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May 31, 2011

Qld Priest stood down for exploitation

AUSTRALIA
Sky News

A Brisbane priest has been stood down pending the outcome of child exploitation charges.

Father Neil Byrne parish priest of St Johns Wood and The Gap in the city's west .. has faced Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with making and possessing child exploitation material.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:42 PM

Kenya: Protest Over Father Kizito Release

KENYA
allAfrica

Nairobi Star

Wambugu Kanyi

31 May 2011

MAENDELEO ya Wanaume movement has protested the release of Catholic Priest Fr Sesana Kizito who had been arrested on suspicion of sodomy.

National chairman Nderitu Njoka who spoke in Nyeri town demanded that the government conduct a thorough investigation into the claims against the priest. Fr Kizito was released last week after they were unable to find evidence linking him to the attack of his male secretary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:40 PM

Kenya: Kizito Accuser Recants

KENYA
allAfrica

Nairobi Star

The young man who claimed to have been sodomised by Father Renato Sesana Kizito in 2009 confessed yesterday that he had been promised money to frame up the Catholic priest.

Benson Sarago said he had been coached on what to tell the media by three people who had previously worked with the Koinonia Community and had been fired.

Fr Kizito said on his part said that his accusers wanted to take over the activities and property the Koinonia community which he had developed over the past 20 years. "They want to discredit me by making allegations of a sexual nature because they want to take over the Koinonia community, " he said. Fr Kizito was released last Friday after investigators said medical tests had failed to link him to the sexual abuse accusations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 PM

Ohel Campaign To Bolster Image Questioned

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Hella Winston
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of a Jewish Week story questioning the practice of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in reporting suspected cases of sexual abuse, the Brooklyn-based social service agency has launched a campaign to clear its name. But while supporters and some former critics of the institution say the effort has proved Ohel acted correctly in the disputed case, others maintain that the promotional effort itself is raising serious ethical, if not legal questions about the agency’s conduct.

The story in question was published in the Feb. 23 issue of The Jewish Week and described a case in which Ohel therapists suspected that a mother was sexually abusing her then 5-year-old son but were instructed by their supervisor not to make a report to the authorities. (The law requires a report to the Administration for Children’s Services even if there is only a “reasonable cause to suspect” that abuse is taking place.)

After the article appeared, Ohel took out a full-page ad in The Jewish Week and another Jewish newspaper discrediting the paper’s sources and asserting that the story was inaccurate and biased.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

Joeys sex fiend guilty

AUSTRALIA
Geelong Advertiser

Aleks Devic | June 1st, 2011

SICK: Convicted paedophile Robert Charles Best pleaded guilty this week to six sex abuse-related charges of three boys aged between 11 and 12.

AN evil Christian brother has confessed to sexually abusing a Geelong St Joseph's schoolboy as part of his 20-year reign of terror.

And police revealed yesterday there could be more charges looming against convicted paedophile Robert Charles Best with more complaints being aimed at the former teacher.

The Christian Brothers yesterday also confirmed it had forked out millions of dollars for Best's long and drawn out trials where top barristers, that included Queen's Counsel and Senior Counsel, were hired to get him off dozens of charges.

It can now be revealed Best, who has close links to Cardinal George Pell, pleaded guilty this week to six sex abuse-related charges of three boys aged between 11 and 12.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:30 PM

Warrnambool Christian Brother's lengthy history as a sex offender revealed

AUSTRALIA
The Standard

ANDREW THOMSON
01 Jun, 2011

THE lifting of a court order has revealed the extent of a former Warrnambool Christian Brother's years of sexual abuse against numerous young victims.

Robert Charles Best, 70, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne County Court on Monday to six offences between 1975 and 1988 which involved three victims.

Best's pleas ended a long legal pursuit for justice by victims, investigators and prosecutors.

His pleas also lift a court ban issued almost a year ago that enables The Standard to report that juries in six separate trials since November have found Best guilty of 21 sex offences against eight victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

At least 16 abusers in Gallup Diocese

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published by the Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM), May 27, 2011

Part IV of a five-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — Local Catholics may have a hard time wrapping their minds around the idea of clergy abuse in the Diocese of Gallup.

Perhaps they’ve never met any of the priests accused of abuse. Perhaps they’ve never met any abuse victim. Perhaps the stories of abuse are difficult to believe.

But for Catholics who regularly attended Mass in a parish in Northern Arizona during the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s or ’80s, they probably had at least one parish priest who was a sex abuser, and they probably attended church with a number of abuse victims. And for Hispanics from devout Catholic families in Northern Arizona, they probably have at least one relative who was an abuse victim.

Many of Gallup’s abusive priests were sent to far-flung Arizona communities that were hundreds of miles from the eyes and ears of the Gallup chancery. In addition to its parishes in Apache and Navajo Counties, the Gallup Diocese once included many Arizona communities in Coconino, Mohave and Yavapai counties, such as Flagstaff, Kingman, Prescott and Camp Verde.

Since Bishop James S. Wall and his chancery officials have failed to release their promised list of clergy abusers, the following is an updated list of priests associated with the Diocese of Gallup who have been publicly accused of the sexual abuse of minors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 PM

Diocese fails to deliver answers

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Part I of a five-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — For more than two years, officials with the Diocese of Gallup have been promising answers to some tough questions. Those answers, however, have been tough to come by.

As a result, some larger questions have emerged. For example, do local Catholics have a right to receive promised information from diocesan officials? Do they have a right to expect openness and transparency from diocesan officials about the clergy sexual abuse and misconduct that has taken place in the Diocese of Gallup? And do they have a right to expect the Gallup Diocese to adhere to the sex abuse policies adopted by U.S. Catholic bishops?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Gallup Diocese: In or out of compliance?

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Part II of a five-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — Readers of the Diocese of Gallup’s official newspaper are always greeted with good news.

Certainly the upcoming issue will most likely feature an article about the Diocese of Gallup passing its 2010 audit and being deemed “in compliance” with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its Essential Norms.

However, like official news releases typically issued by large institutions concerned about their bottom line, information can be misleading. Details can be omitted.

The term “in compliance” sounds impressive. However, the term is not particularly exclusive as it turns out that church officials found every single Catholic diocese that participated in the 2010 audit to be in compliance. This includes the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which was recently targeted by a grand jury for failing to remove more than three dozen priests accused of sexual abuse or “boundary” violations and has seen a number of its church officials criminally indicted and arrested this spring.

The term is also misleading because the annual compliance audits of Catholic dioceses are conducted by “auditors” who have no authority to inspect church records, particularly the personnel files of clergy. As a result, those auditors are left to depend on self-reporting by diocesan officials and to depend on the officials’ truthfulness.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Gallup Diocese still mum on payouts

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published by the Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM), May 26, 2011

News Analysis

Part III of a five-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — When the topic is clergy sex abuse in the Diocese of Gallup, the unanswered questions are not just limited to the identity of abusive priests and their victims’ allegations, they are also about money.

Money paid to victims of sex abuse, money paid to victims’ attorneys, and money paid to the diocesan attorneys who handle the claims of abuse.

An April 11 news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops contained a number of jarring national statistics about such costs. Sexual abuse-related costs to U.S. dioceses and Eastern rite eparchies increased between 2009 and 2010 by more than $19 million. Costs for settlements paid out in 2010 were $70,375,228, an increase of 28 percent over 2009. Legal fees increased by 18 percent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Gallup Diocese's list of known abusers

NEW MEXICO
Gallup Independent

Published by the Gallup Independent (Gallup, NM), May 28, 2011

Part V of a five-part series

By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola
Independent correspondent

GALLUP — In 2003, the Gallup Diocesan Review Board on Juvenile Sexual Abuse issued a news release saying five Gallup priests had been accused of sexual abuse.

The board, however, has never had the authority to actually inspect Gallup personnel files, so its members have been dependent on Gallup chancery officials to give them accurate information.

Eight years later, there’s no evidence Gallup chancery officials have provided accurate information to either its own sex abuse review board or to the public. As a result, here are the remaining eight names of the list of 16 known priests associated with the Diocese of Gallup who have been publicly accused of sexual abuse of minors.

However, this list does not include the names of clergy with only suspected abuse allegations or publicly accused clergy who have been returned to ministry. It does not include the names of clergy accused of sexual misconduct, such as those who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed adult victims. It doesn’t include clergy who have had consensual relationships with adult men or women or clergy who have fathered children. It also does not include clergy accused of “boundary violations” — inappropriate behavior — with minors or adults.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 PM

Paedophiles hurt church more than secularism - priest

IRELAND
The Irish Times

LINDA McGRORY

A PARISH priest has blamed paedophile clerics and how they were handled by the church authorities for doing more damage than secularism to the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Fr John Walsh said that while secularism “undermines” religious ministry, the worst attacks to the church came from inside the church itself.

“The church can come under attack from outside. In our own times, secularism undermines the church’s mission,” said Fr Walsh.

“But the most insidious attacks against the church come from inside itself. For the last several decades we have seen the damage that has been done to the church in Ireland by paedophile members, particularly priests and religious, and by the way church authorities in Ireland have dealt with them.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Charter review, assisted suicide among topics facing bishops in June

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Although the U.S. bishops' spring general assembly will focus primarily on a review of the 2002 "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" and consideration of a new document on physician-assisted suicide, the June 15-17 meeting in Seattle also will include a variety of presentations looking forward and back.

Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief Services since 1993, will address the bishops about his nearly four decades of work with the international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community as his retirement nears. Msgr. David Malloy, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, also will address the assembly as he concludes a five-year term as general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishops are expected to look to the 2012 elections as they discuss their perennial "Faithful Citizenship" document on political responsibility, and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington will report to them on progress toward incorporation of Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States under Pope Benedict XVI's November 2009 apostolic constitution "Anglicanorum coetibus."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

Solicitation in confession may be more widespread than believed, canonist says

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

May 31, 2011

Noted canon-law professor Edward Peters reminds readers of the Homiletic and Pastoral Review that when a priest hearing confessions encourages penitents to sin, he commits not only a sin but also a serious canonical crime.

Peters argues that there is reason to believe that the canonical crime of solicitation--in which a priest "solicits a penitent to sin against the 6th commandment"--is not rare. He notes that solicitation does not necessarily mean that the priest/confessor is soliciting sexual favors for himself.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 PM

Petition calls for 'fair go' for abuse victims

AUSTRALIA
The Courier

A BALLARAT victim of Christian Brother Robert Charles Best is petitioning for a justice commission into sexual abuse cases in Victoria involving members of the religious organisations.

Patrick (not his real name) will petition the Attorney-General for a “fair go” and equal rights for victims of sexual abuse by Christian Brothers, priests and those in other religious denominations.

“I want to introduce this petition to Parliament rather than have the issue swept under the carpet any more. There have been similar justice commissions in other states, why not Victoria?” Patrick asked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:56 PM

Look deeply at religion with these new books

UNITED STATES
Charlotte Observer

By Cathleen Falsani
Religion News Service
Posted: Saturday, May. 28, 2011

The great American clergyman and social reformer Henry Ward Beecher described summer as "a temperate zone in the mind... just between laziness and labor." It was to this season, Beecher said, that "summer reading belongs."

This summer brings a rich collection of new spiritually themed titles that promise to captivate both the soul and the imagination as they explore dark corners of the world of faith.

"Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church," by Jason Berry.

For more than 25 years, investigative reporter Berry has been at the forefront of exposing sexual abuses by Catholic clergy.

In "Render Unto Rome," Berry turns his attention to a different kind of corruption in this investigation of the financial secrets (and alleged deceptions) of the Roman Catholic Church. What happens after checks or cash are dropped into the collection basket? Where does the money go when a diocese sells property for tens of millions of dollars?

In light of the more than $2billion paid out in recent years to the victims of clergy sexual abuse in the United States alone, Berry "follows the money," from U.S. parishes to the Vatican, exposing what he believes are practices that fly in the face of Catholic moral teaching and values.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

"De Kerk heeft geen spaarpot, wij rekenen op vrijwilligers"

BELGIE
Vandaag

De Belgische bisschoppen stemden maandag in met de regeling om schadevergoedingen aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik te betalen. Johan Bonny (foto), bisschop van Antwerpen, waarschuwt wel dat de Kerk eigenlijk niet genoeg geld heeft.

"Wij doen een vrijwillige gift, wij hopen dan ook op vrijwillige bijdragen. De Kerk heeft geen spaarpot of fonds", zegt Bonny.

"Wij rekenen op vrijwilligers. De Kerk heeft geen jaren aan een stuk geld kunnen oppotten. Ik weet ook niet hoeveel we uiteindelijk moeten betalen voor het seksueel misbruik. Ik laat dat werk over aan de experts. Ik wil mij niet vastpinnen op de cijfers."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:49 PM

Morale falters in Australian church

AUSTRALIA
National Catholic Reporter

May. 31, 2011
By Chris McGillion

ANALYSIS

SYDNEY, Australia -- The energies of Catholic Australians in recent years have been absorbed by contradictory approaches to being faithful. The first is the church’s institutional integrity (requirements of obedience, orthodoxy and conformity); the second is its moral integrity (what should it be doing, for whom and how).

The church’s top leadership and its ordinary members have been concerned about these issues in almost inverse proportion. Pope Benedict XVI, like the late John Paul II before him, has been at pains to strengthen the church against the influences of secularism by insisting on stricter discipline in its ranks and a greater acceptance of official teachings on the part of the faithful.

Many Australian clergy and laypeople, on the other hand, regard the declining number of regular churchgoers, the shrinking number of priests and religious, and the scandal of clerical sexual abuse as compelling reasons to move away from old ways of being church and pursue fundamental reform.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:43 PM

Testimonio de ex feligrés contradice fallo del Vaticano ...

CHILE
La Tercera

por J. Poblete y P. Carrera

Luis Lira Campino (53) conoció al ex párroco Fernando Karadima (80) cuando era alumno de enseñanza media del colegio Tabancura. De la iglesia de El Bosque le atrajo la espiritualidad que allí percibía y, tras salir de cuarto medio, decidió que tenía vocación sacerdotal. Fue así como este ex feligrés entró al seminario de Santiago, pero no cortó su vínculo con El Bosque: solía confesarse con Karadima cada vez que tenía salidas y fue en una de estas oportunidades cuando, asegura, ocurrió el hecho que lo decidió a denunciar.

Según el informe final del promotor de justicia, Fermín Donoso, Lira fue víctima de un acto impropio por parte del ex párroco siendo seminarista. Fuentes eclesiásticas precisan que declaró ante Donoso que esto ocurrió cuando ya era adulto.

Fuentes ligadas al ex feligrés afirman que este testimonio es concordante con la declaración prestada por Lira ante el fiscal Xavier Armendáriz, donde precisa que ingresó al seminario a los 21 años. También, sostienen estas fuentes, con la declaración hecha por Lira a la ministra en visita, Jéssica González.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Innocence Stolen, Justice Served in Baptist Rape Case

NEW HAMPSHIRE
From Law to Grace

Posted on May 31, 2011 by Howell Scott

How can a 15 year-old girl recover her innocence, an innocence that was stolen from her when a trusted, 39 year-old member of an Independent Fundamental Baptist Church (IFB) raped her 14 years ago? The short answer is she can’t. But, even though Tina Anderson had something precious stolen from her all those years ago, she can — with God’s help and the help of family and friends – heal from the grievous crime that was committed against her in 1997.

Part of that healing process occurred last week when Ernie Willis “was found guilty of three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one count of felonious sexual assault for raping Tina Anderson twice in 1997, when she was his 15-year-old babysitter.” He now faces up to 50 years in prison for his crimes.

Even though the jury only took one day to bring back a guilty verdict on four counts, the most ardent defenders of Willis and Trinity Baptist’s former pastor, Chuck Phelps, continue to believe that a 39 year-old married man (Willis) having sex with a 15 year-old was somehow consensual. There is a Hebrew word for that kind of thinking: baloney! I wonder how these same defenders would feel if their daughter was faced with the same set of circumstances? Would they buy the defense that their 15 year-old child could engage in consensual sex with a man 24 years her senior? For supposed Christians to accept this defense, particularly with the facts of this case, is absurd and disgusting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

Nuove accuse a don Seppia. La Curia: rischio scomunica

ITALIA
Quotidianamente

Il pm di Genova Stefano Puppo ha depositato una nuova richiesta di arresto per don Riccardo Seppia (nella foto), in carcere dal 14 maggio con l’accusa di abuso su minori e cessione di stupefacenti. Ma i problemi con la giustizia non sono i soli per il sacerdote genovese che, se i comportamenti che gli sono addebitati verranno provati, potrebbe rischiare la scomunica. Dalla Curia trapela infatti che l’ufficio competente sta raccogliendo documentazione per intentare un processo canonico. Il «dossier» su don Seppia, una volta pronto, verrà trasmesso alla Congregazione per la Dottrina della Fede quindi un giudice «ordinario» deciderà se passare il caso al «promotore di giustizia» che ha funzioni simili a un pubblico ministero.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Nuova richiesta di custodia per don Seppia

ITALIA
TGCOM

Più accuse, ma per reati meno gravi per don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco genovese arrestato per droga e pedofilia, che ora, secondo il suo avvocato, potrebbe anche essere scarcerato. Il pm Stefano Puppo ha depositato una nuova richiesta di custodia cautelare che sostituisce quella della procura di Milano. La nuova richiesta ridimensiona in parte il quadro accusatorio e potrebbe indurre il giudice a decidere per misure alternative alla detenzione.

L'originale accusa di violenza sessuale nei confronti di un chierichetto sedicenne viene infatti derubricata in tentata violenza sessuale anche perché la vittima stessa ha specificato che don Seppia non l'aveva baciato – come risultava da un'intercettazione -, ma lo aveva soltanto molestato. Anche la cessione di cocaina potrebbe essere interpretata come semplice offerta di droga: secondo l'avvocato difensore del parroco, Paolo Bonanni, il passaggio dello stupefacente non si sarebbe poi concretizzato.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Brisbane priest on exploitation charge

AUSTRALIA
9 News

A Brisbane priest has been stood down pending the outcome of child exploitation charges.

Father Neil Byrne, parish priest of St John's Wood and The Gap, in the city's west, has faced Brisbane Magistrates Court charged with making and possessing child exploitation material.

Brisbane Catholic Archbishop John Bathersby on Tuesday described the charges as "serious and disturbing".

"As a result of these allegations, as is the normal process, I have stood Fr Byrne down from his position as parish priest and from all public duties, pending the outcome of the legal proceedings," he said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Jueza del caso Karadima confirma que el sacerdote será sometido a careos

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- La ministra en visita del caso Karadima, Jéssica González, confirmó hoy que el ex párroco de la Iglesia El Bosque deberá someterse a careos con los denunciantes o involucrados en la investigación que se sigue en su contra por abuso sexual.

"Faltan diligencias y disponer de algunos careos y algunas otras diligencias de citados que no han prestado declaración", señaló. Al ser consultada sobre si esos careos serían entre los querellantes y Karadima la jueza respondió que "en principio sí".

Respecto al interrogatorio que le realizó al sacerdote Fernando Karadima, el viernes pasado, la ministra González dijo que quedó conforme. "Yo le pregunté todo lo que correspondía preguntar", señaló.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

The Star’s editorial | Why didn’t diocese move more quickly in Ratigan case?

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

The latest news on a Catholic priest accused of possessing child pornography raises more concerns about the failure of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to move quickly after warning signs became known. As The Star reported Friday, a school official in the priest’s former parish expressed her worries a year ago in a letter to the diocese.

Julie Hess wrote that among other things, the Rev. Shawn Ratigan allowed children to climb on him and reach into his pocket for candy. According to the letter, he allowed a fourth-grader to sit on his lap “until teachers moved to stand next to him.” Ratigan even complained about teacher intervention.

Brownie Scouts and parents gardening at Ratigan’s house reported that his home was “kid-friendly,” with numerous stuffed animals scattered around. A parent reported finding a pair of girl’s panties in a planter in Ratigan’s back yard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Garda probe on clerical abuse nears completion

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Tom Brady Security Editor

Tuesday May 31 2011

A GARDA examination of the findings of the Murphy Report on a cover-up of clerical child sexual abuse will be completed shortly.

A team of 10 detectives, headed by Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Mahony, was set up in November 2009 to determine whether bishops, gardai and state officials had criminal cases to answer arising from the findings of the commission of inquiry headed by Judge Yvonne Murphy.

Their examination is now nearing a conclusion and a report will be sent to Commissioner Martin Callinan, who will decide if it should be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

'Geld moet komen van vrijwillige bijdragen'

BELGIE
De Standaard

De kerk wil meestappen in het proces van 'heling en tegemoetkoming aan de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik'. Daarom willen we hen ook financieel tegemoetkomen. Het geld moet komen van vrijwillige bijdragen uit de kerk. Dat heeft Antwerps bisschop Johan Bonny op Radio 1 gezegd.

In de kamercommissie seksueel misbruik stond aartsbisschop Andre-Joseph Léonard eind december 2010 nog erg weigerachtig tegenover het idee van een financiële schadervergoeding voor de slachtoffers. Toch komt de kerk nu over de brug met geld.

Conclusies

'We hebben vlak na Pasen gesproken met voorzitster Carine Lalieux over de conclusies van de speciale kamercommissie kerkelijk misbruik', zegt bisschop Bonny. Onder meer op de suggesties over arbitrage en schadeherstelling wil de kerk ingaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Stap 1

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Het heeft even geduurd, maar de Belgische bisschoppen hebben er dan toch mee ingestemd om de conclusies van de Commissie voor Seksueel Misbruik in de Kerk op te volgen. Veel keuze hadden ze niet, de commissie had het vrij duidelijk gemaakt dat ze de maatregelen ook zonder de medewerking van de Kerk kon doorvoeren. Maar blijkbaar hebben ze in Mechelen en omstreken stilaan begrepen dat er intussen genoeg gemiste kansen geweest zijn en het misschien tijd was te doen wat moet.

Het belangrijkste resultaat van deze beslissing zou moeten zijn dat er een arbitragecommissie komt, die evenwichtig samengesteld wordt en zich over de verjaarde zaken kan buigen. Net die vele verjaarde zaken zijn een pijnpunt. Enerzijds is er juridisch geen andere optie dan je neer te leggen bij verjaring, het is nu eenmaal de wet en die kunnen we niet à la tête du client veranderen of terzijde schuiven.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Van Cauter: "Een mooie dag voor de slachtoffers"

BELGIE
Deredactie

Nu de bisschoppen bereid zijn om schadevergoeding te betalen aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik, komen er van overal positieve reacties. Toch willen sommigen afwachten tot er effectief een vergoeding komt.
beluister

"Dit is een mooie dag voor de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Zij hebben lang gestreden en lang moeten wachten. Een schadevergoeding kan het leed niet uitwissen, maar kan wel veel goedmaken".
VRT

Zo sprak een duidelijk verheugde Carina Van Cauter (Open VLD), ondervoorzitster van de parlementaire commissie naar seksueel misbruik. Van Cauter merkt een "ommekeer" op in de houding van de bisschoppen nadat aartsbisschop André-Joseph Léonard (foto) zich daar voor de commissie eerder afwijzend had getoond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Devillé: 'Vergoeding slachtoffers positieve stap voorwaarts'

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Werkgroep Mensenrechten in de Kerk (WMK), die naar eigen zeggen 495 slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk groepeert, vindt het antwoord van de Bisschoppenconferentie om in te gaan op het voorstel van de commissie Seksueel Misbruik een positieve stap voorwaarts. Dat zegt Rik Devillé in een mededeling.

'Twee decennia lang hebben bisschoppen volgehouden dat er weinig of niets aan de hand was in de kerk wanneer het over seksueel misbruik ging. Amper erkenden ze het probleem. Wij werden afgeschilderd als 'fantasten'", aldus WMK, die zich wel afvraagt of het leed 'nu eindelijk erkend' zal worden.

De werkgroep zal dan ook nauwlettend toezien hoe het arbitrageorgaan zal worden geïnstalleerd en samengesteld, waarschuwt Rik Devillé. De WMK blijft bij haar eis dat ook de slachtoffers, net als de daders en hun werkgevers, de bisschoppen en oversten, inspraak en inzage krijgen in het opzetten van dit arbitragecollege.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

John Jay Study Equates Hierarchy’s Mentality to that of Abusing Priests

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

By Vinnie Nauheimer

Did the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops unwittingly expose a direct link between their actions and those of sexually abusing priests with the John Jay Study? The recently released John Jay report The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 indicates that they have. The study has received a lot of press over what wasn’t said; however, we may need to pay more attention to what was said. The study, which the USCCB commissioned, clearly demonstrates the behavior of the hierarchy when dealing with abusive priests is as fundamentally flawed as that of abusive priests!

In an effort to explain how abusers can continue to abuse, the researchers delve into the techniques employed by an abuser to rationalize his heinous crime thereby allowing him to continue abusing. When reading these techniques, one fact jumps out at the reader: “These are the same tactics the hierarchy has used.” If the reader happens to be a survivor, he or she says, “They did these things to me and in doing so re-victimized me!” It is astonishing that none of the researchers either recognized or pointed out how the behaviors of bishops and abusers mirror each other. This information is critical to understanding just how sick the mentality of the hierarchy was when dealing with victims. Neutralization techniques also explains how and why bishops could live with their actions after permitting the rape, sodomization, and molestation of children by putting abusing priests back on the street and how they could re-victimize those survivors who summoned the strength to complain.

The techniques of neutralization are not something made up by the researchers at John Jay. They are accepted ideas upon which many books have been written and studies done. According to Wikipedia: “Techniques of neutralization are a theoretical series of methods by which those who commit illegitimate acts temporarily neutralize certain values within themselves which would normally prohibit them from carrying out such acts, such as morality, obligation to abide by the law, and so on. In simpler terms, it is a psychological method for people to turn off ‘inner protests’ when they do, or are about to do, something wrong.” As applied here, it allowed the bishops to cast off the mantles of both humanity and Christianity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

Another adjournment for former priest

CANADA
The Vanguard

By Tina Comeau
THE VANGUARD
NovaNewsNow.com

Another adjournment has been granted in the case of a former Yarmouth priest who is facing sexually-related allegations of indecent assault and gross indecency.

The case of Albert LeBlanc, 82, will be back before a judge for election and plea on Aug. 29. The adjournment, which came at the request of the Crown, was granted in provincial court in Yarmouth on May 30.

LeBlanc is facing 50 charges which involve six complainants.

Although they are grown men now, at the time the offences are alleged to have occurred they would have been young boys. Most, the RCMP have said, were between the ages of seven and 11.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Scientologist charged for 'intimidating' alleged sex abuse victim

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Leo Shanahan
From: The Australian
May 31, 2011

A SENIOR member of the Church of Scientology has been charged by police for intimidating a young girl who wanted to report sexual abuse allegations within the church.

Jan Eastgate, the head of the church's "International Commission on Human Rights" which attacks psychology, has been charged by NSW Police with perverting the course of justice.

According the ABC TV's Lateline, police have alleged Eastgate intimidated a then 11-year-old Carmen Rainer to provide false statements about sexual abuse by her stepfather.

Ms Rainer has alleged that Ms Eastgate, who was then head of the church's citizens' commission on human rights in Australia, told her she should deny any charges of the sexual abuse or she and her brother would be taken away by social services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Top Scientologist charged with perverting course of justice

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

By Steve Cannane

One of the Church of Scientology's most senior figures, Jan Eastgate, has been arrested and charged in Sydney.

She has been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to allegations she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie to police and community services about the sexual abuse she suffered from her stepfather who was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Eastgate is the international president of the Citizens' Commission on Human Rights, an organisation founded by the Church of Scientology that campaigns against psychiatry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Comment - Australian media's contempt for abuse report

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

I suppose I should no longer be surprised by the self-righteous cynicism and seemingly wilful ignorance of the media when it comes to reporting on Catholic affairs, writes Scott Stephens (pictured) in The Drum, on ABC Online.

But it was the way that the Australian press allowed the findings of the recent US study into the causes of sexual abuse by the church to sail past with little more than a perfunctory acknowledgement of its existence, much less a serious engagement with its substance and implications, that has left me bristling.

The study, released late last week, was the product of a five-year investigation conducted by a team of researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York - the second such investigation carried out by CUNY researchers since the appalling magnitude of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church first became clear in Boston and then Ireland in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Senior Scientologist Jan Eastgate arrested, charged in Sydney

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

A LEADING Church of Scientology figure allegedly coached an 11-year-old girl to lie about sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.

Jan Eastgate, who is the international president of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, has been charged in relation to allegations she coached Carmen Raine into lying about the claims, the ABC reported.

The girl's stepfather was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Police allege Ms Eastgate threatened and intimidated her into providing false statements to police about the abuse.

The allegations were aired on Lateline last year and are backed up by Ms Rein's mother who claims Ms Eastgate coached them both on what to say about the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:41 AM

Senior Scientologist Jan Eastgate arrested, charged in Sydney

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

A SENIOR figure of the Church of Scientology has been arrested and charged with over claims she coached an 11-year-old girl to lie about sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather.

Jan Eastgate, who is the international president of the Citizen's Commission on Human Rights, has been charged in relation to allegations she coached Carmen Rainer into lying about the claims, the ABC reported.

The girl's stepfather was a member of the Church of Scientology.

Police allege Ms Eastgate threatened and intimidated her into providing false statements to police about the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Belgian Church Will Pay Victims of Sexual Abuse

BELGIUM
The New York Times

By STEPHEN CASTLE
Published: May 30, 2011

After a tumultuous year following the resignation of a Roman Catholic bishop who admitted sexually abusing children, the church in Belgium bowed to pressure on Monday and agreed in principle to compensate some of the hundreds who claim that they were also victims of clerics.

The church had previously promised to engage with those who suffered abuse but had not recognized the need to pay financial compensation, despite the harrowing testimony of many of the accusers. A report by a commission set up by the church said last year that 13 people were believed to have committed suicide as a result of sexual abuse by clerics.

In a statement, the Belgian bishops and religious superiors said they now wanted to “help victims restore their dignity and, according to their needs, provide financial help.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Editorial: Bishops’ incomplete report

UNITED STATES
Providence Journal

The report written by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about sexual abuse by priests has left many people mystified. The report attributed an apparent increase in abuse (or at least in reported abuse) of young people, primarily males, to the sexual revolution of the 1960s and ’70s. The document said that many priests were unprepared for the confusion and turmoil presented by that upheaval. But it said that the cases of abuse started to decline in the ’80s.

It basically skirted the complex roles of priestly celibacy and sexual identity. And the report didn’t delve into the transfer, to try to evade public scandal, that some bishops engineered for priests suspected and/or accused of serial sexual abuse.

Indeed, the document writers seemed to go out of their way to protect bishops anxious to get this public-relations nightmare off their backs. But, let’s face it, this was a serious management problem. Some bishops were just not supervising and disciplining their people properly and some were in effect abetting serious violations of criminal law.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

Church sex case 'shows double standards'

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Mike Hedge
May 31, 2011

AAP

The case of self-confessed paedophile Robert Charles Best further demonstrates the double standards of the Catholic Church in sexual misconduct cases, according to a leading victims' rights advocate.

While the church spent more than $1 million defending Best, his victims will receive far less in compensation.

Best, a Christian Brother who taught at schools throughout Victoria, pleaded guilty on Monday to six charges of abusing three children between 1975 and 1988.
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The plea came after six previous trials which resulted in Best, 70, being convicted of 21 sex offences against students, including one of aggravated buggery against a nine-year-old boy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Church report lends perspective to priest abuse cases

UNITED STATES
The Times Leader

MARK GUYDISH Commentary

THE PHILADELPHIA Inquirer took a swift swipe at the recent report on priest abuse that determined much of the problem had risen from the turbulent social upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s. Two days after the report was made public, the Inky ran an editorial cartoon depicting a zonked out bishop slouched on the floor, the report in one hand and a hookah pipe in the other.

“It was the sixties, man …” the bishop says, stars and swirls around his head. The hookah bowl sports the word “rationalization” in the wavy, swooping print of the psychedelic days. Pundits understandably jumped on this as well, writing columns that chastised the Church for trying to mask its sins with the incense of the free-love era.

I had the same visceral reaction when I first read news stories of the report, commissioned and largely paid for by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Blame abuse of minors by priests on the hippy-dippy days of flower power and the sexual revolution? You’ve got to be kidding!

Then I read the full report, and then I talked to Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera, who graciously agreed to a one-on-one interview about a topic that understandably inflames his flock.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:24 AM

May 30, 2011

Church's superficial treatment of sex abuse issue must change

IRELAND
The Irish Times

JOSEPH McBRIDE

RITE & REASON: The approach of leading churchmen to clerical sex abuse issue is reprehensible

THE BISHOP of Down and Connor, Noel Treanor, has told us in Belfast that his fellow prelates acknowledged at their Rome meetings in February last year “cover-ups and mismanagement” in their treatment of clerical sexual abuse. He urged the church to repent of its sins and seek forgiveness.

He is to be commended for this and, like Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, for locating his plea for forgiveness squarely in the context of a call to repentance.

Genuine penitence requires not only the implementation of adequate child-protection measures (the absence of which gave rise to neither paedophilia in the church nor the relevant concealments), financial compensation to victims, and symbolic washing of feet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM

Financial report has lessons for clerical abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

[A Mission to Prey]

JACKY JONES

SECOND OPINION: Behaviour by banks mirrors church attitude to sex crimes

SEX CRIMES committed by clergy against children are in the news again. Last week’s Prime Time programme, A Mission to Prey, described the molestation of African children by Catholic missionaries.

As in Ireland and other parts of the world, the African sex crimes were denied and covered up by the church, priests were sent for treatment and the children were either not believed or blamed for what happened to them.

We have also recently witnessed the fastest beatification ever of a man who protected rapists instead of children, and the annual report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children describes the obstacles encountered when they tried to undertake a review of church child protection procedures.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 PM

The background of Brother Robert Charles Best: convicted in 1996, 1998 and 2011

AUSTRALIA
Broken Rites

By a Broken Rites researcher

Christian Brother Robert Best was convicted in the Melbourne County Court in June 1996 for child-sex offences. After this, more former students contacted the police, so Best was brought back to the same court again in March 1998 on additional counts. In both years, the charges involved putting his hands inside the pants of boys aged from 10 to 12 and interfering with their private parts — that is, the crime of indecent assault.

In 2010 Best was brought back to the same court for a further series of hearings (regarding more victims) that continued until 30 May 2011. For legal reasons, these 2010/2011 hearings were held in a closed court, with no media reporting until the media-suppression order was lifted on 30 May 2011. These hearings in 2010/2011 resulted in Best being convicted again.

Best is currently in custody, awaiting pre-sentence proceedings in July 2011.

Brother Best's background
Broken Rites was present in court in 1996, when it was stated that Robert Charles Best was born on 1 January 1941. He was educated in Catholic schools at Warrnambool (western Victoria) and Bundoora (Melbourne) to matriculation level. In 1960 he entered a Christian Brothers novitiate (training college) to become a Brother. He began teaching (as "Brother" Best) in Fremantle (Western Australia) in 1963 and in Launceston (Tasmania) in 1967, teaching up to Grades 6 and 7. He was active in sport and in choir practice, the court was told.

From 1968 to 1973 (inclusive), Best taught at St Alipius parish primary school for boys in Ballarat East, where he also acted as the headmaster. (The name of the school is pronounced as "Saint Al-LEEP-ee-us".) While working at this school, he resided at St Patrick's College (a secondary boarding school in Ballarat), where he also supervised a dormitory.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 PM

Paedophiles priests damaged church

IRELAND
Inishowen News

by Linda McGrory

AN INISHOWEN priest has blamed paedophile clerics and how they were dealt with by church authorities for doing more damage to the Catholic church in Ireland than secularism.

Fr John Walsh said while secularism "undermines" religious ministry the worst attacks came "from inside" the church itself.

"The Church can come under attack from outside. In our own times secularism undermines the church's mission," said Fr Walsh.

"But the most insidious attacks against the church come from inside itself. For the last several decades we have seen the damage that has been done to the church in Ireland by paedophile members, particularly priests and religious, and by the way church authorities in Ireland have dealt with them."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Vatican was patient before removing Australian bishop, Cardinal Pell says

AUSTRALIA
Catholic Culture

May 30, 2011

Australia’s leading Catholic prelate has said that it was “a tragedy” that the Vatican was forced to remove Bishop William Morris from office, but says that the move was necessary because the Toowoomba diocese was “divided quite badly” under the bishop’s leadership.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney told the Catholic News Agency, “Rome was very patient.” But after more than a decade of efforts, he said, Bishop Morris was “unable to give satisfactory clarifications” in answer to Vatican concerns.

The change was necessary, Cardinal Pell said, because “the bishop hasn’t demonstrated that he’s a team player. I mean, even at the end he didn’t wait for the official Vatican announcement” of his resignation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 PM

SNAP Smears Innocent Woman's Day Care Business; Will SNAP Apologize?

CONNECTICUT
The Media Report

The facts on this one are pretty simple. In its crusade to attack the Catholic Church, the controversial advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) made the startling claim that a "credibly accused child molester" - a suspended Catholic priest - was living in a Connecticut child day care center. SNAP's National Director, David Clohessy, flew almost halfway across the country from Missouri to Connecticut to summon the media and air his alarming charge.

Lest there be any doubt about the claim, here is a screenshot from SNAP's web site:

"CT predator lives @ day care center." It does not get any clearer than that. SNAP also reported the name and address of the day care center in a press release under the following headline:

There is one major problem with all of this, however. The claim is false.

On Wednesday (5/25/11), the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) released a statement to WTNH/Channel 8:

"DCF's [Department of Children and Families'] inquiry was closed, finding [the accused priest] does not, in fact, live at the house, does not care for any of the children, and will not be present at the house while there are children there … DPH's … preliminary findings are the same as DCF's."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 PM

Victims invite upset parishioners to "Q & A" session in KC

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

--Victims invite upset parishioners to event

--SNAP to hold "Q & A" session in Northland

--They'll also have separate "support group" portion

--"It helps to share your feelings in a safe place," group says

--SNAP: "If you saw, suspected or suffered clerics' crimes, call cops now!"

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims and their families is inviting Kansas City Catholics to an open meeting to discuss controversial child porn and cover up allegations involving a local priest, Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

The meeting will be Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, (816-784-6100, kcncc@kcmo.org) lisa-mccormick@sbcglobal.net

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Jueza confirmó careos entre Karadima y denunciantes

CHILE
Noticias 123

La ministra en visita Jessica González, quien investiga las denuncias de abuso sexual en contra del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, aseguró que citará a careos a los denunciantes para que enfrenten las declaraciones del clérigo.

Consultada sobre las diligencias que faltan por desarrollar en la indagatoria, la magistrado aclaró que faltan diligencias y disponer de algunos careos y algunas otras diligencias de citados que no han prestado declaración. Al preguntársele sobre si esos careos serían entre los querellantes y Karadima la jueza respondió que en principio sí.

Sobre la declaración tomada al presbítero el pasado viernes, González aseguró que fue una indagatoria del querellado sacerdote Karadima porque la que había prestado anteriormente ante el 10º Juzgado del Crimen estaba un poco incompleta. Sobre si quedó conforme con la diligencia aseguró que yo le pregunté todo lo que le tenía que preguntar.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Belgian bishops approve compensation for church sex abuse victims

BELGIUM
Monsters and Critics

Brussels - Belgium's bishops have agreed to compensate church sex abuse victims, saying that they are 'conscious of their moral responsibility and the expectations of society,' the Belga news agency reported on Monday.

'They are determined to restore the victims' dignity and to pay them the damages they may need,' the bishops said in a statement.

The sex abuse scandal that has affected church communities around the world rocked Belgium last year, when an internal Catholic Church committee revealed that it had received complaints from 327 men and 161 women, with alleged victims being as young as 2 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:45 PM

Bisschoppen stemmen in met schadevergoeding

BELGIE
HLN

De Belgische bisschoppen stemmen in met een financiële tegemoetkoming voor slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Kerk. Ze gaan in op het voorstel van de parlementaire commissie en stemmen er mee in om mee te werken aan een arbitrageprocedure.

De bisschoppen "zijn diep geraakt en drukken hun ontzetting uit over de zware feiten die door geestelijken of leden van religieuze gemeenschappen werden gepleegd". Ze betreuren "zeer oprecht" het lijden van de slachtoffers en "waarderen" de moed om de feiten te melden. Ze erkennen "zonder omwegen" dat de religieuzen die dergelijke feiten begaan hebben gezien hun moreel gezag hun functie voorbeeldig hadden moeten uitoefenen.

Morele verantwoordelijkheid
"De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten zijn zich bewust van hun morele verantwoordelijkheid en van de verwachting van de gehele samenleving naar hen toe. Daarom willen ze zich inzetten voor de erkenning van de slachtoffers en het herstel van hun leed. Zo willen zij de slachtoffers in hun waardigheid herstellen en hen, volgens hun noden, ook financieel tegemoetkomen."

Opvolgingscommissie
Daarom stemmen ze ermee in om, volgens het voorstel van de parlementaire commissie, samen te werken met de deskundigen van de opvolgingscommissie aan de organisatie van een "pluridisciplinaire vorm van arbitrageprocedure" voor de reeds gerechtelijk verjaarde feiten. "Bovendien lijkt het wenselijk te zijn dat de arbiters ook de bevoegdheid zouden hebben om de partijen te oriënteren naar bemiddeling. De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten zijn unaniem en vastberaden om al het mogelijke in het werk te stellen opdat de zware feiten die heel onze samenleving terecht betreurt, zich nooit meer kunnen herhalen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Bisschoppen bereid tot schadevergoeding voor seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
Zita

"De bisschoppen willen de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in hun waardigheid herstellen en hen, volgens hun noden, ook financieel tegemoetkomen", dat heeft de kerk maandagmiddag bekendgemaakt. De bisschoppen gaan samenwerken met de commissie die seksueel misbruik en feiten van pedofilie behandelt binnen de kerk.

Het gaat om financiële tegemoetkoming voor slachtoffers van verjaarde feiten. Daarvoor zou een arbitrageprocedure op poten worden gezet.

De bisschoppen zijn volgens hun mededeling "diep geraakt en drukken hun ontzetting uit over de zware feiten die door geestelijken of leden van religieuze gemeenschappen werden gepleegd". Dat bleek nadat ze "heel aandachtig" het verslag doorgenomen dat unaniem werd goedgekeurd door de bijzondere commissie voor seksueel misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:40 PM

Bisschoppen bereid te betalen

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Belgische bisschoppen zijn bereid slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk financieel tegemoet te komen. Dat zegt de Bisschoppenconferentie maandag in een verklaring. De bisschoppen willen ook meewerken aan een arbitragecommissie die moet bemiddelen in de verschillende zaken. Een groep experts gaat de plannen van de parlementaire commissie nu verder uitwerken.

De bisschoppenconferentie geeft maandag haar mening over het verslag van de parlementaire commissie die rond het seksueel misbruik in de kerk werkte.'De bisschoppen willen zich inzetten voor de erkenning van de slachtoffers en het herstel van hun leed. Zo willen zij de slachtoffers in hun waardigheid herstellen en hen, volgens hun noden, ook financieel tegemoetkomen', luidt het in een verklaring.

In de verklaring zeggen de bisschoppen ook hun medewerking toe aan een arbitragecommissie: 'De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten stemmen ermee in om, volgens het voorstel van de parlementaire commissie voorgezeten door mevrouw Lalieux, samen te werken met de deskundigen van de Opvolgingscommissie aan de organisatie van een pluridisciplinaire vorm van arbitrageprocedure voor de reeds verjaarde feiten, waarover hoven en rechtbanken geen uitspraak meer kunnen doen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Belgium Catholic Church vows compensation

BELGIUM
Herald Sun (Australia)

AAP
May 30, 2011

BELGIUM'S Roman Catholic Church vowed today to compensate the victims of paedophile priests in the wake of a child abuse scandal that has rocked the Church for the past year.

Accused for months of showing little compassion for the victims, the bishops and heads of religious orders deplored the abuses that were documented last year by a Church-backed commission, which revealed nearly 500 cases that took place over several decades, resulting in 13 suicides.

"Recognising their moral responsibility and the expectations of society, the bishops and religious leaders pledge to ensure recognition of the victims and adopt measures to heal their suffering," the Church said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:27 PM

Political voice, social activist Thomas Roeser dies at 82

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

Clohessy

Barbara Blaine

Thomas F. Roeser, a former contributing Chicago Sun-Times columnist, founder of the online Chicago Daily Observer and radio and TV talk-show host who was active in civic, religious and social causes, died Sunday. He was 82.

Mr. Roeser had suffered health problems and had retired from his WLS-AM radio talk show on May 21 due to his hospitalization.

Chris Robling, a friend and fellow board member with Mr. Roeser at the City Club of Chicago and at Haymarket Center, a rehabilitation center, said Sunday that Mr. Roeser always showed “a ton of verve” and “an excitement about anyone with big ideas.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Van Cauter: 'Vergoeding kan veel leed goedmaken'

BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Carina Van Cauter (Open VLD) is tevreden met de reactie van de Bisschoppenconferentie. Dat zei ze op Radio 1. 'De schade kan onmogelijk worden uitgewist, maar een vergoeding kan veel goedmaken.' Ook commissievoorzitster Karine Lalieux (PS) en commissielid Renaat Landuyt (SP.A) reageerden.

Kamerlid Carina Van Cauter was één van de drijvende krachten achter de oprichting van de parlementaire commissie die het seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk behandelde. Ze werd ook ondervoorzitster van die commissie.

'Ik denk dat het een mooie dag is voor de slachtoffers', aldus Van Cauter. 'Ze hebben lang gestreden en hebben er misschien lang op moeten wachten, maar dan uiteindelijk is het toch zover.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:18 PM

Prime Time Investigates

IRELAND/AFRICA
RTE One

[video presentation]

Aoife Kavanagh presents an investigation into evidence of sexual abuse by Irish missionaries in Africa, and asks how priests and fellow Christians have escaped punishment to date.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:06 PM

Sex abuse bishop was quietly retired

KENYA
Daily Nation

By WALTER MENYA and GIUSEPPE LIGUORI

Posted Sunday, February 27 2011

A Missionary order has pledged to cooperate with the authorities in investigations into a bishop who left Kenya after being accused of sexual abuse.

Responding to questions by the Nation into the circumstances surrounding the retirement and departure of Ngong Catholic Bishop Cornelius Schilder, the General Superior of the St Joseph’s Missionary Society Rev Anthony Chantry replied:

“With regard to recent allegations that have been made in the Kenyan Press, our Society will cooperate with any civil enquiry which may be initiated in the best interests of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.”

The Archbishop of Nairobi John Cardinal Njue, who has been directly responsible for administering the Ngong Diocese since Bishop Schilder left, said he did not know the reasons behind the 2009 departure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Kenya’s clerical abuse cases should have been handled with more transparency

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on Monday, 30 May 2011

No one likes bad news, and one hardly likes to pass on bad news, but RTE broadcast a programme about clerical abuse in Africa last week. The programme has not been noticed here in the United Kingdom as far as I can see, but a missionary friend of mine who works in Kenya sent me the link, given that two of the figures mentioned were people I once knew. You can see the programme here.

You can also see the way this has been reported in the Kenyan press back in February here.

As far as I can see the Kenyan press has not taken the matter further.

The programme is distressing viewing, in that the facts with regard to two of the Kenyan cases are not in dispute, except by the accused persons themselves. The programme deals with cases from South Africa and Nigeria as well, but I am restricting myself to commenting on the Kenyan cases involving the Mill Hill Missionaries. The reportage was perfectly fair, though one does wonder why RTE has to wheel on Geoffrey Robinson, whose connections to Ireland and to Africa were never explained. The person who came out of the programme best was Fr Anthony Chantry, the superior of the Mill Hill Missionaries. He seems to have faced up to the problem, and was not in a state of denial about it; moreover he made the entirely sensible point that the more transparency in the Church when dealing with these matters, the better. In short, Fr Chantry struck me as someone who “gets it”, as they say.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Finn says “mistakes” - SNAP responds

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, president of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, mhunter_mp@accessus.net, mhunter_mp@sbcglobal.net)

Bishops are smart, well-educated men who have tons of resources, lawyers and public relations professionals. They aren’t stupid about abuse. They know what they’re doing.

Finn can’t claim this was a “mistake.” It wasn’t. It was a series of deliberate actions over more than a year to hide potential crimes from the people who needed and deserved to know about those crimes: police, prosectors, parishioners and the public.

We hope parishioners and the public will come next Thursday to our open meeting to discuss this awful case and get support, consolation and guidance. It will be Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road. People need and deserve to learn more about these troubling situation especially from more objective sources than Finn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Bishop Long settles; clergy sex abuse victims respond

GEORGIA
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)

This is typical predator behavior – bluffing and blustering initially about “fighting this,” then taking the easy, cowardly way out and settling. In many ways, we wish there had been a trial because we strongly suspect evidence would have shown Long’s obvious guilt. A trial might have also exposed other church staff and members who knew of or suspected Long’s crimes but ignored or concealed them. If so, those individuals should be disciplined.

