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September 30, 2009

Resignation... and Explanation

CANADA
Whispers in the Loggia

Early Saturday, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Raymond Lahey of Antigonish, on Nova Scotia's north coast, for undisclosed "personal reasons."

Having inked a CAN$15 million (US$ 14 million) settlement with the diocese's clergy sex-abuse victims last month, the lack of transparency behind the move -- and the 69 year-old's talk of seeking "personal renewal" in his departure letter -- led to buzz that the strains of office simply proved too much for the well-regarded prelate.

Against that backdrop, the true motivator emerged earlier today:

A Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia, who resigned suddenly over the weekend, has been charged with possessing and importing child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

outpatient clinic

Skip Shea

If I get any more news like this, I think my head will explode.

First on the list is an article on how the Vatican is responding to the UN about sexual abuse accusations.

They start off by saying, "In a defiant and provocative statement, issued after a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said most of the Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not pedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males."

Try telling that to the female victims. They make up around 40% of the victims. I guessing this must have happened because they were heterosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent females, right? If the Holy See decides to ban homosexuals to protect little boys, it would stand to reason that they should ban heterosexuals to protect little girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Polanski would face tougher prosecution today

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Associated Press

By GILLIAN FLACCUS (AP)

LOS ANGELES — If Roman Polanski were charged with child rape today, DNA evidence, stiffer penalties, outcry over childhood sexual abuse and tougher scrutiny of celebrity justice would make prosecutors much less willing to cut the plea deal the director received more than 30 years ago, legal experts say. ...

Victims of clergy sexual abuse staged a protest outside the district attorney's office Wednesday to protest celebrities who have publicly supported Polanski since his arrest in Zurich, Switzerland over the weekend.

"It is very, very similar to the allegations against the priests ... and no one says that we should just ignore the priest pedophilia," said Katie Buckland, executive director of the California Women's Law Center and former Los Angeles city attorney, who was not affiliated with the protesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

Canadian Catholic Bishop Charged with Possession and Import of Child Porn

CANADA
Lifesite

By John-Henry Westen

ANTIGONISH, NS, September 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Ottawa police investigators charged Antigonish Bishop Raymond J. Lahey with Possession of Child Pornography and Importation of Child Pornography on Friday September 25. Police announced the charge today. On Saturday, September 26 the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted Bishop Lahey's resignation "in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law."

Can. 401 §2 states: "A diocesan bishop who has become less able to fulfill his office because of ill health or some other grave cause is earnestly requested to present his resignation from office."

In a September 26 letter to clergy, religious and parishioners, Bishop Lahey wrote: "I want to let you know that after much thought and careful consideration, I decided to submit to the Holy Father my resignation as Bishop for personal reasons." He added that although he'd like to give a personal farewell to many, he had "already left the Diocese to take some much-needed time for personal renewal."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

N.S. archdiocese shocked by bishop's arrest on pornography charges

CANADA
The Canadian Press

By Alison Auld (CP)

HALIFAX, N.S. — A bishop based in Nova Scotia has been charged with possessing and importing child pornography, just weeks after his diocese reached a $15-million settlement with people who said they were abused by priests as children.

Raymond Lahey, 69, resigned from his post with the Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish on the weekend before news of his arrest became public knowledge on Wednesday. ...

Father Paul Abbass, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Antigonish, said he learned of the charges from media reports and hadn't been told about the charges before the bishop resigned Saturday.

"I'm sad, I'm shocked," he said from Frenchvale, N.S., where he is the parish priest. "I think I'm mostly concerned about our people, about our priests, about our diocese."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Catholic bishop in Canada who oversaw sex abuse settlement charged with child pornography

CANADA
Breaking News 24/7

TORONTO — A Roman Catholic bishop who oversaw his diocese’s settlement with victims of sex abuse is facing child pornography charges, police said Wednesday.

Bishop Raymond Lahey had his computer and other unspecified media seized after authorities found something troubling during a random search of his laptop computer at Ottawa’s airport on Sept. 15, Ottawa Constable J.P. Vincelette said.

Police charged Lahey, 69, with possession and importation of child pornography 10 days later. A warrant has been issued for his arrest and police are still looking for the bishop, Vincelette said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 PM

Ex-Catholic bishop charged after child porn found at Ottawa Airport

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

By Neco Cockburn and Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
September 30, 2009 5:10 PM

OTTAWA — A former Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia faces child pornography charges after being stopped by authorities at the Ottawa Airport two weeks ago.

News of the charges broke just days after Raymond Lahey, 69, stepped down as bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish, citing time needed for personal renewal. ...

Police would not describe the number or contents of the images. The Ottawa police and CBSA investigation continues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 PM

Court approves settlement in class action against Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish for sexual abuse by priests:

CANADA
CNW Group

HALIFAX, Sept. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Supreme Court of Nova Scotia has certified a class action lawsuit filed by Ronald Martin against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish. The settlement totals more than $13 million for all persons who were sexually assaulted by any priest of the Catholic Episcopal Corporation of Antigonish since January 1, 1950, including the estates of those persons if they have since passed away.

The Court certified the class action and approved the proposed settlement of the claim, known as Martin v Lahey et al, Hfx No.297827, following a hearing held on September 10, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

Catholic bishop who resigned faces child porn charges

CANADA
National Post

Charles Lewis and Adrian Humphreys, National Post
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A prominent Roman Catholic bishop praised for his compassion and humanity in dealing with victims of sexual abuse in Nova Scotia now faces charges related to child pornography.

In August, Bishop Raymond Lahey, head of the Diocese of Antigonish, concluded an historic $13-million settlement with parishioners who had been sexually abused. On Friday, he suddenly resigned his position, citing only the need to take time for "personal renewal."

"I guess I could say the bishop had indicated on Saturday that he was resigning for personal reasons and there had been lots of speculation about what those personal reasons were," said Father Paul Abbass, a spokesman for the diocese, who said he was surprised and devastated by the news. "And I think we know now what those personal reasons are."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

N.S. bishop facing child porn charges

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

A Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia has been charged with possession and importation of child pornography after a search of his laptop computer at the Ottawa airport.

Ottawa police say “images of concern” were found on the computer of Raymond Lahey when he was re-entering Canada from the United States on Sept. 15.

Mr. Lahey was released at the time but both his computer and other “media devices” were seized, said Constable J.P. Vincelette.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Ex-bishop charged after child porn found on laptop

CANADA
CTV

[with video]

Ottawa police have issued an arrest warrant for a former Roman Catholic bishop who recently oversaw the settlement of a lawsuit alleging church sexual abuse in Nova Scotia.

Raymond Lahey, 69, is charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Importation of Child Pornography, allegedly on a computer.

He was searched while re-entering Canada at the Ottawa airport on September 15. "During the examination, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Officers found images on his laptop computer that were of concern," a police news release said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Advocate for sex-abuse victims criticizes Polanski supporters

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

A member of a group for victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy spoke publicly today, urging Roman Polanski’s quick extradition from Switzerland. Joelle Casteix challenged those who have jumped to his defense to speak with abuse victims.

Casteix said she was speaking out “to show our disgust … with those who have decided to say that protecting a child molester is more important than keeping children safe.”

Casteix is the Southwestern regional director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). The group had planned a larger rally outside the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, with several abuse victims and their families holding pictures of themselves at the age each was abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Ex-bishop in N.S. facing child porn charges

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

A recently retired Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography.

Raymond Lahey, who stunned his diocese by resigning suddenly as the bishop of Antigonish on Saturday, was charged last week by the Ottawa Police after information was found that prompted the charges, a source told Canwest News Service on Wednesday. ...

A spokeswoman at the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops had no comment on the charges Wednesday, saying, "We just found out."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Ex-bishop in N.S. facing child porn charges

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

By Richard Foot, Canwest News Service
September 30, 2009 12:58 PM

A recently retired Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography.

Raymond Lahey, who stunned his diocese by resigning suddenly as the bishop of Antigonish on Saturday, was charged last week by the Ottawa Police after information was found that prompted the charges, a source told Canwest News Service on Wednesday.

His laptop was undergoing a routine inspection by Canadian Border Services officials at the Ottawa airport, where Lahey was returning from a trip to the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Former Nova Scotia bishop faces child pornography charges

CANADA
National Post

Posted: September 30, 2009, 2:36 PM by Ron Nurwisah

Former Roman Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey, who resigned last Saturday from his diocese, was arrested last week on child pornography charges.

According to media reports border officials found child pornography on his laptop after a random search.

In August, Bishop Lahey oversaw a controversial $15-million settlement related to sexual abuse in his diocese. Many area parishioners are angry that Lahey's settlement requires cash-strapped local parishes to pay out the money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Recently resigned bishop facing child porn charges

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

A Roman Catholic bishop who recently announced his resignation citing “much needed personal renewal” is facing child pornography charges.

According to CBC News, Raymond Lahey, the former bishop of the Diocese of Antigonish was arrested at the Ottawa Airport last week after members of the Canada Border Services Agency performed a random check of his laptop computer.

Lahey is known for his role in overseeing a $15-million settlement with survivors of sexual abuse by priests in the diocese dating back to 1950.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Nova Scotia bishop arrested on child pornography charges

CANADA
The Guardian

The Canadian Press

CBC News is reporting that a Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia has been charged with possessing, distributing and selling child pornography after a search of his laptop computer at the Ottawa airport.

Raymond Lahey resigned from his post with the diocese of Antigonish on the weekend, before news of his Sept. 15 arrest became public knowledge.

He was picked up at the Ottawa airport following an investigation by the Ottawa Police Service, in conjunction with Nova Scotia’s child exploitation unit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Canadian ex-bishop faces child porn charges: report

CANADA
Reuters

OTTAWA (Reuters) - A former Canadian bishop has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography after airport officials examined his laptop computer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said on Wednesday.

It said Bishop Raymond Lahey, from the Roman Catholic diocese of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, was arrested at Ottawa airport last week after officers from the Canada Border Services Agency performed a random check of his laptop computer.

Lahey subsequently announced last Saturday that he was resigning for personal reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Former N.S. bishop faces child porn charges

CANADA
CBC News

A former Roman Catholic bishop from Nova Scotia has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography.

Raymond Lahey, former bishop of the diocese of Antigonish, oversaw a $15-million settlement with people who said they had been sexually abused by priests in the diocese dating back to 1950.

He was returning to Canada from the United States when he was arrested at the Ottawa Airport last week after members of the Canada Border Services Agency performed a random check of his laptop computer.

No court date has been set.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Report: Former bishop facing child porn charges

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

CBC News is reporting that a former Roman Catholic bishop in Nova Scotia who helped broker a landmark sexual abuse settlement is facing child pornography charges.

Raymond Lahey, who resigned over the weekend for "personal renewal", was arrested last week at the Ottawa airport as he returned from the United States. Canada Border Services agents performed a random check of his laptop computer, CBC reports.

Mr. Lahey has been charged with distributing and selling child pornography, according to the CBC report. No court date has been set.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Customs finds child porn on former bishop's laptop

CANADA
SooToday

By Donna Hopper
SooToday.com
Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A random check of a personal laptop conducted last week by Ottawa Canadian Border Services agents has resulted in child pornography charges against a former Roman Catholic bishop.

Raymond Lahey, 69, bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia resigned his position on Saturday after he was charged with distributing and selling child pornography.

Earlier this year, Lahey oversaw the settlement of a $13 million lawsuit with alleged victims who claimed they had been sexually abused by priests within the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Anti-abuse group claims former Boonville priest held counseling job

BOONVILLE (MO)
Boonville Daily News

By Nate Birt
Boonville Daily News
Wed Sep 30, 2009, 12:35 PM CDT

Boonville -
The following is a brief of the story. For the full version, see the Wednesday, Sept. 30 print edition of the BDN.

The ex-Ss. Peter and Paul priest who a former Boonville resident claims sexually assaulted him repeatedly once worked as a counselor in Columbia, the national director of an anti-abuse group claimed today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

The Vatican still doesn't get it on child sex abuse...

Foreign Policy

David J. Rothkopf

I am beginning to think that John Edwards, South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, Octomom, and Jon Gosselin have joined together to form their own public relations firm ... and that their first client is the Vatican. I have come to this conclusion because it is impossible for me to imagine any other group of people giving the Holy See the kind of P.R. advice they seem to be getting.

The evidence came in yesterday's extraordinary statement from the Vatican "defending" themselves against attacks that they have not done enough to combat sexual abuse by priests. Rather than contritely focusing on all they have done to address this cancer on their credibility, they offered a response that will be studied in schools for years to come, whether in classes seeking to offer a lesson in how not to handle a crisis or in those offering an advanced degree in miscalculated chutzpah.

Following a meeting with the U.N. Human Rights Council meant to address concerns that the Church was failing to respond appropriately to a long history of members of the clergy abusing their flocks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi read a statement that was undoubtedly considered by some spin doctor-equivalent somewhere to advance their case but which actually probably amounted to more convincing proof that the Vatican doesn't get it on this issue than anything discussed behind closed doors with the United Nations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

New Sex Abuse Claims Against Fmr. Miami Priest

MIAMI (FL)
CBS 4

[with video]

MIAMI (CBS4) ―
The Archdiocese of Miami is named in two new lawsuits filed by men who claim they were sexually molested by South Florida priests more than forty years ago.

According to one of the men's suits in 1966 when he was only 14-years-old his mother was urged to send him to Boystown after he got into some trouble. The man claims his mother was told to bring her son to Father Neil Flemming who would take him to the Boystown organization in West Kendall which housed and educated at risk children. The man's claim after his mother dropped him off with Flemming, the priest repeatedly molested him for two days in the rectory.

After turning 18, the man said he sought counseling from the Miami Archdiocese for the pain he felt from Flemming's abuse. He claims he was told to meet with Fr. Neil Doherty who reportedly drugged and assaulted him. According to the support group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests documents in Doherty's personnel file show that the Archdiocese had known since the early 1970s that Doherty had been drugging and sexually assaulting teenagers. In the early 1990s they sent Doherty to treatment. Over the years, Doherty has faced a number of child sex abuse lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Vatican envoy to UN defends church's response to sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Sarah Delaney
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has defended its response to the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying that the church had been "cleaning its own house" and that other religions and institutions were similarly tainted.

The Vatican delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council said in an oral statement Sept. 22 in Geneva that church authorities fully understand the gravity of the issue of child sex abuse by clergy and have taken measures to eliminate the problem.

The statement was delivered on behalf of Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's representative to U.N. organizations in Geneva, as a formal reply to criticism of the church by the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a London-based organization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Pastor gets prison time

SOUTH AFRICA
iAfrica

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 17:25

A Richards Bay pastor who was convicted on four counts of indecently assaulting young women while counselling them must go to prison, the Supreme Court of Appeal found on Wednesday.

Pastor MP Coetzee, who was at the time working at the Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Meerensee, Richards Bay, was convicted on four counts of indecent assault and two counts of crimen injuria committed against three women ranging in ages from 16 to 21 years, who were members of his congregation.

The Richards Bay Regional Court sentenced him to an effective term of four years' imprisonment after two years of his six years imprisonment sentence was suspended.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Interview with Haitian reporter

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Joe Carretta
Keri Harrison

When the scandal involving Fairfield alum Doug Perlitz first broke two weeks ago, it came as a bit of a shock to the University community. However, it is an issue that has been evolving for some time and was first broken in Haiti by Haitian reporter Cyrus Sibert, who writes for the newspaper, Reseau Citadelle. Sibert said that he first heard rumors of the story, about Perlitz sexually abusing members of the Haitian school he created, in 2007 and then broke the story in August 2007 after he spoke to some members involved with the school. After doing some extensive research, Sibert claimed that Perlitz was guilty, which caused an investigation into the matter to be launched. According to an article by Stanley Lucas, who Sibert noted as a Haitian activist who wrote a response to the situation in order to pressure Haitian authorities, Sibert "brought the necessary public attention to this important issue. Following his article, the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince launched an immediate investigation into Mr. Perlitz and the issue more broadly."

Sibert recently held a short interview with The Mirror, in which he spoke about his perspective to the story and how it was first handled in Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Fairfield's relations with Perlitz

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Joe Carretta

The case of Doug Perlitz '92 is disgusting in so many ways.

The 2002 commencement speaker has been indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of traveling outside the U.S. for the purpose of engaging in sex with minors, and three counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with minors.

The charges came a full year after The Mirror began receiving e-mails from a man named Paul Kendrick, a 1972 graduate of Fairfield, alleging that a former Fairfield graduate, Doug Perlitz, had been abusing young boys at his charity in Haiti. Kendrick had donated money to the charity school, Project Pierre Toussaint, along with making a visit to Haiti and Perlitz.

His e-mails also alluded to a cover-up by Fairfield University and the Jesuits. Kendrick's goal was for the University to remove positive information about Perlitz from the Web site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

University responds to Perlitz scandal

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Christopher Haliskoe

The University community has continued to deal with the repercussions of the allegations against Doug Perlitz '92, who was charged with sexually abusing children attending his Haitian school. The scandal came to light two weeks ago and since then the University has been under some scrutiny. Not only is Perlitz a Fairfield alum and the 2002 commencement speaker, but the University has also helped to raise funds for his organization in the past years.

In a statement to the entire University community last week, University President Father Jeffrey von Arx said, "If the allegations against Doug Perlitz are true … then it will be a tragic outcome for the affected group of children in Haiti and the irreparable harm caused them, as well as for the members of the University community who donated their time and support to this cause."

"As a University, it is important that we take appropriate steps to respond to the situation," von Arx continued in the statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Catholic Church Delivers Astonishing Pedophilia Rationalization in Geneva

AlterNet

Posted by Melissa McEwan, Shakesville at 7:00 AM on September 30, 2009.

The statement claimed that only 1.5 to 5 percent of Catholic Clergy were involved in child sex abuse. Reality check: that's still 22,500 sex predators.

Still defensive about the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church in myriad diocese in multiple countries, the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, read a ridiculously juvenile and bigoted statement following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva during which Keith Porteous Wood, representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, asserted that the church had breached several articles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by continuing to cover up sexual abuse of children.

The statement petulantly complained that other religions had problems with sex abuse, too (true, but irrelevant in terms of the Catholic Church's need to account for its endemic sex abuse), that Protestant churches' and Jewish communities' problems were worse than the Catholic Church's problems (probably not true, but also irrelevant), that "only" 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse (there are about 1,500,000 Catholic clergy worldwide; "only" 1.5% of that is still about 2250 22,500 sex predators), and then let loose the unmitigated bigotry against gay men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Victims group to demonstrate and boycott against Roman Polanski and supporters

LOS ANGELES (CA)
LA Daily News

Daily News Wire Services
Updated: 09/30/2009

The organization that champions victims of predatory priests will stage a demonstration in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday to announce a boycott of the work of Roman Polanski and those who support his bid to avoid extradition to the United States.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, best known as SNAP, charged that entertainment industry figures speaking out for Polanski since his arrest in Switzerland Saturday are helping to enable the crimes of current child predators.

The 76-year-old Polish-French director was arrested by Swiss gendarmes at Zurich Airport as he flew in to attend the Zurich Film Festival, where he was to have received a lifetime achievement award.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Unfortunately, Hightower is still law. Plus Vatican starts new lie campaign

City of Angels

The Vatican is lying, again, starting a new campaign saying it's gays that are the problem, not pedophiles, unless part of being gay is raping 11 - 17 year olds. By saying 1.5 - 5 percent of clergy are "involved" in pedophile priest sex crimes, the Vatican is lying, unless bishops and monsignors who make administrative decisions are not really clergy.

15 percent is closer to the number of clergy who were “involved” in Catholic priest sex crimes the last 50 years, in ways such as obstruction of justice, collusion, fraud, neglect, child endangerment, and outright lies to parishioners coming to them saying a priest molested their child, thinking bishops and monsignors were actually holy, and would respond on the side of justice regarding the crimes of pedophile priests. I guess the Vatican doesn't consider collusion corruption and conspiracy to be crimes.

Notice, also, how the Church from the Vatican down now are turning the tables, saying see, there's pedophiles in every other religion just as bad as Catholicism. Those are cooked numbers. No other religion has secret documents where they store documents on things like how to handle priest sex crimes, written in Latin, accessible to inner circle leaders only.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican; SNAP responds

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

In a long series of deceptive and callous statements from top Catholic officials about the church's on-going clergy sex abuse and cover up crisis, this is one of the most pathetic and disturbing.

Parsing words, splitting hairs, pointing fingers, shifting blame - these are the actions of desperate politicians, not professed spiritual figures. These are self-serving public relations maneuvers that rub even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of suffering adults and do nothing to protect the vulnerable.

For those who still hope that the Catholic hierarchy might somehow 'reform' itself, this Vatican insensitivity must come as a severe blow. If the church hierarchy can't even talk reasonably about this horrific crisis, it certainly cannot ameliorate it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Los Angeles event Wednesday regarding Polanski

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
Holding signs & photos of themselves at the age they were abused, victims of child sex abuse will:
-- blast Roman Polanski and his supporters, who apparently believe that drugging a raping a 13-year-old child is not a serious crime,
-- announce a boycott of films and television shows made by Polanski and his outspoken defenders
-- praise the LA District Attorney for vigilance in the case, and
-- encourage all victims of sex abuse to come forward and report crimes, despite re-victimization by the Hollywood elite

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 30, 11:00 am

WHO:
Three to four sexual abuse victims, their families and their supporters who are members of a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHERE
Outside of the LA District Attorney's Office, 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

New records show "Playboy to Priest" lived in mid-MO

JEFFERSON CITY (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
At a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will
-- disclose that a notorious Texas predator priest lived (and may have worked) in mid-Missouri,
-- provide two copies of previously-secret church records proving this, and
-- discuss a new Illinois Supreme Court ruling that lets the suspended cleric to escape legal action.

Afterwards, they'll try hand deliver a letter about 2 high-profile predator priests to local Catholic officials.

The letter urges church staff to
-- admit that both priests are dangerous and spent time in their diocese,
-- put notices about the two predators in every parish bulletin, begging victims and witnesses to come forward,
-- 'come clean' about other secret settlements involving predator priests and other church employees, and
-- disclose the identities of any other child molesting clerics who have changed their names.

WHEN
Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 10:45 a.m.

WHERE
At the Jefferson City Diocese headquarters (573-635-9127), 2207 W. Main St. (near Forest Hill Ave.) in Jefferson City

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

SNAP event in Miami Wednesday

MIAMI (FL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

What:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy molestation victims will disclose the filing of two new child sex abuse and cover up lawsuits against a priest, and urge Miami Catholic officials to
--- disclose the suspended predator's whereabouts and clerical status, and
--- use their 'vast resources' to aggressively reach out" to others he may have hurt.

They will also
-- prod anyone who saw, suspected or suffered the cleric's crimes to call police and get independent help, and
-- harshly criticize Miami's archbishop for his recent successful legal maneuver to stop victims of child sex crimes from seeking justice in court

When:
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 11:15 a.m.

Where:
Outside and just south of the Miami Catholic archdiocese headquarters, 9401 Biscayne Blvd, in Miami (305-757-6241)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Accused child molesting cleric also worked at local hospital, group says

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose new information about two out-of-state predator priests who spent time in mid-Missouri.

One, from New Jersey, worked at a now-closed Columbia hospital,counseling troubled youth there.

The other, from Texas, lived in the Jefferson City diocese.

Neither of these facts has been publicly reported before. Both clerics have been suspended and sued before. Neither has apparently been defrocked.

They group will also
-- publicly prod local Catholic officials to 'come clean' with church records about both pedophiles, and
-- beg anyone with information about the two pedophiles to call police immediately

WHEN
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1 :15 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the main police station downtown, 600 East Walnut (corner of Sixth), in Columbia MO

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Unfortunately, Hightower is still law

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

I wondered why church attorneys are still citing the Hightower case, when it is a very unusual case, not demonstrative of most clergy cases. The lawsuit was filed from prison - late - by Thomas Hightower, a convicted pedophile who used the rape by a priest decades ago in his own defense, so he did not qualify for the one-year 2003 window. I thought Hightower was no longer an issue since his appeal was turned down. We reported on Hightower in May and that story is reprinted blow. Both the Church and Plaintiffs now wait for the Court to decide on two other more related cases, KJ and Quarry.

However, Hightower is still relevant, an attorney and reader explained to me:

"Quarry and KJ are uncitable as they are up on review before the Supremes. So until the Supremes resolve those two cases, Hightower remains the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Vatican Explains Its Priests Are Not Pedophiles, They Just Want Sex With Adolescent Boys

Foolocracy

by Glenn Church in Vatican

The Vatican wants the world to know that it need not worry about the sexual abuse that has rocked the Catholic Church over the last few years. ...

It is only 5% of the priests who committed the wrongs, and they are not pedophiles because all they wanted was sex with adolescent boys. Besides, the real pedophiles are in other churches, your neighborhood or your family. Now say three Hail Marys and pray that it all goes away.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Mercy Sister Theresa Kane criticizes church hierarchy

ST. LOUIS (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Sep. 29, 2009
By Thomas C. Fox

Speaking at the 40th anniversary conference of the National Coalition of American Nuns in St. Louis, Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane offered a stinging rebuke to the Vatican for its treatment of women in general and of women religious in particular.

Referring to the Vatican investigation of U.S. women religious initiated last December by Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé, who heads the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Kane called it “a sign of impotence in the church hierarchy.”

“Regarding the present interrogation, I think the male hierarchy is truly impotent, incapable of equality, co-responsibility in adult behavior,” she said, not mincing any words. “In the church today, we are experiencing a dictatorial mindset and spiritual violence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Vatican responds to sex abuse accusations

WAtoday (Australia)

RIAZAT BUTT AND ANUSHKA ASTHANA, LONDON
September 29, 2009 .
The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its pedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic Church was ''busy cleaning its own house'' and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued after a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said most of the Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not pedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that ''available research'' showed that only 1.5 per cent to 5 per cent of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

The Guardian has blundered in throwing wild accusations at Pope Benedict

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Damian Thompson Religion Last updated: September 29th, 2009

Today The Guardian published a vitriolic attack on Pope Benedict XVI by Tanya Gold which accused him of colluding in the protection of paedophiles and ended thus: “Welcome, Benedict XVI, Episcopus Romae, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles… Don’t tread on the corpses.”

I described it this morning as the most poisonously anti-Catholic article to have appeared in the mainstream media in decades. However, The Guardian is anti-Catholic these days, and we do have free speech in this country, and on the whole I think professional offence-taking is a bad thing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Bar mitzvah perv jailed

NEW YORK
New York Post

By ALEX GINSBERG

A Brooklyn judge yesterday slapped a bar mitzvah tutor with 13 months behind bars for groping two boys -- while ripping the close-knit Orthodox community for what he called a "circle the wagons" mentality that protects such abusers.

"What is . . . troubling . . . is a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than on the perpetrators," said Judge Gustin Reichbach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Roman Polanski and Roman Catholics

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

Jim Lindgren over at the legal blog The Volokh Conspiracy has excerpted a fascinating George Orwell essay from 1944 about what a morally depraved yet talented artist Salvador Dali is. It discusses how the fans of his art claim “a kind of benefit of clergy” where they exempt him from the moral laws that constrain ordinary people. Here’s the line that got me:

If Shakespeare returned to the earth to-morrow, and if it were found that his favourite recreation was raping little girls in railway carriages, we should not tell him to go ahead with it on the ground that he might write another King Lear.

Well, apparently Orwell didn’t consider Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese, three of the latest film luminaries, according to the Guardian, that have signed a petition calling for the release of talented director — and child rapist — Roman Polanski.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Texas AG: Polygamist sect man skirted bank laws

TEXAS
Houston Chronicle

By MICHELLE ROBERTS Associated Press Writer
Sept. 29, 2009, 7:19PM

SAN ANTONIO — A polygamist sect member set to go on trial for bigamy and sexual abuse of a child next month deliberately skirted anti-money laundering laws and used a wife he once abandoned to help front a company in Arizona, prosecutors allege in a court filing.

The Texas Attorney General's Office isn't seeking additional charges against Raymond Jessop, 38, but wants to use the allegations to bolster Jessop's punishment if he is convicted. The court filing lists numerous marriages, the abandonment of wives and children, efforts to avoid banking laws and other so-called "extraneous offenses" that prosecutors believe Jessop engaged in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Prosecutors to bring new allegations in FLDS trial

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Standard-Times

SAN ANGELO, Texas — State prosecutors intend to bring a host of additional allegations to the trial of Raymond Merril Jessop scheduled for Oct. 26 in the 51st Judicial District, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said.

Jessop, a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, is set for a jury trial on charges of child sexual abuse in connection with allegations that arose after the April 2008 raid of the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado.

Authorities swept onto the ranch seeking a woman who had called in complaints about being abused at the polygamist compound. Ultimately, the state removed more than 400 children from the ranch because they were deemed to be in danger of abuse. The children were eventually restored to their families, but evidence seized during the raid resulted in criminal charges against 10 of the men living on the ranch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Mother delayed reporting charges

WOODSTOCK (IL)
Northwest Herald

By JILLIAN DUCHNOWSKI - jduchnowski@nwherald.com

WOODSTOCK – Months after a pastor repeatedly spanked a preteen girl he believed had falsely accused her stepfather of sexual abuse, the girl’s mother waited to report renewed allegations – at the pastor’s request.

Brenda Eichelberg, mother of the now-16-year-old alleged victim, said she believed her daughter when she told her the allegations to explain why she was happy her stepfather had moved out of the house. Matthew Resh, now 36, had dropped off divorce papers the day before that conversation Oct. 19, 2005.

Eichelberg’s testimony Tuesday occupied much of the second day of Resh’s trial on five counts of predatory criminal sexual abuse, which allegedly happened between September 2003 and March 2005. Eichelberg said she urged her daughter to discuss details of the alleged abuse late on Oct. 19, 2005, and called the Rev. Daryl Bujak, then pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church in Elgin, the next morning.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Some Faith Leaders Offer Women More Than Prayer

UNITED STATES
NPR

[with audio]

September 28, 2009
One in 33 American women who attend church regularly have received some form of sexual advance by a religious leader, according to a recent study by the Baylor University School of Social Work. Valencia Bey, who experienced sexual abuse by a faith leader, tells her story of survival. Bey is joined by Baylor University Professor Diana Garland, co-author of the study , who explains the factors behind such abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

The Bishop's Tale

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Dolores R. Leckey | OCTOBER 5, 2009

A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church
Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop
By Rembert G. Weakland, O.S.B., Foreword by Margaret O’Brien Steinfels
Eerdmans. 384p $35

The English mystery writer P. D. James once said she would not review a book written by a friend. I thought that was good advice when I read it, but now I am about to ignore it.

I have known Archbishop Rembert Weakland for over 30 years. He wrote the preface to my first book, which was about the Rule of St. Benedict in family life. I have his picture in my office nestled in among photos of family and other friends. (He is seated at a piano engrossed in a Chopin waltz.) When I worked at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops we collaborated on a number of issues and projects. I respected his erudition and intellectual prowess, and we shared a love for Benedictine traditions.

So when I heard the radio report on May 23, 2002, that he had had an affair with a man decades earlier, and that in 1998 there had been a cash settlement of $450,000, two thoughts converged: one, that he fell in love, probably for the first time, and that falling in love has a way of humanizing us; two, that nobody in church leadership—bishop, cardinal, whoever—should have free access to large sums of money. I knew that canon law allows bishops to avail themselves of church funds if the amount is not $500,000 or more, and to do so without the involvement of the diocesan finance committee. But less ($450,000 in the Weakland case) does not require oversight. This distinction, while legal in the strict sense of church law, seemed to me to fail a basic ethical test, as normal people understand ethics. I thought at the time that canon law needs some fixing; I still think so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Other churches also have abuse problem: Vatican

CathNews

Vatican UN Observer Archbishop Silvano Tomasi has lashed out at criticism over the Church's handling of the pedophilia crisis saying the Catholic Church is "busy cleaning its own house" and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches are as big, if not bigger.

In a statement following the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, Vatican observer Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said that most abusive clergy who commit such acts are not pedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males, UK's The Guardian reported.

Archbishop Tomasi said "available research" shows that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy are involved in child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Fightback and counterattack: Vatican says church sex abuse of kids not really pedophilia

Straight.com

By Mike Cowie
For those of you who thought the Catholic Church was truly feeling some deep remorse about the tens of thousands of children who have been molested by priests over the years, think again.

Self-reflection, shame, and remorseful regret?

Are you out of your mind?

How about a defiant counterattack in the face of unjust criticism and slander?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Both sides unhappy with judge's rulings in church case

VERMONT
Rutland Herald

By Kevin O'Connor Staff Writer - Published: September 30, 2009

The latest in a string of priest sexual misconduct trials against the state's largest religious denomination just started. So why are lawyers already considering appeals to the Vermont Supreme Court?

Attorneys in the Chittenden Superior Court case of former altar boy Michael Keppler v. the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington presented opening statements to a jury Tuesday afternoon, kicking off yet another round in a seven-year saga involving nearly 40 negligence lawsuits against the church.

But even before Judge Helen Toor began the proceedings in Burlington, lawyers for both sides were questioning pretrial rulings that differed from past cases that have sparked more than $12 million in potentially bankrupting verdicts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Priest abuse trial opens in Burlington

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A lawyer for the state’s Roman Catholic diocese conceded Tuesday that the church made a mistake letting the Rev. Edward Paquette work as a parish priest in Vermont in the 1970s, but did so based on advice it got from doctors at the time.

“Facts are stubborn things,” attorney Thomas McCormick told jurors during his opening statement in the latest priest molestation case to go to trial in Burlington.

McCormick also said the approach to treating pedophiles like Paquette is much different now than it was 35 years ago. “As you hear the evidence, I’ll ask you to pay attention to the clues that indicate how different the times were,” he told the jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Priest says thank you to One in Four for 'healing' the Church

IRELAND
Drogheda Independent

By Hubert MURPHY

Wednesday September 30 2009

FR Iggy O'Donovan has issued a 'thank you' to Colm O'Gorman and the One in Four group for doing so much to 'heal' the Church.

And he has admitted that the Church has been both 'inept and uncomfortable' in dealing with the whole issue of sexual abuse.

'I speak to victims of abuse, the most vulnerable and defenceless members of our society and the people who carried it out, those who should have set the bar at the highest level and who would have expected the same from others,' he stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

September 29, 2009

Hollywood And Vile

Investors Business Daily

Rule Of Law: To Hollywood, a fugitive wanted for sex with an underage girl is "a great artist" pursued by "philistine" authorities. Would they be excusing "Father Roman Polanski" or "Senator Roman Polanski"?

Can the popular film industry descend any deeper into the moral cesspool? Consider the great "artistic frontiers" Hollywood has recently crossed. The 2003 film "The Brown Bunny," which premiered at Cannes, graphically shows its leads doing what Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky got up to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 PM

Polanski The Predator

CALIFORNIA
The Smoking Gun

[includes links to excerpts from grand jury testimony]

This is from The Smoking Gun archive.

MARCH 11--It's been 26 years since Roman Polanski's arrest for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, but the director's Oscar nomination and the success of his film "The Pianist" has again focused attention on the March 1977 crime that prompted his French exile.

Polanski, 69, will not discuss the case and his victim, Samantha Geimer, now 39, has recently said that the sex assault should not color his chances with Academy Award voters. But that, of course, does not lessen the severity of the crime, which is graphically detailed in the following grand jury testimony, which was quietly unsealed four months ago by L.A. Superior Court Judge David Wesley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 PM

Roman Polanski was 43 when he made the decision to drug, sodomize and rape this young girl

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By John Manly

In 1973, Roman Polanski drugged, raped and sodomized a 13-year-old little girl. In 2007, he told newsmagazine show "60 Minutes" that the victim was “not unschooled in sexual matters” and that “she consented.” There is no dispute a crime occurred; he plead guilty to it. While awaiting sentencing, he fled the country because he was concerned, perhaps even with justification, that the judge was going to sentence him to a long prison term.

For 30 years he has dodged, bobbed, weaved and gone to great lengths to avoid sentencing for his crime. If nothing else, any civilized society has an obligation to protect children. It is not a mystery or a secret that individuals who molest or sexually assault children have a high rate of recidivism. ...

The justifications being put forward by the Hollywood elite and others in Europe are the almost the same justifications that the United States Catholic Bishops make when one of their own is disclosed as a molester. For example, Angelica Houston described Polanski’s victim to law enforcement officials as “appearing to be one of those kind of little chicks between - could be any age up to 25. She did not look like a 13-year-old little thing.” Former Orange County Bishop Norman McFarland testified he placed a molesting priest back in ministry because his 15-year-old victim was “fully developed and precocious.” There are thousands of sex offenders in our nation’s prison who did far less than

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 PM

Fourth Sex Abuse Case Against Diocese Goes to Trial

VERMONT
WCAX

Burlington, Vermont - September 29, 2009

Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese is once again on trial in a civil case brought by a former altar boy who was sexually abused by a priest.

This is the fourth case to go to trial of two dozen lawsuits filed by 23 former altar boys who claim the Vermont Diocese was negligent because it failed to protect them from pedophile priest Edward Paquette more than 30 years ago.

This 44-year-old plaintiff says he was only 11 and an altar boy at Christ the King Church in Burlington when he was groped at least two dozen times by former priest Edward Paquette.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 PM

Lawyer: Church At Fault In Sex Abuse

VERMONT
WPTZ

[with video]

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- A lawyer for a former altar boy says the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington disregarded the welfare of children when it hired a priest with a history of child molestation allegations.

Plaintiff's lawyer Jerome O'Neill made the comments Tuesday as a civil trial opened in the case of a 44-year-old man who says Father Edward Paquette molested him when he was an 11-year-old altar boy at Christ the King Church in Burlington.

The man says the diocese knew Paquette had a history of molesting boys when it hired Paquette and allowed him to work around children in parishes in Rutland, Montpelier and Burlington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Priest reacts to local church closings

EAST LONGMEADOW (MA)
WWLP

[with video]

Veronica Cintron
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) - An East Longmeadow priest is calling the Springfield Diocese deceptive and deceitful.

Father James Scahill reacted to the announced closings of more than a dozen churches in western Massachusetts by the end of the year. He's particularly upset about the closing of the Immaculate Conception parish in Indian Orchard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 PM

Youth Pastor Admits to Sex with Teen

PARMA (OH)
Fox 8

PARMA, Ohio - A youth pastor who formerly served at a church in Parma has already admitted to engaging in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl, and now local authorities are investigating additional allegations from his time in northeast Ohio, Fox 8 News reports.

Joshua O'Bannion was arrested in Chandler, Ariz., earlier this month after he confessed to having sex with a teenager in that area.

O'Bannion, who was working as an intern at Christ Life Church in Tempe, Ariz., told authorities that he engaged in sexual acts with the girl on at least three occasions over the previous two months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Fallen TV Priests

UNITED STATES
Father Joe

As I reflect upon the scandal caused by the Bud Macfarlane divorce, I am forced to face as well the legacy of disgrace that has been inflicted by famous priests.

I recall as a teenager picking up an IMAGE paperback in the back of the church one Sunday entitled Playboy to Priest by Rev. Kenneth Roberts. The work impressed me and along with several other books about priests, real and fictionalized, fueled my burning desire for a vocation. He would later become famous as the Medjugorie priest and he had several programs televised on EWTN on the Blessed Mother and a youth series based on one of his books, You Better Believe It. It was a great program and young people were really moved by it to study about and to live their Catholic faith. Upon my desk are other books he wrote, The Rest of the Week, Mary – The Perfect Prayer Partner, Fr. Roberts’ Guide to Personal Prayer, Pray It Again, Sam! and Nobody Calls It Sin Anymore. They were not particularly deep; but that was okay because they were popular works for the rank and file. He gave talks and conferences across the nation. His tapes and videos were bought and shared. He was loved. Then he disappeared and rumors spread.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Ex-Penn prof gets 25 years for child porn, lies

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By MARYCLAIRE DALE (AP)

PHILADELPHIA — A longtime Ivy League professor preyed on vulnerable teenage boys at home and abroad as he pursued them for sexual encounters and pornographic videos, prosecutors argued at his sentencing Tuesday.

Lawrence Scott Ward, 66, was sentenced to 25 years for manufacturing child pornography and lying to authorities to get one of his young victims into the U.S. He also must pay $100,000 restitution and remain on probation for life. ...

Ward told probation officials that he was sexually abused in his youth by an assistant pastor of his Pittsburgh-area church.

A 2002 lawsuit filed in Suffolk County, Mass., alleged that Ward had sexually abused two juvenile offenders in the late 1970s, when he served as a counselor for a nonprofit group, prosecutors said. The suit also accused a Catholic priest assigned to the organization of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:13 PM

Sex Abuse in Catholic Church was Homosexual Problem, not Pedophilia: Vatican

SWITZERLAND
Lifesite

By Hilary White

GENEVA, September 29, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church in the US and abroad was a matter of homosexuals preying on adolescent boys, not one of pedophilia, said the Vatican's representative at the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. It is "more correct," said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, to speak of ephebophilia, a homosexual attraction to adolescent males, than pedophilia, in relation to the scandals.

"Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90 per cent belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the ages of 11 and 17," said Tomasi. His statement is backed up by a report commissioned by the US bishops that found that in the overwhelming majority of cases the clergy involved were homosexuals, with 81 percent of victims being adolescent males.

Tomasi also responded to criticisms, saying that while the Catholic Church has been "busy cleaning its own house, it would be good if other institutions and authorities, where the major part of abuses are reported, could do the same and inform the media about it." According to information from various sources, the problem of sexual abuse of minors in religious organizations is widespread among Protestant churches and Jewish communities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 PM

Vatican: Abusive Priests Not Pedophiles, but ’Ephebophiles’

EDGE Boston

by Kilian Melloy
EDGE Staff Reporter
Tuesday Sep 29, 2009

When the Catholic Church took action on the pedophile priest scandal, it was to deny gay men entry into seminaries and, from there, into its priestly ranks--a move criticized by those who pointed out that pedophiles are not homosexuals.

Often, pedophiles are heterosexuals, even though they may molest children of either gender.

However, one Vatican official, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who serves as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations, has made the claim that the clerical abuses that rocked the Catholic church and stunned the faithful the world over were not committed by pedophiles, but rather by "ephebophiles"--men attracted to adolescent boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 PM

Roman Polanski's supporters sending wrong message ...

UNITED STATES
Los Angeles Times

Defenders of Roman Polanski have not minced words in their criticism of L.A. prosecutors for arresting the director three decades after he fled the U.S. before being sentenced for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner called Polanski's arrest a "bit sinister."

His agent, Jeff Berg, has said that justice has already been served in the Polanski case. ...

David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said he hears echos of "Polanski's apologists" in the scandal over child abuse in the Roman Catholic priests.

