - The former head of a church-owned publisher in Poland has gone on trial on charges of embezzling some 67 million zlotys (US$30 million), money laundering and tax evasion.

The defendant _ identified only as the Rev. Zbigniew B. _ led the Stella Maris publisher until 2002. The publisher is owned by the Roman Catholic diocese of Gdansk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Attorney targeting personnel records

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Union-Tribune

By Sandi Dolbee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

September 18, 2008

One year after the San Diego Catholic diocese agreed to pay $198 million to settle more than 100 sexual abuse cases, an attorney will go to court today to try to block the release of personnel files of priests and others accused of wrongdoing.

San Diego attorney Robert Jassoy is asking a Los Angeles judge for a two-month postponement so he can ask the state appeals court to rule on the legality of releasing previously confidential files. The postponement, Jassoy wrote in court papers filed on behalf of seven of the alleged abusers, “is necessary to prevent irreparable injury and protect the individuals' interests.”

Advertisement Attorneys and advocates for the 144 men and women who settled last September with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego called the petition a stall tactic and suggested church officials are behind it. As part of the settlement, the diocese agreed to make the offenders' histories public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

'Bishop' faces teen-sex rap

NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Daily News

By JASON NARK
Philadelphia Daily News
narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231

Charles B. Brinson, of Burlington County, says that he has spread God's word all over the world.
Law-enforcement officials say that he also traveled to Philadelphia several times to pick up a 15-year-old boy that they say he was sexually assaulting.

Sources say that Brinson, 48, of Florence, also may have spread the HIV virus, which he told authorities that he had after his arrest Saturday in Trenton.

N.J. State Police say that Brinson used the title "bishop," and is affiliated with Brinson Memorial Church, in Trenton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Burlco pastor charged with sexual assault of boy

NEW JERSEY
Courier-Post

Courier-Post staff • September 18, 2008

A church pastor has been arrested on charges involving the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, authorities said.

On Saturday, detectives from the New Jersey State Police Fugitive Unit arrested Charles B. Brinson, 48, of Florence, in the driver's seat of the Brinson Church van in Trenton.

Brinson serves as pastor of Brinson Memorial Church and uses the title of Bishop.

He also is associated with other churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Putnam pastor pleads guilty to sex assault

WINFIELD (WV)
The Charleston Gazette

By Veronica Nett
Staff writer
WINFIELD - A former Putnam County pastor accused of videotaping himself sexually abusing three relatives and his stepdaughter pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual assault Wednesday.

Paul D. Smeltzer, 40, of Scott Depot, pleaded guilty to videotaping himself sexually abusing his 7-year-old niece in January 2007.

He also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting his stepdaughter in May 2004. She was 12 at the time of the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Ex-youth pastor faces kid porn charges

GASTON (IN)
The Star Press

By DOUGLAS WALKER • dwalker@muncie.gannett.com • September 18, 2008

GASTON -- A rural Delaware County man who once worked as a youth pastor has been apprehended by federal authorities on charges related to child pornography.

Charles S. "Chuck" Miller, 48, 10880 W. Bethel Ave., Gaston, is charged in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis with two counts of "receiving visual depictions of minors engaging in sexual explicit conduct by means of a computer," and one count of possession of a computer containing such images.

The first two charges carry possible sentences of 20 years in federal prison and $250,000 fines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Priest accused of sex abuse

VICTORIA (TX)
Victoria Advocate

BY MADELINE LEWIS - MLEWIS@VICA.COM
September 17, 2008 - 10:57 p.m.
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Victoria confirmed Wednesday a former pastor there is accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. David L. Colella, a Trinitarian priest, worked at Our Lady of Sorrows between 1981 and 1990, the Rev. Stan DeBoe said. The abuse is alleged to have occurred 18 years ago during his tenure at the church.

DeBoe said he did not know the gender or age of Colella’s accuser at the time of the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

September 17, 2008

N.J. pastor charged with crimes against teen

TRENTON (NJ)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Allison Steele
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

New Jersey state police have arrested a Trenton pastor on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy the pastor allegedly met in Philadelphia.

Charles Brinson, 48, who leads the Brinson Memorial Church and is also associated with other churches, was arrested on Saturday in Trenton after police officers found him in his church's van.

Philadelphia police had issued arrest warrants for Brinson alleging that, earlier this year, Brinson picked the boy up in Philadelphia, then drove the boy to Brinson's home in Florence, Burlington County.

Brinson, who police said uses the title of "bishop" in his church, was charged with felony solicitation, felony contact with a minor and misdemeanor corruption of a minor, among other charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 PM

Trenton Pastor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Boy

NEW JERSEY
NBC 10

PHILADELPHIA -- The pastor of a New Jersey church has been charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy, authorities said.

Pastor Charles Brinson was arrested by the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force. He leads the Brinson Memorial Church in Trenton, N.J., and is associated with other churches.

Police said Brinson picked up the 15-year-old boy in Philadelphia and took him to his home in Florence, N.J., and sexually assaulted him earlier this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

N.J. Bishop Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Minor

TRENTON (NJ)
CBS 3

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS 3) ― A well-known bishop from a Trenton church was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Charles B. Brinson, 48, of Florence, was arrested while in the driver's seat of the Brinson Church van in Trenton, New Jersey on Saturday. Brinson is a leading pastor of the Brinson Memorial Church, a church he founded.

He was taken into custody on warrants issued by the Philadelphia Police Department.

The bishop has been arrested on warrants based on the sexual assault of a juvenile that Brinson picked up in Philadelphia and transported to his home in Florence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

N.J. Bishop Arrested On Sex Charges

PLAINFIELD (NJ)
WBS

Reporting
Christine Sloan

PLAINFIELD, N.J. (CBS) ― Serious charges have been levied against the pastor of a New Jersey church.

Bishop George Benbow is accused of sexually abusing several young girls. Parishioners are stunned by his arrest.

He has been the pastor of the Christian Fellowship Gospel Church in Plainfield for decades and is married with children.

But the prosecutor said Benbow abused six girls inside his church and in his own home during the past seven years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Pastor charged with aggravated incest

LOUISIANA
Monroe News Star

By Laura Johnson • ljohnson@monroe.gannett.com • September 17, 2008

A pastor at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Jonesboro is facing charges following allegations he had a sexual relationship with his ex-wife’s juvenile daughter before they divorced.

Ouachita Parish deputies arrested Laron D. Williams, 30, 24 Front Royal Terrace Drive, Monroe, was charged with aggravated incest.

He was booked at Ouachita Correctional Center on Tuesday. Bond is $25,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

Is diocesan controller, Karen Jassoy, any relation to Robert K Jassoy, attorney fighting release of pedophile priest files?

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By City of Angels

This just in: "“When Katzman, the trustee, noted that an annual audit of church finances last June omitted $38 million in stocks and bonds that were listed in the bankruptcy papers, the (San Diego) diocesan controller, Karen Jassoy, responded...." Uh, does anyone hear the sound of attorneys bouncing up against each other with conflicting interests? Here is the letter Debra Bodkin faxed to Robert K. Jassoy in San Diego today.

Dear Mr. Jassoy: I am a public advocate for survivors of sex crimes committed by employees supervised by religious institutions, their families and mandated reporters. Apparently, there is an ex parte hearing scheduled for tomorrow, as referenced above. As a concerned Catholic wife, mother and American citizen, you have the duty to conduct your legal representations of “Specially Appearing Individuals” and the San Diego Diocese, as an officer of the court, free of any and all financial, religious, personal and/or government conflicts of interest.

However, after reviewing an article in the LA Times relating to the Diocese of San Diego financial records, which was published on April 21, 2007, the following information appeared in the article: “. . . When Katzman, the trustee, noted that an annual audit of church finances last June omitted $38 million in stocks and bonds that were listed in the bankruptcy papers, the diocesan controller, Karen Jassoy, responded: 'In light of everything, I don’t believe that the June 30 statements are correct.'"

Based on the fact that the San Diego Diocesan controller has your last name, it appears you should immediately withdraw your legal representations of the Diocese of San Diego and “Specially Appearing Individuals” to avoid an appearance of any conflict of interest in a court of law. It is imperative that all steps to prevent further irreparable harm to the parties involved, which are inevitable based on judicial abuse and/or legal conflicts of interest, be resolved before tomorrow’s hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Church fights release of LA files, hearing tomorrow in Elias court. Church claims no agreement to release anything, stop everything until they appeal

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling.

Surprise. Church Attorneys increase their full frontal attack to prevent release of LA pedophile priest personnel files in court tomorrow morning with an ex parte request filed September 15th and set for a hearing September 18th, 8:30 AM, Judge Emilie Elias’ Court (address below), a hearing arranged so quickly, it is not even on the public calendar.

A source told City of Angels: "They already have a stay in San Diego. They're trying to stop this process from going through at all, to have the release of documents put on hold for 60 days so (Church Attorney) Jassoy has time to go to the Court of Appeals."

The Catholic Church now argues: The 2007 settlements do not define and spell out how persnonel files will be released, or even if they will be released. The entire issue is up for argument.

“The Settlement Agreement and related stipulation do not reference the time period following issuance of the Order of Reference within which the personnel files must be sent to Judge Pate. (reviewing San Diego files). Paragraph 1I(a)(vii) to the stipulation / settlement agreement merely states that ‘the parties will immediately work with the Jurist to expedite review of the Files and the documents subpoenaed from Third Parties regarding the Accused offenders.’” So reads Notice of Ex Parte Application Requesting a Stay of Enforcement for this Court Order of Reference (which means stop the release of personnel files, or even the examining of personnel files to consider their release) submitted by attorney Robert K. Jassoy of San Diego, attorney for: “Specially Appearing Individuals.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

San Diego Diocese Wants to Delay Releasing Priest Files

SAN DIEGO (CA)
CW 6 News

SAN DIEGO -- A lawyer for Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse is asking a judge to postpone the release of his clients' confidential files to the court for two months.

Attorney Robert Jassoy says in court papers filed this week that he needs the time to ask a state appeals court to review the legality of the planned release. Jassoy represents priests from the Diocese of San Diego who are accused of sexual abuse.

That diocese and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles reached separate multimillion dollar settlements with clergy abuse victims last year. Both agreements called for the church to turn over the private files to an independent judge for possible public release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

DCF Closes Camp Tracey Investigation

JACKSONVILLE (FL)
First Coast News

Posted By: Ryan Duffy

JACKSONVILLE, FL -- Two months after arrests at Camp Tracey in Baker County for child abuse the state's investigation has been closed. The Department Of Children and Families says no evidence of abuse was found.

But a possible criminal prosecution is still pending against camp staff member John Wilson who was arrested for child abuse in July.

The Baker County State Attorney's office says they are still doing interviews and collecting evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Lawyer moves to block release of files on priests

SAN DIEGO (CA)
Union-Tribune

By Sandi Dolbee
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

11:27 a.m. September 17, 2008

More than a year after the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego agreed to pay $198 million to 144 men and women who were sexually abused as children, an attorney has filed a court petition to try to block the release of files involving accused priests.

The settlement last September included assurances that the histories of the accused offenders would be made public. But in court papers filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, San Diego attorney Robert Jassoy has asked for a two-month postponement to give him time to get the court of appeals to rule on the legality of making them public.

Advertisement Attorneys for the victims called Jassoy's petition a stall tactic and openly questioned who was paying Jassoy for his work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Pastor Charged With Sexually Assaulting Child

PLAINFIELD (NJ)
WNBC

PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- A New Jersey pastor has been arrested on charges he sexually assaulted a child younger than 13 years old.

George Benbow, 56, is a bishop at the Christian Fellowship Gospel Church in Plainfield.

Benbow was arrested without incident at the church around 10:30 a.m. and is being held at the Union County Jail on $150,000 bail.

He was charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault on a minor younger than 13 years old. He was also charged with two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor younger than 16, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Celebrated Plainfield priest charged with sexual assault

PLAINFIELD (NJ)
Home News Tribune

BRANDON LAUSCH • STAFF WRITER • September 17, 2008

PLAINFIELD —UPDATE -- A celebrated city pastor who founded the Christian Fellowship Gospel Church is facing sexual assault charges on a minor after his arrest Wednesday, authorities said.

Bishop George C. Benbow, 56, is charged with four counts of second-degree sexual assault on a minor younger than 13, authorities said.

He is also charged with two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor younger than 16, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Child sex abuse charges against Plainfield bishop

PLAINFIELD (NJ)
philly.com

The Associated Press

PLAINFIELD, N.J. - A bishop taken into custody at his Plainfield church is facing child sex abuse charges.

Union County authorities said 46-year-old George Benbow was arrested Wednesday morning at the Christian Fellowship Gospel Church, where he serves as a pastor. He was being held on $150,000 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Brooklyn, NY - ‘Shame,’ And Community Not Ready to Listen Led to Dr. Twerski’s Resignation. Hikind: “I

NEW YORK
Voz Iz Neias

Published on: 09-17-08

NY - New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind pledges to press on with an effort to end child sexual abuse in the Orthodox community despite the sudden resignation of the leader of his newly formed task force.

“If you have a conscience, how can you not address this?” Hikind told The Jewish Star after Rabbi Benzion Twerski, a clinical psychologist, announced his resignation on Sept. 10, less than a week after Hikind tapped him to lead the task force. “I am committed to those in pain. I will not stop.”

In an hour-long interview, Rabbi Twerski stated that he resigned because he felt that his adult children were being pressured from within their Chasidic community over his public dealings with the issue of sexual abuse. He said his children asked him to resign.

Plainfield pastor charged with sex abuse

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

by The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
Wednesday September 17, 2008, 11:26 AM

A pastor of a Plainfield church was arrested today and charged with several counts of child sex abuse, authorities said.

George Benbow, 46, was arrested at 10:30 a.m. at the Christian Fellowship Gospel Church in Plainfield, where he is a bishop, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.

Authorities began investigating Benbow in July 2008 after residents contacted police. Investigators say the alleged abuse occurred on church grounds between 2000 and 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 PM

Controversial Serbian bishop's woes follow him from US

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Barney Zwartz
September 18, 2008

A SERBIAN bishop who was forcibly retired in the US after a revolt by his clergy is working in Victoria, where his presence has divided the Serbian Orthodox community.

Bishop Nikolai Soraich was removed as bishop of Alaska by the Orthodox Church in America this year after two investigations upheld a litany of complaints, including that he appointed to the clergy in Alaska a man jailed for sexual abuse of minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Kelso pastor's child sexual assault case becomes 'very interesting'

KELSO (WA)
The Daily News

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 11:53 PM PDT
By Thacher Schmid
tschmid@tdn.com

The child sexual assault scandal surrounding a Kelso pastor and an immigrant church in Portland called The Peach House is spreading.

Maximo Ake-Be, senior pastor of a humble Pine Street storefront church called Iglesia de Dios in Kelso, was arrested for rape June 26 at his Kelso home.

In late August, another Peach House leader, Manuel Taboada, was charged with similar crimes in Honolulu, Hawaii, Portland police said Monday. Manuel Guillermo Taboada, 56, nicknamed "Memo," is accused of first- and second-degree sexual assault for allegedly molesting a member of a family that belonged to his ministry in Hawaii.

Ake-Be's alleged sexual assaults occurred between 1998 and 2000 at The Peach House, a private in-home church in Northeast Portland, where Portland Police Detective Mace Winter says Taboada was the "main" pastor and Ake-Be an "associate" pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Priest's prison time delayed again

CONNECTICUT
The Advocate

Staff Reports
Article Launched: 09/17/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT

A federal judge again delayed the surrender date for a former priest convicted of stealing more than $1 million from his Darien church.

Michael Jude Fay, a former pastor of St. John Roman Catholic Church on the Post Road, last year pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. He was to report to the Federal Medical Center in North Carolina to begin serving a three-year sentence today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Regarding Allegation Against Reverend David L. Colella, O.SS.T.

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Archdiocese of Philadelphia

The Order of the Most Holy Trinity (The Trinitarians), a religious congregation, has this past week notified the Archdiocese of Philadelphia of an allegation that Reverend David L. Colella, O.SS.T. committed sexual abuse approximately twenty years ago when he served in the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. Upon learning from the Trinitarians of the allegation, Cardinal Justin Rigali withdrew Father Colella's faculties to exercise his priestly ministry in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The Trinitarians have informed the Archdiocese that this is the first allegation against Father Colella and that he has denied it. He has left the Archdiocese and returned to the Trinitarians' Provincialate in Baltimore, MD pending a canonical investigation by the Trinitarians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Former Delray pastor changes counsel three months before grand theft trial to commence

FLORIDA
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

By Missy Diaz | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
September 17, 2008
Three months before jury selection is to begin in the grand-theft case against two former pastors of Delray Beach's St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, one of the priests has changed attorneys.

The Rev. Francis Guinan, 65, asked Circuit Judge Sandra McSorley on Tuesday for permission to substitute well-known defense attorney David Roth for Richard Barlow, of Stuart.

Roth appeared at Tuesday's hearing and said he and Guinan had a difference of opinion about how to defend the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

All Dover's Catholic parishes told to merge

DOVER (NH)
Foster's Daily Democrat

By CONOR MAKEM
cmakem@fosters.com

DOVER — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester plans to merge St. Joseph, St. Mary and St. Charles parishes in Dover and the Chapel of the Nativity in Barrington.

Citing a decrease in parish priests, as well as changing demographics throughout the state, the diocese assigned 31 Cluster Task Forces across the state to "make recommendations to the Bishop about the impact that the loss of clergy and other changes may have on the vibrancy, identity and even existence of their parishes," a Cluster Task Force report stated.

There is no specific timeline set, but Patrick McGee, a spokesman for the diocese, expects a merger would occur by 2012. There also is not a consensus on where Catholics would gather for Mass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Seminar helps clergy ward off sexual predators

OREGON
Mail Tribune

September 17, 2008

By Sanne Specht
Mail Tribune

Ministers, priests, rabbis and church elders can learn how to protect their faithful against predatory sex offenders during a clergy-based informational seminar planned Tuesday at Table Rock Fellowship.

The church community is designed to offer trust, acceptance and forgiveness — a perfect trinity of psychological factors that can be twisted by sex abusers for use against victims, said Michael Fansler, seminar trainer and retired Jackson County parole officer.

"Sex offenders are highly manipulative and would naturally gravitate to this type of environment. But if we flat told offenders they could not worship, we would be sued," said Fansler, who spent 16 years dealing with the sex offender population before his retirement in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

93 charges for ex-chaplain

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
17/09/2008 10:13:00 AM
SIXTEEN students had allegedly been sexually assaulted while under the authority of a former St Stanislaus' College chaplain, it was revealed this week when 93 charges were laid in the Bathurst Local Court.

Former chaplain Brian Joseph Spillane, 65, is facing most of 125 charges levelled against three former members of the Vincentian teaching order at the college.

Some of the allegations include inciting group sex between students at late-night prayer sessions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

U.S. Catholics pray for more priests

UNITED STATES
Reuters

Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:55pm EDT

By Jason Szep

WELLESLEY, Massachusetts (Reuters) - The sign outside St. James Church in the affluent Boston suburb of Wellesley sums up Catholicism's deepening struggles in the United States.

"Still searching for a priest," it reads. Another sign affixed to its thick doors pleads: "Save St. James."

Facing dwindling congregations, shifting demographics and a drain on cash from settling sexual abuse lawsuits, Roman Catholic churches are shuttering at a quickening pace in a traditional stronghold, the U.S. Northeast.

The trend underscores a growing problem facing the U.S. Catholic church: too many parishes in the Northeast and not enough for growing Hispanic populations in the Southwest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Lawyer asks for delay in release of priests' files

SAN DIEGO (CA)
San Jose Mercury News

The Associated Press
Article Launched: 09/16/2008 08:25:23 PM PDT

SAN DIEGO—A lawyer for Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse is asking a judge to postpone the release of his clients' confidential files to the court for two months.

Attorney Robert Jassoy says in court papers filed this week that he needs the time to ask a state appeals court to review the legality of the planned release. Jassoy represents priests from the Diocese of San Diego who are accused of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Appeals Court Dismisses Priest Sex Abuse Case

MEMPHIS (TN)
The Daily News

BILL DRIES | The Daily News

A 2006 lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis alleging sexual abuse by a Memphis priest was dismissed Tuesday by the Tennessee Court of Appeals.

The court ruled in the case of a man who claimed that Father Daniel DuPree sexually abused him while the man was a teenager in Memphis during the mid-1980s.

The ruling reverses an April 2007 decision by Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Robert Childers, who denied a motion by the diocese to dismiss the lawsuit. The church contended the statute of limitations had already passed for a civil claim. Childers disagreed and the church appealed his ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Diocese takes its case to tribunal

SACRAMENTO (CA)
Sacramento Bee

By Jennifer Garza - jgarza@sacbee.com
Published 12:00 am PDT Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Story appeared in OUR REGION section, Page B2

In an unusual move, the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento has asked a church tribunal to settle a three-year $1.5 million dispute with a religious order.

That's how much money the diocese believes the Western Dominican Province based in Oakland should pay for the actions of the Rev. Jerome Henson, a priest with the order.

Henson worked at St. Dominic's Church in Benecia in early 1980s. He is accused of molesting a 13-year-old former altar boy in a Benicia cemetery in 1981. He is also accused of molesting another boy.

"It's been three years of discussion, and there hasn't been a lot of movement," said Kevin Eckery, diocesan spokesman. "The bishop feels strongly that since this was a Dominican priest, then they (the order) should take responsibility and step up."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

September 16, 2008

Appeals court dismisses sex abuse suit

TENNESSEE
Fox 17

September 16, 2008 14:58 EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee appeals court has dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese in Memphis.

The suit was filed two years ago by a 37-year-old man -- identified only as John Doe -- who said he was sexually abused when he was a teenager by the Rev. Daniel DuPree, who was a priest at Church of the Resurrection, in Memphis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

COURT REPORT: Appeals court dismisses sex-abuse suit

TENNESSEE
Memphis Commercial Appeal

By Lawrence Buser, Memphis Commercial Appeal
Originally published 12:05 p.m., September 16, 2008
Updated 01:58 p.m., September 16, 2008

A suit filed by a Memphis man who claimed he was sexually abused as a teen by a Catholic priest was dismissed today by the Tennessee Court of Appeals which ruled the statute of limitations had passed.

The suit filed by John Doe, now 39, against the Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of Memphis alleged that the diocese was negligent in hiring the priest, Father Daniel DuPree, and in failing to disclose its knowledge that the priest had abused other boys.

The appeals court did not dispute the allegations of abuse, but agreed with the diocese that under Tennessee law the one-year statute of limitations began to run when John Doe turned 18 in February of 1987. The complaint was filed in Circuit Court here in 2006.

“Had the Diocese been asked about Father DuPree’s prior offenses in 1987, we cannot know whether the diocese would have been forthcoming in response to such inquiries,” wrote Judge Holly Kirby, who was joined by Judge Alan Highers on the two-judge panel. “Had Doe requested such information and been refused, ‘our decision might be different.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

The Mass Is Ended

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Best of New Orleans

By Jason Berry

In the litigious aftermath of the Catholic Church's sex-abuse scandal, New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes testified in a deposition that "we bishops have pledged ourselves to conduct business in the open as much as possible. That pledge has changed the way we operate and are now operating."

Hughes' "business in the open" pledge has not applied to the latest archdiocesan plan for closing parishes, however. Today a bitter chasm divides lay leaders of several parishes who accuse the archdiocese of deceptive dealings with them. Hughes has refused requests to negotiate with groups that have proposed alternative plans. He likewise shuns almost all interview requests, including several for this report.

Meanwhile, angry parishioners at St. Henry's parish have threatened to occupy their church to keep it open, positioning themselves as part of a national movement of Catholics resisting church closures — and questioning bishops about turning churches into marketable real estate.

A priest familiar with the archdiocese's internal workings says the local church hierarchy is "seriously worried about money." His take on the problem: "Insurance is going up and they don't know how to deal with it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

On the Spiritual Perils of Religion Writing: Q&A with Rod Dreher

UNITED STATES
Religion Writer

Andrea Useem

As a journalist, writing in the first person is still pretty new for me. But starting this site, blogging professionally and generally entering the Web 2.0 world is essential for my professional survival, and reading Romenesko, the daily round-up of media-industry news, reminds me of that fact daily. On the one hand, it’s freeing to write from the heart, share my opinions and borrow from my own life when I need an interesting lead. On the other hand, I have this feeling of creeping out onto a frozen pond, never quite sure when the ice will break, and I’ll fall through, suddenly finding every opinion I’ve admitted to online has now become a personal or professional liability. ...

Because all of us “straight” journalists are now, intentionally or not, becoming opinion journalists too, I wanted to get some perspective — dare I say wisdom? — from someone who has lived as an opinion journalist in religion for a long time: Rod Dreher. Author of the 2006 book Crunchy Cons, Dreher is an editorial writer and columnist for the Dallas Morning News, and his Beliefnet.com blog, Crunchy Con, regularly generates heated discussion among commenters. I asked him about his decision to share his religious life with the world, and how that process has affected his family, his life and his role as a journalist.