Long may claim to be contrite or “falsely accused,” settling allegedly “for the good of the church” and to “spare his accusers” the difficulty of a trial. But we’re very skeptical of his sincerity.

Atlanta’s citizens owe a debt of gratitude to these brave young men who took huge risks in exposing such a prominent serial predator. We appreciate and applaud their courage, and hope this settlement brings them much-deserved healing and closure. At the same time, however, we know that no amount of money can replace what Long stole from them – their innocence and trust. We urge each of them to get into or stay in therapy, support groups, and other programs that will help them piece their lives together after the horrific trauma they endured at the hands of a dangerous clergyman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Victims invite upset parishioners to event

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

A support group for clergy sex abuse victims and their families is inviting Kansas City Catholics to an open meeting to discuss controversial child porn and cover up allegations involving a local priest, Fr. Shawn Ratigan.

The meeting will be Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kansas City North Community Center, 3930 N.E. Antioch Road, (816-784-6100, kcncc@kcmo.org) lisa-mccormick@sbcglobal.net

“We’re hearing from dozens of really upset parishioners who justifiably feel betrayed and outraged by church officials who ignored and concealed suspected clergy sex crimes,” said Barbara Dorris, SNAP’s outreach director. “These Catholics deserve some straight answers and a chance to air their feelings and fears.”

“In recent years, more and more, we’re hearing not just from victims, but from whistleblowers and witnesses,” said Mike Hunter, SNAP’s Kansas City director. “While victims need support, so too do others who’ve been hurt by the church hierarchy, like those at St. Patricks and other parishes. We want to do whatever we can to lend a hand to people who are in pain because of this horrific case.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Belgian church to pay victims for abuse

BELGIUM
The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian church says it is willing to pay compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy to help those abused restore their dignity.

Belgium's bishops and religious leaders said in a statement Monday they are "deeply touched and distraught" by revelations over the past year, when over 500 witnesses have come forward with harrowing accounts of molestation in the country by Catholic clergy spanning decades.

But the leader of a group of survivors said she would put her faith only in actions, not in anything the bishops said

"Whatever the bishops are saying is blah, blah," said Lieve Halsberghe, the leader in Belgium of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. "We need to see action before we believe anything they say."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Christian brother Robert Charles Best faces justice at last

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

James Campbell
From: Herald Sun
May 31, 2011

A CHRISTIAN Brother has been found guilty of sexually abusing 11 children at three schools across Victoria, after six trials over a reign of terror that lasted between 1969 and 1988.

Robert Charles Best 70, yesterday pleaded guilty to two sex offences against two children at St Leo's College in Box Hill between 1975 and 1977 and two sex offences against one child at St Joseph's Christian Brothers College in Geelong between 1986 and 1988.

Best was the principal of St Alipius Parish School in Ballarat in the 1960s and '70s where he worked alongside notorious pedophile priest Gerard Ridsdale.

He lived next door to the school with Father - now Cardinal - George Pell.

Best's pleas at his seventh trial brought an end to three years of legal drama that costs millions of dollars in taxpayer funds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:05 AM

Belgische kerk vergoedt slachtoffers misbruik

BELGIE
De Telegraaf

BRUSSEL - De Belgische bisschoppen willen de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door katholieke geestelijken een schadevergoeding toekennen. Dat hebben ze maandag in een persbericht laten weten.

Een onderzoekscommissie van het Belgisch parlement pleitte eerder voor een schadevergoedingsregeling. De bisschoppen willen nu een arbitragecommissie instellen die slachtoffers van al verjaard misbruik financieel kan compenseren.

De bisschoppen erkennen „zonder omwegen” dat religieuzen zich aan misbruik schuldig hebben gemaakt. Ze drukken hun ontzetting hierover uit, betuigen hun medeleven met de slachtoffers en prijzen hen om hun moed de feiten te melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

Belgian church to pay abuse victims

BELGIUM
The Irish Times

Belgium's Roman Catholic bishops have agreed to compensate victims of sexual abuse by priests in cases where the country's statute of limitations denies them the right to seek redress in court.

A Belgian parliamentary panel launched after the sexual abuse crisis shook the Church last year recommended in March that the bishops set up an arbitration commission to compensate victims, even if the cases were decades old.

The Catholic Church in Belgium as well as the branches in Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany have been shaken by revelations of clerical sexual abuse of minors going back for decades. Pope Benedict has apologised for the scandals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:00 AM

Christian Brother pleads guilty to sex abuse counts

AUSTRALIA
The Age

By Steve Butcher
May 31, 2011

THE voice of paedophile and Christian Brother Robert Charles Best resonated strongly from the dock of Melbourne's County Court.

Best yesterday announced his name, age, occupation and address in an almost defiant tone after offences he committed between 1975 and 1988 were read to him. But his tone flattened when he replied "guilty" six times in answer to the question of how he pleaded to offences against three victims.

The 70-year-old's admission to charges involving three boys over a 14-year period from 1975 ended a long legal pursuit for justice by victims, investigators and prosecutors.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:26 AM

“Quei festini dei preti così segreti e affollati”

ITALIA
City

Carmelo AbbateAutore di “Sex and the Vatican - Viaggio segreto nel regno dei casti” (Piemme).Un’inchiesta choc sulla intesa vita sessuale dei preti.Di cui in Italia non si parla.

Partiamo dall’inizio: come è nata l’idea di indagare su questo argomento?

Per caso. L’estate scorsa mi chiama un mio amico gay di Roma e tra una cosa e l’altra mi dice che in una sauna ha avuto un’avventura con un ragazzo: un prete. L’ha proprio ammesso: “Che male c’è? Siamo tanti, forse hai un’idea arcaica dei preti”. Poi l’ha invitato a una festa: “Ci saranno altri come me”.

A quella festa lei è andato fingendosi gay. Ed è iniziata l’inchiesta sul campo.

Sì. A dir la verità il prete gay non mi pareva una novità, ma mi colpiva il fatto che vivesse così alla luce del sole, nelle saune, organizzando festini... Mi sono detto: fammi andare a vedere se è vero. E non solo era vero ma era un fenomeno più grande di quello che pensassi. Ho scritto subito un lungo articolo per il mio giornale, Panorama.

E il Vaticano come ha reagito?

La reazione ufficiale è stata: “Sono solo tre mele marce: il resto della Chiesa è pulito”. Non potevano confutare ciò che dicevo: avevo prove solide (una telecamera nascosta). Ho voluto vedere se davvero fossero solo “tre mele” e per 7 mesi ho lavorato intensamente al libro: erano ben più di tre.

Nel suo libro raccoglie testimonianze da tutto il mondo in effetti, dall’Italia alla Polonia, dalla Francia all’Africa, al Brasile.

L’ho fatto con l’aiuto di collaboratori e colleghi bravissimi, ci tengo a dirlo. Senta un po’ di dati. Non sono dati Istat o della Bce ma rendono l’idea. Negli Usa, dice l’autorevole Richard Sipe, almeno il 25% dei preti ha una compagna, un altro 30% è gay e un altro 25-30% ha avuto un rapporto occasionale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:23 AM

Abusi su minori, un´Associazione a Bagnasco: certificato antipedofilia per i sacerdoti

ITALIA
Genova Oggi Notizie

Un certificato antipedofilia per i sacerdoti. Lo chiede Alberto Senatore, portavoce dell'associazione contro la pedofilia Il piccolo Davide.

Per contrastare il fenomeno della pedofilia clericale, l'associazione ha scritto una lettera aperta a mondignor Angelo Bagnasco, arcivescovo di Genova e soprattutto capo della Cei, la Conferenza episcopale italiana.

Ecco il testo integrale della lettera:

Spett. Le Cardinale Angelo Bagnasco, Presidente della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana,
sono Alberto Senatore, classe 1964, sposato felicemente e padre di due figli, portavoce dell’Associazione antipedofilia “ il piccolo Davide ” di Giffoni Valle Piana, la città del Giffoni Film Festival. Le scrivo per due motivi: il primo, per esprimerle la nostra approvazione al Suo tempestivo intervento per la sospensione di don Riccardo Seppia da ogni ministero pastorale e da ogni atto sacramentale. Riconosciamo in questa decisione l’unica strategia efficace che la Chiesa Cattolica può intraprendere per proseguire sulla via tracciata da Papa Ratzinger, cioè la tolleranza zero verso i preti pedofili.

L’altro motivo, è scaturito dalle parole da Lei pronunciate nella sua prolusione per la 63° Assemblea generale della Conferenza Episcopale Italiana. In quella occasione, riguardo la pedofilia clericale Lei ha riconosciuto che l’emergenza pedofilia all’interno della Chiesa Cattolica non è ancora superata, quindi è ancora in corso

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Duitse slachtoffers seksueel misbruik dienen schadeclaims in

DUITSLAND
L1

19 slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Duitse katholieke kerk hebben tot nu toe een schadeclaim ingediend bij het bisdom in Aken.

Een speciale commissie van de Duitse Bisschoppenconferentie onderzoekt op dit moment de meldingen. Het gaat om zaken tussen 1993 en heden. Sinds 3 maanden kunnen misbruikslachtoffers tot 5.000 euro schadevergoeding aanvragen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:16 AM

Catholics drag Airtel to court over billboard

UGANDA
New Vision

By Andante Okanya

TWO Christians, Albert Kakooza and Robert Mujuzzi, have sued Airtel over a “slanderous billboard” with the words ‘Airtel: Clearer than the Rubaga Bell’.

The billboard had been placed on Rubaga Road towards Rubaga Cathedral.

The cathedral has two famous bell towers fixed with a series of momentous bells, which are traditionally referred to as the Rubaga Bells.

The billboard in question has since been removed. Airtel pulled it down on February 10 after the duo’s lawyers from Kavuma Kabenge and Company Advocates petitioned the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

29/5/2011 Homily at Deaconate Ordinations

IRELAND
Archdiocese of Dublin

Sixth Sunday of the Easter Season 2011
ORDINATION TO THE DEACONATE

Homily Notes of
Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland
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Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, 29th May 2011

Introduction

We gather to call to the order of deacons these 7 young men from various dioceses in Ireland and from the Irish Redemptorist Province. We pray that the Holy Spirit will be with them with his strength and comfort; that he will accompany them in their witness and service as deacons on their path to priestly ordination. ...

Your ministry in Ireland in the years to come will not be easy. We are at a truly crucial moment in the life of the Irish Church. These words are not just platitudes. The next few years will be among the most crucial in the long history of the Irish Church. There is little time to procrastinate or simply allow things to drift without direction. The Church of the future will have to change and inevitably will be different. The Church will face challenges, but we should not allow change and challenges to prevail over our faith that the Spirit of Jesus lives with us and in us.

The overall culture and demographics of Irish society are changing. It will be very interesting to see the results of the National Census as to how many people in Ireland are Catholic and who wish to be called Catholic. On a given Sunday only about 18% of the Catholic population attends Mass in the Archdiocese of Dublin. That is somewhat lower than in other parts of the country and it does not take into consideration the age profile and the lack of young people in many parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:07 AM

Fewer than one in five Catholics in Dublin attend mass every Sunday

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

The Archbishop of Dublin has revealed that fewer than one in five Catholics attend mass in his diocese on any given Sunday.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin also admitted that many young Irish people now only retain a marginal interest in their religion.

As he warned that the Church in Ireland is heading towards a crisis, the Archbishop revealed that just 18 per cent of all Catholics in the Dublin diocese now attend Mass on a Sunday.

This figure is the lowest of all dioceses in Ireland as Dublin has the youngest age profile in the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:05 AM

Airtel summoned by Ugandan government over Catholic reference

UGANDA
Bikyamasr

May 30th, 2011 | By Andrew Matapare

Airtel has been summoned by Uganda’s High Court after allegations it insulted the Catholic Church over a billboard it erected in the country. The billboard, which says “Airtel Cleaner than the Rubaga Bell” apparently has irked a number of high-ranking Catholics in the country.

The court has given the company 15 days from May 24 to respond to their query. Airtel, for its part, has taken down the billboard in an effort to appease the Catholic Church.

“It is disgraceful for a company such as Airtel to offend and use slander to get their message across,” said one Church official in Kampala.

However, one Catholic priest, who asked not to be named due to the sensitivity of the subject, said that the church should be more tolerant and “roll with the punches” after all the trouble its been through worldwide.

“We Catholics used to laugh and make jokes about ourselves. Now, after a few priests did some disgusting and horrible things, it’s as if we lost what it means to live,” the priest said, holding up his phone pointing to the network he uses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:02 AM

NEW REQUEST FOR FATHER SEPPIA TO BE REMANDED IN CUSTODY

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Genoa - There has been a new request from Genoa prosecutor Stefano Puppa for 51-year-old Father Riccardo Seppia to be remanded in custody and charged with attempted rape, offering drugs to minors and encouraging prostitution. The request was presented this morning against the parish priest of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Sestri Ponente, who was arrested on Friday May 13th and charged with alleged pedophilia and selling drugs by the investigative magistrate in Milan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:59 AM

Book Recommendation…Cell Out, A Novel about Sexual Abuse and an Abuser

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Frank Douglas

I recommend this novel for a number of reasons.

It’s a good read. It has interesting characters. It’s educational (for example, it gives an interesting glimpse into California’s state forensic hospital system).

The protagonist is Peter Golozzi, molested by a priest when Peter was nine years old.

Some victims and survivors of clergy sexual abuse may not like what comes next: Unable to control his rage, Peter lashes out as a young adult and becomes a sexually violent predator himself.

If one is mature enough and together enough to handle that plot twist and to remember that this is a novel, then go right now to amazon.com and buy the book for $16.95. I think you’ll like it. Of the four reviews of the novel on the Amazon website, two give it five stars and the other two grade it at four stars. Pretty Good!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Belgian church says it will pay compensation to sex abuse victims

BELGIUM
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, May 30

BRUSSELS — The Belgian church says it is willing to pay compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.

Belgium’s bishops and religious leaders said in a statement Monday they are “deeply touched and distraught” by revelations over the past year. Over 500 witnesses have come forward with harrowing accounts of molestation in the country by Catholic clergy spanning decades.

They say they want to “help victims restore their dignity and, according to their needs, provide financial help.”

A former Belgian bishop at the center of one of the Roman Catholic church’s biggest pedophile scandals said last month that he had abused two nephews and insisted he had no plans to abandon the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Pedofilia, don Riccardo Seppia rischia anche il processo canonico

ITALIA
Genova 24

Genova. Rischia anche il processo canonico, oltre a quello penale, Don Riccardo Seppia, l’ex parroco del Sacro Cuore di Sestri Ponente arrestato con l’accusa di abuso su minore e cessione di stupefacenti.

Secondo quanto appreso, l’ufficio competente interno alla Curia vescovile sta raccogliendo le prove (quello che si chiama ‘indagine previa’) che saranno poi convogliate allo speciale ufficio interno alla Congregazione Dottrina della fede che prenderà una decisione in merito.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:52 AM

Catholic Church needs a shift in attitudes, or nothing will change

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By MARY SANCHEZ
The Kansas City Star

“With all due respect,” is how any deriding of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph is expected to begin.

Questioning those deemed above your reach usually entails some sort of genuflection. Not this time.

The expectation of unconditional respect is part of the problem with continuing cases of suspected pedophilia by priests. Parishioners are to respectfully concede to the authority of the church, believing it will act appropriately.

Yet Bishop Robert Finn apologized twice last week for failures to properly investigate and fully involve police in the case of yet another priest charged with criminal behavior. The Rev. Shawn Ratigan is charged with possessing pornographic photos of children taken around churches and schools.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Pedofiele priester tekent beroep aan

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BOCHOLT (RKnieuws.net) - Priester Bart Aben, oud pastoor van Bocholt (bisdom Hasselt), gaat in hoger beroep tegen het vonnis van de correctionele rechtbank van Tongeren omdat hij de opgelegde straf te zwaar vindt. Deze rechtbank veroordeelde hem op 12 mei jongstleden tot acht jaar cel wegens langdurig seksueel misbruik van een minderjarig meisje en een licht mentaal gehandicapte minderjarige jongen. De rechtbank ontzette hem ook voor tien jaar uit zijn burgerrechten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Long's message at service doesn't mention settlement

LIVONIA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bishop Eddie Long, in his first Sunday service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church since the settlement of four lawsuits was announced, focused on celebrating life and reminded the congregation of the good God has done in their lives.

The Lithonia pastor didn't mention his recent troubles.

However, he said has learned to make sure he surrounds himself with the right crowd.

There were many empty seats at the 8 a.m. service, but that may have been because it was a holiday weekend. When he came into the pulpit Long, who was sued by four men who alleged he coerced them into having sexual relations, was greeted with applause. He told people to remain faithful in their giving even if they aren't in church or on vacation. The lawsuits were dismissed last week and terms of the settlement will remain confidential .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Belgium Catholic Church vows to compensate abuse victims

BELGIUM
Expatica

Belgium's Roman Catholic Church vowed Monday to compensate the victims of paedophile priests in the wake of a child abuse scandal that has rocked the Church for the past year.

Accused for months of showing little compassion for the victims, the bishops and heads of religious orders deplored the abuses that were documented last year by a Church-backed commission, which revealed nearly 500 cases that took place over several decades, resulting in 13 suicides.

"Recognising their moral responsibility and the expectations of society, the bishops and religious leaders pledge to ensure recognition of the victims and adopt measures to heal their suffering," the Church said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 AM

Ministra evalúa careos entre Karadima y denunciantes

CHILE
Radio Universidad de Chile

Luego del extenso interrogatorio judicial al que fue sometido el viernes el ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, por parte de la jueza Jessica González trascendió que se estaría evaluando la posibilidad de llevar a cabo una serie de careos entre el religioso y las personas que le acusan haber cometido abuso sexual.

Durante tres horas el sacerdote Fernando Karadima declaró ante la ministro en visita Jessica González que investiga las denuncias de abuso sexual a menores de edad en contra del sacerdote.

La diligencia se desarrolló en el 34º Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago, donde el religioso asistió acompañado de su equipo jurídico encabezado por el abogado Cristián Muga.

El sacerdote también recibió ayuda médica en todo momento y habría confirmado sus declaraciones previas en su oportunidad ante el fiscal Xavier Armendáriz y el juez del crimen Leonardo Valdivieso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Littlechild: Commission will uncover the truth

CANADA
Daily Gleaner

By JAMIE ROSS
ross.jamie@dailygleaner.com

Chief Wilton Littlechild said he was beaten with a hockey stick for speaking his native language and was referred to by number, not by name, throughout the 14 years he spent in the residential school system as a child.

The Truth and Reconciliation commissioner addressed the challenges and successes of the commission during one of the Big Thinkers lectures at Congress 2011.

He shared harrowing tales of abuse that as many as 80,000 First Nations children experienced during their time in the residential school system, the results of which have been called a national crime.

"The record states that it was to kill the Indian in the child, and to assimilate all of us into the dominant society," said Littlechild. "To take our language and culture away from us by preventing us from practising it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Belgische kerk vergoedt slachtoffers misbruik

BELGIE
Nu

BRUSSEL - De Belgische bisschoppen willen de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door katholieke geestelijken een schadevergoeding toekennen.

Dat hebben ze maandag in een persbericht laten weten.

Een onderzoekscommissie van het Belgisch parlement pleitte eerder voor een schadevergoedingsregeling. De bisschoppen willen nu een arbitragecommissie instellen die slachtoffers van al verjaard misbruik financieel kan compenseren.

De bisschoppen erkennen ''zonder omwegen'' dat religieuzen zich aan misbruik schuldig hebben gemaakt. Ze drukken hun ontzetting hierover uit, betuigen hun medeleven met de slachtoffers en prijzen hen om hun moed de feiten te melden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

No charges two years after Ryan report into child abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

JAMIE SMYTH, Social Affairs Correspondent

NO ONE has been prosecuted over the discoveries made by the Ryan report into child abuse in residential institutions, which was published two years ago, the Government has revealed.

In a written submission to the United Nations Committee on Torture, the Government says 11 files have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to prosecutions on the basis of evidence provided by the Ryan report.

The DPP has directed no prosecution in eight of these abuse cases and decisions are still pending on the remaining three case files.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Group urges Catholics to send a strong message to the pope June 25-26 using the Peter’s Pence collection

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

The annual Peter’s Pence papal collection will take place in U.S. Roman Catholic parishes the weekend of June 25-26. This event is provides an excellent opportunity for Catholics to communicate to the pope what they think about his scandalous mismanagement and cover up of clergy sexual abuse of children.

And you can do it for as little as one cent!

Send the Bishops a Message, an initiative of Desert Voices, Inc., an Arizona non-profit corporation, urges all U.S. Catholics to put just one penny in the Peter’s Pence collection plate June 25-26 as a witness to the pope, the world, and God that they are deeply distressed and disappointed in the way the pope has brought shame upon the Catholic church, and all Catholics, and placed countless children in harm’s way of dangerous clerical sexual predators.

Giving to the pope as usual means church officials have no incentive to change. If you don’t give anything, church officials can mistakenly say, “It’s the economy!” When you put a penny in the collection plate, there can be no doubt about your message. One penny expresses your deep dissatisfaction with the pope’s scandalous handling of the global clergy abuse crisis. Send a message telling the pope to stop making a mockery of both Catholics and their universal church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Bisschoppen gaan in op voorstel Bijzondere Commissie seksueel misbruik

BELGIE
RKnieuws

BRUSSEL (RKnieuws.net) - De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten hebben heel aandachtig het verslag doorgenomen dat unaniem werd goedgekeurd door de Bijzondere commissie betreffende de behandeling van seksueel misbruik en feiten van pedofilie binnen een gezagsrelatie, inzonderheid binnen de Kerk. Ze houden eraan hun waardering uit te drukken voor het belangrijke werk van de parlementaire commissie voorgezeten door mevrouw Karine Lalieux.

De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten zijn diep geraakt en drukken hun ontzetting uit over de zware feiten die door geestelijken of leden van religieuze gemeenschappen werden gepleegd. Deze feiten hebben bij de slachtoffers groot lijden verwekt en trauma’s nagelaten, vaak gedurende lange jaren. Dat betreuren ze zeer oprecht. Ze waarderen ook de moed die de slachtoffers opbrachten om de pijnlijke feiten te melden.

Zonder omwegen erkennen de bisschoppen en religieuze oversten dat vele daders van deze feiten leden van de Kerk zijn, bekleed met een bijzonder moreel gezag, dat ze, uit respect voor het vertrouwen dat hun werd verleend, voorbeeldig hadden moeten uitoefenen. De bisschoppen en religieuze oversten zijn zich bewust van hun morele verantwoordelijkheid en van de verwachting van de gehele samenleving naar hen toe. Daarom willen ze zich inzetten voor de erkenning van de slachtoffers en het herstel van hun leed. Zo willen zij de slachtoffers in hun waardigheid herstellen en hen, volgens hun noden, ook financieel tegemoetkomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

May 29, 2011

Abogado de Karadima: "Estaremos disponibles para careos si así la jueza lo determina"

CHILE
La Tercera

El abogado de Fernando Karadima, Cristián Muga, se refirió a la declaración que su defendido hizo ante la jueza Jéssica González el pasado viernes en el 34° Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago, en el marco de la investigación en su contra por abusos sexuales. Al respecto, el legista señaló que si la ministra lo determina, el sacerdote se someterá a careos con los denunciantes.

"Estaremos disponibles para careos si así la jueza lo determina", dijo Muga en entrevista con ADN Radio.

El defensor manifestó que la declaración fue "larga", precisando que la extensión no dice relación con nuevas denuncias contra el ex párroco de El Bosque. En ese sentido, puntualizó que la diligencia se enmarca en "el interés nuestro en que se esclarezca todo".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 PM

Ga. pastor looks ahead after settling lawsuits

LITHONIA (GA)
The Associated Press

LITHONIA, Ga. (AP) — The crowd still cheered for Bishop Eddie Long as he took the pulpit Sunday, but gone was the air of defiance that defined his appearance eight months ago when he rallied his congregation to battle amid lawsuits accusing the megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct.

Just days after settling the lawsuits filed by four young men who used to attend New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, the message was one of progress and prosperity to the several hundred gathered. The choir opened the two-hour 8 a.m. service with the gospel hymn "Moving Forward," which began: "I'm not going back, I'm moving ahead. Here to declare to you my past is over."

Long addressed a far smaller group than the one gathered back in September, when he compared himself to the Bible's ultimate underdog and vowed to fight like David versus Goliath against accusations that he abused his spiritual authority and coerced four young men into sexual relationships with gifts including cars, cash and travel. Then, thousands of supporters and observers packed the 10,000-seat sanctuary, which took on the atmosphere of an arena.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Eddie Long Speaks to Church After Lawsuit Settlement

GEORGIA
The Christian Post

By Katherine T. Phan | Christian Post Reporter

Bishop Eddie Long delivered his first Sunday sermon at his Atlanta megachurch since he reached a settlement out of court in the sexual misconduct case.

Congregants at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church welcomed Long with applause and cheers when he took the stage at the 8 a.m. service Sunday.

Just two days prior, the lawsuits brought by four young men alleging Long of coercing them into sexual relationships were officially dismissed "with prejudice" Friday.

Lawyers for both sides have given no details on the settlement other than to confirm that the lawsuits have been resolved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Fr Kizito’s employee hurt in attack

KENYA
Daily Nation

By NATION REPORTER

Posted Sunday, May 29 2011

Mr Disterious Ratemo, a secretary with the Koinonia Old Beneficiaries Welfare Association, was attacked at around midnight.

Mr Ratemo is one of the beneficiaries of Fr Kizito’s philanthropy, and openly defended him last week when the priest was arrested over sexual abuse claims.

He said he was heading home after watching a Champions League match between Manchester United and Barcelona when he was attacked.

“A motorbike dropped me at the gate from my office at Kivuli Centre where I had been watching the match,” he told the Nation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Italian Priest Arrested For Pedophilia In Archdiocese Of Pope’s Closest Advisor On Pedophilia

UNITED STATES
Lez Get Real

05/29/11-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
The Roman Catholic Church has been working very hard to try and deny lesbians and gays their rights in the United States ostensibly on the grounds that they are protecting children. This is not an uncommon line of reasoning with them as they tend to make it sound like a noble effort because, then, they hope people won’t pay attention to their own problems. This past week, in Italy, the Catholic Church showed just how dedicated they were to guarding the safety and well being of children as a priest under the direct command of one of the cardinals that Pope Benedict has been working closely with to make reforms to how the Church handles pedophile priests was arrested for pedophilia.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest, was arrested on 13 May on pedophilia and drug charges. Father Seppia was the parish priest for the village of Sastri Ponente near Genoa. Investigators have said that they tapped mobile-phone conversations between Seppia and a Moroccan drug dealer where Seppia wanted the drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with yougn and vulnerable boys. Seppia is alleged to hae said “I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

HEALING CLERGY ABUSE

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Thanks for keeping us up to date with the latest regarding clergy abuse. It sure does never end. I was going through some of my papers I saved when my son was suffering so from clergy abuse; in 2009 I wrote this poem:

HEALING CLERGY ABUSE

The wounds of abuse are raw and deep
from the top of my head to the soles of my feet
and to a precious child, the damage complete

How to undo such enormous pain-was God
in the room-did he see the insane?
this evil act from a priest, so devine,
to my person, to me, to all that is mine

The pain from this memory, finally unleashed,
hurts my hair and my brain, my eyes and my teeth
my heart explodes inside my chest, I can’t breath,
I can’t breath, nevermore to rest

I am startled from sleep sheathed in sweat
each day is a hell with demons unmet
but worse than all the horrors that I endure
I have lost who I am, of that I am sure

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Denunciante de Karadima señala que el sacerdote "de inocente no tiene un pelo"

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- Luego que el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, se declarara inocente de las denuncias sobre abuso sexual en su contra, uno de los querellantes, Juan Carlos Cruz, puso en tela de juicio los dichos del sacerdote y se mostró dispuesto a carearse con él.

En conversación con TVN, Cruz cuestionó la demora del ex párroco en declararse inocente de los cargos que se le imputan, y sostuvo que "hay mucha gente que públicamente ya ha indicado que de inocente no tiene un pelo".

El denunciante explicó también que sentía rabia "de ver la cara dura que tiene, y la desfachatez con que dice que es inocente. Es una sensación muy rara la que me da cuando lo veo", expresó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Ezzati dice que caso Karadima no es "el funeral de la Iglesia"

CHILE
La Tercera

por A. Hernández y A. López

A un día del interrogatorio al ex párroco de El Bosque Fernando Karadima, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, señaló ayer que la Iglesia se recuperará del difícil momento por el que pasa y aseguró que no significa "el funeral" de esta institución.

Estas declaraciones las realizó ayer, en el marco de la conferencia de prensa por la asunción de Fernando Chomalí como nuevo arzobispo de Concepción, el cargo que Ezzati tenía hace pocos meses. En ella también se tocaron temas como el conflicto mapuche y la huelga de hambre de los comuneros.

El viernes, el sacerdote Fernando Karadima declaró por cerca de tres horas ante la ministra en visita Jéssica González, en dependencias del 34° Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:03 AM

Don Seppia, arrestati a Milano i fornitori di droga: un finanziere e uno spacciatore

ITALIA
Cronaca Live

GENOVA / Sono stati arrestati a Milano negli stessi giorni in cui veniva fermato don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco di Sestri Ponente accusato di pedofilia e cessione di stupefacenti, un finanziere e uno spacciatore.

Ritenuti i fornitori abituali di droga di don Seppia, secondo i Nas procuravano la cocaina che il parroco usava come merce di scambio per fare sesso con adolescenti.

Nell’ambito dell’inchiesta dei Nas di Milano su un giro illecito di anabolizzanti nelle palestre del capoluogo lombardo, sarebbero stati individuati i 2 venditori abituali di stupefacenti al parroco di Sestri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Pedofilia: un finanziere tra i pusher di don Seppia

ITALIA
Genova 24

Genova. Nei giorni scorsi sarebbero stati fermati dai carabinieri i fornitori di droga di don Seppia, l’ex parroco di Sestri Ponente arrestato con l’accusa di presunti abusi sessuali compiuti ai danni di minorenni.

I due fermi sono stati eseguiti a Milano nei giorni scorsi, ma soltanto oggi la notizia è stata resa ufficiale. I militari del Nas stavano indagando su un giro illecito di anabolizzanti nelle palestre milanesi individuando un militare, arruolato nella guardia di finanza, e uno spacciatore come fornitori di cocaina.

Proseguendo le indagini si è poi scoperto che tra i clienti abituali c’era anche don Seppia, che utilizzava la droga come merce di scambio per ottenere prestazioni sessuali da adolescenti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Don Seppia, fermati i fornitori di coca. Sono un finanziere e uno spacciatore

ITALIA
Cado in Piedi

Uno spacciatore e un militare della Guardia di Finanza sono stati arrestati con l'accusa di aver venduto la droga al prete pedofilo, arrestato il 14 maggio scorso. I due sono stati fermati dai carabinieri del Nas su esecuzione di provvedimenti emessi dal Gip del tribunale di Milano. I militari che indagavano su un giro illecito di anabolizzanti nelle palestre milanesi e di lì su quello di cocaina in altri ambienti, hanno individuato i due e anche l'ex parroco.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Juan Carlos Cruz: “poca gente en la historia de Chile ha actuado tan siniestramente como Karadima”

CHILE
Bio-Bio

Publicado por Daniel Torres

En entrevista con La Radio uno de los 4 denunciantes contra el Sacerdote Fernando Karadima, el periodista Juan Carlos Cruz entregó sus impresiones respecto de la declaración judicial del religioso ante la justicia.

Respecto de los trascendidos que señalan que Karadima expresó su total inocencia respecto de las imputaciones hablan de abusos sexuales reiterados en contra de menores, Cruz expresó que siente rabia puesto que sostiene una mentira sin inmutarse, que le ha arruinado la vida a un grupo de personas. A su parecer Karadima al igual que Maciel nunca reconocerá todo el daño que hizo.

Frente a la actual situación que afronta Karadima expresó que son contados con los dedos de las manos quienes lo respaldan, asumiendo además que hay que seguir buscando a quienes supieron esto y pese a eso lo encubrieron.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Karadima declara ante ministra en visita que investiga denuncia por abusos sexuales

CHILE
El Mostrador

La ministra en visita que investiga las denuncias por abuso sexual contra menores de edad, Jessica González, interrogó por tres horas al sacerdote Fernando Karadima, quien está acusado de este delito tras denuncias de ex feligreses de la parroquia de El Bosque.

La diligencia se efectuó en completo hermetismo y la toma de declaración se realizó en dependencias del 34 Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago, lugar hasta donde llegó el cuestionado religioso junto a su equipo jurídico que encabeza el abogado Cristián Muga.

Junto a Karadima y a su equipo de abogados también estuvo presente un médico, quien controló su estado de salud, según señala el diario La Tercera.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Oprah did more good than John Paul II for 25 years.

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Paris Arrow

Oprah Winfrey has done more good for humanity than John Paul II during her quarter of century television show seen daily in 150 countries. While John Paul II trotted around the globe in vanity and self-glory for 27 years and held rallies of WYD World Youth Day chanting to his narcissistic papal idolatry of “JP2, we love you”, Oprah was busy empowering millions of women and children and men, seeking truth and justice for victims and exposing their plights, giving help for all kinds of illnesses and poverty, building schools in Africa, giving scholarships for colleges in the USA, helping people eat better and live better, helping victims of Katrina and natural disasters, name it, she has done it. One of the best compliments said to her was, “You have no children of your own but you have mothered millions.” On the contrary, “The Holy Father” John Paul II only oppressed women by giving them no voice whatsoever and no role within the Vatican “state”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Malta's bitter divorce debate comes to a head

MALTA
The Independent (United Kingdom)

By Peter Popham

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Malta, the world's last bastion of Catholic domination outside the Vatican, is today riven by bitter hostility as it awaits the results of a fiercely contested referendum on divorce.

The crowded little archipelago halfway across the Mediterranean was left as the last European country to forbid divorce when the Irish Republic reformed its marriage law in 1995; today it is the last in the world except for the Philippines.

Divorce has been a burning issue on Malta for decades. Supporters of reform say that 30 per cent of marriages in the country end in separation, and that great and unnecessary suffering is caused when couples are unable to marry again because their previous, failed marriages cannot be dissolved. Nearly one-third of children are born out of wedlock. ...

Pope Benedict, right, has endorsed the Maltese Church's battle against divorce. When he visited in April last year he said: "Your nation should continue to stand up for the indissolubility of marriage as a natural institution as well as a sacramental one." Yet to the outside world, the most significant event in that two-day trip was an emotional encounter with eight Maltese men who claimed to have been sexually abused by four priests at a Catholic orphanage – his first face-to-face meeting with abuse victims.

"Everybody was crying," one of the men said at the time. The Pope's spokesman said: "[The Pope] prayed with them and assured them that the Church is doing, and will continue to do, all in its power to investigate allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures... to safeguard young people in the future."

Benedict's subsequent words and deeds suggest that his pledge was sincere; very belatedly the Church is taking a stand against abusers. But in Malta the victims' pursuit of justice has been stalled by the Church's own overweening power. In January, almost nine months after their meeting with Benedict XVI, seven of the eight men wrote jointly to him to complain that the priests who abused them had yet to be sanctioned. Although the priests admitted the abuse back in 2003, and the Vatican concluded the allegations were well founded, they continued as priests.

"In Malta," they wrote, "the church, political power and the judiciary are all the same thing. For example, a government minister came into court to testify on behalf of the priests. Few people, even among the [political] opposition, are on our side. People here are very religious and are frightened of accusing priests... we are very disappointed that these priests are still going about in clerical clothes."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Retired Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith reflects on life; wanted to be a lawyer

TRENTON (NJ)
Times of Trenton

By Erin Duffy/The Times

The way he tells it, the former bishop of the Diocese of Trenton never intended to enter the clergy.

Bishop Emeritus John M. Smith’s parents were dutiful churchgoers and raised their three sons Catholic. But becoming a priest, devoting one’s life to God, never appealed to Smith.

“To me it looked like it’d be boredom-ville,” Smith, 75, said.

Like most plans, Smith’s changed along the way. Now, decades later, he’s celebrating his 50th year as an ordained priest and enjoying his retirement after stepping down in December as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Trenton. The diocese is now headed by his successor, Bishop David M. O'Connell. ...

Smith has also taken heat from clergy abuse organizations, who have pressed the diocese for greater transparency in addressing abuse claims and identifying perpetrators.

At a demonstration outside the diocese in March, members of the groups Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Road to Recovery criticized the diocese for failing to fully identify all accused priests or put their names online.

In the interview, Smith hailed the “courage” of the Catholic Church to tackle the issue head-on as the church’s sex abuse scandal grew.

“I think the whole issue of child sex abuse by priests has been a very painful experience for any of us who are involved in the church but particularly for the clergy,” he said. “We were embarrassed, we were ashamed we were hurt that this was going on in our midst. I’m thankful to God that the church in the United States had the courage to address it very directly.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

PDI recibió nuevas denuncias en contra de Karadima

CHILE
ADN

Un joven de 27 años denunció ante la Policía de Investigaciones que en el año 2002 fue testigo de actos impropios por parte del sacerdote Fernando Karadima en contra de miembros del grupo Acción Católica.

La denuncia, que se registró hace pocos días, también se replicó ante la iglesia, sumándose a las acusaciones en contra del presbítero por abusos sexuales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

TOP 10 REASONS WHY PEOPLE STAY IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Frank Douglas

10. They want their kids enrolled in the parish Catholic school

9. They want to have a Catholic funeral and be buried in consecrated ground

8. They stay in the hope that a new pope will change things

7. They like the “smells and bells” (e.g., Midnight Mass at Christmas, stained-glass windows, statues), their parish church, their pastor, and they don’t or can’t envision a true religious/spiritual experience without these essentials

6. The sexual abuse scandal, the treatment of women and gays, and other hot-button issues (e.g., abortion, homosexuality) don’t rank high on their religious/ethical priority list

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Priest in custody, 16 years after charges laid

CANADA
The Canadian Press

By BOB WEBER The Canadian Press
Sun, May 29

He must have thought he was through with Canadian prisons.

Father Eric Dejaeger probably figured as recently as last spring that he’d never have to answer to accusations he’d betrayed the faith and innocence of Inuit children from the tiny Nunavut community of Igloolik.

And he almost never did.

The fact he now sits in an Arctic jail, awaiting trial on a score of sex charges, has as much to do with luck, dogged journalism, modern communications and two determined women on opposite sides of the Atlantic as it does with international law enforcement.

One of his pursuers, a retired nurse and homemaker from Ottawa, was motivated by sex scandals she saw tearing her church apart. The other, a Belgian, was outraged that an accused pedophile could live and work in her country unchallenged over allegations he faced thousands of kilometres away in Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Fr. Roger Lott

TENNESSEE
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

May 29,2011

by C Michael Coode, SNAP of Tennessee

While on a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain, I received an email from Fr. Joel Martin, OSB, informing me that Fr. Roger Lott, OSB died Thursday May 26 2011.

I always wondered how I would feel at the inevitable conclusion to this man’s life. I know very well that there are many great priests who do great things and that there are many priests who do heinous things. Also I know that to the man good or bad, everyone of them have been a source of inspiration and consultation to many. At a class reunion many years ago, one of my coaches (and algebra teacher) Father Bruno, told of Father Roger and what a good man he was. He was Fr. Bruno’s Confessor. That happened back in the 80′s before I let my abuse be known so I did not speak up. I know there are many people in Nashville who were fond of Fr. Roger, and he was a friend to many.

In my book which is soon to be published I wrote a poem which included the following lines:

I am filled with so much hurt yet to be secure
My past struggles with the present and takes away the cure….

And I also wrote that someone asked me “Would I ever be healed?” I spontaneously answered, “NO!” Fr. Roger’s death brings closure to him but not to me. His death has made me so sad and depressed. In his final years Fr. Roger would not allow anyone to talk to him, which I so wanted to do. I wanted to ask about me and others he had abused including a friend of mine. I did not know about my friend’s abuse until later when his brother told me. He also told me about the cover-up, for Fr. Roger and my friend had been caught by a Monsignor who apparently did nothing but keep my friend quiet by giving him money through the years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Deetman verdient te veel met bijbanen

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

Wim Deetman, lid van de Raad van State, overtreedt sinds 2008 wettelijke regels voor neveninkomsten uit publieke functies. Hij ontving ten minste 75.000 euro ten onrechte aan inkomsten uit met name voorzitterschappen van overheidscommissies.

Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van NRC Handelsblad. Het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken onderzoekt of Deetman de regels heeft overtreden. Deetman zegt terug te betalen als blijkt dat hij onterecht geld heeft geïnd.

Herman Tjeenk Willink, vice-president van de Raad van State, heeft Deetman aangesproken op het feit dat hij verzuimd heeft al zijn bijbanen op te geven. De betreffende bijbanen zijn daardoor nooit gepubliceerd op de nevenfunctielijsten van de Raad van State. Dat is in strijd met de wet. Volgens Deetman ging het om incidentele klussen.

Wim Deetman, vaak in het nieuws als voorzitter van de onderzoekscommissie naar het seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk, blijkt de staatsraad met de meeste bijbanen. Een deel daarvan zijn voorzitterschappen van ministeriële advies- en onderzoekscommissies. Deze bijbanen vallen onder de regels van het Besluit vergoedingen adviescolleges en commissies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Many of Germany's Catholic church members, dismayed by sex abuse scandal, vote with their feet

GERMANY
The Associated Press

By Melissa Eddy, The Associated Press

AUGSBURG, Germany — A year after a widespread sex scandal rocked Roman Catholics in Pope Benedict XVI's homeland, German intellectuals and faithful alike are turning their backs on the church, urging change or simply leaving the congregation.

German theologians and others have aired their discontent in a series of petitions to church leaders demanding changes to include more transparency, an end to celibacy and women's ordination. ...

While tens of thousands of Germans formally "quit" the church every year, 2010 saw a jump in the number of walkouts. German authorities easily track the numbers, because members pay a church tax, unless they formally leave the congregation.

Official numbers from the seven archbishoprics and 20 dioceses have not yet been released, but data acquired by AP show an increase ranging from 19 per cent in Magdeburg, to more than 60 per cent in diocese of Passau and Wuerzburg in the pope's homeland.

Augsburg, also in Bavaria, was among those hardest hit. Some 12,065 Catholics resigning their membership last year, compared with 7,000 in 2009, the diocese said. Fearing such a bleeding of the faithful, Stetter joined hundreds of other priests and lay people to appeal to their bishop to change.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

May 28, 2011

Report on Catholic Priest Pedophile Problem Misses the Mark

UNITED STATES
Richard Sipe

By Anson Shupe

May 20, 2011

On May 18, 2011 the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City issued its highly anticipated report on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the United States. The study examined the issue from 1950-2010, a sixty-year period for which records from most American dioceses were voluntarily provided by the Church alone (though with no independent corroboration).

The report was intended by both researchers and the Church itself, the latter having been publically battered of late for harboring sexual abusers in its priestly ranks, to lay to rest the impression that the Church has a disproportionate number of such abusers or is different from such other institutions as Protestant denominations, the Boy Scouts, or public schools. (Yes, these are its findings. But the conclusion that these were the researchers' intentions, like the earlier 2004 report using similar Church-provided data and underwritten funding, is somewhat undeniable to those who have followed this issue for two decades.)

The report is nothing if not detailed: at approximately 143 pages long, it has an impressive 481 footnotes. It offers dozens of charts and tables and an interesting assortment of interviews with perpetrators, Church gate-keepers, and others.

The report's basic conclusions are that the American Catholic Church has no more pedophiles within its ranks than other institutions, and that most of the sexual offenders are not even pedophiles. Researchers say most of the perpetrators shared no single motive for their actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

Bagnasco: "Abbiamo sempre esortato la denuncia della pedofilia"

ITALIA
Citta di Genova

Genova - L'esortazione della Chiesa a denunciare i casi di pedofilia nel clero "é sempre stata fatta". Lo ha affermato l'arcivescovo di Genova e presidente della Cei, cardinale Angelo Bagnasco, a margine di un convegno sulla famiglia organizzato a Genova. "Questo - ha aggiunto - "verrà poi scritto nelle linee guida richieste dalla Congregazione". Ieri il terzo interrogatorio a Don Riccardo Seppia, il sacerdote genovese in carcere a Sanremo con l'accusa di abuso su minori e cessione di stupefacenti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

L'abito non fa il pedofilo

ITALIA
Lettera 43

Da Riccardo Seppia, il prete arrestato con l’accusa di aver avuto rapporti sessuali con minorenni, a Livio Volpi, l'allenatore 40enne condannato per abusi su minori, i pedofili si nascondo dietro le sembianze di una persona conosciuta e rassicurante.

A ogni scandalo si leva la voce di politici, istituzioni, associazioni e ognuno ha la sua ricetta per eliminare il problema. La parola che va più in voga, bipartisan, è «castrazione».

IL PERICOLO DIETRO L'ANGOLO. Secondo Letizia Marazzi, psicologa e psicoterapeuta di Milano, almeno fino ai quattro anni il posto più pericoloso per un bambino è delimitato dalle quattro mura domestiche. Per questo, «è necessario insegnare ai bimbi a raccontare le loro esperienze. Dire loro che un adulto, anche se tale, non ha diritto di fare ciò che vuole. E questo compito può e deve assolverlo la scuola».

Ancora più complicato è stilare una sorta di identikit del pedofilo “medio” che, a differenza del semplice molestatore, tende a mimetizzarsi. Le situazioni più a rischio sono nei posti chiusi, come all’oratorio, a scuola, al campo di calcio dove si sviluppano forme di gerarchia e di dipendenza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:21 PM

Don Seppia: «Mai spinto ragazzini a prostituirsi»

ITALIA
il Giornale

«Non ho mai istigato alcun ragazzino a prostituirsi». Don Seppia davanti al pm Stefano Puppo continua a negare. Lo ha fatto anche ieri durante il terzo interrogatorio da quel 13 maggio, quando l’ex parroco di Sestri Ponente venne arrestato per abusi su minori e cessione di stupefacenti. Ora, sulla sua posizione, grava anche il reato per induzione alla prostituzione che il pm gli ha contestato ufficialmente dopo le dichiarazioni di un minorenne egiziano che ha rivelato di aver avuto rapporti sessuali a pagamento sia con don Seppia che con l’ex seminarista Emanuele Alfano. «Non sono mai stato a letto con quel ragazzo, la droga l’ho data una volta sola a Emanuele Alfano. Quei siti (video pornografici trovati sul pc del prete, ndr) erano solo con gente adulta», ha risposto don Riccardo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

Top ten reasons why people leave the Roman Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Frank Douglas

10. They strongly disagree with the parish pastor and/or the bishop, not the people, having control of parish-level decisions, especially financial decisions

9. They don’t feel welcomed (e.g., because they are divorced or gay)

8. They are scandalized at the way the pope and bishops treat victims/survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse

7. They know a large number of priests are gay, but the RCC is secretive about this and many other facts

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

Karadima declara tres horas ante jueza e insiste en su inocencia ante acusaciones

CHILE
La Tercera

por A. López, P. Carrera y J. Poblete

Personalmente concurrió ayer el sacerdote diocesano Fernando Karadima (80) hasta el despacho de la ministra Jéssica González, a cargo de la investigación contra el religioso denunciado por abusos sexuales por un grupo de ex feligreses de la parroquia de El Bosque.

Karadima llegó a las 15.00 al tribunal, acompañado de sus abogados Cristián Muga y Leonardo Battaglia, para hacer frente al interrogatorio. Ingresó hasta el 34° Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago por el estacionamiento, a bordo de una camioneta y vestido con su atuendo de sacerdote.

Durante la diligencia, que se prolongó por tres horas, estuvo acompañado por un médico, para verificar su estado de salud y controlar las alzas de presión.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Shanley recovered memory case

MASSACHUSETTS
S.M.A.R.T. Ritual Abuse Pages

Shanley recovered memory case. Shanley lost the appeal in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

Shanley was accused of sexual abuse in the 1960′s, the 1970′s, the 1980′s and the 1990′s. His church personnel records indicated he was transferred from parish to parish despite allegations of abuse. The Boston Herald (4/9/02) printed that Shanley “spoke in favor of sex between men and boys at a formative 1978 meeting in Boston of the “Man Boy Lovers of North America” and that he “admitted openly to raping and sodomizing minors when confronted by church investigators under Boston’s two past archbishops, Humberto Cardinal Medeiros and Law.”

There is very strong scientific evidence that recovered memories exist. This has been shown in many scientific studies. The content of recovered memories have fairly high corroboration rates.

Mass. Court Denies Ex-Priest’s Bid for New Trial 1/15/10 BOSTON By DENISE LAVOIE AP Legal Affairs Writer….The victim, now in his 30s, claimed Shanley raped him repeatedly when he was a child attending catechism classes at a church in Newton. He said he repressed memory of the abuse for two decades until he saw media coverage of the clergy scandal in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Flawed analysis in Catholic Church's priest report

UNITED STATES
Asbury Park Press

The idea that individuals are responsible before God for their sins and before the law for their crimes is nearly universal.