"In both cases we have the public and secular authorities giving every benefit of the doubt to clear wrongdoers just by virtue of their exalted positions. You could easily say if Polanski was a priest, he would be easily jailed," Clohessy said. "Somehow if you can make movies, dance well, shoot a basketball, essentially accumulate wealth or power and then you are somehow exempt from the basic societal laws and expectations. By not pursuing Polanski, we send a very disturbing message to criminals. Make yourself popular, get good lawyers, flee the country and you are home free."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:01 PM

Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child

UNITED STATES
Salon

Roman Polanski raped a child. Let's just start right there, because that's the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in "exile" (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never -- poor baby -- being able to return to the U.S.). Let's keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her, before we start discussing whether the victim looked older than her 13 years, or that she now says she'd rather not see him prosecuted because she can't stand the media attention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

Cases laid out in priest-abuse trial

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A lawyer for a former altar boy who claims he was molested by the Rev. Edward Paquette in the late 1970s told a jury today the state's Roman Catholic diocese deserves to be punished for hiring and retaining a priest it knew was a pedophile.

"We will prove that the diocese was interested in protecting Father Paquette rather than the children," attorney Jerome O'Neill told the jury during his opening statement.

O'Neill said his client, now 44, was fondled between 20 and 25 times in the sacristy of Christ the King Church in Burlington, sometimes as other altar boys were forced to watch. In some instances, O'Neill said Paquette molested two of the altar boys simultaneously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

MAD RUSH TO DEFEND POLANSKI

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the mad rush to defend Roman Polanski:

The Catholic League has long suspected that, in many quarters, the outrage over priestly sexual abuse has had more to do with the status of the accused than the crime itself. Now the evidence is indisputable: a child can be drugged, penetrated and sodomized—and the guilty can cut and run—and still maintain hero status. Provided he is a celebrity.

Actress Debra Winger showed up at the Zurich Film Festival “to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist, but under these sudden and arcane circumstances, we can only think of him today as a human being.” Either that or as a child rapist. She was not alone: the Zurich Film Festival jury proudly displayed red badges reading “Free Polanski.” It was also nice to know that Woody Allen, a man who speaks from experience, came to Polanski’s defense.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Tom Doyle on Holy See’s Response to the U.N. and Tom Reese’s Response to Roman Polanski

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

On the Holy See’s Response to the U.N. and Tom Reese’s Response to Roman Polanski

Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.

September 29, 2009

The International Humanist and Ethical Union, in a speech given at the U.N. on September 22, took the Vatican to task for its cover-up of reports of sexual abuse by clerics. Predictably the Holy See responded but the response was much less measured and more emotional than usual. Both have been widely covered by religious and secular media. After reading both statements, it’s clear that the IHEU was dead on target and the Holy See was delusional as usual.

The author of the Holy See’s response was Archbishop Silvio Tommasi, listed in the media as the Permanent Observer to the Holy See. According to the Vatican’s official list of prelates, the Annuario Pontificio, Tommasi is actually not the Vatican ambassador to the Holy See. He holds the curious title of being Papal Nuncio to Nowhere which means he’s sort of an official Vatican floater. No matter. He made the statement and he said dumb things which is pretty much what one expects from any official Church source when it tries to wriggle out of any responsibility for the nightmare that won’t go away. All of his defenses are the usual knee-jerk, minimizing bromides that no thinking person believes. The amazing thing is that the Holy See still seems to think that these excuses hold water. They would actually be better off saying nothing than saying something stupid.

I must admit that I was both surprised and disappointed at Tom Reese’s column in the Washington Post. He said some of the “right” things but missed an essential point. Roman Polanski and priests who rape children are far from analogous. Roman Polanski was a Hollywood director, not a Roman Catholic priest. He didn’t hold a position of immense trust nor did he come from an “industry” that preached chastity, purity and a sky-high standard of sexual morality. But even more important, Roman did not have an archbishop or a cardinal in his corner who would lie about what he had done, intimidate his victims and then send him off where he could find yet more young people to devastate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Jury picked in Diocese trial

VERMONT
Rutland Herald

BURLINGTON — A jury has been picked for the latest civil trial involving Vermont's Roman Catholic Diocese and its handling of a priest accused of molesting children in the 1970s.

Like others tried before in Chittenden County Superior Court, the case stems from a former Burlington altar boy's claim that Rev. Edward Paquette molested him at Christ the King Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

What if Polanski were an abusive priest?

UNITED STATES
Boston Globe

Posted by Michael Paulson September 29, 2009

There's quite a conversation going on in the religion blogosphere about the contrast between the case of Roman Polanksi (famed filmmaker, accused of raping 13-year-old girl decades ago, on the lam, and now, after finally being arrested in Switzerland, winning public support from fellow entertainers and European public officials) and that of multiple priests (not famous, accused of abusing minors decades ago, etc.).

The Rev. Thomas J. Reese, a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University, was first out of the box, posting an item headlined, "Father Polanski Would Go to Jail,'' at On Faith. An excerpt:

Polanski's defenders, including a 2008 HBO documentary, argue that he should not be punished. They say that the girl was willing and sexually experienced and she has forgiven him (after receiving a settlement). They even cite his tragic childhood and life as an excuse. And besides, it is ancient history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Vatican Sets Record Straight on Sexual Abuse

National Catholic Register

Posted by Tom McFeely

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 1:32 PM

Some critical things to know about the nature of acts of sexual abuse committed by priests, its prevalence among Catholic clergy compared to its incidence among other groups, and the response of the Church to the sexual abuse crisis:

• While many speak of child abuse, i.e. pedophilia, it would be more correct to speak of ephebophilia, being a homosexual attraction to adolescent males. Of all priests involved in the abuses, 80 to 90% belong to this sexual orientation minority which is sexually engaged with adolescent boys between the age of 11 and 17 years old.

• From available research we now know that in the last fifty years somewhere between 1.5% and 5% of the catholic clergy has been involved in sexual abuse cases. The Christian Science Monitor reported on the results of a national survey by Christian Ministry Resources in 2002 and concluded: “Despite headlines focusing on the priest pedophile problem in the Roman Catholic Church, most American churches being hit with child sexual-abuse allegations are Protestant”.[1] Sexual abuses within the Jewish communities approximate that found among the Protestant clergy.[2]

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Polanski arrest applauded by many around the world

FRANCE
M & C

Paris - As European politicians and artists rallied behind film director Roman Polanski, a growing number of voices were raised around the world welcoming his arrest after evading a 31-year-old sexual abuse conviction.

The online edition of the French weekly Le Point reported Tuesday that 97 per cent of the nearly 500 bloggers who commented on the affair applauded the 76-year-old director's jailing by Swiss police late Saturday. ...

Reactions were similar around the world, with one letter-writer to The Australia newspaper saying, 'If (Polanski) were not famous, would anyone consider his arrest unusual? If he were a Catholic priest or a school teacher, no one would have any sympathy for him.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

The Vatican talks man-boy love

The Bilerico Project

Filed by: Alex Blaze
September 29, 2009 9:30 AM

Ho boy. It's going to be fun to see the response to this one:

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that "available research" showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Haitian charity founder, accused of abuse, faces return

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Post

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 09/29/2009 01:58:50 PM EDT

The founder of a program designed to give new life for boys living on Haitian streets will be brought to Connecticut this week to face federal charges that he sexually abused boys that he was supposed to help.

Deputy U.S. marshals are expected to fly Douglas Perlitz, 39, formerly of Fairfield, back to Connecticut late Thursday from Colorado where he was arrested Sept. 16 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Once the plane touches down in Connecticut, the deputies will drive Perlitz to the Wyatt Detention Center in Central Falls, R.I., where he will stay pending his arraignment and detention hearing. The 642-bed facility was constructed for the U.S. Marshals Services to house male arrestees facing federal charges in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Man recounts ‘monster’ priest who committed abuse in New Jersey, Missouri

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

September 29, 2009
An alleged victim of Father Gerald Howard, a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark formerly known as Father Carmine Sita, has discussed how the priest groomed him and became a father figure to teens in his parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Priest's sex charges stayed by the Crown

CANADA
Edmonton Sun

By TONY BLAIS, COURT BUREAU

Criminal charges were stayed yesterday against a long-serving Edmonton-area reverend who was accused of sexual offences against a young girl.

On the day his trial was slated to begin in provincial court, the Crown stayed charges of sexual assault and sexual interference against Rev. Donald Orest Bodnar, 55.

No reason was given in court for the stay of proceedings, however a stay means the charges can be reactivated by police for up to a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

To the Vicar Go the Spoils: For Pembroke Pines Priest, a Miracle That's the Envy of Men

FLORIDA
New Times

By Thomas Francis in Broward, Religion
Tuesday, Sep. 29 2009 @ 7:56AM

​I'm not a good enough Catholic to judge Rev. David Dueppen, and frankly, neither are you. For those men angry about the Pembroke Pines priest who had sex with a stripper: Maybe you're just mad that you didn't think of it first:

The elusive exotic dancer cannot be seduced one dollar bill at a time, we've learned. Rather, she wants what she can't have: the man who must choose between her and God.

Keep your cash; she wants your soul.

The way I see it, any institution silly enough to dictate the kinds of genitals it prefers for its leaders, as well as the ways in which those leaders can use their genitals, deserves the embarrassment it gets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Crown stays sex charges against priest

CANADA
Edmonton Journal

Charges against a local Ukrainian Catholic priest accused of two sex offences have been stayed.

Rev. Donald Orest Bodnar was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference, which involves sexual contact with a minor, earlier this year.

The case was set for trial Monday but the Crown instead stayed the charges. The Crown has one year to reinstate the charges if it wishes to bring the case to court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Would Polanski get a pass if he were a paedophile priest?

FRANCE
Reuters

Posted by: Tom Heneghan

It’s hard to watch France’s political and cultural elite rush to support filmmaker Roman Polanski against extradition to the United States on a decades-old sex charge and not wonder exactly how they interpret the national motto “liberté, égalité, fraternité.” It’s tempting to ask whether they’re defending the liberty to break the law and skip town, respecting the equality of all before the law and championing a brotherhood of artists who can do no wrong.

Here in Paris, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner declared the arrest was “a bit sinister … frankly, (arresting) a man of such talent recognised around the world, recognised in the country where he was arrested — that’s not very nice.” He and his Polish counterpart have written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the issue. Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand said “just as there is a generous America that we like, there’s also an America that scares us, and that’s the America that has just shown us its face.” Directors, actors and intellectuals have been signing a petition demanding Polanski’s immediate release.

Almost all the focus is on the argument that Polanski is a brilliant director, the charge of unlawful sex with a 13-year old dates back to 1977 and the victim herself says she wants the whole issue to be forgotten. Almost completely ignored is the fact that he fled the U.S. to escape sentencing, which added a crime to the original crime. There is such a widespread assumption that all artists and intellectuals would automatically support Polanski that Paris papers today — both the left-of-centre Libération and the conservative Le Figaro — wrote with an air of surprise that Hollywood was not storming the barricades to back him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Father Polanski Would Go to Jail

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

THIS CATHOLIC'S VIEW
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J.

Imagine if the Knight of Columbus decided to give an award to a pedophile priest who had fled the country to avoid prison. The outcry would be universal. Victim groups would demand the award be withdrawn and that the organization apologize. Religion reporters would be on the case with the encouragement of their editors. Editorial writers and columnist would denounce the knights as another example of the insensitivity of the Catholic Church to sexual abuse.
And they would all be correct. And I would join them.

But why is there not similar outrage directed at the film industry for giving an award to Roman Polanski, who not only confessed to statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl but fled the country prior to sentencing? Why have film critics and the rest of the media ignored this case for 31 years? He even received an Academy award in 2003. Are the high priests of the entertainment industry immune to criticism?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Pass for Polanski, prison for priests?

UNITED STATES
USA Today

In January 2002, The Boston Globe ripped the lid off decades of hidden sexual abuse of minors by priests with its coverage of egregious offenders who were protected by their bishops. Across the country, thousand of victims and predatory priests were revealed. Some priests went to jail, many others were drummed out of ministry.

Which bring us to Roman Polanski, luminary of the film world.

If he were a priest, not an Academy Award winner, who admitted having intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and then skipped the country to avoid prison, there would be howls of outrage on every editorial page, says Rev. Thomas Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center, in his column for On Faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

In Touch Weekly Senior Editor on Polanski Rape Case: ‘It’s Mind Boggling Why They’re Still Pursuing This’

UNITED STATES
NewsBusters

By Carolyn Plocher
September 28, 2009

In 1977 Polish-born filmmaker and Academy Award winner Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl, and then fled the United States before he could be sentenced. For three decades he has lived as a fugitive under the protection of the French government. But finally, on Saturday, September 26, the 76-year-old was arrested by the Swiss police after flying in to - ironically - receive an honorary award at the Zurich Film Festival.

Disturbingly, some are up in arms, claiming that - even though Polanski performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on a frightened girl he had plied with Champagne and a Quaalude - the incident should be forgotten. One such person is Tom O'Neill, the senior editor of In Touch Weekly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Abused Altar Boy Case Against Diocese Gets Underway

VERMONT
Vermont Daily News

Burlington, Vt. – Jury selection got underway today in Chittenden Superior Court in Burlington, Vt., where a sexually-abused, former altar boy seeks damages from the Roman Catholic Diocese. The court, presided over by the Honorable Judge Helen Toor, will determine over the next 7 days if the Diocese is legally responsible for abuses to the former altar boy by defrocked priest Edward Paquette, 80, now of Westfield, Mass.

The court has placed over 12 million in liens on the assets of the church which faces more than 20 additional lawsuits stemming from sexual abuses by its priests during a time period about thirty years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

What if he were a priest...

UNITED STATES
Confessions and Contemplations

Today on the blogosphere and from blogger friends as well, I've been reading about, Roman Polanski and the outrage his arrest has gone around the world and back. Father James Martin penned this blog post at America asking the question, what if he'd been a priest, how would he be treated then? I thought it was interesting question to ponder. I also admit last night I asked the same question in my head too, "what if he was wearing a collar?"

I wish I had the energy to extrapolate a bit more with my own thoughts, but I thought I'd share. I haven't kept up with my online subscription of the magazine, looks like I've missed some good stuff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Roman Polanski Should go to Jail

UNITED STATES
American Glob

Roman Polanski should go to jail.

Thirty-two years ago when he was 43 years old, he drugged and raped a 13 year old girl in the State of California. He broke the law and he acknowledged his guilt but fled the country before he could be sentenced.

In spite of what is being said by his defenders, it doesn’t matter at all that the rape occured 32 years ago.

No one in America would object the prosecution of a Catholic Priest who molested a 13 year old in 1977, even if the crime was discovered as late as 2009. Polanski’s crime has been known for the last 32 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Put celluloid pastor/priest Polanski in prison

UNITED STATES
Baptist Planet

A celebrity then as now, three decades ago Roman Polanski drugged and raped a protesting 13-year-old girl during a photo session a lesser artistic light might not have been able to arrange.

Polanski fled to France in 1978 on the day of his sentencing, was arrested in Switzerland on Saturday and is predictably the focus of special pleadings on his behalf. For example, the French who protected him for years now argue that there is a case for mercy based on Polanski’s “exceptional artistic creation and human qualities.” Polish Filmmakers Association chief Jacek Bromski told the Associated Press that Polanski had paid for his crime “by not being able to make films in Hollywood.”

They sound like Southern Baptist ministers seeking special treatment for a clerical sexual predator or star believer at sentencing time while the predator is in denial. Thomas J. Reese, S.J. at On Faith indicates the appropriate reaction:

Imagine if the Knight of Columbus decided to give an award to a pedophile priest who had fled the country to avoid prison. The outcry would be universal. Victim groups would demand the award be withdrawn and that the organization apologize. Religion reporters would be on the case with the encouragement of their editors. Editorial writers and columnist would denounce the knights as another example of the insensitivity of the Catholic Church to sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

WHEN YOU THINK OF "GOING TO CHURCH," what usually comes to your mind?

Wicked Shepherds

For a majority of people, it would be safe to assume that church is a place where we can bring ourselves and our families to; a place that is safe and where the spiritual leaders can help us and equip us for the work of service; for building each other up in the body.

Well, perhaps this was true at one point in time, but certainly not anymore!

Increasingly, “churches” today are no longer a “SAFE PLACE” to bring ourselves and our families to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Paquette served in Mansfield

MANSFIELD (MA)
The Sun Chronicle

A former Mansfield priest has apologized for sexually abusing boys over his 30-year career.

The defrocked priest, Edward Paquette, 80, who now lives in Westfield, told The Burlington Free Press that he prays for the boys and their families and is sorry for what he did.

"I'm very apologetic," he told the Vermont newspaper. "It's hard to explain why I did it. I don't know."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Disgraced California bishop dying of cancer

CALIFORNIA
Catholic Culture

September 29, 2009
Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann, who resigned in disgrace in 1999 amid sordid revelations of a homosexual affair with a seminarian whom he ordained a priest, is dying of pancreatic cancer.

“Our prayers are with Bishop Ziemann at what must be a very painful time,” said Bishop Daniel Walsh, his successor as head of Diocese of Santa Rosa in northern California. “Like all of us, he had his faults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Young Irish filmmaker tackles plight of Magdalene Laundry victims in powerful documentary

IRELAND
The Irish Emigrant

By Michael Norby

After watching Peter Mullan's 2002 movie The Magdalene Sisters, young Irish store clerk Steven O’Riordan felt unsatisfied. He already had some knowledge of the plight of an estimated 30,000 women ripped from their families and held in forced servitude in 13 brutal Magdalene Laundries across Ireland. He also disagreed with Mullan’s portrayal of what happened after the women were released from the laundries.

“[Mullan] painted a picture that they all left and lived happily ever after,” O’Riordan told the Irish Emigrant. “That’s how I picked it up anyway.”

The laundries, also known as Magdalene Asylums, were first opened in the 18th century with the goal of “rehabilitating” misguided women. Those who fell into prostitution, or became pregnant or were badly behaved in the eyes of the ultra-conservative Irish society were prime candidates for detention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Ignore the bells and the smells and the lovely Raphaels, the Pope's visit to Britain is nothing to celebrate

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Tanya Gold The Guardian, Tuesday 29 September 2009

Save us, O Lord, save us all. Save us from the Pope. Joseph Ratzinger is coming to Britain. Gordon Brown is "delighted". David Cameron is "delighted". I am "repelled". Let him come; I applaud freedom of speech. But no red carpets, please. No biscuits. No Queen.

In his actions on child abuse and Aids, Joseph Ratzinger has colluded in the protection of paedophiles and the deaths of millions of Africans. As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (Pope John Paul II's chief enforcer), it was Ratzinger's job to investigate the child abuse scandal that plagued the Catholic church for decades. And how did he do it? In May 2001 he wrote a confidential letter to Catholic bishops, ordering them not to notify the police – or anyone else – about the allegations, on pain of excommunication. He referred to a previous (confidential) Vatican document that ordered that investigations should be handled "in the most secretive way . . . restrained by a perpetual silence". Excommunication is a joke to me, perhaps to you, but to a Catholic it means exclusion and perhaps hellfire – for trying to protect a child. Well, God is love.

He also waved aside calls to discipline Marcial Maciel Degollado, the Mexican founder of the global Legion of Christ movement. Allegations of child abuse have stalked Maciel since the 1970s. His victims petitioned Ratzinger, only for his secretary to inform them the matter was closed. "One can't put on trial such a close friend of the Pope as Marcial Maciel," Ratzinger said. Two abuse victims sued him personally for obstruction of justice, but he claimed diplomatic immunity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Former Delco priest faces lawsuit over alleged abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By Patti Mengers, pmengers@delcotimes.com

A Catholic priest who formerly served at two Delaware County parishes and at a Delaware County high school has been accused of sexually abusing a Philadelphia high school student more than 30 years ago in a lawsuit filed in the state of Delaware.

The Rev. Msgr. Michael Flood was named as the alleged abuser in a lawsuit served to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia last Thursday, according to a press release issued by archdiocesan officials. The plaintiff is not named in the lawsuit. Flood, who denies the allegations, is currently pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside, Montgomery County.

The 71-year-old priest formerly served at the old St. Michael’s Church in Chester and at St. Madeline’s Church in Ridley Park among other parishes. He was formerly on staff at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Marple. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff claims he was sexually abused by Flood while he was a student at the old St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia in the late 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Vatican official: Most clerical abuse not pedophilia, but homosexual abuse of adolescents

Catholic Culture

September 29, 2009
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Office of the United Nations and Specialized Institutions in Geneva, has defended Catholic efforts to remove abusers from the ranks of the clergy following an attack by Porteous Wood, international representative of the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

“The many thousands of victims of abuse deserve the international community to hold the Vatican to account, something it has been unwilling to do, so far,” said Wood. “Both states and children's organisations must unite to pressurise the Vatican to open its files, change its procedures worldwide, and report suspected abusers to civil authorities.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Vatican: we may be bad, but others are worse

AMERICAblog

by Chris in Paris on 9/29/2009 03:36:00 AM
Interesting strategy being promoted these days. For starters, it remains questionable how serious they really are about "cleaning their own house." The Vatican initially tried blaming the victims in Boston and explaining it away as an American problem. ("You know how those Americans are with lawsuits", for example.) But of course the problem was everywhere including all over Europe, despite the initial assertions to the contrary. They continue to fight back against it and even in Ireland where they did an extensive study, the church only agreed to the investigation by keeping names out of it.

There's very little to suggest any honest cooperation on their part which is probably why the new strategy is to shrug their shoulders and say "well yeah, but everyone else is worse." Great people at the Vatican.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

How times have changed since Pope John Paull II visited Ireland

IRELAND
Irish Central

CONOR O'CLERY

How times have changed since Pope John Paul visited Ireland in September 1979 – and I’m only talking about smoking.

When the Pontiff flew to Ireland on the Aer Lingus Boeing 747, named the St Patrick for the occasion, the stewardess announced after takeoff , “Holy Father, distinguished visitors, you may now smoke if you wish.”

I was on that flight as an Irish Times reporter and the deference shown to the Pontiff by some elements of the Irish media illustrated something else that would change over time, the traditional Irish awe of Catholic Church representatives. ...

But the slow secularisation of Ireland was already under way and would accelerate with the greater prosperity brought about by the consumer-driven Celtic Tiger.

Many recalled the visit in later years for the fact that the two most prominent and supposedly celibate clerics at the youth mass the Pontiff celebrated in Galway, Bishop Casey and Father Cleary, became the center of scandals for the way they conducted themselves after secretly fathering children, and how the Holy Father’s constant companion in Ireland, Cardinal Marcinkus, later became involved in shady financial dealings that led to the collapse of an Italian bank and the suspicious death of two Italian bankers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Catholic Church refuses to turn the other cheek

NEWS.com.au

Evan Maloney
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 at 05:21pm

But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

You have to wonder how many scurrilous, sweaty, palpitating priests have used this quotation from St Matthews gospel in an attempt to penetrate some innocent young altar boy. “Do not resists an evildoer, my son, turn the other cheek.”

It’s true that the devil can quote scripture for his own ends and the difference between Jesus’ teachings and those of the old testament are, in particular, about as stark as those between the Marquis de Sade and Depak Chopra (or vice-versa), but still, this whole idea of turning the other cheek seems to be one of the less workable instructions of Jesus when applied to daily life. Hell, even the Catholic Church is showing today that it cannot turn the other cheek.

In response to the sustained attacks over the (sustained) sexual abuse scandals in the past few decades the Church has suddenly posted a bizarre retort along the lines of, other churches abuse kids just as much as us!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

3 Say Pastor Took Them for Sex & Money

CLEVELAND (OH)
Courthouse News Service

By JEANINE DEBOER

CLEVELAND (CN) - Three women say the Rev. Jonathan Locust Sr. used his "dictatorial power" over the church to "perpetuate fraud, sexual, emotional and spiritual abuse" upon them for two years. One says Locust persuaded her to take out a second mortgage to give $12,000 to his River of Living Waters Apostolic Church, "only to later sexually abuse, humiliate and constructively force her to leave" the church.

This woman claims Locust induced her to take out the $12,000 second mortgage on her home to give as a donation by promising her she would be elevated "to a paid position of power and prominence" in the church.

The women say that once Locust got his hands on their money, and on them, he told them that "their financial, material and spiritual well-being now depended on their unconditional willingness to turn their will over to him as God's proxy." They say he told them that their "willingness and worthiness would be judged by their unquestioned compliance with his every request, including accepting sexual molestation and abuse at defendant Locust's own hand in complete secrecy and silence."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Cleveland: St. Joseph Academy teacher accused of sexual misconduct, under investigation

CLEVELAND (OH)
WKYC

CLEVELAND -- An unidentified teacher at St. Joseph Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, was placed on administrative leave this weekend when school officials learned that he may have had a sexual relationship with former students. Another teacher has resigned for failing to report the information to officials.

Police were to hold a press conference Tuesday regarding the investigation but have cancelled it, saying the detectives are still investigating.

Cleveland Police Department's Division of Police Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit detectives are in the process of gathering and inspecting evidence and taking statements in an attempt to determine the identities of potential victims and to uncover facts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Explanation needed

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

The resignation Bishop Raymond Lahey of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish comes at a time of significant challenges for Catholics across Cape Breton.

Saturday, Lahey resigned less than two months after he agreed to a $13-million abuse settlement with alleged abuse victims. Lahey, 69, was ordained Bishop of St. George’s, N.L., in 1986 and transferred to the Diocese of Antigonish in 2003.

Anthony Mancini, archbishop of Halifax, has since been appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Antigonish by Pope Benedict XVI following Lahey’s resignation. Mancini will serve in a leadership role for the diocese until a replacement bishop is found.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Metro columnist Dan Casey: A haunted heart

ROANOKE (VA)
Roanoke Times

By Dan Casey

For years, Dr. Mark McAllister hasn't felt comfortable in his own skin.

You can sense that as the 39-year-old sits in a Roanoke coffee shop for an interview. His large eyes dart around the room as the words pour out. There's an edgy tone in his voice.

He looks haunted. When you hear his story, you understand why.

It involves years of sexual abuse by a trusted authority figure, narcotics addiction that has plagued him for more than a decade and grave questions over whether he'll ever have a medical career.

At the root of it is a man he calls "a monster," a parish priest whom McAllister met in his formative teenage years growing up in Missouri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Priest accused of sexual abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Bucks County Courier Times

By: FREDA SAVANA
Bucks County Courier Times
A Montgomery County priest with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been accused of sexual abuse more than 30 years ago when he was a teacher at St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia in the late 1970s.

Monsignor Michael Flood, 71, pastor of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish in Glenside, was named late last week in a civil lawsuit filed in Delaware, according to the archdiocese. He denies the allegation.

After telling parishioners about the matter over the weekend, Flood asked his parish to pray for the person who made the allegation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Priest abuse trial to open today

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The latest trial involving claims that the Rev. Edward Paquette molested a Burlington altar boy in the late 1970s is expected to get under way today at Chittenden Superior Court.

The former altar boy is suing the state’s Roman Catholic diocese, contending it is to blame for the abuse because it put Paquette in a position to sexually abuse him knowing Paquette had previously molested boys in three states, including Vermont.

The diocese does not dispute the abuse occurred but claims it was assured by church psychologists at the time that Paquette was cured of his problem. Paquette, now retired and living in Westfield, Mass., is not a defendant in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Roman Polanski: What if He Were 'Father Polanski'?

UNITED STATES
Politics Daily

David Gibson

Perhaps my sensitivity to the Roman Polanksi fiasco can be traced to having covered the clerical sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church for so many years -- even before 2002, in fact, when it became a "scandal," which basically means the media pays attention.

Or perhaps my irritation at the emerging empathy for the award-winning director stems from a basic sense of justice.

Sure, the French and Polish governments are protesting the arrest of the 76-year-old Polanksi on Saturday in Switzerland, where he had gone to attend a film festival. Polanksi was raised in Poland and he lives in France, and you know the French and their artistes. Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand issued a statement saying he "profoundly regrets that a new ordeal is being inflicted on someone who has already known so many during his life." Polanksi is Jewish and barely escaped death in a concentration camp; his mother was killed at Auschwitz. Mitterrand also charged that with Saturday's arrest, Polanski was "thrown to the lions."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Martin Hannan: Church needs to go to confession

SCOTLAND
Evening News

Published Date: 29 September 2009
NEXT year, Pope Benedict XVI will make an official state visit to Britain. It will be only the second visit by a reigning Pope following John Paul II's memorable pastoral tour in 1982. His itinerary has yet to be worked out, but will almost certainly include Scotland.
I confidently predict that there will not be the same adulation as was given to the previous Pope. Indeed, it will be a matter of supreme indifference to many people that an elderly German theologian is coming here, though I suspect the sight of Queen Elizabeth II, Defender of the Faith, greeting the Bishop of Rome on Protestant British soil will be a bigot's nightmare – on both sides.

A great many other people, including myself, will listen carefully to hear what the Pope has to say. I suspect we will listen in vain, however, for his promise to cleanse the Catholic Church in Scotland, the rest of Britain, Ireland and the world of the scandal which I consider to be at the heart of the steep decline in respect for the Church and especially its leadership.

The physical and sexual abuse of ordinary Catholics – men and boys, women and girls – by priests and nuns and bishops is the single greatest cause of recent disillusionment among the faithful. It also allows the Church's opponents, and they are legion, to correctly assume that the Church has been engaged in a long-term cover-up of tragically wicked events.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

September 28, 2009

Former Santa Rosa Catholic bishop gravely ill

CALIFORNIA
The Press Democrat

By GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Former Santa Rosa Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann is dying of pancreatic cancer at an Arizona monastery where he settled after resigning in disgrace from leadership of the North Coast diocese 10 years ago.

Ziemann, 68, is prepared to die from the cancer that has spread to his liver, said his attorney, Chris Andrian of Santa Rosa.

“He is definitely at peace and ready to be with God, as he said to me,” Andrian said Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 PM

Pastor accused of molesting girls in his flock

ANAHEIM (CA)
The Orange County Register

By KIMBERLY EDDS
The Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – A pastor at a strip mall church has been arrested on suspicion of molesting four girls in his flock; all four of his accusers were living in church-owned housing for needy families, police said.

Jose Campoverde, 45, of Anaheim is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail on suspicion of lewd conduct with a minor, sexual battery, child annoyance and false imprisonment, according to county jail records.

Campoverde is the pastor of Ministerio Cristo Vive, a small congregation whose members worship in a few suites behind the 99 Cents Only store on South Euclid, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 PM

Along Came a Spider: What the Pope Doesn’t See

Religion Dispatches

By Anthea Butler
September 27, 2009
In the official “Year for Priests,” dedicated by Pope Benedict, a priest in Florida has upped the ante on clerical malfeasance, allegedly fathering a child with a stripper, and threatening the woman with violence. What will it take for the Catholic Church to begin to take responsibility for priests gone wild?

The pontiff is menaced by a large spider during a press conference in Prague on September 26 A few years back, Chris Rock dropped a nice spoken word ditty called No Sex in the Champagne Room. I am 100% sure Father David Dueppen, a priest in Miami, Florida, has never heard it. Why? Because not only did he spend $1800 dollars in the champagne room of a club called Porky’s, but he also had a sexual relationship with the stripper he spent the money on, Beatrice Hernandez.

And if that weren’t fascinating enough, she claims that he promised her she would be cured of demons if she would have sex with another woman while he watched. If you think this is a script from a porn movie, think again: this is the latest escapade from the Archdiocese of Miami, encapsulated in the headline from the Miami Herald “Ex Stripper: Priest is my baby’s father—and I want him to pay.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 PM

Church Official Charged with Molesting Boy

NEW YORK
The New York Times

By The Local
A 58-year-old director of religious education at a small Catholic church on Willoughby near Taaffe Place was accused Friday of molesting a 10-year-old boy. The man, Angelo Serrano, of St. Lucy-St. Patrick Church, was arraigned Saturday on one count of first-degree sexual abuse and held on $150,000 bail, NY1 reports.

According to WABC-TV news, Mr. Serrano may be linked to as many as 17 other abuse cases. The Post reported that Mr. Serrano confessed to fondling more than a dozen other young boys.

The diocese of Brooklyn told WABC that Mr. Serrano had passed background checks for his paid, part-time position as director, and that as director his contact with children was minimal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Anaheim pastor arrested on molestation charges

ANAHEIM (CA)
Los Angeles Times

September 28, 2009 | 3:20 pm
An Orange County pastor accused of molesting several underage girls is in custody and Anaheim police are asking other potential victims to come forward, authorities said today.

Jose Campoverde, 45, pastor of Ministerio Cristo Vive church in Anaheim, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of lewd conduct with a minor, sexual battery, child annoyance and false imprisonment involving four girls under age 17, said Sgt. Rick Martinez.

Detectives began investigating Campoverde after a 17-year-old girl came to Anaheim police in early September. The victim told police Campoverde offered to give her a ride while she was waiting at a bus stop and then touched her inappropriately and tried to kiss her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Sex abuse rife in other religions, says Vatican

SWITZERLAND
Guardian (United Kingdom)

Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent, and Anushka Asthana guardian.co.uk, Monday 28 September 2009

The Vatican has lashed out at criticism over its handling of its paedophilia crisis by saying the Catholic church was "busy cleaning its own house" and that the problems with clerical sex abuse in other churches were as big, if not bigger.

In a defiant and provocative statement, issued following a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Holy See said the majority of Catholic clergy who committed such acts were not paedophiles but homosexuals attracted to sex with adolescent males.

The statement, read out by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's permanent observer to the UN, defended its record by claiming that "available research" showed that only 1.5%-5% of Catholic clergy were involved in child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

SNAP on Roman Polanski

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

We as a society must clearly show, by our actions, that child sex abuse is wrong and that child molesters will be pursued, whether they are rich or poor, prominent or unknown, whether they 'face the music' or flee the country. It's a grave disservice to crime victims and an irresponsible risk to children if we let child sex offenders walk free because they've delayed justice or fled overseas.

Is it possible that there was some prosecutorial misconduct in Polanski's case? Of course. Does that mean he gets to unilaterally 'opt out' of the justice system and walk free? Of course not.

No one seems to even consider the possibility that Polanski may have abused others, even recently. That's yet another reason he should be extradited.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM

If Polanski Were Wearing a Collar

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Posted at: 2009-09-28 16:24:15.0
Author: James Martin, S.J.

Tom Reese took the words right out of my mouth. When I read the New York Times story about Roman Polanski's arrest in Switzerland for having raped a 13-year old girl in 1977, I thought: if he were in a collar there would be no boo-hooing about his recent plight. In fact, there would be zero pity for him. Here's Fr. Reese on the Newsweek blog:

Imagine if the Knight of Columbus decided to give an award to a pedophile priest who had fled the country to avoid prison. The outcry would be universal. Victim groups would demand the award be withdrawn and that the organization apologize. Religion reporters would be on the case with the encouragement of their editors. Editorial writers and columnist would denounce the knights as another example of the insensitivity of the Catholic Church to sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Papal nuncio says bankruptcy court’s lawsuit against him is not valid

DAVENPORT (IA)
The Pilot

By Barb Arland-Fye
Posted: 9/28/2009 DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNS) -- Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said a court official has no authority to demand nearly $73,000 from his office, according to a petition filed in federal court.

Archbishop Sambi is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa, where the Davenport Diocese is located, to dismiss a lawsuit by a bankruptcy trustee seeking the funds. His petition, filed in early September, also requests that the matter be heard in federal court because that is the proper jurisdiction.

The petition will be heard Sept. 30 in the U.S. courthouse in Davenport. Archbishop Sambi will be required to present evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

O'Keeffe regrets Magdalen comment

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has apologised for using the word employees” to describe women who had been resident in Magdalen laundries throughout Ireland up to the mid-1990s.

In a letter to Dublin South TD Tom Kitt, he expressed deep regret for "any offence caused by my use of the term 'employees' when referring to these women."

He said: “I fully acknowledge that the word 'workers' would have been more appropriate."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST PASTOR OF SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST PARISH

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

This past Thursday, September 24, 2009, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was served with a lawsuit filed in Delaware that alleges sexual abuse of a minor more than thirty years ago by Monsignor Michael Flood, Pastor of Saint Luke the Evangelist Parish in Glenside, Montgomery County. The lawsuit does not name the plaintiff. It describes him as a student at St. John Neumann High School in Philadelphia when Father Flood taught at the school in the late 1970's. The Archdiocese has never before received an allegation of any kind regarding Monsignor Flood. He denies the allegation.

Parishioners were made aware of this at Masses this past weekend, September 26-27, 2009. Monsignor Flood made the announcement to his parishioners about the lawsuit, asking parishioners to join him in praying for the individual who made this allegation. Monsignor Arthur Rodgers, Vicar for Montgomery County, representing Cardinal Rigali, also spoke to the parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Philly-area priest accused of abuse 30 years ago

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA - A Roman Catholic priest in the Philadelphia area has been accused of sexually abusing a minor more than 30 years ago.

The Philadelphia archdiocese on Monday announced the allegation against Msgr. Michael Flood, who denies wrongdoing. ...

They say the 71-year-old priest will continue serving as pastor at St. Luke the Evangelist parish in Glenside.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Pokrov Co-Founder Participates in SNAP Media Event

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
Pokrov

Author: Pokrov.org
Date Published: 9/22/2009
Publication: Pokrov.org

Members of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) held a media event on September 16 in San Francisco. Pokrov co-founder Melanie Jula Sakoda was one of the participants, as was Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s National Outreach Director. Dorris has been traveling around the United States doing events in various cities.

The San Francisco event concerned Fr. Jose Superiaso. Superiaso pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Daly City. He is now seeking a pardon for his crimes. SNAP fears that he may be released early, returned to the Philippines, and allowed to return to ministry there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Should Christians Speak Against Clergy Sexual Misconduct?

UNITED STATES
Pokrov

Author: Stan Shinn
Date Published: 9/24/2009
Publication: Orthodox Christians for Accountability

In July 2009 at the Antiochian 49th Annual Archdiocesan Convention, Metropolitan Philip spoke in defense of Bishop Demetri Matta Khoury. +Demetri is a convicted felon and registered sex offender whom the Antiochian Archdiocese continues to fund, thereby enabling him to remain in a position of trust.

In the heated discussions which have erupted on this topic, we find several fundamental questions at play:

1. Should Christians unconditionally obey our church leaders?

2. Should Christians remain silent when church leaders lead us astray?

3. Should Christians judge others?

4. Should a sex offender remain a bishop?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Vatican asks U.S. bishops to fund $1.1 million sisters study

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Sep. 28, 2009
By Thomas C. Fox

[the Rode letter]

The projected cost of a three-year study of U.S. women religious congregations is $1.1 million and Rome has asked the U.S. bishops to provide funds to offset these expenses, according to a letter by Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodé, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and obtained by NCR.

“We have a projected budget of $1,100,000 for the three years which the total work of the apostolic visitations will require,” Rodé wrote in a July 14 letter. “I am asking you, my brother bishops, for your help in offsetting the expenses which will be incurred by this work for the future of apostolic religious life in the United States.”

Since the Vatican announced the study last December, it has never publicly stated how much it estimates the comprehensive inquiry will cost or who will pay for it. A Vatican document sent to the heads of U.S. women’s congregations last summer suggested that those chosen for on-site visitations defray costs by paying for and hosting visitation teams, “and, if at all possible, transportation costs related to the visit.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:59 PM

Tom Doyle writes to CA Supreme Court

CALIFORNIA
Voice from the Desert

Dear Justice George,

I very recently had the opportunity to read the above-cited letter, signed by Lee Potts, apparently of the firm of Hennigan, Bennett and Dorman. I enclose a copy of this letter for your reference.

I am writing in reference to certain statements in the letter which are factually incorrect and others that are phrased in such a way so as to drastically distort the truth of the matter. This letter and the case it refers to are grounded in the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic clergy. My interest in this matter is grounded in the fact that I am a Catholic priest and a Canon lawyer. I have served as a pastoral minister and counselor to victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse throughout the United States for 25 years. I have also served as a consultant and expert witness in several hundred civil and criminal legal actions in secular courts throughout this country. In particular, I have been a consultant and expert witness in many Catholic clergy sexual abuse cases throughout the State of California since 2002. I have had extensive contact with the victims, with their families, their counselors and their attorneys.

The first statement I wish to address as being untrue is in reference to the legislation passed which allowed time-barred claims. The author of the letter says “In California, ‘sworn enemies of the Catholic Church’ helped draft and secure passage of legislation to revive otherwise time-barred claims against employers of abusers. Although the statute was worded in neutral terms, the target of the legislation in floor debates and committee reports was always the Roman Catholic Church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Clay Shirky: Let a thousand flowers bloom to replace newspapers ...

UNITED STATES
Nieman Journalism Lab

[with audio]

By Joshua Benton / Sept. 23

NYU professor and Internet thinker Clay Shirky gave a talk Tuesday at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, our friends just on the other side of Harvard Square. His subject was the future of accountability journalism in a world of declining newspapers. Even for those of us familiar with his ideas, he brought in a few new wrinkles, which have already been the subject of commentary around the web. ...

Clay Shirky: Let me start with a story that I think will encapsulate a bunch of these issues as I go on. Back from January of 2002, when the Boston Globe published a two-part series on the upcoming trial of Father John Geoghan, who was a priest and pedophile who had been employed by the Catholic Church since the 1960s. Three Globe reporters had been working on this story and they had gotten hold of the documents the church had been forced to submit in the upcoming trial. Turned out that Geoghan had raped or fondled over 100 boys in his care, and was able to do this in diocese after diocese because every time the accusations would start, the Catholic Church would take him off to rehabilitation, which was ineffective, then assign him to a new diocese, and he went and moved through several parishes in the area.

The reaction to this story as you can imagine was instant and horrified shock on the part of the Catholic laity. Story went worldwide. So many people read it that The New York Times company, the parent company of The Boston Globe, mentioned that story in their investors relations document at the end of that quarter because the size and global scope of the audience was literally unprecedented in the Times Co.’s history. Any organization set up to deal with issues of priestly abuse got an enormous — got wind in their sales from this article. SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, grew by a factor of three in a single year after its 10-year history. Voice of the Faithful, an organization that was centered originally in the Boston area, went from 30 people in a church basement that January concerned about what to do, to 25,000 members in 21 countries in 6 months. The Bishop Accountability Project, which set up a database to prevent the “this is a rare occasion that doesn’t happen elsewhere” kinds of excuses from taking hold, added that article and then used those documents to expand their observations to elsewhere.

There is an unbroken line from that article — there is an unbroken line from the Globe’s publication of that article to the worldwide pressure of the Catholic Church is now under, to both account for its past and alter its behavior in the future. Which, by way of introduction, makes it clear what’s at stake with what Professor Jones calls accountability journalism. This is a classic example of, again quoting from Losing the News, of the iron core of journalism and in particular the investigative journalism category, where three reporters are dispatched for a long period on a story that may or may not pan out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Catholic group honors N.O. writer

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Times-Picayune

Saturday, September 26, 2009 From staff reports
Voice of the Faithful, a national Catholic organization formed out of the 2002 Catholic clergy sex-abuse crisis, has named New Orleans writer Jason Berry winner of the St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award, the group announced.

