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January 31, 2011

Sex Offender Burned Child With Cigarette, Police Say

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WLKY

[with video]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville man is charged with criminal abuse after police said he burned a 4-year-old girl on her buttocks with a cigarette.

WLKY has learned there's a connection to a former priest who is also a registered sex offender.

Police said the victim's mother was giving her child a bath when she noticed a burn mark. She then contacted police, who filed a report and took photographs of the child's injury, according to the arrest warrant. ...

Police said 23-year-old Ramon Buchanan burned the victim with a cigarette last October while Buchanan's girlfriend was baby-sitting the victim.Buchanan lived at the Hackel Drive apartment complex for three years with a man named Daniel Clark, a former Catholic priest convicted twice of sexually abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 PM

What is 'reasonable' for a sexually abused child?

VIRGINIA
The Daily Progress

By Mark Crawford
Published: January 30, 2011

I was very disappointed to learn that some Virginia lawmakers have bought into the argument made by the Virginia Catholics Conference’s executive director and lawyer Jeff Caruso, that eight years is a “reasonable” amount of time for one to seek justice for having been sexually victimized as a child.

He is partially correct; it is reasonable for the institution that harbored, hid and protected such employees who molested children. But it is way too short a time to recognize the impact sexual abuse imposes upon a child.

Victims of sexual assault must deal with lifelong consequences, the damage is extensive and the recovery process extremely arduous. When victims finally make the connection between their abuse history and the damage that has been done, only then can they begin to understand the indelible marks and deep emotional scars such victimization instills. The physical wounds will eventually fade away, but the emotional scars are a lifelong sentence. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, shame, guilt, anxiety, sleeping disorders, sexual confusion or dysfunction, inability to trust others, alcohol, and drug or sexual addictions are just a few of the consequences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM

Parket ontkent doofpotoperatie van misbruik

BELGIE
De Redactie

Het parket heeft nooit misbruikdossiers in de doofpot gestopt. Dat zei de Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens in de bijzondere commissie Seksueel Misbruik. Hij haalde daarbij zwaar uit naar ex-priester Norbert Bethune.

De Brugse procureur Berkvens is de verhalen over doofpotoperaties in zijn gerechtelijk arrondissement meer dan beu. De voorbije maanden is in de commissie vaak met een beschuldigende vinger naar zijn parket verwezen en dat heeft de procureur diep geraakt.

De kritiek op het Brugse parket komt vooral van Norbert Bethune van de werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk. Die beweert dat het parket met opzet een dossier over een pedofiele deken in Tielt heeft laten verjaren. De procureur ontkende dat met klem en kaatste de bal terug naar Bethune, die jarenlang wachtte om de namen van slachtoffers en dader aan het gerecht door te spelen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Legion Creates Commission for Maciel's Accusers

ROME
Zenit

ROME, JAN. 31, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Legionaries of Christ have established an Outreach Commission for those who are looking for a response from the congregation regarding the "implications and consequences" of the conduct of their founder, Marcial Maciel.

The commission is in response to a request made in October by Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, to establish a commission that would address "those who in some way put forward claims against the Legion."

A statement posted today on the Legion's Web page note that the commission will have two tasks: "In the first place, they will listen to the people who are requesting a response from the Legionaries of Christ because of Father Marcial Maciel or in relation to him. Then they will write a detailed report, which they will submit to the papal delegate. With the help of his advisors, he will then make decisions about what the Legion of Christ should do in each case."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

'Roddelcampagne tegen parket'

BELGIE
nieuws

[met video]

Jean-Marie Berkvens, de procureur van Brugge, heeft in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik uitgehaald naar de "roddelcampagne" tegen hem en zijn parket. Robert Bethune van de werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk belastert hem, zegt Berkvens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

'Onderzoek-Vangheluwe in Brugge ligt reeds maanden stil'

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens heeft in de bijzondere commissie Seksueel Misbruik zwaar uitgehaald naar Norbert Bethune van de vzw Mensenrechten in de Kerk . Berkvens herinnerde er ook nog aan dat het Brugse opsporingsonderzoek naar Roger Vangheluwe stilligt in afwachting van een akkoord met de Brusselse procureur Bulthé.

Berkvens hekelde Bethune voor diens verklaringen over een dossier van seksueel misbruik in een ziekenhuis in Tielt vanaf het midden van de jaren tachtig. Berkvens stelde dat de integriteit van het parket in vraag gesteld werd in eerdere hoorzittingen van de bijzondere commissie, met name door Bethune, die gesuggereerd had dat het Brugse parket de zaak met opzet had laten verjaren.

Een duidelijk verontwaardigde magistraat gaf na zijn algemene inleidende uiteenzetting een omstandig overzicht van de verschillende stappen in het gerechtelijk onderzoek. De zaak werd uiteindelijk geseponeerd omdat het op basis van de verklaringen van het slachtoffer onduidelijk was wanneer de laatste feiten plaatsvonden en dus niet uitgemaakt kon worden of er verjaring was opgetreden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Grünen-Politiker Winkler wirft Kardinal Brandmüller ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Berlin - (ots) - Der kirchenpolitische Sprecher der Bundestagsfraktion von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, Josef Winkler (B'90/Grüne), hat die Äußerungen von Kardinal Brandmüller zur Zölibatsinitiative von Unions-Politikern scharf kritisiert. In der SWR-Talkshow "2+Leif" sagte Winkler am Montagabend: "Ich halte das für absolut niveaulos, was der Kardinal da von sich gegeben hat. Das ist eines Kardinals nicht würdig, aber er ist ja noch nicht so lange im Amt - vielleicht übt er noch", so Winkler mit Blick auf den 82-jährigen Kirchenhistoriker, der erst vor wenigen Monaten zum Kardinal ernannt wurde.

Im SWR nahm Winkler, der auch Mitglied im Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken ist, gleichzeitig die Initiatoren des Schreibens in Schutz: "Ich habe mit Frau Schavan letzte Woche darüber sprechen können, als wir gemeinsam den Plenarsaal verlassen haben. Wir waren uns einig, dass das eine ziemliche Entgleisung ist. Es war ein sehr höfliches Schreiben, was auch ehemalige Ministerpräsidenten an die Bischofskonferenz gerichtet haben. Darauf muss man nicht mit solchen peinlichen Entgleisungen antworten."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

Congregatie erkent seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

SOEST - De salesianen van Don Bosco hebben in een brief aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik schuld erkend. De congregatie heeft afgelopen zaterdag afspraken gemaakt met slachtoffers over een schadevergoeding. Dat melden NRC Handelsblad en de Wereldomroep.

Het is voor het eerst dat een religieuze congregatie bekent in het verleden schuldig te zijn geweest aan seksueel misbruik binnen de Katholieke Kerk. De salesianen spelen samen met het bisdom Breda een belangrijke rol in een rechtszaak in Zeeland rond seksueel misbruik.

Een salesiaan zou eind jaren tachtig als pastoor in Terneuzen jongens seksueel hebben misbruikt. Terneuzen valt binnen het bisdom Breda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Procureur Berkvens: "Bethune stelt mijn integriteit in vraag"

BELGIE
vandaag

31 januari, 16:59
De Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens viel tijdens de hoorzittingen in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk heel scherp uit tegen de getrouwde en later geschorste priester Norbert Bethune (foto) van de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk.

“Bethune stelde mijn integriteit in vraag en dat pik ik niet. Ik heb begrip voor de etterbuil die met bisschop Vangheluwe is opengebarsten, ook ik ben hierover heel boos, maar we moeten het hoofd koel houden. Er moeten geen lynchpartijen of heksenjachten komen."

"Ik pik het ook niet dat een Oostends parlementslid (Jean-Marie Dedecker, nvdr) vond dat het parket van Brugge en het bisdom Brugge één en ondeelbaar zijn. Wij zouden seksueel misbruik van geestelijken in de doofpot stoppen. Als er doofpotoperaties in Brugge zijn of waren, dat men mij die dossiers bezorgt! Roddels en suggesties volstaan echter niet in een democratie.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Compensatie slachtoffers Don Rua

NEDERLAND
Omroep Gelderland

'S HEERENBERG - De slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen het Don Rua internaat in 's Heerenberg krijgen een schadevergoeding. Dat zegt de orde van Salesianen van Don Bosco. die alle slachtoffers van de orde gaat compenseren.

Ook wordt in een brief uitgebreid excuses gemaakt aan de slachtoffers. Verder roept de orde de nog levende daders op om verantwoordelijkheid te nemen voor hun daden.
De Salesianen zijn daarmee de eerste religieuze groepering in Nederland die met zo’n uitgebreid pakket aan maatregelen komt om slachtoffers te compenseren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 PM

Berkvens: "Nooit enige druk van Kerk over seksueel misbruik"

BELGIE
vandaag

"Ik heb in geen enkel dossier over seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Kerk druk ervaren". Dat zei de Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk. Berkvens is de procureur die het dossier tegen ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe afhandelt. Hij bevestigde dat het Brugse onderzoek tegen Vangheluwe al maanden stilligt omdat het slachtoffer ook tegelijkertijd een klacht in Brussel heeft ingediend.

Berkvens zei dat hij "nooit enig rechtstreeks of onrechtstreeks contact met Vangheluwe of iemand van de Kerk heeft gehad over seksueel misbruik. Of dat ook geldt voor mijn substituten weet ik niet, maar ik denk niet dat ze dit soort contacten hadden of hebben, ze zijn daar niet mee bezig. Zelf had ik alleen een rechtstreekse lijn met de procureur-generaal".

Vangheluwe
De Brugse procureur liet weten dat hij de opvolger van Vangheluwe wél twee keer zelf heeft opgebeld. "Eén keer om hem te zeggen dat het niet zou kunnen dat Roger Vangheluwe naar het buitenland zou verhuizen, zoals in de pers stond. Vangheluwe is nu bereikbaar. Als we bellen, brengt men hem", zo zei Berkvens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Salesianen betalen schadevergoeding

NEDERLAND
NOS

De orde van de paters Salesianen van Don Bosco is bereid een collectieve schadevergoeding te betalen aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik.

De Salesianen zijn daarmee de eerste congregatie in Nederland die dat doet.

Diepe spijt
In een brief aan alle slachtoffers wordt diepe spijt betuigd en een "ruimhartige schadevergoeding" aangeboden, zonder juridische procedure.

Vorige week werd in een individueel geval ook al schadevergoeding beloofd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

Salesianen trekken boetekleed aan voor misbruik

NEDERLAND
Trouw

(Novum) - De salesianen van Don Bosco erkennen schuld in de affaire rond seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. De salesianen zeggen te werken aan een 'ruimhartige' schadevergoeding zonder juridische procedures. Dat staat in een brief van de orde aan misbruikslachtoffers, die NRC Handelsblad en de Wereldomroep maandag hebben gepubliceerd.

Het is voor het eerst dat een religieuze groepering dit doet sinds de misbruikaffaire in de katholieke kerk vorig jaar aan het licht kwam. In de brief van de Nederlandse leiding van de congregatie staat dat duidelijk is dat ook salesianen zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan seksueel en emotioneel misbruik. "Wij veroordelen dit zonder meer", staat in de brief.

Ook geeft de Nederlandse tak van de congregatie toe te hebben gefaald in het voorkomen van misbruik en de reactie daarop. Gevallen van misbruik hadden moeten worden gemeld bij de overheid, maar dat is veelal niet gebeurd, geeft de congregatie toe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 PM

Salesianen erkennen schuld seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Nu

SOEST- De salesianen van Don Bosco hebben hun ''diepe spijt'' betuigd aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de religieuze congregatie en erkennen schuld.

Ook heeft de congregatie afgelopen zaterdag concrete afspraken gemaakt met slachtoffers over een schadevergoeding.

Dat melden NRC Handelsblad en de Wereldomroep maandag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Lieber ein Priester mit Frau …

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

… als eine Gemeinde ohne Priester. Der Pflichtzölibat für katholische Geistliche muss abgeschafft werden.

Die Zuschriften sind zahlreich, oft kurz und heftig:

»Der unsägliche Kirchenrechtsparagraf, der den Zwangszölibat fordert, kann eine Menschenrechtsverletzung genannt werden.«

»Ich möchte an Ihr Gewissen appellieren, die katholischen Laien nicht zu verunsichern und gegen ihre Heilige Kirche aufzuhetzen.«

»Fasziniert und gleichzeitig mit Befremden wundere ich mich darüber, dass sich Politiker in solche Kircheninterna, wie den Zölibat und Priesterberufe, einmischen.«

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

The Nazis and the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army were both an inherently evil all-male elite hierarchy born from the Devil's bowels

UNITED STATES
JP2PRPA John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army

Paris Arrow

The defenders of Santo Subito John Paul II and his pedophile priests are using technicality of words to sugar-coat, sweeten and refine pedophile priests by saying that they are not really “pedophiles” because the boys they sodomized were above the child age limit, “Most clergy sex offenders are not pedophiles.” Eighty percent of accusers were post-pubescent teens, and not children, when abuse was alleged to have occurred.”(see a most recent article below) so we are going to add the word “rapists” to priests with a hyphen to make them unequivocal, plural, indisputable and within its true historical context in the last quarter of the 20th Century. Behold the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army aptly named after the longest reigning pope who did absolutely nothing to stop this evil under his Holy See watch of 26 years as he trotted as ‘John Paul II the Great’ around the globe and wrote the most number of books, encyclicals and speeches but not once did he write or speak-up to protect little boys or post-pubescent teens from his thousands of rapists-priests and in fact, he brought to join him in the glory of Rome Cardinal Bernard Law who resigned in disgrace after he confessed and admitted to aiding and abetting more than 80 pedophiles rapists-priests in Boston!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 PM

Ex-Pastor Facing Rape, Assault Charges

WORCESTER (MA)
TheBostonChannel

BOSTON -- A former pastor at a Worcester church has been accused of raping and assaulting a 43-year-old woman.

The Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad, former pastor at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, is accused of attacking the woman on different occasions dating back to 2007, according to the Telegram and Gazette.

Abdelahad is accused of biting the victim, pulling her hair and punching her in the head. Police also allege he hit her with a religious icon and bat and scratched her on the stomach with keys, the newspaper reported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Woman Can't Sue Church for Rape by Priest in 1987

SOUTH DAKOTA
Courthouse News Service

By CHRIS COUGHLIN

(CN) - A woman who claimed to have unearthed repressed memories of being raped decades ago by a now deceased priest cannot sue a Catholic diocese because her claims are barred by the statute of limitations, the 8th Circuit ruled.

Before Pamela Baye and her husband, Sylvan, sued the diocese of Rapid City, S.D., in 2007, she had a long history of abuse and mental illness.

Baye claimed she developed dissociative identity disorder, which is the clinical term for multiple personality disorder, after being abused by both parents and other men since the age of 3. She also claims to have suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, depression, insomnia, panic disorder, anxiety disorder and suicidal ideation. "According to Baye, she has had as many as 40 different personalities," Judge Diana Murphy wrote for the St. Louis-based federal appeals panel. "She has sometimes suffered loss of time and memory when one of the alternate personalities would appear during a traumatic event."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Salesianen erkennen misbruik en vergoeden schade

NEDERLAND
nrc

door Joep Dohmen

De salesianen van Don Bosco erkennen schuld in de affaire rond seksueel misbruik in de Nederlandse Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. In een brief aan alle slachtoffers van de congregatie wordt diepe spijt betuigd en een „ruimhartige” schadevergoedingsregeling zonder juridische procedures in het vooruitzicht gesteld.

Het is voor het eerst sinds de misbruikaffaire vorig jaar aan het licht kwam dat een religieuze groepering dit doet. De salesianen lopen zo vooruit op de conclusies van de commissie-Deetman en een besluit van de kerkprovincie over een smartegeldregeling.

De misbruikaffaire begon 26 februari 2010 met een publicatie over jarenlang misbruik in Huize Don Rua in ’s-Heerenberg, een internaat van de salesianen. Na ontkenningen en stilzwijgen volgt nu een schuldbekentenis. Alle slachtoffers – alleen al bij NRC Handelsblad en de Wereldomroep meldden er zich 43 – kregen afgelopen week een brief van de Nederlandse leiding van de congregatie. Hierin staat dat salesianen zich schuldig gemaakt hebben aan misbruik van leerlingen, veelal in internaten. Het vertrouwen van de kinderen en hun ouders is „ernstig geschaad”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Trial for polygamist leader Jeffs postponed again

TEXAS
Newsvine

Paul J. Weber, Associated Press

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs won't stand trial in Texas until at least July after hiring a new lawyer, who argued Monday that the "awesome" amount of evidence in the criminal case is too voluminous to prepare a defense anytime soon.

A judge agreed and postponed Jeffs' trial on charges of having sex with two children at the Yearning for Zion ranch for a second time. The trial was moved from February to July 25, and Jeffs' new attorney cautioned that he may ultimately request an even later date.

State prosecutors requested that Jeffs stand trial before the end of the year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Congregatie werkt mee aan misbruikonderzoek

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - De congregatie van de Priesters van het Heilig-Hart zegt dat ze de beschuldigingen van seksueel misbruik onderzoekt die geuit werden tegen een Belgische pater.

De pater was actief in drie parochies in Antwerpen en Limburg alvorens te verhuizen naar Brazilië, waar hij enkele jaren werkzaam is in een tehuis voor straatkinderen, zo had Snap België, een vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik, verklaard.

’De congregatie verleent op een loyale wijze haar volle medewerking aan elk onderzoek dat door de bevoegde gerechtelijke instanties zou worden gevoerd’, zegt pater Harry Peels, provinciaal overste van de congregatie, in een persbericht. ’De congregatie onderzoekt ondertussen eveneens zelf de aantijgingen.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Voice of the Faithful Forms Advisory Council

UNITED STATES
Voice of the Faithful

NEWTON, Mass. – Voice of the Faithful, the international organization of more than 35,000 Roman Catholics committed to church reform, has formed its first advisory council.

“Nearly a decade old, VOTF is at the point where input from highly regarded experts in areas like theology and church history can help the organization greatly in facing the challenges and opportunities presented to it as the organization enters its second decade,” said Elia Marnik, VOTF board chair.

She said VOTF sought candidates with knowledge and experience in theology and institutional church dynamics and with a unique understanding of VOTF’s origin and development. Council members include:

•Francine Cardman, associate professor of historical theology and church history, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Boston, Mass., who has written and taught on the development of doctrine and early Christian ethics, women’s ministry in early Christianity, tradition and hermeneutics with regard to women’s ordination, lay leadership and participation in the early church, structures of governance and accountability in the church and Vatican II and ecumenism

•William D’Antonio, Ph.D., fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of American, Washington, D.C., who is co-author of eight books on the sociology of religion, including Voices of the Faithful, a study of a lay social movement striving to help change the church that uses VOTF as its example

•Paul Lakeland, Ph.D., Aloysius P. Kelley S.J. Professor of Catholic Studies and director, Center for Catholic Studies, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn., who has written and taught Catholic ecclesiology, liberation theology and religion and literature for more than 30 years

•James E. Post, Ph.D., J.D., John F. Smith Jr. Professor in Management, Boston University School of Management, Boston, Mass., who teaches strategic management, corporate governance and professional ethics, has held leadership positions in the school’s doctoral and public and non-profit management programs and management policy department, is the author, co-author or editor of 20 books and more than 100 scholarly papers and was co-founder and president of VOTF

•Christine Schenk, csj, theologian and executive director, FutureChurch, a national coalition working for full participation of all Catholics in the church, who has created the national dialogue projects Women in Church Leadership, The Future of Priestly Ministry, Celebrating Women Witnesses and Save Our Parish Community and who has written widely and given hundreds of presentations and interviews on the worldwide Catholic priest shortage, strategies for preserving vibrant parishes, women in scripture, Jesus and women and women in the early church

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Can a priest get you into heaven? What about a lay minister?

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

Monday, January 31, 2011
By Bryan Cones

I ran across a curious quote from David Clohessy of the Survivors' Network of Those Abused by Priests: "None of us have been raised from birth to think that a therapist is God’s representative or that a doctor can get me into heaven." Clohessy is talking about professional ethical standards that restrict sexual activity wtih clients, which in his mind should be applied to clergy.

What is interesting, though, is the context, a story published at Religion Dispatches about a case of sexual assault against an adult by a volunteer lay minister in a program not directly affiliated with a parish but seemingly endorsed by the Archdiocese of Denver. Clohessy is talking about a lay minister, not a priest, and seems to be arguing that a diocese must be legally responsible for misconduct of anyone associated with "Catholic" ministry, whether they are employed by the diocese or not.

Think about the implications here: There are any number of Catholic ministries that use the title but are not directly connected with the diocese, though they may operate within its boundaries, as was the case with Cristo y Yo, a charismatic Hispanic group whose leader allegedly raped a female participant. Many are of these groups are lay led and run, and a good number serve the Spanish-speaking community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Jamaica-born Bronx priest on rape charge

NEW YORK
Stabroek News

By Stabroek editor
Breaking News | Monday, January 31, 2011

A Jamaica-born Bronx minister has been charged with having a years-long sexual relationship with a young girl who attended his storefront church, according to the Associated Press.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Michael Clare has been indicted on first-degree rape and other charges. AP reported that the pastor at Harvest Worship Center is being held on $50,000 bail.

AP said that Clare was arrested in June after the girl told her family about the relationship. He was originally charged with second-degree rape, but a grand jury raised the charges on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Vatican refuses service of lawsuit on handling of abusive priest Murphy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 31, 2011

The Vatican has refused service of a lawsuit over its handling of the notorious sex offender Father Lawrence Murphy that was filed in federal court in Milwaukee last year.

Victim advocates and the plaintiff's lawyer on Monday blasted the move as an attempt to delay justice, and they urged Archbishops Timothy Dolan of New York and Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee to intervene.

But a California-based lawyer for the Vatican dismissed it as a procedural step in keeping with U.S. laws on diplomatic relations that allow states to choose how to be served in lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

Snow delays testimony at trial of priest accused of raping boys

PITTSFIELD (MA)
Albany Times Union

By Bob Gardinier Staff Writer
Updated:03:00 p.m., Monday, January 31, 2011

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Opening arguments in the trial of a former Roman Catholic priest charged with raping two boys will be postponed until Thursday morning because of the looming snow storm.

Ten jurors were selected Monday for Gary Mercure's trial in Berkshire County court. But even if a complete panel is selected later Monday or early Tuesday, officials said opening arguments wouldn't be held until after Wednesday's expected storm ends.

Jury selection began Monday at the 62-year-old's on trial on three counts of rape of a child with force and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, according to the office of District Attorney David F. Capeless.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:34 PM

New prelate to join Vatican bank leadership?

VATICAN CITY
Catholic Culture

January 31, 2011
The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), will soon have a new prelate on its leadership team, according to Italian media reports.

Msgr. Luigi Misto, who handles financial affairs for the Archdiocese of Milan, will be appointed “prelate” of the IOR, working alongside the bank’s chairman, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi. Msgr. Misto would work with Cardinal Attilio Nicora, the president of the Vatican’s newly empaneled Financial Information Authority. He would also have the ear of the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

In the past, the office of “prelate” within the Vatican bank has caused some tensions, creating at least a strong perception that the IOR has had dual lines of authority, with the prelate sometimes taking actions without consultation with the chairman, who is a banking professional.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Georgetown Prep, liberal Catholicism, and sexual abuse

UNITED STATES
The Daily Caller

By Mark Judge

Last week, I wrote in The Daily Caller about the arrest for alleged sexual abuse of Garrett Orr, a former priest and teacher at my high school alma mater, Georgetown Prep. That piece can be found here.

Shortly after the piece came out, I got an email from a former Prep student. It turns out that the abuse is wider than I thought. Orr wasn’t the only one.

Before getting to that letter, a distillation of my piece from last week. My point in that piece was that for the past 40 years, if not longer, there has been an effort by liberal Catholics to subvert, censor and generally eradicate orthodox Catholicism. (As Richard John Neuhaus once put it: when orthodoxy is made optional, sooner or later it is proscribed.) This has been done mostly through teaching on human sexuality. The result has been not just a loss of faith, but the abuse of kids in the schools — including Georgetown Prep, a place that otherwise does so much to foster community, faith, and brotherhood. The equation is pretty simple: if you teach young people that religion is all about peace and love and expressing yourself, and not about conquering yourself in the service of a greater, richer, freedom, you will get a religion that is bland and leaders and teachers who are more liable to abuse kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Jury selection under way in priest's trial

PITTSFIELD (MA)
Berkshire Eagle

By Conor Berry, Berkshire Eagle Staff

Monday January 31, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- Jury selection began this morning in the trial of a New York priest accused of raping two boys in the Berkshires in the 1980s.

The alleged victims, both from New York and now in their 30s, were allegedly assaulted by the Rev. Gary Mercure in separate incidents in 1986 and 1989.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany permanently removed Mercure from ministry in August 2008, two months before a Berkshire grand jury indicted him on three counts of forcible child rape and one count of indecent assault and battery on a child younger than 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

Ex-pastor accused of raping, assaulting woman

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Bronislaus B. Kush and Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
bkush@telegram.com
scroteau@telegram.com

WORCESTER — The former longtime pastor of St. George Antiochan Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Anna St., is accused of raping and physically assaulting a 43-year-old woman.

The Very Rev. Charles Michael Abdelahad will be arraigned Friday in Central District Court on a single charge of rape, four counts of assault and battery, and five counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

A statement of facts on file in court states the Rev. Abdelahad beat the woman on different occasions dating back to 2007.

The priest allegedly bit and beat the victim during at least one assault. Detectives also allege he struck her with a religious icon and bat and scratched her on the stomach with keys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Berkvens: "Nooit enige druk van Kerk over seksueel misbruik"

BELGIE
Zita

"Ik heb in geen enkel dossier over seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Kerk druk ervaren". Dat zei de Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk. Berkvens is de procureur die het dossier tegen ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe afhandelt. Hij bevestigde dat het Brugse onderzoek tegen Vangheluwe al maanden stilligt omdat het slachtoffer ook tegelijkertijd een klacht in Brussel heeft ingediend.

Berkvens zei dat hij "nooit enig rechtstreeks of onrechtstreeks contact met Vangheluwe of iemand van de Kerk heeft gehad over seksueel misbruik. Of dat ook geldt voor mijn substituten weet ik niet, maar ik denk niet dat ze dit soort contacten hadden of hebben, ze zijn daar niet mee bezig. Zelf had ik alleen een rechtstreekse lijn met de procureur-generaal".

Vangheluwe
De Brugse procureur liet weten dat hij de opvolger van Vangheluwe wél twee keer zelf heeft opgebeld. "Eén keer om hem te zeggen dat het niet zou kunnen dat Roger Vangheluwe naar het buitenland zou verhuizen, zoals in de pers stond. Vangheluwe is nu bereikbaar. Als we bellen, brengt men hem", zo zei Berkvens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

'Vatican rejects sex abuse lawsuit' at a Wisconsin school

UNITED STATES
Press TV (Iran)

The attorney for a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf says the Vatican has refused to be served with a lawsuit over the matter.

The Vatican rejected a lawsuit brought by a man who was allegedly sexually abused by a priest at St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, according to the victim's attorney. Dailycardinal.com

According to the victim's attorney, the Vatican rejected a lawsuit brought by the man who was allegedly sexually abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Attorney: Vatican rejects deaf man's lawsuit

ST. PAUL (MN)
Star Tribune

Posted by Rose French

Last update: January 31, 2011

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents hundreds of clergy child sex abuse victims across the U.S., says the Vatican has refused to be served with the lawsuit of an Illinois man who claims he was sexually abused by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf.

The lawsuit was filed last year against Vatican officials in federal court for the eastern district of Wisconsin on behalf of a Chicago man who says he was sexually abused decades ago as a child at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Milwaukee.

Anderson said at a news conference at his office on Monday that late last week he learned the Vatican "shunned" and "rebuffed" the lawsuit and described it as both "undesirable and unwanted."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

'Onderzoek-Vangheluwe in Brugge ligt reeds maanden stil'

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens heeft in de bijzondere commissie Seksueel Misbruik zwaar uitgehaald naar Norbert Bethune van de vzw Mensenrechten in de Kerk . Berkvens herinnerde er ook nog aan dat het Brugse opsporingsonderzoek naar Roger Vangheluwe stilligt in afwachting van een akkoord met de Brusselse procureur Bulthé.

Berkvens hekelde Bethune voor diens verklaringen over een dossier van seksueel misbruik in een ziekenhuis in Tielt vanaf het midden van de jaren tachtig. Berkvens stelde dat de integriteit van het parket in vraag gesteld werd in eerdere hoorzittingen van de bijzondere commissie, met name door Bethune, die gesuggereerd had dat het Brugse parket de zaak met opzet had laten verjaren.

Een duidelijk verontwaardigde magistraat gaf na zijn algemene inleidende uitzetting een omstandig overzicht van de verschillende stappen in het gerechtelijk onderzoek. De zaak werd uiteindelijk geseponeerd omdat het op basis van de verklaringen van het slachtoffer onduidelijk was wanneer de laatste feiten plaatsvonden en dus niet uitgemaakt kon worden of er verjaring was opgetreden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

Brugse procureur voor Commissie seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
KW

Brugge - In de bijzondere commissie misbruik in het Parlement is vandaag de Brugse procureur Jean-Marie Berkvens gehoord. De commissie wilde hem horen over de manier waarop het Brugse Parket omging met meldingen van misbruik. Het ging ondermeer over het seksueel misbruik van de overleden deken van Tielt in het Sint-Andriesziekenhuis. Priester Norbert Bethune had dat aangeklaagd.

Al meteen na het losbarsten van de schandalen rond gewezen bisschop Roger Vangheluwe pakte Norbert Behtune uit Wingene uit met een dossier van misbruik in het Sint-Andriesziekenhuis van Tielt. Een deken vergreep er zich tussen 1989 en 93 verschillende keren aan een vrouw in de psychiatrie. Bethune, die zich het lot van slachtoffers aantrekt, was erg ontgoocheld in de manier waarop het dossier van de deken door het gerecht werd aangepakt. Bethune: “Hij heeft toen bekend maar de onderzoekers hebben de deken tijdens het verhoor nooit met zijn bekentenis geconfronteerd.

Doofpotoperatie

Bethune achtte Bisschop Roger Vangheluwe en de kardinaal verantwoordelijk voor wat hij een doofpotoperatie noemde. Maar volgens hem ging ook het Brugse parket niet vrijuit. Het onderzoek zou onvoldoende nauwkeurig zijn gevoerd en verjaring was volgens Bethune niet aan de orde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Salesians admit sex abuse

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

For the first time, a Dutch religious order has admitted its guilt in the Catholic sex abuse scandal. In a letter to the victims, which has been seen by Radio Netherlands Worldwide and NRC Handelsblad, the Salesians of Don Bosco express their “deep regret”. They also say they are working on a “generous” compensation package.

“In any case it is clear that Salesians are also guilty of committing sexual and emotional abuse and we condemn this unequivocally,” the letter says. The Dutch branch of the order also acknowledges its failure to prevent or respond to abuse. The trust of the children and their parents has been seriously harmed, say the Salesians.

Silence broken
“As an order we have not always handled reports properly and this has further damaged the trust placed in us.” The letter acknowledges that at various boarding schools and other institutions there was insufficient oversight. Intervention was inadequate and came too late.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Investigation into Roman Catholic monk sex abuse claim is dropped

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Somerset

A prominent Roman Catholic monk who regularly appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme may soon return to his parish after Avon and Somerset police dropped an inquiry into an alleged sex offence.

Dom Antony Sutch resigned as a contributor to Thought For The Day and withdrew from his parish last November after a complaint about his conduct while he was headmaster of a Catholic school in Somerset.

The Benedictine monk, who was believed to be a spiritual mentor to the late Princess of Wales and who preached at the marriage of the daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall, is now reported to be ‘on retreat’ at an undisclosed location.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Court Ordered Released Documents in Beth Rocker vs. Guernsey County Sheriff's Office

STEUBENVILLE (OH)
Steubenville Truth

[Beth's story, Part 1]

[Beth's story, Part 2]

1. Letters from the Court of Appeals and Prosecuter's Office
2. Beth Rocker Incident Report and Case Affidavits
3. Documents Leading to the Appeal in B Rocker vs. Guernsey County Sheriff4. St. Luke Institute Psychological Report filed with B Rocker vs. Guernsey County Sheriff

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 AM

SNAP Appealing To Listecki Over Lawsuit

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WISN

MILWAUKEE -- The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, will appeal to Archbishop Jerome Listecki to intervene in a federal lawsuit Monday.

This comes after reports that the Vatican refused to be served with a lawsuit surrounding a former Wisconsin priest.

The suit accuses Father Lawrence Murphy of abusing at least 200 children at the school for the deaf in St. Francis decades ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Congregatie werkt mee aan misbruikonderzoek naar Belgische pater

BELGIE
De Standaard

De congregatie van de Priesters van het Heilig-Hart van Jezus zegt dat ze de beschuldigingen van seksueel misbruik onderzoekt die geuit werden tegen een Belgische pater.

De pater was actief in drie parochies in Antwerpen en Limburg alvorens te verhuizen naar Brazilië, waar hij enkele jaren werkzaam is in een tehuis voor straatkinderen, zo had Snap België, een vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik, verklaard.

'De congregatie verleent op een loyale wijze haar volle medewerking aan elk onderzoek dat door de bevoegde gerechtelijke instanties zou worden gevoerd', zegt pater Harry Peels, provinciaal overste van de congregatie, in een persbericht. 'De congregatie onderzoekt ondertussen eveneens zelf de aantijgingen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Vatican rejects suit over Milwaukee priest’s abuse

UNITED STATES
The Daily Cardinal

By Ariel Shapiro

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011

Kathryn Weenig

The Vatican rejected a lawsuit brought by a man who was allegedly sexually abused by a priest at St. John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, according to the victim's attorney.

According to Jeff Anderson and Associates, a St. Paul-based law firm handling the case, the suit requested to name Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinals Bertone and Sodano as defendants for allegedly covering up Father Lawrence Murphy's abuse, but the request was sent back by FedEx.

Anderson said in a statement he is concerned by the Vatican's reaction and that the institution sees itself as "above the law."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Deaf victims of St. John’s appealing to Listecki to intervene with Pope in Federal lawsuit

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Voice from the Desert

In a stunning move, Vatican officials are refusing to be served with a child sex abuse lawsuit, returning it with the words “unwanted and undesired.”

In response, at a news conference clergy child sex abuse victims, including victims of Fr. Lawrence Murphy while at St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wis., will blast the Catholic hierarchy for:

» rebuffing the US justice system,
» continuing to ignore the appeal for healing from 200+ deaf victims sexually molested at a Milwaukee school, and
» delaying the “long overdue disclosure” of secret church records about the cover up of clergy sex crimes by a long-time Wisconsin predator priest
In addition, they will attempt to hand deliver a letter to Milwaukee’s archbishop Jerome Listecki urging him to “show courage, challenge the Vatican, and advocate for these still-suffering Wisconsin crime victims.”

WHEN
Monday, January 31, 1:30 p.m.
WHERE
Outside the Cousins Center, which is the headquarters of the Milwaukee archdiocese, 3501 South Lake Drive

WHO
Several victims of clergy child sex crimes, including deaf victims of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, who belong to the international support group called SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAPnetwork.org.

WHY
After initially accepting a summons from the US federal court in Milwaukee concerning a civil suit involving top Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, the Holy See returned it late Friday by FEDEX to the United States, with the marking: “Undesirable and Unwanted”. The lawsuit concerns the decades long cover up of serial child molester Fr. Lawrence Murphy from the archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Church abuse victims secure compensation

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Chronicle

by Lisa Hutchinson, Evening Chronicle
Jan 31 2011

CATHOLIC church leaders have finally paid compensation to three brothers robbed of their childhoods by a paedophile priest.

The lads were sexually abused by Bernard Traynor, a trainee priest working in the Hexham and Newcastle Diocese in the 1970s.

They were in care at St Vincent’s childrens’ home in Newcastle when the abuse took place.

Traynor, now 56, formerly an assistant at St Robert’s in Morpeth, and a priest at St Anne’s in Low Fell, Gateshead, molested them for five years after befriending them in the home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Archdiocese of Louisvile lawsuit: Couple says they are barred from helping on bingo night

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS

(WHAS11) -- A local couple suing the Archdiocese of Louisville says they have now been barred from participating in church fundraisers.

According to a report from The Courier Journal Gary and Margie Weiter were told on Friday they can no longer help run the bingo night at St. Therese Church.

The couple says its retaliation after they filed a wrongful termination suit the day before.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Sexual abuse lawsuits involving priest and church are settled

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

Two sexual abuse lawsuits, one involving a former Kansas City area Catholic priest and another filed against a church in western Missouri, have been settled.

The Archdiocese of San Antonio announced that it had settled a lawsuit against the Rev. John M. Fiala for nearly $1 million. A lawsuit against New Life Bible Church in St. Joseph was settled for an undisclosed amount.

Fiala was charged last year with solicitation to commit capital murder after authorities said he tried to hire a hit man to kill the teenage boy who accused him. He is being held in a Dallas County jail on $800,000 bond.

The boy filed a civil lawsuit accusing Fiala of repeatedly assaulting him in 2007 and 2008 — twice at gunpoint — while Fiala was a pastoral administrator at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Rocksprings, Texas. The boy was 16 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Priest's alleged crimes 'troubling'

PITTSFIELD (MA)
Berkshire Eagle

By Conor Berry, Berkshire Eagle Staff,

Monday January 31, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany said they respect the due-process rights of a priest whose trial begins today in Berkshire Superior Court. But church officials said the clergyman's alleged crimes were "profoundly troubling" and "reprehensible."

The Albany Diocese, in a statement issued late last week, condemned the nature of the charges and reiterated the Roman Catholic Church's zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse.

Jury selection in the trial of the Rev. Gary Mercure is scheduled to begin this morning in Pittsfield. Mercure is under indictment in Massachusetts for allegedly sexually assaulting two boys during separate incidents in the Berkshires in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Former local priest on trial in Massachusetts today

PITTSFIELD (MA)
KRGB

January 31, 2011

CBS 6 Staff
PITTSFIELD -- The trial of a former local priest accused of molesting two boys is scheduled to start today in Berkshire County Superior Court.

Gary Mercure is accused of abusing the boys in Massachusetts in 1986 and 1989.

“The charges in this case are profoundly troubling, the alleged conduct reprehensible,” the diocese said in a statement. “We are deeply concerned about the well being and healing of the individuals who were allegedly abused as minors. Sexual abuse of a minor is a sin and a crime. When committed by a priest, it is a violation of a sacred trust that inflicts enormous harm on the abused person. Sexual abuse must never be ignored, condoned or tolerated.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

January 30, 2011

Anderson to call on Vatican to accept delivery of civil lawsuit

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Public Radio

by Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
January 30, 2011

St. Paul, Minn. — A Minnesota attorney known for filing child sex abuse cases against the Catholic Church plans to hold a press conference Monday to call on the Vatican to accept delivery of a civil lawsuit.

Attorney Jeff Anderson filed the suit in U.S. federal court in April. It alleges the Vatican knew about possible sexual abuse by the Reverend Lawrence Murphy at St. John's School for the Deaf near Milwaukee, but decided against punishing him. Anderson represents a deaf man from Illinois who said he was abused by Murphy.

In a statement, Anderson said he learned Friday that Vatican staff had been served the suit, but later sent it back to FedEx. The attorney said that action shows the Vatican believes it is "above the law."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Lawyer for Wis. accuser: Vatican rejected lawsuit

UNITED STATES
Daily Globe

By PATRICK CONDON Associated Press , The Associated Press - MINNEAPOLIS

The attorney for a man who says he was sexually abused decades ago by a now-deceased priest at a Wisconsin school for the deaf alleged Sunday that the Vatican refused to be served with a lawsuit over the matter.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who frequently clashes with the Catholic hierarchy over abuse allegations, said Sunday in a news release that his office tried to serve the lawsuit naming as defendants Pope Benedict XVI and other high-ranking officials at the Vatican, but that it was returned via Federal Express.

Anderson's client, listed in court papers as John Doe, is a deaf man from Illinois who alleged in his lawsuit that the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy molested him for a number of years while Murphy worked at a Milwaukee-area school for the deaf. The lawsuit contends that Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials conspired to keep quiet decades of abuse allegations against Murphy.

Anderson did not immediately return a call Sunday seeking comment. According to his release, he is planning a news conference Monday in which he'll accuse the Vatican of "dragging out the healing of deaf victims."

Jeffrey Lena, the U.S.-based attorney for the Vatican, said in an e-mail Sunday that the lawsuit should have been served through diplomatic channels as would be done with any foreign state. He wrote that holding a news conference on such a matter "is really just a form of grandstanding by Mr. Anderson for the press and the public."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Abuse lawsuit against Omaha Catholic officials settles-SNAP responds

OMAHA (NE)
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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Fr. John M. Fiala is being prosecuted. It’s a shame, however, that Catholic officials in Omaha who enabled and concealed his crimes, however, get off easy by just writing a check.

Last April, Omaha Catholic officials disclosed that they knew eight years earlier that the cleric had made sexual advances toward a child in the 1080s.

And today, in a remarkably disingenuous understatement, Omaha’s archbishop says his diocese settled “because it was not clear that all appropriate information was shared when Fiala left the archdiocese in 1996 to join SOLT.” The sad, simple truth is that Omaha Catholic officials knew and suspected that Fiala was a criminal but kept this information secret from parishioners, the public and even other church officials. They should be honest and clearly admit this.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

More charges v. Stockton predator? SNAP responds

IRELAND
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)

We’re elated O’Grady may face more charges. He’s clearly a dangerous man who belongs behind bars.

This is another opportunity for California’s bishops to make a public call for victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to come forward. The more prosecutors know about O’Grady’s crimes, the better chance they’ll have of jailing him for a long time. Catholic bishops can do nothing or they can step up and help. Let’s hope they find the courage to lend a hand to law enforcement, instead of sitting passively by on the sidelines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Lawyer for Wis. accuser: Vatican rejected lawsuit

MINNESOTA
NECN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a man who alleges sexual abuse by a priest at a Wisconsin deaf school decades ago says the Vatican refused to be served with a lawsuit over the matter.

St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson says in a news release Sunday that his office initially served the lawsuit naming Pope Benedict and other high-ranking church officials at the Vatican but that it was returned via Federal Express.

Anderson's client is a deaf man from Illinois who alleges that the late Rev. Lawrence Murphy molested him for a number of years while Murphy worked at a Milwaukee-area school for the deaf. Anderson contends that Pope Benedict and other Vatican officials conspired to keep quiet decades of abuse allegations against Murphy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Blogging Jaime Romo's Book: The Value of Flexibility

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

Virginia Jones

I have been using Jaime Romo’s book Healing the Sexually Abused Heart: A Workbook for Survivors, Thrivers and Supporters for my support group. Since some people have trouble motivating themselves to do the exercises in a serious form -- writing down their responses and sitting with them and writing them down again, I decided to blog my way through the book to try to help others to do the same thing. I already completed the first exercise in the book and so it is now time for the second exercise -- Action 1.02 -- on flexibility.

Jaime begins by asking, "How can I be more flexible when dealing with unfamiliar or uncomfortable ideas?"

I would add "and situations" to the question.

The last question in the exercise is, "What do I commit to now in order to be more flexible."

This exercise instantly put me in a state of anxiety, because I have an abusive person in my life right now. This person is constantly making demands on me. Some are reasonable. Some are outrageously unfair. And when I stand up to him and tell him “no,” then he acts as though I am being unreasonable and inflexible. And yet, I virtually never ask him to do anything for me. I don’t want to interact with him any more than I absolutely have to because interacting with him is so unpleasant -- so I try very hard to solve all my issues without him.

Why do I, the person who is being abused, have do be flexible and do all the compromising? It feels totally unfair. It feels as though I am going through abuse over and over again

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Newcastle bishop called before Supreme Court

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY
31 Jan, 2011

NEWCASTLE Anglican Bishop Brian Farran has been called to give evidence in the NSW Supreme Court after controversial church disciplinary hearings in December against four clergy, including retired Newcastle Dean Graeme Lawrence.

Solicitors for Father Lawrence and Cardiff priest Graeme Sturt have advised the bishop to be available for cross-examination at a Supreme Court hearing set to start on Thursday, after the court granted the priests an injunction in December following professional standards board determinations against them.

Solicitors for the diocese are expected to seek an adjournment in the court today and Bishop Farran, who is overseas, is not expected to return to Newcastle until later this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Duitse bisschoppen herstellen vertrouwen met duidelijke maatregelen

DUITSLAND
RKnieuws

BERLIJN (RKnieuws.net) - In Duitsland herstellen de bisschoppen stap voor stap het vertrouwen met duidelijke maatregelen. Dat schrijft Emmanuel Van Lierde in het christelijk weekblad Tertio.

Stephan Ackermann, bisschop van Trier en referent voor het seksueel misbruik, zei in een kerstinterview met Die Welt dat van de bijna 23.000 mensen die met de noodlijn van de Duitse bisschoppen contact opnamen, ondertussen 3.500 slachtoffers of hun verwanten een gesprek hadden bij het meldpunt. Concreet ging het daarbij over 432 zedenmisdrijven gepleegd door priesters of religieuzen. Daarnaast kwamen 393 misbruiken ter sprake die niet door geestelijken of niet in een kerkelijke context waren begaan.

Al op 25 februari 2010 gaf de Duitse bisschoppenconferentie te kennen dat ze de waarheid aan het licht wou brengen, de richtlijnen voor het omgaan met seksueel misbruik uit 2002 wou herwerken (op 1 september 2010 werden die herwerkte richtlijnen gepubliceerd, nvdr.), de preventie wou versterken en verantwoording wou afleggen. Daarnaast zouden de machtsstructuren binnen de kerk ter discussie moeten worden gesteld. Die vijf doelstellingen tekenen de aanpak van de Duitse bisschoppen. Consequent hebben ze, vaak samen met de religieuze oversten, stap per stap gewerkt aan het realiseren van die doelstellingen en nu, bijna een jaar nadat de crisis uitbrak, is hun aanpak geperfectioneerd of leidt de uitgestippelde planning tot de concretisering van de bestaande aanzetten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 AM

Educador a juicio por abuso sexual a menor

COSTA RICA
La Nacion

...Otro caso Un pastor de apellido Vargas, continuará por tres meses más en prisión preventiva, según lo dispuesto por el Juzgado Penal de Pococí.

Contra el hombre se sigue una causa por el delito de abusos deshonestos, en perjuicio de un menor de 10 años de edad.

El sospechoso fue detenido por miembros de la Fuerza Pública, el 28 de setiembre del año pasado. La captura se realizó en el sector de Río Jiménez de Guácimo, donde aparentemente tenía su iglesia.

Vargas fue denunciado por la madre del menor quien, al parecer, indicó a las autoridades judiciales que el sujeto aprovechó la confianza tras pedirle consejería por una situación familiar que atravesaba.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Köln (ots) - Köln. Eine Mehrheit der Deutschen glaubt nicht an eine positive Rolle der katholischen Kirche bei der Aufklärung der eigenen Missbrauchsfälle. Dies ergab laut einem Bericht des "Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger" (Samstagausgabe) eine repräsentative Umfrage unter 1000 Personen, die das Meinungsforschungsinstitut Omniquest erstellt hat. Demnach sind insgesamt 68,1 Prozent der Meinung, die katholische Kirche trage nicht konstruktiv zur Aufklärung der sexuellen Missbrauchsfälle in katholischen Einrichtungen bei. 62,7 Prozent der Katholiken sind ebenfalls dieser Meinung.

Eine deutliche Mehrheit der Befragten hält zudem die evangelische Konfession für zeitgemäßer als die katholische: Über 84 Prozent der Deutschen sind zum Beispiel der Meinung, dass der Zölibat, die Ehelosigkeit der katholischen Priester, überholt sei. Auch drei Viertel der Katholiken (76,1 Prozent) lehnen den Zölibat ab.

