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August 31, 2010

Trial vs. accused predator priest dismissed; SNAP responds

WEST VIRGINIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Judy Block Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, 636-433-2511, SNAPjudy@gmail.com

We hope this will be appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court. It’s important that the truth of what happened gets to be aired in open court. And it’s important that suspected child predators not walk free because of legal technicalities.

We know this victim and family. They are very credible and caring. This brave young man and his loved ones should be commended for coming forward quickly and having the courage and wisdom to contact law enforcement. (Many times victims are unable to promptly report their abuse - and are often criticized for that. In this case, however, this brave young victim stepped forward promptly.)

Regardless of whatever happens in the justice system, this victim has taken a key step toward healing himself and protecting other kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

Pope must act on bishop who covered up admitted crimes, SNAP says

BELGIUM
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director SNAPdorris@gmail.com 314 862 7688

The ball is now squarely in the court of 10 people.

Belgian Catholic officials now confirm that, just four months ago, Belgian Cardinal G Danneels a man once considered to be a likely candidate for Pope, tried to cover up admitted clergy child sex abuse, by urging a victim to stay silent. What’s worse is that Danneels did this even though the acknowledged predator was still in active ministry around kids and able to molest others.

Nine Belgian bishops, especially Danneels' successor Archbishop André-Mutien Léonard, should now publicly urge the Pope to discipline Danneels. If they don't, they are essentially endorsing Danneels' irresponsible, callous and hurtful actions. Staying silent about child sex cover ups is just as harmful as engaging in child sex cover ups.

The victim was smart for tape recording the meeting. We strongly urge victims to never meet alone with church officials. (Church officials almost never meet alone with victims.) In several instances, after a victim or advocate has met alone with church officials, those church officials claim money was extorted or threats were made. It's inherently dangerous and unwise for victims to meet alone with any church officials about abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Victims respond to new policy by German Bishops

GERMANY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Blaine, SNAP President 312 399 4747

A lack of words on paper isn't causing this crisis and more words on paper won't fix it. For starters, every church official who ignored or concealed child sex crimes must be removed. Every proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting cleric must be exposed and suspended immediately. Unless and until those two steps are taken, everything else is window dressing.

This is part of the standard public relations playbook bishops use. For decades, nearly every diocese in which a major child sex abuse scandal has emerged has adopted or tweaked written policies. It rarely makes any real difference, other than mollifying some naive parishioners.

The problem isn't inadequate policies, it's a corrupt structure and system, in which bishops exercise virtually limitless power and are accountable to virtually no one.

Just months ago, Belgium's most powerful Catholic official tried hard to keep admitted child sex crimes by a bishop covered up. He tried to guilt-trip and sweet-talk a deeply wounded man to protect the church's image. No policy, regardless of what it says, would have prevented such wrong-doing or will prevent it in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

New bishops' policy is backwards

GERMANY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell)

The policy is backwards. It largely implies that clergy sex crimes and cover ups are past tense. They are not. Any bishop's first job must be to stop and prevent current and future child sex crimes.

This is a substantially weaker version of the very weak and only sporadically enforced US bishops' policy. It essentially keeps all of the power and discretion with the same bishops and church structure that has, for decades, ignored and concealed and enabled the horrific assaults on thousands of kids, and still does. There's no pledge of openness or any guarantees that predators will be exposed or suspended from ministry. It's window dressing, nothing more.

Under 'publicity,' there's not even a mention of transparency. The policy calls on church officials to warn one another when transferring a predator but not the public or the parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

"Danneels slachtoffer van karaktermoord"

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

Volgens Fernand Keuleneer, de advocaat van Godfried Danneels, heeft de krant De Standaard een karaktermoord gepleegd op de kardinaal. Dat zegt hij in het christelijke weekblad Tertio.

De krant pakte afgelopen zaterdag uit met de transcripties van twee geluidsopnamen die het slachtoffer maakte van het gesprek met Danneels en Vangheluwe. Daaruit blijkt dat Danneels het seksueel misbruik geheim wilde houden tot bisschop Vangheluwe op pensioen zou gaan.

Volgens Keuleneer is er sprake van een gekleurde sfeerschepping. De man zegt dat de transcripties onvolledig zijn. Ook zegt hij dat het gaat om "het toepassen van methodes die met het objectief zoeken naar de waarheid niets te maken hebben". "Dit is karaktermoord", besluit hij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

BERT CLAERHOUT OVER ONTMOETING KARDINAAL DANNEELS MET FAMILIE VANGHELUWE

BELGIE
KerkNet

BRUSSEL (KerkNet/KERK&leven) "Niemand twijfelt aan de goede bedoelingen van kardinaal Godfried Danneels om mensen in nood te helpen. Achteraf beschouwd lijdt het evenwel geen twijfel dat hij een inschattingsfout heeft gemaakt door in te gaan op het verzoek van Roger Vangheluwe, de toenmalige bisschop van Brugge, voor een bemiddelend gesprek met diens neef en familie." Dat schrijft Bert Claerhout, de hoofdredacteur van KERK & leven in zijn wekelijkse column die verschijnt in KERK & leven van woensdag 8 september.

Volgens Claerhout kwam kardinaal Danneels als een hond in een kegelspel terecht. "Geconfronteerd met een getormenteerde familie en niet wetend in welke verwerkingsfase het slachtoffer verkeerde, werd hij met onduidelijke en tegengestelde verwachtingen geconfronteerd. Wie hem beter kent, weet dat Danneels altijd bereid is tot een pastoraal gesprek. Ook in de ontmoeting met Vangheluwes slachtoffer hanteerde hij een uitgesproken pastoraal register."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Een kind van zijn tijd

BELGIE
De Standaard

woensdag 01 september 2010

'Je moet alles in zijn tijdsgeest bekijken', zei Vlaams parlementslid Johan Sauwens (CD&V). Volgens hem kunnen we alleen zo de houding begrijpen die kardinaal Godfried Danneels had aangenomen tijdens dat trieste gesprek met het slachtoffer van bisschop Roger Vangheluwe.

Vrijwel alle katholieke opiniemakers die gisteren in deze krant reageerden op de zogeheten Danneels-tapes, maakten een verwijzing naar 'de historische context', zoals zuster Monica Van Kerrebroeck het van haar kant noemde.

De redenering luidt dan: vroeger (wanneer?) dacht men anders over kindermisbruik. Dat is juist, maar so what? Ook in dat 'vroeger' was pedofilie een zonder meer strafbaar feit. En wat betekent het argument in dit geval, dat tenslotte niet zomaar een incidentje was, maar gaat om systematisch seksueel misbruik gedurende zeker twaalf jaar, dat begon toen het slachtoffer amper een kleuter van vijf was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

De kardinaal antwoordt

BELGIE
De Standaard

woensdag 01 september 2010

In een recht van antwoord beschuldigt de advocaat van kardinaal Danneels De Standaard van karaktermoord. We publiceren hieronder de integrale tekst en een nawoord van de hoofdredactie, zodat de lezer zich een oordeel kan vormen.

Op zaterdag 28 augustus heeft De Standaard een karaktermoord gepleegd op kardinaal Danneels. Uw krant heeft een gedeelte van de transcriptie van de geïmproviseerde en mislukte verzoeningspoging die de kardinaal op 8 april 2010 ondernam met de familie Vangheluwe gepubliceerd. Daarbij heeft De Standaard bepaalde passages in het rood gemarkeerd, en de tekst verder voorzien van uiterst gekleurde commentaar.

Vrijwel iedereen is het erover eens dat aan de kardinaal juridisch niets verweten kan worden. Wij menen daarenboven dat de kardinaal ook vanuit moreel oogpunt correct heeft gehandeld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Bishops vow to report abuse to authorities

GERMANY
The Irish Times

DEREK SCALLY in Berlin

GERMAN CATHOLIC bishops have vowed to report to state prosecutors all suspected cases of clerical child abuse.

Guidelines presented yesterday are the answer of the Catholic Church in Germany to a wave of abuse cases that came to light earlier this year. “The terrible events and experiences of the past months showed us that the guidelines from 2002 were not precise enough,” said Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, a special abuse commissioner of the church.

“Thus, we put the guidelines under critical scrutiny and tightened them up further.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 PM

Man Speaks About Sexual Abuse By Priest

LANSING (MI)
WLNS

A local man says his life has been a living hell after he realized he'd been sexually abused by a Lansing priest more than 50 years ago. He spoke out about the alleged incident. Gregory Guggemos came forward as that victim. The former attorney got a settlement worth 225,000 dollars earlier this month paid by the Lansing Diocese.

Though the diocese won't admit the abuse happened, Guggemos says the sexual abuse occurred when he lived at Lansings' St. Vincent Orphanage from 1954 to 1955. He says Monsignor John Slowey, who ran the orphanage, is the man who assaulted him. Guggemos says he repressed the memories of what happened for decades. He says it wasn't until 1999 when he read several cases of sex abuse by priests throughout the United States--and visited the orphanage, that memories came flooding back.

Gregory Guggemos, sexual abuse victim: "When I saw his picture, I threw all the papers in the air and started crying uncontrollably. When i saw Slowey's picture, I had an immediate flashback to him, the orphanage, and one incident of being sexually abused. When I saw Slowey's picture and had the flashback, I immediate felt that all the questions, suspicions and fears I had for a number of years that I was sexually abused at the orphanage were confirmed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 PM

Catholic priest formerly of southeast Georgia cleared of abuse charge

GEORGIA
Savannah Morning News

By Dana Clark Felty
A priest formerly in charge of three southeast Georgia Catholic missions has been cleared of charges he sexually abused a child.

The Rev. Bob Poandl was serving as pastor of St. Christopher in Claxton, Holy Cross in Pembroke and Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sand Hill when he was accused June 9, 2009, of sexual misconduct in the early 1990s with a West Virginia child.

The Glenmary Home Missioners, the religious order that operates the three missions, immediately placed Poandl on administrative leave and transferred him to the order’s headquarters in Cincinnati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Ex-priest 'exposes' clergy's sex secrets

INDIA
Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: There seems no end to Church's woes as far as "God's own country" is concerned. After ex-nun Sister Jesmi's tell-all book on the dark side of the convent life, it's now the turn of a former priest to expose what he claims "sexual anarchy among the clergy and the faithful".

The book, 'Here is The Heart of a Priest' by K P Shibu, who left the Vicentian Congregation after 11 years, is autobiographical and slams the "indulgent and licentious life-style of a section of the clergy". Writing about his days with the congregation, Shibu (38) alleges, "Homosexuality and adult films had become a part of their lifestyle... a section of priests and nuns were driven by lust for power and money. Mismanagement of funds was also rampant in institutions under the order."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victim Reaches Settlement (Part 3)

LANSING (MI)
The Injury Board Blog

Posted by David Mittleman
August 31, 2010

[The following is the text of the prepared statement read by my client at today's press conference]

My name is Gregory J. Guggemos. I am married and my wife and I have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren. I am the person who my attorney Dave Mittleman referred to during his press conference last week who settled my claim for sexual abuse with the Lansing Diocese (“Diocese”) for $225,000.

Today I will be reading to you a prepared written statement outlining the factual background beginning with the events which occurred from June of 1954 through the time the settlement agreement was signed by me and the Bishop for the Diocese. I will not answer any questions when I conclude reading my prepared statement. Any questions must be addressed to Dave Mittleman. I may, at sometime in the future, be willing to answer questions from the media. I ask each of you to respect my position on this issue.

My decision to go public with what occurred to me has been a very difficult one for me and my family to make. We decided to provide the media with this written statement because it is the right thing to do for two primary reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Alleged Victim in Priest Scandal Speaks

LANSING (MI)
WILX

Reporter: Jamie Edmonds
Email Address: jamie.edmonds@wilx.com

Gregory Guggemos said the past few years have been unbearable.

"When I saw his picture, I threw all the papers up in the air and started crying uncontrollably," Guggemos said. "When I saw Slowey's picture, i immediately had a flashback to him, the orphanage and being sexually abused by him."

He said memories of his sexual abuse at the hands of Father John Slowey, while he stayed at the St. Vincent home for Children back in the 50s, have come back to him as an adult like a flood. It started with a tour of the home back in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

German Catholic Church rewrites sex abuse guidelines

GERMANY
BBC News

The Catholic Church in Germany has issued tougher guidelines on the handling of reports of sex abuse.

The revised rules insist all allegations must be reported to prosecutors in an attempt to prevent cases being covered up.

But critics say the new advice does not go far enough to tackle the issue.

The Catholic Church in Germany and other European countries has been hit by repeated accusations of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

German Church gets tougher on child sex

GERMANY
Sydney Morning Herald

Simon Sturdee
September 1, 2010

AFP

Germany's Catholic Church unveiled on Tuesday tougher guidelines on investigating and preventing child sex abuse that it hopes will stop a repeat of the hugely damaging scandals of this year.

"The dreadful findings and experiences of recent months have shown us that the (previous) guidelines of 2002 were imprecise in some areas," said Stephan Ackermann, bishop of Trier, as he presented the new rules.

"It was important for us bishops to make sure that ... the new guidelines prevent cases of sexual abuse being covered up," Ackermann, who was tapped by the German Episcopal Conference to draw up the new code, told reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Sexual Abuse and Suicide

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

August 31st, 2010

Because the reporting on the Vangheluwe - Danneels case is in Dutch, much of the information is difficult to access.

One important piece of background has recently surfaced. Tom Heneghan of Reuters wrote to Austen Ivereigh at America:

What is not said in the transcripts but was reported in the other paper running the transcripts (Het Nieuwsblad) is that the victim was moved to speak out after learning that Vangheluwe had consecrated a deacon who was a child abuser. One of his victims later committed suicide. Vangheluwe’s victim felt this might have been avoided if he had spoken out about Vangheluwe years ago. The victim cannot just accept an apology from his uncle, he feels a duty to do more, but he does not come across as vengeful. At one point early on, he even says to Danneels that if he (D) suggests a coverup is the only way, he might have to learn to live with that. But then he pulls himself together again and says Vangheluwe simply cannot stay in office if the Church is to stand for anything at all.

Ivereigh is backing away from his attempt to soften Danneels action or rather refusal to act. Danneels was caught on tape acting like bishops usually act and will continue to act. And Danneels will suffer no consequences, nor will any future bishop who covers up sexual abuse suffer any consequences, and they know it. Until we get a true reforming pope like Pius V, the hierarchy will continue to tolerate abuse whenever they can get away with it – which is almost always.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 PM

Veroordeelde diaken op non-actief gezet

BELGIE
RKnieuws

IEPER (RKnieuws.net) - De schandalen in de kerk hebben ook hun vertakkingen in Vlamertinge. Diaken Marc V. werkte ondanks een eerdere veroordeling voor misbruik nog steeds in de Kortrijkse school Ter Bruyninge. Daar wist de directrice tot gisteren niets van een veroordeling, want de man kon een bewijs van goed gedrag en zeden voorleggen. Nu werd Marc V. op ziekteverlof gestuurd.

Ook in de Sint-Vedastusparochie van Vlamertinge wordt de diaken op non-actief gezet. De man werd in de jaren 80 immers schuldig bevonden aan de verkrachting van een minderjarige, die nadien zelfmoord pleegde, maar hij kreeg opschorting van straf. Later werd hij tot diaken gewijd, ook al had de moeder van het slachtoffer daartegen fel geprotesteerd bij bisschop Vangheluwe.

[summary]

A deacon named Marc V. worked in Vlamertinge despite a previous conviction for abuse and he is still working in a school. The school director knew nothing of the conviction until yesterday because the man came with a certificate of good conduct. The man before ordination was convicted in the 1980s of abusing a minor, who later committed suicide, but he was given a suspended sentence. The victim's mother complained to Bishop Vangheluwe but he was ordained a deacon anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Diocese, Vatican working to defrock priest accused of sexual abuse

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Jason Brudereck
Reading Eagle

The Allentown Diocese is working with the Vatican to defrock a priest accused of sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman and impregnating her after counseling her at Central Catholic High School.

The process, called laicization, removes a priest from a clerical state, diocese spokesman Matt Kerr said Tuesday.

A lawsuit on behalf of the woman's parents was filed last week in Berks County Court seeking more than $300,000 in damages from the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito, the Allentown Diocese, Central Catholic, Allentown Bishop John O. Barres and the diocese's former bishop, Edward P. Cullen.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Man who settled sex abuse claim against Lansing diocese identifies himself

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

Kathleen Lavey • klavey@lsj.com • August 31, 2010

LANSING -- Attorney Gregory Guggemos has identified himself as the man who settled a decades-old sex abuse claim against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing for $225,000 earlier this month.

Guggemos, his voice sometimes breaking with emotion, read a 10-page statement at his attorney's office today. detailing the years-long process of recalling the abuse.

Guggemos says he was abused by Monsignor John Slowey at the St. Vincent home for children while he and three siblings stayed there for portions of 1954 and 1955.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Belgian cardinal's spokesman says no abuse cover-up, just naiveness

BELGIUM
Catholic News Service

By Jonathan Luxmoore
Catholic News Service

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- A spokesman for Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels said the transcript of an April meeting with a victim of clergy sex abuse has been interpreted out of context.

"There was no intention of any cover-up," said Toon Osaer, spokesman for the cardinal, who retired in January as archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels.

"Seen from today's perspective, the cardinal realizes he was rather naive to think he could help the family in question reach a reconciliation," he told Catholic News Service Aug. 30. "At that moment, however, the family didn't want to make public something they'd kept secret for 24 years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

'De Standaard pleegde karaktermoord op Danneels'

BELGIE
De Standaard

31 augustus 2010, 20u24

Fernand Keuleneer, de advocaat van kardinaal Godfried Danneels, stelt dat De Standaard karaktermoord pleegde op Danneels.

Lees het recht van antwoord van kardinaal Godfried Danneels morgen in De Standaard

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Losing Patience With the Vatican

UNITED STATES
Religion in the News

by Andrew Walsh

Even in the hands of relatively buttoned-down practitioners of mainstream American journalism, blogs are megaphones. So Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ conservative columnist, was engaging in conscious hyperbole when his June 9 blog in the Atlantic carried the headline, “The Catholic Church is finished.”

“This was the year when the cover-up of priestly sex abuse, a long-simmering crisis for Catholicism, became something much, much bigger,” Douthat wrote. And, indeed, coverage of the crisis in all forms of media during early 2010 surged to the highest level since 2002.

The surge occurred because the abuse crisis came home to Europe, with scandals convulsing Ireland, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, and Austria. Above all, the coverage focused attention on the Vatican and on high-level church leaders, with a cast of characters including the Belgian police, German Chancelor Angela Merkel, and the New York Times showering the church leadership with very hostile questions about their handling of the crisis over the past 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Vatican official says it is Curia's responsibility ...

MALTA
Times of Malta

Claudia Calleja

It was now the responsibility of the Archdiocese of Malta to conclude “in a timely manner” its investigation into the alleged abuse that took place in a Church orphanage 20 years ago, a top Vatican official said yesterday confirming that his own report into the case had been concluded.

Last June, Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, held meetings with some of the eight men who seven years ago alleged they had been abused by priests in a home for boys in Sta Venera in the 1980s and 1990s.

His aim was to gather direct information to supplement the work being done on the case by the Curia in the hope that the full investigation would be concluded “expeditiously”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Former Magdalen chaplain arrested

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By Ben Leubsdorf / Monitor staff
August 31, 2010article tools

A priest who formerly served as a chaplain at Magdalen College in Warner has been charged with sexually touching an 11-year-old girl in northern Virginia.

The Rev. Felix Owino, 44, was arrested in Fairfax County, Va., on July 7 and charged with a single count of aggravated sexual battery, the police said. He is being held without bail and is set to appear Thursday in Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court, which hears cases involving crimes against children.

The court declined to say if Owino has a lawyer. The battery charge is a felony carrying one to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Kenyan Priest Charged With Sex Assault in Virginia Served As Chaplain in NH

KENYA
Mwakilishi

A priest who had served as chaplain at a small New Hampshire Catholic college was arrested in Virginia last month and charged with sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl, two activists organizations said yesterday.

The Rev. Felix Owino was arrested in Herndon, Va., which is about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. A Fairfax County police spokesman said Owino was considered a longtime friend of the alleged victim's family.

A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Owino served as chaplain of Magdalen College in Warner from June 2005 to October 2008, the college said yesterday. He was a member of the Africa-based Apostles of Jesus missionary worder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Murder accused killed Sussex vicar 'to stop sex abuse'

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A young lodger killed an 81-year-old vicar in his home and then dismembered his body because of his sexual abuse, Lewes Crown Court has heard.

Christopher Hunnisett allegedly drowned the Rev Ronald Glazebrook in the bath at the churchman's home in St Leonards, East Sussex, in April 2001.

Prosecutor Philip Katz said that Mr Hunnisett, now 26, who denies murder, was going to claim he was trying to stop the vicar sexually abusing him. ...

He told the court: "There is evidence that the relationship between the deceased and the defendant had deteriorated to the extent that the priest wanted the defendant out of his flat and the defendant knew that."

Mr Katz said there was no suggestion of sexual abuse during the original trial and Mr Hunnisett was introducing a "wholly unlikely story" at his retrial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

German bishops order child-sex charges reported to police - Summary

GERMANY
Earth Times

Trier, Germany - Germany's Catholic bishops have ordered all future allegations of child molestation to be reported to police, said Stephan Ackermann, the bishop in charge of the issue, on Tuesday.

The guidelines, replacing 2002 German rules that gave church officials some discretion whether to call police over unproven allegations, are to go into force on Wednesday, said Ackermann.

The church has faced criticism around the globe that it failed to properly investigate child-sex allegations against church staff, or kept the cases secret, or re-assigned guilty priests to new jobs where children were again at risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Vatican To Consider Defrocking Priest

ALLENTOWN (PA)
WFMZ

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Diocese of Allentown has begun the process of defrocking a priest who is accused of impregnating a teenage girl.

Spokesman Matt Kerr said the diocese began putting paperwork together over the weekend for the process known as removal from the clerical state, more popularly known as defrocking.

Kerr said the final decision is up to the Vatican.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he won't file charges against the Rev. Luis Bonilla Margarito because the relationship started when the girl was 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Defrocking process begun for US priest accused of impregnating teen; DA says no charges

PENNSYLVANIA
The Canadian Press

By Patrick Walters (CP)

PHILADELPHIA — A Roman Catholic diocese in Pennsylvania has begun the process to defrock a priest whose dalliances with a teenage girl were videotaped by her parents. She later gave birth to a daughter.

But Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams says his office won't press charges against the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito because the relationship started when the girl was 18.

A spokesman says the Diocese of Allentown began putting paperwork together over the weekend for the process known as removal from the clerical state — popularly known as defrocking. The diocesan spokesman, Matt Kerr, says the final decision is up to the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Fury as Cardinal Daly defends Claudy bomb suspect

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Adrian Rutherford
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

A victim of the Claudy bombing has criticised Edward Daly after the retired bishop said the priest accused of masterminding the IRA atrocity deserved a presumption of innocence.

Mary Hamilton accused Bishop Daly of “rubbing salt in the wounds” of Claudy’s victims after he cast doubt on Fr James Chesney’s involvement in the 1972 massacre.

Nine people were killed and more than 30 injured when three no-warning bombs exploded in the Co Londonderry village.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Former altar boy accuses Oak Harbor priest of sexual abuse

WASHINGTON
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By JESSIE STENSLAND
WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES

Another former altar boy has come forward to accuse a now-defrocked Oak Harbor priest of sexually abusing him 30 years ago.

A 42-year-old former Whidbey Island resident has filed a civil lawsuit in King County Superior Court against the Seattle Archdiocese for alleged childhood sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Father Barry Ashwell.

Ashwell served as pastor of St. Augustine Church in Oak Harbor from 1978 to 2000. The Archdiocese placed him on administrative leave when a sexual abuse allegation became public through a lawsuit in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Priests Meet with Alleged Victims of Sexual Harassment

ICELAND
Iceland Review

Almost 50 priests met three women who accused former Bishop Ólafur Skúlason (who died in 2008) of sexual harassment in 1996 in the church Vídalínskirkja in Gardabaer yesterday and listened to their stories.

“It was a valuable experience and I thank these women heartily for speaking with us after all this time and all this silence. They told us about pain and anger and this time the priests didn’t stand and hold long speeches but learnt. I believe we all learnt something and I am extremely grateful for that,” Rev. Sigrídur Gudmarsdóttir of Grafarholt in Reykjavík told visir.is.

Rev. Thórhallur Heimisson of Hafnarfjördur said the meeting had been very emotional. “It was good to meet the women and listen to their stories and hopefully for them to hear how we feel.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

Catholics toughen rules on sex abuse prevention

GERMANY
The Local

Germany's Catholic Church unveiled on Tuesday tougher guidelines on investigating and preventing child sex abuse that it hopes will stop a repeat of the hugely damaging scandals of this year.

"The dreadful findings and experiences of recent months have shown us that the (previous) guidelines of 2002 were imprecise in some areas," said Stephan Ackermann, bishop of Trier, as he presented the new rules.

"It was important for us bishops to make sure that ... the new guidelines prevent cases of sexual abuse being covered up," Ackermann, who was tapped by the German Episcopal Conference to draw up the new code, told reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

German bishops expand sex abuse guidelines

GERMANY
Houston Chronicle

By MELISSA EDDY and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER Associated Press Writers
Aug. 31, 2010

BERLIN — Germany's Roman Catholic church introduced new guidelines Tuesday on handling reports of sexual abuse that require prosecutors to be informed of any suspected cases.

The expanded guidelines come in response to hundreds of allegations of abuse at the hands of clergy that emerged earlier this year and rocked the church in Germany — Pope Benedict XVI's homeland.

Stephan Ackermann, the Bishop of Trier who was tapped by church authorities to lead the revision of the 2002 guidelines, said special attention had been given to the issue of involving law enforcement officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Fairfield University alummus holds University President’s feet to fire

CONNECTICUT
MN-SNAP

Press Release
For immediate release August 31, 2010
Contact: Paul Kendrick 207-838 1319/

A Fairfield University alumnus will hold a demonstration and hand out fliers on the Fairfield University campus to protest the abandonment of child sex abuse victims in Haiti by Fairfield University sponsored admitted child rapist.

For two and one-half years, Fairfield University has abandoned and ignored the homeless, street children in Haiti who were sexually abused by Douglas Perlitz, former executive director of Fairfield University created and sponsored – Project Pierre Toussaint.

Fairfield University President Jeffrey von Arx won’t even help the victims by donating a measly $2 per day, per boy, to help provide for their basic needs of food, water, safe shelter, medicine and education.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Child rapist appeals ruling on plea deal

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Examiner

Associated Press
08/31/10 7:10 AM PDT BALTIMORE — A former Catholic school teacher convicted of raping one of his students in the mid-1970s has filed an appeal that he hopes will improve his chances of being released from prison.

A federal judge has ruled that John Merzbacher had ineffective counsel because his attorneys didn't give him a chance to accept a 10-year plea deal before his 1995 trial. Judge Andre Davis ordered that Merzbacher should be offered the plea deal again — but he said a judge "must express a willingness" to go along with the deal.

Merzbacher's appeal seeks to strike down that caveat in Davis' ruling. He says in court papers that it's not likely that a judge "would approve such a plea agreement today."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

Under-fire Irish Cardinal vows to join Pope on visit to Britain

UNITED KINGDOM
Telegraph

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent

Published: 6:27AM BST 31 Aug 2010

Cardinal Seán Brady has faced widespread criticism over his handling of a clergy child abuse scandal, and for his refusal to apologise after a priest was allowed to evade questioning over an IRA bombing.

But he defiantly told an Irish newspaper that he would not be stepping down and that he hoped to attend many of the engagements during Benedict XVI’s historic state visit to Scotland and England in three weeks’ time.

“I plan to accompany Pope Benedict in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Birmingham,” said Cardinal Brady, the head of the church in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Randy priest escapes jail

GHANA
Joy

A first degree felony charge against a randy Roman Catholic priest, Rev. Father Charles Asamoah of Bodwesango, has been dropped as a result of an out-of-court settlement.

The 32-year-old was convicted and sentenced by an Obuasi circuit court to pay a fine of GH¢800 for hacking his lover girl over an issue of infidelity at the St. Louis Parish's mission house.

Fr. Asamoah was convicted after pleading guilty to two counts of causing unlawful harm and threat of death to Janet Dwamena Agyapomaa aka Yaa Kwahu.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Editor's Viewpoint: Catholic Church in denial over Claudy

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

The Catholic Church has got itself in another horrible mess of its own making.

By continuing to cast doubt on the Police Ombudsman's report into the Claudy bombing - and in particular the central allegation that a priest was one of those involved in the atrocity - it stands accused today of being in denial. Indeed, most commentators will see the church's stance on Claudy as reverting to type and adopting the same position as it did when confronted with allegations of clerical abuse of children. It seems that when the church feels itself under attack it retreats into a siege mentality, defending itself only by rounding on its critics rather than addressing the criticisms.

In the case of Claudy, it is clear from the Police Ombudsman's lengthy inquiry that Cardinal Conway agreed with the then Secretary of State, William Whitelaw, to send the priest to a parish in Donegal. The cardinal described his errant cleric as "a very bad man". Why would the church allow civic authorities to brand one of its clergymen as a terrorist, if it did not have grave suspicions about his activities? Why would the priest allow himself to be railroaded out of the province if innocent?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Fla. man wanted in porn setup of former priest

VERO BEACH (CA)
Miami Herald

The Associated Press
VERO BEACH, Fla. -- South Florida investigators are looking for a counselor and former Catholic priest who allegedly planted child pornography on the computer of another former priest.

Alfred Justin Boulerice faces charges of trespassing, tampering with evidence and making a false report to law enforcement.

The investigation began last year, when someone anonymously called police and said they saw child pornography on a computer belonging to Gerald Lamothe. He was arrested and charged, but exonerated in February after an informant told police the pictures were planted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

‘Hannibal Lecter' of sex abuse priests sought

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
Irish Central

By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

A major search is underway for Oliver O'Grady, the elusive Limerick priest who was deported to Ireland 10 years ago after being jailed for sexually abusing two boys. American law firm Manly, McGuire and Stewart now want to serve the defrocked Irish priest with papers for a civil action on behalf of his alleged victims.

The firm has hired a private detective to track down the Limerick man who has been reported to be living in Limerick, Dublin and also Holland, and may now be residing in a hostel in Dublin city center.

Patrick Wall, one of the U.S. representatives of the law firm, is a former Roman Catholic Priest and Benedictine monk, and is an expert on the abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church where he has been consulted on more than 200 cases of clerical abuse in the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Alleged Victim of Church Sex Abuse to Come Forward

MICHIGAN
WILX

A man who says he was abused by a local priest will identify himself at a press conference Tuesday.

That's according to a press release issued by his attorney.

The man is expected to talk about his experience and explain why he believes Michigan's child sex abuse laws need to change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

Judge tosses sex abuse case against priest

WEST VIRGINIA
Dayton Daily News

SPENCER, W.Va. — A judge has dismissed charges against a Fairfield, Ohio priest accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while the two visited a West Virginia church in 1991.

Roane County Circuit Judge David W. Nibert dismissed the charges against The Rev. Robert F. Poandl on Friday with prejudice, meaning prosecutors could not refile the same charges against Poandl. Nibert delayed his ruling for 90 days so prosecutors could appeal to the state Supreme Court.

One of Poandl's lawyers, Anita Ashley, said Monday that Nibert dismissed the case because the accuser had failed to comply with a court order to produce medical records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Spokane Catholic Diocese may have to sell churches

SPOKANE (WA)
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By JOHN STUCKE
THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is broaching a consequence of its bankruptcy once thought unthinkable - the sale of churches to pay victims of clergy sex abuse.

New claims of abuse that occurred decades ago continue to be filed, approved and paid, draining a special $1 million fund that now needs replenishing as part of the legal settlement the diocese signed to end its bankruptcy.

If the diocese and a select group of parishes fail to raise the necessary new funds, the trustee in charge of carrying out the bankruptcy settlement is duty-bound to begin the foreclosure process to collect the money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

Lodger killed and dismembered St Leonard's vicar, court hears

UNITED KINGDOM
The Argus

A young lodger killed an elderly vicar in his own home before chopping up his body because he claimed he had been sexually abused, a court heard today.

Former church server Christopher Hunnisett allegedly drowned 81-year-old Reverend Ronald Glazebrook in his bath and then dismembered his body in 2001.

Together with a friend, Jason Groves, Hunnisett, then aged 17, went on to scatter the retired vicar's body parts at woodland spots across East Sussex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Danneels wilde misbruik in doofpot stoppen’

BELGIE
Nederlands Dagblad

BRUSSEL - De Belgische kardinaal Godfried Danneels heeft geprobeerd de zaak rond de ex-bisschop van Brugge die zijn neefje jarenlang seksueel misbruikte in de doofpot te stoppen.

De Vlaamse kranten De Standaard en Het Nieuwsblad hebben dat zaterdag gemeld. Zij baseren zich op een geluidsopname van een confrontatie tussen Danneels, de bisschop en het slachtoffer.

Bisschop Roger Vangheluwe van Brugge legde in april zijn functie neer nadat hij het misbruik van zijn neef had toegegeven. Eerder had er een gesprek plaats tussen Danneels, Vangheluwe en het slachtoffer. Uit een bandopname die de neef daarvan zelf stiekem maakte, blijkt dat Danneels aandrong op geheimhouding, in ieder geval zo lang Vangheluwe nog niet met pensioen was. De neef wilde dat zijn oom ontslag nam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Quote du Jour | De Danneels-tapes

BELGIE
Sargasso

“Ah! We kunnen ook, zoals ik al zei vergiffenis vragen en vergiffenis geven, dat is ook nog een mogelijkheid.”
(Kardinaal Danneels in De Standaard, 28 augustus 2010, transcriptie van de Danneels-tapes, geen link)

Je moet maar durven. Op 8 april dit jaar heeft kardinaal Godfried Danneels, tot voor kort de hoogste prelaat binnen de Belgische katholieke kerk, een slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik voorgesteld om te wachten met openbaarmaking tot de dader met pensioen zou gaan: ‘Eigenlijk, monseigneur gaat volgend jaar zijn ontslag geven, eigenlijk zou dat beter zijn dat je wacht.’ Het slachtoffer was notabene dertien jaar lang, tot zijn achttiende, misbruikt door zijn oom, bisschop Roger Vangheluwe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Advocate vraagt duidelijk antwoord van Léonard

BELGIE
De Redactie

De advocate van het slachtoffer van de ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe vraagt een duidelijk antwoord van de huidige aartsbisschop André Léonard. Ze ontkent ook dat er een tweede gesprek zou komen, iets wat Godfried Danneels beweerde.

VRT Vrijdag is een opname uitgelekt van een gesprek tussen de voormalige aartsbisschop Godfried Danneels en het slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe. In tegenstelling tot wat Danneels enkele maanden geleden beweerde, blijkt uit de tapes dat hij vooral probeerde om de zaak toe te dekken. Hij vroeg het slachtoffer om minstens te wachten tot na het pensioen van Vangheluwe om met het verhaal naar buiten te komen. De neef van Vangheluwe is nu 42 en werd tijdens zijn jeugd jarenlang misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Abus sexuels: Danneels aurait tenté d'étouffer l'affaire

BELGIQUE
RTL

La victime de l'ancien évêque de Bruges Roger Vangheluwe a rendu publics les enregistrements pris lors d'une rencontre avec le cardinal Danneels. Il apparaît que l'ancien primat de l'Eglise catholique belge voulait garder le secret sur l'affaire. Ce que nie fermement l'intéressé via son porte-parole.

Dans le cadre de l'affaire des actes d'abus commis par l'ancien évêque de Bruges Roger Vangheluwe, la presse flamande publie ce samedi le contenu d'enregistrements faits par la victime lors de la confrontation en présence du cardinal Godfried Danneels.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Danneels: 'Dit was nooit mijn bedoeling'

BELGIE
Kerknieuws

DI 31 aug 2010 | 08.47

De Belgische kardinaal Danneels heeft via zijn tijdelijke woordvoerder laten weten "dat het nooit zijn bedoeling is geweest om het misbruik door oud-bisschop Vangheluwe in de doofpot te willen stoppen".

Verder laat hij weten dat hij binnen een vertrouwelijke context wilde zoeken naar mogelijke oplossingen. "Op geen enkel ogenblik is er bij het slachtoffer noch bij de familie op aangedrongen het geval 'geheim te houden'en niet naar het gerecht te stappen".

Danneels betreurt het dat de vertrouwelijke gesprekken openbaar zijn gemaakt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Operatie Kelk: Wat vooraf ging?

BELGIE
De Standaard

dinsdag 31 augustus 2010

MAART

Het 42-jarige slachtoffer telefoneert naar zijn oom-bisschop, Roger Vangheluwe, die hem misbruikte van zijn vijfde tot zijn achttiende jaar. Hij vraagt een afspraak met zijn oom en vraagt dat ook diens 'overste', die hij niet bij naam noemt, erbij zou zijn.

Het gonst in die periode in de pers van verhalen over misbruik in de katholieke Kerk in andere landen. In zijn eerste paasmis als nieuwe aartsbisschop van ons land verwijst André Léonard naar de recente schandalen rond pedofilie in de Kerk. Die mogen niet in de doofpot, zegt Léonard in zijn homilie. Het slachtoffer vat daardoor na vele jaren van twijfel moed en vindt dat het tijd is om de hiërarchie van de kerk eindelijk ook persoonlijk te vertellen dat zijn oom hem al die jaren heeft misbruikt. Uit schaamte en onder druk van zijn katholieke entourage heeft hij dat nooit eerder gedurfd.

(Priester Rik Devillé beweert dat hij Danneels in de jaren negentig wél op de hoogte bracht van het misbruik door Vangheluwe, nadat een vertrouwenspersoon van het slachtoffer hem het verhaal had verteld. Dat gebeurde zonder het medeweten van het slachtoffer zelf, red.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Parket opent onderzoek naar lekken in arrest over Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

dinsdag 31 augustus 2010, 12u29

Het Brusselse parket opent een gerechtelijk onderzoek na de lekken over het arrest van de KI in de zaak Operatie Kelk. Dat meldt het parket.

De zaak draait rond een arrest dat de kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling (KI) op 13 augustus uitsprak over operatie Kelk. De inhoud van dat arrest bleef geheim op vraag van onderzoeksrechter De Troy. Maar VTM meldde vorige vrijdag dat het toch inzage had gekregen en ook eerder waren al berichten over de inhoud opgedoken.

Het arrest van de KI sprak zich uit over de huiszoekingen bij de commissie-Adriaenssens, die onderzoeksrechter De Troy had laten uitvoeren in zijn gerechtelijk onderzoek naar kindermisbruik en een eventuele doofpotoperatie daarrond binnen de katholieke Kerk. Het werd achter gesloten deuren uitgesproken en op vraag van de onderzoeksrechter werd de inhoud niet bekendgemaakt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Thieves steal $600,000 from Catholic Diocese of Des Moines

DES MOINES (IA)
Radio Iowa

by Dar Danielson on August 27, 2010

The Catholic Diocese of Des Moines says thieves were able to electronically steal over $600,000 from one of the organizations bank accounts. Diocese spokeswoman, Anne Marie Cox, says they were notified by the bank on August 17th. Cox says as soon as the learned about the fraud, they closed all the relevant accounts and began looking at recovering the funds.

The F.B.I. is investigating and the U.S. Treasury has been notified, and Cox says it looks as though all the proper procedures were followed and no bank staff or diocese employees are believed to be involved. Cox says they also want to reassure donors they are safe.

Cox says the bank has assured them that no donor accounts that use automatic donation have been compromised. “Law enforcement tells us that we seem to have been victim of a highly sophisticated operation,” Cox says. Cox says they are working to get all the money back.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

$600K Stolen From Church's Bank Account

DES MOINES (IA)
KCCI

The Diocese of Des Moines said Friday that it is missing $600,000 from its bank account.

Officials said criminals illegally obtained its banking information on Aug. 13 and Aug. 16 in order to transfer more than $600,000 of diocesan funds to numerous recipients across the United States.

The diocese was notified for the transfer by Bankers Trust on Aug. 17. Officials said all relevant bank accounts were shut down and the bank immediately initiated the process of recovering funds where possible.

Officials said that as of Friday approximately $180,000 has been recovered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Money Stolen From DM Diocese Bank Account

DES MOINES (IA)
WOI

The Diocese of Des Moines wants its money back after thieves stole more than half a million dollars from their bank accounts. Diocese officials told us they fully expect to get all the money back and hope their misfortunate can help others.

Criminals, possibly overseas, illegally obtained banking information for accounts at Banker's Trust and were able to give $600,000 to recipients across the country.

"Our goal is to help people come closer to god. So the fact that a catholic, service organization like us was robbed, came as a surprise," said diocese spokeswoman Anne Marie Cox. She said between the FBI investigation, Banker's Trust and their insurance carrier they plan to be reimbursed for the total amount stolen. Meanwhile, $180,000 have already been recovered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

$600,000 is stolen from Des Moines Diocese

DES MOINES (IA)
Des Moines Register

By DAVID ELBERT • delbert@dmreg.com • August 28, 2010

More than $600,000 has been stolen electronically from a Bankers Trust account belonging to the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, the bank and the diocese said Friday.

The thieves are believed to be "a highly sophisticated operation most likely based overseas" who transferred the money "to numerous recipients across the United States on Aug. 13 and 16," the diocese said in a statement announcing the theft.

Bankers Trust alerted the diocese to the fraud on Aug. 17. The bank immediately shut down relevant bank accounts and began a process to recover the funds. "To date, approximately $180,000 has been recovered," the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Crooks said swiped church funds were for sex crime victims

UNITED STATES
The Register (United Kingdom)

By John Leyden

Posted in Crime, 31st August 2010

Scammers who made off with $600,000 after breaking into the bank account of a Catholic diocese claim the funds have been earmarked for the victims of paedophile priests.

Around a dozen money mules were used to loot the funds from an online bank account maintained by the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa earlier last month. The unwitting middlemen in the scams were offered bogus work-at-home jobs by the Impeccable Group, which falsely posed as a reputable New York-based international finance firm.

In reality they were all used to receive funds from a compromised online banking account maintained with the Bankers Trust of Des Moines before transferring this money overseas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Kirche stellt neue Leitlinien bei Missbrauch vor

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Trier (dpa) - Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, Bischof Stephan Ackermann, stellt heute in Trier die neuen Leitlinien der katholischen Kirche für den Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch vor.

Nach einer Welle von Missbrauchsfällen haben die deutschen Bischöfe die Vorschriften aus dem Jahr 2002 überarbeitet. Die neuen Regeln sollen nicht nur für Priester gelten, sondern auch für Ordensangehörige und Mitarbeiter der Bischofskonferenz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Kirche stellt neue Leitlinien bei Missbrauch vor

DEUTSCHLAND
News Echo

Von Dominik Hammes mit Material von dpa

Trier – Bischof Stephan Ackermann, der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz, wird heute in Trier die neuen Leitlinien der katholischen Kirche für den Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch vorstellen.

Die neuen Vorschriften stellen eine Reaktion auf die Welle von bekannt gewordenen Missbrauchsfällen dar, die die Schlagzeilen monatelang bestimmte. Sie ersetzen die Regelungen aus dem Jahr 2002 und sollen erheblich strikter ausfallen als diese.

Die Leitlinien sollen nicht nur für Priester sondern auch Ordensangehörige und Mitarbeiter der Bischofskonferenz gelten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Ein Skandal zieht Kreise

DEUTSCHLAND
domradio

Chronologie zum Thema Missbrauch an katholischen Einrichtungen

Die katholischen Bischöfe stellen heute ihre überarbeiteten Leitlinien zum Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch in der Kirche vor. Seit Mitte Januar erschüttert der Missbrauchsskandal die katholische Kirche in Deutschland. Die Katholische Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) nennt wichtige Stationen der Entwicklung aus den vergangenen Monaten.

Mitte Januar 2010: Der Leiter des Canisius-Kollegs der Jesuiten in Berlin, Pater Klaus Mertes, informiert in Briefen rund 500 Schüler der „potenziell betroffenen“ Abiturjahrgänge 1975 bis 1983 über mögliche Missbrauchsfälle. Er entschuldigt sich für „ein Wegschauen“ im Lehrerkollegium und im Orden. In den folgenden Wochen kommen zahlreiche Missbrauchsfälle durch katholische Priester und Ordensleute ans Licht. Auch das oberbayerische Kloster Ettal und die Regensburger Domspatzen sind betroffen.

6. Februar: Laut Umfrage des „Spiegel“ wurde in der katholischen Kirche Deutschlands seit 1995 gegen 97 Priester und Laien wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs ermittelt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

German bishops release new guidelines on dealing with sexual abuse cases

GERMANY
The Associated Press

By The Associated Press

BERLIN — Germany's Roman Catholic bishops are releasing new guidelines Tuesday on how to deal with reports of sexual abuse with revisions they say will make it clear that prosecutors should be brought in early to investigate.

The Bishops Conference said in April it would rework its guidelines after the country — Pope Benedict XVI's homeland — was shaken by multiple cases of alleged abuse by clerics.

At that time the Justice Ministry said internal church investigations must not delay or hamper public prosecutors' work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

'It's just something a child never, ever should have to live through'

SEATTLE (WA)
KOMO

By John Discepolo

SEATTLE -- Two men say money and power kept them from being protected from sexual assault as teenagers.

