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April 30, 2011

Legionaries of Christ join in tributes to Pope John Paul

ROME
Catholic News Service

By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- At the door of the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum University, priests and seminarians prepared to welcome former Vatican officials and other important guests. Inside the auditorium, the rector checked the final details of the three-hour-long multimedia tribute to Pope John Paul II.

Onstage, 30 children from the order's elementary school held white roses in front of a portrait of the late pope and rehearsed in unison: "John Paul II, we love you!"

Like other religious communities in Rome, the Legionaries of Christ joined in the joy and enthusiasm of Pope John Paul's beatification. They seemed untroubled by critics who view the sex abuse scandal of the Legionaries' founder, the late Mexican Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, as a black mark on Pope John Paul's pontificate.

"The Vatican cleared all this up. The postulator (of Pope John Paul's sainthood cause) cleared it up. They did an investigation and said that the pope had nothing at all to do with this episode," said Father Pedro Barrajon, the rector of the Legionaries' university.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

A support group for victims of paedophile priests has urged the Vatican to slow down the rush to sanctify late pope John Paul II, accusing him of turning a blind eye to abuse<

NEW ZEALAND
NZ City

30 April 2011
A support group for victims of paedophile priests has urged the Vatican to slow down the rush to sanctify late pope John Paul II, accusing him of turning a blind eye to abuse.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) says the Church hierarchy can avoid rubbing more salt into these wounds by slowing down their hasty drive to confer sainthood on the Pontiff.

Barbara Blaine, the head of the group, says in more than 25 years as the most powerful religious figure on the planet, John Paul II did almost nothing to safeguard children, adding that "most" of the abuses happened during his long pontificate.

On Sunday May 1, church-going Catholics to be asked to sign a pledge to call the cops when they suspect a child is being abused

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

On the day when Roman Catholic church officials beatify Pope John Paul II, hundreds of SNAP volunteers will pass out leaflets in 7 countries and 70 cities around the world urging Catholic church goers to sign a pledge to report suspicions of child sex abuse to secular authorities, i.e., the cops or the local district attorney’s office.

It is not too late to join them.
If you can’t join them, sign and mail the pledge reproduced below.

Please find a site closest to you and attend that event. If you can attend, please call the contact person for that event and tell him/her that you will be there.

For more details visit www.snapnetwork.org.

The cities where the events will be taking place Sunday May 1 (tomorrow) are:

Antwerpen (Antwerp) Belgium; Arden, NC; Arlington, VA; Asheville, NC; Athens, OH; Belleville, IL; Bellflower, CA; Boston, MA; Brisbane, Australia; Brugge (Bruges), Belgium; Camden, NJ; Candler, NC; Charleston, WV; Chicago, IL;Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Corpus Christi, TX; Costa Mesa, CA; Covington, KY; Cuenca, Ecuador; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Detroit (St. Clair Shores), MI; Eureka, CA; Idaho Falls, ID; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; La Crosse, WI; Longwood, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Metuchen, NJ; Midland, MI; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Norwich, CT; Oakland, CA; Ontario, CA; Orlando, FL; Paris, France;Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Quito, Ecuador; Rockford, IL; Sacramento, CA;San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; Santa Maria, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Steubenville, OH; Swannanoa, NC; Sydney, Australia; Toledo, OH; Utrecht, Netherlands; Wheeling, WV; Wilmington, DE; Winter Park, FL; Youngstown, OH

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 PM

John Paul smelled Devil`s Bowels as roses for 27 years as he deified Father Marcial Maciel and deified Cardinal Bernard Law

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Paris Arrow

False Saint John Paul II the Great has two Achilles Heels and which prove he does not deserve to be beatified and canonized a saint: on his right papal foot, John Paul II`s Achilles Heel is Father Marcial Maciel. On his left papal foot, John Paul II`s Achilles Heel is Cardinal Bernard Law. John Paul II knew of the phenomenon of priest pedophilia especially from these two men who were very close to him. Read our related article Beloved companions John Paul II and Fr. Marcial Maciel together in their journeys to Guadalupe: Both were great founders and great deceivers alike http://jp2m.blogspot.com/2011/01/beloved-companions-john-paul-ii-and-fr.html To deny and call upon the ``ignorance`` of John Paul II that he did not know about priest pedophilia -- is to mock us people of the 20th and 21st century as simpletons -- hey Benedict XVI and the Vatican, we were not born in the last rain. John Paul II wrote about All Things Catholic and wrote about every subject matter under the sun and for you to say that he did not know about the most important heinous crimes against Catholic children happening under his Holy See for 27 years is a plea of insanity by JP2 fanatics. When Cardinal Bernard Law confessed in public that he transferred 80 pedophile priests in Boston, that alone should have `touched the conscience of John Paul II who was preparing for his last World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Abuse Survivors Request Investigation

MISSOURI
Fox 4

[with video]

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— The Survivor's Network of those Abused by Priests or SNAP has asked for a grand jury investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Kansas City St. Joseph. The latest lawsuit was filed by Bill Kopp. He says former Father Thomas Reardon sexually abused him.

The abuse started when Kopp was nine-years-old at Visitation School. Kopp's father, George Kopp was the first deacon ordained by the Diocese in 1976 which made him feel like he couldn't say anything. Kopp was a popular athlete and student at Rockhurst High School. He says the abuse ruined his life. Now he wants justice for all victims.

"How dare you take away my life, my livelihood by lying to me and manipulating me when I revered you as a child of God," Bill Kopp said. "I would like him to answer me that."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Pope John Paul: Santo Subito Or Not So Fast?

ROME
Fox News

By Greg Burke

Published April 30, 2011

Pope John Paul II’s beatification on Sunday may draw as many as a million people to Rome. Well over that number came six years ago when John Paul died, many of them clamoring “Santo Subito!” or make him a saint immediately.

It has not been immediate, although it could have been, had Pope Benedict wanted to proceed that way. Benedict opted against the super-fast track.

But things moved awfully quickly once Benedict waived the normal five-year waiting period before the process can begin (something that was also done, by John Paul II, in the case of Mother Teresa).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Recognizing John Paul's extraordinary life

ST. LOUIS (MO)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

FAITH PERSPECTIVES > Rev. Chris Martin STLtoday.com | Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011

This Sunday, known in the church as Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI will lead a Beatification Mass for his predecessor, John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI had waved the mandatory waiting period for investigation into the cause for sainthood, placing John Paul II on the "fast track" to sainthood.

There are some who say that this is a mistake, pointing to the fact that the priest abuse scandal and "cover-up" took place on his watch. The real problem, however, has to do with severe misconceptions about the church's process for canonization, what it does and does not do, as well as ideological differences with the late Holy Father.

To begin, it is important to note that the church does not "make" saints. This is God's job and his alone. After all, anyone in heaven is a saint. What the church does do is first examine whether the individual led a virtuous and moral life that can serve as an inspiration for the faithful. And then she seeks signs from heaven that the man is already there. The church doesn't promote people to sainthood, she merely recognizes that they already are.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

The Legion of Christ: Operation Rescue

UNITED STATES
New Oxford Review

“It is no exaggeration to say that [Legion of Christ founder] Marcial Maciel was by far the most despicable character in the twentieth century Catholic Church, inflicting more damage on her reputation and evangelizing mission than any other single Church leader.” These intemperate words were not written by an abuse victim of the Mexican priest. They are not the rantings of some fringe fanatic with an axe to grind. Amazingly, these words were penned by Fr. Richard Gill, who for twenty-nine years served as a priest of the Legion of Christ and also as longtime director of Regnum Christi, the congregation’s lay branch.

Last year Fr. Gill became one of seventy priests (out of eight hundred) to abandon Maciel’s congregation in the wake of revelations about its founder’s double life. Maciel’s “lifetime of deviant sexual behavior, corruption, abuse, and deception of several popes raised serious questions about how any valid charism could be transmitted by such a man,” explains Fr. Gill in an article published in the Italian daily L’Espresso (Feb. 9). Fr. Gill not only recounts why he left the Legion to be incardinated in the Archdiocese of New York, but, more importantly, expresses his skepticism about the chances for the order to reform itself, even with the help and oversight of the Vatican.

Because Gill was a longtime Legion insider, his article carries considerable weight; his conclusions are worth examining closely. He poses one simple question: Can the Legion of Christ be repaired? That question turns out to be more rhetorical than inquiring. Though he does perfunctorily express his good-will hope that the project of reform will succeed, his implicit “no” is resounding, and the evidence he provides persuasive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

As Pope is honored in Rome, victims outside churches in 70 cities, 7 countries

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
As a deceased Pope is honored by thousands in Rome, hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will hand out fliers to church-goers in seven countries and 70 cities, urging them to sign a pledge to report suspicions of child sex abuse to secular authorities.

WHEN: Saturday, Apr 30 and Sunday, May 1, (Times listed with each City Below)

WHERE: Address listed with each City below

WHO: At least Two-three clergy sex abuse victims (at each event) who belong to a Chicago-based international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

DETAILS
While Catholics throng in Rome celebrating Pope John Paul II’s latest step toward sainthood, hundreds of child sex abuse victims will leaflet outside churches in seven countries and 70 cites. They’ll ask congregants to sign this pledge: “I will watch out for all the children in my church as if they were my own and I will immediately report known or suspected abuse to the authorities, no matter when it occurred.”

It’s available on line at www.pledgetoprotectkids.org ..

The countries include: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ecuador, France, Netherlands, and the USA.

The American states include: CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, ID, IL, IN, KY, MA, MI, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV.

And the cities include: Albany, NY; Antwerpen (Antwerp)Belgium; Arden, NC; Arlington, VA; Asheville, NC; Athens, OH; Belleville, IL; Bellflower, CA; Boston, MA; Brisbane, Australia; Brugge (Bruges), Belgium; Camden, NJ; Candler, NC; Charleston, WV; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Columbus, OH; Corpus Christi, TX; Costa Mesa, CA; Covington, KY; Cuenca, Ecuador; Dayton, OH; Denver, CO; Detroit (St. Clair Shores), MI; Eureka, CA; Idaho Falls, ID; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; La Crosse, WI; Longwood, FL; Los Angeles, CA; Metuchen, NJ; Midland, MI; Newark, NJ; New York, NY; Norwich, CT; Oakland, CA; Ontario, CA; Orlando, FL; Paris, France; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Quito, Ecuador; Rockford, IL; Sacramento, CA; San Antonio, TX; San Francisco, CA; Santa Maria, CA; Santa Rosa, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Steubenville, OH; Swannanoa NC; Sydney, Australia; Toledo, OH; Utrecht, Netherlands; Wheeling, WV; Wilmington, DE; Winter Park, FL; Youngstown, OH

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Vatican must now find way ahead in Pope JP II debate

IRELAND
Herald

Saturday April 30 2011

TOMORROW, around 300,000 people will stand in St Peter's Square to hear Pope Benedict declare his predecessor, Pope John Paul II 'blessed', that is one step closer to being declared a saint.

For most of us, saints are figures cloaked in the mist of time and usually have an appeal around exam time. St Padre Pio is a favourite of students -- or St Anthony when we need to find something we've lost. ...

Perhaps the most compelling argument for a delay in the rush to make John Paul a saint is his tolerance of Father Marcial Maciel Degollado.

The founder of the Legion of Christ was a paedophile and financially corrupt and caused huge damage to the Church internationally. How much did the Pope know of the emerging abuse problem? It was only after the death of Pope John Paul that Pope Benedict was free to move against Father Maciel.

Yet those in favour of the beatification will say that modern Popes are expected to be saints, to be a global voice of conscience and a peacemaker.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Mounting sexual abuse claims causes U.S. Christian Brothers to file for bankruptcy

UNITED STATES
Irish Central

By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

This week the North American branch of the Christian Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection in the face of ever mounting sexual abuse claims made against its U.S. and Canadian members.

The order runs schools around the world (and are well known in Ireland, where they have also faced widespread physical and sexual abuse charges).

The bankruptcy filing was made in New York where the brothers' North American chapter is headquartered, but it's understood the majority of the abuse claims come from the Seattle, Washington area according to Michael Patterson, a lawyer for the Catholic Archdiocese in Seattle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

The miracle John Paul II has yet to accomplish

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Apr. 29, 2011
By Peter Isely

COMMENTARY

Official history, Camus once observed, is written by those who make history, not those who suffer from it.

Almost 20 years ago, A group of some 30 survivors of childhood sexual molestation by priests and I wrote to Pope John Paul II in painstakingly and excruciating detail of our harrowing experiences of being raped and sexually assaulted as youngsters while attending a boarding school for boys operated by the Capuchin Franciscan religious order in rural Wisconsin. The school, St. Lawrence Seminary, was one of a vast network of such Catholic seminaries across the United States. John Paul was keen to see a massive resurgence of places like St. Lawrence, in which priests raised children to become priests like themselves. Time magazine at the time dubbed our story "The Sins of Saint Lawrence." It's hard to imagine anymore when this kind of headline was novel, but it was. We delivered our letter, along with newspaper clippings, supporting legal documents, and videotaped depositions to the papal nuncio in Washington.

What we were hoping for from Pope John Paul II was justice.

What we received instead was a certified letter from the nuncio curtly informing us that our letters and documents had been acknowledged. We never heard anything more from either him or the pope. Since then, at least two of my seminary classmates, assaulted by the priest who molested me, have taken their lives waiting for papal justice. One shot himself on Christmas Eve 2002 in his parked car under a desolate freeway underpass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

Cardinal Angelo Sodano on John Paul Beatificaton: Shut Up about the "Peripheral Issues" of the Abuse Crisis

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Here's another indicator (to me) that makes the upcoming beatification of John Paul II sickening:

Tom Roberts reports in National Catholic Reporter yesterday that, when asked Thursday by reporters about the scandal John Paul II created by his protection of Marcial Maciel, Cardinal Angelo Sodano replied,

How can you, in such a great moment, get into such peripheral issues when the world is applauding the pope? I'm stunned.

The implication of this cruel, callous, horrific remark seems clear to me. The huge spectacle being mounted in Rome this weekend is all about shutting up anyone who wants to keep talking about the real and inescapable problems of the Catholic church right now. The abuse crisis, in particular . . . .

Problems created by John Paul and bequeathed to the church as a significant part of his legacy, because

1) he sought to undermine the reforms of Vatican II from the very center of the church

2) he made the entire church hostage to a hyper-sacralized notion of priesthood that has deepened the division between the clerical elite in whose hands all institutional power resides and the rest of the people of God

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

Párroco de El Bosque descarta dejar sus funciones tras reunión con arzobispo Ezzati

CHILE
Bio-Bio

Publicado por Erasmo Tauran | La Información es de Radio Bío-Bío

El Arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, no desmintió haber pedido al actual sacerdote de la parroquia de El Bosque, abandonar sus funciones, en el marco de las repercusiones del caso Karadima.

Como una simple versión calificó el nuevo Arzobispo de Santiago, la supuesta reunión que mantuvo con el padre Juan Esteban Morales en la que le habría pedido su alejamiento anticipado de la comunidad católica de Las Condes.

El sucesor de Fernando Karadima habría desestimado la opción de retirarse de la parroquia de El Bosque, luego que Monseñor Ricardo Ezzati le planteara esta opción.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe heropend

BELGIE
Zita

Het parket van Brugge heeft het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe, de oud-bisschop van Brugge, heropend. Het parket zou nog enkele brieven en mails over misbruik van twee misdienaars hebben ontvangen. Dat maakte procureur des konings Jean-Marie Berkvens bekend.

Het eerste onderzoek naar het seksueel misbruik van zijn twee neefjes werd onlangs afgesloten omdat de feiten verjaard zijn. Na het televisie-interview dat de bisschop onlangs gaf, kwam er bij de federale politie van Brussel een nieuwe klacht binnen. Volgens de kranten van Corelio beweert een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare dat Vangheluwe samen met een andere priester twee misdienaars heeft misbruikt in de jaren 60.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Parket Brugge heropent onderzoek naar Roger Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Knack

zaterdag 30 april 2011

Het parket van Brugge heeft het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik door de oud-bisschop van Brugge, Roger Vangheluwe, heropend.

Volgens de Brugse procureur des konings, Jean-Marie Berkvens, kreeg het parket nog enkele brieven en mails over misbruik door Vangheluwe van twee misdienaars.

Dat schrijven De Standaard en Het Nieuwsblad zaterdag.

Omdat het misbruik van zijn twee neefjes verjaard is, sloot het Brugse parket het eerste onderzoek naar Vangheluwe pas af. Het nieuwe onderzoek komt er na een recente melding van een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare die beweert dat Vangheluwe in de jaren 60 samen met een andere priester ook twee misdienaars zou hebben misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Support group formed for abuse victims

OKLAHOMA CITY (OK)
The Oklahoman

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, will start an Oklahoma City support group in June, spokesman Stan Jezior said.

Jezior said SNAP supports personal healing and pursues justice and institutional change to keep children safe. SNAP, an independent national nonprofit organization, welcomes any person abused by ministers in any denomination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

'Ik heb enorm veel kinderen'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

André Léonard vierde vorige zondag zijn tweede Pasen aan het hoofd van de Belgische Kerk, voor de tweede keer in de schaduw van het kindermisbruik door Roger Vangheluwe. Wat valt er na een absoluut crisisjaar nog te vragen? Tien lezers van deze krant gingen de uitdaging aan. Van het biechtgeheim tot Kaïn en Abel, een gesprek met aartsbisschop Léonard (70).

Nooit eerder ging de aartsbisschop in op een vraag van een krant om met een aantal lezers samen te zitten voor een interview. André Léonard heeft er al enkele uitschuivers opzitten en dus is zowat elk interview een risico. Geen wonder dat hij toch enigszins op zijn hoede lijkt. Maar de man kan ook bijzonder charmant en grappig zijn en die kant komt tijdens het gesprek meer en meer naar boven.

Onze lezers kwamen uit alle windstreken en van allerlei achtergronden. Sommigen zeer gelovig en actief in de Kerk, anderen ongelovige, maar geïnteresseerde toeschouwers. Gewapend met vragen en - in een aantal gevallen - bijbelcitaten kwamen ze naar Mechelen afgezakt. Een kans om het over alles en nog wat te hebben, maar toch eerst over pedofilie, de vloek die de Kerk over zichzelf afriep.

Lieven Braeckevelt: Waarom doet Rome er zo eindeloos lang over om een straf uit te spreken voor Roger Vangheluwe? In de Bijbel vergeeft Jezus alle zondaars maar als de apostelen tijdens de bergrede de kinderen willen wegsturen, roept Jezus hen bij zich. Hij zegt dat wie een vinger uitsteekt naar de kleinsten, het niet eens waard is om met een molensteen om de nek in zee geworpen te worden. Maakt hij zo niet duidelijk dat Vangheluwe zeer streng gestraft moet worden? Waarom doet Rome dat dan niet?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Parket Brugge heropent onderzoek naar Vangheluwe

BELGIE
HLN

Het parket van Brugge heeft het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik door de voormalige Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe heropend. Volgens de Brugse procureur des konings, Jean-Marie Berkvens, kreeg het parket nog enkele brieven en mails over misbruik door Vangheluwe van twee misdienaars, schrijven de Coreliokranten.

Omdat het misbruik van zijn twee neefjes verjaard is, sloot het Brugse parket het eerste onderzoek naar Vangheluwe onlangs af. Het nieuwe onderzoek komt er na een recente melding van een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare die beweert dat Vangheluwe in de jaren 60 samen met een andere priester ook twee misdienaars zou hebben misbruikt.

Tv-interview
De melding kwam kort na het tv-interview met Vangheluwe binnen bij de federale politie van Brussel. Het federaal parket, dat de onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk coördineert, stuurde ze door naar het parket van Brugge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Punishing Pfleger, protecting Law

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

CAROL MARIN cmarin@suntimes.com Apr 30, 2011

The Rev. Michael Pfleger is in big trouble. And there is a madness and sadness to it all.

Last week, Chicago Cardinal Francis George publicly suspended Pfleger for what amounts to insubordination. Pfleger is being punished for pushing back against the cardinal’s control and authority as George tries to move him out of St. Sabina parish on the South Side. And reassign him elsewhere.

Although pastors are often moved from parish to parish in 12-year cycles, there have always been some exceptions.

Moreover, if you consider the astounding level of special treatment the Catholic Church has conferred on certain members of its hierarchy, the Pfleger “problem” pales in comparison.

One of the most egregious examples is Cardinal Bernard Law.

Law, a close colleague and friend of George, is an indelible symbol of the calamity and internal corruption of the pedophile crisis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Catholic order files for bankruptcy after settling more than 50 sex abuse claims

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Daily Mail Reporter

A Catholic order that runs schools has become the church's second order in the U.S. to file for bankruptcy because of sexual abuse claims.

The North American branch of the Christian Brothers, which has schools around the world, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid mounting claims.

Members of the Christian Brothers, who are not ordained as priests, have been accused of sexually abusing scores of children in the U.S. and Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

The Christian Brothers, Catholic Order that Runs O'Dea High School and Others, Declares Bankruptcy in Wake of Sex Scandals

SEATTLE (WA)
Seattle Weekly

By Curtis Cartier, Fri., Apr. 29 2011

​The Congregation of Christian Brothers founded itself in 1802 as an organization that would bring the teachings of the Catholic Church to young people around the world. At some point, however, some of the Brothers started molesting those young people. Now the order--which runs Seattle's O'Dea High School, and used to run the Briscoe Memorial School near Kent and others around the country--is declaring bankruptcy, the scandals of decades past having finally caught up with it.

Seattle Attorney Michael Pfau, the same man who only a month ago helped secure the the third-largest Catholic sex-abuse settlement in history, is behind the Christian Brothers takedown as well.

The Seattle Times reports:

In recent years, dozens of men have said they were sexually and/or physically abused as students there. Teachers beat them severely, they said, sometimes with leather straps or fists, other times with wooden paddles while they were naked in the shower.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Christian Brothers Institute files for bankruptcy; no ties to New Orleans order

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

By Bruce Nolan, The Times-Picayune

A Catholic religious order with a name nearly identical to the Christian Brothers who run schools around New Orleans declared bankruptcy Thursday, partly under the weight of sexual abuse claims in the Pacific Northwest.

The order, under the name of Christian Brothers Institute, based in New Rochelle, N.Y., filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York.

“Deficit spending and litigation costs have forced CBI into this action,” the Christian Brothers said in a statement.

However, that order, rooted in Ireland and sometimes called the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers after their founder, is separate from the sound-alike De La Salle Christian Brothers who run De La Salle High School and Christian Brothers School in New Orleans, as well as St. Paul’s School in Covington, said Brother Tim Coldwell.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Christian Brothers order files for bankruptcy, cites sex-abuse lawsuits

NEW YORK
The Journal News

Written by
Gary Stern

The Christian Brothers, the venerable, New Rochelle-based Catholic order that runs Iona College and more than two dozen secondary schools, has filed for bankruptcy and may have to begin selling off properties.

The order has agreed in recent years to pay tens of millions of dollars to sex-abuse victims and is still facing dozens of claims related to scandals in the Seattle area and Canada.

The Christian Brothers are the second Catholic order in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy. The Jesuits in the Northwest region did so in 2009 as it faced some 200 pending abuse claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Mexico celebrates John Paul

MEXICO
The Windsor Star

Agence France-Presse

April 30, 2011

Mexico plans grand celebrations for Sunday's beatification of John Paul II, who was known as "Mexico's pope," but critics say one of the church's most damaging scandals also took place here.

Victims of pedophile priests say the late pope turned a blind eye to abuse cases, particularly concerning Marcial Maciel.

Maciel, who founded the worldwide Legion of Christ in Mexico, was last year accused of having molested seminarians and fathering children, in a Vatican probe into long-standing allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Not so fast, victims of abuse tell Vatican

UNITED STATES
Montreal Gazette

A support group for victims of pedophile priests on Friday urged the Vatican to slow down the rush to sanctify Pope John Paul II, accusing him of turning a blind eye to abuse.

"The Church hierarchy can avoid rubbing more salt into these wounds by slowing down their hasty drive to confer sainthood on the pontiff," said Barbara Blaine, head of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"In more than 25 years as the most powerful religious figure on the planet, John Paul II did almost nothing to safeguard kids," she said in a statement, adding that "most" of the abuses happened during John Paul's pontificate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

A popular pontiff, but is it too soon to put John Paul II on the road to sainthood?

ROME
The Irish Times

The late pope’s handling of the sex abuse scandal casts a shadow over his beatification, writes PADDY AGNEW

IN HIS beatification as in his life, John Paul II prompts bitterly contrasting opinions. For his supporters, his beatification tomorrow in the Vatican at a service presided over by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, is but the most logical development for a holy man of patent goodness and moral probity.

For his critics, the ugly shadow of the clerical sex abuse crisis which developed into a raging bushfire during the latter years of his 27 year long pontificate begs a serious question about the appropriateness of this beatification.

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was but the latest of a number of critics to express reservations about John Paul II when she wrote earlier this week: “ . . . How can you be a saint if you fail to protect innocent children?” Not only is there the question of John Paul II’s apparent “blind eye” to the burgeoning sex abuse crisis in countries like Ireland and the US but there is also the embarrassing extent to which he was duped by Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder of the Legionaries of Christ. For years during John Paul’s pontificate, Fr Maciel, thanks largely to his prodigious fund-raising abilities, enjoyed a privileged relationship with the Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Why Catholics may not always be right

CANADA
London Free Press

By Rev. Robert Ripley, Special to QMI Agency

No one likes to be told they're wrong but that didn't stop me from reading the book Why Catholics Are Right by Michael Coren.

Frustrated at his adopted Roman Catholic Church being kicked around by non-Catholics and atheists who don't know history or don't know Catholicism and need a swift kick back, the often belligerent broadcaster has assumed the role of apologist.

Kudos to Coren for attempting to tackle a litany of hot issues. Priestly abuse, purgatory, indulgences, the Inquisition. You name it.

I feel his indignation at caricatures of Catholicism. I too have been offended by caricatures of my quite imperfect United Church of Canada. The challenge of reading a book entitled Why Catholics Are Right is to respond without hearing the epithet "anti-Catholic."

I've been called worse.

Coren puts the horror of priestly sexual abuse of children in the context of abuse in every facet of society. We don't libel minor hockey, say, just because a coach behaves badly. True. I suspect, however, that the revulsion of some non-Catholics lacks nuance because Catholic priests, unlike teachers and coaches, act "in persona Christi" (in the person of Christ), which is also the explanation of why the Roman Catholic Church will not confer priestly ordination on women. If you bestow the priesthood with exclusive divine authority, then when a priest rapes a child the repulsion is magnified and yes, perhaps, distorted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Pope John Paul II: deserving of sainthood, or of condemnation for ignoring sex abuse

CANADA
Toronto Star

Sandro Contenta
Feature Writer

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Catholics are expected to gather in Rome for the beatification of John Paul II, the most charismatic pope of modern times.

For a Roman Catholic Church still reeling from the fallout of sex abuse scandals, the religious celebration comes as a much needed reprieve.

At his death six years ago, a popular movement began to virtually acclaim John Paul a saint. An estimated four million pilgrims descended on Rome when Parkinson’s disease ended his 27-year pontificate, some shouting “santo subito” —sainthood now — at his funeral mass.

His successor, Pope Benedict XVI, agreed to fast-track the beatification, which declares John Paul “blessed” and is the last step before sainthood. He waived the five-year waiting period for starting the process after a candidate’s death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

April 29, 2011

Archbishop Prendergast firm with convicted priest

CANADA
B.C. Catholic

By Deborah Gyapong
Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA (CCN)--An Ottawa priest convicted of indecent assault April 19 may face further disciplinary action from Church authorities.

Father William J. Allen, 81, pleaded not guilty but did not contest the statement of facts that were read in court. Helped into the courtroom in a wheelchair, the former St. Pius X high school teacher’s frail health has spared him a jail term. He was sentenced to a nine-month conditional sentence and 12 months probation.

“When Father Allen was criminally charged in July of last year, I suspended him from all ministry and prohibited him from representing himself as a Catholic priest,” Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

VVJ heeft weinig problemen met inbeslagname van Vangheluwe-tapes

BELGIE
De Standaard

Pol Deltour, nationaal secretaris van de VVJ (Vlaamse Vereniging van Journalisten), heeft er weinig problemen mee dat de federale politie de tapes met het interview van Roger Vangheluwe in beslag heeft genomen.

Het interview met de ex-bisschop van Brugge werd integraal uitgezonden, zegt VT4, en dus bevatten de tapes geen andere, mogelijk gevoelige informatie. "Ik zie daarom geen groot probleem, zolang VT4 zelf akkoord gaat met de inbeslagname", zegt Deltour. VT4 gaf eerder al aan dat het volledig meewerkt met het parket.

De situatie was anders geweest als er op de beelden vertrouwelijke informatie zou staan. "In het verleden heeft het gerecht weleens clandestien opgenomen beeldmateriaal in beslag genomen, of beelden van anonieme bronnen. Het gerecht overtreedt de wet als het beelden met vertrouwelijke info opvraagt. Het journalistieke bronnengeheim is gegarandeerd door de wet van april 2005."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Media Alert

PUERTO RICO
Jeff Anderson and Associates

What: At a news conference on Monday in San Juan, prominent United States-based clergy abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson and Patrick Noaker will announce a new lawsuit against the religious Order of St. Benedict and Father Raymond Francisco Schulte on behalf of a Puerto Rican man who was sexually abused by Schulte at the San Antonio Abad boarding school in Humacao in approximately 1978 when the Plaintiff was a young teenager. At the time the boarding school was operated and staffed by priests and brothers of the State of Minnesota-based Order of St. Benedict.

In addition to the announcement of the lawsuit , the Attorneys will announce their effort to reach out to others who may have been victims of Father Schulte or other known clergy predators who served in Puerto Rico.

Jeff Anderson, an internationally recognized attorney who specializes in clergy abuse cases will address the international epidemic of clergy sexual abuse cases and the conspiracy to cover-up the crimes in countries around the world.

When: Monday, May 2, 2011 at 1 P.M. AST

Where: Federico Degetau Federal Building, 150 Carlos Chardon Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Aviso para los medios

PUERTO RICO
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Qué: Jeff Andeson y Patrick Noaker, abogados destacados de con sus oficinas hubicadas en Estados Unidos, anunciarán en conferencia de prensa este Lunes en La Ciudad de San Juan, una demanda en contra de la orden religiosa de San Benito, y contra el padre Raymond Francisco Schulte, a nombre de un hombre Puertorriqueño que fue abusado seuxaulmente por Schulte en el Colegio San Antonio Abad de Humacao aproximadamente en 1978 cuando era un jóven adolecente. En ese entonces el colegio era administrado y empleaba a padres y hermanos de la orden de San Benito con sus oficinas centrales hubicadas en el estado de Minesota.

Además del anuncio de la demada, los abogados hablarán de los esfuerzos que hanhecho para poder acercarse a otras personas que hayan sido víctimas del padre Schulte o de otros sacerdotes agresores que hayan trabajado en Puerto Rico.

Jeff Anderson, abogado reconocido internacionalmente, el cuál se especializa en casos de abuso por parte del clero, hablará de la epidemia internacional sobre casos de abuso sexual por parte del clero y la conspiración que encubre a estos crimenes alrededor del mundo.

Cuándo: Lunes 2 de Mayo de 2011 a la 1 PM (AST)

Lugar: Edificio Federal Federico Degetau, 150 Carlos Chardon Street, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 PM

Second suit alleges abuse by St. John's monk

MINNESOTA/PUERTO RICO
St. Cloud Times

Written by
David Unze

A news conference has been scheduled for Monday in front of the Federico Degetau Federal Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to announce a new lawsuit against a St. John’s Abbey monk and the Order of St. Benedict on behalf of a Puerto Rican man.

The man is alleging that he was sexually abused by the Rev. Raymond Francisco Schulte at the San Antonio Abad boarding school in Humacao in the late 1970s, when the man was a young teenager, according to the man’s attorney, Jeff Anderson. At the time of the alleged abuse, the boarding school was operated and staffed by priests and brothers of the Order of St. Benedict.

Because the allegations are from the 1970s, the lawsuit might not be filed within the statute of limitations, said Mike Ford, attorney for the Order of St. Benedict. He was researching Puerto Rican law on the issue, he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

VT4-tapes Vangheluwe in beslag genomen voor onderzoek De Troy

BELGIE
De Standaard

De federale politie heeft donderdag bij VT4 de tapes van het interview met Roger Vangheluwe in beslag genomen. Dat gebeurde in opdracht van de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy, die het federaal onderzoek naar misbruik in de kerk leidt.

'De federale politie kwam deze voormiddag de tape opeisen met het volledige interview met Roger Vangheluwe', zegt Tom Vandersteegen, woordvoerder van VT4. 'Onze juridische dienst is een uur voor de inbeslagname op de hoogte gebracht.'

Leen Nuyts, woordvoerster van het federaal parket, wou enkel kwijt dat de inbeslagname in het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk kadert. Het onderzoek van De Troy richt zich op feiten van schuldig verzuim. De lokale parketten voeren de onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik zelf.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Slachtoffers misbruik België eisen geld paus

BELGIE
Trouw

BRUSSEL - Slachtoffers van misbruik door katholieke geestelijken in België ondernemen komende maand juridische stappen tegen het Vaticaan. Zij eisen een schadevergoeding voor het leed dat zij hebben ondervonden door fouten van de kerk.

EPA Behalve het Vaticaan worden ook Belgische daders in het vizier genomen, onder wie hooggeplaatste personen, aldus advocaat Walter Van Steenbrugge vrijdagmiddag. Hij behartigt de belangen van zo'n zeventig slachtoffers. Zij willen hun stappen midden mei zelf bekendmaken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Groep Belgen gaat katholieke kerk aanklagen

BELGIE
Nieuws

(Novum/AP) - BRUSSEL - Een groep van zeventig mensen die zegt misbruikt te zijn door katholieke priesters gaat het Vaticaan en de Belgische kerk aanklagen. Dat heeft de advocaat van de groep, Walter Van Steenbrugge, vrijdag gezegd.

Volgens Van Steenbrugge hebben de Belgische kerk en het Vaticaan, inclusief de paus zelf, niet al het mogelijke gedaan om seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk te voorkomen. De advocaat zei binnen twee weken een officiële aanklacht in te zullen dienen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Prelates defend John Paul II on abuse crisis

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Apr. 29, 2011 NCR Today

ROME -- While victims of clerical abuse in the United States are blasting the beatification of Pope John Paul II for “rubbing more salt into the wounds” caused by the abuse crisis, two prelates who worked with the late pope, one a Slovakian and another an American, insisted that the crisis does not disqualify John Paul from sainthood.

A statement released today by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the main victims’ advocacy group in the United States, asserted that “in more than 25 years as the most powerful religious figure on the planet, John Paul II did almost nothing to safeguard kids across the world.”

John Paul, according to the SNAP statement, “ignored or promoted stunningly complicit church officials,” and “on that basis alone, beatifying John Paul II shouldn’t be considered, much less ‘fast-tracked.’”

In Rome, however, prelates who knew the pope argued that a tight focus on the sexual abuse crisis misses the big picture of what John Paul II was all about.

“If you take his personality as a whole, you’ll have the measure of the man,” said Cardinal Jozef Tomko, who worked in the Vatican under John Paul II in various capacities throughout his entire papacy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM

Monk accused of sex abuse runs from reporter

MINNESOTA
CBS News

(CBS News) MINNEAPOLIS - Earlier this month, St. John's Abbey in Collegeville mailed letters to thousands of St. John's Prep School alumni saying over a period of more than 40 years, 17 monks had "credible allegations of sexual abuse brought against them."

Four of the monks have died, 10 remain at the Abbey with restrictions imposed on their activities.

But three of the monks accused of sexually abusing children and young adults live in the Twin Cities, reports WCCO in Minneapolis.

The outward serenity of St. John's University and the adjoining St. John's prep college has harbored scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Why a liberal Catholic likes Blessed John Paul II

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Fr. James Martin S.J.

I am what you might call a “liberal” Catholic. I am also a fan of Blessed John Paul II.

Those two things may seem at odds, especially with the consternation (in some circles) about the perceived “rush” of his beatification. In short: the Vatican waived the normal five-year waiting period before beginning the process. There have also been legitimate concerns about whether he should be honored in light of what are seen as his errors as pope. Chief among these was his support of the now-disgraced founder of the Legion of Christ, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, revealed to be perhaps the worst of all abusive priests.

As for the rush, and as someone who has written about the saints, I’m in favor of every candidate going through the same process. Otherwise it may seem like corners were cut, possibly sullying the saint’s reputation for future generations. On the other hand, a miracle attributed to the pope’s intercession (that is, his prayers to God from his post in heaven) has been authenticated by the Vatican. So God seems to be in favor of the rush.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Doctor’s Colleagues Aim To Calm Jurors

CONNECTICUT
Connecticut Law Tribune

By THOMAS B. SCHEFFEY

Eighty-year-old Dr. Thomas Godar looked distinguished and modest at the same time, using his best bedside manner to build trust with the jury.

He testified last week in the trial of John Doe No. 2, the first of 93 plaintiffs who allege that St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford turned a blind eye as pedophile Dr. George Reardon molested hundreds of child patients in the 1970s and 80s.

In this unpredictable courtroom gamble, St. Francis is calling on some of Reardon’s old medical colleagues, elder statesmen of the “Greatest Generation,” to instill a sense of trust and confidence about the hospital. The task of the handsome old men is to convince jurors that Dr. Reardon projected such a magnificently trustworthy image that he fooled everyone—and that St. Francis hospital had no way of knowing he was abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

BISHOPS INDICTED BY JUDGE "REFORMER"

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

April 29, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue responds to a column in today's Chicago Tribune by Judge Anne Burke, former interim chairwoman of the National Review Board (an agency established by the bishops' conference to monitor priestly sexual abuse):

Anne Burke misrepresents the situation in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, and indicts every bishop in the United States.

Burke's accusation of a cover-up in Philadelphia is factually wrong and morally scurrilous: she cites 24 priests who are accused of wrongdoing, never mentioning that most of them were previously investigated and allowed to stay in ministry (unlike others who did not pass muster with earlier probes), precisely because the charges were unsubstantiated. The only reason they are being reinvestigated is because the Philadelphia Archdiocese decided this was the proper response to resurrected accusations made in a third grand jury report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

FABRICATING OPPOSITION TO JOHN PAUL II

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

April 29, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the reaction to the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1:

The worldwide reaction to the beatification of John Paul II, from all quarters, is overwhelmingly enthusiastic. But one would never know this if one's bible were the New York Times. Today, it reported that the beatification "has become intensely polarizing." With good reason, it offers no survey data: polls show 90 percent of Catholics approve and so do most non-Catholics. So on what basis does it make such an extraordinary statement? Amazingly, it doesn't even quote a single individual or organization! All it does is fall back on the proverbial, "critics say" line of journalism.

John Allen, normally reliable, isn't much better. He says, "I am aware that there's some ambivalence" about the process. Sure he is aware of some consternation—he obviously reads the newspaper he writes for, namely, the National Catholic Reporter (it has become so violently critical of the Catholic Church that it has undermined its own credibility as a serious Catholic organ). As evidence to support the "ambivalence" thesis, Allen cites an angry ex-nun. So what else is new?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Politie neemt VT4-tape Vangheluwe in beslag (video)

BELGIE
Zita

De politie heeft bij VT4 de tape in beslag genomen met daarop het interview met Roger Vangheluwe. Dat heeft de zender zelf laten weten.

"De federale politie heeft deze voormiddag de tape komen opeisen met het volledige interview met Roger Vangheluwe", zegt VT4-woordvoerder Tom Vandersteegen. "Onze juridische dienst is een uur voor de inbeslagname op de hoogte gebracht."

VT4 benadrukt dat het zijn volledige medewerking verleent aan het gerecht. Bij het federaal parket, dat alle onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik coördineert, is voorlopig niemand bereikbaar voor commentaar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Living Beatitudes Community Statement 4-24-11

DAYTON (OH)
St. Junia the Apostle Chapel

[article from the Dayton Daily News]

I just learned of the statement by LBC which appeared on their blog April 24. Full text is below in italics and you can find it there as well.

April 24, 2011, Dayton, Ohio—The Living Beatitudes Community released this statement today from its president, Pamela Dolence:

"The Living Beatitudes Community is a small, informal group of Christians in the Catholic tradition. Recently the role of Ellis Harsham, a laicized Catholic priest with a credible allegation of sexual misconduct in his past, in leading worship once a month has led to questions about our policies and procedures regarding misconduct.

"On the evening of April 15, a former member of Living Beatitudes brought Mr. Harsham's history to the attention of a Living Beatitudes leader. Although some of our members had been aware of allegations against Mr. Harsham, it was not until our community's leaders began to investigate the complaint that we formally learned from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that there is a substantiated claim of sexual abuse against him. Our board met on the morning of April 17 to address this issue. Mr. Harsham will no longer serve as a worship leader.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Slachtoffers misbruik België eisen geld paus

BELGIE
Brabants Dagblad

BRUSSEL (ANP) - Slachtoffers van misbruik door katholieke geestelijken in België ondernemen komende maand juridische stappen tegen het Vaticaan. Zij eisen een schadevergoeding voor het leed dat zij hebben ondervonden door fouten van de kerk.

Behalve het Vaticaan worden ook Belgische daders in het vizier genomen, onder wie hooggeplaatste personen, aldus advocaat Walter Van Steenbrugge vrijdagmiddag. Hij behartigt de belangen van zo'n zeventig slachtoffers. Zij willen hun stappen midden mei zelf bekendmaken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:44 PM

Groep Belgen gaat katholieke kerk aanklagen

BELGIE
de Stentor

BRUSSEL - Een groep van zeventig mensen die zegt misbruikt te zijn door katholieke priesters gaat het Vaticaan en de Belgische kerk aanklagen. Dat heeft de advocaat van de groep, Walter Van Steenbrugge, vrijdag gezegd.

Volgens Van Steenbrugge hebben de Belgische kerk en het Vaticaan, inclusief de paus zelf, niet al het mogelijke gedaan om seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk te voorkomen. De advocaat zei binnen twee weken een officiële aanklacht in te zullen dienen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Abus sexuels: le Vatican assigné en justice par des Belges

BELGIQUE
rtbf

Maître Walter Van Steenbrugge, l'avocat de plusieurs dizaines de victimes d'abus sexuels, cite à comparaître le Saint-Siège devant la justice civile belge pour "négligence fautive", explique vendredi l'avocat dans le quotidien Le Soir.

La citation à comparaître, qui devrait être prête ce week-end, cible le Saint-Siège et plusieurs personnes physiques, en Belgique, sur base de leur responsabilité civile, de l'analyse de leur attitude face aux abus sexuels à l'époque et maintenant, explique-t-il notamment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Belgique: 70 victimes poursuivent le Vatican

BELGIQUE
Metro Montreal

BRUXELLES - Un groupe de 70 personnes, affirmant avoir été victimes de sévices sexuels par des membres du clergé, a annoncé vendredi qu'ils vont poursuivre en justice des responsables du Vatican et de l'Église, estimant qu'ils n'ont pas offert une protection suffisante face aux prêtres pédophiles.

Leur avocat, Walter Van Steenbrugge, a précisé qu'il allait déposer la plainte dans environ 15 jours, contre des responsables religieux, dont le souverain pontife, qui n'ont pas pris les décisions appropriées pour éviter les agressions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Lawyer bids to haul Vatican before Belgian civil court

BELGIUM
Expatica

A lawyer is bidding to haul the Vatican before a Belgian civil court on charges of "culpable negligence," seeking damages for dozens of victims of a decades-long priest child sex scandal.

Walter Van Steenbrugge told Belgium's Le Soir newspaper that a "summons to appear before the court will be ready this weekend," targeting "the Holy See and several physical persons," representing the Belgian Roman Catholic Church.

The Belgian Catholic Church was last year rocked by revelations of nearly 500 cases of abuse by priests since the 1950s, including 13 known suicides among victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Broken but Still Walking

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

Virginia Jones

If there is good news, it is that my dear friends keep driving me to clinics for appointments for my broken arm as well as to the grocery store and the Post Office and Church. One dear friend helping me is Elizabeth, my clergy abuse survivor partner. The other two are Church ladies from Ascension -- Helen, who organizes the Spaghetti Dinner every year, and Mary Lou who serves as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, Sunday School Teacher (catechist) and a few other assorted Church volunteer duties. I posted this on Facebook and a clergy abuse survivor commented that they should challenge the Church on it's faulty priests. Actually my friends do this too -- through diplomatic private letters to the Archbishop, to priests and parishioners in public forums, and in private. These are my stalwart friends who have stood by me for years -- when I handed out articles on clergy abuse, when I got thrown out of Church for handing out articles on clergy abuse, when we set up forums in the Church on clergy abuse........and now that I am struggling with a broken arm and no health insurance, they are still with me.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Wim De Troy neemt Vangheluwe-tapes in beslag

BELGIE
HLN

De tapes van het interview met Roger Vangheluwe, de ex-bisschop van Brugge, zijn in beslag genomen in het onderzoek van de Brusselse onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy. Dat zegt Leen Nuyts, woordvoerster van het federaal parket, dat het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk coördineert.

Nuyts wou verder geen commentaar kwijt. Het onderzoek van De Troy richt zich op feiten van schuldig verzuim. De lokale parketten voeren de onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik zelf.

De federale politie had de tapes met het volledige interview van Roger Vangheluwe deze voormiddag opgeëist in de kantoren van VT4 in Zaventem. VT4 zei dat het geen bezwaar maakt tegen de inbeslagname. "Op de tapes is evenveel te zien als we hebben uitgezonden", zei VT4-woordvoerder Tom Vandersteegen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:50 PM

Accused Of Sexual Abuse: The Monks That Live Next Door

MINNESOTA
WCCO

[with video]

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Earlier this month, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville mailed letters to thousands of St. John’s Prep School alumni saying over a period of more than 40 years, 17 monks had “credible allegations of sexual abuse brought against them.”

Four of the monks have died, 10 remain at the Abbey with restrictions imposed on their activities.

But three of the monks accused of sexually abusing children and young adults live here in the Twin Cities.

The outward serenity of St. John’s University and the adjoining St. John’s prep college has harbored scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

70 Belgian sex abuse victims to sue Vatican

BELGIUM
Mercury News

The Associated Press

BRUSSELS—A group of 70 people claiming to be sexual abuse victims of clergy will take Vatican and Belgian church officials to court, claiming they offered them insufficient protection from pedophile priests.

Lawyer Walter Van Steenbrugge said Friday he will lodge the complaint in about two weeks. He said religious officials, including the pope, had failed to take proper action to prevent such abuse.

The Belgian church got involved in a major abuse scandal last year when Bruges Bishop Roger Vangheluwe was forced to resign after he admitted he abused for 13 years his young nephew. Later, hundreds of victims came forward with tales of abuse by clergy going back decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Towards the beatification of John Paul II

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Apr. 29, 2011 All Things Catholic

This morning, what one Roman priest has defined as the “spiritual marathon” surrounding John Paul II’s beatification began. The opening act, so to speak, came with the removal of the late pope’s casket from its tomb, in preparation for its eventual placement in the chapel of St. Sebastian in the heart of St. Peter’s Basilica.

After a brief prayer service this morning led by the Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the casket was temporarily situated in front of St. Peter’s tomb under the basilica. The marble slab that once marked John Paul’s tomb is being shipped to Krakow, Poland, to be placed in a new church named for “Blessed John Paul II.” ...

Second, while some critics continue to question the “rush” behind John Paul’s beatification, it’s worth remembering that it could have been a whole lot faster. Andrea Tornielli this week published a piece in La Stampa reminding us of something that was widely rumored back in 2005, when Pope Benedict XVI decided to waive the normal five-year waiting period to launch John Paul’s sainthood cause. To wit: The private secretary of John Paul, Stanislaw Dziwisz, now the Cardinal of Krakow, along with others, wanted Benedict to dispense with beatification altogether and move directly to canonization of John Paul II.

The idea wasn’t completely without precedent. For one thing, it had been considered three years earlier for Mother Teresa. The Secretary of State at the time, Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, quietly sent letters to the cardinals of the Roman Curia, in the name of John Paul II, asking what they would think about dispensing with beatification for Mother Teresa and moving straight to canonization. Reportedly John Paul II was open to the idea, but opted against it because there wasn’t a consensus among the cardinals. Further, some experts on the sainthood process say that the traditional distinction between beatification as an act for the local church, and canonization for the universal church, breaks down in the case of global celebrities such as Mother Teresa and John Paul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Lunch with Joey and Linda Piscitelli and Lorraine Ferrick at Saul’s in Berkeley

CALIFORNIA
Voice from the Desert

Frank Douglas

On Wednesday (4.27.2011) Joey and Linda Piscitelli picked up Lorraine and me in front of our hotel in the People’s Republic of Berkeley and took us to lunch at Saul’s, a New York style Jewish deli. This was a natural choice because Joey is from Brooklyn, and I went to high school there.

Joey is SNAP’s North California Director and a tireless truth-teller about the criminal pedophile priests and their corrupt bishop supervisors in the archdiocese of San Francisco and the diocese of Oakland. Joey’s name and extended quotes have appeared in numerous media reports of abuse of kids by priests. The most recent story is from the New York Times, is dated 4.23.2011, and was posted on this blog recently.

For more than two hours, we talked about life in the Easy Bay Area, Joey’s rape at age 15 by Salesian Father Stephen Whalen, and Joey’s civil court victory over the archdiocese of San Francisco and the Salesian Order in his civil suit against these two criminal organizations. As a matter of policy they hide pedophile priests and a predator bishop, retired San Francisco archbishop Quinn, from unsuspecting parents. (John Raphael Quinn served as the archbishop of San Francisco from 1977 to 1995. Archbishop Quinn also served as president of the United States Catholic Conference and National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1977 to 1980.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

MORE DECEIT FROM VOTF

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

April 29, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue addresses the response by Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) to our April 25 news release:

Charged by the Catholic League at the beginning of the week with deceit, VOTF answers at the end of the week with more deceit.

