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October 31, 2009

Making amends

SAVANNAH (GA)
Savannah Morning News

Catholic Diocese of Savannah reaches settlement with alleged victim, takes proactive steps to guard against future child abuse.

DEFENSELESS CHILDREN have a right to be protected from predators. All organizations, and society as a whole, will be judged by how well they follow that principle.

On Wednesday, the Catholic Diocese of Savannah agreed to pay dearly to reconcile an egregious wrong allegedly committed 30 years ago by a then-local priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

“If anyone knows about child rape, it’s the Diocese of Fairbanks”

FAIRBANKS (AK)
Second Rape: The Diocese of Fairbanks and Sexual Abuse

The Diocese of Fairbanks is doing its best to convince the world that offering $5,500 to victims of child rape is fair. In press reports, they even had the nerve to say that victims were being insensitive by calling the offer a “second rape.”

Victims are insensitive? Really? Living with the effects of abuse their whole lives, shunned by the church, suffering in shame and silence, losing sleep, grappling with thoughts of suicide, while Bishop Kettler shakes a finger at them and tells them to go away?

Kettler and his officials are the definition of insensitive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

the debt women owe nuala

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Rosita Sweetman

Saturday October 31 2009

I was just beginning to feel all warm and fuzzy towards Nuala Fennell, fellow founding sister of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement (IWLM) -- how caring she was, how practical, how very nice -- when I read something she wrote about me and was suddenly reminded what a serious bite in the bum she could deliver if deemed necessary; Nuala Fennell was no pushover.

Incredibly sadly, this book was completed just before her untimely death earlier this year and I think if she hadn't been ill, she would have pushed the narrative further along. ...

Lest any of us forget, Ireland of the early 1970s still had its very own Taliban of celibate clergy and supine politicians who had, since the founding of the State, carefully forgotten the calls, and promises, for sexual equality, and through countless laws and strictures, daily reinforced by the clergy, ensured their way ruled.

It wasn't just that there was male domination; for most women there was no alternative to marriage. Once inside a marriage a woman lost virtually all of her personal human rights. Her husband could beat her, beat her children, abandon them, go to another jurisdiction, divorce her, re-marry, thereby bastardising his first family, and get the family home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Jury acquits Wauconda man in 2007 sex case

WAUCONDA (IL)
News Sun

October 31, 2009

NEWS SUN STAFF REPORT

A Lake County jury has found a Wauconda man not guilty of sex charges.

Two years ago, Zachary Carlson, 19, of 400 N. Main St., was charged with two counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, a Class X felony, and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony.

"We are very happy with the results," Carlson's attorney, Stephen Simonian, said Friday after the verdict. "We felt there was not enough evidence against Zachary."

Carlson was working as a counselor at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25225 W. Ivanhoe Road, Wauconda, in August 2007 when he was accused of having sex on multiple occasions with an 8-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl. Carlson was arrested on a warrant in December 2007 at Wauconda High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Aaron’s first hearing could be next week

ANDALUSIA (AL)
Andalusia Star-News

By Stephanie Nelson | Andalusia Star-News

Published Friday, October 30, 2009

The former pastor accused of sexually molesting and torturing young boys while on camping trips is expected to get his first sit-down with both sides of the legal fence sometime in the coming days.

Ralph Lee Aaron, 54, was charged earlier this week with 152 counts of sex-related crimes including the production and possession of child pornography, sexual abuse and torture and sodomy. He is currently in the county jail under a $24.5 million bond.

District attorney Greg Gambril said Thursday Aaron has requested a preliminary hearing and been given counsel in the form of a court-appointed attorney, Al Smith of Elba.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Precautions can help prevent abuse

ALABAMA
Andalusia Star-News

By Stephanie Nelson | Andalusia Star-News

Published Saturday, October 31, 2009

Communication and parental involvement are two key factors that can protect children from sexual abuse like that recently suffered by the victims of a pastor accused of more than 150 sexual offenses against young boys.

Tuesday, Ralph Lee Aaron was charged with committing the sexual offenses against multiple boys ranging in age from 8 to 12. The encounters all occurred during church-related camping trips and activities. Aaron was the boys’ pastor at the time of the alleged offenses.

“The thing about child abuse is that it is so dependent upon secrecy,” said Grace Jeter, who has prosecuted many sex offenders. “Parents need to talk to their kids. Keep very open lines of communication with them.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Alaska diocese offers $11M sex abuse plan

FAIRBANKS (AK)
United Press International

FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- An attorney for the Catholic diocese of Fairbanks, Alaska, said the diocese has offered an $11 million settlement to resolve sex abuse claims.

Kasey Nye. a bankruptcy attorney said the settlement would offer each abuse victim a minimum of $5,500, the Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News said Friday.

Some individuals would receive larger payments, Nye said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Abuse Victims Call Fairbanks Diocese Proposal "Second Rape"

ALASKA
KTVA

Matthew Simon

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTVA-CBS 11 News) A group of Alaska Natives, who survived Fairbanks Catholic Diocese sexual abuse, say a new settlement proposal makes them feel like they have been raped again.

The dispute surrounds a new $11 million settlement plan from the Diocese which proposes to pay nearly 300 claims with settlements starting at $5500 per claim.

St. Mary's Victim and advocate Elise Boudreau says, "It is unacceptable. It is devastating that our lives are worth so little to the Fairbanks Diocese. It is a second rape."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Stone-walling by diocese weakens its demurals

CONNECTICUT
Waterbury Republican-American

BY TRACEY O'SHAUGHNESSY | REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

How about a conciliatory gesture between Christians? A homecoming gift, if you like. Now that the Vatican has extended an invitation to Anglicans to join its flock, it may want to sweeten the pot with a little candor.

I am referring, of course, to the 12,000 pages of sexual abuse documents the Bridgeport Diocese insists are just too secret to share with the rest of us.

Now that the Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a part, wants to open its doors to disaffected Anglicans, perhaps the church will open those dusty old files, too. It would be a refreshing — if improbable — gesture of frankness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

October 30, 2009

Archdiocese of Miami Bans Conservative Catholic Movement

MIAMI (FL)
Beliefnet

(RNS) The Archdiocese of Miami has banned the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative Catholic movement, saying it broke a promise to restrict its ministry to members and was "involved" in several schools without approval.

In an Oct. 29 letter to Miami priests, Monsignor Michael Souckar, the archdiocese's chancellor, said individual priests belonging to the Legionaries had been granted permission to work "but their ministry was restricted to their own members."

"Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by these restrictions, Archbishop (John) Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami," Souckar said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Disclaimer

MIAMI (FL)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami

The Legionaries of Christ are prohibited from functioning in the Archdiocese of Miami. Furthermore, Regnum Christi - a group of lay Catholics related to the Legionaries of Christ - is not and has never been approved by Archbishop Favalora to work in any parish, school or other Archdiocesan entity.

The Archdiocese of Miami recently sent a statement to the clergy regarding the Legionaries of Christ.

From time to time the archdiocese will issue statements of clarification, often when we receive phone calls, letters or emails inquiring about issues, programs, visitors, speakers, etc. Such statements are not unusual, as they provide clear communications for clergy, parishioners and the South Florida community. In addition, the Archdiocese of Miami has policies and procedures for groups and individuals wishing to make presentations; at all times, these must be followed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Legionaries of Christ barred from ministry in Archdiocese of Miami

MIAMI (FL)
Catholic News Agency

Miami, Fla., Oct 30, 2009 / 11:40 am (CNA).- On Thursday the Archdiocese of Miami published a short disclaimer on its website, without any link, announcing both in English and Spanish that “the Legionaries of Christ are prohibited from functioning in the Archdiocese of Miami.”

“Furthermore, Regnum Christi - a group of lay Catholics related to the Legionaries of Christ - are not and have never been approved by Archbishop Favalora to work in any parish, school or other Archdiocesan entity,” the short web post says.

On the same day, all parishes in Miami received a memorandum signed by the Chancellor, Monsignor Michael Souckar, stating that “the Legionaries of Christ are prohibited from functioning in the Archdiocese of Miami, effective immediately.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Legionaries Surprised by Miami Ban

MIAMI (FL)
Zenit

MIAMI, Florida, OCT. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ is "surprised and disappointed" that Archbishop John Favalora of Miami has decided to prohibit the order from functioning in the archdiocese, says a spokesman.

Msgr. Michael Souckar, the archdiocesan chancellor, communicated to the local clergy on Thursday that members of the Legionaries of Christ are barred from any ministry in the archdiocese, effective immediately.

In a statement sent to ZENIT late Thursday, Legionaries of Christ spokesman Jim Fair said the Legion will respect the decision: "We will be obedient to Archbishop Favalora’s directives. We also hope to gain a clearer understanding of his concerns and demonstrate our ability to serve the local church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Legionaries of Christ barred from ministering in Miami Archdiocese

MIAMI (FL)
The Catholic Review

By Catholic News Service

MIAMI – Miami Archbishop John C. Favalora has barred the Legionaries of Christ from exercising any ministry in the archdiocese, effective immediately.

In a letter addressed to all the priests in the archdiocese, Msgr. Michael Souckar, archdiocesan chancellor, said the decision was made because the order had not adhered to the condition set by the archdiocese that they minister only to their own members.

"Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by the restrictions, Archbishop Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami," the priest said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

A Fork in the Road

Voice from the Desert

Dr. James Jenkins

Wednesday, 21 October 2009, I learned from the NY Times of the announcement in Rome by William Cardinal Levada, the Vatican’s chief doctrinal watchdog, that the Roman Catholic Church was taking steps to ease the way, more likely grease the skids, for conservative, reactionary Anglican bishops and priests to be fully accepted into the Catholic communion. ...

After years of revelations of the exploitation of children by sexually rapacious clerics, and the moral betrayal of supposed shepherd-bishops, shell-shocked Catholics are now treated to the spectacle of Vatican politicians, Benedict chief among them, of trying to cherry-pick the low hanging fruit off the Anglican branch of the vine.

I can almost hear the Anglicans, and their fellow American Episcopalians, heaving a giant sigh of relief that finally someone is willing to take their embarrassing problems off their hands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Sister Maureen on US Supreme Court Bridgeport diocese decision

BRIDGEPORT (CT)
Voice from the Desert

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish

October 15, 2009

The October 5, 2009, decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in response to the Bridgeport, Connecticut Diocese’s request to keep church files and records sealed is likely to be significant in that it sets a precedent for motions by any religious denomination whose leadership would seek to conspire to cover up for sexually abusive ministers.

In addition, such a precedent could compel other public and private institutions to unseal their records in similar situations.

This is a step in the right direction and the high court should be applauded for this decision as should the secular newspapers which pursued the release of these documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Must Read: Tom Doyle letter to Vatican Archbishop Tomasi

Voice from the Desert

Dear Archbishop Tomasi,

I recently read the statement attributed to you and addressed to the United Nations. This of course, was the Holy See’s response to the statement of the International Humanist and Ethical Union of September 8, 2009.

I am aware that statements of this nature, when presented by officials of the Holy See, are usually prepared by staff members. In this instance it would benefit the Holy See and you as well to dismiss the staff member who prepared this report in your name. I say this because the report contains blatantly inaccurate information and reflects a level of research that is amateurish at best. There is a great deal of up-to-date data on sexual abuse by Catholic clergy available yet your writer chose secondary sources based on out of date information which of course seriously damages the credibility of the statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

FOUL BALL!

NEW YORK
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York

By Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York

October is the month we relish the highpoint of our national pastime, especially when one of our own New York teams is in the World Series!

Sadly, America has another national pastime, this one not pleasant at all: anti-catholicism.

It is not hyperbole to call prejudice against the Catholic Church a national pastime. Scholars such as Arthur Schlesinger Sr. referred to it as “the deepest bias in the history of the American people,” while John Higham described it as “the most luxuriant, tenacious tradition of paranoiac agitation in American history.” “The anti-semitism of the left,” is how Paul Viereck reads it, and Professor Philip Jenkins sub-titles his book on the topic “the last acceptable prejudice.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

New York Times refuses to publish Archbishop Dolan's op-ed on anti-Catholic bias

NEW YORK
Catholic News Agency

New York City, N.Y., Oct 30, 2009 / 11:14 am (CNA).- The New York Times declined to publish an op-ed presented by the Archbishop of New York, Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, in which he made the point that the “Gray Lady” has been reporting stories with a strong anti-Catholic bias.

In his new blog on the archdiocese’s website, Archbishop Dolan explains that his article was submitted in a slightly shorter form to the New York Times as an op-ed, but the Times declined to publish it. ...

On October 14, in the pages of the New York Times, reporter Paul Vitello exposed the sad extent of child sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.

“Yet,” Archbishop Dolan observes, “the Times did not demand what it has called for incessantly when addressing the same kind of abuse by a tiny minority of priests: release of names of abusers, rollback of statute of limitations, external investigations, release of all records, and total transparency.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Archdiocese of Miami Bans Legionaries of Christ

MIAMI (FL)
Zenit

MIAMI, Florida, OCT. 29, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop John Favalora of Miami has officially prohibited members of the Legionaries of Christ from exercising any ministry in the archdiocese, effective immediately.

Msgr. Michael Souckar, the archdiocesan chancellor, communicated the ban today in a letter addressed to all priests of the archdiocese. ZENIT confirmed the veracity of the letter with the office of the chancellor.

Both Msgr. Souckar and Legionary of Christ spokesman Jim Fair were unavailable for comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Miami archdiocese bans Legionaries of Christ, Regnum Christi

MIAMI (FL)
Catholic Culture

October 30, 2009

The Archdiocese of Miami has prohibited the Legionaries of Christ from functioning in any capacity in the archdiocese.

“In the past, their priests were given individual approval by the Vicar General each time they wished to come to the Archdiocese of Miami but their ministry was restricted to their own members,” said archdiocesan chancellor Msgr. Michael Souckar in an October 29 memo to all priests. “Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by these restrictions, Archbishop [John] Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Miami.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Fairbanks priest called Alaska Natives “fairly loose” on sexual matters

ALASKA
Second Rape: The Diocese of Fairbanks and Sexual Abuse

Fr. Lom Loyens, leader of the Jesuits in Fairbanks, Alaska from 1976 to 1980 and holder of a doctorate in cultural anthropology, was deposed by victims’ attorneys in 2004 regarding Fr. Jules Convert. Convert has been accused of molesting at least eight children in the Fairbanks Diocese and died in 1995.

When asked if priests molesting young boys would have a negative effect on boys, Loyens said that Alaska Natives were “fairly loose” on sexual matters. He also claimed that Alaska Native women fondled the testicles of their boy children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

The goal: Justice

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Posted: Oct. 29, 2009

On a 6-2 vote, the Assembly Committee on Children and Families approved this week a measure that would help victims of childhood sexual abuse get a piece of their soul back, as one advocate put it. The bill would allow past victims to sue their assailants for damages, something many of those victims can't do now. The bill, the Child Victims Act, deserves the same kind of vote in the full Assembly and Senate.

At a public hearing on the bill last week, the Journal Sentinel's Annysa Johnson reported, victims and child safety advocates voiced support for the bill, calling the existing statute of limitations arbitrary and saying many factors conspire to keep victims silent. The bill would apply to all abuse cases, most of which involve family members, neighbors and family friends.

The bill would have an impact on the Catholic Church, which has been famously beset by a clergy abuse scandal, and other churches and nonprofit organizations. But supporters have a point when they say the only way to get information about abusers has been to sue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Murder-suspect janitor also wanted on old child-assault charge

CHATHAM (NJ)
Daily Record

By PEGGY WRIGHT • STAFF WRITER • October 30, 2009

The custodian charged with killing St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church pastor the Rev. Edward Hinds kept a secret for 21 years — that he is wanted in Philadelphia for ''corruption of minors" and ''indecent assault," a prosecutor said Thursday.

Appearing dazed and weary, murder suspect Jose R. Feliciano shuffled into a courtroom in Morristown in shackles Thursday for a review of the $1 million bail set upon his arrest last Saturday for the Oct. 22 fatal stabbing of the cleric in the kitchen of his rectory.

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade asked Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan to modify the $1 million bail to cash only, saying that police have learned there is a 1988 warrant for Feliciano's arrest out of Philadelphia. Feliciano also has multiple birthdates, Social Security numbers, and has gone by other names such as Carlos Feliciano, Wade said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Background doublecheck may have led Jose Feliciano, wanted for indecent assault, to murder

NEW JERSEY
The Express-Times

By Express-Times staff
October 30, 2009, 12:33AM

In March, the Diocese of Paterson began a push to make sure everyone serving in its parishes and schools had undergone a background check.

The Rev. Edward Hinds' discovery that St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church janitor Jose Feliciano had either not undergone a check or failed one may be why the priest is dead today.

“In March, it just so happens, we re-emphasized and redoubled our efforts to ensure that every single school, every single parish, was compliant,” said Kenneth Mullaney, an attorney for the Paterson Diocese. “My speculation is that perhaps the current issue had to do with that effort.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Church must root out `evil' child porn: Archbishop

CANADA
Toronto Star

In his first public comment on a child pornography scandal rocking his church, the archbishop of Toronto said the Catholic Church must act "clearly and effectively" to root out the problem and ensure justice is served.

Child pornography is "evil," Archbishop Thomas Collins told the 30th Cardinal's Dinner Thursday, and it's all the worse when perpetrated by clergy. "Although ... this massive evil industry is hardly being sustained by the patronage of the clergy of any faith, if a priest or bishop engages in this iniquity, the outrage is all the more intense, and rightly so," Collins said.

Antigonish Bishop Raymond Lahey was charged with possession of child pornography this month, just days after he resigned. He is free on $9,000 bail and living in Ottawa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Vicar faces child porn charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Derbyshire Times

Published Date: 30 October 2009
A Church of England vicar has been charged with downloading indecent images of children from the internet, it has emerged.

The Diocese of Lichfield said the Rev Dominic Stone, from Marchington, near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, had been charged with 16 counts of making indecent photographs of a child contrary to the Protection of Children Act 1978.

The 46-year-old priest, who is the team vicar of Marchington, Marchington Woodlands, Kingstone and Leigh, is on police bail and will appear before magistrates in Burton-upon-Trent next month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Child abuse remains rife in Nyanza Province

KENYA
Coastweek

KISUMU (Xinhua) -- As the world prepares to celebrate children’s universal day on Nov. 20, dark clouds hung over Nyanza, an expansive province in western Kenya, where child abuse has been on a sharp rise in the recent past.

In many parts of this province that straddles Lake Victoria, children have nowhere to hide.

Child rapists are everywhere—in schools, homes, churches, in market centers and on the streets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Call for child abuse inquiry in NI

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

Friday, 30 October 2009
Victims of child abuse in church and state-run institutions in Northern Ireland have called for an investigation similar to the Ryan report.

A Belfast solicitor acting for some of the victims has written to the First and deputy First Minister detailing their demands.

The victims say they have been discriminated against because inquiries in the Republic have not been extended to the North.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Ex-Alabama Pastor Accused of Sexual Abuse of Young Boys on Camping Trips

ANDALUSIA (AL)
Fox News

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ANDALUSIA, Ala. — Prosecutors plan to seek multiple life sentences if they get a conviction against a former Andalusia pastor accused of sexual abuse and torture of young boys on camping trips.

Covington County deputies arrested 54-year-old Ralph Lee Aaron on Wednesday on 152 counts of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and possession of obscene matter involving children. Aaron was fired as pastor of Grace Christian Fellowhip Church after he was arrested and held on $24.2 million bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Archbishop Dolan Blogs, But Doesn't Really Use Computer

NEW YORK
Gothamist

[the archbishop's blog]

Archbishop Timothy Dolan is on the information superhighway—the leader of the New York Archdiocese has a blog called The Gospel in the Digital Age, where he tackles things like sexual abuse in the Catholic Church (today's entry is an op-ed he submitted to the NY Times, which declined it) and baseball—"It’s been hard for this bishop to be against angels, but fortunately that crisis of conscience has passed with the Yankees 5-2 victory last night over the Los Angeles Angels, giving them their 40th American League pennant and sending the Bronx Bombers back to the World Series."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Diocese pushes $11 million proposal

FAIRBANKS (AK)
The News Tribune

By LISA DEMER
ldemer@adn.com

The Catholic diocese of Fairbanks, struggling for years with claims of sexual abuse by priests and church volunteers, is pitching an $11 million plan in bankruptcy court to resolve hundreds of claims.

Individual victims would be guaranteed a minimum of $5,500 and those that suffered serious abuse would get significantly more, said Kasey Nye, the diocese's Tucson, Ariz.-based bankruptcy attorney.

But a lawyer and an advocate for victims say the proposal is unacceptable and insulting. Elsie Boudreau, an abuse victim turned advocate, called it "a second rape."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Abuse an 'evil' to be dealt with: Archbishop

CANADA
National Post

[text of the bishop's speech]

Charles Lewis, National Post
Published: Friday, October 30, 2009

Scandals involving clergy should be viewed as dramatic exceptions to the day-to-day reality of the Roman Catholic Church, but problems will be inevitable because of the frailty of human beings, Archbishop Thomas Collins told a charitable dinner in Toronto last night.

According to his prepared remarks, Archbishop Collins told 1,700 people attending the Cardinal's Dinner, the largest Catholic charitable event in Canada, that all of society has to reflect on how a multibillion dollar pornography industry is sustained.

In September, Raymond Lahey, head of the Diocese of Antigonish, was travelling through the Ottawa airport when he was pulled aside by customs officials. A few weeks later he was charged by Ottawa police with possession of child pornography. Bishop Lahey resigned his post without explanation prior to the allegations being made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

October 29, 2009

Trial for FLDS member interrupted

ELDORADO (TX)
Standard-Times

Trish Choate choatet@shns.com / 202-664-9439

SAN ANGELO, Texas — ELDORADO — The child sexual assault trial of a polygamist sect member came to a screeching halt just before 3 p.m. today because a jurist’s child may have swine flu.

Judge Barbara Walther sent the jurors home and told her bailiff to tell the jurors the court would call them in the morning.

Walther, 51st Judicial District judge, announced that a juror’s child younger than 5 has a high temperature. Walther said they would not continue until the child gets better.

She told the attorneys in the trial of Raymond Merril Jessop, 38, to stay and they would take up other matters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

Juror child's illness puts FLDS trial on hold after 4 witness testimonies

ELDORADO (TX)
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Brooke Adams
The Salt Lake Tribune

Four witnesses testified about collection and handling genetic evidence in the state's case against Raymond Merril Jessop on Thursday when the hearing was suddenly halted with an announcement that a juror's child is sick and possibly has the H1N1 flu.

Fifty-first District Judge Barbara Walther stopped proceedings around 2:45 p.m. and told the courtroom that the juror's child, who is under the age of five, is running a high fever and "may have swine flu."

"We are in recess at least until the child is well," the judge said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM

Raising voice to urge calm

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By SCOTT WALDMAN, Staff writer
First published in print: Friday, October 30, 2009

An advocacy group for those abused by priests is asking people to be sensitive about the victims who come forward.

Mark Lyman, Capital Region director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, said supporters of the Rev. Salvatore Rodino, a Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany priest accused of sexual abuse, should not malign the person who made the allegations.

Rodino was suspended Saturday as pastor of St. Jude the Apostle Church in Wynantskill after the diocese found "reasonable grounds" to believe he had sexual contact with a male teenager 27 years ago while at Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. As they filed into Sunday Mass, some parishioners of the church Rodino has led since 2005 said his accuser was coming forward only to collect settlement money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 PM

Disturbing Revelations In Murdered NJ Priest Case

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
WCBS

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBS)
The man accused of brutally murdering a Chatham priest has reportedly confessed to the crime, and prosecutors revealed even more disturbing information about the suspect Thursday, including the likely motive.

He walked into the court with his head down, his hands cuffed, and a look of confusion on his face. Jose Feliciano is the janitor police say killed Father Edward Hinds, stabbing him 32 times in the rectory of St. Patrick's Church. In court, prosecutors told the judge Feliciano has confessed to the murder, and said there was also compelling evidence against the 64-year-old Pennsylvania resident taken from his home and the park across the street.

"We have a confession because it was skillfully obtained by Capt. Paul, but he tried to deceive the police," said Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM

Abuse victims protest Fairbanks diocese bankruptcy plan

ALASKA
KTUU

by Rachel D'Oro
The Associated Press
Thursday, October 29, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Elsie Boudreau received $1 million from the Fairbanks Catholic diocese to settle her sexual abuse claims against a priest, so four years later she's appalled that almost 300 more victims are being offered a guaranteed $5,500 each.

Boudreau says it's like another round of abuse from the diocese, which this week submitted a second reorganization plan to a bankruptcy court judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Suspect in brutal murder of Chatham, NJ priest, church janitor Jose Feliciano, held on $1M bail<

NEW JERSEY
New York Daily News

By Henrik Karoliszyn and Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Thursday, October 29th 2009, 3:39 PM

The church janitor accused of brutally killing a New Jersey priest is staying behind bars.

Jose Feliciano, 64, was ordered held on $1 million cash bond Thursday at a court appearance where prosecutors revealed the suspect's past included using phony names and Social Security numbers.

Feliciano, who worked at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, was also wanted on a 1988 bench warrant issued in Philadelphia, prosecutors said.

Prosecutor: Priest slaying suspect used aliases

MORRISTOWN (NJ)
The Associated Press

By DAVID PORTER (AP)

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A janitor who confessed to stabbing a New Jersey priest to death last week had been trying to cover up a two-decade-old arrest warrant by using fake names and identification, a prosecutor said Thursday in requesting the man's bail remain at $1 million.

State Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan agreed to the request by Assistant Morris County Prosecutor Leslie Wade to keep Jose Feliciano's bail at $1 million but changed it from cash, bond or property to cash only.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Janitor's Bail Kept At $1-Million For Priest's Murder

NEW JERSEY
69 News

[with video]

Bail for a janitor accused of murdering a priest in New Jersey is staying put at $1-million. 69 News was there as Jose Feliciano was led into state Superior Court in Morristown earlier today. The Easton man is charged with stabbing the Rev. Ed Hinds 32 times inside a church rectory in northern New Jersey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Former Alabama pastor charged with child abuse, porn possession

ANDALUSIA (AL)
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen
Thursday, October 29, 2009
ANDALUSIA, Ala. (ABP) -- A former Alabama Baptist pastor is being held on $24.2 million bond after his arrest Oct. 21 on 152 counts of possessing child pornography and sexual abuse of young boys.

Ralph Lee Aaron, 54, was fired as pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, a non-denominational church in Andalusia, Ala. Before coming to the church a little more than three years ago, Aaron was pastor of Victory Baptist Church in the county-seat town of 9,000 in southern Alabama.

According to media reports, Aaron was investigated while at his former church in 2005 for allegedly making a verbal sexual advance to a youngster. No charges were filed, because it was a misdemeanor and the statute of limitations had run out by the time the complaint was filed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 PM

Legionaries of Christ

MIAMI (FL)
Archdiocese of Miami as posted on American Papist

The Legionaries of Christ are prohibited from functioning in the Archdiocese of Miami, effective immediately.

In the past, their priests were given individual approval by the Vicar General each time they wished to come to the Archdiocese of Maimi but their ministry was restricted to their own members. Because the Legionaries of Christ have not abided by these resrictions, Archbishop Favalora has barred them from any ministry in the Archdiocese of Maimi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Why stop at Polanski? Extradite Cardinals Law & Levada as well; plus Capozzi play reading December 11th in New York

UNITED STATES
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

"First indict Cardinal Roger Mahony for aiding and abetting about a hundred pedophiles in Central and Southern California." (Posted on a Hollywood Reporter story saying Roman Polanski may voluntarily be extradited.)

Note the cool graphic above the headline here at City of Angels announcing a performance of “For Pete’s Sake” in New York, as a benefit for Road to Recovery. Reading of the one-act play will be December 11th, 8PM in Manhattan at 2 West 64th Street, the NY Society for Ethical Culture ceremonial hall. Wow. Tickets are $15 and the show is a fundraiser for Road to Recovery, the East Coast nonprofit that provides direct support to survivors of pedophile priest sex crimes.

Somewhere in New Jersey there are likely more victims of Monsignor Pete Cheplic, namesake of "For Pete's Sake." Playwright Joe Capozzi talked to City of Angels recently: “I hear from people,” Capozzi said. “I know he’s had guys suddenly pull out of his life, guys he was close to all of a sudden once they get married, they cut him out, for whatever reason. I know he had relationships with a bunch of other guys. Was it the same with them, I don't know, unless they want to come out and say. They were the same age range, they would also go drinking with Cheplic and to dinner.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Sex Abuse Victims Call Fairbanks Diocese Reorganization Plan A “Second Rape”

ALASKA
Second Rape: The Diocese of Fairbanks and Sexual Abuse

Statement by Elsie Boudreau

It is unacceptable and devastating that the lives of our Native children are worth so little in the eyes of Bishop Kettler and the Fairbanks Diocese. Their minimum offer of $5500 to children who were raped, sodomized, deprived of cultural integrity, robbed of language rights, separated from families, and basically treated as second class citizens is nothing more than a second rape.

Diocese officials knew that they were sending predator pedophiles into our villages where children were so trusting and were shown by example to respect those wearing the white collar. Officials knew that these men raped innocent boys and girls by the hundreds, but allowed them to continue serving as “Christ on earth.” And all the while, officials have denied the abuse, told victims to keep quiet, and refused to pay for services to help them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Religious Order Wins Rulings In Priest Abuse Case

DOVER (DE)
WJZ

RANDALL CHASE, Associated Press Writer
DOVER, Del. (AP) ― A judge has ruled in favor of a religious order on several issues in a priest sex abuse lawsuit.

Judge Calvin Scott this week granted summary judgment to the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales on several counts filed by Charles Sheehan, who claims he was abused by an Oblate priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Clerical abuse inquiry demand

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

Victims of clerical child abuse in Northern Ireland have called for an inquiry into how they were treated.

The solicitor acting for victims of abuse in both Catholic and state-run institutions has written to the first and deputy first ministers detailing their demands.

They say they have been discriminated against because inquiries in the Irish Republic have not been extended here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Jose Feliciano wanted on 21-year-old indecent assault charge

EASTON (PA)
Lehigh Valley Live

By Jim Deegan
October 29, 2009, 2:49PM

A church janitor from Easton accused of killing the parish priest in Chatham, N.J., had been wanted since 1988 in Philadelphia for indecent assault of a minor, authorities said today in court.

Jose Feliciano, 64, of the 100 block of Ann Street, is charged with the stabbing death of the Rev. Edward Hinds a week ago in the rectory of Saint Patrick Church.

Feliciano had been using multiple identifications and Social Security numbers over the years to hide his past, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade told Judge Thomas Manahan in Superior Court in Morristown, N.J.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

St. Patrick Church janitor's bail kept at $1 million

CHATHAM (NJ)
Chatham Courier

CHATHAM - Jose Feliciano, charged in the death of St. Patrick Church pastor Father Edward Hinds, had a past that he had covered up.

Feliciano, 64, employed as a janitor at the church, had used aliases, false Social Security numbers and had been charged with an indecent assault on a child 21 years ago in Philadelphia, said the prosecutor at Feliciano's court hearing today.

Feliciano appeared before Judge Thomas V. Manahan in Morristown, who ordered the janitor's bail to be kept at $1 million, cash only.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

N.J. 911 dispatcher couldn't pinpoint slain Chatham priest's call due to glitch in outdated system

CHATHAM BOROUGH (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Staff
October 29, 2009, 5:30AM
CHATHAM BOROUGH -- Minutes before he was killed, the Rev. Edward Hinds dialed 911 from his cell phone, but help never arrived. The State Police received the call, but the dispatcher was unable to determine the location of the emergency.

An investigation into last week’s murder of the beloved 61-year-old Catholic priest from Chatham has highlighted a glaring flaw in the state emergency response system. It is not a fault of the police, but of the technology.

State officials said dispatchers are sometimes unable to locate a distressed caller using a cell phone. While the state has spent at least $60 million on upgrades in the past five years, outdated phone technology and lagging police equipment — and the occasional glitch — can hamper emergency efforts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Priest killing prompts dispatcher concerns

NEW JERSEY
United Press International

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- New Jersey state officials said the killing of a priest in Chatham, N.J., highlights the need for an updated emergency response system.

Outdated phone technology and police equipment are blamed for emergency dispatchers' inability to locate where the Rev. Edward Hinds was calling from prior to his death last week, The (Newark) New Jersey Star-Ledger reported Thursday.

Hinds called 911 last Thursday, but authorities were unable to determine the location of the emergency after the call was disconnected.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Controversial Kan. church to protest at slain N.J. priest's funeral

CHATHAM (NJ)
Courier-Post

The janitor charged with killing the pastor of St. Patrick's parish is scheduled to make his first court appearance today as details were finalized for the Rev. Edwards Hinds funeral and a hate group making a tour of New Jersey announced they planned to picket the funeral.

Jose Feliciano, who is charged with murdering Hinds on Oct. 22, will be brought before a Superior Court judge for a bail review. Bail for Feliciano is set at $1 million and could be adjusted during the hearing, which is also held to make certain a defendant has been apprised of his or her legal rights.

Feliciano currently is lodged at the Ann Klein Forensic Center in Trenton, where mentally unstable, suicidal or violent defendants are detained. Judges in Morris County in the past have had defendants transported from Ann Klein to court for first procedures to make sure their legal rights are preserved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Janitor charged in Chatham priest's stabbing death has past criminal charges

CHATHAM (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By Jim Lockwood/The Star-Ledger
October 29, 2009, 2:18PM
CHATHAM -- A Chatham church janitor accused of killing the parish priest in the rectory had been wanted in Philadelphia since 1988 for an indecent assault of a minor, authorities said in court today.

Jose Feliciano, 64, who is charged with the stabbing death Father Edward Hinds at Saint Patrick Church a week ago, also had been using multiple identifications and social-security numbers over the years to hide his past, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Leslie Wade told Judge Thomas Manahan in Superior Court in Morristown.

“There was an open arrest for this defendant out of Philadelphia … a bench warrant for indecent assault of a minor,” Wade said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Bail stays at $1M for suspect in NJ priest killing

NEW JERSEY
The Associated Press

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A janitor accused of killing a New Jersey priest by stabbing him 32 times will remain jailed on $1 million bail.

Jose Feliciano made his first court appearance Thursday in a New Jersey Superior Court, where Judge Thomas Manahan adjusted the bail from cash, bond or property to cash only.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Janitor charged with killing priest ...

CHATHAM (NJ)
Daily Record

BY PEGGY WRIGHT • STAFF WRITER • October 29, 2009

St. Patrick Church custodian Jose Feliciano is wanted in Philadelphia for a 21-year-old charge of indecent assault on a child and has used aliases and false Social Security numbers, a prosecutor said today at his first court hearing.

Feliciano, 64, was brought in handcuffs before a Superior Court judge in Morristown this afternoon appearing dazed and moving sluggishly. He said nothing during the 15 minute bail review where bail was modified to $1 million cash only.

Feliciano, a custodian at the church for 17 years, is charged with stabbing pastor the Rev. Edward Hinds, 61, to death on Oct. 22 in the church rectory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Es geht um Unzucht und Priester-Sex

GERMANY
Express

[This article discusses children born to Catholic priests in Germany]

Von A. KAHLMEIER und R. HUB

Eigentlich dürfte es sie nicht geben. Sie müssen ihre Herkunft verleugnen, sind gefangen in einem Netz von Schuld und Scham: Priesterkinder.

Der Münsteraner „Tatort“ (Sonntag, ARD, 20.15 Uhr) greift das große Tabu-Thema der katholischen Kirche auf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:25 AM

North's abuse victims demand inquiry similar to Ryan report

NORTHERN IRELAND
Ireland Online

29/10/2009

Hundreds of child abuse victims in the North demanded a full inquiry today into the mistreatment they suffered in institutions run by the Catholic Church and the state.

The victims have called for a major investigation similar to the Ryan report that catalogued abuse by Catholic clergy.

A lawyer for the victims said they suffered sexual and physical abuse in cases dating back to the 1940s, but believed they have been discriminated against since inquires in the Republic did not extend to the North.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

STATEMENT REGARDING SETTLEMENT OF LAWSUIT

SVANNAH (GA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah

The Diocese of Savannah announced today it has reached an agreement through a court-ordered mediation in South Carolina with Mr. Allan Ranta who alleged he was sexually molested by former priest Wayland Y. Brown during the period from 1978-83. Mr. Ranta also alleged the Diocese had foreknowledge of Mr. Brown’s propensities.

The $4.24 million settlement brings to a resolution all claims Mr. Ranta has with all parties excepting Mr. Brown. The decision to settle was to avoid the expense and burden of a lengthy trial by all parties.

Bishop J. Kevin Boland said, “I am sorry for all the pain and suffering experienced by Mr. Ranta and my prayers go out not only to him, but to all victims of child sexual abuse that each may find the healing they seek.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Priest sex abuse case settled for $4.2M

SAVANNAH (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Catholic Diocese of Savannah has announced a $4.24 million settlement with a 40-year-old man who says he was sexually abused by a former priest.

.The Diocese said in a statement Wednesday that the settlement was to avoid the expense and burden of a lengthy trial.

Savannah native Allan Ranta filed a civil suit in Jasper County, S.C., in 2008 saying he was molested by former priest Wayland Y. Brown from 1978 to 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Mirfield teacher Stephen Grant jailed for sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
Huddersfield Daily Examiner

A TEACHER who tricked boys into sending him indecent images of themselves by pretending to be a promiscuous teenage girl has been jailed for 18 months.

Pervert Stephen Grant, 31, also a former town councillor in Mirfield, admitted his crimes in a confession box and was told by a priest to give himself up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Abuse victims want their day in court

IRELAND
The Corkman

By TRISH O'DEA

Thursday October 29 2009

THE chairman of the Catholic Church's National Board for Safeguarding Children, Ian Elliot, told a new North Cork group that he would welcome the opportunity to talk to the DPP's office about why complaints of clerical sex abuse are largely returned to Gardai with directions not to prosecute.

Mr Elliot met on Thursday night with a new survivors' support group which is made up, so far, of seven survivors of alleged abuse at the hands of one particular priest and both parents of an eighth, deceased, survivor. The group is evolving continually, as survivors become aware of each other through the Gardai. This priest was identified as 'Priest B' in Ian Elliot's explosive report into allegations of clerical abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne, published in December 2008.

Of eight comprehensive files, including detailed victim statements, forwarded to the DPP in relation to 'Priest B', six have already been returned with the direction not to proceed to prosecution; two further files are still pending the DPP's decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Kiltegan priest accused of sex abuse

IRELAND
Wicklow People

Wednesday October 28 2009

THE VATICAN is investigating an allegation of child sex abuse against a Kiltegan Father based in Africa.

Archbishop Richard Burke (60), from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, was ordained a priest for St Patrick's Missionary Society, known as the Kiltegan Fathers, in 1975.

He was ordained a bishop in 1996, and installed as Archbishop of Benin, Nigeria, in March 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

First trial is underway in raid of Texas polygamist compound

ELDORADO (TX)
Los Angeles Times

By Nicholas Riccardi

October 29, 2009

Reporting from Eldorado, Texas - The first criminal prosecution stemming from a controversial raid on a polygamous sect's compound here began Wednesday with a state prosecutor telling jurors he would prove that a key member of the group illegally had sex with a 16-year-old girl.

Raymond Merrill Jessop, now 38, is charged with sexual assault on a minor, allegedly having fathered a child with the daughter of the sect's self-styled prophet, Warren Jeffs. The girl was one of Jessop's wives, but prosecutors argue that the marriage is not legal in Texas.

"We will ask you to conclude, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Raymond Merrill Jessop is guilty of sexual assault on a woman less than half his age," Deputy Atty. Gen. Eric Nichols told the jury of eight men and four women in a brief opening statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Pastor pleads guilty to stealing from Brandon church

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Ian Hitchen

BRANDON - A pastor who claims he stole donation money from a city church to send funds to an orphanage in Tanzania has pleaded guilty to break, enter and theft.

However, Judge Krystyna Tarwid delayed sentencing when it appeared Crown and defence lawyers were about to recommend a conditional sentence.

Such a sentence would allow Raju Madanu to avoid jail and serve his time in the community under house arrest. Tarwid said lawyers are going to have to argue for a sentence that excludes jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Ex-Fairfielder accused of abusing Haitian boys drops bond bid

NEW HAVEN (CT)
The Advocate

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER

NEW HAVEN --The hearing was expected to take hours, but lasted only minutes.

Rather than press their request to have accused molester Douglas Perlitz released on $5 million bond and into the custody of a dozen Fairfield residents, his lawyers withdrew their bid Wednesday.

The defense team vowed, however, to renew the application on behalf of the former Fairfield resident charged with sexually abusing street orphans at a Haitian charity he established to help them.