Angesprochen auf eine jüngst von Papst Benedikt XIV. angesprochene strengere Prüfung von Heiratswilligen auf die Motive für ihre Eheschließung, verhält sich eine deutliche Mehrheit von 78 Prozent ablehnend. Der Papst hatte am vergangenen Samstag gesagt, eine strenge Prüfung der Überzeugungen könne verhindern, dass die Brautleute "aus emotionalen Impulsen oder oberflächlichen Gründen eine Verpflichtung eingehen, die sie anschließend nicht einhalten können".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence

AUSTRALIA
Galus Australis

By Sheiny New

“The Orthodox assume it happens amongst the Reform. The Reform assume it happens amongst the Orthodox. The Conservative look in both directions. The young blame the old saying, ‘This is the way they were raised. They don’t know any better.’ The old shake their heads at the young. Those who live in the city say it happens in the suburbs where people lead lives of desperation and those living in the suburbs say it happens in the ugly city. Middle and upper income people say it happens amongst the poor. No one say sit happens amongst the wealthy-but it does. Who better to have the power and privacy to abuse? The truth is that all of us who are pointing fingers at other groups are right- it does happen there. But, so are those pointing at us.” Sherry Dimarsky, domestic violence expert and attorney, Oct. 1994

The Jewish Taskforce Against Family Violence was established fifteen years ago in Melbourne. This group of dedicated and committed volunteers worked long hours to put domestic violence on the communal agenda. When we first started, skepticism was the initial reaction of everyone we encountered, “Surely domestic violence does not exist within the Jewish community!” Disbelief that abuse and violence could be taking place behind the picture-perfect image of the often-envied icon, the nice Jewish family. After all, everyone knows that Jewish men make the best husbands! But it does happen. Just ask Hatzolah,- the Jewish medical emergency response team. They’ll tell you about being called back time and time again to the home of the woman who burns herself with a hot iron – on her back. Or the mother who cannot explain how she keeps falling down the same flight of stairs.

Over the years we have chipped away at the doubt by organizing forums on domestic violence for the wider community, by taking creative programs into our schools and reinforcing with our teen-agers that we do not shove out love. We have worked closely with the rabbinate, Jewish Care (the Jewish services provider), the Jewish schools, doctors and psychologists and slowly, very slowly this group of dedicated volunteers has been able to, if not end the denial, then certainly reduce the stigma of domestic violence so that a woman or man who finds themselves in an abusive relationship should not be too filled with shame to seek help. Because if the perception is that no Jewish men hit their wives, (I refer to the man doing the hitting because although it does happen in the reverse, most crimes of abuse are perpetuated by men) the victim of abuse will ask herself, “What is wrong with me? What did I do to create this nightmare? Obviously it is my fault.” Now, as a community we tell her, it is not your fault. You haven’t done anything wrong. It is never OK for a spouse to raise a hand against the person they have sworn to love and protect, nor is he permitted to insult, denigrate or intimidate her. We can reassure her that she is not alone. It happens in our community, and with appropriate assistance things can and have changed for the better.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

'Hij heeft nog veel meer jongens misbruikt'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

OVERPELT/MERKSEM - Twee slachtoffers van de Limburgse pater Jan V.D. (72) getuigen: 'Als onderpastoor van Merksem heeft hij ons meer dan tien keer misbruikt.' Twintig jaar geleden vertrok de pater met stille trom naar Brazilië om zich daar over straatkinderen te ontfermen. 'Het is meer dan tijd dat hij in de gaten wordt gehouden want we vrezen dat hij ook daar jongeren misbruikt.'

'Al jaren zet ik mij met hart en ziel in voor kinderen. Op een correcte wijze. Nog nooit heb ik één vinger naar een kind uitgestoken. Waar is die heksenjacht op de Kerk toch voor nodig?', blijft de in opspraak gekomen pater Jan V.D. vanuit de Braziliaanse stad Fortaleza zijn onschuld volhouden. Al twintig jaar werkt hij in de sloppenwijken met straatkinderen. Donderdag overhandigde de vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik (SNAP) een brief aan Karine Lalieux (PS), voorzitster van de bijzondere misbruikcommissie, met de uitdrukkelijke vraag in actie te schieten tegen de praktijken van pater Jan in Brazilië. De brief werd ondertekend door twee Vlaamse slachtoffers van hem. De twee mannen, die elkaar pas vorig jaar leerde kennen, werden in de jaren '70 meermaals misbruikt door de toenmalige onderpastoor van Merksem.

'Pater Jeanne'

'Hij was een sociale, geëngageerde man die jarenlang jeugdkampen organiseerde waar telkens meer dan honderd kinderen aan deelnamen. Als misdienaar werd ik snel ongewild één van zijn favoriete jongeren. Regelmatig moest ik op zijn schoot gaan zitten. Telkens stak hij zijn hand in mijn broek en begon te friemelen. Ik wist toen niet wat dat was, maar hij ejaculeerde regelmatig in zijn broek. Dat is in de jaren '70 zeker een tiental keer gebeurd', vertelt de Antwerpenaar. 'Hij betastte me zelfs in het openbaar. Toen ik zei dat ik moest ophouden, antwoordde hij laconiek: Hier se, hij begint stilaan groot te worden. Ook mijn broer heeft hij meermaals misbruikt. Iedereen in het dorp noemde hem trouwens stiekem pater 'Jeanne': want zijn voorliefde voor jonge jongens was gekend.' Hij beoogt geen excuses of een schadevergoeding maar wil vooral dat de pater in Brazilië geen nieuwe slachtoffers kan maken. 'Die man moet gewoon weg van die weerloze straatkinderen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

United Methodists Confront Sexual Misconduct in the Church

UNITED STATES
The Christian Post

By Audrey Barrick|Christian Post Reporter

The reality of sexual misconduct and abuse within the church has prompted United Methodists to come together this week to confront the problem and discuss ways to make the church a safe place.

Though the denomination has already taken steps to address the issue, more has to be done to help heal those hurt by the church, said M. Garlinda Burton, the top executive of the United Methodist Commission on the Status and Role of Women, according to the denomination's news service.

"I estimate that at least one-third to one-half of the dozens of victim-survivors I’ve counseled during the past eight years have left the church, either in shame or frustration, because they found no justice or healing," she told hundreds of lay and clergy leaders during the Do No Harm 2011 sexual ethics summit in Houston this week.

"We want people to come in, yet we have a lot of places that it's not safe for them to be."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Court hearing has highlighted dark consequences of polygamy

CANADA
Vancouver Sun

By Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun

VANCOUVER — Happy polygamists were strangely absent through eight weeks of court hearings aimed at determining whether Canada’s law forbidding the practice is constitutional.

Perhaps it’s because not one male polygamist testified before Chief Justice Robert Bauman in B.C. Supreme Court. It’s odd when you think about it, because worldwide and throughout history, polygamy is almost invariably about men having multiple wives.

The bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, James Oler, filed an affidavit describing how polygamy was an essential part of his faith. But that was pulled when it became apparent that lawyers for the governments of Canada and British Columbia were eager to have a chance to question him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Ex-player says Riverside hoop program founder Lorch paid him millions to stay quiet about s

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY Michael O'Keeffe
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Sunday, January 30th 2011

Sean McCray took Ernest Lorch's money for more than 10 years, thousands of dollars every month to launder uniforms and run errands for the founder of the prestigious Riverside Church basketball program - and to remain silent about how Lorch had sexually abused him 30 years ago.

McCray, a former Riverside player, says Lorch paid him at least $2 million between the late 1990s and 2008 to stay quiet about the abuse that began when McCray was 12 years old and continued off and on for nearly four years. Most of the abuse took place at the Gothic church, in hidden rooms and secret spaces. "He would take me into places I could never have imagined were there," McCray says.

McCray says that for more than a decade, Lorch would give him a wad of cash on the fourth of every month, first at the Morningside Heights church, later at a diner near Lorch's upper East Side home. McCray, now 42, says Lorch offered him $1,000 a month after McCray and his cousin, Robert Holmes, confronted him about the abuse sometime in 1997 or 1998, and threatened to go to the media with their claims. Instead, McCray says, Lorch offered to pay for their silence.

West Harrison minister charged in rape of teen

NEW YORK
The Journal News

By Barbara Livingston Nackman • bnackman@lohud.com • January 30, 2011

WEST HARRISON — A 38-year-old West Harrison man, a minister and principal of a church-affiliated school in the Bronx, has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual abuse of a teenage member of his congregation.

The abuse reportedly went on for more than three years and the victim became pregnant.
Michael Clare was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second degree rape, and a single count each of first-degree criminal sexual act, second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

He is a minister at Harvest Worship Center International at 4036 White Plains Road in the Bronx and school principal of Harvest Preparatory Academy, the Office of the District Attorney of Bronx County said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

DETROIT: Archdiocese finds banned priest working again

MICHIGAN
The News-Herald

By Anne Sullivan

DETROIT — A former Ohio priest, who worked as a music minister at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Trenton after allegations of sexual abuse were leveled against him, was found working in the Archdiocese of Detroit again.

Herbert Richey Jr. has served recently as an organist at St. Margaret of Scotland in St. Clair Shores, and possibly at another parish in the last 10 years, Ned McGrath, director of communications for the Archdiocese of Detroit, said Thursday in a press release.

McGrath said Richey never worked as a priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Richey was removed from priestly ministry in the Toledo diocese in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Louisville couple claims retaliation from former church

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WDRB

[with video]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A Louisville couple says they've been the victims of retaliation just days after filing a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Louisville.

Gary and Margie Weiter say they've been banned from helping their church after they complained the parish was hiding a priest accused of sexual abuse.

"It was horrible. It was horrible. He cried all night. Some people don't understand it but we've devoted our life to the church, to those people," said Gary and Margie Weiter, plaintiffs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

January 29, 2011

Statement regarding abuse cover ups

GERMANY
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris, SNAP Outreach Director +1 314 862 7688 US cell phone SNAPdorris@gmail.com

On January 28, 2010, German newspapers ran the first of countless articles about the clergy sex crimes and cover ups. Admitted and credibly accused Catholic clergy were exposed, resigned, or were suspended. Church officials, including bishops, cardinals and the Pope, were shown to have known about many of the crimes yet either stayed silent or helped keep them quiet.

We want to take this opportunity to honor the courageous victims who found the strength to speak up, report their dangerous predators, expose complicit bishops and protect kids, We also want to remind people that little has changed in the church hierarchy and that legislative action is desperately needed to safeguard innocent children and vulnerable adults now and in the future.

Survivors want to emphasize that "innocent kids and vulnerable adults are still at risk and church officials are still reckless and secretive. Bishops are working harder than ever at public relations, but fundamentally, they still protect their secrets more than they protect their flocks."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Police drop sex probe into Radio Thought For The Day's priest Dom Antony

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Andrew Young

A prominent Roman Catholic monk who regularly appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme may soon return to his parish after police dropped an investigation into an alleged sex offence.
Dom Antony Sutch resigned as a contributor to Thought For The Day and withdrew from his parish last November after a complaint about his conduct while he was headmaster of a leading Catholic independent school.

The Benedictine monk, a spiritual mentor to the late Princess Diana who preached at the marriage of the daughter of the Duchess of Cornwall, is now ‘on retreat’ at an undisclosed location.

He is one of four Benedictine monks investigated by police in recent months over allegations connected to Downside School in Somerset, which charges boarders more than £25,000 a year. While Avon and Somerset Police have decided to take no further action against Dom Antony, he still faces

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Achtung Änderung bei ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Mainz (ots) - Ein vierseitiger Brief sorgt für Aufregung unter den Katholiken. Wie aus heiterem Himmel erfährt das traditionelle Streitthema Zölibat einen möglicherweise richtungsweisenden Schub. Spitzen-Mitglieder der CDU und des Zentralkommitees der deutschen Katholiken (ZdK) bitten die deutschen Bischöfe, sich für die Zulassung von verheirateten Laien für das Priesteramt einzusetzen. Zu den energischen Bittstellern gehören auch Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert und Bildungsministerin Annette Schavan. Als Motiv nennen sie den zunehmenden Priestermangel. Zwar hat sich daraufhin reflexartig der Himmel hier und da über den Kirchenoberen verdunkelt aber erstmals nicht flächendeckend. Das klerikale Donnergrollen blieb bemerkenswert begrenzt. Was steckt hinter der Zölibatsinitiative? Bewegt sich etwas in der Kirchenführung? Muss die katholische Kirche sich für Laienpriester öffnen? Hat die Führung versagt?Über diese und andere Fragen diskutiert Thomas Leif mit seinen Gästen am Montag, den 31. Januar 2011, in der Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz in Berlin. Seine Gäste sind:

Manfred Lütz, katholischer Theologe, Arzt und Buchautor

Josef Winkler, Bündnis90/Die Grünen, ZdK-Mitglied und Religionsexperte der Bundestagsfraktion

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Va. man's abuse story moves legislators to act

VIRGINIA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By DENA POTTER
The Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Wayne Dorough didn't come to Virginia's Capitol planning to get involved.

But 15 minutes into the debate on whether Virginia should extend the time alleged sex abuse victims have to file lawsuits against their attackers from two years to 25, prospects for the bill weren't looking good. Even the proposal's sponsor was ready to settle for 10 years — still more than most states.

Then the 67-year-old Dorough rose from his seat and asked to speak.

Legislators had just heard from two other alleged victims, yet there was something different about Dorough's impromptu speech.

Dressed in blue jeans and a light jacket in a room filled with the signature dark, tailored suits of lobbyists, he spoke with neither the finesse of a lobbyist or the other victims who had been well groomed on pleading for the bill.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 PM

Attorney: Church Accuser Fired From Bingo

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WLKY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The attorney for a couple who is suing the archdiocese of Louisville said his clients have been targeted since filing their lawsuit.

"I've never seen retaliation like this while practicing law over the past 30 years," said attorney Mikell Crafton.

He said the day after Gary and Margie Weiter went public with their claims against the church, they were fired as bingo volunteers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 PM

Germantown couple dismissed from volunteer positions after suit filed against archdiocese

LOUISVILLE (KY)
Courier-Journal

By Charlie White • cwhite@courier-journal.com • January 29, 2011

A Germantown couple who filed a wrongful-termination suit Thursday against the Archdiocese of Louisville Saturday accused the pastor of the church they had attended of retaliating against them Friday by dismissing them from helping run the parish bingo.

Gary and Margie Weiter said they were “devastated” after the Rev. Anthony Olges, pastor of St. Therese Church in Germantown, handed them each a letter, stating they could no longer volunteer in the church’s largest fundraiser.

"I just want to know, why me?” a tearful Margie Weiter said during a news conference at their attorney’s office.

Reached by phone at the church rectory after the press conference, Olges said he could not comment on the accusation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Westdeutsche Zeitung...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Düsseldorf (ots) - Papst Benedikt war als junger Joseph Ratzinger ein fortschrittlicher Theologe. Beim legendären II. Vatikanischen Konzil drängte er als Berater von Kardinal Frings auf Reformen und Transparenz in der Kurie. Und jetzt taucht ein Memorandum von 1970 auf, in dem er mit Karl Lehmann und Walter Kasper den Zölibat in Frage stellte. Leider ist von solchem Reformeifer nicht viel geblieben. Und deshalb sollte niemand glauben, Rom werde nun bald tatsächlich den Zwang zur Ehelosigkeit aufheben. Der Zölibat ist noch zu sehr ein deutsches und europäisches Aufregethema, um in der Weltkirche voll durchzuschlagen.

Der über 40 Jahre alte Appell zeigt gleichwohl, wie hartnäckig der Vatikan ein drängendes Problem aussitzt: den - nicht zuletzt vom Zölibat verursachten - Priestermangel. Der nimmt vor allem in Deutschland, Österreich und anderen europäischen Ländern mittlerweile groteske Züge an. In Düsseldorf zum Beispiel müssen sich heute zum Teil sieben, acht früher eigenständige Kirchengemeinden einen (!) Pfarrer teilen, weil es so sehr an Nachwuchs fehlt.

Theologisch ist der Zölibat nicht gottgegeben, kein elftes Gebot. Sondern eine kirchenrechtliche Regel, die erst 1139 eingeführt wurde und somit auch wieder abgeschafft werden kann. Wohlgemerkt: als freiwillige Lebensform ist gegen den Zölibat für Geistliche nichts zu sagen, im Gegenteil. Es ist auch richtig, wenn eine Kirche ihre Tradition hochhält und sich nicht permanent dem Zeitgeist anpasst. Doch wenn Verteidiger des Dogmas behaupten, der Zölibat verhindere, dass aus Geistlichen ganz "normale" Glaubensfunktionäre werden, dann ist das Gegenteil richtig: Der eklatante Priestermangel zwingt die immer wenigeren und immer älteren Pfarrer in die Rolle von gehetzten Funktionären, die für substanzielle Seelsorge und Verkündigung keine Zeit und Kraft mehr haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Letter to Vatican about Maciel’s Victoms

MEXICO
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

January 25th, 2011

Apparently someone in trying to block access to this letter which El Milenio posted on the internet. I copy it here for the record. It should certainly be taken into account in the process of Pope John Paul II.

Soy el sacerdote defensor de los ex miembros de la institución llamada “Legión de Cristo”, que en su juventud sufrieron graves y repetidas agresiones sexuales de parte del padre Marcial Maciel Degollado L.C. Aceptar el encargo, partiendo del principio evangélico veritas liberabit vos, ha supuesto para un servidor incomprensión y persecución.

milenio Redacción

A Su Excelencia Mons. Stanislaw Dziwisz
Palazzo Apostolico
Citta del Vaticano

1. Soy el sacerdote defensor de los ex miembros de la institución llamada “Legión de Cristo”, que en su juventud sufrieron graves y repetidas agresiones sexuales de parte del padre Marcial Maciel Degollado L.C. Aceptar el encargo, partiendo del principio evangélico veritas liberabit vos, ha supuesto para un servidor incomprensión y persecución.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Canon Law and Sexual Abuse

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Nicholas Cafardi has reviewed in Commonweal the muddled history of the canonical handling of abuse cases. He answers a few questions, but he says many more can be answered only by the Vatican, which has not learned to be transparent:

What we do know is that eventually a few curial officials came to understand the insufficiency of official responses to the scandal—and many more couldn’t or wouldn’t grasp its magnitude. Some bishops and their canonical advisers were flummoxed by the new Code; others looked the other way. The Ratzinger who in 1988 sought a speedier canonical process for handling abusive priests delayed decisions to remove them later. The same man who as a cardinal refused financial gifts from the Legion of Christ as pope allowed the order’s abusive founder Fr. Marcial Maciel to fade into a life of prayer and penance. By all accounts, Ratzinger’s awareness of the sexual-abuse crisis evolved over time, not always in a straight line, and often in conflict with other curial officials. Evidently Cardinal Angelo Sodano, John Paul’s powerful secretary of state, worked hard to frustrate investigations into the sexual abuse perpetrated by Maciel. We may never know whether or how Ratzinger fought to break Sodano’s blockade. Likewise, it seems improbable that we will ever know the full story of Ratzinger’s role in the reassignment of an abusive priest during his tenure as archbishop of Munich. The various currents of power in Rome can be overwhelming—even for a pope.

So we have to continue to try to connect the dots. The resulting picture may in fact be less flattering to the Church (e.g., malice and corruption) than the reality (e.g., dilatoriness and incompetence) – but no one knows, and no one may ever know.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:12 PM

Ratzinger Asked for Discussion of Clerical Celibacy

GERMANY
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

According to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, in 1970 several theologians wrote to the German Bishops asking that the requirement that all priests in the Latin Church to be celibate be discussed. Among the theologians were Karl Rahner, Walter Kasper, Karl Lehman – and Joseph Ratzinger, currently Pope Benedict XVI. This letter was quietly and discretely filed away and was recently leaked to a reform group in Regensburg.

They wrote that they did not desire to prejudice the decision of the Church, but that they thought that the long-standing tradition of clerical celibacy should be reconsidered in the light of modern historical and social conditions “neuen geschichtlichen und gesellschaftlichen Situationen,” such as the ever-increasing lack of priests, “dieses akuter werdenden Priestermangels.” They also pointed to the Eastern Catholic churches, which ordain married men.

In particular, they wondered whether such a requirement of celibacy was prudent in the overheated sexual atmosphere of the modern world. They questioned the formation of priests. If a candidate said he had no problem with celibacy, did he really know his own desires? They also thought it important to consider “the psychological instability of many young men in today’s sexually overwrought society,” “die psychische Labilität vieler junger Menschen in der heutigen sexuell überreizten Gesellschaft.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:10 PM

Irish state consider further charges against pedophile Oliver O’Grady

IRELAND
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

State lawyers have confirmed that they are considering further charges against the defrocked pedophile priest Oliver O’Grady.

Currently O’Grady is living in Citi Hostel, Charlemont Street, Dublin. He has been remanded on bail for bail for another four weeks awaiting instructions from the Department of Public Prosecution (DPP).

Currently he is accused of the possession of pornographic image on USB keys and a hard drive at Citi Hostel, on December 10 last year. He appeared in court this week and has now been remanded for four week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

Archbishop's sex charges back in court next week

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Alexandra Paul

Posted: 01/29/2011

The case of the orthodox archbishop facing sex-crime charges in Manitoba will be back in court next week, but his lawyer predicts it could be a month or more before a trial goes ahead.

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was the highest-ranking Canadian cleric in the Orthodox Church in America until church officials suspended him in November, days after Winnipeg police laid charges against him. The former Winnipeg cleric faces sexual-abuse charges, the result of a lengthy police investigation this year into allegations Storheim sexually abused two teenage boys while he was a priest in Winnipeg 30 years ago.

The first court date was Jan. 10 and at that time the case was put off until Feb. 8.

Jeffrey Gindin, the archbishop's lawyer, said the defence is still waiting for essential information from the Crown on the details of the case against the archbishop. Such disclosure offers defence lawyers a chance to prepare their cases to counter evidence against their clients.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

When Priests Are Falsely Accused: The Mirror of Justice Cracked

UNITED STATES
Spero News

By Gordon J MacRae

Are you sick of stories about the sex abuse scandal? I sure am. I’ve been treading water in this deluge for over sixteen years. In August 2010, Our Sunday Visitor Publisher Greg Erlandson read my mind when he wrote, “Sick of clerical abuse stories? We are too,” (OSV, August 15). It was a bit ironic that in the same issue, These Stone Walls was profiled in OSV’s “2010 Readers’ Choice for the Best of the Catholic Web” (OSV In Focus, August 15).

A letter published in a subsequent issue of OSV (August 29) pointed out that “the Church is not just an easy target for the slurs of Jay Leno and the [New York] Times. It’s also an easy target for lawyers and false claimants looking to score a windfall.” Of my own situation, the letter writer asserted,

“To paraphrase the Gospel parable, this priest was beaten by robbers and left on the side of the road in our Church. A growing number of Catholics have become unwilling to pass him by, no matter how sick we are of the sex abuse story.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Van pedofilie verdachte Belgische pater werkt met straatkinderen

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

OVERPELT - De vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik hoopt dat de Braziliaanse politie gewaarschuwd wordt voor een Belgische pater (72) die al bijna twintig jaar ongestoord in de sloppenwijken werkt met straatkinderen. In de jaren '70 zou hij meerdere jongens meermaals misbruikt hebben. 'Klopt niets van. Dit is een ware heksenjacht', zegt de man.

Overpelt
BinnenlandDe woordvoerster van SNAP Belgium, de vereniging van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik, overhandigde donderdagmiddag een brief van twee slachtoffers van de Limburgse pater Jan V.D. (72) aan Karine Lalieux (PS), voorzitster van de bijzondere kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. 'Het misbruik dateert van de jaren '70 en heeft meerdere jaren plaatsgevonden. Eén van de slachtoffers was amper 12 jaar oud. Nadien emigreerde de priester naar Brazilië waar hij al bijna twintig jaar zonder enige controle een tehuis voor straatkinderen runt', zegt Halsberghe.

De twee slachtoffers beschuldigen de man niet van nieuwe feiten, maar achten de kans op recidive zeer groot. 'We zijn zeer ongerust over zijn activiteiten daar in de nabijheid van minderjarigen en vragen met aandrang dat de politie iets onderneemt om deze kinderen te beschermen. Het is ontoelaatbaar dat de Kerk mensen waarover gefundeerde klachten over pedofilie bekend zijn, laat werken met kinderen of jongeren', schrijven ze in de brief. 'Met deze brief hopen we op enige actie, want alle andere middelen - zoals het op de hoogte brengen van de commissie-Adriaenssens en een klacht met burgerlijke partijstelling indienen bij onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy - hebben nog niets opgeleverd.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

German Catholic officials call for married priests

GERMANY
Telegraph-Journal (Canada)

BERLIN - Several prominent Roman Catholic politicians have urged German bishops to lobby their countryman Pope Benedict for a change in Church policy to ordain married men in response to a worsening shortage of priests.

The group, including the speaker of parliament and a cabinet member, backed up its call by quoting a 1970 essay by the present pope where he predicts the Church "will know new forms of ministry and ordain upstanding (lay) Christians as priests."

The German bishops estimate that two-thirds of all Catholic parishes in the country will not have their own priest by 2020. As in other countries, bishops have been merging parishes to have the dwindling clergy minister to ever larger areas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Papst wollte als Theologe Zölibat überprüfen

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

Papst Benedikt XVI. hat sich als Theologe Anfang der siebziger Jahre dafür eingesetzt, das Zölibat zu überdenken. Es sei schuld am Priestermangel.

In einem Memorandum im Februar 1970 hatten neun Theologen, darunter Joseph Ratzinger, Walter Kasper, Karl Lehmann und Karl Rahner eine Forderung an die deutschen Bischöfe gestellt: Sie wollten die Pflicht der Priester zur Ehelosigkeit auf den Prüfstand stellen. Das geht aus dem Archivtext hervor, den die kirchenkritische Zeitschrift Pipeline in ihrer jüngsten Ausgabe abdruckt hat.

In ihrem Brief stellten die Theologen klar, dass sie nicht prinzipiell gegen das Zölibat seien. Ein eheloses Priestertum müsse "als echte und reale Möglichkeit bestehen bleiben". Es stelle sich aber die Frage, ob die bisherige Form priesterlichen Lebens so bleiben müsse. Zwar könne der Papst in dieser Frage das letzte Wort haben, dies entbinde die Bischöfe aber nicht von der Verantwortung, sich über die Zukunft des Zölibats Gedanken zu machen. "Sie sind keine Beamten des Papstes oder lediglich Exekutoren des päpstlichen Willens", sondern "mindestens anzuhörende Ratgeber" des Pontifex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Omaha Archdiocese settles suit

OMAHA (NE)
World-Herald

The Omaha Archdiocese has settled a civil lawsuit stemming from allegations of sex abuse against the Rev. John M. Fiala, a former archdiocesan priest.

Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the Omaha Archdiocese, said Friday that after participating in court-ordered mediation in Texas, the archdiocese and the Diocese of Corpus Christi agreed to share in a settlement amount that will be paid by their insurance carrier.

McNeil said the terms of the settlement are not being disclosed at the request of the plaintiff.
The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) and the Archdiocese of San Antonio were also named in the lawsuit. SOLT, a society of apostolic life located in Texas, settled with the plaintiff on Thursday. The Archdiocese of San Antonio settled Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Bronx Minister Accused Of Raping Teen Indicted

NEW YORK
NY1

[with video]

A Bronx minister was indicted Friday on charges he raped a teenager in his congregation.

The Bronx District Attorney says Reverend Michael Clare had a sexual relationship with the girl for nearly five years, starting when she was 12 years old.

Clare is the pastor at Harvest Worship Center International in Wakefield and is also the principal of the Harvest Preparatory Academy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Bronx minister charged with having sex with minor

NEW YORK
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press
NEW YORK — A Bronx minister has been charged with having a yearslong sexual relationship with a young girl who attended his storefront church.

Prosecutors say the Rev. Michael Clare has been indicted on first-degree rape and other charges. The pastor at Harvest Worship Center is being held on $50,000 bail. His lawyer's name was not immediately available.

Clare was arrested in June after the girl told her family about the relationship. He was originally charged with second-degree rape, but a grand jury increased the charges Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Man Found Guilty In Sex Assault Case

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
KETV

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa -- A jury has returned their verdict in a Council Bluffs sex assault case. Efrain Umana was found guilty of second-degree sex abuse and third-degree sex abuse and assault with intent to commit sex abuse.

The jury did not find Umana guilty on a charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Second-degree sex abuse is a class B felony, which carries a mandatory 25 years in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Diocese of Corpus Christi, others settle in suit alleging molestation

TEXAS
m.caller

By Mary Ann Cavazos
Updated Friday, January 28, 2011

CORPUS CHRISTI — A Texas teenager who received a $1 million settlement from the Roman Catholic church in a molestation lawsuit has reached another settlement with the Diocese of Corpus Christi, a Nebraska archdiocese and a religious order.

The Diocese of Corpus Christi announced Friday that it reached an undisclosed settlement with a teen who said he was sexually abused by John Fiala.

The 52-year-old priest is in a Dallas jail facing criminal charges of soliciting someone to kill the teenager, who said he was 16 when the abuse began in 2007. Fiala at the time worked at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Rocksprings, which is part of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

NY jury convicts pastor of sexual abuse

RIVERHEAD (NY)
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press
RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — A Long Island jury has convicted the pastor of a small congregation of sexually abusing two teenage brothers.

Miguel Leon, who preached to a Santeria congregation out of his Medford home, was convicted of 37 counts, including criminal sex acts and endangering the welfare of a child. The jury in Riverhead, N.Y., deliberated for 11 hours over two days.

Prosecutors say the brothers, 14 and 16, were abused from December 2008 to July 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Minister charged with raping teen

NEW YORK
Bronx News

A 38-year-old minister and principal of a church affiliated school, was arraigned on an indictment that charged the defendant with first degree rape in connection with an alleged long term sexual relationship that began when the victim was 12-years-old, Bronx DA Robert T. Johnson announced.

A grand jury indicted the Reverend Michael Clare, of West Harrison, New York, on charges of rape in the first and second degrees, criminal sexual act in the first degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, assault in the third degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Clare, the Pastor at Harvest Worship Center International at 4036 White Plains Road, and Principal of the Harvest Preparatory Academy, is facing a maximum sentence of up to 25 years imprisonment if convicted of the top charge in the indictment, rape in the first degree, a Class B felony offense.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Bronx Pastor and Principal Charged With Raping Teen: D.A.

NEW YORK
NBC New York

By SARA DOVER

A Bronx minister and principal of a church-affiliated school faces escalated charges of raping a teen in light of new DNA evidence, according to the Bronx District Attorney.

Reverend Michael Clare, a pastor at Harvest Worship Center and principal at Harvest Preparatory Academy was indicted by a grand jury on charges of rape in the first degree on Friday after DNA evidence linked him to the victim, who became pregnant at 15.

Clare was arrested last June when a young girl told family and police that this man had molested her from age 12 to 15. He was initially charged with rape in the 2nd degree under other offenses and was released on a bail $20,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Umana guilty on 3 of 4 counts

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
Nonpareil

By Chad Nation, News Editor, cnation@nonpareilonline.com
Published: Saturday, January 29, 2011

She didn’t tell anyone for six years, because she was afraid no one would believe her.

She carried the frustration, anger and hyper-vigilance that accompany victims of sexual abuse. A clinical psychologist testified that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the assault.

She had feelings of inferiority, and was a “pretty unhappy, anxious young lady.”

While she still carries all of those feelings, the now 18-year-old girl said Friday her load was lightened a little bit when Efrain Umana was found guilty of three of the four sexual abuse charges he faced in the Pottawattamie County Courthouse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

English cardinal heard range of voices in Northern Ireland visitation

IRELAND
The Catholic Review (United States)

By Michael Kelly
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN – One of the church officials charged with an inquiry into church life in Ireland in the wake of clerical sexual abuse scandals said he has heard voices of integrity as well as discouragement.

“During these past two weeks, I have heard many voices: the voices of great pain and suffering of the survivors of abuse; their shame; their anger. I have also heard voices of discouragement, voices of honesty and the integrity of the people and good priests,” said English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, retired archbishop of Westminster.

“I have also heard voices of faith and a determination to persevere in the building up of the church in this diocese by prayer and the holy Eucharist and the word of God and the service of others,” he said at a Jan. 23 “Service of Penitence and Healing” in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Michigan group demands investigation of former St. Michael priest

MICHIGAN
WFIN

A former Roman Catholic priest, who was once assigned to Findlay's St. Michael Parish has turned up working in music ministry in a suburban Detroit parish--in spite of leaving the priesthood in 1992 when allegations of sexual abuse of young boys surfaced.

A group called SNAP--the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests--is demanding the Detroit diocese investigate how and why Herbert Richey, Junior was permitted to fill that capacity. Richey resigned the priesthood after what the diocese termed "substantiated allegations of abuse of at least seven boys" became known. He was formally removed from the priesthood by the Vatican in 1997.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Defrocked priest was working at St. Clair Shores church

ST. CLAIR SHORES (MI)
C and G Newspapers

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The Archdiocese of Detroit announced Jan. 27 their discovery that a former Toledo priest, a man who was defrocked in 1992 after being accused of sexual abuse, has been serving as an organist at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in St. Clair Shores.

Herbert Richey was removed from priestly ministry in the Toledo diocese in 1992 and laicized in 1997. His removal from the Diocese of Toledo came after allegation arose that Richey molested eight children in that city. Formal charges were never brought against him, though.

Archdiocese of Detroit spokesman Ned McGrath said members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), went to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit to notify them of Richey’s current position at the church, which is located on 13 Mile Road near Harper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

3 Catholic groups settle case

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Express-News

By Abe Levy
alevy@express-news.net

Published: 12:00 a.m., Saturday, January 29, 201

The West Texas youth who accused Father John M. Fiala of sexual abuse last spring confidentially settled a civil suit Thursday against the three remaining Catholic agencies with ties to the priest's previous ministry.

The undisclosed agreements came a week after Fiala's former employer, the Archdiocese of San Antonio, made public its $946,000 settlement with the youth.

After mediation Thursday in San Antonio, the settlements were signed by the Archdiocese of Omaha, where Fiala was ordained and previously worked; the Diocese of Corpus Christi; and the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, the Robstown-based religious order of which Fiala is a member.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Old crimes, fresh wounds

CANADA
The Telegram

Published on January 29th, 2011

Steve Bartlett
The Telegram

Father James Hickey is long dead, but some are still seeking closure
Topics : Winter Commission , Dorchester , Mount Cashel Orphanage , Vatican
Almost two decades after his death, Father James Hickey’s legal and moral legacy lives
on.

There are still a dozen outstanding claims against or involving the pedophile priest, who, in September 1988, pleaded guilty to 20 charges of sexual assault, gross indecency and indecent assault involving teenage boys.

“They’re at a snail’s pace, is what they are,” St. John’s lawyer Greg Stack said of the cases.

His firm represents the 12 victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

January 28, 2011

Omaha archdiocese settles Texas molestation suit

NEBRASKA
Houston Chronicle

SAN ANTONIO — A Texas teenager who received a $1 million settlement from the Roman Catholic church in a molestation lawsuit has reached another settlement with a Nebraska archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Omaha announced Friday it reached an undisclosed settlement with the alleged victim of John Fiala. The 52-year-old priest is in a Dallas jail facing criminal charges of soliciting someone to kill the teenager, who was 16 years old when the alleged abuse began in 2007.

Fiala was ordained by the Omaha archdiocese in 1984. The archdiocese said in a statement it settled because it wasn't clear that the church shared all information about Fiala when he left.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Former Sandusky priest, accused of sex crimes, protested in Detroit

SANDUSKY (OH)
Sandusky Register

Shawn Foucher

A former Sandusky priest who the Catholic church stripped of priestly duties in the 1990s is now working at a Detroit church — and advocates of sexual-abuse victims are protesting.

In 2005, the Toledo diocese said allegations that Herbert Richey sexually abused young boys were “found not only to be credible but substantiated.”

The priest also worked in Sandusky and Vermilion parishes, likely during the 1980s, authorities said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

Former priest may face further charges, court told

IRELAND
The Irish Times

TOM TUITE

THE DPP is considering pressing further charges against a defrocked priest accused of possession of thousands of pornographic images of children, it was confirmed yesterday.

Oliver O’Grady (65), with an address at a hostel on Charlemont Street, Dublin, was granted bail at Dublin District Court last month following his arrest and was remanded to appear yesterday.

Judge Cormac Dunne said he noted on the defendant’s last appearance that the court was told further charges could be brought and asked “is that still contemplated”. Det Johanna Doyle of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation replied “yes”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: When Adults are Victims

Religion Dispatches

By Kathryn Joyce

This week an Irish broadcaster revealed a Vatican letter from 1997 that appears to advise bishops to withhold priest sex abuse allegations from the police. The letter, written in response to Irish bishops’ policy of “mandatory reporting” and leaked by an Irish bishop, has been hailed by victim advocacy groups who hope this smoking gun will lead to definitive proof of the efforts of the Catholic hierarchy to impede prosecution of abusive priests.

As Catholic sex abuse scandals once again dominate headlines from Boston to Belgium, and even the fast-track canonization of Pope John Paul II is marred by questions of culpability, the role of the Catholic hierarchy in enabling clergy abuse seems indisputable, admitted even by die-hard church partisans like the Catholic League. But what’s less understood is how these same patterns persist in today’s Church, where demographic shifts and a dwindling priesthood may be creating a new set of scenarios for abuse.

Christo Y Yo

In 2008, when Katia Birge, a US-born journalist and translator now living in Mexico, was 25, she says she became a victim of sex abuse in the Denver Archdiocese of the Catholic Church. But after a decade of explosive sex abuse scandals, most prominently involving minor children, Birge’s story doesn’t fit the recognized narrative. She was already an adult when it happened, and her alleged attacker is not an ordained member of the clergy. Both facts point to under-recognized trends in the Church that touch on its continuing problem with sex abuse: that adults are often its victims, if rarely its public face, and that shifting staffing decisions in a US Catholic Church quickly becoming more Hispanic have serious implications for how the Church handles abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Katia Birge's case of alleged rape by a Catholic lay minister: Does it signal new kind of abuse?

DENVER (CO)
Denver Westword

By Melanie Asmar, Fri., Jan. 28 2011

SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is criticizing Catholic officials in Denver, including Archbishop Charles Chaput, for their handling of the Katia Birge case.

Birge claims to have been raped by a Denver lay minister in 2008, when she was 25 years old.

Though Birge's case was dismissed in court, SNAP says its not because she's lying. Instead, the group points to a story recently published in Religion Dispatches magazine that suggests it's because she's an adult.

In "Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church: When Victims are Adults," journalist Kathryn Joyce posits that "demographic shifts and a dwindling priesthood may be creating a new set of scenarios for abuse."

After a decade of explosive sex abuse scandals, most prominently involving minor children, Birge's story doesn't fit the recognized narrative. She was already an adult when it happened, and her alleged attacker is not an ordained member of the clergy.

Both facts point to under-recognized trends in the church that touch on its continuing problem with sex abuse: that adults are often its victims, if rarely its public face, and that shifting staffing decisions in a Catholic church becoming more Hispanic have serious implications for how the church handles abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 PM

Changes in diocesan pension plans reflect national trend

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A handful of dioceses and archdioceses across the country have announced plans to change or freeze pensions for lay employees, following a nationwide trend affecting state employees and workers for nonprofit groups and private corporations.

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis announced a change in its pension plan for lay employees, effective in January. The archdiocese, which had previously offered a defined benefit pension plan for its more than 6,800 lay employees and retirees, has switched to a defined contribution plan where employers contribute a determined amount to the employee's tax deferred annuity account.

The former benefit plan was frozen, meaning that as of Jan.31, workers' pensions would not continue to increase in value. Instead, the archdiocese will contribute an amount equal to 2.5 percent of an employee's salary to the employee's account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

Bluffs pastor guilty on 3 counts

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
World-Herald

WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

It took four women several years to report sexual abuse by a Council Bluffs pastor, but it took a jury only four hours to convict him.

Efrain Umana, 55, was found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He was found not guilty of a second count of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

The victim in the second-degree sexual abuse was 11 years old at the time. Now, 18, she said was thankful that the jury – which consisted of eight men and four women – believed the women’s stories.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Skandal erschüttert Kirchen und Schulen

DEUTSCHLAND
Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

Berlin/dpa. Der Skandal um sexuellen Missbrauch begann vor einem Jahr mit Informationen aus einer katholischen Schule:

28. Januar 2010: Am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg der Jesuiten werden erste Verdachtsfälle bekannt. In den folgenden Monaten kommen in ganz Deutschland Missbrauchsfälle ans Licht, viele mit katholischen Laien, Priestern und Ordensleuten als Tätern. Auch das oberbayerische Kloster Ettal und die Regensburger Domspatzen sind betroffen.

16. Februar: Der damalige Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa führt den Missbrauch auch auf die zunehmende Sexualisierung des öffentlichen Lebens zurück, die «abnorme sexuelle Neigungen eher fördert».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:02 PM

Justizministerin warnt Bischöfe vor Alleingang

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Berlin - Bundesjustizministerin Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (FDP) hat die katholische Kirche eindringlich aufgefordert, bald einen konkreten Vorschlag zur Entschädigung von Opfern sexuellen Missbrauchs vorzulegen. Zugleich appellierte die Ministerin an die Bischöfe, bei den Hilfen für Opfer keine eigenen Wege zu gehen, sondern sich an einem gemeinsamen Fonds zu beteiligen.

'Ein konkreter Vorschlag der katholischen Kirche am runden Tisch (gegen Missbrauch) wäre ein Signal für die Betroffenen. Die katholische Kirche kann als am stärksten betroffene Institution Dynamik in die Debatte bringen', sagte die Ministerin der SZ.

Sie rief die Kirche auf, dem Beispiel der Jesuiten zu folgen, die einen Entschädigungsbetrag von jeweils 5000 Euro vorgeschlagen haben. Zugleich warnte sie die Bischöfe, das wichtige Projekt des runden Tisches - einen gemeinsamen Entschädigungsfonds aller von Missbrauch betroffenen Institutionen - platzen zu lassen. 'Die Sorge ist groß, dass verschiedene Institutionen und Organisationen einzelfallbezogene Lösungen suchen', sagte Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger. Der runde Tisch müsse einen Vorschlag verabschieden, der 'gemeinsame Standards beinhaltet'. Ziel sei eine 'Gesamtlösung in der Entschädigungsfrage' mit konkreten Hilfen für die Betroffenen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Whitestoner accused of theft

NEW YORK
Your Nabe

By Connor Adams Sheets
Friday, January 28, 2011

The registered sex offender recently expelled as a volunteer at St. Mel’s School in Flushing was back behind bars this week for allegedly bilking St. Mel’s Church out of thousands of dollars, according to the Queens district attorney.

Joseph Denice, 24, of Whitestone was arrested Jan. 13, not long after he made headlines for working at area schools despite having been convicted of and jailed for sexual abuse in June 2010. He currently faces one charge of grand larceny, one charge of petit larceny and one charge of criminal possession of a forged document, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens DA.

Facebook also deleted Denice’s account after allegations arose that he had contacted a young St. Mel’s student through the social networking site, prompting the school to stop using him as a volunteer, and causing state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to go to the company to ask that his page be taken down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Virginian sex assault victims blast Catholic Church

VIRGINIA
Washington Post

By Fredrick Kunkle

Adult victims who suffered sexual abuse as children have faced off in an increasingly acrimonious fight with the Catholic Church over whether to extend the time in which a victim can file a lawsuit against an abuser.

At a press conference Thursday in which victims told wrenching stories about being abused, Camille Cooper, director of legislative affairs for National Association to Protect Children (PROTECT), called on the Catholic Church to back down from efforts to limit Virginia's statute of limitations. She said the church already helped to cut the proposed extension to file a suit from 25 years to eight years.

"I've reached a whole new level of cynicism in being lobbied by the Catholic Church," Cooper said, adding that the church also sought to write into the bill an exemption for businesses and organizations that might be sued. She said she hoped that any church members who continued to oppose the bill would "find God" before the bill goes to the Senate's Courts of Justice civil affairs subcommittee.

Victims say the longer time frame is warranted because many children repress memories of the abuse and do not report or acknowledge the experience until years, or decades, later.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Rape trial of Bayside pastor on in March

NEW YORK
Your Nabe

By Anna Gustafson
Friday, January 28, 2011

The trial for the Bayside pastor who faces charges of raping an underage girl who is related to him is expected to start in March, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said.

Pre-trial hearings wrapped up this month for Phillip Joubert, 48, pastor of the Community Baptist Church at 46-19 206th St. in Bayside. Joubert’s next court date is March 4, the DA’s office said.

Joubert, who has been pastor of the church for seven years, has pleaded not guilty to charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl twice between July 25, 2009, and Aug. 2, 2009, according to the Queens DA. The girl is related to Joubert, according to the criminal complaint, although the Queens DA has not specified the specific family connection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

James F. Moran

UNITED STATES
James F. Moran

Welcome to my home page -- and thanks for stopping in!

The Clergy Sexual Abuse scandal in the Catholic Church hit the news in January 2002 starting in Boston, MA and then escalated across the country, and even around the world.

In this website I present to you some very personal and disturbing information. It is the story of my sexual abuse by a priest. I, too, am a priest, and I will share with you my heartfelt reaction to the abuse and its affect on my life.

You can make comments on my blog at the following:

http://blog.clergysexualabusevictims.com/ (or you can get here by the directory on the left side of your screen.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Group seeks investigation of US priest accused of molesting 30 muslim children in Bangladesh

PAKISTAN
Defence

By Jim Salter, The Associated Press | The Canadian Press

Group seeks investigation of US priest accused of abuse in Bangladesh

ST. LOUIS - An advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse is urging federal prosecutors to investigate a priest formerly of St. Louis who is accused of molesting as many as 30 teenagers in Bangladesh.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Wednesday that the Rev. William Christensen frequently travels between the U.S. and Bangladesh. SNAP is asking U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis to determine if Christensen violated any U.S. laws.

A spokeswoman for Callahan declined comment.

SNAP is also urging the Catholic Church to bring Christensen to the U.S. and put him in a secure treatment centre.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:57 AM

El Papa firmó en 1970 un documento que cuestionaba el celibato

ALEMANIA
El Pais (Espana)

LAURA LUCCHINI - Berlín - 28/01/2011

Joseph Ratzinger, el actual Papa Benedicto XVI, firmó un documento con fecha de 9 de febrero de 1970 en el que se cuestionaba la obligación del celibato al mismo tiempo que se advertía de "la desobediencia masiva de grupos de curas". El texto fue firmado por otros ocho teólogos, algunos pensadores de fama mundial como Karl Rahner, Otto Semmelroth, Karl Lehmann y Walter Kasper.

"Nuestras consultas y estudios coinciden en la necesidad de un tratamiento distinto de la ley que establece el celibato (...) tanto por la Iglesia alemana como para la Iglesia mundial", escribieron los teólogos en una carta a la Conferencia Episcopal alemana, para la que actuaron como consultores en cuestiones de fe y moral.

El contenido del documento se publica hoy en una información del diario alemán Süddeutsche Zeitung, titulada Las dudas del joven Ratzinger.

En el texto, los teólogos repiten muchas veces que, con su análisis, no quieren influir en ninguna decisión. Pero el hecho de que se animaran a escribir un documento de este tipo demuestra que por lo menos ellos mismos dudaban de la obligación del celibato.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Ratzinger zweifelte an Zölibat

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Von Rudolf Neumaier

Den Inhalt darf man gut und gerne als Sensation bezeichnen: 1970 stellten neun Bischöfe in einem Memorandum den Pflichtzölibat in Frage. Einer der Unterzeichner war Joseph Ratzinger. Der ist heute Papst.

Unterzeichnet ist das Memorandum von neun Theologen. Sie verfassten es am 9. Februar 1970 angesichts einer "notvollen Situation der Kirche" und sandten es "in aller Ehrfurcht" den deutschen Bischöfen. Den Inhalt darf man heute gut und gerne als Sensation bezeichnen. Sie fordern die Bischöfe eindringlich auf, den Zölibat auf den Prüfstand zu stellen: "Unsere Überlegungen betreffen die Notwendigkeit einer eindringlichen Überprüfung und differenzierten Betrachtung des Zölibatsgesetzes der lateinischen Kirche für Deutschland und die Weltkirche im Ganzen."

The authors of the appeal include renowned theologians like Karl Rahner and Otto Semmelroth, but also emerging as Karl Lehmann, Walter Kasper - and Joseph Ratzinger . Lehmann, Kasper and Ratzinger made career. The celibacy but never came to the test.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Letters prove that the Vatican tried to cover up child abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
National Secular Society

Two recently uncovered letters from the Vatican provide strong evidence that, despite their claims to the contrary, the present Pope and his predecessor were well aware of the scale of the priestly child sex abuse crisis and took active steps to cover it up.

The letters make clear that the Vatican, and the Pope’s personal representatives, put protection of the Church before the protection of children. It instructed bishops in two different parts of the world not to report known abusers to the police or release files.

Read the letters here.

Keith Porteous Wood, Executive Director of the National Secular Society, comments: “These letters show beyond doubt that the Church can never be trusted to tackle this dreadful problem responsibly by itself, but what can be done? The most effective remedy is pursuing the Vatican itself, and perhaps its leaders, through international organisations and the courts. Lawyers have got close to proving that the Vatican itself has been not just complicit, but calling the shots. These letters could just prove to be the last piece in the jigsaw.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Women lawmakers seek stronger rape and DNA laws

HAWAII
NECN

HONOLULU (AP) — The Women's Legislative Caucus is introducing bills that would remove the statute of limitations for rape cases, impound vehicles used for prostitution and require broader DNA collection in criminal cases.