After being contacted last week by Philadelphia priests about a "survey" sent by VOTF, we wrote to over 900 priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese letting them know of our support in fighting this dissident Catholic group. Earlier in the month, VOTF had the nerve to inform these priests that if they did not respond to its "survey" asking them to support its position calling for the abolition of the statute of limitations for sexual abuse, they would be listed as not supporting this revision in Pennsylvania law. In other words, if they don't respond, they will be condemned for resisting reforms.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Beatify But Verify

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

First, and always, at the top of our list as the news coverage of the beatification of Pope John Paul II pushes to the crescendo of the actual event, our concern lies with the survivors, their families, and the families of those who committed suicide.

These days of increased ink and images of the late pontiff, the pageantry of Vatican ceremony and the anticipated adulating crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday contribute, we know, to the distress levels, consciously and unconsciously for survivors and their families.

We ask our readers to be particularly aware as we walk through these days that for survivors there is hurt inflicted, memories surfacing that are unbidden and unwanted, scars gouged in their most searing spots and unsettling pain to be endured as responsibility for not upending an ugly and demonic scandal is written off by defenders of Pope John Paul II’s as a minor irritation dredged up by party spoilers.

Why the person with the most power in the Church didn’t act to set into motion resolute reform is a legitimate question that not only needs to be asked but begs to be asked and answered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 AM

If Gold Rusts, What Will Iron Do?

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

No one knows with any certainty the percentages of homosexually-inclined or abusive men in the various churches. On the surface it would seem that celibacy would be a cover for someone who does not want to admit his homosexual inclinations to himself or to others. But the Anglicans have had big problem with homosexual molestation of teenage boys, often by married clergy.

The clergy, in addition to attracting people with good or at least not harmful motivations, would tend to attract narcissists who love the attention and who enjoy manipulating people. Even worse, some of the rhetoric that has been used to exalt the Catholic clergy could attract megalomaniacs like Maciel and Karadima.

Of course politicians are narcissistic and megalomaniac, and molesters occur in all occupations. But priests are carefully observed for years. Occasionally a psychopath might slip through, but why so many? And once they are in the clergy, they have access to vulnerable people who have been taught that priests are super-Christians, because they are so close to the sacraments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Priest convicted of sex abuse and jailed in 1992 is now back in ministry in Ot

CANADA/UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by John Shuster (360-551-9982 js98367@hotmail.com) Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

In 1992, Father John (Jack) McCann, OMI, pled guilty to sexually abusing two teenage girls and was sentenced to 10 months in jail by a New Westminster judge. SNAP has just learned that today, Father McCann is a priest in “good standing” in the Archdiocese of Ottawa. McCann officiates at church functions and conducts “Pro-Life Masses” in cities across the Province. He is a religious order priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) whose Ottawa residence is at 175 Main St. Web site: http://www.omilacombe.ca

Father McCann has even “con-celebrated” Mass with Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast who granted him “faculties” or permission to function as a priest in the archdiocese.

http://archbishopterry.blogspot.com/2010/12/pro-life-mass-celebrating-our-lady-of.html

(See attached picture: McCann and Prendergast Ottawa ProLife OLMC.jpg McCann is 4th from right, next to Archbishop Prendergast.)

As Pope becomes saint, victims hand out leaflets

Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

On Saturday, while thousands throng in Rome celebrating Pope John Paul II’s latest step toward sainthood, hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will leaflet outside churches asking congregants to sign a pledge to report suspicions of child sex abuse to secular authorities.

The events, scheduled to take place in 62 cities and in seven countries, are being organized by a Chicago-based international self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Roughly 23 US states will be included. (A partial list of locations below.)

“Nothing can stop this callous PR juggernaut honoring the pope who presided over much of the on-going crisis,” said Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) “But we can help redirect some people’s energies into stopping child sex crimes and cover ups, which is vital to keeping kids safer.”

The pledge reads “I will watch out for all the children in my church as if they were my own and I will immediately report known or suspected abuse to the authorities, no matter when it occurred.” It’s available on line at www.pledgetoprotectkids.org.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

Another Catholic institution wants bankruptcy protection; 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)

It’s a selfish cop-out when Catholic institutions misuse the Chapter 11 process to protect their secrets and deny child sex abuse victims a chance to expose predators in court.

This isn’t about protecting church assets. It’s about protecting the power and reputations of powerful church officials who desperately want to keep their complicity in child sex cases under wraps.

We hope every single man, woman and child who is being or has been molested by a Christian Brother steps forward, calls police and protects others. And we hope every single person who saw or suspected crimes by Christian Brothers will do the same.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

SNAP blasts beatification of Pope John Paul II

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP

Little can be done by Catholic officials to erase the pain of hundreds of thousands of deeply wounded men, women and children who have been sexually assaulted by clergy. But the church hierarchy CAN avoid rubbing more salt into these wounds by slowing down their hasty drive to confer sainthood on the pontiff under whose reign most of the countless, widely-documented clergy sex crimes and cover ups took place.

In more than 25 years as the most powerful religious figure on the planet, John Paul II did almost nothing to safeguard kids across the world. He repeatedly and effectively brought his unparalleled global influence to bear on other crucial issues but ignored or promoted stunningly complicit church officials. Church officials can’t have it both ways. They can’t claim to want victims to heal, while paying massive tribute to a man whom evidence shows turned a blind eye for decades to child sex crimes and elevated corrupt clerics like Cardinal Bernard Law.

When we honor those who enable or conceal wrong-doing, we essentially condone wrong-doing.

Recklessness, callousness and deceit in clergy sex cases will continue unless the church hierarchy begins to penalize, not reward, such irresponsible behavior.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Appleton jail term criticised

SOUTH AFRICA
IOL

April 26 2011

By Zara Nicholson

The parents of a 10-year-old boy who was repeatedly raped by convicted paedophile Ian Appleton are “outraged and appalled” by the five-year sentence imposed on the former Catholic school teacher.

Days after Paarl Regional Magistrate Nomawethu Smile sentenced Appleton, the parents of the 10-year-old victim are still raw with emotion because of the “light sentence” imposed on a man they call a “notorious paedophile”.

Appleton, 72, a former Christian Brothers College teacher and scoutmaster, was also granted bail and leave to appeal his sentence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Student sues after claiming school headmaster knew of sexual assaults

AUSTRALIA
NEWS.com.au

A FORMER Queensland judge and headmaster is being sued by a past student who claims he was sexually assaulted by two teachers at a school in the 1970s where complaints about sexual perversion were ignored.

In documents filed in the Supreme Court in Brisbane, a former student at a southeast Queensland boys' college claims he was sexually assaulted by a Christian Brother in 1973 and when he complained to another teacher, that teacher also assaulted him.

The former judge and headmaster is named as the third defendant in the Supreme Court claim, which alleges he was aware the Brother and second teacher posed a risk to the plaintiff and other students after he learnt they had removed curtains from the students' shower so they "could watch naked boys showering".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Catholic Christian Brothers order files for bankruptcy

UNITED STATES
Reuters

By Laura L. Myers

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The North American branch of the Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic order that runs schools around the world, has filed for bankruptcy protection amid mounting sexual abuse claims against U.S. and Canadian members.

Although the bankruptcy filing was made in New York, where the brothers' North American chapter is headquartered, the bulk of the abuse claims come from the Seattle area, said Michael Patterson, a lawyer for the Catholic Archdiocese in Seattle.

"It's a sad day. We're very disappointed that it reached this level," Patterson told Reuters on Thursday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

Belgian lawyer seeks damages from Vatican for abuse

BELGIUM
Reuters

(Reuters) - A Belgian lawyer representing people who say they were abused by Catholic clergy is seeking damages from the Vatican, saying it failed to act against predator priests.

"They were aware of a lot of cases of sexual abuse and they have not done anything," Walter Van Steenbrugge, who represents around 70 Belgians, told Reuters.

A year ago, the bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, resigned after admitting to molesting a nephew, sparking a wave of revelations about abuse in Belgium.

In Belgium at least 13 victims have been driven to suicide, a commission found last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Renunció el Fiscal de la zona Oriente, Xavier Armendáriz

CHILE
El Diario de Santiago

El fiscal jefe de la zona Oriente, Xavier Armendáriz, presentó este jueves la renuncia a su cargo.

Armendariz había asumido como fiscal el 16 de junio del 2005, al ponerse en marcha la reforma procesal en la región metropolitana.

En horas de la tarde el abogado comunicó su decisión a sus fiscales y colaboradores en una reunión que convocó a las 18 horas.

Armendáriz informó que adelantaba su alejamiento, el que que estaba programado para octubre, mes en que expiraba la duración de su administración en esa zona.

El Fiscal Armendáriz alcanzó notoriedad por casos tan trascendentes como la investigación por abusos sexuales en contra del ex senador Jorge Lavanderos.

También condujo la primera parte de la investigación por abusos sexuales en contra del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, causa que debió dejar al declararse incompetente de conocer los hechos porque los delitos se habrían cometido antes de que empezara a regir la reforma procesal penal en el país.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Obispo Manuel Camilo Vial ratificó compromiso de la iglesia en investigación de abusos sexuales

CHILE
Bio-Bio

El obispo Manuel Camilo Vial entregó detalles en Temuco sobre el protocolo a utilizar para denunciar abusos sexuales advirtiendo que para la iglesia no prescriben los delitos.

Luego de la investigación de la Santa Sede que arrojó la culpa del sacerdote Fernando Karadima en abusos sexuales en contra de feligreses, el obispo de Temuco, Manuel Camilo Vial, dijo que a nivel nacional se modificó el protocolo de denuncias para investigar dichas aberraciones.

Por querer ser transparente y hacer bien las cosas, dijo el pastor de la iglesia católica, se adaptó y en otras se modificó a nivel país, el protocolo que exige la iglesia para recibir denuncias en contra de consagrados.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Un documento necesario para abordar los abusos a menores

CHILE
La Tercera

LA CONFERENCIA Episcopal dio a conocer el martes el "Protocolo ante denuncias contra clérigos por abusos de menores", dando así cumplimiento al anuncio al respecto realizado luego de la celebración de su asamblea plenaria hace unas semanas. Se trata de un documento que aborda con minuciosidad diversos aspectos relativos al tema y que debería constituir un aporte para la adopción de un modelo adecuado de acogida y procesamiento de las acusaciones contra sacerdotes y religiosos.

Episodios como el protagonizado por el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, han causado un enorme daño a la imagen de la Iglesia Católica en Chile. No será fácil para la institución reconstruir confianzas que han sido profundamente heridas, no sólo por los hechos mismos, sino también por la escasa diligencia con que fueron abordadas por largo tiempo las denuncias y el cuestionamiento que se hizo de los acusadores. Por esa razón, unido a la petición de perdón formulada hace unas semanas, el protocolo asoma como un positivo paso, pues avanza hacia la restauración de la credibilidad.

En el documento, los obispos señalan que "no hay lugar en el sacerdocio para quienes abusan de menores", piden perdón por los casos ocurridos, llaman a denunciar cuando se adviertan conductas desviadas y se comprometen a "velar incesantemente porque estos gravísimos delitos no se repitan". Los prelados fijan los procedimientos que deben seguirse ante casos de abusos, señalando que el obispo debe investigar cuando "tenga noticia al menos verosímil de la ocurrencia de un delito" (incluso si se trata de "rumores continuos"); establecen que debe investigarse aun si el período de prescripción canónica (20 años contados desde que el menor cumple la mayoría de edad) ha vencido; solicitan poner un "plazo prudente" a la investigación previa; autorizan que ésta pueda ser conducida por un laico; acuerdan los pasos a seguir una vez concluidas las pesquisas preliminares; proponen una serie de acciones: tomar medidas cautelares contra los acusados, mantener cercanía con las familias de los afectados y acompañar a la víctima; evalúan la conveniencia de un listado nacional de sacerdotes y ex seminaristas con impedimentos para ejercer el sacerdocio o ingresar al seminario; y afirman su disposición a colaborar con la justicia civil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Priest jailed for stealing £640,000 in church money to spend on male escorts

CONNECTICUT
Mirror (United Kingdom)

by Wendy Fuller, Daily Mirror 29/04/2011

A CATHOLIC priest has been jailed for three years after stealing more than £640,000 in church money and spending it on male escorts and a lavish lifestyle.

The Reverend Kevin Gray, 65, was also sentenced to three years’ probation.

A plea of no contest was given on behalf of Gray, a former pastor in Connecticut, US, meaning he did not admit guilt. But a conviction for first-degree theft was put on his record.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Guilty Newcastle verger 'facing bleak future'

UNITED KINGDOM
The Journal

by Dan Warburton, The Journal
Apr 29 2011

A CATHEDRAL verger convicted of indecently assaulting a choirboy walked free from court yesterday.

Colin James Adams, who currently works at St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle, was found guilty of three counts of indecently assaulting the boy in Llandaff, Cardiff, 20 years ago. The 58-year-old already had a previous conviction for gross indecency in a public toilet with another man.

Divorced father-of-three Adams stood trial at Cardiff Crown Court and his victim had claimed the verger became his stalker – appearing as he walked home from school and walking with him back to his home where his church-going parents would invite him to tea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Verger who indecently assaulted altar boy walks free from court

WALES
Wales Online

By Sam Malone
Apr 29 2011

A FORMER head verger at Llandaff Cathedral found guilty of indecently assaulting a young altar boy was free to walk from court yesterday THU after receiving a suspended sentence.

Divorced father-of-three Colin James Adams, 58, stood trial at Cardiff Crown Court after he was accused of sexually assaulting the chorister two decades ago.

His victim had claimed the verger became his stalker – appearing as he walked home from school and walking with him back to his home where his church-going parents would invite him to tea. He was also alleged to have sent the boy cards and letters up to three times a week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Opvolgingscommissie seksueel misbruik geïnstalleerd

BELGIE
HLN

In de Kamer is vanavond de opvolgingscommissie van de bijzondere commissie Seksueel Misbruik geïnstalleerd. De oprichting was voorzien in het eindverslag van de commissie. Haar doel is te kijken wat er met de ongeveer 70 aanbevelingen van de commissie gebeurt.

Vanavond vond na afloop van de plenaire vergadering enkel de installatievergadering plaats waarop de voorzitster werd aangeduid.

Het gaat opnieuw om Karine Lalieux (PS), die ook al de "Bijzondere commissie betreffende de behandeling van seksueel misbruik en feiten van pedofilie binnen een gezagsrelatie, inzonderheid binnen de Kerk" voorzat. De leden van de commissie blijven dezelfde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Bishop's apology to women he 'hurt'

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Jodie Minus From: The Australian April 29, 2011

A RETIRED bishop from the largest diocese in NSW has become the most senior Catholic figure in Australia to make a public apology for his alleged inappropriate behaviour with some "young adults".

Christopher Henry Toohey, 59, wrote in a statement released yesterday on the church's website that, since retiring from the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese in western NSW in 2009, he had had time to reflect on his life.

"My behaviour within the context of my relationships with some young adults in my pastoral care during the early years of my ministry was not consistent with that required of a good person," Bishop Toohey said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Politie neemt VT4-tapes Vangheluwe in beslag

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

De federale politie heeft donderdag bij VT4 de tapes van het interview met Roger Vangheluwe in beslag genomen. Dat meldt de zender. Het is nog niet duidelijk wat de reden is van de inbeslagname.

'De federale politie heeft deze voormiddag de tape komen opeisen met het volledige interview met Roger Vangheluwe', zegt Tom Vandersteegen, woordvoerder van VT4. 'Onze juridische dienst is een uur voor de inbeslagname op de hoogte gebracht.'

VT4 benadrukt dat het zijn volledige medewerking verleent aan het gerecht. Bij het federaal parket, dat alle onderzoeken naar seksueel misbruik coördineert, is voorlopig niemand bereikbaar voor commentaar.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

John Paul II remains Mexico's pope despite ties to abusive Legionaries' leader Marcial Maciel

MEXICO
The Associated Press

By Adriana Gomez Licon, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY — From nearly the beginning of his 26-year papacy, John Paul II was known as Mexico's pope, visiting Latin America's second-largest Roman Catholic country more often than any other nation except his native Poland and France. In an irony on the eve of one of his final steps to sainthood, it is also the country his critics point to in arguing against canonizing the popular pope who died in 2005.

Vatican watchers have said the greatest failure of Karol Wojtyla's papacy was the scandal of the Legionaries of Christ, a conservative order that the pope praised as a model of orthodoxy but whose Mexican founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, was later revealed to have sexually abused seminarians and fathered three children.

"It is an enormous disappointment in Mexico, and it is a paradoxical disappointment," said Bernardo Barranco of Mexico's Center for Religious Studies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Concerns over Catholic Bishop apology

AUSTRALIA
ABC - PM

MARK COLVIN: Back in Australia and a victims' rights group is accusing the church of covering up another incident. The claim comes after a retired New South Wales bishop, Christopher Toohey, released a carefully worded statement yesterday.

In it he acknowledged that during his early years in the ministry some of his relationships with young adults were not consistent with that required of a good person.

The Bishop resigned two years ago under mysterious circumstances, citing personal health reasons.

Leaders of the Catholic Church's Professional Standards Commission are defending the way that the Church has dealt with Bishop Toohey.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Beset by sex-abuse lawsuits, Christian Brothers Catholic order files for bankruptcy

UNITED STATES
Seattle Times

By Janet I. Tu
Seattle Times staff reporter

The Congregation of Christian Brothers in North America, the religious order that runs Seattle's O'Dea High School and other schools around the country, filed for bankruptcy Thursday, becoming the second Catholic order in the U.S. to do so because of sexual-abuse claims.

The order did not say how many claims are pending against it, but attorneys for victims estimate there are more than 50 claims.

In the U.S., most of the cases come from the Seattle area, stemming from abuses at the now-defunct Briscoe Memorial School near Kent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Sex abuse claims bankrupt Catholic order

UNITED STATES
Sydney Morning Herald

The Christian Brothers in North America, the religious order that runs schools around the country, has filed for bankruptcy, becoming the second Catholic order in the US to do so because of sexual abuse claims.

The order did not say how many claims were pending against the order, and that information was not immediately available.

Victims' lawyers estimate there are more than 50 claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Catholic religious order files for Chapter 11

UNITED STATES
The Seattle Times

The Associated Press

SEATTLE —
A Catholic religious order that runs schools across the country has become the church's second order in the United States to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of sexual abuse claims.

The Seattle Times reports that the Christian Brothers Institute based in New Rochelle, N.Y., released a statement Thursday saying it filed for bankruptcy court protection in Southern District of New York.

Most of the cases in the country come from alleged abuses at the now-defunct, Seattle-area Briscoe Memorial School.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Church preacher convicted of sex assault

ILLINOIS
Chicago Tribune

By Ruth Fuller
Special to the Tribune

Rev. Morris Eubanks told a judge in Lake County Thursday night that God will punish those who bore "false witness" against him during his trial for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

The Waukegan man, who has preached at Baptist churches in North Chicago and Zion, according to testimony, declined to take the stand in his own defense, saying he was relying on his faith to clear his name.

But there would be no divine intervention for Eubanks, as a jury found him guilty of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and predatory criminal sexual assault after four hours of deliberation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Group wants KC priests investigated for sex crimes

MISSOURI
Missourinet

by Jessica Machetta on April 28, 2011

A group that advocates for victims of sexual abuse by priests wants a Jackson County grand jury to investigate sex crimes by priests in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese…and cover-ups of the incidents by the diocese.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says 80 people claim to have been abused by 18 current and former priests in the diocese, nobody has been prosecuted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Breaking “The Silence” of Catholic Sex Abuse in Alaska Villages

ALASKA
KTVA

By Corey Allen-Young

In our ongoing coverage of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CBS 11 News brings you the story of decades of abuse by members of the Catholic Church in villages across Alaska.

The molestation and fear endured by young Alaska Native boys and girls are finally being brought to light in a new documentary called "The Silence."

The film speaks with adults who as young boys and girls growing up in villages on the western coast of Alaska were forced to commit sexual acts all in the name of God.

It’s a terrifying tale of pain and suffering that the victims who call themselves survivors are glad to share so they and their communities can begin the process of healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Retired priest to plead guilty in Windsor for molestation

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Sarah Sacheli, The Windsor Star April 28, 2011

WINDSOR, Ont. -- A retired Basilian priest will plead guilty in a Windsor courtroom in June to molesting 15 boys and one girl in Ontario communities where he served dating back to the 1950s.

William Hodgson Marshall, 88, is facing charges laid in Windsor, Sudbury and Toronto. Most of his accusers are former students at Catholic schools were Marshall was assigned.

Marshall’s Windsor lawyer, Andrew Bradie, appeared in a Windsor courtroom Thursday to speak to the case. Charges related to five alleged victims from the Toronto area have been transferred to Windsor to be dealt with here, court heard. The same is expected to happen next month with charges laid by Sudbury police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

April 28, 2011

Priest stole $1m from church for male escorts and designer clothes…

CONNECTICUT
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

[police report]

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:51 PM on 28th April 2011

A Catholic priest who stole more than $1million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been jailed for three years.

But the priest from Connecticut could be allowed to continue serving as a priest after he has served his sentence, according to his former church.

Father Kevin Gray, 65, the former pastor of the Sacred Heart Parish, Waterbury, was sentenced to prison on Wednesday. He had entered a plea of no contest.

He had used the money to pay for a lavish lifestyle, which included owning a secret flat in New York, which he shared with a man who he paid to go to Harvard University.

Prosecutors said Gray will not have to pay back the money because the Diocese of Hartford did not ask for restitution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Priest sentenced to 3 years

CONNECTICUT
dotCommonweal

April 28, 2011, 4:29 pm Posted by Paul Moses

Rev. Kevin Gray, a priest in the Archdiocese of Hartford, has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading no-contest to charges that he stole more than $1 million to fund a lavish secret life. Bills for restaurants, hotels, clothes and male escort services were paid from a parish account funded from his parishioners’ pockets, authorities say.

Even so, according to one news report, the prosecutor said Gray won’t have to pay any money back to the church because the Archdiocese of Hartford has not sought restitution. And the Archdiocese said he may be able to continue serving as a priest after serving his sentence, according to another news account.

How can this be? I called the public-relations spokeswoman for the Archdiocese to see if there is some explanation, and she released the following statement:

Fr. Kevin Gray’s plea demonstrates that he is fully aware and responsible for the severity of his wrongdoing, and is repentant. After he completes his sentence, if devoted to his priestly commitment, he will be eligible to continue serving as a priest, but will never be placed in a position where he will manage finances. Despite conflicting reports, he will be expected to make some type of restitution to Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Parish.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 PM

Abuse and the Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

By Anne M. Burke

April 29, 2011

Just when it appeared that the fallout over the abuse scandal in the U.S. Catholic Church could not get any worse, another shoe dropped in Philadelphia.

On Feb. 10, 2011 three veteran priests of the archdiocese of Philadelphia were charged with rape and indecent assault, accused of the abuse of minors dating back to the 1990s. Monsignor William Lynn, who served as the archdiocese's point person for investigating reports of clerical sexual abuse from 1992 to 2004, was charged with child endangerment for allegedly covering up abuse by priests.

The archdiocese has placed another 21 priests on leave while accusations of child abuse are investigated. The district attorney's office in Philadelphia says there was "a pattern of the church looking the other way when it came to investigating these charges."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Philly judge who ran grand juries in deadly abortion clinic, priest-abuse cases stepping down

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia judge is leaving the bench after overseeing some of the city's biggest cases of the past two years.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Renee Cardwell Hughes has submitted a resignation letter.

Hughes supervised the grand juries that issued reports about a deadly abortion clinic and a priest-abuse case involving a Roman Catholic church official, three other priests and a teacher.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 PM

Cardinals petitioned for JP2 fast track the same way Cardinals and Bishops petitioned for St. Josemaria Escriva canonization under financial duress

UNITED STATES
John Paul Il Millstone

Paris Arrow

Well,well, well, isn't that quite a coincidence that suddenly only these two Holy Fathers, John Paul II and St? Josemaria Escriva have cardinals `petitioning` for them to the Vatican to have a fast-track canonization while no other saints ever have such letters written for them, not even Mother Teresa who lived and worked for the dying in the streets of Calcutta(Kolkata) who deserves sainthood more than these two wealthy men who never dirtied their hands for the poor but lived in the lap of luxury in the Vatican Palace and Villa in Rome. The beatification of John Paul II will have a 3-days festivities in Rome exactly like it was for the beatification and canonization of the Opus Dei founder Josemaria Escriva.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

National Statement -- Catholic League Misses the Point in Philadelphia

UNITED STATES
Voice of the Faithful

NEWTON, Mass., Apr. 27, 2011 – On most occasions the Catholic reform organization Voice of the Faithful does not respond to misrepresentations about its mission, goals and actions. However, when such distortions potentially could endanger innocent children, we have a moral obligation to speak out.

Recently, the Catholic League sent a letter to all priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that distorts both the facts of a survey conducted by the Greater Philadelphia VOTF regarding Pennsylvania statutes of limitations reforms and the facts of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in Philadelphia. Instead of misrepresenting the Greater Philadelphia VOTF survey, the Catholic League would better serve Catholics in Philadelphia and around the world by focusing on the truth.

The truth, as the Philadelphia grand jury reported, is that archdiocesan officials under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ignored the U.S. Catholic bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was adopted to protect children from clergy sexual abuse. Instead, the archdiocese moved credibly accused priests from parish to parish rather than removing them from ministry. The truth, as the grand jury reported, is that the archdiocesan review board did not properly carry out its responsibilities, and Cardinal Justin Rigali and current chancery officials did not handle abuse claims appropriately. The archdiocese also withheld its records about abuse until forced by the grand jury to reveal files that clearly identified such abusers.

One obvious remedy to such negligence is to reform the statues of limitations that reward such secrecy by concealing abusers until the crimes they committed can no longer be prosecuted. That, in essence, is what statutes of limitations reforms set out to correct, and not just in Pennsylvania.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

Slachtoffers misbruik: zalig verklaring paus slag in gezicht

ROME
AD.nl

Organisaties van slachtoffers van misbruik hebben zware verwijten geuit aan het adres van Johannes Paulus II. Aanstaande zondag wordt de paus, die in 2005 overleed, zalig verklaard.

'Niet alleen voor mij, maar ook voor de vele slachtoffers die tijdens de ambtstermijn van paus Johannes Paulus II misbruikt werden, is deze zaligverklaring een slag in het gezicht', zegt Norbert Denef, voorzitter van het netwerk van slachtoffers van seksueel geweld, in de Duitse krant Die Zeit. 'In plaats van een dode paus zalig te verklaren, zou de kerk de slachtoffers moeten helpen.'

'Seksueel geweld zit diep in de cultuur en praktijk van de katholieke priesters en bisschoppen geworteld omdat Johannes Paulus II decennialang mishandelingen heeft getolereerd', meent ook Barbara Blaine, de oprichtster en voorzitster van de Amerikaanse organisatie voor slachtoffers van seksueel geweld en misbruik door priesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:03 PM

John Paul II: Unaccountable to the abused

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

Sadly, the most significant but disappointing legacy of Pope John Paul II was his decision to play down the clergy sex abuse of minors.

He initially "blamed American culture" and didn’t treat it as a big deal. But particularly bad is that he thought to “rescue” Boston's Cardinal Law from hostile critics by letting Law skulk over to Vatican City. By doing so, John Paul II rewarded or at least shrugged off Law’s disgusting pattern of transferring sexually abusive priests to other parishes, where of course they simply corralled more children and adolescent boys to engage in sexually deviant practices, ruining hundreds of lives. Pope John Paul II gave him a famous church in Rome to head and allowed him to continue serving as an active cardinal with important, newsworthy, media-covered roles at the Vatican.

Meanwhile, brave, persistent laity kept investigating the disgusting widespread crimes, and former victims dared to come forward, often suing the Archdiocese of Boston for multi-millions of dollars. Thus about 100 churches in the diocese were closed, nothing harsh happened to most priests, the only ones feeling punished were the thousands of laity who lost churches that they of course had paid for being built.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Paus wordt zalig verklaard

ROME
Nieuws

[video]

Op het St-Pietersplein in Rome wordt paus Johannes Paulus II zondag zalig verklaard. Heel wat volk is in de weer om alles op tijd klaar te krijgen. Maar de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk vinden het een slag in het gezicht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:54 PM

Priest With Double Life Could Serve Again

WATERBURY (CT)
NBC Connecticut

By LeAnne Gendreau

A Roman Catholic priest from Waterbury who stole more than $1 million in church money and spent it on male escorts, Armani clothes and nights out at gay bars has been sentenced to three years in prison.

After The Rev. Kevin Gray serves his time, he might be able to continue serving as a priest, according to the Archdiocese of Hartford,

A plea of no contest was entered on behalf of the 65-year-old priest and he was sentenced on Wednesday to three years of probation.

Gray was a priest at Sacred Heart Church in Waterbury and disappeared in April 2010. Documents he left behind revealed that he stole money from the church, as well as a gay lifestyle he was living in secret.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:59 PM

Have You Spoken With Your Kids About Clergy Sex Abuse?

UNITED STATES
Catholics4Change

April 28, 2011 by Susan Matthews

Even as recently as a month ago, I still hadn’t discussed the clergy sex abuse issue with my children. Both attend Catholic school and my oldest is an altar server.

We had the “good touch/bad touch” talk when they were little and over the years I’ve encouraged them to always trust their instincts. Child predators can exist anywhere and I hope I’ve prepared them for that reality. But clergy sex abuse adds a whole new more challenging element to the discussion. It’s difficult enough for adults to distinguish between faith in God and faith in the people who represent Him.

I spoke with my children. I’m glad I did. It seems kids know more than we think they do and it’s important to put that knowledge in context. I hoped to encourage their respect for priests. But I explained that, like any human, they are capable of good or evil.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Chile’s Catholic Church Debuts Stricter Response To Sex Abuse

CHILE
The Santiago Times

Written by Ignacio Gallegos
Tuesday, 26 April 2011

New approach will punish obstruction to justice, prevent crimes to be forgotten with the passing of time

Chile’s Roman Catholic Church will soon release its new “2011 Protocol,” to define the way the Vatican will internally deal with sex abuse accusations against clergy members.

The Church announced changes in the handling of these cases after Fr. Fernando Karadima – one of Chile’s best-known priests, and pastor of El Bosque Church in a wealthy district of Santiago – continues to be investigated for child sex abuse of five of his former protégés.

The Karadima case became particularly controversial within the Church when accuser James Hamilton said on national television that he had reported the abuse to several Ecclesial authorities – among them former Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz – and never received an answer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Chile’s Catholic Church To Track Clergy Accused Of Child Abuse

CHILE
The Santiago Times

Written by Mark Briggs
Thursday, 28 April 2011

Compiling nationwide registry of the accused could prevent child abusers from moving between parishes

Following the high profile case of Chilean Rev. Fernando Karadima and the spate of sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Roman Catholic Church recently, a new body has been set up to take a proactive approach to prevention.

The Church announced its 2011 Protocol for responding to rumors and accusations of child abuse (ST, April 26). As part of the new protocol, the Church’s new body will propose, direct, and monitor prevention policies to be implemented in individual dioceses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Cardinals petitioned for JP2 fast track

ROME
CathNews

Italian Cardinal Camillio Ruini has told journalists that he was given a signed petition at the conclave that elected Pope Benedict to push for fast-track sainthood for the recently deceased Pope John Paul II.

“The beatification was asked for inside the conclave.” The scoop arrives from an Italian news agency just four days before the solemn ceremony in which Benedict XVI will become the first Pope in 11 centuries to proclaim “blessed” his immediate predecessor.

Cardinal Ruini told AGI news wire how a large group of Cardinals had signed a petition calling on the next pope, still not yet elected, to waive the standing five-year minimum wait for the process of beatification to begin in the case of John Paul.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

The Shame of John Paul II: How the Sex Abuse Scandal Stained His Papacy

UNITED STATES
The Nation

Jason Berry

The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute assisted in a section of this article, drawn from Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church, to be published June 7 by Crown.

On May 1, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify his predecessor, John Paul II, at a huge ceremony in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. Beatification, the final step before canonization, or sainthood, ennobles the deceased as “blessed,” or worthy of veneration. Authorities have prepared for a million visitors to the weekend events.

Most beatification cases are decided decades after the person dies—a sign of Vatican probity on whether a life achievement, nominated by religious colleagues, merits a path to sainthood. The timetable is at the pope’s discretion. In this case, Benedict’s decision to fast-track John Paul’s case has drawn a chorus of criticism from prominent Catholics and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy.

Should a pope who turned his back on the worst crisis in modern Catholic history be exalted as a saint? Lawsuits by victims, numerous prosecutions and news coverage of bishops who enabled abuse are the shadow story of John Paul’s twenty-six-year pontificate, during which time he responded to continuing allegations of clergy abuse with denial and inertia. American dioceses and religious orders alone have spent nearly $2 billion on legal actions and treatment of sex offenders, an aching scandal at incalculable cost to the church’s stature.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:01 PM

Lawyers sue archdiocese after sexual abuse allegations

MIAMI (FL)
WSVN

[with video]

MIAMI (WSVN) -- Lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami on behalf of a man claiming a priest sexually abused him as a teenager.

The victim said he was seeking help from Father Juan Ramon O'Farrill at the church after being sexually assaulted by another priest in his native country. "I thought he was going to help me figure out what was going on, give me some counseling," said Alejandro Mora. "However, instead of doing that he got me drunk, and then he abused me."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

People&Power: Vatican Inc.

VATICAN CITY
Al Jazeera via YouTube

[video]

Earlier this month, the Vatican, the sovereign papal state at the heart of Rome, introduced new rules to clean up its financial system.

At the heart of that system is the Vatican's own bank, the Institute of Religious Works (IOR).

Filmmakers Alessandro Righi and Emanuele Piano have been examining this latest chapter in the history of a notoriously secretive organisation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Mont. victims of priest abuse being interviewed as part of lawsuit settlement

GREAT FALLS (MT)
Greenfield Reporter

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Native Americans who reported sexual abuse at Jesuit-run schools are telling their stories to court-appointed reviewers as part of an effort to determine how to distribute a $166.1 million settlement reached last month with an order of Jesuit priests.

Some of the interviews are happening in Great Falls this week, while others have taken place in Missoula and Polson.

"It's hard. These are very difficult stories," attorney Andrew Chasan of Boise, Idaho, told the Great Falls Tribune for a story published Thursday. "This may be only the second or third time they've told this story in their lives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:01 PM

Clerics' critique brings something new to talk of abuse crisis

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Reporter

By Tom Roberts

MILWAUKEE -- It would be reasonable to wonder why, at this stage of the priest sex abuse crisis, a major Catholic law school would bother spending two days on the subject. It is reasonable to ask if the topic, by this point, had not been wrung dry of any new news, of any insights or rationales that have not already been chewed to insignificance in the endless conferences, books, documentaries and analyses produced over the past quarter century.

I raised the question with myself before signing on for one more go-around with the topic at Marquette University Law School, which featured the discussion as part of its ongoing Restorative Justice Initiative. The April 4-5 program was titled “Harm, Hope, and Healing: International Dialogue on the Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal.” (See NCR's story on the conference here.)

Not much new surfaced in terms of content. The difference in this conference -- indeed, the something new -- could be seen in two elements: Bishops and priests were speaking in a way that one rarely hears them talk about sex abuse; and in their prepared remarks, many of the clerics dared to look at themselves and what we call, for lack of a term that accommodates more nuance, clerical culture.

I have a priest friend who winces every time I use that phrase. He says culture is too broad a term; it lumps all priests in the same category and doesn’t allow for those, himself included, who rail, at least privately, against the cover-up behavior that he maintains resides in the hierarchical or chancery culture.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Larceny gets priest 3 years

WATERBURY (CT)
Waterbury Republican-American

BY JONATHAN SHUGARTS REPUBLICAN-AMERICAN

WATERBURY — The Rev. Kevin Gray, a Roman Catholic priest described by many as a pillar of the community, accepted a plea deal Wednesday in Waterbury Superior Court that will call for him to serve three years in prison.

But Gray, who authorities say stole more than $1 million from parish accounts to fund expensive dinners and male escorts, won't have to pay a dime back to the church because the Archdiocese of Hartford isn't asking for restitution, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

A plea of no contest was entered on Gray's behalf, which means Gray didn't admit guilt, but a conviction for first-degree larceny was entered on his record. The plea also allows Gray to deny the charge if there is a civil suit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Brown tome makes waves

WORCESTER (MA)
Sunday Telegram

Robert Nemeth

The new wave of sexual abuse charges, unleashed by Scott Brown’s autobiography, has several disturbing aspects. It includes political posturing, unsubstantiated accusations, secrecy and tragedy.

Truth be told, I’ve been leery about politicians compelled to publish books about themselves while still in office, detailing their journey from the depths of adversity to heights of accomplishment. The assumption that we actually care carries a faint smell of presumptuousness.

President Obama made millions of dollars with his early autobiographies. Gov. Deval Patrick is touring the country to plug his story of rising from poverty to prominence. And now Sen. Brown has become the chronicler of his own saga, scarcely halfway into his first term. To their credit, these officials have overcome formidable odds — as have thousands of others who don’t publish books about it.

Sen. Brown’s narrative, “Against All Odds,” triggered a chain of events with dire consequences. He revealed that while attending a Christian summer camp on Cape Cod at age 10, he was molested by a camp counselor. He did not disclose the name of the camp or of the alleged offender, although he described the man. But Camp Good News in Sandwich acknowledged that young Scott had been there as a boy and apologized to the senator after the book came out.

Mr. Brown uses this incident as an example of strength and resilience that helped him triumph over innumerable hardships. While victim advocates have praised his courage of revealing such an intimate secret, it’s hard to picture the strapping tri-athlete, male fashion model and tough military man as the “victim” of an awkward bathroom encounter. Did he not foresee that one sordid episode would overshadow an otherwise interesting narrative?

However, once he chose to make the incident public, it is hard to understand why he refused to identify the camp and the offender.

For one thing, full disclosure would enhance the credibility of his account. More important, it could bring a criminal to justice and prevent a predator, if he’s still around, from harming others. As a lawyer and a father, Mr. Brown should feel compelled to provide full disclosure.

It might have prevented a tragedy as well. Charles Devita, a longtime camp employee, shot himself to death after allegations surfaced that he had sexually assaulted a camper in the mid-1980s. He left behind suicide notes denying the allegation, saying he was “sick of being accused.” Did guilt and shame prompt him to end his life, or was he hounded to death? We’ll never know.

Enter Mitchell Garabedian, a Boston lawyer and central figure in the clerical sex abuse controversy of the last decade. He had represented hundreds of people charging they had been sexually abused by priests when they were children, enabling his clients to collect millions of dollars in compensation.

Mr. Garabedian now says that, encouraged by Sen. Brown’s book, more than a dozen former Camp Good News vacationers came forward with tales of abuse that they say occurred in the 1970s and ‘80s, involving several camp employees. None of the alleged victims had come forward until now.

There was a large headline in The Boston Globe’s Metro section on April 5: “I lost my childhood to Bob Oliva.” It was a quote from a 49-year-old man who said he had been abused by a prominent basketball coach in the 1970s “on more than 100 occasions.”

The question is inescapable: Why did he submit to endless abuse? Young victims of clergymen said they had no choice because they were overwhelmed by the spiritual might of the church and didn’t dare to challenge a man of the cloth. Does the same excuse now apply to coaches and camp counselors?

Bob Oliva’s victim, represented by Mr. Garabedian (who else?) has filed a $20 million civil suit against former employers of the coach, including the Catholic Church, for neglecting to prevent the molestation of school athletes.

Sexual abuse, particularly of children, is an ugly crime that should be punished. But if the offense happened 30 or 40 years ago, it is hard to prove — and even more difficult to disprove. There are no witnesses or tangible evidence, only hearsay.

Very few of the clergy abuse cases ever went to trial. Instead, self-styled victims were paraded in front of television cameras, tearfully blaming every failure in life on childhood abuse. Most of the cases were settled out of court because church officials, stung by the scandal, often chose to pay rather than prolong the agony. The Garabedians of the legal profession (who pocketed a lion’s share of the settlements) have built a lucrative cottage industry of sexual abuse litigation.

Now the Brown biography appears to have revived the old scenario. Chances are more middle-aged former summer campers, student athletes and youth group members will come out of the woodwork with their heart-wrenching stories of childhood abuse. It seems all they have to do is call Mr. Garabedian or some other molestation specialist to get their name in the paper and their face on television for five-minute fame, sympathy and, if things go well, a nice settlement.

Perhaps justice, too, will be served in cases where wrongdoing did happen. But the process would have a lot more credibility if the accusers had come forward decades ago.

Robert Z. Nemeth’s column appears regularly in the Sunday Telegram.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Pope John Paul's Path to Sainthood: A Rush to Judgment?

UNITED STATES
TIME

By Stephan Faris Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011

When hundreds of thousands of Catholics gather in Rome Sunday for the beatification of Pope John Paul II, not everyone will be celebrating. For the victims of sexual abuse by predatory priests, the ceremony — a major step towards sainthood — is too much too soon for a Pontiff they say failed to adequately confront the crimes committed by members of his church. "It's the rubbing of salt into the already deep and still fresh wounds of thousands of victims," says David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "The signal that his beatification basically sends to church employees across the globe is that no matter how many children are harmed because of your inaction, your clerical career won't suffer."

Nobody denies the accomplishments of the famously charismatic pope, who died in 2005: his confrontation of the Soviet Union, his travels in the name of evangelism, and his courage under the ravages of Parkinson's diseases. But when it came to confronting the rot within his own institution, says Clohessy, the late pope was all but absent: "In his more than 25 years as the world's most powerful religious figure, we can't think of a single predatory priest or complicit bishop who experienced any consequences whatsoever for committing or concealing heinous child sex crimes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Arteaga colaborará “con todo gusto” en caso Karadima

CHILE
La Nacion

El obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Andrés Arteaga, aseguró que no ha sido citado a declarar por la ministra en visita del caso Karadima, Jessica González.

Tras oficiar la misa con que se conmemoró el día de la Virgen de Montserrat, en el Santuario La Viñita, el clérigo -quien declinó dar la comunión a los fieles presentes en el lugar- señaló que está “en paz y dispuesto a declarar, con todo gusto de colaborar con la justicia como ciudadano, sacerdote y cristiano”.

Precisó que tanto el sacerdote Fernando Karadima como los denunciantes de abusos cometidos por el ex párroco de El Bosque, están en sus oraciones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Ex director del Sename por protocolo de obispos: “Tiene sombras”

CHILE
Terra

CYNTHIA ROSALES
TERRA.cl

SANTIAGO.- El ex director del Servicio Nacional de Menores, Francisco Estrada, criticó el protocolo entregado por la Iglesia Católica chilena para evitar los abusos de menores cometidos por clérigos. En visión de abogado, el documento contiene elementos innovadores como la posibilidad que un laico investigue las denuncias, sin embargo, aclara que “no eleva el estándar” en cuanto al manejo con la justicia.

“Tiene algunas sombras. Me parece muy dudoso que mantengan o resguarden la amenaza de una sanción a quien hace una denuncia falsa. Me parece un error establecer que cuando un sacerdote admita responsabilidad, eso excluya la investigación previa e inmediatamente se tienen que enviar los antecedentes al Vaticano. Cuando hay un sacerdote que admite responsabilidad en un acto, hay que investigar, justamente porque lo que la vivencia internacional muestra, es que estos casos se repiten en el tiempo” señaló el jurista a TERRA.cl

En su preocupación por este protocolo, Estrada cuestiona que la Iglesia no obligue a sus sacerdotes a entregar los antecedentes a la justicia. Según explica, el artículo 37 del protocolo, “en caso alguno, un tribunal perteneciente al Poder Judicial, ni un miembro del Ministerio Público pueden intervenir en los asuntos sometidos a la jurisdicción eclesiástica”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Caso Karadima: Obispo Arteaga expresa disponibilidad para declarar

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- El obispo Auxiliar de Santiago, Andrés Arteaga, manifestó que está disponible para declarar ante la justicia en el caso que investiga las acusaciones de abusos sexuales del sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

Arteaga dijo que si bien no ha sido citado por la ministra en visita Jéssica González, afirmó que es su deber como "ciudadano, sacerdote y obispo" colaborar con la justicia.

Sobre el "Protocolo Ante denuncias Contra Clérigos por Abusos de Menores" presentado por la Conferencia Episcopal esta semana, el obispo quien perteneció al círculo más cercano del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, añadió que “todo gesto de transparencia es un aporte”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Public hearing held on Bill 153

GUAM
KUAM

Posted: Apr 28, 2011 1:15 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 28, 2011 1:15 AM EDT

by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Saying he was following up on his promise to victims and victims advocates, a public hearing was held on Bill 135 introduced by Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz. The legislation would remove the statute of limitations on crimes of 1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct.

It's a follow up measure to Bill 33, which was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Eddie Calvo, regarding removing the statute of limitations to child victims of sexual abuse. Bill 135 takes it a step further.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Retired bishop admits to hurtful behaviour

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

[with video and link to personal statement from the bishop]

By Nonee Walsh

A recently retired bishop has become the most senior member of the Catholic Church in Australia to admit to inappropriate behaviour.

A statement from Christopher Toohey, who was bishop of Wilcannia Forbes in the far west of New South Wales, describes his behaviour as "not that required of a good person".

"Since resigning as bishop ... in 2009 and living in retirement now, I have had the time to reflect back on my life," he said in the statement.

"My behaviour within the context of my relationships with some young adults in my pastoral care during the early years of my ministry was not consistent with that required of a good person.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Churchman has regrets for hurt caused

AUSTRALIA
WA Today

AAP

A senior Catholic clergyman has expressed regret for the hurt caused by his relationships with some young people in the early years of his ministry.

In a personal statement, the retired bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes, Bishop Christopher Toohey, said that since leaving the post in 2009 he had time to reflect on his life.

"My behaviour within the context of my relationships with some young adults in my pastoral care during the early years of my ministry was not consistent with that required of a good person," he said on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Philly in Ireland?

IRELAND
dotCommonweal

April 27, 2011, 6:30 pm Posted by Lisa Fullam

John Allen reports on the situation in Ireland in advance of another government report on Church handling of the sex abuse crisis, this one focused in the diocese of Cloyne.

Sounds a lot like the situation in Philadelphia:

the Irish bishops adopted a groundbreaking set of policies in 1996, among other things pledging to report alleged abuse to police and prosecutors. The new report apparently shows that those commitments were not honored in Cloyne as recently as 2008.

At a conference at the Milltown Institute in April, Marie Keenan, a social worker and psychotherapist at University College Dublin specializing in child sexual abuse said that clinical work with priest-abusers has shown that many live “sex-obsessed lives of terror,” which is a product of the organizational culture out of which they emerged.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Group urges grand jury inquiry into priest sex crimes, cover-ups

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS and MICHAEL MANSUR
The Kansas City Star

An activist group on Wednesday urged the Jackson County prosecutor to launch a grand jury investigation into what it called priest sex crimes and cover-ups in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

“Though 18 current and ex-priests are accused by 80 victims (in the diocese), no one has been prosecuted,” said David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, at a news conference in front of the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City. “Something must change if children are to be better protected.”

The national group requested prosecution of the priest abuse cases and an investigation into church leaders’ response to those complaints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

April 27, 2011

Alaska church-abuse documentary hits the big screen tomorrow in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE (AK)
Anchorage Daily News

[with video]

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

A new documentary film about sexual abuse of Alaska Native children by Catholic church officials will screen 8 p.m. Thursday at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub.

Tickets are $7.

“The Silence” premiered earlier this month on PBS’s FRONTLINE. A panel discussion featuring the filmmakers, Alaska Native elders, a psychologist and others will follow tomorrow’s Spenard screening. (1230 West 27th Ave.)

“We’re beyond just making it OK (to talk about). We are at a point now where we can listen and we can come up with a plan of healing,” said Elsie Boudreau, a victims advocate who settled her claims involving Jesuit priest James Poole in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:17 PM

Witness In St. Francis Trial Says 1980s Vetting For Promotion Revealed Nothing Untoward About Reardon

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By EDMUND H. MAHONY, emahony@courant.com
The Hartford Courant

WATERBURY — A former top doctor at the University of Connecticut medical school acknowledged in court Wednesday that Dr. George Reardon was able to conceal his pedophilia — twice — from a rigorous academic review process that ultimately granted Reardon tenure.

Lawyers for St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, which is being sued by more than 90 of Reardon's abuse victims, called Dr. James W. Freston, retired medical chairman at the UConn Health Center, as a witness to support the central argument in the St. Francis defense: Reardon was a manipulator who succeeded in concealing his systematic abuse of children.

The testimony by Freston, combined with that from other witnesses, suggested to jurors that Reardon, an endocrinologist, had become a sought-after figure in academic and medical circles at the same time that he was using a phony pediatric growth study at St. Francis to obtain unfettered access to vulnerable children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 PM

Fundación de denunciantes de caso Karadima apoya obra teatral sobre el abuso de menores

CHILE
Noticias 123

La Corporación Cultural de Carabineros presentará el próximo 5 de mayo la obra de teatro sobre el abuso de menores ¿Por qué guardamos los secretos? que es apoyada por la Fundación para la Confianza, formada por denunciantes del llamado caso Karadima.

El grupo integrado por algunos de los denunciantes de los supuestos abusos en que habría incurrido el ex párroco de la Iglesia Sagrado Corazón de la calle El Bosque de Providencia, Fernando Karadima, respalda el montaje promoviendo las presentaciones.