Meanwhile, a small busload of 15 Haitians, who made the trip from New York, saw the action as the first of what they hope will be a string of court victories in the prosecution of Perlitz, a Fairfield University graduate honored by his alma mater in 2002 for working with young Haitian street boys through his charity, Project Pierre Toussaint. He was indicted on federal charges in September.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Accused man to remain in custody

NEW HAVEN (CT)
New Haven Register

By Randall Beach, Register Staff

NEW HAVEN — Attorneys for a former state resident accused of sexually abusing nine boys in Haiti were unable to win his release from custody Wednesday, as federal prosecutors maintained he would be “a danger to the community.”

Douglas Perlitz, 39, formerly of Fairfield, is awaiting trial on allegations he molested boys at the school he founded in Cap-Haitien.

Prosecutors Tuesday filed a supplemental memorandum supporting their motion to keep Perlitz incarcerated, charging he used his computer while in the U.S. to search for boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

'Hummer Rabbi' who tortured kids expelling demons extradited

ISRAEL
RT/YouTube

[video presentation]

A self-styled rabbi has arrived in Israel after being extradited from Brazil to stand trial on grotesque child abuse charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Police view alleged child-abusing 'rabbi' as attempted murder suspect

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Liel Kyzer, Haaretz Correspondent

Israeli legal authorities plan to treat Elior Chen, the spiritual leader of an ultra-Orthodox sect in Jerusalem alleged to have carried out severe child abuse, as a suspect in attempted murder.

According to Israel Police, the abuse which Chen is suspected to have perpetrated was intended to inflict grievous bodily harm to the point of murder.

Chen arrived in Israel on Wednesday after being extradited from Brazil. He and several of his followers allegedly used knives, hammers and other instruments to abuse children as young as 3 and 4 years old in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit in February and March 2008.
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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

'Abusive rabbi's' remand extended

ISRAEL
YNet News

Efrat Weiss

After being questioned by police Wednesday night, the remand of so-called 'abusive rabbi' Elior Chen, suspected of instructing his followers to abuse their children, was extended by eight days by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Justice Yitzhak Shimoni ruled that there was a risk of disruption of proceedings and a flight risk. Chen's lawyer, Ariel Atari said in response, "There is no flight risk. Chen has never violated a court order. He left the country before he was summoned for questioning."

At the remand hearing on Thursday, police attributed to Chen charges of attempted murder and submitted evidence to the court they say supports this clause.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Police suspect Chen attempted murder

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

'Rabbi' Elior Chen, who allegedly influenced some of his followers to abuse their children, is also suspected to have attempted murder, police said Thursday. They did not say whether the suspicions pertain to one of the children Chen allegedly hurt.

Chen, who was brought to the Jerusalem District Court Thursday for an extension remand hearing, claimed he had been "wronged," but expressed confidence that justice would be done.

His father told reporters at the courthouse that Chen was innocent and added that the family wished the abused children a speedy recovery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Former priest pleads guilty to sexual offences

CANADA
Telegraph-Journal

Benjamin Shingler
Telegraph-Journal

An 83-year-old former priest from Tracadie-Sheila has pleaded guilty to 19 sex-related offences involving 14 different boys.

Lévi Noel appeared in a Tracadie-Sheila courtroom Wednesday to face charges including gross indecency and indecent assault on a minor.

"He pleaded guilty to all of them," said Const. Francois Poirier.

Noel will be appearing in court again Jan. 20 for victim impact statements and sentencing is expected to be handed down two days later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Church reacts to former pastor’s arrest

ALABAMA
Andalusia Star-News

By Stephanie Nelson | Andalusia Star-News

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Members at Grace Christian Fellowship Church said “there isn’t a strong enough word to describe” what they felt when they learned their now-former pastor had allegedly used their church as a platform to sexually abuse and torture multiple young male church members.

One church member, who is related to one of Aaron’s victims and agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity Monday, said as soon as Ralph Lee Aaron, 54, was placed in handcuffs on the initial charges of sexual abuse of a child under 12 and sodomy, he ceased to be the church pastor. On Wed., Oct. 21, the church officially terminated him.

Tuesday, law enforcement officials announced Aaron is now facing 152 charges that include possessing and producing child pornography and allegedly abusing and sexually torturing multiple young boys while on church camping trips.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Church settles abuse for $4.24M

SAVANNAH (GA)
Savannah Morning News

By Dana Clark Felty
The Catholic Diocese of Savannah has agreed to pay more than $4 million to the alleged victim of an abusive former priest in order to avoid going to trial.

The Diocese released a statement Wednesday afternoon announcing the $4.24 million agreement reached with former St. James Catholic School student Allan Ranta Jr.

Ranta had filed a complaint in a Jasper County, S.C., civil court stating he was molested from 1978 to 1983, starting when he was 10 years old, by former priest Wayland Y. Brown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Activist says Catholic Church needs to be open about priest abuse

NEW JERSEY
The Times of Trenton

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Linda Stein
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

Activists said the Catholic Church should be doing more to reveal the names of priests who have been linked to sexual abuse, after molestation charges against a former New Jersey priest came to light.

Mark Crawford, director of the New Jersey chapter of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), held a news conference this week outside the Trenton Diocese headquarters to let people know about accusations against the Rev. Zbigniew "Gregory" Patejko, a priest who served in the Trenton Diocese in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A molestation case against Patejko in North Dakota was settled for an undisclosed sum, but church authorities in New Jersey did not inform congregations where Patejko worked about the case, Crawford said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Bohol priest has skeletons in his closet

PHILIPPINES
Manila Standard Today

CATHOLIC officials in Detroit claimed they have contacted the Tagbilaran diocese and have made officials there aware of the “criminal history” of the former lay brother who is now a priest in Bohol.

Ned McGrath, Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Detroit, claimed in a statement published at its Website that they only became recently aware of the ordination of Joseph Skelton Jr. as a priest in Tagbilaran.

He said they were not consulted prior to the ordination but “the Detroit archdiocese has since contacted the bishop of Taglibaran, to whom Skelton reports, regarding the priest’s criminal history in Michigan.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Catholic church hit with another abuse claim

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with audio]

By Gus Goswell for PM

The Roman Catholic clergy is under fire over a Victorian woman's accusation that a Catholic priest in Ballarat sexually abused her when she was seven years old.

Her lawyers sent a letter outlining the woman's claims to every parish in Victoria, asking that it be read to all Victorian congregations.

The alleged victim says she was sexually abused by Gerald Ridsdale, a former priest who is currently serving a prison sentence for abusing more than 20 children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Georgia diocese agrees to 2nd-largest abuse settlement

SAVANNAH (GA)
Catholic Culture

October 29, 2009

The Diocese of Savannah has agreed to the second-largest abuse settlement with an individual victim of clerical sexual abuse. The diocese offered $4.24 million to Allan Ranta in order to “to avoid the expense and burden of a lengthy trial by all parties,” according to a diocesan statement. Mr. Ranta alleged that he was abused repeatedly by ex-priest Wayland Brown from 1978 to 1983.

According to local media reports, Brown had been ordained by Bishop Raymond Lessard in 1977 over the objections of the diocesan vocation director, who was concerned that Brown might be abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

October 28, 2009

Catholic Diocese settles lawsuit

SAVANNAH (GA)
WTOC

By WTOC staff

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Catholic Diocese of Savannah has reached an agreement to pay Allan Ranta more than $4 million in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Ranta claimed former priest Wayland Brown, molested him more than 30 years ago and that the Diocese knew about Brown's propensities.

Brown was arrested in June 2002. He was serving time for abusing a 12-year-old boy more than three decades ago in Maryland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

New details in minister sex abuse case

ALABAMA
WSFA

Posted by Bryan Henry

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - So far there is no evidence that any of the alleged sex crimes pastor Ralph Lee Aaron is accused of took place at Grace Christian Fellowship Church in Andalusia.

The church fired Aaron immediately after his arrest. WSFA 12 News also learned that once investigators recovered his computer and camera equipment from his home, he was invited to the Covington County Sheriff's Office. Aaron never showed up at the appointed hour.

"The next day on Wednesday Mr. Aaron failed to show up for his 2:00pm interview. Around 3:00pm he was arrested and placed in the Covington County Jail," said Sheriff Dennis Meeks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 PM

Ex-Fairfielder accused of abusing Haitian boys drops bond bid

NEW HAVEN (CT)
Connecticut Post

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER

NEW HAVEN -- The former Fairfield man accused of molesting Haitian street orphans at a charity he established to help them will remain in jail indefinitely after his plan to post bond today was withdrawn.

Lawyers for Douglas Perlitz, a graduate of Fairfield University who was given an honorary degree by the school in 2002 for his charitable work, told federal Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis this morning they need more time to complete paperwork as they try to raise Perlitz's $5 million bond. They also are trying to find more people in the area willing to host Perlitz in their homes while he awaits trial.

The delay in Perlitz's attempt to post bond came hours after a federal prosecutor advised the judge that the accused was trolling Internet sites shortly before his Sept. 16 arrest in Colorado, "conducting Google searches" for "gay boys black" "Colorado Haitians" and "africa boyz" and Yahoo searches for "gay black boys," according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Former priest pleads guilty to stealing money

CANADA
CBC News

The former priest of a Manitoba church has pleaded guilty to stealing money from his parish.

Raju Madanu pleaded guilty on Monday to breaking and entering and theft in connection to the crime at St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church in the town of Virden, located about 275 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

"Incredulous. When the [police] sergeant informed me of the arrest, I couldn't believe my ears," said Rev. Dominic Yuen, Madanu's former boss.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Catholic Diocese of Savannah reaches $4.24 million settlement with alleged victim

SAVANNAH (GA)
Savannah Morning News

By Dana Clark Felty
The Catholic Diocese of Savannah announced today it has reached a $4.24 million settlement with a 40-year-old man who says he was sexually abused by a former priest.

In a civil suit filed in 2008 in Jasper County, S.C., Savannah native Allan Ranta claimed he was molested by former priest Wayland Y. Brown from 1978 to 1983. Ranta, who was 10 to 14 years old and a student at St. James Catholic School at the time of the alleged abuse, claimed the Diocese ignored signs Brown posed a danger to children.

In 2003, Brown was convicted in the sexual abuse of two Maryland boys, ages 12 and 13, nearly 30 years earlier. He was released from prison in April, 2008, after serving half of his sentence and was on parole in the Baltimore area.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

NM high court rejects sect leader's bond petition

NEW MEXICO
The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state's highest court has denied a request from sect leader Wayne Bent for prison release on bond while he appeals his convictions for sexual misconduct with teenage female followers.

The Supreme Court denied the petition without explanation, as had the Court of Appeals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Perlitz detained without prejudice, defense pans to eventually ask for release

NEW HAVEN (CT)
The Fairfield Mirror

October 28, 2009
By: Chris Simmons

After a flurry of motions the day before, the hearing on the detainment of Doug Perlitz ‘92 was largely anticlimactic.

On a rainy Wednesday morning, Perlitz was led into the Court Room 3 at the Richard C. Lee U.S. Court House in New Haven with a denim jacket covering his khaki prison jumpsuit, with his family sitting behind him for support. Meanwhile, a group of Haitian supporters sat across the court room, stating they were providing a voice for the children.

William F. Dow III, Perlitz’s lead lawyer, opened by saying that the federal Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis had set forth conditions for release, but the defense had not yet met the requirements. Dow asked for the right to continue the matter at a later date if the defense should choose to. The government’s petition for detainment was granted without prejudice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Retired N.B. priest pleads guilty to sex offences

CANADA
CBC News

A retired priest from the Acadian Peninsula has pleaded guilty to 19 sex-related offences involving 14 young boys.

Levi Noel, 83, entered his pleas in a crowded Tracadie-Sheila courtroom on Wednesday.

The charges include gross indecency and indecent assault on a minor. Eleven other charges were withdrawn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

'Abusive rabbi' transferred for investigation by J'lem Police

ISRAEL
YNet News

The 'abusive rabbi', Elior Chen, arrived at the Jerusalem Police headquarters in the Russian Compound and was immediately transferred for investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Rabbi wanted for child abuse extradited

ISRAEL
United Press International

Published: Oct. 28, 2009
JERUSALEM, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A self-styled Jewish rabbi wanted for child abuse has been extradited from Brazil to Israel, officials say.

Elior Chen, who was apprehended by Brazilian police in Sao Paolo in June, was flown overnight to Israel, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Police official: Elior Chen suspected of personal involvement in abuse

ISRAEL
YNet News

Deputy Inspector General Bruno Stein of the Jerusalem police said on Wednesday, "We attribute to Elior Chen personal involvement in the abuse cases – harming the children and the mother."

Chen, dubbed the 'abusive rabbi', landed in Israel on Wednesday after he fled the country 18 months ago to Canada and later moved to Brazil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Attorney says abusive 'rabbi' innocent

ISRAEL
YNet News

Efrat Weiss

The charges against so-called 'abusive rabbi' Elior Chen in connection with the horrific abuse of children are false, his attorney said Wednesday.

Chen, who is accused of posing as a rabbi and ordering his followers to abuse their children and infants to "correct their corrupt souls", landed at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday afternoon after being extradited from Brazil. He was taken directly from the airport to a Jerusalem police station, arriving in a police convey at around 4 pm.

Speaking to journalists at the police station, attorney Ariel Atari said he is waiting to see the charges attributed to his client.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

New motions filed in Perlitz case

CONNECTICUT
The Fairfield Mirror

October 27, 2009
By: Chris Simmons

Two motions were filed on Tuesday in the Douglas Perlitz ‘92 case in preparation for his detention hearing on Wednesday Oct. 28.

Memorandum in Further Support of Release on Bond

The first motion, filed by Perlitz’s lead attorney, William F. Dow III, submits a revised proposal for Perlitz’s release. The initial proposal included a bond secured by four parcels of real estate owned by Perlitz’s mother, brother and step-father, appraised at a value between $1.9 and $2.3 million.

In the memorandum filed Oct. 27, Dow says: “Defendant has secured commitments from approximately 19 additional individuals or couples … Most of these commitments are for $100,000; some are considerably higher, as high as $325,000. The total of the commitments from Connecticut residents is approximately $1.1 million; the total of the commitments from out-of-state residents is approximately $1.8 million.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US

CONNECTICUT
The Denver Post

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press Writer

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A Colorado man charged with sexually abusing nine boys at a school he founded in Haiti was using his computer while in the United States to search for boys, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities made the accusations in court papers as they argued that Douglas Perlitz should not be released from prison while he awaits trial. A judge kept him detained after his attorney said at a hearing Wednesday that he needed more time to come up with a large bond package.
Perlitz, 39, has pleaded not guilty. His attorney, William Dow III, also denied his client was doing anything illegal in the U.S.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Diocese neglected letters of apology

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By BETH MILLER • The News Journal • October 28, 2009

A New Castle County woman asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Tuesday to allow her to reopen her late husband’s child sexual abuse case against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, despite the diocese’s protected status in bankruptcy, because it has not complied with nonmonetary terms of the settlement.

In the filing, Nancy McClure, whose husband, Doug, 63, received a settlement of more than $1.5 million from the diocese a day before his death in April, says two letters of apology – required under the terms of the settlement – have never been received by his family.

In addition to the financial settlement, the diocese issued a carefully worded news release in April apologizing for “any abuse” McClure suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Feds: Haiti abuse suspect sought boys while in US

CONNECTICUT
Waterbury Republican-American

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN

A Colorado man charged with sexually abusing nine boys at a school he founded in Haiti was using his computer while in the United States to search for boys, federal prosecutors said.

Authorities made the accusations in court papers as they argued that Douglas Perlitz should not be released from prison while he awaits trial. A judge kept him detained after his attorney said at a hearing Wednesday that he needed more time to come up with a large bond package.

Authorities accuse Perlitz of enticing children at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien into sex acts by promising them food, shelter, cash, cell phones, electronics and shoes. They say he also withheld benefits and threatened to expel the boys if they refused his wishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Cardinal Rodé photos: a meditation

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Thomas C. Fox on Oct. 28, 2009 NCR Today

Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of the Congregation for the Religious, and the person charged by Pope Benedict to conduct the Apostolic Investigation of U.S. women religious congregations, last March ordained six new deacons for Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the institutes mother house in Gricigliano, Italy, near Florence, Italy.

Looking at these photos, one is reminded of the cultural, ecclesial, and socio-psychological diversity that make up our church. Living, as we do, in the early 21st century, we should recognize we are products of a mix of complex and unprecedented pre-modern, modern, and post-modern influences and temperaments.

Looking at these photos, one is moved to ask if Cardinal Rodé, who, according to John Allen's profile, is a charming person and a product of old European, Slovenian, anti-communist forces, is, indeed, so far removed from contemporary U.S. cultural and social settings, that he cannot possibly fairly fathom the lives and work of our women religious. The cardinal, whose penchant for a traditional, monarchical, European styled, pre-counciliar church, is clearly evident in these photos, told John that Vatican II triggered "the greatest crisis in church history." Our women religious have dedicated their lives to carrying out the council's mandates of service and reform.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Fr. Joseph M. Siegel, pastor of the parish of the Visitation in Elmhurst (USA), as auxiliary bishop of Joliet in Illinois (area 10,920, population 1,842,000, Catholics 667,000, priests 268, religious 718, permanent deacons 199) in the United States. The bishop-elected was born in Joliet (Illinois, USA) in 1963 and ordained priest in 1988.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Slain Chatham priest told school principal he might lay off janitor accused in homicide probe

CHATHAM BOROUGH (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Staff
October 27, 2009
CHATHAM BOROUGH -- Two days before he was found stabbed to death in a church rectory, a New Jersey priest told a school principal a missing background check might force him to lay off the parish janitor, who was later charged in the priest’s slaying, according to court documents.

Father Edward Hinds, 61, pastor at St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, on Oct. 21 told Marianne Hobbie, principal of St. Patrick School, he might "let go" of 64-year-old Jose Feliciano because his employment record indicated he hadn’t passed a background check, according to the court records filed today at district court in Wind Gap, Pa. ...

Kenneth Mullaney, an attorney for the Paterson Diocese, said he was unaware of any recent background check performed on Feliciano, but since Feliciano was an employee of the church, rather than of the diocese, he would not necessarily have been informed of it

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

Janitor accused of murdering Chatham priest is rescheduled for court date

CHATHAM BOROUGH (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk
October 28, 2009
CHATHAM BOROUGH -- A church janitor accused of killing a parish priest last week will have his first court appearance in court Thursday before Judge Thomas Manahan, a Superior Court judge in Morristown, officials said.

A bail hearing for Jose Feliciano, 64 of Easton, Pa. who was arrested Saturday and charged with killing Rev. Edward Hinds of St. Patrick Church in Chatham on Thursday, was scheduled to be held Tuesday in Superior Court in Morristown. It was abruptly postponed, and Feliciano was transferred from Morristown Memorial Hospital to the Ann Klein Forensic Center, a psychiatric hospital in Trenton. ...

Court records filed Tuesday said Hinds, 61, on Oct. 21 told Marianne Hobbie, principal of St. Patrick School, he might "let go" Feliciano because his employment record indicated he hadn’t passed a background check.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Slain NJ priest spoke about firing suspect

CHATHAM (NJ)
philly.com

CHATHAM, N.J. - Court records show a New Jersey priest spoke about firing the janitor accused of killing him because of a background check.

The Rev. Edward Hinds told the principal of St. Patrick School in Chatham he might "let go" of 64-year-old Jose Feliciano because his employment record indicated he hadn't passed the check. The conversation took place two days before the priest was found stabbed 32 times with a kitchen knife in the church rectory on Oct. 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Abusive 'rabbi' Elior Chen shouts on plane: "Extradition illegal"

BRAZIL
YNet News

Elior Chen, who is accused of posing as a rabbi and ordering his followers to abuse children and infants, is currently making his way from Sao Paolo to Tel Aviv after Brazilian authorities extradited him to Israel.

Chen boarded the aircraft before the rest of the passengers accompanied by an Israeli detective. He began ranting and screaming, yelling the extradition was not legal, prompting local policemen to forcefully sit him down in his seat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Harsh indictment awaits 'abusive rabbi'

ISRAEL
YNet News

Guy Ronen

A year and a half after fleeing Israel, faux rabbi Elior Chen will land at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday afternoon. Chen, who is suspected of ordering his followers to abuse toddlers and children, boarded a flight Israel on Tuesday night after being turned over to Israel Police representatives in Brazil.

About two weeks ago, Ynet revealed the upcoming extradition process. Chen, who was arrested in Brazil in June 2008, boarded a direct 14-hour El Al flight from San Paolo to Tel Aviv, together with the Israeli policemen sent to Brazil. He was to be guarded throughout the flight by a Brazilian police officer as well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

Elior Chen extradited from Brazil overnight Tuesday

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

Elior Chen, the self-styled rabbi who allegedly influenced some of his followers to abuse their children in order to "correct their corrupt souls," was extradited to Israel overnight Tuesday.

Chen, 29, fled to Brazil more than a year ago after a terrifying affair of child abuse in a haredi family in Jerusalem was exposed. According to prosecutors, Chen instructed the mother of the family and others to beat the children severely, saying this would mend their behavior.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Religious teacher to face trial for outrageous child abuse

ISRAEL
RT (Russia)

A man claiming to be a rabbi is being accused of burning and cutting toddlers as part of a religious purification ritual in a West Bank settlement in 2008. He will be extradited from Brazil to face court in Israel.

Elior Noam Hen is the self-appointed rabbi of a small West Bank sect. He allegedly instructed his followers to tie up their children and force them to drink alcohol mixed with turpentine. They were made to eat feces and were kept locked in a suitcase for days at a time. In addition, they were hit by hammers and cut by knives, with one three-year-old ending up in a coma.

It took 45 days for Brazilian police to track down Hen, finally arresting him in June 2008. He lost his fight against extradition when the Brazilian Supreme Court decided there were reasons for him to stand trial. Moshe Friedman, a criminal lawyer, says:

“It is always more difficult to find someone in a religious neighbourhood, like Jerusalem, because with a beard and religious outfit, it’s easy to hide. We have a lot of cases of extradition because the fight against international crime has become a major issue.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

Elior Chen expected to arrive in Israel at 2:45 p.m.

ISRAEL
Jerusalem Post

The plane carrying alleged child abuse cult leader Elior Chen and the Israeli and Brazilian officers accompanying him is scheduled to land in Israel at 2:45 p.m., police said on Wednesday.

Chen will be transported in a police vehicle directly from the runway to the Russian Compound, where his questioning is slated to begin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

Child abuse suspect Elior Chen arrives in Israel

ISRAEL
Haaretz

By Liel Kyzer, Haaretz Correspondent

Elior Chen, the spiritual leader of a Jerusalem sect suspected of severe child abuse, arrived in Israel on Wednesday after being extradited from Brazil.

Chen and several of his followers allegedly used knives, hammers and other instruments to abuse children as young as 3 and 4 years old in the West Bank settlement of Beitar Illit in February and March 2008.

Jerusalem police said they would interrogate Chen upon his arrival on Wednesday, and plan to request that his remand be extended during a court hearing on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

'Abusive rabbi' Elior Chen lands in Israel

ISRAEL
YNet News

Roee Mandel

Elior Chen, who is accused of posing as a rabbi and ordering his followers to abuse their children and infants to "correct their corrupt souls", landed at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday afternoon after being extradited from Brazil.

Chen boarded an aircraft in Sao Paolo before the rest of the passengers accompanied by Israeli and Brazilian officers. During the flight he began ranting and screaming, claiming that the extradition was not legal, prompting local policemen to forcefully sit him down.

From Ben-Gurion Airport Chen is expected to be taken directly to the police station at Jerusalem's Russian Compound for questioning. His arraignment will apparently be held within the next 24 hours.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Ex-Fairfielder accused of abusing Haitian boys may be freed today

NEW HAVEN (CT)
Connecticut Post

By Michael P. Mayko
STAFF WRITER
Updated: 10/28/2009

NEW HAVEN -- Early this afternoon, former Fairfielder Douglas Perlitz will learn if he will remain in jail until his trial on charges that he sexually abused Haitian street boys that he set out to help, or be released on approximately $5 million bond to stay in the home of a disabled Fairfield lawyer and his wife while awaiting trial.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna Patel maintained in court papers filed late yesterday that some "very preliminary findings" by a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement forensic investigation of the computer obtained from Perlitz when he was arrested Sept. 16 in Colorado shows that the user "Doug was conducting Google searches" for "gay boys black" "Colorado Haitians" and "africa boyz" and Yahoo searches for "gay black boys."

"Moreover, the initial findings indicate that Perlitz's activities on the computer included access to forum pages which included places where people could post personals, arrange for meetings and identify cruising places," the prosecutor charged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Priests warned to ignore letter on child abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

BARNEY ZWARTZ
October 29, 2009

CATHOLIC Archbishop Denis Hart has sent a letter to every Melbourne parish warning priests not to read to congregations a letter from a woman who says she was procured by nuns so a priest could rape her when she was a child.

Archbishop Hart's letter, sent on October 20, says the sexual abuse occurred in another diocese and has no connection with Melbourne, and that a complaint has been dealt with under the national protocol, Towards Healing.

The alleged victim, Jenny Tiffin, received $12,000 compensation in 2006 from the Sisters of Nazareth who ran the Nazareth House children's home in Ballarat. But a second application to the diocese of Ballarat was rejected. Ballarat Bishop Peter Connors told The Age yesterday he could say with certainty there was no assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:09 AM

Pastors charged with trespass

UGANDA
Daily Monitor

Ephraim Kasozi & Anthony Wesaka
Mengo

Two Pentecostal pastors who allegedly entered Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral with intent to insult and or injure its leader, Pastor Robert Kayanja, were yesterday arraigned before Mwanga II Magistrates Court amid drama.

Pastors Bob Robert Kayiira of Omega Healing Centre and Michael David Kyazze of Omega International Ministry pleaded not guilty to criminal trespass and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanour before Grade One Magistrate Janeve Natukunda. ...

Pastor Kayanja came under the spotlight early this year when his fellow pastors accused him of hiring youth members of his church for homosexuality; allegations he denied. A Police investigation also found no evidence against the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Open the files and invite the stranger

CONNECTICUT
Tracey O'Shaughnessy

How about a conciliatory gesture between Christians?

A homecoming gift, if you like.

Now that the Vatican has extended an invitation to Anglicans to join its flock, it may want to sweeten the pot with a little candor.

I am referring; of course, to the 12,000 pages of sexual abuse documents the Bridgeport, Conn., diocese insists are just too secret to share with the rest of us.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Russell back in court

NEOSHO (MO)
The Neosho Daily News

By John Ford
Neosho Daily News
Wed Oct 28, 2009, 12:56 AM CDT

Neosho, Mo. -
A rural Neosho self-proclaimed pastor sentenced to 15 years in prison earlier this year on charges of felony first-degree child molestation and child enticement charges was back in court Tuesday.

Randall “Danny” Russell, 50, pastor of Acts II Church in rural Neosho, appeared before Presiding Judge Timothy Perigo Tuesday on what Newton County Assistant Prosecutor Bill Dobbs deemed a “housekeeping matter.”

“We had him charged under a revised statute and it wasn’t applicable to the date of the offense,” Dobbs said. “The event occurred in late ’96 or early ’97. At that time, child molestation in the first degree was a Class C felony.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Northern Alaska bishop amends bankruptcy plan

ALASKA
KTUU

by Channel 2 News staff
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Catholic Bishop of Northern Alaska has filed an amended plan for reorganization with the federal bankruptcy court.

In an attempt to resolve the claims filed by victims of sexual abuse, the revised plan reflects a new funding structure that would provide $11 million to victims and creditors.

The new revision was prompted by September court rulings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Former South Side pastor accused of abuse ousted from priesthood

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune reporter

October 28, 2009

Punished, forgiven, then punished again.

The 15-year saga of a South Side priest expelled from public ministry, reinstated, then removed again ended this week with his permanent ouster from the priesthood.

John Calicott, the former pastor of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood, received word earlier this month that he is no longer a member of the clergy, the Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday, citing a decree from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Vatican decree caps an arduous and circuitous journey since allegations first surfaced in 1994 that Calicott abused two teenagers during his first assignment at St. Ailbe Catholic Church on the city's South Side.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Diocese received prior complaint about priest

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Albany Times Union

By DENNIS YUSKO, Staff writer
First published in print: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WYNANTSKILL -- The Albany Roman Catholic Diocese had received a complaint "some time ago" alleging that the Rev. Salvatore Rodino had made inappropriate sexual contact with a minor, a spokesman said Tuesday.

The diocese recently suspended Rodino, a priest at St. Jude the Apostle Church since 2005, after finding "reasonable grounds" to believe he had sexual contact with a male teenage minor 27 years ago while at Blessed Sacrament Church in Albany. Rodino, 58, was placed on administrative leave after the diocese looked into the allegations, made this summer.

But speaking Tuesday night outside St. Jude's, where church and diocese officials were meeting with upset parishioners, diocese spokesman Kenneth Goldfarb said it had received a prior allegation "some time ago" that Rodino allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Priest removed from St. Jude faced sexual misconduct allegations '90s

ALBANY (NY)
WRGB

October 28, 2009
Ashe Reardon
WRGB
The Albany priest removed from St. Jude Apostle Catholic Church last week faced similar allegations of sexual misconduct during the 1990s, according to a diocesan spokesperson.

Father Salvatore Rodino was placed on paid administrative leave from the Albany Diocese last week after an investigation into sexual abuse allegations emerged over the summer. That abuse incident reportedly occurred in the mid-1980s while Rodino served at the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albany.

The diocese also got a complaint against Rodino in the 1990s, according to the diocese, but spokesperson Ken Goldfarb said there wasn't enough evidence at that time to remove Rodino.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Settlement the right thing to do

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By JOHN McKIGGAN
Wed. Oct 28

In 2002, Ronald Martin received a telephone call that his brother, David Martin, had been missing in the woods of British Columbia for two weeks. Sixteen days later, David’s body was found, with a suicide note stating he could not endure the pain caused by sexual abuse he had suffered as a child at the hands of Father Hugh Vincent MacDonald, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Antigonish.

Ron Martin had been sexually abused by the same priest, but neither brother was aware of what the other had suffered. On the day that Ron Martin had to identify his brother’s body, he made a promise that there would be accountability for the abuse they had suffered.

David Martin’s death was the start of an arduous journey for Ron Martin. After learning there were many other victims, all suffering as he and his brother did, all needing justice and accountability from the Church, Ron decided to file a class-action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish and Bishop Raymond Lahey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Parishioners praise Father Sam

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Troy Record

By Tom Caprood
The Record

WYNANTSKILL — The former parishioners of the Rev. Salvatore “Sam” Rodino continued to show strong support for him Tuesday after his suspension from ministry following allegations that he sexually abused a minor 27 years ago.

Parishioners of St. Jude the Apostle Church met together both on their own and with Rev. Ronald Menty, who handled weekend services, throughout the evening to discuss their questions and concerns about Rodino’s absence.

A separate vigil was held outside of the church by member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, in an effort to encourage other survivors of sexual abuse to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

October 27, 2009

Slain priest told principal he might fire Easton janitor over background check, records say

EASTON (PA)
Lehigh Valley Live

The day before his murder, the Rev. Edward Hinds told a school principal he might have to fire janitor Jose Feliciano over a missing background check. Feliciano, an Easton resident, is now charged with stabbing the priest to death.

Hinds, 61, pastor at St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, N.J., on Oct. 21 told Marianne Hobbie, principal of St. Patrick’s Catholic School, he may “let go” Feliciano because his employment record indicated he hadn’t passed a background check.

A check mark was missing, Hinds told Hobbie, according to court records filed this afternoon at district court in Wind Gap. Hobbie told police Hinds provided no further information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

La Crosse area bishop being considered for archbishop post in Milwaukee

LACROSSE (WI)
WKBT

[with video]

The bishop of the Diocese of La Crosse is reportedly being considered for a position in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

NewsChannel 8's sister station in Milwaukee, WTMJ-TV, is reporting Bishop Jerome Listecki is among four bishops being considered for the archbishop position in Milwaukee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM

New Archbishop Of Milwaukee Will Face Challenges

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WISN

[with video]

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee is still waiting on a decision from the Vatican on who the new archbishop will be, but it's clear that the task ahead will not be easy for him.

Many of the challenges that new Archbishop will face revolve around the church sex abuse scandal.

The crisis has led to a crisis of faith among some followers and a financial crisis for the church. ...

On Tuesday, the Archdiocese lost a Milwaukee County court ruling allowing 14 fraud lawsuits by alleged clergy sexual abuse victims to continue.

"Judge Cooper called this an open sore on the faith community. It has to be dealt with," said victim advocate Peter Isely.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

Former Windsor priest John Duarte appears in Windsor court

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star
October 27, 2009 4:02 PM

WINDSOR, Ont. — Former Windsor priest John Duarte appeared Tuesday afternoon in provincial court in Windsor facing multiple charges of molesting teenage boys in Haiti at the mission he helped found.

Duarte, who waived reading of the charges against him, was remanded into custody and will appear in court Oct. 29 to set a date for a bail hearing.

Duarte was handed over to Canadian police by Dominican authorities Monday and left from Punta aboard Air Canada Flight 1837. Upon arrival in Montreal, Duarte was arrested by Montreal police on a Canada-wide warrant, said OPP spokeswoman Const. Shawna Coulter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

Widow of abuse victim seeks to reopen suit against diocese

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By BETH MILLER • The News Journal • October 27, 2009

A New Castle County woman today asked U.S. Bankruptcy Court to allow her to reopen her late husband’s child sexual abuse case against the Diocese of Wilmington, despite the diocese’s Chapter 11 protection process, because it has not complied with non-monetary terms of the settlement.

In the filing, Nancy McClure, whose husband Doug received a settlement of more than $1.5 million from the diocese two days before his death in April, says two letters of apology -- required in the terms -- have never been received by his family.

The failure of the diocese to send the required letters shows it cannot be trusted to follow through on its promises, said Steven Neuberger, whose firm represented McClure in his suit against the diocese and St. Ann's Church for claims of abuse by the late Rev. Edward Carley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Archdiocese ousts accused molester from priesthood

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

October 27, 2009
A Roman Catholic priest who previously was removed from public ministry because of credible allegations of sexual misconduct with children has now been removed from the priesthood, the Archdiocese of Chicago said today.

John Calicott was removed from ministry at Holy Angels Parish on the South Side in the mid-1990s over abuse allegations from two men. Later, a third man filed a civil lawsuit alleging Calicott abused him.

Calicott has never been charged criminally.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Outrage as Countryside Priest Refuses to Pay for Gay Sex

HUNGARY
Pestiside

A priest from Jászberény is under fire after it was revealed he had offered Ft 80,000 (€300) for a "homosexual encounter" with a 29-year-old gay porn actor but then refused to pay. According to Blikk, one Richárd Kósa (right, in foreground) has identified the double-dealing john as L. atya ("Father L"). Kósa said he met the 56-year-old Father L at Budapest's Nyugati tér, where the priest had allegedly been scoring boys for the last dozen or so year, and fornicated with the unholy father on several occasions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Bishops to Vote on USCCB Chairs-Elect of Five Committees

UNITED STATES
Reuters

The U.S. bishops will vote on five United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) chairs-elect of five committees at their November 16-19 General Assembly in Baltimore. ...

Coverage of the assembly is open to credentialed media. There will be media conferences after all open sessions, November 16-18, and they will be available through live streaming on the USCCB Web site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Few dioceses admit willingness to pay for visitation

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

By Judy Gross

Just two of 61 U.S. archdioceses and dioceses contacted by NCR said they would dip into local church coffers to support the Vatican's controversial visitation of U.S. women religious congregations.

NCR called and e-mailed every archdiocese in the country, as well as a sampling of 29 dioceses across time zones. Twenty-two archdioceses responded to the inquiry, while only seven dioceses did. Many refused to comment, while others cited the difficult economy as a reason they would not contribute to the three-year visitation process, which the Vatican estimates will cost $1.1 million.

Cardinal Franc Rodé, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, has asked the U.S. bishops to support the three-year study. "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," Rodé said in a July 14 letter to every U.S. bishop. If every one of the 178 Latin rite dioceses contributed equally, the tab would be nearly $6,200 each.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

Embassy wined and dined Nigeria sex-probe bishop

IRELAND
Irish Indpendent

By John Cooney

Tuesday October 27 2009

A DISGRACED Tipperary-born archbishop was regularly wined and dined at the Irish Embassy to Nigeria at the taxpayers' expense.

Irene Christina Lynch, the wife of Ambassador Joseph Lynch, has recalled that when they were living in Nigeria from 1998 to 2003, Archbishop Richard Burke was among six Irish bishops who "came to our residence annually and whose company we very much enjoyed."

At that time, Archbishop Burke was Bishop of Warri, prior to his promotion last year as Metropolitan Archbishop of Benin City by Pope Benedict XVI.

Last Sunday Archbishop Burke hit the international news headlines when it was reported that a 40-year-old married Nigerian woman, Dolores Atwood, initiated an investigation against him by the Vatican for allegedly sexually abusing her at a hospital in Warri, when she was a minor and he was a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Seminarians learn about how priests should respect nuns

THAILAND
Indian Catholic

SAM PHRAN, Thailand : Final-year seminarians have been told they must show greater respect for nuns and women co-workers after a report revealed simmering tensions between the two groups.

Priests are accused of being high-handed and disrespectful in some cases and of inappropriate behavior in others, according to Sister Kanlaya Trisopha, former chaplain of the Catholic Commission for Women.

Sister Kanlaya was speaking on the issue at a seminar and workshop for about 20 final-year seminarians and nuns about to take their final vows. The event, held in Ban Phu Wan pastoral training center in Sam Phran, west of Bangkok, aimed at helping participants avoid such tensions in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Seminarian convicted of homosexual abuse of teen, then ordained in another country

DETROIT (MI)
Catholic Culture

October 27, 2009

The Archdiocese of Detroit and the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) are engaging in a verbal skirmish over whether the archdiocese should have done more to publicize two abuse cases.

Father Joseph Skelton Jr., who pled guilty to-- and was convicted of-- sexually abusing a teenage boy in his Michigan seminary room before leaving the seminary in 1988, eventually was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Tagbilaran in the Philippines. In addition, the Archdiocese of Washington recently settled an abuse suit with a man who alleged that Father Skelton, while a seminarian, joined Father George Stallings in abusing him. Father Stallings was later excommunicated for starting the breakaway Imani Temple.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Judge, lawyers go on with jury selection in Jessop trial

ELDORADO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

Trish Choate Standard-Times reporter

ELDORADO — The judge in a child sexual assault trial that is receiving media attention from as far away as England and France was optimistic late Monday that she’d be able to dismiss many of the more than 150 members of a jury panel soon after their return at 9 a.m. today.

Defendant Raymond Merril Jessop is accused of sexually assaulting a child, an underage girl he is alleged to have taken as a wife. The clean-cut 38-year-old resident of the YFZ Ranch and member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints could serve two to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

He watched quietly all day Monday as 51st Judicial District Judge Barbara Walther worked to move forward the selection of 12 jurors and two alternates from among 153 Schleicher County residents who answered a summons for jury duty, including 17 members of Jessop’s sect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Jury chosen for US polygamy trial

TEXAS
BBC News

The sexual assault trial of a member of a US polygamy sect is to continue with a second day of jury selection at a Texas court.

Raymond Jessop, 38, faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty of the charge related to his alleged marriage to an under-age girl.

It is the first criminal case stemming from a raid on the sect's ranch last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Signs point to naming of Catholic archbishop soon

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Oct. 26, 2009

Six months after Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan left for New York, speculation is mounting that his successor will be appointed soon.

Four names have emerged in recent days as likely candidates - including Gerald F. Kicanas, vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops - fueled by their mention on a popular Vatican commentator's blog.

The Milwaukee Archdiocese said Monday it had no knowledge of a pending announcement and would not speculate on candidates.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Rapid City bishop among those who may lead Milwaukee archdiocese

RAPID CITY (SD)
Rapid City Journal

Mary Garrigan Journal staff | Posted: Monday, October 26, 2009

A Milwaukee newspaper reported Monday that Rapid City Bishop Blase Cupich is among a field of four front-runners to be named head of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Cupich, who has led the Diocese of Rapid City for 11 years, had no comment on the story.

The Journal Sentinel's story was based on speculation by prominent Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo on his Web site, Whispers In the Loggia. Palmo reported that Cupich was one of four finalists for the job vacated nine months ago by Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who left to become head of the Archdiocese of New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Fairbanks Catholic diocese creat

FAIRBANKS (AK)
News-Miner

by Mary Beth Smetzer/msmetzer@newsminer.com

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Catholic Diocese submitted a second amended reorganization plan to the federal bankruptcy court Monday in an attempt to settle 292 sexual abuse claims spanning five decades.

A September ruling by federal bankruptcy judge Donald McDonald removed Continental Insurance Company from participating in the settlement and prompted the revised plan that would provide victims and creditors approximately $11 million.

The diocese proposes to raise the money by selling essential “ministry properties” such as the chancery, Catholic Schools of Fairbanks and the Kobuk Center/Residence to the diocese’s endowment fund in exchange for $7.5 million.

Accused Priest Formally Defrocked

CHICAGO (IL)
CBS 2

Jay Levine

CHICAGO (CBS)

It's is a bittersweet victory for alleged victims of sexual abuse by a Chicago priest.