The caucus announced its annual package of bills Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Sexual assault charges date beyond priesthood

CANADA
The Vanguard

By Tina Comeau
THE VANGUARD

NovaNewsNow.com

Court documents reveal that many of the allegations of sexual assault facing a former Yarmouth priest occurred after Albert LeBlanc had left the priesthood.

LeBlanc, who turns 82 years old in early March, is facing 40 charges of sexual assault. Broken down, the counts include 11 charges of indecent assault and 29 charges of gross indecency.

A publication ban protects the identities of the three male complainants who the RCMP say were between the ages of seven and 11 at the time of the alleged offences.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Accused priest to face trial

PITTSFIELD (MA)
Berkshire Eagle

By Conor Berry, Berkshire Eagle Staff

Friday January 28, 2011
PITTSFIELD -- Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of assaulting two boys in the Berkshires in the 1980s.

The Rev. Gary Mercure ministered to Catholics in New York’s Albany and Warren counties, where he came under fire for allegedly sexually assaulting several boys but was never charged. The statute of limitations for bringing criminal charges against Mercure had already expired by the time the accusations came to light, and New York authorities were unable to hold the priest criminally responsible.

Because Massachusetts has a longer statute of limitations, New York authorities assisted Berkshire County investigators seeking to hold Mercure accountable for alleged Massachusetts crimes. The priest is accused of assaulting two boys, now in their 30s, in Great Barrington, Monterey and New Ashford in the mid to late 1980s, according to police and prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Survivors of child sex abuse ask for extending statute of limitations

VIRGINIA
Virginia Statehouse News

January 28, 2011

By Alissa Smith
Virginia Statehouse News

RICHMOND — Victims of sexual abuse are at odds with the Virginia Catholic Conference over how much time those victims should have to seek legal recourse.

The House of Delegates on Thursday approved a bill would do just that, and the Senate is considering a simliar bill that would grant victims even more time to seek justice in a civil court.

Under current law, the statute of limitiations is two years to file any civil lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Robert Chesal and Joep Dohmen honoured as Journalist of the Year

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Recognition for the work of journalists, and recognition for the thousands of victims of church sex abuse. This is how Radio Netherlands Worldwide reporter Robert Chesal characterised the 2010 Journalist of the Year Award. Robert Chesal and his colleague Joep Dohmen from the newspaper NRC Handelsblad received the award from the hands of Culture Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt.

The annual prize is awarded by the editorial staff of the Journalists’ magazine Villamedia Magazine. Robert Chesal and Joep Dohmen were honoured for their series of publications on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church; publications preceded by months of investigative journalism.

One revelation after another
Reports about church sex abuse had surfaced years earlier in Ireland, the United States and Germany, but everything remained quiet in the Netherlands, until Robert Chesal called up Joep Dohmen following an interview about abuse at a boarding school. Robert put the right journalistic question: “Was this man’s report an incident or symptomatic of a much wider problem?” Their collaboration led to a stream of publications featuring one revelation after another and eventually gave rise to the creation of the Deetman Commission which was charged with investigation the reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Bills would give more time to sue over sex abuse

VIRGINIA
Deseret News

By Dena Potter, Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Becky Ianni said she was 9 years old when her popular priest began fondling her.

After two years of abuse in her home and her church, Ianni said she pushed the memories so far back she didn't think about it again until she came across a picture of herself with the priest nearly four decades later.

By that time, the priest had killed himself when confronted by abuse allegations from another person. When Ianni was finally able to come forward, Virginia's two-year statute of limitations on filing civil lawsuits in such cases had expired.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Lawsuit limits may be extended

VIRGINIA
The Free Lance-Star

By Chelyen Davis
Date published: 1/28/2011

RICHMOND

--Victims of child sexual abuse would have more time in which to file civil suits under legislation in the General Assembly.

But not as much time as the bills originally proposed, after Virginia's two Catholic dioceses of Richmond and Arlington--which includes Fredericksburg--lobbied to lower it.

Virginia law gives victims two years after the abuse, two years after they turn 18, or two years after they realize they were abused, to file a civil claim against the perpetrator or institutions.

Two years is the statute of limitations for nearly all civil claims in Virginia, not just abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Victim too scared to report abuse

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
Nonpareil

By Chad Nation, News Editor, cnation@nonpareilonline.com
Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Council Bluffs woman testified that she, too, was forced to have sex with the former pastor of a local church, but she was too afraid to tell anyone at the time.

However, there appeared to be some confusion on when the alleged assault took place.

The woman testified Wednesday in the trial of Efrain Umana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

It’s his word against theirs

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
World-Herald

WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

COUNCIL BLUFFS — Pastor Efrain Umaña testified Thursday that he never took an 11-year-old girl to his church to look for lost keys, let alone sexually abused her.

Umaña, 55, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He is accused of forcibly having sex with the girl in 2003.

He also is alleged to have forced sexual intercourse with another woman who was a member of his Council Bluffs church, Templo Monte Horeb, as well as allegedly to have made unwanted sexual advances toward two other parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Sex-Abuse Fallout

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Register

by STEVE WEATHERBE 01/28/2011

MILWAUKEE — A filing by yet another Catholic diocese for financial protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Act has raised questions about the best approach for dioceses to take in the wake of sexual-abuse lawsuits.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for bankruptcy Jan. 4, and on Jan. 10 the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., filed a reorganization plan under the same legislation that would see at least $750,000 awarded to each victim of clergy sexual abuse.

Chapter 11 allows both entities to put together a financial offer that would include not only the victims but other creditors, including employees with pensions, and to retain facilities and stay in operation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

A local couple is suing the Archdiocese of Louisville

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS

[with video]

by WHAS11
WHAS11.com
Posted on January 27, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Mikell Grafton, the attorney for Gary and Margie Weiter says the couple is suing because Margie was wrongfully fired as a bookkeeper at St. Therese church. Gary is also suing, saying how the church dealt with a priest accused of sexual abuse forced him to remember traumas he suffered as a child at the hands of an allegedly abusive priest. On the surfaces the two issues may not seem to be connected, but according to the couple, they are.

According to the lawsuit, Pastor James Schook was being unofficially housed at St. Therese Church after being suspended in July of 2009. He was accused of sexual abuse. The Weiters say he was allowed to move freely throughout the parish and rectory without supervision.

Margie Weiter says she went to the pastor of St. Therese, Rev. Anthony Olges, and told him that she, among others, didn’t believe it was appropriate for Schook to be housed there. According to the lawsuit, Margie says her complaints were ignored, and that she was instructed not to reveal to any person that Schook was being housed at St. Therese.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Abuse survivor network protests Detroit parish

TOLEDO (OH)
Blade

By DAVID YONKE
BLADE RELIGION EDITOR

DETROIT -- A former Toledo diocesan priest, who was sued and defrocked after "substantiated" allegations that he sexually abused young boys in the 1980s, has been working recently in the music ministry of a Detroit parish, according to a victims' advocacy group.

About a half-dozen members of SNAP -- the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests -- protested outside the Detroit archdiocesan headquarters Thursday afternoon.

The group delivered a letter to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron accusing the church of "recklessness and secrecy" for allowing Herbert Richey, Jr., to work at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in the Detroit suburb of St. Clair Shores.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Defrocked priest accused of sex abuse fired from St. Clair Shores parish

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

By PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Detroit said Thursday that it will investigate how a former priest, removed from the priesthood in Toledo because of allegations that he had sexually molested boys, has been able to work as an organist at a Macomb County Catholic parish.

The archdiocese's action came after the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) revealed that Herbert Richey, who was laicized from the priesthood in 1997 because of credible allegations that he had sexually abused several boys in the Toledo area, was the organist at St. Margaret of Scotland parish in St. Clair Shores.

Richey's position as a parish employee raises questions about the rigor of background checks instituted in the wake of the priest abuse scandal to prevent child predators from coming into settings where they could work with minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

January 27, 2011

Detroit Archdiocese Responds to Herbert Richey Discovery

DETROIT (MI)
PRNewswire

DETROIT, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Archdiocese of Detroit has learned that a Mr. Herbert Richey, removed from priestly ministry in the Toledo diocese in 1992 and laicized in 1997, has served recently as an organist at one of its parishes (St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Clair Shores) and possibly at other parish locations during the past decade. When discovered working in a similar position at a downriver parish in 2002 (St. Joseph, Trenton), Mr. Richey was immediately removed and ordered by the Detroit archdiocese not to work in any of its parishes or schools. The Archdiocesan Review Board will commence an investigation of this matter with the intention of assuring this unacceptable situation does not happen again. ...

Although he has never served as a priest in the Detroit archdiocese, Mr. Richey's name has been added to the Priest and Policy Status Report available at www.AODcommunications.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Defrocked priest removed from Mich. organist job

MICHIGAN
Dayton Daily News

The Associated Press
6:22 PM Thursday, January 27, 2011

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. — Catholic authorities in Detroit say they've dismissed an organ player after learning he'd been defrocked as a priest in northwestern Ohio in 1997.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit said Thursday that it's investigating how Herbert Richey became an organist at St. Margaret of Scotland parish in St. Clair Shores.

The Toledo diocese removed Richie from priestly duties in 1992, and he was laicized in 1997. He was accused of molesting children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 PM

Defense attorney in case of suspended Blessed Sacrament priest seeks to suppress evidence

WALPOLE (MA)
Walpole Times

By Keith Ferguson
Wicked Local Walpole
Posted Jan 27, 2011

WALPOLE — The defense attorney of suspended Blessed Sacrament priest Emile Boutin filed a motion to suppress at Stoughton District Court last Wednesday and proceedings will continue to March 22.

Boutin, known as Fr. Mike to his parishioners, pleaded not guilty in June to a charge of indecent assault and battery after he was accused of inappropriately grabbing a 21-year-old man in a sexual manner behind a Rte. 138 parking lot in Canton.

Under his forthcoming motion, the defense attorney on March 22 will argue certain evidence in the case should be thrown out from use in a potential trial or judgment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Defrocked Priest Herbert Richey Found Working at St. Clair Shores Parish

DETROIT (MI)
WJBK

[with video]

By BILL GALLAGHER
WJBK | myFOXDetroit.com

DETROIT (WJBK) - Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, went to the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. They delivered a letter complaining about Herbert Richey, a defrocked priest from the Diocese of Toledo recently found to be working in the music ministry of Saint Margaret of Scotland in Saint Clair Shores.

"My understanding is that he molested eight children in Toledo and the church settled out of court for undisclosed payments, and Mr. Richey appeared here in Trenton at Saint Joseph's," said SNAP member Matthew Jatczak.

In a prepared statement, a spokesman for the archdiocese said that in 2002, "Mr. Richey was immediately removed and ordered by the Detroit archdiocese not to work in any of its parishes or schools."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

Louisville Couple Suing Archdiocese

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WLKY

[with video]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A Louisville couple has sued the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville, contending the wife was fired for complaining about a priest who was removed from ministry.

The lawsuit filed by Gary and Margie Weiter, of Louisville, alleged the archdiocese violated its own policies on responding to sexual abuse. St. Therese Catholic Church in Louisville's Germantown neighborhood is at the center of the new lawsuit.

Margie Weiter contended a priest who had allegedly been sexually abusive was moving about at the parish unsupervised and circulating among children and that she was fired when she complained. ...

Four members of the priest sex abuse victims group, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, including Tom Weiter, condemned the actions of the archdiocese in this new case.

“They don't have a clue about restoring trust,” SNAP member Colleen Powell said.

“I think it's terrible what they've done in the past and what they're still doing,” said SNAP’s John Scott.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Monastery sex abuse cases claim 40 victims

SWITZERLAND
World Radio Switzerland

Fifteen monks were found guilty of sexual abuse at a monastery in Einsiedeln, in central Switzerland, in cases stretching back over six decades, an investigative panel said on Thursday.

The panel said there were at least 40 victims, with the majority of the cases occurring in the 1960s and 1970s.

The cases only began to come to light when preventive measures were introduced in 1998.

Nine of the monks found guilty committed indecent acts on children, the panel said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Lawmakers Debate Sex Abuse Lawsuit Limit

VIRGINIA
NBC 29

Virginia legislators are considering a bill that would give sexual abuse victims more time to file lawsuits against their abusers. But the Catholic Church says the proposal goes too far.

Victims and advocates say the changes would be a valuable tool for people who have suffered horrific abuse. The question for lawmakers is how long should those victims have to file a lawsuit.

Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of priests are urging state lawmakers to extend the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits from two years to 25.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Eddie Long Grants Ch. 2 First Interview Since Sex Allegations

ATLANTA (GA)
WSBT

[with video]

ATLANTA -- In his first interview since four young men accused him of sexual misconduct, Bishop Eddie Long spoke to Channel 2 about hope and the future.

He agreed to answer a few questions following the Trumpet Awards prayer breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

First, Long's representatives made it clear that he would not answer questions about the accusations against him or the ongoing mediation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 PM

Woman settles molestation suit

MISSOURI
St. Joseph News-Press

Andrew Gaug
St. Joseph News-Press

A Kansas City woman has settled a civil lawsuit with a St. Joseph church and a non-profit organization that she accused of aiding and failing to stop a church member in the 1990s from molesting her as a teenager.

Michael J. Landy, 52, of St. Joseph, OATS Inc., a Columbia, Mo.-based transportation service, and New Life Bible Church were all defendants in the civil lawsuit filed by the victim. According to the victim’s attorney, Rebecca Randles, the defendants came to an out-of-court undisclosed settlement during the past week.

“My client was satisfied with the settlement. Both her and husband were,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Group claims defrocked priest working at Metro churches

DETROIT (MI)
The Detroit News

Oralandar Brand-Williams / The Detroit News

Detroit— A group representing people abused by priests delivered a letter Thursday to Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron demanding to know how a defrocked priest accused of molesting children in Ohio was allowed to work at local Catholic churches.

Two local representatives from the national organization SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, stood outside the offices of the Archdiocese of Detroit today to voice their concern about Herbert Richey, a priest banned from the ministry in 1997 by Ohio church officials after allegations that he molested several children at parishes in several Ohio cities.

Matt Jatczak, a Detroit area representative of SNAP, delivered a two-page letter to the Chancery of the Archdiocese of Detroit on Washington Boulevard addressed to Vigneron.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

Archdiocese sued by Louisville couple

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WAVE

Posted by Charles Gazaway

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville couple has filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Louisville. In the suit, Margie Weiter claims she was wrongfully fired as a bookkeeper St. Therese Church.

Weiter said it happened after she complained that a priest who had allegedly been sexually abusive was living at the parish and circulating among children without supervision.

Also suing is Gary Weiter, her husband. He was among 243 plaintiffs who settled with the Archdiocese in 2003 for $25.7 million. Gary Weiter claims the church's handling of the situation brought up traumas he suffered from an abusive priest decades earlier at the parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Miss. Senate Considers Child Protection Bill

MISSISSIPPI
WAPT

JACKSON, Miss. -- A bill went before the Mississippi Senate on Thursday that would make it illegal for a priest not to alert authorities if someone confesses to child sex acts.

Senate Bill 2498, also known as the Mississippi Child Protection Act of 2011, makes it mandatory for adults to report it if they believe there is sexual abuse going on with a child under their care. That includes teacher, nurses, day care workers and even members of the clergy.

"If the confessor says, 'I am currently having a problem abusing a child sexually,' and only in that content -- in a sexual content -- it would go under this particular law," said Sen. Joey Fillingane, a Republican from Sumrall. "We in the Legislature hold it in the state's interest to protect that child."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Strukturen der Sünde

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Die katholische Kirche muss die Ursachen des Missbrauchs erforschen. Es geht dabei um nicht weniger als die Glaubwürdigkeit ihrer Botschaft.

Der Missbrauchsskandal ist im vergangenen Jahr mit solcher Wucht über die katholische Kirche nicht nur in Deutschland gekommen, dass sie der Frage nicht mehr ausweichen kann, welchen Anteil an diesen Verbrechen die kirchlichen Strukturen selbst haben.

Im engeren Bereich der kirchlichen Lehre und Verkündigung muss die Kirche ihre Sexualmoral einer kritischen Prüfung unterziehen. Sie muss eine Vorstellungswelt verlassen, in der Sexualität in erster Linie als scham- und schuldbehaftet betrachtet wird. Homosexualität darf nicht länger unter dem Vorzeichen von „Defekt“ oder gar „Krankheit“ gesehen werden. Überdies muss die Kirche eine Form von Sprachfähigkeit (wieder-)gewinnen, die ihr überhaupt erst den Dialog mit der säkularen Gesellschaft und den Humanwissenschaften ermöglicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Bishop apologises after gay slur

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

CATHOLIC Bishop Luis Bambaren was forced to issue an apology after referring to homosexuals as "faggots".

Bambaren, an influential cleric, was asked to give his thoughts about a gay civil union proposal as he was leaving a church event late on Monday.

"Why is there so much talk about gay, gay, gay? ... Faggots – that's how it's said, right?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

„Arrogant und kaltschnäuzig“

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Rundschau

Herr Weiner, vor einem Jahr haben Sie mit anderen den Missbrauchsskandal am Canisius-Kolleg öffentlich gemacht. Als Aufklärer gelten jedoch Jesuiten, allen voran der bisherige Schulleiter Mertes. Ärgert Sie das?

Es gibt ein öffentliches Bild von Pater Mertes, das die Rolle der Betroffenen zurückdrängt. Es waren natürlich Betroffene selbst, die den Prozess ins Rollen brachten. Als die Vorfälle bekanntwurden, haben sie die Aufklärung vorangetrieben und vieles getan, was die Jesuiten hätten tun sollen.

Zum Beispiel?

Die Aufarbeitung der Ereignisse und die Rekonstruktion der Abläufe. Da haben die Betroffenen viel selbst geleistet, was dann in die offiziellen Untersuchungsberichte einfloss.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

How did ex-priest accused of abuse get organist job at Macomb Co. parish?

DETROIT (MI)
Detroit Free Press

By PATRICIA MONTEMURRI
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

The Archdiocese of Detroit said today it will investigate how a former priest, removed from the priesthood in Toledo because of abuse allegations, was able to work as an organist recently at a Macomb County Catholic parish.

The archdiocese’s action came in response to revelations by the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a support group for abuse victims.

SNAP members revealed that Herbert Richey, who was laicized from the priesthood in 1997 in Toledo because of several allegations that he had molested boys, had recently worked as an organist at St. Margaret of Scotland parish in St. Clair Shores, and possibly other Detroit-area parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Couple sues priests, church over firing

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WDRB

[the lawsuit]

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- A Louisville woman says the Catholic Church covered up a priest's behavior -- and fired her when she tried to complain.

On Thursday, a Louisville couple filed suit against local priests and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Louisville.

According to the suit, Gary Weiter Sr. was just a 15-year-old in 1964 when he was "repeatedly assaulted and sexually abused" by Edwin Scherzer, a former priest at St. Therese Catholic Church in the 1000 block of Schiller Ave.

The suit claims that, during the sexual encounters, Scherzer would physically abuse Weiter and other children aged nine or above at the parish, causing them to fear for their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

House panel advances sex-abuse bill

VIRGINIA
Madison Eagle

By Amanda Iacone | Virginia Statehouse News
Published: January 25, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. --
Delegates in the Virginia House on Monday moved quickly on a bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their alleged abusers.

There was no debate on the bill when it reached the House floor Monday afternoon. A final vote in the House is expected later this week. The Senate still has not set a date to hear arguments on similar legislation.

The House version would give victims eight years to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser either from the time of the abuse or from the time the victim remembers what happened.

Del. David Albo, R-Fairfax County, said the legislation is straightforward and isn’t controversial for lawmakers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Bills would extend time for Va sex abuse lawsuits

VIRGINIA
ABC 13

Associated Press - January 27, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Victims of sex abuse would have longer to file lawsuits against their attackers under bills making their way through the General Assembly.

Victims of child sexual abuse by clergy and advocates for abused children gathered Thursday to call for passage of the bills. Both proposals originally extended the statute of limitations to file civil lawsuits in sex abuse cases from two years to 25 years.

The House bill was scaled back to eight years. The Senate bill will be heard later Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Couple sues archdiocese over sexual abuse issue

LOUISVILLE (KY)
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • January 27, 2011

A woman is suing the Archdiocese of Louisville, alleging she was wrongfully fired as a bookkeeper at St. Therese Church after complaining that a priest who had allegedly been sexually abusive was living at the parish and circulating among children without supervision.

And her husband is also suing, saying the church's handling of this situation revived traumas he had suffered as a victim of an allegedly abusive priest decades earlier at the parish.

The lawsuit, filed by Gary and Margie Weiter of Louisville, also names Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz and two priests as defendants — the Rev. Anthony Olges, pastor of St. Therese, and James R. Schook, whom the archdiocese suspended in 2009 and removed from ministry in 2010 after receiving an allegation of past sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Court backs church; Sex abuse victims respond

SOUTH DAKOTA
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 (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

How sad that church officials try to exploit legal technicalities in a clergy sexual assault case. It’s even sadder that Catholic officials are apparently succeeding in this callous effort.

Those who report being sexually violated by clerics deserve their day in court. They shouldn’t be silenced because of archaic, arbitrary and predator-friendly statutes of limitations. And if such statutes exist, church officials should not try to take advantage of them. Instead, if church officials believe they are innocent, they should let the truth surface in court, instead of seizing on any legal maneuver they can to prevent witnesses and evidence from surfacing.

Bishops can’t have it both ways. They can’t claim to be Christ’s representatives on earth while acting like cold-hearted CEOs, especially in clergy sexual misconduct cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Juneau bishop part of abuse investigative team

ALASKA
NECN

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Edward Burns, bishop of the Diocese of Juneau, will take part in a Catholic church probe of child sex abuse in Ireland.

Burns has been assigned to one of seven visitation teams that will investigate child sex abuse claims and the how the church responded.

Juneau radio station KINY says the teams will submit reports to Pope Benedict XVI by the end of April.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Corsican priest who stole 2 million euros from church is freed

CORSICA
CNN

Paris (CNN) -- A French Catholic priest who prosecutors said embezzled 2 million euros and led a wild life including "cultural pilgrimages" to Las Vegas has had his jail term reduced by an appeals court.

Father Antoine Videau has completed his prison sentence after his jail term was reduced on Wednesday, the prosecutor's office at the appeals court in Bastia, Corsica, said Thursday.

Videau, 64, a parish priest in Calacuccia, Corsica, spent the last eight months in prison after he was convicted in June last year of fraud and of embezzling 2 million euros from the church over the course of 20 years by collecting rent from church property and stealing donations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Evaluating Human Life Using Court Decisions on Damages for Pain and Suffering

AUSTRIA
University of Salzburg

Andrea Leiter,a) Magdalena Thönib) and Hannes Winnerc)

Abstract
This paper provides a framework to evaluate human life based on civil court decisions on damages for pain and suffering. Using judgements from Germany and Austria over the last 25 years, we calculate an average Value of Damages for Pain and Suffering (VDPS) of about EUR 1.79 millions, with a minimum (maximum) of around EUR 0.67 (4.62) millions. Our approach also allows to calculate the value of body parts and body functions, which might be of interest if information on the benefit of an individual’s change in life quality is not (entirely) available. ...

Background

Generally, damages are defined as the amount of money that is awarded to compensate someone who has been harmed by another’s wrongdoing or negligence. Thereby, harm constitutes the first element required for damages action, the others being cause and breach of duty (see Cooter and Ulen 2008, for a discussion). Generally, damages include pain and suffering, healing costs, present and future loss of earning capacity, as well as payments for psychological and social damage. DPS only focus on the compensation of physical and mental distress suffered from an injury, including fractured body parts and internal ruptures as well as the pain, the temporary and permanent limitations on activity, the potential shortening of life and other forms of suffering (see Posner 2007). They do not cover a decrease in the marginal utility of income due to the injury and a loss of income associated with, for example, sickness absences, reductions in working hours or forces to accept lower paid jobs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Catholics need more than ads to come home

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Eric Hodgens
January 28, 2011

Cardinal George Pell is thinking about adopting Catholics Come Home - a TV advertising program launched in Chicago in December 2009. Well-produced ads invite Catholics who have given up the church to come back and try it again.

The program's success in several United States dioceses is hard to evaluate. It has raised the awareness of the church and is liked by active Catholics, but Mass attendance figures have fallen relentlessly.

One central problem is that you can't expect the program to work unless the cardinal and his fellow bishops change the policies that have caused those Catholics to leave, and unless they stop initiating policies that produce new alienation. ...

On top of this, paedophilia continues to repel. Once the bishops saw the extent and toxicity of the problem, they should have become completely open about it and done whatever it took to fix it. The disillusion will continue to repel until bishops become transparent in formulating policy, and accountable in action. This goes against their monarchical grain. Canon law still favours secrecy and the bishop's right to rule unaccountably.

One of those accused of protecting offenders, Cardinal Bernard Law, still holds high office in Rome, although he was run out of Boston by his priests and people. The church has not expelled from the priesthood any bishop who offended, either in action or by covering up. The archbishop of Dublin got some offending bishops to resign and Rome undermined him by refusing their resignations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

'We wisten te weinig'

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - 'De beteugeling van pedofielen is overtrokken.' Etienne Vermeersch schreef het in 1979. Hij zou het nu niet opnieuw doen. 'We weten nu meer over de schade die het aanricht.'

Van onze redacteur

'Gewone pedofielen zijn geen boosdoeners.' Professor filosofie (nu emeritus) Etienne Vermeersch (Universiteit Gent) schreef het neer in een opiniestuk waarin hij begrip vraagt voor pedofielen en vraagtekens plaatst bij de manier waarop de maatschappij en het gerecht ermee omgaan. Het stuk (zie hieronder) verscheen op 8 december 1979 in De Morgen, naar aanleiding van commotie rond een toneelstuk.

Meneer Vermeersch, zou u dat vandaag opnieuw durven schrijven?

'Achter de morele uitgangspunten blijf ik staan. Je mag een ander geen schade toebrengen. Alleen was er toen veel minder wetenschappelijk onderzoek gedaan naar pedofilie om een goed oordeel te kunnen vellen over twee belangrijke kwesties: op welke leeftijd kan een minderjarige toestemming geven? En ondervindt hij in zijn latere leven schade van dergelijke erotische relatie?'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Devillé kreeg 470 klachten kindermisbruik in Kerk

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Priester met pensioen Rik Devillé antwoordt op de kritiek dat hij alleen maar met vage cijfers en loze beweringen werkt. Hij heeft alle klachten die zijn Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk de voorbije twintig jaar heeft gekregen, op een rij gezet.

De piek van het aantal klachten ligt eind jaren negentig en begin jaren 2000. Voordien werkte de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk minder gestructureerd en hield ze de klachten niet nauwgezet bij. Vanaf 2004/2005 viel de stroom klachten weer grotendeels stil.

‘Pas toen het thema van kindermisbruik in de Kerk vorig jaar internationaal aandacht kreeg, begonnen de klachten weer binnen te komen', zegt Devillé. ‘Na de affaire-Vangheluwe was er opnieuw een grote piek. Toen werkte ik samen met de commissie-Adriaenssens en gaven wij al onze klachten aan Peter Adriaenssens door.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Synode GG: Protocol seksueel misbruik bezien

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

UTRECHT – De Gereformeerde Gemeenten gaan kijken of een protocol moet worden opgesteld voor ambtsdragers hoe zij moeten omgaan met seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

Mogelijk biedt een bestaand stuk uit 2002 daar al een basis voor. Het deputaatschap kerkelijke dienstverlening gaat samen met de deputaten kerkrecht onderzoeken of dat het geval is.

De synode van Gereformeerde Gemeenten –woensdag en donderdag in vervolgzitting bijeen in Utrecht– sprak over het thema naar aanleiding van een brief van het deputaatschap Diaconale en Maatschappelijk Zorg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

Playboy priest convicted of £2million fraud

EUROPE
Mirror (United Kingdom)

by Adrian Shaw, Daily Mirror 27/01/2011

LISTENING sympathetically to his troubled parishioners, Father Antoine Videau portrayed himself as a caring priest.

But he was stealing money from collection boxes and charity donations and was convicted yesterday of fraud after amassing a £2million fortune over 20 years.

Videau, 64, also lived with a young mistress in a luxury villa and lavished the stolen cash on a string of women he drove around Europe in his red Ferrari.

The playboy padre defrauded nuns by renting out rooms in their convent as holiday flats and he spent church funds on a “cultural pilgrimage” to Las Vegas, the Sin City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 AM

Former Kingsport priest's Scott Co. court date moved to July

VIRGINIA
Times News

GATE CITY — A former Kingsport priest who is accused of molesting a young boy more than 30 years ago will not appear in a Scott County courtroom until this summer after his trial was delayed earlier this week.

William Casey, 76, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, was originally scheduled to appear in Scott County Circuit Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday, but his motion hearing was instead moved to June 27 at 2 p.m.

Casey’s trial date was also continued from Feb. 11 to July 14-15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

A priest "hero" on sex abuse?

WISCONSIN
U.S. Catholic

Tuesday, January 25, 2011
By Bryan Cones

A letter to the editor that will appear in the March issue of USC laments the fact that there have been no heroes in the sex abuse crisis, specifically referring to the lack of priestly whistleblowers who knew about their abusive brothers but did nothing about it.

Whether that writer's evaluation is true or not, I'd like to salute a different sort of hero, Father James Connell of Milwaukee, who, although he is the archdiocese's vice-chancellor, joined SNAP in demanding that the Milwaukee archdiocese fully disclose informaton about priests with credible accusations of sex abuse against them. He even joined them at a press conference, according to the Associated Press. The archdiocese is currently seeking bankruptcy protection due to the financial pressure of sex abuse claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Spin-Doctor Klaus Mertes: Schlechtes Angebot, gute Presse

DEUTSCHLAND
Publik-Forum

Christoph Fleischmann

Nun ist es also offiziell in einem Brief an die Betroffenen: Die Jesuiten wollen jedem misshandelten und missbrauchten Ex-Schüler 5.000 Euro als Anerkennungszahlung überweisen. Das ist dieselbe Summe, die schon im Sommer 2009 genannt wurde. Die am »Eckigen Tisch« organisierten Geschädigten an deutschen Jesuiten-Einrichtungen lehnen sie als zu niedrig ab.

Sie forderten 82.373 Euro. Das sei die Summe, die deutsche und österreichische Gerichte im Schnitt in den letzten Jahren als Entschädigung für psychische Schäden zuerkannt hätten. Keine Phantasiezahl also. Das heißt: Die Geldsumme, die der Provinzial der deutschen Jesuiten, Stefan Kiechle, als eine Sühne bezeichnet, wurde nicht mit den Opfern ausgehandelt, sondern von der Täterinstitution einseitig festgesetzt.

Dieses Vorgehen steht in einer gewissen Spannung zu den Gedanken, die der Rektor des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs, Klaus Mertes, in seinem jüngsten Buch unter dem Titel »Sein Leben hingeben« entwickelt hat: Dort erwähnt er das alttestamentliche Modell eines Sühnegeldes. Opfer oder Gericht könnten danach dem Täter die eigentlich fällige Vergeltung ersetzen, indem sie ihn Sühnegeld zahlen lassen. Dessen Höhe bemesse sich nach der Großzügigkeit der Opfer oder des Gerichts, so Mertes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Ein Jahr danach: Reise in die Freiheit

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

Matthias Katsch war Schüler auf dem Canisius-Kolleg und wurde Opfer sexueller Gewalt. Jahrzehntelang hat er geschwiegen, dann gründete er eine Opferinitiative. Die vergangenen zwölf Monate haben schlimme Erinnerungen aufgewühlt und neue Abstürze gebracht. Eine Bilanz.

Sie wollten sich treffen und gemeinsam die Druckfahnen der Schülerzeitung durchgehen. Matthias Katsch war damals, 1977, gerade 14 Jahre alt und Schüler auf dem Canisius-Kolleg. Er freute sich auf den Nachmittag. Denn er arbeitete gerne an der Zeitung. Außerdem mochte er Pater S., der ihm das Treffen vorgeschlagen hatte. Er hatte ihm schon oft bei den Hausaufgaben geholfen, mit ihm zusammen machte das Lernen Spaß.

Heute ist Matthias Katsch 47. Er trägt ein fein kariertes Hemd und ein schwarzes Jackett. Sein Händedruck ist fest, er spricht eloquent und signalisiert: Ich bin im Beruf und im Leben angekommen. Dass das so ist, liegt auch an den vergangenen zwölf Monaten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

„Wie lange wollt ihr noch Schäfchen sein?“

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

An der Diktatur des Kirchenstaats und der rigiden Sexualmoral hat die öffentliche Debatte wenig geändert. Der Absolvent des Canisius-Kollegs Matthias Katsch wurde dort selbst Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs. Hier beurteilt der die Lage ein Jahr nach dem Missbrauchsskandal.

Hat sich die katholische Kirche in Deutschland den mit dem Missbrauchsskandal verbundenen Fragen gestellt? Werden vielleicht sogar schon Antworten gegeben? Leider sieht es bisher nicht danach aus. Es scheint, als störten die unbequemen Opfer nur. Bis heute reagieren die Bischöfe nicht auf die Bitte von Betroffenen zum direkten Dialog.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Der Tagesspiegel: Missbrauch am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Berlin (ots) - Ein Jahr nach Bekanntwerden der ersten Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch am Berliner Canisius-Kolleg sind nach exklusiven Informationen des Tagesspiegels (Donnerstagausgabe) Zweifel an der Unabhängigkeit von Rechtsanwältin Ursula Raue laut geworden, der vom Orden eingesetzten Missbrauchsbeauftragten. Bis vor kurzem firmierte Raue unter dem Dach der Kanzlei Redeker Sellner Dahs, die den Jesuitenorden vertritt - gegen die Missbrauchsopfer. "Als wir das festgestellt haben, ist unser Vertrauen zu Frau Raue gebrochen", sagt ein ehemaliger Schüler des Canisius-Kollegs, der dort als Jugendlicher missbraucht worden war. "Ursula Raues Unabhängigkeit ist gewahrt, weil sie kein Mitglied der Kanzlei ist", sagte Thomas Busch, der Sprecher des Jesuitenordens in Deutschland. "Ich habe in der Kanzlei Redeker lediglich ein "Büro- oder Gastrecht", sagte Ursula Raue dem Tagesspiegel. Manchmal habe sie das Sekretariat dort beansprucht. An demselben Tag, als der Orden die Kanzlei mit der Vertretung beauftragt habe, habe sie ihr aber Büro nach Charlottenburg verlegt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Court records detail sex abuse

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Thu, Jan 27

YARMOUTH — A former Roman Catholic priest who became a probation officer told one of his young alleged victims to drive a car around Yarmouth County while the accused performed oral sex on him, court documents reveal.

Albert LeBlanc, who will turn 82 a week before he appears in Yarmouth provincial court on March 15, is charged with 29 counts of gross indecency and 11 of indecent assault in various Yarmouth County locations over a 15-year span beginning in 1970.

The three alleged victims were boys between the ages of seven and 11, an RCMP source said this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Sex charge priest worked as chef in Stone home

UNITED KINGDOM
Staffordshire Newsletter

By Andrew Wakefield
A CATHOLIC priest accused of sexually abusing young boys has been working just yards from a playgroup and church in Stone, the Newsletter can reveal.

The 57-year-old was arrested following a lengthy investigation by detectives and the Crown Prosecution Service into his work at a North Staffordshire church.

Now, it has been revealed that Mr Walsh has been working as a chef at Aston Hall, Stone - a home for retired and convalescent priests in Aston-by-Stone until two weeks ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

St. Petersburg bishop refuses to meet parents with complaints about priest

ST. PETERSBURG (FL)
St. Petersburg Times

By Waveney Ann Moore, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, January 27, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG — The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg has rejected a request by parochial school parents for a meeting to discuss questions they say their children were asked during confession.

The Cathedral School of St. Jude parents accuse Father Joseph L. Waters, 49, of asking at least eight children questions they consider inappropriate regarding what the children looked up on the internet and whether they masturbated.

They say Waters, head priest at the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, asked the questions during confessions a few weeks before Christmas.

Waters has denied doing anything inappropriate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Southern Baptist churches get "group" tax exemption?

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predator

Christa Brown

I’m still pondering some of the things Morris Chapman said when he was trying to avoid a budget-cut for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee. That was when Chapman, the Executive Committee's longtime former president, went to town talking about the “enormous responsibilities” of the Executive Committee and about how it was “empowered to function” on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention.

I wrote about some of it in a prior post, but as I said, I’m still pondering it. I know it’s pretty dry stuff, but bear with me.

In that same column, Morris Chapman says this:

“The Executive Committee maintains the I.R.S. group tax exemption on behalf of all cooperating churches.”

“Group” tax exemption?

When it comes to the problem of clergy sex abuse, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has repeatedly claimed that it is powerless to take action because each and every church is completely autonomous and totally independent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Silence on accused priest is denounced

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Express-News

By Abe Levy
alevy@express-news.net

Victim advocates ripped Catholic leaders Wednesday over a religious order priest now working at Oblate School of Theology who was accused in a lawsuit of molesting an altar boy in the 1970s, a fact that wasn't made public until last week.

Father Donald J. Joyce was included on a list of accused Catholic clergy released by Boston-area lawyer Mitchell Garabedian.

The attorney is noted for representing the original accusers in the sex abuse scandal that exploded about a decade ago in the U.S.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Lights and Shadows of Vatican Finance

ROME
Chiesa

The objective is the entrance of the Holy See into the "White List" of virtuous states. But the Italian magistrature suspects illicit operations, and there's discord at the Vatican. The senseless black legend against Angelo Caloia, the president who saved the IOR from disaster

by Sandro Magister

ROME, January 27, 2011 – For one week, the Authority of Financial Information, the new Vatican organism created to make sure that criminal money laundering and the financing of terrorism do not take place in organizations connected to the Holy See, has had a president in the person of Cardinal Attilio Nicora (in the photo), who also remains president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.

The main objective that Nicora intends to reach is the enrollment of the Holy See in the "White List," the list of states most active in preventing and fighting the aforementioned financial crimes.

By instituting the AFI and promulgating four "ad hoc" laws last December 30, the Holy See has taken an indispensable step toward reaching this goal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Report: Susan Brock, husband met with parents of abuse victim, LDS official a year

ARIZONA
ABC 15

Posted: 01/26/2011

By: MaryEllen Resendez
By: Rudabeh Shahbazi
PHOENIX - In a 73-page report released by Chandler police there are clues Susan Brock may have known her sexual contact with a teenage boy was about to be exposed. Parts of the eye-opening report also raise questions as to whether her husband was aware of what was going on.

The victim tells police he was 14, a freshman in high school, when Brock started driving him to remote locations where she would masturbate him until he ejaculated.

In an e-mail uncovered by detectives, the victim described the relations with Susan Brock as his darkest secret, and that he could not see (deleted) unless "I played by her rules and I was afraid..."

As his father wept, the victim told police Brock would drive him to a spot near the Chandler Airport. "She crawled over the front seat to the back seat where "she pulled my shirt up and took off my pants and started touching me," the teen said.

Report reveals meeting at LDS church between Brocks and victim's parents

ARIZONA
East Valley Tribune

By Mike Sakal, Tribune

A graphic 73-page report detailing the relationship between a teenage boy and the estranged wife of Fulton Brock reveals the Maricopa County supervisor met the boy’s parents more than a year before Susan Brock’s arrest, and an iPhone the supervisor kept in a lockbox is among electronic devices being examined by investigators.

Also, Mormon leaders said they will review the role of church personnel in a 2009 meeting that took place at a Chandler stake between the Brocks and the boy’s parents.

According to the report, Fulton Brock had a phone Susan Brock used to communicate with the boy locked away at home with a number of credit cards he also had taken from her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Fulton Brock Says Wife Lied to Him About Relationship With Teen -- Despite Learning of Allegations a Year Before Her Arrest

ARIZONA
Phoenix New Times

Following the Chandler Police Department's release this morning of details of the relationship between Susan Brock, estranged wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, and a teenage boy, the supervisor tells New Times he knew nothing of the sexual encounters before his wife's arrest in November.

"My wife was untruthful to me. She was untruthful to the victim's parents. I knew nothing of this inappropriate sexual behavior until the police arrested my wife," Brock says. "But I certainly know enough now to divorce her and be the best dad possible to three children who really need me."

Despite Brock's claim of ignorance, the report sheds light onto what, if anything, Fulton Brock knew about the relationship before his wife's arrest. It details a meeting between him, Susan Brock, the parents of the victim, and officials from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 2009. At the meeting, they discussed the victim's parents' "frustration with Mrs. Brock's interference in [their] son's life."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Mormon Church to examine its role in Brock sex abuse case

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

by Edythe Jensen - Jan. 26, 2011
The Arizona Republic.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be "looking into" its role in the Susan Brock case following the release of police reports that show Susan and her husband, Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, met with their local church stake president and the parents of a boy at the center of Brock's sex case more than a year before she was arrested.

Kim Farah, spokeswoman for the national church in Salt Lake City, Utah, said officials are not commenting on specifics of the case but "we are just learning about the (police report) documents . . . now that we've been made aware of them we will be looking into it." Farah referred to the church's lengthy written policy on reporting child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Bills end statute of limitations for sex crimes

GUAM
KUAM

by Nick Delgado

Guam - Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz reintroduced a pair of bills today that would bring justice to victims of child sexual abuse. Bills 33 and 34 would end the statute of limitations on the prosecution of sex crimes involving child abuse and allow time for victims to take civil action against their abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Cruz Bill Would End Limitation...

GUAM
Pacific News Center

[Read the bill]

Guam - Vice-Speaker B.J. Cruz has proposed a new measure to end the statue of limitations on the prosecution of sex crimes involving child abuse
A second measure would allow time for victims to take civil action against their abusers.

In a release, the Vice-Speaker says his aim is to bring justice to victims of child sexual abuse.

The measures are Bill No. 33 and Bill No. 34.

The release quotes Senator Cruz as saying

“These measures are intended to end the statute of limitations on the prosecution of sex crimes against children and to open a two-year window in which time victims of past abuse may take civil action in Guam courts. Statistics show that 90 percent of sexual abuse goes unreported, and thus, unpunished."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Remove statute of limitations on child sex abuse

MICHIGAN
MLive

Voice: Billie J. Hall Lynch, South Branch

I am writing you about a subject that is very close to my heart. The statute of limitations on the crime of child sexual abuse needs to be removed.

Many times, victims do not face their abuse in the time frame the law allows. When this happens, it prevents the pedophiles from being prosecuted, and allows them to continue abusing children.

I am a survivor of over 12 continuous years of sexual abuse. I was trained from the age of 4 to keep this secret at all costs. I kept my mouth shut, and let the secret nearly destroy me before finally breaking down at the age of 37.

I went to the Michigan State Police in Bridgeport with my story in early 2008. I was told the prosecutor wouldn’t take the case because I waited too long.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Add time for victims to file suit

VIRGINIA
The Daily Progress

By Daily Progress Staff
Published: January 26, 2011

Eight years? Twenty-five years? Both sides have some thoughtful arguments for how long Virginia’s statute of limitations should be for molestation victims filing lawsuits.

But we know this: Two years is too short.

Under current law, victims have two years in which to take action. The count begins when a victim turns 18 or discovers personal damage.

The House of Delegates has unanimously passed legislation extending the statute of limitations to eight years. The state Senate has a version of the bill putting that limit at 25 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

No Statute of Limitations for Civil Damages in Child Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
States Sen. Beth Bye.

State Senator Beth Bye (D-West Hartford) is seeking to prospectively end Connecticut’s 30-year statute of limitation on civil damages in child sex abuse claims, saying such crimes are so heinous and the effects so life-altering that the perpetrators should be held civilly responsible for their actions for life.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Sen. Bye has introduced Senate Bill 784, “An Act Concerning the Limitation of Time for Bringing a Civil Action for Damages by a Victim of Child Sexual Abuse.”

The bill seeks to change the language of Connecticut General Statutes section 52-577d, which currently states that, “ . . . no action to recover damages for personal injury to a minor, including emotional distress, caused by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault may be brought by such person later than thirty years from the date such person attains the age of majority.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

State Sen. Beth Bye Introduces Bill on Child Sex Abuse Claims

CONNECTICUT
Farmington Patch

In a news release issued by her office, State Sen. Beth Bye said she is seeking to prospectively end Connecticut’s 30-year statute of limitation on civil damages in child sex abuse claims, saying such crimes are so heinous and the effects so life-altering that the perpetrators should be held civilly responsible for their actions for life.

As a member of the Judiciary Committee, Bye has introduced Senate Bill 784, “An Act Concerning the Limitation of Time for Bringing a Civil Action for Damages by a Victim of Child Sexual Abuse.”

The bill seeks to change the language of Connecticut General Statutes section 52-577d, which currently states that, “…no action to recover damages for personal injury to a minor, including emotional distress, caused by sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or sexual assault may be brought by such person later than thirty years from the date such person attains the age of majority.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Bye battles time limit for civil abuse cases

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Register

By Mary E. O’Leary, Register Topics Editor
moleary@newhavenregister.com

HARTFORD — State Sen. Beth Bye, D-West Hartford, is again working to amend the statute of limitations to deal with child sex abuse claims, and has proposed there be no time limit, going forward, when victims could seek civil damages.

Bye said such crimes are so heinous, and the effects so damaging to victims, that perpetrators should be held civilly responsible for such actions for life.

Last year and in 2009, there was an attempt to eliminate the statute of limitations retroactively, but it did not advance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Sex abuse victims reject Church payout offer

GERMANY
The Local

Victims of sexual abuse at Jesuit schools in Germany said Thursday that the Catholic Church’s offer of €5,000 in compensation is too low.

“This sum is not at all sufficient to compensate for the damages suffered or to signal a recognition of guilt,” leader of the Eckiger Tisch victim’s group Thomas Weiner told daily Frankfurter Rundshau.

Weiner also said he found it incomprehensible that victims already known to the Church would have to file an application to receive the payment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Abuse victims reject Jesuit payout offer

GERMANY
Expatica

A body representing former pupils sexually abused by Jesuit priests in Germany rejected on Thursday an offer of 5,000 euros (6,832 dollars) in compensation per victim as woefully inadequate.

"The sum is totally insufficient, either to compensate for the damage caused or to signal a recognition of guilt," Thomas Weiner from the Eckiger Tisch (Square Table) told the Frankfurter Rundschau daily.

Instead, victims should receive on average a payout of 80,000 euros each, he said, 16 times the offer announced by Jesuit orders on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Paedophilia suspicions at monastery confirmed

SWITZERLAND
swissinfo

An investigative panel looking into cases of sexual abuse at the monastery in Einsiedeln says 15 monks were guilty of offences over the past 60 years.

On Thursday, the panel said there were about 40 victims at the monastery in central Switzerland.

Nine of the monks sexually abused under-aged children, said the panel, which was commissioned by the Einsiedeln abbot, Martin Werlen.

Most of the cases involved three monks who committed the acts in the 1960s and 70s. The monastery introduced preventive measures in 1998 and only one case has come to light since then.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Woman tells of forced sex

COUNCIL BLUFFS (IA)
World-Herald

By Chad Nation
WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

COUNCIL BLUFFS — A Council Bluffs woman testified Wednesday that the pastor of her church forced her to have sex with him, but that she was afraid to tell anyone at the time.

Her testimony on those two points mirrored Tuesday's testimony of a teenager who said she was assaulted in 2003 at the church when she was 11 years old. However, there appeared to be some confusion on when the alleged assault of the woman took place.

The woman testified Wednesday in the trial of Efrain Umaña, 55. He is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

‘It was going to be my word against the pastor’s’

IOWA
Nonpareil

By Chad Nation, News Editor, cnation@nonpareilonline.com
Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An 18-year-old girl said she never told anyone that her pastor sexually assaulted her because she was afraid no one would believe her.

The teen testified Tuesday in the trial of Efrain Umana. Umana, 55, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He is accused of forcibly having sex with the teen in 2003, when she was 11 years old.

Umana also is alleged to have forced intercourse with another woman who was a member of his Council Bluffs church, Templo Monte Horeb, as well as making unwanted sexual advances toward two other parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Court affirms ruling favoring Catholic Diocese of Rapid City

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City Journal

A former Philip woman who has accused a Catholic priest of raping her in 1987 was told by an appeals court on Tuesday that she can't sue the Diocese of Rapid City for damages because she failed to bring her lawsuit in time.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis affirmed U.S. District Court Judge Karen Schreier's 2010 decision that Pamela Baye and her husband, Sylvan Baye, filed a lawsuit against the diocese more than 10 years too late, given South Dakota's statute of limitations on sexual assault and other crimes. In her complaint, Pamela Baye accused the now-deceased priest, the Rev. Christopher Scadron, of sexual assault when she sought pastoral counseling to deal with her history of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of her father.