Now they're suing the Boy Scouts of America and its Seattle chapter over the accusations against an assistant scoutmaster.

The lawsuit directs aim at the Boy Scouts of America, claiming it allowed the Mormon Church - the single largest sponsor of scouting - to disregard its sex abuse policies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Cardinal Danneels denies cover-up charges, says he was unprepared for meeting

BELGIUM
Catholic News Agency

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 31, 2010 / 03:43 am (CNA).- Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium has denied he intended to cover up a bishop’s sexual abuse and said he was “unprepared” for his meeting with a victim who secretly taped their conversation. His spokesman acknowledged the transcripts of the meeting but claimed they do not show enough nuance.

A 42-year-old nephew of the former Bishop of Bruges Roger Vangheluwe accused his uncle of sexually abusing him. The nephew made a recording of his April 8 meeting with the cardinal, transcripts of which were published in two Belgian newspapers on Saturday.

According to Reuters, the tapes feature the former head of the Belgian Catholic Church urging the alleged victim to accept a private apology or to wait a year until Bishop Vangheluwe’s retirement before making his accusations public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Feature - Book gives new perspective on abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
CathNews

Greg Erlandson decided to write a book on the clergy sex abuse crisis because the secular media kept raising questions about Pope Benedict XVI's handling of cases in their coverage of a new wave of clergy sex abuse in dioceses around the world.

For him, there was a "genuine curiosity about what's going on. ... It wasn't just a bishop in this diocese or a bishop in that diocese, but now it was about the pope and his credibility," said Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.

"As I dug into it, I felt there was a big chunk of the story that wasn't being reported and part of it was not getting the perspective" it deserved, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Priest charged with sex assault in Va. served as chaplain in NH

MANCHESTER (NH)
New Hampshire Union Leader

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MANCHESTER – A priest who had served as chaplain at a small New Hampshire Catholic college was arrested in Virginia last month and charged with sexual assault against an 11-year-old girl, two activists organizations said yesterday.

The Rev. Felix Owino was arrested in Herndon, Va., which is about 25 miles west of Washington, D.C. A Fairfax County police spokesman said Owino was considered a longtime friend of the alleged victim's family.

A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Owino served as chaplain of Magdalen College in Warner from June 2005 to October 2008, the college said yesterday. He was a member of the Africa-based Apostles of Jesus missionary worder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Mystery lingers in parents' lawsuit against priest, diocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Mary E. Young
Reading Eagle

The question of whether the parents of a 19-year-old woman knew she was living with a priest when they filed a lawsuit accusing him of sexually abusing and impregnating her remained unanswered Monday.

Jay N. Abramowitch, the parents' Wyomissing attorney, said he could not talk about the specifics of the suit filed in Berks County Court last week.

Also Monday, District Attorney John T. Adams said no criminal charges will be filed against the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito because Reading police determined that the young woman was 18 when the relationship began.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Judge dismisses sex abuse charges

SPENCER (WV)
News and Sentinel

August 31, 2010 - By Staff and Wire Reports

SPENCER - A circuit court judge dismissed charges Friday against an Ohio priest accused of sexual abuse.

Charges against the Rev. Robert F. Poandl were dismissed with prejudice, which means prosecutors could not refile the same charges, by Roane County Circuit Judge David W. Nibert. The ruling was delayed for 90 days by Nibert to give prosecutors a chance to appeal to the West Virginia Supreme Court.

The charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a custodian were dismissed because prosecutors had failed to comply with a court order to produce medical records, according to Anita Ashley, one of Poandl's lawyers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Catholic church ordains woman as priest

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

by Michael Clancy - Aug. 31, 2010
The Arizona Republic.

A woman was ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley on Saturday in the kind of ceremony the Vatican recently condemned as one of the church's most serious crimes.

Elaine Groppenbacher received holy orders from Bishop Peter Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, one of several liberal Catholic offshoots in the Valley. The ceremony took place at Guardian Angels Catholic Community, which meets in Tempe.

Groppenbacher is the fourth woman to be ordained as a Catholic priest in the Valley.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Anti-clergy abuse group gathers after recent allegations

ALLENTOWN (PA)
The Morning Call

By Devon Lash, OF THE MORNING CALL

August 31, 2010

When Mark Rozzi learned a young woman in his own Berks County neighborhood was allegedly involved in a sexual relationship with a priest, it seemed he was 13 again.

At that age, Rozzi said, he was sexually abused by his teacher and priest at Holy Guardian Angels outside Reading. It took decades for him to talk about the abuse. On Monday, joining a small group of protesters outside the Allentown Catholic Diocese headquarters in South Whitehall Township, he encouraged others like him not to wait so long.

"Bad stuff happens to good people," said Rozzi, now 39 and living in Muhlenberg Township. "But you have to keep coming forward, because there are so many victims that are afraid to talk about this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

August 30, 2010

Van zijn zelfgetimmerd voetstuk gevallen

BELGIE
De Standaard

Niet iedereen was verrast door de onthullingen dit weekend. Volgens PATRICK DE WITTE gaan religie en hypocrisie hand in hand.

In zijn paashomilie van enkele jaren geleden verwees kardinaal Danneels naar de euthanasie van Hugo Claus: 'Men antwoordt niet op het probleem van het lijden en de dood door het te omzeilen.' Sterk, komende van iemand die het probleem van het lijden en de dood in 1996 middels een bypassoperatie nogal een beetje heeft omzeild. Nu ontdekken we echter dat dit staaltje van hypocrisie zich tot zijn huidige faux pas verhoudt als een winkeldiefstal tot moord in koelen bloede. Blijkt dat kardinaal Danneels in de zaak Vangheluwe immers niet enkel zijn verantwoordelijkheid, maar in één ruk meteen ook de basisprincipes van zijn geloof, zijn zelfverklaard levensdoel, zeg maar alles waar hij voor staat heeft 'omzeild'. Dat het uit de wind zetten van een collega en geloofsgenoot voor hem belangrijker is dan de fundamenten van zijn roeping. Dat het leed - waar het katholieke geloof zo hoog mee oploopt - van een pedofilieslachtoffer minder gewicht in de schaal werpt dan de reputatie van een bisschop. Eerlijk, is dit wel nieuws?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Danneels-tapes opgepikt in internationale pers

BELGIE
De Standaard

31 augustus 2010

De publicatie van het gesprek tussen kardinaal Danneels en het slachtoffer van Roger Vangheluwe in De Standaard werd ook opgepikt door internationale kranten en persbureaus.

‘Belgische kerkleider spoorde slachtoffer aan te zwijgen', titelde de New York Times gisteren. De krant catalogeert de Danneels-tapes onder de ‘meer onthullende documenten in het voortdurende schandaal van seksueel misbruik door geestelijken en de daaropvolgende doofpotoperatie door de Kerk'. Ze neemt uitgebreid letterlijke citaten over uit de Danneels-tapes en stelt vast dat de katholieke Kerk opnieuw in verlegenheid wordt gebracht.

De Britse omroep BBC onthoudt dat het voormalige hoofd van de katholieke Kerk in België gepoogd heeft een slachtoffer ervan te overtuigen zijn verhaal niet publiek te maken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

ANALYSE. Wat Danneels zei en vooral hoe hij dat deed

BELGIE
De Standaard

maandag 30 augustus 2010

Auteur: MARC REYNEBEAU

BRUSSEL - In zijn gesprek met het slachtoffer van bisschop Vangheluwe gaf kardinaal Godfried Danneels nooit blijk van empathie. Met het gesprek wilde hij de bisschop uit de wind zetten en voorkomen dat de zaak publiek bekend raakte. Als dat moest, wilde hij het slachtoffer zelfs intimideren. Dat leert een analyse van wat precies werd gezegd, maar vooral van hoe dat gebeurde.

Tijdens zijn gesprek met het slachtoffer van ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe deed kardinaal Godfried Danneels niet veel moeite om een correcte en rechtvaardige oplossing te vinden. Dat leren de tapes van dat gesprek, waarvan de transcriptie zaterdag in De Standaard verscheen. Maar uit de tapes valt nog meer te leren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

The Church's Sex Abuse Crisis in World's ....

BELGIUM
America Magazine

Posted at: Monday, August 30, 2010
Author: Kevin Clarke

... shortest one act play.

Belgian's Cardinal Godfried Danneels, met with a victim of sexual assault, now 42, and his uncle-perpetrator, Bishop Robert Vangheluwe, in early April. The bishops spoke freely because they did not understand the conversation was being taped and would not be kept secret as so many others like it had. As a result, their conversation provides the most succinct explanation for the complicity and failure of our church in this continuing crisis. From today's N.Y. Times:

Cardinal: "The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait... I don’t think you’d do yourself or him a favor by shouting this from the rooftops.” The cardinal warns the victim against trying to blackmail the church and suggested that he accept a private apology from the bishop and not drag “his name through the mud.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 PM

be prepared

BELGIUM
Catholic Culture

By Diogenes | August 30, 2010

Today Cardinal Godfried Danneels is in the headlines, with the revelation that he urged a victim of sexual abuse to keep quiet until his molester, another Belgian bishop, was safely ushered into retirement. Speaking through a spokesman, the retired cardinal allowed:

"Looking back I have been naive by going to such a meeting unprepared."

It’s always better to be prepared, as any Boy Scout would tell you. If you’re a high-ranking prelate, getting ready to meet with a man who was sexually abused by a prelate of lesser stature, what should you be prepared to do: (check all that apply)

•Deny everything.
•Call a lawyer.
•Write a large check.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Charges Dropped Against Ohio Priest

WEST VIRGINIA
The State Journal

The charged stemmed from an alleged sexual assault in 1991.

Sexual assault charges against an Ohio priest have been dropped in Roane County.

Robert Poandl was suppose to go on trial Monday for the alleged abuse but instead the judge dismissed the case.

A 10-year-old boy said he visited the priest at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory in Spencer in 1991. The victim is now 28.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

Heroic priests deserve not to be left alone at the altar

IRELAND
The Irish Times

OPINION: It is hardly fair to sneer at a new association of Irish priests as a mere clerical trade union, writes DAVID RICE

THE ITALIAN alpine village of Villaretto was drowsing under its blanket of snow when, on January 26th, 1985, the parish priest hanged himself, just before the Saturday evening Mass. He left three farewell letters, one addressed to the altar servers. It read: “Be more friendly and generous with your next priest: do not leave him alone at the altar.”

Those words have haunted me for years, for we do leave our priests alone at the altar and the loneliness of many a priest is a crucifixion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 PM

Reactionary ranks of hierarchy make change from within unlikely

IRELAND
The Irish Times

JAMES P MACKEY

RITE AND REASON: The concluding article of this series looks at the future of the Roman Catholic Church

NO SINGLE future awaits the billion-strong multitude that presently forms the Roman Catholic Church worldwide. Rather different groupings of this multitude will forge different futures, depending upon reforms initiated and embraced. Or not, as the case may be.

But initially at least, the largest grouping of Catholics is likely to consist of those who remain unconvinced that any substantial reform is necessary; nothing more than a clearance of maverick clerical and religious abusers and dealing with other incidental occurrences of that regrettable ilk.

The welcome and willing leader of this grouping is the current pope, a mere mortal man convinced of his supreme infallible power to dictate what we, all “children of our holy father”, are to believe and practise in life liturgical and moral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Psychology and the Call to the Priesthood

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT 08/30/2010

Paul Vitz is the senior scholar at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences and professor emeritus of psychology at New York University. He is also an adjunct professor at the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Washington.

His interests include how the religious relates to psychology, and he has published Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship, Faith of the Fatherless: the Psychology of Atheism and Sigmund Freud’s Christian Unconscious.

Vitz recently spoke in the Washington, D.C. area at a seminar about seminary formation. The seminar was organized by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

How much has psycho-spiritual formation changed?

Two things are happening. The way in which psychology has been used in the past has been reliably harmful because of the biases of those using psychology, particularly with respect to sexual issues. The psychologists often used to push a secular and liberal agenda as well as a secularized and liberalized way of approaching character and personality issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Roane judge dismisses priest's 1991 molestation charges

WEST VIRGINIA
The Charleston Gazette

By Andrew Clevenger
The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Roane County Circuit judge has dismissed all charges against a Catholic priest from Cincinnati who was accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1991.

Robert F. Poandl had been scheduled to go to trial on Monday. On Friday, Judge David W. Nibert dismissed all charges against Poandl, including first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse and sexual abuse by a parent, guardian or custodian, with prejudice, meaning that they cannot be re-filed.

In January, a Roane County grand jury indicted Poandl, charging the 68-year-old priest with molesting the alleged victim at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Spencer in August 1991.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

Abuse Victims Urged To Come Forward

ALLENTOWN (PA)
WFMZ

Karin Mallett | Reporter

Posted: 5:40 pm EDT August 30, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- A support group for victims of abuse by priests wants others to know they're not alone.

On Monday, the group urged victims to come forward and said there may be a connection to a priest who was named in a lawsuit filed in Reading just last week.

They stood in front of the offices of the Allentown Diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 PM

Zaak Vangheluwe: "Léonard moet reageren op rol van kardinaal Danneels"

BELGIE
KW

Brugge - Aartsbisschop Léonard moet reageren op de rol van kardinaal Danneels in het uitgelekte gesprek met het slachtoffer van bisschop Vangheluwe. Dat zeggen de advocaten van de neef die jarenlang werd misbruikt door de bisschop. Velen vinden de aanpak van Danneels ongepast want zonder veel medeleven voor het slachtoffer.

Aartsbisschop Léonard wil niet veel kwijt over de zaak. Alleen dat de teksten voor zich spreken en dat het niet zijn taak is om daarover te oordelen. Toch verwachten de advocaten van het slachtoffer een duidelijker antwoord van Léonard, dat wat gebeurd is echt fout is en dat de kerk afstand neemt van doofpottechnieken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

Kardinaal Danneels: ik was 'naïef'

BELGIE
Trouw

(Novum/AP) - Het voormalige hoofd van de Belgische rooms-katholieke kerk Godfried Danneels heeft erkend dat hij geen gesprek had moeten hebben met een slachtoffer van seksueel misbruik. Bovendien had hij niet moeten suggereren de zaak stil te houden totdat de geestelijke die het misbruik pleegde met pensioen zou gaan.

Het gesprek, dat Danneels op 8 april voerde, werd in het geheim opgenomen door het nu 42-jarige slachtoffer en werd afgelopen weekend gepubliceerd in twee Belgische kranten.

Sinds de publicatie van het gesprek ligt de 77-jarige Danneels zwaar onder vuur. "Hij beseft dat de hele benadering, zoals dat toen ging, niet de juiste was", aldus de woordvoerder van Danneels. Danneels zou onvoorbereid zijn en hebben 'geïmproviseerd'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Danneels latest symbol of a culture in need of reform

BELGIUM
National Catholic Reporter (United States)

by Tom Roberts on Aug. 30, 2010 NCR Today

Some will be surprised at the revelation that Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium urged a victim who was abused by his uncle, a bishop, to remain quiet, accept a private apology and allow the bishop to retire and not “drag his name through the mud.”

Secretly made recordings of meetings among the cardinal, the victim and the perpetrator leave little room for Danneels to explain his way out of his own words. He didn’t call the police, he didn’t immediately seek removal of the bishop, he didn’t act immediately to find out whether there had been other victims.

One press report termed the leaked recordings “ some of the most damaging documents to emerge in the scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church.” That may be a bit of overstatement. But what the recordings underline is the fact that when church leaders are caught in their own words – in depositions, letters, memos, directives, in the tens of thousands of pages, for instance, archived at bishopaccountability.com – the true nature of the scandal is bared. The deepest part of it, that part which refuses to go away with countless pro-forma apologies and programs, has little to do with sex and much to do with a culture that sees itself above accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Vero Beach man suspected of planting child porn on former priest's computer

VERO BEACH (FL)
Sun-Sentinel

By Lamaur Stancil, TCPalm.com

VERO BEACH —
Police have put out warrants for a man who may have planted child pornography on a former priest's computer last year.

Alfred Justin Boulerice, 29, has warrants for five counts of trespassing and one count each of tampering with evidence and making a false report to law enforcement. Boulerice, who previously lived in the 1700 block of Fifth Court in Vero Beach, is wanted in the ongoing investigation, which initially resulted in 33 child porn possession charges against Gerald Lamothe. The state dropped all charges in February, but his attorney said the ordeal strongly affected Lamothe.

"This still hangs over him," attorney Robert Stone said Friday. "The warrants go further toward exonerating him. But not everyone is going to believe him until someone is arrested."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Judge throws out sex charges against priest

WEST VIRGINIA
Cincinnati Enquirer

By Dan Horn • dhorn@enquirer.com • August 30, 2010

A Catholic priest in Fairfield will not face a trial on child molestation charges this week after a judge dismissed the case and barred prosecutors from filing the charges again.

The sexual abuse and sexual assault charges against the Rev. Robert F. Poandl arose last year when a man claimed Poandl abused him in 1991 while the priest was working at a West Virginia church. The man said the abuse occurred when he was 10.

Poandl, a priest with the Glenmary Home Missioners, has been on administrative leave for more than a year and is living at the religious order's home in Fairfield.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:50 PM

Pa. Priest Luis Bonilla Margarito Impregnated Teen, Says Suit

PENNSYLVANIA
CBS News

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CBS/AP) A 41-year-old priest who was allegedly caught on videotape having sexual relations with one of his 18-year-old female students now stands accused of fathering the young girl's baby.

The parents of the high school senior suspected Rev. Luis Bonilla Margarito, an ex-chaplain at Reading Central Catholic High School, and their daughter were having sex in the basement of their home.

They decided to take legal action after they say a hidden video camera recorded a sexual encounter between the couple in November 2009 confirmed their suspicions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Judge Tosses Sex Abuse Case Against Local Priest

WEST VIRGINIA
WLWT

SPENCER, W.Va. -- A judge has dismissed charges against a priest accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old boy while the two visited a West Virginia church in 1991.

Roane County Circuit Judge David W. Nibert dismissed the charges against the Rev. Robert F. Poandl on Friday, but delayed his ruling for 90 days so prosecutors could appeal to the state Supreme Court.

One of Poandl's lawyers, Anita Ashley, said Monday that Nibert dismissed the case because the accuser had failed to comply with a court order to produce medical records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Belgian cardinal: I was 'naive' to meet victim

BELGIUM
The Associated Press

By RAF CASERT (AP)

BRUSSELS — The former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church has acknowledged that he should not have held a meeting with a victim of serial sexual abuse and suggested a cover up until the offending bishop retired.

The April 8 meeting that retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels held was secretly taped by the victim and the conversation was published in two newspapers over the weekend.

Since the tapes' publication, Danneels, 77, has faced fierce criticism for his suggestion that the sexual abuse be kept secret and that the victim should consider forgiving the bishop, his uncle, as part of seeking closure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Cardinal Danneels Urged Sex Abuse Victim to Silence: Secret Recordings

BELGIUM
LifeSite

By Hilary White

BRUSSELS, August 30, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Recordings have revealed Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a victim not to reveal 13 years of sexual abuse at the hands of the cardinal’s friend and colleague Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, the recently retired bishop of Bruges.

“The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait,” the cardinal is heard saying. Danneels warned the victim against trying to blackmail the church and suggested that he accept a private apology from the bishop and not drag his name “through the mud.”

The victim responded, “He has dragged my whole life through the mud, from five until 18 years old,” and asked, “Why do you feel sorry for him and not for me?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Cardinal urged Catholic sex abuse victim to keep quiet, new tapes reveal

BELGIUM
The Christian Science Monitor

By Robert Marquand, Staff writer / August 30, 2010

A former Belgian church leader privately urged a victim of sexual abuse to remain silent this past spring, at a time when the Vatican was denying the scope and scale of a pedophile scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church to its core.

.The April 8 conversation, captured on tapes published this weekend and confirmed by church authorities as genuine, offers a rare glimpse into a transaction between church officials and victims in what has been described as a widespread practice of hushing pedophile cases.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels is heard telling the victim, a nephew of Bishop Robert Vangheluwe, “The bishop will resign next year, so actually it would be better for you to wait… I don’t think you would do yourself or him a favor by shouting this from the rooftops.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

The Danneels tapes: why I hesitate

BELGIUM
America Magazine

Posted at: Monday, August 30, 2010
Author: Austen Ivereigh

The British media are today running a story (as is the NYT) from the weekend's Belgian press that the former Archbishop of Brussels, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, sought to persuade the victim of abuse by a bishop to stay quiet.

On 23 April -- see my post here -- that bishop, 73-year-old Roger Vangheluwe, the Bishop of Bruges for more than 25 years, suddenly and spectacularly resigned, admitting that while still a priest, and for a while while he was a bishop, he had sexually abused a young man in his "entourage". The move left everyone around him reeling. The bishop is currently in a monastery, keeping silence, while police investigate.

It transpires now that two weeks before that shock resignation, on 8 April, the victim -- it turns out to be the bishop's nephew, an unnamed 42-year-old -- went to see Cardinal Danneels, 77 (pictured), who retired in January this year. The victim secretly recorded the meeting, the transcripts of which were published at the weekend by two Flemish-language newspapers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

Ex-cardinal in Belgium admits requesting silence from sex abuse victim

BELGIUM
Los Angeles Times

By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

August 30, 2010

Reporting from Brussels — The former head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church acknowledged Monday that he was wrong to have urged a sexual-abuse victim to stay quiet until after the bishop who repeatedly molested him over a span of 13 years could retire.

The statement by Cardinal Godfried Danneels came after secret tapes of a meeting between him and the 42-year-old victim were published over the weekend in two newspapers, causing an outcry in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.

"The whole approach … was not the right one," Danneels' spokesman, Toon Osaer, told the Associated Press on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Belgium cardinal tried to keep abuse victim quiet

BELGIUM
National Catholic Reporter (United States)

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM -- Audio recordings leaked to the Belgian media this weekend reveal Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a sex abuse victim not to make public that his abuser was his uncle Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, Belgium. The recordings show Danneels pressuring the young man not to force Vangheluwe to resign.

Vangheluwe eventually did resign April 23. He had served as bishop of Bruges for more than 25 years and was 73 years old.

A spokesman for Danneels told NCR that the cardinal did not comment about his meeting with the nephew and Vangheluwe, during an earlier press conference, because "he assumed that it was a confidential conversation to be kept within the family."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Le "manteau du secret" de Mgr Danneels

BELGIQUE
Lalibre

Jacques Laruelle

Mis en ligne le 30/08/2010

Le cardinal avait conseillé à la victime de l’évêque de Bruges de se taire un an. Il avait voulu le convaincre d’accepter un pardon plutôt que d’exiger une démission.

Le cardinal Godfried Danneels a-t-il tenté de convaincre le neveu de l’évêque de Bruges de garder le silence sur les abus sexuels commis par son oncle? A-t-il vraiment tout dit lorsqu’il s’est exprimé, le 24 avril dernier après la démission de Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, affirmant qu’il n’avait jamais voulu "étouffer l’affaire" ?

Le compte rendu de l’entretien, que le cardinal Danneels a eu le 8 avril avec la victime et son oncle, publié samedi in extenso par "De Standaard", éclaire d’un nouveau jour ces questions. Et l’image du cardinal Danneels en ressort passablement écornée. Dans cet entretien, enregistré à l’insu du cardinal, il conseille clairement à la victime d’attendre la retraite de l’évêque de Bruges, programmée dans un an, avant de parler. Plutôt que de démission de l’évêque, le cardinal propose le pardon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Excommunicate me, please

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

By Sheila O'Brien

Would someone in Rome formally excommunicate me, please? I want to be excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church because walking away will break my heart.

My grandparents left Ireland with nothing but their vibrant faith. They and my parents brought my siblings and me to a baptismal font and promised to guide us to Christ. And, they did that by word and deed. They taught us to love the Gospel and challenged us to live that Gospel at all costs. I love the Mass, Catholic social teaching, the scores of nuns who built the church around the world, the dedicated priests and people who love God with all their hearts and bring that love to the world. It is my life, the center of every experience, the filter for reality.

But, the headlines continue — more pedophilia, more stonewalling by the bishops, more "norms" from Rome protecting perpetrators. Now, it is a "crime" of the church to attempt to ordain people like Mother Teresa or St. Teresa of Avila — women. And, the hierarchy, who have arguably hidden crimes and criminals, who will not open the books so we can see where our money has gone and who always claim the moral high ground, have grouped ordaining women with pedophilia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Is Pope Benedict's media team up to the challenge?

UNITED KINGDOM
The Guardian

Paul Donovan
The Guardian, Monday 30 August 2010

Pope John Paul II was seen as the great communicating pontiff, a man who went out from the Vatican to engage with the world. The message was clear and the symbolism spot on: remember him kneeling to kiss the ground when he came to the UK during the Falklands war in 1982? The present pope, Benedict XVI, could not be more different. A scholarly man who made his way as the previous pope's enforcer in the Vatican, he is not a natural communicator.

Benedict XVI's regime has seen several PR disasters: the Regensburg address in 2006, which was widely interpreted as an attack on Muslims, then the suggestion that saving humanity from homosexuality was as important as saving the rainforest, and the decision to pardon Richard Williamson, the Holocaust-denying British bishop. ...

However, the mishaps experienced so far by the present pope and his media team slide into insignificance when compared with the potential damage that mishandling of the international child abuse scandal could wreak. Earlier in the year, PR weaknesses were exposed as abuse cases were uncovered in America, Germany, Austria, Holland, Ireland and Belgium.

Abuse appeared endemic in the operation of the church. The global media sensed blood as the crisis seemed to move closer to the pope himself. The first response from the Vatican was to try to shoot the messenger, accusing the media of dishonest reporting. The stories were said to be part of an "obvious and shameful" campaign to "damage" Pope Benedict "at all costs".

As the crisis gathered momentum, there were unhelpful contributions from Father Rainero Cantalamessa, the preacher at the pontifical household, who compared attacks on the pope to antisemitism, and from Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the dean of the college of cardinals, referring to "petty gossip". Finally, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, suggested a link between paedophilia and homosexuality. Against this background, the first visit of a pope to Britain as a head of state was announced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Campaign during Pope's UK visit calls for women's ordination

UNITED KINGDOM
Digital Journal

By R. C. Camphausen.

London - Timed to be active during Pope Benedict's four-day trip to England and Scotland, campaigners for the Catholic Women's Ordination campaign (CWO) will use London buses for ads that read 'Pope Benedict - Ordain Women Now!'

Having learned a lesson from the earlier atheist campaign to use posters on buses to disseminate their views, a religious lobbying group known as Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO) will have a multipronged campaign that includes posters on London's public bus lines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Catholic Church defends male-only priesthood

UNITED KINGDOM
CNN

Barring women from being Catholic priests is not the result of sexism 2,000 years ago, it's because women cannot fulfill a basic function of the priesthood, "standing in the place of Jesus," a leading British Catholic thinker argued Monday.

"This teaching is not at all a judgment on women's abilities or rights. It says something about the specific role of the priest in Catholic understanding - which is to represent Jesus, to stand in his place," argued Father Stephen Wang in a statement sent out by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Leaked tapes reignite Catholic sex abuse scandal

BELGIUM
Channel 4 News (United Kingdom)

By Channel 4 News
Updated on 30 August 2010

Secret recordings reveal a senior figure in the Catholic church pleaded with a sex abuse victim to delay going public about his ordeal until the 73-year-old bishop who had abused him resigned, writes Jonathan Rugman.

The self-confessed abuser was 73-year-old Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges (pictured right), who was forced to resign in disgrace earlier this year after his nephew accused him of abuse from the age of five to 18.

But the apparent cover up goes even higher up the Catholic Church than that: to the Bishop's former boss, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the ex-head of the Church in Belgium. He was secretly taped in April - before the Bishop resigned - urging the victim not to go public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Child rapist Merzbacher appeals ruling to close loophole

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

Convicted child rapist John Joseph Merzbacher has filed an appeal to close a loophole in a recent court ruling that requires he be given a fresh chance at freedom, despite his four life sentences.

On July 30, federal court judge Andre M. Davis ordered that a court must now offer Merzbacher a 10-year plea deal that his attorneys never properly presented before his 1995 trial, violating his constitutional rights. But Davis added one seeming caveat that has Merzbacher nervous.

"Before Merzbacher gains full relief, a judge of the [Baltimore] circuit court must express a willingness to carry out the undertaking," Davis wrote in a memorandum opinion accompanying his order.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Roane County Priest Trial Won't Happen

WEST VIRGINIA
WCHS

All sexual assault and abuse charges against a Cincinnati priest have been dismissed by a Roane County circuit judge.

Judge David Neibert ruled it was unfair to priest Robert Poandl that the prosecution could not produce some medical records of the alleged victim in the case.

Poandl was scheduled to go on trial Monday in Spencer after he was indicted in January for the 1991 crimes against a young boy---who is now 28-years-old.

Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey disagrees with the judge's ruling. “The state actually asked to go ahead with trial. The state didn't think the records were relevant,” Downey said. “The state asked that the matter be continued. The judge didn't do that.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Why they don't want any good news about the Catholic Church over here

IRELAND
Irish Central

By MARY CATHERINE BROUDER, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Monday, August 30, 2010

There it was again. The cool sting of rejection, like an unexpected slap across the face.

I’d just met with a potential financier for a documentary film I’ve been working on with my sister, and after he viewed the product of our eight months of hard labor, he had brushed it off with a few words.

‘I don’t know how to say this... it’s just not what we’re looking for.’

An edit room never felt so cold. I looked at the hundreds of soundbites on my Final Cut timeline scornfully, for not proving they were worth their salt. And down at my hands, for the same. My sister and I are both from America the land of can do -- in Ireland it’s can’t do it seems--especially where the church is concerned.

The film is about the life and death of an Irish missionary priest who was murdered less than a year ago in Africa. It’s not finished; the purpose of the meeting was to determine whether this representative of a film funding program was interested enough in the story to send me to abroad to investigate the brutal circumstances of the priest’s death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Orange Coast Magazine Pulls All Punches in Article on OC Diocese's Most-Prominent Sex-Abuse Survivor

ORANGE COUNTY (CA)
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano, Mon., Aug. 30 2010

I'm glad that Joelle Casteix--sex-abuse survivor from the Diocese of Orange's grubby employees and its most-prominent critic--is getting more and more attention, even if Orange Coast's profile of her in this month's issue is a blatant rip-off of my two-year-old Casteix profile, down to posing her as a Catholic saint. But the article is a whitewash--not of Casteix's great activism, but in how the magazine pains itself to reveal anything about the rottenness in Marywood and its apologists. For crying out loud, it didn't even publish the name of Casteix's abuser--why? Afraid of the pervert suing you? We'll do it--THOMAS HODGMAN THOMAS HODGMAN THOMAS HODGMAN. We'll even post the sicko's picture after the jump.

And that was probably one of the smaller problems with writer Patrice Apodaca's piece.

​To wit:

*Apodaca mentions Casteix's feud with Red County blogger Matt Cunningham but doesn't mention why Casteix and nearly everyone else calls him a church apologist: because he furiously spun for pedo-priest protector supreme John Urell and released the names of sex-abuse victims online. Hmm, puts Casteix's anger into context, no? Oh, and the online posting? Was published on Orange Juice--cite your sources!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

UPDATE: Sex Abuse Charges Dismissed Against Priest in Roane County

WEST VIRGINIA
WSAZ

UPDATE: 8/30/10 @ 9:15 a.m.

ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- All sexual abuse and assault charges against a priest from Cincinnati who was expected to go on trial Monday have been dropped.

Reverend Robert Poandl was indicted on the charges in February.

Police in Cincinnati say a 28-year-old man came forward and claimed that Poandl molested him on a trip to Spencer back in 1991 when he was just 10 years old. At the time, Poandl was filling in at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory in Roane County.

According to Roane County Prosecutor Josh Downey, the judge dismissed the case late Friday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Victims' Response to Deacon being removed

ALBANY (NY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747)

Our hearts ache for anyone who saw, suspected or suffered Garcia’s crimes. We hope they will find the courage and strength to come forward, call police, get help, expose wrong doers, protect others and start healing. We especially hope they will seek out independent sources of support and healing, like therapists and self help groups like ours.

Bishops claim they’re screening candidates for ordination more carefully these days, to try and weed out sex offenders. If what Albany church officials say is true – that this cleric molested before he officially became a deacon – it’s clear that such screening, if it’s happening, is far from perfect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Pedophiles and Popes: Doing the Vatican Shuffle

POLAND
The Cutting Edge

Michael Parenti
August 30th 2010

When Pope John Paul II was still living in Poland as Cardinal Karol Wojtyła, he claimed that the security police would accuse priests of sexual abuse just to hassle and discredit them. (New York Times, 3/28/10). For Wojtyła, the Polish pedophilia problem was nothing more than a Communist plot to smear the church.

By the early 1980s, Wojtyła, now ensconced in Rome as Pope John Paul II, treated all stories about pedophile clergy with dismissive aplomb, as little more than slander directed against the church. That remained his stance for the next twenty years.

Today in post-communist Poland, clerical abuse cases have been slowly surfacing, very slowly. Writing in the leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza, a middle-aged man reported having been sexually abused as a child by a priest. He acknowledged however that Poland was not prepared to deal with such transgressions. “It’s still too early. . . . Can you imagine what life would look like if an inhabitant of a small town or village decided to talk? I can already see the committees of defense for the accused priests.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Schadebeperking krijgt voorrang op mededogen

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

De publicatie van de geluidsopnamen van het gesprek tussen kardinaal Godfried Danneels en de man die jarenlang seksueel werd misbruikt door de ex-bisschop van Brugge, Roger Vangheluwe, werpt een kwalijk licht op de zogeheten doofpotpraktijken die de Kerk worden aangewreven. Het gesprek vond plaats enkele weken voor het schandaal- Vangheluwe op 24 april aan het licht kwam.

Uit die conversatie blijkt dat het slachtoffer ook bij de kardinaal sterk heeft aandrongen op het ontslag van Roger Vangheluwe. Maar kardinaal Danneels wierp tegen of het niet beter zou zijn om te wachten met de eis tot ontslag totdat de bisschop over een jaar met pensioen zou gaan. Ontluisterend. Die tussenkomst wekt meer dan de indruk dat de kardinaal in eerste instantie vooral bekommerd was om de schade te beperken die het instituut Kerk zou oplopen dan om empathie en mededogen met het slachtoffer dat jarenlang werd misbruikt. Kardinaal Danneels speelde in dat gesprek een veel ingrijpendere en dominantere rol dan de minimaliserende versie die hij daar later zelf over gegeven heeft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

The Clericalist Mind at Work

BELGIUM
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Roger Vangheluwe was a priest when he began sexually abusing his five-year-old nephew. The abuse continued even after 1984, when Vangheluwe, at age 48, became bishop of Bruges.

The boy’s family pressured the boy to remain silent to preserve the bishop’s career. The bishop gave the family money (source of money unspecified). As he grew up, the boy was filled with anger.

Over the years, the nephew — who still does not want his name used publicly — channeled his rage into creating art: giant screaming images in gnarled wood or a montage of a boy being crushed by a mattress. (NYT)

In 1996 Father Rik Devillé told Cardinal Godfried Danneels about the abuse.

… he said, the cardinal listened impatiently, glancing frequently at his watch. Weeks later, Father Devillé received a letter from the cardinal. “Stop making unfounded public accusations against the church and its functionaries if you don’t have proof,” it read. (NYT)

(Danneels now claims to have no memory of this incident)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Secret tapes reveal Belgium cardinal warned victim to stay silent

BELGIUM
Belfast Telegraph

Leaked tapes of Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a victim not to reveal he was sexually abused by a bishop are some of the most damaging documents to emerge in the scandal rocking the Catholic Church worldwide.

On the tapes, made secretly by the victim and published in two Belgian newspapers at the weekend, the former primate of Belgium is heard exhorting him to accept a private apology or wait one year until the bishop retired before making his case public.

The meeting took place on April 8, at a time when the Vatican was under fire for allegedly covering up similar abuse cases in other countries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

I will not resign, insists a defiant Cardinal Brady

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Cardinal Sean Brady has insisted he will not resign.

Speaking in Ennis, Co Clare, the Archbishop of Armagh quashed rumours circulating in clerical circles that he had offered his resignation to Pope Benedict.

According to some Church sources, Ireland’s Catholic Primate travelled to Rome before Easter to tender his resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Cardinal Brady denies reports of resignation

IRELAND
Catholic Culture

August 30, 2010
Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh has denied reports that he has tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict. “This is not true about my resigning,” the primate of All Ireland said on August 29. “I am not resigning.”

Cardinal Brady’s credibility has been badly damaged by the widespread discussion of an old report showing that in 1975, as a young priest, he persuaded two young men to sign an agreement promising that they would not report the misconduct of a notoriously abusive priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Schande

BELGIE
De Morgen

28/08/10 07u57

Onderzoeksrechter De Troy moet alle dossiers teruggeven die hij in beslag nam bij de commissie-Adriaenssens. Waarom dat zo is? We hebben er het raden naar. Dat alleen maakt Operatie Kelk en de juridische afhandeling ervan tot een absoluut dieptepunt in de werking van justitie. Het is een regelrechte schande.

Het onderzoek van De Troy wou nagaan of de kerk zich had gedragen als een criminele organisatie, of ze op een georganiseerde manier had belet dat ernstige pedofiele misdrijven werden vervolgd. Omdat de onderzoeksrechter en de speurders oordeelden dat die afweging toekomt aan justitie en niet aan een private commissie, namen ze de dossiers in beslag, wat zorgde voor een vertrouwensbreuk tussen de commissie, die de logica van de hulpverlener hanteerde, en de onderzoeksrechter, die in een juridische logica zat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

As damaging secret tapes emerge, Belgian Cardinal says he was 'naive' to meet sex abuse victim

BELGIUM
The Associated Press

BRUSSELS — A spokesman for the former head of the Belgian Roman Catholic Church says his boss has acknowledged being "naive" in attending a meeting with a victim of an abusive bishop.

In that meeting, retired Cardinal Godfried Danneels suggested keeping a sexual molestation case secret until the bishop retired. The victim had taped the meeting and the conversation was published in two newspapers over the weekend.

Danneels spokesman Toon Osaer says Danneels was unprepared for the meeting. After the tapes' publication, he has faced criticism for his suggestion the abuse be kept secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Catholic bishop urged to help law enforcement

MANCHESTER (NH)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, concerned Catholics & clergy sex abuse victims will urge
-- a New Hampshire college to reach out to anyone hurt by a recently-arrested predator priest,
-- New Hampshire's bishop to do likewise (via his diocesan website and parish bulletins), and
-- college students and staff to ask peers and colleagues if they saw, suspected or suffered sexual misdeeds by the priest, and, if so, to immediately contact police and prosecutors.

WHEN
Monday, August 30, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Catholic diocesan headquarters (chancery), 153 Ash Street, in downtown Manchester NH

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Protest the Pope! Be there!

UNITED KINGDOM
Protest the Pope

The diverse groups who support this campaign have many different reasons for not approving of the State Visit to the UK by the Pope in September 2010. They all however share the following view:

•That the Pope, as a citizen of Europe and the leader of a religion with many adherents in the UK, is of course free to enter and tour our country.
•However, as well as a religious leader, the Pope is a head of state and the state and organisation of which he is head has been responsible for:

1.opposing the distribution of condoms and so increasing large families in poor countries and the spread of AIDS
2.promoting segregated education
3.denying abortion to even the most vulnerable women
4.opposing equal rights for lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender people
5.failing to address the many cases of abuse of children within its own organisation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Maciel's Ghost Still Haunts the Castle

ROME
Chiesa

by Sandro Magister

ROME, August 30, 2010 – The changing of the guard that is taking place at the top of the Vatican congregation for religious is making the heads of the Legionaries of Christ, the heirs of their disgraced founder Marcial Maciel (in the photo), even more nervous.

The prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who was their last major protector, is in fact being replaced for reasons of age. The name of his successor is not yet known. Meanwhile, however, the new secretary of the congregation has already been appointed.

He is Archbishop Joseph Tobin, born in the United States to a family of Irish descent, with pastoral experience among Spanish-speaking Catholics, previously the superior general of the Redemptorists, founded in the eighteenth century by Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Ingehaald door de tijd

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

maandag 30 augustus 2010, 05u31

Auteur: Martin Tytgat

Unaniem was de lof voor Godfried Danneels toen Rome hem in 1980 benoemde tot kardinaal. Koos de paus niet voor het grootste talent dat de Belgische Kerk toen bezat? Maar de manier waarop Danneels handelde in het schandaal-Vangheluwe gooit zijn positieve imago aan diggelen.

Dat Godfried Danneels in 1980, al kort na zijn benoeming tot bisschop van Antwerpen, de nieuwe aartsbisschop van Mechelen-Brussel werd, verraste weinigen. Voor zowat iedereen was de keuze van paus Johannes Paulus II niet meer dan logisch, want de oudste van de zes kinderen van de Kanegemse hoofdonderwijzer stond bekend als bijzonder intelligent en gold zonder meer als het grootste talent dat de Belgische Kerk op dat ogenblik telde.

Na zijn studies in Leuven en Rome en zijn priesterwijding in 1957 schopte Godfried Danneels het al op zijn 26ste tot geestelijk directeur van het grootseminarie van Brugge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Wat kardinaal Danneels zei tegen het slachtoffer

BELGIE
vandaag

Kardinaal Godfried Danneels stuurde op 23 april een persbericht uit waarin hij uitdrukkelijk stelde dat hij het seksueel misbruik door ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe niet in de doofpot wilde steken. Geheime opnames van een gesprek op 8 april tussen Danneels en het slachtoffer bewijzen het tegendeel.

Op 8 april vond in de abdij van Steenbrugge een verzoeningspoging plaats tussen Vangheluwe, Danneels, het slachtoffer S. en diens familie.

Van die gesprekken werden geheime opnames gemaakt. De inhoud daarvan raakte afgelopen weekend bekend. Uit de letterlijk uitgetikte tekst van dat gesprek wordt meermaals duidelijk dat kardinaal Danneels de affaire met de mantel der geheimhouding probeerde te bedekken.

Gesprekken op 8 april.
Deel 1: gesprek tussen Danneels en het slachtoffer.

Deelnemers: Godfried Danneels (GD)
Slachtoffer (S)
Roger Vangheluwe (RV)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

'Wat bezielt de kardinaal?'

BELGIE
De Standaard

maandag 30 augustus 2010

Auteur: Mark Eeckhaut

BRUSSEL - 'Het is nooit te laat om toe te geven en te zeggen ''Het spijt me'', maar kardinaal Danneels blijft het licht van de zon ontkennen.'

Van onze redacteur

Christine Mussche, de advocate van het slachtoffer van ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, begrijpt niet hoe kardinaal Godfried Danneels ook vandaag nog altijd kan blijven beweren dat hij enkel een bemiddelende rol heeft gespeeld in zijn gesprek met de misbruikte neef van Vangheluwe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

'Laat deze kelk niet zomaar voorbijgaan'

BELGIE
RKNieuws

LEUVEN (RKnieuws.net) - Een botsing tussen de goede wil van de bisschoppen en de Belgische rechtsorde. Dat is volgens rechtshistoricus Laurent Waelkens van de KU Leuven het dieperliggende probleem in de huidige malaise tussen kerk en gerecht over de aanpak van kindermisbruik. Hij duikt in de geschiedenis en werpt in het christelijk weekblad Tertio een blik op de toekomst.

De Brusselse Kamer van Inbeschuldigingstelling heeft een arrest geveld over de rechtmatigheid van de huiszoekingen in de Operatie Kelk, waarin waarschijnlijk beslist werd in hoeverre de meegenomen stukken mogen worden gebruikt voor het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik door priesters. Veel belangrijker dan de communicatie rond dit arrest, is dat het gerecht degelijk en volgens de democratische regels oordeelt. Zo’n degelijk oordeel schijnt op komst te zijn. De uitputting van procedureregels toont alvast aan dat justitie goed bezig is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Slachtoffer seksueel misbruik binnen Kerk vraagt dossier terug

BELGIE
HLN

Socioloog Jan Hertogen, één van de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk die bij de commissie-Adriaenssens aanklopten, vraagt in een brief aan de procureur des Konings van Brussel formeel de onmiddellijke teruggave van zijn dossier. Dat meldt Hertogen vandaag in een omstandige mail over de zaak.

Commissie
Zijn dossier was één van de 475 die onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy op 24 juni in Leuven bij een huiszoeking bij de commissie-Adriaenssens in beslag liet nemen. "Gezien mijn dossier, dat ik aan de Commissie gericht heb met de verzekering van vertrouwelijke behandeling, tegen mijn wil en deze van betreffende commissie werd weggenomen, vraag ik de onmiddellijke teruggave ervan, hetzij aan de commissie hetzij rechtstreeks aan mij, gezien de voormelde Commissie haar werkzaamheden gestaakt heeft", aldus Hertogen, die zich volgens de brief op 5 augustus burgerlijke partij stelde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

US legal firm hires private detective to track down defrocked Limerick priest

IRELAND
Limerick Leader

Published Date:
30 August 2010

By Anne Sheridan
THE SEARCH is again on to find a Limerick priest who was deported to Ireland 10 years ago after being jailed for abusing two boys.

The American law firm Manly, McGuire and Stewart, want to serve defrocked priest Oliver O'Grady with papers for a civil action on behalf of alleged victims.