But a report released last week that explores the context and causes of child sexual abuse by priests in this country at times seems to downplay personal responsibility and lays the blame on the permissive society of the 1960s and 1970s. That’s a shame, and it calls for a firm and quick response from the church itself.

The report, commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was undercut by one of its main conclusions: namely, that the hippies of the ’60s and the libertines of the ’70s were in some ways responsible for some priests’ reprehensible actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Sex in a Cold Climate

IRELAND
YouTube

This documentary interviews four women and takes a look at their lives in "Magdalene Asylums". These intitutions were run by nuns of the Catholic church, and involved penance and heavy labor: cleaning and laundering without pay, and forced internment. These women were anything from sexually active, to out-of-wedlock mothers, to simply suspected of being immodest or 'vain'.

They suffered terribly, and this is yet another witness to the extensive list of crimes and inhumane activities of the Catholic Church -- far too long to list here. It is just heartbreaking. Unbelievably, the last asylum closed in 1996!

Don't be fooled. Even in the 21st century, out of wedlock mothers are often still told they are "sinful", "evil", "going to hell", "need to repent", or "unfit to be mothers" by their religious institutions. And even still to this day, many are pressured to give their children up for adoption, "repent", etc. Thankfully we aren't still all shipped off unwilling to asylums, but if it weren't for secular society improving living standards and human rights, believe me, the churches would have it so!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Bishop says policies must change

MISSOURI
St. Joseph News-Press

Kim Norvell
St. Joseph News-Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph acknowledged Friday he failed to take correct action regarding allegations against a former St. Joseph area priest who is now charged with possessing child pornography.

Read Bishop Robert Finn's statement here.

The Most Rev. Robert W. Finn said to reporters Friday afternoon at a last-minute press conference that allegations against the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan were not handled properly and in a timely manner.

“During the last two weeks, I have learned facts that I had not previously known. As bishop, I owe it to people to say things must change,” Finn said. “I must also acknowledge my own failings.”

The bishop was referring to a memorandum sent in May 2010 by the principal of St. Patrick School in Kansas City describing concerns from parents regarding Ratigan’s behavior at school, and that his actions “fit the profile of a child predator.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Fernando Karadima declaró ante jueza Jessica González

CHILE
Noticias 123

Durante tres horas el sacerdote Fernando Karadima declaró ante la ministro en visita que investiga las denuncias de abuso sexual contra menores de edad en su contra, Jessica González.

La diligencia se desarrolló en completo hermetismo en dependencias del 34º Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago y el sacerdote asistió acompañado de su equipo jurídico encabezado por el abogado Cristián Muga.

En la instancia el presbítero también recibió ayuda médica en todo momento y trascendió que confirmó las declaraciones que ya había realizado anteriormente ante el fiscal Xavier Armendáriz y el juez del crimen Leonardo Valdivieso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Fernando Karadima declara por tres horas ante jueza Jéssica González

CHILE
La Tercera

A las 15.00 horas de ayer viernes llegó el sacerdote Fernando Karadima a las dependencias del 34° Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago para ser interrogado por la ministra en visita Jéssica González, quien encabeza la investigación en contra del religioso, denunciado por ex feligreses de la parroquia de El Bosque por abusos sexuales.

El ex párroco llegó a la oficina de la jueza acompañado por sus abogados y por un médico, quien controló su estado de salud mientras prestaba declaración.

En el interrogatorio, la magistrada González le informó al eclesiástico que será careado con algunos de sus denunciantes.

Tras la diligencia, que duró tres horas, Karadima abandonó el lugar a bordo de una camioneta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Karadima declara ante jueza González por cerca de 3 horas ...

CHILE
Bio Bio

Sábado 28 mayo 2011 | 2:32

Publicado por Camila Navarrete

El sacerdote Fernando Karadima, declaró la tarde de este viernes por cerca de 3 horas, ante la jueza Jessica González, bajo estrictas medidas de seguridad.

Recordemos que el ex párroco de la parroquia de El Bosque fue acusado de abuso sexual por algunos feligreses del recinto religioso el año pasado.

Karadima llegó a las 15 horas del pasado viernes al 34º Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago, donde declaró por 3 horas ante la Jueza Jessica González, quien encabeza la investigación en su contra.

Según informó La Tercera, el sacerdote fue acompañado por sus abogados y un médico que durante la declaración, monitoreó su estado de salud.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Eddie Long Sexual Abuse Case Resolved In Secret

ATLANTA (GA)
Religion Dispatches

Post by Anthea Butler

The lawsuit brought by young male congregants alleging sexual abuse by Eddie Long has been resolved. All parties involved will not do any interviews on any aspects of the case or the settlement, per a statement released by plaintiffs' laywer B.J Bernstein's representatives today. It would seem then, that Bishop Long's legal team has been able to avoid going to trial; we'll see what remains of Bishop Long's ministry and New Birth church after the scandal.

The statement from the plaintiffs' attorneys:

Regarding the lawsuits filed against Bishop Eddie Long, New Birth Baptist Church and the Longfellow Academy, plaintiffs' attorney BJ Bernstein's only comment is as follows: "The matter has been resolved."

Neither attorney Bernstein nor the plaintiffs themselves will be available for interview on this matter, now or in the future. There is no spokesperson for the plaintiffs' team other than attorney Bernstein, and she will have no further comment on the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

A nice thing happened to me on the checkout line at Costco yesterday

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

Frank Douglas

A nine thing happened to me on the checkout line at Costco yesterday.

As I was being checked out, the woman behind me said that I was blessed. At first I didn’t know what she was talking about. Then she said that she agreed with what was printed on my tee shirt. I had forgotten that I was wearing the tee shirt that clergy abuse survivor Joey Piscitelli gave me when we met in Berkeley last month.

The back of the tee shirt says:

In memory of
All the children
Who were abused
By Catholic Clergy

The front of the tee shirt says

IT’S A SIN.
STOP
THE COVERUP.

I thanked the woman for her blessing and said I had a blog at reform-network.net. She gave me a look that said, that’s too much to remember. So I said, google me at Voice from the Desert.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Clerical child abuse still needs to be addressed ...

UNITED KINGDOM
Catholic Herald

By William Oddie on Friday, 27 May 2011

It is time to return to the question of clerical child sex abuse. Since I last wrote on this subject, in the period approaching the pope’s visit (I was very concerned, as were many others, that this issue would be used by the aggressive atheist coalition to wreck the visit) work has continued within the Church to understand the problem.

This week, three separate documents have emerged which in their different ways contribute to this important aim, two from within or actually initiated by the Church, the other an entirely secular report which gives us the general context of the problem. I will proceed by presenting extracts from all three reports, with as little comment from me as I can manage.

I begin with “Child Maltreatment in the United Kingdom: a Study of the Prevalence of Abuse and Neglect” published by the NSPCC. This gives the general background of this problem in society at large within the wider question of all maltreatment of children. This is what it has to say (under the heading “Who are the abusers?”) about who is most likely to be involved in child sex abuse:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

ITALIAN BISHOPS HIGHLIGHT ANTI-PAEDOPHILIA ACTIONS

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Holy See - The Italian Episcopal Conference's Bagnasco describes sexual abuse committed within the Church as a "serious wound". Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco also spoke of the Roman Catholic Church's commitment to fighting sexual abuses committed by members of the Church "in keeping" with the guidelines set out by the Pope as the once head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Bagnasco, speaking at close of the Italian Episcopal Conference's General Assembly, also said national guidelines are "in an advanced drafting stage".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

New wave of conservatism as migrants bolster Catholic Church

AUSTRALIA
The Australian

Angela Shanahan
From: The Australian
May 28, 2011

IN 2003, religious writer Chris McGillion authored a book on the Australian Catholic Church called A Long Way from Rome in which he argued that while the church in Australia had changed radically, Rome had not.

Ironically, McGillion's liberal analysis was published just before a stern warning from Pope Benedict that Australia was one of the few countries in the world where true secularism had taken hold, the church being pushed out of the "public square", and possibly in danger of extinction. Either way, the events of the past few years, and particularly in the Queensland diocese of Toowoomba this month, would seem to confirm it is more than the tyranny of distance that separates the Australian Catholic Church from Rome.

The removal of Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba has been a drawn-out affair that goes back nearly 10 years, and has been played out against a nationwide background of the usual ills of the church in most developed Western countries: an increasing liberalisation in doctrinal matters, disaffected congregations, a decline in practice, particularly among the young, and a dearth in vocations which, having reached its nadir, is possibly improving.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

Grand jury indicts youth minister with sex crimes

LOUISIANA
Stamford Advocate

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — A former church youth minister has been indicted on 13 charges of sex crimes with juveniles, including two charges of aggravated rape of victims younger than 13 years old.

On Thursday, a Rapides Parish grand jury found there was enough evidence to charge the 28-year-old Angelo Golatt, who was arrested March 29, where he worked.

One of the victims was 9 or 10 years old at the time of an alleged offense in 2003, and was reportedly attacked again at age 13 in 2006, according to the grand jury charges released by the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

Man Found Guilty Of Raping Girl

NEW HAMPSHIRE
WMUR

[with video]

CONCORD, N.H. -- Jurors have found a Gilford man guilty of raping a fellow church member when she was 15 years old.

Ernest Willis, 52, was charged with sexually assaulting Tina Anderson in 1997. Anderson said she was raped twice and became pregnant as a result.

Willis admitted having sex with her once but said that was the only time. He pleaded guilty to one charge because he said he knew she was underage, but he said she consented to having sex with him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Same old spin on sex abuse by priests

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

A newly issued report commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops would have Americans believe that the so-called lax cultural mores of the 1960s and 1970s are largely to blame for the sexual abuse of thousands of children and teens at the hands of priests.

In page after page, the report also accuses the news media of misrepresenting the crisis, dismisses church-mandated celibacy for priests as a cause for the criminal behavior and splits hairs over the definition of pedophilia (in order to claim that most child-molesting priests weren't pedophiles).

Church leaders couldn't have weeded out the deviants, the report claims, because of unforeseeable factors arising from society, including the sexual revolution. Don't believe it. The "findings" reflect the same carefully crafted public-relations spin used by the bishops when the American scandals erupted in 2002.

Instead of looking to the culture outside the church to minimize egregious crimes and leadership failures, the report should have focused on the culture within. At the heart of the crisis was clericalism, the mind-set of ecclesiastical privilege in which leaders behave as an anointed class accountable to no one except those above them in the church hierarchy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Son apologises to child rapist father's victims

UNITED KINGDOM
Sutton Guardian

The son of child rapist William Lambert has apologised to his father's victims in the wake of his conviction last week.

Mr Lambert’s son, now 47 and a grandfather himself, has followed the horrific trial from afar and felt compelled to apologise to his father’s victims - who were also his friends when he grew up in Sutton.

The man, the former gravedigger's eldest son from his second marriage, was sickened by the reports from the trial which centred on the horrific sexual abuse of four teenage girls at St Dunstan’s Church in the mid-1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

No day in court yet for man accused of raping girl

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

By SARAH BURGE
The Press-Enterprise

A month after his arrest, a Temecula assistant pastor charged with raping a 16-year-old choirgirl has yet to make his first appearance in Riverside County court.

Joseph Jermaine Spencer, 26, of Murrieta, is being held in San Bernardino County, where he is scheduled for a June 2 hearing on allegations that he violated the terms of his probation in a 2008 case in which he was convicted of sex with a minor, court records show.

Spencer turned himself in to authorities in San Bernardino County last month. He has been charged with rape and other offenses in Riverside County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

No law on church worker checks

CALIFORNIA
The Press-Enterprise

By SARAH BURGE
The Press-Enterprise

Since a Temecula assistant pastor was arrested last month and charged with raping a 16-year-old choirgirl, revelations about his criminal past have raised questions about church hiring practices.

At least one church member and a victims' advocate say the pastor, who had been convicted in 2008 of sex with a 15-year-old from his previous church, should not have been allowed to work around youths.

Police have said that, as choir director at Mountain View Community Church, 26-year-old Joseph Jermaine Spencer was around up to 50 teenage girls. According to a police report, the lead pastor knew about his criminal history.

But the law does not require background checks for church employees, just those at church-run schools. And some sex offenses, such as the one on Spencer's record, don't require registration as a sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Bishop again says he regrets response to priest in child porn case

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

[with video]

[Statement by Bishop Robert W. Finn]

By GLENN E. RICE and JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

For the second time in a week, Bishop Robert Finn said Friday that he regretted not responding to warnings about a priest now accused of possessing child pornography.

“I must also acknowledge my own failings,” said the deflated leader of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as he read from a brief statement during a hastily called news conference.

“As bishop, I owe it to people to say things must change.”

On May 20, Finn issued a statement saying he deeply regretted not asking police to investigate the Rev. Shawn Ratigan last December when the diocese first learned of photos of children that Ratigan possessed.

This week it came to light that Julie Hess, principal of St. Patrick School in Kansas City, North, wrote a memo a year ago warning diocesan officials that parents and teachers were concerned about Ratigan’s behavior, including hundreds of pictures that the priest took.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Shining a light on dark past

SCRANTON (PA)
The Times Leader

By Mark Guydish mguydish@timesleader.com
Education Reporter

SCRANTON – A new national report puts much of the blame for decades of sex abuse by Catholic priests on the cultural upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s, coupled with the Church’s own past failure to properly train seminarians in matters of “human formation.”

Diocese of Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera can speak firsthand to the shifting social norms and evolving seminary education, having graduated high school in 1974 and entered seminary in 1978. But while he believes the report makes an effective argument for its conclusions, he stresses it cannot be held up as excuse or apology.

“This is a very powerful reminder to me to keep this issue on the front burner,” Bambera said.

In a lengthy interview focused on one of the Catholic Church’s most sensitive topics, Bambera spoke of changes he has made in the training of priests, his decision to revise diocesan policy for the handling of abuse allegations, and the extensive, continuous training required of all priests, including himself, to avoid a repeat of the scandal that has shaken the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Priest admitted sexually abusing Delaware boy, ruling says

DELAWARE
The News Journal

Written by
RANDALL CHASE

DOVER -- A Roman Catholic priest relieved of his duties at a North Carolina church almost a decade ago amid allegations of "inappropriate behavior" admitted in 2007 that he sexually abused a Delaware boy, according to a ruling in a lawsuit between the former priest's religious order and an insurance company.

Details regarding the admission by the former Rev. James O'Neill were outlined in a ruling by Superior Court Judge M. Jane Brady that was obtained by the Associated Press. The ruling, dated March 31, was briefly posted on the public court docket Thursday before being removed.

O'Neill was a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and former principal of Salesianum School in Wilmington, where he was accused of molesting Eric Eden over several years beginning in 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Church says sorry for child sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
Bexhill-on-Sea Observer

THE Bishop of Chichester has apologised for the institutional failings which led to the sexual abuse of young boys by two former members of the clergy.

One such convicted priest was Colin Pritchard (pictured), who had served as the vicar of St Barnabas Church, before his arrest in 2007.

Pritchard was jailed for five years in 2008 after pleading guilty to sexually abusing two boys in the 70s and 80s.

These offences took place at St Andrews Church, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, where Pritchard was serving as the parish priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

May 27, 2011

Iglesia y la PDI reciben nueva denuncia de testigo de supuestos abusos de Karadima

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- Después de conversar con su familia y de ser orientado por José Andrés Murrillo, James Hamilton y el abogado Juan Pablo Hermosilla, el ingeniero Gabriel Moreno se atrevió a revelar la experiencia que vivió como feligrés de la parroquia El Bosque.

El joven, actualmente de 26 años, pasó su adolescencia en la Iglesia del padre Fernando Karadima y, tras dar su testimonio al Arzobispado y a la Brigada de Investigaciones Policiales Especiales (BIPE) de la PDI, accedió a relatar a "La Segunda" los extraños episodios que asegura que observó y sufrió en ese periodo.

"Denuncio esto para que no vuelva a pasar. No puedo permitir que a mi gente, a mi Iglesia, le hagan esto", afirmó.

Si bien recalcó que no fue víctima de abusos por parte de Karadima, aseveró que empezó a ver "el lado B" del sacerdote el año 2001, una vez que lo invitó a tomar té, algo que sólo hacía con su "grupo íntimo, la mayoría jóvenes universitarios, porque él casi nunca se rodeaba de niños".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 PM

Bishop 'Ashamed' By Priest Porn Case

MISSOURI
KMBC

[with video]

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bishop Robert Finn said Friday he was “ashamed” over the arrest of a priest on suspicion of possessing child pornography.

The Rev. Shawn Ratigan was arrested May 19 and has been charged with three felony counts of child pornography possession.

Finn made the comments at a news conference in Kansas City. When asked whether he planned to resign, he said he evaluating everything.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 PM

Rome foundation offers course to help educators train healthy priests

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Service

By Sarah Delaney
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Rome-based Catholic foundation is offering a course to help educators ensure the spiritual and psychological formation of candidates for the priesthood and the consecrated life.

Cardinal Elio Sgreccia, who served for many years at the helm of the Pontifical Academy for Life, said May 27 that the crisis in the church over the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by priests was an important factor in establishing the course, but not the only one.

The Italian cardinal is president of the Ut Vitam Habeant Foundation, which is working with the Camillianum International Institute of the Theology of Health Care to offer the course in Rome beginning in November.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 PM

Eddie Long case officially dismissed

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole and Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Documents were filed late Friday in DeKalb County State Court confirming the sexual misconduct case against Bishop Eddie Long has been dismissed "with prejudice," one day after it was revealed a settlement had been reached.

The dismissals, first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, prevent the four defendants from suing Long again for the same alleged offense.

Reaction to the settlements by current and former members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was mixed though most were relieved the case had been resolved.

Long, pastor of the Lithonia megachurch, which has an international following, ha denied the men's allegations through a spokesman shortly after they first became public in September and told his congregation he planned to "vigorously" fight them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

NH man convicted of raping teen church member

By LYNNE TUOHY Associated Press

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Houston Chronicle

CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire man was found guilty Friday of forcibly raping and impregnating his children's 15-year-old baby sitter, who belonged to the same church, more than a decade ago.

The case involving 52-year-old Ernest Willis of Gilford garnered national attention because the fundamentalist Baptist church he and the girl attended made her apologize to the congregation. The pastor then helped ship the girl to live with a Colorado couple she didn't know and put her baby up for adoption. Concord police did not locate her until last year.

Before trial, Willis pleaded guilty to one count of statutory rape but denied he forcibly raped Tina Anderson twice in 1997. She said it happened once while he was giving her driving lessons and again at her home weeks later. Willis testified that the two had sex on only one occasion and it was consensual.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 PM

Bishop: I didn't read letter warning of priest's behavior

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

[video]

May. 27, 2011
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bishop Robert W. Finn said today he had not seen a year-old letter from a Catholic elementary school principal warning of the aberrant behavior of a local priest who was arrested May 19 for possessing child pornography.

Finn said he only saw the letter from principal Julie Hess yesterday.

Hess delivered the letter to the diocesan vicar general in May 2010 -- exactly one year before the arrest of Fr. Shawn Ratigan and seven months before the diocese removed him from his parish.

At a press conference called for 3 p.m. today, Finn said he was given a “brief verbal summary” of the letter by Murphy a year ago, that he had read it in its entirety for the “first time” last night (May 26), and that, “to the best of his knowledge,” no one other than the vicar general had read the letter before yesterday.

Finn said: “Hindsight makes it clear that I should have requested from Msgr. Murphy an actual copy of the report.” Read yesterday's NCR story: Diocese was warned of priest's aberrant behavior one year before arrest

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Vatican crackdown at Rome's Playboy Mansion-style monastery

ROME
The Register (United Kingdom)

By Lewis Page

A controversial monastery in Rome – the scene of performances by lap-dancing nuns and "lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk" – has been closed down on the orders of the Pope.

The Santa Croce in Gerusalemme basilica, home to nuns and monks of the Cistercian order, is one of the oldest and most prestigious complexes of the Catholic Church and dates from the 4th century. It is thought to house important relics from the Holy Land. However in modern times it had been allowed to fall into disrepair.

That all changed some years ago when a new and flamboyant abbot, former Milan fashion designer Father Simone Fioraso, took charge. He renovated the buildings and opened a luxury hotel at the site, which reportedly became a popular haunt for celebrities and Italian aristocrats, and held high-profile events including regular concerts and a televised Bible-reading marathon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

Retaliation

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Catholic Insider

May 27, 2011

The saga of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Daughters of St. Paul continues today with so many developments, BCI can barely keep up.

We posted yesterday in, “Daughters’ Lawsuit Against Cardinal Settled, But…” how the legal action was settled, but the provincial leadership team was removed. It is tough to see that move as anything but retaliation.

Today, the Boston Globe is running an article, “Daughters of St. Paul replaces local leader” that is reasonably accurate and sheds some new light on who did what, but there is still a lot of misinformation. So, BCI will try to fill in the gaps.

Bottom line is that Cardinal O’Malley and the Archdiocese of Boston are asking you and me to believe some things that defy believability–and it appears that the new U.S. provincial of the Daughters is also. The archdiocese is asking us to believe there was no connection between the Cardinal calling the Superior General of the Daughters in Italy to complain about the legal action by the U.S. province and the ultimate sacking of the U.S. provincial and most of the provincial leadership team. And now, we have the new U.S. provincial of the Daughters apparently asking us to believe the same thing.

We only have time for a few points today, so we will have to come back to this in our next post.

Everyone needs to remember that the U.S. province did not sue the Archbishop of Boston. The Daughters asked the court to order a full accounting of their contributions to the plan by the plan trustees (that included Cardinal O’Malley), or to order that their contributions be returned. They did not sue the bishop, they brought action against the Board of Trustees, of whom the Cardinal was a member. As the Boston Globe reported initially back in March,” the nuns have asked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to order the pension plan trustees, who include O’Malley and several of his top aides, to provide them with a full accounting of the nuns’ portion of the fund, or to rule that the nuns were technically never part of the church-run plan and to order the archdiocese to reimburse the nuns’ contributions, plus returns.” Taking care of their lay employees is required under civil law and there is nothing canonically wrong or disrespectful with this either, especially since the Cardinal’s own staff stonewalled the Daughters for 5 years. Based on what BCI has heard, it appears to BCI that neither the Cardinal nor the Daughters Superior General completely understand how both canon and civil law work.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 PM

Controversial Italian Priest Renato Kizito released

KENYA
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Written By:Halligan Agade, Posted: Fri, May 27, 2011

The Italian Catholic priest in the middle of sodomy allegations Fr. Renato Kizito can now sigh with relief after being set free on Friday.

Kizito was arrested Thursday and spent the night in custody at the Kabete Police station after it was alleged that he had sodomised his 26 year old secretary.

He was early Friday arraigned at the Kibera Law Courts but no charges were preferred against him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Belleville Diocese Must Pay, Illinois Supreme Court Says

ILLINOIS
Riverfront Times

By Sarah Fenske, Fri., May 27 2011

The diocese is on the hook for another $6.35 million after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal.

​The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear an appeal of the Diocese of Belleville -- letting stand a $5 million jury verdict for a former altar boy at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem.

That means -- barring intervention from the U.S. Supreme Court, which would be highly unusual -- the diocese is on the hook for the $5 million jury verdict, plus more than $1 million in interest that's accumulated during the appeal process.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:16 PM

First duty is to children

KENYA
Daily Nation

Fr Renato Kizito, the Catholic priest, journalist, peace activist and charity worker freed by police after a night in custody on allegations of sexually attacking his male secretary, must desist from further contact with children.

This is not to suggest that Fr Kizito is guilty of anything. He is not; as a matter of fact he is innocent in the eyes of the law as no evidence has been brought to tarnish his otherwise sparkling reputation.

However, given the serious drama around Fr Kizito, particularly in the context of global revelations of the preying on children by otherwise respected members of the religious community, it makes complete sense to be cautious and place the safety of children above the good priest’s reputation.

What is not in doubt, however, is that there is something terribly wrong at the Koinonia Centre in Dagoretti, Nairobi, and possibly in the wider Comboni Missionaries community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Former Greensboro Pastor Admits To Sexually Abusing Boy

DELAWARE
WFMY

Written by
Matt McKinney

Dover, DE -- A Catholic priest who was relieved of his duties as pastor of a Greensboro church amid allegations of "inappropriate behavior" admitted in a deposition that he sexually abused a Delaware boy.

Rev. James O'Neill was a pastor at St. Paul The Apostle Catholic Church on Horse Pen Creek Road in Greensboro for 11 years until 2002. He was relieved of his duties in April 2002 when the allegations surfaced.

The admission by the former Rev. James O'Neill was outlined in a court ruling obtained by The Associated Press in a lawsuit between O'Neill's religious order and its insurance company.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Father Kizito released from police custody for lack of evidence

KENYA
The Standard

By ATHMAN AMRAN

Police Friday set Catholic priest Renato Kizito Sesana free over lack of evidence over allegations that he indecently assaulted a 26-year-old man.

The release came even as members of the Koinonia community demanded that the man who accused Fr Kizito presents himself to the police.

The complainant said he was working for Fr Kizito as his secretary when he was sexually assaulted in Riruta.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Bishop says he failed in Ratigan case

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By GLENN E. RICE and JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

A leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese today acknowledged his failure to properly respond to warnings about a priest now accused of possessing child pornography.

“I must also acknowledge my own failings,” said a deflated Bishop Robert Finn as he read from a brief statement during a hastily called news conference.

“As Bishop, I owe it to people to say things must change.”

Finn also said today that it was only late Thursday when he read a memo presented to the diocese more than a year ago. The memo detailed troubling interactions that the Rev. Shawn Ratigan had with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Scandal without end, Part You-Name-It

UNITED STATES
dotCommonweal

May 27, 2011

Posted by David Gibson

The child pornography case involving Fr. Shawn Ratigan, 45, a priest in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, under the direction of Bishop Robert W. Finn, was shocking enough in the first version, as reported by NCR– disturbing images of young children on Ratigan’s computer, a perfunctory, at best, examination of the material, a secret transfer of the priest to a convent, no subsequent action or notice when Ratigan attempted suicide last December, and no notification to the review board. And then only this month suspending the priest after extensive files of child pornography were discovered on his computer and he was arrested.

Now it turns out — thanks again to NCR (bravo, Joe Feuerherd!) that a full year ago the principal of a Catholic elementary school wrote to diocesan officials with a clear warning about Ratigan’s suspicious behavior with children and detailed examples. Ratigan apparently received a talking to by a top chancery official, but nothing further was done and no one outside the chancery was alerted.

Finn’s spokesperson, Rebecca Summers, told NCR that the bishops 2002 charter says diocesan review boards should be convened only “when you have a specific allegation of abuse” by a priest or other person in diocesan ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

Letter released by SNAP shows that parents were concerned about Father Shawn Ratigan

MISSOURI
NBC Action News

By: Mike Markewinski

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - New allegations have surfaced against a priest charged with possessing child pornography.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priest, also known as SNAP, said the principal of St. Patrick School wrote a letter to the Archdiocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph back in May 2010 about Father Shawn Ratigan.

In the letter, Principal Julie Hess said she wrote it because of a growing concern by parents over the inappropriate behavior of Ratigan around children. The letter said that Ratigan seemed to have “no physical boundaries.”

Hess said several parents brought in material they believed show that the actions of Ratigan mimicked a child predator.

Ratigan faces three counts of possessing child pornography. He appeared before a Clay County judge via video on Monday as his attorney sat in the courtroom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

My Take: No justice in Eddie Long's settlement

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

Editor's Note: Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of "God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World," is a regular CNN Belief Blog contributor.

By Stephen Prothero, Special to CNN

The Roman Catholic Church isn't the only religious institution that has failed to respond directly and transparently to allegations of sexual impropriety.

Bishop Eddie Long, the pastor of the Georgia-based New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, has just settled out of court with the four young men who alleged Long had sexually coerced them. And neither side is talking.

After the allegations surfaced last September, Long said he would “vigorously” defend himself against charges that he used a combination of spiritual authority and material enticements (cars, jewelry, cash) to curry sexual favors from the men, who were 17 and 18 at the time.

Not any more, at least not in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

Donohue v. Jay Report

UNITED STATES
Spiritual Politics

By Mark Silk on May 27, 2011

What was Bill Donohue thinking when he decided to devote 24 pages to attacking the Jay Report for exonerating gay priests of responsibility for the sexual abuse crisis? The report contends that because homosexuals became a major presence in the priesthood only in the 1970s, they could not have brought about a crisis that began in the 1960s. Donohue claims that homosexuals actually began flooding the priesthood in the sixties, and so were indeed responsible. According to him, a homosexual is not someone with a particular sexual identity but someone who performs certain acts. So given that four out of five child abuse cases involve male victims, it's homosexuals in the priesthood who were responsible.

I leave it to others, Fr. James Martin for example, to make clear how peculiar Donohue's views on the subject of homosexuality are. (As for my view that the Jay report misapprehends the crisis, it's over at the Guardian.) What I'm curious about is exactly how this screed, against a report commissioned and embraced by the Catholic bishops, serves the Catholic League's stated purpose of defending Catholics against defamation or discrimination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Challenging the John Jay Report

UNITED STATES
Patheos

By Marci A. Hamilton, May 26, 2011

GRANT APPLICATION

TO:
Archbishop Timothy Dolan
President
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

FROM:
Professor Marci A. Hamilton
Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University

DATE:
May 27, 2011
RE:

Application for Grant to Write a Sequel to the John Jay Sixties Report

I can only imagine how you, the Conference, and John Jay himself are feeling after the public hee-hawing in response to your announcement last week that the Sixties era was responsible for your child sex abuse challenges. The cartoons, like the one by Tony Auth in the Philadelphia Inquirer, were short on empathy for your herculean efforts.

I noticed you paid about $1 million for this Report (and you solicited some serious funds from outside groups, including the federal government), so the national LOL in response has to hurt.

Speaking as a professor, I believe that the John Jay Report, otherwise entitled The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, lacks sufficient historical support for this breakthrough in explaining how an institution that started with Jesus Christ could become the global leader in child endangerment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Why Won't Major Publishing Companies Publish Joelle Casteix's Book?

CALIFORNIA
Orange County Weekly

By Gustavo Arellano, Fri., May 27 2011

​Longtime readers of the Weekly know Joelle Casteix, former cover girl for being the most-prominent critic of the Catholic Diocese of Orange and its handling of its sex-abuse scandal, of which she was a survivor. Casteix is charming, funny, iron-willed, indefatigable--and on top of all this, she's a hell of a writer, especially when it comes to the topic of her incredible life.

Sounds like a perfect book, right? So much more better than a biased history of Orange County, or a compilation of a dumb column, correct? But try telling that to the major New York publishing houses, who have seen Casteix's memoir proposal, liked it--and then politely passed.

Casteix has the whole story in her fiendishly addicting (and awesomely titled) blog, The Worthy Adversary. Telling the tale isn't an ego trip for the selfless Casteix--when people mention she should self-publish, she makes the point that getting published by a major company adds legitimacy and prestige not so much to her, but to all survivors of the Catholic Church's pedo-scandal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:37 PM

Presentan ante la PDI nueva denuncia en caso Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

por Andrés López - 27/05/2011 8

Un joven de 27 años que era miembro de la Acción Católica de la parroquia El Bosque se presentó ante la Policía de Investigaciones y relató que presenció ciertos actos de connotación sexual del ex párroco de El Bosque Fernando Karadima hacia algunos feligreses.

Este testimonio corresponde a supuestos hechos ocurridos en 2002 y será puesto a disposición de la ministra en visita Jéssica González para que sean indagados.

El joven también relató un supuesto hecho en que involucra al padre Juan Esteban Morales sobre la prescripción de algunos medicamentos y una situación acontecida en una consulta médica que le hizo el actual párroco de El Bosque.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Opinion: John Jay report holds lessons for Baptists

UNITED STATES
Associated Baptist Press

By Christa Brown
Friday, May 27, 2011

(ABP) -- Last week, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice released the results of a five-year study on the “causes and context” of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests. Though the study was commissioned by United States Catholic bishops, it provides useful data for understanding child sex abuse in a broader context. As the report itself states, it provides “a framework for understanding not only the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, but sexual victimization of children in any institution.” Hence, if Baptists care about kids, they too should pay attention.

Child sex abuse is not unique to the Catholic Church. What is unique to the Catholic Church, as the John Jay report observes, is that “no other institution has undertaken a public study of sexual abuse, and as a result, there are no comparable data to those collected and reported by the Catholic Church.”

What sort of picture would emerge if, for Baptist clergy, we could gather not only the news about criminal charges and convictions, but also the data about internal complaints and denominational review proceedings? No one knows the answer to that, because Southern Baptists have refused to implement any denominational record-keeping on credibly-accused Baptist clergy.

Time magazine named this institutional inaction by the Southern Baptist Convention as one of the top 10 underreported religion news stories of 2008. And despite the near-unanimous vote of over 8,000 messengers directing a study of the issue, the SBC’s Executive Committee did not even set aside a budget for such a study. By contrast, the John Jay study was conducted at a price of $1.8 million, with about half of that paid by the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:27 PM

Sex abuse victims urged to seek help

UNITED KINGDOM
Eastbourne Herald

TWO BROTHERS from Eastbourne who were sexually abused by an Anglican priest have waived their right to anonymity to criticise the Church of England’s failure to protect them.

Phil and Gary Johnson were abused by the Reverend Roy Cotton in the 1970s and 1980s at St Andrew’s Church in Seaside.

Cotton worked as a parish priest despite being convicted of a sexual offence against a boy in 1954.

The pervert died in 2006 but the two brothers are angry he was never brought to justice and say it has had a devastating effect on their lives.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:37 PM

Child abuse tests how the church relates to the secular world

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Catherine Pepinster
guardian.co.uk, Friday 27 May 2011

The question: Is the Catholic abuse crisis over?

The John Jay report into sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clerics, commissioned by the US church itself, is one of the most comprehensive documents that the church has published anywhere in the world on the sexual scandal that has caused it so much embarrassment and its victims so much grief. The portrait it paints of the abusers themselves are of isolated, vulnerable individuals who had difficulties in bonding with others in normal relationships, who led stressful lives and were likely to have been abused themselves. And as the report itself says:

"Priest-abusers are similar to sex offenders in the general population. They had motivation to commit the abuse (for example, emotional congruence to adolescents), exhibited techniques of neutralization to excuse and justify their behaviour, took advantage of opportunities to abuse (for example, through socialization with the family), and used grooming techniques to gain compliance from potential victims."

So why has there been quite so much outrage about sexual abuse of minors by priests, more than, say, of sexual abuse of minors by scout masters, or doctors, or teachers? Andrew Brown in Comment is free last week put paid to the notion that there are more abusers among the Catholic priesthood than among other groups. So it's not the frequency of occurrence that is the problem. The disgust, I would suggest, is rightly felt in one way because the exploitation and abuse of children is so terrible a deed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Benedict's 'Quiet Revolution', and a check-up on Catholic health care

ROME
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on May. 27, 2011

A funny thing has happened as the story of a recent Vatican crackdown on a legendary monastery in Rome has made its way into the English-language press. I mean that literally -- the story has been turned into a joke, thereby obscuring its real significance.

For those with eyes to see, the suppression of the Cistercian abbey at the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, one of the traditional seven major pilgrimage sites in Rome, rates far more than placement in a "news of the weird" column. Instead, it's the latest chapter in what might be called a "Quiet Revolution" under Pope Benedict XVI, referring to a reform in clerical culture beginning in Rome and radiating beyond.

The essence of it is this: it's the end of the "by their fruits, you shall know them" logic that once translated into a free pass, or at least a strong benefit of the doubt, for superstar clerics and high-profile groups charged with misconduct. Once upon a time, the working assumption in officialdom often was that if someone is doing great good for the church, then allegations of sexual or financial impropriety against them were likely bogus, and taking them too seriously risked encouraging the enemies of the faith.

Without great fanfare, Benedict XVI has made it clear that today a new rule applies. No matter how accomplished a person or institution may be, if they're also involved in what the pontiff once memorably called the "filth" in the church, they're not beyond reach.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Groepsklacht tegen seksueel misbruik in de kerk

BELGIE
Vandaag

Een groep slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk gaat bij de rechtbank van eerste aanleg in Gent klacht indienen tegen de Belgische bisschoppen, de hogere oversten van de Belgische religieuzen en de Heilige Stoel. Dat staat te lezen in de uitnodiging voor een persconferentie op 1 juni in Gent.

De groepsvordering wordt ingeleid door de advocatenassociatie Van Steenbrugge (foto), Van Acker & Mussche en gebeurt in naam van een groepering van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk. De bedoeling van de klacht is in een eerste fase "de aansprakelijkheid in hoofde van de Heilige Stoel, de Belgische bisschoppen en de hogere oversten in een tussenvonnis te laten vaststellen" door de rechtbank. Aan de rechtbank wordt ook gevraagd om zich uit te spreken over een provisionele schadevergoeding voor de geleden schade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

DON RICCARDO SEPPIA BEING QUESTIONED IN PRISON

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Genoa - Don Riccardo Seppia, the 51-year-old priest arrested on May 13 for sexually abusing minors, is being questioned for a second time. Seppia is being held under precautionary arrest as ordered by preliminary investigating magistrate, Maria Vicidomini of Milan. Public prosecutor Stefano Puppo's questioning was to have begun at 3 p.m. at Marassi prison, where the priest was brought this afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:25 PM

Klacht tegen bisschoppen, Hogere Oversten en H. Stoel

BELGIE
RKnieuws

GENT (RKnieuws.net) - Een Vlaamse advocatenassociatie heeft aangekondigd dat zij bij de rechtbank in Gent klacht indient tegen de Belgische bisschoppen, de hogere oversten van de Belgische religieuzen en de H. Stoel.

De klacht wordt ingediend in naam van een groepering van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Daughters’ Lawsuit Against Cardinal Settled, But…

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Catholic Insider

The Archdiocese of Boston and the Daughters of St. Paul issued what was called a “joint statement” yesterday announcing that they have settled the nuns’ lawsuit against Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and other trustees of its lay pension plan. The Boston Globe and AP reported on the news of the settlement, and though the average reader might assume everything is now all well and good, that is far from the truth. What was not reported is the collateral damage the Daughters have suffered internally from how Cardinal O’Malley and the archdiocese reacted to the bad publicity over the lawsuit. Your prayers are needed for all parties involved.

First we will cover what has been said publicly about the settlement, and then the collateral damage. From the Boston Globe we hear the following:

The Daughters, an international order of nuns whose North American headquarters is in Jamaica Plain, sued late last year to force the archdiocese to hand over the investments the Daughters had made in the archdiocese’s pension plan on behalf of the order’s lay employees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:13 PM

Former Greensboro Priest Admits Delaware Sexual Abuse

DELAWARE
WXII

DOVER, Del. -- A Catholic priest who was relieved of his duties as pastor of a Greensboro church amid allegations of "inappropriate behavior" admitted in a deposition that he sexually abused a Delaware boy.

The admission by the former Rev. James O'Neill was outlined in a court ruling obtained by The Associated Press in a lawsuit between O'Neill's religious order and its insurance company.

O'Neill was a member of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales and the former principal of Salesianum School in Wilmington, where he was accused of molesting Eric Eden over several years beginning in 1976.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

Don Seppia recidivo? Testimone: Nel 1994, telefonate oscene dalla canonica

ITALIA
Newnotizie

Gli abusi di don Riccardo Seppia, la sua perversione, i suoi tentativi di arrivare a giovani adolescenti nascondendosi dietro il talare, potrebbero non essere un problema nato soltanto di recente.

L'inchiesta, che ha portato all'arresto dell'ex parroco di Sestri Ponente con le accuse di tentata violenza sessuale, istigazione alla prostituzione minorile e cessione di sostanze stupefacenti, potrebbe cercare di attingere anche su presunte vicende accadute diversi anni fa. Diciassette anni fa, nel lontano 1994, nel levante genovese un uomo denunciò ai carabinieri una strana storia: il figlio da diverso tempo riceveva telefonate anonime con contenuti osceni. Le indagini portarono a una scoperta inquietante: le chiamate partivano dalla canonica della chiesa in cui diceva messa il giovane curato Riccardo Seppia.

Il prete fu trasferito da lì a breve e la denuncia archiviata per impossibilità di determinare chi fosse l'autore delle telefonate. Oggi, però, la vicenda potrebbe essere rispolverata e gli inquirenti sembrerebbero voler fare luce sul passato di Seppia, anche se l'impresa non sarà facile: il fascicolo non è più negli archivi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

SNAP comments on just-revealed damning church document

MISSOURI
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)

Independently of “Tony’s Kansas City” blog, we have obtained and verified the authenticity of a just-disclosed damning memo by a Catholic school principal to church officials about repeated inappropriate behavior by Fr. Shawn Ratigan around kids at a parochial school. We can think of few church records that have been released over the past several years that are more shocking.

Document

This is a real “smoking gun.” More than a year ago, and more than six months before he tried to commit suicide and was caught with child porn, top KC diocesan staff knew of serious, credible complaints and concerns by teachers and parents about Ratigan. Yet inexplicably, the church hierarchy apparently took no action to protect kids or get help for Ratigan.

The overwhelming majority of once-secret church documents like this – that so clearly show callousness and recklessness in the face of on-going troubling behavior by a predatory priest – date back years and years. But this is a very recent memo. And an extremely worrisome one. It’s alarming that allegedly spiritual men can ignore warning sign after warning sign after warning sign.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Police: Disabled Man's Sex Abuse Suspect Had Child Porn

MARYLAND
WBAL

[with video]

PARKVILLE, Md. -- A man accused of abusing a developmentally disabled man also faces accusations of distribution child pornography, according to police.

Baltimore County police arrested Tony Chestnut, 56, of Parkville, charging him Thursday with possession and distribution of child pornography and sex abuse offenses.

Police said they searched Chestnut's house on Halstead Road -- blocks away from an elementary school -- after receiving information that he possessed child pornography. Detectives said they found at Chestnut's house a large number of pornographic videos involving children. ...

Police said Chestnut was employed with Associated Catholic Charities as a caregiver at a group home in Towson, responsible for three developmentally disabled adult men. The victim was later identified as someone that Chestnut had contact with while he was employed there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

Italian Kenya-based priest held over sex assault claims freed

KENYA
Africa Review

Italian Kenya-based Catholic Priest Renato Kizito has been released from police custody, a day after he surrendered to authorities over sexual abuse claims.

It was not immediately clear on what grounds police decided to set him free.

On Thursday, he surrendered himself at Kilimani Police Station in Nairobi after his employee raised claims of sexual abuse.

Father Kizito’s 26-year-old male secretary alleged that the priest sexually attacked him in Riruta in the outskirts of Nairobi on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Father Kizito freed over sex claims

KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

BY BERNARD MOMANYI

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 27 – Catholic priest Father Renato Kizito was set free by the police on Wednesday over lack of evidence to charge him in the latest sex abuse allegations against the missionary.

Fr Kizito who had been in police custody since Thursday, was earlier on Friday morning taken to the Kibera Law Courts but no charges were preferred against him.

He was driven to the Criminal Investigations Department Headquarters on Kiambu Road, where he was released by the police at around 12.30pm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Diocese was warned about priest's 'inappropriate' contact with children

MISSOURI
Pitch

[Text of the letter from the principal to the diocese]

By David Martin, Fri., May 27 2011

​The principal at St. John School warned the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph that teachers and parents were concerned about the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's "inappropriate behavior with children." Ratigan was arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography last week, five months after the diocese became aware that he kept images of children on his computer.

A diocese spokeswoman confirms that a monsignor received a memo from Julie Hess, the principal at St. John, in which she shared concerns about Ratigan's behavior. On Thursday morning, Tony's Kansas City published a five-page memo, dated May 19, 2010, in which Hess recounted several instances when Ratigan's actions made parents and teachers feel uneasy and, at times, angry. One staff member described Ratigan as being "obsessed" with a girl in the fifth grade.

The memo is written in clear prose and organized into sections: Inappropriate Physical Contact With Children, General Inappropriate Behavior and General Concerns. The memo indicates that concerns about Ratigan surfaced in the fall of 2009. A field trip on May 13, 2010, is described as the "straw that broke the camel's back."

During a school trip to Platte Falls, Father allowed a fourth grade girl to sit on his lap and lean his body against him. He did not immediately move to re-direct her; she sat there for at least five minutes, until teachers moved to stand next to him. Then he rose to play Frisbee with a group of students

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Il Cardinale Bagnasco incontrerà le vittime della pedofilia

ITALIA
Citta di Genova

Genova - Il cardinale di Genova Angelo Bagnasco riceverà nei prossimi giorni una delegazione dell’associazione “L’abuso” che assiste le vittime della pedofilia e che all’indomani dei fatti di Don Seppia a Sestri Ponente aveva richiesto un incontro.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:32 AM

Don Seppia, trovate foto porno nei pc

ITALIA
La Voce

Genova - Martedì nei computer sequestrati a Don Riccardo Seppia e ad Emanuele Alfano, sono state trovate decine di foto e video pornografici. Se il materiale scaricato da internet risulterebbe essere di minori, per il parroco di Sestri Ponente e l'ex seminarista, scatterebbe anche l'ulteriore accusa di detenzione di materiale pedopornografico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Don Riccardo Seppia/ prete pedofilo, interrogato di nuovo

ITALIA
Newspedia

DON RICCARDO SEPPIA PRETE PEDOFILO – Dopo l’interrogatorio di Emanuele Alfano, in cui l’ex seminarista avrebbe ammesso di procurare ragazzi a Don Seppia, quest’oggi tocca al prete essere interrogato. Dopo aver chiesto il trasferimento a Saremo perchè temeva che gli altri carcerati potessero fargli del male, don Seppia quest’oggi torna solo per un pomeriggio a Marassi per rispondere alle domande del pubblico ministero Stefano Puppo, anche se dagli atti giudiziari sembrerebbe che questo interrogatorio sia solo una formalità perchè in realtà non rappresenterebbe una svolta nelle indagini. Si tratterebbe di un atto dovuto, visto che il pm di Milano avrebbe dichiarato la sua non competenza e quindi reso necessario un altro atto di custodia cautelare per il prete che ricordiamo è stato accusato di abuso sui minori e spaccio di stupefacenti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Diocese meets annual appeal goal after twice falling short

SCRANTON (PA)
The Times-Tribune

By Laura Legere, Staff Writer
Published: May 27, 2011

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton surpassed its annual fundraising goal for the first time in three years, the diocese announced on Thursday.

The fiscal 2010 Annual Appeal has raised $5.5 million, exceeding a $5.4 million goal that was already $100,000 more ambitious than the goals set for 2008 and 2009, when the campaigns fell short.

In a marker of the drive's success after two years of struggle, the 2010 appeal raised the second-highest amount in the annual fundraiser's 21-year history.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Obispo de Chillán ...

CHILE
La Discusion

Como rápido calificó el obispo de Chillán el avance de la investigación de la Fiscalía Oriente sobre supuesos abusos sexuales que habría cometido contra menos según correo electrónico falso. Sereno y confiado se manifestó el obispo Carlos Pellegrin ante la etapa probatoria de la investigación judicial en la cual voluntariamente se presentó a declarar, ya que mencionó que su plena disposición a colaborar ha permitido agilizar el proceso.

Destacó que el avance de las diligencias de la fiscalía permitirán que pronto el autor del mail , con falta información sobre actos impropios comentidos por la autoridad eclesiástica contra menores, será identificado ante la justicia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Rabbi Bramly sues Temple Beth Sholom

ARIZONA
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

Rabbi Bryan Bramly and his wife, Laura, have filed a lawsuit alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress stemming from his 2011 termination from Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley.

The suit, pending in Maricopa County Superior Court, seeks damages from the temple, its board members, officers and outside counsel. Among other things, Bramly alleges that temple board members conspired to "demonize" him. The defendants are seeking from the court an extension of time to respond to the allegations.

The 56-page complaint, filed on the Bramlys' behalf by their attorney, Richard Thomas of Thomas Schern Richardson PLLC in Mesa, alleges that the temple board members and the synagogue's counsel, attorney David Selden of the Cavanagh Law Firm in Phoenix, had defamed him in the wake of his March 23, 2010 arrest on charges that, 10 years earlier, he had raped and sexually abused a 7-year-old girl when he and his family lived in New York.

On April 27, 2010, then-temple President Joel Munter notified Bramly that he was being put on administrative leave while the case was pending. On Sept. 25, 2010, the criminal charges were dismissed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Does Agudath Israel Of America Set The Brooklyn D.A.'s Policy On Reporting Child Sex Abuse?

NEW YORK
Failed Messiah

New York State law says that mandatory reporters who suspect a child has been sexually abused have to report that suspicion to police or to child services. Agudah says Jewish mandatory reporters should not follow New York law, and a spokesperson for the Brooklyn DA refuses to say the DA will enforce the law against mandatory reporters who follow Agudah's dictate rather than the law.

The Forward has a new piece on Agudath Israel of America's position on reporting child sexual abuse to police or government child welfare services.