In court documents, Baye claims other men and her mother participated in the abuse and that she was diagnosed as an adult with a dissociative identity disorder as a result of the abuse that caused her to develop as many as 40 personalities. Her complaint also said she "sometimes suffered loss of time and memory when one of the alternate personalities would appear during a traumatic event." She has also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, insomnia, panic disorder, anxiety disorder and suicidal ideation and remains in therapy and unable to work

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 AM

January 26, 2011

Texas: former priest charged with seeking to arrange murder of abuse accuser

TEXAS
Catholic Culture

January 26, 2011
In Texas, a former Catholic priest will be in court this week to face charges that he tried to hire someone to kill a boy who had accused him of sexual abuse.

John Fiala has been behind bars since his arrest last November on murder-for-hire charges. Last week the San Antonio archdiocese reached a settlement of nearly 1 million in a lawsuit brought by his accuser. Fiala denies all wrongdoing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

SA Priest Tied To Boston Sex Abuse Scandal

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KSAT

Simon Gutierrez, KSAT 12 News Reporter

POSTED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011

SAN ANTONIO -- An Oblate priest has been identified by a Boston attorney who settled sex abuse cases with the Catholic Church.

A small but vocal protest materialized Wednesday morning in front of the Oblate School of Theology, with members of the Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests calling for the ouster of a local member of the clergy.

Rev. Donald Joyce was named -- along with 18 other clergymen -- last week by a Boston attorney as being tied to dozens of sex abuse cases settled out of court by his law firm and the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Duitse jezuïeten stellen 5.000 euro ...

DUITSLAND
De Morgen

De Duitse jezuïeten stellen 5.000 schadevergoeding voor de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in hun colleges voor. Dat betekent in totaal 1 miljoen euro voor de ongeveer 200 slachtoffers die geregistreerd zijn. Dat is vernomen bij de religieuze orde.

Dergelijke schadevergoedingen "kunnen op geen enkele manier de geleden schade compenseren", erkende woordvoerder Thomas Busch.

Jaar nadat schandaal openbarstte
Het voorstel tot schadevergoeding komt er een jaar nadat het schandaal uitbarstte met onthullingen over seksueel misbruik in het vermaarde jezuïetencollege Canisius in Berlijn. De feiten deden zich voor in de jaren 70 en 80. Daarna kwamen ook andere jezuïetencolleges in opspraak, onder meer in Hamburg, Bonn en Sankt Blasien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Theoloog Ringlet: "Commissie-Adriaenssens was vergissing"

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

Gabriel Ringlet, voormalig vicerector van de UCL en sinds jaar en dag tegenhanger van aartsbisschop André Léonard binnen de Kerk, sprak zich zopas in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik uit tegen de Commissie-Adriaenssens. Deze onafhankelijke commissie behandelde binnen de Kerk klachten van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk tot de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy al haar dossiers in beslag nam.

"Een interne commissie in de Kerk is een vergissing, er mag niet de minste verwarring zijn tussen de Kerk en het gerecht", zegde Ringlet.

"Biechtgeheim niet absoluut"
De theoloog zei ook dat het biechtgeheim voor hem niet absoluut is. "Als iemand bij mij seksueel misbruik komt biechten, dan zal ik hem zeggen dat hij geen absolutie kan krijgen als hij zich niet aangeeft bij het gerecht. En zonder absolutie is er eigenlijk geen biecht. Als de boeteling niet bereid is om naar de politie te stappen om zich aan te geven en als ik vrees voor recidive, dan ga ik naar de politie. De biecht is immers niet voltooid, in het belang van de kinderen mag ik dat doen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

Misbruik onbekend bij top van kerk

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

MIDDELBURG (RKnieuws.net) - Oud-bisschoppen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk wisten ’heel vaag’ of niet van seksueel misbruik. Dat verklaarden ze in Middelburg.

Kardinaal Ad Simonis en oud-bisschop Huub Ernst van Breda werden gisteren voor de rechtbank in Middelburg gehoord in een reeks voorlopige getuigenverhoren over een zaak die is aangespannen door een misbruikslachtoffer van een inmiddels 88-jarige pater salesiaan. Die heeft bekend eind jaren zeventig in Rijswijk (ZH) meerdere jongens te heben misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Bundestagspräsident Lammert verschärft Kritik am Zölibat

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert (CDU) hat seine Kritik am Zölibat für katholische Priester verschärft. Wer "eisern am überkommenen Pflichtzölibat festhält, führt die Gemeinden sehenden Auges in den seelsorgerischen Notstand", schreibt Lammert in der "Zeit" und erinnert an den Priestermangel in Deutschland: "1960 waren knapp 15.500 Geistliche in der Pfarrseelsorge tätig, derzeit sind es noch 8.500. Gerade noch 150 Männer wollten 2010 in Deutschland katholische Priester werden." Lammert bekräftigte seinen Vorschlag, in Zukunft auch Verheirateten den Weg zum Priesterberuf zu öffnen: Er halte es "für dringend geboten, die deutschen Bischöfe im Lichte der besorgniserregenden Zunahme des Priestermangels zu bitten, die Zulassung von "viri probati", also bewährten verheirateten Männern, zur Priesterweihe zu ihrem eigenen Anliegen zu machen und sich dafür in der Gemeinschaft der Bischöfe der Weltkirche und vor allem in Rom mit Nachdruck einzusetzen. Gegebenenfalls sollte auch eine regionale Ausnahmeregelung für Deutschland in Erwägung gezogen werden", wie Lammert fordert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Alarm om misbruikers in zorg

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

AMSTERDAM - Groepsleiders, pleegouders, artsen en psychiaters die zich vermoedelijk aan kinderen hebben vergrepen, blijken nog steeds in de jeugdzorg te werken. Een onderzoekster van de commissie Samson, die onderzoek doet naar misbruik bij pleeggezinnen en jeugdinstellingen, alarmeert justitie wegens de kans op herhaling en de ernst van het misbruik.

Het afgelopen half jaar zijn zo'n 350 meldingen van seksueel misbruik binnengekomen van kinderen die vanaf 1945 op last van de overheid in de jeugdzorg zijn geplaatst. In veel gevallen gaat het om ernstig en langdurig misbruik; 36 zaken zijn overgedragen aan justitie.

Dat meldt de commissie onder leiding van oud-procureur-generaal Rieke Samson-Geerlings woensdag in een tussentijds verslag. De commissie is ingesteld door de voormalig ministers André Rouvoet (Jeugd en Gezin) en Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justitie). Voorjaar 2010 besloten de ministers tot onderzoek toen bij meldingen over misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk ook werd gesproken over kinderen die de kinderbescherming in katholieke instellingen had geplaatst. Het eindrapport wordt voor de zomer van 2012 verwacht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Simonis: Ik wist niet van misbruik

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

MIDDELBURG – Kardinaal Simonis en emeritus bisschop Ernst hebben dinsdag voor de rechtbank in Middelburg verklaard dat zij eind jaren zeventig en ook daarna onbekend waren met het seksueel misbruik door pater Jan N. in Rijswijk.

Simonis was bisschop van Rotterdam toen de pater, eind jaren zeventig directeur van een jeugdcentrum in Rijswijk, zich aan meerdere jongens vergreep. Hij bekende maar de zaak werd geseponeerd. Bisschop Ernst nam de pater in 1984 aan als pastoor in Terneuzen.

De salesianen van Don Bosco, de congregatie waartoe de inmiddels 88-jarige Jan N. behoort, wisten wel af van het misbruikverleden van de pater, maar informeerden het bisdom Breda niet en schreven bovendien een brief van aanbeveling bij zijn sollicitatie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

The Conservative Media: Unfair and Unbalanced toward Clergy Abuse

UNITED STATES
Patheos

January 26, 2011

By Marci A. Hamilton

The conservative pundits persistently castigate the "liberal press" for its political and social coverage in, for example, the New York Times and Washington Post. The conservative media, though, has its sacred cows, as well. For example, the conservatives of today often use kid gloves when dealing with hard news involving religious institutions, figures, and issues.

This is especially true when it comes to child sex abuse by clergy. Despite the growing mountain of facts regarding the bad actions of religious leaders when it comes to child sex abuse, these news organizations continue to act as though it is in bad taste to fully (un)cover the religious leaders' illegal and immoral actions.

The Wall Street Journal, FOX News, Bill O'Reilly, and Sean Hannity, among others, routinely skew reporting on religious issues, and suppress stories that might put religious leaders in a bad light. As they read this, they are puffing themselves up and declaring that they do no such thing. That would be incorrect.

There is only one way that thousands of children can be sexually abused by clergy in every conceivable religious denomination for decades (more likely centuries) in secret: all of the adults have to enter into a tacit pact of confidentiality. When the child goes to the parent, the parent has to discipline the child for saying "naughty" things about their revered priest, minister, or rabbi. When the prosecutor receives a report of abuse, and the bishop asks him to permit the Church to "clean its laundry in private," he has to choose the bishop's way. When the newspaper editor is contacted by a parent who wants to blow the lid on his church's protection of a pedophile priest, and then an elder calls with the same line as the bishop, he has to defer to the elder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

"Der Sexualtrieb ist ein mächtiger Trieb"

DEUTSCHLAND
taz

Vor einem Jahr wurde der sexuelle Missbrauch von Schülern an Jesuiten-Gymnasien bekannt. Richter Uwe Nötzel kritisiert, dass die Missbrauchsdebatte undifferenziert geführt wird.

taz: Herr Nötzel, als Vorsitzender einer Großen Strafkammer sitzen Sie über Sexualstraftäter zu Gericht. Gibt es Taten, die Sie noch erschüttern?

Uwe Nötzel: Ja, immer wieder. Man erhält tiefe Einblicke in die Psyche. Und das betrifft nicht nur die Täter, sondern auch die Opfer.

Vor einem Jahr sind die Missbrauchsfälle an katholischen Jesuiten-Gymnasien bekannt geworden, betroffen war auch das Berliner Canisius-Kolleg. Ist die Welle schon in Form von Anklagen auf Ihrem Richtertisch angekommen?

Nein. Ich denke, das wird noch eine gewisse Zeit dauern.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Former Yarmouth priest, 81, facing sex charges

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Tue, Jan 25

A former Yarmouth priest turned probation officer who took altar boys on hockey trips has been charged with 40 counts of sexual assault on three young people more than 30 years ago.

Albert LeBlanc, now 81, faces the abuse charges after Nova Scotia RCMP received a complaint last April, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger.

Leger said LeBlanc is one of the oldest alleged perpetrators the Mounties have arrested in connection with a sex assault case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

SNAP demonstrates outside Theology school

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KENS

by James Muñoz / KENS 5

Posted on January 26, 2011

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP demonstrated outside the Oblate School of Theology.

A former priest named in a sex abuse lawsuit recently settled with the Archdiocese of Boston works at the graduate school.

In a statement by the U.S. Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate the religious order pointed out the work by Don Joyce at the graduate school does not involve minors.

"Don Joyce currently works as a librarian at the graduate school; he is not a professor and does not provide instruction. Don Joyce has not been involved in active ministry for many years. He is not functioning as a Catholic priest and does not have permission to do so. The claim brought by attorney Mitchell Garabedian involving Don Joyce was settle without admission of liability. The U.S. Province of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate adheres to strict policies, in accordance with civil and ecclesiastical procedures, in investigating allegations of misconduct."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Zen and the Art of the Sex Scandal

UNITED STATES
Religion Dispatches

By Gary Gach

It will take decades before anyone can truly see how Buddhism will take hold in the West. Meanwhile, the evolution is interesting. October of last year saw women ordained as Theravada nuns (bhikkhunis) in Perth, Australia, for the first time in that lineage since the 13th century. (What took them so long?) Ramifications of the ensuing controversy will continue to ripple; that is, the ultimate significance resonates beyond themes of gender alone, embracing social, cultural, and political issues, as well. In a nutshell, it’s a reflection of how adoption by contemporary society is continuing and renewing the message of the Buddha.

2011 began with a news item of similar impact. Twenty Zen teachers in the West sent open letters to The Zen Studies Society in New York. With compassion and understanding, their general thrust is to ask that the Society’s former head, Eido Tai Shimano, not be allowed access to students—a strong penalty for a teacher.

Once You Mention Sex, Everything Becomes Sex

Like they say, it’s a long story. Here’s a quick backgrounder. The Zen Studies Society was established in 1956 to support D. T. Suzuki, one of the first Buddhist scholars to teach in the West. Ten years later, Zen monk Eido Shimano took charge and changed emphasis there from theory to practice. Two Zen temples resulted, one in Manhattan and one in the Catksill Mountains. Last year, he retired from the Board, then soon thereafter from the head monk (Abbot) position. In the process, he acknowledged his sexual misconduct there. That it had gone on for some time, and was not a complete secret, leaves certain questions in the air. For instance, who knew of his conduct, within and outside of the Zen Studies Society, what did they know, when did they know it, and what did they do about it? One might also wonder why there haven’t been any lawsuits, as within the Catholic Church of late. Was he influenced, perhaps, by the behavior of the 15th century eccentric Rinzai figure Ikkyu, who entered brothels wearing his robes of a Zen priest?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:46 PM

Bills introduced to limit amounts of awards in sex abuse cases

DELAWARE
WDEL

By Frank Gerace

Two state lawmakers Tuesday introduced bills aimed at keeping monetary awards in priest sex abuse cases from bankrupting Catholic parishes and schools.

House Bill 20 would cap damages awarded in civil lawsuits brought under the Child Victims Act of 2007 to 250 thousand dollars, and House Bill 21 would exclude pre-judgment interest from those awards.

The Child Victims Act repealed the statute of limitations in civil suits relating to child sex abuse cases and gave litigants a two-year window during which to file suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Smithton priest taking leave to address 'challenges'

SMITHTON (MO)
Belleville News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK AND BETH HUNDSDORFER - News-Democrat

SMITHTON -- Parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish were told during Mass on Sunday that their pastor was on a "temporary leave of absence," that might become permanent.

According to parishioners and a copy of a one-page letter from the Rev. John McEvilly, vicar general of the Belleville Diocese, parishioners learned that the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger had removed himself from ministry to "... address the very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges that he is currently facing."

In a letter published in Sunday's bulletin on the parish's website Tuesday, Hechenberger wrote that he was struggling with depression, taking medication and having difficulty ministering to his parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Former priest gets 10 years for abuse

INDIANA
Gary Post-Tribune

January 26, 2011

BY TERESA AUCH SCHULTZ, (219) 648-3120
A Valparaiso resident and former priest will serve at least 10 years in prison after pleading guilty in a case accusing him of trying to have sex with a a 15-year-old boy.

According to a plea agreement filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Wayne Wigglesworth will plead guilty to one count of coercion. That count comes with a statutory minimum of 10 years.

U.S. prosecutors will recommend he receive the minimum of the sentencing guideline range in exchange for his cooperation, according to the agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Jailed priest accused of murder-for-hire plot to face judge this week

TEXAS
KENS

Posted on January 26, 2011

A priest accused in a murder-for-hire plot against a 16-year-old will be facing a judge this week.

The San Antonio Archdiocese settled the abuse suit for $1 million.

Attorneys for the teenage boy who claims he was sexually assaulted by John Fiala say the teen will use the money to pay for counseling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Catholic Priest gets bail in rape charge

SOUTH AFRICA
Times LIVE

A Roman Catholic priest arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old man was granted bail, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said.

"The Mthatha Magistrate's Court granted him R1000 bail on Tuesday and he will appear again in court on February 2," said National Prosecuting Authority regional spokesman, Luxolo Tyali.

The priest, 68, was arrested on Sunday and applied for bail on Monday. The rape allegedly took place in 2009, Tyali said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

Konservative in der Union ...

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Der Vorstoß von acht CDU-Politikern, darunter Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert und Bundesbildungsministerin Annette Schavan, zur Aufhebung des Zölibats stößt beim katholisch-konservativen Flügel in der Union auf heftigen Unmut. Abgeordnete von CDU und CSU kritisierten den Brief der acht CDU-Politiker an die katholischen Bischöfe auf "bild.de" als "Einmischung" und "Störung" in Fragen der Kirche. Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Patrick Sensburg erklärte: "Die Kollegen vertreten ihre ganz persönliche Einzelmeinung, nicht die Meinung der Union! Es handelt sich um eine innerkirchliche Diskussion, in die sich die Politik nicht einmischen sollte. Es ist nicht Sache von Politikern, die katholische Kirche zu reformieren. Die Stärke der katholischen Kirche ist doch gerade, dass sie noch nie dem Zeitgeist nachgelaufen ist."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

'Simonis wist niets van misbruikzaak'

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

MIDDELBURG - „Seksueel misbruik kwam pas expliciet in de jaren negentig bij de bisschoppen op de agenda. Over de misbruikzaak in Rijswijk wist ik niets. De kwestie van leven in kuisheid heeft wel altijd op de agenda van de bisschoppen gestaan. De kerk heeft een strenge seksuele moraal, van kuisheid en zelfbeheersing.”

Dat zei kardinaal Ad Simonis dinsdag voor de rechtbank in Middelburg bij een reeks voorlopige getuigenverhoren over een zaak die is aangespannen door een misbruikslachtoffer van een inmiddels 88-jarige pater salesiaan. De salesiaanse pater was in de jaren zeventig directeur van een jeugdcentrum van de salesianen van Don Bosco. Hij misbruikte in die tijd verscheidene jongens. De zaak, die werd geseponeerd, was bij de salesiaanse congregatie bekend. Simonis, destijds bisschop in Rotterdam, hoorde pas achteraf „heel vaag” over het misbruik van pater Jan N.

Of er een dossier over de pater binnen het bisdom Rotterdam was aangemaakt, kon de kardinaal niet zeggen. Volgens Simonis stond het thema seksueel misbruik bij de Nederlandse bisschoppen niet op de agenda. „Indirect kwam het aan de orde omdat er een opvoeding in onze kerk is tot kuisheid. Maar het euvel zelf werd op geen enkele manier vermeld, want dat bestond eenvoudigweg niet.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

Simonis wist niets van misbruik

NEDERLAND
BNR Nieuwsradio

25 januari 2011, 13:00 | BNR.nl

,,Seksueel misbruik kwam pas expliciet in de jaren negentig bij de bisschoppen op de agenda. Over de misbruikzaak in Rijswijk wist ik niets. De kwestie van leven in kuisheid heeft wel altijd op de agenda van de bisschoppen gestaan. De kerk heeft een strenge seksuele moraal, van kuisheid en zelfbeheersing.’’

Dat zei kardinaal Ad Simonis dinsdag voor de rechtbank in Middelburg bij een reeks voorlopige getuigenverhoren over een zaak die is aangespannen door een misbruikslachtoffer van een inmiddels 88-jarige pater salesiaan. De salesiaanse pater was in de jaren zeventig directeur van een jeugdcentrum van de salesianen van Don Bosco. Hij misbruikte in die tijd verscheidene jongens. De zaak, die werd geseponeerd, was bij de salesiaanse congregatie bekend. Simonis, destijds bisschop in Rotterdam, hoorde pas achteraf ,,heel vaag’’ over het misbruik van pater Jan N.

Of er een dossier over de pater binnen het bisdom Rotterdam was aangemaakt, kon de kardinaal niet zeggen. Volgens Simonis stond het thema seksueel misbruik bij de Nederlandse bisschoppen niet op de agenda. ,,Indirect kwam het aan de orde omdat er een opvoeding in onze kerk is tot kuisheid. Maar het euvel zelf werd op geen enkele manier vermeld, want dat bestond eenvoudigweg niet.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Vijf vragen over misbruik Terneuzen

NEDERLAND
NOS

Kardinaal Simonis wordt vandaag door de rechtbank in Middelburg gehoord over een geval van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke kerk. Vijf vragen over deze zaak.

Waar draait de zaak om?
De zaak draait om Dave en pater Jan. Pater Jan werkte rond 1990 als pastoor in Terneuzen, waar Dave bij hem thuis kwam. Dave zegt dat hij daar door pater Jan is misbruikt. Vanwege ontucht met drie andere jongens werd pater Jan begin jaren negentig veroordeeld, en oneervol ontslagen. Via dit voorlopig getuigenverhoor probeert de advocaat van Dave te achterhalen of het zinvol is om een schadevergoeding voor Dave te eisen van het bisdom.

Waarom heeft de advocaat daar kardinaal Simonis bij nodig?
Voordat pater Jan aan het werk ging in Terneuzen, was hij in de jaren zeventig jeugdwerker in een tehuis in Rijswijk. Daar werd hij verdacht van kindermisbruik. Het OM seponeerde de zaak tegen pater Jan om onduidelijke redenen. Kardinaal Simonis was in die jaren nog bisschop van Rotterdam, waar Rijswijk onder valt. De advocaat wil van Simonis weten wat hij in zijn Rotterdamse jaren hoorde over het misbruik in Rotterdam. Ook wil hij weten hoe het kan dat iemand die in het bisdom Rotterdam van kindermisbruik werd verdacht, later toch op een andere plek aan de slag kon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Lasset uns reden!

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Von Monika Maier-Albang
Es bahnt sich eine neue Debatte um den Zölibat an - sie wird heftiger werden als je zuvor. Denn auch manche Bischöfe haben erkannt, dass sich etwas ändern muss.

Auf den ersten Blick hatte sich die "Arbeitsgruppe 8" einen unverfänglich klingenden Titel gegeben: "Kirche - Ort vielfältiger Lebensformen". Doch eines der "pastoralen Ziele", die die Arbeitsgruppe vor Weihnachten dem Münchner Erzbischof Reinhard Marx unterbreitete, hat es in sich: Das Erzbistum solle ein unabhängiges Institut damit beauftragen, alle Priester des Erzbistums zu ihrem "zölibatären Lebensstil" zu befragen - anonym selbstverständlich. Die Frage also würde lauten: Wie hältst Du es mit der Enthaltsamkeit? Das Ergebnis wäre vermutlich brisant. Man darf davon ausgehen, dass es eine solche Umfrage nie geben wird.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Das Zölibat abschaffen oder lockern?

DEUTSCHLAND
VNR

Experte: Dr. Britta Kanacher

Das Zölibat abschaffen oder lockern? Lassen der Vorstoß von CDU-Politikern und die Antwort der deutschen Bischöfe Hoffnungen zu? Die immer wieder aufflammende Diskussion um die Notwendigkeit des Zölibats ist neu entfacht. Der Verweis der deutschen Bischöfe auf eine Diskussion dieses Themas nach dem Papstbesuch im September, lassen Hoffnungen keimen.

Was versteht man unter Zölibat?

Das oder der Zölibat (beide Formulierungen sind korrekt) bezeichnet die aus religiösen Gründen gewählte Ehelosigkeit bzw. die Verpflichtung zur sexuellen Enthaltsamkeit durch die Priester.

Eine Verpflichtung zum Enthaltsamkeitszölibat war bereits früh in der christlichen Kirche gegeben. Allerdings entwickelte sich das rechtlich verbindliche Ehelosigkeitszölibat erst im 11. und 12. Jahrhundert. Seit 1139 besagt das katholische Kirchenrecht, dass mit der kirchlichen Weihe zum Diakon die Verpflichtung zum Zölibat beginnt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Simonis ontkent betrokkenheid bij misbruikschandaal

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum/AP) - Kardinaal Ad Simonis ontkent iedere betrokkenheid bij de benoeming of het ontslag van priester Jan N. De priester wordt beschuldigd van misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Dat heeft de kardinaal dinsdag gezegd tijdens zijn getuigenverhoor voor de rechtbank in Middelburg.

De getuigenis van de 79-jarige gepensioneerde oud-aartsbisschop van Utrecht was de eerste van een dergelijk hoogeplaatste clericus in een Nederlandse rechtszaal in een misbruikzaak rondom de katholieke kerk. Slachtoffer Dave ten H. stelt dat hij in 1989 en 1990 in Terneuzen werd gedrogeerd en twee keer verkracht door priester Jan N.

Het slachtoffer denkt erover een schadevergoeding te eisen. Door middel van de getuigenissen moet duidelijk worden of het bisdom als werkgever aansprakelijk kan worden gesteld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Ex-priest's indecent assault trial adjourned

CANADA
CBC News

The trial of former priest Charles Picot has been adjourned until next month so a judge can consider a Crown request to alter the dates of an alleged assault.

Picot is facing one charge of indecent assault against a minor.

During his testimony in a Campbellton courtroom, Derek Lapointe, 46, the alleged victim, said Picot committed the indecent act in the fall of 1978 in the northern New Brunswick town of Dalhousie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:13 AM

Former altar boy shocked at charges against ex-priest

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Wed, Jan 26

Joseph Bishara was still reeling Tuesday after learning that the priest he’d served as an altar boy now faces 40 charges of sexually abusing young boys in the 1970s.

"That’s not the Father Albert LeBlanc I knew," Bishara said a day after the RCMP charged the 81-year-old former Yarmouth priest turned probation officer with sexually abusing three boys.

"It’s unbelievable when it hits home like that."

LeBlanc, who now lives in Bouctouche, N.B., faces 11 counts of indecent assault against one boy and 29 other charges of gross indecency against up to three boys. The alleged incidents happened in the Yarmouth area from 1970-85. LeBlanc will appear in Yarmouth court on March 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Alleged molester left priesthood

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Wed, Jan 26

The former Yarmouth priest charged Monday with sexually abusing three boys decades ago wanted to "break free" from his vows when he resigned from the Roman Catholic Church in 1973, and there was no indication he was in any trouble.

Albert LeBlanc, who became a probation officer in 1975 in western Nova Scotia, told church officials he had found fulfilment in his new role, said Marilyn Sweet, a spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Halifax.

"It was at his own request," Sweet said in an interview. "When he was asking to be set free from priesthood, it was believed he could lead a good life as a lay person."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Arctic priest faces new sex charges in Nunavut

CANADA
CTV

IQALUIT, Nunavut — A Canadian priest who fled Canada more than 15 years ago after being accused of sex crimes against Inuit children now faces a new set of charges.

Father Eric Dejaeger (duh-Yag-er), who was sent back last week from Belgium over immigration violations, is now facing three fresh charges in connection with his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, from 1978 to 1982.

Two of the charges are for indecent assault. The third is for not appearing in court June 13, 1995, to face the previous six counts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Justitie bekijkt 36 misbruikzaken in instellingen

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

DEN HAAG - Het afgelopen half jaar zijn zo'n 350 meldingen van seksueel misbruik binnengekomen van kinderen die vanaf 1945 op last van de overheid in de jeugdzorg zijn geplaatst. In veel gevallen gaat het om ernstig en langdurig misbruik; 36 zaken zijn overgedragen aan justitie.

Dat meldt de commissie onder leiding van oud-procureur-generaal Rieke Samson-Geerlings woensdag in een tussentijds verslag. De commissie is ingesteld door de voormalig ministers André Rouvoet (Jeugd en Gezin) en Ernst Hirsch Ballin (Justitie).

RK Kerk
Voorjaar 2010 besloten de ministers tot onderzoek toen bij meldingen over misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk ook werd gesproken over kinderen die de kinderbescherming in katholieke instellingen had geplaatst. Het eindrapport wordt voor de zomer van 2012 verwacht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

350 meldingen van misbruik in jeugdzorg

NEDERLAND
Spits

De afgelopen zes maanden zijn er ongeveer 350 meldingen van seksueel misbruik binnengekomen van kinderen die vanaf 1945 op last van de overheid in de jeugdzorg zijn geplaatst. In veel gevallen gaat het om ernstig en langdurig misbruik; 36 zaken zijn overgedragen aan justitie.

Dat meldt de commissie onder leiding van oud-procureur-generaal Rieke Samson-Geerlings woensdag in een tussentijds verslag. De commissie is vorig jaar opgericht, omdat bij meldingen over misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk ook werd gesproken over kinderen die de kinderbescherming in katholieke instellingen had geplaatst.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Simonis ontkent betrokkenheid bij misbruikschandaal

NEDERLAND
foknieuws

Kardinaal Ad Simonis ontkent iedere betrokkenheid bij de benoeming of het ontslag van priester Jan N. De priester wordt beschuldigd van misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Dat heeft de kardinaal dinsdag gezegd tijdens zijn getuigenverhoor voor de rechtbank in Middelburg.

De getuigenis van de 79-jarige gepensioneerde oud-aartsbisschop van Utrecht was de eerste van een dergelijk hoogeplaatste clericus in een Nederlandse rechtszaal in een misbruikzaak rondom de katholieke kerk. Slachtoffer Dave ten H. stelt dat hij in 1989 en 1990 in Terneuzen werd gedrogeerd en twee keer verkracht door priester Jan N.

Het slachtoffer denkt erover een schadevergoeding te eisen. Door middel van de getuigenissen moet duidelijk worden of het bisdom als werkgever aansprakelijk kan worden gesteld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Ook Nederland heeft misbruikzaak

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

[mit video]

In Nederland is er ook een schandaal van seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. Vandaag moest kardinaal Simonis getuigen voor de rechtbank in Middelburg over een zaak van in de jaren 70. Het slachtoffer eist excuses en een schadevergoeding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

'Bisschoppen wisten niet van misbruik pater'

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

MIDDELBURG - Kardinaal Ad Simonis wist niets van het misbruik gepleegd door pater Jan N. in Rijswijk, toen hij nog bisschop van Rotterdam was. Ook bisschop Huub Ernst die de pater salesiaan in 1984 zelf had aangenomen als pastoor in Terneuzen, was het niet bekend dat die zich eind jaren zeventig had vergrepen aan jongens en dat hij het seksueel misbruik had bekend.

Kardinaal Simonis wist destijds niets van het misbruik, zo liet hij tegenover de rechtbank in Middelburg weten... De salesianen van Don Bosco, de congregatie waartoe Jan N. behoort, wisten wel af van het misbruikverleden van de pater, maar informeerden het bisdom Breda niet en schreven bovendien een brief van aanbeveling over de pater die in Terneuzen solliciteerde.

Dat blijkt uit de voorlopige getuigenissen van Simonis en emeritus-bisschop Ernst die zij dinsdag aflegden over de zaak Jan N. voor de rechtbank in Middelburg. Het is voor het eerst dat hoge kerkbestuurders als de kardinaal en verschillende bisschoppen voor de rechtbank verschijnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Court Affirms Ruling Favoring SD Diocese

SOUTH DAKOTA
Keloland

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling favoring the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says a priest sexually assaulted her in 1987.

A judge last year granted summary judgment in favor of the diocese on the grounds that Pamela Baye and her husband, Sylvan Baye, filed their lawsuit after the statute of limitations ran out. The couple appealed, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis affirmed the decision this week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Curaçao

CURACAO
Radio Netherlands

[with video]

If you are a victim of sexual abuse in the church in the Antilles, you can contact misbruik@rnw.nl. Your story will be treated with discretion

She was brought up to trust the Roman Catholic fathers, but became the victim of sexual abuse by two Dutch fathers in Curaçao as a child.

Now sixty years later, Muriel Bruyn-Van Rozenburg tells her story in public for the first time. She hopes it will encourage other Antilleans to tell theirs. - By Marijke van den Berg and Robert Chesal

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

House panel advances sex-abuse bill

VIRGINIA
Madison Eagle

By Amanda Iacone | Virginia Statehouse News
Published: January 25, 2011

RICHMOND, Va. --
Delegates in the Virginia House on Monday moved quickly on a bill that would give victims of sexual abuse more time to sue their alleged abusers.

There was no debate on the bill when it reached the House floor Monday afternoon. A final vote in the House is expected later this week. The Senate still has not set a date to hear arguments on similar legislation.

The House version would give victims eight years to file a civil lawsuit against their alleged abuser either from the time of the abuse or from the time the victim remembers what happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Child abuse in Luxembourg: tougher laws called for

LUXEMBOURG
352 Lux Mag

26.01.2011 - 79% of child abuse cases in Luxembourg are sexual in nature, most are performed by men and many are, scarily, repeat offenders. This has to stop, political party Dei Gréng said yesterday.

The party raised the issue, which they want to bring to Parliament for discussion, in light of of the recent rising number of cases of sexual abuse on children in the Catholic church.

But it is not just at church that abuse can take place; studies have shown that abuse can happen anywhere where an adult is in the direct environment of the child (such as school, home, clubs, leisure, work).

The sad situation is that many abused children are afraid of speaking out for fear of worse punishment or feel at fault for what has happened to them. Only years later do they often come forward to speak publically about their experience - by which time it is far too late to prosecute the offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Witness recounts assault by pastor

COUNCIL BLUFFS (NE)
World-Herald

By Chad Nation
WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

COUNCIL BLUFFS — An 18-year-old woman said she didn’t tell anyone that her pastor had sexually assaulted her because she was afraid no one would believe her.

The teen testified Tuesday in the trial of Efrain Umaña. Umaña, 55, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. He is accused of forcibly having sex with the witness in 2003, when she was 11 years old.

Umaña also is accused of forcing a woman who was a member of his Council Bluffs church, Templo Monte Horeb, to have sex with him and of making unwanted sexual advances toward two other parishioners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Woman’s suit alleges firing after complaint

PENNSYLVANIA
The Times Leader

By Terrie Morgan-Besecker tmorgan@timesleader.com
Law & Order Reporter

A woman who worked for a former Episcopal priest with a history of legal troubles has filed a federal lawsuit, alleging she was fired after she complained he had been sexually harassing and abusing her for years.

Patricia Mackiewicz of Wyoming alleges Gregory Malia, formerly of Laflin, forced her to go to bars with him, where he repeatedly engaged in inappropriate behavior, including incidents in which he had indecent contact with her.

The lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court in Scranton, is the latest in a string of legal troubles for Malia, who was suspended by the Diocese of Bethlehem after he was charged in July 2009 with threatening his two daughters with a gun during an alcohol-fueled dispute at a Jenkins Township bar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

January 25, 2011

Canadian archdiocese probes $500,000 in missing funds

CANADA
Catholic Culture

The Archdiocese of St. John’s, Newfoundland, is investigating the reported misappropriation of $500,000 from archdiocesan pension funds.

The archdiocese has asked local police to investigate the missing funds, after finding “significant discrepancies” in financial accounts. Archbishop Martin Currie reports that a preliminary investigation has indicated that an individual made illicit payments from pension funds to his own personal accounts. The archdiocese has indicated that it will aggressively seek the restoration of the missing funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 PM

Justices: Statute didn't run out in priest abuse case against Belleville Diocese

ILLINOIS
The Record

By Steve Korris

MOUNT VERNON - James Wisniewski proved it took more than 25 years to discover the injury in a priest's sexual abuse, Fifth District appellate judges decided on Jan. 13.

Justices Bruce Stewart and Thomas Welch affirmed a $5 million verdict against the Diocese of Belleville, finding a statute of limitations didn't run out.

"The evidence supported a finding that the specific injury that Wisniewski suffered was post traumatic stress disorder that first manifested itself in January of 2002," Stewart wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 PM

Sexueller Missbrauch: Aargauer Staatsanwaltschaft zieht Freispruch eines Pfarrers weiter

SCHWEIZ
ref

Von: ref.ch News/sda

Der erstinstanzliche Freispruch eines reformierten Aargauer Dorfpfarrers vom Vorwurf des sexuellen Missbrauchs ist nicht rechtskräftig. Die Staatsanwaltschaft hat beim kantonalen Obergericht gegen das Urteil des Bezirksgerichtes Zofingen Berufung eingelegt.

Ein Sprecher des Bezirksgerichtes bestätigte am 25. Januar auf Anfrage einen Bericht von Radio Argovia, machte aber keine weiteren Angaben zum Fall. Im Juni hatte das Gericht den 48-jährigen Deutschen in einem Mehrheitsentscheid vom Vorwurf des mehrfachen sexuellen Missbrauchs seiner Tochter freigesprochen.

Die Staatsanwaltschaft hatte vor Gericht eine Freiheitsstrafe von fünfeinhalb Jahren gefordert. Die detailreiche Anklage hatte sich auf die Aussagen der mittlerweile 22-jährigen Tochter gestützt. Der Pfarrer soll die junge Frau während mehr als zwölf Jahren sexuell missbraucht haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Orden will zahlen

DEUTSCHLAND
taz

Der Jesuitenorden kündigt an, Opfer des sexuellen Missbrauchs in seinen Internaten schnell zu entschädigen. Allerdings bloß mit 5.000 Euro pro Person.

VON PHILIPP GESSLER

Der Jesuitenorden will die Missbrauchsopfer an seinen Schulen "möglichst bald" entschädigen. Das kündigte der Rektor des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs, Pater Klaus Mertes, in einem Interview mit der taz an. Bei "angenommenen 5.000 Euro" pro Person, so erklärte der Geistliche, wären das bei 205 anerkannten Opfern eine Million Euro. Er sicherte zu, es werde "keine komplizierte Verfahren" geben für die Opfer: "Wir haben sie anerkannt und werden auszahlen." Der Leiter der Jesuitenschule sagte, er sei nicht der Einzige, der dafür kämpfe, "dass es bald kommt".

Stefan Kiechle, der Leiter ("Provinzial") der deutschen Ordensprovinz, hatte schon im September eine Zahl von 5.000 Euro als eine mögliche Summe genannt. Wie Mertes hatte auch er einen Betrag in vierstelliger Höhe als mögliche Entschädigung ins Spiel gebracht. Mertes sagte nun, bei 5.000 Euro würde die Gesamtsumme von eine Million Euro auf den Orden zukommen. "Das tut uns weh", sagte Mertes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Loose Canons: Ratzinger, church law & the sexual-abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
Commonweal

Nicholas P. Cafardi

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The Italian word dietrismo translates literally as “behind-ism,” but it means more than that. It expresses the Italian belief that things are never as they seem, that there is always a story behind the public story. The powerful know what’s really happening and the let the rest of us see what they want us to see. In a nation of conspiracy theorists, dietrismo can apply to politics, soccer leagues, or the Vatican.

On December 2, 2010, L’Osservatore Romano published an interesting piece of dietrismo by Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and a preeminent canon lawyer. According to Arrieta, in February 1988—four years after Fr. Gilbert Gauthe was prosecuted in Louisiana for sexual abuse—Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), wrote to Cardinal José Rosalío Castillo Lara, president of what was then called the Pontifical Commission for the Authentic Interpretation of the Code of Canon Law, asking for a change in church law. Ratzinger sought a simpler canonical criminal process to deal with sexually abusive priests. Castillo Lara politely declined.

At the time, the CDF handled “administrative laicization” requests from priests around the world. Such petitions were granted as a matter of mercy by the church for men who no longer wanted to function as priests. Laicization requests had poured in after Vatican II, and Pope Paul VI (d. 1978) regularly—and speedily—granted them. But Pope John Paul II put an end to that practice. He believed slowing the process might make these men rethink their decision. John Paul ruled, soon after becoming pope, that no priest under forty could be granted an administrative laicization. (Full disclosure: on occasion, I’ve done pro-bono work for the Vatican reviewing pleadings in sovereign-immunity cases.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:20 PM

German politicians pressure church to ordain married men

GERMANY
Deutsche Welle

With many Catholic churches across Germany unable to hold Sunday Mass for lack of a priest, eight Christian Democratic politicians have sent a letter to Germany's bishops demanding the ordination of married men.

A handful of Catholic German politicians have sparked renewed debate over the ordination of married priests.

Eight members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) urged the German Bishops' Conference to consider allowing married men into the priesthood, ahead of the clerics' meeting in the southern city of Würzburg last weekend.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Former Earlsdon priest charged with abusing boys in Chapelfields

UNITED KINGDOM
Coventry Telegraph

A FORMER Coventry priest appeared in court yesterday charged with abusing four boys in the 1980s and 90s.

Alexander Bede Walsh faces 13 counts of indecent assault against three boys, and four of indecent assault and two of committing a serious sexual offence against a fourth.

The alleged offences happened in the Chapelfields area of Coventry, and in Cotton, Staffordshire, between 1982 and 1994.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Catholic priest in court charged with sexually abusing boys

UNITED KINGDOM
Staffs Live

By Isabel Wilding: A Catholic priest has appeared at Fenton Magistrates Court charged with sexually abusing boys.

Father Alexander Bede Walsh of Abbots Bromley faces 19 counts of sexual offences against four boys. It includes two counts of serious sexual offences that are said to have happened in the 1980s and 1990s.

At the time of the alleged offences the four boys were aged between eight and 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:51 PM

Diocese: Smithton priest steps aside to face 'very serious' personal and legal matters

SMITHTON (MO)
Belleville News-Democrat

SMITHTON -- Parishioners of St. John the Baptist Parish were told during Mass on Sunday that their pastor was on a "temporary leave of absence," that may become permanent.

According to parishioners and to a copy of a letter from the diocese, the Rev. John McEvilly, vicar general, read a one page letter to parishioners that said the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger had removed himself from ministry to, "...address the very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges that he is currently facing."

The letter, signed by McEvilly, also stated, "In the present climate, it is important for you to know that the serious matters we are addressing do not involve the abuse of a minor."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:46 PM

Dutch cardinal says sexual abuse not an issue until 1990s

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Tuesday 25 January 2011

The Netherlands' most senior Catholic told a court hearing on Tuesday sexual abuse 'did not exist' as an issue for the Dutch church until the early 1990s, AP reports.

Speaking at a hearing into the case of a man who said he was drugged and raped by his priest two decades ago, cardinal Adrianus Simonis said the Dutch Catholic hierarchy only began dealing with the issue after reports of widespread abuse began emerging from the US in the 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Dutch cardinal: abuse arose as major issue in 1990s

NETHERLANDS
Catholic Culture

January 25, 2011
A Dutch cardinal has admitted that the country’s hierarchy did not make sexual abuse a priority until the 1990s, when reports of clerical abuse began to emerge from the US.

Testifying in a case brought by a man who says he was molested by a priest, Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, the retired Archbishop of Utrecht, noted that the Dutch hierarchy set up an office to investigate abuse complaints in 1995. That office has now been superseded by an independent commission, headed by a former Dutch cabinet minister, to probe more than 2,000 accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:38 PM

Carta íntegra en Defensa de los ex Legionarios de Cristo

MEXICO
Milenio

Soy el sacerdote defensor de los ex miembros de la institución llamada “Legión de Cristo”, que en su juventud sufrieron graves y repetidas agresiones sexuales de parte del padre Marcial Maciel Degollado L.C. Aceptar el encargo, partiendo del principio evangélico veritas liberabit vos, ha supuesto para un servidor incomprensión y persecución.

A Su Excelencia Mons. Stanislaw Dziwisz
Palazzo Apostolico
Citta del Vaticano

1. Soy el sacerdote defensor de los ex miembros de la institución llamada “Legión de Cristo”, que en su juventud sufrieron graves y repetidas agresiones sexuales de parte del padre Marcial Maciel Degollado L.C. Aceptar el encargo, partiendo del principio evangélico veritas liberabit vos, ha supuesto para un servidor incomprensión y persecución.

2. En nombre de tales personas, he tratado de hacer todo lo posible para obtener justicia en el foro eclesiástico de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe y, eventualmente, en el arzobispado de México. Para su defensa, he exigido siempre que sea preferido el normal ejercicio de la justicia en vez del escándalo innecesario y perjudicial.

3. Es cierto que, en su búsqueda de justicia, antes de que un servidor se encargara de su legítima defensa, ellos han podido cometer algunos explicables errores: publicar, por ejemplo, en un semanario una carta dirigida al Papa, antes de que ella llegara a sus manos, o recurrido a medios audiovisuales al constatar la ambigüedad de las respuestas recibidas de algunos eclesiásticos.

4. Pero hay que tener en cuenta que los graves abusos sexuales de que fueron objeto en su juventud han marcado a algunos de ellos para siempre. La mayoría ha luchado y lucha por conservar la fe.

5. Ya que el padre Marcial Maciel Degollado, L.C., además de “amigo y confidente del Papa y de sus más inmediatos colaboradores”, pretende ser inocente, ellos aceptan —e incluso desean— que él u otras instancias eclesiales los denuncien ante tribunales eclesiásticos y civiles. Están en efecto dispuestos a presentarse a responder de sus actos en ambos foros.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Smithton priest takes leave over 'serious legal challenges'

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY NICHOLAS J.C. PISTOR • npistor@post-dispatch.com

SMITHTON • The priest at St. John the Baptist parish in Smithton abruptly took a leave of absence last week to address "very serious personal, pastoral and legal challenges," according to a letter circulated by the Belleville Diocese.

The letter, obtained by the Post-Dispatch, said the Rev. Gerald R. Hechenberger spoke with Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton and agreed the temporary leave was necessary. The letter, sent to priests and deacons, didn't directly state the source of the challenges.

"In the present climate, it is important for you to know that the serious matters we are addressing do not involve the abuse of a minor," wrote the Rev. John McEvilly, the diocese's vicar general.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

"No mandate from the Times"... oh really, why don't you tell that to the Boston Globe who ousted Cardinal Bernard Law in Boston

UNITED STATES
Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler

Paris Arrow

Has anyone noticed lately that Catholic Culture and Phil Lawler have been picking on every post that the New York Times write and reveal about Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican and their roles in the cover up of pedophile priests? Below is their latest article. But what is striking this time is that Phil Lawler says:”no mandate from the Times”. “no” was not capitalized because perhaps he wants to make sure his readers do not miss it is the Times he is attacking, “Times” with a capital “. We disagree with Phil Lawler on this headline because the media has a mandate all the time. Secular media is written by the people for the people. Secular media’s souls cannot be bought by the Vatican Bank who owns the Swiss Banks in Switzerland. It is the secular media who had, who has and will always have the freedom to expose the hidden secret crimes of the powerful Popes and the Vatican so now the New York Times is taking on Benedict XVI and the Vatican – just like the Boston Globe took on Cardinal Bernard Law and send him into permanent exile.

This is a Vatican pathological lie that there is “no mandate from the New York Times” because there was a mandate for the Boston Globe in 2002 which run a series called “Spotlight Investigation Sexual Abuse Investigation in the Catholic Church”. We would like to remind Catholic Culture and Mr. Phil Lawler to go back to the beginnings of the eruption of priest pedophilia revealed first by the Boston Globe in 2002, in the United States, which to this day still outnumbers all other countries with the number of pedophiles rapists-priests and victims. John Paul II and his Cardinals, especially Cardinal Hoyos said this was “an American problem”. But Boston Globe persevered (even if Cardinals and Bishops and the Vatican mock them that they did not have any mandate as a newspaper.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:23 PM

Dutch cardinal says knew nothing about sex abuse case

NETHERLANDS
Reuters

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis, in rare court testimony by a senior Roman Catholic prelate, denied on Tuesday any knowledge of alleged sexual abuse by a priest in his Rotterdam diocese in the 1970s.

Simonis, 79, was called to testify in a case lodged by a man, now 34, who said the same priest had abused him in another diocese in 1984. The priest was convicted in 1990 of three other cases of abuse there and dismissed from his ministry.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse cover-up scandals in both Europe and the United States in recent years, and an independent Dutch commission is now investigating abuses dating back to 1945.

"Sexual abuse (only) came explicitly on the agenda of the bishops in the 1990s," Simonis was quoted as saying by Dutch agency ANP, adding he knew nothing of the 1970s case in Rijswijk in the Rotterdam diocese when he was bishop there.

Summoning a cardinal in such cases is rare. In the United States, former Boston Cardinal Bernard Law testified before two grand juries and former Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahoney appeared in court twice in abuse cases over the past decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Trenton bishop’s planned move out of town provokes dissent

NEW JERSEY
NewJerseyNewsroom

BY PAT SUMMERS
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A little story about a man's new house sparked opposition that's still growing after its publication last Sunday in the Trenton Times. The man is the bishop of the Trenton Diocese, and his house-to-be is in a semi-rural area of Lawrence Township virtually next door to Princeton. In fact, it has a Princeton address.

No, Bishop David M. O'Connell will not be living in Trenton, where the neediest of his flock probably live. Instead, the plan is for him to move into an "austere" home on Carson Road in Lawrence. Located on a wooded road with occasional large houses on sizeable properties, the house reportedly has four bedrooms, 3½ baths, a family room, dining room, eat-in kitchen and a vaulted LR — all on 5.8 acres.