In their quest to find the 65 year-old from Limerick city the firm hired a private detective to track him down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Catholic women push ordination

UNITED KINGDOM
Sydney Morning Herald

A 15,000 bus poster campaign aimed at persuading the Catholic Church to ordain women will be launched on Monday.

The posters with the slogan Pope Benedict Ordain Women Now! will run on London buses on city centre routes for four weeks.

The campaign by the Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO) group will coincide with the four-day visit next month of the Pope to Scotland and England.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Priest Goes On Trial In Spencer

WEST VIRGINIA
Metro News

A Catholic priest is scheduled to go on trial beginning today in Roane County.

Cincinnati Priest Robert Poandl allegedly sexually assaulted and abused a boy when Poandl was at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Rectory in Spencer in 1991.

Investigators say the victim and his family had travelled to
Spencer to visit Poandl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Does the Catholic Church 'hate women'?

Catholic News Agency

Kathy Vestermark

It has been announced that the Vatican is preparing to release an update to the 2001 norms established to deal with allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy. In essence, the Vatican is simply putting on paper what has been in practice since 2001 in relation to these norms. However, at the same time, while updating this particular portion of the norms, they also decided to address the issue of attempted women's "ordination." Both matters, sexual abuse of minors by clergy and invalid attempts to ordain women, fall under the classification of "delicta graviora," the most serious crimes against Church law.

Does this decision by the Church to measure these two issues under the same category show an insensitivity, or even misogyny, toward women? Is the Church equating women with sex offenders?

This is what many women who disagree with the teachings of the Church on the male-only priesthood would have you believe. But theirs is a shallow argument based on a desire to grasp for power, and subordinate sacred tradition to modern politics. Their claims of "misogyny" in no way prove any level of disrespect for women by the Church. Rather, their treatment of the issue is where the disrespect lies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Priest accused of abuse in US remains in ministry in Philippines

PHILIPPINES
Catholic Culture

August 30, 2010
A priest credibly accused of abusing a minor in a Kansas diocese remains in active ministry in the Philippines, according to press reports.

In May, the Diocese of Dodge City announced that Father Orestes Huerta had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista of Boac says he will not remove the priest from ministry “based on hazy and unverified reports from the Internet.” Father Huerta is currently not assigned to a parish, but works in the chancery office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

August 29, 2010

Mother's book about family experience of Church abuse

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

A woman who alleges her two daughters were abused by a priest in Victoria has written a book about her family's experience with the Church over the case.

In Hell On The Way To Heaven, written by Ms Chrissie Foster in collaboration with ABC journalist Paul Kennedy, the author alleges the Church shielded the late priest despite an earlier letter of apology acknowledging the findings by the Church's investigator that the cleric had raped both the children, reports the Herald Sun.

One of the girls, Emma, died of a drug overdose in 2008 after years of drug addiction and mental illness caused by the abuse while a primary school student, said the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Belgian victim urged to wait for priest's resignation

BELGIUM
CathNews

The contents of leaked video tapes of a Belgian cardinal urging a victim not to reveal he was sexually abused by a bishop have been published in two Belgian papers.

The tapes, made secretly by the victim, show the former primate of Belgium, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, asking him to accept a private apology or wait one year until the bishop retired before making his case public, Reuters.com reports.

A spokesman for Danneels denied the once popular archbishop of Brussels wanted to cover up the case, which led to the sudden resignation of Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, 73, later that month. But the tapes from a meeting on April 8 have him arguing for silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

Cardinal says he retains support of faithful

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GORDON DEEGAN

THE CATHOLIC Primate, Cardinal Seán Brady, yesterday said that the vast majority of people with whom he works and meets support him.

Asked if he retained the confidence of the Catholic faithful in Ireland, after revelations confirmed his role in canonical investigations into abuse perpetrated by paedophile priest Brendan Smyth in 1975, Cardinal Brady said: “I retain confidence of priests and people in my own diocese. Okay, there are some people that will disagree, but the vast majority of people, as far I can see, who I work and meet with support me.”

He added: “They know that these situations are not easy to handle.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Danneels is 'zwaar aangeslagen'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

zondag 29 augustus 2010

Auteur: Werner Rommers

Kardinaal Danneels is helemaal 'van de kaart', aldus zijn woordvoerder. Dat zijn gesprek met de misbruikte neef van de Brugse bisschop Vangheluwe gisteren werd gepubliceerd in onze krant en onze zusterkrant De Standaard, is hard aangekomen. 'Danneels is serieus van slag, maar hij blijft erbij dat hij de zaak niet in de doofpot wilde steken.' Werner Rommers

De commentaren van lezers op de website van onze krant liegen er niet om. De voorheen zo populaire kardinaal Danneels, ook bij niet-gelovigen, krijgt het ene na het andere verwijt naar zijn hoofd geslingerd nu woordelijk uitlekte hoe hij een slachtoffer van misbruik toesprak. 'Hoe haal je het in je hoofd om aan iemand die dertien jaar lang misbruikt is geweest als oplossing te suggereren dat hij best vergeeft en vergeet', schrijft iemand vol afkeer.

Danneels zelf beseft blijkbaar ook dat de manier waarop hij de misbruikte neef van de Brugse bisschop te woord stond, extreme reacties losmaakt bij de mensen. 'Hij is zwaar aangeslagen door deze heisa', zegt zijn woordvoerder Toon Osaer. 'Hij voelt zich in een heel ongemakkelijke positie gemanoeuvreerd, nu dit vertrouwelijke gesprek publiek is gemaakt. Het heeft hem serieus van slag gemaakt.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM

Kardinaal Danneels betreurt openbaarmaking bandopname

BELGIE
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 29 augustus 2010 - Kardinaal Godfried Danneels betreurt het dat de gesprekken met de neef van bisschop Roger Vangheluwe in de krant staan. Dat heeft Danneels' woordvoerder Toon Osaer gisteren meegedeeld aan de VRT.
Bandopname

Vangheluwe trad in april af als bisschop van Brugge nadat hij had toegegeven dat hij zijn neefje jarenlang seksueel had misbruikt. Eerder had er een gesprek plaats tussen Danneels, Vangheluwe en het slachtoffer. De neef wilde dat Vangheluwe opstapte als bisschop. Hij maakte zonder dat zijn gesprekspartners het wisten een bandopname. Daaruit blijkt dat Danneels aandrong op geheimhouding, in ieder geval zolang Vangheluwe nog niet met emeritaat was.

Discretie
Osaer: "Het gesprek is tot stand gekomen in een vorm van discretie, die toch altijd geprobeerd is te bewaren. Het was trouwens een eerste gesprek en er was een vooruitzicht dat er een vervolg zou komen. Dat is belangrijk om eventjes te onderstrepen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 PM

'Zeg ne keer,' zei de kardinaal

BELGIE
De Standaard

maandag 30 augustus 2010

Auteur: MARC REYNEBEAU

BRUSSEL - In zijn gesprek met het slachtoffer van bisschop Vangheluwe gaf kardinaal Godfried Danneels nooit blijk van empathie. Met het gesprek wilde hij de bisschop uit de wind zetten en voorkomen dat de zaak publiek bekend raakte. Als dat moest, wilde hij het slachtoffer zelfs intimideren. Dat leert een analyse van wat precies werd gezegd, maar vooral van hoe dat gebeurde.

Van onze redacteur

Tijdens zijn gesprek met het slachtoffer van ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe deed kardinaal Godfried Danneels niet veel moeite om een correcte en rechtvaardige oplossing te vinden. Dat leren de tapes van dat gesprek, waarvan de transcriptie zaterdag in De Standaard verscheen. Maar uit de tapes valt nog meer te leren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

From hero to zero

BELGIE
De Standaard

maandag 30 augustus 2010

De Danneels-tapes illustreren de oude binnenkerkelijke cultuur, waarin het instituut primeert op de mens, schrijft RIK TORFS: 'De kardinaal, die ik als mens weiger te veroordelen, is een exponent van dat aloude systeem.'

From hero to zero. Is dat het lot van kardinaal Danneels? Lang was hij een held. Hij communiceerde vlot en hanteerde een taal die iedereen begreep. Nederland keek jaloers naar ons. Zo een kerkleider hadden zij niet. Iemand die de polarisatie wist te vermijden en niet zonder enige zin voor humor verzoenende taal sprak, een bruggenbouwer tussen Rome en de provincie. Natuurlijk is de kardinaal verbaal erg goed. Maar ten diepste blijft hij een traditionele kerkleider, zich bedienend van de typische strategieën die de kerk in West-Europa op de rand van de afgrond hebben gebracht. Ik zeg dit zeer ongaarne. Wat nu gebeurt, heb ik gedurende een kwarteeuw voorspeld en beschreven. Toch vind ik het verschrikkelijk, uit liefde voor die verdomde kerk die ik niet in de steek laat, vandaag gelijk te halen.

Wat valt op in de transcriptie van het gesprek tussen de kardinaal en het slachtoffer van Roger Vangheluwe? De stijl natuurlijk. Zet u, zeg ne keer. In die begroeting schuilt paternalisme dat zeer intimiderend werkt. Met die woorden begin je een ondervraging, doch torpedeer je een gesprek. Zo ging dat, vroeger, toen het gesprek met een bisschop nooit een gesprek van mens tot mens, een gesprek tussen gelijken was. De vreselijkste woorden gaan niet altijd over de grond van de zaak, ze kunnen in een begroeting zitten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Local group aims to inform Catholics about abuse by priests

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

By PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests leafleted massgoers at Detroit's Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Sunday, calling for local Catholic leaders to be more forthcoming about priests -- dead or alive -- who've been credibly accused of molesting minors.

"We were trying to inform the parishioners that abuse does occur and we want to give parents warning signs," said Matt Jatczak, 31, a legal assistant from Livonia, who has started a SNAP group for the Detroit area, www.snapdetroit.org.

Five group members stood outside Blessed Sacrament, the archdiocese's mother church, to catch parishioners after the 11 a.m. mass. They want Archbishop Allen Vigneron to urge any possible victims to come forward by visiting churches where abusive priests have worked; and to make information about the accused priests — such as with photos and listings of past parishes — more easily available.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Belgian Church Leader Urged Abuse Victim to Keep Silent

BELGIUM
The New York Times

By STEVEN ERLANGER
Published: August 29, 2010

PARIS – The former leader of Belgium’s Roman Catholic Church urged a victim of serial sexual abuse by a bishop to keep silent for a year, until the bishop – the victim’s own uncle – could retire, according to tapes made by the victim last April and published over the weekend in two Belgian newspapers.

The tapes, which church authorities have verified as accurate, are among the more revealing documents in the continuing scandal of sexual abuse by clerics and subsequent cover-ups by the church in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other countries. And having a record of a cardinal’s entreating an abuse victim to keep his silence is another embarrassment for the Roman Catholic Church.

Cardinal Godfried Danneels, 77, who had retired as the archbishop of Brussels in January after 30 years, met with the victim, now 42, and his uncle, Bishop Robert Vangheluwe, 73, on April 8 to press the victim to accept either a private apology or to wait until the bishop retired, according to the tapes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Leaked Danneels tapes with Catholic sex abuse victim make for sad reading

BELGIUM
Reuters

Tom Heneghan

“Why do you feel so sorry for him and not for me?” — Victim of sexual abuse by a Belgian bishop to Cardinal Godfried Danneels.

The transcripts of two meetings between Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels and a man sexually abused by the disgraced former bishop of Bruges make for sad reading indeed. Two Flemish-language newspapers, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad, published the texts on Saturday after the victim provided them with his secret recordings of the sessions. My analysis of the case is here.

Apart from the exchanges they reveal, the transcripts are sobering because of the context of the meeting. It took place on April 8, at a time when the series of clerical sexual abuse revelations that began in Ireland the previous year was tearing through Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria like a tornado. Pope Benedict had issued an unprecedented apology to the Irish for the scandals only shortly before. Church leaders all over were vowing to end the Church’s culture of secrecy and put the victims’ welfare above the defence of the clergy. If there was any time to simply say, “OK, he has to go. We have to report this,” this was it.

It’s a sad end for the career of a leading Catholic cardinal, a grandfatherly man who spent 30 years as primate of the Belgian Church and stepped down last January amid wide popular support (except from conservatives who denounced him as too liberal).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Scandal tainted Taoist priest steps down

CHINA
Global Times

Global Times [02:10 August 30 2010]

By Jia Cheng
A Taoist priest accused of raping a female follower and evading tax has stepped down from the People's Political Consultative Conference in Chongqing and as the deputy head of the Chinese Taoist Association.

The association said in a notice on its website that Li Yi had submitted his resignation to protect the reputation of Taoism.

The China News Service (CNS) reported Saturday that Li also resigned from the Chongqing People's Political Consultative Conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

The Danneels Tapes- Part I

BELGIUM
Catholic Church Conservation

INTERVIEW PART 1

Participants:
Godfried Danneels (GD)
Victim (S)
Roger Vangheluwe (RV)

The victim enters the room. There is some buzz back and forth. (...)

RV: It is suggested that S first speaks a moment with the Cardinal.

S: I thought it would be the other cardinal?

RV: We have only one cardinal, right?

S: But yes, we thought it was going to be the archbishop.

RH: But you still put questions to the Cardinal? (...)

Roger Vangheluwe goes outside.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Diocese: Local deacon removed for sexually abusing a minor

ALBANY (NY)
WRGB

August 29, 2010

Courtney Mahan
The Albany Diocese has permanently removed a local deacon from the ministry on grounds of sexually abusing a minor.

Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany acted on the recommendation of the Diocese’s Sexual Misconduct Review Board to permanently remove Deacon Angel Garcia.

It’s believed Garcia sexually abused a minor in the early 1990’s prior to his training and ordination as a deacon.

Garcia has served as a deacon at the Church of the Holy Family in Albany, formerly St. Patrick’s, and as a chaplain at Greene Correctional Facility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Diocese announces deacon's removal

ALBANY (NY)
Albany Times Union

Published: 12:03 p.m., Sunday, August 29, 2010

ALBANY -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany announced Sunday that it has removed a deacon from active ministry after determining there were reasonable grounds to believe he sexually abused a minor in the early 1990s prior to his training and ordination as a deacon.

A diocese news release said that the removal of deacon Angel Garcia was made on the recommendation of the diocese's Sexual Misconduct Review Board. Garcia has served as a deacon at the Church of the Holy Family on Central Avenue in Albany and as a chaplain at Greene Correctional Facility. Garcia is now banned from officiating at any sacraments and from wearing clerical garb in public.

The diocese statement said Garcia denies inappropriate contact with any youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Church admits allegations over bishop

BELGIUM
rthk

29-08-2010

The Roman Catholic church in Belgium has admitted that its former head tried to persuade a man to delay making public that a bishop had sexually abused him as a child.

The Church confirmed the accuracy of transcripts published in Belgian newspapers of a meeting between Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the victim, and the bishop who abused him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:09 AM

Belgian cardinal hides sex abuse case

BELGIUM
Press TV (Iran)

Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels held a meeting with Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and the individual claiming to have been abused on April 8, advising the alleged victim to delay making a public statement.

The victim secretly recorded the meeting and sent the transcripts to Belgium's De Standaard newspaper.

"It might be better to wait for a date in the next year, when he is due to resign," the Cardinal is heard as having said on the tape, according to a BBC report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Belgian Cardinal Offered To Hide Bishop’s Sex Abuse Charges For A Year

BELGIUM
Lez Get Real

08/29/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

As priest and bishop, Roger Vangheluwe abused a victim who finally came forward close to the end of Vangheluwe’s career. Rather than reporting it to the authorities, or making it public, Cardinal Godfried Danneels made a deal with the bishop. Cardinal Danneels would keep the allegations secret until after Bishop Vangheluwe retired a year later. In the end, the bishop retired two weeks later and expressed sorrow for abusing his victim for years.

The revelations come as word of a secretly taped meeting between the Cardinal, the Bishop and the victim has surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 AM

Belgian sex abuse tapes amplify Catholic scandals

BELGIUM
Reuters

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS (Reuters) - Leaked tapes of Belgium's Cardinal Godfried Danneels urging a victim not to reveal he was sexually abused by a bishop are some of the most damaging documents to emerge in the scandal rocking the Roman Catholic Church.

The tapes, made secretly by the victim and published in two Belgian newspapers on Saturday, show the former primate of Belgium exhorting him to accept a private apology or wait one year until the bishop retired before making his case public.

Their meeting took place on April 8, at a time when the Vatican was under fire for allegedly covering up similar abuse cases by priests in other countries and shocking abuse claims dominated the news in several European states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Orthodox oppose education training courses

UNITED STATES
The JC

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2010
Training courses for strictly Orthodox nursery school teachers have come under renewed attack because of material relating to child abuse.

Opponents have circulated a letter from the Rabbinical Council of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations warning of the danger of NVQ courses.

But Hindy Lew, manager of Vista Education and Training, one of the institutions which runs NVQ courses for the Charedi community, said: "The way we teach it, there is no reason for people to be agitating against it."

The letter appears similar to one issued in March last year signed by the secretary of the Rabbinical Council, Rabbi David Halpern: the latest copy obtained by the JC, however, has its date blotted out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Church fails to verify priest’s status

KANSAS
Lawrence Journal World

By Shaun Hittle

August 29, 2010

New statements from Catholic Church officials fail to verify the status of a former Kansas priest who was “credibly accused” of sexual abuse.

Orestes Huerta, a Catholic priest who served temporarily in the Dodge City diocese, was named by church officials last May as one of three priests who had worked in the diocese and had “credible” allegations of sexual abuse of minors made against them.

In July, a Journal-World article revealed that when Huerta left the United States, he returned to the Phillipines, where he remains in active ministry with the Diocese of Boac.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Spiritual works that don't flinch from taboo themes

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Steve Meacham
August 28, 2010

RODNEY POPLE'S painting is meant to be provocative. A headless Roman Catholic cardinal towers over the interior of one of Venice's baroque churches, surrounded by images of the Virgin Mary's innocence.

But in the cardinal's lap - echoing the classic pieta pose of the crucified Messiah - is an altar boy, his genitals partly exposed as he offers his own innocence to the figure of religious authority.

Yes, it's Blake prize time again. Australia's foremost award ''for contemporary religious and spiritual art'' is in its 59th year and worth $20,000 to the 2010 winner. And Pople, a veteran painter, sculptor and photographer, is this year's main talking point.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

'Parlement moet misbruik binnen Kerk onderzoeken'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

SP.A-justitiespecialist Renaat Landuyt gaat het parlement vragen een 'onafhankelijke parlementaire onderzoekscommissie' op te richten naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk.

'Het moet een soort waarheidscommissie worden, bestaande uit tal van experts die ervoor zorgen dat de slachtoffers zowel juridisch als psychisch op de best mogelijke wijze worden bijgestaan', aldus Landuyt. 'De parlementairen die deel uitmaken van de commissie moeten er ondertussen over waken dat deze waarheidscommissie in alle onafhankelijkheid kan werken.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

’Ik heb zaak Vangheluwe niet geheim willen houden’

BELGIE
RKNieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Kardinaal Danneels ontkent dat hij de zaak Vangheluwe geheim heeft willen houden. Dat heeft zijn woordvoerder vandaag verklaard naar aanleiding van berichten in de Corelio-kranten.

De kardinaal heeft het slachtoffer nooit gevraagd de zaak geheim te houden of om niet naar de commissie Adriaensens, die seksueel misbruik in de Kerk onderzocht, te stappen, aldus de woordvoerder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Een greep uit de gesprekken tussen de kardinaal en het slachtoffer

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Het eerste gesprek (gesprek één) gaat tussen kardinaal Danneels en het slachtoffer. Bij het tweede gesprek (gesprek twee), dat enkele minuten later plaatsvindt, zijn ook Roger Vangheluwe zelf en familieleden van het slachtoffer aanwezig.

Gesprek 1

'Dus ik ben mijn hele jeugd misbruikt geweest van mijn nonkel Roger. Seksueel en nu nog altijd geestelijk, en ik vind dat ik daar iets moet mee doen, dat ik de plicht heb om dat te melden aan een hogere instantie', begon het slachtoffer zijn onderhoud met kardinaal Danneels.

'Ik geef de verantwoordelijkheid aan jullie, ik kan er niet over beslissen, ik heb die last op mijn schouders en ik wil van die last verlost zijn en die last aan jou geven. Dat is mijn bedoeling,' veruidelijkt hij zich.

Wanneer het slachtoffer zegt dat het aan de Kerk is om het nieuws al dan niet bekend te maken, reageert de kardinaal: 'Eigenlijk, monseigneur gaat volgend jaar zijn ontslag geven, eigenlijk zou dat beter zijn dat je wacht.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

"Peter Adriaenssens moet nieuwe commissie leiden"

BELGIE
vandaag

Er moet een nieuwe commissie komen die de dossiers van kindermisbruik door geestelijken behandelt. Als het van minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V) afhangt, wordt die opnieuw geleid door Peter Adriaenssens.

Vrijdag bleek dat de huiszoekingen bij de commissie Adriaenssens, die in juni ontslag nam, onwettig waren. Het gerecht mag die dossiers niet gebruiken en moet alle documenten terugbezorgen. De Clerck wil niet dat het een doofpotoperatie wordt en pleit voor een nieuwe commissie.

"Peter Adriaenssens heeft zeer goed werk geleverd en genoot veel geloofwaardigheid. Het zou zeer goed zijn dat hij, indien mogelijk, opnieuw een binnenkerkelijke commissie zou leiden. Die moet er hoe dan ook komen. De Kerk moet intern verantwoordelijkheid blijven opnemen", aldus de politicus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Slachtoffers tekenen cassatie aan tegen arrest Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

Zo'n 30 mensen die in het verleden seksueel misbruikt werden door een priester tekenen cassatie aan tegen het arrest van de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling over operatie Kelk. Dat bevestigt advocaat Walter Van Steenbrugge, die de belangen verdedigt van een groep slachtoffers.

Op 13 augustus werd beslist dat alle dossiers, die eind juni bij de commissie Adriaenssens in beslag werden genomen, uit het dossier van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy verwijderd moesten worden en weer neergelegd bij de griffie. Tot vrijdag bleef dat arrest geheim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Gesprek Danneels-slachtoffer Vangheluwe op tape

BELGIE
de redactie

Kardinaal Godfried Danneels heeft geprobeerd om het seksueel misbruik door bisschop Roger Vangheluwe geheim te houden. Dat blijkt uit een gesprek dat Danneels had met het slachtoffer van Vangheluwe. De krant De Standaard publiceert vandaag de neerslag daarvan. Het slachtoffer had het gesprek opgenomen en heeft de tape aan het gerecht gegeven.

Op 8 april was kardinaal Danneels aanwezig bij een ontmoeting tussen bisschop Vangheluwe (kleine foto) en de neef die dertien jaar lang door de bisschop was misbruikt. Tijdens die bijeenkomst drong de neef aan op het ontslag van zijn oom.

Belga Vandaag publiceert De Standaard een transcriptie van de ontmoeting tussen Danneels en het slachtoffer (Vangheluwe en de familieleden van het slachtoffer waren pas enkele minuten later aanwezig bij het gesprek).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

'De tapes spreken voor zich'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

zondag 29 augustus 2010

Kinderpsychiater Peter Adriaenssens, voorzitter van de ondertussen opgedoekte commissie naar misbruik binnen de Kerk, wilde gisteren niet uitgebreid reageren op het gesprek tussen kardinaal Danneels en het slachtoffer van de Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. 'De tapes spreken voor zich', zegt Adriaenssens. 'Meer wil ik daar niet over zeggen om het gerechtelijk onderzoek niet te bemoeilijken.'

Hij stelt wel enigszins cynisch vast dat Danneels geen enkele keer tijdens dat gesprek het slachtoffer wees op het bestaan van de commissie-Adriaenssens, die het seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk onderzocht, 'terwijl wij op dat moment al aan het werk waren'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

'Dit doet vermoeden dat Kerk ook andere gevallen onder de mat veegde'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

'Het gesprek van kardinaal Danneels met het slachtoffer van bisschop Vangheluwe doet ernstig vermoeden dat de Kerk ook andere gevallen van seksueel misbruik onder de mat heeft geveegd zonder in te grijpen.' Dat zegt Christine Mussche, de advocate van het slachtoffer van Vangheluwe.

De advocate beklemtoonde gisteren dat haar cliënt, de 42-jarige man die vanaf zijn vijfde dertien jaar lang door Vangheluwe werd misbruikt, het gesprek niet had opgenomen om het nadien aan de media te kunnen geven. 'Hij wilde voor zichzelf en zijn familie eindelijk een bewijs hebben dat Vangheluwe ten overstaan van een overste het misbruik bekende, nadat hij eerder nooit zijn verantwoordelijkheid had opgenomen. Daarom heeft hij dat gesprek begin april opgenomen. Pas toen de Kerk enkele weken geleden de man als een geldwolf afschilderde die Vangheluwe om zwijggeld had gevraagd, heeft hij ons verteld over die opname. Hij voelde die uitlatingen aan als een lastercampagne van de Kerk aan zijn adres. Wij hebben die opname meteen aan het gerecht bezorgd.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Diocese to consolidate 5 Gloucester County parishes into 2

NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Allison Steele
Inquirer Staff Writer

The Diocese of Camden plans to consolidate five more Roman Catholic churches into two new parishes, according to a statement on the diocesan website.

The changes, set to take place Sept. 29, will affect about 5,500 families in Gloucester County, according to the statement by Bishop Joseph Galante.

Forming St. Clare of Assisi Parish will be St. John the Evangelist in Paulsboro, St. Joseph in Swedesboro, and St. Michael in Gibbstown, according to the statement. The seat of the parish will be at St. Michael.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Belgian Cardinal Danneels condoned sex-abuse silence

BELGIUM
BBC News

The former head of the Catholic Church in Belgium tried to stop a victim of sex abuse from going public with their story, Church officials have confirmed.

During a meeting in April, Cardinal Godfried Danneels advised the victim to delay a public statement until the bishop who abused him had retired.

Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who was also at the meeting, admitted to the abuse in April and resigned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

My brother, the priest

COLORADO
Denver Post

By Megan Nix
Posted: 08/29/2010

My oldest brother was ordained a priest this year. My friends and family and I strung banners, made wax paper luminaries, ordered 95 pizzas. We found a pinch-hitter when the bartender bailed an hour before the 300-person reception, and reconfigured the Christmas lights that burnt out after an hour of taping them to the ceiling and walls. When a friend's nine kids needed something to do, a coyote appeared just in time for them to chase him off the property towards the mountains.

Details are always distractions, though. Between the food and the decorations and the kids screaming after the animal, I considered the implications of my brother's calling — solitude, obedience, poverty — and I thought about what other people think of priests right now: prayerful, lonely, inclined towards abusing children.

In a recent article, "The Myth of a Catholic Crisis" a Penn State non-Catholic, Philip Jenkins, explains just how extreme (and misplaced) this mindset and anti-clerical propaganda have become.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

August 28, 2010

'Kardinaal had nooit bedoeling zaak in doofpot te stoppen'

BELGIE
De Standaard

Ook na het uitlekken van de tapes ontkent kardinaal Danneels dat hij de zaak-Vangheluwe wou verzwijgen. Dat liet hij ons gisteren weten bij monde van zijn woordvoerder, Toon Osaer. 'Kardinaal Danneels blijft erbij dat hij met zijn deelname aan het verzoeningsgesprek binnen de familie en het suggereren van mogelijke wegen daartoe nooit de bedoeling heeft gehad om de zaak in de doofpot te stoppen.'

Op zijn persconferentie van 24 april heeft de kardinaal gezegd dat hij 'vooral geluisterd heeft' naar het slachtoffer. Nu blijkt dat hij zelf ook een paar 'oplossingen' heeft gesuggereerd?

'U zegt dat uit het bandje zou blijken dat hij het slachtoffer ertoe heeft aangespoord om te wachten om met het verhaal naar buiten te komen tot de bisschop met pensioen zou gaan, om op die manier geen publiek schandaal te veroorzaken. De kardinaal geeft toe dat hij dat inderdaad als oplossing heeft gesuggereerd, maar dat was alleen maar in zijn rol als bemiddelaar.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Een greep uit de gesprekken tussen de kardinaal en het slachtoffer

BELGIE
De Standaard

zaterdag 28 augustus 2010

Het eerste gesprek (gesprek één) gaat tussen kardinaal Danneels en het slachtoffer. Bij het tweede gesprek (gesprek twee), dat enkele minuten later plaatsvindt, zijn ook Roger Vangheluwe zelf en familieleden van het slachtoffer aanwezig.

Gesprek 1

'Dus ik ben mijn hele jeugd misbruikt geweest van mijn nonkel Roger. Seksueel en nu nog altijd geestelijk, en ik vind dat ik daar iets moet mee doen, dat ik de plicht heb om dat te melden aan een hogere instantie', begon het slachtoffer zijn onderhoud met kardinaal Danneels.

'Ik geef de verantwoordelijkheid aan jullie, ik kan er niet over beslissen, ik heb die last op mijn schouders en ik wil van die last verlost zijn en die last aan jou geven. Dat is mijn bedoeling,' veruidelijkt hij zich.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Belgian cardinal urged victim to delay sex abuse statement

BELGIUM
Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The former head of Belgium's Catholic Church suggested to a sexual abuse victim it would be better to delay a public statement on the case until the bishop involved resigned in 2011, a Church spokesman said on Saturday.

Jurgen Mettepenningen confirmed transcripts in Belgium's De Standaard newspaper of a meeting Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels held with Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and a sexual abuse victim of the bishop in April 2010.

"It is true this meeting and conversation took place, and that the transcript is correct," Mettepenningen told Reuters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Posters drawing anger

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

Posters depicting the Pope as a paedophile and Prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber have been hung around Auckland in an advertising campaign.

Already, they appear to have caused outrage: some have been ripped down.

The series of four posters, headed "Religion is Garbage" also depict Jesus Christ as "Hole E Christ" and Destiny Church's Bishop Brian Tamaki as "Brainwashin' Brian".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Community Management of Convicted Sex Offenders

UNITED STATES
National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

Policy Summary

The National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) believes that polices formulated to manage sex offenders must have as a primary goal the prevention of future sexual victimization. Such policies must hold sex offenders accountable while providing support and safety for victims and their families. The National Alliance supports proposals which are grounded in research, include collaborative approaches which are multi disciplinary and multi agency based, and are assessed critically and routinely to ensure their effectiveness. The National Alliance strongly encourages and supports primary prevention policies and practices which we believe will ultimately reduce sexual victimization by perpetrators.

Problem Statement

States and communities across the nation are developing measures to manage adult sex offenders with the express purpose of increasing safety for victims and communities. Unfortunately, not all measures currently being enacted do, in fact, increase safety. Some put communities at higher risk, while others create a false sense of security. In addition, community education is critical in the effective management of sex offenders, yet is often not a strong component of management policies. ...

!CAUTION!

Victim and community measures to manage sex offenders ordinarily only address convicted sex offenders. However, research shows that the vast majority of sex offenders are never reported, let alone tried and convicted.

Contrary to the popular myth of “stranger danger,” children and youth are far more at risk of sexual abuse from adults they know. The same holds true for adults victims of sexual assault. Research shows that the vast majority of sex offenders know their victims, yet measures are generally designed to address situations in which the sex offender is presumed to be a stranger to the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Catholic Priest Changed After Parish Pushes Back Over Abuse Suit

ILLINOIS
Lez Get Real

08/28/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Early this summer, the congregation at St. Malachy Catholic Church refused to accept as their priest Reverend Vien Van Do. The priest, who is originally from Vietnam, was rejected because in 1999, a lawsuit was brought against him and the Peoria Diocese by a couple from Monticello. According to the suit, Do had molested the woman. The records of the settlement were sealed after Do and the Peoria Diocese settled the case in Peoria County Circuit Court in 2002.

St. Malachy’s in Rantoul, Illinois had never had a priest changed over an internal rebellion. According to Phillip Warner, one of the church trustees and a member of the church since 1943, “It’s the first one they’ve ever changed.” Do was appointed to the parish by Bishop Daniel Jenky, the head of the diocese. The parish learned of the changes in May, and Warner began holding parish meetings soon there after. The result of the meetings was a set of letters sent to the bishop.

Warner has also stated “There was enough local people that had issues about [Do]. People in Thomasboro and Ludlow, where he had been before, also had issues.” Do has had nothing to say publicly about the change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Belgian cardinal offered to hush up sex case

BELGIUM
KOLD

BRUSSELS (AP) - Roman Catholic Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium offered to keep a sexual molestation case against a bishop secret until the bishop retired, an official said Saturday.

Toon Osaer, Danneels' spokesman, confirmed a report in Saturday's De Standaard newspaper about a secretly taped meeting that Danneels held on April 8 with Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe and the bishop's sexual abuse victim.

Osaer told the VRT television and radio network that Danneels told the victim the case against Vangheluwe could be kept quiet until the bishop retired as scheduled a year later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Priest rejected at Rantoul parish is pastor elsewhere

ILLINOIS
The News-Gazette

Sat, 08/28/2010 - 8:00am | Lynda Zimmer

RANTOUL – The Rev. Vien Van Do, a Catholic priest rejected as the pastor for a Rantoul church, remains a pastor of three parishes north of Peoria.

Earlier this summer, the St. Malachy Catholic Church congregation balked at accepting Do and instead now has the Rev. Steven Bird as pastor. Opposition was centered around a 1999 lawsuit in which a Monticello couple claimed Do, a native of Vietnam, had molested the woman, a former church secretary.

The suit against Do and the Peoria Diocese was settled in Peoria County Circuit Court in 2002. Details of the settlement were not made public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Evil priest shielded by Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

James Campbell From: Sunday Herald Sun August 29, 2010

THE Catholic Church denied a pedophile priest sexually abused two young sisters more than a decade after the man was jailed for attacking children over a period of 50 years.

The denial came despite an earlier letter written to the girls' parents by Cardinal George Pell, apologising for the priest's crimes and acknowledging the findings by the church's investigator that the cleric had raped both the children.

The revelations are contained in a new book by Chrissie Foster, a mother whose daughters were abused by Oakleigh priest Father Kevin O'Donnell in the 1980s and 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

Victims want Catholic officials fired

TOLEDO (OH)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
As parishioners leave mass, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers about two Catholic school staffers who recently resigned because of a scandal. The leaflets will blast five Toledo Catholic officials who kept quiet for months about suspected sexual misconduct by a parochial teacher (even after state education officials disciplined him).The fliers will also urge Toledo’s bishop to
-- fire each of them,
-- explain and apologize to parents for their recklessness and secrecy, and
-- aggressively seek out other school students and staff who may have seen, suspected or suffered the teacher’s misdeeds or his supervisors’ cover ups, and urge them to call police.

WHEN
Sunday, Aug. 29, at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE
Outside Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd. in Toledo, OH (419 244 9575, http://www.rosarycathedral.org/)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Police seek Vero Beach man suspected of planting child porn on computer

VERO BEACH (FL)
TCPalm

VERO BEACH — Police have put out warrants for a man who may have planted child pornography on a former priest’s computer last year.

Alfred Justin Boulerice, 29, has warrants for five counts of trespassing and one count each of tampering with evidence and making a false report to law enforcement. Boulerice, who previously lived in the 1700 block of Fifth Court, Vero Beach, is wanted in the ongoing investigation, which initially resulted in 33 child porn possession charges against Gerald Lamothe. The state dropped all charges in February, but his attorney said the ordeal strongly affected Lamothe.

“This still hangs over him,” attorney Robert Stone said Friday. “The warrants go further toward exonerating him. But not everyone is going to believe him until someone is arrested.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Martin is losing his battle to reform Irish church

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday August 28 2010

ARCHBISHOP Diarmuid Martin's speech in Italy on Tuesday went a long way towards confirming what so many of us had suspected: that he is losing the battle for reform of the Catholic Church in Ireland, and that he knows it.

It is nothing short of tragic that a man of such human and intellectual qualities should confess to discouragement. Tragic not only for him, but for a country that has lost faith in its institutions. All institutions need constant reform and renewal, and the alternative to reform is not the preservation of the old system but its inevitable decline.

One may say, with much truth, that the church has brought its woes upon itself, and that the rot set in a very long time ago. No need to look back over the history of two centuries and more -- one modern example will suffice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Belgian Catholic cardinal tried to hush up abuse: reports

BELGIUM
Expatica

The former head of the Belgian Catholic Church, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, sought to hush up the sexual abuse of a minor by the former bishop of Bruges, reports said Saturday.

The Flemish dailies De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad published transcripts of recordings made by the victim of a confrontation on April 8 with Roger Vangheluwe in the presence of Danneels, who has been under investigation for shielding predator priests.

According to the recordings, Danneels tried to convince the victim to accept an apology or at least not make his allegations public until Vangheluwe retired a year later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Dossiers Adriaenssens niet te gebruiken

BELGIE
de redactie

Het gerecht mag geen gebruikmaken van de dossiers die bij de commissie-Adriaenssens in beslag zijn genomen. Bij de zogenoemde Operatie Kelk zijn zware fouten gemaakt. Dat meldt Vtm en is ons bevestigd.

Op 24 juni werden bij de commissie 475 dossiers rond seksueel misbruik in de kerk in beslag genomen.

Twee weken geleden velde de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling een oordeel over de geldigheid van de huiszoekingen bij het bisdom in Mechelen en bij de commissie, de Operatie Kelk. Dat besluit werd echter op vraag van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy niet openbaar gemaakt, ondanks herhaaldelijk aandringen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Opération Calice: la justice doit rendre les dossiers saisis

BELGIQUE
rtbf

27.08.10 - 20:17

D'après VTM, la justice doit rendre tous les dossiers saisis à la commission Adriaenssens. De grosses fautes auraient été commises lors de l'opération Calice. Une information non confirmée par le parquet qui se refuse pour l'instant à tout commentaire.

L'opération calice était une opération dans le cadre d'un dossier relatif à des abus sexuels présumés sur des enfants au sein de l'Eglise. Des perquisitions avaient été menées le 24 juin dernier. La chambre des mises en accusation a rendu il y a deux semaines un arrêt dans cette affaire.

Mais le juge d'instruction qui a mené cette affaire, Wim De Troy, a refusé que l'on divulgue le contenu de cet arrêt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Danneels toch betrokken bij doofpot

BELGIE
NOS

De Belgische kardinaal Danneels heeft wel degelijk pogingen gedaan om seksueel misbruik in de doofpot te stoppen. Volgens de Vlaamse krant de Standaard gaat het om de zaak Vangheluwe. Deze bisschop misbruikte zijn neef jarenlang.

De neef heeft zijn oom later een aantal keren gevraagd om zich terug te trekken als bisschop. Naar aanleiding daarvan heeft kardinaal Danneels met de neef gepraat en hem gevraagd de zaak te laten rusten in het belang van de kerk.

Geluidsopnames
De neef van Vangheluwen heeft in het geheim geluidsopnames gemaakt van dit gesprek, journalisten van de Standaard hebben het bandje mogen beluisteren. Met toestemming van de neef is een transcriptie van het gesprek in de krant gepubliceerd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Danneels wilde seksueel misbruik Vangheluwe geheim houden

BELGIE
vandaag

Kardinaal Godfried Danneels probeerde het seksueel misbruik van bisschop Roger Vangheluwe stil te houden. Dat blijkt uit het gesprek met het slachtoffer van Vangheluwe.

De Coreliokranten pakken zaterdag uit met de transcriptie van twee geluidsopnamen die het slachtoffer zelf maakte van het gesprek met Danneels en Vangheluwe. Daaruit blijkt dat Danneels het schandaal geheim wilde houden tot de bisschop een jaar later op pensioen zou gaan. Nochtans heeft de kardinaal dat altijd ontkend.

Het slachtoffer, de neef van de bisschop, is zelf naar buiten gekomen met de geluidsopnames omdat hij naar eigen zeggen het slachtoffer is van een lastercampagne door de Kerk. Die bevestigde namelijk dat Roger Vangheluwe zijn neef jarenlang geld heeft gegeven. Het slachtoffer heeft daar naar eigen zeggen nooit om gevraagd, maar vroeg altijd om het ontslag van Vangheluwe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Waarom het slachtoffer de stilte doorbrak

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

zaterdag 28 augustus 2010

Maart 2010 Het 42-jarige slachtoffer telefoneert naar zijn oom, bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, die hem misbruikte van zijn vijfde tot zijn achttiende jaar.

Hoe kardinaal Danneels probeerde het schandaal-Vangheluwe geheim te houdenHij vraagt een afspraak met zijn oom en vraagt dat ook diens 'overste', die hij niet bij naam noemt, erbij zou zijn.

Het gonst in die periode in de pers van verhalen over misbruik in de katholieke Kerk in andere landen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Irish bishops have history of disunity, says Martin

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

IRELAND’S CATHOLIC bishops have “a long history of a lack of unity” the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said, according to an English translation of the address he delivered in Italian at Rimini last Tuesday.

He was speaking there to the annual gathering of lay group Comunione E Liberazione (Communion and Liberation). A translation of his address is now available on the Dublin archdiocese website, dublindiocese.ie.

Titled John Henry Newman: Faith and Reason – the Ireland of Newman, the Ireland of Today , it is an approximately 3,000-word reflection “not only on the period and the work of Newman in Dublin, but also on the lessons which we can learn for Irish Catholicism today from Newman’s thought and activity”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Hopkinton suspect in sex assault case faced earlier accusation

HOPKINTON (MA)
MetroWest Daily News

By David Riley/Daily News staff

Posted Aug 28, 2010

A Hopkinton man recently charged with sexually assaulting a Worcester teen was barred from his work as a traveling minister in the 1970s after an earlier allegation of child abuse, current and former members of his religious group said.

George Scandalis, 67, had been a minister for a Christian fellowship that goes by no official name but is informally known as the Two-by-Twos, the Workers, the Truth or the Christian Conventions.

Barry Barkley, who coordinates some of the ministry's activities in the Northeast, said members told Scandalis no later than 1979 to cease his work after a claim of child abuse in Massachusetts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Church must face scrutiny for child sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

James Campbell
From: Sunday Herald Sun August 29, 2010

IT IS tempting sometimes to think that we know everything we can know about the scandal of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

After all, the issue has been loudly canvassed on and off in the media for years - most recently in 2008 when the Pope visited Australia for World Youth Day.

And there comes a point with all grievances when the public, having grown bored with victim groups' endless tales of woe and their apparent refusal to move on, grows weary of their whingeing.

Sometimes, though one knows that great wrongs have been done, a reaction can set in and one starts to wonder whether the complaints may not be overblown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Unnamed priest in Irish report matches McCabe

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

An official report on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Ireland includes a 61-page section on an unnamed priest whose history matches Patrick Joseph McCabe, who is accused of molesting six boys in Dublin between 1973 and 1981.

McCabe, 74, has also been named in two lawsuits by Humboldt County men who allege the former priest molested them in Eureka in the 1980s.

The Murphy Report, commissioned by the Irish government and released last year, says an Irish archbishop asked former Santa Rosa Bishop Mark Hurley to accept a "troublesome priest" in 1983 and that Hurley agreed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Priest living in S.A. settles out-of-state sexual abuse lawsuit

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KENS

by KENS 5 staff

A priest living in San Antonio will pay $500,000 to settle a sexual abuse lawsuit.

In 1985, William Mueller was a former principal at a high school in St. Louis, Missouri, when the assault took place.

Mueller also has been named in multiple lawsuits in Texas, Colorado and Missouri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Teen found at apartment of priest her parents sued

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

A priest formerly assigned to Central Catholic High School is evidently living with the 19-year-old former student whose parents have filed a lawsuit claiming that the priest is the father of their daughter's child.

On Friday an Associated Press reporter knocked on the door of the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito's apartment in Norristown.

A woman answered, identifying herself as the teen named in the lawsuit. She declined to comment. Bonilla was not seen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Catholic bishops conducting healing services in Nome

ALASKA
Fairbanks News-Miner

by Amanda Bohman / abohman@newsminer.com

FAIRBANKS — Three Roman Catholic bishops of Alaska are in Nome this weekend visiting with elders and the homebound and conducting healing services for sexual abuse victims.

Fairbanks Catholic Diocese Bishop Donald Kettler held a prayer service at St. Joseph Church Friday, the first of three healing activities planned during the weekend.

Kettler was joined by Archbishop Roger L. Schwietz from Anchorage and Bishop Edward J. Burns of Juneau.

On Friday, the bishops visited the diocese’s radio station KNOM for an interview and visited elders, some to receive the sacraments and to visit. Later, they attended a meeting of the King Island Council in Nome and held an evening prayer service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Victory judgement for abused former pupil

UNITED KINGDOM
Lancashire Evening Post

By Stef Hall
Published on Sat Aug 28

A former lawyer subjected to years of abuse at a Preston Jesuit run school has spoken of his long journey ahead after the Court of Appeal threw out a bid by the Catholic Order to overturn a ruling it was liable for the treatment he endured.

Patrick Raggett, 52, and formerly of Duchy Avenue, Fulwood, said the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of the late Father Michael Spencer at the former Preston Catholic College between 1969 and 1976 severely affected his personal relationships and his career as a City lawyer in later life and intends to sue the former governors.