The organization cited Berry's 24 years of work uncovering the Catholic church's response to sexual abuse in its ranks, first with "Lead Us Not into Temptation," the first book-length exploration of the phenomenon, and in 2004 with "Vows of Silence," which uncovered sexual abuse by the Rev. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

Yet Another OC Diocese Pervert Violates Parole

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano in Ex CathedraMonday, Sep. 28 2009 @ 8:42AM

​What has Catholic Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown put in the wine that has his convicted perverts violating parole in record numbers? Time was when you were a diocesan employee and could rape young boys and girls without worrying about the slammer. But as the Weekly revealed last month, one of them--former St. Timothy choir directory Albert Lee Schildknecht--violated parole last month and served six days in jail. Now comes word that the Diocese's most recent pedo-priest has violated his parole: Luis Eduardo Ramirez.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Ex-priest voices regret for abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Correspondent / September 28, 2009

A defrocked priest apologized for abusing boys over three decades while assigned to Roman Catholic parishes in Westfield, New Bedford, Mansfield, and in two other states.

Edward Paquette, 80, who lives in Westfield, gave an interview to the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press in which he said he prays daily for the families of the young boys he molested throughout the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.

“I’m very apologetic, and I’m very sorry,’’ he told the newspaper in a story published yesterday. “It’s hard to explain why I did it. I don’t know.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Indecency probe minister dies

SCOTLAND
The Press and Journal

By Joanna Skailes

Published: 28/09/2009

A former Aberdeen minister under investigation for indecency offences has died at his home in England.

Granite City-educated Rev Ian Thompson, 50, Dean of Chapel at King’s College at Cambridge University, died from heart failure brought on by asphyxiation at his house near Cambridge on Thursday, police said.

Mr Thompson, an Aberdeen University graduate, was being investigated for crimes in the Strathclyde area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Trust Betrayed Once Again?

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

Society has learned the sad truth that sexual abuse of children by family members and trusted authority figures is far more common than anyone had imagined, as new cases continue to pile up.

A recent shocking example is the indictment of a former Connecticut man who founded a residential charity for homeless boys in Haiti a decade ago. He now faces federal charges that he sexually molested the boys, plying them with money, cellphones and clothes to entice them "to comply with the sex acts," according to the indictment.

If the charges prove true, then Douglas Perlitz, 39, will join a long list of priests, scout leaders and others who have sexually assaulted children in their care. Mr. Perlitz graduated from Fairfield University and raised millions of dollars from Connecticut donors for his Project Pierre Toussaint, a charity that provided food and shelter for street children as young as 6 beginning in 1997. When allegations of sexual abuse surfaced a year ago, funding dried up and the program collapsed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Priest Sex Abuse Trial Starts Today

VERMONT
WCAX

Burlington, Vermont - September 28, 2009

Jury draw for the next priest sex abuse trial against Burlington's Catholic Diocese begins today.

This case involves claims by a former Burlington altar boy that Father Edward Paquette molested him at Christ the King Church. The unnamed victim also alleges the Vermont diocese is to blame because it knew Paquette was a child molester when they hired him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Ohio Mother: Youth Pastor Raped My Daughter

CHANDLER (AZ)
My Fox Phoenix

[with video]

CHANDLER - More victims have come forward, just two weeks after a 25-year-old Chandler youth minister was arrested on sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor charges.

A mother in Ohio says her daughter was also victimized by Joshua O'Bannion. She's not using her name, in order to avoid compromising a police investigation in Ohio.

Earlier this month, Chandler Police arrested O'Bannion on three counts of sex abuse and eight counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Police say O'Bannion had sex with a 14-year-old girl in his car three separate times this summer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Many religious groups have policies against ordaining sex offenders

UNITED STATES
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • September 28, 2009

As it ordained a registered sex offender as a minister earlier this month, an independent congregation in Louisville defended the move by saying the man had reformed his ways.

That argument wouldn't fly in several of the largest religious denominations in the United States, at least according to their official policies.

While victims' advocates say religious groups don't always abide by their own rules, at least four of the nation's largest religious denominations have policies banning anyone who has sexually abused a minor from leadership or ordained ministry. They are the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Assemblies of God and the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Priestly Abuse Victim Waited Too Long

SPRINGFIELD (IL)
Courthouse News Service

By JOE HARRIS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CN) - The Illinois Supreme Court threw out a former student's sexual abuse claims against a priest because he waited too long to sue. The ruling leaves intact a 2003 state law that allows plaintiffs 5 years to file suit after discovering emotional injures from abuse.

But the court ruled that plaintiff John Doe A was not entitled to that 5-year window because his discovery of abuse came before the law took effect.

"While the two fraud counts in plaintiff's complaint add allegations that defendants deceived plaintiff by withholding information regarding Father Roberts' history and their knowledge of that history, it is clear from the complaint that all of the injuries claimed by plaintiff ultimately arose from the sexual abuse he suffered rather than from defendants' failure to properly apprise plaintiff regarding Father Roberts' past and what they knew about it," Justice Lloyd Karmeier wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

September 27, 2009

O'Gorman 'surprised' as Mass invitation withdrawn

IRELAND
The Irish Times

ONE IN FOUR founder Colm O’Gorman has spoken of his surprise at “the unique experience of being ‘uninvited’ from taking part” in a Mass of healing and reconciliation planned by Fr Iggy O’Donovan at the Augustinian Church in Drogheda for tomorrow.

He said: “It appears that the Archdiocese of Armagh, led by Cardinal Seán Brady, believes there was something inappropriate about the invitation and instructed Fr O’Donovan to withdraw it.” This, Mr O’Gorman felt, was “a real shame”.

It was “a shame that senior church leaders have chosen to close their hearts, their minds and their ears to words offered in a true spirit of hope. Hope informed by an absolute belief in the endless possibilities to be found in our human capacity to transcend terrible trauma and find a way forward together.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

So what was I going to say that was so inappropriate?

IRELAND
Colm O'Gorman

This week I had the unique experience of being “uninvited” from taking part in a Mass of Healing and Reconciliation planned by Fr Iggy O’Donovan at the Augustinian Church in Drogheda. It seems the Archdiocese of Armagh, led by Cardinal Sean Brady, believes there was something “inappropriate” about the invitation and instructed Fr O’Donovan to withdraw it.

It’s a real shame. A shame that senior Church leaders have chosen to close their hearts, their minds and their ears to words offered in a true spirit of hope. Hope informed by an absolute belief in the endless possibilities to be found in our human capacity to transcend terrible trauma and find a way forward together.

But there it is. They have refused. They have used their power to prevent such a process from finding even more powerful expression by locating it in Church.

As things have worked out though it would appear that the Archdiocese has shot itself in the foot once again. What would have been a quiet, if significant moment, for a few hundred people max in Drogheda has turned into somehting much bigger. Four days of media reports of their instruction to “uninvite” me has simply left them looking foolish and meant that many more people are interested in what I might have said. I have had a few requests from media to give them the text of what I planned to say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Catholic bishop to step down in Antigonish, N.S

CANADA
Canada.com

SYDNEY, N.S. - Bishop Raymond Lahey of the Diocese of Antigonish has resigned.

A St. John's, N.L., native, Lahey was a professor of theology at Memorial University in St. John's and is a graduate of St. Paul's University seminary in Ottawa, the Gregorian University in Rome and Cambridge in England.

Prior to his appointment in Antigonish, Lahey served as bishop for the Diocese of St. George's on the west coast of Newfoundland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Resignation letter from Bishop Lahey

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

The following is a statement from Bishop Raymond Lahey who announced Saturday his immediate resignation from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish.

My dear priests, deacons, religious and parishioners,

I want to let you know that after much thought and careful consideration, I decided to submit to the Holy Father my resignation as Bishop for personal reasons. I have now received word that the Holy Father has accepted my resignation and has made a formal announcement in Rome this weekend.

I recognize that my resignation takes place at a time when the Diocese is facing a variety of demanding challenges. While I will no longer be with you on this journey, I am confident that your faith and compassion will continue to sustain you as they have always done.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Diocese appointments made following Lahey's resignation

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

Following the resignation of Bishop Raymond Lahey an apostolic administrator has been appointed, along with a diocese spokesperson.

Archbishop Anthony Mancini of Halifax, a native of Italy, has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Antigonish by Pope Benedict XVI.

As part of his first duties, Mancini has chosen Fr. Paul Abbass of St. Mary's Parish, Frenchvale, as local spokesperson on Antigonish diocesan matters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Diocese keeps Homestead/Munhall parish, closes four churches

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, September 27, 2009
By Vivian Nereim, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
After discussions about whether to close the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish in Homestead/Munhall, the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh announced Saturday that the parish will remain open, though three of its four church buildings will close Nov. 1.

The parish serves 640 families, or about 1,500 people, said diocese spokesman Rev. Ronald P. Lengwin, but the parish has struggled financially as the Catholic population has declined in the area.

"They don't need four buildings," said Father Lengwin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Bishop resigns from N.S. diocese that settled sex abuse lawsuit for $13 million

CANADA
The Canadian Press

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — The bishop of a Roman Catholic diocese in Nova Scotia has resigned less than two months after the diocese reached a $13-million settlement with alleged victims of sexual abuse.

Bishop Raymond Lahey, named to the position in 2003 by Pope John Paul II, is a Newfoundland native who once served as a professor of theology at Memorial University in St. John's.

Ronald Martin, whose brother wrote a suicide note in 2002 that led to charges of sex crimes against a priest from the diocese, filed a class-action lawsuit last year against the organization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Catholic Parishioners bid sad goodbyes

FLORIDA
South Florida Sun Sentinel

5:59 p.m. EDT, September 27, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE - Never more true was this neighborhood sign spotted Sunday: "ST. GEORGE -- A COMMUNITY ON THE MOVE."

That morning, members attended their last Mass at the Catholic church that gave the area its name. St. George parish, founded in 1964, is to merge this week with nearby Our Lady Queen of Martyrs.

St. George is among 14 parishes, missions and ethnic outreaches slated for mergers, in a massive restructuring for the Archdiocese of Miami. Archbishop John Favalora ordered the moves Aug. 16, citing financial and demographic reasons.

While parishioners seemed resigned to the move by Sunday, they still mourned what some called their second homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Noi vittime dei preti pedofili

ITALY
L'espresso

di Paolo Tessadri
Decine di bambini e ragazzi sordi violentati e molestati in un istituto di Verona fino al 1984. E dopo decenni di tormenti, gli ex allievi trovano la forza di denunciare gli orrori. Ma molti dei sacerdoti sono ancora lì Per oltre un secolo è stato un simbolo della carità della Chiesa: una scuola specializzata per garantire un futuro migliore ai bambini sordi e muti, sostenendoli negli studi e nell'inserimento al lavoro. L'Istituto Antonio Provolo di Verona ospitava i piccoli delle famiglie povere, figli di un Nord-est contadino dove il boom economico doveva ancora arrivare. Fino alla metà degli anni Ottanta è stato un modello internazionale, ma nel tetro edificio di Chievo, una costruzione a metà strada tra il seminario e il carcere, sarebbero avvenuti episodi terribili.

Solo oggi, rincuorati dalle parole di condanna pronunciate da papa Ratzinger contro i sacerdoti pedofili, decine di ex ospiti hanno trovato la forza per venire allo scoperto e denunciare la loro drammatica esperienza: "Preti e fratelli religiosi hanno abusato sessualmente di noi". Un'accusa sottoscritta da oltre 60 persone, bambini e bambine che hanno vissuto nell'Istituto, e che ora scrivono: "Abbiamo superato la nostra paura e la nostra reticenza".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Italia, è davvero lotta contro i preti pedofili?

ITALY
Giornalettisimo

Mezzo secolo di sevizie nei luoghi più sacri. Ora c’è un’inchiesta, ma è alto il rischio impunità.

“Avveniva notte dopo notte. Nel dormitorio, nelle camere dei preti e nei bagni”. “Tre ragazzini e tre preti si masturbavano a vicenda sotto la doccia“. E ancora. “Era il 1959, avevo 11 anni. Mi ha sodomizzato e preteso altri giochi sessuali. È stata un’esperienza terribile che mi ha procurato da adulto gravi problemi psicologici“. “Avveniva nella sua stanza all’ultimo piano. E mi costringeva a fare queste cose anche a Villa Cervi durante le colonie estive e al campeggio sul lago di Garda“. “Mi costringeva spesso con punizioni (in ginocchio per ore in un angolo) e percosse (violenti schiaffi e bastonature) ad avere rapporti con lui. Nello stanzone dove dormivo con altri sordi spesso mi svegliava per portarmi nei bagni dove mi sodomizzava o si faceva masturbare. Non ho mai dimenticato“. “A tredici anni nella chiesa, durante la confessione faccia a faccia, il sacerdote mi ha toccata il seno più volte. Ricordo bene il suo nome. Io mi sono spaventata moltissimo e da allora non mi sono più confessata“. “Ha tirato fuori il membro e voleva che lo toccassi. Anche sotto l’altare”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Las denuncias contra sacerdotes por abuso sexual sacuden a Italia

ITALY
Notife

El silencio reinó durante años en torno a los abusos sexuales de los religiosos en Italia, donde la Iglesia es considerada una de las instituciones más respetables. Pero una investigación contabilizó 73 denuncias de abusos sexuales de menores por parte de curas en la última década en Italia.

Las víctimas ascienden a por lo menos 235 personas. El cálculo toma en cuenta informes periodísticos y la información de los portales y blogs de las víctimas. Casi todos los casos salieron a la luz luego de que estalló un escándalo de abusos en Estados Unidos.

Según la investigación de la agencia informativa The Associated Press, la Iglesia italiana pagó compensaciones por algunos cientos de miles de dólares. Si bien se trata de una cifra ínfima ante los 2.600 millones que lleva pagados la diócesis de EEUU o los 1.500 millones de dólares de la Iglesia irlandesa

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

The Maciel Problem Legion A Problem For The Vatican

The Hartford Courant

By JASON BERRY

September 27, 2009

In a sermon opening the 2005 conclave that would elect him pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger gave a cri de coeur on Christian values: "We are building a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive."

As Pope Benedict XVI, his papacy is a study in tension between moral absolutes and pastoral flexibility.

As absolutist, Benedict in a 2006 speech quoted a 14th-century source, scorning the Prophet Muhammad, provoking an uproar in the Muslim world. The Vatican issued a statement of regret.

As forgiving pastor, Benedict tried to draw the breakaway Pius X Society back into the fold, only to be embarrassed when a bishop in the sect denied that the Holocaust happened. More embarrassment, another papal apology.

Today, the pope faces a greater challenge to his authority. The Vatican is investigating an international religious order with its U.S. headquarters in Orange and its main seminary in Cheshire. How should the pope handle the Legionaries of Christ?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

New Vt. priest trial brings new questions

VERMONT
Times Argus

By KEVIN O'CONNOR Staff Writer - Published: September 27, 2009

A week before last Christmas, Vermont Catholic Bishop Salvatore Matano — stunned by a priest sexual misconduct verdict that raised fines against the state's largest religious denomination to more than $12 million — walked out of court vowing change.

"I apologize to the plaintiff for the harm and the hurt that he endured," said Matano, his voice breaking and eyes brimming with tears. "I express my apologies to the people of this diocese. They have expectations I know I am not meeting. I am just trying to assess how I can bring this to a conclusion."

So why is the bishop returning to the same court for yet another potentially bankrupting case involving similar child-molestation claims against the same clergyman?

Because suddenly everything else is different.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Clergy abuse settlements can lead to new suffering

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Washington Post

By GILLIAN FLACCUS
The Associated Press
Sunday, September 27, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- David Guerrero lies curled like a small child in bed, his teeth chattering and his fever spiked at 104 degrees. He has left his room only once since he crawled home from his latest crystal meth binge three days ago, to let his mother drive him to the emergency room for his soaring temperature.

Now, Minerva Guerrero hovers close to her 41-year-old son, making a mental list of the day ahead: she must change his bed linens, nurse him, pick up his new prescriptions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Ex-priest apologizes for abuse

WESTFIELD (MA)
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • September 27, 2009

WESTFIELD, Mass. — Edward Paquette, the former priest accused in 23 lawsuits of molesting altar boys in Vermont during the 1970s, says he’s sorry about what he did and prays daily for the families of the people he harmed.

“I’m very apologetic and I’m very sorry,” he said during an exclusive interview with The Burlington Free Press at his western Massachusetts home. “I get help from God to help me get through this. I feel sorry for the people and the families who have been hurt through this.”

Paquette, 80, said that “through prayer” he now understands what he did was wrong. He said his 1978 banishment by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington following complaints about his conduct with altar boys also made him confront his conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Kamehameha teacher put on leave

HAWAII
Honolulu Star-Bulletin

By Susan Essoyan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2009

A teacher who joined the faculty of Kamehameha Schools after being barred by his former religious order from working with children has been put on leave.

The Star-Bulletin reported Friday that Thomas J. Gardipee had been banned from teaching or ministry with minors because of alleged sexual misconduct with students at St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, Wis.

The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, which owns and runs St. Lawrence, removed him from his position as athletic director and teacher in December 1992, according to Provincial Minister John Celichowski. His superiors prohibited Gardipee, a Capuchin friar, from working with minors from that point until he chose to leave the Detroit-based religious order in May 2001, Celichowski said.

A year later, he was hired by Kamehameha Schools, where he teaches world history to high school students. The news of his troubled past shocked the Kapalama campus, but some students posted online comments praising him. School officials said they stood by Gardipee but would investigate the matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Fort Greene Church Volunteer Charged with Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
Gothamist

A Brooklyn man who serves as religious director for his local church was arrested for sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy. Police say 58-year-old Angelo Serrano molested the boy, a family friend, in the child's Williamsburg home. It was unclear if the abuse was connected to Serrano's role volunteering for St. Lucy-St. Patrick Catholic Church in Fort Greene. A neighbor said of Serrano, "He's a beautiful guy. He really loved the children. He spent a lot of time with them and all like that."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Brooklyn Man Arraigned On Sexual Abuse Charge

NEW YORK
NY1

A Brooklyn man pleaded not guilty Saturday to sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy.

Police arrested Angelo Serrano on Friday and charged him with one count of attempted sexual conduct with a child in the first degree and endangering a child's welfare.

Authorities also removed a computer from his home in Clinton Hill.

Reports say Serrano was a volunteer at St. Lucy's Church near his home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Lifting the lid on Irish sexuality

IRELAND
The Irish Times

SOCIETY: IVANA BACIK reviews Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland by Diarmaid Ferriter
Profile Books, 694 pp. €30

ARE WE A uniquely sexually repressed nation? In this comprehensive work, Diarmaid Ferriter suggests our sexual history is “as complex and multi-layered as in many other countries”. His own research, from an impressive diversity of sources, unravels many of these layers. What emerges is the sense that, while there may have been little unique about Irish sexuality, the Irish State responded with laws that were uniquely submissive to the doctrines of the dominant church.

Covering the period from 1845 to 2005, Ferriter presents a bleak portrait of the extent of sexual abuse in 19th-century Ireland, and the impact of the Famine on patterns of marriage and reproduction. He gives graphic depictions of tenement overcrowding, and provides riveting excerpts from court records on sexual abuse cases. Inevitably, the emphasis is on abuse. Ferriter does his best to locate sources documenting “the joys of sex”, relying upon contemporary literature, novels and plays; but he recognises ruefully that these sources are much less extensive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Talks Near On Saint Francis Abuse Case

HARTFORD (CT)
Hartford Business

By Diane Weaver Dunne
ddunne@HartfordBusiness.com
09/28/09

Lawyers representing 84 plaintiffs in the child sex abuse lawsuits involving a former doctor at Saint Francis Hospital will meet with hospital representatives for three days in early October to negotiate a settlement.

As the hospital faces potential settlements of possibly $50 million or more, litigation experts say that its weakened financial status could serve as an advantage during the mediation scheduled for Oct. 6, 7 and 8.

Saint Francis ended fiscal year 2008 with a $32 million deficit and doubled its outstanding debt to $268 million to construct a new 10-story patient tower.

The settlement talks pertain to sex-abuse claims stemming from George Reardon, an endocrinologist employed by Saint Francis for nearly three decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Monsignor Scicluna signals Vatican shift on sex abuse

VATICAN CITY
The Malta Independent

Christopher Sultana

Vatican-based Monsignor Charles Scicluna has revealed how the Holy See has changed its position with regard to priests who force children to perform sexual acts, The Malta Independent on Sunday has learnt.

The Maltese monsignor is the Vatican’s prosecutor in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which handles cases of priestly sex abuse.

Interviewed recently by the Associated Press in the wake of a series of accusations levelled at Italian priests, Monsignor Scicluna acknowledged that priestly sex abuse was an age-old problem that needed to be rooted out, signalling an evident shift in the Vatican’s stance on the subject.

This year, dozens of former students at a Catholic-run institute for the deaf did something highly unusual for Italy: they went public with claims that they were forced to perform sexual acts with priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Victims come forward to reveal abuse by Missoula priest nearly 50 years ago

MISSOULA (MT)
Missoulian

By MICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, September 26, 2009

The boys lived down the street from one another, a stone's throw from St. Francis Xavier Church.

They were four years apart, but the Havraneks and Jones families knew one another well and their kids often played together. It was the late 1950s, and their lives were grounded in the big church at the corner of West Pine and Orange streets.

"It was like our second home," Jim Jones said recently. "I probably spent as much time in there as I did at home when I was a kid."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

September 26, 2009

School puts teacher on leave

HAWAII
Honolulu Advertiser

By Rick Daysog
Advertiser Staff Writer

A Mainland Catholic order that sanctioned one of its friars for alleged sexual misconduct said Kamehameha Schools did not contact it when the school decided to hire him as a teacher at its Kapalama campus.

Thomas Gardipee, a Kamehameha Schools teacher since 2002, had been suspended from his job as athletic director at St. Lawrence Seminary, a Roman Catholic prep school in Wisconsin, in December 1992.

The Capuchin Province of St. Joseph in Detroit said Gardipee was barred from working with children during the remaining nine years that he remained in the Capuchin order after a former student accused him of exposing himself and intimidation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Keeping Homosexuals From the Priesthood Not the Answer

New University

By Yolanda Vo on Oct. 3, 2005

According to various news sources, the Vatican is preparing a document that would bar homosexual men from entering seminaries as a response to sexual-abuse incidents. However, the word ‘homosexual’ is not clearly defined. The document has been outlined since 2001, but there is no evidence of the document, nor is it fully known if this document will be proclamated by the Vatican; still, it has many individuals stirred up.

The sexual-abuse scandals in the United States have had many individuals and the Roman Catholic Church infuriated, saddened and embarrassed. Many conservative Catholics blame homosexual priests for the scandal and feel that the church should ’stay on the safe side’ by restricting homosexual candidates for priesthood. ...

In my opinion, the issue that should be addressed is not that of homosexual men being barred from priesthood, but rather why these bishops relocated priests when they were aware of the accusations. Bishops are looked upon highly by Catholics and Catholic priests; for bishops to disregard a sexual abuse accusation is unheard of.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Financial crisis driving child sex tourism

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The global financial crisis has hit hard at the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and child protection agencies that fight child sex crimes in South East Asia.

Funds are running low, and the child sex tourism industry has boomed.

Now a US study has found that sex offenders from Australia are a big part of the problem in Thailand.

A report from the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University found that sex offenders from Australia topped the list of foreigners involved in child sex tourism in Thailand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Repent over sex abuse, says bishop

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday September 26 2009

Clerical sexual abuse has cast a cloud over part of our history and the Catholic Church must recognise that and repent in a real way that shows the colour of their sincerity, a Catholic bishop said yesterday.

Bishop Eamonn Walsh, speaking at a 'Violence in Irish Society' seminar in Dublin yesterday, said it was understandable that there might be cynicism on the part of the public when the Catholic Church engages with the issue of violence against children.

"Some might say who is the Catholic Church to talk when members of the clergy have violated the most innocent in our society," said Bishop Walsh at the event in the Mater Dei Institute in Drumcondra.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Oshawa church, youth pastor sued over sex allegations

Canada
newsdurhamregion

Sep 25, 2009 - 12:18 PM

By Jeff Mitchell

OSHAWA -- A former parishioner is suing her Oshawa church, claiming she was coerced into sex as a teenager by a youth pastor.

In a statement of claim filed in mid-September, Sarah Parsons, now 23, alleges she was victimized by the pastor, Brian Andrew Klein, of Whitby, between 2002 and 2004. She is also suing King Street Pentecostal Church, claiming the administration was negligent in failing to prevent the abuse. Also named as a defendant is Sarah Klein, Brian Klein's wife.

The suit seeks damages from the parties amounting to $2.3 million. Mr. Klein was never charged criminally and the allegations in the lawsuit have not been proven in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News Service

VATICAN CITY, 26 SEP 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese Antigonish, Canada, presented by Bishop Raymond John Lahey, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Church court denies Episcopal bishop new trial

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

A court of the Episcopal Church USA has rejected a request from deposed Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. for a new church trial.

Bennison, head of the five-county Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania since 1998, was suspended from his duties nearly two years ago on charges that he had concealed his brother John Bennison's sexual abuse of an underage girl about 35 years ago in California. At the time of the abuse, Charles Bennison was pastor of a parish outside Los Angeles, and John Bennison was his youth minister.

Last year, after a four-day trial here, the church court unanimously found the bishop guilty on two counts and ordered him deposed, or removed, from all ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Church volunteer accused of sex assault

NEW YORK
WABC

FORT GREENE (WABC) -- Police say a church volunteer in Brooklyn has been arrested on child abuse charges.

Angelo Serrano, 58, was arrested and charged with one count of first degree sexual abuse.

The victim was 10-year-old boy. Police are concerned that other victims may exist. Investigators said they are investigating as many as 17 other possible cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

PENNSYLVANIA: Ecclesiastical trial court denies bishop's request for dismissal of charges or new trial

PENNSYLVANIA
Episcopal Life

By Mary Frances Schjonberg, September 25, 2009

[Episcopal News Service] An ecclesiastical trial court has refused to dismiss charges against Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison or grant him a new trial on those charges.

In a September 24 decision released to the public the next day, the church's Court for the Trial of a Bishop said that "the newly discovered evidence is not material to the evidence on which the court concluded that [Bennison] failed to respond appropriately once he knew that his brother had sexually abused a minor."

Pennsylvania's diocesan standing committee issued a short statement September 25 outlining the decision and saying "we continue to keep in our prayers all who have been affected by this trial."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

DOE v. DALLAS

ILLINOIS
Leagle

JOHN DOE A., Appellee,
v.
DIOCESE OF DALLAS et al., Appellants.

Docket No. 106546.

Supreme Court of Illinois

Opinion filed September 24, 2009.

JUSTICE KARMEIER delivered the judgment of the court, with opinion.

Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride, and Garman concurred in the judgment and opinion.

Justice Burke took no part in the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

September 25, 2009

Group that opposes closings seeks oversight of bishop

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

Thursday, September 24, 2009
Michael O'Malley
Plain Dealer Reporter
A group protesting Cleveland Bishop Richard Lennon's plan to close 50 Catholic churches intends to file a complaint with the Vatican today, asking that another bishop be appointed to oversee Lennon's actions.

Separately, at least three Cleveland churches received letters from the Vatican this week, saying their appeals of Lennon's orders to close are being reviewed.

Some parishioners from the three churches - St. Peter, St. Patrick in West Park and St. Barbara - are members of the protest group Endangered Catholics, which is seeking the oversight of Lennon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

Latest Sex Abuse Case Against Diocese To Begin Monday

VERMONT
WPTZ

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington will be back in court on Monday.

That's when jury selection is scheduled to begin in the latest priest sex abuse trial.

But this time, things may be different. The plaintiff in this new case might go to trial without some key evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Pedophile Priest Transferred to Mental Health Center

CHICAGO (IL)
NBC Chicago

By BJ LUTZ
Updated 2:00 PM CDT, Fri, Sep 25, 2009

A former Chicago Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting several boys at a West Side parish will be held in a mental health treatment center in Rushville, his court hearing postponed until Oct. 26.

Dan McCormack was set to be released from prison on Friday, but both the Illinois Attorney General and the Cook County State's Attorney have asked him to be held longer as a Sexually Violent Person.

The hearing was to determine of McCormack could be held indefinitely in a treatment facility if psychologists find it likely he would commit another sex crime if allowed to go free, the Chicago Tribune explained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Author speaks about Catholic Church scandal

CANADA
The Tribune

Posted By GEORGE DUMA/For The Tribune

PORT COLBORNE — Linden MacIntyre’s powerful new novel, The Bishop’s Man deals with an issue horribly familiar by now to many Roman Catholics either directly or indirectly ­— the sexual abuse of children by priests.

However, MacIntyre told a packed house at Thursday night’s Authors’ Series at Roselawn the book is not about sex.

“The story is about betrayal. Abusive priests preyed on the children of the most faithful. Not Protestant kids, not Jewish kids, not those of lapsed Catholics but those of the most devout Catholics.”

Born in Newfoundland and raised in Cape Breton, the 66-year-old multiple-award winning investigative journalist and host of CBC’s Fifth Estate knows firsthand the power the Roman Catholic Church carries in the Maritimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Lawyer claims Bishop Maguire knew of abuse in 1976

NORTHAMPTON (MA)
iobserve

By Father Bill Pomerleau

NORTHAMPTON – Attorney John J. Stobierski said Sept. 17 he has proof that Springfield Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire knew that then-Father Alfred C. Graves, a priest of the Diocese of Springfield at the time, was a child abuser in 1976, and put him back in ministry.

Stobierski made the claim in a lawsuit filed on behalf of Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown man who says he was molested by Graves at the former St. Patrick Parish in Williamstown and the former St. Matthew Church in Indian Orchard from 1982 to 1984.

In his lawsuit, the lawyer says that “in approximately April 1976, Bishop Maguire was contacted by the parents of a young boy (John Doe) who had reported Father Graves molested and attempted to rape him.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Giving Eddie a Break - Implementing Restorative Justice through Compassionate Listening

UNITED STATES
Alternatives

by Virginia Pickles Jones

“I never get a break,” Eddie said as he recounted the story of his driver’s license being taken away for ten years and his car being impounded when he was homeless.

People traumatized by an abusive society or an abusive person, the way Eddie was abused by our legal system, often tell their stories over and over and over. They exhaust the people around them, who want them to heal and move on. When no one listens to their stories, wounded people feel alone and uncared for. Like Eddie, they feel no one ever gives them a break. But we listened to Eddie, we the members of Compassionate Gathering, a group dedicated to listening to the stories of people wounded by abuse and trauma.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

As Illinois Court denies claims for pedophilia pre-2000, 65 year old perpetrator priest released

ILLINOIS
City of Angels

(At the same time the priest who was supposed to be civilly committed was released from prison, the Supreme Court of Illinois denied claims for molestation from the period of time the priest was perpetrating. It started 9/24/2009 at about 11 AM PST. The world works in strange ways.)

"Convicted pedophile priest Fred Lenczycki was set free today in DuPage County, but will continue his sex offender treatment as an outpatient," reads a press report.

"The Court admits the legal sufficiency of the complaint, but asserts that some affirmative matter defeats the plaintiff’s claim," reads the decision on Belleville released within minutes the same day.

In other words, too bad, crime victims, you obviously aren't lobbying hard enough. The Church gets a walk even though they allowed pedophiles to get to you for decades, because when you crime victims were in your twenties, you didn't take legal action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Hearing postponed on freeing pedophile ex-priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

September 25, 2009
A hearing to determine if a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting several boys in a West Side parish can be kept in custody indefinitely was postponed today until Oct. 26.

Convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack will be held in a secure treatment facility until then, said Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office. McCormack had been scheduled to be paroled and released from custody today.

The Cook County state's attorney's and Illinois attorney general's offices filed a petition earlier this week under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act to have McCormack civilly committed and held indefinitely in a treatment facility if a psychologists find it likely he would commit another sex crime if allowed to go free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Kamehameha Schools' hiring of teacher challenged

HAWAII
Star-Bulletin

By Susan Essoyan

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 25, 2009

A former Catholic seminary teacher who was banned by his religious order from teaching and ministry with minors after being accused of sexual misconduct in Wisconsin is teaching at Kamehameha Schools.

A national group known as SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, is protesting Thomas J. Gardipee's employment at Kamehameha, saying he should not be working with children.

"He's clearly credibly accused of sexual misconduct with kids; that's why his own supervisors took action against him twice and why he's not teaching at a Catholic school now," said David Clohessy, national director of the Chicago-based network, founded in 1988. "Why would Kamehameha Schools be so reckless as to hire him?"

Kamehameha Schools said it stands by Gardipee, 52, who joined the staff in August 2002 and teaches world history to high school students at its Kapalama campus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Vatican bank picks new chief executive Tedeschi

VATICAN CITY
Javno (Croatia)

The Institute for Works of Religion, the Vatican bank that was involved in mafia and finance scandals in the 1970s and 1980s, has nominated a new chief executive, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

The new chairman, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who is Spanish banking giant Santander's representative in Italy, also teaches financial ethics at Milan's Catholic University and writes for Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.

The Institute for Works of Religion manages bank accounts for religious orders and Catholic associations and benefits from Vatican offshore status.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Knights of Columbus leader named to Vatican bank supervisory panel

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The head of the Knights of Columbus has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-member council that supervises the activities of the Vatican bank.

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who heads the 1.7 million-member fraternal organization, was among three new council members announced by the Vatican Sept. 23.

"I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the board of superintendents of the Vatican's Institute for Works of Religion (IOR)," Anderson said. "I hope that my experience in working with the Vatican on a variety of issues over the past decade, and my work in the business and financial sector -- as Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer of the Knights of Columbus -- will enable me to contribute to the success of the IOR's many important initiatives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Vatican Bank Names Tedeschi, Santander Head in Italy, as Chief

VATICAN CITY
Bloomberg

By Lorenzo Totaro and Flavia Krause-Jackson

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, chairman of the Italian unit of Banco Santander SA, has been appointed as the new head of the Vatican Bank.

Gotti replaces Angelo Caloia, according to a statement on the Vatican Web site. The Commission of Cardinals chose Gotti today to head the bank, which is known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR).

Set up in 1942 by Pius XII to manage the Vatican’s finances, the IOR reports directly to the Pope. Caloia, 70, has been IOR’s chairman for more than 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Supreme Knight Named to Works of Religion Institute

VATICAN CITY
Zenit

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 23, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Commission of Cardinals, which oversees the activities of the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), has renewed the membership of the Board of Superintendence of the Institute.

In a communiqué sent today, the institute, chaired by Benedict XVI's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, named among the new members Carl Anderson, the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, and a regular columnist for ZENIT.

Others named are Giovanni De Censi, president of the Credito Valtellinese; Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, president of the Santander Consumer Bank; Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz of Germany; and Manuel Soto Serrano of Spain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Vatican Revamps Its Bank's Ranks

VATICAN CITY
The Wall Street Journal

By STACY MEICHTRY
VATICAN CITY -- The Holy See announced a sweeping overhaul of the Vatican bank's management as part of Pope Benedict XVI's push for greater transparency at one of the world's most secretive financial institutions.

In a statement Wednesday, the Holy See said it had appointed Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who headed an Italian unit of Banco Santander SA, as the new head of the Vatican bank, which is called the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, or IOR. The Holy See also replaced the IOR's management board.

The appointment marks the end of Angelo Caloia's two decades at the helm of the IOR -- a run that made him one of the Vatican's most powerful and deeply entrenched officials. Mr. Caloia, an Italian banker and economist, was the first noncleric to run the IOR. Mr. Caloia, through his secretary, declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Pedophile ex-priest is freed

WHEATON (IL)
Naperville Sun

September 25, 2009

By BILL BIRD wbird@scn1.com
WHEATON — Fred Lenczycki, a former Roman Catholic priest who served at SS Peter and Paul Church in Naperville and sexually abused as many as 30 boys in three states, was freed Thursday from DuPage County Jail.

Lenczycki, 65, was the first priest in the nation to be deemed a "sexually violent" person. He left DuPage County Circuit Court accompanied by a conditional release supervisor, after a judge approved an outpatient treatment plan for him.

Natalie Bauer, a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, confirmed Thursday night Lenczycki had been released from custody and had registered as a sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Pedophile priest released after serving sentence

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Art Barnum
Tribune Reporter

September 25, 2009

A Roman Catholic priest who sexually abused as many as 30 boys, many from Chicago's suburbs, was freed from state custody Thursday morning and registered later in the day as a child sex offender in Forest Park, where he will live, officials said.

Fred Lenczycki, 65, the first priest in the country to be declared sexually violent, left the DuPage County Courthouse after Judge Bonnie Wheaton signed off on a release plan that includes outpatient treatment for his sexual addiction.

"There will be a lot of people watching you," Wheaton told Lenczycki. "You have a heavy responsibility. You owe it to the people who were young -- the victims -- you owe them the responsibility. Don't disappoint them."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Diocesan response on indecent images

UNITED KINGDOM
Burton Mail

DIOCESAN chiefs have defended their decision not to tell villagers their vicar had been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent photographs.

Rev Dominic Stone, the vicar of Marchington, Marchington Woodlands, Kingstone and Church Leigh, has been on bail since February.

The Diocese of Lichfield has consistently refused to tell the 46-yearold’s parishioners why he has not conducted a service since then.

Now diocesan spokesman Gavin Drake has slammed the Mail for revealing yesterday what has happened and publishing comments from villagers criticising the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Vatican bank has new chairman

VATICAN CITY
San Francisco Chronicle

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

(09-23) 06:54 PDT VATICAN CITY, (AP) --

The Vatican has named an Italian economist as the chairman of its bank.

The Vatican said Wednesday that Ettore Gotti Tedeschi replaces Angelo Caloia at the helm of the bank, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion.

The statement said Caloia and the bank's other board members had resigned. The Vatican did not give a reason.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Fairfield U. to probe ties to scandal-plagued Haitian charity

CONNECTICUT
Greenwich Times

By Linda Conner Lambeck
STAFF WRITER
Posted: 09/24/2009 10:06:50 AM EDT

FAIRFIELD -- Fairfield University plans to hire a lawyer to conduct an internal review of the extent of the school's support for a Haitian charity founded by an alumnus accused of molesting boys he was supposed to be helping.

In a letter sent to the university community Wednesday, President Jeffrey von Arx said the review will include a probe into weekly collections for the charity at university Masses and other gifts to the project, and how they were deposited and disbursed.

In addition, the university will offer an opportunity following the Sunday Mass on campus for the community to express their feelings and concerns about the scandal. In the near future, university officials will organize a campus forum to discuss its core principles related to helping and serving the poor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

ABC radio man Eoin Cameron tells of child rape

AUSTRALIA
Perth Now

[with audio]

Staff reporters

September 25, 2009 12:00pm
HIGH-profile Perth radio announcer and former federal MP Eoin Cameron today revealed how he was raped as a 12-year-old student at a Catholic boarding school.

Cameron, who hosts the ABC's Breakfast Show, revealed his traumatic experiences in a graphic and heart-rending interview with fellow ABC announcer Geoff Hutchinson.

The veteran ABC radio personality also revealed how he had been diagnosed some years ago with bi-polar disorder and had suffered a long battle with depression, which he believed were linked to the childhood abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

ABC presenter recounts school sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Former federal MP and ABC presenter Eoin Cameron has spoken publicly for the first time about the about the sexual abuse he suffered as a boy at a Catholic boarding school in the 1960s.

The Perth breakfast presenter says he was 12-years-old when he was first abused at the Marist Brothers College in Mount Gambier in South Australia.

Mr Cameron says he had only been at the college a few days when he was first abused by the headmaster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Former Hinsdale priest convicted of sex abuse released

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

September 24, 2009

By AMY DEIS adeis@pioneerlocal.com
A former St. Isaac Jogues priest was released from state custody this morning and will be closely monitored as part of a program to transition him back into society.

The Rev. Fred Lenczycki, 65, already has been registered as a sex offender, although his residence was not readily available on the registry Web site. He will wear a GPS ankle bracelet and be closely monitored.

Lenczycki was convicted in 2004 for sexually abusing three boys at St. Isaac's in the early 1980s. Lenczycki also admitted to fondling at least 30 boys in the Chicago area, Missouri and California while serving as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Demonstrators protest release of convicted priest

CHICAGO (IL)
WGNtv

Demonstrators gathered on the near North Side Thursday night to protest the release of Daniel Mccormack, a former priest who molested several boys back in the late '80s.

McCormack pleaded guiltily in 2007 to five felony counts of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to five years in prison. He is set to be released Friday but the Illinois Attorney General's office and the Cook County States Attorney's office have filed a petition asking the court that McCormack be declared a sexually violent person which would prevent his release from prison. SNAP, Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, say McCormack is one of Chicago's most notorious priest predators and is a serious threat to society. The hearing is set for 9am Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Sexual-abuse lawsuits: Illinois Supreme Court clarifies statute-of-limitations law

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune reporter

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sexual-abuse survivors who discovered their emotional scars before July 2001 should have filed lawsuits within two years of the discovery to have their day in court.

The ruling tries to correct misconceptions about an amendment to the state's statute of limitations in 2003, which gave accusers five years instead of two to file civil suits after they realized they were abused. The law also granted accusers 10 years after turning 18 to file civil suits. The previous statute of limitations gave accusers two years.

Victims' lawyers said the ruling "closes the door" on a number of pending civil cases for which the statute of limitations also expired for criminal charges. They say the Supreme Court ruling defies the intent of the law, which was passed in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

It takes a columnist

LOS ANGELES (CA)
GetReligion

Posted by Brad A. Greenberg

Sometimes it takes a news columnist.

Typically here at GetReligion we highlight work better characterized as objective observations. But Steve Lopez is a special case.

You may recognize the name. Lopez, just about the most famous byline left at the Los Angeles Times, wrote “The Soloist” and was played by Robert Downey Jr. in the 2009 film sharing that name. (EEE, you also might recognize the name from his days in Philly or the recent Germantown beating of his son.) A sharp-tongued columnist who loves to needle local politicians and Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Lopez’s news columns are typically insightful, infuriating, touching and absolutely brilliant.

On Tuesday, Lopez took aim, again, at the Catholic Church’s clergy sex scandal. I think revelations of wrongdoing, from priests on up, have generally died down in most big cities. But Los Angeles has been unique.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Groups stage protest against Diocese

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

by Melissa Sánchez
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Four representatives of groups pushing for better oversight of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse held a protest Thursday in front of the Diocese of Yakima.

Organizers said they staged the event because it had been more than a year since Juan Gonzalez, a former diocesan employee, was arrested on Oregon charges of encouraging child sex abuse.

The charges were eventually dismissed, and Gonzalez meanwhile alleged that a priest engaged in a sexual relationship with him while he was a young adult living in Tieton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Priest sex abuse case at standstill; Illinois high court upholds suit's dismissal

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- An Illinois Supreme Court decision made public Thursday upheld a local judge's decision to toss out a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest in a Belleville parochial school 25 years ago.