The diocese, which includes the counties of Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean, reportedly paid cash — $550,000, or more than a half-million dollars — for the spread. This occurred a short time after Bishop O'Connell publicly appealed for $1 million to support Catholic education.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Stockman verwijt Rik Devillé doofpotoperatie te voeren

BELGIE
HLN

René Stockman, generale overste van de Broeders van Liefde, heeft Rik Devillé en Norbert Bethune van de vzw Mensenrechten in de Kerk verweten een doofpotpolitiek te voeren. "Devillé zei verschillende dossiers van seksueel misbruik door Broeders van Liefde te hebben, maar namen heb ik nooit gekregen", zei hij in de bijzondere Kamercommmissie Seksueel Misbruik, wijzend naar Rik Devillé die op de publiekstribune de hoorzitting volgde.

Zware uitspraken
Stockman verklaarde op een vraag van Valérie Déom (PS) dat hij destijds klacht had ingediend tegen Devillé en Bethune omdat deze in de media zware uitspraken hadden gedaan naar aanleiding van een rechtszaak over een zaak van misbruik in een instelling van de Broeders van Liefde in Roeselare. Daarbij hadden ze het over "doofpotoperatie" en "schuldig verzuim". In de commissie ging hij deze namiddag in de tegenaanval en zei dat de doofput eigenlijk bij hen ligt. "Het is bijna chantage om met dossiers te wuiven", vond Stockman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Bijeenkomst misbruik binnen kerk

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagsblad

De Maastrichtse parochie Sint Pieter houdt morgenavond een bijeenkomst waarop parochianen en andere geïnteresseerden kunnen praten over de onthullingen aangaande seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Ein Jahr nach dem Missbrauchsskandal

DEUTSCHLAND
domradio

Kolleg St. Blasien setzt auf Offenheit und Enttabuisierung

Von den 50er bis zu den 80er Jahren kam es in St. Blasien zu Gewalt und Missbrauch. Von mindestens 30 Opfern ist auszugehen – soweit die Fakten ein Jahr nach Bekanntwerden des Missbrauchsskandals an dem renommierten am Jesuiten-Kolleg. Zeit für einen Schlusspunkt also?

Der Schulalltag läuft weiter. Bald stehen die Abiturprüfungen an. Und bevor Kollegsdirektor Johannes Siebner berichtet, wie die seit Januar 2010 nach und nach ans Licht gekommenen Missbrauchstaten katholischer Priester das Kolleg St. Blasien verändert haben, erkundigt er sich rasch nach dem gerade neu angelegten Fußballplatz: „Ist es wirklich so, dass der Kunstrasen auch nach einem Regen schnell wieder bespielbar ist?“

Trotz aller Normalität wird beim Besuch im renommierten Schwarzwaldinternat St. Blasien schnell klar, dass die Aufarbeitung und Auseinandersetzung mit Missbrauch, Vertuschung längst nicht an einem Ende angekommen sind. Mittlerweile ist klar, so hat es die externe Ermittlerin Ursula Raue festgehalten, dass es von den 50er bis zu den 80er Jahren am Jesuiten-Kolleg zu Gewalt und Missbrauch gekommen ist. Von mindestens 30 Opfern ist auszugehen. Erst vor wenigen Tagen hat die Staatsanwaltschaft ihre Ermittlungen eingestellt, da alle Taten strafrechtlich verjährt sind. Zeit für einen Schlusspunkt also?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Das lange Schweigen der Opfer

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutschlandfunk

[mit Audio]

Manfred Kappeler: "Anvertraut und ausgeliefert". Nicolai Verlag

Von Detlef Grumbach

Dass sexueller Missbrauch an Schulen und Erziehungseinrichtungen nicht aus "heiterem Himmel" geschieht, davon ist Manfred Kappeler überzeugt. In seinem neuen Buch zeigt er die Strukturen, die solche Verbrechen an Kindern ermöglichen oder sogar hervorbringen.

Wer "Missbrauch" sagt, setzt "Gebrauch" sprachlogisch voraus, auch wenn er im Moment des Sprachakts nicht daran denkt.

Immer neue Fälle und Enthüllungen sogenannten "sexuellen Missbrauchs" beschäftigen die Medien, die Politik, die Institutionen. Der Sexualpädagoge, Psychotherapeut und Erziehungswissenschaftler Manfred Kappeler hat eine systematische Studie dazu vorgelegt. Er beginnt mit Sprachkritik:

"Es handelt sich um sexuelle Gewalt. In dieser Formulierung 'Missbrauch', 'missbräuchlich', verschwindet dieser Gewaltcharakter dieses Handelns. Es wird dann von Übergriffen gesprochen, und das sind alles Strategien der Neutralisierung und letztendlich auch der Verharmlosung."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Broeders van Liefde: "Doofpot seksueel misbruik zit bij Rik Devillé"

BELGIE
Vandaag

"Als iemand een doofpotpolitiek voert, dan is het Rik Devillé van de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk. Hij wuift telkens met dossiers van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in mijn congregatie, maar namen kreeg ik nooit. Dit was chantage en doofpotpolitiek van zijn kant".

Dat zei René Stockman (foto), die sinds 1994 grote baas is van de Broeders van Liefde in België en sinds 2000 wereldwijd, in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. De Broeders van Liefde baten vooral psychiatrische instellingen, centra voor gehandicapten en scholen uit.

Stockman heeft weet van 15 dossiers over daders van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in zijn congregatie in België. Eén werd gerechtelijk afgehandeld, elf zijn nog in behandeling bij Justitie. Maar van deze elf daders zijn er nog maar twee in leven, ze verblijven in een rusthuis. In twee gevallen wilden de slachtoffers geen gerechtelijke stappen en een laatste zaak is onduidelijk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Catholic Diocese of Toledo's 3-year reorganization will affect 33 parishes

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

By JENNIFER FEEHAN
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Thirty-three parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Toledo will be affected by a three-year reorganization plan announced over the weekend.

While many of the changes involve twinning or clustering parishes so that one pastor will be assigned to two or more parishes, two parishes in rural Seneca County are to merge into one, meaning one or both will close and a new parish will be created.

In July of this year, Liberty St. Andrew Parish near Bascom and St. Patrick Parish in Bascom are to merge. The new parish will then be twinned with All Saints Parish in New Riegel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Man Alleges Catholic Priest Raped Him

SOUTH AFRICA
News Time

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed the arrest of an elderly Catholic priest for the rape of a young man in Mthatha.

NPA regional spokesman Luxolo Tyali told Sapa that the man applied for bail in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court where he appeared yesterday.

He said : "The magistrate reserved his ruling because he wants to apply his mind... because [the priest] is a foreigner. He has to be sure that [the priest] won't leave the country if he is granted bail".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Slow and Steady Progress

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

A friend noted that I haven’t been blogging for a while. I began with a passion to promote understanding about healing and spirituality from the perspective of a healing and learning man who was once groomed and abused by a religious authority. During the first year, I included interviews with leaders from the healing movement. I wrote her back that my lack of blogging was “Partly not sure what to say, partly not sure how useful it is for others, partly busy getting a career/ vocation to line up.”

What I mean by the first two points is that there are daily revelations of cover up and ongoing denial by Vatican religious authorities and followers about Religious Authority Sexual Abuse (RASA). Documents have been released in San Diego and from investigators that show this. Even files purged files have shown this. More documents related to the Franciscans in California will soon be released following a rejection by the CA courts to hear the Franciscan’s appeal to keep the documents from the public. I’ve allowed the silence following these revelations to dampen my passion. I’ve wondered what more needs to happen for the public to express some outrage and take action.

Martin Luther King Jr. noted that “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

“Hard as nails”

SANTA ROSA (CA)
California Catholic Daily

Bishop Robert Vasa, among most orthodox prelates in US, named coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa

Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, a tough and outspoken defender of Catholic orthodoxy, has been named Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa.

“The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Vasa, 59, the right to succession to Bishop Daniel F. Walsh, current bishop of Santa Rosa,” said a press release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop Walsh is 73, two years shy of the mandatory retirement age of 75.

"A Coadjutor Bishop is the designated successor of the current bishop of the diocese," said a statement issued by the Santa Rosa diocese. "He assists the current bishop, who remains at the head of the diocese, in the various aspects of pastoral and spiritual leadership of the people. On the retirement of the current bishop, Most Reverend Daniel F. Walsh, Bishop Vasa will become the sixth Bishop of Santa Rosa." ...

In 2003, Bishop Vasa banned the dissident group Voice of the Faithful from meeting on any church property in the diocese. In a 2006 column discussing pro-abortion Catholic politicians, Bishop Vasa suggested they might be guilty of “the right-to-murder heresy.” He has long held that Catholic politicians who bring scandal to the faithful by supporting abortion should be denied Communion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

One last chance for the Vatican to come clean

IRELAND
The University Times

Amid less turbulent political circumstances, the Would You Believe documentary that was shown on RTÉ1 on Monday, 17th January last would have received far more attention than it did. It was an excellent piece of investigative journalism.

The programme revealed a previously undisclosed letter that was written to Ireland’s Catholic bishops in January 1997 by the then papal nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Luciano Storero.

In the letter, Archbishop Storero, who is now deceased, expressed the ‘serious reservations’ of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy about the Irish church’s 1996 Child Sex Abuse framework document. In particular, the Archbishop wrote that ‘mandatory reporting’ to civil authorities of clerical sex abuse cases ‘gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Bouctouche man charged with sex offences

CANADA
Times & Transcript

An elderly Bouctouche man was charged yesterday with a series of sex offences in Nova Scotia that date back decades.

Former Roman Catholic priest Albert LeBlanc, 81, is charged with 40 sex offences, including 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and 29 counts of gross indecency. The offences are alleged to have occurred between 1970 and 1985, when the accused was a Yarmouth County resident.

The charges relate to three male complainants, who were between the age of seven and 11 at the time. Their identities are protected by a court-imposed publication ban.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

St. Joe church, nonprofit settle sex abuse lawsuit

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER
The Associated Press

A western Missouri woman whose parents were sued by a church and a nonprofit after she claimed sexual abuse by a man who worked for both groups has settled the lawsuit that led to the unusual counter-claim.

The woman's attorney confirmed Monday that an out-of-court settlement was reached last week in the lawsuit against New Life Bible Church of Easton, an evangelical church in St. Joseph. The claim also named OATS Inc., a statewide nonprofit based in Columbia that provides transportation for rural residents, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Attorney Rebecca Randles said terms of the settlement are confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

In posting list, victims’ lawyer acts while church balks

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

Jetta Bernier, Executive director, Massachusetts Citizens for Children, Boston

WE SAY amen to lawyer Mitchell Garabedian, an advocate for victims of child sexual abuse, for releasing more than 100 names of people in the church who have been accused of abuse (“Victims’ lawyer posts names of priests accused of abuse,’’ Page A1, Jan. 20).

Massachusetts Citizens for Children has been calling for this action since Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley announced in March 2009 his plans to make these names public. To do so would likely prevent future sexual abuse against children, support the healing of victims, and hold accountable those who have committed these sexual crimes.

The Boston Archdiocese’s excuse for this 22-month delay — that officials must “continue to evaluate the complexities of this initiative’’ — is simply obfuscation. They would be advised to check in with the other two dozen archdioceses across the country that overcame these complexities to release their own lists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

English cardinal heard range of voices in Northern Ireland visitation

IRELAND
The Pilot (United States)

By Michael Kelly

Posted: 1/24/2011
DUBLIN (CNS) -- One of the church officials charged with an inquiry into church life in Ireland in the wake of clerical sexual abuse scandals said he has heard voices of integrity as well as discouragement.

"During these past two weeks, I have heard many voices: the voices of great pain and suffering of the survivors of abuse; their shame; their anger. I have also heard voices of discouragement, voices of honesty and the integrity of the people and good priests," said English Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, retired archbishop of Westminster.

"I have also heard voices of faith and a determination to persevere in the building up of the church in this diocese by prayer and the holy Eucharist and the word of God and the service of others," he said at a Jan. 23 "Service of Penitence and Healing" in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Trial of minister set for Tuesday

NEBRASKA
Nonpareil

By Chad Nation, News Editor, cnation@nonpareilonline.com
Published: Monday, January 24, 2011

The sexual abuse trial of a minister who served a Spanish-speaking congregation in Council Bluffs is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Efrain Umana, 55, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Umana was arrested in June 2009 and has been free on a $50,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Santa Rosa Diocese gets successor to Bishop Walsh

SANTA ROSA (CA)
The Press Democrat

By GUY KOVNER
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Bishop Robert Vasa said Monday that his nomination as future head of Santa Rosa’s Roman Catholic diocese came “out of the blue.”

“It was an absolute shock to me,” said Vasa, 59, a Nebraska native who has served as bishop of the Baker diocese in eastern Oregon since 2000.

Vasa, whose name is pronounced “Vasha,” was introduced Monday as the successor to Bishop Daniel Walsh, 73, who said he will retire later this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Vatican appoints new bishop for Diocese of Santa Rosa

SANTA ROSA (CA)
Lake County News

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – On Monday the Vatican appointed a new bishop to head up the Diocese of Santa Rosa.

Pope Benedict XVI named Bishop Robert Francis Vasa, 59, of Baker, Oregon, as coadjutor bishop – or designated successor of the current bishop – for the Santa Rosa diocese, which also includes Lake County.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, DC on Monday by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis testifies as witness in Catholic church abuse case

NETHERLANDS
The Canadian Press

By Mike Corder (CP)

MIDDELBURG, Netherlands — Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis testified Tuesday he had no role in the appointment or dismissal of a Catholic priest accused of drugging and raping a young man.

The brief appearance by the 79-year-old retired archbishop of Utrecht at Middelburg District Court marked the first time such a senior cleric had appeared in a Dutch courtroom to answer questions about abuse in the church.

The victim, Dave ten Hoor, says he was drugged and raped twice by the priest, identified only as Father Jan N., in 1989 and 1990 in the southern town of Terneuzen, Ten Hoor's lawyer Martin de Witte told The Associated Press. De Witte said he expects at least one more alleged abuse victim to join the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Thank God for those who stand up to the archdiocese

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, Belmont
The writer is a psychiatrist

I WAS so upset the other night that I could only pace restlessly for a while before I saw the next patient. I had just evaluated a young woman in the intensive care unit who had overdosed. She said that she couldn’t live any longer with the sexual abuse that she had sustained at the hands of a priest.

She believes her parents signed an agreement with the archdiocese when she was in her teens that therapy would be paid for by the church and that the secret would remain just that: a secret.

This flies in the face of the statement of the archdiocese that was published once again last week: “Assuring the safety of our children, fostering the healing process, and restoring trust are fundamental and ongoing commitments of the Archdiocese of Boston.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

New charges for fugitive priest

CANADA
Calgary Herald

Herald News Services January 25, 2011

Crown prosecutors added three charges Monday to the list of allegations faced by fugitive Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger.

Dejaeger faces two new counts of indecent assault in connection with events alleged to have taken place in Nunavut between September 1978 and September 1980, and a charge of failing to appear for a June 1995 court date on six other indecent assault charges.

Dejaeger returned to Nunavut Jan. 20 to face justice for the first time since fleeing prosecution for child sex charges in 1995. He faces child sexual abuse charges dating back to his time as a missionary in Nunavut in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Former Yarmouth priest, 81, facing sex charges

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By EVA HOARE Staff Reporter
Tue, Jan 25

A former Yarmouth priest turned probation officer who took altar boys on hockey trips has been charged with 40 counts of sexual assault on three young people more than 30 years ago.

Albert LeBlanc, now 81, faces the abuse charges after Nova Scotia RCMP received a complaint last April, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger.

Leger said LeBlanc is one of the oldest alleged perpetrators the Mounties have arrested in connection with a sex assault case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Priest in court to face child sex abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Staffordshire

A former Roman Catholic priest has been sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court accused of sexually abusing a number of young boys. Alexander Bede Walsh, pictured, aged 57, of Church Lane, Abbots Bromley, faces 19 charges under the Sexual Offences Act. He appeared before District Judge David Taylor, who gave Walsh conditional bail until January 31 when he will appear before a judge at the crown court.

Seventeen of the allegations, said to have been committed in Cheadle, Cotton and Chapelfields, in Coventry, involve indecently assaulting young boys between 1982 and 1994.

The other two charges are serious sexual offences said to have been committed between May 18, 1985 and May 17, 1986, and May 18, 1986 and May 17, 1987 in Cotton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Catholic church abuse case: Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis testifies in court

NETHERLANDS
Photoblog

Elena Grothe says:AP reports:

MIDDELBURG, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Cardinal Adrianus Simonis has testified he had no role in the appointment or dismissal of a Catholic priest accused of drugging and raping a young man.

The brief appearance by the 79-year-old retired archbishop of Utrecht's at Middelburg District Court marks the first time such a senior cleric has appeared in a Dutch courtroom to answer questions about abuse in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

January 24, 2011

Pedofilie in de kerk: West-Vlaamse politie onder druk gezet door de Broeders van Liefde

BELGIE
Humo

'Als het geen broeder was, had hij allang in de bak gezeten'

In de parlementscommissie seksueel misbruik legden advocaat Walter Van Steenbrugge en zijn confrater Christine Mussche gisteren een document voor waaruit blijkt dat de West-Vlaamse politie eind jaren '90 onder druk werd gezet om een pedofiliezaak bij de Broeders van Liefde in Roeselare niet verder te onderzoeken.

In 2000 bracht Humo dit verhaal reeds. Twee van de drie broeders werden nooit vervolgd; één werd veroordeeld tot vier jaar, maar werd later in beroep vrijgesproken. René Stockman - destijds provinciaal overste maar inmiddels opgeklommen tot superiore generale van de Broeders van Liefde - werpt zich dezer dagen op als felle voorstander van een strenge bestraffing van pedofiele geestelijken, maar in 2000 belde híj met de BOB van Roeselare met de vraag 'of het wel nodig was dat dat onderzocht werd, en of het niet mogelijk was om de zaak zo te houden'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 PM

Broeders van Liefde: "Doofpot seksueel misbruik zit bij Rik Devillé"

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

"Als iemand een doofpotpolitiek voert, dan is het Rik Devillé van de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk. Hij wuift telkens met dossiers van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in mijn congregatie, maar namen kreeg ik nooit. Dit was chantage en doofpotpolitiek van zijn kant".

Dat zei René Stockman (foto), die sinds 1994 grote baas is van de Broeders van Liefde in België en sinds 2000 wereldwijd, in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. De Broeders van Liefde baten vooral psychiatrische instellingen, centra voor gehandicapten en scholen uit.

Stockman heeft weet van 15 dossiers over daders van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in zijn congregatie in België. Eén werd gerechtelijk afgehandeld, elf zijn nog in behandeling bij Justitie. Maar van deze elf daders zijn er nog maar twee in leven, ze verblijven in een rusthuis. In twee gevallen wilden de slachtoffers geen gerechtelijke stappen en een laatste zaak is onduidelijk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 PM

'Vijftien minderjarigen misbruikt bij Broeders van Liefde'

BELGIE
De Standaard

René Stockman, de Generale Overste van de Broeders van Liefde, heeft weet van vijftien gevallen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen zijn congregatie. Dat verklaarde hij maandagnamiddag in de bijzondere Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik.

De congregatie heeft intussen richtlijnen uitgevaardigd, waarin een duidelijke procedure is uitgewerkt die nu in elke regio een eigen invulling moet krijgen.

Stockman heeft weet van vijftien gevallen van seksueel misbruik door leden van de congregatie van de Broeders van Liefde. Van de twaalf dossiers die aangehaald werden door de commissie-Adriaenssens, konden er vijf erkend worden als behorende tot de congregatie. Drie dossiers kwamen van het parket en verder telkens één dossier door een advocaat, het bisdom Hasselt, het slachtoffer zelf en één werd door de rechtbank behandeld en leidde tot een vrijspraak. Daarnaast kreeg de congregatie het voorbije jaar nog drie klachten van mensen die beweren dat ze seksueel misbruikt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 PM

Vijftien misbruikgevallen bij Broeders van Liefde

BELGIE
De Morgen

René Stockman, de Generale Overste van de Broeders van Liefde, heeft weet van vijftien gevallen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen zijn congregatie. Dat verklaarde hij vanmiddag in de bijzondere Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. De congregatie heeft intussen richtlijnen uitgevaardigd met een duidelijke procedure voor elke regio. Eén ervan werd al door de rechtbank behandeld en leidde tot een vrijspraak.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 PM

Stockman verwijt Rik Devillé doofpotoperatie te voeren

BELGIE
De Morgen

René Stockman, generale overste van de Broeders van Liefde, heeft Rik Devillé en Norbert Bethune van de vzw Mensenrechten in de Kerk verweten een doofpotpolitiek te voeren. "Devillé zei verschillende dossiers van seksueel misbruik door Broeders van Liefde te hebben, maar namen heb ik nooit gekregen", zei hij in de bijzondere Kamercommmissie Seksueel Misbruik, wijzend naar Rik Devillé die op de publiekstribune de hoorzitting volgde.

Zware uitspraken
Stockman verklaarde op een vraag van Valérie Déom (PS) dat hij destijds klacht had ingediend tegen Devillé en Bethune omdat deze in de media zware uitspraken hadden gedaan naar aanleiding van een rechtszaak over een zaak van misbruik in een instelling van de Broeders van Liefde in Roeselare. Daarbij hadden ze het over "doofpotoperatie" en "schuldig verzuim". In de commissie ging hij deze namiddag in de tegenaanval en zei dat de doofput eigenlijk bij hen ligt. "Het is bijna chantage om met dossiers te wuiven", vond Stockman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 PM

Five with abuse claims appointed to committee in archdiocese bankruptcy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 24, 2011

Five people with abuse claims against Catholic clergy were appointed Monday to a committee that will represent the interests of unsecured creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy reorganization.

In a court filing, the U.S. Trustee for northern Illinois and Wisconsin, who appointed the five, described them as among those who hold the largest unsecured claims against the archdiocese and are willing to serve on the committee. No one else was appointed.

Attorney Mike Finnegan confirmed that all five committee members have abuse claims against Catholic clergy. Finnegan is a lawyer with Jeff Anderson & Associates, a St. Paul, Minn., firm that represents abuse victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Waarom kon pater Jan zo zijn gang gaan?

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Pater Jan N. zelf is al gestraft voor het misbruik van verschillende jongens. Maar wie wist ervan en waarom werd er niet ingegrepen? Vandaag hoort de rechtbank in Middelburg kardinaal Simonis en Huub Ernst, oud-bisschop van Breda.

Zowel kardinaal Simonis (79) als oud-bisschop Ernst (93) van Breda worden vandaag voor de rechtbank in Middelburg gehoord als getuigen in een zaak over seksueel misbruik. De vraag is wie er verantwoordelijk zijn geweest voor de schade die de pedofiele pater salesiaan Jan heeft berokkend aan de nu 34-jarige Dave ten Hoor. De belangrijkste vragen op een rij.

Waar gaat deze zaak over?

Als veertienjarige jongen kwam Dave ten Hoor in de handen van pater Jan N. van de orde van de salesianen. Als priester was Jan van 1985 tot 1990 verbonden aan de parochie van Terneuzen. Daar misbruikte hij jongens. Volgens Ten Hoors letselschadeadvocaat Martin de Witte kregen jongens uit de parochie snoep, cola en sigaretten van Jan. Na het misbruik zou de pater ook geld hebben gegeven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Mexico mounts a worldwide campaign against the beatification of John Paul II, they should for they are the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Paris Arrow

There are two Catholic Suns, one is the Pope who is the last despot controlling the world through the Vatican Swiss Banks and the Catholics through the 7 sacraments (and will not allow any free speech or criticism), and the other is Our Lady of Guadalupe who shines from Heaven. The Bible says that the sun shines on both good and evil men so if the Vatican claims to be shining from the Woman of the Sun - Our Lady of Guadalupe, so did all the thousands of the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army as they magically transubstantiation-ed the flesh of Christ instantly in the Eucharist (while Mary carried Christ for 9-months) and then these holy priests went to repeatedly rape thousands of boys. See our latest posts with images John Paul II versus Our Lady of Guadalupe: The contrast between two Catholic Suns http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/ and The Nazis and the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army were both an inherently evil all-male elite hierarchy born from the Devil's bowels http://jp2army.blogspot.com/2011/01/nazis-and-john-paul-ii-pedophiles.html

John Paul II was obsessed with preaching for the unborn, against abortion, and he was also obsessed with glorifying more than 1,500 dead Catholics to be saints and blesseds. What he really missed out were the living people in-between the unborn and the dead -- the living young little boys (and girls) who were being raped by thousands of his priests for over 26 years of his glorious papacy, hence they are named aptly after him, the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army http://jp2army.blogspot.com/.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 PM

"Das Schweigen ist sehr komplex"

DEUTSCHLAND
Deutschlandfund

Jesuiten-Pater fordert offene Diskussion über sexuellen Missbrauch

Klaus Mertes im Gespräch mit Christoph Heinemann
Als 2010 zahlreiche Missbrauchsfälle an katholischen Schulen bekannt wurden, ergriff der Rektor des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs die Initiative und sprach mit den Schülern. Ein Teil der Prävention müsse nun darin bestehen, "die Schweigesysteme intellektuell zu durchschauen", sagt Klaus Mertes.

Das Interview mit Klaus Mertes hören Sie am Sonntag ab 11.05 Uhr im Deutschlandfunk.

Heinemann: Pater Mertes, welche Erinnerung haben Sie an den 28.Januar 2010?

Mertes: Eine Schar von Journalisten, die mir Mikrofone entgegenstreckten in meinem Büro, und die Schulleiterin, die sich durch die Heerscharen der Journalisten hindurchwalkt, mich am Kragen packt und sagt: "Jetzt musst du mit den Schülern sprechen", die dann - 850 an der Zahl - unten in der Turnhalle saßen und denen ich dann, von heute auf morgen, erklären musste, was los ist, was ein sexueller Missbrauch ist, und zwar eben Schülern im Alter zwischen zehn und neunzehn Jahren. Eine Situation jedenfalls, auf die man sich nicht vorbereiten kann.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 PM

Generale overste Broeders van Liefde getuigt voor Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - René Stockman, de Generale Overste van de Broeders van Liefde, heeft weet van vijftien gevallen van seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen binnen zijn congregatie. Dat zei hij maandag in de bijzondere Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik. In dertien gevallen is de dader intussen overleden of uit de congregatie getreden.

Stockman kondigde ook aan dat de Broeders van Liefde een nieuwe richtlijn hebben uitgevaardigd over het omgaan met feiten van seksueel misbruik. Het uitgangspunt daarbij is de pijn van het slachtoffer.

"We beseffen dat we onvoldoende aandacht hebben gehad voor het leed dat werd veroorzaakt", erkende Stockman. Het was volgens hem destijds ook de gewoonte van zoveel mogelijk alles binnenskamers op te lossen om de goede naam van de instelling niet in het gevaar te brengen, maar het is nooit de bedoeling geweest om zaken in de doofpot te stoppen, benadrukte hij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

no mandate from the Times

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | January 24, 2011

Last Friday, January 21, a New York Times editorial chastised the Vatican for failing to promote a worldwide policy that would require bishops to report any charges of sexual abuse by clergy to local law-enforcement officials.

That sounds like a good idea, and perhaps in countries like the US it is a good idea. But again, the Times was calling for a worldwide policy. Now suppose a bishop in, say, Pakistan hears a complaint about one of his priests. The priest may be guilty, in which case he should certainly be prosecuted. But he may also be innocent. We know that some Pakistani Muslims have exploited their country’s blasphemy laws to settle grudges against Christian neighbors, by bringing false complaints. Guilty or innocent, the accused Christians become the target of Islamic zealots; even if the courts absolve them of guilt, their lives will remain in danger. If bishops were obliged to report all abuse complaints, it’s easy to predict that militant anti-Catholics would begin lodging complaints, just to watch the system grind up the accused clerics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Toledo Diocese announces citywide reorganization of parishes

TOLEDO (OH)
WTOL

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Catholic Diocese of Toledo announced a parish reorganization on Monday that affects 13 parishes in 2011 and more in the coming years.

The parish reorganization for 2011 will begin on July 1.

An additional 20 parishes will potentially be affected with reorganization in 2012 and 2013.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Diocese Announces Three Year Reorganization Plan

TOLEDO (OH)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo

[media release]

[parish reorganization plan]

January 23, 2011—Toledo, OH—A three year parish reorganization plan that will affect 13 parishes throughout the diocese this year and potentially 20 parishes in years 2012 and 2013 is set to begin on July 1, 2011.

Jason Shanks, leader of the Evangelization and Parish Life Secretariat and director of the Office of Pastoral Planning, said the majority of the reorganization involves twinning parishes or clustering them in a way that one priest is assigned to more than one parish. Assignments of parish managers and pastoral leaders are also included in the new plan.

Shanks added that in addition to fewer priests, parish financial viability, mass attendance, population trends, location, facility size, cultural diversity and how a parish could remain intact and stable were considered in the reorganization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Toledo diocese sets reorganization plan

TOLEDO (OH)
WTVG

TOLEDO, OH (WTVG) -- A three-year parish reorganization plan that will affect 13 parishes throughout the diocese this year and potentially 20 parishes in years 2012 and 2013 is set to begin on July 1, 2011.

Most of the reorganization involves twinning parishes or clustering them in a way that one priest is assigned to more than one parish.

Assignments of parish managers and pastoral leaders are also included in the new plan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Alleged victim describes priest abuse

CANADA
CBC News

An Ontario man testified Monday that a Roman Catholic priest invited him to his apartment in 1978, and then improperly touched him.

Charles Picot, who is in his 60s, is charged with indecent assault. He worked as a priest throughout the northern part of the province until the 1990s.

The alleged victim, Derek Lapointe, waived his right to have his name protected by a publication ban at Picot's trial in Campbellton provincial court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Dejaeger appears in Nunavut court, faces new charges

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Online

CHRIS WINDEYER

Crown prosecutors added three charges Jan. 24 to the list of allegations faced by fugitive Catholic priest Eric Dejaeger, and more charges could be coming.

Dejaeger faces two new counts of indecent assault in connection with events alleged to have taken place in Igloolik between September, 1978 and September 1980, and a charge of failing to appear for a June, 1995 court date on six other indecent assault charges.

Crown lawyer Paul Bychok told a Justice of the Peace in Iqaluit that even more charges against Dejaeger could emerge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Priest faces more sex charges in Nunavut

CANADA
CBC News

Three new charges have been filed against Eric Dejaeger, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sex crimes against children in Nunavut who had until recently been a fugitive in Belgium.

Eric Dejaeger, 63, faces two new counts of indecent assault that are alleged to have occurred when he was working in Igloolik between 1978 and 1982.

He already faced six other sex-related charges — three counts of indecent assault, three

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Minister's trial set to start

NEBRASKA
Omaha World-Herald

By Chad Nation
WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE

COUNCIL BLUFFS -- The sexual abuse trial of a minister who served a Spanish-speaking congregation in Council Bluffs is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Efrain Umana, 55, is charged with second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse and two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse.

Umana was arrested in June 2009 and has been free on a $50,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Conclusive Evidence Discovered ...

UNITED STATES
Seth H. Langston

Last week, two letters that were written by the Vatican and which instructed Bishops not to cooperate with civil authorities investigating child abuse by priests finally saw the light of day. There are undoubtedly more such letters but these go a long way in documenting how the Catholic Church has long been dedicated to protecting its own, instead of protecting and helping victims of priest abuse.

The first letter, which got much media attention, was a letter signed by Archbishop Luciano Storero, who was Pope John Paul II’s envoy to Ireland. Archbishop Storero wrote to the Irish Catholic hierarchy that “the situation of ‘mandatory reporting’ gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature.” This was in response to adopted child protection policies of a commission of Irish Bishops that included an obligation to report abuse allegations to the police.

The second letter, which has gotten much less media attention, was written in January, 1984 by the Vatican to the Bishop of Tucson, Arizona. As in the letter to Irish Bishops, the Vatican warned Bishop Moreno of Tucson against cooperating with civil authorities and instructed him to protect child abusing priests. The following passage was in that letter:

“ The files of a Bishop concerning his priests are altogether private; their forced acquisition by civil authority would be an intolerable attack upon the free exercise of religion in the United States; and we have no doubt that both Federal courts and public opinion would sustain us in this position.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Woman religious finds Vatican-sent Visitators warm, friendly

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Jan. 14, 2011
By Mary Ann Cunningham

VIEWPOINT

I must admit that I looked forward to the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious with all the enthusiasm of a Thanksgiving traveler approaching a TSA screening. My initial how-dare-they fury had calmed and over the months I decided that I really wanted to have a say in the process.

To this end, I read everything -- Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Sandra Schneiders’ articles in NCR, our own constitutions and history, funny articles, and moving testimonials by our former students and clients.

Most of my initial anger was directed at this patriarchal church of ours. I questioned the requirement that the “visitators” had to make professions of faith and take oaths of fidelity before interviewing us and that the report to the Vatican was not to be copied to us.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Dubbele moraal katholieke kerk ook al in middeleeuwen

NEDERLAND
Sleutelstad

[Leidschrift]

Leiden -
24 januari 2011 -
Het nieuwe nummer van het historische tijdschrift ‘Leidschrift’ geeft een duidelijk beeld van de dubbele moraal tussen seksualiteit en kuisheid in de kerkelijke wereld tijdens de middeleeuwen. Aan het pauselijke hof heerste zelfs syfilis, volgens het artikel van de Groningse hoogleraar Catrien Santing. Het celibaat bleek voor de vrome heren toen al een moeilijke opgave. Het nieuwste Leidschrift bevat naast de bijdragen van verschillende hoogleraren ook artikelen van jonge onderzoekers en talentvolle studenten. In samenwerking met de Leidse hoogleraar middeleeuwse geschiedenis Peter Hoppenbrouwers, zijn de vijf beste werkstukken van de laatste twee jaar op het gebied van middeleeuwse seksualiteit samengevat in een serie interessante artikelen. Zo komt ook de manier aan bod waarop Hollandse steden in de 15e eeuw de prostitutie reguleerden. Bordelen werden oogluikend toegestaan, maar alleen in speciaal daarvoor bestemde straten en stegen. De artikelen zijn gratis te downloaden via de website: www.leidschrift.nl

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

81 year old Albert LeBlanc charged with historical sexual assaults, Yartmouth

CANADA
Oye! Times

Monday, 24 January 2011 11:05 Written by Len Humes

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Yarmouth Rural Detachment charged an 81 year-old man with numerous sexual offences dating back to 1970's.

In April 2010, Yarmouth Rural RCMP received a complaint of a historical sexual assault. As a result of the investigation, Albert LeBlanc of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, is charged with 40 sexual offences relating to three victims. The offences are alleged to have occurred from 1970 to 1985 while LeBlanc resided in Yarmouth County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

40 sexual assault charges laid

CANADA
The Vanguard

By Tina Comeau
THE VANGUARD

A New Brunswick resident who was a priest in Yarmouth County decades ago has been charged with 40 sexual offences dating back to the 1970s.

Member of the Yarmouth rural detachment of the RCMP have charged 81-year-old Albert LeBlanc with sexual offences relating to three victims. The offences are alleged to have occurred from 1970 to 1985 while LeBlanc resided in Yarmouth County.

The RCMP say due to privacy issues, they cannot comment on whether LeBlanc was a priest at the time these offences took place, saying that the Privacy Act prohibits the RCMP from disclosing LeBlanc’s employment history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Ex-priest charged with sex offences

CANADA
CBC News

RCMP in Nova Scotia have charged a former Roman Catholic priest with dozens of sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

Albert LeBlanc, 81, is charged with 40 offences involving three boys in the Yarmouth area.

LeBlanc served as a priest in the Yarmouth Diocese from 1955 until 1973 when he resigned from the priesthood, Archdiocese of Halifax spokeswoman Marilyn Sweet said Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Man, 81, charged with 40 sex offences

CANADA
Toronto Sun

An 81-year-old New Brunswick man is facing 40 charges connected to alleged sexual offences dating back to 1970.

Albert LeBlanc of Bouctouche, N.B., who media reports say is a former priest, has been charged with 40 sexual offences against three people for acts that allegedly occurred between 1970 and 1985 while he was residing in Yarmouth County, N.S., RCMP said Monday.

The charges include 11 counts of indecent assault on a male and gross indecency, said Sgt. Brigdit Leger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Sacerdote confiesa violación en seminario

COLOMBIA
El Tiempo

"Varios de mis compañeros entraron al seminario con el ánimo de ser sacerdotes y terminaron como prostitutos en las calles de Bogotá". Es el testimonio de Adolfo*, un hombre que se declaró víctima de abuso sexual por parte del sacerdote Efraín Rozo Rincón hace más de 40 años en un centro de formación religiosa en Bogotá.

Y la verdad es que, según divulgó el 28 de septiembre del 2006 Julio Sánchez Cristo a través de La W radio, el propio cura Rozo, que hoy tienen 83 años de edad, confesó ese mismo año ante un juez del estado de California, en Estados Unidos, haber violado a por lo menos dos menores de 14 años en la década de los años 60 -José Antonio Tavera y Ernesto Rozo (su sobrino)-.

El escándalo se destapó tras la demanda por pederastia que entablaron Tavera y Rozo contra el sacerdote ante el Tribunal Eclesiástico de Los Ángeles. Fue la primera vez que un sacerdote colombiano confiesa haber sido autor de este delito que le ha costado sendas demandas a la Iglesia Católica en Estados Unidos, que ha significado el detrimento de su imagen en el mundo y que en Colombia requiere de procesos judiciales ejemplarizantes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Colombian priest under scrutiny for alleged sex abuse

COLOMBIA
Colombia Reports

A Bogota court orders the Colombian church to reveal its records on a priest, resident in the U.S., who is accused of sexually abusing minors more than 40 years ago, newspaper El Tiempo reported Monday.

The court said the church must disclose the records of Father Efrain Rozo, overruling the Bogota Ecclesiastical Court, which had refused the request on the grounds that disciplinary investigations conducted by the church are private.

Former Assistant Judge Augusto Ocampo, who submitted the request, will attempt to reopen proceedings in Colombia, which had been closed because it was more than 20 years since the date of the alleged abuses. The former judge argues that systemic sexual abuse is a crime against humanity and therefore not subject to the statute of limitations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Senior Catholic priest arrested for rape

SOUTH AFRICA
Times LIVE

A senior Roman Catholic priest in Mthatha has been arrested for allegedly raping a 20-year-old man, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.

The priest, 68, was arrested on Sunday and applied for bail in the Mthatha Magistrate's Court on Monday, said NPA regional spokesman Luxolo Tyali.

"The magistrate reserved his ruling because he wants to apply his mind... because [the priest] is a foreigner. He has to be sure that [the priest] won't leave the country if he is granted bail." Tyali said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Dutch cardinal testifies in child abuse case

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

The former leader of Dutch Roman Catholics is to testify for the first time about his knowledge of child abuse in the church. Earlier controversial comments he made about the abuse caused an outcry in the Netherlands.

Cardinal Ad Simonis will appear in court in Middelburg on Tuesday. It will be the first time such a senior Roman Catholic cleric is to give evidence on child abuse before a Dutch court.

The Middelburg case has been brought by a 34-year-old man who was abused by the now very elderly priest, Jan N. The abuse took place in the early 1990s in Terneuzen in the diocese of Breda. The victim hopes the evidence of Cardinal Simonis and other church officials will show that the diocese can be held liable for not taking measures to prevent sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:37 AM

Sex abuse victims denounce secrecy

WASHINGTON (DC)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
Holding signs at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will disclose the names of three credibly accused child molesting priests who have
-- never been publicly accused in this area before,
-- spent time at four local Catholic institutions and
-- been convicted or had recently-disclosed settlements paid by church officials to their victims.

The victims will also
--criticize the Vatican officials for their secrecy and disregard for secular laws and authority, and
--DC’s archbishop for refusing to post on his website the names of admitted, proven and credibly accused child molesting clerics

They will beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police, get help, expose wrongdoers, protect others and start healing.

WHEN: Monday, January 24th at 1:00 PM (during lunch hour)

WHERE: Outside the Papal Nuncio, (Vatican Embassy) 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW, in Washington DC

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Catholic priest in court charged with sexual offences against boys

UNITED KINGDOM
The Lichfield Blog

A Catholic priest living near Lichfield has appeared in court in Staffordshire charged with 19 sexual offences against boys.

Alexander Bede Walsh (57), of Abbotts Bromley, is accused of sexually abusing four boys in the 1980s and 90s, when he served as a priest in Coventry and in the Cheadle area of north Staffordshire.

The boys were of various ages between eight and 16 during the period of alleged offending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Ex-Coventry and Cheadle priest faces sex abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

A Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing four boys has appeared before magistrates.

Alexander Bede Walsh, 57, is charged with 17 counts of indecent assault and two counts of serious sexual offences against boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

During that period he was serving as a priest in Coventry and the Cheadle area of north Staffordshire.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Cleveland bishop warns breakaway flock's priest

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Columbus Dispatch

Monday, January 24, 2011

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland's Roman Catholic bishop has warned a priest to stop ministering to a breakaway congregation.

In a letter last week, Bishop Richard Lennon threatened to punish the Rev. Robert Marrone for celebrating Mass for former parishioners of St. Peter Church. The church near downtown was closed last April as part of ongoing downsizing by the diocese.

The bishop's letter called it "scandal" and "corruption" that the priest was saying Masses in a commercial building not sanctioned by the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:47 AM

Cardinal speaks of pain in archdiocese

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

FORMER ARCHBISHOP of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has spoken of encountering “a sense of betrayal” and “an awareness that things will never be the same again” in Armagh archdiocese over the past two weeks.

“I have also heard voices of faith and a determination to persevere in the building up of the Church in this diocese,” he said.

The Cardinal has been conducting an apostolic visitation to the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:39 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 24 JAN 2011 (VIS) - The Holy Father appointed: ...

- Bishop Robert Francis Vasa of Baker, U.S.A., as coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa in California (area 30,320, population 898,000, Catholics 167,945, priests 101, permanent deacons 35, religious 87), U.S.A.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Christoferuswerk: Bischof Mixa plant weder ein Buch noch eine "Vortragstournee"

DEUTSCHLAND
Extrem News

Den Bericht in der Süddeutsche Zeitung über eine geplante Vortragsreihe zusammen mit Michael Stahl, dem Leiter einer Selbstverteidigungs-Sportschule bezeichnet das Christoferuswerk al Zeitungs-Ente. Bischof Mixa schreibe weder ein Buch noch plane er eine deutschlandweite "Vortragstournee", teilte Felizitas Küble, Vorsitzende des Christoferuswerks am vergangenen Wochenende in einer Pressemitteilung mit.

Wenn es um den von linksgestrickten Medien gern attackierten Bischof Dr. Walter Mixa geht, ist selbst auf Radio Vatikan nicht immer Verlass. Am 19. Januar 2011 schrieb die deutschsprachige Abteilung des römischen Senders, der ehem. Augsburger Oberhirte „macht wieder von sich reden“, denn „er plant eine Vortragsreihe zusammen mit Michael Stahl, dem Leiter einer Selbstverteidigungs-Sportschule“. - Mit dem „früheren Bodyguard“ habe Mixa „auch ein Buch geschrieben“, das den Titel „Nie allein“ tragen und „in Kürze“ erscheinen werde.

Die „Süddeutsche Zeitung“ bauschte diese mißverständliche bis irreführende Nachricht weiter auf mit einer sensationsträchtigen Schlagzeile am 21.1.2011: „Mixas umstrittene Mission“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

Head of Catholic Bishops Conference Backs Culture Warrior Bill Donohue

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Chris Korzen

The newly elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has expressed his enthusiastic support for the Catholic League, which under the leadership of William Donohue has become one of the most divisive and polarizing organizations in the U.S. Catholic community. The move is seen by many as a deepening of the Catholic Church's affiliation with political forces on the far right.

The favorable comments appeared last week in an opinion piece entitled "Why We Need the Catholic League," posted on the Archdiocese of New York's official blog. In the piece, USCCB president Archbishop Timothy Dolan explains that despite the fact that "some may take occasional issue with [Donohue's] style," Dolan is "glad to express ... encouragement for the work he does." "Keep at it, Bill!" the archbishop writes. "We need you!"

Donohue recently captured headlines by bullying the Smithsonian into censoring a four-minute video piece by the artist David Wojnarowicz because it depicted a crucifix lying on the ground covered with ants. There's no indication in the piece of whether the imagery is intended as an insult to Catholicism. Nevertheless, Donohue declared it "hate speech" and House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner soon followed suit.

Anyone who has followed Donohue's career knows that this sort of behavior is par for the course. Donohue makes a tidy living -- $400,000 a year, in fact -- manufacturing controversies in order to make the Catholic Church look like a persecuted minority. He's the guy who brought you the flare-up over President Obama's speech at Notre Dame last year. He's the guy who took out John Kerry's religious outreach director in 2004 because she once spoke at an AIDS rally on behalf of an anti-poverty group, then defended Bush's Catholic coordinator when allegations surfaced that he had date raped one of his students at Fordham (Donohue blamed the victim).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Still Spiritual after Trauma

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Examiner

Max Weiman

When a person is sexually abused they suffer physically, emotionally, and psychologically. When the offender is a priest, minister or rabbi, the victim also suffers spiritually. A religious leader is some to confide in, someone who you might put your deepest trust in. Unfortunately, just like being a scout leader or teacher, a pedophile might lean towards a spiritual leadership position precisely because it gains access to trust, and often children.

A recent news report of a letter that surfaced indicating a cover up by the Catholic Church has raised the issue again of clergy related child sexual abuse; and the ramifications of how that affects someone’s spirituality.

KMOX/CBS reports,

“This may be the most devastating disclosure yet about the Vatican’s complicity in child sex crimes and cover-ups,” said SNAP’s executive director, David Clohessy of St. Louis.

David was contacted because of his work with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. When he was asked by Examiner.com about the spiritual side of the victims of clergy pedophiles he responded:

“Almost every victim of clergy sexual abuse - whether as a child or as an adult - struggles with spirituality at some point. A minority of them eventually find or restore some sort of faith life, but usually only after years of grappling and searching and working hard to recovery from the betrayal in and out of therapy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Handing Off the Legacy

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by FATHER OWEN KEARNS, LC 01/24/2011

This publisher’s note was going to be very different. A draft began like this: “We are praying for a miracle. The Register’s current financial situation is so bleak that, barring the unforeseen, the next issue of the Register will be its last.”

What happened? Well, we had been praying for a miracle. What we got was a whole series of miracles, one after another, so fast-moving that some were simultaneous.

The Legion of Christ had reached the conclusion that it could no longer subsidize the Register. The decision was made in November to close the paper in December. The funds to take it into January, much less the rest of the year, were simply not there.

Within days, I received a letter from Archbishop Chaput of Denver saying that he had been approached by persons he admires who had an interest in acquiring the Register!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Catholic abuse victims offered firm payout

GERMANY
The Local

Victims of sex abuse at Jesuit schools are finally being offered concrete compensation payouts one year after the abuse scandal was revealed, a Catholic official said Monday.

Klaus Mertes, rector of Canisius College, the elite Jesuit school in Berlin at which the first allegations surfaced, told daily Berliner Zeitung’s Monday edition that the 205 known victims would share about €1 million in damages payments, meaning each will receive roughly €5,000.

The figure was immediately rejected as insufficient by a victims’ group.

The onslaught of revelations of sex abuse within the Catholic Church began in January 2010 when it emerged that priests at Canisius committed dozens of sexual assaults on pupils in the 1970s and 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Kotarski: Scandals of church and state ignite new bonfire

CANADA
Calgary Herald

By Kris Kotarski, For the Calgary Herald January 23, 2011

On Feb. 7, 1497, during the Mardi Gras festival in Florence, Italy, supporters of Dominican friar Girolamo Savonarola gathered on beautiful Piazza della Signoria and carried out a bonfire of the vanities, publicly burning objects of sin, such as mirrors, cosmetics, lewd pictures and "pagan" books.

What was a fit of religious fundamentalism was also a moment of profound protest against the immoral actions of Pope Alexander VI and his corrupt family.

Savonarola's disciples - including Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli, who is said to have hurled some of his own paintings into the fire - were enraged by the ongoing theft during church "confiscations," and tried to purify their society from sin and corruption.

Luckily for Italians the time of bonfires has passed. However, the sin and corruption are still very much at hand.

There is something morbidly ironic about Pope Benedict XVI calling for world leaders to "rediscover their spiritual and moral roots" during the same week that Irish journalists revealed a 1997 letter from the Vatican, warning Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report suspected sexual abuse cases to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Abuse complainants welcome Garda move

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

THREE WOMEN who allege that they were sexually assaulted when teenagers by a priest in the diocese of Cloyne have welcomed a decision by the Garda to resubmit eight files of complaint against the priest to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Gardaí in north Cork investigating allegations of sexual abuse against the retired priest, who is now in his early 70s, compiled eight complaints made about him into one summary file and resubmitted it to the DPP shortly after Christmas.