Mr Raggett, whose mother was a secretary at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary school in Deepdale and dad was in the RAF, said he had a ‘golden’ childhood and had done well at school until, in 1969, he went to the college, which “the Jesuits ruled with a rod of iron”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Danneels tried to hush up abuse - reports

BELGIUM
IOL

August 28 2010

Brussels - The former head of the Belgian Catholic Church, Cardinal Godfried Danneels, sought to hush up the sexual abuse of a minor by the former bishop of Bruges, reports said on Saturday.

The Flemish dailies De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad published transcripts of recordings made by the victim of a confrontation on April 8 with Roger Vangheluwe in the presence of Danneels, who has been under investigation for shielding predator priests.

According to the recordings, Danneels tried to convince the victim to accept an apology or at least not make his allegations public until Vangheluwe retired a year later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

August 27, 2010

New court ruling lets predator priest case go forward

DENVER (CO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

For more information:
David Clohessy of SNAP 314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com,
Attorney Adam Horowitz 305 931 2200, ahorowitz@sexabuseattorney.com

A Denver judge is letting a clergy sex abuse case involving a Catholic priest move forward, even though church officials tried to get it tossed out.

On Wednesday, District Court Judge Michael Martinez denied a motion by a Denver-based religious order to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a 49-year old man who reports having been sexually abused by Fr. Mark Matson in the mid 1970s at St. Andrews Seminary, a Catholic boarding school in Denver for boys. At the time, the boy was 15-16 and Matson headed the school.

While staying in the dorms as a prospective student, the victim, identified only as John Doe, was fondled by Matson. After he enrolled, Matson continued to fondle him throughout the school year, and Matson eventually raped the boy while he was unconscious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:59 PM

Columbia man wins abuse judgment

MISSOURI
Columbia Daily Tribune

By T.J. Greaney

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Columbia man who says he was sexually abused by a Catholic brother in 1985 has won a $500,000 court order.

Earlier this month, a St. Louis County judge ordered Brother William C. Mueller, 71, to pay the penalty in a civil suit stemming from accusations that he abused Bryan Bacon, 40, of Columbia. The abuse is alleged to have occurred when Bacon was a 15-year-old sophomore at St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis.

Bacon — now an attorney with the law office of Van Matre, Harrison, Hollis, Pitzer and Taylor — said he doesn’t expect to see a penny of compensation from the ruling and will not attempt to collect it from Mueller.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Mark Matson & William Mueller: Twists in cases about alleged molesting priest, Catholic brother

COLORADO
Westword

By Michael Roberts, Fri., Aug. 27 2010

​Fresh developments in two cases involving alleged child molesters from religious backgrounds with a past in Colorado.

This week, a judge declined to toss a lawsuit against Father Mark Matson, who's accused of molesting a teenage boy at a Denver boarding school circa the '70s. And William Muller, a Catholic brother targeted in a multi-million-dollar judgment in Pueblo two years ago was ordered to pay $500,000 by a St. Louis court in a separate case.

Attorney Adam Horowitz, based in Miami, represents the plaintiffs in both actions; he specializes in working with alleged child-sex abuse victims, focusing on accusations against the clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Tenminste tien' claims tegen priesters voor seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Radio Nederland

Volgende week komt advocaat Bob van der Goen met een eerste eis tot schadevergoeding aan een priester. Het is de eerste R-K geestelijke van de 'tenminste tien' priesters die zo'n eis tegemoet kunnen zien. Zo meldt Van der Goen in Dagblad De Limburger. Van der Goen treedt op namens meerdere slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk.

Voorzitter Bert Smeets van de Stichting Mea Culpa bevestigt dat er zeker claims komen tegen geestelijken. Aanstaande woensdag komt advocaat Van der Goen namens de stichting en andere slachtoffers met namen en feiten naar buiten.

'Vanaf nu gaan we er keihard tegenaan,' zegt de advocaat tegen De Limburger. 'We hebben tientallen getuigenverkaringen voor gevallen waarin zeker tien geestelijkene betrokken zijn geweest. Daarom zullen we spoedig instellingen personen om wie het gaat sommeren hun aansprakelijkheid te erkennen. Daarna kunnen we via de rechter de eis van schadevergoeding formuleren.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

'Attack on Ratzinger': Italian book assesses Benedict's papacy

ITALY
National Catholic Reporter (United States)

by John L Allen Jr on Aug. 27, 2010 All Things Catholic

Friends and foes alike of Pope Benedict XVI concur that he's got an image problem. Where they place the blame for it may differ, but the fact itself seems clear: From a PR point of view, this is a pontificate defined by its train wrecks.

Cataloguing those train wrecks is the burden of a valuable new book by two of the best Italian vaticanisti going: Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale and Paolo Rodari of Il Foglio, both of whom also operate widely read blogs -- "Palazzo apostolico" for Rodari and "Sacri palazzi" for Tornielli. Their work is titled Attacco a Ratzinger: Accuse e scandali, profezie e complotti ("Attack on Ratzinger: Accusations and Scandals, Prophecies and Plots"), published in Italian by Piemme.

The book came out in Italy on Tuesday, and one hopes an enterprising publisher in the States will bring out an English translation quickly. (Let me volunteer here and now: I'd be happy to put together a preface introducing the book, and its authors, to an English-speaking audience.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Suit: Priest impregnates Pa. teen

PENNSYLVANIA
Lebanon Daily News

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press Writer
Posted: 08/27/2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—A Pennsylvania couple secretly videotaped a Roman Catholic priest having sex with their teenage daughter in the basement of their home and are now suing, saying he got her pregnant.

The lawsuit alleges that the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito carried on a sexual relationship with a teenage girl while he was the chaplain of Reading Central Catholic High School and she was a senior there.

The girl's parents became suspicious and installed a camera in their basement. The lawsuit says the camera recorded the couple having sex in November 2009. The Diocese of Allentown removed Bonilla from his post after he acknowledged an "inappropriate relationship."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Lawsuit accuses Berks priest of fathering teen's child

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

By Tracy Jordan, OF THE MORNING CALL

A Roman Catholic priest allegedly seduced a 17-year-old girl while she was a senior at a Catholic high school in Reading into a sexual relationship that resulted in her giving birth at age 19, according to a civil lawsuit filed by the parents in Berks County Court.

According to the lawsuit, the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito was removed as chaplain of Reading Central Catholic High School and pastor of St. Joseph's Church in Reading after the parents secretly video-taped him having sexual intercourse with their daughter in the basement of their home in November 2009.

By then, she had graduated from high school and had turned 18 years old, but the lawsuit alleges the sexual relationship began when she was still in high school. The lawsuit says her parents allowed their daughter to meet with the priest for counseling because she had severe mental health issues as a result of a prior sexual abuse by another adult male.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Molestation claim named dead pastor

MICHIGAN
South Bend Tribune

By SHERRY VAN ARSDALL
Tribune Staff Writer

A once well-known pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Niles, the Right Rev. Monsignor John Slowey, who died in January 1983, was named in an accusation of sexually molesting a boy decades ago in the Lansing area.

Kalamazoo diocese spokeswoman Vicki Cessna confirmed that Slowey was the pastor in Niles from August 1966 until his death in January 1983.

Cessna said there have been no other allegations of molestation by Slowey in the Diocese of Kalamazoo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

God’s Stand-In

CALIFORNIA
Orange Coast

The way Newport Beach molestation survivor Joelle Casteix sees it, the Lord eventually will deal with those in the Roman Catholic Church who tolerate and shield abusers. In the meantime, she’s busy reminding anyone who’ll listen who they are and what they did.

By Patrice Apodaca

Sunday Mass is under way at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Brea. It’s barely 10 a.m. and the temperature already is in the mid-80s, but inside the sanctuary the air remains cool as the priest preaches to the faithful that God is always present.

Outside on the hot pavement, Joelle Casteix waits. As Mass concludes and the church empties, Casteix quietly approaches departing worshippers and hands them fliers accusing Diocese of Orange Bishop Tod D. Brown of shielding clerics accused of sexual misconduct and failing to warn parishioners of alleged molesters in their midst. “Please HELP US Keep Kids Safe and Protect Victims,” the fliers exhort.

Most of the churchgoers accept the handout silently and move on. Some deposit the fliers in a nearby trash can. A few ask questions and offer support. One woman repeatedly tells Casteix, “I don’t think you’re supposed to be here.” The woman goes back inside, then moments later a church representative emerges. His tone is polite but firm as he cautions Casteix to stay off church property, and it’s tough to miss that he outweighs her by about 100 pounds. She takes a step back, checks to see that her feet are planted on the public sidewalk, and murmurs, “They always send the biggest guys out to deal with me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Two Boston priests laicized

MASSACHUSETTS
The Pilot

BRAINTREE -- In two separate and unrelated incidents, two priests of the Archdiocese of Boston were laicized after voluntarily requesting to leave the priesthood following allegations of sexual abuse of minors.

The archdiocese announced on Aug. 20 that Robert P. Beale and Dennis A. Keefe are "no longer in the clerical state" in a statement released by spokesman Terrence Donilon. As a result of the laicizations, the two men will not receive any monetary support from the archdiocese nor function in any way as a priest except offering absolution to the dying.

The decision was made by the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

New abuse row over Irish priest

CALIFORNIA
Herald (Ireland)

Friday August 27 2010

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa in California is facing a second lawsuit from a man claiming he was sexually abused as a child by an Irish priest.

The lawsuit filed in Sonoma County Superior Court said that Father Patrick McCabe had abused the plaintiff almost weekly during most of 1983.

It claimed that diocese officials knew Fr McCabe had been accused of molesting children in his native Ireland before he was assigned to St Bernard's Church in Eureka.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

San Francisco Mensa Intelligencer – Witch vs. Church

CALIFORNIA
AlterNet

The current news that is exploding around the globe concerning the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is staggering. The top two hierarchy figures representing the Catholic Church are now being held accountable for their implications in the cover-ups and mishandling of child sex abuse scandals. The Pope, formerly Cardinal Ratzinger, and Cardinal Levada of San Fancisco, are now being busted for their own misdeeds. But many people are unaware what occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area a few years ago, before Cardinal Levada left the Bay Area to become the highest ranking US figure to have ever been placed in the Vatican. Cardinal Levada, formerly the Bishop of San Francisco, was promoted in 2005 to be the “Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith”, the office historically known in the past as the office of the General Inquisitor. The Inquisition was responsible for the torture, rape, and burning of countless innocent women and children, accused of being “Witches”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Claudy: Church continues to follow the path of denial

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Malachi O'Doherty's take on the Claudy scandal was like the curate's egg — good in parts.

Wherever he got the report of my address at an Ulster Vanguard meeting, he would be wiser to contextualise it rather than dismiss it as “an absurd notion”.

Sadly the actions of James Chesney were well known. I discovered this when Jill Knight told me of a parliamentary visit in Northern Ireland.

While in Coleraine RUC station they saw his picture among others wanted for questioning. Enquiring why he had not been arrested, they were told that the bishop had removed him from the jurisdiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Cardinal must accept he’s wrong ... or else go

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

His defence of the church’s decision to help bomber priest, Fr James Chesney to escape justice shows Cardinal Brady is lost in moral maze, argues Malachi O’Doherty

Thursday, 26 August 2010

What more could Cardinal Conway have done?” This question was voiced by Cardinal Sean Brady when faced with the charge that the Catholic Church had colluded in helping a priest suspected of murder to evade prosecution.

Well, it is an important question and it is important that Cardinal Brady should show himself well able to answer it, if indeed there was some measure, taken or not taken by his predecessor, which disgraced his office.

For Cardinal Brady is himself under criticism for having concealed crime. He, like Cardinal Conway, was notified of crimes committed by a priest. He was told of the abuse of children by Fr Brendan Smyth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Governors of Jesuit-run college facing £5m abuse claim

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The governors of a Jesuit-run school must face a £5m action from an ex-pupil who claimed he was sexually abused.

Preston Catholic College has lost an appeal against a court ruling which gave Patrick Raggett, 52, of west London, the right to claim damages.

Mr Raggett alleged he was assaulted regularly over a four-year period.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Ex-Central Catholic priest made teen pregnant, lawsuit says

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Holly Herman
Reading Eagle

A Muhlenberg Township couple filed a lawsuit in Berks County Court on Thursday, accusing the Allentown Diocese of failing to prevent a former Central Catholic High School priest from impregnating their 19-year-old daughter.

The parents, whose names are being withheld by the Reading Eagle, are seeking more than $300,000 in damages, according to the suit filed by Jay N. Abramowitch of Wyomissing.

The following also were named as defendants: the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito, Bishop John O. Barres and former Bishop Edward P. Cullen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Lawsuit: Pennsylvania priest made teen pregnant

PENNSYLVANIA
Catholic Culture

August 27, 2010
A lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Allentown alleges that Father Luis A. Bonilla Margarito, while a parish priest and high school chaplain, had a relationship with a high school student that resulted in the birth of a child. The parents of the recent high school graduate claim that school officials did nothing after they expressed their concerns that the priest and their daughter were spending too much time together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Scotland's own 'IRA priest' who escaped justice 37 years ago

SCOTLAND
Scotsman

Published Date: 26 August 2010
By Stephen McGinty

ON the evening of 22 March 1973, the deputy chief constable of Glasgow police knocked on the door of the presbytery of Our Holy Redeemer church in Clydebank and asked to speak to Bishop Thomas Winning.

• Left, John Sweeney was cleared by the courts after being found 'not proven'. Above, The Scotsman tells of the priest's suspension in 7 May 1973. Top, Caroline Renehan is led away from court to start a five-year prison sentence for her involvement in the plot. Near right, St Teresa's Church in Saracen Street in Possilpark where Father Bartholomew Burns was based before fleeing to Ireland. Far, right, Cardinal Thomas Winning was shocked by the revelations.

In the study of the future Cardinal, the senior officer broke disturbing news: an arrest warrant had been issued for a priest in the Glasgow diocese in connection with IRA terrorist activities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

After the Chesney revelations, Ireland must finally divest itself of the Catholic yoke

IRELAND
National Secular Society (United Kingdom)

The emergence of the truth about the Claudy bombing in 1972 and the almost certain involvement of a Catholic priest Fr. Chesney has been much commented on.

It seems Fr Chesney was a well-known republican and his direct involvement with the IRA was long suspected by the authorities. After the Claudy bombs — in which nine people died — the finger of suspicion fell inevitably on Chesney.

But such was the hair-trigger sensitivity of ‘the Troubles’ at that time, the authorities feared what the arrest of a Catholic priest would do to an already seething atmosphere.

So, the state, the police and the Church colluded to cover up Chesney’s involvement. As with so many other wrong-doers within the church, he was moved from one parish to another where he continued his nefarious activities unchallenged. Now the Scotsman reveals a similar story of another Irish Catholic priest who was sent to Scotland but rapidly became involved in terrorist activities. Once more, the Church ensured that he escaped unpunished.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Man can claim damages in priest abuse case

UNITED KINGDOM
Fleetwood Weekly News

Published Date: 27 August 2010

The governors of a Jesuit-run school in Lancashire have lost an appeal against a court ruling which gave a former City lawyer the right to pursue a £5 million damages action against them.

Patrick Raggett, 52, of west London, claims he was subjected to years of "insidious" sexual abuse by a teacher at Preston Catholic College.

He alleges that, while he was naked, Father Michael Spencer - who died in 2000 aged 76 - measured him "to chart his growth", filmed him performing exercises, photographed him and touched him inappropriately

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Truth needed on vaccine trials

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Friday August 27 2010

THE Government must disclose all that is known about controversial vaccine trials carried out on children in the care of the State in past decades.

Our initial reports centred on Mari Steed, now aged 50, and three others who are to take legal action in the US courts against a multinational pharmaceutical company, on whose behalf the trials were conducted.

Ms Steed was subjected to the trial in the Sacred Heart Convent in Bessborough, Co Cork, when she was between nine and 18 months old, without her mother's consent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Paddy Doyle: We need to know if we were used as guinea pigs

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Paddy Doyle

Friday August 27 2010

I can still smell iodine and surgical spirit as if it was under my nose as I write these words

IN recent weeks, new investigations carried out by the Irish Independent have raised the question of whether or not children placed in industrial schools were subjected to vaccine trials by multinational drug companies.

This issue has been put to one side since the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, under the chairmanship of Ms Justice Mary Laffoy, was prohibited from including it in its original terms of reference.

Following a successful court hearing taken by doctors named as having taken part in the experimental vaccination, the issue was allowed to fade into the background.

I was 'sentenced to be detained' in St Michael's Industrial School for Junior Boys, Cappoquin, Co Waterford, in 1955, following the deaths of both my parents within a five-week period of each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

More vaccine trials were kept secret by the State

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Patricia McDonagh

Friday August 27 2010

THE Government was told about secret vaccine trials at least six years ago but has refused to investigate them ever since.

The Irish Independent can reveal that the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline -- the firm that was behind controversial vaccine trials on children in state care during the 1960s and 1970s -- handed over records relating to the tests to a child-abuse inquiry in 2004.

The revelations have piled pressure on Health Minister Mary Harney to launch an independent probe into the contents of the documents.

The Department of Health admitted last night that its officials have been "in discussions" with the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse about what to do with the records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Diocese meets goal: $22 million raised in tough times

DAVENPORT (IA)
Quad-City Times

The Diocese of Davenport has moved past bankruptcy, clergy abuse scandals and the most difficult economic times in 70 years to reach what some believed was an unattainable

$22 million capital fundraising goal.

The feat was announced Thursday. The capital campaign officially began in January, but significant work on it was accomplished in 2009.

“No one enjoys asking people for money, but we had a good approach, and we were well received,” Mike Bauer said. Bauer, the retired president and chief executive officer of Quad-City Bank & Trust, chaired the capital campaign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Shul cleaner indicted for sexual abuse

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

A cleaner who worked in a synagogue was indicted by the Jerusalem District Court on Friday on charges of sexual abusing at the place of worship minors between the ages of eight and thirteen. The suspect has also been charged with sodomy and attempted sodomy.

The accused, 45-year-old Gil Dvash, allegedly offered the boys money to help him clean the synagogue and would then engage them with sexual behavior. During the police investigation, Dvash admitted to officers that he committed some of the acts alleged to have taken place between the years 2006 and 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Handreiking moet seksueel misbruik voorkomen

NEDERLAND
Nederlands Dagblad

Vrijwilligersorganisaties die met kinderen werken, kunnen met behulp van een nieuwe handreiking eenvoudig beleid ontwikkelen om seksueel misbruik te voorkomen. Jantje Beton en enkele gemeenten stellen het gebruik van de handreiking al als eis voor subsidie.

UTRECHT - ,,De meeste clubs die met kinderen werken, denken niet na over het voorkomen van seksueel misbruik. Dat onderwerp wordt pas urgent voor een bestuur als het fout gaat. Maar dan is het ook direct goed fout. Verenigingen moeten daarom echt geholpen worden beleid op te stellen dat seksueel misbruik kan voorkomen'', zegt Marco van Westerlaak, bestuurslid van de Vereniging Nederlandse Organisaties Vrijwilligerswerk (NOV). De vereniging heeft samen met het ministerie van Justitie, NOC*NSF, Scouting Nederland en Movisie een handreiking om seksueel misbruik te voorkomen opgesteld voor organisaties die met kinderen werken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Man who claimed abuse settles with priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Houston Chronicle

ST. LOUIS — A priest who was a former principal at Vianney High School in St. Louis has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle a lawsuit by a former student who claimed he was sexually abused.

Officials with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, say Brother William Mueller will pay damages to Bryan Bacon. Bacon previously reached settlement with the Marianist Province of the United States, the St. Louis-based order that operates Vianney.

Mueller is now in his 70s and lives in San Antonio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Diocese: No proof against priest found

TULSA (OK)
Tulsa World

[bishop's letter]

By BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Published: 8/27/2010

The Diocese of Tulsa's Diocesan Review Board has not been able to substantiate allegations against a Claremore priest who was accused by a Denver man of abusing him 32 years ago.

The Rev. Paul Eichhoff will stay in his position as pastor of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Claremore.

His accuser, Paul Weber, told the diocese early this year that in 1978, when he was 9, he and two other boys were molested by Eichhoff at St. Mary's parish in Brookside.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

"Openbaarmaken lijst misbruik priesters nabij"

NEDERLAND
RTV Utrecht

SOEST - Advocaat Van der Goen uit Soest komt volgende week naar buiten met de namen van katholieke priesters die betrokken zouden zijn bij seksueel misbruik. Hij zegt in het AD genoeg bewijs te hebben uit de monden van ruim 40 slachtoffers.

De juridische 'openbaring' volgt op een verklaring van de Commissie Deetman, die het seksueel misbruik binnen de Katholieke Kerk onderzoekt.

[summary]

Lawyer Van der Goen of Soest said he will next week disclose the names of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse. He said the AD has enough evidence gathered from more than 40 victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Man wins appeal in child abuse case

UNITED KINGDOM
Channel 4

By Channel 4 News
Updated on 27 August 2010

.A 52-year-old can go ahead with his court case against a Jesuit school where he claims he was abused. Channel 4 news hears that child abuse cases are often tried outside the legal time limit.

Patrick Raggett claimed he was subjected to years of sexual abuse by a teacher at Preston Catholic College in Lancashire, which has since closed down.

He alleged that he was measured "to chart his growth" while he was naked, filmed performing exercises, photographed and touched inappropriately by Father Michael Spencer, who died in 2000 aged 76.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

How NOT to Solve Conflicts Among Christians, Part 2

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

Mark D. Roberts

Yesterday I examined a passage from 1 Corinthians 6, which instructed Christians to avoid solving their problems in secular court. Let me quote that text again before suggesting some practical implications.

When you have something against another Christian, why do you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter, instead of taking it to other Christians to decide who is right? Don't you know that someday we Christians are going to judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can't you decide these little things among yourselves? Don't you realize that we Christians will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disagreements here on earth. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why do you go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn't there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these arguments? But instead, one Christian sues another--right in front of unbelievers! To have such lawsuits at all is a real defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? But instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your own Christian brothers and sisters. (1 Cor 6:1-8)

In our time of history, this may be one of the most counter-cultural passages in all of Scripture. It's not news that we live in a highly litigious culture. People sue each other right and left for the most trivial things. It's a given in our society that you should never "accept the injustice and leave it at that." Rather, we are taught to press every possible advantage for the sake of gain, even if that means suing a fellow believer in court. (Photo: Of course Paul never knew that one day there would be a Judge Judy!)

Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/markdroberts/2010/08/how-not-to-solve-conflicts-among-christians-part-2.html#ixzz0xoEzZz6x


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Australian Priest Blames 12-Year-Old Victim For Abuse Saying She Encouraged Him

AUSTRALIA
Lez Get Real

08/26/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire

Father Murray Alexander Moffat will be spending a total of three months in jail after admitting to sexually abusing a young girl from 1978 to 1980. The Ipswich priest was assistant priest at Sacred Heart Church in Booval when he molested a girl who was twelve at the time. The abuse ended when she was fifteen. Rather than admitting that he was wrong, he made the decision to attack the victim of his abuse.

According to Moffat, she encouraged it, and even kissed him first. In a taped conversation he stated “I made a mistake – you invited me. . .I should have said now but I didn’t. I thought you wanted me to do that. . .You were special to me.” According to Crown Proscecutor Sarah Farnden, the priest told the girl that she instigated the behavior, but it was “his mistake to allow her to do that.”

Farnden has also stated that the priest was allowed to regularly spend time with the girl in her bedroom, and in 1980, the girl recalls being driven by her father to see an industrial fire at Bundamba with Moffat sitting in the front passenger seat and her behind him. Apparently, at the time, Moffat reached back and molested her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Mum calls on Church to end abuse silence

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Jay Savage, ninemsn

The mother of two girls whose lives were destroyed by a pedophile priest says she believes the Catholic Church is still in denial about sexual abuse within its ranks.

Chrissie Foster's daughters Emma and Katie never recovered from the abuse they suffered at the hands of Father Kevin O'Donnell next to their Melbourne primary school between 1988 and 1993.

Tormented to the end, Emma died holding the teddy bear she received for her first birthday after overdosing on medication in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Second man sues Santa Rosa diocese: Suit seeks damages for alleged child molestation by former Eureka priest

SANTA ROSA (CA)
Times-Standard

Ashley Bailey/For the Times-Standard
Posted: 08/27/2010

A second man is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa, alleging in a complaint filed Thursday that he was repeatedly molested as an 11-year-old by a former priest at St. Bernard's Parish in Eureka in 1983.

The suit, filed in Sonoma County Superior Court by the 38-year-old “John Doe 77,” alleges that the church committed fraud and acted negligently when it placed priest Patrick Joseph McCabe in the Eureka parish from 1983 to 1985, knowing that McCabe had been deemed a pedophile and without warning parishioners. The suit seeks unspecified damages to compensate the plaintiff for psychological and emotional injuries, as well as reimbursement for medical and mental health expenses.

According to the suit, the diocese “had a duty to not hire and/or retain McCabe, given McCabe's dangerous and exploitive propensities.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

A Falling Star

ICELAND
Iceland Review

Recent events have shown that the Church of Iceland is a stagnated institution which takes itself too seriously and believes to have rights that supersede the law.

When Minister of Justice and Ecclesiastical Affairs Ragna Árnadóttir asked the church to make a nine-percent cutback to help the nation cope with the economic difficulties it’s going through, its executives flatly refused, saying they would only make a five-percent cutback.

Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson has admitted that the church failed in the case of three women who accused his predecessor of sexual harassment in 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Carlow priest slams Vatican over new bishop selection procedure

IRELAND
Irish Central

By MOLLY MULDOON, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Friday, August 27, 2010

An Irish priest has called the Vatican’s selection process “secretive and greatly imbalanced”.

Fr Paddy Byrne from Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow hit out at elective powers in Rome over the secrecy surrounding the upcoming appointment of the new bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

The Carlow priest is the youngest in the diocese and writes a weekly column for the Carlow Nationalist newspaper. In his column this week he acknowledged that he was cynical and deeply frustrated by the no change mentality that continues to govern in Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Man who alleged sexual abuse settles with priest

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Staff reports | Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010

A man who claimed a repressed memory of alleged sexual abuse by a Vianney High School teacher has agreed to settle with the priest for $500,000.

Under the settlement terms filed with St. Louis County court earlier this month, Brother William Mueller, 71, of San Antonio, will pay Bryan Bacon damages for child sexual abuse and battery.

Bacon had already settled part of the suit with the Marianist Province of the United States, a St. Louis-based order that operated Vianney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

August 26, 2010

Former Irish priest sued in US

CALIFORNIA
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

CIVIL ACTIONS by two Californian men have been initiated there against former Dublin Catholic priest Patrick Joseph McCabe (74) who is already the subject of 10 warrants issued in the Irish courts for his extradition.

He was remanded in custody in California this month pending the full extradition hearing which is likely to take place this autumn.

One of the civil cases in California claims that Mr McCabe repeatedly molested a then 11-year-old boy at a parish at Eureka, California around 1983.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

Ireland's sons turn their backs on the priesthood

IRELAND
The Independent (United Kingdom)

By Jerome Taylor, Religious Affairs Correspondent

The number of priestly ordinations in Ireland has dipped below England and Wales for the first time in living memory, new figures reveal.

The recruitment crisis is a clear indication of how low the church has sunk in a country that once used to export Catholic missionaries to all corners of the globe and often provided Britain with a significant proportion of its priests.

According to new figures released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Ireland, just 16 men are due to start training for the priesthood this autumn, less than half the 39 that signed up for the priesthood last year. In the 1980s Ireland would regularly draw more than 150 new recruits to the priesthood every year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 PM

Renunció a la iglesia católica sacerdote que mantenía relación con dos mujeres en Cali

COLOMBIA
RCN Radio

Por: RCN Cali
El sacerdote Rodrigo Carvajal Vargas, que tenía una relación con dos mujeres hace varios años, renunció al cargo eclesiástico que ejercía, dimisión que hizo ante al Arzobispo Coadjutor de la Arquidiócesis de Cali, Monseñor Darío Monsalve.

El alto prelado de la iglesia católica calificó esta situación como dolorosa y vergonzosa y anuncio que se abrió un expediente para escuchar a las personas implicadas para hacer los descargos e identificar el tipo de falta en las que incurrió como la relación de concubinato y tomar las decisiones canónicas que fueran necesarias.

El padre Carvajal Vargas, tenía una relación con Noelia Quintero, hace tres años y quien fue la sacó a la luz pública esta situación y también vive hace 20 años con Blanca Lucía Vélez, quien no se ha pronunciado sobre el hecho.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 PM

Cali priest with two girlfriend resigns

COLOMBIA
Colombia Reports

A 73-year old Cali priest was forced to resign after one of his two girlfriends exposed she had sexual relations with the father.

High church officials told Spanish press agency Efe on Thursday that priest Rodrigo Carvajal Vargas had handed in his resignation note on Wednesday.

The priest was forced to leave his post at the La Merced church after one of his lovers took to the public that the supposedly abstaining church official had had sexual relations with her for three years, while living with another woman for twenty year without the church noticing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

2nd sex abuse suit against Santa Rosa diocese

SANTA ROSA (CA)
Taiwan News

By JULIANA BARBASSA
Associated Press
2010-08-27

A man who claimed he was sexually abused as a child by an Irish priest filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa _ the second such alleging the church knew the priest was facing abuse charges in Ireland, but failed to warn the parish.

The lawsuit, filed in Sonoma County Superior Court, alleged that Rev. Patrick McCabe abused the man almost weekly during most of 1983, when McCabe was assigned to St. Bernard's church as associate pastor. The alleged victim, who was 11 at the time, attended the school attached to St. Bernard's in Eureka, California.

McCabe's attorney and the diocese's spokeswoman didn't immediately return calls Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Second molestation suit hits Santa Rosa Diocese

SANTA ROSA (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Justin Berton, Chronicle Staff Writer

(08-26) 17:00 PDT SANTA ROSA -- A second man has sued the Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Diocese, claiming that he was molested by a priest sent from Ireland to work in California in the 1980s despite having been the subject of boys' complaints in his homeland.

The plaintiff in the latest case, a 38-year-old Eureka man who filed suit Thursday, said he first disclosed the alleged abuse to an ex-girlfriend several years ago but had never said anything to police or church officials.

He decided to sue, he said, after reading quotes from church officials in response to the arrest of Patrick Joseph McCabe, 74, earlier this month for allegedly sexually assaulting six boys in Ireland from 1973 to 1981.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Women's gifts can help solve Church's sexual abuse crises

CANADA
Western Catholic Reporter

DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

OTTAWA - Catholic women must use their gifts to address the systemic problems that have led to the Church's global sexual abuse crisis.

That's the message Dr. Nuala Kenny, a retired pediatrician and Sister of Charity, brought the Catholic Women's League's (CWL) 90th national convention here Aug. 9.

"As long we think clergy sex abuse is the individual sin of an individual offender or the individual sin of mismanagement on the part of bishops, we are not going to learn about why," Kenny told 600 delegates packing a downtown hotel ballroom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Second lawsuit accuses Santa Rosa diocese in child molest

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A second Humboldt County man has sued the Santa Rosa Catholic Diocese alleging he was repeatedly molested in the 1980s by a former Irish priest who had been designated as a pedophile.

The suit, filed Thursday in Sonoma County Superior Court, accuses the diocese of negligence and fraud for hiring the Rev. Patrick Joseph McCabe and failing to disclose his misconduct to parishioners in Eureka.

The alleged victim is a 38-year-old Humboldt County man who served as an altar boy at St. Bernard Church, where McCabe was assigned to serve by former Santa Rosa Bishop Mark Hurley, who died in 2001.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Twice accused priest is kept in ministry in OK

OKLAHOMA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

In a short, terse letter, Tulsa Catholic officials today notified a clergy sex abuse victim that they are “not able to substantiate” his report of childhood sexual abuse by Fr. Paul Eichhoff, so Eichhoff will remain as pastor of a Claremont/Claremore church, despite allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him by two different men, neither of whom filed lawsuits.

(For copy of the letter, contact Barbara Dorris at 314 503 0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com; or view it here)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

German bishops OK new guidelines for handling sex abuse claims

GERMANY
U.S. Catholic

By Jonathan Luxmoore, Catholic News Service

OXFORD, England (CNS) -- Germany's Catholic bishops have approved new guidelines for handling claims of sex abuse by church personnel to facilitate cooperation with law enforcement bodies.

The guidelines, in preparation since February, were approved by the bishops' permanent council at a meeting in Wurzburg. A statement from the German bishops' conference said Bishop Stephan Ackermann of Trier, who was appointed in February as the church's point-man for abuse claims, will present the guidelines at a news conference Aug. 31.

The new guidelines will replace 2002 guidelines and are expected to be expanded to include all church personnel, not just clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Mystery surrounds departed Roxbury church priest

NEW JERSEY
Roxbury Register

By MIKE CONDON
Editor

ROXBURY TWP. – Long-time parishioners of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church in Succasunna were left reeling, and with very little information, following a blanket statement at mass on Sunday, Aug. 22 informing them that a large sum of church money was missing, and that the matter was being investigated by authorities.

And at the center of the investigation, according to authorities, is the parish’s long-time former priest, Father Joseph Davis, who seems to be, at least somewhat, of a mystery himself.

The Rev. Robert Hooper, the temporary administrator of St. Therese Church, which is located on Main Street, Succasunna, read the following statement during mass last weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Priest blames 12yo for sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Queensland Times

Felicity Caldwell | 27th August 2010

AN IPSWICH priest will spend the next three months in jail after admitting abusing a young girl.

Murray Alexander Moffat was an assistant priest at Sacred Heart Church at Booval when he sexually abused the girl from 1978 to 1980 – when she was aged between 12 and 15.

Ipswich District Court heard the victim, now aged 43, confronted Moffat last year while wearing a police wire and he admitted the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Catholic League Using Mother Teresa to Claim Anti-Catholicism

UNITED STATES
Anti-Catholic League

by David Fortwengler

Tonight Bill Donohue and the Catholic League will be holding a rally in New York City to protest the decision by officials from the Empire State Building, a privately held company, not to light the tower blue and white on the 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birthday. Donohue claims his organization exists to safeguard religious freedom rights and free speech rights for Catholics. The truth is that those rights are fiercely protected in our country; they are not being threatened, they are not in jeopardy. Because Catholic rights are not under attack bloviating Bill justifies his existence by criticizing non-Catholics for exercising their rights.

Why would he consider the lack of blue and white on a private building in any way a denial of Catholic rights? The fact he has obtained a permit to protest the ESB’s decision proves that none of his protected freedoms are being denied. I do not question his rights, only his motives and methods. When questioned by Catholic journalist Raymond Arroyo of EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) Bill was asked what the motive could be for the ESB’s decision. He responded, “Blatant anti-Catholicism.” The purpose of the Catholic League is not to defend rights that are already constitutionally protected, it’s purpose is to deflect and deny any disagreement or criticism of the church by labeling it as prejudiced or biased. ...

Sadly, the long term goal of many Catholic apologists like Donohue is to discredit the facts about the scandal, the Catholic hierarchy's negligence, the lack of accountability, and to pretend secular societies outrage is merely a result of victim’s groups, attorney’s, and the media’s anti-Catholicism. The litany of excuses of minimizations include, it’s in the past, others have done it, the issue lacks perspective, most priests are good priests, why is it on the front page, and the church is a victim of an unjust attack. Thankfully, history will record the truth. The only question now is how much more truth will be revealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Another Lansing predator priest is exposed; SNAP responds

LANSING (MI)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director 314 862 7688

We applaud the brave Lansing area victims of predator priests who are coming forward to expose terrible crimes. We hope their actions will help each of them in the long, tough recovery process that follows heinous childhood victimization. And we hope their courage will inspire others who have been violated to reach out, get help, expose predators, protect kids, and heal more.

The bishop's claim that charges against Slowey can't be "substantiated" is baloney.

There's an easy way for bishops to get at the truth in child sex allegations: disclose them, and urge anyone with information that could prove or disprove the accusation to come forward. That's essentially what bishops have promised - to be "open" about child sex cases. That's clearly what bishops could do - they have websites and PR staffs and parish bulletins and diocesan newspapers. But that's still what bishops virtually never do, preferring instead to quietly settle cases behind closed doors and hope that the crimes and cover ups remain covered up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Judge grants bishops' secrecy motion, Victims respond

PEORIA (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by David Clohessy Executive Director of SNAP 314 566 9790

Today, a judge sided with Catholic officials who want clergy sex abuse and cover up records kept sealed.

Today, Peoria's bishop wins and Peoria parents and parishioners lose.

Secrecy protects only those who commit or conceal child sex crimes. It hurts victims and endangers kids. It leaves parents in the dark about information that could be used to safeguard their kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Child sex abuse victims want bishop to do “outreach”

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will
-- disclose a new ½ million dollar judgment against a San Antonio child molesting ex-cleric,
-- discuss a $4.6 million child sex and cover up lawsuit settlement last fall with Texas Catholic officials involving a different predator, and
-- beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered the pedophiles’ crimes or misdeeds to get help, call police, expose wrongdoers, and start healing.

They will also prod San Antonio’s archbishop to explain and apologize for his secrecy about both allegations and settlements.

WHEN
Thursday, Aug. 26, at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Catholic headquarters (chancery office), 2718 West Woodlawn, in San Antonio

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Cleric ordered to pay $500,000

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose and discuss a highly unusual $500,000 court order against a notorious serial child molesting cleric who
--- is accused of drugging and sexually abusing dozens of boys in three states,
--- has never before been deemed guilty in court, and
--- still walks free today.

The victims will also
---blast his church superiors for “mean-spirited” legal tactics and
---beg others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to call police.

WHEN
TODAY, Thursday, Aug. 26, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside Marianists headquarters 4425 West Pine Blvd. (near corner of Newstead Ave.) in St. Louis’ CWE

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victim Reaches Settlement (Part 2)

MICHIGAN
The Injury Board Blog

by David Mittleman
August 26, 2010

[The following is the text of the prepared statement I read at yesterday's press conference.]

At the outset, we should all show our appreciation to a brave, smart, and persistent victim. He is brave because it is not easy for those who have been molested to report such unspeakable crimes. He is smart because he didn't go it alone and sought independent help from a lawyer. And he is persistent because I was at least the third or fourth lawyer who looked at his facts. He was told by others that, in Michigan, “even if true, you can't hold the church accountable because of Michigan's anti-victim laws that shield pedophile priests, scout masters, and the like.”

But this victim is a friend of mine as well as a client. I believed him and, while I told him “I can't make you better, I can't undo what has been done to you, and I can't do to the priest what he did to you,” we can try against odds to get you compensation. And we did receive a significant settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

Former Bishop’s Alleged Sexual Violations Investigated

ICELAND
Iceland Review

The Church Council has asked the primary committee of the church convention to prepare proposals for an investigative committee to review the church’s work methods and reactions in regard to allegations that former Bishop Ólafur Skúlason committed sexual violations.

The proposals shall be submitted at the next church convention on November 13, Fréttabladid reports.

Pétur Hafstein, president of the church convention, said the committee’s members will be completely independent from all of the church’s institutions and the state’s ministries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Why I’m giving up Catholicism

UNITED KINGDOM
London Evening Standard

Jackie Annesley
26.08.10

I was baptised a Catholic, educated at a convent and spent my childhood inventing sins for the confessional box, so the road to renouncing my Catholicism has been a long one.

But even as a recent disbeliever, the news this week that a Catholic priest was a terrorist behind an IRA car bomb in Northern Ireland that killed nine still shocked. It follows the cover-up of clergy sex crimes and the Vatican's misogynist pronouncement last month that ordaining a woman a priest is as sinful as abusing a child. So much for all God's children (John 1:12-13).

The seemingly trivial turning point for me came during my father's funeral several years ago, when the Catholic priest began eulogising about Eric. Dad's name was Alexander. As our muted sobs almost gave way to incredulous giggles, the undertaker was forced to go up to the altar to remind the priest, fond of the drink, of the name of the deceased.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Judy Jones SNAP2010 Chicago

CHICAGO (IL)
YouTube

[video presentation]

At the 2010 SNAP [Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests] Conference in Chicago, IL [July 30 - August 1] Judy Jones was honored and recognized for her ceaseless efforts on behalf of victims of clergy sexual abuse. These are Judy's remarks at the award meeting. Judy is the Associate Midwest Director of SNAP and can be reached at: snapjudy@gmail.com .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 AM

Priest hits out over Middle Ages hierarchy of 'tall hats in Rome'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Thursday August 26 2010

A PRIEST has criticised the secrecy surrounding the appointment of the new Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Popular Bagenalstown curate Fr Paddy Byrne (36) attacked the Vatican's selection process.

The Carlow priest -- the youngest in the diocese -- said he had "no confidence" in the process, which he described as "secretive, non-consultative and greatly imbalanced".

He urged Catholic Church leaders to "get their hands dirty" in the name of Jesus.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Church accused of 'lacking moral authority' over Claudy bombing

IRELAND
Telegraph (United Kingdom)

By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM BST 26 Aug 2010

Politicians and victims’ families said the church hierarchy should have gone far further, after it admitted it was “shocking” that a priest was involved in the Claudy atrocity, but insisted it “did not engage in a cover-up”. ...

The Catholic Church in Ireland, led by Cardinal Seán Brady, has already been accused by many, including the Archbishop of Canterbury, of losing “all credibility” over its failure to stop child abuse by priests and to bring the guilty to justice.

Sir Reg Empey, the outgoing leader of the Ulster Unionist Party, said: “The statement made by Cardinal Brady is, unfortunately, entirely inadequate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Catholic priest reveals active sex life

AUSTRALIA
Seeking Media

A gay Catholic priest has revealed that up to half of priests, both gay and straight, are sexually active.

"I have not been able to keep my vow of celibacy," the priest says, speaking exclusively to DNA Magazine's Nick Cook in the current issue.

"Sometimes I need to be held and cared for - and I enjoy the sex.

"I know that for a large part of the world it means I'm not a good priest, but without it I'd be a worse one."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Lansing Diocese: $225K paid to man who claimed abuse by priest

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

Kathleen Lavey • klavey@lsj.com • August 26, 2010

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing confirmed Wednesday that it paid $225,000 to a man who says he was abused by a priest in the 1950s at the St. Vincent children's home.

The settlement was signed July 27 by the man and on Aug. 11 by Bishop Earl Boyea, leader of the 10-county diocese. It was paid on Aug. 17 by a diocesan insurance policy.
The agreement is the second incident made public this week regarding alleged abuse decades ago by priests who have since died.

On Monday, Boyea said he believes the Rev. John Martin, a priest at St. Isidore in Laingsburg from 1941 to 1966, abused at least a half-dozen boys in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Martin died in 1968.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Another Lansing priest accused of molestation

LANSING (MI)
Detroit Free Press

BY PATRICIA MONTEMURRI and CHRIS CHRISTOFF
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing was rocked Wednesday by revelations about another deceased priest, accused of sexually molesting a boy decades ago.

After the alleged victim refused a confidentiality agreement and accepted a settlement of $225,000, Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea acknowledged that the diocese paid the money this week to a man who said he was abused in the 1950s by Msgr. John Slowey, who led Catholic Social Services of Lansing.

David Mittleman, a lawyer for the victim, said his client says he was about 5 or 6 years old when he was molested by Slowey at the St. Vincent orphanage, where the man and his siblings were placed from June 1954 to March 1955. Slowey died in 1983 at age 68.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

An Interview with Survivor turned Thriver, Dr. Kathy Jordan

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

Dr. Kathy Jordan co-wrote “Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life” with Fred Mandell Ph.D. Kathy is a psychologist, coach and Reiki energy healing teacher who integrates her expertise in creative skill-building and mind/body practices to help people create more meaningful and joyful lives. She specializes in providing strategies for midlife women as well as survivors of abuse, trauma, and chronic illness to live creatively despite difficult challenges. See her website for more information.

JR: I loved your book, ‘Becoming a Life Change Artist: 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent yourself at any stage of life.’ Please give readers a glimpse into it.

KJ: My co-author Fred Mandell and I met about 8 years ago at a time when we were both up to our earlobes in personal change. I was living in Boston, the epicenter of the Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse scandal. The non-stop media coverage triggered flashbacks to my experience of sexual abuse by a priest when I was in high school more than 30 years earlier. I had kept that experience a deep dark secret and was for the first time getting some professional help to deal with the impact of the abuse on my whole adult life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Regionieuws: Eerste claim seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
omroep

Advocaat Bob van der Goen uit Soest onthult volgende week de naam van een Limburgse geestelijke die betrokken was bij seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. Dat meldt Dagblad De Limburger. Het is de eerste van 'tenminste tien' priesters, van wie Van der Goen een schadevergoeding zal eisen. De jurist behartigt de belangen van onder meer de gedupeerdengroep Mea Culpa van Maastrichtenaar Bert Smeets.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Deetman stuurt media brief

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

UTRECHT - De commissie-Deetman, die seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk vanaf 1945 onderzoekt, wil ook meldingen die bij media zijn binnengekomen betrekken bij het onderzoek. Voorzitter Wim Deetman heeft in een brief aan een aantal hoofdredacties gevraagd ‘om kennis te mogen nemen van meldingen waarover deze media beschikken’.