The lawsuit, filed in 2003 by St. Louis firefighter Chris Amenn, of O'Fallon, cannot go forward, said attorney Mike Finnegan, a member of a nationally known St. Paul, Minn., law firm that has filed hundreds of lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by priests. The firm represents Amenn.

Attorneys connected to local and national lawsuits involving priest sex abuse of minors say the top court's decision will make it difficult for victims now in their mid-40s or older to pursue cases because of the ruling's scope. But the attorneys urged those claiming to have been abused to still come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

September 24, 2009

UN publishes IHEU statement on child abuse and the Holy See

International Humanist and Ethical Union

[with copy of the statement]

The UN Human Rights Council today published a written statement by IHEU on the role of the Holy See in the child abuse scandals that rocked the Catholic Church in recent years, and its failure to honour its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Commenting on the report, Roy Brown, IHEU Main Representative at the UN Geneva said: "The Holy See has been heavily implicated for decades in covering up cases of child abuse carried our by its clergy and religious orders, in obstructing justice, and in failing to deal appropriately with abusers. Yet for too long it has been given a free ride by the international community because of its presumed moral leadership. Our report is the first to bring the issue to the attention of the Council. We shall be referring to our report in the plenary of the Human Rights Council next week."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 PM

UN: IHEU calls the Vatican to account over child abuse

International Humanist and Ethical Union

The Vatican (known in diplomatic circles at the "Holy See") was accused by IHEU at the UN Human Rights Council today (22 September 2009) of both covering up child abuse and allowing it to continue. The speech by IHEU representative Keith Porteous Wood also drew attention to the failure of the Holy See to comply with its obligations under International Law.

International Humanist and Ethical Union

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL: 12th Session (14 Sept – 2 October 2009)
Speaker: IHEU Representative, Keith Porteous-Wood: Tuesday 22 September 2009
Agenda Item 4: Matters requiring the attention of the Council

Child Abuse and the Holy See

Mr President,

In 1990 the Holy See acceded to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It submitted its first and only report in 1994 - about which CRC expressed several areas of concern.[1] But since then - nothing.[2]

The extent of child abuse within the Catholic Church is well known. What we are addressing here, however, is the reaction of the Church authorities over which the Holy See exerts control.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 PM

Holy See responds to IHEU criticism

International Humanist and Ethical Union

Exercising their right of reply to criticism by IHEU at the Human Rights Council on 22 September, the Holy See argued that the Catholic Church was not unique in having clergy who sexually abused children and young people - thereby comprehensively missing the point. No doubt there are abusers in all walks of life, but our point was not the abuse itself but the cover up in which some of the highest officials of the Church were implicated. The Holy See is a sovereign state and its senior clergy, safe in their cosy palaces in the heart of Rome, are answerable to no earthly power other than themselves - and to the few international treaties to which they are party. One such is the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and, as we showed on 22 September, they are in massive breach of their obligations under that convention. Answerable only to international law, it is by the international community that they mustv be held to account. One senior UN official described the reply by the Holy See as "a disgrace". We agree.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM

Group wants Vatican oversight of Cleveland bishop

CLEVELAND (OH)
Boston Herald

CLEVELAND — A group upset with a plan to close 50 Catholic churches in northeast Ohio appealed today for the appointment of a bishop to oversee the work of Bishop Richard Lennon.

Peter Borre, representing the group Endangered Catholics, went to the Congregation for Bishops in Rome but was told to file the appeal with the papal envoy in Washington, D.C., for possible forwarding to the Vatican. Borre said by phone from Rome that he had seen to it that the paperwork was immediately sent to Washington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 PM

Invitation to O'Gorman to speak at Mass withdrawn

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

AN INVITATION to One in Four founder Colm O'Gorman to take part in a Mass of reconciliation at Drogheda's Augustinian church next Sunday has been withdrawn at the request of Armagh diocesan authorities.

Mr O'Gorman featured prominently in the 2002 BBC documentary Suing the Pope , which led to the Ferns inquiry. He is author of the recently published autobiography Beyond Belief.

The Mass in Drogheda was intended to mark the 30th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit there on September 29th, 1979, where he appealed to paramilitaries in Northern Ireland "to turn away from the paths of violence."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

Group protests sex offender's ordination in Ky.

LOUISVILLE (KY)
KFVS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A group of clergy abuse survivors are asking the Louisville Archdiocese to speak out against a local church that recently ordained a convicted child molester as a minister.

Several members of the Louisville chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests hand-delivered a letter to the Archdiocese office on Thursday. The letter urges Archbishop Joseph Kurtz to publicly condemn the City of Refuge Worship Center for ordaining Mark Hourigan as a minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 PM

Lawyers fight over clergy sex abuse case

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent Correspondent

SHIPROCK — Judge Genevieve Woody of the Shiprock District Court will decide whether a clergy sex abuse lawsuit will move forward in the Navajo Nation’s court system.

According to legal arguments presented during a court hearing on Tuesday, Woody will decide whether the Navajo Nation courts have jurisdiction over the case, which involves the alleged sexual abuse of a Navajo teenage boy in the 1980s by Charles “Chuck” Cichanowicz, a former Catholic Franciscan priest assigned to the Christ the King parish in Shiprock.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Another suit alleges sexual misconduct at Dunrovin in Marine

MINNESOTA
Stillwater Gazette

By PETER COX
pcox@acnpapers.com

Another lawsuit alleging sexual abuse that occurred decades ago on the grounds of Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center in Marine on St. Croix.

The suit, filed on behalf of John Doe 131 in Ramsey County District Court, was filed against Christian Brothers of Minnesota and other associated Christian Brothers organizations.

The suit alleges fraud, saying that Christian Brothers learned in 1966 that Brother Raimond Rose had sexually abused a male student at De La Salle, yet still allowed him to teach at Christian Brothers institutions from 1968 to 1974,

"In approximately 1973, when the plaintiff was approximately 18 years of age, Bro. Rose sexually assaulted plaintiff without plaintiff's consent by forcefully touching plaintiff genitals while plaintiff was sleeping," the complaint says. The alleged incident, it continues, happened at Dunrovin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Family ties: Kirk is heir to Boston cardinal

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

Posted by Michael Paulson September 24, 2009 01:33 PM
A dispatch from the Boston-is-a-really-small-town department: Paul G. Kirk Jr., who was named today as the interim US Senator from Massachusetts, is the grand-nephew of Cardinal William H. O'Connell, one of the most powerful figures in local church history, who served as archbishop of Boston from 1907 until his death in 1944. Kirk, 71, is one of five children of Josephine O'Connell, whose father, Edward J. O'Connell, was an older brother of Cardinal O'Connell.

The connection ties Kirk to one of the odder stories now unfolding in town, as the Archdiocese of Boston seeks to disinter the cardinal's remains and remove them from land that the church sold to Boston College to raise money to pay off victims of clergy sexual abuse. The saga of the cardinal's tomb, which has been playing out for five years now, last week moved to Suffolk Probate and Family Court, where Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, joined by the trustees of Boston College, are suing 30 of O'Connell's living relatives, including Kirk, for the right to relocate the remains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Supreme Court upholds decision to toss lawsuit that alleges sexual abuse by priest

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- An Illinois Supreme Court decision made public Thursday upheld a local judge's decision to toss out a civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest in a Belleville parochial school 25 years ago.

The lawsuit, filed in 2003 by St. Louis firefighter Chris Amenn of O'Fallon, cannot now go forward, said St. Paul, Minn., attorney Mike Finnegan, a member of a nationally known law firm that has filed hundreds of lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by priests. The firm represents Amenn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Former Maimonides rabbi charged with sexual assault

BROOKLINE (MA)
Brookline Tab

Brookline —

A former rabbi at Maimonides School in Brookline was indicted on child sexual assault charges dating back to the 1970s, according to Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.

Stanley Z. Levitt of Philadelphia was charged with four counts of indecent assault and battery on a person under 14 for allegedly assaulting two former students at Maimonides, where Levitt was a teacher. Both students were about 11 years old at the time of the alleged crimes.

“This was a betrayal of trust in the most awful sense,” Conley said. “The evidence suggests that Levitt abused a position of power, respect and authority to engage in sexual behavior with boys were too young to resist and too afraid to speak out.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Jason Berry to receive Saint Catherine of Siena Award

UNITED STATES
Voice of the Faithful

NEWTON, MA – Jason Berry, the author, investigative journalist, and documentary producer, has been named recipient of the Saint Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), the national Catholic reform organization.

The presentation will occur at the VOTF biennial conference October 30-31 at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington in Melville, New York.

In announcing the honor, President Daniel Bartley cited Berry’s “persistent effort over 24 years to bring the sexual abuse scandal to light. Jason is that rare combination of skilled writer and compassionate disciple whose quest for justice withstood repeated attack. We are proud to recognize his outstanding work.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Former day school teacher arrested in Israel

CANADA
JTA

September 24, 2009

TORONTO (JTA) -- A former teacher at Canada's largest Jewish high school has been arrested in Israel on charges of sexual abuse.

Avichai Zehavi, a popular teacher at Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto from 2000 to 2005, was arrested earlier this month and charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old male student at a religious boys' high school in Israel.

Ha'aretz reported on Sept. 14 that Zehavi, a 41-year-old married father of four, is accused of sodomizing the boy. Zehavi denied the charge, the article said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:39 PM

Ill. Supreme Court snubs abuse lawsuit against former B’ville priest

SPRINGFIELD (IL)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Kevin McDermott
Post-Dispatch Springfield Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled against a former student who claims he was abused by a Belleville-area priest in 1984, saying his “recovered-memory” allegation came too late under the state law that was in effect when he recovered the memory.

David Clohessy, director of the St. Louis-based “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,” called the ruling “a devastating loss for children and a massive victory for dangerous predators.”

The plaintiff, identified in suit as “John Doe,” alleges that Rev. Kenneth Roberts abused him at the age of 14, while he was attending St. Mary’s school in Belleville. The plaintiff says the repressed memory resurfaced in 1998. He filed his suit in 2003, under a newly passed state law that allowed recovered-memory sexual abuse cases to be filed up to five years from the time the memory was recovered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Supreme Knight appointed to board of Vatican bank

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Sep 23, 2009 / 12:49 pm (CNA).- The Commission of Cardinals which oversees the activities of the Vatican's bank, formally called the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), has renewed the membership of the institute’s board and made a few new appointments. Among the new appointees is the head of the Knights of Columbus Carl A. Anderson.

The IOR is a financial institution governed by a Board of Superintendence, which is, in turn, regulated by a Commission of Cardinals led by Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State. The main function of the institute is to manage bank accounts for religious orders and Catholic associations.

The Supreme Knight’s appointment to the IOR is the latest of his Vatican appointments, which include being appointed a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, as well as to the Pontifical Council for the Family. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as a consultor to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Sexually violent priest released from custody

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

September 24, 2009
A Roman Catholic priest with a history that includes abusing as many as 30 boys, many from Chicago's suburbs, was freed from state custody this morning and will continue treatment as an outpatient.

Fred Lenczycki, 65, the first priest in the country to be declared sexually violent, left the DuPage County courthouse after a judge signed off on a treatment plan. Lenczycki was accompanied by a conditional release supervisor.

Lenczycki was sentenced to 5 years in prison in 2004 after pleading guilty to sexually abusing three boys from St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Hinsdale in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Jason Berry to receive VOTF’s Catherine of Siena award

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Voice of the Faithful

We are pleased to announce that Jason Berry, the author, investigative journalist, and documentary producer, has been named recipient of the Saint Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award.

The presentation will be made at the VOTF conference October 30-31st at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, New York.

For more information on the work of Jason Berry, click here.

* * *
Commentary by Tom Doyle.

Mega-congratulations to Jason Berry on receiving the well deserved Sienna Award from VOTF. Most focus on Jason’s more recent accomplishments regarding the Legion of Christ. He more than anyone has been responsible for bringing justice and support to those abused by Maciel and by the bizarre cult he founded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Fairfield U. to probe its ties to scandal-plagued Haitian charity

FAIRFIELD (CT)
Connecticut Post

By Linda Conner Lambeck
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 09/24/2009 10:23:10 AM EDT

FAIRFIELD -- Fairfield University plans to hire a lawyer to conduct an internal review of the extent of the school's support for a Haitian charity founded by an alumnus accused of molesting he was supposed to be helping.

In a letter sent to the university community yesterday, President Jeffrey von Arx said the review will include a probe into weekly collections for the charity at university Masses and other gifts to the project, and how they were deposited and disbursed.

In addition, the university will offer an opportunity following the Sunday Mass on campus for the community to express their feelings and concerns about the scandal. In the near future, university officials will organize a campus forum to discuss its core principles related to helping and serving the poor.

The statement by von Arx was issued a week after a federal grand jury in Bridgeport indicted Douglas Perlitz, 39, a celebrated 1992 graduate of the Jesuit university, on charges he sexually abused at least nine of the boys at the charity he founded, Project Pierre Toussaint, in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. In recognition of the program, Perlitz was chosen as the main speaker for the university's 2002 commencement and awarded an honorary degree.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Advocate for those sexually abused by priests to speak Friday

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
The Ranger

By Tyler K. Cleveland

Barbara Garcia Boehland, director of the San Antonio chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, will give a presentation at 11 a.m. Friday in Room 120 of the visual arts center.

The presentation, planned as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, will address the difficulties faced by the sexually abused through the Catholic Church in Hispanic communities — the assaults, struggling families and suicides — and how to receive help and help others “knowing that this type of thing happens, in order to change it,” Boehland said.

Boehland’s 20-year-old son, Eduardo Ramon III, committed suicide in 1997 while enrolled at this college, after being molested by a priest while at St. Anthony’s High School Seminary four years earlier. Father Carlos Lozano, a dean at St. Anthony's, pleaded guilty in 1995 to charges he molested four teenage boys at the seminary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Appeals run out on Fushek trials

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

by Jim Walsh - Sept. 24, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic .
Prosecutors have exhausted all appeals of a lower-court ruling that an excommunicated Roman Catholic priest is entitled to five separate trials on misdemeanor sex charges.

Nearly five years after former Monsignor Dale Fushek was charged in December 2005 with sexual misconduct, the one- time second-highest ranking official in the Diocese of Phoenix has not been convicted of any crime.

In the latest rulings, the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals both denied review of special actions filed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Catholic Church urges whistleblowers to report sex abuse priests

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent

The Roman Catholic Church is urging whistleblowers to speak out against bishops, clergy, monks and nuns who they suspect might be guilty of sexual or other abuse.

Alleged abusers who do not merit a criminal prosecution are to be subject to independent investigation by a national panel appointed by the Church.

The new policies, published by the Catholic Safeguarding and Advisory Service , mark a turning away from the protectionist policy of secrecy of previous generations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Lost souls fled clerical abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

By Ruth McDonald
BBC Radio 4

It is estimated that 10,000 survivors of abuse in schools and reformatories run by Catholic religious orders in Ireland now live in Great Britain.

Cathy Spillane has been hearing about these institutions all her life.

Her father Joe spent his childhood in a Catholic Church-run school in Kerry. He was beaten regularly by the priests who worked there, and starved of love and affection throughout his childhood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

VILLAGE VICAR IN PORN PICS PROBE

UNITED KINGDOM
Burton Mail

by RICHARD CASTLE
A VILLAGE vicar has been arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent photographs, the Mail can reveal.

Rev Dominic Stone, the vicar of Marchington, Marchington Woodlands, Kingstone and Church Leigh, was released on police bail pending further enquiries in February, but has not been at work since, leaving his congregation mystified.

The Diocese of Lichfield has repeatedly refused to explain why the 46-year-old father-of-two has not conducted a service for the last seven months.

A Marchington resident, who asked not to be named, told the Mail she thought villagers deserved an explanation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Statement following article in the Burton Mail newspaper

UNITED KINGDOM
Anglican Diocese of Litchfield

Date 24/09/09

In response to an article in today’s Burton Mail newspaper, Gavin Drake, the director of communications for the Diocese of Lichfield, has issued the following statement:

“The Burton Mail today uses un-named sources to make serious accusations that the Diocese of Lichfield has engaged in a ‘cover up’ of a crime; yet in the same article they state that the ‘crime’ is being investigated by Staffordshire Police. How can there be a cover up when the appropriate authority is conducting an investigation? There is a significant difference between covering something up and not being open with the public about an ongoing police investigation.

“The Diocese of Lichfield will always co-operate with the police during enquiries – and that includes not saying or doing anything which could jeopardise any investigation. The police need the time and space to conduct an investigation; and during this time the police are the lead authority and they will decide what, if any, information is to be made public. The Diocese of Lichfield will not attempt to second-guess the police and put information into the public domain until the police are ready for that information to be made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

State moves to keep sex predator ex-priest locked up

CHICAGO (IL)
WBBM

Bob Roberts and Bernie Tafoya Reporting
WBBM Newsradio 780

CHICAGO (WBBM) - The Illinois Attorney General's office has filed a petition to keep a former Roman Catholic priest locked up as a sexual predator.

The petition to commit former priest Daniel McCormack civilly under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Act was filed Wednesday, three days before he was due to be released from the state prison in downstate Jacksonville.

In it, prosecutors call McCormack "dangerous" and said they fear that if he is released, McCormack is likely to molest again.

McCormack is scheduled to appear before Cook County Criminal Court Judge Dennis Porter at 9 a.m. Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Humanist group condemn Church over sex abuse to UN

CathNews

The UN Human Rights Council has reportedly published a written statement by the International Humanist and Ethical Union on the role of the Holy See in the child abuse scandals.

The IHEU statement also accused the Church of a failure to honour obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the organisation's website states.

"The Holy See has been heavily implicated for decades in covering up cases of child abuse carried our by its clergy and religious orders, in obstructing justice, and in failing to deal appropriately with abusers," said Roy Brown, IHEU Main Representative at the UN Geneva.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

University, local leaders tied to Perlitz indictment

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Tom Cleary

The indictment of Doug Perlitz '92 on allegations that he sexually abused children in Haiti sent shockwaves through the University community. While the organization that funded Perlitz, the Haiti Fund, was not directly tied to the University, multiple University members, ranging from alumni to administrators gave their time and money to the organization.

The strongest connection to the indictment and Fairfield is the involvement of former director of campus ministry Rev. Paul Carrier, who was the chairman of the Haiti Fund board. Carrier led fundraisers on campus and made several trips to Haiti, often bringing Fairfield students along, to help Perlitz at Project Pierre Toussaint, the school and home for homeless boys that Perlitz founded in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

In 2006, Carrier was reassigned by the Jesuit Provincial of New England, who at the time was former Fairfield professor Rev. Thomas Regan, to sabbatical, a decision that the University played no role in. Regan nor the Jesuits of the New England Province responded to phone calls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Former Longmont church worker accused of sexually assaulting boys

LONGMONT (CO)
Longmont Times-Call

By Pierrette J. Shields
Longmont Times-Call

LONGMONT — Police on Wednesday arrested a former Longmont man who was working as a Fort Collins high school counselor on suspicion of sexually assaulting boys while he worked at a Longmont church.

Greeley officers on Wednesday arrested Bradley Boda, 39, of Berthoud on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault on a child, two counts of unlawful sexual contact, two counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, three counts of enticement of a child, and two counts of indecent exposure. He was being held Wednesday in the Boulder County Jail on a $50,000 bond.

Police found him at his parents’ Greeley home after he failed to report to work, said Longmont Police Cmdr. Tim Lewis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Panel to investigate Catholic Church abuse allegations

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

A new independent panel to investigate cases of alleged abuse where the police have taken no action has been unveiled by the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Published: 7:00AM BST 24 Sep 2009

A pilot scheme allowing an investigator to report to a panel chaired by a judge, senior lawyer or member of the social care professions in cases where there is a possible risk but police have judged there to be no realistic prospect of a prosecution, is under way, the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission said.

Adrian Child, director of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, (CSAS), said the independent investigation procedure would concentrate expertise in handling cases where the police said no prosecution was viable but there was a ''unclarified level of possible risk''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Ex-priest, long tolerated in Chicago archdiocese, deemed too dangerous for parole

CHICAGO (IL)
Catholic Culture

Sep. 23, 2009 (CWNews.com) -

A former priest who was allowed to keep his parish assignments in the Chicago archdiocese despite complaints of sexual abuse is too dangerous to be released on parole, according to Illinois prosecutors.

Daniel McCormack, who was convicted of child molestation in 2007 and later laicized, will be eligible for parole on Friday. But prosecutors are invoking an Illinois state law that allows for keeping "sexually violent persons" in custody if they are judged dangerous to society. The district attorney will argue in a court petition that McCormack fits into that category, citing the fact that he molested a child even while he was under investigation for molesting another. His behavior was "brazen and brash," the district attorney said-- fitting the profile of a predator who is likely to continue molesting children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Judge undecided on evidence in diocese trial

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • September 24, 2009

Judge Helen Toor said Wednesday that she is undecided about whether jurors at an upcoming priest molestation trial in Burlington should be shown evidence that the Rev. Edward Paquette molested boys in other states before coming to Vermont.

The evidence includes documents from Roman Catholic dioceses in Massachusetts and Indiana that detailed Paquette's sexual abuse of altar boys and efforts to address his misconduct.

Lawyers for alleged Paquette victims in Vermont have used the documents as proof the Vermont diocese was negligent when it hired Paquette, saying it failed to thoroughly check out his background although it had knowledge of his misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

September 23, 2009

PRIEST ABUSE CASE

WISCONSIN
1410 AM

The Diocese of La Crosse Faces Priest Abuse Allegations in Court

WILL A LAWSUIT INVOLVING ALLEGED PRIEST ABUSE IN THE 1970'S BE TRIED SOON IN LA CROSSE COUNTY?

THE SUIT IS BEING DISCUSSED TODAY IN COURT. A STEVENS POINT AREA WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS MOLESTED BY A PRIEST FROM THE LA CROSSE DIOCESE WHEN SHE WAS NINE YEARS OLD. SHE CLAIMS THAT THE DIOCESE HAS COVERED UP CASES OF ABUSE FOR YEARS, AND RE-ASSIGNED PRIESTS AFTER ACCUSATIONS WERE MADE AGAINST THEM. THE PRIEST IN QUESTION DIED THREE YEARS AGO.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

LA cardinal 'delayed' calling cops

LOS ANGELES (CA)
United Press International

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A member of Cardinal Roger Mahony's inner circle says the Los Angeles prelate issued instructions to delay reporting a priest's sexual misconduct to police.

Documents indicate that Monsignor Richard Loomis, former vicar of clergy for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, testified before a grand jury that Mahony directed him to hold off reporting sex abuse allegations against now-defrocked priest Michael Baker to authorities, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The newspaper said the testimony is the first to directly implicate Mahony in a grand jury investigation probing possible church cover-ups, during which the cardinal has fought to withhold documents and has launched a public relations campaign to build his image as a reformer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Did the University try to cover up Perlitz allegations?

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Chris Simmons

Updated: Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last year in late Oct., The Mirror began receiving e-mails from a man named Paul Kendrick alleging that a former Fairfield graduate Doug Perlitz had been abusing young boys at his charity in Haiti. Kendrick had donated money to the charity school, Project Pierre Toussaint, along with making a visit to Haiti and Perlitz. His e-mails also alluded to a cover-up by Fairfield and the Jesuits.

After numerous e-mails on the subject, I contacted Vice President of Administrative and Student Affairs Mark Reed. Reed requested that everything discussed be off the record, and after attempts to contact the FBI and Project Pierre Toussaint board members failed, The Mirror could not report the story with only the say so of Kendrick.

But now Perlitz has been indicted by a federal grand jury on seven counts of traveling outside the U.S. for the purpose of engaging in sex with minors and three counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Officials seek to bar release of convicted priest from prison

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

September 23, 2009
Illinois prosecutors today filed a motion to seek the indefinite incarceration of a Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually assaulting several boys in a West Side parish.

The Cook County state's attorney's and Illinois attorney general's offices filed the petition under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act to have the former West Side priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack civilly committed instead of paroled and released from custody as scheduled on Friday.

The law allows prosecutors to seek continued incarceration in a secure treatment facility if a psychological exam leads them to believe another sex crime is likely if the inmate goes free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Ex-Priest to Remain in Custody

CHICAGO (IL)
NBC Chicago

By SUSAN BALL
Updated 12:30 PM CDT, Wed, Sep 23, 2009

A former St. Agatha priest, labeled a repeat sexual offender by the Illinois Attorney General's office, will not be released from custody on Friday, despite being eligible for parole.

Last week, victims' advocates made a public plea to Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan not to release Daniel McCormack on house arrest -- asking instead to have him committed under Illinois' Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act.

In 2007, McCormack pleaded guilty to five felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and was sentenced to a 5-year prison term. The sexual abuse, which leads back to his 2001 days as a teacher and basketball coach at Our Lady of the Westside School, (now St. Agatha Academy) targeted boys between the ages of 8 and 12. Charges were never filed against McCormack until 2006, when he was finally removed as pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Fifth suit filed against former Catholic school teacher

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By JEFF STRICKLER, Star Tribune

Last update: September 23, 2009 - 12:09 PM

For the fifth time this year -- and the second time in as many weeks -- a sexual abuse lawsuit has been filed against a Roman Catholic cleric who taught at Twin Cities high schools in the late 1960s and 1970s. But this suit differs from the others in that it involves an alleged attack.

Christian Brother Charles Anthony (Raimond) Rose faces multiple suits for allegedly abusing students at DeLaSalle in Minneapolis and Cretin in St. Paul. The suit announced Wednesday involves another DeLaSalle student.

"This was not his normal pattern," said Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), in announcing the suit. "In the other cases, he provided alcohol or drugs to the victims before the incident. In this case, he attacked at night while the victim was asleep."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Editorial: An alum's honor revoked

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

By Editorial Board

Updated: Tuesday, September 22, 2009

In Haiti, a nation plagued by political struggles and poverty, volunteers battle daily to help the thousands of children left to fend for themselves in the dangerous city streets.

One of those volunteers was Doug Perlitz '92, a man known throughout the University community as a true vision of what a Fairfield graduate should be. He gave back to the world, appearing to live a true Jesuit life.

But according to allegations made in the federal indictment against Perlitz, that was all just a false exterior. Instead, Perlitz was luring vulnerable Haitian boys into his school and home in Cap-Haitien, a city on the north coast of Haiti. Perlitz allegedly used his position of power to force the poverty-ravaged children to perform sexual acts in exchange for gifts or money, withholding those privileges if the boys refused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Former teacher, cantor in Toronto charged with sex abuse in Israel

CANADA
Jewish Tribune

Written by Atara Beck
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
REHOVOT-TORONTO – A former high school teacher and cantor in Toronto is under house arrest in Israel, where he now lives, following allegations of sexual abuse.

An Israeli, the charismatic educator was a shaliach (emissary) at the Richmond Hill campus of the Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) in 2000-2005. The following year he served as cantor of Shaarei Shomayim congregation for 10 months before returning to Israel.

One of the most highly respected and popular teachers in this community and a winner of CHAT’s Toronto Teacher of Excellence Award in 2002, he was known to inspire youth religiously and had volunteered at several NCSY (Jewish outreach organization) youth programs. A gifted musician with a golden voice, he performed at community events and private celebrations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Diocese: Catholic Churches now listed on real estate website

CLEVELAND (OH)
WKYC

Michael O'Mara

The members of St. Stanislaus parish will hold their final Mass this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. But even before the doors are closed for good, parishioners were shocked to see the real estate listing for their church already posted online.

Price tag for the big church, rectory, school and convent: $525,000.

Carmella Wakelee has been a church member since she was a child.

"I am furious that our family and our friends put so much of our money and our lives into that church for years," said Wakelee, "and we get nothing back. The diocese keeps everything."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Former Cleveland Catholic Diocese accountant Anton Zgoznik gets prison time

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By James F. McCarty,The Plain Dealer
September 22, 2009, 6:07PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former accountant who defrauded the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland will spend the same length of time in federal prison as his one-time boss: a year and a day.

A federal judge Tuesday rejected sentencing guidelines that called for Anton Zgoznik to spend four to five years behind bars, and sided with his lawyers who argued it would be unfair to punish him more severely than Joseph Smith, the diocese's former chief financial officer.

"This is the most difficult sentence I have encountered in my 28 years on the bench," U.S. District Judge Ann Aldrich said before announcing her decision. "It's a sentence that will make nobody happy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

SA bishops mull sex-abuse claims

SOUTH AFRICA
BBC News

Methodist bishops in South Africa have met to decide what action to take over claims that Zimbabwean children have been abused while in the Church's care.

Some 20 children have been removed from Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church - a centre housing hundreds of Zimbabwean refugees.

The bishops say they are taking the claims seriously and have not yet said whether the facility will remain open.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Dark charges from Mahony's inner circle

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Steve Lopez

September 22, 2009

If you've got rosary beads handy, please say a prayer for the leader of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Last week was not a good one for Cardinal Roger Mahony, and there may be no letup in weeks to come if a certain monsignor continues to testify in a deposition being taken as part of a civil case against Mahony and the diocese.

Msgr. Richard Loomis, former vicar of clergy for the archdiocese, said under oath that in the year 2000 he wrote a memo advocating that the archdiocese inform police about allegations of sexual abuse by a now-defrocked priest named Michael Baker. Mahony, Loomis testified, directed him not to report the allegations.

That testimony grabbed the attention of those who have followed the years-long molestation scandal, in which Mahony has fought like a tomcat to withhold documents sought by investigators and has had PR teams build him an image as a reformer.

In all that time, no one from Mahony's inner circle had dared stand up and point a finger at the cardinal until Loomis did so last week. With the testimony by Loomis, there wasn't just a challenge to the archdiocesan leader, but a suggestion that a paper trail exists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Pedophile ex-priest's release held up

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya Brachear
Tribune reporter

September 23, 2009

Former priest Daniel McCormack will not be released from custody Friday, according to a spokeswoman for the Illinois attorney general's office.

The attorney general's and Cook County state's attorney's offices will file a petition Wednesday under the state's Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act to have McCormack civilly committed instead of paroled and released from custody as scheduled on Friday.

The act allows prosecutors to seek continued incarceration in a secure treatment facility if a psychological exam leads them to believe another sex crime is likely if the inmate goes free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Judge denies testimony in molestation case

VERMONT
Burlington Free Press

By Sam Hemingway, Free Press Staff Writer • September 23, 2009

The presiding judge in an upcoming civil trial involving molestation claims against the Rev. Edward Paquette has told lawyers in the case she will not permit testimony about other church priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Judge Helen Toor, in a seven-page ruling, said such information was unrelated to the claims made by the former altar boy that the state's Roman Catholic diocese was to blame for the alleged molestation because it knew Paquette was a pedophile when it hired him.

"While prior notice to the diocese of a pattern of acts of abuse by other priests might be relevant, the mere fact that they occurred does not establish that the diocese knew or had reason to know that they occurred," Toor wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

September 22, 2009

Concern about ordination

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

By Rochelle Fournier and David Clohessy • Special to The Courier-Journal • September 22, 2009

Some want to depict the controversy over the recent ordination of a convicted child molester clergyman as a matter of the past. But it's not. It's about the present and the future.

It's about adults in pain, right now, who were molested as kids and feel as though salt has been rubbed into their already deep and often still fresh wounds. And, more important, it's about vulnerable kids, right now, who will be around a sexual abuser who may abuse again.

Here's what the facts tell us: Ten years ago, Mark Hourigan was part of the Beechfork Baptist Church in Gravel Switch, Ky. He was arrested, charged and convicted of repeatedly sodomizing an 11-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Antigonish Diocese Sexual Abuse Class Action Certified and Settlement Approved!

CANADA
John McKiggan's Sexual Abuse Claims Blog

Sex Abuse Class Action Certified

I am pleased to announce that on September 10, 2009, Justice David MacAdam of the Nova Scotia Supreme Court certified Ronald Martin’s class action lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish.

Settlement Approved

Justice MacAdam also approved the settlement agreement which sets up a private and confidential compensation process for victims of sexual abuse by priests of the Diocese of Antigonish.

Landmark Decision

Justice MacAdam’s decision is extraordinary because it marks the first time that the Catholic Church has ever been successfully sued in a class action lawsuit. It also marks the first time that the Catholic Church has agreed to set up a compensation program specifically to provide compensation to survivors of sexual abuse by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

Legionaries of Christ director in Chile laments revelations about Father Maciel

CHILE
Catholic News Agency

Santiago, Chile, Sep 22, 2009 / 02:47 pm (CNA).- Father Jose Cardenas, the director of the Legionaries of Christ in Chile, has lamented the recent revelations about the order’s founder, Father Marcial Maciel, as well as the “pain and confusion caused in the Church and in society.”

In a written questionnaire published by the Chilean daily “El Mercurio,” Father Cardenas said, “The recently revealed facts about the private life of our founder seem incomprehensible and deeply sadden us. We cannot help but decisively reject them as contrary to Catholic morality and to the duties of the priestly and religious state,” he wrote.

He also explained that the desire and purpose of the Legion continues to remain the same: to serve the Church and society through education, evangelization and other apostolic works; and in addition to rejecting the scandal this has caused, they ask for forgiveness for all of the pain this caused the victims and the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Time to put an end to child terrorism – we don’t need any more surprises

UNITED STATES
Examiner

September 22, 9:05 AM
Pittsburgh Independent Examiner

Mike Ference

The truth continues to come out in that sex abuse soap opera more descriptively defined as the child terrorism sex saga of clergy abuse crimes and ongoing Catholic hierarchy cover-ups. Will the recent disclosures about Roger Cardinal Mahony, made by a Catholic Church insider, (of Mahony's refusal to tell police and parishioners about an admitted child molester) be a one-way ticket and quick getaway to Rome for the California red hat? Will it be much like Bernard Cardinal Law's painless exile of 2002, or will criminal charges finally be filed against Roger “The Terrorist Dodger” Mahony?

Now for the Details

A once-prominent LA archdiocesan insider revealed under oath, that in the Year 2000, Los Angeles cardinal, Roger Mahony, chose to protect the identity of a sexual predator rather than go to the authorities and do the right thing. To borrow a quote from the late Jim Nabers, a.k.a. Private Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, surprise, surprise.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

New suits say FBX Diocese hid assets

FAIRBANKS (AK)
Alaska Dispatch

According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, representatives of nearly 300 "alleged" sexual abuse survivors have filed suits in Anchorage Federal Bankruptcy Court saying that the Fairbanks Diocese made significant efforts to hide assets and divest properties less than a year prior to filing for Chapter 11. Moving to conceal assets prior to declaring bankruptcy is illegal, and the plaintiffs allege that the Diocese did it to limit the money available to victims. The lawyers for the church say that the new suits are "attacks" designed to wipe out the churches of northern Alaska, which they say have been a stabilizing and worthwhile institution in the Bush.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Maltese funding link with Haiti child abuser

MALTA
di-ve

by Vanessa Macdonald - editorial@di-ve.com
Court -- 22 September 2009

The Order of Malta funded the Project Pierre Toussaint in Haiti, whose founder Douglas Peritz has been charged with abusing his position to get street boys to provide sexual favours.

Douglas Perlitz, 39, appeared last Friday in Denver, facing 10 charges alleging he used his position in the program to provide shelter, food, money and other gifts to homeless street boys in exchange for sex.

Prosecutors say Mr Perlitz would sometimes withhold benefits or threaten to expel the boys if they refused to have sexual relations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

Priest facing sex charges wants to see notes

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

September 22 2009 at 09:34AM

By Zelda Venter
High Court Reporter

A Roman Catholic priest facing charges relating to four young boys who were allegedly sexually molested at a church communion weekend camp last year turned to the Pretoria High Court yesterday in a bid to obtain notes from the Teddy Bear Clinic pertaining to its interviews with the alleged victims.

The priest, who may not be named as he has not pleaded to the charges, is a German national who came to work at a church in South Africa.

He will go on trial from November 9 to 13 in the Brits Regional Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Miami priest allegedly fathers child, was sent to new parish after he lived with stripper for 3 years

MIAMI (FL)
Catholic Culture

September 22, 2009
A former stripper is seeking child support from Father David Dueppen, a priest of the Archdiocese of Miam, alleging that he fathered her infant child.

Father Dueppen and the woman lived together from 2003 to 2006 while he was a priest at St. Francis de Sales Church in Miami Beach; the woman then filed suit and obtained a settlement from the archdiocese after claiming that he had abused his position. The settlement barred the priest and the stripper from seeing each other again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

The Archbishop of Charm

NEW YORK
New York Magazine

If anyone can repair the church’s image, it’s Timothy Dolan. Except there are only so many nice ways to say no.

By Robert Kolker
Published Sep 20, 2009

The official residence of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, a mini-mansion improbably nestled behind the main sanctuary of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, is decorated largely in early Masterpiece Theatre style thick red carpet, deep oak paneling, gilded frames, priceless antiques. Here, in the middle of midtown, everything is beautifully still. You can hear the grandfather clock ticking from the next room. A uniformed butler serves a glass of water on a gold-rimmed plate atop a sterling-silver platter.

Then, down the staircase bounds New York’s new archbishop, Timothy Dolan, red-faced and boisterous, who succeeded Cardinal Edward Egan in the post in April. You want coffee? You want anything in it? He is a glad-hander and a backslapper, a tall, energetic, portly Irish-Catholic lug who likes smoking cigars and sipping Jameson’s. He makes a point of saying he’d be far happier talking to me at a parish fish fry than here, jamming himself sideways into an ornate, narrow chair. And before long, Dolan is eagerly discussing some of the more controversial issues he’ll have to weigh in on like gay marriage, blocked during the last legislative session in Albany but almost certain to be reintroduced. As early as his first week, he went on record saying he believed the union between a man and a woman was hardwired into us. Now, with a smile, he anticipates the question of where that leaves gay men and lesbians. Do I hear you saying, Well, if something’s hardwired into us, wouldn’t it be hardwired into them?’ he asks.

There is a narrow range of responses that contemporary Catholic leaders have made to a question like this ranging from a 2006 conference of American bishops concluding that homosexual acts violate the true purpose of sexuality, to the 1990 Catholic Encyclopedia’s declaration that being gay is not a normal condition, the acts being against nature are objectively wrong. Dolan goes in another direction. I would say likewise hardwired into us is the desire for friendship and a desire for companionship, he says. And I think the church would say, We must respect that.’ So we would not take that away from anybody, whatever their sexual preferences might be.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Police: Man abused girls at church

DELTA (CO)
Daily Press

By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writers
Published/Last Modified on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

DELTA — A Delta church is working to reassure its parishioners after an on-again, off-again member allegedly took indecent liberties with a child there, and harassed two other girls.

Reginald Jackson, 48, of Paonia, was arrested Sept. 16 on suspicion of sexual assault on a child, three counts of child abuse and two counts of harassment.

Formal charges are due by 3 p.m. Wednesday, when a bond hearing has also been set.
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According to Jackson’s arrest affidavit, a girl said he walked into a room at the Delta First Assembly of God Church where she and two others were playing “house,” slammed the door, and touched the other two on their legs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Group formed to help victims of sexual abuse on the Flathead Reservation

MONTANA
Missoulian

By MICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian | Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009

Dixie Trahan Brabender knows what it's like to hold on to a secret.

She also knows what it's like to tell someone that secret and not be believed.

Now she's starting a support group for those who've shared either side of that experience.

Like other children on the Flathead Reservation, Brabender said she was sexually abused by a Jesuit priest named Augustine Feretti. For her, the abuse started at age 12 in the rectory at St. Ignatius.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Vatican isn’t going to bail out N.S. diocese

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By PAUL SCHNEIDEREIT
Tue. Sep 22 - 4:46 AM

DON’T hold your breath waiting for the Vatican to help out the Diocese of Antigonish with that $15-million settlement for victims of alleged sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests.

The bottom line is that the money is going to have to be raised locally.

That’s apparently not going over so well with parishioners at the more than 100 parishes in the diocese, which includes all of Cape Breton, Guysborough, Pictou and Antigonish counties.

I don’t blame them for being angry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

September 21, 2009

Priest says he was "lied to" by Diocese

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
WWLP

Anthony DiLorenzo
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - One parish priest is not mincing words claiming he was "lied to" and is being "abused" by the Diocese of Springfield.

The Immaculate Conception church is slated to close in November but the parish and its priest aren’t going without a fight.

Now verbal sparring has emerged with the parish administrator telling 22News he's being “abused and lied to* by his own Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 PM

New Orange County nonprofit seeks to end child sexual abuse

CALIFORNIA
The Innocence Mission

Abuse survivor uses OC Diocese settlement monies to launch nationwide awareness campaign.

An Orange County sex abuse survivor has launched a new national nonprofit organization, using the money she received in a 2007 child sex abuse settlement against the Diocese of Orange.

Elaina J. Kroll, founder and CEO of The Innocence Mission, realized that even in light of new civil and criminal laws to protect children from sexual abuse, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding that allows the crime to continue to thrive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 PM

Las estafas Millonarias del padre Marcial Maciel

MEXICO
Nuevo Dia

La señora Barragán de Garza heredó millones de pesos, inmuebles, empresas y negocios localizados en su mayoría en el estado de Nuevo León.

En 1948 falleció Roberto Néstor Garza, cónyuge de doña Flora, quien dejó a su nombre la totalidad de los bienes. Lo único que pidió fue edificar un hospital para tuberculosos con los recursos que heredaba.

Fue en una peregrinación a Roma, a principios de los años 50, donde la señora Barragán conoció a Marcial Maciel y donde para algunos surgió el enamoramiento, a partir de la admiración hacia este sacerdote de andar elegante y fino hablar.

Fue 20 años más tarde cuando Maciel acabó con el dinero de doña Flora, y la abandonó. Nunca más volvió a buscarla ni a llamarle, a pesar de que ella, en el lecho de su muerte, pedía hablar con el padre que vivió en su casa y por quien conservó su castidad toda la vida.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 PM

Hijos del cura Maciel piden reconocimiento

MEXICO
La Opinion

Gardenia Mendoza Aguilar / Corresponsal de La Opinión

MÉXICO, D.F.— "Lo que más odio es la mentira", reiteraba un cariñoso sacerdote Marcial Maciel a tres hijos con quienes mantenía comunicación telefónica y por correo; a través de cartas y postales enviadas desde cualquier rincón del mundo, desde que los había procreado en los años 70.

Por eso para José, el segundo vástago concebido con una madre mexicana que mantiene el anonimato, fue un golpe al corazón y a su orgullo saber que su padre no se llamaba Jaime Alberto González, como siempre había dicho, sino Marcial Maciel, sino el polémico fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo, la poderosa orden católica con presencia en 22 países y 70 mil seguidores, acusado de pederastia.

En 1997 su padre lo llamó desde el extranjero para pedirle que comprara todas las revistas "Contenido" que encontrara en el pueblo donde vivía la familia. Con esto, el clérigo buscaba resolver dos problemas: revelar su verdadera identidad y evitar un escándalo local por la publicación en donde varios hombres lo acusaban de abuso sexual cuando eran estudiantes del religioso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 PM

Sex abuse cover-up by L.A. Catholic Archdiocese is alleged

UNITED STATES
AMERICAblog

Posted by John Aravosis (DC) at 4:49 PM
Good thing the Catholic church isn't spending millions of dollars beating the crap out of gays in some kind of modern-day Inquisition in state after state. Otherwise we might think they were rather hypocritical for yet again enabling pedophilia and the rape of children while at the same time wasting their own parishioners' money on some faux-moral crusade bashing loving gay adult couples who simply want to spend their lives together.

