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September 30, 2010

Bishop Bling and the Gay Fling

UNITED STATES
San Francisco Bay Times

By Wayne Besen
Published: September 30, 2010

Virulently homophobic mega-church pastor Bishop Eddie Long stands accused of coercing four young men at his church to have sex with him, while lavishing these victims with money, vacations and cars. An adherent of the “prosperity gospel”, we now know that Long was sincere when he preached that all one had to do to gain material blessings was get on bended hand and knee and submit to His will.

In fairness to Long, this case still has to be tried in a court of law and it remains possible that he is innocent of the lurid charges. Every day, good people are accused of crimes they did not commit. Opportunists try to take advantage of rich and powerful people for financial gain or for notoriety in the age of reality television.

So, it would be premature to say that Long is a hypocritical scoundrel who abused his pastoral authority to gain access to sex and used anti-gay rhetoric to obscure his own homosexuality.

However, Long’s rambling Sunday sermon addressing the salacious allegations did not help his cause. It appeared that he penned the precise speech one would write if he were guilty and trying to parse words to keep power, while avoiding legal trouble.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Church eyes $100m sale as sex abuse payouts rise

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

JOANNE MCCARTHY
01 Oct, 2010

The Catholic diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is selling its aged-care assets, potentially valued at $100million or more, and withdrawing from aged-care delivery as its ‘‘substantial’’ total compensation bill for child sex abuse victims continues to climb.

The diocese called for expressions of interest from three specialist Catholic aged-care providers to buy and manage facilities ranging from the 135-bed St Joseph’s Home at Sandgate, to seven aged-care villages and more than 150 independent living units across the Hunter Region.

The decision could affect more than 1700 elderly clients and their families, and more than 600 staff, whose concerns about potential redundancies were acknowledged by Bishop Michael Malone in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Visitor to Regnum Christi, counselors to the Legion announced

ROME
Catholic News Agency

Rome, Italy, Sep 30, 2010 / 07:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, announced today in Rome the names of the four counselors who will assist him in fulfilling his duties in the reorganization of the Mexican-born congregation. He also announced the apostolic visitor to Regnum Christi, the lay movement associated with the Legion.

The counselors to Archbishop De Paolis will be Bishop Brian Farrell, LC, Msgr. Mario Marchesi, Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, SJ, Father Agostino Montan, SC.

The visitor to Regnum Christi will be Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez of Valladolid, Spain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Paus voor miljarden aangeklaagd

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) - Stichting Mea Culpa United gaat de paus voor miljarden euro's aanklagen. Dat meldt het televisieprogramma EenVandaag. Mea Culpa United komt op voor de belangen van mensen die seksueel misbruikt zijn in kerkelijke instellingen.

Bob van der Goen, de advocaat die de stichting vertegenwoordigt, stelt in een brief aan het Vaticaan de paus 'hoofdelijk aansprakelijk voor het leed dat duizenden slachtoffers is aangedaan'. De paus was volgens hem zelf betrokken bij het toedekken van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk.

[summary]

The Mea Culpa Foundation, which represents interests of people sexually abused in religious institutions, is suing the pope. Bob van der Goen, lawyer representing the foundation, said in a letter to the Vatican that the pope is liable for the suffering of thousands of victims and was involved in covering up sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM

Het kruis van de Kerk

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Op zondag 3 oktober om 20.10 uur kan je op Canvas kijken naar de reportage ‘Het kruis van de Kerk’. Reporter Ludo Penninckx onderzocht wat voorafging aan de zaak-Vangheluwe, die een vloedgolf aan meldingen van seksueel misbruik door geestelijken teweegbracht, met als centrale vraag ‘Hoe is het zover kunnen komen?’. Hoe komt het met andere woorden dat slachtoffers zolang gezwegen hebben? En werden zij die wel spraken, wel beluisterd?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

Nieuwe regels in de maak voor bestrijding seksueel misbruik en kinderpornografie

EUROPE
Europees Parlement

Een nieuw voorstel om seksueel misbruik van kinderen te bestrijden, heeft een breed debat geopend over de vraag of het blokkeren van websites al dan niet een efficiënte maatregel is. Afgelopen woensdag spraken de europarlementsleden tijdens een hoorzitting met deskundigen over het wetsvoorstel dat tot doel heeft om de weerzinwekkende misdaden tegen kinderen aan te pakken door middel van preventie, vervolging en bescherming.

Het voorstel voor de nieuwe wetgeving moet de huidige wetgeving uit 2004 vervangen. Het wetsvoorstel omvat hogere straffen, het strafbaar stellen van het zogenaamde 'grooming' (het online lokken van kinderen met als doel het kind te misbruiken) en sekstoerisme. Het omvat ook preventiemaatregelen tegen het terugvallen van daders (daders kunnen in de gehele EU geen baan krijgen waarin zij contact hebben met kinderen) en maatregelen om de toegang tot kinderpornografie op internet te beperken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 PM

Advocaat Mea Culpa: paus moet nu betalen

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

De paus moet zelf volle aansprakelijkheid erkennen voor de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door geestelijken in ons land. Tegelijk dient de kerk snel voorschotten uit te keren, vooruitlopend op de vele miljarden schadevergoeding die straks mogelijk worden vastgesteld.

door Wim Doesborgh

Dat laat Bob van der Goen, advocaat van Mea Culpa en andere slachtoffers van seksueel geweld in een brief aan de paus weten. Met het doorsturen van slachtoffers naar praatcommissies als Hulp & Recht en de commissie-Deetman moet het volgens de advocaat afgelopen zijn. De paus moet zijn verantwoordelijkheid nemen en betalen.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 PM

'Vergoeding voor slachtoffers misbruik'

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

MAASTRICHT/UTRECHT - De congregatie van de broeders franciscanen is bereid schade te vergoeden aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik op het internaat Sint Maria ter Engelen in Bleijerheide (bij Kerkrade) in en rond de jaren zestig van de vorige eeuw.

Dat heeft een vertegenwoordiger van de Duitse congregatie medio deze maand geschreven in een brief aan hun advocaat. Hij schrijft dat de congregatie er 'alles aan doet de schade vast te stellen, te onderzoeken en deze te vergoeden'.

Dat zegt Bert Smeets, voorzitter van Mea Culpa United, een belangenorganisatie van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. Hij en bijna 50 andere oud-leerlingen van het internaat in Bleijerheide zeggen op het internaat in Bleijerheide misbruikt te zijn door minstens veertien franciscaner broeders. Ze claimen een schadevergoeding bij het bestuur van de Duitse Ordensgemeinschaft der Armen Brüder des heiligen Franziskus, gevestigd in Düsseldorf. Deze congregatie, één van de vele vertakkingen die de franciscaners in de loop van de tijd hebben meegemaakt, zwaaide destijds de scepter over het internaat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

‘Vuil van een ander maakt onze straat niet schoner’

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

ANTWERPEN (RKnieuws.net) - Wat begon op 26 februari met de onthullingen over misbruik door tien salesianen in het Don Rua-internaat in ’s Heerenberg in de jaren 1960-’70, veroorzaakte in Nederland een sneeuwbaleffect. De onderzoekscommissie Hulp en Recht kreeg sindsdien 1.700 meldingen, vooral uit 1950-’70. Hulp en Recht werkt al sinds 1995. Daarmee was Nederland het eerste land met een onafhankelijke commissie waar mensen klacht kunnen indienen en waar hulp wordt aangeboden.

Door de vele meldingen besloten de Nederlandse bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie Nederlandse Religieuzen op 9 maart een onafhankelijk onderzoek te gelasten naar het seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Oud-onderwijsminister en oud-Kamervoorzitter Wim Deetman was bereid de onderzoekscommissie voor te zitten. Twee doelstellingen staan voorop: waarheidsvinding en zorg voor de slachtoffers. Het onderzoek dat ongeveer een jaar zal duren, moet ook leiden tot aanbevelingen voor maatregelen ter voorkoming van misbruik. Het onderzoek richt zich alleen op de rooms-katholieke kerk, al vinden sommigen een breder maatschappelijk onderzoek wenselijk. Bisschop Gerard de Korte, de referent voor seksueel misbruik, vindt het niet de taak van de commissie-Deetman om zo’n samenlevingsbreed onderzoek te voeren. “Het vuil van een ander maakt ons eigen straatje niet schoner”, merkte De Korte snedig op. De kerk moet voor haar deur vegen en mag zich niet verschuilen achter het feit dat seksueel misbruik evenzeer voorkomt bij andere instellingen of in gezinnen. De Korte denkt veeleer dat het kerkelijke onderzoek een voorbeeld voor die instanties kan zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM

New Sex Abuse Lawsuit Names Former Pastor, Church

IOWA
KCCI

[with video]

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A civil lawsuit claims a Des Moines church ignored several warning signs regarding a former pastor who abused teenage boys.

St. John's Lutheran Church and former pastor Duane Martinson are at the center of the lawsuit, which comes 25 years after Martinson pled guilty to assault with intent to commit sex abuse.

Martinson was an associate pastor at St. John's Lutheran Church in Des Moines at the time he was accused of abusing six to seven teenage boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

APNewsBreak: Calif appeals court rules that friars' medical, other records should be public

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Examiner

By: GILLIAN FLACCUS
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — A California appeals court has ruled that psychiatric and other confidential records of Franciscan friars accused of sex abuse should be made public.

The ruling from the 2nd District Court of Appeal, issued Thursday, is significant for clergy abuse victims who have been fighting for the public disclosure of records that the Roman Catholic church kept of abusive clergy.

The ruling arose from sexual molestation lawsuits filed against the Franciscan Friars of California Inc. by 25 plaintiffs

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 PM

Vatican bankers quizzed over laundering

ROME
Financial Times

By Guy Dinmore in Rome

Published: September 30 2010 16:39

Rome magistrates leading an investigation into a suspected breach of money laundering regulations by the Vatican bank questioned its top two officials for several hours on Thursday for the first time since the probe was opened and €23m in Vatican funds were seized.

Leaving the judiciary complex in Rome after their meeting, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, head of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) as the Vatican bank is formally known, repeated to reporters the Vatican’s explanation that the events were the result of a “misunderstanding” which he intended to clarify.

Nello Rossi, the magistrate leading the probe, declined to comment after questioning Mr Gotti Tedeschi and Paolo Cipriani, IOR director-general, in the presence of their lawyer

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Italian prosecutors quiz Vatican bank chief

ROME
Catholic Culture

September 30, 2010
Italian banking investigators questioned Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the head of the Vatican bank, at length on September 30.

Tedeschi and his top subordinate, Paolo Cipriani, spent 4 hour in a prosecutor’s office on Thursday. As they emerged, Tedeschi repeated his argument that a money-laundering investigation into the Vatican bank was based on a “misunderstanding” that could be quickly clarified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

Knights, Minnesota archbishop endanger church neutrality

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by Nicole Sotelo on Sep. 30, 2010
COMMENTARY

For the last 128 years, millions of Catholic men have faithfully served the church through the Knights of Columbus' mission to help those in need. But do today's 1.8 million members and their supporters know that their Supreme Knight, Carl Anderson, is endangering their legacy by contributing their hard-earned charitable dollars not to the needy, but to political battles?

In October 2008, the Knights of Columbus and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that they had formed a partnership. The Knights would fund the bishops' anti-marriage equality campaigns and Carl Anderson himself would sit as a consultant to the bishops’ ad hoc committee on the same topic.

Since then, the Knights of Columbus have contributed millions of dollars to restrict the freedom to marry in state-based political battles ranging from California to Maine.

Let me be clear that this was engagement in political battles -- not efforts to simply promote among Catholics the Vatican's teaching on same-gender marriage, a teaching the majority of U.S. Catholics reject as unjust discrimination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Boston Archdiocese: Accused Weymouth Priest Can Return To His Post

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

By Jesse Logan
Sep 30, 2010

WEYMOUTH — The Boston Archdiocese has cleared a Weymouth priest accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s.

After a review, the Archdiocese ruled that the allegations against Rev. Charles J. Murphy, a priest at St. Francis Xavier Parish, were unsubstantiated.

On Wednesday, Church officials told Murphy that he would be allowed to return to his post, after stepping down during an investigation by the Archdiocesan Review Board–an advisory committee comprised of clergy sex abuse victims, parents, and a judge.

The attorney for the victim, Mitchell Garabedian, says his client is not satisfied with the ruling.

“He’s extremely disappointed, disheartened and feels re-victimized by the review boards actions,” Garabedian says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Wolves in sheep's clothing

BAHAMAS
The Freeport News

The alleged sexual scandal against mega church pastor, Bishop Eddie Long has tongues wagging across the Western World, not just among churches, but in the clubs, in the offices, at the water coolers and mostly in cyber space.

While the allegations against Bishop Long remain just that - allegations, the situation is nothing new and brings forth once again a series of messages.

It reminds us that those set in authority over kids, young people and those emotionally vulnerable must exercise prudence, compassion and sincerity. Such authority does not give those who possess it a right to abuse and take advantage of those left in their care.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

The Vatican shows Bishop Eddie Long how it’s done

UNITED STATES
Tri-State Defender

It always fascinates me what stories the mainstream press decides to focus on in a given week. We are a nation at war, there is a huge mid-term election pending, the economy continues to remain in a rut and yet, the biggest story in the news last week was about a nasty preacher and his predilection for young boys.

It’s bad enough that this story is more social and sexual voyeurism than anything substantive, but an even more serious story dealing with the Catholic church, with much larger implications for average Americans, barely cracked the front pages.

Last week four young men filed suit against Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, one of the largest most powerful and well attended churches in America. New Birth isn’t your typical mega church in a large metro area. The church has its hand in schools, the local economy and social policy, and the flamboyant Bishop Eddie Long has a laundry list of influential friends from former presidents to celebrities that attend his church on a regular basis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

Representative Steve Austria Went To Bat For Pedophile Protecting Church Officials

UNITED STATES
Lez Get Real

09/30/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Ohio Representative Steve Austria is a devout Roman Catholic who supports the right of the Government and the Church to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies, and opposes any and all attempts to broaden the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transpeople. As a member of the House of Representatives, he has voted against the Matthew Shepard Act as well as against the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. However, it was his vote to protect Catholic Bishops from lawsuits when he was an Ohio State Senator that is now coming back up in the wake of the breaking story of Wisconsin Senatorial candidate Ron Johnson.

The bill itself might seem like it was done to protect victims of child abuse, but the way that the bill was written means that it would be very easy for the Church and its bishops to avoid liability.

To begin with, the law states that it is a misdemeanor for someone to fail to report child abuse and does not specify how long a person has between disclosure of the child abuse, suspected or actual, and the need to disclose the abuse to the authorities. It would be easy for a bishop to claim that they had no knowledge or make some other excuse for why they did not report the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Weymouth priest cleared of sexual abuse allegation

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger

BRAINTREE — A local priest has been cleared of sexual abuse allegations for a second time, and returned to the ministry.

The Rev. Charles J. Murphy, whose last assignment was at St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth, had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy while Murphy was assigned to St. Agatha’s Church in Milton during the early 1970s.

In April, the Rev. Murphy voluntarily stepped down from public ministry during the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 PM

Spanish archbishop will lead visitation of Legionaries' lay movement

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Spanish archbishop, who was part of the Vatican-led investigation of the Legionaries of Christ, will be the apostolic visitor of the congregation's lay movement, Regnum Christi.

Archbishop Ricardo Blazquez of Valladolid, Spain, is one of a number of appointees named recently to help the papal delegate, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, in his task of governing the Legionaries and helping reform the order.

The four advisers who will help Archbishop De Paolis are Bishop Brian Farrell, a member of the Legionaries and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and three canon lawyers: Jesuit Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, Sacred Heart Father Agostino Montan, and Msgr. Mario Marchesi, according to media reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

An Interview with “Voice of the Desert” blogger, Frank Douglas

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Rome

I am grateful to survivors and survivor supporters who share their journeys to promote healing and end sexual abuse. Today’s blog highlights an interview with Mr. Frank Douglas, a member of the National Survivors Advocacy Coalition and the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, who manages the blog, Voice of the Desert.

JJR: What got you involved in this work to promote healing and end sexual abuse, particularly religious authority sexual abuse?

FD: At first, I was motivated by the injustice to victims, by the extraordinary incompetence of church officials in their woeful “management” of the abuse phenomenon, by their consistent and persistent cover up of these heinous crimes, and by the world-class hypocrisy of popes, bishops, and the top managers of religious orders. Subconsciously, I’ve been motivated in this work all along by my own childhood abuse by a trusted woman family member.

I’ve come to the conclusion that healing is an overused buzzword and never really happens fully. I think it occurs only partially, because the memories and scars are always there and are very often deeply hidden in the subconscious.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Irish archbishops called to Rome to prepare Vatican probe into abuse

IRELAND
Catholic News Service

By Sarah Delaney
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Irish archbishops will travel to Rome in early October to meet with Vatican officials about the apostolic visitation of their dioceses ordered by Pope Benedict XVI in response to the priestly sexual abuse scandal, the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference announced.

The four archbishops were called by the leadership of the Congregation for Bishops to help prepare for the visitation, which the pope said would help them address the sexual abuse scandal, improve assistance to victims and perfect preventative measures.

The Irish church leaders -- Cardinal Sean Brady of Armagh, Northern Ireland; and Archbishops Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly, and Michael Neary of Tuam -- will meet with the prelates conducting the visitations and with Vatican officials for a "preparation and planning meeting," Martin Long, spokesman for the Irish bishops' conference, told Catholic News Service by telephone Sept. 30.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Dershowitz set to defend the Pope

AUSTRALIA
ABC - Lateline

Transcript
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: Our guest, Alan Dershowitz is one of the foremost lawyers and jurists in the United States.

He's defended some of the most high-profile clients in recent history, including Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson and O.J. Simpson.

He's a distinguished defender of civil liberties, a widely-read commentator on the Arab-Israel conflict and a vocal supporter of Israel.

He's been widely published in magazines and newspapers. He's the author of 27 works of fiction and non-fiction.

Well he's in Australia this week for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House where he'll debate the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Prosecutor questions Vatican bank officials for 4 hours in money-laundering probe

ROME
The Associated Press

ROME — The two top officials of the Vatican's bank have been questioned by Italian prosecutors probing alleged violations of Italy's anti-money laundering laws.

Chairman Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and the director general Paolo Cipriani spent about four hours at the prosecutor's office Thursday, a week after Italian authorities seized €23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account as a precaution.

The chairman told reporters as he left the courthouse that the allegations resulted from a "misunderstanding" which he hoped would be cleared up. He said they asked to be interrogated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

St Albans teacher's child porn shame after computer slip

UNITED KINGDOM
St. Albans and Harpenden Review

By Alex Lewis »

A TECHNOLOGY teacher at Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans was caught with thousands of indecent pictures of children after he handed in his laptop without deleting the contents.

Jonathon Collings, 60, gave his laptop back to the school when he retired at the end of the last term.

He thought he had deleted the files, but staff preparing the computer for another teacher found indecent pictures and alerted police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Ex-teacher sentenced for child porn

UNITED KINGDOM
The Press Association

A former schoolteacher who used his work laptop to view child pornography has been given a three-year community order.

The material was found on a computer loaned to Jonathan Collings when he handed it back on retiring from his job as a technology teacher at a Catholic secondary school.

The 60-year-old from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, had failed to wipe all the images before he left Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School in St Albans, Hertfordshire, last August.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:49 AM

Catholic order knew of alleged abuse: document

CANADA
CBC News

A Roman Catholic order in Quebec was aware of allegations of sexual abuse by brothers in the religious group, according to evidence discovered by Radio-Canada.

A nine-page document, written by a long-term member of the Order of Holy Cross, chronicles specific allegations of abuse over the years at Montreal's College Notre Dame. The document lists a dozen Holy Cross brothers from various institutions.

It also outlines how alleged abusers at the order's flagship private school were not reported to the police and instead were allowed to stay on as teachers or support staff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Nun Who Was Excommunicated for Denouncing Sex Abuse to Become 'Patron Saint Of Whistleblowers'

UNITED STATES
Politics Daily

David Gibson

Pope Benedict XVI has for months been battered by criticism over his history of dealing quietly with sex abuse by clergy, but in October he could make his most eloquent response yet when he canonizes a 19th-century Australian nun who was once excommunicated in part because she complained about priests who molested children.

Mother Mary MacKillop, co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, an order dedicated to the religious instruction of children and care for the poor, will be Australia's first native-born saint when Benedict canonizes her at a Mass at St. Peter's in Rome.

But MacKillop was always an unlikely candidate for sainthood because she had a reputation for "insubordination" and she was excommunicated for several months by her bishop for reasons that were never clear.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Weymouth: Priest cleared of sex abuse allegation

MASSCHUSETTS
WATD

The Boston Archdiocese says a priest accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s has been cleared of wrongdoing and returned to ministry.

In April, the Rev. Charles J. Murphy stepped down from his postat St. Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth while the archdioceseinvestigated the charge.

On Wednesday, the archdiocese said the charge against Murphy wasfound to be unsubstantiated. The case was investigated by theArchdiocesan Review Board, an advisory committee which includesclergy sex abuse victims, parents and a judge.

The attorney for the victim, Mitchell Garabedian, called theboard a "kangaroo court" that's biased in favor of thearchdiocese. He said his client was interviewed by archdiocesan investigators, but never questioned by the board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Priest guilty of touching girl, 11

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Monitor

By Ben Leubsdorf / Monitor staff
September 30, 2010

A priest who spent three years as a chaplain and teacher at Magdalen College in Warner admitted yesterday to sexually touching an 11-year-old girl in northern Virginia.

The Rev. Felix Owino, 44, entered a guilty plea in Fairfax Circuit Court to a felony charge of aggravated sexual battery.

Under a plea agreement, which must be approved by a judge, Owino will serve no more than five years in prison and could face deportation to his native Kenya, WTOV-TV reported. He will be sentenced in December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Bishop Eddie Long's long reach

UNITED STATES
Guardian (United Kingdom)

Anthea Butler
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 30 September 2010

The most compelling story in religion this week is that of Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the 25,000-member church New Birth, located outside Atlanta, Georgia. Accused of sexual coercion in four separate civil lawsuits filed by four men, Long's ministry has come under intense media scrutiny.

What makes this a story is Long's prominence in social and political realms. He presided over the funeral of Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr's wife, at his church and four US presidents attended the funeral. Bernice King, daughter of MLK, is an assistant pastor at New Birth. Long also opposes same-sex marriage and homosexuality, holding a march opposing gay marriage in Atlanta drawing 5,000 marchers and earning him the title from the Southern Poverty Law Centre as "one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement".

Long's troubles are not simply about his potential hypocrisy in preaching against homosexuality while allegedly engaging in same-sex acts; it is also about money. Theologically, Long and his church are rooted in the prosperity gospel, a belief that promotes giving tithes and offerings to God in a covenantal relationship. A church member gives, and God enters into a covenant with the believer that prospers them financially, physically and spiritually.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Peoria bishop closes all Catholic churches in Streator

STREATOR (IL)
Peoria Journal Star

STREATOR — Bishop Daniel Jenky of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria Diocese has issued official decrees to close all four of Streator's Catholic parishes.

Under the decrees issued last week, the four parishes — St. Stephen's, St. Anthony's, Immaculate Conception, and St. Casimir's — will be suppressed on Wednesday. Unless appeals by the four parishes are accepted by diocesan authorities, they will be consolidated in the newly created St. Michael The Archangel Parish. St. Michael was established in July and is currently using the building which formally housed St. Stephen's.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Victims of Franciscan order to be compensated

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Victims of sexual abuse during the 1960s and 1970s by members of a Franciscan order in the Dutch province of Limburg are to receive compensation. The Franciscan order has long been dismantled in the town of Kerkrade, the monks ran a boys' boarding school, St Maria ter Engelen.

The Franciscan order which is based in Germany has written to 46 victims of sexual abuse informing them of the decision. The amount is yet to be determined.

The Franciscan order set up a school for Dutch and German boys in Kerkrade in 1875. In 1918, Dutch monks took over the work from their German brothers. Only two are known to be still alive. The victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen have joined forces in the organisation Mea Culpa United.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Attorney in Bishop Eddie Long Case Fires Back

ATLANTA (GA)
11 Alive

ATLANTA -- Attorney B.J. Bernstein, who filed four lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long, is speaking out for the first time the pastor of the mega church addressed the allegations head on Sunday.

Jamal Parris, one of the young men accusing mega-church leader Eddie Long of sexual coercion tells an Atlanta television station his former pastor is "a monster."

"Jamal was at the grocery store in the middle of the night. He wasn't expecting a reporter to be there. You can see by his face he is kind of, um, shocked," Bernstein said. "He was so emotional yesterday. He texted me last night. Unfortunately I am in another state and I was asleep and in the morning he was telling me what happened. It was a very emotional converstation."

Bishop Long's attorney issued a statement in response:

"Unfortunately the plaintiffs and counsel are attempting to try their lawsuits in the media. The appropriate place to try lawsuits is in the court room. There are rules on how civil litigation is to take place and how counsel should conduct themselves, we intend to follow those rules."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Denver Archbishop Laments Media Not Treating Them Nicely

UNITED STATES
Lez Get Real

09/29/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters on 24 September that the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values. He called upon journalists “to understand believers and religious institutions as they understand themselves.” Indeed, this is wonderful advice right out of the pages of Sun Tzu’s Art of War “know your enemy as you know yourself.” Of course, this is not what he is urging because what he is actually upset about is the fact that the media has not done things like ignore the fact that Senatorial candidate from Wisconsin Ron Johnson’s testimony in order to destroy a bill that would have extended the statute of limitation in pedophile cases aimed at the Roman Catholic Church or the fact that Roman Catholic priests actually rape children.

He went on to say “Freedom of the press clearly includes the right to question the actions and motives of religious figures and institutions. But freedom doesn’t excuse prejudice or poor handling of serious material, especially people’s religious convictions. What’s new today is the seeming collusion –or at least an active sympathy — between some media organizations and journalists, and political and sexual agendas hostile to traditional Christian beliefs.”

In his talk “Religion, Journalism, and the New American Orthodoxy”, he also said “This new orthodoxy seems to influence the selection of religious news and how that news gets presented. It seems to frame which opinions are appropriate and which ones won’t be heard. And it seems to guide the historical narrative that media present to their audiences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Former orphanage residents decry SD abuse law

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Daily Republic

By DIRK LAMMERS Associated Press Writer, The Associated Press

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.

Several adults who say they were physically and sexually assaulted decades ago at an American Indian orphanage spoke out Wednesday against a new South Dakota law aimed at shielding churches and schools from dated sexual abuse claims.

The former residents of the Tekakwitha Orphanage appeared together during a news conference in front of the Catholic cathedral in Sioux Falls. The orphanage, now closed, was in Sisseton, about 150 miles north.

Six former former orphanage residents who spoke said they want to see repeal of a law that took effect July 1. It prohibits anybody 40 or older from recovering sexual abuse damages against any organization or person except the person who committed the act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

The Eddie Long Scandal: Betraying the Memory of MLK

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

David A. Love

Just about everyone knows about the problems facing Bishop Eddie Long, senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Specifically, there are the four young men who allege that the prominent Atlanta-area pastor coerced them into a sexual relationship, and possibly more waiting in the wings. They claim that Long used his status to seduce them with money, clothes, bling, cars, foreign trips, access to celebrities and the like. The men allege that they called Long "dad" or "daddy," which sounds awfully cultish. One of the plaintiffs even claims that he was 14 when his relationship with Long started, which brings up issues of child abuse and statutory rape.

These accusations will be addressed in court, and who knows, maybe there will be a quiet out-of-court settlement. To be sure, this is not the first religious leader to face accusations of sexual and professional misconduct and abuse of authority, nor the last. Similarly, the Bishop is not the first homophobic preacher to be outed as a gay man.

But Bishop Long's sexual orientation ultimately is not the subject of this commentary, although it provides some valuable context. Now, if these accusations are true, then Bishop Long is at least guilty of hypocrisy and self-hatred. And if the charges are not true, he is still an anti-gay minister who has damaged many people. Either way, he is a prosperity preacher who preys on the black community and shames the legacy of the civil rights movement. And that's most of what we need to know.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

JURY: Former pastor guilty of sexual abuse

CALIFORNIA
Willows Journal

By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers

Former Willows pastor Carlton F. Hammonds groped the breasts and buttocks of two teenage girls from his congregation in 2006 for his own sexual gratification, a Glenn County Superior Court jury ruled today.

The eight-woman, four-man jury deliberated for nearly four hours before handing down convictions on all charges: three felony counts of committing lewd acts with a teenager and a misdemeanor count of sexual battery.

Hammonds, 57, appeared emotionless as the court clerk read the verdict, but his friends and family wept quietly as Judge Peter B. Tweed excused the jury and ordered the Probation Department to prepare a sentencing report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Former orphanage residents decry SD abuse law

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City Journal

Several adults who say they were physically and sexually assaulted decades ago at an American Indian orphanage spoke out Wednesday against a new South Dakota law aimed at shielding churches and schools from dated sexual abuse claims.

The former residents of the Tekakwitha Orphanage appeared together during a news conference in front of the Catholic cathedral in Sioux Falls. The orphanage, now closed, was in Sisseton, about 150 miles north.

Six former former orphanage residents who spoke said they want to see repeal of a law that took effect July 1. It prohibits anybody 40 or older from recovering sexual abuse damages against any organization or person except the person who committed the act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Protesters decry sex abuse law

SOUTH DAKOTA
Argus Leader

Beth Wischmeyer • bwisch@argusleader.com • September 30, 2010

A group of Native Americans who say they were physically and sexually abused when they were children at a Catholic-run orphanage in South Dakota voiced their frustration Wednesday in Sioux Falls about a new state law that puts limitations on lawsuits from abuse victims..

Former residents of the now closed Tekakwitha Orphanage in Sisseton gathered during a news conference in front of St. Joseph Cathedral, some sharing their accounts of abuse.

Many said they want to see a repeal of a law that says any abuse victims older than age 40 can sue only the individuals who abused them and not churches, schools or other institutions with which an abuser was associated. The law went into effect July 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Wisconsin Senate candidate Ron Johnson's plea to Green Bay Catholic diocese disappoints activists

WISCONSIN
Green Bay Press-Gazette

By Steve Contorno • scontorno@greenbaypressgazette.com • September 30, 2010

DE PERE — U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson has tried to comply with an advocacy group's request by urging the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay to be open in its investigation of alleged pedophile priests, but members of the group say that isn't enough.

The Republican asked the diocese on Wednesday to be transparent regarding decades-old allegations of child abuse among priests and particularly the Rev. John Patrick Feeney, who was sentenced to prison in 2004 for molesting two brothers in Freedom.

Johnson used to serve on the diocese's financial council and in January testified in Madison against the Child Victims Act — a Wisconsin bill aimed at making it easier for childhood sex abuse victims to sue their attackers — on behalf of the diocese, among other groups. Johnson's statements focused on the financial impact of the bill on nonprofits that serve minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Another sexual abuse suit filed against McCormack

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

Another lawsuit has been filed against Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese by another man who said he was molested as a child by defrocked priest and convicted child sexual abuser Daniel McCormack.

The John Doe suit accuses the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George of ignoring allegations lodged against McCormack for years, leaving children vulnerable.

This most recent suit claims the victim was abused over a period of roughly four years, starting in the 2002-03 school year when the boy was in 8th grade and playing basketball for McCormack, the coach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Brazilian sex abuse priest arrested

BRAZIL
9 News (Australia)

Stan Lehman

Police say they have caught a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after he was convicted of sexually abusing young girls in southern Brazil.

A police officer in the state of Rio Grande do Sul says the Reverend Avelino Backes was arrested on Monday after being found in a hospital in the town of Santa Rosa.

The officer said on Wednesday he does not know why Backes was hospitalised. He asked not to be identified because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Benedict’s involvement portrayed inaccurately

WASHINGTON
The Daily Evergreen

Caleb Palmquist
The Daily Evergreen

Published: 09/30/2010

Pope Benedict XVI was accused earlier this year of preventing a priest who had sexually abused minors from facing penalties. Irresponsible journalism and gross misjudgments cast the pope in a foul light. For Benedict, born as Joseph Ratzinger, these accusations could not be further from the truth.

While there are without a doubt real cases of abuse within the Catholic Church, Benedict does not deserve the blame for said abuses, nor has he attempted to prevent the prosecution of abusers. To the contrary, Benedict has been a crusader for harsher punishment of offenders and spearheaded the movement in 2001 to require bishops to report incidents of abuse to the Vatican.

In 1980, Benedict accepted an invitation from Pope John Paul II to take over as the prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the office responsible for dealing with policy on issues like sexual abuse within the church. In 2002, he was elected as the dean of the College of Cardinals, and in 2005, following the death of Pope John Paul II, he was elected pope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

A saint for our times: Nun denounced abuse a century ago

AUSTRALIA
USA Today

Here's a saint for our times -- a patron and companion in heaven for global victims of the sexual abuse crisis. She could be a 19th century Australian nun, Sister Mary MacKillop, who was once punished by the church for denouncing clerical child abuse.

Francis X. Rocca at Religion News Service picked up the story from a new Australian TV documentary that he says will air next month, a week before Sister MacKillop is canonized in Rome. Rocca writes:

"Some priests had been uncovered for being involved in the sexual abuse of children," the Rev. Paul Gardiner, the official advocate for MacKillop's canonization, told Australia's ABC television.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Priest Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Charge

WEST VIRGINIA
Wheeling News-Register

By JENNIFER COMPSTON-STROUGH

WHEELING - A priest with ties to a pair of local communities pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated sexual battery against a child.

Barbara Kenney, a spokeswoman for Fairfax County, Va., Circuit Court, confirmed Felix C. Owino entered the plea on Wednesday in a case involving a minor younger than 13 years old. She said Owino - former associate pastor of St. Paul's Parish in Weirton who also taught at Wheeling Jesuit University - is set to again appear in circuit court Dec. 17 for sentencing.

Lt. Sonny Cachuela, information officer for the Fairfax County Sheriff's Department, said Owino remains lodged in the county's jail system.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Church clears priest of abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / September 30, 2010

A South Shore Catholic priest has been cleared of sexual misconduct by the Archdiocese of Boston for the second time, as the lawyer for the alleged victim decried the review process as biased and unfair.

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The Rev. Charles J. Murphy was accused in April of fondling a teenage boy four times between 1970 and 1971, when he was at St. Agatha Parish in Milton.

The case was handled by attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented about 700 victims of clergy sexual abuse. ...

Garabedian angrily rejected the findings and questioned the review process. He said his client, a man who is now 53, was not asked to take part in the hearing. Instead, Garabedian said, a written statement was used.

“The process to determine whether the abuse occurred should not be left in the hands of the Archdiocese of Boston, which is biased in the matter,’’ Garabedian said in a phone interview yesterday. “Any fair process would have the victim testify before the hearing officers to make a determination. It makes sense to have the victim there, so the hearing officers can see his demeanor, hear his voice, and ask him questions.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Church reinstates priest

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Herald staff
Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Archdiocese of Boston yesterday announced a review board has found sexual abuse allegations against the Rev. Charles J. Murphy were unsubstantiated and he is being restored to senior priest status.

Murphy was placed on leave in April, accused of sexually abusing a minor in 1970 and 1971. He was previously cleared of a 2004 allegation. Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer for Murphy’s accuser, slammed the decision yesterday, saying the board did not question his client on the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Weymouth priest cleared of sexual abuse allegation

MASSACHUSETTS
Dedham Transcript

BRAINTREE — A local priest has been cleared of sexual abuse allegations for a second time, and returned to the ministry.

The Rev. Charles J. Murphy, whose last assignment was at St. Francis Xavier Church in Weymouth, had been accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy while Murphy was assigned to St. Agatha’s Church in Milton during the early 1970s.

In April, the Rev. Murphy voluntarily stepped down from public ministry during the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

September 29, 2010

Priest Accused Of Scamming Friends, Family, Church Members

WATERTOWN (WI)
WTMJ

By Michael George
Story Created: Sep 29, 2010

WATERTOWN- Investigators say Father Thomas Marr fell victim to a Nigerian financial scam. But now, he’s under arrest and facing jail time. Police say to get the money to participate in the scam, Marr stole from the church and scammed his own parishioners, friends, and family.

Father Marr of St. Bernard Parish in Watertown was allegedly convinced by a parishioner that he could get millions of dollars if he funded a money transfer out of Nigeria. After spending tens of thousands of dollars of his own money, Marr allegedly started lying to others, claiming he needed the money to help a church member in need.

He allegedly claimed he needed the money for a house, and in some cases claimed the money was to help a parish member save their farm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 PM

British QC takes on Bishop Porteous

AUSTRALIA
The Record

Thursday, 30 September 2010
Internationally-known human rights lawyer and prominent atheist Geoffrey Robertson QC, who wanted Pope Benedict XVI arrested during his recent visit to the UK, has been stung by an Australian Bishop’s response to some of his claims in a recent article

By Anthony Barich

British QC Geoffrey Robertson’s claim that the Church has merely admonished priests it knows “to be guilty of raping children” is false and malicious, Sydney Auxiliary Bishop Julian Porteous said.

His comment came after Robertson challenged Bishop Porteous to point out any errors after the prelate stated in the Catholic Weekly on 16 September that the QC’s latest book The Case of The Pope: Vatican accountability for Human Rights Abuses “contains many false claims”.
Bishop Porteous expanded on these claims in a column published on 22 September in The Record.

In a 26 September statement issued to The Record after Robertson’s challenge, Bishop Porteous said the QC’s claim of “the Church” admonishing guilty priests and switching them between parishes is false.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:52 PM

With an Investigation Into Its Bank, the Vatican Confronts the Modern World

ROME
The New York Times

By RACHEL DONADIO
Published: September 29, 2010

ROME — When Rome magistrates opened an investigation last week into the Vatican bank over transparency issues, it was not only a bold assertion of state over church, it also pointed to one of the Vatican’s greatest continuing challenges: facing modernity.

As in the sexual abuse scandal, in which for years the Vatican appeared to declare itself outside — or above — civil law, this time the issue is the Vatican’s famously opaque finances, which for the first time are being held to tightened European Union anti-money-laundering statutes.

While Europe remade itself after the Second World War, balancing its powers through treaties and linking itself together through banking agreements, the Vatican remains an anomaly as the last absolute monarchy in the West. But today, its ancient ways are running up against civil institutions that increasingly view the church as they do any other multinational.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Archdiocese of Boston Announces Claim Against Rev. Charles J. Murphy Is Unsubstantiated

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

(Braintree, MA) September 29, 2010… The Archdiocese of Boston today announced that, after a thorough investigation and review, the Archdiocesan Review Board has found an allegation against Reverend Charles J. Murphy of sexual abuse of a minor to be unsubstantiated. The Review Board, an interfaith advisory committee comprised of psychiatrists, social workers, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, parents, an educator, retired law enforcement agent, judge and a pastor, advises the Cardinal on complaints and policy matters relating to the protection of children. Cardinal Seán O’Malley accepted the recommendation of the Review Board and met with Fr. Murphy late yesterday to inform him he is being restored to the status of senior priest.

In April 2010, Father Murphy was placed on administrative leave following the receipt of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating back approximately 40 years (1970-1971.) After receiving notice of the allegation, the Archdiocese immediately notified law enforcement and initiated an investigation into the complaint.

Fr. Murphy was the subject of previous allegations made in 2004 relating to conduct alleged to have occurred decades ago. After a complete investigation into the initial allegations and an evaluation of those claims by the Archdiocesan Review Board, the allegations were found to be unsubstantiated and the related civil claims were dropped.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Weymouth priest cleared of sex abuse allegation

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

The Boston Archdiocese says a priest accused of sexually abusing a minor in the 1970s has been cleared of wrongdoing and returned to ministry.

In April, the Rev. Charles J. Murphy stepped down from his post at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth while the archdiocese investigated the charge.

On Wednesday, the archdiocese said the charge against Murphy was found to be unsubstantiated. The case was investigated by the Archdiocesan Review Board, an advisory committee which includes clergy sex abuse victims, parents and a judge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

Mary MacKillop: Patron Saint of Sexual Abuse Victims?

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Posted at: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Author: Jim Keane, S.J.

The stunning news that a soon-to-be-saint was excommunicated for urging the church to take action against a sex offender is a reminder of the virulence of the crimes of clerical abuse. And the astonishing story of Mother Mary MacKillop, an Australian sister and foundress of a women’s religious order, who will be canonized on Oct. 17, says a great deal about sanctity, about sin, about women in the church and, finally, about hope.

The saga of Mother Mary MacKillop’s excommunication was thought to be well documented, widely acknowledged as an almost unprecedented stop on her circuitous path to sainthood. After all, few saints have been excommunicated—the church’s harshest penalty, which denies reception of any sacrament to a person. But in 1870 Laurence Sheil, the bishop of Brisbane, formally ejected her from the church. Until recently the story of MacKillop’s punishment was understood mainly as the result of a conflict between her and the bishop, who cited insubordination as the official reason for this extraordinary move against the foundress of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart.

But the full story is that Mary MacKillop was excommunicated out of “revenge,” in the words of one priest familiar with her life, for uncovering a case of sex abuse by a Father Keating, in a nearby parish. The Rev. Paul Gardiner, the man in charge of MacKillop’s canonization process, told an Australian television documentary a few days ago, “Priests being annoyed that somebody had uncovered it--that would probably be the way of describing it--and being so angry that the destruction of the Josephites was decided on.” A statement from the Sisters of St. Joseph has confirmed that the documentary’s reports are “consistent with” studies of the event.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Sylvestre victim lawsuit settled prior to first witness

CANADA
The Chatham Daily News

Jane Sims
QMI Agency

LONDON — It could have been a civil case that would have put the Roman Catholic Diocese of London's knowledge of Rev. Charles Sylvestre's sexual abuse of children under the microscope.

Instead, Anne Heathcote's case against the diocese, retired bishop John Sherlock and Bishop Ronald Fabbro ended abruptly with a settlement Wednesday, but not before a jury heard the opening remarks of both sides.

That was remarkable given that 64 civil cases concerning Sylvestre's sexual abuse of young female parishioners have been settled before reaching the trial stage. More than 10 remain to be completed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Chasing Jamal Parris: Did TV Station Cross The Line?

UNITED STATES
NPR

by Lee Hill

A newly surfaced television interview with Jamal Parris, the third of four men accusing Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion, is making its rounds online.

The local Fox affiliate in Atlanta, WAGA-TV, landed the "exclusive" interview after it dispatched its "Senior I-Team Reporter" Dale Russell to hunt for Parris in Colorado, where he now lives — but the city was not disclosed.

Apparently, the feverish hunt was successful.

Parris appears in the report looking as though he has been ambushed by Russell and his determined TV crew in a grocery store parking lot.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Fourth accuser speaks out

NORTH CAROLINA/GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spencer LeGrande, the fourth young man to file a lawsuit accusing Bishop Eddie Long of sexual misconduct, said Wednesday he continues to pray for the megachurch pastor.

"I pray for him too," he said. "I really do."

LeGrande, 22, who was interviewed by Channel 2 Action News at his home in Charlotte, N.C., said he told his family and a few friends, including a police officer, about the sexual relationship, but he didn't decide to come forward until he heard others had accused the bishop of sexual coercion.

"They said bishop has been accused of something, and my heart dropped," he said. "And that was my time that God told me to release what I had to say."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 PM

Pastor accuser: Sex encounters on church grounds

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

ATLANTA — One of four men accusing megachurch Bishop Eddie Long of coercing them into inappropriate sexual relationships says that he and the pastor would have encounters before and after services on church grounds.

Jamal Parris told WAGA-TV in Atlanta that they engaged in sexual acts at Long's home, in his car and his office at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Parris made similar claims in a lawsuit last week.

Also Wednesday, Spencer LeGrande told WSB-TV in Atlanta that he has been free since filing a lawsuit against Long. He says he has no hate for anyone and is praying for Long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Ex-wife accused him in divorce papers of abuse

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone and Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long's ex-wife claimed in divorce papers that he was physically abusive, alleging he beat her when she was seven-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple's only child.

Dabara S. Houston said she was the victim of "cruel treatment" and was afraid of Long's "violent and vicious temper," according to Fulton County Superior Court records. She and her son "had to flee [the couple's Fairburn home] in order to ensure their safety," the documents say.

The couple was married in 1981 and separated after a couple years, according to the documents. Long's first wife made the abuse allegation in a counterclaim after he petitioned for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.

In a statement to the AJC Wednesday afternoon, Long's attorney Craig Gillen said, "The allegations of a divorce pleading that is nearly 30 years old are absolutely ‘not true.' It's offensive and disappointing that the media would drag up these outrageous allegations and make them a part of their reporting."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

Fla. priest gets equal time and custody of child

FLORIDA
Miami Herald

The Associated Press
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- A South Florida priest on indefinite leave will get equal time and custody of the child he conceived with a former stripper.

David Dueppen's attorney, Raymond Rafool, confirmed Wednesday that his client and the child's mother, Beatrice Hernandez, entered into a settlement agreement earlier this week. Under the agreement, which must be finalized by a judge, Dueppen will also pay monthly child support.

Dueppen joined the priesthood in 1999 and stepped away in August after Hernandez approached the archdiocese. He is no longer a practicing priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Priest from St. Bede Parish pleads guilty to Virginia molestation charge

PITTSBURGH (PA)
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A priest who lived at St. Bede Parish on and off between 1997 and 2006 pleaded guilty today to molesting an 11-year-old girl in Virginia, according to a court official.

The Rev. Felix Owino, 44, was arrested on July 8, in Fairfax County and charged with aggravated sexual battery, according to police. The girl is a member of the family Owino was staying with in Herndon, Va., police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

Rochester pastor accused of sexual conduct with a child

NEW YORK
MPNnow

Rochester, N.Y. — A Rochester pastor has been indicted on charges of having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a young boy – a member of the church.

Joe Flowers plead not guilty in from of Judge John DeMarco in Monroe County Court Tuesday afternoon.

In court papers, Flowers is accused of showering, touching and sleeping naked in bed with the boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Are you a member of the Walk of Life Christian Center?

NEW YORK
WHEC

Police are wondering if more victims will come forward now that a local pastor has been accused of sexually abusing a young boy in his congregation.

Bishop Joe Flowers is the senior pastor at Walk of Life Christian Center which holds its services at the Auditorium Theatre on East Main Street.

Prosecutors say he molested an 11-year-old boy two or more times from 2007 to 2010 when the boy would stay at Flowers' home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Relative of Alleged Victim Details Abuse

NEW YORK
WHAM

Posted by: Rachel Barnhart
Email: rbarnhart@13wham.com

(Rochester, N.Y.) – A pastor accused of sexually abusing a boy will return to court Thursday morning for an appearance with a new lawyer.

Pastor Joe Flowers was indicted on a felony charge of course of sexual conduct against a child. He remained in the Monroe County Jail Wednesday afternoon, with bail set at $25,000 cash and $50,000 bond.

Flowers, founder of Walk of Life Christian Center, is accused of molesting a boy under the age of 13 at his home for a period of three years. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Vatican taps investigator for group tied to Legion

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

By NICOLE WINFIELD (AP)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has named a Spanish archbishop to investigate a cult-like group affiliated with the Legionaries of Christ, the conservative religious order disgraced by revelations its founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered three children.

Monsignor Ricardo Blazquez, archbishop of Valladolid, Spain, will head the probe into the so-called consecrated women of the Legion's lay movement Regnum Christi, according to an internal e-mail from the Legion's administrative branch. The Vatican confirmed the nomination late Wednesday.

Regnum Christi is a community of some 70,000 Catholics in 30 countries who have regular jobs and families yet help promote the movement's aim of bringing people closer to Christ through missionary-type work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Ron Johnson, WI Senate Candidate, Opposed Wisconsin Child Victims Act

WISCONSIN
The Huffington Post

Jason Linkins

Last week, I encouraged readers to get to know their Ron Johnson, the GOP insurgent who's lately been up in the polls against veteran Democratic Senator Russ Feingold in the Wisconsin Senate election. Now, here's a new fun fact, courtesy of Zaid Jilani, at ThinkProgress -- in Johnson's "one prominent act of political participation" prior to his Senate run, he testified in front of the state legislature against the Wisconsin Child Victims Act.

The Wisconson Child Victims Act essentially eliminates the statute of limitations for bringing suit againt "any person" for "injury caused by...an adult's sexual contact with anyone under the age of 18." For the purposes of the statute, "person" was defined as "an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, or government; governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation; or any other legal or commercial entity."

Now, me, personally, I have no problem with easing the burden on children victimized by "an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, or government; governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; public corporation; or any other legal or commercial entity."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

SNAP Asks Ron Johnson to Help Obtain Names of Clergy Sex Offenders

WISCONSIN
WBAY

By Emily Matesic

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is hoping to benefit from Republican senatorial candidate Ron Johnson's affiliation with the Green Bay Catholic Diocese.

The victims advocacy group is calling on Johnson to demand the diocese release the names of 51 known clergy sex offenders.

SNAP says it's asking Johnson to do this because back in January he testified on behalf of the Green Bay Catholic Diocese against the Crime Victims Act -- legislation that would lift the statute of limitations on sexual abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Former orphanage residents decry SD lawsuit law

SOUTH DAKOTA
KTIV

Associated Press - September 29, 2010

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Former residents of an American Indian orphanage who say they were sexually abused there decades ago are criticizing a South Dakota law that sets limits on lawsuits against institutions such as churches or schools.

Under the law that took effect July 1, no person 40 or older could recover damages from any person or organization other than the person who committed the act of sexual abuse.

Joelle Casteix of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says such limits are unfair, as it often takes many years for adults to come forward about childhood abuse. Casteix's group is helping the former orphanage residents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Ohio Valley Priest Enters Guilty Plea

FAIRFAX (VA)
WTRF

FAIRFAX, Va. -- The Rev. Felix Owino entered a guilty plea to aggravated sexual battery Wednesday in Fairfax County, Va., Circuit Court according to court officials.

Authorities said Owino was arrested July 8, in Fairfax for the aggravated sexual battery of a minor.

Today after entering the plea, Owino learned he will be sentenced for the crime on Dec. 17.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Padre é preso por abuso sexual no RS

BRASIL
Diario Do Grande ABC

Um padre condenado pela Justiça de Santa Catarina a sete anos de prisão por crime contra a liberdade sexual foi preso em Santa Rosa (RS), na última terça-feira.

Avelino Backes, 70 anos, é acusado de ter aproveitado de coroinhas e alunas de catequese nas paróquias onde atuava. Os crimes foram cometidos na década de 90.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Padre condenado por abusar de coroinhas é preso no Rio Grande do Sul

BRASIL
O Globo

SÃO PAULO - O padre Avelino Backes, de 70 anos, condenado pelo Tribunal de Justiça de Santa Catarina a uma pena de sete anos de reclusão, em regime fechado, por abusar de coroinhas e alunas durante a catequese em cidades do oeste catarinense, teve mandado de prisão cumprido nesta terça-feira no interior do Rio Grande do Sul. Backes foi encontrado internado num hospital em Santa Rosa e agora está sob custódia da Brigada Militar. A polícia aguarda avaliação médica do padre.

O padre tentou recurso contra a condenação no Superior Tribunal de Justiça (STJ) no início do mês. Em 26 de março de 2008, a 2ª Câmara Criminal do Tribunal de Justiça confirmou sentença da Comarca de Capinzal para condenar o padre pela prática de atentado violento ao pudor contra meninas das paróquias de Piratuba e Ipira, naquela região, na década de 90. As vítimas tinham idades entre nove e 10 anos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Fugitive Brazil priest convicted of abuse arrested

BRAZIL
The Associated Press

By STAN LEHMAN (AP)

SAO PAULO — Police say they have caught a Roman Catholic priest who disappeared after he was convicted of sexually abusing young girls in southern Brazil.

A police officer in the state of Rio Grande do Sul says the Rev. Avelino Backes was arrested Monday after being found in a hospital in the town of Santa Rosa.

The officer said Wednesday he does not know why Backes was hospitalized. He asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Victims push Johnson to urge diocese to release priests' names

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 29, 2010

Victims of clergy sex abuse Wednesday called on U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson, who once sat on the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay's finance board, to urge the church to release the names of priests it believes have committed sexual offenses against children.

The demand comes two weeks after the diocese argued in a Nevada court that it should not be forced to provide those names as part of a lawsuit involving John Patrick Feeney, a now defrocked priest who is serving a prison term for molesting Wisconsin boys.

Members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests gathered outside a Green Bay parish Wednesday afternoon distributing documents showing the diocese knew of Feeney's long history of abuse - a history documented in previous Journal Sentinel stories - and calling on Johnson to put pressure on the church to release names of all of its offender priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Former priest faces further molestation charges

OAKLAND (CA)
San Francisco Chronicle

Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a national support group for victims of sexual abuse by religious authority figures, came together Tuesday outside the Cathedral of Christ the Light in support of a newly filed sexual battery and negligence lawsuit against Father Stephen Kiesle and the Diocese of Oakland.

The complaint, filed in Alameda County Superior Court Tuesday, alleges that Kiesle sexually molested a female victim -- named Jane Doe in the document to protect her anonymity -- in 1995. This is the eighth sexual battery complaint brought against Kiesle this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Bishop Long: Did you or didn't you?

GEORGIA
CNN

By Jonathan L. Walton, Special to CNN
September 28, 2010

Editor's note: Jonathan L. Walton is assistant professor of African-American religions at Harvard Divinity School. He is the author of "Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism" and the resident ethicist on the Tavis Smiley radio show.

(CNN) -- Over the past two decades, Bishop Eddie Long has built his public ministry at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta, Georgia, upon a testosterone-laden theology and a hypermasculine image.

His books bear titles such as "Taking Over," "Called to Conquer" and "Gladiator." Typical names for his sermons are "Conquer and Subdue" and "Reign or Maintain." The ministry motto, "Taking Authority," is signified by a golden sword and shield that adorns the bishop's ring finger.

This is why I was saddened to watch Eddie Long duck and dodge allegations that he seduced multiple teenage boys into sexual relationships. One would think that someone who constantly preaches about male headship, rulership, and power would deny these allegations with the same bravado that he defends his right to drive a $300,000 automobile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Jamal Parris, Bishop Eddie Long's Alleged Victim, Speaks (VIDEO)

GEORGIA
The Huffington Post

[with video]

Jamal Parris, 23, spoke on camera about the alleged sex crimes committed against him by Atlanta-area Bishop Eddie Long.

ABC News reports that a journalist from a Fox News affiliate confronted Parris outside of a Colorado grocery store, and heard from the alleged victim these shocking words:

"I cannot get his voice out of my head. I cannot forget the smell of his cologne...I'm not able to take enough showers to wipe the smell of him off of my body."

Parris is one of four young men who have filed suit against the megachurch Bishop, who is outspokenly anti-homosexual and known for preaching abstinence. The first lawsuits were filed last week, alleging that Bishop Long used money, cars, and travel to entice or coerce the men into sex. The alleged victims were 17 or 18 years old at the time of the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Attorney blasts accusers for trying case in media

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Larry Hartstein and Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long's attorney ripped his client's accusers and their lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, on Wednesday for "attempting to try their lawsuits in the media."

"There are rules on how civil litigation is to take place and how counsel should conduct themselves, we intend to follow those rules," lawyer Craig Gillen said in a statement regarding a televised interview with Jamal Parris, one of four young men to file civil lawsuits accusing Long of sexual coercion.

Parris told WAGA-TV that he loved the Lithonia pastor but now considers him "a monster."

"This man manipulated us from childhood," Parris told WAGA-TV, who interviewed the 23-year-old outside a Colorado grocery store. "This was our father and we loved him."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

Oakland Diocese Faces 5th Lawsuit On Priest Abuse

CALIFORNIA
KTVU

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is facing a fifth lawsuit over a former priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children.

A woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday, saying she was molested in 1995 by Stephen Kiesle when she was 10. According to the lawsuit, Kiesle got to know the plaintiff's family as a parish priest in Pinole in the 1970s.

The Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit accuses the diocese with negligence for failing to warn parishioners during the '70s that Kiesle already had been the target of sexual abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

WI GOPer Ron Johnson was on Finance Council of Diocese being sued over child sex abuse

WISCONSIN
AMERICAblog

by Joe Sudbay (DC) on 9/29/2010

Now this is starting to make sense.

On Monday, we posted video of Wisconsin's GOP Senate candidate testifying against a bill to aid victims of child sex abuse. I asked

Seriously, who sides with child sex abusers over victims?

Now, the first response for me, and I suspect many others, was: The Catholic Bishops, of course.

And, guess who was sitting on the Finance Council of the Green Bay Diocese, which was being sued by victims of child sex abuse? Wisconsin GOP Senate candidate Ron Johnson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Ron Johnson Wants Transparency Concerning Church Victims

WISCONSIN
WTAQ

DE PERE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson says organizations like schools and churches shouldn't be punished, but the perpetrators and those who protect them should be held accountable when it comes to abuse by priests.

In a statement Wednesday released by his campaign, Johnson said:

"I call upon the Green Bay Diocese to provide the utmost transparency in order to answer any lingering questions or doubt among victims of child abuse and those who seek to prevent child abuse in the future."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Johnson: Diocese should be open about child abuse

WISCONSIN
Chicago Tribune

Associated Press

DEPERE, Wis. — U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson has complied with an activist group's request by urging the Green Bay Diocese to be open in its investigation of alleged pedophile priests.

The Republican asked the diocese Wednesday to be transparent regarding decades-old allegations of child abuse there.

Johnson used to serve on the diocese's financial council.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Johnson calls for transparency concerning church victims

WISCONSIN
WLUK

Reporter: Mark Leland
DE PERE - The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, is urging Republican Senate Candidate Ron Johnson to challenge the Green Bay Diocese.

SNAP is calling on Johnson to urge the diocese to release the names and case histories of more than 50 priests believed to have assaulted children over the past several decades.

Johnson is being pulled into the group's ongoing efforts to expose abusive priests, after SNAP officials became aware that Johnson testified at a state senate committee hearing in January opposing the Child Victims Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Local Priest Pleads Guilty To Sexual Battery

VIRGINIA
WTOV

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- A priest with ties to the Ohio Valley pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually battering a young girl in Virginia.

The Rev. Felix Owino testified he had been drinking the night he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old girl. If a Fairfax County, Va., judge approves the plea agreement, Owino won't serve more than five years in prison. Officials said Owino also faces deportation back to his home country of Kenya.

Owino most recently served as an associate pastor at St. Paul's parish in Weirton. Until June, he was also a faculty member in the philosophy department of Wheeling Jesuit University.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Vergoeding slachtoffers misbruik

NEDERLAND
NOS

46 slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke kerk krijgen een schadevergoeding. Dat schrijft de congregatie van de Broeders van de Heilige Franciscus in een brief aan de adovcaat van de slachtoffers.

Het is voor zover bekend voor het eerst dat een grote groep slachtoffers in Nederland een schadevergoeding krijgt vanwege misbruik binnen de RK-Kerk. De hoogte van het bedrag is onbekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

'Goed dat stilzwijgen slachtoffers wordt doorbroken'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

LUIK - 'Het is goed dat de slachtoffers van seksueel geweld nu durven praten. Wij moeten naar hen luisteren en het lijden erkennen dat hen werd aangedaan door priesters.' Dat schrijft monseigneur Aloys Jousten, bisschop van Luik, in een brief aan de priesters van zijn bisdom.

Op het eerste zicht is het lange zwijgen van de slachtoffers volgens de Luikse bisschop verbazend. 'Onlangs belde een man om een eerste keer te spreken over seksueel misbruik dat meer dan zestig jaar geleden plaatsvond. Men had hem niet het zwijgen opgelegd, maar hij had niet de moed gehad er eerder over te spreken. Zou men hem geloofd hebben op het ogenblik van de feiten? En later schaamde hij zich wellicht om er over te praten', aldus de bisschop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

Commissie-Deetman ontmoet slachtoffers

NEDERLAND
parool

UTRECHT - Slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen een katholieke instelling die zich bij onderzoekscommissie-Deetman hebben gemeld, komen woensdag voor het eerst samen met die commissie. De bijeenkomst is in Utrecht en is besloten. De onderzoekscommissie verwacht ongeveer honderd mensen, meldde een goed ingevoerde bron woensdag aan het ANP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Test results delays youth pastor case

TEXAS
Odessa American

September 29, 2010

Prosecutors are awaiting the results of trace evidence testing before asking 358th District Court Judge Bill McCoy to set a trial date in the case against an Odessa youth pastor charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Layh told McCoy Tuesday that a “rush” had been placed on the test and should be done in late November.

The trial of Second Baptist Church of Odessa pastor Robert John Weber should be set once test results on that evidence is returned to the district attorney’s office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

New Church Sex Abuse Lawsuit To Be Filed

DES MOINES (IA)
KCCI

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A new civil lawsuit is expected to be filed for claims of clergy sexual abuse at a Des Moines church dating to 1983.

The lawsuit involves Saint John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Des Moines. The suit states that the church knew or should have known that a newly hired associate pastor was investigated for sexual abuse at his previous church in Minnesota.

The lawsuit goes on accuse that pastor of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in Des Moines over a two-year period from 1983-1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Local Priest Expected To Enter Plea In Sexual Battery Case

VIRGINIA
WTOV

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. -- A priest with ties to the Ohio Valley is expected to enter a plea Tuesday after accusations he inappropriately touched a young girl.

The Rev. Felix Owino most recently served as an associate pastor at St. Paul's parish in Weirton. Until June, he was also a faculty member in the philosophy department of Wheeling Jesuit University.

Owino is charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery stemming from allegation of an incident involving a child in Herndon, Va. The court proceedings are taking place in Fairfax County, Va., where the alleged sexual battery took place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Expert ...

UNITED STATES
Newswise

Released: 9/29/2010 10:00 AM EDT
Source: Vanderbilt University
Expert Available

Newswise — In light of the charges against Bishop Eddie Long, Vanderbilt sociologist Richard Pitt is available for comment to media. Pitt’s research interests include the intersection of sexual identity and religion. He looks specifically at homosexuality and the black church in his papers “Killing the Messenger: Gay Black Men’s Negotiation of Anti-Gay Religious Messages,” and “Still Looking for My Jonathan: Gay Black Men’s Management of Religious and Sexual Identity Conflicts.”

Regarding the questions surrounding Bishop Eddie Long . . .

“The burning question is, ‘What will the barbershop talk about this be?’ Will black America move to important questions about the black church’s silence about sex and sexuality, prosperity theology, the power of (black) spiritual leaders over their congregations or will this quickly become another opportunity for the black community to engage in paranoid fantasies about a down low epidemic (“now it’s in the church”) or to conflate loving, adult, gay relationships with pedophilic and coercive ones. Would his chances of surviving this, ministry and reputation soiled but intact, be increased if women were accusing him of this impropriety? Regardless of how this comes out, I worry that the fallout won’t hit the right targets.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Irish archbishops travel to Rome ahead of Apostolic Visitation

IRELAND
Independent Catholic News

The four archbishops of Ireland are travelling to Rome next week, at the invitation of the Congregation of Bishops, in preparation for the forthcoming Apostolic Visitation to the four archdioceses of Ireland.

The archbishops: Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly; and Archbishop Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam, will meet with the four Apostolic Visitors in advance of their visitation which was announced last March in the Pastoral letter of the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to the Catholics of Ireland.

In a statement, the Church said: "The purpose of the Apostolic Visitation is to offer assistance and to contribute to the spiritual and moral renewal of the Church in Ireland. The Visitation will facilitate reflection, evaluation and review of Church life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:27 AM

Bishops summoned to Rome for abuse crisis talks

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By John Cooney

Wednesday September 29 2010

IRELAND'S four senior Catholic churchmen have been summoned to Rome next week to prepare for a special Vatican investigation into the state of the scandal-ridden Irish church.

The unprecedented probe was ordered by Pope Benedict last March in response to the shocking Murphy Report into top level cover-ups of paedophile clerics.

Cardinal Sean Brady will be joined by Archbishops Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly and Michael Neary of Tuam for high-level talks with heads of Vatican congregations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

Gerry O'Sullivan: Can a gentle nudge from Vatican rescue Irish church?

IRELAND
Herald

By Gerry O'Sullivan

Wednesday September 29 2010

The Vatican has finally turned its attention back to Ireland. Preoccupied with the Papal visit to the UK and caught by the summer break, it is only now as early October approaches that the Vatican is ready to begin the Visitation promised by the Pope last March.

The four Irish bishops have been asked to go out and attend the meetings but much of the work on the terms of reference of the Visitation are believed to have been worked out already.

It may well be the case that the meetings will serve to cross the 'T's and dot the 'I's and make sure that the four Irish archbishops are fully informed in order to ensure full compliance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Irish Archbishops for Church abuse inquiry

IRELAND
BBC News

The four Catholic archbishops of Ireland are due to travel to Rome next week ahead of the special inquiry into sexual abuse in their archdioceses.

The forthcoming inquiry, known as the Apostolic Visitation, was announced by Pope Benedict in March in his pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

The archbishops are to meet the Pope's team of inspectors which includes the retired Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Abt Nathanael van Westmalle ontkent dat hij ex-bisschop onderdak bood

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

Abt Nathanael van de abdij van Westmalle ontkent dat hij Roger Vangheluwe onderdak heeft geboden. “Als hij van de ene sint-sixtusabdij naar de andere zou verhuisd zijn, dan had hij toch net zo goed in Westvleteren kunnen blijven?” zegt hij.

Ons artikel in de weekendkrant, over het korte verblijf van Roger Vangheluwe in Westmalle, heeft nogal wat stof doen opwaaien. Niet in het minst bij de paters-trappisten zelf. Zowel Philippe Van Assche, directeur van de brouwerij, als abt Nathanael ontkennen dat ze de ex-bisschop van Brugge hebben opgevangen nadat die op 11 september uit Westvleteren was vertrokken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

IOR, manca "impegno formale"

ITALIA
La Stampa

Un alto funzionario bancario europeo ha commentato l'affermazione secondo cui lo IOR (Istituto per le Opere di Religione) abbia preso un impegno pieno rispetto alle nuove normative europee contro il riciclaggio di denaro sporco.

MARCO TOSATTI

Un alto funzionario bancario europeo ha commentato l’affermazione secondo cui lo IOR (Istituto per le Opere di Religione) abbia preso un impegno pieno rispetto alle nuove normative europee contro il riciclaggio di denaro sporco. Jeffrey Owens, che dirige la politica fiscale per l'organizzazione per la cooperazione economica e lo sviluppo economico (OCSE), ha detto che la Banca del Vaticano deve ancora fare "un impegno formale agli standard di trasparenza e allo scambio di informazioni a fini fiscali." Dirigenti dello IOR hanno parlato con i funzionari OCSE dei loro piani per essere in piena conformità con le norme europee, ha confermato Owens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

“Rapport Adriaenssens geen moedig en evenmin een historisch document

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - “Het rapport-Adriaenssens is geen moedig en evenmin een historisch document. De auteur heeft 124 onverwerkte en triestige verhalen samen geplakt, en daar wat cijfers en e-mails met steunbetuigingen aan zijn persoon aangehangen".

Dat stelt Jelle Flo, advocaat in Brussel, in het Tertionummer dat vandaag verschijnt.

"Er zijn 475 meldingen over een periode van niet 30 maar 70 jaar, na de grootste campagne om aangifte te doen die het land ooit heeft gezien. Dat is niet indrukwekkend als je nagaat hoeveel gevallen per jaar dat zijn, en dat afzet tegen de historische aantallen geestelijken, de kinderen met wie die in aanraking zijn gekomen, en tegen de actuele cijfers van seksueel misbruik. Ondertussen zijn er de overige honderden die minder heisa wensten. Ook de tienduizenden anonieme slachtoffers van recent seksueel misbruik in om het even welke relatie in onze samenleving herbeleven hun pijn nu opnieuw, met dank aan dat rapport en met dank aan de pers. Het is betwijfelbaar of de afgelopen maanden de gelukkigste uit hun leven waren. Het is niet passend en niet juist dat de hoofdredacteuren van onze kwaliteitskranten met hun geween en tandengeknars geen betere blijf wisten dan het publiceren van bladzijden en bladzijden harde kinderporno”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Als katholieke jongen had ik mijn ogen en oren niet in mijn zak zitten

NEDERLAND
Liwwadders

.....In het schooljaar 1960-1961, toen de jongen op Groot-Rolduc verbleef, werd hij drie keer seksueel misbruikt door de collega van Gijsen, schrijft hij in het klaagschrift. Dat gebeurde op de kamer van de priester, aan het einde van de herengang. Het klaagschrift: “Klager walgt letterlijk van het steeds bij hem terugkomende beeld van de omhoog getrokken zwarte toga van deze aangeklaagde en de geur die hem daarbij tegemoet kwam. Klager werd niet alleen zelf betast maar moest ook de docent bevredigen.’..........

Aldus Joep Dohmen in een artikel in de NRC van 15 september j.l. over het ongewenste seksueel gedrag van de latere bisschop Gijsen in het kleinseminarie Rolduc. Het bericht vormde het voorlopige hoogtepunt in een reeks van onthullingen over seksueel misbruik van jongens door katholieke priesters in de eerste decennia na de oorlog. Ik volg deze berichten met verbazing en zo nu en dan met verbijstering. Als katholieke jongen, die begin jaren zestig bij de paters Jezuïeten op school ging, had ik mijn ogen en oren natuurlijk niet in mijn zak zitten. Er gebeurde wel eens wat, maar we deden daar niet moeilijk over. Zoals ik eerder schreef in mijn log Masturbi et mastorbi van 3 maart vorig jaar: het hoorde er gewoon bij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Man sues Chicago Archdiocese over alleged sex abuse ...

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

September 28, 2010

Another young man sued the Chicago Archdiocese on Tuesday, alleging that former Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused him while he was a grammar school student.

The John Doe lawsuit says the abuse started around 2002 when the Chicago man was an eighth-grader and continued until about 2007, when he was a junior or senior in high school and playing basketball for McCormack in a high school league.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Lawsuit alleges abuse by convicted ex-priest McCormack

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Breaking News

September 28, 2010

Another young man sued the Chicago Archdiocese on Tuesday, alleging that former Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack sexually abused him while he was a grammar school student.

The John Doe lawsuit says the abuse started around 2002 when the Chicago man was an eighth-grader and continued until about 2007, when he was a junior or senior in high school and playing basketball for McCormack in a high school league.

"McCormack inappropriately sexually touched, hugged, rubbed, and/or abused Doe," according to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Wisconsin diocese sued in Nevada

WISCONSIN/NEVADA
Milwaukee News Buzz

A man who alleges he was molested twice at the age of 13 by a priest in Las Vegas is suing both church officials in Nevada and the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, where the priest had worked before moving to Las Vegas.

The Wisconsin diocese sought to remove itself from the lawsuit, but the Nevada Supreme Court refused earlier this month, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The priest, John Patrick Feeney, served in the Green Bay diocese from 1952 to 1983, when he was discharged after allegations of abuse arose.

Feeney wasn’t convicted, however, until 2004. He was found guilty of four counts of sexually abusing two brothers who were minors while Feeney worked as a priest in Freedom, a small town outside Green Bay. Feeney was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Priests urged to behave prudently amid scandals

HONG KONG
CathNews

A Hong Kong diocesan official has warned priests to be careful that their behavior not give rise to wrong impressions in light of the clergy sex abuse scandals in various parts of the world.

“Watching movies alone with a laywoman should be avoided in order not to create misunderstandings, even though you regard her as a younger sister,” said vicar general Father Michael Yeung Ming-cheung.

The priest was speaking at a Sept. 25 seminar on pastoral ministries and social values organized by the Chinese diocesan weekly Kung Kao Po.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Sainthood for Australian nun who exposed pedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

In 1871 Sister Mary MacKillop exposed a pedophile Irish Catholic priest in Australia and was excommunicated. Now she is being canonized as Australia's first saint.

Sister MacKillop, a co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, discovered that children were being abused by Father Patrick Keating in Kapunda Parish, near Adelaide in South Australia. She reported it to the other co-founder of the Josephites, Father Julian Tenison and Keating was sent back to Ireland where he continued to serve.

A friend of the pedophile priest, Father Charles Horan, swore revenge on Sister MacKillop and she was excommunicated after for years as a nun by Adelaide's bishop Laurence Shiel who was originally from Wexford. She was left on the streets with no money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Under-fire Vatican bank says it has 'nothing to hide'

ROME
AFP

ROME — Vatican bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, under investigation as part of a money laundering probe, said Tuesday that the institution had "nothing to hide".

"We have nothing to hide and we are hiding nothing," Gotti Tedeschi said during the launch of a book about the decline of the post-war Italian economy.

Gotti Tedeschi refused to answer questions from journalists, but said he had attended the book launch to show the bank's "desire for absolute transparency".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Archbishop says mass media today seems more hostile to Christian values

DENVER (CO)
The Pilot

By Anna Maria Basquez

Posted: 9/29/2010
DENVER (CNS) -- A new sentiment in the mass media seems more hostile to Christian values, Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a conference of 150 religion reporters Sept. 24.

He urged the journalists from across the nation and overseas "to understand believers and religious institutions as they understand themselves" and to have humility in their work.

"Freedom of the press clearly includes the right to question the actions and motives of religious figures and institutions," the archbishop told the gathering.

"But freedom doesn't excuse prejudice or poor handling of serious material, especially people's religious convictions," he said. "What's new today is the seeming collusion --or at least an active sympathy -- between some media organizations and journalists, and political and sexual agendas hostile to traditional Christian beliefs."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Local pastor charged with sexual conduct with a child

NEW YORK
WHEC

By: Christine VanTimmeren | WHEC.com

Investigators call it a disturbing case of sex abuse.

A local bishop is accused of molesting one of his church members several times. The details are graphic and police believe there are more victims.

Officers say Bishop Joe Flowers from the Walk of Life Christian Center Church had a sexual relationship with a young boy for three years.

Investigators say he touched, showered and slept naked in the bed with the victim. The victim in this case is an 11-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Bishop Joe N. Flowers Jr. denies sexual contact with boy

NEW YORK
Democrat and Chronicle

Jon Hand • Staff writer • September 29, 2010

The pastor of a local church pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge alleging he had sexual contact with a boy multiple times during a three-year period.

Bishop Joe N. Flowers Jr., 41, of Henrietta, founder and senior pastor of the Walk of Life Christian Center, Inc., was accused by a grand jury indictment of a course of sexual conduct, which indicates two or more acts with a person younger than 13.

Flowers is accused of repeated sexual contact with a boy he knew, said Assistant Monroe County District Attorney Kristy Karle. The conduct is alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2007, and March 31, 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Feingold Opponent Defends Wisconin Catholic Diocese Over Pedophile Priests

WISCONSIN
Lez Get Real

09/28/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Senator Russ Feingold may be the luckiest man in politics right now. While one may think that Chris Coons is lucky because he is facing Christine O’Donnell who believes that evolution is a myth, there are a lot of people in the US who feel that it is. It might be easy to think that Scott McAdams is lucky because he is facing Joe Miller who feels that it is time to get rid of unemployment insurance. There are people who believe just like Miller does. It is, however, hard to find people who will support the right of the Roman Catholic Church to move priests around in order to protect them and it from lawsuit over child sexual abuse. Unfortunately for Ron Johnson, he did just that earlier this year in front of the Wisconsin Legislature.

This is, of course, Wisconsin where Father Lawrence C. Murphy is alleged to have raped and molested some two hundred deaf boys at the St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Johnson testified earlier this year to the state’s Senate at the behest of the Green Bay Diocese Finance Council in opposition of the Child Victims bill which would have made it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to get justice. Currently, the law has a statute of limitations which makes it harder for children to come forward since many are reluctant to do so until after the limit has expired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Anglican tribunal rules against bishop who worships at Catholic parish

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Culture

September 29, 2010
An Australian Anglican tribunal has found one of its bishops guilty of eight counts of “disgraceful conduct and wilful violation of church ordinances.”

Bishop Ross Davies of Murray, who resigned on September 24, was accused by two fellow Anglican bishops of engaging in verbal abuse, covering up sexual abuse, promoting the Catholic faith instead of his own, and worshiping at a Catholic parish in Adelaide. Before his resignation, Bishop Davies was on sick leave for a year and was living outside his diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Retired Miami Priest Walter Coleman Sued for Allegedly Molesting an Altar Boy in Connecticut

FLORIDA
Miami New Times

By Michael Miller, Wed., Sep. 29 2010

​It's not just disgraced Latin American dictators who come to South Florida to bury their dirty pasts. Apparently, men of the cloth do as well.

Walter Philip Coleman, a retired priest now living in Pompano Beach, has been hit with a lawsuit for allegedly molesting an altar boy in Connecticut in the 1970s. Lawyers for the plaintiff say they are concerned there might be more victims in the Miami area, where Coleman conducted mass in 1996.

"I don't think the Archdiocese of Miami was told about Coleman's background or the complaints against him," says attorney Jason Tremont. "That's the scary thing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

September 28, 2010

Bishop Long Asked DA to Drop Burglary Charge

ATLANTA (GA)
WMAZ

ATLANTA (AP) -- Prosecutors say Bishop Eddie Long wanted to drop burglary charges against one of the young men now accusing the megachurch pastor of coercing him into a sexual relationship.

DeKalb County Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said Tuesday through a spokesman that Long asked for the charges to be dropped against Maurice Robinson in August.

That's about two months after authorities say Robinson and Anthony Boyd broke into New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 PM

Famed Private Investigator Hired by Bishop Eddie Long

GEORGIA
11 Alive

DULUTH, GA -- He's investigated some of the highest profile missing persons cases in the country. The disappearance of Natalee Holloway made private investigator T.J. Ward a superstar on cable news. Now he's been hired by Bishop Eddie Long.

11Alive News spoke to Ward in his Duluth home.

"I was called by attorney Dwight Thomas," Ward said. "They said they needed somebody that was experienced in doing investigations to look into these allegations that have been brought against Bishop Eddie Long and the church."

Dwight Thomas stood behind Long as he held a press conference inside New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia on Sunday. Ward has been been hired by the Bishop's team to investigate each of the allegations made against Long and to investigate the four young men making the claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:58 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Young accuser says he loved pastor, now considers him ‘monster'

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jamal Parris, one of four young men to accuse Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion, told a local television station that he loved the Lithonia pastor but now considers him "a monster."

."This man manipulated us from childhood," Parris told WAGA-TV, who interviewed the 23-year-old outside a Colorado grocery store. "This was our father and we loved him."

Parris, who alleged that Long used church funds to lavish him and the other victims with gifts, said he reached out to the bishop privately before filing suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 PM

No new Bishop Long suits, no criminal investigation

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Megan Matteucci
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

There is no criminal investigation against Bishop Eddie Long and no new suits will be filed Tuesday, officials said.

.Last week, four young men filed civil lawsuits in DeKalb County, alleging Long coerced them to have sex. The suits were filed against Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Officials with the DeKalb County Police Department and DeKalb District Attorney’s Office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that there currently is no criminal investigation into the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 PM

Georgia Pastor Went From 'Daddy' to 'Monster,' Alleged Sex Abuse Victim Says

GEORGIA
Fox News

[with video]

One of four young men accusing a prominent Georgia pastor of sexual abuse describes in an interview with the Atlanta Fox affiliate a love-hate relationship with a man he once called "daddy."

The alleged victim, Jamal Parris -- speaking out for the first time since the men's civil lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long -- told the TV station he joined Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church as a 14-year-old with no father figure. He said Long wanted Parris to call him "daddy" and to trust him with spiritual guidance.

"I loved him," Parris, now 23, said. "I always have loved him for what he taught me. How he left us hurt more than anything else in my life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 PM

Accuser Calls Bishop Eddie Long a Liar

UNITED STATES
My Fox Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One of the men accusing Atlanta preacher Eddie Long of sexual impropriety is speaking out for the first time.

The man told an Atlanta Fox 5 news investigative reporter he couldn't take enough showers to get the smell of Bishop Long's perfume off his clothes.

He said Long was a father figure to him until he started using scripture to justify sex with the young man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 PM

Sexual abuse accuser calls Ga. pastor 'predator'

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

ATLANTA — One of the young men accusing megachurch Bishop Eddie Long of coercing him into a sexual relationship told a TV interviewer that he loved the pastor and considered him a father figure, but still called him a "predator" and a "monster."

"I loved him and I'm always going to have love for the things he taught us, but how he left us hurt worse than anything I ever felt in my life," Jamal Parris told Atlanta's Fox TV affiliate WAGA in an interview broadcast Tuesday. "This man turned his back on us when he had no more need for us. That's not a father, that's a predator."

Parris, 23, is one of four men suing the TV preacher in state court, claiming that he abused his "spiritual authority" and gave them cars, clothes, cash and trips to lure them into sexual relationships while they were teen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 PM

Former priest charged with stealing church funds and deceiving parishioners

WATERTOWN (WI)
Wisconsin State Journal

By DOUG ERICKSON | derickson@madison.com | 608-252-6149

The former priest of a Watertown church was charged Tuesday with two felonies for allegedly stealing church funds and deceiving parishioners into giving him money for bogus reasons.

The Rev. Thomas Marr allegedly told parishioners at St. Bernard Catholic Church he needed money to help people down on their luck.

Instead, he invested the money — and $160,000 from his own savings — with parishioner Arthur Eith, who claimed the money would help secure the release of millions of dollars due Eith from Nigeria, according to the criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 PM

Diocese Hit With Sex Abuse Suit

CONNECTICUT
The Daily Fairfield

by Greg Canuel

The Diocese of Bridgeport once again finds itself under fire in a sexual abuse scandal. A former altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield has claimed that a priest there molested him more than 38 years ago. Eric Sauers, now 48 and living in Iowa, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Bridgeport Superior Court against the Diocese, which takes in all of Fairfield County. Sauers, who grew up in Fairfield, claims the Rev. Walter Philip Coleman repeatedly abused him starting when he was just 10 years old.

"[Coleman] is a known pedophile, as far as I'm concerned," said Jason Tremont, who is representing Sauers. "He worked [in the diocese] for a long time, with a lot of transfers."

The lawsuit alleges that Coleman began abusing Sauers in 1972. The priest offered to give the boy a ride home after Sunday Mass, but instead took him to a secluded location and sexually abused him, the suit says. Sauers claims the molestation lasted for more than a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 PM

UPDATE 2: Rape allegation stuns prosecutor, defense

CALIFORNIA
Orland Press Register

Tuesday, Sep 28 2010
By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers

The second of two reported victims in the Carlton F. Hammonds sexual abuse trial shook the Glenn County Superior Court when she testified today that the former Baptist minister had raped her in 2006.

Rape had never been part of the case until the reported victim dropped the bombshell during the second day of testimony at the Orland courthouse.

The fresh allegation caught both prosecutors and the defense off guard, and both sides appeared suspicious of the claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 PM

Vatican bank lags on transparency, European official says

ROME
Catholic Culture

September 28, 2010
A top European banking official has disputed claims that the Vatican bank has made a full commitment to compliance with new European regulations against money-laundering.

Jeffrey Owens, who heads tax policy for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), said that the Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works, still needs to make “a formal commitment to the standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.”

IOR leaders have spoken with OECD officials about their plans to enter into full compliance with European rules, Owens confirmed. But the process is incomplete. “The speed of the negotiations depends very much on them,” Owens said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 PM

Aktuelle Meldung: Das gemeinsame Arbeitspapier der ehemaligen Heimkinder

DEUTSCHLAND
Jetzt reden wir

Am 15. April 2010 demonstrierten ehemalige Heimkinder im Berliner Regierungsviertel
gegen schwarze Pädagogik und sexuellen Missbrauch in Heimen und Internaten.

Die Demo mit der überlebensgroßen "Prügelnonne" stieß international auf große Medienresonanz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 PM

Archbishops visit Rome ahead of apostolic inquiry

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

IRELAND’S FOUR Catholic archbishops are to go to Rome next week to discuss the forthcoming apostolic visitation to Ireland.

The visitation was announced by Pope Benedict last March, following his meeting with the Irish bishops in Rome at which they were asked to account for their handling of the cases of sexual abuse of children by priests.

In a pastoral letter to Irish Catholics, he said the visitation would take “certain dioceses in Ireland, as well as seminaries and religious congregations”. It would be conducted by officials of the Roman Curia to see whether practices are in conflict with the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 PM

Irish Prelates Headed to Rome to Prepare for Visit

IRELAND
Zenit

MAYNOOTH, Ireland, SEPT. 28, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican's congregation of bishops has invited Ireland's four archbishops to Rome to prepare for the apostolic visitation that Benedict XVI announced in his letter to Irish Catholics regarding sexual abuse by clergy.

Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh; Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin; Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel and Emly; and Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam will be in Rome next week for the preparatory meetings.

They will meet with the four apostolic visitors who will come to their archdioceses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 PM

UPDATE: Allegation of rape on second day of trial

CALIFORNIA
Orland Press Register

Tuesday, Sep 28 2010
Tri-County Newspapers

The second of two reported victims in the Carlton F. Hammonds sexual abuse trial shook the Glenn County Superior Court today when she testified that the former Baptist minister had raped her.

“You wanted to ambush Pastor Hammonds,” defense attorney Adam B. Ryan countered in cross examination. “You wanted to surprise him and have a courtroom moment like on TV.”

The woman replied she was scared.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 PM

Claim against County Down priest investigated

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

A County Down priest has stepped aside from his pastoral duties voluntarily while an allegation made against him is investigated.

The Down and Connor diocese said a complaint "in relation to child safeguarding" had been made against Drumaroad priest Father Peter Donnelly.

It said the complaint dated back to the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

What Happens When a Catholic Priest Falls in Love with a Woman

UNITED STATES
Christian News Wire

Contact: Colleen Smith, 303-331-0680

DENVER, Sept. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Sexual misconduct scandals within the Roman Catholic Church have made headlines in recent years, fueling a longstanding fiery debate about whether to allow priests to marry. Colleen Smith examines the issue of priestly celibacy in her novel, Glass Halo, which chronicles the relationship between a stained-glass artist and the rector of a cathedral. While Smith's novel does not provide an answer to the debate in the novel, the author provides insights that may lead readers to a more informed perspective of a controversy that divides contemporary Catholics.

Glass Halo is a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Writer's Project Literary Award, chosen from nearly 450 entries. Judges for the literary award include a Pulitzer Prize-winner and recipients of many of the nation's most prestigious literary scholarships and grants.

Smith says that the priest in her novel, "is a composite of a number of progressive priests I've known from my years attending Catholic schools and my 20 years of working in communications for the church."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

Former Boonville priest Gerald Howard's court hearing rescheduled

BOONVILLE (MO)
Boonville Daily News

By Eric Berger
Boonville Daily News
Posted Sep 28, 2010

Boonville — A preliminary hearing for a former Boonville priest suspected in several sexual assaults has been rescheduled for Nov. 8.

Gerald Howard appeared in the 18th Circuit Court for Cooper County Monday for a scheduled hearing.
Columbia attorney Chris Slusher is representing Howard. He said he asked for the continuance because he is in the process of collecting depositions from witnesses around the country.

Howard once worked as a priest at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Boonville.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 PM

Priest Charged with Theft

WATERTOWN (WI)
NBC 15

WATERTOWN - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on September 28, 2010, attorneys for the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), acting as special prosecutors for Jefferson County, filed a summons and criminal complaint in Jefferson County Circuit Court against Thomas Marr (age 64), now of Madison, Wisconsin, alleging a count of theft in a business setting and a count of theft by fraud.

The maximum possible penalty for theft is a term of imprisonment not to exceed 10 years or a $10,000 fine, or both, as to each count.

Thomas Marr’s initial appearance is scheduled for October 18, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in the Jefferson County Circuit Court, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

Watertown priest charged with theft and fraud

WISCONSIN
WITI

WITI-TV, WATERTOWN -
A Watertown priest is charged with theft in a business setting and theft by fraud.Thomas Marr served as a priest of a Watertown parish from 2007 to 2009.

The criminal complaint against Marr alleges hetook money from various parish accounts. The complaint also says Marr allegedly solicited funds from members of the parish, family members, other clergy and friends. The money was to be used to help parish members in financial distress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Germantown priest indicted on sex offense not receiving counseling

MARYLAND
Gazette

by Alex Ruoff | Staff Writer

A former Germantown youth pastor found guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy in 2009 has not been receiving court-ordered counseling, and county prosecutors say they intend to find him a program to fulfill the terms of his probation.

The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 58, now of Gaithersburg, was found guilty in November of sexually abusing an altar boy in 2001 and 2002 and was sentenced to 10 years of probation, five of which were to be supervised while staying with the Dominican Order of Fathers and Brothers in New York City, under which he was ordained.

Cote was called to Montgomery County Circuit Court today on charges he violated that probation by not entering counseling. Prosecutors say they do not intend to follow through with the charges, claiming the order would not care for him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Archdiocese sued again over sex offender priest

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

September 28, 2010

BY LISA DONOVAN Cook County Reporter
Another lawsuit has been filed against Chicago’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese by another man who said he was molested as a child by defrocked priest and convicted child sexual abuser Daniel McCormack.

The John Doe suit accuses the archdiocese and Cardinal Francis George of ignoring allegations lodged against McCormack for years, leaving children vulnerable.

This most recent suit claims the victim was abused over a period of roughly four years, starting in the 2002-03 school year when the boy was in 8th grade and playing basketball for McCormack, the coach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

Abuse Survivor/Bestselling Author Makes Statement About Bishop Eddie Long and Pope Benedict XVI

UNITED STATES
Earned Media

Contact: Twila Belk, 563-332-1622, twilabelk@mchsi.com

ATLANTA, Ga, Sept. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Male survivor of sexual abuse/bestselling author Cecil Murphey makes the following statement regarding the Pope and Bishop Eddie Long:

"Another sad bit of news in the Roman Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal involves a lawsuit from men who were once students at a school for the deaf in Wisconsin. The reported abuse began as early as the 1960s and claims that Father Lawrence Murphy sexually assaulted about 200 of them. Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) who was head of the church's Doctrinal Enforcement Institute knew of the abuse and failed to discipline Murphy. The Cardinal is now pope and one lawsuit is aimed at him.

"Last week, four young men accused Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia, GA, of sexually abusing them when they were in their teens.

"CNN anchor Don Lemon held an hour-long newscast, September 25, and talked about the abuse issue. Lemon himself admitted that he had been abused but didn't speak about it until he was more than 30 years old.

"The good news is that we're now reading and hearing about sexual abuse of boys; the bad news is that it happens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Bishop Long's 'anointed' path to power at New Birth

LITHONIA (GA)
CNN

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) -- Jonathan Walton was walking through Bishop Eddie Long's church one day when he saw something that disturbed him.

He stared at a 30-foot banner draped behind the pulpit of New Birth Missionary Baptist. Church. It displayed a profile of a grinning Long with the caption: "What is God up to?"

"Everywhere you went in that church, his name and face was there," says Walton, an assistant professor of religion at Harvard Divinity School in Massachusetts. "His image has replaced the cross."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Archdiocese to seek laicization of two priests convicted of child sexual abuse from 1970s and 1980s

MARYLAND
The Catholic Review

Statement from the Archdiocese of Baltimore

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is fully committed to the safety of the children entrusted to its care and to reaching out to victims of sexual abuse to offer them and their families counseling and pastoral care.

Anyone who has any knowledge of child sexual abuse is urged to come forward, and to report it immediately to civil authorities. If clergy or other church personnel are suspected of committing the abuse, we ask that you also call the Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection Hotline at 1-866-417-7469.

The Archdiocese will seek from the Vatican the laicization or dismissal from the clerical state of Michael Barnes, who was sentenced earlier this month in Worcester County Circuit Court upon being found guilty following his Alford Plea to one count of Child Abuse-Custodian related to an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over a period of time from 1977 to 1983.

In March 2009, the Archdiocese of Baltimore publicly disclosed that it had learned of the allegation of sexual abuse against Barnes, who left the priesthood in 1988. At the time of the alleged abuse, Barnes was assigned to St. Clare’s Parish in Essex. ...

The Archdiocese will also seek the laicization of Thomas Bevan who was found guilty following his Alford Plea September 24 in Frederick County Circuit Court to one count of child abuse stemming from an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in 1976 while he was Associate Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Frederick.

Bevan was removed from ministry following two allegations of child sexual abuse and had his faculties to function as a priest removed in August 2009. In November 2009, the Archdiocese announced Bevan would be permanently barred from active priestly ministry, citing the conclusion of its investigation and the allegations of two additional individuals that they were abused by Bevan as minors in the early-mid 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Chaput takes on the media

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

Mark Silk

Tuesday September 28, 2010
At the Religion Newswriters Association meeting in Denver last weekend, the local Catholic ordinary, Archbishop Charles Chaput, delivered himself of a classic culture-war critique of the news media's coverage of religion: Journalism is composed of knowledge-class professionals who make secularist assumptions about American society that shows they are out of touch with real Americans. Coverage of Christianity in particular is negative, focused on stories about fundamentalism and decline and infighting and repression. This kind of thing was a lot more common back in the 1990s than it is today--but then, Chaput has never been known for being up to date.

I could get on my hobby horse about how the media tend to view religion not through secularist glasses but in categories derived from Western religion. Take, for instance, the Eddie Long story that has been so much in the news in recent days. Like other allegations of clerical sexual abuse, it turns on the issue of hypocrisy. Over at GetReligion (whose picking apart of religion coverage Chaput singled out for praise), Brad Greenberg opines, "More importantly, though, such acts become no more heinous just because they are seen as hypocritical." Well, maybe not in a court of law--but in the court of Christian public opinion they've been so ever since Jesus denounced the "scribes and Pharisees" as "whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all uncleanness." Hypocrisy is a religious trope.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Catholic bishop challenges journalists to work with fairness and integrity

DENVER (CO)
Spero News

Full text of remarks by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, Colorado.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

By Charles J. Chaput

In an address delivered on September 25 to the Religion Newswriters Association, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver commended journalists of religion and challenged them to approach their work with integrity, fairness, and humility.

It's good to be with you today. Of course, most speakers say that, but I actually mean it-for two reasons. First, I've been a heavy reader all my life. A lot of my reading has been, and still is, newspapers and news magazines, although now I mainly read them on my Kindle. And second, I love my country. I think there's something wrong with a man unless, somewhere in his heart, he really loves his homeland-its people, its beauties, and its best ideals and institutions.

A free press is part of the American identity, and also one of its best institutions. I respect that. I value what journalists do for the same reason I value the importance of religious faith in American life-both in the private home and in the public square. A responsible press and a faith shaped by the God of charity and justice share two things in common: a concern for human dignity, and an interest in truth. We might define that word "truth" differently, and the differences might be serious. But an honest search for it creates a kind of maturity. And that maturity allows us to make a decent future through our choices here and now.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Cardinal Brady summoned to Vatican

IRELAND
UTV

Ireland's four most senior churchmen have been summoned to Rome to discuss final preparations for a Vatican investigation of the church in Ireland.

The delegation, which includes Cardinal Sean Brady, will travel to Rome next week.

In March, Pope Benedict announced plans to send a high-powered delegation to Ireland to investigate devastating reports into the church's mishandling of allegations of sexual abuse made against priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Better Laws Sought To Help Victims Of Abuse By Priests

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

Karin Mallett | Reporter

Days after the Allentown Diocese removed two priests over sexual abuse allegations, there are renewed calls for better laws to protect victims.

Activists said the current laws don't go far enough in aiding victims of sexual abuse.

"They don't have to register," said Juliann Bortz with the Allentown chapter of SNAP, which stands for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "That's what we want. That's what SNAP wants. That's what people should want in general. You want to know if there's a pedophile living next door."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Priest steps down after complaint

NORTHERN IRELAND
UTV

A Co. Down parish priest has agreed to voluntarily step down from his duties following a complaint in relation to child safeguarding.

The complaint which has been made against Father Peter Donnelly who is a parish priest in Drumaroad near Castlewellan dates back to the 1980's.

Parishioners in his parish which is in the diocese of Down and Connor were informed of the development during weekend masses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Priest stands down amid abuse claim

NORTHERN IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A Catholic priest facing a child abuse allegation has stood down, it has been revealed.

Father Peter Donnelly, of Drumaroad parish, near Ballynahinch, Co Down, is under investigation over a complaint going back to the 1980s.

Fr Donnelly took up the ministry in Drumaroad three years ago and the Catholic Church has not disclosed where the alleged crime took place.

A spokesman from the diocese of Down and Connor stressed that the priest denies the claim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Former altar boy files sexual abuse lawsuit against Bridgeport diocese

CONNECTICUT
CT Post

Daniel Tepfer, Staff Writer
Published: 12:41 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BRIDGEPORT -- A former Fairfield man claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport that he was sexually abused by a priest at a Fairfield church in the early 1970s.

Eric Sauers, who now lives in Iowa, states in his lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court, that he was abused by the Rev. Walter Philip Coleman while he was an altar boy at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Fairfield. He claims the abuse began when he was 10 years old.

"Father Coleman used his position as a parish priest to befriend children in order to ultimately sexual abuse them. Simply put, The Diocese should have prevented this from occurring," said Cindy Robinson, who, with Jason Tremont, represents Sauers in the lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Eddie Long: The Real Scandal is Even Bigger

UNITED STATES
Religion Dispatches

By Christa Brown

Christa Brown is the author of “This Little Light: Beyond a Baptist Preacher Predator and His Gang,” a memoir and exposé on clergy sex abuse and cover-ups in the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the founder of the StopBaptistPredators.org website and is currently a PhD student in religious studies.

The case of Baptist pastor Eddie Long isn’t about gay sex; it’s not about black churches; and it’s not about megachurches. The case is about allegations of clergy sex abuse and the systemic lack of accountability for Baptist clergy.

As most of the country knows by now, four young men filed lawsuits last week in which they accused Baptist pastor Eddie Long of having repeatedly coerced them into sexual acts when they were 17 and 18 years old.

The four young men belonged to the church when they were teens. The lawsuits assert that Long hand-picked the boys for spiritual mentoring and referred to them as his “spiritual sons.” According to court documents (and as reported by Sarah Posner here on RD and by the Seattle Times), the boys went through a bonding ritual, called a “covenant ceremony,” in which Long quoted Bible verses “to discuss and justify the intimate relationship between himself” and the teen boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

New lawsuit filed vs. notorious pedophile priest

OAKLAND (CA)
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 new lawsuit against a notorious pedophile priest and the Oakland diocese,
-- urge others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward and call police,
-- blast Catholic officials for doing “little or nothing” to protect kids and help get him prosecuted, &
-- prod them to permanently post on the diocesan website the names of all local child molesting clerics.

When:
Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1:00 P.M. Pacific

Where:
Outside the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Vatican Keeps OECD Waiting on Transparency as Italy Magistrates Probe Bank

ROME
Bloomberg

By Jeffrey Donovan and Sonia Sirletti - Sep 28, 2010

The Vatican has yet to formally commit to financial transparency, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said one week after Italian magistrates opened a probe into its bank for alleged violations of money-laundering laws.

While the Holy See said last week that it’s in talks with the OECD about getting on the Paris-based group’s so-called White List of nations that comply with global norms, it has not taken the first step toward transparency, said Jeffrey Owens, head of the OECD’s Center for Tax Policy and Administration.

“The speed of the negotiations depends very much on them,” Owens said by phone from Singapore. “The first thing is for them to make a formal commitment to the standards of transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Seminarians deal with scandal’s fallout

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

September 28, 2010
Discussing the effects of the clerical abuse scandal on their vocations, some seminarians told Our Sunday Visitor about the contempt and ridicule they have received, while one spoke of his distrust for older clergy.

“Lots of people will make joking references to the sex abuse scandal upon learning that I am studying to be a priest,” said Patrick Brosamer of the Archdiocese of Anchorage. “When I wear clerics in public, I often get dirty looks from strangers. Many people hate the Church.”

“I find that it is difficult to not question the judgments of any priest or religious who has been ordained or professed longer than ten years,” said Dominican Brother Gabriel Thomas Mosher. “I’m always wondering if they have done something bad and have not been caught, or if they knew about something bad and didn’t report.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Media ordains female priests

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

Posted by Mollie

Time Magazine has an interesting story. Here’s how it begins:

Alta Jacko is the mother of eight children. She is also a starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. Jacko says that playing baseball is what she was born to do.

Just kidding. Here’s how it actually begins:

Alta Jacko is the mother of eight children. She is also an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church. Jacko, 81, who earned her master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University, a Jesuit Catholic school, says that being a priest is what she was called to do.

Really. That’s REALLY how the article “Efforts Rising to Ordain Women as Roman Catholic Priests” by Dawn Reiss begins. What to say other than … this is not true. There is no mother of eight children who is an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church. How do I know this? Because I know that the church doesn’t ordain any female, whether they’ve gotten a degree from a Catholic university or not. Whether or not you are an “ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church” is similar to whether or not you are a starting pitcher for the Yankees. It’s not about what you feel called to do. It’s not about feelings at all. And a journalist can check out this fact just as easily as she can check out the roster for a baseball team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Oregon Catholics rally against women exclusions

OREGON
Oregon Faith Report

September 28, 2010

Oregon Faith Report News Note:

Several Hundred Oregon Catholics skipped Sunday morning mass to hold a gathering in downtown Portland to promote a wider involvement of women in Catholic ministries and clergy roles. The gatherings was put on by One Spirit, One Call and described the event as “…a symbolic opportunity to give public witness to the unjust and unequal treatment of women in the church. It is a powerful statement that we will be gathering during the time we usually are at Mass…” See video of the event here.

The Archbishop of Portland, John Vlazny, told The Oregonian
“I’m not happy about it, Whenever people are disturbed, it’s a good idea to get together and pray. But my job is one that tries to promote the unity of the church, to encourage the church in our evangelization. I’ve tried my best to treat people with fairness.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Priests' group says boycott well supported

IRELAND
The Irish Times

CARL O'BRIEN

THE ASSOCIATION of Catholic Priests has insisted that a campaign to boycott weekend Masses received substantial support.

The newly formed group also criticised statements by the Catholic hierarchy – which claimed Mass numbers had not been affected – as unhelpful and “bordering on triumphalism”.

Jennifer Sleeman (81), from Clonakilty, Co Cork, had called on women to stay away from Mass in protest at their treatment as “second-class citizens” by the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

"Incestueus stilzwijgen van Kerk bij seksueel misbruik is geen crimineel gedrag"

BELGIE
HLN

De commissie-Adriaenssens, die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk, stelde geen doofpotoperatie vast. "Wat we wél aantroffen, is het probleem van de incestproblematiek", zegt Degrieck. "Op een bepaald moment verneemt de moeder het misbruik. Ze wil dat niet meer gebeurt en beschermt haar kind, maar ze wil haar gezin ook niet opgeven. De moeder zit dus gevangen in haar moederrol. Kan je haar dan beschuldigen van crimineel gedrag? Van doofpot als een bewuste strategie? Neen. Ik ben van mening dat ze gevangen zit in haar moederrol waarvan achteraf blijkt dat dit geen gelukkige oplossing is. En ik meen dat de Kerk ook in die situatie verzeild is. Men verwijt de Kerk dat ze gezwegen heeft en men noemt dat zwijgen misdadig."

Moeders
Als priester vraagt Degrieck zich af wat er omgaat in de moeders die zich in zo'n incestsituatie bevinden en zwijgen. "Wat moet het voor dat moederhart niet betekenen wanneer zij haar situatie herkent in de media en in de samenleving die huilt en roept dat dit crimineel gedrag is? En hoe luisteren de andere geledingen van de samenleving die met gelijkaardige problemen kampen? Dit zijn vragen met maatschappelijk belang, me dunkt."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Oak Park pastor, parish send message on women's ordination

ILLINOIS
Chicago Catholic News

(POSTED: 9/27/10) More than 600 members of a Roman Catholic parish in Oak Park signed a petition expressing "solidarity" with "those who support women and married men who are called to ordination."

Among those to sign: the pastor, the Rev. Larry McNally, who delivered the signatures to his boss, Cardinal Francis George, earlier this month.

The Catholic Church only ordains men -- almost always unmarried men -- as priests. Women who go through "unofficial" ordination ceremonies are ex-communicated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Who is really responsible?

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

I saw the CNN show, “What the Pope Knew.” It makes me think about the expression, ‘the reason people blame things on previous generations is that there’s only one other choice.’ We are responsible for our lives, our happiness. Being responsible means living with the ability to respond, the ability to adjust, the ability to adapt. It means that we have at least a basic understanding of the context in which we live, and that we have thought about how we would like to move forward. It seems that the pope or others who protect religious institutions or images more than children, are, as one discussant of the CNN program said, are both part of the problem and the solution. It seems that Religious Authority Sexual Abuse survivors offer examples of being the solution.

For religious authority sexual abuse survivor-thrivers, being responsible means that we will no longer be victims and we cannot deny our past abuse. For survivor supporters, it may mean that we will no longer pretend that the healing or problems related to widespread religious authority sexual abuse is finished. For all of us, it might mean recognizing and doing something more constructive with our rage related to betrayal and abuse of power.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Eddie Long isn't practicing what he preaches

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Eugene Robinson
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One of the small ironies of the Bishop Eddie Long scandal is the preacher's self-pitying complaint, in a Sunday sermon vetted by his lawyers, that he feels "like David against Goliath."

Really? Let's see, on one side we have one of the most prominent and influential clerics in the country, the pastor of a suburban Atlanta megachurch that claims 25,000 members. On the other, we have four young men who claim in lawsuits that Long abused his clerical authority to lure and coerce them into having sex with him. Unlike the bishop, as far as I know, none of the accusers is driven around in a Bentley. Or is constantly attended by a retinue of aides and bodyguards. Or cultivates and maintains first-name relationships with famous politicians, athletes and entertainers.

I'm pretty sure the preacher has that whole David-Goliath thing backward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Another Hunter priest on child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY
28 Sep, 2010

Retired Maitland Newcastle diocese Catholic priest Dennis Corrigan will appear in court next month to answer charges of allegedly sexually abusing two boys in the Windale area in the 1980s.

Father Corrigan, 68, of Mayfield, was granted bail yesterday after Lake Macquarie police charged him with multiple offences in 1987 and 1988 involving boys aged 10-14.

In a statement released yesterday Maitland Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone informed all diocese priests that Father Corrigan had been charged with ‘‘a number of criminal offences relating to alleged acts of child sexual assault’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Irondequoit church closes after 100 years due to finances

NEW YORK
WHEC

Many people were crying when they left Saint Salome’s Church for their last time Sunday. They've made a lot of memories in this church.

Many of these Parishioners grew up here, got married here, and had children of their own baptized in this church. So, you can understand why many people were hurt and angry that the church closed.

Bishop Matthew Clark decided to close both churches to save money. Although several hundred people worshipped here; they needed to pool resources.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide resigns

AUSTRALIA
Big Pond News

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Anglican Archbishop of Adelaide says an embattled Anglican bishop who was due to face a tribunal hearing in Adelaide today has resigned.

Dr Jeffrey Driver says Bishop of the Murray Bishop Ross Davies has chosen to resign after a long period of illness.

Bishop Davies was facing nine charges under Anglican church law and Dr Driver says the charges will still go before the Anglican Church's Special Tribunal today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Three testify pastor sexually abused them

CALIFORNIA
Willows Journal

Monday, Sep 27 2010

By Rob Parsons/Tri-County Newspapers
A pattern of escalating sexual abuse against teenage girls in his congregation was outlined by Glenn County prosecutors on the first day of the trial of a former Willows pastor today.

An eight-woman, four-man Superior Court jury heard testimony from three women who said Carlton F. Hammonds groped them on multiple occasions and at various locations, but most frequently the reported abuse occurred inside the Willows Baptist Church and in Hammonds’ real estate office in Willows.

“He would always say ‘I love you,’ ‘you’re so special,’ ‘you mean so much to me,’” one of the reported victims testified. “I didn’t know how someone I’d known for so long could do that. I have a hard time trusting people (now).”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Former Lynn pastor guilty of five charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Lynn News

Published on Tue Sep 28

FORMER pastor of Lynn Baptist Fellowship church Malcolm Hoare, accused of sexually abusing a young church member, has been found guilty of five charges.

Hoare, 68, of Whitefriars Road, Lynn, had denied four charges of having sex with an underage girl and eight of indecently assaulting her.

But on Thursday he was found guilty of five offences of indecently assaulting the girl, by a jury at Norwich Crown Court on majority verdicts. The offences took place when the victim, now a woman in her 40s, was aged between 13 and 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Cary Clack: Men of God stand accused, but so do accusers

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
San Antonio Express-News

One night, a few years ago, when a young man walked into a Catholic Church on San Antonio's West Side, it was more akin to Daniel walking into the lions' den than David facing Goliath.
Those Biblical references are used because of what Bishop Eddie Long, superstar pastor of megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta said on Sunday morning. For the first time, Long responded publicly to four lawsuits filed by young men who allege that Long lured them into sexual relationships when they were teens.

Long said he wasn't a perfect man and that he would fight the charges, but, curiously, what he never said was that he was innocent or that the young men are lying. Not once did he take the opportunity to deny the charges. But he did compare himself to David up against Goliath and said that he still had five stones to throw.

Most of Long's congregation are standing by him and doing some denying he himself hasn't done, and that's to be expected. He's their pastor to whom they've entrusted their spiritual needs, and they should demand to see more proof before deciding on his innocence or guilt.

But the same suspension of judgment they want for Long, they should also reserve for the young men before dismissing, outright, the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Support offered for accused priest

ONTARIO (CA)
Contra Costa Times

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer

ONTARIO - Parishioners and friends of a Catholic priest accused of molesting two teen brothers have created a group to help prove his innocence.

Prayer vigils and marches are just two of the ways the Coalition to Exonerate Father Alex is showing its support for the Rev. Alex Castillo of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, who is facing accusations of sexual misconduct.

He was removed from active duty in late June and is not allowed to interact with parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Irish Church to loosen grip on school education

IRELAND
BBC NEWS

By Audrey Carville
BBC News, Dublin

The Catholic Church has a huge influence in the Irish Republic The Catholic Church has dominated almost every aspect of Irish life for centuries.

It has directly influenced government policy and social change. Nowhere is that more evident than in education.

But now, after hundreds of years, the Church is preparing to give up control of some primary schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Priest videotaped having sex with teen, lawsuit says

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

By Tracy Jordan
Of The Morning Call

A Berks County couple became suspicious of the Roman Catholic priest who was supposed to be helping their daughter, so they secretly set up a video camera in the basement of their home -- and caught him having sex with the 18-year-old.

That's according to a lawsuit in which the parents also say the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito got their daughter pregnant.

Bonilla seduced the girl while she was 17 and a senior at Reading Central Catholic High School, and they had a sexual relationship that led to her giving birth at age 19, the suit says.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

September 27, 2010

Community Reacts to Alleged Priest Sex Assault

PENNSYLVANIA
WNEP

[with video]

Shock and disappointment sums up the feelings of some Roman Catholic parishioners in Schuylkill County after news that two Catholic priests have been removed from their duties because of child sex accusations.

The findings were made by the Diocese of Allentown and have given to prosecutors in three counties.

Some of the anger against one priest began last year when the Diocese of Allentown ordered the demolition of Saint George Catholic Church in Shenandoah. The priest who oversaw the project was Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, one of the now accused priests.

The church removed him from ministry after finding evidence that he sexually abused a child 25 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Bishop Eddie Long scandal: Read lawsuits ...

GEORGIA
Prime Writer News Network

Four men have filed lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long in what is becoming a widespread scandal. Though Eddie Long has addressed his congregation many feel that his statement was not enough and that he never fully denied the allegations. You may read the civil lawsuits filed by Anthony Flagg, Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande in the links below. ...

Spencer LeGrande Lawsuit against Eddie Long

Jamal Parris Lawsuit against Eddie Long

Maurice Robinson Lawsuit against Eddie Long

Anthony Flagg Lawsuit against Eddie Long

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Suspended Harlem Pastor Formally Resigns

NEW YORK
Catholic New York

By MARY ANN POUST

Msgr. Wallace A. Harris, the former pastor of St. Charles Borromeo parish in Harlem who was once the most prominent black priest in the archdiocese, has formally resigned his post—two years after he was suspended from ministry on charges of abusing high school students that he taught in the 1980s.

Archbishop Dolan announced the resignation Sept. 2 in a letter to parishioners, many of whom had asked the outcome of the case and whether the monsignor would return.

"The answer is, no," the archbishop wrote. "He will never again publicly function or present himself as a priest."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Milford priest accused of sexual relationship

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Helen Bennett Harvey

Doreen Ahern of Glades Street claims in the suit that she had "a long psychiatric history, including emotional problems," when she went to the Rev.

Matthew Kappalumakkel for counseling, then became embroiled in an "intimate" relationship.

Kappalumakkel's attorney, Hugh Keefe of New Haven, said Monday that his client "denies the allegations" and will fight the claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

DC area pastors react to Eddie Long sex abuse allegations

WASHINGTON (DC)
Washington Post

By Hamil R. Harris

The decision by an Atlanta pastor to fight charges of sexual impropriety filed by members of his megachurch has sparked a call by ministers across the Washington area to check the lives they lead in and out of the pulpit.

With network cameras rolling, Bishop Eddie L. Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, vowed to "vigorously," defend himself, amid lawsuits filed by four young males who charged that he coerced them into sexual acts.

While Long is using his 25,000 member pulpit to go on the offensive to save his spiritual empire that is replete with lucrative TV contracts, expensive cars, homes and other wealthy, a number of ministers say the issue comes down to integrity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Sexual Taboo Has Left The Black Church Aloof

UNITED STATES
NPR

by Malik Washington

I am a drinking, cursing and fornicating Christian.

Somehow, I don't think that makes me unique. But in the church community that I know, it at least leaves me less vulnerable to ridicule than a man who happens to like other men. ...

There were those of us who were not the least bit surprised by the allegations levied against Bishop Eddie Long, and for no reason other than we've seen it before. I know of high-ranking clergy and plenty of members who are living double lives regarding their sexuality. I know of clergy, and even the married pastor of a megachurch, who have had sexual encounters (both homosexual and heterosexual) with young, though not underage, members of their churches.

I can't imagine that I'm the only one who knows these things and discussions with friends from similar backgrounds revealed similar stories. I even talked to one friend, a journalist and member of the church, who had first heard of sexual misconduct allegations against Eddie Long, three years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:17 PM

Questions Have Long Surrounded Accused Minister

UNITED STATES
NPR

by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

September 27, 2010

When he stepped to the pulpit and faced some 8,000 congregants on Sunday, Bishop Eddie Long said he wanted to preach on handling "painful and difficult situations." And it is likely that the pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga. — who started from practically nothing and is now a millionaire — has never encountered troubled waters like these.

Long is facing allegations that he sexually abused four men who received his mentorship as a "spiritual daddy." Three of the men were older than 18, but one said he was 17 at the time of the alleged abuse. They allege that Long encouraged them to join the church's elite youth group, so he could groom them for sex; in exchange, they allege, Long gave them money, new cars, housing and took them on exotic trips.

On Sunday, Long vowed to fight the accusations, although his defense was vague and left some congregants puzzled and concerned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Another Hunter priest on child sex charges

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY
28 Sep, 2010

Retired Maitland Newcastle diocese Catholic priest Dennis Corrigan will appear in court next month to answer charges of allegedly sexually abusing two boys in the Windale area in the 1980s.

Father Corrigan, 68, of Mayfield, was granted bail yesterday after Lake Macquarie police charged him with multiple offences in 1987 and 1988 involving boys aged 10-14.

In a statement released yesterday Maitland Newcastle Bishop Michael Malone informed all diocese priests that Father Corrigan had been charged with ‘‘a number of criminal offences relating to alleged acts of child sexual assault’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

Deaf Sex Abuse Victim Suing The Pope

UNITED STATES
Perez Hilton

[with video]

This is truly, terribly disturbing.

Watch the video (above) to learn yet another dark truth that has emerged about a priest, Father Lawrence C. Murphy, who abused hundreds of vulnerable children at St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

One of Murphy's victims, Terry Kohut, has broken his silence about the priest, and seeks to sue the Pope for not acting against Father Murphy, due to the Vatican's "policy of secrecy," wherein they "…conceal sexual abuse of children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

probably just a coincidence

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Culture

By Diogenes | September 27, 2010

During his visit to the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict XVI met with several victims of sexual abuse. If you looked carefully you could find a few details about the group:

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the five victims, who he said had not signed confidentiality agreements, comprised four women and one man, aged between 40 and 50 with three from London, one from Yorkshire and a Scot. They were not chosen by the Vatican, the local church had "presented" them.

Four women; one man. We don’t have accurate figures on the sex-abuse victims in Great Britain, but in every country for which the statistics are available, 80% or more of those victims have been male.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Benedict XVI: Will He Ever Lead?

UNITED STATES
The Word on Employment Law

John Phillips

When it was announced this week that the chairman of the Vatican Bank was under investigation for money laundering, the Vatican said it was “perplexed and astonished.” The Vatican also expressed “maximum confidence” in the chairman. Sound familiar? The Vatican was astonished when the child sex abuse scandal first broke. The Vatican expressed confidence that Catholic priests would never engage in such outrageous conduct.

The bank scandal may divert attention away from the child abuse scandal but not for long. There are too many new allegations, too many adults who finally reveal a childhood destroyed. Unfortunately, I can think of no event in recent history that demonstrates so clearly what happens when people at the top of an organization fail to lead during a crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

The Root: The Meaning Of Eddie Long's Demise

UNITED STATES
NPR

by Craig Washington

September 27, 2010

Craig Washington is a writer and an HIV-prevention manager for AID Atlanta. He has been HIV-positive for 25 years.

If we learn nothing else from the biggest and messiest black mega-church scandal ever, it is that truth cannot be silenced, no matter how many refuse to speak it or conspire to hush it up. It will find a way to manifest. It does not need to be spoken to reveal itself. So as the story of Bishop Eddie Long swells from Facebook to CNN, engorged by our lust for fallen giants and monsters, let us not lose our heads. Let us learn the lessons that the legion and their leader willfully chose to ignore.

While it is a shock, it should be no surprise to anyone who watched. Long's potent combination of charisma, bling and prosperity gospel, in the tradition of Father Divine, helped him amass considerable wealth and celebrity status. Like several of his white counterparts, Long pandered to the anxieties and desires of his flock at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church with a potent blend of social conservatism, materialistic worship and anti-gay rhetoric.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Pope appoints Ricardo Blázquez to investigate the Regnum Christi

VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

September 27, 2010. The Archbishop of Valladolid, Spain, Ricardo Blázquez, will be the Apostolic visitator appointed by the Pope to investigate the Regnum Christi, the lay movement founded by Marcial Maciel.

Sources close to the Vatican have confirmed this and within the next few hours will publish an official statement.

Last year Blázquez Archbishop was one of four visitators appointed by the Pope to investigate the Legion of Christ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

‘Commissie Adriaenssens kwam geen doofpotoperatie op het spoor’

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUGGE (RKnieuws.net) - Op de bisdombladzijden van Kerk & Leven verschijnt woensdag een interview met Patrick Degrieck, priester van het bisdom Brugge en de enige priester-kerkjurist binnen de ‘Commissie voor de behandeling van klachten van seksueel misbruik in een pastorale relatie’.

Degrieck had een specifieke taak in de commissie. “In een moeilijk dossier nodigde Peter Adriaenssens mij uit om samen met hem een voorgesprek te voeren met een priester die zeer zenuwachtig was om voor de commissie te verschijnen.” Die aanpak werkte. “Het bleek goed te zijn dat ik vooraf als confrater sprak met priesters en hen duidelijk maakte dat we er allemaal baat bij hadden dat de waarheid bekend werd. Meer dan eens betekenden die voorgesprekken kantelmomenten.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Can Women Change the Church?

OREGON
The Gardne of Roses: Stories of Abuse and Healing

Virginia Jones

Rain beat a steady drum beat on my skylights on Sunday morning. I wondered if the rain would depress turn out at the One Spirit, On Call event here in Portland, Oregon -- the event inspired by the Vatican document released earlier this year that pronounced both the sexual abuse of children and the ordination of women grave sins against faith. If the rain affected attendance at all it was not evident. Hundreds of women and the men and children in their lives came to the event in the Park Blocks in downtown Portland.

I am a single issue person -- I want to work on ending abuse and healing the wounds in individuals, my Church, and society. I think advocacy on other issues would muddy my waters, but someone had to bring up the issue among such a large gathering of activist Catholics. So I did. I attended the One Spirit, One Call event a clergy abuse survivor and my son and handed out Sackcloth Penance Patches with a prayer for those abused in our Church.

Event organizers structured the program to resemble Mass with a choir, prayers by a nun, Sr. Kathleen Stupfel, Bible readings and even homily like speeches by lay women active in the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Another sex scandal dominates Godbeat

GEORGIA
GetReligion

Posted by Brad A. Greenberg

CNN.com published 10 — count ‘em, 10 — articles or video clips yesterday about Bishop Eddie Long. If you don’t know who Long is, then you’re like the almost all Americans were one week ago, before the media blitz began with revelations that four young men at Long’s Atlanta-area megachurch were filing lawsuits claiming the minister molested them.

CNN is based in Atlanta, and one of their religion reporters, then on the Godbeat for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote one of my favorite all-time religion stories when he exposed how Long was getting rich off the charity checkbook. Thus, it’s no surprise that CNN has been all over this story.

What’s odd is the media storm that has followed.

Despite all the blustering about Long being one of America’s most-recognizable pastors, I can assure you that even a room full of Christian reporters would have had a difficult time last week identifying Long (or, being that he is a Baptist, exactly what kind of a bishop he is).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

The Case For Crafting a New Religion for Black America

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Post

The Bishop Eddie Long affair brings two thoughts to mind. “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone”; and “There must be a flaw.”

On the first thought, we should not be surprised to hear about sexual misbehavior in our society. In fact, we should expect to see and hear about sexual misconduct because our society promulgates and wallows in high levels of sexual innuendo in media content and in everyday life. Sexually provocative attire and media presentations of sexually explicit materials are quite prevalent in our society. Because we respond to media by acting out what we hear and see, it is not unexpected that we should witness the continuation of sexual misbehavior.

Given the prevalence of sexual information, it is difficult for any individual to go through an entire life without experiencing some sexual misbehavior. We believe that you can begin with Presidents and go all the way down to young boys and girls and find that, somewhere in the course of their lives, there is likely to have been a sexual misstep.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Ior, il Vaticano vuole chiudere i conti correnti laici

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
Sky

L'Istituto Opere di Religione, meglio noto come Banca Vaticana, avrebbe intenzione di chiudere i conti correnti intestati ai laici. Lo scrive il Corriere della Sera di oggi, lunedì 27. Il gesto sarebbe parte di un'operazione trasparenza avviata dalla Santa Sede e arriva dopo l'inchiesta della procura di Roma che vede coinvolti il presidente Ettore Gotti Tedeschi e il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani, indagati per omissioni legate alla violazione delle norme antiriciclaggio.

"Fonti ai più alti livelli della Santa Sede - scrive il Corriere - parlano di tredici conti 'laici' che il nuovo corso vorrebbe, semplicemente, chiudere: cancellando inoltre la possibilità che altri laici possano mai aprirne in futuro".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Accuse di riciclaggio: quel pasticciaccio dei bonifici dello Ior

ITALIA
Panorama

I conti non tornano nel consiglio di sovrintendenza dello Ior, il cda della banca vaticana. La denuncia che ha portato il presidente Ettore Gotti Tedeschi e il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani a essere indagati è partita dall’istituto che fa capo a uno dei consiglieri dello Ior, Giovanni De Censi. È stato infatti il Credito artigiano, il 14 settembre scorso, a denunciare all’Unità di informazione finanziaria (Uif) della Banca d’Italia la richiesta dello Ior di effettuare due bonifici per 23 milioni di euro in violazione della normativa antiriciclaggio. La denuncia alla Uif ha portato al blocco dell’operazione e, cinque giorni dopo, al sequestro del conto e all’apertura di un fascicolo a carico di Gotti e Cipriani, disposto dalla procura di Roma.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:01 AM

Mass boycott was foolish, but it did show action is needed

IRELAND
Herald

By Garry O'Sullivan

Monday September 27 2010

Boycotting the Mass in Ireland was always going to be a flop; it's akin to asking people to boycott the GAA on Sunday. In terms of Irish rural politics, parish and pump rule supreme when it comes to God and local heroes.

Jennifer Sleeman (81) had called for the boycott after a letter in a national newspaper received widespread attention. However, the call was unwise and politically naive from a Church point of view.

collapsed

At least 42pc of the population attend weekly Mass, not to prop up the bishops or errant priests, but to fulfill their religious obligation and to pray to their God. If the Catholic Church collapsed in the morning, their faith and the Mass would still continue. Also, many Catholics are at best lukewarm to the idea of women priests, and for good reasons.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Vangheluwe: Parket Brugge heeft geen weet van derde slachtoffer

BELGIE
Metro Time

(Belga) Het parket van Brugge heeft geen weet van een derde slachtoffer van de Brugse voormalig bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, zoals het weekblad Humo dinsdag bericht.

Volgens Humo heeft Roger Vangheluwe ook zijn nichtje tijdens haar jeugd jarenlang misbruikt. Dit bevestigen verschillende onafhankelijke bronnen aan Humo, maar de vrouw zelf ontkent. Volgens Humo doen er zelfs geruchten de ronde over een vierde slachtoffer, dat ondertussen overleden is. Procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens van het parket van Brugge heeft geen weet van een derde en een vierde slachtoffer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Pope voices trust in Vatican Bank head after probe

ROME
CNN

Rome, Italy (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI personally told the director of the Vatican Bank that he trusted him and appreciates the work he is doing, the Vatican said Monday, after Italian authorities launched a money-laundering investigation into the bank.

Ettore Tedeschi, the bank head, was among the faithful meeting Benedict Sunday after the pope's weekly Angelus address.

Tedeschi kissed the pope's hand and gave him a copy of his book "Money and Paradise," and they exchanged a few words, the Vatican said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

PRIEST IN TUAM ARCHDIOCESE SETTLES RAPE CLAIM

IRELAND
Galway Bay

September 27, 2010

A priest - and former minister in the Tuam Archdiocese - who was accused of raping a pregnant woman has settled the case out of court.

According to today's Irish Independent, a five-figure sum was paid to settle a High Court civil action.

The rape allegations were withdrawn as part of the settlement agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

De politiek over seksueel misbruik in de Kerk

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

20 SEPTEMBER 2010 - Vorige vrijdag kwam de Kamercommissie Justitie vervroegd bijeen om te discussiëren over het rapport van de Commissie-Adriaenssens over seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Kerk. Wij geven een overzicht van dit debat, maar we legden ook een aantal vragen voor aan alle Belgische politieke partijen: over de verlenging van de verjaringstermijn; over de oprichting van een parlementaire onderzoekscommissie; over het initiatief van kardinaal Léonard om een Centrum voor Erkenning, Heling en Verzoening op te richten; over de verzwaring van de straffen en over alternatieve straffen zoals verplichte therapie, woonverbod e.d. Alleen de MR antwoordde niet, maar een aantal van hun standpunten was uit het parlementair debat van vorige vrijdag af te leiden. Een overzicht van de antwoorden en enkele bedenkingen.

1. VERLENGING VERJARING
Moet de verjaringstermijn voor seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen worden verlengd?

Nu bedraagt hij 10 jaar en hij start pas als het slachtoffer meerderjarig is. Het verjaringsregime van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen is uitzonderlijk in het Belgisch strafrecht. De Commissie-Adriaenssens stelde voor om over een mogelijke verlenging van de verjaringstermijn te discussiëren, omdat vele slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk die verlenging bepleiten. Moet die verlenging er komen?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Stortvloed van nieuwe klachten seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
hbvl

De afgelopen weken hebben zich tientallen nieuwe slachtoffers gemeld van seksueel misbruik gepleegd door geestelijken. Justitie belooft dat elke klacht, hoe lang geleden de feiten ook werden gepleegd, wordt onderzocht.

Alle nieuwe klachten - het gerecht weigert voorlopig aantallen te noemen - worden gecentraliseerd door magistrate Lieve Pellens op het federale parket. Van daaruit worden de dossiers verder verdeeld onder de bevoegde parketten. Het gaat voornamelijk om oude feiten, maar er zitten ook recentere gevallen bij.

De commissie-Adriaenssens had bij haar ontslag op 24 juni 475 klachten binnen. Het jongste slachtoffer was amper twee toen het misbruik begon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

'Spoedige beslissing over toekomst Vangheluwe'

BELGIE
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 13 september 2010 - Het Vaticaan neemt “binnen een redelijke termijn” een beslissing over de toekomst van de wegens misbruik opgestapte bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. Dat heeft André-Joseph Léonard, de aartsbisschop van Mechelen-Brussel, vandaag gezegd op de persconferentie over de nieuwe aanpak van seksueel misbruik door de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk van België.
Misbruik neef

Vangheluwe, de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, trad in april af nadat hij had toegegeven zijn neef in het verleden seksueel te hebben misbruikt. Hij trok zich daarna terug in de trappistenabdij van Westvleteren. Eergisteren kondigde hij aan dat hij de abdij, gelegen in bisdom Brugge, zou gaan verlaten om zich elders terug te trekken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

'Bisschop Vangheluwe maakte drie slachtoffers'

BELGIE
Kerknieuws

Voormalig bisschop Roger Vangheluwe van Brugge zou niet twee maar drie familieleden seksueel hebben misbruikt. Het zou gaan om twee neefjes én een nichtje, zo meldt het Belgische tijdschrift Humo.

Humo beroept zich op "verschillende, onafhankelijke bronnen". Het tijdschrift schrijft ook dat er geruchten bestaan over een vierde – inmiddels overleden – slachtoffer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Het nichtje van de bisschop: het derde slachtoffer van Roger Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Humo

Roger Vangheluwe, de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, heeft jarenlang ook zijn nichtje seksueel misbruikt. Verschillende onafhankelijke bronnen hebben dat nieuws aan Humo bevestigd. Het nichtje is het derde slachtoffer van de bisschop in zijn eigen familie. En de geruchten over een vierde slachtoffer - dat inmiddels is overleden - nemen toe.

Twee weken geleden viel bij Humo een interessante brief in de bus.

'Geachte, Roger Vangheluwe heeft jarenlang zijn nichtje misbruikt. Ze is hiervoor opgenomen in de Sint-Jozefskliniek in Pittem. De familie vond het beter te zwijgen voor de reputatie van Vangheluwe. Het slachtoffer wenst hiermee absoluut niet naar buiten te komen, maar ik gruwel als ik die vent zijn kop zie. Misschien kunnen jullie op de één of andere manier voorkomen dat iedereen denkt dat hij maar één slachtoffer heeft gemaakt.'

Dat laatste was een foutje. Twee dagen daarvoor was al bekend geraakt dat Roger Vangheluwe ook een tweede neefje seksueel had misbruikt. Maar goed, de briefschrijver beschikte over een bijzonder gedetailleerd verslag van het verblijf van het nichtje in de psychiatrische instelling in Pittem. Daar zou ze zo'n vijf jaar geleden - ze is inmiddels van middelbare leeftijd - maandenlang verbleven hebben vanwege langdurig seksueel misbruik in haar jeugd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

"Voormalig bisschop Vangheluwe maakte derde slachtoffer"

BELGIE
Metro Time

(Belga) Roger Vangheluwe, de vroegere bisschop van Brugge, heeft een derde slachtoffer gemaakt. Dat bericht het weekblad Humo dinsdag. Het zou gaan om een nichtje, dat tijdens haar jeugd jarenlang seksueel misbruikt werd.

Verschillende onafhankelijke bronnen bevestigden het verhaal aan Humo, maar het nichtje zelf ontkent. Een van de bronnen, die een brief schreef om aan te kaarten dat Vangheluwe wel degelijk meerdere slachtoffers maakte, zegt dat ze er "absoluut niet" mee naar buiten wil komen. Volgens de bronnen, die anoniem geciteerd worden, werd het slachtoffer maandenlang in een psychiatrische instelling in Pittem opgenomen. Haar familie zou het misbruik toegedekt hebben nadat het meisje hen op de hoogte had gebracht.

[summary]

It appears that Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, former Bruges bishop, may have a third victim. According to the weekly magazine Humo, it would be a female cousin. Several independent sources confirmed the story to Humo but the cousin has denied it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Pa. priests removed over sex abuse allegations

PENNSYLVANIA
Lebanon Daily News

The Associated Press
Updated: 09/27/2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa.—Two eastern Pennsylvania priests have been removed from public ministry after church officials received credible sex abuse allegations against them.

The Allentown diocese removed 54-year-old Monsignor Bernard Flanagan and 74-year-old Father Andrew Ulincy from public ministry last week. The diocese announced the removals over the weekend.

The diocese says Flanagan has been accused of abusing a minor about 25 years ago at Reading Central Catholic High School. The diocese did not release any information about Ulincy's accuser, but says the allegations had nothing to do with the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Lawsuit text: Anthony Flagg vs. Bishop Eddie Long

UNITED STATES
Renew America

[with link to Anthony Flagg's lawsuit against Bishop Long]

By Matt C. Abbott

Bishop Eddie Long of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., is being sued by four male church members alleging sexual misconduct, among other things. The bishop has vowed to fight the accusations.

Is he being falsely accused? Possibly, but it sure doesn't look good when four persons are making the same, or very similar, allegations. It seems to be a case of the abuse of power — something Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was known for (see here and here).

Yes, Bishop Long is said to be quite wealthy, and that should be taken into account. Follow the money. But we also know that many clergymen, including the late Father Marcial Maciel, have lived scandalous double lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Can the principles of Restorative Justice be applied to the Catholic Church child

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

John W. Kennedy

For most of the past week, this space has focused on What the Pope Knew, a CNN documentary that aired Saturday night on the subject of the Pope Benedict XVI's role in handling allegations of child sexual abuse by priests that came to his attention while (as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) heading Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the reign of John Paul II.

Several readers commented. This one from Muldoon was particularly interesting to me:

"Restorative Justice is the only way for the church to move forward in dealing with the Clergy Sexual Abuse scandal. If the Pope would come clean, establish a world wide Restorative Justice action this scandal could truly be put behind us all in a matter of a few years.

Eddie Long’s crimes against the Gospel

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cynthia Tucker

I’ve never been a fan of “Bishop” Eddie Long, who, among other self-aggrandizing moves, has flouted Baptist practice by naming himself a bishop. I have detested his gay-bashing and loathed his narcissistic lifestyle. I’ve doubted the theology of his “prosperity” ministry.

Nothing more aptly describes the way that New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has become a cult of personality — not Jesus Christ’s personality, but Eddie Long’s — than the responses by Long and a few of his congregants to allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation.

In a sermon carried live by TV cameras yesterday, Long very dramatically told his congregation he is “under attack.” From the WaPo:

“Please hear this: I have been accused. I’m under attack. I want you to know that I am not a perfect man, but this thing I’m gon’ fight,” said Long, who also preached a short sermon on surviving painful times.

“I feel like David against Goliath, but I’ve got five rocks, and I haven’t thrown one yet,” the bishop said to roaring applause as he dropped his microphone on the pulpit with a thud, took his wife Vanessa’s hand and left the stage.

If Long were going to compare himself to a Biblical character, he should have chosen Goliath.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Bishop Eddie Long scandal: Why hasn’t Eddie Long proclaimed his innocence?

GEORGIA
Prime Writer News Network

Sep 27, 2010

Author Amanda Collins

Bishop Eddie Long scandal: Why hasn’t Eddie Long proclaimed his innocence?

Bishop Eddie Long has released a statement through his attorney, dropped out of press conferences, cancelled an appearance on the Tom Joyner show, and when speaking to his congregation on Sunday regarding the looming scandal and four civil lawsuits of sexual coercion, didn’t deny the allegations. Why hasn’t Bishop Eddie Long addressed the allegations head on and flat out denied them? Why hasn’t Eddie Long proclaimed his innocence and stated he is not guilty?

Some have said that they believe Eddie Long is guilty and look to the wording he has used throughout the scandal as evidence. When those in the public spotlight are caught in scandals, they often use a play of words to get out of answering tough questions. Do you remember former president Bill Clinton and the fiasco that ensued? Bill Clinton’s play on words was so great he tried to redefine the meaning of sexual intimacy and sparked a controversy regarding whether oral sex was sexual in nature or not!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Megachurch Flock Stands by Besieged Eddie Long

LITHONIA (GA)
CBS News

[with video]

(CBS/AP) Despite allegations that he lured four young men into sexual relationships, many of Bishop Eddie Long's followers remain unwavering in their support for him as he pledges to fight the accusations like David fighting Goliath.

Casting himself as the Bible's ultimate underdog, Long went before thousands of faithful supporters at his megachurch Sunday and promised to battle claims in lawsuits filed last week that he abused his "spiritual authority."

"I feel like David against Goliath. But I got five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet," Long said in his first public remarks since the lawsuits were filed. He stopped short of denying the allegations but implied he was wronged by them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Bishop Eddie Long: Did He Do Enough to Defend Himself Against Sex Abuse Claims?

LITHONIA (GA)
ABC News

[with video]

By STEVE OSUNSAMI and SARAH NETTER
Sept. 27, 2010

A sermon that was supposed to have reassured the congregation of an Atlanta megachurch pastor accused of sex abuse has left some wondering if he said enough to defend himself.

"This is probably the most difficult time in my entire life," Bishop Eddie Long said during the service.

Long, the powerhouse leader of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has been accused of sex abuse by four men, who claim in separate lawsuits that he lavished them with expensive gifts and trips and then forced them when they were teenagers into sexual relationships.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Crisis in the diocese: A call for action

CANADA
Port Hawkesbury Reporter

As most people are aware these days, the Diocese of Antigonish is going through a major financial and credibility crisis following accusation of sexual abuse and the subsequent class action legal and financial settlement.

All of our parishes have had to turn over money to the diocese and we are now in the process of selling off all our assets except for churches and occupied glebe houses. This has been a heart wrenching time for us.

What many people may not know is that the Diocese of Antigonish is the major shareholder in the Casket Printing and Publishing Company of Antigonish and that the board of directors of The Casket recently purchased the adjacent building for around $200,000. We are horrified by this decision. We’re selling off all our assets and they’re buying more? It may make sense from a business point-of-view, but did no one consider the psychological impact of this purchase on us, the people in the diocese?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Diocese selling stake in newspaper

CANADA
Cape Breton post

Published on September 26th, 2010

Nancy King

SYDNEY — The Diocese of Antigonish’s share in an Antigonish-based community newspaper will be among the assets sold to cover the financial settlement with victims of sexual abuse by its priests.

The Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Port Hawkesbury, published a letter to the editor this week from three residents of Antigonish County, calling upon parishes to put pressure on the diocese to immediately place its stake in Casket Printing and Publishing up for sale.

The letter, signed by Jean Collins, Marion MacNeil and Ben Druhan, notes that parishes have had to turn over money to the diocese and are now in the process of selling off all assets other than churches and occupied glebe houses, a process they described as heart-wrenching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Allentown diocese removes 2 priests over sexual abuse allegations

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Brett Hambright
Reading Eagle

The Diocese of Allentown has removed two area priests from the ministry based on sexual abuse allegations dating to the 1980s, spokesman Matthew Kerr said Sunday.

One of the priests was a pastor in Reading at the time of his dismissal; the other committed the alleged crime here, Kerr said.

The Rev. Andrew A. Ulincy, 74, who had been pastor at St. Paul's Church on North Ninth Street, abused a minor in 1981 when he was serving in Bethlehem, according to the allegations.

Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, 54, who last served in Shenandoah, was accused of abusing a minor in 1985 when he worked at Central Catholic High School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Diocese selling share of Casket newspaper

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) — The diocese of Antigonish will sell its share in a community newspaper to help cover its financial settlement with victims of sexual abuse by priests.

Diocese spokesperson Rev. Paul Abbass said the diocese’s 60 per cent share in Casket Printing and Publishing of Antigonish will be put up for sale.

Abbass said the diocese is adding almost weekly to the property and assets that are up for sale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Retired Catholic Priest faces charges ...

AUSTRALIA
New South Wales Police Force

Monday, 27 Sep 2010 04:05pm

Police investigating historic child sexual abuse allegations have charged a retired Catholic Priest today with 14 child sex related offences.

Strike Force Georgiana was established in March 2008 by detectives from Lake Macquarie Local Area Command, with the assistance of officers from the Newcastle Local Area Command.

The 68-year-old Mayfield man attended Waratah Police Station by appointment today where he was charged with:
· Sexual intercourse with a child aged over 10 and under 16 (whilst person under authority),
· Eight counts of indecent assault to person under 16 (whilst person under authority), and
· Five counts of acts of indecency to person under 16 (whilst person under authority).

He was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on 19 October, 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Priest charged with sex offences

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

AAP

A retired Catholic priest has been charged with sex offences against two boys in Newcastle in the 1980s.

The 68-year-old man from suburban Mayfield on Monday kept an appointment to present himself at a police station, where he was charged with 14 offences related to sex with children at a former convent.

The charges include sexual intercourse with a child aged over 10 and under 16, eight counts of indecent assault on person under 16 and five counts of acts of indecency to person under 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Retired Australian Catholic priest charged with sex abuse of two boys

AUSTRALIA
Island Crisis (Mauritius)

SYDNEY (BNO NEWS) — A retired Australian Catholic priest was charged on Monday with sexually abusing two young boys some 30 years ago, police said.

Strike Force Georgiana of the New South Wales (NWS) Police Force has been investigating historic child sexual abuse allegations involving a retired Catholic priest. His identity was not immediately released.

The 68-year-old Mayfield man attended the Waratah Police Station, not far from Sydney, on Monday by appointment before he was charged by police. These charges relate to the alleged assault of two males at a former convent in Windale in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Retired priest arrested over child sex claims

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A retired Catholic priest from the New South Wales Hunter Valley has been charged with 14 child sex offences dating back to the 1980s.

Police from Strikeforce Georgiana, established more than two years ago to investigate child sex abuse within the Church, today arrested the 68-year-old man from Mayfield.

He has been charged with 14 offences including sexual intercourse with a child aged under 16, indecent assault and acts of indecency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Priest accused of raping pregnant woman pays out

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A Catholic priest in the Republic of Ireland accused of raping a pregnant woman has paid the alleged victim a five-figure sum to settle a High Court civil action.

The Catholic Church also intends for him to undergo a "specialist assessment" before a decision on his suitability to return to public ministry will be taken.

His superior, the Archbishop of Tuam Dr Michael Neary, asked the priest to step aside after the Irish Independent revealed in October 2005 that the accused priest was continuing to carry out his full range of parish duties, despite the rape allegation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

September 26, 2010

Bankitalia-Ior: un faro per 16 mesi, poi la stretta

ITALIA
Il Sole

Donatella Stasio

ROMA
Risale al 30 aprile 2009 la prima "informativa" della Banca d'Italia sullo Ior, per evidenziare le «criticità» di un conto corrente della banca vaticana presso una filiale UniCredit di Roma. Da allora è stato un susseguirsi di note, informative, circolari, in cui si ribadisce lo status di banca extracomunitaria dello Ior ai fini della normativa antiriciclaggio. Fino a quando, il 15 settembre scorso, l'Uif, l'Unità di informazione finanziaria di via Nazionale, ha «sospeso» due bonifici sul conto corrente Ior presso il Credito Artigiano, per complessivi 23 milioni di euro, poi sottoposti a sequestro preventivo dalla Procura di Roma. Non un fulmine a ciel sereno, dunque, ma un epilogo quasi annunciato dopo sedici mesi di attenzione sui rapporti dello Ior con gli istituti di credito italiani.

La bussola è stato il decreto legislativo 231 del 2007, di attuazione della direttiva Ue sull'antiriciclaggio, che, oltre a istituire l'Uif, impone obblighi di trasparenza - semplificati o rafforzati - stabilisce sanzioni per l'«omessa» comunicazione di informazioni su scopo e natura delle operazioni nonché sui soggetti per conto dei quali vengono disposte. Regole che lo Ior dice di voler rispettare, spiegando che se alle parole non sono ancora seguiti i fatti è solo a causa di «errori» ed «equivoci». «Da quando sono stato nominato dal santo padre allo Ior - ha detto ieri il presidente Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, indagato con il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani per omissione degli obblighi di trasparenza - ho cercato di attuare quelle stesse procedure e condizioni di gestione che oggi qualcuno mi accusa di aver violato». E ha aggiunto: «Sono 12 mesi che il santo padre, il segretario di stato e la santa sede sono oggetto di attenzioni a dir poco sorprendenti».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Pastor Kayanja accuser alive

UGANDA
The New Vision

By Francis Emorut

A man, who was yesterday reported dead by some sections of the media, is alive. Samson Mukisa, who had accused pastor Robert Kayanja of Rubaga Miracle Centre Cathedral of sodomising him, was yesterday spotted by New Vision shopping at Quality Supermarket in Lubowa on Entebbe road.

“I had just spoken to my son at 9:00pm, but I was shocked to hear that he was murdered,” Olivia Nansubuga, Mukisa’s mother told New Vision yesterday.

Local media yesterday reported that Mukisa had gone missing from his home in Kajjansi, a Kampala suburb.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Pedofilia: vittime di preti riunite a Verona, 'Ora basta'

ITALIA
ANSA

25 settembre

VERONA - ''Vorresti fermare il prete pedofilo che adesso e' ancora li', accanto ai bambini'': e' questa l'urgenza che sentono le vittime degli abusi sessuali commessi all'interno della Chiesa, per la prima volta riunite pubblicamente oggi a Verona nell'incontro 'Noi vittime dei preti pedofili'. A porte chiuse, nel Palazzo delle Gran Guardia, i partecipanti si sono raccontati le proprie vicissitudini.

''La ragione che sta alla base di questo incontro - dicono - e' far vedere che esistiamo, che non possiamo piu' essere ignorati e che non siamo statistiche, ma esseri umani con famiglie, figli, sentimenti''. Sono state una cinquantina le e-mail di ulteriori denunce ricevute - oltre che da Verona anche da Trento, Savona, Vicenza - dal gruppo promotore 'La Colpa', in vista di questa giornata, spiega Mario Lodi Rizzini, fratello di una delle sordomute dell'Istituto San Provolo di Verona. Si tratta dell'istituto dove - secondo 15 testimonianze autobiografiche dettagliate di ricoverati presenti all'incontro di oggi - tra gli anni '50 e meta' degli anni '80 una ventina di sacerdoti avrebbe abusato continuativamente di piccoli che non potevano sentire o parlare, o nessuna delle due cose assieme. ''Quello che mi ha colpito - aggiunge Rizzini - e' che, quando un laico che lavorava al San Provolo ha confermato quei racconti, ha detto che era una cosa 'normale', che avveniva anche in altri istituti''. ''Ma la prima lettera inviata al vescovo di Verona - prosegue - portava in calce 70 firme di ospiti dell'istituto: quella lettera ha fermato il processo di beatificazione di quel vescovo precedente che viene indicato tra gli abusatori. Adesso e' in corso la costituzione di una commissione che vogliamo laica, perche' non ci fidiamo, e che inviera' il proprio resoconto al Vaticano''. Tra gli ex ospiti dell'istituto Provolo era presente alla Gran Guardia un'unica donna, Antonietta Perbellini, 75 anni, la quale accusa una violenza subita durante una confessione, sulla sedia, da parte di ''un prete che si abbasso' i calzoni''.

[translation]

Pedophilia: victims of priests meeting in Verona, 'Enough is enough'
September 25th

by Antonella Barina

VERONA - " You want to stop the pedophile priest who is still there, near the children": that is the urgency felt by the victims from sexual abuses within the church who for the first time gathered today in Verona at the meeting. 'We are victims of pedophile priests'. Behind closed doors, in the Palazzo delle Gran Guardia, the participants narrated their own stories.

"The reason at the basis of this meeting - they say - is to show we exist, that we can't be ignored and that we are not statistics, but human beings with families, children, feelings". About 50 emails containing additional denunciations were sent there. Besides from the city of Verona, the emails came from the cities of Trento, Savona, Vicenza and from the promoting group 'La Colpa' , said Mario Lodi Rizzini, brother of one of the deaf mutes of the Istituto San Provolo of Verona. That was the Institution where - according to 15 detailed autobiographical reports by former residents present at today meeting - between 1950 and 1985 about 20 priests allegedly abused children who were deaf and/or mute.

"What struck me - Mr. Rizzini said - is that, when a layman who worked at the San Provolo confirmed those reports, he stated it was "normal' and that it happened in other institutions, too". "But the first letter sent to the Bishop of Verona - he continues - was signed by 70 residents in the Istituto San Provolo: it stopped the process for the beatification of the former Bishop who was listed among the abusers. A Commission of lay people is now being formed - we don't trust the clergy - which will send its report to the Vatican". Among the former residents of the Istituto San Provolo who were present at the meeting there was only a 75-year-old woman, Antonietta Perbellini, who claims of having being the victim of sexual violence during confession, on a chair "by a priest who lowered his trousers".

"Now - the woman says - when the priest comes to bless my home I send him away". According to Salvatore Domolo - a former priest who was abused as a child between 8 and 11 years of age and who withdrew from his ministry in 2005 and renounced baptism last year - " we speak only about priests, but we can't hide there are also nuns: women who were abused in childhood have more difficutly to speak out, there is more pressure upon them, they are weaker."

Among the most determined, the parent of a girl who was victim of sexual violence by the clergy. " For those who are still children the road is uphill - he explains. 'He told them if they spoke something very bad would happen and your parents would die. If you find the force to say something, mommy and daddy would have a hard time to think of their friend priest as a bad man and, if the family believes in what said to them, they speak about it with the priest-abuser or with his superiors. Then the isolation starts: the families are accused of being anxious and overprotective, with economical interests, hatred for the Church. If the judicial proceedings start, the accusers are considered the guilty party". According to former priest Domolo, "the gravest thing is that the abuse sends you away from God, for God remains there in silence."

"When I entered the seminary - he tells - I spoke to my spiritual father of the abuses I was a victim of and I found myself confessing the "sin" I commited. When I asked him what to do of the priest who abused me, he answered: absolutely, let's not speak about it, we trust him to the misericordy of God." " I heard it over and over again! The active complicity of the Church - he continues - must be recognized. The thinking was that silence was enough, or transferring the indian pedophile priest to Italy. The truth is that there weren't only the repeated abuses and the scarce control but also the deliberate activity to hide them."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Attendance at Mass strong despite call, says Church

IRELAND
The Irish Times

KITTY HOLLAND

NUMBERS ATTENDING Mass held steady yesterday, and in some places were up on recent weeks, despite a campaign to boycott weekend services, according to the Catholic Communications Office.

There was evidence, however, of sporadic support for the plea by Cork pensioner Jennifer Sleeman (81), from Clonakilty, Co Cork, for women to stay away from Mass in protest at their treatment by the church.

Ms Sleeman said people who did not want to miss Mass could still protest against women’s status as “second-class citizens” in the church by wearing green armbands, of which there were some sightings across the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Priests Removed From Two Allentown Diocese Churches

PENNSYLVANIA
WFMZ

Katie Shank | Web Producer

Officials with the Allentown Diocese announced Sunday that two priests have been removed from the ministry for sexual abuse.

The Diocese said Father Ulincy, with St. Paul Church in Reading, is no longer allowed to act publicly as a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

Two Priests Removed from Duties

PENNSYLVANIA
WNEP

Two priests in the Diocese of Allentown are relieved of their duties after charges of sexual abuse surface more than 20-years after the alleged crimes. Both priests served at parishes in Schuylkill County during their careers.

In a statement from the Diocese of Allentown, a review board found credible allegations of sexual abuse by Monsignor Bernard Flanagan and Father Andrew Ulincy.

Monsignor Flanagan, 54, is the pastor at Annunciation, Saint George and Our Lady of Mount Carmel churches in Shenandoah, and Saint Mary Magdalen church in Lost Creek. He has been a priest for 28 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Allentown Diocese removes 2 priests amid allegations of sexual abuse of minors

PENNSYLVANIA
Republican Herald

By Amanda Leigh Brozana (Staff Writer abrozana@republicanherald.com)
Published: September 26, 2010

Two Roman Catholic priests, both of whom served in several parishes in Schuylkill County over the past 30 years, have been removed from the ministry after an Allentown Diocesan Review Board found allegations of sexual abuse of minors to be credible.

The removal of Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, 54, who has been serving since 2006 as pastor at Annunciation BVM, St. George and Our Lady of Mount Carmel churches in Shenandoah and St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek, was announced at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass by The Most Rev. John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown.

Barres also announced the removal of the Rev. Andrew A. Ulincy, 74, at a 4 p.m. Saturday Mass at St. Paul Church, Reading, where he had been pastor since 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 PM

Women to the fore as priest urges inclusion

IRELAND
The Irish Times

ELAINE KEOGHANNE LUCEY and

DROGHEDA: WOMEN PLAYED a leading role in at least one Mass yesterday.

At the Augustinian Church in Drogheda, businesswoman and Senator Mary White was invited to speak to the congregation at 1.15pm Mass, while the Communion reflection was written by a young woman parishioner.

They took part at the instigation of Fr Iggy O’Donovan who told the congregation he could not ignore “the elephant in the room” – that it was “women’s boycott Sunday” – and he was welcoming all genders “as we try to be as inclusive as possible”.

He believed there is “nothing in our tradition that excludes women from the fullness of priestly ministry forever”. It was “appropriate that Senator White who is not only a strong advocate of the rights of our senior citizens but is moreover an avid supporter of the rights of women”, should speak, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Women's voices Dublin's Pro-Cathedral mass-goers give their views

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Five women give their view

YVONNE EGAN

Kilkenny city

I think it might do good if priests were allowed to marry, yes. I do think they should be allowed to and if women were allowed to become priests that could improve things, but I am sure there are better ways of protesting than missing Mass.

JILL MURRAY

Marino, Dublin

I think the protest and the boycott is a good idea. I think women are treated as second-class citizens by the church and I know all religions are patriarchal, but I think it’s important to stand up and demand change

CATHERINE WILEY

Castlebar, Co Mayo

I think it’s outrageous to suggest missing Mass. I don’t think you should ever, ever, ever miss Mass and it’s divisive and insulting to call on the faithful few to do so. To miss Mass would be like turning your back on Jesus Christ. The Church needs women more than ever now. Women are making progress and we will get more equality, but in our own good time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

'The boycott itself is irrelevant because the message is out'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE and LOUISE ROSEINGRAVE Clonakilty, Co Cork

PROTEST LEADER: THE 81-YEAR-OLD grandmother, who called on women to boycott Mass at the weekend in protest at the Catholic Church’s treatment of women, spent yesterday at her home with her family while also taking some time in private, praying for change within the Catholic Church.

In a campaign that became a major talking point in the church, Jennifer Sleeman from Clonakilty in West Cork called last August for a weekend boycott of Mass by women “to let the Vatican and the Irish church know that women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens.” Ms Sleeman, a convert to Catholicism from Presbyterianism 54 years ago, absented herself from Mass in Clonakilty yesterday.

She agreed to speak to The Irish Times from her home on Saturday night but said she would not do any media interviews yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Aggressive tone in dealing with scandalous allegations

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As Bishop Eddie Long vowed to fight allegations that he coerced four teen boys into sexual relationships, his wife, Vanessa Bishop Long, stood quietly by his side.

The "Tammy Wynette" model is a staple of crisis management for the rich and powerful, especially when facing allegations of a sexual nature. Otherwise, Long's aggressive riposte from the pulpit Sunday morning was notably atypical.

By going on offense, Long's remarks were somewhat reminiscent of then-President Bill Clinton's famous finger wag assuring the country he "did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." First lady Hillary Clinton stood by her man, she , claiming the president was the victim of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Lives of former Dubuquers intertwined in book

IOWA
Telegraph Herald

BY MARY NEVANS-PEDERSON TH STAFF WRITER

The lives of two former Dubuque women are intertwined in the new book "Benita: Prey for Him" -- one woman told her story and the other wrote about it.

Benita Kane Kirschbaum, 77, bares her soul in the publish-on-demand book, recounting her 20-year sexual and emotional entanglement with a Catholic priest, which started when she was a fatherless, 15-year-old school girl.

Intrigued by her long-kept secrets, her childhood friend and author Virginia Tranel offered to write about the trauma and its aftermath.

The result is a narrative based on interviews, letters, reports and long-repressed memories, with reconstructed scenes and dialogue "designed to capture the spirit of those events," Tranel explained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:07 PM

Il Papa riceve il presidente dello Ior "Attestazione di stima e di fiducia"

CITTA' DEL VATICANO
La Repubblica

Fonti della Santa Sede riferiscono di un "incontro al baciamano, davanti a molti testimoni", e lo definiscono "un modo per sottolineare pubblicamente la vicinanza e il sostegno del Pontefice". Gotti Tedeschi -insieme al direttore dello Io, Cipriani- è indagato dalla Procura di Roma per omissioni legate alla normativa anti-riciclaggio

CITTA' DEL VATICANO - Viene interpretato dai più in Vaticano come una "evidente attestazione di stima e fiducia" da parte del Papa per il presidente dello Ior Ettore Gotti Tedeschi 1, in questi giorni sotto inchiesta 2, il breve incontro che i due hanno avuto questa mattina. "L'incontro al baciamano, davanti a molti testimoni - osservano fonti riservate - è stato chiaramente un modo per sottolineare pubblicamente, a soli cinque giorni dalla notizia dell'indagine avviata dalla Procura di Roma, la vicinanza e il sostegno da parte del Pontefice all'economista e banchiere scelto pochi mesi fa per guidare l'Istituto Opere religiose 3 in un percorso di totale e irreversibile trasparenza".

Benedetto XVI ha ricevuto Gotti Tedeschi dopo la preghiera dell'Angelus a Castelgandolfo. L'economista era accompagnato dalla moglie e ha presentato al Pontefice il libro Denaro e paradiso. I cattolici e l'economia globale, da lui scritto con Rino Cammilleri con una prefazione del segratario di Stato, cardinale Tarcisio Bertone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:04 PM

IOR, da Pietro ai suoi successori

ITALIA
Le Repubblica

di Piergiorgio Odifreddi


L’ineffabile Benedetto XVI si è affrettato a testimoniare la sua fiducia a Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, presidente dello Ior e indagato dagli inizi della settimana per questioni di riciclaggio. E l’altrettanto ineffabile banchiere ha ricambiato il favore regalando al Papa il suo ultimo libro, intitolato Denaro e Paradiso (fiscale?). Chissà se i due si sono fatti una risata, o hanno preferito fare le corna e sperare che tutto si acquieti?

Certo i problemi finanziari della Chiesa hanno una venerabile storia, lunga quanto la sua. Come raccontano gli Atti degli Apostoli, risalgono infatti a uno dei primi “miracoli” di Pietro, quando il primo Papa fece cadere stecchiti i due coniugi Anania e Saffira, rei di non aver versato alla comunità l’intero ricavato della vendita di un loro podere, così che “un grande timore si diffuse in tutta la Chiesa e in quanti venivano a sapere queste cose”.

Un edificante episodio, questo, a proposito del quale l’Edizione Ufficiale C.E.I. ha da dire soltanto che “per la prima volta la comunità cristiana è chiamata Chiesa”. E non, invece, che esso rivela come fin dai primordi quella “comunità chiamata Chiesa” avesse incominciato a incamerare con la forza i beni dei Cristiani, inaugurando un business le cui modalità erano che “quanti possedevano campi o case li vendevano, portavano l’importo di ciò che era stato venduto, e lo deponevano ai piedi degli apostoli”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:58 PM

US pastor to fight sex allegations

UNITED STATES
BBC News

One of the most powerful independent church leaders in the US says he will fight allegations that he coerced young men into sexual relationships.

Four young men have filed lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bishop Long told a congregation that he was not a perfect man but he would fight the allegations against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Pope meets with head of under-fire Vatican bank: report

ROME
AFP

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI met Sunday with the head of the Vatican bank in a show of support for the banker despite Italian authorities investigating him as part of a money laundering probe, ANSA news agency reported.

The pope received bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi and his wife at his Castel Gandolfo residence outside Rome, the news agency said.

"It is an obvious sign of his respect and confidence. The meeting in front of numerous witnesses publicly demonstrated in a clear manner the pope's closeness and support to the banker chosen to lead the IOR towards complete transparency," ANSA quoted a Vatican source as saying.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Allentown Diocese removes two priests on sex abuse allegations

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

By Scott Kraus, OF THE MORNING CALL

4:33 p.m. EDT, September 26, 2010

The Diocese of Allentown has removed two priests from ministry activities after determining that both face credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back more than two decades.

In an official statement, the Diocese announced that it had removed the following two men from ministry:

Father Andrew A. Ulincy, 74, who had been pastor at St. Paul Church in Reading since 1997. Ulincy's other assignments included stints at Marian High School, Tamaqua; St. Joseph Church, Jim Thorpe; Assumption B.V.M. Church, Mahanoy City; SS. Simon and Jude Church, Bethlehem; St. Michael Church, Lansford; St. Joseph Church, Frackville; and Holy Rosary Church, Reading. The Diocesan Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor from 1981.

Monsignor Bernard Flanagan, 54, who had been pastor at Annunciation, St. George and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Churches in Shenandoah and St. Mary Magdalen Church, Lost Creek since 2006. Flanagan was ordained in 1982. In 28 years as a priest he has served at SS. Peter and Paul Church, Lehighton; St. Anne Church, Bethlehem; Reading Central Catholic High School; St. Jerome Church, Tamaqua; Nativity BVM High School, Pottsville; Mary Queen of Peace Church, Pottsville; and Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Allentown; before being assigned to Shenandoah. During his years in education, he was in residence at St. Paul Church and St. Catharine of Siena Church, Reading and St. Mary Church, St. Clair. The Diocesan Review Board found credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor dating back approximately 25 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Transcript of 8 a.m. sermon

LITHONIA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Staff reports
For the AJC

This is a transcript of Bishop Eddie Long's 8 a.m. sermon at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia on Sunday.

Good morning New Birth. And good morning to all our other guests.

And I would be remiss not to say good morning to the world.

You all may be seated in the presence of the Lord.

I do want to remind folk that we're here at 8 every Sunday morning. Every Sunday morning.

And I'll be here next week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Strong Reaction to Bishop Long's Sermon

LITHONIA (GA)
11 Alive

Lithonia, GA -- Parishioners and church visitors had strong reactions to Bishop Eddie Long's first public comments since he was accused of sexual abuse by four young men in civil lawsuits filed last week.

Many church members voiced their support for Bishop Long after Sunday's early morning service, which drew national media attention.

"It was amazing," said member Anne Wilkerson. "It just brought chills over my body. He made it clear that this thing is not him." ...

"He seemed like he avoided the subject," said another man who attended the early service. "He said what he wanted to say and what he wanted to get out there. I don't think he said anything."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Ga. megachurch pastor pledges to fight accusations

LITHONIA (GA)
The Associated Press

By ERRIN HAINES (AP)

LITHONIA, Ga. — The famed pastor of a Georgia megachurch said Sunday that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships, stressing that he'd be back to lead the church the next week.

Addressing a New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sanctuary packed with thousands, Bishop Eddie Long neither discussed specifics of the lawsuits filed against him nor flatly denied the accusations. But he drew thunderous applause when he addressed his flock publicly for the first time since the first lawsuits were filed several days ago. ...

About 100 people waited at the doors of the church more than an hour before the first service. Some held signs of support, while others prayed for their embattled leader. A small group sang the hymn "White as Snow" while outside.

Members in their seats clapped and swayed as the service began around 8 a.m., with several people with microphones singing on stage. Later in the service, hundreds began dancing and chanting, "Jesus, Jesus." A small group of young people held Apple iPads high over their heads, with the screens scrolling white letters against a black background reading, "It's time to praise him."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Bishop Eddie Long launches fightback against sex claims

LITHONIA (GA)
Guardian (United Kingdom)

Andrew Clark in New York
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 26 September 2010

The scandal-tainted pastor of a vast Atlanta megachurch was cheered to the rafters by a 10,000-strong congregation today as he took to the pulpit with a vow to fight accusations that he took sexual advantage of four teenage men in his flock.

Bishop Eddie Long, a vigorous advocate of sexual abstinence who once described homosexuality as a "spiritual abortion", leads one of America's largest and most powerful black churches, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia.

Renowned for his expensive lifestyle and celebrity connections, Long this week faced lawsuits claiming that he lured young men into sexual relationships with cash, jewellery and electronics at a youth academy billed as a "rite of passage" for males. Mobile phone photos have surfaced, allegedly sent by Long to the young men, which depict the 57-year-old pastor posing in front of a bathroom mirror in tight-fitting muscle shirts and cycling shorts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Bishop Eddie Long invokes scripture in remarks on lawsuits

LITHONIA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Gracie Bonds Staples
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Speaking to his congregation Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long likened his fight against sex allegations to David and Goliath, saying, "I have five rocks, and I haven't thrown one yet."

Here's a look other scriptural references he made, all from King James Bible:

Psalm 34:19: “Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but Lord delivereth him out of them all.”

Psalms 23:4-6: "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and they staff comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

The Pope’s visit to Britain

MALTA
Times of Malta

Louis Cilia

The Pope’s historic four-day visit to Britain came to an end last Sunday. Against all expectations, it was a success as he attracted large and eager crowds wherever he went. The size and enthusiasm of the throngs gathered to acclaim him and hear his words in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and finally Birmingham appeared to astonish everyone; even the Pope’s many detractors who had eagerly looked forward to a PR disaster for the Church as it stumbled from one debacle to another were surprised.

The sex abuse scandals by Catholic priests in many countries, including the Church’s very heartlands, have had devastating effects. The Church’s former unique moral standing worldwide has been shaken to its very foundations and to such an extent that it will take many years before it can reclaim it again. To do so it needs to reform itself root and branch.

For the immediate future there are a number of questions that need to be asked and answered. The most pressing are: Will vocations continue to shrink? Will Church membership keep on declining? Will the expected fall in Church revenue as a result of a substantial drop in Mass attendances, widespread disenchantment with the Church and general disinterest in its activities bring about an unparalleled organisational and institutional crisis which will further impede the Church from effectively carrying out its worldwide mission with consequent negative results on its many religious, educational and social interests?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Boycott fails to dent Mass numbers

IRELAND
The Irish Times

KITTY HOLLAND

Numbers attending Mass held steady today, and in some places were up on recent weeks, despite a call for a boycott, according to priests and bishops who spoke to The Irish Times .

Catholics were urged not to go to Mass today by Jennifer Sleeman (81), from Clonakilty, Co Cork, in protest at the Church's treatment of women.

Ms Sleeman said she wanted to let the Vatican and the Irish church know "women are tired of being treated as second-class citizens" and she called on the Catholic women of Ireland to "join your sisters on Sunday, September 26th. On that one day, boycott Mass. Stay at home and pray for change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:27 PM

Opinion: French Catholic Church relatively untouched by pedophile scandal

FRANCE
Digital Journal

Michael Cosgrove

Many countries have had to come to terms with major scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and their subsequent cover-up by the Church, but that has not been the case for France.

America, Italy, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Belgium and many others, the list of countries whose Catholic Churches have seen their reputations reduced to tatters by pedophile practices – often on an almost institutional scale – is long and painful to read. Most of those countries have also witnessed greater or lesser amounts of Church as well as tacit state protection being offered to those priests involved.

Most of the major details concerning the extent and nature of pedophilia within the Catholic Church in the countries concerned are well-known and don’t need to be listed here. Suffice it to say that many thousands of priests have been involved over many years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Pedophile issues 'known 19 years ago'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Rory Callinan From: The Australian September 27, 2010

THE former head of a Catholic order knew there were issues with an alleged pedophile priest in 1991.

The church leader had discussed him receiving therapy, according to an official letter obtained by The Australian.

The correspondence sheds new light on who knew about the abuse and how it was dealt with and whether those involved suffered any consequence as a result.

Former priest Peter Chalk remained a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart order from 1987 to the mid-1990s in Japan, despite him facing allegations he had abused children in Melbourne in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

Bishop Eddie Long scandal sermon: “This thing, I’m gonna fight.”

LITHONIA (GA)
Orlando Sentinel

A spirited Eddie Long, pastor of the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, today addressed the scandal that has resulted from allegations that he coerced four young men into sex.

Long, a 57-year-old married father of four, said he would fight the allegations at the 8 a.m. service at the packed church, which seats about 8,000, in a sermon on the theme “How to handle painful and difficult situations.”

The sermon was broadcast via several live streams, including those on Atlanta NBC affiliate 11Alive.com and BET.com.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Georgia pastor vows to fight sex allegations

LITHONIA (GA)
CNN

Georgia pastor Eddie Long took to the pulpit to tell his side of the story on Sunday, days after four lawsuits were filed claiming he coerced young males into sexual relationships.

Speaking to the massive congregation packed into the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church for an 8 a.m. service, Long said that "this is probably the most difficult time" of his entire life, but he intends to fight the allegations against him.

He said his first responsibility was his family, and the members of his Atlanta-area church. However, he added that he would be "remiss" not to address "the world."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:41 AM

Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long to Fight Accusations

LITHONIA (GA)
ABC News

[with video]

By KEVIN DOLAK
Sept. 26, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of a megachurch in Georgia who has been accused of luring several boys into sexual relationships, defended himself to a congregation on Sunday.

After thanking his supporters and acknowledging his responsibility to his family in his sermon, Long addressed the controversy.

"There have been allegations and attacks made on me. I have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. But I am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. That's not me."

"I am not gonna try this case in the media, it will be tried in the court of justice," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:28 AM

Bishop Eddie Long: ‘This thing I'm going to fight'

LITHONIA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Craig Schneider and Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long faced his congregation and the media this morning for 20 minutes to address allegations he took advantage, sexually, of young men who at the time were looking to the preacher for friendship and guidance. Below is a live, minute-by-minute report by AJC reporters and photographers at the church. See photos here. Read the full AP story here.

10:08 a.m. Bishop Eddie Long's press conference was brief. He did not take questions. His wife was at his side. Here's what he did say: "On the advice of counsel, I am not going to address the allegations and the attacks. I want this to be dealt with in the court of justice not the court of public opinion. I am going to fight. Fight very vigorously. Things New Birth has stood for … we will continue to do."

10:07 a.m. Bishop Eddie Long at the podium addressing the media. Reiterates that he will fight the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Bishop Eddie Long Denies 'False Allegations,' Plans To Address Church

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

(RNS) Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long has decried the "false allegations" lodged against him by three young men who filed suit over alleged sexual misconduct.

"The charges against me and New Birth are false," said Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., in a Thursday (Sept. 23) statement. "I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply."

Long said he could not elaborate, on the advice of his lawyers, but would address his congregation on Sunday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Georgia pastor willl fight allegations

LITHONIA (GA)
Los Angeles Times

From CNN

September 26, 2010

Georgia pastor Eddie Long, accused of coercing young males into sexual relationships, told his congregation Sunday that "this is probably the most difficult time" of his entire life, but that he intends to fight the allegations against him.

He said his first responsibility was his family, and the some 25,000 members of the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. However, he joked that he would be "remiss" not to address "the world."

"I've been accused, I'm under attack. I want you to know, as I said earlier, that I am not a perfect man," he said. "But this thing, I'm going to fight."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Long: "I've Been Accused. I'm Under Attack"

LITHONIA (GA)
WSB

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Famed mega-church pastor Eddie Long ended his silence in the wake of sexual abuse claims, in which several young men accused him of using his position and power to coerce them into sex.

Long said he realized that many have been waiting for him to speak, but he first needed to address his family and his church family. He addressed the congregation of New Birth Missionary Church at the Sunday 8 a.m. service.

He said he felt like he was under attack, like David against Goliath. "This thing, I'm gonna fight," said Long. "I feel like David against Goliath. I've got 5 rocks, I haven't thrown one yet."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:44 AM

Ga. megachurch pastor pledges to fight accusations

LITHONIA (GA)
The Associated Press

By ERRIN HAINES (AP)

LITHONIA, Ga. — The pastor of a Georgia megachurch says that he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships and that he is not the man being portrayed in the media.

Bishop Eddie Long told a congregation of thousands on Sunday that he has been accused and is under attack. He says "I am not a perfect man, but this thing I'm going to fight."

His statement was met by loud cheers and applause.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Misbruikslachtoffers Italië betogen

ITALIE
NOS (Nederland)

In Verona in Italië zijn slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door priesters voor het eerst bij elkaar gekomen. Het onderwerp ligt in Italië gevoelig en weinig mensen durven met hun verhaal naar buiten te komen.

Slechts enkele tientallen gevallen zijn in de openbaarheid gekomen. In Verona riep een handvol slachtoffers op het misbruik te beschouwen als een misdaad tegen de menselijkheid. Nu ontlopen veel pedofielen in Italië hun straf omdat het misbruik na tien jaar verjaard is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Justitie krijgt 52 nieuwe klachten van misbruik

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

26 september 2010

Justitie kreeg de voorbije twee weken 52 nieuwe meldingen binnen van slachtoffers die seksueel misbruikt zijn door een geestelijke.

Sinds Peter Adriaenssens zijn choquerende eindrapport van de commissie-Adriaenssens voorstelde, twee weken geleden, regent het bij Justitie opnieuw klachten over seksueel misbruik. De commissie zelf bestaat intussen niet meer, maar het rapport heeft blijkbaar nog heel wat slachtoffers over de drempel kunnen halen om met hun verhaal naar buiten te komen. Bovendien drongen de voorbije weken zowel minister van Justitie Stefaan De Clerck (CD&V) als de Doornikse bisschop Guy Harpigny er bij de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik op aan om met hun klachten bij Justitie te gaan aankloppen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Bishop Eddie Long | Long addressing congregation

LITHONIA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Craig Schneider and Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long is facing his congregation and the media this morning to address allegations he took advantage, sexually, of young men who at the time were looking to the preacher for friendship and guidance. Below is a live, minute-by-minute report by AJC reporters and photographers at the church. See photos here.

9:11 a.m. This is also live on Channel 2 Action News TV and web cast from New Birth.

9:10 a.m. More from Long: "This is difficult for everybody. This is probably the most diffucilt time in my life. Want to talk to you about how to handle painful and difficult situations. And start with scripture from Psalms 34:19. Y'all did know I was going to use my Bible today. I was just going to take a few moments. But I gotta talk to my family." Long reads: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord dilevers him out of all of them. Above all this church, the church of the living God and all that is precious and holy at this moment."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Ga. megachurch pastor: 'I'll be here next week'

LITHONIA (GA)
Washington Post

By ERRIN HAINES
The Associated Press
Sunday, September 26, 2010; 9:10 AM

LITHONIA, Ga. -- The pastor of a Georgia megachurch accused of luring young men into sexual relationships says "I'll be here next week" for church services.

Bishop Eddie Long told a congregation of thousands Sunday that services were held at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church each week, and that he planned to preside the next week.

Long says he realized people had been waiting on him to speak since four young men filed lawsuits accusing him of luring them into the relationships with gifts and travel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

‘PAUS HOORDE WELKE IMPACT SEKSUEEL MISBRUIK HAD OP LEVEN VAN SLACHTOFFERS’

LONDEN
KerkNet

LONDEN (KerkNet) – “Paus Benedictus XVI hoorde tijdens zijn ontmoeting met slachtoffers van misbruik wat zij meemaakten en welke impact dit had op hun leven. Hij bedankte onze commissie voor de organisatie van dat gesprek en hij sprak zijn waardering uit voor onze inzet.” Dat zegt Bill Kilgallon, voorzitter van de National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC). Kilgallon was vorige week aanwezig op de ontmoeting van de paus in St Peter’s Residence (Vauxhall, Londen) met verantwoordelijken voor de strijd tegen misbruik in de katholieke Kerk. De paus had kort daarvoor gesproken met slachtoffers van misbruik. “Benedictus XVI was heel sterk geïnteresseerd in onze basisprincipes: onafhankelijkheid in elk stadium, de nood aan professionele expertise en de noodzaak van een nauwe samenwerking met justitie en de welzijnssector. Hij was bijzonder lovend over ons werk.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Bishop Eddie Long Teen Sex Abuse Scandal ...

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

U.S. group lines up in support of church mass boycott

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Sunday, September 26, 2010

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition in the US has called for support for the boycott of all Sunday masses in Ireland.

The group said it was taking the stance “because the boycott is rooted in a response to the sexual abuse scandal and justice for women."

Coalition chairwoman Kristine Ward said this Sunday presented “an opportunity for Catholics in a quiet, private absence from their pew in their Catholic parish to open a slit for the piercing of the darkness. No rabble rousing is needed only silence . . . Out of the void, God created.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

'Pope for hire' row as rich pay millions and then get to meet him

UNITED KINGDOM
Mail

By Jonathan Petre
Last updated at 10:57 PM on 25th September 2010

The Pope’s visit to Britain came under fresh scrutiny last night after it was revealed that multi-millionaires funded a significant proportion of the trip and were granted a coveted private audience with the Pontiff.

Insiders said the bulk of the £6.5 million raised so far by the Catholic Church to finance the visit came from businessmen including JCB boss Sir Anthony Bamford.

During the four-day visit, many of the donors met Benedict XVI at a series of gatherings, one of which took place just before Mass at Westminster Cathedral.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

REPORT THAT ATLANTA MEGA CHURCH MINISTER ...

ATLANTA (GA)
Sky Valley Chronicle

(NATIONAL) -- A new report out of Atlanta says megachurch pastor Eddie Long, now under fire in a sex scandal, was mentored as a young preacher by another Atlanta minister with a sordid past.

WSB radio in Atlanta reports that the Trinity Foundation, a watchdog organization which monitors clergymen like Long, says the late “Bishop” Earl Paulk mentored Long as a young pastor.

When WSB Radio asked Ole Anthony of the foundation about Eddie Long and the three lawsuits filed by three former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Anthony said he was shocked but added, "But his mentor was Earl Paulk."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Italian priest abuse victims hold first public meeting

ITALY
BBC News

Victims of child abuse by Catholic priests in Italy have gathered in Verona, and called for such abuse to be made a crime against humanity.

Dozens of victims and their families went to the public meeting, the first of its kind in Italy.

Organiser Salvatore Damolo, a former victim and an ex-priest, said the aim was to give victims a platform to talk about their experiences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Priest accuser sues Catholic Church as lawyers blame abuse for ruined life

SCOTLAND
Daily Record

Sep 26 2010 Exclusive by Marion Scott

A MAN claiming to have been raped by a priest is to sue the Catholic Church for counselling in a landmark legal action.

Christopher Williams claims he was abused over a period of five years in the 1990s between the ages of eight and 13 by the churchman, who has since died.

He is now suing the church but claims he does not want compensation – only counselling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Bishops Appeal Against Boycott

IRELAND
98 FM

Catholic Bishops are appealing to people across the country not to boycott mass this morning.

It follows a call from Cork woman Jennifer Sleeman, who said she wants to let the Vatican and the Irish church know that women are tired of being treated as “second-class citizens”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Sex allegations roil black church community

GEORGIA
Washington Post

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Krissah Thompson
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bishop Eddie L. Long built a religious empire just outside Atlanta by preaching a blend of the Gospel mixing faith, politics and finance - wrapped up in a flashy style - that propelled him to the pinnacle of the movement of large, independent African American mega-churches across the nation.

Now, after he was slapped with four lawsuits last week alleging he used his position to coerce young male members of his flock into sex acts, Long's future as a towering figure in the one of the country's most accomplished black communities and beyond is in question. On Sunday, Long is expected to take to the pulpit of his sprawling Lithonia church and address his 25,000-member congregation.

Many thousands more will be listening, and some are even flying to witness the event. The allegations have been a hot topic on black radio and Web sites since they came to light Tuesday, and black preachers across the country will continue the conversation from their pulpits Sunday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Vatican Finances Aboveboard, Affirms Aide

VATICAN CITY
Zenit

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 23, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Current media attention on the Vatican's Institute for the Works of Religion is rooted in a misunderstanding that "could have been clarified with great simplicity," according to a Vatican spokesman.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, affirmed this in a statement today published by the Financial Times.

The issue was first reported Tuesday, when the Vatican Secretariat of State announced its perplexity that Italian finance authorities seized some €23 million ($30 million) of Vatican funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

DNA paternity test clears Paraguay leader Fernando Lugo

PARAGUAY
BBC News

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo did not father a child with a woman who is suing him in a paternity case, DNA results have shown.

Mr Lugo's lawyers said the child's mother, Hortensia Moran, now had "less and less credibility".

The paternity case came after Mr Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, shocked Paraguay last year when he acknowledged another child as his son.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Archbishop Chaput Whacks Media in Speech, Defends His NYT Boycott

DENVER (CO)
Mediaite

by Michael Triplett

The last place you’d expect a healthy rumble between the media and a high profile critic is at a meeting of religion journalists. But a speech by high-profile Catholic Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver at the Religion Newswriters Association meeting on his home turf turned into an opportunity for Chaput to air his grievances with the press and journalists–especially the New York Times’ Laurie Goodstein–who challenge Chaput on how he treats the media.

Chaput, who has become one of the most visible spokesmen for the Catholic Church in the U.S, alleged a “seeming collusion—or at least an active sympathy—between some media organizations and journalists, and political and sexual agendas hostile to traditional Christian beliefs.”

He suggested that journalists were hostile to traditional Christians and Christianity while being overly sympathetic and respectful to Muslims. In addition, he accused journalists of being unwilling to admit their mistakes and examine missteps in how they cover the news.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Victims of paedophile clerics gather

ITALY
IOL

Verona - Italian victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy are appealing to declare such abuse a crime against humanity.

They launched the appeal on Saturday during the first ever public gathering of victims of clerical abuse in Italy.

Organiser Salvatore Domolo, a former victim and ex-priest, says they are looking abroad for solidarity because justice for paedophile victims is hard to come by in Italy because its statute of limitations of 10 years

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

CNN Anchor Don Lemon’s On-Air Revelation

UNITED STATES
TV Newser

By Chris Ariens on September 25, 2010

CNN anchor Don Lemon made a very personal admission in the most public of ways — during his live newscast. Lemon was discussing the sexual abuse cases against Bishop Eddie Long with three members of Long’s church who continue to support him.

Lemon had just played a soundbite from the lawyer of one of Long’s accusers about how the bishop allegedly got close to one of the young men in his church.

Let me tell you what got my attention about this and I have never admitted this on television. I’m a victim of a pedophile when I was a kid. Someone who was much older than me.

Lemon’s admission led to an audible gasp from one of his guests. “I’ve never admitted that on television and I never told my mom until I was 30 years old,” Lemon said later in the segment. “Especially African-American men don’t want to talk about those things.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Bishop Eddie Long scandal: Spokesperson for Georgia Pastor says he will not step down

ATLANTA (GA)
Prime Writer News Network

Spokesperson for Bishop Eddie Long, the Georgia Pastor embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal, says Eddie Long will not step down from ministry during tomorrow’s announcement. Bishop Eddie Long will speak to his congregation tomorrow between the 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. News crews will be there, but their cameras will be turned off. The service will not stream live during the announcement as well.

Art Franklin, Bishop Eddie Long’s spokesperson said that rumors circulating that Bishop Eddie Long would announce he was stepping down is nothing more than a rumor. He said that Bishop Eddie Long will remain senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Pa. diocese seeks to block suit by teenage girl's parents

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

Associated Press

READING - An eastern Pennsylvania diocese wants a judge to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect a teenager allegedly impregnated by a priest who was a chaplain at her high school.

Last month, the girl's parents filed the lawsuit claiming the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito carried on a sexual relationship with the girl while he was the chaplain of Reading Central Catholic High School and she was a senior there.

The relationship became public after the parents captured the couple on a video camera secretly set up in the parents' basement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

September 25, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long statement to congregation to stream live

GEORGIA
Examiner

Bishop Eddie Long is scheduled to address his congregation on Sunday, September 26th at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. regarding the claims of sexual coercion against him by four young men. The statements will be streamed live by local media such as CNN, www.myfoxatlanta.com, www.wsbtv.com and www.11alive.com.

There have been conflicting reports about whether or not he would step down from his position. CNN political analyst Roland S. Martin has stated that he should step down from his positon for the sake of the church, his family and himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

School deelt mogelijk seksueel misbruik mee

BELGIE
De Standaard

HOOGSTRATEN -

School deelt mogelijk seksueel misbruik mee

De ouders van de leerlingen in het Klein Seminarie van Hoogstraten hebben een brief gekregen over mogelijk seksueel misbruik in de school enkele decennia geleden.

Aanleiding is een klacht tegen een pater en leerkracht die vroeger deel uitmaakte van het personeel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

School deelt mogelijk seksueel misbruik mee

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

zaterdag 25 september 2010

HOOGSTRATEN - De ouders van de leerlingen die les volgen in het Klein Seminarie hebben deze week een brief gekregen over mogelijk seksueel misbruik in de school enkele decennia geleden. Aanleiding is een klacht die vorige week werd ingediend tegen een pater en leerkracht die vroeger deel uitmaakte van het personeel. ‘De feiten zouden dateren van eind jaren '50 en begin jaren '60', zegt directeur Michel De Laet. ‘Ze staan los van de huidige schoolwerking, maar samen met het bisdom hebben we preventieve maatregelen genomen. De vermeende dader heeft geen toegang tot de school, in afwachting van het onderzoek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Klein Seminarie waarschuwt voor mogelijk seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

De school Klein Seminarie in Hoogstraten heeft een brief rondgestuurd waarin gewaarschuwd wordt voor mogelijk seksueel misbruik door een leerkracht. Het gaat om feiten van de jaren 50 en 60.

Een pater, die nu hoogbejaard is, zou leerlingen in het internaat misbruikt hebben. Door de recente schandalen rond seksueel misbruik komen de verhalen opnieuw boven. De school heeft leerlingen intussen een brief gestuurd over de mogelijke feiten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Civil rights leader Julian Bond speaks out on Eddie Long same-sex scandal

GEORGIA
The Georgia Voice

by Dyana Bagby
Saturday, 25 September 2010

Julian Bond, civil rights leader and former chair of the NAACP as well as an outspoken advocate for equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, said today that if the allegations against Bishop Eddie Long of sexual coercion made by four young men are true, it will be a "sad victory for gay rights."

In 2006, Bond refused to attend the funeral of his friend Coretta Scott King because it was held at Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, one of the largest black churches in the nation boasting some 25,000 members.

"I knew she was a big defender of gay rights. I knew that Bishop Long was a raving homophobe and I knew she was twisting in her grave if she were buried there and I'd be twisting in my grave eventually if I went to the funeral there, so I stayed away," he said today at Atlanta's Hyatt Regency.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Two pastors calling on the Vatican to stop Cleveland church closings

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Two high-profile Cleveland clerics are calling on the Vatican to stop Bishop Richard Lennon from what they see as his destruction of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese by a sweeping, reckless closing of churches, mostly in the inner city.

The Rev. Robert Begin, a Catholic priest, and the Rev. Kenneth Chalker, a Methodist minister, have sent letters to Archbishop Pietro Sambi in Washington, D.C., who represents the Vatican in the United States.

"It is becoming more and more difficult for many parishioners and leaders alike to remain 'Catholic' in our diocese," Begin wrote. "I believe the situation merits an apostolic visitor to conduct an objective inquiry into what is occurring."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Italian victims of pedophilic clerics gather

ITALY
The Associated Press

By COLLEEN BARRY (AP)

VERONA, Italy — Italian victims of pedophilic clergy want such sexual abuse declared a crime against humanity, and they launched an international appeal on Saturday during the first public gathering of such victims in Italy.

Organizer Salvatore Domolo, a former victim and an ex-priest, said the group is looking abroad for solidarity because justice for pedophile victims is hard to come by in Italy with a statue of limitations of 10 years.

"Here there is no hope. By the time a victim arrives at the awareness of having been a victim, legal intervention is not possible," Domolo said in a country that has long been reluctant to confront the Vatican in its own backyard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Priest, son held for harassing inmates

INDIA
IBN

Tuticorin (TN),Sept25(PTI) A priest, running a children''s home, and his son were today arrested for allegedly sexually harassing girl inmates in the age group of 10 to 15 years at Maninagar in Tuticorin district, police said. The sexual harassment came to light after a 14-year-old girl from Dharmapuri complained to her parents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Eddie Long, Baptist megachurch bishop, used academy to learn intimate details of teen boys: lawy

UNITED STATES
New York Daily News

BY Sean Alfano
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Saturday, September 25th 2010

A revered, anti-gay marriage Baptist pastor accused of having an appetite for sex with teen men used his megachurch's academy to seduce his alleged victims, according to a new report.

Four men have lawsuits pending against Long alleging sexual abuse by the bishop of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta.

At the LongFellows Youth Academy, Long put the boys through grueling physical workouts and drilled them on being financially and sexually responsible adults, instructing them how to calculate interest rates and making them take vows of sexual purity, The Associated Press reported.

Sex Scandal Threatens a Georgia Pastor’s Empire

LITHONIA (GA)
The New York Times

By JAMES C. McKINLEY and ROBBIE BROWN
Published: September 25, 2010

LITHONIA, Ga. — Over the last two decades, Bishop Eddie L. Long has built a religious and financial empire from scratch, transforming a small, faltering church into a modern cathedral with one of the largest and most influential congregations in the country.

Today, Bishop Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church includes a multimillion-dollar network of charities and businesses, a private school and the Samson’s Health and Fitness Center, where he holds court and pumps iron with young people.

His message that God wants people to prosper has attracted celebrities, professional athletes and socialites, swelling the membership to 25,000. The church hosted four United States presidents for the funeral of Coretta Scott King in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Some churches like Ga. pastor’s thin on safeguards

UNITED STATES
WRAL

By TOM BREEN, Associated Press Writers

The 2006 scandal that ousted one of America’s most prominent preachers forced independent charismatic and evangelical churches to consider how to keep a closer eye on their leaders, an issue raised again this week with lawsuits accusing another megachurch pastor of misconduct.

It’s too early to say whether the sex allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, the famed pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, will spur the kind of soul-searching that followed the downfall of the Rev. Ted Haggard in Colorado.

Regardless, pastors and experts say the Long case demonstrates how vulnerable the country’s independent churches still are to being damaged by the misbehavior — sexual, financial or otherwise — of leaders whose considerable influence often comes with temptation and little accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

52 nieuwe gevallen seksueel misbruik kerk België

BELGIE
de Volkskrant

BRUSSEL - De afgelopen weken hebben zich in België tientallen nieuwe slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk gemeld. Justitie bevestigde zaterdag 52 klachten te hebben ontvangen. Een deel van de gevallen betreft ook misbruik door familieleden, meldden Vlaamse media.

De slachtoffers meldden zich na 10 september, toen een commissie haar eindrapport presenteerde over tientallen jaren seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. De commissie ontving de maanden daarvoor 475 klachten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

'Ook misbruik op Belgische prinsenschool'

BELGIE
NOS

In België hebben zich de laatste twee weken nog eens 52 slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik bij justitie gemeld. Ze zeggen dat ze zijn misbruikt binnen de kerk of binnen hun familie.

Twee weken geleden presenteerde de commissie-Adriaenssens haar rapport over seksueel misbruik in de kerk. De commissie had 475 klachten ontvangen.

'Prinsenschool'
Een van de nieuwe gevallen speelde op de abdijschool van Zevenkerken bij Brugge. Daarop zaten de prinsen Filip en Laurent en veel andere kinderen van de Belgische adel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:55 PM

Kindermisbruik in prinsenschool

BELGIE
De Standaard

zaterdag 25 september 2010

Auteur: STEVEN DE BOCK

Zelfs op de meest elitaire school van ons land werden er kinderen misbruikt. Terwijl ook prins Filip en zijn broer Laurent er school liepen, samen met een groot deel van de Belgische ‘upper class', was er een pedofiel actief in de abdijschool van Zevenkerken.
– ‘Opvoeder D, ik heb een beetje hoofdpijn.'

– ‘Geen probleem jongen, doe uw broek dan maar al uit.'

In de prestigieuze abdijschool van Zevenkerken, bij Brugge, waren grapjes als dit in de jaren tachtig schering en inslag onder de leerlingen. Voor Jef D. moest je oppassen, want die kon zijn handen niet thuishouden. Het was algemeen bekend. Er werd over gegrapt en geroddeld. Iedereen wist wie ‘de lievelingetjes van Jef D.' waren. Maar daar bleef het bij. Niemand greep in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:53 PM

Belgische prinsen op misbruikschool

BELGIE
Spits

In België is een nieuw geval van kindermisbruik aan het licht gekomen in de abdijschool van Zevenkerken bij Brugge. Op deze school, die een uitstekende reputatie heeft, zaten de prinsen Filip en Laurent. Een oud-leerling zegt dat hij in de jaren tachtig vier jaar lang werd misbruikt door een voormalige opvoeder van de school.

De afgelopen weken hebben zich in België tientallen nieuwe slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk gemeld. Justitie bevestigde zaterdag 52 klachten te hebben ontvangen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Bishop Eddie Long must step down

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

By Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor
September 25, 2010

Editor's note: Roland S. Martin, a CNN political analyst, is a syndicated columnist and author of "Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith," and "The First: President Barack Obama's Road to the White House." He is a commentator for TV One Cable Network and host of a Sunday morning news show.

(CNN) -- The power of any pastor over his or her parishioners is derived from their "calling" to minister the Gospel from God, or as some call it, the anointing by the Holy Spirit. But the role of a pastor -- the Bible speaks to being a shepherd of a flock -- also comes from the belief that it is their moral standing as the earthly representative of God to lead their congregations spiritually.

If you read the writings of Paul in 1 Timothy 3 (New International Version), he offers the following instructions: "Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church)...He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap."

As we witness the salacious and troubling sex allegations leveled this week against Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie L. Long, it is clear that many are confused to hear four young men come forward and allege that the man of the cloth, the husband and father, sexually coerced them and used the power of his prophetic position to engage in sex with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Vittime dei preti pedofili al raduno di Verona

ITALIA
Leggilo

Le vittime dei preti pedofili, che per la prima volta si stanno riunendo in questa giornata a Verona, in una conferenza stampa chiedono alla comunita’ internazionale il riconoscimento della pedofila clericale come ”crimine contro l’umanita’”.

La pedofilia clericale ”crimine contro l’umanita’”. Nessun dialogo con la chiesa che parla di ”piano di dio” e non vuole riconosce la sua ”complicita’ attiva”. La pedofilia e’ insita nella chiesa per il suo dominio sulle persone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

"Io, abusata da un prete a 11 anni vi racconto una vita di vergogna"

ITALIA
La Repubblica

Storia di Laura, una delle vittime italiane. Oggi il primo raduno a Verona . "Ogni scusa era buona per restare solo con me e attirarmi in casa sua, sopra la sacrestia. Io ero debole e non capivo. Non c'è risarcimento per qualcosa che ti impedisce di essere te stesso e ti fa perdere la fiducia"

di VERA SCHIAVAZZI

ROMA - "Erano giovani, belli, intelligenti, puliti. Molti li ho ritrovati su Facebook, sono rimasta annichilita nel sapere che erano ancora in contatto con quel prete. Soprattutto se penso a quello che hanno subito, più grave e pesante ancora di quel che è toccato a me, forse perché ero una bambina e loro dei maschietti. Gli abusi e le violenze che abbiamo patito hanno cambiato per sempre la nostra vita, non c'è risarcimento per qualcosa che ti impedisce di essere te stesso, ti fa perdere la fiducia, stravolge per sempre la tua vita amorosa".

Laura M. ha 35 anni, un compagno, un lavoro da insegnante in un piccolo centro del nordest. Insieme a quello di molti altri sconosciuti che hanno risposto all'appello il suo sarà uno dei racconti che oggi a Verona vorrebbe cambiare la storia italiana delle vittime della pedofilia nelle chiese, nei seminari, nei collegi. Quelle vittime di preti pedofili che - secondo il gruppo 'La colpà (infolacolpa. it) che ha organizzato l'incontro al Palazzo della Gran Guardia, scegliendo non per caso uno dei luoghi più visibili della città - in Italia fanno ancora così fatica a denunciare gli abusi subiti, a essere creduti, a ottenere giustizia. Il racconto di Laura è arrivato prima con una timida mail: "Gentili signori, ho visto il vostro annuncio su Internet.

Non so se il mio caso vi può interessare perché non mi sono mai rivolta alla polizia e ancora oggi non ho il coraggio di svergognare quel prete, che sia pure molto anziano è ancora presente nella sua comunità". Dall'altra parte, la donna ha trovato incoraggiamento e comprensione: "È capitato anche a noi, a volte si convive tutta la vita col peso di un'ingiusta vergogna".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

A VERONA IL PRIMO INCONTRO ITALIANO DELLE VITTIME DEI PRETI PEDOFILI

ITALIA
CNR Media

A Verona le vittime italiane dei preti pedofili si ritrovano nel primo incontro pubblico dell'associazione "La Colpa". A denunciare gli abusi subiti, molte delle oltre 70 vittime di preti ed educatori dell'Istututo per sordomuti Provolo, ma anche persone provenienti da tutta Italia.

Le vittime italiane dei preti pedofili per la prima volta si ritrovano a Verona nel primo incontro pubblico de "La Colpa". A denunciare gli abusi subiti molte delle oltre 70 vittime di preti ed educatori dell'Istututo per sordomuti Provolo di Verona. Il collegio, gestito da religiosi, dagli anni '50 almeno fino alla fine degli anno '80 è stato teatro di abusi e violenze di ogni tipo su bambini e bambine. Una spirale di violenza che ha toccato anche la curia veronese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Italian church abuse victims want clerical abuse declared a crime against humanity

ITALY
Winnipeg Free Press

VERONA, Italy - Italian victims are seeking to have abuse carried out by Catholic priests declared a crime against humanity.

They launched the appeal Saturday during the first public gathering of Italian clerical abuse victims ever in a country reluctant to confront the Vatican in its own backyard on any issue.

Organizer Salvatore Domolo, a victim and ex-priest, says campaigners are looking abroad for solidarity because justice is hard for pedophile victims to come by in Italy, which has a statute of limitations of 10 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Faith, BLESSED NEWMAN, prayers...

UNITED STATES
Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler

Benedict XVI Ratzinger, God’s Rottweiler is barking and mauling people’s minds again – by doing what he does best – that is pointing attention away from his own personal guilt and personal crime and the Vatican’s own accountability – by laying the blame on the Devil -- and by putting the entire burden upon Christ suffering on the Cross. In Rome at the spectacular closing ceremony for the Year for Priests, he blamed all the sins of pedophile priests on the Devil. See Benedict XVI and Eve: affiliation with the Devil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

Is the Vatican Bank morally bankrupt?

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

I must say, the Vatican Bank has a rather shady history — and it's making headlines yet again.

Catholic author and journalist Michael Brown of SpiritDaily.com sums it up nicely (excerpted):

Upon his return [from England], the pope was met by what may or may not turn out to be another scandal — an investigation by Italian authorities of the Vatican bank's chief and the impounding of $30 million of Vatican assets.

It is too early to tell if there is merit to the investigation or whether the Italian authorities and media are playing it up as a little taste of persecution (perhaps the devil's response to the success in England). The bank chief, Ettore Gotti Edeschi, says it was all caused by an error in procedure: money transfers from one account to another that were not 'money-laundering,' which is what authorities ostensibly are guarding against.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

Retired priest gets home detention in sex case

MARYLAND
News-Post

By Kate Leckie
News-Post Staff

Thomas Roy Bevan, a retired priest who maintains his innocence, entered an Alford plea of guilt Friday to child abuse of an altar boy in 1976.

A retired priest who maintains his innocence entered an Alford plea of guilt Friday in Frederick County Circuit Court to child abuse of an altar boy in 1976.

Thomas Roy Bevan, 74, told visiting Montgomery County Circuit Judge Richard E. Jordan that he has been weighing whether to take a plea agreement since he was charged with two offenses dating to early 1976, when he served as a pastor in Frederick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

Pedophile mess demands tough, cleansing action

UNITED STATES
Pueblo Chieftain

By MARVIN READ | mread3238@aol.com

Few popes in the Catholic Church's 2,000-year history have had as tough a job as the 83-year-old German, Benedict XVI.

When elected pope in 2005, Benedict inherited a scandal of substantial proportions — one that has grown during his papacy.

Prior to his selection as pope, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had worked in a Vatican office specializing in handling sex-abuse issues, and he made some significant progress, toughening up the processes by which the church worked to discipline pedophiles — priests who sexually abused young people.

What first was understood in the mid-1980s as an American problem came to be understood as a universal one. The world recognized that generations of priests from all countries have been abusers, and that their superiors, the world's bishops, have long engaged in shuffling and protecting them, hiding the crimes and sins, thus becoming complicit and culpable themselves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Vicar cleared of molesting children over 30 years ago

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Cornwall

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A vicar and former teacher accused of molesting pupils more than 30 years ago has been acquitted by a jury on all counts.

The Rev James Wilson was found not guilty by a jury of 16 counts of indecently assaulting children under the age of 13 which he had faced.

Canon Wilson, the Rector and Rural Dean of Calstock in South East Cornwall, left the dock without saying a word after the verdicts were read out.

The jury had deliberated for seven hours and six minutes following the eight-day trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Update: Bishop in alleged gay sex scandal to step down

ATLANTA (GA)
The Raw Story

Update: The website Black Spin reported on Friday afternoon that the bishop at the center of allegations of a gay sex scandal plans to step down as the pastor of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church after he delivers his sermon on Sunday. According to the same story, as many as 30 young men may now be considering suing Bishop Eddie Long.

The Georgia bishop at the center of a slew of underage gay sex allegations told his congregation that gays "deserve death" during sermons in the 1990s.

Audio of a sermon by Bishop Eddie Long exhorting the death penalty for gays was broadcast by The Michelangelo Signorile Show on Friday, the same day that a fourth person came forward with allegations of sex abuse against the bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Roger Vangheluwe via Westmalle naar nieuw onderduikadres

BELGIE
hbvl

Ex-bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe wordt opnieuw ondervraagd over zijn seksueel misbruik. Hij verliet intussen Westmalle en verhuisde naar een onbekend onderduikadres.

Vangheluwe ontkent in alle toonaarden dat hij een tweede slachtoffer maakte. In de komende dagen wordt hij daarover ondervraagd. Wellicht zal hij, net als kardinaal Danneels in de maand juli, naar de kantoren van de federale politie in Brussel worden gebracht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Vangheluwe: van Westvleteren over Westmalle naar onbekend adres

BELGIE
Metro Time

(Belga) De van pedofilie beschuldigde ex-bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe heeft, nadat hij de abdij van Westvleteren had verlaten, tijdelijk onderdak gevonden in de abdij van Westmalle, zo schrijven zaterdag de Gazet van Antwerpen en Het belang van mimburg. Intussen is Vangheluwe ook daar weg en bevindt hij zich in een "onbekend onderduikadres".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Stortvloed van nieuwe klachten seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
hbvl

De afgelopen weken hebben zich tientallen nieuwe slachtoffers gemeld van seksueel misbruik gepleegd door geestelijken. Justitie belooft dat elke klacht, hoe lang geleden de feiten ook werden gepleegd, wordt onderzocht.

Alle nieuwe klachten - het gerecht weigert voorlopig aantallen te noemen - worden gecentraliseerd door magistrate Lieve Pellens op het federale parket. Van daaruit worden de dossiers verder verdeeld onder de bevoegde parketten. Het gaat voornamelijk om oude feiten, maar er zitten ook recentere gevallen bij.

De commissie-Adriaenssens had bij haar ontslag op 24 juni 475 klachten binnen. Het jongste slachtoffer was amper twee toen het misbruik begon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Stay on Delaware clergy abuse suits extended to end of year

DELAWARE
The News Journal

The News Journal • September 25, 2010

At a status conference Friday in the bankruptcy case of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, a judge extended a stay on dozens of priest abuse lawsuits until at least Dec. 31.

However, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Sontchi said that if any of the abuse survivors wish to challenge that delay, the burden will be on the Diocese of Wilmington to prove why it should be continued.

Attorneys for the diocese argued that the hold should be continued on the lawsuits now that a Chapter 11 reorganization plan, filed Thursday, is being considered by the court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Review: The Case of the Pope by Geoffrey Robertson QC

IRELAND
Irish Independent

(Penguin Special, £6.99)
Why the pope is in the dock

Saturday September 25 2010

This book is the first Penguin Special in over 20 years. Published periodically between 1937 and 1989, Penguin Specials covered subjects of public concern and The Case of the Pope is in that tradition. The issue is the part played by the present Pope in the abuse cover-up and the case against Benedict is made by the most eminent human rights lawyer in Britain, Geoffrey Robertson QC.

For Irish readers there is not much new in this little book (it's less than 200 pages) but the legal manner in which Robertson constructs the case makes it compelling reading. For British readers less familiar with the abuse scandal (the book was published to coincide with the Pope's visit) it will be a shocking eye-opener.

Robertson details the role played by the then Cardinal Ratzinger in the two decades he ran the CDF, the all-powerful church body that dealt with abuse cases, when he insisted that all cases be handled under the "pontifical secrecy" provisions of Canon Law, which meant the civil authorities were not informed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Vatican Probes Group Tied To Scandal

VATICAN CITY
10 News

NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY -- It's a life regimented in excruciating detail, down to the way they eat an orange. Silence is the norm, information is limited, e-mail is screened, close friendships are discouraged and family members are kept at bay -- all in the name of God's will.

Known as consecrated women, they are lay Catholics affiliated with a conservative religious order who dedicate their lives to the church, making promises of chastity, poverty and obedience similar to the vows taken by nuns.

But the cult-like conditions they endure so alarmed Pope Benedict XVI that in May he ordered an extremely rare full Vatican investigation of the obscure group, which operates in the U.S., Mexico, Spain, the Philippines and a dozen other countries. The inquiry is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

The alleged abuses came to light during an eight-month Vatican investigation into the Legionaries of Christ, a secretive religious order beloved by Pope John Paul II but now discredited because of revelations that its charismatic founder sexually abused seminarians and fathered at least three children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

CNN asks 'What the Pope Knew'

UNITED STATES
South Coast Today

By Kevin McDonough
September 25, 2010

The special report "What the Pope Knew" (8 p.m., Saturday, and 8 p.m., Sunday, CNN) takes a scrupulously evenhanded look at Pope Benedict XVI and his handling of the Church's sexual abuse scandal while pope and in his previous roles as the Archbishop of Munich and as the powerful Cardinal Ratzinger.

"Knew" offers a mixed verdict, combining powerful and painful testimony from victims with a painstakingly legalistic defense of a man who, as pope, has done much to confront the trauma. At the same time, Benedict's actions as archbishop and cardinal reflected an institutional instinct to protect priests and ignore their victims.

"Knew" also reminds us that while serving as Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict vigorously purged priests "guilty" of doctrinal liberalism. It was a church hierarchy, one expert contends, far more concerned with controlling thought than policing action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

CNN'S "What the Pope Knew" offers solid reporting on the Catholic Church's sex abuse scandal

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

John W. Kennedy

I've spent the last three sessions of this blog running an interview with CNN's Gary Tuchman about his one-hour documentary entitled What the Pope Knew airing tonight at 8:00 PM ET.

As the title suggests it deals with the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church and, after watching an advance copy, I can tell you that I found it to be an excellent piece of journalism.

Though I could have done without the sometimes with unnecessarily dramatic background music, the reporting itself is seems rock solid and delivers the facts in a straightforward manner that is tough but fair.

Catholic church wants to pay abuse victims on case-by-case basis

GERMANY
The Local

The Catholic Church would be ready to compensate victims of abuse on a case-by-case basis rather than with a single lump sum, according to papers prepared ahead of discussions to be held next week.

German bishops will bring this suggestion to the round-table talks on sexual child abuse set to start on Thursday, according to a report in Der Spiegel on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Bishop’s Conference said the compensation should be, “appropriate to the severity of the act, and helpful to the victims.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Ga. pastor's academy had 'sex self-check card'

ATLANTA (GA)
Forbes

By GREG BLUESTEIN, 09.25.10

ATLANTA -- The pastor accused of using a program to groom young men for sexual relationships billed the boys academy as a "rite of passage," teaching students about interest rates, Social Security and sexual control, even making them carry a card that listed three things they could be doing rather than having sex.

Pastor Eddie Long, an outspoken opponent of gay marriage, is now being sued by two young men who attended the LongFellows Youth Academy and claim they were lured into trysts with cars, jewelry and cash.

Two other men have made similar accusations - including one who filed a lawsuit Friday. That lawsuit, provided to The Associated Press, said Long coerced him into a sexual relationship during a trip to Kenya, at one point telling the young man "I will be your dad."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Court documents physical abuse in Cardelli case; two children under pastor's care allege he hit kids with stick

CALIFORNIA
Contra Costa Times

John Driscoll/The Times-Standard

Two children living with the former Arcata pastor accused of repeated sexual encounters with a minor have told investigators that he routinely beat two mentally disabled children in his care with a wooden stick, according to Humboldt County Superior Court documents.

On Sept. 15, six days after Dino Cardelli's arrest, investigators served a search warrant on his home on Sunny Grove Avenue in McKinleyville, seizing journals, phones, computers and cameras. A laptop computer and flash drives were seized at the Calvary Chapel office where Cardelli, 49, worked for 15 years until resigning after his arrest.

Cardelli has been charged with recurring sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 who lived with him, one count of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and two counts of oral copulation with a minor. He has pleaded not guilty, and was released on a reduced bail of $250,000 on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Eddie Long to address congregation on sex allegations

UNITED STATES
Christian Today

by Charlie Boyd
Posted: Saturday, September 25, 2010

A megachurch pastor in the US accused of sexual misconduct is to respond to the allegations before his congregation on Sunday.

Four men claimed this week that Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, coerced them into sexual relationships.

Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande, now all in their twenties, have filed lawsuits against Long claiming that he abused his position as leader of the church to force them into sex when they were teenagers.

The men allege that the encounters took place in Long’s private office and during trips away together. They say they received lavish gifts from the bishop, including expensive jewellery and cars, and took part in private ceremonies in which they became his “Spiritual Sons”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Delaware Diocese’s Payment Plan Rejected by Victims

DELAWARE
Business Week

By Steven Church

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Alleged victims of sexual abuse by priests in Delaware rejected an offer of as much as $75,000 each to settle claims against the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, the victims’ lawyer said.

“This plan is a mean-spirited, vindictive, hypocritical act, maliciously intended to prolong the suffering of survivors,” said Thomas Neuberger, an attorney who represents 98 of the 151 sex-abuse victims with claims against the diocese in bankruptcy court.

The payment was one of three settlement options the diocese offered sex-abuse claimants under a plan to exit bankruptcy. Diocese attorney Anthony Flynn said today he expects only a “small percentage” of victims to accept that amount, which would require that a mediator appointed by the diocese verify the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

German Catholic bishops say church must discuss taboos, compensate abuse victims

GERMANY
Deutsche Welle

The Catholic Church must discuss issues such as priestly celibacy, said the head of the church in Germany, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, who also confirmed compensation would be paid to victims of clerical sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church must be prepared to confront and discuss taboo topics such as sexual morality and the celibacy of priests, the head of the church in Germany, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, said on Friday.

Speaking at the conclusion of the two-day autumn plenary assembly of the German Bishops' Conference in the central city of Fulda, Zollitsch said "the issue of the ... personal, spiritual and sacramental life of our clergy has long been pressing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

New child abuse investigation at home where the Catholic Church is trying to avoid payment of compensation to victims

UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

Police are investigating dozens of fresh claims of child abuse at St William’s Community Home, in Market Weighton in Yorkshire. Two members of the De La Salle Order of Christian Brothers, which ran the home, have already been jailed for abusing a number of boys at the home. Five other members of the Catholic teaching brotherhood were also previously charged, but not convicted.

Now, the 21 complainants, originally from Hull and the East Riding, have made fresh allegations against “several” members of the brotherhood which ran the home.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Leaver has overall command of the new investigation, which has been running for a week and involves ten detectives from the force’s major incident team. It is expected to take at least a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Documentary reveals the excommunication of Mary MacKillop

AUSTRALIA
Radio Australia News

An Australian television documentary reveals how Mary MacKillop, the soon to be canonised nun, was punished by the Catholic Church for confronting child sexual abuse.

On the 17th of October Mary MacKillop will become Australia's first Catholic saint.

But a new documentary to be broadcast on the ABC's Compass program ahead of her canonisation, reveals the nun received the church's harshest penalty for trying to expose an alleged paedophile within its ranks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

That gap between 1985 and 2002

UNITED STATES
Get Religion

Once upon a time, there was a Catholic priest in Louisiana named Gilbert Gauthe. As Time magazine wrote:

Father Gilbert Gauthe, a Roman Catholic priest, delivered spellbinding funeral sermons, won local respect by rescuing a man who was trapped under an overturned tractor, and impressed many older women with his charm in Louisiana’s Vermilion Parish. But most of all, he was a Pied Piper for the children. He would take them on wilderness trips, play games and invite favored boys to spend the weekend in the rectory.

And so it began.

Obviously, there were clergy abuse cases before that, but the Gauthe case took this subject into the national headlines for the first time. That Time report ran in 1985, which is a good point to start a timeline of mainstream media coverage on the scandal.

Note, if you will, that there is quite a gap of time between 1985 and 2002. Do the math.

Now, read the following passages in a gripping Associated Press report that is running in newspapers at the moment. It focuses on the spiritual damage that the abuse scandals — that word is plural, which is crucial — have caused among lawyers such as Eric MacLeish, many of whom are Catholics, who have handled these hellish cases.

The sex scandal that rocked the nation’s Roman Catholic Church took a fearsome personal toll on some of the top lawyers who dared to challenge the institution. While many of them ultimately reaped large fees for their services, the all-consuming workload, the pressure of battling the church and the stress of listening to graphic accounts of children’s suffering were debilitating. …

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Priest sentenced to home detention for sexual abuse

MARYLAND
Baltimore Sun

A defrocked Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to 18 months of home detention Friday for sexually abusing a 10-year-old Frederick altar boy in 1976.

A Frederick County prosecutor said the state won't pursue allegations that Thomas R. Bevan, 74, of Cascade, also molested three other children decades ago while working at another church. Two of those cases are moot due to statutory limitations and the death of an alleged victim. The third alleged victim preferred not to go to court, Assistant State's Attorney Lindell Angel said.

Bevan entered an Alford plea to one count of child abuse. In an Alford plea, the defendant doesn't admit guilt but acknowledges that the state has enough evidence to convict. Prosecutors dropped a second child-abuse count, and the judge suspended a 10-year prison term as part of the plea agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Court won't dismiss priest sex abuse case

NEVADA
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Nevada Supreme Court has declined to dismiss a sexual abuse lawsuit involving the Diocese of Green Bay and a now-defrocked priest who is in prison for assaulting two Wisconsin brothers, paving the way for the case to move forward.

The 2008 lawsuit alleges the man was abused by Father John Patrick Feeney after Feeney moved from the Green Bay Diocese to Las Vegas in the 1980s, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

The diocese had asked that the suit be dismissed because the limitations had expired. The diocese had no comment on the ruling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Australia's first saint 'exposed paedophile priest'

AUSTRALIA
AFP

SYDNEY — The late nun who is soon to become Australia's first Catholic saint was briefly excommunicated by the church in part because she exposed a paedophile priest, a new documentary claims.

Mary MacKillop, who will be canonised by Pope Benedict XVI next month, is known as a tireless educator and founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart order of nuns which ventured into remote outback areas.

But a documentary to be screened on national broadcaster ABC will paint her as a woman who also spoke up to church authorities about allegations of child molestation by priests, reports said Saturday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Saintly Australian was punished for exposing sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Monsters and Critics

Sydney - Australia's Mary MacKillop, a Catholic nun who died more than 100 years ago, was briefly excommunicated for uncovering the abuse of a paedophile priest, national broadcaster ABC said Saturday.

MacKillop, who is set to become Australia's first saint, was penniless when she was turned out onto the street in 1871 at the age of 29 and just four years after becoming a nun.

'The story of the excommunication amounts to this: that some priests had been uncovered for being involved in the sexual abuse of children,' Father Paul Gardiner said.

MacKillop's banishment lasted five months, after which she was absolved and accepted back into the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Pope's role in abuse crisis studied

UNITED STATES
Toledo Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

A week after Pope Benedict XVI's historic, high-profile trip to Great Britain - during which he apologized several times for the clerical sexual abuse crisis - a documentary on the Pontiff's track record in dealing with abusive priests debuts tonight on CNN.

What the Pope Knew, an hour-long program being shown at 8 and 11 tonight and tomorrow, reviews detailed information obtained by CNN national correspondent Gary Tuchman from internal Catholic Church documents as well as interviews with abuse victims and a high-ranking Vatican official.

The hard-hitting yet balanced documentary shows that before being elected Pope in 2005, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had opposed or delayed the laicization, or defrocking, of some priests who were known to be child abusers - including one who was in a California prison, convicted of child molestation charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

September 24, 2010

Oregon Archbishop John G. Vlazny: Catholic Church won't change position on women's ordination

PORTLAND (OR)
The Oregonian

Nancy Haught, The Oregonian

Archbishop John G. Vlazny, leader of Western Oregon's 400,000 Catholics, doesn't see the Catholic Church changing its position on women's ordination.

"Even if I were elected pope tomorrow -- I don't think I could change it," he said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "I feel badly that people are hurt over the issue."

In the Catholic Church, ordination is a sacrament, Vlazny said. "A priest is a sign of Jesus. Can a woman be a sign of Jesus? Of course she can -- in baptism," he said -- but not as a priest. Vlazny rejects arguments that early in church history, women were ordained. The evidence "is not valid," he said.

My own feeling is that we still have to deal with the true empowerment of the laity," he said, referring to men and women who serve the church without being ordained. "We priests are still learning how to be what we're called on to be and not be everything we were in the past. We're all very uneven on that. Some priests are very good at it. Some priests are lousy at it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 PM

'We've had enough': Portland Catholic women to boycott Mass over treatment of women

PORTLAND (OR)
The Oregonian

Nancy Haught, The Oregonian

In August, Jennifer Sleeman, 81, urged Catholic women to boycott this Sunday's Mass in protest of their treatment by the church. Half a world a way, a handful of Portland women responded.

"We had been talking amongst ourselves about how to be a woman and be a Catholic, dealing with that angst," says Sarah Granger, 34, who is active in St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland. "Her call struck a chord with us. We needed to do something, to say, 'We've had enough.'" But she and other women from St. Andrew's envisioned a "prayerful, positive public witness," not a protest or a boycott.

Sleeman -- who is from Ireland and the mother of a monk -- said at the time that her call was inspired by a Vatican statement in July that seemed to equate the ordination of women with pedophilia. "One Spirit -- One Call" will unfold at 9:30 a.m. Sunday in the South Park Blocks in downtown Portland. The 90-minute program calls for prayers, a gospel reflection, and a litany of women saints. Organizers say they hope participants will attend Mass on Saturday night or stay downtown for a special noon Mass at the Downtown Chapel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 PM

Pensioner urges Mass-goers to wear armbands

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan

Saturday, September 25, 2010

THE West Cork pensioner who is calling for a one-day boycott of Mass tomorrow has said anyone who agrees with her sentiments but doesn’t feel comfortable staying away from Mass could wear a green armband to church to show support.

Eighty-year-old Jennifer Sleeman has received huge media attention since she first revealed her disgust at the dominance of men in the Church and its inadequate reaction to the horrors unearthed in the Murphy and Ryan reports.

She urged other women to refrain from Mass this Sunday and to stay at home and "pray for change".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 PM

Italian clerical sex abuse victims gather for first time

ITALY
The Irish Times

PADDY AGNEW in Rome

ITALIAN VICTIMS of clerical sex abuse will meet today in Verona, northern Italy, for a gathering billed by the organisers as the first of its kind in Italy.

Called “ Noi Vittime Dei Preti Pedofoli ” (We Victims of Paedophile Priests), the meeting will provide an opportunity for sex abuse victims and their families to confront their traumatic experiences together.

Among the 350 victims will be 120 former inmates of the Antonio Provolo Institute, a Verona-based home for the deaf and mute.

In a case similar to that involving Fr Larry Murphy in the diocese of Milwaukee earlier this year, the Provolo Institute made national headlines in Italy in January last year when 67 former inmates, male and female, issued a detailed accusation recounting 30 years of sexual and physical abuse by the priests of the Company of Mary order, who ran the institute.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

Group urges worldwide support for Mass boycott

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

CATHOLICS AROUND the world have been called on by a US-based group to support a boycott of Sunday Mass tomorrow in solidarity with Jennifer Sleeman and other Irish people who intend doing so.

The National Survivor Advocates Coalition in the US said it was taking the stance “because the boycott is rooted in a response to the sexual abuse scandal and justice for women”.

Coalition chairwoman Kristine Ward said yesterday this Sunday presented “an opportunity for Catholics in a quiet, private absence from their pew in their Catholic parish to open a slit for the piercing of the darkness. No rabble rousing is needed only silence . . . Out of the void, God created.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 PM

4th man files sexual misconduct suit against Huntersville pastor

CHARLOTTE (NC)
WBTV

[with link to the complaint]

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long's megachurch says the prominent pastor coerced him into a sexual relationship.

Attorney B.J. Bernstein filed a lawsuit Friday on behalf of a member of Long's satellite church, New Birth Charlotte, which is located in Huntersville.

Spencer LeGrande claims he met Long in May of 2005. The lawsuit says Bishop Long took LeGrande to Kenya on a trip in July of 2005. LeGrande was just 17 years old when Long allegedly engaged in sexual activities with the teen.

The lawsuit goes on to say that Long later encouraged LeGrande to move from Huntersville to Atlanta, where the sexual misconduct continued until early 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

New: Plaintiff's Video Surfaces

ATLANTA (GA)
WSB Radio

By Condace Pressley @ September 24, 2010

(WSB Radio) -- As a fourth plaintiff filed suit against New Birth Pastor Bishop Eddie Long, a new video surfaced featuring the first two former church members to sue the Bishop for sexual abuse.

Attorney B.J. Bernstein says two of her clients, Anthony Flagg and Maurice Robinson are different from most young men. She says "they don't party, stay out all night or smoke dope."

"We're talking about young men who spend their Sundays all day at church," she told WSB's Pete Combs, "who pray with their families and pray at every meal."

But a video that has recently surfaced on You Tube appears to paint a very different picture of the two young men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 PM

Fourth lawsuit filed against Georgia pastor

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

[with video]

(CNN) -- A fourth lawsuit has been filed against Atlanta-area pastor Eddie Long, alleging he coerced a 17-year-old into a sexual relationship during a 2005 trip the two took to Africa.

The suit -- filed, like the others, in DeKalb County, Georgia, State Court -- claims Long invited Spencer LeGrande, now 22, on a trip to Kenya.

On the first night in Nairobi, Long asked LeGrande to come to his room, where the youth told the pastor he was having difficulty going to sleep, the suit states. Long provided Ambien, a sleep aid, and they both took the drug, according to the suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Plaintiff's father speaks out

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Craig Schneider
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eddie LeGrande admits that he wasn't a big part of his son's life. He also admits that he knew Bishop Eddie Long had taken on the role of father in his stead when the boy, named Spencer, was a teenager.

"He was doing all these things for him. I couldn't compete," LeGrande said in a phone interview Friday. "He would call him dad in front of me. That would hurt me."

LeGrande separated from his son's mother before Spencer could walk. After that, he saw him only on the occasional Christmas. But he said he started building a relationship when Spencer reached the age of 11. Then it grew to weekend visits.

Just a few years later, LeGrande says, he lost his son again -- this time to Eddie Long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

Rape Case Dropped, Rabbi Still Feels Tainted

ARIZONA
Forward

By Josh Nathan-Kazis
Published September 22, 2010, issue of October 01, 2010.

The nightmare that began for Rabbi Bryan Bramly when he was arrested in his synagogue parking lot last March for the alleged rape of a 7-year-old did not end when the case against him collapsed on September 15.

Bramly, who was the spiritual leader of Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, a Conservative congregation in Chandler, Ariz., at the time of his arrest, confronted a cascade of consequences as a result of being indicted.

During the period in which he was under indictment, his congregation publicly asked for his resignation, his son’s bar mitzvah was canceled and his mug shot was plastered across the Internet.

“The genie cannot be put back in the bottle,” said Alan Lewis, Bramly’s defense attorney. “People who Rabbi Bramly interacts with will forever know that he was accused of this.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM

Fourth man files lawsuit against anti-gay church leader Eddie Long

ATLANTA (GA)
The Georgia Voice

by Dyana Bagby

Friday, 24 September 2010

A fourth man is suing Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of megachurch New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, first reported by the Associated Press.

The lawsuit was filed by Spencer Legrande, a former member of New Birth’s satellite church in Charlotte, N.C.

“The lawsuit said Long told LeGrande ‘I will be your dad’ and invited the 17-year-old to journey to Kenya with him in July 2005. LeGrande said that Long gave him a sleeping pill on that trip and that the two engaged in sexual acts,” the AP reports.

A press release from the lawyers representing the now four plaintiffs reads in full:

"This afternoon, lawyers BJ Bernstein of The Bernstein Firm, Jay Sadd of the law firm of Slappey and Sadd, and Katherine V. Hernacki of The Hernacki Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Spencer LeGrande suing Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The lawsuit alleges Breach of Fiduciary Duty; Negligence; Fraud; Infliction of Emotional Distress and other Counts based on Sexual Acts by Bishop Long against this young male church member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

CNN's appalling attack on the Pope

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | September 24, 2010

This weekend the CNN television network will air a special report, “What the Pope Knew.” The goal of the show, apparently, is to persuade viewers the Pope Benedict XVI bears much of the blame for the sex-abuse scandal. If that requires massaging the facts and covering up inconvenient evidence, CNN is prepared to take those steps.

The CNN special concentrates on the case of the late Father Lawrence Murphy, a Milwaukee priest who was the target of multiple abuse complaints. In March of this year the New York Times gave the Murphy case front-page treatment, and charged that then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had stymied a bid by the Milwaukee archdiocese of laicize the accused priest. That charge was based on a series of misunderstandings: about the case, about the duty of the Milwaukee archdiocese, about the Vatican’s authority, and about the priest’s due-process rights under the Code of Canon Law. As I wrote at the time, a proper understanding of the story would have led the Times to understand that Cardinal Ratzinger was not at fault:

This is a story about the abject failure of the Milwaukee archdiocese to discipline a dangerous priest, and the tardy effort by Archbishop Weakland--who would soon become the subject of a major scandal himself--to shift responsibility to Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Bishop will address church members twice on Sunday

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Ernie Suggs
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long’s long anticipated appearance will happen twice Sunday.

Art Franklin, a spokesman for the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church sent out an email this morning, stating that Long will address members at both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

Long has been silent since allegations arose earlier this week that he coerced at least three young male members of his Longfellows Academy into having sex with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

APNewsBreak: 4th man sues Ga. megachurch pastor

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

By GREG BLUESTEIN (AP)

ATLANTA — A fourth young male member of Bishop Eddie Long's megachurch is suing the prominent pastor, claiming Long coerced him into a sexual relationship.

The lawsuit was filed by Spencer LeGrande, a member of New Birth Charlotte. New Birth Charlotte is a satellite church run by Long in Charlotte, N.C. The lawsuit said Long told LeGrande "I will be your dad" and invited the 17-year-old to journey to Kenya with him in July 2005. LeGrande said that Long gave him a sleeping pill on that trip and that the two engaged in sexual acts.

The Associated Press does not typically identify alleged victims of impropriety, but attorney B.J. Bernstein has said all four of the men who filed lawsuits consented to being identified publicly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | 4th 'sexual coercion' lawsuit filed against Bishop Long

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A fourth young man has come forward and said he had sexual relations with Bishop Eddie Long when he was a teenager, the Associated Press reports.

Attorney B.J. Bernstein, who's filed suits on behalf of three other young men making similar allegations, said she is filing a lawsuit Friday on behalf of a member of New Birth Charlotte, a satellite church in North Carolina. She says the teen met Long in May 2005, according to the AP.

The boy was 17, the suit alleges, when he first engaged in sexual activities with Long while vacationing in Kenya. Long later encouraged him to move to Atlanta, where the activity continued through 2009, AP reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Vatican bank chief laments damaged image

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — The chairman of the Vatican bank is questioning why Italian prosecutors seized euro23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account for alleged violations of Italy's anti-money laundering laws.

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi said in an e-mail exchange Friday with The Associated Press that the bank's image may have been "irreparably" damage by widespread news of the investigation. Prosecutors have placed him under investigation.

Gotti Tedeschi said bank officials were following required procedures but asked why they were put in a situation where they had to follow those requirements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

The Vatican: A murky See

ROME
Financial Times

By Guy Dinmore in Rome

Published: September 24 2010

For a papacy already under fire for its handling of child abuse, a probe of possible money-laundering at the city-state’s bank is a harsh reminder of another long-standing legacy

After last week’s gruelling yet ultimately successful visit to the UK, arguably the most challenging mission of his reign – amid an exchange of accusations over child abuse scandals and secularism – Pope Benedict, at 83, could have been forgiven for seeking rest with his cats in the Vatican’s tranquil gardens upon his return.

Any repose was broken on Tuesday morning, however, when alarm began to mount in the nearby medieval bastion of Nicholas V, home of the city- state’s bank. News was emerging that Italy’s finance police had frozen €23m held by the Vatican in an account at an Italian bank, and that the Pope’s two most senior banking officials were under investigation for possible money-laundering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Vatican Bank president 'incredulous' at probe

ROME
CNN

Rome, Italy (CNN) -- The president of the Vatican Bank told CNN on Friday he was incredulous and "humiliated" when he learned Italian investigators were looking into money-laundering allegations against the bank.

Italian authorities informed the Vatican Bank about the probe on Tuesday, prosecutor Nello Rossi told CNN. Prosecutors seized 23 million euros (about $30 million) in Vatican Bank transactions "as a cautionary measure" on Monday, he said.

"My first reaction was of incredulity and afterwards, that of feeling humiliated in the intense work that, along with (bank) Director-General (Paolo) Cipriani and all of the institute's managers, I've been carrying out," President Ettore Gotti Tedeschi told CNN by e-mail Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Bishop Eddie Long (PICTURES): Pastor Speaks out for First Time

ATLANTA (GA)
CBS News

Posted by Edecio Martinez

ATLANTA (CBS/WGCL) Bishop Eddie Long spoke out for the first time Friday about allegations that he had sexual relationships with at least three teenage boys in his Atlanta-area church.

CBS affiliate WGCL were the only news organization on a telephone conference call with parishioners from across the country who were looking for answers.

Long said he was in the middle of a battle.

"We will arise through this situation, and go forward, and we are moving forward," Long said.

WGCL reports that Long said several times that he didn't know who was on the call, so he had to be careful what he said because the case is in litigation. He also said he would not take any questions.

In his first public statement since the allegations became public, he asked others on the call to pray for his wife, his children, and his church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Exclusive: Bishop Long Speaks For First Time

ATLANTA (GA)
CBS Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Mega Church Bishop Eddie Long is speaking out for the very first time Friday about allegations he had sexual relationships with at least three boys in his church.

Only CBS Atlanta News was on the telephone conference call with parishioners from across the country who were looking for answers.

Long said he was in the middle of a battle. He spoke in his own words for the first time since the allegations broke.

"We will arise through this situation, and go forward, and we are moving forward," Long told other pastors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Pastors Meet to Pray for Bishop Long

ATLANTA (GA)
My Fox Atlanta

[with video]

ATLANTA - Pastors from across Metro Atlanta are gathering to pray for Bishop Eddie Long.

The pastors are meeting at Paschal's restaurant in southwest Atlanta.

Reverend Jasper Williams of Salem Baptist Church organized the meeting and says the meeting is not about hearing the legal issues that Bishop Eddie Long is facing.

Williams says he hopes the participating pastors will rally around Bishop Long in prayer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Sex and the Church: Accountability in the Pulpit

ATLANTA (GA)
Christian Broadcasting Network

Bishop Eddie Long will break his silence before his church on Sunday regarding allegations he sexually abused three former members of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church congregation.

The prominent Atlanta pastor was scheduled to appear on a national radio show Thursday but cancelled the appearance on the advice of his attorney. ...

Meanwhile, the accusers' attorney B.J. Bernstein said she may be filing more lawsuits against the popular pastor.

The scandal has send shock waves through the Christian community and highlighted the need for accountability in America's pulpits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Bishop Long deserves a fair hearing but…

ATLANTA (GA)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By James Causey of the Journal Sentinel
Sept. 24, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long, who runs a Atlanta megachurch that has hosted the likes of former Presidents Bush and Clinton and many celebrities is accused of coercing three young men into sex.

Long is one of the most powerful men in the black megachurch movement and he lead a march in Atlanta against homosexuality. Now he must defend himself against civil charges that he took sexual advantage of young men from his flock.

Now he deserves a fair hearing, but why would Long (pictured above) send a picture of himself in a black cut-off Speedo outfit to one of the victims?

Long often calls himself the “spiritual daddy” to young black men in search of salvation. Some critics say through Long’s church he has helped to perpetuate homophobia and this comes at a time when HIV/AIDS is killing young, black men who sleep with men at alarming rates across this country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:41 PM

A Statement from Bishop Eddie Long

GEORGIA
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church

Lithonia, Georgia – September 23, 2010

I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so. However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Bishop Long Will Talk Sunday About Sex Claims

ATLANTA (GA)
First Coast News

Bishop Eddie Long will wait until Sunday services to speak publicly about claims he has already denied that he coerced three young men into sex.

Bishop Long canceled an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday. Instead, his lawyer, Craig Gillen, went on the nationally syndicated radio show and read this statement from Long:

I have been through storms and my faith has always sustained me. I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so. However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time. But let me be clear; the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply. But my faith is strong and the truth will emerge. All I ask is for your patience as we continue to categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges. Finally, as I have done for thousands of others over my decades of preaching, I ask for your prayers for me, my family and our church. On Sunday, at New Birth, I will respond to my congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Sex claim against mate stuns Bishop Tamaki

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

By James Ihaka 5:30 AM Saturday Sep 25, 2010

Brian Tamaki. File photo / Martin SykesDestiny Church leader Brian Tamaki says he is shocked by allegations that his "spiritual father", Eddie Long, had used one of his ministries to coerce teenage boys into sex.

But he is reserving any judgment against his friend for now.

Bishop Long, the leader of the mega-sized New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the US and a staunch opponent of gay marriage, is facing lawsuits from three men who say they were forced into sexual liaisons with him as teenagers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Ga. pastor's youth academy preached sexual control

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

By GREG BLUESTEIN (AP)

ATLANTA — Bishop Eddie Long's boys' academy guided teens through their "masculine journey" with lessons on financial discipline and sexual control, right down to a little card the students had to carry in their wallets reminding them why they shouldn't have sex.

Long himself, though, has been accused of contradicting those virtues. The bishop — who's been an outspoken opponent of gay marriage in the past — is being sued by two young men who attended the LongFellows Youth Academy and say Long used the program to groom them for sexual relationships.

The men, who were 17 and 18 at the time, say Long recruited them for the academy after they joined New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and lured them into trysts with cars, jewelry and cash.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:20 PM

Diocese asks judge to dismiss lawsuit involving former Central Catholic priest

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

By Holly Herman
Reading Eagle

The Allentown Diocese has asked a Berks County judge to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses the diocese of failing to prevent a former Central Catholic High School priest from impregnating a 19-year-old.

The teen's parents filed the suit last month, alleging the diocese allowed the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito to have sexual relations with their daughter while he was chaplain at the high school and their daughter was a senior.

Joseph F. Leeson Jr., a Bethlehem attorney for the diocese, said the baby was conceived in October or November 2009 - at least seven months after the teen's 18th birthday on March 3, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:14 PM

Former Knox priest asks for more time before arraignment

TENNESSEE
Knoxville News Sentinel

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. - A former Knoxville priest and convicted child molester appeared in a Sullivan County courtroom today to answer charges of sexual molestation - without an attorney.

Sullivan County Deputy District Attorney Barry P. Staubus said William "Bill" Casey, 76, has not yet found a Tennessee lawyer to represent him.

Casey is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated rape. The charges stem from alleged sexual abuse of Warren Tucker when he was a boy in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Judge Extends Time for Father William Casey to Enter Plea in Sexual Abuse Case

TENNESSEE
WDEF

A former Chattanooga Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children receives more time to consider his plea.

Father William Casey began his career here in the 1960's.

He was scheduled to enter his plea in a Kingsport, Tennessee courtroom to charges of criminal sexual conduct and aggravated rape Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Retired priest receives 10-year suspended sentence in sex abuse case

MARYLAND
News-Post

By Kate Leckie
News-Post Staff

A retired priest received a 10-year suspended sentence today after entering an Alford plea to one count of child abuse in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Visiting Montgomery County Circuit Judge Richard E. Jordan additionally sentenced Thomas Roy Bevan to 18 months of home detention and five years of probation.

Additionally, Jordan ordered Bevan to undergo a mental health evaluation and receive treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

PRIEST ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ABUSE IN VALENCIA

SPAIN
The Leader

Staff Reporter / 2010-09-24

Guardia Civil officers confirmed that a 39-year-old priest has been arrested in the Valencia area, accused of sexually abusing two under-age boys. The arrest was made in an unnamed town in the Ribera Alta region last Friday following a report by the boys’ families.

The priest admitted the charges during a statement he made to judicial officials and remains at the court’s disposition. In response, Archbishop of Valencia Carlos Osoro said he was “deeply sorry” about what had occurred to the victims and what they had suffered — similar words to those used by the pope at a service in London on Saturday when referring to the abuses of minors committed by Catholic priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:57 PM

Statement regarding Joliet, Illinois Bishop

ILLINOIS
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, SNAPblaine@gmail.com)

This is a sad but simple situation, one of the very worst we’ve seen in recent years. In five sentences, here’s what happened:

1. -In the spring of 2009, prosecutors say that church officials caught a seminarian with porn and some of the images appeared to be young boys.

2. -Joliet church officials kept this secret but were worried enough that they allegedly told the seminarian to stay away from kids.

3. -Just weeks later, Joliet’s bishop ordained the sexually troubled man anyway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

PENNSYLVANIA: Bishop declines request to resign

PENNSYLVANIA
Virtue Online

By Mary Frances Schjonberg
Episcopal News Service
September 22, 2010

Saying he has "always been, innocent of the charges against me," Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Bishop Charles Bennison announced late Sept. 22 that he would not honor his colleagues' request that he resign his position.

Bennison, via a statement e-mailed to Episcopal News Service by his publicist, said that he hoped "the suffering I have endured during the past three years has strengthened me and will enable me to work for reconciliation within the diocese."

The House of Bishops announced their request at the end of their Sept. 16-21 fall gathering in Phoenix, Arizona. In a lengthy and strongly worded "mind of the house" resolution, they said they were "profoundly troubled by the outcome of the disciplinary action" against Bennison, and had concluded that his "capacity to exercise the ministry of pastoral oversight is irretrievably damaged."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

Bishop declines request to resign; SNAP responds

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris, Outreach Director for SNAP 314 862 7688

(America’s Episcopal bishops have formally urged PA Bishop Charles Bennison to resign, because Bennison ignored and concealed his brother’s child sex crimes. Late yesterday, Bennison said he would NOT step down.)

Bishop Charles Bennison insists on rubbing even more salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of clergy sex abuse victims by minimizing their suffering and selfishly clinging to his personal power and prestige.

Three time in his short, formal statement, Bennison refers to hurtful and illegal child sex crimes as a “relationship.” When an adult sexually violates a child, it is a devastating crime. Calling it “a relationship” is, at best, sorely misguided. At worst, it is insulting and degrading, implying that a child somehow consented in his or her own victimization.

If I rob a bank, even repeatedly, no one talks of my “financial relationship” with that institution. No adult should ever diminish the horror of abuse or cast doubt about who’s responsible for it by using words like “relationship” to describe it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Our Mother of Mercy

TEXAS
Houston Press

By John Nova Lomax Wednesday, Sep 22 2010

Ask any person of the cloth — the Lord works in a mysterious way, and nowhere more so than on the Bolivar Peninsula after Hurricane Ike. Especially for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston: Human logic and raw capitalism would have dictated the opposite outcome Ike delivered.

Maddeningly for the Church's bean counters, Ike's fury merely sideswiped Our Mother of Mercy, a dowdy, declining parish of only 75 registered members in sleepy bayside Port Bolivar. While that number was swollen by vacationers in the summer, the archdiocese viewed the church as old and in the way, especially in comparison to the newer, relatively sexy St. Therese of Lisieux, a sanctuary seven miles away in booming Crystal Beach. St. Therese did not last for even 15 years; the 1994 construction had to be razed when its post-Ike remains were deemed a safety hazard.

While His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and his underlings cursed their luck in the Chancery in Houston, some of the parishioners of 50-year-old OMM believed a heavenly miracle had taken place. Amid some of the most extensive devastation the Texas coast had ever seen, their church was a rare survivor. Sure, the buildings in the humble little complex — a church, a rectory, a parish hall and a barbecue shack — had at least some flood damage, and maybe a little mold, but they were all still structurally sound and salvageable. Indeed, Comeaux Parish Hall, which stood on a little elevation, was said to be practically in pre-storm fettle — several parishioners say only two inches of water made it into the building.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Pope’s visit, week’s stories show divisions, rays of hope

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Sep. 24, 2010 All Things Catholic

Three important stories washed across the Catholic radar screen this week, each with something to say about where things stand vis-à-vis the church in the early 21st century. They were:

•The conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI’s improbably successful Sept. 16-19 trip to the United Kingdom, which, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron, made the secular Brits “sit up and listen”;
•A new Vatican Bank scandal, with $30 million in bank funds frozen by Italian authorities and its top two officials placed under investigation for alleged violations of anti-money laundering protocols;
•A strong statement from the Committee on Doctrine of the U.S. bishops’ conference accusing two Creighton theologians of distorting the Catholic moral tradition on issues such as homosexuality, contraception, and artificial reproduction.

Taken together, these three developments confirm that the Catholic church is beset by important challenges, both from within and without, but also suggest that it may possess some surprising residual strength.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

In the news: Victims beg accused minister’s backers for “sensitivity”

UNITED STATES
Seth H. Langson

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging backers of a prominent Atlanta minister being sued for alleged sexual misconduct to be “open-minded and sensitive” and avoid “attacking” his accusers.

Leaders of a Chicago-based self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to some staff and members at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church with advice on what the organization calls “the compassionate and appropriate ways” to respond to charges that Pastor Eddie Long sexually exploited three young congregants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

CNN Rehashes Old Charges in Attack on Pope Benedict

UNITED STATES
Christian News Wire

Contact: Christine Valentine-Owsik, Valentine Communications, For: Our Sunday Visitor, 215-230-8095, COwsik@osv.com; John Norton, Editor, Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly, 260-359-2536, JNorton@osv.com

HUNTINGTON, Ind., Sept. 24 /Christian Newswire/ -- A preview of a CNN special set to air Sept. 25 and 26 is another clumsy attempt to implicate Pope Benedict XVI in the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church, according to authors of a recent book investigating the charges against the pope.

Gregory Erlandson and Dr. Matthew Bunson, authors of Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal (Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2010), said that the news network has rehashed old charges already discredited by a variety of reports, including their own. The one-hour special was previewed on CNN's Belief Blog Sept. 23.

"How exactly does CNN have so little journalistic integrity that it can repeat inaccuracies that were widely debunked seven months ago, and for which there is clear, incontrovertible documentary evidence available?" Erlandson and Bunson asked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Pope named as defendant in Catholic sex abuse probe

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Daniel Bates

The Pope has been named as a defendant for the first time in a lawsuit over the child abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic church.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, as he was known then, is said to have failed to take action against an American priest who molested up to 200 boys at a deaf school.

Father Lawrence C Murphy abused the children in their dormitory beds in Wisconsin where he worked between 1950 and 1974.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:46 AM

Catholic school's ex-principal faces more charges

CANADA
CBC News

Last Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010
CBC News

Charges of sexual abuse are mounting against a former principal of Holy Names Catholic High School in Windsor, Ont.

William Hodgson Marshall, 88, was arrested in Toronto on Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent assault.

Those accusations are in addition to charges Windsor police laid against Marshall earlier this year for alleged abuses there, including one count of sexual assault and five charges of indecent assault involving six victims. The charges date back to the 1980s and '50s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

MacKillop exposed paedophile priest

AUSTRALIA
Brisbane Times

Jacqueline Maley
September 25, 2010

MARY MacKILLOP was excommunicated from the Catholic Church partly as revenge for helping to expose the paedophilia of a South Australian priest, a new documentary about the life of the controversial sister claims.

The documentary for the ABC's Compass program claims sisters in MacKillop's Josephite order of nuns attracted the ire of a South Australian priest for telling authorities that a Father Keating, of Kapunda, was molesting children at the local church school.

The sisters reported the abuse to the vicar-general and disciplinary action was taken against Keating, humiliating him and angering a Father Charles Horan, who was close to the bishop of Adelaide, Bishop Shiel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

MacKillop banished after uncovering sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

Mary MacKillop, the nun who will soon be Australia's first saint, was excommunicated by the Catholic Church because she and sisters of the order she co-founded discovered children were being abused by a priest and went public, ABC's Compass program can reveal.

In 1871, after only four years as a nun, she was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church and turned out onto the street with no money and no-where to go.

MacKillop's cause for sainthood began in 1925 and has had the tireless backing of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart, the order she founded.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Sex abuse victim learns of Pope's role

UNITED STATES
CNN

Editor’s note: A one-hour CNN special, “What the Pope Knew,” will air this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, at 8pm and 11pm ET. This story is drawn from that report.

By Brian Rokus
CNN Special Investigations Unit

MORRISONVILLE, Ill. – Matt McCormick was in the seventh grade when Father Alvin Campbell gave him a ride home from a baseball game. As they were driving along country roads, Campbell put his hand on McCormick’s thigh and “just left it there.”

It was the first time the priest had touched him. During the next three years, McCormick says, the abuse would go much further.

That was 25 years ago. Just three months ago, he learned that Pope Benedict XVI played a role in keeping his abuser in the church when CNN told him about a letter signed by the pontiff – then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger – refusing to defrock the pedophile priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

Poll shows: Yeshivas more aware of sex abuse, in need of better detection skills

UNITED STATES
Cliffview Pilot

Friday, 24 September 2010 13:09 Jerry DeMarco

Although administrators at many Jewish elementary schools say they believe reporting sex abuse doesn’t violate their faith, a study shows they’re afraid they're not properly trained in recognizing it -- an admission that some say could lead to the kind of attention needed to root out the problem.

As reported in The Jewish Star: A poll of 135 North American yeshivas and day schools found an overwhelming number of administrators who say they have policies in place to deal with sexual abuse. Nearly all agree reporting abusers to authorities wouldn’t violate halacha. Still, they didn’t feel confident in their ability to recognize signs of abuse.

“This represents a tipping point in recognizing abuse in the community,” said Scott Goldberg, director of the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education, which conducted the poll.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Gay sex, fraud and a bishop ‘dripping with diamonds’

UNITED KINGDOM
London Evening Standard

James Fenton
24.09.10

Bishop Eddie Long, one of the stately homophobes of the American South, was accused this week by three young men of having induced them, over the years, to have sex with him.

The charges, which the bishop, a high-octane preacher, vehemently denies, are not criminal. All of the young men were over 16, the Georgia age of consent, at the time. At issue are allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud and other civil matters.

Nonetheless it would come as a blow to the 25,000-strong congregation of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church if the pattern of behaviour outlined in the three very similar complaints was shown to be correct, if there had indeed been “oral sodomy” at the bishop's guest house in Snapfinger Road, Lithonia. Sodomy in Snapfinger Road: you can see what the press might make of this.

The mega-church that Bishop Long built up from a core of 300 souls is one of the astonishing success-stories of the South. It is a great money-spinner. According to a report in 2005 in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, one of Bishop Long's charities, Bishop Eddie Long Ministries Inc, paid him more than $3 million between 1997 and 2000, in addition to a luxury home and a Bentley. If, as we read, Bishop Long appeared before his congregation “dripping with diamonds”, that might be part of the reason why.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Former Md. priest agrees to plea

MARYLAND
Washington Post

A Frederick County prosecutor says a defrocked Roman Catholic priest has agreed to a plea deal to resolve charges he sexually abused an altar boy in 1976.

Seventy-four-year-old Thomas Bevan of Cascade has a hearing scheduled for Friday morning in Frederick.

Bevan’s lawyer didn’t return a call from The Associated Press.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Cardinal Roger Mahony Vilified for Cleansing 'Predator Priests' List of Names from His L.A. Archdiocese Web Site

LOS ANGELES (CA)
LA Weekly

By Patrick Range McDonald, Thu., Sep. 23 2010

​With Cardinal Roger Mahony getting ready to retire from the Roman Catholic Los Angeles Archdiocese, his eminence is pulling some strange, ill-conceived moves again, now refusing to maintain an updated list of sexually abusive priests on the archdiocese's web site.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a national watchdog group, is livid.

"If Mahony can't do the easy thing and warn parishioners about dangerous men who worked with and around their kids," Joelle Casteix, a leader of SNAP, emails L.A. Weekly, "how can we expect him to do the right thing? ... We simply can't."

For years, Mahony has been pilloried by the public, even investigated by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, for his mishandling of L.A. archdiocese priests who sexually abused parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 AM

Becker will mit Papst über Verhütung reden

DEUTSCHLAND
Focus

Der deutsche Papst empfängt den deutschen Tennishelden. Und geht es nach Boris Becker, wird dabei nicht über Filzkugeln geredet, sondern über weit heiklere Themen.

"Wenn der Heilige Vater Zeit hat, würde ich mit ihm gern die Themen Missbrauch und Verhütung diskutieren“, sagte der 42-Jährige der Zeitschrift „Bunte“. Becker und seine Frau Lilly werden den Angaben zufolge Ende Oktober bei einer Privataudienz vom Papst empfangen.

Bereits im März hatte Becker angekündigt, es sei „ein großer Traum von ihm“ mit seinem Sohn Amadeus zu einer Audienz nach Rom zu reisen. Sein jüngster Sprössling heißt mit zweitem Namen Benedict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

NSAC ANNOUNCES SUPPORT of IRISH SUNDAY MASS BOYCOTT SEPTEMBER 26

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kristine Ward, www.nsacoalition.org, 937-272-0308, KristineWard@hotmail.com

The United States based National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) supports the Sunday, September 26 Mass boycott in Ireland and calls upon Catholics in the United States and around the world to boycott in solidarity.

NSAC takes this action because the boycott is rooted in a response to the sexual abuse scandal and justice for women.

The coalition does not take this action because we do not understand the value of the Mass or the Sunday obligation. We do.

The Irish boycott was called by Jennifer Sleeman, an 80 year old Irish woman in Clonakilty, Cork, who is the mother of a monk and 54 years a convert to Catholicism. Her call to action came after the release of the Murphy and Ryan reports in Ireland through which horrible revelations of abuse of children came to light along with the protection of abusers by bishops and religious superiors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Priest Abuse Victim Lawyers Reject Delaware Church Bankruptcy Payout Plan

DELAWARE
Bloomberg

By Steven Church - Sep 24, 2010

Lawyers for people allegedly sexually abused by priests in the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, rejected an offer that would pay victims as much as $75,000 each as part of a plan to end the local church’s bankruptcy.

Under the proposal filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, sex-abuse victims who sued the diocese in state court in Delaware would have their cases closed and moved either to federal court or put before a special mediator named by the Diocese.

Should the mediator find the claim is legitimate, the victim would be allowed to collect as much as $75,000 from a trust fund the diocese proposed to set up. The diocese didn’t say how much money it would put into the trust or whether the fund would have enough money in it to cover all claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

The Pope's Banker Weathers the Storm

ROME
Chiesa

A judicial investigation hits the Vatican Bank and its president, Gotti Tedeschi. But he has been working for a year precisely to purge it of malfeasance. With the full mandate of Benedict XVI, and with many external and internal enemies

by Sandro Magister

ROME, September 24, 2010 – Ever since, one year ago, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was called by the secretariat of state and by the pope to head the Istituto per le Opere di Religione, IOR, the Vatican bank, all of his efforts have been aimed, in his words, at "making every operation more transparent and in line with international standards."

But last September 21 was for him a "black Tuesday." just when a book he has written on how to shape the economy according to Christian moral criteria was being released in bookstores, Gotti Tedeschi was put under investigation by Roman authorities for omission of procedures against money laundering, in one of the IOR's own accounts deposited with an Italian bank.

The Vatican authorities immediately closed ranks in defense of their banker, first with a statement from the secretariat of state, then with a note in "L'Osservatore Romano," and finally with a letter from Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the press office of the Holy See, in the "Financial Times."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

L' era dei segreti sotto il regno di Marcinkus, «banchiere di Dio»

ROMA
Corriere Della Sera

ROMA - La didascalia annuncia sorniona «il risveglio del dragone»: e in foto lui non sorride, fa una smorfia, perché è un tipo riservato, con relazioni oculate e vaste - dall' Opus Dei al cardinal Bertone e a Giulio Tremonti - ma forse anche perché conosce il senso dei presagi, sa che certe volte la cronaca gioca a rimpiattino con la storia. Sicché adesso, tra i guai piovuti come una perturbazione degli anni Ottanta sul suo Ior - la banca «dei preti e dei massoni» nei giorni cupi della P2 e dell' Ambrosiano - quella foto e quella didascalia, pur estranee (si riferiscono alla presentazione di un libro sull' economia cinese, da cui il dragone), assumono altro sapore e colore. Perché, se la Procura non ha preso una cantonata, dall' altra parte del Tevere, nell' impenetrabile torre del Quattrocento edificata da Niccolò V e sede dell' Istituto, potrebbe agitarsi sul serio un vecchio drago che forse non s' è mai assopito davvero, e lui, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, potrebbe stargli seduto da un anno sulla coda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Pm disposti a sbloccare i 23 milioni dello Ior: «Ma spieghino i conti»

ROMA
Corriere Della Sera

ROMA - Adesso l' obiettivo è accertare a chi fossero destinati i 23 milioni sequestrati. E per quale motivo lo Ior abbia tentato di trasferirli alla JP Morgan a Francoforte e alla Banca del Fucino a Roma. Per chiarire i dettagli della transazione, bloccata perché non sarebbero state rispettate le norme antiriciclaggio, la procura non esclude di interrogare i vertici della banca vaticana: il presidente, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, e il direttore generale, Paolo Cipriani, indagati per la violazione di due articoli del decreto del 2007. Regole severe che, nei casi più gravi, prevedono una pena fino a tre anni e un multa fino a 50 mila euro. Il procuratore aggiunto Nello Rossi e il pm Stefano Rocco Fava convocheranno i responsabili dello Ior «se sarà necessario». Cioè in base agli sviluppi dell' inchiesta. Intanto hanno interrogato, come testimoni, i dirigenti del Credito Artigiano, che il 14 settembre ha comunicato a via Nazionale la richiesta di eseguire i due bonifici finiti nel mirino del Nucleo valutario. Dalle deposizioni sarebbe emerso che più volte il Credito Artigiano avrebbe insistito per ottenere le informazioni previste dal decreto del 2007. Senza successo, però: lo Ior avrebbe mostrato «rigidità» che avrebbero reso «difficili» i rapporti con l' istituto di credito italiano. A questo punto i magistrati disegnano due scenari. Uno è che la banca della Santa Sede ricorra al Riesame e sollevi, eventualmente, un conflitto di giurisdizione. Anche se già nel 2003, in occasione dell' inchiesta sull' elettrosmog di Radio Vaticana, la Cassazione ha dato ragione all' Italia. L' altro è che lo Ior fornisca le informazioni richieste: una scelta che convincerebbe la procura a revocare il sequestro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

I movimenti sospetti sui conti dello Ior

ROMA
Corriere Della Sera

Tre operazioni di accredito, due conti correnti estinti, un elenco di «soggetti» che hanno incassato assegni o ricevuto bonifici. Su questo si concentra l’indagine della Procura di Roma sui depositi aperti presso il Credito Artigiano di Roma e intestati allo Ior dopo il sequestro dei 23 milioni avvenuto due giorni fa. Perché, nonostante il blocco operativo deciso dai vertici dell’istituto di credito il 19 aprile scorso, due settimane fa il presidente Ettore Gotti Tedeschi e il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani hanno tentato di trasferire quel denaro in parte in Germania (20 milioni di euro presso la JP Morgan di Francoforte), in parte presso un altro conto (3 milioni presso una filiale della Banca del Fucino sempre nella capitale). E per questo sono accusati di violazione della normativa antiriciclaggio.

I vertici dello Ior erano stati avvisati della necessità di mettersi in regola con la normativa che impone a tutte le banche extracomunitarie di comunicare le informazioni sulla propria clientela prima di effettuare qualsiasi operazione. Si tratta dei cosiddetti «obblighi rafforzati » che riguardano la fornitura di assegni, l’esecuzione di bonifici e le operazioni contanti. Avevano assicurato di avere attivato la procedura e di essere pronti a consegnare le informazioni richieste. Ma non è accaduto quanto promesso ed è intervenuta la magistratura.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Vatican Bank Unaware Italian Account Was Frozen, Corriere Says

ROME
Business Week

September 24, 2010

By Jeffrey Donovan

Sept. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The Vatican Bank was unaware that its account at a Rome bank had been frozen for alleged violation of money-laundering laws when it tried to wire cash from it this month, sparking an Italian probe, Chairman Ettore Gotti Tedeschi told Corriere della Sera.

The Institute for Religious Works, or IOR as the Vatican Bank is called, would not have requested the transfers from its Credito Artigiano SpA account had it known that the account was blocked, he suggested in an interview published today.

Milan-based Credito Artigiano froze the account on April 18 after the IOR failed to provide data on its client relationships as required by the Bank of Italy and European money-laundering laws, Corriere said on Sept. 22, citing court documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Bank of Italy Warned Lenders on Vatican Bank Transactions, Corriere Says

ROME
Bloomberg

By Jeffrey Donovan - Sep 24, 2010

The Bank of Italy sent two letters to Italian lenders this year asking them to closely scrutinize transactions involving the Vatican Bank, Corriere della Sera reported, citing the notes.

The letters, sent in January and on Sept. 9, asked lenders to inform the Bank of Italy of any failure by the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR, as the Vatican Bank is called, to respect “the most basic requirements of money-laundering rules” in transactions at Italian banks, the daily said today.

According to legislation aimed at fighting money laundering adopted in 2008, Italian lenders must apply stricter standards to non-European Union banks operating in the country, Corriere said. The IOR, which is based in sovereign Vatican City, says it doesn’t operate in Italy while the Bank of Italy claims it does, the newspaper said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

A Permanent Scandal to the World

UNITED STATES
New Oxford Review

By Chene Richard Heady

Chene Richard Heady is Assistant Professor of English at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. His articles have been published in Touchstone, Renascence, The Catholic Digest, and other periodicals.

The son of a Pentecostal father and a lapsed Catholic mother, I was received into the Catholic Church in 1993, largely under the influence of John Henry Newman. I was a Bible-college student when I first encountered Newman's case for Catholicism, so I'd already been in the habit of studying Scripture and pondering the nature of the early Church. Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845) convinced me that the Catholic Church is the organic heir of the Church of the Apostles. He demonstrates convincingly that the Catholic Church possesses a unique ability to develop through time and expand across space, assimilating new philosophies and cultures, while still preserving intact the vision and type of apostolic Christianity. Like many before me, I was — and remain — persuaded by his ideas.

But one of Newman's apologetics for the Catholic Church always troubled me. It actually struck me as an argument against the Catholic Church, or at least against the Catholic Church as I had witnessed her in my lifetime. In his Lectures on the Present Position of Catholics in England (1851), Newman asserts that if the Catholic Church is spiritually legitimate, then she ought to be under continual assault by secular governments and the secular press. In this work Newman describes a cultural environment that should be familiar to American Catholics in 2010. In Victorian England, the Catholic priest was commonly portrayed as a sexual predator preying on youths of both sexes; this was a polemical inversion of the argument for clerical celibacy, as many scholars have noted. Many Victorians even believed that priests kept their sexual victims locked in underground cells, and Newman narrates with some dark comedy how his own attempt to construct a vegetable cellar came to be reported in the popular press as proof of the legend!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Church rules are under scrutiny like never before

SCOTLAND
The Press and Journal

By DEREK LORD

Published: 24/09/2010

AS THE Popemobile disappears over the horizon and Ian Paisley sucks on a Fisherman’s Friend to ease his torn vocal chords brought about by roaring “no surrender” and “down with the Antichrist”, or whatever it was he was shouting at his arch-enemy as he stalked the pontiff on his British tour, I can’t help wondering what all the fuss was about.

As a bewildered agnostic, I don’t have a lot of time for organised religion in any shape or form, but I have no quarrel with anyone who chooses to believe that there is some heavenly being out there somewhere who is on their side, provided they obey a few simple rules.

If it helps them get through the day, that’s their business, although in my limited experience of churchgoing folk I have found that most of them are pretty selective when it comes to the rules they obey.

Indeed, I can think of at least one church elder from our local kirk who has about as much Christian charity in her soul as Attila the Hun or Vlad the Impaler. But hopefully, she is the exception that proves the rule.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

’Misbruik jeugdzorg was lang geen item’

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Emotionele verhalen, vernietigde dossiers en onbetrouwbare geheugens. Er zijn veel hobbels op het pad van de commissie-Samson, die onderzoek doet naar seksueel kindermisbruik in jeugdzorginstellingen sinds 1945.

Voormalig procureur-generaal Rieke Samson-Geerlings, voorzitter van de onafhankelijke commissie-Samson, presenteerde gisteren het plan van aanpak van de commissie. Ze legt uit hoe ze ’zo zorgvuldig mogelijk’ te werk gaat.

U kreeg tot nog toe 110 meldingen van slachtoffers. Is dat veel of weinig?

„Daar heb ik een dubbel gevoel bij. Het liefst zouden we zien dat er geen enkel geval zou zijn omdat kindermisbruik in de jeugdzorg niet voorkomt. Maar als het gebeurt, wat we mogen aannemen, dan willen we alle gevallen zien om een zo goed mogelijk beeld te krijgen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Inquiry into Vatican finances widens

ROME
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By RACHEL DONADIO • New York Times | Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010

ROME — As an inquiry into its murky finances looked poised to widen, the Vatican swiftly went on the defensive Thursday, saying that the seizure of $30 million from a Vatican bank account and the judicial investigation of the bank's two top officials were the result of a misunderstanding.

On Tuesday, Italian officials announced an inquiry into the Vatican bank's top officials for having failed to explain adequately the origins of $30 million transferred from one of its accounts in a Rome bank. Magistrates opened the investigation based on an alert from the Bank of Italy, the nation's central bank.

The authorities said they had seized the $30 million preventively but have not pressed charges against the Vatican bank's chairman, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, or its director general, Paolo Cipriani.

Like the clerical sexual abuse crisis that has troubled the Roman Catholic Church in recent months, the financial inquiry appeared to open another front in a quiet war between church and state in Europe — or perhaps signaled the further waning of an era in which the Vatican was seen as untouchable.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Vatican Bank Scandal amid Italian Money-Laundering Probe

ROME
TIME/Yahoo News

By STEPHAN FARIS / ROME Stephan Faris / Rome – Fri Sep 24

When news first broke on Tuesday that Italian prosecutors were investigating the Vatican Bank for violations of anti-money-laundering regulations, the story seemed to be that the bank had returned to its old ways. Reports in the press referenced the Vatican's connection to a 1980s financial scandal in which Italy's second largest bank, Banco Ambrosiano, went spectacularly bankrupt, collapsing under $1.3 billion of debt amid allegations of involvement by the Mafia and Masonic lodges. "The Vatican Bank has a very negative image," says Philip Willan, author of The Last Supper, a book about the death of the Banco Ambrosiano's chairman, who was found hanging under a London bridge, his pockets stuffed with rocks and thousands of dollars in cash. "Every time there's a whiff of scandal, all the papers dig out their files."

The Vatican Bank, a private bank that manages assets for religious orders and funds for Catholic charities, is estimated to hold assets worth $5 billion. In this latest scandal, Italian authorities have seized $30 million from Vatican accounts and placed the bank's president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and chief executive, Paolo Cipriani, under investigation. The probe centers on two money transfers - $26 million to JPMorgan Frankfurt and $4 million to Italy's Banca del Fucino - that allegedly didn't include all the information required by Italy's anti-money-laundering laws. According to Italian reports, prosecutors are trying to find out for whom the money was destined and the identity of the sender. The Vatican Bank denies any wrongdoing and puts the missing information down to a "procedural error." (See pictures of the Pope's recent trip to the U.K.)

But the very fact the investigation exists at all is an indication that the days of Vatican secrecy - at least when it comes to banking - could soon be over. The worst of the bank's excesses came at the height of the Cold War, says Willan, when the Catholic Church was consumed by the threat of the Soviet Union. In a sharply divided world, the Holy See found itself on the same side as the Mafia, whose Sicilian vote-buying operations propped up the Christian Democrats against the communists. Meanwhile, the Vatican's sovereign status and tight-lipped policies offered Italians an offshore bank they could walk to, ideal for funneling funds to resistance groups in Eastern Europe or Central America, or otherwise moving money out of the country. "The feeling was that anything was justified if it was being done to combat communism," says Willan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Vatican Bank Scandal: Money Laundering -- or Manufactured Charges?

VATICAN CITY
Politics Daily (United States)

David Gibson

VATICAN CITY -- As the legendary Italian journalist Luigi Barzini often observed, everything in Italy is about making a grand display, and yet nothing is at it seems.

That paradox certainly seemed evident in the Vatican bank affair that broke this week with titillating news about possible money laundering by Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, head of the Institute for Religious Works, as the Vatican bank is formally known, and his chief lieutenant, Paolo Cipriani.

The story made headlines around the world, and why not? It has all the elements of a Dan Brown thriller:

There is the Vatican and its rumored wealth (not so much, in reality), plus accusations of money laundering that conjure images of sordid crimes. And at the center is a member of the conservative Catholic society Opus Dei -- a squeaky-clean Italian economist who was appointed to the post of "God's Banker" by Pope Benedict XVI less than a year ago to help the Vatican's financial institution become more transparent in its dealings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

German Catholics to pay up

GERMANY
The Province (Canada)

Agence France-Presse; September 24, 2010

Germany's Roman Catholic Church is preparing to provide payments to victims of sexual abuse by its priests but has not decided how much to offer, its most senior bishop said Thursday.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, said during its autumn gathering in the western city of Fulda that the church would table a proposal next week during a meeting with government officials.

"We are ready to get involved financially," Zollitsch said, with the aim of "helping victims overcome their fate as victims."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Apology from the Pope not enough says Richhill man abused in institutions

IRELAND
Portadown Times

A RICHHILL man fighting the cause of thousands of children from his generation abused in institutions all over Ireland has welcomed the Pope's apology to victims of Catholic abuse.

However, Tom Hayes (64) who was abused when in the care of the Sisters of Mercy in Killarney and in the notorious Limerick Industrial School, claimed the Pontiff did not go far enough with his apology on his state visit to the UK last week.

He said, “I agree that the Pope’s apology, during his UK visit, to the victims of clerical abuse was acceptable, fulsome and heartfelt.

“But the abuse in Ireland’s 154 Catholic institutions was far more widespread. It was physical, sexual and emotional, and - with the Pope reported to be coming to Ireland in 2012 - I believe he should apologise to all those victims far in advance of such a visit.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Opinion: Bishop Long and What's Long Overdue for Christians

UNITED STATES
AOL News

Michael Arceneaux

(Sept. 24) -- In the eyes of Bishop Eddie Long, "homosexuality is a manifestation of the fallen man."

Given Long's history of vitriolic criticism of gays, it's easy to revel in the idea of him turning out to be another self-hating hypocrite who had to turn to teenage boys to deal with the man he truly is. Unfortunately, I worry that even if the "sexual coercion" charges leveled against Long by three young men are proven true, churchgoers may still use this lawsuit to further deepen their mistrust of homosexuals.

If so, it will be another missed opportunity for many Christians to wake up and question a prejudice they've been conditioned to accept and perpetuate for far too long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Megachurch Head Accused of Sexual Abuse

GEORGIA
Courthouse News Service

DECATUR, Ga. (CN) - Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta, coerced three young men in his congregation into sexual relationships, the alleged victims claim in DeKalb County Court. Long allegedly seduced his so-called "spiritual sons" with cars, clothes, cash, jewelry, electronics, international trips and "access to numerous celebrities."

Long leads the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and an offshoot ministry called the Longfellows Youth Academy.

The young men say Long "has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Megachurch pastor keeps mum on sex allegations

ATLANTA (GA)
Forbes

By ERRIN HAINES, 09.24.10

ATLANTA -- On Sunday mornings, accused megachurch Bishop Eddie Long is usually draped in regal robes and dripping with diamonds and platinum - the kind of material rewards he often says are in God's plan for those listening.

His message expected this Sunday will be the first in public since three young men accused him in lawsuits of having sexual relationships with them, which he has vehemently denied only through his lawyer and a Twitter posting.

Long built his congregation into a megachurch empire, telling his followers God wanted them to be wealthy and delivering fiery sermons with a secular swagger. He hangs with celebrities like rapper T.I. and donates money to charities and candidates. Even the county sheriff is among his followers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Windsor man shattered by alleged assaults of Rev. William Hodgson Marshall

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Frances Willick, The Windsor Star September 24, 2010

WINDSOR Ont. — He remembers all too clearly the day he skipped class -- it was the only day "Andrew," a self-described "goody two-shoes," ever played hooky during his five years at Assumption College Catholic high school.

It was also the day he nearly killed himself.

He says he wandered down to the Detroit River, pacing the waterfront for hours, sometimes perching on the railing with his legs dangling over the water's edge, trying to summon the courage to throw himself into the swift waters.

Nearly 30 years later, Andrew still thinks about suicide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Clergy abuse in Delaware: Wilmington Diocese outlines cash-out strategy

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By SEAN O'SULLIVAN • The News Journal • September 24, 2010

WILMINGTON -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington said it plans to put all its assets -- including property and cash -- into a pot to be divided up among survivors of priest sexual abuse and other creditors, under a bankruptcy reorganization plan filed Thursday.

The home of the bishop on Bancroft Parkway in the city would be sold -- forcing Wilmington Bishop W. Francis Malooly to find a new place to live, said diocese attorney Anthony G. Flynn.

The cash value of two buildings the diocese uses for office space on Union Street and Delaware Avenue would be put up -- likely forcing the diocese to rent or lease back that office space. And a handful of other diocese-owned properties along with about $12 million in cash would go into the pot, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Church sex scandal takes toll on victims' lawyers

UNITED STATES
The Associated Press

By DENISE LAVOIE (AP)

BOSTON — Attorney Ray Boucher helped secure a record $660 million settlement from the Los Angeles Archdiocese on behalf of more than 500 people molested by priests. Five days after the settlement was announced, his wife left him.

Eric MacLeish, the hard-charging lawyer whose work for victims helped spur the resignation of Boston's Cardinal Bernard Law in 2002, later suffered a breakdown, stopped practicing law and got divorced.

And Steve Rubino, once such an observant Catholic he couldn't believe a priest would molest a child, lost his faith and eventually retired from the law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Priest acquitted of child abuse in Devon

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A priest and former primary school teacher has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting pupils.

Canon James Wilson, 62, of The Rectory, Calstock, Cornwall, had denied 16 charges of sexual assault.

Plymouth Crown Court was told that the charges related to when he was teaching in Plymouth between 1974 and 1981.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

September 23, 2010

Sex abuse charges dismissed against priest who once served in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (LA)
The Times-Picayune

Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune

A West Virginia court has dismissed criminal sex abuse charges against a Catholic priest who lived and worked in New Orleans in the early 1970s.

The Rev. Robert Poandl, a member of the Glenmary Home Missioners, supervised a group of young Loyola University students living in community while they considered whether they wanted to join the Glenmary order.

Poandl left New Orleans in 1975 after two years of service. Earlier this year authorities in Roane County indicted him on charges related to the rape of a 10-year-old boy in Spencer, W. Va., in 1991. Archbishop Gregory Aymond subsequently publicized news of Poandl's indictment, as a local survivors' group requested, in the event Poandl might have harmed people in New Orleans who had been too intimidated to speak out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 PM

Bisdom Hasselt nuanceert standpunt over celibaat

BELGIE
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 23 september 2010 - De zegsman van de Hasseltse bisschop Patrick Hoogmartens heeft diens vermeende uitspraken in Het Belang van Limburg over het verplichte priestercelibaat genuanceerd. De bisschop zou in een interview met de krant gezegd hebben dat hij voorstander is van gehuwde priesters. “Dit interview heeft echter nooit plaats gehad”, aldus bisdomwoordvoerder Clem Vande Broek vandaag tegenover katholieknederland.nl.

De Kesel
De celibaatkwestie werd aan het bisdom Hasselt voorgelegd in verband met uitspraken van bisschop Jozef De Kesel van Brugge. Die had op 18 september voor de VRT-radio gezegd dat hij het verplichte priestercelibaat ter discussie wil stellen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 PM

IPB WIL DEBAT OVER GETROUWDE PRIESTERS

BELGIE
KerkNet

BRUSSEL (KerkNet) – Het Interdiocesaan Pastoraal Beraad (IPB), het overleg- en advies- en inspraakorgaan van de Vlaamse kerkgemeenschap, vindt de tijd rijp voor een debat over het celibaat en de rol van vrouwen in de Kerk. Voorzitster Josian Caproens: “De crisis dwingt de Kerk ertoe grondig te reflecteren over wat haar eigenlijke opdracht is vanuit het evangelie en hoe ze die opdracht kan waarmaken in de samenleving van vandaag en morgen. Dit betekent ook dat ze ernstig werk moet maken van structurele veranderingen.”

Zorg voor de slachtoffers

“Laat eerst en vooral duidelijk zijn dat we als Kerk, kerkverantwoordelijken én leken, zorg moeten dragen voor de slachtoffers. Er moet een gewaarborgd wettelijk kader komen waarin kerk, justitie, zorgverlening en slachtoffers samenwerken. Maar geloofsgemeenschappen moeten vanuit hun christen-zijn nog meer oog hebben voor de zwakken en gekwetsten in de samenleving en binnen de kerk, een kerk waarin het mens- en godsbeeld uit het evangelie ook tegendraads aan kracht mag winnen. Slachtoffers moeten er een luisterend oor vinden. De manier waarop we als samenleving en Kerk omgaan met daders moet ervoor zorgen dat zij de vreselijke gevolgen van hun daden inzien zodat ze door straf en mededogen heen hun verantwoordelijkheid tot heling kunnen nemen. Maar het is niet zo dat als we hiermee in het reine zijn, we gewoon kunnen overgaan tot de orde van de dag.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Pédophilie: De Clerck veut une Commission interparlementaire

BELGIQUE
7 Sur 7

Le ministre de la Justice Stefaan De Clerck fera un nouveau point de la situation sur les suites qu'il convient d'apporter aux travaux de la Commission Adriaenssens qui s'est penchée sur les abus sexuels dans l'Eglise. Il s'exprimera jeudi à 14 heures 30 en Commission de la Justice du Sénat. Le ministre est favorable à l'installation d'une Commission mixte Chambre-Sénat éventuellement étendue aux parlements de Communauté, chargée d'examiner les améliorations à apporter en matière de justice.

"Oui, c'est le point de vue défendu par le CD&V et je le rappellerai jeudi. Nous voulons une Commission mixte, aussi avec les parlements communautaires", a-t-il indiqué mercredi.

Dépasser le cadre de l'Eglise
Alors que certains partis demandent l'organisation d'une Commission d'enquête parlementaire, le CD&V souhaite l'installation d'une Commission interparlementaire spéciale qui se pencherait sur la problématique des abus sexuels dans le cadre d'une relation d'autorité. Le cadre serait donc plus large que l'Eglise. Selon les voeux du CD&V, la Commission devrait se pencher sur les améliorations à apporter en matière de justice et d'assistance aux victimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 PM

Pédophilie : la presse britannique épingle le pape

FRANCE
France2

En visite en Grande-Bretagne depuis jeudi, le pape risque d'avoir à affronter la polémique sur les cas de pédophilies

La presse britannique, unanime, se demande "s'il pourra échapper au scandale sur la pédophilie", résume The Independent.

Dans l'avion le conduisant jeudi vers l'Ecosse, première étape de sa visite de quatre jours, le souverain pontife a admis que "l'autorité de l'Eglise" n'avait "pas été assez vigilante" sur les cas de pédophilie parmi le clergé.

La publication en novembre 2009 en Irlande d'un rapport révélant des centaines d'abus sur des enfants par des prêtres couverts par la hiérarchie a entraîné la plus grave crise de l'Eglise ces dernières années. Des scandales similaires ont surgi, notamment en Allemagne et en Belgique, où des centaines d'autres cas ont été révélés. "Ces révélations ont été pour moi un choc et une grande tristesse", a déclaré le pape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

Meurtrie et divisée, l’Église belge cherche des réponses à la crise

BELGIQUE
La Croix

Après la démission en avril de l’ancien évêque de Bruges pour pédophilie et la publication la semaine dernière d’un rapport accablant, les catholiques belges sont désemparés. D’autant que cette crise s’inscrit dans un contexte déjà difficile pour l’Église.

Un « tsunami ». Un « effondrement ». Les médias belges et les catholiques eux-mêmes hésitent à qualifier l’ampleur du scandale pédophile dans l’Église.

La démission, le 23 avril, de Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, alors évêque de Bruges – sans doute la « deuxième personnalité ecclésiale » préférée des Belges derrière le cardinal Godfried Daneels, archevêque de Malines-Bruxelles pendant plus de trente ans – a été un premier choc. La publication la semaine dernière des témoignages de certaines des 475 victimes recensées par la « commission Adriaenssens » le second.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM

"Le célibat alimente une grande frustration sexuelle chez certains prêtres"

BELGIQUE
Le Vif

Le débat sur le célibat des prêtres est relancé par des évêques belges. Cette règle est considérée par beaucoup comme l’une des causes des abus sexuels commis par ces clercs. Le Vif.be a recueilli l’avis d’Emmanuel de Becker pédopsychiatre et psychothérapeute aux Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc.

Emmanuel de Becker : Face à cette règle du célibat, que fait le prêtre ? Il réprime sa sexualité ? Il la transcende ? Un prêtre reste un être humain et est donc confronté inéluctablement à ces questions. Pour certains, le célibat alimente une grande frustration sexuelle. D’autres, que j’ai eu l’occasion de rencontrer, ont un "thermostat sexuel" beaucoup plus froid. C’est l’héritage de leurs gènes, des interactions avec leur milieu et de l’investissement que leurs parents ont fait de leur corps. Chez les uns, la sexualité est très secondaire, chez d’autres, véritables Don Juan en carence affective, le besoin de séduire et d’être valorisé est irrépressible.

Il est question de renforcer la formation des futurs prêtres en matière sexuelle. C’est indispensable ?

Ouvrir les futurs prêtres aux questions de la sexualité me paraît judicieux. Tous les métiers de contact avec des mineurs d’âge devraient d’ailleurs bénéficier d’une sensibilisation au respect des Droits de l’enfant. Mais l’axe de prévention principal doit se situer en amont, au niveau des familles, des interactions entre enfants et parents. Car un agresseur sexuel est, bien souvent, un individu qui, dans son enfance, a été choyé par sa mère, puis brusquement délaissé, voire maltraité par elle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

Allemagne: l'Eglise catholique prête à indemniser les victimes de pédophilie

L'ALLEMAGNE
AFP

BERLIN — L'Eglise catholique allemande, confrontée à une vague d'accusations et à des enquêtes sur des abus sexuels d'enfants par des prêtres, s'est dite prête jeudi à indemniser les victimes.

"Nous sommes prêts à participer financièrement (...) Il s'agit de soutenir les victimes pour les aider à surmonter le passé", a déclaré le président de la conférence épiscopale allemande, l'archevêque Robert Zollitsch, lors de l'assemblée d'automne des évêques à Fulda (ouest).

"Nous avons mis sur pied un mécanisme (...) mais aucun chiffre n'a été décidé", a-t-il dit. Une proposition devrait être faite la semaine prochaine à l'occasion d'une table ronde convoquée par le gouvernement, a-t-il précisé.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 PM

Ouvrir le débat sur le célibat des prêtres et le rôle des femmes

BELGIQUE
7 Sur 7

Après que quelques évêques se sont prononcés pour une révision du principe du célibat des prêtres, c'est au tour de l'Interdiocesaan Pastoraal Beraad (IPB, Conseil pastoral interdiocésain, ndlr) d'estimer qu'il est temps d'ouvrir le débat sur le célibat des prêtres et le rôle des femmes au sein de l'Eglise, peut-on lire mercredi dans le quotidien flamand De Morgen.

Alors que l'Eglise est confrontée à un scandale de pédophilie sans précédent, plusieurs évêques, comme Jozef De Kesel (Bruges) et Johan Bonny (Anvers), se sont ouvertement exprimés en faveur de la suppression du caractère obligatoire du célibat des prêtres.

Les prêtres reçoivent à présent également l'appui de leur base, l'Interdiocesaan Pastoraal Beraad. Dans De Morgen, l'organe de concertation estime qu'il n'y a pas de lien direct entre les abus sexuels et le célibat de prêtres, mais pense que les temps sont mûrs pour une profonde réforme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 PM

L'Église belge promet de tirer les leçons du scandale, sans convaincre

BELGIQUE
Nord eclair

L'Église catholique belge s'est engagée hier à être plus à l'écoute des victimes à l'avenir à la suite du retentissant scandale de pédophilie en son sein, sans convaincre les victimes, alors que le pape a exprimé sa profonde « douleur » face aux révélations qui se multiplient.

« Nous voulons nous engager à une disponibilité maximale pour les victimes » , a assuré le primat de Belgique, André-Joseph Léonard. « Il nous faut écouter leurs questions pour rétablir leur dignité et les aider à guérir de la souffrance qu'ils ont endurée », a-t-il ajouté, trois jours après la publication d'un rapport faisant état de centaines d'abus sexuels commis par des ecclésiastiques pendant des décennies en Belgique. Mgr Léonard a également « renouvelé » son appel aux coupables à se dénoncer, reconnaissant « ne pas avoir vraiment été entendu » jusqu'ici.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 PM

Le tabou du célibat des prêtres remis en question en Belgique

BELGIQUE
AFP

De Philippe SIUBERSKI (AFP)

BRUXELLES — Le célibat des prêtres, principe sur lequel s'arc-boute le Vatican mais contesté par une part de l'opinion catholique, vient d'être remis en question par deux évêques en Belgique, où l'Eglise est ébranlée par un scandale de pédophilie sans précédent.

"Je pense que l'Eglise doit se poser la question de savoir s'il convient de conserver le caractère obligatoire du célibat", a déclaré ce week-end l'évêque de Bruges (ouest), Jozef De Kesel, alors que le célibat des prêtres est perçu par une partie de l'opinion comme l'une des causes de la pédophilie.

"On pourrait dire qu'il y a des prêtres célibataires mais que des personnes pour lesquelles le célibat est humainement impossible à respecter devraient aussi avoir la chance de devenir prêtre", a ajouté l'évêque de Bruges, successeur de l'ecclésiastique par qui le scandale de pédophilie est arrivé en Belgique, Roger Vangheluwe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 PM

L'Eglise belge promet d'agir, les victimes d'abus veulent plus

BELGIQUE
Obs

par Philip Blenkinsop

BRUXELLES (Reuters) - A la suite des scandales de pédophilie qui l'ont éclaboussée, l'Eglise catholique belge a décidé de créer un centre destiné aux victimes et d'édicter de nouvelles règles pour ses prêtres, une initiative jugée insuffisante par les associations de victimes.

"Les mois passés ont été très difficiles pour l'Eglise et pour nous. Nous sommes tout à fait décidés à affronter d'une nouvelle manière ce problème", a déclaré lundi l'archevêque André-Joseph Léonard, primat de Belgique. "Tout cela nous a fait mal. Il n'est pas facile de sortir d'une telle crise."

"Des erreurs du passé, nous souhaitons tirer les leçons nécessaires", a ajouté Mgr Léonard lors d'une conférence de presse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Des évêques belges militent en faveur du mariage des prêtres

BELGIQUE
L'Express (France)

Réagissant aux scandales de pédophilie qui ont éclaté au sein du clergé, trois évêques catholiques belges ont invité l'Eglise à envisager de lever l'interdiction faite aux hommes mariés d'accéder à la prêtrise.

Les trois évêques officient en Flandre, région sous le choc de la récente démission de l'évêque de Bruges, Mgr Roger Vanggheluwe, qui a reconnu des abus sexuels sur la personne de son neveu.

Quelque 85% des 475 cas de pédophilie imputés dans un récent rapport à des membres du clergé belge ont été recensés en Flandre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Teen Sex Abuse Scandal: Cellphone Pictures Leaked (Photos)

UNITED STATES
HipHopRX

New details and scandalous pictures have emerged on the internet showing the once prominently viewed Pastor and Bishop Eddie Long who’s known from growing the church from 150 members when he was appointed as Pastor in 1987 to now close to 30,000 members, in a controversial position.

As previously reported on HipHopRx.com, Bishop Eddie Long, Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta (Lithonia, GA), is accused of sexually abusing some of his young male followers who were teens at the time that the incident(s) allegedly took place.

Earlier this week, the three men who are now in their 20’s filed separate lawsuits against Eddie Long, a married man and father of four. The latest alleged victim filed a lawsuit against Long, the church as well as Longfellows Youth Academy Inc.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Gemeenschapsonderwijs start meldpunt voor seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
Knack

GO!, het onderwijsnet van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap, richt een meldpunt voor seksueel overschrijdend gedrag op.

Het “laagdrempelig en open” meldpunt opent op 27 september, laat GO! weten. Een arts, bijgestaan door een psycholoog, zal eventuele slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik begeleiden naar de al bestaande kanalen, luidt het.

Het initiatief komt er niet naar aanleiding van concrete gevallen van misbruik, aldus GO!, maar wel naar aanleiding van de bevindingen van de commissie-Adriaenssens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 PM

Former priest sent to jail after sexual abuse allegations released

KENTUCKY
WKYT

A former priest sent to jail after allegations of sexual abuse is now a free man.

The Franklin County Detention Center confirms Father Joseph Muench was released Thursday by court order.

A judge sentenced Muench to a year in jail back in May, after he entered an Alford Plea to charges of unlawful imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Priest abuse survivors not happy with Diocese of Wilmington’s reorganization plan

DELAWARE
WGMD

The survivors of Delaware’s priest abuse cases are not happy with the Diocese of Wilmington’s bankruptcy reorganization plan. 98 of the 151 survivors agree saying the plan is mean-spirited and will only prolong the suffering of the survivors. Attorney for the survivors, Thomas Neuberger says the reorganization plan puts the survivors’ claims below the parishes and other affiliates, church employees, teachers and others who will share equally with the abuse survivors in the limited assets of the Diocese. Bishop Francis Malooly says the Diocese can only afford to pay each survivor up to $75,000.

NEWS RELEASE: Wilmington, DE: Today the Unofficial Committee of 98 State Court Abuse Survivors and its attorneys blasted the public release of the Diocese of Wilmington, Inc.’s Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization Plan. There will be a press conference at 2:00 pm today with survivors and lawyers present to take questions at the above address.

“This Plan is a meanspirited, vindictive, hypocritical act, maliciously intended to prolong the suffering of survivors,” said attorney Thomas S. Neuberger who represents 98 of 151 survivors in the bankruptcy.

1. First, the Pope just told the media and people of England on September 16th that the Roman Catholic Church’s “first interest must be the victims…how to assist these persons in overcoming their trauma, in finding life again …commitment in favor of the victims is the first priority.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 PM

Delaware Diocese to Pay Victims Under Bankruptcy Plan

DELAWARE
San Francisco Chronicle

Sept. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware, offered sexual-abuse victims as much as $75,000 each as part of a plan to end the local church's bankruptcy.

Under the proposal filed today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, sex-abuse victims who sued the diocese in state court in Delaware would have their cases closed and moved either to federal court or put before a special mediator named by the Diocese.

Should the mediator find the claim is legitimate, the victim would be allowed to collect as much as $75,000 from a trust fund the diocese proposed to set up. The diocese didn't say how much money it would put into the trust or whether the fund would have enough money in it to cover all claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM

Newark pastor pleads guilty to forcing teens to videotape him, lover

NEW JERSEY
Star-Ledger

Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010

LINDEN — A Newark church pastor involved in coercing two teen girls into videotaping him with a parishioner performing sexual acts pleaded guilty today, according to a report by NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Moises Cotto, 55, of East Orange, will serve 14 years in prison and must register as a sex offender for endangering the welfare of a minor, the report said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

N.J. pastor Moises Cotto gulity of making teens videotape sex sessions

NEWARK (NJ)
New Jersey Newsroom

The pastor of a Newark church pled guilty this morning in Superior Court in connection with a case that involved an affair with a congregant where the pair forced two teenage girls to videotape the trysts.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced that Moises Cotto, 55, of East Orange pled guilty to two counts of 2nd Degree endangering the welfare of a minor.

Under the terms to the plea he will serve 14 years in prison, said Assistant Prosecutor David Hummel, who prosecuted the case. Upon his release, Cotto must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law and will be placed on parole supervision for life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Vatican Defends Seizure of $30 Million From Bank

ROME
The New York Times

By RACHEL DONADIO
Published: September 23, 2010

ROME — As an inquiry into its murky finances looked poised to widen, the Vatican swiftly went on the defensive on Thursday, saying that the seizure of $30 million from a Vatican bank account and the judicial investigation of the bank’s two top officials were the result of a “misunderstanding.”

On Tuesday, Italian officials announced an inquiry into the Vatican bank’s top officials for having failed to explain adequately the origins of $30 million transferred from one of its accounts in a Rome bank. Magistrates opened the investigation based on an alert from the Bank of Italy, the nation’s central bank.

The authorities here said they had seized the $30 million “preventatively” but have not pressed charges against the Vatican bank’s chairman, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, or its director general, Paolo Cipriani.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Latino Catholics Must Make Children’s Safety a Priority

CALIFORNIA
EGP News

By Martha Escutia, Esq.

Last Sunday, officials at Our Lady of Guadalupe parish in Ontario revealed to parishioners that Rev. Alex Castillo was removed from ministry earlier this summer because of allegations that he abused two young boys at the church. By failing to immediately disclose the cause of Rev. Castillo’s removal from Our Lady of Guadalupe in June, the Church let nearly four months go by where other potential victims of Rev. Castillo suffered in silence.

The case of Rev. Castillo reveals two truths: one, the clergy sex abuse crisis is not limited to an Anglo-Saxon Catholic population, but it reaches broadly within many ethnic communities, including the Latino community in California. Second, the Catholic Church continues to practice secrecy at the expense of transparency and honesty with its parishioners and the public.
I served proudly for 14 years in the state legislature and was the first woman chair of the Latino Legislative Caucus in California. I am now working on behalf of victims of child sex abuse. As a Latina and a mother of two sons, I recognize that it is culturally very difficult to break the silence in the Latino culture when a child has been sexually abused by a revered and beloved priest in the community. There is shame and cultural pressure, and often family allegiance to a priest, but those difficulties are overcome every time a survivor of child sex abuse speaks out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

King's Lynn ex-pastor guilty of child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A former pastor at a Norfolk church has been found guilty of five indecent assaults against a young member of his congregation.

Malcolm Hoare, 68, of Whitefriars Road, King's Lynn, denied 12 charges over a seven-year period from the late-1970s, when the girl was 11.

A jury at Norwich Crown Court cleared him of two indecent assaults and one charge of having sex with a minor.

They failed to reach a verdict on four charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Retired pastor guilty of child sex offences

UNITED KINGDOM
EDP

EMMA KNIGHTS
Last updated: 23/09/2010

A retired Norfolk pastor accused of sexually abusing a young church member has been found guilty of five charges.

At Norwich Crown Court today Malcolm Hoare, 68, who belonged to the King's Lynn Baptist Fellowship, was found guilty of five counts of indecently assaulting the girl. The offences all took place when the victim, now a woman in her 40s, was aged between 13 and 15.

Today the jury could not reach a verdict on four other charges - two more offences of indecent assault on the girl and two offences of having sex with the girl when she was under 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Wilm. Diocese files bankruptcy plan; Victims blast plan

DELAWARE
WDEL

[with audio]

By Amy Cherry

Updated Thursday, September 23, 2010

Attorneys for victims of priest sex abuse are blasting the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's reorganization plan.

The plan filed late Wednesday proposes that victims of the diocese's pedophile priests receive only $75,000 each. Victims of abuse by religious order priests would receive $25,000, unless survivors choose to sue the Dicoese's insurance carriers.

The plan also proposes that pension claims for retired priests be paid in full.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Episcopal Church asks Pennsylvania bishop to step down; SNAP responds

PENNSYLVANIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

It's so encouraging, and rare, to see church officials speaking out about the complicity of a colleague in child sex crimes. Time and time again, bishops timidly hide behind archaic, predator-friendly church rules and feign powerlessness when confronted with a peer who ignores or conceals a predator's misdeeds. It takes courage to use one's "bully pulpit" to denounce a powerful prelate. But it's what must happen if churches are to be safer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

What to do when your minister is accused of abuse

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

1) Remain open-minded.
The natural human instinct is to recoil from alleged horror, and to immediately assume that the allegations are false. But the overwhelming majority of abuse disclosures prove to be true. In every case, the proper and Christian response is to remain open-minded.

2) Pray for all parties involved.
Every person involved deserves and needs prayerful support.

3) Let yourself feel whatever emotions arise.
You may feel angry, betrayed, confused, hurt, worried and sad. These are all natural, "typical" responses to an allegation of sexual abuse. None of these feelings are inappropriate or "bad." Don't "kick yourself" for feeling any of these emotions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Victims beg accused minister’s backers for “sensitivity”

ATLANTA (GA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims is urging backers of a prominent Atlanta minister being sued for alleged sexual misconduct to be “open-minded and sensitive” and avoid “attacking” his accusers.

Leaders of a Chicago-based self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, are writing to some staff and members at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church with advice on what the organization calls “the compassionate and appropriate ways” to respond to charges that Pastor Eddie Long sexually exploited three young congregants.

“It’s crucial that church members support Long privately, not publicly, to avoid creating a hostile, frightening atmosphere that deters other crime victims of other predators from speaking up,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s executive director. “Those who love an accused minister often publicly say things intending to support their church’s pastor but that end up hurting the church’s kids.”

SNAP is asking New Birth church-goers and employees to read and circulate a document called “What to do when your pastor is accused.” It’s posted on the group’s website, SNAPnetwork.org, and lists 21 suggestions on how congregants can express concern for an alleged predator without inflicting more suffering on those who have been or are being sexually victimized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Runaway Nunavut priest left few good memories

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Online

JIM BELL

If Father Eric Dejaeger ever returns to Igloolik, he won’t find many outstretched arms or welcoming smiles.

“The people never had a chance to vent their anger at him,” said an Igloolik woman who remembers the disgraced Roman Catholic missionary’s unhappy sojourn there between 1978 and about 1982.

That anger arises from a big piece of unfinished business: a 15-year-old set of criminal charges for which Dejaeger, now 63, has never been brought to trial: three counts of indecent assault and three counts of buggery.

Cpl. Tom Power, then an RCMP member stationed in Igloolik, laid those charges — all alleging the sexual molestation of Igloolik children — on Feb. 19, 1995, after a lengthy investigation he conducted in 1993 and 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:16 PM

Pope Named in Lawsuit by Clergy Sex Abuse Victim

UNITED STATES
Politics Daily

Tom Kavanagh
Morning Editor

A victim of sexual abuse by a Catholic priest has filed a lawsuit against the Vatican, naming Pope Benedict as a defendant.

According to CNN, this the first legal case in the worldwide clergy abuse scandal to target the pontiff.

Terry Kohut says he was sexually molested and assaulted by the headmaster and priest of St. John's School for the Deaf, in Milwaukee. "Kohut was not alone," CNN reports. "From 1950 to 1974 the headmaster of St. Johns, Father Lawrence C. Murphy, raped and molested as many as 200 deaf boys, according to court and church documents."

The suit alleges that the pope, then known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was culpable in his role as head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which investigated charges of sexual abuse by priests. And though church records show the abuse by Father Murphy was brought to the attention of Ratzinger years ago, a church trial against the headmaster was stopped and he was allowed to remain a priest. Murphy died in 1998 as priest in good standing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:11 PM

Bischöfe vertagen Entschädigungsentscheidung

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Spiegel

Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz tut sich schwer damit, die Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs finanziell für ihre Leiden zu entschädigen. Ein konkreter Vorschlag soll erst in den nächsten Wochen gemacht werden. Neben finanzieller Unterstützung sind auch "gesamtmenschliche Hilfen" geplant.

Fulda - Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz (DBK) hat sich auf der Herbstvollversammlung in Fulda nicht auf konkrete Summen zur Entschädigung von Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs geeinigt. Entsprechende Vorschläge seien noch im Detail auszuarbeiten, sagte DBK-Vorsitzender Robert Zollitsch. "Wir sind bereit auch finanziell mit einzusteigen", unterstrich er die generelle Bereitschaft, die Opfer zu entschädigen.

Die detaillierten Vorschläge werde man am Runden Tisch der Bundesregierung einbringen. Dazu erhofften sich die Bischöfe "eine möglichst zeitnahe Diskussion". Es komme jedoch auf "gesamtmenschliche Hilfe" an, um die Betroffenen dabei zu unterstützen ihr Opferschicksal zu überwinden und neue Stärke zu gewinnen. "Wir wehren uns dagegen, dass alles auf die finanzielle Komponente gesetzt wird", sagte der Freiburger Erzbischof.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Scheitern auf großer Bühne

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Lesezeichen hinzufügenDruckenVersendenEin Kommentar von Karin Prummer

Die Bischofskonferenz hat Fehler eingeräumt, aber es fehlt der nächste Schritt: Missbrauchsopfer müssen weiter auf Entschädigung warten. Damit verspielt die Kirche eine Chance, die so schnell nicht wieder kommt.

Es war die große Bühne, verbunden mit der Hoffnung auf mehr als große Worte, auf große Taten. Zum ersten Mal nach dem Missbrauchsskandal im Frühjahr haben sich die deutschen Bischöfe zu ihrer Vollversammlung getroffen. Jetzt, am letzten Tag, ist klar: Sie haben die größte Chance, die sie seit langem hatten, nicht genutzt.

Sie haben sich nicht klar positioniert, wie und in welcher Höhe sie denen, die als Kinder in ihren Schulen, Pfarreien und Diözesen missbraucht wurden, finanziell helfen wollen. Ihr Schweigen dazu droht zu überlagern, was diese heterogene Schar von Geistlichen schon erreicht hat: Sie haben sich auf Präventionsmaßnahmen geeinigt und darauf, wie sie in Zukunft handeln wollen, sollte wieder ein Missbrauchsverdacht aufkommen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:05 PM

Bischofskonferenz: Neues Konzept gegen Missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
Fuldainfo

Fulda. Die Deutsche Bischofskonferenz hat neue Vorschriften zum Schutz von Kindesmissbrauch beschlossen. Bei ihrer Herbstvollsammlung in Fulda einigten sich die Bischöfe darauf das jedes Bistum einen Missbrauchsbeauftragten benennen muss. Auf Entschädigungssumme für die Missbrauchopfer wollten sie aber nicht festlegen. Einen Vorschlag hierzu will die Konferenz in einigen Wochen machen. Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche Ackermann sagte, mit den neuen Regeln würden alle Mitarbeiter sensibilisiert Missbrauch zuerkennen und entsprechend damit umzugehen. Auch die Fortbildung und Personalauswahl solle verbessert werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

German Catholics plan payout for abuse victims: archbishop

GERMANY
Expatica

Germany's Roman Catholic Church is preparing to provide payments to victims of sexual abuse by its priests but has not decided how much to offer, its most senior bishop said Thursday.

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, said during its autumn gathering in the western city of Fulda that the Church would table a proposal next week during a meeting with government officials.

"We are ready to get involved financially," Zollitsch said, with the aim of "helping victims overcome their fate as victims".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Germany's Roman Catholic bishops: No compensation yet for sex abuse victims

GERMANY
The Associated Press

BERLIN — The head of Germany's Roman Catholic church says it needs more time before it can say how much it will pay out in compensation to the hundreds of people who claim to have been abused by priests.

Robert Zollitsch, the head of Germany's bishops conference, said Thursday that church leaders would continue to discuss the compensation payments, but were not yet ready to name a sum. He gave no timeline for when talks could be wrapped up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

German bishops set out rules to stop sexual abuse

GERMANY
CNN

Berlin, Germany (CNN) - German Catholic bishops Thursday set out new rules to help prevent clergy from abusing children, following scandals across Europe.

They aim "to sensitize and empower all those working in the church environment to recognize evidence of sexual abuse and to deal with it in an appropriate fashion," said Stephan Ackermann, archbishop of Trier and the bishops' point man on sexual abuse of children within the church.

They require all 27 German Catholic diocese to give employees strict rules on how to maintain an appropriate level of "close distance" between other staff and children and young people in their trust, the bishops said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

German bishops to make sex-abuse compensation offer next week

GERMANY
Monsters and Critics

Fulda, Germany - Germany's Catholic bishops are to make an offer next week of financial compensation to victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests, the chairman of the bishops' conference said Thursday.

The church has been rocked in several European nations this year by hundreds of allegations of abuse, some dating back 60 years.

'We favour a coordinated solution through the round table with the government,' said Archbishop Robert Zollitsch after the heads of Germany's 27 dioceses met in the central city of Fulda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:52 PM

The Black Church, Homophobia, and Pastor Eddie Long

ATLANTA (GA)
Newsweek

by Joshua Alston
September 23, 2010

It’s a story with everything: sex, secrets, religion, money, and an empire hanging in the balance. So it’s no surprise that the allegations against Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long have quickly sparked a media frenzy. (Three lawsuits filed in DeKalb County allege that the pastor used his “spiritual authority” to coerce male church members “into engaging in sexual acts and relationships for his own personal sexual gratification.”)

It doesn’t hurt that the allegations of improper conduct focus on the pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch who is one of the most outspoken homophobes in the black church. He galvanized his followers in 2004 to support an amendment to Georgia’s state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

As I am a member of Atlanta’s large black gay community, this story is also a personal one. It raises the question, why is the black church so hostile to gay men and women? Will we ever be accepted as we are?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Bishop Eddie Long: Victim, Hypocrite or Both in Sex Scandal?

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There mega-church black minister Bishop Eddie Long was in January 2004 with the Rev. Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in tow, leading a spirited march of thousands to the Atlanta gravesite of Dr. King. Long and the demonstrators marched to denounce gay marriage. The choice of King's site to make the hell fire and damnation point that gay marriage was sinful, degenerate, and against every Biblical precept was painful and insulting to see. The not so subtle implication was that King might well have stood with her and them in their gay bashing protest. Given King's relentless and uncompromising battle against discrimination during his life, this was beyond pure poppycock; it was well, insulting and painful to see.

But even though Long sullied King's name and legacy to torpedo gay rights, the Bishop seemingly was not a hypocrite when it came to denouncing gays. He was one of the biggest, best known, and virulent black evangelical attackers of gay marriage. Long had prominently touted then President George W. Bush's federal amendment banning gay marriage on his church Web site. Long's anti-gay phobia was so virulent that then NAACP president Julian Bond publicly declared he would not attend the funeral service of Coretta Scott King at Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Why, because as Bond flatly said "I knew her attitude toward gay and lesbian rights. And I just couldn't imagine that she'd want to be in that church with a minister who was a raving homophobe. He obviously couldn't see himself there either.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Plans to Address Congregation in Wake of Sex Abuse Claims

ATLANTA (GA)
ABC News

[with video]

The Georgia mega-church pastor accused by three men of sex abuse said today he is anxious to defend himself against the "ugly charges" from the pulpit Sunday.

Bishop Eddie Long, the powerhouse leader behind the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, issued a statement today again denying that he coerced three teenage boys into sexual relationships and promising that the "truth will emerge."

"I am anxious to respond directly to these false allegations and I will do so," he said in the statement that was distributed by a publicist. " However, my lawyers have counseled patience at this time."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Tamaki link to American sex-case bishop

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand Herald

By Vaimoana Tapaleao

An American who travelled to New Zealand to spread the word of God - and whom Brian Tamaki called his "spiritual father" - has been accused of sexually assaulting young men.

Bishop Eddie Long is a well-known preacher in Atlanta who built one of America's most widely known black megachurches, the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

The married father of four, who has strongly campaigned against same-sex marriage, is having to defend himself after he was accused of using jewellery, cars and money to lure three teenagers into sexual relationships.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Bishop Eddie Long and the Black Community’s Silence on Sexual Abuse

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Post

When it comes to the Bishop Eddie Long and his flock, denial is more than a river in Egypt.

By now you should have heard that Bishop Eddie L. Long, spiritual leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia, has been accused of sexually abusing two -no wait- three young men and possibly more members of his church.

Yes, the same Bishop Long, who once equated homosexuality to spiritual abortions, now finds himself facing allegations that, among other things, he engaged in private ceremonies and sexual misdeeds with his young “Spiritual Sons” and showered them with jewelry, clothes trips and money.

Through a spokesperson, Bishop Long claimed that the allegations waged against him in the lawsuit were simply “a case of retaliation and a shakedown for money by men with some serious credibility issues.” However, Bishop Long, who is probably one of the most powerful men in the Black Mega-church movement, will now have to answer to a whole other power, much more worldly than the church, and that’s the courts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Vatican stands by its IOR execs

ROME
Financial Times

From Fr Federico Lombardi.

Sir, The Institute of Religious Works (IOR) has returned to international media attention in the wake of a surprise investigation by the Procurator’s Office in Rome (“Vatican backs bankers in laundering probe”, September 22).

Given that the activities of the IOR take place at an international level, and that its president is well-known in the world of international finance, it is appropriate that I should seek to avoid the spread of inaccurate information and to ensure that no damage is caused to the institute or the good name of its managers.

The IOR is not a bank in the normal definition of the term. It is an institute that administers the assets of Catholic institutions, who aim to further a religious and charitable apostolate at an international level. The IOR is located within the territory of Vatican City State, beyond the jurisdiction and surveillance of various national banks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Vatican bank probe targets 'numerous individuals' over millions of euros

ROME
Guardian (United Kingdom)

John Hooper in Rome
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 23 September 2010

Italian investigators are trying to identify "numerous individuals" who appear to have received more than €2m (£1.7m) through an account at the Vatican bank.

On Tuesday, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the president of what is properly known as the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), and his director general were formally placed under investigation by prosecutors in Rome, suspected of violating Italy's money-laundering regulations.

The Vatican has expressed astonishment at the move, which related to attempts to transfer some €23m (£19.5m) from an Italian bank account, allegedly without disclosing the identity of the party for which it was acting. ...

Extracts from the judge's warrant that blocked the transfers, published in the Italian media, suggest there is more to the affair than a simple misunderstanding or oversight, though not necessarily anything that indicates Vatican wrongdoing.

La Repubblica quoted the warrant as saying that between January 2008 and November 2009 the IOR's account with Credito Artigiano received bank drafts worth €2,132,297. But the deposits "referred to drafts drawn by other people on third-party banks in favour of numerous individuals ... none ever coinciding with the IOR".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Bishop Malooly issues statement on the filing of the Plan of Reorganization

WILMINGTON (DE)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington

September 23, 2010 --- (Wilmington, DE) --- The Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has issued the following letter to the parishioners of the diocese on the filing of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Inc. Plan of Reorganization:

My Dear People:

This week we reached an important milestone in the diocesan bankruptcy case. The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Inc. filed with the Bankruptcy Court a Plan of Reorganization that will provide fair compensation to survivors of sexual abuse by diocesan priests; will provide security for the beneficiaries of our pension plans; will compensate our financial and trade creditors; and will enable the Diocese to emerge from bankruptcy and continue its charitable, educational and spiritual missions, and the ministries associated with them.

From our first day in Bankruptcy Court, the Diocese continually has reaffirmed its goal of reaching a consensual resolution of the claims of the survivors of clerical sex abuse. While the Plan is not supported by all creditors at this time, its filing comes after months of negotiations with the official creditor committees and other constituencies. Although it took much longer than we hoped to begin these negotiations, with the assistance of the Bankruptcy Court we entered mediation in June, under the supervision of Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross, and former Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Thomas Rutter, who mediated several of our cases before we filed bankruptcy. The mediation process involved the Diocese and its insurers, the Creditors Committee, the Lay Employees Committee, and certain religious orders and their insurers. I personally participated in all seven days of formal mediation over the past three months. Substantial progress was made in these negotiations, but we have not yet reached an agreement on a global settlement of all claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:19 AM

Catholic Diocese of Wilmington releases bankruptcy plan

DELAWARE
The News Journal

By SEAN O'SULLIVAN • The News Journal • September 23, 2010

WILMINGTON — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington today released its bankruptcy re-organization plan, which follows last year’s declaration of bankruptcy on the eve of what was to be the first of more than 100 civil trials seeking damages by individuals who charged they were abused by priests.

Wilmington Bishop Francis W. Malooly and diocese attorney Anthony G. Flynn said that deadlines in the bankruptcy proceeding dictated that they had to release such a plan at this time, and it was not a signal that the diocese has given up on reaching a settlement with abuse survivors.

"While the plan is not supported by all creditors at this time, its filing comes after months of negotiations," said Malooly in a statement, adding "substantial progress was made" in mediation, though no resolution has been reached. "A global settlement remains our goal, and negotiations ... are ongoing," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 AM

Megachurch head will talk Sunday about sex claims

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

By ERRIN HAINES and GREG BLUESTEIN (AP)

ATLANTA — The pastor of a nationally known Atlanta-area megachurch will wait until Sunday services to speak publicly about claims he has already denied that he coerced young men into sex.

Bishop Eddie Long canceled an interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday. Instead, his lawyer, Craig Gillen, went on the nationally syndicated radio show and read a statement from Long. Gillen said Long would not hold an expected news conference Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Bishop Eddie Long | Church leader's attorney makes radio rounds

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Craig Gillen, the Atlanta lawyer representing Bishop Eddie Long, took to the air Thursday morning to defend his client against charges he used his pastoral influence to coerce three men into having sexual relations.

Gillen was interviewed by Roland Martin for the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show shortly after 7 a.m. It was the first public interview by Long's attorneys since three lawsuits were filed against the head of the Atlanta mega-church..

"These false allegations are an attack on Bishop Long personally. They are an attack on New Birth and all of the 25,000 good people who attend that church, and it's an attack on the mentoring program that has helped thousands of young men," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Lawyer: Other young men went on trips with pastor

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

By ERRIN HAINES and GREG BLUESTEIN (AP)

ATLANTA — The pastor of a nationally known Atlanta-area megachurch took other young men on trips as part of a mentoring program but stands by his denial of claims that he had sex with three of them, a lawyer for the religious leader said Thursday.

In lawsuits filed this week, three men who were members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church claim Bishop Eddie Long coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17 or 18 years old.

Long canceled a planned interview on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Thursday. Instead, Long's lawyer, Craig Gillen, went on the nationally syndicated radio show.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Bishop Eddie Long | Radio interview, press conference canceled in wake of 3rd lawsuit

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Megan Matteucci and Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mega-church leader Bishop Eddie Long has canceled a previously announced appearance on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Thursday after a third man filed a lawsuit accusing the prominent minister of using his pastoral influence to coerce him into a sexual relationship. In addition, Long's attorneys canceled plans for a press conference to address the growing scandal.

The syndicated radio show, heard locally on Kiss 104.1, had issued a press release saying the leader of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church would discuss the allegations on-air. However, the show's Roland Martin, who was scheduled to interview Long., said on his Twitter account early Thursday that "the lawyers have made the decision that due to the third lawsuit that Bishop not to do interviews tomorrow."

Craig Gillen, an attorney for Long, was interviewed on the radio program instead. Gillen said there was "miscommunication" about a press conference today, and that there would not be one . On Wednesday a Long representative issued a release to media members that a press conference would be held Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Ga. pastor asks for patience as he fights 'ugly charges'

ATLANTA (GA)
msnbc

[with video]

msnbc.com staff and news service reports

ATLANTA — A Georgia megachurch's pastor accused of forcing young men in the congregation to have sex with him asked for patience Thursday "while we categorically deny each and every one of these ugly charges."

Bishop Eddie Long, of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, near Atlanta, said that he wanted to address the charges directly but had been advised not to by his lawyer.

"Let me be clear — the charges against me and New Birth are false. I have devoted my life to helping others and these false allegations hurt me deeply," read a statement from Long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Plaintiff Links Bishop Long to Memphis

MEMPHIS (TN)
My Fox Memphis

Lauren Johnson
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - There could be a Memphis connection to an Atlanta pastor facing allegations of sexual abuse. One of the men suing Bishop Eddie Long is alleging that he spent time with Long here in Memphis.

Three men have filed separate lawsuits against Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long and his mega-church, New Birth Missionary Baptist. One plaintiff, Anthony Flagg, alleges in his lawsuit that he spent some time with Long here in memphis.

According to attorney B.J. Bernstein, "He goes with him to the Peabody Hotel and once again shares a hotel room on a private plane; but the thing is where the bishop would make a mistake perhaps sometimes, is the bishop would fly him back commercially."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Lawyer for embattled Seymour priest tries to block release of deposition transcripts

CONNECTICUT
Waterbury Republican-American

SEYMOUR - An attorney for a local priest accused of sexually abusing two men has asked the court to issue a protective order to prohibit the release of any videotapes or transcripts of his client's deposition, according to court records.

Hugh Keefe, who is representing the Rev. Stephen Bzdrya, has filed a motion in New Haven Superior Court to seek a court order to prohibit Attorney Joel Faxon, who represents the two men, from releasing the information to the public, and specifically, the news media.

According to the motion, Keefe is asking for the court order to protect the reputation of Bzdyra, who will invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to testify during his deposition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

Deaf victim of sex abuse is suing pope, and going public with his story for the first time

MILWAUKEE (WI)
CNN

Editor’s note: A one-hour CNN special, “What the Pope Knew,” airs Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at 8 pm, and again at 11 pm ET. Scott Bronstein from CNN's Special Investigations Unit brings us this story drawn from that exclusive report.

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Terry Kohut has kept a dark secret for nearly 50 years. Now he is breaking his silence, becoming a key figure in the sex-abuse crisis in the Catholic Church and the growing controversy over what Pope Benedict XVI did about it.

When Kohut was barely a teen, and for years afterward, he says, he was sexually molested and assaulted by the headmaster and priest of the school where he lived, St. John’s School for the Deaf, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What occurred there is one of the most notorious cases of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Priest charged with sexual assault files appeal

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

By BOB VAILLANCOURT THE SUDBURY STAR

The province's highest court is scheduled to hear an appeal from Roman Catholic Priest Bernard Cloutier of his conviction and five-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting four young boys more than quarter century ago.

Cloutier was found guilty in July of 10 of 16 charges he was facing.

The Ontario Court of Appeal will hear the appeal Oct. 28.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:31 AM

The Vatican speaks to CNN about "What the Pope Knew" regarding sex abuse in the Catholi

UNITED STATES
Beliefnet

John W. Kennedy

Continuing my interview with CNN's Gary Tuchman about this Saturday's documentary on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal (What the Pope Knew, Saturday @ 8:00 PM [ET]), I asked him if it was difficult obtaining interviews with both the victims and the Vatican itself.

JWK: Were the victims eager to talk with you?

TUCHMAN: Not eager. As you saw in the documentary, there were some 200 deaf boys who were molested as children. One of the deaf men just decided to file a suit. It was painful for him. He was anonymous when he filed the suit. He was ashamed. Here's a grown man who had never been able to hear. He could barely speak. His life had been hell. And, all of a sudden, he feels like he is doing something to his life that is extremely valuable. He's filing suit because he's found out about these documents too and he realized nothing was done when it could have been done.

And, he wasn't eager to talk. He wasn't even eager to use his name in the suit but he realizes now, after we talked to him, that (that was) an important thing for him to do.

Why Anti-Catholic League? (Part 1)

UNITED STATES
The Anti-Catholic League

by David Fortwengler

Many friends, supporters and loved ones have asked, even implored, that I change the name of this blog. Those who know and love me argue that the name just doesn’t seem to reflect the person they know me to be. Mainly, that the name sounds mean and I’m not. I know Anti-Catholic League is a provocative name and it’s meant to be. However, it is not because I harbor or promote any feelings or belief in prejudice, bias, hostility, persecution or discrimination against the Roman Catholic Church or it’s members.

My purpose is to provide a counterpoint to the propaganda of the catholic media empire.The emphasis of my writing is to comment on the way the church does business, not necessarily their theology or doctrine. But because it is always an issue at some point, in this first post I need to address the ex-Catholicism and non-belief of many victims of priest sexual abuse, including myself.

The Dilemma

Much attention and analysis has rightly been given to the struggle that victims often endure to define their spirituality. Because we were violated by a trusted religious authority and betrayed by a negligent hierarchy, victims understandably question the institution and often describe feelings of “having my faith stolen from me” or even “soul murder.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

I movimenti sospetti sui conti dello Ior

ROMA
Corriere Della Sera

Tre operazioni di accredito, due conti correnti estinti, un elenco di «soggetti» che hanno incassato assegni o ricevuto bonifici. Su questo si concentra l’indagine della Procura di Roma sui depositi aperti presso il Credito Artigiano di Roma e intestati allo Ior dopo il sequestro dei 23 milioni avvenuto due giorni fa. Perché, nonostante il blocco operativo deciso dai vertici dell’istituto di credito il 19 aprile scorso, due settimane fa il presidente Ettore Gotti Tedeschi e il direttore generale Paolo Cipriani hanno tentato di trasferire quel denaro in parte in Germania (20 milioni di euro presso la JP Morgan di Francoforte), in parte presso un altro conto (3 milioni presso una filiale della Banca del Fucino sempre nella capitale). E per questo sono accusati di violazione della normativa antiriciclaggio.

I vertici dello Ior erano stati avvisati della necessità di mettersi in regola con la normativa che impone a tutte le banche extracomunitarie di comunicare le informazioni sulla propria clientela prima di effettuare qualsiasi operazione. Si tratta dei cosiddetti «obblighi rafforzati » che riguardano la fornitura di assegni, l’esecuzione di bonifici e le operazioni contanti. Avevano assicurato di avere attivato la procedura e di essere pronti a consegnare le informazioni richieste. Ma non è accaduto quanto promesso ed è intervenuta la magistratura.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Cosa nasconde il braccio di ferro in seno al cda dello Ior?

ROMA
Panorama

I panni sporchi si lavano dentro casa. Così accade anche in Vaticano. Il segretario di Stato, Tarcisio Bertone, con un comunicato e un articolo sull’Osservatore Romano ha preso le difese del presidente dello Ior, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. Silenzio invece sull’altro indagato, il direttore Paolo Cipriani che ha materialmente ordinato le operazioni in violazione della normativa antiriciclaggio. La Commissione cardinalizia di vigilanza, presieduta da Bertone, vuole intanto capire se e quanto il presidente Gotti Tedeschi fosse informato sulle modalità di queste operazioni. Ma soprattutto fare luce sull’aspetto più clamoroso di questa vicenda: la denuncia delle operazioni sospette all’Unità di Informazione Finanziaria (Uif) della Banca di Italia è partita dall’Istituto di uno dei consiglieri di amministrazione dello Ior: Giovanni De Censi, presidente del Credito Valtellinese che detiene il 70% delle azioni del Credito Artigiano. De Censi è entrato da oltre un anno, insieme con Gotti Tedeschi, nel consiglio di sovrintendenza dello Ior, (il cda della Banca Vaticana).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Ior, la cassaforte vaticana I segreti della banca di Dio

ROMA
La Repubblica

di ALBERTO STATERA

Spesse nove metri, le mura del Torrione di Niccolò V, eretto nel 1453, rappresentarono il potente baluardo della cristianità contro i turchi. Nel terzo millennio, quel bunker protetto dalle guardie svizzere che svetta oltre la porta vaticana di Sant'Anna, sede dell'Istituto per le Opere di Religione denominato all'origine "Ad pias causas", è giudicato se non proprio il paradiso, il purgatorio dell'offshore, dei misteriosi conti cifrati, del riciclaggio di denaro di origine opaca, di operazioni bancarie che virano sul grigio, quando non sul nero dell'inferno. Di quelle che insomma odorano da lontano di sterco del diavolo.

Il paradosso è che dopo secoli di diaboliche e impunite frequentazioni col maligno, sembra che il divino redde rationem giudiziario giunga proprio nel momento in cui decolla un tentativo di cristiana purificazione della finanza vaticana. Con papa Ratzinger, di cui gode la stima, e con gli altri plenipotenziari in tonaca, pare che il presidente dello Ior Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, il moralizzatore, fosse proprio sul punto di lanciare il suo progetto-trasparenza per restituire prestigio alle istituzioni pontificie travolte continuamente dagli scandali, quando i magistrati di Roma l'hanno indagato con l'ipotesi di riciclaggio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

PROBLEMS AT VATICAN BANK BRING OUT STRANGE THEORIES OF MASONS, MAFIA, AND ROTHSCHILDS

ROME
Spirit Daily

With the trip to England, the Pope has stepped fully into the papacy. There were no major setbacks and he presented the Church as still the most dignified representative of humanity -- and did so in the secular heart of the secular continent (stepping into the belly of the beast, so to speak, and leaving unwounded; indeed, with new and well-deserved respect). Thus far it is the high point of Benedict XVI's pontificate, coming at a time when Church credibility in Europe is in crisis and to a region that has been of special cause to him. The British media admitted that Pope Benedict "succeeded in presenting himself as a lovable, elderly figure," as one news service stated. "What the visit accomplished above all was to unify Catholics and humanize a pope who has so often been perceived as cold, aloof and authoritarian," wrote Catherine Pepinster, editor of a Catholic newspaper called The Tablet. ...

Upon his return, the Pope was met by what may or may not turn out to be another scandal -- an investigation by Italian authorities of the Vatican bank's chief and the impounding of $30 million of Vatican assets.

It is too early to tell if there is merit to the investigation or whether the Italian authorities and media are playing it up as a little taste of persecution (perhaps the devil's response to the success in England). The bank chief, Ettore Gotti Edeschi, says it was all caused by an error in procedure: money transfers from one account to another that were not "money-laundering," which is what authorities ostensibly are guarding against. It was also a mistake and inexperience that some believe caused the indictment nearly thirty years ago of the late Archbishop Paul Marcinkus, an American who headed the Vatican bank who was charged as an accessory to fraudulent bankruptcy in a scandal over the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano in the 1980s in one of Italy's largest fraud cases. Roberto Calvi, the head of Banco Ambrosiano, was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982 in circumstances that still remain mysterious and some believe had the earmarks of a Masonic "hit." (In 1990, Archbishop Marcinkus told Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican, "Before I die, come talk to me. I will tell you things that will curl your hair." "He then retired to Sun City, Arizona," says Moynihan. "Early in 2006, I phoned him there. 'Would it be the right time now for me to come talk to you?' I asked him. He said, 'Not yet.' A week later, I called a second time -- I felt it was about time to see him, as 16 years had passed since our last meeting. 'Not yet, but soon,' he told me. A few days later, he died.")

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Former Windsor priest William Hodgson Marshall faces more sex charges

CANADA
The Windsor Star

WINDSOR, Ont. — Former Windsor high school principal Rev. William Hodgson (Hod) Marshall has been charged with two counts of indecent assault in Toronto.

The charges stem from an alleged incident in 1953, when the Basilian priest was teaching and coaching basketball at St. Michael's College school.

Police said the former student alleges Marshall asked the boy, then 15, to go into a private room, where he was sexually assaulted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Summing up in trial of vicar accused of molesting children

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Plymouth

THE trial of a vicar who stands accused of molesting children more than 30 years ago when he was a teacher was due to enter day nine today.

The jury in the trial of 61-year-old James Andrew Christopher Wilson heard a large portion of the 'summing up' of the prosecution's case at Plymouth Crown Court yesterday.

They are expected to hear the rest of the summing up of the prosecution's case today — and also the summing up of the defence case, before deciding upon a verdict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Jury considers verdict in priest abuse trial in Devon

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

The jury has gone out in the trial of a former primary school teacher accused of sexually assaulting pupils.

Canon James Wilson, 62, of The Rectory, Calstock, Cornwall, denies 16 charges of sexual assault.

Plymouth Crown Court was told that the charges relate to when he was teaching in Plymouth between 1974 and 1981.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Italy May Unfreeze Vatican Bank's Funds Amid Investigation, Corriere Says

ROME
Bloomberg

By Lorenzo Totaro - Sep 23, 2010

Italian prosecutors probing Vatican Bank executives for possible money-laundering violations may unfreeze 23 million euros ($31 million) in seized funds if the institute reveals who the cash was intended for, Corriere della Sera reported, without saying how it got the information.

Prosecutors have already spoken with executives at Credito Artigiano SpA, the lender the Vatican Bank used for the transactions, Corriere said. They may also question Vatican Bank chief Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, the newspaper said.

The Holy See said in a Sept. 21 statement that the sums “are cash transactions with non-Italian credit institutions, the beneficiary of which is the IOR itself.” The Vatican Bank’s official name is the Institute for Works of Religion, or IOR.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Is Ms Jennifer Sleeman a bit of a crackpot?

IRELAND
Galway Advertiser

Ronnie O’gorman

I have always thought it strange why so many women feel isolated from the Catholic Church, when it has at its centre a woman, Mary - the Mother of God. It is not right that many women feel they are ‘second class citizens’ within a church that attempts to reach out to all. Surely without Mary, the New Testament would be worthless. Surely after the Nazarene Himself, the Mother of Jesus, who is venerated by the Catholic and Orthodox churches, is the first and greatest saint in heaven. Mary is revered by all Christian churches, and honoured by Islam. At the very first council of the Church, at Ephesus four hundred years after Christ, she was declared to be the Theotokos, Mother of God (the actual God bearer). But even before that her image, holding the Child, was etched into tombs in the Roman catacombs. Being the Theotokos, Mary could have become remote, unreal from the human experience. After all we are told that she was born free from Original Sin, which as a total ‘theological illiterate’ I don’t fully understand; but I accept the logic that if Mary was not the mother of God, then Jesus was not God. I believe that He was. Yet despite the supreme position of Mary many women feel isolated, uninvolved, as if they have no contribution to make.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

LETTER FROM HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE DIRECTOR CONCERNING IOR

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 23 SEP 2010 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a letter written by Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. The letter concerns recent events involving the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR) and appeared in today's edition of the British newspaper, Financial Times.

"Yesterday the IOR (Institute of Religious Works) returned to international media attention in the wake of a surprise investigation by the Procurator's Office in Rome.

"Given that the activities of the IOR take place at an international level, and that its President is a well respected figure, well-known in the world of international finance, it is appropriate that I, as the head of the Holy See's Press Office, should seek to clarify matters in order to avoid the spread of inaccurate information and to ensure that no damage is caused to the activities of the Institute or the good name of its managers.

"The IOR is not a bank in the normal definition of the term. It is an Institute that administers the assets of Catholic institutions; institutions whose goal is to further a religious and charitable apostolate at an international level. The IOR is located within the territory of Vatican City State; in other words, beyond the jurisdiction and surveillance of the various national banks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Schaamte na misbruik in jeugdzorg

NEDERLAND
Nederlands Dagblad

DEN HAAG -De commissie-Samson onderzoekt seksueel misbruik van kinderen in jeugdzorginstellingen en bij pleegouders. Binnen twee maanden kwamen er honderd meldingen binnen. ,,Het trauma is enorm.''

Maandenlang spraken zedenrechercheurs met de kinderen. In alle rust; geen keiharde, kille ondervragingstactieken die een kind in een hoekje doen kruipen. Met poppen, waarop de kinderen konden aangeven aan welke lichaamsdelen de 63-jarige F.M. had gezeten.

Dat was hun pleegvader. In totaal zou de man uit het Brabantse Langenboom, die op 4 oktober voor de rechter moet verschijnen, vier kinderen hebben misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Reforminitiative sammelt 12.000 Unterschriften gegen den Zölibat

DEUTSCHLAND
PR-Inside

2010-09-23

Knapp 12.000 Unterschriften gegen den Zölibat will der Aktionskreis "Kirche in Bewegung" (KiB) am Donnerstag dem Generalsekretär der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz in Fulda übergeben. Die Unterzeichner aus dem ganzen Bundesgebiet fordern die Weiterbeschäftigung von Priestern, die sich gegen die von ihnen verlangte Ehelosigkeit entschieden haben, wie die Initiative "Wir sind Kirche" mitteilte.

Fulda (dapd). Knapp 12.000 Unterschriften gegen den Zölibat will der Aktionskreis "Kirche in Bewegung" (KiB) am Donnerstag dem Generalsekretär der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz in Fulda übergeben. Die Unterzeichner aus dem ganzen Bundesgebiet fordern die Weiterbeschäftigung von Priestern, die sich gegen die von ihnen verlangte Ehelosigkeit entschieden haben, wie die Initiative "Wir sind Kirche", am Mittwoch in München mitteilte. Anstelle einer Verpflichtung zum Zölibat soll bei künftigen Priestern demnach auf Freiwilligkeit gesetzt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Ruim 100 meldingen misbruik jeugdzorg

NEDERLAND
Brabants Dagblad

donderdag 23 september 2010

DEN HAAG (ANP) - In ongeveer twee maanden tijd zijn meer dan honderd meldingen binnengekomen van seksueel misbruik van kinderen die onder verantwoordelijkheid van de overheid zijn geplaatst in de jeugdzorg. De zogeheten commissie-Samson, waarbij de meldingen zijn binnengekomen, doet donderdag een oproep aan slachtoffers om zich te blijven melden.

De ruim honderd meldingen zijn voornamelijk binnengekomen bij het telefonisch meldpunt (070-3765872). Dat heeft de commissie op 19 juli geopend voor het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjaren die van overheidswege gedwongen zijn geplaatst in (rijks)jeugdinrichtingen, internaten, kindertehuizen en pleeggezinnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Rutherglen man tells the world about abuse at hands of Nuns

SCOTLAND
Rutherglen Reformer

by Kenny Smith, Rutherglen Reformer

A RUTHERGLEN man took advantage of the Papal visit to outline to the world allegations of abuse against the Catholic Church.

Chris Daly has appeared in newspapers and televisions across the globe as he sought to use the Pontiff’s visit to highlight the need to support victims of abuse within the Catholic Church.

Chris (45) himself suffered physical and mental abuse at the hands of Nuns at Nazareth House in Aberdeen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Over 100 abuse complaints made against youth services

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Thursday 23 September 2010

The committee investigating child abuse in orphanages, care homes, foster homes and other institutions for young people has had more than 100 complaints so far, Trouw reports on Thursday.

The committee was set up in the wake of the scandal over sexual abuse within the Catholic church after reports of abuse in government institutions began to surface.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Over 100 reports of sexual abuse in children’s homes

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

More than 100 reports of sexual abuse have been reported to a commission looking into sexual abuse of children in care in the Netherlands.

The commission was set up two months ago by caretaker Youth Minister Andre Rouvoet and Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin, after it emerged last spring that children who had been placed in Roman Catholic institutions by the Dutch authorities had also been subject to abuse.

The Samson Commission, headed by Attorney General Rieke Samson-Geerlings, has called on victims to keep reporting sexual abuse. A telephone line has been opened to receive the complaints. The commission is looking into cases of sexual abuse of minors in youth institutions, children’s homes, and foster care from 1945 until the present day .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Measuring Benedict’s success in Britain

UNITED KINGDOM
National Post (Canada)

Father Raymond J. de Souza September 23, 2010

LONDON — Before Pope Benedict arrived here a week ago, the probability of failure, or even embarrassment, had been predicted (and desired) by many commentators for months. By the time he returned to Rome late Sunday night, his visit was proclaimed a triumph by all but those who harbour a special hatred for the Catholic Church — of which there are not a few in this country. As Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, put it, “He came; he saw; he conquered.”

What does it mean for the Church, or the pope, to conquer? British Catholics, who felt as if they were under siege for months, were euphoric. While understandable, there was something a little off-key about commentators who pointed happily to the official reception by the Queen, or how the large the crowds were, or how sustained the warm ovation was at Westminster Hall, or, mirabile dictu, how even the BBC managed to restrain its more egregious anti-Catholicism for a few days. Impressive as they may be, those measures are all secular standards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Barnes Cancels Fundraiser Hosted by Accused Pastor

ATLANTA (GA)
WMAZ

ATLANTA (AP) -- Campaign officials for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Roy Barnes say they have canceled a fundraiser that was to be hosted by a pastor at the center of a sexual coercion lawsuit.

Barnes spokesman Emil Runge says the event was canceled Tuesday, when the lawsuit involving two young men was first reported. The campaign would not say Wednesday if the event was scrapped before learning of the allegations against Bishop Eddie Long.

Long is pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta. He is one of Barnes' more prominent black supporters and hosted a fundraiser for the former governor during the Democratic primary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Male parishioners allege Atlanta minister coerced sex

ATLANTA (GA)
USA Today

By Larry Copeland, USA TODAY
ATLANTA — A prominent Atlanta minister and vocal critic of same-sex marriage is denying allegations by three young men who attended his church that he coerced them into sexual relationships, lavishing them with trips, cars and jewelry.

The allegations against Bishop Eddie Long, 57, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta, rocked the city Wednesday. Long, a charismatic preacher who often takes the pulpit in tight-fitting shirts that show off his muscular arms, is a kingmaker in state and local politics. Would-be officeholders visit his 10,000-seat cathedral in Lithonia to woo his congregation of 25,000.

Long's church hosted the 2006 funeral of Coretta Scott King, which was attended by then-president George W. Bush and former presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. King was the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.; their daughter, Bernice King, who is also a pastor at New Birth, delivered the eulogy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Eddie Long Case Should Mark the End of Black Church Homophobia

UNITED STATES
Religion Dispatches

Anthea Butler

Bishop Eddie Long, megachurch pastor and prosperity purveyor, has now been named in three separate lawsuits alleging sexual coercion of two young men in Atlanta, Georgia. Bishop Long, in the words of the Southern Poverty Law Center, “is one of the most virulently homophobic black leaders in the religiously based anti-gay movement.”

Like the formerly-closeted Ken Mehlman, who recently repented for his work to prevent gay marriage, these lawsuits, if substantiated, would suggest that Long’s homophobia began with his own self-loathing.

What is especially disturbing about this story is the manner in which Long is purported to have lured young men on trips and sexual encounters. Calling the plaintiffs his “spiritual sons,” the lawsuit states that Long used various rituals in a ceremony to “seal” his “sons”—including candles, exchange of jewelry, and discussion of biblical verses that reinforce the spiritual and God-like connection between himself and the young man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Ga. megachurch pastor accused of coercing young men into sex; outspoken against gay marriage

ATLANTA (GA)
Los Angeles Times

ERRIN HAINES, GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press Writer

September 23, 2010

ATLANTA (AP) — Bishop Eddie Long built one of the nation's best-known black megachurches by being an outspoken religious leader who campaigned against same-sex marriage. Now he's preparing to break the silence about accusations that he used jewelry, cars and cash to lure three young men into sexual relationships.

Long, a married father of four, has planned a news conference Thursday to speak about the lawsuits filed this week by the three New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members who say that they were coerced into sexual liaisons by the prominent pastor.

The lawsuits say the young men were 17 or 18 years old at the time, enrolled in New Birth's ministry for teen boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Atlanta pastor cancels interview, news conference about sex scandal

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

[with video]

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Eddie Long, accused of coercing young men into sexual relationships, canceled a news conference and a radio show interview Thursday after a third suit was filed against him, his spokesman said.

"The lawyers have made the decision that due to the third lawsuit, Bishop Long (will) not do interviews or make statements tomorrow," Art Franklin said Wednesday night. "We apologize for any inconvenience. Bishop Long will make his first statement from the pulpit on Sunday."

Long was also scheduled to address the civil lawsuits filed against him on the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." Instead, his lawyers will speak, Long's lawyer told Roland Martin, a syndicated columnist and CNN political analyst. Martin was scheduled to conduct the interview during his segment of the radio show.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Fifty-year-old sex abuse scandal hits St. Mike’s

CANADA
Toronto Star

By Mary Ormsby
Feature Writer

William Hodgson Marshall was a young Roman Catholic priest who taught mathematics with the same zest he coached basketball. That was the one-two punch he delivered to Toronto’s prestigious St. Michael’s College School six decades ago: A high-energy presence in the classroom and the gym to inspire hundreds of boys, including future NHLers.

Today the cleric — now 88, battling cancer and living in retirement — is facing two charges of indecent assault on a former St. Mike’s student, now 72 years old.

The charges came Wednesday, just days after Pope Benedict’s trip to England where he publicly apologized for the international sexual abuse crisis swamping the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Suits against Santa Rosa Diocese sidestep statute of limitations

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Four men who said they were molested by a Humboldt County priest in the 1980s hope to sidestep the statute of limitations with lawsuits focusing not on the acts themselves but on whether church officials knew the priest was a danger to children before he was posted there.

The suits against the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa rest in part on information contained in a recent investigative report commissioned by the Irish government that suggests then-Santa Rosa Bishop Mark Hurley was aware the Rev. Patrick J. McCabe had been deemed a pedophile before he hired him.

But the report, known as the Murphy Report, may not be the smoking gun the four men need. There is dispute over the significance of decades-old conversations between Hurley, who since has died, and Dublin Archbishop Dermot Ryan, who sent McCabe to California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Former St. Mike’s teacher charged with sexual abuse

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

Adrian Morrow

Toronto — Globe and Mail Update
Published on Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2010

For more than four decades as a popular teacher, successful basketball coach and capable missionary, Father William Hodgson Marshall’s work took him across Canada and to postings in the United States and the Caribbean.

Now, living in a Toronto retirement home and battling cancer, the 88-year-old priest is facing a raft of sexual abuse charges related to incidents at different points of his career. The latest of these were laid Wednesday in connection with an incident alleged to have happened in 1953 at St. Michael's College School, a private Catholic boys' school in Toronto.

In the fall of that year, Father Marshall was a recently ordained priest working as a math and religion teacher at St. Michael’s. According to police, a former student has alleged that he was sexually that assault. Police say the alleged incident occurred during an after-school basketball program.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Ontario. Catholic priest charged in 57-year-old sexual assault

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

An elderly Roman Catholic priest at the centre of a sex abuse scandal in Windsor has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenage student at Toronto's St. Michael's College 57 years ago. William Hodgson Marshall, 88, was arrested by Toronto police on Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent assault. Police allege that, in the fall of 1953, the accused was coaching an after-school basketball program and lured a 15-year-old male student into a private room at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Clergy abuse in Delaware: Diocese's bankruptcy plan could be filed soon

DELAWARE
The News Journal

The News Journal • September 23, 2010

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington this week is expected to file its Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan. This follows the apparent breakdown of mediation with victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Attorneys representing 98 victims of childhood sexual abuse already have announced a press conference to denounce the plan, which will outline how the diocese will distribute assets to creditors, including victims.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy in October -- on the eve of what would have been the first state civil trial alleging sexual abuse by a priest under the Delaware Child Victims Act.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

September 22, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long | Charges could be difficult to prove

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Craig Schneider
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sexual coercion accusations, such as the ones leveled at Bishop Eddie Long, can be difficult to prove in court, but cases have been won against other religious leaders, experts say.

There must be proof that the religious leader compromised the will of his victim, said Atlanta attorney Lee Parks, who has represented people coerced into sex.

"It is not enough to say they got enough gifts until they said yes," Parks said. "That is still yes."

Proving that in the Long case will be difficult, because the plaintiffs were of legal age of consent, and don't assert they were forced to submit, made drunk or drugged, Parks said. Consequently, there must be proof that Long had so much control over his accusers they had no power to resist, the attorney said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 PM

Ontario help plan flawed, survivors say

CANADA
The London Free Press

By Randy Richmond The London Free Press

Last Updated: September 22, 2010 6:59pm

Ontario’s plan to help thousands of long-neglected male survivors of sexual abuse is so riddled with flaws it will stop men from seeking help, survivors and advocates charge.

Feminist organizations that have refused or been unable to help men in the past are suddenly interested in the provincial dollars to set up services, the advocates claim.

As well, the criteria the province has set up for the agencies rules out any grassroots or private agency that has helped men already.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

Charles Bennison Must RESIGN, Episcopal Bishops Say

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

By Adelle M. Banks
Religion News Service

(RNS) The Episcopal Church's House of Bishops called Tuesday (Sept. 21) for the "immediate and unconditional resignation" of Bishop Charles Bennison of Philadelphia, who had been charged with not reporting his brother's relationship with an underage girl.

"As the House of Bishops, we have come to the conclusion that Bishop Bennison's capacity to exercise the ministry of pastoral oversight is irretrievably damaged," the bishops said in a resolution passed overwhelmingly during their meeting in Phoenix.

Bennison was removed from ministry in 2007 after being charged with "conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy." He was found guilty in 2008 for failing to investigate or discipline his younger brother and fellow priest John Bennison for an affair with an underage parishioner in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

September 16-19: Pope’s UK visit ...

GROOT BRITTANIE/VATICAAN
Startpagina

Compiled by Pieter Schultz, information professional & theologian

UNITED KINGDOM / VATICAN

Nl

•Excuses zijn niet genoeg / Henk Müller [VA;UK; de Volkskrant] http://bit.ly/cU2dR1
•Paus staat met rug tegen de muur / Henk Müller [VA/UK; de Volkskrant] http://bit.ly/8Ytsq3
•Verdriet en spijt over misbruik is niet genoeg; de paus moet handelen [VA/UK; Trouw] http://bit.ly/custVc
•[Vaticaan:] Bezoek paus aan Groot-Brittannië 'groot succes' [VA/UK; De Standaard] http://bit.ly/9zwaXk

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Belgium clerical sex abuse case ...

BELGIUM
StartPagina

Compiled by Pieter Schultz, information professional & theologian

EN

•Belgian Catholics Remain Anguished by Abuse / By STEVEN ERLANGER [BE; The New York Times] http://nyti.ms/a07kNW
•Belgian Church 'fears' US-style paedophile lawsuit bill / Philippe Siubersk [BE; Expatica Belgium] http://bit.ly/cTpFDr
•When sex abuse isn't taken seriously / By Mary DeMuth [BE/US; On Faith: Guest Voices / The Washington Post] http://bit.ly/9kXPE7

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Bishop Eddie Long: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church leader denies allegations

ATLANTA (GA)
Washington Post

By Elizabeth Tenety
Bishop Eddie Long denied allegations that he coerced three of his male congregants into sexual relationships after lawsuits were filed against him claiming "sexual impropriety."

The AP reported that the Georgia megachurch pastor "abused his spiritual authority to seduce [young men] with cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips and access to celebrities," a claim, if true, that would make Long not only an abuser, but a hypocrite. From the report:

Long has called for a national ban on same-sex marriage and his church counsels gay members to become straight. In 2004, he led a march with Bernice King to her father's Atlanta grave to support a national constitutional amendment to protect marriage "between one man and one woman."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 PM

Third lawsuit filed against Atlanta pastor; news conference planned

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

[with video]

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) -- Another civil suit has been filed against Atlanta-based megachurch pastor Eddie Long, alleging coercion, negligence and fraud that involved a sexual relationship with a third young male.

Wednesday's lawsuit, filed in DeKalb County, Georgia, State Court, was brought on behalf of Jamal Parris, now 23, who was a teenager at the time he joined Long's church.

The suit, which claims Long encouraged Parris to call him "Daddy," also names the church and a youth academy as defendants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Scandal: Jamal Parris and Gay Sex Scandal

ATLANTA (GA)
Now Public

by Amy Judd | September 22, 2010

A Third Lawsuit in DeKalb County Against Atlanta Bishop Eddie Long Has Now Been Filed

This third man, named Jamal Parris, has accused the Megachurch Pastor of sexual coercion, deception and manipulation.

Jamal Parris has filed the lawsuit against the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Bishop Eddie Long and the Longfellows Youth Academy Inc.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Hit With Third Sex Lawsuit, Ga. Church Has Not Made Statement

GEORGIA
CBS News

Posted by Naimah Jabali-Nash

LITHONIA, Ga. (CBS/WGCL) A third lawsuit was filed against Bishop Eddie Long Wednesday accusing the outspoken, anti-gay pastor of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence that involved a sexual relationship with a young member of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church member.

The lawsuit filed on behalf of 23-year-old Jamal Parris was similar to that of Anthony Flagg, 21, and Maurice Robinson, 20, who filed lawsuits a day ago accusing Long of abusing his position by coercing them into sexual relationships when they were teenage members of his congregation.

Parris joined the New Birth Church with his mother in 2001 when he was 14-years-old, states the suit. According to the lawsuit, Parris was employed by the church as a Spiritual Son and began spending individual time with the pastor between 2004 and 2005. During this time when the alleged abuse took place, Long would encourage Parris to call him "daddy," states the suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 PM

GA - 3rd Lawsuit Filed Against Bishop Long In Sex Scandal

ATLANTA (GA)
Sex Offender Issues

[with video]

09/22/2010

ATLANTA - A third lawsuit accusing Bishop Eddie Long of sexual abuse was filed Wednesday in DeKalb County, Channel 2 Action News confirmed.

The plaintiff, identified as Jamal Paris, is represented by Attorney B.J. Bernstein, the same attorney representing the first two men who came forward accusing the Atlanta-area megachurch pastor of coercing them into a sexual relationship.

The latest lawsuit filed on behalf of Paris contains similar complaints against the bishop, said Bernstein. In the suit, Paris details how Long allegedly gave him his personal cell phone number two weeks after they first met. Paris also alleged that Long encouraged him to call him daddy. According to the suit, Paris’ father had not been a positive figure in his life.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Misbruik werpt smet op alle katholieken

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

Daders en slachtoffers leefden en leven onder ons.

In 1987 legde ik de ‘eed’ af als rijksambtenaar. De negen andere mensen in mijn ‘diplomatenklasje’ deden de ‘belofte’. Later vroeg iemand van het volgende klasje of het waar was dat ik een eed had afgelegd en welk ‘bijgeloof’ ik dan wel aanhing, als links mens. Ik woonde net twee jaar in het Westen, na een jeugd in het buitenland of het Zuiden. En werd verrast, niet alleen door het dedain voor geloof, maar ook de meer of minder verhulde afkeer van katholieken. Toen ik een collega vroeg waarom hij toch zo vaak ‘paap’ als kwalificatie gebruikte, zei hij, niet zonder humor: ‘Er is maar één ding erger dan een paap en dat is een rooie paap.’
Wees gerust, dit wordt geen klaagzang over discriminatie, maar de voorbeelden helpen mij aan te geven dat eeuwenlange vooroordelen tegen katholieken als verre echo’s kunnen doorklinken in modern Nederland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

BBC Panorama - What the Pope Knew (Part 1 of 2)

YouTube

[link part 2]

This program aired on Sept. 13, 2010 on BBC One.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Toronto priest charged with abusing former St. Mike’s student

CANADA
Toronto Star

By Mary Ormsby
Feature Writer

William Hodgson Marshall, the Roman Catholic priest at the centre of a sex abuse case in Windsor, was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a former student at Toronto’s St. Michael’s College School in 1953.

It is the first time a Basilian priest has been charged by Toronto police with a sexual offence involving a minor, said Rev. Thomas Rosica, the spokesperson for the Congregation of St. Basil.

The 88-year-old Marshall — known as “Hod” to his friends — reported to 52 Division on Wednesday morning where he was charged, fingerprinted and released. Accompanied by a fellow priest, Marshall later returned to the Basilian retirement home on Joseph Street. He has a Nov. 3 court appearance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Catholic priest charged in 57-year old sexual assault

CANADA
Global Saskatoon

Ryan Cripps, Global News: Wednesday, September 22, 2010

An 88-year-old Roman Catholic priest at the centre of a sex abuse scandal in Windsor has been charged with the sexual assault of a teenaged student at Toronto's St. Michael's College more than a half century ago.

William Hodgson Marshall was arrested by Toronto police on Wednesday and charged with two counts of indecent assault.

Police allege that, during the fall of 1953, the accused was coaching an afterschool basketball program and asked a 15-year-old male student to come into a private room at the school. Police say the boy was then sexually assaulted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Episcopal Church asks Pa. bishop to step down

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Associated Press

By PATRICK WALTERS (AP)

PHILADELPHIA — Episcopal Church leaders have asked for the resignation of a Pennsylvania bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse by his brother more than 30 years ago.

The House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church said in a resolution late Tuesday, issued after a meeting in Arizona, that it was asking the Rev. Charles Bennison Jr. to step down as Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania.

"We have come to the conclusion that Bishop Bennison's capacity to exercise the ministry of pastoral oversight is irretrievably damaged," the statement said. "Therefore, we exhort Charles, our brother in Christ, in the strongest possible terms, to tender his immediate and unconditional resignation as the Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Vatican bank probe revives Catholic Church's past financial scandals

ROME
The Christian Science Monitor

By Nick Squires, Correspondent / September 22, 2010

Rome
The head of the Vatican’s bank said he had been “humiliated” by the announcement of an investigation into alleged money laundering as the Roman Catholic Church received another blow to its battered reputation.

The investigation demonstrates a more muscular attitude toward the Vatican's finances on the part of the Bank of Italy, which has instituted new regulations on banking transparency, experts say.

Italian authorities froze 23 million euros ($30 million) belonging to the bank, officially known as the Institute for Religious Works, and placed its president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, and chief executive, Paolo Cipriani, under investigation for alleged breaches of money laundering laws.

The unprecedented move could hardly come at a worse time for the Vatican. For months, it has been the target of scathing criticism for failing to deal with clerical sex abuse cases around the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Vatican: Bank probe due to misunderstanding, says matter should be clarified soon

VATICAN CITY
The Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican says the seizure by police of €23 million ($30 million) from a Vatican bank account and the investigation of two top bank officials is due to a misunderstanding that should be clarified quickly.

In a front-page article Wednesday, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano provided details about the investigation, saying it began when the Bank of Italy tipped off authorities to a possible violation of anti-money laundering norms by the Vatican bank.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

Black As Sin: Vatican Bank Accused Of Money-Laundering

ROME
Justmeans

Yesterday, in a surprising turn of events, Italian authorities announced that they are investigating the Vatican Bank, as well as the head of the Vatican Bank, for money laundering. Police, tipped off by the Bank of Italy, have frozen 23 million euros ($30.21 million) of the Vatican funds, and placed Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, who has been at the helm of the bank for a year, as well as a number of other executives, under investigation. Ettore Gotti Tedeschi is reported to be a member of Opus Dei. Rome magistrates Nello Rossi and Stefano Fava are currently leading the case. Reports out of Italy indicate that the Bank of Italy identified two suspicious Vatican Bank transactions that did not appear to comply with the country's anti-money laundering requirements. Interestingly, when the Bank of Italy informed legal authorities of the transactions, judicial authorities informed the Bank that an investigation into purported money laundering by the Papal body was already underway.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bishop Eddie Long | Sexual allegations are talk of Atlanta, elsewhere

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Larry Hartstein and Mike Morris
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reaction to the lawsuits alleging sexual coercion against Bishop Eddie Long reverberated both locally and nationally Wednesday morning.

CNN and Good Morning America both ran pieces on the lawsuits, as did the local TV news shows.

It was a major topic on local urban-themed radio stations. On the "Frank and Wanda Morning Show" on V-103, host Frank Ski held off on discussing the lawsuits until after 8 o'clock because, he said, "we're going to get the kids off to school" first.

Ski is a 12-year member of Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia. In an interview with the AJC, Ski said his reaction is one of "extreme support."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Homophobic Atlanta Minister Accused Of Sexual Impropriety By Two Men

ATLANTA (GA)
Lez Get Real

09/22/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Apparently the ex-gay therapy does not work too well, and usually seems to end badly for those who try to hide their sexuality. Bishop Eddie Long of Atlanta is being sued by two young men from his church stating that he coerced them into a sexual relationship. Bishop Long, of course, denies the allegations, but the prominent pastor of a twenty-five thousand member megachurch in the Atlanta had his lawyer, Craig Gillen, state that Long “categorically denies the allegations. We find it unfortunate that these two young men would take this course of action.”

According to the two men, who are now twenty and twenty-one, Long seduced them when they were seventeen and eighteen using cars, money, clothes, jewelry, international trips, access to celebrities and his power as a pastor. Long is vehemently anti-LGBT and has spoken out to try and get a national ban on same-sex marriages written into the Constitution as well as counseling lesbians and gays to become straight. In 2004, he and Bernice King lead a march to Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave to call for a Constitutional Amendment which would define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Bernice King is also a pastor at Long’s church, as was Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Denies Sex Abuse Allegations

ATLANTA (GA)
Christian Broadcasting Network

Bishop Eddie Long, prominent pastor of a 25,000-member mega-church outside Atlanta, is denying allegations that he sexually abused two former members of his congregation.

In two separate civil lawsuits, Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg - now in their early twenties - accused Long of coercing them into having sex in exchange for trips, cars, and cash, while they were teenagers. No criminal charges have been filed.

"Defendant Long has utilized his spiritual authority to coerce certain young male members ... into engaging in sexual acts and relationships for his own personal sexual gratification," the lawsuits read.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Atlanta megachurch head denies sex with young men

ATLANTA (GA)
The Associated Press

By ERRIN HAINES (AP)

ATLANTA — The prominent pastor of a 25,000-member megachurch near Atlanta denies allegations in a lawsuit that he coerced two young men from the congregation into a sexual relationship, his attorney said.

Lawyers for the men, now 20 and 21, say they filed the lawsuit Tuesday in DeKalb County Court against Bishop Eddie Long. The Associated Press generally does not identify people who say they were victims of sexual impropriety.

President George W. Bush and three former presidents visited the sprawling New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia for the 2006 funeral of Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Long introduced the speakers and the Rev. Bernice King, the Kings' younger daughter, delivered the eulogy. She is also a pastor there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Bishop at U.S. 'megachurch' accused of sexual assault by two former congregation members

ATLANTA (GA)
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:14 PM on 22nd September 2010

The pastor of a 'megachurch' in Atlanta has been accused of forcing two young men into sexual acts and relationships when they were members of his congregation.

The pair - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - filed a lawsuit against Bishop Eddie Long on Tuesday.

Long is pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, a 250-acre site hosting a $50 million cathedral with 10,000 seats and more than 40 ministries, including the Longfellows Youth Academy for young men aged 13 to 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

B.J. Bernstein a media-savvy courtroom competitor

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Jeremy Redmon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Editor's note: The two men who are suing Bishop Eddie Long, claiming that he had sexual relationships with them, are represented by Atlanta attorney B.J. Bernstein.

Bernstein is perhaps best-known for her successful representation of Genarlow Wilson, a Douglas County teenager who was imprisoned for 10 years for having consensual sex with a minor female.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published this profile of Bernstein in July 2007 as the Wilson case went to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Before B.J. Bernstein begins her frequent news conferences, she slowly and clearly spells her name for reporters covering the child molestation case against her client, Genarlow Wilson.

She warns a television cameraman when he is blocking the shot of a competitor. And Bernstein, who tops out at 5 feet, obligingly stands on an equipment box rather than force TV reporters to lower their microphones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Bishop Richard Lennon, breakaway St. Peter Church in Cleveland at standoff

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- It's been a month since the priest and lay leaders of a breakaway Catholic church agreed to meet with Bishop Richard Lennon to discuss the congregation's unauthorized worshipping.

There's been no movement from either side, not from the newly formed Community of St. Peter or from Lennon, even though he said last month that there is nothing "more urgent for our diocese than addressing this matter."

In fact, there appears to be a standoff.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Peter Chalk victims may reopen compensation case

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

[with video]

Rory Callinan, Rick Wallace From: The Australian September 23, 2010

VICTIMS of an alleged pedophile priest who has settled in Japan could still have a strong case for extra compensation.

That would be so even if they have received private payouts from the Catholic Church.

The advice on reopening claims, from lawyer Jason Parkinson, came as a support group and victims of former priest Peter Chalk called on any investigation to include allegations of a church cover-up.

Chalk, who has changed his name to Shiraishi and claims citizenship in Japan, has said he would not return to Australia to face allegations he abused children while working as a priest in Melbourne's northern suburbs in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Voodoo dolls used in sex curse, court hears

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Erik Jensen

Voodoo dolls, pornographic text messages and fetishes made from the hair and underpants of a woman sexually assaulted during a series of prayer session were used to convince her she was cursed, the District Court has heard.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the court she had been raised a Greek Orthodox and taught by her parents that curses could be put on people causing ''generally just bad, bad things''.

It is alleged she was sexually assaulted during three prayer sessions conducted by the ''holy man',' Tony Golossian, in which she was given orange juice laced with Stilnox and had her eyes covered while Mr Golossian or another man had sex with her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Vatican bank again in the eye of the storm after probe

VATICAN CITY
AFP

By Catherine Jouault (AFP)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican's bank found itself fending off fresh accusations of wrongdoing Wednesday after Italian prosecutors opened a probe against senior executives for violating money laundering norms.

The investigation, launched against the bank's president and another manager, risks casting another shadow on the Vatican after the priest paedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church around the world.

And it is a fresh blow to the bank itself, whose reputation was badly hit by the 1980s Banco Ambrosiano scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Vatican claims transparency amid laundering probe; SNAP responds

ROME
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Again, a Vatican official is accused of not being “transparent” and again, his fellow Vatican officials immediately rally behind him. (According to the AP, the Vatican says it has “full trust” in the chair of the Vatican bank which is under investigation by police.)

It’s sad to see Catholic officials immediately and publicly defending a colleague early in a police probe, long before the evidence has been fully gathered and analyzed. Vatican staff see to take this same reflexive, self-serving stance in nearly every criminal probe its employees face, whether financial or sexual. It serves to intimidate others with information into staying silent.

We encourage the Pope’s top advisors to withhold comment and judgment in such cases. If they must speak, we urge them to urge others who can shed light on serious allegations of wrongdoing to come forward and help police and prosecutors resolve the suspicions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

SNAP statement regarding Bishop Long of Atlanta

ATLANTA (GA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

We hope that anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered misdeeds by Pastor Long will come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start recovering. If you have information that would either prove or disprove these allegations, it is your moral and civic duty to speak up now.

Regardless of what happens with the pending lawsuit against Long, this case should remind us all that sexual predators are often powerful, charismatic and well-loved. It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us ‘the willies’ or ‘the creeps.’ They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

We must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she “couldn’t have done that!”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Catholics urged to boycott Mass this Sunday

IRELAND
TV3

A Cork woman is calling on all Catholics to boycott Mass this Sunday. Jennifer Sleeman says the time has come for women to be allowed to become priests.

Jennifer Sleeman (80), from Clonakilty, Co Cork, also says groups in the US, Canada and Australia are joining her boycott with special events.

This includes the influential US lobby group, Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW), has also backed her protest which is due to be held this coming Sunday, September 26.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Vatican Bank probe marks first time its accounts blocked

ROME
CNN

Rome, Italy (CNN) -- An Italian probe into the Vatican Bank marks the first time Italian authorities have ever blocked an account at the bank, prosecutors told CNN Wednesday.

Italian authorities informed the Vatican Bank Tuesday that it was under investigation over possible violations of money laundering regulations, prosecutor Nello Rossi told CNN.

Prosecutors seized 23 million euros (about $30 million) in Vatican Bank transactions "as a cautionary measure" on Monday, he said.