De hoofdredacties van NRC Handelsblad en de Wereldomroep, die nauw samenwerken in een journalistiek onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen, bevestigen dat ze een brief van Deetman hebben ontvangen. Adjunct-hoofdredacteur van NRC Hans Steketee denkt niet dat zijn krant aan het verzoek van de ex-minister zal voldoen: ‘Net zo min als we meewerken aan politieverzoeken, denk ik niet dat we gegevens die we als journalist hebben vergaard, gaan doorspelen aan Deetman.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

«Fede e ragione, la rinascita irlandese deve partire da qui»

ITALIA
Avvenire

«Ex cattolicissima Irlanda». Diarmuid Martin l’ha descritta così, «senza ambiguità». L’arcivescovo di Dublino ieri al Meeting ha parlato del Paese di John Henri Newman, il cardinale filosofo dell’Ottocento che sarà beatificato a Birmingham il 19 settembre, ma soprattutto di quello di oggi, diviso dallo scandalo dei preti pedofili. Il primate venuto da Roma - Martin è stato segretario del Pontificio Consiglio Giustizia e Pace ed è arrivato a Dublino nel 2004, quando il "caso" era già esploso - ha usato proprio l’espressione «senza ambiguità» per riproporre la sua lettura dei fatti, rafforzata dalla lettera del Papa ai vescovi irlandesi contro le «ingiustizie del passato».

«Va sottolineato senza ambiguità - ha scandito - che lo scandalo dell’abuso sessuale di bambini da parte di sacerdoti e religiosi in Irlanda è veramente uno scandalo e non un’invenzione dei media». E ancora: «Le vittime sono state derubate del Dio che cercano ma i fedeli si sentono spesso derubati della loro Chiesa e si sentono traditi dalla loro Chiesa». L’arcivescovo ha negato di essere stato indebolito dalla decisione vaticana di respingere le dimissioni di Raymond Field e Eamonn Walsh, i due vescovi accusati da un rapporto governativo di aver insabbiato casi di pedofilia, ma ha precisato che la maggioranza del popolo di Dio la pensa come lui: «Sono i fedeli di tutte le età che sono scandalizzati dal fatto degli abusi, ma soprattutto dalla maniera in cui orribili abusi di bambini e adolescenti furono trattati dalle autorità ecclesiastiche».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Negenhonderd misbruikslachtoffers kerk melden zich bij Deetman

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

Rotterdam, 25 aug. Ruim negenhonderd slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk hebben zich de afgelopen maanden gemeld bij de onderzoekscommissie van oud-minister Wim Deetman. Dat heeft Deetman gezegd in een interview met de Volkskrant dat dinsdag is verschenen.

Volgens Deetman hebben slachtoffers diverse redenen om naar de commissie te stappen, en wil niet iedereen een schadevergoeding. „Er zijn slachtoffers die alleen hun verhaal willen doen en willen dat het onderzocht wordt. Er zijn veel mensen die hulp en begeleiding willen”, aldus de oud-minister.

Ook daders hebben zich bij de commissie gemeld, aldus de commissievoorzitter. Hij benadrukt in het interview dat daders er goed aan doen zich te melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin knew of Pope's call on bishops since May

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By John Cooney
Thursday, 26 August 2010

Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin did not reveal for three months the bombshell news that Pope Benedict XVI decided, last May, not to accept the resignations of two Dublin auxiliary bishops.

On his return to Dublin today, Dr Martin will face mounting criticism from priests and laity after a controversial speech in Italy in which he deplored the low level of theological debate in Ireland.

The archbishop is also expected to hold what is likely to be a frosty meeting later this week with his two senior auxiliary bishops, whose resignations over their role in the Murphy Report were rejected by the Pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Decatur man, 18, charged with raping girl younger than 16 in a church

DECATUR (IL)
Herald-Review

By HUEY FREEMAN - H&R Staff Writer Herald-Review.com

DECATUR - An 18-year-old man facing charges that he raped a teenage girl while they were working at a vacation Bible school pleaded not guilty during his preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Edwin S. Bond Jr. was arrested Aug. 4 after a girl younger than 16 years old told police she was sexually assaulted the previous morning while helping with the school at First United Methodist Church, 201 W. North St.

At the hearing, Decatur police detective Jim Atkinson testified that the victim said she was raped at 9:45 a.m. Aug. 3 after Bond asked her to accompany him to an upstairs choir room.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Female bishop calls for Pope’s resignation

IRELAND
Laois Nationalist

A LAOIS-born woman Catholic bishop has called for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and has called on parishioners to stop giving money to the Church.

Rathdowney born Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan is the first Irish woman Catholic Bishop since the fifth century.

While visiting Laois last week, Bishop Meehan called for people to cease propping up the beleaguered Catholic Church and stop giving money to it. Bishop Meehan also likened the Vatican to the mafia and called on the Pope to resign.

“He should resign, given that the Vatican has acted like a crime family. I mean, honest to God, the mafia has nothing on them. What did the Murphy report say?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

York minister accused of sexual abuse of child

SOUTH CAROLINA
GoUpstate

ROCK HILL — A South Carolina minister has been arrested on charges of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy.

Multiple media outlets reported the Rev. Johnny William Cabe of York was arrested Tuesday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine.

The arrest warrant states that the 50-year-old Rock Hill pastor inappropriately touched the boy at church. The warrant says Cabe examined the child, diagnosed a physical ailment and prescribed treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

A need for fresh thinking

IRELAND
The Nationalist

By: Fr Paddy Byrne
IT IS now five months since the resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty has been accepted by Pope Benedict; a resignation that has gained considerable respect and praise.

Bishop Jim resigned because he felt he did not challenge the prevailing culture when he was an auxiliary in the Dublin Diocese. A culture we now know, in light of the Murphy Report, that covered up, remained silent and struggled to believe and effectively deal with the shocking reality of clerical child sexual abuse. His resignation is a prophetic action and greatly challenges Pope Benedict’s decision not to accept similar responses by two other auxiliary bishops who belonged to a similar culture.

The story is told of the late Archbishop John Charles McQuaid’s return to Dublin after some major deliberations in Rome during the Second Vatican Council, a council that certainly tried to re-establish the Church as a more Christ-like living body that communicated compassion and hope to the modern world. McQuaid was invited by a journalist to articulate the new vision. His response: “No change”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Perlitz pleads guilty

CONNECTICUT
Minuteman News Center

By Meg Learson Grosso

Douglas Perlitz, founder of a school for homeless children in Haiti, pled guilty to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct last Wednesday. The Fairfield University graduate admitted that between 2001 and 2008, he traveled to Haiti and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with eight minor victims, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Thomas Carson.

A grand jury indictment had linked Perlitz with as many as 22 victims.

Perlitz’s lawyer had previously argued, and Judge Janet Arterton had previously ruled, that Perlitz could not be tried in Connecticut, because his travel for sex-related purposes had not commenced in this state. However, he was not released from jail and two days after the judge’s ruling, there was an indictment for Perlitz from the Eastern District of New York where John F. Kennedy airport is located, and from which Perlitz did travel to Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

'No resources' available to translate archbishop's speech

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PAUL CULLEN

A SPEECH delivered by Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin in Italian was not translated into English “for logistical reasons”, according to his spokeswoman.

The speech, which was delivered to a Catholic lay group in Rimini on Tuesday, was not translated because there were “no resources” to do so, she said.

“I didn’t have anyone available beforehand who had adequate Italian to translate it. If I find someone, I might yet have it translated.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Mental reservation used 'to lie to jury'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MICHAEL PARSONS in Callan, Co Kilkenny

A CANADIAN academic has claimed the leader of the Irish Catholic Church in the 1870s used the concept of “mental reservation” to “lie to a jury and commit perjury in a civil court case”.

“Mental reservation” allows clerics knowingly to mislead people “without being guilty of lying”, and came to public attention last year in the Murphy Report (on clerical sexual abuse).

But Prof Colin Barr, who has written a new book about a 19th century schism, claims Cardinal Paul Cullen, (appointed Ireland’s first cardinal in 1867), used “mental reservation” in a case which mirrors the contemporary debate about the conflict between civil and canon law. The author, an associate professor at Ave Maria University, Florida, is visiting Ireland this week to promote his book The European Culture Wars in Ireland – The Callan Schools Affair, 1868-81 . The book explores a dispute which split the 19th century Irish Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

August 25, 2010

Female priest protest for pope

UNITED KINGDOM
News 24

London - Pope Benedict will be confronted by posters on London's famous red buses during his trip to the British capital next month which will call for the ordination of women priests.

Protests are planned throughout his four-day trip to England and Scotland, the first papal visit since Pope John Paul II's pastoral visit in 1982 and the first-ever official papal visit to Britain.

One group of women, the Catholic Women's Ordination (CWO), will have its message plastered on the side of the buses as they travel along key routes, including past Westminster Hall, at the Palace of Westminster, where the pope is set to deliver a speech to Britain's civic society on Friday, September 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM

Judges seals records in alleged B-N priest sex abuse suit

PEORIA (IL)
Pantagraph

By Edith Brady-Lunny AND WEEK.COM |eblunny@pantagraph.com

PEORIA -- The deposition of a former Catholic bishop will not be released, but a lawyer intends to continue his fight to open records about allegations of sexual abuse.

Peoria County Judge Joseph Vespa granted a request by the Diocese of Peoria to keep records confidential. He did allow Jeff Anderson, the Minnesota attorney for alleged victim Andrew Ward, to go through some documents to identify materials he believes should be available.

Ward, who agreed to have his name publicly used, has a pending civil lawsuit against the diocese. He accuses now-deceased Monsignor Thomas Maloney of molesting him when Ward was a second-grader at Epiphany Grade School in Normal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 PM

Book examines stories behind secular news reporting on abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Julie Asher
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Greg Erlandson decided to write a book on the clergy sex abuse crisis because the secular media kept raising questions about Pope Benedict XVI's handling of cases in their coverage of a new wave of clergy sex abuse in dioceses around the world.

For him, there was a "genuine curiosity about what's going on. ... It wasn't just a bishop in this diocese or a bishop in that diocese, but now it was about the pope and his credibility," said Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Co. in Huntington, Ind.

"As I dug into it, I felt there was a big chunk of the story that wasn't being reported and part of it was not getting the perspective" it deserved, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

National group claims Lansing Bishop not being open enough ...

MICHIGAN
Michigan Radio

Steve Carmody (2010-08-25)

ANN ARBOR, MI (Michigan Radio) -

A national group is accusing Lansing's Catholic bishop of caring more about public relations than victims of priest sexual abuse.

The diocese this week disclosed sex abuse allegations against a long dead priest. The church also recently quietly paid $225 thousand to an alleged victim of another dead priest.

David Clohessy is the national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He says Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea is still trying to protect the church's image.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Surprise on Mt. Hood

OREGON
The Garden of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Virginia Jones

Truthfully I didn’t expect to talk to anyone about abuse on the Pacific Crest Trail segment of the Walk Across Oregon. I had no agency contacts or members of my own group who indicated an interest in walking with me. My reason for walking on the trail was for the beauty of the place. I want to bring awareness to the issue of abuse, make it easier for survivors of abuse to come forward in an atmosphere of support, but I also want to bring awareness about how we can heal from abuse. I struggled with depression most of my life related to the sexual abuse I suffered at age 4, but when I was out in nature hiking by a waterfall or on the crest of a mountain range, my ever present depression would disappear and be replaced by joy, joy. I felt it is important to walk on the Pacific Crest Trail even though I expected to speak to no one. I just wanted to set a precedent in the expectations that in the future others will join me. I planned only to have a pleasant day hiking with my children. I was so casual I arrived late at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, our point of entry on the Trail that goes from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. Moreover, although I wore a “Walk Across Oregon” shirt, I forgot to clothe my children in “Walk” shirts. I really expected to speak with no one about my favorite issue -- bringing in the community to end abuse and support survivors.

Boy was I surprised.

Walking on the Pacific Crest Trail I had a really good day, I met not one, but four people really interested in detailed explanations of why I wear this t-shirt emblazoned with “Stop Child Abuse, Heal the Wounds,” and walk on trails and through towns in Oregon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Slachtoffer seksueel misbruik kerk wil erkenning

NEDERLAND
omroep zeeland

TERNEUZEN - Erkenning en een vergoeding. Dat wil Dave, ‘liever geen achternaam’, uit Terneuzen van het Bisdom Breda. Dave is in 1990 op 14-jarige leeftijd in Terneuzen seksueel misbruikt door een pastoor. Die pastoor heeft decennia lang op verschillende plekken zijn gang kunnen gaan. Pastoor ‘John’ is uiteindelijk veroordeeld tot een werkstraf.

Schadevergoeding
Onvoldoende volgens Dave. Hij heeft een advocaat ingeschakeld en wil een schadevergoeding en excuses afdwingen via de rechter. Luister naar zijn verhaal:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Mid-Michigan Clergy Sex Abuse Cases Come to Light

LANSING (MI)
The Injury Board Blog

Posted by David Mittleman
August 25, 2010

Allegations of sexual abuse have prompted the Catholic Diocese of Lansing to acknowledge that up to six men have been molested by a now-deceased Laingsburg priest. The conduct of Rev. John Martin, who was the priest at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg, Michigan, from 1941 to 1966, was initially described by two victims. The revelation prompted the church to suspect that other victims were involved, and anyone with information was asked to come forward.

The abuse occurred in the 1950s and 1960s and the victims, now in their 60s and 70s, were in their teens at the time. Rev. Martin served at four other churches during his tenure as a priest, during which time he was active in the community and coached various sports. Martin died in 1968.

While the church claims it is not aware of other victims, it is nearly certain that others in the Mid-Michigan area have been abused by clergy members.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victim Reaches Settlement

LANSING (MI)
The Injury Board Blog

by David Mittleman
August 25, 2010

LANSING, MICHIGAN – A former Michigan professional, who can no longer perform his job as a result of his emotional injuries stemming from sexual abuse he endured as a child at a Lansing orphanage, has reached a settlement with the Catholic Diocese of Lansing. For decades, the victim involuntarily repressed all memory of the crimes. With the help of an attorney, he has received a $225,000 settlement. The priest, now deceased, had never been publicly accused before.

WHAT
At a brief news conference, a recent $225,000 clergy sex abuse settlement involving the Catholic Diocese of Lansing and a now-deceased priest, who has never been publicly accused of abuse before, will be disclosed and discussed.

WHEN
Wednesday, August 25, at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE
At the law offices of Church Wyble, P.C., located at 2827 E. Saginaw, Lansing, MI 48912.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Lansing Catholic Diocese paid $225K to settle priest abuse claim

LANSING (MI)
Lansing State Journal

Kathleen Lavey • klavey@lsj.com • August 25, 2010

LANSING -- The Catholic Diocese of Lansing paid $225,000 last week to a man who says he was abused by a priest in the 1950s at the St. Vincent children’s home.

The settlement was signed July 27 by the man and on Aug. 11 by Bishop Earl Boyea, leader of the 10-county diocese.

The man, now in his late 50s, and his siblings were sent by their parents to the St. Vincent home in Lansing in the fall of 1955 and reunited with their family in spring of 1956, said his attorney, David Mittleman. While there, the man believes that Monsignor John Slowey, director of Catholic Social Services and chaplain at the home, molested him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

Lansing diocese rocked by 2nd dead priest accused of molesting

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

By PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

The Catholic Diocese of Lansing was rocked today by revelations about another priest, long-dead, now accused of sexually molesting a boy decades ago.

Lansing lawyer David Mittleman announced today that he has negotiated a $225,000 settlement from the Diocese of Lansing on behalf of a man who says he was molested by the late Rev. John Slowey at an orphanage in the mid-1950s.

Lansing diocese spokesman Michael Diebold confirmed the cash settlement in the Slowey case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Westmeath babies used in vaccine trials

IRELAND
Westmeath Examiner

At least 29 of the children who were used as guinea pigs during controversial vaccine trials between 1960 and 1970 were based in Westmeath, it has been revealed.

Trials carried out between December 1960 and 1961 involved 58 children in five children’s homes across Ireland; six of the children were at the mother and baby home at St. Peter’s, Castlepollard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Fr Paddy slams ‘secretive selection’ of new bishop

IRELAND
The Nationalist

A LOCAL priest has this week revealed his lack of confidence in the “secretive, non-consultative and greatly imbalanced” process of selecting the new Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin.

Five months after the shock resignation of Bishop Jim Moriarty, Fr Paddy Byrne, CC, Bagenalstown has this week lashed the “no change” mentality within the Church.

“I find myself somewhat cynical and deeply frustrated by the ‘no change’ mentality that continues to govern in Rome,” Fr Paddy writes in his column in The Nationalist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Compensation for Bishop's students boosted by $150,000

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

By Irwin Block, Montreal Gazette
August 24, 2010

MONTREAL - Compensation offered to former students at Bishop's College School who allegedly suffered sexual and physical abuse there more than 50 years ago has been boosted by $150,000 to $1.15 million.

But one alleged victim objected in Quebec Superior Court Tuesday to the dollar-figure, saying it's not enough for the years of suffering he's endured.

Justice Kevin Downs has taken under advisement the proposed deal, which would include the establishment "in the near future" of a truth and reconciliation committee for victims and perpetrators to testify voluntarily about the harm suffered or inflicted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Victim’s Family: End Statute of Limitations

PENNSYLVANIA
The Living Church News Service

Posted on: August 24, 2010

Two statements from opponents of Bishop Charles E. Bennison, Jr., have called for abolishing any statute of limitations for any allegations related to sexual abuse.

“An Open Letter from the Bennison Trial Witnesses” represents Martha Alexis — who was abused by Bishop Bennison’s brother, John, when she was a teenager — plus her immediate family and other supporters.

The other statement is by the Rev. Ann Nadine Grady, interim priest at Christ Church, Montpelier, Vt., where John Bennison’s ex-wife, Maggie Thompson, is a lay leader. Thompson, who was also a prosecution witness at Bishop Bennison’s trial, joined in signing the open letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

OU's Rabbinic Authority Says Do Not Call Law Enforcement On Child Sexual Abusers

NEW JERSEY
Failed Messiah

Rabbi Yisroel Belsky says calling police or the D.A. to report child sexual abuse is wrong. Victims' families must bring their evidence to a beit din whose rabbis will decide if police and secular courts should be informed.

Today's online edition of the APP has a long article on child sexual abuse in the haredi community of Lakewood, New Jersey. (The article was in Sunday's print edition.)

It deals with the case of Yosef Kolko, an alleged child sexual abuser who is a nephew of the notorious pedophile Rabbi Yehuda Kolko.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Memorial event set for Friday in Vernon for priest abuse victim from Pequannock

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

By ABBOTT KOLOFF • STAFF WRITER • August 25, 2010

Ray Skettini had a chance four years ago to confront the man who admitted to sexually abusing him in a Pequannock church rectory as a child four decades ago.

"Ray, I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart for what I did to you son.'' James Hanley, a defrocked priest, said in front of a crowd.

Skettini by then played a prominent role with other Hanley victims, mostly from Mendham, as an advocate for other abuse victims. Hanley has said Skettini was his first victim decades ago, at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pequannock.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Arbitrator tosses chaplains' complaints about priest

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Carol Sanders

More than a year after hearings began, a labour arbitrator has ruled against the three chaplains who complained their boss, a priest at St. Boniface General Hospital, bullied them

"The complaints of harassment and abuse in this case were entirely without merit," arbitrator Arne Peltz wrote in his 140-page decision.

Moreover, the non-denominational minister, and the Roman Catholic nun and priest who filed a grievance against Fr. Gerry Ward, should ask for forgiveness, Peltz wrote.

"Rev. (Carlyle) Murrell-Cole, Sister (Jeannine) Corbeil and Father (Roland) Lanoie should search their hearts and reflect deeply on the moral quality of their actions," Peltz wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

UGANDA: CAPA Bishops Conference: From My Ear to Yours

UGANDA
Virtue Online

By David W. Virtue in Entebbe
www.virtueonline.org
August 24, 2010

If placing means anything then you will be interested to learn that in the line up on the top platform at today's opening CAPA Eucharist where the Archbishop of Canterbury preached, the placing went like this. From left to right: Bob Duncan (ACNA), Archbishop Ian Ernest (Indian Ocean), Archbishop Rowan Williams (ABC), and Archbishop Henry Orombi (Uganda). Duncan's presence was publicly recognized by Archbishop Orombi. ...

I traveled with a CMS (Nigerian) bishop from Amsterdam to Entebbe. He wondered out loud to me how it is that a bishop like Charles Bennison could possibly be reinstated after all that the diocese has suffered at his hands both spiritually, financially and for covering his brother's sexual exploits.

So I asked him what would happen in Nigeria if a bishop like Bennison erupted in one of their dioceses. Simple, he said. If and when the laity rose up and said they wanted their bishop gone, he would be gone. He would be made to step down and that would be the end of it. The laity are the people of God and if they are unhappy, the diocese is unhappy, the churches are unhappy and people leave. The archbishop would find that intolerable and the bishop in question would be made to go. No drawn out lawsuits, no reference to canons, no meeting out of tens of thousands of dollars to a man in temporary exile. He would have to go. The bishop said it had happened twice in his province, the bishop was told to leave and as a result the diocese suffered very little. "I think your diocese will now go into serious decline. People will not stay with a leader like that."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Bishop of Iceland: The Church Failed

ICELAND
Iceland Review

Bishop of Iceland Karl Sigurbjörnsson said the church did not come to the aid of three women who accused former bishop Ólafur Skúlason of sexual harassment in 1996. “The church failed these women,” Sigurbjörnsson told Fréttabladid.

However, he denies having tried to force the women into dropping their allegations. When asked why he didn’t go to the police he said he had been very surprised by the women’s claims.

“I was just a small pastor,” Sigurbjörnsson said. “Of course you don’t want to believe something like that. It is the first reaction of all people to be on the defensive. Without a doubt, that’s what the church did in this instance.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

PM: Church of Iceland in Crisis

ICELAND
Iceland Review

Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir said at a press conference yesterday that it is sad to watch the state church’s trouble in relation to the alleged sexual violations of former Bishop Ólafur Skúlason. The PM added the church has gone into a crisis because of the controversy.

Sigurdardóttir stated the church must find an acceptable solution to this case in order to maintain the public’s trust. It has occasionally occurred to her to deregister from the state church, the PM revealed, ruv.is reports.

Fréttabladid reports that six of the cabinet’s 12 ministers are in favor of a separation of the state and church, Sigurdardóttir and Finance Minister Steingrímur J. Sigfússon included.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Chaplain charged over child pornography

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A chaplain at a private school for girls in Perth has been charged with child pornography offences.

Police say the Reverend Matthew O'Meara has been charged with two counts of possessing child pornography.

The police online exploitation sqaud arrested the chaplain after a thumb drive containing the images was found at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Perth College chaplain charged over child porn

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

Katherine Fenech and Aja Styles
August 24, 2010

A senior chaplain at Perth College who was charged with possessing child pornography, has had his licence to function as an Anglican priest suspended.

Matthew David O'Meara has been bailed to attend Perth Magistrate's Court on September 2. It is understood that he intends to fight the charges.

College principal Jenny Ethell said Reverend O'Meara had been ordained into the Anglican church two years ago and began working at the school in February after moving from Melbourne to Perth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Lakewood Orthodox Jewish leaders want abuse accusations addressed

LAKEWOOD (NJ)
Asbury Park Press

By ZACH PATBERG • STAFF WRITER • August 25, 2010

One man's criminal accusation that a teacher molested his young son has widened the rift in the Orthodox Jewish community over where religious rights stop and the justice system begins.

Some inside the tight-knit enclave praised the child's father for bypassing religious protocols last year and reporting the alleged attack first to Ocean County prosecutors. Others believe he committed a sin because he failed to get permission from a rabbinic court before pressing charges against a fellow Jew.

"The first step is to go to rabbis,'' said Rabbi Shmuel Meir Katz, a senior Dayan, or decider of Jewish law. He teaches at Beth Medrash Govoha, a yeshiva in Lakewood that is one of the foremost Jewish universities in the world. "We have our own system. We have our own laws, and as long as the Bais Din (rabbinical tribunal) feels competent on taking care of something themselves, that's our surest recourse in our circles.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Rival Catholic group launched ahead of UK papal visit

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Riazat Butt, religious affairs correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 24 August 2010

A Catholic speakers' bureau is being launched ahead of next month's papal visit to provide alternative views on controversial church issues such as child abuse, women's ordination, married priests and homosexuality.

Catholic Voices for Reform will go head to head with Catholic Voices, an established group which has recruited and trained 20 media-friendly "ordinary" Catholics to articulate traditional church positions before and during Benedict XVI's four-day tour.

The new organisation, unlike its older and more conformist counterpart, will call for a wholesale transformation of the papacy and the Vatican. It will offer the media a chance to hear the views of Catholics who are "deeply concerned at the present state of the church".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Calls for fresh inquiry into vaccine scandal

IRELAND
The Irish Post (United Kingdom)

By: TCM Editorial
FORMER residents of orphanages and mother-and-baby homes in Ireland have called for an independent inquiry into vaccine trials carried out on children in the 1960s and 1970s.

The trials involved over 200 children in orphanages and mother-and-baby homes throughout Ireland — allegedly without parents’ knowledge or consent.

Sally Mulready, Chair of the Women’s Support Network in Britain, said that many of those involved now live over here. “Some 31 per cent of the victims of all the abuse in institutions in Ireland relocated to Britain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Meisje 'niet naar de hemel' als ze zich niet laat verkrachten

DUITSLAND
AD

OSNABRUCK - In Duitsland is een priester in beschuldiging gesteld van de verkrachting van een minderjarige. De man werd voor het gerecht gebracht door een commissie binnen de katholieke kerk.

De priester wordt ervan verdacht een meisje te hebben verkracht van 1990 tot 1993. Het slachtoffer, dat 14 was bij het begin van de feiten, kreeg van de priester te horen dat ze niet naar de hemel zou gaan als ze zijn eisen niet inwilligde.

De vijftigjarige dader stond aan het hoofd van de parochie Spelle, in Nedersaksen. In maart werd hij uit zijn functie ontheven, nadat het slachtoffer naar de bisschop was gestapt. Toen de dader weigerde zelf naar de politie te stappen, maakte het bisdom het dossier over aan justitie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

900 slachtoffers melden zich bij Deetman

NEDERLAND
Nederlands Dagblad

DEN HAAG - Ruim negenhonderd slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk hebben zich gemeld bij de onderzoekscommissie van oud-minister Wim Deetman.

Dat heeft Deetman gezegd in een interview met de Volkskrant dat woensdag is verschenen.

Volgens Deetman hebben slachtoffers verschillende redenen om naar de commissie te stappen, en wil niet iedereen een schadevergoeding. ,,Er zijn slachtoffers die alleen hun verhaal willen doen en willen dat het onderzocht wordt. Er zijn veel mensen die hulp en begeleiding willen'', aldus de oud-minister.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Mgr. Scicluna verdedigt pedofilie-aanpak paus

VATICAANSTAD
RKnieuws

VATICAANSTAD (RKnieuws.net) - Paus Benedictus XVI treedt vastberaden op tegen de pedofilieschandalen in de Kerk. Hij deed dit ook als prefect van de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer. Dit zegt mgr. Charles Scicluna in een interview met Fox News.

Mgr. Scicluna vervolgt namens de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer geestelijken die seksueel misbruik hebben gepleegd. Hij wordt beschouwd als de ontwerper van de nieuwe Vaticaanse aanpak van schennisplegende clerici.

Mgr. Scicluna, die door kardinaal Joseph Ratzinger, nu paus Benedictus XVI, benoemd werd tot promotor justitiae (bevorderaar van de gerechtigheid) van de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer, heeft nauw met Ratzinger samengewerkt. Hij bewondert de moed waarmee de paus het pedofilieschandaal aanpakt. ‘Hij verdient niet dat men hem beschuldigt. Tussen 2002 en 2005 werden onder zijn leiding honderden dossiers onderzocht. Hij heeft nooit pedofilieschandalen toegedekt. Integendeel, in 2003 heeft hij aan paus Johannes Paulus II gevraagd van de strijd tegen de pedofilie in de Kerk een prioriteit te maken’, aldus mgr. Scicluna.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Familie slachtoffer stelde Vangheluwe voor ultimatum met dreigmail

BELGIE
De Standaard

Het slachtoffer van ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe (73) zette de kerkleider onder zware druk. In een mail, verstuurd door een dicht familielid, werd een ultimatum gesteld.

'Je hebt tijd tot Pinksteren om stappen te ondernemen.' Daarmee werd ontslag bedoeld. De mail werd verstuurd naar de secretariaten van alle Belgische bisdommen, zo bericht Het Laatste Nieuws.

'Het ontslag van Vangheluwe kwam er zeker niet spontaan', zegt Peter Adriaenssens, ex-voorzitter van de commissie die zich bezighield met pedoklachten binnen de Kerk. 'Hij stond onder zeer zware druk. Hij kon geen kant meer op. Alle collega's en hun medewerkers waren op de hoogte van zijn verleden.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Ook in Nederland stappen slachtoffers misbruik kerk naar onderzoekscommissie

NEDERLAND
De Standaard

RIJSWIJK - In Nederland hebben ruim negenhonderd slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke Kerk zich de afgelopen maanden gemeld bij de onderzoekscommissie van oud-minister Wim Deetman. Dat heeft Deetman gezegd in een interview met de Volkskrant dat woensdag is verschenen.

Volgens Deetman hebben slachtoffers verschillende redenen om naar de commissie te stappen, en wil niet iedereen een schadevergoeding. 'Er zijn slachtoffers die alleen hun verhaal willen doen en willen dat het onderzocht wordt. Er zijn veel mensen die hulp en begeleiding willen', aldus de oud-minister.

Ook daders hebben zich bij de commissie gemeld, aldus de commissievoorzitter. Hij benadrukt in het interview dat daders er goed aan doen zich te melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Bijeenkomsten voor slachtoffers misbruik kerk

NEDERLAND
nieuws

(Novum) - De commissie-Deetman organiseert dit najaar twee of drie grote bijeenkomsten voor slachtoffers van misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Dat zegt voorzitter en oud-minister Wim Deetman in een interview met de Volkskrant. Tot nu toe hebben negenhonderd slachtoffers zich gemeld bij de commissie die seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk onderzoekt.

Een aanzienlijk aantal slachtoffers heeft volgens Deetman laten weten prijs te stellen op een ontmoeting met de commissie. Alle slachtoffers krijgen daarom een uitnodiging.

Bij de bijeenkomsten wil Deetman niet alleen informeren. "We willen bovenal luisteren naar de slachtoffers en hun ervaringen. Anders wordt het onderzoek wel erg afstandelijk en formeel."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Babysitter accused of molesting four-year-old girl

MISSOURI
KSDK

St. Louis County (KSDK) -- A 48-year-old St. Louis County man is accused of molesting a four-year-old girl he was babysitting.

Last Friday, prosecutors issued warrants on Terry McDowell of the 9200 block of Alpine Drive. He is charged with one count of first degree child molestation and is in jail under $50,000 bond.

Police began their investigation into McDowell's alleged crime on Monday, May 17 when detectives got a hotline referral from the
Missouri Department of Social Services - Jefferson County Children's Division.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Affton Man Charged with Child Molestation

MISSOURI
Fox 2

Clayton, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com) - A Forty-Eight year old, Affton man is in jail tonight after having a warrant sworn out against him for the First Degree Child Molestation of a Jefferson County minor. Terry McDowell is being held in the St. Louis County Justice Center on a bond of $50, 000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Baptist minister held on child molestation charges

MISSOURI
KMOX

AFFTON, MO (KMOX) – A Baptist Minister who was called a trusted family friend who had been babysitting a toddler is now accused of molesting the child.

The St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office filed charges against 48 year old Terry L. McDowell of the 92-hundred block of Alpine Drive in Affton.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. Gary Gwinn says the investigation began when the Department of Social Services received a hotline call concerning the victim, a three year old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Pastor is charged with molestation

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Staff reports | Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Rev. Terry McDowell, a Baptist pastor, has been charged with one count of child molestation involving a family friend's child, officials said.

St. Louis County police said that McDowell, 49, of the 9200 block of Alpine Drive in St. Louis, had inappropriately touched a child younger than 4 while baby-sitting at a location in the county.

He was charged Friday and held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Confronting abusers

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Heidi Schlumpf on Aug. 24, 2010

I met Ken and Diane Plocher in line for a burrito at the food court during a the national convention of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) earlier this month. I was really just looking for someone to have lunch with and they were friendly Midwesterners. But when I met their son, Shawn, and heard his story, I could hardly finish my food.

This family has suffered so much as a result of their now-adult son's victimization by a priest. Shawn was brave enough to share his story with NCR for the record, and I included it in my coverage of the convention here.

I wasn't surprised to see my story reprinted on the Great Plains chapter of SNAP's website, but I was surprised at the accompanying video.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Montana sect leader waives extradition to Utah on rape charge

MONTANA
The Salt Lake Tribune

The Associated Press

Updated Aug 24, 2010 11:57AM
BILLINGS, Mont.
The leader of a Montana religious sect arrested last week in Wyoming has waived extradition to Utah, where he faces charges of raping a 15-year-old girl.

Terrill Dalton, 43, appeared in Hot Springs County Circuit Court in Thermopolis, Wyo., on Monday and agreed to return to Utah. Dalton’s bail remained at $250,000.

Dalton surrendered to authorities Thursday near Thermopolis, a day after federal agents arrested another church leader, Geody Harman, 37, in Fromberg. Both men are accused of raping the same 15-year-old girl in Utah in 2005 or 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Catholic church abuse claims rise to over 900

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Wednesday 25 August 2010

Over 900 people who claim to be victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic church have registered with the government commission investigating the scandal, commission chairman Wim Deetman says in an interview with Wednesday's Volkskrant.

'There are victims who just want to tell their story and have it investigated. And there are a lot of people who want help,' Deetman told the paper. A number of abusers have also come forward, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

900 Catholic sex abuse victims come forward

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

More than 900 victims of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands have so far reported their cases to the enquiry headed by former cabinet minister Wim Deetman.

Some perpetrators have also confessed, Mr Deetman told Dutch daily de Volkskrant, although he has not yet had contact with them. However, most of the abuses took place so long ago they will no longer be liable to prosecution. Mr Deetman called on other abusers to come forward to try to make up for the harm they have caused.

The Christian Democrat statesman, appointed by the Catholic Church in May to head the enquiry into the sex abuse scandal, says that not all the victims are interested in receiving financial compensation. “There are victims who only want to tell their story and have it investigated. There are many people who want help and guidance,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Minister arrested on child abuse charges

SOUTH CAROLINA
Lake Wylie Pilot

By Kimberly Dick - kdick@heraldonline.com

ROCK HILL --
A Rock Hill minister convicted of bilking investors out of millions of dollars now faces sexual abuse charges. It’s the third time the convicted felon who lives in York has been accused of child-abuse related charges.

The Rev. Johnny William “Bill” Cabe, 50, was arrested Tuesday after a weeks-long investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a child, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office.

Cabe was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, Baker said. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $12,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Minister arrested on child abuse charges

SOUTH CAROLINA
Charlotte Observer

By Kimberly Dick
kdick@heraldonline.com
Posted: Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010

ROCK HILL The Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe, a Rock Hill minister, was arrested today after a police investigation into an inappropriate relationship with a child.

Cabe, 50, of York was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $12,000 bond.

The charges stem from a July 29 allegation by a now 11-year-old boy, who claimed Cabe, a pastor at of Riverside Baptist Church in Rock Hill, touched him inappropriately, according to a York County Sheriff's Office report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Minister charged with running illegal medical clinic and fondling boy

YORK COUNTY (SC)
WBTV

[with video]

YORK COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Authorities have charged a Rock Hill pastor for allegedly practicing medicine illegally at his church where he is also accused of fondling a boy.

The allegations involve Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe who is the minister of Riverside Independent Baptist Church in Rock Hill.

Cabe, 50, turned himself into the York County Sheriff's Office Tuesday morning following a police investigation.

According to the police report, the alleged incidents occurred between January and June of 2009 at the pastor's home, but the arrest warrant said the sexual misconduct happened at the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

York County minister faces abuse charges

YORK (SC)
Charlotte Observer

By Kimberly Dick
kdick@heraldonline.com
Posted: Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

YORK, S.C. A Rock Hill minister convicted of bilking investors out of millions of dollars now faces sexual abuse charges. It's the third time the convicted felon who lives in York has been accused of child-abuse-related charges.

The Rev. Johnny William "Bill" Cabe, 50, was arrested Tuesday after a weeks-long investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship with a child, said Lt. Mike Baker of the York County Sheriff's Office.

Cabe was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, committing a lewd act on a child under 16 and unlawfully practicing medicine, Baker said. He was released from jail Tuesday afternoon on $12,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Iceland’s PM considering leaving embattled state church

ICELAND
IceNews

Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland’s Prime Minister, says she has considered leaving the state church. This comment comes in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal hitting Iceland’s state church.

The PM made her comments to journalists after a cabinet meeting yesterday – but she refused to say whether or not her thoughts on leaving the church are influenced by the current scandal rocking the institution.

Sexual abuse within the church has been a hot topic lately – especially after the daughter of a former bishop went public about abuse she suffered at the hands of her own father. The flames were fanned further when Pastor of Reykholt, Geir Waage told Morgunbladid that priests’ confidentiality is paramount – even when that means keeping quiet about sexual abuse against children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Former MetroWest priest defrocked

MASSACHUSETTS
MetroWest Daily News

By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Aug 25, 2010

Two Catholic priests, including one who served in Framingham and Marlborough parishes in the 1990s, have been voluntarily defrocked, as much as a decade after being accused of sexual abuse.

The Rev. Dennis Keefe, who was parochial vicar at Marlborough's Immaculate Conception Church for three months in 1994, served as a team ministry member at St. Stephen in Framingham before he was placed on administrative leave in March 1995, following an accusation of sexually abusing a minor.

Keefe maintained his innocence, and, according to a 1999 letter by Cardinal Bernard Law, refused archdiocese requests for professional evaluation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Lansing Diocese believes priest abused boys in 1950s, 1960s

MICHIGAN
Lansing State Journal

[with video]

By Kathleen Lavey • KLavey@lsj.com • August 24, 2010

Officials in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing said Monday they believe at least a half-dozen boys were molested in the 1950s and early 1960s by a Laingsburg priest.

They also urged any others who may have been abused by the Rev. John Martin to come forward so they can get counseling.

"I pray to God there are no more victims," said Bishop Earl Boyea, leader of the diocese that serves more than 200,000 Catholics in 10 counties, including Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Livingston counties. "Think about these men carrying that burden all these years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Bishop Boyea alleges priest abuse against the late Rev. Martin

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

[with video]

BY PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Some of them were barely teenagers when it happened.

Now, as men in their 60s and 70s, they felt compelled to tell -- to share the secret that has scarred them.

These men were sexually abused by a parish priest, a man who pastored St. Isidore Catholic Church in Laingsburg from 1941 to 1966.

The Rev. John Martin, who died in 1968, was a community stalwart who coached baseball and swimming. He also molested young boys, six men have said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

August 24, 2010

Diocese attempts to seal records in alleged B-N sex abuse suit

PEORIA (IL)
Pantagraph

By Edith Brady-Lunny | eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com

PEORIA -- Information related to allegations of sexual abuse may be kept under wraps if a Peoria judge grants a request by the Catholic Diocese of Peoria to seal the records.

Andrew Ward, now 22, a former student at Epiphany Grade School in Normal, filed a lawsuit in 2008 against the diocese and now-deceased Msgr. Thomas Maloney. The priest, whose service included assignments at parishes in Bloomington, Normal and Lexington, was accused of sexually abusing Ward when he was about eight years old.

No criminal charges were filed against Maloney, 73, who died in August 2009. The lawsuit is still pending against the diocese. Ward has agreed to be publicly identified in the lawsuit and by the news media.

In a motion filed July 21, the diocese asks that the deposition of former Peoria Bishop John Myers and other records be sealed. Myers, who was named archbishop of Newark, N.J. in 2001, was interviewed May 12 by Ward's attorney, Jeff Anderson, of Minnesota.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

Analysis: Truth must come out over collusion claims

NORTHERN IRELAND
Scotsman

Published Date: 25 August 2010
By Peter Geoghegan

In 1972, Northern Ireland looked to be on the brink of civil war. In many respects, the bombs that ripped through Claudy on 31 July epitomised the senseless brutality of the Troubles' bloodiest year.

According to Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Al Hutchinson's report, the IRA were responsible for the Claudy bombing and its south Derry cell was led by a local Catholic priest, Father James Chesney. ...

Yesterday, Cardinal Conway's successor, Seán Brady, said that the Catholic Church did not whitewash Father Chesney's involvement in the Claudy bombing. Across Ireland, trust in the Catholic Church is at an historic low, in part due to Cardinal Brady's own role in the cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests. Mr Hutchinson's report again raises the spectre of collusion by the British state in Northern Ireland, just months after the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday.

Senior police officers, civil servants, even the secretary of state were all aware of Father Chesney's role in Claudy, yet no effort was made to prosecute him

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 PM

German priest charged with raping girl

GERMANY
BBC News

A Roman Catholic priest has been charged in Germany with raping a 14-year-old girl two decades ago.

The woman contacted her diocese in Osnabrueck in March and said she had had a sexual relationship marked by violence with the man - a chaplain at the time - for more than three years.

The clergyman told the girl she would not go to heaven if she did not have sex with him, a prosecutor told AFP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Catholicism’s culture of secrecy

CANADA
National Post

By John Sainsbury

In April, Bishop James Wingle abruptly quit his post as head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Catharines, Ont., and disappeared overnight from public view.

An erudite and staunchly orthodox man, Wingle also was gregarious and well-liked by his flock. Local Catholics, many cognizant of their catechism’s injunction that “the faithful should be closely attached to the bishop as the Church is to Jesus Christ,” received news of his mysterious departure with puzzlement. In a terse email, posted on the diocese website, Wingle cited lack of “stamina” for his decision, and said that he was taking a sabbatical “centred on prayer and personal renewal.” However, he also made reference to his “shortcomings and limitations,” which, though unspecified, predictably fuelled some ugly speculation in the blogosphere about the real motive for his abdication.

The mystery of his whereabouts was resolved on July 31 — the same day that a front-page story appeared in the St. Catharines Standard under the banner headline “Where on earth is Bishop Wingle?” In an email message to Monsignor Wayne Kirkpatrick, the temporary administrator of the diocese, Wingle wrote that he was living in Jerusalem (there had been unconfirmed reports of his presence there), matter-of-factly revealing that he would now spend time “doing some writing and research on a catechetical-pastoral project.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Priest sacked from girls' college over child pornography

AUSTRALIA
Sify (India)

Melbourne: A former school church priest has been sacked from a girls' college in Sydney after being charged with possessing child pornography.

Reverend Matthew David O'Meara, 40, who worked at St Michael's Grammar School for three years until December last year, was sacked by Perth girls' College after the alleged discovery of pornographic images of children aged between eight and 12.

Archbishop Roger Herft said O'Meara's licence had been suspended pending the outcome of the case. The priest is to appear in court on September 2, The Age reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Lansing diocese identifies deceased priest accused of abusing boys

MICHIGAN
Detroit Free Press

By PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Lansing Catholic Bishop Earl Boyea took a rare step today to publicly identify a long-dead Catholic priest, the Rev. John Martin, as having abused six teenage boys in a parish where Martin served before his death in 1968.

Boyea said he first learned about the allegations against Martin, who pastored St. Isidore in Laingsburg from 1941-1966, in June. Two men told stories about the abuse to the current pastor of St. Isidore, who relayed the information to Boyea.

When Boyea learned about the initial accusations, he asked that notices be placed in the parish bulletins of St. Isidore and St. Mary Parish in Morrice (1938-1941) asking anyone with information about Martin to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Missing money at Roxbury, NJ St. Therese Roman Catholic Church spurs criminal probe

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

By Peggy Wright and Joe Ungaro • Daily Record • August 24, 2010

ROXBURY — The Morris County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the disappearance of what has been called a ''large amount of money'' from St. Therese R.C. Church, a 2,800-family parish in Succasunna.

An audit of parish finances resulted in the discovery July 12 of money unaccounted for, and the prosecutor's office was immediately notified, said attorney Kenneth Mullaney, counsel for the Diocese of Paterson.

The Rev. Joseph Davis, St. Therese's former pastor since 1986, fell ill last fall and was hospitalized for a lengthy period of time at Morristown Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Robert Hooper, parochial vicar, was named to serve as temporary administrator and, according to standard procedure when leadership changes, a parish audit was conducted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

L’Osservatore Chicago: Oak Park pastor has "Martin Luther moment" as he apologizes to women

ILLINOIS
Chicago Catholic News

(POSTED: 8/24/10) Caesar crossed the Rubicon and changed the course of Roman history. On a fall day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the handsome Castle church overlooking Wittenberg and changed the history of Europe. In both cases, the groundwork had been laid for the tsunami to come.

When I heard from my daughter that Father Larry McNally had stood at the altar at Ascension Church in Oak Park and apologized to the women in the congregation for the way the Church was treating them, I wondered if his sermon might be the catalyst for a flood of change in the Church. Certainly, the groundwork has been laid by hundreds of nuns like Sisters Teresa Kane, Joan Chittester and Chicago's Benet McKinney, and hundreds of laywomen like Anne Burke and Patricia Ewers.

I hoped that change might be the result of his brave stand.

It was local change that impelled the strong words from Father McNally's mouth. He told the congregation that Ascension had lost many hitherto devoted women lectors, communion distributors and a spiritual director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Alleged abuse victims oppose settlement

CANADA
CTV

ctvmontreal.ca

Four alleged abuse victims oppose the $1.15-million out-of-court settlement offered by Bishop's College School.