The Vatican has now formally removed Father John Calicott from the priesthood. Those victims first came to CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine with their story more than five years ago.

It was the priest's denials that drove the victims to despair.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Kicanas cited as contender for Wis. post

TUCSON (AZ)
Arizona Daily Star

By Stephanie Innes
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 10.27.2009

There's talk that Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas may be moving to Milwaukee.

Respected and prolific Catholic blogger Rocco Palmo, known for his connections to the Vatican hierarchy, has named Kicanas as one of four finalists to fill the position of archbishop for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The diocese has been without an archbishop since Feb. 23 when Timothy M. Dolan was named archbishop of New York.

Bishops do not choose their assignments, and the ultimate decision on who replaces Dolan rests with Pope Benedict XVI. But high-ranking church clerics offer recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

October 26, 2009

Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse

NEW YORK
CBS 6

[video presentation]

Allegations of local priest's sexual abuse from the mid-80s are drawing widely varying reactions from the community . Randy Simons has more on Reverend Salvatore Rodino.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Covington Co. minister faces sex abuse charges

ALABAMA
WSFA

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Shocked and stunned in Covington County.

"Makes me really want to protect my two children even more," said Anthony Faircloth.

Covington County Chief Deputy David Anderson says it is by far the biggest sex abuse case he's ever worked after 30 years in law enforcement in Covington County.

"You hear about it in other places but not here," said Anderson.

The suspect is 54-year old Ralph Lee Aaron, charged with 3 counts of sexual abuse of a boy who is younger than 12-year olds. Those counts include first degree sodomy.

The child was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship Church on Shreve Road just outside of Andalusia where Aaron served as pastor. And this appears to be only the beginning of a much larger case against pastor Aaron. Since his arrest, more victims have come forward, according to Chief Deputy Anderson, more boys and their ages vary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

New Catholic church crisis as Irish Archbishop suspended by Vatican in sex abuse probe

IRELAND
Irish Central

By JAMES O'BRIEN, IrishCentral.com
An Irish-born Archbishop has been suspended by the Vatican over an allegation that he carried on a 20-year relationship with a woman that began when she was only 14.

The archbishop is currently said to be in the U.S. and once served in New Jersey.

Archbishop Richard Burke, from Fethard, County Tipperary, a member of the Kiltegan Fathers, a missionary order in County Wicklow, has been removed from his post as Archbishop of Benin in Nigeria after church officials described the person who made the allegations, Dolores Attwood (40) now resident in Canada as as "a credible witness."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

CBC's Linden MacIntyre says there's little real-life inspiration for his fiction

CANADA
The Canadian Press

By Michael Oliveira (CP)

TORONTO — Linden MacIntyre is better known for his decades of investigative work with the CBC rather than his more recent foray into book writing, so he fully expected that readers would ask him about the real-life inspirations for "The Bishop's Man," which is one of five novels shortlisted for this year's Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The story details the life of a priest, middle-aged Duncan MacAskill from Cape Breton, who's nicknamed the "exorcist" for his ability to snuff out sex scandals committed by his colleagues before they can become public and bring shame to a church.

When he first set out to write the novel, the controversial subject of sexual abuse committed by priests had drifted somewhat from public awareness, MacIntyre said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Irish prelate in Nigeria withdraws from ministry after abuse charges

IRELAND
The Catholic Review

By Cian Molloy
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN, Ireland – An Irish archbishop who serves in Nigeria has withdrawn from active ministry while the Vatican investigates allegations of sexual abuse.

The St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, known as the Kiltegan Fathers, said Oct. 25 that the allegations against Archbishop Richard Burke of Benin City, Nigeria, are being investigated by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The charges came from a Nigerian woman, Dolores Atwood, 40, who now lives in Canada, where she is married and has run for public office.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, refused to comment on the issue Oct. 26.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Former Okla. pastor sentenced to 10 years for molestation

JAY (OK)
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen
Monday, October 26, 2009

JAY, Okla. (ABP) -- A former Southern Baptist pastor in Oklahoma has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after confessing to sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl who attended his church.

Joshua Spires, 28, now of Odessa, Texas, pleaded guilty Oct. 13 to 10 counts of lewd molestation that occurred while he was senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jay, Okla.

Delaware County Judge Alicia Littlefield sentenced Spires to a 20-year prison sentence with 10 years suspended on each count to be served concurrently, meaning he would be eligible for parole in 8 1/2 years. If convicted by a jury, he could have been sentenced to up to 200 years in prison -- the full 20 years for each count.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Priest draws women’s wrath over gays

KENYA
Daily Nation

By DANIEL NYASSY
Posted Monday, October 26 2009 at 22:00

A priest sparked a rare debate during Sunday Mass at St Anthony Catholic Cathedral in Malindi when he raised the sensitive issue of marriage between two Kenyan gay men in London recently.

Fr Ambrose Muli invited the wrath of the women in the congregation when he suggested that the marriage between Mr Daniel Chege Gichia, 39 and Mr Charles Ngengi, 40, on October 17, was a result of failure by women. ...

“Women, from the way I see it, have become too complicated and unattractive in marriage. You don’t provide what God intended you to give in marriage. You have frustrated the men so much leading them to trying among themselves whether they will get the joy that comes with marriage”.

Women could not take it lying down. They shouted back at the priest saying the problem was not with them, but with the men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Archdiocese didn't publicize priest's abuse cases, group says

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

BY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

The head of a group that fights child abuse by priests said today that Catholic officials in Detroit failed to publicize the abuse cases of a Catholic seminarian from Detroit who had previously abused children, but is now working as a priest in the Philippines.

Barbara Blaine, president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said today that the Archdiocese of Detroit failed to make the public aware of the case of Joseph Skelton Jr., a Detroit native who once studied at a Catholic seminary in Plymouth. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in his seminary room. He resigned from the seminary in 1988.

And this month, a settlement was reached involving allegations that Skelton was involved in the abuse of a 14-year-old boy in Washington, D.C., in 1984, according to attorneys involved in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Artek director receives intimidation calls from unidentified person

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Borys Novozhylov, the director-general of the Artek international children's centre (Crimea), received intimidation calls from an unidentified person, Yurii Lutsenko, the minister of interior affairs, has told the press on October 26 in Simferopol.

In his words, the investigation has found out that a Ukrainian resident called Novozhylov and uttered threats of killing him if not obey his demands.

"A call from a citizen residing in a Ukrainian city came. He threatened to 'turn the counter on' in three days starting from Saturday [October 24] for the director of Artek. If he does not fulfill his demands, he said this would be his last day, he would be murdered," ...

Webzines published a copy of an appeal made to President Viktor Yuschenko (allegedly drafted by Parliamentary Deputy Hryhorii Omelchenko of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc) by parliamentary deputies, in which they claimed that Artek's Director-General Novozhylov, the centre's chief doctor Heinrich Ratt, its priest Vadym Paevksyi, and Parliamentary Deputy Viktor Ukolov of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc were involved in harassment of children at the Artek international children's center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Anti-gay pastors petition Parliament

UGANDA
The New Vision

By Madinah Tebajjukira

THE National Coalition Against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuses has petitioned Parliament, demanding an independent inquiry into homosexual reports in the country.

The petitioners want Parliament to investigate how the Police handle homosexual complaints.

The petitioners, led by Pastor Solomon Male of Arising Christ Church, presented the petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Ssekandi, yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Uganda People News: Born Again pastors face arrest

UGANDA
UGPulse

Police in Kampala has today interrogated four prominent Born Again pastors for allegedly tarnishing the name of Pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral.

Pastors: Michael Kyazze of Omega Healing Center Namasuba, Martin Sempa of Makerere Community Church, Solomon Male of Arising for Christ Ministry and Bob Kayiira of Omega Healing Church, Namasuba have been interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department of the Central Police Station in Kampala close to five hours. ...

Male and his colleagues say they are ready for jail but they will not protect defilers, rapists and sodomisers in Born Again churches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:14 PM

Local priest dismissed over sexual abuse accusation

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
WTEN

By MARIE LUBY

WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. -- A longtime priest is thrown out of the ministry amid accusations of sexual abuse. Saturday the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese put out a notice to the media explaining that Father Salvatore "Sam" Rodino is now on administrative leave.

58-year-old Rodino currently presides over St. Jude the Apostle in Wynantskill.

NEWS10's Marie Luby has details on the decades-old allegations.

Father Rodino has been pastor at St. Jude since 2005, but not anymore. The Albany Diocese believes he sexually abused a teenager 27 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Accused priest worked at many area schools

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

[with copy of the press release from the Diocese of Albany]

October 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm by Scott Waldman

Rev. Salvatore Rodino was suspended amid allegations that he sexually abused a minor about 27 years ago, according to the Albany Diocese. Rodino is currently the priest of St. Jude the Apostle parish in Wynantskill. At the time of the alleged incident, he was at Sacred Heart in Albany.

Here are the schools in the area where he worked. La Salle Institute, North Greenbush; Bishop Maginn High School, Albany; and St. Patrick’s Academy, Catskill. Prior to ordination he served as a lay faculty member at Catholic Central High School in Troy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM

Archbishop accused of abusing 14-year-old girl

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By John Cooney Religion Correspondent

Monday October 26 2009

THE Irish Church's standing in Rome has been dealt a further damaging blow with a high-level Vatican investigation into a complaint of child sexual abuse against a Tipperary-born archbishop.

This is the first instance of an official charge of clerical child molestation being made against an archbishop of Irish nationality, and it comes as the Irish Church is preparing "for the worst" with publication of the Murphy report on abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

It was learned yesterday that Richard Burke, the 60-year-old Archbishop of Benin, a city in southern Nigeria, stepped aside earlier this year pending the outcome of an ecclesiastical trial by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Community Support For Priest

NEW YORK
Fox 23

In Rensselaer County, an outpouring of support at some local churches after a priest is removed.

The Albany Catholic Diocese has placed Reverend Salvatore "Sam" Rodino on administrative leave, saying there are reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albany 27 years ago.

One man says he has known Rev. Rodino since he was a child, being taught by him at Catholic Central High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Lawyers will try to select jury for first trial of sect member

SAN ANGELO (TX)
Austin American-Statesman

By Michelle Roberts
ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, October 26, 2009

SAN ANGELO — The first jury trial in more than a decade in the West Texas town of Eldorado involves allegations of polygamy and sexual assault of an underage bride, a far cry from the drunken-driving cases that occasionally occupy the Schleicher County court system.

Today, attorneys will begin culling the largest jury pool that has ever been called in Eldorado. They are trying to find 14 people in the county of 2,800 who can set aside what they have heard about the polygamist sect that was raided by authorities last year because of allegations that marriages involved underage girls. More than 400 children were taken into state custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

State releases final report; says 275 children harmed

TEXAS
Austin American-Statesman

By Corrie MacLaggan
AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Texas Child Protective Services investigation has found that of the 439 children removed from the Yearning for Zion Ranch in West Texas earlier this year, 275 were abused or neglected.

The final report, released Tuesday, said that 12 girls were victims of sexual abuse because they entered "spiritual marriages" between the ages of 12 and 15. Seven of them have had children, the report said. It also said that 263 other children suffered neglect.

But the report does not include specific information on how investigators determined whether each child was abused or neglected, citing confidentiality requirements in state law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Child abuse rife in western Kenya

KENYA
Xinhua

KISUMU, Kenya, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- As the world prepares to celebrate children's universal day on Nov. 20, dark clouds hung over Nyanza, an expansive province in western Kenya, where child abuse has been on a sharp rise in the recent past.

In many parts of this province that straddles Lake Victoria, children have nowhere to hide. Child rapists are everywhere -- in schools, homes, churches, in market centers and on the streets.

Police and child rights activists say incest was on the rise. Even teachers and church leaders who would have been expected to protect the child have been accused of defiling children under their care, some as young as five years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

COGIC in Web site's spotlight

UNITED STATES
The Commercial Appeal

By Lindsay Melvin
Posted October 26, 2009

An Atlanta minister has launched a Web site to track sexual abuse by clergy of the world's largest African-American Pentecostal denomination.

DL Foster has compiled nearly 30 reports of sexual misconduct by ministers of the Church of God in Christ at reportcogicabuse.com.

Foster created his Web site, he says, because immoral acts by COGIC clergy were being ignored.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Sex abuse victims urge others to speak out

MICHIGAN
ConnectMidMichigan

By Dave Kinchen
Sunday, October 25, 2009

SAGINAW COUNTY -- Victims of alleged sexual abuse gathered in Saginaw County to launch a series of prevention programs aimed at stopping future cases of abuse through churches, or other religious entities. The Group SNAP or Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests met to encourage possible victims to report the crimes to authorities and help add to the list of registered sex offenders in the state.

“Bay County just had the sweep (with) their police force and looked for all the sex offenders on the list and found that out of nine, five weren’t on the list. That’s because they moved. We’re trying to get the known sex offenders, the ones that are not on that list, on the list,” said Brad Sylvester, president of the Saginaw chapter of SNAP.

The group also discussed a report from a Philadelphia Grand Jury that criticizes Bishop Joseph Cistone of the Saginaw Catholic Diocese, for mishandling abuse cases on behalf of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Antigonish scandal: when millions aren’t enough

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By DAN LEGER
Mon. Oct 26 - 4:46 AM

MAYBE SOME, "a few, a few of them, many of them, most of them — who knows? — had some kind of inkling that this was wrong and could have said: ‘No, thank you very much.’"

Those words were uttered by the man who preceded Raymond Lahey as Bishop of Antigonish, quoted in a book on the Church scandal by author Leon Podles. Colin Campbell, Bishop of Antigonish from 1986 to 1992, made the statement in response to allegations of child sexual abuse by priests.

Campbell suggested that children could have rebuffed the men molesting them, men who embodied the mystic power and authority of the Church. That they didn’t implied they welcomed the sexual come-ons, that they "wanted it."

Years later, Lahey looked like a Church leader with far greater vision than his predecessor when he negotiated a multi-million-dollar settlement with victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Antigonish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Tough day at Mass

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Albany Times Union

By SCOTT WALDMAN, Staff writer
First published in print: Monday, October 26, 2009
WYNANTSKILL -- The faithful crowded into St. Jude the Apostle Church Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the news broke that their priest had been suspended after being accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Salvatore Rodino was placed on administrative leave after a sexual misconduct review board for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany found "reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor about 27 years ago." At the time of the alleged incident, which involved a teenager, Rodino was at Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany.

Mark Lyman, the Capital Region director of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, slammed the diocese, saying it does not conduct its investigations of priests in the open and allows priests to receive pay and benefits when they've been accused of a crime. He said he understands the reactions of parishioners who have just begun to contemplate the serious accusations against their spiritual leader.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Parishioners back their priest

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Troy Record

By Dave Canfield
The Record

WYNANTSKILL — By and large, parishioners at St. Jude the Apostle Church appear to be sticking by Rev. Salvatore “Sam” Rodino, their pastor of four years now on administrative leave following allegations he sexually abused a minor 27 years ago.

“I don’t believe a word of it,” said parishioner William Millette as he arrived for services Sunday morning. “That man has done more for this church in the last four years than anyone before him.”

At the conclusion of both Sunday Masses, a letter from Bishop Howard J. Hubbard was read to the church by Rev. Ronald Menty, who handled the weekend’s services at the Wynantskill church. Hubbard, head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, explained to parishioners in the letter that he took the action after finding “reasonable grounds” to believe the allegations of abuse, alleged to have occurred at Albany’s Blessed Sacrament Parish in the early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

October 25, 2009

Child sex abuse allegation made against archbishop

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MICHAEL O'REGAN

THE VATICAN is investigating an allegation of child sex abuse against an Irish-born archbishop based in Africa, his missionary order confirmed yesterday.

Sixty-year-old Archbishop Richard Burke, from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, was ordained a priest in the St Patrick’s Missionary Society, known as the Kiltegan Fathers, in Co Wicklow, in 1975. He was ordained a bishop in 1997, and installed as Archbishop of Benin, Nigeria, in March of last year.

In a statement yesterday, the society said it had received a complaint last December from a 40-year-old woman against the archbishop. “She alleged that she was sexually abused as a child by Richard Burke. We expressed the deep sorrow and regret of the society for the suffering the complainant and her family are going through, and we affirmed the society’s commitment to child protection,” it added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Vatican probing child sex abuse allegations against archbishop

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Irish Church's standing in Rome has been dealt a further damaging blow with a high-level Vatican investigation into a complaint of child sexual abuse against a Tipperary-born archbishop.

This is the first instance of an official charge of clerical child molestation being made against an archbishop of Irish nationality, and it comes as the Irish Church is preparing “for the worst” with publication of the Murphy Report on abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

It was learned yesterday Richard Burke (60), Archbishop of Benin, a city in southern Nigeria, stepped aside earlier this year pending the outcome of an ecclesiastical trial by the Vatican's doctrinal watchdog body, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Abuse charges make for uneasy Sunday at church

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Albany Times Union

By SCOTT WALDMAN, Staff writer
Last updated: 4:29 p.m., Sunday, October 25, 2009
WYNANTSKILL -- The faithful crowded into St. Jude the Apostle Church this morning, less than 24 hours after the news broke that their priest had been suspended after being accused of sexual abuse. ...

Parishioners who agreed to speak to a reporter before the church's 11 a.m. Mass today defended their pastor and blamed the accuser. Wendy Billingsley, a parish member for about five years, said she simply didn't believe it shortly before she entered the packed service.

"I feel terrible for father. Everything involves money," she said, referring to the settlements the Diocese has paid to other abuse victims. "Follow the money. Whoever is behind this, that's what they're looking for."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Abuse claim against archbishop

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MICHAEL O'REGAN

The Vatican is investigating an allegation of child sex abuse against an Irish-born archbishop based in Africa, his missionary order confirmed today.

Archbishop Richard Burke (60), from Clonmel, Co Tipperary, was ordained a priest for St Patrick’s Missionary Society, known as the Kiltegan Fathers, in Co Wicklow, in 1975. He was ordained a bishop in 1997, and installed as Archbishop of Benin, Nigeria, in March of last year.

In a statement, the society said it had received a complaint last December from a 40-year-old woman against Archbishop Burke.

“She alleged that she was sexually abused as a child by Richard Burke. We expressed the deep sorrow and regret of the society for the suffering the complainant and her family are going through and we affirmed the society’s commitment to child protection,’’ it added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Archbishop accused of sex assault

IRELAND
The Press Association

An Irish archbishop is accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Africa before having a 20 year affair with her, it has emerged.

The Vatican is investigating a complaint made against Archbishop Richard Burke, who stepped down as Archdiocese of Benin in Nigeria earlier this year.

He is one of the most senior members of the Catholic Church to be accused of assaulting a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:46 PM

The Nuns’ Story

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: October 24, 2009
WASHINGTON

Once, in the first grade, I was late for class. I started crying in the schoolyard, terrified to go in and face the formidable Sister Hiltruda.

Father Montgomery, who looked like a handsome young priest out of a 1930s movie, found me cowering and took my hand, leading me into the classroom.

Sister Hiltruda looked ready to pop, but she couldn’t say a word to me, then or ever. There was no more unassailable patriarchy than the Catholic Church.

Nuns were second-class citizens then and — 40 years after feminism utterly changed America — they still are. The matter of women as priests is closed, a forbidden topic. ...

The church enabled rampant pedophilia, but nuns who live in apartments and do social work with ailing gays? Sacrilegious! The pope can wear Serengeti sunglasses and expensive red loafers, but shorter hems for nuns? Disgraceful!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Clergy sex abuse victims hold town hall meeting

SAGINAW (MI)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT: At a “town hall meeting,” clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will discuss
-- a grand jury report which criticizes Saginaw’s new Catholic bishop
-- describe ways to make kids safer in churches from child molesting clergy.

WHEN: Sunday, October 25, 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: Four Points by Sheraton Ballroom (near Damon’s Grill), 4960 Towne Center, Saginaw MI

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Court tosses out 3 child sex abuse lawsuits

AUSTIN (TX)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
As church-goers enter a noon service, victims of clergy sex abuse will hand out fliers harshly criticizing Texas Episcopal officials for
-- using "an archaic, predator-friendly legal loophole" to get 3 cases against a child molesting clergyman tossed out of court,

WHEN:
Sunday, October 25 at 11: 45a.m.

WHERE:
Outside All Saints Episcopal Church. 209 W. 27th Street, Austin, TX 78705 (http://www.allsaints-austin.org/ - 512 476 3589)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Rome investigates abuse complaint

IRELAND
RTE News

[with audio]

The Vatican is investigating a complaint of sexual abuse against an Irish archbishop who is based in Africa.

The Kiltegan Fathers says that Rome is investigating allegations by Dolores Atwood, who lives in Canada, against Archbishop Richard Burke.

The missionary society has said that one of its Irish members, who is an Archbishop in Africa, had a romantic relationship with a Nigerian woman about 20 years younger than him for over two decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Elizabeth’s Survival Kit

UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses

Elizabeth wrote this survival kit to help other clergy abuse survivors cope with their wounds. With a few refinements, these suggestions work for anyone who has been emotionally abused or traumatized in any way.

Suggestions from my Spiritual Survival Kit.

Techniques, which I have found helpful in recovering a sense of spirituality after abuse by priest/church.

Explore within your comfort zone. Go where you feel welcome, wanted and safe. If it is safe for your body and your soul, your heart and your head, it is place you can grow and heal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Gauthe forced a gun in my mouth and said what he was going to do. He was at our orphanage for the summer- Louisiana Plaintiff

LOUISIANA
City of Angels

[The article contains graphic language)

By Kay Ebeling

Almost forty years after Father Gilbert Gauthe stuck a gun into his mouth and forced him into a violent sex act, Ted Lausche is part of the $5.1 million settlement for twenty-one persons this week in Louisiana, because of abuse at the hands of priests and nuns in and around New Orleans Archdiocese and Lafayette.

The charges from 1971 push the years of reported sex crime activity by renowned pedophile Catholic priest Gilbert Gauthe forward by several years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

16pc surge in calls to rape crisis helpline

IRELAND
Herald

By Fiona Dillon

Saturday October 24 2009

THE Dublin Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) has experienced a 16pc surge in calls to its 24-hour helpline in the first six months of this year.

New statistics show that the centre received 7,560 calls to the helpline for victims of rape and sexual abuse over that period, compared to 6,522 calls in the same period in 2008.

It said that the increase was due mainly to the huge surge in calls to the helpline following the Ryan report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

The Church must bow down to law of the land

IRELAND
Irish Independent

The latest shocking report on child sex abuse reveals a painful and sordid tale of ecclesiastical cover-ups, writes Maeve Sheehan

Sunday October 25 2009

THE report on the Catholic hierarchy's handling of child sex abusers in the Dublin archdiocese is expected to criticise civil authorities for contributing to a culture of impunity surrounding paedophile priests.

While senior clergy will carry the blame, the report also implicates some senior gardai and health authorities for failing to follow through on complaints against paedophiles. According to informed sources, the report singles out the lax response of gardai in certain investigations and also criticises the former health boards in the Dublin area for failing to protect children from exposure to paedophile priests.

"The report will indicate that some senior gardai did not see investigating church men as their role. There was a view that the church was outside the remit of the garda," said an informed source.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Rev. Rodino placed on leave

WYNANTSKILL (NY)
Troy Record

By Danielle Sanzone
The Record

WYNANTSKILL — Alleged sexual impropriety from 27 years ago has come back to haunt Rev. Salvatore "Sam" Rodino who has been suspended from his position at St. Jude the Apostle Church.

The longtime priest with the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese was placed on administrative leave this week after charges emerged that he "had engaged in sexual misconduct with a teenager in the 1980s at the Blessed Sacrament parish in Albany," stated a press release from the diocese.

Parishioners were given the news during Mass on Saturday and will be told in Masses today in the form of a letter from Bishop Howard Hubbard which was read aloud.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Diocese's struggles surpass bankruptcy

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By BETH MILLER • The News Journal • October 25, 2009

It's not supposed to be this way. Bishops shouldn't need a judge's permission to pay church bills. Parishioners shouldn't wonder if placing money in a collection plate is a good investment. And a child should fear no evil from a priest.

But those are the problems and questions facing the 230,000 members of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington in a new way after Bishop W. Francis Malooly announced last Sunday that the diocese had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The announcement, made the night before a series of child sexual abuse trials related to former priest Francis G. DeLuca were to begin, put the brakes on all 131 lawsuits pending against the diocese -- canceling courtroom testimony, disclosure of evidentiary documents and cross-examination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

October 24, 2009

Priest removed from Albany Catholic Diocese

ALBANY (NY)
CBS 6

October 24, 2009

The Albany Catholic Dicoese has placed a priest on administrative leave.

The church says there are reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor back in the 1980's.

Reverend Salvatore "Sam" Rodino was removed from the ministry today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Priest Placed On Leave

NEW YORK
Fox 23

In Rensselaer County, the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese has placed a priest on administrative leave. It comes after they said there were reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor nearly 30 years ago.

The Diocese received a complaint that Rev. Salvatore Rodino engaged in sexual misconduct with a teenager in the 80's at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Albany.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 PM

Albany Diocese removes priest accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s

ALBANY (NY)
Albany Times Union

By PAUL NELSON, Staff writer
Last updated: 5:12 p.m., Saturday, October 24, 2009

ALBANY -- A veteran Roman Catholic priest has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly sexually abusing a teen about 27 years ago, according the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

The decision by the diocese to put the Rev. Salvatore "Sam" Rodino, 58, on administrative leave follows a recommendation by their sexual misconduct review board. Rodino, who has been serving as pastor at St. Judge the Apostle in Wynantskill since 2005, has been barred from celebrating mass, performing any other sacraments, and publicly wearing clerical garb.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Bond hearing set in Haiti sex abuse case

CONNECTICUT
The News-Times

The Associated Press
Updated: 10/24/2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—A man charged with molesting boys in Haiti is heading to Connecticut for a bail hearing before a federal judge.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Haven in the case of Douglas Perlitz, who has been held without bail since he was arrested Sept. 16 at his home in Eagle, Colo. He has pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Sex case cripples Haiti charity, sponsors worry about children

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star
October 24, 2009

WINDSOR, Ont. -- Dr. Andrea Steen fears she may never hear from Kenderna and Richardson again.

The Windsor physician sponsors the Haitian boy and girl through Hearts Together for Haiti, the aid organization once directed by former local priest John Duarte, who remains in jail in the Dominican Republic awaiting extradition to Canada to face multiple charges of molesting teenage boys at the mission he founded on the island's north coast.

"All I can say is I hope I was able to help them for the two years I sponsored them," Steen said Friday. "I hope they continue to carry on with their school and do the right thing. I hope it works out. But I feel sad and worried. There's no way of knowing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Police guarding Artek director

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

According to Artek's press service, two plain-clothes police officers were posted to pretect Borys Novozhylov, the director-general of the Artek international children's center (Crimea), after he was transferred from the hospital's intensive therapy unit to a regular October 23. ...

A suspect has been arrested in connection with this criminal case, and a court has extended the period of detention of the suspect to four months. Internet-based publications have published a copy of an appeal made to President Viktor Yuschenko (allegedly drafted by Parliamentary Deputy Hryhorii Omelchenko of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc) by parliamentary deputies, in which they claimed that Artek's Director-General Novozhylov, the center's chief doctor Henrich Ratt, its priest Vadym Paevksyi, and Parliamentary Deputy Viktor Ukolov of the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc were involved in perversion of children at the Artek international children's center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Salinas priest's sex case moves on

CALIFORNIA
Monterey Herald

By VIRGINIA HENNESSEY
Herald Salinas Bureau
Updated: 10/24/2009

The sex-crime case against the Rev. Antonio Cortes can proceed, a judge ruled Friday.

Judge Larry Hayes said there was sufficient evidence presented at a June 4 preliminary hearing to hold Cortes for trial on charges of engaging in sodomy with a minor and possessing child pornography.

In a courtroom packed with Cortes' supporters, Hayes rejected a motion by Cortes' defense attorney, Eugene Martinez, who argued that prosecutor Rolando Mazariegos failed on multiple levels to provide probable cause to hold the priest. The evidence was presented during a preliminary hearing before Judge Terrance Duncan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

Judge: Enough evidence for Salinas priest to go to trial

CALIFORNIA
The Salinas Californian

BY SUNITA VIJAYAN • svijayan@thecalifornian.com • October 24, 2009

A defense lawyer lost his argument Friday that prosecutors failed to present enough evidence to justify a trial for a Salinas priest accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Larry E. Hayes ruled that the District Attorney's Office, which introduced evidence during a June 4 preliminary hearing, showed sufficient probable cause to move the case forward.

The Rev. Antonio Cortes was ordered to stand trial on felony charges of sodomy with a minor and misdemeanor counts of possession of child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Praise for Church over child protection policies

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan

Saturday, October 24, 2009

THE author of the damning investigation into clerical abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne has applauded the Catholic Church for having undertaken "a truly remarkable" journey to a place where it could yet become a champion of child protection.

Chief executive of the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSC), Ian Elliot robustly defended recent efforts by the Church to right its dismal record describing an "increasingly evident" sense of purpose and commitment to child protection.

"There are champions for children in the Church that deserve the highest praise. They are at all levels of the Church and many are within the hierarchy. The aim of establishing the Church as an exemplar for best safeguarding practice has gained major support. We are in a very different place to where we were two years ago."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Catholic Church praised for its progress on child protection

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By John Cooney Religion Correspondent

Saturday October 24 2009

THE Catholic Church in Ireland has made greater progress in the past two years than in the previous two decades in safeguarding children from paedophile clerics, its independent child protection "enforcer" claimed yesterday.

In his first major address since his appointment two years ago as chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children, Ian Elliott, a Presbyterian from the North, hit out at cover-ups which led to four state inquiries.

Speaking in Cork yesterday to the Association of Social Workers, Mr Elliott accepted that the Ferns Report in Co Wexford; the Ryan Report into systematic abuse in industrial schools; and the forthcoming reports into the Dublin and Cloyne dioceses were necessary because the Irish Catholic Church was guilty of placing the needs of itself and the clergy before those of the vulnerable child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Church welcomes everyone

GUAM
Pacific News Center

By Archbishop Anthony Apuron • October 24, 2009

My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ: Thank you for your prayers and support during these challenging days. While we remain steadfast in our stance against Bill 185, there are a few clarifications I would like to make that have surfaced in public conversations that I believe need to be addressed.

In response to my Pastoral Letter that was released last Sunday, I want to make it clear that persons with same-sex attractions were not the target of my Pastoral Letter, nor was it meant to condemn anyone in any way. If I have hurt anyone, please forgive me. Our Lord Jesus Christ has given your archbishop and clergy, and all of us, the mission to proclaim God's unconditional love for all God's children, especially those who are struggling to experience the freedom that only chastity can give. The Lord has been raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father so that he could send us the pledge of his love -- the Holy Spirit. This Spirit comes to assure us that in the moment of doubt, suffering, and confusion we are not alone. ...

Additionally, a number of charges appeared in the media regarding the care with which the Archdiocese guards children against sexual abuse. I want to assure everyone that the Archdiocese takes seriously its responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all minors who are in the care of Archdiocesan personnel. A policy with clear procedures for action is in place and will be quickly enforced when reports of any improper behavior on the part of Archdiocesan personnel are received. Proper investigative authorities will be immediately notified if and when allegations of abuse or improper conduct are imposed. Again, the Catholic Church does not and will not tolerate any kind of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Wisconsin Sex Abuse Victims Plead With Legislators to Pass Bill Extending Statute

WISCONSIN
Injury Board

Posted by David Mittleman
October 23, 2009

Madison, Wisconsin—a group of childhood sex abuse victims are urging a Wisconsin legislative committee to support Assembly Bill 453, which would repeal the state’s statute of limitations on childhood sexual abuse cases that involve clergy or incest. Under current law, victims can sue up until the age of 35.

Spurred by the Child Victims Act that is already in place in California and Delaware, the Wisconsin victims hope for similar results in identifying unknown sex offenders, particularly those working for churches. In fact, since the legislation passed in California 300 previously unknown sex offenders have been identified.

Diocese launches review after vicar is jailed

UNITED KINGDOM
Religious Intelligence

Friday, 23rd October 2009

By: Michael Brown.

An English diocese has launched a review of the records of all its clergy following the jailing of a "wicked" vicar for the rape of boys.

The review by the Bradford diocese will also look at licensed lay readers and youth workers in its patch in a bid to uncover any "causes for concern". The diocese in addition intends to submit the findings of the review to an independent body or responsible individual to see whether any lessons can be learned to improve the care of children in its charge.

The moves follow the jailing for 14 years at Bradford Crown Court last Friday of Peter Hedge, 47, who was found guilty of the rape of two young boys and a catalogue of sex abuse against other youngsters.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Statement Regarding Case of Father Robert M. Timchak

SCRANTON (PA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton

Updated with timeframe and how the case proceeded.

On Oct. 19, 2009, Father Robert M. Timchak was charged with sexual child abuse for allegedly having child pornography images on his computer. This is a very distressing and unfortunate situation.

Since this news was reported, there have been some questions about the time that elapsed between the initial allegation being made in December 2008 and Father Timchak’s departure as assistant pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Milford , and St. John Neumann, Lord’s Valley in April 2009. Father Timchak was also a student teacher in the 4th grade at Notre Dame Elementary School in East Stroudsburg from September through November 2007, and then was an occasional substitute teacher there in December 2008. After that time he occasionally celebrated Mass at the school and possibly attended school functions. He was also a substitute teacher in area public elementary schools.

It is important to understand the timeframe for this case and why it proceeded as it did.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Diocese clarifies handling of porn case

SCRANTON (PA)
Times-Leader

By Mark Guydish mguydish@timesleader.com
Education Reporter

SCRANTON – In response to questions raised about the handling of the Rev. Robert Timchak’s arrest on charges of possessing child pornography, the Diocese of Scranton issued a revised statement Friday providing more details.

Timchak, 43, turned himself in to authorities in Pike County on Oct. 19. State police at Dunmore charged him with 17 counts of sexual abuse of children and a single charge of criminal use of a communication facility and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. He was released on his own recognizance with a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 4.

The revised diocese statement notes there have been questions about “the time that elapsed between the initial allegation … and Father Timchak’s departure as assistant pastor of St. Vincent de Paul, Milford, and St. John Neumann, Lord’s Valley, in April 2009.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Priest charged in porno probe

MILFORD (PA)
The Pike County Courier

MILFORD — Authorities have arrested a local Catholic priest on charges of possessing child pornography.

On Monday, Pennsylvania State Police and Pike County District Attorney announced the arrest of 43 year-old Robert M. Timchack. Father Bob, as he is known, served at parishes including Saint Vincent’s in Dingman and Saint John Neumann in Lords Valley.

Timchack has been charged with: 16 counts, Sexual Abuse of Children (F2); 1 count, Sexual Abuse of Children (F3); 1 count, Criminal Use of Communication Facility (F3); and 1 count, Tampering with/or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

October 23, 2009

Victim: Sex Assault Happened Inside St. Louis Cathedral

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
WDSU

[with video]

NEW ORLEANS --
A New Orleans man who is part of a $5 million church sex abuse settlement told WDSU he was raped by a priest inside St. Louis Cathedral.

The claim is the first account of sexual misconduct by religious leaders inside one of the nation's best known and oldest churches.

Bernard DeFranza Sr. became emotional when describing the abuse he endured as a 10-year-old boy. He told I-Team reporter Travers Mackel he was assaulted more than 40 years ago inside the historic French Quarter house of worship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Clergy lack church support

CANADA
Nanaimo News Bulletin

The latest sexual scandal to rock the church broke earlier this month when it was revealed that Bishop Raymond Lahey was charged with possession and importation of child pornography.

It is sad whenever any human being engages in sexually exploiting others; those in leadership roles (especially in the church) are held to higher standards by our society and so we read and hear about these examples.

The reason why clergy are especially highlighted by news media is not only because we exercise authority over our parishioners/members, but because the Christian church has traditionally been highly moralistic (and some would say preoccupied) about sexuality. ...

Ian Gartshore is a minister and therapist in Nanaimo

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

'Champions for children' in the Church

IRELAND
RTE News

[with video]

The National Board for Safeguarding Children has described the progress made by the Catholic Church over the past two years in implementing child protection guidelines as 'truly remarkable'.

Chief Executive Ian Elliott says while a great deal of work still remains to be done, there are 'champions for children' within the Church who deserve the highest praise.

In the wake of several damaging, high-profile clerical child sex abuse scandals, the Catholic Church established the National Board for Safeguarding Children in May 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

US Catholics reject Delaware abuse claims

WILMINGTON (DE)
RTE News (Ireland)

[video presentation]

Charlie Bird, Washington Correspondent, reports that the Diocese of Wilmington has been thrown into chaos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Judge rules Cortes sodomy case can proceed

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

The Monterey County Herald
Herald Staff

There was more than enough reason to hold the Rev. Antonio Cortes for trial on charges of engaging in sodomy with a minor and possessing child pornography, a judge ruled this morning in a courtroom packed with the priest's supporters.

Judge Larry Hayes rejected a motion by Cortes' defense attorney, Eugene Martinez, who argued prosecutor Rolando Mazariegos failed on multiple levels to provide probable cause to hold the priest during a June 4 preliminary hearing before Judge Terrance Duncan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Orange Grove: Silencing abuse victims hurts all

CALIFORNIA
The Orange County Register

By ELAINA J. KROLL
Founder, CEO of The Innocence Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating child sexual abuse

At a recent Huntington Beach City Council meeting, former Westminster School District Trustee Judy Ahrens read a scene from Maya Angelou's memoir "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" where an 8-year-old girl is raped. Ahrens' intention was to shame and embarrass the council so that it would support banning the book from school libraries.

Ahrens said that banning the book would preserve the innocence of the high-school-age children who would be exposed to the tragic scene. Unfortunately, she has it all wrong.

The only way we can preserve the innocence of our children is by allowing an open and honest dialogue about sexual abuse and never allowing a victim's story to be hidden in shame and secrecy. Banning the book tells victims that they should remain silent, and when victims remain silent, perpetrators continue to hurt children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Out of the Darkness

NEW YORK
The Jewish Light

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL

Recent stories in The New York Times and The New York Jewish Week about alleged child molestation and attempts to use rabbinical courts to block investigations or even cover up crimes are, to say the least, extremely disturbing. The sexual and physical abuse of children and other forms of domestic violence are among the gravest of sins. Wherever such incidents occur, within or outside the Jewish community, they must be vigorously investigated and if the evidence suggests, prosecuted in secular courts.

A detailed front-page story by Paul Vitello in the The New York Times last week reports that for decades, Brooklyn prosecutors substantially ignored molestation from the local ultra-Orthodox Jewish community — about 800,000 followers of Hasidic and other sects who make up the largest such cluster outside Israel. But in the past year, there have been 26 cases of alleged child molestation within the Haredi community, and the story notes that the district attorney's office has "brought charges against a variety of men — yeshiva teachers, rabbis, camp counselors, merchants and relatives of children. Eight have been convicted; 18 await trial."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Elizabeth's Story: Part Two

UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses

I write my story of abuse as a way of saying thank you to the many survivors of priest/church abuse who have shown me the path to my own truth by their bravery. For the past five years I have mentored others along the path to healing as an advocate for those abused. I have heard the stories of several dozen survivors. Each person who told me pieces of their story made it easier for me to face my own fragments of truth, deal with my psychic and spiritual wounds and weave those pieces of self together in a story of injury and journey into recovery of self.

Here is my attempt to tell a story that is still unfolding. I tell my story, not as an expert, but as a traveler on a confusing and twisting journey. I tell my story with the hope that my sharing will create space for seeds of hope and glimmers of insight as we stumble along together through the valley of abuse by priest/church. In my telling, survivors will find themes and points where my story intersects with theirs. At many points we share a story. We have different and unique lives and pains. We also share a bonding experience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Former priest awaits extradition on sex charges

CANADA
National Post

Jorge Barrera, Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, October 23, 2009

A former Canadian priest currently sitting in a Dominican Republic jail cell awaiting extradition to Canada on multiple sexual molestation charges was working as a scuba diving instructor at a hotel before local authorities arrested him this week.

Joao Jose Correira Duarte, a former Windsor, Ont., priest also known as John Duarte, faces nine counts of sexually exploiting 12 to 17-year-old boys in Haiti over a 10-year span. He was arrested Tuesday by Dominican immigration and counter-narcotics agents in a joint operation, local authorities said.

Mr. Duarte, 44, had been living quietly in Sousa, Puerto Plata, where he found work at a local hotel, first as a waiter and then as a scuba diving instructor where he mainly taught tourists, according to a statement from the National Directorate for Drug Control.

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Reveille for the Catholic Church

CANADA
Telegraph-Journal

Elizabeth W. McGahan
Commentary

A few years ago, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend wrote Failing America's Faithful, in which she discussed the wide ranging role of religion in American society, suggesting at one point that it was "reveille" for the Christian churches. Townsend's call may resonate for Maritime Catholics as the tragedy in the diocese of Antigonish unfolds.