Andrea Useem: “Orthodoxy and Me,” your 5,700-word posting on how and why you converted from Catholicism to Eastern Orthodoxy, has been your most highly trafficked and most-commented-on post to date. Why did you decide to make that personal choice public on your blog almost two years ago now?

Rod Dreher: I felt that I owed it to my readers. I converted to Catholicism back in 1993, and since then I had made my Catholicism a central part of my journalism. When the sex-abuse scandal broke in 2002, I took a role front-and-center writing about it, advocating for reform and castigating the bishops. That role as a Catholic reformer came to define who I was for a lot of my readers. So when I lost my Catholic faith, and ended up moving to Eastern Orthodoxy, I felt I had a professional obligation to my readers to explain why. But I also wanted it to be a confession and a warning to others. I had been very prideful about my Catholic faith and had really thought that, as a Catholic, I was on the intellectual A-Team of Christianity in America. I depended on intellectuality, if that’s a word, to sustain me. Well, I was wrong about that. And I wanted to own up in public to my own responsibility for what happened to me, and not just blame the bishops and the bad priests. There were things that I did or failed to do that resulted in me losing my Catholic faith. If I had been a different kind of Catholic, I might have been able to withstand the time of testing and done what I believe is my duty as a journalist and as a Christian to defend the defenseless and speak out against injustice without blowing up my own faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Man says he was sexually abused by priest

NEW JERSEY
Ashbury Park Press

[with video]

By PAULA SCULLY • STAFF WRITER • September 16, 2008

LITTLE EGG HARBOR — A Bass River man identified himself Monday as the victim of sexual abuse by a Roman Catholic priest, saying he did so as part of his healing and with the hope that other victims will come forward.

Chris Naples, 37, alleged that the Rev. Terence O. McAlinden, known as Father Mac, had "groomed, controlled and raped" him for more than 10 years.

Naples spoke outside St. Theresa's Roman Catholic Church on Radio Road where McAlinden, 66, had served as pastor and where Naples said the priest introduced him to his future wife, performed Naples' marriage ceremony and also baptized his children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Former US priest quits HK school after alleged sex charges

HONG KONG
Macau Daily Times

Tuesday, 16 September 2008
A former priest quit a Hong Kong school after a parent accidentally found websites that claimed he had been charged with molesting a boy 50 times in the United States, reports said yesterday.

The man, aged in his late-50s, had been hired by Pegasus Primary School for more than a year to design curriculum and tell stories at the school library, Chinese newspapers Mingpao and The Sun reported. ...

A website called BishopAccountability.org carries a report claiming he was charged with molesting a 14-year-old about 50 times between 1999 and 2001 when he was a pastor in Rochester, New York, the papers said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Leeds diocese pays out victims of paedophile priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Evening Post

Published Date:
16 September 2008
By Paul Robinson
EXCLUSIVE

SEVEN victims of a paedophile priest have won a fight for compensation from the Catholic Church in Leeds.

The men took legal action against Leeds diocese over abuse at the hands of Father Neil Gallanagh at St John's School for the Deaf near Wetherby in the 1970s.
Now the diocese has agreed out-of-court settlements with the men, now in their 40s. No details are being made public on the sum they have received – though the YEP understands it is "significant".

Previous reports said the claimants each stood to get as much as £50,000 if they succeeded in proving wilful neglect by the diocese. The case of an eighth man is still ongoing.

The action has been led by David Greenwood, a solicitor with Dewsbury-based law firm Jordans.
He said today: "No amount of money will ever make up for what happened to these men. That does not mean, however, that they should not be compensated for their ordeals."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Priest's lead role on panel disputed

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By JEREMY HAY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

An advocacy and support group for people sexually abused by Catholic priests is challenging a veteran priest's lead role in assessing abuse allegations against clergy in the Santa Rosa Diocese.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, wants Monsignor John Brenkle -- who was once accused and cleared of abusing a middle-school-age boy -- to be removed as chairman of the diocese's Lay Review Board.

"The fact that Monsignor Brenkle has had an accusation against him, it is conflict of interest, certainly for him to be chair and, personally, I think even to be a member" of the board, said Mary Pitcher, a SNAP member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Ex-chaplain's sex arrest raises local fears

PASSAIC (NJ)
The Record

BY JOHN CHADWICK
STAFF WRITER

Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are urging a Passaic hospital to spread the word about a former chaplain who was arrested earlier this year for sexually abusing a child in another state.

The Rev. Robert Yurgel, a Roman Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, was working as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital when he was arrested last April on charges he had sex in 1999 with a 14-year-old boy in Charlotte, N.C.

“We think the hospital should check with staff or with former patients who might have come into contact with Yurgel to find out if anybody saw anything that was out of place,” said Mark Crawford, director of the New Jersey chapter of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. “We are very concerned that he had ample opportunity for contact with minors.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Oprah Winfrey goes after Internet predators, pleads with America to support Child Protection Act. Ill. Sens. Obama and Durbin support bill.

UNITED STATES
Chicago Sun-Times

By Mark Bieganskion September 15, 2008

Chances are they're sitting next you in church. They live next door to you. They're professional maniulators.

They're Internet child predators. And they're a bigger problem than Oprah Winfrey and you probably ever imagined.

Winfrey pleaded Monday with America to take a stand against child pornography and predators -- an issue that's exploded far more than most of us ever could have imagined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Man claims there are 60 victims

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
16/09/2008 10:34:00 AM
A MAN who claimed to have been one 60 alleged victims of paedophiles at St Stanislaus' College said yesterday he did not want to see abusive brothers and priests get away with what they did at the school.

The now 34-year-old who identified himself first made accusations against the teachers at the college as a 13-year-old in 1986.

"I was in Year 7 and expelled for making my first complaint," the young man told assembled media outside Bathurst Court House.

When pressed by reporters as to how he had been abused the man said "in every way."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

St Stanislaus' old boys rally to defend school

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
16/09/2008 10:36:00 AM
OLD Boys of St Stanislaus' College were yesterday rallying behind the school, including a Bathurst solicitor who told the media outside Bathurst Court House he saw nothing during his time as a student there.

Mark Ireland joined with Sydney barrister Greg Walsh in saying the allegations against former college chaplain Brian Joseph Spillane, former college bursar John Francis Gaven and former college president Peter William Dwyer were a "witch hunt".

After Mr Walsh said allegations against teachers at St Stanislaus' had wider ramifications for the Bathurst community, he went on to say "this has polarised the wider Bathurst community".

"What's been reported in papers, radio and TV has seen students who attended St Stanislaus' vilified," Mr Walsh said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Silencing dissent, hushing up scandal

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

By MICHAEL J. SALAMON

Two items recently crossed my desk. The first was an article that appeared in The Jerusalem Post written by Matthew Wagner entitled "Haredim move to silence 'treif' music". It was about a movement to ban musicians who produce or perform any music which the Guardians of Sanctity and Education deem inappropriate. Musicians playing such music would be banned from playing in wedding halls, their CDs would be banned and their concerts disallowed.

The other item was a breaking news piece from JTA indicating that Rabbi Benzion Twerski had resigned from a task force in formation being brought together to deal with sexual abuse in the Orthodox community. New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, also an Orthodox Jew, is establishing the task force to deal with this scourge. Twerski resigned because of the many threats against him and his family made by several individuals from his community.

When taken together these two items suggest such a profound and disturbing conflict regarding the current goals of the Orthodox world, of which I am a member. If music is so important, is not the emotional welfare of members of the community even more so? How can music be a threat and abuse not be? While some may argue that this is not the message to be learned, that the insular community is seeking ways to deal with the sexual abuse problem discreetly, it is clearly not so when someone as prominent and discreet as Twerski can be so horrifically threatened. But, he is not the only one to receive threats. Apparently so have musicians. The canceling of a recent concert is evidence of this.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Sale of property to Diocese handled with care

VENICE (FL)
Herald Tribune

STEVE and JULIE CARR GUEST COLUMNISTS

We have submitted the following so that concerned citizens may have the accurate facts surrounding the pending sale of 500 West Venice Avenue to the Diocese of Venice. As owners of the property, we are deeply disturbed by the tone, innuendo and sensationalism of the Herald-Tribune news articles and a column.

The property at 500 West Venice Avenue was listed for sale in November 2007, and a large sign was placed in the front yard. We entered into a sales contract with the Diocese of Venice on June 30, subject to due diligence and other conditions as is customary with a commercial sale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Disgraced US priest teaches in 10 Hong Kong schools without checks

HONG KING
Earthtimes

Hong Kong - A US priest accused of molesting a 14-year-old boy said in an interview Tuesday that he had moved to Hong Kong and taught in 10 schools without any background checks being carried out. Dennis Sewar, 57, resigned from his position at a Hong Kong primary school where he taught English last Friday after parents found out about his criminal past by doing checks on the internet.

Sewar was charged with third-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child in Rochester, New York, after allegedly molesting a 14-year-old boy around 50 times between 1999 and 2001.

He last year pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of endangering the welfare of a child, meaning he did not have to register as a sex offender, and came to Hong Kong after serving a year's probation.

In an interview with Tuesday's South China Morning Post, Sewar said he was never asked about his past when he took up a succession of part-time teaching posts from August 2007 onwards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Man wants priest defrocked, claiming sex abuse in Little Egg Harbor Township

NEW JERSEY
Press of Atlantic City

By ROB SPAHR Staff Writer, 609-978-2012

Published: Tuesday, September 16, 2008

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - After spending a year in anonymity, the 37-year-old Bass River Township man who accused a popular St. Theresa's Parish priest of sexual abuse last year went public Monday to call on the Diocese of Trenton to defrock his alleged abuser.
Chris Naples, surrounded by family and friends at the entrance to St. Theresa's Parish on Radio Road, recounted how he met the Rev. Terence O. McAlinden in the spring of 1985 while at a weekend retreat at the Jeremiah Retreat House in Keyport, Monmouth County.

Naples said McAlinden started sexually abusing him soon afterward aboard his boat, the "Poorbox," and continued the abuse for more than a decade.

"Keeping this secret almost killed me," said Naples, adding that he gathered his family and friends last year and told them all of his secret at the same time.

"I was devastated and horrified," his wife, Patty, said.

McAlinden introduced the couple, married them and baptized their two children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Late priest accused of more child sex abuse

FORT WORTH (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth has reported two more credible accusations of child sex abuse by the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer.

Father Zimmerer was a Benedictine Order priest who served at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur from 1975 to 1981. He died in 1983.

Late last month, the diocese received what an investigation showed was a credible accusation that in 1978, Father Zimmerer sexually abused an 11-year-old boy who belonged to the Decatur church. The victim is now 42 and lives out of state, the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Allegations against priest surface

PENNSYLVANIA
Bucks County Courier Times

By GEMA MARIA DUARTE
Bucks County Courier Times

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced allegations that a priest recently living in Bristol committed sexual abuse about 20 years ago while serving in Victoria, Texas.

The Rev. David L. Colella, has been removed from public ministry at St. Ann Catholic Church and placed in a Maryland monastery, since the Order of the Most Holy Trinity or the Trinitarians was notified of the allegation Sept. 9, the Rev. Tom Burke of Maryland said Monday. Burke is the vice president of legal affairs for the U.S. Province of Trinitarians.

“The order is conducting an investigation in accord with its code of conduct and the church law,” Burke said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

September 15, 2008

Facing trial by the media

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
16/09/2008 10:37:00 AM
TWO former Vincentian brothers and a priest at St Stanislaus' College facing a total of 125 sex charges have already been tried by police and the media, a barrister for two of the men said yesterday.

Sydney barrister Greg Walsh is representing former college chaplain Brian Joseph Spillane, 65, who is facing 93 charges, and former bursar John Francis Gaven, 66, who is facing 28 charges.

A third man, former college president Peter William Dwyer, 65, faces four charges.

Spillane was the only one of the three accused to appear at Bathurst Court House yesterday when Mr Walsh expressed his concerns about the handling of the case by police and the media, saying they "might not get a fair defence".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Sex offenders' register vital to protect children

HONG KONG
South China Morning Post

Sep 16, 2008
Former US Catholic Church pastor Dennis Sewar came to Hong Kong to start a new life after a child sex scandal in which he pleaded guilty to a non-sexual charge in return for the dropping of a more serious offence. He argues that he did nothing wrong and that the climate in his country involving priests and sexual abuse is biased. No matter whether he is right or wrong, parents at the local schools that gave him work have a right to be concerned. As long as there are doubts about a person's background, they should not be employed in places where those in their charge could be put at risk....

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Witch-hunt accusation in paedophile case

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

BY AMY COOPES

16/09/2008 12:00:00 AM
The former principal, vice-principal and chaplain of a NSW boys' boarding school have pleaded not guilty to involvement in a paedophile ring, with their lawyer labelling the case a ''witch-hunt''.

Peter William Dwyer, John Gaven and Brian Spillane are at the centre of paedophilia claims made by a group of former students of Bathurst's St Stanislaus Catholic College.

Dwyer, 65, and Gaven, 66, were principal and vice-principal of the central west NSW school when they are alleged to have indecently assaulted teenage boys in their care in the 1970s and '80s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

2 new sex abuse allegations made against deceased priest

FORT WORTH (TX)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By DARREN BARBEE
DBarbee@star-telegram.com

Two new allegations of sexual abuse of boys have been made against a deceased Decatur priest, Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese officials said Monday.

The two new "credible accusations" occurred on separate occasions while the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer was administrator of the parish of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.

Zimmerer, who served there from January 1975 until May 1981, has now been accused by three men who were boys at the time of the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 PM

Priest pleads not guilty to sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Northern Daily Leader

BY JACQUELINE VAN AANHOLT AND AAP
16/09/2008 8:40:00 AM
FATHER Peter Dwyer, Armidale’s 65-year-old Catholic parish priest, lodged not guilty pleas to four sexual offence charges in the Bathurst Local Court yesterday.

Fr Dwyer is one of three former St Stanislaus, Bathurst, staff members alleged to have been part of a pedophile ring at the NSW Catholic boarding school in Bathurst.

Fr Dwyer, former priest Brian Spillane and Brother John Gaven lodged not guilty pleas to a total of 128 child sex charges dating from the 1970s and the 1980s via their barrister, Greg Walsh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

Several area Catholic churches to merge, cluster under plan

MICHIGAN
Lansing State Journal

[with video]

Kathleen Lavey • klavey@lsj.com • September 15, 2008 • From LSJ.com

No Lansing-area Catholic schools or churches will immediately close under a restructuring plan announced this morning by Bishop Earl Boyea.

However, a number of mid-Michigan churches will merge or "cluster" to share resources.

Among the mergers:

• St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Student Parish in East Lansing. Two sites will operate but church administrations will be combined under the direction of St. John's current pastor, the Rev. Mark Inglot.

• St. Mary Cathedral and Holy Cross in Lansing are slated for merger if the Franciscan order, which currently staffs Holy Cross, ever chooses to leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Members of Flint church say they knew closing announcement was coming but still feel hurt

MICHIGAN
The Flint Journal

by Shannon Murphy | The Flint Journal
Monday September 15, 2008, 3:45 PM
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan -- Parishioners at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church knew the announcement to close the eastside Flint church was coming.

But that didn't make it any easier this weekend when the Rev. James Bettendorf read a letter during masses announcing the closure from the Lansing Diocese.

"We knew it was coming, but we didn't want to hear it," said Marvis Sordyle, a church member for more than 40 years and a member of the parish council.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

'Walk Across Oregon' Group Makes It to Lane County

OREGON
KEZI

[with video]

By Paris Jackson
September 14, 2008

EUGENE, Ore. -- A group of volunteers and abuse survivors are trekking across Oregon to raise awareness about child sex abuse. Members of Walk Across Oregon finished a 10-mile leg of their tour today from Creswell to Springfield. If you're interested or want to donate to Walk Across Oregon's efforts, log onto www.wintreswishes.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

Victim of alleged Ocean County priest abuse demands Trenton Diocese action

NEW JERSEY
Press of Atlantic City

By ROB SPAHR, Staff Writer, 609-978-2012

Published: Monday, September 15, 2008

3:33 p.m. Update - LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – After spending a year in anonymity, the 37-year-old Bass River Township man who accused a popular St. Theresa’s Parish priest of sexual abuse last year went public Monday to call on the Diocese of Trenton to defrock his alleged abuser.

Chris Naples was surrounded by family and friends at the entrance to St. Theresa’s Parish as he recounted how he met Father Terence O. McAlinden in the spring of 1985 while at a weekend retreat at the Jeremiah Retreat House in Keyport.

Naples said McAlinden began sexually abusing him soon afterward aboard his boat, the “Poorbox,” and continued the abuse for more than a decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Bill Nash tracked his perp to a residence in Italy and Italian media ran with the story. One survivor weilds so much power from his New England home

MASSACHUSETTS
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Bill Nash started his campaign to defrock Fr. James Tully as a result of comments made by the Pope this year, says the pedophile priest assault survivor pictured at right. In the US and in Australia, the pope said: "No pedophile should be able to be a priest."

Although Fr. James Tully plead down to disorderly conduct after his 1992 arrest, he is still a pedophile and he is still "Father" Tully, Nash has said in five press conferences since the Pope’s April USA visit. Meanwhile Nash has amassed a mound of evidence about James Tully pedophile priest, and many of those documents are scanned into this post below. So readers can click them, enlarge them, print them, read them, and save them in the stack to take to our local congressional offices on City of Angels National Guerrila Document Dump day early next year.

Not only is Tully still a priest, but Nash has gone online and found that the Xaverian residence in Italy, where Tully currently lives, hosts programs at the residence for children pretty often:

"At Christmas they put on a nativity story," Nash says, "aimed at a child audience. On January 13th the dioceses of Vicenza held a Youth Diocesan Synod in his residence, in April Youth Mission Day." Tully, pictured below is in close proximity to children pretty much on a daily basis, in Vicenza.

“They should not have had four hundred kids in Tully’s residence last April," Nash said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Disgraced Former Rochester Priest Quits Job at China School

ROCHESTER (NY)
WROC

Reported by: WROC-TV
Monday, Sep 15, 2008 @11:30am EST

A former priest who was accused with molesting a boy in a Rochester church has quit his job at a school in Hong Kong after details of the charges emerged.

According to the Straits Times, a newspaper based in Singapore, Dennis Sewar was at a school in China designing curriculum and telling stories at the school library. A parent looking up Sewar's qualifications found the accusations, and alerted the school.

The article in the StraitsTimes details the accusations, but never mentions Sewar by name.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Diocese of Lansing announces more changes

MICHIGAN
ABC 12

By Dawn Jones

MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) -- (09/15/08)-- The Catholic Diocese of Lansing has announced further changes to the church in our state, including more closures and mergers.

Bishop Earl Boyea Lansing has approved the Planning of Tomorrow's Churches final draft. The plan outlines the reconfiguration of the 97 parishes of the Diocese of Lansing.

Included in this final draft is more changes to catholic parishes in Mid-Michigan.
Sacred heart, St. Agnes and St. Luke in Flint were closed this summer. The only new closing on the list is St. Leo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

RAGAZZO DENUNCIA PRETE SALESIANO

ITALY
AGI

Un religioso della Comunita' salesiana di Udine risulta indagato con l'ipotesi di violenza sessuale su un minore. A far scattare l'inchiesta da parte della Procura della Repubblica di Udine e' stata la denuncia presentata da un ragazzo ora maggiorenne che avrebbe rivelato di aver subito per anni attenzioni particolari da parte del sacerdote quando aveva 12 anni ed era ospite della struttura di accoglienza. Le attenzioni nei confronti del giovane sarebbero durate sino al raggiungimento della maggiore eta' e quindi alla decisione di lasciare la casa-famiglia. Dalla Procura di Udine fanno sapere che si tratta di un'indagine molto delicata. E' stato lo stesso sostituto Procuratore del Tribunale di Udine Giancarlo Bonocore ad avvisare la Curia udinese che nella mattinata c'era stata una perquisizione da parte dei Carabinieri nella struttura dove era stato ospitato l'autore della denuncia.

[translation]

BOY DENOUNCES A SALESIAN PRIEST

A clergyman belonging to the Salesian community in Udine is being investigated for allegations of committing sexual violence on a minor. What started the investigation by the Prosecutor of the Republic in Udine was the charge made by a boy, now over 18, who revealed having received for years particular attentions from a a priest when he was 12-years-old and receiving assistance in a religious institution. Those “attentions” allegedly lasted until the boy became of age and he left the “casa-famiglia” ( family home). From the Prosecutor’s office they let know the investigation is very delicate. It was the same Substitute Prosecutor of Udine, Giancarlo Bonocore, to inform the local curia that in that same morning there had been a search by the carabinieri (the military police) in the “family home” where the boy had been a guest. It seems that further developments of the investigation had allowed the carabinieri to make light on male prostitution in Udine. Meanwhile the Salesian community in Udine made it known that “after the thorough search nothing was found which could be related to the boy’s charges”. The Salesians added they don’t understand the reasons for those allegations, having been the boy much helped in their home in the past years. (AGI) – Udine, September 5th, 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Sacerdote fiorentino lascia parrocchia Da giugno si era ritirato in un convento

ITALY
La Nazione

La decisione è arrivata pochi giorni fa nella piccola parrocchia alle porte di Firenze dove il religioso ha celebrato messa fino a giugno. 50enne, al terzo incarico pastorale, l'uomo resterà per il momento in un convento nel Nord Italia. Restano tutte da verificare le accuse sporte dai genitori di un ragazzo (agli inizi degli anni '90 14enne oggi 30enne), secondo le quali il parroco avrebbe avuto comportamenti ambigui nei confronti degli adolescenti durante alcune gite in montagna.

[translation]

A Florentine priest leaves the parish.
He has been living in a convent since June.

The decision came a few days ago in a small parish priest near the doors of Florence where the priest celebrated mass until the month of June. The man, 50-year-old, at his third pastoral appointment, for the time being will remain in a convent in the North of Italy. Yet to be verified are allegations made by the parents of a boy (at the beginning of the 90’s he was 14-years-old and now he is 30-years-old) against the parish priest who according to them behaved ambiguously towards some adolescents during some mountain trips.

Florence, September 6, 2008 – A Florentine priest accused for molesting minors resigned from his position of parish priest. The announcement came a few days ago in a small parish at the doors of Florence where the priest had celebrated mass until last June. The replacement, named parish administrator until further notice, informed the faithful about the decision of his predecessor, who had sent the official resignation to the bishop of Florence.

No additional element was given about this delicate story, with the exception of the shared choice to keep the parish priest (who hasn’t yet given up his sacred frock) far from his accusers.

Meanwhile the 50-year-old priest, at his third pastoral appointment, will remain for the time being in a convent in the North of Italy, where he has been living since June, just a few days before the scandal exploded. The charges are yet to be verified and the Florentine curia has started an ecclesiastical investigation. The alleged facts occurred at the beginning of the '90s, in a fraction of the Florentine province, in a different place from the one in which the priest operated until last June. It seems the parents of a boy, who was then 14-years-old and now 30-years-old, solicited by his fiancée, got their son’s testimony and reported it to the higher–ups in the Diocese. The then minor didn’t refer to specific sexual acts, but to an extremely ambiguous behavior of the priest, in the course of several mountain trips. Particularly, on the basis of what was told, the priest had the habit to ask the boys to strip naked and have all of them swim together.

Then there was the episode in which the son of the man who made the charges was invited to sleep with the parish priest, who entered the bed naked.

Such episodes were however kept under an absolute silence for years, even after the priest was transferred to a nearby town. And here time passed by with no problem but for some criticisms on the provoking character of the priest. In the end, last June, the announcement of a sudden departure, explained at the altar to the faithful by the necessity for a long period of rest “ to overcome a year of great stress and a moment of depression”. A gesture which was received with a great bewilderment, especially because weeks later the town would have been at the center of traditional festival events which required the presence of the parish priest. Yet no suspicion was arisen. That was until when the charges were made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Accused St Stanislaus priest denies sex assault charges

AUSTRALIA
Daily Telegraph

By Gemma Jones

September 16, 2008 12:00am

THE alleged victims of two former priests and one brother at St Stanislaus College were subjected to horrendous sexual abuse and even forced to molest each other, court documents alleged yesterday.

Bathurst Local Court was told there were up to 40 alleged victims of former school chaplain Brian Joseph Spillane, 65, alone.

One student, aged 13 at the time, was allegedly forced by Spillane to molest five other students on multiple occasions in the mid-1980s, according to police charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Change issued for Catholic churches

MICHIGAN
Jackson Citizen Patriot

Two Catholic congregations in Jackson County will begin sharing a building and two others will form a "cluster," parishioners were told Sunday morning during Masses.

Sacred Heart Chapel, 1501 E. Michigan Ave., which serves the Spanish-speaking population, will close; those parishioners will move to St. Stanislaus Kostka, 604 S. Elm St., a parish strongly tied to its Polish roots.