As I reported last week, Agudah held a halakha conference that granted CLE credits. At that conference, Agudah's position on reporting child sexual abuse was that in all cases of suspected child sexual abuse you must first ask a rabbi before reporting the suspected abuse to police.

In other words, except in cases where there is absolutely no doubt sexual abuse took place – for example, you walk into a room and find Rabbi X raping a 7-year-old – a rabbi (or, better yet, Agudah said, a beit din, religious court) has to give you permission to report the abuse to law enforcement or government child welfare services. And this holds true even if you are a legally mandated reporter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

St. Theresa’s names new pastor to replace pastor accused of sexually abusing boys

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

By DONNA WEAVER Staff Writer

LITTLE EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP —A new priest has taken the post of pastor at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church, where former pastor Rev. Terence McAlinden was placed on administrative leave in 2007 amid allegations he sexually abused minors.

Rayanne Bennett, spokeswoman for the Trenton Diocese, said the Rev. K. Michael Lambeth has been appointed as the parish’s pastor. Lamberth has been working as the church’s administrator.

“Bishop O’Connell determined the parish needed to have a pastor, and he wanted to recognize all the good work Father Lambeth was doing,” Bennett said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 AM

Principal warned diocese about priest more than a year ago

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By ALAN BAVLEY and GLENN E. RICE
The Kansas City Star

[Full text of the principal's letter to the diocese]

The principal of a Catholic school warned a top official of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph more than a year ago that parents and teachers found the Rev. Shawn Ratigan’s behavior toward children troubling, including the hundreds of pictures the priest took.

The warning came more than six months before the diocese was alerted to questionable images of children on Ratigan’s computer.

Ratigan, 45, of Kansas City, North, was charged last week with possessing pornographic photos of children taken around churches and schools where he had worked in the diocese. Ratigan pleaded not guilty Monday in Clay County Circuit Court.

Ratigan’s attorney, John P. O’Connor, declined to comment about the letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Obispo Arteaga: Nunca fui testigo, cómplice, encubridor ni víctima del sacerdote Fernando Karadima

CHILE
Bio Bio

El arzobispo auxiliar de Santiago, Andrés Arteaga, negó ante la justicia haber presenciado los delitos que habría cometido el sacerdote Fernando Karadima al interior de la parroquia El Bosque de Providencia. Una de las víctimas, el James Hamilton, dijo que el religioso no dice la verdad.

El obispo Arteaga se refirió al interrogatorio al fue sometido este martes por la ministra en visita Jésica González, quien investiga las denuncias por abusos sexuales contra Karadima.

La diligencia se prolongó por cerca de tres horas y se realizó en un hogar parroquial ubicado al lado de la Catedral Metropolitana, donde Arteaga declaró en calidad de testigo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:02 AM

Murillo y caso Karadima: "Había todo un mecanismo gigantesco intentando frenar esta acusación"

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- Uno de los querellantes del caso contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima, el filósofo José Andrés Murillo, dijo que fueron evidentes las presiones ejercidas desde distintos estamentos de la Iglesia Católica para frenar sus denuncias, un día después de que James Hamilton entregara a la Justicia una serie de correos electrónicos como pruebas de estas acusaciones.

"Cuando comenzaron a llegar estos mails fue muy duro, porque sentimos que había todo un mecanismo gigantesco y poderoso intentando frenar esta acusación y frenando la justicia, buscando que esto quedara en un rincón, en un cajón, fue muy doloroso", indicó a Cooperativa.

"Son muy elocuentes los mails-añadió-, no hay casualidades, la cosa es bastante evidente, había presiones para que James mintiera y reconociera una identidad sexual que no es tal".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Daughters of St. Paul replaces local leader

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness
Globe Staff / May 27, 2011

The international head of the Daughters of St. Paul has replaced the leader of the order’s US province, which last year filed a highly unusual lawsuit against Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley over pension issues.

The successor to Sister Margaret Timothy Sato arrived at the Daughters’ provincial headquarters in Jamaica Plain shortly after the order’s superior general, Sister M. Antonieta Bruscato, flew to Boston from Rome and met with O’Malley in the rectory of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in the South End.

In that meeting, the cardinal and Bruscato expressed dismay that the Daughters’ US province had taken the extraordinary step of suing O’Malley and other trustees of a church-run pension fund in court rather than resolving their differences in a more amicable way, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak about the conversation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Nobody will be surprised by this

ITALY
Pharyngula

Father Riccardo Seppia is a priest under one of the advisors Pope Ratzi appointed to oversee church reforms in the wake of the pedophilia scandals.

You know exactly where this is going, don't you?

Investigators examining tapped cellphone conversations between a Moroccan drug dealer and 51-year-old Father Riccardo Seppia found evidence of arranged sexual encounters with young boys, some of whom were paid for sex with cocaine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Priest quits to clear his name

IRELAND
Wexford Echo

THE DIOCESE of Ferns has been rocked by the decision of one of its most well known and senior priests to step aside at the weekend because of an allegation of abuse.

At the Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Riverchapel on Saturday evening, Fr. John Sweetman – one of four Vicars Forane in the diocese – told the congregation that an allegation had been made against him and he therefore had to step aside from active ministry.

The policy of a priest immediately removing himself from clerical duties upon receipt of an allegation of abuse in the diocese was first introduced by Apostolic Administrator Eamonn Walsh in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Lawyer: Sex lawsuit involving US pastor resolved

ATLANTA (GA)
CT Post

ERRIN HAINES, Associated Press, GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press
Updated 02:50 a.m., Friday, May 27, 2011

ATLANTA (AP) — Lawsuits brought by four young men who accused a Georgia megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct have been resolved, attorneys for both sides said Thursday, bringing a quiet end to a blockbuster legal complaint that targeted a powerful national religious leader.

Both sides declined to discuss terms of the deal, other than to say the civil suits in state court would not go forward against Bishop Eddie Long, pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

The four young men had alleged Long abused his spiritual authority and coerced them into sexual relations with gifts including cars, cash and travel when they were 17. One suit also claimed Long had sexual contact with one of them during trips he took them on in the U.S. and abroad. Long denied the allegations, and federal and state authorities didn't investigate because Georgia's age of consent is 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Man sues Catholic church for alleged abuse

MIAMI (FL)
WSVN

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A man who has alleged that a former South Florida priest performed unholy acts on him is talking about his strong accusations.

Lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami on behalf of Jorge Rubio, who claims to have been molested as a 10-year-old boy by father Francisco Carrera.

The reported sexual abuse took place in the seventies, when the alleged victim was an alter boy at the Lady of Divine Providence in Miami. "He was on a topic that was uncomfortable to hear," Rubio recalled at a press conference, "and then he got his hands involved with what he was discussing, which was puberty, masturbation, and went ahead and performed these acts."

The suit also alleges the Archdiocese knew Father Carrera was sexually abusing boys and reassigned him to hide the truth. The priest was eventually sent back to his native Spain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Victims Most Often Male

UNITED STATES
First Things

Thursday, May 26, 2011

David Mills

In John Jay Study: A $2 million exercise in political correctness, Catholic writer Louie Verrecchio argues that the new report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church — which did “did a remarkable job of gathering an unprecedented amount of information” — avoided the matter of the homosexuality of the great majority of abusers. Although the researchers of Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 reported that

81 percent of the victims were post-pubescent males, [they] downplayed the homosexual connection by suggesting that this simply reflects the fact that offenders had greater access to boys. The report also proposes the possibility that, “Although the victims of priests were most often male, thus defining the acts as homosexual, the priest did not at any time recognize his identity as homosexual.”

A less politically correct conclusion, it would seem, is to acknowledge that the offending clerics were perhaps unwilling to take “ownership” of their struggle with homosexuality. In any event, this line of argument appears to be little more than a red herring.

According to Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons, a consultant to the Vatican Congregation for Clergy and a leading expert on clerical sex abuse, how an abuser may “recognize” himself is not entirely relevant; rather, the homosexual acts alone testify to “deep seated” homosexuality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Clergy Abuse Case Becomes Spiritual Struggle For Attorney

UNITED STATES
KUOW

Jessica Robinson
05/26/2011

TRANSCRIPT

One of the largest clergy sex abuse cases in the country has turned into the case of a lifetime for one Northwest attorney. The settlement between the Northwest Jesuits and abuse victims will soon go before a federal judge in Portland for confirmation. The north Idaho attorney who helped negotiate this $166 million deal says he was a small town "nobody" before the case. Correspondent Jessica Robinson tells the story of how going up against the Catholic Church shook up his own long-held beliefs.

Leander Lee James is standing next to a big red barn. Mud clings to his rubber boots.

Leander James: "Hey Louis, did you get your eggs yet?"

Three of James' young kids play nearby. James was raised Catholic and when he was about their age, he was an altar boy. And as he grew up, he was skeptical about the claims of widespread sexual abuse in the church.

That was before he started representing people making those claims.

Leander James: "Fifteen, 20, 30 people, who are abused by the same abuser. And they tell you the same story over and over and the same MO. You know for an abuser who's MO was to you know put the child on his lap and..."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 AM

Catholic sexual abuse study greeted with incurious contempt

AUSTRALIA
ABC - The Drum

By Scott Stephens

Pope Benedict XVI visits the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City May 12, 2009. (Reuters: Ronen Zvulun)

I suppose I should no longer be surprised by the self-righteous cynicism and seemingly wilful ignorance of the media when it comes to reporting on Catholic affairs.

But it was the way that the Australian press allowed the findings of a recent study into The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 to sail past with little more than a perfunctory acknowledgement of its existence, much less a serious engagement with its substance and implications, that has left me bristling.

The study, released late last week, was the product of a five-year investigation conducted by a team of researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York - the second such investigation carried out by CUNY researchers since the appalling magnitude of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church first became clear in Boston and then Ireland in 2002.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 AM

US House approves Jesuit priest as next chaplain

WASHINGTON (DC)
Catholic News Agency

Washington D.C., May 27, 2011 / 01:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously voted on May 25 to approve Fr. Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., as the next House chaplain.

“Father Pat Conroy comes with a healthy respect for what we do,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D – Calif.), The Hill reports. “It is a beautiful honor steeped in history — deeply personal, free of politics — and we wish him every success in that job.”

The priest also discussed how he was interviewed for the position and had to discuss whether there was anything in his past that might become an embarrassment to House Speaker John Boehner, who nominated him. As a member of the Jesuits’ Oregon Province, which has faced major lawsuits for some members’ sexual abuse, Fr. Conroy told congressional staffers that his name might turn up in court documents. ...

He also discussed a 1986 letter he wrote to an archbishop about a young man who said a priest had propositioned him.

“I didn't hear back from the archbishop. There was no crime committed. I did what I was supposed to do, but the letter did come out later,” he told Religion News Service.

Defenders of Fr. Conroy’s appointment had criticized questions about the priest’s membership in the Oregon Province as an attempt to tar the priest with “guilt by association.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 AM

Diocese addressing abuse

WORCESTER (MA)
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

By Judith Audette

To date, a staggering 42,000 background checks have been processed just in the past six years in this diocese.

As a licensed clinical social worker, I have been dealing with sexual abuse of children for many years through various agencies, and I have witnessed the harm inflicted upon the most vulnerable members of society. This is a horrific crime and it is tragic that society still grapples with abuse in homes, in schools, in sports, and even in places of worship.

I am also a practicing Catholic and, like so many other Catholics, I was devastated and often angry that this kind of demeaning abuse could happen at the hands of a priest. When the opportunity arose to assist on our Diocesan Review Committee, I accepted in order to bring my personal expertise with my own desire to do something.

That was almost eight years ago. As the issue continues to make the news, it’s time for us to share what we have done here in Central Massachusetts, as a board of professionals dedicated to social work, child welfare, the law, and to the pastoral care of the people in this diocese, especially our young people.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:10 AM

May 26, 2011

Fr Kizito seized on fresh claims of sexual abuse

KENYA
Daily Nation

By ZADOCK ANGIRA zangira@ke.nationmedia.com

Posted Thursday, May 26 2011

Father Renato Kizito, a Catholic priest two years ago accused of defiling boys, was taken into custody by police on Thursday, accused of sexually assaulting his secretary.

This is the second time Fr Kizito is getting in trouble with the law over claims of sexual crimes. In the latest case, Fr Kizito’s 26-year-old male secretary alleges that the priest sexually attacked him in Riruta on Tuesday.

Kilimani police boss Bernard Muli said after the complaint was recorded, the secretary was taken for medical examination which showed that he had indeed been sexually assaulted.

However, investigations are being carried out to establish who had attacked him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Groups want Bishop Braxton to give up part of his salary to help pay judgment in sex abuse case

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Belleville News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

Members of nonprofit groups that support victims of sexual abuse by priests on Thursday urged Belleville Diocese Bishop Edward Braxton to give up part of his salary to help pay a court-ordered $6.35 million judgment to a former altar boy.

Four representatives of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, the Fellowship of Southern Illinois Laity and the St. Louis chapter of Voice of the Faithful demonstrated in the rain outside the diocese's chancery building on Third Street.

The demonstrators reacted the day after the Illinois Supreme Court denied a petition by the diocese to hear an appeal of a lawsuit brought in 2002 by James Wisniewski of Champaign. He won a $5 million award in 2008 that has increased to $6.35 million because of the accumulation of interest. Unless the diocese can bring further legal action, possibly in the U.S. Supreme Court, the amount must be paid.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Bishop Eddie Long settles with accusers

ATLANTA (GA)
CNN

By John Blake, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) – Bishop Eddie Long, the Atlanta-based megachurch leader, has reached an out-of-court settlement with four young men who accused him of sexual coercion, representatives for both sides said Thursday.

B.J. Bernstein, the attorney representing the men, said in a statement that the lawsuits against Long and his church have “been resolved.”

Bernstein's two-paragraph statement said that neither she nor the accusers would talk about the lawsuits “now or in the future.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Diocese warned of priest's aberrant behavior one year before arrest

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

[The full text of the principal's letter to the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese]

May. 26, 2011
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a child predator” six months before the diocese took any action to remove him from ministries dealing with children.

Fr. Shawn Ratigan, 45, was arrested May 19 on three counts of possessing child pornography, six months after the diocese took its first action to limit the priest’s involvement with children by moving him to a local home for religious sisters.

The letter, written by Julie Hess, the principal of Saint Patrick School, is dated May 19, 2010 -- nearly one year before the arrest. In her letter, Hess pleads with the diocesan vicar general, Msgr. Robert Murphy, to consider a list of incidents teachers observed at the school involving Ratigan that “raised significant red flags.”

NCR confirmed the authenticity of the letter with a source at the school who did not wish to be identified. The diocesan communications director, Rebecca Summers, confirmed by phone that Murphy had received a letter from Hess about a year ago, but said she could not comment further on it. Calls to Murphy this afternoon have not been returned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 PM

Inquiry finds abuse failings

UNITED KINGDOM
Church Times

by Ed Thornton

THE Bishop of Chichester, Dr John Hind, apologised for the “institu­tional failings” of his diocese on Wednesday. He was speaking after the publication of a report by Baroness Butler-Sloss on the hand­ling of the cases of two priests who were the subject of child-abuse al­legations.

Lady Butler-Sloss was asked by Dr Hind to look into the treat­ment of two priests who had been the subject of “historic child-abuse allegations”. One was the Revd Roy Cotton, who was appointed Rector of Brede with Udimore, near Rye, from 1984 to 1999, despite having been convicted of a sexual offence against a boy in 1954. He died in 2006.

The other was the Revd Colin Pritchard, Rector of Sedlescombe from 1989 to 2001, and then Vicar of St Barnabas’s, Bexhill, until he was arrested in 2007 over sex-abuse allegations in a previous parish.

The report concluded that, across the diocese, there had been “a lack of understanding of the seriousness of historic child abuse”. It said that senior clergy, including bishops, “were slow to act on the informa­tion available to them and to assess the potential risk to children in the diocese”.

The report also said there had been “inadequate communication” between senior clergy and child-protection advisers, and “seriously inadequate record-keeping”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Miami Archdiocese Facing Sex Abuse Suit

MIAMI (FL)
NBC Miami

By Brian Hamacher

The Archdiocese of Miami is facing yet another lawsuit by a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest in the 1970s.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, claims Father Francisco Carrera sexually abused Jorge Rubio when he was a 10-year-old in approximately 1976.

"He became an extension of my family. We trusted him with everything," Rubio said at a press conference Thursday.

Carrera was assigned at Our Lady of Divine Providence at the time of the alleged abuse, and became close to the Rubio family to obtain their confidence and trust, the lawsuit claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 PM

Church settles abuse claim involving former Bandon priest

OREGON
The Bandon Western World

By Amy Moss Strong
Editor
Thursday, May 26, 2011

A former Bandon resident who alleges sexually inappropriate behavior by a priest at Holy Trinity Catholic Church has been awarded $225,000 in a private settlement from the Portland Archdiocese.

The settlement agreement, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Portland, alleges that the late Father Bill Karath caused the victim “personal physical injuries or physical sickness claimed to have arise from an occurrence(s)” of sexually inappropriate behavior.

Karath served as priest at Holy Trinity for 13 years, from 1989 to 2002.

Attorney Kelly Clark of the Portland firm O’Donnell, Clark & Crew LLP, said the behavior occurred when the victim was a boy and attended the church in Bandon. He would not disclose the year of the alleged behavior, or how many times it might have happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 PM

Media Expert, Businesswoman/Talk Show Host, Pediatrician Named to National Review Board

UNITED STATES
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2011)—A media expert, a businesswoman/talk show host and a pediatrician have been named to the National Review Board for four-year terms, 2011-2015, beginning in June.

The new members include Susan King, vice president, external affairs at Carnegie Corporation of New York; Coleen Kelly Mast, owner/manager of an international business, Respect Incorporated, and host of a twice weekly radio program giving advice on life’s problems from a Catholic perspective; and Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD, chief medical officer for the Texas Children’s Health Plan and a clinical professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York made the appointments.

King oversees Carnegie Corporation's external communications including its publications, website, and media and dissemination grant program. She was a journalist for 20 years and served as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Labor. As a journalist, King was both an anchor and a political analyst. She worked for ABC News, served as a White House correspondent, and reported for CNN. She has won several journalism awards including Emmys and a National Women's Political Caucus award. King holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Marymount College and a master of arts degree communications from Fairfield University. She is married and has one daughter.

Mast owns and manages Respect Incorporated, an Illinois-based international company offering programs, materials, and training seminars. She has developed chastity and character education programs for teens, parents and teachers entitled Love and Life: A Christian Sexual Morality Guide for Teens. Mast also authored Sex Respect, the first public school abstinence program to be tested and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her radio program airs on EWTN radio and on Sirius Satellite Radio. She holds a master of science degree in health education from Western Illinois University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Quincy University. She is married and has five children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

EWTN host, Clinton administration official named to National Review Board

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

May 26, 2011

An EWTN radio host, an official who oversaw the work of 16 agencies in the Clinton administration, and a pediatrician who has written on child sexual abuse have been named to the National Review Board. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), in its efforts to address the clerical abuse scandal, established the consultative lay board at its June 2002 meeting in Dallas.

Colleen Kelly Mast, the cohost of the EWTN and Sirius Radio program “The Doctor Is In,” is the author of Sex Respect, an abstinence programs for public school teens, and Love and Life: A Christian Sexual Morality Guide for Teens.

Susan King, an Emmy-winning journalist, is vice president of external affairs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York. During the Clinton administration, she oversaw the work of 16 agencies as the Department of Labor’s assistant secretary of public affairs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 PM

Spring Lake Park church volunteer accused of abuse

UNITED STATES
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

WASHINGTON (May 24, 2011)—A media expert, a businesswoman/talk show host and a pediatrician have been named to the National Review Board for four-year terms, 2011-2015, beginning in June.

The new members include Susan King, vice president, external affairs at Carnegie Corporation of New York; Coleen Kelly Mast, owner/manager of an international business, Respect Incorporated, and host of a twice weekly radio program giving advice on life’s problems from a Catholic perspective; and Angelo Giardino, MD, PhD, chief medical officer for the Texas Children’s Health Plan and a clinical professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York made the appointments.

King oversees Carnegie Corporation's external communications including its publications, website, and media and dissemination grant program. She was a journalist for 20 years and served as assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Labor. As a journalist, King was both an anchor and a political analyst. She worked for ABC News, served as a White House correspondent, and reported for CNN. She has won several journalism awards including Emmys and a National Women's Political Caucus award. King holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Marymount College and a master of arts degree communications from Fairfield University. She is married and has one daughter.

Mast owns and manages Respect Incorporated, an Illinois-based international company offering programs, materials, and training seminars. She has developed chastity and character education programs for teens, parents and teachers entitled Love and Life: A Christian Sexual Morality Guide for Teens. Mast also authored Sex Respect, the first public school abstinence program to be tested and approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her radio program airs on EWTN radio and on Sirius Satellite Radio. She holds a master of science degree in health education from Western Illinois University and an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Quincy University. She is married and has five children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

St. Paul Law Firm: Victim Files Suit Against Church for Pastor's Sex Abuse

MINNESOTA
KSTP

Attorneys for Jeff Anderson & Associates say they have filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 21-year-old Blaine man who claims he was sexually abused at the age of 15 by his youth pastor.

The lawsuit names Emmanuel Christian Center of the Assemblies of God in Spring Lake Park, its youth pastor in 2005, Paul Brandon, and the Minnesota District Council of the Assemblies of God.

According to the St. Paul based law firm, the lawsuit claims the church and its district council had a policy that allowed the youth pastor to have overnight stays with children, and should be held responsible for negligent supervision of the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Lawsuit: Spring Lake Park church failed to protect children against sex abuse

MINNESOTA
Star Tribune

Rose French

A 21 year-old Blaine man who says he was sexually abused at the age of 15 by his youth group leader at a Spring Lake Park church is suing its religious leaders.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Hennepin County District Court on the man’s behalf by attorneys with Jeff Anderson & Associates, names defendants Emmanuel Christian Center of the Assemblies of God in Spring Lake Park, its former youth group leader, Paul Alan Brandon, and the Minnesota District Council of the Assemblies of God.

The lawsuit claims the plaintiff, referred to in the complaint as John Doe 169, was sexually abused by Brandon in the summer and fall of 2005 when the youth pastor would hold church-sponsored Friday night sleep-overs at his home in Brooklyn Park.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

Priest In Archdiocese Of Advisor To Pope On Pedophile Priests Arrested In Pedophilia Sex Ring

ITALY
The New Civil Rights Movement

by David Badash on May 26, 2011

A priest in the archdiocese of the top advisor to Pope Benedict XVI was arrested May 13 on pedophilia and drug charges in a drug and sex ring investigation.

Via Time and Worldcrunch:

“Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-​year-​old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-​phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. “I do not want 16-​year-​old boys but younger. Fourteen-​year-​olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues,” he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse.”

“According to investigators, Seppia told a friend — a former seminarian and barman who is currently under investigation — that the town’s malls were the best places to entice minors. In tapped phone conversations the two cursed and swore against God. The priest is charged with having attempted to kiss and touch an underage altar boy and of having exchanged cocaine for sexual intercourse with boys over 18.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:33 PM

HIV-positive Italian priest arrested over paedophilia claims – in diocese of key anti-paedophilia B

ITALY
The Journal (Ireland)

AN INFLUENTIAL ITALIAN Bishop who has acted as one of Pope Benedict’s key advisors on clerical sexual abuse allegations has been rocked by allegations that a priest in his own diocese had sought sexual encounters with teenage boys.

Italian newspaper La Stampa reports that Angelo Bagnasco, the archbishop of Genoa and the head of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, was one of the pope’s key partners in devising a new worldwide code for dealing with allegations of clerical sexual abuse published earlier thsi week.

But now a 51-year-old priest from a parish just outside the city has been arrested – amid claims he asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters between himself and boys as young as 14.

PAEDOPHILE PRIEST QUESTIONED FOR SECOND TIME TOMORROW

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Genoa - A priest arrested for alleged sexual abuses on minors, Father Riccardo Seppia, will be questioned in jail tomorrow. The priest, who was arrested on May 13 on charges of sexual abuses on minors and drug dealing, will be questioned tomorrow afternoon at the Marassi prison in Genoa. Public prosecutor Stefano Puppo, who is leading the investigation into the "second life" of the priest ordered that the defendant be transferred from the Sanremo prison, where he has been staying for some days, back to the prison in Genoa where he will be questioned for the second time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Lawyer: Settlement Reached in Bishop Eddie Long Case

ATLANTA (GA)
MyFoxAtlanta

Dale
Russell

By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF/myfoxatlanta

ATLANTA - Lawyers close to the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long told FOX 5 News that “the matter is resolved.” Attorney BJ Bernstein said the often bitter negotiations resulted in a settlement.

FOX 5's I-Team was first to tell you how Jamal Parris and three other young men filed suit against Bishop Long and his 10,000 seat New Birth Missionary Baptist church. The lawsuits claim that the bishop lavished money, trips and gifts on the young adults, while having sexual contact with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations Amendments Challenge Insurers

UNITED STATES
Claims Journal

By Denise Johnson | May 26, 2011

Sexual abuse scandals, especially involving clergy, continue to sweep the nation capturing widespread media attention. Within the last month, lawsuits have been filed against Roman Catholic Archdioceses in Illinois, Philadelphia, and Wisconsin.

Recently, Virginia passed an amendment to the statute of limitation for filing childhood sexual abuse cases. The amendment, passed unanimously, goes into effect on July 1, 2011, posing significant coverage and investigative challenges to insurers of churches, daycare providers, schools and youth organizations.

Ryan Smethurst, a partner in McDermott Will & Emery LLP’s insurance disputes group, describes a similar law enacted in late 2002 in California. It allowed for previously time-barred childhood sexual abuse cases to be filed if done so within 2003.

“In some respects, Virginia’s [law] is more open-ended because there’s no one year filing window, but in California the legislative change prompted roughly 1,000 lawsuits against Catholic identities statewide.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Vatican watchdog reaches out

VATICAN CITY
The Record (Australia)

Thursday, 26 May 2011

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY - As two recent documents illustrate, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith keeps an eye on almost everything coming out of the Vatican.

Although it has fewer than 50 employees, including ushers and receptionists, whatever any Vatican office does or says having to do with faith and morals is a matter that falls under the congregation’s gaze.

As the heir of the Holy Office of the Inquisition - and housed in a building still known as the Palace of the Holy Office - the congregation often is portrayed as an agency almost exclusively dedicated to seeking out errant theologians and condemning their writings.

The congregation does review books that Bishops’ conferences bring to its attention, especially if the book presents itself as explaining Catholic morals or doctrine and is widely used in schools of theology or seminaries.

But since Pope Benedict XVI was elected in 2005 and US Cardinal William J Levada was appointed to succeed him as the congregation’s prefect, the office has issued only one formal public criticism of written works: a notification about two books by a liberation theologian, Jesuit Fr Jon Sobrino.More and more, the congregation’s pronouncements involve the application of Catholic moral teaching to questions concerning the very beginning and very end of human life. Biotechnology, the use of human embryos, politics and abortion, euthanasia and the care of the dying all have been topics of recent documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

The Bishops' Priorities

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Responding to the new John Jay Report on sexual abuse

Blase J. Cupich | MAY 30, 2011

O n May 18 the National Review Board released a report titled The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010, prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The mere mention of these two groups, the board and the school, working independently of the hierarchy to produce this report, is a ready admission that when it came to fully understanding and responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church, we bishops needed the help and assistance of others.

It is true that the report documents a very large drop in the number of cases of abuse in the mid-1980s, demonstrating that once we bishops realized what was happening, though tragically quite late, we could and did adopt strong and effective measures. Education about the problem and the establishment of safe environments to eliminate opportunities for abuse to occur have proven effective.

Yet just as the report reinforces what we have done and are doing right in facing the problem, it also calls for additional initiatives to address shortcomings so that the abuse of minors does not happen again in the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

A Bishop Responds to the John Jay Report

UNITED STATES
Catholics4Change

May 24, 2011 by Susan Matthews

The Bishops’ Priorities: Responding to the new John Jay Report on Sexual Abuse,” by Blase J. Cupich (Bishop of Spokane, Washington) for America, The National Catholic Weekly, May 30, 2011

“Yet just as the report reinforces what we have done and are doing right in facing the problem, it also calls for additional initiatives to address shortcomings so that the abuse of minors does not happen again in the Catholic Church.“

Bishop Cupich offers a solutions-based response to the John Jay Report. Not all Bishops have proven themselves to be as interested in child protection. His commentary notes improvement and includes the call to refine those efforts. However, he doesn’t address the very real issues still happening today in Philadelphia and around the world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Settlement reached in Eddie Long case

ATLANTA (GA)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Shelia M. Poole and Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

An attorney involved in the sexual misconduct lawsuits against Bishop Eddie Long said the "matters have been resolved."

Barbara Marschalk, who represents New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and LongFellows Youth Academy, said she anticipates " the lawsuits will be dismissed, with prejudice, by close of business tomorrow."

B.J. Bernstein, who represents the four men who sued Long, New Birth and LongFellows, also confirmed the lawsuits had been settled.

Neither side would comment further and settlement terms were unknown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:49 PM

Attorney: Sexual misconduct lawsuit involving Georgia megachurch 'resolved'

ATLANTA (GA)
Daily Reporter

ERRIN HAINES Associated Press
First Posted: May 26, 2011

ATLANTA — The attorney representing four young men who accused a Georgia megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct said the lawsuit has been "resolved."

Plaintiff's attorney B.J. Bernstein said Thursday the lawsuit involving Bishop Eddie Long "has been resolved."

Bernstein declined further comment. Long's spokesman could not immediately be reached.

The young men maintained in a September lawsuit that Long, the leader of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, coerced them into sexual relationships. The men say Long abused his spiritual authority to lure them into trysts with cars, jewelry and cash when they were 17 and 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

Bishop Eddie Long Reaches Settlement In Sex Abuse Case

ATLANTA (GA)
WSB

ATLANTA -- Bishop Eddie Long reached a settlement with four men who accused him of sexual abuse, an attorney for the men told Channel 2 Action News on Thursday.

Four former New Birth Missionary Baptist Church members filed lawsuits against Long, his church and youth academy, after they said he used his power and influence to entice them into sexual relationships. Long has denied the claims.

Attorney BJ Bernstein told Channel 2’s Jodie Fleischer that neither she, nor the men who made the complaints would speak about the settlement. She released a statement saying only, "The matter has been resolved."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:42 PM

Crisis Control in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND 05/26/2011

PHILADELPHIA — In 2005, a grand jury in Philadelphia criticized Church officials for transferring accused priests to other parishes throughout the archdiocese, fueling a scandal that prompted policy changes. In February 2011, a second grand jury report resulted in the criminal indictment of three priests and a teacher for the rape of two boys more than a decade ago. Further, Msgr. William Lynn, the archdiocesan secretary for clergy from 1992 to 2004, was charged on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 2011 grand jury report also attacked the archdiocese for permitting additional priests with “credible” allegations of sexual abuse to remain in ministry. After initially challenging the grand jury’s findings, Cardinal Justin Rigali suspended 21 priests, a controversial action, as these individuals reportedly had already been cleared of charges.

A critical issue is the grand jury and the archdiocese’s conflicting definitions of sexual abuse and the role of so-called “boundary violations.” Experts in the field say that sexual predators often use “grooming techniques” to establish trust with minors. Thus, kissing and nonsexual touching are now scrutinized.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Report sexual violations, Mutula tells victims

KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 - Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Mutula Kilonzo on Thursday asked persons who have been sexually violated to report the incidences to the police so as to facilitate timely investigations and ensure those responsible were prosecuted.

Mr Kilonzo noted that several sexual abuse cases failed to materialise in court due to poor evidence gathering by the investigators, thereby enabling the offenders to walk away scot-free.

"I don't think the question is penalties because there are sufficient penalties even now; the issue in Kenya is evidence and its management so that when an allegation is made you can prove it in court," said Mr Kilonzo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

Allegations regarding Ahascragh priest to be investigated

IRELAND
Galway Advertiser

May 26, 2011.

A priest based in Ahascragh is among a number of clerics facing investigation following claims made in a Prime Time Investigates documentary earlier this week. The programme alleged that he raped a girl and fathered her child while serving as a missionary in Kenya nearly 30 years ago.

It is understood Fr Kevin Reynolds, who has denied the allegation, has stepped aside from his ministry as parish priest in Ahascragh pending an investigation. Fr Reynolds returned to Ireland from Africa in 2004.

Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones notified Gardaí and the HSE of the accusation following the broadcast on Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:54 PM

Vatican too slow to act on abuse claims

KENYA/NETHERLANDS
Capaital FM Kenya

THE NETHERLANDS, May 26 - A Dutch Roman Catholic Bishop was allowed to remain at his post in Kenya for two years after the Vatican was informed that he had sexually abused a minor.

Bishop Cornelius Schilder was sent into early retirement in 2009, 'officially' for health reasons. The head of his congregation says Rome could have acted sooner.

"He gave me a coffee, showed me my room and started touching me immediately,' says Michael ole Uka, describing the first time he met Schilder.

The 32-year-old Kenyan accuser, a member of the Maasai tribe, has gone public with his allegations for the first time. Uka revealed new details of the case in a TV documentary that was broadcast on the RTE network on Monday night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:49 PM

Hamilton entregó e mails que revelarían presiones del Vaticano ante caso Karadima

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- Tras declarar por más de cuatro horas en el despacho de la jueza Jessica González , en el 34° Juzgado del Crimen, el médico James Hamilton entregó antecedentes sobre una presunta intervención del Vaticano ante las denuncias previas a que se abriera una investigación contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima.

El galeno entregó cerca de 20 correos electrónicos asegurando haber recibido presiones para "desistir" de la acusación contra el ex párroco de El Bosque a cambio de que la Iglesia "avanzaría" en una investigación sobre sus conductas impropias.

"El tema de los mails no es una denuncia, es un hecho concreto. Están ahí y son elementos legales que se pueden analizar. Está claro en los mails las presiones y las amenazas", indicó.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

IL Supreme Court rules against Belleville bishop; SNAP responds

ILLINOIS
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)

This ruling is a testimony to the strength, courage and compassion of Jim Wisniewski; his caring, supportive family; and the skill and determination of his dedicated attorneys.

Jim was brave and smart enough to speak up, seek justice, and patiently hang in there through callous and self-serving delays by Catholic officials and their high-priced defense lawyers. Because Jim wants to protect kids and expose wrong-doing, he was persistent year after year until the corruption of the church hierarchy was finally exposed in a courtroom. We admire him for insisting that top Belleville diocesan staffers face tough questions under oath so that the public and parishioners would know who ignored and concealed Kownacki’s crimes.

There are dozens of people around the Belleville area who have knowledge or suspicions about child sex crimes – by teachers, coaches, relatives and priests. We hope they will be motivated by this ruling to find the courage Jim found to take action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:42 PM

Church admits priest ousted because of abuse allegations

CONNECTICUT
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

[Letter to National Review Board]

[Letter to Archbishop Mansell]

[Letter to Connecticut Department of Public Health]

[Email from CT state agency to SNAP]

[McGann work history]

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)

For the first time, Hartford Catholic church officials are admitting that a priest was suspended in 2005 because of child sex abuse allegations. It’s a shame that it took six years and two protests by our group to finally prod reckless, callous and deceitful archdiocesan staff to reveal this simple but crucial fact.

Also for the first time, Hartford’s archbishop is announcing their refusal to do what 24 bishops in the US have done: post names of proven, admitted and credibly accused child molesting clerics on their website.

The admission and the refusal were made by archdiocesan public relations staffer Maria Zone in today’s Bristol Press.

The admission is significant because now, finally, it will be harder for McGann to be around kids. We hope parents, parishioners and the public spread the word about this disclosure and keep their children away from McGann.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:37 PM

Victims urge Belleville bishop to cut his own salary

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
At a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims with SNAP will publicly prod southern Illinois’ Catholic bishop to cut his own salary to help pay a $5 million jury verdict in a child sex abuse and cover up case.

They will also urge to Belleville’s prelate to
-- suspend an accused priest from the parish where he now works,
-- tell the public where ALL his pedophile priests are now living,
-- personally beg victims and witnesses to contact police and prosecutors,
-- visit each parish where Fr. Raymond Kownacki, a suspended serial predator priest, worked and
-- apologize for Kownacki’s crimes and for his own callous and expensive decision to keep appealing the jury finding against church officials that ignored or concealed his crimes.

WHEN
Thursday, May 25, 1:30 p.m.

WHERE
Outside the Belleville Diocese headquarters (‘chancery’), 222 South 2nd Street in Belleville

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:32 PM

The other history of abuse in Catholic Ireland

IRELAND
National Catholic Reporter

by Jamie L Manson on May. 26, 2011

Many NCR readers may remember the 2002 film The Magdalene Sisters, which tells the largely unknown story of Irish women who were forced to labor in laundries for breaking Catholic Ireland's strict sexual codes. In most cases, these women were caught giving birth out of wedlock.

It is estimated that more than 30,000 women were sentenced to work in these laundries, which were run by orders of women religious. The conditions were harsh, and many survivors recount stories of physical, psychological and sexual abuse. Though the Irish government denies having a role in these private run laundries, there is evidence that state officials routinely sentenced women offenders to the laundries. Records also indicate that the nuns were given lucrative government contracts to support these programs.

For two years, the advocacy group Justice for Magdalenes has lobbied the Irish government to investigate the laundries, but to no avail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

We'll have nun of that! Pope shuts down monastery where dancing sisters were order of the day

ROME
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Nick Pisa

Last updated at 4:29 PM on 26th May 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has closed a monastery, visited by Madonna, where a stripper turned nun was a star attraction.

Vatican officials launched an inquiry following claims of 'liturgical abuse' at the monastery, after reports that the nuns were dancing around the altar during services.

Among them was sister Anna Nobili, 38, who became an overnight YouTube sensation after footage of the stripper-turned-nun preaching was posted on the internet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:58 AM

Priest says no truth to abuse claim

IRELAND
Wexford People

Wednesday May 25 2011

A WELL-KNOWN Diocese of Ferns priest is denying any wrongdoing after a complaint of child sexual abuse was made against him.

Fr. John Sweetman, a native of Carrig-on-Bannow, is currently on leave from his duties as parish priest in Riverchapel pending the investigation into the complaint made by a woman alleging abuse in the Wexford area approximately 30 years ago.

Fr Sweetman had been away for almost two weeks, but returned to his parish church in Riverchapel on Saturday evening to tell parishioners himself that he has stepped down pending the investigation. THE PARISH PRIEST at the centre of a child sex abuse allegation told his congregation on Saturday night that the accusation against him is completely unfounded, but that he is obliged to step aside from duties until the necessary investigation is complete.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Church of England ordained known paedophile Roy Cotton

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Letters from 1966 between the then Archbishop of Canterbury and a bishop show the Church agreed that a convicted paedophile should be ordained.

The correspondence emerged in a report into the Church of England's failure to support victims of Roy Cotton that was published online and then removed.

In one letter, Lambeth Palace suggested Cotton should be placed in a "carefully selected parish".

Lambeth Palace said robust safeguarding policies had been in place since 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:51 AM

Rabbis finally break silence on sex abuse

NEW YORK
The JC

By Yoav Sivan, May 26, 2011

The portraits of the founders of psychoanalysis looked on with approval as rabbis joined mental health experts to discuss the problem of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

The groundbreaking event took place at the William Alanson White Institute, a top psychoanalytic training and treatment centre, on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

The rabbis explained the halachic view of sexual abuse, mental health experts explained its psychological consequences, while survivors described lives traumatised by guilt, shame and betrayal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Abuse by Irish nuns examined by the UN

IRELAND
Sydney Morning herald

Carol Ryan
May 27, 2011

DUBLIN: For years it was Ireland's hidden scandal: an estimated 30,000 women were sent to church-run laundries, where they were abused and worked for years with no pay.

Their offence, in the eyes of society, was to break the strict sexual rules of Catholic Ireland, having children outside wedlock.

Although it has been more than a decade since their story came to light, the women are still waiting for an apology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:38 AM

Catholic Fr Kizito in new sexual abuse probe

KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

BY BERNARD MOMANYI

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 - Renowned Catholic priest Father Renato Kizito was arrested on Thursday over fresh charges of sexual abuse following accusations by his 26-year-old male secretary.

The man told police that the sexual attack occurred on Tuesday night within Riruta area of Dagoretti, in the outskirts of the capital Nairobi.

"A 26-year-old man who works as Fr Kizito's secretary lodged a complaint that he had been sodomised by this particular priest and we are acting on it," Kilimani Divisional police chief Bernard Muli told journalists at the station where the priest was questioned on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:32 AM

Father Kizito arrested again

KENYA
The Standard

By Cyrus Ombati

Renowned Catholic priest Father Renato Sessana Kizito was Thursday arrested and questioned over new alleged sexual abuse.

This is the second time the Italian missionary was being questioned over the claims of sodomy of boys under his care.

A 26-year old man has recorded a statement with police claiming he had been sexually abused by the priest at the Comboni Missionaries in the city, which prompted the police action.

Kilimani OCPD Bernard Muli said preliminary findings had supported the complainant’s claims. To further establish the claims, the priest was taken to a police doctor for more tests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:29 AM

Fr. Kizito behind bars

KENYA
NTV via YouTube

[with video]

Police are holding renowned catholic priest father Rena Kizito over claims of abuse. Father Kizito was picked up this (Thursday, 26th May) morning at his residence and locked up at the Kilimani police station. This is after his secretary reported that the priest had sexually abused him. The complainant has since been taken to hospital for tests while another team of detectives has been dispatched to Dagoretti where the offence is said to have been committed. Father Kizito was in the news last year with similar claims flying around but the courts later cleared him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:27 AM

Father Kizito faces sodomy charge yet again

KENYA
Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

Written By:Winnie Kimeu, Posted: Thu, May 26, 2011

Father Kizito Renato Sesana is once again the key suspect in an ongoing investigation in a sodomy case involving one of his employees.

Kilimani OCPD Bernard Muli said on Thursday that Kizito's DNA analysis will reveal further evidence to the cleric's guilt or innocence.

Mr. Muli said they arrested Kizito after evidence provided by the medical practitioners indicated that the young man was sodomized two days ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

West Allis Native Chosen As Auxiliary Bishop

MILWAUKEE (WI)
WISN

MILWAUKEE -- The Most Reverend Donald J. Hying has been appointed Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. The appointment, made by Pope Benedict XVI, was announced in Rome, May 26.

Bishop-elect Hying will be ordained by Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki, on July 20, 2011, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

“This is a proud moment for the Church in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Archbishop Listecki. “By choosing Fr. Hying, one of Milwaukee‟s own as our new auxiliary bishop, the Holy Father has paid a high compliment to all the priests from this diocese. Pope Benedict XVI has gifted us with a true servant-leader.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:20 AM

Date for sentencing arguments set for bishop caught with child pornography

CANADA
Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Disgraced Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey is to have a sentencing hearing for his child-pornography crime on June 24.

The date — for submissions on how long a sentence he should serve, not likely for a sentence to be imposed — was set by Crown and defence lawyers and a judge in Ottawa court Thursday morning. Lahey, then the bishop of Antigonish in Nova Scotia, was caught with child pornography on his laptop computer when he was passing through the Ottawa airport in summer 2009 after a trip abroad.

He pleaded guilty on May 4 to possessing child pornography for the purpose of importation and voluntarily went to jail then, since the crime carries a mandatory jail sentence and he chose to start serving that time immediately. He retains his rank in the Catholic Church until a canonical disciplinary process concludes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:17 AM

Pope appoints Hying as new Milwaukee auxiliary bishop

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

May 26, 2011

Father Don Hying, rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary since 2007, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's new auxiliary bishop, the archdiocese said Thursday.

He succeeds Bishop Richard Sklba, who retired last year.

Hying, a West Allis native, will be ordained a bishop and installed by Archbishop Jerome Listecki on July 20 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee.

"This is a proud moment for the church in southeastern Wisconsin," Listecki said in the statement announcing the appointment. "Pope Benedict XVI has gifted us with a true servant-leader."

As auxiliary bishop, Hying will assist Listecki in the pastoral and spiritual leadership of the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Bishop Named for Catholic Diocese of Rapid City

RAPID CITY (SD)
KDLT

A new bishop has been named for the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City.

Pope Benedict XVI has name the Rev. Msgr. Robert Gruss to the post. The 55-year-old Gruss is pastor of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport, Iowa.

Gruss will replace Blase Cupich, who became bishop of the Diocese of Spokane last fall after 12 years in Rapid City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Information Service

VATICAN CITY, 26 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Today the Holy Father:

- appointed Msgr. Robert Dwayne Gruss as bishop of Rapid City (area 11,327, population 239,000, Catholics 30,700, priests 51, permanent deacons 27, religious 60), USA. The bishop-elect was born in Texarkana, Texas, USA in 1955 and was ordained a priest in 1994. He is currently the rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral in Davenport.

- appointed Fr. Donald J. Hying as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee (area 12,323, population 2,315,958, Catholics 657,519, priests 651, permanent deacons 165, religious 1,660), USA. The bishop-elect was born in 1963 in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA, and was ordained a priest in 1989. He is currently rector of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

Don Riccardo Seppia/ prete pedofilo, interrogato Emauele Alfano

ITALIA
Newspedia

Don Riccardo Seppia, prete pedofilo, interrogato Emauele Alfano. Emauele Alfano, ex seminarista e amico di Don Seppia, ieri dopo un interrogatorio di cinque ore avrebbe ammesso molti dei reati di cui è stato accusato e inoltre avrebbe dichiarato la colpevolezza del prete sia per ciò che riguarda lo spaccio ma anche per i reati di violenza sui minori.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Lucerne priest jailed for stealing church funds

SWITZERLAND
World Radio Switzerland

A parish priest from Luthern, in the canton of Lucerne, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for embezzling funds from parishioners.

The German-born parish priest stole over half a million francs from church goers between 1997 and 2003.

He used the money to renovate his apartment, buy a new car and pay for booze to feed his alcohol addiction problem.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Expert warns religious educators of denial of sexual abuse

ISRAEL
The Jerusalem Post

By JONAH MANDEL
05/26/2011 05:09

The denial and complacency within the national-religious sector regarding sexual assault of minors is wrong and harmful to the victims, an expert warned a forum of educators on Wednesday – emphasizing the danger of the belief that a rabbinic figure would not molest a child.

Speaking at the Rehovot campus of Orot Teachers’ College on their annual conference dedicated to leadership, Adi Fishman, an Education Ministry expert on preventing and treating sexual assault, specializing in the national-religious sector, said “the religious public’s feeling – as though its children are more protected from sexual assault than those of other populaces – is wrong.”

“When, indeed, nothing has yet happened, that feeling can be a convenient defense mechanism. But once a sexual assault does occur, the belief that ‘things like that don’t happen in our society’ can mar the educator or parent’s ability to assist the victimized child,” she added. “An educator must first and foremost be aware that there is a good [likelihood] that there is a sexually assaulted child in his classroom. We know that one of every four girls, and five boys, will be sexually assaulted.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 AM

PAIDOFILIA: JUEZA INTERROGO A OBISPO ARTEAGA

CHILE
ANSA Latina

SANTIAGO DE CHILE, 25 (ANSA) - La jueza Jessica González interrogó durante tres horas al obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Andrés Arteaga, en el curso del proceso contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima por abusos sexuales de jóvenes de la parroquia El Bosque.

El interrogatorio se efectuó ayer en la parroquia del Sagrario, a un costado de la Catedral de Santiago, y es el primero que afecta a un obispo cercano a Karadima, sancionado de por vida por el Vaticano.

Un comunicado de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile informó que "en el procedimiento el obispo prestó plena colaboración con la labor investigativa de la señora magistrada".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Caso Karadima: Obispo Arteaga niega conocer denuncias

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- Luego que ayer el obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Monseñor Andrés Arteaga, prestara declaración ante la magistrada Jessica González, quien investiga las denuncias contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima por abusos sexuales, se conocieron detalles de su testimonio.

Según adelanta hoy el diario La Tercera , fuentes habrían revelado que el religioso “ratificó las afirmaciones públicas que ha hecho: que él no fue testigo ni cómplice ni encubridor de ilícitos asociados a Karadima”.

A la vez, Arteaga respondió preguntas de la magistrada en torno a la forma en que Fernando Karadima ejercía su dirección espiritual. Al respecto, el obispo auxiliar tendría diferencias con el ex párroco del bosque, lo que también habría expresado ayer ante la jueza González.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Lapdance monastery shut after raunchy nun stunt

ROME
Irish Independent

By Nick Squires in Rome

Thursday May 26 2011

THE Pope has shut a 500-year-old Rome monastery and kicked out its monks after it gained notoriety for hosting a performance by a lapdancer-turned-nun and welcomed celebrities such as Madonna.

Benedict XVI ordered the closure of the monastery of the Santa Croce in Gerusaleme (Holy Cross in Jerusalem), which holds some of the Roman Catholic Church's most prized relics, because of "financial and liturgical irregularities", a Vatican spokesman said.