Stunned and embarrassed, many Catholics listened as various priests and bishops offered a plethora of tepid bromides - "we are all flawed" or "he has been accused but not convicted" or "he who is without sin, throw the first stone." Each observation on its own contains a measure of validity. But in a world-wide Church roiling for more than two decades from public scandals, some in the laity might have expected to hear these initial reactions balanced by reflection on the Church's requirements for recruitment and membership within the priesthood, and for the advancement of priests to the hierarchy. Sadly, various spokesmen talked in terms of individual weakness while overlooking possible limitations in organizational structures.

With respect to the Lahey crisis, one asks, how carefully did the committee that drew up the terna (list of candidates sent to Rome) review the priest-candidates who were recommended for the position of bishop of Antigonish? Did they scrutinize Lahey's career in Newfoundland? Have any members of the committee spoken since this story broke?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

Federal judge awards $3 million to 2 teens who sued evangelist Alamo's alleged enforcer

LITTLE ROCK (AR)
The Morning Call

JON GAMBRELL
Associated Press Writer

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A fugitive accused of beating two teenagers on evangelist Tony Alamo's orders must pay $3 million in restitution, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Harry F. Barnes awarded $1.5 million each to Spencer Ondrisek and Seth Calagna, who were both raised in Alamo's church in Fouke in southwestern Arkansas. The teens accused Alamo's alleged enforcer, John Kolbek, of battery, false imprisonment, outrage and conspiracy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Mother seeks money from Catholic Order for son

MISSOURI
KSDK

[with video]

By Mike Owens
KSDK -- An O'Fallon, Missouri woman is speaking out about the Franciscan order of Catholic priests, saying they haven't paid out enough money to take care of her son, who she says is dying of cancer.

Pat Bond says she fathered her 22-year-old son Nathan with Father Henry Willenborg while they were both living in Quincy, Illinois.

Bond says she went to a religious retreat run by Father Willenborg. She was looking for solace since her marriage was ending and she needed direction. She says Willenborg helped her and the two began a sexual relationship in the early 1980s. The relationship lasted five years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

Protestant schools' row can unite the churches

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By David Quinn

Friday October 23 2009

WHEN the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Neill, accused the Department of Education the other day of leading a "very determined and doctrinaire" attack on Protestant schools he could have as easily accused them of attacking denominational schools in general.

This week, it transpired that the department has written to the Catholic hierarchy asking them for a list of schools they are willing to hand over to the State or some other managerial body.

Admittedly, this was prompted by remarks made by one or two bishops to the effect that the Catholic Church controls too many schools (it does) and that in principle they would be willing to give up some of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Almighty Dollar

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

Without accountability, power corrupts.

It’s a truth as old as time, but Southern Baptists have yet to learn it.

We have seen this truth played out over and over again in the countless cover-ups of Baptist clergy sex abuse. And we also see this truth played out in the financial arena of Baptistland.

Even in these tough times, good hard-working people continue to put money in Baptist offering plates because they believe it will be used to spread the gospel and because they’ve been taught to tithe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Woman who says she was victim of a priest asks other victims to come forward

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Susan Weich
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/23/2009

An O'Fallon, Mo., woman who had a five-year affair with a Roman Catholic priest, pleaded Thursday for other women who had sexual liaisons with the Rev. Henry Willenborg to step forward.

Pat Bond said that without them, she feared that Willenborg, a Franciscan who is currently under investigation by the order, will be reinstated soon to another church. She said others, including a teenager and a nun, told her about affairs with Willenborg.

Bond, whose story was detailed in a New York Times article last week, said that during their relationship in the 1980s, Willenborg impregnated her twice. The first time, Willenborg suggested she abort the child; she later had a miscarriage.The second time, Bond bore a son: Nathan Halbach, now 22, who has brain cancer and is gravely ill. Bond claims that St. Louis officials with the Franciscan order have acted callously toward her, and that Willenborg has shunned their son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Pastor arrested

ANDALUSIA (AL)
Andalusia Star-News

By Stephanie Nelson | Andalusia Star-News

Published Thursday, October 22, 2009

The pastor of an Andalusia church has been arrested, following allegations of sex abuse.

According to the Covington County jailer’s daily report, Ralph Lee Aaron, the pastor of Grace Christian Fellowship, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree sodomy.

Aaron, a 54-year-old resident of Andalusia, is currently being held in the Covington County Jail without bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Lahey charges cast a shadow over CCCB plenary

CANADA
Western Catholic Reporter

DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS
CORNWALL, ONT. - The child pornography charges laid against Bishop Raymond Lahey cast a pall over the weeks leading up to the annual gathering of Canada's Catholic bishops.

In his last report to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops as president, Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber said it "might be tempting" to use the phrase annus horribilis to describe them. But the phrase is not part of our Catholic tradition, he said.

"For Christians, it is always Annus Domini, the year of the Lord," he said. "Our overall perspective is that of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of being called to labour in his vineyard."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Youth Congress speaker discusses "apology"

GUAM
KUAM

by Mindy Aguon

Guam Youth Congress Speaker Derrick Hills says he doesn't see the Archbishop Anthony Apuron's latest letter to parishioners as an apology. Apuron on Thursday night clarified several points relating to discussions about homosexuality and allegations of sexual abuse by members of the clergy on Guam.

The leader of Guam's Catholic faithful wants to make it clear that homosexuals were not the target of his pastoral letter, which he says was not meant to condemn anyone. Apruon said, "If I have hurt anyone, please forgive me."

As for claims made regarding sexual abuse of children at the hands of clergy on the island, Apuron made assurances, saying the Catholic Church does not and will not tolerate any kind of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Orders, parishes still face lawsuits

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By BETH MILLER • The News Journal • October 23, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week stopped more than 100 child sexual abuse cases from advancing in the court system, but it has not stopped the progress of the cases against Catholic parishes and religious orders.

The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, who operate Salesianum School, have no plans to file for bankruptcy according to their attorney Mark Reardon, and a Superior Court judge this week told attorneys to prepare for trial in James Sheehan's child sexual abuse case against the order.

Sheehan's case was among those stayed by the diocese's bankruptcy filing Sunday night. But Superior Court Judge Calvin L. Scott Jr. told attorneys in a pretrial conference Wednesday that Sheehan's case against the Oblates, which seeks damages for abuse by the late Rev. Francis L. Norris in 1962, will begin Nov. 16 as scheduled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

GPD & AG Say Archdiocese ...

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron has assured the island's faithful that the Archdiocese will not tolerate any kind of sexual abuse and has procedures in place to notify authorities whenever allegations of improper conduct occur.

On Tuesday of this week, Vice Speaker BJ Cruz said that a case of abuse was recently brought to the attention of the Archdiocese.

Neither the Guam Police Department nor the Attorney General's office have received any recent complaints from the Archdiocese. No can they recall any complaints ever being filed in the past.

Guam Police Spokesman Allan Guzman tells PNC News that neither he, nor Police Chief Paul Suba, can recall ever having received any complaints referred from the Archdiocese regarding sexual misconduct by priests or lay employees of the Archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Father John Sappenfield Removed

TENNESSEE
Roman Catholic Diocese of Nashville

Father John Sappenfield has been removed as pastor of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, effective immediately, after he admitted a violation of the Diocese of Nashville’s policies against the Abuse of a Professional Relationship involving an adult female member of the parish. He has moved out of the parish rectory and he will have no active priestly ministry. Father Sappenfield has served as pastor of St. Philip since July 1, 2008.

Father Bala, the associate pastor at St. Philip will take over as temporary administrator of the parish, also effective immediately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Franklin Pastor Removed From Post

FRANKLIN (TN)
WSMV

FRANKLIN, Tenn. -- Father John Sappenfield has been removed as pastor of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, after he admitted he violated church policies.

According to the church's Web site, Sappenfield lost his job because "he admitted a violation of the Diocese of Nashville’s policies against the Abuse of a Professional Relationship involving an adult female member of the parish."

The Diocese of Nashville described that violation as an "act of sexual misconduct between a cleric or a layperson."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Duarte's arrest 'devastating' to local Catholic community

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star
October 23, 2009

The OPP are making plans for officers to travel to the Dominican Republic to take custody of a former Windsor priest who is facing multiple charges here of molesting teenage boys at the mission he founded in Haiti.

Const. Shawna Coulter, media relations officer for the Essex OPP detachment, said Thursday that John Duarte, 44, of Windsor, is in custody in the Dominican Republic and extradition proceedings are under way.

Duarte is charged under the Criminal Code with nine counts of sexual exploitation of boys between the ages of 12 and 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Editorial: Breaking faith

WILMINGTON (DE)
Philadelphia Inquirer

The best way for Wilmington's Roman Catholic Bishop W. Francis Malooly to demonstrate his stated concern for "all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our diocese" would be to give those victims their day in court.

Instead, Malooly's eleventh-hour decision Sunday to file for bankruptcy protection effectively halted the first of eight clergy sex-abuse trials set to start the next day. That will have the net effect to further delay or perhaps thwart many victims' long quest for justice.

The bishop wrote to the diocese's 230,000 faithful that the "painful decision" to file for bankruptcy was intended to ensure that funds are available so that all of the victims get a fair settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Community reacts to Apuron's letter

GUAM
KUAM

by Nick Delgado

Archbishop Anthony Apuron has issued another letter to parishioners, this time clarifying some points in a pastoral letter read during masses last week. The clarification comes as the debate over same-sex civil unions appears to have hit a plateau.

The leader of the island's Catholic faithful wants to make it clear that he did not intend to target or condemn homosexuals when he issued a pastoral letter last week. Apuron says the Catholic Church continues to love and embrace all individuals.

As for claims made regarding sexual abuse of children at the hands of members of the clergy on the island, the Archbishop assured parishioners that the Archdiocese of Agana takes its responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all minors in its care seriously. He added a policy with clear procedures for action is in place and will be enforced quickly should there be any reports of improper behavior of the clergy. Apuron stressed that the Catholic Church does not and will not tolerate any kind of sexual abuse.

Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz meanwhile says since he admitted to being sexually abused by a priest when he was a teen in California he's been approached by more people giving their own accounts of alleged abuse. "Ever since our interview the other day, I've been getting e-mails, people telling me their incidents. Before I came here a man called me from the States, and he says 'I want to tell you that I support you', and then he started to cry and tell me that he had been working for one of the parishes here and suffered the same thing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Priest's removal stuns Franklin church

FRANKLIN (TN)
The Tennessean

By Harriet Vaughan • THE TENNESSEAN • October 23, 2009

FRANKLIN — Parishioners of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin spent Thursday digesting the news of Tuesday's removal of their well-liked pastor, Father John Sappenfield.

The Diocese of Nashville announced that Sappenfield had admitted to violating the diocese policy against Abuse of a Professional Relationship with a female adult member of the parish.

Diocese director of communications Rick Musacchio would not give details of Sappenfield's conduct beyond the official announcement.

Several parishioners and staff members contacted Thursday were equally reluctant to talk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Diocese pays $1.2 million to former altar boy to settle sex abuse lawsuit

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- The Catholic Diocese of Belleville has paid $1.2 million to settle a 6-year-old "John Doe" lawsuit filed by a former altar boy who said he was molested by his parish priest.

The settlement, announced Thursday by the diocese, was confirmed by Belleville attorney Mike Weilmuenster, who said the money has been paid to his client. Negotiations were worked out last week.

It is the first time since the early 1990s when sexual abuse of minors by priests became a widespread public scandal in the Belleville Diocese that the diocese has paid money to a victim as part of a settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Bigot-rustling is the Pope’s latest insult to Rowan Williams

UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

By Terry Sanderson

Of course, in a strictly secularist sense, the NSS should not concern itself with the internal machinations of religious organisations. If the Pope wishes to stab the Archbishop of Canterbury in the back (in a wholly ecumenical sense, of course) then that’s nothing to do with us. If the Pope wants to change the rules of his club so that he can steal personnel from the opposition, that’s his business. Let them slug it out, betray each other, lie and steal from each other. Or, as Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper put it “The Vatican’s welcome ... is a Trojan horse. It appears to enhance Christian goodwill while inflaming the doctrinal battles between and within the two churches.” As long as they don’t try to involve the state in their hostilities, they can rip each other to shreds as far as we are concerned. ...

The Catholic priesthood claims to disown its own erotic nature in order to remain “pure” – and yet endless court cases show many of the “fathers” to have been wallowing in a pit of unimaginable sexual depravity. They concoct elaborate lies to sustain their “teachings” (“There are tiny holes in condoms through which HIV can pass”), they care little for the death, destruction and suffering their senseless dogmas create in the developing world. They are more concerned about the damage the child abuse crisis has done to the Church than about what it has done to the people they tortured. As Matthew Parris said in The Times: “The more reactionaries Pope Benedict can gather around himself and his Church, the faster the whole thing will sink under the weight of its own weirdness.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Sr Jesme's 'Autobiography of a nun' goes international

GERMANY
Christian Today

By: John Malhotra
Friday, 23 October 2009

The controversial 'Amen: the Autobiography of a nun' has just gone global after the famous Frankfurt Book Fair.

The author of the book, Sr Jesme, was a special invitee at the world's largest book fair held annually in mid-October at the Frankfurt Trade Fair, Germany.

At the event, participated by more than 100 countries, excerpts from Jesme's startling memoir was read to a large audience mostly comprised of French and German people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Ex-Windsor priest faces extradition from D.R.

CANADA
CBC News

A former Windsor priest arrested in the Dominican Republic and accused of sexually abusing teenage boys in Haiti will be tried in Ontario, a spokeswoman for the Ontario Provincial Police confirmed Wednesday.

John Duarte, 44, is currently being held in custody in the D.R. awaiting extradition to Canada, according to Const. Shawna Coulter. He has been charged with nine counts of sexual exploitation, she said.

The charges against Duarte are related to allegations involving "a number of male youths in Haiti during the years 1995 to 2005," Coulter said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

October 22, 2009

O'Brien statement on Wilmington bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Baltimore Sun

Archbishop Edwin O’Brien of Baltimore has issued a statement on the Chapter 11 petition filed this week by the Diocese of Wilmington. The Diocese of Wilmington includes the Eastern Shore of Maryland and it is headed by Bishop W. Francis Malooly, a Baltimore native who was an auxiliary bishop in the Baltimore archdiocese until being tapped for Wilmington last year. The diocese joins with the archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington in the Maryland Catholic Conference.

O’Brien’s statement:

Troubled and saddened by the news of the Diocese of Wilmington's filing for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, I extend the sympathy and support of the people of the Archdiocese of Baltimore to Bishop Malooly, to our Catholic sisters and brothers in the Diocese of Wilmington, and to all who are impacted by this painful and unfortunate decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

Belleville Diocese settles sex abuse case for $1.2 million

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- The Diocese of Belleville has paid $1.2 million to settle a 6-year-old "John Doe" lawsuit filed by a former altar boy who said he was molested by his parish priest.

The settlement, announced Thursday by the diocese, was confirmed by Belleville attorney Mike Weilmuenster, who said the money has been paid to his client. Negotiations were worked out last week.

It is the first time since the early 1990s when sexual abuse of minors by priests became a widespread public scandal in the Belleville Diocese that the diocese has paid money to a victim as part of a settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 PM

In the name of the Fathers

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

As you can see from the numerous posts on media coverage of the Pope’s outreach to conservative Anglicans this past week, clerical celibacy has been a subplot (not solely fostered, but certainly abbeted by a speculative press). And then there is of course, the shadow side we have seen covered before — the sex abuse scandals of the past 25 years. These involve mostly pederasts — clergy abusing children.

But there’s another angle to this story — Catholic clergy who have affairs with women, which is what was so fascinating about the now-Episcopal Father Cutie. Without minimizing the drama of that soap opera, it didn’t wrench at your heartstrings in the same way as the story of Pat Bond, her son Nathan Halbach and his father — a Franciscan priest, Henry Willenborg. One big difference — Fr. Cutie isn’t a Catholic priest anymore. Although suspended, Fr. Willenborg, with a 22-year-old son, still is. Which leads, of course, to the question

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Sludge Fest

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Editorial, Kyiv Post

Children and justice are disregarded in the nation’s latest dirty scandal.

Sludge – as in thick greasy mud, sewage or sediment – and fest, as in festival. That's what is shaping up in Ukraine over a child sexual abuse scandal. The case has degenerated into an unconscionable travesty of justice, with leading presidential candidates seeking to gain politically from horrific accusations – and possibly horrific abuse – ahead of the Jan. 17 presidential election.

Lost in the mudslinging, however, are the interests of at least two sexually abused children. Victimized once by pedophiles, they were re-victimized after the scandal broke out publicly on Oct. 13. They were victimized once again by inept law enforcers, who learned of the accusations in April and were in a position to resolve the case by now. The children were yet again savaged by politicians and journalists who publicly disseminated what should be confidential details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Sludge Fest

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Nataliya Bugayova, Alina Pastukhova, Oksana Faryna, Kyiv Post Staff

The Ukrainian presidential campaign kicked off on Oct. 19 with allegations of pedophilia, rape, extortion and blackmail.

And there’s still nearly three months left for the debate to sink deeper into the muck before the Jan. 17 vote.

The child sex abuse scandal exploded onto the national scene on Oct. 13 like ignited gasoline. A flurry of accusations and denials has played out ever since. The children involved were named by some media and exposed to public scrutiny. They became pawns in guerrilla political warfare that also possibly spoiled any criminal investigation. ...

While it is hard to gauge the depth of the pedophilia problem, the nation has been seen as a hotbed of child pornography and sexual abuse. Official statistics are not considered a reliable measure of the problem. Punishment is considered light, even if the offenders are convicted. In Ukraine, child sex abusers get up to three years in prison for the first offence, in contrast to 14 years in Great Britain, for instance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Canadian missionary accused of abusing teenage boys in Haiti, report says

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
The Canadian Press

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Police say a Canadian missionary who worked as a priest in Windsor, Ont., has been arrested in the Dominican Republic.

Jonathan Arias of the police force in the Dominican city of Puerto Plata says John Duarte, also identified in local media reports as Joao Jose Correira Duarte, was arrested Tuesday.

Arias says Duarte was apprehended near Puerto Plata and is currently in police custody in Santo Domingo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Former Santa Rosa Bishop Patrick Ziemann dies of cancer

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Former Santa Rosa Catholic Bishop G. Patrick Ziemann died early Thursday at an Arizona monastery where he had lived since resigning from leadership of the North Coast diocese 10 years ago.

Ziemann, 68, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, passed away at 3:28 a.m., said Fred Allison, spokesman for the Diocese of Tucson.

An energetic and engaging church leader, Ziemann served as Santa Rosa's fourth bishop from 1992 to 1999, when he abruptly resigned after admitting his homosexual relationship with another priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

G. Patrick Ziemann, embattled former Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa diocese, dies at 68

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

By Duke Helfand

October 22, 2009

G. Patrick Ziemann, the former Roman Catholic bishop of Santa Rosa who resigned in 1999 amid sexual and financial scandals, has died. He was 68.

Ziemann died Thursday of pancreatic cancer at a monastery in Arizona, said his brother, Joe.

The bishop gave up his post at the Diocese of Santa Rosa after a priest filed a lawsuit alleging that Ziemann had coerced him into a two-year sexual relationship in exchange for keeping silent about the priest's admitted theft of money from a Ukiah parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Elizabeth’s Story...

UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Elizabeth wrote out her story to give share with other Catholics and clergy abuse survivors alike. I have included the whole thing as Elizabeth wrote it here. Sooner or later I will interview Elizabeth to get the epilogue and how the work we have been doing together the past three years has helped her heal even more.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Media fails its first campaign test in coverage of sex abuse scandal

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Otar Dovzhenko gives an “F” to Ukraine’s media.

The word “scandal” doesn’t do justice in describing the bombshell that exploded in the Ukrainian media a week before the official Oct. 19 start of the presidential election campaign. By its destructive potential and its ability to shape the political campaign, “the pedophile case” can be already compared to the “tapegate” scandal of nearly 10 years ago.

The tape scandal involved the surreptitious taping of ex-President Leonid Kuchma by presidential bodyguard Mykola Melnychenko. The recordings – purportedly catching Kuchma and top officials running the nation as a criminal enterprise – were released soon after the September 2000 murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze. It took many years for the Melnychenko tapes scandal to die down, and many potential witnesses to the crimes described lost their lives along the way.

But the pedophile scandal, from the start, demolished the lives of two children and cast doubts on the honor and career prospects of several adults, including some parliament deputies. The scandal has the potential to alter the choice of Ukrainian voters in the Jan. 17 presidential election.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Misogynist? Homophobic? We’ve got the church for you!

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Jamie L Manson on Oct. 22, 2009 Young Voices

On Friday, Oct. 16 the most e-mailed article on The New York Times Web site was the story of Pat Bond’s fight to receive financial support for the terminally ill son that she conceived with a Franciscan priest over 20 years ago.

Four days later, the eighth most e-mailed Times article told of the Pope’s new initiative to welcome larger numbers of Anglican priests and seminarians, regardless of marital status, into the Roman Catholic clergy.

The Pontiff is putting this plan into practice in an attempt to offer a spiritual home to those who have either left or are considering leaving the Anglican Communion because of their opposition to the ordination of women and openly-gay priests as well as the blessing of same-sex unions.

Ms. Bond, who was impregnated and abandoned by a Catholic priest, cannot get funding for her son’s brain cancer treatments. The priest receives little disciplining from his superiors. She is told by the Franciscan order, who never encouraged the priest to leave the ministry, that they have already gone “far beyond what the law would require,” in their financial support. They also reminded her that, by speaking publicly, she is in jeopardy of paying a penalty because she is in violation of a confidentiality agreement that she signed years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Noon Services At Christ Church Episcopal To Feature Sex-Abuse Protesters

HOUSTON (TX)
Houston Press

By Craig Malisow in Courts, Crime
Thu., Oct. 22 2009
​Episcopalians going to today's noon service at Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral can expect to be harassed by those dang folks from the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). Network co-founder and president Barbara Blaine is in town to drum up awareness over the November 3 trial involving three former Austin Episcopal boarding school students who say the Episcopal Diocese of Texas covered up sexual abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of now-defrocked priest James Tucker.

Specifically, Blaine is outraged by what appears to be the diocese's insistence to settle and seal the case. Blaine, who herself is a victim of a priest's abuse, says it's crucial that victims not be forced to keep any part of their experiences in the dark.

"They shouldn't have to keep any secrets....the victims speaking out is a gift to the church," Blaine told Hair Balls. "We kept our secrets for years, and that's how so many of our perpetrators got to more kids....Tucker was only stopped after kids started telling."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Priest who served in Rockford, Mason County churches pleads guilty to sex assault

MASON CITY (MI)
The Grand Rapids Press

By John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press
October 22, 2009
MASON COUNTY -- A Catholic priest removed from two Mason County parishes earlier this year amid allegations of sexual misconduct at a Meijer store has pleaded guilty to a sex assault charge.

The Rev. Johnson Jeyabal Pappusamy, 38, began serving a 30-day jail sentence Wednesday after entering a plea to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Mason County Circuit Court.

Officials at the Mason County prosecutors office said Pappusamy wanted to start the jail time now, even though his sentencing is set for Nov. 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

SNAP protests bail for Perlitz

FAIRFIELD (CT)
Fairfield Minuteman

by Meg Learson Grosso, Staff Writer
10/22/2009

Two members of SNAP, Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests - an organization that, despite its name, includes those abused by rabbis and Protestant ministers as well as priests - stood in the pouring rain last Thursday to hold a "media event" outside the entrance to Fairfield University. The survivors, Jim Hackett and Gail Howard, asked that institution to use its resources to do two things: urge other victims of Fr. Eugene O'Brien to come forward and ask Judge Joan Margolis to keep Doug Perlitz in jail when his bail-hearing continues on Oct. 28.

O'Brien is a Jesuit who was principal of Fairfield Prep in the mid-1980s, and was at Fordham Prep during the 1960s and 1970s and at St. Peter's Prep in Newark before that. Doug Perlitz has been recently indicted on ten counts of sexually abusing minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Priest pleads guilty in CSC case

MICHIGAN
Luddington Daily News

Jennifer Linn - Staff Writer

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Rev. Johnson Jeyabel Pappusamy, former pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Custer and St. Jerome Catholic Church in Scottville pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal sexual conduct, fourth degree, Wednesday.

Pappusamy, was charged in April for an incident that allegedly occurred during the evening of Feb. 11 at the Ludington Meijer.

In 51st Circuit Court Wednesday Pappusamy entered his plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

More sex abuse charges for priest

KENTUCKY
The State Journal

By Kevin Wheatley

A former Good Shepherd associate pastor, who was suspended in July for alleged sexual misconduct in Frankfort going back to the 1980s, has been indicted on similar charges.

Rev. Joseph N. Muench (pronounced “minch”), 54, of Lexington, sexually abused one victim by force between July 1, 1980, and Dec. 31, 1981, and another by force between July 1, 1984, and Dec. 31, 1985, the indictment says.

The two victims were in their late teens or early 20s at the time, and their names won’t be released, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

DNCD arresta en PP un misionero canadiense reo por violar niños

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Hoy Digital

Joao José Correira Duarte enfrenta al menos doce cargos por abusar a jovencitos de entre 12 a 17 años

Migración y la Dirección Nacional de Control de Drogas (DNCD) arrestaron a un misionero canadiense, de origen portugués, acusado de abusar sexualmente de decenas de niños aprovechando su condición de ministro religioso.

Joao José Correira Duarte, alias John Duarte, fue capturado en un hotel de Puerto Plata, donde estaba hospedado como turista, dijo el presidente de la DNCD, mayor general Rolando Rosado Mateo, quien informó que será procesado en una corte criminal de Ontario, Canadá, desde donde fue solicitado en extradición a las autoridades dominicanas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Ex-Windsor priest arrested for sex abuse in Haiti

CANADA
CBC News

A former Windsor priest has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and faces charges of sexually assaulting teenage boys in Haiti, says a local media report.

Father Joao José Correira Duarte, also known as John, 43, was arrested Tuesday at a hotel in Puerto Plata, Hoy Digital, a Spanish-language news website based in Santo Domingo, D.R., reported Wednesday.

He faces 12 charges of sexually assaulting boys aged 12 to 17, the site reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 AM

Police intend to launch a criminal case in connection with extortion of $2 million by some representetives of BYT

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

The police intend to launch a criminal case soon in connection with extortion of USD 2 million from a parliamentary deputy representing the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc.

Interior Affairs Minister Yurii Lutsenko announced this to journalists.

"There can be only one response: the result of the criminal case that will be launched soon, and those guilty of blackmail with the aim of extorting money will be brought to criminal justice," Lutsenko said.

According to him, interrogations will also be conducted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:55 AM

Chicago priest's suspicious suicide

CHICAGO (IL)
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

Yet another bizarre case in the Windy City.

From an Oct. 21 I-Team report by ABC7 investigative reporter Chuck Goudie:

'A Chicago pastor was found in his Southwest Side home, stabbed more than twenty times and it was ruled a suicide.

'The I-Team has been looking into this two-week-old case that has stunned those who knew the priest. The death of Fr. Waclaw [S. Jamroz] didn't receive much attention outside his parish near Midway Airport. ...

'The pastor had some personal concerns. He was recently accused of civil racketeering in a lawsuit filed by the husband of a parishioner in a messy divorce.

'According to the suit, Fr. Waclaw raised $577,000 from churchgoers to help the woman pay legal bills. Then the priest testified against an attorney in the case at a state disciplinary hearing-describing 'threats' by the lawyer. Fr. Waclaw said the attorney told him to steal money from the church and when he refused was offered $5,000 cash to forget about it. The lawyer's license was suspended by the state on September 28.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

MP Bohdan: 'New criminal case opened after meeting with lawyer for mother of abused children'

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko (BYuT) MP Ruslan Bohdan has said that a new criminal case was opened after his meeting with Andriy Tsyhankov, the lawyer for the mother of two sexually abused children, which was held in the presence of police officers.

The MP said this in a statement published by the BYT press service on Thursday.

Bohdan said that he had met with Tsyhankov at the lawyer's request.

"During the meeting, Tsyhankov proposed that Bohdan pay two million [dollars] in exchange for the injured party's not giving testimony against him, and, in such a way, suggested excluding the MP from those involved in the [child molestation] case," reads the statement. ...

Moreover, the media reported that a priest of the Uman Eparchy of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) is also involved in the child sex abuse scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Catholic Priest Pleads Guilty To Sexual Assault

MICHIGAN
WKLA

posted by: Alan Neushwander on Thu. Oct. 22 2009

A Catholic Priest from Mason County has pleaded guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted someone at the Ludington Meijer store. Father Johnson Pappusamy is the former pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Custer and St. Jerome's Catholic Church in Scottville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Agents arrest Canadian suspected child molester wanted in Ontario

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Dominican Today

Santo Domingo.- the Drugs Control Agency (DNCD) today announced the arrest Monday of a Canadian missionary, of Portuguese origin, accused of sexually abusing dozens of children, and who’ll be criminally charged.

It said that Joao Jose Correira Duarte (alias John Duarte) was arrested in a hotel in Puerto Plata, where he was staying as a tourist. DNCD chief Rolando Rosado said the minister will be tried in a criminal court in Ontario, Canada, which requested his capture by Dominican authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Dominicans Arrest Missionary Accused of Molesting Boys

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Latin American Herald Tribune

SANTO DOMINGO – A Canadian missionary accused of sexually abusing dozens of young boys in neighboring Haiti was arrested in the northern Dominican province of Puerto Plata, authorities said Wednesday.

Joao Jose Correira Duarte, who goes by John Duarte, was captured on Tuesday in a hotel where he was staying as a tourist, the DNCD counternarcotics agency said in a communique.

He is accused of sexually abusing dozens of boys by taking advantage of his status as a religious minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Child sex abuse report won't be made public for several weeks

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Dearbhail McDonald and Louise Hogan

Thursday October 22 2009

THE publication of a damning report on clerical sex abuse in the Dublin archdiocese will be delayed for at least several weeks.

Lawyers acting for Justice Minister Dermot Ahern yesterday asked High Court judge Mr Justice Paul Gilligan to consider a new issue, which had not been brought to his attention when he heard the main case regarding publication of the report earlier this month.

The new issue is believed to concern potential criminal proceedings that could yet result from a current garda investigation, amid fears that elements in the report might jeopardise a possible prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Former leader accused of molesting 3 Burnsville Scouts

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

By JOY POWELL and KATIE HUMPHREY
Star Tribune staff writers, Star Tribune

A few parents were uneasy about the longtime scoutmaster of Troop 650 in Burnsville, in part because he was known to spend time alone with individual scouts, which is prohibited. But until this week, most of those scouts and their parents had no idea just how bad the allegations against Peter R. Stibal would become.

Stibal, 44, of Burnsville, was charged Wednesday with six felony crimes for allegedly molesting three scouts. Several parents whose sons were not the victims say that Stibal often broke the rule that required two adults to be present on all outings with scouts. ...

Wednesday's charges in Dakota County District Court allege Stibal molested three boys between 2002 and 2008, including acts of sexual penetration. Burnsville police are continuing to investigate Stibal, who also interacted with young people during trips and other youth activities through his church. He also worked as a substitute school bus driver in the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage district.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Archbishop to respond to victim advocates

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
Fox 8

Reported by: Sabrina Wilson, Reporter
Email: swilson@fox8tv.net
Last Update: 10/21 6:40 pm

Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he will meet with an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by preists. (FOX 8 News) New Orleans - Archbishop Gregory Aymond said Wednesday afternoon that he will respond directly to a group which advocates for people who were sexually abused by Catholic priests.

Archdiocese spokeswoman Sarah Comiskey said Aymond is willing to meet with members of S.N.A.P, the Survivors Network Of Those Abused By Priests.

SNAP is demanding that Aymond go public with the names of those accused of abuse years ago at Madonna Manor and Hope Haven, facilities which took in the young as part of programs run by Catholic Charities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Time to admit fallibility

CANADA
Orangeville Citizen

Constance Scrafield- Danby

Although the matter is no longer on the front pages of newspapers here in Ontario, there are many communities still reeling from the revelations of Bishop Raymond Lahey's (formerly bishop for the Diocese of Antigonish, N.B.) predilection for pornography. He was stopped at Ottawa airport by agents when, upon checking his laptop, they found graphic sexual images.

Worst, the pictures discovered on his laptop were not those of naked women, nor videos of consenting, giggling adults - that sort of "normal" indulgence - Bishop Lahey's obsession involves little boys and young men.

So intense is the reaction to the charges against of Bishop Lahey and his apparent betrayal of his position that he was forced to leave the town where he was staying in New Brunswick and request accommodation from a Roman Catholic Archdiocese. He was found a place to stay in a priests' house in Ottawa.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Christian Brother is again accused of molestation

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

Tribune staff report

October 22, 2009

Victims' advocates protested Wednesday outside the South Side home of a Christian Brother accused by a former student of molesting him during a field trip in 1977.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in North Dakota, David Gaffaney, 47, of Minnesota, accuses Charles Anthony "Raimond" Rose, now 76, of fondling him at a Ramada Inn in Orlando, Fla., while Gaffaney was sleeping. The two were on a field trip sponsored by Shanley High School, a Roman Catholic School in Fargo, N.D.

Gaffaney came forward when he learned about five other lawsuits filed against Rose last summer. Rose faces multiple suits for allegedly abusing students at two schools run by the Christian Brothers in Minnesota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Ex-Windsor priest John Duarte arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Haiti

By Don Lajoie, The Windsor Star
October 21, 2009

A former local priest, who founded a mission to aid the poor in Haiti, has been arrested in the Dominican Republic and is awaiting extradition to Canada to face charges of sexually abusing teenage Haitian boys.

John Duarte, 43, former leader of the Windsor-based Hearts Together For Haiti, was picked up Tuesday in the city of Puerto Plata by Dominican authorities on a warrant issued in Canada, according to a statement released by the Dominican Immigration Office and National Drug Control Directorate.

It is alleged Duarte had been engaging in sexual relations with a group of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 in Port-au-Prince.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Sex abuse victims plead for bill

MADISON (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Posted: Oct. 22, 2009

Madison — Victims of childhood sexual abuse on Wednesday urged a legislative committee to support a provision that would make it easier for victims to sue their assailants for damages.

But church leaders and others objected, calling the measure unconstitutional and saying it would unfairly target clergy and nonprofits, and could bankrupt faith communities.

"The average size of a Christian congregation in Wisconsin is 150 members," Scott Anderson, executive director of the Wisconsin Council of Churches, told the Assembly Committee on Children and Families. "One court case could destroy a local church."

Another suit filed against diocese

PUEBLO (CO)
Pueblo Chieftain

By JEFF TUCKER
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN
A new lawsuit has been filed against the Diocese of Pueblo alleging sexual abuse by two late priests.

In the suit, Puebloan Tom Roldan alleges that Rev. Andrew Burke and Rev. John F. Martin sexually abused him more than a dozen times while he was a teenager in the 1970s.

Martin's name has not surfaced before in the number of abuse cases filed against the Pueblo Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Pueblo man sues Catholic diocese over priests' alleged abuse

PUEBLO (CO)
The Denver Post

Posted: 10/22/2009

A 56-year-old Pueblo man is suing the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo for negligence in not preventing or stopping sexual abuse allegedly committed against him in 1971 by two diocesan priests, now deceased.

In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Pueblo District Court, Tom Roldan alleges that the Revs. Andrew Burke and John F. Martin sexually assaulted him in the rectory basement on more than a dozen occasions over two years. Many assaults against Roldan, then a St. Pius X Parish janitor, occurred before his 18th birthday, the complaint alleges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Irony in Catholic outreach to Anglicans

UNITED STATES
Baltimore Sun

Dan Rodricks

October 22, 2009

The Vatican's just-announced effort to recruit unhappy Anglicans away from a church that has embraced female priests and elected an openly gay bishop provides the Catholic Church with a way to deal with its shortage of priests - without allowing Catholic women to be ordained and without ending the celibacy rule.

If Anglican clergy and seminarians are among those who convert, the Vatican potentially gets more married men in its ranks of priests while continuing to forbid Catholic priests and seminarians to wed.

In fact, this very thing has been happening on a small scale for years. Since the early 1980s, dozens of former Episcopal priests, a good many married with children, have become Catholic priests in the United States. Published reports put the number at about 200 by now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Ex-priest faces child-abuse charges

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

By JORGE BARRERA, Canwest News Service
October 22, 2009

A former Ontario Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Haitian children was arrested in the Dominican Republic yesterday on a Canadian warrant, according to authorities in the country's capital, Santo Domingo.

Joao Jose Correira Duarte, a former Windsor, Ont., priest, is facing extradition to Canada, where he is expected to face 12 charges in the sexual abuse of Haitian youths, age 12 to 17, the Immigration Office and National Drug Control Directorate said in a statement provided to Canwest News Service.

Duarte was arrested yesterday in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and taken to prison to await the trip back to Canada, the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Why the Antigonish sexual abuse class-action settlement is wrong

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By PAUL LEDROIT
Thu. Oct 22

A young child abused by a priest faces many powerful emotions. The child has been taught to believe the priest is God’s representative on Earth. In a child’s eyes, a priest can perform miracles. He can transform bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ. He can forgive sins. The priest is the most respected member of the community, held in great esteem by the child’s parents. The child is taught to honour and obey this man, whom he perceives as not just holy, but truly God himself. I know. I was once such a child.

Philip Latimer, the oldest of his seven brothers living in Havre Boucher, could think of nothing better to please his parents than to become an altar boy. He was so proud when Father Allan MacDonald agreed.

But soon Fr. MacDonald started sexually abusing Philip. The abuse got steadily worse over the next few years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Victims target parish assets

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • October 22, 2009

Following the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's first court appearance Wednesday, lawyers for sex abuse victims said they would seek to include parish property in the bankruptcy proceedings.

James Stang, the lawyer for the unofficial committee of abuse survivors, said he will challenge the diocese's assertion that the parishes have a separate status from the diocese. He spoke outside the courtroom in downtown Wilmington.

The diocese sought protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware late Sunday night in an effort to manage the potential liability resulting from an avalanche of sexual-abuse claims against the diocese. The diocese estimated assets of up to $100 million and debts up to $500 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Catholics offered counselling

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By DAVENE JEFFREY Staff Reporter
Thu. Oct 22 - 4:46 AM
Professional counsellors are helping some of the province’s Catholics deal with the emotional fallout from Bishop Raymond Lahey’s child porn allegations.

"I think that it is a bit unique," said Rev. Paul Abbass, spokesman for the Diocese of Antigonish said Wednesday as he explained that parishes are struggling with the fact their bishop is facing charges at the same time they are facing up to historical abuse cases.

"We’re trying to be just very pastoral. . . . If we don’t do this to the best of our ability then we’re not church," Father Abbass said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Archbishop Responds To Allegations Of Sexual Abu

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[Read the archbishop's letter]

Guam - Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron has released a letter to the media in response to Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz'sassertion that there are currently priests within the Archdiocese of Guam who have sexually abused children.

Archbishop Apuron has chosen not to respond directly to questions from the media about these allegations.

Instead, he released a letter to the media Thursday evening in response to the media reports.

In the letter, the Archbishop writes "I want to assure everyone that the Archdiocese takes seriously its responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all minors who are in the care of Archdiocesan personnel."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

October 21, 2009

Judge allows Catholic Diocese of Wilmington to use existing money for wages & benefits

WILMINGTON (DE)
WGMD

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, all lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington have been put on hold. Today a judge agreed to allow the Diocese to use existing money to pay employee wages and benefits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

Bill Would Give Last Chance to Child Sex Abuse Victims

WISCONSIN
NBC 15

[with video]

Reporter: Zac Schultz
Email Address: zschultz@nbc15.com

Madison: In 1953, Arthur Budzinski started attending St. John's School For the Deaf near Milwaukee.

"He was molested while he was at that school. He feels like he's immoral now." With his daughter Gigi translating, Arthur testified at the Capitol about being molested. "They had to sleep in bunks, and they would be molested in the closets. Father Murphy molested him three times."

Father Lawrence Murphy is on the list of restricted priests due to substantiated reports of sexual abuse. The list came out in 2004, but Arthur was not able to file a civil suit against the church, because he was older than age 35 and had reached the statute of limitations for child sex abuse victims.

A bill at the Capitol would remove the age limit, and create a three year window for past victims to sue. "Some will claim this bill singles out the Catholic Church," says Rep. Joe Parisi (D-Madison). "Let me be clear. This bill singles out people who have raped children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

Texas Men Urge Priest Abuse Victims To Speak Out & Nightly Roundup

DALLAS (TX)
KERA

KERA News & Wire Services (2009-10-21)
DALLAS, TX (KERA) -

Two Dallas-area men who were part of a $4.6 million settlement over alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased Catholic priest are urging other victims to speak out.

Robert Sanchez and Jaime Cantu made their first public comments Wednesday since they and four other men reached a deal in their case against the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the Oklahoma religious order of the late Rev. Thomas Behnke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

Pueblo man sues church in 1971 abuse

PUEBLO (CO)
The Denver Post

By The Denver Post

A 56-year-old Pueblo man is suing the Catholic Diocese of Pueblo for negligence in not preventing or stopping sexual abuse allegedly committed against him in 1971 by two diocesan priests, now deceased.