The DPP had previously ruled that there should be no prosecution in seven of the eight cases and was still adjudicating on the eighth complaint, but yesterday three of the complainants expressed hope that the DPP would change his mind after seeing the file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Ex-Coventry priest on child sex abuse charges

UNITED KINGDOM
Coventry Telegraph

A FORMER Coventry priest has been charged with abusing young boys.

Alexander Bede Walsh faces 17 counts of indecent assault and two of serious sexual offences against four boys.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place during the 1980s and 1990s when the boys were aged between eight and 16.

The 57-year-old former clergyman, who now lives in Abbotts Bromley, near Rugeley, Staffordshire, served as priest at All Souls’ Church in Kingsland Avenue, near Hearsall Common, between 1982 and 1985

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

January 23, 2011

Bishop warns the Rev. Robert Marrone to stop breakaway church Masses

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Bishop Richard Lennon of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese has threatened the Rev. Robert Marrone with punishment through church law for celebrating unauthorized Masses in a breakaway church.

Marrone and his congregation set up worship space in a commercial building in August, four months after Lennon closed their parish, St. Peter's near downtown Cleveland.

On Wednesday, Lennon handed Marrone a letter saying the priest was engaged in "scandal" and "corruption" by saying Masses in a space not sanctioned by the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Nauwelijks valse klachten bij Vertrouwenscentra Kindermisbruik

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Heel weinig klachten die binnenkomen bij de Vertrouwenscentra Kindermisbruik in Vlaanderen zijn onterecht of vals. Dat blijkt uit een rondvraag van De Zondag bij de Vertrouwenscentra. Het water staat de centra intussen aan de lippen.

Volgens Peter Adriaenssens, directeur van het Vertrouwenscentrum in Vlaams-Brabant, is er te veel bezorgdheid over valse meldingen.

"Onderzoek wijst op 3 à 7 procent valse klachten. Dat wil zeggen dat je riskeert om 93 pct ware verhalen uit te sluiten door extreem voorzichtig te willen zijn. In de verhalen over misbruik in de kerk is er nog steeds geen spectaculaire getuigenis gevonden die nadien niet waar blijkt te zijn."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 PM

„Kinder gehörten zu seinem Leben“

DEUTSCHLAND
Frankfurter Allgemeine

Dietrich Willier missbrauchte an der Odenwaldschule Kinder. Später war er ein Gründer der Berliner Tageszeitung „taz“. Dort galt Pädophilie damals als „Verbrechen ohne Opfer“.

Von Philip Eppelsheim

23. Januar 2011 Dietrich Willier war Kunstlehrer an der Odenwaldschule in Ober-Hambach. Von 1969 bis 1972. Er missbrauchte Kinder. Willier war einer der Täter, die an der reformpädagogischen Schule ihr Unwesen trieben: Das Internat war das Paradies der Päderasten, die kooperierten und Verbindungen zu anderen Pädokriminellen weit über die Schule hinaus unterhielten. Über Jahrzehnte konnten Gerold Becker und die anderen Täter sich ungestört an Kindern vergehen. Weit mehr als hundert Opfer blieben zurück. Dietrich Willier hat mindestens neun Kinder missbraucht – so konstatiert es der Abschlussbericht über sexuellen Missbrauch an der Odenwaldschule. Doch es ist von viel mehr Opfern auszugehen. Ein Altschüler erinnert sich daran, dass Willier eine umfangreiche Kinderpornosammlung besessen habe. Die Kinder auf den Fotos seien sehr jung gewesen: manche erst drei Jahre alt.

Ehemalige Schüler der Odenwaldschule beschreiben Willier als charismatisch, anarchistisch und verrückt. Er organisierte Theateraufführungen. Er rauchte neben Gauloises auch Joints. Er züchtete Schlangen. Den Schülern gefiel das. Mit Charisma und „coolem Verhalten“ fing der Päderast seine Opfer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Victim's advocates hold prayer vigil outside Yakima Diocese

YAKIMA (WA)
KNDO

[with video]

YAKIMA, Wash- A group of victim's right's activists gathered outside the Yakima Diocese this morning. Members of the Survivors Network of People Abused by Priests and Voice of the Faithful held a prayer vigil for the victims of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. The group says their mission is two fold: to let victims of sexual abuse by the church know they are not alone and to push the church toward reform.

"What we want to see is the institutional church to move away from secrecy, and start to more aggressively let people know who these problem priests are. Because here in Yakima they are hiding priests", says John Shuster of SNAP.

Here's part of a statement the Diocese of Yakima gave KNDO:

"The Diocese of Yakima has detailed policies for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse of minors, and sexual misconduct with vulnerable adults, and we follow those policies. We welcome reporting of allegations of abuse and misconduct, and we investigate such reports thoroughly, and take appropriate action, in consultation with our Diocesan Lay Advisory Board, the Bishop's chief adviser on matters of child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Bistum gewinnt

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche'

Spiegel' darf nicht mehr von 'Schweigevereinbarung' schreiben

Das Bistum Regensburg hat vor dem Landgericht Hamburg eine Unterlassungsklage gegen den Spiegel gewonnen. Danach darf das Magazin nicht mehr behaupten, das Bistum habe versucht, durch Zahlungen eine Veröffentlichung des Missbrauchsskandals zu verhindern. Auch der Begriff 'Schweigevereinbarung' dürfe nicht mehr benutzt werden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

D: Juristische Niederlage für den „Spiegel“

DEUTSCHLAND
Radio Vatikan

Das Magazin „Der Spiegel“ darf künftig nicht mehr behaupten, dass das Bistum Regensburg 1999 mit einer Geldzahlung verhindert wollte, dass ein Missbrauchsfall an die Öffentlichkeit gelange. Das hat das Landgericht Hamburg entschieden und damit einer Unterlassungsklage der Diözese Regensburg fast vollständig stattgegeben. Dabei ging es um die Berichterstattung im vergangenen Jahr über einen schon länger zurückliegenden Missbrauchsfall. Es spreche „einiges dafür“, dass das Bistum mit der vereinbarten Schweigepflicht nur einen entsprechenden Elternwunsch habe absichern wollen, nämlich dass die Kirche selbst keine Strafanzeige erstatte, so das Gericht. Bistumssprecher Clemens Neck bezeichnete den Rechtsstreit als notwendig. Bundesweit sei immer wieder von „vertuschten Missbrauchsfällen“ geschrieben worden. Die Autoren hätten dabei stets auf den Fall im Bistum Regensburg und den Artikel des „Spiegel“ verwiesen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

In eigener Sache: Landgericht Hamburg entscheidet im Rechtsstreit der Diözese Regensburg gegen Spie

DEUTSCHLAND
Regensburg-Digital

Im Rechtsstreit der Diözese Regensburg mit dem Nachrichtenmagazin Spiegel hat das Landgericht Hamburg heute der Diözese in fast allen Punkten recht gegeben. Wir veröffentlichen unten die Pressemitteilung des Gerichts im Wortlaut. Eine Entscheidung in dem ähnlich gelagerten Rechtsstreit der Diözese mit regensburg-digital.de hat das Landgericht Hamburg für den 25. Februar angekündigt.

Pressemitteilung des LG Hamburg

Das Landgericht Hamburg hat heute einer Unterlassungsklage der Diözese Regensburg gegen den Spiegel Verlag und die Spiegel ONLINE GmbH fast vollständig stattgegeben. Die Klage richtete sich gegen die Berichterstattung der Beklagten über den Umgang der Diözese mit einem Fall von Kindesmissbrauch aus dem Jahr 1999.

Der Spiegel berichtete anlässlich der in katholischen Einrichtungen aufgetretenen Missbrauchsfälle u.a. in der Ausgabe vom 8. Februar 2010 unter dem Titel “Die Scheinheiligen” auch über die Klägerin. Dabei ging es um einen Kaplan, der im Jahr 1999 zwei Kinder sexuell belästigt hatte, und den anschließenden Umgang der Klägerin mit diesem Vorfall, insbesondere ihre Verhandlungen mit der betroffenen Familie. Die Klägerin traf damals mit den Eltern der beiden Kinder eine Vereinbarung, in der u.a. die Schadensersatz- und Schmerzensgeldverpflichtung des Kaplans geregelt wurde. Die Vereinbarung enthielt außerdem die Formulierung, dass auf den ausdrücklichen Wunsch der Eltern Stillschweigen gewahrt werden sollte.

Die Klägerin wendet sich gegen den in der Berichterstattung enthaltenen Vorwurf, sie habe durch die Vermittlung der Geldzahlung des Kaplans an die Missbrauchsopfer erreichen wollen, dass der Vorfall nicht angezeigt werde oder sonst an die Öffentlichkeit gelange. Dies wird in dem Bericht der Beklagten zwar nicht offen behauptet. Aufgrund der gewählten Formulierungen und der Art der Darstellung gewinnt der Leser aber auch nach der Überzeugung des Gerichts zwingend einen entsprechenden Eindruck.

Das Bistum Regensburg gewinnt gegen Spiegel

DEUTSCHLAND
Wockenblatt

Das Bistum Regensburg hat offenbar einen Etappen-Sieg im Kampf gegen Medien errungen, die die Vorgehensweise des Bistums im Fall des pädophilen Priesters Peter K. kritisiert haben. K. war 1999 in Viechtach verurteilt worden, weil er zwei kleine Buben während einer Faschings-Veranstaltung unsittlich berührt hatte. Später kam es zu einem Vertrag zwischen Bistum und den Eltern der Opfer, der die Zahlung von 5.000 Mark vorsah. Der Spiegel hatte diese Zahlung als „Schweigegeld" bezeichnet – das Bistum klagte in Hamburg bei der Kammer für Presserecht. Das ist zwar einerseits der Sitz des Magazins, andererseits verklagte man auch einen Regensburger Blogger dort, der den Spiegel zitierte. Das Hamburger Landgericht ist in Medien-Kreisen geradezu berüchtigt für eher pressekritische Urteile.

Ob die Zahlung indes wirklich Schweigegeld war, durfte allerdings von Anfang an bezweifelt werden. Die Mutter der beiden missbrauchten Kinder hatte auch gegenüber Medienvertretern bereits Geld für Aussagen verlangt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Vatican reps meet with clerical abuse victims in Northern Ireland

IRELAND
Irish Central

By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Apostolic Visitation, which was established by Pope Benedict last March, met with a Northern Irish group that represents victims on clerical abuse last Friday in Newry, Co. Down.

Following the publication of damning reports into clerical abuse in the Dublin archdiocese, the pope announced the official Visitation in a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

The Visitation has been holding meetings around Ireland this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 AM

A Pope Deaf to Calls for Justice

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Pope John Paul failed to investigate the charges against Maciel. He let Cardinal Sodano block Cardinal Ratzimger’s attempt to investigate.

In November 2002 a letter was sent to John Paul by the Rev. Antonio Roqueñí, the lawyer of Maciel’s victims, via (now Cardinal ) Stanislaw Dziwisz.

El Milenio reports.

In the letter the victims state that they know Maciel is maintaining his innocence therefore they ask for the opportunity to present their testimony and evidence before civil and ecclesiastical courts.

In the letter the lawyer states of his clients:

They love and respect the person of the Roman Pontiff, John Paul II… They do not want a media commotion or scandals. They seek justice from the Church as from a mother…My clients do not want to persecute the church, only that father Marcial Maciel submit himself, as every Catholic does, to the imperatives of ecclesiastical justice…One of the sinful acts committed with one of the ex-seminarian plaintiffs took place on Holy Saturday. Another was “aiding” Maciel more than 40 times to satisfy his base passions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Jesuitenpater verlangt neue Sexualmoral der Kirche

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Vor einem Jahr stand das Berliner Canisius-Kolleg wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen am Pranger. Nun fordert Ihr Leiter Klaus Mertes einen Kurswechsel der Kirche.

Der Leiter des Berliner Canisius-Kollegs, der Jesuitenpater Klaus Mertes, hat die Sprachlosigkeit der katholischen Kirche in Sachen Sexualität kritisiert. In seinen Gesprächen mit Missbrauchs-Opfern sei ihm klar geworden, dass es sich dabei um strukturelle Probleme handele, sagte Mertes im Interview der Woche des Deutschlandfunks.

Die Sprachlosigkeit in Sachen Sexualmoral sei für die Kirche aber „hochgefährlich“. Die Kirche müsse beispielsweise mit Jugendlichen über Themen wie Masturbation oder Homosexualität so sprechen können, dass ein angstfreier Diskurs möglich werde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Kuscheln mit den Indianern

DEUTSCHLAND
taz

Im alternativen Milieu der 70er und 80er diskutierte man über befreite Sexualität - auch zwischen Kindern und Erwachsenen. Wie kam es dazu, dass Pädophilie zeitweise salonfähig war?

VON NINA APIN

Im Jahr 1979 ruft die taz zur sexuellen Revolution auf: "Wir müssen weg von der verkrüppelten, staatlich verordneten Normalität", fordert der Autor Olaf Stüben und ermuntert zum Leben einer "konkreten Utopie": Sex zwischen Erwachsenen und Kindern - gleich welchen Alters. Der Beitrag mit dem Titel "Ich liebe Jungs" vom 16. 11. 1979 ist das Manifest eines Pädophilen. Stüben ist Mitglied einer Hamburger Päderastengruppe und Mitarbeiter der taz. Er darf sich mehrfach über seine sexuellen Erlebnissen mit Kindern verbreiten, so etwa im Dezember 1979: "[…] andy candy […] war ein echtes schlüsselerlebnis für mich. alles war irgendwie zärtlich, auch das bumsen, da gab es keine erogenen zonen mehr bei mir - ich war eine einzige erogene zone. inzwischen hat er sich leider auf mädchen spezialisiert. wir können überhaupt viel von den jüngeren erfahren und lernen, nicht nur direkt sexuelles." Stüben tauchte laut Erinnerung eines Redaktionskollegen sogar einmal mit seinem sehr jungen Liebhaber in der Zeitung auf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Truth Commission coming to Inuvik

CANADA
HQ Yellowknife

Yellowknife, N.W.T. - Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission for former residential school students is coming to the Northwest Territories.

The commission has announced it will stop in Inuvik in June 2011, as one of seven national events to facilitate healing and find the truth behind the school system.

Since the 1870s, some 150,000 Aboriginal, Metis, and Inuit children were forced to leave their homes and go to residential schools around Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Insurers still an issue for church

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 22, 2011

Wisconsin courts have ruled to date that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is on its own to pay any settlement to victims of clergy sex abuse - a first for dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy.

But legal experts say insurance coverage - or at least a battle over it - could still come to bear as the archdiocese moves through bankruptcy.

"I wouldn't assume the insurance question is dead yet," said Jonathan Lipson, a University of Wisconsin-Madison law professor who has written on Catholic Church bankruptcies.

Insurance issues in clergy sex abuse cases are notoriously complex, in part because allegations may span decades. There are often layers of policies covering blocks of years, multiple companies that have merged or gone out of business, and varying language about what is and isn't covered. Policies may have been lost, records destroyed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Experts say Fairfield U avoids black eye in Perlitz scandal

CONNECTICUT
Stamford Advocate

Michael P. Mayko, Staff Writer

Take an honored graduate, a respected Jesuit priest and a humanitarian program funded with nearly a million dollars to assist homeless Haitian boys.

Then add a sex scandal, an international investigation, a federal conviction and $120,500 in unaccounted expenses.

It's the recipe for a public relations' nightmare.

Except crisis experts, school alumni and some professors believe Fairfield University properly handled the issues involving Douglas Perlitz, a 1992 graduate and 2002 commencement speaker; and the Rev. Paul Carrier, the school's former chaplain and director of campus ministry and their Project Pierre Toussaint humanitarian effort in Haiti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Catholic values without the church

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Kevin Cullen
Globe Columnist / January 23, 2011

Kathy Picard grew up in the 16 Acres section of Springfield and, like every other Catholic kid on her block, she went to Mass every Sunday.

She wanted to go to Springfield’s Cathedral High School in the worst way, but her parents couldn’t afford it. So she got a job waiting tables at a Friendly’s and put herself through Cathedral.

She says it was at Cathedral that her Catholic values were cemented: that she had an obligation to help others, the poor, the weak, the vulnerable. ...

When she was a girl, she was sexually abused for many years by a family member. By the time she was old enough to realize what had been done to her, the statute of limitations against her abuser had expired.

So Picard decided to help others avoid her fate. She became one of the most dedicated advocates for abuse victims in Massachusetts. She founded a nonprofit advocacy group, Little Voices Matter, and became an outspoken supporter of legislative efforts to extend the statute of limitations in cases in which children are sexually abused.

After the clergy sexual abuse scandal that exploded in Boston in 2002, in which so many abusers avoided prosecution because of antiquated laws, Picard and her legislative allies succeeded in extending the statute of limitations but not eliminating it. She fights on.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

$5 million priest abuse verdict against Catholic Diocese of Belleville upheld at appellate court

BELLEVILLE (IL)
The Record

By Ann Knef

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a $5 million jury verdict against the Catholic Diocese of Belleville in a St. Clair County sexual abuse case.

Justice Bruce Stewart wrote the opinion released Jan. 21. Justice Thomas Welch concurred; Justice Stephen Spomer dissented.

The lawsuit was filed in 2002 by James Wisniewski. He claimed he was sexually abused by priest Raymond Kownacki numerous times between 1973 and 1978.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Cardinal Francis George reflects on issues

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

January 22, 2011|By Manya A. Brachear, Tribune reporter

After wrapping up a three-year term as president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in November and celebrating his 74th birthday earlier this month, Cardinal Francis George sat down with Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear to share his perspective on politics, recent news in the sexual abuse crisis and even the NFC Championship. The following are excerpts from that conversation. ...

Q: Explain the letter that surfaced this week from the Vatican to the Irish bishops in 1997 instructing them to avoid involving civil authorities in sex abuse cases. Did you ever receive that kind of letter or did the Chicago archdiocese?

A: I never saw a letter like that.

That was the opinion, I know, of the prefect of the Congregation for Clergy at that time. They protected priests to a great extent. It's why the cases were switched ... to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. When we went over to argue our case [for zero tolerance in 2002], they had already lost authority over the cases. (George later added that American bishops lobbied then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to take over the cases. He, of course, later became pope.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Colum Kenny: RTE points the finger at Rome over abuse guidelines

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sunday January 23 2011

The revelation is timely for Irish Catholic bishops, but 14 years too late for many people. Last week's expose on RTE smacked of spin by the Irish hierarchy, now under investigation by envoys from Pope Benedict.

Basing its investigation on a 1997 letter from senior Vatican officials, marked "strictly confidential" but recently leaked, RTE last week pointed a finger at Rome. It exaggerated by claiming that, "the Vatican prevented Irish bishops from removing abuser priests and reporting them to the authorities".

But what one of the Vatican's departments did do was bad enough. It put pressure on individual Irish bishops not to implement a guideline that Ireland's Cardinal Daly had said publicly had been agreed by the hierarchy. That guideline should have meant that all serious allegations of child abuse would be reported to the gardai.

Irish bishops now fear that they alone may be blamed for the child abuse scandal. They wonder if a report being prepared for publication by those papal envoys will ignore Rome's role in the mess.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

January 22, 2011

Milwaukee archdiocese pensions plans underfunded

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WAOW

Associated Press - January 22, 2011

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says its employees' pension plans are underfunded.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski (top-CHES'-kee) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he could not estimate the extent of the shortfall.

He says it affects only the 5,800 archdiocese employees and retirees, not schools, parishes or other participating employers. He blamed poor investment performance.

The archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Jan. 4. Officials said it took the step because pending sexual-abuse lawsuits would leave it with debts it couldn't afford.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Nicht nur die Indianer

DEUTSCHLAND
taz

Im Alternativmilieu der 1970er und 1980er Jahre fühlten sich auch bekennende Pädophile wohl – trotz "sexueller Revolution" mochten aber nicht alle mit Tätern fraternisieren.

VON NINA APIN

BERLIN taz | Sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern gab es nicht nur in staatlichen Heimen und kirchlichen Internaten. Auch im linksalternativen Milieu der 1970er und 1980er Jahre tummelten sich Pädophile - deren Recht auf Sex mit Kindern von Teilen der Szene sogar verteidigt wurde.

Dass praktizierende Päderasten auch in der taz eine Heimat fanden, zeigen nicht nur die Vorwürfe gegen den Odenwald-Pädagogen, taz-Mitgründer und späteren Autor Dietrich W. Hausinterne Recherchen im April letzten Jahres zeigten schon, wie groß in den Gründerjahren die Sympathie gegenüber Menschen war, die Sex mit Kindern forderten und auch selbst lebten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 PM

Mixas umstrittene Mission

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Von Stefan Mayr

Der Augsburger Ex-Bischof Walter Mixa plant eine bizarre Tournee: Er will mit einem ehemaligen Bodyguard Vorträge halten.

Als emeritierter Bischof hat Walter Mixa rein kirchenrechtlich gesehen nur eine Instanz über sich: den Papst. Vor neun Monaten musste Mixa wegen einer Prügel- und Lügenaffäre zurücktreten, damals gab ihm Benedikt XVI. eine "Zeit des Schweigens und der Heilungen" als Auftrag mit auf den Weg. An dieses Wort des heiligen Vaters fühlt sich Mixa offenbar nicht mehr gebunden: Er plant eine Vortragsreise mit einem ehemaligen Personenschützer, der heute eine Selbstverteidigungsschule betreibt und als "Gewaltpräventionsberater" tätig ist.

Im Klerus sorgte diese Ankündigung über das Bistum Augsburg hinaus für Aufregung. Denn erstens erachtet Mixas Nachfolger als Bischof, Konrad Zdarsa, die Zeit des Schweigens als "noch nicht zu Ende". Zweitens befürchten Mixas Mitbrüder, der 69-Jährige könnte einmal mehr sich selbst und der katholischen Kirche großen Schaden zufügen. Bischof Zdarsa bezeichnete Mixas Pläne am Freitag am Rande eines Festaktes als "beklagenswerten Fall" und sagte: "Schweigen wäre das Gebotenere."

Noch klarer drückt sich Zdarsas Sprecher Markus Kremser aus: "Bischof Zdarsa ist erstaunt und nicht erfreut, über die Vorträge muss mit Bischof Mixa gesprochen werden." So sehr Zdarsa Mixas Engagement missfallen mag, er hat keine Weisungsbefugnis gegenüber seinem emeritierten Mitbruder. Allerdings könnte er wohl ein Auftrittsverbot in kirchlichen Räumen der Diözese aussprechen. Ob es soweit kommen wird, ist offen. "Ich werde mich hüten, dieses Thema zu hoch zu hängen", sagt Zdarsa. "Es wäre im Dienst der Nächstenliebe, wenn wir versuchten, die Wogen zu glätten."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 PM

Christdemokraten gegen das Zölibat

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

Prominente CDU-Politiker fordern von der katholischen Kirche eine Abkehr vom Zwangszölibat für Priester. Auch ein frühere Abt unterstützt die Initiative.

München - Prominente CDU-Politiker fordern von der katholischen Kirche eine Abkehr vom Zwangszölibat für Priester. In einem Brief rufen sie die deutschen Bischöfe auf, sich in der Weltkirche, insbesondere im Vatikan, für die Weihe verheirateter Männer zu Priestern einzusetzen. Zu den Unterzeichnern gehören Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert, Bundesbildungsministerin Annette Schavan sowie die Ex-Ministerpräsidenten Bernhard Vogel, Erwin Teufel und Dieter Althaus. Auch der frühere Abt der Benediktinerklöster St. Bonifaz in München und Andechs, Odilo Lechner, sprach sich am Wochenende für die Aufhebung des Zölibats aus.

In dem Brief bezeichnen es die Politiker als „dringend geboten“, die deutschen Bischöfe angesichts der „besorgniserregenden Zunahme des Priestermangels“ zu bitten, die Zulassung sogenannter viri probati („bewährter Männer“) zum Priesteramt zu ihrem Anliegen zu machen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

WAZ: Lammert: Katholische Kirche soll Zölibat überdenken

DEUTSCHLAND
Finanz Nachrichten

Essen (ots) - Bundestagspräsident Norbert Lammert (CDU) hat den Appell an die katholische Kirche verteidigt, das Eheverbot für Priester aufzugeben. Wenn die "Amtskirche" zögere, sich mit dem Priestermangel und dem Sinn des Zölibats öffentlich auseinanderzusetzen, "dann müssen es eben engagierte Laien tun", sagte Lammert der WAZ-Mediengruppe (Samstagausgaben). "Wir müssen darüber reden." Er sei sich sicher, "dass es eine Reihe von Bischöfen geben wird, die froh sind, dass wir die Debatte eröffnen." Für den Zölibat gebe es weder eine zwingend theologische oder gar biblische Notwendigkeit noch eine praktische Erklärung. So sehr die Regelung nachvollziehbar gewesen sei, "so wenig ist sie heute plausibel", sagte Lammert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Bischof Mixa verbündet sich mit Bodyguard

DEUTSCHLAND
Welt

Walter Mixa ist zurück: Der geschasste Bischof will mit dem Inhaber einer Selbstverteidigungsschule auf Vortragstour gehen. Die katholische Kirche kocht.

Der frühere Augsburger Bischof Walter Mixa sorgt in der katholischen Kirche für neuen Ärger. Im Bistum stoßen nach einem Bericht der "Süddeutschen Zeitung“ Pläne Mixas auf Unverständnis, mit dem Inhaber einer Selbstverteidigungsschule auf Vortragsreise zu gehen.

Mixas Amtsnachfolger Konrad Zdarsa sprach von einem „beklagenswerten Fall“ und sagte der Zeitung: "Schweigen wäre das Gebotenere.“

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:21 PM

Sex-Anklage gegen Pater G.

DEUTSCHLAND
Sachsische Zeitung

Aufatmen in der Wallfahrtsgemeinde Wechselburg: Pater G. (34), bis Anfang 2010 Leiter des Jugend- und Familienhauses, Jugendseelsorger und Sprecher der Pfarrgemeinde, kommt wegen sexuellen Missbrauchs offenbar vor Gericht. Die Staatsanwaltschaft München hat Anklage gegen den Benediktiner-Mönch erhoben.

Wechselburg. Sachsen steckt mitten drin im kirchlichen Miss-brauchsskandal. Pater G. war früher Präfekt und Religionslehrer am Kloster Ettal. Nach Missbrauchsvorwürfen versetzte ihn die Kirche 2005 kurzerhand in die Ettaler Außenstelle Wechselburg. Unglaublich: Trotz der Vorwürfe durfte er auch in Sachsen mit Kindern arbeiten.

Doch die Staatsanwälte ermittelten weiter. 2010 der Eklat: Pater G. und zwei Kollegen (G. und R.) wurden von der Kirche suspendiert. Die Vorwürfe gegen Pater G. sind inzwischen so verdichtet, dass die Münchner Justiz Anklage gegen den Mönch wegen sexuellen Miss-brauchs von Kindern erhob. Wie es heißt, habe er unter anderem einen 13 Jahren alten Schüler in Ettal gestreichelt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Die Traumata bleiben

DEUTSCHLAND
Bayerischer Rundfunk

Eine gewaltige Lawine trat er los: Vor einem Jahr hatte Pater Klaus Mertes, der Leiter des Berliner Canisius Kollegs, einen Brief an ehemalige Schüler des Internats verfasst: es sei im Haus immer wieder zu sexuellem Missbrauch gekommen. Er hatte damit Schleusen geöffnet.

Von Wilhelm Warning
Stand: 22.01.2011

Das Schreiben von Pater Klaus Mertes endete mit den Sätzen: "Seitens des Kollegs möchte ich (…) dazu beitragen, dass das Schweigen gebrochen wird. In tiefer Erschütterung und Scham wiederhole ich zugleich meine Entschuldigung gegenüber allen Opfern von Missbräuchen durch Jesuiten am Canisius-Kolleg." Er hatte damit Schleusen geöffnet. Überall in Deutschland meldeten sich Menschen, die in kirchlichen wie weltlichen Heimen oder Internaten unter psychischer und physischer Nötigung, Erpressung und Gewalt in vielen Formen gelitten hatten.

Die Täter wurden zur Rechenschaft gezogen

Viel ist geschehen seitdem: Ein Jahr, in dem das ungeheure Ausmaß bekannt wurde, auch in der Öffentlichkeit. Ein Jahr, in dem Opfer sich zu Wort meldeten und Wunden offenbar wurden. Ein Jahr auch, in dem, so weit sie noch leben, Täter angehört und zur Rechenschaft gezogen wurden. Jedenfalls moralisch.

Und jetzt? Die Wogen der öffentlichen Erregung sind abgeebbt. Man hat Beauftrage installiert, Untersuchungen eingeleitet, Aufklärung versprochen, einen Neuanfang zugesagt. Beiden Kirchen versuchen, verlorene Glaubwürdigkeit zurück zu gewinnen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Say it ain't so: Bishop Mixa is back

GERMANY
Open Salon

JUST WHEN GERMAN CATHOLICS thought it was safe to go back to church, ex-Bishop Walter Mixa has announced his gratuitous return to public life. Last year, the feisty Bavarian dominated the headlines for months, both for his heartless and reactionary statements in his dual role of Bishop of Augsburg and Germany’s chief military chaplain and for revelations of egregious child abuse and financial malfeasance at a Catholic children’s home that he had supervised in the 1980s and 1990s. (I have written about him extensively on this blog.)

Everyone hoped the Mixa saga was over last April when he submitted his resignation to the Pope. Benedict approved his request in record time, and also ordered Mixa to embark on “a period of silence and healing” alongside his detox program at a Bavarian alcohol clinic. Mixa subsequently retired to a small house on the grounds of a convent, presumably for good.

But this was not the end of the story. If it’s hard to keep a good man down, it’s even harder to persuade a man of the likes of Mixa to keep his peace, particularly if he only has a handful of aging nuns around to harangue.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

Missbrauch: Generalvikar Helmut Schüller kritisiert Kardinal Schönborn

OSTERREICH
Profil

Der ehemalige Caritas-Präsident und Generalvikar Helmut Schüller kritisiert Kardinal Schönborn und andere Bischöfe. Sie hätten seit Langem von Missbrauchsfällen gewusst, aber nicht ausreichend reagiert.

Von Emil Bobi

Während man sich bei der Opferschutzkommission unter der früheren steirischen Landeshauptfrau Waltraud Klasnic langsam Gedanken über ein Ende der Meldefrist für Missbrauchsopfer macht, schlägt die „Plattform für Betroffene kirchlicher Gewalt“, die „Gegenveranstaltung“ zur Klasnic-Kommission, immer härtere Töne an: Man habe mittlerweile 400 Täter „identifiziert“, 300 davon lebten noch. Um den „Druck auf Kardinal Christoph Schönborn zu erhöhen“, will die Plattform demnächst alle 300 beschuldigten Kirchenleute auffordern, innerhalb einer gesetzten Frist Selbstanzeige zu erstatten. Und die Plattform droht, nach Verstreichen des Ultimatums alle persönlichen Daten zu veröffentlichen.

Das könnte auch ins Auge gehen: Viele der als Täter beschuldigten Personen wurden von der Plattform noch nicht einmal kontaktiert, um deren Stellungnahmen einzuholen. Mit der namentlichen Veröffentlichung würden zahlreiche Personen weitgehend ungeprüft einer vielleicht sogar strafrechtlich relevanten Tat beschuldigt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Publieke verontwaardiging is een groep leeuwen

BELGIE
RKnieuws

Publieke verontwaardiging gedraagt zich vaak als een groep leeuwen. Ze bespringen één antiloop uit de kudde en laten de rest lopen. Als ze zich aan hun prooi hebben verzadigd, gaan ze liggen in de schaduw van een boom. Rauw vlees verteert traag. De leeuwen hebben geen oog meer voor nieuwe prooien. De lekkerste antiloop kan veilig voorbij huppelen. Een kwaadaardig lijkend maar vooral verveeld gebrul is het enige dreigement dat de leeuwen laten horen. De verontwaardiging van de media over het kindermisbruik is net zo. De prooi van het misbruik in kerkverband was het makkelijkst te grijpen, de rest kon op wegkomen. Af en toe roept wel iemand dat er buiten nog een hele kudde loopt, maar de media lusten die niet rauw. Je kunt niet blijven eten. En dan komt het geval Luc Versteylen voorbij. De jezuïet en stichter van de groene politieke partij van Vlaanderen zou zich in zijn bezinningscentrum misdragen hebben. Zou, want zonder bewijs geen feit. Er was veel media-aandacht, maar die klonk toch veeleer als een kwaadaardig lijkend maar vooral verveeld gebrul. Versteylen past immers niet in het plaatje van de prooi die de achterbakse Kerk heet. Hij was een icoon van progressief Vlaanderen. De verontwaardiging vlijt zich stilaan in de schaduw van het andere nieuws.

Voor alle duidelijkheid, Luc Versteylen blijft onschuldig tot het tegendeel bewezen is. Dat schreven ook de kranten, wat ze echter nooit hadden gedaan over die andere berichten van seksueel misbruik door geestelijken. Er waren in de media ook veel stemmen te horen die wat Versteylen zou hebben misdaan meteen relativeerden en nuanceerden.

Dat je het in z’n tijd moest plaatsen. Dat hebben ze bij die andere gevallen nooit gezegd of geschreven. Dat het 99 procent goede dat Versteylen gedaan heeft, toch niet door dat 1 procentje kwaad teniet kan worden gedaan. Wie dat opperde over die andere gevallen, kreeg ervan langs in de media. Dat de hetze nu eens moet stoppen, merkte een bekende Vlaming op tijdens een talkshow. Zo had hij het echter vóór Versteylen nooit gezien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Archdiocese of Milwaukee pension plans underfunded

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 21, 2011

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Friday that its employees' pension plans are underfunded, confirming one of the fears expressed by Catholic Church employees since the archdiocese filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Jan. 4.

The revelation came at a meeting Friday of the archdiocese and creditors - including clergy sex abuse victims and pension representatives - with Assistant U.S. Trustee David Asbach.

Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said he could not estimate the extent of the shortfall, but that it affects only archdiocese employees and retirees - not those of schools, parishes or other participating employers. He attributed the shortfall to poor investment performance.

"It's not because we haven't made payments. They're made on time and based on actuarial projections," said Topczewski, one of nearly 5,800 people covered in a pension plan for lay employees throughout the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

A 2nd Vatican letter surfaces telling AZ bishop to withhold records

TUCSON (AZ)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[the letter]

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach CA, western regional director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (949 322 7434, jcasteix@gmail.com)

For the second time this week, an important, long secret Vatican document has surfaced. It tells a bishop, in crystal clear language, to keep information about priests from “civil authority,” especially from lawyers or judges.

“The files of a bishop concerning his priests are altogether private; their forced acquisition by civil authority would be an intolerable attack upon the free exercise of religion,” writes a high ranking Catholic official in Rome, Cardinal Silvio Angelo Pio Oddi of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy and the one-time head of the Roman Curia.

Oddi tells the US to “make known immediately . . . that no priest's files will be sent to any lawyer or judge whatever.”

Oddi also instructs the American prelate to let the lawyer for the US church know of this situation “so that all may begin preparing whatever resistance to this request may be necessary” and “we have no doubt that both federal courts and public opinion would sustain us in this position” about the secrecy of priests’ files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Clergy child sex case settles; SNAP responds

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

We applaud this brave victim for having the courage to step forward and the wisdom to take legal action and the patience to endure a long struggle to expose a predator, warn unsuspecting families, safeguard vulnerable children, and achieve some justice.

The archdiocese knew this settlement would almost certainly be made public anyway. We hope they’ll go beyond this minimal step and aggressively seek out others who know of or suspect his crimes and prod them to contact law enforcement.

Fiala worked at three places in the archdiocese, maybe more. We urge San Antonio’s archbishop to personally visit each of them and beg victims, witnesses and whistleblowers to call police. Settling lawsuits with the already-wounded is fine. Helping to protect the still-vulnerable is better. Catholic officials have many resources that could be used to help reverse decades of secrecy about clergy sex crimes and better enable law enforcement to successfully prosecute Fiala and keep him away from kids for a long time. Fiala faces the pending criminal child sex abuse indictments in Edwards and Howard counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Vindicated Former Priest Recounts False Child Porn Accusations

VERO BEACH (FL)
WPBF

[with video]

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- With his wife of nearly 25 years at his side, Gerard Lamothe tried to tell the tale that's haunted him for almost two years in an exclusive interview Friday with WPBF 25 News.

Vero Beach police officers called him to his own counseling office in February 2009 and showed him the image of child pornography that could be seen on his computer monitor through a window.

Lamothe said he knew instantly that everything was wrong: the computer monitor had been turned since he left the office and marks marred the door jam around the lock.

The man who left the priesthood years earlier figured it was only a matter of time before police proved who framed him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Church sales may help pay abuse settlements

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Sat, Jan 22

YARMOUTH — Roman Catholic church properties in western Nova Scotia may soon sprout For Sale signs as the Diocese of Yarmouth prepares to sell off some assets to help pay for settlements reached with victims of abuse at the hands of local priests many years ago.

"There certainly will be a sale of properties," Marilyn Sweet, communications officer for the Archdiocese of Halifax and the Diocese of Yarmouth, said Friday.

"I don’t know the number and I know that nothing is firm yet."

Six people who were sexually abused by two priests in southwestern Nova Scotia many years ago reached settlements this week with the Diocese of Yarmouth. The six will share about $1.5 million, an amount that was agreed upon after four days of mediation, said Paul Ledroit, their lawyer, on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

New priest pedophile scandal set to break in Ireland

IRELAND
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Eight cases concerning a pedophile priest in County Cork accused of raping young girls have been sent back to authorities there after originally being rejected.

All of the files relate to abuse allegations alleged to have been carried out by Father B, a cleric who assaulted and raped girls in North Cork.

The diocese of Cloyne and its former bishop John Magee are already under separate investigations for harboring pedophile priests.

Magee was Secretary to three popes and was a leading figure in the Irish church until the pedophile investigations began. Opponents claim he used his clout to block investigations

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

$75,000 bail for pastor facing sex charges

TRINIDAD
Trinidad and Tobago Express

By Nikita Braxton-Benjamin South Bureau

A PASTOR charged with molesting two boys, appeared in the Siparia Magistrate's Court yesterday.

Herman Waldron, 43, a pastor with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, was charged with three offences.

It was alleged Waldron committed an act of serious indecency against an 11-year-old.

He is also charged with serious indecency against a ten-year-old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Chilling effect:’ Franciscans preparing to release private papers on sex abuse

CALIFORNIA
The Santa Barbara News Network

SANTA BARBARA – 8:24 a.m. – They are “disappointed,” but the Franciscans at the center of a child molestation case are preparing to release the tightly held incriminating documents.

That after the California Supreme Court this week denied the friars’ last legal gasp in a petition to keep personnel files from going public.

Brian Brosnahan the Franciscans attorney told THESBNN, “We believe the ruling below will make it much more difficult for religious organizations to protect the public from abusers in the future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Archdiocese of San Antonio agrees to settlement in lawsuit involving alleged sexual misconduct by Father John Fiala.

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio

[English]

[en Espanol]

The Archdiocese of San Antonio has reached a settlement in a lawsuit involving a 19 year old man who alleges he was sexually assaulted by Father John Fiala when the priest served at Sacred Heart of Mary parish in Rocksprings. Fiala is member of the religious order, The Society of our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and worked in the archdiocese from 2005 to 2008. The case was settled for just over $946,000.00. The settlement was paid through the archdiocese’s insurance program.

Announcing the settlement, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller said; “I deeply regret that any Catholic priest would ever harm a young person. In order to help to begin to bring closure to this painful chapter and help the victim, his family, and our people to start the process of healing, we felt it was important to settle at this time. This young man and his family remain in our prayers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

The 1997 letter: Vatican message sent to Irish church : a news selection

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Compiled by drs. Pieter Schultz (web editor, information professional, theologian)

NL

•Vaticaan riep Ierse bisschoppen op misbruik te verzwijgen [VA; Kerknieuws.nl] http://alturl.com/usnjq
•Ierse brief Vaticaan 'verkeerd begrepen' [VA/IE; Kerknieuws] http://alturl.com/7cczu
EN

•Child sex abuse and church failures 'great scandals' / PATSY McGARRY [IE; The Irish Times] http://alturl.com/4aaok
•Rome told bishops not to report abuse / By Lynne Kelleher and Stephen Rogers [IE; Irish Examiner] http://alturl.com/ng5jp
•Vatican edict in 1997 rejected calls to report priests who abused / PATSY McGARRY [IE; The Irish Times] http://alturl.com/9wvjo
•Child abuse won't happen again: Pope [IE; Belfast Telegraph] http://alturl.com/7idne
•Unspeakable Crimes [IE; RTE Television - Would You Believe] http://alturl.com/6pt9f
•Vatican asked Irish bishops not to report clerical abuse to the police [IE; Irish Central] http://alturl.com/7fi8k

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Child abuse tracks go back to the Vatican

CANADA
London Free Press

By Michael Harris, SPecial to QMI Agency

This week, the tracks of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergy led back to the Vatican.

Thanks to Irish broadcaster RTE, a part of the story never quite nailed down before has finally been published.

A 1997 letter signed by the late Archbishop Luciano Storero advised Ireland's bishops against "mandatory" reporting of sex abuse cases to civil authorities. He wrote that canon law "must be meticulously followed" which meant not referring sex abuse cases to police.

Storero was a powerful figure. At the time he wrote the letter, he was Pope John Paul II's ecumenical diplomat to Ireland. His written words came with a warning: those bishops who tried to assist in dealing with sex abuse cases outside canonical law risked the "highly embarrassing" prospect of having their actions overturned on appeal to Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

German Catholic politicians call for married priests

GERMANY
Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Several prominent Roman Catholic politicians have urged German bishops to lobby their countryman Pope Benedict for a change in Church policy to ordain married men in response to a worsening shortage of priests.

The group, including the speaker of parliament and a cabinet member, backed up its call by quoting a 1970 essay by the present pope where he predicts the Church "will know new forms of ministry and ordain upstanding (lay) Christians as priests."

The German bishops estimate that two-thirds of all Catholic parishes in the country will not have their own priest by 2020. As in other countries, bishops have been merging parishes to have the dwindling clergy minister to ever larger areas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

SDA pastor fired

TRINIDAD
Trinidad & Tobago Newsday

By LAUREL V WILLIAMS Saturday, January 22 2011

SEVENTH-DAY Adventist (SDA) religious leader, Pastor Herman Waldron, who on Thursday appeared in court charged with sexual offences, has been fired. In a swift move by elders of the faith, Waldron’s services were terminated.

This comes a day after the 43 year-old man from Siparia, was granted bail in the sum of $75,000 by Magistrate Joanne Connor, in Siparia Magistrates’ Court, charged with three counts of sexual offences.

In a press release yesterday by Aura Stewart-Henry, of the South Caribbean Conference of the it stated that the organisation had a zero tolerance for such misconduct as they uphold the laws of the country and are guided by the Biblical principles in such manners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Sexual assault lawsuit against Texas Catholic priest settled

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KENS

[with video]

by KENS 5 Staff
kens5.com
Posted on January 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- The Archdiocese of San Antonio has reached a settlement in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

A 19-year-old man says he was sexually assaulted by Father John Fiala when the priest served at Sacred Heart of Mary parish in Rocksprings.

Fiala has denied any inappropriate conduct, but he was arrested last November, accused of trying to hire someone to kill his accuser.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller says it is important to settle the case to begin the process of healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Archdiocese settles suit for $946,000

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Express-News

By Abe Levy
alevy@express-news.net

Published: 11:41 p.m., Friday, January 21, 2011

Local Catholic officials announced Friday that they have settled a lawsuit for $946,000 against a now-fired priest accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy, at times by gunpoint, in hotel rooms and during catechism classes.

Father John M. Fiala, 52, was sued by the youth last spring and since has been arrested twice on criminal charges.

Last year, he was indicted on six counts of sexually assaulting the teen in Edwards and Howard counties. And last November, Dallas-area police arrested him on a charge of attempting to hire a hit man to kill the youth, now 19.Fiala remains jailed in Dallas County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

January 21, 2011

Catholic church to pay $1 million to settle abuse lawsuit

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
Reuters

SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (Reuters) - The Catholic church on Friday said it would pay nearly a million dollars to a man allegedly sexually abused at age 16 by a priest, who then tried to cover it up and hire a hit man to kill the victim.

Archbishop c said that the Archdiocese of San Antonio would pay the man, who is now 19, $946,000 to settle his lawsuit against the church.

"This is a very sad thing and very painful for me, for the church, for the family," said Garcia-Siller, who was just appointed San Antonio Archbishop in November.

Former priest John Fiala is charged with plying the unidentified boy in his parish in rural southwest Texas with booze and giving him a car in an attempt to 'groom' the boy for sexual abuse in 2007 and 2008, according to court documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Mother testifies against daughter in Jacksonville church sex-abuse case

FLORIDA
Florida Times-Union

By David Hunt
Victims of a sex scandal at a Jacksonville church that now has the church elder’s son and son-in-law in jail tried to come forward years ago but other congregation members — including two victims’ mother — silenced the allegations.

An emotional e-mail from one of the girls was among details that emerged Friday during a bail-reduction hearing for Paul Keith Groover, 56, and Darrell Vincent Moore, 45. Both men were arrested in December after police uncovered nearly a decade’s worth of allegations that they were sexually abusing juveniles at Greater Refuge Temple, an Apostolic church off Lem Turner Road.

In the July 28 e-mail, the girl asked her mother why she and other church members ignored the youths’ cries for help seven years ago as questions about Groover and Moore circulated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Is your pension at risk?

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jan. 21, 2011

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee said Friday that its employees' pension plans are underfunded. A number of employees and retirees have expressed concerns about their pensions since the archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection this month. If you would like to discuss your concerns, email Annysa Johnson at anjohnson@journalsentinel.com. Please send along a daytime telephone number where you can be reached.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Don’t Be Mislead, Child Abusers and Consumers of Child Pornography are the Same People

UNITED STATES
Child Protection News

Written on January 20, 2011 by Patrick Noaker

On Wednesday, Samuel Warlick appeared in United States District Court to answer to charges that he possessed child pornography and posed as a 16-year-old boy to befriend other boys and persuade them to send him naked pictures. Unfortunately, this scene is commonplace these days. The sheer numbers of persons who consume child pornography is incredible and the number being caught is also rising due to the FBI’s Project Safe Childhood program. What some do not understand is that these same people who are consuming child pornography, are also child sexual abusers themselves.

Such is the case with Samuel Warlick. According to a Complaint filed by our law firm in association with other firms in Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky, Warlick sexually abused a number of children while he was at a housing facility for Presbyterian missionary families in the Congo. His sexual abuse of the children there was reported to the Presbyterian authorities and, unfortunately, ignored by them. As a result, Warlick was allowed to continue to sexually abuse more missionary kids. Warlick, like others who consume child pornography is a child sexual abuser. Do not be misled by misconceptions that exist about child pornography consumers. Misconceptions like child pornography consumers aren’t hurting anyone or that child pornography is a victimless crime. These beliefs are simply wrong. The truth is, child pornography consumers are dangerous. Someone who watches children being tortured and sexually assaulted for sexual pleasure is likely to torture and sexually assault children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

SA Archdiocese Settles Priest Sex Abuse Case

SAN ANTONIO (TX)
KSAT

[with video]

SAN ANTONIO -- The Archdiocese of San Antonio announced on Friday it had settled a lawsuit involving allegations of sexual abuse by one of its priests.

The abuse allegations were made by a teen last year but the archdiocese had been investigating misconduct by Rev. John Fiala since 2008.

"I deeply regret that any Catholic priest would ever harm a young person," said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller during a news conference.

Fiala began serving in the Archdiocese in 2005, serving as a priest in the Sacred Heart of Mary parish in Rocksprings. He allegedly sexually assaulted the teen on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2008. The victim, now 19, filed the lawsuit last April. It was settled Friday for just over $946,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Church may sell properties to pay for Yarmouth abuse deal

CANADA
CBC News

The Roman Catholic diocese of Yarmouth is preparing for the possibility of selling some of their properties in order to pay off a $1.5-million settlement reached with victims of sexual abuse by two priests.

The abuse took place in the 1950s and 1960s. The victims were between the ages of three and 16 at the time — four men were victims of priest Adolphe LeBlanc, two women were victims of priest Eddie Theriault. Both men are deceased.

The mediations took place last Friday and ended on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:47 PM

Milwaukee archdiocese pension plans likely underfunded

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 21, 2011

When the Archdiocese of Milwaukee files its financial statements in U.S. Bankruptcy Court next month, it is likely to show that its pension plans are underfunded, an attorney for the archdiocese said Friday.