About 20 Cistercian monks will be transferred to other monasteries around Italy, after it was found that their "lifestyles" were "not in keeping" with Church doctrine, bringing to an end a monastic presence on the site that dates back five centuries. They reportedly demonstrated "questionable behaviour and a lack of moral discipline" -- a possible allusion to homosexual relations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Obispo Arteaga dice que no tapó actos de Karadima

CHILE
La Cuarta

26.05.2011

Andrés Arteaga, obispo auxiliar de Santiago, se desmarcó ayer de cualquier situación que lo ligara a algún acto ilícito que pueda haber cometido el ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima.

"No he sido víctima ni encubridor ni cómplice de delitos", dijo el religioso. Acto seguido planteó que está abierto a un careo con los denunciantes de Karadima. Además, señaló que le gustaría poder conversar con Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton y José Andrés Murillo.

"Los estimo mucho, ha sido muy dolorosa la situación y me encantaría juntarme con ellos y no tengo problemas (...) ojalá que no sea un careo, sino que en un abrazo de reconciliación. Hay mucho dolor en esto", expresó Arteaga.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Survivors' network wants accused priests' names revealed

CONNECTICUT
The Bristol Press

By Jackie Majerus
Staff Writer

HARTFORD — The Archdiocese of Hartford should make public the names of priests or any other employee who is a proven or “credibly accused” child molester, a victims’ advocacy group said Wednesday.

Activists from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests stood in front of the Cathedral of St. Joseph asking that the archdiocese disclose the names and other information of current or former church workers, living or dead, as a way to protect children.

“We have no plans to do this,” said Maria Zone, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese.

The Rev. Richard McGann, a former Bristol priest who served at St. Gregory Church, Our Lady of Mercy in Plainville and at St. Paul Catholic High School, was the focal point of SNAP’s attention Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Monastery closed following lap dancing nun performance

ROME
The Journal (Ireland)

POPE BENEDICT XVI has ordered the closure of a monastery in Rome amidst concern at the “questionable behaviour” of the monks – which included hosting the special performance of a lap dancer-turned-nun.

The monastery of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, which holds some of the Catholic Church’s most prized relics, is being closed because of “financial and liturgical irregularities”, a spokesman for the Vatican told the Daily Telegraph. Twenty Cistercian monks will be transferred to other monasteries in Italy.

In recent years, the monks had enjoyed visits by Madonna and Gloria Estefan. But for many, the highlight of their time at Santa Croce will no doubt have been the 2009 visit of Anna Nobili, a former exotic dancer and striptease artist, who became a nun.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Pope ousts 'loose living' monks of Rome's Santa Croce monastery

ROME
Guardian (United Kingdom)

Tom Kington in Rome
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 25 May 2011

It sounds like something out of Father Ted: a renowned monastery in Rome where monks staged concerts featuring a lap-dancer-turned-nun and opened a hotel with a 24-hour limousine service has been shut down by the pope.

As part of Benedict XVI's crackdown on "loose living" within the Catholic church, 20 or so Cistercian monks are now being evicted from the monastery at the basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, which hosts some of the church's holiest relics.

"An inquiry found evidence of liturgical and financial irregularities as well as lifestyles that were probably not in keeping with that of a monk," said Father Ciro Benedettini, a Vatican spokesman. "The church remains open but the monks are awaiting transfer."

Reports saying the monks amassed large debts have also emerged, but Benedettini declined to give further details of the Vatican report, which was signed off in March.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Religious freedom seen as top issue facing US church in years ahead

UNITED STATES
The Pilot

By George P. Matysek Jr

TOWSON, Md. (CNS) -- John Garvey is convinced that religious freedom will be the most important issue facing the Catholic Church in the United States over the next half century.

"This is so because our culture is evolving in ways that are indifferent and sometimes even hostile to religion," said Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington.

The sexual abuse crisis has particularly wounded the Catholic Church, he said, contributing to a loss of moral authority. In the past decade, he said, legal restrictions aimed at the church garnered a sympathetic hearing. The church now finds itself in the same position as religious minorities, he said

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Bill Donohue: Abuse report's failure to note role of homosexuality 'unacceptable'

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Agency

New York City, N.Y., May 26, 2011 / 12:54 am (CNA).- Catholic League president Bill Donohue said that a recent study on sex abuse within the U.S. Catholic Church defies its own research in concluding that homosexuality was not a significant factor in the crisis.

“While there are many exemplary aspects to the study, the clear failure on the part of the researchers to pinpoint the role that homosexuality played in accounting for the abuse crisis is unacceptable,” Donohue told CNA on May 24.

“Indeed, their own data belie their conclusion that this had nothing to do with homosexuality,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Ex-head of Northamptonshire school to face child porn charges at crown court

UNITED KINGDOM
Northamptonshire Chronicle & Echo

THE former headteacher of a Northamptonshire primary school, who is accused of child porn offences, will face a judge in crown court.

Terry Ladlow, 73, a church organist who was head at Great Doddington Primary School between 1975 and 1980, faces 24 charges of making and possessing images of child sexual abuse.

He is alleged to have downloaded 8,867 indecent images between April 2005 and March 2010.

He is also alleged to have possessed images in each of the five classification categories, including images of torture and rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Brooklyn filmmaker Chris Gavagan, Queens Assemblywoman Margaret Markey support Child Victims Act

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY Michael O'Keeffe
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Thursday, May 26th 2011

A Brooklyn filmmaker who is making a documentary about sexual abuse in youth sports says the statute of limitations that limits prosecution of sexual abuse encourages offenders to prey on children.

Chris Gavagan, whose still-in-production "Coached into Silence" includes an interview with a coach he says abused him when he was a teenager, spoke at a press conference in Albany on Tuesday to promote the Child Victims Act. The bill, sponsored by Queens Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, would extend the civil and criminal limitations for sexual abuse and give previous victims a window to bring civil suits against sexual offenders.

"The reality is that these predators will feed for a lifetime on our children," Gavagan said. "And the short statute of limitations in our state guarantees 30, 40, 50 more years of children - our children, your children - as prey. A generation of children that could so easily have been spared.

"I have been forced to watch as my own abuser, a coach with direct and easy access to a hundred children a year for decades, found his next victim, and his next victim," Gavagan added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Court denies appeal in sex abuse case

BELLEVILLE (IL)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY JESSE BOGAN • jbogan@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8255 and VALERIE SCHREMP HAHN • vhahn@post-dispatch.com > 314-621-5804 | Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:00

The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a request to hear an appeal by the Diocese of Belleville involving a $5 million civil jury award in a sexual abuse case against a Roman Catholic priest.

The 2002 St. Clair County suit stems from allegations by James Wisniewski, currently in his early 50s, who claimed disgraced former Metro East priest Raymond Kownacki sexually abused him as a child in the 1970s for five years.

Wisniewski has said he did not sue earlier because it took years to discover how seriously he'd been harmed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

State high court rejects Belleville diocese appeal of $5 million award in sex case

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Belleville News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- The Illinois Supreme Court turned down a request by the Diocese of Belleville to hear an appeal of a $5 million award in a case of sexual abuse by one of its priests, making the amount plus $1.35 million in interest payable, unless a further legal challenge can be mounted.

The decision was posted Wednesday without comment.

Unless further legal action occurs, the diocese must pay James Wisniewski of Champaign $6.35 million. If the diocese does not have adequate insurance or cannot raise the money -- some Catholic dioceses in the United States have been forced to sell property to meet such payments -- the award would be paid through a guaranty bond.

Joe Tybor, spokesman for the Illinois Supreme Court, said that a reversal by the state high court of its own decision not to hear a case, "happens very infrequently."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Catholic priest Kizito in fresh abuse probe

KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

BY CATHERINE KARONG'O

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26 - Renowned Catholic priest Father Renato Kizito has once again been accused of sexual abuse.

This time around, a 20 year old worker alleges he was sodomised by Fr Kizito.

It is the second time the priest is implicated in a sexual abuse case in the last two years.

The Italian priest of the Comboni Missionaries turned himself in and recorded a statement at the Kilimani police station on Thursday morning after learning that he was being sought by detectives, who had earlier gone to a house off Elgeyo Marakwet Road in search of him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Sexual Abuse Crisis Not Over, Says Italian Cardinal

ROME
Vox Bikol (Philippines)

ROME, MAY 25, 2011- The sexual abuse of minors by clergymen is "a wicked emergency not yet overcome," according to the Italian Episcopal Conference president.

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, who is also the archbishop of Genoa, said this Monday, May 23, as he opened the 63rd General Assembly of the conference, under way in Rome.

The sexual abuse of minors, he said, "causes incalculable harm to young lives and their families, to whom we do not cease to show our pain and solidarity."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

May 25, 2011

Follow the Paper Trail: Who Knew the Secrets of Pedophile Priest Donald McGuire?

UNITED STATES
SF Weekly

[Let Him Prey: High-Ranking Jesuits Helped Keep Pedophile Priest Hidden]

By Peter Jamison, Wed., May 25 2011

In this week's cover story, SF Weekly takes a look at the voluminous paper trail left behind by Donald McGuire, the defrocked Jesuit priest who is currently serving a 25-year federal prison sentence for transporting minors across state lines to sexually abuse them.

Since he was a member of the Society of Jesus, complaints about McGuire and the subsequent reactions from his colleagues and superiors were documented in great detail. (Founded by the former soldier Ignatius of Loyola in 1534, the Jesuit order prizes order, obedience, and detailed record-keeping.) Hundreds of pages of documents released as part of an ongoing lawsuit against the order show show who knew, and when, about abuse allegations against McGuire.

If you'd like to take a look at many of the original source documents that informed our story, you can view them here, here, and here. Also, here is a legal motion by plaintiffs against the Jesuits that sums up the order's history of managing McGuire over his nearly five decades as an ordained priest. (These documents have been redacted to protect the identities of his victims.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Retired bishop in Oz says some priests do not view child sex as breach of virtue

AUSTRALIA
Church News Ireland

A retired Roman Catholic bishop in Australia has claimed that some priests do not view the molestation of boys as a breach of their celibacy vows.

Australian News.Net reported that 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.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM

O’Gorman to address top clerics in Rome on abuse

IRELAND/ROME
The Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan

Friday, May 20, 2011

ONE of this country’s most vocal abuse victims has been invited to Rome to address some of the world’s top archbishops and bishops on how best to respond to victims of clerical abuse.

Colm O’Gorman, who was abused by Fr Sean Fortune in the diocese of Ferns in the 1980s, is the first survivor to have received an invitation specifically to discuss the Church’s response to such complaints.

It’s understood that more than 100 clerical and lay representatives working in the field of child protection will attend the Anglophone Conference in Rome this summer.

Last year’s Anglophone Conference was scheduled to take place in Athlone but was cancelled and transferred to Paisley in Scotland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 PM

Illinois Supreme Court will not hear appeal in $5 million award in priest sex abuse case

ILLINOIS
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY VALERIE SCHREMP HAHN • vhahn@post-dispatch.com > 314-621-5804

The Illinois Supreme Court today denied a request to hear an appeal by the Diocese of Belleville involving a $5 million civil jury award in a priest sexual abuse case.

James Wisniewski of Champaign sued in 2002 in St. Clair County, alleging that the Rev. Raymond Kowancki sexually abused him for five years in the 1970s beginning when he was 13.

His suit also claimed the diocese concealed Kownacki's suspected behavior and quietly shuffled him among parishes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Father Conroy sworn in as House chaplain after weathering 'firestorm'

WASHINGTON (DC)
The Oregonian

By Charles Pope, The Oregonian

WASHINGTON -- Oregon's Father Patrick Conroy was sworn in Wednesday as House chaplain, making the 60-year-old priest the first Jesuit to hold the position and also the first candidate who needed to navigate around the Catholic church's recent history.

"It’s clear this loyal servant of the faithful is uniquely suited to serve as chaplain of the people’s House," Speaker John Boehner said, noting that the chaplain "is the anchor of the House."

"Leader Pelosi and I have gotten a chance to know Father Pat, and we’re honored that he has accepted our invitation to serve as chaplain," Boehner said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 PM

The Orphan

UNITED STATES
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on May 25, 2011

or: The amazingly well-written, life-changing, relevant, engaging, exciting and immensely readable book proposal that the New York publishing machine determined that no one wanted to read.

There was a study published recently showing that rejection (romantic or otherwise) causes physical pain. I wholeheartedly agree.

Why? Last week, after a five-month sales push by my big-time New York literary agent, my nonfiction memoir book proposal was politely rejected by almost every New York/East Coast publishing house.

“It was an awesome, well, written and exciting proposal,” they said. “She an amazing storyteller,” they said. But … “No one wants to read about the victims.”

WHAT?! People don’t want to read about the victims? Wait, in the past year, I have read bestselling memoirs about teenage drunks, intensely poor itinerant families where the parents became homeless people, abusive addict parents, lots of dead people, battered wives with mentally ill husbands, and FLDS child brides/escapees. And my story is the one that no one wants to read about? At least I’m funny.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 PM

Sussex Police and clergy blasted in paedophile priest review

UNITED KINGDOM
The Argus

By Anna Roberts »

A review into how two priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of child abuse offences has found serious failings in the police and senior clergy.

Collin Pritchard was the vicar of St Barnabas, in Bexhill, until 2007, despite having been first reported to police for sex offences 10 years earlier. He was later jailed for sexually abusing two young boys.

One of the boys was also abused by Roy Cotton, who worked as a parish priest in Brede near Rye, but prosecutors decided there was not enough evidence to charge him before he died in September 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 PM

Ultra-Orthodox Group Affirms Abuse Cases Go First To Rabbi

UNITED STATES
Forward

By Paul Berger
Published May 25, 2011, issue of June 03, 2011.

One of America’s leading ultra-Orthodox groups has reaffirmed that its followers must consult a rabbi before going to law enforcement authorities with suspicions of sexual abuse committed by community members.

The admonitions, from speakers at a conference sponsored by Agudath Israel of America, came even though a recent rabbinic edict permits reporting such crimes to secular authorities. A New Jersey district attorney with many Orthodox constituents said the advice given at the conference could be a violation of state law, though that view wasn’t shared by the district attorney for Brooklyn, where many other Orthodox Jews live.

At the daylong “Halacha Conference for Professionals,” held in Brooklyn on May 15, speakers elaborated on a recent ruling by Rabbi Shalom Elyashiv, one of ultra-Orthodoxy’s foremost authorities on Jewish religious law, or Halacha. Elyashiv recently decreed that Jews with reasonable suspicions that a case of sexual abuse has occurred are permitted to go to secular law enforcement authorities, notwithstanding traditional religious prohibitions against mesirah, or informing on fellow Jews.

But at a panel discussion titled “Molestation Issues and Reporting: Current Halachic Thinking,” the panel’s leader, Rabbi Shlomo Gottesman, cautioned that Elyashiv never explained what constitutes “reasonable suspicion.” To establish this, Gottesman said, a person should consult a rabbi “who has experience in these issues” before going to secular authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 PM

Premian reportaje de "Informe Especial" que destapó el caso Karadima

CHILE
La Segunda

SANTIAGO.- La investigación realizada por la periodista Paulina de Allende Salazar sobre los abusos cometidos por el sacerdote Fernando Karadima a jóvenes de la Parroquia Sagrado Corazón de El Bosque, fue premiado hoy con el Premio Periodismo de Excelencia Audiovisual, entregado por la Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Tras la transmisión del reportaje "Caso Karadima" en abril del año pasado, se inició un intenso debate público en torno a la veracidad de los testimonios entregados por las víctimas al programa del canal estatal. Muchos defensores del sacerdote criticaron las palabras de James Hamilton, Juan Carlos Cruz, Fernando Battle y Juan Murillo.

La posterior confirmación de los abusos hecha por el Vaticano aumentó la crisis al interior de la Iglesia Católica. Asimismo, motivó a sus máximos representantes en el país a pedir perdón por no escuchar a los abusados, pese a que la justicia civil había desestimado el caso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

Htfd priest investigated for sex abuse

HARTFORD (CT)
WTNH

Jamie Muro

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - There are more church sex abuse allegations surfacing that involve a catholic priest.

An activist group claims the clergyman has a history of molesting children and lives at a child care center in Bristol.

News 8 received a statement from the Department of Public Health that says a thorough investigation took place and there is no evidence to link the priest with the daycare, but the activist group called SNAP may not believe it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:38 PM

Supreme Court rejects Belleville Diocese's appeal of $5 million award in priest sex abuse case

ILLINOIS
Belleville News-Democrat

BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- The Illinois Supreme Court, in a decision made public Wednesday, turned down a request by the Diocese of Belleville to hear an appeal of a $5 million civil jury award in a case of sexual abuse by a priest.

Unless the diocese is successful in asking the state's highest court to reconsider its own opinion, James Wisniewski of Champaign must be paid the $5 million plus $1.35 million in interest. The payment is secured by a performance bond.

An appeal cannot be made to the U.S. Supreme Court unless it is first considered by a state's supreme court. The diocese has 21 days to ask the state high court to reconsider its decision, but cannot submit additional evidence or make further argument.
Priest abuse

Attorney Mike Weilmuenster of Belleville, who, with his former law partner and now U.S. attorney Steve Wigginton, pursued the case for nine years said, "This is a victory for all victims of sexual abuse by a priest."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:56 PM

Catholic Church blames abuse on the devil in the sixties

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Susan Jacoby

In this column, I am speaking both as an atheist and as someone raised a Roman Catholic in the 1950s. The atheist is never surprised or shocked at anything done by an organization based on the premise that its head on earth is endowed by God Himself with infallible insight on faith and morals. But the former Catholic, who personally knows men molested by priests in the Fifties—only one of whom reported the event to his parents when he was a boy—is enraged by the church’s shameless, latest attempt to blame the whole pedophile priest horror on the expanded sexual freedom of the 1960s. Yes, blame it on the Sixties. What a convenient dodge for hypocritical old men who still refuse to look in the mirror and take responsibility for what happened to children on their watch under cover of what Catholics used to call The Faith with a capital “T” and a capital “F.”

The study, conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York at a cost of $1.8 million (mainly borne by the church and Catholic organizations) relied heavily on data provided by the church. The report suggests that Catholic priests who came of age in the 1940s and 1950s were unprepared for the sexual revolution of the 1960s, lost their ethical moorings and violated children because of the confusion and stress created by an altered social and sexual climate. I’ll buy just one part of that theory—the part about priests being unprepared not only for the greater sexual openness of the Sixties but also for any understanding of the importance of pleasurable, consensual sex in adult life.

Karen Terry, the report’s principal investigator and dean of research and strategic partnerships at John Jay College, said in an interview that although the number of abuse cases rose in the Sixties, she could not say with any certainty whether many cases from the 1920s through the 1950s went unreported. “Was there more abuse in the 50s than we reported in our graph? She asked. “No doubt. However, there is still an increase in the 1960s. That’s been shown each year the data has come in.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:52 PM

ll. diocese loses new appeal in clergy abuse case

ILLINOIS
Albany Times Union

JIM SUHR, Associated Press
Updated 03:28 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a Belleville-based diocese's request to throw out a $5 million jury award in an alleged priest abuse case, the diocese said without revealing whether it planned to appeal the matter further.

The high court declined without comment to hear the Diocese of Belleville's February appeal of the 2008 jury verdict. It was the latest setback in the diocese's quest for relief from the possible payout it claims it can ill-afford.

James Wisniewski of Champaign sued the diocese in 2002 in St. Clair County, alleging that the Rev. Raymond Kownacki sexually abused him dozens of times for five years in the 1970s at St. Theresa's Parish in Salem, Ill., beginning when he was 13. Kownacki, Wisniewski testified, at times showed the then-altar boy a handgun, threatening to kill the child's parents if he ever told.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:48 PM

Nuns withdraw suit against Boston Archdiocese, settlement reached on pension funds dispute

BOSTON (MA)
Daily Journal

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

BOSTON — An order of Roman Catholic nuns has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the Boston Archdiocese for allegedly not allowing it to take out their portion of a church-run pension fund so the nuns could start their own plan.

In a joint statement Wednesday, the two sides said they'd reached "a mutually satisfactory resolution" and had asked the state Supreme Judicial Court on May 10 to dismiss the complaint by the Daughters of St. Paul.

The statement says the settlement includes a transfer of the order's money to a new pension plan the daughters will run.

The nuns estimated they were owed $1.37 million from the fund, though the archdiocese said the amount was subject to mediation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

Who's to Blame For Priest Pedophilia Scandals? Hippies!

CONNECTICUT
New Haven Advocate

By Doug Daniels

Last week a highly anticipated report about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church was released, immediately drawing criticism from abuse victims and advocacy groups. The nearly $2 million study was conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops footed about half the bill.

The report accurately portrays an institution far more concerned with its image than with protecting kids. But sprinkled throughout are some appalling explanations and displays of dishonesty.

First, the researchers fix the statistics to appear far more favorable toward the church by redefining pedophilia as only pertaining to children age 10 and under. The accepted age for pedophilia is 13, and of course it's a crime to have sex with any minor — something the study seems reluctant to acknowledge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:36 PM

May 25, 2011- Joint Statement from the Daughters of St. Paul and the Archdiocese of Boston

BOSTON (MA)
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The Trustees of the Archdiocese of Boston Pension Plan and the Daughters of St. Paul are pleased to announce that as a result of the diligent efforts of all involved, a mutually satisfactory resolution to their differences has been reached. As a result, on May 10, 2011, the parties jointly requested the court to dismiss the complaint filed by the Daughters in December 2010. A copy of that joint filing is attached.

The settlement, which included a transfer of the Archdiocese Pension Plan assets allocable to the Daughters of St. Paul to a new pension plan administered by the Daughters, will allow the Daughters to independently provide retirement benefits to their current and former employees.

The relationship between the Archdiocese of Boston and the Daughters of St. Paul, which began in the 1950s, when Cardinal Cushing welcomed the Daughters into the Archdiocese by giving them a bookstore in South Boston and a retreat house in Billerica, continues to be a strong and positive one. Many Sisters in the community generously contribute to media initiatives around the Archdiocese, appearing on the new Catholic Radio station, WQOM 1060 AM, participating in Catholic media symposia and workshops, providing a source for Catholic media through their Pauline Book & Media center in Dedham and sharing their stories of faith on the Archdiocesan website’s Delegate for Religious home page. The Sisters also actively support the Archdiocese Pro-Life Office in countless ways.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Nuns, archdiocese settle lawsuit over pension plan

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

By Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff

The Archdiocese of Boston and the Daughters of St. Paul issued a joint statement today announcing that they have settled the nuns' lawsuit against Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley and other trustees of its lay pension plan.

The Daughters, an international order of nuns whose North American headquarters is in Jamaica Plain, sued late last year to force the archdiocese to hand over the investments the Daughters had made in the archdiocese's pension plan on behalf of the order's lay employees.

The archdiocese did not disclose the amount of the settlement, but its statement said the agreement "included a transfer of the Archdiocese Pension Plan assets allocable to the Daughters of St. Paul to a new pension plan administered by the Daughters" and that it would "allow the Daughters to independently provide retirement benefits to their current and former employees."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

German Catholics Call For Reform, Many Leaving

GERMANY
WCBD

By MELISSA EDDY, Associated Press | (AP)
Published: May 25, 2011

AUGSBURG, Germany (AP) Roman Catholic intellectuals and some of the faithful in Germany are turning their backs on the church in the year following a widespread sex scandal.

There are nearly 25 million Catholics in Germany, but numbers gathered by The Associated Press show a spike in people leaving the congregation last year as allegations of clergy abuse of hundreds of children surfaced.

German theologians and others have aired their discontent in a series of petitions to church leaders calling for changes including more transparency, an end to celibacy, and women's ordination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Miracle snob

UNITED STATES
San Diego City Beat

By Edwin Decker

I happened to be at the Vatican while they were gearing up for the heavily anticipated beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II. What a spectacle!

Beatification is the last stage before canonization, which is when a particular holy-person is recognized as a saint. To be beatified, the Holy-Person-in-Question (HPQ) must have performed a Vatican-approved, posthumous miracle. Then the HPQ must perform a second miracle to be canonized.

The first miracle has already happened. A Parkinson’s beleaguered nun prayed directly to Deucey (my pet name for Paul II) and lo, was her disease promptly cured. The alleged miracle was investigated and approved by current pope Benedict XVI, leaving Deucey to perform only one more miracle—which explains why every Catholic you know constantly keeps checking his or her tortillas. ...

They’ll canonize Deucey even though any clear-thinking person (who, um, happens to believes in miracles) knows no real saint would’ve let the abuse scandal happen. Any clear-thinking person (who believes in holy dead people who return to Earth in the form of magical ethnic foods) knows that not only is the former pontifex maximus not a saint; he’s the exact opposite: He’s an Aint: the Patron Aint of Letting Children Get System atically Sexually Abused (and also of diarrhea and dingleberries).

And he let it happen alright. Consider the case of Father Marcial Degollado, who continued to receive Deucey’s protection even after a guilty verdict. Consider Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, whom the former pontiff scuttled out of Boston (moments before his arrest) and rewarded with the ultra-cushy job of Archpriest in charge of Basilica Maggiore in Rome—instead of granting Law the more appropriate title of Arch-Pederast in Charge of Lava Pit 36 in Hell.

Deucey didn’t punish a single child-raping scumbag or any of the high-ranking scumbags who shielded child-raping scumbags. Because he either didn’t know what was going on (which means “The Holy See,” didn’t see shit) or he knew and kept oiling and gassing the engine—the great Rapus ex Machina— anyway. So it will take more than your standard, Cure-One-Case-of-Parkinson’s kind of miracle to make me believe that assface was a saint. Admittedly, I’m a miracle snob but, c’mon—curing Parkinson’s? Cancer? That shit don’t impress me. Diseases go into remission. It’s rare, but it happens; it’s just plain silly to confuse our ignorance about disease with divine intervention.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:10 PM

Kenosha priest charged with 2 misdemeanors

KENOSHA (WI)
WLS

May 25, 2011 (KENOSHA, Wis.) -- A Kenosha priest is charged with two counts of unlawful use of a telephone.

Father Michael Nowak pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanors Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint, Nowak took a 17-year-old girl from his parish to a movie, then later called her and asked her out again. In the court documents, the girl told police Nowak asked her to "wear a low cut shirt to show off your `cha-chas'."

WTMJ-TV reports a 14-year-old girl told police Nowak called her and asked if he could perform oral sex on her.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:15 PM

Clergy Sex Abuse Report: Let's Rely on Science, Not Hysteria

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Thomas G. Plante

The loudest voices were poised last week when researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice finally released their much anticipated investigation examining the causes and context of clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

Despite the fact -- and I stress the word fact -- that the study was independent, conducted by non-Catholic experts in criminal justice and behavior, many of those interviewed claimed that Catholic bishops rigged the findings.

As someone who consulted on the study, it is my professional opinion that it offers a comprehensive analysis of the problem, and it is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about clergy sexual abuse.

The report examines the Catholic Church's organizational responses to abuse claims over the past half century. It concludes that U.S. Bishops were generally well-informed about the problem of clergy abuse by the mid-1980s. It also clearly states that while some bishops implemented effective policies and procedures, others clearly were focused on the concerns of the priest offender rather than those of the victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 PM

Exposed: Sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Kenya

KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

BY ERIC LATIFF

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 - A Catholic priest is under investigation in Ireland over the regular abuse of boys at the Ngong parish in Kenya.

Also under probe in the Netherlands is a Dutch Bishop following an expose through a TV documentary aired by Irish broadcaster RTE which highlighted the abuse by priests from the Mill Hill Missionaries.

The documentary has lifted the lid on 56-year-old Fr Gerry Geraghty who now lives at the order's house in Rathgar, Dublin. He is alleged to have abused young boys in Kenya as recently as five years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:08 PM

Abuse allegations remain shrouded in secrecy

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Chiara Bonello

Silence continues to shroud the case of the Dominican nun who was questioned by the police after allegations of abuse at Lourdes Home in Gozo, as the Archbishop’s Curia yesterday told this newspaper it is not their policy to make public comments on such cases.

Questions were sent by this newspaper to the Archbishop’s Curia regarding the whereabouts of the nun who was questioned by the police, after allegations of abuse at Lourdes Home in Gozo emerged.

However the replies followed the line that the alleged case referred to the Gozo Diocese, not the Maltese Diocese, and that it was the policy of both dioceses not to make public comments about individual cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 PM

'Woodstock defence' of abuse doesn't hold water

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Mark Silk
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 25 May 2011

The question: Is the Catholic abuse scandal over?

Five years and $1.8m in the making, the John Jay College report on the "causes and context" of the sexual abuse crisis in American Catholicism that was released last week has an excellent story to tell.

The report identifies the crisis as a mountain of incidents, rising steadily from sea level in 1950 to a peak in 1980, then declining precipitously to a permanent low plateau in the mid-1990s.

It divides the relevant priests into "cohorts" according to decade of ordination, and asserts that in each case, "the participation in sexual abuse of the cohort rises in the 1960s and 1970s and falls in the 1980s".

So the decades made them do it: "The period of elevated incidence and subsequent decline are thus seen as period effects that were shaped by general social factors." The 1960s and 1970s encouraged bad behaviour of all sorts, but in the 1980s there was "a reduced tolerance for behavioural deviance in society in general".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:03 PM

Irish Church's Forgotten Victims Take Case to U.N.

IRELAND
The New York Times

By CAROL RYAN
Published: May 25, 2011

DUBLIN — For years, it was Ireland’s hidden scandal: an estimated 30,000 women were sent to church-run laundries, where they were abused and worked for years with no pay. Their offense, in the eyes of society, was to break the strict sexual rules of Catholic Ireland, having children outside wedlock.

Although it has been over a decade since their story came to light, the women are still waiting for an apology, and possibly compensation.

Now, an advocacy group, Justice for Magdalenes, which has spent the last two years lobbying the Irish government to investigate the history of the laundries, is taking the case to the United Nations, alleging the abuse amounted to human rights violations, and hoping that an official rebuke from the international body will shame the government into action.

“We don’t take any pleasure in embarrassing the government in this way but we have worked the domestic structure as far as we can and still the government has done nothing,” said James Smith of Boston College, a spokesman for Justice for Magdalenes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

A WHITE PAPER ON THE CHILD SEX SLAVE TRADE

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

By Harry Leibowitz, Ph.D., Chairman and Founder of the World of Children (www.worldofchildren.org) November, 2008

Introduction

As far back as recorded history can take us there are references to prostitution and brothels. Similarly, there are ample records of women and men being forced into sexual slavery in almost all cultures and societies. On a recent visit to Lima, Peru I was struck by the plethora of artifacts in the pre-Columbian museum there depicting sexual acts of all kinds…many of which would be considered abhorrent in today’s “civilization” and many with figures that appear to be children. Throughout recorded history, there has always been a premium placed on sexual activity with young children. The ancient Greeks and Romans record the enslavement of “underclass” children and those from conquered countries as concubines to the rich and wealthy…both girls and boys.

In today’s world, because of globalization, the ease of travel and the instantaneous nature of communications, the trafficking of children for purposes of sex has reached epidemic proportions. The “demand” for young children for sex and the supply of them has become a global business. Nefarious characters abduct children or purchase them from unsuspecting families then rape and torture them into submission, ultimately selling them for sex. Equally nefarious characters from around the world organize “excursions” designed to frequent child prostitutes…most often in third world countries. While it is impossible to get a good handle on the enormity of the problem, according to UNICEF’s publication “The State of The World’s Children”, 2007 it was estimated that there are 1.8 million children involved in the commercial sex trade. In another UNICEF publication “Child Protection: A handbook for parliamentarians” 2004, it is estimated that “…1 million children a year are forced into prostitution and are trafficked/sold for sexual purposes…”. Estimates are that in the United States alone, “The number of sexually exploited children in the United States also is unknown but conservative estimates place their numbers at between 300,000 and 500,000.” (Dr. Richard J. Estes, University of Pennsylvania “The Sexual Exploitation of Children” 2001)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Church of England criticised over Sussex sex abuse

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

Church of England senior clergy and Sussex Police have been criticised over how they dealt with claims of historic abuse by two Sussex paedophile priests.

Roy Cotton and Colin Pritchard abused children in the 1970s and 1980s. Pritchard admitted the crimes in 2008. Cotton had a conviction from the 1950s.

The church appointed Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss to carry out a review.

She said the victims' claims were not taken seriously. The Bishop of Chichester has apologised.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

L'urlo dei genitori: "Ora paghi per quello che ha fatto"

ITALIA
Il Giorno

Milano, 25 maggio 2011 - Bandierine e nastri colorati all’ingresso. Due terreni da calcetto ben curati, un campo a undici, il furgone con lo stemma della Sampdoria. Gli anziani al bancone del baretto: «Un ghiacciolo all’anice, per favore». Passa qualche ciclista, i patiti della corsa cercano un po’ d’ombra tra gli alberi del parco di Trenno. Unione Sportiva Viscontini, zona Bonola, all’angolo tra via Fratelli Gorlini e via Giorgi. Due anni e mezzo fa, le denunce di alcune mamme, che accusano l’allenatore Livio Volpi di molestare i ragazzini delle giovanili. Allontanato «in tempo zero - assicurano i responsabili della società -. Non ci abbiamo pensato su». Ieri, il sospiro di sollievo: «Non possiamo dirci felici - ripetono - perché si tratta di una brutta vicenda che ci saremmo evitati volentieri. Tuttavia, siamo soddisfatti: se ha commesso qualche errore, è giusto che paghi: noi abbiamo fatto il possibile».

Poco lontano, c’è una scuola elementare. Alle quattro del pomeriggio suona la campanella: papà e nonni aspettano figli e nipoti. Non si parla d’altro: molti degli alunni dell’istituto abitano in questo quartiere residenziale della profonda periferia ovest, alcuni di loro hanno iniziato a dare i primi calci al pallone proprio sul sintetico di via Giorgi 10. Storia trentennale, gemellaggio con i blucerchiati liguri, camp estivi per tutto il mese di giugno, persino corsi di karate. «Il club venne fondato nel 1980 per volontà di un gruppo di genitori e insegnanti della scuola elementare Viscontini - si legge sul sito web - per promuovere le attività sportive a Trenno». Oggi, quei padri diventati nonni si interrogano sul caso del giorno: «Pensare che li mandiamo a giocare per evitare che stiano in strada, e poi vedi cosa succede?». Nessun riferimento alla dirigenza della società: «Lo hanno cacciato immediatamente - ricordano -. Cos’altro avrebbero potuto fare?».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Droga e pedofilia/ Nuovo parroco a Sestri Ponente, Don Seppia sospeso ufficialmente

ITALIA
Citta di Genova

Genova - Dopo lo scandalo di Don Seppia la chiesa dello Spirito Santo di Sestri Ponente riparte da don Roberto Ghiara. È lui infatti il nuovo parroco scelto dal Cardinale Angelo Bagnasco come nuova guida spirituale di una comunità religiosa sconvolta e turbata dalla vicenda giudiziaria del prete arrestato per abuso su minori e cessione di stupefacenti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Caso Karadima: Ministra en visita interrogó a obispo Arteaga por cerca de tres horas

CHILE
La Tercera

El obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Andrés Arteaga, prestó declaración esta tarde ante la ministra en visita, Jéssica González, quien investiga las denuncias contra el ex párroco de la Iglesia de El Bosque Fernando Karadima, acusado de abuso sexual a menores de edad.

Según indicó la Conferencia Episcopal, a las 17.45 se efectuó la diligencia en el domicilio de Arteaga, ubicado en la Parroquia El Sagrario, ubicado a un costado de la Catedral Metropolitana.

Arteaga es el primer obispo interrogado por la ministra en visita y el diálogo entre ambos se extendió por cerca de tres horas.

En el procedimiento, el obispo prestó plena colaboración con la labor investigativa de la magistrada, según afirmó la Iglesia Católica chilena a través de un comunicado.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Caso Karadima: obispo auxiliar de Santiago declara ante magistrada

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- El obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Monseñor Andrés Arteaga, prestó declaración esta tarde ante la magistrada Jessica González, quien investiga las denuncias contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima por abusos sexuales.

De acuerdo a un escueto comunicado emitido por la Conferencia Episcopal, la diligencia se efectuó en el domicilio de Arteaga y se extendió por cerca de tres horas.

En el procedimiento, “el obispo prestó plena colaboración con la labor investigativa de la magistrada”, finaliza el texto.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Mei ’68 oorzaak seksueel misbruik

VERENIGDE STATEN
RKnieuws

ANTWERPEN (RKnieuws.net) - Homoseksualiteit, het celibaat en het aan mannen voorbehouden priesterschap zijn geen oorzaken van het pedofilieschandaal in de Amerikaanse katholieke kerk, wel de seksuele revolutie van de jaren 1960. Dat is de opmerkelijke conclusie van een onafhankelijk onderzoek in opdracht van de Amerikaanse bisschoppenconferentie (www.usccb.org).

Het onderzoeksteam van het John Jay College of Criminal Justice van de stadsuniversiteit van New York publiceerde vorige woensdag, 18 mei, een door de Amerikaanse bisschoppenconferentie bestelde en gedeeltelijk betaalde studie over de oorzaken en de context van het seksueel misbruik door priesters in de Verenigde Staten tussen 1950 en 2010. Volgens dat wetenschappelijke instituut is het pedofilieschandaal te wijten aan de slechte priesteropleiding in de jaren 1940-’50, waardoor die generatie priesters nadien emotioneel niet was opgewassen tegen de maatschappelijke omwentelingen en de seksuele revolutie van de jaren 1960-’70.

Volgens de onderzoekers moet de oorzaak van het misbruik niet worden gezocht in de binnenkerkelijke structuren, maar wel in de tijdgeest. Het celibaat en het aan mannen voorbehouden priesterschap waren in de onderzochte periode niet verantwoordelijk voor de toe- of afname van misbruikzaken. Die priesterdaders zijn bovendien volgens het onderzoek geen echte pedofielen. De grootste groep slachtoffers bestond uit jongens tussen 11 en 14 jaar, maar de verklaring daarvoor vinden de onderzoekers in het gegeven dat die misbruikplegende priesters nu eenmaal makkelijker toegang tot die groep hadden dan tot andere groepen. Voorts toont het onderzoek aan dat toen eind jaren zeventig en begin jaren tachtig het aantal homoseksuelen op seminaries toenam, het aantal misbruikgevallen afnam. Daaruit wordt de conclusie getrokken dat de homoseksuele geaardheid losstaat van het misbruik van minderjarige jongens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Kenosha Priest Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

KENOSHA (WI)
WISN

KENOSHA -- Prosecutors charged a Kenosha Catholic priest Tuesday with unlawful phone use-threaten with obscenity.

They said he made sexual comments over the phone to two teenage girls, ages 14 and 17.

The Reverand Michael Nowak plead not guilty to the misdemeanor charges in court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

BISHOP NOTIFIES GARDAI OVER AHASCRAGH PRIEST ALLEGATIONS

IRELAND
Galway News

May 25, 2011

A priest in the village of Ahascragh has stepped aside from his ministry following accusations that he fathered a child in Kenya.

A Primetime investigation earlier this week accused Fr. Kevin Reynolds of raping a girl in Kenya and fathering a daughter, who is now 29 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Liempdse priester breekt met celibaat

NEDERLAND
Brabants Centrum

Bisschop Antoon Hurkmans heeft met ingang van 1 augustus de taken en bevoegdheden ontnomen van pastor Geert-Jan Putmans van de Bossche Sint-Janskathedraal. De 33-jarige oud-Liempdenaar heeft te kennen gegeven zich niet aan het celibaat te kunnen houden, zo meldt het bisdom. Putmans wil zelf niet reageren, zo werd vanuit de familiekring gemeld.

Twee jaar geleden werd Putmans door de bisschop aangesteld als deeltijdpastor in de Sint-Jan. Na in 1997 priester te zijn gewijd in de Bossche kathedraal verdiepte hij zich vanaf 1999 vijf jaar lang in Rome in vraagstukken over huwelijk, gezinsleven en seksualiteit. ,,Ik heb een groot verlangen om de boodschap van huwelijk en gezin bij de mensen te brengen", vertelde Putmans drie jaar geleden tijdens een interview in deze krant.

Naast deeltijdpastor was Putmans de voorbije jaren studieleider aan het Sint-Janscentrum in 's-Hertogenbosch. Aan dit seminarie volgde de priester ook zelf zijn opleiding; hij werd daartoe aangezet door de voormalige Liempdse pastoor Jan van Adrichem. Als tiener werd Putmans gegrepen door het katholieke geloof bij de Gemeenschap Emmanuel, voortgekomen uit de ontwikkelingen na het Tweede Vaticaans Concilie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Let Him Prey: High-Ranking Jesuits Helped Keep Pedophile Priest Hidden

CALIFORNIA
SF Weekly

By Peter Jamison Wednesday, May 25 2011

The conservative Catholic family lived on a quiet cul-de-sac in Walnut Creek and took pains to observe the traditions of a church racked by social change. Their lives appeared driven by the famous motivational phrase of Saint Ignatius, "Ad majorem Dei gloriam" — for the greater glory of God. It was the same motto that ostensibly guided the Jesuit priest, Donald McGuire, to whom they turned for spiritual guidance.

Then, in 1993, they learned that McGuire had done unthinkable things with their 16-year-old son, Charles, who traveled with him as his personal assistant. The boy and the priest had allegedly looked at pornographic magazines, masturbated, and taken showers together. The family took this devastating news to an esteemed San Francisco priest, Joseph Fessio, who, like McGuire, had once been a teacher at the University of San Francisco.

Fessio runs the Ignatius Press, a Catholic publishing house based in the Sunset District that is the primary English-language publisher of the pope's writings. He and McGuire shared a reputation for doctrinal orthodoxy. McGuire, for his part, was a cleric of worldwide renown, functioning as adviser and confessor to Mother Teresa. While family members considered reporting the abuse to secular authorities, Fessio urged them to stay quiet until he could confer with Jesuit higher-ups.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

A worthless and dangerous report

UNITED STATES
Miranda Celeste

Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a report called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010” (.pdf), a companion to their 2004 report, “The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 1950-2002“. Both reports were compiled by the research team at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York at the request of the USCCB’s Office of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board, a group of prominent Catholic laity (both the OCYP and the NRB were created by the USCCB after the 2002 adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People). It is important to note that, although the research was carried out by the John Jay College, the UCCSB had the final say on whether or not to authorize publication of the report.

Before I read the newly-released report, I tried to be as charitable and optimistic about it as possible, with the thought that “well, this is better than nothing”.

After finishing the report, though, I can say with certainty that both my charity and my optimism were unwarranted. I was wrong. Very wrong. This report isn’t better than nothing. It’s a major setback in the movement towards Church accountability.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Gestolen spotprent terug

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

De man die donderdagmiddag in Venlo de spotprent over seksueel misbruik in de kerk stal, heeft de tekening van Peter van Straaten terugbezorgd bij het Limburgs Museum.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Gelovige dief steelt spotprent die kind met kruisbeeld in kont toont

NEDERLAND
Vandaag

In het Limburgs museum in Venlo (Nederlands-Limburg), heeft een dief twee spotprenten ontvreemd.

De spotprenten, van de hand van Peter van Straaten, handelen over seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Eén van de tekeningen toont bijvoorbeeld een biddend kind dat een kruisbeeld in de anus heeft steken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Day care owner denies disgraced priest lived there

BRISTOL (CT)
The Bristol Press

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

By Lisa Backus
Staff Writer

BRISTOL — A city woman is denying claims by a national advocacy group that she allowed a former priest accused of molestation to live in her Root Avenue home where she runs a day care center.

Debra Zakrzewski said she is friends with the Rev. Richard McGann but that he never lived in her home or was near the children at the center.

McGann’s access to the children is a driving point behind a news conference scheduled for today at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Archdiocese responds to John Jay Report

CALIFORNIA
Catholic San Francisco

This is an excerpt from a statement released by the Archdiocese of San Francisco in response to the John Jay College study on clergy abuse in the U.S.

Here in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as elsewhere in the church, many steps have been taken to combat this evil. As the study points out, providing safe environments for our young people is perhaps the most important way to prevent sexual abuse. In the archdiocese, we have checked the backgrounds of 15,376 adults. We also have trained 7,749 employees, 14,915 volunteers, 360 temps, and 2,699 parent-volunteers. In addition, we train every child in our schools and in our religious education programs every year. In 2010, 34,182 children (all ages) were trained to be aware of and avoid possibilities of sexual abuse. Also, our seminary formation program provides rigorous screening, and more intensive and comprehensive human and emotional development, which better prepares our future priests to live out their commitment to serving God and his church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Are Your Children Safe at Church

UNITED STATES
OpEd News

Many pedophiles don’t have criminal records, either because they haven’t been caught or haven’t been prosecuted. The majority of churches and religious groups do not conduct background checks or take any steps to protect children against mistreatment.

Children’s advocate groups say not all background checks are equal and warn that religious groups are often targets for abusers. There is a $10 basic-level background check option that includes a national criminal and sex offender search. In a sampling of 900 churches and religious groups 11,277 background checks were conducted, 40% returned a hit, 21% or 2,320 returned records with felony offenses.

Insurance companies recommend churches and religious groups conduct background checks but don’t require such screening for coverage. Insurance and child advocate groups also urge background checks not only be conducted on newcomers but with existing staff and volunteers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Shocking Findings of a Research on Ghanaian Pastors

GHANA
Ghana Web

By Emmanuel Sarpong Owusu-Ansah (Black Power)

I have always considered it a duty to investigate and expose the ills of society (particularly the Ghanaian society) and to impartially analyse topical and scandalous issues such as Amina’s alleged mass rape incident, the sexual assault of the other Amina by some barbaric university students, and the recent chaos within the Ghanaian judicial institution. The time is now ripe for a critical look to be taken at another important issue – the proliferation of “mushroom” churches and fake Ghanaian pastors abroad.

Over the last decade, the Ghanaian and other international media have brought into the open, a number of heinous crimes involving pastors within the Ghanaian society – crimes ranging from sexual abuse to deceit and other fraudulent activities. As a concerned son of the great nation, Ghana, I have taken the exciting pain to investigate the extent to which pastors contribute to the predicaments of a considerable number of Ghanaians abroad. The rationale is to conscientize all Ghanaians especially those in the West about the upsurge of wolves in sheep skins, and to advise them to be wary of a number of pastors, since forewarned is forearmed.

In my quest to come up with credible findings, 100 African migrants and immigrants (50 men and 50 women), mostly Ghanaians, living in western countries specifically the UK and Italy were interviewed (that the small sample size somehow limits the credibility of the findings is graciously admitted). They (the respondents) were encouraged to mention why they go to church, to express their opinions on the credibility of Ghanaian pastors in the UK and Italy, and to share any experiences that they might have had with any pastor(s). I do not intend to provide full details of the research findings here. However, I can mention that 52 out of the 100 respondents, who were in fact selected at random, had some kind of unpleasant personal experiences with some Ghanaian pastors in western countries to share; while 48 gave positive testimonies in favour of pastors. This article is thus based on the findings of this personal research conducted between August 2010 and February 2011. It presents a very brief summary of the activities, motivation and the modus operandi of the fake Ghanaian pastors in western countries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Dublin probes African child abuse claims

IRELAND
News 24 (South Africa)

Dublin - Ireland was examining on Tuesday if it can charge Catholic clergy with child sex abuse committed abroad following allegations of rape and abuse by Irish missionaries in a number of African countries.

A TV documentary by Irish broadcaster RTE highlighted allegations of abuse by priests and religious brothers in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria with accounts from victims, many speaking for the first time about their ordeals.

Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he had watched a pogramme aired on Monday "with a sense of revulsion at the unspeakable catalogue of abuse against children it revealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

Appeal provision could derail Catholic Diocese of Wilmington bankruptcy settlement

WILMINGTON (DE)
The News Journal

Written by
BETH MILLER

Ballots and details of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization plan will be in the mail next week to its creditors, including about 150 survivors of clergy abuse, more than 1,300 lay employees, banks and others with pending claims.

And a date – July 8 – has been set to work through final objections and confirm a final plan.

But a monkey wrench may be in the mix, too – a problem that could derail the negotiations and delay settlement payments for more than a year, according to Thomas Neuberger, the lawyer whose firm has represented the majority of sexual abuse survivors in scores of cases against the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Pat Conroy S.J., House Chaplain

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Posted at: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 06:42:31 PM
Author: John Coleman, S.J.

This week ( on May 26) Pat Conroy S.J., a Jesuit of the Oregon Province, is due to be inaugurated as the 60th House Chaplain for the House of Representatives-- the first such Jesuit chaplain and only the second Catholic priest to hold the position. I knew Pat almost thirty years ago when he was a student at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley where I taught on the faculty. He took my course on Catholic Social Teaching. Naturally, I am delighted at his being chosen for the task. I have always felt a warm kindness toward Pat because he rescued me, one exceedingly cold morning in Washington, D.C., when I arrived at the Georgetown Jesuit residence. After trying in vain to alert several older fathers who passed by the front window I was knocking on ( in, perhaps naive, kindness I presume they were deaf and blind), I was left stranded in the cold. Eventually, Pat let me indoors and kindly helped me find my room and asked if there was anything else he could do for me.