In the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Pueblo District Court, Tom Roldan alleges that Father Andrew Burke and Father John F. Martin sexually assaulted Roldan in the rectory basement on more than a dozen occasions over two years. Many assaults against Roldan, then a St. Pius X Parish janitor, occurred before his 18th birthday, the complaint alleges.

Burke, who left the priesthood in 1973 citing a "psychosexual behavior disorder," committed suicide in September 2005 at age 62 as allegations against him began to surface. Martin died in the late 1970s,said Roldan's attorney, Florida-based Adam Horowitz, but the date of his death could not be comfirmed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Converts used to salad may choke on strong, dark meat

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Libby Purves: Analysis

The welcoming of Anglican clergy into the Catholic Church highlights the differences, and difficulties, of approach Attack is the best form of defence. On the eve of another damning report on clerical abuse and cover-up in Ireland, that seems to be Pope Benedict’s tactic. His sudden invitation to Anglican defectors will certainly take the spotlight off a continuing child abuse scandal fed, for decades, by the masculine and intimidating structures of authority in the Catholic hierarchy. Words like “poaching” may seem harsh, but there is more than a whiff of power politics in this move. A “rush to Rome” would resolve Catholicism’s shortage of priests, win back some ancient church buildings annexed at the Reformation, and reduce Anglicanism to an anxious, liberal rump. Result! It is not, after all, so long since Catholics prayed weekly for “the conversion of England”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Ex-Ontario priest arrested for alleged child sex abuse in Haiti

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

By Jorge Barrera, Canwest News Service
October 21, 2009

A former Ontario Catholic priest wanted for allegedly sexually abusing Haitian children was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday on a Canadian warrant, according to authorities in the capital of Santo Domingo.

Joao Jose Correira Duarte, a former Windsor, Ont., priest, is now facing extradition to Canada, where he's expected to face 12 charges in the sexual abuse of Haitian youths, aged 12 to 17, the Immigration Office and National Drug Control Directorate said in a statement sent to Canwest News Service.

Duarte was arrested Tuesday in Puerto Plata, in the Dominican Republic, and taken to prison to await the trip back to Canada, the statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Pueblo Court Backs Request To Seal Priest's File

DENVER (CO)
TheDenverChannel

DENVER -- A Colorado court has ruled that the personnel file of a deceased priest accused of sexual abuse should remain sealed despite a new lawsuit claiming he molested a teenage boy.

The attorney for the man making the new claim decried Tuesday's ruling in Pueblo District Court, saying the public should know what's in the personnel files of priests accused of abuse.

"The reason we do these cases is to expose the truth. People should know who enabled these pedophiles," said Adam Horowitz, who has represented several people who have claimed abuse by priests. In a previous attempt to open the priest's file, attorneys have argued that it would show when church officials learned about sexual misconduct allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Texas men urge priest abuse victims to speak out

DALLAS (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

10/21/2009

Two Dallas-area men who were part of a $4.6 million settlement over alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased Catholic priest are urging other victims to speak out.

Robert Sanchez and Jaime Cantu made their first public comments Wednesday since they and four other men reached a deal in their case against the Catholic Diocese of Dallas and the Oklahoma religious order of the late Rev. Thomas Behnke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 PM

Former Youth Worker Released From Jail

TROY (OH)
WHIO

TROY, Ohio -- A Tipp City man who was being held in the Miami County Jail in Troy since June 16 on four counts of gross sexual imposition is a free man.

Shawn P. Rickert, 38, was released from jail on Friday and the four charges against him were nullified after his rights for a speedy trial were violated explained Miami County Prosecutor Gary Nasal.

The prosecuting attorney blamed human error in his office. He is now investigating what happened and is looking at his options.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Rape charges against church worker dropped

TROY (OH)
Dayton Daily News

By Nancy Bowman, Contributing Writer
4:19 PM Wednesday, October 21, 2009
TROY – A Tipp City area man jailed since mid-June on allegations of rape and gross sexual imposition is free after charges were dismissed because Miami County prosecutors didn’t try the case in time.

Shawn P. Rickert, 38, who was a youth leader and director of children’s church at Vandalia Baptist Temple, was accused of sexual activity with a girl under age 13 beginning in 2005.

“I am extremely upset for the victim and this family. They should not be subjected to the fact he’s out,” Prosecutor Gary Nasal said Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Photographs of Kids are Powerful

NORTH DAKOTA
Anderson Advocates Blog

By Patrick Noaker

While preparing the paperwork for the sixth lawsuit against Bro. Raimond Rose and his employers in Fargo, North Dakota, I took the time to review the Shanley High School yearbook for 1978. It was a powerful reminder that we are dealing with kids who were manipulated and sexually abused by very dangerous men. Sometimes the fact that we are dealing with kids gets lost when cases are brought on behalf of adult men and women for abuse that occurred when they were children. Photographs have an unusual way of reminding us just how young, naïve and vulnerable we really were when we were kids. Whether it is the 1970’s hair style (I had an afro) or the wide-collared shirts, there is no question that we were once young.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Church property in dispute during diocese bankruptcy proceeding

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • October 21, 2009

Lawyers for alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse indicated in federal court today they would seek to include property owned by parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. in the diocese's bankruptcy proceeding.

In the diocese’s first appearance in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, James Stang, lawyer for the unofficial committee of abuse survivors, said he will challenge the diocese’s assertion that parishes have a separate legal status from the diocese.

The diocese Sunday night sought protection in bankruptcy court in an effort to manage an avalanche of clergy sexual-abuse claims. One goal in seeking bankruptcy is to preserve the diocese’s assets and make sure “they will be distributed equitably to all creditors, not just a select view,” said Monsignor J. Thomas Cini in a declaration filed with the court. The second goal is to continue the ministries of the Catholic Church within the diocese, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Alleged victims, bankrupt diocese in U.S. court

WILMINGTON (DE)
Reuters

By Tom Hals
WILMINGTON, Del., Oct 21 (Reuters) - The bankrupt Catholic Diocese of Wilmington began its court fight on Wednesday with victims claiming sexual abuse by its priests over the value of its estate and how much will be available for claims.

Attorneys for most of the 142 victims indicated they may seek to expand the bankruptcy to include parishes that operate in the Delaware-based diocese but were not part of the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Sunday.

The attorneys for the diocese pledged an open process that they said would be the quickest way to resolve the claims that stem from alleged abuse beginning as far back as 1954.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Innocent until proven guilty…

PENNSYLVANIA
Off My Knees

It is already beginning. The troops are rallying around the disgraced priest. If you read the online reports of the arraignment of Father Bob Timchak in the various news outlets you will find comments by people weighing in on both sides of this issue. Parishioners and former students are expressing shock and disbelief. Some are even rallying around him. Many are questioning their faith and wondering how a man who has been so outspoken on issues important to his parishioners could fall from grace in this manner. They lament that he was so involved with children in the respective parishes and schools he has been affiliated with over the years and they can’t reconcile the man and the crime with which he is accused. And yet this “good, kind man” now stands accused of possessing child pornography and tampering with evidence. Not very priestly activity when you think about it.

Watching news reports online, I am amazed at both the support for Father Timchak and the lack of concern for victims. Yes, the kids in those photos are victims. A state trooper interviewed for one Scranton TV news report lamented that this case will make it more difficult for other priests in the diocese. Excuse me? You are worried about the other priests? Where is the concern for the kids in the photos? Some of them could be from parishes or schools where this man worked. At a minimum, these photos need to be reviewed by the organizations that search for lost and exploited children. They are living (I hope), breathing people who need protection from the filth that exploits them. Not just the people with the cameras and websites, but from the people who get off on photos of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Equal protection…under the law includes the Catholic Church!

UNITED STATES
Blogger News Network

Posted on October 21st, 2009 by Hugh McNichol in All News

The recent petition of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington for Chapter 11 protection illustrates the real need for resolution in all of the cases throughout the Catholic Church of alleged sexual abuse by priests over the past decades. Remarkably most of the Catholic priests that have been suspended or removed from active ministry have never been charged with any criminal actions. What has seemingly happened is they have not only been denied their American constitutional rights of due process, they have also been denied any vehicle of explanation or defense of any of these alleged charges. Before anyone misunderstand this article, the author believes there are no circumstances that justify any form of sexual abuse on any level. However, the domino effect of these allegations has now caused our Catholic Dioceses to resort to litigation more in keeping with civil law, rather than principles that are inherent to the Gospel message.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Jesus wants to vomit

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

The Southern Baptist Convention claims that it has no power to provide any sort of oversight for clergy who carry the Southern Baptist name. It claims that it doesn’t even have the power to keep records on ministers reported for sexual abuse, or to warn people in the pews. “We have no bishops,” they say . . . . “Our hands are tied . . . local churches are autonomous . . . there’s nothing we can do.”

And so ministers reported for child molestation simply church-hop through the porous sieve of the Southern Baptist network.

Now mind you, the Southern Baptist Convention is a plenty powerful organization when it wants to be. But ONLY when it wants to be. And therein lies their sleight-of-hand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Pueblo court backs request to seal priest's file

COLORADO
The Gazette

October 21, 2009 12:36 PM
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
DENVER • A Colorado court has ruled that the personnel file of a deceased priest accused of sexual abuse should remain sealed despite a new lawsuit claiming he molested a teenage boy.

The attorney for the man making the new claim decried Tuesday's ruling in Pueblo District Court. Adam Horowitz says the public should know what's in the personnel files of priests accused of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Friar to unveil artistic response to clerical sex abuse

IRELAND
The Westmeath Independent

by Adrian Cusack

An Athlone-born priest will reveal his artistic response to sexual abuse in the Church. The art installation by Fr Joe Walsh, who is Guardian of the Franciscan Friary in Multyfarnham, will be among the exhibits.

At the week-long arts festival which gets underway in the Westmeath village on November 27. Fr Joe is currently working on the project, which he described as "a visual response to the Ryan report."

Discussing its controversial subject, he said the work was not intended to create a stir.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Rabbi Hershel Schachter explains the laws of mesira pertaining to sex crimes.

UNITED STATES
The Awareness Center

[with video]

Rabbi Hershel Schachter explains the laws of mesira pertaining to sex crimes. Rabbi Schachter is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva University. There are several things he is saying that is inaccurate about the percentage of times in which adults and children make up stories of sex crimes. According to statistics it is less then 2% of the cases are false.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Archdiocese report must be watershed for Church

iIRELAND
The Meath Chronicle

Later this week, potentially the most explosive report on clerical sex abuse in this country will be published. It is a report, we are being forewarned, that will shake the Church in Ireland to its core.

The 700-page report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation comes four years after the Diocese of Ferns report which saw that diocese branded as the "worst in the world". This latest report is expected to be even more devastating than Ferns and will focus on the failure of the Church authorities and the State to curb the activities of predatory priests, serial sex abusers within the Church and the subsequent systematic cover-ups of these activities by those in authority.

There have been grim warnings all week both in the media and, indeed, from church pulpits, that the revelations contained within the Dublin Archdiocese report will make for very uncomfortable reading. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin himself warned several months ago that the report would shock everyone. Just a few months after everyone learned of the sickening depravity visited upon children in reformatories and industrial schools in Ireland in previous decades, the latest revelations are set to make the Catholic Church in Ireland a "far humbler Church", in the words of Archbishop Martin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Priest on sex charges

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Anglo-Celt

A Catholic priest is to stand trial on six charges of sexually abusing three young Fermanagh sisters. Fr. Eugene Lewis was at one time Superior of the House at St. Augustine's College at Blacklion, now Loughan House open prison.

The 75-year-old missionary priest appeared before a Preliminary Enquiry at Fermanagh Court on Monday of last week. He faces three charges of indecently assaulting one of the sisters on dates unknown between August 27, 1962, and August 27, 1967. He faces a further two charges of indecently assaulting a second sister on dates unknown between May 23, 1966, and May 23, 1974.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

First hearing held in bankruptcy filing by Delaware Catholic diocese

WILMINGTON (DE)
Los Angeles Times

RANDALL CHASE
Associated Press Writer

October 21, 2009 | 9:14 a.m.

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A bankruptcy judge has granted first-day motions in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's bankruptcy.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy Sunday on the eve of what was to be the first of eight trials in lawsuits brought by alleged victims of priest sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:25 PM

Response to Diocese of Wilmington filing for Bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Citizens of Delaware, especially the Catholic ones, should be wary about the motives of Bishop Malooly in filing for bankruptcy. It seems that he wants to keep the truth hidden regarding how much diocesan officials knew and how little they did to protect the children.

It is highly suspicious that the bankruptcy is filed on the eve of the trial that would have allowed the truth to be exposed and diocesan officials to be cross examined under oath where they would have had difficulty explaining why the children were not protected instead of the predators.

Clearly the bishop has lots of options other than filing for bankruptcy. He could seek a bank loan, seek a church loan, seek a government-backed loan, sue recalcitrant insurers, settle insured cases. Instead he chose to file and to keep victims from getting their day in court and from having the truth exposed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Sixth child sex abuse & fraud case against Catholic teacher is filed

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and photos at a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims disclose and discuss a new civil lawsuit that accuses a Chicago cleric who lives near an all boys Catholic high school ...

WHEN
Wednesday, October 21, 1:00 pm.

WHERE
Outside where the predator lives, 3347 S Michigan Ave. (near 34th) on Chicago’s south side

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

New pedophile priest & cover up case is filed

DENVER (CO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT: At a news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- disclose and discuss a new child molestation and cover up lawsuit against a priest ...

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: At the Entrance to the Archdiocesan Center of Denver, 1300 S Steele St at E. Louisiana Ave. (Main Gate)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Clergy sex abuse victims speak publicly for the first time

DALLAS (TX)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conferences,, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- speak publicly for the first time about their recent $4.6 million settlement with Catholic officials ...

WHEN
Wednesday, October 21 at 1:45 pm

WHERE
Outside St Mary of Carmel Catholic church, 2900 Vilbig Rd., (in the Oak Cliff area) in Dallas

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Court hearing on abuse report adjourned

IRELAND
RTE News

Wednesday, 21 October 2009 15:38
Mr Justice Paul Gilligan has adjourned until tomorrow week the hearing of an issue which is delaying publication of the report on clerical child abuse in the Catholic Archdiocese in Dublin.

Following an 'in camera' hearing in the High Court lasting about 30 minutes, the judge opened the court to the public.

He said an application had been made with respect to an issue which has not been raised at the three most recent hearings on the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Priest who claimed gays were paedophiles resigns

WALES
Pink News

Father John Owen, the priest who said earlier this year that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church has resigned as a chaplain at Cardiff University.

Speaking on BBC1's Big Questions programme in May, which focused on child abuse scandals in the church, the communications officer for the archdiocese of Cardiff stated that "most of the offences are being committed by homosexuals".

Father Owen, also said that teenage boys were the group affected by the “majority” of abuse cases in the United Kingdom, adding: "Now what does that tell you? Now that is a fact."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Or How I came to terms with my own abuse, became a clergy abuse advocate, and started Walking Across Oregon

UNITED STATES
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

I started working on the clergy abuse scandal in the summer of 2002, about a year after my children and I were baptized Catholic. The priest who baptized us was removed when one of his survivors came forward. My parish was torn apart by grief and anger. Church leadership held several forums to help parishioners grieve and heal divisions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Delay as abuse report is sent back to High Court

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

Wednesday October 21 2009

The publication of the report into abuse in the Dublin archdiocese is going back to the High Court.

The possibility of criminal prosecutions being jeopardised by its publication is causing the delay in the findings being made public.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern (right) last night instructed his officials to go back to the court to clarify matters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Rada forms ad hoc commission to investigate Artek scandal

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Ukraine's parliament has set up an ad hoc commission to investigate an alleged case of child sexual abuse in the Artek International Children's Camp in Crimea.

A total of 418 MPs out of 438 MPs registered in the session hall voted for a relevant resolution on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Govt delays publication of Dublin abuse report

IRELAND
Drogheda Independent

Wednesday October 21 2009

The Government has reportedly delayed publication of the report into how the Dublin archdiocese handled allegations of clerical sex abuse between 1975 and 2004.

The findings of a special commission of investigation were expected to be published this week after the High Court ruled last week that all but one chapter could be made public.

However, reports this morning say Justice Minister Dermot Ahern has instructed his officials to return to the High Court to seek clarification of certain matters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Search for victims begins again

MISSOURI
The Joplin Globe

By Derek Spellman
dspellman@joplinglobe.com

NEVADA, Mo. — Newton County authorities will again attempt to contact two women who previously accused the pastor of a rural Granby church of molesting them while they were underage, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

The women will play a large part in determining whether the case against George Otis Johnston, the pastor of Grandview Valley Baptist Church, proceeds. The women also will help determine whether there are “additional investigative avenues that have not been exhausted,” said Assistant Newton County Prosecutor Bill Dobbs.

Johnston, 66, originally was one of a half-dozen people connected with fringe churches in Newton and McDonald counties, and who in 2006 found themselves facing multiple charges after a probe into alleged sexual abuse of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

President of Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Speaks Out on Lahey Case

CANADA
VOCM

The president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has spoken out on the Bishop Raymond Lahey case, at the annual meeting of Canada's Catholic Bishops in Cornwall, Ontario. CCCB president, Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber in his speech to the delegates, suggested the arrest of Bishop Raymond Lahey has been especially painful, not only because of the seriousness of the charges but also because it involves a former member of the Assembly, an Episcopal colleague, a close associate and, for many, a friend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Report into sex abuse cases sent back to court

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE REPORT into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations of the abuse of children by Catholic priests in the Dublin Archdiocese is to be referred back to the High Court.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern, on advice from the Attorney General, has instructed department counsel to return to the High Court as quickly as possible to clarify issues which have arisen following further discussion on the report by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Attorney General (AG) and at the Department of Justice.

It means that the Commission of Investigation, Dublin Archdiocese report will not now be published this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Shanley, Fargo Catholic Diocese, Former Teacher Named in Sex Abuse Suit

FARGO (ND)
KFGO

FARGO, ND - The Fargo Catholic Diocese, Shanley High School and a former teacher at the school have been named in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed by a former student.

David gaffaney, now living in Forest Lake, MN, claims he was fondled by Brother Raimond Rose while Rose taught at Shanley in 1977.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Minn. man says teacher sexually abused him in 1977

FARGO (ND)
Chicago Tribune

By DAVE KOLPACK
Associated Press Writer

FARGO, N.D. - A former student at a local Catholic high school filed a lawsuit Tuesday against his former teacher, the school and the Fargo Roman Catholic Diocese, saying he was sexually assaulted on a school-sponsored trip in 1977.

David Gaffaney, 47, who now lives in Minnesota, is seeking more than $50,000 to cover expenses for medical and psychological help. His lawsuit, filed in state court in Fargo, says he was 14 years old when Charles Anthony "Raimond" Rose sexually assaulted him in an Orlando, Fla., hotel during a school trip.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Former Student Sues, Alleges Sexual Assault

FARGO (ND)
KYFR

A former student at Fargo Shanley High School is suing his former teacher, the school, the Catholic Diocese and others.

He claims he was sexually assaulted on a school-sponsored trip in 1977.

David Gaffaney, 47, is seeking more than $50,000 to cover expenses for medical and psychological help.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

New Orleans' Archdiocese settles abuse suits

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Advertiser

October 21, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Archdiocese of New Orleans and Catholic Charities has agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle 20 lawsuits, most alleging sexual and physical mistreatment of children decades ago at homes for boys from troubled families.

Archbishop Gregory Aymond said the $5.182 million settlement, announced Tuesday, came after years of mediation and negotiation with the 20 victims and their families.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

$5.1M New Orleans Archdiocese sex abuse settlement

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
NECN

[with video]

(NECN/WGNO: New Orleans, La.) - The Catholic Church apologized for sexual abuse over the last 50 years as Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced the number of cases settled and for how much on Tuesday.

The Church admitted that many of the sexual offenses dated back as far as 50 years ago, and most stemmed from incidents occurring at Hope Have and Madonna Manor Orphanage in Marrero.

WGNO interviewed Stacey Brown, a victim since dead, five years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Church, senators meet on Bill 185

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

By Amritha Alladi • Pacific Daily News • October 21, 2009

As the domestic partnership bill approaches key action by senators soon, the local Catholic Church leadership and some of the island's senators met yesterday morning in a dialogue initiated by the church.

But the breakfast meeting at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa turned sour as it occurred a day after Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz accused the Catholic Church of hypocrisy on Monday, revealing that he was a victim of sexual abuse by a priest in Los Angeles when he was 13.

Cruz has said he didn't mean to disclose that part of his past, but felt compelled to do so after Archbishop Anthony Apuron, addressing churchgoers during Mass on Sunday, condemned homosexuality and called on Catholics to oppose Bill 185.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Abuse report will be 'painful' - Martin

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A long-awaited report into clerical child sex abuse will be a painful reflection on society, the Archbishop of Dublin warned today.

Diarmuid Martin said the report on the Dublin diocese, expected to be published later this week, will also help point the way forward for dealing with paedophilia.

“I think it will provide a painful but an important reflection on society and where we should be going to address the sexual abuse of children,” the Archbishop said.

“It’s a terrible problem.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Hearing scheduled in Del. diocese bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — A status hearing is scheduled in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's bankruptcy, which was filed just before a trial on alleged sex abuse could begin.

The Delaware diocese filed for Chapter 11 protection Sunday after negotiations with alleged victims of priest sexual abuse broke down on the eve of what was to be the first of eight trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

October 20, 2009

Archdiocese of New Orleans settles sex abuse suits for $5 million

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Times-Picayune

By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune
October 20, 2009, 9:10PM

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and its charitable arm, Catholic Charities, said Tuesday they will pay $5.182 million to an undisclosed number of adults who claimed that years ago as children they were beaten, berated and sexually molested at two Catholic orphanages that were supposed to shelter them because their families were in disarray.

The archdiocese announced a package settlement of 20 lawsuits, most of them filed by adults alleging that in the 1950s and 1960s they were abused at Madonna Manor and nearby Hope Haven on the West Bank.

"I hope these mediations and negotiations will bring some peace and reconciliation to those victims and all those involved, " Archbishop Gregory Aymond said in announcing the settlements

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 PM

Seven years of scandals? Try 25

WILMINGTON (DE)
GetReligion

Sunday evening the Catholic diocese of Wilmington, Del. filed for bankruptcy protection — just ahead of the start of Monday morning trials to weigh the claims of potentially hundreds of victims of clergy sex abuse. This is big news here in the United States — and also abroad. As in the Irish Times article just referenced, it is being treated as a business story as well as, if not more, than a religion story.

But the writer of the Telegraph article seems to have suffered a spot of hopefully temporary amnesia.

“This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make,” the Rev W. Francis Malooly, the bishop of the diocese, said in a statement on the diocese’s website.

Wilmington is the seventh US Catholic diocese to seek bankruptcy protection since the church abuse scandal erupted seven years ago in the Archdiocese of Boston.

The Wilmington diocese covers Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland and serves about 230,000 Catholics.

Well, no. The sexual abuse scandals, or the revelations and lawsuits and victim’s rights movements, didn’t begin to erupt seven years ago. If you want an official beginning, one where the press really began to pay attention, it would be with the charges and trial of the Rev. Gilbert Gauthe in a small Louisiana community more than 25 years ago. Read that story (or this article), and you get what was a fresh look at the tragedies whose repercussions have at intervals rocked the Catholic Church since.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Priest arrested for child porn

PENNSYLVANIA
Wayne Independent

Tue Oct 20, 2009, 06:03 PM EDT

Pike County, Pa. -
Pennsylvania State Police and the Pike County District Attorney announced the arrest of Father Robert M. Timchak, 43, last known to be living in Milford, in an on-line child porn case.
Timchack has been charged with; 16 counts, Sexual Abuse of Children (F2); 1 count. Sexual Abuse of Children (F3); 1 count, Criminal Use of Communication Facility (F3); and 1 count, Tampering with/or Fabricating Physical Evidence.

The investigation started on December 17, 2008 when The Pike County District Attorney's Office received correspondence from the Diocese of Scranton reference an anonymous letter they had received. The Diocese advised that the letter contained explicit photographs and comments of young males, possibly children, that reportedly had been recovered during a search of a certain e-mail address on both "You Tube" and "XTube."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 PM

Warrants detail images on bishop’s computer

CANADA
The Chronicle Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Sat. Oct 17

An image of a naked boy wearing only rosary beads was among those found on Bishop Raymond Lahey’s laptop computer, a search warrant has revealed.

The RCMP’s child exploitation unit obtained the warrant in order to search the bishop’s home in Antigonish and his apartment in Sydney. The document sheds more light on what Canada Border Services Agency officers found on the bishop’s computer after it was seized at the Ottawa airport on Sept. 15 as he was returning to Canada from overseas.

Bishop Lahey, 69, was charged Sept. 25 with possessing and importing child pornography. He resigned as bishop of the Antigonish diocese the next day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Child abuse: ‘They poisoned my mind against my own mother’

IRELAND
The Times (United Kingdom)

David Sharrock

Raped and infected with gonorrhoea when she was just 8 years old, then shortly afterwards, seized and sentenced to eight years in a children’s institute run by sadistic nuns, Kathleen O’Malley has spent most of her life hiding from herself. But having emerged stronger from her horrific childhood she has set herself a new challenge: to find the sister who suffered with her.

The facts of Kathleen O’Malley’s life would probably not have been believed ten years ago, not before the dam finally burst on the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland.

A long-awaited report into clerical abuse in the Diocese of Dublin is expected to be published this week and bishops are bracing themselves for another round of public anger. It will be a horror story of how known paedophile priests were shunted from parish to parish by their religious seniors. The number of children who suffered as a result of the Church’s cover-up could run into thousands.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Delaware Catholics Support Wilmington Diocese Bankruptcy Filing

WILMINGTON (DE)
Bloomberg

By Jef Feeley and Phil Milford

Oct. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Delaware Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s decision to file for bankruptcy to deal with more than 100 lawsuits over sexual abuse by priests saddened Lynne Sadusky, a lifelong Catholic.

“I don’t think the diocese had much of a choice,” Sadusky, a 48-year-old homemaker, said in an interview. Multimillion dollar awards to abuse victims would devastate the diocese’s finances and imperil services, said Sadusky, a Eucharistic minister at Holy Cross Parish in Dover, the state’s capital.

The Oct. 18 filing, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, came on the eve of a trial scheduled to start in state court in Dover over abuse allegations leveled at a former priest in the Wilmington diocese. The filing forced lawyers for the plaintiff to put the case on hold.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

White Plains ex-pastor pleads guilty to stealing $432G

WHITE PLAINS (NY)
The Journal News

By Rebecca Baker • rebaker@lohud.com • October 20, 2009

WHITE PLAINS - Had the Rev. Patrick Dunne been convicted after trial for stealing $432,000 from his White Plains church, he could have been sent to state prison for 15 years.

Instead, he was convicted through a plea bargain and won't serve any more than six months in the county jail.

Dunne, the 63-year-old former pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, pleaded guilty today to the top count against him, second-degree grand larceny, a felony, in Westchester County Court in exchange for "shock" probation, in which he will serve five years' probation with some time in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Westchester Priest Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Parish

NEW YORK
NBC New York

A New York parish priest has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from church accounts, including a fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Patrick Dunne pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony grand larceny, Westchester County prosecutors said.

Dunne had pleaded not guilty in June. Prosecutors said he changed his plea as the case neared trial. He faces a maximum five to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

The cancer inside the Roman Catholic Church

CANADA
The Compass

BILL WESTCOTT
The Compass

"Let us rejoice that we see around us on every hand the decay of institutions and instruments of power....For it is precisely when every earthly hope has been explored and found wanting...that Christ's hand reaches out sure and firm."

- Malcolm Muggeridge from his book, The End of Christendom.

How would you feel if you were told without any doubt someone you thought you knew and looked up to was a prostitute? Shocking would not be strong enough I imagine.

Well, that's exactly how I was made to feel again on Oct. 3 when I learned about the allegations of perverse conduct of a Roman Catholic bishop from Newfoundland. Raymond Lahey a while back let a tiny ray of light back into the Church when last year he steered the historic settlement for victims of sexual abuse by priests in his Nova Scotia diocese in the 1950s. A short ten months later he was arrested for allegedly possessing and importing child porn. Shortly after that he resigned his trusted and sacred post as Bishop of Antigonish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Equity: Cruz's commitment to equal rights shows courage; we all should follow suit

GUAM
Guampdn

What Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz, a former Guam chief justice, did in revealing that he was abused by a priest as a child took courage.

Some may argue it was a strategy in the ongoing debate on Bill 185, but it would be wrong to characterize it as such.

The vice speaker's actions will hopefully encourage other victims of sexual abuse to speak out. The debate on Bill 185 shouldn't diminish the struggle of victims of abuse. Our community can't be allowed to create an environment that discourages abuse victims who come forward. The bill would allow two people, including same-sex couples, to enter into domestic partnerships.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Bishop holds press conference

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

By Brett Kelman • Pacific Daily News • October 21, 2009

Although Archbishop Anthony Apuron declined to comment yesterday about allegations of clergy on Guam sexually assaulting children, the archbishop expressed "personal regret for the event that painfully affected" Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz.

Cruz, a former Guam chief justice and Superior Court of Guam judge, on Monday publicly disclosed he was sexually abused by a priest at age 13 while attending school in California. Cruz also alleged that incidents of sexual abuse by clergy had happened on island.

"Unfortunately, sins committed by individuals from every walk of life bear consequences that are painful and should be prevented," Apuron said, reading from a prepared statement at a press conference at the Chancery Office in Hagåtña yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Civil lawsuit to be filed against former Shanley teacher

FARGO (ND)
WDAY

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - A civil lawsuit will be filed tomorrow against a former Shanley teacher who's had a list of civil suits brought against him in both Minnesota and California. Brother Raimond Rose taught at Shanley High School for four years back in the 1970's. Now, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP are filing a suit against him, the Fargo Diocese, Shanley, and the Christian Brothers of the Midwest Province.

This newest civil suit is the sixth one against Raimond Rose. It involves a Minnesota man, who was 14 and a student at Shanley at the time of the alleged abuse. He says it happened on a school trip to Orlando around 1977, a trip sponsored by Brother Raimond Rose.

Attorneys, and victims say one of the most disturbing parts of this suit is Brother Rose didn't know the victim, he was chosen at random.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Catholic Church action angers sexual abuse victims

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Australian

WILMINGTON, Delaware: A bankruptcy filing by the Catholic diocese of Wilmington was the best way to ensure reconciliation and compensation for all victims of clergy sexual abuse in the diocese, a bishop says.

But alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of US Catholic priests expressed outrage yesterday after the diocese in Delaware filed for bankruptcy on Monday, the eve of a trial, delaying the claims of more than 140 people.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy protection after hours of settlement negotiations failed with about a dozen alleged victims, including eight plaintiffs whose cases were scheduled for trial. More than 100 other alleged victims are pursuing compensation through dispute resolution instead of trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

A Catholic gone crazy

UNITED STATES
Houston Voice

In a little noticed piece published on the Washington Post’s web site, Catholic League president Bill Donohue takes complete leave of rational thought and launches a diatribe against “cultural nihilists.”

He assails “radical gay activists,” Democrats and basically anyone who believes in separation of church and state.

Here’s just one gem: “The culture war is up for grabs. The good news is that religious conservatives continue to breed like rabbits, while secular saboteurs have shut down: they're too busy walking their dogs, going to bathhouses and aborting their kids. Time, it seems, is on the side of the angels.”

Conservatives may be breeding like rabbits, but those prodigious offspring aren’t attending Mass. Catholic Mass attendance has been in a freefall since its peak in the late 1950s, according to a national Gallup survey. Gallup reported that, on average, just 40 percent of Catholics in 2003 said they attended Mass within the previous seven days, compared to 74 percent in 1958.

The Catholic Church has lost its way and its appeal in the developed world and its growth is now found in developing countries. Just this week, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, facing a raft of sex abuse lawsuits, became the seventh diocese to file for bankruptcy protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Parliamentarians, others implicated in escalating child sex abuse scandal

UKRAINE
Kyiv Post

Suspects from Tymoshenko camp say charges are untrue.

(Kyiv Post Staff) - Three parliament deputies are implicated in an escalating child sex-abuse scandal, while the father of two children allegedly victimized has been arrested as the main suspect in the case. At least two of the lawmakers have publicly denied the accusations.

Dmytro Polyukhovych, a journalist from ICTV television channel and a contributor to the respected Zerkalo Nedeli newspaper, was detained two months ago and remains in custody on court orders, according to prosecutors. He is the key suspect in the criminal case, which commenced in May.

Three parliamentarians from the Bloc of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko are also named as accomplices, as well as officials from Artek, a popular children’s camp on the Crimean peninsula, and a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

Accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Boston, U.S.A., presented by Bishop Francis X. Irwin, in accordance with canons 411 and 401 para. 1 of the Code of Canon Law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Pope names a new bishop for Wyoming

WYOMING
Wyoming Tribune Eagle

By Baylie Evans
bevans@wyomingnews.com

CHEYENNE -- After waiting for more than a year, Catholics in Wyoming now have a new shepherd.

Pope Benedict XVI has announced that Paul D. Etienne from Indiana will take over as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne when he is officially ordained here, most likely in early December. ...

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, expressed apprehension at the appointment of the new bishop.

"Etienne does come from an archdiocese with a particularly secretive and callous track record on abuse cases," wrote Barbara Dorris, SNAP's national outreach director, in a release. "We've seen no evidence that he ever spoke up about or objected to such hardball tactics, and we're troubled by this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Clergy sex abuse: Ex-priest Daniel McCormack seeks to seal records in commitment battle

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune reporter

October 20, 2009

Attorneys representing a convicted former priest moved on Monday to keep private most of the court proceedings and seal the records related to an effort to have him committed under a state statute for sex offenders.

Under the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, the Illinois attorney general and the Cook County state's attorney filed a joint petition last month to have Daniel McCormack confined to a state treatment facility. The law allows prosecutors to seek continued incarceration if a psychological exam leads them to believe another sex crime is likely if the inmate goes free.

Last month, a forensic psychiatrist diagnosed McCormack with pedophilia and recommended civil commitment, a recommendation attached to the joint petition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Ukraine lawmakers to discuss child sex abuse at Artek

UKRAINE
Breaking News 24/7

KIEV - Ukraine’s parliament will discuss Tuesday the allegations about involvement of its three unnamed members and others in child sex abuse at a well-known holiday camp, a report said.

The Artek camp, located in the southern Crimea on the country’s Black sea coast, has been in the news since Oct 13, when a lawmaker from Ukraine’s opposition political party alleged that two siblings had been raped at the camp and top officials were involved in this case.

Members of the Supreme Rada (the Ukrainian parliament) are expected to hear investigation reports from the prosecutor general, the interior minister and a parliamentary human rights envoy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Mother Of Son Fathered By Priest Accuses Church Of Abandoning Her Child

MISSOURI
KTVI

[with video]

O'FALLON, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - An O'Fallon, Missouri woman who says a Franciscan priest, previously based in St. Louis, fathered her child is accusing the church of abandoning her when she needs them the most. The child is now gravely ill and the priest has been suspended. Father Henry Willenborg has been at a Wisconsin catholic church for four years. Officials there say he recently admitted to fathering a child but was suspended after questions came up about another relationship he may have had, possibly with a minor.

Meanwhile, the O'Fallon woman, Pat Bond, says the church has not done enough for her terminally ill son. She spoke out even though she signed a legally binding confidentiality agreement.

"No, they haven't made life easy," said Pat as she talked about dealing with the Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart based in South St. Louis. She said Willenborg, one of the order's priests, fathered her son Nathan Halbach in Quincy, Illinois. Pat showed us several pictures of her and Willenborg together including a photo of Willenborg baptizing Nathan. Pat said she and Willenborg had a relationship for several years that eventually ended. She told us the church has paid between $100,000 and $150,000 to help support Nathan under three different agreements. But Bond told us there have been numerous legal battles and delays from the church in payments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Sexual scandal in Artek going on. Shocking details (updated at 10:28 am)

UKRAINE
MIGnews.com.ua

According to Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko, spreading information about second name of injured children, seat and data of examinations and tests in the mass media reports is immoral. “I know how to defend my children and I will defend these children too. I will not give any data about the course of investigation online”, the head of Interior Ministry emphasized.

The head of Main Directorate of Interior Ministry in Crimea Hennady Moskal claimed minors had been raped in Artek earlier. “There were two facts – children at the age of 9 and 10 were raped and cases were not disclosed”, he reported.

According to him, a priest was involved into the case. Earlier he was convicted for similar crimes in the Russian Federation. “The name of the priest emerged relating to those cases. He attended Artek together with ex-presidents and their wives. When law enforcement began to check him after they had learned about rape, he disappeared. When he was checked in the database of the Russian Federation, he turned out to be convicted for perversion of minors, pedophilia and other crimes”, Hennady Moskal told.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Scranton priest arraigned on child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholic Culture

October 20, 2009

Father Robert Timchak, 42, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton has been arraigned on 19 child pornography charges.

In December, the diocese had received an anonymous tip and contacted police. A police search of the priest’s laptop revealed photographs of underage males.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Police confirm abuse claim at Bishop Douglass School

UNITED KINGDOM
Times-Series

By Alex Hayes

POLICE have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of assault by a teacher on a 12-year-old pupil at Bishop Douglass School in East Finchley.

Officers from the Barnet and Enfield child abuse investigation team were called in to the Hamilton Road school after an allegation was made against a member of staff on September 7.

Police would not confirm the name of the teacher involved in the inquiries. Headteacher Angela Murphy has been suspended from the Catholic School following a complaint from a parent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Abuse Complaints Confirmed Against Maine Priest; SNAP responds

MAINE
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

We are heartened by the Diocese of Portland removing public tributes to Fr. Joseph McGowan who has been credibly accused of child sexual assault. We hope they will not stop there. We hope that the bishop will personally visit every parish where McGowan worked and encourage anyone who has been hurt by a member of the clergy to come forward and get the help they need and deserve. Anyone who saw or suspected abuse should be required to report these horrific crimes to law enforcement. Many times employees and church volunteers fail to report what they know about these misdeeds in the misguided notion they are protecting the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Wilmington Diocese files for bankruptcy reorganization

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Catholic Review

By Catholic News Service

WILMINGTON, Del. – Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington announced Oct. 18 that the diocese has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in order “to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our diocese.”

“This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make,” he said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration and after consultation with my close advisers and counselors, I believe we have no other choice.”

He said that, given the diocese’s “finite resources,” the bankruptcy filing offers “the best opportunity” to compensate abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Catholics wonder what bankruptcy means for church

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By GARY SOULSMAN • The News Journal • October 20, 2009

Catholics in the Diocese of Wilmington reacted to news of Sunday's bankruptcy filing with a mixture of disbelief, fear, pain, sadness and a desire to know more about what the future holds for the region's 233,000 faithful.

"I was shocked when I saw the headline," said Bob O'Neill of Lewes.

Anthony Albence, head of the parish council of St. Anthony of Padua parish in Wilmington, agreed.

"This was not something I saw coming, and as I speak with people, I find everyone is concerned and eager to understand what this means," Albence said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Outrage after US Catholic Church files for bankruptcy and delays sexual abuse claims

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Times (United Kingdom)

Tim Reid in Washington

Alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of US Catholic priests expressed outrage yesterday after a diocese in Delaware filed for bankruptcy on the eve of a trial, delaying the claims of more than 140 people.

The bankruptcy filing by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington delayed the civil trial that had been due to begin yesterday, the first of eight abuse hearings scheduled in the state.

Thomas Neuberger, a lawyer representing 88 alleged victims, described the bankruptcy filing as a “desperate effort to hide the truth from the public and conceal thousands of pages of scandalous documents” from being aired in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Inuk drops boycott of truth commission

CANADA
CBC News

Former Nunavut politician Peter Irniq has withdrawn his call for Inuit who attended Indian residential schools to boycott a truth and reconciliation commission that was relaunched last week.

Irniq, a former residential school student himself, proposed a boycott of the commission earlier this year, when no Inuit commissioners were appointed.

But Irniq, who attended the commission's official relaunch in Ottawa on Thursday, said he has now changed his mind and feels it is important for Inuit who experienced the residential schools to talk to the commission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Blind to their own sins

CANADA
The Telegram

PETER JACKSON
The Telegram

The news of Bishop Raymond Lahey and his laptop computer has been floating around for a month now, and reaction, while heated, has been largely predictable.

Lahey, who resigned his post as archbishop of Antigonish, N.S., shortly before being arrested on child pornography charges, was a former professor at Memorial University in St. John's, as well as a bishop on Newfoundland's west coast.

The Catholic Church expressed the usual dismay and sorrow over the news. If Lahey's sins had only been confined to the 1990s, when the extent of pedophilia among Catholic clergy was blown wide open, he could be seen as simply "one who got away." But the fact that he was apparently still indulging his unholy urges in 2009 makes one wonder whether the Catholic Church has really and truly "got it" yet. ...