La función de la semana próxima se enmarca en un trabajo que está desarrollando desde el año pasado la institución policial a través de la Corporación Cultural de Carabineros y la Dirección de Protección de la Familia (Diprofam), buscando crear conciencia de problemas como la violencia intrafamiliar, el bullying y el abuso de menores.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Seksueel misbruik: ‘Twee maten en twee gewichten’

BELGIE
RKnieuws

ANTWERPEN (RKnieuws.net) - „Als we hard zijn voor de Kerk, moeten we dat ook zijn voor de samenleving”, schrijft hoofdredacteur Bert Claerhout in zijn column in Kerk & Leven van volgende week. Volgens hem stellen de media voortdurend de vraag „Wat gaat de Kerk nu doen?”, maar is de vraag „Wat gaat de samenleving nu doen?” even actueel. Claerhout verwijst daarbij naar een nieuwsbericht van vorige week waarin stond dat in 2009 in ons land 363 kinderen, jonger dan tien, werden verkracht. Dat is gemiddeld één per dag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

Judge hears arguments to drop suit against Springfield Catholic bishops Joseph Maguire, Thomas Dupre

SPRINGFIELD (MA)
The Republican

By Buffy Spencer, The Republican

SPRINGFIELD - Lawyers for two Roman Catholic bishops argued Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court that a lawsuit against the pair filed by a man who said he was abused by a priest should be dismissed.

Hampden Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty took under advisement the motion by lawyers for Bishop Emeritus Joseph F. Maguire and Bishop Thomas L. Dupre to dismiss the civil suit against their clients.

The suit was filed in 2009 by Williamstown resident Andrew F. Nicastro against Dupre, Maguire and the Rev. Richard S. Sniezyk. Nicastro, a former altar boy, alleges he was molested by the former Rev. Alfred Graves between 1982 and 1984 at St. Patrick’s Parish in Williamstown. Graves has since been defrocked.

The suit names Maguire, at the time the Springfield diocese bishop; Dupre, then a chancellor and third in command of the diocese; and Sniezyk, who was Graves’ supervisor, stating they knew about the molestation and did nothing about it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:17 PM

South Dakota Church-Abuse Chronicles, Part 1: 'I Want Everyone To Know What Happened To Us'

SOUTH DAKOTA
The Huffington Post

Stephanie Woodard

From the late 1800s until the 1970s, the federal government compelled Native parents nationwide to send their children to boarding schools designed to assimilate them. Many of the institutions were run by the Catholic Church, which the government paid to "kill the Indian, save the man," in the parlance of the day. To date, more than 100 ex-students of the half-dozen boarding schools in South Dakota have sued the Catholic Dioceses of Sioux Falls and Rapid City, as well as the religious orders that ran the institutions, charging that priests, nuns, and lay employees raped, sodomized, molested, and brutalized them. For more on the lawsuits, see this post.

Here is one woman's story; her case is still pending:

A 64-year-old member of the Dakota tribe Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, she was taken from her family as an infant and placed in Tekakwitha Orphanage, a Catholic-run institution established in Sisseton, South Dakota, for the children of her people. Few youngsters there were orphans but had been, like her, removed from their families.

"All I remember about life in the first building I was in at Tekakwitha -- the Papoose House for babies -- was being hungry and a punishment that consisted of being placed in a dark crawl space of some sort. Other than that, I was generally alone in my crib or bed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:10 PM

The scandal continues: Clergy sex abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Despite the steps taken to protect children in recent years, Justice Anne Burke says that recent development suggest little has changed for the hierarchy.

Just when it appeared that the fallout over the abuse scandal in our own nation could not get any worse, the other shoe dropped in Philadelphia. A large number of accused clerics had never been removed from active ministry by either the past or current archbishop of Philadelphia.

After years of investigation, inspection, and research, it turns out that the cover-ups have been further institutionalized. Among the indicted is a monsignor who is accused of turning a blind eye to things in his chancery office. Of course, to blame a clerical official for such deviousness without accusing his archbishop presents a mistaken analysis of how the church works.

A recent rite of repentance staged at Philadelphia’s cathedral offered a curious response to how local Catholics felt. At a sanctuary packed with auxiliary bishops and the cardinal, a small handful of the faithful turned out to hear them say how sorry they were. Perhaps, like with the papal letters to Ireland, people want more than scripted apologies for errors of judgment that have been institutionalized in American Catholicism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:07 PM

Lawsuit Claims '80s Sex Abuse by Miami Priest

MIAMI (FL)
NBC Miami

By Brian Hamacher

A deceased Catholic priest who has a street in Miami named for him is the subject of a shocking new sex abuse lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday against the Archdiocese of Miami, accuses Father Juan Ramon O'Farrill of sexually abusing Alejandro Mora, who was 16 years old at the time, while he was a priest at St. Michael the Archangel parish in the 1980s.

Mora was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to Miami in 1988, and came from a devout family and served as an altar boy.

According to Jeffrey Herman, Mora's attorney, O'Farrill was approached by the boy because he wanted to discuss his abuse at the hands of a priest in Nicaragua.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:04 PM

Truth and Reconciliation Commission touches down in Yellowknife

CANADA
The Hub

Shared truths and revealing testimonies.

Those were the intended elements put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission when it began the first of its Northern hearings in Nunavik, NWT.

One month later, on April 14, the hearings paid a visit to Yellowknife to offer residential school survivors a chance to share their experiences.

“It is important that we come away with a better understanding of the lingering impacts of Residential Schools in northern communities,” stated TRC Commissioner Marie Wilson in a press release.

“(This needs to happen) in order to lay the groundwork that will move us beyond the truth telling of experiences to revealing gestures of reconciliation.”

The tour will be making 19 stops across the territory before the panel’s second national gathering in Inuvik from June 28 to July 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:00 PM

For Two Victims, Justice On Hold

TEXAS
America's Most Wanted

On March 4, 2011, 82-year-old Prakashanand Saraswati was convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls back in the ‘90s.

After so many years, it seemed that the two victims would finally get some justice for being molested by the spiritual leader of the Barsana Dham ashram in southwest Austin.

But on March 7, 2011, U.S. Marshals say the Hindu guru, also known as Shree Swamiji, didn't show up to his sentencing hearing. Saraswati, was sentenced in absentia to 14 years in prison on each of the 20 counts he faced for abusing the two girls, who are now 27 and 30 years old.

Now it’s a matter of finding him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Convicted guru stars on America’s Most Wanted

TEXAS
Statesman

By Eric Dexheimer | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Prakashanand Saraswati, the Hindu spiritual leader who disappeared hours before he was to be sentenced for his conviction on 20 counts of groping two girls who grew up on the ashram he founded southwest of Austin, is the subject of this video posted today on the website of America’s Most Wanted television show.

U.S. Marshals have said they believe that Prakashanand, known to his followers as Shree Swamiji, is hiding out in Mexico and trying to arrange travel to India. Hays County authorities confiscated his passport prior to his March trial. Prosecutors are in the process of trying to collect $11 million in bonds posted following his April 2008 arrest.

The America’s Most Wanted web site also includes this write-up of the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Abuse crisis fuels debate over John Paul II’s legacy

ROME
CNN

By John L. Allen, Jr., CNN Senior Vatican Analyst

Rome (CNN) – John Paul II was a rock star of a pope, arguably the most effective ambassador of religious belief in a highly secular age. Yet in the years since his death in April 2005 an undercurrent of doubt and concern has emerged related to his handling of the problem of priestly sex abuse, the most serious crisis to rock Catholicism in centuries.

New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd recently articulated the verdict among some detractors of the late pope: “How can you be a saint if you fail to protect innocent children?”

While ambivalence about his record on the abuse crisis may not call into question his personal holiness or his towering accomplishments, it’s become an unavoidable chapter of the John Paul story, representing probably the single biggest question mark as his Sunday beatification - the final step before formal sainthood – approaches.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

I'm anti-Catholic says Byrne after sexual abuse by priest

IRELAND
Herald

By Melanie Finn

Wednesday April 27 2011

Award-winning actor Gabriel Byrne says he is staunchly opposed to Catholicism because he was sexually abused while training as a priest.

Byrne (60) not only describes himself as "extremely anti-Catholic", he also says he's "very much of an atheist".

"The Catholic Church is repressive of women and minorities and repressive of its followers. It victimised people through propaganda and kept them in line through primitive fear," he said.

"The first step that has to be taken is the abolition of celibacy. The Church that is supposed to be about love denies its followers the most sacred expression of love. It says, you can't do that because you'll go to hell for it. You can do it if you're married but even then you can only do it on certain days of the month."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

What Catholics Should Do When Allegations of Abuse Are Made Against a Priest: Educational Resources

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

What's happening in Philadelphia is raising questions for Catholics in many places right now about how to deal with allegations that their parish priest or some other priest they esteem has engaged in sexual misconduct with minors. For Catholics and others dealing with these questions, I'd like to point today to several resources that provide helpful information.

As Jeremy Roebuck reported recently at Philly.com, because the Philadelphia archdiocese chose to remove priests credibly accused of abuse from parish ministry overnight following the grand jury report, and has refused to release any information about those removed from ministry, many parishioners are left with serious unanswered questions. What happened? Why did Fr. X. vanish overnight? Who's making what accusations against him?

Roebuck reports that at St. Luke the Evangelist church in Glenside, Pennsylvania, where Msgr. Michael Flood was removed from ministry, a group seeking information has even held a parish meeting to pool information. This group is led by a parishioner, William W. Matthews III, who believes in Flood's innocence. At the meeting Matthews and his group hosted, Kathleen Reilly, the attorney working with a legal team hired by the archdiocese to defend Flood, attacked the credibility of Flood's accuser.

And so what do Catholics do when their parish priest or some other priest they know or perhaps admire is accused of sexual abuse of youth and removed from ministry? The website of the group Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has a valuable outline of 21 steps Catholics should consider taking, as they respond to allegations about a priest they know.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Ferment in Ireland as new report on sex abuse looms

IRELAND
National Catholic Reporter

Apr. 22, 2011
By John L Allen Jr

DUBLIN, IRELAND -- As Ireland prepares for yet another damning government report on the Catholic church’s handling of the sexual abuse crisis, this one focused on the rural southern diocese of Cloyne, anger in this once almost homogenously Catholic nation continues to fuel calls for fairly sweeping reform.

A conference on the sexual abuse crisis sponsored by the Jesuit-run Milltown Institute in Dublin in early April, for example, heard proposals for revisions to Catholic theology of sexuality and the priesthood, democratizing authority structures in the church, and broader cooperation with civil authorities.

One speaker warned that without such reform, the Catholic church risks “moral bankruptcy.”

Public outrage could be glimpsed just outside the gates of the conference site, where a small knot of abuse survivors unfurled a banner denouncing the Catholic church for fielding a “worldwide pedophile army.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:43 AM

New child sex abuse & cover up lawsuit is filed

MIAMI (FL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
A news conference to announce the filing of a new lawsuit alleging that a Miami Catholic priest sexually abused a Central American immigrant in the 1980s

WHEN
TODAY, APRIL 27 at 1pm

WHERE
Near Gesu Catholic Church, corner of NE 2nd St. and NE 1st Ave. (at a street named after the accused predator) in downtown Miami (near street sign holding alleged predator’s name)

WHO
The victim in the lawsuit, who will speak to media for the first time, his attorney, who has represented hundreds of clergy sex abuse victims, and a woman who is the founder of a Chicago-based international support group for clergy sexual abuse victims

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

Juán Ramón O'Farrill, Popular Anti-Castro Priest, Accused of Sexually Abusing Boy in '80s

MIAMI (FL)
Miami New Times

By Michael Miller, Wed., Apr. 27 2011

Padre Juán Ramón O'Farrill's sermons against Fidel Castro and the communism that had taken root in his native Cuba were so passionate that when he died, a stretch of NE 2nd St. was renamed in his honor. But a lawsuit to be unveiled this afternoon paints a much different picture of the freedom fighter: child molester.

According to the suit, then 16-year-old immigrant Alejandro Mora went to O'Farrill for counseling after he had been abused in Nicaragua, only to be handed OJ laced with liquor and sexually assaulted by the priest.

If true, it wouldn't be the first controversy involving O'Farrill, who died in 1994 shortly after he was accused of trading a false court testimony for sex with a robber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Iglesia Católica y abusos sexuales: el nuevo Protocolo

CHILE
Terra

MAURICIO HOFFMAN

La imagen da cuenta de los nuevos tiempos.

Mientras el secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal y obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso daba a conocer el nuevo PROTOCOLO ANTE DENUNCIAS CONTRA CLÉRIGOS POR ABUSOS DE MENORES, la página web de la Iglesia Católica chilena ya publicaba la información de prensa y el texto íntegro del documento.

Ocurre 15 días después de la última asamblea plenaria de los obispos en Punta de Tralca. No es un detalle menor. Estamos ante una rapidez no conocida antes en la Iglesia.

Han cundido en las primeras horas después de este hito los titulares que apuntan a los procesos canónicos, a la posibilidad de que se alarguen los plazos de prescripción de los delitos sexuales cometidos por sacerdotes, a la comisión de religiosos y laicos que se haría cargo de estos temas desde ahora en adelante.

Todo eso está muy bien, y debemos comprender que se trata de tiempos muy difíciles para la institución, de momentos desafiantes para los jefes de la Iglesia, de un verdadero trauma para millones de católicos. Aquí y en el mundo. Hay una nueva actitud de la Iglesia Católica frente a estos temas, y probablemente muchos digan que en estos años (en algunos países antes; en otros, como en Chile, al parecer después) se está viviendo un gran cambio en ella.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

La iglesia chilena lanzó un protocolo para denunciar los abusos sexuales

CHILE
RFI (Francia)

Por Constanza Fuentes
El obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, monseñor Santiago Silva, dio a conocer el nuevo protocolo de la iglesia católica chilena para tratar casos de abusos sexuales cometidos por religiosos. El anuncio se realizó tras semanas de escándalo debido a denuncias reveladas contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima y contra una ex madre superiora de la Congregación de las Ursulinas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:48 AM

Iglesia prepara listado de sacerdotes con prohibición de ejercer por casos de abusos

CHILE
La Tercera

por J. Poblete y A. López

El "miércoles de cenizas" de este año, los feligreses de las parroquias de Filadelfia fueron informados de una decisión que afectaba a 21 de sus pastores: el cardenal Justin Regali había decidido suspender a estos clérigos en medio de un escándalo de abusos sexuales que afecta a esa diócesis del este de EE.UU.

Sus nombres fueron divulgados por la propia Iglesia.

Este caso, si bien se produjo tras un pronunciamiento de tribunales acerca de que religiosos indagados penalmente siguieran en ejercicio, va en la dirección de uno de los anuncios más relevantes formulados ayer en la Conferencia Episcopal (Cech).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 AM

Sacerdote y protocolo de abusos: La justicia en la Iglesia va a ser mejor que antes

CHILE
Cooperativa

El sacerdote jesuita y experto en derecho canónico, Marcelo Gidi, señaló que la nueva normativa sobre abusos sexuales en la Iglesia Católica asegura que la justicia eclesiástica será mejor, ya que ante casos anteriores sólo se puede pedir perdón.

"Lo que anteriormente no se hizo, desgraciadamente ya no se puede rectificar más que con pedir perdón, pero con esta nueva normativa de la Conferencia Episcopal uno puede estar mucho más seguro y sereno de que hoy en día la justicia en la Iglesia va a ser mejor que antes", sostuvo Gidi.

En diálogo con El Diario de Cooperativa, el sacerdote indicó que "con esta respuesta que la iglesia de Chile ha dado, uno puede tener la seguridad de que los errores que se pudieron cometer anteriormente, ocasionando tanto dolor y tanto escándalo no se van a volver a cometer en la Iglesia o al menos hay mayores elementos para que estos no se cometan".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 AM

Iglesia católica trabaja en la elaboración de listado con sacerdotes acusados de abusos

CHILE
El Diario de Santiago

La iglesia católica, ha dado a conocer una serie de medidas para evitar que se produzcan hechos de pedofilia y abusos a menores, que han enlodado últimamente a la institución, como el reconocido “caso Karadima”. Es por esto, que se decidió imitar el actuar de algunas iglesias de EE.UU. y Europa, con la creación de un listado de sacerdotes acusados de haber cometido abuso sexual y, por supuesto, su inmediata exclusión de toda actividad evangelizadora.

La determinación también se extiende a los ex seminaristas y busca que jóvenes a quienes se haya detectado perfiles de riesgo vayan de uno a otro seminario, aprovechando que la información no está centralizada.

Además, se suma a la decisión de crear un catastro con la totalidad de las investigaciones eclesiásticas por abusos en Chile, antecedentes que hasta ahora se manejan independientemente en cada diócesis.

El anuncio lo realizó ayer monseñor Santiago Silva, secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal, acompañado por el vocero de la entidad, Jaime Coiro, y la abogada Ana María Celis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Padre Roberto Sánchez conocerá de eventuales abusos sexuales en la diócesis

CHILE
La Prensa Austral

Tras la presentación del Protocolo ante Denuncias contra Clérigos por abusos de menores, hecha el martes por la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile (Cech), la diócesis de María Auxiliadora (Punta Arenas) confirmó ayer cómo operará este organismo encargado de orientar y dirigir políticas de prevención de abusos sexuales, como asimismo de ofrecer ayuda a las víctimas.

A través de una declaración pública, en ausencia del obispo Bernardo Bastres, se dejó constancia también de quién encarnará este ente preventivo que acogerá a las víctimas: “Para este efecto, y a fin de recibir las posibles denuncias al sexto mandamiento, la diócesis magallánica, mediante el Decreto Nº 14/11 del 26 de abril de 2011, ha nombrado al sacerdote Roberto Sánchez Saldías, quien será el promotor de Justicia encargado para este efecto”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Vatican announces new bishop

FLORIDA
St. Augustine Record

Felipe Estevez, an auxiliary bishop in the archdiocese of Miami, has been named the new bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

The announcement was made by The Vatican last night. A press conference is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. today at the Diocese of St. Augustine's Catholic Center in Jacksonvillle, where the new bishop will be introduced.

He succeeds Bishop Victor Galeone, who resigned last fall once he reached the age of 75, the mandatory retirement age for bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 27 APR 2011 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father appointed

- Bishop Felipe de Jesus Estevez, previously auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Miami, as bishop of Saint Augustine (area 28,575, population 1,966,314, Catholics 171,000, priests 136, permanent deacons 62, religious 118), USA. He succeeds Bishop Victor B. Galeone, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

- Bishop Dario Campos, O.F.M. of Leopoldina, Brasil as bishop of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim (area 10,073, population 661,000, Catholics 395,000, priests 71, permanent deacons 41, religious 73), Brasil.

On Monday, 25 April, the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Charles C. Thompson of the clergy of the archdiocese of Louisville, Kentucky, vicar general and pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, as Bishop of Evansville (area 12,971, population 501,000, Catholics 87,800, priests 75, permanent deacons 52, religious 255), USA. The bishop-elect was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1961 and ordained a priest in 1987. He succeeds Bishop Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:24 AM

Submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture

IRELAND
Justice for Magdalenes

Excerpt:

Executive Summary

1.1 Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries were residential, commercial and for-profit laundries operated by four Irish orders of nuns where between the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 and 1996, when the last institution closed, a number of girls and women, estimated in the tens of thousands, were imprisoned, forced to carry out unpaid labour and subjected to severe psychological and physical maltreatment.

1.2 The women and girls who suffered in the Magdalene Laundries included those who were perceived to be “promiscuous”, were unmarried mothers, were the daughters of unmarried mothers, were considered a burden on their families or the State, had been sexually abused, or had grown up in the care of the Church and State.

1.3 As evidenced in Part 5.3 below, the Irish State was complicit in the incarceration of women and girls in the Magdalene Laundries and dealt commercially with the laundries without ever subjecting them to official regulation or inspection. It is submitted in Part 5 that the Magdalene Laundries abuse meets the requirements for the definition of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under Article 1 and Article 16 CAT.

1.4 The women and their families continue to suffer from their incarceration in the Magdalene Laundries and the torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment to which they were subjected, and from lack of access to records. Yet despite calls from the women and their families, the Irish Human Rights Commission, civil society organisations and local and national government representatives, the Irish State has failed to inquire into the Magdalene Laundries abuse or to afford any restorative justice to the women.

1.5 This Report therefore submits that Ireland is in violation of its obligations under Article 12, Article 13, Article 14 and Article 16 of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

1.6 The State’s ongoing failure to deal with the Magdalene Laundries abuse amounts to continuing degrading treatment in violation of Article 16. The women have still not received a pension for the work which they were forced to carry out, while their poverty has been exacerbated throughout their lives by the denial of educational opportunity which they suffered while incarcerated in the laundries, as well as the psychological and physical injury caused by the abuse. Nor have the women received healthcare or education to assist them in overcoming their trauma and abuse. There is a dearth of personal records of the women, and they continue to feel constrained and silenced by a deep sense of stigma and shame over their incarceration in the Magdalene Laundries, because of the continued denial of justice, lack of inquiry, and
lack of acknowledgment that they were not at fault for what they suffered but instead had a grave abuse perpetrated upon them.

1.7 Since Ireland ratified the Convention on 11 April 2002, it has failed in its duty under Articles 12 and 13 to promptly and impartially investigate what there are reasonablegrounds to believe constituted a more than 70-year system of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of women and girls in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. Likewise it has failed in its obligation under Article 14 to ensure the women’s right to redress and compensation.

1.8 These claims are elaborated below, accompanied by background evidence of the torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment suffered by women and girls in the Magdalene Laundries from 1922 – 1996.

1.9 In bringing the Magdalene Laundries abuse to the attention of the Committee, Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) relies on the Committee’s decision in A.A. v. Azerbaijaniv to the effect that the Committee may examine alleged violations of the Convention which occurred before Ireland’s ratification of the Convention if the effects of these violations continued after ratification and if the effects constitute themselves a violation of the Convention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) makes submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture

IRELAND
Justice for Magdalenes

[the JFM submission]

Justice for Magdalenes (JFM), the survivor advocacy group, has made a formal submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. The Committee Against Torture is due to examine Ireland for the first time on the extent to which it is meeting its human rights obligations to prevent torture, other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment on 23rd and 24th May 2011.

JFM's submission draws attention to Ireland's legal duties under the Convention Against Torture to promptly and impartially investigate allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and to ensure redress for the victims of such treatment.

Maeve O'Rourke (Harvard LL.M.), author of JFM's submission and Harvard Law School 2010 Global Human Rights Fellow, said: “The Irish government will be given the opportunity to respond to the issues raised by civil society organisations such as JFM in its dialogue with the UN Committee against Torture. This international process offers the chance for Ireland to show the world that it is serious about putting right the mistakes of its past and ensuring a better and more equal future for all, including those who were so unjustly treated by the State in decades gone by.”

The submission highlights the continuing degrading treatment that the women who spent time in Magdalene Laundries are suffering today because of the government's ongoing failure to apologise, investigate and compensate for the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Magdalene survivors in UN plea

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PAMELA DUNCAN

THE UN Commission Against Torture has received a submission claiming Magdalene laundry survivors continue to suffer due to the Government’s failure to apologise, investigate and compensate them.

Survivor advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes has asked the UN committee to examine whether Ireland is meeting its human rights obligations in relation to women who spent time in these institutions.

The 47-page submission, which includes personal testimonies from Magdalene survivors, points towards Ireland’s legal duties under the convention against torture to investigate allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and to ensure redress for the victims of such treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Magdalene survivor to speak on radio

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Monday, April 25, 2011

PATSY McGARRY

A WOMAN who spent her life in institutions, including a Magdalene laundry, will speak on RTÉ Radio this evening of years of abuse and neglect.

Mary Smith says she finds it impossible to forgive those responsible, and concluded that “there is no God . . . Jesus had it easy . . . I would have preferred being crucified to what I’ve been through”.

RTÉ Radio One’s Were You There , presented by Joe Duffy, also includes Fr Niall Ahern, who was wrongly accused and exonerated of child sex abuse. He speaks of the effect it had on him.

Others taking part include former chief rabbi of Ireland David Rosen, Fair City actor Tommy O’Neill and Rev Julie Nicholson, an Anglican priest whose daughter was killed in the July 2005 London bombings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Decision due soon on Magdalene homes report

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PAMELA DUNCAN

THE GOVERNMENT will make a decision after Easter on a report on women who spent time in the Magdalene laundries, according to Minister of State Kathleen Lynch.

Ms Lynch, Minister of State for Disability, Equality and Mental Health, said she had spoken to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and that a decision on the recommendations contained in an Irish Human Rights Commission report last year would be made after the Easter recess.

Magdalene homes were institutions for “fallen women” who broke the conventions of society by bearing a child out of wedlock. Some of these women have made allegations of abuse against these mainly church-run institutions, the last of which in Dublin was shut in 1996.

The commission recommended the Government establish a statutory inquiry into the treatment of women and girls in the laundries. It also recommended that redress be provided as appropriate. The laundries did not come under the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Long Hill priest sentenced on tax evasion charges

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

LONG HILL — Monsignor Patrick Brown, longtime pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic church, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to five months in jail and five months of home confinement with electronic monitoring on a tax evasion charge in connection with allegations he stole nearly $64,000 from the church to buy relatives gifts, pay credit card bills and fund trips to Ireland, Hawaii and Colorado.

Brown, a 59-year-old resident of the Stirling section who also has a residence in Budd Lake, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Newark.

He acknowledged $63,706 in thefts between 2004 and June 2009, and specifically admitted that for 2005 he misreported his income as only a $30,930 salary from the church, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Opnieuw bom onder Operatie Kelk

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Het onderzoeksdossier naar seksueel misbruik door leden van de Kerk komt opnieuw onder vuur. Nadat het mandaat van onderzoeksrechter Wim De Troy eind vorige maand pas op de valreep werd verlengd, dreigt hij nu zijn griffierster te verliezen die kan bogen op twintigjaar ervaring. Zij zou na haar terugkeer uit bevallingsverlof eind dit jaar om een onduidelijke reden niet naar het onderzoekskabinet terugkeren, maar bij de rechtbank aangesteld worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Ex-chief joins new battle

CANADA
Winnipeg Free Press

By: Alexandra Paul

Posted: 04/27/2011

They were called day students and former national chief Phil Fontaine is working with a Manitoba-born lawyer to seek a settlement for them, similar to the residential school settlement.

"Those issues we faced with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement were essentially the same, except day scholars, as we called them, were left out," Fontaine said in a recent interview.

Thousands of aboriginal people who attended federally funded schools as children during the residential school era were left out of a $1.9-billion compensation settlement because they went home to their families every night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Morris County pastor sentenced to 5 months in federal prison for tax evasion

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Jason Grant/The Star-Ledger

MORRIS COUNTY — A popular Morris County priest who spent 18 years leading the bustling parish of St. Vincent de Paul was sentenced yesterday to five months in prison for tax evasion by a federal judge who cast aside prosecutors’ recommendations for probation.

In levying a sentence that seemed to catch the entire courtroom off guard — including dozens of parishioners from Morris County — U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark said she needed to give a sentence that "reflect(s) the seriousness of what occurred" when Monsignor Patrick Brown broke the law. She also imposed a $30,000 fine as part of the sentence and five months of home detention.

Brown, 60, pleaded guilty in November to filing a false tax return in 2005 and diverting more than $63,000 in funds from the Stirling parish between 2004 and 2009. His pastor stipend was $30,000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Denunciante de Karadima pidió revisar estructuras en la Iglesia Católica ante nuevo protocolo

CHILE
Cooperativa

Uno de los denunciantes de sacerdote Fernando Karadima, José Andrés Murillo, valoró positivamente la decisión de la Iglesia Católica de actualizar su protocolo sobre abusos sexuales, pero cree que se deben revisar estructuras al interior de la institución.

"Lo importante es la prevención, y quizá puede ser lo más difícil de alguna manera, porque hay que comenzar a revisar algunas estructuras que llevan mucho tiempo, dinámicas y maneras de tratar, sobre todo a la jerarquía o a los sacerdotes, ciertas 'divinizaciones' que se van creando", comentó Murillo.

"Me parece que para la prevención va a ser necesario un camino, una revisión estructural, no obviamente en la estructura de la iglesia, sino cómo la gente ve a los sacerdotes, como los sacerdotes muchas veces se muestran a sus feligreses y eso es lo más importante", añadió.

Pope John Paul II - a halo too soon?

VATICAN CITY
Baltimore Sun

Philip Pullella
Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Is Pope John Paul II approaching his halo too fast?

As the Vatican prepares to elevate the late pontiff one step closer to sainthood this Sunday, the Catholic world is caught up with beatification fever.

Rome is festooned with posters of the former pope on buses and lamp posts as the city where he was bishop for 27 years awaits one of the largest crowds since his funeral in 2005, when millions came to pay tribute.

At least several hundred thousand people are expected at the mass in St Peter's Square where his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, will pronounce a Latin formula declaring one of the most popular popes in history a "blessed" of the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Luxemburgse kerk wapent zich tegen misbruik

LUXEMBURG
Kerknieuws

WO 27 apr 2011 | 09.05

De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk van Luxemburg vaardigt nieuwe richtlijnen uit die seksueel misbruik door geestelijken moet voorkomen. De kerk laat weten dat de nieuwe richtlijnen niet in strijd zijn met de nationale wetten van het land, maar die aanvullen.

Dat meldt de katholieke nieuwsdienst Kathpress. Priesters worden in de nieuwe richtlijnen opgeroepen seksueel misbruik te melden bij de politie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Churches Team Up for Child Abuse Prevention

CHARLOTTESVILLE (VA)
NBC 29

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Charlottesville agencies are teaming up with churches to put a stop to sexual assault in our community.

Charlottesville's first-ever Faith Community Forum is being held Wednesday. The goal is to help clergy members learn how to deal with sexual-abuse situations.

The Sexual Assault Resource Agency; Children, Youth and Family Services; and the Shelter for Help in Emergency are presenting the forum. The Foothills Child Advocacy Center is also a sponsor.

Those agencies will share community resources to help keep children safe. Jasmine Brock, a community outreach coordinator, said:

"What we're finding is that when someone is going through an issue like this, a lot of time they go through their clergy person or someone in their church, so we just want to help churches make sure they have the proper resources and information to handle a situation like this."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Eddie Long: homophobe, narcissist, con artist

GEORGIA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cynthia Tucker

WASHINGTON — There has never been much to admire about the ministry of Eddie Long, who presides over the much-hyped New Birth Missionary Baptist mega-church in Lithonia, Ga. He is a homophobe, a narcissist and a con artist — a man much more devoted to his own wellbeing than that of his congregants or his larger community. He has misused his pulpit in ways large and small, including a self-aggrandizing abuse of the title “bishop,” a rank that doesn’t officially exist among Baptists.

Given Long’s extremely flexible ethics over the years, it’s no surprise that he chose to engage in hush-hush negotiations aimed at settling the sexual misconduct allegations brought against him by four young men. If the civil cases are settled — a settlement is reportedly close — they will likely require non-disclosure agreements by all parties. Long would then continue to insist that he did nothing wrong.

But he has already lost his halo — his fancy-suited, private-jet-flying, bling-wearing persuasiveness that coaxed millions of dollars out of his parishioners over the years so he and his wife could live large. He will no longer be able to draw big crowds to his anti-gay rants without eliciting snickers and snide remarks.

His credibility has been severely strained, and a secret settlement would simply ratchet up the unease that many among his parishioners must already be feeling. Wouldn’t a man of the cloth who has been falsely accused of coercing young men into having sex with him insist on a public trial to clear his name? Didn’t Long say last year that he would “fight and fight vigorously?”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Avoid trials, says abuse survivor

CANADA
Chatham Daily News

By ERICA BAJER, THE DAILY NEWS

After sitting through the three-week civil trial of a fellow pedophile priest survivor, Lou Ann Soontiens is disgusted by the process.

"She was on trial," Soontiens said of Kelly Murphy-Myers, who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of London for the abuse she suffered at the hands of Father Charles Sylvestre.

"They blame it on the women. They were tearing her apart. I don't think it's fair."

Soontiens hopes to meet with Bishop Ronald Fabbro and urge him to push for settlements in the eight remaining Sylvestre civil cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Seeking truth, justice

CANADA
The Sault Star

By CAROL MULLIGAN, QMI AGENCY

SUDBURY -- Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe, the spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, said this week his heart goes out to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests when he hears of such cases.

Three new lawsuits were launched against a priest and the diocese last week by three brothers who say they were repeatedly abused by Father John E. Sullivan in 1968 and beyond.

Plouffe said he relies on the justice system -- and the lawyers representing victims and the diocese -- to settle the cases in a fair and just manner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Catholic priest from Ontario pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges

CALIFORNIA
KPCC

April 26, 2011 | Steven Cuevas | KPCC

A Roman Catholic priest from Ontario has pleaded guilty to molesting a 12-year old boy. The plea deal means the priest will avoid trial, but he’ll spend up to a year in jail.

Alex Castillo must also register as a sex offender. He’s out on bail right now.

He’ll be sentenced in June. He’ll wear an electronic monitoring device until then.

Castillo faced multiple counts of lewd acts with children under the age 14. At first, he pleaded not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Northwest Jesuits give landmark settlement to clergy sexual abuse victims

WASHINGTON
The Othello Outlook

Submitted by Jason Amala
Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC

The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province (commonly referred to as “the Jesuits”), has agreed to pay $166 million to settle the claims of hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse. The claims span a 30-year period, from the 1950s to the 1980s, and include victims across a five-state region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Most victims still live in the region.

The settlement of more than 500 individual claims, the result of over a year of negotiations, is believed to be the single-largest clergy sex-abuse bankruptcy settlement in the United States. It is also the first bankruptcy among the 10 Jesuit provinces nationwide.

While a number of Catholic Dioceses have filed for bankruptcy, including the Spokane Diocese, the Jesuits are the first religious order to seek bankruptcy protection. The Oregon Province covers Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Alaska.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

April 26, 2011

Tough Easter for Parishioners Whose Pastor Died

PHOENIX (AZ)
My Fox Phoenix

[with video]

PHOENIX - It was a somber Easter morning at a valley church Sunday, where parishioners’ attended their first Sunday service following the suicide of their pastor.

Grieving people found an open door at the Trinity Baptist Church this Easter -- the first Sunday capping off a weekend of tragedy.

Police said the church's pastor, Nick Minerva , barricaded himself inside the church, then shot and killed himself.

On Sunday, church leaders passed along the news to followers who did not know.

“While we don’t condone the events that happened, we believe God is sovereign, and we will work through it,” said Tobi England, a friend of the Minerva family.

Police had served Minerva a search warrant after he allegedly lured a minor online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Phoenix church mourns pastor who killed himself

PHOENIX (AZ)
The Arizona Republic

by Laurie Merrill - Apr. 24, 2011
The Arizona Republic.

The mood was somber Easter Sunday as congregants of the Trinity Baptist Fellowship Church in Phoenix mourned the suicide of their pastor, who took his life last week in the face of a sex scandal.

"It's just shocking," churchgoer Maritza Gonzales said of Pastor Nick Minerva's death as she entered the place of worship on the 3200 block of East Southern Avenue.

"It's going to be tough," said Suzanna Saucedo, another worshiper. "It's because I always saw him as a person who really cared, and now he's gone. He taught us how to be strong."

Minerva, 52, shot himself Thursday after a standoff with Chandler police attempting to serve a warrant on suspicion he was luring a 14-year-old girl into a sexual relationship

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Disparity in definitions dogs 'credible accusation' standard

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

By Zoe Ryan

Editor’s note: We recently received a phone call from a reader who asked, regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, "When I see ‘credible accusation’ in newspapers, what does that mean?" We took a closer look at the term.
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The phrase “credible accusation” appears regularly in media accounts of clergy sexual abuse of minors. It generally indicates that those making an initial judgment believe the accusation against a cleric has some merit.

While experts interviewed for this story pointed out repeatedly that a credible accusation does not mean the accused is guilty, it does mean the accused is removed from ministry immediately and not allowed back unless the accusation cannot be substantiated, which can take years. Meanwhile, a clergyman’s reputation is damaged and, some would say, can never be fully restored.

Yet no precise definition or standard exists for what it means to be “credibly accused,” leaving each diocese to decide on its own what credible means.

The term is not in the language of church law, but draws its meaning from another imprecise phrase, “semblance of truth,” from Canon 1717. An accusation is credible if there is about it “a semblance of truth.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:11 PM

Priest admits fantasising about boys on Skype

CROATIA
Croatian Times

A priest in Vukovar-Syrmia County, Croatia, has admitted in a Skype conversation that he fantasises about young boys, the daily Jutarnji List has uncovered.

During a half-hour Skype chat, the priest is seen donning S&M chains and playing with various-sized dildos. He says to his conversation partner that he can tell which boys would "want it."

"You can sense that – you can see it in their eyes, in their smile," the priest says.

The same priest had been transferred from a village in Osijek-Baranja County to his new post after a scandal erupted when one of his nephews accused him of sexual abuse. Even though there were rumours that several other boys have been molested, instead of facing trial, the priest was moved to a different village.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

IGLESIA CHILENA PROMETE INVESTIGAR DENUNCIAS DE PAIDOFILIA

CHILE
Ansa Latina

SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 26 (ANSA) - La Iglesia Católica chilena presentó un nuevo protocolo para enfrentar los abusos sexuales cometidos por clérigos y estableció por primera vez la necesidad de investigar los delitos, aunque hayan prescrito.

Además, redujo las formalidades para formular las denuncias y creó un organismo eclesiástico para asistir a las víctimas.

Se trata de una actualización del protocolo de 2003, que analizó la última asamblea de obispos donde se abordó la crisis de la Iglesia producto de las denuncias contra sacerdotes, entre ellos la condena por paidofilia a Fernando Karadima, formador de cinco obispos del episcopado. "Queremos hacer cuanto sea necesario con caridad, pero con justicia para evitar los males que provienen de las graves faltas que algunos ministros de la Iglesia pueden cometer contra los más pequeños y particularmente las relacionadas con el sexto mandamiento del Decálogo, que ofenden a Dios, causan un gravísimo daño a la unidad de la Iglesia y escandalizan al Pueblo de Dios", señaló el secretario general del Episcopado, monseñor Santiago Silva.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

"Léonard stelt zich op als medestander van Vangheluwe"

BELGIE
Zita

Aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard oogst met zijn commentaar op het beruchte tv-interview van Roger Vangheluwe zelf bakken kritiek. Ondermeer de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk en PS-Kamerlid Karine Lalieux vinden dat ook Léonard de feiten minimaliseert en hoegenaamd geen oog heeft voor de slachtoffers.

Léonard zei in een interview met de VRT dat het Vaticaan "gepast en snel" had gereageerd op de bekentenis van seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe. "Wij, de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk (WMK), willen dat besluit, waar de straf voor Vangheluwe bepaald wordt, wel eens zien", aldus de werkgroep maandag in een persbericht. "Léonard stelt zich hier op als medestaander van Vangheluwe en bijgevolg van alle misbruikers in de kerk". De aartsbisschop geeft Vangheluwe bovendien spreekverbod opdat, zo vindt de WMK, het probleem zo snel mogelijk wordt vergeten.

PS-Kamerlid Karine Lalieux, voorzitster van de bijzondere Kamercommissie rond seksueel misbruik, uitte zondag al kritiek op de uitlatingen van aartsbisschop Léonard. "In het discours van Léonard staan de slachtoffers weer niet centraal", aldus Lalieux. "Léonard minimaliseert ook opnieuw de verantwoordelijkheid van de Kerk".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:22 PM

Philadelphia and the Dallas Charter

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 04/26/2011

PHILADELPHIA — The clergy abuse scandal that recently erupted in Philadelphia is fueling scrutiny of the U.S. bishops’ extensive, multimillion-dollar effort to secure compliance with the Dallas Charter and related guidelines for abuse prevention and reporting.

The unprecedented mass suspension also raised concerns about the rights of priests previously cleared of abuse allegations, and others tainted by so-called “boundary violations” that pose no clear or actionable threat to the public.

Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended 21 priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia March 8, following a grand jury report that indicted an archdiocesan official with endangering the welfare of minors and accused three priests and a teacher of raping two boys more than a decade ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Geen smartegeld voor Arnhemmer na misbruik door priester

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

ARNHEM - Arnhemmer Ruud Egging, die in de jaren zestig als jongetje door een kapelaan van de Arnhemse de Sint Walburgiskerk is misbruikt, krijgt geen schadevergoeding van de Rooms Katholiek kerk. Dat heeft de Arnhemmer te horen gekregen van de Congregatie voor de Geloofsleer in Rome.

Het Bisdom Utrecht wees vorig jaar een schadeloosstelling af, waarop Egging in beroep ging bij de Vaticaanse instantie die waakt over de zuiverheid van het Rooms Katholieke geloof.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Iglesia presentó protocolo para asumir denuncias por abusos

CHILE
La Nacion

[Texto Protocolo ante Denuncias contra Clérigos por abusos de menores (documento PDF)]

Nuevas medidas para prevenir el abuso sexual en menores de edad dio a conocer la Iglesia Católica, en un intento por frenar la grave situación en que se encuentra tras el caso del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, cuyos delitos fueron reconocidos por fallo del Vaticano y son investigados por la justicia chilena.

Así, la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile (CECH) presentó un protocolo de denuncias contra curas por abusos de menores y anunció la conformación de un organismo para prevenir abusos sexuales y ofrecer ayuda a las víctimas.

El obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y secretario general de la CECh, monseñor Santiago Silva, se comprometió a “hacer cuanto sea necesario, con caridad, pero con justicia, para evitar los males que provienen de las graves faltas que algunos ministros de la Iglesia pueden cometer contra los más pequeños”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:35 PM

Ontario priest Alejandro (Alex) Castillo pleads guilty, SNAP responds

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach, SNAP Western Regional Director, (949) 322-7434

Today in San Bernardino, the criminal justice system worked for victims of child sexual abuse. While we're very grateful this young victim will be spared the difficulty of a trial, Fr, Alejandro (Alex) Castillo's guilty plea means the public won't be able to learn about which Catholic officials may have suspected or known of Castillo's crimes and kept silent. That's another reason we urge other victims and witnesses to come forward: so the full truth might be known about who ignored or concealed Castillo's (or other predator clerics') crimes.

We thank the Ontario Police Department, who fought to ensure that Castillo's crimes were investigated. We also salute the San Bernardino District Attorney's office, who pursued the case on behalf of Castillo's young victims. Finally, we admire, respect and applaud the bravery of Castillo's young victims in this case, who came forward despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

We urge anyone who has been victimized to come forward and report to law enforcement, not the church. Most child predators do not only have one or two victims, and Castillo - or any predator - can be charged and prosecuted for other child sex crimes. No victim deserves to suffer in shame and silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Louisville, Ky., vicar general named new bishop for Evansville Catholic Diocese

EVANSVILLE (IN)
Courier & Press

EVANSVILLE — The new bishop of the Evansville Catholic Diocese is a 50-year-old vicar general of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky.

Father Charles C. Thompson will be named to replace Bishop Gerald A. Gettelfinger during an event later this morning in Evansville. Thompson is also pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Louisville.

Gettelfinger turned 75 in October. That's the mandatory age for Catholic bishops to at least offer to retire, and Gettelfinger announced last year that he would be doing so. He became bishop on April 11, 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:56 AM

RINUNCE E NOMINE

CITTA DEL VATICANO
Bolletino

RINUNCIA DEL VESCOVO DI EVANSVILLE (U.S.A.) E NOMINA DEL SUCCESSORE

Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI ha accettato la rinuncia al governo pastorale della diocesi di Evansville (U.S.A.), presentata da S.E. Mons. Gerald Andrew Gettelfinger, in conformità al canone 401 § 1 del Codice di Diritto Canonico.

Il Papa ha nominato Vescovo di Evansville (U.S.A.) il Rev.do Mons. Charles C. Thompson, del clero dell’arcidiocesi di Louisville, Vicario Generale e Parroco della "Holy Trinity Parish" a Louisville.

Rev.do Mons. Charles C. Thompson
Il Rev.do Mons. Charles C. Thompson è nato l’11 aprile 1961 a Louisville (Kentucky). Dopo aver frequentato la scuola elementare "Saint Charles" e la scuola secondaria "Moore High School" a Louisville, ha frequentato il "Bellarmine College" dove ha ottenuto un Baccalaureato in "Accounting" nel 1983. Ha quindi, nel 1987, conseguito il "Master of Divinity" in Teologia presso la "Saint Meinrad School of Theology" a Saint Meinrad (Indiana). È stato ordinato sacerdote il 30 maggio 1987 per l’arcidiocesi di Louisville.

Nel 1992 ha ottenuto la Licenza in Diritto Canonico presso la Saint Paul University ad Ottawa (Canada).

Dopo l’ordinazione sacerdotale ha ricoperto i seguenti incarichi: Vice-Parroco della Saint Joseph Pro-Cathedral e Cappellano della Bethlehem High School a Bardstown (1987-1990); Vice-Parroco della Saint Francis of Assisi Parish a Louisville (1992-1993); Vicario Giudiziale Metropolitano (1993-1998); Amministratore della Saint Peter Claver Parish a Louisville (1994-1996); Cappellano della Presentation Academy a Louisville (1995-1997); Parroco della Saint Augustine Parish a Lebanon (1996-2002); Difensore del Vincolo e Giudice del Tribunale Arcidiocesano (1998-2008); Parroco della Holy Trinity Parish a Louisville (dal 2002); Vicario Generale (dal 2008). Inoltre, è Professore Aggiunto di Diritto Canonico presso la Saint Meinrad School of Theology.

Oltre l’inglese, conosce lo spagnolo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:53 AM

Victims blast newly appointed bishop

INDIANA
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 are disappointed in this selection. Fr. Chuck Thompson, the new Evansville bishop lives with and has been publicly identified as a protégé of the widely disgraced Archbishop Thomas Kelly. That does not bode well for the safety of Indiana children or the healing of Indiana victims.

As Louisville's vicar general, Thompson has almost certainly been involved in at least some, if not most, of that archdiocese's mishandling of clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. While Thompson wasn't the "top dog," he certainly played a role in these cases (especially the disturbing pending "whistleblower case" involving Fr. Bruce Ewing and Fr. James Shook). We challenge Thompson to immediately, clearly and publicly explain what he did to improve the archdiocesan response to children's safety and how he differs from his former bosses - Kelly and Kurtz - on this horrific, on-going crisis.

Nearly 300 clergy sex abuse victims have courageously stepped forward in the Louisville diocese, where Thompson has spent almost all of his clerical career. That sheer number says a lot about how corrupt Thompson's home diocese was and is.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Un obispo encabezará organismo del Episcopado destinado a prevenir abusos sexuales de sacerdotes

CHILE
Puranoticia

Un obispo de la iglesia católica chilena liderará el organismo que establecerá el Episcopado a fin de prevenir y ayudar a las víctimas de eventuales abusos sexuales por parte de sacerdotes en contra de menores, según divulgaron fuentes ligadas a la orden, citadas por el portal Emol.

Durante esta jornada, el obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal, monseñor Santiago Silva, revelará los detalles de la instancia, y el nombre del prelado que encabezará la entidad.

El anuncio sobre la creación del organismo fue realizado por la Iglesia Católica en medio del histórico mea culpa formulado el pasado 8 de abril ante el impcato por los casos de abusos por parte del sacerdote Fernando Karadima y las denuncias de actitudes impropias contra la ex superiora de las Ursulinas, Isabel Lagos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Obispos hacen público Protocolo para denuncias y organismo preventivo que acogerá a víctimas

CHILE
Conferencia Episcopal de Chile

[Texto Protocolo ante Denuncias contra Clérigos por abusos de menores (documento PDF)]

La Conferencia Episcopal de Chile presentó este martes el Protocolo ante Denuncias contra Clérigos por abusos de menores, y anunció la conformación del organismo del Episcopado que se encargará de orientar y dirigir políticas de prevención de abusos sexuales, como asimismo de ofrecer ayuda a las víctimas.

El obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y Secretario General de la CECh, mons. Santiago Silva, explicó que para los obispos es una obligación proteger a los menores y evitar el abuso sexual, un deber que emana de la misión y del ejemplo que les dio el propio Jesucristo, en cuyo nombre sirven.

“Queremos hacer cuanto sea necesario –con caridad, pero con justicia– para evitar los males que provienen de las graves faltas que algunos ministros de la Iglesia pueden cometer contra los más pequeños y particularmente las relacionadas con el sexto mandamiento del Decálogo, que ofenden a Dios, causan un gravísimo daño a la unidad de la Iglesia y escandalizan al Pueblo de Dios, particularmente a los más amados de Jesús, los más pequeños y los más pobres, a la par que representan un profundo atentado al bien común”, añadió Mons. Santiago Silva.

Reiterando que no hay lugar en el sacerdocio para quienes abusan de menores, y no hay pretexto alguno que pueda justificar este delito, el Secretario General de la CECh expresó que “es total nuestro compromiso

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Caso Karadima, iglesia y nación

CHILE
El Mostrador

Osvaldo Torres
Antropólogo. Miembro del directorio de la Fundación Chile 21.
http://www.chile21.cl/.

Si se asumiera la tesis conservadora sobre la identidad nacional, hoy estaríamos viviendo una crisis de proporciones insospechadas. La tesis afirma que nuestra identidad es previa a la independencia, cuyo punto de partida habría sido el encuentro de lo indio y lo hispánico en el rito, conformando así la religiosidad popular cristiana. Esta, a su vez, gestó “el sustrato católico sobre el que logró constituirse el sentimiento de pueblo-nación que hubo de animar a los nuevos Estados, otorgándoles un sentido nacional” (Cousiño).