To my dismay, however, a kind of firestorm broke out after his nomination was made known on May 11. By a kind of ' guilt by association', various groups, including S.N.A.P., tried to link Conroy somehow to the stupendous financial settlement ( $166 million dollars) his Jesuit province made to cover allegations of some 400 claims of sexual abuse of under-aged people by Jesuits and non-Jesuit lay workers in Oregon's Jesuit apostolates. At the news conference at Jesuit High in Portland where Conroy recently taught, S.N.A.P. ( a major support group for victims of clerical sexual abuse) laid out an array of pictures of children abused by priests. Some groups claimed that any priest from the Oregon Province ( no matter his own inner probity) should never be considered for such a public position as House Chaplain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Flawed analysis in priest report

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

The idea that individuals are responsible before God for their sins and before the law for their crimes is nearly universal.

But a report released last week that explores the context and causes of child sexual abuse by priests in this country at times seems to downplay personal responsibility and lays the blame on the permissive society of the 1960s and 1970s. That’s a shame, and it calls for a firm and quick response from the church itself.

The report, commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was undercut by one of its main conclusions: namely, that the hippies of the ’60s and the libertines of the ’70s were in some ways responsible for some priests’ reprehensible actions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Sex abuse survivors say diocese violated court agreement in porn case

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By ALAN BAVLEY
The Kansas City Star

A group representing victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests called on Tuesday for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to provide further explanation of its handling of the case of a priest charged recently with possession of child pornography.

Shawn Francis Ratigan, 45, of Kansas City, North, is accused of possessing pornographic photos of children around churches and schools where he had worked in the diocese. Ratigan pleaded not guilty Monday in Clay County court to criminal charges of possessing child pornography.

The church was alerted to the problem in mid-December when a technician fixing Ratigan’s laptop computer discovered the images, according to court documents. The technician gave the laptop to diocesan officials and told them what he’d found. At that time, the diocese contacted a Kansas City police officer and described one of the images. But the diocese waited until May to file a report to police and provide investigators with electronic images from Ratigan’s computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

N.Y.'s obligation to sex abuse victims

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By Thomas K. Duane
Published 12:45 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The beatification of Pope John Paul II in Vatican City has caused much fanfare around the globe, yet for many people it stirred painful memories of the clergy sex abuse scandal that occurred under his leadership.

Child sex abuse is not limited to the Catholic Church or to any other organized religion. A child or teenager can be molested by any adult in a position of authority or trust.

It is also true that those molested at an early age do not come to terms with what has happened to them until much later in life. I have spoken to many survivors and the pattern of delayed reaction, and pain, is always the same. In the case of institutional sexual abuse, the pain is magnified when it becomes clear that officials knew about the proclivity of abusers and did nothing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Legislation targets predator priests

NEW YORK
Albany Times Union

By BRENDAN J. LYONS Senior writer
Published 12:56 a.m., Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ALBANY -- Two men who said they were raped as children by priests from the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese joined ranks with a Queens assemblywoman Tuesday to push for a measure extending the statute of limitations in child sexual abuse cases.

The bill proposed by Assemblywoman Margaret M. Markey, D-Queens, has passed three times in the Assembly but never been presented for a vote in the Senate.

"New York, pass this law," said Heath Bromley, a sexual abuse victim of Gary Mercure, a longtime priest in the Albany diocese. "Do you support pedophiles or do you support children?"

Mercure was convicted of rape and indecent assault and battery on a child last year in Berkshire County, Mass. The investigation of Mercure started in Warren County but had to be shifted to Massachusetts because his crimes, which took place between 1986 and 1989, were not subject to prosecution under New York's statute of limitations. Mercure had raped some of his child victims during trips to Massachusetts, where the statute of limitations extends 27 years after a sexual abuse incident is reported or from when a child victim reaches the age of 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Stepson's anger at ex-priest named in Murphy report

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Gloucestershire

THE former stepson of paedophile Bill Carney last night spoke of his anger at how the Irishman had still not been brought to justice – more than 18 months after being exposed as a serial sex abuser.

Paul Clayton, a well-known journeyman woodcarver from the Cotswolds who is currently living and working in the large lay-by at Seven Springs, contacted the Echo after it emerged that Carney was living in Northleach, back in the home of his ex-wife, Mr Claytons mother. The couple, who lived in Gloucestershire before buying a guest house in Scotland, divorced late last year following the publication of the Murphy report, but Carney remained in contact and has continued to protest his innocence.

"He claims to be innocent right up to the point where he's asked to defend himself," said Mr Clayton, who makes a living selling garden ornaments.

"Then he says no comment and runs. Only a guilty man runs. We are pretty sure he's gone to Spain." In 1992, Carney was defrocked after a canonical inquiry found him guilty of abusing children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Catholic peadophilia case – still minimising

SOUTH AFRICA
Times LIVE

Miranda Celeste has done a close reading of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ report into peadophile priests, and its not good.

The funding for the report was apparently mostly provided by sources that had an interest in minimising the damage, which they did. For example, they only considered it a case of peadophilia if the priest targetted kids younger than ten-years-old.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) sets that cut off at the victim being thirteen-years-old.

Why does this matter? “Most sexual abuse victims of priests (51 percent) were between the ages of eleven and fourteen.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

May 24, 2011

Salesians suspend two members following pro-pedophilia remarks

ROME
Catholic News Service

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) -- The Salesians of St. John Bosco removed two European members from their duties after it was discovered one belonged to a pro-pedophilia organization and another made remarks defending pedophilia.

The Salesian headquarters in Rome said a Dutch priest identified only as Father "B" and the superior of the Salesians in the Netherlands, Father Herman Spronck, had both been suspended.

"The Belgium-Holland Province officially announced that Father B no longer has permission to carry out any pastoral activity and that Father Spronck has been relieved of his office as delegate," the congregation said in a May 23 press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:20 PM

Court told of priest misconduct findings

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY MICHELLE HARRIS
25 May, 2011

DETAILS of sexual misconduct findings against two Anglican priests have emerged in a NSW Supreme Court hearing into the Newcastle Diocese's handling of the matter.

The priests, retired dean of Newcastle Graeme Lawrence and Reverend Graeme Sturt, were accused of an incident involving a teenage boy, referred to as "M", in a motel room during an Anglican seminar at Narrandera in 1984.

The Newcastle Diocese professional standards board heard the allegations and made findings last December, recommending the priests be deposed of holy orders.

Police investigated the allegations but have not laid charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:17 PM

RIVERCHAPEL PP MOVED FROM PARISH PENDING INVESTIGATION

IRELAND
Gorey Guardian

Tuesday May 24 2011

THE PARISH PRIEST of Riverchapel is denying any wrongdoing after a complaint of child sexual abuse was made against him.

Fr John Sweetman is currently on leave from his duties in the seaside village pending the investigation into the complaint, which has been made by a woman and which dates back to his time as a curate in Wexford town in the early 1980s.

Fr Sweetman has been absent from the parish for almost two weeks now pending an investigation, in line with Diocese of Ferns procedures that were introduced in recent years. He returned to Our Lady Star of the Sea Church on Saturday evening to tell parishioners himself of the reason for his absence and to insist that the complaint made against him is without foundation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 PM

Kenosha Priest Charged

WISCONSIN
TMJ4

Father Michael Nowak is facing two charges of inappropriate use of a telephone.

The Catholic Priest is accused, and now charged with making sexually explicit phone calls to two teen girls from his parish at St. Therese of Lisieux in Kenosha.

According to a criminal complain, Nowak took a 17 year-old girl to a movie, then later called her and asked her out again. He said it would be a Valentine’s dinner.

In the court documents, the 17 year-old told police Nowak asked her to "wear a low cut shirt to show off your 'cha-chas'."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

UN committee hears ...

IRELAND/SWITZERLAND
The Journal

THE DEPARTMENT of Justice has told the UN that, as far as it is aware, the vast majority of women who went to Magdalene Laundries run by Catholic institutions in Ireland “went there voluntarily or, if they were minors, with the consent of their parents or guardians”.

Today was the second day Ireland appeared at the UN hearings to discuss how it is implementing the provisions of the UN Convention against Torture.

Speaking on behalf of the Department of Justice, the department’s secretary general Sean Aylward told the UN’s Committee Against Torture that because the alleged events happened “in most cases” a long time ago in privately-run instutitions, information is limited.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

Catholic League offers detailed critique of John Jay report

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has released an in-depth critique of the John Jay report on the clerical sex-abuse scandal.

In his 24-page analysis, William Donohue is especially critical of the John Jay study’s claim that clerical homosexuality was not a major factor in the scandal. Carefully scrutinizing the data, he finds that the evidence contained in the document suggests that homosexuality was a very important influence. Moreover, Donohue observes, the John Jay study neglected additional evidence that would strengthen the connection with homosexuality. For example:

St. Luke's Institute is the most premier treatment center in the nation for troubled priests, and according to its co-founder, Rev. Michael Peterson, "We don't see heterosexual pedophiles at all." If this is true, how can it be that the John Jay study failed to pick this up?

Donohue faults the John Jay researchers for relying on testimony from groups like SNAP and Voice of the Faithful, which have proven to be consistently hostile to the Catholic hierarchy. He argues that the report provides an explanation of the bishops’ failure to remove abusive priests from ministry, since psychologists regularly testified that the priests would not offend again. “Well, it is painfully obvious by now that the psychologists oversold their competence,” Donohue observes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 PM

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors...

UNITED STATES
Startpagina/Weblog (Netherlands)

Compiled by drs. Pieter Schultz, information professional, web editor & religion researcher

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Report
News releases
Background information
Critical analysis
Videos
Articles / blogs
Older articles on celibacy
Older articles on homosexuality
Some observations on sexual abuse by priests & the oath / vow of celibacy

1) REPORT

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the US, 1950-2010 : A Report Presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishopsby the John Jay College Research Team / Karen J. Terry, et al. [US; John Jay College] http://alturl.com/o99ki
The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 [pdf] / John Jay College of Criminal Justice via Bishop [US; Accountability.org] http://alturl.com/jiwkg

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Bucks non-profit to train clergy

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
PhillyBurbs

By JAMES McGINNIS

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Tuesday it has contracted with the Bucks County Network of Victims Assistance to provide training for 22,000 clergy, employees and volunteers.

Church officials said training by NOVA will be just one of the steps taken "to assist victims, advance the protection of children, and ensure the integrity of the priesthood." The archdiocese said training would include best practices for the mandatory reporting of abuse.

NOVA was founded in 1974 in Jamison as a nonprofit dedicated to counseling and empowering the victims of sexual assault. The group said it also works to eliminate violence in Bucks County through advocacy, community education and prevention programs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:34 PM

Critics point to John Jay study's limitations

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

May. 23, 2011
By Tom Roberts

Release of the John Jay College study on the causes of sexual abuse by Catholic priests signals the end of the U.S. bishops’ five-year, $1.8 million inquiry into the institution they govern and the priests in their charge. But the new study hardly quiets the fundamental questions that have dogged the church and its leaders since the crisis was first publicized in the mid-1980s.

The conclusions of the study were immediately challenged by victims of abuse, their advocates, and those who maintain an enormous archive of documentation related to the scandal. Among the reasons they say the report should be approached with caution or skepticism:

Questions persist about the reliability of the basic data that underpins both the most recent study, as well as one on the nature and scope of the scandal that was released in 2004, because the researchers relied principally on reporting by bishops. The reliability of such reporting is called into question on a number of fronts and was most recently challenged by a grand jury report that claimed that officials of the Philadelphia archdiocese had not reported dozens of credibly accused priests. Doubts about the reliability of the numbers were even given credibility by one of the John Jay researchers in a recent interview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:24 PM

Admitting failure in child porn case, Bishop Finn hears from parishioners

MISSOURI
Pitch

By David Martin, Tue., May 24 2011

​Bishop Robert W. Finn went to St. Patrick's parish on Friday, a day after a priest who served there was arrested and charged with three counts of possessing child pornography. Finn admitted that the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph mishandled information that a priest, Shawn Ratigan, 45, possessed images of children, including at least one of a nude girl.

The parishioners blasted Finn for nearly three hours, according to an account in the National Catholic Reporter. "As soon as you knew what was going on, why the hell didn't you tell me something?" one woman asked Finn.

Finn learned in December that Ratigan kept disturbing images on his personal computer. The diocese says most of the pictures of the children were taken at public or parish events.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Vatican: NY church should remain worship site

NEW YORK
Wall Street Journal

Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Vatican has ruled that a suburban Syracuse church cannot be deconsecrated, meaning it must remain a Catholic worship site.

The ruling by the Vatican Supreme Court sets the stage for parishioners of St. Mary's Church in Jamesville to see if they can work out details with Robert Cunningham, bishop of the Syracuse Diocese, to reopen the building.

The ruling comes in the wake of a decision three weeks ago by a bishop in northeastern Pennsylvania to stop challenging the Vatican on the fate of six closed churches in his diocese. The Vatican also had ruled that they should be "maintained as Catholic worship sites," but Bishop John Barres of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown said the churches would remain shuttered.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:12 PM

Power, Sex and Money

UNITED KINGDOM
UK Progressive

Carl Matthes | May 24, 2011

What do former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, newly resigned International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have in common?

They’re all powerful, older men, who have access to money and who can’t keep their pants zipped. They each have hidden acts of abuse for years and have used their wealth and power for protection from their victims and the law. And they are fighting to continue to wield power.

Catholic bishops, ‘Protectors of the Church’. Strauss-Kahn, ‘Great Seducer’. Schwarzenegger, ‘Muscled sexual-swaggerer and liar’.

The Catholic bishops, despite their ungodly efforts at hiding and running from sexual abuse victims for over three decades, have probably lost nearly a billion dollars. The total eventual cost? To turn a phrase, ‘priceless’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:07 PM

Limburgs Museum krijgt gestolen prenten terug

NEDERLAND
De Gooi-en Eemlander

VENLO - Het Limburgs Museum in Venlo heeft dinsdagmiddag twee gestolen spotprenten van Peter van Straaten teruggekregen. ,,De dief kwam ze weer terugbrengen’’, meldde conservator Ad van Pinxteren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Search warrant used to raid FLDS Texas ranch challenged

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By lindsay whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune

Austin, Texas • In a hearing that could affect a dozen criminal cases connected to alleged underage marriages, a polygamous sect member on Wednesday challenged the search warrant that allowed a massive 2008 raid on the group’s West Texas ranch.

Attorney Robert Udashen told Texas 3rd District Court of Appeals judges the search warrant was illegally obtained because it was based on a hoax call from a Colorado woman pretending to be an abused 16-year-old plural wife trapped on the ranch.

“If law enforcement had just done a little investigation, they could have figured out … this call wasn’t true and it would have taken them little time to do it,” Udashen said in representing Michael Emack, a 60-year-old contractor serving seven years in prison after pleading no contest last year to sexual assault and bigamy charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Fighting child sex slavery in Thailand

THAILAND
CNN

[with video]

Thai police recently busted a sex slavery ring, rescuing nine boys and arresting a Buddhist monk. Police footage shows the monk in possession of several fake guns. Experts working the case say he and another Thai man bought boys, held them prisoner and then sold them to Westerners for sex.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:39 PM

Il salesiano pro pedofilia e gli ultimi fuochi della rivoluzione olandese

OLANDA
Palazzo Apostolico

24 maggio 2011 -

Tutti parlano di lui. Del salesiano olandese di 73 anni – si conoscono soltanto le iniziali, padre van B. – salito agli onori della cronaca in quanto dichiaratamente appartenente alla Martijn, un’associazione legalmente riconosciuta in Olanda e che sostiene le relazioni pedofile: “Sono perfettamente legittime” dicono, “seppure discriminate dalla società”.

Non è solo van B. a sostenere la legittimità della pedofilia ma anche padre Herman Spronck, superiore dei salesiani in Olanda, la cui intervista concessa a Rtl News sta facendo impazzire il Web.

Padre Spronck, in sostanza, appoggia von B. e sostiene che se il bambino è consenziente il rapporto sessuale con un adulto è legittimo. Dice: “Dipende dal bambino. Non si deve mai entrare nello spazio personale del bambino se non lo vuole. Ma ci sono bambini che indicano loro stessi che è ammissibile. In questo caso anche un contatto sessuale è possibile”. Padre Spronck entra nel merito anche del seminario dove lui, assieme a tanti altri sacerdoti olandesi, ha studiato negli anni Cinquanta e Sessanta. Dice che erano tutti maschi, che non vedevano mai le ragazze, “e per questo era normale che nascessero certe tendenze”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:30 PM

Kenya listed in Ireland clerical abuse probe

IRELAND/KENYA
Capital FM Kenya

BY AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

DUBLIN, May 24 - Ireland was examining on Tuesday if it can charge Catholic clergy with child sex abuse committed abroad following allegations of rape and abuse by Irish missionaries in a number of African countries.

A TV documentary by Irish broadcaster RTE highlighted allegations of abuse by priests and religious brothers in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, with accounts from victims, many speaking for the first time about their ordeals.

Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he had watched the programme aired on Monday "with a sense of revulsion at the unspeakable catalogue of abuse against children it revealed".

"While the behaviour took place abroad, we have a solemn duty to do all that is within our power to ensure that perpetrators of this predatory abuse of children are brought to justice wherever it takes place.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

A Dangerous Blurring of Distinctions

UNITED STATES
The New York Times

By CHRYSTIA FREELAND | REUTERS
Published: May 24, 2011

NEW YORK — In the “Take Back the Night” marches I walked in in high school and college, one of my favorite chants was this one: “Whatever I wear, wherever I go, yes means yes and no means no.” That jingle was invented to popularize one of the most radical and important ideas of the second-wave feminists — that rape and promiscuity were entirely separate issues.

Some of the reaction to Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s arrest on charges of attempted rape and sexual assault is making the same dangerous mistake of blurring the distinction between licentiousness and coercion — between sex, and sexual assault.

Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s philandering — and indeed his infidelity — are not in dispute. Like Newt Gingrich, his current wife is his third, and just three years ago he had to publicly apologize to the International Monetary Fund for his “error in judgment” in having an affair with Piroska Nagy, a subordinate. That shameful act wasn’t a sexual assault, but it was what most of us (though not the I.M.F. board) would call sexual harassment. People close to Ms. Nagy say that the affair was consensual but that Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s position as her ultimate boss made his advances inappropriate. As Ms. Nagy wrote in a letter to a law firm hired by the I.M.F. to investigate the affair, “I was damned if I did and damned if I didn’t.” ...

Consider this: There were few places on earth where it was worse to be a woman, and where women had less control over their own bodies, than in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The Roman Catholic Church deems homosexuality to be a sin and its priests take vows of celibacy, yet that has not prevented an epidemic of abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

German abuse appointee: more victim support

GERMANY
NECN

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's appointee for creating sex abuse guidelines is urging the government to provide more therapy and support for older victims who can no longer bring their cases before a court.

Christine Bergmann said Tuesday that people who were molested or otherwise abused as children continue to suffer for decades, especially individuals whose cases fall outside of the statute of limitations.

She called for legislation that would provide victims of sexual abuse with therapy, or require institutions to do so, if the abuse took place in a church or school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:20 AM

Fr Sweetman has served throughout Diocese

IRELAND
Enniscorthy Guardian

Tuesday May 24 2011

A NATIVE of Carrig-on-Bannow, Fr Sweetman was born in 1953 and attended Danescastle NS and St Peter's College.

He later attended both the NUI and The Pontifical University at St Patrick's College, Maynooth, from 1971 to 1978, when he was ordained.

He then pursued postgraduate studies in Adelaide, Australia, before returning to the Diocese of Ferns in 1981, serving as curate in Wexford from his return until 1987.

He then served as Chaplain at Ely Hospital in Wexford from 1987 to 1992, when he was appointed curate and administrator to St Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Priest steps down to allow investigation

IRELAND
Enniscorthy Guardian

Tuesday May 24 2011

THE PARISH PRIEST at the centre of a child sex abuse allegation told his congregation on Saturday night that the accusation against him is completely unfounded, but that he is obliged to step aside from duties until the necessary investigation is complete.

Fr John Sweetman has been on leave from his post in Riverchapel for the past two week, but returned to the North Wexford seaside village for last Saturday's evening Mass to explain to parishioners the reason for his absence, and to pledge to cooperate one hundred per cent with the inquiry.

The complaint against him has been made by a woman from the Wexford area and it refers to an alleged offence in the 1980s, when Fr Sweetman was aged in his twenties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:49 AM

Finn keeps child porn from his own panel; SNAP respond

MISSOURI
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)

Last week, we learned that Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn kept evidence of child pornography hidden for five months – from police, parishioners, and the public.

Today, we learn (through the National Catholic Reporter) that Finn also kept this crucial information from his hand-picked internal church sex abuse panel, just as Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali did months ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

SNAP statement on Seattle archbishop’s role in Christian Bros. child sex abus

SEATTLE (WA)
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)

We are victims who belong to a self help group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org). Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

First, we applaud the dozens of brave men and women who were assaulted as kids by Christian Brothers and who have found the strength and courage to speak up and seek justice. Because of their bravery, kids are safer today. Church officials should commend them. We certainly commend them.

We’re here today to beg Seattle’s archbishop to “aggressively seek out” others hurt by clerics, especially by Christian Brothers. Three weeks ago, allegedly because of clergy sex abuse lawsuits in Seattle, the New York-based Christian Brothers sought bankruptcy protection. By doing so, they effectively are keeping church records about child sex crimes hidden and preventing potentially embarrassing civil trials.

Victims blast bishop’s claim

MISSOURI
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT: Holding signs and childhood photos a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims will harshly criticize Kansas City’s Catholic bishop for

-- keeping evidence of child porn away from the police for months, and
-- trying to blame “nameless others” for his secrecy in a statement issued on Friday.

Victims will also urge the bishop to
-- hold a public “question and answer” session about the controversy soon, and
-- suspend a different priest, accused twice of sex offenses in recent lawsuits, who is still in a parish now.

They will also beg anyone who saw, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by any church employee to come forward, call police, get help, expose wrongdoing, protect others and start healing.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 24 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Outside the chancery (diocesan headquarters) at20 West Ninth Street, Kansas City, MO

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:36 AM

Wexford cleric denies historic child abuse allegation

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

A Wexford priest has denied any wrongdoing after a woman contacted police over an alleged child sex abuse incident 30 years ago.

The complaint of child sexual abuse was made against Fr John Sweetman two weeks ago and refers to his time as a young priest in Wexford town.

Currently the parish priest in Riverchapel, Fr Sweetman has taken leave from all clerical duties while the complaint is investigated by police and health service officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Priest says no truth to abuse claim

IRELAND
New Ross Standard

Tuesday May 24 2011

A WELL-KNOWN Diocese of Ferns priest is denying any wrongdoing after a complaint of child sexual abuse was made against him.

Fr John Sweetman, a native of Carrig-on-Bannow, is currently on leave from his duties as parish priest in Riverchapel pending the investigation into the complaint made by a woman and dating back to his time as curate in Wexford town in the early 1980s.

Fr Sweetman had been away for almost two weeks, but returned to his parish church in Riverchapel on Saturday evening to tell parishioners himself that he has stepped down pending the investigation. A NATIVE of Carrig-on-Bannow, Fr Sweetman was born in 1953 and attended Danescastle NS and St Peter's College.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

DONOHUE RESPONDS TO JOHN JAY STUDY

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

May 24, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue has prepared a 24-page response to the John Jay College for Criminal Justice Report on the "Causes and Context" of clergy abuse. While he praises the study on several counts, he faults the authors for not allowing their own data to drive their conclusion on the role that homosexuality played in the abuse crisis.

Sections within Donohue's critical analysis include the following: Overview; Comparative Data and Tainted Sources; Bishops Respond; The Role of Homosexuality; The Elephant in the Sacristy; The Seminaries; and, The Resolution of Cognitive Dissonance.

Copies are being sent to all the bishops, many in the media, and to a select group of educators and attorneys; members of the league's board of directors and board of advisors will also receive a copy.

To read Donohue's rejoinder, click here.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

JOHN JAY 2011 STUDY ON SEXUAL ABUSE: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

Overview
In the aftermath of the media blitz in 2002 exposing sexual abuse by Catholic priests, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) created a National Review Board and an Office of Child and Youth Protection to deal with this problem. The Review Board subsequently commissioned researchers from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to study what happened. In 2004, the first study, The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons, 1950-2002, was published. Now it has released its latest study on the causes and context of abuse.

The initial study pinpointed the timeline when the abuse crisis was at its peak, roughly from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s, and provided rich data on a host of important variables. What it did not do was account for why this happened. This is the subject of the Causes and Context report. Unlike the initial study, this one is fraught with controversy. One reason for this lay with the nature of the inquiry: studies on the causes of social problems generally leave more room for interpretative quarrels with the data than is true of reports of a more descriptive nature. Another reason, more serious, is the reluctance of social scientists to state conclusions that are highly controversial and that run against the grain of the conventional wisdom in the academy. All of this will be addressed, but first a look at what this second study sought to uncover.

Chapter 1 presents the context in which the sexual abuse of minors by priests took hold. It is followed by an historical analysis of the problem. Chapter 3 gets to the thorny issue of accounting for causes. The fourth chapter deals with the way the Catholic Church responded to this matter, and the next one analyzes the rise and decline of sexual abuse. The sixth and last chapter records the conclusions and recommendations of the authors. A wealth of material is presented, including a good overview of the relevant social science literature on the subject.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 AM

Genova, il seminarista confessa ai magistrati: "Pagavamo i ragazzi per fare orge insieme a noi"

ITALIA
il Giornale

Genova - In tre dicono tre cose diverse. Il quarto tace. La tremenda storia di rapporti sessuali e droga che gira intorno alla figura del parroco di Sestri Ponente arrestato viene sempre confermata da tutti. Ognuno però cambia i protagonisti, ognuno incolpa gli altri. E solo un diciottenne egiziano che avrebbe partecipato a incontri con il sacerdote abbandona ogni tipo di remora e accusa esplicitamente sia il sacerdote, sia l’ex seminarista attualmente in carcere. I magistrati che indagano sulla vicenda che ha sconvolto la comunità genovese e tutta Italia non hanno difficoltà ad aggiungere riscontri agghiaccianti e altre testimonianze nei faldoni di un’inchiesta già fin troppo voluminosa. Ma il dettaglio che non coincide nelle testimonianze dei tre non è di poco conto. Perché il ragazzo egiziano sostiene di aver avuto rapporti sessuali con don Riccardo Seppia insieme a un altro suo amico minorenne di origine albanese. Contemporaneamente. E a pagamento. Il magistrato, codice alla mano, traduce l’immagine dell’orgia con un’accusa di induzione alla prostituzione minorile sia per l’egiziano diciottenne sia per il parroco. Da questo quadro si può comprendere perché don Seppia ammetta di conoscere il giovane egiziano ma neghi di aver avuto con lui rapporti sessuali.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

«In seminario accadevano cose terribili»

ITALIA
Corriere della Sera

MILANO - Cinque ore di interrogatorio per ammettere di aver fatto conoscere a don Riccardo Seppia ragazzi minorenni, per confessare di aver avuto rapporti sessuali con un quattordicenne che chiedeva l'elemosina sul sagrato della chiesa, Emanuele Alfano, l'ex seminarista ventiquattrenne arrestato giovedì scorso per induzione alla prostituzione minorile, non solo ha risposto alle domande del pm Stefano Puppo ma ha chiesto di dire di più. «Voglio parlare - ha detto - delle cose terribili che succedono in seminario, dove sono stato un anno prima di andarmene perché non ce la facevo più».

Non ha potuto, i suoi avvocati difensori lo hanno fermato e lo stesso pm è andato oltre senza approfondire perché quello che succedeva, secondo Alfano, in seminario non è materia dell'inchiesta. Il gip ha convalidato l'arresto di Alfano, che resta in carcere per il rischio di reiterazione del reato e inquinamento delle prove. Il presidente della Cei Angelo Bagnasco ieri ha definito la pedofilia nel clero «un'infame emergenza non ancora superata». «Anche un solo caso - ha detto - sarebbe già troppo, quando i casi si ripetono lo strazio è indicibile e l'umiliazione totale» e ha parlato di «danni incalcolabili alle vittime e alle famiglie». L'umiliazione totale è destinata a aumentare via via che dall'indagine della Procura di Genova emerge la vita segreta di don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco arrestato per abusi su minore e cessione di cocaina, e quella dell'ex seminarista. Un ragazzo egiziano, Mohamed, racconta di orge: «Abbiamo fatto sesso in tre, io, don Seppia e il mio amico E.» ha detto agli inquirenti. Poi si è chiuso nel silenzio quando è stato indagato per favoreggiamento della prostituzione minorile, per aver portato l'amico diciassettenne dal prete. Quanto all'ex seminarista ha confessato di aver approfittato di un giovane mendicante: «Ho avvicinato un ragazzo di quattordici anni che chiedeva l'elemosina sul sagrato della chiesa, non quella del Santo Spirito, quella sulla piazza maggiore. L'ho convinto a venire con me e l'ho portato in un appartamento».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:16 AM

Don Riccardo Seppia presto indagato per prostituzione minorile. Bagnasco: Infame emergenza

ITALIA
Newnotizie

Nuove accuse contro Don Seppia. Potrebbe essere indagato anche per prostituzione minorile, Don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco genovese della chiesa dello Spirito Santo di Sestri Ponente arrestato dai carabinieri del Nas di Milano con l'accusa di abusi sessuali su un chierichetto minorenne e cessione di sostanze stupefacenti. Secondo quanto riferito dal quotidiano Il Secolo XIX, la Procura del capoluogo ligure starebbe per formalizzare il nuovo capo di accusa nei confronti del sacerdote, trasferito ieri dal carcere genovese di Marassi, dove veniva quotidianamente bersagliato con minacce e insulti dagli altri detenuti, alla sezione speciale del carcere di Sanremo dedicata ai "sex offenders".

Le accuse dell'ex seminarista. Sempre il quotidiano genovese riferisce dell'iscrizione nel registro degli indagati di un finanziere di 41 anni, con cui Don Seppia avrebbe avuto frequenti conversazioni telefoniche, e di un 26enne originario della Guinea Bissau, che avrebbe cercato di arruolare bambini per soddisfare le presunte voglie del sacerdote. Intanto, l'ex seminarista Emanuele Alfano, in carcere per induzione alla prostituzione minorile e favoreggiamento, accusa Don Seppia di aver fatto sesso a pagamento con almeno due minorenni, smentendo in tal modo il parroco stesso che nel corso dell'interrogatorio avrebbe ribadito di aver avuto molti rapporti omosessuali, ma mai con partner minorenni.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

Don Seppia, un ragazzino: “Basta, mi suicido”

ITALIA
Blitz

SESTRI PONENTE – Alcune delle presunte vittime di don Riccardo Seppia avevano raggiunto il limite di sopportazione, tanto da meditare azioni drastiche. Secondo quanto scritto su Libero, un ragazzo di 15 anni, che aveva subito le “attenzioni” del parroco di Sestri Ponente accusato di pedofilia, avrebbe detto: “Se non la smette mi suicido”.

Il quindicenne avrebbe scritto questo messaggio via sms a un’ amica. L’sms, spiega Libero, è stato intercettato dai Carabinieri del Nas di Milano durante l’inchiesta sulle molestie, sulle presunte violenze sessuali sui minori e sulle cessioni di droga attribuiti al sacerdote.

Per Paolo Bonanni (difensore di don Seppia), riferisce Libero, si tratterebbe di “una frase che chiunque potrebbe pronunciare senza avere nessuna intenzione reale di suicidarsi”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Don Seppia: accuse di orge con minori

ITALIA
Lettera 43

Cinque ore è durato l’interrogatorio dell’ex seminarista Emanuele Alfano arrestato il 19 maggio per induzione alla prostituzione minorile. Ha ammesso di aver fatto conoscere a don Riccardo Seppia ragazzi minorenni, ha confessato di aver avuto rapporti sessuali con un quattordicenne che chiedeva l'elemosina sul sagrato della chiesa e ha anche chiesto di poter dire di più: «Voglio parlare delle cose terribili che succedono in seminario, dove sono stato un anno prima di andarmene perché non ce la facevo più». Ma al pm quanto ha detto, deve essere bastato, perché il gip ha convalidato l'arresto di Alfano, che resta in carcere per il rischio di reiterazione del reato e inquinamento delle prove.

LE ORGE DI DON SEPPIA. Secondo alcune fonti giornalistiche, sta emergendo la vita segreta di don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco arrestato per abusi su minore e cessione di cocaina, e quella dell'ex seminarista.Un ragazzo egiziano, Mohamed, racconta di orge: «Abbiamo fatto sesso in tre, io, don Seppia e il mio amico E.» ha detto agli inquirenti. Poi si è chiuso nel silenzio quando è stato indagato per favoreggiamento della prostituzione minorile, per aver portato l'amico diciassettenne dal prete. Quanto all'ex seminarista ha confessato di aver approfittato di un giovane mendicante: «Ho avvicinato un ragazzo di quattordici anni che chiedeva l'elemosina sul sagrato della chiesa, non quella del Santo Spirito, quella sulla piazza maggiore. L'ho convinto a venire con me e l'ho portato in un appartamento».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

La Iglesia chilena y el poder del Señor de los Infiernos, un diálogo con María Olivia Mönckeberg

CHILE
Radio Tierra

[con audio]

En el caso de Chile, las traumáticas experiencias de abuso que han ido apareciendo afectan a católicos que participan en la iglesia como si fueran parte de un grupo de elegidos, y suponen un daño no sólo al objeto de sus creencias, sino también a una sociedad que ha visto como amparada en esos mismos sectores la iglesia católica ha influido en el ámbito del debate y del control de los asuntos públicos, especialmente en lo que se relaciona con la moral sexual.

La crisis afecta a un sector de la sociedad que se cohesiona en torno a un discurso religioso fundamentalista y le entrega a las estructuras de ese poder un nivel de control que es fácilmente corrompible.

Curas como el fundador de los Legionarios de Cristo o Fernando Karadima, terminan ejerciendo un control sobre las conductas, que es el mismo que sus víctimas quisieron que la iglesia ejerciera sobre la sociedad en su conjunto. Y si bien no se puede establecer que la conducta de ambos sea mayoritaria, en la percepción de muchos y muchas la iglesia está siendo juzgada con la misma vara con la que ha condenado por ejemplo todo debate sobre la sexualidad humana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

John Jay Report Depicts Progress But Cannot Isolate Causes

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

A report prepared by researchers from New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the abuse of children by Catholic priests in the United States between 1950 and 2000 offers a complex portrait of the “causes and context” behind decades of sexual abuse and the sometimes ineffective or even negligent response of U.S. bishops to the problem. Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., and Chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, said the exhaustive study, five years in the making, offers an explanation, but not an excuse for the abuse scandal that first engulfed the United States before surfacing throughout the global church. Still some of its conclusions have already drawn passionate criticism, and the report will surely not satisfy anyone looking for simple answers or easy targets to blame. In fact in some ways it may only lead to further confusion and outrage.

Karen Terry, dean of research at John Jay and principal investigator for the study, told reporters at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on May 18: “There is no single cause of the sexual abuse crisis. The increased frequency of abuse in the 1960s and 1970s is consistent with the patterns of increased deviance of society at that time. The social influences intersected with vulnerabilities of some individual priests whose preparation for a life of celibacy was inadequate.”

According to the study, a comprehensive analysis of abusers did not shed any light on behavior or characteristics that could be conclusively predictive, though abusers generally suffered from “intimacy deficits” and maintained no close personal relationships before and during their years in seminary. A significant percentage had been abused themselves as children. Researchers pointed out that most of the abusers were graduates of seminaries in the 1940s and 1950s who were inadequately prepared for the emotional rigors of their lives as priests and the challenge of lifelong celibacy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

Nun interrogated about alleged abuse in Lourdes Home

MALTA
DI-VE

A Dominican nun was questioned by police officers yesterday over abuse that allegedly happened around five years ago in Lourdes Home, Ghajnsielem, Gozo.

The Dominican sisters are refusing to comment about the case, and are also keeping mum on whether the nun was brought to Malta.

Judge Victor Caruana Colombo chaired an investigative board in 2008 that had revealed instances of physical and psychological atrocities perpetrated on children who lived in Lourdes House. The bishop of Gozo, Mario Grech, had revealed the report while asking the nuns to carry out all its recommendations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Dominican Nun from the Lourdes Home questioned by police

MALTA
Gozo News

A Dominican nun from the Lourdes Home in Ghajnsielem, was questioned yesterday over alleged child abuse which, took place around five years ago.

Reports have said that it is the same nun, who had been previously arrested at the time of the allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Abuse allegations remain shrouded in secrecy

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Chiara Bonello

Silence continues to shroud the case of the Dominican nun who was questioned by the police after allegations of abuse at Lourdes Home in Gozo, as the Archbishop’s Curia yesterday told this newspaper it is not their policy to make public comments on such cases.

Questions were sent by this newspaper to the Archbishop’s Curia regarding the whereabouts of the nun who was questioned by the police, after allegations of abuse at Lourdes Home in Gozo emerged.

However the replies followed the line that the alleged case referred to the Gozo Diocese, not the Maltese Diocese, and that it was the policy of both dioceses not to make public comments about individual cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Il-każ tal-patri b’avvanz sesswali fuq ‘teenager’: TPERRCUHX!

MALTA
l'orizzont

Dan il-ġurnal jista’ jikkonferma li l-każ fejn membru ta’ Ordni Reliġjuża f’Malta għamel avvanz sesswali fuq adoloxxenti ma spiċċax għand il-Pulizija għax xi ħadd fir-Response Team tal-Kurja kkonvinċa lill-familja li ma jkunx għaqli li l-każ jgħaddi għand il-ġustizzja.

Minn tagħrif li għandu l-orizzont jirriżulta li uffiċjali tar-Response Team saħqu mal-familja li jkun fl-interess tal-vittma li l-każ ma jkunx investigat mill-Pulizija. Dan il-ġurnal jista’ jikkonferma li din hija l-prassi fir-Response Team, tant li minkejja li fl-aħħar snin kienu għexieren il-każi li waslu għandhom kien persentaġġ minimu ħafna li għadda għand il-Pulizija.

l-orizzont huwa infurmat li ngħad lill-familja li jekk imorru għand il-Pulizija l-każ jitperreċ mal-pajjiż kollu u dan ma jkunx ta’ ġid għall-vittma, anke jekk il-Qorti qatt ma tiżvela l-ismijiet tal-minuri.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Curia shields alleged paedophile clergyman

MALTA
Malta Star

The Curia Response Team (CRT) that investigates cases of sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy has advised the family of the young alleged victim not to report the case to the Police.

The CRT takes this line of defence in each case according to a source quoted by the daily newspaper L-Orizzont. Thus, this latest case is not yet being investigated by the Police. The gathering of evidence at this stage is crucial.

Other priests who have been responsible for sexual abuse on children have escaped justice because cases were time barred. The abuses at St.Joseph home is just one simple example quoted by the L-Orizzont source.

In this latest case of abuse a Capuchin monk has allegedly abused of a female teenager during a meeting of adolescents in the precincts of the Capuchin convent in Kalkara. To date only the CRT has been looking into this matter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Alleged victim testifies in rape trial of fellow church member

NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire Union Leader

By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
New Hampshire Union Leader
Published May 24, 2011

CONCORD — Former Concord resident Tina Anderson testified Monday that a fellow Trinity Baptist Church member forcibly raped her as a teen in 1997, then church leaders exiled her to Colorado to have her baby and give the child up for adoption while living under the watchful care of another church family.

Now a married mother of three and living in Arizona, Anderson said she was 15 when she was raped and impregnated by Ernest P. Willis, then a 39-year-old wealthy and respected married church member whose children she baby sat. She said she first told no one of the rape because she feared how her mother and church leaders would react.

“I was afraid what was going to happen. I was afraid I wasn’t going to be believed. I was afraid that my life was over,” Anderson, 29, told Merrimack County Superior Court jurors on the first day of trial.

Willis, 52, of Gilford, faces three alternative counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault — or forcible rape — and one count of felonious sexual assault. Willis pleaded not guilty to the four charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Harlan pastor charged with rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, other sex crimes

KENTUCKY
Lexington Herald-Leader

By Bill Estep — bestep@herald-leader.com

State police charged a Harlan County pastor with rape after the grandmother of a girl from the church saw email between the two that concerned her, according to a detective.

Jeremy Dewayne Caraway, 36, pastor of Loyall Church of God, was charged Sunday with two counts of second-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of sodomy and two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor — illegal sex act, according to state police.

The Church of God International Office in Cleveland, Tenn., placed Caraway on administrative leave Monday, said Scot Carter, a church spokesman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Dutch Salesian leader sacked for paedophilia comments

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Tuesday 24 May 2011

The head of the Catholic Salesian order in the Netherlands has been sacked and it will be up to the pope to decide if he can remain a priest because of comments about paedophilia, RTL news reports.

Herman Spronck was quoted at the weekend as saying sexual relationships between adults and children were not always damaging. ‘Personally I do not condemn relationships between adults and children… Sexual contact is also possible,’ Spronck was quoted as saying.

The priest was commenting on the case of another Salesian priest who was a member of a pro-paedophilia lobby group and had two convictions for exposing himself to children. Spronck was aware of Van B's convictions and membership of the Martjn organisation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Sex priests fight for holy orders

AUSTRALIA
9 News

By Margaret Scheikowski

Two Anglican priests are challenging moves to strip them of their holy orders after findings of sexual misconduct involving a teenage boy in 1984.

The case of the now-suspended rector of Cardiff, the Reverend Graeme Leslie Sturt, 60, and the retired dean of Newcastle, Graeme Russell Lawrence, 68, began in the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.

It relates to a Newcastle Diocese Professional Standards Board hearing and findings that were made last December.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

‘Undoubtedly’ more cases of child sex abuse by missionaries following allegations

IRELAND
The Journal

Updated 11am

THE IRISH MISSIONARY Union (IMU) has said there are undoubtedly more cases of child sex abuse by missionaries working abroad following allegations made on a television programme last night that missionaries raped and abused young children and teenagers while working in Africa over the past 30 years.

Last night’s Prime Time Investigates: ‘A Mission to Prey’ shown on RTÉ television exposed what it claimed was a series of allegations against Irish priests working in countries such as Kenya and South Africa.

The programme exposed details of the now deceased Belfast priest Fr James McAuley, who worked in Cape Town, South Africa, and was accused of at least three specific charges of abuse including the rape of a Sudanese refugee whose family had been killed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

May 23, 2011

Church faces Africa abuse scandal

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

THE Catholic Church is facing yet another abuse scandal after a series of Irish priests were accused of raping and abusing young children and teenagers while working as missionaries in Africa over the past three decades.

A Prime Time Investigates exposé last night detailed a litany of allegations against Irish priests who were working in areas such as Kenya and South Africa.

A number of incidents involve Fr James McAuley, a Belfast-born priest who worked in Cape Town in South Africa for the Redemptorist missionaries.

Fr McAuley, who has since passed away, faced at least three specific charges of abuse — including the rape of a Sudanese refugee whose family had been killed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:38 PM

Retired priest to stand trial on sex assault charges

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

Retired Catholic priest Dennis John Corrigan will face trial in August after eight sexual assault charges were withdrawn this morning.

Crown prosecutor Helen Wilson said the charges that were withdrawn related to a complainant who died earlier this year, but other charges relating to two complainants will proceed.

Mr Corrigan, 69, of Mayfield, did not attend Newcastle District Court this morning for the brief hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 PM

Priest denies wrongdoing as Ferns hit by new sex abuse claim

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

A senior cleric has denied any wrongdoing after a complaint of child sexual abuse was made against him by a woman two weeks ago.

Fr John Sweetman has taken leave from parish duties in Riverchapel in Wexford pending garda and HSE investigations.

The incident allegedly took place 30 years ago when he was a young priest in his 20s in Wexford town.

Bishop of Ferns Denis Brennan, who is on an annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, was un-contactable for comment yesterday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 PM

Child abuser leaves UK for Benidorm

IRELAND/SPAIN
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

FORMER PRIEST and convicted child abuser Bill Carney is reported to be back in Spain after a local paper in Gloucestershire reported his presence there last Friday.

The Gloucestershire Echo said Carney (61) had moved into a semi-detached property in Northleach, near Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, home of his former wife, Joan Clayton (70).

The paper had been contacted by a man who said Carney was living near a local playground and wondered whether his two young children would be able to use it again. It is believed Carney left Northleach on Saturday and is now in Benidorm.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 PM

State defends response to Ryan report

IRELAND/SWITZERLAND
The Irish Times

JAMIE SMYTH in Geneva

THE GOVERNMENT has defended its response to reports of clerical child sexual abuse and the committal of women to Magdalene laundries, saying it can’t “rewrite its history”.

It has also rejected criticism of its human rights record and announced it will ratify a United Nations protocol enabling more international scrutiny over places of detention.

At Ireland’s first hearing before the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva yesterday, Department of Justice secretary general Seán Aylward said human rights were central to Ireland’s domestic and foreign policies.

He addressed criticism made by several committee members about the Government’s response to the Ryan report into clerical child sex abuse and its failure to agree to calls for a statutory inquiry and redress for women committed to Magdalene laundries.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 PM

Suspicion Apostolic visitation report will ignore deep problems

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATRICK CLAFFEY

RITE AND REASON : The report is likely to be characterised by a restorationist tone and nostalgia for a church that is past

THE APOSTOLIC visitation of the Catholic Church in Ireland has concluded its work and was scheduled to report to Pope Benedict by the end of last month. Its leaders have been complemented on their openness and willingness to listen to all who asked to be heard.

But there remains a suspicion that little will come of it and that their final document had already been drawn up, at least in its broad outlines.

The fear is that it will be written largely in a kind of self-referential Vaticanese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:23 PM

Pastor denies rape charge from behind bars

KENTUCKY
WKYT

[with video]

A pastor faces allegations he sexually molested a child who belongs to his church.

36-year-old Jeremy Dewayne Caraway is pastor of the Loyall Church of God in Harlan County. State police arrested him Sunday morning on charges of rape, sexual abuse, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor.

Police say family members of the victim found conversations on Facebook between Caraway, and the female victim, who is under the age of 14.

In a jailhouse interview, Caraway says he never had sexual contact with the girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:21 PM

Nederlandse overste Salesianen ontslagen

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

HILVERSUM (ANP) – De Nederlandse overste van de congregatie van Salesianen Herman Spronck is ontslagen. Dat maakte Jos Claes, provinciaal van Salesianen van Don Bosco in Brussel maandag bekend in het RTL Nieuws. „Spronck mag geen enkele protocollaire taak meer vervullen. Hij is geen delegaat meer in Nederland”, aldus Claes.

Spronck raakte in opspraak nadat hij vorige week tegenover RTL Nieuws had verklaard dat wat hem betreft „relaties tussen kinderen en volwassenen niet schadelijk hoeven te zijn”. Hij bleek op de hoogte te zijn van het lidmaatschap van een pater van de Salesianen van Don Bosco van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn.

In het interview met RTL zei Spronck over deze pater Van B.: „Hij heeft zich verschillende keren als potloodventer gedragen. Zo’n ernstig vergrijp is dat natuurlijk niet”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Syracuse diocese disputes Kentucky man's claims the church ignored his sexual abuse claims

SYRACUSE (NY)
The Post-Standard

By Jim O'Hara / The Post-Standard

Syracuse, NY - Daniel Franz candidly admitted today he was trying to embarass the Syracuse Roman Catholic Diocese by holding a press conference outside the downtown diocesan offices to claim the church had basically ignored his claims he was molested by a priest.

Franz, now 47 and a resident of Louisville, Ky., claims he was an innocent 17-year-old when he volunteered through his high school to work at a church-run camp in West Virginia only to be molested by a Syracuse priest there.

He said he came to Syracuse today - along with The Rev. Robert Hoatson of New Jersey, a suspended priest who founded a non-profit for victims of clergy abuse - to challenge the local diocese to "do the right thing" by providing the counseling and therapy he needs to heal from the abuse he suffered at the hands of former priest David Pichette.

Diocese spokeswoman Danielle Cummings sharply disputed a number of Franz's and Hoatson's claims. She noted the diocese had made numerous attempts to offer Franz counseling but had never heard back from Franz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 PM

Mo. priest pleads not guilty to child porn charges

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Associated Press | Posted: Monday, May 23, 2011

A Roman Catholic priest has pleaded not guilty in western Missouri to possessing child pornography.

Forty-five-year-old Shawn Francis Ratigan, of Kansas City, appeared in Clay County Circuit Court on Monday over a video hookup. He remains held on $200,000 bond in the county jail, where he has been since his arrest Thursday.

Ratigan is charged with three counts of possessing child porn, based on photos that authorities reported finding on computers he used. Prosecutors allege he photographed girls, sometimes under their skirts, in and around churches where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 PM

Flawed analysis in priest report

UNITED STATES
Ashbury Park Press

The idea that individuals are responsible before God for their sins and before the law for their crimes is nearly universal.