Forty former students launched a class action lawsuit against Bishop's for physical and sexual abuse they say they suffered at the hands of the late reverend Harold Forrester. Between 1953 and 1962, he was a teacher and house master at the school.

The school proposed a settlement that would see alleged victims receive anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 each, depending on the total number of claims and the severity of the abuse suffered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Carmelites say alleged molester in supervised setting

DARIEN (IL)
My Suburban Life

By Don Grigas, dgrigas@mysuburbanlife.com
Suburban Life Publications
Posted Aug 24, 2010

Darien — Advocates for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests demonstrated briefly in Darien Monday afternoon in front of the Carmelite Regional Office hopes of finding out the status of an ongoing investigation of a former pastor of St. Matthew’s Church in Glendale Heights.

A handful men and women representing Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) gathered in front of the Carmelite regional office and presented a letter to Fr. Jack Welch, provincial for the Carmelites.

The letter, in part, asked the order to disclose the whereabouts of Fr. Kevin Michael McBrien, and to provide an update into allegations McBrien molested a boy in Joliet in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Martin served 24 years in Laingsburg, three in Morrice

MICHIGAN
The Argus-Press

By The Argus-Press

LAINGSBURG — The Rev. Fr. John Martin, who passed away in 1968, spent more than 24 years at the Laingsburg parish before retiring in mid-1966 following a devastating fire that destroyed the parish’s sanctuary.

At the time, the priest said the job of building a new church was one best suited to a younger priest. He was succeeded by Fr. Paul J. Cummings, who received his first pastorate, in August 1966.

Martin began his long tenure at Laingsburg in September 1941, following three years at the Morrice parish. Prior to that, Martin served at St. Philip in Battle Creek, Sacred Heart Parish in Yale and St. Vincent in Detroit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

German Catholic priest charged with girl's rape: prosecutors

GERMANY
Expatica

German prosecutors said Tuesday they had charged a Catholic priest with raping an underage girl after a tip-off from a special body set up to combat abuse scandals that have rocked the Church.

The priest, 50, allegedly abused the girl, aged 14 at the time, over a three-year period from 1990, telling her she "wouldn't go to heaven" if she did not comply, Alexander Retemeyer, a spokesman for prosecutors, told AFP.

Hermann Haarmann, a spokesman for the diocese in Osnabrueck, western Germany, where the alleged rape took place, said the priest was suspended from duty in March when the woman came forward and a probe was launched.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

'How many more did Chesney hurt?'

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

The families of those killed and injured in the 1972 Claudy bombing say they're outraged at the revelation that Catholic priest Father James Chesney carried on with his IRA activities after being moved to a parish in Co. Donegal.

Some of the families said it was "very hard indeed" to be told that police intelligence indicated that Fr. Chesney remained active in the IRA long after the Co. Derry atrocity which claimed nine lives.

A report by the Police Ombudsman yesterday concluded that Fr. Chesney was transferred to a parish in Co Donegal following secret talks between the then Secretary of State William Whitelaw and the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Cardinal William Conway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Bishop Earl Boyea notified of sexual abuse by priest who died in 1968

LANSING (MI)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing

Lansing, Mich. – August 24, 2010 Bishop Earl Boyea, of the Catholic Diocese of Lansing, has
learned of a serious situation involving a priest who died 42 years ago. On June 10, 2010, Bishop Boyea was informed of allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Reverend John Martin during histenure as pastor of St. Isidore Parish, Laingsburg from 1941-1966, where he was also active in the community. Bishop Boyea believes the statements of the victims are true. He expresses his deep sorrow as he repudiates these gravely sinful actions, extends an apology to the victims on behalfof the Catholic Church, and offers prayerful support.

The diocese makes available to victims one-on-one psychological counseling, a spiritual retreat designed for people who have been sexually abused, and the opportunity to meet with the bishop and the diocesan review board, which handles claims such as these. The parishes and dioceses where Father Martin served were notified of the allegations. Although criminal statutes of limitations have run, the civil authorities were also notified.

Bishop Boyea directed that notices be placed in the bulletins of the two Diocese of Lansing parishes where Father Martin served: at St. Isidore Parish in Laingsburg (1941-1966) and St. Mary Parish in Morrice (1938-1941). Father Martin also served at St. Philip Parish in Battle Creek (1932-1938), which is now a part of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. In the Archdiocese of Detroit, he served at Sacred Heart Parish in Yale (1923-1932); and St. Vincent in Detroit (1918-1923), which is now closed. These (arch)dioceses have been notified of the allegations

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Diocese of Lansing responding to sexual abuse allegations against long

MICHIGAN
Michigan Radio

Steve Carmody (2010-08-24)

The Diocese of Lansing is dealing with molestation allegations against a Catholic priest who died more than 40 years ago.

There are concerns the priest may have sexually abused teenage boys across Michigan.

Fr. John Martin was a Catholic priest from 1918 until his death in 1968. He served in parishes from Detroit to Battle Creek. Lansing church leaders say two men came forward in June, claiming Fr. Martin sexually abused them while he served as the pastor of a church in Laingsburg. The diocese posted notices at other churches where Fr. Martin worked and more men came forward claiming they too were molested by the priest when they were teenagers. Diocesan officials say the stories are consistent and they believe Fr. Martin's accusers. They also believe there are more victims.

Former Fremont school counselor violated agreement with district

FREMONT (OH)
The News-Messenger

BY MARK TOWER • Staff writer • August 18, 2010

FREMONT -- A school counselor who recently resigned at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School had been disciplined by the Ohio Board of Education in March and recently violated the terms of a consent agreement with the board.

Kevin Yeckley, who served as high school baseball coach for the past three years and counselor for 14 years, entered into the agreement for "conduct unbecoming a licensed educator by failing to maintain appropriate student-teacher boundaries."

One of the conditions of the consent agreement was that Yeckley could only teach in the Diocese of Toledo -- which the Ohio Board of Education said he violated by working for Fremont City Schools. The state Board of Education sent Yeckley a letter June 30 to notify him of the violation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

Fremont schools last to know about Kevin Yeckley sanctions

FREMONT (OH)
The News-Messenger

BY MARK TOWER • Staff writer • August 20, 2010

FREMONT -- The Diocese of Toledo investigated St. Joseph Central Catholic High School counselor Kevin Yeckley for an improper relationship with a female student.

The Ohio Department of Education -- which sanctioned Yeckley in March for "failing to maintain appropriate student-teacher boundaries" -- was informed as well.

But that didn't stop SJCC principal Mike Gabel from calling Yeckley an excellent employee and advising the Fremont City Schools to rehire him in January.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:01 PM

2 Catholic teachers resign; diocese kept allegations secret

TOLEDO (OH)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director 314 862 7688

In acts of stunning recklessness, Toledo Catholic officials secretly investigated a Catholic school staffer and the state sanctioned him for "failing to maintain appropriate student-teacher boundaries." Still, a Catholic principal deceitfully urged a public school to rehire him, putting innocent kids at risk of child sex crimes.

Kevin Yeckley is a coach and counselor who admits “periodically” hugging a girl, hiring her, working “alone for several consecutive Saturdays” with her and telling her “he was . . .having uncomfortable feelings for her.” The main issue, however, here is not Yeckley’s behavior.

The most troubling issue is that Frank DiLallo, Rick Facciolo, Mike Gabel, Jack Altenburger, Deb Streacker and other church employees who endangered kids by keeping quiet for months about these allegations. It’s the same dangerous pattern, over and over again – Catholic officials putting their reputations and careers above the well-being of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Sex abuse cases must be reported to law enforcement

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

August 23, 2010

For too many years, cases of child sex abuse in Lakewood's Orthodox Jewish community have been handled internally by religious leaders rather than by law enforcement authorities. Consequently, victims have been denied justice.

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford has called this unacceptable status quo "the wall of silence." Despite the promises of religious leaders to work more closely with law enforcement, there is evidence of a widening rift within the Orthodox community.

As reported in Sunday's Asbury Park Press, some believe that a father who reported the possible sexual abuse of his 11-year-old son to police, rather than seeking permission from rabbis to do so, had committed "a terrible deed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Priest suspended after walking out on wife and two children to start new life with secretary

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:11 AM on 24th August 2010

A priest has stunned his congregation by walking out on his wife and two children to start a new life with his married personal secretary.

The Reverend Peter Ballard has been suspended and faces being banned from the priesthood after his affair with mother-of-two Val Beetham was discovered.

Rev Ballard, 55, quit as canon at Blackburn Cathedral, Lancashire, and left his post as diocese's director of education in charge of schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Claudy bomb: A priest who got away with murder?

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

By Mark Simpson
BBC Ireland Correspondent

Fr Chesney, who died in 1980, was never questioned by police Secret files from 1972 show that parish priest James Chesney was, in effect, Father Untouchable.

Extracts from the state documents in the report by the NI Police Ombudsman confirm that even traces of explosives found in his car were not enough to get him arrested.

Intelligence information not only linked him to the Claudy bombing in which nine people died, it also indicated that he was the "quarter master and director of operations of the south Derry Provisional IRA".

So why was he never questioned?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Cardinal and Bishop respnd to Claudy report

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

The following is a statement issued by Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh, and Bishop Séamus Hegarty, Bishop of Derry, in response to the Public Statement of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland into the RUC Investigation of the Claudy Bombing.

"The bombing in Claudy, on 31 July 1972, was an appalling crime. In reading the Public Statement of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, published today, we can never lose sight of the terrible human cost of this atrocity. Nine people died, including children. Many were injured. Many more were rendered homeless or had businesses destroyed or damaged. The entire community of a small rural town was traumatised by a horrific attack on innocent people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

The Cardinal said that he knew that the priest was a very bad man

NORTHERN IRELAND
Global Post

By Slugger OToole — Global Blogger
Published: August 24, 2010

The Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman, Al Hutchison, has published the findings of his “investigation into how the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) dealt with their suspicions that a Catholic priest was allegedly involved in the bombing of Claudy in County Londonderry on 31 July 1972, in which nine people were killed and more than 30 others were injured.” ...

A NIO official wrote back to the RUC on 6 December 1972, saying that the Secretary of State had held a meeting with the Cardinal the previous day, noting “You will be relieved to hear the Secretary of State saw the Cardinal privately on 5 December and gave him a full account of his disgust at Chesney’s behaviour. The Cardinal said that he knew that the priest was a very bad man and would see what could be done. The Cardinal mentioned the possibility of transferring him to Donegal…..”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Suspect priest protected over N.Ireland bombings

NORTHERN IRELAND
AFP

By Eamonn Mallie (AFP)

BELFAST — Top officials in the police, government and Catholic Church in Northern Ireland conspired to protect a priest suspected over 1972 bombings that killed nine people, an investigation revealed Tuesday.

Father James Chesney was transferred to the neighbouring Republic of Ireland -- beyond the jurisdiction of Northern Ireland police -- amid fears his arrest over the attacks in Claudy would inflame sectarian tensions at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Markey looks to serve professionally but won't run away from his roots

NEW BEDFORD (MA)
SouthCoast Today

August 24, 2010

Spend a few minutes talking with Chris Markey and you'll hear the common-sense wisdom of his parents.

John Markey, his father, was the last man to serve a full decade as mayor of New Bedford — from 1972 to 1982.

As down to earth as a barterer on the old-time waterfront, Mayor Markey is credited with being the guy who blessed the effort to create the national park against a sea of local doubters. He also had a reputation for being able to pinch a city penny that probably hasn't been equaled by any mayor since.

Chris Markey's mother, Carol Markey, was a leading local member of Voice of the Faithful, when it was more than risky for Catholics to put their names forward. Few in the local area were willing to go public at the height of the clerical abuse scandal, but Carol Markey was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Church minister held in US on child sex charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Banbury Cake

By Andrew Ffrench »

A FORMER Oxfordshire magistrate is being held in prison in the US accused of sexually abusing children.

The Rev Robert Dando, a senior minister from Worcester Park Baptist Church, in south-west London, was visiting a family friend in Fairfax, Virginia, when he was arrested on July 23.

Mr Dando, 46, has been charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

First US lawsuit filed against Irish ex-priest

CALIFORNIA
The Irish Emigrant

by Toni Earls

The first American lawsuit against Irish former Catholic priest Patrick McCabe (74) was filed in California within the past few days. When news broke last week about the ex-clergyman, currently facing extradition to Ireland for nine counts of sexual abuse on six boys in the Archdiocese of Dublin in the early ‘70s and ‘80s, there had been no mention of questionable behavior at any of the California parishes at which he had served in the mid ‘80s. In the following days, however, at least four men came forward alleging abuse at the hands of McCabe while he served in a Eureka, CA parish. Now both McCabe and the diocese of Santa Rosa are set to become the subjects of legal action.

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, who were contacted by the alleged victims, mentioned the suit briefly in a statement Thursday, stating that “Fr. Patrick Joseph McCabe repeatedly molested a then nine year old boy at St. Bernard’s Parish in Eureka in 1984-85.”

Speaking with the Irish Emigrant, Joey Piscitelli, Northwest Regional Director at SNAP, said Eureka was a quiet, “out of the way parish” where McCabe’s behavior could easily have gone unnoticed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

2 accused of sexually abusing minors have left priesthood

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Johanna Seltz
Globe Correspondent / August 24, 2010

A Catholic priest who headed a Milton residence for clergy with sexual abuse and other problems and who himself was accused of sexually abusing a minor is no longer part of the priesthood, according to the Archdiocese of Boston.

Robert P. Beale, 69, who now lives in Stoughton, asked to be “removed from the clerical state,’’ and the request was approved by the Holy See, the archdiocese said in a press release.

In a separate release, the archdiocese announced that Dennis A. Keefe, a Chelsea priest who was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1995, also went though the voluntary process of leaving the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Lansing Diocese believes priest abused boys in 1950s, 1960s

MICHIGAN
Lansing State Journal

[with video]

By Kathleen Lavey • KLavey@lsj.com • August 24, 2010

Officials in the Catholic Diocese of Lansing said Monday they believe at least a half-dozen boys were molested in the 1950s and early 1960s by a Laingsburg priest.

They also urged any others who may have been abused by the Rev. John Martin to come forward so they can get counseling.

"I pray to God there are no more victims," said Bishop Earl Boyea, leader of the diocese that serves more than 200,000 Catholics in 10 counties, including Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Livingston counties. "Think about these men carrying that burden all these years."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Sex-abuse lawsuits against Oakland diocese 'have no merit,' maintains spokesman

OAKLAND (CA)
Catholic News Agency

Oakland, Calif., Aug 24, 2010 / 02:51 am (CNA).- Amid new reports of seven plaintiffs suing the Diocese of Oakland over alleged sex abuse decades ago by former priest Stephen Kiesle, diocesan spokesman Mike Brown says he believes the lawsuits have “no merit.”

Two separate lawsuits were filed in Alameda County Superior Court on Wednesday by six women and one man who alleged they were sexually abused by Kiesle several decades ago. The lawsuits charge that the Diocese of Oakland knew of the abuse and neglected to prevent the former priest from accessing children.

According to the Associated Press, Jeff Anderson, an attorney representing the plaintiffs who has sued dioceses across the U.S. for more than $63 million to date, said then-Oakland Bishop John C. Cummins and other church officials knew there were claims against Kiesle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Former Laingsburg priest accused of abuse

MICHIGAN
Argus-Press

By GARY RIDLEY, Argus-Press Staff Writer

LAINGSBURG — A former area priest, who died more than 40 years ago, now is believed to have sexually abused more than a half-dozen children while serving at an area parish, according to church leaders.

Catholic Diocese of Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea said the former pastor of St. Isidore Parish in Laingsburg and St. Mary Parish in Morrice, Rev. John Martin, has been accused of committing sexual abuse against minors during his tenure in Laingsburg. Charges, Boyea says, he believes to be true.

Martin served at St. Isidore from 1941 to 1966 before stepping down after a fire destroyed the church. He died in 1968 after suffering a stroke.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Catholic priest charged with rape of 14-year-old

GERMANY
The Associated Press

BERLIN — German prosecutors say a Roman Catholic priest has been charged with twice raping a 14-year-old girl 20 years ago.

Osnabrueck prosecution spokesman Alexander Retemeyer said on Tuesday the 50-year old man, then a chaplain, used force to coerce the girl into having sex with him and also threatened her with punishment by God.

Prosecutors say the priest, who has been relieved of his duties by the church, has admitted sexual contacts with the girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

August 23, 2010

SNAP holds demonstration in Darien

DARIEN (IL)
The Doings Weekly

August 23, 2010

By SANDY ILLIAN BOSCH sbosch@pioneerlocal.com
Their job is far from over, but members of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests accomplished what they set out to do Monday by demonstrating with signs in front of the Carmelite regional office at 1317 Frontage Road in Darien.

Holding photos of themselves and other children abused by members of the clergy, members of the survivors' group came out in support of an alleged victim who four months ago accused two Chicago area priests of molesting him decades ago.

Since that time, the alleged victim claims he has received no response from the Carmelite order, to which one of the two priests belongs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 PM

Breakaway Parish Set to Meet with Bishop

CLEVELAND (OH)
Fox 8

CLEVELAND , Ohio - As Bishop Richard Lennon prepares to meet with the leaders of the breakaway parish of St. Peter's, new questions are being raised about that church's finances.

St. Peter, located downtown, was closed by the diocese as part of its downsizing after an emotional final mass on Easter Sunday. For the last two Sundays, members of the "community of St. Peter" have held a mass in a rented warehouse on Cleveland's east side with the parish priest presiding. The masses are not sanctioned by the diocese.

"He (Bishop Lennon) exiled us," says Bob Kloos, a member of St. Peter's and the vice-president of Endangered Catholics. "(He) banished us from a church that's 150 years old and a parish that's 158 years old, and he said, 'go someplace else.' So we are."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 PM

Roxbury priest resigns after audit shows missing funds, diocese lawyer says

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

Published: Monday, August 23, 2010

Dan Goldberg/For The Star-Ledger

ROXBURY — The pastor of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church resigned one week after an audit showed an undisclosed sum of money missing from the 2,800-family parish in Succasunna, according to Kenneth Mullaney, attorney for the Paterson Diocese.

The Rev. Joseph Davis, who had been an administrator at the church for more than two decades, took ill last fall, Mullaney said, and was hospitalized for several months.

Because he was on medical leave, the church sought to put in place a temporary administrator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 PM

“Thou shalt not be a victim. Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” ~ Holocaust Museum, Washington, DC

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

I went on a one day semi-retreat over the weekend. Actually, I wanted to see what other people (i.e., a very religious group) were doing for survivors in the name of healing. One survivor left within the first 15 minutes because he didn’t want to hear songs or read poetry. I’m glad I stayed, because there were other survivors in different stages of their recovery that had lots to share about healing—including me. Part of me agrees with the guy who left, beyond his point about the songs and poems. I believe that prayer about victims of sexual abuse without action to end the abuse is weak.

There was a time that my action meant shouting at church leaders who refused to speak with victims of Religious Authority Sexual Abuse (RASA). Or projecting 40 foot images of slides that read ‘Protect Children, not Pedophiles’ or “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” onto cathedral towers. Yes, I did that—my rage seemed unlimited four or five years ago. My action is different now—more integrated, less outraged, more connected to my body, mind, and spirit. Less intolerant of religious cheerleaders, more encouraged by signs of change, even if it is not local.

Before I move on, congratulations to the survivors and supporters in Mexico who worked for years as a coalition of RASA and domestic violence advocates for promoting healing and ending abuse. Last Thursday, President Felipe Calderon signed national legislation was passed unanimously by the Mexican Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation makes pedophilia a federal crime, and imposes severe penalties, fines and actions against persons, institutions, organizations and others who conceal and do not report crimes of sexual abuse. Eric Barragan is quoted in one article as saying that an underlying motivation for this legislation came from the ‘concealment and indifference of the Catholic hierarchy of this country in cases of child sexual abuse by its clergy and organizations that for decades have remained aloof and silent, notwithstanding the many public complaints.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 PM

Irish president throws support to Dublin's archbishop

IRELAND
Catholic Culture

August 23, 2010
In an address to the annual Rimini meeting organized by the Communion and Liberation movement, Ireland’s President Mary McAleese paid homage of Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, describing him as “a wonderful archbishop who is doing an amazing job.”

McAleese devoted most of her talk at the Rimini conference to the building of peace in Northern Ireland. But her clear indication of support for Archbishop Martin came at a crucial time for the prelate, whose standing in Dublin was shaken by the Pope’s decision not to accept the resignations of two auxiliary bishops there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 PM

'I was used as a guinea pig in child vaccine scandal'

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Patricia McDonagh
Friday, 20 August 2010

A woman subjected to a controversial vaccine trial as a baby without her mother's consent broke her silence last night to reveal her traumatic decades-long fight for justice.

Mari Steed (50) was effectively used as a guinea pig during the 'four-in-one' vaccine trials carried out on her between December 1960 and October 1961 when she was between nine and 18 months old. ...

Ms Steed and three others who were also subjected to the trials are looking to separately sue the Catholic religious order that they claim facilitated the experiments in the early 1960s.

She was administered the vaccine on at least four occasions at the Sacred Heart Convent, Bessborough, in Cork, also known as the Bessborough Mother and Baby Home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 PM

Ireland's hidden scandal: child vaccine trials

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Patricia McDonagh
Friday, 20 August 2010

Suspicions that vaccine trials had taken place on vulnerable Irish children -- many of whom were in state care -- first surfaced in the early 1990s.

As the current decade dawned, former residents of children's homes began to publicly raise concerns that they had been the subject of experimental trials.

However, it was not until 1997 that the State gave an assurance that it would formally inquire into the issue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 PM

Calls for closure to vaccine scandal

IRELAND
The Irish Times

FIONA GARTLAND

The Government must bring closure to victims of the vaccine scandals of the 1960s and 1970s, Fine Gael Deputy Denis Naughten said today.

The call came after it emerged that a woman adopted from Ireland in 1961, who was involved in a vaccine trial as a baby without the permission of her mother, is to take legal action against the drugs company involved.

Mari Steed (50), who now lives in the US, is to take action along with three others against Glaxosmithkline, known as "The Wellcome Foundation" at the time the trials were conducted.

Ms Steed was administered the experimental vaccine while at the Sacred Heart Convent, Bessborough, Co Cork between December 1960 and October 1961 when she was between nine and 18 months old. She is also to bring legal action against the Sacred Heart Order in the Irish courts, according to the Irish Independent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM

No surprise Irish babies of single mothers were guinea pigs for drug testing

IRELAND
Irish Central

Niall O'Dowd
The news that Irish babies in the 1960s born to unmarried mothers were used as guinea pigs in a drug trial without their parent's consent is truly shocking.

But why am I not surprised?

Th level of vitriol and hatred aimed at unmarried mothers back then by the church and state is hard to believe nowadays.

Mari Steed, (50), born to an unmarried mother in Cork, was given up for adoption to a couple in the US shortly afterwards. She says she and others were used a guinea pigs for a vaccine trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 PM

Drug victim seeks justice to right 50-year-old wrong

IRELAND
Irish Independent

WHEN Mari Steed gave up her baby for adoption as a teenager, it sparked an emotional search for the identity of her own birth mother.

But she had no idea that the journey into her past would throw up stark revelations about her involvement in a controversial vaccine-testing regime as a baby.

And when Mari finally tracked her mother Josephine to the UK, she found that no parental permission had been given for the experimental injections administered to her as a two-year-old.

The paths the two women had taken -- both giving up their babies for adoption when very young -- bore eerie similarities and brought them closer together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

Files go missing in Republic's child vaccine inquiry

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Patricia McDonagh
Saturday, 21 August 2010

The deputy chairman of the Dail was last night at the centre of a new controversy over child vaccine trials.

As Labour Health Minister in 1993, Brendan Howlin assured victims that an inquiry had found they suffered no ill effects from the experimental medical tests.

But last night mystery surrounded the whereabouts of the files relating to the inquiry -- and Mr Howlin admitted he did not remember the probe or its findings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM

Vaccine-trial files 'not missing': Department of Health

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

The Department of Health has issued a statement to say that files relating to controversial child vaccine trials are not missing.

Former residents of orphanages and mother-and-baby homes are calling on the Government to publish all files relating to the trials.

At least 211 children in orphanages and mother-and-baby homes took part in four-in-one vaccine trials in the 1960s and 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 PM

Irish woman wants to sue religious order over vaccination

IRELAND
CathNews

A US-based Irish woman is one of four people wanting to sue the Sacred Heart religious order in the US for subjecting her to a vaccine trial as a baby without her mother's consent.

Mari Steed, 50, was effectively used as a guinea pig during the vaccine trials carried out on her between December 1960 and October 1961 when she was between nine and 18 months old, said a report in the Belfast Telegraph.

She was given up for adoption to a couple in the US shortly afterwards and is also preparing a class action in the US courts against the GlaxoSmithKline drug company, said an Irish Independent investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Pressure for inquiry into trials of vaccines

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Patricia McDonagh

Monday August 23 2010

PRESSURE was last night growing on the Government to hold an independent inquiry into controversial vaccine trials carried out in the 1960s and 1970s.

The Adoption Rights Alliance joined the growing chorus of survivors and politicians calling for a new probe into the trials, which were conducted on behalf of a multinational drugs company. ...

The Irish Independent last week revealed that Mari Steed (50) and three other victims of the trials are to take legal action in the US courts against GlaxoSmithKline, the company which was responsible for the trials.

Ms Steed was given the vaccine in the mother and baby home at the Sacred Heart Convent in Bessborough, Co Cork, when she was between nine and 18 months old, without her mother's consent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Vaccine Trials

IRELAND
The God Squad - Paddy Doyle

The letter below deals with Vaccine Trials carried out on babies and children in institutional setting in Ireland during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (C.I.C.A)
Vaccine Trials Inquiry
Arbitration Centre,
The Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.
Telephone: (01) 8726888 Fax: (01) 872 6806

Mr. Patrick Doyle
Address:
Dublin.

17th July 2003
Vaccine Trials
Dear Mr. Doyle.

I wish to confirm that we have on file a questionnaire completed by you and furnished to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (‘the Commission’). The contents thereof have been carefully noted.

The Commission has been requested by Dáil Eireann to inquire, through its Vaccine Trials Division (‘the Division’), into 3 vaccine trials that are known to have taken place in various institutions in the State in the 1960s and 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Vaccine Trials Inquiry

IRELAND
The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

The Vaccine Trials Inquiry was a Division of the Investigation Committee.

Judicial Review proceedings seeking, inter alia , a declaration that the Order which established the Vaccine Trials Inquiry was ultra vires the Act of 2000, were initiated in November 2003. On 25 November, 2003, an undertaking was given to the High Court, by the Commission, that it would not conduct any hearings in relation to the matters within the ambit of the Order, until the matter was settled. The practical effect of this undertaking was that the work of the Division was suspended at that point and never re-commenced, given the subsequent decision of the Court, that the Order was ultra vires the Act.

Consequently, the material below is, effectively, for archive/historical purposes only, as and from November 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Legion of crisis

IRELAND
Sunday Business Post

22 August 2010 By Niall Stanage

It’s been 50 years since the Legion of Christ, a powerful Catholic congregation, opened its first facility in Ireland. It is not shaping up to be a happy anniversary.

The page devoted to Ireland on the organisation’s well-maintained website outlines the expansions that have taken place since it set up its first house in Bundoran, Co Donegal. Its novitiate has been at the same location, in the affluent Dublin suburb of Foxrock, since 1968.

Among the more recent developments has been the development of the rather grandiosely named Dal Riada Centre for Integral Development of the Family.

The centre, according to the order, ‘‘offers tools for family development in all its dimensions’’.

Whatever the merits of the centre, its staff are likely to have a hard time convincing all but the most ardent believers that the Legion of Christ is the best vehicle through which to pursue family development.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 PM

Victim reveals horror of vaccine trials’ secret legacy

IRELAND
The God Squad

By Christian McCashin

Sunday August 22 2010

A CLERICAL child abuse victim revealed the full horror yesterday of the ‘human guinea pig’ drug trials carried out in church-run children’s homes.

Hundreds of children are feared to have been subjected to the experimental trials while in the care of the Catholic Church.

Now the victims’ cases could be reopened, as calls for the Government to deal with the scandal intensifies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

Police charge pastor with sexual assault of girl

BETHLEHEM (PA)
The Morning Call

By Pamela Lehman, OF THE MORNING CALL

2:47 p.m. EDT, August 23, 2010

A man charged earlier this month with rape of a girl faced new allegations Monday when police charged him with the sexual assault of another girl while he was a pastor at a Bethlehem church.

Santos Adiel Rosado, 44, was charged with sexual assault and interfering with the custody of a child and sent to Northampton County Prison under $500,000 bail. Police said Rosado met the 14-year-old victim in 2007 when he served as pastor at Bethlehem Community Fellowship in the Marvine-Pembroke housing development.

Police said at the time of the sexual assaults, Rosado would hide the 14-year-old girl when she would fight with her mother and run away from home. Rosado would also have sexual intercourse with her, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Bethlehem pastor charged with raping one girl, sexually assaulting another

BETHLEHEM (PA)
The Express-Times

Published: Monday, August 23, 2010

Sarah Cassi | The Express-Times

A Bethlehem pastor already facing trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl for seven years starting when she was 12 now faces new charges he allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

Santos Adiel Rosado Jr., 44, of the 500 block of Wyandotte Street, was arraigned today on charges including four counts of statutory sexual assault. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of 10 percent of $500,000 bail.

Police said three years ago Rosado met the victim, who was 14 at the time, when her family attended Bethlehem Community Fellowship, 1417 Marvine St., where he served as pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Church suspends SC pastor accused of having porn

BAMBERG (SC)
WIS

BAMBERG, SC (WIS) - A South Carolina pastor accused of having child porn on his computer has been suspended from ministerial responsibilities at his church.

In July, Reverend Grady Ponds and his wife, Rhonda Jean Ponds, were arrested and charged with having child porn on their home computer.

The case began with a search of the couple's home in Bamberg last December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Pastor Charged With Sex Assault

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

The former pastor of a church in Bethlehem was charged today with sexual assault for a relationship he allegedly had with a teenage girl.

Police said Santos Adiel Rosado had sex with the 14-year-old girl during a relationship that apparently lasted for as long as two years.

Police said the victim and her family were members of the Bethlehem Community Fellowship Church on Marvine Street. They said she and Rosado would meet in both their homes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Former Knoxville priest pleads not guilty to new sodomy charges

GATE CITY (VA)
Knoxville News Sentinel

GATE CITY, Va. - A former East Tennessee priest accused of molesting a Kingsport boy in the 1970s pleaded not guilty today to new criminal charges lodged in Virginia.

William Casey, 76, was arraigned this morning in Scott County, Va., on charges of forcible sodomy and indecent liberties with a minor, according to the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.

A tentative trial date has been set for Jan. 26, a spokeswoman for the Scott County District Attorney's Office said. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of both charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Bishop Walsh says files show nothing about accused priest's past

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

Published: Monday, August 23, 2010

The head of the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa said Monday there is no indication local church officials knew the former Rev. Patrick J. McCabe had been treated for pedophilia before he was assigned to a Eureka parish in the 1980s where he is accused of fondling a boy.

Bishop Daniel Walsh said a search of internal files for documents that may have tipped his predecessor, the late Bishop Mark Hurley, to McCabe's alleged penchant for children yielded “nothing to indicate anything wrong.”

An official report by the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland on abusive priests said Hurley sent McCabe to St Bernard Church in 1983 at the request of the archbishop of Dublin who asked him to “rid me of this troublesome priest.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:11 PM

PENNSYLVANIA: Bennison trial witnesses concerned by review court verdict

PENNSYLVANIA
Episcopal Life

By ENS staff, August 23, 2010

[Episcopal News Service] Five witnesses who testified at the trial of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison have expressed "great sorrow" that a review court verdict has enabled him to return to work despite agreeing that he failed to respond appropriately when he had reason to believe that his brother, John Bennison, was engaged in sexual misconduct with a young girl in his parish.

The letter, which was addressed to the people of the Diocese of Pennsylvania, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, members of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies and Episcopalians everywhere, was signed by Martha Alexis, the abuse victim; Julia Alexis, her mother; Maggie Thompson, John Bennison's ex-wife, to whom he was married when the abuse began; and two other witnesses.

Bennison resumed his role as bishop after the church's Court of Review for the Trial of a Bishop overturned a lower court's finding that he ought to be deposed (removed) from ordained ministry because he had engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy. The review court agreed with one of the lower court's two findings of misconduct, but said that Bennison could not be deposed because the charge was barred by the church's statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Former Kingsport priest pleads not guilty to sex charges

TENNESSEE
Times News

By Wes Bunch

Published August 23rd, 2010

A former Kingsport priest pleaded not guilty to forcible sodomy and indecent liberties with a minor, both felonies, during an arraignment Monday in Scott County.

William Casey is accused of committing the crimes with a Kingsport boy in the 1970s, while serving at St. Dominic's.

The judge set a secure bond at $5,000, which Casey has posted, and placed him under home electronic monitoring. His next court date is scheduled for Nov. 22.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Catholic priests lose trust, poll shows

AUSTRIA
Austrian Independent

Austrians’ trust in priests is dwindling as the Roman Catholic Church is going through its biggest post-war crisis.

Viennese research firm Karmasin found that only 19 per cent of Austrians trust parish priests, down by 20 per cent year on year.

This research result comes amid news that the number of people leaving the Roman Catholic Church is soaring.

Official figures show that 30,004 people quit their membership in the first three months of this year, up by 42 per cent compared to the same period in 2009 when more people than ever quit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Former Fremont school counselor violated agreement with district

OHIO
The News-Messenger

BY MARK TOWER • Staff writer • August 18, 2010

FREMONT -- A school counselor who recently resigned at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School had been disciplined by the Ohio Board of Education in March and recently violated the terms of a consent agreement with the board.

Kevin Yeckley, who served as high school baseball coach for the past three years and counselor for 14 years, entered into the agreement for "conduct unbecoming a licensed educator by failing to maintain appropriate student-teacher boundaries."

One of the conditions of the consent agreement was that Yeckley could only teach in the Diocese of Toledo -- which the Ohio Board of Education said he violated by working for Fremont City Schools. The state Board of Education sent Yeckley a letter June 30 to notify him of the violation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

A New Defense for Pedophiles

UNITED STATES
The Daily Beach

by Conchita Sarnoff

Last month, hedge-fund mogul Jeffrey Epstein went free with a sentence that amounted to a slap on the wrist in a high-profile child sex case. Now other defendants are using his case as a springboard to plead for leniency.

On May 7, Joel De Fabio, a Miami criminal attorney, was appointed to represent Johnny Saintil, a Haitian American accused of three counts of child sex trafficking. In addition to Saintil, who was also known as “J1,” four other men were arrested and charged: Michael Defrand aka “Fats” or “Fatboy”; Stanley Wilson aka “Bird”; Maritza Rodriguez aka “Sunshine” or “Ritz,” and Latanya Ned.

Rodriguez has pleaded guilty and Ned is expected to plead guilty this Friday in Fort Lauderdale on child-trafficking charges. But the three others—Saintil, Defrand and Wilson—remain in federal custody at the Broward County Jail in Florida, facing possible life imprisonment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Secrets of the tomb

ROME
America Magazine

Posted at: Monday, August 23, 2010
Author: Austen Ivereigh

Pity Opus Dei. Just when they've dampened the fires of the Da Vinci Code, they find themselves implicated in an extraordinary story of mafioso murders, secret service intrigues, and of course our old friends Archbishop Marcinkus and the Vatican Bank.

To be fair, Opus Dei's involvement in the story only stretches to owning the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare where the Vatican has given permission for a tomb to be opened. The tomb supposedly contains the body of a gangster who gave many thousands of euros to the Church (in Italy, piety and criminality have never been hermetically sealed from each other). But it is hoped that what they find will also shed light on the mysterious disappearance of a 15-year old girl more than 17 years ago.

Emanuela Orlandi was a citizen of the Vatican, daughter of Ercole, who worked in the apartments of Pope John Paul II. On 22 June 1983 she walked to her music school in the Piazza Navona, and was never seen again.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Protest against Nun Abuse: Telegracia Investigates

Vimeo

[video presentation]

Telegracia news team investigates crimes by Catholic Nuns. They diligently interview SNAP director David Clohessy and survivors of nun abuse during their protest at the annual nun convention held in downtown Dallas this past August 2010

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:42 AM

Minister charged with sex crimes

ARIZONA
Verde Independent

COTTONWOOD -- Police have arrested Christopher William Furey, 43, of Cottonwood. Christopher Furey is the Kids' Pastor at Emmanuel Fellowship.

Furey was arrested Friday and charged with five counts of sexual conduct with a minor, six counts of sexual abuse, four counts of luring a minor for sexual exploitation and four counts of stalking.

The victim is a 16-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Clergy sex victims blast Catholic officials

DARIEN (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will prod Chicago area Catholic officials to explain and publicly apologize
--for ignoring a victim of a recently suspended predator priest for four months, and
--for their continuing secrecy about the accused child molesting cleric.

DATE
Monday, Aug. 23, 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Carmelite regional office, 1317 Frontage Road in Darien IL (630-971-0050) ...

WHY
In May, two Joliet Catholic priests were suspended from their churches because of allegations that they molested a boy in the 1970s. One of them, Fr. Kevin Michael McBrien (773-947-4580), belongs to a Darien-based religious order called the Carmelites. (The other is Fr. Lee Ryan, a diocesan priest).

But after four months after the victim contacted local Catholic officials, not a single Carmelite has called or written or contacted him. Nor have the Carmelites disclosed where Mc Brien is, whether they’ll help his victim or whether they are investigating the child sex abuse allegations against McBrien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Clerical immunity must end - US lawyer

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE “ERA of clerical immunity” has to end in Ireland, the Humbert School was told at the weekend.

US lawyer and former Benedictine monk Patrick Wall acknowledged the special position of the Catholic Church had been removed from the Irish Constitution in 1973, but “it has not been removed from the soul of Ireland”.

A lawyer based in California with Manly Stewart, which has handled many hundreds of abuse cases on behalf of victims, he said clergy, including bishops, who hid details of clerical sexual abuse of children “should do jail time”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Bishops 'should do time' for sex abuse cover-ups

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Marese McDonagh

Monday August 23 2010

'The abuse of children by clerics has left a permanent scar upon the soul of Ireland'

BISHOPS who failed to report priests accused of sexually abusing children should be prosecuted in the courts, according to a former monk and canon lawyer.

US attorney Patrick J Wall said nothing would change within the Catholic Church "until a bishop does jail time".

The former Roman Catholic priest and Benedictine monk told the Humbert Summer School in Castlebar, Co Mayo, that the protection of children was the most profound civil rights issue in the 21st Century.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

August 22, 2010

Bishops not obliged to report sexual abuse by priests - Curia defends Church decision

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by STEPHEN CALLEJA

The Maltese Curia finds it “strange” that the non-acceptance of calls making it mandatory for bishops to report sexual abuse by priests to the police has been interpreted as being a way for the Church to protect clerics who committed sex crimes.

“I do not believe that these calls were ignored,” a spokesman for the Curia’s Communications Office told The Malta Independent on Sunday. “They were not accepted. It is very strange to interpret this as the Church protecting clerics who abuse. The Church’s investigating team informs the person who puts forward the accusation that s/he can go and report the same case to the police.

“It is at the discretion of the victim or legal guardian to go or not to go to the police. Church authorities respect the decision of victims and legal guardians. One must, at least, consider that mandatory reporting, with all the good intentions involved, would create a situation where victims who do not want to go to the police, would also keep back from going to Church authorities with the result that the abuser continues abusing without being reported to any authority.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Psychology and Priestly Formation

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT 08/22/2010

WASHINGTON — Psychologists got a bad rap in the wake of the 2002 U.S. clergy sex-abuse scandal.

That scandal exposed the limitations of therapy to curb criminal behavior and the questionable judgment of therapists who released former predators to return to ministry.

Catholic leaders and seminary administrators confirm that they are now more cautious about employing the expertise of psychologists.

But the Church still depends on the psychological sciences to evaluate candidates for the seminary and screen for potentially serious problems that could lead future priests to harm themselves or others, said Father Shawn McKnight, executive director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

US abuse survivors began legal action against church

CALIFORNIA
Ekklesia (United Kingdom)

By staff writers
22 Aug 2010
Seven people who say they were abused as children by a Roman Catholic priest in California are taking legal action against the Catholic Church.

They are suing the Diocese of Oakland, where the abuse is alleged to have taken place. They accuse the Diocese of hiring the priest, Stephen Kiesle, despite knowing that there were several allegations of abuse against him. ...

The case has drawn attention partly because of the involvement of the current Pope, then Cardinal Ratzinger, who discussed Kiesle's potential defrocking with the Diocese in the 1980s. He wrote that the allegations against Kiesle were of “grave significance” and that the question of removing him from the priesthood required “careful review”.

However, neither the Pope nor Vatican officials are named in the current lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

How Did ECUSA Get its Attorneys?

UNITED STATES
Anglican Curmudgeon

As this is a principled blog, let's start with some principles. I shall use as my authority the Model Rules of Professional Conduct as adopted by the American Bar Association, which have mostly been adopted without change by the various state bar associations.

Begin with Rule 1.13, which covers a lawyer's representation of an organization as a client. The Rule provides in part:
(a) A lawyer employed or retained by an organization represents the organization acting through its duly authorized constituents.
. . .
(g) A lawyer representing an organization may also represent any of its directors, officers, employees, members, shareholders or other constituents, subject to the provisions of Rule 1.7. If the organization's consent to the dual representation is required by Rule 1.7, the consent shall be given by an appropriate official of the organization other than the individual who is to be represented, or by the shareholders.

Both David Booth Beers, who, as a former partner, is now "of counsel" to the Washington D.C. office of the law firm of Goodwin Procter, and Mary Kostel, who was formerly with that same office but is now an in-house special assistant counsel to the Presiding Bishop, have represented, and are representing, the Episcopal Church (USA) in litigation in various state courts. When they do so, then according to subsection (a) just quoted, their client is the organization itself, the unincorporated association of 100+ dioceses which make up the Church. (The local rules of the District of Columbia Bar Association do not vary significantly from the ABA's Model Rules.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

St. Peter split from diocese symbolizes defining moment for all Catholics: Regina Brett

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

Published: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Regina Brett, The Plain Dealer

"There is nothing on this earth so ugly as the Catholic Church, and nothing so beautiful."

If you don't like that sentiment, blame Cardinal John Henry Newman. He wrote that in a letter and he's still expected to be canonized as a saint.

Either something beautiful or ugly just happened in this dysfunctional church that so many of us love and hate in equal measures.

The parishioners and priest at St. Peter Church have defied the authority of the bishop and created an independent church called the Community of St. Peter. They celebrated their first Mass last Sunday in a building on Euclid Avenue and East 71st Street in Cleveland.

The human wrecking ball that is Bishop Richard Lennon closed one of the most vibrant, beautiful parishes when he shut the doors of Historic St. Peter Church at East 17th Street and Superior Avenue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

A Louvain, des hommes politiques manifestent leur solidarité à l'Eglise

BELGIQUE
rtbf

21.08.10 - 17:49
Manifestation samedi après-midi pour la défense de l'Eglise à Scherpenheuvel. Une initiative de députés flamands pour redorer l'image de l'Eglise apres les affaires de pédophilie qui l'ont entachée ces derniers mois.

Des hommes politiques belges viennent à la rescousse de l'Eglise. Ils ont manifesté samedi après-midi dans les rues de Louvain en Brabant flamand. L'appel avait été lancé par une poignée de députés flamands; un appel au message clair : "Les récentes affaires d'abus sexuels ne doivent pas jeter la suspicion sur tous les prêtres".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Eglise/pédophilie: nouvelles plaintes US

LES ETATS-UNIS
Le Figaro (France)

AFP
19/08/2010 | Mise à jour : 07:01 Réactions (2) De nouvelles plaintes ont été déposées hier en Californie contre les autorités catholiques américaines, accusées d'être restées bras croisés devant les agissements pédophiles d'un prêtre, a-t-on appris auprès de l'avocat des victimes.

Les plaintes, déposées devant un tribunal d'Oakland, dans la baie de San Francisco, émanent de six femmes et d'un homme, qui affirment avoir été abusés sexuellement par le père Stephen Kiesle entre 1972 et 2001.

La majorité des plaignants auraient subi les agressions du père Kiesle durant leur enfance et leur adolescence. L'une des plaignantes, Teresa Rosson, âgée aujourd'hui de 48 ans, aurait été abusée jusqu'à l'âge de 39 ans.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Brits onderzoek naar beschuldigingen van seksueel misbruik in katholieke school

UK
HLN

De Britse politie is een onderzoek gestart naar de beschuldigingen van twee voormalige leerlingen van een katholieke school in Londen. De twee zeggen tijdens hun schooljaren het slachtoffer geweest te zijn van seksueel misbruik.

Scotland Yard bevestigt dat twee veertigers, afzonderlijk van elkaar, beschuldigingen geuit hebben over misbruik in de Saint Benedict School in Ealing. "De twee slachtoffers hebben de politie in juni 2010 ingelicht over het misbruik na verschillende artikels in de Times. Er is een onderzoek geopend", luidt het.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Lauryn Hill's Long Road To Rock The Bells: A Timeline

UNITED STATES
MTV

Lauryn Hill is making a much-heralded return to the stage — and the spotlight — at this year's Rock the Bells Tour. However, die-hard fans of the Grammy-winning singer/MC hope the appearance breaks L-Boogie's decade-long tradition of mounting rare and spotty shows. ...