The revelation came at a meeting of the archdioceses and potential creditors - including clergy sex abuse victims and pensioners - with Assistant U.S. Trustee David Asbach, who will select members of the creditors committee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Letter Proves Vatican Put Secrecy Before Children’s Safety

UNITED STATES
Voice of the Faithful

A newly public 1997 Vatican letter documents Vatican intervention in local church affairs to prevent mandatory reporting of abuse cases to civil authorities in guidelines the bishops drafted.

The document surfaced as part of an Irish public television documentary that aired Jan. 17. In responding to guidelines developed in 1996 by Ireland’s bishops, the letter’s author stated that “the situation of ‘mandatory reporting’ gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature.” The letter is signed by the Vatican’s then-representative in Ireland, Archbishop Luciano Storero, and orders the Irish bishops to see that the procedures established by the Code of Canon Law are “meticulously followed.” This letter, in effect, directs the Irish bishops not to report clergy sexual abuse to civil authorities, but to dispose of sexual abuse cases in secret proceedings inside the Catholic Church. ...

VOTF believes this letter prevented the appropriate action the Irish bishops wanted to take in response to the scandal within their church. VOTF calls on the Vatican to disclose fully all other instances of Vatican interference in local church affairs around the world.

In a New York Times story following the letter’s publication, Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said this letter is “not new” and that, “They’ve known about it in Ireland for some time.” Colm Gorman, a victim of abuse in Ireland, contradicted Lombardi, saying the “letter was not known until its disclosure on Monday (Jan. 17) by RTE.”

VOTF maintains that the Church’s credibility will remain severely damaged unless the Vatican admits to what has been done in the past. The clergy sexual abuse scandal arose and was abetted not just by many thousands of individual priests, religious and others working for the Church who committed heinous crimes, but also by a Church hierarchy that has sought to protect its public image by enforcing a de facto policy of secrecy under the guise of adhering to canonical procedures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Bertone and Vatican hypocrisy on Berlusconi (who slept with 1 paid minor)...but John Paul II allowed thousands of priests to freely rape boys

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Paris Arrow

See our latest post in our sister weblogs, Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler. Benedict XVI's endless pathological lies: John Paul II sainthood and "Child abuse won't happen again"...but he could not buy Fr. Maciel's victims http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2011/01/benedict-xvis-endless-pathological-lies.html, Stella Maris: John Paul II versus Our Lady of Guadalupe: The contrast between two Catholic Suns http://stella0maris.blogspot.com/ JP2PRPA John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army The Nazis and the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army were both an inherently evil all-male elite hierarchy born from the Devil's bowels http://jp2army.blogspot.com/

Cardinal Bertone came out speaking during a church event in Rome about an investigation on Italy's Prime Minister Berlusconi who is suspected to have paid a 17-year-old prostitute and other women for sex at parties in his villa near Milan. (“Paid” means it was consensual like Tiger Wood’s paid young mistresses). Cardinal Bertone said: "The Church pushes and invites everyone, above all those who hold public responsibility in any administrative, political and judicial area, to be committed to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and lawfulness," Now isn’t this an absolute hypocrisy on Cardinal Bertone’s and the Vatican’s part because who else had the highest administrative public responsibility if not the all powerful Pope at the Vatican John Paul II, Cardinal Josef Ratzinger now Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinals and Bishops like Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston) who held ” public responsibility in…administrative area” but they were not at all “committed to a more robust morality, a sense of justice and lawfulness” because they enabled thousands of pedophile priests to continuously rape thousands of little boys and pubescent boys – who were not consensual at all with these priests - unlike this paid starlet of Berlusconi? And these rapes by priests occurred for over a quarter of a century under John Paul II’s Holy See watch and he is now to be the fastest saint to be canonized? So what kind of double standard of morality are Cardinal Bertone, Benedict XVI and the Vatican demonstrating here right before the whole world to see?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:16 PM

Appeal in child rapist case put on hold

MARYLAND
The Baltimore Sun

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear two cases involving criminal plea deals, and their outcomes could affect whether a Maryland child rapist — sentenced to four life terms in 1995 — stays behind bars or is soon set free, according to the state attorney general's office.

A federal judge ruled last year that John Joseph Merzbacher, accused of molesting dozens of students at a Baltimore Catholic school in the 1970s, should get a second chance to accept a 10-year-plea deal his defense attorneys neglected to tell him about years ago.

Merzbacher was convicted at trial of raping then-teenager Elizabeth Ann Murphy, now 49, and sentenced to a lifetime in prison in the mid 1990s. The judge's 2010 decision meant Merzbacher would likely be released, which outraged prosecutors, Murphy and former students who had earlier dropped their abuse cases against him, believing Merzbacher would never be set free.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Deutschland: Soziologe rechnet mit über 200.000 Kirchenaustritten

DEUTSCHLAND
kathweb

Soziologe Ebertz geht von um 80 Prozent höherer Zahl als 2009 aus
21.01.2011

Freiburg, 21.01.2011 (KAP) Wegen des Skandals um sexuellen Missbrauch sind nach Einschätzung des Freiburger Religionssoziologen Michael Ebertz im vergangenen Jahr in Deutschland so viele Menschen aus der katholischen Kirche ausgetreten wie nie zuvor. "Ich rechne für 2010 mit etwa 200.000 bis 250.000 Austritten aus der katholischen Kirche. Das wären etwa 80 Prozent mehr als im Jahr 2009", sagte Ebertz am Freitag in einem Interview mit der deutschen katholischen Nachrichtenagentur KNA in Freiburg.

Bislang lag der höchste Wert im Jahr 1992 bei knapp 200.000 Austritten. Erstmals seien zudem mehr Christen aus der katholischen als aus der evangelischen Kirche ausgetreten; auch hätten sich mehr Katholiken zu einem Übertritt in die evangelische Kirche entschieden.

Als Ursachen verweist Ebertz auf "die schwere Zuspitzung der Kirchenkrise durch die sexuellen Gewalthandlungen und ihrer Tabuisierung durch Vertreter der Kirche, insbesondere Priester und Ordensleute" sowie die "Skandalisierung der Missbrauchsvorfälle in der Öffentlichkeit". Viele Katholiken hätten vor diesem Hintergrund entschieden, der Kirche den Rücken zu kehren. Dabei sei es nicht nur um die Taten von Missbrauch und Gewalt gegangen, sondern auch um das Gefühl, dass "die Institution Kirche für Vertuschung und Tabuisierung verantwortlich sei".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Catholic media empire acquires National Catholic Register

UNITED STATES
The Christian Century

Jan 21, 2011 by Greg Garrison
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) EWTN Global Catholic Network, the Alabama-based international media enterprise founded by Mother Angelica in 1981, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register newspaper.

"I am very pleased and excited that the Register will now be a part of the EWTN family," said Michael P. Warsaw, the Network's president and chief executive officer.

Warsaw said EWTN will provide "the stability that the Register needs at this time" and "give it a platform for its growth in the years ahead" after being run by the scandal-scarred Legionaries of Christ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Santo Not So Subito, Ctd

UNITED STATES
The Daily Dish

21 Jan 2011

John Allen takes the party line on the latest evidence of Pope John Paul II's negligence in the sex abuse crisis. But he has a small point:

First, the letter warns the Irish bishops that if they were to adopt policies which violate the church’s Code of Canon Law, cases in which they remove abusers from the priesthood could be overturned on procedural grounds. Were that to happen, the letter says, “the results could be highly embarrassing and detrimental.” In other words, a main concern of the letter is to ensure that when a bishop takes action against an abuser, his edict should stick – suggesting a fairly tough line on abuse, rather than a drive to cover it up.

Second, the letter does not directly forbid bishops from reporting abusers to police and prosecutors. Instead, it communicates the judgment of one Vatican office that mandatory reporting policies raise concerns. It’s not a policy directive, in other words, but an expression of opinion.

That's true, as the NYT's change of headline confirms. But it's still troubling to me on such a clear-cut case of illegal and immoral conduct that any resistance was offered to immediate notification to the civil authorities. Then, alas, more excuses:

Third, the Congregation for the Clergy at the time was under the direction of Colombian Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, whose reservations about bishops reporting their priests to civil authorities have been already well documented. In another celebrated case which generated headlines last year, Castrillón wrote to a French bishop in September 2001 congratulating him for refusing to denounce a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Responsibility for sex abuse and Wisconsin's new Senator

WISCONSIN
National Catholic Reporter

by Mike Sweitzer-Beckman on Jan. 21, 2011 Young Voices

The swing state of Wisconsin swung back to the Republic Party Jan. 3.

Outgoing Democratic Governor Jim Doyle was replaced by Republican Scott Walker after a blowout against Democratic candidate, and Milwaukee mayor, Tom Barrett. And three-term Senator Russ Feingold lost his seat to a political newcomer and Tea Party empathizer, Republican Ron Johnson.

Not much is known about Johnson. He has no political experience, so we have no record of how he might vote on any of the issues. ...

Now we are left with the enigma, Ron Johnson. Aside from campaign events, Johnson (a Lutheran) did speak before the Wisconsin State Senate early last year on behalf of his position on the finance committee for the Green Bay diocese.

At the time, Johnson claimed that a diocese -- or any business -- should not be responsible for sex abuse perpetrated by its employees. The diocese was dealing with a victim who was suing over an abusive priest who had been moved around 14 times in 14 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:00 PM

Group seeks investigation of ex-St. Louis priest

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOV

The Associated Press
Posted on January 19, 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- An advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse is asking federal prosecutors to investigate a priest formerly of St. Louis who is accused of molesting as many as 30 teenagers in Bangladesh.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Wednesday that the Rev. William Christensen frequently travels between the U.S. and Bangladesh. SNAP is asking U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis to determine if Christensen violated any U.S. laws.

A spokeswoman for Callahan declined comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Ierse brief Vaticaan 'verkeerd begrepen'

IERLAND
Kerknieuws

De brief die het Vaticaan in 1997 aan de Ierse bisschoppen verstuurde is "verkeerd begrepen" zo laat de woordvoerder van het Vaticaan weten. De brief riep geestelijken niet op seksueel misbruik te verzwijgen, maar wilde hen waarschuwen.

De Ierse kerk wilde in 1997 samen met de politie samenwerken om pedofiele priesters op te sporen en aan te pakken. Het Vaticaan liet echter in een brief weten dat het misbruik binnen de kerk afgehandeld moet worden. Hierin zagen de Ierse bisschoppen een oproep tot zwijgen.

Het Vaticaan bedoelde het echter anders, aldus een woordvoerder. De brief moest duidelijk maken dat pedopriesters hun kerkelijke straf niet konden ontlopen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Clerical Abuse Gets High-Level Discussion

NORTHERN IRELAND
4NI

The Apostolic Visitation set up by the Pope last year is to meet the main group representing Northern Ireland victims of clerical abuse today - having already been in discussion with the Stormont Deputy First Minister - who was on route to today's North-South Ministerial Council in Armagh.

Pope Benedict announced the Visitation in March last year in a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

It followed the publication of reports into abuse in Catholic institutions and in the Dublin archdiocese. It has held meetings across NI and the Irish Republic this month and is meeting survivors in Newry today.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Secret Vatican letter exposes Catholic church abuse cover up

UNITED KINGDOM
Pannone

By Richard Scorer in Abuse Cases on Friday, January 21, 2011

Victims of abuse in the Catholic church have argued for many years that the church has systematically covered up child abuse. The cover up has taken many forms: failure to report allegations to the police; using canon law rules to frustrate criminal investigations; telling victims that any investigation risks putting the victims' name into the public domain; moving paedophile priests to different parishes to hush up scandal. All these things have been proven in individual cases, but proving a systematic cover up at the highest levels of the church has been more difficult- the Catholic church is an incredibly secretive organisation and many of its most important internal documents remain buried in Vatican archives, hidden from public scrutiny.

However, a confidential letter dated January 31st, 1997, addressed to the Irish Catholic hierarchy and signed by Archbishop Luciano Storero, who was Pope John Paul II's envoy to Ireland, now seems to provide irrefutable proof.

The letter was a response to new child protection policies put in place by a commission of Irish bishops. The policies included an obligation to report abuse allegations to the police. The letter states that in following this new policy, the bishops would be breaching canon law. Not only that, but the letter warned that implementing punishments which were outside of canon law would likely end with the Vatican overturning the decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

NI victims of clerical abuse meet with church inquiry

IRELAND
BBC News

Representatives of victims of clerical abuse have met with members of the apostolic visitation, a body set up to investigate abuse within the Catholic church.

The visitation was announced by Pope Benedict in March 2010 in a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

The publication of reports into abuse in Catholic institutions in the Republic prompted the decision.

It has held meetings across NI and the Irish Republic this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Church 'more serious on abuse'

NORTHERN IRELAND
The Press Association

The Catholic Church is taking clerical abuse in Ireland more seriously, victims have said.

Retired Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor met campaigners in Newry, Co Down, on Friday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Voice of clerical abuse victims 'finally heard'

NORTHERN IRELAND
UTV

[with video]

The voice of clerical abuse victims is finally being heard, members of an NI survivors group have said, following a meeting with a party of senior Catholic churchmen from the Vatican.

An Apostolic Visitation to Ireland was announced by Pope Benedict last year, following the publication of reports into abuse in Catholic institutions in the Republic.

Led by retired archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the party of six visitors met with a group of clerical abuse survivors in Newry on Friday.

The survivors said they had feared the occasion was just for show, but as they emerged from the retreat house in Dromantine following an hour and a half of talks, they said they believe they now have a voice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Call for Vatican support for abuse victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
RTE News

Representatives of survivors of abuse in Catholic Church institutions in the North have called on the Vatican to immediately ensure that the most vulnerable victims receive counselling and support.

They also asked for redress from the church.

The appeal was issued after a meeting in Newry between a delegation of four survivors and Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Briefly Reviewed

UNITED STATES
New Oxford Review

Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis: Working for Reform and Renewal. By Gregory Erland­son and Matthew Bunson. Our Sunday Visitor. 207 pages. $15.95.

While any ethical crisis within Catholicism necessarily merits perennial interest, examination, and contemplation, none has been more damaging to the Church in general, and to her efforts at evangelization in particular, than the incomprehensibly systemic problem of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy. What makes the sexual-abuse crisis particularly evil is the extent to which it was tolerated (and therefore abetted) by various fellow priests, bishops, cardinals, and even some Church administrators at the highest levels of the Vatican’s political establishment. How some otherwise very bright men could think that such a systematic and ongoing program of abuse and corruption of the young people of the Church at the hands of their priests could be kept a secret indefinitely defies reason, and the fallout was tremendous once the lid was finally blown off the whole sordid mess. When the public realized that the problem of clerical sex abuse was indeed pandemic, not merely limited to metropolises such as Boston and Los Angeles, Catholicism as a religion lost most of its credibility in the eyes of the world. In the current era of open (and often quite merited) hostility toward the Church as an institution, combined with the blatant hypocrisy of far too many of her administrators, no well-meaning bit of doctrine or apolo­getics will have quite the same punch when squared with the fact that Holy Mother Church has effectively destroyed her integrity — some might say for good.

Some might say not, and that’s what Pope Benedict XVI and the Sexual Abuse Crisis sets out to prove. Gregory Erlandson and Matthew Bunson clearly lay out the tragedy that Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger inherited upon becoming Holy Father in 2005. They point out that, for years prior to his papacy, Ratzinger had been taking positive action to quietly right the horrible wrongs toward which the Church was in large part turning a blind eye. Through researching his writings and a staggering amount of his public statements, the authors make a convincing case that Ratzinger was relatively ignorant of the crisis early on in his religious life. They also explain that, while he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Car­dinal Ratzinger sought to stream­line the cumbersome process by which priests accused of abuse can be disciplined. It is this last point that carries the most weight in the book.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Disillusionment with the Church strong in Salzburg

AUSTRIA
Salzburg Times

The mass exodus from the Catholic Church in Austria has been particularly strong in Salzburg, which saw a dramatic increase in people terminating their membership in 2010.

In 2009 in Salzburg 4,441 people officially left the Catholic Church. This figure grew by 61 per cent in 2010, as 7,163 people distanced themselves from the Church.

Ernst Pöttler, a priest from Itzling said: "Each person that turns away from the Church is one person too many. The Church needs to find a new direction. I feel that everyone is too preoccupied with Rome and are afraid of the pope, rather than listening to people and taking them seriously."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Why is the Vatican allowed to operate a parallel legal system that allows criminals to escape justice?

IRELAND
National Secular Society (United Kingdom)

The Irish TV station RTE this week broadcast a documentary which revealed a newly-uncovered letter from 1997 that showed that the Vatican had told Irish bishops not to report abusive priests to the police.

The Irish bishops had formulated a policy that required all abuse cases to be reported to the police authorities. The Vatican’s letter told them that such a course was unacceptable and that cases should be dealt with internally by the church, using canon law.

The contents of the letter were then reported around the world, with a clear implication that the present pope and his predecessor (who is being rushed into sainthood) were both guilty of approving policies that permitted abusive priests to escape proper justice. The clear message from the letter is that protecting the interests of the Catholic Church always takes precedence over the protection of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

Bischof will Zölibat lockern

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Von M. Maier-Albang u. J. Hackober

Ein Gottesmann redet Klartext: Priester, die sich mit dem Zölibat schwer tun, sollen eine Familie gründen können, sagt Weihbischof Berhard Haßlberger - vor einer Schulklasse.

Am Tag danach erreicht man ihn daheim in Freising, wo Weihbischof Bernhard Haßlberger auch sein Büro hat. Und wenn man ihn fragt nach den Sätzen, die er am Mittwoch bei einem Schulbesuch in Weichs im Landkreis Dachau gesagt hat, antwortet er zwar etwas gebremst, aber ja, sagt Haßlberger, es stimme schon, er habe sich tatsächlich für eine Liberalisierung des Zölibats ausgesprochen.

In der kirchlichen Theresa-Gerhardinger-Realschule war Haßlberger am Mittwoch zu Gast in der 10. Klasse. Der Weihbischof, der für den Norden des Erzbistums zuständig ist, macht solche Besuche regelmäßig und doch, sagt er, komme die Frage nach dem Zölibat nicht jedes Mal. Diesmal aber kam sie, und bei solch heiklen Fragen stecken katholische Würdenträger jedes Mal in einer Zwickmühle, zumal wenn Journalisten anwesend sind: Sollen sie ehrlich sagen, was sie denken? Oder drumherum reden, weil es ansonsten Ärger geben könnte?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

‘Eerste golf van kerkuittredingen door benoeming mgr. Léonard’

BELGIE
RKnieuws

DOORNIK (RKnieuws.net) - De benoeming van mgr. Léonard tot aartsbisschop van Mechelen-Brussel en de berichtgeving over zijn persoon in de media hebben tot een eerste golf van kerkuittredingen geleid. Ook het pedofilieschandaal heeft velen ertoe doen besluiten de Kerk definitief de rug toe te keren. Dat heeft mgr. Guy Harpigny, bisschop van Doornik, van de week gezegd tijdens zijn nieuwjaarstoespraak.

Mgr. Harpigny betreurt dat de oproep van mgr. Léonard tot de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik om zich bij de commissie Adriaensens te melden werd geïnterpreteerd als een middel om zich aan de Justitie te onttrekken. De Doornikse bisschop is van oordeel dat de volledige waarheid inzake het pedofilieschandaal aan het licht moet komen en dat de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik niet in de kou mogen blijven staan. Er moeten snel maatregelen worden genomen, aldus de bisschop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Clerical abuse victims group meets Vatican delegation in Newry

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Friday, January 21, 2011

A victims group from the North has met with a Vatican delegation set up to look into abuse within the Catholic Church.

The Senior Bishops met the Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse group in Newry this afternoon.

The Apostolic Visitation was led by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the retired archbishop of Westminster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Friday, January 21, 2011

UNITED STATES
Outpatient Clinic

Skip Shea

After what appeared to be a relatively quiet spell, Catholic news has been like a blizzard. Fresh off the heels of the announcement of the beatification of John Paul II sparking requests for vials of his blood comes the discovery of a letter to the Irish Bishops during John Paul II's reign.

The 1997 letter is a response to a letter from the Irish Bishop's discussion of mandatory reporting of sexualabuse to civil authorities.

The letter, signed by the late Archbishop Luciano Storero, Pope John Paul II's envoy to Ireland, it instructs bishops that their new policy of making the reporting of suspected crimes mandatory "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature"

The letter also says reporting such abuse would be embarrassing. I bet.

Yet the Vatican and groups like the Catholic League are saying this was merely a suggestion that they meticulously follow the Code of Cannon Law. This didn't mean they couldn't report the abuse. It just meant they shouldn't. Isn't that better?

Bill Donohue, spokesperson for the Catholic League, defended the letter by saying:

"Last month, several media outlets ran a story on how a rabbinical court in Brooklyn ordered its 10,000 members not to report crimes to the police. Not among those reporting on it was the New York Times...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Should the Church Ever Punish?

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Pope John Paul did not want criminal abuser priests reported to the police.

He will be canonized and 99.99% of the laity will applaud.

No one wants anyone to be accountable – for fear they THEY might be held accountable.

John Allen interviewed Cardinal George, who tip-toed around the delicate issue of whether bishops should ever be held accountable for their failures – basically, George thought, no.

George did admit that bishops had failed to punish abusive priests, and that they should use their authority of governance to act against such people.

Many of laity heartily disagree: Here are some of the reactions (and remember, George is speaking of the failure of bishops to punish priests who molested children):

I am concerned that Cardinal George is talking about governing - Jesus promised servants and persons who lead by example - the use of the term govern indicates that the bishops have forgotten that they are servants first - I also am not sure about the reluctance to punish - servants don’t punish - shepherds don’t punish they guide and they teach - rulers punish - Cardinal George nor any bishop is a ruler.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:24 AM

John Paul and the Church of Public Relations

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Sardath said in the comments:

This is a man who survived the Nazi genocide against the Poles, out-maneuvered the Soviets, and utterly crushed liberation theology; and yet we are to believe that he had no idea what he was doing when he signed false bank documents, had no idea that bishops and priests in Latin American were giving aid and comfort to state terrorism, and had no idea what Law, Groer, and Maciel had been up to all those years?

The “santo subito” people can’t have it both ways. If JP2 really was the intellectual and spiritual titan that he pretended to be, then he must have had the capacity to know and understand what his own people were up to. If he knew and did nothing, he was an accomplice in their crimes; if he could have known but chose not to, then he was criminally negligent, which is almost as bad. Either way, they have no business putting him up for sainthood, because he doesn’t even remotely qualify.

There’s also a big problem with some of the theological positions that Ratzinger staked out on these issues while he was head of the CDF, including the claim that while the pope may not be infallible in his disciplinary decisions, those decisions are nevertheless “not without divine assistance” and therefore “call for the adherence of the faithful.” So if JP2 was not without divine assistance in the way he ran his shop, why has everything come to ruin? What sort of saint is it who holds the position of “Vicar of Christ on earth” but somehow consistently fails to avail himself of the divine assistance which, we are assured, was always available to him if he only asked for it?

And now Ratzinger is pope himself, and so is also presumably not without divine assistance in the decisions he makes–and yet he is not only rushing headlong toward a disastrous premature canonization of his predecessor, but has continued to surround himself with the same people who, we are now being told, wrecked the papacy of JP2 with their lies and corruption. We have been told that it was Ratzinger who tried and tried to clean up the corruption around JP2, but was checkmated at every turn by the evil Sodano. So what is his excuse now? He of all people must know what Sodano and the others were up to, and he of all people has the power to send them packing. Why has he not done so?

John Paul’s refusal to act was inexplicable. Benedict’s is explicable but discouraging.

I am of course an outside observer, but even Cardinal Schönborn, who pleaded with John Paul to make a statement about Groër and to stem the resignations for the Austrian Church, was baffled by John Paul’s refusal even to say anything.

I repeat. Cardinal Schönborn read my book Sacrilege, and he said that in the case which he was familiar, that of his predecessor Cardinal Groër, things were worse than I knew. Groër had made strongly homoerotic gestures to almost every student he had come into contact with over the years; Groër stopped short of penetration, but that was the only thing he didn’t do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:21 AM

If Only the Führer Knew! Part II

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

January 21st, 2011

Les Femmes website linked to my criticism of the beatification of John Paul.

This reply I think is typical of the Catholic reaction:

It is an out-and-out lie to claim that Pope John Paul II failed to carry out the duties of his state in life. Could he have done a better job? Yes, but then again, one could say that about anyone in any situation — no matter how well anybody may do something, they could always do better. Podles’ article is devoted to His Holiness’ handling of the sex abuse situation in the Church. How does he, or you for that matter, know that he did nothing and ignored the problem? He may very well have taken action behind closed doors; I mean, the Vatican doesn’t call press conferences to broadcast such things. Even so, during his years in Communist Poland, the Communists often slandered priests by falsely accusing them of sexual impropriety. So if His Holiness was slow to believe such charges about any given priest, can you really blame him? As for allegedly raising most of the bad bishops in question to the episcopacy, do Podles or you know for certain that he was aware that some of those whom he was appointing weren’t going to be good bishops? Even if he was aware, did it ever cross your mind that maybe he chose the ones he chose because there was literally NOBODY better at the time? But then again, remember that Our Lord chose Judas to be one of His disciples. He also chose Peter, who denied Him three times, and the other disciples, who, except for John, were nowhere to be found during His Passion. One might as well accuse Our Lord of doing a terrible job of choosing disciples.

In closing, I want to say to you, Mary Ann, but also Kindred Spirit, that if the Church does indeed beatify and/or canonize John Paul II (I say “if” because anything could happen between now and May 1), I hope you will humbly submit to the Church’s judgment (and believe me, the Church makes sure to do its homework when it comes to the causes of saints), especially if he gets canonized, as canonizations are infallible.

You see there must be a good reason for what John Paul did or failed to do, because, because, why BECAUSE! Otherwise we could not place childlike trust in the popes and might have to think like adults, judging character and actions by normal human moral standards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Judge rules suit against priest accused of impregnating teen can proceed

PENNSYLVANIA
Reading Eagle

Holly Herman
Reading Eagle

A Berks County judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit Thursday against a former Reading Central Catholic High School priest accused of impregnating a teenager.

Senior Judge Albert A. Stallone said the parents' lawsuit accusing the Rev. Luis A. Bonilla Margarito of causing emotional distress and alienating their daughter from them will proceed.

Stallone also denied a request to dismiss allegations against the Allentown Diocese, Reading Central Catholic, Bishop John O. Barres and retired Bishop Edward P. Cullen.

The parents, who live in Muhlenberg Township, filed the suit in August, accusing the defendants of failing to prevent Bonilla from having sex and impregnating their daughter. The parents claim the relationship occurred when Bonilla was assigned to counsel their daughter, then a senior, during the 2008-09 school year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Geen druk van Kerk in pedofiliezaken

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Er was geen druk van kerkelijke overheid in pedofiliezaken. Dat heeft Frank Schins, procureur-generaal van Gent, woensdag verklaard in de Bijzondere Kamercommissie seksueel misbruik, die de vijf procureurs-generaal op bezoek kreeg.

De procureur-generaal van Gent is bevoegd voor West- en Oost-Vlaanderen, waarin de bidsdommen Gent en Brugge - met de zaak van monseigneur Roger Vangheluwe - liggen. De parketten werden volgens Frank Schins niet benaderd, beïnvloed noch onder druk gezet door de kerkelijke overheid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Antigonish diocese staff undergo police checks

CANADA
CBC News

Staff and volunteers of the Antigonish diocese will now have to provide background information and references in the aftermath of recent sex abuse and child pornography scandals.

"It's a pretty standard process by now, we probably should have been on top of it some years ago," said Rev. Paul Abbass, a spokesman for the Antigonish diocese.

In addition to providing background information, staff and volunteers who are considered high-risk — people who interact with children and the elderly, or other vulnerable adults — will also have to undergo criminal background checks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Court to open clergy sex records; SNAP responds

CALIFORNIA
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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

California’s highest court faced a choice - siding with those at risk of and are wounded from child sex crimes or with those who commit and conceal child sex crimes. We are grateful they favor the vulnerable and the injured rather than the criminal and the complicit.

Because of this wise ruling, California citizens will soon know much more about child molesting clerics and their corrupt church supervisors. By opening these long-secret Catholic documents to public scrutiny, the justice system is making children safer and deterring future cover ups. We applaud this decision and hope it will help persuade other judges to similarly opt for openness over secrecy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Victims challenge bragging by Boston archdiocese

BOSTON (MA)
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 (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Yesterday, Cardinal O'Malley's spokeswoman bragged about the minimal and long-overdue abuse prevention steps finally taken by the archdiocese after decades of concealing horrific child sex crimes by almost 250 credibly accused child molesting clerics.

This is a good time to recall a 2003 report by a Massachusetts attorney general. His investigation found that archdiocesan leaders "acted with a misguided devotion to secrecy. And they failed to break their code of silence even when the magnitude of what had occurred would have alerted any reasonable, responsible manager that help was needed."

The AG wrote "The archdiocese must end the culture of secrecy that has protected the institution at the expense of children. The archdiocese must adopt a new spirit of openness when it comes to issues related to the protection of children. That includes ... communicating fully with pastors, parishioners, and the public concerning allegations of abuse against priests or church workers ..."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Catholic officials block child safety law; Sex abuse victims respond

VIRGINIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Becky Ianni, Virginia State leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. (703-801-6044, rianni@cox.net)

Shame on Catholic bishops for continuing to block legislative reforms that will protect children.

Fewer than 10% of sex crimes against children ever get reported. Since 90% of the crimes aren't reported and the recidivism rate is so high, most predators find opportunities to abuse additional children, and most do so for decades.

Virginia lawmakers want to stop sex crimes against children. They introduced legislation that would better enable victims to report the crimes. This will help identify offenders and their complicit colleagues or supervisors. It will protect other children from the dangerous predators.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Church exploits legal technicality in child sex case; SNAP responds

LOUISVILLE (KY)
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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Shame on Presbyterian officials for acting like cold-hearted CEOs instead of compassionate shepherds in a pending child sex abuse and cover up case. It’s very distressing to see another denomination taking the same selfish and hurtful legal maneuvers taken by hundreds of complicit Catholic bishops.

If the Presbyterians are innocent of ignoring or concealing devastating child sex crimes, they have nothing to fear in the current case. But by seeking to exploit the arbitrary statute of limitations, they are essentially admitting they’re afraid of incriminating evidence of their wrong doing that will likely surface if this brave victim gets his day in court.

Church officials should do what’s right and defend themselves on the merits, not hide behind convenient but archaic and predator-friendly legal technicalities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Settlements reached in N.S. priest sexual abuse cases

CANADA
CTV

The Canadian Press

Date: Friday Jan. 21, 2011

HALIFAX — A Roman Catholic diocese will pay out about $1.5 million to six people in a sex abuse case that has been settled in southwestern Nova Scotia, a lawyer for the men and women said Thursday.

Paul Ledroit said six of eight claims were settled with the Yarmouth diocese during a mediation process that began last Friday in Halifax and wrapped up Monday.

The six people, whose claims were mediated separately, received varying amounts of money. Ledroit would not elaborate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Fugitive monk sought in teen's sex assault

SPRING (TX)
Houston Chronicle

By PEGGY O'HARE
HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Jan. 20, 2011

A Buddhist monk from Spring who is accused of having sex with a 16-year-old girl in his congregation is believed to have fled to his native Cambodia, Harris County Sheriff's Office reports show.

Wat Angkorchum Por Venh, 41, is wanted on two charges of sexual assault of a child. Por Venh is accused of having sex with the teen at his temple from June until September.

The girl revealed she later became suicidal when she learned of his "possible" sexual relationship with another woman, court documents show.

Harris County sheriff's investigators are concerned there might be more victims that the monk could have approached at the Wat Angkorchum Cambodian Buddhist Temple at 16720 Kuykendahl and are asking any girls who may have been violated to contact them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Clerical abuse inquiry panel to meet NI victims

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

The Apostolic Visitation set up by the Pope last year is to meet the main group representing Northern Ireland victims of clerical abuse, in Newry on Friday.

Pope Benedict announced the Visitation in March last year in a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

It followed the publication of reports into abuse in Catholic institutions and in the Dublin archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Can cartoon child pornography help paedophiles?

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

What if you could give paedophiles drawings of child pornography to steer their impulses in a safe direction? This controversial proposal has garnered support from the Dutch anti-child pornography lobby: “We’re for everything that helps combat abuse”.

People become paedophiles during their earliest periods of development. The sexual orientation cannot be cured or changed, but it can be managed. This is the opinion of leading brain researcher Dick Swaab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN). It underpins his call for electronic child pornography, for example in comic strip form.

“By making child pornography available, we can steer paedophiles’ impulses in the right direction and that should reduce child abuse,” Professor Swaab argues. But for many people, the idea will take some getting used to.

“The common view is that pornography exacerbates the problem. But the well-known United States sexologist, Professor Milton Diamond, has shown in Eastern Europe that pornography reduces the problem. People are able to give vent to their impulses without harming victims. This is something that should be tested.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

NI abuse group to meet senior Catholic clerics

NORTHERN IRELAND
UTV

The main group representing victims of institutional abuse in Northern Ireland will meet with senior members of the Catholic Church on Friday.

The process was announced by Pope Benedict last year in a pastoral letter to Catholics in Ireland.

A visitation party, led by retired archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, is to meet with clerical abuse survivors in Newry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Abuse victims reach deal with Catholic Church

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Fri, Jan 21

Six people sexually abused by two priests in southwestern Nova Scotia many years ago have reached settlements with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Yarmouth.

The six will share in about $1.5 million, an amount that was arrived at this week after four days of mediation, their lawyer, Paul Ledroit, said Thursday.

The priests, Adolphe LeBlanc and Edward Theriault, are dead.

Ledroit, whose London, Ont., law firm now has an office in suburban Halifax, mediated eight cases, four involving each priest. Two of the eight cases have not been resolved yet, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

January 20, 2011

Vatican abuse letter could affect N.L.: lawyer

CANADA
CBC News

[1997 letter]

A Vatican letter leaked to the Irish press this week might have an effect on unresolved lawsuits involving sexual abuse by clergy in western Newfoundland, a St. John's lawyer says.

But Greg Stack, who has spent years representing more than 80 clients who suffered child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy and others, said the Vatican's secrecy and unique status pose formidable problems in gaining access to important documents.

The 1997 letter suggested that the Vatican had warned Catholic bishops to not report all suspected child abuse cases to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Brother joins priest-abuse lawsuit

SANTA ANA (CA)
The Orange County Register

SANTA ANA – The older brother of a man who alleges he was molested has joined a priest-abuse lawsuit, saying that he, too, was sexually abused by two priests at a Huntington Beach parish in the early 1990s.

The civil complaint against Gus Krumm, a former Franciscan friar and priest who has admitted to instances of abuse in the 1970s and 1980s while studying and teaching at a seminary, and the Rev. Alexander Manville is set for a jury trial in Orange County Superior Court in July.

The first man who alleged abuse, now 26 and identified only as John Doe, sued Krumm and Manville in June 2009, accusing the two former priests at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church of sexually abusing him at the parish during 1992-94.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Runaway Oblate priest appears in Nunavut court

CANADA
Nunatsiaq Online

CHRIS WINDEYER

Fugitive priest Eric Dejaeger returned to Nunavut to face justice Jan. 20 for the first time since fleeing prosecution for child sex charges in 1995.

Dejaeger faces six child sexual abuse charges dating back to his time as an Oblate missionary in Igloolik in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Dejaeger appeared before a Justice of the Peace in an Iqaluit courtroom reluctantly, initially refusing to leave cells at the Iqaluit courthouse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Rape trial of former Queensbury priest set to start

PITTSFIELD (MA)
Post-Star

By DON LEHMAN dlehman@poststar.com The Post-Star | Posted: Thursday, January 20,

The former local priest accused of sexually abusing two boys in Massachusetts is to stand trial in Pittsfield, Mass., beginning later this month.

Gary Mercure faces three felony charges - two counts of rape of a child by force and one of indecent assault - for alleged incidents in the late 1980s with two Warren County boys under the age of 15 whom he took to western Massachusetts on church retreats.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Jan. 31, said Fred Lantz, spokesman for the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office.

Mercure, who lives in Troy, was indicted by a Massachusetts grand jury in 2008 based on an investigation that began in Warren County after alleged victims came forward to the Warren County District Attorney's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

SNAP Not Buying Misinterpreted of Vatican Letter

ST. LOUIS (MO)
KMOX

Fred Bodimer
January 20, 2011

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – Local clergy abuse survivors are saying “I told you so” — after the release of new evidence that higher-ups in the Catholic Church knew about the sexual abuse of children by priests — and tried to sweep it under the rug.

In a 1997 letter that’s only now come to light, the Vatican warned Ireland’s bishops not to report cases of suspected abuse to police.

“This may be the most devastating disclosure yet about the Vatican’s simplicity in child sex crimes and cover-ups,” said SNAP’s executive director, David Clohessy of St. Louis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Vzw zet 2 nonnen Stella Maris uit het bestuur

BELGIE
De Redactie

De vzw West-Vlaamse Jeugdzorg heeft twee kloosterzusters uit de raad van bestuur gezet, omdat ze nalatig zijn geweest in een zaak van seksueel misbruik in het vroegere weeshuis Stella Maris in Kortrijk.

De twee zusters die nu van de vzw West-Vlaamse Jeugdzorg hun ontslag krijgen, hadden begin de jaren 90 van opvoeders klachten gekregen over een pater die kinderen misbruikte. De twee nonnen bestuurden op dat moment de instelling. Ze verboden de pater om nog in de instelling te komen, maar voor het overige hielden ze de zaak stil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:06 PM

Vatican letter to Tucson reveals cover-up mentality

UNITED STATES
International Business Times

[the Arizona letter]

By joseph Picard | January 20, 2011

Another Vatican letter instructing non-cooperation with civil authorities has come to light, this one from 1984 and addressed to the Bishop of Tucson, Arizona.

Earlier this week, an Irish bishop gave a 1997 letter from the Roman Curia to a reporter, which apparently instructed Irish bishops not to cooperate with civil authorities who were probing reported incidents of sexual abuse by priests.

The letter has re-fueled the sexual abuse and cover-up scandal that has plagued the Church for decades and calls into question the Vatican's many denials of non-cooperation with civil authorities. The Irish letter has also led some Catholics to call for a halt to the canonization process underway for Pope John Paul II, who was pontiff at the time the letter was written. ...

The Tucson letter was written by Silvio Angelo Pio Cardinal Oddi, who was from 1979 to 1986 Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy - that is, the Curia, which is, together with the Pope, the governing body of the Catholic Church -- and is addressed to Bishop Manuel D. Moreno of Tucson. It was written in response to Moreno's request for guidance in how proceed regarding a badly behaving priest.

After telling Moreno that there was not "any need for engaging in the so called 'due process' procedures," Cardinal Oddi answers Moreno's question: "Should we allow or disallow civil lawyers from obtaining Father's personnel records from our Chancery files?"

"...under no condition whatever ought the afore-mentioned files be surrendered to any lawyer or judge whatsoever." Oddi said "The files of a Bishop concerning his priests are altogether private; their forced acquisition by civil authority would be an intolerable attack upon the free exercise of religion in the United States."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Lawyer posts new list of clergy accused of abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger

By Christian Schiavone
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 20, 2011

BOSTON — The Boston archdiocese is defending its decision not to publicize the names of deceased priests accused of abusing children after the names were made public by a lawyer who represented their alleged victims.

On Wednesday, Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian made public 19 names – 11 parish priests, a Catholic deacon and seven members of Catholic religious orders – saying they had been accused of sexual abuse but had never before been identified publicly that way.

In a statement, Kelly Lynch, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, confirmed that the church had settled claims against the 11 priests and the deacon named Wednesday. She said all 12 are dead. The 11 priests were dead when they were first accused. The deacon from the South Shore was accused when he was still alive but he has since died, Lynch said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Fugitive priest arrives in Iqaluit

CANADA
CBC News

A Roman Catholic priest accused of sex crimes against children in Nunavut has arrived in Iqualuit following a stopover in Montreal from Belgium.

Rev. Eric Dejaeger, 63, who is a Canadian citizen, arrived on a commercial flight at 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

RCMP officers accompanied him from the plane into a police truck that took him to the local courthouse for a hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Catholic priest at downtown Dallas chapel is on leave; use of donations investigated

DALLAS (TX)
The Dallas Morning News

By SAM HODGES
Staff Writer
Published 20 January 2011

More on this storyThe Catholic priest who leads St. Jude Chapel in downtown Dallas is on leave pending an investigation into allegations that he took donations intended for the chapel.

A temporary restraining order against the Rev. John Alphonso was issued last month in state district court, prohibiting him and two relatives from use of bank accounts.

The priest “hasn’t taken anything that didn’t belong to him,” said his attorney, Joseph Ashmore.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Priest ‘Concerned’ About $450,000 in Back Pay From Milwaukee Archdiocese

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Wall Street Journal

By Jacqueline Palank
A Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse recently told a bankruptcy judge that he’s “concerned” about the failure of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to fulfill its legal and financial responsibilities to him, including turning over the approximately $450,000 he says he’s owed.

In a letter filed to the archdiocese’s bankruptcy-court docket this week, the Rev. Marvin T. Knighton, 60, said he’s “gone into tremendous debt due to the mishandling of my case by the archdiocese.” Knighton said he was acquitted of sexual-abuse allegations in 2003 after a criminal trial but continues a nine-year fight to be reinstated as a priest in good standing in the southeastern Wisconsin archdiocese.

Knighton, who now lives in Phoenix, was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1975 and went on to teach at Catholic and public high schools in the Milwaukee area. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Knighton’s acquittal came on charges that he abused a boy in the late 1980s. The archdiocese has received notice of at least one other allegation of abuse against Knighton.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Mitchell Garabedian: Ambulance Chaser or Champion for Sexually Abused Kids?

BOSTON (MA)
The Stir

Posted by Kim Conte on January 20, 2011

One day after Boston lawyer Mitchell Garabedian posted on his firm’s website a list of 117 Catholic priests and other church workers who, he said, were named in sexual abuse complaints for which he has obtained settlements or arbitration awards, critics are wondering whether he did the right thing.

Frustrated that Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley reneged on his promise almost two years ago to release a list of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children in the Archdiocese of Boston, Garabedian -- who said he has represented more than 750 victims of sexual abuse by clergy -- took matters into his own hands.

He said he was acting in the best interest of the victims, survivors, and their families -- but was he?

It's tempting for critics to accuse Garabedian of being an ambulance chaser. But if we are to believe the victim advocacy groups -- and in this case, why shouldn't we? -- it seems Garabedian's heart was in the right place. The groups have made such a list their top priority in the hopes that the publication of the names will help to protect victims.

Terence McKiernan, co-director of BishopAccountability.org (which tracks sexual abuse by Catholic clergy around the United States but did not have 18 of the names on Garabedian's list), explains:

It’s not just about safety of children in the future, it also enables people who have been suffering terribly from past abuse to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Settlements reached in N.S. priest sexual abuse cases: lawyer

CANADA
Global Lethbridge

YARMOUTH, N.S. - A lawyer representing alleged victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in southwestern Nova Scotia says settlements have been reached in half a dozen cases.

Paul Ledroit says six of eight claims were settled and the Yarmouth diocese agreed to pay out about $1.5 million in total.

Ledroit says the eight claims were filed by four men who allege they were abused as children by Rev. Adolphe LeBlanc, and by four women who said they were victims of Rev. Eddie Theriault.

Both priests are now dead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:08 PM

Procureurs-generaal voor commissie misbruik

BELGIE
De Redactie

In de parlementaire commissie over seksueel misbruik zijn de procureurs-generaal van ons land gehoord. De commissieleden hadden veel vragen over het akkoord dat die hadden afgesproken met de commissie-Adriaenssens.

Dat akkoord draaide rond het bezorgen van dossiers aan het gerecht maar dat is in amper 15 gevallen gebeurd. Adriaenssens mocht zelf beslissen welke dossiers over pedofiele geestelijken hij doorgaf aan het gerecht, en de commissieleden vonden dat onbegrijpelijk.

De procureur-generaal van Gent, Frank Schins, werd hierover zwaar onder vuur genomen. Schins wees er ook op dat veel slachtoffers niet naar het gerecht wilden stappen

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:06 PM

'Nota over commissie-Adriaenssens was niet hoogdringend'

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Brussels procureur-generaal Marc de le Court beschouwde het protocol tussen de commissie-Adriaenssens en het College van Procureurs-Generaal als een interne nota van het College waarin bepaald werd op welke manier de dossiers van de commissie-Adriaenssens aan het gerecht zouden worden overgemaakt.

Dat verklaarde de le Court woensdagavond in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik.

Hij verklaarde dat hij de nota niet verspreid heeft onder zijn procureurs omdat er volgens hem geen hoogdringendheid was. Na de inbeslagname van de dossiers in het kader van de operatie Kelk was de verspreiding volgens hem overbodig en absurd. De nota had niets te maken met een voorkeursbehandeling van de Kerk, benadrukte hij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Marathonzitting commissie Seksueel Misbruik

BELGIE
De Standaard

De bijzondere Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik hoort woensdagnamiddag en wellicht -avond de vijf procureurs-generaal. Het belooft een lange vergadering te worden aangezien om 16.30 uur de tweede magistraat nog maar aan zijn inleiding bezig was.

Centraal in de vragen van de commissieleden was het protocol tussen het College van Procureurs-Generaal en de commissie Adriaensens over de dossiers die de commissie had binnengekregen.

Procureur-generaal Frank Schins verduidelijkte dat de overeenkomst die het College op 7 juni afsloot met de commissie Adriaenssens er kwam na een brief van Justitieminister Stefaan De Clerck omdat de commissie met zo'n 400 dossiers geconfronteerd werd en niet wist hoe deze eventueel naar het gerecht kunnen gestuurd worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:55 PM

Diocese offers settlements to six victims of sexual abuse committed by priests

CANADA
The Vanguard

The law firm representing victims of sexual abuse that was carried out by Catholic priests when the victims were children or in the teens says they have settled six of these cases with the Diocese of Yarmouth.

“We had a successful round of mediations last weekend in Halifax,” says Aaron Lealess who is with the Ontario law firm Ledriot Beckett. “Archbishop (Anthony) Mancini attended all weekend to hear from the victims. It was a positive experience. Many of the cases were settled.”

The diocese has agreed to pay around $1.5 million, to be divided among the six victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Sex abuse scandals line John Paul's road to sainthood

International Business Times

By Joseph Picard | January 20, 2011

The leadership of the Roman Catholic Church is embroiled, once again, in a sexual abuse scandal or, more properly speaking, another aspect of the same sexual abuse scandal that has haunted the Church for over 20 years.

It has come to light, in the ongoing investigations and litigations of sexual abuses by Irish clergy, that the Irish bishops took part in a cover-up of the abusers specifically because of instructions from the Vatican contained in a 1997 letter, made public this week.

The Pope in 1997 was the widely popular and beloved John Paul II, who is currently being fast-tracked by the current pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, for sainthood.

Some Catholics are calling for a halt to that process, at least until all the information is made public about what role John Paul II played, not only in the letter to the Irish clergy, but in other cover-ups of predatory priests around the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Minister Van Bijsterveldt reikt prijs uit

NEDERLAND
Villamedia

Minister Marja van Bijsterveldt van Media reikt donderdag 27 januari het beeldje uit dat hoort bij de toekenning van Journalist van het Jaar 2010. Joep Dohmen (NRC Handelsblad) en Robert Chesal (Radio Nederland Wereldomroep) hebben de prijs gewonnen voor hun publicaties over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. De journalisten ontvangen een bronzen beeldje van de Haagse kunstenaar Loek Bos. De redactie-adviesraad en de redactie van Villamedia kiezen elk jaar de Journalist van het Jaar. Eerder wonnen Joris Luyendijk, Ben Rogmans en Bram Vermeulen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Ierse brief Vaticaan 'verkeerd begrepen'

VATICAAN
Kerknieuws

De brief die het Vaticaan in 1997 aan de Ierse bisschoppen verstuurde is "verkeerd begrepen" zo laat de woordvoerder van het Vaticaan weten. De brief riep geestelijken niet op seksueel misbruik te verzwijgen, maar wilde hen waarschuwen.

De Ierse kerk wilde in 1997 samen met de politie samenwerken om pedofiele priesters op te sporen en aan te pakken. Het Vaticaan liet echter in een brief weten dat het misbruik binnen de kerk afgehandeld moet worden. Hierin zagen de Ierse bisschoppen een oproep tot zwijgen.

Het Vaticaan bedoelde het echter anders, aldus een woordvoerder. De brief moest duidelijk maken dat pedopriesters hun kerkelijke straf niet konden ontlopen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Papal visitors arrive to investigate cases of abuse

NORTHERN IRELAND
Tyrone Times

Published Date: 20 January 2011
A TEAM of Papal Visitors including psychiatrists and a former Archbishop has arrived in County Tyrone to investigate the child abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic 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 throughout Ireland.