St. Rita Catholic Church, 10720 Hayes Road, midway between Clark Lake and Lake Columbia, will form a cluster with historic St. Joseph Shrine, in the Irish Hills. In this arrangement, worshippers will continue to attend services in their respective churches but administrative boards will merge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Activists leaflet Harlem church, protest accused abuser Msgr. Wallace Harris

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

By JENNY MERKIN and STEPHANIE GASKELL
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Sunday, September 14th 2008, 10:39 PM

Parishioners defended a prominent Harlem priest accused of molesting three boys, as two activists passed out flyers Sunday offering help to victims of abuse.

Members of the Chicago-based Survival Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) stood outside St. Charles Borromeo Church in Harlem and encouraged anyone who had been abused to come forward.

"We want to reach out to anyone who has been hurt and offer them support," SNAP National Director David Clohessy said.

Msgr. Wallace Harris, 61, was suspended last month after two unidentified men accused Harris of molesting them 20 years ago when he was a teacher at Cathedral Preparatory Seminary, an upper West Side high school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Ex-priest quits on sex charges

HONG KONG
Straits Times (Singapore)

HONG KONG - A FORMER priest quit a Hong Kong school after a parent accidentally found websites that claimed he had been charged with molesting a boy 50 times in the United States, reports said on Monday.

The man, aged in his late-50s, had been hired by Pegasus Primary School for more than a year to design curriculum and tell stories at the school library, Chinese newspapers Mingpao and The Sun reported.

The school was alerted by a parent who had wanted to search for his doctoral thesis online, but was shocked to discover numerous websites detailing his alleged arrest in 2005 for sexual charges, the papers said. ...

A website called BishopAccountability.org carries a report claiming he was charged with molesting a 14-year-old about 50 times between 1999 and 2001 when he was a pastor in Rochester, New York, the papers said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Bathurst school abuse trial 'a witch hunt'

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The lawyer representing three men facing court on charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of boys at a boarding school in the central west of New South Wales has described the case as a witch hunt.

Brian Spillane, John Gaven and Peter Dwyer, who worked at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst in the 1970s and 80s, are facing a total of more than 120 charges.

Lawyer Greg Walsh entered not guilty pleas for all of the men, to all of the charges, in court this morning.

Outside court, Mr Walsh criticised the "zealous" police investigation.

"I am gravely concerned that these men's opportunity to get a fair trial has been grossly affected," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Sex case 'witch-hunt'

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Harriet Alexander
September 15, 2008

Three men accused of sexually assaulting schoolboys at St Stanislaus' College claim the allegations have been fanned by "moral panic" and question the veracity of witnesses' accounts.

Brian Spillane, Peter Dwyer and John Gaven pleaded not guilty to sexual assault in Bathurst Local Court today.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said police expected at least 40 complainants to provide statements and the case has been adjourned to November.

But outside the court, Greg Walsh, the lawyer representing the defendants, said the media and police treatment of the allegations had been "an absolute disgrace".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Lawyer claims 'mass hysteria' has surrounded sex abuse case

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Lauren Wilson | September 15, 2008
A LAWYER for three men who pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse at a NSW boarding school has labelled the case a "witch hunt".

A file picture of St Stanislaus Catholic School, Bathurst.
The three men, together facing 125 child sex offences allegedly committed at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College, today pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Former Catholic priest Brian Spillane, 65, appeared in Bathurst Local Court this morning charged with 93 sex offences dating from 1979-1988 when he worked as a school chaplin in the Catholic boys boarding school in the NSW central wst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

3 Australians plead not guilty to child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
International Herald Tribune (France)

The Associated Press
Published: September 15, 2008

SYDNEY, Australia: Three former staff members of an exclusive Roman Catholic boarding school pleaded not guilty Monday to more than 100 charges related to allegations of child sexual abuse at the institution, with their lawyer calling the case a "witch hunt."

Vincentian brother John Gaven, priest and former school President Peter Dwyer and former priest Brian Spillane were charged following a police investigation into accusations of abuse in the 1970s and '80s at St. Stanislaus' College in the city of Bathurst, 125 miles (200 kilometers) west of Sydney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Survivor aims to help clergy sex abuse victims

UNITED KINGDOM
The Voice

MARGARET KENNEDY runs Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS), which helps men and women who have been sexually abused by church clergy. She talked to Soul Stirrings about the organisation’s work.

Soul Stirrings (SS): What inspired you to set up Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors?

Margaret Kennedy (MK): After setting up Christian Survivors of Sexual Abuse (CSSA) 15 years ago, women wrote to me about clergy abuse as adults. The numbers mounted to over 200 and I became alarmed that there was nowhere the women could gain help and support. They, however, didn’t feel comfortable with the ‘Christian’ bit of CSSA and therefore a more neutral name was chosen for this group.

I am also a clergy sexual abuse survivor, as I was sexually assaulted by a Christian Union Anglican Chaplain when I was in my twenties. He sexually abused several students, so I knew from first hand that these situations were real and horrifying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Insurer refuses to pay for abuse suit

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By ESTEBAN PARRA • The News Journal • September 15, 2008

An insurance company for the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales filed suit last week saying it does not have to pay a settlement reached between the Catholic order and a sexual abuse victim.

The suit filed by United States Fire Insurance Co. claims it doesn't have to pay because the order knew the priest was likely to abuse children.

It also says the Oblates knew the Rev. James W. O'Neill had a "propensity to sexually abuse minors" before the policy's inception on Feb.1, 1985.

O'Neill started sexually abusing Eric Edenin 1976, when he was principal of Salesianum School. O'Neill was never reported to police and Eden's parents said they were pressured to remain silent after they reported one incident of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

September 14, 2008

School sex accused to plead not guilty

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

September 15, 2008
THREE men accused of sexually abusing boys in their care at a Bathurst boarding school will plead not guilty to all charges, their lawyer says.

Bathurst Local Court was today told the child sex case against the three former staff members of St Stanislaus College, in the central west NSW town, is expected to expand to include up to 40 alleged victims.

Catholic Brother John Gaven, priest Peter Dwyer and former priest Brian Spillane face a total of 128 child sex charges relating to the alleged molestation of boys at the all-boy Catholic school at Bathurst in the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Former priest pleads not guilty to school abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A former Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty to charges relating to the alleged sexual abuse of students at a boy's boarding school in central-western New South Wales.

Sixty-five-year-old Brian Spillane taught at St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst in the 1970s and 80s.

In May he was charged over the sexual abuse of five former students. Since then eight more former students have come forward claiming they too were abused during late-night prayer sessions and earlier this month police laid 60 fresh charges against the former priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Expelled for reporting sex abuse, says student

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

September 15, 2008 11:09am

A FORMER student of a Catholic school where boys were allegedly sexually abused by three former staff has told a court he witnessed the abuse and was expelled for reporting it.

Catholic Brother John Gaven, priest Peter Dwyer and former priest Brian Spillane face a total of 128 child sex charges relating to the alleged molestation of boys at St Stanslaus' College in central west New South Wales in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr Spillane, 65, from Narwee in Sydney's southwest, appeared in Bathurst Local Court today on 93 charges relating to more than eight victims.

His barrister, Greg Walsh also mentioned the cases of Father Dwyer and Mr Gaven before Magistrate Thomas Hodgson, saying all three men were pleading not guilty to all charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

Press Advisory

NEW JERSEY
Road to Recovery

CONTACT:
Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, Ph.D. – President & Founder, Road to Recovery, Inc.
862-368-2800

WHAT:
At a news conference, a victim of sexual abuse by a Diocese of Trenton Roman Catholic priest will announce himself to the press and tell his story of sexual abuse spanning decades.

WHEN:
Monday, September 15, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

WHERE:
In front of Saint Theresa’s Church, 450 Radio Road , Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, 08087.

WHO:
Representatives of Road to Recovery, Inc, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, the family of the survivor, and supporters of the survivor will be present.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

Italian man catches wife in bed with priest

ITALY
Telegraph (United Kingdom)

By Nick Pisa in Rome
Last Updated: 5:33PM BST 14 Sep 2008

Following the shock discovery, the man stormed into the local bishop's office in Chioggia, near Venice, and demanded an explanation. Later police were called to calm him down.

Details of the incident in Chioggia near Venice emerged on Sunday in Italian newspapers and the local bishop Angelo Daniel has now confirmed that the adulterous priest has been sent to another parish for "reeducation".

The 53-year-old priest was described as a specialist on the Bible and had been a good friend of the couple.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Trio to face court over Bathurst school abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Three men charged over the alleged sexual abuse of students at a boys' boarding school at Bathurst in the New South Wales central west are due in court today.

The trio, all aged in their 60s, are facing a total of more than 120 charges.

One of the men is Brian Spillane, who taught at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst in the 1970s and 80s.

In May he was charged over the sexual abuse of five former students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Milestone for Robinson book

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

Published: September 15, 2008

Retired Sydney Bishop Geoffrey Robinson's controversial book, Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church, has now sold 10,000 copies in Australia, its publisher says.

The book has sold 10,000 copies in Australia since publication in September last year, according to a statement by John Garratt Publishing.

In addition UK, Ireland and North American editions have gone into reprint. A Spanish edition of the book is also available.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Alleged sex offenders to face court today

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

15/09/2008 8:16:00 AM
A FORMER president of St Stanislaus’ College and former teaching priest and brother will answer a total of 125 charges in Bathurst Local Court today.

The charges relate to alleged sexual assaults on students at the school more than 20 years ago.

All three of the men charged were members of the Vincentian Order on the staff at the college in the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Scandal deepens as priest stood down

AUSTRALIA
The Herald

BY BEN SMEE
14/09/2008 10:59:00 PM
NEW allegations have surfaced against Lake Macquarie priest Gerard Mackie, prompting Maitland-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Michael Malone to stand him down from the ministry.

Father Mackie was placed on restricted duties last week after a year 2 class at a Lower Hunter state school was shown an explicit image during a religious education lesson.

In a statement issued on Friday night, Bishop Malone confirmed "further allegations of concern" had been made against Father Mackie.

The nature of those allegations or their seriousness is not known, but they prompted decisive action from Bishop Malone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

SNAP Event in Passaic, NJ, Monday, Sept. 15th, 11:00 AM

PASSAIC (NJ)
Voice from the Desert

WHAT
After a sidewalk news conference, child sex abuse victims will try to hand deliver a letter to hospital administrators about a recently-arrested pedophile priest. The letter asks them to
– write former patients and staff and patients asking if he hurt them too,
– put announcements about the pedophile in the hospital and on its website,
– send out a news release to area media about him, and
– do all they can to prod victims to come forward, get help and contact law enforcement, so that he can be successfully prosecuted and jailed for a long time.

WHEN
Monday, Sept.15, 11:00 a.m.

WHERE
Outside St. Mary’s Hospital, 350 Boulevard (between Oak St. & Howe Ave.) in Passaic, N.J.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

Clergy sex abuse victims to leaflet Harlem church

NEW YORK
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

What:
As parishioners leave & enter mass, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers about their recently suspended pastor who was accused of molesting boys. The leaflets urge Catholics to
– ask everyone they know if they were molested by two pedophile priests who worked here,
– urge victims and witnesses to call police and get independent help, and
– defend their accused pastor privately, so other victims aren’t intimidated from speaking up

The fliers will also be highly critical of New York church officials who, the group feels, mishandled the case, moved too slowly, and should be doing aggressive outreach to others who’ve been hurt.

When:
Sunday, Sept.14, 11:00 a.m. & again at 12:30 p.m.

Where:
In Harlem, outside Church of St. Charles Borromeo, 211 W. 141st St. ( W 114st St. & 7th Ave. )

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

SNAP Press Statement

Minnesota
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Disclosing anything about relatives of a 3-year-old victim is, at best, inappropriate and more accurately, morally wrong. The Archdiocese should never have made disparaging statements about a family member of a victim of sexual abuse.

This family has suffered enough. It's wrong and hurtful in any way try to deflect blame from the pedophile priest on to any of them.

We believe this is a deliberate effort by the Archdiocese to try and silence other victims and witnesses. It's wrong and we hope it will backfire.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Cullen's assets leave the flock aflutter

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

By Daniel Patrick Sheehan Of The Morning Call
September 14, 2008

Allentown Bishop Edward Cullen's house in Avalon and his condominium in Stone Harbor are modest by New Jersey Shore standards.

They aren't on the New Jersey waterfront. Both are surrounded by far more imposing, even breathtaking, properties. But by virtue of their locations, the Catholic prelate's holdings are worth close to $2 million.

The bishop's ownership of the properties, disclosed last month in a letter to the editor in The Morning Call, provoked passionate reaction among members of his flock, many of whom are still smarting from this summer's closure of 47 churches across the five-county diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Family relates LaPorte minister's abuse of teen

INDIANA
Gary Post-Tribune

September 14, 2008

By Mark Taylor Post-Tribune correspondent

He's a strapping teenager with clear, blue-gray eyes, short-cropped cinnamon hair and an easy smile belying the hell he's suffered over the past five years.

From the age of 11, the boy known only as John Doe in LaPorte County court records was repeatedly sexually abused by a youth minister he trusted from his church, Mark Comford. Comford, 24, also of LaPorte, pleaded guilty Sept. 5 in LaPorte Superior Court to abusing the now 14-year-old, leaving a disturbed youth and an anguished trail of young and vulnerable children and broken families in his wake.

Sometimes Comford's abuse took place on the grounds of Faith Baptist Church in LaPorte, a small congregation located across from the LaPorte County Fairgrounds where his grandfather, the Rev. Jack Cox, served as pastor. Comford, a janitor at Purdue University North Central before his July 2007 arrest, was a married youth minister and leader at Faith Baptist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Hub archdiocese considers overhaul of clergy benefits

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / September 14, 2008

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, short tens of millions of dollars in its funds for assisting ailing and retired priests, is proposing to bring in a group of lay financial specialists to help overhaul its troubled clergy benefits plans.

Chancellor James P. McDonough said that about half of the unfunded pension liability will be raised through existing collections.

The archdiocese is also pledging to conduct and make public a review of how the pension funds have been handled for the past quarter-century, according to church officials, who spoke to the Globe after briefing several hundred priests about the plan last week. The cardinal will decide whether to proceed with the plan after gathering reaction from priests.

The archdiocese's most recent annual financial report says its retirement and disability plan is underfunded by $110 million and calls the plan "the largest liability and concern facing the archdio cese." The archdiocese's new proposal, outlined by archdiocesan officials in a series of meetings with priests last week, is intended to improve both the financial health of the funds and bolster public and clergy confidence in their management.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

September 13, 2008

Hope in the Heartland Conference in Wichita Kansas, October 10-11 - $25 includes food and time for networking with other survivors & advocates

WICHITA (KS)
City of Angels

Janet Patterson has put together a third annual Hope in the Heartland Conference for two days next month. Stay in Wichita at one of many inexpensive hotels and ride over to the Baha'i Center for breakfast, mingling, listening, more mingling, then a long lunch and more mingling.

"Conference for abuse survivors and their supporters (sexual, spiritual, physical, emotional, verbal abuse, etc.)" reads the flier. Hope in the HeartlandOct. 10-11, 2008 at Baha’i Center, in Wichita Kansas. Here is the schedule:

FRIDAY, OCT. 10, 2008
6 p.m. registration/pizza party
7 p.m. open mike session 1 to 1 ½ hours
8:30 p.m. Kansas adult clergy abuse survivor
9 p.m. approx. closing

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM

Diocese under fire by victims

CANADA
The Sarnia Observer

By ELLWOOD SHREVE, SUN MEDIA; CHATHAM DAILY NEWS

Several victims of the late Father Charles Sylvestre are preparing to raise their voices in protest against the Diocese of London.

Lou-Ann Soontiens, one of 47 women from southwestern Ontario, including some from Sarnia, that the Roman Catholic priest abused over a span of three decades, said a news conference is planned for Oct. 6 to raise concerns about how long it is taking the diocese to settle outstanding lawsuits.

The date also marks the second anniversary of Sylvestre being sentenced to serve time in prison after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting the women when they were young girls. He died four months later in a prison hospital due to health reasons at age 84.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Corrections and clarifications, Sep. 13, 2008

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

•A story in Friday's Metro section misstated who will receive a $2.5 million settlement from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago for sexual abuse suffered at the hands of former priest Daniel McCormack. The settlement went to one boy, and his brother's case is still pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Former pastor busted in sting

PENNSYLVANIA
The Express-Times

Saturday, September 13, 2008

By JD MALONE
The Express-Times
A retired pastor from South Whitehall Township was arrested Sept. 2 in Montgomery County for propositioning a 15-year-old girl on the Internet, the state attorney general's office said Friday.

Paul A. Marmon, 62, of the 1800 block of Molinaro Drive, cultivated a relationship with the girl through instant message chat sessions -- Marmon's screen name was "allentownhotguy" -- in which he allegedly said he was 19 and that his last name was Mason. He frequently spoke of his lewd desires, according to court documents.

"Hug and touch yourself as much as you can for me," Marmon typed in one message sent in June, the court papers say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

News of sexual predator rattles neighborhood

FLORIDA
St. Petersburg Times

By Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer
In print: Sunday, September 14, 2008

The plastic bags slipped on doorknobs one quiet Friday ignited panic in Placido Bayou, a gated Northeast St. Petersburg community residents had always considered safe and secure.

The bags held fliers conveying a shocking revelation: One of their own was a registered sexual predator. Wallace Bennett Rummel, 77, whom some knew as a cordial, retired Presbyterian minister, had sexually abused two girls under 12.

"The initial reaction was panic,'' said Carrie Kilgroe, 41, the mother of two daughters and a son, ages 13, 11 and 8.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Patterns of Political ENABLERS Are Set in Stone!

UNITED STATES
OpEd News

by Debby Bodkin )

www.opednews.com

For those truly believing the clergy sex abuse crisis that publicly erupted in 2002 is over, ask yourself why Catholic Bishops and other religious leaders have not been held accountable for failures to report sex crimes committed against children, as mandated by law. The answer is very simple: The patterns of political ENABLERS are set in stone!

*** The Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod Brown was the first U.S. Bishop to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits in the amount of $100 million in December 2004. Yet, Bishop Brown continues to employ the same individuals who failed to report sex crimes committed against children years ago, today.

*** Bishop Brown continues to employ multiple individuals and attorneys who aided and abetted in sex crimes committed against children, failures to report as mandated by law and discriminatory employment practices.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Sex abuse survivor speaks out on double standard

FLORIDA
Florida Catholic

CHRIS MCCAFFERTY | SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA CATHOLIC

Published: 09.12.08

A couple of months ago, a reporter from a local paper called to get my opinion on a legal settlement concerning a victim of clergy abuse. As a survivor of clergy sexual abuse – the priest who abused me is serving a prison sentence – I am often called upon for comments when news occurs in the area.

What I said to the reporter that day was probably not what she expected. Many people are surprised to learn that my greatest concern right now is for children in public schools.

It took a long time for the Catholic Church to admit it was wrong in the handling of the abuse of children by the church clergy or employees, but it has taken steps to address these problems and assist victims. The Diocese of St. Petersburg has done even more than many dioceses, and I have found Bishop Robert N. Lynch to be a man dedicated to protecting children in Catholic schools, catechism classes and other programs where church volunteers or employees are in contact with children, youths and teens. The diocese could always do more and that’s something I will continue to work with Bishop Lynch to try and address. But again, I feel it has done a great deal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Archdiocese may seek out priest's abuse victims

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA, Star Tribune

Last update: September 12, 2008 - 10:49 PM

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, responding to criticism from a sex abuse survivors group, said Friday it will consider running public service radio ads seeking victims of a priest who fled the country after allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl.

"That's not a bad idea," said archdiocese spokesman Dennis McGrath. "Other [dioceses] run those kinds of ads. We could certainly do that."

The archdiocese was sued this week along with the Rev. Francisco (Fredy) Montero, an Ecuadorean priest who was working in the Twin Cities for five years as part of an exchange program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Fourth lawsuit alleges sexual abuse by priest

DELAWARE
The News Journal

The News Journal • September 13, 2008

A 51-year-old man filed the fourth lawsuit against the Diocese of Wilmington for alleged childhood sexual abuse by a now-deceased priest.

The anonymous man, John Poe No. 1, claims that when he was a 12-year-old altar boy at St. Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury, Md., the Rev. Leonard J. Mackiewicz would drive him to the priest's mother's house in Sussex County, where he would sexually assault him.

The suit also charges Mackiewicz would provide Poe with alcohol, cigarettes and pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Second lawsuit alleges abuse by priest

DELAWARE
The Daily Times

By Ben Penserga • Staff Writer • September 13, 2008

WILMINGTON -- A second lawsuit was filed Friday against the Diocese of Wilmington alleging childhood sexual abuse by the Rev. Leonard Mackiewicz while stationed at St. Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury.

The 51-year-old plaintiff, referenced only as "John Poe" in the suit, alleges Mackiewicz took the then-12-year-old altar boy to Sussex County, where he was abused, said Stephen Neuberger, the victim's attorney.

The lawsuit also alleges the Rev. Steven Breen, another priest at St. Francis de Sales, regularly observed Mackiewicz taking the victim up to his rectory bedroom to sexually abuse him, but never intervened. A longtime Boy Scout chaplain, Mackiewicz spent a large part of his career in parishes in Salisbury, Marydel and Cambridge, as well as in Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown, Smyrna and Dover.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Priest won't testify

CANADA
Standard-Freeholder

(Staff) -- A local Catholic priest will not have to testify at the inquiry, the tribunal's commissioner ruled yesterday.

In the mid-1990s, Rev. Donald McDougald was responsible for ensuring the diocese's policy on handling sexual abuse complaints was being followed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

September 12, 2008

Lansing Catholic Diocese to unveil reorganization Monday

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

John Schneider • jschneid@lsj.com • September 12, 2008 • From LSJ.com

Months of speculation will end this weekend when the 225,000 Catholics in the Lansing Diocese learn how a reorganization of the 97 churches in the diocese, in the works for three years, might affect the way they worship.

Diocese spokesman Michael Diebold said the pastor of each parish has received a "parish specific" letter from Bishop Earl Boyea explaining how the new plan will affect that individual church.

Those letters, Diebold said, will be read at all masses Saturday and Sunday.

The plan will be revealed to the general public at a news conference Monday morning at St. Mary Cathedral, in downtown Lansing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

'Irish Tragedy' investigates abuse by priests

UNITED STATES
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Last update: September 12, 2008 - 12:12 PM

Did you hear about the Irish Catholic priest booted from a Missouri diocese for sexual misconduct with a girl?

He landed a job at Disney World. (But left, once Disney World found out.)

Another Irish clergyman, Anthony O'Connell, headed that same diocese's high school seminary, where he molested boys who were hoping to become priests.

He later became a bishop.

In his new book, "An Irish Tragedy," veteran investigative reporter Joe Rigert of Minnesota tracks the role Irish immigrant priests played in the U.S. clergy sexual abuse scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Post a comment full of rage, then recover a new memory - another day in the life of a pedophile priest rape survivor

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Federal Agents should storm archdioceses across the country with search warrants so they can find and SEIZE pedophile priest documents. Now in Portland, Oregon, as well as LA, we find bishops still fighting the plaintiffs and siding with criminal priests, fighting just as mean as they fought the civil cases to begin with, against the release of files that was ordered as part of civil settlements. Bishops will tell news cameras the church has changed, and then in court church attorneys continue their Mad Hatter Tea Party. The Catholic Church has bottomless briefcases full of cash, enough to keep paying lawyers to file meaningless motions and prevent civil release of predator priest files for decades and decades and decades.

WHERE is law enforcement? It is time to stop being afraid of this organized crime operation known as the Catholic Church. WE ALL KNOW they are pedophiles.

What else are they hiding? Otherwise they would be forthcoming with the files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

Former B-N priest posts bond in drug case

URBANA (IL)
WJBC

A priest with ties to the Twin Cities is out of jail after being charged with selling cocaine on the University of Illinois campus. The Reverend Christopher Layden posted $5,000 bond for his release from the Champaign County Jail. Champaign County prosecutor Julia Rietz the 33-year-old Layden allegedly sold cocaine to an informant at the U of I's Catholic student center and in his office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

SALISBURY: Second abuse lawsuit filed against former St. Francis de Sales priest

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Daily Times

Daily Times Staff Report • September 12, 2008

WILMINGTON — A second case against the Diocese of Wilmington alleging childhood sexual abuse by Rev. Leonard Mackiewicz while stationed at St. Francis de Sales Church in Salisbury was filed today.

The 51-year-old plaintiff, who was not named in the suit, alleged Mackiewicz took the then 12-year-old alter boy to Sussex County where he was allegedly abused.

The lawsuit also alleges Rev. Steven Breen, another priest at St. Francis de Sales, regularly observed Mackiewicz taking the victim up to his rectory bedroom to sexually abuse him, but never intervened A longtime Boy Scout Chaplin, Mackiewicz spent a large part of his career in parishes in Salisbury, Marydel and Cambridge, as well as in Rehoboth Beach, Georgetown, Smyrna and Dover.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Clergy sex victims slam Catholic archdiocese

MINNESOTA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT: At a news conference, clergy sex victims will harshly criticize top Minnesota Catholic officials for telling reporters that a mom allegedly had ‘an affair’ with an accused pedophile priest who recently molested a three year old and has since fled the US.