La sociedad chilena venía sospechando de la tolerancia eclesial para con los religiosos vinculados a casos de pedofilia, así como de la poca valoración que tenía este tipo de crímenes entre legisladores y jueces (costó varios años modificar la ley de abusos sexuales contra los niños). Los casos del “cura Tato”, “el cura Salesiano de Valdivia”, el “cura de Putaendo”, el “cura de Melipilla”, eran una muestra. El caso del obispo Cox, enviado a Alemania para evadir la justicia con la complicidad de los propios pares, fue aleccionador: por una parte había que detener los abusos de menores que eran denunciados para evitar el escándalo, pero manteniendo la impunidad de los delitos haciendo prevalecer la autoridad religiosa y el derecho canónico por sobre el Estado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Chomalí: un ravotril para los grupos conservadores golpeados por el caso Karadima

CHILE
El Mostrador

La designación del prelado es una confirmación de la influencia de la derecha de la iglesia, justo cuando este sector comienza el control de daños post Karadima. Pese a quedar salpicado por el caso -pues supo de las denuncias y guardó silencio-, sus redes en lo más granado de la elite económica implican una señal del manejo que aún tienen esos grupos en la jerarquía del catolicismo.

por Alejandra Carmona

Juan Carlos Cruz, una de las víctimas de Karadima, tenía este recuerdo: Fernando Chomalí caminando a su lado por los pasillos del Seminario entre 1985 y 1990, tiempo que duró su estadía en ese lugar. Eran amigos; incluso este último se enrabiaba cuando los seminaristas de El Bosque comenzaron a ignorar a Cruz, después que se alejó de esa parroquia en 1987.

Juan Carlos tenía, además, otro recuerdo: por esos años también coincidieron en la Clínica Las Condes. Él estaba recuperándose de una apendicitis y Chomalí perdía a un familiar en otra pieza del recinto. Ambas familias se acercaron durante ese proceso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Obispo encabezará organismo a cargo de protocolo por abusos sexuales

CHILE
La Segunda

Los detalles de la instancia serán dados a conocer hoy por el obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal, monseñor Santiago Silva.

SANTIAGO.- Un obispo de la Iglesia chilena encabezará el organismo del Episcopado que estará a cargo de las políticas de prevención de abusos sexuales y de ayuda a las víctimas en aquellos casos contra menores en que estén involucrados sacerdotes, según trascendió en fuentes calificadas de la institución.

Los detalles del protocolo serán dados a conocer hoy por el obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y secretario general de la Conferencia Episcopal, monseñor Santiago Silva; el portavoz de la conferencia, Jaime Coiro, y la abogada Ana María Celis, experta en derecho canónico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Este martes 26 se hará público Protocolo para denuncias de abusos

CHILE
Conferencia Episcopal de Chile (Iglesia.cl)

También se conocerá en la oportunidad el organismo episcopal que orientará la prevención de abusos y apoyará a las víctimas.

En dependencias de la Conferencia Episcopal se hará público, a las 10:30 hrs. de este martes 26 de abril, el Protocolo de procedimientos ante denuncias contra sacerdotes y consagrados por abusos de menores de edad.

En la actividad, que se realizará en Echaurren 4 piso 6, sede del organismo colegiado de los pastores, estarán presentes el obispo auxiliar de Valparaíso y Secretario General de la Conferencia Episcopal (CECh), Mons. Santiago Silva; el portavoz de la CECh, Jaime Coiro; y la abogada Ana María Celis, doctora en Derecho Canónico.

Este documento fue aprobado por los Obispos en su reciente Asamblea Plenaria, actualizando un texto anterior del año 2003 e incorporando la normativa vigente de la Santa Sede. Posteriormente a ese encuentro, el Comité Permanente de la CECh revisó pormenorizadamente el texto, que será puesto a disposición de la comunidad y de la opinión pública en las próximas horas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

George Weigel slams critics of John Paul II's fast track to sainthood

ROME
Catholic News Agency

Rome, Italy, Apr 25, 2011 / 07:11 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Scholar and papal biographer George Weigel batted aside criticism of John Paul II's speedy canonization process, saying accusations that the pontiff is responsible for scandals that took place under his watch are ultimately unfounded.

“The investigation into John Paul II's life has been very thorough, and the results fill four thick volumes,” Weigel told CNA in an April 25 interview.

Author of the 1999 biography of John Paul II, “Witness to Hope,” Weigel first countered the claim that the late pontiff's canonization process has moved too quickly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Questions to ask yourself before disclosing, confronting or going public

UNITED STATES
Examiner

Vicki Polin

WARNING: Survivors of various forms of sexual violence (childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, clergy sexual abuse, professional sexual misconduct and sexual harassment) often want to disclose their experiences, confront their perpetrators, and/or speak-out about their victimization. This is done in an attempt to try to help educate the public. Often the urge to share personal information about one self occurs during various stages of healing.

If you are considering speaking out PLEASE review the many questions listed in this pamphlet. You may also want to refer to "The Courage to Heal" (by Laura Davis and Ellen Bass) and "The Courage to Heal Workbook" (by Laura Davis). It is also highly suggested that you consult with your family, friends and or therapist prior to speaking engagements.

Unfortunately, the reality is that our society has NOT been very accepting and/or understanding to the various issues faced by many adult survivors of sexual violence. The majority of the survivors who have confronted individuals, and/or have gone public -- shared that they had negative experiences after sharing their abuse histories with others. These survivors have all been met with disbelief -- been considered to be crazy, hysterical and/or delusional. Too often survivors state that after the disclosures, they felt that they have lost a level of credibility.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Oregon ruling could affect Milwaukee priest abuse case

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel
April 26, 2011

A federal judge in Oregon has ordered the Vatican to produce documents involving a now-dead priest accused of sexually assaulting a boy in the 1960s, a first-of-its kind ruling that could set a precedent for a similar case in Milwaukee.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman, who issued the narrow decision, said the documents were needed to determine whether Father Andrew Ronan was an employee of the Vatican at the time of the abuse - a key question in deciding whether the court has jurisdiction to hear the case on its merits.

"The Plaintiff has proffered evidence that tends to show the Holy See knew of Ronan's propensities and that, in some cases . . . exercised direct control over . . . priests accused of similar sexual misconduct," Mosman said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Ronnie Polaneczky: Rigali's support of sex-abuse bill would be golden

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Daily News

By Ronnie Polaneczky
Philadelphia Daily News
Daily News Columnist

WHEN SOMEONE hits a 50th anniversary, I believe, tradition calls for a gift of gold.

Suffice to say I will not be presenting Cardinal Justin Rigali with anything of karat weight in recognition of the 50th anniversary, yesterday, of his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest. Rigali celebrated his achievement with a noontime Mass in his own honor at the Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul.

I think a more profound way to mark the event would have been for Rigali to throw his weight behind PA House Bill 878. It would give victims of past child sex abuse a two-year window to bring civil charges against perps who've escaped criminal prosecution because the statute of limitations lapsed on their crimes.

I've written in this column before about HB 878, and I won't let up until the bill wakes from slumber in the House Judiciary Committee, whose chairman, Harrisburg-area state Rep. Ron Marsico, is pretending it doesn't exist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Magdalene survivors seek recognition with United Nations Committee Against Torture

IRELAND
Irish Central

By CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

An advocacy group for the survivors of the Magdalene laundry has made a submission to the United Nations Committee Against Torture.

For the first time the UN Committee plans to examine Ireland with relations to human rights obligation to prevent torture, other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. They will meet on May 23rd and 24th.

Justice for Magdalenes, advocacy group, wants to draw the Committee's attentions to Ireland's legal duties under the Convention Against Torture, have them investigate allegations of torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment and to ensure redress for the victims of such treatment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Léonard: "Ik zou Vangheluwe het zwijgen opleggen"

BELGIE
De Morgen

"Als het aan mij zou zijn om hem te straffen, zou ik hem opleggen nooit meer het woord te nemen en zijn verdere leven in isolement door te brengen." Dat heeft aartsbisschop Léonard vandaag verklaard in Terzake op Canvas. Hij voegde er echter onmiddellijk aan toe dat het enkel aan Rome toekomt om een strafmaat te kiezen.

Léonard verklaarde in het interview dat hij afgelopen zomer al met de voormalige Brugse bisschop heeft gepraat in de abdij van Westvleteren en dat de inhoud van het interview op VT4 voor hem dus niet als een totale verrassing kwam. De aartsbisschop was er evenwel niet van op de hoogte dat Vangheluwe nog een tweede neef heeft misbruikt. "Ik was verwonderd dat hij daar over begon", aldus Léonard. "Waarom heeft hij dat niet onmiddellijk bekend?"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

"Conclusie nog voor de zomervakantie"

BELGIE
De Redactie

[video]

Volgens aartsbisschop André Joseph Léonard komt er voor de zomer een beslissing over een schadevergoeding voor de pedofilieslachtoffers in de kerk. Hij heeft dat gezegd in een interview met Terzake.

Terzake sprak met Léonard nadat die de paasmis had opgedragen. Het interview is vanavond uitgezonden. Hij had het uiteraard over de affaire-Vangheluwe, maar zei daarover niet echt veel nieuws meer.

Intussen blijft het ook wachten op de conclusies die de kerk zal trekken uit het rapport van de commissie-Adriaenssens en dat van de parlementaire onderzoekscommissie over kindermisbruik. Volgens Léonard buigen de bisschoppen Johan Bonny en Guy Harpigny zich momenteel samen met specialisten over de materie. "Ik denk dat we tot een conclusie zullen komen nog voor de zomervakantie", zegt Léonard. "We zullen ervoor zorgen dat het echt als een positief signaal kan worden beschouwd."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

«Léonard blijft feiten minimaliseren»

BELGIE
Metro Times

Tijdens zijn paashomilie concentreerde aartsbisschop Léonard (foto) zich naar eigen zeggen vooral op «het brengen van goed nieuws». Achteraf veroorzaakte hij wel heel wat controverse door in diverse interviews de houding van het Vaticaan in de zaak tegen de Brugse ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe te verdedigen. «Rome heeft hem twee dagen nadat de feiten bekendraakten al verzocht om onmiddellijk ontslag te nemen. Het Vaticaan heeft zeer snel actie ondernomen», verklaarde de aartsbisschop. Te laat of te laks vindt hij die reactie niet, al pleitte hij er wel voor Vangheluwe «nooit meer het woord te geven en zijn verdere leven in isolement te laten doorbrengen».

Niet voor het eerst oogstte de aartsbisschop een storm van verontwaardigde reacties, met de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk op kop. «Léonard stelt zich hier op als medestander van Vangheluwe en bijgevolg van alle misbruikers in de Kerk», klinkt het. De belofte van Léonard om voor de zomer een antwoord te formuleren op de aanbevelingen van de bijzondere Kamercommissie Seksueel Misbruik, vallen ook niet in goede aarde. «Hij beloofde dat eerder tegen Pasen te doen.»

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

" REMARKABLE "

ST. PAUL (MN)
MN SNAP via YouTube

[video]

After 9 years - John V. Doe - wins US court decision vs. the Holy See. Now the Vatican should know it's time for truth, honesty and openness, not "wiggling."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Bishop Bambera reflects on his first year

SCRANTON (PA)
The Daily Review

By Laura Legere (Times-Shamrock Writer)

In the year since Bishop Joseph C. Bambera became the leader of his home Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton, he has decided to close schools and helped celebrate the opening of a new low-income apartment complex. He welcomed more than 200 new members to the church during the Easter vigil and continued the ongoing process of consolidating parishes.

The year has been "life altering," he said. Previously a parish priest with a low profile, he is still adapting to his new prominence. "I've had many a cold meal in a restaurant because of that," he said, "but I'm just grateful that people are kind enough to want to connect."

He spoke with the Times-Tribune during Holy Week about his one year anniversary today. ...

Q: New sweeping allegations of abuse have recently hit the nearby Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Have those events caused new reflection here in the diocese about whether enough has been done to address instances of abuse?

A: Absolutely. As I look at my life as a priest for some 28 years now, the sex abuse crisis is clearly the most unsettling thing that has unfolded in the church that I have ever experienced.

The bottom line of this abuse crisis is that somewhere along the way somebody betrayed trust. A priest, a bishop, a deacon, religious. Somebody betrayed trust and lives are ruined because of that. That doesn't mean that people can't move forward. But we as a church need to be very conscious of what we have done.

What has occurred in Philadelphia in recent months has been a reminder to every other diocese and archdiocese in the United States that for all the effort that we have made to respond appropriately to this crisis, we can't sit back and just presume that everything is okay. We have to consistently and constantly look at how we ensure that our people are safe. How we are responding to allegations. How we are protecting the rights of innocent individuals who are charged - and that happens on occasion - while recognizing the fact that so many people have been victimized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Kerk en politiek liggen op ramkoers

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUSSEL - Nog voor de zomer komt er een voorstel over schadevergoedingen, zegt Léonard. Niet ernstig, vinden politici. Zij dreigen al met sancties als het niet snel gaat.

Van onze redacteur

Aartsbisschop Andre-Joseph Léonard nam dit weekend duidelijk afstand van het interview van bisschop Roger Vangheluwe, maar over de plannen van de Kerk om de pijn van de slachtoffers te erkennen en te herstellen, bleef hij vaag.

'Het is onze bedoeling nog voor de zomer een antwoord te formuleren op de aanbevelingen van de Kamercommissie', zei Léonard na de paasmis aan de redactie. 'We hebben het rapport op 7april gekregen. Dat is nog maar drie weken geleden. Het zal alleszins niet zolang duren als de tijd die de commissie nodig heeft gehad.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Pope hails child aid group's work

ITALY
Calgary Herald

Pope Benedict XVI hailed Monday an Italian association that combats child abuse, encouraging it to continue raising awareness throughout the Roman Catholic Church.

Speaking at his Castel Gondolfo residence near Rome where he is resting after Easter week, the Pope noted that Italy was marking an annual day for child victims of violence, exploitation and neglect.

He singled out the Meter Association, set up 21 years ago by Catholic priest Fortunato Di Noto to combat child pornography and child sex abuse, urging the group to "continue their work to prevent abuse and raise awareness."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Renewed criticism of Cardinal Rigali over suspension of priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Culture

April 26, 2011
Peter Kleponis, a psychologist who has treated victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, has renewed his criticism of Cardinal Justin Rigali for suspending 21 priests in the wake of a grand jury report that claimed priests credibly accused of sexual abuse had remained in ministry.

“The recent events in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have raised more questions than provided answers,” says Kleponis. “The 21 priests who were placed on administrative leave were thoroughly investigated and cleared of all charges. What’s sad is that instead of standing up for these priests and defending them, Cardinal Rigali simply handed them over to the investigator.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Our View: Practice what you preach

UNITED STATES
The Rocky Mountain Collegian

by Collegian Editorial Board
The Rocky Mountain Collegian

Sunday, millions of Catholics all over the world gathered together to celebrate Easter, a holiday that honors the life of a man who preached the values of kindness and tolerance and has since inspired countless followers to live lives based on genuinely making the world a better place.

However, amid escalating allegations from across the Earth of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, the very messages that have defined Catholicism have been convoluted, lost in a slew of cover-ups and scandals and lost within an organization that won’t take accountability for its mistakes.

In an article published by the New York Times on Saturday, it was revealed that the Archdiocese in San Francisco has refused to accept responsibility for the actions of a string of abusive priests. In an article published by the Associated Press a few days earlier, it was further discussed how the Vatican has refused to hold itself liable for the actions of a priest in Oregon, instead moving him from parish to parish after allegations of his abuse surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Priest pleads guilty

CALIFORNIA
Daily Bulletin

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Alejandro Castillo, the 58-year-old former pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ontario, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of committing a lewd act on a child.

His plea Monday at West Valley Superior Court is part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carries a sentence of a year in county jail and requires that he register as a sex offender.

Castillo had been charged with eight felony counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts two years ago with a 12-year-old boy. Prosecutors dropped seven of the charges as part of the agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Some priests believe child sex not a breach of virtue, says Geoffrey Robinson

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Stephen Lunn From: The Australian April 26, 2011

SOME priests do not view the molestation of boys as a breach of their celibacy vows, a retired Catholic bishop has claimed.

Geoffrey Robinson, the former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, blames the absence of women from church life as a catalyst for the sexual abuse crisis enveloping the faith.

In an interview with The Australian Women's Weekly, Mr Robinson says boys suffered more than girls at the hands of paedophile priests partly because they were more available to them, with nuns tending to play a greater role in the religious education of young girls.

There was also a view among some offenders with whom he had worked that a priest's celibacy vows weren't broken if a boy was involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Brothers never shared abuse details

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE SUDBURY STAR

Three brothers suing a former Sudbury-area Roman Catholic priest for sexual abuse have outlined the nature of the abuse they allegedly suffered more than 30 years ago in statements of claim.

But the three men, now in their 50s, have never shared with each other details of the sexual acts they say they were forced to perform by Father John E. Sullivan in the late 1960s when he was priest at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge.

The eldest of the brothers, now 57, lives in Nova Scotia. He said it wasn't until last year that he and his brothers, known as BJJ and RJJ in their statements of claim, discussed launching civil lawsuits against Sullivan, now in his late 80s, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

April 25, 2011

John Paul II And The Redefining Of Sainthood

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Bill Briggs

Priests, nuns and proclaimed miracle workers, of course, dominate the lofty roster. A seamstress, a military general, and a pediatrician also joined the select sainthood league during the past 10 years.

Within that club, however, no person was perfect.

The 70 people sainted by the Catholic Church since 2001 all flashed human foibles -- including an accused conman who seemed addicted to the limelight. But their canonizations had nothing to do with achieving utter purity. In their own ways, all 70 were deemed to have used their earthly steps to mark distinct paths toward God. ...

This record-setting rush has raised one slippery question: Is John Paul truly worthy of sainthood?

Certainly, his life was built on the bedrock of good works: fueling a youth movement within the Catholic ranks and helping chop down communism, to name two biggies.

But John Paul's papacy will be forever tainted by the crimes of pedophile-priests during his tenure -- and, far darker, how his Vatican buried many of those sexual assault allegations.

What bad acts did John Paul ignore or fail to punish during his papacy? What did he know, when did he know it, and what did he do in response?

One fact to consider: On May 27, 2004, John Paul named ex-Boston Cardinal Bernard Law as head of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, giving him the title archpriest. That appointment came less than two years after John Paul accepted Law's resignation from his Boston post -- a move prompted by Law's repeated failure to remove pedophile priests from the ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:11 PM

Bishop stayed accessible in 1st year

SCRANTON (PA)
The Times Leader

MARK GUYDISH mguydish@timesleader.com

SCRANTON – He came in amid the rubble of a faith wracked by church and school closings, with a promise to rebuild.

He followed the tumultuous tenure of a reclusive leader by repeatedly stepping out to meet the public. Strident accusations from an outside advocacy group alleging priest scandal cover-ups bookend his first 365 days in office.

One year after his installation as leader of the 11-county Diocese of Scranton, Bishop Joseph Bambera seems undaunted as he maintains a schedule of frequent public appearances and a campaign seeking input from the faithful in deciding where the diocese goes next. ...

David Clohessy, director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, called Bambera “a poor choice,” citing Bambera’s comments during the trial of a priest accused of sexual misconduct with an altar boy. Clohessy argued Bambera had acknowledged helping cover up the scandal, a charge Bambera denied.

Clohessy and SNAP leveled similar accusations last month after the diocese announced misconduct allegations had been made against a priest by someone in Missouri, where the priest had previously served.

SNAP claimed the bishop had waited five weeks before publicizing the allegations, prompting the diocese to release a detailed timeline of how the case was handled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 PM

PHILLY PRIESTS SENT BOGUS SURVEY

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic League

[Letter to Philadelphia Priests]

April 25, 2011

The Greater Philadelphia chapter of Voice of the Faithful is the subject of this commentary by Catholic League president Bill Donohue:

Voice of the Faithful is a dissident Catholic group that has now launched an agenda to manipulate priests and the public in the Philadelphia area. It recently sent a letter to the 900-plus priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asking them to agree with its position that Pennsylvania lawmakers should abolish the statute of limitations for sexual abuse, opening a two-year window for civil suits.

The letter by Marita Green of the Steering Committee has the audacity to say that supporting its position is a "measure of integrity." Included is a "survey" which asks priests whether they agree with its stance. To top things off, it explicitly says that "the number [of postcards] that are not returned will be recorded as votes against abolishing the statute-of-limitations shield."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 PM

Predator lives at day care center, groups say.

CONNECTICUT
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Two groups dealing with the Catholic abuse crisis believe that a suspended and alleged child molesting priest lives at a Bristol day care center and is urging the state officials to investigate the matter.

Leaders of a self help group called SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) and the Hartford chapter of VOTF (Voice of the Faithful) say they are “worried about the safety of kids near Fr. Richard P. McGann” and have contacted the Connecticut Department of Public Health, which oversees day care facilities.

Last month, SNAP disclosed that the Hartford Catholic archdiocese paid “a substantial settlement” to a man who reported being repeatedly sexually abused as a child by McGann. In response to that event, church officials admit having suspended McGann from active ministry in 2005 but refuse to say why.

Since then, SNAP has heard from “numerous sources” that McGann lives at the Pumpkin Patch Day Care Center (31 Root Ave., Bristol) which is run by Debra Zakrzewski. In her 2002 bankruptcy filing, Zakrezewski lists McGann as a co-owner of a 1991 Gulfstream Motor Home and claims $269 a week income for cleaning services at a church. (SNAP suspects but can’t prove that it is McGann’s former parish).

“We’re scared because these links and these individuals convince us that McGann is, in fact, around vulnerable kids at this day care center,” said David Clohessy, SNAP’s director.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 PM

Charlotte diocese is sued; SNAP responds

CHARLOTTE (NC)
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)

In almost every case like this, evidence surfaces showing that some Catholic officials knew of or suspected the child sex crimes and either stayed silent or concealed them. We suspect that will happen here.

Still, an allegation isn’t a conviction or a guilty verdict. So we beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered misdeeds - by Berrell, Schneider or other church employees – to call police immediately so kids can be protected and so wrongdoers can be punished.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:53 PM

SB COUNTY: Priest admits to molesting boy

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

By IMRAN GHORI
The Press-Enterprise

An Ontario priest pleaded guilty Monday to molesting a 12-year-old boy who attended his church.

Alejandro Jose Castillo admitted his guilt as part of a plea agreement in which he will serve a year in jail.

Castillo, 57, entered a guilty plea in San Bernardino County Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga to one count of a lewd and lascivious act against a child under the age of 14, Deputy District Attorney Karen Schmauss said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:45 PM

Former Ontario pastor pleads guilty to lewd act on child

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CA)
Contra Costa Times

Liset Marquez, Staff Writer

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Alejandro Castillo, the 58-year-old former pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ontario, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of committing a lewd act on a child.

His plea Monday at West Valley Superior Court is part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carries a sentence of a year in county jail and requires that he register as a sex offender.

Castillo had been charged with eight felony counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts two years ago with a 12-year-old boy. Prosecutors dropped seven of the charges as part of the agreement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:41 PM

Why Not All Priests Should be Treated Equally

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Register

One psychologist who has worked with both victims and abusers sees problems with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s new policies. Reaction to a scathing grand jury report.

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 04/25/2

PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Justin Rigali ordered the suspension of 26 priests following a grand jury report that criticized the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for allowing priests with “credible” allegations of abuse to remain in active ministry.

Peter Kleponis and Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, mental-health experts with extensive clinical experience in the evaluation of priests “rightly” and “falsely” accused of sexual abuse, protested the mass suspension.

Kleponis holds a Ph.D. in psychology and has extensive experience with both victims and perpetrators of clergy sex abuse. He outlined his and Fitzgibbons’ concerns with Joan Frawley Desmond, senior editor of the Register.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 PM

The Priests We Deserve?

Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Maciel was recommended by John Paul not such much because of the money he raised, but because of the number of vocations to the priesthood he cultivated in the Legion of Christ.

Similarly, Karadima in Chile was almost universally honored because his group of young male friends produced four bishops and fifty priests.

And this in a church which in the developed countries is seeing a substantial decline in priestly vocations.

But what kind of priesthood do we have if psychopathic molesters, who may even be atheists, like Maciel and Karadima, are the most successful priests in bringing other men into the clergy?

It should give Benedict pause. Perhaps it has. But underlying this bizarre phenomenon is a long-standing and widespread distortion of the priesthood, which I and some of the commentators (Mary Ann’s is a good scholastic explanation) have tried to describe.

This distortion will eventually be condemned as a heresy, but in the meantime it is doing much harm.

For a theological exploration of the source of this distortion, I recommend Bernard Doering. Here is a section from his essay.

On the one hand, Berulle was right, Maritain insists, and magnificently so, in his insistence on the holiness toward which the priest ought to strive. . .

On the other hand, Berulle was mistaken, and seriously so, in exalting the sanctity of the state of life in which the sacrament of Holy Orders places the one who receives it. From affirming the eminent perfection to which the priest is called so that he may exercise his function in a manner that is in complete harmony with what the office demands, to affirming the eminent perfection of the state of life which is conferred on him at the same time as the sacramental powers, there is no more than an imperceptible step for Berulle, and he was happy to take that step.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Press Conference: Unprecedented ruling requires Vatican to answer for clergy abuse cover-up

UNITED STATES
YouTube

[video]

At a news conference on Monday in St. Paul, prominent clergy abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, along with constitutional law scholar and attorney Marci Hamilton, will provide analysis and background around a groundbreaking order and opinion issued on Thursday in John V. Doe v. Holy See.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Chembur temple priest held for molesting childless woman

INDIA
DNA

The Tilak Nagar police on Thursday arrested a priest of a Chembur temple for allegedly molesting a married woman devotee by assuring that she will bear a child soon.

“Chandrashekhar Kadam alias Baba, 54, a priest at Dattatray temple, was booked under sections 354 (molestation) and 508 (acts caused by inducing a person to believe that he will become an object of divine displeasure) of the Indian Penal Code,” said police inspector Siddharth Kasabe of Tilak Nagar police station. He added that Kadam was released on bail of Rs5,000 by the holiday court on Saturday.

Kadam, who was hails from Dapoli in Ratnagiri district, came to Chembur 40 years ago and started working as a priest at Dattatray temple. He also used to guidethe devotees in their personal problems.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

'Léonard minimaliseert misbruik'

BELGIE
Nieuws

[video]

De reactie van aartsbisschop Léonard op het interview van ex-bisschop van Brugge Vangheluwe heeft bijzonder veel verontwaardiging uitgelokt. Gewone parochiemedewerkers vinden dat Léonard het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk blijft minimaliseren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

"Léonard stelt zich op als medestander van Vangheluwe"

BELGIE
Vandaag

Aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard oogst met zijn commentaar op het beruchte tv-interview van Roger Vangheluwe zelf bakken kritiek. Ondermeer de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk en PS-Kamerlid Karine Lalieux vinden dat ook Léonard de feiten minimaliseert en hoegenaamd geen oog heeft voor de slachtoffers.

Léonard zei in een interview met de VRT dat het Vaticaan "gepast en snel" had gereageerd op de bekentenis van seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe. "Wij, de Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk (WMK), willen dat besluit, waar de straf voor Vangheluwe bepaald wordt, wel eens zien", aldus de werkgroep maandag in een persbericht. "Léonard stelt zich hier op als medestaander van Vangheluwe en bijgevolg van alle misbruikers in de kerk". De aartsbisschop geeft Vangheluwe bovendien spreekverbod opdat, zo vindt de WMK, het probleem zo snel mogelijk wordt vergeten.

PS-Kamerlid Karine Lalieux, voorzitster van de bijzondere Kamercommissie rond seksueel misbruik, uitte zondag al kritiek op de uitlatingen van aartsbisschop Léonard. "In het discours van Léonard staan de slachtoffers weer niet centraal", aldus Lalieux. "Léonard minimaliseert ook opnieuw de verantwoordelijkheid van de Kerk".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 PM

Time To Heal

VIRGINIA
Burke Connection

By Victoria Ross
Monday, April 25, 2011

When Becky Ianni was 9, she had a favorite hiding spot. She remembers opening the doors to a small closet under the stairs in her family’s Alexandria basement and tucking herself between the pieces of luggage her mother stored there.

But the little girl wasn’t playing a game of hide-and-seek with other children. She was seeking safety from the popular young priest who often visited her family. At that time, according to Ianni, the priest had been molesting her for two years.

“He would watch TV with me in the basement while my mom prepared dinner upstairs," said Ianni.

The priest would then have her sit on his lap and that's when, according to Ianni, he would sexually abuse her. “He also pulled me out of school and abused me in the vestry of the church," she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

PEI priest leaving Ottawa parish amidst controversy

CANADA
Journal Pioneer

OTTAWA — Father Joseph LeClair has announced that he will be leaving Blessed Sacrament Parish, ending his 14-year association with the Glebe church.

LeClair told parishioners of his decision during Easter weekend masses at the church, which is now the subject of an internal audit by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa.

LeClair said he made the decision in consultation with his family and with Archbishop Terrence Prendergast.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Hearing on former Boonville priest postponed until June

BOONVILLE (MO)
Boonville Daily News

By Eric Berger
Boonville Daily News
Posted Apr 25, 2011

Boonville — A judge granted a continuance on a hearing scheduled for Monday morning on a case involving a former Boonvile priest suspected of sexual abuse.

Gerald Howard’s next hearing is scheduled for June 27 in the 18th Circuit Court of Cooper County.

Cooper County Prosecutor Doug Abele said Friday the sides continue to collect depositions from witnesses across the country, and Howard’s defense attorney requested the continuance for discovery purposes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Unprecedented ruling requires Vatican to answer for clergy abuse cover-up in U.S. courtroom

ST. PAUL (MN)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

What: At a news conference on Monday in St. Paul, prominent clergy abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson and Mike Finnegan, along with constitutional law scholar and attorney Marci Hamilton, will provide analysis and background around a groundbreaking order and opinion issued on Thursday in John V. Doe v. Holy See.

The historic order, that a clergy sex abuse case against the Vatican can proceed to discovery of records and documents in the Vatican and eventually the questioning of a high ranking Vatican official, is the latest action forward in the almost decade long case of John V. Doe v. Holy See.

Earlier in the case, the Holy See claimed sovereign immunity from the suit and moved the court to dismiss the case. However, both the Federal District Court and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the Holy See’s motion. As a result, the Holy See petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court t hear the case on appeal. The U.S. Supreme Court denied the petition. With Thursday’s ruling, the case now moves to an unprecedented level requiring the Holy See to produce documents and answer plaintiff’s questions.

When: Monday, April 25 at 12 Noon CDT

Where: Jeff Anderson & Associates, 366 Jackson Street, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Vatican Ordered to Release Records for Sex-Abuse Case

OREGON
Courthouse News Service

[court ruling]

By DEE MOORE

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - In a rare legal feat, a man who claims to have been sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1960s can conduct discovery on the Vatican, a federal judge ruled.

The order compelling the Vatican to produce documents in the 11-year old lawsuit marks an unheard-of step in sex-abuses cases against the Catholic Church. While archdioceses in the United States have been found liable in similar cases, this case boldly seeks to take the matter all the way to Rome, holding the governmental body of the denomination accountable, and not just the North American arm of the vast organization.

The plaintiff, who sued anonymously as John Doe, seeks to hold the church accountable through the Holy See for the abuse he says he suffered at the hands of the Rev. Andrew Ronan who died in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Beatification Q&A #1: What's the Rush?

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Apr. 25, 2011 NCR Today

Rome -- Over the course of this week, I’m offering a daily series of questions and answers in the run-up to the beatification of Pope John Paul II on Sunday. Today, we begin with perhaps the single most commonly asked question, both in the media and at the grassroots: What’s the rush? Why is this happening so fast, while other causes sometimes languish for centuries?

(In Italy, by the way, today is Pasquetta, the “little Easter,” a day recalling the meeting between an Angel and the women gathered at Jesus’ tomb. It’s a holiday here, so buona Pasquetta to all!) ...

In truth, those most inclined to question the “rush” often have other reasons for feeling ambivalent about John Paul II – his record on the sexual abuse crisis, for instance, or the more “evangelical” tenor of his papacy, as opposed to the spirit of internal church reform associated with the Second Vatican Council (1962-65).

Just to make the point, it’s hard to imagine many Catholic progressives would be up in arms if, say, Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador had been beatified just six years after his assassination in 1980. Debate over the “how fast” of a sainthood cause, in other words, is almost always bundled with the “who” and the “why.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:29 AM

Seeking truth, justice

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE SUDBURY STAR

Bishop Jean-Louis Plouffe, the spiritual head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, said this week his heart goes out to victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests when he hears of such cases.

Three new lawsuits were launched against a priest and the diocese last week by three brothers who say they were repeatedly abused by Father John E. Sullivan in 1968 and beyond.

Plouffe said he relies on the justice system -- and the lawyers representing victims and the diocese -- to settle the cases in a fair and just manner.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Chomalí admitió que "me porté mal" con denunciante de Fernando Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

El recién designado arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, reiteró su arrepentimiento por la forma en que actuó en el caso de abusos sexuales del ex sacerdote Fernando Karadima, tras recibir antecedentes a través de un correo por parte de uno de los denunciantes, Juan Carlos Cruz, a quien definió como un amigo.

"A él lo conozco mucho", explicó en entrevista con TVN, afirmando que cuando recibió el correo "el 1 de abril de 2010, ya estaba todo encaminado, se estaba pensando que esto debía ir a Roma y ya estaba muy avanzada la investigación".

Admitió, eso sí, que "la verdad, me tupí, me porté mal con él, en el sentido de que buscaba a un amigo, a un obispo y yo no supe cómo actuar. Le pedí un perdón muy sincero, para mí ha sido una cosa muy dura haberle fallado a un amigo. Aprendí la lección, que es que corrompe tanto la mentira como el silencio y debí haber sido mucho más acogedor hacia él".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Obispos formados por Karadima serán citados a declarar por ministra en visita

CHILE
Cooperativa

Los obispos Andrés Arteaga, Tomislav Koljatic y Juan Barros -todos formados por el cuestionado sacerdote Fernando Karadima-, serán citados a declarar por la ministra en visita Jessica González quien investiga los abusos sexuales cometidos por el ex párroco de El Bosque.

Las indagatorias, según La Tercera, pretenden incluir el testimonio de alrededor de 10 religiosos que se alejaron de la Unión Sacerdotal, en una etapa decisiva en al investigación contra Karadima quien es acusado de abusos sexuales y por lo cual ya fue condenado por el Vaticano.

Andrés Arteaga es el obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Tomislav Koljatic es el obispo de Linares y Juan Barros es obispo castrense, todos parte del círculo más cercano a Karadima que la jueza González busca investigar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Arzobispo Chomalí: Sacerdotes deben responder por abusos incluso con cárcel

CHILE
La Nacion

El recién designado arzobispo de Concepción, monseñor Fernando Chomalí, enfatizó que los sacerdotes y obispos son ciudadanos que deben responder ante la justicia civil y pagar con cárcel si es necesario ante la crisis que vive la Iglesia Católica por los diversos casos de abusos sexuales a menores como los que protagonizó el sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

“Creemos mucho que cada sacerdote, cada obispo, cada uno de nosotros somos ciudadanos y tenemos que responder ante la justicia civil, y si una persona tiene que ir a la cárcel por los abusos que ha cometido tiene que cumplir con ese deber", indicó el recién designado como sucesor de monseñor Ricardo Ezzati en la arquidiócesis del Biobío.

La autoridad eclesiástica religioso insistió en que “nosotros (sacerdotes y religiosas) no estamos por sobre la justicia somos ciudadanos y tenemos que dar ejemplo”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Iglesia crea nuevo protocolo para investigar denuncias de abusos sexuales

CHILE
Radio Universidad de Chile

Macarena Scheuch

La Conferencia Episcopal chilena presentará este martes un nuevo protocolo para enfrentar denuncias y casos de abuso sexual por parte de integrantes de la institución religiosa. El documento recomienda un plazo de 30 días para la investigación previa del promotor de justicia o de quien la lleve a cabo, eliminando así los plazos indefinidos.

Este martes la Conferencia Episcopal chilena presentará un nuevo protocolo para enfrentar denuncias y casos de abuso sexual por parte de integrantes de la Iglesia Católica.

El documento, que será dado a conocer públicamente a toda la ciudadanía y no sólo a los obispos y autoridades de las congregaciones como ocurría hasta hoy, es una respuesta a los últimos escándalos de abusos como los del sacerdote Fernando Karadima e Isabel Margarita Lagos de las Ursulinas.

El texto, que releva al protocolo de 2003, contempla el levantamiento de la prescripción en los casos graves y ordena investigar todas las acusaciones independiente del tiempo transcurrido.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Ministra en visita citará a declarar a tres obispos formados por Fernando Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

por Andrés López

Una etapa decisiva se desarrollará en las próximas semanas en la investigación penal contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima, por supuestos abusos sexuales contra ex feligreses de la parroquia El Bosque. Se trata de la segunda etapa de interrogatorios al círculo cercano del sacerdote, entre los cuales están tres obispos que fueron formados por el ex párroco.

Durante marzo y abril, la ministra en visita Jéssica González se abocó a tomar declaración a más de 50 testigos, que fueron interrogados por el fiscal regional oriente, Xavier Armendáriz. Estos testimonios correspondían al entorno que tenía el religioso dentro del templo de Providencia y a quienes estuvieron involucrados en la investigación eclesiástica.

Fuentes de la investigación adelantaron a La Tercera que la jueza González citará en los próximos días a todos los sacerdotes que falta por interrogar y que están mencionados en el informe de la fiscal judicial de la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago, María Loreto Gutiérrez.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:38 AM

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Group Expands

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

A self help organization for clergy sex abuse victims is expanding to include those who have been hurt in any institutional setting and will hold a support group meeting in Kansas City on Tuesday.

The Chicago-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has had an active chapter in the KC area for years, but has largely focused on child sex crimes in churches, both Catholic and Protestant. But the KC group is now choosing to formally welcome “anyone who was molested or violated in any work or group setting – whether camps, schools, Scouts, or day care centers,” according to its director, David Clohessy of St. Louis.

“We’ve never turned anyone away, but the word ‘priest’ in our title has deterred some victims from calling us,” he said. “We just want to clearly and specifically invite any man, woman or teenager who has been hurt in any organizational context to join us and help us protect the vulnerable and heal the wounded.”

SNAP leaders maintain that many institutions, public and private, don’t respond well to child sex abuse allegations and tend to support the accused and shun the accuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Remains of paedophile priest Smyth to be removed so that land can be sold

IRELAND
The Journal

THE REMAINS OF paedophile priest Brendan Smyth are to be removed from their burial place in an abbey in Co Cavan, because the proposed sale of the land cannot be finalised while he remains there.

The 43 acres of land at Kilnacrott Abbey, belonging to the Norbertine Order of which Smyth was a member, has been up for sale for three years – and the Irish Daily Mail reports that while a prospective buyer has been found, they are not prepared to buy it while Smyth’s remains are there.

As a result, Ali Bracken writes, Smyth is to be exhumed and cremated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

'Uitspraken Léonard zijn schandalig'

BELGIE
De Standaard

PS-Kamerlid Karine Lalieux, die de bijzondere Kamercommissie rond seksueel misbruik voorzat, is niet te spreken over de uitspraken van aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard. Volgens Lalieux blijft de kerk de feiten 'minimaliseren'.

Aartsbisschop Léonard kwam zondag in zijn paashomilie niet terug op de schandalen rond seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. In verschillende interviews, de eerste na een lange mediastilte, nam hij wel stelling in over onder meer de zaak-Vangheluwe. De aartsbisschop gaf toe dat de ex-bisschop de feiten minimaliseert, maar vindt niet dat Rome te laat of te laks heeft gereageerd. Hij zei dat het Vaticaan de voormalige bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe heeft gestraft door hem onmiddellijk te vragen ontslag te nemen.

Commissievoorzitster Lalieux vindt dat Léonard zelf de feiten minimaliseert. 'Monseigneur Léonard laat de slachtoffers links liggen. Hij laat optekenen dat alles al gezegd is en wijst zo de roep naar de erkenning van de morele verantwoordelijkheid van zijn instituut af', zegt Lalieux.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Gläubige fordern Reformen

DEUTSCHLAND
Zeit

Ob Aufhebung des Pflichtzölibats oder das Priestertum für Frauen: Gläubige fordern Veränderungen in der Kirche. Das geht aus einer repräsentativen ZDF-Umfrage hervor.

Die katholische Kirche steckt in einer Krise. Grund sind vor allem die Missbrauchsskandale des vergangenen Jahres, denen zahlreiche Austritte folgten; schätzungsweise 40 Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor. Reformen könnten helfen, Anhänger zu halten. Und sie werden seitens der Gläubigen auch gefordert, wie eine repräsentative Politbarometer-Umfrage zeigt, die im Auftrag der ZDF-Sendung sonntags durchgeführt worden ist.

Während die Kirchen die Deutschen an Ostern also zu einem neuen Lebensstil aufrufen, – die Menschen hierzulande müssten nachhaltiger und solidarischer leben – gehen die Gläubigen ihrerseits hart mit ihr ins Gericht. So antworteten 80 Prozent der Katholiken, beziehungsweise 73 Prozent der Gesamtbevölkerung, mit "Ja" auf die Frage, ob die katholische Kirche Reformen durchführen sollte. Oberste Priorität hat laut der befragten Katholiken, dass Priester heiraten dürfen. So sprachen sich 75 Prozent für die Aufhebung des Pflichtzölibats aus. Ein Thema, dass in den Aufgabenbereich des Vatikans fällt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

'Léonard stelt zich op als medestander van Vangheluwe'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

De Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk (WMK) is niet te spreken over de uitspraken van aartsbisschop Léonard tijdens het afgelopen paasweekend. Léonard verklaarde dat ex-bisschop van Brugge Roger Vangheluwe al genoeg gestraft is geweest door Rome.

"Wij, de WMK, willen dat besluit, waar de straf voor Vangheluwe bepaald wordt, wel eens zien", zo luidt het maandag in een persbericht.

"Léonard stelt zich hier op als medestaander van Vangheluwe en bijgevolg van alle misbruikers in de kerk", zo luidt het verder. De aartsbisschop geeft Vangheluwe bovendien spreekverbod, zodat het probleem zo snel mogelijk wordt vergeten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Aartsbisschop België kritisch over Vangheluwe

BELGIE
NOS

De leider van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in België zegt geschokt te zijn door de uitspraken van de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, Roger Vangheluwe.

Voor het eerst reageerde aartsbisschop Léonard in interviews in de Belgische media op het schandaal. Anderhalve week geleden sprak Vangheluwe uitgebreid over het seksuele misbruik dat hij een minderjarige neefje had aangedaan en bekende hij ook een tweede neefje te hebben lastiggevallen.

"Het interview kwam net op het moment dat het Vaticaan hem had opgedragen om in stilte te leven", aldus Léonard, die tot nu toe niet had willen reageren op de zaak. "Het was niet opportuun en zelfs schokkend dat hij dat deed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Future study on Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors... maybe

UNITED STATES
Stop Baptist Predators

Christa Brown

Friends,

As some of you already know, my life has changed a lot over the past year. I’m now pursuing a Ph.D. in religious studies in the joint program at the Iliff School of Theology and the University of Denver. I hope that, with a broader understanding, I may become a more effective voice for encouraging compassionate outreach to those wounded by clergy sex abuse and for prodding the implementation of effective clergy accountability systems.

[Incidentally, the Iliff School of Theology is not in any way connected to Baptists. It is loosely affiliated with the Methodists, but just so you’ll know, I’m not Methodist either. I don’t categorize myself as much of anything when it comes to institutional religion.]

In the future, I hope that I may be able to conduct a research study on Baptist clergy sex abuse survivors, and on the survivors’ thoughts and feelings about various things related to the abuse and its aftermath. I hope many of you will participate. (And by “clergy,” I’m referring to pastors, ministers, deacons, Sunday School teachers, missionaries, and church officials.)

It may be a year or more before I can even begin such a study, but the blog and website have been getting a lot of hits lately, and so I would like to use this spike in visibility to go ahead and start gathering email addresses from people who might be interested in participating.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Asheville lawsuit targets Catholic church conduct

ASHEVILLE (NC)
Asheville Citizen-Times

Written by
Clarke Morrison

ASHEVILLE — The Catholic Church's pervasive pattern of hiring and protecting known sexual predators allowed a local parish music minister to repeatedly molest a girl, her parents claim in a lawsuit.

Paul Lawrence Berrell's history of assaulting children at parishes in Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee was known to church officials before he was assigned to St. Eugene Catholic Church in March 2007, according to the suit filed in Buncombe County Superior Court.
The lawsuit names the Diocese of Charlotte, which oversees parishes in Western North Carolina, along with Berrell and the Rev. John Schneider, the former pastor at St. Eugene.

In an answer to the lawsuit and motion to dismiss, the diocese denied knowingly employing or protecting sexual abusers and concealing the danger they posed. The diocese also denied that Berrell had a history of improper sexual activity that was known to church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Retired bishop in Oz says some priests do not view child sex as breach of virtue

AUSTRALIA
Daily India

Adelaide, Apr 25: A retired Catholic bishop in Australia has claimed that some priests do not view the molestation of boys as a breach of their celibacy vows.

Geoffrey Robinson, the former auxiliary bishop of Sydney, blames the absence of women from church life as a catalyst for the sexual abuse crisis enveloping the faith.

According to the Australian Women's Weekly, Robinson said boys suffered more than girls at the hands of paedophile priests partly because they were more available to them, with nuns tending to play a greater role in the religious education of young girls.

There was also a view among some offenders with whom he had worked that a priest's celibacy vows weren't broken if a boy was involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

April 24, 2011

Iglesia Católica presentará el martes protocolo para enfrentar casos de abusos sexuales

CHILE
Puranoticia

Esta será la primera vez en que se expondrá a través de la Conferencia Episcopal un documento a la ciudadanía, el que dejará de ser exclusivamente para las jerarquías eclesiásticas.

Este informe consta de 20 páginas, elaborado en la última asamblea plenaria de la Conferencia Episcopal realizada en Punta de Tralca. Éste, contiene medidas como la eliminación de la prescripción en casos graves de abuso sexual.

Monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, Obispo de Santiago, calificó el Protocolo 2011 como "una importante señal de paz" ante las denuncias que han golpeado a la congregación católica, esto luego de la misa de Domingo de Resurrección, en la que pidió reiteradas disculpas por los casos de pedofilia revelados al interior de la iglesia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Iglesia presentará una guía para abordar casos de abuso sexual

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- La Iglesia Católica informó que el martes dará a conocer un protocolo con el que la institución abordará los casos de abuso sexual. El documento, que consta de 20 páginas, fue redactado en la última asamblea plenaria de la Conferencia Episcopal, efectuada en Punta de Tralca, y contiene medidas como la eliminación de la prescripción en casos considerados graves.

Ricardo Ezzati, arzobispo de Santiago, dijo que la guía es "una importante señal de paz" tras las denuncias de abusos sexuales que involucran a sacerdotes.

Luego de presidir una misa de Domingo de Resurrección, en la que hubo nuevamente disculpas por los casos de pedofilia en la Iglesia, la autoridad eclesiástica agregó que “verán el día martes todo el protocolo, (que) también es un signo de la Pascua, es un signo de la vida. Del compromiso de la iglesia siempre de estar al lado de la vida”.

“Lo hemos estudiado desde el año 2003. Lo hemos madurado a la luz de las enseñanzas del Papa Benedicto. Y ustedes verán que será un gran signo de esperanza para Chile y también un signo que manifiesta la voluntad de la Iglesia de defender la vida en toda su dignidad", complementó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Informe de Chomalí no contempla bienes personales de sacerdotes

CHILE
La Nacion

La misiva con el título: Aclaración del Departamento de Opinión Pública del Arzobispado de Santiago, se refiere al artículo “Karadima: la investigación de Chomali a los dineros”, firmado por el periodista Claudio Leiva, y la participación de Monseñor Fernando Chomali respecto de un informe sobre las finanzas de la Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón de Providencia realizado el año pasado.

El Departamento de Opinión Pública del Arzobispado de Santiago se manifestó con el deber de precisar que todas las parroquias de Santiago entregan un informe anual de ingresos y egresos que es revisado por el Tribunal de Cuentas del Arzobispado de Santiago.

Y agrega que en esta ocasión le correspondió a Monseñor Chomali, en cuanto moderador de la Curia, refrendar el informe a que se refiere el artículo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 PM

Easter service: Catholic Church seeing results from Come Home campaign

FLORIDA
Naples Daily News

By KELLY FARRELL
Naples Daily News
Posted April 24, 2011

As the sun rose and fog cleared at St. Agnes Catholic Church in North Naples, reports of a resurrection in religious faith this Easter mirrored the celebration of Jesus.

With an in-your-face, make-you-feel-guilty advertising campaign called Catholics Come Home, Roman Catholicism packed the pews with a marketing venture that would make Coca-Cola envious.

Rev. Robert J. Kantor, priest and administrator at St. Agnes Church in North Naples, said the campaign, geared toward bringing people back to church, is seeing results. He said the Easter Sunday sunrise service had a 20 percent increase in attendance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:53 PM

Marcial Maciel y L. Ron Hubbard: Un comparativo

MEXICO
Milenio semanal

Pocas cosas esclavizan más que la promesa de la libertad desde una visión metafísica. Estos signos igualan a los Legionarios de Cristo con la Cienciología, cuyos procedimientos similares de manipulación y lavado de cerebro son patentes.

2011-04-10 | Milenio semanal

—¿Qué vamos a hacer esta noche, Cerebro?
—Lo mismo que hacemos todas las noches,
Pinky: ¡tratar de conquistar al mundo!
—Pinky y Cerebro

Me gustaría empezar una religión.
Ahí es donde está el dinero.
—Lafayette Ronald Hubbard

¿Cómo explicar lo sucedido el 18 de noviembre de 1978 en Jonestown? Allí 918 personas cometieron suicidio colectivo por órdenes de su líder, Jim Jones. ¿Cómo entender la convicción de una madre dispuesta a darle kool aid con cianuro a sus hijos? ¿Qué sería del estalinismo o de los bombarderos suicidas sin un credo expansionista? El proceso de llegar a creer en algo —cosa que todos hacemos, a diario, de un modo u otro— es fascinante y a ratos perturbador.

¿Cómo pasa un neurótico ordinario de la angustia cotidiana a soltar gases venenosos en el Metro para, según él, salvar al mundo? Por increíble que parezca, el modo en que se adentra alguien en un culto parece seguir un patrón bastante delineado. “Es como si tuvieses una fruta que por afuera es dulce y a medida que vas entrando al centro se vuelve más amarga y terriblemente controladora”, me responde Daniel Asse, quien tras 10 años dentro de la Cienciología recién levantó una demanda penal contra esta peculiar organización por privación de la libertad. Asse pasa a describirme su proceso de ingreso: “Es muy común que cuando te involucras en uno de sus aparentes centros de superación personal, ellos van y buscan alguna ruina que tú tengas o, si no, la van a tratar de fabricar. Te van a hacer un test de personalidad y en ese test van a decirte que andas mal en esta área o en otra… y como nadie es Supermán, interpretan tu personalidad y te dicen que estás mal en esto y aquello y entonces, viene el ‘nosotros podemos ayudarte’”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Mexico: Legion of Christ & Scientology Compared

Dialogue Ireland

This is a translation of a lengthy article in Spanish posted on April 10, 2011 on the website of the Mexican weekly magazine Milenio Semanal, issue 701. The author compares the Legion of Christ and its sociopathic founder, Mexican Catholic priest Marcial Maciel (1920-2008) with Scientology and its sociopathic founder L. Ron Hubbard (1911-1986). Mexican ex-Scientologists Daniel Asse and Rafael Gómez, as well as former Legionary of Christ Nelly Ramírez were interviewed for this article. Credit goes to mnql1 for the translation.

Marcial Maciel and L. Ron Hubbard: A Comparison

by Fausto Alzati Fernández
April 10, 2011
M Semanal Magazine, Issue 701

Few things enslave more than the promise of freedom through a metaphysical vision. There are striking parallels between the Legion of Christ and Scientology, which employ similar techniques of manipulation and brainwashing.

Pinky: “Gee Brain, what are we going to do tonight?”
The Brain: “The same thing we do every night, Pinky — try to take over the world!”
— Pinky and the Brain

“I’d like to start a religion. That’s where the money is.”
— Lafayette Ronald Hubbard

How to explain what happened on November 18, 1978 in Jonestown? There, 918 persons committed mass suicide on the orders of their leader, Jim Jones. How to understand the faith of a mother willing to give the cyanide-laced Kool-Aid to her children? Would there be Stalinism or suicide bombers without an expansionist credo? The process of coming to believe in something — which we all do daily, one way or another — is fascinating and sometimes disturbing.

How does an ordinary neurotic go from everyday anxiety to releasing poison gas in the subway to, in his mind, save the world? As incredible as this may sound, the way in which a person enters a cult seems to follow a fairly well-charted pattern. “It’s as though you had a fruit that is sweet on the outside and, as you go make your way toward the center, it becomes more bitter and terribly controlling,” says Daniel Asse, who, after 10 years in Scientology, recently filed a criminal complaint against this particular organization for deprivation of liberty. Asse goes on to describe the entry process: “It is very common that once you’ve been lured into one of their supposed self-improvement centers, they go looking for any ruin that you have and, if there isn’t any, they’ll try to concoct one. They give you a personality test and this test will tell you that you’re doing poorly in this or that area … and since no one is Superman, they interpret your personality and they tell you you’re failing in this and that, and then they say ‘we can help.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:55 PM

Long Sends Message To Accusers During Easter Sermon

LITHONIA (GA)
WSB

[with video]

LITHONIA, Ga. -- Bishop Eddie Long delivered several sermons to his congregation on Easter Sunday, avoiding any mention of the lawsuit against him or any possible settlement in the sex scandal rocking New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Throughout his sermons he appeared to have a cryptic message for his accusers. “You ain't messin’ with me. I shall rise again and I ain't going through this,” Long said.

His sermon comes just days after Channel 2 Action News learned the embattled megachurch pastor was close to reaching a settlement with four former church members who accused him of using his spiritual powers to engage in sexual activity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Belgian archbishop shocked by interview of former bishop at heart of pedophile scandal

BELGIUM
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Sunday, April 24
BRUSSELS — Belgian archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard says he was shocked by the recent interview of a former bishop at the heart of a sexual abuse scandal.

At Sunday’s Easter service, Leonard said he was specifically hurt by the attempts of Roger Vangheluwe to minimize his acknowledged abuse of two nephews and by his decision to speak up in an interview two weeks ago in defiance of the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

Reiterado mea culpa de Iglesia Católica chilena

CHILE
Prensa Latina

Santiago de Chile, 24 abr (PL) El presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal chilena, Ricardo Ezzati, admitió hoy el signo peculiar de las conmemoraciones ligadas a la Semana Santa en el país, dados los sonados casos de abuso sexual al interior del sacerdocio.

"La Pascua de este año está marcada por un peculiar contexto de confusión y de dolor, ampliamente conocido y comentado por la opinión pública", reconoció el también arzobispo de Santiago.

Ezzati aludió de ese modo a las numerosas revelaciones y testimonios que sacaron a la luz los abusos sexuales cometidos por dos influyentes miembros eclesiásticos: el expárroco Fernando Karadima y la exmadre superiora de Las Ursulinas Margarita Lagos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Mensaje pascual: Ezzati destaca fortaleza y solidaridad

CHILE
La Nacion

El arzobispo de Santiago, monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, hizo un llamado a la solidaridad entre los chilenos en su mensaje pascual a pocas horas de celebrarse la resurrección de Jesucristo por parte de la Iglesia, y tampoco olvidó los duros momentos por los que ha pasado el clero del país.

En una alocución, difundida por Canal 13, el pastor de la Iglesia santiaguina señaló que “la cruz de Jesús es la expresión más grande de la solidaridad. En Él Dios optó por los últimos. Con razón, San Alberto Hurtado traducía esta actitud de Jesús con la expresión: ‘dar hasta que duela’”.

En ese sentido, el prelado también se refirió a la situación socioeconómica del país, señalando que “sin desconocer los avances significativos alcanzados”, recordó que las cifras “nos dicen que dos millones y medio de chilenos siguen sufriendo el flagelo de la pobreza urbana y rural; 700 mil jóvenes, ni estudian ni trabajan; en las poblaciones periféricas de nuestras ciudades, la droga no deja de ofrecer ilusorios y efímeros caminos de realización; en las cárceles muchos siguen esperando condiciones de vida más humana, mientras que hermanos y hermanas de las etnias originarias siguen anhelando ser reconocidos, con pleno derecho, en la vida nacional”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Catholic priest from Tonbridge facing child sex allegations found dead

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Kent

By lee moran lmoran@courier.co.uk

A CATHOLIC priest from Tonbridge at the centre of a child sex allegation has been found dead.

The body of Monsignor Michael Smith, 63, parish priest at Corpus Christi for 19 years, was discovered at a house in Snodland on Sunday evening.

Police refused to confirm suggestions he had died of a drugs overdose, but stressed his death was not suspicious.

Monsignor Smith, who was also responsible for St Peter's Chapel in Hadlow, was arrested on December 7 last year on suspicion of sexual assault "concerning a young person" and immediately stood down from his post at the Lyons Crescent church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Protests mount over fast track for John Paul's beatification

ROME
Guardian (United Kingdom)

Tom Kington in Rome
guardian.co.uk, Saturday 23 April 2011

A growing lobby of churchmen and religious experts are challenging the speed with which the Vatican is propelling Pope John Paul II towards sainthood, just six years after his death.

Hailed as the pope who helped bring down communism, who prayed alongside Jews and Muslims, and shrugged off an assassination attempt, John Paul will be beatified in St Peter's Square next Sunday, a first step towards sainthood. ...

Some experts are questioning whether John Paul is fit for sainthood at all, pointing to his poor record in handling the sex abuse allegations against priests that came to the fore during his 26-year papacy. "I oppose this beatification and predict history will look unkindly on John Paul, who was in denial as the worst crisis since the Reformation happened in the church," said Father Richard McBrien, a theology professor at Notre Dame University in the US.

"My doubts are about John Paul being beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict," said the Catholic historian Michael Walsh. "It appears incestuous and akin to the habit of deifying one's ancestors."

Even as Benedict faced the fallout from accusations that scores of priests abused children around the world, he has pulled out the stops to beatify John Paul. Sorting through hundreds of miraculous cures attributed to the pontiff, Vatican officials have selected the overnight recovery from Parkinson's disease of a French nun as the miracle required for beatification. Experts believe canonisation could follow in two to three years.

"Years from now people may be saying, why the rush?" said Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author. "It takes a little bit away for future generations." Tom Reese, a theologian and author, added: "What we need are fewer popes and priests beatified, and more real lives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Eddie Long off the Cross in Time for Easter?

GEORGIA
Religion Dispatches

Post by Anthea Butler

Reports are swirling on Twitter and the internet that the Bishop Long mediation case has been, or is about to be, settled. Judge Johnny Panos met with media on Friday afternoon, saying that mediation between all the parties has been “difficult” but that a settlement is close, perhaps in the next few days. Reports say that mediation sessions have lasted all day into the wee hours of the morning, even until 3 am.

If the mediation is completed during Holy Week, it would be a boon for Long. With no sign of the five smooth stones he was going to throw back in September to defend his name, and the congregation reeling from an investment scandal and layoffs, Long desperately wants to get off the cross of public derision and skepticism. If Long settles out of court avoiding a trial, and obtains confidentiality clauses Long avoids both the scandal of a trial and the “outing” of his worldwide trysts with young men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Karadima: la investigación a platas de la parroquia que hizo Chomali

CHILE
La Nacion

Claudio Leiva Cortés
El flamante arzobispo de Concepción encabezó en julio de 2010 una investigación eclesiástica a la iglesia de El Bosque. Concluyó que no había irregularidades, a pesar de que el Vaticano aún investiga el patrimonio de ese templo.

En julio del 2010, el flamante arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomali, encabezó una investigación eclesiástica a los dineros que se manejaban en la parroquia de El Bosque, centro de influencia de Fernando Karadima. Chomali, a la fecha obispo auxiliar de Santiago, concluyó que no había irregularidades.

La indagatoria la había ordenado el entonces arzobispo de Santiago, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, después de conocerse la ayuda económica que Karadima, el sacerdote Diego Ossa y el abogado Juan Pablo Bulnes habían dado a tres empleados. La Fiscalía Oriente investigaba estos pagos como obstrucción a la justicia (sobornos).

La situación más grave en ese momento, aparte de las denuncias contra Karadima, era la acusación del ex colaborador Oscar Osbén contra el sacerdote Diego Ossa. Según su testimonio ante el fiscal Xavier Armendáriz, el padre Ossa lo había masturbado en una oportunidad, cosa que este religioso desmintió en su declaración.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Léonard blijft zwijgen over Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Aartsbisschop André Léonard heeft ook tijdens de paaswakeviering, zaterdagavond in de Sint-Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen, niet gereageerd op het veelbesproken tv-interview van de voormalige Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe.

Verschillende politici, onder wie buitenlandminister Steven Vanackere (CD&V), hadden de aartsbisschop vorige week anders nog opgeroepen om als hoofd van de Belgische Kerk snel een duidelijk standpunt in te nemen. Net als vele andere politici vindt Vanackere de reactie van de Belgische Kerk tot nu 'onvoldoende.'

Léonard werd na het interview met Vangheluwe meermaals om een reactie gevraagd. De aartsbisschop gaf echter nog geen commentaar op de zaak en liet verstaan dat hij zou zwijgen 'tot Pasen'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Leonard noemt interview Vangheluwe schokkend

BELGIE
Knack

Na de paasviering heeft aartsbisschop Leonard voor het eerst gereageerd op het omstreden interview van de gevallen bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. Leonard noemde het interview "schokkend".

Tijdens de paasviering wilde aartsbisschop Leonard niets zeggen over het interview dat de pedofiele bisschop Roger Vangheluwe aan VT4 gaf.

"Het laatste in een reeks schandalen die de kerk op de proef hebben gesteld, was zonder twijfel het schokkende interview dat de vroegere bisschop van Brugge op 14 april gaf aan een televisiezender," zei Leonard. "Op de schandalen en op dat interview kom ik in deze paashomilie niet meer terug. Ik wil hier vandaag vooral goed nieuws brengen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Léonard: "Was schokkend interview van Vangheluwe"

BELGIE
Zita

Aartsbisschop André Léonard vond de getuigenis van Roger Vangheluwe op VT4 schokkend. Dat heeft de geestelijke gezegd tijdens de paasviering in de Sint-Michiels en Sint-Goedele-kathedraal in Brussel. Zowat 800 gelovigen woonden de viering bij.

"Bij de Palmzondagvieringen in Louvain-la-Neuve en in Mechelen, tijdens de indringende kruisweg in Koekelberg, en in de diverse Chrismavieringen in Mechelen, Brussel en Nijvel heb ik, eens te meer, de schandalen opgeroepen die de Kerk in België op de proef hebben gestelde, aldus Léonard in de homilie.

"De schandalen ook die bij de slachtoffers de pijn en kwetsuren weer hebben opengereten. Het laatste in die reeks schandalen was zonder twijfel het schokkende interview dat de vroegere bisschop van Brugge op 14 april gaf aan een televisiezender. Op de schandalen en op dat interview kom ik in deze paashomilie niet meer terug."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

Léonard noemt interview Vangheluwe 'schokkend'

BELGIE
De Standaard

In zijn homilie in de hoogmis van Pasen is aartsbisschop Andrè-Joseph Léonard slechts uiterst kort teruggekomen op het spraakmakende interview dat Roger Vangheluwe anderhalve week geleden gegeven heeft. Hij noemde de uitspraken 'schokkend'.

Verschillende politici, onder wie minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Steven Vanackere (CD&V), hadden de aartsbisschop vorige week opgeroepen om als hoofd van de Belgische Kerk snel een duidelijk standpunt in te nemen. Net als vele andere politici vindt Vanackere de reactie van de Belgische Kerk tot nu 'onvoldoende.'

Léonard werd na het interview met Vangheluwe meermaals om een reactie gevraagd op de bekentenissen van de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, die het misbruik van een tweede slachtoffer toegaf, maar tegelijk minimaliseerde. De aartsbisschop gaf echter nog geen commentaar op de zaak en liet verstaan dat hij zou zwijgen 'tot Pasen'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

BRUXELLES, 24 avr 2011 (AFP) - Pédophilie : l'ex-évêque de Bruges a tenu des propos choquants (Eglise belge)

BELGIQUE
La Croix

BRUXELLES, 24 avr 2011 (AFP) - Pédophilie : l'ex-évêque de Bruges a tenu des propos choquants (Eglise belge)

Le chef de l'Eglise catholique belge, Mgr André-Joseph Léonard, a jugé dimanche "choquante", sans s'attarder davantage sur l'affaire, une confession télévisée dans laquelle l'ancien évêque de Bruges actuellement en fuite avait reconnu et relativisé des actes pédophiles.

Alors qu'il avait annoncé qu'il réagirait à l'occasion de la messe pascale à cette affaire qui secoue l'Eglise belge, Mgr Léonard s'est borné à rappeler au détour de son homélie qu'il avait déjà évoqué à maintes reprises ces derniers jours "les scandales qui ont éprouvé récemment l'Eglise de Belgique et ravivé les blessures des victimes".

"Le dernier de ces scandales (est) l'interview choquante accordée à une chaîne de télévision, le 14 avril dernier, par l'ancien évêque de Bruges. Je n'y reviens plus dans cette homélie de Pâques", s'est contenté de déclarer l'archevêque, cité par l'agence Belga.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Pédophilie dans l'Eglise: L'ancien évêque de Bruges reconnaît un nouvel abus sexuel

BELGIQUE
20 Minutes

L'ancien évêque de Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe, a admis jeudi avoir abusé d'un second neveu tout en indiquant qu'il ne se considérait pas pédophile.

Agé de 74 ans, Vangheluwe a démissionné l'année dernière après avoir reconnu avoir abusé sexuellement d'un de ses neveux dans les années 1980. Le Vatican n'a toujours pas décidé du sort canonique de l'ancien évêque qui a quitté la Belgique afin de suivre un «traitement spirituel et psychologique» selon le Saint-Siège.

Lors de sa première apparition publique depuis un an, Wangheluwe a accordé une longue interview à la chaîne de télévision belge VT4 qui a été diffusée jeudi soir.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Pédophilie dans l'Eglise: L'ex-évêque de Bruges visé par une nouvelle enquête

BELGIQUE
20 Minutes

L'ancien évêque de Bruges fait l'objet d'une enquête sur une nouvelle affaire de pédophilie concernant des enfants de chœur remontant aux années 1960, a annoncé mercredi le parquet fédéral belge.

Mgr Roger Vangheluwe, qui est âgé de 74 ans, a démissionné l'an dernier après avoir reconnu avoir sexuellement abusé de l'un de ses neveux dans les années 1980. La semaine dernière, le prélat a admis dans une longue confession télévisée avoir abusé d'un second neveu et d'un autre enfant de chœur lors d'un camp scout.

Suicide d’une des victimes ?
«Une nouvelle plainte a été déposée visant M. Vangheluwe», a dit un porté-parole du parquet. Mercredi, le quotidien flamand De Morgen croit savoir que l'une de deux petites victimes se serait donnée la mort après les faits - une information que le parquet a toutefois refusé de commenter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Questions of law and faith

UNITED STATES
The Lawrentian

By Steve Nordin
Staff Writer

President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights Bill Donahue published an open letter in The New York Times April 11 concerning sexual abuse of children by the Catholic clergy.

While the letter, titled "Straight Talk About the Catholic Church," certainly negated any uplifting effect of my morning omelet, as a Catholic and mild enthusiast of religious and civil rights, I was very interested to hear what Donahue's group had to say.

Mr. Donahue stated that Catholics were "furious" about cases of child molestation, but that "some are exploiting this issue for ideological and financial profit."

This seemed relatively reasonable. Given the emotional nature and broad scale of such accusations, some malicious conspirators could unjustly demand settlements or engage in political point-scoring against the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Easter message

VATICAN CITY
The Province (Canada)

Pope Benedict led the world's Catholics into Easter on Saturday, ahead of the beatification of his venerated predecessor John Paul II on May 1.

The 84 year-old pontiff presided at an Easter eve service in St Peter's Basilica, delivering a sermon around the theme of divine creation and receiving six adult converts from various countries into the church.

Saturday's ceremony followed a cautious move on Good Friday to address a wider audience through a televised question and answer session between the pope and a selected group including a child in Japan and a Muslim woman in Ivory Coast.

The Easter celebration, marking the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion, will continue today, when the pope will deliver his twice yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) address in St Peter's Square.

The celebration was largely free of controversy seen last year, when allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests overshadowed the holiest occasion of the church year, although the pope referred to the scandal in his Good Friday address.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Catholics welcome 1,400 adult converts

OHIO/KENTUCKY
Cincinnati.com

Written by
Mark Curnutte

Kelly Clasgens watched her father-in-law die slowly, losing a leg and suffering from blood clots and a brain aneurysm.

Yet he was at peace, she said, confident that he would go to heaven after his death.

"He was Catholic his whole life, a generous and loving man, and he said it was his Catholic faith that prevented him from worrying," said Clasgens, 36, of Florence. "I started wondering what would happen to me when I died."

Those steps, taken in early 2010, were her first toward becoming Catholic, a process that culminated Saturday for her and nearly 1,400 other adult converts at Easter Vigil Masses throughout the Diocese of Covington and the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It's an annual event in the Catholic Church, when people who have not been baptized in another Christian denomination are baptized in the first Mass of Easter, after sundown. Preparation generally takes one year. ...

The sexual abuse scandal involving American priests - almost 4,400 individual priests were involved in alleged incidents, with more than 1,000 reported to police, between 1950 and 2002 - drove many Catholics away. The U.S. church has spent more than $500 million on the scandal in treatment of priests, legal costs and settlements to victims, according to an official study commissioned in 2002 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"I gave my decision a lot of thought and consideration," said Jeff Wade, who was confirmed Catholic Saturday night and received First Communion at St. Susanna Church in Mason. Baptized in a non-denominational Christian church as a youth in his native Nebraska, Wade, 45, wants to join his wife, daughter and son as Catholics.

"We're all sinners. We all make mistakes," Wade said. "Every institution, like every person, has its strengths and weaknesses. I have experienced many more positives and good people in the church than the negatives."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

For Priest Abuse Survivors, a Painful Search for Closure

SAN FRANCISCO (CA)
The Bay Citizen

By Trey Bundy on April 23, 2011

At a quiet church in the Sunset district of San Francisco last weekend, about 15 sexual abuse survivors gathered for what they said they thought would be a climactic meeting with the three bishops of the Roman Catholic Church’s Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The survivors, who were abused by local priests in the decades before priest pedophilia became a global scandal, want the local church to go further than it has in accepting responsibility and making restitution.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has settled 101 abuse cases and paid $68 million in settlements since 2003. But the continuing pain and anger of many survivors and the fact that even serial abusers have escaped criminal punishment have led the church to engage in a series of highly emotional meetings with Bay Area victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Experts: Church erred in Brock sex case

ARIZONA
The Arizona Republic

by Laurie Merrill - Apr. 24, 2011
The Arizona Republic.

Law-enforcement authorities said local leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints never reported information to police that could have protected a teenager abused by Susan Brock, wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock.

Church spokeswoman Kim Farah said leaders did report the abuse, but she declined to provide details on who was told and when. The LDS church, based in Salt Lake City, would let Farah be quoted only for this story. Farah said the actions of the church were appropriate.

Susan Brock, 49, was arrested after the victim's parents reported to Chandler police on Oct. 22 that their son told them he had been abused for three years. Brock was sentenced on April 8 to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of attempted sexual conduct with a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

April 23, 2011

Hold the Halo

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By MAUREEN DOWD
Published: April 23, 2011

WASHINGTON

You could fall in love with Pope John Paul II at the drop of a miter.

In 1978, when 58-year-old Karol Wojtyla slalomed onto the world stage as the first non-Italian pope since the Renaissance, everything about him captivated Catholics who felt adrift and conflicted.

The merry eyes. The sunny wit. The moral toughness honed during battles against Nazis and Communists. The former actor and factory worker was a skiing cardinal, a mountain-climbing poet, a kayaking philosopher, a singing author.

Twenty-six years later, the crowds at his funeral yelled “Santo subito!” Sainthood now!

Next Sunday, two days after the Kate and William show, another European spectacle will unfold: Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the beatification for the man he revered, the first time in a millennium that a pope has elevated his immediate predecessor and the swiftest ascension toward sainthood on record.

Hoping to get a P.R. boost by resurrecting John Paul’s magic, Benedict fast-tracked the process, waiving the usual five-year wait before starting.

But it won’t take away the indelible stain left by a global sex scandal that continues to sulfurously bubble as we celebrate Easter. The latest grotesquerie, amid a cascade of victims coming forward in Belgium, was a TV interview with the former bishop of Bruges, who serenely admitted abusing two nephews.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 PM

The Agony of the Church in Chile

CHILE
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

The Vatican has publicly stated that the Rev. Fernando Karadima was a sexual abuser. In Chile he was a combination Maciel and Fulton Sheen. He apparently was an extraordinarily effective preacher and giver of retreats, although now some suspect he was not simply an abuser, but an atheist.

In such a dreadful situation it is hard to find any ray of light. But the spiritual maturity of some Catholics in Chile has been deeply edifying. I previously quoted Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim.

Here is what Joaquín Lavín, the Minister of Education and a supernumerary of Opus Dei said about the accusations:

Son lamentables, pero la fe es Jesucristo, no es en la persona de un sacerdote.
(they are lamentable, but the faith is in Jesus Christ, not in the person of a priest)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Ye Shall Be As Gods

UNITED STATES
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Clericalism is destructive and provokes the reaction of an irrational and even murderous anticlericalism. In attempting to get the laity to pay some attention to what priests are telling them (not a bad idea), the Church has made some wild claims about the clergy.

Innocent III claimed that scripture called priests gods: “‘Diis no detrahes,’ [Ex. 22:28] sacerdotes intelligens, qui propter excellentiam ordinis et offici dignitatem nomine nuncupator” (You shall not revile gods, meaning priests, who are called by the name of gods because of the excellency of the order and the dignity of the office).

This sort of rhetoric gave the clergy a severe case of the notions. St. Alphonse de Ligouri, a doctor of the Church, taught that “in obedience to the words of his priests - HOC EST CORPUS MEUM - God Himself descends on the altar, that He comes wherever they call Him, and as often as they call Him, and places Himself in their hands, even though they should be His enemies. And after having come, He remains, entirely at their disposal.” In 1907 the Rev. Pierre Chaignon told his fellow priests that they were like Mary “for the Word of God made flesh puts Himself under our control as He had put himself under hers and obeys us as He deigned to obey her.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:36 AM

Ore. Suit Forces Vatican To Finally Open Records

UNITED STATES
NPR

[audio]

April 23, 2011 A federal judge in Oregon has opened the door for sex abuse victims to sue the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

Stilte in de Kerk

BELGIE
De Standaard

Tot Pasen wou aartsbisschop Léonard niets zeggen over het tv-optreden van Roger Vangheluwe. JÜRGEN METTEPENNINGEN betreurt dat. ‘Nu gaan we Pasen tegemoet met de vraag óf hij zal spreken, en zo ja wát hij zal zeggen, terwijl Pasen over Pasen zou moeten gaan.'

Stille Zaterdag is voor een gelovige historicus bijzonder. Als historicus zie ik immers de verwijzing naar de day after: na Jezus' overlijden is het doodstil. Als gelovige is het de day before: de Kerk viert morgen dat Jezus verrezen is. Vandaag balanceer ik tussen feiten en symboliek, tussen herinnering en hoop, tussen verstand en hart. Dit is de dag van de sprong naar het geloof.

23 april is het. Exact een jaar geleden werden het seksueel misbruik en het ontslag van Roger Vangheluwe, op dat moment vijfentwintig jaar bisschop, bekendgemaakt. Dag op dag één jaar geleden dook de Kerk een jaar in dat zich zou aandienen als een annus horribilis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Vatican may resist judge's order for documents

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Apr. 22, 2011
By John L Allen Jr

A ruling on Thursday from a federal judge in Oregon marks the first time that an American court has ever issued an order requiring the Vatican to hand over documents in a sex abuse case.

Whether that actually happens, however, depends on how the Vatican responds, including whether it tries to persuade either the Oregon judge or an appeals court that it shouldn’t have to comply.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman on Thursday granted a limited number of requests for discovery put forward by attorney Jeffrey Anderson, representing a man who says he was abused by Andrew Ronan, a former Servite priest who was laicized in 1966 and who died in 1992.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the main advocacy group in the United States for victims of clerical abuse, hailed the order as a “historic achievement.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Parishioners of closed Quincy church to celebrate Easter liturgy

QUINCY (MA)
The Patriot Ledger

By Jack Encarnacao
The Patriot Ledger

Members of a parish that was closed by the Archdiocese will still celebrate Easter together at a liturgy at a nearby church.

Friends of Star of the Sea, a Squantum church closed in 2004 whose parishioners continue to appeal the closing, will hold the “Celebration in the Absence of a Priest” at the First Church of Squantum. The event begins at noon on Sunday.

The liturgy will include communion, using hosts consecrated by a Roman Catholic priest who is in good standing in the Archdiocese of Boston, according to a press release from Friends of Star of the Sea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Good Friday Way of the Cross in NYC

NEW YORK
My Fox New York

[with video]

[Rev. Robert Hoatson of Road to Recovery is among those interviewed.]

BY KATHY CARVAJAL

MYFOXNY.COM - Good Friday--the holiest day in the Christian calendar--was marked with at least one procession or Way of the Cross in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Dozens of participants made their way from St. James Cathedral in Brooklyn on Friday morning and crossed the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall Park in Manhattan with stops at Ground Zero and ending Friday afternoon at St. Peter's Church on Barclay Street.

At each 'station' during the traditional Catholic procession, participants remember the walk Jesus Christ made on his way to His crucifixion through meditation, prayer, reading from the Gospel or singing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Author: Priests Have Active Sex Lives

ROME
Advocate.com

Both gay and straight Catholic priests are enjoying the sexual opportunities afforded by Rome’s nightlife, says a new book.

By Advocate.com Editors

Rome offers la dolce vita, including ample opportunities for sex, to both gay and straight Catholic priests — and despite their celibacy vows, they are taking full advantage, claims a new book by Italian journalist Carmelo Abbate (pictured).

Abbate’s book Sex and the Vatican: A Secret Journey in the Reign of the Chaste draws on his undercover reporting and interviews with priests who spoke on condition of anonymity. According to a news release from the book’s publisher, Piemme, Abbate demonstrates that “priests of all nationalities divide their time between Via della Conciliazione [the main road leading to St. Peter’s Basilica] and the party scene of Rome by night.”

Abbate attracted much attention last year with a magazine article that documented the sexual activities of three gay priests. “Abbate has said he is not anti-clergy but aims to break the culture of secrecy surrounding the sex life of priests,” Agence France-Presse reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Pope Benedict XVI holds Good Friday "Via Crucis" procession

ROME
Monsters and Critics

Rome - Pope Benedict XVI presided over Rome's traditional Good Friday Way of the Cross procession, reminding the faithful how earthly temptations such as an obsession with personal success can make people lose their sense of humanity.

In his opening prayer, the pontiff referred to the suffering inflicted on 'the youngest and weakest,' without directly referring to the widespread revelations that have emerged in recent years of sexual abuse of children by priests.

'It is the hour of darkness ... when an emptiness of sense and values nullifies the act of education and the disorder of the heart disfigures the ingenuousness of the youngest and the weakest,' Benedict said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

'Vangheluwe nog altijd in Loirestreek'

BELGIE/FRANKRIJK
Het Nieuwsblad

Roger Vangheluwe verblijft nog altijd in de Loirestreek. Dat heeft VTM van diverse bronnen vernomen. De ex-bisschop van Brugge zou zich schuilhouden in een klooster dat strikte regels hanteert voor bezoekers. Hij zou ook niet meer met de media mogen praten.

Vorig weekend moest Vangheluwe zijn onderduikadres verlaten in het klooster van Magdala in La Ferté-Imbault. De kloosterleiding had daarop aangedrongen na de mediaheisa die was ontstaan door zijn omstreden tv-interview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Brown needn’t say more

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

WHEN IT comes to public policy, the media should have no qualms about asking Senator Scott Brown the tough, uncomfortable questions. But pressuring Brown to describe the details of the sexual abuse he experienced as a child is an entirely different matter: If the senator says he doesn’t want to discuss it, he shouldn’t have to.

Some have suggested that because Brown disclosed in his recent memoir that he was molested at a Cape Cod summer camp, he’s now obliged to name the counselor who allegedly abused him. But Brown has repeatedly said he’d rather not, because discussing the incident is difficult for him and his family, and because he’d like to move on with his life. That’s an understandable position, 41 years after the incident took place. Victims of sexual abuse deserve the chance to process their experiences in their own ways and at their own pace — even if they are public figures who have written about their trauma. That nuance seems to be lost on those suggesting that Brown will somehow be culpable if the abuser he’s unwilling to name turns out to have victimized others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

14 Do's and Don'ts for Blog Commenting

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Register

by Matthew Warner Friday, April 22, 2011

I love the commenters here at the National Catholic Register. I really do. They constantly remind me of how intelligent, thoughtful, fun and witty the readership is here.

In the interest of encouraging more of it, I thought some tips on good blog-commenting would be in order. These are not to accuse anyone of anything, just to help all of us. I’ve been (and still often am) guilty of violating many of these myself.

TO NOT DO

1) Do not copy and paste large chunks of text from other sources. Rather, put a very short quote and then link to the rest somewhere.

2) Do not copy and paste somebody else’s entire comment as part of your comment and then go line by line responding tit-for-tat (i.e. STINKER said: blah blah blah. MY RESPONSE: blah blah blah. STINKER: bloo blah blee bloo. MY RESPONSE: Maybe, but have you thought about this entirely too long piece of text I’m going to copy and paste into this comment right now? - and on it goes). It’s inappropriately long for a comment section. And it’s rarely productive to go tit-for-tat in a comment section (see #7 and #8 below). And there is especially no need to copy the other person’s comment. After all, it’s already there for people to reference if needed.

3) Do not write anything in a comment section you wouldn’t say to somebody’s face or that you wouldn’t want plastered on a giant billboard with your name credited.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

We need to start cherishing our irritating contrarians

IRELAND
The Irish Times

National “groupthink” ignored dissenting voices on economy and clerical child sex abuse, writes BREDA O'BRIEN

RECENTLY, OLIVIA O’Leary in her RTÉ Radio One Drivetime political column spoke of making a programme in the 1990s about Bernard Connolly, a senior European civil servant. Connolly was sacked for his prescient opposition to the euro, expressed in his book, The Rotten Heart of Europe . Connolly saw how weaker peripheral countries, unable to tweak exchange rates or interest rates, would suffer the most in an economic downturn.

Although O’Leary has different economic views to Connolly, she commented on “how brave you have to be to stand out against the consensus in big institutions”.

After hearing the broadcast, I googled Connolly, who now runs an independent consultancy. In 2007, he wrote: “The chances that the Irish house price bubble will not unwind via a very substantial fall in prices is, in our view, minimal.” He continued: “In sum, the prospects for the Irish economy over the next couple of years are simply dreadful.”

Guess he still has not succumbed to “groupthink”....

We saw this at work during the abuse crises in the church. It was simply unthinkable to expose the church to scandal. This groupthink ultimately ended up costing victims their childhood, and the failure to protect cost the church far more than it could have imagined.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Judge blasts diocese for Sylvestre abuse 'coverup'

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor Star April 23, 2011

A judge has made history in his ruling against the London diocese for its decades-long "coverup" of sex abuse perpetrated by notorious pedophile priest Charles Sylvestre.

Justice T. David Little said the church deliberately swept Sylvestre's transgressions under the rug, and that "negligence" resulted in the repeated sexual abuse of Kelly Murphy-Myers.

"There was a coverup by the diocese. There was a coverup by the Roman Catholic Church itself. The coverup was for the benefit of the diocese and church and at the expense of the victims," Little, from London, wrote in his decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Delaware courts: Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington files new plan to exit bankruptcy

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

Written by
SEAN O'SULLIVAN
The News Journal

WILMINGTON -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington this week started what should be the beginning of the end of a long legal tangle involving dozens of priest sex-abuse lawsuits and a declaration of bankruptcy in October 2009 by filing an amended bankruptcy plan with the court.

The plan makes official a settlement with survivors, announced in February, creating a $77.4 million in a fund to compensate those who had been assaulted or molested as children by members of the clergy and clears the way for the diocese to emerge from Chapter 11.

"There are a few issues we are still working on, but we are guardedly optimistic," said attorney Thomas Neuberger, whose law firm is representing most of the approximately 150 individuals with pending lawsuits against the diocese or one of its parishes. Lawsuits involving independent religious orders are not a part of the settlement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

April 22, 2011

Church Copes With Crisis On Holy Weekend

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

[with video]

Holy celebrations were being held all over the Philadelphia area on Friday during a time of crisis for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Suspended priests, lawsuits and allegations of sexual abuse have many asking questions of their religious leaders on a solemn day where the faithful reflect back on the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross and his crucifixion.

But with scandal still hanging over the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Catholics are also still looking for answers from church leaders.

On Thursday Cardinal Justin Rigali made his most public remarks since he placed 29 priests on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Archdiocese into allegations of inappropriate acts and abuse of children. Four other priests have been indicted by a city grand jury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 PM

Judge: Long suit close to settlement

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church are close to reaching an out-of-court settlement in a sexual misconduct case, the judge in the case said Friday.

Judge Johnny Panos said mediation between all the parties has been difficult, but that a settlement is close, perhaps even within a few days.

Four men -- Maurice Robinson, Jamal Parris, Anthony Flagg and Spencer LeGrande -- have sued Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the LongFellows Youth Academy, alleging Long coerced them into having sexual relations. The four allege that Long took them on trips and gave them expensive gifts in turn for sexual favors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 PM

Sexual Abuse and Cover-Up in the Louisville Archdiocese

LOUISVILLE (KY)
BishopAccountability.org

Documents and Other Resources: Part 1

This page presents documents and other resources for understanding the sex-abuse and cover-up crisis in the Archdiocese of Louisville during the episcopates of four men: Archbishops John A. Floersh (1924-1967), Thomas J. McDonough (1967-1981), Thomas C. Kelly OP (1981-2007), and Joseph E. Kurtz (2007-present). The events documented on this page were personally disastrous for the many hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by Louisville clergy and for the thousands of family members who helped the victims cope with a callous and even malevolent system. Catholics in Louisville and surrounding communities found their faith shaken, while beyond the archdiocese, people across the country watched a remarkable drama unfold.

The Uniqueness of Louisville

Four powerful factors have combined to transform the years since 2002 into years of reckoning for the Catholic church: courageous survivors who will not be intimidated or silenced; attorneys and prosecutors obtaining justice and social change through the courts; reporters and editors willing to pursue a complex and horrifying story; and judges who allowed the discovery of church files. We have seen these ingredients combine in various ways from Boston to Los Angeles, but their combination was particularly explosive in the Louisville archdiocese.

Nowhere else have so many brave survivors been willing to come forward by name, and nowhere else has a newspaper presented the survivors' accounts as the Courier-Journal has done. Reporting by the newspaper was world class, particularly in 2002, when its exposure of secret church documents and thorough investigations matched those of any paper in the country, including the Boston Globe, which won a Pulitzer for its work.

The Louisville Documents

The archdiocesan documents were the source from which all the revelations came. The files contain reports of abuse and evidence of notice received by the archdiocese. We find the paper trails of priests transferred to unsuspecting parishes – and even moved to other dioceses – after a survivor comes forward. We see victims sweet-talked and pressured into unjust settlements, and treated most cruelly if they fight back. We find a beautiful-sounding policy ignored again and again. We even find poignant statements by the survivors themselves, preserved in the files of the institution where they suffered their abuse.

Now for the first time, the Louisville files can be read by the people of the Louisville archdiocese and by Americans and interested persons around the world. This crisis is now breaking in Belgium, Chile, and other countries, where bad bureaucracy and managerial cowardice are being uncovered, just as they have been in the Louisville archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 PM

Semana Santa diferente en Chile

CHILE
Prensa Latina

Santiago de Chile, 22 abr (PL) La crisis de la Iglesia católica en Chile, sancionada moralmente por sus fieles por los escandalosos casos de abuso sexual, marca una Semana Santa diferente en el país.

Los casos de abusos sexuales contra menores de edad, protagonizados por influyentes autoridades eclesiásticas como el exsacerdote Fernando Karadima y la exmadre superiora de Las Ursulinas Margarita Lagos han puesto al mundo católico criollo en un escenario muy complejo, destacó este viernes Radio Universidad de Chile.

La emisora local aludió a planteamientos del propio clero que reconocen el impacto de esa realidad en las conmemoraciones religiosas de este fin de semana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

Vangheluwe heeft nieuwe schuilplaats in zelfde streek

BELGIE/FRANKRIJK
Gazet van Antwerpen

Roger Vangheluwe heeft sinds vorig weekend een nieuwe schuilplaats, maar hij zou opnieuw in de Loirestreek verblijven. De ex-bisschop van Brugge heeft ook een verbod gekregen om nog met de pers te praten.

Het zou gaan om een klooster in de Loirestreek dat erg strikte regels heeft voor bezoekers. Het is opmerkelijk dat de ex-bisschop zich nu opnieuw schuilhoudt in dezelfde regio, want de Franse kerk was niet opgezet met zijn aanwezigheid.

Vorig weekend moest Roger Vangheluwe het klooster van Magdala in La Ferté-Imbault, in de Loirestreek, verlaten. Door zijn ophefmakende interview op VT4 verstoorde hij de rust in de gemeenschap.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Former Wallaceburg priest charged with sex assault

CHILE
CKDP

A former Wallaceburg priest has been charged with three counts of sexual assault.

Lambton OPP have charged Gabriele DelBianco for incidents that occurred between 1983 and 1986. The Diocese of London said it has received claims from six women, all reportedly from Wallaceburg, regarding sexual misconduct that occurred while they were minors.

Reports say, that a woman from Windsor has come forward, claiming abuse from DelBianco as well.

The Diocese of London said DelBianco was ordained in 1982 and decided to leave the priesthood in 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

In Focus: Karadima, the Little Saint and his Court have No Clothes

CHILE
States of Devotion

Iván Smirnow | Universidad de Chile

The Karadima case, in which former priest, Fernando Karadima was found guilty of sexually abusing minors, has aggravated the already high tension between the Chilean Catholic Church, the justice system, and civil society. Following the Vatican’s condemnation of Karadima, a television appearance by one of the Karadima’s accusers has caused a media avalanche, generating a political dialogue that exposes fissures within ecclesiastical society, focusing attention on the flaws of the Chilean legislative framework, and denouncing an institutional order that has not only failed to prevent these abuses, but has also promoted its systematization through secrecy and clandestine collaborations.

Some of the plaintiffs had appeared previously on a 2010 television special about the case. Reactions to the program were diverse—some particularly hostile, reviling and accusing the protagonists of engaging in defamatory acts. The audience was divided, with congregational devotees and a faithful nucleus within the Church shielding the former priest and reliably denying accusations of “irregularities.” After a brief inquiry, the court closed the case, ruling that the abuses, if they had really been committed, would be dismissed because the statute of limitation had expired.

Today the scenario is different. The Vatican’s judgment, handed down in February 2011 (during the first days in office of the new archbishop of Santiago), was wounding. Even though the sentence was rather lenient, it dispelled any possible doubt as to the veracity of the accusations. The case has been reopened by the Chilean justice system and recently new details have come to light.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

LI accused predator priest is suspended; SNAP responds

LONG ISLAND (NY)
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)

It’s not good enough to notify an accused predator priest’s current parishioners about child sex abuse allegations. Murphy should have alerted the public and all parishioners – throughout the diocese – about these serious charges. That’s what a responsible decision maker would do: reach out to the broadest audience possible so that others who could shed light on these accusations might be notified.

Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered Fr. Edward R. D’Andrea’s crimes will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Local group of Catholics take stand against sex abuse

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WAVE

Posted by Katharine Greene

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A local group is taking a stand against sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Concerned Catholics who want to restore integrity say they are appalled the church has not taken more of a proactive approach.

"We've got this black eye because a priest gets convicted or accused of abusing a child," a concerned catholic, Nick Pfeiffer, said. "The archdiocese finds out about it and moves the priest around."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Right to Remain Anonymous is Important in Child Pornography Lawsuits

UNITED STATES
Child Protection News

Written on April 21, 2011 by Patrick Noaker in Protecting Our Kids.

In a child pornography case against his former high school math teacher, a victim and his attorneys filed briefs today defending the victim’s right to remain anonymous. In the case John Doe 18 v. Joseph Clazmer, John Doe 18 seeks to use the pseudonym to proceed in his child pornography case because public disclosure of his name would only re-victimize him. (See Plaintiff’s Initial Brief, Defendant’s Response, Plaintiff’s Reply and Supporting Evidence.)

The public policy behind allowing the identity of victims of sex crimes to remain confidential recognizes that sex crimes involve very personal and private aspects of people’s lives. For a victim, the prospect of having to endure public humiliation in order to prosecute the offender has the effect of discouraging people from reporting sex crimes. It is in society’s best interest that sex crimes are reported and prosecuted, otherwise, child molesters and child pornographers will remain free to prey on more children.

Public identification of the victim is especially damaging in child pornography cases. (See Affidavit of Susan Phipp-Yonas, Ph.D.) Child pornography is extremely damaging to children because first, they are sexually assaulted by an adult, and second because that sexual assault is recorded and distributed publicly. The public nature of child pornography is actually part of the damage that a victim suffers. The victim always wonders who has seen the sexually explicit images that were uploaded to the internet. For the victim, it feels like everyone has seen the images and the victim feels profound shame at that prospect. To subject a child pornography victim to further public humiliation by publicly identifying them is just simply wrong. If we are serious about combating child pornography, we have to make it as easy and safe as possible for victims to report these crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Garry O'Sullivan: Bishops should seek a truce with Martin to heal deep wounds

IRELAND
Herald

By Garry O'Sullivan

Friday April 22 2011

There's an expression that a prophet is never accepted in his own country.

Today Archbishop Diarmuid Martin leads the Stations of the Cross in the Phoenix Park, remembering the passion and death of Jesus at the spot where Pope John Paul II preached to a million people in 1979, now marked by the Papal Cross.

It was John Paul who sent Diarmuid Martin to Dublin to sort out the child abuse mess. John Paul may have been a superstar Pope, but he was also a shrewd judge of character and picked his man well.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

Speak Your Piece: Silence No More

ALASKA
Daily Yonder

Finally people are listening to us. Now we can stop carrying this terrible silent burden alone within our families.

By Mary Annette Pember

The Silence, a film reported and narrated by my friend and colleague Mark Trahant, was tough for me to watch when it aired this week on the Public Broadcasting System's Frontline series.

Mark, of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe, tells the story of sexual abuse of children by clergy in the isolated Alaskan native village of St. Michael. The Frontline documentary aired ironically during holy week, on PBS and can be viewed online here.

As Trahant tells the story, beginning in 1968 and ending in 1983, a Catholic priest, George Endal, and his assistant, Deacon Joseph Lundowski, sexually abused 80 percent of the village’s children. For years, according to victims, no one believed them when they spoke about what was happening in the village. Initially, church leaders denied any knowledge of the abuse by these men who were “revered and above suspicion.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:47 AM

Het geheim van Vangheluwe: 'Het misbruik was niet eenmalig'

BELGIE
De Standaard

Professor Adriaenssens heeft vlak voor de start van de persconferentie over het ontslag van Vangheluwe nog slecht nieuws. De Brugse bisschop heeft niet zomaar een eenmalige uitschuiver gemaakt. Het misbruik heeft dertien jaar geduurd. Een reconstructie van de onthulling die de Belgische Kerk op haar grondvesten deed daveren.

‘Bisschop Vangheluwe stapt op in zaak seksueel misbruik’, kopt Het Nieuwsblad op vrijdag 23 april. In het artikel staat te lezen dat de bisschop zelf bij de feiten betrokken zou zijn.

In de kantoren van de bisschoppenconferentie heeft het crisiteam van de Kerk vrijdagochtend al vroeg verzamelen geblazen, nog voor de persconferentie. Professor Adriaenssens vertelt de andere aanwezigen dat er veel meer aan de hand is dan eenmalig misbruik. De Brugse bisschop heeft zijn neef wel dertien jaar lang misbruikt. De feiten begonnen toen de jongen amper vijf jaar was en duurden tot aan zijn achttiende.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

VATICANWATCHER JOHN ALLEN OVER VANGHELUWE

BELGIE
Kerknet

BRUSSEL (KerkNet/NCR) – De gerenommeerd Vaticanwatcher John Allen schrijft in het Amerikaanse katholieke weekblad ‘National Catholic Reporter’ dat de behandeling van het geval van Roger Vangheluwe door het Vaticaan een precedent schept voor de behandeling van gelijkaardige overtredingen van het kerkelijke recht, waarbij hooggeplaatste kerkleiders zich aan seksueel misbruik schuldig maakten.

Allen schrijft dat vaak ervan wordt uitgegaan dat de gewezen bisschop Vangheluwe niet kan worden gelaïciseerd. Er zijn nochtans twee recente gevallen die dit tegenspreken.

In 2008 was er Fernando Lugo Méndez, die in 2005 ontslag nam als bisschop van het Paraguayaanse San Pedro om in de politiek te kunnen stappen. Op dat moment weigerde Rome hem te laïciseren en werd hij alleen van zijn pastorale taken ontheven. Toen Lugo op 20 april 2008 de presidentsverkiezingen won, werd hij even later, op 30 juni, door Rome gelaïciseerd. Hetzelfde gebeurde met de flamboyante Emmanuel Milingo, de voormalige aartsbisschop van het Zambiaanse Lusaka, die aanhanger werd van Moon, trouwde, een dissidente beweging voor uitgetreden priesters ( ‘Married Priests Now!’) oprichtte en ook nog eens eigenhandig bisschoppen wijdde.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

U.S. Federal District Court order ...

UNITED STATES
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[the court opinion]

(St. Paul, Minnesota USA) For the first time ever, the highest officials of the Catholic Church in Rome are being forced by a U.S. judge to turn over documents about clergy sex abuse and cover ups.

Late today, an Oregon judge ruled that a child sex abuse case against the Vatican can proceed to discovery of records and documents in the Vatican that pertain to a predator priest and his connections to the Vatican.

In his order United States District Judge Michael W. Mosman wrote:“Here, Plaintiff has proffered evidence that tends to show the Holy See knew of Ronan’s propensities and that in some cases, the Holy See exercised direct control over the conduct, placement, and removal of individual priests accused of similar sexual misconduct.”

Jeff Anderson, the attorney for the plaintiff in John V. Doe v. Holy See said today that Judge Mosman’s order is a “historic step in getting to the bottom of the world-wide tragedy of clergy sex abuse of children.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Tonbridge priest at centre of sex assault case dies suddenly

UNITED KINGDOM
Kent News

A Catholic priest facing allegations of sexual assault against a child has been found dead at his home.

Police said they were not treating the death of Monsignor Michael Smith, who was parish priest of Corpus Christi Church in Tonbridge, as suspicious, and that a post mortem was taking place to establish the cause of death.

His temporary withdrawal from his position in December sparked shockwaves in the community, with police launching a full probe into the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Denuncia contra cura abusador rompe impunidad de elites chilenas

CHILE
El Porvenir

La autora del libro “Karadima: el señor de los infiernos”, dijo que la magnitud del caso ha logrado romper la “red de protección” y “los silencios cómplices”.

Santiago.- El escándalo por los abusos sexuales del cura chileno Fernando Karadima, así como su procesamiento canónico y judicial, demuestra que las elites “no pueden permanecer impunes amparadas en sus privilegios”, afirmó la escritora María Monckeberg.

La autora del libro “Karadima: el señor de los infiernos”, dijo que la magnitud del caso ha logrado romper la “red de protección” y “los silencios cómplices” en torno al caso del influyente sacerdote, expárroco de la iglesia de El Bosque.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

The Spinmeister

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

By Vinnie Nauheimer

One of the sad truths that history teaches us is that hand in hand with a great evil comes the great spinmeister. Whether the Minister of Propaganda is drawn into the vortex of evil or is intrinsically evil himself can be debated like the chicken and the egg. The answer is irrelevant, but the fact that they feed the evil and are responsible for the perpetuation of evil will always be relevant.

The twentieth century has given us two extraordinary spinmeisters: Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, and Squealer the Pig in George Orwell’s Classic book “Animal Farm.” The first part of the twenty-first century has given us, in my opinion, another: William Donohue, the president of the Catholic League.

Mr. Donohue recently published a brilliant PR piece in the form of a paid advertisement in the NY Times. This is right out of Goebbels’ playbook, “Goebbels’ Principles of Propaganda” Number 6: “To be perceived, propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.” thus the paid advertisement in the NY Times. Subterfuge, distortions, omissions and denial were intricately woven to portray the church as the object victim in what is now considered the Global Clergy Abuse Scandal. Such a fine piece of work cannot and should not go unnoticed. Mr. Donohue is indeed a master manipulator of language.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, knew the importance of a scapegoat. Hitler is reported to have said of Goebbels that his success was due to both his mastery of language and intellect. Mr. Donohue has both these qualities as does Squealer in Animal Farm. Goebbels chose for his scapegoat the Jews and subsequently through the force of language and sheer intellect, led an entire nation to believe that the source of their problems were the Jews. Although Donohue mentions the clergy abuse problem among Rabbis, he was careful not to go too far for fear of being branded anti-Semitic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Sex assault trial continues for Canton youth pastor

ILLINOIS
Daily Ledger

By JOHN FROEHLING of the Daily Ledger
GateHouse News Service
Posted Apr 21, 2011

LEWISTOWN — The trial of a Canton youth pastor charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl last spring entered its third day Wednesday. All of the first day was spent empaneling a jury. After opening statements by prosecution and defense lawyers, the alleged victim testified about four hours Tuesday. Two other teenage girls also testified for the prosecution.

On Wednesday, testifying were a school guidance counselor, the alleged victim's mother and two other persons. The girl was 15 years old at the time of the alleged assault.

Jason Phillips, 36, a youth pastor and associate pastor at Covenant Community Fellowship Church, was arrested May 19, 2010, following a nine-day investigation by police, which included reviewing phone calls and text messages and conducting interviews. Phillips faces one felony count of criminal sexual assault for having sexual contact with a girl between the ages of 13 and 17. He could get up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

New support group formed for church abuse victims

LOUISVILLE (KY)
CT Post

DYLAN LOVAN, Associated Press
Updated 09:16 p.m., Thursday, April 21, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new clergy abuse support group in Louisville says it wants to give guidance to sexual abuse victims and urge Catholic laity to demand more openness from church leaders.

The group, Protect the Children, held a news conference Thursday with victims and other activists who have organized past protests against the church. Leaders say they want to raise money to support new victims who come forward and to protect priests who may jeopardize their standing in the church by providing information.

"We want to start a new movement and bring people in that are Catholic, that are frustrated with the church," said Nick Pfeiffer, who helped start the group. "We don't want to sue, we're not here for money, we want to fix the problem for good."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Philip DeRea, celebrity priest with Nazareth ties, offered $35,000 to silence accuser, lawsuit alleges

PENNSYLVANIA
The Express-Times

By Jim Deegan | The Express-Times

A Maryland man who claims he was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest with ties to the Lehigh Valley says the priest sent him e-mails acknowledging the abuse and offered $35,000 in hush money last year.

The 42-year-old man, identified only as John Doe, details the allegations that he said spanned about eight years, starting around 1980, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Illinois.

The defendant, the Rev. Philip DeRea, was born and raised in the Lehigh Valley and for years was chaplain to professional auto racing circuits. ...

On Friday, longtime friend Mario Andretti defended DeRea, telling The Express-Times the allegations were incredible and suggesting the plaintiff was looking to cash in on the priest's associations with the racing legend and other celebrities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Judge orders Vatican to show files in abuse case

OREGON
Bellingham Herald

By NIGEL DUARA - Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. A federal judge in Oregon ruled Thursday that the Vatican must respond to certain requests for information from a man who says he was molested by a priest in the 1960s.

The man known in court documents as John V. Doe filed suit eight years ago. He seeks to hold the Vatican liable for the abuse he said he suffered from the Rev. Andrew Ronan, who died in 1992.

U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman ruled that Doe is entitled to limited discovery related to whether the priest was an employee of the Vatican.

The Vatican has denied that it was Ronan's employer, citing the facts it found in files from other related Catholic organizations in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Rigali, at Holy Thursday Mass, asks support for priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

Cardinal Justin Rigali used a Holy Thursday Mass to thank his priests for the essential role they play in the life of the Catholic Church, and urged church members to support them in time of scandal.

"This year, our celebration takes place under difficult circumstances," Rigali told about 350 priests and others gathered at the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

Since February, he has placed 29 priests on administrative leave pending an archdiocesan inquiry into allegations, some decades old, that they sexually abused minors or acted inappropriately with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Cleric says he was duped into aiding accused priest's transfer

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Jeremy Roebuck
Inquirer Staff Writer

A former Catholic regional vicar, who helped transfer a priest with a long history of sexual-abuse claims into a South Philadelphia parish, now says he did so unwittingly, and blames church officials for withholding information.

Msgr. John T. Conway said officials failed to share their knowledge of at least a dozen abuse complaints against the now-defrocked David C. Sicoli at the time of the 1999 transfer. As a result, Sicoli was placed alone in a parish with an active youth ministry and school.

In a letter sent to Cardinal Justin Rigali this month, Conway said thinking back on the situation makes him "angry as hell." He is now pastor at Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Church in North Wales, Montgomery County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

April 21, 2011

Code Words, Cover-Up: Gallup Clergy Sex Abuse File Now Online

GALLUP (NM)
Gallup Independent

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola

April 21, 2011

[See the Hageman file.]

It's all about code words, according to Patrick J. Wall. Wall, a canon lawyer and former Catholic priest and Benedictine monk, was in Winslow on Wednesday talking about the diocese of Gallup's recently released personnel file on the late Clement A. Hageman, whom diocesan officials have admitted was a pedophile priest.

The 156-pages of documents, while filled with references to the priest's chronic alcoholism, are also filled with church code words for sexual abuse, Wall said. Some of those references aren’t even subtle - "guilty of playing with boys" and the Latin phrase "cum pueris," which means "with boys" – while others are more euphemistic - ''the other trouble," "old transgressions,” and "his difficulty."

"There's enough in this file you could write a whole story alone on code words,"
Wall said.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 7:29 PM

Victims of alleged clergy sexual abuse speak out to promote awareness

LOUISVILLE (KY)
WHAS

by Johnny Archer
WHAS11.com
Posted on April 21, 2011

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Two men who say they were sexually abused by their priest in Louisville say they're coming forward in hopes that their story will help put a stop to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

The abuse allegedly came from someone who two young boys thought they could trust – the priest at their church. But instead, they say that trust was violated and have come forward more than 50 years later to tell about what they called a traumatic experience.

“Well, you figure 12-years-old, he [the priest] is a man of God,” said John Scott, who says he was sexually abused by a clergyman. “And what he was doing wasn’t wrong.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

New organization calls for lay Catholics...

LOUISVILLE (KY)
The Courier-Journal

Written by
Peter Smith

Nick Pfeiffer said his experience attending Catholic parishes and schools “has been nothing short of simply awesome,” and he once thought the church was being unfairly “attacked” by lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests.

But a recent wave of abuse-related news prompted him to learn more about such cases. “The first thing I thought was, when is this problem going away?” said Pfeiffer, who is 36.

But then he realized that was the problem — he was waiting for it to go away when he said what he needed to do was “to start getting involved.”

Pfeiffer and more than a dozen advocates gathered for a press conference Thursday to announce the formation of a new organization called Protect the Children. They issued a Holy Week call for lay Catholics to hold the Archdiocese of Louisville accountable for handling abuse allegations, charging it with recent lapses in its own policies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

New Birth settlement could be be close

GEORGIA
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WSB-TV is reporting that mediation could be close to an end in the Bishop Eddie Long sexual misconduct cases.

According to Tom Jones of WSB, the parties have held marathon mediation sessions and are close to an agreement.

Four young men have sued Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and the LongFellows Youth Academy alleging Long coerced them into having sexual relations. Last year all parties agreed to mediation. An agreement would avoid a lengthy and costly trial. If an agreement isn't reached, the case could go to trial this summer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Blue Point Priest on Leave After Alleged Abuse

NEW YORK
Long Island Press

By Timothy Bolger on April 21st, 2011

A Blue Point pastor has reportedly been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of suspected abuse.

Rev. Edward D’Andrea, 63, pastor of Our Lady of the Snow on Blue Point Avenue, has been temporarily replaced by Rev. Msgr. John Rowan pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to multiple local news outlets.

Bishop William Murphy reportedly sent word to parishioners on Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week, which leads up to Easter Sunday, the holiest Christian holiday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Priest abuse victim wanted to be heard

CANADA
London Free Press

By Jane Sims, LONDON FREE PRESS

Last Updated: April 21, 2011

A Southwestern Ontario woman awarded $610,000 in a civil judgement for abuse by a pedophile priest said her case was about “getting my voice heard and the voices of the victims.”

Kelly Murphy-Myers, 41, of Chatham one of Rev. Charles Sylvestre’s dozens of victims over four decades, won’t be appealing Superior Court Justice David Little’s decision in her civil suit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.

Her award is the highest financial court judgment for a Canadian woman abused by clergy.

There have been higher out-of-court settlements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

LIBRO INVESTIGA ABUSOS PAIDOFILOS DE SACERDOTE

CHILE
ANSA Latina

Por Margarita Bastías SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 21 (ANSA)- María Olivia Monckeberg, Premio Nacional de Periodismo 2009, describió como una "experiencia sobre el dolor humano y la destrucción de las personas" los abusos sexuales cometidos por un sacerdote, que resumió en el libro "Karadima, el señor de los infiernos", que salió hoy a la venta en Chile. Durante un año, la autora del "Imperio del Opus Dei en Chile" escuchó los relatos estremecedores de las víctimas y reconstituyó el contexto histórico del entorno de la Parroquia de El Bosque, donde Fernando Karadima ejerció durante más de cuatro décadas como "guía espiritual" de laicos pertenecientes al estrato más alto de la capital y fue formador de sacerdotes, incluido cinco obispos de la actual Conferencia Episcopal.

En reunión con la prensa extranjera, la escritora admitió que lo que más le conmovió es "el miedo" que inculcaba Karadima.

"Es una persona que subyuga a los demás con el miedo al infierno y esto lo hace para su propio gusto y para acumular poder", además de su avaricia y "amor por el oro", añadió Monckeberg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:51 PM

Iglesia chilena pide perdón por "basura" en sacerdocio

CHILE
El Universal

Santiago de Chile.- La Iglesia católica chilena pidió este Jueves Santo perdón por la "basura" existente en el sacerdocio, en medio de denuncias de abusos sexuales en sus filas.

"Cuántas incongruencias y pecados están presentes en la vida sacerdotal. No se trata solo de la basura ajena o del vecino. ¿Quién no ha contribuido a manchar la investidura de Cristo con las propias inconsecuencias?", dijo el arzobiso de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, reseñó DPA.

El prelado, uno de los clérigos que investigó a Los Legionarios de Cristo, señaló que la crisis que cruza a la Iglesia la "confunde y avergüenza".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:48 PM

Avizora Iglesia Católica chilena "tempestades fuertes

CHILE
SDP

Santiago, 21 Abr (Notimex).- El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, advirtió hoy que la Iglesia Católica chilena deberá soportar "algunas tempestades fuertes", tras lo cual realizó un llamado a "ver la realidad y buscar la verdad".

En una ceremonia con los sacerdotes de Santiago con motivo del Jueves Santo, Ezzati dijo que los criterios para enfrentar los tiempos difíciles son "mirar de cara a la verdad con humildad, reconociéndonos pecadores, pidiendo perdón".

El arzobispo se refirió en forma tácita a la crisis que enfrenta la Iglesia Católica chilena luego que varios sacerdotes, entre ellos el influyente Fernando Karadima, fueran acusados de abusos sexuales contra menores, jóvenes y seminaristas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:45 PM

Philadelphia: Where is the outrage?

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Apr. 21, 2011
By Maureen Paul Turlish

COMMENTARY

Many, probably most, Catholics in the five counties that make up the Philadelphia archdiocese believed Cardinal Justin Rigali in 2005 when he promised that things would change, that there would be no more cover-ups and that those who were raped, sodomized or sexually exploited by predatory priests and church workers would be treated humanely instead of being intimidated, harassed and bullied.

I was not one of them.

Since 2002 I have tried to do everything I could possibly think of doing to bring attention to what I perceive to be an entrenched pattern of deceit and dishonesty orchestrated by the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church to protect its image, hold onto its power and authority, and keep known sexual predators in ministry while failing to even consider the welfare of untold numbers of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:39 PM

Looking into Philly

UNITED STATES
Spiritual Politics

By Mark Silk on April 21, 2011

According to Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Wash., when they come together in Seattle in June for their semi-annual meeting, the U.S. Catholic bishops will be looking into whether there was "some sort of the breakdown of the system" that led to the D.A.'s investigation of more than two dozen priests in the archdiocese of Philadelphia. Cupich, who chairs the bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, told the Catholic News Service that he thinks what happened in the City of Not-So-Brotherly-Love on Cardinal Rigali's watch was an aberration, and such is devoutly to be wished.

But let's say that the system established by the 2002 "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" is found to have broken down, what then? (And how could it not have broken down?)

The problem is that the system was not equipped with any mechanism to deal with bishops who choose to withhold the hem of their cassocks from the system. For example, the system expects all dioceses to participate in prescribed annual abuse audits, but if the bishops of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Baker, Oregon, decline to participate, they get to do so with impunity. Because, God forbid, the episcopal collectivity may never call one of its own to account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Pundit facing 29 sex charges

TRINIDAD
Trinidad Express

A Hindu priest was last evening charged with having sexual intercourse with young women who visited his "shrine" for healing.

The 50-year-old pundit was arrested at his Grant Trace, Rousillac, home yesterday. He was taken to the Point Fortin Police Station and charged with 29 counts of having sexual intercourse with women, between 2008 and 2010.

The charges include having sex with a 14-year-old girl from South-East Trinidad. The troubled teen was urged to run away from her home and move into the man's temple, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:59 PM

Pope warns of falling belief in West

VATICAN CITY
Reuters

By Catherine Hornby

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict lamented the widespread abandonment of faith in the West on Holy Thursday before he washed and dried the feet of 12 men to mark Christ's gesture of humility to his apostles on the night before he died.

The German-born pontiff said it sometimes seemed as if people in Western countries had grown bored of their own history and culture and the heartlands of Christianity were rejecting religion.

But he hailed strong examples of the faithful, such as his predecessor John Paul, whose beatification on May 1 is expected to attract hundreds of thousands to Rome and is seen by many in the Church as a chance to rejuvenate the institution. ...

The leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics has had a difficult struggle to rebuild the image of the Church after a scandal over the sexual abuse of children by priests reported in several countries.

Many in the Church establishment hope the beatification, bestowing on John Paul the title "blessed," will reinvigorate the institution and encourage people to return to the faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:41 PM

Libro desvela la "tramoya" tras los abusos de sacerdote chileno

CHILE
Terra

Los testimonios de las víctimas del sacerdote chileno Fernando Karadima, condenado por el Vaticano por abusos sexuales, el contexto y la intrincada red de miedos y silencios que hicieron posibles sus atropellos, se desvelan en el libro "Fernando Karadima. El señor de los infiernos".

La obra, escrita por la periodista chilena María Olivia Mönckeberg, Premio Nacional de Periodismo 2009 autora de varios libros de investigación, recopila, entre otros, el testimonio de James Hamilton, denunciante y víctima de Karadima, y se sumerge en las aristas que forjó el sacerdote en su acomodada parroquia del Sagrado Corazón de El Bosque, en Santiago.

"Para mí este libro ha sido una experiencia periodística fortísima", señaló Mönckerberg en una reunión con periodistas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Benedict XVI slaps faces of victims by sending Cardinal Regali as his envoy to the Czech Republic…while 37 Philadelphia rapists-priests are active

UNITED STATES
Benedict XVI Ratzinger: God's Rottweiler

Paris Arrow

At the height of the Liturgical year of the Holy Week, the Successor of Peter keeps on making a spectacle fool of himself by showing his callousness and cold-heartedness towards the hundreds of thousands of victims of the John Paul II Pedophiles Rapists-Priests Army, and now he papal farts at the current victims of the 37 rapists-priests of Philadelphia under the watchful eyes of Cardinal Regali.

During Holy Week last year, Benedict XVI made a spectacle fool of himself at St. Peter’s Square by announcing that it is “Cheap Gossip” what the New York Times was exposing of his personal in the cover-up of pedophile priests. Read our related article here http://pope-ratz.blogspot.com/2010/07/new-york-times-church-office-failed-to.html And now on the eve of the Beatification of John Paul II, he makes a spectacle fool again of himself by appointing Cardinal Regali as his papal envoy to the Czech Republic in June. Isn’t’ there a Beatles song called The Fool on the Hill? That should be Benedict XVI’s theme song, “the fool on the hill, the Vatican hill”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:31 PM

Letters to lay pension participants address recent media criticism

BOSTON (MA)
The Pilot

By Jim Lockwood

Posted: 4/22/2011
The administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston's lay pension plan is seeking to address concerns over administration of the plan in letters sent last week to current and former employees.

Plan administrator Carol Gustavson sent two separate letters -- one to current employees of the archdiocese or its related entities and another to former employees eligible for an offer by the archdiocese to cash out of the plan early. Both letters contain virtually identical text.

The letters addressed recent criticisms surrounding management of the plan and sought to correct what the archdiocese said were inaccuracies in recent media coverage of how the archdiocese has handled the plan.

The move comes in the wake of news that the Daughters of St. Paul filed a lawsuit against the plan's trustees in an effort to withdraw funds contributed for their lay employees, and a press conference in which former archdiocesan chancellor David W. Smith slammed plan administrators and trustees for what he described as heavy-handed tactics to coerce former employees into an early cash-out of their pension benefits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Church asks Vatican to handle priest case

NEW YORK
Your Nabe

By Joe Anuta
Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is appealing to a higher authority in the case of a Forest Hills priest who was stripped of his post last year.

The diocese is asking for a decision from the Vatican in Rome about Monsignor Michael Dempsey, formerly of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, who was investigated for violating child pornography laws in 2010 but never formally charged with a crime.

The diocese released a statement March 31 about Dempsey.

“The issue that resulted in the Rev. Monsignor Michael Dempsey’s placement on administrative leave in 2010 remains unresolved. The Most Rev. Nicholas DiMarzio, bishop of Brooklyn, will seek a final and definitive resolution of his case from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome,” the diocese said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:20 PM

Denunciante de Karadima cuestionó perdón de Fernando Chomalí

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- Juan Carlos Cruz, uno de los denunciantes del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, se refirió a los dichos del recién nombrado arzobispo de Concepción, Fernando Chomalí, quien esta mañana en Radio ADN aseguró que cuando el profesional acudió a él para contarle los hechos, actuó de manera fría y distante.

“Lo dejé de ver durante mucho tiempo porque él se fue a Estados Unidos. También es cierto que en abril del 2010 me mandó un email, acercándose a mí pidiendo apoyo y yo reconozco humildemente que fui frío, lo reconozco humildemente. No estuve a la altura de su dolor, de su angustia, porque no fui capaz de reconocerlo y aprendí mucho de esa experiencia. Le pedí perdón y le pedí expresamente que cuando venga a Chile volvamos a encontrarnos”, señaló el religoso.

La reacción de Cruz fue inmediata. “Me mandó un e-mail, ¿eso significa perdón?”, indicó a través de su cuenta de twitter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

At Easter, Church Expels Women's Advocate, Keeps Pedophiles in the Fold

UNITED STATES
The Huffington Post

Angela Bonavoglia.

Joining the women who have stepped forward to be ordained as Roman Catholic Women Priests and been summarily castigated and excommunicated, the latest victim of the Church's strong-armed resistance to any effort toward women's equality in the Church is internationally beloved and regarded Father Roy Bourgeois. And while it might have looked like last year's new canonical guidelines declaring that a priest's "attempted sacred ordination of a woman" was as grave a "crime" as a priest's sexual molestation of a child, the Church hierarchy's treatment of Bourgeois shows that it considers advocacy of women's ordination to be much, much worse.

Father Roy is a Purple Heart recipient. In the 1970s, he worked with the poor in Bolivia and was arrested and forced to leave the country for speaking out against injustice. In the 1980s, he got involved in issues surrounding U.S. policy in El Salvador, this after four churchwoman -- two his dear friends -- were raped and killed by Salvadoran soldiers. He became an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, establishing the School of the Americas Watch, which advocates for the closing the U.S. School of the Americas (aka School of Assassins). Bourgeois spent five years in U.S. federal prison for nonviolent protest, and he is a former Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Father Roy is an extremely powerful force in the world, which meant that his unequivocal public support for women's ordination, and his participation in the ordination of his friend Janice Sevre-Duszynska, greatly disturbed the hierarchy. The Vatican promptly excommunicated him, but as recently as February, as I reported in The Huffington Post, his order of 44 years, the Maryknolls, had not banished him from their ranks. "He has been excommunicated by Rome," spokesperson Mike Virgintino told me, "but he remains part of the Maryknoll Society," specifically, the Maryknoll Priests and Brothers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Laicizing bishops, a movie flap, Ireland and America, and Vatican II

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Apr. 21, 2011 All Things Catholic

On any list of storylines the Vatican would not have wanted to see in the run-up to Easter, not to mention the looming beatification of John Paul II on May 1, the case of Belgian Bishop Roger Vangheluwe would have to finish pretty much at the top. Just when you think the sexual abuse crisis can’t become any more appalling, or surreal, along comes Vangheluwe to prove that it can.

Last year, Vangheluwe resigned as the bishop of Bruges after admitting he had repeatedly abused a nephew for 13 years, beginning when Vangheluwe was a priest and continuing while he was a bishop. On April 12, the Vatican announced that Vangheluwe has been barred from any public exercise of ministry and was to leave Belgium for treatment while the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith reviews his case.

The clear intent was that Vangheluwe, 74, would stay out of sight while the Vatican figured out what to do.

Instead, Vangheluwe went on Flemish TV on April 14 and proceeded to make things significantly worse. Among other points, he admitted to abusing a second nephew, denied being a pedophile, claimed that his victims had not objected, and called his behavior “a little piece of intimacy” rather than “abuse or physical violence.” Those comments brought calls from senior Belgian politicians, and even from several Belgian bishops, for swift punishment by Rome. ...

On background, Vatican officials say they’re following events in Belgium carefully, and they’re aware of the damage the Vangheluwe interview has done. In fact, they say, the interview was so bizarre that it raises questions about Vangheluwe’s mental stability and his grasp of his situation. On that basis, they say, a period of monitoring and evaluation has to unfold before a final decision can be reached, away from the pressure created by intense media attention. Bottom line: We may be talking months, not days, before a final decision comes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Michael Kelly heading to trial in Stockton sex abuse suit

CALIFORNIA
Lodi News-Sentinel

By The Associated Press Lodi News-Sentinel

A judge has ordered the Stockton Diocese to proceed to trial in a lawsuit alleging that a popular Lockeford priest committed sexual abuse in the 1980s.

The lawsuit, filed by a 36-year-old man, says diocese officials should have known that Father Michael Kelly of St. Joachim’s Catholic Church posed a threat. Kelly also is named in the lawsuit, which was filed in 2008 and reported in the News-Sentinel at that time.

Kelly was a priest at Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton at the time of the alleged abuse when the plaintiff was a child in the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Chilean priest can face child sex trial; SNAP responds

CHILE
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 are thrilled that Fr. Karadima has been deemed fit to stand trial. All too often, shrewd and dangerous predators manage to convince others that they’re frail or impaired and escape consequences for their horrific crimes.

Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered this priest’s crimes will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Het geheim van Vangheluwe: De tranen en de vlucht van de bisschop

BELGIE
De Standaard

Bisschop Roger Vangheluwe kan zijn emoties niet bedwingen als hij tegenover zijn naaste medewerkers in het bisdom toegeeft dat hij zijn neef heeft misbruikt. Het wordt een pijnlijk afscheid. Een reconstructie van de onthulling die de Belgische Kerk op haar grondvesten deed daveren.

Of ze tijd hebben om even naar zijn kantoor te komen, vraagt bisschop Roger Vangheluwe op woensdag 21 april aan zijn woordvoerders Peter Rossel en Doenja Van Belleghem.

‘Ik moet jullie iets bekennen’, zegt hij, terwijl hij in tranen uitbarst. ‘Ik ben in het verleden in de fout gegaan. Ik heb mij schuldig gemaakt aan het misbruik van mijn neef. En ik heb daarom gisteren ontslag genomen als bisschop. Ik heb ook al een tekst gemaakt met een verklaring over mijn gedrag.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Karadima: promotor de justicia de la Iglesia declara por primera vez

CHILE
La Nacion

En un hecho inédito en el caso Karadima, el promotor de justicia de la iglesia, Fermín Donoso, declaró este miércoles ante la ministra en visita Jéssica González. Fue una diligencia clave de la magistrada antes de proceder con el interrogatorio al ex párroco y el careo con las víctimas.

Donoso investigó a Karadima entre septiembre de 2009 y mayo de 2010. Su informe fue fundamental para que la Congregación de la Doctrina de la Fe del Vaticano condenara al ex sacerdote de la iglesia de El Bosque, de Las Condes, por abusos sexuales a menores.

Hasta ahora, el promotor no había declarado ante la justicia. No lo citaron el jefe de la Fiscalía Oriente, Xavier Armendáriz, el primero el llevar el caso, como tampoco el magistrado del Décimo Juzgado del Crimen, Luis Valdivieso, quien tomó la causa cuando pasó a la justicia antigua.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

María Olivia Mönckeberg: Las víctimas de Karadima me dejaron atónita

CHILE
Cooperativa

[con audio]

La periodista María Olivia Mönckeberg, autora del libro "Karadima, el señor de los infiernos", se mostró conmocionada frente a los testimonios recogidos entre las víctimas del ex párroco de El Bosque, entre ellos James Hamilton, a quien dijo conocer "de niño".

El libro recoge "versiones de que podría haber más" abusadores en el círculo cercano del ex párroco, indicó Mönckeberg, recalcando que el testimonio José Antonio Murillo "habla de problemas concretamente con uno de los sacerdotes que aparecen desligándose" de Karadima", sin identificarlo.

Este sacerdote "habría tenido con él una actitud extraña", detalló la periodista en el programa "Ultima Mirada" de CHV.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Las operaciones secretas que ordenaba Karadima para aniquilar a su competencia

CHILE
Rebelion

Juan Andrés Guzmán, Gustavo Villarrubia y Mónica González
Ciper Chile

Los sacerdotes que cortaron lazos con Karadima usan una metáfora para describir su situación: “Estamos saliendo de la Matrix”. Dolidos y aún incapaces de creer la magnitud de los abusos, algunos han pedido disculpas a los acusadores. Las de Samuel Fernández fueron aceptadas, no así las de Rodrigo Polanco. Ello se explica porque Karadima también hizo a otros religiosos cometer actos de los que hoy se arrepienten. Aquí se narra una de esas sórdidas operaciones: cómo Karadima intentó destruir la reputación del sacerdote Cristóbal Lira. Con la incautación de documentos de la defensa hecha por la ministra González, la justicia ya tiene dónde investigar.

Hay muchas formas de graficar la derrota que está viviendo Fernando Karadima. Pero seguramente la que más le duele es ésta: del medio centenar de sacerdotes que formó y que hasta el año pasado acudían al menos todos los lunes a la parroquia El Bosque para darle gracias por las bendiciones que habían recibido de él, solo tres le permanecen fieles: Juan Esteban Morales, Diego Ossa y Julio Söchting.

El primer grupo que se distanció lo hizo en agosto del año pasado, tras la publicación en CIPER del patrimonio inmobiliario que el sacerdote acumuló a través de la Pía Unión Sacerdotal. Mediante una carta pública que dio a conocer CIPER, diez religiosos afirmaron que las acusaciones hechas a Karadima les parecían verosímiles. Otros dos también opinaron lo mismo, pero no firmaron la declaración. Los últimos en alejarse fueron 15 sacerdotes, los que el 5 de abril pasado hicieron pública su decisión, bastante después del fallo condenatorio del Vaticano (originalmente eran 16, ya que a última hora Javier Manterola decidió no adherir al grupo y terminó abandonando a Karadima solo, unos días después, sin que nadie tenga claro por qué tanto enredo).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

El porqué del secreto

CHILE
Diario Financiero

Ante el allanamiento a los domicilios de un abogado del caso Karadima, el Colegio de Abogados le prestó su amparo. No son coincidentes las opiniones sobre la decisión del tribunal y el amparo. Resulta conveniente, entonces, examinar el fundamento, alcance y precedentes de un amparo.

Un caso similar, en Valparaíso (1952), nos proporciona una buena visión sobre el tema. En esa oportunidad, un ministro en visita ordenó el retiro del estudio profesional de un abogado una documentación requerida para la investigación.

El Consejo de Valparaíso, junto con acordar el amparo, remitió su oficio al Consejo General del Colegio para conocer la opinión de éste, atendido, como dice, que se trata de la importante inviolabilidad de los instrumentos que se entregan confidencialmente a los abogados y que, en su concepto, están amparados por el secreto profesional.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Karadima: víctimas acreditadas como menores ...

CHILE
La Tercera

por Patricio Carrera y Jorge Poblete

La ministra en visita Jéssica González, a cargo de la investigación en contra del sacerdote Fernando Karadima Fariña (80), denunciado por abusos sexuales, tiene en su poder dos testimonios considerados claves en la indagatoria en torno al religioso, quien ya fue sancionado por el Vaticano.

La magistrada tomó declaración a las dos personas, que, según el decreto de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe, fueron abusadas por Karadima antes de cumplir los 18 años.

El fallo de la Iglesia que condenó a Karadima entrega la identidad de seis víctimas del religioso. Tres que sufrieron abusos siendo adultos: José Murillo, James Hamilton y Fernando Batlle, quienes denunciaron públicamente al sacerdote. Además, el caso de Juan Carlos Cruz, en cuyo caso Karadima aplicó abuso de poder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Biological Links Found Between Childhood Abuse and Adolescent Depression

UNITED STATES
Science Daily

ScienceDaily (Apr. 20, 2011) — Kate Harkness has found that a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse in childhood substantially increases the risk of depression in adolescence by altering a person's neuroendocrine response to stress.

Adolescents with a history of maltreatment and a mild level of depression were found to release much more of the stress hormone cortisol than is normal in response to psychological stressors such as giving a speech or solving a difficult arithmetic test.

"This kind of reaction is a problem because cortisol kills cells in areas of the brain that control memory and emotion regulation," explains Dr. Harkness, a professor in the Department of Psychology and an expert in the role of stress and trauma in adolescent depression. "Over time cortisol levels can build up and increase a person's risk for more severe endocrine impairment and more severe depression."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Promotor de justicia eclesiástico visitó a jueza que investiga caso Karadima

CHILE
Cooperativa

[con audio]

La ministra en visita del caso Karadima, Jessica Gonzalez, se reunió este miércoles con el promotor de justicia eclesiástico, Fermín Donoso, quien desde 2009 conoció las denuncias contra el sacerdote en la nulidad del matrimonio de James Hamilton.

Donoso respondió escuetamente a las preguntas de la prensa, señalando que la idea es "desde luego y con todo gusto" colaborar con la justicia, señalando que "estamos de acuerdo en todo sentido".

Según fuentes judiciales, González espera, además, mantener en reserva las declaraciones e indagaciones que se hagan en esta etapa de la investigación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Caso Karadima: Se suspende declaración de James Hamilton

CHILE
La Tercera

Todos los medios de comunicación esperaban hoy la llegada de James Hamilton al 34° Juzgado del Crimen, pero a medida que pasaban las horas corría el rumor que su declaración se había suspendido, y así fue.

Uno de los denunciantes de Fernando Karadima declararía ante la ministra en visita, Jéssica González, tal como lo hiciera José Andrés Murillo la semana pasada, preo finalmente la cita quedó suspendida.

El que sí llegó hasta el recinto judicial fue el segundo promotor de justicia Fermín Donoso, quien sólo sostuvo que "vengo a cooperar con la justicia".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Many priests in illicit relationships: book

ROME
Edmonton Journal

By Nick Squires, Daily Telegraph April 21, 2011

Thousands of Catholic priests are in illicit relationships with both men and women in contravention of the Vatican's teachings on celibacy and homosexuality, a new book by an investigative journalist claims.

Some priests pay ex-lovers hush money so as not to be found out, while others covertly support their illegitimate children through school, the book alleges.

Carmelo Abbate spent months undercover documenting a "hidden world" in which heterosexual priests have children with women who can never be their wives, and gay priests of many nationalities visit nightclubs in Rome and pay for sex with escorts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Distressing days: Suffering as much from the church as for it

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Whereupon Jesus said to the 12, Would you, too, go away? Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom should we go? Thy words are the words of eternal life; we have learned to believe, and are assured that thou art the Christ, the Son of God. -John 6:69-71

In February, a grand jury in Philadelphia released a second report on sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Like the first report issued in 2005, this second report is a disgusting chronicle of sodomy and mendacity. Shortly thereafter, the archdiocese suspended 21 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual corruption or improprieties. (Two more suspensions have just been announced.)

I live and worship as a Roman Catholic in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and am familiar with some of the suspended priests. This is beyond question an exceedingly difficult time for the church. In this grim context, I decided to use this Lent to revisit "The Belief of Catholics," a classic statement of the faith by the English writer, Monsignor Ronald Knox. It is a book that serves to remind one of why the church embodies what St. Paul called the more excellent way.

Knox (1888-1957) was the son of an Anglican bishop. Educated at Eton and Oxford, he was initially ordained as an Anglican clergyman. Later, he converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained a priest in 1919. Knox wrote a stream of excellent and enduring theological works and rendered a translation of the Bible that remains one of the finest available. (The epigraph above is from the Knox translation.) It was while serving as the Catholic chaplain at Oxford that he published "The Belief of Catholics" in 1927.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Former Buhl youth pastor held in Louisiana for alleged child sex crimes

IDAHO
Times-News

By Blair Koch - Times-News writer

A former youth pastor at Buhl’s Calvary Assembly of God has been accused in Louisiana of committing more than 60 felony sex crimes against children.

Angelo Deboray “Doogie” Golatt, a youth pastor at the Buhl church in 2006, faces 50 counts of aggravated rape, six counts of juvenile molestation, four counts sexual battery and two counts attempted aggravated rape. His alleged crimes happened between 2003 and 2007.

Golatt, 28, has been held in Louisiana’s Rapides Parish Jail on $480,000 bond since his March 29 arrest.

In Louisiana, aggravated rape is defined as an adult participating in sexual intercourse with a victim younger than 13 years old, and is punishable by the death penalty or life in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

No deal yet on Cloyne abuse report

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne could be published in May, Justice Minster Alan Shatter said.

Lawyers have yet to agree about redactions in certain sections which could prejudice the possible prosecution of an individual named in the report.

Mr Shatter said the individual's legal team, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice were taking longer than expected to strike a deal.

"I hope it will published early in May but I have to await developments in that regard," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Silence of Hope receives funding

CANADA
The Age Dispatch

The Silence to Hope project (STH) from Chatham-Kent, Ontario has received funding for the fifth year in a row from the Diocese of London, Ontario. In 2007 the Diocese began funding services for male survivors of sexual abuse through STH, and their commitment keeps getting stronger every year.

The STH project will continue assisting male sexual abuse survivors in an area that includes nine counties: Essex, Kent, Lambton, Huron, Perth, Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, and Norfolk, which encompasses Windsor to Wingham and from Sarnia to Simcoe.

Tom Wilken is the Project Coordinator for the STH project and author of Rebuilding Your House of Self Respect: Men recovering in group from childhood sexual abuse. His newly written workbook is also helping group facilitators and survivors throughout the province. Tom has also written material for Health Canada and the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence. STH is working in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Abuse Awareness, the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, the Diocese of London, Family Services Thames Valley (London), and the United Way of London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Bishop Raymond Lahey’s child pornography trial expected to reopen wounds

CANADA
The B.C. Catholic

Former Bishop of Antigonish's hearings begin May 4

By Deborah Gyapong
Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA (CCN)--When Bishop Raymond Lahey goes to trial on child pornography charges May 4, the anticipated news coverage will reopen wounds caused by the worldwide clerical sexual abuse, regardless of the trial’s outcome.

But observers say the pain provides an opportunity for needed renewal.

The former Bishop of Antigonish was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography in October 2009. The charges followed the seizure of his laptop and other electronics upon his arrival in Ottawa airport in September 2009, upon his return from overseas. The bishop had recently completed a multi-million dollar settlement for clerical sexual abuse victims in his diocese a month earlier, a package widely hailed by victims’ groups as generous and compassionate.

“The first thing is that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty and we should not jump to conclusions,” said Father Frank Morrisey, a canon lawyer who has advised the Canadian Church on the clerical abuse crisis. But Father Morrisey said in the present climate, with zero tolerance policies concerning sexual abuse, anyone who is accused is deemed “already guilty.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 AM

Ex-priest fathered alleged victim's child

CANADA
Edmonton Journal

A Windsor-area woman has stepped forward this week and alleged she was not only sexually abused as a teen by a former local priest, but also had a child by him.

She is among two more alleged victims who have come forward to join six women who are suing Gabriele Del Bianco, 54, who served at several area parishes between 1985 and 1994. The child is now 19 years of age and Del Bianco has legally admitted to being the father, according to London, Ont., lawyer Rod Dale, who is representing the women in this abuse case.

The majority are from Wallaceburg where Del Bianco was associate pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

Priest fathered her child, woman alleges

CANADA
The Windsor Star

By Dave Battagello and Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor Star April 21, 2011

A Windsor-area woman is alleging she had a child by a former local priest who sexually abused her when she was a teenager.

She is among three more alleged victims -the others are from McGregor and Wallaceburg -who have come forward to join six women already suing Gabriele Del Bianco, 54.

Del Bianco served at several area parishes between 1985 and 1994. The local woman's child is now 19 years of age and Del Bianco has admitted he is the father, said London lawyer Rod Dale, who is representing many of the women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

April 20, 2011

Accused and Accuser

CHILE
Leon J. Podles: Dialogue

Juan Carlos Cruz, victim of the Rev. Fernando Karadima in Santiago, Chile, gave an interview about his experiences with the Church. The Vatican has recently found Karadima guilty. Cruz said

I understand that, if accusations are made, the innocence of the accused is presumed until the contrary of proven. With Karadima it should have been so until sentence was pronounced, independently of the fact that I know what is the truth of everything that happened to me. But it is also necessary to presume the truthfulness if the victims, and that the church in Santiago has not done, it treats you as a leper. I sent some e-mails to a bishop whom I considered a friend and he told someone it was not suitable that he answer me, because of his office… They are not good pastors. It seems we are a thorn in their side rather than human beings who need help.

As Cruz says, when an accusation is made (whether against a priest or anyone else) it is necessary to do two things: presume the innocence of the one accused and the good faith of the accuser, until the matter is resolved. Logically, either the accuser is wrong or the accused is guilty, but judgment about both must be suspended until a determination is made.

Cruz is very mature to realize that an accusation should not automatically transform into a condemnation, even if he as the victim knows the truth of the accusation. But what the clergy in Santiago (and many other places) did was jump to the defense of the accused and condemn the accuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 PM

PLAZA FRONTENAC, TIVOLI & HI POINTE THEATERS ON SALE BLOCK?

ST. LOUIS (MO)
Berger's Beat

...The book hasn’t yet hit the streets, but a local Catholic Group has already arranged to bring noted New Orleans author Jason Berry here on June 14 to discuss his newly-penned work, “Render Unto Rome.” The independent lay reform group, Voice of the Faithful, is organizing the event set for Schlafly’s Tap Room. The book is about the byzantine and increasingly controversial finances of the Catholic church. Berry is the award-winning journalist who wowed a Maplewood audience two years ago with his documentary, “Vows of Silence,” about the world’s most high profile child molesting cleric, “Fr. Marcial Maciel, who was this close to the late John Paul II...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

The Silence

UNITED STATES
Toy Soldiers

Last night PBS aired a Frontline program called The Silence. It covered a horrendous case of sexual abuse perpetrated against children in remote Alaskan villages by Catholic priests and clergymen. In one village, almost 80% of all the children were abused. The Silence shows how silence and inaction perpetuates abuse.

According to the 20-minute piece, the Church at first ignored the claims of abuse. Later it moved the accused abusers from parish to parish. It took years for the Church to acknowledge what occurred, and longer before anyone from the Church went to address the problem, and even the latter was done primarily because it was ordered by a court.

The Silence also shows how sexual abuse embeds itself in every aspect of a person’s life. Many of the men and women featured in the piece still suffer the effects of the abuse. The pain remains just below the surface, and it takes very little to bring it up. The piece also shows the ripple effect sexual abuse can cause. Ben Andrews’ father beat him after Ben told him about the abuse he suffered. His father then left to get drunk, returned home, and shot and killed Ben’s younger brother. Ben held his brother as the boy died, and he has held on to the guilt that he caused his brother’s death for all these years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Rev. Phil DeRea case raises questions of anonymity in civil cases

PENNSYLVANIA
The Express-Times

By Joseph P. Owens | The Express-Times

Something wasn't sitting right for me last week in looking at the case against the Rev. Phil DeRea, but I couldn't quite pinpoint it.

I came across it again today when something snapped into focus.

DeRea, a Roman Catholic priest who was raised in the Lehigh Valley and for years was chaplain to professional auto racing circuits, is accused in a federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a child for eight years in the 1980s.

DeRea, who was born in Roseto and raised in Nazareth, is accused by a now 40-year-old Maryland man identified in U.S. District Court in Illinois only as John Doe.

And that's where the problem begins.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Chilean police seize files on abuse case

CHILE
UPI

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 20 (UPI) -- Chilean police raided the home and office of a lawyer representing a priest found guilty by the Vatican of sexually molesting boys, officials said.

Officials seized files from Juan Pablo Bulnes after the Vatican refused to turn over documents on the abuse case of Fr. Fernando Karadima, La Nacion reported.

Karadima was found guilty of sexual abuse by the Vatican, which ordered the priest to retire to a "life of prayer and penitence."

The Archdiocese of Santiago and the Vatican refused to turn over files, claiming to be a sovereign state not subject to Chilean law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

UPDATED: Former Catholic priest facing sex charges

CANADA
Sarnia Observer

By Observer Staff

Another former area Catholic priest is facing sexual assault charges.

Lambton OPP's Crime Unit has arrested and charged a 54-year-old Auburn, Ont. man with three counts of sexual assault dating back more than 25 years when the accused was a member of the clergy in the Catholic Church.

Police began an investigation in February of 2011 into allegations of sexual assault on a woman committed when she was a teenager in the early 1980s.

On April 8 police arrested Gabriele DelBianco when he turned himself at the Petrolia OPP Detachment, police said Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Abuse Allegations Against Local Priest Surface

NEW YORK
Patch

By Emily Portoghese

The Rev. Edward R. D’Andrea, pastor of Our Lady of the Snow parish in Blue Point, was placed on “administrative leave” recently following allegations of “abuse,” the Diocese of Rockville Centre (DRVC) confirmed in a letter obtained by Patch.

News of D’Andrea’s administrative leave was first brought to light to parishioners during Mass this past weekend on Palm Sunday, the start of the holiest week in the Roman Catholic religion.

Bishop William Murphy, head of the diocese, sent Bishop Peter Libasci to the Blue Point church to inform churchgoers of the situation involving the man many local residents know as Father Ed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Church covered up abuse: judge

CANADA
The London Free Press

By Jane Sims, The London Free Press

Last Updated: April 20, 2011

The Roman Catholic Church covered up Rev. Charles Sylvestre’s abuse, but a judge said it can be forgiven and not punished financially for his crimes.

In a decision released Wednesday, Superior Court David Little awarded Sylvestre victim Kelly Murphy-Meyers of Chatham more than $600,000 in general damages, special damages and lost income for sexual abuse inflicted upon her by the pedophile Roman Catholic priest in the 1970s.

But Little did not award punitive damages, even though he acknowledged there was “a cover-up” of Sylvestre’s crimes.

Little said “the serious nature of the negative impact upon the victims” has only recently been studied and that the Diocese of London has taken “substantial steps to address the issue of sexual abuse.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Catholics Come Home

BOSTON (MA)
WGBH - The Callie Crossley Show

[audio]

The PEW Forum on Religious and Public Life had some bad news for the Catholic Church: Catholicism has lost the most members to other religious affiliations. While nearly one in three Americans were raised in the Catholic faith, today fewer than one in four describe themselves as Catholic. One organization is trying to do something about this: Catholics Come Home. Founded in the late 90’s, it made its Boston debut this year-- coupling an ad campaign with outreach from local parishes.

But how many will tread the big welcome mat the Archdiocese has rolled out? With the clergy sex abuse crisis and with parishes being closed down, is there a place to come home to? And who exactly is being invited home? This hour, we’ll look at the state of Catholicism. We’ll be joined by Nancy Ammerman, Professor of the Sociology of Religion at Boston University School of Theology, Maryellen and John Rogers, spokespeople for St. Frances X. Cabrini parish in Scituate, And Tom Peterson, founder and President of Catholics Come Home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Priest 'Mad As Hell' Over Church Moves

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
My Fox Philly

A priest in the Philadelphia Archdiocese feels duped and "angry as hell" that he helped reassign some priests and wasn't told they had a prior history of possible sexual abuse.

Monsignor John Conway was not available for an interview on Wednesday when we stopped by his parish office at Mary, Mother Of The Redeemer Church in North Wales, Pa.

But, letter Conway wrote to Cardinal Justin Rigali two weeks ago has become public and it reveals why the monsignor is so mad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Mormon officials kept quiet about sex allegations; SNAP responds

ARIZONA
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)

Sadly, in the Mormon church and other denominations, church officials still often try to handle serious criminal matters quietly and internally, calling police only weeks or months later and often only under serious external pressure.

We challenge Mormon officials to go beyond terse, carefully-crafted public relations denials and address allegations of complicity in the most straightforward manner possible.

There are two lessons here. First, those who see, suspect and suffer child sex crimes must report to secular authorities, not church authorities. Second, when church figures suspect or know of child sex crimes, they must immediately dial 911, and not start “circling the wagons.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Belgian bishop might be charged; SNAP responds

BELGIUM
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’ve seen this pattern over and over again. Brave victims come forward. Prosecutors claim they’re helpless. A bad situation gets worse. Public pressure builds. Then, prosecutors reconsider pressing charges.

It shouldn’t be this way. Because child sex crimes are so devastating and so likely to be repeated, law enforcement officials must be creative and persistent right from the start, investigating every possible criminal charge against the predator. Prosecutors should research the law exhaustively and outreach to other victims extensively before telling a courageous victim “We can’t pursue criminal charges against the child molester who assaulted you.”

There are two crucial lessons here.

First, it shouldn’t take a world-wide media frenzy to prod law enforcement to act against powerful men who commit, ignore and conceal child sex crimes.

Second, victims should continue coming forward to police and prosecutors, even when it may seem like the chances of any real action are slim. When victims, witnesses and whistleblowers find the courage to speak up, at least there’s a chance for prevention, justice, and healing. But when we stay quiet, nothing changes, and predators keep on hurting kids.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Police seize church records, clergy sex abuse victims respond

CHILE
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Barbara Dorris Outreach Director, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests 314-503-0003 cell or SNAPdorris@gmail.com

We applaud the Chilean police for taking action. It’s way too premature for anyone to even begin second-guessing police for their actions in trying to undercover child molesting clerics and complicit bishops.

Chilean citizens and Catholics should be praising and helping secular authorities who are finally taking action to safeguard vulnerable youngsters. It's the job of police to err on the side of gathering more evidence, not less.

Fr Karadim is an extremely powerful man. We are grateful to these four men who reported their abuse. We hope anyone else who was harmed by Karadim will come forward and begin healing. We also encourage anyone who has seen or suspected misdeeds by Karadim to contact law enforcement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

New abuse allegation reported against suspended Belgian bishop

BELGIUM
Catholic Culture

April 20, 2011
Belgian prosecutors are looking into new allegations of sexual abuse by Bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who has already admitted to molesting two of his own nephews.

In the wake of a television interview in which the suspended bishop inflamed public opinion by making light of the abuse he had committed, prosecutors revealed that they had heard from other men who said they had been abused by Vangheluwe in the 1960s when they attended a summer camp for altar boys.

Belgian law-enforcement officials have clearly been anxious to find a way to press criminal charges against Bishop Vangheluwe, but the statute of limitations makes it impossible to prosecute him for the abuse of his nephews. A charge from the 1960s would encounter the same obstacle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:44 PM

Lawyer tells Glenside parishioners plaintiff has no case against accused monsignor

PENNSYLVANIA
Newsworks

April 20, 2011

By Shannon McDonald

Concerned parishioners of St. Luke's Evangelist gathered in the Glenside church Monday to hear from the lawyer representing their monsignor, who is one of 21 priests suspended by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for abuse allegations.

Attorney Kate Reiley said there "is nothing there" in terms of the case.

Monsignor Michael Flood is accused of molesting a student more than 15 times in 1976 while at South Philadelphia's Bishop John Neumann Catholic High School -- a blemish on an otherwise "exemplary" personnel file.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:40 PM

NEW QUESTIONS ABOUT SNAP PSYCHIATRIST

LOUISIANA
Catholic League

April 20, 2011

Bill Donohue comments on today's Times-Picayune article on Louisiana psychiatrist Dr. Steve Taylor and his association with the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests (SNAP):

Dr. Steve Taylor, who is sitting in prison after pleading guilty to charges of accessing kiddie porn, seems to have a very curious mindset, and an even more curious relationship with SNAP. At first, he said he downloaded the child porn for "scientific" purposes—he wanted to see what interested pedophiles. Then he said he never obtained such fare, going so far as to say he didn't recall ever admitting to doing so in the first place. But when his lawyer told him they had him dead to right, his slippery memory snapped back in place, just in time to cop a plea.

Now it may be that Dr. Taylor's memory is organically flawed: he has been working only half-days since he suffered a head injury in 1968 (the State Board of Medical Examiners made this call when it was determined that his judgment becomes impaired after four hours). In any event, in 2010 board members sanctioned him after they concluded he was a kiddie porn aficionado; he had previously been sanctioned for drug use, dementia, and other maladies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Louisiana state medical board documents shed light on Covington psychiatrist's guilty plea in child porn case

LOUISIANA
The Times-Picayune

By Ramon Antonio Vargas, The Times-Picayune

Before pleading guilty to attempted possession of child pornography last week, Covington psychiatrist Dr. Steve Taylor at one point admitted to intentionally downloading sexually explicit images of juveniles in 2008, but only in an effort to study the "kind of material examined by pedophiles," according to documents from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

Later on, however, Taylor, 71, reversed course. He denied ever having intentionally downloaded sexually explicit images of children, claimed to not recall having ever said he did for any reason; and entered a guilty plea to the reduced charge in Covington's 22nd Judicial District Court.

The St. Tammany Parish district attorney's office has declined to extensively discuss the plea bargain, which resulted in a two-year prison sentence for Taylor, a well-known north shore psychiatrist who for years had been working part-time. He is scheduled to begin serving it Friday. ...

Previously, Taylor had served on St. Tammany Parish Hospital's Ethics Board. He counseled residents after Hurricane Katrina and ran a support group for survivors of suicide.

Late in the month during which he was arrested, he was supposed to receive an "Angels Among Us" award from the Hospice Foundation of the South. But organizers canceled the event.

He also collaborated with the Louisiana chapter of the Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. His wife, Lyn Taylor, is the group's founder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Meet the People of Curry

UNITED STATES
Curry College

Energy.

It is a word that Professor Jennifer Balboni constantly uses when describing her Criminal Justice classes at Curry College.

"I tell my students at the beginning of each semester, 'In my class, I need you to bring your A-game…everyday.' We really do take it to another level."

Balboni, who has been challenging herself and the criminal justice system for most of her adult life, expects nothing less from her students. ...

In 2011, Balboni plans to publish her first book, a dissertation on the infamous clergy sex abuse scandal, which includes interviews with the victims themselves.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Bisschop Brugge: "Vangheluwe heeft opnieuw schade aangericht"

BELGIE
Zita

Jozef De Kesel, de huidige bisschop van Brugge, heeft een brief geschreven aan alle priesters van zijn bisdom naar aanleiding van Pasen. Hij heeft het ook over zijn voorganger Roger Vangheluwe. "De voormalige bisschop van Brugge heeft opnieuw veel schade aangericht door een interview te geven op VT4", vindt hij.

De Kesel herhaalt dat het Vaticaan aan Vangheluwe gevraagd heeft om België te verlaten. "Maar zich terugtrekken is meer dan een louter fysieke en lichamelijke aangelegenheid", schrijft De Kesel. "Stilte is bij uitstek een geestelijke weg van bekering en inkeer. Die stilte is vorige week doorbroken, met alle gevolgen vandien."

De Kesel is ervan overtuigd dat zijn voorganger opnieuw veel schade heeft aangericht met zijn interview. "Niet alleen bij de slachtoffers, maar ook voor de kerkgemeenschap. Het gaat mij daarbij niet om ons imago, maar om onze geloofwaardigheid. Ieder vergoelijkend of minimaliserend spreken is kwetsend en misplaatst."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

St. Luke parishioners updated on suspended pastor

PENNSYLVANIA
Montgomery Media

By Shabria Davis
Staff Writer

Parishioners of St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Glenside filled the pews April 18 for an informational meeting regarding the March 9 suspension of their pastor, Monsignor Michael Flood.

Flood, 71, was one of 21 priests suspended by the archdiocese after a grand jury report revealed a cause for an investigation, due to accusations of sexual misconduct with children.

During the 90-minute meeting, Kate Reiley, a lawyer representing Flood, said the accusations against Flood stem from a civil suit filed by an anonymous plaintiff in Delaware in 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

No deal yet on Cloyne abuse report

IRELAND
Herald

A report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne could be published in May, Justice Minster Alan Shatter said.

Lawyers have yet to agree about redactions in certain sections which could prejudice the possible prosecution of an individual named in the report.

Mr Shatter said the individual's legal team, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice were taking longer than expected to strike a deal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

OPP release priest sex abuse charges

CANADA
CBC

Ontario Provincial Police released more details Wednesday on the sexual assault charges against 54-year-old Gabriele (Gabe) DelBianco, a former Catholic priest in Wallaceburg and Windsor, Ont.

OPP Const. John Reurink, said DelBianco was charged with three counts of sexual assault relating to incidents that took place in Lambton County in the early 1980s.

"Mr Gabriele DelBianco was arrested when he turned himself in to the Lambton OPP on the 8th of April," said Reurink. "He was charged with those offences and then released."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Annual report reveals Wisconsin Jesuits sex crimes

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Milwaukee, April 20, 2011 — Figures from the diocese of Sioux Falls South Dakota, reported in the Rapid City Journal today, show that at least nine new reports of child sex abuse were made against what appears to be a total number of six Jesuits from the Wisconsin Province for acts of sexual misconduct and child sex abuse. The figure was part of a yearly submission of new reports of child sex abuse compiled by each diocese for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Most of the newly reported crimes would have occurred over several decades at a Catholic mission operated by the Wisconsin Province in Rosebud, South Dakota. The Province, which assigns Jesuits to several states, is headquartered in Milwaukee. The Rosebud reservation is home to 20,000 Lakota (Sioux) Native Americans located in the diocese of Rapid City.

A series of groundbreaking legal settlements over the past several years have revealed that the Jesuits have used Native American reservations, such as Rosebud, to “hide and dump” their pedophile priests. Hundreds of cases of such abuse by dozens of Jesuits led to the recent bankruptcy of the diocese of Fairbanks, traditionally run by a Jesuit bishop. (The Alaska cases were the subject of last night’s heartbreaking report, The Silence, aired nationally on PBS’s award winning documentary series Frontline.)

Last month, Jesuit Fr. Perry Robinsonfrom the Wisconsin Province was secretly removed from ministry after a new report of sexual abuse was made by a former student of Marquette University High School. The Jesuits attempted to conceal Robinson’s history from the public, and further concealed the reason for his removal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Belgian bishop faces investigation over more abuse

BELGIUM
Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The disgraced former bishop of Bruges is under renewed investigation over the alleged abuse of two altar boys in the 1960s, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Roger Vangheluwe, 74, resigned in 2010 after he admitted to abusing his nephew in the 1980s and said in a televised interview last week that he had also abused a second nephew.

The latest allegations concern two altar boys at a church-organised holiday camp in the 1960s.

"There is a new complaint against Mr. Vangheluwe," a spokesman for federal prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Attorney: Documents shed light on church abuse

ARIZONA
ABC 15

By: Eric English
KINGMAN, AZ - A small protest was held outside of a Catholic church in Kingman Tuesday afternoon.

The group behind the protest is calling for changes in the way the Catholic church deals with abuse during the holiest of weeks.

"He died for our sins. I think that includes the sins of the church, and if there's a time for the church to come forward to ask for forgiveness, it's this week," Attorney Robert Pastor said.

One of the protest organizers, Joe Baca is writing a book about the abuse he says happened to him while he was a boy living in rural northern Arizona.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Fernando Farías y caso Karadima: ''Me da rabia con Errázuriz porque él tapó todo eso''

CHILE
ADN

El destacado actor Fernando Farías en entrevista con ADN Radio Chile se mostró muy dolido con la actitud que han tenido algunos miembros de la iglesia que han tapado abusos sexuales contra menores de edad.

“Yo soy católico. He tenido muchos amigos sacerdotes. He conocido a eminencias. Por ejemplo el padre Hurtado. Y así muchos otros curas que son la mayoría, que son excelentes tipos. Pero de repente te encuentras tú con Karadima y yo digo ¿como?. Si yo leo la biblia y saco conocimientos de la biblia, me la leo y estoy aprendiendo cosas y él se la ha leído toda la vida y hace esas terribles cosas que le hizo a esa gente. ¿Cómo puede ser un hombre de Dios?", sostuvo.

En este sentido, dijo que "y más me da rabia con Errázuriz, porque el tapó todo eso. Creo que es culpable y cuando dijeron que era criminal…una palabra fuerte…Y ahora leo El Mercurio el domingo en donde el pide perdón, que cometió errores... que esto…. pero son justificaciones no más, porque el tapó algo que él no debió haber tapado nunca. Por qué, porque la iglesia merece respeto, tiene que estar la mejor gente ahí los mejores curas, y no gente que haga ese tipo de cosas".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Chilean Priest Karadima Fit To Stand Trial For Sex Abuse

CHILE
Santiago Times

Written by Mark Briggs and Ignacio Gallegos
Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Psychological testing by the government’s legal medical service (SML) has determined that the priest Fernando Karadima, 80, is fit to stand trial on charges of sexually abusing underage boys during the 1980s.

Due to the defendant’s age, there were concerns that the trial could collapse once underway if the defense claimed he was unfit to participate in his defense.

His lawyers had previously supported the psychological tests but had also spoken to the judge concerning their client’s physical health.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:34 PM

Piden 15 años de prisión para cura chileno que pagó a chicas menores por se

CHILE
Terra

La Fiscalía chilena pidió hoy 15 años y un día de cárcel para un sacerdote católico imputado por pagar a chicas menores a cambio de sexo en una localidad cercana a Santiago, informaron fuentes judiciales.

La petición de Cristián Cáceres, fiscal del caso, se conoció este miércoles, al comenzar el juicio oral contra Ricardo Muñoz Quintero, expárroco de la iglesia Santa Teresita, de la ciudad de Melipilla, a 70 kilómetros al suroeste de la capital chilena.

El fiscal pidió la misma pena para Pamela Ampuero Escobar, pareja del sacerdote, la cual está acusada de reclutar a las menores, de 16 y 17 años.

Promotor de justicia que investigó el caso Karadima declara ante ministra en visita

CHILE
Noticias 123

El promotor de justicia que investigó a Fernando Karadima, Fermín Donoso, llegó a declarar ante la ministro en visita del Caso Karadima, Jessica González.

El sacerdote, párroco de Calle Larga, aseguró que viene a colaborar con la justicia, aunque dijo estar ya algo cansado del tema.

La investigación de Donoso fue clave para que el Vaticano resolviera condenar a Karadima por presuntos abusos contra menores, actos impropios con adultos y abuso de autoridad, toda vez que fue gracias a esta indagatoria que el cardenal y arzobispo emérito de Santiago, Francisco Javier Errázuriz, decidió el año pasado enviar el caso a la Congregación Para la Doctrina de la Fe.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Getergde bisschop van Brugge schrijft brief over misbruik

BELGIE
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 20 april 2011 - Mgr. Jozef De Kesel, de huidige bisschop van Brugge, heeft in een brief aan alle pastoraal werkenden van zijn diocees een brief geschreven waarin hij "uit innerlijke noodzaak" uiting geeft aan zijn "onmacht" in verband met de affaire-Vangheluwe en het misbruikschandaal in de RK-Kerk.
Pijn en verdriet

De bisschop wil met zijn brief de mensen die in de pastorale praktijk staan een hart onder de riem steken. "Alleen maar om jullie te zeggen dat ik jullie pijn en verdriet deel en dat we die alleen maar samen kunnen doorstaan en te boven komen."

Affaire-Vangheluwe
De Kesel volgde vorig jaar Roger Vangheluwe als bisschop van Brugge op, nadat bekend was geworden dat die jarenlang een neefje had misbruikt. De affaire bereikte vorige week een dieptepunt door een interview met Vangheluwe op een Vlaamse commerciële tv-zender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 PM

Vangheluwe: "Opnieuw veel schade aangericht"

BELGIE
Metro Times

(Belga) De voormalige Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe heeft met zijn interview op VT4 opnieuw veel schade aangericht. Dat stelt de huidige bisschop van Brugge, Jozef De Kesel, in een brief aan alle priesters, diakens en pastoraal verantwoordelijken in Brugge.

De Kesel wijst er in de brief op dat het Vaticaan Vangheluwe heeft opgeroepen zich terug te trekken en therapie te volgen. "Zich terugtrekken is echter meer dan een louter fysieke en lichamelijke aangelegenheid", vindt De Kesel. "Stilte is bij uitstek een geestelijke weg van bekering en inkeer. Die stilte is vorige week doorbroken, met alle gevolgen van dien." Het interview van de voormalige bisschop heeft volgens De Kesel opnieuw veel schade aangericht. "Eerst en vooral bij de rechtstreeks betrokkenen, maar ook bij de kerkgemeenschap. Het gaat mij daarbij niet om ons imago, wel om onze geloofwaardigheid", schrijft de bisschop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Former priest charged

CANADA
The London Free Press

By DALE CARRUTHERS The London Free Press

A former Catholic priest accused of abusing women more than two decades ago was arrested and charged by Lambton OPP.

Gabriele DelBianco, 54, faces three counts of sexual assault for allegedly sexually abusing a woman, who was teen at the time, during the early '80s, police said.

DelBianco was ordained in 1982 and decided to leave the priesthood in 1996, the diocese said.

According to the diocese, DelBianco was associate pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians in Wallaceburg (1981-1984); studied in Rome (1984-1985); associate pastor at St. John Vianney in Windsor and part-time chaplain at Brennan high school in Windsor (1985-1987); administrator at St. Rose of Lima in Windsor (1987-1988); associate pastor at St. Gregory, St. Clair Beach, and part-time chaplain at St. Anne1s high school in Tecumseh (1988-1990); and pastor at Sacred Heart in Windsor (1990-1994).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:16 PM

Lambton OPP charges former RC priest with sexual assault

CANADA
The Petrolia Topic

Lambton OPP has arrested and charged a former Catholic priest who served in Wallaceburg with three counts of sexual assault.

The offences are alleged to have occurred in the early 1980s.

In February of 2011, Lambton OPP began an investigation into allegations of sexual assault on a woman that were committed while she was a teenager in the early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Diocese, former Sault priest sued for sexual abuse in Sudbury

CANADA
The Sault Star

By FRANK DOBROVNIK, The Sault Star

A London, Ont., law firm wants to hear from anyone who remembers Rev. John Edward Sullivan, the convicted pedophile priest who served at Precious Blood Cathedral in Sault Ste. Marie from 1958 to 1961.

"Because these are historical cases, we're really behind the 8-ball in putting the facts together ... We've got to find stuff that happened decades ago. It's not just victims but anyone who knew of his whereabouts, anyone who was a parishioner," said Rob Talach, a lawyer with Ledroit Beckett.

The litigation specialists have commenced three lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Sullivan, for sexual abuse he was convicted of having committed against three brothers in the late 1960s while chaplain at the Falconbridge Canadian Forces Base in Sudbury.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Ex-priest fathered alleged Windsor victim’s child, lawyer says

CANADA
National Post

WINDSOR, Ont. — A Windsor, Ont., area woman has stepped forward this week and alleged she was not only sexually abused as a teen by a former local priest, but also had a child by him.

She is among two more alleged victims who have come forward to join six women who are suing Gabriele Del Bianco, 54, who served at several area parishes between 1985 and 1994. The child is now 19 years of age and Del Bianco has legally admitted to being the father, according to London, Ont., lawyer Rod Dale, who is representing the women.

The majority are from Wallaceburg where Del Bianco was associate pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

Brown denies being in camp photos

MASSACHUSETTS
My Fox Boston

[with video]

(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - He has refused to name the camp or identify his alleged abuser, now Senator Scott Brown's office says he is not the man seen in photos taken at Camp Good News.

Chris London took the photos and allowed Fox 25 to air them.

London told us he attended the Cape Cod Christian camp in the 1970's, around the same time Senator Brown wrote that he was molested at a camp on the Cape.

Yesterday, Brown's office says this is absolutely not the senator.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Cloyne abuse report to be published in May

IRELAND
RTE News

The report on the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne will not be published before the second week in May.

The report follows a two-year investigation by a commission headed by Circuit Court Judge Yvonne Murphy, which also investigated the handling of child sex abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

The publication timeframe was announced by Justice Minister Alan Shatter today.

Mr Shatter said the issue over the redaction of parts of the report which refer to an individual who was still before the courts was still being dealt with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:27 AM

BISSCHOP VAN BLOIS DISTANTIEERT ZICH VAN KOMST VAN VANGHELUWE

BELGIE
Kerknet

BRUSSELS (KerkNet) - Mgr. the Germiny, bishop of Blois, deplored yesterday in an official press release that he was not consulted about the arrival of former Bishop Roger Vangheluwe the Fraternity of Jerusalem from Magdala, in the municipality of La Ferte-Imbault in his diocese. Mgr. The Germiny: "I was never consulted about this and I would have done against his visit, if there were no guarantees for a serene reception. It took several days for the competent ecclesiastical authorities a place for spiritual and medical therapy. That has now happened. Holy Week has started. Let us therefore all controversy behind us and our eyes on Christ. May his grace and his love for sinners to repent comfort the victims. "Roger Vangheluwe Saturday left the monastery of Magdala.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 AM

Corte Suprema pide informe a jueza por allanamiento a abogado de Karadima

CHILE
Radio Universidad de Chile

La Corte Suprema solicitó a la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago un informe por el allanamiento a la casa y la oficina del abogado eclesiástico de Fernando Karadima, Juan Pablo Bulnes, ordenado por la jueza Jessica González el pasado jueves 14 de abril.

El máximo tribunal espera conocer las razones de la ministra en visita para dar curso a la diligencia, luego de acoger un recurso presentado por el Colegio de Abogados.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Lebovits larceny! Man busted for bribing sex abuse rabbi

NEW YORK
Your Nabe

By Thomas Tracy
Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A 49-year-old is facing 21 years in jail for trying to bank on a child sex abuse scandal surrounding Borough Park cantor Baruch Lebovits.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes charged Samuel Kellner with attempted grand larceny and perjury on April 13 for encouraging a young man to claim that Lebovits had abused him and for extorting $400,000 from Lebovits’s family to prevent “new victims” from testifying.

Lebovits is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence for sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy on eight separate occasions back in 2005. The teen claimed that Lebovits lured him into a car and performed sex acts on him.

Kellner was the one who found and encouraged this victim to come forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Priest abuse raps booted

NEW YORK
New York Post

BY CHRISTINA CARREGA

Child-molestation charges against an elderly Roman Catholic priest who runs a Queens home for troubled boys were dropped yesterday.

The Queens District Attorney's Office announced that it wouldn't be prosecuting Brother Thomas Trager after "further investigation of the case," said a spokesperson for DA Richard Brown.

Trager, 72, was arrested Nov. 4 after a former teenage resident of St. John's Residence for Boys in Rockaway Park told authorities he had been sexually abused by the home's longtime director, court documents said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:02 AM

Vangheluwe grossiert in primeurs

BELGIE
RKnieuws

ANTWERPEN (RKnieuws.net) - "Roger Vangheluwe besefte niet welke primeur hij leverde. Daar bestaat geen twijfel over. Hij slaagde er bovendien in er meer dan één te brengen. Studenten psychologie hoeven voortaan niet meer tevergeefs te zoeken naar beeldmateriaal om een inkijk te krijgen in de geest van een dader van seksueel misbruik. Ook de originele interpretatie van een verbanning naar het buitenland was ongezien. Vangheluwe bewees dat er geen krachtiger manier bestaat om in België aanwezig te zijn dan door vanuit het buitenland een interview te geven. En ten slotte droeg de vroegere bisschop ook ongeweten bij tot een bezinning over de kern van het sacrament van verzoening".

Dat schrijft psychotherapeut en priester Eik Galle vandaag in het christelijk weekblad Tertio.

"Als een dader van seksueel misbruik al een therapieruimte betreedt, dan blijft het uittekenen van het profiel vanzelfsprekend binnenkamers, dat hoort bij de setting. Vangheluwe slaagde erin dit tot in elke huiskamer te brengen. Narcistische beweegredenen eigen aan een daderprofiel zijn hier als drijfveer niet vreemd aan. De ander bestaat niet voor een narcist of staat in dienst van het eigen ik. Het minimaliseren van wat gebeurd is, is daar alleen maar een uitvloeisel van. “Het was maar een spelletje. Het was in feite een gewoonte geworden, meer niet…” Van slachtoffer is er geen sprake, het contact noemt Vangheluwe dan ook een vorm van intimiteit".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Jesuit Schools Sued in Child Sex Case

CONNECTICUT
Courthouse News Service

By CHRISTINE STUART

HARTFORD (CN) - A man who says he was sexually abused at a school for street children in Haiti seeks $110 million in damages from Fairfield University, the Jesuit order, and former Connecticut resident Douglas Perlitz, who is serving 19 years in prison for sexually abusing children at Project Pierre Toussaint, in Cap-Haitien.

Joseph Jean-Charles, one of Perlitz's accusers, sued the defendants, which include The Haiti Fund and a priest, Fr. Paul Carrier, who allegedly hired and supervised Perlitz.

Jean-Charles claims Fairfield University - a Jesuit school - the Society of Jesus of New England and 12 John Does were negligent in hiring Perlitz to run the school and home, and helped him cover up the sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Suprema pidió informe por allanamiento a abogado de Karadima

CHILE
La Nacion

Un informe por el allanamiento dictado por la ministra en visita a cargo del caso Fernando Karadima, Jessica González, a las oficinas del abogado Juan Pablo Bulnes, pidió la Corte Suprema a la Corte de Apelaciones de Santiago.

El máximo tribunal requiere las razones que tuvo la magistrada para decidir la medida en las oficinas y la residencia del jurista que defendió al sacerdote investigado por abusos sexuales en el juicio eclesiástico que se siguió que lo condenó en el Vaticano.

Bulnes elevó una queja al Colegio de Abogados por estimar que el allanamiento atentó contra el ejercicio de la profesión y esta entidad la acogió y la replicó a Apelaciones que optó por archivarla.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Door Vangheluwe misbruikte misdienaar pleegde zelfmoord

BELGIE
De Morgen

Het federaal parket bevestigt dat er een bijkomend onderzoek rond seksueel misbruik is geopend tegen bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. Hij zou in de jaren '60 samen met zijn vandaag 90-jarige mentor twee misdienaars hebben misbruikt tijdens een jongeren-kamp. Een van de jongens pleegde zelfmoord.

Volgens het weekblad Humo werd de federale gerechtelijke politie in Brussel vorige week getipt door een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare, waar ook Vangheluwe (74) en Jozef Lagast (90) opgroeiden. Het was Lagast die Vangheluwe er eind jaren vijftig toe aanzette om voor een priesteropleiding te kiezen. In de jaren zestig zouden beide heren - toen nog jonge priesters - geregeld samen zomerkampen hebben georganiseerd voor misdienaartjes.

De man uit Roeselare was zelf aanwezig op deze zomerkampen. Hij is zelf geen slachtoffer, maar legde aan de speurders uit dat twee misdienaars meestal niet mochten meespelen met de anderen. "Bij gebrek aan ruimte op de slaapzaal mochten zij niet bij de andere jongens slapen en moesten ze de nacht in de kamers van de priesters doorbrengen", betoogde de man. "'s Morgens hadden ze pijn als ze aan tafel gingen zitten." Een van de twee jongens pleegde op latere leeftijd zelfmoord. Net als bij de eerder bekende slachtoffers van Roger Vangheluwe zelf rust er binnen de getroffen familie al decennialang een taboe op het onderwerp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITION (NSAC) STATEMENT

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

We deplore Pope Benedict’s naming of Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a church celebration in the Czech Republic in June.

Is there no shame at the Vatican even in Holy Week?

We apologize to the survivors for the hurt this slap in the face inflicts on them today.

We call upon Catholics in Philadelphia to show their response to this new affront by closing their wallets to the Easter collection.

Honoring a Cardinal who left credibly accused priests in ministry and even when forced by major publicity to remove them withheld their names can’t be the message of Holy Week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

US bishops to discuss Philadelphia abuse scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholic Culture

April 20, 2011
When the US bishops meet in June, they will discuss “whether there was some sort of the breakdown of the system” in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, chairman of the bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People.

Cardinal Justin Rigali has placed 26 priests on leave following the release of a February grand jury report that found that dozens of priests credibly accused of the abuse of minors remained in ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Het geheim van Vangheluwe: 'Ik veronderstel dat hij ontslag zal moeten nemen'

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Belgische bisschoppen horen het in Keulen donderen wanneer ze dinsdag 20 april 2010 in de ochtend per mail vernemen dat hun collega Roger Vangheluwe zijn neef heeft misbruikt. Meteen wordt beslist alles naar buiten te brengen, in de hoop de schade te beperken. Maar om zichzelf wat tijd te kopen, moet aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard eerst een hele avond komedie spelen. Een reconstructie van de onthulling die de Belgische Kerk op haar grondvesten deed daveren.

‘Ik zat vastgenageld op mijn stoel toen ik de mail zag. Ik heb hem verschillende keren moeten lezen voor ik goed besefte wat daar allemaal stond. En toen ik het doorhad, was ik helemaal van slag.’ Maryse Harvengt is de persoonlijke secretaris van Guy Harpigny, bisschop van Doornik en bevoegd voor de dossiers rond seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. Harpigny verblijft op dat moment in Kinshasa.

De schrijvers - de schoonbroer en schoonzus van het slachtoffer - willen dat er een einde komt aan het decennialange zwijgen. Daarom stellen ze de bisschoppen voor een ultimatum. Ze krijgen tot 23 mei om ervoor te zorgen dat Vangheluwe ontslag neemt. Zoniet dan wordt het nieuws over het jarenlange misbruik openbaar gemaakt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

En toch wordt het Pasen

BELGIE
RKnieuws

ANTWERPEN (RKnieuws.net) - “We moeten opnieuw beginnen, van de grond af aan, van diep onder de grond af aan.” Dat schreef de katholieke Nederlandse dichter Gabriël Smit in een poëtische reactie op de Russische inval in Boedapest in 1956. Na het verbijsterende interview van de voormalige bisschop van Brugge lag dit vers, weliswaar op prozaïscher wijze, op de lippen van velen bestorven. Een uppercut voor de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Een koude douche voor een kerk die na een annus horribilis schuchter overeind probeert te komen. “En dat uitgerekend vlak voor de Goede Week”, zuchtten velen.

Een begrijpelijke reactie: het topmoment van het christelijke jaar begon in absolute mineur. En toch reikt diezelfde Goede Week wellicht ook de sleutel aan om deze opdoffer te boven te komen. Als het interview een ding leert, dan wel hoe veel verkeerd loopt als onze psychische en spirituele vermogens elkaar niet doordringen. Dan zijn we overgeleverd aan vreemde kronkels in het hoofd en klinken vrome woorden hol en leeg.

Dit is pathologisch, zeggen experts in het geval van Vangheluwe. Ziektebeelden moet je met geëigende middelen bestrijden, hier helpt geen vaag ‘gespiritualiseer’. Maar bevat dit droevige verhaal toch ook geen vingerwijzing voor ons allen? Nodigt het ons niet uit de dynamiek van het christelijk geloof op te nemen in lijf en leden, hart en ziel?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Priests show support for women protesters

CANADA
Telegraph-Journal

Natalie Stechyson
Telegraph-Journal

SAINT JOHN - As a man ripped a gash across a banner that called for the Catholic Church to reverse its ban on women in the priesthood, the people gathered in the parking lot of a Saint John cathedral tried to keep him calm.

"This is a holy place!" the man shouted over and over, while the women who were part of the Purple Stole Vigil Tuesday evening held fast to their torn banner. The agitator was eventually ushered away by another man. Defeated, he jumped into a red truck and took off.

It was an evening of firsts for the men and women in the vigil: their first assault, their first time encountering an organized movement of women against women as priests and, perhaps most unexpectedly, the public support by some priests to the idea that women have a place in the priesthood.

"I have no difficulty whatsoever with this," Rev. Kevin Barry, a priest from Hampton Parish, said outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. "I know the dedication they have and I know the abilities they have and I know what it takes, and they have it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Youth minister arrested on suspicion of molesting Pleasanton teen

CALIFORNIA
Inside Bay Area

Sophia Kazmi
Contra Costa Times

PLEASANTON -- A 35-year-old Livermore man has been charged on suspicion of molesting a 16-year-old Pleasanton girl he knew through a church group.

Carloe Estigo was arrested by Pleasanton police Friday on suspicion of child molestation. The victim and her mother had contacted police to report the alleged sexual abuse, which occurred over the last year, police said.

Estigo was charged Monday by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with performance of a lewd act on a child and sexual penetration by a foreign object, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

Frontline: Priests Molested “Nearly 80% Of The Town’s Children”

ALASKA
The New Civil Rights Movement

Frontline’s next exposé focuses on the “decades of abuse of Native Americans by priests and other church workers in Alaska,” and in one particular town they find, “nearly 80% of the town’s children were molested” by Catholic priests.

As we reported on this story just a few weeks ago, the Roman Catholic Church, as part of ongoing lawsuits, will make payments to approximately 700 male and female sexual and psychological abuse, molestation, and rape victims who were living in Alaska Native villages and Indian reservations from Montana to Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and who were “sexually or psychologically abused as children by Jesuit missionaries in those states in the 1940s through the 1990s,” according to a statement by attorneys.

The latest agreement will financially compensate 524 victims with $166.1 million in cases including accusations against 140 Jesuit priests, brothers, and nuns from the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, in the Pacific Northwest. Only $48 million will come from the Catholic Church, the remainder will be paid by its insurance companies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

"The Silence"

ALASKA
A.V. Club

by Todd VanDerWerff April 20, 2011 Frontline
"The Silence"

(You can watch "The Silence" here.)

Is healing even possible when you’ve been scarred so heavily (and at such an early age) that the scars are always visible, no matter what you do? “The Silence,” the latest new segment of Frontline, dances around that question. To its credit, it doesn’t turn the ending into a moment of feel-good triumph, where everyone gets on the same page, and the sins of the past are forgiven (as some other news magazines might). But it also stuffs so many incidents and people into its half-hour running time that it can’t help but feel perfunctory. A whole hour in this small Alaskan village might have really underlined the power of those final moments, when people who’ve been hurt badly attempt to move on.

Part of the issue here is that, well, stories of the Catholic sex abuse scandals have become sort of old-hat in the TV news game. I don’t mean to say that the people who suffered at the hands of abusive priests aren’t worth our time or attention, but virtually everybody’s done a take on this, from big screen documentarians to the lowlifes over on Dateline NBC. (My favorite take was probably Kirby Dick’s underrated Twist Of Faith.) I’m trying not to seem like a callous bastard, but, well, there’s only so much that can be done with this story. What happened to those kids was awful, and the church covered it up as long as it could until it was forced to start responding to the accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

New Abuse Charges Against Ex-Bishop

BELGIUM
L'Anglophone

BRUSSELS — The prosecutor’s office here has confirmed reports that it is looking into new charges of sexual abuse by Roger Vangheluwe, the former Bishop of Bruges. The new allegations, reported in the weekly Humo, concern altar boys at a children’s choir camp in the 1960s. The complaint was brought by a 59-year-old who attended the camp but was not himself a victim.

After first making headlines in 2010, when he admitted to abusing a nephew, press attention has refocused on Mr. Vangheluwe since, in two television interviews last week, the still-frocked cleric admitted to molesting a second nephew yet denied he was a paedophile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

New NSW Bishop daunted but optimistic

AUSTRALIA
The Record

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
By Anthony Barich
A US-born priest appointed to lead the Maitland-Newcastle diocese is optimistic about the future despite his predecessor retiring early after he admitted to feeling “battered and worn out” after dealing with the sexual abuse scandal.

Maitland-Newcastle Bishop Michael J Malone, now 71, wrote to the Pope in 2009 appealing for an early retirement and a coadjutor Bishop, or successor, after struggling to cope with the Church’s sexual abuse crisis for “15 difficult years”.

While no coadjutor Bishop had since been named, Pope Benedict announced on 4 April that Fr William Wright, 58, will take up his appointment as the eighth Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle within two months, to be consecrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral on 15 June.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Chile: Evidence on Priest Seized

CHILE
The New York Times

By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO
Published: April 19, 2011

The police in Santiago have raided the home and offices of a lawyer representing a Roman Catholic priest found guilty by the Vatican of sexually molesting boys. The authorities seized documents related to the church case for a criminal investigation, a police spokeswoman, Lorena Quiroz, confirmed Tuesday. A judge ordered the raid after Juan Pablo Bulnes, the lawyer for the priest, the Rev. Fernando Karadima, above, refused to turn over documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Ex-priest tied to child sex abuse case resigns post with local church group

DAYTON (OH)
Dayton Daily News

Jeremy P. Kelley
Posted: 04/19/2011

DAYTON — A former Catholic priest who was part of a high-profile child sex abuse lawsuit involving the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin in 1994 resigned his role as a “Eucharistic Presider” with a small church community in Dayton on Tuesday amid public complaints.

Ellis Harsham had volunteered for several years at Living Beatitudes Community, a group of mostly gay Catholics who meet weekly in rented space at Christ Episcopal Church downtown. He did not return phone calls seeking comment, but has denied a “substantiated” allegation that he had sexual contact with a minor as a Catholic priest in the early 1970s.

Laura Grimes of Oakwood, who served as a minister with the group last year, recently began pressuring community leaders to suspend Harsham after she learned of his 1994 forced removal from priestly duties by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati and his 2006 voluntary defrocking, or laicization, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Audit of clergy sexual abuse reports finds 9 from Rapid City

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City Journal

Mary Garrigan Journal staff Rapid City Journal | Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A recent national survey of clergy sexual abuse reports found that 683 allegations were made against Catholic clergy in the U.S. last year, nine of which originated in the Diocese of Rapid City and dated from 30 to 45 years ago.

The majority of the Rapid City diocese’s allegations were made in connection with the litigation involving a Catholic boarding school for Native American students at St. Francis, a Jesuit-run mission on the Rosebud Reservation that was staffed by the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, according to the Rev. Steve Biegler, diocese administrator. None of the nine allegations involved any priests currently serving in the western South Dakota diocese and two were against a diocesan priest who has been dead for 40 years, he said. One of the 2010 allegations concerned an alleged incident in another diocese with a priest of that diocese. “However, since it was reported to personnel in this diocese, it was therefore included in our audit numbers,” Biegler said in email to the Journal.

Nationally, 30 current-year allegations involving people who were minors in 2010 were among the 683 reports. The rest were allegations that date mostly from 1960 to 1984 but which were reported to the church for the first time in 2010, according to a survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a para-church organization based at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The survey is done in conjunction with the annual independent audit commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to ascertain how well the 195 U.S. dioceses and eparchies, which are dioceses associated with Eastern rite churches in the U.S., complied with its Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. That charter was enacted by the bishops in 2002 to address the abuse scandal and the diocese of Rapid City has had similar guidelines in place since 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Did priest abuse others?

SCHUYLERVILLE (NY)
Albany Times Union

by BRYAN FITZGERALD Special to the Times Union
Published 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SCHUYLERVILLE -- The family of a local man who said he was sexually abused by an Episcopal priest in Schuylerville 30 years ago is urging more victims to come forward. The man disclosed the alleged abuse to his family in March after learning that Franklin E. Huntress, 77, had resigned from the priesthood in February rather than face another charge of sexual abuse in Massachusetts.

Huntress served at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Schuylerville from March 1979 to December 1985. He served in no other parishes in New York state.

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts began investigating Huntress in October after a man said he was abused by the priest while he presided over a Massachusetts church in 1974. The investigation revealed that Huntress, who moved among churches in New York, Massachusetts and England for 40 years, was charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in England in 1994. According to the diocese, that case was dismissed after the family of the boy refused to let him testify, but the Massachusetts diocese said it found enough evidence to conclude the allegations were true. Huntress, who is not married, resigned rather than face charges of abuse from the church, according to a spokeswoman for the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Diocese to stand trial in civil molestation suit

STOCKTON (CA)
The Record

By The Record

April 20, 2011

STOCKTON - A judge has ruled that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Stockton will stand trial in civil court along with a Lockeford priest accused of molesting an unidentified boy nearly 30 years ago.

The trial against the Rev. Michael Kelly, 61, is expected to begin this summer. A 36-year-old man filed the lawsuit in 2007, saying he regained repressed memories of sexual abuse that occurred when he was between 7 and 11.

San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge David Warner heard arguments last week from attorneys for the diocese, who said the diocese should not be held responsible for the abuse of which the priest is accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Parishioners struggle with priests suspended in abuse investigation

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Jeremy Roebuck
Inquirer Staff Writer

Msgr. Michael Flood served as a constant signpost in the lives of many congregants at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Parish in Glenside.

He baptized parishioner Kathleen Seweryn's daughters and, years later, officiated at their weddings.

He often dropped by Donna Scully's math class at the parish school to offer impromptu lessons in church finance.

And as Joseph T. Simone's wife lay ill on her deathbed, Flood was among the first and last by her side.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

'Rot in hell,' victim of sex abuse tells priest

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen April 20, 2011

A sexual-abuse victim told his priest and former teacher to "rot in hell" Tuesday after the now-elderly man was found guilty of indecently assaulting him and his teenage brothers.

"Perhaps one day, your Lord will forgive you," the emotional victim told 81-year-old retired priest William Joseph Allen. "I haven't."

The victim was 16 years old in 1974 when Allen, a teacher at St. Pius X High School, first began pinning him down in a wrestling move before rhythmically thrusting his pelvis into the boy's leg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

April 19, 2011

Ottawa priest sentenced to house arrest for indecent assaults on brothers 37 years ago

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen April 19, 2011

OTTAWA — A sexual abuse victim told his priest and former teacher to “rot in hell” Tuesday after the now elderly man was found guilty of indecently assaulting him and his teenage brothers.

“Perhaps one day, your Lord will forgive you,” the emotional victim told 81-year-old retired priest William Joseph Allen. “I haven’t.”

The victim was 16 years old in 1974 when Allen, a teacher at St. Pius X High School, first began pinning him down in a wrestling move before rhythmically thrusting his pelvis into the boy’s leg.

One of the assaults occurred in the priest’s room at the high school, where Allen slipped out of his priest clothes and into a white T-shirt and trousers to assault him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

Brown: Those urging me to name abuser 'have no clue'

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Glen Johnson, Globe Staff

Senator Scott Brown says people demanding he name the former counselor who allegedly sexually abused him when he attended a Cape Cod summer camp as a 10-year-old "have no clue" about working through such an episode.

The Massachusetts Republican made the allegation in mid-February when released his new book, "Against All Odds." But since then, he has refused to name the camp where the alleged abuse occurred, the counselor he says abused him, or provide authorities with information for a possible prosecution.

The senator has explained that he wants to move on with his life, even as critics suggest remaining silent has allowed an abuser to go unpunished and possibly victimized others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

South Dakota Sex Abuse Scandal: A Peek Inside the Church's Drawers

SOUTH DAKOTA
Huffington Post

Stephanie Woodard

The letters are casual, even chatty, from officials of St. Francis Mission, on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, in South Dakota, to Catholic Church superiors. The mission ran one of many boarding schools to which Native American parents were required to send their children from the late 1800s until the 1970s, when most of the institutions were closed down or transferred to tribal control.

"All goes along quietly out here," one priest wrote in 1968, with "good religious and lay faculty" at the mission. There are troublesome staffers, though, including "Chappy," who is "fooling around with little girls -- he had them down the basement of our building in the dark, where we found a pair of panties torn." Later that year, Brother Francis Chapman was still abusing children, though by 1970, he was "a new man," the reports say. In 1973, Chappy again "has difficulty with little girls."

Some documents are more discreet than explicit. In 1967, two nuns at St. Paul's Indian Mission, on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, also in South Dakota, had excessive "interest in" and "dealings with" older male students, says a report to Church higher-ups. (St. Paul's, pictured below, was renamed Marty Indian School when the tribe took it over in 1975; 2008 graduation tipis are shown in the foreground.) Another nun has "too close a circle of friends, especially two boys."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 PM

Area reverend angry over Archdiocese past practices

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

Rich Pietras Staff Writer Calkins Media, Inc.

A Montgomery Township priest is "angry as hell" the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asked him to help place priests into new assignments years ago without being informed of their history of sexual abuse and has written a letter to Justin Rigali requesting the Cardinal address the topic that has rocked Catholics in our region.

Rev. Msg. John Conway of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer Catholic Church, sent the letter April 4 after holding a meeting last month to explain his inclusion in a 2005 Philadelphia Grand Jury report investigating sexual abuse by the clergy.

In the letter, Conway writes he told several hundred in attendance that although his name appears in connection with his role as a regional vicar, he did not contribute to a cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests.

Conway says he was "duped" after the report suggested he willingly placed a priest in another church while knowing about his history of alleged abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Lawsuit Filed Over Haiti Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
NBC Connecticut

By Jennifer Sposato

A former Connecticut man now faces a $20 million lawsuit for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.

One of Douglas Perlitz's accusers filed the lawsuit, which also names Fairfield University and the Society of Jesus as defendants.

Perlitz was sentenced in December for sexually abusing children at the Project Pierre Toussaint School, which he founded in 1997, while living in Fairfield County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 PM

Fairfield Facing $20 Million Lawsuit On Perlitz Charges

FAIRFIELD (CT)
The Mirror

April 19, 2011
By: Amber Nowak

One of Doug Perlitz’s accusers filed federal lawsuits yesterday, April 18 for $20 million on every count against each defendent involved in the trial, namely Fairfield University, the Society of Jesus, and Perlitz. According to an Associated Press (AP) newsbreak, the lawsuit was filed on the grounds that the university and the Jesuit order were “negligent in hiring and supervising Perlitz in the work he did in Haiti.”

Other defendants were accused of assisting Perlitz in his efforts to cover up his crime. The Fairfield alumnus was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.

An attorney for the accuser, Mitchell Garabedian, told the AP that he represents 20 more children who will file complaints in the near future. He continued to tell the AP that Perlitz’s supervisors, which included former Fairfield chaplain Paul Carrier SJ, “were in Haiti and knew or should have known about the abuse.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Italian book exposes Rome gay priest scene

ROME
AFP

ROME — A new book due out later this month claims to reveal a flourishing gay scene for priests in Rome -- a thorny issue as the Catholic Church imposes chastity on its clergy and condemns homosexuality.

Investigative journalist Carmelo Abbate's book "Sex and the Vatican: a secret journey in the reign of the chaste" will come out in Italian and French and includes anonymous testimonies from priests and undercover reporting.

"Priests of all nationalities divide their time between Via della Conciliazione (the main road leading to St. Peter's basilica) and the party scene of Rome by night," the book's editors Piemme said in a press release.

The book also documents heterosexual relations between priests and lay women and the existence of children of priests.

Abbate has said he is not anti-clergy but aims to break the culture of secrecy surrounding the sex life of priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Maryland man files abuse suit against priest, Illinois religious order

CHICAGO (IL)
U.S. Catholic

CHICAGO (CNS) -- A Maryland man filed a civil suit April 14 in U.S. District Court in Chicago claiming that a priest of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart sexually abused him over an eight-year period when he was a child in the 1980s.

The alleged victim, now in his 40s, accused Father Philip DeRea, a popular chaplain on the car racing circuit, of abusing him and also named his religious order in the suit, accusing the order of "negligent supervision" of one of its members.

The case is John Doe v. the Society of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart et al and was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The religious order is based in Aurora, Ill., and according to the lawsuit, Father DeRea currently lives in Aurora and has most recently served as the order's director of development.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Irish Church report going to Pope this weekend

IRELAND
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Apr 19, 2011 / 12:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Dublin said April 18 that the inquiry team sent to Ireland by Pope Benedict XVI will be in a position to report back to him by this weekend.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin told the Irish Examiner on April 18 that the apostolic visitation appointed by Rome to investigate the health of the Catholic Church in Ireland has now completed its work. “They are to present their reports to the Pope by Easter,” the archbishop said.

The inquiry was initiated by the Pope in March 2010. It followed a series of Irish government reports condemning the handling of child abuse accusations by the Catholic Church there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Charter review will look at Philadelphia abuse situation, bishop says

UNITED STATES
U.S. Catholic

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien, Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- When the U.S. bishops meet in Seattle in June, they will review implementation of the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" nearly 10 years after its 2002 passage.

They also will look at "whether there was some sort of the breakdown of the system" that prompted the abuse-related investigation of more than two dozen priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, said Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Wash.

"I'm confident that the dioceses are doing their work and that the situation Philadelphia is facing -- removing such a large number of priests, the circumstances under which that occurred," is an aberration, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People said in an April 15 telephone interview with Catholic News Service.

"We have to wait to see exactly what happened in Philadelphia," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Chilean Priests Voice Support For Victims In Karadima Case

CHILE
Santiago Times

Written by Phil Locker
Wednesday, 06 April 2011

As 15 members of the El Bosque Unión Sacerdotal changed their stance on Karadima case, businessman Matte apologizes for privately meeting with DA

Over a dozen members of a Chilean priests’ association known as Unión Sacerdotal, and who supported the powerful father Fernando Karadima have now expressed their support for his victims, distancing themselves from their former figurehead. In February, Karadima was found guilty by the Vatican of abusing minors.

The 15 priests of Unión Sacerdotal, founded by Karadima himself to provide spiritual guidance to parishioners of churches in Santiago’s upscale El Bosque neighborhood, and for the purpose of administering property and funds donated by their parishioners, sent a letter to Santiago’s Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati proclaiming a change in their stance, and their newfound support of Karadima’s victims. The priests requested the letter be read by Ezzati at the Episcopal Conference, which commenced on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Child Abuse Reports Predicted To Increase In 2011

CHILE
Santiago Times

Written by Andrea Feliz Garcia
Thursday, 07 April 2011

During the first three months of 2011, the national minors’ service (SENAME) worked with 1,582 victims of child abuse nationwide. Of the victims helped, 1,206 are underage girls and 376 underage boys.

In face of this harsh reality, Cynthia Sanhuesa of Sename’s child neglect and abuse division called the new data bittersweet in nature. Sanhuesa said that despite the persistence of child abuse in Chilean society, the data fortunately also represent an increase in reports and awareness necessary to combat the crime.

“The statistics appear high, yet this also signifies that crime of this type is being reported, which is important because someone, an adult, will believe a child and initiate a legal process that will hopefully always result in the aggressor being found guilty or punished.”

Sanhueza, along with Sename, said the increased reporting could be a result of public awareness campaigns or greater news coverage of child abuse, such as the case of priest Fernando Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Chile’s Roman Catholic Church Apologizes To Sexual Abuse Victims

CHILE
Santiago Times

Written by Ignacio Gallegos
Monday, 11 April 2011

Bishops release group apology and announce new protocol to deal with child-abuse cases, while prosecutor in Karadima case investigates irregular payments to El Bosque employees

The Synod of Chilean bishops offered their apologies to the victims of sexual abuses by church officials last week with the release of a document entitled “Message from the Bishops to Catholics and to the People of Chile.”

The 32 bishops approved the release of the message last Thursday, which admits the mistakes made by the Church with regard to child abuse accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

Seized Documents Reveal Priest’s Abuse Victims

CHILE
Santiago Times

by Phil Locker
Monday, 18 April 2011

Light shed on Karadima case as judge has police raid lawyer’s office; former Archbishop Errázuriz agrees to testify to judge

Santiago judge Jéssica González late last week ordered plainclothes policemen to raid the office of Juan Pablo Bulnes, the defense attorney for Father Fernando Karadima, the upscale Catholic Church priest accused of sex abuse.

Bulnes defended Karadima during the Vatican’s investigation into Karadima’s misbehavior, but refused to hand over Vatican documents revealing the victims’ identities. The Vatican in February ruled that Karadima was guilty of abusing two minors, prompting Chile’s judiciary to reopen its own criminal investigation into the Karadima case.

The police confiscated Vatican documents in Bulnes’ office relating to the Church’s investigation into Karadima’s behavior, prompting concerns by the Church that Judge González had overstepped the bounds that normally separate Church and civilian court proceedings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Another rough day for the archdiocese

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

This is not exactly what the Archdiocese of Philadelphia needed.

Already neck-deep in a new wave of abuse claims against priests and former priests that resulted in criminal charges, as well as charges of child endangerment filed against a high-ranking archdiocese official, the church is now getting smacked with a new wave of unflattering headlines.

The longtime athletic director and baseball coach at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor yesterday was charged with trying to solicit one of his former athletes to commit sex acts.

According to the affidavit of probable cause issued for his arrest, Francis Murphy offered to become the teen’s “sugar daddy,” in effect trading some things the student needed in exchange for sexual favors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Chilean Media on Catholic Church Scandals

CHILE
Inside Costa Rica

Santiago de Chile - Notorious cases of child sex abuse within the Catholic Church have captured the attention of the media in Chile, where more than 70 percent of the population professes that religion.

Chile is going through an unprecedented phenomenon: an uprising by the Catholic laity. Also, non-catholic Chileans who have appreciated the church's humanitarian actions are disappointed and angry, El Mostrador newspaper quoted theologian Jorge Costadoat as saying.

The crisis has reached a point of no return. The Chilean Church will never be the same, Costadoat said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Priest faces sex abuse charges in southwestern Ontario

CANADA
CBC News

The Diocese of London offered an apology after six women came forward with claims of sexual abuse by a former Catholic priest in Wallaceburg and Windsor, Ont. during the early 1980s.

The Diocese of London said Gabriele DelBianco was ordained in 1982. He worked at churches in Wallaceburg, Windsor and Tecumseh, and served as a chaplain at high schools in Windsor and Tecumseh.

According to a statement issued by the diocese, allegations against him first surfaced in 1994. At that time, he left active ministry, and quit the priesthood two years later. ...

Gabriele DelBianco's history with the Diocese of London:
Associate Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians, Wallaceburg (1981-84)
Studied in Rome (1984-85)
Associate Pastor, St. John Vianney, Windsor (1985-87)
Associate Pastor, Brennan High School, Windsor (1985-87)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:15 PM

Kerk & Leven: 'Kerk moet nederig zijn'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

'Als onze Kerk haar geloofwaardigheid wil terugwinnen, zal ze veel deemoed en nederigheid moeten opbrengen.' Dat schrijft Bert Claerhout, de hoofdredacteur van Kerk & Leven in zijn column over Roger Vangheluwe die volgende week verschijnt.

Onder de titel 'Vangheluwe: na de aardbeving de tsunami' buigt Claerhout zich over de gevolgen van het interview van de voormalige bisschop van Brugge op VT4.

'Geen seconde zagen we een schuldbewuste boeteling die zich, in de geest van het evangelie, had teruggetrokken en met veel schroom vertelde dat hij ernstig in de fout was gegaan', schrijft Claerhout. 'Het valt te vrezen dat priesters, religieuzen en leken die de afgelopen maanden in hun parochies, organisaties en christelijke bewegingen moeizaam puinruimden in de hoop gaandeweg het vertrouwen te herstellen en de geloofwaardigheid van de Kerk weer op te krikken, opnieuw van nul moeten beginnen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Nieuwe aanklacht tegen Belgische bisschop in de maak

BELGIE
Nu

AMSTERDAM - Het Belgische openbaar ministerie overweegt een nieuwe aanklacht van pedofilie in te dienen tegen de Belgische ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe. Dat werd dinsdag bekendgemaakt.

Vangheluwe heeft eerder al toegegeven zijn twee neefjes te hebben misbruikt.

Volgens een woordvoerster van het openbaar ministerie richt de aanklacht zich op beschuldigingen dat Vangheluwe samen met een andere priester tientallen jaren geleden twee misdienaars seksueel heeft misbruikt tijdens een kamp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Aartsbisschop Léonard benadrukt celibaatsbelofte

BELGIE
RKnieuws

MECHELEN (RKnieuws.net) - De Sint-Romboutskathedraal in Mechelen liep maandagavond vol voor de jaarlijkse chrismaviering, waarin de oliën werden gewijd die worden gebruikt bij de toediening van de sacramenten van doopsel, vormsel en ziekenzalving. Tijdens de viering hebben de talrijk aanwezige priesters ook hun belofte vernieuwd. Aartsbisschop Léonard vroeg hen zich vooral te houden aan de celibaatsbelofte. Impliciet verwees mgr. Léonard in dit verband ook naar het seksueel misbruik binnen de Kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Ottawa priest found guilty of indecent assault

CANADA
CTV

A now elderly Ottawa priest who taught at St. Pius X High School in the 1970s was convicted Tuesday of indecent assault against two brothers.

Father William Allen, also known as Father Bill, was found guilty of indecent assault related to sexual offences that occurred between 1970 and 1976.

Allen, who is now in a wheelchair, did not contest the charges. He was handed a nine-month conditional sentence, including four and a half months of house arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:30 PM

Chilean Police Seize Vatican Documents on Priest Abuse Case

CHILE
Hispanically Speaking News

Files on the abuse case of Chilean priest, Fr. Fernando Karadima, have been seized by police after the Catholic Church refused to turn their files over on the case.

Fr. Karadima was found guilty of sexual abuse by the Vatican and ordered to retire from the priesthood with punishment being a life of prayer and penance. The civil case on the matter was going nowhere until the Vatican’s case concluded.

The Archdiocese of Santiago and Vatican refused to turn over files when local officials requested them claiming the Vatican to be a sovereign state not subject to Chilean law. Police seized them from the offices of Karadima’s attorney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:36 AM

Paul Cosyns: "Als Vangheluwe mijn patiënt was, kreeg hij zwijgplicht"

BELGIE
Knack

Het interview met Roger Vangheluwe heeft Paul Cosyns niet geschokt. "Een getuigenis zoals ik ze regelmatig hoor", zegt de psychiater deze week in Knack.

‘Nee’, zegt Paul Cosyns. ‘Ik ben niet geschrokken van dat interview met Roger Vangheluwe. Ik begrijp dat sommige mensen geschokt zijn, maar voor iemand die vertrouwd is met seksuele delinquenten is dat een gewone getuigenis. Wat hij vertelt, is zeer klassiek.’

Als iemand weet wat er omgaat in het hoofd van pedofielen en andere daders van seksuele misdrijven, dan is het Paul Cosyns. Hij is een gerenommeerd psychiater, en staat sinds 1993 aan het hoofd van het Universitair Forensisch Centrum in Antwerpen, waar de behandeling van alle seksuele delinquenten in Vlaanderen wordt gecoördineerd. ‘Wat ik wel vreemd vind, is dat die man een interview heeft gegeven’, zegt Cosyns. ‘Dat bewijst dat hij nog geen enkel idee heeft van de draagwijdte van zijn daden, of van zijn woorden. Het bewijst ook dat hij zeker nog niet in behandeling is geweest. Als hij mijn patiënt was, kreeg hij zwijgplicht.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:33 AM

Nieuwe aangifte tegen Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (Van onze redactie) 20 april 2011 - Het gerechtelijk parket van Brussel heeft een nieuwe aangifte ontvangen tegen ex-bisschop Roger Vangheluwe van Brugge, die in april 2010 ontslag moest nemen nadat bekend was geworden dat hij jarenlang zijn minderjarige neefje had misbruikt. Het nieuwe geval van misbruik zou plaats hebben gehad in de jaren zestig, toen Vangheluwe samen met zijn toenmalige biechtvader, Josef Lagast (nu 90), een kamp voor misdienaren leidde. Dat meldt de Vlaamse krant De Standaard.

Kamp
De klacht is ingediend door een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare. Zelf zou hij geen slachtoffer zijn geweest, maar hij meldde dat op het bewuste kamp twee misdienaars niet mee mochten spelen met hun leeftijdgenootjes en dat zij de nachten moesten doorbrengen in de slaapvertrekken van de beide priesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:30 AM

Jozef Lagast nie être le confesseur de Roger Vangheluwe

BELGIQUE
RTL

Le site internet du magazine Humo a publié un article selon lequel le prêtre Jozef Lagast est le confesseur de l'ancien évêque de Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe. Jozef Lgasat nie les faits.

17 Avril 2011 16h27

Selon le site internet du magazine Humo, le prêtre Jozef Lagast (90 ans) est le confesseur de l'ancien évêque de Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe. Lagast est vicaire à Aalbeke et selon Humo, il est aussi celui qui a encouragé Vangheluwe à devenir prêtre il y a 50 ans. Dans une réaction à l'agence Belga, Jozef Lagast nie avoir entendu les confessions de Vangheluwe à l'époque des abus sexuels sur deux enfants.

Il était son confesseur à l'école

Jozef Lagast a indiqué à un journaliste du magazine qu'il avait été, il y a longtemps, le confesseur de Roger Vangheluwe lorsque ce dernier était encore à l'école à Roulers. "J'ai gardé contact avec lui lorsqu'il est parti au séminaire", a-t-il ajouté. Selon un prêtre de Flandre occidentale, dont le nom n'est pas divulgué, "on ne sait pas clairement si Lagast est resté le confesseur de Vangheluwe lorsque celui-ci a été consacré évêque. Le codex ne l'encourage pas: un inférieur ne peut pas entendre la confession d'un supérieur. Mais je ne l'exclus pas, au contraire: j'ai appris à bonne source que Lagast serait resté jusqu'à aujourd'hui le confesseur de l'ancien évêque." "J'étais le confesseur de Vangheluwe lorsqu'il fréquentait l'école primaire à Roulers", insiste de son côté M. Lagast dimanche. "Je m'entendais bien avec lui et ses parents, rien de plus. Lorsqu'il a quitté l'école primaire, il n'est plus venu se confesser auprès de moi. Je n'étais donc pas au courant des abus sexuels qu'il a commis." Jozef Lagast minimise, dans Humo, la nature de sa relation avec Vangheluwe. Ils se connaissent parce qu'ils proviennent tous les deux de la même ville: Roulers. Il ne faut pas chercher plus loin, dit-il.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

APNewsBreak: Lawsuit Filed Over Haiti Sex Abuse

CONNECTICUT
ABC News

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, Conn. April 18, 2011 (AP)

A federal lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages was filed Monday against Fairfield University, the Society of Jesus and a Colorado man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.

The lawsuit was filed by one of Douglas Perlitz's accusers. It maintains that Fairfield University, the Jesuit order and other defendants were negligent in hiring and supervising Perlitz in the work he did in Haiti. And it accuses other defendants, some of them not named, of aiding Perlitz's efforts to cover up the abuse.

Alice Poltorick, a spokeswoman for the Society of Jesus, New England, called Perlitz' actions "deeply disturbing" and said the order would "work to address this claim diligently and with great sensitivity towards any individual who was harmed by Mr. Perlitz."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

'Mars der misbruikten' tegen verjaringstermijn

BELGIE
Vandaag

Alleen oorlogsmisdaden, genocide en misdaden tegen de menselijkheid verjaren in België nooit. Als het van de organisatoren van de betoging op 29 mei afhangt, komt daar nog seksueel misbruik bij.

De Facebookgroep ‘Geen verjaringstermijn voor seksueel misbruik!!!’ is amper een week online, of al 328 mensen hebben toegezegd dat ze zondag 29 mei om 15u mee willen betogen in Brussel. 2.800 houden hun antwoord in beraad.

Vergelijkingen met de Witte Mars willen de initiatiefnemers nog niet maken, maar de betoging moet de verontwaardiging van de Belgen weerspiegelen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

'Wat als een pedofiele priester te biechten gaat bij een andere pedofiele priester?'

BELGIE
Humo

Hij had niet in gewetensnood verkeerd, liet Roger Vangheluwe vorige donderdag in zijn interview met VT4 weten: hij had al zijn zonden netjes aan zijn biechtvader opgebiecht. En een biechtvader moet zwijgen - zeker als hij zelf misschien niet zonder zonde is.

De biechtvader van Roger Vangheluwe heeft anderhalve maand geleden al in Humo gestaan. Bij het artikel over de Kortrijke deken Marc Gesquière, die plotseling was verdwenen, stond een foto van Gesquière bij het altaar naast Antoon Vandenhende, de pastoor van Bellegem die wordt vervolgd op beschuldiging van diefstal: hij zou met gestolen geld afpersers hebben betaald voor beelden van seksfeestjes. Tussen hen in: Jozef Lagast, 90 jaar oud, hulppastoor in Aalbeke, voorganger van Vandenhende als pastoor van Bellegem en diens vaste vertrouwenspersoon. Maar Lagast is ook de man die Roger Vangheluwe er vijftig jaar geleden toe aanzette priester te worden.

'Jozef Lagast heeft twee poulains,' zegt een West-Vlaamse priester: 'Antoon Vandenhende en Roger Vangheluwe. Hij is bijzonder trots op die mensen: te pas en te onpas pakt hij met zijn goede relatie uit.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

Prosecutors considering new pedophilia charge against former Belgian bishop

BELGIUM
Winnipeg Free Press

BRUSSELS - The prosecutor's office in Belgium says it is considering filing a new pedophilia charge against a former Belgian bishop who already has admitted abusing two nephews.

The new complaint centres on allegations that Roger Vangheluwe and another priest sexually abused two young altar boys during a camp several decades ago, said Wenke Rogge, a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office.

In a televised interview last week, Vangheluwe sought to minimize his abuse against the two nephews. He was forced to resign one year ago when he admitted sexually abusing one nephew for 13 years until he was 18. Vangheluwe has left the country for counselling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Victims Expose Predator's 50-Year Abuse Career

ARIZONA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

What:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and their supporters will disclose hundreds of pages of a secret personnel file - which goes back to the 1920s - of a Gallup priest who was "dumped" in Northern Arizona after church officials discovered he was still molesting children. They will urge church officials to:
---aggressively seek out other local victims,
---personally visiting parishes begging witnesses and whistleblowers to speak up, and
---Urge anyone who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to get help.

They will also:
-- Blast church leaders who claim that the abuse crisis is "new,"
-- Show how even evidence of crimes committed long ago leave a trail of evidence and witnesses, and
-- Urge Arizona lawmakers to consider changing the state's criminal and civil statutes of limitations to allow victims to seek justice, no matter when their abuse occurred.

Where:
Outside of St. Mary's Parish

302 East Spring Street (at 3rd), Kingman

When:
Tuesday, April 19th at 1 pm

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 AM

Group is upset about accused priests

MONTANA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT:
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, advocates for clergy sex abuse victims will urge Montana’s two Catholic bishops to
-- work hard to find and help others hurt by two Catholic predator priests, and
-- post on their websites the names, whereabouts, photos and work histories of all proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics who live/lived or work/worked in the state.

They will also ask citizens and Catholics to ask their loved ones if they were victimized and, if so, to come forward, get help, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start recovering.

WHO:
A Missouri couple who are leaders of an international support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org)

WHEN:
Tuesday. April 19 at 11 am.

WHERE:
Outside St Patrick's Catholic Co- Cathedral, 215 North 31st Street, Billings, MT

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 AM

20 Ways to Lessen Your Risk of Sexual Assault

NursingDegree.net

Sexual assault and rape victimizes every one of every demographic in every country. Two-thirds of the men, women and children who fall victim to such horrors have some sort of relationship with their attackers, who use everything from violence to coercion to get the power they want. Many myths about both rape and sexual assault unfairly persist to this day, making the lives of its many victims just that much harder. Though April is Sexual Assault Prevention Month, every day of the year should be dedicated to chipping away at the roots of this serious issue. Taking the time to understand how to minimize the risk makes a great start, however.

There will always be situations when even the most cautious of individuals will find themselves victimized. Just because viable precautions exist does not mean anyone traumatized by rape or sexual assault "had it coming," as extenuating circumstances or mistaken trust can override awareness and preparedness. The only guilty parties here are the men and women who think it perfect acceptable to violate another’s body, either through violent or emotionally manipulative means.

1.Enroll in self-defense classes: Nearly every major city — and plenty of suburbs — hosts at least a few different self-defense and martial arts schools, as do many colleges and universities. Try to find one within a viable price range and workable schedule and put forth the effort to take regular classes. Make sure to also thoroughly research both the businesses and the different strategies they teach before making any commitment. Even if participants never have to put their newfound skills to use (and here’s hoping they don’t!), self-defense is one of the most valuable investments individuals make for their own safety and peace of mind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Het geheim van Vangheluwe: 'De bisschop is zelf de dader, hij heeft mij misbruikt'

BELGIE
De Standaard

Decennialang heeft de neef van de Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe gezwegen over het misbruik door zijn oom. Maar op 19 april 2010 besliste het 42-jarige slachtoffer om eindelijk toch te spreken. Voor Vangheluwe viel er niets te ontkennen, want hij wist dat zijn neef alle bewijzen in handen had. Een reconstructie van de onthulling die de Belgische Kerk op haar grondvesten deed daveren.

Bisschop Roger Vangheluwe lijkt zijn gewone zelf als hij op maandag 19 april 2010 kort na de middag aankomt bij de faculteit Godgeleerdheid van de KU Leuven. Charmant, vlot in de omgang, gemakkelijk toegankelijk.

Hij komt die dag spreken voor een publiek van toekomstige leerkrachten godsdienst en inspecteurs. Het thema is 'Wat verwachten de Vlaamse bisschoppen van leerkrachten godsdienst vandaag?'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

"Klooster Magdala geen geschikte plaats voor Vangheluwe"

BELGIE/FRANKRIJK
De Morgen

Roger Vangheluwe heeft ook in buurland Frankrijk voor de nodige commotie gezorgd. Monseigneur de Germiny, bisschop van Blois, bekent nu dat als hij had geweten over de komst van Vangheluwe naar zijn bisdom, hij zich daartegen zou hebben verzet. Dat schrijft De Standaard.

"Magdala was absoluut geen geschikte plaats voor Roger Vangheluwe. Hij is intussen vertrokken naar een plaats waar hij wel geestelijke en medische zorg kan krijgen." Zo verklaart de Franse bisschop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Baxter County prosecutor: No criminal charges against former Mountain Home priest

ARKANSAS
Baxter Bulletin

Written by
JOSH DOOLEY

Baxter County Prosecutor Ron Kincaid told The Bulletin Monday no charges will be filed against a former Mountain Home priest accused of sexually exploiting a parishioner.

The unidentified woman — for whom a $5 million lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock and Bishop Anthony B. Taylor has been filed— made a criminal complaint against Father Charles Kanu with the Mountain Home Police Department.

Chief Carry Manuel said an investigation was completed and the information was forwarded to Kincaid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Nieuwe aangifte tegen Vangheluwe

BELGIE
De Morgen

Het Brusselse parket heeft vandaag officieel bevestigd dat er bij de Federale Gerechtelijke Politie van Brussel een nieuwe aangifte is binnengekomen van seksueel misbruik door de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, Roger Vangheluwe.

Het gaat over feiten die in de jaren '60 zouden gebeurd zijn toen Roger Vangheluwe samen met zijn toenmalige biechtvader Jozef Lagast (90) de leiding had op een kamp voor misdienaars. Het weekblad Humo maakte afgelopen zondag al melding van het bestaan van de klacht.

Volgens Humo was de klacht ingediend door een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare die weliswaar niet zelf het slachtoffer was geworden van misbruik. Wel zou de man verklaard hebben dat op het bewuste kamp twee misdienaars niet mochten meespelen met de andere kinderen en de nachten in de kamers van de priesters moesten doorbrengen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Nieuwe klacht tegen Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Persinfo

BRUSSEL - Het Brussels parket bevestigt dat er bij de Federale Gerechtelijke Politie van Brussel een nieuwe klacht is binnengelopen tegen Roger Vangheluwe. De processen-verbaal zullen door het Brussels parket worden overgedragen aan het federaal parket, dat het dossier in handen heeft. Volgens parketwoordvoerster Wenke Roggen ligt de inhoud van de klacht in de lijn met wat er vandaag in het weekblad Humo staat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Nieuwe aangifte misbruik Vangheluwe bij Brussels parket

BELGIE
De Standard

BRUGGE - De gerechtelijke politie van Brussel heeft weer een klacht van seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe binnengekregen. Dat bevestigt het parket van Brussel. Het misbruik zou in de jaren zestig hebben plaatsgevonden toen de voormalige bisschop samen met zijn toenmalige biechtvader Jozef Lagast (90) de leiding had over een kamp van misdienaars.

Volgens weekblad Humo is de klacht ingediend door een 59-jarige man uit Roeselare, die niet zelf het slachtoffer zou zijn. De man zou wel verklaard hebben dat op het bewuste kamp twee misdienaars niet mochten meespelen met de andere kinderen en de nachten in de kamers van de priesters moesten doorbrengen.

De voorbije dagen kon het Brussels parket het bestaan van de klacht niet bevestigen, maar dinsdag gebeurde dat wel. 'Het proces-verbaal met de aangifte is nog niet op het parket aangekomen', zegt parketwoordvoerster Wenke Roggen. 'Wanneer dat gebeurt, zullen we het dossier doorspelen naar het federaal parket.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

'I'll be your sugar daddy': Sports coach at Catholic school 'offered 11th grade boy gifts in exchange for sexual favours'

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

The athletics director of a Catholic school has been charged for allegedly offering a former 11th grade student gifts in return for sexual favours.

Francis Murphy, 39, was arrested after police used the boy's Facebook account to set up a meeting with him in Bridgeport, Pennsylvania, where he allegedly believed the student - who had left the school for financial reasons - would offer him sex.

It's the second sex scandal to hit the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in little more than a month.

In March, 21 priests were suspended amid allegations of child abuse, and three were criminally charged.

Archbishop Carroll High's athletic director charged in attempted sex with minor

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Bonnie L. Cook
Inquirer Staff Writer

Archbishop Carroll High School's athletic director has been charged with seeking sexual favors from a former male student in exchange for gifts, Montgomery County officials announced Monday.

Francis Murphy, 39, of the 1000 block of Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, was arrested Friday morning at the Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop in Bridgeport when he went to what he reportedly thought was a meeting with the youth for sex.

Instead, he found Montgomery County detectives, who took him into custody at 10:35.

Murphy, a coach starting from 1993 and since 1999 athletic director at the parochial school in Radnor Township, was charged with unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution, and attempted corruption of minors. He was arraigned Friday before a district justice and was being held at the Montgomery County prison on $250,000 cash bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Cops: Carroll coach sought sexual favors from teen

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Daily News

By STEPHANIE FARR & TED SILARY
Philadelphia Daily News
farrs@phillynews.com 215-854-4225

The boys of Archbishop Carroll High School's baseball team stepped up to the plate yesterday and played their scheduled game, even after news that their coach, Fran Murphy, who also served as the school's athletic director, had been arrested for sexually propositioning an underage boy.

"We talked with the kids about playing and it was their decision as well," said principal Joseph Denelsbeck. "Our goal is to make sure that the children's lives are as unaffected as possible and that there's as much normalcy as possible."

But nothing was normal about the allegations Montgomery County prosecutors laid out against Murphy yesterday. The propositions he made to an underage boy this month on Facebook were more than out of bounds, investigators said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Carroll coach charged with soliciting athlete for sex on Facebook (With Video)

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By CINDY SCHARR
cscharr@delcotimes.com

RADNOR — After telling an 11th-grade boy exactly what sexual acts he wanted to perform on him, the athletic director at Archbishop Carroll High School went to a Bridgeport ice cream shop for a tryst with the teenager, authorities said.

But instead of the teenage boy, Francis Murphy met up with several Montgomery County detectives who arrested him on the spot.

The 39-year-old Radnor resident is now behind bars on $250,000 cash bail facing charges that include unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution and corruption of minors, according to court records.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Montgomery County DA Arrests Archbishop Carroll Athletic Director

PENNSYLVANIA
Patch

By Bob Byrne

The longtime athletic director at Archbishop Carroll High School in Radnor has been arrested on charges of unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors, according to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Francis Murphy was arrested Friday and was being held on $250,000 cash bail.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced the arrest Monday. Ferman said Murphy is charged with "Unlawful Contact or Communication with a Minor, Promoting Prostitution, Corruption of Minors, Attempted Corruption of Minors, and related offenses."

Ferman said the arrest follows an investigation that was launched after a male student filed a complaint alleging that Murphy made sexually suggestive comments to the student on Facebook.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

SNAP: Abuse victims should contact police directly

PENNSYLVANIA
Daily Times

By PAUL LUCE
pluce@delcotimes.com

In the wake of allegations against an area Catholic school athletic director, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests is urging other possible victims and witnesses to bypass church officials and call police.

Archbishop John Carroll High School’s Francis Murphy, 39, was arrested Friday on charges of unlawful contact with a minor, promoting prostitution, corruption of minors and related offenses. According to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s office, Murphy solicited sexual favors from a male student via Facebook.

An archdiocese of Philadelphia press release stated school administrators sent a letter via email to school families Monday, informing them of the arrest.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Former Camper may have pictures of Scott Brown at Camp Good News

MASSACHUSETTS
My Fox Boston

Bob
Ward
(FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) - The stories about allleged abuse at a camp on the cape have a lot of former campers retracing their steps.

Some are remembering details long tucked away as childhood memories at Camp Good News and some are even finding photos from way back then.

Bob Ward spoke on the phone with a man who says he attended Camp Good News back in the early 1970's.

He well remembers the counselor, that another former camper says was a child molester.

Over the weekend, a former Camp Good News camper identified a man named Ernest Milnes as his attacker.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Is the Pope Catholic?

CANADA
Macleans

by Brian Bethune on Monday, April 18, 2011

It wasn’t supposed to be this way, not according to confounded Vatican watchers. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was already 78 years old when he became Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. He was widely seen as the arch-conservative doctrinal enforcer, the sharp spear point wielded by his charismatic rock star predecessor—Joshua to Pope John Paul II’s Moses, in the words of one Jewish scholar. The consensus opinion was that Benedict would provide a quiet, business-as-usual continuance of John Paul’s 27-year reign and, given his age, a brief pontificate that would allow the 1.1 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church time to catch its breath and consider its future options.

No one, it seems, asked Benedict what he thought of the caretaker idea.

From inflaming the Islamic world by quoting medieval anti-Muhammad remarks to welcoming disaffected Anglicans into the Roman fold, becoming personally embroiled in the clerical sex-abuse scandal, endorsing the (sometimes) use of condoms, writing a passage in his newest book exonerating Jews from the charge of killing Christ, and a host of less headline-grabbing initiatives (including a casual acceptance of the theory of evolution), Benedict—as he celebrates his 84th birthday and sixth anniversary as Pope (April 16 and 19, respectively)—continues to be far more active, innovative, and outright newsworthy than expected.

The Pope clearly has goals, large and small, that he wants to see achieved during his pontificate, however short it might turn out to be. For many, inside and outside the Church, he will be judged on his response to the sexual abuse of children by clergy. If Benedict hasn’t gone as far as some would like—such as calling a council dedicated to the scandal—he has, for the most part, assuaged Catholic anger. After the initial shocks last year, when Benedict was accused of helping cover up the scandal, increasingly angry Catholic writers have rallied to his cause.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Mormon Church Denies Prior Knowledge of Susan Brock Affair With Teen Boy, Which is a Lie

ARIZONA
Phoenix New Times

By James King, Mon., Apr. 18 2011

The Mormon Church claims it never knew one of its members, 49-year-old Susan Brock, the somewhat-estranged wife of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, was sexually abusing a teenage boy before her arrest..

This, according to court documents obtained by New Times, is a lie.

The church issued the following statement amid criticism that it knew of the relationship and didn't report it to police:

"Any allegation that Church leaders knew of abuse but did nothing is inaccurate and offensive. The Church is extremely proactive in its efforts to protect children from abuse of any kind, and works diligently to support and assist victims of abuse. When abuse does occur we work to see that it is reported to the authorities."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Icelanders Keep Delisting from National Church

ICELAND
Iceland Review

There were 3,000 fewer people registered as members of the Evangelical-Lutheran National Church of Iceland on January 1, 2011, than on January 1 the previous year.

Almost 183,400 Icelandic residents from the age of 18 onwards are now registered as members of the National Church, which is approximately 77 percent of the nation, as stated by Statistics Iceland. Last year the percentage was 79 percent, ruv.is reports.

In 2010, almost 5,100 people decided to deregister from the National Church and almost 2,000 in 2009. Most of these people did not register to any other religious community after leaving the National Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Ex-priest Ellis Harsham 'returns'

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

Former Catholic priest-turned-Protestant (or so it seems) Ellis Harsham, who was accused of sexual abuse in the 1990s and subsequently left the priesthood, is back in the news. According to a story on WDTN.com, "there are rumors he will be preaching at Living Beatitudes Church in Oakwood [Ohio]."

What the WDTN story doesn't mention is that Harsham was accused of abuse by Steven Cook, who also accused Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of abuse. Harsham was thrown under the bus, so to speak (according to this report, Harsham did admit to having a sexual relationship with an adult seminarian as well as a "close friendship" with Cook — "and had engaged in 'much casual sexual banter' with him" — but denied having sexual contact with Cook) while Cook mysteriously announced that he couldn't trust his memory about Bernardin. Bernardin was subsequently dropped from Cook's lawsuit and, to this day, not a few people believe that he was completely exonerated.

Below is an excerpt from Paul Likoudis' book AmChurch Comes Out regarding the Bernardin saga. (Likoudis is news editor of The Wanderer, a Catholic newspaper.)

Bernardin's legacy to the American Church will be discussed and debated, quite possibly, for centuries. No one disputes his influence: as creator of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and United States Catholic Conference; as a bishop-maker who, working with former Archbishop Jean Jadot, gave the American hierarchy its pronounced pro-gay orientation; as a subtle provocateur who nudged, consoled and empowered dissenters while professing his loyalty to his Roman superiors; as an architect of proposals to deconstruct the Roman liturgy, Catholic education and the all-important field of catechetics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

April 18, 2011

New aux bishop for Detroit; clergy sex abuse victims respond

DETROIT (MI)
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)

When it comes to children’s safety, complacency protects no one, so we urge Detroit citizens and Catholics to stay vigilant. Fr. Jose Arturo Cepeda comes from the scandal ridden archdiocese of San Antonio, in our view, one of the most secretive and reckless archdioceses in the country in recent years.

In the last few years, church officials there have let at least two credibly accused child molesting clerics, Fr Charles Miller and Br Richard Suttle, live and work in San Antonio without warning the public or the parishioners. At best, Cepeda kept silent and at worst colluded in these irresponsible decisions.

Pope Benedict has recently appointed compromised clerics with terribly disappointing histories of ignoring and concealing horrific child sex crimes. So we are skeptical that Cepeda will make children safer. We hope facts prove us wrong.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 PM

Catholic coach arrested for abuse, SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Peter Isely of Milwaukee, national board member of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (414-429-7259, peterisely@yahoo.com)

Once again, we learn of a credibly accused child molesting Catholic employee not from Catholic officials, but from law enforcement and the news media.

We hope the school’s letter clearly urged other victims and witnesses to call law enforcement officials, not church officials. It’s self-serving damage control when Catholic staffers urge crime victims to report crimes to Catholic staffers.

We beg anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered Murphy’s crimes to come forward, get help, call police, protect kids and start healing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Local man accuses former Schuylerville Episcopal priest of sexual abuse; latest in series of similar accusations against now-retired priest

NEW YORK
The Saratogian

By PAUL POST
ppost@saratogian.com

SCHUYLERVILLE — A former local resident alleges that he was sexually abused by an Episcopal priest who resigned recently rather than face a church trial in Massachusetts.

Franklin E. Huntress, 77, was most recently serving churches, in retirement, in Marblehead and Swampscott, Mass., and was removed from the priesthood on Feb. 11 following allegations of two separate instances of abuse in 1974 and ’94, the latter in England where he was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse.

Huntress was pastor of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Schuylerville from March 18, 1979, to December 1985. A former parishioner, who requested anonymity, has contacted state police, alleging that Huntress abused him multiple times over a period of several years. The man is now 39 and lives out of state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 PM

Diocese of London Statement Regarding Gabriele DelBianco

CANADA
Roman Catholic Diocese of London

The Diocese of London has received claims from six women regarding sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred while they were minors with former priest Gabriele DelBianco. DelBianco, ordained in 1982, decided to leave the priesthood in1996. We are aware that DelBianco has been charged with three counts of sexual assault by Lambton County OPP for incidents that occurred between 1983 and 1986.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Former 'Burg priest charged with sexual assault

CANADA
Chatham Daily News

Ontario Provincial Police in Lambton have charged a former priest with three counts of sexual assault.

Gabriele DelBianco is charged for incidents that occurred between 1983 and 1986, said the London diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, which issued an apology Friday. The diocese said it has received claims from six women regarding sexual misconduct that occurred while they were minors.

DelBianco was ordained in 1982 and decided to leave the priesthood in 1996, the diocese said. He was associate pastor at Our Lady Help of Christians in Wallaceburg (1981-1984); studied in Rome (1984-1985); associate pastor at St. John Vianney in Windsor and part-time chaplain at Brennan high school in Windsor (1985-1987); administrator at St. Rose of Lima in Windsor (1987-1988); associate pastor at St. Gregory, St. Clair Beach, and part-time chaplain at St. Anne's high school in Tecumseh (1988-1990); and pastor at Sacred Heart in Windsor (1990-1994).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

Preliminary hearing for suspended Erie Diocese priest postponed

PENNSYLVANIA
Erie Times-News

BRADFORD -- The preliminary hearing for a suspended Catholic Diocese of Erie priest has been postponed until May 4.

The Rev. Samuel B. Slocum, 59, had been scheduled to appear Wednesday before Bradford District Judge Richard W. Luther Jr. for a preliminary hearing on charges related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a boy.

Slocum is free after posting 10 percent of $50,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 PM

Federal lawsuit filed in sex abuse

CONNECTICUT
9 News

Written by
Blair Shiff

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against Fairfield University, the Society of Jesus and a Colorado man sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing children at a school he founded in Haiti.

One of the alleged victims of Douglas Perlitz of Eagle, Colo., filed the lawsuit Monday against Perlitz and others, seeking $20 million in damages against each defendant on each count they are named.

The lawsuit accuses the defendants of negligence in hiring and supervising Perlitz.

It accuses other defendants, some of them not named, of aiding Perlitz's efforts to cover up the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

PBS to air documentary about clergy abuse in Alaska

ALASKA
National Catholic Reporter

by Sr. Rose Pacatte on Apr. 18, 2011 NCR Today

When I reviewed Amy Berg's 2006 Oscar-nominated film about clergy sex abuse, "Deliver Us From Evil" about Oliver O'Grady, a former priest described as "the most notorious pedophile in the history of the Catholic Church," I wrote that it was "the most difficult film I had ever watched."

Now Frontline, a public affairs program produced by WGBH in Boston and aired on PBS, is airing the story of three sexual predators in Alaska in "The Silence," and I think this is the most difficult television show I have ever watched.

Compressed into 30 minutes, it was very intense and the descriptions quietly graphic. I was in tears at the end.

Journalist Mark Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe, who has been writing about Native Americans for his entire career admitted, "Nothing could prepare me for what happened in St. Michael." The story is based on his reporting; the film was written and produced by Tom Curran.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Frontline on Sexual Abuse in Alaska

ALASKA
America Magazine

Posted at: Monday, April 18, 2011
Author: Raymond A. Schroth

“The Silence,” a Frontline investigation of church abuse in Alaska, airs on PBS on Tuesday April 19 at 9 p.m.

The tiny white plane banks, scouting out the cluster of shack-like homes below spread out on a field snow, then lands in what is a God-forsaken stretch of Alaska, 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The village of St Michael is clustered around an early 20th century wooden church, population 360 Alaskan native people, nearly all Catholics— until recent years, when nearly all have left the church.

The passenger is journalist from Frontline, Mark Trahant, a member of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes who has been writing about Native Americans for years, but is ill-prepared for what he is about to hear.

In one sense, the story of sexual abuse in the Catholic church has been unfolding for years, as one country after another faces the crimes in its closet and the here-we-go-again pattern emerges. In that sense, Frontline’s visit to snowbound St. Michael is a familiar tale. But proportionally, since about half the village’s citizens still bear the scars of abuse that began in the 1970s, and because its isolation made it was so vulnerable, the case is extraordinary; and because the reporter approaches it with sensitivity, it’s a classic work of TV journalism.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Chilean police seize Vatican documents on priest suspended for abuse

CHILE
Catholic Culture

April 18, 2011
Chilean authorities have searched the office of a lawyer representing a priest who had been charged with sexual abuse, and seized documents pertaining to a confidential Vatican investigation.

Father Fernando Karadima had been the defendant in a civil suit in Chile, but the case was dismissed for lack of evidence. However, a separate Vatican investigation resulted in the priest's suspension from ministry. Reasoning that the Vatican had evidence of the priest's guilt, the civil case was re-opened and a judge authorized a search of the attorney's office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Allegations prompt audit of Catholic parish in Ottawa

CANADA
CBC News

The Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa says it has hired an accounting firm to conduct an audit of the Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa, after a report alleging the church had lax financial controls and its popular clergyman had racked up large credit card bills.

Archbishop of Ottawa Terrence Prendergast issued a statement over the weekend saying that reports of Rev. Joe LeClair's lifestyle were brought to the church's attention and that Msgr. Kevin Beach had met with LeClair to "establish past facts and norms for his future conduct."

LeClair has admitted he has a gambling problem but says he hasn't spent any church money on it.

Prendergast's announcement of the audit follows a report in the Ottawa Citizen that alleged LeClair had credit card bills of more than $490,000 over 2009 and 2010.

Of these bills, the Citizen report also said, there were cash advances during those years that came to about $389,000, including a total of $137,000 borrowed on his credit card at Casino du Lac-Leamy.

Salary just over $24,000 a year
According to the news report, LeClair has paid most of the cash advance, but the report raised questions about how he was able to do that with an annual salary of just over $24,000, even with potential additional revenue from officiating weddings, baptisms, funerals and other ceremonies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Cleats for sex offer alleged

PENNSYLVANIA
PhillyBurbs

By Margaret Gibbons Calkins Media, Inc.

Montgomery County authorities Monday accused a Delaware County Catholic high school athletic director of making a sex for cleats offer to a 17-year-old former student at the school.

Francis Murphy, the Archbishop John Carroll High School athletic director who also helped coach boys' baseball and football at the school, Friday was arrested on charges of corruption and attempted corruption of a minor, unlawful communications with a minor, promoting prostitution and related offenses.

Murphy, 39, of Lower Merion, remains in the county prison in lieu of $250,000 cash bail.

Murphy allegedly sent sexually suggestive messages to the boy, who left the school earlier this year for economic reasons.

Murphy allegedly offered the boy gifts, including items like spikes or a visor, in exchange for sexual favors, according to the criminal complaint.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:05 PM

News Release from the Office of Catholic Education

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia

(Corrected Employment History Information)
Regarding the Arrest of Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director for Archbishop Carroll High School

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received notice that Mr. Francis Murphy, Athletic Director for Archbishop John Carroll High School, was arrested by the Montgomery County District Attorney's office and charged with unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors.

Mr. Murphy is now on administrative leave, which means he is relieved of all duties related to his employment within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He has been athletic director at Archbishop Carroll since 1999, where he began his coaching career in 1993, and has most recently served as the boys' baseball coach and offensive coordinator of the football team. He previously served as the boys' baseball coach and assistant football coach at Kennedy-Kenrick High School from 1996 to 1998. All of the required criminal background checks and child abuse clearances were in place.

School administrators sent a letter via e-mail to school families today informing them of the arrest. "The letter conveyed to parents how troubling this news is for the members of our school community," said Ms. Mary E. Rochford, Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "It also reaffirmed our pledge to parents that the prevention of child abuse and protection of children is our primary concern."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Catholic school sports director charged with soliciting sex

PENNSYLVANIA
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Bonnie L. Cook
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Montgomery County officials this morning announced the arrest of Archbishop Carroll High School's athletic director on charges of seeking sexual favors from a former male student in exchange for gifts.

Francis Murphy, 39, of the 1000 block of Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, was arrested Friday morning at the Frosty Falls Ice Cream Shop in Bridgeport when he went to what he thought was a meeting with the youth for sex.

Instead, Montgomery County detectives had taken over the former student's identity on Facebook, and took Murphy into custody at 10:35 a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Athletic director for Carroll charged with soliciting sexual favors from former student

PENNSYLVANIA
Times Herald

By KEITH PHUCAS
Times Herald Staff

COURTHOUSE -- Archbishop Carroll High School's athletic director, who allegedly offered to be a teenage boy's "Sugar Daddy," was charged with soliciting sexual favors and promoting prostitution.

Francis Murphy, 39, of Bryn Mawr, recently corresponded with the former Carroll student on Facebook and allegedly offered to buy him things in exchange for a sexual relationship, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

Eventually, a county detective assumed the teen's identity on Facebook, and Murphy was arrested when he arrived for what he believed was a rendezvous with the student Friday morning at a business in Bridgeport.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:53 PM

Athletic Director Solicits Teen for Sex: Cops

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
NBC Philadelphia

By David Chang

A high school athletic director was arrested on Friday for allegedly soliciting a 17-year-old boy for sex.

Francis Murphy, the athletic director for Archbishop John Carroll High School, is charged with unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors.

The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest during a press conference in Norristown this morning at 10 a.m.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:51 PM

Catholic school's athletic director charged in sex scandal

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
39 Online

Dave Warner
Reuters

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, already reeling from a pedophilia scandal, said on Monday a Catholic school's athletic director was put on leave after he was charged with soliciting sex from a student.

Francis Murphy, 39, was put on administrative leave from his job as head of the athletic department at Archbishop John Carroll High School in suburban Radnor.

Murphy was charged with corruption of a minor and promoting prostitution, said Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:47 PM

Frontline airs documentary on clergy sex abuse in Alaska

ALASKA
Crosscut

By Anthony B. Robinson

"The Silence," a Frontline PBS documentary on sexual abuse in the village of St. Michael, Alaska, opens with scenes of one kind of silence. It is the vast silence of the snowy mountains of remote, far northern Alaska.

But the silence that is the broadcast's real focus is of a different type. It is the silence of shame, guilt and despair that descended on this 360-person village beginning in 1968. In that year, sexual abuse that would extend to 80 percent of the children of St. Michael began. It would not end until 1983. An entire generation of St. Michael’s children were devastated by a Catholic priest, George Endal, and his assistant, Deacon Joseph Lundowski.

Though Lundowski was caught in the act of abuse and removed from St. Michael in 1975, Father Endal, "revered and above suspicion," remained in St. Michael until 1983, continuing to molest the boys and girls of the village. When the children spoke of what was happening, no one, including their parents, would listen. The children retreated into silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Three lawsuits filed against diocese, priest for historic sexual abuse

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

The London law firm of Ledroit Beckett Litigation Lawyers has commenced three lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie and Father John E. Sullivan for sexual abuse alleged to have been committed by Sullivan.

Sullivan was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie in 1958. He was criminally charged in 1989 with sex-related offences and eventually convicted. He remains a priest in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church. He is retired and resides in Montreal (Anjou), Que., according to Ledroit Beckett lawyer Rob Talach.

Sullivan served as administrator of Ste. Anne des Pins Parish in Sudbury in 1968 and provided chaplain services at Canadian Forces Base Falconbridge, according to Ledroit Beckett.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Pope gives Rigali new honor; SNAP responds

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
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)

Today, the Pope inexplicably picked Philadelphia’s Cardinal Justin Rigali to represent him at a special church celebration in the Czech Republic in June.

Why on earth would the Pope act so irresponsibly and heartlessly? What’s next? Another honor for Cardinal Law? What part of “rubbing salt in the wounds” do Vatican officials not understand?

A physician’s duty is to “first, do no harm.” Evidently, the Pope doesn’t see that as his first duty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

"Die Not vieler Seelsorger ist groß"

DEUTSCHLAND
sueddeutsche

Seit 20 Jahren besteht das Recollectio-Haus der Abtei Münsterschwarzach in Unterfranken. Priester, Ordensleute und hauptamtliche Kirchenmitarbeiter, die ein Burn-out haben oder sich in einer persönlichen Lebenskrise befinden, können dort eine Auszeit unter therapeutischer Begleitung nehmen. Am Wochenende wurde bei einem Symposium Rückschau gehalten auf die Arbeit der Einrichtung. Wir sprachen darüber mit Wunibald Müller, dem Leiter des Hauses.

SZ: Können Sie sich an Ihren ersten Kurs erinnern?

Vor allem an unsere Unsicherheit. Wir wussten nicht, ob die Bischöfe, die Ordensoberen, unsere Arbeit akzeptieren würden. Was würde sein, wenn nach einem Kurs ein Priester sein Amt aufgibt, eine Nonne den Orden verlässt?

SZ: Wunibald Müller hilft ihnen, ihre Lebenskrise zu bewältigen.Weil Sie ihnen das geraten haben.

Wir raten nicht zu diesem oder jenem Schritt, wir möchten, dass die Teilnehmer unserer Kurse nach drei Monaten eigene Entscheidungen treffen. Die meisten, die kommen, wollen auch gar nicht austreten, sondern sich etwas Gutes tun. Aber es gibt immer wieder Priester und Ordensleute, die in einer tiefen seelischen Krise sind und sich im Recollectio-Haus entscheiden, ob sie weiter ihren Dienst tun wollen oder den Orden, den Priesterberuf verlassen, in Verantwortung vor sich, vor Gott, der Kirche.

SZ: Das akzeptieren die Personalchefs?

Ja, weil sie ja wissen, dass es keinen Sinn hat, jemanden mit moralischem Druck zu halten, der eine bestimmte Lebensform nicht mehr leben kann. Da hat sich das Bewusstsein geändert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Jürgen Mettepenningen: 'Er gaat nog steeds veel goeds uit van de kerk'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

"We hebben een annus horribilis achter de rug. Het is een jaar geweest waarin de ene schok de andere volgde: Vangheluwe in april, 475 dossiers bij de Commissie Adriaenssens tussen april en juni, Operatie Kelk in juni, het rapport van Peter Adriaenssens in september, en ga zo maar door." Jobat sprak met theoloog Jürgen Mettepenningen, voormalig woordvoerder van aartsbisschop Léonard, vlak voor de nieuwe Vangheluwe-bom uitbarstte ...

"We kregen de donkere en verborgen kant van de afgelopen decennia voorgeschoteld, en dat kwam hard aan. Zo hard dat vele mensen de kerk de rug toekeerden. Ik respecteer hun visie want ik ben ook geschokt door alles wat zich aan seksueel misbruik heeft afgespeeld in achterkamers. Langs de andere kant weiger ik de kerk te reduceren tot al dat slechte nieuws. Als kerkhistoricus weet ik immers dat er van de kerk ook veel goeds is uitgegaan en nog steeds uitgaat."


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

STATEMENT NATIONAL SURVIVOR ADVOCATES COALITION (NSAC)

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

We deplore Pope Benedict’s naming of Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a church celebration in the Czech Republic in June.

Is there no shame at the Vatican even in Holy Week?

We apologize to the survivors for the hurt this slap in the face inflicts on them today.

We call upon Catholics in Philadelphia to show their response to this new affront by closing their wallets to the Easter collection.

Honoring a Cardinal who left credibly accused priests in ministry and even when forced by major publicity to remove them withheld their names can’t be the message of Holy Week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Apr. 18, 2011
By Thomas Reese

Viewpoint

The number of people who have left the Catholic church is huge.

We all have heard stories about why people leave. Parents share stories about their children. Academics talk about their students. Everyone has a friend who has left.

While personal experience can be helpful, social science research forces us to look beyond our circle of acquaintances to see what is going on in the whole church.

The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic.

Any other institution that lost one-third of its members would want to know why. But the U.S. bishops have never devoted any time at their national meetings to discussing the exodus. Nor have they spent a dime trying to find out why it is happening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Vangheluwe kraakte pas toen ontkennen zinloos werd

BELGIE
De Standaard

BRUGGE - De publieke bekentenis van Roger Vangheluwe over het jarenlange misbruik van zijn neef kwam er vorig jaar zeker niet spontaan. Hij deed die pas toen hij wist dat ontkennen geen enkele zin meer had. Zijn slachtoffer had hem immers laten weten dat hij sluitend bewijs in handen had: een bandopname waarop Vangheluwe het misbruik toegaf.

Vele jaren lang heeft de neef van Roger Vangheluwe tevergeefs aan zijn oom gevraagd om ontslag te nemen als bisschop van Brugge. Maar al die jaren negeerde Vangheluwe die wens. Tot het wanhopige slachtoffer op 19 april vorig jaar dan maar zelf naar de commissie-Adriaenssens stapte om zijn verhaal te doen. Toen Peter Adriaenssens Vangheluwe met de verklaring van zijn neef confronteerde, ging die meteen door de knieën en was hij ook direct bereid om ontslag te nemen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:45 PM

Informe del SML declara imputable ante la ley a sacerdote Fernando Karadima

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El sacerdote Fernando Karadima se encuentra facultado para enfrentar a la justicia. Así lo establece el informe del Servicio Médico Legal (SML) que descarta que el religioso, acusado de cometer abusos sexuales, sea inimputable ante la ley por alguna enajenación mental y por el contrario describe que se encuentra en buenas condiciones de salud para enfrentar el proceso penal que se sigue en su contra.

La pericia es parte de una de las diligencias solicitadas por la ministra en visita Jéssica González quien tramita la denuncia de cuatro feligreses en contra del ex párroco de la Iglesia de El Bosque.

El examen, realizado por dos profesionales del SML, tenía como propósito descartar que el sacerdote sufriera alguna enfermedad mental acorde a su avanzada edad y que le impidiera a la jueza seguir adelante la investigación penal en su contra.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Neef Vangheluwe tevreden dat interview plaatsvond

BELGIE
De Morgen

De neef die door Roger Vangheluwe jarenlang werd misbruikt, voelt zich dankzij het interview met de voormalige bisschop van Brugge beter begrepen. In de krant De Standaard reageert hij via zijn advocaat Christine Mussche op het interview.

Tegelijkertijd nuanceert hij dat er feitelijke onjuistheden in het interview zaten. Zo was van instemming geen sprake, en klopte het genoemde bedrag niet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Former Arlington Heights pastor dies

ILLINOIS
Daily Herald

By Paul Biasco

Longtime pastor of Arlington Heights’ St. James Church and onetime high-ranking administrator in the Chicago Archdiocese Rev. R. Peter Bowman passed away over the weekend.

Bowman, who is credited with leading the St. James parish as it grew exponentially during his 17-year tenure, died Saturday.

He was named to a top administrative post in the Chicago Archdiocese in 1995. As Moderator of the Cuia for the archdiocese under Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Bowman became part of a five-member senior administrative team overseeing offices in the archdiocese’s pastoral center in Chicago. ...