At what point does this stop being a church and start being a criminal conspiracy? We are talking pedophilia here. And it's clear that this "church" never quite got the message that raping children is a bad thing. The fact that these perverts who protected these other perverts remain in power in the church speaks volumes about the level of moral corruption in the Catholic leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

Miami Priests Out to Prove They Like Women, Even If It Means Knocking Up a Stripper

MIAMI (FL)
Miami New Times

By Kyle Munzenrieder in News Monday, Sep. 21 2009

​​The story of Father Cutié had all the makings of a Hollywood romantic comedy, albeit slightly subversive: Boy meets girl. Boy gets girl. Boy happens to be a celebrity Catholic priest. Boy and girl get caught frolicking on a beach. Boy leaves the church amid a media storm. Girl gets wedding band. Yadda, yadda, yadda. Happily ever after.

Then along comes Father David Dueppen, another Catholic priest, who for a time was stationed at the same South Beach church as Cutié. Though not as famous as "Father Oprah," Dueppen has a story that makes up for it in pure batshit insanity. According to CBS4, Dueppen also fell for a lady: a stripper he met at a club named Porky's.

Beatrice Hernandez, the pole dancer, soon found herself in a relationship with the father, knowing full well what his day job entailed. The priest paid for her divorce, left her, had the church pay her off, came crawling back after trawling every strip club in town, knocked her up, and then left her again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Former archdiocesan official says Cardinal Mahony ordered secrecy on abuse complaints

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Catholic Culture

The former vicar for clergy in the Los Angeles archdiocese has testified under oath that Cardinal Roger Mahony ordered him not to report allegations of a priest's sexual abuse to police or to parishioners. In a deposition filed last Friday, Msgr. Richard Loomis said that the cardinal ignored his own archdiocesan policies in handling complaints about Father Michael Baker, who had admitted his sexual misconduct in other cases years earlier.

Baker, who was later defrocked, was convicted in 2007 on sex-abuse charges and is currently serving a 10-year prison term. The archdiocese paid $1.2 million to settle complaints involving his misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Sex Scandal Rocks Program for Haitian Youth

CONNECTICUT
EDGE Boston

by Steve Weinstein
EDGE Editor-In-Chief
Monday Sep 21, 2009

A program to help Haitian youth is being rocked by a scandal involving sex-for-shelter with homeless street youth.

A Fairfield University social activist has been working for university-sponsored Project Pierre Toussaint for a decade. But now, Douglas Perlitz, 39, is being accused of using his position to provide food, shelter, food and money in return for sexual favors with homeless young men.

A Connecticut Fox TV news show is reporting that the Jesuit school is facing questions about the well-intentioned program. Perlitz is apparenlty willing to return to Connecticut to face charges.

At the same time, Rev. Paul Carrier, the university’s former director of campus ministry and community service and chairman of the Toussaint board, is being sought in connection with the burgeoning scandal. A lawyer for the fund told the Connecticut Post that money for the fund "has evaporated."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

The case against Archbishop John Favalora of Miami: why he must resign

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Eric Giunta

RenewAmerica readers who have followed the column of my colleague Matt C. Abbott are well aware of the spiritual travails afflicting what Abbott has rightfully called "one of the worst — if not the worst — archdiocese in terms of the presence of non-celibate homosexual clergy."

I thought of titling this article, "Call for a Catholic Tea Party." For precisely what the Church in America needs is for Catholics, and all concerned Christian conservatives, to make their voices heard, to demonstrate and to petition for the removal of spiritually negligent pastors, especially the bishops. There are ways to do this without degenerating into schism or affiliating with "irregular" factions of the Catholic far-right.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Author’s story of assault helps younger victim cope

ELKHORN (WI)
Gazette

By PEDRO OLIVEIRA JR.

ELKHORN — Laurie Asplund and Megan live in different worlds.

Asplund is a 50-year-old therapist who lives in Walworth County. Megan is a 19-year-old college student in northern Minnesota.

They’re separated geographically, ideologically and religiously. And there is a whole generation between them.

But they share a deeply tragic bond that has united the women over the last few months.

As teenagers, they both were sexually assaulted by priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Local woman ordained by priestess organization

MINNESOTA
Woodbury Bulletin

By: Amber Kispert, Woodbury Bulletin

An Afton woman, who for the last several years has been pursuing her own path to priesthood, was recently ordained in a ceremony last month by the Roman Catholic Womenpriest organization.

Linda Wilcox went through her ordination ceremony Aug. 16.

The Roman Catholic Womenpriest group is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Roman Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Vatican official asks judge to dismiss Davenport diocese bankruptcy trustee's claim

DAVENPORT (IA)
Quad-City Times

Ann McGlynn | Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009

The Apostolic Nuncio - the Vatican's representative in the United States - is asking a federal judge to dismiss a $72,900 request made of it by the trustee overseeing the Diocese of Davenport's bankruptcy settlement.

Pietro Sambi, who is the archbishop of the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington, D.C., says he has diplomatic immunity from lawsuits.

Sambi's attorneys argue in a filing in U.S. District Court, Davenport, that the request pending in front of a bankruptcy court judge should be heard by a district court judge - a judge nominated by the president and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Boost Your Credibility in Court

UNITED STATES
Officer.com

VAL VAN BROCKLIN
Training Contributor

Credibility in court is the degree to which the Judge or jurors believe a witness. For a testifying officer to be effective, she must be found credible. In several past articles (web links below), we've looked at different aspects of courtroom credibility for the testifying officer.

This month, we're going to look at how vivid details can boost a witness' credibility.

Made to Stick

In Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, the authors, brothers Chip and Dan Heath, say,

We wrote this book to help you make your ideas stick. By "stick," we mean that your ideas are understood and remembered, and have a lasting impact - they change your audience's opinions or behavior.

That's not unlike what an officer must do in court. The facts she testifies to must be understood and remembered. Those facts, along with any other evidence, must change the jurors' opinions from presumed innocent to guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Malone requests coadjutor bishop for Maitland-Newcastle

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone has written to Pope Benedict XVI, asking the pontiff to consider appointing a Coadjutor Bishop to the diocese, reported by The Newcastle Herald as an appeal for a successor.

"The past 15 years have been difficult and it would be good to share the responsibilities of the diocese with a Coadjutor Bishop," he reportedly told priests in a message.

"I did this in light of my 70th birthday in October and with the knowledge that the process of appointing a new bishop is often a lengthy one. From an initial request to an appointment could take many months, if not years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

September 20, 2009

Bishops discuss sexual abuse claims

SOUTH AFRICA
The Citizen

CITIZEN REPORTER

JOHANNESBURG - In the wake of recent sexual abuse allegations, Methodist bishops across the country met in Pietermaritzburg at the weekend to further discuss the claims at one of their churches.

The National Prosecuting Authority is investigating claims that adults had made sexual advances on the children at the Central Methodist church in Johannesburg but that Bishop Paul Verryn had taken no action. The head of the Methodist Church’s public concern committee, Ross Olivier, said concerns had been raised by the church’s governing body for years about criminal elements taking over the church in the city’s CBD.

Earlier this year Verryn said he would step down as soon as his term of office ended. He had said he was made aware of the allegations of abuse a year ago, which he subsequently reported to police, but the case was dismissed in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Responsables de la Legión de Cristo en España ampararon los abusos sexuales de Marcial Maciel

El Plural

Muchos de los responsables de la Legión de Cristo en España conocían los abusos sexuales contra niños protagonizados por su fundador, Marcial Maciel, pero guardaron silencio, según las conclusiones de una investigación llevada a cabo por el obispo de Bilbao, Ricardo Blázquez, por encargo del Papa Benedicto XVI.

En el informe que el obispo Blázquez presentará al Vaticano incluirá que los mandos intermedios de la Legión sabían de la doble vida de Maciel, así como de algunos escándalos acaecidos en España, y no sólo no hicieron nada por impedirlo, sino que conminaron al silencio a algunas de las víctimas, según Público.

Entrevista con las víctimas
El obispo de Bilbao, que se encuentra actualmente en París, lleva una temporada visitando los centros de La Legión de Cristo en Europa, y ha recorrido ya los seminarios de la orden en Ontaneda (Santander) y Salamanca, así como las distintas universidades, centros educativos y de formación patrimonio de la congregación. Además, se ha entrevistado con legionarios, ex legionarios y víctimas de los abusos

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

Piden perdón por actos de Maciel

CHILE
CNN

SANTIAGO DE CHILE (Notimex) — El director territorial de los Legionarios de Cristo en Chile, el sacerdote José Cárdenas, pidió en entrevista con el diario El Mercurio perdón por los actos cometidos por el fundador de la congregación, Marcial Maciel.

En entrevista que publicó este domingo la edición digital del periódico chileno, Cárdenas dijo que "pedimos perdón a todas las personas que han sido afectadas, y de igual manera, lamentamos el dolor y desconcierto causados en la Iglesia y en la sociedad".

"Los hechos recientemente conocidos de la vida privada de nuestro fundador nos han resultado incomprensibles y nos apenan profundamente", agregó respecto a las acusaciones de pedofilia contra Maciel, quien además tuvo una hija siendo sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

The Catholic church sold my child

IRELAND
The Guardian

Martin Sixsmith The Guardian, Saturday 19 September 2009

It began with a chance encounter at a New Year's party in 2004. I was trying to leave, but a woman said she had a message for me. She knew I had been a journalist and she had a friend who wanted my help to solve a family mystery. I agreed to a meeting, and found myself embarking on a five-year quest for a man I had never met.

The woman's friend was called Jane, a financial administrator from St Albans. She was in her late 30s and had been through an emotional experience. Just before Christmas, her mother, Philomena, tipsy on festive sherry, had revealed a secret she had kept for 50 years – she had a son she had never mentioned to anyone.

Jane said her lost brother would be in his early 50s and probably living in America. The reason for the secrecy was that he had been born outside of marriage in Ireland at a time when such things were considered shameful. ...

Early on in the search I realised that the Irish Catholic hierarchy had been engaged in what amounted to an illicit baby trade. From the end of the second world war until the 1970s, it considered the thousands of souls born in its care to be the church's own property.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Methodist group investigate abuse scandal

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Carmen Reddy

The Southern African Methodist group has urged authorities to do all in their power to bring the perpetrators of alleged sexual abuse at the Central Methodist Church to book.

The organisation said it was investigating allegations of sexual abuse at the church.

Eyewitness News revealed last week that women and children had been sexually abused while boys were being recruited to commit crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Shocking revelations by top Catholic church insider; SNAP responds

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For the first time, a once-high ranking member of Mahony's inner circle reveals that just nine years ago, Mahony insisted on not calling police or warning parishioners about an admitted serial pedophile priest.

For years we've seen police, prosecutors, victims, attorneys and journalists have exposed Mahony's deceit. Now, a top archdiocesan staffer is disclosing Mahony's recklessness, callousness and deception and adding new and stunning details of Mahony's 2000 refusal to call police or warn parishioners about an admitted child molesting cleric, Fr. Michael Baker.

When it comes to serial predator priests, Mahony ignores the dictates of common sense, public safety, criminal experts and trained psychologists. Now it's clear that he also ignores his own staff and policies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Sex abuse victims blast Cardinal over new document

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
Holding childhood photos of themselves and signs listing the towns and parishes where an admitted child predator priest worked, clergy sex abuse victims will hand out fliers to parishioners as they leave Mass. The leaflets urge:
-- church members to read a new deposition by the first church insider to reveal deceit & recklessness of LA's Cardinal, and
-- church employees to 'search their consciences' and 'come clean' with info on clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

They will also make a strong public appeal:
-- to the Cardinal to respond, personally and promptly, to the new charges, and
-- to others who saw, suspected or suffered crimes by clergy priests to get help and call police

WHEN:
Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am

WHERE:
In front of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street (at Hill), Los Angeles

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Exclusive: Satanists recruit new members in small ads

SCOTLAND
Sunday Mail

Sep 20 2009 Lauren Crooks

SATANISTS are recruiting members in Scotland through an online classifieds site.

The devil worshippers, who preach from Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible, hold regular meetings involving ritualistic sacrifice.

Their advert on Gumtree, which is accompanied by a picture of a goat with the devil's head, reads: "We are leaderless and nondenominational. We get together for discussion, food, drink, and ritual."

Experts fear the meetings have potential to become much more sinister and involve sacrifices, animal slaying and even the harming of humans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Rees offers apology to casualties of care system

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Date: September 20 2009

MATTHEW BENNS

HUNDREDS of Australia's ''forgotten children'' gathered for an emotional apology and memorial unveiling ceremony at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney yesterday.

Now adults, the survivors of children's homes, orphanages, foster homes and institutions wept openly as Premier Nathan Rees apologised for the hurt and distress they suffered in the care of the state.

''This should never have happened,'' said the Premier, before unveiling a monument to ''the lonely, the frightened, the lost, the abused - those who never knew the joy of a loving family''.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Late Late ended a reign of silence

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Sarah Caden

Sunday September 20 2009

THE first Late Late Show his parents deemed fit for Colm Toibin's young eyes featured an interview with a character from the TV show, The Fugitive, and he remembers that show because it was his first. However, the most memorable Late Late Show of the novelist's childhood was the one on which "Maire Mac an tSaoi had said naked".

Being interviewed by Gay Byrne along with her husband, Conor Cruise O'Brien, Mac an tSaoi had said there were many Irish married women and men who had never seen one another undressed, and to this day Toibin remembers the effect it had on his family as they watched. "I can tell you, the silence," he says in Diarmaid Ferriter's Occasions of Sin: Sex and Society in Modern Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Los Angeles Cardinal Directly Implicated In Sex Abuse Scandal

UNITED STATES
The Catholic Knight

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Regular readers of this blog know 'The Catholic Knight' has been a vigorous defender of the clergy, even in regards to the sex-abuse cover-up scandal of 2002-2003. I have cited statistics demonstrating, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that less than 5% of U.S. Catholic clergy (priests, bishops, nuns, etc.) were involved in the scandal, and that this number is no different than the statistic found in other denominations and religions. It is also significantly less than the common statistics found in secular organizations, especially our nation's public schools. In which the U.S. federal government commissioned a study having determined that a child was over 100 times more likely to be sexually abused in a public school than in a Catholic Church. This, however, is not to diminish the suffering of those minors (most of them male teenagers) who were abused at the hands of sexual predators within the Church.

All that being said, there are some The Catholic Knight simply cannot defend, and sadly, Cardinal Roger Mahony is one of them. I honestly cannot say if the allegations against him are true or not. I wasn't there. I don't have any new information to add to this story. However, I can say this with fair accuracy. Cardinal Mahony has presided over the largest sex-abuse cover-up scandal in the history of the world. He has presided over some of the worst examples of liturgical abuse in the Church - actually participating in many of them. He has presided over some of the least catechized laity in the United States. His public statements on social issues have been weak and have often failed to accurately express the full teaching of the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Central Methodist Bishop to leave

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Carmen Reddy

The Southern African Methodist group has confirmed that the term of Bishop Paul Verryn at the Central Methodist Church will conclude at the end of the year.

The organisation has met in KwaZulu-Natal where one of the issues discussed was the alleged abuse at the church, located in Johannesburg.

Last week, Eyewitness News revealed fresh allegations of sexual abuse at the house of worship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Cardinal comes home to hand out honors

YAKIMA (WA)
Yakima Herald-Republic

By DAVID LESTER
Yakima Herald-Republic

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Cardinal Francis George, a former bishop of Yakima and now the top Roman Catholic bishop in the United States, returned to Yakima on Saturday, saying the nation's current immigration policies are unsustainable.

He also touched on the sexual abuse scandal facing the church and encouraged residents to be hopeful during the economic recession that has crippled the country.

George, now archbishop of Chicago and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the church does not support breaking the law or illegal immigration. ...

George said the Catholic Church is being more responsible on the issue of sexual abuse by priests that has rocked the church for years.

But he quickly added the church has more work to do as long as living victims are still hurting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

September 19, 2009

Church tap dances in Baker case to prevent discovery. Defendants include Mahony and the Paracletes. Hearing next week

LOS ANGELES (CA)
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

The Witness: It was Lent. Father Baker was on the right hand, I was on the other side of Father Mahony- I mean Cardinal Mahony was giving the Mass, and my brother and my sister were on the other side of him. We just had good moments and - it started off very nice.

Q: Was that before the abuse?

A: Yes.

That Mass was in 1995, long after Cardinal Mahony knew of Michael Baker's pedophilia. Yet here is Mahony serving at the altar with Baker while Luis C and his siblings are altar servers, the plaintiff said in a recent deposition.

When Luis C and two other men told the L.A. District Attorney about the sex crimes in 2007, finally there was a report that fell within the Statute of Limitations, and finally the pedophile priest went to prison. Baker had confided in Mahony that he had sex problems with children back in 1986, both men of the cloth admit. In fact, by the time Baker preyed on Luis C, he had been sent, by Mahony, to Servants of the Paracletes in New Mexico for treatment of pedophilia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Rockin' Our ... Pew?

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicagoist

Rich Seng is a master of making music into more than melody. The 35-year-old Chicago producer is the brains behind the epic Rhyme Spitters MC battle series and a number of philanthropically minded compilation albums. With Seng, there’s always a higher purpose.

Perhaps none as high as his latest project, the compilation titled Crosswalk: A Chicago Band Catholic Hymn Compilation. Seng enlisted 21 local artists, including OFFICE, The M’s, Canasta, Detholz and Healthy White Baby, to record their take on a popular Catholic hymn. He raised money to produce and distribute the disc by soliciting businesses in Wicker Park for support. After production costs, all contributions go to organizations that assist victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

O'Keeffe criticised for referring to Magdalen women as 'employees'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

MINISTER FOR Education Batt O’Keeffe has been strongly criticised for his description of women committed to Magdalen laundries as “employees” of those institutions, and for his rejection of their eligibility for State compensation.

Head of the Women’s Studies Department at UCD Dr Katherine O’Donnell said yesterday that, where news of spending cuts in sensitive areas is concerned, it was increasingly the case that “Batt O’Keeffe is turning out to be the big thug of this Government it’s a role he seems to relish”.

A spokesman for the Minister said he did not wish to comment on what he described as a personalised attack.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Suspected WVa child molester jailed on $4M bond

WEST VIRGINIA
Charleston Daily Mail

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Thornton man charged with sexually abusing four children is being held on $4 million bond, and authorities say there may be a fifth victim. ...

A pastor who allegedly knew about the abuse was also indicted this week on a misdemeanor charge of failing to report the crimes.

Craig Johnson, of Oak Grove Baptist Church, pleaded not guilty. He's free on $1,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

There's a stripper and a priest and a baby -- and, no, it's not an intro to a joke

MIAMI (FL)
Sun-Sentinel

Hmmmmmm. If this is true, a South Florida priest better be looking for forgiveness.

And a really good lawyer.

We start with a woman who says she's a former Miami stripper.

Now she's filed a petition for a restraining order against a South Florida priest, who she claims fathered her baby, reports cbs4.com.

The woman, Beatrice Hernandez, told CBS4 News that she was a dancer at a Miami strip club, Porky's. She said she met Father David Dueppen at that strip club and started a relationship shortly thereafter

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Verryn to quit

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

By Thabiso Thakali

Methodist bishops from all over southern Africa are meeting in Pietermaritzburg this weekend to discuss claims of serial sexual abuse at one of their churches.

But whatever they decide, Central Methodist Church Bishop Paul Verryn will quit in November.

Speaking to the Saturday Star on Friday, Verryn said he had decided earlier this year to step down when his term of office expired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Why did the bishop of Scranton, Pa., resign?

SCRANTON (PA)
National Catholic Reporter

By Jerry Filteau

When Bishop Joseph F. Martino resigned Aug. 31 after six tumultuous years as bishop of Scranton, Pa., he left behind a diocese badly divided and demoralized, but, ironically, better prepared for the future than it was in 2003.

Sources contacted by NCR said the problem was Martino’s remote, uncommunicative and often authoritarian leadership style, not his decisions to close nearly half the Catholic schools and 40 percent of the parishes in the northeastern Pennsylvania diocese.

One longtime pastor said the parish and school closings and mergers “were absolutely needed.” He predicted that the basic program of restructuring the parishes, scheduled to be completed by 2012, will continue “pretty much as planned, with perhaps some fine tuning,” regardless of who the next bishop is. The basic program of school closings is already completed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Judgment day looms for priest

CANADA
The Sault Star

Posted By LINDA RICHARDSON, THE SAULT STAR

Kenneth Gibbs will learn in November whether a judge thinks the former Anglican minister is guilty of dated sex offences involving young girls.

On Friday, after nine days of hearing testimony and legal arguments at the 76-year-old man's trial, Superior Court Justice Edward Koke reserved his decision until Nov. 9.

Gibbs, who is charged with nine counts of indecent assault, has pleaded not guilty to six of the counts and guilty to the remainder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Fairfield U. alum, honoree charged with sex abuse of Haitian boys

CONNECTICUT
Greenwich Time

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER

In one life, Douglas Perlitz was an honored Fairfield University graduate and commencement speaker whose missionary work with Haitian street children raised millions of dollars and was commended as an "inspiration to people of all ages."

In his other life, a grand jury says Perlitz sexually abused at least nine of the Haitian boys he was supposed to be helping.

A Bridgeport federal grand jury returned a 10-count indictment Tuesday against Perlitz, 39, a Fairfield resident.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested Perlitz at a home in Eagle, Colo., early Wednesday. He is being detained in Denver, pending a hearing Friday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Fairfield alum indicted for sexual abuse in Haiti

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

Fairfield alum and 2002 commencement speaker Doug Perlitz ’92 was indicted by a Bridgeport grand jury on Thursday on 10 counts surrouding allegations that he sexually abused at least nine children while working as a missionary in Haiti.

While some members of the Fairfield University community have traveled to Haiti to work with Perlitz and even supported him financially, the University denies any involvement in the charges and say they had no knowledge of the events that occurred in Haiti until the indictment was released.

The University released the following statement today:

“Since the founding of the Haiti program in 1997, called Project Pierre Touissant, individual members of the University community - faculty, staff, and students - have supported the school with their time, talents, and financial resources, as have community members who participated in services at the University's Chapel."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Cardinal allegedly delayed report of abuse claim

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Associated Press

By GILLIAN FLACCUS (AP)

LOS ANGELES — A former high-ranking official with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles testified that Cardinal Roger Mahony ordered a subordinate to delay reporting clergy abuse claims to the police until the priest in question could be defrocked, according to court papers filed Friday.

He also decided not to tell parishioners about the allegations, according to the papers.

The claims were contained in a motion filed by plaintiff attorneys in Los Angeles County Superior Court and were based on the recent deposition of former vicar for clergy Monsignor Richard Loomis. A transcript of the deposition was attached.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Sex abuse cover-up by L.A. Archdiocese is alleged

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

By Martha Groves and Richard Winton

September 19, 2009

The former vicar of clergy for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles testified this week under oath that Cardinal Roger Mahony ordered him in 2000 not to contact police about allegations of sexual abuse by a priest.

In deposition papers filed Friday as part of a civil case, Msgr. Richard Loomis also testified that Mahony ordered him not to inform parishes of allegations against the now defrocked Rev. Michael Baker.

In 2007, Baker was sent to state prison for 10 years after his conviction on molestation charges. He has been called before a federal grand jury investigating how the archdiocese handled priest abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

More Catholic assets targeted in Alaska church lawsuit

ALASKA
Fairbanks News-Miner

By Mary Beth Smetzer

Published Saturday, September 19, 2009

FAIRBANKS — Representatives of nearly 300 alleged sexual abuse victims claim the Fairbanks Catholic Diocese has attempted to hide assets and divest properties to lessen available funds and property to pay the claims of sexual abuse survivors.

Two lawsuits involving the diocese were filed in Anchorage Federal Bankruptcy Court on Thursday by the seven-member Unsecured Creditors Committee that represents 292 clerical sexual abuse victims.

The diocese declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 1, 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Priest gets a tough assignment

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

PAUL GESSELL, Canwest News Service

The Bishop's Man
By Linden MacIntyre
Random House, 416 pages, $32

As a boy growing up in the Cape Breton community of Port Hastings, young Linden MacIntyre often thought about becoming a priest. Priests got to travel. They did good works. They had respect. It was better than being a miner or lumberjack.

Instead, MacIntyre became a journalist and made something of a name for himself as a crusader. You can catch him on CBC television, as co-host of the hard-hitting investigative program The Fifth Estate.

Along the way, MacIntyre also became an author. And, yes, the man can write. His books include the childhood memoir Causeway: A Passage from Innocence, the novel The Long Stretch and, now, The Bishop's Man, a fictional account of a priest known as The Exorcist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

September 18, 2009

Former Stripper: Priest Fathered My Baby

MIAMI (FL)
CBS 4

Gio Benitez
(CBS4)

A woman who says she is a former Miami stripper has filed a petition for a restraining order against a South Florida priest, who she claims fathered her baby.

The woman, Beatrice Hernandez, told CBS4 News that she was a dancer at a Miami strip club, Porky's. She said she met Father David Dueppen at that strip club and started a relationship shortly thereafter.

Early this year, Hernandez had a baby and demanded Dueppen take DNA paternity tests, according to court documents obtained by CBS4 News. But, in the restraining order petition, Hernandez said that after several attempts for a DNA test, "the [priest's] rage escalated as he attacked [Hernandez], grabbing her by the throat and choking her."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 PM

Supreme Court rules in St. Paul's case

LOUISIANA
WLOX

By Jeff Lawson

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - The members of St. Paul's Catholic Church who want to see their church rebuilt, say they have won a victory in court.

The State Supreme Court has ruled a lower court can hear some of the complaints filed in a lawsuit dealing with money to rebuild the church.

St. Paul's has sat empty and in disrepair since not long after Katrina.

A group of about 150 parish members went to court because they don't like the diocese's idea to rebuild St. Paul's as a community center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 PM

SoCal pastor gets life term for abusing 5 girls

CALIFORNIA
Mercury News

MORENO VALLEY, Calif.—The pastor of a church in a Riverside County strip mall was sentenced to life in state prison Friday for abusing her five adopted daughters, who were beaten daily, fed spoiled food and hidden in a garage.

Jessica Banks, 65, of Moreno Vally was sentenced to 36 years and 8 months in prison along with two consecutive terms of 15 years to life, said Michael Jeandron, a spokesman for the county district attorney's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 PM

Funds dry up for Haitian charity overseen by ex-Fairfielder

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Post

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER

The project established 11 years ago by a former Fairfield resident to give a new life to homeless Haitian street boys closed this summer.

And the good works done by American volunteers, many from Fairfield University, at Project Pierre Toussaint in Haiti have been clouded by the allegations of sexual abuse against Douglas Perlitz, the program's founder who in 2002 was presented an honorary degree for his mission by the university, his alama mater.

Meanwhile, the whereabouts and role that the Rev. Paul Carrier, the university's former director of campus ministry and community service, may have played as chairman of the board controlling the Haiti Fund remains unknown.

The fund, which provided much of the financing for the Project Pierre Toussaint, appears to have evaporated, a lawyer for the fund said Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 PM

(Another) smoking gun found in Cardinal Mahony’s mishandling of sexually abusive priests

LOS ANGELES (CA)
William Lobdell

In an institution that supposedly devotes itself to God and truth, you had to wonder: When would someone within Cardinal Roger M. Mahony’s inner circle break ranks and tell the truth about how His Eminence actually handled claims of clergy sexual abuse?

Since the Catholic sex scandal broke in 2002, Mahony, with the help of his PR team, created a persona as a a long-time reformer who was way ahead of the curve when it came to tackling the problem of priests who molested minors. To listen to him, you would think he was the victims’ best friend.

Of course, the facts said otherwise. Evidence has shown Mahony harbored many known pedophile priests, some of whom went on to molest others. Still, no one in Mahony’s inner circle of brother priests and advisers ever stepped forward to say exactly what happened. “Careers over kids” is how many people saw it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 PM

Court Docs: Mahony Delayed Report Of Alleged Abuse

LOS ANGELES (CA)
CBS 13

LOS ANGELES (AP) ― Court documents allege that the cardinal of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles told subordinates to delay reporting clergy abuse claims to the police until the priest in question could be defrocked.

The papers filed Friday allege that in 2000 Cardinal Roger Mahony also instructed his subordinate not to tell parishioners of the allegations against the now-defrocked Rev. Michael Baker.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 PM

Lawsuit alleges church sex abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
The Berkshire Eagle

By Jennifer Huberdeau, New England Newspapers

Friday, Sept. 18
WILLIAMSTOWN - A 38-year-old Williamstown man is suing two former bishops of the Diocese of Springfield and another church administrator for allegedly allowing him to be sexually abused by a priest who had a known history of molesting other boys.

Andrew "Drew" Nicastro, owner of Isabella's Restaurant on State Road, announced his lawsuit from the steps of the Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton on Thursday, naming the former Rev. Alfred Graves as his abuser.

"These are the men directly in charge of the man who abused me," Nicastro said in a private interview with the Transcript on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM

The priest, the stripper, and their baby

MIAMI (FL)
Miami Herald

BY DAVID OVALLE
dovalle@MiamiHerald.com
She was an exotic dancer at a Miami strip club called Porky's. He showed up wearing a Hawaiian shirt, eager to share a night in the VIP lounge.

They began a torrid, on-and-off love affair that ended for good in January, after she gave birth to a daughter she says is his. Now, she wants child support and has filed a restraining order against him.

It might be a routine, if tawdry, court case if not for respondent David Dueppen's job: Catholic priest with the Miami Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Haitian Charity's Founder Accused Of Abusing Boys

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By EDMUND H. MAHONY
The Hartford Courant

September 18, 2009

NEW HAVEN — - The Connecticut founder of an internationally known residential charity for hundreds of homeless boys in Haiti has been accused in a federal indictment of repeatedly abusing the children sexually, sometimes after threatening to return them to the streets if they didn't comply.

Senior federal law enforcement officials announced the arrest of Douglas Perlitz, 39, in a highly publicized news conference Thursday. They said they were underscoring the gravity of the accusations and calling attention to what they called newly invigorated federal efforts to enforce laws that enable them to track down and prosecute U.S. citizens who exploit children on foreign soil. ...

The project was financed over the last decade through the Haiti Fund Inc., a registered Connecticut charity. Fund directors were appointed by the Rev. Paul Carrier, the former director of campus ministry at Fairfield University. Carrier is a close friend of Perlitz and frequently visited him in Haiti.

Donors contributed more than $2 million to Project Pierre Toussaint between 1997 and 2008. The Haitian Times newspaper has reported that, when allegations of sexual abuse surfaced in 2008, donations — many from Connecticut and the Fairfield University community — dried up. The newspaper said the project was forced to close in the summer of 2008, leaving the children homeless again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Cult of Personality. . . And/Or Cult of Appearances

dotCommonweal

September 18, 2009, 8:39 am Posted by Cathleen Kaveny

The latest update on the Legion of Christ.

I think it is a mistake to reduce the problem to a cult of personality of Fr. Maciel. that’s a way of dismissing the problem–he’s dead, no more problem. Move along folks–no need to worry about the next group to gain papal favor.

I think an equally important factor is the cult of appearances. I can’t tell you how many people told me that the liked the order because they LOOKED holy–by which they meant wholesome. So many clean-cut, handsome priests in soutanes. So many women dressed in Talbots sweater sets, pearls and pumps. So many Christmas -card perfect families. And we now know, of course, that maintaining the appearances was a priority for this group. How could anything that LOOKED so wholesome –so 1950’s –be bad?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

I WANT OUT: Bishop Malone's plea to Pope

AUSTRALIA
The Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY
19/09/2009 4:00:00 AM
MAITLAND-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Michael Malone has appealed to Pope Benedict XVI for an early retirement after struggling to cope with the church's sexual abuse crisis for "15 difficult years".

The appeal comes five years before the customary bishop's retirement age of 75, and three weeks after a Herald interview in which he said the church was "compromised" by silence about "sexual abuse, the elephant in the room".

In a message to priests last week, Bishop Malone said he wrote to the Pope on August 20 and asked him to consider appointing a Coadjutor Bishop, or successor, to the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 PM

Feds: Local Money Fueled Man’s Haitian Child Sex

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

Federal authorities have charged Doug Perlitz, a man with strong ties to Fairfield University, with sexually abusing several boys at the Haitian school he founded for disadvantaged youths – and they allege he enticed the boys with cash collected by a local religious leader.

Unwitting donors were giving money to “The Haiti Fund,” a charity legally operating in Connecticut that was designed to send money to the school, called Project Pierre Toussaint, the indictment read.

Perlitz was a face of the organization, appearing in many favorable stories of its work through the years.

Wednesday morning, Perlitz was arrested in his Eagle, Co., home and charged with seven counts of traveling outside the country to have sex with a minor, and three counts of “engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with persons under the age of 18”. Each count carries a punishment of up to 30 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Magdalene Laundries Press Releases

IRELAND
magdalenelaundries.com

[Draft Magdalene Redress Act Proposal]

[Response from Mr. Batt O'Keeffe, Minister for Education & Science]

Justice of Magdalenes has received official notification that the Irish State will neither apologise to survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries nor establish a distinct redress scheme to provide justice for these victims of institutional abuse

Mr. Batt O'Keeffe, Minister for Education, was responding to draft language towards an Apology and distinct redress scheme circulated by Justice for Magdalenes to all members of Daíl Éireann in early July, 2009. The minister responded in a letter directed to Mr. Tom Kitt, TD, who made representations on our behalf. The Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) members are deeply appreciative of Mr. Kitt's efforts.

In his letter dated September 4, 2009, Minister O'Keeffe states that, "in terms of establishing a distinct scheme for former employees of the Magdalen laundries, the situation in relation to children who were taken into the laundries privately or who entered the laundries as adults is quite different to persons who were resident in State-run institutions." An exception to this, he said, would be children who were transferred from a State-regulated institution to a Magdalen laundry and suffered abuse while resident there. "The justification for this [latter] provision is that the State was still responsible for the welfare and protection of children transferred to a Magdalen laundry from a State-regulated institution provided they had not been officially discharged from the scheduled institution," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Nondenominational & SBC sex predators

UNITED STATES
Baptist Planet

GetReligion’s tmatt has an interesting post on the Washington Post story about the Baylor University study which found pervasive sexual abuse of women by clergy.

She also correctly observes that the problem is larger than references to denominational policies and practices imply:

Meanwhile, the nation is filling up with totally independent, nondenominational churches with few if any ties — especially legal ties — to anyone or anything. Is anyone keeping track of the clergy who serve these churches? Is anyone accountable for them? We are dealing with a form of church government and tradition called the “free church” and, truth is, the clergy in these churches are very, very free indeed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

Anger at hike in levy on parish collections

IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published Date: 18 September 2009
By Ian Cullen

A Catholic lobby group has hit out at the Derry Diocese for imposing an "unannounced" hike in the diocesan levy on parish collections.

Catholic parishioners in the Derry diocese have learned of an additional 3% levy on parish collections, a hike that was controversially withdrawn in 2005 after protests that the extra money was being used to compensate victims of clerical child sexual abuse through the Stewardship Trust Fund.

At the time, the Bishop of Derry, Seamus Hegarty, apologised to parishioners, admitting: "You have a right to know where your money goes". He also pledged to begin a process of consultation with parishioners on methods of support for victims of child sex abuse.
In a statement issued yesterday, Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) accused the diocese of behaving "recklessly in raising the diocesan levy without prior warning or explanation"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Bishops sued in abuse case

NORTHAMPTON (MA)
The Republican

Friday, September 18, 2009
By FRED CONTRADA
fcontrada@repub.com
NORTHAMPTON - In what his lawyer called a unique case, a Williamstown man announced Thursday that he is suing two former bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and another church administrator for allowing him to be molested by a priest who had admitted to sexually abusing other boys.

Andrew F. Nicastro, 38, said the former Rev. Alfred Graves sexually molested him between 1982 and 1984 at St. Patrick's Parish in Williamstown, when Nicastro was 11 to 13 years old. Graves, who has been named as an abuser in other suits filed against the diocese, was barred from presenting himself as a priest in the 1990s and officially defrocked by the Vatican in 2006.

The suit names as defendants the Most Rev. Joseph F. Maguire, who was bishop of the Springfield diocese at the time of the allegations, the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who was chancellor and third in command, and Richard S. Sniezyk, who was vicar for priests and had a supervisory role over Graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Lawsuit alleges bishop who abused minors allowed priest-abuser to continue ministry

MASSACHUSETTS
Catholic Culture

September 18, 2009
A 38-year-old Massachusetts man who claims he was abused by a priest of the Diocese of Springfield as he entered adolescence has filed suit against Bishop Thomas Dupré, Bishop Joseph Maguire, and a third diocesan official. The man alleges that Dupré, while chancellor of the diocese, was partly responsible for allowing Father Alfred Graves to continue in ministry after the diocese was made aware of other instances of abuse. Graves was laicized in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Legionaries' future in the balance

America Magazine

Posted at: 2009-09-17 18:33:32.0
Author: Austen Ivereigh

The result of Rome's investigation (known as an "apostolic visitation") into the Legionaries of Christ will result in either the dissolution or the re-founding of the order, according to sources close to the Legionaries in Spain. There, a Basque bishop, Ricardo Blazquez, is in charge of the visitation; in the US, it is being led by the Archbishop of Denver, Charles Chaput. Their main task, apparently, is to assess whether the order's members will be accepting of whatever Rome decides.

Dissolution would mean the houses, universities and other properties of the Legionaries would pass into the hands of the dioceses where they are located.A new institute could then be founded.

Fr Marcial Maciel founded the Legionaries of Christ in Mexico in 1941. The Legionaries have 3,250 male members, of whom 850 are priests. The order also has about 1,000 consecrated women, and some 60,000 members of Regnum Christi, the lay branch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Let us prey (on women)

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

“Where does the Baptist buck stop?” That was the title of a 2002 column by longtime religion writer Terry Mattingly. He was one of the first to articulate why it is so much more difficult to get a handle on clergy sex abuse among Baptists than among some other faith groups.

Now, Mattingly has written a column about the new study on clergy abuse of adult congregants, and he voices some special concerns about Baptists.

"Abuse happens everywhere, but the abused — in a denominational setting — at least have a hierarchy of some kind to which they can appeal. And then there is the issue of the bottom line: Their lawyers have larger institution to sue that, to one degree or another, is supposed to be monitoring the careers of its clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Ordination of sex offender a concern

KENTUCKY
OneNewsNow

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 9/18/2009

Controversy surrounds a new minister at a Germantown, Kentucky, church.

Convicted sex offender Mark Hourigan has been ordained at the City of Refuge Worship Center after being a church member there for two years. He served time for molesting an 11-year-old boy. A local news agency reports Hourigan has signed a contract with the church vowing to avoid contact with the church's children.

Colleen Powell, a regional director for Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), knows that child molesters often repeat their crime. "Families who have children who are in that church community or in that neighborhood, they are at risk," she notes, "and that should not be happening to the children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Not enough information to probe allegations - church

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Rahima Essop

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa says it has not been given enough information to properly probe allegations of child abuse at the controversial Central Methodist Church.

The Social Development Department and the National Prosecuting Authority have been called in to investigate the allegations.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News revealed girls living at the church were allegedly offered toiletries in exchange for sexual favours.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Pastors’ sexual misconduct is widespread, survey says

UNITED STATES
Tri-State Defender

By George E. Hardin

Some of those entrusted with the care of the soul are more interested in the pleasures of the body than the things of the spirit. That conclusion could be reached from a new Baylor University report on the prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct (CSM). Although much attention recently has been focused on clergymen, especially priests, who have had sexual encounters with boys, the Baylor study, conducted by the university’s School of Social Work, examines sexual activity between ministers and adults.

The survey, released earlier this month, indicates that one out of every 33 women who regularly attend a house of worship has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader. Conducted nationally in 2008-09, the survey involved 3,559 respondents and included additional interviews with people whose lives were affected by CSM, such as husbands, friends, other parishioners and church staff members. Data indicated that 67 percent of offenders were married to another person at the time. Victims were members of 17 varied religious affiliations – Catholic, Protestant and Jewish.

Diana I. Garland, Ph.D., dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor and co-investigator of the study, said, “CSM does not occur evenly across congregations, but these statistics indicate the widespread nature and refutes the commonly held belief that it is the case of a few charismatic and powerful leaders preying on vulnerable followers.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Let us prey (on women)

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

Posted by tmatt
The Washington Post ran a story the other day that was quite scary, if you care about the institutional church. The only problem I had with the story is that it wasn’t scary enough and, in particular, it wasn’t hard enough on one of the fastest growing forms of Protestantism in the nation (and the world, for that matter).

Yes, you read that right. I honestly think that reporter Jacqueline L. Salmon and her editors needed to be much harder on many evangelicals and the nondenominational megachurches that they seem to be building everywhere these days.

What’s this all about? Here’s the top of the report, which center on the fact that one in every 33 women who regularly attend worship services report that they have been, well, hit on by clergy:

The study, by Baylor University researchers, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations, religious traditions and leaders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Church seeks to move body of O’Connell

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / September 18, 2009

The Archdiocese of Boston, writing an epilogue to one of the more colorful stories in the history of Catholic Boston, asked a court yesterday for permission to unearth the entombed body of Cardinal William H. O’Connell and relocate his remains to the grounds of a suburban prep school.

The saga touches on many of the most significant episodes of local Catholic history, including not only the storied career of O’Connell, who was at once one of the most powerful and controversial churchmen in Boston, but also the sexual abuse crisis, because the land on which he was buried was sold to pay settlements to victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Collection levy not compensation

IRELAND
BBC News

The Catholic church in the Derry Diocese has said no collection money used to compensate abuse victims.

It was responding to concerns raised by the Voice of the Faithful organisation over an increase in the levy taken by the diocese from parish collections.

The diocese said the increase was "due to a prudent assessment of costs associated with running the diocese."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

NW Catholics may be a flock, but they don't behave like sheep

WASHINGTON
Seattlepi

By JOEL CONNELLY
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

Pietro Sambi and Giovanni Battista Re are hardly household names even in their native Italy, but both men will play a key role in a decision that bears on the lives of more than 600,000 Catholics in Washington.

The Vatican is in the process of picking a new archbishop for Seattle, and a bishop for the Diocese of Spokane. Archbishop Alex Brunett and Spokane-based Bishop William Skylstad have reached the mandatory retirement age of 75.

Both choices are sensitive, with the church needing to avoid making a clerical error.