The group wants the local archbishop to
-- apologize for the ‘mean-spirited’ disclosure,
-- fire the church employee who is responsible,
-- personally visit parishes where the alleged predator worked, and
-- aggressively beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to contact police immediately.

WHEN: TODAY, Friday, Sept. 12, 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

WHERE and WHAT TIME
10:00 a.m. in Eagan, outside St. John Neuman church where predator worked (will hand out fliers door to door in neighborhood) 4030 Pilot Knob

11:30 a.m. in St. Paul, Outside the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Catholic headquarters, 226 Summit Ave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Tips sought in probe of accused ex-pastor

CANADA
CNews

By DON PEAT

With four alleged victims already, Peel Regional Police are making a public plea for any other potential victims of a former Mississauga youth pastor and camp director to come forward.

Garth Stanwyn Bent, 48, of Acton, was charged with four counts of indecent sexual assault Tuesday.

Those charges come eight months after police charged Bent with one count of indecent assault on a male.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Porn pastor unlikely to face charges

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

By Kim Wheatley
September 12, 2008 12:01am

SOUTH Australian police are unlikely to lay criminal charges against "porn pastor" Michael Guglielmucci over the fake cancer donation controversy.

The police say while they have taken a "very proactive approach to it", no one had made a formal complaint.

The Advertiser understands that Mr Guglielmucci is in hospital receiving psychiatric care after confessing to faking a battle with terminal cancer to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Charges Physical, Mental Abuse

ROCKAWAY (NY)
The Wave (subscription only)

Pope Spurs Man To Speak Out After 55 Years
By Howard Schwach
After 55 years of silence, psychiatric treatment and several episodes of shock therapy, a Rockaway native is speaking out, detailing the physical and mental abuse he endured when he was a second grade student at St. Francis de Sales school in Belle Harbor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Priest on restricted duties over classroom explicit image

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A Belmont Catholic Priest has been placed on restricted duties after year two students at a New South Wales Hunter region primary school were shown an explicit image during a special religious education class.

Father Gerard Mackie was a religious tutor at the state primary school when the incident happened last week.

The Department of Education has confirmed that an "inappropriate image" was shown to the year two students during one of Father Mackie's lessons.

The classroom teacher was in the room at the time and immediately removed the image from the screen. The school contacted police and notified parents by phone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

It's just a mistake, archbishop says

CANADA
CJAD

Fri, 2008-09-12 05:41.
Richard Deschamps
Montreal's Catholic Archbishop says a priest who molested a young girl and made innapropriate gestures to another -- is not a pedophile.

48-year-old Phillippe de Maupéou pleaded guilty to the charges and served 6 months in the community.

De Maupéou made headlines yesterday, after it was learned the church gave him $60 000 to pay for law school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

The Archdiocese of Portland, Post-Bankruptcy: So Much for the Promises.

PORTLAND (OR)
Voice from the Desert

Written by Kelly Clark, attorney
September 3, 2008

Note: These occasional blogs are my personal reflections on the work we do at this law firm on behalf of child abuse survivors, and are not the views of any client, partner or lawyer at O’Donnell, Clark, and Crew LLP.

No one was more hopeful than I, fifteen months ago at the conclusion of the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Portland. I believed– and I now see that I WANTED to believe– the promises of Archbishop John Vlazny, of his advisors and his lawyers.Those promises talked of treating victims of sexual abuse by priests with compassion. They offered hope that, in the future, the Archdiocese would be open and forthcoming about the records of past criminal conduct by pedophile priests and the bishops who covered up for them. Archbishop Vlazny himself led a mass of healing and reconciliation, again offering words of sorrow, repentance and new beginnings. As I say, I believed these words. I stood shoulder to shoulder with the Archbishop and his lawyers, congratulated him on doing the right thing in resolving cases and in making the hard decisions to open the files of the past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Bishop needs to say more

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

Catholics throughout the Belleville Diocese will hear a letter this weekend from Bishop Edward Braxton in which he apologizes "to anyone who was ever abused as a minor by a priest in this diocese."

The letter is prompted by the trial and $5 million verdict recently awarded to James Wisniewski, one of those victims. It's a fine start, but doesn't go nearly far enough.

Braxton does not apologize for the church leaders who knew that the abuse occurred, yet did nothing to ensure that it stopped. The bishops who were in charge when priests were moved from parish to parish are not being held accountable, even though they ultimately were responsible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Ill. priest accused of dealing coke from rectory

URBANA (IL)
WOI

Associated Press - September 11, 2008

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - A Catholic priest on the University of Illinois campus has been charged with selling cocaine from his church office and rectory.

The Reverend Christopher Layden pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of delivery of less than 1 gram of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a church and one count of possession with intent to deliver 1 to 15 grams of cocaine near a church.

The 33-year-old was arrested Wednesday at St. John's Catholic Newman Center after investigators found 3 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia while searching his home and office. His bond was set at $50,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Bail refused in church sex assault case

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

September 12, 2008

A Sydney woman may have been drugged before being blindfolded, allegedly sexually assaulted and defrauded during what NSW Police have described as a bizarre and callous series of fake prayer sessions.

Believing she and her family had been cursed by a member of the Greek community practising black magic, the woman paid between $500 and $1,000 per session, spending a total of $70,000 out of fear they would all suffer terrible consequences including death and illness unless the curse was removed.

She sought help from two men, one of whom claimed to be a spiritual mentor in the Greek Orthodox community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Police charge two over sex-and-angels case

AUSTRALIA
Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Two men accused of sexually molesting a woman at church prayer sessions while claiming to speak to angels and banish curses were charged by Australian police on Friday with more than 220 sex offences.

The pair, aged 61 and 38, assaulted the woman who told police in Sydney she believed she and her family had been cursed by a member of the Australia-Greek community skilled at black magic.

"We will allege these women have been the cruel prey of callous individuals who used religious fear to manipulate and abuse them for their sexual gratification and financial gain," Police Acting Superintendent Gary Bailey told reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Police question priest over explicit image shown to children

AUSTRALIA
The Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY
11/09/2008 11:15:00 PM
A BELMONT Catholic priest is on restricted duties after a Lower Hunter state school class of seven-year-olds was shown an explicit image during a religious education lesson.

Father Gerard Mackie was interviewed by police and computer equipment he had taken to the school was confiscated after the incident on September 4.

The Department of Education confirmed an "inappropriate image" was shown on a screen during a year 2 special religious class at the public school. The image, understood to be an erect penis, was immediately removed by a female classroom teacher who was in the room at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

$2.5 million deal in church abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear | Chicago Tribune reporter
9:58 PM CDT, September 11, 2008
Two teenage brothers and their family will receive $2.5 million from the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago for sexual abuse the boys suffered at the hands of Daniel McCormack, a lawyer for the victims said Thursday.

The agreement is the most recent settlement reached between the archdiocese and victims of McCormack, the former pastor of St. Agatha Catholic Church, who pleaded guilty last year to fondling five boys ages 8 to 12 at St. Agatha.

Both victims were members of the basketball team McCormack coached at nearby Our Lady of the Westside School, Presentation Campus, said lawyer Kenneth Cunniff. They also were part of the criminal case, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Another Suit Filed Against Diocese

MEMPHIS (TN)
The Daily News

BILL DRIES | The Daily News

A Catholic priest who led youth groups in the 1970s has been accused in another civil lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

Father Paul W. St. Charles is accused in the latest John Doe lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.

It is the second Circuit Court lawsuit in three weeks naming St. Charles, filed by attorneys Karen Campbell of Apperson, Crump & Maxwell PLC and Gary K. Smith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Priest sex abuse suit settled for $2.5 mil.

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

September 12, 2008

A teenage boy who was sexually abused by disgraced Catholic priest Daniel McCormack settled his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago for $2.5 million Thursday.

The 14-year-old was 12 when the abuse took place at Our Lady of the Westside School in Chicago.

The boy was one of five victims McCormack admitted he molested when he pleaded guilty in July 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Settlement in lawsuit against convicted priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Southtown Star

By Mike Thomas, Sun-Times News Group
A teenage boy who was sexually abused by disgraced Catholic priest Daniel McCormack on Thursday settled his lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago for $2.5 million.

The unnamed 14-year-old was 12 when the abuse occurred at Our Lady of the Westside School in Chicago, where McCormack was a teacher and boys basketball coach.

The boy was one of the five victims McCormack admitted he molested when he pleaded guilty in July 2007 to five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, Ken Cunniff, the teen's lawyer, said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Ex-priest to serve added prison time

NEW JERSEY
Hunterdon County Democrat

by Lillian Schupe / Hunterdon County Democrat
Friday September 12, 2008, 5:27 AM

On Sept. 5 in the courtroom of Judge Roger Mahon an angry mother confronted the man who had molested her boy.

Nearby sat John Banko, former pastor of St. Edward's Catholic Church in Milford. He wore a tan prison jumpsuit instead of a clerical collar. His hands were in cuffs and chained to his waist. He was being sentencing on charges related to sodomizing the boy at age 9 in 1994, when he was a second-grader in CCD classes.

Her son went from being an outgoing boy with many friends to being depressed, to hiding in his room, to painting things black and wearing only black clothes. He abused prescription drugs to dull the pain caused by the "one person I should have been able to trust most -- my priest," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

September 11, 2008

Newark Archdiocese confirms suspension of priest accused of child abuse

NEWARK (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

by John Mooney /The Star-Ledger
Thursday September 11, 2008, 7:18 PM
The Newark Archdiocese confirmed the suspension of an Elizabeth and Jersey City priest convicted of child abuse after a national victims support group today complained church leaders had failed to disclose the case.

Daniel Medina was arrested in 2004 on unspecified charges of abuse to a male minor in mid-1999 and pleaded guilty this summer to fourth-degree child abuse, according to the Union County prosecutor's office. The prosecutor's office said he was sentenced to three years of probation.

The archdiocese said Medina was placed on administrative leave in 2002 and suspended this summer following the sentencing. He now faces a church trial that could lead his being defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Accuser has own history of shame

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY ANDREW MEENAHAN
12/09/2008 8:15:00 AM
Former St Stanislaus College boarding student Dallas McInerney who is campaigning to have the Vincentian Order removed from the school in the wake of child sex offence charges against three priests, was once convicted of harassment and described by a police prosecutor as conscientious and over zealous.

Mr McInerney was fined $1000 and put on a two year good behavior bond when, in 1995, as a 22-year-old electoral office worker for the Member for Sutherland Chris Downy, he made a number of abusive calls to a pizza shop owner who displayed Labor Party posters in his business window during an election campaign.

According to a statement signed by the pizza shop owner, Mr Vince Musico, the calls threatened violence against his staff and were sometimes of a sexual nature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 PM

Priest abuse case unresolved

CHEYENNE (WY)
Wyoming Tribune-Eagle

By Michael Van Cassell
mcassell@wyomingnews.com

CHEYENNE -- A settlement between plaintiffs alleging priest sexual abuse and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph has not been signed by a former Wyoming bishop and other accused clerics.

In August, attorneys for the 47 plaintiffs and the diocese announced a global settlement of $10 million.

Six men came forward in three civil suits with sexual abuse allegations against Joseph Hart.

Hart served as Wyoming's bishop for more than two decades and was a priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from the 1950s until he came here in 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Archdiocese acts against O'Brien stalker

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

The Archdiocese of Boston is suspending a priest, the Rev. David Ajemian (above), who had been accused of stalking NBC "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien. Ajemian had been receiving mental health treatment, but, according to the archdiocese, has stopped doing so against the advice of his doctors and directives from Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley. The statement from the archdiocese:

"Today, the Archdiocese of Boston was informed that Fr. David Ajemian, against the wishes of his bishop, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, and medical professionals, checked himself out of a medical facility located outside Massachusetts where he has been staying for the past several months. Our understanding is that he plans initially to return to Massachusetts to the care of his family. As a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, Fr. David Ajemian made a promise of obedience to his bishop when he was ordained in 2001. In the context of these vows and with his medical care a priority, Fr. Ajemian was instructed to remain at an out of state residential treatment facility indefinitely to receive the care he requires. By his own actions, he has violated this mandate from his bishop. Therefore, he is Absent Without Permission. He is not authorized to function as a priest. We pray for Fr. Ajemian, for his family and for all those who are concerned about his health and well-being. We also pray for those who have been impacted by Fr. Ajemian’s actions."

The archdiocese had last November declared that Ajemian was on leave and "no longer able to exercise public ministry" -- now the archdiocese is ending his financial support as well. Ajemian had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, and agreed to stay away from O'Brien for two years, but then last month (supposedly while back in town to visit his family and meet with local doctors) he was accused of sending disturbing letters (second item) to actress Lindsay Crouse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Psychologist quits task force after threats

NEW YORK
JTA

Published: 09/11/2008

Threats forced a prominent psychologist to resign from a task force on sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Dr. Benzion Twerski, who is also an Orthodox rabbi, resigned after receiving the threats, The New York Jewish Week reported. The task force had been established recently by New York state Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

According to a statement published on the Orthodox Web site Vos Iz Neias, Twerski quit out of fear for his family.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Priest in Conan stalking case out of treatment

BOSTON (MA)
International Herald Tribune (France)

The Associated Press
Published: September 11, 2008

BOSTON: The Boston Archdiocese says a priest accused of stalking late-night TV host Conan O'Brien has checked himself out a medical facility, against Cardinal Sean O'Malley's wishes.

The Rev. David Ajemian pleaded guilty in April to disorderly conduct after admitting he sent letters and DVDs to O'Brien, who hosts "Late Night" on NBC television. In one of the letters, he called himself one of O'Brien's "most dangerous fans."

After his plea, he was told by O'Malley to remain indefinitely at an unidentified residential treatment facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Une bourse pour un prêtre condamné pour pédophilie

CANADA
Actualites

[This links to the French-language story about how the Montreal archdiocese is paying law school costs for a priest convicted of abusing a young girl.]

André Noël
La Presse

Le diocèse de Montréal octroie une bourse d’études en droit canonique à un prêtre condamné plus tôt cette année pour pédophilie. La nouvelle, annoncée parmi de nombreuses nominations au bas du «courriel du mercredi» 3 septembre du cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, a suscité l’étonnement. Certains y voient en effet une promotion.

En février dernier, l’abbé Philippe de Maupeou, 48 ans, a été condamné à six mois de prison avec sursis pour avoir agressé sexuellement une petite fille de 8 ans, en 2002. M. de Maupeou, qui était le curé de la paroisse de l’Immaculée-Conception dans le Plateau-Mont-Royal à Montréal, était membre de la Communauté du pain de vie.

Lors d’un séjour dans un camp de vacances avec les enfants de cette communauté, il a caressé la vulve et les seins de la fillette. La mère a porté plainte à la police, ce qui a entraîné la mise en accusation. Une deuxième fillette a déclaré avoir été touchée par le prêtre. Les policiers ont déterminé qu’il avait commis des gestes déplacés, mais pas au point d’entraîner des poursuites judiciaires.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Clergy sex abuse victims question ‘suspended’ priest

NEWARK (NJ)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
At a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will publicly urge Newark’s high profile and controversial Catholic archbishop to

-- disclose why a new, internal church document warns US bishops about a suspended Newark priest, &

-- also warn parishioners about the priest, and

-- post the names, photos and addresses of admitted, proven and credibly accused pedophile priests on his website.

This is crucial, victims feel, because some of the nation’s thousands of suspended but largely unsupervised pedophile priests are starting to break laws in other ways.(They’ll release a fact sheet detailing this trend.)

WHEN
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2:15 p.m.

Where
Outside the Newark archdiocese headquarters (‘chancery’), 171 Clifton Ave., in downtown Newark, NJ

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Archdiocese gives pedophile priest...a law school grant

CANADA
CJAD

Thu, 2008-09-11 07:22.
Richard Deschamps
The Montreal Catholic archdiocese is handing 20-thousand dollars a year as a law school grant. to one of its priests who, earlier this year, was convicted of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl.

48-year-old Philippe de Maupeou was sentenced to six months in the community for his crime, for which he plead guilty. He was also found to have committed 'inappropriate gestures' toward another girl.

The chancellor of the archdiocese, Mgr. Michel Parent says, he's paid his debt to society, and he adds those who call for priests convicted of sexual assaults on children are 'hard-hearted'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Voices of victims raised

CANADA
The Chatham Daily News

By ELLWOOD SHREVE, THE DAILY NEWS

Several victims of the late Father Charles Sylvestre are preparing to raise their voices in protest against the Diocese of London.

Lou-Ann Soontiens, one of 47 women the Roman Catholic priest abused over a span of three decades, told The Chatham Daily News a news conference is planned for Oct. 6 to raise concerns about how long it is taking the diocese to settle outstanding lawsuits.

The date also marks the second anniversary of Sylvestre being sentenced to serve time in prison after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting the women when they were young girls. He died four months later in a prison hospital due to health reasons at age 84.

"All the women who are coming are the ones who haven't settled," Soontiens said. "We're fighting them tooth and nail to get what we want."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Former teacher sentenced in sex case

OREGON
The News-Review

Chelsea Duncan

A former private school teacher and high school coach must now register as a sex offender after being convicted of having sex with a 17-year-old girl.

Andrew John Humphreys, 27, appeared in Douglas County Circuit Court for sentencing Tuesday. The man pleaded guilty in July to the misdemeanor charge of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor.

Humphreys was 26 when he had sex with the teen he’d met at their church, Oakland Church of Christ, where he served as a youth group leader, said Deputy District Attorney Colin Benson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Streamwood man sues church, claiming priest abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Daily Herald

By Eric Peterson | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 9/11/2008 :

A Streamwood man who has accused a Greek Orthodox pastor of abusing him 30 years ago was prompted to file suit after learning only last year that the same priest is accused of abusing others, his lawyer said Wednesday.

The unnamed 46-year-old man filed suit against a Greek Orthodox church in Olympia Fields and its former pastor over sexual abuse he says he suffered as a teenager.

The suit, filed in Cook County, names as defendants Rev. Nicholas E. Katinas, Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Olympia Fields, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Clergy in 'cover-up' over sex claims

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

BY JAMES MASSOLA
11/09/2008 11:24:00 AM
Senior bishops have closed ranks after a raft of new allegations about a cover-up involving a Catholic priest facing child-sex charges.

Father Peter Dwyer was arrested last week and charged with four assaults dating back to when he was a teacher at St Stanislaus College in Bathurst, NSW.

Now The Canberra Times has been told by four sources close to the Good Shepherd seminary in Sydney that alleged improprieties committed there by Dwyer were common knowledge but not acted on by senior Church figures, including the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, in a way the complainants expected. It is also alleged other bishops withdrew students from the seminary when they heard of the claims about Dwyer's behav-iour.

The Good Shepherd allegations are unrelated to the Bathurst case, and there is no suggestion of criminal conduct, but seminarians allege they felt targeted and embarrassed by Dwyer. The allegations feed the continuing public debate about the Church's perceived shortcomings in responding to allegations of sexual impropriety within its ranks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 AM

September 10, 2008

Prosecutors want 4 more accusers to testify against defrocked priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Jeff Coen | Chicago Tribune reporter
6:41 PM CDT, September 10, 2008
Federal prosecutors want four additional alleged victims of a defrocked Jesuit priest to testify against him next month, when he is scheduled to to be tried on molestation charges.

Donald McGuire, 78, a former spiritual director for Mother Teresa, is charged with using his status in the church to repeatedly molest an underage boy during overseas travels in 2000. That person, now a college student, is expected to testify at a trial set to begin Oct. 6 in Chicago's federal court.

In a court filing last week, prosecutors asked that the four additional accusers testify because the sexual abuse was similar to the charged conduct. They were abused between 1989 and 1999, authorities said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 PM

Psychological Vetting of Would-be Priests Exacerbates Decline

IRELAND
Buzzle (United States)

Ireland may be running out of priests and nuns but if a young Mother Teresa tried to join the Catholic clergy today she would be sent packing for being psychologically unsuitable.

Nuns and priests from Ireland's dwindling religious orders have revealed that all new recruits are now psychologically vetted. The screening process is partly to prevent a repetition of the clerical abuse scandals that hit Irish Catholicism in the 1990s and dramatically reduced the church hierarchy's political power.

Fr Kenneth Brady from the Passionist order based in Mount Argus, Dublin, admitted that the psychological testing had exacerbated the decline in men being accepted into the priesthood. "Four said they wanted to apply to join last year: when it came to the crunch, only two made a formal application; they met with the psychologist and were assessed. One was deferred and one was accepted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM

Credible 1978 Sexual Abuse of Minor by Deceased Priest Is Investigated by Fort Worth Catholic Diocese

FORT WORTH (TX)
DFW Catholic

September 9, 2008
Fort Worth, TX, (DFW Catholic) — Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann announced Monday that the diocese has received a credible accusation of a sexual abuse of a minor which occurred in 1978 by a priest, now deceased, who served at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur.

The credible accusation alleges that in 1978 Father Francis A. Zimmerer, a member of the Benedictine Order based in Subiaco, Ark., abused an 11-year-old male member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, located at 1305 Deer Park Rd. in Decatur. The victim is now 42-years-old and lives out of state. The diocese has offered the victim counseling.

The Very Rev. E. James Hart, Chancellor and Moderator of the Curia of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, said the diocese was contacted on August 25, 2008 by the spouse of the victim. A subsequent review confirmed that the allegation was credible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Curious recusal of Justice Panelli may slow down, but will not stop plaintiffs in LA from pursuing pedophile priest confidential files per 7-07 orders

LOS ANGELES (CA)
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Early next month LA Superior Court will kick restart the process of releasing priests’ files to plaintiffs from civil cases settled last year against Cardinal Roger Mahony and the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese. In an October 8th hearing plaintiffs ask Judge Emilie Elias to appoint a new referee to replace Edward A. Panelli, who suddenly recused himself last June. “Come October 8th we're going to have a name. Either we'll agree to a referee, or the judge will appoint one,” said Tony DeMarco.

Panelli’s recusal “very much took us by surprise,” DeMarco said. The plaintiff attorney from Kiesel Boucher Larson informed the court of Panelli’s recusal in a July hearing. “Defense counsel represented that they got a commitment from Panelli,” DeMarco said.

Did the Defendants pull the rug out from under you? I asked.

“(Panelli’s Recusal) calls into question whether or not archdiocese attorneys got the commitment from him at all,” DeMarco said, saying Panelli’s name was used continually during the negotiation process, for more than a year during pre and post settlement discussions between plaintiff and defense attorneys. DeMarco stopped short of accusing defense attorneys of anything untoward.

“I think it’s one of those things we will be judging down the road,” DeMarco said. “If the defendants try to utilize the recusal to create more delay, then I would have a strong belief in that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM

Rape Lawsuit filed on Greek Orthodox priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Justice News Flash

September 10, 2008

Chicago, Illinois (JusticeNewsFlash.com – News Report) – Although the incident occurred in the 1970’s, “John Doe 124″ is suing the former Reverend Nicholas E. Katinas sexually abused him when he was a teenager at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Olympia Fields, Illinois. He alleges that his abuse started at the age of 15. He was an active basketball player and volunteered his Sunday mornings to participate in his church as alter boy.

This is particularly difficult because the victim did not speak out until many years later. He is now 46 but has lived a life of shame and grief, always believing it was his fault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Stannies' old boys want Vincentians out

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

Published: September 11, 2008

In the wake of allegations against former teachers and priests at Bathurst's St Stanislaus College, a group of ex-students has called on the Vincentian order to withdraw from the college.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports old boys from St Stanislaus' College have started a petition, asking the Vincentian order to remove itself from the school.

Police Strike Force Belle has arrested three Vincentians who previously taught at the school, charging them with a total of 125 offences dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Lawsuit says Minn. archdiocese helped priest flee

ST. PAUL (MN)
The Jamestown Sun

The Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ST. PAUL, Minn.

Top officials with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis helped an Ecuadorean priest flee the United States after he allegedly molested a 4-year-old girl, a lawsuit alleges.

The lawsuit, filed late Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court, names the Twin Cities Roman Catholic archdiocese, as well as the Diocese of Guaranda in Ecuador and the Rev. Francisco "Fredy" Montero Monar, who came here in 2002 and returned to Ecuador in July 2007 after police questioned him about the abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Group Wants Changes In Wyoming Catholic Church

CHEYENNE (WY)
CBS 5

Cheyenne - 9/10/2008

Alex Hannum Reports: Officials and victims from SNAP or the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests gathered in Cheyenne Wednesday afternoon. Their mission, to ask the Cheyenne Catholic Church to stand up to alleged sexual abuse.

They took a list of demands including having retired Cheyenne Bishop Joseph Hart defrocked to the Cheyenne Dioceses, all in hopes of putting an end to the pain caused by sexual abuse in the church.