But a report released last week that explores the context and causes of child sexual abuse by priests in this country at times seems to downplay personal responsibility and lays the blame on the permissive society of the 1960s and 1970s. That’s a shame, and it calls for a firm and quick response from the church itself.

The report, commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, was undercut by one of its main conclusions: namely, that the hippies of the ’60s and the libertines of the ’70s were in some ways responsible for some priests’ reprehensible actions.

Any attempt to deflect responsibility away from those who actually perpetrated the abuse (and those in the church hierarchy who aided and abetted it) is absolutely antithetical to the principle of individual responsibility, enshrined in both American jurisprudence and Christian theology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 PM

Kentucky man says Syracuse diocese priest abused him

SYRACUSE (NY)
YNN

[with video]

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Daniel Franz is a 47-year-old husband and father. He manages a successful business in Kentucky.

Franz has never been to Central New York before, but visited for the first time Monday to talk about a traumatic connection to the area that started 30 years ago at a West Virginia camp called Nazareth Farm.

"We spent roughly about a week there doing various projects helping the poor there. And while I was there, the director of the camp, Father David Pichette, sexually abused me on multiple occasions. It was a very traumatic experience because, in my opinion, it was the height of mistrust and abuse of power," Franz said.

Pichette served in the Syracuse diocese and ran the camp for 10 years. Before and after that, he worked in churches and schools in Cortland, Onondaga and Broome Counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

Church report on priestly abuse falls short

UNITED STATES
Miami Herald

BY MARY SANCHEZ
msanchez@kcstar@com

The counterculture caused stressed out priests to sin.

This is the banal and evasive conclusion of a five-year study costing almost $2 million that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned to look into the causes and context of the sexual abuse of minors by the church’s clergy.

The study was prepared by researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. One particular conclusion stood out:

“Social and cultural changes in the 1960s and 1970s manifested in increased levels of deviant behavior in the general society and also among priests of the Catholic Church in the United States.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Moral priorities

UNITED STATES
Faith in the 21st Century

One day after the John Jay College report on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the U.S. was released, Father Shawn Ratigan was arrested for possession of child pornography. He apparently had been taking pictures of girls at his parish/school covertly, including nude photographs.

The interesting part about all of this is that the local ordinary, Bishop Robert Finn (Kansas City), had been aware of the images on Ratigan's computer since December, and had transferred the priest on a couple of occasions without notifying authorities or the diocesan review board.

Once again, the problem is not "homosexual priests." The problem, beyond the individual perversion of this pedophile, is the inaction and cover-up by the local bishop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Diocesan review board members say their work proceeds unimpeded

UNITED STATES
Catholic News Service

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Members of seven diocesan review boards that consider clergy sex abuse cases said their work never has been impeded by diocesan officials or church hierarchy as they developed recommendations on whether an accusation was credible or not.

The review board members also said they worked collaboratively with officials within their dioceses to ensure that priests who posed a danger to children were removed from ministry as quickly as possible.

Review board members talked about their work in response to inquiries from Catholic News Service following an account by the chair of the Philadelphia review board criticizing archdiocesan officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 PM

Attorneys in archdiocese bankruptcy seek to lift stay on pending civil cases

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

May 23, 2011

Attorneys for victim-creditors in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's bankruptcy have asked the court to lift the stay on pending civil cases so they can depose aging witnesses, including retired bishops and accused priests.

Victims are seeking to depose retired Archbishop Rembert Weakland; retired Auxiliary Bishop Richard Sklba; former Assistant Chancellor Father Joseph Janicki; and seven restricted or laicized priests who appear on the archdiocese's online list of priests with credible accusations of sex abuse against them.

They say the bankruptcy has brought forward new allegations and that depositions are needed to preserve testimony in the event of a witness' death or incapacity.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2011

NEW YORK
Fredric M. Sinclair

CONTACT: Ann Farthing, 212/995-8382

PLAYSMITHS is pleased to announce the cast for their staged reading of LETHE, a full-length drama written by New York author Fredric Sinclair. All proceeds from this reading will benefit Safe Horizon, the nation’s leading provider of services for survivors of violence. ...

The LETHE reading will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2011, at the Players Club,
16 Gramercy Park South, New York City. Tickets are available via Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/160438. ...

Donations for admission to this event are $25. For $50, audience members are invited to attend a wine and cheese reception preceding the event, with an opportunity to meet the actors, writer, director, and members of the Safe Horizon staff. The audience is invited to stay after the reading for a talk back with representatives from Safe Horizon as well as the production team.

All proceeds benefit Safe Horizon (www.safehorizon.org), the nation's leading victim assistance, advocacy, and violence prevention organization with more than 60 programs operating in all five boroughs of New York. Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.

“Sexual abuse is rampant in society, and yet there’s still such a stigma surrounding it,” notes Mr. Sinclair. “LETHE attempts to bridge that gap by taking the audience on a journey that people otherwise might never experience. By partnering with a dedicated organization like Safe Horizon, we open up the dialog about sexual abuse beyond the confines of the play and into the community-at-large, where these issues are very real, daily occurrences.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 PM

New Catholic Study of Sex Abuse Blames Everyone But The Priests

UNITED STATES
Politicus USA

It is a universal truth that humans, as well as most of the animal kingdom, have an intrinsic drive to protect their young at all costs. Human beings depend on other adults to keep watch over children, but there are trusted relatives and friends who are given the ultimate responsibility to care for children without parents present. School teachers of both genders are counseled against being alone with a child to mitigate the appearance of impropriety regardless that teachers face background checks and constant monitoring as protection for both teachers and students. However, there is no such provision in the law for members of the clergy to undergo background checks or monitoring because they have elevated status and special treatment by the government and general population alike because they are god’s servants.

Of all the horrors perpetrated on children, sexual abuse is by far worse than physical abuse, and although the two are related, sexual abuse tends to engender more outrage. For several years there has been increased scrutiny on the Catholic Church for obfuscating sexual abuse by priests and the problem transcends other denominations. There is sexual abuse reported in every church, and Protestant denominations’ statistics mirror or surpass instances of Catholic priest’s pedophilia. However, Protestant abuse statistics include young males, girls, and married women skewing the numbers based on a larger statistical set.

There are many factors and excuses proffered as to why reports of Catholic priests raping young boys is higher than other denominations, but regardless, rape is not acceptable whether it is Republican-approved rape of women, or priests raping young boys. The Catholic Church has sanctioned a study and report detailing reasons why priests rape boys, and they offer remedies and strategies to diminish the frequency of abuse. The Catholic Church in America has placed the blame solely on societal factors that appear to be little more than pre-emptive defenses for impending court cases and lawsuits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Paedophile Salesian priest suspended, father superior dismissed

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

The father superior of the congregation of Salesians in the Netherlands Herman Spronck has been dismissed after he defended a paedophile priest.

Belgian Father Superior Jos Claes of the Don Bosco group in Brussels told RTL Nieuws that the father superior not longer represented the group in the Netherlands.

The dismissal comes after the suspension earlier today of a Salesian priest who was a member of the Dutch paedophile group Martijn.

In reaction to the revelations, Mr Spronck had told the Dutch news programme that "relationships between children and adults were not necessarily harmful". It turned out he had been aware of the priest's membership to the paedophile organisation for many years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Priest pleads not guilty to child porn charges

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By GLENN E. RICE
The Kansas City Star

A Roman Catholic priest pleaded not guilty today in Clay County court to criminal charges of possessing child pornography.

Shawn Francis Ratigan, 45, of Kansas City, North is accused of taking pornographic photos of children around churches and schools where he had worked in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Ratigan, who remains in custody on $200,000 bond, was charged last week with three counts of possessing child pornography. He appeared in court through video conference, not in person. He is scheduled to be back in court June 16.

His attorney, John P. O’Connor, declined to comment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Dutch Catholic order hit by pedophile group scandal

NETHERLANDS
Reuters

A Roman Catholic order of priests sacked its leader in the Netherlands and disciplined another priest Monday after the two publicly defended pedophile sex, an issue haunting the worldwide Church in recent years.

The scandal erupted over the weekend when RTL radio reported the priest, named only as Rev. Van B, had been a board member of a lobbying group advocating sex between adults and children. He told RTL that few children suffered from such relationships. Asked about the case, Rev. Herman Spronck, leader of the Dutch Salesians, said he agreed pedophile sex could be accepted.

“Herman Spronck is no longer the delegate from the Salesian delegation in the Netherlands,” his superior Rev. Jos Claes, leader of the Salesians in Belgium and the Netherlands, told RTL. “We fully distance ourselves from the words we find in your interview with Herman Spronck.” Rev. Van B “can longer perform any pastoral duties as of today,” he added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:03 PM

Dutch Catholic order hit by pedophile group scandal

NETHERLANDS
Reuters

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS | Mon May 23, 2011

(Reuters) - A Roman Catholic order of priests sacked its leader in the Netherlands and disciplined another priest Monday after the two publicly defended pedophile sex, an issue haunting the worldwide Church in recent years.

The scandal erupted over the weekend when RTL radio reported the priest, named only as Rev. Van B, had been a board member of a lobbying group advocating sex between adults and children. He told RTL that few children suffered from such relationships.

Asked about the case, Rev. Herman Spronck, leader of the Dutch Salesians, said he agreed pedophile sex could be accepted.

"Herman Spronck is no longer the delegate from the Salesian delegation in the Netherlands," his superior Rev. Jos Claes, leader of the Salesians in Belgium and the Netherlands, told RTL. "We fully distance ourselves from the words we find in your interview with Herman Spronck."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:52 PM

El Paso, Las Cruces dioceses settle on sexual abuse suit

NEW MEXICO
Alamogordo Daily News

Daily News Report

LAS CRUCES A man has settled a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces and St. Genevieve Parish stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by Manuel Perez Maramba, a Catholic priest who served in the Diocese of El Paso in the 1970s.

According to a press release from El Paso Diocese, the lawsuit, which was filed in the 3rd Judicial District Court of New Mexico, alleged that Father Manuel Perez Maramba sexually assaulted the plaintiff, named John Doe in the lawsuit, when he was a minor.

Maramba, a Benedictine monk from the Philippines, served at St. Genevieve Parish in Las Cruces in 1976-77 with the permission of the bishop of the Diocese of El Paso, Sydney Metzger. He also served at the Newman Center in Silver City while working in the Diocese of El Paso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Police question nun about alleged abuse

MALTA
Times of Malta

Police officers last night questioned a Dominican nun over abuse, informed sources said.

The sources said the nun was questioned by the Vice Squad over alleged child abuse in Lourdes Home some four or five years ago.

The nun was questioned at Pompei House, a home for the elderly run by the same Order.

The Dominican sisters are refusing to comment about the case. They are also refusing to say if the sister was brought to Malta today.

A commission chaired by Judge Victor Caruana Colombo in 2008 found instances of physical and psychological abuse of children perpetrated at Lourdes House.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Dominican nun questioned by police, as Mother General admits: 'it's top secret'

MALTA
Malta Today

By Nestor Laiviera

UPDATED | A Dominican nun from the infamous Lourdes Home has been questioned by police over claims of abuse on minors, but investigations are shrouded under a veil of Church-imposed secrecy.

A Dominican nun who works within the Lourdes residential home in Ghajnsielem, Gozo, has been questioned by investigators at the Police Vice Squad in connection to claims of child abuse.

Sources say that the nun is expected to be interrogated again in the coming hours as investigations continue.

The arrest reportedly dates back to an alleged instance of child abuse that took place five years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Kyrkan kartlägger sexövergrepp

SVERIGE
Sydsvenskan

Sverige.
Efter flera anmälningar där präster anklagas för sexuella övergrepp ska Svenska kyrkan kartlägga omfattningen.

Det är hög tid att Svenska kyrkan slutar tysta ned känsliga händelser och skydda misstänkta förövare, säger Ewa Lindqvist Hotz, präst i Svenska kyrkan och chef för tankesmedjan Seglora smedja.

– Man är tyst om sådant man vet händer och det är djupt problematiskt, säger hon.

Ärkebiskop Anders Wejryd håller delvis med om att övergrepp inom Svenska kyrkan förtigits.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Ärkebiskopen: Vi måste tala öppet om övergrepp

SVERIGE
MyNewsDesk

– Det bästa skyddet mot sexuella övergrepp i våra kyrkliga sammanhang är att bryta tystnaden, säger ärkebiskop Anders Wejryd. Varje övergrepp är ett för mycket – och vid misstanke om brott måste polisanmälan göras, så att en juridisk prövning kan ske.Svenska kyrkan har arbetat aktivt sedan 1998 med riktlinjer och strategiskt arbete för att motverka och hantera förekomster av sexuella övergrepp.

– Det är helt enkelt inte acceptabelt och vi ska döma strikt när det sker, säger Anders Wejryd. Vi har ingen anledning att skydda förövarna, kyrkans ansvar är att stå på de utsattas sida.

– Övergrepp förekommer framför allt i slutna miljöer och handlar om missbruk av förtroende och makt, säger Inger Lise Olsen, handläggare för genderfrågor. Vi hoppas att vårt strategiska arbete gör det lättare för utsatta människor att våga göra en anmälan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Sexueller Missbrauch in St. Matthias

DEUTSCHLAND
16 VOR

Ein Bruder der Benediktinerabtei St. Matthias hat sich in den 1970er und 80er Jahren des sexuellen Missbrauchs an Minderjährigen schuldig gemacht. Das gab Abt Ignatius Maaß am Sonntag überraschend in der Abteikirche bekannt. Der Abt sprach von mindestens drei Opfern, der Vorgang sei für ihn und die übrigen Brüder “bedrückend und beschämend”. Der heute 78 Jahre alte Täter hat die Vorwürfe eingestanden. Wie Maaß auf Anfrage weiter erklärte, erhielten die Opfer zwischenzeitlich eine “materielle Anerkennung” des Leids.

TRIER-SÜD. Es war eine schlimme Nachricht, die Abt Ignatius den Besuchern des sonntäglichen Gottesdienstes überbrachte: Einer seiner Mitbrüder, der bis 1989 als Vikar seelsorgerisch tätig war, hat sich des mehrfachen sexuellen Missbrauchs Schutzbefohlener schuldig gemacht, berichtete der Kirchenmann seiner Gemeinde, die sich in der Abteikirche versammelt hatte. Schon im letzten Jahr erfuhr der Abt von den Vorwürfen gegen Bruder B., dieser habe die Taten ihm gegenüber selbst angesprochen, so Maaß am Sonntag im Gespräch mit 16vor. Er habe ihm daraufhin “die Ausübung der priesterlichen Aufgaben” untersagt, so der Abt, und weiter: “Seitdem hält er keine Messe mehr. In der Seelsorge mit jungen Menschen war er ohnehin nicht mehr tätig”. Dass der Abt erst jetzt mit der Information an die Öffentlichkeit ging, erklärte er damit, dass die Vorwürfe nun “hinreichend klar” gewesen seien.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:19 PM

Mönch missbrauchte jahrelang Jugendliche

DEUTSCHLAND
Der Tagesspiegel

Ein Mönch des Trierer Klosters Sankt Matthias hat in den 70er- und 80er-Jahren mindestens drei Jugendliche missbraucht. Der heute 78-jährige Geistliche soll sich seinerzeit als Vikar an den Minderjährigen vergangen haben.

Die Vorfälle seien im vergangenen Jahr bekanntgeworden, teilte der Abt des Klosters, Ignatius Maaß, am Sonntag in Trier mit. Daraufhin seien die Vorwürfe zunächst intern geprüft worden. Der Mönch habe den Missbrauch eingeräumt, sagte Maaß. Bislang habe er Kenntnis von drei Betroffenen.

Das Kloster habe sofort Konsequenzen gezogen. Dem Mönch „habe ich die Ausübung der priesterlichen Aufgaben untersagt“, erklärte Maaß. Er dürfte seither keine Messe mehr halten. In der Seelsorge mit jungen Menschen sei er ohnehin nicht mehr tätig gewesen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

Trier abbot calls for monk's abuse victims to come forward

GERMANY
The Local

A German abbot has appealed to his congregation for people who were abused by a monk in the 1970s and 1980s to come forward.

Abbot Ignatius Maaß said he was working through the consequences of the admission of a monk that he had sexually abused three young people – after they came forward and accused him.

“I know of three people who were abused,” the head of the Benedictine St Matthias Abbey in Trier on the Mosel River told The Local on Monday.

“One came to my attention through information from the other brothers; the other two had contacted the commissioner for abuse. At the end of my service on Sunday I asked for any further victims to contact us.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:12 PM

Omstreden Salesiaanse pater op non-actief gesteld

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

De Salesiaanse pater die jarenlang lid was van pedofielenvereniging Martijn is op non-actief gesteld. De Salesianer orde heeft een verklaring gepubliceerd waarin staat dat hij “geen enkele pastorale taak of dienst” meer mag opnemen. Dat meldt RTL Nieuws, dat dit weekend onthulde dat pater Van B. tweemaal veroordeeld is wegens potloodventen.

De 73-jarige Van B. werd in 1994 lid van Martijn. Zijn overste bij de Salesianen, Herman Spronck, wist hiervan maar hield hem jarenlang de hand boven het hoofd. De overste zei bovendien tegen de nieuwsrubriek “seks met minderjarigen niet per definitie af te wijzen”.

“Het bestuur van de Don Bosco Werken Nederland wil u hierbij laten weten dat het zich nadrukkelijk distantieert van de uitspraken die door dhr. Herman Spronck in dit verband zijn gedaan.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Overste Herman Spronck weggestuurd

NEDERLAND
RTL Nieuws

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De kerkelijke commissie van de Salesianen in Brussel heeft de prominente Nederlandse overste Herman Spronck per direct ontslagen. Mogelijk volgen er nog meer maatregelen.

De paus beslist later of Spronck zijn werkzaamheden als pater mag blijven uitoefenen. Dat maakt de Belgische provinciaal van de Salesianen Jos Claes vanmiddag bekend. Spronck raakte in opspraak nadat hij tegenover RTL Nieuws verklaarde dat wat hem betreft 'relaties tussen kinderen en volwassenen niet schadelijk hoeven te zijn'.
Hand boven het hoofd

Spronck hield ook jarenlang een voor zedenincidenten veroordeelde Salesiaanse pater de hand boven het hoofd. Deze pater was lid van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn (1994-2011). Hij werd eerder vandaag al op non-actief gezet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:05 PM

Nederlandse overste Salesianen ontslagen

NEDERLAND
Brabants Dagblad

HILVERSUM (ANP) - De Nederlandse overste van de congregatie van Salesianen Herman Spronck is ontslagen.

Dat maakte Jos Claes, overste van Salesianen van Don Bosco in Brussel maandag bekend in het RTL Nieuws. ,,Spronck mag geen enkele protocollaire taak meer vervullen. Hij is geen delegaat meer in Nederland'', aldus Claes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:51 PM

Dutch pedophile priest barred, supervisor on leave

NETHERLANDS
The Seattle Times

The Associated Press

AMSTERDAM —

A Catholic official says the Salesian order has barred a Dutch priest who endorses pedophilia and placed his superior on administrative leave until an investigation into the pair is completed.

Jos Claes, Superior of the order for the Netherlands and Belgium, says the priest, identified as "Father Van B." cannot serve in any church function anywhere.

RTL Nieuws published interviews this weekend in which Van B. acknowledged being fined for lewd conduct and serving on the board of "Martijn," a club that promotes legalizing pedophilia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Caso don Seppia: inchiesta allargata ai locali notturni genovesi

ITALIA
Genova Oggi Notizie

Mentre viene diffusa la notizia che il sacerdote genovese don Riccardo Seppia verrà trasferito al carcere di Sanremo in data odierna, gli investigatori allargano il campo dell'inchiesta giorno dopo giorno. Al momento, sotto la lente degli inquirenti i locali notturni prevalentemente gay che don Seppia e l'ex seminarista coinvolto a sua volta nel caso, Emanuele Alfano, frequentavano con una certa assiduità. E secondo alcune ipotesi ora al vaglio, in questo locali si sarebbero consumati veri e propri festini a base di droga, alcol e sesso. Nell'indagine entra anche il giovane egiziano che all'epoca dei fatti aveva 17 anni (ne ha compiuti 18 da poche settimane) e che, dopo essere stato oggetto delle attenzioni morbose del prete, si è trasformato in procacciatore di giovanissimi vittime. Alla polizia ha confessato tutto, come ha fatto anche l'ex seminarista 24enne.

Per quanto riguarda le confessioni di don Seppia, ha confermato di essere cocainomane, di avere ceduto stupefacenti in cambio di favori sessuali ma solo ad adulti e senza ottenere denaro, di essere omosessuale ed anche di essere affetto da virus Hiv. Insiste nel dichiarare di non aver mai fatto sesso con minorenni. Versione che contrasta apertamente con ciò che altri testimoni hanno dichiarato.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Bishop admits failure in priest's child pornography case

MISSOURI
National Catholic Reporter

May. 23, 2011
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- One day after newspapers across the nation featured front page articles about a U.S. bishops' sponsored study on the causes of the clergy sex abuse scandal, which blamed much of the crisis on the sexual revolution of the 1960s, another clergy abuse news story was on the front page of The Kansas City Star: A local priest had been arrested for possession of child pornography.

To many, the most disturbing revelation in the story of Fr. Shawn Ratigan, 45, a priest in the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese since 2004, was that diocesan officials knew his personal computer had been found last December to contain many photographs of young children, including at least one of a nude girl.

But they did not share the information with members of the diocese or its review board. Instead, Bishop Robert W. Finn moved the priest to a local home for religious sisters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Don Seppia, dubbi per alcune telefonate hard

ITALIA
TGCOM

16:03 - Su don Riccardo Seppia, il prete arrestato con l'accusa di violenza sessuale su minore e cessione di stupefacenti, si concentrano altri sospetti. Nel 1994 un medico nel Levante genovese denunciò una serie di telefonate a contenuto erotico verso i propri figli. Gli investigatori accertarono che le telefonate erano partite dall'apparecchio di don Riccardo, all'epoca viceparroco. Delle indagini non si seppe più nulla.

L'episodio è stato portato alla luce da Il Giorno. Il telefono in questione venne messo sotto controllo. Gli investigatori scoprirono che le telefonate blasfeme e volgari partivano dalla parrocchia di San Pietro, dove allora don Riccardo era viceparroco. Dopo la denuncia ai carabinieri, non vi furono più telefonate. La curia genovese decise allora di trasferire il sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

l Papa benedice la chiesa ferita "Don Seppia? Jekyll e Mr Hyde"

ITALIA
la Repubblica

di NADIA CAMPINI

Anche nella parrocchia dello Spirito Santo a Sestri è arrivata la benedizione del Papa, che Benedetto XVI aveva chiesto a Bagnasco di trasmettere a tutta la diocesi di Genova ferita dalle vicende del parroco arrestato. L'ha riportata don Stefano Moretti durante la messa domenicale, celebrata nella parrocchia di don Riccardo Seppia, mentre sulla facciata della chiesa sono apparse nuove scritte contro il parroco, subito cancellate, e dalla gradinata genoana dello stadio Ferraris, è comparso uno striscione che recitava "Preti pedofili al rogo".

IMMAGINI: nuove scritte contro don Seppia

Parole di conforto sono state usate invece dal pulpito della chiesa Santo Spirito: "Mi faccio strumento - ha detto il sacerdote che ha sostituito don Riccardo Seppia - e vi porto la benedizione del Santo Padre che giovedì, nella giornata di Santificazione sacerdotale, ci è stata impartita dal cardinale Angelo Bagnasco". La settimana scorsa parlando ai sacerdoti della sua diocesi, il presidente della Cei aveva raccontato dell'udienza privata avuta col Papa, dicendo che il Pontefice aveva promesso la sua preghiera per la diocesi e chiedendo di trasmetterla a tutte le parrocchie.

Il teologo Mancuso: "E' la punta dell'iceberg"

E stamani, il cardinale, in Piazza San Pietro per il Regina Coeli di Benedetto XVI insieme a 1.100 ragazzi della diocesi di Genova che hanno ricevuto la cresima, torna sulla vicenda: "E' un fatto di grande dolore _ dice _ un episodio veramente drammatico, che coinvolge delle persone oltre che un nostro sacerdote. Su questa vicenda dolorosa la presenza qui di tanti nostri ragazzi, col loro entusiasmo, appena ricevuta la Santa Cresima, insieme a tanti sacerdoti, è un po' come l'olio sulle ferite".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

La benedizione del Papa sulla chiesa di don Seppia

ITALIA
Il Secolo

Genova - Ieri, una mano di pittura bianca ha coperto in tutta fretta, prima della messa, le nuove scritte ingiuriose contro don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco arrestato a Sestri Ponente con l’accusa di abuso su minore e cessione di droga. La vernice, però, non ha cancellato l’inquietudine dei parrocchiani, che, increduli, si interrogano da giorni sul vero volto del parroco, un «dottor Jekyll e mister Hyde», come ha detto uno di loro.

Per tentare di alleviare il dolore, da Roma è arrivata ieri la benedizione del Papa: «Mi faccio strumento - ha detto don Stefano Moretti durante la messa - e vi porto la benedizione del Santo Padre che giovedì, nella giornata di santificazione sacerdotale, ci ha impartito il cardinale Angelo Bagnasco». Sempre ieri, lo stesso presidente della Cei e arcivescovo di Genova è tornato sulla vicenda, «un episodio veramente drammatico».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:57 AM

How bishops can restore faith in their ability to lead

UNITED KINGDOM
Guardian

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
guardian.co.uk, Monday 23 May 2011

The question: Is the Catholic abuse scandal over?

"The 'crisis' of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests is a historical problem," according to a just-released report by the John Jay College research team (The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010). Isn't this wishful thinking?

The Causes and Context report isn't claiming that abuse itself is a thing of the past. Its findings make clear that "sexual abuse of minors is a long-term societal problem that is likely to persist" in the church as well as outside it. What the researchers do observe is that the highest levels of reported abuse happened during the 1960s and 70s, followed by a sharp drop-off in the 80s to the present low level. There are weaknesses in the data, of course. There's no way to know how much unreported abuse actually took place at any given time. But when the report says the "crisis" is historical, it's pointing out that most of the cases that came to light in 2002 – the explosion that prompted the bishops to commission studies such as this one to learn exactly what happened and why – happened before 1990, and today clergy sex abuse happens less often than was the case several decades ago.

Here's hoping the data doesn't lie. But even if the peak of the abuse is in the past, the resulting crisis of confidence in church leadership is very much a present reality. The revelation that so many priests had abused minors was only part of the scandal; just as damaging was the discovery that bishops had spent decades prioritising the reputation of the church over the wellbeing of victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Salesianen sanctioneren Nederlandse pater

ROME
RKNieuws

ROME (RKnieuws.net) - De congregatie van de salesianen van Don Bosco heeft afstand genomen van de verklaringen en de houding van één van haar confraters in Nederland inzake pedofilie. Het centrale bestuur van de congregatie heeft maandag aangekondigd disciplinaire maatregelen te zullen nemen tegen pater B. Deze Nederlandse pater had verklaard lid te zijn van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn.

Het hoofdbestuur van de congregatie heeft ook kritiek geuit op de verklaringen van Herman Spronck, de verantwoordelijke van de salesianen in Nederland, die begrip had getoond voor pater B.

‘Lid zijn van een vereniging als Martijn is absoluut onverenigbaar met de principes, waarden en tradities van de congregatie’, zegt Francesco Marracani, procureur-generaal van de salesianen. De congregatie betreurt dat pater B. veel mensen heeft gekwetst. ‘Wij begrijpen hun pijn en wij verontschuldigen ons’, aldus de procureur-generaal. ‘Het totale respect tegenover kinderen, adolescenten en jongeren is voor ons fundamenteel en onherroepelijk’, besluit de congregatie in een mededeling.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:18 AM

Preti pedofili, non si può più tacere e il Cardinale ora interviene.

ITALIA
Cervelliamo

Dopo l'arresto di un parroco per droga e abusi su un minore, il capo dei vescovi è subito intervenuto, esprimendo sgomento e sospendendo il religioso.

Questo è il segno che il Vaticano non tollera più questi crimini.

Un brutto colpo è toccato ai parrocchiani di Sestri Ponente, a genova.

Il prete, parroco della chiese Santo Spirito dal 1996, è stato arrestato con l'accusa di pedofilia, e non solo, ma proponeva anche scambi di droga.
Don Riccardo Seppia, pizzetto nero, che pare un santo, sembrava essere un vero nemico dei peccati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Don Seppia, forse qualcuno sapeva e ha nascosto la verità

ITALIA
News Live 24

Don Riccardo Seppia, il prete accusato di violenza su minori, nonché di uso di stupefacenti, non è stato mai accusato fino ad ora, anche se ci sono molti sospetti che qualcuno sapesse già qualcosa. Risulta, infatti che nel 1994 un medico avesse sporto denuncia per una serie di telefonate a sfondo erotico giunte ai suoi figli. Si scoprì che erano partite dal telefono dell’allora viceparroco. Ma questa storia finì stranamente nel dimenticatoio e non si seppe più nulla. Dopo la denuncia dei carabinieri le telefonate cessarono e don Seppia venne trasferito. Ma già don Piercarlo Casassa aveva denunciato anni fa le continue assenze del prete, soprattutto la mattina, e il disagio che provavano i ragazzi che lo frequentavano. Anche, in questo caso, subito dopo la lamentela di don Casassa con il cardinale, don Seppia fu trasferito.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:12 AM

Preti pedofili: Emanuele Alfano interrogato per tre ore

ITALIA
Blitz

GENOVA – Si e' concluso dopo circa tre ore l'interrogatorio di garanzia di Emanuele Alfano, l'ex seminarista arrestato nell'ambito dell'inchiesta che ha portato in carcere per abuso su minori e cessione di stupefacenti don Riccardo Seppia, parroco di Sestri Ponente. Il ragazzo ha risposto alle domande del gip Annalisa Giacalone nel carcere di Marassi.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:43 AM

ARREST OF EX SEMINARIAN ALFANO CONFIRMED IN CHILD SEX CASE

ITALY
AGI

(AGI) Genoa - Emanuele Alfano, friend, accomplice and 'getter' of kids for Don Riccardo Sepia, is to say in prison. The 24 year-old former seminarian is accused of complicity with the Genoese priest arrested for sexually abusing a minor and sale of drugs. The investigating judge of the Court of Genoa, Anna Giacalone, validated the arrested this morning, ordering his detention in prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Priest abuse study called ‘deeply flawed’

BOSTON (MA)
News@Northeastern

May 23, 2011

Researchers at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice this month released the results of a study, commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002, examining the causes of the sexual abuse crisis within the Church. The report, which places blame not on church leaders but on the permissive culture of the 1960s and 1970s is “deeply flawed” says Walter Robinson, distinguished professor of journalism at Northeastern University, who led the Boston Globe Spotlight team that broke the clergy sex abuse story, netting the paper the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.

What is your immediate takeaway from the John Jay study, which says the sexual abuse crisis was the result of cultural changes in 1960s and ‘70s?

Like everybody else, I was drawn to what you could call this “third-rail conclusion” that the supposed surge in the incidence of sexual abuse by priests in the ’60s and ’70s was somehow caused by the permissiveness of that era. The report cited such things as divorce, drug use, crime and premarital sex as somehow being instigating factors that made priests abuse children.

The fact of the matter is that the data is deeply flawed. So to draw any kind of conclusion like that is, I think, unwarranted. It is more likely that the incidence of abuse of minors by priests was just as prevalent in the ’20s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s as it was in the ’60s and ’70s. But the numbers John Jay College has don’t support that because a lot of records in a lot of those dioceses from those earlier decades had been destroyed. Also, in those earlier decades, people did not come forward. And by the time people did start to come forward, in the late 20th century and early in this century, many of the people who were abused in those earlier decades were dead. That’s a more logical explanation for what happened, and it obviously further undermines this notion that the permissiveness of the ’60s and ’70s had anything to do with the abuse.

What are the flaws that you believe skewed the results of the study?

The study is based upon reporting by the dioceses and the archdioceses in the United States to the John Jay College that was done over time. Some of those dioceses were simply not forthcoming. A recent example of that can be seen by looking at the Philadelphia archdiocese, where, as recently as this February, there were 37 priests with credible allegations against them who were still in ministry.

In other dioceses, many of the records had been destroyed. In the Boston archdiocese, for instance, there were well over 200 priests who were identified as having had credible allegations against them between 1950 and 2002, which is the period under study. In the New York archdiocese, there were only 49 priests [with allegations], and the reason for that is that the New York archdiocese had, sometime before this scandal broke, destroyed all of their earlier records. That’s the most obvious example of a diocese that didn’t even have data to submit, even if it wanted to be forthcoming.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:31 AM

Victims seek Seattle archbishop’s help

SEATTLE (WA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

WHAT
Holding signs and childhood photos at a sidewalk news conference, clergy sex abuse victims and supporters will:
--harshly criticize a large Catholic religious order for filing for bankruptcy,
--urge Seattle’s archbishop to “aggressively seek out” others hurt by clerics, &

They will also beg anyone who
-- suffered clergy sex crimes to come forward and get help, and
-- saw or suspected clergy sex crimes or cover ups to call police.

WHEN
Monday, May 23 at 11:15 p.m.

WHERE
Outside St. James Catholic Cathedral, 804 Ninth Ave. in Seattle, WA

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

NYT Issues Another Slanted Attack Against Catholic Church

UNITED STATES
NewsBusters

By Dave Pierre | May 22, 2011

An analysis of the New York Times' response (a May 19, 2011 editorial) to the Vatican's recent clergy abuse guidelines reveals yet another ill-informed and skewed attack on the Catholic Church.

1. The Times writes that bishops once oversaw "hush payments to victims and relocation of abusive priests."

"Hush payments" are yet another popular falsehood in the reporting of the narrative of the clergy abuse scandals. They have become somewhat of an urban legend that the media continues to propagate.

The Honorable Patrick J. Schiltz, now a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota, has had as much experience as any individual with clergy abuse cases. Discussing the issue of settlements with victims, Judge Schiltz has said,

"I have been involved in hundreds of settlements, and I literally cannot recall one that required the victim not to talk about his or her abuse."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:09 AM

The John Jay Report Ignores History While Focusing on the Wrong Culture!

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

By Vinnie Nauheimer

There are lies, damned lies and statisticians as the old saw states. After reading the noxious claims of the recent John Jay report attributing the sexual abuse scandal of the Roman Catholic Church to the social norms of the Sixties and Seventies, we have to revise the old saw. The new one states, “There are liars, damned liars, statisticians and then the Roman Catholic Church!” Their crimes also belong to all those who aid and abet them in their attempt to cover up and trivialize the sexual abuse of children. Shame on you John Jay College; for you have sullied the good name of John Jay, a man whose life was devoted to seeking justice; and for what, thirty pieces of silver?

Those who are not familiar with Roman Catholic Church history are doomed to believe the lies the current hierarchy has just paid to produce. The Roman Catholic Church is desperately trying to convince the world that the clergy only began abusing children during the sexual revolution of the late nineteen sixties! Ad absurdum has never been better defined. Squealer, Orwell’s Animal Farm propagandist pig must be squealing with delight. The despicable, shameful, centuries long, and well documented history of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, flies in the face of the John Jay Excuse.

The first fallacy presented by John Jay is using the Sexual Revolution as an excuse for deviant sexual behavior. For the vast majority, the new sexual freedom referred to by John Jay, did not include sex with children. Hetero and Homo sexual liaisons became casual and open while for heterosexual liaisons, the pill, shattered the old norms. Was there a minority element from that era that encouraged sex with children? The unfortunate answer is yes. There was a small group allied to the homosexual activist groups of the era who wanted to eliminate the “age of consent.” These people were opportunists who saw the sexual revolution as a chance to legitimize their criminal acts. As gay rights groups became more mainstream, those professing to believe that having sex with children was okay, became so marginalized that they eventually formed their own splinter group called NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Association.1 One of the earliest proponents of NAMBLA was the notorious Fr. Paul Shanley of Boston infamy who was tried and convicted of rape. Though the John Jay Excuse confirms a number of priests decided to follow the NAMBLA path and engage in sex with children, they fail to explain why. Why were so many priests experimenting with deviancy by going after children when the rest of the adult world was engaging in hetero and homo sexual sex?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Clergy, abuse victims react to study

LONG ISLAND (NY)
Newsday

By BART JONES bart.jones@newsday.com

A $1.8-million study into the causes of the Roman Catholic Church's lingering sex-abuse scandal was criticized by a victims group Wednesday and praised as insightful by church leaders.

"As a bishop who has always sought to respond correctly and sensitively to these horrendous sins and crimes, I can never be forgetful of my own responsibility and acknowledge that too many bishops put care for...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Neighbor concerned about polygamy, child welfare

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City Journal

Mary Garrigan Journal staff | Posted: Sunday, May 22, 2011

PRINGLE - Cookie Hickstein would love to open her front door some day to find one of Warren Jeffs' wives standing on her front porch, seeking sanctuary.

"If one of those women wanted to run, I'd help her do it," said Hickstein of a secretive compound just up the road from her house that is owned by followers of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

But Hickstein and her husband, Richard, who have lived in a remote area 27 miles southwest of Custer since 2001, don't expect that to happen.

"I'm not ever going to see an FLDS woman run. If that's all you've ever known, you don't know any different," she said of the communal lifestyle that she is convinced includes not only the practice of polygamy but the marriage of underage girls to older men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Catholics must change the statistics on child sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl

Sixty-five thousand, nine hundred and sixty four. That is the number of children sexually abused in the United States in one year (2009), according to reports from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. These young people were abused by family, neighbors, teachers, coaches, even strangers. It is a sobering number, and 65,964 children too many.

This tragedy has to end, but how? The answer may come from the Catholic Church clergy abuse scandal and a landmark study of the causes and context just released by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Their findings are relevant not only to the church, but to every parent and every organization working with children: the best way to prevent child sexual abuse is to remove opportunity.

That sounds easy enough, yet our experience shows that many parents are not aware that their children are at risk even in their own neighborhoods. Too often, parents do not know what questions to ask a school, church or youth organization and too often these groups have uneven child safety policies. That provides opportunities for predators skilled at seeking access to children. Who would suspect a favorite teacher, youth leader, coach, neighbor or faith leader? Abusers look for opportunity and target children in wealthy suburbs, middle class neighborhoods and areas steeped in poverty. Increasingly, predators are finding young people online.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Harlan pastor faces rape, sexual abuse, sodomy, other charges

KENTUCKY
Lexington Herald-Leader

By Jennifer Hewlett — jhewlett@herald-leader.com

A Harlan County minister has been charged with several sex crimes. Jeremy Dewayne Caraway, 36, pastor of Loyall Church of God, was arrested Sunday by Kentucky State Police.

The state police post in Harlan received a call Sunday morning about a pastor possibly molesting a girl under 14 who is a member of his congregation, a state police press release said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Pastor charged with sexual abuse of child

KENTUCKY
Washington Examiner

The Associated Press

Kentucky State Police have charged an eastern Kentucky pastor with sexually abusing a child.

Jeremy Dewayne Caraway was booked into the Harlan County Detention Center without bond after his arrest on Sunday. The 36-year-old Caraway is charged with two counts of second-degree rape as well as sexual abuse, sodomy and unlawful transaction with a minor.

The girl Caraway is accused of raping is under 14 and investigators say she is a member of the Loyall Church of God, where Caraway is the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Swedish Church to probe sex abuse allegations

SWEDEN
The Local

Following several complaints about sexual abuse committed by its pastors, the Church of Sweden has announced plans to launch an investigation into how widespread the problem is.

Archbishop Anders Wejryd said he plans to collect information about cases which have come to light thus far.

"I'm going to contact the chapters in the diocese in order to get an overall picture of the decisions that have been reached and the cases that have been brought up," Wejryd told Svergies Radio (SR).

Currently, the Church of Sweden lacks a comprehensive picture of cases in which active pastors have had sexual relations with parish members or sexually abused people they met while in service.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Kentucky man accusing former Syracuse diocese priest of sexual abuse

SYRACUSE (NY)
The Post-Standard

By Douglass Dowty / The Post-Standard

Syracuse, N.Y. -- A Kentucky man plans Monday to publicly accuse the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse of not helping him recover from being sexually abused by a diocese priest 30 years ago at a West Virginia farm.

He is expected to accuse former priest David Pichette of fondling him and making other sexual advances during a 1981 encounter at Nazareth Farm, said the Rev. Robert M. Hoatson, who founded a non-profit for victims of clergy abuse.

The accuser will be identified during a 1:30 p.m. event in front of the diocese office at 240 E. Onondaga St., Hoatson said.

The diocese refuses to help the victim recover from the abuse, despite the fact a diocese investigator found him to be credible, Hoatson asserted. Part of the mission of Hoatson’s group, Road to Recovery, is to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with abuse victims when they make their stories public. ...

Diocese spokeswoman Danielle Cummings said she could not comment on this specific case, but rejected notions that the diocese was doing nothing. She said that the diocese investigates and provides help for victims of sexual abuse, including a victim assistance coordinator, and assists with counseling and other needs.

She noted that Pichette has not been a priest “for some time.” She said that limits what the diocese can do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

New Vatican guidelines: Church still doesn’t get it

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

Mon, May 23

THE VATICAN appears to still think it’s above the law. Secular law, that is.

Last week, the Catholic Church issued new guidelines for bishops worldwide, calling for them to implement firm policies to deal with sexual abuse of minors by May 2012.

The problem, which victims’ groups and other critics of the Holy See’s long-time — and continuing — mishandling of this tragic issue immediately pointed out, was that the Vatican left inappropriate discretion in the hands of the very local Church authorities who have failed to protect so many children from preying priests in the first place.

Yes, bishops have now been clearly told by the Vatican they "should" report sexual abuse cases to secular authorities, but as critics have rightly noted, that is a recommendation, not a command. And if they don’t? There appear to be no clear penalties spelled out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

May 22, 2011

Dangers of Clericalism

UNITED KINGDOM
The Tablet

To be against clericalism is not the same as being anticlerical. The latter signifies strong secular resistance to the Catholic Church’s social and political power. Clericalism is about an excessive emphasis on the role of the clergy in the Church’s internal affairs. It implies clerical elitism, the superiority of the priesthood over the laity. Anticlericalism, as a concept in Continental European politics, is some way past its sell-by date. But clericalism is very much still in currency as a key concept in analysing the cultural factors that gave rise to the clerical sex-abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church. It has almost become de rigueur for church leaders to say they are against clericalism in this context.

Clericalism was dealt a heavy blow by the emphasis in the teaching of Vatican II on the priesthood of all believers and on common baptism. But there is evidence of a clericalist backlash among some of those undergoing training for the priesthood or recently ordained. In dress and attitude, some of them appear to hanker – almost narcissistically – after a restoration of the priest’s elevated status that characterised parish life in the 1950s. A softer form of clericalism is still apparent in diocesan structures and in the Vatican itself, where few lay people are to be found, and usually in relatively junior positions. And clericalism automatically marginalises or excludes women.

It is also sometimes implicit in the motivation of those who are pushing for the return of the Tridentine Rite to general use. While the post-Vatican II new-rite Mass emphasises the Eucharist as an activity shared by the whole community, the Mass named after the Council of Trent puts more weight on the separation of roles, with the priest active and the congregation passively watching.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 PM

Fox News' Catholic Priest Fr. Jonathan Morris Says Don't Vote For Obama?

UNITED STATES
News Hounds

Despite Fox's claim of being "fair & balanced," they employ, as their prominent TV religious contributor (Lauren Green, a Catholic, occasionally provides commentary) a Roman Catholic priest, Father Jonathan Morris. Despite the diversity of American religious groups, "America's Newsroom," provides an almost exclusively Catholic perspective while ignoring the different views of "non-Catholics." ...

Morris also serves the Magesterium, in that he can be counted on to do damage control for the church such as when he told Megyn Kelly that Catholic clergy sexual abuse was no worse than abuse by public school teachers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:33 PM

Dutch Catholic Priest Believes Pedophilia Is A-OK, Shocks Church

UNITED STATES
Lez Get Real

05/22/2011 – by Cynthia S. Wright

The Dutch Catholic Church and the Salesian order are investigating the circumstances surrounding a Salesian priest serving on the Dutch board “Martijn” – a group that campaigns against the Dutch law that bans adult-child sex.

It appears that “Father Van B” not only seemed to serve on the board but that his boss was fully aware of what the priest was doing. The priest was quoted as saying, “Society thinks these relationships are harmful. I disagree.” Van B served on the board from 2008 – 2010, until the founder of the group was arrested for possession of child pornography (a case that is still being handled in court).

Delegate Herman Spronck, the order’s top official in the Netherlands confirmed in a statement that even though the 73-year-old priest did serve on that particular board, the delegate attempted to redeem his church and faith by stating:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Don Seppia/I parrocchiani preparano un'azione legale

ITALIA
Citta di Genova

Genova - Starebbero pensando ad un'azione legale i genitori dei bambini che frequentavano la Parrocchia di Don Riccardo Seppia: a sconvolgere la comunità, oltre alle indisrezioni che trapelano sulla vita privata del prelato e le accuse che gli vengono mosse, l'ipotesi di sieropositività del sacerdote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:26 AM

Pedofilia, la difesa di Don Seppia: non ho mai avuto rapporti con minori

ITALIA
Il Messaggero

ROMA - Don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco di Sestri Ponente (Genova) arrestato venerdì scorso per violenza sessuale su minore e cessione di stupefacente, è stato interrogato oggi in carcere a Marassi per oltre cinque ore. Dalle 10 il sacerdote ha risposto alle domande del sostituto procuratore Stefano Puppo, alla presenza del suo legale Paolo Bonanni.

«Abbiamo ridimensionato le accuse in merito alla cessione di sostanze stupefacenti e Don Seppia ha ribadito di non avere mai avuto rapporti sessuali con minori», ha affermato l'avvocato Bonanni, lasciando Marassi. «Si è parlato solo di rapporti con maggiorenni e don Seppia ha confermato che le millanterie contenute nelle conversazioni telefoniche erano un gioco erotico. Non sono state corroborate da nessun elemento».

Secondo l'avvocato, anche l'episodio del presunto bacio al chierichetto 16enne «è stato ridimensionato non soltanto per le dichiarazioni di Seppia». Il legale ha definito il sacerdote «lucido, in grado di ricostruire gli episodi che gli vengono contestati, presente, anche se certamente turbato».

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:24 AM

Il piano della Cei«Stroncheremoil fenomeno»

ITALIA
Quotidiano

ARRIVA la svolta dei vescovi italiani dopo il caso di don Riccardo Seppia, il prete di Genova che ha rivelato di essere sieropositivo dopo essere stato arrestato per pedofilia nel quadro di un’inchiesta sul traffico di stupefacenti. La Conferenza episcopale italiana, che si riunisce da domani a giovedì a Roma per l’assemblea generale di primavera, si appresta a discutere un pacchetto di misure per stroncare il fenomeno degli abusi sessuali del clero sui minori. Genova, del resto, non è una diocesi qualunque. L’arcivescovo, cardinale Angelo Bagnasco, è presidente della Cei. Prima di lui ci sono stati il cardinale Tarcisio Bertone, segretario di Stato vaticano, il cardinale Dionigi Tettamanzi, arcivescovo di Milano, e, se si va agli anni dell’ordinazione di Seppia, il cardinale Giuseppe Siri. «La bruttissima storia di don Seppia ha segnato il cardinale», commentano nella Curia genovese. «Non se l’aspettava minimamente. La sua reazione immediata è stata molto apprezzata dai fedeli».

FORTE di questa esperienza, già nella prolusione di apertura del ‘parlamento’ dei vescovi, domani, Bagnasco potrebbe tratteggiare un intervento strutturato sul problema. Lo stesso Bagnasco, nei mesi scorsi, non aveva escluso la necessità di nuove misure. La bomba del caso Seppia lo avrebbe convinto del fatto che è giunto il momento di fare quello che già altre conferenze episcopali mondiali hanno fatto, e che il Vaticano caldeggia da tempo. La decisione di prendere il caso Seppia di petto — Bagnasco ha immediatamente sospeso dalle funzioni il sacerdote accusato di pedofilia pedofilo e si è subito recato nella sua parrocchia per dire ai fedeli tutta la propria vergogna — dovrebbe così fare da apristrada a un nuovo corso di trasparenza.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 AM

«Sms per adescare bimbi? Solo uno scherzo»

ITALIA
il Giornale

GenovaLui nega. Anche nell’evidenza della trascrizione degli sms più scabrosi rivolti allo spacciatore marocchino Franky («Trova bambino di 10 anni»), delle telefonate più esplicite («A me mi serve... mi piace con meno di 14 anni») don Riccardo Seppia, il prete di Genova, in carcere da più di una settimana con l’accusa di abuso sessuale su un chierichetto minorenne e cessione di stupefacenti, nega. Le frasi incriminate sarebbero «un gioco erotico», un modo per eccitarsi nelle sue relazioni gay. Il sacerdote ha ammesso la propria sieropositività, e di aver avuto rapporti con maggiorenni, ma senza scambio di droga. È durato quasi cinque ore nel carcere di Marassi l’interrogatorio di don Seppia e secondo quanto riferito dall’avvocato Paolo Bonanni, che ha assistito il sacerdote genovese durante l’interrogatorio del pm Stefano Puppo, don Seppia avrebbe cercato di ridimensionare le contestazioni che gli sono state mosse. Il bacio al chierichetto? «Solo» un palpeggiamento. «Ma i capi di imputazione - ha dichiarato il difensore al termine dell’interrogatorio - sono sempre gli stessi, non sono stati contestati ulteriori episodi». Bonanni spera che le accuse a don Seppia possano essere ridimensionate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Genova, insulti e minacce sulla chiesa di don Seppia: "I bambini non si toccano"

ITALIA
TGCOM

10:42 - Nuove scritte sulla facciata della chiesa dello Spirito Santo contro don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco arrestato per pedofilia. "Infame di m..., infame bastardo, i bambini non si toccano", sono le scritte realizzate con la vernice spray di colore blu. Ignoti le hanno realizzate nella notte. Già nei giorni scorsi la stessa chiesa era stata teatro di altre scritte, poi ricoperte. E anche queste ultime sono state subito rimosse.

La facciata della chiesa era da poco stata ridipinta dopo che già nei giorni scorsi era stata imbrattata di scritte contro il sacerdote, sospeso dalla Curia dopo l'arresto e interrogato sabato per oltre cinque ore dai magistrati che indagano sulla vicenda.

"Solo giochi erotici al telefono, mai sesso"
E proprio don Seppia, ai magistrati, ha respinto le accuse per "ridimensionare sia gli abusi che gli episodi di cessione di stupefacenti" dice il suo avvocato Paolo Bonanni, che ha visto il suo assistito "motivato, orientato, sereno". In realtà il clima che si respira all'interno del carcere Mazzeo non è dei migliori visto che il sacerdote non esce nemmeno per il suo periodo di aria proprio per paura.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:15 AM

Spotprent gestolen uit museum Venlo

NEDERLAND
rtl

Uit het Limburgs Museum in Venlo is de spotprent gestolen waarmee Peter van Straaten vorig jaar de Inktspotprijs won. Dat heeft een woordvoerder van het museum bevestigd.

Het is een prent van een jongetje met het kruis van Jezus in zijn achterste. De dader nam de tekening donderdag onder zijn arm en wandelde ermee naar buiten. Hij is spoorloos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

E le famiglie preparano una class action

ITALIA
la Repubblica

di STEFANO ORIGONE

E le famiglie preparano una class action "Ora i danni e un nuovo battesimo per i figli" La chiesa di Santo Spirito a Sestri

"La Curia sapeva tutto e non l'ha fermato: faremo un'azione legale collettiva e chiederemo un risarcimento". I genitori delle vittime di don Riccardo Seppia annunciano una "class-action" contro la chiesa. "Lancio un appello a tutti quelli che hanno figli che hanno avuto a che fare con "lui" - spiega un padre riferendosi al parroco - . Fatevi avanti, non abbiate vergogna. Raccoglieremo le nostre storie e avremo giustizia". L'orrore che è venuto a galla non fa vacillare la fede di chi vive in via Calda, nel quartiere di Sestri, ma mette in seria discussione uno dei sacramenti: il battesimo.

"Secondo noi - dicono alcune madri - il fatto che sia stato impartito da un prete che ha commesso queste cose non lo rende valido. Vogliamo che i nostri figli vengano ribattezzati". Negli ultimi mesi si era registrata una fuga dall'oratorio di Santo Spirito. "Perché don Riccardo era un rompiscatole, fiscale sulla frequenza delle messe", ma soprattutto "perché lo faceva apposta a far notare la sua omosessualità. Quasi per sfida, come per dire: sono al di sopra di tutto e di tutti, nessuno può mettersi contro di me". "Non ho nulla contro i gay - ammette Alessandra, la parrucchiera - , sapevamo che si accompagnava con uomini, ma che avesse attenzioni morbose per i bambini, questo no, è inaccettabile".

Un'ex insegnante racconta di aver incontrato la madre di un ragazzino che ha ricevuto gli sms dal parroco. "Gli chiedeva di andare a trovarlo per parlare del catechismo. Per fortuna è più maturo della sua età e ha capito che doveva stargli alla larga". I piccoli parrocchiani sanno bene cosa è successo a don Riccardo. Hanno parlato con i genitori, hanno letto i giornali e ne hanno discusso anche a scuola. Hanno analizzato più dei grandi questa brutta storia e ora non hanno più paura di parlare. Così viene fuori non solo il don Seppia cupo, censore, ma anche il don che per loro era strano per via di un'ossessione: i capelli.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Caso don Seppia. La difesa farà ricorso al Riesame

ITALIA
Tg1

GENOVA - Presenterà ricorso al tribunale del Riesame, per conoscere tutte le carte dell'inchiesta, l'avvocato Paolo Bonanni, il difensore di don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco di Sestri Ponente, in carcere da dieci giorni con l'accusa di abuso su minore e cessione di stupefacenti. dopo l'interrogatorio fiume di ieri, al momento, non è previsto nessun altro incontro con il pubblico ministero Stefano Puppo. "Quello che don seppia doveva dire – ha spiegato l'avvocato Bonanni - lo ha già riferito. Per noi non c'è più alcuna esigenza di farci sentire ancora".

NUOVE SCRITTE. Nella notte sono apparse nuove scritte sulla facciata della chiesa dello Spirito Santo contro il parroco. Le scritte sono state realizzate con la vernice spray di colore blu. Ignoti le hanno realizzate nella notte. La facciata della chiesa era da poco stata ridipinta dopo che già nei giorni scorsi era stata imbrattata di scritte contro il sacerdote, sospeso dalla Curia dopo l'arresto e interrogato ieri per oltre cinque ore dai magistrati che indagano sulla vicenda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Sestri Ponente, altri insulti a don Seppia

ITALIA
Lettera 43

Nuove scritte sulla facciata della chiesa dello Spirito Santo di Sestri Ponente (una comunità omertosa: leggi) contro don Riccardo Seppia (il trasferimento in carcere chiesto il 21 maggio: leggi), il parroco arrestato nei giorni scorsi con l'accusa di abuso su minore e cessione di stupefacente. «Infame di m***a, infame bastardo, i bambini non si toccano», sono le scritte realizzate con vernice spray di colore blu. Ignoti le hanno realizzate nella notte fra il 21 e il 22 maggio.

ALTRI ATTACCHI IN SETTIMANA. La facciata della chiesa era da poco stata ridipinta dopo che già nei giorni scorsi era stata imbrattata di scritte contro il sacerdote, sospeso dalla Curia dopo l'arresto e interrogato per oltre cinque ore il 21 maggio dai magistrati che indagano sulla vicenda.

LA FIRMA SUGLI INSULTI. Le scritte contro don Riccardo Seppia (ossessionato dal sesso: leggi il parere del Gip) sono state subito rimosse dalla facciata della parrocchia dello Spirito Santo a Genova, nel quartiere di Sestri Ponente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 AM

PROSECUTOR AUTHORISES PRISON TRANSFER OF CHILD ABUSE PRIEST

ITALY
AGI

(AGI)Genoa- Prosecutor Stefano Puppo authorised the transfer of Don Riccardo Sepia in prison for child sex abuse and drug pushing. It is not known when he will be transferred from Genoa's Marassi prison, where he has been held for 10 days. The priest requested the transfer following threats and insults from other inmates. It has been confirmed that Don Sepia will go to the sex offenders wiing of San Remo prison.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

O'Brien on priest sexual abuse: Making sure it doesn't happen again

BALTIMORE (MD)
The Baltimore Sun

By Edwin F. O'Brien

May 22, 2011

Often, when the Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis is discussed, some defender of the church will accurately point out that no other institution has done more to study itself and to create safeguards that protect children in the area of sexual abuse. While this may indeed be the case, it should not be a cause for congratulations. Instead, our efforts should be seen as our willing acceptance of our responsibility to do what we can to protect children.

In 2002, when the light had been shined on this dark place in our church, the U.S. bishops gathered to address the crisis that had emerged and to prevent the causes of it from ever again threatening our children, the priesthood and the inexorable goodness within the Catholic Church. Out of that gathering came the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, a landmark document that affirmed our deep commitment to creating a safe environment within the church for children and youths and sought to repair the badly damaged trust between the Catholic Church and its members.

The charter, among other things, called for two studies on the issue of clergy sexual abuse in the United States. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice conducted both studies. The first, "The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002," was completed in 2004. Last week, the results of the second study, "The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002," were released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Author defends findings on causes of priest abuse

UNITED STATES
Lexington Herald-Leader

By Lisa Wangsness — The Boston Globe

WASHINGTON — Authors of a controversial study examining the causes of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church are defending their finding that a surge in abuse in the 1960s and '70s was sparked by broader social and cultural upheaval and a failure to prepare priests for a life of celibacy.

The study's lead author, Karen Terry of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said interviews with hundreds of priests and a separate evaluation of divorce rates, illegal drug use, crime and premarital sex shaped the researchers' conclusions.

But she also cautioned that the causes of abuse are complex and can't be linked to a single factor.

"What's important is this convergence of factors," Terry said in an interview Wednesday at the Washington headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which commissioned the study.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

’Arrogant clericalism’ never assessed in John Jay report

UNITED STATES
Voice from the Desert

May 21, 2011

By Tom Doyle

Commentary

In the last few days I have carefully read the entire 143-page John Jay report on the causes of clergy sex abuse in the United States and have again reviewed the executive summaries and conclusions of 17 of the 27 reports on clergy sexual abuse that have been published between 1989 and 2011.

Most of these are from official sources such as the U.S. grand juries, the three Irish reports (Ferns, Ryan, Murphy) or the two Canadian reports that resulted from the Mt. Cashel debacle of the eighties. Others are from Church sources such as the National Review Board Report of 2004, The Bernardin Report of 1992 or Church sponsored reports such as the Defenbaugh Report (Chicago, 2006) or the first John Jay Report from 2004. Most of the reports contained a section on causality. None of the reports said anything about the effect of the culture of the sixties or seventies as a factor of causality but every one of them pointed to the various kinds and levels of failure by the bishops as the essential cause of the phenomenon of sexual abuse of children and minors by clerics.

Some of the reports went into more detail about socio-cultural factors that had a causal effect but none of these factors included somehow shifting the blame to the “increased deviance of society during that time” as Karen Terry said in her statement released with the report. There was unanimity about the effect of culture, but it was not the culture outside the church but the culture within. Arthur Jones hit the nail squarely on the head in his NCR column on May 18 when he named arrogant clericalism as the culture that in many ways created the offending clerics and allowed the abuse to flourish.

There is a third source of information that perhaps provides the most accurate data on clergy sexual abuse in our era and that is the data obtained by victims’ attorneys in the six thousand plus civil and criminal cases from the U.S. alone. Add to this the information from similar cases in Canada, Ireland, Australia, the U.K. and several other European countries and you have a picture that is much different than that proposed in this latest John Jay report. The report refers to the sixties and seventies as the peak period with cases dwindling off after that period. This apparently fits in with what some of the cynics have called the “Woodstock Defense.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Parishioners dispute church closing

WILKES-BARRE (PA)
Citizens Voice

By Erin Moody (staff writer)

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Wilkes-Barre, is not structurally unsafe, as the Diocese of Scranton reports, according to one of the leaders of an organization dedicated to preserving the church.

The church is slated to close June 19 as part of a diocese-wide restructuring and consolidation, and the Sacred Heart Wilkes-Barre Foundation Inc. has repeatedly appealed the closure.

"I … had the opportunity to completely inspect the church structure inside and out, from the top of the steeple to the foundation. I confirmed unequivocally that there is absolutely no impairment to the structural integrity of the church," Anthony Foti wrote in a letter to the Rev. Brian Clarke, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Authors question media coverage of church

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By JEFFREY SIMPSON
Sun, May 22

When Bishop Raymond Lahey flew to Ottawa from England in 2009, border guards searched his laptop and found child pornography. His arrest occurred mere weeks after he’d announced an out-of-court settlement worth millions of dollars for the victims of Roman Catholic priests in his diocese of Antigonish.

The events may have been shocking but they were hardly surprising for those who have been paying attention to years of headlines about pedophile priests and clerical abuse. Reports about these latest revelations strengthened a stereotype that’s been around for a while. And it provided religious writers Peter Kavanagh and Michael Higgins the entry point to a project they’d been discussing; on how media coverage of clerical sex abuse has affected the credibility of the Catholic Church.

"It is unfortunately a sad story that is still working its way to a conclusion," Kavanagh says in a recent email interview about Bishop Lahey. "At this point it is fair to say that regardless of what happens at trial, the story of Bishop Lahey itself doesn’t match the hype . . . at the time of the charges."

Kavanagh and Higgins have teamed up to write Suffer the Children Unto Me: An Open Inquiry into the Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal (Novalis; $21.95). Their book explores how the media have reported on — and influenced — the crisis.

"It is not so much a question of doing things wrong," Kavanagh says. "The media has its own mores, codes of conduct, structures and biases but often fails to be sufficiently reflective about these realities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Faith steels his resolve

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
PhillyBurbs

As David Friel neared his life's journey to the priesthood, he felt the ground beneath him begin to tremble.

In January, and only five months before he was to be ordained, as he was on Saturday by Justin Cardinal Rigali, archbishop of the Diocese of Philadelphia, Friel was shocked by reports of a grand jury's findings that 37 priests accused of having sexually abused children or other allegations were allowed to remain active in the archdiocese.

Just one month later, the ground beneath his feet began to crumble again. A second grand jury accused Cardinal Rigali of failing to stop the sexual abuse of children more than five years after the first grand jury report in 2005 had documented abuse by more than 50 priests.

The widespread cover-up of predatory priests rumbled beneath Friel's feet. He needed something to hold on to so he wouldn't fall. It wasn't necessary for him to look far. He held onto that which has never allowed him to fall.

His faith in God.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Jennifer Haigh pens nuanced tale of a priest in 'Faith'

UNITED STATES
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Rege Behe, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Sunday, May 22, 2011

Shortly after Jennifer Haigh moved to Boston in 2002, details about the scandal that rocked the Diocese of Boston began to emerge. Every day brought reports of priests accused of child molestation.

As a Catholic, Haigh, a native of Barnesboro in Cambria County, was astonished by the news; as a writer, she was intrigued.

"I thought, this is a story that deserved to be told, and needed to be told," says Haigh, who attended Catholic grade school and high school. "I was horrified by it, as everybody was. But I wasn't ready to write about it; it was really paralyzing. It took me awhile to figure out how to write the story. But it did occur to me I was going to have to write about it at some point.

"Faith" is Haigh's fourth novel, and arguably her most accomplished work. It is certainly a book that, given the subject matter, is likely to draw attention from those not familiar with her writing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Joe Soucheray: Judgment Day - for the Catholic Church

MINNESOTA
Pioneer Press

By Joe Soucheray
Updated: 05/21/2011

Maybe today is a safe day to open a can of worms and weigh in on a topic that I suspect is above my pay grade, but so be it. By today, I mean that we might not even be here anyway because of the end of the world that was predicted for Saturday by some carnival barker named Harold Camping, an 89-year-old Christian radio broadcaster.

This Camping fellow certainly got his 15 minutes of fame, traveling around the country preaching hellfire and damnation. I gave a fleeting thought to wondering if I would have a Lucky Strike, my first since 1987, as the clock neared 6 p.m. Saturday, but I decided against it on the grounds that the world probably wasn't going to end and I didn't want to go through the whole withdrawal process again.

In any event, also in the news last week was the report of a study by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice concerning the sexual abuse of youth by Catholic clergy. It was a four-year study. It cost $2 million, funded generously by the Catholic Church. It purported to study "The Causes and Contexts of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United Sates, 1950-2010."

The study found, in part - I guess this is the context referred to in the study - that the abuse was the result of the permissiveness of the 1960s that saw an increase in divorce, marijuana experimentation and robbery.

Huh?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Catholic priest was member of paedophile promotion group

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Sunday 22 May 2011

The Dutch Catholic Church is investigating claims that a former priest and member of the Salesian order was also a member of a group which seeks to end the ban on paedophilia, and had two convictions for exposing himself to children.

The priest, identified only as Father Van B, is 73 and is said to have been been a member of the Martijn foundation, a legal lobby group which promotes adult child sex, for years. He also served on its board between 2008 and 2010.

According to a reconstruction of events by RTL news, Van B’s behaviour was well-known to the church authorities, who failed to take action against him and allowed him to move to new parishes after complaints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

May 21, 2011

Gimme' some John Jay money, and I'll guarantee you get raptured...

UNITED STATES
Renew America

By Matt C. Abbott

Well, golly gee, there have been a few interesting stories making headlines recently: Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs; Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a love child with his former housekeeper; the now former head of the International Monetary Fund was arrested and indicted for allegedly sexually assaulting a chambermaid; the rapture is supposed to occur in the next 24 hours or so (if you don't see this column, I'll assume it's because you've been "raptured"); and, last but not least, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a further analysis — put together by the ultra-ultra-impartial John Jay College — of the cause(s) of the clergy abuse scandal.

The (expensive) report's conclusions? Don't blame celibacy, don't blame homosexuality, and don't blame the bishops.

Blame the sexual revolution, darn it. Now give me my friggin' $1.8 million dollars!

Anyway...

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Don Seppia si difende: Gli sms erano un gioco, mai abusato di ragazzini

ITALIA
Newnotizie

Giochi di fantasia, forse immorali, ma niente di reale. Si è così difeso oggi don Riccardo Seppia, il prete di Sestri Ponente arrestato negli scorsi giorni con le accuse di abusi sessuali su minori e cessione di sostanze stupefacenti con l'intento di piegare la volontà dei giovani che frequentavano la canonica.

A riferire il tutto è stato il legale dell'ex parroco - ex dal momento in cui il cardinale Angelo Bagnasco ha sospeso dall'incarico sacerdotale il presunto colpevole - che è tornato a parlare dopo l'incontro avuto tra l'arrestato e il sostituto procuratore Stefano Puppo. L'avvocato Paolo Bonanni ha inoltre confermato che a giorni il suo assistito verrà trasferito in un altro penitenziario ligure.

Episodi ridimensionati - Queste le parole utilizzate da Bonanni per descrivere l'esito dell'interrogatorio a cui è stato sottoposto don Riccardo Seppia: "I capi di imputazione sono sempre gli stessi, non sono stati contestati ulteriori episodi. Si tratta di abuso sessuale e cessione di stupefacenti che direi complessivamente ridimensionati. Fondamentalmente, abbiamo risposto punto per punto all'interrogatorio, sicuramente gli episodi sono stati ridimensionati dal mio assistito".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Don Riccardo Seppia: gli sms erano solo un gioco

ITALIA
In Dies

Nel lungo interrogatorio di oggi avrebbe negato di aver avuto rapporti sessuali con dei minorenni e di aver ceduto loro della droga don Riccardo Seppia, ex parroco di Sestri Ponente arrestato appunto per abu-so di minori con cessione di denaro e droga.

Per il prete gli sms e le telefonate che gli investigatori hanno intercettato sarebbero stati solo un gioco, solo delle parole, un modo di divertirsi, che per lui era eccitante. Quanto alla cocaina il sacerdote ha ammesso di averne fatto uso personale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:50 PM

VATICAN BLAME GAME..

UNITED STATES
John Paul II Millstone

Paris Arrow

Eve blamed the Devil
Benedict XVI blames the Devil
John Jay-USCCB Catholic Bishops blame the 1960’s and 1970’s

A summary of the Vatican Blame Game for the JP2 Army

Eve blamed the Devil
Adam blamed Eve
Benedict XVI blamed the Devil and Cheap Gossip
Cardinal Angelo Sodano blamed homosexuality and petty gossip
Papal Preacher Fr. Cantalamessa blamed anti-Semitism
Cardinal Bertone blamed communism
Catholic League blamed homosexuality and victim’s families
The Vatican blamed it as an American problem
John Paul II fanatics blame it on his ignorance
John Jay Report blames the era of the 1960s and 1970s
American Catholic Bishops blame Woodstock and the hippies

Here’s more detail about the Vatican Blame Game and the links which explain them

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Dutch Catholic Church launches investigation after revelation priest, 73, worked for group that promotes

NETHERLANDS
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

The Dutch Catholic Church and the Salesian order are investigating revelations that a Salesian priest served on the board of a group that promotes paedophilia with the full knowledge of his boss.

The order's top official in the Netherlands, Delegate Herman Spronck, confirmed in a statement that the priest - identified by RTL Nieuws as 73-year-old 'Father Van B.' - served on the board of a group that campaigns to end the Dutch ban on adult-child sex.

The group is widely reviled but not outlawed.

'Of course we reject this and distance ourselves from this personal initiative' on the part of the priest, Spronck said in a statement.

KC area bishop regrets diocese actions on priest

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Associated Press | Posted: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bishop Robert Finn, of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, says he knew for months about "disturbing" images of children found on an area priest's computer, but said authorities told him the images weren't pornography.

The priest, Shawn Francis Ratigan, was charged Thursday in Clay County with possessing child pornography and is being held on $200,000 bail. Court records don't list a lawyer for Ratigan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:50 PM

Pedofilia, parlano le vittime dei preti: Abusi, silenzio e colpa

ITALIA
Blitz

ROMA – ''Mi chiamo Salvatore Domolo, ho 46 anni e dagli 8 agli 11 anni sono stato abusato da un prete. Abitavo sul Lago d'Orta, in provincia di Novara. La mia famiglia era piuttosto disagiata (sette figli e solo una mamma) e il mio aguzzino mi diceva 'Ti faccio da papa', mi cuciva le mutandine..''. Questa una delle testimonianze emerse nel corso dell'incontro organizzato dal gruppo di vittime dei preti pedofili 'La Colpa', nella sede dei Radicali di Torre Argentina. Testimonianze che parlano di un percorso simile: ''gli abusi, il silenzio, la colpa''. ''Dopo gli abusi ho frequentato undici anni di seminario per diventare prete, qui mi hanno fatto confessare la violenza vietandomi di parlarne con chiunque – continua Salvatore -. Nel '90 sono diventato prete, da questo momento in poi il mio percorso psicologico di autocoscienza della violenza subita e' durato 15 anni. Nel 2005 mi sono autosospeso dal sacerdozio e nel 2009 mi sono fatto sbattezzare..ora non sono piu' nemmeno cattolico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:48 PM

"Abusi,silenzio,colpa"

ITALIA
La Stampa

«Siamo qui per chiedere sostegno per le vittime della pedofilia clericale»,afferma Maurizio, uno dei manifestanti riuniti in un sit-in davanti a Montecitorio. La protesta, a cui partecipano alcune decine di persone, è stata organizzata in occasione della seconda riunione dell'associazione "La colpa" che riunisce le persone vittime di abusi da parte di preti.

VATICANISTA DE LA STAMPA
«Mi chiamo Salvatore Domolo, ho 46 anni e dagli 8 agli 11 anni sono stato abusato da un prete. Abitavo sul Lago d'Orta, in provincia di Novara. La mia famiglia era piuttosto disagiata (sette figli e solo una mamma) e il mio aguzzino mi diceva 'Ti faccio da papà, mi cuciva le mutandine...». Questa una delle testimonianze emerse nel corso dell'incontro organizzato dal gruppo di vittime dei preti pedofili 'La Colpà, nella sede dei Radicali di Torre Argentina. Testimonianze che parlano di un percorso simile: «gli abusi, il silenzio, la colpa». «Dopo gli abusi ho frequentato undici anni di seminario per diventare prete, qui mi hanno fatto confessare la violenza vietandomi di parlarne con chiunque - continua Salvatore -. Nel '90 sono diventato prete, da questo momento in poi il mio percorso psicologico di autocoscienza della violenza subita è durato 15 anni. Nel 2005 mi sono autosospeso dal sacerdozio e nel 2009 mi sono fatto sbattezzare...ora non sono più nemmeno cattolico

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

US Catholic bishops should get a refund from the John Jay report

UNITED STATES
Spero News

By Michael Cook

When you spend US$1.8 million to identify the causes of a crisis, you expect more for your money than, “well, you know, it’s really, really complicated.” But this is the message of a five-year investigation into the sexual abuse crisis in the US Catholic Church.

“The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2002”, released this week, was commissioned by the US bishops conference but written by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, a world-renowned institution for criminological research.

It paints a convincing statistical picture of an organisation which stumbled badly decades ago, but has successfully moved to root out systemic abuses. However, statistics and criminology are blunt tools for unravelling history, theology, and sociology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

Victims dismiss Vatican bid to end sex abuse by priests as empty words

ROME
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Saturday, May 21, 11:29 AM

ROME — People who were sexually abused by priests have gathered in Rome to denounce the Vatican’s latest effort to show it is cracking down on clerical abuse.

About 50 victims, most of them Italian, gathered for a daylong symposium on the psychological and legal issues surrounding abuse. They ended the day with a march on Italy’s parliament.

One of the organizers, Salvatore Domolo, an ex-priest who says he was abused from age eight by his parish priest, said victims were incensed by the Vatican’s letter this week to bishops around the world asking they write guidelines to combat abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Il prete in cella: «Sono sieropositivo»

ITALIA
Corriere della Sera

GENOVA - «Sono sieropositivo» ha detto don Riccardo Seppia entrando venerdì scorso nel carcere di Marassi. Non era tenuto a dichiararlo, nè a sottoporsi al test sull'Hiv che si effettua solo volontariamente, ma lui, il parroco accusato di abusi su un minore e cessione di stupefacenti, ha raccontato subito al medico del carcere qual era la sua condizione. Non è stata una sorpresa, perché la sieropositività di don Riccardo è già indicata, nero su bianco, nella penultima pagina dell'ordinanza di custodia cautelare del sacerdote, emessa dal gip di Milano il 12 maggio.

È un'informazione - trapela dagli investigatori - che è stato necessario mettere in chiaro per definire il contesto in cui si muoveva don Riccardo, le sue abitudini promiscue di «prete della notte», amante di discoteche, saune e palestre. Arriva alla fine del lungo elenco di contatti telefonici e intercettazioni ambientali in cui il sacerdote chiede ossessivamente agli spacciatori con cui è in contatto di procurargli ragazzini per «divertirsi un po'», sempre alla ricerca di rapporti sessuali e cocaina. Tuttavia, almeno per ora, nessuna ipotesi di reato è stata formulata sulla base della sieropositività del sacerdote, don Seppia non è indagato per reati conseguenti a rapporti sessuali a rischio contagio con minori o adulti.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:12 AM

Pedofilia, Don Seppia sieropositivo

ITALIA
Il Messaggero

ROMA - Don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco di Sestri Ponente (Genova) arrestato venerdì scorso per violenza sessuale su minore e cessione di stupefacente, è stato interrogato oggi a lungo in carcere a Marassi. A sentire il sacerdote, che starebbe rispondendo alle domande, il sostituto procuratore Stefano Puppo, alla presenza dell'avvocato Paolo Bonanni.

Don Seppia, così come richiesto dopo gli insulti e le minacce dei detenuti di Marassi, sarà trasferito nel carcere di Sanremo, nella sezione speciale denominata “sex offenders”, che ospita i condannati per reati sessuali. Il magistrato, infatti, ha dato il suo nullaosta alla direzione dell'istituto di pena genovese; per l'esecuzione del provvedimento si attende solo che si esauriscano le esigenze legate all'indagine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 AM

Don Seppia: “Io sieropositivo”

ITALIA
Italiaglobale

Oggi, nel carcere di Marassi, si sta svolgendo l'interrogatorio che ha come protagonista Don Riccardo Seppia, il sacerdote arrestato venerdì 13 maggio con l'accusa di violenza sessuale su minorenne e cessione di stupefacenti.

L'interrogatorio, diretto dal sostituto procuratore Stefano Puppo, ha messo in luce un fatto inquietante del sacerdote: la sua sieropositività.

Questa confessione è agghiacciante e risuona come una probabile condanna a morte per le vittime del prete pedofilo, infatti, la posizione del religioso si potrebbe così aggravare da dover rispondere, in sede di giudizio, di pensanti reati: lesioni gravissime o addirittura di tentato omicidio.

Il libro degli indagati si arricchisce di altre persone, infatti sembrerebbe che gli inquirenti stiano indagando anche su un giovane straniero, appena maggiorenne, che avrebbe procurato i ragazzini deboli e disadattati al sacerdote. Tra gli indagati vi è anche un “compare” di Seppia, Emanuele Alfano, ex-seminarista, anch'egli finito in manette.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 AM

Visita de Cardenal Bertone a Chile no tuvo relación alguna con caso Karadima

CHILE
ACIprensa

SANTIAGO, 20 May. 11 / 06:01 pm (ACI/EWTN Noticias)

El portavoz de la Conferencia Episcopal de Chile, Jaime Coiro, aclaró que la visita a Chile en el año 2010 del Secretario de Estado Vaticano, Cardenal Tarcisio Bertone, no tuvo "causa ni relación alguna" con el caso del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, encontrado culpable de abusos sexuales y sancionado luego de un proceso seguido por la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

Coiro se refirió así a las afirmaciones, propaladas por diversos medios de comunicación, de Juan Carlos Cruz, uno de los afectados por el P. Karadima. Cruz dijo que el Cardenal Bertone viajó a Chile "cuando iba a explotar esta crisis en los medios" y cuando "hubo discusiones de lo que iba a pasar, porque esta es la mayor crisis de la Iglesia de Santiago".

Sobre el particular, Jaime Coiro subrayó que "como se informó en su momento, la visita del Cardenal Bertone tenía como motivación original la conmemoración del Bicentenario de la Independencia, razón por la cual fue también invitado oficial del Gobierno de Chile".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 AM

Suicidas pedófilos

CHILE
etcetera

La de varios sacerdotes suicidas fue entre otras, la noticia predominante de esta semana en Chile; con lo que nuevamente fue la Iglesia Católica una de las instituciones que dieron la nota.

El asunto que la detonó fue el intento de suicidio de Luis Eugenio Silva de 70 años y uno de sus más influyentes y mediáticos sacerdotes, quien deprimido por supuestas acusaciones de abusos sexuales y por un cáncer de la piel, se cortó cuello y muñecas, tomó medicamentos y abrió las llaves del gas; pero fracasó en su intento y sigue hospitalizado.

El padre Silva había escrito varias cartas a su familia y comunidad parroquial expresando su angustia por "rumores" en su contra; mismos que le habían sido comunicados por el arzobispo de Santiago Ricardo Ezzati, quien ordenó se le hiciera un “proceso de acompañamiento”, que consistía en pláticas y visitas de otros sacerdotes a fin de observar sus estados de ánimo y cambio en sus rutinas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Arzobispado niega presión a denunciantes de Fernando Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

por J. Poblete y A. López

"El Arzobispado de Santiago no ha realizado gestión alguna, menos presión, ante los denunciantes del sacerdote Fernando Karadima". Así se refirió ayer esta entidad al dossier de 12 páginas entregado por el médico James Hamilton a la Brigada de Investigaciones Policiales Especiales (Bipe) de la PDI y que constituyen la nueva arista que indaga la ministra en visita del caso Karadima, Jéssica González.

Ese dossier consta de casi una veintena de correos electrónicos entre el médico y el hermano Francisco García de Vinuesa, su abogado en la causa de nulidad matrimonial que Hamilton siguió en el tribunal eclesiástico, entidad dependiente del Arzobispado de Santiago.

En ese marco, Hamilton denunció haber sido víctima de abusos por parte del ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

‘Pater was bestuurslid van pedofielenvereniging Martijn’

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

WIJCHEN - Een pater van de Salesianen van Don Bosco is tussen 2008 en 2010 bestuurslid geweest van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn. Dat heeft de Nederlandse overste van de Salesianen Herman Spronck toegegeven in een interview met RTL Nieuws.

De nu 73-jarige pater woont sinds enkele jaren in Wijchen. In een bejaardentehuis verzorgt hij daar Salesiaanse medebroeders. Met enige regelmaat fungeerde hij de afgelopen jaren als gastvoorganger, onder meer in de Wijchense parochie De Twaalf Apostelen en De Boskapel in Nijmegen. Beide kerkgemeenschappen hebben laten weten dat de pater daar niet langer welkom is.

De omstreden geestelijke heeft een lange geschiedenis van zedenkwesties achter de rug. Eind jaren tachtig werd hij voor het eerst betrapt als potloodventer in de regio Den Haag. De zaak werd onder de pet gehouden, maar hij werd wel weggestuurd door het bisdom Rotterdam.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 AM

Salesiaan zat in bestuur van pedoclub

NEDERLAND
Katholiek Nederland

Hilversum (NOS) 20 mei 2011 - Een pater van de Salesianen van Don Bosco is jarenlang bestuurslid geweest van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn. Hij werd in 2001 en in 2009 veroordeeld voor potloodventen.

Theapie
Pater Bert van B. was sinds 1994 lid van Martijn en tussen 2008 en 2010 bestuurslid. Hij heeft inmiddels zijn lidmaatschap opgezegd. Hij werd beboet en moest in therapie. Ook zou Van B. zes keer zijn weggestuurd uit een parochie of bisdom vanwege ontoelaatbaar seksueel gedrag.

Overste distantieert zich
Pater Herman Spronck, hoogste bestuurder van de Nederlandse salesianen, wist van het Martijn-lidmaatschap. Hij distantieert zich van de pater en keurt het lidmaatschap af. "Dit feit zal ongetwijfeld bij vele mensen gevoelens van boosheid en onbegrip oproepen. Ik heb hiervoor alle begrip en wil me dan ook excuseren bij alle mensen die hierdoor gekwetst en ontgoocheld zijn."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Lawyers say trial ignored other suspects

TOLEDO (OH)
Toledo Blade

BY DAVID YONKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Attorneys representing Gerald Robinson, the Toledo priest convicted in 2006 of murdering a nun 26 years earlier, argued in court Friday that his trial attorneys should have pursued the possibility that Sister Margaret Ann Pahl was the victim of either a notorious serial killer or a different Catholic priest.

Robinson, 73, wearing a jail jumpsuit, was handcuffed and shackled at the wrists and ankles during his first appearance in Lucas County Common Pleas Court since May 11, 2006, when a jury found him guilty of murder. While he did not testify or address the court Friday he at times conferred with his attorneys during the almost four-hour hearing.

Judge Gene Zmuda ordered the hearing to address a few specific issues among the myriad arguments raised in Robinson’s amended petition for post-conviction relief, which claims that the priest’s constitutional rights were violated.

The main arguments of his attorneys, Rick Kerger and Jeffrey Zilba, were that the state was negligent in misfiling some 1980 police reports and that the priest’s trial attorneys provided ineffective counsel in not pursuing important defense strategies.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Spotprent over misbruik gestolen uit museum

NEDERLAND
Trouw

VENLO - Uit het Limburgs Museum in Venlo is donderdag de spotprent gestolen waarmee Peter van Straaten de Inktspotprijs 2010 won. Het is een prent van een jongetje op zijn knieën met het kruis van Jezus in zijn achterwerk.

De dader nam de lijst onder de arm en wandelde ermee naar buiten, zei een woordvoerder van het museum zaterdag naar aanleiding van berichtgeving in de Limburgse kranten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Invitation

BOSTON (MA)
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Please help us mark the YEAR OF THE SURVIVOR

JOIN US ON SUNDAY – MAY 22, 2011 at Savin Hill Yacht Club
400 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA
Between 1 PM AND 5 PM FOR A PIZZA PARTY

RSVP IF YOU CAN – ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN Us
STTOP and FRIENDS

We are marking 2011 as the year of the survivor.
Recognize the significant contribution survivors have made to the safety of our children.
On Sunday we are gathering to thank survivors for their courage in coming forward with their stories. You can witness the continuing struggle for justice and child protection by joining us on Sunday

for questions:
Paul Kellen, Founding Member
National Survivor Advocates Coalition
781 526 5878/

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

New report on priestly abuse: A priest's view

UNITED STATES
Sun-Sentinel

By and large, priests don’t molest because they are gay, or because the Catholic Church requires priests not to marry. Nor did the problem stem from changes in seminaries after Vatican II.

What, then? Those reasons are more elusive, a fact that worries priest-journalist Thomas Reese.

Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center of Georgetown University, took a hard look at the new study by the John Jay School of Criminology. The study was a follow-up to the original report in 2004.

Here are some excerpts of Reese's analysis, used by permission.

Those looking for a simple explanation of the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church will be disappointed by the latest report. The report states: “No single ‘cause' of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests is identified as a result of our research.”

What about the causes that pundits have proposed?

Celibacy and a male priesthood? "[A]n exclusively male priesthood and the commitment to celibate chastity, were invariant during the increase, peak, and decrease in abuse incidents, and thus not causes of the `crisis.'"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

New child porn charges against disgraced priest Oliver O’Grady

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

A Catholic priest who deported from the United States to Ireland in 2001 after he served time in jail for child abuse in California has been committed for trial on pornography charges in Dublin.

Fr Oliver O’Grady from Tipperary will be tried on charges of possessing and importing child pornography, which includes images of children as young as two years of age.

The 65-year-old defrocked priest served seven years in an American prison after he was found guilty of rape, molestation and lewd and lavacious acts on children during his time as a priest in California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Shock after priest endorses paedophilia

NETHERLANDS
News 24

Amsterdam - The Dutch Catholic Church and the Salesian order say they will investigate revelations one of the order's priests served on the board of an organisation that promotes paedophilia - with the knowledge of the order's top official in the Netherlands.

The official, delegate Herman Spronck, confirmed in a statement that the priest identified as "Father Van B" served on the board of the "Martijn" organisation, which advocates adult-child sex.

However, Spronck's own superior in Belgium says he will investigate both Spronck and Van B, after Spronck was quoted by RTL Nieuws as saying such relationships aren't always harmful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Arrested Italian priest confirms he is HIV positive

ITALY
Monsters and Critics

Rome - An Italian priest accused of sexually abusing minors and supplying them with illegal drugs has admitted to prison doctors that he is HIV-positive, Italian media reported Saturday.

Father Riccardo Seppia was arrested last week. He is accused of abusing a 16-year-old boy and giving him cocaine. Investigators have since said Seppia, who regularly frequented discotheques, saunas and gyms, would frequently ask his drug dealers to provide him with young boys.

According to dailies La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera, Seppia later confirmed a prosecutor's report on his medical condition and has since asked staff at the Marassi prison in Genoa to be transferred to another prison because of the constant abuse he has been receiving from other prisoners.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:10 AM

“Don Seppia è sieropositivo”

ITALIA
il Fatto Quotidiano

Il parroco di Sestri Ponente in carcere con l’accusa di abuso su minore è affetto dal virus dell'Aids, secondo quanto ha scritto il gip nell'ordinanza d'arresto. E nell'inchiesta spunta un nuovo indagato

Don Riccardo Seppia, il parroco di Sestri Ponente arrestato con l’accusa di abuso su minore e cessione di stupefacenti, sarebbe sieropositivo. E’ quanto si apprende dall’ordinanza del gip nei suoi confronti. Proprio per questo motivo il sacerdote si troverebbe in una sezione speciale del carcere di Marassi, dove è detenuto da venerdì scorso. Non è escluso che il sacerdote, sospeso dalla curia di Genova, nei prossimi giorni venga sottoposto a nuovi esami clinici.

Gli inquirenti stanno cercando di appurare se il parroco, accusato di abusi su minori, abbia avuto rapporti sessuali e se questi siano stati o meno protetti. Il difensore del sacerdote, avvocato Paolo Bonanni, non ha rilasciato commenti al riguardo: “Su questo aspetto della vicenda – ha detto – preferisco non commentare”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Sacerdote Rodrigo Polanco declaró ante ministra en visita por caso Karadima

CHILE
La Tercera

por Andrés López - 20/05/2011 - 12:17

A las 11.30 horas de esta mañana llegó hasta el 34° Juzgado del Crimen el sacerdote Rodrigo Polanco, quien fuera nombrado rector del Seminario Pontificio en marzo de 2003, y además le pidiera perdón al denunciante del ex párroco de El Bosque Juan Carlos Cruz, por "no haber percibido su dolor".

Cruz dice que Polanco lo vigiló opresivamente en la parroquia y lo denunció a Karadima por tener amigos, hecho por el cual le hicieron un juicio.

El sacerdote, en tanto, firmó la misiva con fecha 1 de abril, que aludía a "los impactantes y tristes hechos que han remecido a la Iglesia", distanciándose de Karadima, condenado en primera instancia por el Vaticano por abusos de menores, actos impuros con personas adultas y abusos del secreto ministerial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Caso Karadima: Sacerdotes declararon ante jueza González

CHILE
La Nacion

Los sacerdotes Rodrigo Polanco y Diego Ossa declararon este viernes ante la jueza Jéssica González, quien indaga los abusos sexuales perpetrados por el ex párroco de la iglesia Sagrado Corazón de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima.

Tras culminar la diligencia en el 34º Juzgado del Crimen de Santiago, Polanco dijo estar dispuesto a un eventual careo con el imputado, a la vez que admitió lo “doloroso” que ha sido para la Iglesia Católica chilena esta situación.

“Yo colaboré con la justicia, por supuesto, como todos los sacerdotes que hemos sido llamados como testigos”, afirmó.

Añadió que “para toda la iglesia ha sido difícil, para toda la iglesia, por eso es muy importante colaborar para mejorar las cosas”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:02 AM

Vatican Letter May 16 to World's Bishops Does Not Go Far Enough to Protect Children

UNITED STATES
Voice of the Faithful

Voice of the Faithful says the letter the Vatican sent on Monday, May 16, to bishops around the world regarding child sexual abuse guidelines does not go far enough to protect children.

In response, VOTF states again the recommendations made to the USCCB’s National Review Board earlier this year. These recommendations would strengthen the U.S. bishops’ policy, which is acknowledged to offer better protection against abusers than the version announced in the Vatican Letter.

VOTF offered the recommendations in light of the loopholes that permitted credibly accused priests to remain in parishes in Philadelphia even though the diocese remained “in compliance” with the USCCB guidelines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

The Star’s editorial | A sorry new chapter in church child abuse

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

The disturbing news that a Kansas City priest has been charged with possessing child pornography adds another chapter in the sorry chronicle of child abuse by Catholic priests. The case again raises the question of whether the church’s first priority is to protect victims — or priests.

In December, the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph was notified of pornographic images on the laptop of Shawn Francis Ratigan, 45. Yet a police investigation didn’t begin until this month.

Court documents said a computer technician found the images — showing girls as young as 3 or 4 — on a laptop Ratigan turned in for repair.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Town's relieved that paedo priest is gone

UNITED KINGDOM
This is Gloucestershire

PAEDOPHILE Bill Carney is understood to have left Northleach following yesterday's report in the Echo that he had moved into the town.

Information from neighbours and a source close to his former wife's family suggest he has packed his bags.

Carney was confronted by the Echo on Wednesday about his identification in the Murphy report into clerical abuse in Ireland.

He is alleged to have sexually abused dozen of children when he was a priest in the 1980s, crimes he has never been prosecuted for.

While he has previously denied the allegations, the shocking details featured the Murphy report, published in November 2009, has led to many questions about why the Irish authorities have never charged him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Paedophile priest has new life in UK

UNITED KINGDOM
Irish Independent

By Luke Byrne

Saturday May 21 2011

A NOTORIOUS paedophile priest has started a new life in England, where he is not subject to scrutiny under the UK's sex offenders' register.

Bill Carney (61) was named as one of the worst offenders in the 2009 Murphy Report, having abused 32 children, one of whom took his own life.

Police in the UK are almost powerless to intervene because Carney's conviction for two counts of indecent assault happened in Ireland in 1983. As a result, he is not on the UK sex offenders' register because the offences happened outside British jurisdiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Reconstructie pedofiele pater

NEDERLAND
rtl

De Salesiaanse pater Van B. (73), die nog steeds werkzaam is als gastvoorganger blijkt jarenlang lid - en tot voor kort ook bestuurslid - te zijn geweest van pedofielenvereniging Martijn. Tijdens zijn carrière als pater is Van B. twee keer veroordeeld voor zedendelicten en betrokken geweest bij meerdere zedenincidenten. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van de researchredactie van RTL Nieuws.

Reconstructie

Ondanks zijn roerige verleden en actieve rol binnen pedofielenvereniging Martijn kon hij jaar na jaar bij verschillende bisdommen en kerken werken, ook in de buurt van kinderen. Een reconstructie.

Jeugd en opleiding
1937

Van B. wordt geboren in Nijmegen.
1949

Gaat een semester naar het Canisiuscollege, daarna naar het Dominicuscollege te Nijmegen.
1958

Treedt in bij de Salesianen van Don Bosco, een orde die van oudsher veel jeugdwerk doet voor (kansarme) kinderen. Noviciaat en filosofie doet hij in Nederland. Theologie op het Groot Seminarie van de Salesianen bij Leuven en aan de universiteit van Leuven.

Salesianen van Don Bosco
1967

Van B. wordt in Leuven tot priester gewijd. Hierna keert hij terug naar Nederland.
1967-1972

Leraar wiskunde bij Don Rua in ’s Heerenberg.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

‘Ik kijk graag naar blote jongens’

NEDERLAND
rtl

Interview met Pater van B. Hij was jarenlang lid en tot voor kort bestuurslid van pedofielenvereniging Martijn. In die tijd is hij twee keer veroordeeld voor zedendelicten.

U bent pater in de orde van de Salesianen van Don Bosco. Tegelijkertijd was u van 2008 tot 2010 bestuurslid bij pedofielenvereniging Martijn.

Dat klopt inderdaad, daar zal ik dan maar heel open in zijn. Ik ben inderdaad bestuurslid geweest van Martijn. Overigens ben ik al veel langer lid van de vereniging, sinds 1994. Ik zocht in die tijd hulp bij mijn gevoelens en mijn zus zei toen tegen mij: "Misschien moet je eens bij Martijn gaan praten". Zo is het gekomen.
Vindt u dat het samengaat, lid van een religieuze orde en lid van een pedofielenvereniging?

Martijn is een legale vereniging. Het lidmaatschap is niet verboden en zo’n bestuurslidmaatschap ook niet. Ik heb ook nooit iets strafbaars gedaan. En zoals ik al aangaf: ik zocht hulp bij mijn gevoelens. Die hulp kon de kerk mij niet bieden. Ik ben daar wel in therapie geweest, bij een zuster. Maar dat was naar mijn gevoel niet voldoende. Bij Martijn kwam ik in contact met lotgenoten, dat vond ik fijn.
U bent niet alleen lid geweest, maar ook actief bestuurslid. Vindt u dat verstandig?

Ik ben maar tijdelijk bestuurslid geweest, omdat anders zonder bestuur de vereniging Martijn zou moeten worden opgeheven. Er waren nu eenmaal niet heel veel mensen beschikbaar voor de functie. Toen ze vroegen of ik dat wilde doen, was er niemand anders. Dus toen heb ik toegezegd. Ik ben er op een gegeven moment ook weer mee opgehouden. Begin 2010 was het seksueel misbruik in de kerk volop in het nieuws, het werd toen wel erg veel. Toen leek het me beter om te stoppen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

'Seks met 12-jarige moet kunnen'

NEDERLAND
rtl

Samenvatting van onlangs afgenomen interview met Herman Spronck, Nederlandse overste Salesianen. Spronck heeft in een reactie laten weten "niet akkoord te gaan met de tekst" en verwijst naar zijn officiële reactie (zie links).

Wist u van het lidmaatschap van pater Van B. van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn?

Ja, ik kan mij herinneren dat hij ooit zoiets verteld heeft. Ik heb toen niet doorgevraagd. Ik weet niet precies wanneer dat was.
Hij was al vanaf 1994 lid, wist u dat?

Dat kan ik mij niet precies meer herinneren, maar dat zou kunnen. Ik ben zelf pas overste vanaf 1995.
Wist u van dat pater Van B. bestuurslid was (2008-2010) van de pedofielenvereniging Martijn?

Dat kan ik mij niet herinneren. Wel gaf hij ooit aan dat hij bestuurslid wilde worden van een vereniging. Was hij niet secretaris ofzo? Ik heb toen niet doorgevraagd wat voor vereniging dat dan precies was. Hij vertelde mij ook op een gegeven moment dat hij ermee wilde stoppen. Dat leek mij verstandig. Maar ik heb niet naar de details gevraagd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors...

UNITED STATES
Startpagina/Weblog (Netherlands)

Compiled by drs. Pieter Schultz, information professional, web editor & religion researcher

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Report
News releases
Background information
Videos
Articles / blogs
Older articles on celibacy
Some observations on sexual abuse by priests & the oath of celibacy

1) REPORT

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the US, 1950-2010 : A Report Presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishopsby the John Jay College Research Team / Karen J. Terry, et al. [US; John Jay College] http://alturl.com/o99ki
The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010 [pdf] / John Jay College of Criminal Justice via Bishop [US; Accountability.org] http://alturl.com/jiwkg