In particular, many in the Seattle Archdiocese refuse to accept what critics call the "three d's" that the Vatican desires for American Catholics: dogma, discipline and docility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

September 17, 2009

Berkshire County Man Sues Two Bishops

MASSACHUSETTS
CBS 3

By Liz Tufts

Almost 30-years after he was allegedly molested by a priest, a Berkshire County man is breaking his silence and hoping to help other people in similar situations. The man filed a lawsuit claiming church hierarchy did nothing to stop the abuse.

Andrew Nicastro said he was molested by Former priest Alfred Graves at St. Patrick's Parish in Williamstown from the time he was 11 yeas old to the time he was 13 years old. He claims former bishops Joesph Mcguire and Thomas Dupre, along with Monsignor Richard Sniezyk knew Graves was sexually molesting other children and did nothing about it.

"I was betrayed by the church, " Nicastro said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 PM

Diocese shouldn't settle for less than the truth

CONNECTICUT
The Advocate

Since the scandal of Michael Jude Fay broke three years ago, Catholic leaders in the Diocese of Bridgeport have used the same word to describe their handling of it.
Transparent.

In what could be the final chapter of the Fay saga, the diocese this week settled a lawsuit brought by the parish bookkeeper who revealed how the pastor stole more than $1 million from his flock to finance a lavish life with another man.

But diocesan officials used a different word to describe the settlement.

Confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 PM

Status of Church Questioned

COSTA RICA
Tico Times

By Chrissie Long
Tico Times Staff | clong@ticotimes.net

The Roman Catholic Church has been trying to rally support after a proposal to cut off government funding surfaced in the Legislative Assembly this month.

With 13 congressional signatures – distributed across party lines – the bill is beginning to muster the support it needs to edit the Catholic Church out of the Costa Rican constitution. ...

“For many Costa Ricans, the Catholic Church has become a school of intolerance,” said Abelardo Araya, president of Costa Rica's Diversity Movement, a human rights group. “We don't invest in an army, but we invest in schools of hate... And if the state is going to be involved in one religion, it needs to be committed to them all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 PM

Levy increase not linked to settlement fund, says diocese

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY

A RECENT increase in levy on parish income in Derry diocese “arises from increasing costs borne by the diocese and is not linked to the Stewardship Trust Fund,” a spokesman for the diocese said yesterday.

“The diocese is obliged to pay the costs associated with providing services at diocesan level, many of which are directly availed of by parishes. The increase in levy is not linked to any special fund, diocesan or national, for compensation arising from child sexual abuse allegations. The size of levy increase is due to a prudent assessment of costs associated with running the diocese,” he said.

The spokesman added that the diocese does not contribute to the Stewardship Trust Fund.The fund was set up by the Irish Catholic Bishops in 1996 to administer a €10.6 million settlement arrived at between them and the Church and General insurance company.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 PM

No redress for residents Magdalen laundries

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

FORMER RESIDENTS of Magdalen laundries are not eligible for compensation from the Residential Institutions Redress Board, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe has said.

“The Magdalen laundries were privately-owned and operated establishments which did not come within the responsibility of the State. The State did not refer individuals to the Magdalen laundries nor was it complicit in referring individuals to them,” he said.

He also pointed out that the laundries were not subject to State regulation or supervision and so had not been listed in the schedule to the Residential Institutions Redress Act, 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:34 PM

Bishop Lori prepares for 'worst case' should abuse papers go public

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
National Cathoic Reporter

Sep. 17, 2009
By Tom Roberts

Officials of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., down to their final opportunity to keep documents relating to 23 sex abuses cases out of public circulation, met with all priests and deacons today in an attempt to pre-empt the bad publicity in a worst case scenario.

The worst case for the diocese would be a U.S. Supreme Court decision denying the diocese’s request to keep clergy sex abuse files sealed. The request was passed on earlier this month to the full court by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The diocese, in that request, was appealing a ruling by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who had denied the diocese’s appeal of earlier state court rulings ordering that the documents be released. ...

As part of the preparation, Lori is asking priests to prepare an overview of all the diocese has done to protect children to be presented following the post-communion prayer the weekend of Sept. 26. As part of the preparation, said a source who attended the meeting, Lori told those assembled that they would receive a document with questions and answers so that “we can all be singing from the same sheet of music.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

"I can no longer stay quiet"

MASSACHUSETTS
WWLP

Jackie Bruno
Matt Caron
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (WWLP) - A new lawsuit has been filed in the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

Andrew Nicastro, a Williamstown man is saying that his molestation could have been prevented.

Nicastro is suing three top church officials claiming they knew that Alfred Graves had a history of indecent conduct with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Williamstown Man Sues Former Bishops Over Sex Abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
iBerkshires

Staff reports
iBerkshires
03:50PM / Thursday, September 17, 2009

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local restaurateur who claims he was molested by a priest has filed a civil suit against two former bishops and a former administrator of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, according to Masslive.com.

Andrew Nicastro, 38, of Williamstown, owner of Isabella's Restaurant and chef/manager of the Richmond Grille, both in North Adams, claims the three leaders in the diocese allowed an admitted child molester to be assigned to St. Patrick's Church in Williamstown.

The diocese has not been named in the suit. A statement e-mailed to the press from Mark E. Dupont, diocese spokesman, said the "diocese has only just learned of this civil complaint and it would be imprudent, therefore, to comment on the specifics of this matter prior to a thorough review of the claim and evidence to support it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Two Former Springfield Diocese Bishops Named in Lawsuit

NORTHAMPTON (MA)
WGGB

By WGGB Staff

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) -- An alleged victim of clergy sexual abuse from Williamstown and his attorney announced Thursday they have filed a civil suit against two Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield bishops and another church official for negligence in the supervision of a priest accused of molestating him.

Andrew Nicastro, the alleged victim, has accused Alfred Graves, who was defrocked in 2006, of molesting him while he was a priest at St. Patrick's Church in Williamstown. Graves was previously named in other lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct.

The suit lists the Most Rev. Joseph Maguire, the Most Rev. Thomas Dupre, and Monsignor Richard Sniezyk, who were officials in the diocese at the time of the alleged abuse in the early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Former Connecticut Resident Charged With Sexually Abusing Children in Haiti

CONNECTICUT
Reuters

Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:50pm EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nora R. Dannehy, U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and John T. Morton, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, today announced that a federal grand jury sitting in Bridgeport, Conn., has returned an indictment charging a former Fairfield County, Conn., resident with sexually abusing several boys in Haiti for approximately a decade. Douglas Perlitz, 39, a resident of Colorado, has been charged with seven counts of traveling outside of the United States with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with individuals under the age of 18, and three counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with persons under the age of 18. Perlitz was the founder and director of Project Pierre Toussaint, a boys school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Man indicted in Conn. with abuse at Haiti school

CONNECTICUT
The Associated Press

By DAVE COLLINS (AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. — A former Connecticut resident is facing a federal indictment in that state, accused of sexually abusing nine boys over nearly a decade at a school for poor children he founded in Haiti.

Thirty-nine-year-old Douglas Perlitz allegedly threatened the boys at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien with expulsion or withholding benefits if they didn't comply with his demands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Fairfield U. alum, honoree charged with sex abuse of Haitian boys

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Post

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 09/17/2009 04:01:09 PM EDT

In one life, Douglas Perlitz was an honored Fairfield University graduate and commencement speaker whose missionary work with Haitian street children was commended as an "inspiration to people of all ages."

In his other life, Perlitz sexually abused at least nine of the Haitian boys he was helping. ...

In 1997, with a grant from the Order of Malta, a Catholic religious organization, Perlitz established Project Pierre Toussaint in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, which provided schooling, recreation, meals and baths to street boys, as young as 6 years old. The program grew from an intake center to a residential facility called the Village two years later. By 2007, another building called the 14th Street Facility was established as a residential program for high school-age students who Perlitz claimed "needed extra attention."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Haitian Boys' School Founder, Formerly Of Fairfield County, Accused Of Sexually Abusing Boys

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By EDMUND H. MAHONY
The Hartford Courant

NEW HAVEN - The founder and director of a boys' school in Haiti has been indicted on federal charges and accused of sexually abusing poor boys in his program.

Acting U.S. Attorney Nora R. Dannehy and John T. Morton, assistant secretary of the department of homeland security, said today that Douglas Perlitz, 39, of Eagle, Col. and formerly of Fairfield County, has been indicted on seven counts of traveling outside the U.S. with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with individuals under the age of 18 and three counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with persons under the age of 18.

Perlitz was the founder and director of Project Pierre Toussaint, a boys school in Capt-Haitien, Haiti. He has received national attention for helping street children living in poverty in Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

2 former bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Thomas Dupre and Joseph Maguire, sued by Williamstown man over alleged molestation

NORTHAMPTON (MA)
The Republican

By FRED CONTRADA
fcontrada@repub.com

NORTHAMPTON - In what his lawyer called a unique case, a Williamstown man announced Thursday that he is suing two former bishops of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and another church administrator for allowing him to be molested by a priest who had admitted to sexually abusing other boys.

Andrew F. Nicastro, 38, said the former Rev. Alfred Graves sexually molested him between 1982 and 1984 at St. Patrick's Parish in Williamstown, when Nicastro was 11 to 13 years old. Graves, who has been named as an abuser in other suits filed against the diocese, was barred from presenting himself as a priest in the 1990s and officially defrocked by the Vatican in 2006.

The suit names as defendants the Most Joseph F. Maguire, who was bishop of the Springfield diocese at the time of the allegations, the Most Rev. Thomas L. Dupre, who was chancellor and third in command, and Richard S. Sniezyk, who was vicar for priests and had a supervisory role over Graves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Some 750,000 pedophiles prowling Internet: UN

Breitbart

Some 750,000 sexual predators are constantly prowling the Internet in a bid to gain contact with children, a United Nations report warned on Wednesday.

"The number of sites devoted to child pornography worldwide is growing. The number of predators connected to the Internet at any one time is estimated to be 750,000," said Najat Maala, Special Rapporteur on the child prostitution and child pornography issue.

Unicef also estimates there are more than four million websites featuring minors, including those of children aged under two years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Former Students of Catholic Priest Asked to Come Forward

UNITED STATES
WSAW

[with video]

Several school districts across the country are asking any former students of a Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse to come forward.

78-year-old Raimond Rose worked at several schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and California.

An attorney for one former Minnesota student, who is accusing Rose of rape, says there are at least a dozen other victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Concerns over church child abuse guidelines

IRELAND
Clerical Whispers

GRAVE CONCERN was expressed yesterday about a continuing lack of adherence by Irish Catholic bishops to implementation of the Church’s own child protection guidelines.

Maeve Lewis, executive director of One in Four, which helps people who suffered abuse as children, told The Irish Times that as recently as Monday last the agency had been contacted by three people on the matter.

Each had complained about clerical abuse to the bishops in their three separate dioceses and in no case had the bishop concerned acted in accordance with church guidelines, she said.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Vicar denies six child sex charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Western Morning News

Thursday, September 17, 2009
A VICAR has pleaded not guilty to six counts of indecent assault on females aged under 13.

The Rev Canon James Andrew Christopher Wilson entered the plea at Plymouth Magistrates' Court yesterday.

With a friend and parishioner standing beside him as support, Wilson, the Rector and Rural Dean of Calstock, wore a grey suit, white shirt and patterned tie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Allegations of sexual abuse at Kanankuk Camp

BRANSON (MO)
KFOR

Peter Newman
BRANSON, MO -- Shocking allegations against a Missouri man who worked with children at a popular summer camp. According to police the alleged sexual abuse happened at Kanakuk Camps in Branson, Missouri where dozens of Oklahoma kids spend their summer.

In these court records Peter Newman is accused of numerous sexual acts between 1999 and 2009.

One victim claims he participated in a naked bible study in Newman's hot tub, swam nude in the lake, played nude basketball, and streaked in various locations at the camp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Calls for women to be removed from Methodist Church

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

Pressure is mounting on authorities to remove women and children from the controversial Central Methodist Church in the Johannesburg city centre.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News revealed fresh allegations of child abuse at the facility.

Abuse expert Susan Black said women suffered at the hands of men at the church and needed to be moved urgently.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Controversial Methodist Church turns down aid

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

Eyewitness News understands the head of the controversial Central Methodist Church has repeatedly turned down offers of help despite the fact the facility is struggling.

The church in downtown Johannesburg has been rocked by fresh allegations of sexual abuse.

Similar claims surfaced more than a year ago but aid organisations said they were deliberately covered up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Taylor County Man Pleads Not Guilty to Sexual Abuse Charges

WEST VIRGINIA
WDTV

Bradley Barrett pled not guilty to "drugging" four kids with Ambien and taking them to other counties to have sex with them. ...

A pastor of a local baptist church, Craig Johnson, was indicted on Failure to report child abuse.

Barrett allegedly told Pastor Johnson that he sexually abused the kids, and Johnson never reported this to police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

O’Malley and others pay tribute to clergy

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Michael Paulson
Globe Staff / September 17, 2009

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, in an acknowledgment of the extraordinarily difficult challenges facing priests of the Archdiocese of Boston, hosted a dinner last night for 1,630 people paying tribute to Boston’s Catholic clergy.

About 300 priests, lay people from 120 parishes, and scores of business, political, and civic leaders, some of whom paid as much as $500 each, packed into a cavernous room at the Seaport Boston World Trade Center to dine on grilled autumn vegetables, char-grilled beef fillet, and miniature red velvet cupcakes. The dinner, although primarily intended as a celebration of priests, also raised several hundred thousand dollars for the clergy benefits funds, a set of underfunded archdiocesan accounts intended to finance retirement and health benefits for priests. ...

The Catholic Church has been focusing on the priesthood this year after Pope Benedict XVI declared this the “year for priests.’’ But in Boston, the effort has particular resonance, because many priests have struggled with anger, shame, or just uncertainty in the aftermath of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

September 16, 2009

Principal faces sex charges pastor tells court 'he knew he had done wrong'

AUSTRALIA
Fraser Coast Chronicle

Loretta Bryce | 17th September 2009

ONE OF Hervey Bay's most respected community and church leaders is facing child sex charges.

Raymond Ron Krueger, who has won nationwide acclaim for his work with at-risk teenagers as principal of Glendyne Education and Training Centre, has been accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

Krueger appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court yesterday charged with two counts of indecent dealing of a child under 16 and one charge of sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Convicted Sex Offender Ordained as Pastor

KENTUCKY
Church Solutions

09/16/2009
A convicted sex offender has been ordained as a pastor in Louisville, Ky., and numerous protestors gathered outside the service to voice dissent for the ordination.

Mark Hourigan, 41, was ordained Sunday at the City of Refuge Worship Center. Among the protestors were members of the group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

More from the “You have to be kidding me file…”

KENTUCKY
Off My Knees

Once again I find myself spending my lunch break looking at Kathy Shaw’s “Abuse Tracker” to get up to speed on the latest news. Today there was a blog piece discussing the recent ordination of a registered sex offender at a church in Kentucky.

The Blogger, who goes by the pseudonym of “De Facto“, describes himself as “a passionate writer with a mission which is a higher calling”. If you read his rambling and repetitive user profile you will find out that his mission is to uplift us with his vast knowledge and experience. He lists his occupation as a “non-profit actor”. I have no idea what that means, although I think he may be gifted at delivering the line “Would you like fries with that?”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Priest faces sex offence charges

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

An Anglican priest from Cornwall has appeared in court, charged with a series of historical indecency offences against girls at a Plymouth school.

Canon James Wilson, 60, of Calstock, allegedly assaulted six girls under 13 between 1970 and 1987 when he taught at Pennycross Primary School.

Mr Wilson denied the charges. Plymouth magistrates adjourned the case until 10 November and he was remanded on bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Do You Know Better?

KENTUCKY
Veritas De Facto

According to an article which was brought to my attention by the American Family Association (AFA), Mark Hourigan, a registered sex offender was ordained at the City of Refuge Worship Center in Germantown, Kentucky. This is causing quite a stir in the Christian community and among the community of those abused by their religious authoritarian figures. For me, it's also upsetting, but not for the same reason that everyone else is getting all up in arms for. It's upsetting to me that people are so quick to cast judgment on this man without even bothering to think about the type of people God uses to do His work, as if you all know what kind of person can do His work and who can't.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Ex-wife saw former minister 'snapping the pants' of girl

CANADA
The Sault Star

Posted By LINDA RICHARDSON, THE SAULT STAR

The ex-wife of former Anglican minister Kenneth Gibbs testified Tuesday about an incident she recalled involving her husband and a young parishioner when they lived in Elliot Lake.

Gwen Gibbs said she remembers walking into the TV room of the church rectory and seeing Gibbs "snapping the pants'' of one of two girls who were in the room.

The girl was standing in front of her husband, the Guelph resident said, indicating she both saw and heard the snapping of the pants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Clergy Sexual Misconduct Study

UNITED STATES
Unreasonable Faith

by VorJack

Via the Washington Post, a survey from Baylor University finds that, “One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader.”

Researchers at Baylor University have conducted a random, national survey with over 3,500 respondents to examine the prevalence and caused of Clergy Sexual Misconduct (CSM), which they define as: “Minister, priests, rabbis, or other clergypersons or religious leaders who make sexual advances or propositions to persons in the congregations they serve who are not their spouses or significant others.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Christian Brother Accused of Sexually Abusing Students

ST. PAUL (MN)
KSTP

A Twin Cities Christian Brother is accused of preying and sexually abusing some of the children he taught.

One victim says Raimond Rose assaulted him while he was a student at DeLeSalle High Schools. The victim was 15-years-old when he says Brother Rose raped him on a field trip to Chicago in 1969 or 1970.

His attorney, Patrick Noaker, says Rose transferred to Cretin High School after the assault and has since struck again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 AM

Tempe minister charged with sexual conduct with minor

TEMPE (AZ)
azfamily

TEMPE – His job was to be a spiritual leader for children but now a Valley youth minister is behind bars for allegedly abusing a child.

That minister is charged with sexual conduct with a minor. Police say 25-year old Joshua O’Bannion had sex with a 14-year old girl from his church on three separate occasions.

O’Bannion is a youth minister for the Christ Life Church in Tempe.

About once a month He posted videos on YouTube called "Church News."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Bishop Verryn lashes out at aid groups

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

Eyewitness News has learnt that caregivers trying to assist children at the Central Methodist Church have been accused, by Bishop Paul Verryn, of stealing them.

Aid workers tried to provide alternative accommodation for some of the children, living at the church, after allegations of sexual abuse first surfaced last year.

Earlier this week, EWN reported that girls were being sexually abused by male teachers in return for toiletries, food and clothes while young boys were being recruited into a life of crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Social Development probes sex abuse claims at Methodist church

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

The Gauteng Social Development Department says it is in the process of compiling a report on allegations of sexual abuse at the Central Methodist Church in downtown Johannesburg.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News reported that girls were being sexually abused in exchange for toiletries, food and clothes, while young boys were being coerced into committing crime.

The department sent a team of social workers to the place of worship on Monday after the reports surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Sexual harassment continues in churches unaware, unprepared

UNITED STATES
Oregon Faith Report

September 16, 2009

By Traci Scott, Oregon Faith Report.

One in thirty-three female congregation members are the subject of clergy sexual misconduct at some point in their lives, according to a new study on clergy sexual misconduct (CSM).

The research study, “The Prevalence of clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults”, was conducted at Baylor University. The study involved two separate but related projects, the first being a national random survey to determine the prevalence of CSM, and the second being a qualitative study of three separate groups of men and women, which included those who were survivors of CSM, family or friends of survivors and offenders who committed CSM.

The study found that 67 percent of the offenders were married to someone else at the time of the misconduct and 92 percent of the sexual advances were made in secret, not in a dating relationship.

The study also demonstrated the widespread nature of CSM, with survivors coming from 17 different Christian and Jewish affiliations, including Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Seventh Day Adventist, Disciples of Christ, Latter Day Saints, Apostolic, Calvary Chapel, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Friends (Quaker), Mennonite, Evangelical, Nondenominational (Christian), and Reformed Judaism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Youth Pastor Accused of Sex with a Minor

TEMPE (AZ)
My Fox Phoenix

Julie Rose
CHANDLER - Joshua O'Bannion, a youth minister at the Christ Life Church in Tempe, has been arrested on allegations of sexual conduct with a minor and sex abuse.

Chandler Police say on Sept. 9, a 14-year-old girl came forward saying she had sex with the 25-year-old in his car three separate times in July and August. O'Bannion worked as an intern in the youth ministry department.

According to court paperwork, police recorded a phone conversation between the girl and O'Bannion, where he mentioned them having sex several times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Police: Youth pastor admits to sex with girl

TEMPE (AZ)
East Valley Tribune

Mike Sakal, Tribune

September 15, 2009

A 25-year-old youth pastor from a Tempe church has been arrested after admitting to officers he engaged in sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl at least three times over the last two months, according to Chandler police.

Joshua O'Bannion of Gilbert, who was working as an intern at Christ Life Church, 1137 E. Warner Road, was arrested at his home on Sept. 9 on suspicion of sexual conduct with a minor and sexual abuse, according to the Chandler Police Department.

That day, the 14-year-old girl disclosed that she had sex with her youth minister on three separate occasions in July and August, police said.

The victim lives in Chandler, which is where the incidents happened, according to Detective Frank Mendoza, a spokesman for Chandler police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

PD: Tempe church worker accused of having sex with teen

TEMPE (AZ)
ABC 15

[with video]

Reported by: Christina Boomer
Email: cboomer@abc15.com
Reported by: Christen Bejar

CHANDLER, AZ -- An intern at a Tempe church was arrested by Chandler police last Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse and sexual conduct with a minor.

Joshua O’Bannion, 25, allegedly had sex with a 14-year-old girl on three separate occasions during July and August, officials say.

Joey Hamby, spokesman for the Christ Life Church in Tempe, said Tuesday that O’Bannion had only interned with them a few months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Court OKs sex abuse lawsuit against Methodist church in Missouri

COLUMBIA (MO)
Missourian

Tuesday, September 15, 2009
BY Courtney Shove
COLUMBIA — After a recent sex abuse settlement involving a Boonville Catholic church, a separate lawsuit has been filed against a United Methodist Church in St. Joseph and its overseeing bodies, including one located in Columbia.

On Sept. 1, 5th Judicial Circuit Court judge Randall R. Jackson overruled a motion to dismiss a civil sex abuse lawsuit against Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Joseph. It is also against the Pony Express District of the United Methodist Church in St. Joseph and the Columbia's Missouri Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, both of which are overseeing Methodist bodies.

The plaintiff is a former Huffman member who filed the suit anonymously.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Former MCF-RW chaplain again accused of sex abuse

ST. PAUL (MN)
The Republican Eagle

By: Don Davis, The Republican Eagle

ST. PAUL - A group fighting sexual abuse by Catholic clergy wants people who have been abused as far back as the 1960s to contact law enforcement officials as more allegations surface about a brother who taught in several Upper Midwest schools.

Bob Schwiderski of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests on Tuesday called on anyone who may have been abused at a church retreat along the St. Croix River north of the Twin Cities to contact law enforcement authorities and his organization.

He earlier sought the same information from those who came in contact with Brother Raimond Rose, who served as a Minnesota Correctional Facility chaplain in the 1990s. Rose also worked at Twin Cities, Fargo, N.D., and Stevens Point, Wis., high schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Sacramento-area nuns puzzled, indignant over Vatican probes

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

By Jennifer Garza
jgarza@sacbee.com
Published: Wednesday, Sep. 16, 2009

Everybody knows the nuns run this corner of Oak Park.

There is Sister Jane, telling a young mother that she needs to make a doctor appointment, today. Nearby, Sister Judy makes sure another woman is served a healthy breakfast. And Sister Esther, though officially retired five years, assists in the Wellspring office on Fourth Avenue.

Together, the three nuns helping the poor have served in the Catholic Church for 156 years.

"They're good women, pillars," says Deena Smith, a regular at the drop-in center that provides free breakfasts for neighborhood women and children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Former priest pleads guilty, could get 18 months for touching Elyria teen

ELYRIA (OH)
The Chronicle-Telegram

Brad Dicken

ELYRIA — A former local Catholic priest pleaded guilty Monday to a sex charge alleging he had sexual contact with a teenage boy 12 years ago.

Patrick O’Connor, 51, pleaded guilty to a single count of corruption of a minor as part of a plea agreement that could end up with him serving 18 months in prison. O’Connor had originally been charged with sexually battery, a crime that could have sent him to prison for five years.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Mark Betleski, who will sentence O’Connor later this year, said the plea agreement didn’t contain a specified sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

September 15, 2009

Chandler Police Arrest Youth Minister For Sexual Conduct With Minor

ARIZONA
Phoenix New Times

By James King in News
Tuesday, Sep. 15 2009

​It's a sad day when a minister getting arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with a minor is no longer shocking.

Chandler Police arrested 25-year-old Joshua O'Bannion after a 14-year-old girl told police that the minister had had sex with her on three separate occasions.

O'Bannion served as the youth minister at the Christ Life Church on the corner of Warner Road and Stanley Place in Tempe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

More victims accuse local priest of sexual abuse

KENTUCKY
WHAS

(WHAS11) - The Louisville archdiocese told WHAS11 that they are investigating more claims of abuse against a priest placed on leave in July.

61-year-old Father James Schook was serving as the pastor at Saint Ignatius Martyr Parish on Rangeland Road before being put on leave.

A man now in his 40's claims he was sexually abused by Schook as a teenager.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Fourth suit accuses retired Christian Brother of sex abuse

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By JEFF STRICKLER, Star Tribune

A Roman Catholic cleric already accused of sexual abuse in three lawsuits this year has been named in a fourth one, it was announced today.

The suit, filed in Ramsey Country Court, says that Brother Charles Anthony (Raimond) Bailey, a member of the Chicago-based Christian Brothers of the Midwest, "engaged in unpermitted, harmful and offensive sexual conduct" with a 15-year-old parochial school student on a field trip to Chicago in 1969 or 1970.

The suit was announced by Bob Schwiderski, Minnesota director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP). With each suit announced, Schwiderski expresses the hope that the news will spur any other victims of the accused to break their silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Re-examining the memories of a Catholic childhood

AUSTRALIA
The Age

BILL FARR
September 16, 2009

The men of the church may be too close to see the pain and suffering.

APPARENTLY, I'm one of the lucky ones.

Reading in this paper yesterday of the sexual abuse by Catholic priest Monsignor Penn Jones of former altar boy Gavan Boyle was quite a revelation. An awful story, Boyle's life, and the lives of his family, were affected by those events in a lasting and tragic manner.

I have to admit that such stories have long held a fascination for me. I grew up in a family where Sunday Mass was obligatory. Not celebratory. My mother was from a strong Catholic family. My father, a loving, decent man, demonstrating few religious beliefs, came along on Sunday mornings anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Probable cause hearing delayed for Asheville priest, John Schneider

ASHEVILLE (NC)
Citizen-Times

John Boyle • September 15, 2009 11:00 AM

A probable cause hearing was postponed this morning for the Rev. John Schneider, the former pastor of St. Eugene Catholic Church who is accused of deleting hundreds of pornographic images from the home computer of his former music minister.

Schneider appeared briefly this morning in District Court at the Buncombe County Courthouse, but his attorney, David Belser, handled the postponement request. The hearing is now set for Oct. 16.

Schneider resigned as pastor in June after being charged with felony obstruction of justice. St. Eugene has about 1,000 families as members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

CCD teacher ousted for support of dissident nun

CINCINNATI (OH)
Catholic Culture

September 15, 2009
A 6th-grade religious-education teacher has been removed from her volunteer position in a parish in the Cincinnati archdiocese, after she made a public defense of Sister Louise Akers. Sister Akers, in turn, has been barred from making presentations in the Cincinnati archdiocese, on orders from Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk, because of her support for the ordination of women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Ky. Church Ordains Registered Sex Offender

KENTUCKY
The Christian Post

Mon, Sep. 14, 2009

A church in Louisville, Ky., ordained a registered sex offender Sunday despite protests from the some in the surrounding community.

Prior to joining The City of Refuge Worship Center, where he was ordained this past Sunday morning, Mark Hourigan had been charged with sodomy, sexual abuse and intimidation of an 11-year-old boy back in 1998.

Following his release from prison in 2006, Hourigan joined City of Refuge and eventually led praise and worship after the Lord touched his heart, according to the Rev. Randy Meadows, City of Refuge’s senior minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Catholic brother accused of abuse in new lawsuit

ST. PAUL (MN)
Pioneer Press

By Maricella Miranda
mmiranda@pioneerpress.com

An alleged sexual-abuse victim today filed the fourth lawsuit in Minnesota that says a Christian Brother, who worked as a teacher at Cretin High School in St. Paul more than 37 years ago, molested him.

The lawsuit alleges that the Brothers of the Christian Schools Midwest Province, the Christian Brothers of Minnesota, and Cretin-Derham Hall High School knew in 1966 that Brother Charles Anthony "Raimond" Rose sexually abused a student at DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, where he previously taught.

The plaintiff identified in the suit as "John Doe 133" claims his attack happened three years after that.

The lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court claims the defendants, the Christian Brothers and Cretin-Derham Hall High School, committed fraud by allowing Rose to continue teaching, thereby failing to prevent him from sexually abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Kansas City-St. Joesph diocese priest criticizes his bishop's leadership

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

by Thomas C. Fox on Sep. 15, 2009 NCR Today

Father Michael J. Gillgannon, a widely respected missionary priest of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, has written an open letter to his bishop, Robert W. Finn, taking strong exception to his leadership.

"You appear to me and many priests of my generation who lived the Spirit filled days of Vatican II," wrote Gillgannon, "as one whose task is to reverse the changes of that great event. You have given the impression that your changes were for the sake of a narrow 'orthodoxy' which seems to imply that the bishops and priests and laity before you were not orthodox."

Ordained in 1958, Gillgannon began his career in campus ministry in 1962 at Western Missouri State University. In 1966, he served on the advisory committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Conference for the post-Vatican II reorganization of Catholic Campus Ministry in the United States. Since 1974, he has worked as a missionary in La Paz, serving as pastor of San Antonio Parish, as episcopal vicar of the Eastern Deanery of La Paz, and as national chaplain for Bolivian Campus Ministry. He is the founder and director of campus ministry for the La Paz, Bolivia Archdiocese and and occasional writer for NCR.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Accused nun seeks probe into leakage of narco CDs

INDIA
Press Trust of India

STAFF WRITER
Kochi, Sept 15 (PTI) Sister Sephy, an accused in the Abhaya murder case, today filed a petition in a local court seeking a probe into the alleged leakage of CDs of the narco tests conducted on her.

In her petition before the Chief Judicial Magistrate court, she said the contents of the narco CDs of two other accused -- Thomas Kottoor and Jose Puthrikayil -- were also leaked and telecast by several Malayalam television channels.

The court later restrained the media from publishing and telecasting the contents of CDS.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

O'Rourke to seek funds for One In Four

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

The chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children said this morning she would make representations to the Government about emergency funding for the One in Four group.

Mary O’Rourke said she would speak to Taoiseach Brian Cowen and Minister for Children Barry Andrews at the Fianna Fáil think-in in Athlone today.

Mrs O’Rourke was speaking this morning as she launched One in Four’s 2008 annual report. The agency helps victims of child abuse towards recovery and also assists perpetrators of abuse in overcoming their inclinations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Greensburg diocese seeks $45 million

GREENSBURG (PA)
Tribune-Review

By Richard Gazarik
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Diocese of Greensburg on Monday announced a $45 million fundraising campaign designed to increase scholarships to Catholic school students, improve Catholic education, educate priests and deacons, and renovate schools and other buildings in the diocese's four-county area.

Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt said the Roman Catholic diocese has received $19 million in donations and pledges.

"The bandwagon has wheels on it. It is rolling," Brandt said.

The diocese, which serves Westmoreland, Fayette, Indiana and Armstrong counties, relied on a grassroots effort to raise the money. The bishop said 9,000 parishioners, as well as parish priests, have been involved in the process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Abhaya murder case: ‘Killers’ spill the beans

INDIA
Express Buzz

KOCHI: The video tapes of the narcoanalysis tests conducted on the three accused in the Sr Abhaya murder case were telecast by news channels on Monday. The visuals of the narco test went on air after the Ernakulam Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court handed over copies of the tapes on Monday to the three accused - Fr Thomas Kottur, Fr Jose Puthrikkayil and Sr Sephy.

Later, the channels had to withdraw the visuals following a directive from the CJM Court prohibiting their telecast. The court order was on the basis of a petition filed by Fr Puthrikkayil. In the video the accused priests and the nun are seen responding to questions in a semi-conscious state. Questions to Sr Sephy and her answers were in Malayalam while the priests communicated in English. As per the visuals telecast by the channels the accused are involved in Sr Abhaya's murder. In the tests conducted on Fr Puthrikkayil, he is seen saying that Sr Abhaya died after she suffered an injury on her head from an object resembling an axe or a hammer. The body was thrown into the well by the three of them, stated Fr Puthrikkayil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Church blasts narco-CD telecast

INDIA
Expess Buzz

Express News Service First Published : 15 Sep 2009

KOTTAYAM: The Vigilante Council of the Kottayam Knanaya Catholic Archdiocese has come out strongly against the telecast of Narco CDs related to those accused in the Sister Abhaya case and underscored that the visual media has committed gross human rights violations through it.

It also demanded action against those media houses which had telecast the CD, considering the fact that all limits have been crossed through their action.

A statement issued by the ‘Jagratha Council’ noted that the telecast intensifies the seriousness of the issue, for the fact it has occurred when the matter is under the consideration and observation of the High Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Abhaya interrogation broadcasts shock Kerala Church

INDIA
Indian Catholic

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India : Church officials in Kerala state have expressed shock and dismay after private TV channels broadcast videos of two priests and a nun under interrogation by police, who drugged them.

The broadcasts on Sept. 14 showed Father Thomas Kottoor, 62, Father Jose Poothrukayil, 57, and Sister Sephy, 47, apparently admitting that they murdered another Sister Abhaya inside a convent more than 17 years ago.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), India's top investigating agency, conducted the so-called narcoanalysis on the three after they were arrested in November 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

World Record Baseball Game

UNITED STATES
It's About Me

Steve Pona went with me to the police, as support, to report my sexual abuse at the hands of Father Norman Christian.

Steve is probably my best friend. He was there in the most frightening hour of my adult life. Steve was right there by my side. At that time, we barely knew each other. All of our interactions had been over the phone. So, our first face to face meeting we ever had was to go to the police and report that 30 years earlier, just a mere mile north of that police station on Gravois, I had been raped by a Father Christian. Not knowing what sort of reaction I would get, I was scared to death. But Steve seemed so confident and cool about the whole thing it gave me courage.

If SNAP has taught me anything it’s this; the most important thing we can do as survivors is to just be there for each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Sex offender ordained pastor

KENTUCKY
Times of the Internet

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 14 (UPI) --
Leaders of a church in Louisville, Ky., were naive in ordaining a convicted child molester as a pastor, some neighborhood residents say.

Mark Hourigan, 41, was ordained Sunday at The City of Refuge Worship Center as protesters gathered outside, WHAS-TV, Louisville, reported Monday.

"I know from my abuse that we look up to ministers and priests and that status gives him more power and that's what sex abuse is all about: it's a power play," said Colleen Powell, the local leader of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

'Journalism Is War': Father James Haley, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and the 'sexually-active priest' crisis

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

Gutsy.

That's how I describe George Archibald, four-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, former investigative reporter for The Washington Times (during four presidential administrations) and author of the recently-released book Journalism Is War.

I have to admit that I purchased the book for one reason: chapter 16.

I first became acquainted with Archibald a few years ago when he e-mailed me after a column I wrote on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and Father James Haley. He had some questions pertaining to what A.W. Richard Sipe calls "The Cardinal McCarrick Syndrome," and several very interesting e-mails followed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

This priest received high praise from his archbishop but now (thanks to Broken Rites) the church admits that the priest was an abuser

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher
The "Very" Reverend Monsignor Penn Jones died in Melbourne in 1995. His boss, Archbishop Sir Frank Little, wrote (in an obituary article) that Jones is "an example to us all". Ten years later, in 2005, a new archbishop (Archbishop Denis Hart) was forced to admit that Jones was a child-abuser. So exactly what sort of "example to us all" did Archbishop Little have in mind?

Penn Harold Jones was born in January 1915. After leaving school, he trained and worked as an accountant in Melbourne with Shell petroleum. At age 26, he entered the Melbourne diocesan seminary to train for the priesthood as one of the oldest entrants.

Frank Little, who entered the seminary a couple of years after Jones, was ten years younger than Jones. In an obituary article about Jones (in The Age newspaper on 1 August 1995), Archbishop Little wrote: "He [Jones] happily plunged into the activities of his younger friends" . . . again, rather an ambiguous choice of words.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Investigation into abuse at Jo’burg church welcomed

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has welcomed calls for an independent investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct at the controversial Central Methodist Church in the Johannesburg city centre.

On Monday, Eyewitness News revealed that young girls were allegedly being sexually abused while young boys were being recruited into a life of crime.

The Methodist Church of Southern Africa’s Bishop Ivan Abrahams claims attempts to get government to deal with the crisis at the facility have been extremely frustrating.

“We’ve gone to social development and we’ve had little cooperation from them,” Abrahams said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Sexual abuse claims rock central Jo’burg church

SOUTH AFRICA
Weekend Post

Johannesburg – Teenagers living at the Central Methodist church here were being sexually and physically abused and recruited by adults to commit crime, it was reported yesterday. As a result, scores of children had left.

One child reportedly claimed teachers were coercing young girls to perform sexual favours with promises of toiletries, clothes and food.

Yesterday a Central Methodist Church teacher accused of sexually abusing a Zimbabwean girl was suspended and told to leave the church premises pending an investigation, Bishop Paul Verryn said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Dismissal of suit protested

MIAMI (FL)
Miami Herald

BY JAY WEAVER
jweaver@MiamiHerald.com
A former Pedro Pan refugee from Cuba who has accused the leader of the Catholic relocation program, the late Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh, of sexually abusing him took his failed legal case to the Archdiocese of Miami headquarters on Monday to draw media attention.

Robert Rodriguez, 59, claimed in an unsuccessful lawsuit that he was repeatedly abused by Walsh at an Opa-locka camp in 1964 when he was 14 and under the care of the Catholic Welfare Bureau.

``He was one of the many who abused me and others,'' said Rodriguez, who arrived in Miami in late 1961. He declined to identify priests other than Walsh. ``For me, all these years later, it's still hard.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Methodist church teacher has been accused of sexual abuse before

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

Child advocacy groups have welcomed the suspension of a Central Methodist Church teacher amid allegations of sexual abuse.

The suspension came after Eyewitness News exposed claims that young girls were being sexually abused in exchange for toiletries, clothes and food.

A number of young boys also recounted how they were forced by adults to commit crime.

It has since emerged the teacher was also accused of sexual misconduct last year but the case was thrown out of court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Crosiers gather to celebrate

MINNESOTA
St. Cloud Times

By Lawrence Schumacher • lschumacher@stcloudtimes.com • September 14, 2009

An invitation-only crowd packed the Cathedral of St. Mary on Sunday to usher in a new century for the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, a worldwide Catholic religious order with deep connections to Central Minnesota. ...

The order paid $1.7 million earlier this year to nine plaintiffs to settle lawsuits alleging sexual abuse at the seminary by four individuals during a period that stretched from the 1960s to the 1980s.

Sunday’s Jubilee celebration was titled “Starting Afresh from a Place of Light,” but no other mention of the settlement was made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Jesuit victim search brings dozens of calls

MONTANA
Missoulian

By MICHAEL MOORE of the Missoulian | Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009

The floodgate is open and victims are pouring through.

It's been less than two weeks since attorneys Tim Kosnoff and John Allison came to Missoula to talk about a bankruptcy case involving Jesuit priests in the Northwest. Kosnoff and Allison represent people who were abused by Jesuits, and that abuse is the primary reason for the bankruptcy filing. Since 2001, the Jesuits have paid out more than $25 million to sexual abuse victims.

But more who've never told their stories remain.

"We've never quite seen anything like it," Kosnoff, a Seattle attorney, said Monday. "We've had a dozen more calls just over the weekend."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Sacrificial altar boy

AUSTRALIA
The Age

September 15, 2009
The crippling toll of clergy abuse can spread well beyond the original victim, as Gavan Boyle's case shows, writes Barney Zwartz.

GAVAN BOYLE, a slight 14-year-old, had no idea what it meant when Monsignor Penn Jones told him to go last in the shower at summer camp and the other boys said "Gavan's next".

What did happen next robbed him of his life, turning him gradually into a virtual derelict recluse who weighed about 38 kilograms when he died of a combination of starvation, alcoholism and untreated cancer in 2005.

It also blighted the life of his family, particularly brother Jim Boyle and sister Jill Mather, who suffered grief, guilt, despair, anger and helplessness. Jim had a massive heart attack that he survived only because he had already taken himself to hospital, while Jill's marriage nearly crumpled under the stress, she put on 20 kilograms and lost all self-confidence.

Jones – cathedral administrator, chaplain and chancellor of the Archdiocese of Melbourne, who received a glowing obituary from Archbishop Frank Little on his death in 1995 – anally raped Gavan, the culmination of three years of increasingly severe molestation at the summer camps.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

September 14, 2009

Paraguayan bishop harbors pedestry cult of the Society of St. John

PARAGUAY
Examiner

September 14, 9:06 PM

Pittsburgh Independent Examiner
Mike Ference

It’s been about two weeks since Scranton Bishop Joseph F. Martino announced that Pope Benedict XVI had accepted his resignation. Martino claimed his fickle health caused by the stress of his position led to his resignation. Looks likes the end of the story, except for this press release I received today from the U.S. Coalition for Life International. It's reprinted with permission.

Perhaps we’ve not heard the last of Martino or has he been silenced?

“Paraguayan Bishop Harbors Pederasty Cult of the Society of St. John”

“The relocation and restoration in South America of the formerly suppressed, U.S.-based scandal-ridden Society of Saint John (SSJ) is one of the most outrageous examples of ecclesiastical malfeasance facing the Catholic Church today,” charges Randy Engel, Director of the U.S. Coalition for Life.

“Disbanded and forbidden from representing itself as ‘a recognized ecclesial entity of the Roman Catholic Church’ by Bishop Joseph Martino, of the Diocese of Scranton in November 2004, after years of credible accusations of moral turpitude and gross financial fraud, the disgraced Society of St. John has found protection and solace in the arms of Bishop Rogelio Ricardo Livieres Plano of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay,” says Engel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM

No exemptions for sex abuse

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

ASBURY PARK PRESS EDITORIAL • September 14, 2009

"Orthodox community deals with sex abuse," read the page 1 headline in Sunday's Asbury Park Press. But just how the Orthodox community in Lakewood deals with the problem in its midst is disturbing.

Far too often, cases of sexual abuse are handled internally through a rabbinical tribunal that routinely handles civil disputes but deals with possible cases of sexual abuse as well. The Orthodox community lacks the investigative and judicial powers to issue sentences, weed out false accusations and monitor offenders.