»At a 2003 concert at the Vatican, Hill blasted the Catholic church for the institution's alleged role in widespread sexual abuse scandals involving priests. "I realize some of you may be offended by what I'm saying, but what do you say to the families who were betrayed by the people in whom they believed?" Hill reportedly said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Churchman charged over abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Gulf Times (Qatar)

London Evening Standard/London

A Baptist Church minister from Surrey who is also the husband of a Boys’ Brigade vice-president has been charged with sexually abusing boys as young as seven.

The Rev Robert Dando, a senior minister from Worcester Park Baptist Church, is accused of abusing the sons of two family friends in America.

Dando, 46, is being held in jail in Fairfax, Virginia, following his arrest on July 23 while visiting a friend. Amanda Allchorn, spokeswoman for the Baptist Union of Great Britain, said he had tendered his resignation from the church with immediate effect. “The church and the family would welcome some space at this difficult time,” she added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Priest in hot water for 'molesting boys'

UNITED KINGDOM
IOL

By Neil Sears

A leading Baptist minister has been charged with molesting young boys during trips to America.

Robert Dando, 46, was arrested this week during a visit to Fairfax County, Virginia.

He is said to have sexually abused two boys, starting when they were aged seven and eight, over a period of up to five years during visits to a family friend in the US.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Satanic priests in the Catholic Church?

IRAN
Tehran Times

Press TV interview with international war crimes lawyer Alfred Lambremont Webre

TEHRAN -- The Catholic Church is facing pedophilia charges while seven adults have filed lawsuits accusing a California priest of child sex abuse between 1972 and up until 2001.

The plaintiffs, who include six women and one man, say they were abused by father Stephen Kiesle. They go on to say the Catholic Church has long facilitated the molestation of children by protecting the well-known child molesting priests.

This is the latest of several lawsuits where individuals say the Catholic Church is closing its eyes to sexual abuse of children by priests and church officials. The church has paid out more than 400,000 million dollars to victims of clergy sex abuse.

The following is a transcription with Alfred Lambremont Webre, who is an international lawyer specializing in war crimes. Mr. Webre shares his insights regarding these types of cases and explains how the Catholic Church has a dark history of satanic sexual abuse, which taints the hierarchal structure of the church from the father all the way up to the Pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Sins of omission

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

Elizabeth Evans
is a freelance writer and priest-in-charge at St. Mark's in Honey Brook

The case against local Episcopal Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr., who returned to his duties Monday, has lifted the veil on decades of silence and inaction toward sexual abuse of minors that reaches to the highest rungs of the church hierarchy.

The bishop had been inhibited for almost three years from functioning as leader of the five-county Diocese of Pennsylvania because of charges that he failed to act when his younger brother John, then a youth leader in Charles' parish, was accused of sexually preying on a teenage girl.

The ecclesiastical appeals court agreed with a 2008 church ruling that Bennison was guilty of "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy," but in reversing a ruling that he be defrocked, the court pointed out that because Bennison was not the abuser the statute of limitations on his misconduct had run out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Kelly: The sad saga of Ray Skettini

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Sunday, August 22, 2010
By MIKE KELLY
RECORD COLUMNIST

RAY SKETTINI wasn’t supposed to die this soon. He was only 53. He was active and loved the outdoors, and he had no outward health problems, his family says.

But Skettini died recently of a sudden and massive heart attack. When his friends gather for a memorial service in a few days, they will surely mourn his all-too-early passing. They will also talk about a different attack on Skettini’s heart many years ago.

When Skettini was only 12, he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in Pompton Plains.

There is no doubt about that story. Skettini has openly spoken of his abuse and was on the winning side of a lawsuit against Catholic authorities. Likewise, his abuser — the defrocked priest, James Hanley – described in lengthy interviews with me when he was imprisoned at the Hudson County Jail on another charge how he had sexually abused Skettini and other boys in Passaic and Morris counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

August 21, 2010

'Hand in eigen boezem steken'

BELGIE
De Standaard

'Hoogst ongelukkig', noemt Karel Van Cauwenberghe, de voorzitter van de Belgische vereniging van onderzoeksrechters, de beslissing van zijn collega om niet te zeggen of zijn onderzoek naar misbruik in de Kerk geheel of gedeeltelijk nietig is verklaard. 'Dit is alweer slecht voor het imago van justitie.'

Waarom weigert onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy zijn toestemming te geven om over de geldigheid van zijn gerechtelijk onderzoek, waarover de kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling (KI) vorige week uitspraak deed, te communiceren? Wil hij daarmee eventuele fouten die hij heeft gemaakt zo lang mogelijk toegedekt houden? En heeft hij wel het recht om te zwijgen?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

Breed front tegen onderzoeksrechter

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Het Brusselse parket-generaal tekent beroep aan tegen de weigering van de onderzoeksrechter om te zeggen of zijn onderzoek naar misbruik in de Kerk nietig is. Het arrest moet ook meteen worden uitgevoerd.

Het parket-generaal van Brussel en de minister van Justitie, Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V), voeren de forcing. Ze willen zo snel mogelijk communiceren over de inhoud van het arrest waarmee de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling (KI) geoordeeld heeft over de wettelijkheid van Operatie Kelk, het gerechtelijk onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Parket-generaal in beroep tegen radiostilte De Troy

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Het parket-generaal zal beroep aantekenen tegen de weigering van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy om te communiceren over het arrest in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

Zoals aangekondigd zaten aftredend minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V) en het parket-generaal van Brussel gisteren samen aan tafel. Hun doel: nagaan hoe er alsnog gecommuniceerd kan worden over de conclusies van de Kamer van Inbeschuldigingstelling. "Aangezien het Openbaar Ministerie geen cassatieberoep zal aantekenen, staat niets de uitvoering van het arrest in de weg. We dringen erop aan dat de beslissing snel en integraal wordt uitgevoerd. Dat is in het belang van alle betrokken partijen", aldus De Clerck. Volgens hem zal dan ook duidelijk worden wat de beslissing van de KI omvat. Met andere woorden: dan zullen we zien of er vrachtwagens met door de speurders onrechtmatig meegenomen documenten en spullen terugrijden naar plaats van herkomst het bisschoppelijk paleis, de woning en het kantoor van Danneels en de lokalen van de opgedoekte commissie-Adriaenssens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Onderzoeksrechter Operatie Kelk krijgt felle tegenwind

BELGIE
Nieuwsblad

Het Brusselse parket-generaal tekent beroep aan tegen de weigering van de onderzoeksrechter om te zeggen of zijn onderzoek naar misbruik in de Kerk nietig is. YvesDelepeleire

Het parket-generaal van Brussel en minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V) voeren de forcing. Ze willen zo snel mogelijk communiceren over de inhoud van het arrest waarmee de Brusselse kamer van inbeschuldigingstelling (KI) geoordeeld heeft over de wettelijkheid van Operatie Kelk, het gerechtelijk onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de Kerk.

De twee partijen hebben gisteren besloten om beroep aan te tekenen tegen onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy, omdat hij donderdag voor de tweede keer in een week tijd weigerde te zeggen of zijn onderzoek geheel of gedeeltelijk nietig is verklaard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

A Guide To Catholic Sex Scandals

UNITED STATES
ABC News

[slide presentation]

More than a dozen of the church's worst sex abuse scandals of the past 30 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Boston Archdiocese defrocks 2 priests

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Aug 21, 2010

BRAINTREE — The Boston Archdiocese has defrocked two more priests, one of whom was the longtime director of a Milton retreat for troubled priests.

The Rev. Robert P. Beale was director of Our Lady’s Hall in Milton from 1982-2002. He was suspended in 2002 for sexually abusing a youngster in the 1970s.

In the 1970s, he worked at St. Ann’s in West Bridgewater and parishes in Cambridge and Belmont.

His last known addresses were in Quincy and Stoughton. During his time at Our Lady’s Hall, he was a member of a vocal group, the Singing Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Call to boycott Mass may be start of 'revolution in Catholic Church'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

A REVOLUTION “may already have started” in the Catholic Church in Ireland, the Humbert Summer School was told in Castlebar, Co Mayo, last night.

US religion commentator Robert Blair Kaiser said in the keynote address that news reports last week of 80-year-old Jennifer Sleeman’s call for a boycott of Sunday Mass on September 26th in protest at the Vatican’s treatment of women suggested that “this grandmother from Cork” may “already have started a revolution”.

“She obviously believes what I believe, that you can have a voice and a vote in your own church, and still be Catholic and, at the same time, Irish,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Mary Kenny: Respect, then, for Jennifer Sleeman of Clonakilty...

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Mary Kenny

Saturday August 21 2010

Who plans to respond to Mrs Jennifer Sleeman's call to Catholic women to stay away from Sunday Mass on September 26, as a protest against deficiencies in the Catholic Church?

It might be hard to tell. There are plenty of women already staying away from churches of any description. Atheism used to be more characteristic of young men -- often linked to a young man's Joycean pride: "I will not serve" -- but I encounter more examples now of women who proclaim themselves to be atheists.

Women used to be more likely to say that they were 'spiritual', even if they were not religious. This may just mean they believe the tosh that is written in horoscopes, rather than the wisdom of the 'Book of Proverbs', but it was some gesture beyond the material world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

British Baptist Church minister arrested on child sex charges in the U.S.

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Neil Sears

A leading Baptist minister has been charged with molesting young boys during trips to America.

Robert Dando, 46, was arrested this week during a visit to Fairfax County, Virginia.
He is said to have sexually abused two boys, starting when they were aged seven and eight, over a period of up to five years during visits to a family friend in the U.S..

Dando has resigned from Worcester Park Baptist Church near Kingston in South-West London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Trial set for priest accused of molestation

SANTA ANA (CA)
The Orange County Register

By RACHANEE SRISAVASDI
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

SANTA ANA – A retired priest who has pleaded not guilty to charges of molesting a young boy at a Costa Mesa church about 18 years ago will go to trial in January.

Denis Lyons, 76, of Seal Beach, appeared at a pre-trial hearing Friday before Orange County Superior Court Judge Frank F. Fasel. His trial, which is estimated to last 10 days, was scheduled for Jan. 10.

Lyons, who is out on bail, is accused of molesting a boy between January 1992 and December 1995 at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Costa Mesa. The boy was a second and third grade student, and the molestation allegedly occurred in rectory and sacristy of the adjoining church, prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Sex-suspect priest 'dumped' in US

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Fergus Black

Saturday August 21 2010

THE late Archbishop of Dublin did a deal with an American bishop to "dump" an Irish priest embroiled in sex abuse complaints, on a US diocese, it was claimed last night.

Fr Patrick Joseph McCabe (74) faces extradition to Ireland after he was arrested on a federal warrant in San Francisco two weeks ago.

He faces charges he sexually assaulted six boys in Ireland from 1973 to 1981. Fr McCabe is currently in custody without bail in Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, just outside San Francisco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Eureka man says priest molested several children at a time

CALIFORNIA
The Press Democrat

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The 36-year-old Eureka man suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa said Friday he was one of several young children in the early 1980’s who were systematically molested by a priest, sometimes in groups.

He accused the former Rev. Patrick J. McCabe, now 74, of pulling two to three children at a time from his third-grade class at St. Bernard Parish in Eureka and walking them to the room attached to the church, where he would fondle them.

He called the darkened room “an all-you-can-eat buffet for a monster.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

August 20, 2010

'Religious world turned upside down'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

ÉIBHIR MULQUEEN in Ennis

AFTERMATH OF SCANDAL: THE CLERICAL sex abuse scandals has shaken the Catholic Church to its foundations but the world of the wider religious community has also been turned upside down, retired judge Catherine McGuinness said at the Merriman Summer School yesterday.

A member of the Church of Ireland General Synod, she said she was struck by the speech given by the Catholic delegate at this year’s general synod conveying thanks to the bishops and clergy for their support and understanding for the Catholic clergy in their hour of need.

“I found his speech both moving and sincere, and I was very glad indeed that such support, on a human level, was given.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM

Abuse victims to celebrate Reformation Day at Vatican

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY

CHURCH CRITICS: A SPECIAL “Reformation Day” ceremony is to take place at the Vatican on October 31st to mark “the birthday of the Year for Survivors”, the Humbert Summer School was told yesterday.

Boston abuse victim Bernie McDaid, who met Pope Benedict on the latter’s visit to the US in 2008, said it was planned to observe 60 seconds of silence in St Peter’s Square to be followed by a candlelit vigil.

“We’ve just had the Year for Priests; now we will have the Year for Survivors,” he said. “You want change, you come with me. All we want is support,” he said. Details are at www.survivorsvoice.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

'Spineless' response by priests criticised

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY Religious Affairs Correspondent

ABUSE FALLOUT: IRELAND’S CATHOLIC priests were criticised by speakers at the Humbert School in Castlebar, Co Mayo, yesterday for their “deafening silence” throughout the clerical child sex abuse scandal years.

Dublin abuse victim Marie Collins said that “the priests of Ireland during this crisis have let down many by their abject failure to speak up”.

Acknowledging a few exceptions, she said that in general priests’ silence had been “a huge disappointment”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

Archdiocese Says 2 Priests Out

BOSTON (MA)
TheBostonChannel

BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Friday that two priests accused in sex abuse cases are "no loner in the clerical state," and can no longer function in any capacity as priests.

The Holy See made the decision on Robert P. Beale and Dennis A. Keefe, saying that both had sought voluntary removal and as a result would no longer receive any financial support from the Archdiocese.

Keefe was accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1995 and was placed on administrative leave.

In 2002, Beale was accused of the sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. He was placed on administrative leave and restricted from public ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM

Archdiocese of Boston Announces Robert P. Beale Is No Longer in the Clerical State

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Kelly Lynch
klynch@rasky.com
617-413-9074

(Braintree, Massachusetts) August 20, 2010… The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that the Holy See has decided that Robert P. Beale is no longer in the clerical state. Fr. Beale sought, through a voluntary process, to be removed from the clerical state. As a result of the Holy See’s decision, he ceases to receive any financial support from the Archdiocese and may no longer function in any capacity as a priest, with the exception of offering absolution to the dying.

In 2002, Rev. Robert P. Beale was accused of the sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. Upon receiving the allegations, the Archdiocese placed Fr. Beale on administrative leave and restricted him from public ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

Archdiocese of Boston Announces Dennis A. Keefe Is No Longer in the Clerical State

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

For Immediate Release
Contact:
Kelly Lynch
klynch@rasky.com
617-413-9074

(Braintree, Massachusetts) August 20, 2010… The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that the Holy See has decided that Dennis A. Keefe is no longer in the clerical state. Fr. Keefe sought, through a voluntary process, to be removed from the clerical state. As a result of the Holy See’s decision, he ceases to receive any financial support from the Archdiocese and may no longer function in any capacity as a priest, with the exception of offering absolution to the dying.

In 1995, Rev. Dennis A. Keefe was accused of sexually abusing a minor and was placed on administrative leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 PM

Sex Scandal Has U.S. Buddhists Looking Within

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By MARK OPPENHEIMER
Published: August 20, 2010

Sooner or later, every traditional faith has to confront sexual impropriety by its spiritual leaders: extramarital sex, or sex with the wrong people (members of the congregation, minors), or, for supposedly celibate clergy, any sex at all.

But there are great differences in how religions handle these transgressions. For Jews and many Protestants, it is the local congregation that decides what sins are too great to countenance, and what kind of discipline is needed. For Catholics, a worldwide hierarchy decides, depending on reports from local representatives. And for Buddhists — well, the answer is not so clear.

The root of the problem, some experts say, is that the teacher/student relationship in Buddhism has no obvious Western analogy. Priests and rabbis know the boundaries, even if some do not always respect them. Doctors, too, have ethical canons they are supposed to honor. A spiritual figure like a priest, an authority figure like a teacher, a therapeutic figure like an analyst — the Buddhist teacher may be all of those, but is not really like any one of them. Even sanghas, or Buddhist communities, that discourage such relationships often have no process for enforcing a ban, and as one Zen society in New York is learning, that can lead to problems.

Since 1965, Eido Shimano has been the abbot, or head spiritual teacher, of the Zen Studies Society, a Japanese Buddhist community with headquarters on East 67th Street in Manhattan and also a 1,400-acre monastery in the Catskills. For much of that time, there have been rumors about the married abbot’s sexual liaisons, with his students and with other women. Such rumors could no longer be ignored when, in 2008, the University of Hawaii at Manoa unsealed some papers donated by Robert Aitken, a leading American Buddhist and founder of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Parket eist openheid onderzoek Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

20/08 Het Brusselse parket-generaal stapt naar de Kamer van Inbeschuldingstelling om de inhoud van het arrest rond seksueel misbruik in de Kerk toch bekend te kunnen maken.

Het tekent daar beroep aan tegen de weigering van onderzoeksrechter De Troy om informatie te geven over het arrest. Dat is beslist na een gesprek met minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Bishop Accused of Covering up Brother’s Sexual

UNITED STATES
Injury Law News

Posted on August 10th, 2010

What duties does a priest have who finds out about a family member and fellow clergyman’s sex abuse of a child? The case involving Bishop Charles Bennison of Pennsylvania revolved on that question. This week, the Episcopal Bishop who was accused of covering up child sex abuse involving his brother, has won an appeal by the Episcopal Church of Appeals. Advocates against child sex abuse and California sex abuse lawyers will be concerned at this development.

In 2008, Charles Bennison was found guilty by a church panel of covering up a sexual relationship involving his brother and a 14-year-old girl. His brother, John Bennison was then the rector of St. Mark’s Church in Upland, California. He allegedly began a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, of which Bennison eventually became aware. A church panel in 2008 determined that Bennison had engaged in conduct that was unbecoming of a clergyman because he failed to stop the relationship, even after he found his brother with the minor girl, and even after hearing rumors about the abuse.

In May, an Episcopal Church appeals panel met to discuss the situation. The panel has reversed that decision, because too much time had passed before charges were brought against Bennison in 2007. The statute of limitations in clergy abuse has an exception, but that can only apply in sex abuse cases where the respondent has been directly involved in the abuse. In this case, it was Bennison’s brother who perpetrated the abuse and therefore, the statue limitations exception did not apply here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Picking up the pieces on Haitian charity

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

The story of Douglas Perlitz is a tragedy on all fronts. The once-lauded founder of Project Pierre Toussaint, a humanitarian initiative that helped young people in Haiti, admitted last week that he sexually abused at least eight boys at the center. It was a devastating end to a shocking story of betrayal.

The people served by Project Pierre Toussaint live in poverty unimaginable by most Western standards. By giving his life to serving people in desperate need, Perlitz was honored over the years as a humanitarian of great proportions.

It was all a lie.

Today, the facility is shuttered and Perlitz is going to jail. Everyone involved in the sad saga, including those who knew nothing of the crimes committed far from home, has a responsibility to try to bring something positive from this disaster, something to give back to people who have had so much taken from them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

USA: Clergy sex victims challenge 8 bishops

UNITED STATES
Chelmsford Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (United Kingdom)

As a once-ousted Episcopal bishop resumes his office today, a support group for clergy sex abuse victims is challenging eight of his colleagues across the US to reform church policies and educate church staff and members about child sex crimes.

The organization is also urging the controversial prelate, Bishop Charles Bennison, to voluntarily step aside.

Leaders of the Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are sending letters today to each of the bishops who recently concluded that the church statute of limitations on Bennison’s misdeeds had expired. At the same time, the same bishops (serving on a church panel called The Court of Review) ruled Bennison had engaged in “conduct unbecoming a minister.” For years, Bennison kept quiet about his brother, a now-former Episcopalian priest, who sexually violated a girl in California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

CATHOLIC CHURCH REFORM: NO MORE THRONES

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

IRELAND
Voice from the Desert

THE HUMBERT SUMMER SCHOOL
The Harlequin Hotel, Castlebar, County Mayo

August 19, 2010

Robert Blair Kaiser

I love the Irish. I love you for your smiling Irish eyes, for your impish sense of humor, for your great gift of gab, for the poetry in your souls, for the intelligence and the beauty of your women.

I must confess that I always fall in love with Irish girls. My three children are half Irish — and they have smiling Irish eyes, an impish sense of humor, the gift of gab, and poetry in their souls. They have also generated some beautiful young children, much like them.

I also love you for your revolutionary spirit.

When John Cooney invited me to speak at this, your 24th annual jamboree of ideas, I knew I would be among my own kind, speaking in the memory and honour of the French General, Jean Humbert, who landed here in County Mayo in 1798 to assist Irish rebels against the English.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Attorney for diocese rebuts allegations leveled at Bishop Walsh

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

A lawyer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa would not comment directly Friday about a lawsuit filed the day before by a Humboldt County man who claims he was molested by a known pedophile priest about 25 years ago.

But attorney Adrienne Moran rebutted charges that Bishop Daniel Walsh, in a letter to parishioners, tried to discourage people who may have had experiences with the accused priest from contacting police and denied accusations that the bishop has a pattern of covering for troublesome priests.

“It's ridiculous,” Moran said Friday morning. “Anyone who knows the facts realizes this is not an accurate rendition of history. (The bishop) wants people to come forward and certainly, law enforcement will be alerted.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Sexual Misconduct by Clergy: Who's to Blame?

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Brad Hirschfield

Sexual misconduct by clergy is as old as religion itself, but what if the larger problem is not so much with the clergy as it is with believers who always seem to be surprised by such behavior, and even more disturbingly, slow to respond to it when they finally admit it has occurred? Without letting any misbehaving clerics off the hook, especially when the misconduct betrays the innocence of a child, recent events in the life of one high-profile rabbi have me wondering about the ways in which otherwise decent people fail to address the very real problem of sexual misconduct by their chosen spiritual leaders.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, leader of two synagogues (one on Manhattan's Upper East Side and the other in the Hamptons) and a man noted for his penchant for hanging with the glitterati, has been served with a request for legal separation by his fourth wife, Tobi. The reason? Among other things, the rabbi was caught in a passionate embrace with a congregant with whom, it is alleged, he has been carrying on an affair and even impregnated.

If the story is true, Rabbi Schneier is certainly to blame for betraying his wife, his own stated values, his congregants, the congregant with whom he is having the relationship, and too many others to list. But it's also true that all those who have supported Rabbi Schneier while managing to miss what might elegantly be referred to as a complex personal history should also be examining their own role in this saga.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Priest probe focuses on Galliagh

NORTHERN IRELAND
Derry Journal

Published Date: 20 August 2010

A probe into an allegation that a Derry priest kissed a 15 year-old girl is focusing on the cleric's time in Galliagh, the 'Journal' has learned.

Fr Eugene Boland - who was administrator of St Joseph's Parish, Galliagh, for several years - took "administrative leave" from his current parish in Killyclogher, Co Tyrone following Mass on Sunday last.

The Moville native shocked tearful parishioners when he told them he was taking leave from his duties due to a "personal crisis".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Freed paedophile priest living next to a school

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Chronicle

Aug 20 2010 by Joanne Butcher, Evening Chronicle

A FREED priest, who was jailed for child abuse, has set up home just yards from a school.

Father David Taylor admitted indecently assaulting three lads aged between 12 and 15 at Durham Crown Court last year.

He was jailed for two and a half years but was released early from jail this week after serving half his sentence and is now living within yards of two schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Zen Studies Society Announces Ethics Investigation; SNAP responds

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Blaine of Chicago, national president member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (312-399-4747, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

We are grateful to see that an investigation has been launched into alleged sexual misconduct in the Buddhist community. Such internal probes in religious bodies worry us. We have more confidence in secular officials than in religious officials. But this is, at least, a start.

We applaud the brave victim of this Buddhist official who is coming forward. At the same time, however, we seriously doubt that there is only one woman who has been exploited by him. We urge anyone who has been hurt in Buddhist settings to come forward, get help, protect others and start healing.

We take little comfort in such vague phrases from Buddhist officials as “occurrences of improper relationships between teachers and students.” If there is to be real healing and effective prevention, the whole truth must be disclosed, however alarming it may be.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Recordaantal kerkuittredingen in Oostenrijk

OOSTENRIJK
Kerknieuws (Nederland)

DO 19 aug 2010 | 14.56
Tijdens de eerste zes maanden van dit jaar kent Oostenrijk meer kerkuittredingen dan tijdens het hele vorige jaar. Dat schrijft de krant 'Der Standard'. De Oostenrijkse katholieke Kerk kende vorig jaar al een record aantal uittredingen, na de heropname van de traditionalistische bisschoppen van de Sint-Pius X Priesterbroederschap en het debat over de Holocaustontkenner Richard Williamson. Dit jaar treft het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door geestelijken de Oostenrijkse katholieke Kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Tell bishops to 'get the hell out of our cathedrals', says writer

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Marese McDonagh

Friday August 20 2010

Irish Catholics should establish a home-grown church by demanding that the bishops "get the hell out of your cathedrals", a leading author said yesterday.

Former 'Newsweek' journalist Robert Blair Kaiser also said that a grandmother who is urging women to boycott Mass in protest at the way women are treated in the church has started a revolution

He called on Irish Catholics to fix their "broken church" by making it "more Irish, less Roman" at the opening of the Humbert Summer School in Co Mayo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

Nun -sense

Feministe

by Frances Kissling on 8.20.2010

It’s 5 am in Mexico and a pesky mosquito has me up. I’m also planning on watching out for the crow who comes by early am and has managed to eat a couple fish in the little pond outside my bedroom door.

But on to more mundane matters. Catholic nuns (actually sisters; nuns are really a small subset with their different rules). Nuns fascinate everyone. They are featured in cartoons, plays, books and movies. They were the romantic fantasies of young Catholic girls till the 1990’s; the long swishing habit, covered head (did they shave their hair?) angelic faces so similar to Muslim women of today hidden behind tightly wrapped scarves or witches who banged your head against the blackboard and dragged you out by the ears if you were “bad”. They ministered to lepers, were played by Audrey Hepburn types.

Things changed a bit after Vatican 2, when they dropped the habits, wore street clothes and left convents to live in small groups like college roommates or airline stewardesses. The world lost interest. Young women stopped entering convents. ...

The next example relates to abuse of children. The untold story of the sex abuse scandal in the church is both sex and physical and verbal abuse by nuns. We want to see nuns of today as good guys – and we do not want to remember that in the old days, a lot of them were pretty mean to boys and girls. In the ordinary course of events, in Catholic institutions, things were done to children that today would land a teacher in jail. On an average day in Catholic school, you had your mouth washed out with soap, hem of your skirt taken down, were cracked on your knuckles with a ruler, made to clean up your own vomit if you got sick, and publicly humiliated. I remember the girl with large pointy breasts in the eighth grade whom sister believed had to be wearing a padded bra. One day, she marched her into the girl’s room, ordered her to take off her bra for inspection. It wasn’t padded. Both returned red faced to the classroom.

But some nuns did more, they sexually abused girls (and boys). In institutions for unwed mothers, foster children, and boarding schools, harsh work regimes and corporal punishment were the order of the day. Last year, at the annual meeting of US heads of religious communities, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, requested that women survivors of abuse be invited to speak at the meeting and tell their stories. We all know the healing effect of story telling. The nuns refused. Even the bishops had made time some six years ago for survivors to address their meeting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

A few in the hierarchy show honesty, courage

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

An NCR editorial

Most Catholics in the United States and other Western countries now affected by the priest sex abuse scandal understand that in any other organization so deeply damaged by what one archbishop has termed “spectacularly wrong” handling of the problem, heads would have long ago rolled and a serious search for the causes of the tragedy would be well underway.

That has not been the case in the Catholic church. Not only have bishops mostly escaped having to stand accountable for their actions, they have demonstrated, at least in the United States, an astounding lack of curiosity about what went wrong.

So it is encouraging to see what appears to be a growing body of serious questions and new resolve being voiced about the scandal by bishops in various parts of the world (see story, Page 1). They openly wonder what in the culture of Catholicism provided the conditions in which abuse of children remained hidden and was allowed to spread so widely. They conclude that reform is needed, though without providing specifics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Operatie Kelk: Verder met andere onderzoeksrechter?

BELGIE
vandaag

Het Brusselse parket mag van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy nog altijd niet communiceren over de geldigheid van 'Operatie Kelk', het grootschalig onderzoek naar een mogelijke doofpot in verband met seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk.

Volgens een betrouwbare bron bij het Brusselse gerecht beseft De Troy dat hij boter op het hoofd heeft in verband met de huiszoekingen, maar kan en wil hij dat niet toegeven. Het speurwerk zou intussen goed zijn opgeschoten en er zouden al heel wat bezwarende elementen zijn opgedoken over misbruik door geestelijken.

Het Brusselse parket wil het onderzoek alleszins verderzetten. Desnoods met een andere onderzoeksrechter. De Troy leidt het onderzoek naar een mogelijke doofpot bij de Kerk in verband met pedofiliedossiers. Eind juni vielen speurders binnen bij kardinaal Danneels en het aartsbisdom in Mechelen en bij de Commissie-Adriaenssens in Leuven. Ze namen 180.000 pagina's in beslag in Mechelen en 475 dossiers van pedofilieslachtoffers in Leuven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Family Says Church Covered for Molester

CALIFORNIA
Courthouse News Service

By TISH KRAFT

AUBURN, Calif. (CN) - Church leaders knew their youth pastor, an adult, was sexually molesting a 14-year-old girl, but refused to stop it, or to tell police or the girl's parents, the family claims in Placer County Court. The family says Jeffrey Waisner sexually abused the girl "regularly" since she was 14, at Rocklin Foursquare Church, at his home and on trips. The church is also known as Crossroads Community Church, and the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.

The family says Waisner engaged in intercourse and oral sex with the girl, who is now 15.

The family accuses the church of "harboring predator pedophiles" who "would continue to sexually molest children, using their leadership positions to gain access to and control over their victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Diocese sued over 'abuse priest'

CALIFORNIA
The Press Association (United Kingdom)

A man who says he was molested by an Irish priest in 1984 when he was nine, is suing California's Diocese of Santa Rosa.

The action, filed in Sonoma county Superior Court, claims the Bishop of Santa Rosa committed fraud by not revealing to the congregation that recently-arrived Patrick McCabe had been the target of several allegations of child sex abuse in his native Ireland.

McCabe, 74, who turned himself in to US authorities last month, is facing extradition to Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Priest's alleged victim sues Santa Rosa Diocese

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

Justin Berton,Demian Bulwa, Chronicle Staff Writers

A 36-year-old Eureka man sued the Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Diocese on Thursday, claiming that he was molested by a priest who was sent from Ireland to work in California in the 1980s despite being the subject of complaints from boys.

The man said he decided to sue the diocese after reading news reports last week about Patrick Joseph McCabe, 74, who was forced out of the church in the late 1980s and settled in Alameda. Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite McCabe to Ireland to face charges that he assaulted six boys there from 1973 to 1981.

The lawsuit, filed in Sonoma County Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages for psychological and emotional harm. It says that the diocese committed fraud by not warning parishioners at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Eureka of McCabe's alleged history of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Primary winner Bailey now faces Democrat Polis

COLORADO
The Colorado Statesman

8/20/2010
By Jimy Valenti
THE COLORADO STATESMAN

Stephen Bailey emerged as the Republican nominee in the 2nd Congressional District over Bob Brancato, but Bailey has his work cut out for him in challenging incumbent Democrat Jared Polis in this historically Democratic district.

Bailey, surrounded by his family and supporters, watched the favorable results pour in from Harpo’s Sports Grill in Boulder on Aug. 10. In the end, Bailey, a marketing director from Niwot, garnered 69.3 percent to Brancato’s 30.6 percent. ...

Despite his disillusionment with his Republican rival, Brancato, 42, a private investigator from Firestone, said he isn’t bitter about the primary process. He is now exploring options for a run at public office in 2012 and is continuing his advocacy work for preventing child abuse and helping victims of sexual assault. Brancato says he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a child. He won a 2008 confidential settlement from the Archdiocese of Chicago and now volunteers for victims’ groups

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Santa Rosa Diocese Sued For Not Disclosing Priest's Alleged Sexual Misconduct

SANTA ROSA (CA)
KTVU

SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- A Humboldt County man who said he was molested by priest stationed in Eureka in 1984 sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa Thursday for fraud and intentional non-disclosure.

"John Doe 76", now 35, claims the Santa Rosa Diocese and its bishop, Mark Hurley, failed to inform parishioners that St. Bernard's Church's Father Patrick Joseph McCabe was sent to the United States due to concerns of sexual misconduct.

The Archbishop of Dublin, Ireland sent McCabe, now 74, to the United States in 1982 after complaints of abuse from young boys and concerns about his sexual impulses, the civil complaint states.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Maintaining a Safe Environment

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND, REGISTER CORRESPONDENT 08/20/2010

Bishop Patrick Zurek has worked with “safe environment” training and application of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for 12 years while serving as auxiliary bishop of San Antonio and then as bishop of Amarillo, Texas. He serves on the U.S. bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Bishop Zurek has been the bishop of Amarillo since 2008. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin in 1975. He turns 62 on Aug. 17. He spoke about the Vatican’s revised canonical norms that deal with the crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. The new norms were released July 15.

How do the newly approved norms dealing with clerical sex abuse change the practice of the Church?

Sometimes the law follows practice. In 2001 Pope John Paul II issued Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela. By this motu proprio, the Pope decided to include the sexual abuse of a minor under 18 years by a cleric among the new list of canonical delicts (grave offenses) reserved to the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. Nine years later, on July 15 of this year, Pope Benedict issued modifications to normae de gravioribus delictis. Many of the changes, or modifications, are codifications of the way the Church was already dealing with grave offenses of the Sixth Commandment by clerics. These norms address sexual abuse and grave external offences against the Eucharist and other sacraments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

August 19, 2010

Church's sexual theology in 'deep crisis'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

ÉIBHIR MULQUEEN in Ennis

THE SEXUAL theology of the Catholic Church is in deep crisis, Fr Kevin Hegarty, a former editor of the church magazine Intercom, said at the Merriman Summer School yesterday.

The majority of Catholic couples were ignoring its teaching on contraception, while its teaching on homosexuality had, rightly he thought, attracted much criticism.

He also said the sexual scandals had dealt the church its worst blow in Ireland in living memory.

“The Ferns, Ryan and Murphy reports . . . highlight the acute level of dysfunction in the church. The church’s leadership is now divided and, consequently, rudderless. Not since the 19th century has there been such public disagreement between bishops,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Priest 'baffled' by child safety allegation

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GENEVIEVE CARBERRY

A CO Louth parish priest who resigned due to an allegation over the safeguarding of children was said yesterday to be “baffled” by the accusation.

Fr Oliver Brennan agreed to step down from the parish of Blackrock, Co Louth, on Saturday to allow for an investigation into a complaint relating to “child safeguarding”.

The priest maintains his innocence and is both “devastated” and “baffled” by the allegation, a source close to Fr Brennan said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Killaloe diocese set up €1.5m fund to aid victims of sex abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

DAN DANAHER

A €1.5 MILLION trust fund was established by the Catholic Diocese of Killaloe to help provide healing for people hurt by clerical sex abuse, outgoing Bishop Willie Walsh has revealed.

The Killaloe diocese sold land at Westbourne, Ennis, to the town council for €1.5 million, which it used to establish the fund in 2002.

Bishop Walsh has also confirmed that payments totalling €65,000 were given to a Co Clare man who has alleged he was sexually abused in the 1980s by three priests who studied together. One of the clerics was working in the Killaloe diocese at the time of the alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Taoist priest faulted for self-promotion

CHINA
China.org

China Daily, August 20, 2010

The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) has launched an investigation into accusations against Taoist priest Li Yi, a renowned "health specialist".

The Beijing News on Thursday reported that the administration confirmed it had asked for information about 40-year-old Li from the local religious department.

Wang Zuoan, head of SARA, said on Wednesday that religious personnel should endeavor to instill self-discipline and a sense of social responsibility in others, instead of seeking fame and fortune.

An official of the ethnics and religious affairs bureau in Beibei district, Chongqing, confirmed that Li had fabricated several miracles he claimed to have performed, including holding his breath underwater for two hours.

The official also related that the police said an accusation of rape against Li was unfounded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Lawsuit: Humboldt man molested as a child by Santa Rosa Diocese priest

CALIFORNIA
The Press Democrat

[the lawsuit]

[Bishop's letter]

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa was sued Thursday by a 35-year-old Humboldt County man who claims the church committed fraud by employing a known pedophile priest at a Eureka parish in the 1980s without warning parishioners.

The man, identified only as a John Doe, was a 9-year-old altar boy when the priest repeatedly molested him, the lawsuit alleges.

The suit filed in Sonoma County Superior Court states that the diocese assigned Rev. Patrick Joseph McCabe as assistant pastor at St. Bernard Catholic church and school in 1983 after he attended a treatment center in Albuquerque, New Mexico for priests involved in sexual misconduct with children. While there he was diagnosed as a pedophile and placed him on drugs to curb his sexual impulses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Brussels police raid judged to be ‘irregular’

BELGIUM
Catholic Herald (United Kingdom)

The Brussels department of public prosecutions has reportedly ruled that the June police raid on Church property was “irregular”.

Police searched the offices of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels, the home of the retired Cardinal Gottfried Danneels and the offices of the Church commission for sexual abuse on June 24. The Belgian bishops, who were holding their monthly meeting, were detained for over nine hours and telephones and documents were confiscated.

The raid was known as “Operation Kelk”, or Operation Chalice. Police also broke into the tombs of two cardinals in search of hidden documents. They seized 476 dossiers on abuse cases, the 140 metre-long archdiocesan archives as well as computers and a laptop belonging to Cardinal Danneels.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 PM

Santa Rosa diocese sued by alleged abuse victim

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

By JULIANA BARBASSA
The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO

A man claiming he was molested as a child by a priest sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa on Thursday for fraud and negligence, saying the church knew the priest had been accused of abusing boys but failed to warn the parish.

The suit, filed in Sonoma county Superior Court, alleges that the Bishop of Santa Rosa misrepresented then-Rev. Patrick McCabe's fitness to serve when the Irish priest was assigned as assistant pastor at St. Bernard's Church in Eureka, Calif., from 1983 to 1985.

Irish officials say Dublin church authorities had sent McCabe to a treatment center for sex offenders shortly before 1983, the year he was assigned to St. Bernard's a church with an attached school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Survivors champion need to speak out about abuse

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 19, 2010
By Heidi Schlumpf

CHICAGO -- When little Stevie Theisen was in the fourth grade in Dubuque, Iowa, classmates used to tease that he was “teacher’s pet.” If they only knew.

While he was staying after school to clean the blackboard and help “Sister,” she was taking advantage of her 9-year-old student, Theisen says.

“First she taught me how the Eskimos kiss, rubbing noses. Then she taught me how the Americans kiss. And then she taught me how the French kissed, by sticking her tongue in my mouth,” Theisen told the national conference of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, held July 30-Aug. 1 in Chicago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Diocese decision awaited for priest who admitted to abusing boys

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By JORDAN CARLEO-EVANGELIST Staff Writer
Published: 01:00 a.m., Thursday, May 20, 2010

ALBANY -- A Delaware County priest assigned to several local parishes is poised to be banned permanently from ministry after admitting earlier this month to abusing two young boys, according to a spokesman for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany.

James McDevitt, 64, who had most recently served as pastor at Sacred Heart parish in Margaretville, pleaded guilty last week in the Delaware County town of Middletown to two misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, satisfying a raft of similar charges lodged against him last summer.

McDevitt -- who also spent time at St. Pius X Church in Loudonville, St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa, St. Mary's Hospital and St. Peter's Church in Delhi -- will face six years of probation, including enhanced restrictions placed on sex offenders, at sentencing July 8, said Chief Assistant Delaware County District Attorney John Hubbard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

More child abuse allegations against Catholic school

UNITED KINGDOM
Morning Star

Thursday 19 August 2010

by Lizzie Cocker

A prestigious Roman Catholic school already facing an inquiry into its child protection policies has been rocked by renewed child abuse investigations, it has emerged.

Police are investigating allegations against staff made by two former pupils at St Benedict's School in west London.

One of the two arrested was 68-year-old former headmaster Father David Pearce. He is currently serving five years in prison after admitting 10 indecent assaults and one sexual assault on five boys between 1972 and 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Limerick priest says his mother's Mass boycott call is 'her gig not mine'

IRELAND
Limerick Leader

Published Date: 21 August 2010
By Donal O'Regan
GLENSTAL Abbey's Fr Simon Sleeman, the son of Jennifer Sleeman, who has called for a one-day boycott of Mass, says he too has been inundated with phone calls and emails about the proposal.

Mrs Sleeman, 80, last week called for the one-day protest on September 26 to show her anger at the Catholic Church's treatment of women.

Since she went public, Mrs Sleeman from Clonakilty, Cork, has received countless messages of support and the story has been reported in newspapers, on television and radio in Britain, America, Italy, Germany and France.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Worcester Park Minister charged with aggrevated sexual battery of an under 13

UNITED KINGDOM
Surrey Comet

By Claire Fox »

A Worcester Park pastor is being held in a US jail on charges of aggravated sexual battery of a child under 13.

Rev Robert Dando, a senior minister from Worcester Park Baptist Church, is being held in a jail in Virginia and will appear before Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on September 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

British Baptist minister jailed in Virginia on sex charges

VIRGINIA
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen
Thursday, August 12, 2010

FAIRFAX, Va. (ABP) -- A British Baptist minister is being held in a Virginia jail on charges of child molestation. Robert Dando, senior minister of Worcester Park Baptist Church in suburban London, was arrested July 24 in Oakton, Va.

He is charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13. A spokesman for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office said Dando is being held without bond in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. His next court date is Sept. 23 at the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

Amanda Allchorn, head of communications for the Baptist Union of Great Britain, said in a statement on behalf of the congregation that Dando "has tendered his resignation from Worcester Park Baptist Church with immediate effect." She said the church and Dando's family "would welcome some space at this difficult time."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Rigali's new old time religion

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Eugene Cullen Kennedy on Aug. 19, 2010 Bulletins from the Human Side

Paralleling Groucho Marx’s famous line, "either this man is dead or my watch has stopped," Cardinal Rigali either doesn’t know that Pope John Paul II is dead or his watch has stopped and he doesn’t know that he can stop running for a red hat. The old clerical gag during his time in Rome was that his cassock was always rain spotted from standing in St. Peter’s Square during the ambition storms that are to the Vatican what tsunamis are to the South Seas, waiting for the lightning strike that would transform him into a cardinal archbishop.

He certainly sounded as if he were still trying to please John Paul II in his enthusiastic endorsement of a congress on the Pope’s discourses on sex and marriage given early in his papacy at his weekly audiences. Consistent with John Paul II’s earlier writings, these talks, published as the "Theology of the Body," were the inspiration for the recent meeting praised by Rigali as well as the foundation for an apparently enthusiastic new movement to preach these papal reflections as the Catholic ideal of sex and marriage. Rigali senses that supporting John Paul II’s atavistic ideas about sex fits right into Benedict’s James Cameron-like obsession with bringing an alternate world into being. The big difference is that in Avatar Cameron offers a three-dimensional universe while Benedict, in Reform of the Reform, is pushing his one-dimensional vision of the paradise of the pre-Vatican II church.

Although Pope John Paul II’s meditations on human sexuality seem as tortured as he sometimes did, Rigali is betting that the new big thing will be the old big thing. You remember, that period in which Catholics were made to feel guilty just for being healthy human beings and having sexual feelings. Rigali is putting all his chips on the red by saying that the recent National Theology of the Body Congress, including its lectures, seminars, and artistic performances, "must become a campaign of human and catechetical formation."

Pope Benedict, Cardinal Rigali, and every church official clinging to the Vatican power line strung between them might well pause and reflect on the impact of this proposed full court press of John Paul II’s convictions on love and human sexuality. While nobody can doubt the world’s need for a renewed sense of Catholic values, with their generous pastoral understanding of the human condition, one can wonder whether the church, slipping deeper into the quicksand with each new response to the worldwide sex abuse crisis, can begin a crusade wisely or well on the basis of the theology of sex that the brooding ascetic John Paul seems to have torn out of his own soul in a form that is not only beyond humans but that will dumbfound most of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Belgian magistrates at war over church child-abuse investigation

BELGIUM
Earth Times

Brussels - An investigation over child sex abuse involving the highest echelons of the Belgian Catholic Church has sparked an internal war between prosecutors, it emerged on Thursday.

At the end of June, investigating magistrate Wim De Troy had ordered raids on the house of former Belgian Archbishop Godfried Danneels, the office of his successor Cardinal Andre-Joseph Leonard, and the headquarters of the committee set up by the Belgian Catholic Church to investigate allegations of child abuse.

The move caused howls of protest, with the Vatican accusing the Belgian authorities of behaving "worse than the Communists."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

US Catholic Church tarred with new child sex abuse scandal

CALIFORNIA
AFP

LOS ANGELES — The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has become embroiled in a new pedophilia scandal with six women and one man alleging sexual abuse by a priest over three decades.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oakland, California accused Father Stephen Kiesle of acts of sexual abuse between 1972 and 2001, and alleged that Catholic Church officials knew of the crimes but did not stop them.