What's needed is an honest, unhindered examination of the priesthood itself - its structure, its customs and its role in the community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

A dark chapter we cannot ignore

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

It is no surprise that some abuse victims are planning to take legal action against religious orders who ran industrial schools and orphanages in Northern Ireland.

Following the publication of the Ryan Report which found that rape, sexual molestation and abuse was endemic in Catholic run institutions in the Republic and that the civil authorities turned a blind eye to what went on, it was always going to be just a matter of time before similar allegations surfaced on this side of the border.

The image of the Catholic Church in Ireland had been severely dented long before the Ryan Report was published earlier this year. Large numbers of paedophile priests were unmasked and brought before the courts. These priests carried out their evil deeds in Northern Ireland as well as in the Republic, most often when serving in parishes throughout the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Catholic church goes broke in Delaware

WILMINGTON (DE)
Zimbabwe News.Net

Monday 19th October, 2009

A Catholic diocese has decided to file for bankruptcy prior to a child sex abuse trial which was intended to compensate eight victims of child abuse.

The diocese, based in the state of Delaware, is involved in a scandal involving more than 90 victims.

The bankruptcy protection request came on the eve of a civil trial involving the diocese, automatically ensuring another delay in the case which has already been postponed seven times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Delaware Diocese Files for Bankruptcy in Wake of Abuse Suits

WILMINGTON (DE)
The New York Times

By IAN URBINA
Published: October 19, 2009
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Del., said Monday that it had filed for bankruptcy to manage the potential liability resulting from a flood of lawsuits on sexual abuse by members of the clergy.

The Chapter 11 filing, which freezes all pending litigation against the diocese, came as the first of some eight lawsuits was scheduled to go to trial in Kent County Superior Court.

Lawyers for the diocese and the plaintiffs spent much of the weekend in an effort to negotiate a settlement. The breakdown of those negotiations makes the diocese the first on the East Coast to file for bankruptcy, joining six other dioceses that have sought protection in bankruptcy under the weight of claims of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Diocese of Wilmington files for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
Washington Post

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

With the first in a series of major sex abuse trials set to start Monday, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for bankruptcy late Sunday after settlement talks with 13 alleged victims broke down.

The diocese, which includes Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, is the seventh to file for bankruptcy in recent years under the weight of claims of sex abuse against priests, and the first on the East Coast.

Diocesan officials portrayed the filing as a way to fairly compensate all victims of its abusive priests through a single process established by the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy filing in Wilmington automatically delays the start of the sex abuse trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Diocese orders pastor's tributes removed

MAINE
Kennebec Journal

BY BETTY ADAMS
Staff Writer

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has ordered the removal of tributes to a former Winthrop pastor after substantiating sexual abuse complaints against him.

The same day the former Father John J. Curran Bridge in downtown Augusta was renamed, Diocesan officials ordered the name of the Rev. Joseph R. McGowan stripped from memorials or tributes at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winthrop.

Also, the Winthrop council of the Knights of Columbus will remove McGowan's name from their charter at the request of Bishop Richard Malone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Diocese of Wilmington reluctantly files for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
Catholic News Agency

Wilmington, Del., Oct 19, 2009 / 11:57 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware has announced that it has filed for bankruptcy, in part because of the expenses incurred in paying lawsuits by the victims of clerical sexual abuse. Bishop of Wilmington W. Francis Malooly called the move a “painful decision” he had hoped and prayed to avoid.

After consultation with advisors and experts, Bishop Malooly said in a Sunday letter, he came to believe the diocese had no other choice. Filing for bankruptcy “offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese.”

“The Chapter 11 filing is in no way intended to dodge responsibility for past criminal misconduct by clergy – or for mistakes made by Diocesan authorities,” Bishop Malooly’s letter read. “Nor does the bankruptcy process enable the Diocese to avoid or minimize its responsibility to victims of abuse. Instead, the Chapter 11 filing will enable the Diocese to meet its obligations head-on and fulfill its responsibility to all victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Catholic priest Timchak faces child pornography charges

MILFORD (PA)
Times-Leader

By Rory Sweeney rsweeney@timesleader.com
Staff Writer

The Rev. Robert Timchak turned himself in on Monday to face 19 criminal charges in connection with possessing child pornography.

Timchak, 43, was arraigned before a district judge in Milford, Pike County, and released without bail on his own recognizance to await his Nov. 4 preliminary hearing.

According to a release from state police at Dunmore, Timchak, a Catholic priest, was charged with 17 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and single charges of criminal use of a communication facility and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Latest diocese sex charges test faith again

PENNSYLVANIA
Times-LeaderI

Tuesday October 20, 2009 | 01:00 AM
Mark Guydish mguydish@timesleader.com

News that Father Bob Timchak turned himself in on child pornography charges in Pike County hit me like a punch in the gut. Why now? Why for this? Why him?

The Diocese of Scranton has struggled for years with epic problems of debt, diminishing contributions and Mass attendance, shifting demographics and a declining number of priests.

Bishop Joseph Martino came in and tried to right the ship but triggered more angst and anger when he administered the overdue cure of extensive school and church closings. His remote style exacerbated the process as he shunned secular media and rarely made personal appearances before the parishioners enduring the upheaval. Some pronouncements – particularly regarding Catholic colleges and teacher unionization – felt confrontational.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Archbishop Regrets Sexual Abuse That Affected Senator BJ Cruz; Archdio

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - Archbishop Anthony Apuron issued a brief statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the meeting he had with Senator BJ Cruz and some lawmakers over sexual abuse by priests and discussions on differences in Cruz's domestic partnership measure.

The Archbishop says he was grateful he met with some of the senators. He also emphasized three positives outcomes of the meeting, which include the importance of keeping the dialogue open, the willingness to defend marriage on Guam, and making a defense of marriage that is not a condemnation of anyone.

The Archbishop reiterated his personal regret for the sexual abuse that affected the life of Senator BJ Cruz. He did not respond to questions on allegations that there are priests on Guam that have sexually abused children.

Wilmington diocese files for bankruptcy on eve of sex-abuse trials

WILMINGTON (DE)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly and Mari A. Schaefer
Inquirer Staff Writers

WILMINGTON - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for bankruptcy protection just hours before eight clergy sex-abuse trials were set to begin yesterday - the first wave in dozens of cases against its priests that, by diocesan estimates, could cost it $100 million to $500 million.

In 2007, the Delaware legislature enacted a special two-year moratorium on the statute of limitations, allowing adult victims of sex abuse to sue for assaults perpetrated even decades ago. By the time the moratorium closed last July, 142 plaintiffs had filed lawsuits against the Wilmington diocese, which comprises Delaware and nine counties in eastern Maryland.

The diocese asked for Chapter 11 protection about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. In addition to the eight in Kent County Superior Court, 22 trials were scheduled to start in the weeks ahead. All have been temporarily halted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Bankruptcy filing halts sexual abuse trial

WILMINGTON (DE)
Baltimore Sun

By Matthew Hay Brown | matthew.brown@baltsun.com

October 20, 2009

Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in potential liability for sex abuse claims, the diocese that ministers to Eastern Shore Catholics filed for federal bankruptcy-law protection hours before the civil trial of a former priest was to have started Monday.

Bishop W. Francis Malooly described the Chapter 11 petition filed late Sunday as a difficult but necessary step that would enable the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., to "fairly compensate all victims through a single process established by the bankruptcy court."

But Wilmington attorney Thomas S. Neuberger, who is representing 88 plaintiffs in lawsuits against the diocese, its parishes and priests, called it "a desperate effort to hide the truth from the public and conceal thousands of pages of scandalous documents from the public."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Bankruptcy seen as a hostile move

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By SEAN O'SULLIVAN, MAUREEN MILFORD and GARY SOULSMAN • The News Journal • October 20, 2009

WILMINGTON -- The bankruptcy filing Sunday night by the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, just hours before the start of Delaware's first clergy sex-abuse trial, shows the diocese is playing hardball, according to bankruptcy experts, attorneys and advocates.

If the diocese had sought protection in federal court on Friday, or even Saturday, there would have been time to ask the bankruptcy court to allow cases to go forward in Delaware Superior Court, said Lynn LoPucki, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

"When you have a trial like that set up, there are a lot of people involved. There are witnesses flown in, jurors are summoned for a panel, a courtroom is set aside. And all of them end up being inconvenienced," LoPucki said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Timeline of disclosure

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

October 20, 2009

2002: A scandal erupts nationwide over how the Catholic Church handled accusations of child sexual abuse against hundreds of priests. The Vatican outlines a new policy defining abuse and outlining how bishops should deal with allegations.

Jan. 2003: The Diocese of Wilmington says it has received credible allegations of sexual abuse of children against 18 priests dating to 1952. Three are named: two who had resigned and one who had been relieved of his duties. The diocese refuses to release the names of the remaining 15 priests, saying seven were dead and none was in active ministry.

Jan. 2004: The diocese acknowledges that 60 people have accused priests of abuse in the past 50 years, and that the diocese has paid $1.6 million to victims and families. The diocese says substantiated claims had been made against one now-deceased priest, bringing the total to 19.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Chapter 11 seen as necessary

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Daily Times

October 20, 2009

News that the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy shocked some Delmarva residents Monday. It's the first Catholic diocese on the East Coast to do so, but not the first in the country.

This action -- in Wilimington and in other dioceses -- was a response to 142 claims of priest sexual abuse filed against the diocese by lawyers on behalf of victims of clergy sex abuse stemming from a combination of past offenses and the Delaware Child Victim's Act, which enabled victims to file claims during a two-year period even though the statute of limitations had expired for reporting such abuse.

This bankruptcy is intended to preserve the ability of the diocese to fairly compensate all victims --not just those whose claims come to court early in the process. The diocese does not have unlimited resources. With the first trial originally scheduled to begin on Monday, Bishop W. Francis Malooly indicated concern that the first few cases to be tried might limit the ability of the diocese to provide equal compensation to plaintiffs in later trials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Diocese of Scranton priest faces child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Standard Speaker

By JEREMY G. BURTON (Staff Writer)
Published: October 20, 2009

A Diocese of Scranton priest who once served in the Hazleton area was charged Monday with 17 counts of sexual child abuse for allegedly having files of naked, underage boys on his computer.

The Rev. Robert Timchak, 43, most recently of Milford, turned himself in to a Pike County district judge and was released without bail on his own recognizance, state police said.

An attorney for the priest, John Petorak, said Timchak didn't physically violate any children or personally create the pornography he is charged with possessing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Archbishop Regrets Abuse Cruz Suffered; But Affirms Opposition To The Domestic Partner Bill

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - Archbishop Anthony Apuron choose not to speak with the media immediately following his meeting with Senator Cruz and other lawmakers Tuesday morning.

He waited until 4pm Tuesday afternoon and read a prepared statement in which he thanked the senators for keeping the dialouge open, for their willingness to defend marriage and for accepting that the defense of marriage is not a condemnation of anyone.

After reading the statement he declined to answer any questions regarding the allegations Cruz raised that some members of Guam's clergy have sexually abused children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Pike priest arrested on child pornography charges

MILFORD (PA)
Pocono News

MILFORD – A priest, who had presided at two Catholic parishes in Pike County until last spring, surrendered, Monday, to face child pornography charges. Fr. Robert Timchak faces on multiple charges alleging possession of sexually explicit images of young boys, based on information initially provided by the Diocese of Scranton, last December.

The arrest culminates a lengthy investigation that began when authorities were contacted by the Diocese of Scranton, regarding an anonymous letter, containing explicit photographs and comments. The photos were associated with Timchak’s personal e-mail address.

Timchak’s home was searched and computers seized. That led to his arrest on 18 felony counts of sexual abuse of children, alleging possession of sexually explicit images . He also faces one count of tampering with evidence, based on an apparent attempt to delete images of nude underage males from his computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Senator Cruz Wants Guam Archdiocese To Clean Its Own House

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - After a shocking revelation of Sexual abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest Vice-Speaker BJ Cruz and other

Senators met with Archbishop Anthony Apuron and other clergy members in Tumon this morning. The topic of discussion was the highly controversial and divisive same sex civil union debate.

During this mornings closed door meeting the Vice-Speaker says he told the Archbishop to get rid of any pedophile priests he may have on Guam before focussing on keeping same sex civil unions from occuring on the island.

Cruz is a self admitted victim of sexual abuse by the clergy. The Vice-Speaker says his first sexual experience happened when he was 13 years old. He was attending a Salesian run Catholic School when a priest would regualarly wake him in the middle of the night and have sex with him. Cruz says they would then “bathe brush their teeth and then the priest would serve me mass”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

October 19, 2009

Child Pornography in the Rectory at Lords Valley, Pennsylvania

SCRANTON (PA)
Off My Knees

In case you are one of the people who believe that the worst of the sex scandal in the Catholic Church is over, I have more bad news. Another priest in the Diocese of Scranton has been reported, this time for child pornography.

According to news reports, and this is a story that is just breaking this evening, Father Robert Timchak was in court in Milford to begin answering charges for possession of child pornography and tampering with evidence. According to news channels in Scranton, the investigation has been ongoing since December 2008 when someone tipped off the Diocese of Scranton that he had child pornography on his computer. ...

I have to ask the obvious question here, why did it take the Pennsylvania State Police 11 months to check this guy’s computer and arrest him? Why did the Diocese of Scranton leave this “priest” in the parish since December 2008? I would love to ask if the Diocese of Scranton went into the community looking for possible victims. I wonder how many families in the parish where close to Father Timchak? Of those families, how many had young boys that were left alone with Father Timchak? Are any of the photos on the computer children of the parishes to which he was assigned?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 PM

Sex abuse convict wants court hearings closed to public

CHICAGO (IL)
ABC 7

A former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing children is fighting to keep part of his court proceedings closed to the public.

In July of 2007, Daniel McCormack pleaded guilty to abusing five boys. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 PM

NEWS UPDATE: 9:30 a.m. - Archbishop meets with island senators

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

Pacific Daily News • news@guampdn.com • October 20, 2009

Several island senators have concluded a meeting with Archbishop Anthony Apuron and other members of the Catholic Church on Guam this morning in the wake of Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz's allegations he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest while he was a teen in Los Angeles.

The archbishop left the closed-door meeting without giving interviews to local members of the press who were waiting outside the meeting venue.

"No comment, I need to look further into this," Apuron said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 PM

UPDATE 3-Diocese seeks Ch. 11 protection in sex abuse cases

WILMINGTON (DE)
Reuters

* Diocese bankruptcy filing follows six others
* Chapter 11 filing puts civil trials on hold
* Victims say bankruptcy aimed at hiding truth (Adds diocese news conference, victims' attorneys, court filings)

By Tom Hals

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct 19 (Reuters) - Delaware's Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to block the start of the first civil trial relating to more than 140 sex-abuse claims against diocese priests.

The diocese became the seventh in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection and its filing on Sunday put on hold the scheduled start of eight consecutive civil trials relating to a defrocked priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM

Catholic diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of sex abuse lawsuits

WILMINGTON (DE)
Telegraph (United Kingdom)

Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has filed for bankruptcy ahead of a high-profile sexual abuse case in which 100 people claim they were abused by a former priest.

Published: 1:06AM BST 20 Oct 2009

The sex abuse case against the diocese and a former priest will be delayed after the diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection on the eve of trial.

The bankruptcy filing late on Sunday delays a lawsuit that had been set to start on Monday in Kent County Superior Court, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in Delaware.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 PM

US diocese files for bankruptcy ahead of abuse case

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Irish Times

NIALL STANAGE in New York

THE CATHOLIC diocese of Wilmington has become the seventh diocese in the US to file for bankruptcy protection while facing a barrage of claims for compensation from people who allege they were abused by clergy.

The diocese, which serves about 233,000 Catholics in the states of Delaware and Maryland, made the filing late on Sunday. A civil case brought by a 57-year-old man who claims he was molested more than 100 times by a now-defrocked priest was due to start yesterday.

The bishop who heads the diocese, Dr Francis Malooly, described the filing in a statement as “a painful decision, one that I hoped and prayed I would never have to make”. He believed the diocese had no other choice and that the filing was “in no way intended to dodge responsibility for past criminal misconduct”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 PM

Archbishop's Pastoral Letter Sparks Senator

GUAM
Pacific News Center

Guam - Senator BJ Cruz says that the recent aggressive stance taken by the Archbishop against his domestic partnership bill sparked his revelation that he was allegedly abused by a priest when he was young. Read the Pastoral Letter

In a Pastoral Letter read at island churches last week, Archbishop Anthony Apuron said if the Legislature passes Cruz's domestic partnership bill "it will forfeit its moral authority to continue to govern the island." He urged parishoners to sign a petition opposing the bill.

On the K-57 Breakfast Show this morning Cruz called the Church's stance "hypocritical" and said the Archbishop's stance prompted him to reveal his own abuse at the hands of a priest when he was a child growing up in Los Angeles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 PM

Statement Regarding Father Robert M. Timchak

SCANTON (PA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton

The Diocese is saddened by the situation regarding Father Robert M. Timchak. These charges are distressing and would be very unfortunate if proven true.

On Dec. 9, 2008, the Diocese received information from an anonymous source about possible improper use of a computer by Father Timchak. Subsequently the Diocese contacted the Pike County district attorney, without any notification or involvement by Father Timchak. The Diocese has been cooperating with the investigation.

All employees of the Diocese, including priests, must obtain criminal background and child abuse history clearances. Father Timchak received these clearances. The Diocese had no indication that he had ever engaged in any improper conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM

Priest Charged with Having Child Pornography

PENNSYLVANIA
WNEP

By Wendy McNew
5:06 PM EDT, October 19, 2009

A Roman Catholic priest in the Poconos has turned himself into police on child pornography charges.

Father Robert Timchak is charged with having child pornography and tampering with evidence after police said they found child pornogrpahy on the priest's computer.

Father Timchak had no comment to reporters Monday as he left district court outside of Milford after turning himself into state police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

Pike County priest turns himself in on child pornography charges

MILFORD (PA)
Pocono Record

October 19, 2009

A priest in Pike County was arraigned on Monday in Milford on charges related to possessing child pornography on his computer.

Father Robert Timchak, 43, turned himself in on Monday on 19 charges after an investigation launched when an anonymous letter to the Diocese of Scranton tipped off church officials that someone using Timchak's e-mail address had been accessing child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 PM

Priest faces child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times-Tribune

BY JEREMY G. BURTON (STAFF WRITER)
Published: October 19, 2009

A Diocese of Scranton priest was charged today with 16 counts of child sexual abuse for allegedly having files of naked, underage boys on his computer.

The Rev. Robert Timchak, 43, of Milford, turned himself in to a Pike County magisterial district judge and was released without bail on his own recognizance, state police said.

The investigation into the Rev. Timchak began in December 2008, when the diocese alerted the Pike County district attorney's office of a letter it had received containing explicit photographs of young males, according to state police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Archbishop Burke Named to Congregation of Bishops

VATICAN CITY
America Magazine

Posted at: 2009-10-19 14:32:24.0
Author: James Martin, S.J.

Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, former archbishop of St. Louis and currently prefect of the Apostolic Signatura (the Vatican's highest court) has been named to the Congregation of Bishops, where he will have a great deal of say in who is chosen to become a bishop in the United States (along with Cardinal Bernard Law). Commentary on the appointment by Rocco Palmo and David Gibson. Palmo opines on Burke's potential influence in the Congregation. Gibson wonders if this, and other moves, show that the pope is "exorcising liberal demons" from the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

Clerical abuse: Northern Ireland victims fight back

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Deborah McAleese
Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Abuse victims across Northern Ireland are to launch a landmark legal case against several religious orders, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal.

Decades after suffering horrific abuse at the hands of nuns and priests in church-run industrial schools and orphanages a growing number of victims are now turning to the courts for retribution and closure. They are also planning legal action against the government bodies that were responsible for child welfare at the time, for failing to protect them.

The move comes as the Northern Ireland Executive faces growing pressure to conduct a full assessment of the level of physical and emotional child abuse within institutes run by the religious orders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 PM

Cover-ups exposed in Dublin report will shock most

IRELAND
The Irish Times

RITE AND REASON: The Dublin Archdiocese report will have a profound impact on the Catholic Church’s authority in Ireland, writes PATSY McGARRY

OVER COMING days we are likely to witness something definitive where the Catholic Church in Ireland is concerned. Publication of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation report is expected to confirm much, but it will shock even more.

This shock factor is unlikely to be centred on the abuse stories involved, or on their scale.

Following the Ryan report last May, it might be said that the Irish public has become almost inured to such depravity. But it is the scale of the cover-up in Dublin and the moral audacity of senior clergy involved which is likely to shock most of all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

Catholic Diocese files for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
communitypub

By Antonio Prado
Community News

Wilmington, Del. — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington faces a financial challenge that not even the second collections held regularly at Sunday Mass can help.

The diocese has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code to allow it to operate while addressing sexual abuse law suits, said Bishop W. Francis Malooly in a prepared statement.

“Our hope is that the Chapter 11 proceedings will enable us to fairly compensate all victims through a single process,” Malooly said. ...

Attorney Thomas S. Neuberger, co-counsel for 88 survivors of rape and other childhood sexual abuse by dozens of priests, harshly criticized the filing in a statement. So did Bartholomew J. Dalton of Dalton & Associates, an attorney for more than 50 victims of sexual abuse who filed lawsuits under Delaware's Child Victims Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Wilmington Catholic diocese claims bankruptcy on eve of sex abuse case

WILMINGTON (DE)
Washington Post

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
The Diocese of Wilmington, which filed for bankruptcy Sunday night just as a sex-abuse trial against the diocese and a former priest was set to get underway, is the seventh U.S. Catholic diocese facing sex-abuse claims to file for bankruptcy. (And the first on the East Coast.)

The bankruptcy filing in Wilmington automatically delayed the start of the sex abuse trial, which was supposed to start on Monday. It would have been the first of eight trials scheduled against the diocese, which covers Delaware and the Maryland Eastern Shore.

Wilmington bishop Rev. W. Francis Malooly said he had no other choice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Diocese seeks Chapter 11 protection in sex abuse cases

WILMINGTON (DE)
WXXI

(2009-10-19)
(Reuters) -
By Tom Hals

WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Delaware's Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to block the start of the first civil trial relating to more than 140 sex-abuse claims against diocese priests.

The diocese became the seventh in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection and its filing on Sunday put on hold the scheduled start of eight consecutive civil trials relating to a defrocked priest.

An attorney for the victims called the bankruptcy part of a cover-up. But the church said it was the best way to resolve the cases fairly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Secret of abuse revealed after many decades

MONTANA
Havre Daily News

(Created: Monday, October 19, 2009 12:15 PM MDT)

John Kelleher Havre Daily News jkelleher@havredailynews.com

Richard L. King had long been involved in public activities at Fort Belknap and was well-respected in Native American circles. He grew up on a ranch near Fort Belknap, attend Catholic and public schools, eventually received a master's degree from the prestigious University of Chicago, served on the tribal supreme court and was a drug and alcohol counsellor. So it wasn't surprising when an investigator for the Attorneys for Justice asked him for help in locating victims of priest sex abuse. Because King was so involved in the community, he might be able to help convince victims to come forward, the investigator felt. He asked King to get back to him. A few days later, King called the investigator. "I found a victim for you," King said. "Who?" The investigator asked. Nearly five decades of torment passed through King's mind as he responded. "Me," he answered.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Bishop explains why diocese filed for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By GARY SOULSMAN • The News Journal • October 19, 2009

An attempt by the Diocese of Wilmington to reach a group settlement of 13 sexual abuse cases broke down after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, leading to a filing for bankruptcy that night.

Without the filing, the diocese would have borne the costs for 12 weeks of trial, and if the awards were large, they could have depleted resources available to all the 142 claimants suing in 131 cases.

That was how Bishop W. Francis Malooly and diocesan lawyers Tony Flynn and Robert Brady explained the filing at a press conference today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

Sex-abuse settlement involves former auxiliary bishop with KC diocese

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

Two Roman Catholic dioceses have reached a $225,000 settlement with a Houston man in a sex-abuse case involving a former auxiliary bishop from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

The dioceses of Corpus Christi and Baton Rouge settled with Glenn Hymel, who alleged that Bishop Joseph Vincent Sullivan molested him three decades ago. Sullivan was an auxiliary bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese from 1967 to 1974. He is not to be confused with Bishop John Joseph Sullivan, who was the leader of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph from 1977 to 1993.

Hymel alleged that the abuse occurred repeatedly between 1978 and 1982 while he was at a seminary for minors and on trips he took with Sullivan, who was bishop of the Diocese of Baton Rouge at the time. Sullivan died in 1982.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Wilmington Diocese Declares Bankruptcy Ahead of Sex Abuse Trials

WILMINGTON (DE)
KYW

by KYW's Steve Tawa

The Diocese of Wilmington, Del. announced on Monday that it is filing for bankruptcy, one day before a sex abuse trial against it was set to begin.

Bishop Francis Malooly (in file photo at right), who leads about 230,000 Roman Catholics in Delaware and the eastern shore area of Maryland, says the Chapter 11 filing offers the best opportunity, given limited resources, to provide the fairest treatment for all victims of sexual abuse by priests of his diocese.

The filing, which freezes all lawsuits under an automatic stay, came just hours before the first of several high-profile sexual abuse trials against clergy members.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Delaware Catholic diocese bankruptcy filing delays clergy abuse trials

Monday, October 19, 2009

WILMINGTON (DE)
JURIST

Safiya Boucaud

[JURIST] The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Delaware [diocesan website] on Sunday filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection [press release], one day before eight clergy sexual abuse trials were set to begin. The filing will delay the trials, which were scheduled to take place in the Kent County Superior Court. The lawyer representing some of the alleged sexual abuse victims has criticized the move saying that it is an attempt to cover up the scandal. In the press release issued by the diocese, Bishop W. Francis Malooly said:

The Chapter 11 filing is in no way intended to dodge responsibility for past criminal misconduct by clergy – or for mistakes made by Diocesan authorities. Nor does the bankruptcy process enable the Diocese to avoid or minimize its responsibility to victims of abuse. Instead, the Chapter 11 filing will enable the Diocese to meet its obligations head-on and fulfill its responsibility to all victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Priest 'abused me': Cruz: Church argument 'hypocritical'

GUAM
Pacific Daily News

By Brett Kelman • Pacific Daily News • October 20, 2009

Vice Speaker Benjamin Cruz yesterday said he was sexually abused by a priest while attending a Catholic school in Los Angeles as a boy.

The priest would wake him before sunrise, take the 13-year-old Cruz away to his bedroom and allegedly require him to perform sexual acts, the senator said yesterday.

"He sexually abused me, then we would bathe, brush our teeth, go into the chapel and he would say Mass. I would serve Mass and he would hand me communion," said Cruz, 58. "And this went on for four years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:23 PM

Good, GOD! St. Louis Group Looks For Others "Fathered" by Priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
River Front Times

By Kristen Hinman in Gettin' All Religious Up in Here

​The St. Louis chapter of SNAP (Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests) is on the lookout for girls or women who may have been abused by a Roman Catholic priest named Fr. Henry Willenborg, following a revelation last week that an O'Fallon resident fathered a child with Willenborg two decades ago.

"Willenborg lived and worked here [for eight or nine years] and we want to know if anyone was hurt by him," says Barbara Dorris, spokeswoman for SNAP's St. Louis chapter.

Pat Bond, of O'Fallon, told the New York Times that she and Willenborg were lovers for five years in the 1980's and that she conceived two children by him. The first pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage (Bond told the NYT that Willenborg urged her to abort). The second pregnancy resulted in the birth of Nathan Halbach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Diocese Orders Tributes to Priest Removed

MAINE
MPBN

10/19/2009
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland says it's "substantiated" complaints that Fr. Joseph R. McGowan engaged in sexual abuse several decades ago while serving as pastor at a church in Winthrop.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is removing memorials and tributes to a deceased priest they say likely engaged in sexual abuse several decades ago.

Diocese officials say the incidents took place betweeen 1936 and 1949 while Fr. Joseph R. McGowan was serving as pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winthrop. They say the complaints against McGowan have been "substantiated," and they've ordered that any memorials or tributes in McGowan's name on church property be removed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Ex-priest wants court hearings closed to public

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

October 19, 2009

Attorneys representing a convicted former priest moved today to keep the court proceedings related to an effort to have him committed under a state sexual offender law closed to the public.

Authorities have filed a petition to have Daniel McCormack sent to a state facility. The Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act allows prosecutors to seek continued incarceration if a psychological exam leads them to believe another sex crime is likely if the inmate goes free.

The hearing today in Cook County court was attended by only one member of the news media, a Tribune reporter who before the hearing ended stood and requested time to consult counsel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Another RC diocese seeks bankruptcy as salvation from sex abuse claims

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Times (United Kingdom)

A sex abuse case against Delaware’s Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a former priest will be delayed after the diocese filed for federal bankruptcy protection on the eve of trial, AP reports. The bankruptcy filing on Sunday delays a lawsuit that had been due to start today in Kent County Superior Court, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in Delaware. In a separate development, the Catholic hierarchy, religious, priests and laity in Ireland are braced for the publication of a report on Friday into sex abuse by priests in the Dublin archdiocese. The Government report is the result of an investigation into how allegations of child sex abuse involving a sample of 46 priests were handled by State and church authorities between January 1975 and April 2004, when Cardinal Desmond Connell retired as Archbishop of Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Church sex abuse report may not be released this week

IRELAND
Sunday Tribune

John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent

Ahern: concerned about prejudicing prosecutionsA damning report into how allegations of child sexual abuse were handled by successive bishops in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin may not be released this week as expected.

The Sunday Tribune understands that, while justice minister Dermot Ahern wants to release it as soon as possible, serious difficulties arising from last week's High Court judgment on its publication mean it may take longer to publish than expected.

The report has been described by a senior source with knowledge of its contents as "Ferns on a grand scale", in a reference to the 2005 Ferns report which identified over 100 allegations of abuse against 21 priests in that diocese between 1962 and 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 19 OCT 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed Fr. Paul D. Etienne of the clergy of the archdiocese of Indianapolis, U.S.A., vice rector of the Bishop Brute Seminary and pastor of the parish of St. Paul in Tell City, as bishop of Cheyenne (area 252,552 population 515,000, Catholics 52,203, priests 61, permanent deacons 20, religious 35), U.S.A. The bishop- elect was born in Tell City, U.S.A. in 1959 and ordained a priest in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Wilmington diocese files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

By MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • October 19, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, which has pastoral charge of 233,000 Roman Catholics, sought protection Sunday night in federal bankruptcy court in an attempt to manage the potential liability resulting from a flood of clergy sexual-abuse lawsuits, the first of which was scheduled to start today

The Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware lists assets of as much as $100 million and liabilities of as much as $500 million. The diocese encompasses 58 parishes, 21 missions and 27 schools in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The diocese, founded in 1869 in Wilmington, has 126 diocesan priests.

"This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make," Bishop W. Francis Malooly said in a statement. "However, after careful consideration and after consultation with my close advisors and counselors, I believe we have no other choice, and that filing for Chapter 11 offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese. Our hope is that Chapter 11 proceedings will enable us to fairly compensate all victims through a single process established by the Bankruptcy Court." ...

"I'm confident that the federal courts will protect all the rights of the survivors," said Neuberger, who plans to hold a news conference today at 1 p.m. in Wilmington.

"This filing is the Diocese's last, desperate effort to hide the truth from the public and conceal the thousands of pages of scandalous documents and stunning testimony that would have been exposed to the light of day in open court during the first of six consecutive priest sex abuse trials involving their criminally convicted priest, Father Francis DeLuca," Neuberger said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

HAITI: ‘Saviour’ faces court on sexual abuse charges

CONNECTICUT
The Voice (United Kingdom)

AMERICAN PASTORAL minister Douglas Perlitz, 39, a volunteer and founder of the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien, is to again face a court on October 19 to answer charges that he sexually abused nine schoolboys.

Perlitz, from Eagle, Colorado, was recently indicted by a federal grand jury with seven counts of travelling outside of the United States with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with individuals under the age of 18.

Once seen as a ‘saviour’ of Haiti’s poor children, Perlitz also faces three counts of engaging in sexual conduct in foreign places with persons under the age of 18, Caribbeannews360.com reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Airing the laundry

IRELAND
Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen
Globe Columnist / October 19, 2009

It started as an academic exercise, which is not surprising, because James Smith is a professor of English at Boston College. It has become a cause, a quest, a rickety bridge between the country of his birth and the place he now calls home.

Ten years ago, he was working on his PhD dissertation at BC and one chapter was about the Magdalene laundries, institutions in his native Ireland, run by nuns, where “fallen women’’ were sent to work off their sins. A few years ago, he decided to do a whole book.

“Academics write books for promotion and tenure. That’s what we do,’’ he said, sitting in his small, cramped office on the third floor of Connolly House at BC. “I had to affect academic detachment.’’

But his research changed him. Some of the “fallen women’’ had fled abusive husbands. Some of the “fallen women’’ were unwanted children. As an academic, he was frustrated by the refusal of the religious orders to release their records. As a human being, he was infuriated by the refusal of the Irish government to accept responsibility for its complicity in the indentured servitude of women and children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Rick's Rants Monday October 19th/09

CANADA
Halifax News Net

More details have come to light about the images found on Bishop Raymond Lahey's laptop seized at Ottawa International airport last month after his return to Canada from a trip abroad. It's very disturbing, especially considering this guy is a Roman Catholic bishop. A police search warrant, used to search the former Antigonish bishop's homes and office here in Nova Scotia, details images of young naked males including one boy wearing only rosary beads around his neck. The warrant states he appears to be 9 to 12 years old. The warrant also claims Lahey had sex-related chats online with people he believed to be adults. Lahey's back in court next month in Ottawa on child pornography charges. RCMP here in Nova Scotia might also lay charges of their own against the bishop after they sift through the computers and other electronic devices seized in last week's raids.

While the Roman Catholic church here has shunned Lahey and won't pay his legal bills for a very pricey Ottawa lawyer, his bud Terrance Prendergast has taken him under his wing. Prendergast is the former Archbishop of Halifax. He is now the bishop in charge of the Ottawa diocese. Lahey is living in a church apartment in Ottawa while his criminal charges go through the courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Bond hearing set for Fairfield County man in Haiti sex abuse case

NEW HAVEN (CT)
Waterbury Republican-American

NEW HAVEN -- A bail hearing is set to continue in federal court in Connecticut for a Colorado man charged with sexually abusing nine boys at a school he founded in Haiti for poor children.

Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., is scheduled to appear in New Haven federal court on Monday. He remains in custody after pleading not guilty earlier this month to charges alleging sexual conduct with minors.

The former Fairfield County, Conn., resident is accused of abusing nine boys at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

A long road to recovery

CANADA
Edmonton Sun

By ANDREW HANON

Last Updated: 19th October 2009

Terry Lusty pauses thoughtfully, then says, "I'm sure hopeful, but we've learned not to get too excited until we see the details."

The head of the Residential School Survivors Society of Alberta wants to remain realistic about the rebooted Truth and Reconciliation, which held a ceremony last week at Rideau Hall with Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean.

The commission, part of the massive settlement between the federal government and former students in the native residential school program, will travel the country documenting the litany of abuses suffered by aboriginal kids in the schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Thornbury and Queensbury people feel for victims

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph & Argus

By Tanya O'Rourke

The conviction of a former vicar for the rape and sexual abuse of boys, has stunned a community that knew him as a “normal chap”.

Peter Hedge, 47, sexually abused six youngsters over an eight-year period in the 1990s while he was curate at St Margaret’s Church, Thornbury, Bradford, and vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury.

On Friday he was jailed at Bradford Crown Court for 14 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Whitehorse orphanage victims file lawsuit

CANADA
CBC News

A lawsuit has been filed against the federal and Yukon governments on behalf of former residents of a Whitehorse orphanage whose supervisor was convicted of sexually abusing children.

At least a dozen Yukoners are seeking class-action status in their demand for compensation for abuse they say they suffered at the Ridgeview Home for Children, which operated in Whitehorse's Porter Creek neighbourhood through the 1960s. It closed in 1973.

"It didn't have a school component to it, but it was like a hostel or a residence where status and non-status [Indian] children were placed," Whitehorse lawyer Laura Cabott, who filed the lawsuit, told CBC News on Friday.

"It was run by individuals affiliated with the Baptist Church, and there were abuses that occurred there."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Victims' attorney has harsh criticism for Chapter 11 filing by diocese

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Delaware Business Ledger

Statement by Bartholomew J. Dalton of Dalton & Associates, P.A., Wilmington, an attorney for more than 50 victims of sexual abuse who filed lawsuits under Delaware's Child Victims Act.

The only reason the Diocese of Wilmington declared bankruptcy is to halt hundreds of child sex abuse trials across the state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

US diocese files for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
BBC News

A Catholic diocese based in the state of Delaware has filed for US bankruptcy protection on the eve of a civil trial involving high-profile sex abuse.

The move automatically delays the case, the seventh of its kind in the US since a scandal in Boston seven years ago.

The bishop of the diocese said the move offered the best chance for victims of sexual abuse to be treated fairly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Wilmington Diocese claims bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
Courier-Post

By MAUREEN MILFORD • Gannett ContentOne • October 19, 2009

The Diocese of Wilmington, which has 233,000 Roman Catholics, sought protection Sunday night in federal bankruptcy court to manage the potential liability resulting from a flood of clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.

The Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware lists assets of as much as $100 million and liabilities of as much as $100 million for the nonprofit. The diocese encompasses 58 parishes, 21 missions and 27 schools in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The diocese, founded in 1869, has 126 diocesan priests.

"This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make," Bishop W. Francis Malooly said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Faced With Sexual Abuse Cases, Catholic Diocese Of Wilmington, DE Files For Bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
AHN

Kris Alingod - AHN Contributor
Wilmington, DE (AHN) - The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy so it can fully respond to victims of sexual abuse by members of its clergy. Its announcement on Sunday came on the eve of the first trial under a new law that repealed the statute of limitations, which required lawsuits be filed within two years of an alleged abuse against a child.

In a statement, the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, bishop of the diocese, said he was forced to make the "painful decision" because bankruptcy filing "offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese."

"The Chapter 11 filing is in no way intended to dodge responsibility for past criminal misconduct by clergy - or for mistakes made by Diocesan authorities," Malooly added. "Nor does the bankruptcy process enable the Diocese to avoid or minimize its responsibility to victims of abuse. Instead, the Chapter 11 filing will enable the Diocese to meet its obligations head-on and fulfill its responsibility to all victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Diocese Facing Abuse Suits Files for Chapter 11

WILMINGTON (DE)
Jacksonville Observer

Gannett News Service - Oct 19th, 2009

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc., which has pastoral charge of 233,000 Roman Catholics, sought protection Sunday night in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in an attempt to manage the potential liability resulting from a flood of clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.

The Chapter 11 filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware lists assets of as much as $100 million and liabilities of as much as $500 million for the nonprofit. The diocese encompasses 58 parishes, 21 missions and 27 schools in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The diocese, founded in 1869 in Wilmington, has 126 diocesan priests.

“This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make,” Bishop W. Francis Malooly said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration and after consultation with my close advisors and counselors, I believe we have no other choice, and that filing for Chapter 11 offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese. Our hope is that Chapter 11 proceedings will enable us to fairly compensate all victims through a single process established by the Bankruptcy Court.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

UPDATE 2-U.S. Catholic Diocese files for Ch. 11

WILMINGTON (DE)
Reuters

* Diocese bankruptcy filing follows six others
* Assets of $50 mln to $100 mln, liability up to $500 mln
* Says proceedings to compensate abuse victims

By Tom Hals

WILMINGTON, Del., Oct 19 (Reuters) - Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, court documents showed on Sunday, in the face of more than 140 claims filed by people who said they were victims of sexual abuse by the diocese's priests.

The diocese became the seventh in the United States to seek bankruptcy protection and its filing came one day before the scheduled start of a civil trial against a defrocked priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Sexual abuse claims cause Catholic Diocese to file for Chapter 11

WILMINGTON (DE)
Digital Journal

On Sunday, Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The diocese faces 142 sexual abuse claims. The filing came one day before the start of a civil trial against a defrocked priest.

According to Reuters, court documents indicate that Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Sunday. More than 140 people claiming they were victims of sexual abuse by the diocese's priests have filed claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Bankruptcy filing delays church sex abuse case

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Associated Press

By BRIAN WITTE (AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A high-profile sex abuse case that was set to start Monday against Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and a former priest will be delayed after the church filed for federal bankruptcy protection.

The bankruptcy filing late Sunday automatically delays the case in Kent County Superior Court, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in Delaware.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Diocese Confirms Priest Sex Abuse Claims

MAINE
My Fox Maine

Published : Monday, 19 Oct 2009

MyFOXMaine.com - Maine's Roman Catholice Diocese has substantiated sexual abuse claims against a deceased Maine priest, Fr. Joseph McGowan, who served at St. Mary's in Augusta, Sacred Heart in Portland, and St. Francis Xavier in Winthrop.