Among other things on their list placing an ad in the Wyoming Catholic Register Newspapaer, and asking for a portion of the children's home in Torrington which is named after Hart.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Archdiocese denies helping priest to flee, as alleged in lawsuit

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Brady Gervais and Kevin Harter
Pioneer Press
Article Last Updated: 09/10/2008 03:40:21 PM CDT

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis this afternoon denied helping a priest accused of molesting a child while working in Minnesota flee the country, as alleged in a lawsuit filed today in Ramsey County District Court.

Fr. Francisco Montero, also known as Francisco "Fredy" Montero Monar, used his position to coerce and manipulate the child into having sexual contact with him around February and March 2007, according to the lawsuit. The child attended the Church of the Incarnation in Minneapolis, where the priest taught her how to pray and counseled her on spiritual matters.

The lawsuit, which seeks $50,000 in damages, also alleges that the Diocese of Guaranda in Ecuador, which ordained Montero, "knew or should reasonably have known of Montero's dangerous and exploitative propensities" of a child sexual abuser. And that the Twin Cities Archdiocese allowed Montero to flee the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

5th suit alleges sex abuse by former Sallies priest

DELAWARE
WDEL

[with audio]

By Mellany Armstrong

Another former Salesianum student has filed a sex abuse suit against a former teacher.

It's the fifth suit to be filed since early August against the Rev. Dennis Killion. In the new suit, James Marsili says he was sexually abused and harassed by Killion in the mid-80s. Lawyer Bart Dalton says he believes there will be more victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Rape accused not a priest

SOUTH AFRICA
News 24

10/09/2008 20:05 - (SA)

Johannesburg - The man accused of raping two young boys at a mosque in Germiston was a caretaker there and not a cleric, police said on Wednesday.

Captain Steady Nawa said the 49-year-old man lied to both his victims and the police claiming he was the maulana - Muslim cleric - at the mosque.

However, the real maulana had since made a statement in which he said the man came to the mosque asking for accommodation three months ago and was allowed to stay and act as the caretaker of the property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Top Doc Scared Off Panel On Rabbinic Sex Molestors

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

by Hella Winston
Special To The Jewish Week

A prominent Orthodox rabbi and psychologist has been intimidated into quitting as head of a just-formed task force dealing with rabbinic sex abuse of minors, organized by Assemblyman Dov Hikind this week.

Dr. Benzion Twerski told The Jewish Week Wednesday that he was quitting the task force because “I was prosecuted in the street for daring to join such a venture.”

“To protect myself, my family, and reputation, I decided to withdraw from this project,” he wrote in an e-mail as the paper was going to press with a story announcing Hikind’s formation of the task force. “From this point, I am avoiding participation in any forms of public service. Public life is not for me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Subject: Minnesota priest molests 3 year old, while living with Archdiocese's Vicar General

MINNESOTA
SNAP-Great Plains

PRESS ADVISORY
September 10, 2008

While supposedly living with top church official, priest molests 3 year old

After he's arrested, archdiocese helps him flee to his native South America

Prosecutors then declined to pursue 2006-07 child sex crimes involving young girl

New civil child molestation and cover up case against Catholic hierarchy is filed

In rare move, lawsuit includes Ecuador diocese as a defendant too

WHAT
At a news conference, a pre-school victim's attorneys will announce and discuss a new child molestation and cover up lawsuit involving recent child sex crimes. It's against two dioceses (one here, one in South America) and a pedophile priest who
-- lived with a high ranking Twin Cities Catholic official,
-- molested a Minnesota girl,
-- was arrested, but
-- has since left the country with the help of local church staff

The predator is now believed to be living in Ecuador.

WHEN
TODAY, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
At the law offices of Jeff Anderson, 336 Jackson (corner of Fifth) in downtown St. Paul MN

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Must Read: Letter to Beaumont (TX) Bishop Guillory

BEAUMONT (TX)
Voice from the Desert

Published with the author’s permission. ...

Sir, I wanted to write this letter straight from me to you. No attorneys, no middle-men (Michael Jamail) …just the two of us. Fair enough? Firstly, I would like to explain to you that I am in NO WAY angry, or upset with you for skating out of your responsibility to me and my family. I am disappointed, but that’s ok, I’ve had lots of disappointments in my life lately and I am certain I will have many more. So, please understand that this letter is NOT written in anger or bitterness. Ok?

Bishop, I would like for you to understand something sir, and I would like for you to understand it clearly.

In or around July of 1969, I WAS sexually molested at the St. Pius X Rectory in Beaumont Texas by the then Asst. Pastor; Ernest Dale Calhoun. I was 15 years old at the time. Now, sir weather or not you believe that is totally irrelevant to me at this time. Two years ago, the Roman Catholic Faithful and SNAP administered a polygraph to me WHICH I PASSED with FLYING COLORS.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Son's alleged fraud bankrupts bishop

NORWAY
United Press International

OSLO, Norway, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A Norwegian bishop faces bankruptcy after collecting millions of kroner for his son, who was supposed to use the money for a high-tech startup company.

The son, Bjarte Baasland, has been charged with fraud, Aftenposten said. He is believed to be hiding in the Czech Republic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Fugitive priest accused of molestation is sued

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By HERÓN MÁRQUEZ ESTRADA, Star Tribune

Last update: September 10, 2008 - 3:41 PM

A 41-year-old priest who fled to Ecuador while being investigated for criminal sexual conduct last year is being sued for allegedly molesting a 4-year-old girl, attorneys for the girl said this afternoon.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, which brought the priest to the Twin Cities as part of an exchange program with an Ecuadoran diocese in 2001, is also named in the civil suit filed by attorney Jeff Anderson of St. Paul.

The suit does not seek any specific monetary relief, but does say it will be asking for more than $50,000.

Details about the suit were provided during a news conference this afternoon in Anderson's St. Paul office.

Anderson said that the archdiocese here sent a letter to the Rev. Francisco (Fredy) Montero's superiors in Ecuador detailing the allegations against him, including claims that he misappropriated large sums of money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Vatican suspends prominent priest

VATICAN CITY
Religious Intelligence (United Kingdom)

Wednesday, 10th September 2008. 4:27pm

By: Roberto Sanchez Guevara.

Father Tomislav Vlasic, a Franciscan priest who was prominent in the early efforts to publicize the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, has been suspended from ministry pending the outcome of a Vatican investigation because of his flagrant disregard for ecclesiastical discipline.

Father Vlasic -- who eventually broke with the Medjugorje "seers" and founded his own quasi-religious community, was cited for "suspicion of heresy and schism, as well as scandalous acts ‘contra sextum’, aggravated by mystical motivations".

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said charges against Fr Tomislav Vlasic include "the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspicious mysticism, disobedience toward legitimately issued orders" and charges that he violated one commandment: You shall not commit adultery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Bishop apologizes to Belleville congregations

BELLEVILLE (IL)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Tim Townsend
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
09/10/2008
Pastors across the Roman Catholic diocese of Belleville will read a letter of apology from Bishop Edward Braxton to their congregations Sunday addressing last month’s $5 million verdict for conspiring to hide allegations of sexual abuse by a priest involving a former altar boy.

In the letter, dated Sept. 5, Braxton said he followed the trial, in St. Clair County court, and expressed his "profound and sincere remorse and apology to anyone who was ever abused as a minor by a priest in this Diocese."

"I will renew the efforts by the Diocese in preventing any future acts of abuse," Braxton wrote. "I assure you that I will never assign a priest to your parish whose sexual abuse of a minor is known to me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

Pedophiles still slip into priesthood: in Anaheim, Rev. Ramirez sentenced quietly to 180 days in jail last month. Plus letters to the editor

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

I had to keep checking the date, certain the news story I was reading was from at least the 1990s. Nope, the dates are August 19 and 20, 2008, Orange County Register, this time it’s an Augustinian from Mexico, The Rev. Luis Eduardo Ramirez, Youth Director at Our Lady of the Pillar parish in Santa Ana until January 2008 when he was arrested for taking a teenage boy to a motel and pouring him tequila while reaching under the boy’s pants. The kid ran out the door, told his parents, and yes, one thing different is that The Rev. Luis Eduardo Ramirez was arrested. Quietly. Under the radar.

In June, Ramirez pled out most of the charges, again quietly. “He was bailed out by his order, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and burglary – a charge allowed when a building is used in the commission of a crime,” writes Rachanee Srisavasdi in the OC Register August 19th. “The case has not been publicized, other than a diocese announcement in the church bulletin.” (Photo of Ramirez above left is originally from the OC Register.)

Rev. Ramirez does not have to register as a sex offender. He must refrain from consuming alcohol except as part of religious ceremonies. . . . ah yes, those religious ceremonies with children and tequila....

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Greek pastor accused in Dallas sued in Chicago

DALLAS (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
samhodges@dallasnews.com

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago alleges that Greek Orthodox Church officials received reports that a local priest had sexually abused boys and dealt with it by sending him to Dallas.

Nicholas Katinas – now defrocked – already faced a lawsuit in Dallas County in which five males say he abused them in the 1980s, early in his long tenure as pastor of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas.

The suit filed Tuesday in Chicago says Mr. Katinas sexually abused a child in the 1970s at his previous church, in Olympia Fields, Ill.

"If they had removed him instead of transferring him in 1978, nobody in Texas would have been abused," said Marc Pearlman, the Chicago lawyer who sued for the plaintiff, who says he was abused by Mr. Katinas as a teenage altar boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Yet Another Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against Former "Father Nick"

TEXAS
Dallas Observer

Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 01:09:48 PM
In February 2007, Rev. Nicholas Katinas -- described by The Dallas Morning News as "the longtime, beloved pastor of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in North Dallas" -- was suspended from the church because of allegations he'd sexually abused minors. At 1:30 today, one of those allegations will become yet another lawsuit -- only this one's not in Dallas, but in Illinois, where Katinas had been a pastor until his move here in 1978. The suit comes 13 days before a trial is scheduled to begin in Dallas involving two other sexual abuse allegations brought against Katinas in Dallas federal court last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Demystifying Canon Law (Part 1)

CANADA
Zenit

By Carrie Gress

QUEBEC CITY, SEPT. 9, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Canon law is more than just regulations, but is active living out of our Catholic tradition, says author Pete Vere.

Vere co-authored with Michael Trueman "Surprised by Canon Law: 150 Questions Laypeople Ask About Canon Law," and "Surprised by Canon Law, Volume 2: More Questions Catholics Ask About Canon Law," both published by Servant Books. ...

Q: Another painful issue for Catholics over the past five years has been the sexual misconduct crisis. What do you say about the Church's handling of these cases in light of canon law?

Vere: It is a tragedy whenever a young person is abused, especially when this abuse is perpetuated by one who has been set aside to care for Christ's faithful. Past action, or lack thereof, to address these situations, did not utilize the canon law legal remedies. It was not a failure of the Church's law, which, promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1983, contained a canon to punish clerics who sexually abused minors; it was a failure of leadership to utilize these laws.

In my opinion, canon law was erroneously seen as overly complex, lending to being easily overturned on appeal by the priest, and advocating a too-harsh penalty, rather than providing a pastoral and charitable remedy. "How can we preach forgiveness if we remove Father X from active ministry because of one mistake?" was the common objection. Additionally, advice from the psychological community erred on the side of patient reform and secular legal counsel usually sought out-of-court settlements and party confidentiality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Woman who led abuse review panel slams Cardinal George

CHICAGO (IL)
USA Today

By Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
An Illinois Supreme Court justice who chaired a lay review board investigating the Catholic sex abuse scandal blasts the church and prominent cardinals in a new book, accusing them of dishonesty.

Justice Anne M. Burke, who headed the National Review Board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops from 2002 to 2004, says "bishops got away with concealing crime" and singles out Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

Burke says she was furious at George's "casual attitude" and said he "wasn't honest with me." Burke also says George, now president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, didn't tell her he was housing an abusive priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Ex-Bishop Verot priest faces suit

FORT MYERS (FL)
The News-Press

JANINE ZEITLIN • jzeitlin@news-press.com • September 10, 2008

Another lawsuit is being filed linking a former Bishop Verot High School priest, the Rev. Dennis Killion, to child sexual abuse allegations. Killion worked as the Fort Myers Catholic school's activities director from July 2006 until June.

In early August, a complaint was filed in a Delaware court by four men, outlining allegations that traced to Killion's time teaching at an all-boys Catholic school in Wilmington, Del., in the mid-1980s. It charged Catholic officials knew or should have known about the abuse but did little or nothing to stop it.

The most recent lawsuit was filed Tuesday, also in Delaware, said lawyers for the man and the other individuals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Belleville bishop apologizes for priest abuse

BELLEVILLE (IL)
WTHI

Associated Press - September 10, 2008 2:34 AM ET

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The Roman Catholic bishop of Belleville is apologizing for the sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the church for several years.

In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Edward Braxton wrote he is joining with his fellow bishops to express sorrow to those who have suffered because of the actions of priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Bishop Braxton expresses 'deep sorrow' for sex abuse by Belleville priests

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

[with link to the bishop's letter of apology]

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK
News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE --In his first public comment since a jury awarded $5 million to a former altar boy sexually abused by a Belleville priest, Bishop Edward Braxton wrote to parishioners: "I join with my fellow bishops in expressing deep sorrow to those who have suffered because of the actions of priests."

Braxton, who was not installed as bishop until years after allegations of a diocesan cover-up of the abuse, wrote the one-page letter dated Sept. 5 to priests to be read at Mass. It does not address the concerns of citizens groups who have urged him not to allow an appeal of the Aug. 27 jury verdict against the diocese.

The award resulted from a 2002 lawsuit brought by former altar boy James Wisniewski, now 47, of Champaign, who said he was sexually abused by the Rev. Raymond Kownacki for five years beginning when he was 13. Kownacki, of Dupo, has stated he will not comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Former altar boy claims sexual abuse by priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

September 10, 2008

BY WILLIAM LEE SouthtownStar
A former altar boy at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Olympia Fields filed a lawsuit in which he says a priest sexually abused him there in the 1970s and that church officials covered it up.

The suit, filed Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court, accuses the Rev. Nicholas E. Katinas of molesting the 15-year-old boy from spring 1977 to September 1978 while he was pastor of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church.

Katinas, who joined Assumption in January 1969, groomed the victim for abuse by showering him with attention and telling him he was a "good-looking boy" and that he was "special" before initiating the sexual contact, according to the lawsuit. The victim is now 46.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

September 9, 2008

Priest accused of abuse has died

TUCSON (AZ)
The Arizona Daily Star

09/09/2008 10:33 AM
Stephanie Innes
The Rev. Timothy J. Szott, a Catholic priest living in Tucson who was recently accused of molesting a boy in 1999, has died of leukemia.

Szott died last month during a medical leave he’d taken from the local non-profit Habitat for Humanity, confirmed Michael McDonald, the agency’s executive director.

Szott was a registered sex offender in Michigan related to a conviction for possessing child pornography in 2003. He pleaded no contest in that case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Greek Orthodox priest accused of abuse, church cover-up alleged

CHICAGO (IL)
Southtown Star

Sun-Times News Group
A Greek Orthodox priest engaged in the repeated sexual abuse of boys at an Olympia Fields church in the 1970s and church officials, while removing him from the church, did not report his crimes to law enforcement, according to a lawsuit to be filed this afternoon.

The lawsuit, to be filed by attorney Marc Pearlman and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, alleges in the late 1970s, a then-teenage altar boy at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the Rev. Nicholas E. Katinas.

Katinas was pastor at Assumption from 1969-78, when his superiors transferred him to a Dallas church where he worked for 28 years, according to a release from the victim's attorneys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Polish priest jailed for raping parishioner

POLAND
Earthtimes

Warsaw - A former priest in the Polish city of Czestochowa was sentenced to three years in jail Tuesday for raping a 20-year-old parishioner. Krzysztof, 43, whose last name was withheld in accordance with Polish law, was reported to police in September 2006.

Another person was given six months and a fine for trying to convince the victim to withdraw the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Lawsuit: Priest Abused Boys And Got Away With It

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS 2

CHICAGO (STNG) ― A suit to be filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday claims a Greek Orthodox priest engaged in the repeated sexual abuse of boys at a south suburban church in the 1970s and church officials, while removing him from the church, did not report his crimes to law enforcement.

The suit, to be filed by attorney Marc Pearlman and the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, alleges that in the late 1970s, a then teenage altar boy at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Olympia Fields was repeatedly sexually assaulted by the Rev. Nicholas E. Katinas.

Katinas was pastor at Assumption from 1969-78, when his superiors transferred him to a Dallas church where he worked for 28 years, according to a release from the victim's attorneys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Mistrial for Horseshoe Bay priest

TEXAS
KXAN

AUSTIN, Texas (KXAN) -- The trial for Paul Clogan, a Horseshoe Bay priest, was canceled after jurors arrived at the Burnet County Courthouse Annex Tuesday morning.

Clogan, the former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, is charged with indecency with a child. The 77-year-old is accused of inappropriately grabbing a 16-year-old boy at the Driftwood Movie Theater in Marble Falls in December 2005. The alleged incident happened during a showing of King Kong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

School sex abuse case widens

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Damien Murphy and Jonathan Dart
September 10, 2008

ALLEGATIONS of sexual abuse at St Stanislaus's College in Bathurst are likely to widen, with two more former teachers at the school to be named to police.

A 47-year-old man who attended the school in the 1970s said he witnessed what he called "inappropriate sexual behaviour" by a priest and a brother, members of the Vincentian Order, while he was a boarder there.

He was preparing a statement for police about the behaviour of the priest and brother after reading reports in the past fortnight that three religious teachers at the school in the '70s and '80s had been arrested and charged with child-sex offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

New book blasts Cardinal George; Sex abuse victims respond

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Today's Boston Globe discloses that a new book quoting an Illinois Supreme Court justice blasts Cardinal Francis George for letting a convicted Delaware child molester live part time in his mansion and work in the archdiocese. ...

In 2003, when the Chicago Sun Times disclosed the priest's presence in Chicago, George initially claimed he didn't know about Fr. Kenneth Martin's past. Later, George's spokesman split hairs, claiming the church's sex abuse guidelines deal with only priests, and since Martin abused when he was a seminarian, the guidelines didn't apply.

George's secretive and reckless move happened in 2003, AFTER the US bishops supposedly committed to being "open and transparent" about clergy sex cases.

Sadly, however, the Martin case is just one of a long line of irresponsible, deceptive and insensitive steps taken by the Cardinal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Priest accused of sexual misconduct

TEXAS
North Texas Daily

DECATUR (MCT) -A deceased Decatur priest has been accused of sexual misconduct with a boy three decades ago, Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese officials said Monday.

The diocese was notified about the accusations against the priest, the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer, on Aug. 25 by the man's spouse, diocese officials said.

"We've received a credible allegation," said the Rev. James Hart, chancellor of the diocese. "This would have happened when he was 11 years of age, which would be 1978."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Fort Worth diocese reports abuse of minor

FORT WORTH (TX)
Marshall News Messenger

FORT WORTH, Texas — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth says it has recently learned a priest, now dead, sexually abused a minor in 1978 in Decatur.

The Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Fort Worth diocese, said in a statement Monday that Father Francis A. Zimmerer allegedly abused an 11-year-old male that year at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Decatur.

The diocese was contacted on Aug. 25 by the spouse of the man, who is now 42. The statement said the diocese determined the 30-year-old allegation was credible and offered the man, who lives out of state, counseling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Opinion: The difference between victims and victimhood

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Daily Republic

Tim Giago syndicated columnist
Published Monday, September 08, 2008

Thirty years ago, I wrote a book about the damage Indian boarding schools have done emotionally and spiritually to the Indian people. To one Native American writer this makes me a prisoner bound up in the chains of “victimhood.”

Charles “Wobbie” Trimble wrote that when we (Indians) speak, the white people interject, “Tell us about those awful days in boarding school; tell us how they beat you up.”

I wrote about the Indian mission boarding schools because by putting my pent-up feelings on paper I was able to face my anxieties and put that fear and yes, confusion, behind me. I did not write this book as a victim, but as a victor. I faced my fears and overcame them.

Shortly after my book came out I had a visit from a Catholic nun named Marie Therese Archambault, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She embraced me and said that when she read my book the catharsis was immediate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Bond reduced for one Maryville church youth worker

MARYVILLE (TN)
Knoxville News Sentinel

By Robert Wilson

MARYVILLE -- Preliminary hearings for a couple charged with sexual abuse of teenage girls at a Maryville church were reset this afternoon to Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.

General Sessions Judge William R. Brewer reduced bond for Laura Lee Click Salazar to $20,000, from $100,000, on condition that she have no contact with any victims or witnesses, directly or indirectly, and no contact with her husband, co-defendant Michael R. Salazar.

The Salazars are accused of sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure in connection with alleged incidents at the couple's Wrights Ferry Road home. Documents allege they had sexual relations with girls aged 15 at the time, between September 2007 and June of this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Church youth leader's bond reduced in sexual abuse cases

MARYVILLE (TN)
The Daily Times

By Jessica Stith
of The Daily Times Staff

Two married youth leaders charged with having inappropriate sexual activity with juvenile girls who attended their church appeared in court today and bonds were reduced for one of the youth leaders.

Michael Roy Salazar and Laura Lee Click Salazar, both 35, of Wrights Road, Louisville, appeared before Judge William R. Brewer in Blount County General Sessions Court. They were taken into custody on Aug. 6 and Michael Salazar was charged with three counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and three counts of statutory rape by an authority figure. Laura Salazar was charged with one count each of sexual battery by an authority figure and statutory rape by an authority figure.

The charges stem from allegations made by six juvenile girls who attended Lord�s Disciple Church, 2002 Old Knoxville Pike, Maryville, where the Salazars have attended on and off for nine years and have been youth leaders for three years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Local Teacher Suspended Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations

NORTH CAROLINA
My Fox

MyFox Local News

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (WGHP) -- A former student at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has informed the school's principal about an alleged incident of sexual misconduct that took place at a teacher's home in 2001.

The teacher was confronted by the principal and denied the allegation. In accordance with the Diocese of Charlotte policy on sexual abuse, the teacher was suspended on Friday, Sept. 5.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Bishop-McGuinness teacher suspended

NORTH CAROLINA
Winston-Salem Journal

By Lisa Boone-Wood | Journal Reporter

Published: September 9, 2008

KERNERSVILLE

A teacher at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Kernersville was suspended Friday after a former student accused the teacher of sexual misconduct, officials said yesterday.

The former student reported the incident to the school's principal Thursday, officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte said. The student said that the incident happened 2001 at the teacher's home in Greensboro.

The teacher denied the allegation but was suspended Friday in accordance with the Charlotte diocese policy on sexual abuse, said David Hains, a spokesman for the Diocese of Charlotte.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Malooly new Catholic Diocese of Wilmington bishop

WILMINGTON (DE)
Baltimore Sun

By Randall Chase | The Associated Press
6:50 AM EDT, September 9, 2008
Wilmington, Del. - The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington installed the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly as its ninth bishop Monday, and the new leader used the occasion to apologize to victims of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of priests.

Malooly made the remarks in a homily he delivered to an overflow crowd of more than 800 people who packed St. Elizabeth's Church in Wilmington to greet him. The diocese oversees 58 parishes in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"Sadly, the innocence of too many of our diocese's children was stolen by the very individuals whose duty it was to protect and safeguard it," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Cardinal Accused Of Being Dishonest About Sex Abuse In Clergy

CHICAGO (IL)
WBBM

(WBBM) - A new book about Catholics in America quotes everyone from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to actor Susan Sarandon and author Frank McCourt on how they view their faith. It also includes critical comments from Illinois Supreme Court Justice who sat on a national priest sex abuse watchdog panel.

WBBM’s Bernie Tafoya reports.

In the book, Being Catholic Now by author Kerry Kennedy, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke takes Chicago Roman Catholic Archbishop Francis Cardinal George to task for trying to split hairs on the priest sex abuse issue, specifically about how he portrayed a guest in his official residence. The guest, from Delaware, had admitted sexually abusing children, abuse that occurred before he became a priest.

Cardinal George said at the time that no priest in ministry in Chicago had substantiated claims of abuse against minors. He says now that was a true statement. Fr. Kenneth Martin had only been visiting and was not in ministry in Chicago.

Justice Burke says she was furious over what she calls the cardinal’s casual attitude about letting Fr. Martin stay with him. Burke says she found the cardinal’s lack of honesty difficult to deal with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Sexual-misconduct accusation against priest made more than 25 years after his death

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By DARREN BARBEE
dbarbee@star-telegram.com

A deceased Decatur priest has been accused of sexual misconduct with a boy three decades ago, Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese officials said Monday.

The diocese was notified about the accusations against the priest, the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer, on Aug. 25 by the man’s spouse, diocese officials said.

"We’ve received a credible allegation," said the Rev. James Hart, chancellor of the diocese. "This would have happened when he was 11 years of age, which would be 1978." ...

Barbara Dorris, outreach director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement that the organization is grateful that the family came forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Interview in new book criticizes cardinal

CHICAGO (IL)
ABC 7

In a new book to be released Tuesday, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke accuses Chicago Cardinal Francis George of dishonesty.

The book is called "Being Catholic Now." It was written by Kerry Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

According to the book, Burke criticizes the cardinal for not telling her that he was housing a priest accused of abuse in Delaware. Burke headed an advisory board on clergy sexual abuse for the U.S. Catholic bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

He 'wasn't honest'

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

BY MIKE THOMAS Religion Reporter
In a new book, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke slams Cardinal Francis George for his "lack of honesty" and "casual attitude" about allowing a sex abuser priest to stay in his mansion in 2003.

For several years, Burke served on the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The board keeps tabs on clergy sex abuse in the U.S. church.

Burke sharply criticizes George in author Kerry Kennedy's just-released book Being Catholic Now. It's in stores today.

"The cardinal wasn't honest with me," Burke tells Kennedy in an interview conducted in the summer of 2007. "Perhaps he was not honest with himself."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Victim Files New Priest Molestation Case Against Serial Predator

CHICAGO (IL)
PRNewswire

WHAT
At a news conference, attorneys for a victim of a Chicago pedophile priest will disclose and discuss a new civil child sexual abuse and cover up lawsuit against the cleric and his superiors in the Greek Orthodox church

WHEN
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
At the law office of Marc Pearlman, Kerns, Frost & Pearlman, 70 West Madison (Suite 5350), in downtown Chicago

WHO
The victims' attorneys, who have several other pending child molestation cases against Chicago predators, and members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

September 8, 2008

Cardinal Francis George criticized in book over honesty on involvement with accused priests

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Margaret Ramirez | Chicago Tribune reporter
1:56 PM CDT, September 8, 2008
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, who headed an advisory board for the nation's Catholic bishops on clergy sexual abuse, sharply criticized Cardinal Francis George and accused him of being dishonest in a new book being released Tuesday.

In Kerry Kennedy's new book, "Being Catholic Now," Burke said the Chicago-based cardinal withheld from her the fact that he was housing in his residence a priest accused of abuse in Delaware. She says she was "furious at his casual attitude" and that "the cardinal wasn't honest with me. Perhaps he was not honest with himself."

"I found the cardinal's lack of honesty really difficult to deal with. How do I go on to trust what he says to me? This continues to the present day. He and his brother bishops have been in denial all along," Burke said.

Asked by the Boston Globe about Burke's comment, George said in an e-mail that he allowed the Delaware priest to stay in his residence during a visit to Chicago, and that "to the best of my knowledge, I have been honest in every public and private statement I have made about the sexual abuse issue."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Groups call for Belleville Diocese to speak out about sexual abuse

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

Two citizen watchdog groups today called on members of a Belleville Diocese review board to speak out concerning recent civil court testimony of cover-ups of priest sexual abuse of minors or resign.

The groups are the Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity (FOSIL) and of the St. Louis-based Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton, who was in a meeting, was left a letter from FOSIL asking that he reject filing an appeal of the jury verdict handed up Aug. 27 in the trial that resulted from a lawsuit filed by James Wisniewski, who alleges that as a boy he was sexual abused by the Rev. Raymond Kownacki. Wisniewski was awarded $5 million in damages after a seven-day trial that included testimony that high-ranking diocese officials knew that Kownacki was a rapist and sexual abuser of children but covered it up for years. Kownacki was one of 15 priests removed from active ministry in 1995 after the review board found "credible evidence" that he sexually abused children. Another priest was removed because of sexual addiction involving adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Jury trial sought for disgraced ex-priest

VIRGINIA
Daily Press

By the Associated Press
September 8, 2008
LOUISA, Va. - A former Roman Catholic priest convicted of federal charges of bilking two rural Virginia churches of hundreds of thousands of dollars will be tried in October on state charges.

Rodney Rodis entered pleas of not guilty Monday to 10 counts of embezzlement. An Oct. 29 trial date was scheduled in Louisa County, and the prosecutor is seeking a jury trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Two Women walk across Oregon to make a difference

OREGON
WPIC

[with video]

By Lindsey Kovacevich

WINSTON, Ore.-Two women and two young children were in Winston Sunday morning, after starting out in Ashland on their trek through the state. One of the ladies, who wanted to remain anonymous, is a survivor of child sex abuse and she's hoping to change attitudes and the laws in Oregon. "We are working to eliminate the statute of limitations for child sex abuse, for criminal prosecution. At this point if you report after 30 years old you have no recourse and we're working very hard with Andy Olson, a representative to change that."

She says they are also raising money to provide therapy for survivors.
Virginia Jones is also a survivor and she says she wants people to know its ok to tell your story. "We just have to emphasize how difficult and how painful it is for people to come forward, either out of the fear of their abuser, or shame or guilt, for the abused. Or sometimes people just don't recognize they were abused."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Raped by one they trusted

FIJI
The Fiji Times

By VERENAISI RAICOLA
Tuesday, September 09, 2008

THE name Livingston may not ring a bell in Fiji.

But they - Joe and Paul Livingston - were raped by a Catholic Church janitor and shared, with 506 other people, a US$660million settlement reached with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles last year.

Joe and Paul, now in their 40s, were lured with doughnuts, candy and games of checkers at St Joachim's Elementary School in Costa Mesa at the age of six and seven and then were sexually molested by the church janitor.

On Saturday, the brothers were in Suva for a three-hour transit after holidaying at the Beqa Lagoon for a week.

They were motivated to speak to The Fiji Times to encourage boys and girls that may be abused to speak out and seek counselling after reading a story similar to theirs in this newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

FLDS members arraigned in Texas court

TEXAS
Deseret News

By Ben Winslow
Deseret News
Published: Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 11:18 a.m. MDT

ELDORADO, Texas — Four members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church indicted by a grand jury here made their first formal court appearances today.

Raymond Merril Jessop, 36, Allan Eugene Keate, 56, Michael George Emack, 57, and Merril Leroy Jessop, 33, appeared for pre-trial hearings on sexual assault charges. Merril Leroy Jessop also had a hearing on a bigamy charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Sexual misconduct charge made against late Decatur priest

DECATUR (TX)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

BY DARREN BARBEE
dbarbee@star-telegram.com

A deceased Decatur priest has been accused of sexual misconduct with a boy three decades ago, Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese officials said Monday.

The diocese was notified about the allegations against the priest, the Rev. Francis A. Zimmerer, on Aug. 25, by the man’s spouse, diocese officials said.

“We’ve received a credible allegation,” said the Rev. James Hart, chancellor of the diocese. “This would have happened when he was 11 years of age, which would be 1978.”

Zimmerer, a Benedictine order priest, died in 1983 at age 74. The alleged victim, who is now 42, lives out of state but was a member of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church as a boy. He was allegedly abused in the priest’s rectory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Muslim priest in court for rape

SOUTH AFRICA
News 24

08/09/2008 15:25 - (SA)

Johannesburg - A Muslim cleric accused of raping two young boys, appeared briefly in the Germiston Regional Court on Monday.

Control prosecutor Neil Oberholzer said the maulana (priest) had his rights explained to him during his first court appearance and the case was postponed until Wednesday.

It is expected that at this appearance that a bail application might be brought.

Last week, two boys, aged 10 and 12, reported to the police that they had been raped, allegedly by a Muslim cleric at a Germiston mosque.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 AM

Then Sister Abhaya; now Sister Anupa Mary

INDIA
Organizer

By S. Chandrasekhar

Sixteen years ago, in March 1992, the body of Sister Abhaya was found in the well of the St. Pious X Convent in Kottayam District, Kerala. Now, in 2008, after several rounds of police and CBI investigations, the dark minds that terminated this ‘Angel of Christ’ are still free, thanks to the political and numerical clout of the Christian church in Kerala. Although the brain mapping, polygraph and narco-analysis tests conducted on the prime suspects Father Thomas Kottoor, Fr. Jose Poothrukayil and Sister Sephy at Central Forensic Sciences Lab at Bangalore and Delhi proved positive, the CBI, the Premier investigation agency in the country, has the audacity to tell the court, “we have only clues, not clinching evidence”. There are also reports that CD’s of narco-analysis on these suspects have been tampered with! Such is the reach of the Christian church—which went, then, upto Narasimha Rao to torpedo the case and now upto Sonia Gandhi!

Sister Anupa Mary (22) who joined St. Mary’s convent in Port Kollam on May 27 was found hanging from the ceiling of her room in the convent on August 11 at 4 AM. Her Father Pappachan was a cook in the Bishop’s House at Kollam and she was promised medical education along with her nunnery.

Her father has alleged that his daughter was physically, mentally and sexually tortured by the other sisters of the convent, especially the Mother Superior. He said Anupa Mary was asked to wash the undergarments of other nuns, clean their toilets and do all menial jobs. He also alleged that his daughter was not allowed to close the doors of her room at night and the nuns used to come to her room and sexually abuse

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Ex-priest Rodis due in Louisa court on 13 larceny charges

VIRGINIA
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Monday, Sep 08, 2008 - 09:04 AM

The former Catholic priest accused of stealing from two Louisa County churches is due in court today.

Rodney L. Rodis is scheduled to appear in Louisa Circuit Court this afternoon on 13 grand larceny charges, according to the state courts database.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Kerry Kennedy: Obama & Catholics divine

Monday, September 8th 2008, 4:00 AM

Kerry Kennedy thinks Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Joe Biden have got the Catholic vote.

"Certainly, Catholic voters will be key in this election," said Kennedy, who founded the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights in honor of her late father. "I think they are responding to the vision of hope that Barack Obama articulates. ...

Nowhere is that diversity more evident than in Kennedy's fascinating new book, "Being Catholic Now," for which she interviewed famous Catholics from far left to far right, including Susan Sarandon, Martin Sheen, Bill O'Reilly, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Gabriel Byrne, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Maher. "I was struck by their raw honesty," Kennedy said.

She cried when Byrne told his story of being abused by a priest as a child, and spotting the abuser at a football game decades later. "I called him and asked if he remembered me," said the actor. "He said, ‘No.' ... He didn't make the connection, but I, of course, did." Byrne blames the vows of celibacy, "which I regard as a sin against human life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Tues. panel marks year of Child Victim's Act

DELAWARE
The News Journal

The News Journal • August 4, 2008

Survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates and lawyers will participate Tuesday night in a panel discussion marking the first year of Delaware's Child Victim's Act passed by lawmakers in 2007.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Bernard and Ruth Siegel Jewish Community Center in Talleyville.

Panelists include Joelle Casteix, a survivor and southwest regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests; Charles F. Gallagher III, deputy district attorney of Philadelphia; Marci A. Hamilton, law professor and author; Valerie Marek, executive director of Survivors Of Abuse in Recovery (SOAR); and Vicki Polin, survivor and director of the Awareness Center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Let's see what happens...

UNITED STATES
Father Lasch

In as much as this website is committed to church reform at many levels, I think it may be of interest to visitors have access to information that challenge us all to think. Whether we agree with all that is taking place in the reform movement is less important than allowing ourselves to be exposed to information that makes us think. I am not sure the ordination of women is going to be the long range solution to Catholic reform in the same manner that I do not believe the ordination of celibate men within a clerical caste is the solution to our vocation shortage. I am thinking a bit more radically at this point along the lines of the experience of the early church that called from its ranks, proven members of the community to preside at Eucharist—doing what the Lord Jesus did at the Last Supper. ...

Roman Catholicism never ceases to amaze when it comes to the power of Catholic women. Even inveterate church-watchers like me are occasionally taken aback, as we were recently, by the St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke’s declaration of interdict against Louise Lears, a Sister of Charity. Her “grave crime” was supporting and attending (with 600 others) the ordination of two Catholic women—both of whom were promptly excommunicated by the same bishop. The day after his declaration, the Vatican announced that Archbishop Burke has been named head of the Apostolic Signatura, its highest court of canon law where such cases are heard on appeal. He will undoubtedly be elevated to cardinal soon. Quid quo pro, perhaps?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Catholic leaders should be punished for not stopping abusive priests, SNAP says

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

Tribune staff report
September 8, 2008
Parishioners at Holy Name Cathedral on the city's Near North Side were handed fliers Sunday from members of an advocacy group that hopes to see archdiocese of Chicago leaders disciplined for their handling of sexual abuse claims.

The archdiocese agreed last month to pay $13 million to settle claims brought by 16 people who were abused by priests as children. As the Tribune had previously reported, the church also released documents, including a deposition taken from Cardinal Francis George, that call into question how church leaders handled certain abuse claims.

Rev. Edward Grace withheld information about abuse allegations against Rev. Daniel McCormack, who is now serving a 5-year prison sentence, before McCormack was promoted to a supervisory position, according to the cardinal's deposition. A letter of reprimand was placed in Grace's file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Head of bishops' panel criticizes clerics

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / September 8, 2008

[with link to the interview with Kerry Kennedy]

The Illinois Supreme Court justice who headed a board chosen by the Catholic bishops to assist them with preventing clergy sexual abuse accuses one of the nation's top Catholic prelates of dishonesty and sharply criticizes a second in Kerry Kennedy's new book, "Being Catholic Now," which is being released tomorrow.

The two cardinals named by Justice Anne M. Burke, Francis E. George of Chicago and Edward M. Egan of New York, both issued statements to the Globe rejecting the criticism.

Burke, who was interim chair of the National Review Board for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for two years, details the scope of her concern about the American bishops in an interview with Kennedy, a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, in her book.

She says the board "started having problems with individual cardinals and bishops who thought we were too aggressive," and that "bishops got away with concealing crime," and "just when you think these bishops are getting it, they turn around and do something that in any other enterprise would result in their own dismissal."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

September 7, 2008

Ex-N.H. jail chaplain gets prison for assault

DOVER (NH)
Telegram & Gazette

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DOVER, N.H.— A former Strafford County jail chaplain is headed to prison for at least two years, after being convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

Ralph Flodin, 71, was sentenced Friday to 2 to 10 years in prison on two sexual assault convictions. He also got a suspended 12-month county jail sentence for two misdemeanor sexual assault convictions.

Flodin was convicted of assaulting an inmate he was counseling at the Strafford County jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Vatican suspends priest linked to Medjugorje apparitions

VATICAN CITY
Irish Times

VATICAN: A PRIEST who has acted as spiritual director to the visionaries at Medjugorje has been suspended from ministry pending the outcome of a Vatican investigation, writes Patsy McGarry , Religious Affairs Correspondent.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said charges against Fr Tomislav Vlasic include "the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspicious mysticism, disobedience toward legitimately issued orders" and charges that he violated the sixth commandment ("Thou shalt not commit adultery").

Fr Vlasic is the second spiritual adviser to the visionaries to be suspended from ministry. Similar action was taken against Fr Jozo Zovko in 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Pedophile-charge priest cleared by church inquiry

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Jonathan Dart
September 8, 2008

TWO years ago the Catholic Church dismissed sexual harassment complaints against a priest, one of several men facing child-sex charges over alleged events at a Bathurst school in the 1970s.

Father Peter Dwyer, 65, was arrested last Wednesday in Armidale and charged with four child sex assaults dating back to his tenure at St Stanislaus' College.

Dwyer taught music at the school from 1972 and became school president in 1980. Later he served as chief carer for first-year students at the Good Shepherd Seminary, the Sydney Archdiocese's campus for future priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Mutilated by brutal 'surgery of last resort'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Collective silence ensured no one was ever made accountable for the butchery of Lourdes. Marie O'Connor reports

Sunday September 07 2008

The Lourdes outrage was in the same class, arguably, as the Bristol child heart surgery deaths. Only the scandal of infected blood exceeds the horror of what became known, wrongly, as the Caesarean hysterectomy scandal.

The focus on Michael Neary has obscured wider issues. Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital shared the ethos of the wider society: conservative, patriarchal and Catholic. Decades of State lethargy gave the nod to medical power, consultant hubris, midwifery subservience and an obstetrical culture that objectified and demeaned women.

The sheer scale of abuse at the Lourdes has yet to be comprehended. Decades of symphysiotomy -- a birth operation permanently widening the pelvis -- paved the way for decades of female organ removal. ...

The tribunal dissected in considerable detail the hospital's Catholic ethos. "Compassionate" hysterectomy fudged the picture. Neary argued that he had performed a significant number of hysterectomies as a covert form of sterilisation, a procedure forbidden in the Catholic hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Financial concernes cause diocese to merge churches in Queens, Brooklyn

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY BRENDAN BROSH
DAILY NEWS WRITER

Sunday, September 7th 2008

The Rev. Jim Cunningham leads both St. Gertrude's and nearby St. Mary Star of the Sea.
Parishioners in some Queens churches are going to notice some changes Sunday.

The Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens has merged six churches into three parishes around the borough to save resources and money. Two Brooklyn churches have also been combined.

The mergers, which took effect Sept. 1, are the fourth wave of reconfigurations by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio since early last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Warrants could lead to more FLDS charges

TEXAS
Deseret News

By Ben Winslow
Deseret News

ELDORADO, Texas — When a grand jury meets here later this month, criminal indictments could be handed down against more members of the Fundamentalist LDS Church.

Search warrants reveal new names under investigation by law enforcement for alleged underage marriages, the Deseret News has learned. The April 9 search warrants obtained blood, cheek and hair samples from five men, three of whom have already been indicted on sexual assault charges.

The warrants accuse Raymond Jessop, Leroy Jessop, Michael George Emack, Nathan Jessop and Jackson Jessop of fathering children with girls who were all about 16 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

STRANGE HAPPENINGS IN ITALY

ITALY
Voice from the Desert

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish, SNDdeN

Once again some very strange things are being reported to us from the international wire services. This time the story comes from Rome. Hopefully, not from the Holy See, but who’s to say?

One Antonio Rungi is described as a priest and a theologian who is organizing “an online beauty pageant for nuns to give them more visibility within the Catholic Church and to fight the stereotype that they are all old and dour.”

Thank you very much but no thanks. We’re a little too busy doing what we do best, working for the people of God. ...

If it is “ecclesiastical life” Rungi is worried about then I would suggest he address his fellow priests there in Italy concerning the church’s clergy abuse scandal that continues moving like wildfire across countries and around the world. As a result “ecclesiastical life” is at a very low ebb these days.

Perhaps Rungi could encourage his fellow clerics to get their collective heads out of the sand, or where ever they’ve had them stuck for the last few decades, and start speaking out to their leadership, speaking up for children, young women, men and vulnerable adults who have been sexually abused in Italy and in the rest of the world as well and do what you were supposed to do in the first place, call the police while protecting members of their flock.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Galante ready to forge ahead with mergers while opposition continues

NEW JERSEY
Courier-Post

By JIM WALSH • Courier-Post Staff • September 7, 2008

A planned makeover for the Diocese of Camden, which moved ahead with clerical appointments last month, is to advance further in October with the creation of "core teams" of church members to pave the way for widespread parish mergers.

Resistance to the plan will continue, too, critics vow.

Bishop Joseph Galante announced in April a two-year plan to slash the number of parishes in the diocese from 124 to 66. The cutbacks, to come mostly through mergers, are needed due to a priest shortage and demographic changes, he said.

The changes also are meant to strengthen parishes so they can address concerns such as the need for youth ministries and minority outreach, Galante said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Oregon woman says Jesuit priest raped her

OREGON
The Daily News

Saturday, September 6, 2008 11:21 AM PDT

PORTLAND — A 62-year-old retired teacher who said she was inspired by the courage of the victims of serial rapist Richard Gillmore has told Jesuit officials that she was raped three decades ago by a priest who helped start Jesuit High School.

Several of Gillmore's victims recently agreed to be identified publicly to argue against his parole.

In the case of the retired teacher, the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits, apologized and released a statement about the priest, the Rev. Joseph Perri, who died in 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Big crowd expected at bishop's installation

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By GARY SOULSMAN • The News Journal • September 7, 2008

In a transfer of authority that will include Pope Benedict XVI's ambassador Archbishop Pietro Sambi, 25 American bishops and almost 1,000 members of the Diocese of Wilmington, Bishop W. Francis Malooly will become the new diocesan bishop on Monday.

The three-hour white-vestment installation is a prayerful, happy and rare event for Catholics in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland, said the Rev. Thomas Protack, co-chair of the event with Monsignor John Barres. ...

In his homily, Malooly will apologize for sexual abuse of church members by priests in the diocese, he said.

At the end of August, he received a letter from Judy Miller, Delaware director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), asking that the installation not be held at St. Elizabeth, home of the last three installations.

The Rev. Francis G. DeLuca, a former priest at St. Elizabeth and other local parishes for 35 years, has been the subject of eight abuse lawsuits and in August was officially defrocked or "laicized."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

September 6, 2008

Priest 'told me to deny affair'

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide Now

NIGEL HUNT
September 07, 2008 12:30am
THE former wife of the man who had a homosexual affair with Father John Fleming was pressured by the high-profile priest to deny knowledge of the relationship, it has been revealed.

The woman has told the Sunday Mail of a meeting she had with Father Fleming and his wife Alison, in which she was urged to "deny it" and asked who else she had told.

The revelation follows Father Fleming's denial of the homosexual affair and two other sexual encounters with teenage girls in the 1970s – one of which is the focus of a Pedophile Task Force investigation. The inquiry and the improper conduct by Father Fleming involving a teenager, "Jenny", and a young man, "Richard", were revealed in last week's Sunday Mail.

The teenage girls and the young man were not known to each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

SNAP support group for the Philadelphia area

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

9/18/2008

Time: 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: St. Miriam Parish Community, 4101 Freeland Avenue,
Philadelphia, PA 19128 USA

Description: The SNAP support group for the Philadelphia area will be meeting on Thursday, September 18th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM and will continue to meet on the third Thursday of every month. Phyllis McHugh, Jim St. George and Karen Polesir will be there to facilitate the meeting. Survivors, family members and supporters are welcome and encouraged to attend this important meeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Another priest sex abuse suit filed

DELAWARE
WDEL

[with audio]

By Frank Gerace

Another child sex abuse lawsuit's been filed against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a former priest who passed away in 1994.

Raymond Donahue's suit, the third alleging abuse by Father Leonard Mackiewicz, claims Mackiewicz raped Donahue several times at Mackiewicz' mother's Sussex County home in 1967, when Donahue was a 12-year-old altar boy.

The suit also accuses the Diocese of transferring Mackiewicz to other parishes whenever abuse charges surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Senyonga has some questions to answer

UGANDA
Daily Monitor

Margaret Wokuri Madanda

In the article ‘Pastor Senyonga is not a paedophile’ (Saturday Monitor August 30, columnist Gawaya Tegulle argues that a person who believes media portrayals of Pastor Senyonga as a paedophile ‘must be very naïve, most probably fresh from some remote fishing village.’

Whatever the word ‘paedophile could mean, I take it contextually and disagree with some of his assertions. Perhaps, you need to have landed from another planet not to know that like other institutions, the evangelical church in Uganda is muddled with allegations of felonious acts of sodomy, deceit, adultery and child abuse. There is a catalogue to pick from.

One pastor is faced with charges of sodomy; Pastor Muwanguzi dismantled his church and disappeared after allegations of car theft; there are stories of imported electric gadgets to shock believers; Pastor Nalongo Manjeri have been accused of breaking people’s limbs. Against such a background, you don’t need to come from ‘a remote fishing landing site’ to know that Senyonga’s story just fits into the wider spectrum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Judge OK's use of evidence in Love's child porn trial

PEORIA (IL)
Journal Star

Posted Sep 05, 2008 @ 10:15 PM

PEORIA — A federal judge approved prosecutors' request Friday to use some evidence that a Bloomington man abused boys at his child pornography trial next month.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm held that using some of the evidence but not all of it would not be so biased against James C. Love that he could not receive a fair trial. But the judge didn't go as far as prosecutors wanted. Instead of using all of the handful of boys, prosecutors will have to pick two examples to use at the Oct. 14 trial.

Prosecutors said they sought to introduce the evidence to show a pattern to Love's actions. Love's attorney, however, argued the evidence was so prejudicial toward his client that jurors could get swayed by evidence not central to the charges at hand. ...

He had been a substitute teacher for District 87 in Bloomington and for Unit 5 in Normal since 2003. He ministered at the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Bloomington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Seeking political guidance at church

UNITED STATES
Boston Globe

By Rich Barlow
September 6, 2008

John McCain's nomination this week officially launched the last lap in our lengthy presidential race, with the Arizona senator and Senator Barack Obama of Illinois having less than two months to make their respective cases to the voters.

Undecided Americans can find guidance from an ancient, hierarchical institution with millennia of experience pondering the common good - the Roman Catholic Church.

Or so say Portland, Maine, Catholic activist Chris Korzen and coauthor Alexia Kelley in their new book, "A Nation For All"(Jossey-Bass). ...

Q. Some pundits think the church's sex abuse scandal dealt a body blow to its moral authority.

A. We're talking about 2,000 years of church tradition and more than a hundred years of Catholic social tradition. If folks feel that the sex abuse scandal undermined that tradition, there's not much we can do to change their minds. We believe that there's a lot of common sense built into the Catholic vision of the common good. We're all created equal in the eyes of God, and our duty as citizens is to treat one another with love and kindness, reflected in our public policy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Priest gets 18 years for 2nd sex assault

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

BY NYIER ABDOU
Star-Ledger Staff
A Roman Catholic priest serv ing a 15-year term for sexually as saulting an 11-year-old altar boy was sentenced yesterday to another 18 years in prison for abusing another victim in the same parish.

John M. Banko, 62, was found guilty in May of first-degree aggra vated sexual assault and second- degree child endangerment for as saulting a 9-year-old boy on numerous occasions 14 years ago, when he was pastor at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Milford.

It was the second conviction for the priest, who was incarcerated in 2003 for performing oral sex on an altar boy at the same church between 1993 and 1994.

Banko, once known by his parishioners as "Father Jack," has repeatedly denied the assaults. He appeared before Superior Court Judge Roger F. Mahon in Fleming ton yesterday morning. In the courtroom were the victim, now 23 and living in California, his parents, and a representative of the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Jesuits apologize in alleged rape by school founder

OREGON
The Oregonian

[with link to the Jesuit's apology]

by Maxine Bernstein, The Oregonian Friday September 05, 2008, 10:30 PM

A 62-year-old woman, inspired by the courage of serial rapist Richard Gillmore's victims, showed up this summer at Jesuit headquarters in Portland to report she had been raped three decades ago by a prominent priest who helped start Jesuit High School.

The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus responded with a statement expressing sorrow for the woman's pain and acknowledged that the now-deceased priest, the Rev. Joseph Perri, "did not live fully the vows he had professed." The province also encouraged others who were abused by Perri to come forward.

Perri was one of the founders of Jesuit High School and served as its first principal from April 1956 until 1965. He died in March 1997 at age 77.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Diocese faces third lawsuit over alleged abuse by priest

DELAWARE
The News Journal

The News Journal • September 6, 2008

A 53-year-old Wilmington man filed the third lawsuit against the Diocese of Wilmington for alleged childhood sexual abuse by a now-deceased priest from St. Thomas the Apostle Church priest.

Raymond Donahue claims that in 1967, the Rev. Leonard J. Mackiewicz took him from his Wilmington home and drove him to the priest's mother's house in Sussex County, where he sexually assaulted him.

Donahue was a 12-year-old altar boy when the alleged incident occurred. Afterward, the suit claims, Mackiewicz cleaned himself up, donned his priestly clothes and performed Mass at an altar in the home, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Sussex County Superior Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Already imprisoned for child sex abuse, Hunterdon County priest gets 18 more years in jail

FLEMINGTON (NJ)
Home News Tribune

By WALTER O'BRIEN • STAFF WRITER • September 5, 2008

FLEMINGTON —A former pastor of a Roman Catholic church has been sentenced to another term in prison for his conviction on child sex abuse charges.

The Rev. John Banko, 62, was sentenced Friday morning to 18 years in prison for first-degree aggravated sexual assault and eight years for second-degree endangering the welfare of a child from 1994-95 during his tenure at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Milford.

Jurors convicted Banko on May 13 after deliberating only a few hours. He was charged with the offenses in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

September 5, 2008

Release of L.A. priest abuse documents in question

LOS ANGELES (CA)
San Diego Union-Tribune

By Gillian Flaccus
ASSOCIATED PRESS

5:42 p.m. September 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES – A year after a record-breaking clergy abuse settlement, a Superior Court judge on Friday urged attorneys for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and alleged molestation victims to resolve a legal impasse that threatens the release of confidential priest files.

The issue arose when a retired judge designated in the $660 million settlement to review the files to see if they could be made public suddenly recused himself. The news surprised many who thought the settlement – by far the nation's largest – had closed the books on a nationwide clergy abuse scandal that began in Boston in 2002.

The priest personnel files in question contain letters, handwritten notes and reports from doctors and psychologists – and the district attorney has said he will inspect them for evidence of crimes once they are public. Many plaintiffs believe they could contain evidence of criminal wrongdoing on the part of church leaders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 PM

The Follieri Charade

NEW YORK
Vanity Fair

by Michael Shnayerson October 2008

Anne Hathaway had broken up with him—sort of—10 days before. Federal prosecutors were circling, interviewing his associates. And now, on the cusp of 30, Raffaello Follieri was, in a sense, back where he’d started when he moved to Manhattan from Italy five years ago: sleeping on spare beds and scrambling for investors to make his business real.

It was a shocking comedown for the charismatic entrepreneur who’d whisked his actress girlfriend around the world on chartered jets and yachts, who’d stayed in the Dorchester hotel in London, the Ritz in Paris, and the Excelsior in Rome when he wasn’t home in the Olympic Tower duplex overlooking Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. He’d socialized with some of the world’s most powerful people. Yet Follieri was unfazed. Ever confident—a confidence man, federal prosecutors would declare when he was dragged into court the next day—Follieri felt he had only two problems on the evening of June 23, 2008: his sinuses, and arranging his 30th-birthday party for that coming Saturday night at the Villa Verde restaurant on Capri. ...

On this night, because his sinuses were acting up, provoking a bad bloody nose, his mother had let him take the bedroom while she slept on the spare bed. Follieri’s father, Pasquale, was back in Italy. By one report, it was he who had urged his son to parlay his Vatican contacts into a timely business: helping the Catholic Church sell off properties in the U.S. to pay the devastating settlements from lawsuits in the wake of the pedophile-priest scandals. If those properties could be bought at a good insider’s price, and sold or developed for a profit, the sky was the limit. Pasquale is still listed on the Follieri Group’s Web site as its president, and his portly figure had often been seen at Catholic Church events, glad-handing bishops. For a while, at least, none of the bishops seemed to know that Pasquale, a lawyer and sometime journalist, had been convicted in 2005 by an Italian court of embezzling $300,000 from a company whose assets he’d been asked to manage. (The ruling is reportedly on appeal.) Now with both the F.B.I. and the New York State attorney general’s office investigating the Follieris, Pasquale returned to Italy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

HC allows woman to become priest of temple

INDIA
The Times of India

MADURAI: Observing that "altars of God" must be freed from gender bias, the Madras High Court has directed that a woman priest, who is the only legal heir of her father, be allowed to perform pooja in a village temple where the presiding deity is Goddess Durga.

Justice K Chandru of the Madurai Bench allowed a petition filed by Pinniyakkal, the only legal heir of the temple priest and rejected the plea of one of the respondents, a male cousin of the petitioner, that only he should perform 'pooja' on the grounds that only a male member can be a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

Ex-priest Herek to stay in jail after violating probation

OMAHA (NE)
World-Herald

BY JUDITH NYGREN
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Former Omaha priest Daniel Herek will remain in jail an additional four months for violating his probation in a molestation case.

Herek, 63, stood before Douglas County District Judge J Russell Derr today in an orange jail jumpsuit, his daily attire since being sentenced in July for indecent exposure and lewd conduct.

He is halfway through a four-month sentence for being convicted of masturbating in the Crossroads Mall parking lot in September 2005 — a conviction that led to his court appearance on the probation violation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Priest Molested Student

CANADA
CJAD

Fri, 2008-09-05 14:44.
Kathy Coulombe

Another Catholic priest having with trouble his vow of celibacy: 70-year-old "Father" Denis Tremblay of south-shore Ste-Martine, near Châteauguay has pleaded guilty to 3 counts of sexually-touching a 56-year-old man he was tutoring.

On a joint recommendation by the Crown and the defense, the judge sentenced Tremblay to house-arrest for the next 6 months, and ordered him to abide by a curfew for the following 6 months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Ex-Priest Daniel Herek Sentenced To More Time in Jail

OMAHA (NE)
Action 3 News

Omaha, Ne - Former Catholic Priest Daniel Herek is going to stay behind bars for a while longer--this time, for violating his probation.

He's already serving a 4-month sentence for indecent exposure and lewd conduct, for masturbating in the Crossroads parking lot in September 2005. A judge today tacked 6 months onto that sentence because Herek violated probation from an earlier case when he was convicted for the Crossroads incident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Former Omaha priest gets more jail time

OMAHA (NE)
KTIV

Associated Press - September 5, 2008 4:15 PM ET

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former Omaha priest already serving jail time for indecent exposure has been sentenced to more jail time for violating his probation with that 2005 incident.

Daniel Herek was sentenced in 2006 to four months in jail for exposing himself in an Omaha parking lot in September 2005. Earlier this year, he began serving the sentence after the Nebraska Supreme Court wouldn't hear his appeal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Walk to raise awareness of child sexual abuse to pass through Douglas County

OREGON
The News-Review

She was only 4 years old. Two teenage boys, whom Virginia Jones knew, took her into a basement. There, they sexually abused her.

Now 49, Jones says she still struggles with emotional aftershocks of the incident.

This weekend, Jones, her two children, and another woman whose life has been splintered by child sexual abuse will be passing through Roseburg. ...

In Oregon, a survivor must file criminal charges by the age of 30 or within 12 years of when the abuse was first reported to police.

The woman said she has been in contact with state Rep. Andy Olson, R-Albany. The representative has been working on legislation that would eliminate the statute of limitations on such crimes, she said.

Both Jones and the woman hope their walk will help survivors in a more immediate way. They hope to raise funds for a Beaverton-based group called the Wintre’s Wishes Foundation to offer therapy to survivors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Milford priest gets 18 years for his second sex abuse conviction

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

by Nyier Abdou/The Star-Ledger
Friday September 05, 2008, 12:25 PM

A Roman Catholic priest from Milford was sentenced today to 18 years in prison for sexually abusing a 9-year-old boy in his parish 14 years ago.

Rev. John M. Banko, 62, is already serving a 15-year sentence for abusing an 11-year-old altar boy at St. Edward the Confessor Church in Milford between 1993 and 1994. He declined to speak during today's hearing before Superior Court Judge Roger F. Mahon in Flemington.

"I'm just not up to it today," he told the judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Jury finds Lamonica guilty of rape

AMITE (LA)
The Advocate

Advocate Florida parishes bureau
Published: Sep 5, 2008 - UPDATED: 11:05 a.m.

AMITE — After nearly eight hours of deliberations, a Tangipahoa Parish jury early this morning found Louis D. Lamonica guilty of four counts of aggravated rape in the Hosanna Church sex scandal.

Lamonica, 49, of Hammond, faces a mandatory life sentence in prison without parole. State District Judge Zoey Waguespack is set to sentence him on Oct. 21.

Ten of the 12 jurors — seven men and five women — told the judge at 1:45 a.m. today that Lamonica was guilty of raping his two sons when they were age 11 or younger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Military rabbi suspected of raping daughter

ISRAEL
YNet News

Eli Senyor
Published: 09.05.08, 13:47 / Israel News

A military rabbi, holding the rank of major, has been arrested under suspicion of raping and molesting his daughter for the last eight years, since she was 15. In addition, police suspect that the man may have assaulted another one of his children and plan to ask the court to extend his remand on Friday.

From the few released details, the man's daughter arrived at the Shfela Sub District Police station and asked to file a complaint against her father. It appears that the daughter had gained the courage to complain to the police after going through therapy.

In her statement, the daughter said that her father began raping her when she was 15, and molested her on several occasions when the two of them where at home together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Dispatch from the Walk Across Oregon

OREGON
Compassionate Gathering

Dispatch from the Walk Across Oregon: Ashland to Phoenix, September 1, 2008. I will call her the Mother. She has to remain anonymous. The Mother wanted to do something to stop child sex abuse and support survivors. Her children were abused. They came forward after age thirty -- too late to file criminal charges for abuse. They were too frightened by their abuser twenty years after the abuse ended to file a civil lawsuit. There was no justice, no recourse, no support from an indifferent society.

The mother saw the documentary, “Run Granny, Run,” about Granny D walking across a state when she ran for political office.”

The mother thought, I should do that and tell people that the statute of limitations has to be eliminated on criminal prosecution of abuse. Her children were still too terrified of their abuser for her to come forward. She asked me for help. She wanted me to speak to the media for her. The Mother knew me through my organization, Compassionate Gathering (www.compassionategathering.org). She shared her own story and listened to the stories of others wounded by abuse at several of our Gatherings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:40 PM

Inquiry to start in priest sex-abuse claims

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide Now

SEAN FEWSTER
September 06, 2008 12:01am
AN independent inquiry into the Catholic Church's handling of sex abuse allegations levelled at a high-profile priest is about to begin.

The church yesterday said prominent lawyer Michael Abbott, QC, had been briefed on the case of Father John Fleming.

It would not, however, reveal the terms of reference for Mr Abbott's investigation.

Nor would it say whether Father Fleming had – as requested by Archbishop Philip Wilson – returned to Adelaide to assist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Already imprisoned for child sex abuse, Hunterdon County priest gets 18 more years in jail

NEW JERSEY
Home News Tribune

By WALTER O'BRIEN and MICHAEL DEAK • STAFF WRITERS • September 5, 2008

FLEMINGTON —The Rev. John Banko, 62, the former pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Milford, was sentenced Friday morning to 18 years in prison for first-degree aggravated sexual assault and eight years for second-degree endangering the welfare of a child from 1994-95.

Jurors convicted Banko on May 13. He was charged with the offenses in 2006.

The sentences will run concurrently and be added to the term Banko is already serving on a previous child sexual abuse conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Old boy calls school a pedophile paradise

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Damien Murphy
September 6, 2008

JUST seven weeks ago Pope Benedict XVI apologised for the "evil" of clergy sex abuse in Australia during his World Youth Day visit, but the legacy of predatory priests still preys on St Stanislaus' College in Bathurst.

While sex abuse by priests, brothers and teachers at Catholic schools and orphanages has been an issue since the 1980s, the arrest of three Vincentian priests who once taught at the school, coupled with the apparent suicide of a brother and the order's $40,000 payment to a former student - while permitting the priest he accused to continue contact with children - has irrevocably stained St Stanislaus.

"John", the 51-year-old local who received the payment after he accused Father Guy Hartcher of interfering with him when he was 14, told the Herald he now realised the school was a kind of "pedophile paradise".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Vatican disciplines ex-spiritual director to Medjugorje visionaries

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Simon Caldwell
Catholic News Service

LONDON (CNS) -- The Vatican has authorized "severe cautionary and disciplinary measures" against a priest who served as spiritual director to the visionaries in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written to Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar-Duvno, whose diocese covers Medjugorje, to inform him that they are investigating the case of Franciscan Father Tomislav Vlasic.

The congregation has asked the bishop, for the good of the faithful, to inform the community of the canonical status of the Bosnian priest, whose actions automatically provoked Vatican sanctions.

In a statement posted on the Web site of the Diocese of Mostar-Duvno, Bishop Peric explained that Father Vlasic has been reported to the congregation "for the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspicious mysticism, disobedience toward legitimately issued orders" and charges that he violated the Sixth Commandment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Sex Abuse Survivors Treated Nicely by Mexican Catholics (God Exists Edition)

SANTA ANA (CA)
Orange County Weekly

Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Ex Cathedra
September 5, 2008 5:10 AM

Talked to the indefatigable Joelle Casteix of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests today for an update to SNAP's action this past Sunday at Our Lady of the Pillar in SanTana. Catholic Church sex-abuse survivors were passing out information on admitted boy-lover Luis Eduardo Ramirez. I predicted out loud that the super-majority Mexican parishioners wouldn't take kindly to them, and surprise, surprise—-it was the gabachos who were the bigger jerks. Casteix says the event overall went "shockingly well" and was "delightfully pleasant."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Pedophile predators turned loose with no monitoring, McCormack takes 2 boys out drinking while monitored. Whatever happened blame my staff, no, my lawyers, no - Deposition of Cardinal George scrutinized

CHICAGO (IL)
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Read the George deposition where the cardinal admits the church laicizes pedophile priests, then effectively turns these predators loose on society with no monitoring or inclusion on a law enforcement sex crimes database. If a priest is brought in for questioning, then allowed to leave, the Cardinal figures the priest must be innocent, no cause to investigate although the Cardinal does pays for the defense attorney who sprung him. While Daniel McCormack was under monitoring for pedophile sex crimes, he took two boys to an arcade-bar. And are those age spots or freckles on Father Bennett’s scrotum? That and more is in the deposition of Cardinal Francis George last January posted at the archdiocese website as part of the August settlement announcement, then quietly taken off the website weeks later.

In their culture sex is a series of pathologies to be studied in psychology seminars, all while trying to be celibate, and the only persons you interact with are other men and boys trying to be celibate. After reading the deposition of Francis Cardinal George that used to be posted on the Chicago Archdiocese website, it became clear to me that a sure cause of the pedophile epidemic in the Catholic Church is the way priests are cut off from the reality that they are human beings with human sexuality, like it or not. In order to maintain their celibacy while plagued with a sex drive, the priests end up grabbing vulnerable children, developing a private secret sex life by intimidating their sex targets, gullible children. Over and over again the way to solve this problem seems to be to let priests live a normal life, get married and have children, like every other human being on the planet. As long as priests continue to be cloistered away, they will never have normal sex lives. Any sexual activity they participate in has to be secret. So the doors are open for perversions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Man held for 'raping' 12-year-old boy

SOUTH AFRICA
Sunday Independent

4 September 2008, 12:53
A 49-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy in a mosque in Dukathole, Germiston, East Rand police said on Thursday.

The man, who had been with the Dukathole mosque for three months, was arrested at 2am, said Captain Steady Nawa.

The boy was attending a religious lecture on Islam when he was asked to sleep over by the man on August 25, Nawa said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Another boy alleges mosque rape

SOUTH AFRICA
Sunday Independent

5 September 2008, 11:06

A second boy has reported being raped, allegedly by a Muslim priest at a Germiston mosque, Johannesburg's East Rand police said on Friday.

The 10-year-old told police of the rape on Thursday, after another boy, aged 12, came forward on Wednesday, said Captain Steady Nawa.

The 49-year-old maulana (priest), who had been working at the mosque for three months, was arrested on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

A year after $660M LA clergy abuse settlement, attorneys fight release of priest documents

LOS ANGELES (CA)
KTVN

Associated Press - September 5, 2008 7:14 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alleged victims have reacted angrily to news that the departure of a key figure in a record $660 million clergy abuse settlement with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles could derail the release of priests' confidential files.

The alleged molestation victims have planned to protest today outside a courthouse where attorneys are to hold a post-settlement hearing after learning of the developments from an Associated Press article.

The sudden recusal of a retired judge unanimously selected to review the priests' files has threatened to undo the fragile deal and could send both sides back to court for months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Jury starts deliberating on Lamonica

AMITE (LA)
The Advocate

By DEBRA LEMOINE
Florida Parishes bureau
Published: Sep 5, 2008

AMITE — A Tangipahoa Parish jury began deliberations late Thursday on whether former pastor Louis D. Lamonica molested his two sons and included them in sex acts during occult rituals.

Defense attorney Michael Thiel concluded presenting evidence in defense of his client at 2:25 p.m. Thursday, and the seven men and five women of the jury began their deliberations at 6 p.m.

The trial was suspended five days as a result of Hurricane Gustav; testimony resumed Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

FLDS teen's lawyer stays, judge says

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Deseret News

SAN ANGELO, Texas — It got ugly.

The hearing over who should represent a 17-year-old member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church took some strange twists on Thursday, with attorneys outed as working for the polygamous sect, allegations of interference and lawyers putting each other on the witness stand.

Ultimately, a judge here refused to remove Natalie Malonis as the court-appointed attorney for Teresa Jeffs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Priest is indicted on abuse counts

MASSENA (NY)
Watertown Daily Times

By LORI SHULL
TIMES STAFF WRITER
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008
MASSENA — A priest arrested in February in Massenahas been indicted on three felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He faces a maximum of 24 years in prison, according to New York City attorney John A. Aretakis.

The Rev. John W. Broderick, 47, Nicholville, was involved with the Dominican Sisters — a Catholic group not recognized by the Vatican — who run the Holy Name of Jesus Academy in Massena. Broderick assisted in the school's blessing ceremony when it opened last year, according to a Society of St. Pius X newsletter. The Society of St. Pius X is a right-wing Catholic group that also is not recognized by the Vatican.

The society declined to comment about Broderick, saying only that he is not a member of its order. The Dominican sisters also refused to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Vatican may discipline Maryknoll priest over woman's 'ordination'

UNITED STATES
The Journal News

By Gary Stern
The Journal News • September 5, 2008

A high-profile Maryknoll priest is standing by his decision to take part in a woman's priestly "ordination" ceremony despite being reprimanded by his Ossining-based Catholic community and facing possible disciplinary action by the Vatican.

The Rev. Roy Bourgeois has become a prominent figure for his long-time protests against the School of the Americas, a U.S. Army operation at Fort Benning, Ga., that trains Latin American soldiers. An annual demonstration organized by Bourgeois has in recent years drawn upward of 20,000 people who contend the school is linked to human rights abuses in numerous countries.

But Bourgeois was called to Ossining on Aug. 18 by Maryknoll's leadership to discuss his involvement 10 days earlier in an "ordination" ceremony for a female friend in Lexington, Ky. Bourgeois gave the liturgy, even though the Vatican has threatened excommunication for those who participate in such ceremonies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Former priest accused of abuse

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

by Jane Gargas
Yakima Herald-Republic

A former Yakima resident filed a lawsuit Tuesday in King County against the Catholic Diocese of Yakima and a former priest here.

A woman, identified only by the initials M.C., alleged that she was sexually molested as a teenager 40 years ago by Christopher Breen, a priest who served at St. Paul Cathedral Church.

Now in her mid-50s, she contended that she was physically and sexually abused between 1968-1972.

Breen, who left the priesthood more than 30 years ago, served in the Yakima diocese from 1960 to 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Texas drops half of cases in polygamist sect raid

TEXAS
The Associated Press

By MICHELLE ROBERTS

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — Child by child, Texas authorities are acknowledging that many of the children seized during a raid on a polygamist sect's ranch can safely live with their parents or guardians.

Since the April 3 raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Eldorado, 235 children's custody cases have been dropped, meaning fewer than half of the 440 children seized remain bound by a court order to stay in Texas, attend parenting classes or be available for unannounced visits by Child Protective Services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Documents held in Los Angeles priest abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Daily Trojan

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The departure of a key figure in a record $660 million clergy sexual abuse settlement has endangered part of the deal that some plaintiffs consider more important than the money: the promise by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to allow the release of accused priests' confidential files.

More than a year after the agreement was announced, the sudden recusal of a retired judge unanimously selected to review the priests' files has threatened to undo the fragile deal and could send both sides back to court for months. At the same time, an attorney who has been paid by the church to defend accused clergy is fighting to keep those records sealed - and plaintiffs accuse the archdiocese of using him as their proxy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Youth protection in diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
York Daily Record

Youth protection in diocese: As a part of its Youth Protection Program, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has trained more than 14,000 diocesan employees and volunteers since 2004 in how to recognize and prevent sexual abuse of minors.

Future training will be in the form of a new, 30-minute Web-based program accessible from the diocesan Web site. The program addresses all forms of child abuse (not just that which is sexual) and includes a test for viewers to take at the conclusion to prove their understanding of the issues of abuse prevention and reporting.

The training is required for all clergy, diocesan, Catholic charities, parish and school employees, those studying for the priesthood or diaconate and volunteers who have contact with minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Former Massena priest indicted on sex charges

NEW YORK
Newswatch 50

A Roman Catholic priest who was based in Massena has been indicted on sex charges by a Grand Jury in Montgomery County.

48-year-old Reverend John Broderick was indicted Tuesday on three felony counts of having sexual contact with children younger than 11. The indictment also accuses Broderick of unlawfully providing alcohol to the children.

Authorities say the children were abused in the Montgomery County town of Palatine between 2005 and 2007. The children who were allegedly abused range in age from 5 to 11.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Diocese of Venice and Priest Abuse

VENICE (FL)
Injury Board

While the Catholic Diocese of Venice has escaped the headlines that some dioceses have received regarding the Catholic priest sexual abuse of minors, the Diocese is not without its history in this unfortunate area.

The former bishop of the Diocese, John Nevins once sought a "gag" order to prevent a victim of sexual abuse from discussing his abuse publicly. The priest who abused the young boy was Rev. Ed McLoughlin whom the Diocese helped pay for his relocation to Ireland after reports of abuse surfaced against the priest.

There have been eight priests accused of sexual abuse of minors in the Diocese's short history (it was founded in 1984). They include Ed McLoughlin, Rev. William Romero, Rev. Jose Mena, Rev. Neil Flemming, Rev. Charles Cikovic, Rev. George Brennan, Rev. Carl Bartholomew, and Donald Baier.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Religious order defends sex abuse handling

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The head of the religious order that runs St Stanislaus school in the New South Wales central west has defended its handling of abuse allegations.

The leader of the Vincentian order in Australia, Father Greg Cooney, says the organisation has been aware of complaints since 2002 and has always referred them to police.

"We've always reported it to police when it's obviously of a criminal nature, yes, and you know we urged other complainants themselves to take the matter to the police."

He says the Vincentians have completed their internal investigations into the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Retired judge's recusal will delay release of L.A. clergy sex-abuse files

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Duke Helfand and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
September 5, 2008
A year-old legal agreement requiring the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to release confidential personnel records of priests accused of sexual abuse has been thrown into limbo by the departure of a retired judge selected to vet the documents.

Former state Supreme Court Justice Edward A. Panelli recused himself in June to avoid the "appearance of impropriety" because he is chairman of a board that reviews clergy abuse charges in San Jose.

Panelli had been chosen by consensus in the Los Angeles case to decide which confidential documents should be opened to plaintiffs and the public. His rulings would have been final.

On Thursday, plaintiffs' attorneys asked Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Emilie Elias to appoint a replacement for Panelli, even as they accused Cardinal Roger Mahony and other archdiocese officials of manipulating the retired jurist's departure to delay the release of embarrassing and potentially incriminating information -- a charge church officials adamantly deny.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Legal maneuvers punish innocent survivors of clergy abuse

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Once again, shrewd church officials and their expensive defense lawyers are exploiting every possible legal maneuver to keep the truth hidden about horrific child sex crimes and cover ups. Mahony knows these secret records will reveal how much he and his top staff knew about child rape and how little he and his top staff did to stop child rape. It's shameful that even now, he's fighting tooth and nail to keep the church hierarchy's complicity under wraps.

Our hearts ache for these brave and persistent California victims who have again been victimized by cunning Catholic defense schemes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Milford priest faces sentencing for second sex-abuse conviction

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

by Ralph R. Ortega/The Star-Ledger
Friday September 05, 2008, 6:44 AM
A Roman Catholic priest from Milford is scheduled to be sentenced today in state Superior Court in Hunterdon County for his second child-sex abuse conviction.

Rev. John Banko, 62, was convicted May 13 of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors are recommending he serve between 15 and 20 years.

The former pastor of St. Edward the Confessor Church in Milford is already serving 15 years for a 2003 child sex abuse conviction at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center, New Jersey's prison for sex offenders in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Township.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

September 4, 2008

School community’s great pain

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
5/09/2008 8:10:00 AM
THE allegations made against a former St Stanislaus’ College president, bursar and priest have caused the school community great pain, principal John Edwards said yesterday.

Mr Edwards said the college was holding to its position and actions, supporting police to investigate all of the allegations in the midst of very challenging and difficult times for the school.

“St Stanislaus’ wants to respond in the best way we can,” Mr Edwards said.

“The college does not want to be criticised for trying to maintain the reputation of St Stanislaus’ from damage being caused by the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Dwyer set to fight claims

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY PETER BARRETT, ARMIDALE EXPRESS
5/09/2008 8:07:00 AM
THE former president of St Stanislaus’ College has been taken out of public ministry after being caught up in the allegations which have rocked the Bathurst school for boys.

Father Peter Dwyer, 65, now a Catholic priest in Armidale, was removed from his office by his local bishop after being charged late on Wednesday afternoon with four offences alleged to have occurred at the college in 1987 and 1988.

The priest has proclaimed his innocence and yesterday a statement was issued by Armidale solicitor Rodd Watt on his behalf:

“Father Dwyer has instructed me that he categorically denies the allegations and charges and he will be defending those allegations in the courts.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Trio to appear in Bathurst

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

5/09/2008 8:08:00 AM
Fr Peter Dwyer is the fourth person - all priests or brothers in their 60s - arrested by detectives from Strike Force Belle from the Chifley Local Area Command.

Three of the arrests are associated with St Stanislaus’ and the fourth with the Anglican All Saints’ College in Bathurst.

At this stage, police do not believe that the two cases are linked. The only correlation is that the offences occurred during the same period.

Fr Dwyer came to Armidale late last year as a replacement parish priest and has been resident at the Catholic Presbytery in Dangar Street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Father Dwyer released on bail

AUSTRALIA
The Northern Daily Leader

BY JACQUELINE VAN AANHOLT
5/09/2008 8:58:00 AM
FATHER Peter Dwyer has been named as the 65-year-old Armidale Catholic priest arrested on Wednesday in relation to alleged offences at St Stanislaus’ College in Bathurst.

Dwyer was taken to the Armidale police station at 4.30pm where, after being questioned by task force members, he was charged with four offences.

The accused man is the parish priest of Armidale.

He was made acting administrator of Tamworth’s St Nicholas Parish on June 1, during the absence of Father Richard Gleeson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Strike Force Belle’s investigation widens

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
5/09/2008 8:09:00 AM
CHIFLEY Local Area Command police who are investigating a paedophile ring at St Stanislaus’ College yesterday executed more search warrants as they gathered evidence interviewing people as part of Strike Force Belle.

Duty officer Inspector Tony Bell said that Chifley commander Superintendent Mick Goodwin with Crime Manager, Inspector Lance McFawn were heading a group of Bathurst and State Crime Command detectives yesterday.

“There are more activities today, police are executing search warrants and interviewing people,” Inspector Bell said yesterday morning.

“They are gathering evidence - there could be more people charged.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Pastor Irene Manjeri quizzed over assaulted girl

UGANDA
New Vision

Thursday, 4th September, 2008

By Herbert Ssempogo and Charles Ariko

THE Police in Kampala have interrogated Pastor Irene Manjeri Nalongo over allegations that she ordered her guards to assault a 15-year-old girl, Peace Muhindo, last October.

Katwe Police chief Aggrey Nshekanabo yesterday said Manjeri was arrested on Wednesday. New Vision heard that she was picked from her church at the former Pride Theatre in Kampala.

However, other sources at the station said Manjeri was not arrested, but responded to Police summons. She reportedly arrived at the station at 9:00am in the company of two unidentified men and left at 10:00am after recording a statement. Manjeri was released on Police bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

School ejects child-sex suspect

AUSTRALIA
The Standard (Hong Kong)

Friday, September 05, 2008

The head of a prestigious Australian boarding school has said a man charged with committing sexual abuse at the school was ejected after trying to attend an event for young Catholic pilgrims.

St Stanislaus principal John Edwards said the 66-year-old Catholic brother was told to leave after organizers found he was suspected of sexual abuse at the school in the 1970s and 80s.

The school was hosting a gathering for pilgrims who were in Australia for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Child sex accused stopped from chaperoning pilgrims

AUSTRALIA
The Canberra Times

BY EOIN BLACKWELL

5/09/2008 12:00:00 AM
St Stanislaus School in Bathurst, in the NSW central west, says a former brother accused of child sex abuse was asked to leave the premises before he could act as chaperone to World Youth Day pilgrims.

John Gaven, 66, charged on Wednesday with sex offences, was reported yesterday to be a former teacher at the school and returned in July as a chaperone for pilgrims on a four-day visit to Bathurst.

Principal John Edwards said Gaven was asked to leave the school just moments after the Department of Community Services and Bathurst police confirmed on July 9 he was being investigated for sexual abuse at the school during the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Documents held in Los Angeles priest abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Associated Press

By GILLIAN FLACCUS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The departure of a key figure in a record $660 million clergy sexual abuse settlement has endangered part of the deal that some plaintiffs consider more important than the money: the promise by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles to allow the release of accused priests' confidential files.

More than a year after the agreement was announced, the sudden recusal of a retired judge unanimously selected to review the priests' files has threatened to undo the fragile deal and could send both sides back to court for months. At the same time, an attorney who has been paid by the church to defend accused clergy is fighting to keep those records sealed — and plaintiffs accuse the archdiocese of using him as their proxy. ...

But Panelli suddenly recused himself this summer because he received an unspecified honor from the Roman Catholic church, plaintiff attorney Ray Boucher said. Panelli declined an interview request through his assistant and archdiocese attorney Michael Hennigan said he didn't know why Panelli recused himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Pastor accused of school girl rape

BOTSWANA
Dailynews

By Thandy Monei

LETLHAKANE - A pastor of Hebrews Apostolic Healing Church in Rakops is alleged to have raped an 18 year old student of Letlhakane senior secondary school.

According to Senior Superintendent Chajane Baleseng of Letlhakane Police station, the pastor residing in Rakopo ward is said to have raped the form four student after claiming to exorcise some demons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Man in Australian abuse probe found at youth event

AUSTRALIA
PR-Inside (Austria)

2008-09-04 12:57:01 -

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) - The principal of a prestigious Australian boarding school said Thursday that a man charged in connection with an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at the school was ejected from the institution when he tried to attend an event for young Catholic pilgrims in July.

St. Stanislaus principal John Edwards said the 66-year-old Catholic brother was told to leave by event organizers before the gathering began on July 9 after they found out he was a suspect in the investigation into alleged sexual abuse at the school during the 1970s and '80s.

The school was hosting a gathering for pilgrims who were in Australia for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festival in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

More men accused in school sex scandal

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Damien Murphy, Jonathan Dart and Linda Morris
September 5, 2008

THE Vincentian Congregation yesterday admitted that as many as four former priests and brothers and one lay teacher at St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst, have been caught up in allegations of sexual abuse.

"I am deeply sorry for any harm that comes to anyone while they have been under our care," said the Vincentian leader, Father Greg Cooney. "It affects me very deeply, these things are not supposed to happen. As far as the Vincentians are concerned we are totally committed to the protection of young people and we have worked co-operatively with authorities to ensure this happens. I spent 20 years of my life involved in the formation of priests and honestly we did the best we could to ensure these things did not happen."

Three of the order's former clergy have been arrested during a current police investigation, including former college president Peter Dwyer, former school captain and chaplain Brian Spillane, and dormitory supervisor John Gaven, now working as a social worker for the order among HIV-infected men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Priest Indicted On Child Sex Abuse Charges

NEW YORK
WWNY

A 48 year old Roman Catholic priest who was based in St. Lawrence County has been indicted on child sexual abuse charges.

Last February, state police arrested Father John Broderick at the Holy Name of Jesus Academy in Massena.

The Nicholville man was initially accused of sexually abusing four children in Montgomery County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Court dismisses case against Catholic Church

GREEN BAY (WI)
Press-Gazette

By Andy Nelesen anelesen@greenbaypressgazette.com • September 4, 2008

David Schauer's five-year legal battle with the Catholic Church came to an end last month when the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to hear his civil case against the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

"It's the end of the road as far as the legal battle is concerned," Schauer said Wednesday. "I am going to continue to fight to ensure justice for others and to make things better for myself.

"It's what I deserve and what others deserve."

Schauer, now 30, was molested by then-Rev. Donald Buzanowski as a 10-year-old student attending Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay in 1988. Buzanowski, 65, has been removed from the priesthood, was convicted in July 2005 of sexual assault of a child and is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Riceviamo e pubblichiamo:

NEW YORK
Vivicentro (Italy)

WHAT:

At a sidewalk news conference, a clergy abuse victim will:

· Discuss and disclose the letters he sent to the Vatican in response to Pope Benedict’s statements

· Disclose approximately 30 pages of records about the child molesting cleric, including one from his superior who admitted he is a pedophile, and

· Express his outrage at how this school has honors the predator priest as a distinguished alumnus

WHEN:

Thursday, September 4 at 1:00 pm

WHERE:

In front of Archbishop Malloy Academy, 83-53 Manton Street, Briarwood, (Queens) NY

WHO:

A Brooklyn Native who was sexually abused by the priest, and members of 3 groups: SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), of Voice of the Faithful, and Road to Recovery

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Hearing goes on today on sect girl's attorney

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Paul A. Anthony
Thursday, September 4, 2008

The faces were more telling than the words.

Groups of haggard attorneys stumbling down the steps of the Tom Green County Courthouse testified Wednesday just as accurately as any witness to what had been another long day of events in the continuing saga surrounding the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"I expect it to go long tomorrow," said Natalie Malonis, the Dallas-area attorney whose relationship with her client, a 17-year-old daughter of imprisoned FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, has become one of the centerpieces of the massive court case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Mormon guilty of sex abuse to be sentenced

UNITED KINGDOM
Cambridge News

A MORMON branded a predatory paedophile found guilty of carrying out years of sexual abuse on a child he befriended at his church will be sentenced today.

As reported first on Cambridge News Online yesterday, Martyn Conway was convicted of eight indecency charges - including the rape and attempted rape - of the boy to whom he posed as a father figure while a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints in Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Bishop issues apology

CANADA
Standard-Freeholder

By MICHAEL PEELING, STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

The current bishop of Alexandria-Cornwall made a highly anticipated apology to all victims of sexual abuse by diocesan priests to close his final day of testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry on Wednesday.

Bishop Paul-André Durocher read a prepared statement after diocesan lawyer David Sherriff-Scott asked the area leader of the Roman Catholic church a final question about how priests are screened before being accepted into the diocese.

Durocher prefaced the apology by saying it echoed words he wrote in a letter to all parishes in his first year as bishop.

The letter was read aloud at all the churches in Alexandria-Cornwall on the first Sunday of Lent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Villain or victim?

CANADA
The Asian Pacific Post

By Mata Press Service

In a case that has shocked and divided the Sikh community in Western Canada, a man who claims he was repeatedly sexually abused as a boy by four priests at a Winnipeg temple has been spared jail time after kidnapping two of his alleged abusers in a bid to extract a confession from his former religious teachers, one of whom is now living in British Columbia.

The 26-year-old, who pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible confinement and a single count of assault causing bodily harm, has been given a suspended sentence and a year of supervised probation for his crimes, a sentence that has left him with a lifelong criminal record.

The case dates back to December 2006, when the man entered the Gurdwara Nanaksar Sikh temple in Winnipeg’s St. Vital neighbourhood in an effort to confront four priests – all now in their mid-40s or late 30s - for allegedly abusing him for seven years until he turned 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Priest charged: Armidale cleric linked to Bathurst scandal

AUSTRALIA
Northern Daily Leader

BY JACQUELINE VAN AANHOLT
4/09/2008 8:52:00 AM
A 65-YEAR-old Armidale priest was arrested late yesterday afternoon over allegations of sexual abuse committed on students at a church secondary college in Bathurst.
The 65-year-old priest attended Armidale Police Station shortly after 4.30pm yesterday where he was questioned and charged with four offences.

He was bailed to appear at Bathurst Local Court on September 15.

He is the latest of four elderly priests to be arrested as a result of investigations by Strike Force Belle (formerly known as Strike Force Heador).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Sex abuse victim asks others to speak up

AUSTRALIA
ninemsn

12:04 AEST Thu Sep 4 2008
By Eoin Blackwell

A man who says he was sexually abused by a staff member at a school in central western NSW is urging other victims to come forward.

The man, who gave his name only as James, said he was abused at a school in Bathurst in the 1970s when he was 14 years old.

Now in his 40s, he said he was molested three times over a period of about three months and the incidents deeply upset him.

"It was a little frightening. I felt violated. I knew it was wrong and yet each time he came to me I felt like, oh yeah, OK," he told Fairfax Radio Network on Thursday.

"He came back again and again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Accused priest told to leave before WYD

AUSTRALIA
The West Australian

4th September 2008, 13:36 WST

St Stanislaus School in Bathurst, in the NSW central west, says a former brother accused of child-sex abuse was asked to leave the premises before he could act as chaperone to World Youth Day pilgrims.

It was reported that the 66-year-old man, who was charged on Wednesday with sex offences, was a former teacher at the school and returned to it in July this year as a chaperone for pilgrims on a four-day visit to Bathurst.

Principal John Edwards said the man was asked to leave the school just moments after the Department of Community Services (DoCS) and Bathurst police confirmed on July 9 that he was being investigated for sexual abuse at the school during the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Syracuse Diocese priest goes on trial this fall

NEW YORK
Post-Standard

Thursday, September 04, 2008
By Renée K. Gadoua
Staff writer

The Rev. John W. Broderick, a Roman Catholic priest of the Syracuse Diocese, will go on trial Nov. 10 on charges he sexually abused three minors in Montgomery County.

If Broderick is convicted, the diocese will seek Vatican approval to have him permanently removed from the priesthood, said Danielle Cummings, assistant chancellor and spokeswoman for the Syracuse Diocese.

A Montgomery County grand jury last week indicted Broderick, 48, on charges accusing him of abusing three children younger than 11. The indictment says Broderick engaged in "the crime of sexual conduct against a child" at least twice with each of three minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Bishop would have had committee look at priest

CANADA
Standard-Freeholder

By MICHAEL PEELING, STANDARD-FREEHOLDER

Up until his apology to victims of sexual abuse by priests, lawyers cross-examined Bishop Paul-Andre Durocher on his last day of testimony at the Cornwall Public Inquiry about why he knew so little about historical allegations of abuse by past priests of the diocese.

Durocher told Victims' Group lawyer Dallas Lee he would only tend to review the histories and personnel files of priests if lawsuits were launched against them.

Lee cited a letter from victim advocate Paul Scott to the bishop containing a list of allegations, to which Durocher responded by explaining when and why he would review the histories of priests in his charge is "not a black and white issue as you seem to suggest.

"It's a grey issue."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Winnipeg Sikh who kidnapped alleged molesters spared jail

CANADA
World Sikh News

WSN Network

WINNIPEG: A member of a small Sikh sect who claims he was repeatedly sexually abused for years by priests at a Winnipeg temple has been spared jail time after kidnapping two of his alleged abusers while armed with a sword.

The 26-year-old, who pleaded guilty to two counts of forcible confinement and a single count of assault causing bodily harm, was sentenced last Tuesday to a suspended sentence and a year of supervised probation for his crimes.

Judge Catherine Carlson said a conditional discharge would send a message to the public that it endorsed vigilante justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

September 3, 2008

Priest charged: Armidale cleric linked to Bathurst scandal

AUSTRALIA
The Northern Daily Leader

BY JACQUELINE VAN AANHOLT
4/09/2008 8:52:00 AM
A 65-YEAR-old Armidale priest was arrested late yesterday afternoon over allegations of sexual abuse committed on students at a church secondary college in Bathurst.

The 65-year-old priest attended Armidale Police Station shortly after 4.30pm yesterday where he was questioned and charged with four offences.

He was bailed to appear at Bathurst Local Court on September 15.

He is the latest of four elderly priests to be arrested as a result of investigations by Strike Force Belle (formerly known as Strike Force Heador).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

il santuario della Madonna in Bosnia e’ una truffa

ITALY
Fai Notizia

[This links to the Italian translation of an article that appeared in the Daily Telegraph detailing the action taken by Pope Benedict XVI against the Rev. Tomislav Vlasic.]

Il Papa ha cominciato ad applicare misure severe nei confronti del piu’ grande santuario non autorizzato del mondo , sospendendo il prete che aveva affermato l’avvenuta apparizione della Vergine Maria per piu’ di 40.000 volte.

Benedetto XVI ha autorizzato severe misure cautelari e disciplinari contro Padre Tomislav Vlasic, ex “direttore spirituale” di sei bambini che affermarono di aver visto la Vergine Maria a Medjugorje in Bosnia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

Sexual assault scandal spreads to All Saints’

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES
4/09/2008 8:21:00 AM
THE arrest of a former All Saints’ College lay teacher yesterday in Queensland on indecent assault charges that date back 35-years is a separate matter to the investigations into paedophiles at St Stanislaus’ College.

All Saints’ Head of College, Peter Miller said yesterday the arrest of the 63-year-old man in Brisbane “is separate to what is happening at St Stanislaus’”.

The man from Russell Island who has not been identified is facing three counts of indecent assault and has been bailed to appear on Monday, November 17 at the Bathurst Court House.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Accused priest returned for WYD event

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

One of the men charged over sexual abuse that allegedly took place at St Stanislaus college in Bathurst in the 1970s returned to the school this year for an event associated with World Youth Day.

The 66-year-old Catholic brother is one of three men accused of abusing students at the Catholic boarding school.

He features prominently in promotional material for a Vincentian Fathers trip to St Stanislaus, which was organised for pilgrims as part of the 'Days in the Diocese' event during World Youth Day in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

MORE SHAME

AUSTRALIA
Western Advocate

BY TERRY JONES, DYLAN WELCH, AAP AND OTHER SOURCES
4/09/2008 8:17:00 AM

BATHURST is in shock.

Police from a new strike force established to more widely investigate paedophiles alleged to be working in two Bathurst secondary schools yesterday swooped in Sydney, Armidale and Brisbane arresting former staff of St Stanislaus’ and All Saints’ colleges.

Strike Force Belle, formerly Heador, established some months ago to investigate sexual assaults by teachers upon students at St Stanislaus’ yesterday arrested former Stannies bursar Brother John Gaven, 66, in Sydney.

They arrested another 65-year-old priest in Armidale yesterday afternoon shortly after 4.30pm for questioning before he was charged with four offences.

The priest’s arrest followed Gaven’s arrest shortly after midday when he was led handcuffed from his church lodgings in Vincentia Street, Marsfield to Ryde Police Station to be charged with 28 sexual assault charges dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Vatican discipline for priest involved with Medjugorje

BOSNIA
Catholic Culture

[with link to statement by Bishop Ratko Peric of Mostar]

Father Tomislav Vlasic, a Franciscan priest who was prominent in the first efforts to publicize the alleged apparitions at Medjugorje, has been placed under interdict by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith because of his flagrant disregard for ecclesiastical discipline.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Pope finally launches crackdown on world's largest illicit Catholic shrine and suspends

VATICAN CITY
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Simon Caldwell
Last updated at 6:52 PM on 03rd September 2008

The Pope has begun a crackdown on the world’s largest illicit Catholic shrine – by suspending the priest at the centre of claims that the Virgin Mary has appeared more than 40,000 times.

Benedict XVI has authorised ‘severe cautionary and disciplinary measures’ against Father Tomislav Vlasic, the former ‘spiritual director’ to six children who said Our Lady was appearing to them at Medjugorje in Bosnia.

The Franciscan priest has been suspended after he refused to cooperate into claims of scandalous sexual immorality ‘aggravated by mystical motivations’.

He has also been accused of ‘the diffusion of dubious doctrine, manipulation of consciences, suspected mysticism and disobedience towards legitimately issued orders’, and is suspected of heresy and schism. ...

But the Bosnian cleric later took a back seat when it emerged that he had fathered a child with a nun called Sister Rufina, and that he refused to leave his order to marry her but instead begged her not to expose him. ...

It represents a massive blow to millions of Medjugorje followers worldwide who were hoping that the Vatican investigation would legitimise the shrine.

Upstate NY priest accused of abusing young boys

NEW YORK
am New York

September 3, 2008
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Authorities say an upstate New York Roman Catholic priest sexually abused three young children over a three-year period.

A Montgomery County grand jury indicted the Rev. John Broderick on three felony counts of having sexual contact with children younger than 11. The indictment also accuses Broderick of unlawfully providing alcohol to the children.

Authorities say the children were abused in the Montgomery County town of Palatine between 2005 and 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

A Charge Of Double Betrayal In Williamsburg

BROOKLYN (NY)
The Jewish Week

by Hella Winston
Special To The Jewish Week

Joel Engelman was 8 years old the first time he was summoned to the principal’s office at his Satmar school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not knowing what he might have done to provoke the call, Joel was nervous, as his principal, Rabbi Avrohom Reichman, had a reputation for being strict.

Much to his surprise, however, when he arrived, the principal put him on his lap and began “to change character,” talking to him like a “loving granddaddy,” Engelman told The Jewish Week. But what the principal at the United Talmudical Academy did to the boy that day — and several times a week over the next two months — was far from grandfatherly, Engelman charges in a suit he filed last week.

It alleges that in1993, Rabbi Reichman, now 57, regularly molested him, and that the Satmar school, United Talmudical Academy, later committed fraud by agreeing to dismiss Rabbi Reichman — and then reneging on this once the criminal statute of limitations had passed.

Engelman’s sexual abuse allegations are the latest in a string of such charges made by former male yeshiva students in ultra-Orthodox schools in Brooklyn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

September begins with 2 guerrilla tactics for the coming year. Plus, it was not a hiatus, it was self imposed lockdown

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling
Tues. August 12, I cut off the blog for a few weeks, or else I would have self destructed, lashing out and trashing every person and every organization I’ve encountered in the last year. Apparently going back to the scene of the crime by visiting your perpetrator church, as we did here last July, can affect you. After hitting Reply To All on several emails and alienating about 25 people, I could see I had to let the rage pass before I said anything more in public.

So I sat tight as mainstream journalists missed the story over and over again, for example, when attorneys in both California and Illinois found ways to get around statutes of limitations for child sex crimes. (We will run both those stories here at City of Angels Network this month.) From this dark internal place I opened an email from Rick Springer, a link to NBC5 in Chicago with Francis Cardinal George talking to reporters about the Chicago settlements saying:

“In 2006 I invited anyone who had been abused by a priest to come forward. I promised we would continue to settle cases no matter when they occurred or how far back they occurred and even if the perpetrator priest is deceased.” --

I sputtered - Who the- what the-????? and within seconds was screaming into the voicemail of Matt Hunnicutt, head of Victim Assistance in Chicago:

“How come in all the times I called the Chicago Archdiocese asking for help in the past year, no one mentioned these settlements in progress, no one said the cardinal wants to settle cases no matter how far back they occurred. All Victims Assistance ever gave me was a phone number for a therapist in LA.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Montgomery County grand jury indicts priest on child sex charges

FONDA (NY)
Daily Gazette

FONDA — A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted a priest on charges he sexually abused three young members of a family for