The most the rabbinic tribunals can accomplish is to urge therapy for the abuser. That's not justice for the victim. And it may be against the law. A therapist in Brooklyn's Orthodox community for more than eight years who has treated sex offenders referred by Lakewood religious authorities said he could not recall one instance when a rabbi referred a case to law enforcement officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

RESPONSE TO THE CONCERNS OF THE NY STATE CATHOLIC BISHOPS ABOUT S-5893

NEW YORK
Voice from the Desert

Fr. Thomas Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.

I wish to address this issue. Although I live in Virginia I have worked directly with many victims of sexual assault in New York State.

The response of the Bishops of New York to S-5893 employs the same misleading arguments that Catholic dioceses in other States have used in their attempts to kill such legislation. The bishops lead off with protestations of their support for legislative change and then proceed to try to create opposition to the only effective way of providing justice to victims by shifting the focus to public institutions. They also use the tired argument that old cases are difficult to prove.

This legislation is not about the Catholic Church. It is intended to help all children who may have been sexually abused by a parent, friend or employee of any private organization or institution.

The issue is a “Catholic” issue only insofar as the pattern of institutionalized abuse that has been revealed about the Catholic Church has sparked serious concern for more realistic and just legislation for the protection of all children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Tom Doyle on NY senate bill S-5893

NEW YORK
Voice from the Desert

Dear Senator,

I am writing in support of the proposed legislation, S-5893, the Child Victims Act. I am a Catholic priest. I have worked intensely with victims of sexual abuse for 25 years. Most of my experience has been with the victims of Catholic clergy. In time I became involved with victims of clergy of other denominations and victims of other classes of perpetrators including teachers, Scout leaders and family members.

The legislation is essential for a number of cogent reasons including the fact that it will serve to expose perpetrators from all professions who have escaped any form of accountability due to the protection of the statute of limitations. In California the passage of similar legislation was instrumental in identifying approximately 300 child sexual abusers who otherwise would have gone unchecked and ruined the lives of countless more children.

I believe the legislation is essential as well because unlike the victims of certain other crimes, those who have been violated sexually as children or as adolescents are so scarred emotionally and psychologically that they cannot disclose their abuse for many years after until they feel safe. The intense feelings of guilt, shame, isolation and fear trap these people inside a cocoon of terror. The limitations on the Statute of Limitations are based on grossly inaccurate information about the effects of childhood sexual abuse. The experts from the behavioral sciences who have both worked with victims and have researched the issue are in agreement as to the overpowering impact of sexual violation. It is ironic that the information offered by these experts, information based on experience and hard scientific evidence, is often challenged by private and public institutions that have hidden or otherwise enabled sexual abusers from their ranks. These institutions prefer to protect their financial security, their corporate image and the reputations of members over the welfare of the children whom they have tragically harmed for life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

Pedro Pan alum who accused deceased priest of sex abuse to protest lawsuit dismissal

MIAMI (FL)
Miami Herald

BY JAY WEAVER
jweaver@MiamiHerald.com
A former Pedro Pan refugee from Cuba who has accused the leader of the Catholic relocation program, the late Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh, of sexually abusing him plans to take his legal case to the doorstep of the Archdiocese of Miami Monday afternoon.

Robert Rodriguez, 58, claims in a lawsuit he was repeatedly abused by Walsh at a provisional camp in Opa-locka in 1964 when he was 14 and under the care of the Catholic Welfare Bureau. Walsh, who helped rescue 14,000 Cuban children under Operation Pedro Pan and started the archdiocese's vast human-services network, Catholic Charities, died in late 2001.

``He's defaming a widely respected priest who saved the lives of 14,000 children,'' Miami archdiocese spokeswoman Mary Ross Agosta said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

On trial's first day, diocese settles...

CONNECTICUT
Darien Times

Written by Susan Shultz
Monday, 14 September 2009 12:00

MONDAY — Despite statements from both attorneys last month that it was not expected, an out-of-court settlement was reached today between former St. John Roman Catholic Church bookkeeper Bethany D’Erario and the Diocese of Bridgeport — the same day that jury selection was supposed to start.

Claiming an environment of harassment, verbal abuse, innuendo and intimidation, D’Erario filed the civil lawsuit against the church and the diocese and Darien church in March 2008, citing whistleblower retaliation. It was D’Erario who, with another priest, hired a private investigator who uncovered that the late Rev. Michael Jude Fay was stealing from St. John Parish.

The settlement comes after several attempts by the diocese to get the case dropped, including an attempt for a summary judgment last month that was denied by a Waterbury judge.

Had the case gone to trial, Sherman said he planned to subpoena Bishop William E. Lori, head of the Diocese of Bridgeport, to testify.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

South African church faces child sex abuse claims

SOUTH AFRICA
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

David Smith in Johannesburg guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 September 2009

Zimbabwean refugees pictured at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg last month. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

A church in South Africa that provides refuge for thousands of homeless Zimbabweans is investigating allegations of child sex abuse.

A teacher at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg has been suspended and evicted after being accused of soliciting a girl for sex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

'People get sexual favours for a toothbrush'

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

September 14 2009 at 04:00PM

By Solly Maphumulo

Several children living at the Central Methodist Church have been moved to a place of safety in Ekurhuleni after about six were allegedly abused by adults in exchange for toiletries.

Bishop Paul Verryn confirmed that cases of sexual abuse had been reported to the police, but could not say how many.

"There are about six or seven cases. If it's more than that, I don't think it's over 20," said Verryn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Detroit Archdiocese, losing $42,000 a day, announces restructuring

DETROIT (MI)
The Pilot

By Marylynn G. Hewitt
Posted: 9/14/2009 DETROIT (CNS) -- A major financial restructuring plan for the Archdiocese of Detroit, which is losing approximately $42,000 per day, calls for a 29 percent decrease in the number of employees, the sale of buildings, moving administrative support offices to a more cost-efficient property in the city, and the elimination of the subsidy for The Michigan Catholic, the archdiocesan newspaper.

The six-county archdiocese will be reorganized into four regions for the delivery of programs, services and ministries to its 1.4 million Catholics under the restructuring plan announced Sept. 3 by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron.

The archbishop, who was installed Jan. 28, said he had accepted the restructuring recommendations from two separate committees, comprised of laypeople and clergy, following a six-month study on the financial viability of the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Who you calling Pentecostal?

KENTUCKY
GetReligion

Posted by Brad A. Greenberg

Don’t tell the folks at Westboro Baptist Church, but there was a story out of Kentucky last week that was bound to be circulated in newspapers and on TV Web sites. “Church to ordain sex offender” was the headline of an AP report from the Cincinnati Enquirer. First the news, then I’ll get to what was missing from it:

LOUISVILLE — A small Kentucky church is planning to ordain a convicted sex offender as a minister to its flock.

The decision has led some members of an abuse victims group to ask the church to reconsider.

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests met outside the church Thursday and said in a letter that the ordination would be “a reckless move that will only put kids in harm’s way.” The group sent the letter to the church asking that it postpone any action and hold a public hearing.

At which point you might be wondering just what kind of church this is. The strange thing: The AP never says. It does, however, mention that it’s a “church that welcomes gays, lesbians and transgenders.” Not sure what parallels the AP did and didn’t intend to draw between child molesters and gays or why in the final paragraph the wire service refers to the church as Pentecostal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Remember the boys of Benton

BENTON (AR)
Stop Baptist Predators

When there’s an oil spill, people try to figure out how many barrels of oil went down. They want to know the extent of the damage.

But when there’s a Baptist clergy predator, people hunker down and try not to think about how many kids were harmed. They don’t want to know the extent of the damage.

I think that’s what’s happening at First Baptist Church of Benton, Arkansas. Now that their longtime music minister has been convicted on child sex crimes, the church wants to close the door on all the ugliness and get back to their comfortable feel-good status-quo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Pope Benedict bashes the bishops

VATICAN CITY
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

John Hooper guardian.co.uk, Monday 14 September 2009

It is not that often that a general publicly rebukes his brigade and battalion commanders. And it is equally rare for a pope to reprove his bishops.

But at a very high-profile service in St. Peter's on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI did just that. At the consecration of five new pastors, he said: "We know how things in society, and not infrequently in the Church too, suffer because of the fact that many of those to whom a responsibility has been entrusted, work for themselves and not the community – the common good."

In another passage of his sermon which, according to Corriere della Sera, Benedict spent an entire day finessing, he declared: "Let us not bind men to us; let us not seek power, prestige and esteem for ourselves."

In general terms, it is clear that this was a warning – and a pretty frank one by the standards of pontifical utterances – addressed to bishops. But which ones? The answer is not obvious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Repressed memory: Issue still argued

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

Dianne Williamson
dwilliamson@telegram.com

Sixteen years ago I wrote a series of columns about “repressed memory” and the scores of adults who were coming forward in the ’80s and ’90s to accuse a family member of sexually abusing them as a child.

I wrote about a local woman named Karen, who said she remembered when eating a peppermint that she had brushed her teeth with mint toothpaste after her grandfather sexually abused her when she was 10. I spoke to a 34-year-old wife and mother who said she had recently recalled being raped in a cemetery by a family friend when she was 13.

I also wrote about the skeptics, such as the professor from Clark University who was accused of abuse by his own daughter, and who became an outspoken advocate for a group of nonbelievers called The False Memory Syndrome Foundation. ...

On Thursday, the lawyer for defrocked priest Paul R. Shanley challenged his client’s rape conviction on the grounds that repressed memory is “junk science” and that prosecutors should not have been allowed to present evidence the victim buried memories of abuse for 20 years.

“No one’s trying to prove that repressed memory doesn’t exist,” lawyer Robert Shaw Jr. said in an interview Friday, after arguing his appeal before the state Supreme Judicial Court. “But it’s the burden of government and those who say it exists to demonstrate that it does.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Church ordains registered sex offender as minister

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WAVE

By Shayla Reaves

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Germantown church became center stage for protestors and congregation Sunday. The City of Refuge Worship Center service included the ordination two new ministers, one of which is a registered sex offender for life.

"The key thing is for other members of this church congregation is to be on the lookout and to be careful of their children," said Cal Pfieffer, one of the protesters and a member of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Inside the Goss Avenue building, member Mark Hourigan grabbed local and national attention for the role he is taking on. It comes two years after he joined City of refuge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Zimbabwean children abused at Joburg church

SOUTH AFRICA
The Zimbabwe Guardian

ZIMBABWEAN children as young as 14-years-old living at the Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg , South Africa are being recruited by adults to commit crime and others being sexually and physically abused, the Zimbabwe Guardian has learnt.

Bishop John Verryn's Methodist Church has become home to hundreds of Zimbabweans who left the country and are destitute in South Africa.

Many of those economic migrants who left the country at the height of the economic crisis are children who arrived unaccompanied by adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Bishop responds to abuse allegations

SOUTH AFRICA
Eyewitness News

Micel Schnehage

Bishop Paul Verryn said he is aware of allegations of sexual abuse at the Central Methodist Church.

The church has become home to hundreds of Zimbabweans who fled the country - many of them children - who came to South Africa unaccompanied by adults.

Eyewitness News was told that many of the children were being sexually abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

September 13, 2009

More sexual-misconduct claims made against priest

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • September 13, 2009

Police and church officials are investigating a growing number of allegations of sexual misconduct by a Roman Catholic priest who was placed on leave in July after the first allegation surfaced.

In the weeks since the Archdiocese of Louisville removed the Rev. James R. Schook, four more people have approached church officials reporting sexual misconduct.

The church is continuing to investigate the claims and has reported them to civil authorities, according to Brian Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer of the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

War tactics should be applied to Vatican abusers and those who covered up

ITALY
Examiner

September 13, 2:44 PM
Pittsburgh Independent Examiner
Mike Ference

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Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

The recentAssociated Press (AP) tally of 73 documented cases with allegations of sexual abuse by priests against minors over the past decade in Italy with more than 235 victims is just one more indication that Catholic Church Hieracrhy have certainly outlived any usefulness to society. Italian clerics preyed on poor, physically or mentally disabled or drug-addicted youths entrusted to their care. To make it even worse the victims were deaf students from a Catholic-run school making it easier to enforce the “never to tell” for fear of retaliation that much easier to enforce.

Still able to keep the Sunday brunch down that you enjoyed earlier after Sunday mass, it even gets worse.

In some of the case tallied by the AP, there were charges of inducing boys into prostitution, participation in satanic rituals. In one notorious case an elderly Florentine priest was determined by the church to be responsible for sexual abuse, false mysticism and domination of consciences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Registered sex offender now ordained by Germantown church

KENTUCKY
WHAS

(WHAS11) - It's a controversial local story making national headlines. Sunday morning, during their 11 o'clock service, The City of Refuge Worship Center in Germantown ordained a registered sex offender as a minister.

On any other Sunday, protesters likely would not have been outside of The City of Refuge Worship Center. But this morning, was different because a man charged with sodomy, sexual abuse and intimidation of an 11 year old boy back in 1998, was ordained.

Call him Pastor Mark Hourigan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Parishioners mourn loss of priest, military veteran

MASSACHUSETTS
Telegram & Gazette

By Donna Boynton and Linda Bock TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
lbock@telegram.com

The Rev. Dennis J. Rocheford was a man who drew people together, a priest who touched the lives of so many parishioners that they traveled around Central Massachusetts to attend a Mass he was presiding over, and he was a man dedicated to serving military personnel. ...

Rev. Rocheford had been on a leave of absence from St. Ann’s, but still lived in the parish rectory when he was not at the Navy base. In addition to previously serving as pastor of St. Theresa’s in Blackstone, he served as a priest assigned to assist clergy of the Diocese of Worcester who had been charged with sexual misconduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Abuse victims offered help, join lawsuit

POLSON (MT)
Lake County Leader

By Sasha Goldstein

POLSON — For nearly 50 years, Laurie McDonald shouldered a terrible secret that weighed on her daily.

Now, she knows she wasn’t alone in her ordeal. McDonald is one of about ten people on the Flathead Indian Reservation to come forward with tales of sexual abuse at the hands of Father A.J. Ferretti during his time at the Mission in St. Ignatius during the 1960s. Her message to other survivors is simple: you are not alone and it is not your fault.

“I remember how I felt when I picked up the phone and talked to (the lawyers),” McDonald said. “Finally. It was such a relief, and I remember the breath I took afterwards was so cleansing, that someone finally heard and was ready to step up and make something happen, to bring something to these people, to give them some measure of mental relief.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

BOOK EXCERPT: Sons of Perdition, New Mexico in Secret History of Catholic Sex Scandal

NEW MEXICO
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

The new book Sons of Perdition tracks the history of the pedophile priest problem in the Catholic Church, from the Vatican to New Mexico. Early chapters describe the transition from the Inquisition to current policies for priests who are sexual predators. We find out the Confessional had a unique perverse role in development of the problem.

Then in the 1950s, Servants of the Paraclete start a recovery center in New Mexico for priests with “psycho-sexual problems,” and reverends in early recovery go out and serve in nearby parishes, creating an inordinately large number of priest-rape victims in that one remote state.

Growing up in New Mexico author Jay Nelson had personal experience with “out-patients” from Servants of the Paraclete. So when as an adult, Jay found himself part of a population of adult victims of pedophile priests, he realized, “God, fate, or chance put me in a unique position to recover a far larger story than just my own.” In the 1990s Jay edited The Missing Link, quarterly journal of The Linkup, one of the early recovery organizations for victims. Linkup broke up when founder Tom Economus died of cancer. Jay began writing books.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Minister suspended

KENTUCKY
The Richmond Register

Ronica Shannon
Register News Writer

The local Roman Catholic Diocese recently made a statement addressing the April suspension of former St. Mark parish music minister Matthew Paul Getsi, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to second-degree sexual abuse.

Before being involved in music ministry, Getsi, 44, of Mt. Vernon, was employed as a youth counselor on a state contract through Eastern Kentucky University, according to a Lexington Herald-Leader article dated Oct. 18, 1997.

After testifying in Rockcastle Circuit Court to get three boys, ages 9,10 and 13, taken away from their mother, he later tried to adopt them, according to the article.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Spoofing’ scams make caller ID untrustworthy

The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star
The phone calls came in the middle of the night. Three women, each receiving an eerie message from the man on the line:

He was in their house and watching them.

And according to caller ID, the calls were coming from their home phones.

The terrified women found out later that the caller was not in their homes, but playing a frightening prank on them.

It’s called spoofing. Sometimes it’s a practical joke, but law enforcement officials are becoming increasingly alarmed by more harmful uses. ...

But critics say the spoofing services give criminals another tool to use on their victims.

“As if people aren’t harassed enough, now comes a company that profits by making deception even easier,” said David Clohessy, a victim advocate and executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “Sexual predators and other criminals have plenty of advantages and opportunities already.”

Attempts have been made in Congress to restrict spoofing, but they have not been successful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

'Sadhu' arrested for sexually assaulting minor students

INDIA
Samay Live

Pune: Police have arrested a 'sadhu' in an ashram in Alandi, near here, on alleged charges of sexually assaulting five minor students, police said on Saturday.

Police inspector Ranganath Kardile said Vighneshwar Gokul Patil, 24, working as a music teacher in the Sant Namdeo Samaj Dharamshala, has been remanded in police custody till Tuesday.

Kardile said that the incident came to light when a 13-year old student from Jalgaon district told his parents about the incidents. The parents lodged a complaint with the police in Alandi, around 25 km from Pune, and Patil was arrested Friday, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Burke personnel file relinquished

PUEBLO (CO)
The Pueblo Chieftain

By PATRICK MALONE
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Matt Cortez may not have gotten what he wanted out of his settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo, but another accuser of the same former priest has.

The Colorado Supreme Court recently affirmed a decision by Pueblo District Judge Victor Reyes compelling the diocese to release its personnel file on Andrew Burke to a John Doe accuser who is suing the diocese.

Monsignor Mark Plewka of the diocese and Miami lawyer Adam Horowitz, who represents the unnamed accuser, confirmed last week that the diocese complied with the court order and provided Burke's file to the plaintiff's lawyers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Settlement unsettling to victim

PUEBLO (CO)
The Pueblo Chieftain

By PATRICK MALONE
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN

Two Pueblo natives - a 48-year-old man and his nephew in his 30s - have settled lawsuits with the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo over sexual abuse allegations against a former priest.

The elder relative said he's not satisfied with the outcome or the route negotiations took to get there.

Matt Cortez and his nephew both claimed prolonged abuse by Andrew Burke in their suits against the diocese. Both men received undisclosed settlements, Monsignor Mark Plewka of the Pueblo diocese confirmed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

September 12, 2009

Father Bob Maguire defends his financial record

AUSTRALIA
Courier Mail

September 13, 2009 09:00am

BESIEGED South Melbourne Catholic priest Bob Maguire says he has not spent a penny on himself, nor gone on a holiday in his 36 years at his parish.

Fr Maguire, one of Australia's best-known and best-loved priests, is under pressure from Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart to retire on his 75th birthday on Monday.

The Archbishop told media on Saturday that Fr Maguire had only kept the parish afloat by selling off assets worth millions of dollars.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 PM

Culture clash: Secular law and the Torah: Orthodox community deals with sex abuse

LAKEWOOD (NJ)
Asbury Park Press

By Zach Patberg • STAFF WRITER • September 12, 2009

LAKEWOOD — At some point, amid battling a drug addiction and childhood memories of molestation, Shua Finkelstein wrote a letter.

Discovered on his computer after he died Feb. 28 from an overdose of pain killers, the letter admonished his Orthodox Jewish community for not doing enough to remedy alleged sex crimes.

"It is your duty as a Jew, as a human to find these people in our community and no longer let them live among us!!!" it read. On April 14, a few weeks after the letter became public online, the Finkelsteins' house was gutted by a fire while they were out of town for Passover. A police report cited arson as the likely cause. Authorities say they are still investigating.

Not until about a year ago did Shua, then 19, finally confide in his mother that, starting at age 6 and lasting for several years, he was sexually abused by an older male. When asked why she didn't go to the police, Rivkah Finkelstein said it didn't occur to her. As part of an outsider-wary religious community, she had been given every indication that such sensitive matters didn't belong in the secular world. Instead, she went to her rabbi, and eventually the alleged offender was put into therapy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

Pastor accused of sex abuse in counseling sessions sentenced

BUCKEYE (AZ)
ABC 15

BUCKEYE, AZ -- A Buckeye pastor who pleaded guilty last month to sexual conduct with a minor has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors say 59-year-old Charles Carfrey also received lifetime probation under a plea deal Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Carfrey was the pastor of the Lord's House Church in Buckeye.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Sister Maureen on NY Senate bill #S5893

NEW YORK
Voice from the Desert

The following letter was sent to each New York state senator on September 8, 2009, by victims’ advocate Sister Maureen Paul Turlish.
* * *
Legislators of the New York Senate
Legislative Office Building
Albany, New York 12247

Dear Senator,

The sexual exploitation of children is a major epidemic in our United States. One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 whether that abuse is committed by a parent, teacher, doctor, rabbi, priest, nun or stranger.

It is a heinous and reprehensible crime against the body and soul of a child with serious and long lasting effects. Unfortunately, a percentage of individuals injured in this way cannot cope with some of these effects and take their own lives. I have met parents whose sons were sexually abused. Those parents lost their sons because their adult children could not “get over it,” could not “get on with their lives” and ended up taking their own lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

What Would Jesus Do? File Chapter 11, Of Course!

UNITED STATES
Cycle Ninja

A while back, I blogged about the Jesuit Order of the Roman Catholic Church and how they handled their sexual-predator priests the way any responsible, moral organization would--they dumped them in remote Alaskan villages where the native peoples were unaware until it was too late that they were harboring a nest of vipers in their midst.

Now the "Society of Jesus" is broke:

"Less than two months from now, anyone who was abused or molested by a Jesuit preist in Montana, or four other states, will run out of time to be a part of a settlement for the abuse.

The Society of Jesus organization, has paid out over $25 million dollars to victims, but under a chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the period for filing any more claims is November 30th."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

News Republic Editorial: It's time to hear voice of church on Vosen

WISCONSIN
Baraboo News Republic

It’s been nearly six years since Father Gerald Vosen was removed as pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo because of allegations of sexual abuse.

Ever since he was relieved of his duties on Sept. 18, 2003, and then formally suspended by Bishop Robert Morlino in February 2004, Vosen has been trapped in a sort of priestly purgatory. Although Vosen adamantly denied all of the allegations that were raised against him, a church body ruled against him. His case has been on appeal to a Vatican court for more than two years.

Readers of the News Republic Opinion pages are well aware of Vosen’s plight. Baraboo resident Walt Smith has written passionately — and frequently — imploring Morlino and the Catholic hierarchy to clear Vosen’s name. But Smith’s pleas — and those from many other supporters of Vosen — have fallen on deaf ears.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Whatever the priests may have said -- Ireland was a country seething with sex

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday September 12 2009

Oliver J Flanagan had clearly not heard of the bikini girl on the Galway beach when he made his infamous assertion in 1966 that "Sex never came to Ireland until Teilifís Eireann went on the air".

What would the Fine Gael TD have made of the students at the national seminary in Maynooth who laughed rather than fulminated when they were told the story about a priest who had noticed a young woman from his parish sprawled on a beach wearing a very brief bikini?

The priest sent the woman a note, asking her to wear a one-piece bathing suit. She returned a quick reply: "Which piece do you want me to take off?" Apocryphal? Perhaps. But the story does contains an essential element of truth which was well-articulated by Francis Hackett in January 1945. Hackett, an Irish-born literary critic in the United States, wrote an article on Ireland for The American Mercury magazine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Irish priest uses Nixon quote to describe church after abuse scandal

IRELAND
The Cathoic Review

By Cian Molloy
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN, Ireland – A Redemptorist priest has used a quote by the 37th president of the United States to describe the situation of the Catholic Church as the Irish clerical sex abuse scandal continues to unfold.

Writing in the current issue of the monthly Redemptorist magazine Reality, its editor, Father Gerry Moloney, recalled remarks former President Richard Nixon made in an interview with journalist David Frost when, admitting that he had given his enemies the ammunition that they were looking for, he said, “I gave ‘em a sword.”

Father Moloney was writing about the plight of the Catholic Church in Ireland in the wake of the publication of the Ryan report, which detailed decades of abuse by children in residential institutions run by religious orders. He said the church’s troubles will increase when a report is published on how the Dublin Archdiocese dealt with clerical child abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Abused at 3, woman gets RC settlement

CANADA
The Windsor Star

Dalson Chen, The Windsor Star
Published: Saturday, September 12, 2009

The youngest victim of pedophile priest Rev. Charles Sylvestre has reached a settlement with the Catholic church.

But Cecilia Annette McLauchlin said doing so was a difficult and painful process, and the London diocese should be ashamed for drawing it out.

"They simply are playing the game of 'survivor.' They push you to the wall, just hoping -- and, I am sure, praying -- that you will crack," she said at a news conference in London on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Jim Pouillon, RIP; Priest suing archbishop, monsignor

NEW JERSEY
Renew America

The text includes a copy of a lawsuit filed this week by the Rev. Robert M. Hoatson against Archbishop John J. Myers, Monsignor John Doran and the Newark, N.J. archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Abuse victim speaks up

CANADA
London Free Press

By RANDY RICHMOND

For 29 years, Cecilia McLauchlin, heavy with shame, tried to run from the past.

Today, she plans to go for a jog, much lighter than ever, and in a different direction.

"I am here to say that for 29 years I have been running away from the abuse and the pain, but (now) I am running toward the rest of my life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

September 11, 2009

New Ruling Could Bring Clergyman to Court

MISSOURI
KBIA

Lauren Hasler (2009-09-11)
COLUMBIA, MO. (KBIA) -
A new ruling from a St. Joseph judge may bring a clergyman accused of child molestation, as well as his supervisors, to court. Now an adult, the victim claims Methodist church officials knew or were suspicious of the sexual abuse committed by Rev. John Bourne.

The alleged crimes were committed in the 1970's at Huffman Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Joseph. Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, director David Clohessy says he's hoping for a trial so the victim can finally get justice.

"We certainly believe that exposing both child sex crimes and cover ups are very healing for those who've been hurt and they serve as a real deterrent to any other employers who are thinking about turning a blind eye to child sex abuse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Occasions of Sin by Diarmaid Ferriter

IRELAND
The Guardian

David Dwan The Guardian, Saturday 12 September 2009

"Sex – my introduction to sex was in the back kitchen of Letterfrack, jammed up against a boiler, getting my leg burnt and getting raped by Brother Dax." Testimony such as this has racked Ireland since the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse published its report in May this year. The 2,600-page Ryan report exposed "endemic" physical and sexual abuse in church-run schools and orphanages in Ireland – 800 alleged abusers in more than 200 institutions during a period of 35 years. This grim litany reveals obvious failings in the Catholic church, the negligence of the state and an alarming capacity for collective bad faith, which no amount of public handwringing now can mitigate or disguise. Diarmaid Ferriter's Occasions of Sin is thus an important and timely book: it is a richly textured history of modern Ireland's complicated attitude to sex.

Throughout the 19th century, Ireland's sexual mores reflected broader British trends, but on some fronts the country remained stubbornly different. The famine of the 1840s, which led to a million deaths and an exodus of two million within a decade, reconfigured Irish reproductive habits. People married less and did so later in their lives. In 1907 the Farmer's Journal complained that women "are no longer attractive", but the reasons for the mass bachelordom were clearly economic. Until the 1950s Ireland had the highest rate of postponed marriage and permanent celibacy of any western state that kept such records.

The state that secured its independence from Britain in 1922 legislated busily about sex. Ferriter investigates its laws against divorce, the importation of contraception, unlicensed public dances and its censorship of literature and film (the censor's invective against Hollywood – "the sort of drunken debauched hen-run 'society' rubbish that almost justifies communism" – makes lively reading). The repressiveness of these measures is easily exaggerated; judged by international standards, as Ferriter illustrates, its laws on censorship and birth control were unremarkable. Illiberal laws could also claim democratic legitimacy. By the 50s, more than 94% of Irish people were Catholic and minority views were easily over-ridden. Some worried that prohibitions on divorce and contraception would alienate Protestants and entrench the division with the North. But, as Ferriter compellingly argues, attitudes to sex in Northern Ireland were often equally censorious. Family planning may have been legal, but it was often taboo. The British Abortion Act of 1967 was not extended to Northern Ireland, and measures to legalise homosexuality the same year were vigorously resisted. The DUP's "Save Ulster from Sodomy" campaign attracted 70,000 signatures. Those who wished to save Ulster from the DUP were often no more enlightened. One Sinn Féin spokesman asserted that there "has never been a homosexual republican".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Baylor study focuses on clergy sexual misconduct

UNITED STATES
The Baptist Standard

By Ken Camp
Published: September 11, 2009
WACO—In any given congregation with 400 adult members, seven women on average have been victims of clergy sexual misconduct since they turned 18, a new study reveals.

“We knew anecdotally that clergy sexual misconduct with adults is a huge problem, but we were surprised it is so prevalent across all denominations, all religions, all faith groups, all across the country,” said leader researcher Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor University School of Social Work. “Clergy sexual misconduct is no respecter of denominations.”

The study revealed more than 3 percent of women who had attended a congregation in the past month reported a religious leader had made sexual advances to them since they reach adulthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Survey Reveals Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct

UNITED STATES
The Christian Post

By Audrey Barrick
Christian Post Reporter
Fri, Sep. 11 2009 03:43 PM EDT

Findings from a nationwide study reveal that clergy sexual misconduct is more prevalent than many people believe.

According to research by Baylor University, 3.1 percent of adult women who attend religious services at least once a month have been victims of clergy sexual misconduct since turning 18. In other words, seven women in every congregation of 400 adults have been victimized.

Ninety-two percent of the sexual advances were made in secret and 67 percent of the offenders were married to someone else at the time of the advance.

"Because many people are familiar with some of the high-profile cases of sexual misconduct, most people assume that it is just a matter of a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers," said Dr. Diana Garland, dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor University and lead researcher in the study, in a statement Wednesday. "What this research tells us, however, is that Clergy Sexual Misconduct with adults is a widespread problem in congregations of all sizes and occurs across denominations. Now that we have a better understanding of the problem, we can start looking at prevention strategies."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Legal firm winds up investigation

AUSTRALIA
The Chronicle

Madeleine Logan | 12th September 2009

A BRISBANE legal firm has completed an investigation prompted by claims that Toowoomba Catholic Education failed to report the sexual abuse of a student.

The inquiry, which took seven months to complete, followed allegations that a Catholic primary school principal did nothing when he was told a teacher had molested a nine-year-old girl.

That teacher, aged 60, is expected to plead guilty later this year to 12 counts of rape and 34 counts of indecent treatment of a child under 12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Anglican Archdeacon 'told police girl in assault case slapped him'

BAHAMAS
The Tribune

Published On:Friday, September 11, 2009

ANGLICAN Archdeacon Ivan Ranfurly Brown told police that the female complainant in his assault case slapped him while at a church picnic last October.

Inspector Craig Stubbs told the court yesterday that Father Brown had declined to give a written statement, but gave an oral statement of his account of what took place at the church picnic.

Father Brown, the rector of St Agnes Anglican Church, is accused of physically assaulting a 14-year-old girl on October 13, 2008 while at a church picnic on Nirvana Beach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Pedophile priests live free and unmonitored in neighborhoods all over the country.

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

EXTRA: Since they do not have to register on sex offender lists, hundreds of pedophile priests live unsupervised in neighborhoods all over the USA, thanks to the Catholic Church’s current way of avoiding accountability for decades of sex crimes. First the Church transfered priests from parish to parish. Now they defrock them and forget about them. And since no one "legally" admits guilt in most civil settlements, pedophiles who are now former priests live wherever they want, free of criminal records or public knowledge of their crimes.

SNAP gives a real clear suggestion of what to do with priests who are sexual predators in a statment they put out today from Vermont, but it really applies to the entire country.

“Bishops should centrally house and oversee them in remote, secure, widely publicized and professionally-run centers. This ensures that the predators get treatment and that kids are protected."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Woman describes 'secret, special' tickling game in ex-minister's sex assault trial

CANADA
The Sault Star

Posted By LINDA RICHARDSON, The Sault Star

A woman testified Thursday about a “secret” game Rev. Kenneth Gibbs would play with her during family visits to his church rectory in Elliot Lake.

“He would initiate what he referred to as the tickle game,’’ the 40-year-old woman said, describing incidents she said occurred at his home when she was a young girl.

“It was a secret game, a special game I wasn’t to tell anyone about.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Pueblo judge rules that priest should stand trial for alleged sexual abuse

COLORADO
The Gazette

Pueblo District Judge Larry Schwartz ruled last week that two alleged sexual-abuse victims of defrocked Catholic priest William Groves can have a jury trial.

Groves, whose whereabouts are unknown, reportedly sexually abused two children in a Pueblo parish in the 1980s. Schwartz ruled that a jury can decide if the alleged victims waited too long to file their lawsuit in March.

“Groves’ accusers were born in 1974,” the Pueblo Chieftan reports. “One claimed Groves subjected him to sodomy, oral sex, mutual masturbation and fondling for seven years, concluding in 1990… The other plaintiff claimed that when he was 12 years old … Groves introduced him to alcohol and marijuana, then committed sexual abuse on him and showed him homosexual pornography.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Vicar kept child porn on PC

UNITED KINGDOM
Harwich and Manningtree Standard

10:00am Friday 11th September 2009

A VICAR has admitted possessing more than 1,000 indecent images of children on his computer.

Rev Trevor Charles Diaper, formerly priest in charge and then rector, of Ardleigh and Great and Little Bromley anglican churches, pleaded guilty to seven charges of making or possessing indecent photographs or films of children, which he stored on his computer.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how police found 1,145 images when they searched Diaper's computer on June 26, 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Clergy come-ons more common than you think

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

Manya Brachear

Congregations who blindly trust the person in the pulpit should tune into a new national study, suggesting clergy sexual misconduct with adults occurs across denominations and religions a lot more often than many realize. The analysis by Baylor University’s School of Social Work found that 3.1 percent of adult women who worship at least once a month have been the target of a clergy come-on since turning 18.

The findings, released today, come from questions included in the 2008 General Social Survey, a survey of a random sample of more than 3,500 American adults conducted by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

"We assumed that if victims are adults that the relationship must be consensual," said Diana Gardner, dean of Baylor University’s School of Social Work and lead researcher on the study. "If it wasn’t physical coercion, we miss the emotional and spiritual coercion ... It’s not an affair. It’s an abuse of power. Regardless of who intended what, the religious leader is the one in the position of responsibility."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Diocese of London settles with another victim

CANADA
The Chatham Daily News

BOB BOUGHNER
The Daily News

The youngest of Rev. Charles Sylvestre’s victims will provide details of her abuse at a Friday morning press conference in London.

Cecilia McLauchlin, 32, of Blenheim, wants her triumph to be a beacon of hope for the many victims of Sylvestre still waiting for an end to their lawsuits.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Court approves $15M church sex-abuse deal

CANADA
CBC News

A Nova Scotia court has approved a $15-million settlement between a Roman Catholic diocese in the province and dozens of sexual abuse victims.

The deal, announced last month by the diocese, is being hailed as the first time the Roman Catholic Church has apologized and set up a compensation package for people who claimed they were sexually abused by priests without fighting the charges in court.

A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge decided Thursday that the settlement agreement, which covers people who claimed they were sexually abused by a priest in the diocese dating back to 1950, is fair and reasonable for both sides.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Ex-Priest Challenges Abuse Conviction on Repressed Memories

BOSTON (MA)
The New York Times

By KATIE ZEZIMA and BENEDICT CAREY
Published: September 10, 2009

BOSTON — Paul R. Shanley was convicted in 2005 of raping and assaulting a 6-year-old boy while serving as a priest in suburban Boston, in a case that hinged on memories of abuse the accuser said he had repressed and recovered decades later.

Now Mr. Shanley, 78, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest at the center of the clergy abuse crisis here, is challenging his conviction, the accuser’s recollections and the science of repressed memory.

“You have prominent scientists, psychologists and psychiatrists saying this is not generally accepted. So why allow it in a court of law in a criminal proceeding?” Mr. Shanley’s lawyer, Robert F. Shaw Jr., asked the state’s highest court Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Hope and healing for victims

CANADA
The Chatham Daily News

Posted By BOB BOUGHNER, THE DAILY NEWS

Cecilia McLauchlin, the youngest of Rev. Charles Sylvestre's abuse victims, wants her settlement to be a beacon of hope for those still waiting for their lawsuits to be resolved.

The 32-year-old Blenheim resident was to provide details of her abuse at a news conference today in London.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed by her lawyer, Robert Talach, a Chatham native.

"We managed to reach a settlement with the Diocese of London after nearly three years of litigation and only three days before the trial was to begin this week," Talach told The Chatham Daily News.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

September 10, 2009

Pastor won’t comment on ordaining sex offender

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • September 10, 2009

Advocates for victims of sexual abuse are protesting plans by a local church to ordain a registered sex offender Sunday.

A minister has “a position where you have ultimate trust and are representing God,” said Rochelle Fournier, one of two local members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests to protest Thursday outside City of Refuge Worship Center in Germantown. A sex offender “being in a position of that privilege is unacceptable.”

National and local leaders of SNAP also sent a letter to the congregation’s pastor urging that it delay the ordination to allow more discussion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

Group Urges Church Not to Make Sex Offender Minister

KENTUCKY
WFPL

Elizabeth Kramer September 10, 2009

Advocates for survivors of the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal are now asking a local church to reconsider ordaining a minister who is a registered sex offender. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

A few local members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — or SNAP — stood outside Louisville’s City of Refuge Worship Center Thursday. They were there to request the church reconsider its plans to ordain Mark Hourigan to the position of minister this Sunday. He was convicted 10 years ago of sex abuse involving an 11-year-old boy.

Cal Pfeiffer was one SNAP member at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM

New Study on Clergy Sexual Misconduct

UNITED STATES
Surviving Therapist Abuse

SNAP issued a press statement today regarding a study from Baylor University on sexual abuse by faith leaders. I find many similarities between clergy/spiritual abuse and therapist abuse, particularly in my case, where there was a strong spiritual component in my therapy with Dr. T.

I have a great deal of appreciation for the efforts that SNAP is making to eradicate clergy abuse and provide support to the victims. I am also happy to see that this type of abuse is being studied and written about in the media. I hope that someday therapist abuse will also be granted the attention that it deserves.

SNAP Press Statement

For immediate release: Thursday, September 10, 2009

New study on clergy sexual misconduct; Sex abuse victims respond

For immediate release: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

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

We applaud more attention finally being focused on the apparently widespread and devastating problem of clergy sexually exploiting adult congregants. We have long known this harmful phenomenon is more commonplace than most anyone would imagine. We are deeply grateful to and impressed by the brave men and women who have found the courage to report having been manipulated, abused and exploited as adults by predatory ministers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Sex abuse survivor group asks church not to ordain registered sex offender

KENTUCKY
WHAS

(WHAS11) - An organization that supports victims of sexual abuse is asking a local church not to ordain a registered sex offender.

SNAP stands for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and they are asking the City of Refuge Worship Center to consider the risks of ordaining Mark Hourigan.

Hourigan was convicted a decade ago of sexual abuse involving an 11-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Priest's alleged abuse victim in court to keep vow to dead brother

CANADA
Winnipeg Sun

By THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX — The man who launched a lawsuit over alleged decades-old abuse by priests in a Roman Catholic diocese in Nova Scotia is in court today, keeping a promise to his dead brother.

Ronald Martin is attending the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia as the representative in a class-action lawsuit that claims the Antigonish diocese failed to protect children in its care when it became aware of the alleged abuse.

The church reached a proposed settlement with the plaintiffs last month, but now it has to be certified by the court.

Martin launched the lawsuit after finding a suicide note his brother wrote in 2002 that led to charges of sex crimes against a priest from the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Defrocked Archbishop alleges assasination plot

ZIMBABWE
zimGossip

ZIMBABWE – HARARE – The defrocked former archbishop of Bulawayo says State agents still want to assassinate him over his criticism of human rights violations under President Robert Mugabe.

Archbishop Pius Ncube, 62, who now lives in western Zimbabwe’s Hwange Diocese, made his claims in a letter to South Africa’s national Catholic weekly, The Southern Cross, with the request that Catholics pray for him. The Southern Cross published Archbishop Ncube’s letter in its Sept. 2 edition.

Before his resignation as head of the Bulawayo Archdiocese in September 2007 he was filmed having sex with a married woman. The woman later died. Ncube was sued for adultery by the woman’s husband. after A vocal critic of old Bob, Mugabe has frequently attacked Archbishop Ncube in speeches and interviews. Even before his resignation, the archbishop said he was being harassed routinely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Honesty overdue on abusive priest

MISSOURI
Columbia Daily Tribune

By MICHAEL WEGS

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Recently, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City disclosed another child sexual molestation settlement. The payout this time is $600,000. But Bishop John Gaydos won’t say how he will pay the piper, nor will he disclose the whereabouts of the predatory priest who has admitted a previous offense in a court of law.

The public and parishioners alike should be outraged by his attitude and his arrogance. The facts in the case are beyond doubt: The Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., transferred a convicted pedophile priest to a religious organization known as the Servants of the Paraclete and — with permission from the Jefferson City diocese — installed the reprobate priest at the parish of SS. Peter and Paul in Boonville. (The Paracletes, established in 1947 by the Rev. Gerald Fitzgerald, operate facilities designed ostensibly to “treat” pedophiles employed by the church. In this particular case, it appears they helped the Rev. Carmine Sita, the New Jersey predator, change his name to the Rev. Gerald Howard.)

Notifying the public and the police as to where Carmine Sita/Gerald Howard is living is a simple matter. Any decision otherwise is alarming and should arouse our indignation. Sita/Howard pleaded guilty in 1982 in a New Jersey court to sexually molesting a young boy, and now his employers are again forced to come to terms with the same senseless violence and abuse of our children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Former Pewaukee priest accused of sexual assault

WISCONSIN
Living Lake Country

David and Peter Neels filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 8, against the Milwaukee Archdiocese alleging that David Hanser of Nashotah, who they said had a known history of molesting children, assaulted them while he was a priest at St. Mary Catholic Church in Pewaukee in the early 1980s.

The lawsuit is the 12th civil fraud case pending against the archdiocese alleging sexual abuse by clergy.

According to the lawsuit, the archdiocese knew Hanser had a history of molesting children and failed to warn the Neels family. In the suit, David Neels of Hudson and Peter Neels of Cottage Grove, Minn., said Hanser sexually assaulted them for a period of years beginning in 1982, when they were 10 and 13 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Women allege minister repeatedly touched them when they were children

CANADA
The Sault Star

Posted By LINDA RICHARDSON, THE SAULT STAR

A judge heard Wednesday from two women who testified their minister molested them in the church basement when they were children.

The pair was among three witnesses to take the stand at the trial of former Anglican priest Kenneth Graham Gibbs, who is charged with sex offences dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

Gibbs, 76, pleaded not guilty in a Sault Ste. Marie courtroom to nine counts of indecent assault involving six complainants.

A publication ban prohibits reporting any evidence that might identify the complainants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Church has been forthright

MISSOURI
Columbia Daily Tribune

BY BISHOP JOHN GAYDOS

Sunday, September 6, 2009

As the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City and the primary target of Michael Wegs’ attack in a Tribune opinion piece on Tuesday, I would like to respond. While there is not space to address all of the inaccuracies, I do wish to answer some of his more disturbing allegations and insinuations.

Wegs provides some historical background about the Carmen Sita/Gerald Howard case. I want to clarify that Carmen Sita/Gerald Howard was a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, was removed from the Boonville parish after 13 months and was dismissed from diocesan service in October 1984. At the time of his dismissal, there were no allegations of sex abuse against him.

Howard was no longer paid by the diocese after he left Boonville. We told the news media we were unaware of his whereabouts. Most people accept the fact that an employer, religious or otherwise, would not have a current address on a former short-term employee who left almost 25 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Survey looks at abuse, clergy

WACO (TX)
The Lariat

Sept. 9, 2009

Trent Goldston
Staff Writer

Baylor University's School of Social Work recently completed the largest national survey ever in order to to look into clergy sexual misconduct with adults.

Dr. Diana Garland, Dean of the School of Social Work, spearheaded the project.

"We expect shepherds to take care of the sheep," Garland said. "We found that more than three out of 100 women who are active in a congregation have experienced a sexual overture from a religious leader sometime during her adult life."

According to Garland, the sample also includes men and is not limited to either gender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Baylor study reveals sexual misconduct by clergy more common than many realize

WACO (TX)
Waco Tribune

By Erin Quinn Tribune-Herald staff writer

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Baylor University researchers have found that sexual misconduct between clergy members and their adult parishioners is more prevalent than previously thought and happens across various religions and denominations.

The School of Social Work on Wednesday released the findings of its yearslong study, in which more than 3,500 adults nationwide were asked whether they ever had been the object of a sexual advance from a religious leader.

The study is the largest scientific study into clergy sexual misconduct with adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Court to review $13M church sex-abuse deal

CANADA
CBC News

Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 7:39 AM AT
CBC News

A Nova Scotia court is being asked to approve a $13-million sexual abuse settlement between a Roman Catholic diocese in the province and dozens of victims.

The deal is being hailed as the first time the Roman Catholic Church has apologized and set up a compensation package for people who claimed they were sexually abused by priests without fighting the charges in court.

On Thursday, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court justice will start the process of deciding whether the settlement agreement is fair and reasonable to both sides.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Arguments begin over alleged sexual assault of children by Catholic priests

CANADA
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX, N.S. — A judge in Nova Scotia will begin hearing arguments today on whether to certify a class-action suit against the Roman Catholic church over the alleged sexual abuse of children by its priests.

John MacKiggan, a lawyer representing the claimants, says he will present arguments to a Supreme Court justice over the alleged decades-old abuse in the diocese of Antigonish.

The lawsuit was launched last year by Ronald Martin, whose brother wrote a suicide note in 2002 that led to charges of sex crimes against a priest from the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

‘Repressed memory’ at issue in defrocked priest’s appeal

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / September 10, 2009

Defrocked priest Paul R. Shanley, one of the key figures in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal, plans to challenge his rape and indecent assault convictions before the state’s highest court today when his lawyer argues that the victim’s “repressed memory’’ was junk science.

Shanley’s appellate lawyer contends that prosecutors should not have been allowed to present evidence that the victim, a 27-year-old firefighter, buried memories of repeated abuse as a Sunday school student for two decades, only to recover them when the scandal erupted.

“Overwhelming evidence proves that the theory of ‘repressed memory’ is not generally accepted by the relevant scientific community on multiple grounds and that the commonwealth’s experts provided misleading junk science testimony that should not have been admitted in a judicial proceeding,’’ the lawyer, Robert F. Shaw Jr. of Cambridge, argues in his brief.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

"Avvenire" Has Two Readers Who Don't Get Along: The Bishops and the Vatican

ROME
Chiesa

by Sandro Magister

ROME, September 10, 2009 – In his September 3 letter of resignation as director of "Avvenire," the newspaper of the Italian bishops' conference, Dino Boffo denounced the formation of "ecclesiastical factions" at war with each other, stirred up by the controversy surrounding him.

In a letter to the bishops a few months ago, Benedict XVI was even more straightforward: "If you bite and devour one another, take heed that you are not consumed by one another."

The fact that there are divisions and conflicts among the Church's upper hierarchy, sometimes exploding disastrously, is beyond question. The main disagreement over Italian politics today is between the two shores of the Tiber: between the secretariat of state on the one side, and the Italian bishops' conference on the other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

September 9, 2009

One in 33 Female Worshipers Is Target of Sexual Advances by Clergy Member

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 9, 2009; 1:13 PM

One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The study, by researchers at Baylor University, found that the problem is so pervasive that it almost certainly involves a wide range of denominations and religious traditions and a wide range of spiritual leaders.

"It certainly is prevalent, and clearly the problem is more than simply a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers," said Diana Garland, dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor, who co-authored the study.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

In Vatican’s backyard, Italy grapples with priest sex abuse

ITALY
Fort Frances Times

Wednesday, 9 September 2009 - 2:50pm
By Nicole Winfield THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
VERONA, Italy — It happened night after night, the deaf man said, sometimes in the priest’s bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom, even in the confessional.

When he was a young boy at a Catholic-run institute for the deaf, Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodomized him so relentlessly he came to feel “as if I were dead.” This year, he and dozens of other former students did something highly unusual for Italy: They went public with claims they were forced to perform sex acts with priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Linkup 1998 newsletter scanned here, to whet appetites for new book by survivor Jay Nelson, Sons of Perdition

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

Before there was an Abuse Tracker or Bishop Accountability, Jay Nelson was producing The Missing Link newsletter for Linkup, an early clergy abuse survivor organization. Every three months The Missing Link arrived in postal mailboxes with up to the quarter news 1990s style, reporting on the crimes and scandals of pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.

Jay Nelson has now written a new book, Sons of Perdition, about "New Mexico in the Secret History of the Sex Scandals." Sons of Perdition emerged on Amazon for sale last month, and here at City of Angels we are developing a story about the book and Jay's journey as an adult victim of a pedophile priest, for an upcoming post.

To whet your appetites, read through these pages of The Missing Link, winter 1998 edition, which we have scanned in below, click to enlarge and read on your full screen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

How many priests does it take to...?

MASSACHUSETTS
Local Buzz

by Bill Peters, Local Buzz
Tuesday September 08, 2009, 5:17 PM

A brief look at the Springfield Catholic Church's farm system

The Springfield Diocese announced last month that more churches will close -- the second substantial contraction in the local Catholic Church in roughly three years. Congregations, understandably, are upset about this, as the Valley's religious landscape in cities like Northampton and Chicopee will look a lot different in 2010.

Probably, the Springfield Diocese will absorb some or most of the blame for these changes. But a report issued on August 25th by the Diocese's Pastoral Planning Department provides an interesting administrative look at the Church's troubles.

Perhaps it's because I went to a Jesuit high school and then blocked out all memory of it, but I always kind-of love to be reminded that the Catholic Church is as much a business as anything else -- that a spiritual institution can also be bureaucratic and mechanical has always intrigued me. While the recent round of church closures might come down to old buildings or politics or miscommunication (as they always do), they also come down to a shortage of priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

The Courageous Neels Brothers - David: "Help Others"

MILWAUKEE (WI)
YouTube

[part B]

David and Peter Neels held a press conference to tell about their filing of civil lawsuits against the Milwaukee archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Convicted ex-priest challenges repressed memories

BOSTON (MA)
Daily Advance

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

BOSTON — Defrocked priest Paul Shanley, one of the central figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal, was convicted after a 27-year-old man tearfully described how the popular priest used to pull him out of catechism classes and rape him, beginning when he was just 6 years old.

The victim said he did not remember the abuse for two decades, until 2002,when memories came rushing back as he saw media reports about the clergy scandal unfolding in Boston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Church must disclose predators

MISSOURI
Columbia Daily Trbune

By BARBARA DORRIS

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Most recently, it was Father Gerry Howard. In 2005, it was Father John Degnan. Earlier this decade, it was Father Stephen Faletti, Father Hugh Behan, Father Kevin Clohessy, Father Donald Wallace, Father Manus Daly and, most notoriously, Bishop Anthony O’Connell.

All are credibly accused child-molesting clerics in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City. All have been suspended or forbidden to “exercise priestly ministry.” None was “outed” by church authorities. In each case, someone outside the church structure disclosed, or forced the diocese to disclose, the alleged crimes. In other words, without external pressure, no one in the church would have warned the unsuspecting public or protected the vulnerable kids from these eight potentially dangerous men.

It can be a victim’s lawsuit, a reporter’s questioning, a prosecutor’s query or an actual arrest, but, in the Jefferson City diocese, the truth about conclusively proven or credibly accused clergy sex crimes and cover-ups virtually always surfaces when someone outside the Catholic hierarchy takes action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Des Plaines woman sues Catholic priest's estate over his will

DES PLAINES (IL)
Daily Herald

By Madhu Krishnamurthy | Daily Herald Staff

He was an ordained Catholic priest for 52 years.

She was his longtime caregiver.

That much was public knowledge.

But Des Plaines resident Irene Serwa says her relationship with the late Rev. Edwin Bohula, pastor of a parish in unincorporated Lemont, was significantly more.

Serwa claims she and Bohula had a clandestine affair for 13 years living together as "husband and wife" from 1994 until Bohula's death in 2007.

Serwa is suing Bohula's estate, for which she is a co-trustee, and its beneficiary, Dominican Sisters of Chicago, for sole rights to the Des Plaines home that Serwa and Bohula jointly owned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Dead priest's "wife" sues to keep house they shared

DES PLAINES (IL)
WBBM

DES PLAINES, Ill. (WBBM) -- A Des Plaines woman is fighting to keep the home she says she shared for years with a Roman Catholic priest, claiming the two had a secret love affair.

Irene Serwa in her lawsuit contends she and Father Edwin Bohula lived as husband and wife until his death two years ago.

Her revelation of their unknown affair surfaced as part of her suit to win back full property rights to the home the two shared in Des Plaines for 13 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Depositions Sought in Priest Sexual Abuse Case

ILLINOIS
Chicago Now

Plaintiffs in a sexual abuse case against a priest in Washington are seeking subpoenas for the depositions of three Illinois priests in order to get more information on the defendant's past behavior.

The plaintiffs, whose identities are concealed, claim that they were sexually abused by Christian Brother Edward Courtney in Washington in the late 1970's and early 1980's. The petition filed today states that Courtney served at three schools in Illinois in the 60's and 70's - Rice High School in Chicago, Leo Catholic High School in Chicago and St. Laurence High School in Burbank, Illinois.

The petition filed today seeks supboenas for the depositions of Brother Thomas J. Collins, John Patrick McGraw and Brother Norbert B. Hueller, all currently residing in Illinois, to find out more about Courtney's "a) abuse of children; b) how that abuse was handled; c) how Courtney was transferred, and d) what information about Courtney was provided to other schools who received him."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Baylor University Conducts Largest National Study of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with Adults

WACO (TX)
EarthTimes

[the study web site]

WACO, Texas, Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Baylor University's School of Social Work today announced that findings from the nationwide study of the prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct (CSM) with adults have been accepted for publication later this year in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. The findings come from questions included in the 2008 General Social Survey (GSS), a widely-used and highly-respected survey of a random sample of more than 3,500 American adults conducted by the National Opinion Research Center. Respondents were asked if, since turning 18, they had ever been the object of a sexual advance from a religious leader. The responses were used to establish a statistically reliable baseline for discussions about CSM with adults.

The findings suggest that the prevalence of Clergy Sexual Misconduct with adults is higher than many people realize and that it occurs across denominations and religions.

"Because many people are familiar with some of the high-profile cases of sexual misconduct, most people assume that it is just a matter of a few charismatic leaders preying on vulnerable followers," said Dr. Diana Garland, Dean of the School of Social Work at Baylor University and lead researcher in the study. "What this research tells us, however, is that Clergy Sexual Misconduct with adults is a widespread problem in congregations of all sizes and occurs across denominations. Now that we have a better understanding of the problem, we can start looking at prevention strategies."

The study found that 3.1 percent of adult women who attend religious services at least once a month have been the victims of clergy sexual misconduct since turning 18. To explain another way, in the average U.S. congregation of 400 adult members, seven women, on average, have been victimized at some point in their adult lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

OC Diocese Convicted Perv Albert Lee Schildknecht Violated Probation, Served Jail Time

ORANGE COUNTY (CA)
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano in Ex CathedraWednesday, Sep. 9 2009 @ 8:59AM

​Finally! The Diocese of Orange has its third pervert to ever serve jail time for sexually abusing a minor: Albert Lee Schildknecht, a former choir directory at St. Timothy in Laguna Niguel (home to pedo-apologist supreme John Urell), who plead guilty earlier this year to two felony counts of oral copulation of a minor and one felony of sexual penetration with a foreign object of a minor but amazingly received a sentence of five years probation. The terms of the probation explicitly banned Schildknecht from being around minors "unless in the company of a responsible adult over the age of 21 who is approved by the probation officer or court, knows of your offense(s), and is willing to monitor your behavior."

Well, guess what Schildknecht did? On July 21st, he admitted to breaking the probation, and a judge sentenced him to six days in jail. That, of course, is nothing considering his crimes, but Schildknecht becomes only the third Diocese of Orange pervert to ever serve time for a conviction, following Gerardo Tanilong and Andrew Christian Andersen.

"It's great that Schildknecht finally goes to jail," says famed Catholic sex-abuse scandal lawyer John Manly, who won a civil settlement against Schildknecht on behalf of his victim and helped get the pervert arrested and convicted. "Why [Orange Bishop] Tod Brown allowed this man to remain a choir director for so long is beyond me.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Archbishop explains why he barred nun-catechist

CINCINNATI (OH)
National Catholic Reporter

Sep. 09, 2009
By NCR Staff

The decision by the archbishop of Cincinnati to bar Sister of Charity Louise Akers from teaching catechetics on behalf of the archdiocese because of her public support of women's ordination in the Catholic church has "garnered international attention" for the archbishop and the sister, according to a report by The Catholic Telegraph, the official organ of the archdiocese.

“Questions have been raised about the role of a diocesan bishop and the teaching of catechetics in his diocese,” Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk told The Catholic Telegraph Sept. 3. “It is a bishop’s responsibility to provide authentic and orthodox Catholic teaching in his diocese. Persons who are not in accord with the teaching of the church should not expect to be allowed to teach catechetical leaders or others in the name of the church.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

BaptistLife review of "This Little Light"

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

Some of you will remember William Thornton, a minister who is a discussion moderator on the BaptistLife site. At the end of 2006, some of you shared pieces of your clergy abuse stories on this site and engaged a lengthy dialogue with other Baptist ministers. I think it was the first big blog discussion ever had on Baptist clergy sex abuse, and I suspect it may have been one of the longest threads ever pursued on the BaptistLife forums.

I know it was painful for many of you at the time. The callous harshness of some of the posted responses was very hurtful. Yet, for many of us, we made that painful effort to engage Baptists in a dialogue on clergy sex abuse because we held the vague hope that it might help to open hearts and to eventually bring about change within the denomination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Sexual abuse survivor prepares legal case to have Protestant institutions included in redress scheme

IRELAND
Tribune

John Downes

Derek Leinster: 'I want to be treated not one jot differently being an Irish person than if I had been a Catholic Irish person'A former resident of a Protestant children's home in Dublin is preparing to launch a High Court challenge to force the government to include it in the state redress scheme for victims of institutional abuse.

If successful, this could leave the state facing a potential multimillion euro additional compensation bill.

Derek Leinster was born in Bethany Home in Rathgar in 1941 after his 16-year-old Protestant mother was sent there for what he calls the "social sin" of becoming pregnant out of wedlock with the child of a Catholic man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

This Little Light of hers outshines the abusers

UNITED STATES
Baptist Planet

The Rev. William Thornton offers a concise, powerful review of Christa Brown’s book, This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang.

Thornton’s summary of what follows Ms. Brown’s decision to seek justice after having been emotionally and sexually molested by a Baptist minister, is searing [links added]:

What you get is: a lot of people wishing you would go away, a lot of people just ignoring you, some people in the BGCT making promises and then silently letting them slide by; you get hardball tactics from church and BGCT attorneys, mellifluous words from some Baptist leaders in private but never in public; encouraging words from SBC Executive Committee members in private, but followed by “you can’t ever tell anyone I said that”; you get a lecture from the clergy sex abuse expert in the denomination; you get snubbed by some denominational leaders and rudeness from others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Legionaries’ letter to lay members details reforms order has made

The Catholic Review

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON –The Legionaries of Christ have initiated a number of reforms since publicly acknowledging Feb. 4 that the order’s founder, Mexican Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, fathered a child, two U.S. Legionaries priests said in a letter to members of the order’s lay association, Regnum Christi.

The reforms include the training of Legionaries on best practices when dealing with minors to protect children from sex abuse; reconfiguring business and management practices; and altering the depiction of Father Maciel in the order’s communications, including Web sites and publications, Father Scott Reilly, director of the order’s Atlanta territory, and Father Julio Marti, director of the New York territory, wrote Sept. 1.

In February, Legionaries’ officials said they had only recently learned their late founder had fathered a child. In the past, Father Maciel had been accused of sexually abusing young seminarians in the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Legion of Christ begs forgiveness

Spero News

By Martin Barillas

Signed by Rev. Julio Martí and Rev. Scott Reilly and sent to members of the Regnum Christi movement of the Legion of Christ in the United States is a letter apologizing to members of the lay Catholic movement. The founder of the Legion of Christ, Rev. Marcial Maciel was accused of paedophilia with both girls and male seminarians and denied allegations for decades until he finally stepped down as leader of the order of priests and summoned to Rome to live his final years in penitence and contemplation. Rev. Maciel died in Houston, Texas, in January 2008. He was born in 1920.

Members of the Legion of Christ, and the lay movement called Regnum Christi or 'Kingdom of Christ' steadfastly defended Rev. Maciel who many revered as a saint. Indeed, many of the centres of LC throughout the world displayed large photographs of the Mexican-born Maciel even during his lifetime. Maciel was born into a prominent family of Cotija, Michoacan State in Mexico. His uncle Bishop Rafael Guízar Valencia was canonized as a saint in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

In High-Profile Prosecutions, Martha Coakley Made Her Name

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

By MONICA BRADY-MYEROV
Published September 9, 2009

[with audio]|

BOSTON — Martha Coakley’s legal career has been dominated by cases that seek to protect children. She joined the Middlesex district attorney’s office in 1986 and found her stride five years later when she was appointed the chief of the child abuse prosecution unit. It was in this role that she first saw the spotlight when British au pair Louise Woodward was accused of fatally shaking a baby in her care in 1997. ...

Coakley has also distinguished herself as a prosecutor of clergy who allegedly abused children. In 2002, she was the first DA in the state to bring abuse-related criminal charges against a priest.

John Geoghan was suspected of molesting as many as 130 children, but the statute of limitations and evidence only allowed him to be charged and convicted of one count of child sexual assault. He was sentenced to nine to 10 years in prison, which some believed was too long. But Coakley defended the sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Redress to pay deceased victims $5K

AUSTRALIA
Care Leavers Australia Network

The West Australian Government has announced ex gratia payments of $5,000 will be made to victims of child abuse in state care who have died before their application was finalised.

Redress WA was set up under the previous Labor government to compensate people who suffered abuse in Australia's orphanages, children's homes and in foster care.

Last month, the State Government cut the maximum payment for victims from $80,000 to $45,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Boy describes 'camping' with minister

LANCASTER (PA)
Lancaster Online

By CINDY STAUFFER, Staff Writer

A 13-year-old boy told police a retired minister had sexual contact with him while the two were "camping out" inside a tent in a hangar at Lancaster Airport, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The teen told police Dennis Spangler, 64, slept in the nude with him and touched him on several occasions over the past year, the affidavit filed in the case said.

Spangler, of Richland Drive in Manheim Township, has been charged with indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors for the incidents at the airport, where Spangler worked as an independent flight instructor.

Spangler, who retired from the United Methodist church in 2007 after a stint at a Brownstown church, surrendered his ministerial credentials late Monday afternoon to a church official.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

2 brothers sue archdiocese, saying priest assaulted them

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Sept. 8, 2009

Two adult brothers who contend they were sexually assaulted by a Waukesha County Catholic priest when they were boys sued the Milwaukee Archdiocese on Tuesday, saying it knew Father David Hanser had a history of molesting children and failed to warn their family.

The lawsuit, filed by David and Peter Neels in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, is the 12th civil fraud case now pending against the archdiocese alleging sexual abuse by clergy.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said that the archdiocese acknowledged Hanser's history in 2002, and that he was laicized, or defrocked, in 2005. Hanser, of Nashotah, could not be reached for comment .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Dampened Spirit

WHEELING (WV)
Inside Higher Ed

One board member called it “dirty business.”

Last month’s controversial firing of Wheeling Jesuit University’s president had many twists and turns, pitting two governing boards against each other and spurring allegations that an area bishop played a role in the president’s ouster. While the Rev. Julio Giulietti was beloved by many, it was no secret that the Wheeling president had his detractors from the moment he took office two years ago. In the end, even Giulietti’s ardent supporters proved powerless to save him. ...

Throughout the process, DiTrapano said there was no discussion about the reasons for firing Giulietti, and the director was perplexed that a vote would go forward before a comprehensive evaluation with student and faculty input -- due this fall -- was completed. The perceived rush to judgment has led to speculation that the local Roman Catholic bishop, the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield, a longtime donor with no jurisdiction over the university, pushed for the ouster. A spokesman for the diocese denied the bishop’s involvement, but DiTrapano and another board member have heard otherwise.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

September 8, 2009

Father Charles Alfred Barnett ministered in three Australian states

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher

Father Charles Alfred Barnett worked as a Catholic priest in various parts of Australia for twenty years but left for Indonesia in the mid-1990s. In 2009 he is in custody in South Australia, charged with sexual offences against boys in that state. He also worked in two other Australian states — Queensland and New South Wales.

In court on 8 September 2009, Barnett indicated that he intends to plead guilty to some of the South Australian charges. He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court again later in 2009.

The South Australian matters are being investigated by the Sexual Crime Investigation Branch, South Australia Police, 30-46 Wright Street Adelaide, South Australia 5000. It is possible that police in other Australian states might also become interested in Barnett.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

SA former priest pleads guilty

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A former South Australian Catholic priest extradited from Indonesia has pleaded guilty to three charges of indecently assaulting a child.

But defence counsel for 68-year-old Charles Alfred Barnett has told the Adelaide Magistrates Court the ex-priest will plead not guilty to the remaining six offences which include having unlawful sexual intercourse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Catholics urged to tell Vatican of nuns' work

OHIO
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

A major U.S. Catholic nuns' group, voicing concern over two ongoing Vatican investigations, is asking Rome for more information and less secrecy.

At the same time, an Ohio-based Catholic reform group is encouraging lay people to write letters of support for nuns to church officials, including Toledo Bishop Leonard Blair, who is heading one of the inquiries.

The Leadership Conference for Women Religious, which represents 95 percent of the nation's approximately 60,000 nuns, issued a statement after its annual assembly last month criticizing the Vatican for "a lack of full disclosure about the motivation and funding sources for the studies."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Former priest admits to sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A former South Australian Catholic priest extradited from Indonesia has pleaded guilty to three charges of indecently assaulting a child.

But defence counsel for 68-year-old Charles Alfred Barnett has told the Adelaide Magistrates Court the ex-priest will plead not guilty to the remaining six offences which include having unlawful sexual intercourse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Abuse report court case adjourned until next month

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

The case referred to the High Court by the Justice Minister over the publication of the Murphy Report into abuse in the Dublin Diocese has been adjourned until October 1st.

Dermot Ahern has requested that the court decide whether the report can be published in part or in full because a number of priests named in it face criminal proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

I'm guilty admits extradited Catholic priest Charles Barnett

AUSTRALIA
Adelaide Now

KEN MCGREGOR, COURT REPORTER
September 08, 2009 11:12am

A FORMER South Australian priest has pleaded guilty to child sex charges after being extradited from Indonesia.

Charles Barnett, 68, was arrested in February following a request from Australian authorities, and the South Jakarta District Court approved his extradition in April.

Today, in the Adelaide Magistrates Court, Barnett admitted to three counts of indecent assault against a person between 1977 and 1982 at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Ex-priest to plead guilty, court told

AUSTRALIA
WAtoday

September 8, 2009 - 10:59AM
A former South Australian Catholic priest who was extradited from Indonesia in February will plead guilty to three child sex charges, a court has heard.

In the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday, defence counsel Stephen Ey said Charles Alfred Barnett, 68, would plead guilty to three counts of indecent assault.

The charges relate to alleged offences at Crystal Brook and Port Pirie, in SA's mid-north, between 1977 and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

September 7, 2009

Retired pastor charged with indecent assault

PENNSYLVANIA
Lancaster Online

By CINDY STAUFFER, Staff Writer

A local retired Methodist minister and flight instructor was charged with indecent exposure, indecent assault and corruption of minors for a series of incidents that allegedly occurred at the Lancaster Airport over the past year.

Dennis E. Spangler, 64, of Richland Drive in Manheim Township, was charged after police said he exposed himself to and had inappropriate contact with a 13-year-old boy.

The incidents occurred inside a hangar at the Lancaster Airport between October 2008 and May 2009, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Registered sex offender to be ordained by Louisville church, many concerned

KENTUCKY
WHAS

[with video]

(WHAS11) - There is controversy involving a Louisville church ordaining a registered sex offender as a minister.

The church in question serves a predominantly gay and transgendered congregation but one former member says he's concerned that the new minister could be a threat to the congregation's children.

The pastor of City of Refuge Worship Center admits it's the first time he's heard of a church in the United States ordaining someone who is registered for life as a sex offender but he says the man in question has changed and deserves forgiveness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

Kentucky Church plans to ordain registered Sex Offender

KENTUCKY
ABC 30

Kentucky -- Mark Hourigan was charged back in 1998 with sexually abusing an eleven year old boy. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, served time in prison and agreed not to serve as a leader in any church where he would have contact with children.

Hourigan's probation is over and now the pastor of the City of Refuge Church said Hourigan will become an Ordained Minister next Sunday.

Pastor Randy Meadows, City of Refuge Worship Center said: "If we show people that someone with mark's background, with mark's past can become someone productive in society, then who else could reach out to other people."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:09 PM

Bridgeport Catholics call for an end of secrecy

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
National Catholic Reporter

by Thomas C. Fox on Sep. 04, 2009 NCR Today

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Sept. 2 passed to the full court a request by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport to keep clergy sex abuse files sealed. The full court will decide the matter by Sept. 29.

The diocese had asked Scalia to stay the publication of more than 12,000 documents while the full court decides whether to take up the diocese's appeal of an earlier ruling by the Connecticut Supreme Court that the documents are public records.

The following is a statement by Voice of the Faithful Catholics in the Diocese of Bridgeport:

The Diocese of Bridgeport, still blithely spending the money of the Catholic faithful, has appealed to the United States Supreme Court. Presenting itself as a victim of injustice, the diocese alleges that its First Amendment rights have been violated by the order of the State Supreme Court to unseal court records relating to priestly sexual abuse and episcopal cover-up. The diocese further claims it has not been treated fairly by a succession of state courts that have heard the case. The diocese complains that all of this happened long ago and that the newspapers only want to rehash old news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

More Lawsuits Against Archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WTMJ

By The WTMJ News Team
Story Created: Sep 6, 2009

(Story Updated: Sep 7, 2009 )

MILWAUKEE - More fraud lawsuits are coming against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as two brothers who claim to be victims of priest abuse are planning to sue.

Peter and David Neels will both file lawsuits Tuesday. They say they were abused by Father David Hanser when they were students at St. Mary's Parish in Pewaukee in the 1980's.

The suits also allege that the archdiocese knew Hanser abused boys since at least the 70's, and officials never did anything about it and instead moved him around to different parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Pope meets Berlusconi aide amid scandal fallout

ROME
Belleville News-Democrat

By NICOLE WINFIELD - Associated Press Writer E-Mail

ROME -- Premier Silvio Berlusconi's top aide met with Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday amid continuing fallout over scandals that have strained ties between Italy's government and the Catholic Church.

Berlusconi adviser Gianni Letta pronounced relations were "solid" after meeting briefly with the pontiff during a visit by the pope to Viterbo, north of Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Legionaries' letter to lay members details reforms order has made

NZ Catholic (New Zealand)

Monday 7 September 2009
WASHINGTON (CNS) - The Legionaries of Christ have initiated a number of reforms since publicly acknowledging in February that the order's founder, Mexican Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, fathered a child, two U.S. Legionaries priests said in a letter to members of the order's lay association, Regnum Christi.

The reforms include the training of Legionaries on best practices when dealing with minors to protect children from sex abuse; reconfiguring business and management practices; and altering the depiction of Father Maciel in the order's communications, including Web sites and publications, Father Scott Reilly, director of the order's Atlanta territory, and Father Julio Marti, director of the New York territory, wrote Sept. 1.

In February, Legionaries' officials said they had only recently learned their late founder had fathered a child. In the past, Father Maciel had been accused of sexually abusing young seminarians in the order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

September 6, 2009

War tactics should be applied to abusers and lying schmucks who covered up

UNITED STATES
Examiner

September 6, 12:04 PM
Pittsburgh Independent Examiner
Mike Ference

Every day brings new evidence that we no longer live in a civilized and principled society. The worst part, it usually concerns another case of sexual misconduct involving a Catholic priest, young children and a church hierarchy that helped to cover up the case.

The recent revelations of Bishop Ray Goedert’s, a former vicar of priest, who knew that at least 25 priests had sexually molested children and did nothing. His rationale, as one fellow bishop admitted, that at the time , “he was not a mandated reporter.” In other words, like so many other bishops, cardinals and popes – better to protect dysfunctional sex freaks than God’s most precious commodity – innocent children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Was Bob Crane a pedophile priest assault survivor? It might explain the way his sexual behavior ruined his life and career...

CALIFORNIA
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

"Sex is good for you, I'm normal. They're the ones with the hangups," says Bob Crane in dialogue from Autofocus - and I begin wondering if Crane could have been another adult victim of a pedophile priest. Because after working on a blog like this, you begin to be able to recognize the signs, the patterns. Some survivors of pedophile Catholic priests are more ... afflicted than others. In the 2002 film, we see the how the actor's sex antics destroyed his family and career and even played and into his 1978 murder.

Crane was a Catholic born in 1928 and raised in Connecticut. I just wonder if he ever served as an altar boy. Or as a kid did he go off on long trips with the priest for hours, often spending the night, coming home acting strange?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Deal Hudson's World Falls Apart

SCRANTON (PA)
American Magazine

Posted at: 2009-09-04 08:06:43.0
Author: Michael Sean Winters

I almost feel sorry for Deal Hudson. His world is crashing down, or at least that is the impression one garners from reading his post of a few days back about the presence of two princes of the Church at the obsequies for Sen. Kennedy and the almost simultaneous resignation of Scranton’s Bishop Joseph Martino.

I have not commented on the resignation of Bishop Martino. I sympathize with anyone whose health deteriorates and I do so at a visceral level, having watched my mother’s body and mind decline from the ravages of Parkinson’s. Mr. Hudson claims to have knowledge he can’t reveal that suggests the Bishop was "pushed out." I have no such information although I did find it odd that they did not appoint a coadjutor or an apostolic administrator sede plena or some such solution that might have permitted Bishop Martino a more graceful exit.

My good friend and colleague Amy Sullivan at Time ran a piece on the resignation in Scranton. The piece was great but the headline was unfortunate. (To those not in the press, writers do not usually pick their own headlines, editors do that.) It read: "Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?" If Bishop Martino was fired, it was not because of his opposition to abortion, out-spoken or otherwise. It may have been because he applied the moral certainty the Church has on the procurement of an abortion to the more murky question of how to legislate about the procedure. It more likely may have been because he spoke disparagingly of the work of his brother bishops working through the USCCB. As I mentioned yesterday, the polarization within the Bishops’ Conference is a real and pressing problem. We do not want to be like the Episcopalians, facing schism over an issue like homosexuality. The Lord’s prayer that "All May Be One" trumps virtually any and all particular moral issues, and certainly trumps any and all political strategies for implementing the Church’s views on those moral issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Correction

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

A story on Page A4 Thursday gave an incorrect total for the number of priests involved in lawsuits settled by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in 2001. The number is eight, according to court filings. Also, while the amount of the settlements was not disclosed, the diocese did publicly announce that the cases were settled. The story was unclear on that point.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Mass. church fights impending closure

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Parishioners at a Springfield Roman Catholic church selected for closure by the diocese say they won't go without a fight.

A group of parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church in the city's Indian Orchard section planned a candlelight vigil at the church grounds Saturday from 8:30 p.m. until midnight.

Group chairwoman Caroline Bobala says they are also planning a rally Sunday at St. Michael's Cathedral beginning at 9 a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

September 5, 2009

Around the region

CHICAGO (IL)
Post-Tribune

Post-Tribune staff report
A Valparaiso man has been accused of trying to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, according to a criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court.

On Monday, an officer pulled Wayne Wigglesworth, 68, over in Chicago for making an improper turn and saw a boy in the car with him.

Wigglesworth couldn't say why the boy was with him or what the boy's name was, according to the complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Ex-priest from Valpo arrested in Chicago

CHICAGO (IL)
Post-Tribune

By Teresa Auch Schultz, Post-Tribune staff writer
A 68-year-old former priest accused of trying to have sex with a Chicago teen had no accusations of improper behavior during his years in Maryland that the Archdiocese of Baltimore is aware of, according to a church official.

Wayne E. Wigglesworth of Valparaiso was arrested Aug. 17 after police pulled his vehicle over near the intersection of 60th and Rockwell streets in Chicago when Wigglesworth's vehicle made an improper turn. They found the 15-year-old teen with him, but the teen didn't know Wigglesworth's name.

When police further questioned him, the teen said he met Wigglesworth through an Internet chat room, TeenChat.com., and they talked for several days. Wigglesworth eventually asked to meet the teen so they could perform oral sex on each other and then "hold and hug each other," according to the criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

D.A. GUNS FOR NUN

NEW YORK
New York Post

By KIERAN CROWLEY and SELIM ALGAR

September 5, 2009

Gin and bear it, sister.

The Long Island nun charged with DWI after downing half a bottle of liquor may face additional charges based on witness accounts that she nearly mowed down a group of kids, the Nassau County DA said yesterday.

Sister Lauren Hanley, 68, a spiritual director at St. Frances de Chantal Church in Wantagh, appeared sullen during a court appearance yesterday in Mineola. She currently faces misdemeanor DWI raps and a maximum one-year jail sentence if convicted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

David learns to use his sling

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Nicole Sotelo on Sep. 03, 2009 Young Voices

A simple sling, used skillfully in biblical times, was known to take down a giant. Two weeks ago, a 39-year old modern-day David used a microphone at a news conference, instead of a sling, and helped to bring down a colossal silence about sexual abuse that had stood over him for 25 years.

Because of Mark McAllister’s courage to speak out, the story of Fr. Carmine Sita, aka Fr. Gerald Howard, was heard by thousands. Sita was convicted of abuse in New Jersey, legally changed his name, and was quietly sent to an unsuspecting Missouri parish where he molested again. Within two weeks of McAllister’s disclosure, the telephone began ringing at SNAP, the Survivor’s Network of those Abused by Priests. One by one, voices on the phone -- each one courageous, all tragically linked in a web of victimization -- declared that they, too, had been abused by the same priest.

By the end of last week, seven more survivors had joined Mark in breaking the silence. It appears that the abusive priest has lived freely for more than two decades, potentially putting other children at risk. Now that the silence has been broken, there is pressure on the diocese and the courts to ensure the priest will not harm others. Speaking truth saves lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Out of Left Field: Another deposition, more betrayal

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Catholic News

(POSTED: 8/31/09) I have just finished reading Bishop Ray Goedert's deposition, and I am very, very sad -- and very confused.

Where is the Catholic outrage? Where is the call from the faithful for a public act of penance by this bishop, this former vicar for priests, who knew that at least 25 priests had sexually molested children and did not, even once, report any of these substantiated allegations to appropriate civil authorities?

Goedert's rationale? Yes, our bishop admitted, he was aware that molestation of children was a crime, but he wasn't a "mandated reporter" at that time. Nor did Goedert tell the truth to parishioners when these priests were either reassigned, forced to resign or granted a sabbatical. He either never understood (or never cared) that parents and other victims who had not yet come forward had a right to know the truth, so that they could either deal with their own suppressed abuse issues or, as parents, verify that their own children had not also been harmed.

Where is the outrage?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

SNAP establishes Web sites to help victims of abuse by clergy

OHIO
Vindicator

Published: Sat, September 5, 2009

A national self-help group network for victims of sexual abuse by clergy now has five Ohio Valley-area support group meetings to meet the need for healing.

SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org), has named Judy Block-Jones as the regional director for the Ohio Valley to oversee the expansion.

SNAP is the nation’s largest support groups for men and women who were sexually abused in religious organizations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Paper with Connections to Italian Prime Minister ’Outs’ Catholic Journalist

ITALY
EDGE Boston

by Kilian Melloy
EDGE Staff Reporter
Friday Sep 4, 2009

The editor of the Catholic newspaper Avvenire, which is the publication of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, resigned amid what he said were "attacks" on himself that hurt his job and his family.

After criticizing the alleged antics of the Italian prime minister, 71-year-old Silvio Berlusconi--who reportedly has frolicked with expensive prostitutes and teenaged girls, and attended a party for a young negligee model--the editor of Avvenire, Dino Boffo, was subjected to salacious accusations himself in the pages of Il Giornale, a newspaper run by the prime minister’s brother, reported The New York Times in a Sept. 3 article.

The Times article quoted from an editorial Boffo wrote, in which he expressed the view that, "People have understood the unease, the mortification, the suffering that this arrogant neglect of sobriety has caused the Catholic Church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Police: Volunteer Minister Had Sex With Girl, 12

FLORIDA
The Ledger

By Shoshana Walter
THE LEDGER

LAKELAND | A volunteer minister and his nephew were arrested Thursday on charges they had sex with a 12-year-old girl who attends their church.

Clevon Ghent Clevon Ghent, 35, of 1161 Waterview Point in Lakeland, is charged with five counts of custodial sexual battery. His nephew, 18-year-old Gernard Jones, a Kathleen High School student, is charged with three counts of lewd battery.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the abuse began in May or June, when the girl said she first had sex with Jones in a parked car in her driveway. The next incident occurred while the girl was babysitting Ghent's children, and in a third encounter, both men had sex with the girl before driving her home from Bible study, the Sheriff's Office said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Former pastor sentenced to prison

MISSOURI
The Joplin Globe

By Jeff Lehr
jlehr@joplinglobe.com

A former pastor of a Webb City church was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for sexually molesting a girl for more than two years when she was between the ages of 9 and 11.

Circuit Judge David Mouton assessed Roy Curtis Huling, 60, the prison term despite testimony from family members, fellow pastors and his counselor that Huling was truly repentant for what he had done, had undergone extensive counseling and is currently considered a low risk to re-offend.

Assistant Prosecutor John Nicholas read statements that the girl and her mother wrote, recounting the pain and suffering the former pastor of First United Pentecostal Church caused their family and his church, and expressing opposition to Huling receiving anything less than a prison term and the requirement that he be registered as a sex offender for the remainder of his life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Girl, 12, says ministers raped her

FLORIDA
News Chief

By Kara Phelps
News Chief staff

AUBURNDALE - Polk County Sheriff's Office Special Victims detectives arrested two volunteer ministers at an Auburndale church after a 12-year-old girl reported the men, whom she met at the church, had sexually abused her this summer.

Clevon Ghent, 35, of 1161 Waterview Point, Lakeland, was charged Thursday with five counts of custodial sexual battery. Gernard Jones, 18, of 1455 Kathleen Road in Lakeland, was charged with three counts of lewd battery.

Ghent managed Trinity Enterprises, a residential and commercial cleaning business owned and operated by Born Again Church of God in Christ in Auburndale. Ghent and Jones are both volunteer ministers at the church, and the girl is reportedly a member of the congregation, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Clergy Sexual Abuse in Children

PHOENIX (AZ)
24-7

PHOENIX, AZ, September 05, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In a child's life each adult figure plays an important role in their perceptions of trust and human relationships. A pastor is supposed to aid in the spiritual upbringing of a child and guide them towards living a rightful path. When a pastor breaks this trust and sexually abuses your child, they deserve to be brought to justice for this horrific wrongdoing. In Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix area there have been several cases where the parent was unaware of the sexual assault brought upon from the victim. Protecting your child is a parent's number one priority. An Arizona personal injury attorney can help you bring these criminals to justice and handle your case with the sensitivity needed for you and your loved ones. ...

While there are many cases involving the Catholic church, any church can be at risk. While complete prevention may be difficult, there are warning signs that a parent or loved one can look out for in cases where there is suspicious behavior involving clergy members. Some warning signs include:

Warning Signs

• The pastor is being overly friendly, or touching your child excessively and inappropriately
• The pastor may frequently ask to spend alone time with your child and unsupervised
• You may notice other behaviors that may be deemed questionable by a man of his moral standings.
• There may be special privileges given to your child and not other children.
• The pastor may pay noticeably more attention to children then adults, and may engage in more activities with pastor.
• Most importantly, your child should never be unsupervised by a church official.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

NEW ENGLAND: Court to decide whether clergy sex abuse files

CONNECTICUT
NECN

[with video]

(NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - The battle over documents detailing sexual abuse by priests in the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Roman Catholic Diocese will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The diocese wants the papers to remain sealed, but victims want them aired in public.

The diocese settled 23 lawsuits connected to priests sexually abusing children back in 2001. These documents were part of those suits and detail what went on and how the church handled, or didn't handle, the issue.

Sharon See was sexually abused by Rev. Raymond Pcolka when she was a child. She filed suit against the Bridgeport, Connecticut Roman Catholic Diocese in 1993. Her suit with 22 others was settled in 2001. Some 12-thousand pages of documents were sealed by the court before the settlement. They include depositions by victims telling their stories and detail how the diocese, specifically then Bishop Edward Eagan, handled pedophile priests. Victims claim he moved abusive priests from parish to parish and tried to cover up the problem. 4 newspapers want the papers released. The diocese does not and has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a state supreme court ruling ordering the opening of the files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Charade of secrecy must end now

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Post

By Sharon A. See

The more things change, the more they stay the same ...

I have been silent for nearly 10 years while I read on a continuing basis about the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport's attempts to keep sealed the thousands of documents that were unearthed by past lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priest. Enough is enough.

The diocese has spent decades covering up allegations of pervasive sexual abuse of children at the hands of their priests and has purposefully protected