The Diocese of Portland has completed an investigation of sexual abuse complaints against McGowan received this summer involving incidents that took place between 1936 and 1949. The reported incidents took place while McGowan served as pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winthrop. A letter from Bishop Richard Malone read during Mass Saturday afternoon at St. Francis revealed that the complaints have been substantiated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

October 18, 2009

Diocese of Wilmington files for bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

MAUREEN MILFORD • The News Journal • October 18, 2009

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, which has pastoral charge of 233,000 Roman Catholics, filed for bankruptcy tonight.

The move comes hours before the start of the state’s first trial in an alleged clergy sex-abuse case.

“This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make,” said Bishop W. Francis Malooly in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 PM

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. Files for Chapter 11 Reorganization

WILMINGTON (DE)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

WILMINGTON, DE -- Oct. 18, 2009 – The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, today issued the following statement to the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore:

My Dear People:

I am today announcing that the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. This is a painful decision, one that I had hoped and prayed I would never have to make. However, after careful consideration and after consultation with my close advisors and counselors, I believe we have no other choice, and that filing for Chapter 11 offers the best opportunity, given finite resources, to provide the fairest possible treatment of all victims of sexual abuse by priests of our Diocese. Our hope is that Chapter 11 proceedings will enable us to fairly compensate all victims through a single process established by the Bankruptcy Court. ...

A press conference to discuss these events will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Diocesan Office of the Diocese of Wilmington, 1626 North Union Street, Wilmington, DE 19806.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington files bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The Associated Press

By BRIAN WITTE (AP)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Delaware's Catholic Diocese of Wilmington filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Sunday night, on the eve of a civil trial in a high-profile sex abuse case against the diocese and a former priest.

The bankruptcy filing automatically delays the case in Kent County Superior Court, the first of eight consecutive abuse trials scheduled in Delaware. ...

Thomas Neuberger, an attorney representing 88 alleged victims, described the bankruptcy filing as a "desperate effort to hide the truth from the public and conceal the thousands of pages of scandalous documents" from being made public in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

Father Horndog and his helpful church

UNITED STATES
Pharyngula

Lose all faith in Catholicism, please. If you haven't already, this story should help you on your way. If that's not enough, perhaps Cuttlefish's poem will persuade you.

To summarize: A Franciscan priest uses his office to seduce multiple women. He lives with at least one of them as husband in all but official name, and gets her pregnant (which he suggests ending with an abortion; she refuses), and has a son. He then scampers off and leaves both. The woman rattles the cage of the Catholic church and gets child support…as long as she signs a confidentiality agreement and promises to never mention the matter publicly. Now in her later years, she has cancer, and even worse, her son has cancer, and where's good ol' Father Willenborg? In a new diocese, acting as if it had never happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 PM

Abuse victim will welcome report after 24-year battle

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

MARIE COLLINS is looking forward to the imminent publication of the Murphy report on the handling by church and State authorities in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese of clerical child sex abuse allegations. It will allow her to “step back into the shadows”.

The report is expected to be published by Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern this week but there is a possibility that, for logistical reasons, publication might be next week.

For Ms Collins, the journey to publication has taken 24 years. In 1985 she first reported her own abuse to a church representative, but nothing happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Church battles veterans who come off active duty and file lawsuits under SCRA re pedophile Catholic priests

LOS ANGELES (CA)
City of Angels

By Kay Ebeling

“They may as well not have the Soldiers and Sailors Act at all, by your way of thinking,” said Judge Emilie Elias to Attorneys for the Archdioceses in both Los Angeles and San Diego, during a hearing last month in L.A. “You're saying the federal law that protects service members is meaningless?”

Lee Potts appearing for Cardinal Mahony, sputtered, “I'm not, I'm - I'm - uh- well over the years many provisions have been considered, for example, go to the third paragraph down, sub section G. We have this new use of the word computing.”

Military personnel returning from years of war now find themselves battling the Catholic Church when trying to pursue personal justice. The hearing September 22nd in L.A. Superior Court was on demurrers by Bishops in Los Angeles and San Diego against plaintiffs just come off active duty now filing lawsuits against the church for pedophilia. The battle in California today is similar to a fight the Church fought and lost in February of this year in Minnesota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Clerical abuse inquiry to criticise offenders’ protection

IRELAND
Sunday Business Post

18 October 2009 By John Burke

The inquiry into clerical abuse in the Dublin archdiocese is to strongly condemn the practice of protecting clerics who were engaged in widespread child abuse.

The report will highlight issues during the reign of former archbishop Dermot Ryan, while also pointing to significant failures by Cardinal Desmond Connell and John Charles McQuaid. The commission of investigation report is expected to be released late this week or early next week.

One chapter will not be published after the High Court ruled it should be withheld in case it compromised extant criminal charges against a former Dublin priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Priest predicts 'worst week' for Church

IRELAND
RTE News

Sunday, 18 October 2009 18:45
A priest in Co Galway has predicted that next week will be possibly the worst week ever for the Catholic Church in Ireland with the publication of the Dublin report on clerical abuse.

Fr Seán Mac Aodha, parish priest of An Spidéal, told this morning's congregation that although the report will deal solely with the church's handling of allegations in the Dublin archdiocese, the spotlight will fall on every diocese in the country.

Speaking in Irish, he said he feared the Church will lose another generation of followers again, as happened when scandals began to hit the church in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Tom Doyle book review of “Sons of Perdition”

NEW MEXICO
Voice from the Desert

SONS OF PERDITION
By Jay Nelson

2009
Jay Nelson
ISBN: 1-4392-3482-5

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

October 12, 2009

New Mexico was the epicenter of the first major epidemic of Catholic clergy sexual abuse and hierarchical cover-up. Today most people recall the tsunami in Boston of January 2002 as the event that blew the lid off the Catholic barrel of toxic waste. Not so! Sons of Perdition is the first credible account of the wave of revelations of sex abuse and betrayal of trust by the Catholic clergy of New Mexico that started in the late eighties. The author thoroughly combed through a tangled array of data from divergent sources and pieced together this sordid story. Those who want to close their eyes to this pathetic chapter of Catholic history will be shocked. However Jay Nelson comes up with the facts and not more myth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Exclusive: Anger as scandal priest marries 'friend'

SCOTLAND
Sunday Mail

Oct 18 2009 David Taylor

A FORMER Catholic priest yesterday married a woman he denied having an affair with 13 years ago.

Father John Murphy, 45, caused a scandal when he went on holiday with Mary Gormanley in 1996.

As well as the Malta break, Mary, who is five years his junior, also stayed overnight at his chapel house.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Fr. Robinson talks with Columbus Dispatch

OHIO
ABC 13

Sunday, October 18, 2009

In his first interview, Father Robinson has denied killing Sister Margaret Ann Pahl. The 71 year old priest spoke to the Columbus Dispatch about his relationship with the nun, the investigation, and many other details through his trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Okay... so start with the admitted ones

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

From time to time, I hear from Baptist pastors who seem to at least recognize that the status quo won’t do. They say they’re in favor of keeping a database of Southern Baptist clergy who have admitted to sexual abuse or been criminally convicted. But they still think it would be wrong to create any sort of review board to assess abuse reports. That would interfere with local church autonomy, they say.

I’m always a bit puzzled when I hear this view because I think it reflects such a profound naivety.

Do they imagine that clergy sex abusers are simply going to raise their hands and say “Put me on the list, please”?

It doesn’t work that way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

From the "Long Lent" Desk

UNITED STATES
Whispers in the Loggia

Almost eight years after the first Boston revelations of clergy sex-abuse and chancery cover-up threw American Catholicism into the most seismic crisis of its 300-year history, rarely still does a week go by without another addition (or several) to the litany of settlements that've cost the US church well in excess of $2 billion.

Announced on Thursday, the latest of the line was notable for the involvement of multiple dioceses... and a brutal twist:

A 45-year-old Houston man who claims he was sexually abused as a boy by former Baton Rouge Bishop Joseph Sullivan has settled his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic dioceses of Baton Rouge and Corpus Christi for $225,000, the man's attorney said....

And, lastly, a less-covered aspect of clergy misconduct came into wider focus yesterday as the New York Times led its Friday editions with the story of a Missouri woman's struggle for support from the "brown Franciscans" for her cancer-stricken son, now 22, the product of a lengthy relationship with one of the community's priests.

Following the story's emergence (in violation of a confidentiality agreement), the cleric's faculties were suspended by the Wisconsin diocese where he had been serving. On disclosing his paternity to his current parish, a spokesman for the diocese of Superior told the AP that the friar -- a former seminary rector -- "received a standing ovation."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Imprisoned priest breaks his silence: 'I didn't do this'

OHIO
Toledo Blade

By MIKE WAGNER
COLUMBUS DISPATCH

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — Convicts sit on a footlocker in the prison dormitory whispering details of their darkest sins to the Rev. Gerald Robinson.

To the inmates locked inside the Hocking Correctional Facility, meetings at the blue box with the diminutive priest are like confessions. Except that this Roman Catholic clergyman wears a faded blue prison uniform, not the white collar he donned for more than 40 years.

Some inmates seek out the man they call “Father” for prayer, even salvation. Others just want to chat with Gerry, their fellow inmate who sleeps on a bottom bunk and helps clean up after chow time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Preacher faces sexual charges

NEW ZEALAND
Herald on Sunday

By David Fisher
A lay preacher and marriage guidance counsellor is facing claims he sexually abused and stalked two of his ex-wives and a stepson.

Evidence given at a district court depositions hearing includes claims that church elders told one of the wives that her body belonged to her husband and that she should bow to his will.

The man, whose name, job and church role is suppressed, is facing trial early next year on seven counts of sexual violation, six counts of indecent assault and 11 other charges relating to his former wives. There are also two indecency charges relating to his stepson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

'Plague' of sex abuse in church alleged

NEW ZEALAND
Stuff

By ANTHONY HUBBARD - Sunday Star Times

The Exclusive Brethren Church is being rocked by accusations that it has covered up a "plague" of sexual abuse in its ranks.

Last week a former member of the church, 74-year-old Clive Allen Petrie, was found guilty in Nelson of nine counts of indecently assaulting girls under 12 and one of inducing a girl under 12 to do an indecent act on him. The case involved four girls, three in the 1950s and 60s, and the fourth in the 1980s.

Former church member Neville McCallum, who last week sent a letter to all 1900 Brethren households in New Zealand about alleged crimes and cover-ups within the church, says the Nelson case "is only the tip of the iceberg".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Attorneys encourage sexual abuse victims to come forward

MONTANA
Montana's News Station

A regional law firm is helping people who may have been sexually assaulted by Jesuit members of the Society of Jesus Church's Oregon province.

Northwest Attorneys for Justice are already representing 50 victims of sexual abuse in Montana and dozens more in neighboring states.

The firm believes there are nearly four hundred victims in and around Montana and are working to find them to help file a claim against the church before the case's bar date of November 30th.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

October 17, 2009

Upheaval lifts Vatican bank’s veil of secrecy

VATICAN CITY
The Peninsula (Qatar)

By Guy Dinmore
in Rome

Originally founded in 1887 and housed within a medieval bastion at the heart of the papal state, the closely guarded secrecy of the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, the Vatican’s bank, is slowly being prised open, although the surprise resignation of its director has only added to the mysteries surrounding the Church’s finances.

The departure of Angelo Caloia, after 20 years at the helm but 18 months before his term was to expire, was announced briefly and without explanation by the Vatican last month in a sweeping change of the bank’s management. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s number two, thanked him for his “generous services” and announced Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, a Milan banker and professor of ethical finance, as his successor.

The bank, known as IOR, does not publish accounts but is believed by bankers to hold assets of some $5bn (€3.4bn, £3.1bn). It is overseen by five key cardinals, has no shareholders and its profits are used for charitable purposes. Mr Caloia said a year ago the bank had not invested in derivatives and survived the global crisis through prudent management.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

6 men settle priest abuse lawsuit for $4.65 million

DALLAS (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

By SAM HODGES / The Dallas Morning News
samhodges@dallasnews.com
Six men who said they were abused as boys by the Rev. Thomas Behnke, a Catholic priest who worked in Dallas in the 1970s and '80s, have settled their lawsuit for $4.65 million.

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas will pay $500,000, and the balance will be paid by Behnke's religious order, the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Province of St. Therese of Oklahoma.

Though not a diocesan priest, Behnke – now deceased – worked on assignment from 1979 to 1984 at Dallas' St. Mary of Carmel Catholic Church and its school. The abuse occurred while Behnke worked at the Dallas church, and, in the case of one victim, while he worked at an Oklahoma church, said plaintiffs' lawyer Linda Turley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Roma, pallottola al pm che indaga sul prete accusato di pedofilia

ITALY
Il Messaggero

di Cristiana Mangani
ROMA (!& ottobre) - Un proiettile in busta chiusa e una lettera delirante che inneggia all’amore libero con i bambini. L’hanno ricevuta il pubblico ministero Francesco Scavo e l’associazione “La Caramella buona”, il 12 ottobre scorso. Nel testo senza firma e scritto al computer, si fa riferimento al processo nei confronti di don Ruggero Conti, il prete accusato di pedofilia che ha spaccato in due gli abitanti di Selva Candida, tra chi si brucerebbe una mano per difenderlo e giurare sulla sua onestà, e chi invece sostiene, perché genitore di presunte vittime, che l’ex parroco ha cercato di abusare di alcuni giovanissimi. Nelle assurdità scritte su un foglio bianco compaiono le minacce: «Procuratore Scavo ti condanniamo», ma si fa riferimento anche a Mario Staderini, membro della direzione dei Radicali italiani che si è costituito parte civile nel processo. «Staderini falso radicale», è l’accusa che gli rivolgono mentre parlano di «tanti casi di ingiustizia di persone pure innocenti condannate alla gogna». E ancora di «un processo, quello contro Ruggero Conti che è un enorme complotto di vermi schifosi».

[translation]

Rome, a bullet sent to the prosecutor investigating the priest charged of pedophilia

Accompanying the bullet a letter containing threats to the magistrate and to an association. The letter praises "free love with children"

by Cristiana Mangani

ROMA (October 17) - A bullet in a sealed envelope and a delirious letter praising free love with children. It was received on October 12th by the prosecutor Mr. Francesco Scavo and by the association named "La Caramella buona" (The Good Candy).

The writing was made using a computer. It wasn't signed and it referred to the trial of the Rev. Ruggero Conti, the priest accused of pedophilia, and which provoked a split among the inhabitants of Selva Candida (a neighborhood of Rome), some willing to put their hands in the fire swearing for his honesty and those who, being the parents of the alleged victims, affirming the former parish priest was responsible for having sexually abused very young boys.

In the absurdities written in that letter there are also threats: "Prosecutor Mr. Scavo, we condemn you", but there is also a reference to Mr. Mario Staderini, a member of the Board of Directors of Radicali Italiani (the Italian Radical Party) who had asked the judge to be accepted in the trial as the offended party in substitution of the mayor of Rome. "Staderini isn't a real radical", is the accusation "for he doesn't care about the many cases of innocent persons unjustly accused". The complaint goes on saying "the trial, the one against the Rev. Ruggero Conti, is a big plot organized by filthy worms".

Words used in the letter like "Justice for our friends" and "free love with children" makes it difficult to understand the real intention of those who wrote the letter. The anonymous writers say they are supporters of the Rev. Ruggero, but also and above all that they are pedophiles and that obviously doesn't help him. They add accusations to Mr. Roberto Mirabile, the President of another association who allegedly received in the past days a similar letter" "you are a bastard protected by Mr. Fini" . (Mr. Gianfranco Fini is the President of the Italian Parliament). Be careful because we decreed your death penalty and often we were near to its implementation".

In light of these new developments, the magistrates opened a new investigation, led by Prosecutor Mr. Giancarlo Amato who will also inform the Prosecutor's Office in Perugia (the city capital of the Umbria region) about threats sent to a magistrate. It won't be easy to find out who sent the letters. The one addressed to the association "La Caramella Buona" (The Good Candy) reached the recipient regularly, while the one sent to the Prosecutor was stopped at the local post office for the employees were able to notice its anomalous content. In fact it contained the bullet and a letter.

The self described supporters of the priest wrote they had sent "previous warnings" and underlined the fact. "They can't accept this situation any more for it forces us to hide in the dark and stifle our feelings". That happens while the trial of the parish priest proceeds with the slow steps of the justice. A new hearing will take place on October 27th and the witnesses on behalf of the offended parties are scheduled to speak. It will be a very important hearing and the priests' supporters will be present too.

In that neighborhood people continue to be split in their opinion about the trial of the Rev. Ruggero Conti. Many are the faithful, however, who are on his side. "He has only done good things for the parish, we owe him whatever you can see". Some other people express their perplexities about the times and the dynamic of the facts. "Why has this scandal exploded after so long a time? Because it takes time for a child to be aware of what has happened to him" answer those who have doubts about the innocence of the priest.

«It's a plot - some parishioners say - he doesn't deserve it at all. He was open, sociable, he helped everybody. My mother was sick, he always came home for a visit. Those he helped most are now his accusers".

A local business man say "they trapped him, he must have been of obstacle to somebody, for he knew many important people and all doors opened in front of him".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Lahey charges prompt free counselling for N.S. Catholics

CANADA
CBC News

A family counselling organization founded by the Roman Catholic Church is offering free services to parishioners of the Antigonish diocese in the wake of child pornography charges against their retired bishop.

Former bishop Raymond Lahey, who helped negotiate a landmark deal for children who were sexually abused by priests, was charged with importing and possessing child pornography on Sept. 25 after being detained by border officials 10 days earlier at the Ottawa International Airport.

Earlier this week, police in Nova Scotia executed search warrants at Lahey's homes and office, looking for pornographic images on computers he used.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

Time for Catholic Church to fix problems so good work can continue

CANADA
The Sun Times

Posted By PHIL MCNICHOL

"He is a criminal and should be treated as such!!! A bloody Pedophilic Criminal . . . in jail"

"If biker gangs are criminal organizations because many of their members engage in criminal activity, shouldn't the same hold true for the Catholic church? How many pedophiles does it take to be considered a gang?"

"So they 'warehoused' this guy with the rest of the perverts."

Comments about the Raymond Lahey case found online

I can only shake my head at some of the comments I read at the bottom of published news reports on the Internet about the case of the Catholic bishop, Raymond Lahey, charged with possession of child pornography. Photos, allegedly of a sexual nature were found on his laptop when he was selected for a further search of his luggage upon arrival at the Ottawa airport from London, England. He apparently fit a profile, of a middle-aged man travelling alone who had visited countries where images of child pornography are produced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Priest Who Fathered Son Is Suspended, and Under Inquiry

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

[A Mother, a Sick Son and His Father, the Priest]

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN

A Franciscan priest who fathered a child with a woman who had come to him for marriage counseling was suspended from his parish duties by his Roman Catholic bishop on Friday while church officials investigate whether he also had a sexual relationship with a minor.

Bishop Peter Christensen, who leads the diocese of Superior, Wis., said in a telephone interview that he had summoned the priest, the Rev. Henry Willenborg, to his office after reading a front-page article in The New York Times on Friday.

The bishop said he had been warned by Father Willenborg’s superiors that The Times would report that Father Willenborg had fathered a son. But he said he decided to suspend the priest after reading accusations in the article that the priest encouraged the woman to have an abortion the first time she became pregnant by him, and had sex with another woman who was young enough to be in high school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Davenport Diocese balks at judge's order

DAVENPORT (IA)
Quad-City Times

The Diocese of Davenport is objecting to a bankruptcy court judge's order requiring it to release the names of all of the people accused of sex abuse who had claims paid out on them as part of a bankruptcy settlement.

The diocese, attorney Richard Davidson wrote in a request for reconsideration, said it has already performed thorough investigations of the claims made in bankruptcy. The diocesan review board found several non-credible claims against clergy, he wrote.

The diocese believes that list includes 16 people. The claimants believe that number of unnamed people sits at 23. The diocese lists 31 people who were "credibly accused" on its Web site.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Family’s backing for accused churchman

WALES
Echo

Oct 16 2009 by Liz Keen, South Wales Echo

A PARISH priest has described a communion assistant accused of sexual assaults as “the people’s warden”.

Michael Reeves, 69, denies nine charges of indecent assault dating back three decades.

Yesterday at Cardiff Crown Court, family members joined church figures in their support for the pensioner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Warrants detail images on bishop’s computer

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Sat. Oct 17

An image of a naked boy wearing only rosary beads was among those found on Bishop Raymond Lahey’s laptop computer, a search warrant has revealed.

The RCMP’s child exploitation unit obtained the warrant in order to search the bishop’s home in Antigonish and his apartment in Sydney. The document sheds more light on what Canada Border Services Agency officers found on the bishop’s computer after it was seized at the Ottawa airport on Sept. 15 as he was returning to Canada from overseas.

Bishop Lahey, 69, was charged Sept. 25 with possessing and importing child pornography. He resigned as bishop of the Antigonish diocese the next day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Ex-pastor Joshua Spires sentenced in abuse of Jay teen

JAY (OK)
The Oklahoman

BY Sheila Stogsdill
Published: October 17, 2009
JAY — A former Delaware County pastor was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a 15-year-old girl who attended his church, a prosecutor said Friday.

Joshua Spires, 28, of Odessa, Texas, pleaded guilty in Delaware County District Court on Tuesday to 10 counts of lewd molestation. Spires was sentenced to 10 years on each count and fined $10,000.

All the sentences will run concurrently, said Bryce Lair, assistant district attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Del. Lawyers In Church Lawsuits Plan Announcement

WILMINGTON (DE)
CBS 3

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) ― Attorneys for 88 alleged victims of child sexual abuse who are suing the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington plan "a major announcement" for next week.

Attorney Steve Neuberger declined to give further details of the event, set for Monday in Wilmington.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Wicked vicar gets 14 years for raping young boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

By Mark Casci
A YORKSHIRE vicar who raped two young boys and committed a catalogue of sex abuse crimes against youngsters has been jailed for 14 years, prompting a review of all clergy in his diocese.

Peter Hedge, 47, carried out the "calculated and systematic" abuse while he was a curate at St Margaret's Church in Thornbury, Bradford, and later vicar of Holy Trinity Church in Queensbury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Court still needs to weigh final angle of Bridgeport documents case

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Georgia Bulletin

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Supreme Court's decision not to continue a stay on the release to newspapers of Diocese of Bridgeport documents in settled sexual abuse cases doesn't quite close the door on the issue. Still pending is a separate petition asking the court to overturn the original ruling in favor of the newspapers. However, the high court's refusal to continue the stay is being seen by some court-watchers as an indication the diocese's efforts to keep the documents sealed has hit the end of its very long road.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Leeds boy-rape vicar is jailed for 14 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Evening Post

Published Date: 17 October 2009
By Staff Copy
A disgraced Leeds vicar is today starting a 14-year jail sentence for raping two boys and a string of other sex offences.

Peter Hedge, 47, of Pudsey, carried out the "calculated and sytematic" abuse as a curate at St Margaret's Church in Thornbury, Bradford, and later vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury.

Judge Peter Benson told Hedge he had brought disgrace on the church. "As a result of your conduct, which really defies description in its wickedness, you not only robbed these young men of their childhood, you scarred their young lives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Ashland priest suspended for hiding sordid past

MINNESOTA
Duluth News Tribune

By: Jana Hollingsworth and Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

The Roman Catholic Bishop of Superior confirmed Friday that an Ashland priest suggested an abortion to a woman he impregnated 23 years ago.

Bishop Peter Christensen said he spoke with the Rev. Henry Willenborg on Friday, the day the New York Times published a story regarding Willenborg’s past with a woman with whom he fathered a child in Illinois.

“He said in some ways it was the panic of the moment,” Christensen said of the abortion suggestion, adding that Willenborg said he “would never have done that or encouraged that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

October 16, 2009

Pastor pleads guilty in child abuse case

TEXAS
The Monitor

October 16, 2009
Ana Ley
The Monitor
EDINBURG — A Donna pastor pleaded guilty Friday to four counts of sexually assaulting a child.

A state district court judge sentenced Tomas Gonzales, 61, to 15 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 PM

Police found hundreds of videos, photos of young males on bishop’s laptop

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

Editor’s note: Some readers may be offended by the content
of this story.
HALIFAX — Search warrants say Ottawa police discovered hundreds of pictures and videos on Bishop Raymond Lahey’s laptop computer, with many showing young males involved in sexual acts.

The claims are contained in warrant requests filed by Nova Scotia RCMP last week which were released Friday to media outlets, including the Cape Breton Post, which had previously requested to review the documents.

The warrants granted a police request to search Lahey’s former residence in Antigonish and an apartment in Sydney, on Xavier Drive, that was at his disposal in his former role as bishop of Antigonish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 PM

Priest on sex abuse charges gets bail

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Irish Times

An elderly priest has been remanded on bail at Fermanagh Crown Court to appear at Dungannon Magistrates Court in Co Tyrone on November 8th, on charges of sexual abuse of three girls in Co Fermanagh, more than 30 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 PM

Abuse report to highlight tawdry saga of cover-ups

IRELAND
The Irish Times

[Cardinal Secrets]

ANALYSIS: The report about to be published into child sex abuse by Dublin priests will shine a light on how some of the country’s most senior churchmen covered up their crimes, writes MARY RAFTERY

ON THIS day, precisely seven years ago, RTÉ television broadcast Cardinal Secrets, the Prime Time investigation which uncovered widespread clerical child abuse and cover-up within the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin. The government’s response was swift. Then minister for justice Michael McDowell announced its intention to establish a commission of investigation. This was to be one of the first of the so-called fast-track tribunals – a lean operation designed to complete its business rapidly.

And yet, here we are, seven years later, still awaiting its report.

However, the fault for the delay does not lie with the commission. As the initial political enthusiasm for inquiry waned, various government departments dragged their heels, and it was over three years before it was finally established in March 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 PM

Webster County Sheriff Meets With Amish Community

MISSOURI
Ozarks First

An Amish community in Webster County has a better understanding of the law tonight.

Following a molestation case in which two girls were sexually abused, Webster County Sheriff Roye Cole opened up a line of communication between the law and elders of the Amish community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 PM

Hundreds of videos, pics found on bishop's laptop

CANADA
CTV

HALIFAX — Police allege they found hundreds of files and dozens of videos on Bishop Raymond Lahey's laptop, with many showing young males engaged in various sex acts, in search warrants used by the RCMP to obtain more electronic devices from his residences and office in Nova Scotia.

The warrants, executed by Nova Scotia RCMP last week and released Friday, cite information compiled by Ottawa police after they seized Lahey's laptop at the city's airport on Sept. 15 as he returned from the United Kingdom.

The documents say Ottawa police viewed an unspecified number of the 964 files in a folder called "downloads," and 33 videos Lahey had on his portable computer, many of them featuring young males masturbating and performing other sex acts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Bishop Lahey's computer had hundreds of child porn images, police allege

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

Oliver Moore

Halifax — Globe and Mail Update
Published on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 5:58PM EDT

A huge folder on Raymond Lahey’s personal computer contained sexually charged images, including one of a boy who appears as young as nine touching himself while wearing nothing but rosary beads, police say.

New allegations have emerged in court documents in the case of the former Bishop of Antigonish, who stepped down last month and faces child pornography charges.

Police applications seeking search warrants for the cleric’s homes and office were released Friday. The documents said that Bishop Lahey said he did not know much about computers but admitted using file-sharing software and engaging in sex-related online discussions, although only with people he believed were adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

Vicar who raped boys is jailed for 14 years

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph & Argus

[with video]

By Jenny Loweth »

A Bradford vicar has been jailed for 14 years for the “wicked and cynical” rape and sexual abuse of boys in his pastoral care.

A judge told Peter Hedge: “You are 47 years of age and an ordained member of the Church of England, on which you have brought the most dreadful disgrace.”

Hedge was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday of two offences of rape, 32 of indecent assault and one of committing a serious sexual offence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Superior Diocese suspends Ashland priest who fathered child

MINNESOTA
Duluth News Tribune

By: Jana Hollingsworth,

An Ashland priest who fathered a child with a parishioner in Illinois 23 years ago has been suspended from his duties, according to the Catholic Diocese of Superior.

A New York Times story published today told the story of Pat Bond, mother of Nathan, and her struggles to obtain support from the Order of Friars Minor, or Franciscans, of which the priest, Rev. Henry Willenborg, is a member.

The New York Times story reported allegations of sexual misconduct with a high school student more than 20 years ago, which Bishop Peter Christensen said will be investigated. Until that has been concluded by the Franciscans, he said, Willenborg will be suspended from his work with Our Lady of the Lake parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Catholic priest who fathered child is suspended

ST. LOUIS (MO)
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — A Wisconsin diocese has suspended a Catholic priest who fathered a child during a five-year relationship.

The Diocese of Superior said late Friday that the Rev. Henry Willenborg had been suspended with pay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM

Nuncio expresses sorrow over charges facing Lahey

CANADA
Western Catholic Reporter

TORONTO - Canada's outgoing papal representative offered words of "deep sorrow and emotion" over the recent arrest of retired Bishop Raymond Lahey on child pornography charges.

Giving the homily during an Oct. 7 Mass for Toronto theology students, Archbishop Luigi Ventura invited students and faculty members to "prayer, silence and hope" that the Church can overcome such sins.

Without mentioning Lahey by name, Ventura reassured those at the Mass that the Canadian Catholic Church was working to "establish safe environments and protect children and young people."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

SNAP demands suspension of priest with child

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Chicago Tribune

ST. LOUIS - A national support group for those hurt by religious authorities has called for suspending a Catholic priest who fathered a child during a five-year relationship in Illinois.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests also wants church officials in Missouri and Wisconsin to help the mother and son. He is now 22 and has cancer.

The demands were in response to Friday's New York Times story about an Ashland, Wis., pastor, and his former lover and their son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Vicar jailed for abusing boys

UNITED KINGDOM
The Independent

By Alistair Keely, Press Association

A bishop today said a vicar had "betrayed the trust put in him" after he was jailed for 14 years for carrying out sex attacks on boys.

Peter Hedge was found guilty by a jury of a number of sex attacks and rape when he was curate of St Margaret's Church, Thornbury, West Yorkshire, and vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Queensbury, Bradford.

Hedge, 47, denied the offences spanning eight years from the early 1990s to 2000 but was convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court today of more than 30 indecent assaults, two rapes and another serious sexual assault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Lahey laptop contained hundreds of images: document

CANADA
CBC News

A search warrant document says Ottawa police found a folder on Bishop Raymond Lahey's laptop computer containing 964 files and 33 videos, with many showing what police believe are young males involved in sexual acts.

Nova Scotia RCMP used the information to apply for a search warrant for Lahey's former residence in Sydney. That warrant was executed on Wednesday and one computer was seized.

Lahey is facing charges of importing and possessing child pornography. He is staying at a priest's residence run by the archdiocese of Ottawa until his next court date on Nov. 4.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Police found hundreds of videos, photos of young males on bishop's laptop

CANADA
The Canadian Press

HALIFAX, N.S. — A search warrant says Ottawa police discovered hundreds of pictures and videos on Bishop Raymond Lahey's laptop computer, with many showing young males involved in sexual acts.

CAUTION TO READERS : This story contains graphic content. Some readers may be offended.

The claim is contained in the request filed by Nova Scotia RCMP last week and released today to search Lahey's residence in Sydney.

The search warrant says Ottawa police found 964 files in a folder called "downloads" along with 33 videos when they seized Lahey's computer at the Ottawa airport on Sept. 15 as he returned from the United Kingdom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Bishop’s Laptop had Hundreds of Pornographic Photos: Police

CANADA
CFRA

Kate Yule
Friday, October 16, 2009

A search warrant has revealed that police in Ottawa found hundreds of pornographic photos and videos on Bishop Raymond Lahey’s laptop.

The warrant was requested by Nova Scotia RCMP in order to search Lahey’s home in Sydney.

It says there were are total of 964 files, many showing young men involved in sexual acts, found on in a folder entitled ‘downloads.’ Police also found 33 videos on the laptop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Youth pastor sentenced for molesting boy

MICHIGAN
Daily Press & Argus

BY LISA ROOSE-CHURCH • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • October 16, 2009

A youth pastor, who maintained his innocence, was sentenced Thursday to the Livingston County Jail for molesting a then-10-year-old boy.

Circuit Judge Michael P. Hatty ordered Randy William Strong, of Fenton, to serve one year in the county jail for molesting the victim, who is now 18, in 2002. The judge also ordered Strong to serve five years probation.

A jury convicted Strong in August of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Diocese addresses fiscal realities

WORCESTER (MA)
The Catholic Free Press

By Margaret M. Russell

Bishop McManus called it an exercise in transparency. The finances of the Diocese of Worcester were laid out to more than 350 people involved in various aspects of the diocese and its parishes over the past two weeks.

Msgr. Thomas J. Sullivan, director of the office of fiscal affairs, met Oct. 5 with committees that oversee finances, investments, building and pastoral planning. The presentation, unveiling the financial picture as of Aug. 31, 2009, was the first of its kind. It was repeated Tuesday for pastors, priests, and those lay people on parish finance boards. ...

Before he began outlining the actual figures, he made it clear that the meetings were for educational purposes, not to lay blame on any person, parish, school or agency. It was also made clear that the priest sexual abuse crisis did not have a direct effect on diocesan finances as it has in other dioceses. Since 2002, Msgr. Sullivan said, 32 cases were settled: insurance paid $464,000; the diocese paid $81,560; and individuals paid $122,500. The bishop conceded that the crisis probably has contributed to some parishioners giving less.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

Archdiocese removes priest from hospital in Newark after learning of molestation history

NEWARK (NJ)
The Star-Ledger

By Jeff Diamant/The Star-Ledger
October 16, 2009

NEWARK -- The Newark Archdiocese removed a priest as chaplain at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark this week after hospital officials learned of his history in a criminal molestation case involving a minor and requested his removal.

The Rev. Michael Fugee, who began working at the hospital Sept. 8, admitted to Bergen County investigators in 2001 that he had molested a boy in Wyckoff. He later recanted the statement, saying he felt pressured by investigators at the time to make an admission.

A jury convicted him in 2003 of criminal sexual contact, but that conviction was eventually overturned by an Appellate Court in 2006, for reasons unrelated to his admission.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

NJ diocese removes hospital chaplain

NEWARK (NJ)
Philadelphia Inquirer

NEWARK, N.J. - Officials have removed a chaplain from a Roman Catholic hospital in New Jersey after the hospital learned of his child molestation history.

The Newark Archdiocese is deciding where to next assign the Rev. Michael Fugee.

Diocese spokesman James Goodness says Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark was never told about Fugee's past, but the head of the chaplain's unit was informed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Brazil: Fugitive ‘rabbi’ accused of abusing children to be extradited to Israel

BRAZIL
Edmonton Sun (Canada)

By Bradley Brooks, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAO PAULO, Brazil — A self-appointed rabbi accused by Israeli officials of burning and cutting toddlers as part of a purification ritual will be extradited from Brazil, an official said Thursday.

Elior Noam Hen will be picked up Oct. 27 in Brasilia by two Israeli agents, a Brazilian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Elior Chen to be extradited by month's end

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

Elior Chen is set to be extradited to Israel from Brazil on October 27, a Brazilian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday, confirming similar statements by Israeli Justice Ministry officials on Thursday. The announcement signaled an end to the long legal battle over the fate of the suspected ringleader in one of the worst child abuse cases in Israeli history.

The Justice Ministry in Brasilia has already signed the extradition order, having refused to grant Chen refugee status in the country.

Chen, a self-styled rabbi, allegedly influenced members of his flock to abuse their children in order to "correct their corrupt souls."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

'Abusive rabbi' to be extradited to Israel

ISRAEL
YNet News

Aviad Glickman

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has signed an agreement securing the extradition of 'Rabbi' Elior Chen to Israel, Ynet learned Thursday.

A source in Brazil's Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday night that Chen would be extradited to Israel in about a week and a half. According to the source, a team of two Israelis will pick up the "abusive rabbi" from the capital of Brasilia on October 27. A source in the Israeli Embassy confirmed this date.

A law enforcement official involved in the case told Ynet, "If nothing unexpected happens Chen is expected to land in Israel in the next 2-3 weeks." He said an Israeli team would go to Brazil to pick Chen up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Extradition of Hareidi Cult Leader Expected in November

ISRAEL
Israel National News

(IsraelNN.com) 'Rabbi' Elior Chen, who is wanted in Israel for his involvement in a sadistic cult thought to have committed numerous counts of child abuse, is scheduled to be returned to Israel in November, following the signing of an extradition agreement announced Thursday by Brazilian authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Vicar faces further charges of child indecent assault

UNITED KINGDOM
The Herald

Thursday, October 15, 2009, 23:20
POLICE have charged a former primary teacher- turned-vicar with five more offences of indecency against children.

The Rev Canon James Andrew Christopher Wilson, the Rector and Rural Dean of Calstock, has already appeared before magistrates on six counts of indecent assault on girls.

Police yesterday charged Wilson with a further four counts of indecent assault on boys and another count of indecent assault on a girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Dublin abuse report may be published early next week

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Friday, 16 October 2009

The Minister for Children has indicated that the report of the investigation into abuse allegations in the Dublin archdiocese could be published early next week.

A special commission investigated how clerical child abuse allegations involving a sample of 46 priests were handled between 1975 and 2004.

Some of the cases involve priests who are currently facing court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Dublin abuse report to be released

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

The report into how allegations of child sex abuse by priests in the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin were dealt with by the State and church authorities is expected to be published by the Government late next week.

The report is likely to be discussed by the Cabinet on Tuesday after the High Court ruled yesterday that most of it can be published.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan excluded from publication, at least until May 5th next, one chapter relating to a particular priest on grounds it could prejudice criminal proceedings against that cleric. He also directed that some 21 references to the same individual in other parts of the report should also not be published for now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Devout churchgoer convicted of a string of sex attacks against young girls

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Daily Mail Reporter

A bogus forensic scientist who conned his way into hundreds of trials has been convicted of a catalogue of serious sexual offences, it can be reported today.

Gene Morrison, 51, targeted vulnerable young girls to satisfy his perverted fantasies. Two of his rape victims were girls aged ten and 11.

The devout churchgoer four victims came forward after his five-year jail sentence in February 2007 for posing in courtrooms as an expert investigator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Amish wife is accused of not reporting husband's sexual abuse of girls

MARSHFIELD (MO)
KY3

[with video]

MARSHFIELD, Mo. -- A sexual assault case in the Amish community near Seymour has resulted in more charges. Last week, Johnny Schwartz was charged with having sexual contact with two teenage relatives. Now his wife is also charged because investigators say she let it happen.

Webster County law officers say they learned by chance that Johnny Schwartz, 36, sexually assaulted two teenage girls.

"It was an accidental disclosure. They call it the English community; our community overheard this being discussed among the Amish, and they actually did the reporting,” said Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Danette Padgett.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Churchgoer groomed young girls for sex by reading them Bible extracts

UNITED KINGDOM
The Times

Adam Fresco, Crime Correspondent

A churchgoer who groomed young girls for sex by reading them extracts from the Bible faces life in jail after being convicted of a catalogue of crimes.

Gene Morrison, 51, targeted vulnerable young girls to satisfy his perverted fantasies, including the rapes of two girls aged 10 and 11.

He was unmasked as a sexual predator after his victims discovered that he had been jailed in 2007 for masquerading as a forensic scientist supplying potentially flawed evidence in 700 trials across Britain. ...

His victims included vulnerable mothers, one of whom Morrison met through his church and promised to marry, saying, “I’m your saviour”, Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, was told.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Elders of Amish Community Knew of Child Molestation

MISSOURI
Ozarks First

[with video]

Reported by: Brian Richardson
Thursday, Oct 15, 2009

A week-old molestation case has expanded drastically.

The Webster County Sheriff's Department is set to question elders of an Amish community.

It's accused of knowing two girls were being molested and never contacting police.

Detectives are calling the case "scary" because the people meant to protect children never stepped up.

Prosecutors charged 47-year-old Fannie Schwartz of Seymour with two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. She's the wife of Johnny Schwartz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Wheeling Jesuit Refuses to Investigate Board Member

WHEELING (WV)
Inside Higher Ed

Wheeling Jesuit University has refused the request of a group that represents survivors of victims of sexual abuse by clergy to investigate one of its board members, the Associated Press reported. The Rev. Thomas Gleeson, the board member, was accused in a lawsuit in the 1990s of being among priests at the Jesuit School of Theology, in California, who sexually harassed a seminarian.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Jesuits, diocese asked to help sex abuse victims

FAIRFIELD (CT)
Connecticut Post

By Genevieve Reilly
staff writer
Updated: 10/15/2009

FAIRFIELD -- Standing in the cold rain Thursday at the entrance to the Fairfield University campus, two members of SNAP -- Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests -- called on the Jesuits and Catholic diocese to seek out and offer help to alleged abuse victims of Douglas Perlitz and the Rev. Eugene J. O'Brien.