Pedophile priest scandals and allegations of high-level cover-ups that swept Australia and the United States in 2004 have surged again since last year and rocked the Catholic Church in Europe and the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

Worcester Park minister facing multiple child sex abuse charges in US

UNITED STATES
Kingston Guardian (United Kingdom)

By Claire Fox »

A Baptist church minister has been arrested in the United States on multiple child sex abuse charges.

Rev Robert Dando, a senior minister from Worcester Park Baptist Church, was visiting a family friend in Fairfax Virginia when he was arrested on July 23.

Mr Dando has been charged with four counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts for each alleged victim.

He is being held in a jail in Virginia and will appear before Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on September 23.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:48 PM

TO THE PEOPLE OF GOD OF THE ARCHDIOCESE OF CANBERRA AND GOULBURN

AUSTRALIA
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

A Pentecost Letter on Sexual Abuse of the Young in the Catholic Church

It has taken a tragically long time for other Australians to begin to see the faces and hear the voices of Indigenous people. For too long Indigenous Australians were simply unseen and unheard; and that was the way the rest of us seemed to want it. Their land was Terra nullius; they were not citizens. Now that Indigenous people are visible and audible, we others are not sure what exactly to do about their suffering, but at least we can see them and hear them – and even say sorry. The same is true, I now think, of the survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church and elsewhere. For too long they were unseen and unheard. To see their faces and hear their voices has taken people like me a tragically long time. But at least now we can see their faces and hear their voices, even if we have no quick fix for the devastation we see and hear.

The story of sexual abuse of the young within the Catholic Church has been the greatest drama of my thirty-six years in the priesthood. So let me tell my own story of growing awareness of the reality; the story is mine but I suspect it is not unlike the story of many. I speak in retrospect but with no illusions about the present or the future. I cannot say that abuse of the young is not still happening in the Church nor that it will not happen in the future. What I can say is that the bitter lessons of the past have made it more likely that I and the Church will deal sensitively with abuse and its aftermath now and in the future.

The first case I heard of was in the 1970s when I was a young priest in Melbourne. When the news broke, I thought it was weird and distressing. I had hardly heard the word paedophilia in my early life and seminary training; I knew what it meant but I would have struggled to spell it. If I thought of paedophilia at all in the Church, I would have found it mind-boggling that a priest, to whom the young are entrusted in a special way, could abuse children. But there it was undeniably, and I thought it was a tragic and isolated episode.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Roots of scandal 'go deep and wide'

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 18, 2010

By Mark Coleridge

Following are excerpts from the pastoral letter “Seeing the Faces, Hearing the Voices: A Pentecost Letter on Sexual Abuse of the Young in the Catholic Church” by Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra and Goulburn, Australia. The full text can be found at www.cg.catholic.org.au/about/default.cfm?loadref=86.

Here I mention briefly several factors which, in my view, may have combined to make the problem cultural rather than merely personal, at least in the Australian situation. ...

One factor was a poor understanding and communication of the church’s teaching on sexuality, shown particularly in a rigorist attitude to the body and sexuality. This was mediated in part through the formative influence of Irish Catholicism in the life of the church in Australia. We owe the Irish an immense debt of gratitude for what they have given us, but for complex historical reasons the church in Ireland was prey to the rigorist influence that passed from the Continent to Ireland -- often under the name of Jansenism -- and found fertile soil there. It then passed into the Irish diaspora of which Australia was part. This rigorist influence led to an implicit denial of the Incarnation, which had people thinking they had to deny their humanity to find their way to the divinity. The irony of this is that the Incarnation -- the fundamental belief that God took flesh in Jesus -- stands at the very heart of the Catholic sense of a sacramental universe. ...

Clerical celibacy was not in itself a factor, but -- like any form of the Christian life lived seriously -- it has its perils. When clerical celibacy works well, it is a unique source of spiritual and pastoral fruitfulness in the church; when it works badly it can be very damaging all round. It becomes especially risky when sundered from the ascetical and mystical life which it presumes: This is a large challenge, especially perhaps for secular clergy in the bustle of their daily lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Some bishops questioning clerical culture

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 13, 2010
By Tom Roberts

Analysis

In statements, speeches, interviews and at least one pastoral letter, bishops in various parts of the world have begun raising provocative questions about whether something intrinsic to the Roman Catholic church -- perhaps its clerical culture, its manner of governance, its exercise of authority, or a combination of such elements -- has either caused or abetted the priest sex abuse tragedy.

From South Africa to Australia, Austria to Ireland, prelates are suggesting that perhaps deeply ingrained habits that have become inherent to clerical and hierarchical behavior, yet are inimical to the message the church proclaims, have contributed to the depth and scope of the scandal.

In seeking to understand the crisis, the bishops have speculated on whether the scandal might be rooted in inadequate seminary training or in a “narrow clericalism” that placed priests above reproach. They wonder openly about the effects of church “triumphalism” and how leaders could have ignored the plight of children for so long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Diocese pens letter to St. Bernard's parish in Eureka; bishop says past clergy sexual abuse is a shame, something church must face

CALIFORNIA
The Times-Standard

Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Posted: 08/19/2010

A Catholic bishop is reaching out to parishioners of St. Bernard's Catholic Parish, urging anyone who may have suffered abuse at the hands of accused former priest Patrick Joseph McCabe to speak up.

”I am writing to ask anyone who might have been mistreated by this priest to come forward so that the church might apologize and ask forgiveness as well as offer to help to overcome any damage done,” wrote Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh in the Aug. 17 letter to parishioners, which will be distributed Sunday at St. Bernard's and St. Joseph churches. “Past clergy sexual abuse of minors is a great shame for the church that we all love. But it is something that the church must face and deal with in compassion and understanding for the innocent victims.”

McCabe, now 74, served at St. Bernard's Parish from 1983 to 1985 and is currently in the process of being extradited to Ireland to face charges of molesting six boys there between 1973 and 1981. McCabe was transferred to St. Bernard's reportedly only months after he had been deemed a pedophile, enrolled in a treatment program and been placed on medications intended to tame his sexual desires.



Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:56 AM

‘Er was geen doofpot'

BELGIE
De Tijd

De Gentse procureur-generaal Frank Schins ontkent met klem dat de commissie-Adriaenssens was opgericht om de dossiers over seksueel misbruik in de kerk in de doofpot te steken.

‘Welke doofpot? De afspraken die het college van procureurs-generaal had gemaakt met de commissie-Adriaenssens zijn volledig publiek gemaakt. De tekst stond op het internet. Dat was van een ongeziene transparantie’, zegt Schins in een gesprek met De Tijd. ‘Of de kerk niet alle dossiers heeft doorgespeeld aan de commissie, weet ik niet. Ik weet wel dat professor Adriaenssens al langer documenten verzamelde die aantonen wie in de kerkelijke hiërarchie mogelijk schuldig verzuim pleegde.’

De mening van de Gentse procureur-generaal is belangrijk. Het gerucht doet al langer de ronde dat de vrijzinnige procureurs-generaal - zoals Schins - achter de schermen misnoegd waren over de juridische constructie rond de commissie-Adriaenssens omdat die commissie op eigen houtje mocht filteren welke dossiers aan het gerecht werden bezorgd en welke niet. De katholieke procureurs-generaal zouden dat zogenaamd hebben bedisseld met minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V). ‘Daar is niets van aan’, weerlegt Schins nu. ‘Er waren van meet af aan duidelijke afspraken dat alleen het openbaar ministerie mocht oordelen welke dossiers verjaard zijn.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Boycott a wake-up call for Catholic Church

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Jennifer Sleeman's call for women to boycott Mass on September 26 should give all Catholics food for thought on the subject of how women are treated by, and within, their church.

The Vatican has made it clear that anyone who ordains a woman will be guilty of a grave sin, but it failed to elaborate as to whether the offence would be greater or lesser in the eyes of God or the church than the sin of child abuse; or the presumably sinful practice of moving clerical abusers to different parishes instead of standing up for their victims.

One thinks also of the grief and trauma inflicted in the past on thousands of women, mothers whose babies were refused the dignity of a church-approved burial because they hadn't been baptised. Their innocent souls, the church had people believing for centuries, were lost in limbo and could never see the light of God.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Alleged abuse victims sue Oakland Diocese

OAKLAND (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

(08-18) 18:45 PDT OAKLAND -- Seven people filed suit Wednesday against Oakland's Roman Catholic Diocese, saying they were sexually abused by a defrocked East Bay priest whom the Vatican allowed to remain on the job even after he pleaded no contest to lewd-conduct charges decades ago.

By failing to isolate Stephen Kiesle from the public, the diocese allowed the onetime priest to victimize more children, the plaintiffs' attorneys said at a news conference on the steps of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in downtown Oakland.

One of those who sued the diocese in Alameda County Superior Court was Kiesle's stepdaughter, 48-year-old Teresa Rosson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

US Catholic church sued by alleged abuse victims

CALIFORNIA
BBC News

By Peter Bowes

BBC News, Los Angeles

The Catholic Church is being sued in California by seven people who claim they were sexually abused by a priest several decades ago.

The six women and one man accuse the Diocese of Oakland of negligence for hiring the Reverend Stephen Kiesle.

They say it was known that there were multiple allegations of abuse against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Failure of Church leaders to deal with abuse a "source of deep shame"

IRELAND
Donegal Democrat

Published Date: 19 August 2010
By Staff reporter
The serious sins and crimes of some priests as well as the failure of Church leaders to deal adequately with these cases represented a source of "deep shame and sorrow", Bishop of Raphoe, Dr. Philip Boyce, maintained this week.

Speaking at the launch in Dublin of a D.V.D., which includes interviews with a cross-section of Irish lay people expressing admiration for a particular priest in their own lives, he said the revelations of recent years should not obscure the outstanding and exemplary ministry lived by priests here and abroad.

Bishop Boyce, the chairman of the Council for Clergy, launched the D.V.D., ‘In Praise of Priests’, along with Bishop Donal McKeown, Auxiliary Bishop of Down and Connor, at the All Hallows college on Monday as part of the celebrations for the Year for Priests 2009-2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Is this the beginning of the end for Archbishop Martin?

IRELAND
Sunday Tribune

The manner in which Archbishop Diarmuid Martin communicated the Pope's decision not to accept the resignations of two auxiliary bishops in his archdiocese – and his silence since then – speaks volumes about the strain he is under, writes News Investigations Correspondent John Downes

It could hardly have been a more public reprimand to a man who has openly championed the need for accountability in the Irish Catholic church. But Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's chosen method for delivering the Pope's message last week was notably low key.

Far from launching a verbal "hand grenade" during a speech at a high profile gathering of the faithful, for example, he quietly buried the news in a longer three-page letter which concerned itself mainly with the logistics of administering the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Patrick Freyne - "If we choose to remain part of the church, then as Mrs Sleeman recognised, we have a responsibility to help reform it"

IRELAND
Sunday Tribune

Last week, Jennifer Sleeman, an 80-year-old Clonakilty woman, announced she was organising a boycott of mass on 26 September in anger at the Ryan and Murphy reports into clerical abuse, and in protest at the church's treatment of women (a Vatican document recently likened the ordination of women priests to paedophilia). "That's my cue!" said the pope, and announced he was retaining two auxiliary bishops mentioned unfavourably in the Murphy report, against the wishes of abuse victims, and to the general disgust of the Irish people.

In the face of such institutional insanity, you'd expect a revolt from the faithful. That it took an 80-year-old woman to do so was surprising, however, given how many young Catholics there are. "Are there young Catholics?" you ask. Well, baptism rates have held steady in this country and according to the last census, the number of Catholics had risen by 218,840 in four years (although it dropped proportionally from 88.4% to a still not inconsiderable 86.8% of the population). Those figures suggest that the old religion is still doing a roaring trade.

Now, a realist might observe that this is an artificial number that's representative of those baptised (even if you've lapsed, your official membership hasn't), but not of mass-attendance. However, the church authorities have recently used such statistics to justify seeking new church-run primary schools. This is a self-fulfilling prophesy. Because those authorities are in turn allowed to use faith as a basis for admitting entry to these schools, non-practising Catholics baptise their children, their figures go up again, and the church orders more schools (leaving a very difficult situation for people who do not want a Catholic education for their kids).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Abuse survivor 'shattered' by Pope's decision

IRELAND
Sunday Tribune

John Downes, News Investigations Correspondent

Well-known clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, who has doggedly remained a Catholic in the hope that the church will reform, is considering quitting the church following Pope Benedict's decision not to accept the resignations of two Dublin auxiliary archbishops.

Describing last week's revelation as the "final nail in the coffin" of her hope that the church would change, Collins said she has "really gone beyond the point I was at before".

"When I was clinging on to my Catholic faith with my fingertips in the past, I still had hope. And Diarmuid Martin was a symbol of that. I would definitely see this as the end of any hope that things are going to change," she said. "So I'm at the point definitely of thinking this is not the church for me. I'm not just saying that for effect. I just can't see any glimmer of hope, any reason to stay. I'm totally shattered at this point.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Pope backs man who cleaned up Diocese of Ferns

IRELAND
New Ross Echo

EAMONN WALSH, based on his experience in the Dublin Archdiocese since 1985, was the ideal replacement for Brendan Comiskey, a businesslike, straight talking, safe pair of hands, and was parachuted into the Diocese of Ferns by the hierarchy without any fanfare in 2002.

He had been given a licence to clean-up Ferns, and set about the considerable task with energy and alacrity.

His record appeared solid: he had served as secretary to three bishops McNamara, Carroll and Connell from 1985 to 1990, when he was ordained Titular Bishop of Elmham and Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin with pastoral responsibility for the deaneries of Blessington, Tallaght and South Dublin, among the most populous in the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Full itinerary of Pope's visit to the UK unveiled

UNITED KINGDOM
Ekklesia

By staff writers
19 Aug 2010
The Vatican has published the much-anticipated official schedule for Pope Benedict’s trip to the United Kingdom in September 2010.

The pontiff, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics and head of the Vatican City state, arrives on Thursday 16 September in Scotland. ...

Preparations for the Pope's visit have been dogged by criticism of its cost to the public purse, estimated at up to £20 million, sluggish ticket sales, controversies over sexual abuse, and a funding gap for the pastoral dimension of the visit.

Protesters for women's and gay rights are also intending to make their voices heard as the visit proceeds

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Part of lawsuit against church, Boy Scouts tossed

OREGON
MyCentralOregon

A federal judge said a lawsuit against the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts of America must focus on alleged sexual abuse suffered in Oregon because it's too late to sue over similar claims in Idaho.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter made the ruling last week, saying Idaho's statute of limitations prevented the plaintiff from suing in that state.

The lawsuit alleges the leader of a Boy Scout troop in Nampa sexually abused the plaintiff over three years in both states starting in 1967, and the abuse left him with debilitating physical, emotional and mental injuries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Police raid on Belgian archdiocese ruled illegal by appeals court

BELGIUM
Catholic News Agency

Brussels, Belgium, Aug 18, 2010 / 05:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the absence of an official statement from Belgium's judiciary, the lawyer for the Archdiocese of Brussels-Mechelen announced the court's decision that the police raids of the archbishop's offices and Cardinal Danneel's residence in June were unlawful.

The surprise search of the archdiocesan headquarters and other Church properties, called "Operation Chalice" by local authorities, took place on June 24. Police evidently sought to uncover evidence that the Church had willingly hidden information about clerical sex abuse cases.

In an Aug. 13 press conference, noting silence from the appeals court concerning its decision, the Belgian Bishops Conference announced the court's ruling that the search was illegal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Co-leader of Fromberg church arrested on rape charges

MONTANA
Billings Gazette

ZACH BENOIT Of The Gazette Staff

The co-leader of a Fromberg church that fled Utah and Idaho before landing in Montana and believes one of its leaders is the Holy Ghost and the father of Jesus Christ was arrested Wednesday morning on a rape warrant out of Utah.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Geody M. Harman, 37, before noon in Fromberg without incident, acting Montana U.S. Marshal Rod Ostermiller said. Harman was arrested on a $250,007 warrant out of the 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City. He is charged with felony first-degree rape.

The charging documents allege that Harman raped a then-15-year-old girl in Utah sometime between 2005 and 2006. The documents say that Harman, who is the First Counsel of the Holy Ghost of the Church of the Firstborn of the General Assembly of Heaven, “had an impression from God that (the girl) was to have sex” with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Co-leader of Mont. religious sect accused of rape

UNITED STATES
Daily Herald

The co-leader of a religious sect that fled Utah and Idaho before coming to southern Montana is accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl.

Rod Ostermiller, Montana's acting U.S. marshal, said 37-year-old Geody Harman was arrested in Fromberg, Mont., on Wednesday on a first degree rape warrant out of Salt Lake City. Harman is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on $250,007 bail.

"Due to the nature of the crime and the bond amount set, this is obviously somebody who was a priority," Ostermiller said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Diocese Of Harrisburg Installs New Bishop

HARRISBURG (PA)
Fox 43

[with video]

Sarah Arbogast

HARRISBURG, PA - The Diocese of Harrisburg welcomes its 10th Bishop. Bishop Joseph McFadden was installed Wednesday afternoon at St. Patrick Cathedral. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in June. ...

Hundreds of Catholics attended the installment ceremony. The mass began with a procession of religious leaders and a traditional knock at the cathedral door. During the ceremony, the Bishop spoke about topics like gay marriage and clergy sexual abuse.

"To those who are victims, especially here in Harrisburg, I express my deepest sympathy for what you have endured, in the name of the church, I apologize for the injustice," said Bishop McFadden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Charles Bennison, Embattled Episcopal Bishop, Vows To Stay In Office

PENNSYLVANIA
The Huffington Post

By Daniel Burke
Religion News Service

(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia said he erred in not investigating his brother's sexual abuse of an underage girl 35 years ago, but brushed aside calls for his resignation, saying it is more "interesting" for him to remain in office.

Bishop Charles Bennison was removed from ministry in 2007, when he was charged with "conduct unbecoming of a member of the clergy." A church court found him guilty in 2008. But Bennison returned to his Philadelphia office on Monday (Aug. 16) after a church appeals court ruled last month the 10-year statute of limitations on the charge had expired.

Even so, prominent Philadelphia Episcopalians--including the diocese's elected standing committee--said Bennison should resign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

McFadden installed as bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg

HARRISBURG (PA)
York Daily Record

By MELISSA NANN BURKE
Daily Record/Sunday News

The Most Rev. Joseph P. McFadden, an approachable cleric and former basketball coach known as a "bishop of the people," took his place Wednesday as the 10th bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg.

McFadden, 63, who served the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for six years as an auxiliary bishop, was officially installed during a 2 1/2-hour liturgy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Harrisburg, a couple of blocks from the capitol. ...

McFadden also addressed the "terrible sin" of clergy sexual abuse and apologized to victims.

"The way that it was dealt with in the church was wrong, and we are sorry," he said. "I assure you, the victims, that you have my deepest love and concern, and I will do all in my power to see that no such tragedy occurs again in the church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

From Haiti, expressions of relief and gratitude

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer

The telephone call brought sighs of relief, a sense of dignity to their destitute lives and gratitude that the U.S. government took the time to listen a group of Third World street urchins.

The call Wednesday from Paul Kendrick, an advocate for Haitian children victimized by sexual predators, was to a home where several of Douglas Perlitz's alleged victims are living. His message: Perlitz had pleaded guilty and acknowledged he had molested eight of the boys.

"If I had to describe the mood, it was one of dignity," said Kendrick, a Fairfield University graduate who has spent the last 18 months advocating on behalf of the Haitian street boys who claimed they were abused by Perlitz in Cap-Haitien, the second largest city in one of the poorest countries in the world. "They were just so proud that the government of the U.S. listened to them and that some caring people in the U.S. stood with them during the ups and downs of this case," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

At Fairfield University, praise for Perlitz replaced with silence

FAIRFIELD (CT)
CT Post

Genevieve Reilly, Staff Writer

FAIRFIELD -- As word got out that Douglas Perlitz had admitted in court Wednesday that he sexually abused eight boys at the Haitian school for street boys he founded, no comment came from the administration at the university that nurtured the 1992 graduate's sense of service and ministry.

Fairfield University spokesman Nancy Habetz said because "it is a legal matter, the university has no comment on it."

But Fairfield alumni Paul Kendrick, class of 1972, was as outspoken as he has been for the last two years.

"My first thoughts went to the boys in Haiti," Kendrick said, "who are suffering from the abuse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Defrocked Priest Stephen Kiesle Named in Suits Alleging Catholic Church Coverup; One Plaintiff is

CALIFORNIA
Walnut Creek Patch

By Martha Ross | August 18, 2010

Defrocked Catholic Church priest Stephen Kiesle, who has supposedly retired to a quiet life in Rossmoor, once again became a figure of public scrutiny and outrage Wednesday when news came that he is at the center of new sex abuse lawsuits, including allegations that he abused his own stepdaughter.

KTVU reports that Kiesle is named in two lawsuits filed Wednesday by seven people who accuse him of abuse. One accuser is stepdaughter Teresa Rosson, who said Kiesle started abusing her when she was 11 and he was a priest at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pinole.

"This monster pedophile was in my life for 30 years. And he continued his abuse with me and others," Rossen told KTVU news. Rossen said her mother is still married to Kiesle, and KTVU reports that the two live in the gated Rossmoor senior community.

Cardinal to set tone for church

CANADA
National Post

Charles Lewis, National Post · Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010

The new head of the Roman Catholic Congregation of Bishops, Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, said a combination of secrecy in certain corners of the Church and a general degeneration of mores in society at large combined to cause and aggravate the sexual abuse scandal from which the Church is still recovering.

"I think there was a certain culture of secrecy along with an ignorance of the psychological consequences of sexual abuse in parts of the Church in which people were displaced instead of really taking the problem very seriously," he said in an interview from Quebec City yesterday. "[For those who committed abuse] there was no coherence between their lives and pastoral service."

Cardinal Ouellet's new role, which he will shortly take up in Rome, is considered one of the most important internal Vatican positions, perhaps only second to the papacy itself. He will advise Pope Benedict directly on who will make the best bishops, essentially picking those leaders who will guide the Church over next few decades. Those bishops in turn will appoint the new generation of priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Police lay charges in historical sexual assault case

CANADA
EMC

EMC News -The Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Section has charged a former Ottawa Priest with one count of Indecent Assault as a result of a historical sexual assault investigation.

An investigation was commenced in July 2010 into a complaint of inappropriate contact between a Roman Catholic Priest and a teenage male that occurred in Ottawa in 1972.

Kenneth O'Keefe, 79-years-old of Toronto, was arrested on August 11, and is being held for a show cause hearing last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Ordination of women as priests needs to be considered by church

IRELAND
The Southern Star

By Editor Saturday August 21st, 2010

CLONAKILTY lady Jennifer Sleeman’s planned protest against the Roman Catholic Church’s attitude to women and the limited role they are allowed to play in the institution may ultimately prove to have been no more than a gesture, but it should be a significant one nonetheless, as she strives to get her point across. Mrs Sleeman is asking all female members to boycott Mass on Sunday, September 26th next, in an effort to show, through a large amount of empty pews, how big a part women are of the church.

She feels that their role has been taken for granted over the years by the church authorities and the fact that the institution will still not even consider the possibility of having women ordained as priests is a source of great frustration to her. Rather than being born into the church, like most of its members, Mrs Sleeman consciously became a convert to Catholicism 54 years ago and even has a son who is a monk in Glenstal Abbey, so she is not an insignificant stakeholder and would not have planned her day of protest lightly.

She wants to let the church authorities – both in Ireland and in the Vatican – know in no uncertain terms that women are fed up of being treated as ‘second-class citizens.’ Mrs Sleeman, rightly, maintains that women are potentially very powerful, as they make up more than half the people still going to Mass, so she is hoping that she can persuade the majority of them to support her boycott next month in order to get her point across.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Father McCabe’s Californian victims begin to come forward

UNITED STATES
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Since the story of Father Patrick Joseph McCabe broke, less than three weeks ago, four new victims of sexual abuse have come forward.

Patrick Joseph McCabe, no longer a member of the clergy, is now 74-years-old and is being extradited to Ireland to face six counts of abuse. He is currently being held in Alameda County's Santa Rita jail pending a federal extradition hearing.

The victims have spoken to the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priest (SNAP) over the last week, since widespread coverage of the case has been in the U.S press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

August 18, 2010

Two lawsuits filed against Diocese of Oakland

OAKLAND (CA)
Oakland Tribune

Angela Woodall
Oakland Tribune
Posted: 08/18/2010

OAKLAND -- Survivors of sexual abuse by a local priest have filed two lawsuits against the Diocese of Oakland and church officials who they said allowed abuse by Stephen Kiesle to continue unchecked.

"The Diocese could have stopped this," said Teresa Rosson, one of the alleged victims. Rosson, Kiesle's stepdaughter, said he began sexually abusing her from the time she was 11 years old until 2001. She is now 48.

Instead, she said, "They delivered him into our churches with our kids."

She said the abuse began when Kiesle served at St. Joseph's parish in Pinole in 1972 -- the year he was ordained. There, the lawsuits claim, he also abused several of the other plaintiffs, who chose to remain unnamed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

7 sue California diocese over alleged sex abuse

CALIFORNIA
The Associated Press

By JULIANA BARBASSA (AP) –

OAKLAND, Calif. — Six women and one man who alleged they were sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest decades ago filed two separate lawsuits Wednesday alleging the Diocese of Oakland was negligent in hiring the priest and failed to warn parents of potential abuse.

The lawsuits, filed in Alameda County Superior Court, call into question how the diocese handled the case of the Rev. Stephen Kiesle, a priest who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor child molestation in 1978.

After his criminal case, Kiesle asked the Vatican to laicize him in a petition that was supported by diocese officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Operatie Kelk: slachtoffer pleit voor teruggave dossiers en doorstart

BELGIE
HLN

Een van de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik die bij de commissie-Adriaenssens aanklopten, socioloog Jan Hertogen, pleit voor de teruggave van de dossiers die in het kader van Operatie Kelk bij de commissie in beslag genomen werden. Dan kan "een nieuwe start gegeven worden aan de melding, erkenning, tegemoetkoming en het onderzoek van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk".

In het onderzoek naar mogelijk kindermisbruik en eventuele doofpotoperaties daarrond liet de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim de Troy op 24 juni onder meer huiszoeking doen bij de commissie-Adriaenssens, die in opdracht van de katholieke Kerk seksueel misbruik van kinderen binnen de Kerk onderzocht. Bij de commissie werden 475 dossiers in beslag genomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Zollitsch plädiert für offenen Umgang mit Sexualität

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Die katholische Kirche in Deutschland muss nach Ansicht des Freiburger Erzbischofs Robert Zollitsch ihren Umgang mit der Sexualität ändern. Vor allem in der Priesterausbildung müsse das Thema offener angesprochen werden, sagte der Vorsitzende der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz im Kamingespräch des Fernsehsenders „Phoenix“ in Freiburg.

„Wir können uns nicht nur in der Verteidigung dessen, was gilt, zurückziehen.“ Sexualität sei ein bestimmendes Thema in der Gesellschaft und bei Priestern. Die Kirche müsse umdenken und sich dem Thema ohne Tabus stellen. „Wir müssen schauen, wie wir neu miteinander ins Gespräch kommen“, sagte Zollitsch. Für die Kirche sei dies eine Chance.

„Vielleicht hat man manchmal zu schnell gemeint, man kann dadurch, dass man eben die geistliche Dimension des Lebens mit Gott herausstellt, damit auch die Frage der Sexualität beantworten.“ Dies alleine reiche aber nicht aus. Seine Erfahrung, besonders in der Priesterausbildung, zeige: „Je konkreter und direkter wir diese Frage angesprochen haben, desto hilfreicher ist es für den einzelnen Menschen.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Saginaw Bishop Todd Ousley held a role in a controversial ruling to reinstate a fellow bishop

MICHIGAN
Saginaw News

Published: Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Eric Joyce | The Saginaw News

SAGINAW — A controversial ruling to reinstate a Pennsylvanian bishop includes a tie to Saginaw.

Bishop Todd Ousley of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan, which includes land east of Interstate 75 from Genesse to Alpena counties, was a member of the church’s court of review that, earlier this month, reversed a 2008 decision by a lower court that removed Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison as bishop.

Bennison’s brother, John Bennison, was youth pastor of the church where Charles Bennison was a priest in the 1970s in California. John Bennison, who later became a priest, is accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in the parish. John Bennison was forced to renounce his priesthood in 2006 when accusations became public. His brother was removed as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania in 2008 for his inaction in the 1970s.

Ousley was a member of the appeals court that on July 28 determined that the church’s statute of limitations had expired, and Charles Bennison was reinstated as bishop of the 55,000-member diocese as of Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Taoist rape accusation 'inaccurate'

CHINA
Global Times

By Guo Qiang
A controversy is persisting over a popular Taoist priest in southwestern Chongqing Municipality, despite an announcement by local authorities that a "comprehensive" and "in-depth" investigation found an accusation against him of rape to be "inaccurate."

Li Yi, who has a reported 30,000 followers - including business tycoon Jack Ma, the founder of Chinese e-commerce firm alibaba.com, and pop singer Faye Wong - had been the focus of a police probe in the past few days over an allegation of raping a college student about six years ago. The Southern Weekend newspaper had claimed he paid 7,000 yuan ($1030) to silence her.

An unnamed spokesman for the Bureau of Religious Affairs in the Beibei district of Chongqing told local news portal cqnews.net Wednesday, in the wake of a comprehensive and in-depth investigation carried out by local police, that there was no evidence to justify the allegations that Li had raped the woman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Alleged church abuse victims sue Oakland diocese

OAKLAND (CA)
Mercury News

By JULIANA BARBASSA Associated Press Writer
Posted: 08/18/2010

OAKLAND, Calif.—Six women and one man who allege they were sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest have filed two separate lawsuits against the Diocese of Oakland.

The court papers were filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court.

The lawsuits allege that the diocese was negligent in hiring and supervising Stephen Kiesle and failed to warn parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

American founder of Haitian school pleads guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minor boys

CONNECTICUT
Island Crisis (Mauritius)

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (BNO NEWS) — The American founder of a Haitian school for boys has pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with several minor victims, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Douglas Perlitz, 40, a former Connecticut resident and the founder and director of Project Pierre Toussaint, a boys school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, admitted that, on various dates between 2001 and 2008, he traveled from the United States to Haiti and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with eight minor victims.

In 1997, Perlitz obtained funding to found Project Pierre Toussaint (PPT). Initially, PPT began as an intake center referred to as the 13th Street Intake Program, providing services to children of all ages, most of whom were street children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Founder of Haitian Boys School Pleads Guilty in Sex Case

CONNECTICUT
AOL News

Hugh Collins

(Aug. 18) -- A Colorado man who founded a school for homeless boys in Haiti admitted in court today that he had sex with an underage student.

As part of a plea deal in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., Douglas Perlitz, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, while admitting that he had sex with one boy and opting not to challenge the government's assertion that he had sex with as many as eight, The Connecticut Post reported.

Perlitz acknowledged traveling from JFK International Airport in 2006 so he could have sex with a minor, the newspaper said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Founder of Haitian charity pleads guilty to sex charges

CONNECTICUT
The Bellingham Herald

By EDMUND H. MAHONY - The Hartford Courant

NEW HAVEN, Conn. Douglas Perlitz, the founder of an internationally known charity in Haiti, pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of traveling to a foreign country with the intent to engage in illicit sex.

In a plea agreement before U.S. District Judge Janet B. Arterton, Perlitz admitted to having sex with eight minors in Haiti.

Attorneys for Perlitz and the government agreed to argue later on an appropriate sentence. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. ...

Barbara Blaine, head of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, released this statement Wednesday: "This admission should cause every person who knows Perlitz to ask friends and family if he sexually violated them too. ... We hope others with information about his crimes will step forward, call police, protect others, get help, and start healing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Catholic Diocese denies responsibility for overseeing priest charged with sex abuse

NEW YORK
Catskill Mountain News

By Julia Green
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany has filed an affidavit in answer to a civil suit filed on behalf of alleged victims of sex abuse and their families, claiming the Diocese is not responsible for overseeing Father James J. McDevitt in his role as priest at the Sacred Heart Parish in Margaretville.

In the affidavit, which includes a deposition by Richard N. Farrell, the chief financial officer for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Farrell contends that at the time of the incidents, McDevitt was not technically in the employ of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, but rather was employed by an organization called the McNeirny Community Service Corporation.
Farrell states that the Diocese “did not issue W-2 statements to Rev. James J. McDevitt for his ministry as pastor of Sacred Heart Church,” and that the McNeirny Community Service Corporation, a New York not-for-profit corporation, issued the W-2 statements to McDevitt.

“They’re trying to have the Diocese get out of any obligation to pay for anything it’s determined the priest might have done wrong,” said Michael Jacobs, the attorney representing several families in the civil suit. “We have to respond to that motion and ask that the Diocese not be excluded.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Founder of Haitian School for Boys admits to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with minors

CONNECTICUT
Minuteman News Center

David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Boston, announced that Douglal Perlitz, 40, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. In pleading guilty, Perlitz, a former Connecticut resident and the founder and director of Project Pierre Toussaint, a boys school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, admitted that, on various dates between 2001 and 2008, he traveled from the United States to Haiti and engaged in illicit sexual conduct with eight minor victims.

“Millions of people in Haiti face a daily challenge simply to survive,” stated U.S. Attorney Fein. “This defendant preyed on impoverished and powerless street children in Haiti, enticing them with significant benefits such as food, shelter, clothing and education, only to exploit his position of trust and sexually abuse the boys under his care. I commend the extraordinary strength and courage of the minor victims in this case who came forward and spoke out about the abuse that they suffered in order to protect others from harm and so that justice would prevail. I also want to acknowledge the unceasing commitment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which devoted and continues to devote significant resources to investigate matters involving American citizens who travel abroad to sexually abuse minors.”

“ICE investigates sex tourism aggressively with the help of our international offices, and our international and domestic law enforcement partners such as the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Office,” stated ICE Special Agent in Charge Foucart. “This case demonstrates our international resolve to ensure that those who prey on children – the most vulnerable members of any society – do not go unpunished.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Episcopal hypocrisy in action

PENNSYLVANIA
Deep Thoughts

Bishop Charles E. Bennison Jr. does not care that you might find it wrong the he heads a Christian organization that preaches personal integrity as a core value. Nope, he’s a hypocrite and simply does not care what you think. In fact, he might as well be flipping you the bird. Oh, and please remember to send your tithe in on time.

It was the 66-year-old bishop's second day at work since the Episcopal Church charged him in October 2007 with mishandling and concealing his brother's sexual abuse of a minor three decades earlier.

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Move along sheeple. Bishop Bennison has important work to do. Forget the whole “conduct unbecoming a member of clergy” thing. That was only a recommendation.

I’ve got a message for the leadership. Quit asking for his resignation. Fire him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

Perlitz admits he sexually abused minor boy

NEW HAVEN (CT)
News Times

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer
Published: 12:51 p.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEW HAVEN -- Douglas Perlitz, the Fairfield University graduate honored for creating a program in Haiti to help clothe, feed and school homeless boys, pleaded guilty shortly after noon today to one charge involving the sexual abuse of a minor boy.

Perlitz admitted in court that he had sex with one boy, but didn't challenge the government's claim that he had sex with as many as eight boys.

Perlitz, dressed in khaki pants and shirt, said he traveled on June 6, 2005 from JFK International Airport to Haiti for the purpose of engaging in sex with a minor boy. He smiled at his attorneys as he entered the courthouse and briefly talked with them before admitting his guilt.

Perlitz will be sentenced on Dec. 21.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

US man man pleads guilty to sexually abusing boys at Haiti school

NEW HAVEN (CT)
The Canadian Press

By John Christoffersen (CP)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A U.S. man has admitted to sexually abusing eight boys at a school he founded in Haiti for street children.

Douglas Perlitz pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in New Haven on Wednesday to one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, a charge that carries up to 30 years in prison. Sentencing was set for Dec. 21.

Perlitz is a former Connecticut resident who now lives in Eagle, Colorado. He was charged last year with enticing boys at the Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien into sex acts by promising them food, shelter and other items.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

School Founder to Enter Plea in Haiti Sex Abuse Case

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

By LEANNE GENDREAU and WIRE REPORTS

A man accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen boys in Haiti is scheduled to enter a plea in court on Wednesday to a charge that carries up to 30 years in prison.

Douglas Perlitz, a former Fairfield County resident who now lives in Eagle Colorado, was charged last year with enticing boys at the Project Pierre Toussaint School in Cap-Haitien into sex acts.

He began traveling to Haiti in 1991 for a volunteer mission and was inspired to start a school to help the many street children in the poverty-ravaged area, according to the grand jury indictment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Two priests banned from celebrating Mass

PHILIPPINES
CathNews

Two dioceses in the Manila region have issued a statement warning Catholics of two priests who have been celebrating Mass and collecting money without permission.

Father Rufino Sescon, Manila archdiocese’s chancellor, said Father Romeo “Jun” Tena, of the Society of African Missions, has reportedly been celebrating Mass and collecting money at Manila’s Port Area.

“We wish to inform you that Father Tena has no permission from his society to celebrate the Sacraments,” Father Sescon said in a letter circulated in the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Rocked

IRELAND
The Argus

By Olivia RYAN

Wednesday August 18 2010

ANGRY parishioners confronted Bishop Gerard Clifford at Blackrock Church after Fr. Oliver Brennan stepped aside pending an investigation an allegation over 'child safeguarding', the Argus has learned. Some had been expecting a statement about the proposed transfer of Fr Brennan, which had stirred strong opposition, but that was not the statement Bishop Clifford read out at the vigil mass on Saturday evening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Perlitz to plead guilty today

NEW HAVEN (CT)
News Times

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer
Published: 09:58 a.m., Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NEW HAVEN -- Douglas Perlitz, the Fairfield University graduate honored for creating a program in Haiti to help clothe, feed and school homeless boys, will plead guilty today in federal court to at least one charge involving the sexual abuse of a minor boy.

Perlitz, 40, formerly of Bridgeport and Fairfield, received funding from the Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic charity and collected donations from wealthy Fairfield and Westchester County Catholics to create Project Pierre Toussaint, a three-stage program in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, the country's second-largest city, to prepare abandoned boys for adult life.

He was arrested last September in Colorado on numerous charges of traveling from the U.S. to Cap-Haitien for the purpose of sexually abusing 18 minor boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

Weigering paus ontslag twee Ierse bisschoppen leidt tot polemiek

IERLAND
RKnieuws (Nederland)

DUBLIN (RKnieuws.net) - De weigering van paus Benedictus XVI om het ontslag van twee hulpbisschoppen van het bisdom Dublin te aanvaarden die genoemd werden in zaken van seksueel misbruik veroorzaakt onbegrip en woede bij de slachtofferverenigingen.

In een brief aan de priesters, gedateerd op 10 augustus, had mgr. Diarmuid Martin, aartsbisschop van Dublin, aangekondigd dat de paus het ontslag dat de hulpbisschoppen Mgr. Eamonn Walsh en mgr. Raymond Field in december jongstleden indienden, heeft geweigerd.

De namen van de twee bisschoppen staan in het Murphy-rapport van 26 november 2009 dat het stilzwijgen van de Ierse hiërarchie over de pedofiele misdrijven door priesters in het bisdom Dublin gedurende meer dan dertig jaar, aanklaagt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Pope Benedict XVI's 30-Year Campaign to Reassert Conservative Catholicism

ABC News (United States)

By ROBERT MARQUAND
MUNICH and TUBINGEN, Germany, Aug. 13, 2010

In the past 30 years, the Vatican has moved strongly to reassert the authority of a traditional, even orthodox Roman Catholicism -- to bring the notion of a "one true church" to Europe and then the larger world. The intent was to reverse the "open" or liberalizing trend of the church represented by Vatican II.

Church struggles with handling of abuse cases amid Easter celebrations. In the past three decades, the Vatican has cracked down on liberation theology, affirmed traditional sexual morality, and is now quietly supporting ultradevout Catholic groups such as Opus Dei and the Legions of Christ -- while curbing ecumenical outreach and describing Protestant churches as not authentic.

The most constant, diligent, and serious champion of these moves is a shy but brilliant German theologian, Josef Ratzinger -- now Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

'Lover' murdered priest for money

SOUTH AFRICA
Sowetan

18 Aug 2010 | Dudu Dube | 41
Wed Aug 18 14:22:12 SAST 2010

GRUESOME details of how Catholic priest Father Lionel Sham was murdered by his lover have been laid out in the Johannesburg high court.

The indictment says: "There was a sexual relationship between the deceased and the accused, in terms of which the deceased paid the accused for sexual services rendered to him.

"After their sexual encounter, the deceased paid the accused less than he had expected for the sexual services. Shortly thereafter Malgas decided to rob him in revenge for the perceived short payment."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Two priests step down following child safety allegations

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Anita Guidera and Colin Gleeson
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Two priests have voluntarily stepped down from their duties over allegations relating to child safeguarding.

Fr Eugene Boland told tearful parishioners in Killyclogher, Co Tyrone, on Sunday he was taking administrative leave.

The priest, who was also in tears, told the shocked congregation he was facing a "personal crisis" but declined to reveal any further details.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Irish priests step down following allegations

NORTHERN IRELAND
Catholic Culture

In a sign that Irish dioceses are adopting the recent approach of US dioceses to dealing with abuse allegations, two popular Irish priests-- Father Eugene Boland of the Diocese of Derry and Father Oliver Brennan of the Archdiocese of Armagh-- have gone on leave following abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Unrestricted Priest Webmaster Arrested for Child Porn

WISCONSIN
Anderson Advocates Blog

By Patrick Noaker

This is a particularly sad story. A little over a year ago, Fr. Patrick Umberger of the Diocese of LaCrosse was kicked out of Noah’s Ark Water Park in Lake Delton, Wisconsin for following young boys to the bathroom. When water park personnel observed Fr. Umberger follow the boys into the bathroom, they called the police and revoked his season pass. Two days ago, it was revealed that the Diocese of LaCrosse knew about this incident, but never restricted Fr. Umberger’s involvement with kids.

Instead, the Diocese allowed Fr. Umberger to continue as a pastor of a church, teach at the parish school, serve as a chaplain at a middle school and function as the webmaster for the Diocese of LaCrosse and Pacelli High School in Stevens Point, WI.
Recently, Fr. Umberger was arrested and charged with possessing child pornography, when images of children were found on his computer and when Umberger admitted to being attracted to boys who were 12 to 15 years old. In response to the arrest and criminal charges, the Diocese of LaCrosse stripped Umberger’s duties “to protect all parties involved.” “The diocese cautioned the move should not be taken as a sign of Umberger’s guilt or innocence.”

Shame on Fr. Umberger for fueling an industry that is based on the sexual exploitation of children. Double shame on the Diocese of LaCrosse for allowing him to do so. Shouldn’t the Diocese protect the children who were sexually victimized in order to make those pornographic images as much as they protected Fr. Umberger?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Memo To Bishop Charles E. Bennison: IN GOD'S NAME GO

PENNSYLVANIA
Virtue Online

EDITORIAL

By David W. Virtue
www.virtueonline.org
August 17, 2010

On his first day back on the job, Bishop Charles E. Bennison was greeted at the downtown Diocesan headquarters in Philadelphia by pickets, including among them Black clergy outside Church House.

The return of the hated and despised Bennison is not going easily for the Sociopathic One.

Any normal person would have scarpered with his or her pension a long time ago, but not Charles Bennison. He craves power more than money or sex. The whole world could despise him and Bennison would step back into his job like Stalin risen from the dead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Students attempt to halt Bishop's College School deal

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

PEGGY CURRAN andJAMIE MCCALLUM, The Gazette August 18, 2010

Three former students at Bishop's College School are trying to block an out-of-court settlement in a classaction lawsuit for physical and sexual abuse alleged to have taken place at the school more than 50 years ago.

In a motion filed Monday, a 65-year-old Pierrefonds man asked Quebec Superior Court justice Kevin Downs to halt approval of the $1-million deal reached last spring, saying the money doesn't come close to covering the pain and suffering he has experienced since he left the school in the early 1960s.

The individual, who can't be named, is one of dozens of students who filed a joint suit in 2006 against the private school in Lennoxville for alleged abuse dating back to the late 1950s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

En Irlande, le rejet de la démission de deux évêques relance la polémique

IRLANDE
la-Croix

Le refus du pape annoncé la semaine dernière d’accepter la démission de deux évêques du diocèse de Dublin cités dans des affaires d’abus sexuels provoque l’incompréhension et la colère des associations de victimes

Fortement ébranlé ces derniers mois par les scandales de pédophilie, le diocèse de Dublin est une nouvelle fois en émoi. Dans une lettre aux prêtres datée du 10 août, Mgr Diarmuid Martin, son archevêque, a annoncé que le Vatican avait finalement refusé la démission posée en décembre dernier par Mgr Eamonn Walsh et Mgr Raymond Field.

Les noms des deux évêques auxiliaires apparaissaient dans le rapport Murphy du 26 novembre 2009, qui dénonçait le silence de la hiérarchie irlandaise sur les crimes pédophiles commis par des prêtres pendant plus de trente ans dans le diocèse de Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Priester gehoord over misbruik '79

NEDERLAND
NOS

De politie heeft een priester van 88 ondervraagd over seksueel misbruik in de jaren 70. Het gaat om een zaak die allang is verjaard, maar het slachtoffer vroeg onlangs om informat