The investigators have been interviewing victims and their families in Cookstown and Armagh.
The meetings were convened by Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, who is the former leader of the church in England and Wales. A spokesman said he had already met with some victims of abuse in the archdiocese.

The aim of the visitation is to identify whether reforms of the local Church, seminaries and religious communities have been put in place, especially the effectiveness of current processes in responding to abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Vatican Opposed Mandatory Reporting of Abuse

UNITED STATES
Dispatches from the Culture Wars

Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:04 PM, by Ed Brayton

The New York Times publishes the text of a letter from the Vatican to their leadership in Ireland, who had passed a policy of mandatory reporting of sexual abuse by priests to the police. Unsurprisingly, the Vatican didn't like that policy.

By 1996, an advisory committee of Irish bishops had drawn up a new policy that included "mandatory reporting" of suspected abusers to civil authorities. The letter, signed by Archbishop Luciano Storero, then the Vatican's apostolic nuncio -- or chief representative -- in Ireland, told the Irish bishops that the Vatican had reservations about mandatory reporting for both "moral and canonical" reasons. Archbishop Storero died in 2000.

This is yet another smoking gun showing that the Vatican long opposed mandatory reporting of sexual abuse by priests. We know that the current pope wrote a letter in 2001 telling bishops that they were to keep all such complaints within the church hierarchy only and not report them to the police.

And we know that in the specific case of a priest in California, the current pope wrote a letter opposing the defrocking of a priest even after he was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor and even after his local diocese had concluded that he must be removed from the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Vatican letter no surprise

CANADA
The Telegram

Published on January 20th, 2011

Steve Bartlett
The Telegram

A letter from the Vatican warning Irish priests not to report all child-abuse cases to police wasn’t a shock to Greg Stack or Geoff Budden.

The local lawyers have represented numerous victims of assault at the hands of Catholic clergy.

“The only thing that might surprise me is if there were no such letters,” Stack said Wednesday.

Budden, in a separate interview, said the unexpected thing about the Vatican letter was when it was written.

“I don’t think anybody questions that in the era of most historic abuse (the 1960s and ’70s), clearly the church discouraged going to civil authorities. The surprise with this letter is that they are still doing so as late as 1997 in Ireland.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:50 AM

A Vatican smoking gun?

UNITED STATES
GetReligion

Posted by Mollie

Irish broadcaster RTE and the Associated Press broke news this week regarding a two-page 1997 letter from the Vatican’s diplomat in Ireland at the time, Archbishop Luciano Storero. From there, the story traveled quickly. The letter communicates the opinion of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy about a set of proposed Irish policies for how to deal with priestly sexual abuse.

While a careful read of the letter might yield any number of responses, the media coverage has missed the mark. By no means is this the only example, but let’s just look at the New York Times piece “Vatican Warned Bishops Not to Report Child Abuse.” We’ll discuss the inaccurate headline in a moment, but first the lede:

A newly disclosed document reveals that Vatican officials instructed the bishops of Ireland in 1997 that they must not adopt a policy of reporting priests suspected of child abuse to the police or civil authorities.

The document appears to contradict Vatican claims that the hierarchy in Rome never determined the actions of local bishops in abuse cases, and that the church did not impede criminal investigations of accused child abusers.

Is this true? The headline is just completely inaccurate. Nowhere in the letter did the Vatican warn bishops not to report child abuse. Note there’s a difference between the headline and the first paragraph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 AM

Justitie maakt afspraken met pedofiliecommissie

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - Naar aanleiding van de recente aangiften in verband met feiten van seksueel misbruik die ten laste worden gelegd van leden van de geestelijkheid, bij de ‘Commissie voor de behandeling van klachten wegens seksueel misbruik in een pastorale relatie’, heeft de minister van Justitie het College van procureurs-generaal gevraagd om een methode uit te werken voor de behandeling van deze dossiers, waarbij de wettelijke bevoegdheden, de regels inzake het beroepsgeheim en de onafhankelijkheid van eenieder in acht worden genomen.

Het College van procureurs-generaal heeft dan ook een dubbele structuur ingevoerd die de mogelijkheid biedt deze dossiers te behandelen in overeenstemming met de gebruikelijke wettelijke opdrachten van het Openbaar Ministerie en overeenkomstig de onafhankelijkheid van de Kerk, en een werkgroep op te richten die wordt belast met het vervolgingsbeleid met betrekking tot feiten van seksueel misbruik die ten laste worden gelegd van leden van de geestelijkheid.

Naar aanleiding van de contacten die hebben plaatsgevonden tussen de federale procureur en de huidige voorzitter van de Commissie voor de behandeling van klachten wegens seksueel misbruik in een pastorale relatie, de heer Peter Adriaenssens, is overeengekomen wat volgt:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:18 AM

List of Boston clergy accused of sex abuse released to the public

BOSTON (MA)
Yahoo!

By Jade Walker jade Walker

More than eight years after the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal erupted, the Archdiocese of Boston has yet to publish an official list of priests who have been credibly accused of assaulting parishioners during the past five decades.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore released its list in 2002. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia followed suit in 2005. And the Archdiocese of Chicago has been updating its online list since 2006. According to The Boston Globe, officials of the Boston Archdiocese insist they are working on producing such a list, but have not explained why it is taking so long or when it might be finished.

On Wednesday, Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney for clergy sex abuse victims, decided enough was enough, and released his own list of alleged abusers, The Associated Press reported. This list includes the names of 117 members of the clergy, laymen or members of other religious orders who have been accused of abusing parishioners in cases that Garabedian's law firm has settled. Garabedian said he released the names because it was "time to end the secrecy."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Local law firm becomes go-to counsel for Catholic dioceses in bankruptcies

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Rick Romell of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 19, 2011

Most Milwaukeeans know Quarles & Brady as one of the city's premier law firms, with century-old roots and the second-largest roster of attorneys in Wisconsin.

But the recent bankruptcy filing by the Archdiocese of Milwaukee brings to the fore a little-known aspect of Quarles' business:

It has represented more Catholic dioceses in bankruptcies stemming from clergy-abuse claims than any law firm in the country.

The score isn't even close. To date, eight such cases have been filed. Quarles led the reorganizational team in three of those, for the dioceses of Tucson, Ariz.; San Diego; and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 AM

Stiff competition expected for residential school archive

CANADA
Edmonton Journal

By Alexandra Paul, Winnipeg Free Press January 20, 2011

WINNIPEG — The University of Manitoba will make a bid for a national research centre on residential schools that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission must establish before it wraps up its work.

The commission is gathering a permanent record of the chapter in Canadian history and the research centre will serve as a public custodian of the stories of abuse.

"The University of Manitoba will be bidding on it. We've told the TRC and it's not a secret," Karen Busby, the U of M's director of its centre on human rights research, said Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Will Other Catholic Bishops Risk Eternal Damnation?

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Kim Michele Richardson

I applaud the fearlessness it must have taken for the Irish bishop who recently turned over a 1997 letter from the Vatican to the Irish Broadcasters RTF, thinking he'd face eternal damnation and excommunication for his act.

This letter was signed by the late Archbishop, Luciano Storero, Pope John Paul II's diplomat to Ireland, and addressed to Ireland's Catholic bishops, telling them not to report all suspected child abuse cases to the police.

Finally a Catholic bishop bravely stepped forward to report what has been known all too long: that the Vatican had been protecting pedophile clergy. I'm sure this bishop had sleepless nights before he found the fortitude to do the right thing. One must wonder how many other bishops and members of the Vatican's hierarchy are still having sleepless nights, while experiencing tumultuous unrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

California Supreme Court Denies Franciscans' Petition

CALIFORNIA
SafeNet

Case S187999, Supreme Court of California

The Franciscans petition to the California Supreme Court for review of the appellate court's ruling on the release of personnel files, and their request for depublication of that ruling, has been denied.

To read the Associated Press story, click here, or see item "6" below under "What You Will Find Here.

Court rulings can often be painful to read. When we feel we have prepared ourselves for the worst, we sometimes discover that we haven't. When we believe we have recovered from our injuries, we often find our deepest wounds have been reopened. It is natural to feel this way. It is also good when we can accept that these feelings are present in all of us. As we expect our own feelings to be acknowledged and respected, we strive to afford the same consideration to others who have been hurt by the same crisis. Healing is personal and begins with compassion for oneself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

New list of accused clergy and staff includes four with MetroWest ties

MASSACHUSETTS
MetroWest Daily News

By Michael Morton/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News
Posted Jan 20, 2011

A partial list of accused Catholic clergy and staff released yesterday includes 19 names never before tied publicly to the clergy abuse scandal, its author says, including four who served in MetroWest parishes.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian said the 117 Catholic clergy and staff on his list were named in lawsuits in which his clients won settlements or arbitration awards.

He said he decided to release the names after growing frustrated with Cardinal Sean O'Malley and the Boston archdiocese for promising, but failing, to post a full list of the accused.

"He hasn't done so," Garabedian said. "So I felt the need to do so."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

Boston Priests Not Previously Identified As Accused

MASSACHUSETTS
BishopAccountability.org

January 19, 2011

We have compared the list released by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian with our current database of accused priests. Nineteen priests on Garabedian's list have not until now been identified as accused. Below we list those priests, with links to assignment records for each. Click the names below to view those detailed assignment records.

See related links:

- Garabedian list, from which these names are drawn

- Collection of U.S. bishops' lists of accused priests

- Cardinal O'Malley's letter promising to post a list for Boston (see page 5)

- Our Database of Accused Priests, sortable by Boston or any other diocese

- Our current list of all accused priests who have worked in Boston (a work-in-progress)

- Guide to assignment records and the Official Catholic Directory

- Cardinal O'Malley's 2/26/04 Archdiocesan John Jay Report

- Cardinal O'Malley on Reinstatements

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Cardinal Nicora to head Vatican's new financial watchdog agency

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Jan 19, 2011 / 04:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the president and staff for a new independent department responsible for overseeing the financial activities of Vatican agencies. The move comes after an investigation by Italian bank authorities into money transfers by the Vatican bank.

Cardinal Attilio Nicora, currently president of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See, will now also head the new "watchdog" agency called the Financial Information Authority, which the Pope established at the end of 2010.

Four members of the directing council will support Cardinal Nicora, who is charged with preventing money laundering, fraud and other possible abuses in Vatican agencies and their affiliates. He will also be responsible for maintaining relations with European Union financial oversight bodies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

CA high court paves way for release of friar files

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Washington Post

By GILLIAN FLACCUS
The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

LOS ANGELES -- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review an appeals court decision to unseal the files of nine Franciscan friars accused of child molestation, meaning thousands of pages of potentially incriminating documents will be made public within weeks.

The order covers four categories of files kept by the religious order on the California friars, including psychological records, confidential papers and documents related to the defrocking of some of the men over sex abuse allegations, said Tim Hale, an attorney for plaintiffs whose lawsuits prompted the ruling.

The files are expected to contain records of the friars' sessions with therapists and psychotherapists, disciplinary files and defrocking paperwork - all things that could show how much the Franciscans knew about their employees' behavior and when they knew it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Missing Mandate From Rome

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

[the letter]

The Vatican’s insistence that it never impeded criminal investigations of pedophile priests has been thrown into doubt by a 1997 letter from the pope’s representative in Dublin warning against a mandate by Irish church leaders for full cooperation with criminal authorities.

Throughout the mushrooming scandal, Rome officials have denied trying to foil secular law by allowing child-abuse allegations to be shrouded in halfhearted diocesan inquiries and cover-ups. But the newly discovered letter undermines those claims and reinforces evidence of foot dragging that still has not been adequately addressed by the Vatican.

The letter from the papal representative rejected a 1996 decision by Dublin church leaders to respond more candidly to the suppressed scandal in Ireland by ordering that child-abuse allegations be referred for criminal investigation. The “strictly confidential” letter from Rome — leaked this week amid continuing inquiries into the Irish scandal — emphasized the priority of in-house handling of pedophilia cases under church, not civil, law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

New York Times criticizes Vatican over pedophiles

UNITED STATES
Irish Central

By PATRICK COOPER, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

A New York Times lead editorial on Thursday has stated that a 1997 letter from the Vatican to Irish bishops (see below) makes clear that cover ups of pedophile priests was tolerated by the Vatican despite their denials to the contrary.

The Times wrote: “Throughout the mushrooming scandal, Rome officials have denied trying to foil secular law by allowing child-abuse allegations to be shrouded in halfhearted diocesan inquiries and cover-ups.

“But the newly discovered letter undermines those claims and reinforces evidence of foot dragging that still has not been adequately addressed by the Vatican.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Catholic lobby wants to limit statue of limitations for abuse suits

VIRGINIA
The Daily Progress

By Brandon Shulleeta
Published: January 19, 2011

Catholic Church leaders hope to soften Virginia legislation that could open the church to new lawsuits claiming child molestation by priests.

The state Senate is considering a bill that would give child molestation victims a longer window of time to file civil lawsuits against both their perpetrators and organizations complicit in the abuse.

Companion bills had been filed in the House of Delegates and the Senate, but the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee last week amended the proposed 25-year limitation to eight years — after being lobbied by Virginia Catholic Conference Executive Director Jeff Caruso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Abuse lawyer tries to force church’s hand

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo and Colneth Smiley Jr.
Thursday, January 20, 2011

Clergy abuse victims and their advocates yesterday called on Cardinal Sean O’Malley to make good on a 2-year-old pledge to release more information about abusive priests.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian released on his Web page the names of 117 priests, deacons and lay members that he claims abused 750 children over half a century, in an effort to force the archdiocese to act.

“The public must know: Where are these pedophiles now?” Garabedian said. “We’ve released their names so that individuals might know who they are living next to.” ...

“If he (O’Malley) wants to keep children safe, if he wants to get victims healed, we need information,” said Ann Barrett Doyle, of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks abusive priests

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Priest accused of sexual abuse served in Fairhaven church

MASSACHUSETTS
The Herald News

By Jay Lindsay
Associated Press
Posted Jan 19, 2011

BOSTON — A prominent lawyer for Boston-area clergy sex abuse victims on Wednesday released a new list of accused abusers, saying it was time to “end the secrecy.”

The list includes previously undisclosed names of 19 Catholic priests, brothers and one deacon who attorney Mitchell Garabedian said were among those accused in the scores of cases his firm settled with the church for “tens of millions” of dollars.

None of the newly disclosed people on the list have been tried or convicted of a crime, and at least 16 of the 19 are dead.

One of the accused — Father Rene Gaudin of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Fairhaven — served in the Fall River Diocese. At least 16 of the 19 men, including Gaudin, are dead.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Above the law

CANADA
The Telegram

It is a discovery that should shake the Catholic Church to its very foundations. In 1997, when the Catholic Church in Ireland was dealing with the first wave of sexual abuse charges against clergy, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Advisory Committee drew up a document called “Child Sexual Abuse: Framework for a Church Response.”

The report included the suggestion that when senior clergy became aware of abuse allegations, they should turn that information over to the police for investigation. In other words, that there be mandatory reporting of abuse allegations.

Now, a letter in response to the committee report, signed by the late Archbishop Luciano Storero, Pope John Paul II’s diplomat to Ireland, has surfaced after an Irish bishop gave it to an Irish media outlet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Old Vatican Letter Stirs Pedophile Priest Cover-Up Allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (MN)
Fox 9 News

[with video]

by Maury Glover / FOX 9 News

MINNEAPOLIS - An old letter from the Vatican has surfaced that many say is the smoking gun, the strongest indication yet the Church tried to cover up the crimes of pedophile priests.

As an altar boy, Bob Swiderski was repeatedly sexually abused by a priest in Hector, Minnesota in the early 1960s. Now, he believes there’s proof the Catholic Church tried to cover up the crimes of pedophile priests.

"What I've been saying for 20-plus years is that they're not telling the truth,” Swiderski said. “They are creating hurdles and this just comes back and proves what my thoughts and my voice has been saying."

While making a documentary about the priest sexual abuse scandal in Ireland, a TV crew found a secret document from the Vatican to Irish bishops in the late 1990s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Diocese abuser list long awaited

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / January 20, 2011

In the fall of 2002, the year the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore released a list of priests who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse over the previous five decades. Following a scathing 2005 grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that listed the names of clergy abusers, that archdiocese established an online gallery, complete with photographs and assignment records of credibly accused priests, as well as a separate list of pending cases. And the Archdiocese of Chicago has kept an updated list of clergy abusers on its website since 2006.

But the Archdiocese of Boston, at the epicenter of what has become a global sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, has not yet followed through on Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley’s suggestion almost two years ago that he would soon post a list of all Boston-area priests credibly accused of sexual abuse.

Such lists have long been a top priority for victims and their advocates.

“It’s not just about safety of children in the future, it also enables people who have been suffering terribly from past abuse to come forward,’’ said Terence McKiernan, codirector of BishopAccountability.org, an online archive that tracks sexual abuse by Catholic clergy around the United States.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

1997 Letter Warns Irish Bishops Not To Report Child Abuse

UNITED STATES
Firedoglake

By: Bill Egnor Wednesday January 19, 2011

Having grown up in a very Catholic family it pains me a little that the Church has been the focus of so many revelations of child abuse. That is more than balanced by my complete and total outrage that the Vatican and the entire Church hierarchy clearly has done everything they can to minimize embarrassment at the expense of young victims, not just in the United States, but world wide.

There has been a lot of evidence leaking out over the last decade about the way that the Church sought to move pedophile priests out of parishes where they crimes against children became known and move them to other diocese without notifying the parishioners, only to have them once again abuse the power and trust of their office by molesting children again.

The New York Times is reporting today that a letter from 1997 has that tells Irish priests and Bishops that they should not report allegations of child sexual abuse by priests to the authorities, but rather that it must be handled internally, as a matter of canonical law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Sex abuse victims fight former priest's release

MERRILLVILLE (IN)
Post-Tribune

January 20, 2011

BY DIANE KRIEGER SPIVAK, (219) 648-3076
MERRILLVILLE -- Members of a clergy sex abuse survivors support group gathered in front of the Gary Diocese Pastoral Center on Wednesday, calling for the bishop's help in keeping a former priest convicted of child sex abuse behind bars.

The demonstration coincided with the appearance of the former priest -- Daniel McCormack -- in Cook County, Ill., Circuit Court Wednesday seeking release from a mental facility.

Barbara Blaine of Chicago and a member of SNAP pickets Wednesday outside the Catholic Diocese of Gary in Merrillville. The center photograph she holds is a picture of herself at the age when she said she was abused by her parish priest.
(Stephanie Dowell/Post-Tribune)

Barbara Blaine, president of Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, and fellow survivors Therese Albrecht, of Chicago, and Thomas Whitcomb, of Portage, held signs calling for the diocese to "Protect the Children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Brockton, West Bridgewater priests among those named in sex abuse list

MASSACHUSETTS
Brockton Enterprise

By Amanda Reed and Amy Littlefield
Enterprise Staff Writers
Posted Jan 20, 2011

BROCKTON — The unnamed man said a priest had sexually abused him when he was 11 years old, kissing and hitting him and making him feel “trapped,” according to a 1996 Archdiocese of Boston memo.

The accused priest is long dead, and the abuse reportedly occurred in 1960.

The priest named in the memo, which can be seen on the nonprofit website BishopAccountability.org, reportedly served at St. Edward’s Church in Brockton. He is one of at least four people with ties to the Brockton area who were named Wednesday by attorney Mitchell Garabedian in a list of accused sex abusers.

The others include a priest at St. Patrick’s Church in Brockton and a priest and groundskeeper at St. Ann’s Church in West Bridgewater.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

N.S. sex abuse victims reach $1.5M church settlement

CANADA
CBC News

A lawyer representing sex abuse victims in southwest Nova Scotia has negotiated settlements with six victims of two Roman Catholic priests, CBC News has learned.

The Diocese of Yarmouth has agreed to pay $1.5 million, to be divided among the six victims, lawyer Paul Ledroit said.

The abuse took place in the 1950s and 1960s. The victims were between the ages of three and 16 at the time of the abuse — four men were victims of priest Adolphe LeBlanc, two women were victims of priest Eddie Theriault.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

January 19, 2011

Priest returning to Inuit community to face sex charges

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

MICHAEL POSNER
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

For the tiny Northern community of Igloolik, it's been a very long wait for justice.

Disgraced Roman Catholic priest Erik Dejaeger is expected to arrive in Iqaluit on Thursday from Montreal to face six 30-year-old charges of sexual misconduct – another chapter in the church's agonizing saga of child abuse.

Father Dejaeger, 63, was flown back to Canada on Wednesday from Belgium, where he had been living illegally for 15 years.

In April, 1990, Father Dejaeger pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual and indecent assault in Baker Lake, NWT, (now part of Nunavut), and was sentenced to five years in prison.

Charges of buggery and sexual interference with Inuit children, laid in 1995 after his release, stem from his tenure as an Oblate priest in Igloolik, about 850 kilometres northwest of Iqaluit, in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

'Nota over commissie-Adriaenssens was niet hoogdringend'

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Brussels procureur-generaal Marc de la Court beschouwde het protocol tussen de commissie-Adriaenssens en het College van Procureurs-Generaal als een interne nota van het College waarin bepaald werd op welke manier de dossiers van de commissie-Adriaenssens aan het gerecht zouden worden overgemaakt.

Dat verklaarde hij woensdagavond in de Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik.

De la Court verklaarde dat hij de nota niet verspreid heeft onder zijn procureurs omdat er volgens hem geen hoogdringendheid was. Na de inbeslagname van de dossiers in het kader van de operatie Kelk was de verspreiding volgens hem overbodig en absurd. De nota had niets te maken met een voorkeursbehandeling van de Kerk, benadrukte hij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 PM

Gardaí resubmit files on sex abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

GARDAÍ IN Cork have resubmitted eight files to the Director of Public Prosecutions relating to complaints by seven women and a man that they were sexually assaulted as children by a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne.

The complaints against the now elderly cleric in the new combined file allege that he sexually assaulted the women and the man when they were teenagers at locations in north and mid-Cork in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Seven of the eight files had already been submitted to the DPP who decided against a prosecution of the cleric, who is now in his early 70s, but gardaí have since resubmitted the seven files along with an eighth file where a decision is still pending.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 PM

Vatican denies it told bishops not to report abuse

VATICAN CITY
The Irish Times

PADDY AGNEW in Rome

THE HOLY See moved into damage-limitation mode yesterday in relation to controversial comments in a 1997 letter from the then papal nuncio in Ireland, Archbishop Luciano Storero, to the Irish Bishops’ Conference.

In the letter, disclosed on last Monday night’s Would You Believe on RTÉ, Dr Storero expressed “serious reservations” about “mandatory reporting” to civil authorities of clerical sex abuse cases.

The Holy See yesterday insisted the Vatican “in no way” urged “the law of the land should not be respected”. Claiming that the letter has been misinterpreted, the Holy See argued that it did not contain an instruction to bishops urging them not to report priests to the relevant civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 PM

Irish abuse victim: New letter proves Vatican cover-up

UNITED STATES
MSNBC

By NBC News’ Claudio Lavanga

A 1997 letter from a Vatican official advising Irish bishops not to report suspected child abuse cases to the police has sent shockwaves across the Catholic world.

To child abuse victims, it’s the “smoking gun” that proves what they have claimed all along: that the Vatican actively tried to prevent criminal investigations against sexually abusive priests by instructing bishops not to report them to the police.

But to the Vatican, it’s just another example of how past mistakes in handling abuse cases have since been corrected.

Damaging evidence
The letter, published by the Irish broadcaster RTE on Monday, revealed that Archbishop Luciano Storero, then the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to Ireland (the equivalent of a Vatican ambassador), told Irish bishops that the Vatican had doubts about their “mandatory reporting” policy for suspected abusers to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Vatican tries to tamp down abuse letter to Irish bishops

VATICAN CITY
The Christian Century

Jan 19, 2011 by Francis X. Rocca
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 19) tried to tamp down allegations a controversial 1997 letter to Irish bishops was meant to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse cases to police or prosecutors.

The Vatican's top spokesman said the letter from the Vatican's ambassador to Ireland was meant to ensure the application of the Catholic Church's internal disciplinary procedures against pedophile priests.

The letter, signed by Archbishop Luciano Storero, was made public for the first time on Monday (Jan. 17) in a television documentary broadcast on the Irish network RTE.

Storero told bishops the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy had expressed "serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature" about a 1996 draft policy for the Irish church calling for "mandatory reporting" of sex abuse claims to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 PM

Smoking gun? No. But damaging? Yes.

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

By Phil Lawler | January 19, 2011

Did an Irish television documentary produce a “smoking gun,” proving that the Vatican had a worldwide policy encouraging bishops to conceal sexual abuse by priests? No.

But did the documentary show damaging evidence that some Vatican officials nourished a culture of secrecy that fed the abuse scandal? Yes.

For nearly 20 years now, I have been calling attention to an odd and perverse attitude within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, which encourages prelates to believe that they are serving “the good of the Church” when they sweep serious problems under the rug. That attitude contributed mightily to the sex-abuse scandal, as I demonstrated in The Faithful Departed. And that attitude, I am sorry to say, could be found within the Vatican as well as in American dioceses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Letter from 1997 shows Vatican concern to ensure abuse verdicts, officials say

IRELAND
Catholic News Agency

By Alan Holdren, Rome Correspondent

Dublin, Ireland, Jan 19, 2011 / 06:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A newly released 1997 letter that some claim proves a Vatican-led cover up of clergy sex abuse in Ireland is being misrepresented, Vatican and Irish Church officials said.

The letter’s release Jan. 17 by Ireland’s RTE television seemed timed to embarrass the Vatican as a team Pope Benedict appointed began its official “apostolic visitation” to assess the state of the Irish Church and its progress in the wake of the clergy abuse scandal.

But Church officials said the letter proves the opposite of what lawyers for abuse victims have been claiming widely in the media.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

Correction: Religion Today story

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Washington Post

The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; 7:15 PM

MILWAUKEE -- In a Jan. 12 story about a Roman Catholic priest who protests alongside victims of clergy sexual abuse, The Associated Press, citing court documents, reported erroneously that the Milwaukee Archdiocese sought to keep sealed a deposition by retired Bishop Richard Sklba. The bishop's lawyer filed a subsequent letter with the court clarifying that Sklba, himself, sought to keep the deposition sealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 PM

Priest says Milwaukee archdiocese mishandled case, owes him $450,000

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Jan. 19, 2011

A Catholic priest restricted from ministry after the alleged sexual abuse of minors, and whose church trials have dragged on for years, says the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has mishandled his case and owes him about $450,000 in past wages and benefits.

Father Marvin T. Knighton, 60, of Phoenix made the claims in a Jan. 12 letter filed this week with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Milwaukee.

In a separate letter dated Jan. 11, which is also on file with the court, Knighton asks Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki to reimburse him for $3,855 in recent living expenses, incurred after the archdiocese announced in September that it would be cutting off stipends to priests whose alleged offenses were deemed credible.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 PM

Mass. clergy abuse lawyer lists names of accused

BOSTON (MA)
The Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — A prominent lawyer for Boston-area clergy sex abuse victims on Wednesday released a new list of accused abusers, saying it was time to "end the secrecy."

The list includes previously undisclosed names of 19 Catholic priests, brothers and one deacon who attorney Mitchell Garabedian said were among those accused in the scores of cases his firm settled with the church for "tens of millions" of dollars.

None of the newly disclosed people on the list have been tried or convicted of a crime, and at least 16 of the 19 are dead, including all who were priests of the Boston Archdiocese.

Garabedian said he released the names to protect the public, help victims heal and end what he says is a culture of secrecy in the church that enabled abusers to get away with their crimes for years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Files for Bankruptcy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Express Milwaukee

By Lisa Kaiser

It wasn’t entirely surprising that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings earlier this month. Indeed—former Archbishop Timothy Dolan floated the idea in 2003 shortly after he came to Milwaukee.

But Archbishop Jerome Listecki’s official announcement was a bit of a shock.

Despite the wealth of the archdiocese—it has recently raised $95 million for its Faith In Our Future trust fund—Listecki announced that the church simply cannot cover its operating costs in addition to potentially paying out millions of dollars to clergy sex abuse victims who are suing the archdiocese for fraud, since an appellate court ruled late last year that the archdiocese’s insurance wouldn’t have to cover its fraud cases.

That leaves the archdiocese itself responsible for its potential claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Resentence set for NY rabbi who molested daughter

NEW YORK
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Associated Press

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court has ordered a resentencing of a New York rabbi convicted of molesting his daughter after it tossed out one of the five counts against him.

Tuesday's ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came after Monsey rabbi Israel Weingarten was convicted of charges that he abused his daughter through much of her childhood. He was sentenced in 2009.

The appeals court struck down a charge of "travel in foreign commerce" on the grounds that the travel involved two foreign countries and not the United States. Weingarten had been sentenced to 10 years in prison on that charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

Presbyterian Church seeks dismissal of abuse lawsuit

LOUISVILLE (KY
The Courier-Journal

By Peter Smith • psmith@courier-journal.com • January 19, 2011

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging it failed to prevent the sexual abuse of a teenager by an older teen at an African mission boarding house in 1988.

The Louisville-based denomination says the suit should be barred under the statute of limitations because it happened so long ago — a stance the plaintiff's lawyer calls "hypocritical," following a church commission's recommendation that the church lobby against such statutes.

Meanwhile, federal authorities in Florida have filed child-pornography charges against the alleged perpetrator in the lawsuit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Defensive Reactions to Disclosure of 1997 Letter to Irish Bishops: Predictable and Tired

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

The apologetic maneuvers in light of the disclosure of that 1997 Vatican letter to the Irish bishops that I discussed in two postings yesterday (and here) are predictable: through a lawyer, the Vatican tells the public and Catholic faithful worldwide, yet again, that we just don't know enough to understand the subtle inner workings of its little nation state. And Vaticanologist and ultimate insider John Allen says much the same at NCR.

Jesus could return and state unambiguously that the pastoral leaders of the Catholic church have spectacularly betrayed their pastoral trust in their handling of abuse cases, and still the Vatican and Mr. Allen, with strong backing of defensive epigones in the mainstream media, would find a way to let us know that we just haven't properly understood Jesus's plain words, doltish outsiders that we are.

Meanwhile, the exodus from the church continues in many places in the world, and right at the heart of this exodus is the bungled, shameful anti-pastoral leadership of the top leaders of the Catholic church today. But that's an issue they and their apologists do not intend for anyone to bring to the table, and so we continue doing business as if huge numbers of folks aren't walking away from the church at all, and as if the exodus demands no attention at all.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Vatican Says Leaked Sex Abuse Policy Letter Is No Smoking Gun

IRELAND
AOL News

Dana Kennedy

The Vatican said today that a newly leaked 1997 letter written to Irish bishops warning them about reporting sex abuse to police was misinterpreted as evidence of the church trying to enforce cover-ups.

The church denied the letter was a so-called "smoking gun," as described by some clerical sex abuse activists.

But attorneys for victims of pedophile priests say it may embolden more to come forward and could help one day lead to successful lawsuits against the Holy See itself.

Just last week, Jeffrey Anderson, the pre-eminent attorney for Catholic sex abuse victims in the U.S., opened a new office in London to handle the influx of cases coming to light because of last year's scandal in Europe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Fugitive priest arrives in Canada

CANADA
CBC News

Rev. Eric Dejaeger, a Roman Catholic priest accused of sex crimes against Inuit children in Nunavut in the 1970s and '80s, has arrived in Canada from Belgium, where he had been living for over 15 years.

Dejaeger arrived on a flight from Brussels to Montreal on Wednesday afternoon, a member of the flight crew confirmed to CBC News.

The crew member said Dejaeger was accompanied by a law enforcement official, but it was not clear if the official is a member of the Belgian police or the RCMP.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

The Tangled Web Tightens for the Vatican

UNITED STATES
Patheos

By Marci A. Hamilton

Headlines around the world this week have reported that Irish broadcaster RTE obtained a 1997 letter from the Vatican that instructed Irish bishops not to report child sex abuse by priests to the police. According to the letter, "the situation of ‘mandatory reporting' gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and a canonical nature."

Survivors are calling this the "smoking gun" that proves the Vatican's complicity in the abuse cover-up. They are right, but that is not the whole story with this letter.

Absolutely no one should be surprised by this direct expression of what everyone should have known already: the Vatican has orchestrated a conspiracy of secrecy about child abuse for decades, if not centuries.

Once the practice of covering up the identities of priest child sex abusers was established beyond a doubt in Boston, then incrementally, the entire United States, and then Europe, and Mexico, and South America, could anyone actually believe the cover-ups were a colossal coincidence? When you have a top-down hierarchical institution with an ever-repeating pattern of abuse/cover-up/move around/abuse/cover-up/move around, the resulting secrecy is no accident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Did The Vatican Tell Irish Bishops To Protect Priests?

VATICAN CITY
NPR

January 19, 2011 The Vatican is trying to downplay a letter that seems to warn Irish bishops not to report sex abuse cases to authorities. The Vatican says the 14-year-old letter does not instruct Irish bishops to disregard civil law, but lawyers in the U.S. say it shows the Vatican was responsible for sheltering abusive priests.

In 1996, Catholic bishops in Ireland drafted a policy saying they would begin working with police to help identify known or suspected pedophile priests. A year later, a Vatican panel wrote back with its assessment of the policy. The Congregation for the Clergy said that the proposed policy might violate the church's canon law.

The results could be "highly embarrassing and detrimental," the letter said, adding: "The situation of mandatory reporting gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Lawyer posts new list of clergy accused of abuse

BOSTON (MA)
The Patriot Ledger

By Christian Schiavone
The Patriot Ledger
Posted Jan 19, 2011

BOSTON — A Boston attorney on Wednesday released a list of more than 100 clergymen he said agreed to settlements or arbitration awards after being accused of sexually abusing children, including 19 names he said have never been publicly available before.

Mitchell Garabedian, who specializes in representing victims of clergy sex abuse, posted the list of 117 names on his firm’s website today. He said he posted the list after waiting two years for the Boston Archdiocese to make good on promises to publicly post its own list of “credibly accused” priests.

“The archdiocese has not done it even though it said it would for two years,” he said. “It’s a symbol of validation that’s very important to victims.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the archdiocese said it reports all allegations of clergy sex abuse to law enforcement officials and makes public announcements when priests are removed from the ministry pending an investigation into allegations of sex abuse or is convicted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Boston Lawyer Dumps 117 Names Implicated In Church Sex Abuse

BOSTON (MA)
WBUR

[with audio]

By Adam Ragusea (@aragusea) Jan 19, 2011

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims, released the names of 117 church associates he says have been accused of abuse, while calling on other lawyers to do the same.

Who’s on the list, and what, if anything, does this tell us about what they did? WBUR’s Deborah Becker explains.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Boston lawyer lists church's accused abusers

BOSTON (MA)
WHDH

BOSTON -- A Boston Lawyer took aim at the Catholic Church on Wednesday. He published an online list of priests and other people affiliated with the Catholic Church who have been accused of molesting children.

“He wanted to give me private lessons for first communion because I was three years late in getting my first communion, and that’s how it started,” said Robert Perron, an alleged victim.

Perron, 56, says he has no idea where the Catholic priest is who allegedly abused him as a child. But his attorney, Mitchell Garabedian, is trying to change that by posting on his website the names of 117 priests and church employees who he says sexually abused children. ...

The Boston Archdiocese released at statement. In part the Archdiocese said: “We remain committed to augmenting our present policy in the area of disclosing additional information about credibly accused clergy. At this time, out work on this important undertaking is ongoing.”

Garabedian said people don’t know where many of the alleged abusers are right now. He said at least one of them is still connected with and working with the Catholic Church in New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 PM

Boston lawyer releases names of priests in abuse cases

BOSTON (MA)
Catholic Culture

A Boston attorney who specializes in sex-abuse cases has released the names of over 100 priests and church employees who have been named in sex-abuse complaints.

Mitchell Garabedian, who boasts of his success in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, said that he was releasing the list of names "so that the truth be told and that the secrecy end." He has complained that the Boston archdiocese has been tardy in releasing a full list of accused clerics.

In releasing the names, Garabedian produced no evidence that all of the clerics on the list are guilty.

A spokesman for the Boston archdiocese pointed out that among named on Garabedian's list, only 12 are clerics of the Boston archdiocese whose names had not already been made public. In all 12 of those cases, the spokesman added, the accused priest was dead before the allegation was made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 PM

Surprise at jail for former city priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Telegraph

By BEN TRUSLOVE
Published on Wed Jan 19

FRIENDS and colleagues of a former city priest jailed for downloading child porn have spoken of their shock about the charges.

Father John Shannon (58), of The Elms, Chatteris, who was a former Posh chaplain, was sentenced to eight months in prison on Friday after admitting to downloading 740 indecent photographs of children, mostly boys, some aged as young nine.

Bob Burrows, a board room host at Peterborough United, recruited Shannon as the first-ever team chaplain in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:43 PM

Grecco should know fate March 9

CANADA
The Intelligencer

By JASON MILLER The Intelligencer

Donald Grecco is still awaiting is fate.

The former Roman Catholic priest and convicted child molester should know by March 9 if he will be brought back to the Quinte region from a Hamilton jail to have the Crown stay charges laid against him for an October bail violation.

Grecco is currently serving an 18-month jail term for the child molestation charges. Following his Dec. 13 sentencing, it was recommended Grecco serve his time at a Brampton jail that specializes in providing extensive treatment for sexual offenders.

Justice Geoff Griffin has openly voiced his concern that bringing Grecco to the Napanee jail could hamper his chances of being expediently admitted into a correctional facility that offers remedial programs for sexual offenders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

John Paul's sainthood 'unharmed' by Vatican sex abuse letter

IRELAND
Channel 4

[with video]

John Paul's sainthood 'unharmed' by Vatican sex abuse letterWednesday 19 January 2011 .The beatification of Pope John Paul II would not be affected if it emerges he knew of a letter to Irish bishops advising them not to report child sex abuse claims, Channel 4 News has been told.

Irish broadcaster RTE was given the 1997 letter, which shows Vatican officials rejected a policy of "mandatory reporting" to police of abuse allegations.

The letter, which was authored by the Vatican's diplomat in Ireland at the time, Archbishop Luciano Storero, informed bishops that a senior panel had decided that the Irish church's policy conflicted with canon law.

The letter, while not an edict as such, said the proposed policy "gives rise to serious reservations".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Vatican defends 1997 letter chiding Irish bishops on child-protection plans; victims cry foul

VATICAN CITY
The Canadian Press

By Nicole Winfield (CP)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican launched a new round of damage control Wednesday over priestly sex abuse, insisting that a 1997 letter warning Irish bishops against reporting abuse to police had been "deeply misunderstood."

The Associated Press on Tuesday published the contents of the letter, in which the Vatican's top diplomat in Ireland told bishops that their policy of mandatory police reporting "gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and canonical nature."

The letter, obtained originally by Irish broadcaster RTE from an Irish bishop, has undermined persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that Rome never told bishops not to co-operate with police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Belgium extradites sex-abuse priest wanted in Canada

BELGIUM/CANADA
AFP

BRUSSELS — A convicted Belgian-born priest who faces complaints of sexual abuse in Canada was expelled Wednesday, sent back to Montreal when police discovered he had taken Canadian nationality and had lived illegally in Belgium for years.

Eric Dejaeger, 63, a Flemish priest who worked as a missionary with Inuits in the 1970s, was escorted by police on a 10:30 am (0930 GMT) flight from Brussels airport, and was to be handed over to Canadian authorities on landing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Katrien Jansseune said.

Dejaeger, who was sentenced in 1990 to five years behind bars for the rape of eight children before being released after 18 months, had returned to live in Belgium after nine new sets of victim allegations came forward in 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Group seeks investigation of US priest accused of abuse in Bangladesh

ST. LOUIS (MO)
The Canadian Press

By Jim Salter (CP)

ST. LOUIS — An advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse is urging federal prosecutors to investigate a priest formerly of St. Louis who is accused of molesting as many as 30 teenagers in Bangladesh.

The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, said Wednesday that the Rev. William Christensen frequently travels between the U.S. and Bangladesh. SNAP is asking U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan in St. Louis to determine if Christensen violated any U.S. laws.

A spokeswoman for Callahan declined comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Charges against ex-military chaplain dropped

CANADA
Simcoe

BASE BORDEN - Sexual assault charges against the former head of the Canadian Forces chaplaincy at Base Borden have been dropped.

Roman Catholic chaplain Roger Bazin, 73, was charged in February 2010 with buggery, sexual assault and gross indecency stemming from an alleged attack that took place earlier in his career with an underage boy at the base. The incident, which was alleged to have happened in 1972, wasn’t reported by the victim until June 2009 and led to a military police investigation.

At the Barrie courthouse this week, the crown dropped the charges, stating there was an “unreasonable prospect of conviction” based on the available evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Sex charges against former chaplain dropped

CANADA
The Barrie Examiner

By TRACY MCLAUGHLIN, SPECIAL TO THE EXAMINER

Sex charges against a former top military chaplain who worked out of CFB Borden have been dropped by the Crown in Barrie court.

Roger Bazin, a retired Roman Catholic chaplain-general, was arrested in Barrie on Feb. 15, 2010 and charged with buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault on an underaged male.

He was arrested by military police following an investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service.

The allegations were made against Bazin by a male who claimed the assaults were made by Bazin in 1972, while on base at CFB Borden, west of Barrie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

1972 buggery charge dropped against Catholic chaplain

CANADA
Xtra!

Neil McKinnon / National / Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A former military chaplain arrested on seven charges, including buggery, saw all charges dropped by the Crown in a Barrie court last week.

Roger Bazin, 74, of Manitoba, was arrested in Barrie in February 2010 and charged with buggery, gross indecency and indecent assault on a teenager. The arrest followed a June 2009 complaint, causing the military to investigate incidents dating back to 1972, when Bazin was based at CFB Borden, just outside Barrie.

Crown Michael Minns told the court to withdraw the charges because “there did not exist a reasonable prospect of conviction."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Accused ex-priest denies abuse allegations

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Gary V. Murray TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
gmurray@telegram.com

WORCESTER — A former Barre priest accused in a pending civil lawsuit of sexually assaulting a young boy more than 25 years ago denies the allegations, according to his lawyer.

A man identified in public court records only as John Doe No. 801 filed suit Oct. 14 in Worcester Superior Court against the Rev. Ronald D. Provost and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester alleging he was sexually abused by the priest when he was between 8 and 11 years old. Also named as defendants in the suit are 10 unidentified individuals referred to as Michael Moe Nos. 1 through 10.

The plaintiff, who said he suffered severe emotional distress as a result of the alleged abuse, is seeking unspecified monetary damages.

Lawyer Louis P. Aloise said today that he and his law partner, Michael C. Wilcox, had been retained to represent Rev. Provost.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

Fugitive priest Dejaeger returned to Canada

CANADA
Montreal Gazette

By Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette January 19, 2011

A Belgian Roman Catholic priest who escaped prosecution for 15 years for sex crimes against Inuit children was returned to Canada Wednesday because of an immigration violation in his native country.

Eric Dejaeger, who had lived in Canada's Arctic since the 1970s, returned to his native Belgium in 1995 after serving a five-year sentence for sexual abuse against children. More victims came forward and Interpol placed the 63-year-old priest on their wanted list in 2002.

But since the statute of limitations had expired in Belgium, Dejaeger couldn't be extradited, so he stayed until authorities discovered he had become a Canadian citizen and carried a passport that expired in 1997. He was ordered deported.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Two years later, O’Malley still hides predators’ names; SNAP responds

BOSTON (MA)
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, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

How can Pope Benedict send Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley to help the scandal-ridden Irish church when O’Malley refuses to ‘come clean’ about dozens of still-undisclosed child molesting clerics in his own archdiocese?

The burden of warning families about child molesting clerics continues to fall on victims, advocates, and law enforcement. Even now, top Catholic officials keep the names, crimes and whereabouts of predatory priests, nuns, bishops and seminarians secret. There is no clearer sign that little has changed within the Catholic hierarchy than this sad fact.

It’s been eight years since America’s Catholic bishops promised to be “open and transparent” in child sex cases. It’s been eight years since the first US bishop posted a list of predator priests on his website. And it’s been two years since O’Malley, finally buckling to outside pressure, pledged to post his own list of child molesting clerics.

Still, it hasn’t happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

Vatican lawyer & spokesman try to ‘explain away’ damning letter; SNAP responds

UNITED STATES
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 (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Once again, we mere mortals are told that we’re too dumb to understand the subtle and sophisticated Vatican document.

A Vatican lawyer claims it’s been “deeply misunderstood” and means “precisely the opposite of what has been reported.” And a Vatican spokesman says “That approach (concealing clergy child sex crimes) has been surpassed.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

Evidence Found Linking Vatican to Sex-Abuse Cover Up

UNITED STATES
AlterNet

It's the "smoking gun" that shows vatican authorities indeed had a role in the cover up of abuse by Irish clergy. The letter in questions warned Irish bishops not to report all abuse cases to police, technically due to church rules statig punishment must come from within the church hierarchy and that bishops must not level civil punishment against those under their purview. Obtained yesterday by Irish news source RTE, the letter was written in response to a 1996 Irish initiative that would have formed a mechanism for mandatory reporting abuse cases to civil authorities.

According to the AP, the letter directly reveals the Catican's present-day hypocrisy on the matter:

The letter undermines persistent Vatican claims, particularly when seeking to defend itself in U.S. lawsuits, that Rome never instructed local bishops to withhold evidence or suspicion of crimes from police. It instead emphasizes the church's right to handle all child-abuse allegations and determine punishments in house rather than give that power to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Pope names head of Vatican investments to new watchdog agency

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named the president of the Vatican's investment agency to head a new watchdog agency charged with monitoring all Vatican financial operations.

Italian Cardinal Attilio Nicora, 73, is president of the new Financial Information Authority, which the pope instituted Dec. 30 to oversee the monetary and commercial activities of all Vatican-related institutions, including the Vatican bank.

The pope also named the members of the four-person executive board, which together with Cardinal Nicora, will monitor such Vatican agencies as the Vatican City State, the Vatican bank, the Vatican's investment agency and the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and smaller agencies such as the Vatican pharmacy, supermarket and the Vatican Museums.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Vatican names board of new financial authority

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict on Tuesday named a cardinal, three academics and a finance expert to the board of the Vatican's new internal watchdog to check that its bank and all other offices comply with international law.

The Vatican's Financial Information Authority (FIA) was set up last month to see that the Vatican bank and all other Vatican departments adhere to European regulations on issues such as money laundering and cooperate with foreign authorities.

The FIA's chairman will be Italian Cardinal Attilio Nicora, currently head of APSA, the department that administers the Vatican's real estate and financial holdings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:54 PM

EWTN to acquire Legion of Christ's National Catholic Review

UNITED STATES
Energy Publisher

The EWTN Global Catholic Network, founded by the famed Sister Angelica, has signed a letter of intent to acquire the National Catholic Register, the nation's leading Catholic newspaper.

"I am very pleased and excited that the Register will now be a part of the EWTN family," said Michael P. Warsaw, the Network's president and chief executive officer. "All of us at EWTN have great respect for the Register and the role it has played throughout its history. It's a tremendous legacy that deserves to not only be preserved, but also to grow and to flourish."

"I believe that EWTN will be able to provide the stability that the Register needs at this time as well as to give it a platform for its growth in the years ahead. We're proud to be able to step in and carry on both the Register's name and its tradition of faithful Catholic reporting on the issues of the day," noted Warsaw.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Parents Call For Change In State Sex Offender Laws

NEW YORK
The Queens Gazette

Outraged parents of youngsters attending Queens Catholic elementary schools are calling on officials at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to better scrutinize people who volunteer to work with children.

Parents and lawmakers in Eastern Queens are up in arms over a convicted sex offender who fell through cracks in the state system and landed a position as a volunteer at St. Mel’s catholic school in Whitestone just weeks after his release from prison.

Joseph Denice, 24, of Whitestone, served part of a six-month sentence for forging documents and sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy at a Flushing intermediate school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Mass. clergy abuse atty. lists names of accused

BOSTON (MA)
Boston.com

By Jay Lindsay
Associated Press / January 19, 2011

BOSTON—A lawyer for numerous Boston-area clergy sex abuse victims has released a new list of accused abusers and called on other attorneys to do the same.

The list released Wednesday includes the previously undisclosed names of 19 priests and members of religious orders that attorney Mitchell Garabedian said were accused in cases his firm settled with the Roman Catholic Church.

Eighteen once worked in the Boston Archdiocese and one came from the nearby Fall River Diocese. Fourteen of the 19 men are dead.