Perlitz, 39, is the Fairfield University graduate who is accused of abusing nine boys at a school he ran in Haiti. O'Brien served as principal at Fairfield Prep in the mid-1980s. SNAP said O'Brien reached a settlement with an abuse victim from the Bronx, N.Y., in 1997, but Prep officials continued to say nothing even after that settlement was made public.

Perlitz has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of traveling overseas to engage in sexual conduct with minors and three charges of engaging in illegal sexual conduct with minors. Each charge carries a maximum 30-year prison term.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Only when full details are out 'will all victims get closure'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Shane Hickey

Friday October 16 2009

SURVIVORS of child abuse from the Dublin archdiocese have described their disappointment that the long-awaited report will not be published in its entirety.

However, there was some relief at the High Court ruling which gave the release of the report the green light -- even though references to one particular person will be omitted.

A number of survivors of abuse and those representing victims yesterday listened to Judge Paul Gilligan rule the report could be published with a specified part, Chapter 19, taken out due to the possibility of prejudicing court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Revered reputations will take a nosedive

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By John Cooney

Friday October 16 2009

The revered reputations of four of the most powerful Irish churchmen of recent times will take a hefty unspiritual nosedive with the imminent publication of most of the horrific findings of the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic archdiocese of Dublin.

Revealed will be a scandalous litany of systematic cover-up of rapist clerics, some of them serial offenders, during the episcopal reigns of: Cardinal Desmond Connell, 1988-2004; Kevin McNamara, 1985-87; Dermot Ryan, 1972-1984; and John Charles McQuaid, 1940-1972.

Even with the temporary deletion of one section relating to a defrocked cleric, the voluminous report will provide damning documentation of the mishandling and covering up of the catalogue of abuse complaints and allegations by these successive archbishops of Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

A Mother, a Sick Son and His Father, the Priest

MISSOURI
The New York Times

By LAURIE GOODSTEIN
Published: October 15, 2009
O’FALLON, Mo. — With three small children and her marriage in trouble, Pat Bond attended a spirituality retreat for Roman Catholic women in Illinois 26 years ago in hopes of finding support and comfort.

What Ms. Bond found was a priest — a dynamic, handsome Franciscan friar in a brown robe — who was serving as the spiritual director for the retreat and agreed to begin counseling her on her marriage. One day, she said, as she was leaving the priest’s parlor, he pulled her aside for a passionate kiss.

Ms. Bond separated from her husband, and for the next five years she and the priest, the Rev. Henry Willenborg, carried on an intimate relationship, according to interviews and court documents. In public, they were both leaders in their Catholic community in Quincy, Ill. In private they functioned like a married couple, sharing a bed, meals, movie nights and vacations with the children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Lawyers in abuse suit seek to show pattern

DOVER (DE)
The News Journal

By JAMES MERRIWEATHER • The News Journal • October 16, 2009

DOVER -- Lawyers for John Michael Vai Thursday pressed a motion that would allow them to call witnesses who also claim to have been abused by Catholic Diocese of Wilmington priests.

Given a favorable ruling on that motion, Vai's attorneys -- Thomas S. and Stephen J. Neuberger, Tom Crumplar and Louis Donofrio -- would call several of their clients who also have filed lawsuits to show a pattern of activity by Francis G. DeLuca, the 80-year-old former priest who allegedly abused Vai from 1966 to 1970, and the diocese's failure to do something about it. Several of those witnesses have alleged abuse after the period in question.

Neilli Walsh, a diocese attorney, raised no strong objection to putting on testimony from those who claim abuse before and at the same time as the plaintiff, saying the issue boiled down to whether the evidentiary value of such testimony outweighed the prejudice that would pass to her client. She said, though, that testimony from those who allege abuse after the abuse against Vai ended would clearly pose undue prejudice against the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

October 15, 2009

LI diocese: Now in full compliance with sex abuse rules

LONG ISLAND (NY)
Newsday

October 15, 2009 By BART JONES bart.jones@newsday.com

The Diocese of Rockville Centre is now in full compliance with nationwide Roman Catholic Church regulations aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse, following its failure last year when it was audited on those rules.

The rules were implemented by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after the priest sex abuse scandal broke in 2002. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People seeks to avoid further abuse through mechanisms such as background checks on church workers and volunteers, and mandatory reporting of suspected abuse to civil authorities.

Last year an audit found that, while the diocese passed virtually every aspect of the 13-article audit, it failed in one part of one article. Of five parishes audited, one did not take sufficient action to train church volunteers in "safe environments" - or at least did not produce proper documentation showing it did so, church officials said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM

Most of report can be published after judge's ruling

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MARY CAROLAN

THE HIGH Court ruled that most of the report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation into the handling by the Catholic Church and State authorities of allegations of suspected child sex abuse by clerics in the diocese between 1975 and 2004 may be published at this stage.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan, however, excluded from publication, at least until May 5th next, one chapter related to a particular cleric on the grounds it may prejudice criminal proceedings against the cleric.

He also directed that some 21 references to the same cleric in other parts of the report should also not be published for now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 PM

Victims of clerical abuse and Minister welcome court decision on report

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THERE HAS been a general welcome for yesterday’s High Court decision that publication of the report of the commission of investigation into the Dublin archdiocese can go ahead following 22 edits.

Each edit was specified in detail by Mr Justice Paul Gilligan yesterday and includes all of chapter 19, as well as reference to the person who is the subject of that chapter in the report contents and its index. Overall, the report is more than 700 pages in length.

Two people abused by priests of the Dublin archdiocese, Marie Collins and Andrew Madden, also welcomed yesterday’s decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Zephyr Cove priest suing Diocese of Reno for wrongful termination

ZEPHYR COVE (NV)
Tahoe Daily Tribune

A Catholic priest from Zephyr Cove is suing the Diocese of Reno and Bishop Randolf Calvo for wrongful termination after he was fired for seeking a protection order against a deacon after receiving an anonymous death threat.

The Rev. Richard DeMolen, former pastor of Our Lady of Tahoe Church, filed a civil complaint against the diocese and Calvo on Sept. 30 in Washoe County. The suit, filed by Reno employment lawyer Jeffrey Dickerson, seeks to reinstate DeMolen's current six-year appointment.

DeMolen was stripped of his title as pastor on July 1, six months after DeMolen and Calvo had a verbal agreement that his appointment would be renewed, Dickerson said. DeMolen was then renamed parish administrator. On Aug. 26, that title was removed, too.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM

Web Site Seeks to Expose Clergy Sex Abuse in COGIC

UNITED STATES
Charisma Magazine

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Adrienne S. Gaines News - Featured News

A new Web site aims to draw attention to alleged clergy sexual abuse within the nation's largest Pentecostal denomination.

D.L. Foster, the founder of ReportCOGICAbuse.com, says sexual misconduct among ministers has become a growing problem within the 6 million member Church of God in Christ (COGIC). But he claims church leaders rarely take serious action when allegations are made against ministers.

"The pattern I saw was to deny that victims existed, to deny that the church had a culpable role in dealing with the situations," said Foster, who launched the Web site last month. "In many of the cases, church members went first to their denominational leaders, reported these actions and nothing was done."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Perlitz Court Date Moved, Groups Raise Awareness of Perlitz, O’Brien Cases

FAIRFIELD (CT)
The Fairfield Mirror

October 15, 2009
By: Tom Cleary

Sexual assault awareness groups and Haitian activists have stepped up the pressure on U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis, encouraging her to not release Doug Perlitz ‘92 when he goes before her again in New Haven on Oct. 28.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, held a sidewalk press conference outside of the gates of Fairfield University on Thursday afternoon, while Haitian activist Ezili Danto/Marguerite Laurent, has started a letter-writing campaign, encouraging letters to be sent to Margolis.

Meanwhile. the hearing date was moved from Tuesday Oct. 19 to Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 11 a.m., in New Haven at the Richard C. Lee United States Court House. While no reason for the shift was provided by Thomas Carson, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ezili Danto said in an email she is worried the move may deter those planning to attend from coming on Oct. 28.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

National Chief Atleo welcomes involvement of Governor General in Truth and Reconciliation Process

CANADA
CNW

OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - "Today marks another milestone along the long and painful path towards truth and reconciliation for survivors of Indian Residential Schools," stated AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "I commend Governor General Michaelle Jean for her courage in being an honorary witness to some of the survivors' stories. This day will not soon be forgotten by our Peoples.

"It has been over a year since the Prime Minister's Apology to survivors and 18 months since the original launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)," said National Chief Atleo. "Canada accepted full responsibility for the devastating effects of residential schools. Now, the long wait to tell the truth is over. The survivors of these schools, many of whom have spent decades struggling to cope with their ordeals, will finally be able to go on the record with their experiences."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

GG relaunches Truth and Reconciliation Commission

CANADA
CBC News

Gov. Gen Michaëlle Jean relaunched the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission in an emotional ceremony at Rideau Hall on Thursday.

"When the present does not recognize the wrongs of the past, the future takes its revenge," Jean told an audience that included residential school survivors. "For that reason, we must never, never turn away from the opportunity of confronting history together — the opportunity to right a historical wrong."

The mandate of the commission, which has been plagued by delays and controversy, is to probe the assimilation and abuse aboriginal children faced at residential schools across Canada in the 20th century.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Abuse groups who met bishops accused of ’solo run’

IRELAND
The God Squad

Friday, October 9, 2009

OLIVIA KELLY

TWO LEADING campaigners for victims of abuse in residential institutions have accused other victims’ representatives of going on a “solo run” in meeting with Catholic bishops this week.

Four groups, Soca (Survivors of Child Abuse) Ireland, Right to Peace, Alliance and Right of Place, met the Irish Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth last Wednesday.

The groups made several submissions to the bishops, including a request for a new benevolent fund, and for the bishops to make representations to the Taoiseach to speed up dealings with religious congregations towards the setting up of a new trust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Decision on abuse report welcomed

IRELAND
The Irish Times

The Minister for Justice today said he welcomed the fact the High Court has cleared the way for publication of a report into the handling by the Church and State of child abuse claims in Dublin, subject to not publishing one chapter of the report and consequential references.

The High Court today ruled most of the report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation into the handling by the Catholic Church and State authorities of allegations of suspected child sex abuse by clerics may be published.

However, Mr Justice Paul Gilligan excluded from publication, at least until next May, one chapter of the report related to a particular cleric on grounds it may prejudice criminal proceedings against that cleric. He also directed that some 21 references to the same cleric in other parts of the report should also not be published for now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Police: Deacon Molested Boy

PHOENIX (AZ)
KPHO

PHOENIX -- A Cottonwood deacon is in jail after being arrested on suspicion of child molestation, authorities said.

According to Cottonwood Police Department public information officer Gareth Braxton, Maxwell "Ron" Rollin Pelton, 75, abused a 10-year-old boy for 5-6 months.

The boy, who was a family friend of Pelton's, told his family who in turn called police, Braxton said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Priest tried to back out of deal for sex with teen, FBI agent testifies

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY ROBERT PATRICK
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
10/15/2009

ST. LOUIS — A priest arrested in a sex sting this summer was wary of law enforcement and tried to back out of his agreement to pay $80 for 30 minutes with a 16-year-old, an FBI agent testified Wednesday.

The claim came during a hearing on whether statements and e-mails allegedly coming from the accused, the Rev. James P. Grady, can be used at his trial, currently scheduled for Jan. 19.

Grady, 58, then pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Church in south St. Louis, was arrested July 29 after showing up at a St. Louis County home that the FBI and police from St. Louis County and Maryland Heights had wired for audio and video.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Louisville priest honored for advocacy of sexual-abuse victims

LOUISVILLE (KY)
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • October 15, 2009

When the crisis of sexual abuse exploded in the Roman Catholic Church in 2002, Louisville priest Joseph Fowler spoke on behalf of victims from the pulpit and encouraged them in private.

When victims sought ways to heal their psychic wounds, he brought them along on a mission trip to help the poor in Nicaragua, where he has worked for many years.

And when victims successfully advocated for tougher laws against sexual abusers, Fowler stood with them last year at the signing ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda, acknowledging that the Catholic Church "has desecrated its sacred trust of our youth" and pledging "as a priest … to offer my hand to all victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Orthodox 'shielding sex abusers'

NEW YORK
TheJC

By Paul Berger, October 15, 2009

A New York State Supreme Court judge has criticised the Orthodox community for shielding perpetrators of sexual abuse while persecuting victims.

Judge Gustin Reichbach lamented the community’s “circle-the-wagons attitude” as he sentenced Yona Weinberg, a barmitzvah tutor and social worker from Brooklyn, to 13 months in jail for molesting two boys.

At the sentencing earlier this month, the courtroom was filled with Weinberg’s supporters. Almost 100 members of the Orthodox community wrote letters to the judge defending him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Single chapter of child abuse report to be censored

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 06:09 PM

All but one chapter of a harrowing child abuse report set to rock the Catholic Church in Ireland could be published at the end of next week.

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern today said he intends to publish findings of the Dublin Archdiocese inquiry quickly, with several Bishops expected to be in the firing line for mishandling allegations.

A High Court judge ruled chapter 19 must be fully censored along with any other references to the priests, victims and abuse detailed in that section.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican News Service

VATICAN CITY, 15 OCT 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

Appointed Msgr. Paul D. Sirba of the clergy of the archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, U.S.A., vicar general of Duluth, U.S.A., as bishop of Duluth (area 57,875, population 439,478, Catholics 60,532, priests 82, permanent deacons 41, religious 142). The bishop-elect was born in Saint Paul in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1986.

Appointed Fr. Fernando Isern of the clergy of the archdiocese of Miami, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, as bishop of Pueblo (area 124,754, population 626,000, Catholics 121,000, priests 90, permanent deacons 33, religious 94), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Havana, Cuba in 1958 and ordained a priest in 1993. He succeeds Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit. ...

Appointed Msgr. Robert C. Evans of the clergy of the diocese of Providence, U.S.A., pastor of the parish of St. Philip at Greenville, as auxiliary of the same diocese (area 3,247, population 1,089,000, Catholics 651,000, priests 390, permanent deacons 104, religious 754). The bishop-elect was born in Moultrie, U.S.A. in 1947 and ordained a priest in 1973.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Destroyed diary, vicar general’s notes at center of Delaware abuse case

DELAWARE
Catholic Culture

October 15, 2009

The attorney of a man allegedly abused by Father Frank DeLuca between 1966 and 1970 claim that Father DeLuca-- who has been convicted of abuse in another state-- destroyed a diary they believe is central to their case. The attorney also claims that Msgr. Thomas Cini, the Diocese of Wilmington’s vicar general, destroyed notes of conversations with abuse victims.

The diocesan attorney responded that the diocese had no control over the priest’s actions and that the vicar general’s notes are a “confidential work product” since passed on to diocesan attorneys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Cops seize material in bishop investigation

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By PATRICIA BROOKS ARENBURG Staff Reporter
Thu. Oct 15

Nova Scotia RCMP have searched a home, an apartment and an office used by a Catholic bishop facing child pornography charges in Ontario.

"Early this morning, members of our provincial Internet child exploitation unit executed a search warrant at the former residence of . . . Bishop Raymond Lahey in Sydney," Sgt. Brigdit Leger, an RCMP spokeswoman, said Wednesday. ...

According to provincial property records, the Roman Catholic Episcopal Corp. of Antigonish owns the Sydney building. The group also owns the bishop’s former residence at 23 Silverwood Dr. in Antigonish and his former office at 168 Hawthorne St. in Antigonish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

RCMP seize bishop’s electronic equipment

CANADA
The Cape Breton Post

ERIN POTTIE
The Cape Breton Post

SYDNEY — Nova Scotia RCMP seized electronic equipment from two residences and an office of Bishop Raymond Lahey who was charged in Ottawa last month with importing and possessing child pornography.

Three computers and various storage devices were removed from units owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antigonish, after the execution of search warrants by members of the RCMP’s Internet child exploitation unit.

Early Wednesday, RCMP combed through No. 7 apartment at 29 Xavier Dr. in Sydney. A day earlier, Lahey’s office in Antigonish and his residence for the last six years in the same town were also searched. ...

Fr. Paul Abbass, spokesperson for Diocese of Antigonish, said Lahey spent time at the 10-unit apartment complex in Sydney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Court orders partial release of Dublin child abuse report

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MARY CAROLAN

Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation into the handling by the Catholic Church authorities of child sex abuse allegations against priests in the diocese may be published.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan excluded from publication - at this stage- one chapter of the report on grounds it may prejudice criminal proceedings.

The judge will later today hear submissions in private arising from his decision on publication and will then rule on those submissions in public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Court clears way for publication of majority of abuse report

IRELAND
Ireland Online

15/10/2009 - 11:37:49

The High Court has today ordered that one chapter referring to one person in the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation report should not be published.

The ruling means the Government can go ahead and publish the remainder of the report, which comes on the back of an investigation into how clerical child sex abuse allegations involving a sample of 46 priests were handled by the Catholic Church between 1975 and 2004.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Dublin judge OKs report on Catholic child abuse

IRELAND
Boston Herald

DUBLIN — A Dublin judge says a new report into three decades of child abuse covered up by the Roman Catholic Church can be published once the government removes one legally sensitive chapter.

High Court Justice Paul Gilligan ruled Thursday that the report into hundreds of abuse cases in Dublin from 1975 to 2004 can be published except for one chapter on current criminal cases. He said that chapter could be published after those cases conclude.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Priest sues Reno diocese after dismissal by bishop

NEVADA
Reno Gazette-Journal

BY MARTHA BELLISLE • mbellisle@rgj.com • October 15, 2009

A Catholic priest fired from his position at a Zephyr Cove church for seeking a protective order against a deacon after receiving a death threat has sued the Diocese of Reno and Bishop Randolph Calvo.

The Rev. Richard DeMolen, former pastor of Our Lady of Tahoe Church, said in the lawsuit that Calvo forced him to withdraw the protective order and failed to investigate the death threat. Calvo then fired DeMolen, the suit said, and sent a letter to parishioners that contained "false and defamatory statements."

Calvo's actions have caused "emotional distress, mental anguish, humiliation, harm to reputation, embarrassment, loss of enjoyment ... and harm to career," the suit said. Damages were not specified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Report by Cornwall inquiry into sex-abuse response delayed again

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

By Neco Cockburn, The Ottawa Citizen
October 13, 2009
OTTAWA — The Cornwall inquiry into the institutional response to allegations of historic sexual abuse has been granted another extension as it prepares its final report and recommendations.

The inquiry, which was supposed to submit its report by Oct. 15, now has until Dec. 15 to deliver its findings.

Inquiry head Justice Normand Glaude has completed the report but told the Ontario government in mid-September that printing and translation would take more time, according to an inquiry spokeswoman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

SNAP Wants Priest Removed From Board

WHEELING (WV)
News-Register

By FRED CONNORS
POSTED: October 15, 2009

WHEELING - Members of a support group for victims of clergy abuse sought to have a Wheeling Jesuit University board member suspended Wednesday.

Judy Jones and Steven Spaner - representing the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - demonstrated in front of St. Joseph Cathedral to bring attention to a lawsuit filed several years ago against the Rev. Thomas Gleeson.

The suit alleged sexual misconduct between Gleeson and a seminarian at the Jesuit School of Technology in Berkeley, Calif.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Dioceses settle case of abuse by BR bishop

BATON ROUGE (LA)
The Advocate

By JOE GYAN JR.
Advocate staff writer
Published: Oct 15, 2009 - Page: 1A

A 45-year-old Houston man who claims he was sexually abused as a boy by former Baton Rouge Bishop Joseph Sullivan has settled his lawsuit against the Roman Catholic dioceses of Baton Rouge and Corpus Christi for $225,000, the man’s attorney said Wednesday.

The Diocese of Baton Rouge, through its insurer, is paying for the entire settlement, a diocesan spokesman said.

Glenn Hymel filed his suit two years ago in Corpus Christi, alleging he was abused by Sullivan from 1978 to 1982 after entering a Baton Rouge seminary for minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

DeLuca, diocese accused of destroying or hiding evidence

DOVER (DE)
The News Journal

By JAMES MERRIWEATHER • The News Journal • October 15, 2009

DOVER -- Attorneys for John Michael Vai, who is pressing a case against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington and one of its former priests for sexual abuse, argued Wednesday that the defendants destroyed or hid evidence central to their client's case.

Thomas S. Neuberger, one of Vai's attorneys, argued before Superior Court President Judge James T. Vaughn Jr., that the only remedy for the lost evidence is to enter a judgment against the defendants.

Vai, 57, claims he was sexually abused by the now-defrocked priest, Francis G. DeLuca, 79, who served in the diocese for 35 years before he was allowed to retire to his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y., in 1993. The abuse is alleged to have happened when Vai was an altar boy at Wilmington's St. Elizabeth Church from 1966 to 1970.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Church denies fostering abuse

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By MICHAEL TUTTON The Canadian Press
Thu. Oct 15

The Roman Catholic Church has filed court documents denying that it created an environment that led to the alleged abuse of young boys by a priest in southwestern Nova Scotia in the 1940s and ’50s.

In separate statements of claim filed earlier this year with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Kenneth Joseph Boudreau and Raymond Boudreau allege they were abused as children by Rev. Adolphe LeBlanc — who died 35 years ago — in two small parishes.

They allege their abuse began in their village of Wedgeport in the Yarmouth area in the 1950s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Group seeks removal of priest from review board

SHEBOYGAN (WI)
Sheboygan Press

By Janet Ortegon • Sheboygan Press staff • October 15, 2009

A national support organization for people who are victims of clergy abuse is asking that a local priest be removed from a diocesan sexual abuse review board because of his involvement in the investigation of a past sex abuse case.

The Rev. James Connell, who in addition to being pastor of St. Clement and Holy Name of Jesus parishes in Sheboygan, serves the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in several capacities, including as a member of the review board.

A staff member at St. Clement referred calls about the review board to the archdiocese on Wednesday, and said Connell is not taking calls from the media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Dublin abuse report can be published

IRELAND
RTE News

Thursday, 15 October 2009 11:50
The High Court has ruled that the report into sexual abuse by priests in the Dublin Diocese can be published with the exception of one chapter.

The report of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation follows an inquiry into how abuse allegations were dealt with by the Catholic Church in Dublin between 1975 and 2004.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern referred the report to the High Court to seek direction because some of the individuals concerned are facing or may face criminal proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

October 14, 2009

Hartford Archdiocese Sued Over "Wall of Secrets"

HARTFORD (CT)
NBC Connecticut

By KRISTIE BORGES
Updated 6:45 PM EDT, Wed, Oct 14, 2009

On Wednesday, almost 50 people who say they were victimized by a St. Francis Hospital doctor decades ago, filed a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford in the sex abuse scandal.

The 49 victims say the Archdiocese, which operated St. Francis for some of the 1960s to late 1980s, should have done more to protect them from abuse at the hands of the late Dr. George Reardon. He is accused of carrying on a hospital-sponsored "growth study", in which he allegedly photographed and abused children.

At the time, Dr. Reardon was the Chief of Endocrinology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 PM

Wheeling Jesuit U. board member under fire

WEST VIRGINIA
The Charleston Gazette

VICKI SMITH
Associated Press Writer

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - Wheeling Jesuit University on Wednesday refused demands from a clergy-abuse survivors' group to suspend a member of the Board of Directors and investigate past claims of sexual harassment.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, was organizing a protest in downtown Wheeling to pressure the school and the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston to take some action against Father Thomas Gleeson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM

Wheeling Jesuit Board Member Under Fire

WHEELING (WV)
WTOV

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A support group for victims of clergy abuse wants Wheeling Jesuit University to suspend one of the school's board members.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, also wants past claims of sexual harassment by the Rev. Thomas Gleeson investigated. It planned a protest Wednesday in Wheeling.

Regional Director Judy Jones said a lawsuit against Gleeson and other priests was settled in the 1990s with no admission of wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

Catholic Church Sues Member

WATERTOWN (WI)
TMJ4

[with video]

By Shelley Walcott
WATERTOWN - Members of St. Bernard's Catholic Church are out of hundreds of thousands of dollars and they say one of their fellow members is to blame.

St. Bernard's is suing the member for alleged fraud. Parishioners are pointing the finger at Arthur Eith, who has attended the church for three years. They say Eith told fellow members he had a multi-million dollar business deal brewing in Nigeria, and that all he needed was some financing up front.

Eith refused to talk to TODAY'S TMJ4 for this story.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Priest to stand trial on six charges of sex abuse

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Thursday, 15 October 2009

A priest is to stand trial on six charges of sexually abusing three young Fermanagh sisters.

Fr Eugene Lewis is a former Superior of the House at St Augustine's College at Blacklion, about 14 miles from Enniskillen. It is now Loughan House open prison.

The 75-year-old missionary priest appeared before a Preliminary Enquiry at Fermanagh Magistrate's Court this week charged with three counts of indecently assaulting one of the sisters on dates unknown between August 27, 1962, and August 27, 1967.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Timeline: Dr. George Reardon Case

HARTFORD (CT)
The Hartford Courant

1956: Reardon, a young doctor practicing in Albany, begins abusing a brother and sister, aged 5 and 7, according to a complaint the two file in 1987. The abuse continues until 1961, the complaint says.

1963: Reardon begins working at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford.

1964-65: Reardon sexually abuses a 6-year-old Wethersfield boy who is a patient at St. Francis, according to a civil lawsuit the alleged victim filed years later. The case results in a modest settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

Rabbis Still Want Role in Abuse Cases

NEW YORK
Forward

By Josh Nathan-Kazis
Published October 14, 2009, issue of October 23, 2009.

Despite a New York judge’s recent condemnation of the practice, several national rabbinic leaders said they thought Orthodox rabbinic courts should continue to screen allegations of sexual abuse and decide whether they should be forwarded to law enforcement for prosecution.

“Sometimes, unfortunately, people make allegations which have no substance because they have an agenda,” said Rabbi Moshe Kletenik, president of the Rabbinical Council of America, the organizing body of Modern Orthodox rabbis.

He said the rabbinic courts, or beit dins, are useful because they allow “for an investigation to see if there’s substance, and if there is, it’s immediately referred” to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM

Bishop’s Home Searched after Ottawa Tip

CANADA
CFRA

Kate Yule
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RCMP officers in Nova Scotia have searched the homes and office of a bishop accused of possessing child pornography.

Bishop Raymond Lahey was arrested in Ottawa last month. He was charged after sexually explicit images of boys believed to be as young as eight-years-old were found on his laptop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Computers, storage units seized during search of home, office of N.S. bishop

CANADA
The Canadian Press

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — RCMP in Nova Scotia have seized three computers and various storage devices during searches of the residences and office of a bishop accused in Ottawa of possessing child porn.

Police say the latest search was Wednesday at the Sydney residence of Bishop Raymond Lahey, who resigned as bishop of the diocese of Antigonish after he was charged with possessing and importing child pornography in Ontario.

Sgt. Brigdit Leger said one computer was seized in the search of an apartment in Sydney. Another two computers were seized Tuesday in Antigonish during a search of Lahey's home and his office in the town.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Banned from public, Gumbleton speaks privately

MICHIGAN
National Catholic Reporter

Oct. 14, 2009
By Dennis Sadowski, Catholic News Service

Despite being asked by the bishop of Marquette, Mich., not to visit the diocese, retired Auxiliary Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton of Detroit met privately with a group of peace advocates and later with survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the northern Michigan town.

Bishop Alexander K. Sample of Marquette said that, because Bishop Gumbleton did not follow church protocol in seeking approval to speak and because the retired prelate's views on homosexuality and the ordination of women to the priesthood were in opposition to church teaching, he could not speak in a public forum in the diocese.

Bishop Sample notified Bishop Gumbleton of his decision only after learning Oct. 2 that the retired prelate was scheduled to be in the diocese Oct. 11-12, according to Loreene Zeno Koskey, diocesan director of communications, who spoke to Catholic News Service Oct. 13.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

Eith claims no fraud intended

WISCONSIN
Watertown Daily Times

By Steve Sharp of the Daily Times staff
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:45 PM CDT

JEFFERSON - Despite convictions for fraud in the past, Arthur Eith of rural Juneau is maintaining he had no fraudulent intent when he talked his St. Bernard's Catholic Church priest, the Rev. Thomas Marr, into securing funding for him so he could then supposedly go about receiving money owed him by the Nigerian government.

Eith is being sued in Jefferson County Civil Court by the congregation of St. Bernard's, which is located at 114 S. Church St. in Watertown.

Parishioners of St. Bernard's were told at church services this past weekend that approximately $55,000 in church funds were missing. In addition to church funds, parishioners were told more than $340,000 was collected from 31 individuals or family units, including members and others outside the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Church frustrated attempts to locate paedophile priest, garda tells court

IRELAND
Breaking News

14/10/2009 - 19:24:38
Gardaí attempting to investigate the abuse of an alter boy by a priest were “given the run around by Church authorities” in their efforts to locate the accused man for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Joseph McLoughlin told Judge Katherine Delahunt at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that gardaí located the accused on a tip off more than 10 years after first being made aware of the allegations.

The elderly man, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault against the boy, who was aged between 11 and 14 years old, on dates between 1979 and 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Wheeling Jesuit board member under fire

WHEELING (WV)
Charleston Daily Mail

WHEELING, W.Va. -- A support group for victims of clergy abuse wants Wheeling Jesuit University to suspend one of the school's board members.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, also wants past claims of sexual harassment by Father Thomas Gleeson investigated. It planned a protest Wednesday in Wheeling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Church frustrated attempts to locate paedophile priest, garda tells court

IRELAND
Ireland Online

14/10/2009

Gardaí attempting to investigate the abuse of an alter boy by a priest were “given the run around by Church authorities” in their efforts to locate the accused man for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Joseph McLoughlin told Judge Katherine Delahunt at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that gardaí located the accused on a tip off more than 10 years after first being made aware of the allegations.

The elderly man, who can not be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault against the boy, who was aged between 11 and 14 years old, on dates between 1979 and 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

N.S. church denies role in alleged sexual abuse by priest in 1950s

CANADA
Brandon Sun

HALIFAX, N.S. - The Roman Catholic Church has filed court documents denying allegations that it created an environment that led to the abuse of young boys by a priest in southwestern Nova Scotia in the 1940s and '50s.

In separate statements of claim filed earlier this year with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Kenneth Joseph Boudreau and Raymond Boudreau allege they were abused as children by Rev. Adolphe LeBlanc - who died 35 years ago - in two small parishes.

They allege their abuse began in their small village of Wedgeport in the Yarmouth area in the 1950s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

THE POLITICS OF CHILD RAPE

NEW YORK
Catholic League

October 14, 2009

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on a front-page news story in today’s New York Times on the problem of child sexual abuse:

Reporter Paul Vitello shows the shocking extent of child sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community. He also details the cover-ups that have long been aided and abetted by law enforcement.

Where have all the church-and-state advocates been all these years when Orthodox rabbis were allowed by the D.A.’s office to settle these cases “internally”? Where have all the professional victims’ groups been in staging protests outside synagogues? Where have all the sue-happy lawyers been seeking to plunder the Orthodox? Where have all the comedians and late-night entertainers been in cracking jokes about rabbis raping kids?

It’s not just Orthodox Jews who have been given a pass: no group has gotten away easier than public school employees. Consider this. Because public school students have only 90 days to file suit, it is already too late to prosecute a teacher—in virtually every state—who molested a minor as recently as last spring. But if the offense took place in a Catholic school, the student has years to file suit. Not only that, molesting teachers are still shuffled from one school district to another; it’s called “passing the trash.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Patients Allegedly Abused By Reardon Sue Hartford Archdiocese

HARTFORD (CT)
The Hartford Courant

[the lawsuit]

By MATTHEW KAUFFMAN And ARIELLE LEVIN-BECKER
The Hartford Courant

Lawyers for dozens of patients who say they were molested by Dr. George Reardon during the decades he practiced at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center filed suit Wednesday against the Hartford Archdiocese, claiming the religious organization shares responsibility for the abuse.

"It's our belief that as early as 1970, both the hospital and the diocese knew George Reardon was a monster and they did absolutely nothing to stop him," said New Haven lawyer Joel T. Faxon of Stratton Faxon, which represents 49 plaintiffs.

Nearly the entire 40-page lawsuit describes the abuse allegedly suffered by the plaintiffs and repeats legal claims made against St. Francis. But the suit also asserts that the hospital and the diocese were so closely aligned that they operated as "joint venturers and/or partners" to a degree that the archdiocese shares blame for Reardon's actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Htfd diocese sued in doctor sex case

HARTFORD (CT)
WTNH

[with video]

Story by: Rebecca Santillo
Hartford (WTNH) - A sexual abuse lawsuit against St. Francis Hospital has widened to include the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocese.

130 victims say they were sexually abused by Dr. George Reardon, the former chief of endocrinology at St. Francis, when they were children beginning as early as 1963.

The lawsuit alleges that the diocese was negligent and that they "should have known the extreme danger Reardon posed to the children in the hospital."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Local priest will be targeted with a lawsuit

DELRAY BEACH (FL)
WPTV

[with video]

Reported by: Tim Malloy
Email: tmalloy@wptv.com

DELRAY BEACH, FL-- Trouble is brewing again at the once scandal-plagued St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Delray Beach.

A top personal injury attorney is poised to sue the pastor who took over the wealthy parish. The suit will be filed Thursday.

It has to do with alleged retribution against the kids of parents who raised questions about church finances.

Fr. John Skehan and the priest who succeed him, Fr. Francis Guinan, were accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, essentially from the collection plate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Bishop quick to suspend priests amid allegations

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle says he was compelled to act swiftly against three priests once allegations were raised against them.

The three have been suspended while police investigate the allegations.

Bishop Brian Farran says the Newcastle diocese now has very strict protocols developed by the church's synod regarding such allegations, which compelled him to stand-down the three clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

82-year-old Priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

A priest in his 80s has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a young boy in South Dublin in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The court has heard that Gardai tracked him down in the UK in 2007 where he made admissions in relation to the abuse.

Detective Joseph McLoughlin told the court the priest, now 82, began to indecently assault the victim when he was around 11 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Cameras to follow O'Gorman to Fr. Fortune's former home

IRELAND
Wexford People

By Elaine FURLONG

Wednesday October 14 2009

A TELEVISION CREW is set to film inside the Parochial House where the late Fr. Sean Fortune, the priest who was due to stand trial on sex abuse charges when he died, resided as part of a documentary to be aired on national television next month.

A team from RTE's 'Would You Believe' plans to film Colm O'Gorman visiting the parochial house for the first time since Fortune sexually abused him there between 1981 and 1983.

Fr. Oliver Sweeney told parishioners at mass in Poulfur that it was best for the church to open its doors rather than to create a negative image by not co-operating.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Catholic Church gave gardaí 'the run around'

IRELAND
RTE News

Wednesday, 14 October 2009 17:32
The Dublin Circuit Criminal Court has heard that the Catholic Church authorities gave gardaí 'the run around' when they were investigating the whereabouts of a priest accused of the indecent assault of an altar boy.

The comment was made during the sentence hearing of an 82-year-old priest who pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault on a boy who was aged 11 when the abuse began.

The court heard that following widespread publicity about the priest, he left the country in 2002 and was located by gardaí in the UK in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Michael Coren: The last acceptable prejudice

CANADA
National Post

Posted: October 14, 2009
Michael Coren
It was as predictable as an Orangeman putting on his sash or a latte coffee-drinker buying but not actually reading the latest risible volume from one of the new, inflated atheists. A former Roman Catholic bishop in Nova Scotia was charged with the possession of child pornography and within a day there were letters, blogs and articles explaining why the Church is doomed, why married and women priests have to be recruited and how this is entirely typical of those bloody awful Catholics who should really know their place.

Remember, Canada may have changed face but its establishment has never changed heart. As the premier of Northern Ireland said in the 1930s, "There are a great number of Protestants who employ Roman Catholics. I can speak freely on the subject as I have not a Catholic about my own place. Roman Catholics are endeavouring to get in everywhere. I appeal to Loyalists, therefore, wherever possible, to employ good Protestant lads and lassies."

Quite so. Today secularism is the ideology of fashion but Catholicbashing, the last acceptable prejudice in polite society, is the toxin the runs through the contemporary bloodstream of Western liberal society.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

RCMP Conducts Searches at Former Bishop's Residence and Office

CANADA
The Amherst Daily News

Early this morning, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police(RCMP) Provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) Unit executed a search warrant at a residence of former Bishop Raymond Lahey.

On Tuesday, October 13, Members of the RCMP ICE Unit with the assistance of the Antigonish/Guysborough Street Crime Enforcement Unit(SCEU) executed search warrants in Antigonish at the residence and office of former Bishop Raymond Lahey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

RCMP search former bishop's residence

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By PATRICIA BROOKS ARENBURG Staff Reporter
Wed. Oct 14 - 10:55 AM

Nova Scotia RCMP are in the midst of searching a home where former Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey once lived.

"Early this morning, members of our provincial Internet child exploitation unit executed a search warrant at the former residence of former Bishop Raymond Lahey in Sydney," Sgt. Brigdit Leger, RCMP spokeswoman, said.

On Tuesday afternoon, members from the unit and the RCMP's street crime officers "executed two search warrants in Antigonish — one at the residence and one at the office of the former Bishop Raymond Lahey," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

RCMP search two homes, office of N.S. bishop accused of possessing child porn

CANADA
The Canadian Press

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — RCMP in Nova Scotia have searched two residences and the office of a former bishop accused in Ottawa of possessing child porn.

Police say the latest search occurred today at the Sydney residence of former Bishop Raymond Lahey. Sgt. Brigdit Leger says that members of the RCMP Internet child exploitation unit also searched the former bishop's residence in Antigonish, as well as his office in that town.

She says the searches in Antigonish and Sydney were conducted as a result of information obtained from the Ottawa police and a follow up investigation in Nova Scotia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

RCMP search two homes, office of accused bishop

CANADA
CTV

Date: Wed. Oct. 14 2009 10:45 AM ET

RCMP officers in Nova Scotia have searched two residences and the office of Raymond Lahey, the former bishop who is facing child pornography charges in Ottawa.

Lahey's residence in Sydney, N.S., was searched Wednesday, police said.

RCMP Sgt. Brigdit Leger said the former bishop's residence in Antigonish, N.S., was also searched, as well as his office in that town.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 PM

Police search former bishop's N.S. residences, office

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

SYDNEY, N.S. — The RCMP in Nova Scotia have searched two former residences and the office of ex-bishop Raymond Lahey, who currently faces child pornography charges in Ottawa.

Police seized two computers after three separate search warrants — one in Sydney and two in Antigonish — were executed. Two computers and some external media were seized from the Antigonish search, which took place Tuesday afternoon, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Bridgit Leger.

The results of the Sydney search, which took place Wednesday morning, were not immediately known.
Leger said the searches were not based on new allegations, but on information that came out of the investigation first launched by the Ottawa Police Service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:41 PM

RCMP search Lahey's homes, office

CANADA
CBC News

RCMP in Nova Scotia have searched the former homes and offices of Raymond Lahey, the Roman Catholic bishop facing child-pornography charges.

Members of the RCMP and provincial child internet exploitation unit executed a search warrant at the bishop's former residence in Sydney on Wednesday.

There was no word on whether anything was seized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Court: Rev. Stepek cannot sue accusers

ILLINOIS
Southtown Star

October 14, 2009

The Rev. Robert Stepek cannot sue two brothers who accused the one-time Burbank priest of molestation now that the Illinois Supreme Court refused to consider Stepek's appeal, the Chicago Tribune reports.

A three-judge state appellate court panel this summer threw out a lawsuit filed by Stepek accusing the brothers of defamation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Help Haiti's children -demand that accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz, not be set free on bond

CONNECTICUT
OpEd News

By Ezili Danto

On October 19, 2009 at 10 a.m., accused US pedophile, Doug Perlitz will face, in New Haven Connecticut, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joan G. Margolis and either be released on bond or held pending his trial. (See, Haiti program founder's release may hinge on higher bond, Connecticut Post, Oct. 8, 2009; Man charged with Haiti sex abuse pleads not guilty By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN (AP); and School Founder Arraigned In Abuse Charges, wfsb.com, Founder Of Haitian School Is Accused Of Sexually Abusing Nine Former Students.)

We urge all who are in the East Coast of the US to be in that courtroom to support the case of the children of Haiti who are being so maligned by Perlitz's many supporters. Haiti is under occupation with a weak government, some say, that is mostly concerned with pleasing foreigners, not with protecting Haitian rights and domestic development. These Haitian children have no voice, unless we stand up for them. (UN Peacekeepers and Humanitarian Aid Workers raping, molesting and abusing Haitian children).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 PM

Former Mattawa priest faces sex-related charges

CANADA
North Bay Nugget

TINA PEPLINSKIE, SUN MEDIA

A prehearing has been scheduled for a Pembroke priest facing a number of sex-related assault charges involving five people.

The Crown attorney and defence counsel for Monsignor Robert Borne will meet Nov. 17 to discuss the charges against the 61-year-old Roman Catholic priest.

The Crown has elected to proceed by indictment.

Borne faces 19 charges, including gross indecency, sexual exploitation, indecent assault and breach of trust, in connection with incidents between 1977 and 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM