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August 31, 2011

Dealing with the Austrian “Priest's Initiative”

AUSTRIA
Catholic Culture

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | August 31, 2011

There could hardly be a more appropriate sequel to my previous commentary (On the Crisis of Theology and the Need for Rulers) than the new threat of open disobedience by the Priest’s Initiative in Austria. Claiming the support of 329 priests, this group states that it will proceed to give Communion to those who have divorced and remarried, end priestly celibacy, bring married priests back into ministry, promote the ordination of women, and permit lay people to preach and lead Communion services.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna—the very man who coordinated the development of the Catechism of the Catholic Church—has threatened that such disobedience will have consequences, but has apparently not yet followed through with his plan to meet with these priests to avert disaster. Of course, whether or not this matters depends very much on one’s definition of disaster. There is only one way to resolve situations like this without completely disrespecting the rights of the faithful, and we may pray—in fact, we ought to pray—that Cardinal Schönborn will have the courage to do what needs to be done, and that he will enjoy the full support of both the Vatican and his brother bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Confessional secrets

AUSTRALIA
The Irish Times

A FORMER Catholic priest in Queensland, Australia, went to confession more than 1,500 times to admit sexually abusing boys. He was told to go home and pray. In a 2003 affidavit, then 68-year-old Michael Joseph McArdle, who was jailed for six years in October of that year, claimed to have made confession about his paedophile activities to about 30 priests over a 25-year period.

He noted: “As the children would leave after each respective assault, I would feel an overwhelming sense of sadness for them and remorse, so much so it would almost be physical. I was devastated after the assaults, every one of them. So distressed would I become that I would attend confessionals weekly and on other occasions fortnightly and would confess that I had been sexually assaulting young boys.” He said the only assistance or advice he was given was to undertake penance in the form of prayer.

He claimed that after each confession, “it was like a magic wand had been waved over me.” McArdle’s affidavit would appear to contradict a widespread view in Ireland that child sex abusers are unlikely to admit such abuse to a priest in the confessional. Common sense would suggest that priest abusers particularly, and as above, would be likely to avail of the seal of the confessional as they seek forgiveness for what they have done and maybe even help in controlling their impulses. More is required in such cases of the confessor priest than penance, prayer and sympathy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:05 PM

Priest accused of child abuse found in Kerala

INDIA
The Times of India

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A Catholic priest accused of child abuse while in the US is allegedly living a quiet life in Kerala's Kottayam district. Jacob Vellian has been accused by a woman of sexual abuse 26 years ago when she was a minor. He was then on a temporary assignment in the diocese of Kalamazoo in Youngstown city in Ohio. Vellian is currently staying in a seminary in Kaduthuruthi, sources said. The victim filed a complaint recently after undergoing a "trauma recovery programme".

The church in Kerala and the police claimed they had no knowledge of the case or subsequent developments. "As of now we don't have any information. Paedophilia is a serious offence and authorities there would surely have notified us if they had any suspicion," said ADGP (Intelligence) A Hemachandran.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

Catholic Appeal Update

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Catholic Insider

August 31, 2011

BCI is on somewhat of an abbreviated blogging schedule this week due to some other pressing commitments, so our blogging will be lighter than usual. Today we share with you some details on how the 2011 Catholic Appeal is doing.

As we mentioned in Fundraising Fiefdom earlier this month, aside from expansion of the fundraising fiefdom, the results of the Catholic Appeal 2011 recently communicated to parishes show they are running about the same as the Catholic Appeal of 2010 in dollar-amount of pledges at this time in the year. That means that unless something dramatically changes, the appeal is likely to raise substantially less than the Catholic Appeal of 2009 for the second year in a row, and with several thousand fewer donors giving than in previous years.

Because the archdiocese said the Boston Catholic Development Services group was aiming for greater accountability in the new organization, BCI thought we would help them out towards achieving their goal of accountability by sharing some more details on their fundraising goals and progress with faithful Catholics.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 PM

SNAP protest outside Chicago archdiocese office

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

August 31, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests claims the Chicago archdiocese is not acting forcefully enough in the case of a priest recently charged with abuse.

They demonstrated outside church offices Wednesday.

The case involves Father George Klein, who is accused of abusing a 15-year-old girl in the 1970s. SNAP says it happened when he was the principal at St. Benedict's High School on Chicago's North Side.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Priest faces charges for sex with minors

CROATIA
Croatian Times

Wednesday, 31. August 2011 - 22:08

Pastor Ante Madunic from Prolozac Donji (Split-Dalmatia County) has sent some 22,000 text messages over seven months to underage girls soliciting sex.

Madunic will not face charges for having sex with underage girls as the current penal code does not consider intercourse with a child aged 14 and over an offence. The pastor will, however, be tried on charges of using his position of authority to obtain sexual services. At the time of the offences, he was the religious studies teacher of some of the girls involved in the case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:44 PM

Clerical abuse helplines established

IRELAND
The Irish Times

CHARLIE TAYLOR

Two helplines have been set up for individuals with information or concerns over clerical child sex abuse allegations at a boarding school just outside of Cork city.

Last night both the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter welcomed decisions by the HSE and an Garda Síochána to investigate “concerns regarding the welfare and protection of children" who attended Coláiste an Chroí Naofa school in Carraig na bhFear, which was run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

It is also believed that the congregation itself requested that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, conduct a review of child protection procedures at the school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

S.F. archbishop undergoes emergency heart surgery

CALIFORNIA
San Francisco Chronicle

Rachel Gordon, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

San Francisco -- Archbishop George Niederauer, head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, was recovering Tuesday from double bypass heart surgery after experiencing chest pains while vacationing in Southern California.

Church officials said that the surgery, performed Monday at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, was successful, and that Niederauer was listed in good condition in the intensive care unit.

"Everything seems to be OK. He's recovering as the doctors expected," George Wesolek, spokesman for the archdiocese, said Tuesday.

The archbishop was on vacation with his predecessor, Cardinal William Levada, who, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is the highest-ranking American church official at the Vatican.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Thumbs up for the new book “Abuse in the Jewish Community”

UNITED STATES
Examiner

Vicki Polin

August 31, 2011

Finally, after several long months of waiting, -- “Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims”, has been published by a well known Jerusalem based publishing house -- Urim Press.

This must read book uses simple language to explain what abuse and neglect are and the context of how many cases have been mishandled in the past within Jewish orthodox communities worldwide. We all must be aware that every faith based community has its own unique manner of explaining and often ignoring sex crimes, domestic violence and other types of abuse. This is also true for Judaism. Finally, psychologist, Michael J. Salamon has put together a book that addresses issues in a clear and succinct manor.

While there have recently been two edited books on the topic of abuse within the orthodox world, some of the authors and editors have little training or experience in the anti-rape field. Often parading themselves around as experts, detracting from the real message that needs to be promulgated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:13 PM

Chicago settlement shows the power survivors have to make child safety a priority

CHICAGO (IL)
SNAP Wisconsin

The Chicago Sun Times reported on a settlement that was reached this week between 12 clergy abuse survivors and the archdiocese of Chicago. The settlement includes both a financial and a non-financial component. The financial portion of the settlement, an amount that has not been disclosed, will be divided among the victim/survivors.

What makes this settlement so important is the non-monetary agreement that was reached. The settlement calls for the archdiocese to release the files of 35 priests who have been accused of sexual abuse. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents the survivors in this case, has stated that a protocol has been established whereby when a priest is determined to be found credibly accused of abuse by the archdiocese a series of actions will commence.

According to Anderson the priest will be notified by the diocese that they are subject to this new protocol. The priest will then have the opportunity to object and to hire their own lawyer to prevent the release of their file. The diocese will also have a 60 day window to raise their objections. Anderson stated that if the priest chooses to object to the release of his file then he is prepared to respond, “If they get their own lawyer and fight we’ll see further delays and uncertainties, but we will be aggressive and fight hard”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:10 PM

Pedophile priest hears punishment

CALIFORNIA
Inland News Today

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – Pedophile priest Father Jose Castillo will spend a year in jail and 3-years’ probation for engaging in lewd acts with a 12-year-old boy.

Father Castillo accepted a plea bargain with prosecutors last April and was sentenced Wednesday. He was arrested last fall after a 3-month investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:01 PM

Priest sentenced for lewd act on child

CALIFORNIA
San Bernardino Sun

Will Bigham, Staff Writer
Posted: 08/31/2011

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - A priest on Wednesday was sentenced to a year in jail and taken into custody for committing lewd sexual acts with a 12-year-old boy in his Ontario parish.

Father Alejandro Castillo, 58, pleaded no contest in April to a felony count of committing a lewd act on a child.

His plea came as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors that carried a sentence of a year in jail. That sentence was imposed Wednesday in West Valley Superior Court by Judge Jon Ferguson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:57 PM

Österreicher unterstützen die Anliegen der Pfarrer-Initiative

OSTERREICH
Nachrichten

WIEN. Die reformorientierte Pfarrer-Initiative kann sich laut einer aktuellen Umfrage über eine breite Unterstützung und viel Aufmerksamkeit in der österreichischen Bevölkerung freuen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Kirche: Wie realistisch sind die Wünsche der „Rebellen“?

OSTERREICH
Die Presse

Wien. Ungehorsam – ein Wort schlägt hohe Wellen. Es war im Juni, als die Pfarrerinitiative rund um Helmut Schüller, Pfarrer von Probstdorf, die Priester zu „Ungehorsam“ aufgerufen hat. Mittlerweile wird die Initiative von 300 Betroffenen – und der Mehrheit der Bevölkerung unterstützt. Laut einer Oekonsult-Umfrage für die Austria Presse Agentur sprechen sich 76,5 Prozent der befragten Österreicher für die Initiative aus. „Die Presse“ hat sich die einzelnen Forderungen auf ihre Umsetzbarkeit und gelebte Praxis hin angesehen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

Ungehorsam: Mehrheit unterstützt Pfarrer-Initiative

OSTERREICH
Die Presse

Die Pfarrer-Initiative genießt mit ihrem Aufruf zum Ungehorsam breite Unterstützung in der Bevölkerung: 71,7 Prozent der Österreicher halten laut einer Umfrage das Aufbegehren für richtig und angemessen, 76,5 Prozent stehen auf der Seite der Initiative. Bei den Reformbegehren selbst ist den Menschen die Zulassung von Frauen und Verheirateten zum Priesteramt (30,7 Prozent) am wichtigsten, gefolgt von der Abschaffung des Zölibats (24,1 Prozent).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:50 AM

Austrian priests defy Catholic Church, face showdown

AUSTRIA
Reuters

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor

PARIS | Wed Aug 31, 2011

PARIS (Reuters) - Dissident Austrian priests defying their Catholic Church with calls for married clergy, women priests and other reforms enjoy wide public support, according to a new poll on a dispute that could lead to their dismissal.

Three-quarters of people polled in the traditionally Catholic country backed the priests' "Call to Disobedience," a manifesto that Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn compares to a football team refusing to play by the rules.

The revolt, openly supported by 329 priests, threatens a split in the Austrian Church weeks before Pope Benedict's Sept 22-25 visit to neighbouring Germany. Benedict, 84, grew up in Bavarian villages close to the Austrian border.

Rather than simply appealing for reforms, the dissidents declared they will break Church rules by giving communion to Protestants and remarried divorced Catholics or allowing lay people to preach and head parishes without a priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Defrocked Irish pedophile priest claims he is now cured

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
HILDA HIGGINS, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A defrocked former Irish priest who was named as one of the worst serial child abusers has claimed he has been cured and that he no longer posed a "threat or danger to children".

Bill Carney was accused by the Murphy report into clerical abuse in the Dublin diocese of abusing at least 32 children.At least one of them Paul Dwyer, 13 when he was raped, later committed suicide

He was defrocked in 1992, fled Ireland and now lives in Britain in the home of his ex-wife and close to a children’s play area.

Following a local newspaper article in the town of Northleach exposing him he has now responded saying he has been cured.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:37 AM

Cork Child Sex Abuse Investigated

IRELAND
Build

An investigation into allegations of child abuse at a Cork boarding school has been welcomed.

Now underway the investigation will focus on the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart congregation while managing their Coláiste an Chroí Naofa school outside Cork city.

The Gardai and the Health Service Executive (HSE) has welcomed the enquiry and asked anyone with information or a concern regarding the school to come forward.

The Gardai are currently conducting a criminal investigation into the past events whilst the HSE are making attempts to identify any children who may still be at risk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Shock at inclusion of Fr Brendan Smyth in prayer book for the dead

NORTHERN IRELAND
BBC News

The paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth's name has appeared in a book of prayers for the dead at a church in Newcastle.

The Belfast cleric committed dozens of offences against children over a 40-year period and died in prison in the Republic of Ireland in 1997.

He was at the centre of one of the first paedophile priest scandals to rock the Catholic Church on the island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:32 AM

Professor alleges order tried to discredit journalist

AUSTRALIA
CathNews

Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson said that members of the Salesian order tried to discredit a journalist by falsely claiming he had spent time in jail for child sex offences, reports the Age.

The Australian head of the Salesians, Father Frank Moloney, told the Age he had not discussed the rumour, except in conversation with Professor Parkinson.

He said he was in the US in 2004, when US journalist Reese Dunklin's report about a convicted paedophile and Salesian priest had stirred up a hornet's nest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

SNAP Comments on Salesian religious order thwarting Parkinson Report

AUSTRALIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Once again we see that Catholic officials cannot be trusted to even conduct so called "independent" investigations of clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

Professor Parkinson has shown the Australian laity that his independent investigation was thwarted by the Salesian religious order that requested the investigation. We admire Professor Parkinson's integrity and support his call for a public inquiry into the Catholic religious order's handling of three complaints of sexual abuse, including possible conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

Diocese forms committee to probe rape charge vs priest

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

Amid the furor caused by the scandal, the Butuan Diocese in Mindanao has formed a committee to investigate the claims of an 18-year-old girl that a parish priest had raped her.

Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos said he expects a recommendation to be issued after the investigation, the Union of Catholic Asian News reported late Tuesday.

However, De Dios Pueblos gave no further details of the committee’s work to investigate the charges against parish priest Fr. Raul Cabonce, the UCAN report said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Bevilacqua’s lawyer seeks to close competency hearing

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

A lawyer for Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua said the former leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is too sick to come to court next month and should be allowed to testify privately at home about his health and how he handled years of allegations that local priests had molested children.

The attorney, Brian J. McMonagle, told a judge Tuesday that prosecutors are pressing Bevilacqua to appear in open court only "so that he has to walk the gauntlet, and come to the courthouse with all the fanfare."

Assistant District Attorney Mark Gilson disputed that, saying prosecutors wanted to avoid the appearance of treating the 88-year-old cardinal differently than any witness in a criminal case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Ex-Philly archbishop's lawyer seeks closed hearing

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Times Leader

The attorney representing the former archbishop of Philadelphia says his client is too sick to appear in court next month and should be allowed to testify privately at home about the handling of allegations of sex abuse by priests.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says attorney Brian McMonagle accused prosecutors Tuesday of wanting 88-year-old Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua to "walk the gauntlet" to the courthouse, but prosecutors said they don't want to treat him differently from any other witness in a criminal case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Casey admitted to nursing home

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Andrew Hamilton

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ONE of Ireland’s most controversial clerics, Bishop Eamon Casey, was admitted to a Clare nursing home last week because of ill health.

The former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora has been in a virtual limbo in the parish of Shanaglish on the Clare-Galway border since his return to Ireland in 2006.

Bishop Casey has technically been a practicing priest for the parish over the past five years but has not been allowed to say Mass in public and has instead had to content himself by saying Mass for himself in his home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

Abuse victim ‘hurt’ by confession stance

IRELAND
UTV

A woman abused by a Catholic priest while attending confession as a child says she is "hurt" by the church's response to plans by the Irish government to force priests to report child abusers who admit their crimes in the confession box.

Derry woman Kate Walmsley, 55, hit out after her parish priest, Father Paddy O'Kane, said he would rather go to jail than be break canon law and reveal the secrets of the confessional box.

Father O'Kane, who is parish priest at Holy Family parish in Derry's Ballymagroarty estate, was speaking after the Irish government's Minister for Justice, Alan Shatter, said he intends to introduce legislation to force priests to break the confessional seal in the interests of child protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Court rejects murder case in cop's death due to time limit

CALIFORNIA
Los Angeles Times

Two men who served prison sentences for the attempted murder of an Orange County sheriff's sergeant three decades ago cannot be tried for murder after the paralyzed ex-cop died of his injuries last year, a court of appeal ruled.

The murder case against Robert Duston Strong and David Michael Knick must be dropped because at the time of the shooting, a victim had have to have died within three years and a day of the crime to face a murder charge, the appeals panel ruled. ...

The case precludes hundreds of Catholic priests from being tried for decades-old molestation incidents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Verkrachingszaken binnen het christendom : een nieuwsselectie

NEDERLAND
Startpagina

Hieronder een selectie aan nieuwsartikelen over verkrachtingszaken - waarbij minderjarigen in het spel waren - binnen het christendom die ik de afgelopen weken ben tegengekomen (alfabetich geordend naar landen).

Bolivia
•The #Mennonite #Rapes: In #Bolivia, a Trial Tears Apart a Religious Community / Friedman-Rudovsky & Colony [BO; TIME] http://alturl.com/o4sxc
•Mennonite (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mennonite

Ghana
•#Priest Jailed 43 Years For Raping 5 #Sisters [GH; Peace FM, Ghana; #rape] http://alturl.com/his3x

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Austrian Catholic Priests Rebel, Demanding Church Reforms

AUSTRIA
Yahoo! News

By MICHAEL FRANK / SÜDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG / WORLDCRUNCH

This post is in partnership with Worldcrunch, a new global-news site that translates stories of note in foreign languages into English. The article below was originally published in SÜddeutsche Zeitung.

VIENNA - There is open rebellion among the clergy of Austria's Catholic Church. One highly placed man of the cloth has even warned about the risk of a coming schism as significant numbers of priests are refusing obedience to the Pope and bishops for the first time in memory.

The 300-plus supporters of the so-called Priests' Initiative have had enough of what they call the church's "delaying" tactics, and they are advocating pushing ahead with policies that openly defy current practices. These include letting nonordained people lead religious services and deliver sermons; making communion available to divorced people who have remarried; allowing women to become priests and to take on important positions in the hierarchy; and letting priests carry out pastoral functions even if, in defiance of church rules, they have a wife and family. (See photos of Pope Benedict XVI in Spain.)

Cardinal Christoph SchÖnborn, Vienna's Archbishop and head of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, has threatened the rebels with excommunication. Incidentally, those involved in the initiative are not only low-profile members of the clergy. Indeed, it is being led by Helmut SchÜller - who was for many years vicar general of the archdiocese of Vienna and director of Caritas - and the cathedral pastor in the Carinthian diocese of Gurk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

HSE launches inquiry into school abuse claims

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Conall Ó Fátharta

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

THE HSE and the Garda Síochána have launched an inquiry into allegations of sexual and physical abuse at a Cork school while it was run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Last night, the HSE confirmed it is to initiate an inquiry into "matters relating to the protection and welfare of children" who attended Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, in Carrignavar, Co Cork. The inquiry will co-operate with Detective Superintendent John McCann of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit.

Anyone with information or a concern in relation to any allegations have been advised to contact the HSE or the Garda Síochána.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:05 AM

Pretrial hearing set for former FLDS bishop

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

SAN ANGELO, Texas — A former bishop of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is scheduled for a pretrial at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Tom Green County Courthouse.

Fredrick Merril Jessop, 75, is charged with performing an illegal ceremony, a third-degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The name of the alleged victim in the indictment is the same as that on indictments for Warren Jeffs concerning an underage marriage and sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Boston Archdiocese: 15 accused priests had worked in Somerville parishes

SOMERVILLE (MA)
Wicked Local Somerville

By Andy Metzger
Wicked Local Somerville

Posted Aug 30, 2011

Somerville —

Of the 157 priests accused of sexual abuse that the Boston Archdiocese publicized last week, 15 spent at least some time in Somerville parishes. Saint Benedict Parish in East Somerville and Saint Catherine of Genoa on Spring Hill had more accused priests than any other Somerville parish. The list of names provided by the archdiocese are of priests who have been accused, not proven guilty. The following is a summary of accused priests who spent time in Somerville. A full list of accused priests in the local archdiocese is available at www.bostoncatholic.org/Offices-And-Services.

Frederick L. Barr, born in 1950, was assistant at Saint Clement Parish from May 1976 to June 1981, before moving on to other positions, including pastor, in Quincy, Cambridge and Watertown.

Accusations: According to our sister paper the Watertown Tab, Barr was placed on administrative leave in 2009 over allegations that he “sexually abused a child.” Based on the story and the timeline provided by the church, the alleged abuse occurred while he was parochial vicar at Saint Luke’s in Belmont.

Status: Case in progress, on administrative leave.

William L. Butler, born in 1934, served as an assistant at Saint Benedict Parish from February 1961 to February 1962, before moving on to posts in Malden and Revere, where he was most recently a pastor.

Accusations: According to the Pulitzer-winning Boston Globe Spotlight Team, Butler was accused in 2002 of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 1966, when he was stationed at Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, in Jamaica Plain, as an assistant. The Globe article portrayed Butler as forthcoming, willing to take a lie-detector test and to look for photos of the accuser at Butler’s Canadian home, where the assault allegedly happened.

Status: Case in progress, on administrative leave.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

HSE and gardaí investigate abuse allegations at Co Cork boarding school

IRELAND
The Journal

THE HSE AND gardaí are investigating concerns raised about the welfare and protection of children who attended a boarding school in Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said in a joint statement that they welcomed the action taken by HSE National Director Gordon Jeyes and Detective Superintendent John McCann of the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit.

The statement added:

In the context of serious allegations that have been made they, however, believe it is important to state that they have been assured that none of those against whom allegations have been made are currently engaged in any work activities which bring them into contact with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

I'm a good, honest Christian, claims paedophile priest

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Allison Bray

Wednesday August 31 2011

ONE of the most heinous paedophile priests exposed in the Murphy Report has asked for a second chance.

But the estranged stepson of Fr Bill Carney said the defrocked priest was merely trying to manipulate the public.

Paul Clayton said: "I believe Carney is sneaky about everything. I don't trust him as far as I could throw him."

Carney was denounced in the Murphy Report into clerical sexual abuse as "one of the most serious abusers investigated by the commission". He was linked to at least 32 complaints and suspicions of abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Inquiries into alleged abuse in Cork

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

Three investigations are under way into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart congregation while managing their Coláiste an Chroí Naofa school outside Cork city.

Last night both the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter welcomed decisions by the HSE and an Garda Síochána to investigate “concerns regarding the welfare and protection of children who attended a boarding school in Carraig na bhFear, Cork, run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart”.

It is also understood the congregation requested that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, conduct a review of child protection procedures at the school, which is currently under way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

August 30, 2011

Focus new law on child protection, says Minister

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MINISTER FOR Children Frances Fitzgerald has called “for the focus to be on child protection” in the context of ongoing discussion on new legislation. It follows suggestions that such new legislation could compel a breaking of the seal of the confessional where Catholic priests are concerned as well as a possible breaching of legal and medical privilege.

Speaking to The Irish Times last night, she said “what is required is a positive piece of legislation which will encourage a culture where child protection is taken seriously”. Such legislation “will require a careful teasing out” and could also apply even where an abused person may request that his/her abuse be not reported to gardaí or health authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 PM

Clerical abuser asks for 'second chance'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY

ONE OF the most serious child sex abusers among priests in Dublin’s Catholic archdiocese, Bill Carney (61), has written to an English newspaper pleading that he is “a good honest Christian living as best I can one day at a time . . . all I ask for is a chance”.

In a letter to his local Gloucestershire Echo paper, he wrote that “for over 30 years now I have been a recovering alcoholic, and the only mark against my name is three points on my driving licence for doing 38mph in a 40mph area”. He said that “in these 30 years there has not been the slightest suggestion of anything that would indicate that I am a danger to any child”.

He said British prime minister David Cameron had said he gave former News of the World editor Andy Coulson a second chance, and that “everyone does deserve a second chance”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Inquiries under way into alleged abuse at Cork school

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THREE SEPARATE investigations are under way into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart congregation while managing their Coláiste an Chroí Naofa school in Carraig na bhFear, near Cork city.

Last night both the Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald and Minister for Justice Alan Shatter welcomed decisions by the HSE and an Garda Síochána to investigate “concerns regarding the welfare and protection of children who attended a boarding school in Carraig na bhFear, Cork, run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart”.

It is also understood the congregation requested that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, conduct a review of child protection procedures at the school, which is currently under way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Probe over school ‘abuse’ claim

IRELAND
Shropshire Star (United Kingdom)

An inquiry is being launched over child protection concerns at a boarding school after a Senator used parliamentary privilege to name a priest as an alleged abuser.

The joint Health Service Executive and garda probe centres on the protection and welfare of children who had attended Colaiste an Chroi Naofa in Carraig na bhFear, Co Cork, while it was run by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said none of those facing allegations are working with children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Sekteleider Warren Jeffs in ziekenhuis

TEXAS
Metro (Nederland)

LOS ANGELES (ANP) - De voor seksueel misbruik veroordeelde Amerikaanse sekteleider Warren Jeffs ligt in kritieke toestand in een ziekenhuis in Texas. Dat meldde de Amerikaanse krant The Salt Lake Tribune maandag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:00 PM

Jongetjes in instelling in Heel stierven natuurlijke dood

NEDERLAND
HLN

Uit de overlijdensaktes van jongens die begin jaren vijftig overleden in de instelling in het Nederlandse Heel, bij Roermond, komen geen aanwijzingen voor een onnatuurlijke dood naar voren. Dat meldt de Nederlandse publieke omroep NOS na een analyse van de aktes door het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 PM

Aktes Heel: natuurlijke dood jongens

NEDERLAND
NOS

Uit de overlijdensaktes van jongens die begin jaren 50 in Sint Joseph in Heel overleden, komen geen aanwijzingen voor een onnatuurlijke dood naar voren.

Dat blijkt uit een analyse (.pdf) door het Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek op verzoek van de NOS en L1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 PM

Clerical abuse inquiry to begin

IRELAND
The Irish Times

CHARLIE TAYLOR

An investigation into the welfare and protection of children attending a school in Cork operated by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart is to commence, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has confirmed.

The move comes after a priest allegedly connected to child molestation was recently named in the Seanad.

In a statement issued tonight, HSE national director for children and families Gordon Jeyes said he had initiated an inquiry into the allegations which concerns Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, a school situated in Carraig na bhFear, about 12km outside of Cork city.

The inquiry is to be carried out in cooperation with An Garda Siochana.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Sexual Abuse Charges Against Former Priest Albert LeBlanc ...

CANADA
Injury Board Blog Network

Posted by John McKiggan
August 30, 2011

Albert LeBlanc a former Roman Catholic priest who was employed by the Catholic Diocese of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia is charged with 50 criminal counts of indecent assault and gross indecency that are alleged to have happened between 1964 and 1985.

Various Employers

Some of the charges arise during the time frame LeBlanc was a priest in the Yarmouth Diocese. However after he resigned as a priest, LeBlanc went on to be employed at Family and Children’s Services in Yarmouth as a case worker. In 1975 he went on to work for the province as a probation officer.

Civil Liability of Former Employers?

LeBlanc's varied career raises interesting legal questions about potential liability (legal responsibility) to his victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:48 PM

SNAP responds to Archdiocese of Chicago's new "disclosure" rules

CHICAGO (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Zach Hiner on August 30, 2011

Imagine if a gang member with a long criminal record announced he was reforming and would start cooperating with police voluntarily, but in reality he continues to submit to police questioning only when subpoenaed? Does that sound like a genuine change of heart? That’s essentially what the Chicago archdiocese is doing with clergy sex abuse and cover up lawsuits.

For years, Chicago Catholic officials have promised to be “open” about clergy sex abuse and cover up cases, but yesterday the archdiocese showed again it will keep being secretive about pedophile priests unless absolutely forced to do otherwise.

They essentially admitted that they will keep documents about predator priests hidden unless

--compelled to release them by an assertive victim and his or her attorney, and

--only if that attorney is Jeff Anderson, and

--only if the pedophile doesn’t object.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:07 PM

Harrisburg church shaken by sexual abuse allegations against 2 ex-deacons

PENNSYLVANIA
The Patriot-News

By SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News

For years, these women say they thought they were the only ones.

One had suppressed it, moved away and tried to move on.

The other had forgiven the man who had molested her as a teen.

After all, that was what the church had taught her to do. And he was the well-respected deacon, who was married to the pastor. They led the close-knit church for decades.

It was like a family — one with some dark secrets, according to authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:03 PM

Warren Jeffs still hospitalized but out of coma

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By lindsay whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune

Convicted child bride rapist and polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs was “somewhat sedated” but responsive in a Texas hospital Tuesday morning, a prison official said.

Several sources reported Monday that Jeffs was in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Tyler. He was not in a coma Tuesday morning, said Texas prison spokesman Jason Clark.

Jeffs does remain in critical condition since a fast landed him in the hospital Sunday night. He was rushed to the hospital from his solitary prison cell in Palestine after he stopped eating enough food and drinking enough liquid, Clark said. He also suffered from other unspecified medical problems that rose to the level of hospitalization.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

Position Vacant—Papal Enforcer

VATICAN CITY
The Trumpet

It’s probably the second-most powerful Vatican office—prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the head of the Vatican department historically known as the Office of the Holy Inquisition. It’s the job that Pope Benedict held as Cardinal Ratzinger directly answerable to John Paul ii during the latter’s papacy. Under his rule, the prefect became known as “the pope’s enforcer.” Now the current holder of that office, Cardinal Levada, who was certainly not cast in the mold of a true “enforcer,” is set to retire. The question is, who will replace him?

In all probability, Benedict appointed the American Levada very deliberately knowing that such an appointment was a gap filler, while he prepared to place a man after his own persuasion, a true doctrinaire “enforcer,” in that key role. After all, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is described by those in the know as “the most delicate department head of the Roman Curia, a task Ratzinger held for 24 years before being elected pope” (Vatican Insider, August 25).

In our view, there are two prime contenders for that role who fit this moment in the development of Pope Benedict’s upcoming great crusade which demands an appointee of the caliber of a Ratzinger to finish off the job of whipping the Curia and general priesthood into shape in preparation for the task. Both are German.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:13 AM

Pope begins search for new head of Doctrine of the Faith

VATICAN CITY
Rome Reports

[with video]

August 30, 2011. (Romereports.com) Inside the Catholic Church, 75 is the normal age of retirement. In 2012, the pope will face an important decision: who will replace the American Cardinal William Levada as the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith?

Levada will celebrate his 50th anniversary in the priesthood this December 20th and has expressed his wishes to step down from his position as Prefect.

Benedict XVI has a special connection to this position, where he served for 24 years before being elected pope.

This congregation has taken on an important role in recent years for managing cases of sex abuse inside the Church. It's also assigned to help integrate Anglicans who wish to be in communion with Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:10 AM

Salesians 'accused journalist'

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Barney Zwartz, Religion Editor
August 31, 2011 .

MEMBERS of the Salesian religious order, under fire for its handling of sexual abuse complaints, tried to discredit a journalist by falsely claiming he had spent time in jail for child sex offences, according to Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson.

Professor Parkinson, an expert on child protection, on Monday called for a public inquiry into the Catholic religious order's handling of three complaints of sexual abuse, including possible conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The order's college at Rupertswood in Sunbury may have the worst record in Victoria, with six priests and brothers convicted in court for sexual offences against boys - two this year - and complaints against three more settled.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:14 AM

Ireland on edge as church sex abuse report nears

IRELAND
Sydney Morning Herald

THE bucolic peace of County Donegal, in the north-west of Ireland, is about to be shattered by a report into the paedophiles, both clergy and laity, who abused children for decades.

An investigation into clerical sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe, in County Donegal, is about to report its findings, which are expected to be damning. New evidence has also emerged from victims of a parallel paedophile ring operating in the same Gaelic-speaking corner of the republic.

Several victims of abuse have said that lay members of the church as well as priests sexually exploited them for years. And as with the expected conclusion of the report into Raphoe, they say the national police service, the Garda, was complicit in a culture of cover-up that allowed the perpetrators to carry on abusing them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:10 AM

Gabriela calls on Butuan Bishop to stop coddling priest charged with rape of minor

PHILIPPINES
Blulatlat

By INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO
Bulatlat.com

MANILA — Stop protecting the priest who allegedly raped 17-year old Leah.

This was the demand issued by activist women’s group Gabriela to Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos after the latter admitted that Fr. Fraul Cabonce was under his custody. Cabonce is the parish priest of St. Anne Parish in Tubay, Agusan del Norte. He is being accused by a 17-year old high school graduate for sexually abusing and raping her while she was under his supposed care as a scholar of St. Anne Parish.

The victim, “Leah” came out earlier last week to expose Cabonce, saying that from September 2010 to April 2011, the priest subjected her to various forms of sexual abuse including forced oral sex and rape. Leah and her parents sought the help of Gabriela to help secure justice for the minor. The victim herself said she is determined to see the alleged perpetrator punished not only because of what he did to her, but because she wants him stopped from repeating the abuse to other children and women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Turnover priest in rape case, Butuan bishop urged

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By Isa Avendaño
990AM, INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Women group Gabriella urged the Catholic Church to turn over to authorities the priest who allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl in Butuan City, a report on 990AM said Tuesday.

Gabriella said that Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos should stop shielding Father Raul Cabonce, who allegedly raped the girl, the report said.

The group said that by taking the priest into custody, Pueblos practically condoned the abusive act purportedly committed against the victim, said the report.

Pueblos on Saturday confirmed that Cabonce of the St. Anne Parish in Tubay, Agusan del Norte was in his custody.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Gabriela wants Bishop Pueblos to surrender priest accused of rape

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

MALU CADELIÑA MANAR, GMA News
08/30/2011

A women’s rights group on Tuesday urged Catholic Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos of Butuan City in Agusan del Norte to do something about the priest who was accused of raping an 18-year-old woman and has supposedly sought refuge in the bishop’s residence.

Gabriela secretary-general Lana Linaban said in a Tuesday statement that Pueblos “practically condoned" the alleged act of Fr. Raul Cabonce against a female domestic helper when he transferred the priest to another church. Last Thursday, an 18-year-old woman filed a case against Cabonce for raping her earlier this year.

“Clearly, Bishop Pueblos’ actions are in violation of both the state’s criminal laws and the law of the Church," said Linaban.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Diocese looks into priest’s rape charge

PHILIPPINES
CathNews

Published Date: August 30, 2011

A diocese has formed a committee to review allegations of rape made by an 18-year-old against a parish priest, a bishop in the Diocese of Butuan in the southern province of Agusan del Norte in the Philippines said yesterday.

The parish priest of St Anne in Tubay town, Father Raul Cabonce, is facing charges of two counts of rape, child abuse and acts of lasciviousness, filed last Thursday at the provincial prosecutor’s office.

The complainant, a high school student who was a domestic worker at the convent, claimed the priest began molesting her in September last year and that she was raped on February 27 and then again on March 3. A third attempt allegedly was made on March 14 but the girl fought it off.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Former Kansas City Catholic priest faces seventh lawsuit accuses him of past sexual abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A former Kansas City priest is named in a seventh lawsuit accusing him of sexual abuse.

The lawsuit filed Monday against the Rev. Hugh Monahan also alleges that the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese covered up the abuse.

The lawsuit alleges that Monahan began abusing the plaintiff when Monahan worked at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holden in the 1970s. The plaintiff, called John Doe L.J., alleges that he told the diocese about the abuse in 1979 but that the diocese took no action.

The Kansas City Star reports ()http://bit.ly/qyyzb4 ) that the lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed in Johnson County (Mo.) Circuit Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

I'm no danger says abuser ex-priest

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A former Roman Catholic priest exposed as a serial child sex abuser has claimed he poses no "threat or danger to children".

Bill Carney was accused by the Murphy report, which was published in Ireland two years ago, of abusing at least 32 children.

Carney, who was ordained in 1974 and defrocked in 1992, left Ireland and was traced to Spain before settling in Northleach, near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Earlier this year the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper published an article revealing he was living in the home of his ex-wife, close to a children's playground.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Major pedophile ring that worked in Donegal is exposed

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Irish police are now investigating a number of claims from victims in Donegal relating to a pedophile ring that operated in the county.

The report into abuse in the Raphoe diocese has been delayed as former police detective Martin Ridge, who moved to Donegal after his retirement from the force, has championed the victims of lay and clerical abuse.

The victims of a lay pedophile ring in Donegal’s Irish speaking Gaeltacht region have accused police of being complicit in the cover-up of lay and clerical child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Priest accused of rape to face church panel

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines - The Archdiocese of Butuan has created a committee that will investigate the complaint of a 17-year-old girl, who claimed she was raped by a parish priest.

Butuan City Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos said the committee will be the one to determine the recommendations, if there will be any, against parish priest Fr. Raul Cabonce.

According to “Leah” (not her real name), she was molested and raped by Cabonce inside the St. Anne Convent in Tubay, where she worked as a house help in exchange for being a scholar of the priest.

After graduating from high school, Leah ran away and took refuge from the Missionary Sisters of Mary.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Alleged rape victim of Agusan Norte priest undergoes therapy

PHILIPPINES
GMS News

BUTUAN CITY - The 18-year old former helper who was allegedly raped by a parish priest in Agusan del Norte is now udergoing daily psychological theraphy and medication, a doctor said Tuesday.

Dr. Dexter Lara, surgeon and medical specialist of Gabriela and head of Makabayan, said the victim known as "Leah" (not her real name) manifested "psychotic features" after revealing that she was repeatedly raped by former St. Anne Parish priest Fr. Raul Cabonce, who has since denied the allegation.

"Based on the accounts relayed to me by her caretakers before they went to seek medical consultations and medico-legal examinations, the patient has manifested some psychotic tendencies," Lara told GMA News Online in an interview.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Former priest will stand trial in May on sex charges

CANADA
The Chronicle-Herald

By BRIAN MEDEL Yarmouth Bureau
Tue, Aug 30

YARMOUTH — An entire week has been reserved next May for the trial of a former Yarmouth priest facing 50 sex-related charges against boys in the 1970s and ’80s.

Albert LeBlanc, 82, a one-time Roman Catholic priest who later became a probation officer, now lives in Bouctouche, N.B.

His trial is to begin next May 14 in Yarmouth provincial court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

May trial scheduled for former priest

CANADA
The Vanguard

By Tina Comeau
THE VANGUARD

NovaNewsNow.com

A week has been set aside in provincial court in May 2012 for the trial of a former Yarmouth priest who is facing 50 charges of indecent assault and gross indecency.

Albert LeBlanc, 82, who lives in New Brunswick, was not present in court, nor was his lawyer, for his latest court appearance on Aug. 29. Lawyer Phil Star, acting as an agent for the defence, waived the reading of the charges and made the election to provincial court for trial. LeBlanc also had the choice of a trial by a judge and jury, or a judge alone, in Supreme Court.

Some of the sexual-related allegations before the court date back to when LeBlanc was a priest, but the majority of the charges date back to after he had left the priesthood. The charges involve six complainants who, although they are grown men now, would have been young boys, most between the ages of seven and 11, at the time the offences are alleged to have occurred.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Minister defends planned abuse reporting law

IRELAND
RTE News

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has reiterated her intention to apply planned new reporting requirements on child abuse across all organisations and individuals working with children.

She was responding to Cardinal Seán Brady's warning that undermining the vow of secrecy surrounding Confession would challenge the right of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience.

Immediately after the Cloyne Report revealed Catholic Church cover-ups of clerical child sexual abuse, Ms Fitzgerald said the sacrament of Confession could not be used to claim exemption from new reporting rules the Government intended to introduce.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Priest: I'll go to jail rather than bow to law on revealing confession

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Brendan McDaid
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A Catholic priest has said he would be prepared to go to jail to defend the sanctity of the confessional, despite the Irish government's plans to criminalise priests who do not report sex abuse reported in secret.

The Irish government and Catholic Church are on a collision course after Dublin said that the Vatican's law of secrecy during confessions will not be exempt from forthcoming legislation.

But Londonderry priest Fr Paddy O'Kane said that priests would rather face being put behind bars than break canon law which states it is "absolutely illegitimate for the confessor to make the penitent known" for any reason.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Abuse report now delayed until October

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Stephen Maguire
Tuesday, 30 August 2011

A report into sex abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Raphoe has been delayed after the man carrying out the investigation asked for more information from Church authorities.

The church-run National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) has spent months on a review of all allegations made against priests in Co Donegal.

The long-awaited report was due to be published by NBSCCC chief executive Ian Elliott at the beginning of September.

But now it is understood the audit will not be made public until October at the earliest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

No choice but to downsize

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

The timing of the Belleville Diocese's announcement that it may close up to 20 Catholic parishes has some people wondering whether this is a reaction to the recent $6.33 million settlement in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

But that's not the case. Different numbers are driving this decision.

The diocese simply doesn't have enough priests to go around. It has 121 parishes but just 69 diocesan priests, eight of them 70 or older. It's simply not sustainable to keep all those parishes open going forward. The number of priests is expected to continue to decline.

Frankly, few unmarried men in 2011 want to become priests. Years ago, parents were happy to have their sons enter the priesthood. But even before the Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal, few parents encouraged their sons to choose what is a challenging, often solitary lifestyle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Paedophile writes to Gloucestershire Echo claiming he deserves a second chance

UNITED KINGDOM
Gloucestershire Echo

PAEDOPHILE Bill Carney has written to the Echo claiming he deserves a second chance because he does not pose "any threat or danger" to children.

His former stepson, however, has accused the former priest of attempting to manipulate others – as he says Carney did his family for more than a decade.

Paul Clayton spoke out after Carney – branded one of the worst child sex abusers in the Murphy report into clerical abuse in Ireland – criticised the Echo for reporting that he was living in the Cotswolds, near a children's play area in Northleach, at the home of his ex-wife, Mr Clayton's mother.

Carney claimed he was not a threat to children and that the only mark against his name during the last 30 years was three points on his driving licence for doing "38mph in a 40mph area".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Website set up to help victims of perverted priest

UNITED KINGDOM
Coventry Telegraph

By Emma Stone
Aug 30 2011

A VICTIM of a paedophile priest has launched a website to track down others the clergyman may have abused.

Geoff Smith was living in Walsall in the 1960s when he was targeted by priest James Robinson.

The Catholic priest, who served at St Elizabeth’s Church in Foleshill during the late 1970s and 1980s, was jailed for 21 years last October for sexual offences against four boys from Coventry and Birmingham.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Priest says bishop's RTÉ interview a 'lesson in what not to do'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE INTERVIEW and statement by Bishop John Magee last week has been described as “an object lesson in what not to do” by Fr Brendan Hoban, founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP).

He was referring to an RTÉ interview given by the former Bishop of Cloyne outside his home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork, on August 22nd last and a statement issued by him that day also.

Both represented Bishop Magee’s first comments in five weeks since he responded to publication of the Cloyne report on July 13th last. He “unreservedly” apologised to victims of clerical child sex abuse in Cloyne and said he would be willing to meet them and their families privately.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 AM

Federal Bankruptcy Judge in Delaware

DELAWARE
Law Offices of Betti and Associates

By MICHELE BETTI | b&a opinions

As a mechanism for evading liability, the Diocese of Wilmington, Delaware filed its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition October 18, 2009. Recently, a federal bankruptcy judge in Delaware approved a $77 million settlement for child sexual abuse victims against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington.

Confirming a reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, the judge approved the $77 million settlement for nearly 150 alleged victims of child sexual abuse. Each victim will receive an average of $530,000 under the settlement. A court order signed Thursday by Judge Christopher Sontchi will release the Diocese from all further litigation related to the sexual abuse scandal.

The lawsuits against the Diocese were filed after a state law created a two-year window for claims of abuse to be brought regardless of whether the statute of limitations had expired.

Archdiocese to release priest sex abuse files under settlement with victims

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

Angel Santiago doesn’t want to see other children molested by a Catholic priest.

So Santiago, along with 11 other abuse victims, insisted a safeguard be written into a legal settlement with the Chicago Archdiocese that resulted in the creation of a system in which the Archdiocese is required to release the files of certain priests accused of sex abuse.

“As soon as a priest is determined to be credibly accused by the archdiocese … word goes out to the priest that they are subject to this protocol,” said lawyer Jeff Anderson, who represents the victims.

“Then they have the opportunity to object. ... If they don’t respond, the process goes forward. If they get their own lawyer and fight, we’ll see further delays and uncertainties, but we will be aggressive and fight hard,” said Anderson.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:47 AM

Settlement of sex abuse case requires release of archdiocese files

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Becky Schlikerman, Tribune reporter

August 30, 2011

For more than a quarter of a century, Angel Santiago has suffered from a recurring nightmare.

"Father [Joseph] Fitzharris chasing me in my dreams," the 44-year-old Bensenville man said.

On Monday, Santiago joined his attorneys to announce that a settlement has been reached with the Archdiocese of Chicago for sexual abuse Santiago suffered as a boy at the hands of his family's priest, Fitzharris.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago Attorneys with the case declined to specify the monetary amount of the settlement. The archdiocese confirmed the settlement.

"The settlements announced [Monday] confirm that this process works, and that attorneys need not put their clients through the ordeal of litigation," the archdiocese said in a statement.

Fitzharris was reduced to lay status in 2009. He was removed from ministry in 1994, according to the archdiocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:43 AM

August 29, 2011

Lawsuit Contends Archdiocese Knew of Pedophile Priest in 1992

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicagoist

A lawsuit filed late last week accuses the Archdiocese of Chicago of knowing about the sexual abuses of young boys by former priest Daniel McCormack as early as 1992, when McCormack was still in the seminary. (Read the lawsuit here.)

McCormick pleaded guilty in 2007 to molesting five boys at St. Agatha Parish. The Archdiocese had previously settled with the families of two of McCormack's victims.

McCormack had allegations levied against him in August 2005, but a lack of action by the Archdiocese kept in a position of contact with boys until he was formally brought up on charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 PM

Settlement reached in priest sex abuse case

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

Leah Hope

August 29, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A settlement has been reached in a priest sex abuse case in Chicago that dates back more than 25 years.

Now the victim, Angel Santiago Jr., is talking about the abuse he says he endured by former priest Joseph Fitzharris, who employed Santiago's father.

Relatives say Santiago shied away from church, became withdrawn and turned into a fearful young man. Years later, they would learn what happened and that he kept quiet so his father wouldn't lose his job at the church.

The church on the Northwest Side has a new name but in the 1980s it was known as St. Francis Xavier. It was the center of spiritual and social life for the Santiagos. Angel Santiago Sr. was a custodian there for 14 years. The settlement with the Archdiocese of Church confirms that Fitzharris, the priest at St. Xavier, was abusing Angel Jr. After his father's death, Angel Santiago Jr. broke his silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

Chicago Catholic church to expose abusive priests: attorney

CHICAGO (IL)
WXEL

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's Catholic archdiocese will allow dozens of former priests accused of child sexual abuse to be identified as part of a settlement that moves the church closer to naming all offending clergy, a lawyer for abuse victims said on Monday.

The undisclosed financial settlement with the nation's third-largest diocese on behalf of 12 abuse victims promises to identify as many as 35 former diocesan priests as offenders, a significant advance in the protection of children, attorney Jeff Anderson said.

"This establishes a strict protocol for the review of every file" the diocese has on abusive priests, said Anderson, who has worked on more than a hundred abuse cases involving the Chicago archdiocese and collected some $50 million in settlements.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 PM

New lawsuit accuses former KC priest of abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

A lawsuit filed today alleges that a former Kansas City priest sexually abused a teenager more than 30 years ago and that the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese covered it up.

According to the lawsuit, the Rev. Hugh Monahan began abusing the plaintiff when he was assigned to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holden, Mo., in the late 1970s. The suit alleges that the plaintiff told the diocese about the abuse in 1979 but the diocese took no action, resulting in the sexual abuse of at least five more victims.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, names Monahan and the diocese as defendants. It was filed in Johnson County (Mo.) Circuit Court by a Missouri man using the name John Doe L.J.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

In rare move, SNAP praises controversial IL bishop

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

In an unusual move, clergy sex abuse victims are praising Belleville’s controversial Catholic bishop for his honesty.

All too often, Catholic officials led or let parishioners assume that any church cutbacks stem from clergy sex abuse and cover up cases. That’s rarely the case.

That’s why we applaud Belleville diocesan officials for making it clear that the impending cuts are due to aging priests and shifting population, not lawsuits against pedophile priests and corrupt bishops.

Fewer people attending church may also be a factor, we suspect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 PM

Another accuses priest of child sex crimes; SNAP responds

ARIZONA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by barbara dorris on August 29, 2011

We’re saddened but not surprised that another child sex abuse report involving Fr. Jack Spaulding is surfacing. Child predators rarely strike only once.

Let’s hope that every person who saw, suspected or suffered clergy sex crimes and cover ups in Phoenix – by Spaulding or other clerics – will find the courage and strength to speak up, call police, expose wrongdoing, protect kids and start healing.

Bishop Olmsted should also make the truth clear. In some accounts, Spaulding is described as having been put on leave. In others, he’s described as having resigned. Olmsted should clarify this. Bishops have repeatedly pledged to suspend credibly accused child molesting clerics, not let them voluntarily step down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 PM

Notorious Seattle predator priest passes away, SNAP responds

SEATTLE (WA)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Judy Jones on August 29, 2011

James McGreal, a notorious predator priest from Seattle, has passed away.

We believe he was living at The Vianney Renewal Center in Dittmer, Missouri (called "Club Ped” last year by one local news outlet: http://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=201365 ).

McGreal, who has admitted to molesting hundreds of boys, was never criminally charged, in part because Catholic officials concealed his crimes until the statute of limitations had expired. The amount of devastation McGreal cuased is supported by documents posted on BishopAccountability.org.

We are extremely grateful to all of McGreal's victims who have bravely reported this predator and helped warn others about him. We hope none of them are still suffering in silence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 PM

Hundreds of Vatican cables are released

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Group urges public to read new Wikileaks disclosures
SNAP: Documents “pull back the veil” surrounding “secretive institution”

Almost 300 US State Department cables relating to the Vatican were released on Friday by Wikileaks. http://wikileaks.org/origin/33_0.html

Some of the information has been released previously.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/08/24/139914614/wikileaks-makes-cache-of-diplomatic-cables-public

The oldest documents are from 2001. The most recent one is a 1,976 word cable in February of last year about the Irish clergy sex abuse and cover up scandal. (That one has been reported on by mainstream news outlets).

More details:

--A 2005 cable - 1,361 words long - analyzes Pope Benedict’s decision to promote former San Francisco Archbishop Wiliam Levada to a high ranking Vatican post. http://wikileaks.org/cable/2005/05/05VATICAN480.html

--A 2005 cable says that Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels was a leading candidate to follow Pope John Paul II. (Last year, the clergy abuse scandal erupted in Belgium.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 PM

Uganda People News: Senior catholic priest arrested over defiling a student

UGANDA
UG Pulse

The Jinja catholic diocese finance secretary, Rev. Fr. Joseph Kalinaki has been arrested over alleged defilement.

Father Kalinaki was picked up from Paradise Hotel in Jinja where he was found with a Senior five female student he is suspected to have had sexual affairs. He is being held at Jinja central police station.

Police say a sister to the student tipped them after the priest had entered the lodge. The police add that Kalinaki picked the lady from a school in Kamuli district.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:36 PM

Suffer little children

AUSTRALIA
Melbourne Weekly

BY BEAU DONELLY

30 Aug, 2011

From 1969 to 1988 Christian Brother Robert Best sexually assaulted 11 boys in his care. Decades later his victims are still struggling with their pain – and still seeking justice.

From as early as she can remember, *Joan and her six siblings were sexually abused by their father in a house in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The abuse continued until she was 15. When Joan grew up and had her own children she vowed to protect them from the kind of abuse she suffered. She sent her children to Catholic schools. “At the time, when I had the faith, it seemed like the best thing to do,” she said. “If only I could relive those days – I wouldn’t go near the church in a million years.”

At the sentencing of notorious paedophile Brother Robert Charles Best earlier this month, Joan sat two rows in front of the clergyman found guilty of sex crimes against 11 boys. They were aged as young as seven, up to 13, and were under his care between 1969 and 1988.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:32 PM

Polygamist paedophile Warren Jeffs 'in a coma after going on hunger strike in solitary cell'

TEXAS
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Paul Bentley and Thomas Durante
Created 7:16 PM on 29th August 2011

Jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is in a coma in hospital after reportedly starving himself in his solitary cell.

Jeffs, 55, who is serving a 130-year sentence for sexually assaulting two of his many under-age wives, had been refusing to eat properly for the past three days while behind bars and became so weak he dropped into a coma, sources said.

The self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was earlier this month swiftly convicted by a jury after coldly using his position as religious leader and supposed spokesman for god to prey on his young congregants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Warren Jeffs hospitalized in Texas following fast

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By lindsay whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune

Polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been rushed to a Texas hospital following a fast, a prison official said Monday.

Jeffs was taken to the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler Sunday night in critical condition.

"Jeffs has not been eating/taking in fluids as he should," Texas prison spokesman Jason Clark said in a press release. "He indicated he was not on a hunger strike but fasting. The inmate also has other medical conditions that have risen to the level of needing hospitalization."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:25 PM

Warren Jeffs In Coma, May Not Survive: Source

TEXAS
ABC News

By KATIE KINDELAN and KAITLYN FOLMER (@ABCKaitlyn)

Aug. 29, 2011

Warren Jeffs, the polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist, is in a coma and may not survive, a source close to Jeffs tells ABC News.

Jeffs, 55, had been fasting for the past three days and became so weak that doctors at the Texas prison where he is serving a life sentence induced a coma, according to the source.

The leader of a radical polygamist sect of Mormonism known as the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (FLDS), Jeffs is scheduled to go on trial a second time in October to face charges of first-degree bigamy. Conviction would be punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

Lifting the shroud

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Boston Herald Editorial Staff

For far too long the Archdiocese of Boston responded to accusations of unspeakable behavior by some of its priests with a sickening combination of secrets and lies. Shielding the church from “scandal” meant burying accusations of abuse brought by innocent children, and shameful efforts to protect abusive priests.

But times change, and institutions can, too. Now beginning his ninth year in Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley is continuing to make significant progress to promote healing and transparency within this still-wounded church, including the release this week of the names of 159 clerics who have been publicly accused of abuse within the archdiocese.

We can’t imagine a more dramatic contrast to the earliest, ugliest days of the clergy abuse scandal — when the names of clerical offenders dripped out in an agonizingly slow manner, and every week seemed to bring word of another cover-up at the highest levels — than a database including details on the identities, work status and parish histories of those accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:20 PM

Seven Clergy With Peabody Ties on List of Accused Priests

PEABODY (MA)
Patch

By John Castelluccio

Seven clergymen with ties to Peabody were named in the list of clergy accused of sexually abusing children that was released by the Boston Catholic Archdiocese on Thursday.

The cases mentioned span the better part of six decades, and in most of the Peabody cases, the individuals accused of abuse have since died, while one case is in progress and another has been closed, ending in a guilty plea to criminal charges.

The 159 names on the list aren't necessarily news in themselves, but it the first time the Church has officially released the information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

Karadima: ministra espera respuesta del Vaticano para cerrar caso

CHILE
La Nacion

La jueza del caso Karadima, Jessica González, aseguró que para resolver el cierre del proceso sólo le resta tener una respuesta oficial por parte del Vaticano respecto de la solicitud que hizo en mayo, con el fin de tener acceso a la investigación eclesiástica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:15 PM

Caso Karadima: Ministra González a punto de cerrar el sumario

CHILE
Terra

SANTIAGO.- La ministra en visita del caso Karadima, Jésica González, está a la espera de una respuesta del Vaticano para cerrar el sumario.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Dialog newspaper to print biweekly, add online stories, videos

DELAWARE
The Catholic Review

By Catholic News Service

WILMINGTON, Del. – The Diocese of Wilmington will continue publishing The Dialog as a biweekly newspaper that will also expand its communications mission to the Internet with stories and video reports, Bishop W. Francis Malooly announced in August.

Last April, when the diocese cut jobs and services to help pay a $77.4 million settlement to survivors of abuse by priests, The Dialog was slated to cease publication in the fall.

“We were fortunate enough to receive a gift of $150,000 to assist in The Dialog’s budget for this first year,” the bishop said. “This, plus the money set aside by the diocese for a new communications plan and our intent to continue securing advertising revenue in the new newspaper, will fund its operation.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:19 PM

Document dump doesn't stop wrangling in abuse case

VATICAN CITY/UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 30, 2011
By John L Allen Jr

When the Vatican released documents in mid-August related to the case of Fr. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest who was laicized in 1966 and died in 1992 and who now figures in a sex abuse lawsuit in Oregon, it amounted to a historic turn: the first time the Vatican has opened up its files in response to a court order.

Any hope that the release might quickly resolve the case, however, seemed to disappear amid dramatically differing interpretations of the documents between lawyers for the alleged victim and the Vatican -- not to mention wrangling over whether the Vatican has, in fact, fully come clean.

The case of John V. Doe v. Holy See was originally filed in federal court in 2002, on behalf of a Seattle man who claims that Ronan abused him in 1965. Ronan was in the United States at the time after being transferred from Ireland in 1959 by the Servites (formally, the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary) in the wake of admitting to homosexual contact with seminarians at a Servite priory in Benburb, Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Abuse survivor and family will speak publicly for first time

CHICAGO (IL)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

What: At a news conference on Monday in Chicago prominent clergy abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will:

· Announce the settlement of a lawsuit against the Chicago Archdiocese involving sexual abuse of Angel Santiago by Father Joseph Fitzharris while he was assigned to St. Francis Xavier Parish.

· Introduce Santiago and his family. Santiago, whose father was a janitor at St. Francis Xavier when Angel’s abuse occurred, will speak publicly about his abuse for the time.

· In the interests of safety and the protection of children, discuss the successful negotiation with the Chicago Archdiocese for greater transparency and a new protocol to govern the release of names and information concerning offender priests.

· Discuss 11 additional cases settled and with the Archdiocese over the past two years.

WHEN: Monday, August 29 at 1 P.M.

WHERE: Law offices of Kerns, Frost & Pearlman
Three First National Plaza
70 West Madison, Suite 5350

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

Ex-priest jailed for sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
Hume Weekly

A FORMER priest at Salesian College in Rupertswood was jailed last week for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old student 28 years ago.

Michael Aulsebrook, 55, was in charge of year 7 and 8 students in 1983 when he began sexually assaulting the male student.

The County Court heard that the boy was confused about what Aulsebrook was doing and did not tell clergy until 2004, when he was involved in mediation with the church and received a payout.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:34 PM

Londonderry priest's jail fear over confessional seal law

IRELAND
BBC News

A priest in Londonderry has said he would be prepared to go to jail rather than break the seal of confession.

Father Paddy O'Kane was responding to the Irish justice minister, Alan Shatter, who said that forthcoming child protection measures, will "apply regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping".

A priest could be convicted of a criminal offence if they were told of a sexual abuse case and failed to report it to the civil authorities, under the new legislation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:30 PM

Professor says church suppressed child abuse report

AUSTRALIA
Sydney Morning Herald

Barney Zwartz
August 30, 2011

A LEADING child protection expert has urged the Victorian government to hold a public inquiry into the handling of child-sex cases by a Catholic religious order after the Catholic Church suppressed a report it asked him to write.

Sydney University law professor Patrick Parkinson wrote yesterday to the Victorian Attorney-General, Robert Clark, and Police Minister, Peter Ryan, seeking an inquiry into the behaviour of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

In his letter, Professor Parkinson says the church's actions have cast doubt on its commitment to protect children before it protects itself.

Professor Parkinson, who chaired a review of child protection laws in NSW and twice helped the church review its system for dealing with abuse complaints, said he wrote the report for the church's professional standards committee on condition it be made public. But more than a year later this had not happened, due to strong lobbying to suppress it by the Australian head of the Salesians, Father Frank Moloney.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:20 PM

SNAP criticizes promotion of Baltimore's Catholic archbishop

UNITED STATES
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Zach Hiner on August 29, 2011

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has promoted by Pope Benedict. We feel that to reward O’Brien rubs salt into the wounds of clergy sex abuse victims.

Earlier this year, when notorious predator Fr. Laurence Brett was found dead in the Caribbean, O’Brien failed to initiate an investigation into whether diocesan officials helped to hide Brett from secular authorities. As the head of the military archdiocese, in a highly controversial move, O'Brien fired long time whistleblower and victims' advocate Fr. Tom Doyle just months before his retirement.

We have also urged O'Brian to explain why predators were allowed into the armed forces, why their crimes were kept secret and why whistleblowers who reported abuse were punished. He has not done so.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:06 PM

O'Brien to lead order of knights in Rome

UNITED STATES
The Baltimore Sun

Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien has been chosen to head a Catholic order of knights based in Rome, the Vatican announced Monday, an appointment likely to move O'Brien closer to becoming a cardinal, but also will make him the first of Baltimore's archbishops not to finish his career here.

Pope Benedict XVI named O'Brien to lead the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, a 1,000-year-old group charged with supporting the Christian community and sacred sites of the Holy Land.

O'Brien, the spiritual leader of the Baltimore area's half-million Catholics, will continue administering the archdiocese until his successor is named until his own successor is named, the Baltimore archdiocese said in a news release early Monday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:04 PM

Baltimore archbishop named to head Knights of Holy Sepulcher

UNITED STATES/VATICAN
Catholic News Service

By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien of Baltimore as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem in Rome.

The appointment was announced in Washington Aug. 29 by Msgr. Jean-Francois Lantheaume, charge d'affaires of the Vatican Embassy to the United States.

Archbishop O'Brien, 72, succeeds Cardinal John P. Foley, 75, a former editor of The Catholic Standard & Times in Philadelphia and former director of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican, who retired in February after being diagnosed with leukemia and anemia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

Child protection measures apply regardless of religious rules

IRELAND
BBC News

The Irish justice minister has said that forthcoming child protection measures, including mandatory reporting will "apply regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping".

Alan Shatter was responding to comments made by Cardinal Sean Brady who defended the seal of confession.

Cardinal Brady stressed it was a "sacred and treasured" rite.

Mr Shatter said past failures in the Catholic Church had led paedophiles to believe they could act with "impunity".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

REPORT SAYS ...

IRELAND
Sky Valley Chronicle (United States)

(COUNTY DONEGAL, IRELAND) – The Catholic church, already rocked by other sexual abuse cases in Europe and the U.S. is about to be rocked by another one.

An investigation into clerical sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe in County Donegal is about to report its findings, which may well be shocking to the nation according to a report in the the UK newspaper The Guardian.

The report is expected to detail how pedophiles, both clergy and laity, abused children for decades in the county.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

Priest Accused of Molesting 13-Year-Old Boy

ARIZONA
My Fox Phoenix

GLENDALE, Ariz. - He's accused of sexual misconduct and according to a Glendale police report, Jack Spaulding is now accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy in 1974.

The report shows the victim, now 50 years old, claims he was touched sexually at a church rectory over a six month period. He alleges that he was given massages and that Spaulding asked his parents to let him spend the night in the rectory.

Police say this could end up in civil court since a statute of limitations has already passed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:35 AM

Prominent Irish priest calls for church revolution after Cloyne

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Monday, August 29, 2011

Prominent priest Father Harry Bohan said the Cloyne Report was worse than he imagined and called for a church revolution.

“I can say for certain that I didn’t even know that things like that existed," said Fr Bohan, a Clare priest who is a major advocate for isolated rural communities and who has created successful grassroots rural community groups. he was speaking on RTE radio.

“On two levels I’m appalled with the thing. Firstly, the fact that this kind of crime could have been committed; but secondly, the hiding of it.

“It brought home to me that the institution, the clerical authoritarian church, became so concerned about the institution that it had forgotten what it was about, and that was the most sickening thing of all.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Seal of confession defended by Brady

IRELAND
UTV

Cardinal Sean Brady, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, has said that a priest's 'seal of confession' is a 'sacred and treasured' rite.

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland told a congregation on Sunday in County Mayo that "the seal of confession is so fundamental to the very nature of the Sacrament that any proposal that undermines that inviolability is a challenge to the right of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience."

Cardinal Brady's comments come after the Cloyne report, which found that priests had failed to report abuse allegations against young people to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 AM

Catholic clergy 'abused children for decades in County Donegal'

IRELAND
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Monday 29 August 2011

County Donegal in Ireland is about to have its bucolic image shattered by a report into how paedophiles, both clergy and laity, abused children for decades.

An investigation into clerical sex abuse in the Catholic diocese of Raphoe in County Donegal is about to report its findings, which are expected to be damning. Meanwhile, new evidence has emerged from victims of a parallel paedophile ring operating in the same Gaelic-speaking corner of the Irish Republic.

A number of survivors of abuse have told the Guardian that lay members of the church as well as priests sexually exploited them for years in the county.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Priest accused of child abuse dies

SEATTLE (WA)
The Seattle Times

The Rev. James McGreal, considered to be one of the most serious offenders among priests in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Seattle accused of sexually abusing children, died last week in a church facility in Missouri, Greg Magnoni, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said Sunday.

McGreal, who was in his late 80s, died of natural causes on Wednesday or Thursday, Magnoni said.

In 2003, the archdiocese paid nearly $8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by 15 men who claimed they were sexually molested as boys by McGreal.

From 1948 to 1988, McGreal served in 10 parishes in Seattle and other parts of Washington state. He was permanently barred from the ministry in 1988 after the archdiocese made a stunning confession that it had assigned McGreal to a Federal Way parish, even though he had been removed from two parishes and a Catholic hospital after being accused of sexually molesting boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

Do Good Leaders Abound in the Catholic Church?

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Thomas Worcester

Confusion of leadership and administration, as if they were synonyms, exacerbates a sense of crisis in the Catholic Church today. I believe that leadership has to do with excellence and with passionate and exemplary performance of a given role or task. Thus, leadership may be found in any profession or vocation within the Church, including those of teachers, scholars, writers, pastoral ministers, chaplains, whether they are celibate or married, men or women.

When we think about leadership, I suggest that it will be helpful to lower our expectations of administrators, not so much because of failures of bishops regarding sexual abuse cases or other matters, but because it is always unrealistic and inappropriate to expect administrators to carry, alone, the burden of leadership. This is as true for superiors in religious orders as it is for diocesan hierarchies, and for other levels and instances of administration, such as in Catholic schools, colleges, universities. It is extraordinarily wasteful of the talents of a broad range of people, when we proceed as if leadership could only exist ex officio, as if conferral of office created a leader, as if leadership were non-existent apart from administrative titles. Conferral of office may create an administrator; it does not create a leader. Archbishop Rembert Weakland, O.S.B., in his autobiography, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church," points out that "he learned firsthand that exercising leadership was not the same as having power, and that leadership cannot be given to one; it must be earned."

If I may add a personal note: Though I have some administrative experience, I have not held a full-time administrative post. I have never sought such a position because I believe that I am called to exercise leadership in other ways, ways at least as valuable for the service of the people of God. I believe that in my attitude toward administrative positions I am inspired by the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola. Perhaps one of the reasons why Ignatius is Saint Ignatius is his resolute insistence that Jesuits not seek appointment to offices such as bishop or pastor. Ignatius wanted Jesuits to avoid even the appearance of seeking after power; they were to exercise their ministry gratis, and to put helping others ahead of helping themselves to grow in riches and power and privileges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Chch senior priest stood down over fraud claims

NEW ZEALAND
3 News

The Catholic community in Christchurch is reeling from news one of its most senior priests has been stood down over alleged financial irregularities.

Father John Fitzmaurice is the parish priest for Sacred Heart Addington and also ministers to the ministry in Hoon Hay.

A letter from Catholic Bishop Barry Jones was read out at masses yesterday stating it was his "painful duty" to confirm Fitzmaurice is suspended from "all priestly ministry".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:13 AM

Shatter insists mandatory reporting will apply to priests despite Cardinal’s comments

IRELAND
The Journal

THE MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter is insisting that legislation on mandatory reporting of crimes contained in the Criminal Justice bill will “apply regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping”.

It comes in the wake of comments made by Cardinal Seán Brady yesterday, which have been seen as an attack on the new rules which will make it an offence not to report a crime, including admissions of child abuse made to a priest during confession. The Criminal Justice Bill is set to be introduced later this year.

Speaking to pilgrims in Knock yesterday to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Mother Teresa Cardinal Brady said that confession was a “sacred and precious rite” and that that any attempt to undermine it represents a “challenge to the very basis of a free society”. While he did not make direct reference to the legislation he did say:

The inviolability of the seal of confession is so fundamental to the very nature of the Sacrament that any proposal that undermines that inviolability is a challenge to the right of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 AM

Morosidad y pederastia

IRLANDA
El Pais (Espana)

Irlanda, un país de profunda tradición católica, parece decidido a plantarle cara al Vaticano. Después de cuatro demoledores informes acerca de los abusos sexuales ejercidos por los religiosos durante años en los niños que tenían a su cargo en instituciones católicas, el primer ministro Enda Kenny pronunció a finales de julio un duro alegato en el Parlamento contra la jerarquía de Roma. El Vaticano, desairado, se limitó a retirar al nuncio en Dublín. Ahora, el Gobierno irlandés ha dado una nueva vuelta de tuerca exigiendo a los obispos que paguen las indemnizaciones que aún no han desembolsado para resarcir a las decenas de víctimas de tantos años de atropellos, silencios y complicidades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Los casos de pederastia vacían las arcas de la iglesia irlandesa

IRLANDA
El Pais (Espana)

PATRICIA TUBELLA - Londres - 27/08/2011

Tras las revelaciones sobre los reiterados abusos a menores por parte de miembros del clero en las últimas décadas, la Iglesia católica de Irlanda afronta una grave crisis financiera. Debe sufragar grandes indemnizaciones en un contexto de recesión económica y de pérdida de feligreses y de sus donaciones. En un país donde el 87% de la población se declara católica, muchas parroquias han registrado una drástica disminución de sus ingresos; en casos como los de Cashel, Armagh o Tuam, de un 15%.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 AM

Cardinal Brady says proposals may challenge religious freedom

IRELAND
The Irish Times

FIONA GARTLAND

ANY PROPOSAL that undermines the inviolability of the seal of confession is a challenge to the right of every Catholic to freedom of religion and conscience, Cardinal Seán Brady said yesterday.

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland was commenting following Government plans to put child protection measures, including mandatory reporting, on a statutory footing in the wake of the Cloyne report.

The report examined child sexual abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests in the diocese and highlighted reporting failures.

Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald said last month failure to abide by the proposed mandatory reporting laws, which would force the disclosure of information on child neglect or abuse, would result in tough sanctions such as fines or jail terms.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Clerical abuse also relied upon the scarcity of “righteous gentiles”

IRELAND
Slugger O'Toole

Mick Fealty,

Mon 29 August 2011

Dermot Keogh examines the diplomatic ramifications of the taoiseach’s speech, not least the wider consequences for both the Vatican and Ireland. But he leaves his sharpest question until the end:

In reviewing the history of the past 90 years on this island, why – confronted by such widespread child sexual abuse – were there so few “righteous gentiles” in church, State or society ready to stand up and speak out in the face of such an unspeakable, pervasive evil?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:46 AM

Nuncio's recall is serious for church-State ties

IRELAND
The Irish Times

ANALYSIS: Relations between Ireland and the Vatican may be worse than is immediately apparent in the wake of the Taoiseach’s speech, writes DERMOT KEOGH

WHEN I first read the speech by Taoiseach Enda Kenny regarding the Cloyne report, I wrongly concluded it had been delivered following widespread consultation within government departments, and that it was rooted in a carefully worked-out diplomatic strategy.

I know now that neither was the case.

The most senior officials in the relevant Government departments – people with wide experience and knowledge of church-State diplomacy – were not consulted, and there was no carefully crafted diplomatic plan. The speech, more scattergun than sure shot, ignored the checks and balances of an administrative system which has served this State well since its foundation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 AM

5 year old girl testifies in rape case

SIERRA LEONE
Sierra Express Media

A 5 year old girl over the weekend told Magistrate Johannes Wellington of Court 2 that on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th April, at Spur Loop Freetown, she was called upon by Pastor Emmanuel Kelly (the accused) in his room and was subjected to indecent and sexual assault.

“He puts his penis inside my vagina,” she said “No sooner he has done that to me, my stomach started aching and I noticed some coming out of my private part.”

“My mother who always bathes me later observed that somebody has tampered with me.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

August 28, 2011

Cardinal Brady slams legislation plans on sex abuse confessions

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Monday, 29 August 2011

Cardinal Sean Brady has voiced vehement opposition to Irish government plans to criminalise priests who do not report sex abuse admitted in the confessional.

Speaking for the first time on the issue yesterday, the Archbishop of Armagh embarked on a collision course with Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, when he insisted that any intrusion on the sacraments was "a challenge to the very basis of a free society".

Under the legislation, currently being drawn up, a priest would be guilty of a criminal offence if they were told of a sexual abuse case and failed to report it to the civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM

Defrocked priest launches legal action

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

29 Aug, 2011

A DEFROCKED priest has launched legal action against Newcastle Anglican diocese after his allegedly stolen diaries were used in a professional standards board case against him last year.

Former Terrigal parish priest John Gumbley issued summonses last week to two diocese representatives and a third person after he was stripped of holy orders in a board hearing in May last year that was closed to the public.

The hearing went ahead despite a letter from Mr Gumbley to Bishop Brian Farran in April last year alleging the diaries had been stolen, that the matter would be reported to police, and that it ‘‘may well open the diocese to legal action’’.

In a letter in response Bishop Farran said he was ‘‘not in a position to comment on the specific assertions that you make with respect to your journal, as much as they cause me concern’’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Belleville diocese considers church closures

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Houston Chronicle

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Belleville is considering closing up to 20 of its 121 parishes because of the loss of population in some areas and the advanced age of some priests.

Bishop Edward Braxton said in a recent letter on the diocese's website that parishes will be asked to evaluate their viability. Town hall meetings will also be held to gather input. The diocese covers 28 southern Illinois counties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:24 PM

Embracing the Future with Hope: A Pastoral Letter

BELLEVILLE (IL)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
May the Peace of Christ be with you!

On January 7, 2012 we will mark the 125th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese by His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII. This milestone is the occasion for all of us to give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon the Church in southern Illinois during these years. By God’s grace our parishes have nurtured the faith of hundreds of thousands during these many years. As we give thanks for the past we must plan for the future, taking into account the realities of the present. A number of factors indicate that we need to consolidate some of our parishes if we hope to have strong and vital Catholic communities in the years to come.

With this letter I am announcing the beginning of a Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring in our Diocese.

I know how much you love the Church and your parish. I am confident that this love will sustain and guide all of us as we undertake this important process. As members of the Catholic Church, we live out our faith and bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our parish communities, which are part of the larger community of our Local Church, the Diocese of Belleville. Our parishes do not stand alone. Ultimately, the strengths and weaknesses of one parish have an impact on the strengths and weaknesses of all of our parishes. ...

A SUMMARY OF THE PASTORAL PLAN

The Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring for the Diocese of Belleville is an initiative of the Diocese of Belleville under the leadership of Bishop Edward K. Braxton to renew and strengthen the Catholic communities of faith in southern Illinois. It is being undertaken as the Catholic People of God approach January 7, 2012 with gratitude and thanksgiving. This date commemorates the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese by Pope Leo XIII on January 7, 1887. The goal of the plan is to examine prayerfully our parish communities and our Catholic elementary schools, to build upon the strengths of these communities while making careful, prudent, and sometimes difficult decisions about the long- term futures of these communities. This discernment will give consideration to the size of the Catholic community in the present and its projected size in the future. The age and health of our priests, deacons, religious, parish life coordinators and others in pastoral service are also important factors in this discernment process.

The need to develop a Pastoral Plan has been discussed by pastors and parishioners for many years. Now is the time to formalize that discussion and move toward appropriate decisions and actions for the good of all. The basic structure of the Pastoral Plan has been developed in consultation with the Presbyteral Council; the College of Consultors; the Bishop’s Cabinet; the Directors of the departments of the Diocese; the priests, deacons, religious, and parish life coordinators who participate in the Deanery meetings; the Diocesan Pastoral Council and others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Butuan prelate urged to act on case of priest accused of rape

PHILIPPINES
Sun.Star

FORMER Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Archbishop Oscar Cruz called on Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos on Sunday to immediately look into the complaint filed against one of his priests accused of raping his helper.

In a phone interview, Archbishop emeritus Oscar Cruz said it would be best not only for the priest and the diocese but also for the Catholic Church if the controversy would be properly addressed soon.

"If the Church would not act on this... this will cause both sin and scandal," said Cruz. "The bishop in his place (should conduct the investigation)... He should act immediately (on the case) as this is causing scandal and embarrassment to the Church."

The head of the CBCP-National Tribunal of Appeals said, however, that any member of the clergy should be treated just like other accused individuals, which is innocent until proven guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:32 PM

Chch priest suspended from duty

NEW ZEALAND
The Press

PAUL GORMAN

A Christchurch Catholic priest is being investigated over alleged "financial irregularities" in his parish.

Sacred Heart, Addington, parish priest Father John Fitzmaurice, who also ministers to the Carmelite Monastery in Hoon Hay, has been stood down.

The announcement was made in a letter from Catholic Bishop of Christchurch Barry Jones read out at masses across the city yesterday.

The Bishop said it was his "painful duty" to inform the diocese that Fitzmaurice had been suspended "from all priestly ministry".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:28 PM

Critics blasting Boston Catholic Archdiocese

MASSACHUSETTS
NECN

[video]

(NECN) - Critics are blasting the Boston Catholic Archdiocese after the release of a list of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Anne Barrett Doyle, of the group bishopaccountability.org, spent years pressuring the church to publish the names, but she's not happy with the results.

Watch her interview with Jim Braude to find out why.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

After long, valiant fight, St. Mary Church is closing

NEW YORK
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz
NEWS STAFF REPORTER

Monica Pullano was thankful to be part of St. Mary Parish even if it was for just one more day, after parishioners heard the stunning announcement on Oct. 13, 2007, that the church would soon be closed.

As it turned out, members of St. Mary spent almost four additional years in their beloved Catholic church on a bank of the Erie Canal in downtown Lockport.

But the extra time is now winding down. After exhausting all options with the Vatican to stay open longer, the 152- year-old parish is gathering today for a final Sunday Mass.

“I’ll be bringing plenty of Kleenex, I know that,” said Pullano, a Lockport resident.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

Church 'needs to undergo revolution'

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By MARIE CROWE

Sunday August 28 2011

Veteran rural campaigner Father Harry Bohan yesterday said that the Cloyne Report was worse than he could ever have imagined.

The Co Clare priest said: "I can say for certain that I didn't even know that things like that existed.

"On two levels I'm appalled with the thing. Firstly, the fact that this kind of crime could have been committed; but secondly, the hiding of it.

"It brought home to me that the institution, the clerical authoritarian church, became so concerned about the institution that it had forgotten what it was about, and that was the most sickening thing of all."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Report cites flaws in raid at polygamist site

TEXAS
San Antonio Express-News

By Don Finley
dfinley@express-news.net

When child welfare officials raided the West Texas polygamist compound led by Warren Jeffs, they seriously underestimated the number of children they would find — a miscalculation that limited the success of the investigation into child abuse, according to a new paper by local experts.

Eight men belonging to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including Jeffs, have been convicted of charges ranging from sexual abuse to bigamy since the raid on the group's Eldorado compound in 2008 — described as the largest child-protection intervention in U.S. history.

Four additional men have been charged. A dozen girls ages 12 to 15 were found to be victims of sexual abuse through “spiritual” marriages to adult men.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Parish priest accused of rape by his 18-year-old helper

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

An 18-year-old woman has filed a complaint with public prosecutors in Agusan del Norte that a parish priest whom she had served as a domestic helper repeatedly raped her earlier this year.

The priest, Fr. Raul Cabonce, has reportedly sought refuge in the Bishop's residence in Butuan City and could not be reached for comment, but has previously denied the allegations.

The complainant said in her affidavit filed last Thursday that Father Cabonce had offered her a scholarship in exchange for her services as a "convent girl" who would serve his household needs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

DA confirms investigation of Seven Dolors Parish

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Sunday, August 28, 2011

By Joe Smydo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Westmoreland County district attorney's office is investigating the finances of Seven Dolors Parish in Yukon, the Diocese of Greensburg said Saturday.

Bishop Lawrence E. Brandt placed the parish's pastor, the Rev. Emil S. Payer, on administrative leave Aug. 11.

The Rev. Kenneth G. Zaccagnini, pastor of St. Barbara Parish in Harrison City, "will serve as administrator of Seven Dolors Parish during the investigation, with responsibilities for both the spiritual and financial care of the parish," the Catholic diocese said in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Colum Kenny: It is the truly faithful who are aghast at the Church

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Sunday August 28 2011

Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe sees the Catholic Church "attacked from the outside by the arrows of a secular and godless culture: rocked from the inside by the sins and crimes of priests and consecrated people".

Missing from his blame equation last week were non-criminal acts and omissions of the hierarchy and other Church authorities. These have contributed mightily to the decline of the Irish Catholic Church and to the despair of its faithful.

Bishop Boyce was speaking at Knock, Ireland's major shrine for the traditionally devout. It is a place where the truly afflicted go for comfort. Yet Bishop Boyce seemed to equate their personal problems with those of the institutional Church that is itself largely to blame for its own current troubles.

Last week too, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dermot Clifford, tried again to distance himself from the handling of child abuse complaints in Cloyne. But mere words will not redress the harm done for decades by a hierarchy that was unable or unwilling to change its Church's thinking and structures to meet modern needs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Cardinal O'Malley releases names of Boston priests accused of sex abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Catholic News Agency

[link to the list at bostoncatholic.org]

Boston, Mass., Aug 27, 2011 / 06:13 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Sean O'Malley has released an online list of the names of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston who have been accused of sex abuse within the last 60 years.

“The archdiocese is continually evaluating its policies and practices to ensure that our child protection and abuse prevention efforts are further strengthened,” the cardinal wrote in an Aug. 25 letter explaining his decision.

“Consistent with that effort, I have studied suggestions that we enhance the present Archdiocesan policy with respect to sharing information about clergy accused of sexually abusing minors.”

Cardinal O'Malley said that although 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950, he decided against releasing 91 of the names.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

OUR OPINION: Jeffs trial reveals gaps in government response to crimes

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

Along with appalling evidence of Warren Jeffs' apparent repeated sexual abuse of children, the trial of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints leader revealed new areas that need to be addressed by state and federal lawmakers.

Perhaps most frustrating has been the revelation that case workers have not been on the Yearning for Zion Ranch in Schleicher County in two years. That's despite the removal of more than 400 children from the ranch in 2008 in perhaps the largest child custody case in U.S. history.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services officials say state District Judge Barbara Walther terminated their involvement when the last case was resolved. Attorneys who represented several of the children disagree, saying the law permits Child Protective Services to visit any time they want.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Abuse case talks called privileged

MISSISSIPPI
Clarion-Ledger

Written by
Ruth Ingram

Any discussions between embattled ex-minister John Langworthy of Clinton, his church's pastor, and its board of elders is privileged and can't be divulged, the church's attorney says.

But prosecutors investigating allegations that Langworthy sexually abused children two decades ago say they're entitled to whatever Langworthy may have revealed to the ministers.

"I don't think it's privileged," said Hinds County Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride. Morrison Heights Baptist Church, represented by attorney Philip Gunn, "asked if it's privileged or not," McBride said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

For Rigali, a turbulent tenure in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By David O'Reilly
Inquirer Staff Writer

Cardinal Justin Rigali's defenders and detractors have found little to agree on in the last eight years, save for this: His tenure as archbishop has been as fraught as any in the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Clouds were gathering over the Roman Catholic Church in Southeastern Pennsylvania well before Rigali arrived from St. Louis in October 2003. A Philadelphia grand jury was already a year into an exhaustive investigation of clergy sex abuse. In the fall of 2005, the panel would release a devastating report that exposed five dozen wayward priests, while excoriating Rigali's two predecessors and the broken system of victim justice that he had inherited.

Now, at 76, Rigali is retiring in the midst of a full-blown storm, powered by a second grand jury report packed with more explosive findings about alleged priestly sins - and, this time, the cardinal's own alleged mismanagement of the crisis.

Among Rigali's admirers, "there is a sense of sadness about the timing" of his departure, said Rocco Palmo, a Catholic blogger who writes the inside-track "Whispers in the Loggia." "Of all ways to end an active ministry, this is hardly the one you'd want."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Diocese may close up to 20 parishes

BELLEVILLE (IL)
News-Democrat

BY LAURA GIRRESCH - News-Democrat

BELLEVILLE -- At the end of a lengthy review, Catholics in the Diocese of Belleville could have up to 20 fewer parishes, Bishop Edward Braxton announced in an open letter on the diocese website.

He noted the diocese's upcoming 125th anniversary in January, and with that, said: "As we give thanks for the past we must plan for the future, taking into account the realities of the present. A number of factors indicate that we need to consolidate some of our parishes if we hope to have strong and vital Catholic communities in the years to come."

The process is called the Pastoral Plan for Parish Renewal and Restructuring, and it involves a first phase of six months, starting in September, in which parishes and diocesan schools will use a set of criteria to evaluate their viability. The first phase will also include town hall-style meetings for parishioners to express their views. The parishes will submit their reports to a committee chaired by the vicar general and moderator of the curia, Rev. John W. McEvilly.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

The Latest Attack on Christianity from the Statist Left

UNITED STATES
American Thinker

By Adam Shaw

As a Roman Catholic I am fully aware that one of the things that non-Catholics find the most peculiar about my faith is the practice of going to confession. Yet it seems that in Europe and beyond, this sacred tradition is under attack from those who worship not God, nor mammon, but the state.

For one of the most important aspects of confession is what is known as the seal of confession. The seal means that the priest who hears confessions is bound by church law on pain of both mortal sin and latae sententiae excommunication (a type of excommunication that can be removed only by the Holy See) not to reveal by word or action any of your confession. This basically means that any priest revealing any part of any confession is essentially committing spiritual hara-kari.

One can see how this would trouble those who believe in an all-expansive state; for it means that no judge, no police officer, no community diversity engagement officer, no politician, no one can demand that a priest reveal what has been heard in confession. It separates the state from the Church and says to power hungry politicians, "There are some things you have no power over." Needless to say, such politicians are not pleased.

The seal of confession is something that has been attacked in many ways for centuries, from monarchs claiming it to be a cover for treason to communists claiming it can be a cover for spies to the modern-day trend of trying to blame it for the spread of child abuse within the Church. In Australia, parts of mainland Europe and most recently in Ireland, there have been strong moves to pass laws that would force priests to reveal confessions they may have heard from accused sex abusers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

August 27, 2011

Veertig priesters verzaken aan celibaat

KENIA
RKnieuws

NAIROBI (RKnieuws.net) - In Nigeria hebben de jongste twee jaar meer dan veertig priesters verzaakt aan het celibaat. Zij zijn toegetreden tot de oecumenische katholieke Kerk die in 2006 door priester Geoffroy Shiundu werd gesticht nadat hij geëxcommuniceerd werd omdat hij in het huwelijk was getreden. Dat meldt Allafrica.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Nieuwe uitgave handboek Kerkelijk Recht

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

HAARLEM (RKnieuws.net) - Onlangs is de geheel herziene druk uitgekomen van “Kerkelijk Recht. Canoniek recht voor de pastorale praktijk met de bijzondere bepalingen voor Nederland”. Auteur is Mgr. Dr. J.W.M. Hendriks, pr.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:29 PM

Priest accused of rape relieved of duties

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By Franklin Caliguid
Inquirer Mindanao 3:27 am | Sunday, August 28th, 2011

BUTUAN CITY—The parish priest of Tubay, Agusan del Norte, who was accused by a 17-year-old girl of rape and other sexual abuses has been relieved of his duties and placed under the custody of his superior, a women’s group said.

Atel Hijos, Gabriela spokesperson for Caraga, said they learned that Fr. Raul Cabonce of the St. Anne Parish had been reassigned to the Bishop’s Palace here by Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos.

He has been placed under Pueblos’ custody, Hijos said.

But Lina Linaban, secretary general of Gabriela in Caraga, said that removing Cabonce from the Tubay parish was not enough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:25 PM

Amerikaanse kardinaal publiceert lijst ‘pedofiele’ priesters en diakens

MASSACHUSETTS
RKnieuws

BOSTON (RKnieuws.net) - Nagenoeg tien jaar na het aan het licht komen van de eerste feiten van seksueel misbruik door priesters van het aartsbisdom Boston (VS) heeft kardinaal Sean O’Malley, aartsbisschop van Boston, nu een lijst van 159 priesters en diakens van zijn bisdom gepubliceerd die beschuldigd worden van seksueel misbruik. Dat meldt de Franse krant la Croix.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:35 PM

Suit: Former Catholic priest molested boy

CHICAGO (IL0
Chicago Sun-Times

Another lawsuit was filed Friday claiming that former Catholic priest Daniel McCormack sexually abused a boy while at St. Agatha parish in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The plaintiff, who uses the name John Doe 184 in the lawsuit, claims that McCormack begin sexually molesting him when he was 11-or-12 years-old in 2004 while the boy helped with chores at the parish, located at 3151 W. Douglas Blvd., according to the suit filed in Cook County Court.

After the incidents, McCormack would reward the boy for his help at the church and lure him back for more “projects” with money, gift cards, cash or a video game, the suit said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:15 PM

Bishop to meet parents

AUSTRALIA
Newcastle Herald

BY JOANNE MCCARTHY

27 Aug, 2011

MAITLAND-Newcastle Catholic Bishop Bill Wright has offered to meet a couple who criticised the church’s handling of a priest convicted for his part in the John Denham paedophile priest scandal.
Bishop Wright said he would be pleased to meet Patricia and Michael Day, the parents of one of Denham’s victims, after their repeated requests for a meeting with former Bishop Michael Malone were refused.

Bishop Malone refused after the Days said the ‘‘main focus of a meeting’’ with him was to discuss the silence of Toronto priest Tom Brennan after his conviction for making a false statement to police over the Denham scandal.

Brennan told police he did not recall parents, teachers and students at St Pius X at Adamstown complain of Denham’s sexual abuse of boys. A District Court judge who rejected Brennan’s appeal against his conviction said he did not believe the pries

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:12 PM

Sealed documents will not be released

LOUISIANA
Houma Today

Eric Heisig
Staff Writer

A Terrebonne judge ruled Friday that documents sealed as part of an ongoing lawsuit against a local priest accused of sex crimes would stay sealed.

Etienne LeBlanc was placed on administrative leave as pastor at Houma's Annunziata Church in 2007 after the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux became aware of a complaint made by Jared Ribardi. Ribardi has said, in criminal and civil complaints, that LeBlanc sexually abused him between 1991 and 1997.

The Courier and the Daily Comet sought to have the documents unsealed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Priest accused of rape moved to Butuan bishop’s palace

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By Franklin Caliguid
Inquirer Mindanao 7:13 pm | Saturday, August 27th, 2011

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—The parish priest of Tubay, Agusan del Norte, who has been accused of rape and other sexual abuses by a 17-year-old has been relieved of duties, officials of a women’s group aiding the alleged victim said.

Atel Hijos, Gabriela spokesperson for the Caraga region, said they learned that the Reverend Raul Cabonce of the St. Anne Parish has been re-assigned to the Bishop’s Palace here by Butuan Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos and was under the prelate’s custody.

Lina Linaban, secretary general of Gabriela in Caraga, said removing Cabonce from Tubay was not enough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

Bishop confirms he has custody of priest accused of rape

PHILIPPINES
Inquirer

By Franklin Caliguid
Inquirer Mindanao 7:43 pm | Saturday, August 27th

BUTUAN CITY, Philippines—Bishop Juan de Dios Pueblos confirmed Saturday that he has transferred a parish priest in his diocese who has been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl to the Bishop’s Palace in Butuan City but declined to comment at all on the case.

Word that the Rev. Raul Cabonce of the St. Anne Parish in Tubay, Agusan del Norte, had been transferred came first on Friday from the Caraga regional chapter of the women’s group Gabriela, which is assisting the girl in pursuing her charges against the priest.

“He is under my custody,” Pueblos said in a return call to the Inquirer. But he declined to discuss the case beyond confirming that the priest had been reassigned.

Lina Linaban, secretary general of Gabriela in Caraga, said in a statement on Friday her group was not satisfied with the removal of Cabonce from Tubay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Catholic Church Releases List of Scorned Clergy

MASSACHUSETTS
Philadelphia News

Ay… just when you think the Catholic church’s reputation can’t get any worse, Cardinal Sean O’Malley recently released the long-anticipated names of the 248 priests in the Boston area alone who were accused of child sexual abuse in the last 50 years. O’Malley chose not to include the names of 91 priests who had died before they received a fair trial.

The horror in it all? Well one of the horrifying aspects I should say, is that many of these priests are still working as… wait for it… priests. While these names were known to the public, this is the first time the Archdiocese went public with the full set of names. O’Malley stated that the archdiocese’s attempt towards compiling a comprehensive list of all those accused clerics was “a step toward taking responsibility for clergy sex abuse”. He continued, “I carry with me every day the pain of the church’s failures.” O’Malley, in this case, could be referring to 2002, when it was uncovered that many priests who had committed pedophile acts were being shifted from church to church so as not to be caught. Advocates for abuse victims say lists such as the mentioned are crucial to helping victims receive some form of closure. It provides victims with validation– a public recognition of the wrongs they endured. Reverend Richard Erikson said that it took so long to complete the list because they wanted to make sure it was thorough.

Still, one can’t help but wonder: How many more priests are there out there who simply have not been caught yet? However, if this list helps insure that even one child will be spared from the scars of sexual assault, that is what counts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Ireland: Report into the handling of clerical sexual abuse allegat

IRELAND
Startpagina

[updated]

Compiled by drs. Pieter Schultz (information professional / content curator, web editor and religion researcher)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

(1) The Cloyne Report
•The long awaited report
•Background / inquiries / history of abuse
•Office of the Minister for Children

(2) The Cloyne Report: in detail / findings
•Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne
•Cloyne Diocesan Safeguarding Children Committee
•The National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCC)
•Archbishop Clifford
•Archbishop Martin

Bishop Finn’s Evidence Problem.

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Open Taberbacle: Here Comes Everybody

Posted on August 26, 2011 by frankcocozzelli

Originally posted at Talk to Action.

Bishop Robert Finn, head of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri in many ways epitomizes the Catholic Right element in the hierarchy. Appointed to his current position in 2006, he is a member of Opus Dei (the secretive, authoritarian Catholic order); has described Catholicism as “the Church militant”; once said “We are at war” with former Notre Dame University President, Father John Jenkins; and has generally engaged in a scorched-earth policy against progressive Catholics and other supporters of Vatican II.

Now Bishop Finn has revealed another dimension of his style of moral leadership. He apparently for five months withheld from police specific evidence implicating a pedophile priest, and did not come forward until the priest was arrested. What’s more Bishop Finn was warned about the priest for a year prior to his arrest.

As the August 14, 2011 New York Times reported:

Father [Shawn] Ratigan, 45, was also an outspoken conservative, according to a profile in The Kansas City Star. He and a class of Catholic school students joined Bishop Finn for the bus ride to the annual March for Life rally in Washington in 2007.

The diocese was first warned about Father Ratigan’s inappropriate interest in young girls as far back as 2006, according to accusations in the civil lawsuit filed Thursday. But there were also more recent warnings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:05 AM

Grand jury hears more witnesses in Ratigan case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

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

A Jackson County grand jury on Friday wrapped up its second day of hearings into a case involving a suspended Catholic priest already facing state and federal child pornography charges.

Most of those testifying at the Jackson County Criminal Justice Center were kept from the public’s view and did not enter the building through the main doors.

Jurors were dismissed in the early afternoon, but it was unclear whether the grand jury had concluded its proceedings. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker attended at least some of the sessions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Yukon church being audited

YUKON (PA)
Tribune-Review

By Paul Peirce, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg is auditing accounts at Church of the Seven Dolors in Yukon after several parishioners raised concerns over several accounts there last week.

Diocese spokesman Jerry Zufelt said an independent auditing firm has started reviewing the parish's finances after concerns were raised during an April 6 meeting.

"Diocesan officials held a meeting with the parish pastoral council and the parish financial council," Zufelt said.

Zufelt said law enforcement officials are not involved in the review.

"We need to find out what exactly is going on. If there is a need (for law enforcement), we will make that determination," he added.

In a prepared statement, the diocese said all parish business is being administered by the Rev. Kenneth Zaccagnini, pastor of St. Barbara Parish in Harrison City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Yukon church draws inquiry; pastor on leave

YUKON (PA)
Tribune-Review

By Paul Peirce, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck has confirmed that his office is investigating finances at Seven Dolors Parish in Yukon.

"The (Greensburg) diocese recently turned over an audit and information pertaining to several financial accounts at Seven Dolors Parish. That information is now being reviewed by county detectives and remains under investigation," Peck said.

Peck declined further comment because the investigation is in its initial stages.

Members of the 101-year-old church in South Huntingdon were told at Masses on Aug. 13-14 that the Rev. Emil S. Payer, 66, was being placed on leave as parish priest.

In a prepared statement released in response to questions from the Tribune-Review on Friday, the diocese said, "(Bishop Lawrence) Brandt has placed parish pastor, Father Emil S. Payer, on administrative leave effective Aug. 11."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:33 AM

Girl, 17, accuses Philippine priest of rape

PHILIPPINES
Asia One

Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011

By Kristine L. Alave

Philippines - A 17-year-old girl from Agusan del Norte filed on Wednesday three cases—acts of lasciviousness, child abuse, and rape, against a Catholic priest in Tubay town with the provincial court.

Leah (not her real name) accused Tubay parish priest Fr. Raul Cabonce of sexually assaulting and raping her several times while she was working under his care.

“I hope he will be imprisoned for his whole life,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview.

Leah’s ordeal began on June 2010 when she got a message from the priest to see him at the convent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Fmr. St. Ignatius Priests Accused of Abuse; Names Withheld

CLEVELAND (OH)
Fox 8

[with video]

By Bill Sheil
Fox 8 News Anchor

CLEVELAND— St. Ignatius High School said several students from the 1950's have come forward to accuse four priests of sexual abuse.

In a letter to alumni, Father Bill Murphy, president of St. Ignatius, wrote in part: "We do not tolerate any form of abuse, and we absolutely do not support any efforts to protect abusers."

Yet, through a spokesperson, the school refused to name the priests.

It said the allegations are under review internally and that all the priests have died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Former local priest faces a second sex abuse lawsuit

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

A second lawsuit was filed this week against a former Kansas City priest, claiming that he sexually abused a boy in the 1980s.

The suit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, alleges that the Rev. Mark Honhart molested the boy when he was 11 to 12 years old while the priest was assigned to Holy Cross school and parish.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, was filed by a Missouri man under the name John Doe M.F. The suit also names the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as a defendant, saying officials knew Honhart was engaging in sexual misconduct but concealed it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

O’Malley’s sex-abuse policy: proof is in the implementation

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

August 27, 2011

Globe Editorial

CARDINAL SEAN P. O’Malley’s new policy on releasing the names of priests accused of clergy sexual abuse does much to protect children and lift the shroud of secrecy applied by O’Malley’s predecessors. It’s a workable approach to handling the most grievous offenses while tending to the victims. It has some clear limitations, though, and the archdiocese must take care that the new policy is implemented with a commitment to both the letter and spirit of its intentions.

The spirit is outlined in O’Malley’s seven-page letter accompanying the policy, which declares that the archdiocese’s core commitment is “to protect children and to ensure that the tragedy of sexual abuse is never repeated in the church.’’ To achieve this noble goal, O’Malley must fully transform a culture that once put the protection of priests and the church’s reputation ahead of the need to root out abuses. The linchpin was secrecy. Allegations were investigated within the cloistered confines of the all-male clergy, who sought to protect their own. With no requirement of exposure, the clergy could dispose of cases as they saw fit.

It’s worth noting just how far the archdiocese has come from those days. For the past nine years, every complaint has been turned over to the authorities, and prompts an internal investigation. That won’t change. The new policy is aimed at setting clear guidelines for when allegations are made public, and O’Malley accompanied his announcement with a long-sought - and long overdue - list of 159 accused priests. But the list did not include the names of those who belong to separate orders or who were deceased when their accuser came forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Second accusation made against suspended priest

ARIZONA
Tucson Citizen

by Michael Clancy on Aug. 27, 2011, under Arizona Republic News

A second allegation of sexual molestation has been lodged against the Rev. John D. “Jack” Spaulding, who is suspended from the ministry as a result of the first claim, made a year ago.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and the Glendale Police Department on Friday confirmed they were approached in late June by a 50-year-old man who leveled a second claim that Spaulding had molested him.

A police report and a statement from the diocese indicated the man, identified only as “Mark,” contacted the diocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection before going to police. Diocese officials say the man did not provide his name, address or any details about the incidents.

The diocese says Spaulding was working at Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Glendale at the time of the alleged incidents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Canadian police ‘exploring extradition options’ for convicted Maltese priest

MALTA/CANADA
The Malta Independent

by David Lindsay

Article published on 27 August 2011

Convicted paedophile priest Godwin Scerri did not escape justice in Malta when he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment earlier this month for the sexual abuse of boys at the St Joseph Home, and the Ontario Provincial Police are determined that he does not escape their grasp for a second time.

But long before charges were levelled against Fr Scerri in Malta in 2003, in 1993, he had been charged in Canada for similar offences but had escaped Canadian justice after fleeing to Malta.

In fact, according to Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Dave Rektor, who was quoted in yesterday’s edition of the Windsor Sun: “The Crown attorney is presently reviewing the case and exploring the options of extradition.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

President of St. Ignatius High School tells of sexual abuses by priests at the school decades ago

CLEVELAND (OH)
The Plain Dealer

By Michael O'Malley, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The president of St. Ignatius High School has sent out 18,000 letters to alumni and current students alerting them to allegations that priests sexually abused students there in the 1950s.

"I became aware of these allegations several weeks ago when an alumnus wrote letters to his classmates about an incident that he remembered from 1956," the Rev. William Murphy wrote in his letter mailed this week. "Sadly, those letters uncovered several more stories of sexual abuse from the 1950s."

Murphy said in an interview Friday that about a dozen men -- in their 60s and 70s -- have recently come forward with stories of abuse at the Jesuit-run school, mainly by one priest. Three other priests are also accused.

"Sex abuse is a horrible thing," Murphy said in an interview. "Shame is one of the feelings it evokes. A lot of people keep it bottled up inside for self-protection."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

August 26, 2011

Victim’s Advocate: Released Names Of Accused Priests Only ‘Partial List’

MASSACHUSETTS
WBUR

[with audio]

By Bob Oakes
Aug 26, 2011

BOSTON — There have already been strong reactions to the announcement made Thursday afternoon that the Boston Catholic Archdiocese would release the names of 159 priests who worked within the diocese and were accused of child sexual abuse.

Vicar General Father Richard Erikson, the No. 2 archdiocese authority behind Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, said the names were released to help shed light on a dark chapter in the church’s history.

“We make this announcement with great contrition and sorrow over the harm that has come to children and to minors, and we hope and we pray and we work diligently that these horrors and crimes and these sins will not happen again in the church.”

But criticism of the archdiocese by victim advocates over the limited contents of the list and the manner and timing of its release was immediate.

Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of the website Bishopaccountability.org, which she describes as a clergy sexual abuse watchdog and information gathering site, joined Morning Edition Friday with her reaction to the list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:04 PM

Case Continued for Priest Accused of Sexual Assault

CONNECTICUT
Patch

By Stephanie Riefe

The St. Bernard’s Catholic Church priest accused of three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, the Rev. Edward Warnakulasuriya, appeared in Superior Court in Enfield on Friday. The case was continued until Sept. 22, said prosecutor Debra Collins.

Warnakulasuriya has hired attorney William St. John from Waterbury.

A warrant for the arrest of Warnakulasuriya says he touched an 18-year-old male inappropriately after the man had gone to the priest’s residence for confession.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 PM

LA prosecutors trying to keep ex-priest locked up

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Associated Press

By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A notorious child-molesting former priest scheduled to leave prison is facing an effort by Los Angeles prosecutors to keep him in custody indefinitely.

Sixty-three-year-old Michael Baker has served half of his 10-year sentence and was slated for release when prosecutors moved to have him committed to a mental hospital.

Baker made a court appearance Friday but a hearing was postponed until Sept. 13 because the judge declared a conflict.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

Updates on Abuse Crisis in Catholic Church: The Netherlands and Kansas City

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Since I've been talking about matters Catholic this morning, and this is becoming one of those end-of-week news roundup postings I sometimes do, I want to take note of two stories about which I've intended to blog for some days now.

The first has to do with the situation in the Catholic church in the Netherlands, which has been in the news for some days now. And I honestly don't know what to say about it, except that the reports circulating in the media are grim, deeply painful to read, and certainly deserve consideration. As this statement from David Clohessy of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and the AP article attached to it note, Dutch prosecutors are now investigating a "rash of deaths" that occurred at a Catholic boys' home in the town of Heel in the middle of the 20th century.

And as this investigation is underway, news of a similar rash of deaths at a Catholic girls' home in the same community and same time frame has come to light. SNAP is calling for a government probe of the situation. Both facilities served mentally-disabled children. Kevin Clarke posted about this story at America's "In All Things" blog a week or so ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

Victims of clergy abuse call cardinal’s list ‘outrageous’

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Marie Szaniszlo
Friday, August 26, 2011 -

Victims of clergy sexual abuse and their attorney slammed Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley today for omitting the names of their abusers from a new list of 159 priests and deacons publicly accused of molestation.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian called the list released yesterday on bostoncatholic.org an “inadequate attempt to satisfy a moral imperative” because it doesn’t include the names of priests who are now dead or who were members of a religious order.

“It’s unconscionable,” Garabedian said. “It doesn’t help the victims heal.”

Robert Perron said he was abused from age 9 to 11 by a priest who died in 2002. That priest’s name was not on the list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:01 PM

Ontario police want Godwin Scerri to now face charges in Canada

CANADA/MALTA
Times of Malta

Ontario provincial police in Canada are anxious to extradite Fr Godwin Scerri, who avoided prosecution there two decades ago when he fled to Malta.

The Windsor Star reported this morning that now that his Malta court case is over, the police in Ontario want Fr Scerri back.

Fr Scerri was recently found guilty by the Maltese courts of abusing boys in his care and was jailed five years. He has filed an appeal. The Attorney General is also appealing the magistrate's decision to acquit Fr Scerri of rape.

The Windsor Star said Fr Scerri is still wanted in Canada for alleged sex abuse in Emeryville and on Pelee Island.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:02 PM

Texas appeals court upholds conviction against FLDS man

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By lindsay whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune

In a ruling that could influence a dozen cases against polygamous sect men, including leader Warren Jeffs, a Texas appeals court refused to overturn a sexual assault conviction Friday.

Michael Emack, 60, pleaded no contest last year to charges in his polygamous marriage to an underage girl.

Emack is a member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the sect led by Warren Jeffs, who was convicted of sexual assault of a child earlier this month.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:59 PM

Texas appeals court upholds FLDS member's conviction, search of YFZ ranch

TEXAS
Fox 13

Ben Winslow, Reporter

AUSTIN, Texas— An appeals court has upheld the conviction of a member of the Fundamentalist LDS Church's conviction on sexual assault charges.

The ruling against Michael Emack also essentially upheld the controversial search warrants served on the FLDS Church's sprawling ranch near Eldorado back in 2008. Law enforcement raided the Yearning for Zion Ranch based on a phone call from someone named "Sarah Jessop Barlow," purporting to be a 16-year-old pregnant girl who was married to a much older man. The phone call was a hoax.

Emack, an FLDS member who pleaded no contest to charges related to a polygamous marriage, sought to have his conviction overturned based on the fact that the search warrant was a hoax. In its 22-page ruling upholding Emack's conviction and denying his appeal, the 3rd Court of Appeals said Emack failed to show he had a "reasonable expectation of privacy that was invaded."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:56 PM

Boston Archdiocese Posts Sex-Abuse Database Online

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Register

by JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
08/25/2011

BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston today posted an online database of priests and deacons accused of the sexual abuse of minors, a landmark decision that signaled Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s ongoing effort to break with the practices of episcopal negligence and secrecy that produced the 2002 scandal, forcing the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, his predecessor.

“In total, 159 names of accused clerics of the Boston Archdiocese are included on the lists being published today. Of these, 22 represent cases that are still in process canonically, with the priest on administrative leave and having no public ministry. It is my wish and goal that these remaining cases be processed as expeditiously as possible. At the conclusion of those cases, additional announcements and amendments to the list will be made accordingly,” stated Cardinal O’Malley in his letter released Aug. 25.

The cardinal outlined the criteria used to include — or exclude — accused priests from the public listing, underscoring the complexity of establishing guilt in historical cases, which may date back decades, only to surface after the death of the accused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

159 Catholic Priests From Boston on Sex Abuse List

MASSACHUSETTS
The Christian Post

[link to the list at bostoncatholic.org]

By Anugrah Kumar | Christian Post Contributor

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has released a list of 159 priests who have been accused of child sexual abuse to protect children as well as assist survivors of abusive clergy, but activists say it's too late and too little.

“Having met with hundreds of survivors, I know firsthand the scars you carry,” Archbishop Seán O’Malley said in an open letter to the people of the Archdiocese as he made the list public Thursday. “And I carry with me every day the pain of the Church’s failures. I express once again my sorrow for your pain and my apology for any way the Church and its clergy have failed you.”

The web-based list was released as O’Malley announced revisions to the policy of the Boston Archdiocese with respect to disclosing names of clergy accused of sexually abusing minors. The list did not carry photographs and was compiled after a review of the sexual abuse allegations in the files at the archdiocese for the past 70 years, according to Boston Globe.

“My deepest hope and prayer is that the efforts I am announcing today will provide some additional comfort and healing for those who have suffered from sexual abuse by clergy and will continue to strengthen our efforts to protect God’s children,” the Archbishop said in his letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:40 AM

Eddie Long Wants to Move Past Sex Charges

GEORGIA
The Christian Post

By Anugrah Kumar | Christian Post Contributor

Bishop Eddie Long said he wanted to run his Atlanta megachurch “without distractions” after two of the four youngsters who accused him of luring them into homosexual sex acts declared they were writing a book about their experiences although they had withdrawn all lawsuits.

“Unfortunately, we are in the media again and people are wondering what I am going to say,” Eddie Long, senior pastor at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., said in a statement Thursday. “All I have to say is what we stated earlier. All parties involved decided to resolve the civil cases out of court. The decision was made to bring closure to this matter and allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.”

Long’s statement came a day after two of the accusers, who withdrew their lawsuits in May as part of a settlement deal, told Atlanta’s SWB-TV that they were writing a book to express what they had been through and to warn others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:37 AM

O'Malley puts down a new marker on abuse crisis

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

by John L Allen Jr on Aug. 26, 2011 All Things Catholic

If one were to poll Catholic insiders as to which bishops are considered global leaders on the sexual abuse crisis, a few names would likely pop up repeatedly: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Ireland, for instance, or Archbishop Robert Zollitsch of Germany. Martin's searing candor has made him a hero to some and a lightning rod for others, while the German bishops are considered to have mounted one of the most effective responses to the scandals of any national conference, and Zollitsch is their chairman.

Right at the top of the list, however, would be Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

In part, that's a product of history. In the early 1990s, O'Malley confronted the James Porter mess as bishop of the Fall River, Mass., diocese. Ten years later he took over in Palm Beach, where his two immediate predecessors had resigned after admitting to sex abuse earlier in their careers. In 2003, of course, he stepped into a near-apocalyptic situation in Boston.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Life changes

ISRAEL
Haaretz

The man recently arrested for allegedly keeping women and children in bondage and sexually abusing them was once a well-known dancer and life partner of an important French choreographer, until he fell under the spell of a charismatic rabbi.

By Uri Blau

In one of the houses on a lane in the affluent, picturesque Jerusalem neighborhood of Yemin Moshe, N., a woman of 82, sits alone behind iron bars that protect a heavy black, wooden door. Her son, D., is a couple of kilometers away, in the police detention facility in the Russian Compound. Earlier this month, he was charged in Jerusalem District Court on suspicion of leading a cult that kept women and children in conditions of bondage, and of perpetrating brutal acts of sex and violence.

New details about D. and his family, published here for the first time (within the limits imposed by the gag order in the case), paint a picture of a complex, unusual life, very distant from the image aroused by the allegations against him: The man now accused of exercising absolute control over his wives and children was born to secular artists whose meeting with a charismatic Hasidic rabbi turned their world upside down. The person charged with "imposing a cruel punitive regime on those who lived with him" is himself a brilliant artist whose meeting with another Hasidic rabbi jolted his world. So powerful was the jolt that he gave up a successful international career as a dancer and decided to become the rabbi's successor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Archdiocese releases names of accused clerics

MASSACHUSETTS
The Pilot

By Donis Tracy Pilot Correspondent

Posted: 8/26/2011
In a decision he called "complex" and "difficult," this week Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is releasing the names of clergy accused of the sexual abuse of minors.

The searchable list, that was to be released on the archdiocesan website BostonCatholic.org on Aug. 25, will include the names of the accused clerics, their year of birth, their year of ordination, whether they are laicized, dismissed or convicted and a link to the cleric's assignment history.

"The Archdiocese is continually evaluating its policies and practices to ensure that our child protection and abuse prevention efforts are further strengthened," the cardinal wrote in an open letter explaining his decision. "Consistent with that effort, I have studied suggestions that we enhance the present Archdiocesan policy with respect to sharing information about clergy accused of sexually abusing minors."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

The Boston List and the Boston Non-List

MASSACHUSETTS
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Contact:Kristine Ward, 937-272-0308

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has released a list of 159 clerics, including 157 priests and two deacons, accused of sexual abuse on the website www.bostoncatholic.org

The names of these clerics have already been made known either by the archdiocese or other sources, including the list made public by Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian.

While due notice will be given to the release of the list in news coverage and of course, on the Archdiocese of Boston’s website, most likely on the Cardinal’s blog and his diocesan newspaper, the National Survivor Advocates Coalition (NSAC) calls your attention to the Non-Lists:
◦the 91 Boston clerics that were not included
◦the religious order clerics not included.

Cardinal O’Malley included the first “Non-list’” 91 in his statement along with the following breakdown:
◦ 62 are dead, have never been publicly accused of abuse, and have never been investigated by Church officials.
◦ 22 faced accusations that could not be substantiated
◦ 4 are the subject of preliminary investigations and are no longer in active ministry
◦ 3 are former priests who have not been publicly accused of abuse

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:32 AM

Another lawsuit filed alleging abuse by Diocese of Kansas City priest

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KCTV

By Laura McCallister, Multimedia Producer

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Another lawsuit has been filed alleging a priest for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph abused a child.

The suit claims Father Mark Honhart sexually abused a boy years ago.

This is the second suit brought against this priest in Kansas City. The first was filed in March of this year.

The victim, who is not named, said the abuse happened when he was sent to Honhart for counseling while having family problems.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Catholics told to boycott Church collections to fund compensation claims

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Friday, August 26, 2011

An Irish parliamentarian who lives in the Diocese of Cloyne has urged Catholics not to support church collections designed to ease the debt built-up by clerical sex abuse compensation cases.

Fine Gael deputy Tom Barry urged parishioners to boycott church collections after the Dublin diocese confirmed it is close to bankruptcy as a result of compensation claims.

The Dublin diocese is actively considering a levy on mass goers after paying out almost $20million in abuse claims.

Other dioceses, including Cloyne, may follow suit according to Barry who has urged church-goers not to fund the compensation pay-outs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Archdiocese airs list of priests accused of sexual abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Catholic Insider

August 26, 2011

On Thursday, the Boston Archdiocese announced publication of a web listing of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a child. BCI acknowledges the pain that hundreds of victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Boston have experienced and also understands there was a fair amount of outside pressure on the archdiocese to release this information. At the same time, BCI also feels compelled to offer a few of our own reactions to both this specific announcement and certain comments from critics of the initiative. Notice the clear “Opinion” marking on this post. If you do not wish to read our opinion, feel free to skip this post. We will not be offended.

The Merits of this Effort

First, BCI wishes to acknowledge the merits of this initiative. The sexual abuse of children by clergy was a terrible thing to have occurred, the harm to people in many cases irreparable, and the scandal was horrible. This initiative to post names of priests accused of sexual abuse to bring comfort and additional closure to victims has been underway for some time and required a great deal of work to get every piece of information correct. Even one error could be devastating to the reputation and vocation of an innocent priest. The reason for the effort was aptly summarized by Cardinal O’Malley in his statement:

“Having met with hundreds of survivors, I know firsthand the scars you carry. And I carry with me every day the pain of the Church’s failures. I express once again my sorrow for your pain and my apology for any way the Church and its clergy have failed you,” said Cardinal Seán O’Malley in the written decision document published with the list. “My deepest hope and prayer is that the efforts I am announcing today will provide some additional comfort and healing for those who have suffered from sexual abuse by clergy and will continue to strengthen our efforts to protect God’s children.”

The above being said, there are a few aspects of this where BCI has issues and concerns.

1) Release of Names of Priests with Unsubstantiated Charges

BCI understands the basis for publishing names of priests accused of sexual abuse and found guilty, and agrees with that. But BCI struggles to understand why the Archdiocese felt compelled to publish names of clergy who were publicly accused of sexually abusing a child where the allegations were found unsubstantiated by the Review Board or where the priest was acquitted after a canonical process. BCI looked at the websites of other dioceses such as Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia and could not find information disclosed about priests who were cleared. If it is there, we could not find it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:00 AM

Kenya: 40 Catholic Priests Quit Over Church Celibacy Rule

KENYA
allAfrica

Nairobi Star

MORE than 40 priests have in the last two years defected from the Catholic Church in Kenya seeking freedom from celibacy. The priests have joined the Ecumenical Catholic Church headed by Bishop Geoffrey Shiundu who also quit the Catholic church after he married against rules of priesthood.

Shiundu says his church is growing stronger and more priests were seeking advice from him on the celibacy issue. He, however, said that his church was ready to work with the Roman Catholic Church if Pope Benedict agrees to change the constitution to make celibacy optional. Shiundu said many priests are under pressure to marry and have families. He was speaking in Kitale during the ordination of a priest from Uganda, Fr John Angelo Msaazi. Said Bishop Shidundu: "It's right to allow those who want celibacy to remain so but for those who want to marry let them also enjoy their rights," said Shiundu.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

Minor allegedly raped by priest in Agusan Norte now in Gabriela custody

PHILIPPINES
GMA News

A 17-year old girl who was reportedly raped by a parish priest in Agusan del Norte is now under the care of women's rights organization Gabriela, an officer of the group said Friday.

In a statement, Gabriela's executive director Lana Linaban said the victim "Leah" (not her real name) is already in their custody, and that the minor has already filed cases last Thursday against Fr. Raul Cabonce, parish priest of Tubay town.

Early in July, a Tubay municipal welfare officer said the girl and her mother had gone missing after reporting the abuse to a group of Catholic nuns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Parish priest accused of raping minor

PHILIPPINES
ABS-CBN

MANILA, Philippines – A parish priest has been accused of raping a minor in Tubay, Butuan City in Agusan del Norte.

According to 17-year-old “Leah” (not her real name), she was molested and raped by Fr. Raul Cabonce inside the St. Anne Convent in Tubay, where she worked as a househelper in exchange for being a scholar of the priest.

Leah said the first incident of molestation occurred on February 27, 2011, when she was asked by the priest to give him a massage. Leah said the priest began kissing her and touching her private parts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Survivors ask Catholic church to follow through on '08 promises

KANSAS CITY (MO)
NBC Action News

[with video]

By: Chris Hernandez

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A group representing abuse victims wants the Catholic church to live up to an agreement made three years ago.

In August, 2008, Kansas City's Catholic diocese settled lawsuits involving 47 victims and 12 priests for $10 millions.

The settlement also required the diocese to fulfill 19 commitments to prevent future abuse.

That's where the victim's group says the church has failed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

List of accused local clergy

NEWBURYPORT (MA)
Daily News

The following is a list of local clergy who are included in the Archdiocese's release of names of clerics who were accused of sexual abuse of a child. The dates indicate when they served locally; the Archdiocese did not indicate when, or where, the clergy were serving when the allegations of sexual crimes were made.

Newburyport

Robert E. Barrett, assigned to Life of Prayer and Penance 2004; Died 2008. Associate pastor, Immaculate Conception, June 1980-March 1981

Michael J. Carew, laicized 1971. Assistant, Immaculate Conception, April 1960-February 1963

Raymond C. Plourde, assigned to Life of Prayer and Penance 2004. Administrator, St. Louis De Gonzague Parish, March 1985-September 1985; Pastor, St. Louis De Gonzague Parish, September 1985-August 1993.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:34 AM

40 North Shore priests on abuse list

MASSACHUSETTS
The Salem News

By Tom Dalton Staff writer

The long-awaited list the Archdiocese of Boston published yesterday of priests accused of sexually abusing children, the most complete and detailed compilation since the sex abuse scandal exploded nearly a decade ago, contains the names of 40 clergy who served on the North Shore.

There are accused Catholic priests from Salem, Peabody, Beverly, Danvers, Ipswich, Marblehead and other area communities. In many cases, the alleged crimes took place decades ago and at other parishes.

Of the many North Shore names, one of the most recognized will be the late Rev. Joseph Birmingham, an accused serial pedophile who was charged with crimes across Greater Boston, including abusing many young boys in the 1960s at St. James Parish in Salem.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

North Shore priests on list

MASSACHUSETTS
The Salem News

The Archdiocese of Boston yesterday released a list of clergy accused of sexual abuse of a child. The following is a list of clergy with connections to the North Shore. A clergy member's stint at a local parish is identified.

Category A*:

Clergy, position, local parish/school, status

Robert E. Barrett, assistant, St. Adelaide, Peabody, 9/16/69-10/21/69, assigned to life of prayer and penance, 2004; deceased, 2008

Frederick L. Guthrie, pastor, Immaculate Conception, Salem, 7/1/85-10/31/95, pleaded guilty to criminal charges involving solicitation of a minor over the Internet, 2004; laicized, 2010

Harold J. Johnson, pastor, St. Rose of Lima, Topsfield, 10/1/80-10/31/86, assigned to life of prayer and penance, 2004; deceased, 2009

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

St. Ignatius leader apologizes for sexual abuse by priest in the 1950s

CLEVELAND (OH)
newsnet5

By: Patrick Quinn, newsnet5.com

CLEVELAND - Thousands of St. Ignatius High School alumni and current students have been notified of abuse allegations that happened in the 1950’s. School President, Reverend William Murphy sent out letters this week. He said every report of abuse has been forwarded to the Director of Victim Advocacy.

Reverend Murphy said he was told about alleged abuse a few weeks ago when he received a letter from an alum during the 1950s. Murphy stated he was "deeply troubled by his letter and reached out to him to apologize for what he suffered.”

In a letter to students and alumni, Reverend Murphy also said he reached out to several people who shared the memories of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:21 AM

Another lawsuit accuses former priest of sex abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

[Complaint - John Doe 184 V. Cardinal Francis George]

By Erin Meyer
Tribune reporter

Another person who says he was a victim of Daniel McCormack filed a lawsuit against the former St. Agatha Catholic Church priest today in Cook County Circuit Court accusing him of sexual abuse.

After McCormack pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexually abusing five boys and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, numerous other alleged victims came forward with similar stories of abuse.

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago The latest is an unidentified Chicago teenager who says he was sexually abused by McCormack between 2004 and 2006 in the West Side church’s rectory and school buildings, according to the lawsuit. The alleged victim was 11 or 12 when the abuse began.

Of particular concern, said his attorney, Jeff Anderson, is the timing of the alleged abuse. Anderson said that his client suffered at the hands of McCormack after the priest had been questioned by police and after a church review board had recommended his removal.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 AM

Church Posts Names Of Clergy Accused Of Sex Abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
WMUR

By Tom Cohen

(CNN) -- A total of 250 clerics in the Boston Archdiocese have been accused of child abuse in recent decades, according to information made public Thursday by Cardinal Sean O'Malley in an attempt to help resolve an issue tearing at the core of Catholicism.

O'Malley said the archdiocese posted online the names of 159 accused clergy members, while there were 91 others who also faced some level of accusation but were not named for various reasons. ...

However, the director of an advocacy group for victims of sexual abuse by priests called the steps announced by O'Malley insufficient and irresponsible, saying only one of the named priests was new to public information.

"We're disappointed with this very belated and begrudging and incomplete list," said a statement by David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 AM

Greater Taunton clerics included in list of clergy accused of sexual abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Taunton Daily Gazette

[link to the list at bostoncatholic.org]

By Gerry Tuoti
Staff Writer

Taunton —

Released Thursday by the Archdiocese of Boston, a list of 157 Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children includes a handful who were assigned to parishes in the Greater Taunton area.

Three priests in the online database were assigned to Sacred Heart Church in Middleboro at some point during their ministry, and four others spent parts of their careers at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Bridgewater. It does not appear from previously published reports that the alleged abuse took place while the priests were at those local parishes.

Most of Bristol County, including Taunton, is in the Fall River Diocese. The list released Thursday includes only accused priests who were assigned to parishes in the Boston Archdiocese during their careers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Abuse victim calls for massive Donegal protest in Dublin

IRELAND
Donegal Democrat

Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

A Donegal man who was the victim of multiple sexual abuse in his early life has called on Donegal supporters visiting the capital this weekend to join his protest at the Pro Cathedral on Sunday in anticipation of the Raphoe Diocese’s report into child abuse.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat yesterday morning John Deegan who is originally from the Annagary-Loughanure area said: “I am calling on the thousands of Donegal people who will be in Dublin this Sunday to join us in protest at the Pro Cathedral at 10am to register their support against the circle of silence that the church in Donegal and throughout this country has both fostered and encouraged.

“It is not today or yesterday that we began this protest. We have been here every Sunday since last January but felt that with the report due, and the fact that so many Donegal people will be in Dublin this weekend for the match, that we can bring this cover up into the national domain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:55 AM

Archdiocese releases list of priests accused of abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
MetroWest Daily News

By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff
MetroWest Daily News

The Archdiocese of Boston released the names of more than 125 accused pedophile priests yesterday, and within 15 minutes the archdiocese's website was on the verge of crashing.

"Heavy traffic" caused problems getting onto bostoncatholic.org by 2:15, archdiocese spokesman Terrence Donilon said. At 5 p.m., the site was inaccessible.

While most names have been made public previously, the archdiocese lists unveiled yesterday mark the first time the Boston Catholic Church has offered a compilation in a central location.

The format is similar to that used on BishopAccountability.org, a Waltham-based nonprofit group that has been listing information about accused priests since 2003.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:52 AM

Boston church releases partial list of priests accused of sexual abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
The Republican

By JAY LINDSAY, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Thursday released a long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged.

In a letter, O'Malley said 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren't publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other dioceses; and priests named in unsubstantiated accusations that never went public.

Each of the 159 names published Thursday has been made public previously, though not necessarily by the archdiocese. They include still-active priests who were cleared of abuse after being publicly accused.

O'Malley acknowledged that some people may have wanted him to "go further" and release more names. But he cited concerns about due process and the damage to the reputations of priests — alive and dead — when accused of decades-old crimes that are difficult to verify.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Church names accused priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

[link to the list at bostoncatholic.org]

By Michael Rezendes
Globe Staff / August 26, 2011

Nearly 10 years after a worldwide clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted in the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley yesterday released a long-awaited list of 159 archdiocesan clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children. But critics quickly called the tally incomplete.

Attorney General Martha Coakley and advocates for clergy abuse victims faulted the list because it includes only those priests who have already been publicly accused and omits the names of dozens of accused priests from religious orders and other dioceses. It also omits those who left the priesthood before accusations were leveled against them.

“Those names should be disclosed in the interest of the victims and public safety,’’ Coakley said. “While yesterday was an important first step, we urge the leaders of the Archdiocese to complete this effort toward transparency and publicly disclose the names of those accused from other orders and those who were already laicized.’’ ...

Leaders of BishopAccountability.org, an organization that tracks accused priests and posts court records from clergy abuse lawsuits online, said they believe that up to 70 priests from religious orders and other dioceses have been accused of molesting children while in the Boston Archdiocese. A spokeswoman for the archdiocese said the number could be “even higher.’’

“There are many victims of Boston priests who will not find the names of their perpetrators on yesterday’s list,’’ BishopAccountability said in a prepared statement. “Their misery and isolation will be deepened by yesterday’s disclosure.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

OPP anxious for priest's return

CANADA/MALTA
The Windsor Star

By Trevor Wilhelm, The Windsor Star
August 26, 2011

Provincial police say they are anxious to extradite a pedophile priest who avoided prosecution here two decades ago when he fled to Malta, where he later abused several more boys.

Rev. Godwin Scerri has been convicted of abusing boys in Malta and is still wanted here for alleged sex abuse in Emeryville and on Pelee Island.

"It's still an open case here and we are very anxious to get Godwin Scerri in our custody to answer to these charges," said OPP Sgt. Dave Rektor.

Scerri was sentenced to five years in jail in Malta earlier this month after being convicted of abusing an undisclosed number of boys at an orphanage. His lawyer plans to appeal the conviction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 AM

Abuse victim wants to help protect others

CANADA
Times & Transcript

by adam huras
Times & Transcript Staff

FREDERICTON - A victim of the recently jailed Father Charles Picot says he wants a meeting with Premier David Alward to present ideas on how to better protect young people from sexual predators.

Picot Derek LaPointe, who has broken his own silence after being sexually assaulted by the northern New Brunswick priest more than three decades ago, is advocating for longer sentences that focus on rehabilitation.

Picot was sentenced this week in Campbellton provincial court to eight months in jail after being found guilty of indecent assault in connection with an incident involving LaPointe more than 30 years ago.

"My biggest concern is that during the sentencing the judge emphasized how serious it is when someone such as a priest or teacher, when they betray the trust of a child," LaPointe said. "It affects the entire community.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

August 25, 2011

Statement From Eddie Long

GEORGIA
WSB

The following is a statement sent from Bishop Eddie Long to Channel 2 Action News on August 25.

New Birth Members,

We have a long history of dutifully serving those in need in the local and global communities and we will continue to do so. We are committed to the calling of a strong, viable and relevant ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, we are in the media again and people are wondering what I am going to say. All I have to say is what we stated earlier. All parties involved decided to resolve the civil cases out of court. The decision was made to bring closure to this matter and allow us to move forward with the plans God has for this ministry.

I will continue to honor and abide by my commitment of confidentiality and restraint as it relates to the resolution of the civil litigation and will not be diverted from the important work of the ministry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Priest suspended from Mesa parish now accused of molestation in Glendale

ARIZONA
East Valley Tribune

By Mike Sakal, Tribune

A prominent East Valley priest suspended on allegations of sexual misconduct with a teenage boy more than 25 years ago now is being accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy at a Glendale parish 37 years ago.

The man, now 50, filed a complaint against the Rev. Jack Spaulding, former pastor of St. Timothy’s Catholic Community in Mesa, with the Glendale Police Department on June 27. In the report, he alleges that Spaulding sexually touched him and gave him massages during sleepovers at a church’s rectory during the summer of 1974, the same year Spaulding founded the Office of the Disabled for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. The boy’s parents would allow him to spend the night at the rectory at Spaulding’s request, according to a Glendale police report.

The alleged sexual activity took place over a period of about six months, according to the report. The man who filed the complaint said during that time Spaulding inappropriately touched him and gave him massages about four times in his room at the rectory before they slept in the same bed, the report stated.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Alleged assault by Walker pastor dates back to late 1980s, police say

MICHIGAN
The Grand Rapids Press

By John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

WALKER -- Police today said they have linked a Walker pastor to an alleged sexual assault against a young boy who attended the Algoma Township church served by the pastor in the late 1980s.

The boy, now 30, was 5 to 8 years old when he was part of a program to bus Grand Rapids youth to church at the former Landmark Baptist Church on 13 Mile Road in Algoma Township.

Tedd Butler, 46, was a youth pastor at Landmark at the time and knew the boy through the busing program, Ottawa County sheriff's Lt. Mark Bennett said.

Butler is now accused in Ottawa and Kent counties of two sexual assaults against young boys that happened decades apart -- the second happening in 2006 involving a boy, 5 to 6 years old, whose family attended Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walker.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 PM

Grand Rapids-area pastor accused of sexual assault

MICHIGAN
Houston Chronicle

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Baptist pastor in western Michigan has been charged with sexually assaulting two boys.

Tedd Butler is pastor of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Walker, near Grand Rapids. Authorities tell The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/qlF3Sd ) that the alleged incidents occurred years ago in Ottawa and Kent counties.

The 46-year-old Butler is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Ottawa County sheriff's Lt. Mark Bennett says the pastor was taken into custody Wednesday in Allegan County. Butler is expected to be transferred to Ottawa County court on Thursday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Allegation against pastor 'kept secret'

MICHIAGAN
YouTube via WOOD

[video]

Officials said a boy was between the ages of 4 and 10 when Rev. Tedd Butler allegedly sexually assaulted him in the late 1980s at the church. That alleged victim is now 30 and living out-of-state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Local pastor accused of molestation

MICHIGAN
WWMT

[with video]

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A local pastor has been arrested for two counts of criminal sexual conduct and more charges could be coming.

Pastor Tedd Butler of the Gospel Light Church in Walker is accused of molesting at least two boys several years ago.

One of the cases is in Kent County, the other in Ottawa County, and one of the cases is more than two decades old.

This all started in 2010 when a young boy told his parents that he was sexually assaulted in 2006.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Archdiocese Lists Priests Accused of Abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
The New York Times

By ABBY GOODNOUGH

Published: August 25, 2011

BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston on Thursday published a partial list of clergy members accused of sexual abuse, nearly a decade after a scandal erupted here involving widespread abuse by priests and revelations that the archdiocese had been shielding molesters for years.

Victim advocacy groups have long pressed the archdiocese to publish such a list, a step that a number of other dioceses around the country have already taken. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley first suggested in 2009 that he would publish a list; diocesan officials said this week that it had taken two years to gather the necessary input and weigh complicated issues like the due process rights of priests whose cases have not been fully adjudicated.

In an open letter, Cardinal O’Malley said he had decided to publish a list of 134 priests and two deacons “after serious and thoughtful consideration and prayer.” They include priests whom the church or courts have found guilty of sexually abusing a child, others who left the priesthood before or after accusations of abuse and dead priests who have been publicly accused of abuse. ...

“If O’Malley’s goal were truly to reach as many victims as possible, and to protect as many children as possible, he would have released the longest possible list today,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, which tracks records in abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

Boston Church Releases List Of Accused Priests

MASSACHUSETTS
NRP

by The Associated Press

Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Thursday released a long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged.

In a letter, O'Malley said 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren't publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other dioceses; and priests named in unsubstantiated accusations that never went public. ...

David Clohessy of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the list is woefully inadequate, but "every scintilla of disclosure" matters, because people will know to beware of the men listed.

"If one kid is kept away from one these priests because of this belated, begrudging and incomplete list, that's still very significant," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 PM

St. Ignatius priest named in alleged '50s abuse died decades ago

CLEVELAND
WKYC

CLEVELAND -- Thousands of St. Ignatius High School alumni, as well as current students, staff and parents, are being notified of abuse allegations that happened in the '50s.

Channel 3 News first reported the story Wednesday night and learned Thursday that the Jesuit priest named in the allegations taught at the school for only four years and died nearly 30 years ago.

St. Ignatius says counseling and therapy will be offered to all the victims.

Last night Channel 3 reported that a letter was written by the school president, Reverend William Murphy, on August 15, with the intention to make people aware of the allegations that recently surfaced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Former Metro Priest Sued for Alleged Sexual Abuse

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Fox 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— A metro man has filed a lawsuit against a former area priest, claiming that he was sexually abused by him during the 1980's.

The victim, who has not been identified, says that he was sexually abused by Father Mark Honhart when he was around nine years old. Honhart also faces a lawsuit from another alleged victim of sexual abuse filed last March.

On Thursday, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, gathered outside of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in a show of support for the latest alleged victim. The group is also demanding answers from the Diocese, claiming that the newest allegations of abuse are yet another violation of trust.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

One step forward, two steps back in addressing sexual abuse

IRELAND
U.S. Catholic

Thursday, August 25, 2011

By Scott Alessi

At first glance, the headline proclaiming that a priest in Ireland who failed to report cases of sexual abuse admitted that he "should have resigned" seemed like a big step in the right direction. Yet just as quickly, the explanation that followed sent any potential for repairing the church's badly damaged reputation over its handling of abuse cases swirling down the drain.

On the heels of the Cloyne Report that noted his failure to report abuse allegations, Msgr. Denis O'Callaghan wrote in a letter to the newspaper The Irish Catholic that he should in fact have resigned from his post as the Diocese of Cloyne's delegate for child protection. Not because of his failures, however, but on principle because he disagreed with the 1996 document outlining a framework for the church's handling of abuse cases.

O'Callaghan says that he didn't agree with the document's requirement of mandatory reporting of abuse allegations. Since some of the reported cases date back "30 or 40 years" and thus many accused priests were deceased, elderly or very ill, O'Callaghan felt that it should have been left up to his discretion to determine which ones were or were not worth reporting. In other words, the church can police itself, and if we feel there's someone who needs to be reported to authorities, we'll let you know.

That attitude is one of the primary reasons why the abuse of minors was able to become such an insidious problem, and why so many lost their faith in church leaders. For anyone guilty of concealing abuse allegations to attempt to defend themselves at this point should come as an affront to not just the victims but to all Catholics, especially those who have worked to restore the church's reputation and to ensure transparency on these issues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:09 PM

Boston church releases list of accused priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Centre Daily Times

By JAY LINDSAY — Associated Press

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O'Malley on Thursday released a long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged.

In a letter, O'Malley said 248 of Boston's priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren't publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other dioceses; and priests named in unsubstantiated accusations that never went public.

Each of the 159 names published Thursday has been made public previously, though not necessarily by the archdiocese. They include still-active priests who were cleared of abuse after being publicly accused. ...

In recent months, prominent victims' attorney Mitchell Garabedian, and the watchdog group BishopAccountability.org have independently released new names of accused priests, while expressing doubts the archdiocese ever intended to be truly forthcoming. BishopAccountability.org has estimated at least 350 religious workers in Boston have a substantive abuse accusations against them, based on the percentages from other dioceses that have disclosed their number of accused.

Advocates for abuse victims say such public lists ensure that credibly accused priests don't remain in active ministry. They also say that publicly releasing the names is validation, consolation and a crucial step toward healing for victims. They accused O'Malley of inflicting more suffering on victims as months passed with no list.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Archdiocese of Boston publishes list of accused priests

MASSACHUSETTS
Reuters

BOSTON | Thu Aug 25, 2011

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston published for the first time on Thursday a comprehensive list of 159 names of its clergy accused of sexually abusing children.

The names of clergy were released on the diocese website and compiled into lists including priests who have been found guilty of abuse, those with pending allegations, those accused and then defrocked and others now deceased.

"Having met with hundreds of survivors, I know firsthand the scars you carry. And I carry with me every day the pain of the church's failures," Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in a statement.

The priest sex abuse scandal, which has rocked the Roman Catholic church worldwide, first erupted in Boston nearly a decade ago.

The newly published names also include priests acquitted of charges and clergy publicly accused of abuse in complaints later found to be unsubstantiated. In many cases, those priests have returned to active ministry, the church said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Hawaii court clears priest, says sex-assault charges 'fabricated'

HAWAII
Catholic Culture

August 25, 2011

A court in Hawaii has cleared a Catholic priest of sexual misconduct, finding that the complaint against him had been "fabricated."

Father Buohdan Borowec, a visiting priest from the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg, had been charged with sexual assault in February.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:55 PM

Publication With Respect to Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child

MASSACHUSETTS
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

The list

Categories of Archdiocesan Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child

Search

Glossary of terms

List of Unsubstaniated Cases

Open Letter to Priests

Open Letter to Survivors


Cardinal’s Decision Regarding the Archdiocese of Boston’s Publication With Respect To Its Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse of a Child

August 25, 2011

My Dear Friends in Christ,

The Archdiocese of Boston’s commitment and responsibility is to protect children and to ensure that the tragedy of sexual abuse is never repeated in the Church. Since the crisis erupted in 2002, we have endeavored to regain trust by addressing the needs of survivors and those who have suffered as a result of clergy sexual abuse, investigating and responding to all allegations of misconduct involving minors, removing abusive priests from active ministry consistent with our zero tolerance policy, and creating and maintaining safe environments for children in our churches and schools. Much has been accomplished in Boston since 2002, but our work in this area is continuing, and we will remain ever vigilant.

The Archdiocese is continually evaluating its policies and practices to ensure that our child protection and abuse prevention efforts are further strengthened. Consistent with that effort, I have studied suggestions that we enhance the present Archdiocesan policy with respect to sharing information about clergy accused of sexually abusing minors. This is a complex issue involving several competing considerations. On the one hand, there is the critically important need to assure the protection of children and also important considerations related to transparency and healing; on the other, there are interests related to the due process rights and reputations of those accused clergy whose cases have not been fully adjudicated, including deceased priests who were not alive to respond to the allegations. After a careful study of our present policy in light of these considerations, as well as after a chance to consult with my advisors and advisory bodies, including the Presbyteral Council and Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, I am announcing today revisions to the policy of the Boston Archdiocese with respect to disclosing names of clergy accused of sexually abusing minors.

This revision comes after serious and thoughtful consideration and prayer by myself and many others. I am acutely aware of the harm that the abuse of children by clergy has caused in the lives of so many. And while I know there will be some who believe our policy changes should go further, after careful consultation and consideration of views expressed by many people and groups, I believe that the changes we are making are appropriate and I would like to share my rationale for arriving at this decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:45 PM

...91 names left off

MASSACHUSETTS
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, August 25

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Thursday released a long-awaited list of priests accused of child sex abuse in Boston in the last 60 years, but he opted not to include certain priests, including ones who died without being publicly charged.

In a letter, O’Malley said 248 of Boston’s priests and two deacons have been accused of child sex abuse since 1950. But he said he decided against releasing 91 of the names, including the deceased priests who weren’t publicly accused; those working in Boston under religious orders or other dioceses; and priests named in unsubstantiated accusations that never went public.

Each of the 159 names published Thursday has been made public previously, though not necessarily by the archdiocese. They include still-active priests who were cleared of abuse after being publicly accused.

O’Malley acknowledged that some people may have wanted him to “go further” and release more names. But he cited concerns about due process and the damage to the reputations of priests — alive and dead — when accused of decades-old crimes that are difficult to verify.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Archdiocese unveils list of priests accused of abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Milford Daily News

By Staff reports
The MetroWest Daily News

Posted Aug 25, 2011

The Archdiocese of Boston today launched a web-based publication, www.bostoncatholic.org that lists the names of more than 120 clergy accused of sexual abuse of a child.

“Having met with hundreds of survivors, I know firsthand the scars you carry,'' Cardinal Sean O'Malley said in the document published with the list. "And I carry with me every day the pain of the Church’s failures. I express once again my sorrow for your pain and my apology for any way the Church and its clergy have failed you.

“My deepest hope and prayer is that the efforts I am announcing today will provide some additional comfort and healing for those who have suffered from sexual abuse by clergy and will continue to strengthen our efforts to protect God’s children.”

Since 2002, the archdiocese has had a policy to immediately report to law enforcement all allegations of clergy sexual abuse of children. Notifications are made to local district attorneys’ offices, the Massachusetts Attorney General, and, when appropriate, federal law enforcement, the archdiocese statement said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

New lawsuit...

CHICAGO (IL)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[the lawsuit]

New lawsuit: Chicago teen was abused by Father McCormack after Archdiocese was aware of police investigation

Further, abuse continued after Archdiocese refused to follow its own review board’s recommendation to remove McCormack from ministry in October 2005

(Chicago) A lawsuit filed by a Chicago teen who was sexually abused as a child by Daniel McCormack at St. Agatha parish beginning in 2004 and continuing until January 2006 when McCormack was arrested, claims that the Archdiocese of Chicago knew as early as 1992 and no later than 2000 that McCormack was sexually deviant and had previously sexually abused numerous other children.

Nonetheless, the Archdiocese allowed the priest to remain active and have access to minor children even after a police investigation and its own review board’s recommendation to remove him from ministry.

According to the complaint filed today in Cook County Circuit Court, the victim, identified in the complaint as John Doe I84, was 11 or 12 years old in 2004, when Father Daniel McCormack, began sexually abusing him in the St. Agatha rectory and school buildings.

Attorney Jeff Anderson, who in the last ten years has brought over 100 clergy abuse claims against the Chicago Archdiocese and religious orders said, “Compounding this tragedy is that the Archdiocese of Chicago had repeated notices of Father McCormack’s sexual misconduct going back to 1992 and failed to act to prevent further abuse of children.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

Boston's Decision to Publish Names of Priests Accused of Child Sex Abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
National Catholic Reporter

by Michael Sean Winters on Aug. 25, 2011 Distinctly Catholic

This afternoon, the Archdiocese of Boston announced that it has compiled a list of all the archdiocese’s clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children and is placing it at one, easy to access, location on its website. A total of 159 clerics are listed at the new website and it includes all clergy who were accused and found guilty by either criminal or ecclesiastical courts, all clergy who were accused and laicized, and all clergy who were accused but subsequently exonerated. The only two categories of clergy against whom public accusation were made who are not included on the lists are clergy who belong to religious orders and those clergy who had died by the time any accusations were made. Clergy who have since died, but were alive at the time of the accusations, are included in the list.

I am sure this decision will open some wounds that had begun to heal. I am sure that some will criticize Cardinal Sean O’Malley for “throwing the priests under the bus” and others will complain that the new disclosure does not go far enough. But, I hope that the critics will first read the letter from Cardinal O’Malley announcing his decision. It is unprecedented in the way he shares his own decision-making process on these difficult issues. Whether you agree or disagree with his decisions to disclose this information in such a public manner, it is difficult not to admire his willingness to share with those affected the thought process that went into the decisions.

Rev. Richard Erikson, the Vicar General of the archdiocese, told me in an advance briefing that this was “One of the decisions the Cardinal has anguished over the most in my five years working with him.” And, it is easy to see why. People have a right to their reputation. That is no small moral concern. People also have a right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and to face their accusers. Those are legal principles that distinguish ours as a civilized society. On the other hand, the culture of clerical and hierarchic obfuscation that turned a sex scandal into an accountability scandal demands openness and accountability if the Church is ever to regain her credibility. How to balance such equally pressing, easily conflicting, moral concerns?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:40 PM

Cardinal launches accused clergy sex offender site

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Herald

By Laurel J. Sweet
Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Archdiocese of Boston is upgrading its Web site today to include one-stop shopping for information on past and present clerics already publicly accused of sexually abusing minors.

The new site can be likened to a sex offender registry for priests and deacons.

The controversial step for a church lambasted for its history of denial and secrecy has Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley girding for criticism, hoping for praise and praying www.bostoncatholic.org doesn’t crash from a sudden traffic rush, officials close to the cardinal told the Herald.

“Some will say we’ve thrown priests under the bus. Others will say we haven’t gone far enough. What we’re posting is factual information. If there’s backlash, so be it,” the Very Rev. Richard M. Erikson, Vicar General and O’Malley’s second in command, said during a sitdown interview at the Pastoral Center in Braintree.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Boston archdiocese lists clergy accused of sex abuse of children

MASSACHUSETTS
Taunton Daily Gazette

By Lane Lambert
The Patriot Ledger

Posted Aug 25, 2011

BRAINTREE —

After two years of consultation and planning, the Boston Archdiocese has released the names of 157 Catholic priests who’ve been either confirmed or accused of sexually abusing children – with just a few previously unpublicized priests on the list.

The release was made when the Archdiocese posted a new Web site that includes the priests’ parish history and the status of their accusations or guilt. The list also includes two deacons, for a total of 159 clerics.

The Rev. Richard Erickson, the Archdiocese vicar general, said in a Patriot Ledger interview that “a handful” haven’t already been identified from Archdiocese announcements, attorneys for victims, or advocacy groups such as Bishop Accountability.org.

The Rev. Erickson – Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s chief of staff – said the only accused priests who won’t be on the Archdiocese’s web site are those who were identified by victims after the priest had died.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Church airs list of priests accused of sexual abuse

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

08/25/2011

By Michael Rezendes, Globe Staff

Nearly ten years after a worldwide clergy sexual abuse crisis erupted in the Boston Archdiocese, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley today released a long-awaited roster of 159 archdiocesan clerics who have been accused of sexually abusing children.

O’Malley compiled the inventory after reviewing all the abuse allegations in the files of the archdiocese, some going back as many as 70 years, Church officials said, in his most recent attempt to assure parishioners and the public that the Church is doing all in its power to protect children while assisting survivors of abusive clergy.

“The Archdiocese of Boston’s commitment and responsibility is to protect children and to ensure that the tragedy of sexual abuse is never repeated,” O’Malley said, in a seven-page statement that accompanied a posting of the list on the official web site of the archdiocese at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:27 PM

An Untrendy Church?

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

Posted at: Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Author: Kevin Clarke

A memo from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University offers some stats worth worrying over. The Great Recession appears to have had a significant effect on U.S. fertility, and infant baptisms have tracked that overall decline. Fewer babies have been part of the reason that the number of people entering the church in the United States has dropped below 1 million a year for the last three years. Since 1947 that 1 milllion level has only been breached during another period of economic decline and high unemployment, 1973 to '79.

And now hastening the descent below 1 million has been a still unexplained collapse of non-infant entries, teens and adults, into the church that began in 2001. Just the year before the number of non-infant entries had peaked at 172,581. A CARA researcher noted "something happened" the following year, beginning the decline. That something may not have been the clergy sex abuse crisis since numbers of non-infant entries actually went up briefly during the height of that trauma in 2002 and '04.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

KMBC: Bishop Robert Finn subpoenaed by Jackson County grand jury

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Pitch

Posted by Justin Kendall on Thu, Aug 25, 2011

Bishop Finn may have some explaining to do to a grand jury.

Big news in the Father Shawn Ratigan child porn case. A Jackson County grand jury has subpoenaed Bishop Robert Finn, according to KMBC Channel 9's Micheal Mahoney. However, Mahoney doesn't know when or even if Finn will appear before grand jurors.

We don't know exactly what grand jurors are looking into in the case. Could they be reviewing why it took the Catholic diocese five months to report Ratigan to authorities? Or maybe they're considering his placement at an Independence mission house that allowed him to allegedly victimize a 12-year-old girl on Easter Sunday — the same girl that he allegedly took naked pictures of when she was 6 years old. Or maybe jurors want Bishop Finn to explain how a priest shortage is a good reason for keeping around someone suspected of taking child porn pics of little girls. We just don't know yet.

The Star reports that although the purpose of the prob isn't clear, "a similar panel in U.S. District Court has appeared to focus on Ratigan’s conduct. The Star’s sources suggested that authorities now are concerned with how the Catholic hierarchy handled Ratigan’s alleged misdeeds."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:08 AM

Muna Khan / Protecting minors against sexual assault

CANADA
Al Arabiya

By Muna Khan
Al Arabiya

The news last week of an imam being implicated in a sexual abuse case shocked Canadian Muslims, who feel betrayed by the man they trusted their children with. It has also highlighted the need to discuss such issues in an open and honest manner to prevent their occurrence in the future.

The accused man, 48-year-old Mohammad Masroor, is of Bangladeshi origin, a father of five and taught the Koran at an Islamic center and privately at homes in a Toronto suburb, according to a Canadian newspaper. The identities of the children he is accused of abusing have been kept confidential, in accordance with Canadian laws, but police did say the alleged victims are both male and female.

The Muslim community has expressed shock, and disbelief, at the news.

That’s the only disbelief surrounding the case. Comments on various blogs have spoken of the investigators’ “double standards” in the handling of this case because the accused in question is Muslim and authorities are acting out of political correctness. Commentators argue that had this been a priest, all the details of the ages of his victims would have been released and he would have been labeled a pedophile, whereas Masroor is being treated with “kid gloves” so as not to appear that the Muslim community is being victimzed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

What a Difference a Word Makes!

UNITED STATES
Boys Don't Tell

What a difference a word makes!

Here is an excellent article on the incredible difference it makes in how we perceive peoples’ positions in a situation base on the labels we use. In this case changing the name of a victim to accuser and now she seems to be the aggressor and the alleged perpetrator or rapist becomes the accused. Now he sounds a little like a victim doesn’t he? It is a slick way to turn the tables on victims.

The minister that admitted sexually abusing me as a teenager was described by the Bishop as having committed an act of clergy sexual misconduct. That’s a far cry from child sexual abuse which is exactly what happened. As you read this article I hope you think about how as a society (and the media) put a twist on reality by changing just one word. Misconduct, abuse; victim, accuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:28 AM

Cases pit fairness, safety

TENNESSEE
The Tennessean

Written by
Josh Adams | The Tennessean

In August of 2009, a stunned member of a large local church met with the senior pastor to convey an unpleasant message.

The congregant, a married father with a teenage son, had been visited by detectives from the Franklin Police Department who were investigating a sexual relationship between the man’s son and a church volunteer.

The boy, at the time, was 15. His abuser was then 29-year-old Monica Rankin who signed up with the People’s Church to lead one of its youth groups for teenagers. Rankin eventually pleaded guilty and was sentenced earlier this month. Church leaders, meanwhile, never discussed the allegations with church members until news of Rankin’s indictment made headlines some 15 months after the senior pastor met with the boy’s father.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Wider die Heuchelei

OSTERREICH
sueddeutsche (Deutschland)

Von Michael Frank, Wien

Offene Rebellion im Klerus der Alpenrepublik: Hunderte österreichische Priester wollen Papst und Bischöfen den Gehorsam verweigern. Erstmals in so großer Zahl verlangen Geistliche zeitgemäße Antworten auf die Kommunion für Geschiedene, Frauen in Kirchenämtern und das Tabu von Priester mit Frauen und Kindern. Ein Erzbischof droht mit Kirchenausschluss als Antwort auf das Menetekel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Attorney says there is more to story in priest beating case

BIRMINGHAM (AL)
WBRC

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The attorney for the man accused of beating a Catholic priest believes you have not heard the whole story.

Calvin Payne is charged with attempted murder following the fight which took place a week ago. Payne's attorney, Greg Case, is asking the public not to jump the gun on conclusions, because all the facts are not known yet. For example, Case says the public does not know who attacked first. Mr. Case also says Payne did not run from the scene, but talked to police and was told to go home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Letter to Bishop Thomas Tobin

PROVIDENCE (RI)
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

August 23, 2011

Bishop Thomas Tobin
Diocese of Providence
One Cathedral Square
Providence, RI 02903

Dear Bishop Tobin:

We belong to a support group called SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAPnetwork.org) Our mission is to heal the wounded and protect the vulnerable.

We’re concerned about three men who have faced criminal charges of sexual misdeeds and who have been or are Rhode Island Catholic clerics. Two are recently arrested deacons. One is a convicted and defrocked child molesting priest. They are:

■Fr. Daniel M. Azzarone Jr., who now works at a Providence-based non-profit agency called Open Doors, which aims to support those who have been incarcerated.
■ Deacon Robert Alessio, who was arrested recently for indecent exposure.
■ Deacon Laurence Gagnon, who was arraigned recently for child molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Victims: shameless bishop is guilt-tripping Catholics

IRELAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on August 24, 2011

Bishop Boyce’s shameless comments are a carefully calculated, pre-emptive strike by a bishop who is disingenuously posturing as a victim.

The Catholic church has enjoyed unhealthy and unquestioned authority in Ireland for ages. Its officials have repeatedly abused that power. To claim now that it’s “under attack” is preposterous.

If anything is “under attack,” it’s the heartless and criminal actions of hundreds of Catholic officials who have ignored and enabled heinous and very real attacks on children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

Burlington diocese paying for past recklessness

VERMONT
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by Barbara Dorris on August 24, 2011

No one should feel sorry for Burlington Catholic diocesan officials. If its leaders had shown more interest in accountability, transparency, and the safety of all parishioners, it wouldn't be in the position of owing milllions of dollars today.

This story demonstrates the depth of the church's pockets. Many dioceses that have settled with victims want you to believe they are under financial pressure. It is easy to forget how vast the church's land holdings are, and how easily it can turn those into cash.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Cloyne priest asked to stop public comments

IRELAND
RTE News

The Catholic Archbishop overseeing the diocese of Cloyne has asked Bishop John Magee's former deputy, Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, to stop commenting publicly on the abuse controversy in the diocese.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford was responding to the Monsignor's admission that he should have resigned as Cloyne's child protection delegate because he disagreed with the church guidelines he was supposed to enforce.

Until three years ago, Monsignor O'Callaghan was Bishop Magee's investigator of allegations that priests had sexually abused children.

Judge Yvonne Murphy's Commission found that over a nine-year period, he played a leading role in concealing the majority of serious complaints from the gardaí, stymieing the Irish church's policy of mandatory reporting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

TV program - Compass: Breaking the Silence

UNITED KINGDOM/TANZANIA
CathNews

This edition of Compass looks at how the internet brought together a group of men from around the world to mount a landmark civil class-action against the Catholic Church.

In 2009, over a hundred former pupils from two Catholic prep schools in England and Tanzania were reunited via social networking. Chatting in cyberspace, they discovered they had all suffered terrible abuse by priests at school: mental, physical and, in some cases, sexual.

As young children they were frightened into silence by their abusers and thought they were the 'only one'. Now, as men in their fifties and sixties, and strengthened by the group, they want justice and the truth to come out.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:06 AM

Church is self-destructing in response to sex abuse

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Thursday August 25 2011

THROUGHOUT its considerable history, many attempts have been made to challenge or dilute the power of the Catholic Church.

None have inflicted as much mayhem as the behaviour of the church itself.

In the flurry of scandals engulfing this institution in Ireland, it has been the hierarchy's reaction to clerical sex abuse rather than the crimes themselves which have caused most havoc.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin clearly realises that. But amid the upper echelons of the church he represents, this upright and isolated man is a lone voice in the wilderness.

Meanwhile, with their scattergun public statements, often clumsily worded, senior clergyman after senior clergyman demonstrates persistent and perhaps even wilful blindness about the extent of the problem. Hardly surprising, then, that they seem incapable of offering leadership.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Cloyne vicar says 'conscience' prevented him from reporting abuse

IRELAND
National Catholic Reporter

by Dennis Coday on Aug. 24, 2011 NCR Today

A day after retired Bishop John Magee broke his silence on the Cloyne Report, which found that as bishop of Cloyne he did not implement church guidelines on handling clergy sex abuse, his chief lieutenant has confessed that he should have resigned in 1996 because he could not in conscience uphold those church guidelines.

In an Aug. 24 letter to The Irish Catholic, Msgr Denis O'Callaghan, the Cloyne diocese's vicar general and delegate for child protection, wrote that he came to realize that his commitment to the pastoral care of priests conflicted with church guidelines to report clergy abuse to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Men in lawsuit against megachurch pastor speak out

ATLANTA (GA)
Miami Herald

The Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Two men who accused a metro Atlanta megachurch pastor of sexual misconduct in a lawsuit say they continue to struggle even after reaching an undisclosed settlement.

The men spoke publicly about the case against Pastor Eddie Long and New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in an interview in Miami with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV.

It was the first time they spoke since the lawsuit was settled in May.

"I thought I could cover the pain up," said Jamal Parris, now 24.

"I thought I could move, start over and everything would go away," he said. "I was terribly wrong."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

After Residential School, My Path to Healing

CANADA
The Tyee

Theodore Fontaine spent 12 years in residential school. And the rest of his life learning how to talk about it. A memoir, part one.

By Theodore Fontaine, Today, TheTyee.ca

[A few days after his seventh birthday in Sept. 1948, Theodore Fontaine walked with his parents to the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School in Manitoba where he was left. For the next 12 years, Fontaine endured the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse now synonymous with Canada's residential school system. Broken Circleis his story of a childhood lost within the company of the school system's "black-robed strangers" and an adulthood spent reeling in the aftermath, and then finding ways to heal. This first of two installments from Fontaine's memoir is drawn from the chapter "Chubby."]

An unlikely catalyst in my confronting my residential school experiences was my dear friend and older cousin Allan. He was the second-youngest of a large family of more than a dozen children, all of them older than me. Their mother was Dad's sister Sophie. Although Dad and Sophie were very close and the families visited as much as possible, transportation in the late 1940s and early 1950s was an adventure, even for short distances. I remember well the visiting done with Mom and Dad before I entered school and, most vividly, during the summer holidays. It allowed me to get to know our uncles, aunts and cousins more closely. Sophie and her husband, Ambrose -- we knew him as Mis-Kus ("Red") -- lived approximately two miles from us, past the residential school.

Allan was more than three years older than me, and as a kid I thought of him as a big macho guy I only saw at family functions, visits, weddings or funerals. His playfulness and work ethic were always evident, and I looked up to him as someone I wanted to emulate. I was actually a little afraid of Allan and stayed close to my family when he was nearby. When I entered residential school he'd already been there for two or three years, so we had no relationship there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:53 AM

Monsignor: Accused too old or sick to cope with claims

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan

Thursday, August 25, 2011

THE former child protection delegate in the Diocese of Cloyne has attempted to explain his failure to report complaints of child sex abuse by saying the accused priests were often aged or sick.

Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan criticised the Catholic Church’s protection guidelines for offering little discretion if they felt the accused priest was unable to cope with the consequences of an abuse complaint.

The former Mallow parish priest also noted in a letter to the Irish Catholic that "with many others I winced when understandably angry people [victims] expressed the wish that an accused priest would burn in hell".

"For most of those priests accused in Cloyne, the complaints alleged incidents dating back over 30 or 40 years. Of those priests some would now be terminally ill while others would be under constant medical care. The literal guidelines did not allow for any discretion to bishops and to their delegates. Reporting was to be made immediately," he wrote.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 AM

Case against priest Shawn Ratigan gets grand jury scrutiny

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS and JUDY L. THOMAS
The Kansas City Star

A local grand jury is poised to explore the case of a Roman Catholic priest who already is facing child pornography charges in state and federal courts, The Star has learned.

Grand jurors in Jackson County soon will hear evidence related to the Rev. Shawn Ratigan case, independent sources have told the newspaper.

The sources asked that their names not be used because of their close relationships to numerous parties affiliated with the case.

The topic and target of the grand jury probe are unclear. However, a similar panel in U.S. District Court has appeared to focus on Ratigan’s conduct. The Star’s sources suggested that authorities now are concerned with how the Catholic hierarchy handled Ratigan’s alleged misdeeds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Hearing set for Mormon bishop accused of not reporting child sex abuse

UTAH
The Salt Lake Tribune

By bob mims

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Aug 24 2011

A Mormon bishop is to appear in court next week to face accusations that he deliberately chose not to report child sexual abuse involving a member of his congregation.

Gordon Moon, who also serves as a member of Duchesne County’s school board, was summoned to appear before 8th District Judge Edwin Peterson on Sept. 1. Moon is charged with one third-degree felony count of tampering with a witness, and one class B misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse.

Contacted at his home Wednesday, Moon declined to discuss specifics of the charges against him. "All I can say is that I have faith in the justice system to see this through," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Mormon bishop charged with failing to report abuse

UTAH
Daily Herald

A Duchesne County Mormon church leader is facing criminal charges for allegedly failing to report an allegation of child sexual abuse brought to him by a teenage congregant seeking help.

Prosecutors have charged Gordon L. Moon with third-degree felony witness tampering and misdemeanor failure to report suspected abuse.

If convicted, the 43-year-old Moon faces a prison term of up to five years for the felony charge and up to six months in a county jail for the misdemeanor. A summons has been issued for Moon to appear in Duchesne's 8th District Court on Sept. 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:39 AM

Visiting Ukrainian rite priest acquitted of assault charges

HAWAII
Hawaii Catholic Herald

By Patrick Downes | Hawaii Catholic Herald

After a short deliberation, an Oahu Circuit Court jury acquitted a visiting Ukrainian rite Catholic priest on Aug. 8 of all charges of kidnapping and sex assault resulting from an alleged incident that his attorney said was “fabricated.”

The presiding judge at the Aug. 1-4 trial was Collette Garibaldi.

Father Bohdan Borowec, a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, was scheduled to return home on Aug. 14, according to his attorney Shawn Luiz.

“The Canadian Government requested emergency travel documents issued for their citizen and that Father [Borowec] return to Canada as soon as possible,” he said in an e-mail to the Hawaii Catholic Herald last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 AM

Shame on SNAP: Even After Priest Is Exonerated, Group Attacks Falsely Accused Cleric

HAWAII
The Media Report

Dave Pierre

Earlier this month (8/8/11), a Hawaii jury deliberated just minutes to declare that Fr. Bohdan Borowec, a Ukrainian Catholic priest visiting on vacation from Canada, was entirely innocent on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault.

Defense attorney Shawn A. Luiz, working pro bono on the case, effectively demonstrated that the claims against the priest were a complete fabrication from a woman of scant credibility. In addition to having an established mental health history, the unstable accuser had a record of making a false accusation against a priest before.

At the trial, the defense also produced e-mails following the alleged incident that demonstrated that the erratic woman was seeking money. These e-mails were exchanged even before she called the police, which she did not do until three days after the incident in question.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Pedophile ex-priest faces court date

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Los Angeles Times

Michael Stephen Baker, a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of molesting two boys, will be arraigned Friday as part of a motion filed by L.A. County prosecutors to have Baker committed to a state hospital indefinitely after completing his prison sentence.

Baker, who has served more than five years of a 10-year prison sentence for his 2007 conviction, was scheduled to be released Aug. 18. The petition, filed the same day with L.A. County Mental Health Court, means he will continue to be held while a judge reviews the case, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Tracy Watson.

Prosecutors will argue that Baker can be committed under a law that seeks to more stringently keep tabs on sexual offenders and reduce the risk of recidivism, Watson said.

Passed overwhelmingly by voter initiative in 2006, the law mandated evaluations for thousands more sex offenders than in the past to determine whether their conditions warrant hospitalization after criminal sentences have been served.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 AM

Cloyne cleric's comments are hurting victims -- archbishop

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Thursday August 25 2011

A leading archbishop yesterday urged one of the senior clerics criticised in the Cloyne Report to make no further comment on the controversy as it would cause distress to clerical sexual abuse victims.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the Cloyne administrator, made his comments after Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan wrote a letter to the 'Irish Catholic' newspaper in which he accepted he should have resigned his post as the diocesan child-protection delegate earlier.

Monsignor O'Callaghan, with former Bishop Dr John Magee, was criticised in the Cloyne Report for failing to fully implement child-protection guidelines.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:25 AM

LA DA moves to have committed former priest convicted of molesting children

LOS ANGELES (CA)
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles

Posted by Brad A. Greenberg

It’s been a long time since I’ve written about Michael Stephen Baker. The defrocked Catholic priest who sent to prison for molesting boys before I even started The God Blog. But Baker is back.

His prison sentence ended last week, and now Baker is again going to be arraigned—this time in an effort to have him committed indefinitely to a state hospital. As the LA Times reports:

Prosecutors will argue that Baker can be committed under a law that seeks to more stringently keep tabs on sexual offenders and reduce the risk of recidivism, Watson said.

Passed overwhelmingly by voter initiative in 2006, the law mandated evaluations for thousands more sex offenders than in the past to determine whether their conditions warrant hospitalization after criminal sentences have been served.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:21 AM

August 24, 2011

Bishop asks O’Callaghan to stay silent

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan and Dan Buckley

Thursday, August 25, 2011

THE administrator of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne has issued what amounts to a gagging order on its former child protection officer, Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan, as it emerged a local priest is receiving text messages from women who claim he molested them.

The priest, who has faced a string of sexual abuse allegations, has complained to north Cork gardaí that he is receiving unsolicited text messages.

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Dr Dermot Clifford, Apostolic Administrator of Cloyne, has asked Mgr O’Callaghan not to make any further comment on his failure to implement child safety guidelines after he wrote a letter to the Irish Catholic newspaper seeking to explain his actions.

In the letter, Mgr O’Callaghan, the former diocesan child protection delegate, said he should have resigned his position rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines he was expected to enforce.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:56 PM

Cleric's abuse comments cause 'distress' says Clifford

IRELAND
The Irish Times

FIONA GARTLAND

PUBLIC COMMENTS by the former delegate for the safeguarding of children in the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne, Msgr Denis O’Callaghan, were causing “distress and hurt to victims of child sexual abuse and their families”, Archbishop Dermot Clifford said last night.

The Archbishop of Cashel and Emly has asked the retired monsignor to “refrain from any further public comment” on the matter.

His remarks came after Msgr O’Callaghan wrote to the Irish Catholic saying he should have resigned as child protection delegate when he realised the implications of child protection guidelines published in 1996.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 PM

Archbishop agrees Deputy should have resigned over child protection guidelines

IRELAND
Newstalk

The Archbishop of Cashel and Emly Doctor Dermot Clifford has said the senior priest who was responsible for child protection in the Cloyne diocese should have resigned, after deciding he couldn’t implement child protection guidelines.

Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan – who was heavily criticised in the Cloyne report – issued a statement earlier, in which he admitted that he disagreed with the procedures he was supposed to enforce as a child protection delegate.

Dr. Dermot Clifford – who’s also the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne – also issued a statement this evening, saying the Church’s first priority must be child protection.

He went on to urge Monsignor O’Callaghan, who’s now retired, to refrain from any further public comment that could cause hurt to victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 PM

Grand jury to meet on Ratigan case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS and JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star

A local grand jury is poised to explore the case of a priest already facing child pornography charges in state and federal courts, The Star has learned.

Grand jurors in Jackson County soon will hear evidence related to the Rev. Shawn Ratigan case, independent sources have told the newspaper.

The sources asked that their names not be used because of their close relationships to numerous parties affiliated with the case.

The topic and target of the grand jury probe are unclear, however a similar panel in U.S. District Court has appeared to focus on Ratigan’s conduct. The Star’s sources suggested that authorities now are concerned with how the Catholic hierarchy handled Ratigan’s alleged misdeeds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 PM

'Godless culture' attacking church, says bishop

IRELAND
The Irish Times

STEVEN CARROLL

THE CATHOLIC Church is experiencing a testing time, having been rocked by the barbs of a “secular and godless culture” on the outside and the “sins and crimes of priests” within, Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe has said.

Dr Boyce, who has promised to publish a report into clerical abuse in his diocese soon, urged Catholics not to lose confidence in their faith and to act with hope and patience during the current difficult times for the church.

“The moment of history we live through in Ireland at present is certainly a testing one for the church and for all of us,” he said. “Attacked from the outside by the arrows of a secular and godless culture, rocked from the inside by the sins and crimes of priests and consecrated people, we all feel the temptation to lose confidence.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

Sources: KC Bishop Finn Gets Subpoena

KANSAS CITY (MO)
KMBC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KMBC 9 News has learned that a Jackson County grand jury has subpoenaed Bishop Robert Finn in connection with the church's handling of child sex allegations against priests.

Michael Mahoney reported that while Finn has been subpoenaed, it is not known when or even if he will actually appear.

He said Finn has been relieved of the subpoena, although attorneys asked about the case had differing opinions on what it could mean.

The grand jury investigation could go in multiple directions, Mahoney said. He said the grand jurors could be looking into Shawn Ratigan's arrest on child pornography charges, although the case originated in Clay County. Mahoney said it could also be focusing on the church and its official response to the Ratigan case or even the state's child abuse reporting laws.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 PM

SNAP Protest Calls for Action in Buchanan County

MISSOURI
The St. Joe Channel

Reported by: Nathan Thomas

Wednesday, August 24 2011

(St. Joseph, Mo.) A group that represents clergy abuse victims wants a new investigation launched in Buchanan County.

Snap, or the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, wants Buchanan County Prosecutor Dwight Scroggins to take action against former St. Joseph Priest Shawn Ratigan.

"There could be cover-ups by church officials. We have no idea if [Robert] Murphy intimidated witnesses here, or if he told church staffers to destroy files," says Barbara Dorris, victims outreach director. "We think now is the time to check into this to find out what took place in Buchanan County," she adds.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 PM

Settlement In Third St. Francis Lawsuit

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

6:56 p.m. EDT, August 24, 2011

A third lawsuit accusing St. Francis Hospital of liability for decades of sexual abuse committed by Dr. George Reardon has been resolved with a confidential settlement, according to a source familiar with the proceedings.

With jury selection scheduled to begin Sept. 6, lawyers for the hospital and the victim, known as Christopher Roe 1, reached a settlement late last week. The amount of the settlement is confidential, but it is considerably less than the $2.75 million awarded last month by a jury in a separate St. Francis case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 PM

Did someone at Catholic institutions in Netherlands graduate from abuse to murder?

NETHERLANDS
Bay Windows (United States)

by Jeff Epperly
contributing editor
Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

Just when you thought the worldwide Catholic sexual and emotional abuse scandal couldn’t possibly get any creepier or morally degenerate than it already has been, along comes news from the Netherlands that it could be much worse there than anyone ever imagined.

As with so many other secular law enforcement entities around the world who have had to take abuse investigations out of the hands of church authorities because such outstanding Christians cannot be entrusted to find the truth, Dutch officials in the Public Prosecution Office created the Deetman Commission to investigate the overwhelming number of abuse reports that have come to light in that country.

What they have uncovered in trying to look back at the history of abuse since the 1950s is an unusually high number of deaths of under-aged boys in a Roman Catholic institution for mentally disabled children in the town of Heel. A total of 34 boys―a number too large to be explained by any statistical blip―died under mysterious circumstances in 1952, 1953, and 1954. The death rate dropped back to normal after 1954.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:49 PM

Former Cloyne vicar general: I should have resigned

IRELAND
Catholic Culture

August 24, 2011

The former vicar general of Ireland’s Cloyne diocese has conceded that he should have resigned in 1996, since he was unwilling to enforce the sex-abuse policies adopted by the Irish hierarchy.

Msgr. Denis O’Callaghan said, in a letter to the Irish Catholic, that he objected to the mandatory reporting of sex-abuse charges, which was an important aspect of the bishops’ guidelines. That requirement, he said, conflicted with the “Christian duty of pastoral care” for accused priests. He pointed out that in some cases, mandatory reporting would have required taking action against priests who were elderly and/or terminally ill. “The literal guidelines did not allow for any discretion to bishops and their delegates,” he said.

Msgr. O’Callaghan—who had handled sex-abuse complaints for Bishop John Magee--reported that the Murphy Commission, which issued a scathing report on the failure of the Cloyne diocese to report sex-abuse charges, was aware of his “commitment to pastoral care.” He complained that the commission’s report nevertheless concentrated on the failure to follow the mandatory-reporting rule.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 PM

Msgr O'Callaghan - 'I should have resigned' - Paul Keenan

IRELAND
The Irish Catholic

25 Aug 2011

Paul Keenan

Sixteen years on from the publication of the bishops' Child Protection Guidlines, the priest charged with being the Cloyne diocese's delegate for child protection has admitted that he should have resigned as delegate as he was unable in conscience to fully implement the guidelines.

In a letter to The Irish Catholic, Msgr Denis O'Callaghan writes about his commitment to pastoral care of priests and how this came in conflict with the demands of the 1996 guidelines to report to the statutory authorities.

He writes: ''Judge Yvonne Murphy was made aware of the Cloyne commitment to pastoral care but the commission focused on its remit of reporting on whether or not procedures were fulfilled.

''In hindsight, I accept that I should have resigned on the point of principle from my role as delegate once I came to realise the implications of the 1996 guidelines for the overriding duty of pastoral care.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:34 PM

Eddie Long accusers detail relationships with embattled bishop (updated)

GEORGIA
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Christian Boone
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Among those tuning in to watch the most anticipated sermon of Bishop Eddie Long’s career were two of the young men who, one week earlier, had filed suit claiming the powerful Lithonia pastor had coerced them into sexual relationships.
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“It was like the Super Bowl for us,” said 24-year-old Jamal Parris, describing the anxiousness he felt before Long took to the pulpit last September. “This might be the day he finally says something.”

Neither Parris nor fellow accuser Spencer LeGrande, now 23, expected an admission of wrongdoing or an apology.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:27 PM

Magee deputy speaks on Cloyne

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan has admitted he should have resigned as child protection delegate rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines.

Msgr O’Callaghan was criticised in the Cloyne report published last month for his role in failing to respond appropriately to abuse allegations.

He was second in command to Bishop John Magee, who the report said had misled the minister for children by claiming the church’s guidelines for handling abuse cases were being fully complied with.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Deputy to Bishop John Magee 'should have resigned'

IRELAND
BBC News

The deputy to Bishop John Magee has said he should have resigned as child protection delegate in the Cloyne diocese rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines.

Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan was criticised in the Cloyne Report for his role in failing to respond appropriately to abuse allegations.

He had responsibility for child safeguarding in the diocese.

In a letter published in The Irish Catholic newspaper, he said his main focus was always on the pastoral care of "everyone suffering the consequences of sex abuse, primarily the victim but also the transgressor".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:26 PM

Best thing Magee can do now for everyone concerned is disappear

IRELAND
Herald

Wednesday August 24 2011

THE RTE website yesterday reported that a spokesperson for the Catholic Bishops has welcomed Bishop John Magee's offer to meet survivors of child sexual abuse in the diocese of Cloyne.

The article doesn't say who this spokesperson is but the Catholic Bishops don't have an official spokesperson.

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The spokesperson also, we are told, "singled out for praise Dr Magee's sentiments on meeting survivors."

Amazing how the official Church can find merit in something Bishop Magee should have done long ago and has only now agreed to under the media spotlight.

It's a real demonstration of how the media battle has been lost to the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:31 PM

Bishop Magee's deputy 'should have resigned'

IRELAND
RTE News

Bishop John Magee's number two, Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, has admitted he should have resigned as child protection delegate rather than continue in a job where he disagreed with the child protection guidelines he was supposed to enforce.

Msgr O'Callaghan came in for sharp criticism in the Cloyne Report for his role in failing to respond appropriately to abuse allegations.

In a letter published in The Irish Catholic newspaper, Msgr O'Callaghan, who had responsibility for child safeguarding in the diocese, insists that his primary focus was always on the pastoral care of 'everyone suffering the consequences of sex abuse, primarily the victim but also the transgressor.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Eddie Long Accuser Blames Megachurch Pastor for Drug Charge

GEORGIA
Christian Post

By Michelle A. Vu | Christian Post Reporter

One of the four men who accused Georgia megachurch pastor Eddie Long of sexual misconduct was convicted of a drug charge Tuesday.

Jamal Parris, 24, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intention to distribute. Judge Bronwyn Miller in a Miami courtroom Tuesday morning ordered him to serve one year of probation and perform 75 hours of community service, according to Atlanta’s WSBTV Channel 2.

Although Parris admitted to legal wrongdoing, he also defended himself by blaming Bishop Eddie Long for being the cause of his drug charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:34 AM

Magee apologizes; SNAP responds

IRELAND
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

We wholeheartedly endorse two important calls made in Ireland today.

We agree with the call made by ONE IN FOUR that Magee hold an open news conference, and take questions about his role in concealing child sex crimes. Out of respect for those he so severely and repeatedly betrayed, that’s the very least Magee should do.

We also agree with Fr. Michael Mernagh who urges Magee to leave Dublin. That too would be a tiny step toward accountability and respect for those Magee hurt.

Catholic officials who protect predators and endanger kids almost never experience consequences for their wrongdoing. As a result, more Catholic officials choose to protect predators and endanger kids. Until this changes, kids will not be safer in the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Priest who fled to Poland after arrest replaced

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

Updated: August 24, 2011

By Jay Tokasz
NEWS RELIGION REPORTER

A Buffalo priest who fled the country following an arrest on drunken-driving and felony reckless-endangerment charges has been suspended by his superior.

The Rev. Joseph Olczak, provincial superior of the Pauline Fathers, announced Tuesday that he has appointed the Rev. Mariusz Dymek as administrator of Corpus Christi parish at 199 Clark St.

Dymek replaces the Rev. Matthew Wydmanski, who was arrested Aug. 6 after nearly striking two Buffalo police officers with a 2011 Chevy Equinox. Wydmanski’s priestly duties have been suspended, said Olczak.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

Bishop speaks of 'testing' times

IRELAND
The Irish Times

STEVEN CARROLL

The Catholic Church is enduring a difficult time having been rocked by the barbs of a secular culture on the outside and the “sins and crimes of priests” within, Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe has said.

Dr Boyce, who has promised to soon publish a report into clerical abuse in the diocese, urged Catholics not to lose confidence in their faith and to act with hope and patience during difficult times for the church.

“The moment of history we live through in Ireland at present is certainly a testing one for the Church and for all of us,” Dr Boyce said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Arrest Bishop John Magee for Cloyne cover-up

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
Irish Voice Editorial

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The spectacle of Bishop John Magee abjectly apologizing this week for his utter failure to curb pedophile priests in his Cork diocese makes the blood run cold.

Magee bolted out of the country when the Cloyne report was made public. It was a devastating document, detailing in great precision the horrific cover-up.

Magee has now admitted his actions, which came after the flood of sexual abuse stories had been made public in Ireland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Vt. town to decide on whether to buy camp on Lake Champlain's Malletts Bay

VERMONT
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: August 24, 2011

COLCHESTER, Vt. — Colchester residents are going to decide whether the Vermont community should buy a 26-acre summer camp on Lake Champlain's Malletts Bay from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington.

The church is selling the property to help pay the settlement from a series of priest sexual abuse cases.

Townspeople will vote Oct. 4 whether to buy the property for $4.5 million.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

It's a sham... abuse victims react to bishop's apology

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Victoria O'Hara
Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Survivors of clerical abuse and priests have criticised the apology from a former Newry-born bishop who misled authorities about reporting cases of institutional child abuse in the Republic.

Dr John Magee, the former Bishop of Cloyne, apologised and offered to meet abuse victims "on bended knee". But a spokeswoman for Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse last night branded the apology "empty".

The Association for Catholic Priests (ACP) has also criticised Dr Magee's remarks as "inadequate".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

In the ongoing St. Francis child sex abuse trials...

CONNECTICUT
The Hartford Courant

By
Susan Campbell
on August 24, 2011

Judge Dan Shaban has denied St. Francis hospital's motion to set aside the jury's July 8 verdict in favor of plaintiff Tim Doe 1, and has also denied the defendant's request to reduce the amount of damages. You can read the verdict here:

8-19-11 decision on post verdict motions.pdf

Read, in particular, this from Judge Shaban:

...it cannot be said that the jury's verdict shocks the court's sense of justice.

Tim Doe 1 (a pseudonym) was a former patient of George Reardon, St. Francis' former chief of endocrinology who over the course of decades used a bogus growth study to lure countless children and adolescents into his hospital office, where he sexual abused and exploited them. Roughly 60 cases remain to be tried against the hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Diocese “nowhere near bankruptcy” says Bishop

IRELAND
Longford Leader

Published on Wednesday 24 August 2011

Parishes across the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois claim to be bucking the national trend with the overwhelming majority of collection levels remaining steady, a Leader investigation has uncovered.

Over half a dozen parishes surveyed by this newspaper over the past seven days confirmed they were satisfied current income streams had been largely unaffected by the deepening economic gloom and falling Mass attendances.

In fact, only one parish -Newtowncashel in the southern half of the county-expressed concern at the situation, revealing collections had drastically reduced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Mormon bishop charged with failing to report teen sexual assault

UTAH
Deseret News

By Geoff Liesik, For the Deseret News

DUCHESNE — An LDS bishop who also serves as vice president of the Duchesne County School Board is facing criminal charges for his alleged failure to report a teenage girl's disclosure that she'd been sexually assaulted.

Gordon Lamont Moon, 43, of Duchesne, was charged Monday in 8th District Court with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony, and failure to report abuse of a child, a class B misdemeanor.

Gordon Lamont Moon, an LDS bishop who also serves as vice president of the Duchesne County School Board, was charged Aug. 22, 2011, with tampering with a witness, a third-degree felony, and failure to report child abuse, a class B misdemeanor. Moon, 43, of Duchesne is accused of failing to report a teenage girl's disclosure that she'd been sexually assaulted and of telling the girl not to talk to police.

The charges against Moon stem from a July meeting with a teenage member of his congregation. During the meeting, the girl revealed that she had been sexually assaulted by a teenage boy and Moon advised her not to report the assault to law enforcement, according to Duchesne County sheriff's detective Dan Bruso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:20 AM

Former priest jailed for sexual assault

AUSTRALIA
ABC Melbourne

Alice McKinnon

Updated August 24, 2011

A former Port Pirie priest who was stood down as principal of Saint Mark's College has been jailed for two years in Victoria for indecent assault.

Michael Aulsebrook, 55, had pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent assault against a 12-year-old student in the early 1980s.

Aulsebrook had been teaching at a school at Sunbury on Melbourne's outskirts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

August 23, 2011

SNAP condemns defrocked priest hired at non-profit

PROVIDENCE (RI)
WPRO

Members of the Boston branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) gathered outside the Diocese in Providence Tuesday to call for increased community knowledge of priests convicted of sexual misconduct.

Three members of the organization delivered a letter to Bishop Tobin entitled "Trust no more forever," urging him to use his position to "inform the community and to inform organizations working with vulnerable persons about known or suspected predators."

The group's action was sparked by the fact that defrocked priest Daniel Azzarone Jr. is now working for Providence non-profit OpenDoors, an organization that helps formally incarcerated adults transition to life outside of prison. Azzarone was convicted of sexually assaulting minors, formally defrocked, and sentenced to three years in prison in 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:03 PM

Birmingham man arrested in connection with beating of priest

BIRMINGHAM (AL)
The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the beating of a Catholic priest last Wednesday. Calvin Payne, 55, of Birmingham was arrested without incident at his home, police said in a news release.

Payne has been charged with attempted murder in connection with the beating of the Rev. Emmanuel Isi, 57, associate pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:07 PM

Priest admitted sexual addiction ...

LOUISVILLE (KY)
The Courier-Journal

Written by
Jason Riley The Courier-Journal

A Roman Catholic priest charged with sexually abusing two boys in the 1970s told the Archdiocese of Louisville in 1985 that he was a sexual addict, but church officials put him in treatment instead of removing him because they believed he was involved with men, not boys, according to court records released Tuesday.

In addition, the Rev. James R. Schook admitted to church officials in the mid-1990s that he had given a man money in exchange for sex, according to the records. The archdiocese referred him to a counselor.

Schook was removed from the ministry last year by the archdiocese after several men complained that they were abused by Schook when they were teenagers in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:04 PM

Priestly Vulnerability

Catholic Culture

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | August 23, 2011

The recent news story out of Canada about a man who extorted money from a priest under the threat of a false allegation of sexual abuse reminds me of how vulnerable priests have become in today’s culture. This seems to be true in both secular and ecclesiastical culture.

Ever since the sexual abuse scandal broke over ten years ago, good priests have complained that they frequently do not get the kind of support from their bishop that they would expect when faced with allegations of misconduct. The attitude of many bishops seems to have changed from an assumption of innocence to a desire to distance oneself as quickly as possible from anyone who is accused. While guilty priests must be promptly removed from priestly service, not all who are accused are guilty.

In a new climate in which the very rumor of abuse can destroy a priest’s reputation, his ministry and even his psychological equilibrium, priests often cannot rely on the episcopal support necessary to preserve order in the chaos. In some ways, at least for more orthodox and outspoken priests, this situation is not entirely new. In many—probably most—dioceses in the United States and many other Western countries since at least 1970, those priests who have been most devoted to the doctrine and discipline of the Church have frequently found themselves unwelcome in the chancery, farmed out to the provinces, and even sent for psychological evaluation or theological retraining.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Suspect arrested for assaulting Catholic priest

BRIMINGHAM (AL)
Fox 6

By Tiffany Glick

Birmingham Police have arrested a 55-year old Calvin Payne of Birmingham for allegedly assaulting Father Emmanual Isi of St. Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham.

Police say Isi was assaulted following a traffic accident in the 5500 block of Ave H Ensley last Wednesday.

Payne was arrested without incident, charged with attemped murder, and transported to Birmingham City Jail with a $60,000 bond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Clergy devalues language in response to child sex abuse

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

OPINION: IT’S THAT “if” word again. Irish Catholic bishops and archbishops have been finding it so very helpful in recent years when expressing personal sorrow for what others have perceived as wrongs on their part.

Such a delightfully useful word. It creates just the right amount of wriggle-room to allow a putatively penitent prelate allow an outside perception of deepest repentance while not really feeling such a thing at all.

You could say the small “if” word, with such a big meaning, comes from the same stable as that thoroughbred “mental reservation”, of which there is none better when conveying a false impression – truthfully.

And so, little “if” popped up when the former bishop of Cloyne John Magee spoke to RTÉ on Monday. “To the victims I say I am truly horrified by the abuse they suffered – it is very clear to me when I read the complete report – and if through my not fully implementing the 1996 guidelines which we had, I have made any victim suffer more, on my bended knee, I beg forgiveness, I am sorry.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 PM

U.S. Theravada Buddhist Temples accused of harboring pedophile monk

CHICAGO (IL)
CPIU

Patricia Jane | August 23, 2011

On Sunday, a group of protesters gathered at the Wat Dhammaram Theravada Buddhist temple, Southwest Side Chicago, after a report that a former monk at the temple, Camong Boa-Ubol, had sexually assaulted two girls, impregnating one of them.

According to the report, the family of one of the girls–a 12 year-old–reported the incident to the Wat Dhammaram temple in 2000. The family was told that the monk would be returned to Thailand but it soon became known that the pedophile monk is still serving in Wat Buddhavipassana in Long Beach, California, where it is alleged that he still has access to young children.

The protesters were members of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP). They handed out fliers and held up signs and placards, one of which read: “Children molested at this temple.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Vatican Denies Responsibility for Sexually Abusive Priests

UNITED STATES
Injury Board

by John McKiggan
August 23, 2011

The Washington Post has reported on litigation in Oregon that seeks to prove that the Vatican should be held liable for alleged sexual abuse by Father Andrew Ronan. The lawsuit hopes to prove that the Vatican was “effectively” Ronan’s employer when the priest allegedly sexually abused the plaintiff, John Doe.

According to the report:

An employment relationship could trigger an exception to a federal law that usually bars lawsuits against foreign sovereign entities such as the Vatican.

The Oregon litigation is just one of thousands of sexual abuse allegations against priests around the world. Is it reasonable to assume the hierarchy of the Catholic Church wasn't aware of the avalanche of allegations that have been made against priests world-wide? If so, what, if any responsibility does the leadership of the Catholic Church have to sexual abuse victims?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 PM

Irish bishop reiterates apology, offers to meet with abuse victims

IRELAND
Catholic News Service

By Cian Molloy
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN (CNS) -- Six weeks after a government report found that his diocese had failed to implement the Irish hierarchy's child protection guidelines and had covered up allegations of clerical child abuse, retired Bishop John Magee of Cloyne reiterated his apology and offered to meet with the victims.

"I feel there is nothing I can say now which will ease the pain and distress for victims," said Bishop Magee, who served as personal secretary to three popes before being named to Cloyne. "I fully understand why they are angry -- I let them down, by not fully implementing the guidelines which were available to me. I deeply, deeply regret not ensuring that the guidelines, which were my responsibility to implement, were complied with, and I ask for forgiveness for the way in which I have carried out this critically important aspect of my work."

Bishop Magee said he also let down the priests of Cloyne.

"So many priests do such good work and, by not addressing the issues which confronted me, I made their important work more difficult. I also want to apologize to the people of the diocese for not managing this important work more effectively."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:18 PM

Warren Jeffs to be housed in solitary Texas prison cell

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By lindsay whitehurst
The Salt Lake Tribune

Polygamous sect leader and convicted child rapist Warren Jeffs will be housed in a solitary cell for his own protection, Texas prison officials said Tuesday.

Jeffs, 55, was sentenced to life in prison two weeks ago after a jury found him guilty of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15, who he took as polygamous wives. Because of the large amount of media coverage of his case, officials decided to place him in a solitary cell at the Powledge Unit in Palestine, Texas, said prison spokesman Jason Clark.

Jeffs will be in his cell for 22 hours a day, and allowed out for recreation and a shower.

“It was really to be more proactive,” rather than a response to a specific threat or any violence, Clark said. “His case did garner media attention, his crimes were against children.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Bishops divided over questioning Vatican

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Barney Zwartz
August 22, 2011

AUSTRALIA'S Catholic bishops have responded to popular fury over the Pope's sacking of Toowoomba Bishop Bill Morris earlier this year by agreeing to send questions about it to the Vatican.

But the 42 bishops are divided about another petition asking them to put particular questions to the Pope when they make their five-yearly visit to the Vatican in October. Catholics for Renewal have sent their letter to all 1369 Australian parishes, but some bishops, including Canberra Archbishop Mark Coleridge, have told parish priests not to distribute the letter or its request for signatures.

A statement about Bishop Morris lodged on the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference website last week says the bishops have received the petition by Toowoomba Catholics, but they have no jurisdiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:14 PM

Can the State effectively treat sex offenders?

IRELAND
The Irish Times

CONOR LALLY

JUST OVER ONE year on from the release from prison of Larry Murphy, a startling fact emerged that failed to cause even a fraction of the hysteria stirred up when the rapist walked free from Arbour Hill Prison last August.

Figures obtained by The Irish Times revealed that only 15 per cent of the 1,100 people on the sex offenders’ register living in the community were being supervised, treated or monitored by the Probation Service.

The remaining 85 per cent, almost 950 sex offenders in all, were back living in communities across the country with no restrictions on their movements and in the absence of any engagement with the State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Deaths of 74 children in Catholic schools raise suspicions of serial killer priest in Netherlands

NETHERLANDS
God Discussion

August 23, 2011 By JohnThomas Didymus

The authorities in The Netherlands are investigating the deaths of 34 boys in a Catholic school for mentally handicapped boys.

The deaths which occurred between 1952 and 1954 in St. Joseph's, Heel, a school which takes only about 60 students each year has raised suspicions of serial murder given the fact that there were only a few deaths in the years before and after the deaths.

The Deetman commission, a group appointed by the Dutch government to investigation allegations of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in The Netherlands found also that 40 children died during the same period in a school in the same locality for disabled girls, The St. Anna's Girls Institute, which had a population of about 1000 girls.

It is not yet clear whether the deaths in the two schools, totaling 74, are connected, but Eugene Baak, a spokesman for the regional public prosecutor told AP that the deaths in the girls' school are not considered suspicious, though the reasons for this conclusion are not certain.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Magee urged to make public act of penance

IRELAND
Herald

By Michael Lavery

Tuesday August 23 2011

A PRIEST today urged Bishop John Magee to make a public act of penance after his "inadequate" apology to the victims of clerical sex abuse.

Fr Michael Mernagh, an Augustinian priest who walked from Cobh to Dublin in December, 2008, as an act of atonement for the abuse in Cloyne, said Bishop Magee should "prostrate" himself for days if necessary outside St Colman's Cathedral in Cobh "wearing a purple robe of penance".

ROBOTIC

The Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, had signalled his support for campaigners angry at Dr Magee's handling of sex abuse allegations when he welcomed and hugged Fr Mernagh at the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin at the end of his march in January, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:53 AM

At Venice Lido Marina Gavazzi denounces the cover up by the Vatican of the Catholic Church’

ITALY
Your Story

The fourteenth edition of OPEN, the International Exhibition of Sculptures and Installations will be held at Venice Lido and San Servolo Island. from September 1st to October 2nd, 2011, in conjunction with the 68th Venice Film Festival.

At this venue the Milanese photographer Marina Gavazzi is presenting an installation built from iron scaffolding tubes taken from an abandoned building site. It is a cube with, on each side, the same image named His Holiness representing the Pontiff enveloped in flames under the innocent look of an adolescent boy. The strength of the iron which acts as frame to the image is meant to reinforce the unequivocal message denouncing the decennia of sexual abuses perpetrated by Roman Catholic priests on young innocent souls whom the unsuspecting families had entrusted in their care. These crimes were well known to the recently beatified highest authority of the Vatican, but, in conjunction with his current successor, he nevertheless tried to cover them up until the scandal reached a level where it was impossible to contain.

Priests criticise Bishop Magee comments as 'inadequate'

IRELAND
BBC News

The Association for Catholic Priests (ACP) has criticised Bishop John Magee's first interview since the publication of the report into abuse as "inadequate".

The Murphy Report into the diocese's handling of child abuse was published in July.

On Monday Dr Magee said he felt "horrified and ashamed" by the findings of the report.

The ACP welcomed the fact he had spoken but said it was "not enough".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:44 AM

Sex abuse report expected in two weeks

IRELAND
Donegal Democrat

Published on Monday 22 August 2011

A church watchdog is due to publish the findings of an investigation into the full extent of all complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse made to the Raphoe diocese since 1975. The report, for the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, is expected to be published by the Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Philip Boyce, within the next two weeks.

The audit of the diocese was led by Ian Elliott chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The board was founded in 2006 and has now compiled audits on six of Ireland’s 26 dioceses.

The board was tasked with uncovering the full extent of all complaints or allegations, knowledge, suspicions or concerns of child sexual abuse, made to the Raphoe diocese by individuals or by the civil authorities in the period 1 January 1975 to the present day, against Catholic clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:41 AM

Cloyne clerical abuse cover-up: Magee apology provokes fury

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel and Independent.ie reporters

Tuesday August 23 2011

FORMER Bishop of Cloyne John Magee was today accused of "distorted thinking" and "not taking responsibility" for the extent of his cover-up over the years to protect clergy in the diocese of Cloyne.

The Director of One in Four, Maeve Lewis, said that it appeared the bishop "didn't get the gravity of his failures" on foot of his interview on RTE last night in which he said he felt "ashamed" over what happened.

While welcoming his apology to victims, Ms Lewis stressed that an interview on a doorstep to an RTE reporter was not the way to explain why he had failed to do his duty to the people of the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Canadian man sentenced for extorting $90,000 from priest

CANADA
Catholic Culture

August 23, 2011

An Ontario man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for extorting $90,000 from a local priest. Robert Sammut, 46, had told the priest, whose name has been sealed by court order, that he would lodge a false accusation of abuse if the priest did not pay.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Priest launches astonishing attack on Bishop Magee over child abuse

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHY HAYES, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A well-known Cork priest has launched a bitter attack on former Cloyne bishop John Magee after Magee had issued a public apology about his actions in covering up sex abuse on children in his diocese.

Father Michael Mernagh, a priest in his diocese, came to prominence by walking from his parish to Dublin in atonement for victims of child abuse.

In an unprecedented attack on a fellow member of the clergy he described the Bishop's apology as “hollow” and told him he should no longer stay in his diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

Bishop Magee apology 'meaningless words' says victim

IRELAND
BBC News

A woman abused in the diocese of Cloyne as a child has said an apology from the former bishop is "meaningless".

In a statement Dr John Magee said he felt "horrified and ashamed" by abuse in his diocese.

It was Dr Magee's first public statement since publication of the Murphy Commission report into the diocese's handling of child abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Sometimes sorry is just not enough

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Tuesday August 23 2011

Bishop John Magee yesterday made an unequivocal apology to victims of clerical sex abuse in his former diocese of Cloyne, expressed his shame and horror at what had occurred there, and fully accepted the findings of the Cloyne Report, which severely criticised his handling of events.

The apology, like the criticism, centred on his failure to implement -- in his words, "fully implement" -- the guidelines on the issue laid down in 1996.

If thereby he had made any victim suffer more, he said, "on my bended knee I beg for forgiveness."

A plea for forgiveness is a powerful thing. Contrition, publicly and painfully expressed, deserves high praise. But even on the kindest and most generous assessment, his statement yesterday, and the manner of its delivery, were wholly inadequate.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Elder accused of sexually abusing children

KOREA
Asia One

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011

A celebrated social activist known for helping teenagers and children in need was arrested on Monday for a series of sexual abuse cases.

The offender, only known by his surname Kim, had allegedly taken advantage of teenagers by luring them to his home, saying that he would "instruct students into righteous way with faith," Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

Since 1991, Kim had allegedly sexually abused six boys by ordering them to take off clothes and touching their bodies. Police said that a child was harassed for as long as nine years, or in some cases three siblings were taken advantage of together.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Judge Continues Casey Sentencing; New Date Oct. 7

TENNESSEE
The Greeneville Sun

BY KEN LITTLE
STAFF WRITER

Sentencing in the William Casey sex abuse case in Sullivan County has been continued until Oct. 7, the prosecutor said today.

Casey, 77, a former pastor of Notre Dame Catholic Church in Greeneville and a Camp Creek resident, was convicted July 14 by a Sullivan County jury of one count of first-degree criminal sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Cardelli gets 18 years in molestation case

CALIFORNIA
The Times-Standard

Thadeus Greenson/The Times-Standard
Posted: 08/23/2011

Despite a former Arcata pastor's pleas for probation, a Humboldt County Superior Court judge sentenced Dino Cardelli to the maximum prison sentence allowable Monday, charging that he essentially seduced his adopted daughter with Bible passages in order to molest her.

Arrested last September, Cardelli, 50, pleaded guilty June 22 to charges of the continual sexual abuse of a minor, child molestation, attempting to dissuade a witness and 25 counts of violating a court order not to contact his victim.

During an emotional two-hour court hearing, the court heard from one of two victims in the case -- identified as Jane Doe 1 -- and from Cardelli, and attorneys debated an appropriate sentence for Cardelli, who -- until his arrest -- had served as the pastor of Arcata's Calvary Chapel. He and his late wife opened the church in January 1995.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Bishop ‘ashamed’ of Cloyne abuse

IRELAND
UTV

A Newry-born former bishop at the centre of a damning report into the handling of clerical sex abuse allegations in Co Cork has begged for forgiveness from the victims he let down.

Dr John Magee, a former Vatican aide, was exposed last month in the Cloyne report for failing to protect children and investigate paedophile priests.

Speaking for the first time since its publication, he told RTÉ News he feels "ashamed" by the suffering victims in his diocese went through.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Challenge to Magee from abuse victims

IRELAND
The Irish Times

[Bishop Magee's statement]

CARL O'BRIEN and BARRY ROCHE

FORMER BISHOP of Cloyne John Magee has apologised “unreservedly” to victims of child sexual abuse in his former diocese and says he is willing to meet them and their families privately if they wish.

However, victims last night criticised the bishop for failing to speak out publicly until now and challenged him to hold a press conference to deal fully with all the issues highlighted in the Cloyne report.

In a statement yesterday through a public relations company, Bishop Magee referred to his earlier comments on the day the report was published in which he accepted “full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Victims reject Magee’s ‘empty’ apology

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Catherine Shanahan and Claire O’Sullivan

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

VICTIMS of clerical sex abuse have dismissed as "empty" and "insincere" expressions of shame and regret by the former bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee for the abuse that took place under his watch.

One woman described Dr Magee’s offer to meet privately with victims and their families as nothing but showmanship. "I met with him privately a number of times and my advice to other victims is: ‘don’t bother’. Go to the gardaí instead."

Victim support group One in Four said they were dismayed by Dr Magee’s statement yesterday.

"While it appears to be an apology, he continues to justify his own position," said One in Four chief executive Maeve Lewis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Bishops welcome John Magee's offer to victims

IRELAND
RTE News

A spokesperson for the Catholic bishops has welcomed Bishop John Magee's offer to meet survivors of child sexual abuse inflicted by some of the clergy in the diocese of Cloyne.

The spokesperson also welcomed Bishop Magee's decision to speak publicly over a month after the publication of the Cloyne Report.

Judge Yvonne Murphy said he was responsible over a 12-year period for the inadequate and inappropriate response of his former diocese to child sexual abuse allegations.

Dr Magee told RTÉ News yesterday that he felt ashamed by the abuse that occurred in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Bishop Magee breaks silence over Cloyne abuse

IRELAND
The Journal

FORMER BISHOP DR John Magee has issued a public apology to victims of clerical sex abuse in his diocese, in his first interview since going to ground after the Cloyne report was published.

Dr Magee said he was horrified to read of the extent of the abuse suffered by children, and accepted “full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse”. Speaking to RTÉ News, he said: “I unreservedly apologise to these victims.”

The retired cleric also said that he had “let the many good priests of the diocese down” by avoiding the media in the wake of the report’s publication last month. “So many priests do such good work and by not addressing the issues which confronted me I made their important work more difficult,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Mixed reaction to Magee’s apology

IRELAND
The Journal

VICTIMS OF CHILD abuse and Catholic bishops have been reacting to former Bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee’s apology to those who were abused by clerics in his diocese.

According to the Irish Examiner, victims have dismissed his apology as “empty” and “insincere”.

Meanwhile, Bishops have welcomed his words, RTE reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Poll: How do you feel about Bishop Magee’s apology?

IRELAND
The Journal

FORMER BISHOP DR John Magee issued an apology yesterday to the victims of clerical sex abuse in his diocese, in his first interview since going to ground after the Cloyne report was published.

Magee said that he took “full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse,” and “unreservedly” apologised to victims. He also offered to meet with victims in private.

Today, there has been mixed reaction to his apology. While bishops have welcomed his words, victim support group One in Four said that it was not happy with the apology. Chief executive of the group, Maeve Lewis, claimed that Magee had been aware of many of the allegations – but was now attempting to say he was not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Ex-bishop accused over child abuse

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Shamed former bishop John Magee has not grasped the gravity of his failures to protect children and investigate paedophile priests, a group supporting clerical abuse victims has said.

Under immense pressure to speak out over his lack of interest in exposing abuse, the one-time Vatican aide said he was ashamed that people had suffered under his watch and begged for forgiveness.

But support group One In Four accused the ex-bishop of not taking responsibility for what happened in the Cloyne diocese.

"It's as if Bishop Magee is a victim of a type of distorted thinking which is just as harmful to child protection as more active sex offending," executive director Maeve Lewis said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Magee criticised over Cloyne

IRELAND
The Irish Times

STEVEN CARROLL

Former Bishop of Cloyne John Magee has been accused of not taking responsibility for the sexual abuse that occurred in the diocese during his tenure as bishop.

Victims support group One in Four said Dr Magee did not understand the gravity of his failure to protect children and investigate paedophile priests in the Cork diocese.

“It’s as if Bishop Magee is a victim of a type of distorted thinking which is just as harmful to child protection as more active sex offending,” One in Four executive director Maeve Lewis said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Former bishop of Cloyne Diocese breaks silence

IRELAND
Scottish Catholic Observer

Bishop John Mcgee says he feels ‘horrified and ashamed’ by abuse in his diocese

Bishop John Mcgee, the former bishop of Cloyne, Ireland, has said he feels ‘horrified and ashamed’ by abuse in his diocese, breaking his silence on the subject since his resignation.

In his first public statement since publication of the Murphy Commission report into the diocese’s handling of child abuse, he said: ‘I accept full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse.’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Bishops welcome Magee’s offer

IRELAND
Inside Ireland

By Christopher Weir

Bishop John Magee has offered to meet the victims of child sexual abuse in the diocese of Cloyne.

The move has been welcomed by a spokesperson for the Catholic bishops.

The spokesperson also welcomed Bishop Magee’s decision to speak publicly, over a month after the controversial Cloyne report was published.

Judge Yvonne Murphy made clear that Bishop Magee was responsible over a 12-year period for the failure of his former diocese to respond appropriately to child sexual abuse allegations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Court: Abuse victim files counter-protest - Invites priest to file libel case against him

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Chiara Bonello

Article published on 23 August 2011

“I invite Fr Conrad Sciberras to sue me for libel if he so wishes, so that I may have the opportunity to reveal a lot more,” sex abuse victim Lawrence Grech told the press outside the Law Courts yesterday, after having filed a counter-protest.

The counter-protest was a reaction to that filed last Tuesday by Fr Sciberras, a member of the Missionary Society of St Paul (MSSP), complaining about sexual abuse allegations that Mr Grech was making about him.

Mr Grech, one of 11 victims who have come forth about the sexual abuse by priests at St Joseph’s Home in Sta Venera, told The Malta Independent on Sunday: “I and the other victims have nothing to hide and we stand by what we have already said about Fr Sciberras and his behaviour during our upbringing.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

The state should keep its nose out of the Catholic Church’s confession boxes

IRELAND
The Telegraph (United Kingdom)

Brian O'Neill

News of the World journalists who invaded celebrities’ privacy by hacking into their idle phone chatter have got nothing on Irish politicians. The Irish state is hell bent on hacking into the most intimate conversation of all: that between a man and his God. A new law could force priests in Ireland to break the confessional seal if their penitent mentions anything to do with child sex abuse. In such circumstances, if Irish prime minister Enda Kenny gets his way, it will be a criminal offence for the priest to keep schtum about what he has heard. This would rip apart the Vatican’s Canon Law, which stipulates: “The sacramental seal is inviolable; thus it is absolutely illegitimate for the confessor to the make the penitent known, even only in part, using words or any other means, and for any reason.”

Now, as it happens, I am not the confessing type. As a severely lapsed Catholic and now immoveable atheist, I haven’t been inside a confessional since I was 17 years old. And I don’t miss telling some bloke behind a grille about the time I nicked a Kit-Kat or got matey with Onan. But there are millions upon millions of people for whom confession is a central part of their faith, and for whom absolute privacy is a central part of confession. They believe, and should have every right to believe, that the confessional facilitates communication with God, providing a tiny, darkened space, utterly cut off from the world, where they can offload their various horrors and heartbreaks in private. For the state to invade this space, to colonise it on the basis that it is a sinister place where lurid stories about paedophilia might be swapped between a pervert and his priest, is an attack on freedom of religion.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

August 22, 2011

Retired Boise priest ordered not to celebrate mass

IDAHO
Idaho Statesman

By Bill Roberts - broberts@idahostatesman.com

Published: 08/22/11

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise has instructed the Rev. Joseph A. Muha, 77, not to celebrate mass in public and has encouraged him to seek counseling, church officials said Monday.

The decision came after the diocese looked into a complaint filed against Muha in June.

Michael Brown, diocesan spokesman, declined to describe the complaint. But he said it was routed through the Diocesan Review Board, which typically looks into cases regarding possible sexual misconduct involving a minor. The review board found no misconduct involving a minor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:08 PM

New Documents Released In Clergy Abuse Case

OREGON
OPB

Kristian Foden-Vencil | August 22, 2011

Newly released documents from the Vatican have now been translated. That's allowed lawyers on both sides of an Oregon clergy sex abuse case to pore over the records.

Who controls priests is important, because so far the Vatican has avoided being held liable for sex abuse by priests. It has claimed sovereign authority and sovereign authorities cannot be sued -- except under extraordinary circumstances.

Attorney Marci Hamilton is trying to prove those circumstances by showing the Vatican knew that priest Andrew Ronan abused children in Ireland and Chicago before being sent to Oregon in 1965.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 PM

Former priest faces five more charges

CANADA
Northern News Services

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, August 22, 2011

NUNAVUT
A former Catholic priest has had five new sex-related charges added to the 28 he was already facing dating back to time he spent in Iglulik in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Eric Dejaeger appeared via video-conferencing at the Nunavut Court of Justice on Aug. 15 in relation to the new charges - three charges of indecent assault, one charge of sexual assault and one charge of sexual touching. He will next appear in court for his preliminary hearing in early 2012.

Dejaeger was deported back to Canada from Belgium in January. He had been living in Belgium since 1995 but was expelled from that country for living there illegally.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 PM

Bishop John Magee statement

IRELAND
The Irish Times

“I TAKE this opportunity to refer once again to the statement issued on my behalf on the day the Cloyne report was published, in which I accept full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse. I also apologised to victims of abuse in this statement and I unreservedly apologise to these victims again today. I publicly apologised to victims of abuse in the diocese, in Cobh Cathedral, on Christmas Eve 2008.

In the statement issued in July, I said: ‘Given my position of responsibility, I am particularly saddened when I read the accounts of the complainants describing the effects of the abuse, knowing that I contributed to their distress. I have met some of the complainants personally and heard their stories. The people, who were so terribly abused by priests, found the courage to come forward to talk to me, or to my delegate, Msgr O’Callaghan who was representing me, and in many cases we failed them. I am sorry that this happened and I unreservedly apologise to all those who suffered additional hurt because of the flawed implementation of the church procedures, for which I take full responsibility.’

I wish to stress this particular part of the July statement again today.

I also want to say that I feel there is nothing I can say now, which will ease the pain and distress for victims. I fully understand why they are angry – I let them down, by not fully implementing the guidelines which were available to me. I deeply, deeply regret not ensuring that the guidelines, which were my responsibility to implement, were complied with and I ask for forgiveness for the way in which I have carried out this critically important aspect of my work. I would be very willing to meet with victims and their families privately, if they so wish and if they felt this could help in any way. This can be arranged through the diocesan office.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 PM

Letter states that priest engaged in 'homosexuality'

IRELAND/UNITED STATES
The Irish Times

PAMELA DUNCAN

A LETTER released by the Vatican last week states that Fr Andrew Ronan engaged in “homosexuality” with the students in an Irish seminary and was subsequently transferred to the US.

The late Fr Ronan is at the centre of a US court case which seeks to hold the Vatican accountable for the abuse allegedly suffered more than 40 years ago by John V Doe, the man taking the case who was then in his teens.

The letter, dated June 21st, 1963, from the provincial of the Servite Fathers in Chicago, and addressed to the head of the same religious order in Rome, says Fr Ronan engaged in “homosexuality with the students”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 PM

Rome responsible for clerical abuse procedures, say lawyers

UNITED STATES
The Irish Times

PAMELA DUNCAN

LAWYERS FOR a man abused as a child by Fr Andrew Ronan have said internal Vatican documents show “policy and protocol” surrounding clerical abuse in the Catholic church ultimately rests with the Holy See.

The alleged victim, John V Doe as he is known in court documents, is seeking to hold the Vatican liable for allegedly being abused by the late Fr Ronan in 1965 or early 1966 when he was 15 or 16 years old.

He brought the case against the Vatican over nine years ago relating to abuse he alleged suffered by the former priest who died in 1992. ...

He cited two letters, one of which references Fr Ronan’s time in a seminary in Ireland where he engaged in “homosexuality with the students”, a discovery made in 1959 after which he was moved to the US. Marci A Hamilton, counsel of record to the law firm and a legal scholar, said that documentation released by the Vatican, showed proof of the Catholic Church’s “pattern and practice of secrecy”.

“They require secrecy – secrecy is required for child sex abuse from the top down. These documents further support that,” Ms Hamilton said.

“Basically they establish that secrecy is mandated from the top, that Andrew Ronan was part of the system that the Holy See controls, that they controlled him specifically and that could not possibly have left his position where he was abusing children . . . without direct decisions by the Holy See and the Pope himself.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Victims call for Magee press conference

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

VICTIMS OF clerical child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne last night challenged Bishop John Magee to prove the sincerity of his apology by holding a press conference after the final chapter of the Cloyne report is published.

Three women, who all testified at the Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne, said they were not impressed with Bishop Magee’s expression of remorse in a statement issued yesterday and in an interview with RTÉ television.

“To the victims I say I am truly horrified by the abuse they suffered – it is very clear to me when I read the complete report and if through my not fully implementing the 1996 guidelines which we had, I have made any victim suffer more, on my bended knee, I beg forgiveness I am sorry,” he told RTÉ.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Rooms-Katholieke Kerk Amerika leende miljoenen van Ierse bank

IERLAND/VERENIGDE STATES
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DUBLIN – De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in de Verenigde Staten heeft tenminste 400 miljoen dollar geleend van een Ierse bank om de claims van seksueel misbruik bij minderjarigen uit te kunnen keren.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 PM

Lawyer: Vatican withheld documents; Vatican insists otherwise

ST. PAUL (MN)
Star Tribune

Article by: ALLIE SHAH , Star Tribune
Updated: August 22, 2011

Calling the more than 1,800 pages of documents released by the Vatican "deficient, but revealing," a St. Paul lawyer says the Vatican hasn't turned over all documents ordered by a federal judge in an Oregon sexual abuse case.

Jeff Anderson, who has specialized in abuse lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Church for decades, told reporters at a news conference Monday that the documents just released were a small fraction of what was required.

An attorney for the Vatican, Jeffrey Lena, insisted the Vatican has released everything ordered by the court.

"This is a secretive, deceptive, incomplete production at best," Anderson said, "and in my view, typical of the Vatican's view that they're above the law."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 PM

Morris prosecutor wants to review psychiatric records ...

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

The Morris County Prosecutor's Office wants to review confidential medical and psychiatric records of defendant Jose Feliciano to see what statements, if any, he made to doctors or therapists about the killing in 2009 of the Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham.

County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi on Monday made the request to Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan in Morristown, and it was adamantly opposed by defense lawyer Balin Baidwan.

Feliciano, the church janitor who is accused of fatally stabbing the 61-year-old pastor of St. Patrick Church on Oct. 22, 2009, was admitted with chest pains to Morristown Medical Center on Oct. 23, 2009, after “discovering” the priest's body in the rectory and trying to revive him with CPR.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 PM

St. Paul attorney releases Vatican documents in sex abuse case

ST. PAUL (MN)
Minnesota Public Radio

by Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
August 22, 2011

St. Paul, Minn. — St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson has released thousands of pages of documents that the Vatican turned over in response to a lawsuit alleging the Church covered up a decades-old case of sex abuse by an Oregon priest.

Anderson said the documents are an unprecedented look inside the Vatican and clerical sex abuse. But the church says not all legal avenues lead to Rome, regrettable as the scandal may be.

Anderson's decades-long pursuit of child abuse by Catholic clergy has finally reached into the Vatican, he said Monday. ...

Speaking at a press conference in Anderson's office, Terry McKiernan, a Boston-based church critic and founder of an online depository of documents and accounts of priest misconduct, welcomed the new disclosures.

He said he suspected there was much more documentation of the case still in the Vatican archives.

"But this is the first time that we've really seen the paper trail on the inside," he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 PM

U.S. lawyer says Vatican knew of priest's sex abuse

UNITED STATES
Reuters

MINNEAPOLIS | Mon Aug 22, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A lawyer representing a victim of priest abuse in a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic church said on Monday Vatican documents show the church hierarchy and the pope were ultimately responsible.

A lawyer for the church disagreed, saying the newly released documents show the Holy See was not involved in the offending priest's transfer from Ireland to Chicago and then to Portland, Oregon, where the victim was a minor in the 1960s.

In April, U.S. District Judge Michael Mosman in Oregon ordered the Vatican to produce documents in the case that alleged a cover-up of priest sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:29 PM

Medische ethiek en moderne pragmatica in Sint Joep en Sint An te Heel – deel 2.

NEDERLAND
Juzonieuws

Er is de laatste dagen veel opwinding en ongerustheid ontstaan in de tehuizen voor opvang en begeleiding van geestelijke gehandicapten, in Limburg. In diverse e-mails bereiken mij die signalen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

“WóóW!”

NEDERLAND
Juzonieuws

Het klooster Tehuis van Sint Jozef te Heel herbergde onder de pupillen en bewoners één boomlange, brede, magere, goedlachse maar kale jongeman van naar schatting 20 tot 25 jaar. Iedere middag liep hij tussen 12 en 1 uur door de hoofdstraat en de straten van Heel. Ik kwam hem ook iedere dag tegen omdat ik iedere dag tijdens mijn werk voor het Limburgs Dagblad op mijn fietsje door Heel reed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

Camnong Boa-Ubol, Buddhist Monk Accused Of Raping Teens, Still Working With Kids (VIDEO)

CHICAGO (IL)
Huffington Post

A protest was held Sunday at a Buddhist temple on Chicago's Southwest Side--where a monk accused of sexual assault formerly lived and worked.

Protesters affiliated with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP) distributed flyers about Camnong Boa-Ubol, who has been accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls and impregnating one of them. Despite these allegations, Boa-Ubol is still actively overseeing another temple in Long Beach, Calif.

According to SNAP, P. Boonshoo Sriburin, the head monk of Chicago temple Wat Dhammaram, was well aware of Boa-Ubol's alleged sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child. In 2000, the young girl gave birth and a DNA test proved that the monk fathered the baby, ABC Chicago reports. A second woman has also accused the monk of similar attacks.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:42 PM

Bishop Magee breaks silence over Cloyne abuse

IRELAND
The Journal

FORMER BISHOP DR John Magee has issued a public apology to victims of clerical sex abuse in his diocese, in his first interview since going to ground after the Cloyne report was published.

Dr Magee said he was horrified to read of the extent of the abuse suffered by children, and accepted “full responsibility for the failure of the diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse”. Speaking to RTÉ News, he said: “I unreservedly apologise to these victims.”

The retired cleric also said that he had “let the many good priests of the diocese down” by avoiding the media in the wake of the report’s publication last month. “So many priests do such good work and by not addressing the issues which confronted me I made their important work more difficult,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:38 PM

I let children down, says ex-bishop John Magee

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Monday, 22 August 2011

A shamed former bishop at the centre of a major clerical abuse scandal has begged for forgiveness for failing to protect children and investigate paedophile priests.

Under immense pressure to speak out over his lack of interest in exposing abuse, one-time Vatican aide John Magee said he was ashamed people had suffered under his watch.

"I fully understand why they are angry - I let them down, by not fully implementing the guidelines which were available to me," he said. "I deeply, deeply regret not ensuring that the guidelines, which were my responsibility to implement, were not complied with and I ask for forgiveness for the way in which I have carried out this critically important aspect of my work."

The ex-bishop fled Ireland in the wake of a damning report into his dangerous child protection actions in the Cloyne Diocese.

He effectively ignored guidelines - agreed by bishops in 1996 to keep youngsters safe - as recently as three years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:32 PM

Bishop Magee breaks silence on child abuse

IRELAND
BBC News

The former Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, has said he feels "horrified and ashamed" by abuse in his diocese.

It was Dr Magee's first public statement since publication of the Murphy Commission report into the diocese's handling of child abuse.

He said he fully accepted responsibility for the failure to implement the church's child protection guidelines.

Dr Magee offered to meet abuse victims and apologised "on bended knee".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Lawyers in case against Vatican say documents show church's control

UNITED STATES
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 22, 2011

Lawyers for the plaintiff in one of two federal cases pending against the Vatican released a cache of documents Monday that they say shows Vatican control over offending priests and a clerical culture driven by secrecy and an avoidance of scandal.

St. Paul, Minn., attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who also represents victims in civil cases and the other federal lawsuit against the Vatican, all in Milwaukee, called the disclosure in the Oregon case "unprecedented," saying it is the first time the Vatican has been forced to produce documents related to a sex abuse case.

"They show what we have said for decades, that the Vatican … is in control of all matters related to the employment, control, retention and removal of offending priests," Anderson said in a news conference at his law firm's offices.

The documents include letters between officials of Father Andrew Ronan's religious order, the Servite Fathers in Rome and the United States. They show the order knew of Ronan's sexual abuse of minors beginning in the 1950s, but continued to transfer him to U.S. posts where he had access to children; and that they looked to the Pope to laicize him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Attorney Says Released Papers Show Vatican Controls Overseas Churches

OREGON
OPB

Kristian Foden-Vencil | August 22, 2011 | Portland, OR

An attorney for a man who claims he was sexually abused by an Oregon priest in the 1960s, says newly released documents show the Vatican controls the removal of clergy.

Who controls priests is important because so far the Vatican has avoided being held liable for sexual abuse by priests.

It has claimed sovereign authority and sovereign authorities cannot be sued -- except under extraordinary circumstances.

Attorney Marci Hamilton is trying to prove those circumstances by showing the Vatican knew that priest Andrew Ronan abused children in Ireland and Chicago before being sent to Oregon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:22 PM

Attorney: Vatican didn’t turn over all documents ...

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, August 22

ST. PAUL, Minn. — An attorney for a man who claims he was sexually abused by an Oregon priest in the 1960s said Monday that the Vatican failed to produce all court-ordered documents in the case but that papers it did turn over show how the Vatican exercises firm control over the placement and removal of offending priests.

Both claims were quickly disputed by a church lawyer who said the Vatican gave Minnesota-based attorney Jeffrey Anderson all its documents pertaining to the late Rev. Andrew Ronan. Anderson has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man who alleges Ronan abused him in the mid-1960s when he was assigned to Portland.

The Vatican gave Anderson more than 1,800 pages of documents last Friday, but Anderson claims relevant documents written by Vatican officials were left out because local dioceses have produced their own copies of such paperwork in this and other cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Magee to comment on his role in crisis; SNAP responds

IRELAND
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 (+1-314 862 7688 home, +1-314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

Anything that Magee does now is meaningless. For decades, he was a powerful figure in the church hierarchy in Rome and in Ireland. Instead of using his considerable power to protect kids, he used it to endanger kids.

Magee isn’t stupid. He knows he must say something. He’s smart enough to sound contrite in public. But such words, at this point, mean nothing.

We urge Irish citizens and Catholics to ignore belated and begrudging apologies from clearly corrupt church officials. We urge them, instead, to keep fighting for real secular reforms that will deter decision-makers from acting callously, recklessly and deceptively with children’s safety in the future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:43 PM

Holy See - Press Packet

UNITED STATES
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Monday, August 22, 2011

[link to Holy See documents]... read more

Clergy Abuse Attorney Jeff Anderson says documents point to Vatican’s direct control over the conduct, placement, and removal of individual priests for sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:31 PM

Former Kingsport priest's child sex abuse sentencing postponed

TENNESSEE
Times-News

By Kacie Breeding

Published August 22nd, 2011

BLOUNTVILLE — The sentencing of a former Kingsport priest convicted in July of first-degree sexual misconduct and two counts of aggravated rape in Sullivan County Criminal Court has been postponed.

The judge announced he had agreed to postpone the sentencing of William Casey, 77, 740 Shakerag Road, Greeneville, to Oct. 7 after the attorneys advised there were a, "couple of issues both parties were not able to address." Also, the pre-sentencing report was not received 10 days in advance of the hearing date, as is required.

Casey has been incarcerated pending sentencing since his conviction, after a judge declined to grant him a bond. His charges alleged he began to sexually abuse a young altar boy shortly after becoming priest of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Kingsport in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:24 PM

Bishop apologises over Cloyne

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Bishop John Magee has said he “unreservedly” apologises to victims of child sexual abuse in his former diocese of Cloyne and he said he would be willing to meet them and their families privately if they so wished.

In a statement issued through a public relations company, the retired bishop referred to his earlier comments on the day the Cloyne report was published, in which he accepted “full responsibility for the failure of the Diocese to effectively manage allegations on child sexual abuse”.

The Cloyne report published last month found Bishop Magee misled the minister for children by claiming the church’s guidelines for handling abuse cases were being fully complied with. It also found he falsely told the Health Service Executive allegations of abuse were being reported to the Garda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

South Carolina pastor Dale Richardson accused of raping women behind church

SOUTH CAROLINA
CBS News

(CBS/AP) LADSON, S.C. - South Carolina pastor Dale Richardson has been charged with kidnapping and raping several women at gunpoint, including two of them in a trailer behind his church. He is also accused of kidnapping a fourth who was not sexually assaulted.

According to an incident report, on a Saturday afternoon in July, the preacher picked up a woman and gave her a ride. When the 20-year-old tried to exit out of the car, Richardson allegedly pulled a gun, bound her hands, covered her head and took her to the gray-blue trailer home behind the Free Will Baptist Church in Ladson.

The report also said he later dropped the woman in a wooded area and threatened to shoot her if she turned around. The woman was able to identify Richardson from his picture on the church website, which also displays a short biography detailing how he became a Christian and then a pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:16 PM

John Magee 'ashamed' by abuse in Cloyne

IRELAND
RTE News

The former Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, has said he feels ashamed by the abuse that occurred in his diocese.

The former Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, has said he feels ashamed by the abuse that occurred in his diocese, and he fully accepts responsibility for the failure to fully implement the Catholic Church's child protection guidelines there.

In his first interview since the publication of the Murphy Commission Report on the handling of abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne, Dr Magee told RTÉ News that he was truly horrified when he read the full extent of the abuse in the report.

When asked if he had plans to make restitution to the victims, Dr Magee said that was 'a matter for the diocese'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:11 PM

Attorney says newly produced documents show Vatican had firm control ove

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

By Associated Press, Updated: Monday, August 22,

MINNEAPOLIS — An attorney for a man who says he was sexually abused by an Oregon priest in the 1960s says newly released Vatican documents show the Holy See controls placement and removal of offending priests.

Jeffrey Anderson acknowledged Monday there’s “no single smoking revelation” in more than 1,800 pages of documents he received Friday. But he said they show the Vatican is in control.

Anderson is trying to persuade a judge the Vatican effectively was the late Rev. Andrew Ronan’s employer and was responsible for his assignments. Proving an employee relationship could allow an exception to a federal law that generally prohibits lawsuits against foreign sovereign entities such as the Vatican.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH PEDOPHILIA?

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

August 22, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue raises a serious question:

The mainstream media never tire of lambasting the Catholic Church for not responding strongly enough to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors, yet these very same people show absolutely no interest in reporting on attempts to legitimate pedophilia. Many in the mental health profession who seek to normalize pedophilia met last week in Baltimore, an event that was summarily ignored by the media. Fortunately, attorney Matt Barber, Vice President of Liberty Counsel Action, and Dr. Judith Reisman, a visiting law professor at Liberty University School of Law, were in attendance. To read a summary of their findings, click here.

B4U-ACT is the driving force behind this movement. Its goal is to reconceptualize our thinking about what they politely call "Minor-Attracted Persons." If they had it their way, sex between adults and minors would no longer be taboo, and pedophilia would no longer be listed as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. So where is the outrage? To be specific, where is the outrage from those who are fixated on priestly sexual abuse?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:17 PM

Catholic Diocese of Trenton to pay $1 million to five former altar boys

NEW JERSEY
God Discussion

August 22, 2011 By JohnThomas Didymus

The Catholic Diocese of Trenton has announced that it has agreed to pay $1 million dollars to five former altar boys who accused their parish priest of sexually abusing them 30 years ago.

According to a report, payment of this sum will bring to $1.3 million, the total payment to child abuse victims of Reverend Ronald Becker who served as parish priest in the diocese from 1973 to 1989. Reverend Becker is accused of having molested five altar boys "hundreds of times," with one boy claimed to have been molested "an estimated 150 times." According to a Reuters report:

Father Becker told the children that it was God's way of showing God's love, and that the matter should be kept secret.

According to Mitchell Garabedian, the lawyer representing the men:

Father Becker knew no boundaries…He was a sexual deviant, a social deviant. He did not care about children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:55 AM

William Casey Sentencing Delayed Until October 7th

TENNESSEE
WCYB

By Tarah Taylor
POSTED: 10:44 am EDT August 22, 2011

Sullivan Co., TN -- We learned this morning it will be over a month before former priest William Casey is sentenced in Sullivan County, Tennessee.

He was scheduled to be sentenced today.

Casey was found guilty of three charges including aggravated rape. The victim said the incident happened thirty years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:11 AM

Attorneys to comment on the unprecedented and historic release of documents by the Vatican..

ST. PAUL (MN)
Jeff Anderson & Associates

[The news conference will be streamed live at www.AndersonAdvocates.com]

What: At a news conference on Monday Attorneys Jeff Anderson and Marci Hamilton will comment on I800 pages of discovery in the historic John V. Doe v Holy See clergy abuse case delivered to Anderson’s office on Friday. The attorneys and Terence McKiernan of the Web site Bishop Accountability, will speak to the discovery as a historic step in getting to the bottom of the world-wide tragedy of clergy sex abuse of children; evidence among the documents affirming the Vatican’s direct control of priests; and, that the documents produced by the Vatican are missing key elements of the discovery ordered by the court.

When: Monday, August 22, 2011 at 11 A.M. CDT

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

Who: Jeff Anderson, Attorney for the Plaintiff in John V. Doe Versus Holy see, is an internationally known St. Paul, Minnesota-based trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and has earned a reputation as a tireless champion of civil rights for children and the under-privileged. One of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate suits against religious organizations and hold them responsible by utilizing the American civil justice system, Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.

Contact: 651.227.9990/612.817.8665

Oblates settle abuse suits, paying $24.8 million

DELAWARE
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 22, 2011
By Catholic News Service

WILMINGTON, Del. -- The Oblates of St. Francis de Sales have settled all 39 lawsuits against the order and its Salesianum School in Wilmington under the Delaware Child Victims Act for charges of sexual abuse of minors by its priests.

According to the settlement announced Aug. 4, the plaintiffs in the Delaware Superior Court lawsuits will share $24.8 million paid on behalf of the order with significant contributions from insurance carriers.

Oblate Father James J. Greenfield, provincial of the Wilmington-Philadelphia province, which includes 170 priests, brothers and seminarians, said that while he is grateful the suits are settled, he knows there is more work to be done toward healing and reconciliation.

"We hope that through authentic conversations with those who have been hurt, we can reach this goal together," Father Greenfield said in a statement. "The pain of the survivors is real. Their stories are real. And our response is real.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Taking the Gloves off at Catholic blogs

UNITED STATES
Spero News

By Gordon J. MacRae

Some Catholic bloggers are seeing a growing trend in comments as on-line civility and Catholic values give way to a hostile arena. Why post such comments?

My blog, These Stone Walls, ended 2010 with “My New Year’s Resolution About Gossip.” It makes a good prelude to this post about the tone of our comments on Catholic blogs. Even before the on-line world existed, I learned a lesson about how the lure of anonymity can make me forget who I am.

About 25 years ago, a little old lady pulled in front of me in heavy traffic on one of New England’s infamous rotaries. She just pulled into the rotary’s speeding traffic seemingly oblivious to everyone else. Once she got in front of me she slowed to about 20 miles per hour, trapping me behind her as cars zoomed by on both sides. Round and round we went, blocked into the middle lane because she did not know how to drive on a rotary.

Contrary to what you may have read in newspapers or on Bishop-Accountability, the worst failures of my priesthood – and my manhood – have been when I allow impatience to dictate who I am. It was summer. My window was rolled down. I was many miles from home, and I thought I had some anonymity. It was so frustrating being trapped in traffic behind this old lady that I shouted something angry – though not quite obscene. As a break in the traffic finally allowed me to pass her, I heard a high-pitched voice shout back, “I’m so sorry, Father!”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Are Americans losing faith in religious leaders?

UNITED STATES
physorg

Americans have significantly less confidence in their religious leaders than they did a generation ago and more than two-thirds would prefer they not dabble in politics, according to a new book by a Duke University professor.

This loss of confidence patterns similar declines in respect for leaders in government, education, banking and other walks of life, and may help illustrate why fewer Americans are themselves interested in joining the clergy, says Mark Chaves, a Duke professor of sociology, religion and divinity.

And while a perception exists that Americans have become more religious of late, data suggest the opposite, says Chaves, whose new book, "American Religion: Contemporary Trends," goes on sale Aug. 21.

Chaves' research found that between 1973 and 2008, the percentage of people with great confidence in religious leaders declined from 35 percent to less than 25 percent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

In Doubt...

UNITED STATES
Spero News

By Martin Barillas

According to the Catholic League, a New York City-based human rights and advocacy group, The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a conference in Washington, D.C. in July that was open to the public. In a news release, the organization said that its sources at the conference provided material that are the basis of a report drafted by CL president William Donohue "SNAP EXPOSED: Unmasking the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests."

Donohue said, "This report puts an end to the debate over the real motives of those involved in the victims' lobby. SNAP, along with BishopAccountability and the lawyers they work with, are an agenda-driven movement that uses victims, real and alleged, to smear and sunder the best interests of the Catholic Church. Not only do they entertain conspiracy theories that are themselves disturbing, they are not above lying about some bishops. Moreover, the way they intentionally seek to manipulate the media is utterly shameless. It's all in the report—SNAP has finally been unmasked. """"

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:15 AM

Sunbury priest jailed for sex abuse

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Adrian Lowe
August 23, 2011

A FORMER priest from Sunbury's Salesian College at Rupertswood has been jailed for the sexual abuse of a 12-year-old student 28 years ago.

Michael Aulsebrook was in charge of year 7 and 8 students at the school in 1983 when he began sexually assaulting the male pupil.

The County Court heard yesterday that the boy was confused about what Aulsebrook was doing and did not tell clergy until 2004, when he was involved in mediation with the church and received a payout.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:09 AM

SNAP—VICTIMS' GROUP—EXPOSED

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

[SNAP EXPOSED: Unmasking the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests]

August 22, 2011

Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains what this news release is all about:

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a conference in Washington, D.C. last month that was open to the public. Trusted sources of the Catholic League were there, and their findings are the basis of a report that I wrote, "SNAP EXPOSED: Unmasking the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests."

This report puts an end to the debate over the real motives of those involved in the victims' lobby. SNAP, along with BishopAccountability and the lawyers they work with, are an agenda-driven movement that uses victims, real and alleged, to smear and sunder the best interests of the Catholic Church. Not only do they entertain conspiracy theories that are themselves disturbing, they are not above lying about some bishops. Moreover, the way they intentionally seek to manipulate the media is utterly shameless. It's all in the report—SNAP has finally been unmasked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:06 AM

Accused priest fails to have his case determined by a judge

AUSTRALIA
ABC Newcastle

Updated August 22, 2011

A former Hunter Valley Catholic Priest will have his fate determined by a jury after his application for a judge-only trial was rejected.

69 year old former Catholic Priest Dennis John Corrigan is charged with five historic child sex offences, including sexual intercourse with a person under 16 and under his authority.

He has pleaded not guilty to all offences which allegedly occurred at a convent in the early 1980s when Corrigan was a parish priest at Windale.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Abuse victim stands by claims against priest

MALTA
Times of Malta

Lawrence Grech, a victim of clerical sex abuse, this morning filed a judicial counter-protest against Fr Conrad Sciberras, standing by abuse allegations made against him.

Fr Sciberras last week filed a judicial protest against Mr Grech, calling on him to stop making his allegations.

Mr Grech in his counter-protest, said that Fr Sciberras had at no time denied the allegations or even remotely tried to contradict them.

He claimed that when he was 13 years old, Fr Sciberras had groped his private parts and abused him on the pretext of teaching him to swim. Other children, he said, had also been subjected to abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Man fought with a priest earlier this year; wife had protective order

BIRMINGHAM (AL)
The Birmingham News

By Kent Faulk -- The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A man believed to have assaulted a Catholic priest last week was involved in a fight with a priest earlier this year, according to police and court documents. The documents are not clear whether the fights -- both related to the man's wife -- were with the same priest.

As of Sunday, no arrests have been made in the latest incident, Birmingham police have confirmed.

The Rev. Emmanuel Isi, 57, associate pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham, was involved in a car wreck Wednesday in the 5600 block of Avenue H in Belview Heights, a few blocks from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fairfield. Witnesses told police that after the crash a man dragged Isi from the car and assaulted him. The two men traded blows, according to one witness.

Isi had been listed last week as being in critical condition at UAB Hospital. Efforts to get an update on his condition Sunday were unsuccessful.

Birmingham Catholic Diocese Bishop Robert J. Baker last week confirmed that Isi had been warned to stop an improper relationship with a woman who may have been the wife of his attacker on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

Hideaway bishop John Magee pledges full response to sex abuse report

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

By Noel McAdam
Monday, 22 August 2011

The Newry-born Catholic bishop severely criticised in the Cloyne report for his approach to child abuse cases has broken his silence.

Bishop John Magee, whose resignation was accepted by the Pope, is now thought to be timing a public response to coincide with the Vatican's official reply to the damning report.

Now retired, Dr Magee yesterday spoke for the first time about the report, after he was tracked down by the Sunday Independent to his home in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. He had not been seen since the report revealed serious mishandling of child sex abuse cases.

The report singled out the bishop for deliberately misleading the authorities about internal inquiries into children's claims that priests were abusing them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Protesters rally against monk accused of assault

CHICAGO (IL)
WGN

By Megan Twohey and Becky Schlikerman
Tribune reporters

Tucked away on a quiet street on the Southwest Side, Wat Dhammaram temple is usually serene, a place where Buddhists go to meditate.

But on Sunday, that tranquillity at the Theravada Buddhist temple was shattered when protesters descended on the temple in response to a Tribune report that a former monk at the temple has been accused of sexually attacking two girls, allegedly impregnating one of them, but still serves as a monk in a Long Beach, Calif., temple.

Protesters with the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, handed out fliers and held signs with a warning for temple members and neighbors in the tight-knit community: “Children molested at this temple.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Salesian priest jailed for less than a year over sex abuse of student

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

Norrie Ross
From:Herald Sun

August 22, 2011

A SALESIAN priest who sexually abused a pupil at a Sunbury Catholic boarding school will serve just nine months in jail.

Judge Tim Wood told Michael Aulsebrook, 55, today he had committed a serious breach of trust when he groomed and then abused a 12-year-old boy at Rupertswood Salesian College in 1983.

In his sentence the judge revealed that in 1993 a complaint of the sex abuse of another child was made against Aulsebrook and he received counselling from his order but no criminal prosecution.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Dale Richardson, South Carolina Preacher, Accused Of Kidnapping, Rape Behind Church

SOUTH CAROLINA
Huffington Post

LADSON, S.C. — Dale Richardson was saved at a tent revival 32 years ago, was called to preach the Lord's word in 2006 and, for the past year, had served as pastor at Freedom Free Will Baptist Church, a modest red brick structure on a South Carolina side road running along a railroad track.

Now he's in jail, charged with kidnapping and raping three women at gunpoint – two of them in a trailer behind the church – and kidnapping a fourth who was not sexually assaulted.

According to an incident report, about noon on a Saturday last month, Richardson picked up a woman and gave her a ride. When the 20-year-old tried to get out of the car, Richardson allegedly pulled a gun, bound her hands, covered her head and took her to the gray-blue trailer home behind the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Why the Church must humbly atone for sins

IRELAND
Sunday World

Father Brian D'Arcy

A FEW DAYS ago I was stopped in a County Meath town by a well-dressed woman who approached me with a smile.

She called me aside into the doorway of a shop. The smile disappeared and she wagged a serious finger at me.

"Fr Brian, has someone got to you?" she began. Before I could answer, she went on: "I have always respected your honesty; most of us Catholics, hanging on by the skin of our teeth, are relying on you to tell the truth.

"I have watched you on television and read what you write and listened to you on the radio. You have kept me going. You are the reason I still go to Mass.

"But I think that in the past few months something has changed in you. I don't know what it is. Maybe you are disillusioned like the rest of us. For God's sake hang in there!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Catholic priest jailed for child sexual assault

AUSTRALIA
ABC Melbourne

Peta Carlyon

Updated August 22, 2011

Map: Sunbury The Victorian County Court has been told the Catholic Church allowed a Victorian brother to continue to teach, despite being aware he molested at least one young student.

Michael Aulsebrook was today jailed for two years after pleading guilty to several counts of indecent assault.

The 55-year-old was a teacher at a school in Sunbury when he preyed on the 12-year-old student in the early 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:57 AM

Anti-abuse fliers given out at temple

LONG BEACH (CA)
Press-Telegram

By Phillip Zonkel Staff Writer
Posted: 08/21/2011

LONG BEACH - An organization dedicated to exposing priests who reportedly sexually abused their parishioners distributed leaflets at a Theravada Buddhist temple Sunday because one of the monks allegedly sexually assaulted two girls and fathered a child with one of them at a Buddhist temple in Chicago in 2000.

Members and supporters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, handed out fliers detailing the allegations against Camnong Boa-Ubol, a Buddhist monk at the Vipassana Foundation, while he was a monk at Wat Dhammaram temple in Chicago in 2000.

The allegations of sexual abuse by Boa-Ubol became public last year, when a woman from the Chicago area filed a lawsuit against Boa-Ubol, Wat Dhammaram and P. Boonshoo Sriburin, the temple's head monk, alleging negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and gender violence, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:54 AM

Ex-priest gets nine months jail for assault

AUSTRALIA
Herald Sun

AAP
August 22, 2011

A CATHOLIC priest who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old student at a Victorian school later attended the boy's wedding and offered him and his wife a blessing.

Michael Scott Aulsebrook, 55, who pleaded guilty to assaulting the boy on five occasions from May to August in 1983, will serve only nine months' jail for his crimes.

Aulsebrook, against whom a separate complaint of sexual abuse was made in 1993, was sentenced in relation to three "representative" charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

August 21, 2011

Bishop urged to meet abuse victims

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE and CARL O'BRIEN

VICTIMS OF clerical sexual abuse have challenged former bishop of Cloyne John Magee to meet them publicly and respond to the criticisms made of him in the Cloyne report.

One woman who made a complaint of abuse to Bishop Magee in the mid-2000s, and later testified to the Commission of Investigation, criticised Bishop Magee’s failure to publicly meet victims.

“I think all of us would like him to meet us publicly and apologise for the manner in which he handled our complaints – the Cloyne report was damning of him, and all he’s done is issued a statement of apology through a public relations company,” he said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

Protesters rally against monk accused of assault

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Megan Twohey and Becky Schlikerman
Tribune reporters

2:18 p.m. CDT, August 21, 2011
Protesters gathered at a Southwest Side Buddhist temple today in response to a Tribune report that a former monk at the temple had been accused of sexually attacking two girls, allegedly impregnating one of them, but still serving as a monk in an out of state temple.

Protestors with the group, Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, marched near the entrance of Wat Dhammaram, a Theravada Buddhist temple, holding signs with phrases like “Children molested at this temple.”

“The officials here at the temple have not taken the necessary steps that they should both to protect children and to stop this predator,” said Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP.

Elections Monks at the temple and the temple’s lawyer declined to comment Sunday. The monk, Camnong Boa-Ubol, now serves at a Long Beach, Calif. temple and protesters planned to meet there as well, Blaine said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

Victim of paedophile Birmingham priest reveals torment

UNITED KINGDOM
Sunday Mercury

Aug 21 2011 by Jonny Greatrex, Sunday Mercury

THE schoolboy victim of a paedophile priest has launched a website to track down other children the clergyman may have abused.

Geoff Smith was living in Walsall in the 1960s when he was targeted by evil Father James Robinson.

The Catholic priest was jailed for 21 years at Birmingham Crown Court last October after being convicted of sex offences against six boys, some aged as young as 10.

Geoff, who now lives in Ireland, gave evidence against Robinson after keeping his abuse a terrible secret for 50 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:22 AM

Sterfgevallen in rooms-katholieke ...

NEDERLAND
Startpagina

Samengesteld door drs. Pieter Schultz (webredacteur content curator en vergelijkende godsdienstwetenschapper)

INHOUD

(1) Nederlandstalig
•Jongensinternaat (Sint Joseph)
•Meisjesinternaat (Sint Anna)
•Bekendheid
•Doofpot
•Verdachte broeder
•Doodsoorzaak
•Reacties nabestaanden
•Verhaal van Wimpje Osterop
•Reactie van SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, Verenigde Staten)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Wetterkapriolen und Zölibatsforderungen bei Papst-Besuch in Spanien

SPANIEN
Hofner Volksblatt (Schweiz)

Stürmische Einstimmung mit dem Papst auf die Abschlussmesse des Weltjugendtages in Madrid: Benedikt XVI. nahm am Samstagabend zusammen mit Hunderttausenden jungen Katholiken an einer Gebetswache im Freien teil. Ein Unwetter unterbrach dann plötzlich die Rede des Papstes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

US Church borrowed at least $400 million from Irish bank to pay American abuse victims

UNITED STATES
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Catholic Church in the U.S. borrowed more than $400 million from Allied Irish Banks to compensate American victims of clerical sex abuse.

The huge compensation sum was paid from loans to the Church from the now state-owned Irish bank in 2007.

A new book entitled "Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church" outlines the full extent of the dealings between the Church and Allied Irish Banks.

The $400 million borrowed was used to compensate clerical abuse victims in America and led to AIB becoming known as the Vatican’s banking arm in U.S. legal circles.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Lawyers relegated to background

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Dallas lawyer Robert Udashen was ready for the second phase of an evidence suppression hearing when his client, Warren Jeffs, dropped a bomb.

The leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints told his attorneys he wanted to represent himself.

"It was a surprise that he decided that morning," Udashen said. "I was prepared to go forward with the hearing."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Records doom rather than bless

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Warren Jeffs left no part his life as "prophet" unrecorded when he assumed absolute leadership of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Revelations from God, motorcycle rides, audio instructions for sexual "heavenly sessions" with multiple women, including underage girls, accounts of watching the movie "Man on Fire" as an example of the wicked ways of the world, and recommendations for getting a suntan: all were meticulously written and recorded during Jeffs' reign.

And his own words doomed him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:08 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Memories of Warren Jeffs are more like ugly dreams

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Rick Smith

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — I remember the Warren Jeffs trial like a series of faded snapshots from a bad dream: Outside, big, armed lawmen stationed like soldiers around the courthouse. Long lines of people waiting, winding their way into the courthouse's security check area.

Inside, unsmiling attorneys. An ornate courtroom packed with restless, silent spectators, officials and others.

All eyes focused on center stage, where a tall, thin, middle-aged man stood alone, alternating from stubborn silence to bursts of endless words.

To a few, he may have seemed a martyr, a holy man defending his beliefs.

To others, he was the devil come to Earth in Tom Green County.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Jeffs maintains control, but time may be limited

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Dozers and dump trucks line up just inside the gates of the sprawling Yearning for Zion Ranch near Eldorado. A white temple gleams two miles north of the gates, and a construction crane looms over other buildings on the ranch.

A video camera in a protective bubble serves as a security eye of what's going on at the entrance of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints compound.

Over the intercom, a man fields a request to speak with the bishop of the polygamist sect's ranch about coming onto the property to talk to FLDS members.

"I don't think he would be interested," the voice crackles over the speakers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Warren Jeffs and his controversial polygamous sect

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Michael Kelly

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Warren Jeffs' world has shrunk to the 50-square-foot dominion of a Huntsville state prison cell, but the pall of his crimes still hangs over the 1,700-acre Schleicher County ranch where he hoped to create a stronghold for his disciples.

When the prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints fell, he took with him seven of his followers who were convicted with him of crimes considered heinous by those outside the precincts of his belief.

But while the world watched the FLDS leader condemned during 13 days of trial, his followers on the Yearning for Zion Ranch remained ignorant of Jeffs' crimes, his demeanor before the public and the court, and his defense, which involved freedom of religion but contained no denial of the crimes of which he was accused other than silence when asked for a plea.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': States hold out hope for joint task force with federal officials

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Kiah Collier

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Top cops from Arizona, Nevada and Utah walked out of a meeting in Las Vegas excited about the prospect of banding together with federal authorities for a multistate effort to fight crimes related to polygamy.

More than one state attorney general in attendance viewed the confab with federal prosecutors, the FBI and other federal law-enforcement officials as a step toward forming a state-federal task force to share information and tactics.

The meeting in Las Vegas was June 11, 2008. The task force still hasn't materialized.

Disappointment has replaced anticipation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Women complicit in sex crimes, some say

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Jennifer Rios

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Warren Jeffs wasn't alone with his 12-year-old bride when he committed his sex crimes.

The FLDS prophet can be heard in an audiotape giving orders to witnesses and talking to the underage girl as he assaults her.

In a transcript of the recording, Jeffs gives orders to others witnessing the act, at least one of them a woman.

"Untie them first, will you Naomie," he's heard telling one of his wives. It's unclear what Jeffs was asking the woman to do.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

FALL OF A 'PROPHET': Swinton: 'a person of interest'

SAN ANGELO (TX)
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Kiah Collier, Michael Kelly

Posted August 20, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — On Aug. 3, the same day the judge presiding over the Warren Jeffs trial rejected yet another request to throw out evidence from the 2008 raid on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, Rozita Swinton tweeted: "Can't wait to tell my side of the story! Patience it will be worth it."

Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and seven other men from the sect are behind bars, prosecuted almost entirely on the vast quantity of records, audio recordings and other documents collected during the state's weeklong foray on the polygamous sect's isolated 1,700-acre ranch near Eldorado.

The raid probably never would have happened if not for a handful of apparently bogus phone calls made to a San Angelo-based domestic violence and child abuse hotline that were eventually linked to Swinton, a Colorado woman with a long history of false reporting in her home state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:43 AM

Calling a spade a spade

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Pamela Hansen

Article published on 21 August 2011

The Church has apologised and is even discussing compensation with the victims’ lawyers, now that so much has been exposed on the child abuse cases, despite its attempts to suppress the state of affairs. But rather than keeping schtum and quietly taking the deserved flak, it is now blaming the media.

Of course, there are some in the media that thrive on sensationalism, but the Church representatives, like all those striving to retain power, have used that very same media to the hilt when it suits. If the media, not just here but internationally, had not exposed what was going on what would the state of play be today I wonder?

Not taking responsibility is an unfortunate trait shared by many. It is never virtuous for people to shirk their obligations, but when it is a religious or State body that evades facing up to their moral or legal duty it is more serious than just the lack of doing the honourable thing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

AIB deal meant US church could hide abuse documents

LOS ANGELES (CA)
Daily Mail

By John Breslin

Esther Miller was a teenager living in Los Angeles when she was repeatedly forced to commit sexual acts with a priest who went on to abuse other young girls.

That period in her life still haunts her as she enters her fifties.

The man who abused her – a young deacon still at seminary college – groomed her by getting close to her parents.

Over the course of two years, until she was 17, the priest forced himself on her. He was later appointed principal of a Catholic high school despite questions over his behaviour.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Catholic church used $400m in Irish bank loans to pay U.S. sexual abuse victims

UNITED STATES
Daily Mail

By John Lee and John Breslin

21st August 2011

More than $400m of compensation to American victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests was paid with loans and guarantees from Allied Irish Bank, it has ben revealed.

The funds, in the form of loans, guarantees and lines of credit, were given specifically to pay clerical abuse victims, and led to AIB being dubbed the 'Vatican's banking arm' in U.S. legal circles.

The revelation that a comparatively small Irish bank based on another continent was used to pay off victims will raise questions about AIB's links to the church.

One of the payments, of $250m to the Los Angeles diocese, emerged in a new book entitled 'Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church', by Jason Berry, which outlines extraordinary links between the bank and the church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

We find missing Bishop Magee

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By MAEVE SHEEHAN

Sunday August 21 2011

THIS is Bishop John Magee, who has been in hiding since the publication of the Cloyne Report, at the moment when he was confronted by the Sunday Independent.

Last Thursday, we tracked the missing bishop down to Mitchelstown, Co Cork. He had been in hiding since he was slated in the report on child sex abuse in his diocese.

But last week, he was back in the north Cork house he fled when the report was published. Dismissing reports that he had gone to Rome or the US, Dr Magee smiled and said: "No, I wasn't there."

The bishop refused to be interviewed but, through his brother, he said that he was preparing a statement on the failures outlined in the Cloyne Report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Tracked down -- and the bishop still has nothing to say

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By MAEVE SHEEHAN

Sunday August 21 2011

BISHOP JOHN Magee has broken his month-long silence on the Cloyne Report, after he was tracked down by the Sunday Independent to Mitchelstown, Co Cork on Thursday.

Dr Magee reiterated his apology to victims but said he had "nothing to add" to the account that he gave to a commission of inquiry which found serious mishandling of clerical child-abuse allegations in his diocese.

Dr Magee has not been seen since the Cloyne Report revealed serious mishandling of child sex abuse allegations in the diocese. This newspaper found him back in the parish house provided for him by the diocese since he resigned last year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Personnel shifts have parishes wondering: Where's our priest?

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By John P. Martin
Inquirer Staff Writer

Where are the priests?

Are they coming back?

The questions have swirled since a scathing grand jury report on clergy sex abuse spurred the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia last winter to remove more than two dozen parish priests and reexamine old allegations that they molested or acted inappropriately around children.

The abrupt mass suspension - the largest of its kind nationwide - rocked the archdiocese, depleting some already short-staffed rectories and leaving behind as many questions as answers.

Last week, church officials said they were confident they would meet their original six- to nine-month timetable for finishing the review, suggesting some cases could be complete by September. They also announced an effort to develop "restoration plans" for the parishes that will regain or permanently lose priests.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Sex abuse victim to file counter protest against Fr Sciberras tomorrow

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Scott Grech

Article published on 21 August 2011

Lawrence Grech, one of 11 victims sexually abused in his youth by priests at St Joseph’s Home in Ħamrun, will tomorrow file a counter protest against Fr Conrad Sciberras, another priest who is alleged to have committed sexual offences against young boys.

“I and the other victims have nothing to hide and we stand by what we have already said about Fr Sciberras and his behaviour during our upbringing,” said 40-year old Mr Grech yesterday when contacted.

Last Tuesday, Fr Conrad Sciberras, a member of the Missionary Society of St Paul (MSSP), filed a judicial protest against Mr Grech, complaining about sexual abuse allegations that Mr Grech was making about him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

August 20, 2011

Charles Lewis: Catholic Church is forgetting its own lesson of humility

CANADA
National Post

Charles Lewis Aug 20, 2011

There have been enough disturbing stories about sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church to push even the most devout Catholic into despair. I can say as a Roman Catholic, as someone who loves the Church deeply, that that these awful revelations cause terrible heartache.

Such a revelation in the National Catholic Reporter on Friday made me feel that great sense of frustration once again. But there was also something else that made it even worse.

The story concerned revelations in 2010 of sexual abuse at prestigious Jesuit-run Canisius College in Berlin. As the story spread, more and more students came forward to say they had been molested.

Fr. Klaus Mertes, headmaster of the college, was honest enough to send letters to every former student to let them know that two priests had been accused of misconduct. He added that he “was deeply shaken and ashamed” by what he had learned. He eventually resigned his post. He appears to be an honorable man who missed what was going on in his own school and it will haunt him forever.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:36 PM

Het verhaal van Wimpje Osterop

NEDERLAND
Juzonieuws

Dit is het verhaal van Wimpje Osterop.
Het is geen goed en mooi verhaal ik wijs er van tevoren op. Wimpje Osterop overleed in 1956.

Wimpje Osterop was de zoon van een bekende vleesverwerker in Maasniel en net als ik geboren in 1944.

Hij zat bij mij in de eerste klas basisschool Sint Jozef aan de Dyonisiusstraat tegenover de achterkant, de cellen van de gevangenis te Roermond in 1950. Ernaast in één en hetzelfde gebouw stond de St. Franciscusschool en op een steenworp afstand stond Huize Sint Jozef (“Pro Juventute” een internaat voor weeskinderen) aan de Betlehemstraat / Jesuitenstraat in de gebouwen waar thans het arrondissementsparket tegenover de gebouwen van het vroegere Groot Seminarie in is gevestigd. Om te spelen in het speelkwartier liepen de kinderen van de Sint Jozef School onder straffe leiding van de leerkrachten altijd naar de overkant van de straat de Betlehemstraat naar de veel grotere speelplaatsen van Huize Sint Jozef. Ik weet de kleur van de steentjes nog die loodgrijs was met ruitvormige groeven erin. Zoals ook op de bruggen van Luik boven de Maas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:17 PM

St. Paul’s Cathedral priest injured in incident

BIRMINGHAM (AL)
WBRC

By Alan Collins

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
A catholic priest was listed in critical condition at UAB Hospital Friday after an incident with a person who reportedly had accused the priest of interfering with his marriage.

Thursday afternoon, someone assaulted Father Emmanuel Isi, an associate pastor at St. Paul's Cathedral. Joey Sheehan from the Catholic Diocese who considers Father Isi a counselor and a major influence in his life, was shocked at the news.

"It's unbelievable," Sheehan said. "He is my priest. My father. He has helped me out so much. He is a remarkable human being."

Others at St. Paul's shared those sentiments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Taking on the church he loves

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Mark Arsenault
Globe Staff / August 20, 2011

Peter Borré, an old Navy man, rises at 5:30 a.m. By 6, he is on the phone to Rome from his Charlestown home, to collect updates from his canon lawyers and court sources at the Vatican.

He is a lifelong Catholic locked in bitter battle with the church he reveres.

A man possessed of courtly bearing, lofty academic pedigree, and salty tongue, Borré has emerged as the top strategist for aggrieved US Catholics determined to keep open churches that prelates have declared should close. At the moment, he is working with 23 flocks in nine dioceses - including six groups in the Boston area - through the Council of Parishes, a coalition he formed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

The Early Days of Clergy Abuse: A San Francisco Story

UNITED STATES
Julian Guthrie

Editor's Note: The following is adapted from the author's new book, "The Grace of Everyday Saints: How a Band of Believers Lost Their Church and Found Their Faith," available now.

Early in the spring of 1994, a hard-charging San Francisco lawyer named Robert Bryan hired a private investigator to do some digging into what was happening at the San Francisco Archdiocese. The lawyer, a death-penalty appeals specialist who was converting to Catholicism, had a sense that something was amiss. The archdiocese had announced two months earlier that it needed to close a dozen churches, including St. Brigid, the century-old parish his family attended.

The archdiocese said the closures were necessary because of declining attendance, fewer men entering the priesthood, and aging buildings requiring seismic strengthening since the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989. Parishioners reacted to the news with shock and sadness. Bryan reacted with skepticism. St. Brigid had served Catholics since congregants began arriving in horse-drawn carriages. The church had a dynamic young priest and one of the largest young adult groups in the city. Weekly Mass drew some 1,000 believers and the church had more than $700,000 in its account -- money raised or donated by parishioners.

Bryan soon got his answer. His private investigator informed him that San Francisco police were about to file charges against one of the city's highest ranking priests, Monsignor Patrick O'Shea, a friend and confidant of Archbishop John Quinn's. O'Shea was said to have "done a number" on some boys over a period of years, the investigator said. Bryan picked up the phone -- to call the media and schedule a press conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Pope reaches out to abuse victims amid protests in Madrid

SPAIN
Deutche Welle

Pope Benedict XVI has led a service for a sea of young pilgrims in Spain, where he listened to prayers for victims of sexual abuse. But just a few hundred meters away, thousands were protesting his visit.

On the second day of his visit to Spain, Pope Benedict XVI led a service recalling Christ's crucifixion, and sins including sexual abuse against children.

More than a million pilgrims have gathered in the Spanish capital Madrid to celebrate World Youth Day from August 16-21.

The pope held a service in the city's Plaza Cibeles marking the torments of Christ's crucifixion and his resurrection. It was a solemn moment in the otherwise party-like atmosphere of the international Catholic youth gathering.

But protests broke out not far away as some vented their anger about the cost of the pope's visit at a time of economic uncertainty for Spain, where more than 45 percent of people aged aged 18-25 are out of work. The cost of hosting the celebrations is estimated to be over 50 million euros ($70 million).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Thousands protest papal visit to Madrid: Police

SPAIN
Montreal Gazette

Thousands of protesters marched in central Madrid late Friday to protest a visit by Pope Benedict XVI and police violence during previous demonstrations, as the pontiff presided over a service a few hundred metres away.

The marchers protested the cost of the visit ($73-million) and police brutality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Pope says priests must live saintly lives

SPAIN
Buenos Aires Herald

Pope Benedict said today Roman Catholic priests must live saintly lives and men should only enter the priesthood if they were convinced they could live by all the Church's rules, including celibacy.

On the third day of a visit that has been marked by protests, the pope celebrated Mass for some 4,500 seminarians training for the priesthood in Madrid's La Almudena cathedral.

"We have to be saints so as not to create a contradiction between the sign that we are and the reality that we wish to signify," he said in a sermon as part of activities of the Church's World Youth Day.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Bishop: Beaten Birmingham priest was in improper relationship

BIRMINGHAM (AL)
The Birmingham News

By Greg Garrison -- The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A Catholic priest who was brutally beaten Wednesday and remained in critical condition at UAB Hospital on Friday had been warned to discontinue an improper relationship with a woman who may have been the wife of his attacker, Bishop Robert J. Baker said.

The Rev. Emmanuel Isi, 57, associate pastor of St. Paul's Cathedral in Birmingham since June of last year, was involved in a car wreck Wednesday about 1 p.m. in the 5600 block of Avenue H in Ensley, a few blocks from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fairfield. A Birmingham police homicide detective investigating at the scene Friday night said witnesses described Isi being dragged from his car and then assaulted after a collision that ran one car into a cinder block wall. Birmingham Fire and Rescue took Isi to UAB Hospital at about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Both cars were towed from the scene and police are looking for the attacker, the detective said.

A woman who lives near the scene said she heard the cars crash and ran out to see two men punching each other, with one of the men being knocked backward, falling off a cinderblock wall and hitting his head.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:46 AM

A Lower Calling: Pastors Who Harm Their Flock

GHANA
Peace FM

Bishop Daniel Obinim, Founder and General Overseer of the International God’s Way Church, has been making sensational headlines for weeks now.

For over a month, he has been continually on the front pages of the dailies for having had a sexual relationship with the wife one of his junior pastors, an allegation he openly admitted to on air.

However, after his admission sparked public debate, with radio stations hosting call-in programmes on his conduct, the so-called man of God got offended and armed himself with a crowbar. Together with two of his pastors, they vented their anger on workers of Hot FM who were just a part of the larger public airing their concerns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:33 AM

Diocese of Cloyne running out of cash in wake of sex abuse scandal

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Diocese of Cloyne is running out of money as it attempts to come to terms with the after-effects of the recent and controversial report into clerical sex abuse.

The Cork diocese made headlines across the world when the report highlighted a failure on behalf of church leaders to react in a proper manner to allegations of child abuse.

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny went so far as to slam the Vatican after the report claimed that the diocesan leaders failed to report the allegations to the civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:13 AM

Priest Facing D.W.I. Charge Allegedly Flees to Poland

BUFFALO (NY)
WGRZ

[with video]

Written by
Matt Pitts

BUFFALO, NY -- A Buffalo pastor who faces D.W.I. charges has allegedly left town and may have returned to his native Poland.

Buffalo Police say Father Matthew Wydmanski, pastor of Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, was arrested on August 6th on charges of D.W.I, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and fleeing an officer and was due in City Court last Friday.

Reverend Joseph Olczak who leads the Pauline Fathers, which is the order Father Wydmanski is part of, says the priest did not show up for his preliminary hearing and apparently fled the country.

Father Olczak sent 2 On Your Side a statement which read, in part, "As Provincial of this Order, I did not give Father Matthew permission to leave and I do not condone his actions. The Pauline Fathers consider it an honor to serve Corpus Christi Parish and do not condone drunk driving or fleeing to avoid prosecution."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Priest flees country as festival begins

BUFFALO (NY)
WIVB

[with video]

Updated: Friday, 19 Aug 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - His parish is hosting a big weekend festival, but the priest is out of the country after skipping a court date on DWI and reckless endangerment charges.

While the mood appeared upbeat at the Corpus Christi Church's Polish Harvest Festival, there was an underlying sadness, because the church's spiritual leader, Fr. Matthew Wydmanski, has fled the country for Poland, after being charged with DWI and reckless endangerment.

Acting parish council president Beverly Sikora said, "I think people are just very sad, and very sad that it just so happened to coincide with our Harvest Festival."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Attorney General appeals rape acquittal

MALTA
Times of Malta

Saturday, August 20, 2011 , by
Waylon Johnston

The Attorney General has filed an appeal against the decision of the Magistrates’ Court to acquit a priest of rape because of an error in the charge sheet.

The mistake emerged during the proceedings, which were held behind closed doors, when the victim testified that he had been raped at the St Joseph Home in Ħamrun when the charge indicated the location of the crime as having been Marfa.

The mistake led Magistrate Saviour Demicoli to acquit one of the priests, Fr Francesco, also known as Godwin Scerri, of rape, even though he found the victim’s evidence credible. Had Fr Scerri been found guilty of rape he would have faced a maximum of nine years in jail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Cloyne Report Fallout Echoes Across Ireland

IRELAND
National Catholic Register

by James Kelly, Register correspondentFriday, Aug 19, 2011

DUBLIN, Ireland — At official levels, relations between the Catholic Church and the Irish state are at their lowest point in recent memory.

For a nation traditionally viewed as deeply Catholic, the fallout from the Cloyne Report has made headlines around the world. The Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny launched a scathing attack on the Church and the Vatican, the state threatened laws that would breach the seal of confession, and the Holy See recalled its representative in Ireland.

The Cloyne Report investigated the handling of abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne, County Cork. Ordered by the government, it was published in mid-July following an earlier one, published in 2008, which was undertaken by the Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

Why is Magee being protected?

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday August 20 2011

Almost six weeks after the publication of the devastating report of his mishandling of abuse allegations against priests of his diocese, John Magee, the former Bishop of Cloyne, has yet to face the public to provide an explanation of, or to apologise for, his misbehaviour.

Instead, the former secretary to not one but three Popes is playing what amounts to a game of hide and seek as he seeks to avoid not just the media but, more importantly, the abuse victims who were denied justice when he protected their abusers with his failure to follow church guidelines for dealing with reports of abuse.

As we report in today's paper, after spending some time abroad, Bishop Magee recently returned to Ireland. Given the widespread public interest in the Cloyne case it is inconceivable that he could do so without the support of many within the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Former Cloyne bishop returns to Ireland but hides from public eye

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Saturday August 20 2011

FORMER Bishop of Cloyne Dr John Magee was last night at a secret location after dramatically returning to Ireland.

His return sparked renewed demands for him to answer questions about the damning revelations of the Cloyne Report into how his former Cork diocese mishandled clerical child abuse allegations.

The Irish Independent can reveal that Dr Magee (74) has already visited his retirement property in Mitchelstown. The decision to return has been interpreted as an indication he may now be prepared to address the controversy.

However, he was not at the parochial house in the north-Cork town last night -- and sources said he is staying with friends.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Acquitted priest will stand trial again on indecent assault charge

CANADA
The Daily Gleaner

By SHAWN BERRY
berry.shawn@dailygleaner.com

Stumble Upondel.icio.usDiggFacebookPrintEmailSpeak UpNew Brunswick's highest court has ordered a new trial for a former priest recently acquitted of an indecent assault alleged to have happened more than three decades ago.

Charles Picot, who's no longer an active member of the clergy, will be tried again following a 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.

Picot, who was a priest at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church in Bouctouche at the time of the alleged 1975 incident, was accused of committing the crime against a parishioner, Michael Jensen, who was 13 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Pope urges priests to observe celibacy

SPAIN
Trend

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday urged priests to observe celibacy and to "leave behind all earthly desire," at a mass with future priests in the Spanish capital Madrid.

Priests needed to live "in celibacy" and "in austerity of life," said the head of the Catholic Church, which has come under widespread criticism over child sex abuse scandals among its priests, DPA reported.

"Approach the priesthood only if you are completely determined to exercise it in obedience to the church's precepts," the pope, who was visiting Madrid on occasion of the World Youth Day celebrations, said in his homily.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Enid pastor renews call for clergy sex abuse database

OKLAHOMA
Oklahoman

BY CARLA HINTON chinton@opubco.com
Published: August 20, 2011

An Oklahoma Southern Baptist pastor has expressed his desire to see the nation's largest Protestant denomination create a database that tracks sexually abusive ministers.

And it's not the first time the Rev. Wade Burleson has called for a Southern Baptist Convention database of clergy sexual predators.

But the pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid said he hopes this time to get a different response from Southern Baptist leaders heading up the denomination's Executive Committee.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Vatican releases files in Oregon case

PORTLAND (OR)
The Register-Guard

[documents]

By Tim Fought
The Associated Press

PORTLAND — The Vatican insisted Friday that an Oregon priest accused of sexually abusing young people was not its employee, as it released hundreds of pages of documents — much of them written in Latin — in response to a ruling by a federal court judge in Portland.

The documents are a step toward bringing the nearly decade-old case closer to resolving a core question: whether the Vatican can be held responsible under U.S. and Oregon law for the abuse alleged in the Washington state man’s lawsuit.

If a federal judge decides that under Oregon law the Vatican was effectively the employer of the Rev. Andrew Ronan in the mid-1960s — when he was assigned to Portland — and is alleged to have abused the young man, the case against the Holy See could go forward.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 AM

August 19, 2011

Dalhousie ex-priest faces new indecent assault trial

CANADA
CBC News

A former Roman Catholic priest in New Brunswick will have a new trial on indecent assault charges dating back to the 1970s.

Charles Picot was acquitted of the alleged 1975 indecent assault in 2010. The Crown appealed, citing grounds related to the trial judge's consideration of uncorroborated testimony.

The appeal court ruled 2-1 Friday to allow the appeal and order a new trial.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 PM

Letting in a little bit of light

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MAKING A virtue of necessity the Vatican has this week published on its Vatican Radio website its file on the late abusive American priest Andrew Ronan. The release is welcome but was required by a discovery order from an Oregon court, the first time the Vatican has been forced to publish internal files.

It is an important legal and moral precedent that will certainly be of interest to those investigating clerical abuse and its cover-up in Ireland, hobbled as they were by papal nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza’s refusal to assist both Dublin and Cloyne commissions.

Ronan, a Servite priest from the Friar Servants of Mary, who died in 1992, is the subject of litigation in which plaintiff “John V Doe” is suing the Vatican claiming it has liability for his abuse in 1965 because of its alleged earlier involvement in Ronan’s transfer to Portland from Benburb in Ireland where he had abused children. The case has now been running for nine years and represents a potential first successful breach of the legal shield of “sovereign immunity” under which the Vatican claims the right of sovereign states to protection from prosecution in national courts (the dubious diplomatic-legal principle of “ Rex non potest peccare” , the king can do no wrong).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Pope leads service recalling sins, child abuse

SPAIN
Montreal Gazette

MADRID - Pope Benedict XVI, seated before a sea of young pilgrims in Madrid, led a service Friday recalling Christ's crucifixion and the world's sins, including rape and crimes against children.

The 84-year-old pontiff presided from a vast white stage in city's Plaza Cibeles square over a Stations of the Cross devotion marking the torments of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and then his resurrection.

It was a solemn moment in a mostly street party-like atmosphere that has overtaken the Spanish capital with more than a million pilgrims joining the August 16-21 World Youth Day festivities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 PM

Corrections & Clarifications

IRELAND
The Irish Times

An article in last Thursday’s edition, concerning the release by the Vatican of a file on Fr Andrew Ronan who is accused of molesting boys, said he was an Irish priest. He is American.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 PM

Hinds DA office probes molestation claims against former Clinton music minister

MISSISSIPPI
Clarion-Ledger

Written by
Ruth Ingram

Accusations of child molestation lodged against a former Clinton High choir director are now being investigated by the office of Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

A former metro-area resident who now lives in another state contacted Clinton Police Chief Don Byington on August 12 and told him he had been sexually abused by John Langworthy about 20 years ago in the Clinton area.

On Thursday, the man met at the Clinton Police Department with Byington, Hinds County assistant district attorneys Jamie McBride and Shaunte Washington, and investigators from both departments.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 PM

Bishop Joe Flowers sentenced to seven years in prison for sex abuse

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHEC

By: Berkeley Brean | WHEC.com

The church leader convicted of sexually abusing a boy is spending the next seven years in prison. That was the maximum sentence bishop Joe Flowers faced and that’s what he received.

Flowers was convicted of sexually abusing over the course of three years. The boy was not only a member of his church, he is also Flowers' nephew.

“He was saying he's sorry and what he did say is true. He's sorry that it had to come through the courts. He's not sorry for what he did.” Avis Lewis is relieved it's over. Last year her son told her that their pastor and friend -- Joe Flowers -- sexually abused him. It had been going on for three years since the boy was eight years old. She says Flowers tried to cover it up. “He wanted to keep it within the family and I didn't want to keep it in the family. I wanted it to be known and send a message to anyone else and any other pastor, anyone who uses their authority to hurt kids and innocent ones and innocent lives.”


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:48 PM

Child molester minister gets maximum sentence

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHAM

Rochester (13WHAM-TV) – Pastor Joe Flowers of the “Walk of Life Christian Center” in Rochester was handed the maximum sentence in city court on Friday.

Flowers was sentenced to seven years in prison - 10 years of post release parole - and is required to register as a sex offender.

The minister was accused of sexually abusing the son of church members between 2007 and 2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Joe Flowers gets maximum sentence for molesting boy

ROCHESTER (NY)
Democrat and Chronicle

Written by
Victoria E. Freile
Staff writer

The former pastor of a Rochester church convicted last month of repeatedly sexually abusing a boy received the maximum sentence.

Monroe County Court Judge James J. Piampiano today sentenced Joe. N. Flowers, 41, to seven years in prison and 10 years post-release supervision.

Flowers, who had been the pastor of Walk of Life Christian Center in Rochester since it was founded in 1994, was convicted July 19 of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. He was found guilty of having repeated sexual contact with a boy younger than 13 from 2007 to 2010 in his Henrietta home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

German Catholics are 'weary,' says Jesuit

GERMANY
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 19, 2011
By Christa Pongratz-Lippitt

In January 2010, Jesuit Fr. Klaus Mertes, headmaster of the prestigious Jesuit-run Canisius College in Berlin, sent a letter to former students of the school informing them that two former priests had been accused of sexual misconduct with students. In the letter, he wrote that he was deeply shaken and ashamed because he had learned that “systematic abuse had taken place at the school over the years.”

Within a week of the letter being made public, 20 other students came forward with stories of sexual abuse by teachers at the school. When the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported the story, even more former students came forward.

Soon a whole series of abuse cases at other well-known Jesuit and Benedictine schools in Germany and in many German dioceses came to light. By spring, the revelations were coming from Austrian and Swiss church institutions.

Since then, 180,000 German and 87,000 Austrian Catholics have formally left the church. German-speaking Catholic Europe was engulfed -- in the words of Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn -- in a tsunami of clerical abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:38 PM

Pope hears prayer for victims of abuse

SPAIN
Reuters

By Judy MacInnes and Maria Ibanez

MADRID | Fri Aug 19, 2011

MADRID (Reuters) - Pope Benedict listened to prayers for victims of sexual abuse on Friday as he presided at a huge procession for tens of thousands of young people in Spain.

The Pope's second day in Spain culminated with a Way of the Cross procession in central Madrid, during which prayers were read for different sectors of society that were suffering.

"Jesus suffers with all those who are victims of human genocide where brutal violence explodes, or victims of rape and sexual abuse, the crimes against children and adults," the prayer read.

Silence fell as representatives of different countries and social groups -- including unemployed young people and those who suffer persecution for their beliefs -- took it in turn to carry a plain wooden cross, representing the one on which Christ was crucified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:28 PM

Priest facing DWI case leaves U.S. for Poland

BUFFALO (NY)
Buffalo News

By Jay Tokasz
News Staff Reporter

A Catholic priest accused of nearly striking two Buffalo police officers during a drunken-driving arrest left the country before he was to answer the charges at a felony hearing in Buffalo City Court.

The Rev. Matthew Wydmanski, pastor of Corpus Christi Church at 199 Clark St., has apparently returned to his native Poland, even though he is facing aggravated DWI and felony reckless endangerment charges as a result of his Aug. 6 arrest.

Wydmanski, 46, missed a court hearing last Friday and now has a bench warrant out for his arrest.

But parishioners of Corpus Christi were told by the Rev. Simon Shaner, associate pastor, that Wydmanski returned to Poland due to problems with his immigration status.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

Catholic Priest Flees the Country After D.W.I. Charge

BUFFALO (NY)
WKBW

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

The Rev. Matthew Wydmanski, pastor of Corpus Christi Church on the cities east side, has allegedly returned to his native Poland. He is facing aggravated DWI and felony reckless endangerment charges after his Aug. 6 arrest.

Wydmanski failed to appear for a court hearing last Friday and now has a bench warrant out for his arrest.

WKBW reached out to the Pauline Fathers, who own and staff the church. They released this statement Friday afternoon.

On August 6th, Fr. Matthew Wydmanski, O.S.P.P.E., Pastor of Corpus Christi Church, which is owed and staffed by the Pauline Fathers, was arrested by Buffalo Police for driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and reckless driving. He was arraigned in Buffalo City Court and please not guilty.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

Alaska victims of priest sex abuse begin receiving settlement checks

ALASKA
Anchorage Daily News

About 200 mostly Yup'ik victims of child sexual abuse by Catholic Church officials in Western Alaska in the 1960s and '70s have begun receiving checks from the $166 million settlement with Northwest Jesuits, reports KYUK in Bethel. Individual amounts will not be made public, attorney Ken Roosa says. A two-person panel chosen by committee will decide how much of the settlement each victim will receive. "For many of [the victims], it's an opportunity to move on, to try to piece their lives back together," Roosa said. "They will have some compensation, [but] not nearly in any sense what their claims were really worth."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Philly priests form association amid abuse crisis

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
San Antonio Express-News

MARYCLAIRE DALE, Association Press

Updated 01:42 p.m., Friday, August 19, 2011

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roman Catholic priests in the Philadelphia archdiocese have formed a fraternal association in the wake of the latest clergy-abuse crisis.

Fr. Chris Walsh, an organizer, says the goal is to come together amid "a vacuum of information" about how the archdiocese is handling the problem.

A grand jury this year charged three priests with rape and a monsignor with endangering children through priest transfers. The report said 37 suspected abusers remained on duty. The archdiocese later suspended many of them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:08 PM

Second diocese admits it is running out of cash

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Paul Melia and David Whelan

Friday August 19 2011

A SECOND diocese rocked by the clerical sex abuse scandal has admitted it is under "extreme" financial pressure.

On Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Dublin said a fall in donations and the cost of settling abuse claims meant it was near financial collapse.

Yesterday, the Diocese of Cloyne said it was also struggling to make ends meet.

In a statement, the diocese said it had sold property and used cash reserves to meet day-to-day expenses, but those options were now "almost exhausted".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:05 PM

AG appeals magistrate's decision to acquit priest of rape

MALTA
Times of Malta

The Attorney General has filed an appeal over the Magistrates' Court decision to acquit a priest of rape because of an error in the charge sheet.

Fr Godwin Scerri was earlier this month found guilty of sexual abuse but acquitted of rape even though the magistrate said the crime did actually take place.

He was jailed for five years but is appealing the decision.

In his judgement, Magistrate Saviour Demicoli had noted that Fr Scerri had raped a boy at St Joseph's Home in Ħamrun and not in Marfa, as indicated in the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Updated: Oct. 17 Trial Date Set in Los Gatos Priest Beating Case

LOS GATOS (CA)
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

August 18, 2011

An Oct. 17 date has been picked for jury trial motions in the case against a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center last year.

Attorneys representing William Lynch, 44, are expected to appear then at 9 a.m. in Dept. 34 of the Santa Clara County Courthouse in San Jose.

Lynch has been arraigned on one count of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and one count of elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:39 PM

Opinion: Prestonwood saga shows clergy abuse database is overdue

UNITED STATES
Associated Baptist Press

By Christa Brown

Friday, August 19, 2011

(ABP) -- Most major faith groups in the United States have denominational processes for assessing reports about clergy sex abuse. The Southern Baptist Convention does not. Instead, the SBC has chosen to denominationally do nothing. That choice makes the world a more dangerous place, especially for children.

The danger was revealed most recently in news about a former minister of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. The minister, John Langworthy, admitted to his Mississippi congregation that, while at prior churches, he “had sexual indiscretions with younger males.”

When this “disturbing revelation” made headlines, Prestonwood’s executive pastor, Mike Buster, acknowledged that, in 1989, Prestonwood had received an allegation that Langworthy “acted inappropriately with a teenage student.” But Buster claimed Prestonwood officials had acted “firmly and forthrightly” because Langworthy “was dismissed immediately.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:52 PM

2 new startling revelations in priest porn case, SNAP responds

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

Statement by Mike Hunter of Kansas City, Kansas City Leader of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (913 634 6490, mhunter535@gmail.com)

The latest filing by federal prosecutors in the Fr. Shawn Ratigan case contain two new disturbing revelations. They make Bishop Finn's earlier claims even less likely to be true and even more difficult to believe.

First, even after repeated warnings from multiple sources about Fr. Ratigan’s sexually inappropriate actions around kids (an alleged 2006 warning, a compelling 2010 letter from a school principal, Ratigan’s 2010 suicide note, and hundreds of creepy photos of kids on Ratigan’s computer), Catholic officials let Ratigan keep using a computer at his latest assignment in Independence and even let him buy a new one just weeks before his arrest.

Second, the new filing says that Ratigan’s church supervisors asked him “about a ‘close-up vaginal’ photograph found on his computer.” Finn claims he wasn't sure if this is child porn. Does anyone really believe this?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Leiby Kletzky Murder Spurs Stricter Child Laws In Orthodox Jewish Community

NEW YORK
The Huffington Post

The brutal murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky has rocked the Orthodox Jewish community into finally acknowledging that it needs more oversight to protect its children.

The fact that Leiby Kletzky was allegedly kidnapped, drugged, smothered, dismembered and killed by Levi Aron, a member of the Orthodox world, has forced the community to reevaluate just how effective its approach to child safeguarding is. Because within insular Jewish neighborhoods, like Brooklyn's Borough Park, law enforcement doesn't always adhere to the mainstream code, according to the New York Post.

Rather than immediately turn to the police, locals will often first call on their volunteer force--the Shomrim--a group of vigilantes that gets tax dollars, but isn't properly trained to deal with crucial evidence. According to the New York Post, Shomrim had access to surveillance tapes of Levi Aron eight hours before police did, but didn't know what to do with them. The private Jewish school system operates in a similarly autonomous manner. Where public schools are mandated to fingerprint and perform background checks on all employees, according to The Forward, private schools are not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:47 AM

Ken Bear Chief Reaches Out to Boarding-School Survivors

UNITED STATES
Indian Country Today Media Network

By Stephanie Woodard
August 19, 2011

Ken Bear Chief’s voice shakes with fury as he recounts testimony he’s taken as Tamaki Law Firm’s liaison to Native Americans who’ve sued the Catholic Church for childhood sexual abuse. Five hundred of the firm’s Native plaintiffs recently participated in a historic $166-million-dollar payment from the Jesuit order. In cooperation with the law firms of Gregory Yates and Manly and Stewart, Tamaki is now handling dozens more cases in South Dakota and elsewhere.

“I’ve interviewed hundreds of survivors,” said Bear Chief (Gros Ventre/Nez Perce/Nooksak) in a conversation at Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate’s Lake Traverse Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota. “I’ve heard of girls used as concubines from early childhood, of terrified little children hung over a church-belfry railing then raped by Father John Morse at St. Ignatius Mission, in St. Ignatius, Montana.

“I spoke to a man who described defecating in his bed as a child at Villa Ursula (another residential school in St. Ignatius, run by Ursuline nuns); he desperately wanted to make himself repulsive to Mother Loyola, now deceased, who’d go from bed to bed at night, choosing boys to perform oral sex on her and suckle her breasts.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:44 AM

Philly archdiocese hopes cases resolve soon

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
ABC 27

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it hopes to resolve the sex abuse investigations of more than two dozen priests in the coming months.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that information was part of an update that church officials sent to hundreds of archdiocese priests on Thursday.

The letter sent from two high-ranking archdiocese officials says the church is making plans to help parishes deal with the eventual return or departure of the suspended priests.

An archdiocese spokeswoman tells the Inquirer (http://bit.ly/pqdL37) the church is planning "for all eventualities."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:40 AM

Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese prepares for return of suspended priests

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Kansas City Star

By JOHN P. MARTIN
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday described its contact with 26 clerics suspended over past allegations of child sex abuse or misconduct and said it hoped to resolve their cases "over the next several months."

In a memo sent to more than 500 priests in the region, two ranking church administrators also announced plans to prepare for the return or departure of the suspended priests.

"The plan is being developed to ensure the best possible pastoral care for those parish communities directly affected by the administrative leave of a priest, regardless of the eventual determination of each unique case," said the letter from Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Thomas and Mgsr. Daniel Sullivan, the archdiocesan vicar for clergy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Federal prosecutors want life sentence for priest in child pornography case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
The Kansas City Star

By MARK MORRIS
The Kansas City Star

A Catholic priest accused of producing child pornography should receive life in prison if convicted, federal prosecutors declared Thursday.

Prosecutors disclosed their sentencing goals in a motion asking that the Rev. Shawn Ratigan remain in jail pending trial. They filed the paperwork just minutes before Ratigan’s first federal court appearance on 13 counts of production, attempted production and possession of child pornography.

John P. O’Connor, Ratigan’s lawyer, entered not guilty pleas to all the federal charges on his client’s behalf. The priest, dressed in black jail scrubs and still sporting a bushy, full beard, did not speak during his brief appearance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Priest Jailed 43 Years For Raping 5 Sisters

GHANA
Peace FM

A 42-year-old fetish priest, Abukari Gyan, based at Adadiem, near Sampa in the Jaman North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, who unleashed his libido on five innocent girls, is in the grips of the law.

Abukari Gyan, a native of Bole in the Northern Region, has for the past two years been plying his trade as a fetish priest and a seer at Adadiem in the Sampa area.

He allegedly lured all his victims to his house under the guise of helping them to overcome their spiritual problems but later slept with them.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Former priest faces new trial

CANADA
Times & Transcript

by shawn berry
Times & Transcript Staff

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's highest court has ordered a new trial for a former priest recently acquitted of a charge of indecent assault alleged to have happened more than three decades ago.

Charles Picot will be tried again following a split 2-1 decision by a three-judge panel of the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.

Picot, who was a priest at St-Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church at the time of the alleged 1975 incident and who is no longer an active member of the clergy, was accused of committing the crime against a parishioner, Michael Jensen, who was 13 at the time. Jensen asked the court not to place a publication ban on his name.

Though he expressed doubts about Picot's testimony, Justice Jean-Paul Ouellette found that the Crown had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:25 AM

Woman allegedly repeatedly raped by a janitor at Camp Good News

SANDWICH (MA)
Cape Cod Today

A 45-year-old Florida woman has filed suit today in Barnstable Superior Court against Faith Willard, Hope Willard Brooks, and the Society for Christian Activities, Inc., d/b/a "Camp Good News", located in Falmouth.

The plaintiff alleges that she was sexually abused between the ages of 7-9, during three summers when she attended Camp Good News, in 1973 - 1975, by a male camp employee.

The abuse allegedly took place in a girls' bathroom, and was witnessed by a camp counselor.

The plaintiff Cheryl A. Madden, 45, of Daytona Beach, FL said, "child molestation hell is what they put me through."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

Camp Good News janitor accused of abuse

SANDWICH (MA)
Cape Cod Times

August 19, 2011

Cheryl Madden, now 45 and a Florida resident, says a former janitor at Camp Good News in Sandwich started sexually abusing her in a camp bathroom when she was 7 years old, NECN reported Thursday.

NECN quoted Madden as saying, "He would fondle me. Pull my pants down, things like that."

The former South Boston woman said she's angry camp leadership allegedly turned a blind eye to abuse like hers for decades, so she is suing in civil court to help give children the courage to come forward, NECN reported. Madden said she told the camp directors about the abuse after her father died in 2009 and left his estate to the camp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Former Cape Camper Claims She Was Abused

MASSACHUSETTS
TheBostonChannel

[with video]

BOSTON -- A Cape Cod camp thrust into the national spotlight because of abuse allegations is now facing a lawsuit.

Camp Good News is the same camp Sen. Scott Brown attended, but he has never said whether that is the camp where he was sexually abused as a child.

A Florida woman is suing the camp, claiming she was sexually assaulted, battered and raped in the summers of 1973, 1974 and 1975.

Cheryl Madden, 45, of Daytona Beach, Fla., said her abuser was a camp janitor, and one attack happened in the presence of a camp counselor in a girl's bathroom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Missionary Kids Silent No More about Abuse

UNITED STATES
CBN

By Heather Sells
CBN News Reporter

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- U.S. missionaries have been spreading the gospel overseas since The Great Awakening. But now, a dark chapter in U.S. missions history is unfolding.

In recent years, four mission agencies have investigated their own employees for charges of child abuse in the field. Two more investigations are pending and more may be on the way.

MK Safety Net, a clearinghouse of information and support for missionary kids who were abused, says it's received reports from former missionary kids representing more than 20 denominations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

SC pastor charged with raping 2 women near church

SOUTH CAROLINA
San Luis Obispo Tribune

By BRUCE SMITH | Associated Press

A South Carolina pastor has been charged with raping two women in a trailer behind his church.

A magistrate denied bond Thursday for Dale Richardson of Summerville, which is about 25 miles northwest of Charleston. He also was charged with a third sexual assault that occurred in January 2010. An arrest warrant claims Richardson picked up a woman hitchhiking and took her to a wooded area.

He is also charged with a separate kidnapping.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Muslims not being victimised: cops

CANADA
bdnews24 (Bangladesh)

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011

Toronto, Aug 19 (bdnews24.com) – Toronto Police have sought to dispel the fears of the local Bangladeshi community that the Baitul Muqarram Imam is not being targeted as he is a Muslim religious leader.

Bangladeshi-born imam Mohammad Masroor, 48, was arrested on Aug 10 following weeks of police investigation in a case involving sexual abuse of five people, both male and female.

"No one is being victimised," said detective constable Karen Armstrong assuring an anxious Bangladeshi community.

"The only victims are those who are mentioned as actual victims in the police press release," he said referring to the five sexually-abused people, whose identities are being kept a secret in the interest of the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:56 AM

Kindle Short Review: A Predator Priest by David Margolick

UNITED STATES
Blog Critics

David Margolick, an accomplished writer and contributor to such outstanding publications as Vanity Fair, Newsweek, and the New York Times places on his own shoulders the burden of telling a story about another pedophile priest and the deafening silence — some would argue "collusion by default" — of the Catholic church in its practice of moving problem priests to remote unknown territories only to inflict more abuse upon parishioners in uninformed communities.

The burden borne by Margolick is not his telling of the story but his doing so in a way that respects the objective distance a journalist must keep from his subject. Margolick is not shy about the details of Father Bernard Bissonnette's lifetime of abuse and the church's scandal of keeping his trespasses secret for over thirty years. The reader however is left to make the judgment for himself regarding Bissonnette's actions.

The story of Bernard Bissonnette (pictured below) begins in his home parish of Grosvenordale, Connecticut, where he was known even before his ordination, having spent his early years there. In retrospect, community members noted that his early tendencies were odd as he seemed more interested in very personal sexual behaviors among his peers, such as the frequency of their masturbation, rather than the typical interests of teenage boys.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

August 18, 2011

Victims not impressed by release of Vatican files

IRELAND
The Irish Times

FIONA GARTLAND

THE “PARTIAL release” of internal files held by the Vatican, on a priest accused of sexually abusing boys in Ireland and the US, was not an indication of a changing church, abuse victims have said.

Abuse victim and campaigner Andrew Madden said the publication of the internal files on the late Fr Andrew Ronan had happened only after nine years of legal wrangling and was incomplete.

“They spent nine years opposing the handover of this information; they are not changing at all,” he said.

Published on the website of Vatican Radio on Wednesday, the files are part of documentation the Holy See is due to turn over to US lawyers representing an American man who says he was abused by the priest more than 40 years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 PM

Warrant details former Berlin assistant pastor's sexual online chats with boy

CONNECTICUT
Record-Journal

By Olivia L. Lawrence, Special to the Record-Journal

BERLIN - An arrest warrant for Michael Miller, former assistant pastor at St. Paul Church, gives a lurid account of communications between the 41-year-old priest and a 13-year-old local boy.

The document was unsealed Tuesday, when Miller appeared in New Britain Superior Court and pled not guilty to five felony counts of risk of injury to a minor and one misdemeanor count of obscenity.

The warrant said the child's mother noticed that her son was having what she considered inappropriate Facebook conversations with Miller. For example, while chatting on Facebook and watching a televised wrestling match, Miller commented that the men had "nice butts."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 PM

Local Catholic churches warned of threats to priests

TEXAS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

By Mitch Mitchell
mitchmitchell@star-telegram.com

Staff and members of Catholic churches in Arlington and Fort Worth are being asked to be vigilant due to two threatening telephone calls targeting priests in the diocese.

"Both threats related to priests abusing children," said Pat Scavina, diocese spokesman. "And one might be considered a death threat the way the language was couched."

Both threats were made within an hour of each other on Aug. 8 at two different churches about 5 p.m., Scavina said. Priests and staff have been asked to be vigilant and to watch for suspicious occurrences. The police have been notified about the threats but the threats were not characterized as imminent, Scavina said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 PM

Woman claims abuse at camp Sen. Brown attended

MASSACHUSETTS
WHDH

SANDWICH, Mass. -- A woman claims she was abused by an employee at a Cape Cod summer camp. The same camp that apologized to Senator Scott Brown following his revelation he was molested as a child.

Cheryl Madden, 45, said she was sexually abused by a male janitor as a camp counselor looked on in the 1970s. Madden said this happened at Camp Good News and it went on for a few years when she was between the ages of seven and nine.

She said on one occasion a woman, who she believed to be a camp counselor, walked in on her and the janitor and did nothing to stop it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM

SNAP comments on new records of Irish/US predator

UNITED STATES/IRELAND
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 (+1-314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)

The Vatican should be releasing records like this, promptly, about thousands of child molesting priests, nuns, bishops and seminarians. It should not wait until a court eventually forces it to do so.

It's clear that this is a desperate, last minute Vatican ploy to seem ever-so-slightly less recalcitrant than it has been for decades with clergy sex crimes and cover ups.

If anyone is tempted to see any kind of 'silver lining' in this, it's important to keep in mind that the highest echelons of the Catholic hierarchy have been fighting this disclosure for nine years. Sadly, despite pledges of openness, almost everything anyone learns about clergy sex crimes and cover ups comes in spite of continuing secrecy by top church officials.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

Clergy abuse victims welcome probe & blast Catholic officials

NETHERLANDS
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Executive Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (+1-314-566-9790, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

The death of so many children in just a couple of years is obviously very suspicious. We are grateful that an investigation is happening, but disappointed that authorities are already assuming no prosecutions will result and that church officials are claiming they’re “cooperating.”

For secular authorities: We understand that the passage of time is problematic and that laws vary radically from nation to nation. Still, in our twenty-three years, we’ve seen that in many situations, “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” In the face of horrific crimes and cover ups, many law enforcement officials have been able to find novel ways to pursue criminal cases against at least some of the wrongdoers, even if some of the specific charges may have to be or seem to be lesser charges. In other words, even if a child predator can’t be prosecuted for molesting a child, they sometimes can be prosecuted for other offenses, like child porn, child endangerment, threatening witnesses, destroying evidence, or impeding investigations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Bad news for Camp Good News in Cape Cod, MA

MASSACHUSETTS
NECN

[with video]

(NECN: Ally Donnelly, Boston, MA) – "I remember he had brown hair. I remember he was thin. I remember he said if I told anyone he'd kill my mother," said Cheryl Madden with tears in her eyes.

Forty-five-year-old Madden says a former janitor at Camp Good News in Sandwich on Cape Cod started sexually abusing her in a camp bathroom when she was just seven years old.

"He would fondle me," she said. "Pull my pants down, things like that."

The South Boston woman -- now living in Florida -- says she's angry camp leadership allegedly turned a blind eye to abuse like hers for decades.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

More allegations against Cape Cod summer camp ...

MASSACHUSETTS
Sandwich Broadsider

By John Basile
Sandwich Broadsider

Posted Aug 18, 2011
FORESTDALE —

A Florida woman has filed a lawsuit against Camp Good News in Forestdale and its operators claiming she was sexually assaulted when she was a camper there from 1973 to 1975.

The woman, now 45, has filed suit in Barnstable Superior Court alleging that Faith Willard and Hope Willard Brooks, operators of Camp Good News, knew, or should have known, that two of their employees, a male janitor and a female counselor acted improperly.

The complaint alleges that the janitor sexually assaulted the plaintiff, who was seven when the first assault occurred, and that the counselor “observed” the assailant and the girl together in a girls’ bathroom but, “failed to intervene, or to take any other steps” to protect the girl.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:12 PM

Woman sues camp where Scott Brown was allegedly abused

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Globe

By Travis Andersen, Globe Staff

A woman who attended the same camp on Cape Cod where US Senator Scott Brown was allegedly sexually abused as a boy is claiming in a lawsuit that she was repeatedly raped by a janitor at the camp, and that camp officials did nothing to protect her.

“Child molestation hell is what they put me through,” said Cheryl A. Madden, 45, of Daytona Beach, Fla. at a news conference today in the Boston office of her attorney, Carmen L. Durso.

Madden is seeking undisclosed financial damages in Barnstable Superior Court against Camp Good News, two of its executives, her alleged abuser, and a counselor whom she said was in the girls’ bathroom during one of the incidents but took no action.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Threats Against Priests Prompt Warning From Ft. Worth Diocese

TEXAS
NBC DFW

By Scott Friedman

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011

Priests in the Fort Worth Diocese have been cautioned to watch out for their own safety, after two local churches received threatening phone messages.

Diocese spokesman Pat Svacina said the two messages were left on church answering machines about 30 minutes apart on Monday, Aug. 8. One message was left at a Catholic church in Fort Worth, the other at a church in Arlington.

The Diocese would not say which churches specifically received the calls. But, a Ft. Worth Police report indicates one of the threats was called in to St. Patrick's Cathedral on Throckmorton.

Svacina said one of the messages could be considered a death threat against priests in general. The other, mentioned priests abusing children. It's not clear if the messages were left by the same caller.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Residential school compensation claims must be made by September 2012

CANADA
Northern News Services

Nathalie Heiberg-Harrison
Northern News Services
Published Thursday, August 18, 2011

INUVIK
The Government of Canada has accepted 57 residential school compensation claims from Inuvik residents to date, accounting for nearly one out of every 10 claims in the territory – and survivors who haven't yet applied have just over a year left to submit their paperwork.

"Everyone who might have a claim is encouraged to apply," said Akivah Starkman, the executive director of the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat. "Our mission in the secretariat is to try to ensure that every residential school survivor who might have a legitimate claim is given the opportunity to file an application and have that claim heard by an independent adjudicator."

Survivors who attended one of more than 130 residential schools across the country and suffered sexual or physical abuse are eligible to apply by September 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:01 PM

Church board denies “exonerating” two priests accused of child sexual assault

WISCONSIN
SNAP Wisconsin

Statement by John Pilmaier: Wisconsin SNAP Director

CONTACT: 414.336.8575

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and posted below) reports today that members of the church based “Milwaukee Area Review Board” have denied that they exonerated two priests of the sacred heart accused of sexually abusing minors.

Mary Gorski, spokesperson for the Priests of the Sacred Heart, had earlier claimed that the review board had cleared the two priests, Fr. William Pitcavage and Fr. Thomas Lind, of sexually abusing children. Both Pitcavage, who was recently elected the Order’s vice provincial, and Lind were removed from ministry following lawsuits filed against them and the Sacred Heart Priests for sexual abuse of Native American children in the 1970’s at a boarding school in South Dakota.

Gorski’s assertion last Thursday was that Pitcavage and Lind had been cleared of abuse by the board, following questions posed after the arrest of Fr. David Szatkowski. Szatkowski, another Priest of the Sacred Heart, and a Provincial Officer like Pitcavage, was charged last Thursday with second degree sexual assault of a minor in LaCrosse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:18 PM

Official: Minister's preliminary hearing rescheduled

KENTUCKY
Murray Ledger & Times

HAWKINS TEAGUE • Staff Writer

The preliminary hearing for the Hazel minister charged with sexual abuse has been moved to Sept. 12.

According to Kentucky State Police, the agency received a complaint on Aug. 9 from the parents of a juvenile alleging that sexual abuse had taken place the evening before between their son and Robert Meredith, 50, a pastor at Green Plain Church of Christ in Hazel. After Trooper Russell Boyd interviewed Meredith as part of the investigation, he was arrested and charged with Sexual Abuse in the First Degree (Victim under 12), KSP spokesman Trooper Dean Patterson said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:23 PM

Vatican lawyer says documents show priest wasn't shuffled in Oregon abuse case

VATICAN CITY
Catholic News Agency

[documents]

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2011 / 01:48 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican released internal files online on Aug. 17 showing that despite prosecutors' claims, it had no prior knowledge of an Irish priest's history of sex abuse before he was sent to the U.S. in the 1960s.

The “newly-released documents show that the plaintiff’s lawyers’ long-standing accusations against the Holy See are false,” said Jeffrey Lena, the California-based attorney who is representing the Vatican in the case.

An anonymous plaintiff from Oregon filed suit against the Vatican in 2002 after Fr. Andrew Ronan, an Irish priest with a record of sexually abusing minors, was transferred from Ireland to the U.S. and eventually moved to Portland, Oregon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Un “Grido di verità” per ricattare i preti gay

ITALIA
Nuovo Molise

ISERNIA – Il finto moralizzatore dei costumi di Santa Romana Chiesa agiva sfruttando i meandri della rete. Diego Caggiano, 35 anni, arrestato due settimane fa a Bagnoli del Trigno insieme a Giuseppe Trementino, 30, con l’accusa di estorsione aggravata e continuata ai danni di numerosi parroci omosessuali adescati via web, aveva creato un gruppo Facebook sul quale far leva per indurre le sue vittime a pagare.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

RICCATI A PRETI GAY: DOMICILIARI PER L'AQUILANO COINVOLTO

ITALIA
AbruzzoWeb

ISERNIA - Il Gip di Isernia, Elena Quaranta, ha disposto i domiciliari per Diego Maria Caggiano, 35 anni di Tornimparte (L'Aquila), e Giuseppe Trementino, 30 anni di Bagnoli del Trigno (Isernia), arrestati per estorsione continuata e aggravata nei confronti di sacerdoti gay dell'Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Molise e Puglia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:12 PM

Italy: 'At least gay 100 priests targeted by Facebook blackmailers'

ITALY
adnkronos

Isernia, 18 August (AKI) - At least 100 gay priests across Italy were blackmailed by two southerners who used social networking websites to meet them, Italian weekly Panorama reported on Friday.

The pair asked the priests for up to 10,000 euros each to keep quiet about their virtual sex sessions via webcam and in some cases, actual encounters, Panorama said.

The weekly cited a judicial probe spearheaded by magistrates in the town of Isernia in Italy's southern Molise region, which led to the arrest on 26 July of 35-year-old Diego Maria Caoggiano and Giuseppe Trementino, aged 30.

The men live together in the town of Bagnoli del Trigno, where they have been granted house arrest, Panorama said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Correction: Priest Abuse-Settlement

NEW JERSEY
The Sacramento Bee

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. -- In an Aug. 16 story about the Diocese of Trenton reaching a settlement with five former altar boys who claimed sexual abuse by a priest, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the disciplinary action taken. The Rev. Ronald Becker was barred from public ministry and wearing clothing associated with the priesthood, but was not defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:03 PM

Victims ‘not asking for €10m’

MALTA
Times of Malta

The men who were sexually abused by priests say they never suggested a €10 million settlement from the Church although they do insist on the need for compensation. Sunday’s news bulletin on the Labour Party’s One TV quoted Church sources as saying the victims were expected to ask for €9-€11 million and the Missionary Society of St Paul was planning to sell a property in Gozo to cover the sum.

But the victims and their lawyer – who is meeting Church authorities to discuss compensation tomorrow – have denied ever speaking about financial sums.

Lawyer Patrick Valentino said when contacted that compensation cases abroad, “even in America”, did not ever come close to a million per victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Cash worries for Dublin Archdiocese

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Ireland's largest Catholic Archdiocese has admitted it is facing serious financial problems with parishes on the brink of going bust because of the recession and clerical abuse claims.

Among ideas being put forward by priests in Dublin to tackle the situation is a levy on families to plug a massive gap in donations and mass-goers.

Leaked papers from the Council of Priests in the Archdiocese reveal many parishes are in a precarious position after 13 million euro was paid out in compensation.

However, the Archdiocese has said the biggest impact on Church funds has been falling donations at Mass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:53 PM

Ex-pastor Joe Flowers' sentencing in sex abuse case delayed

ROCHESTER (NY)
Democrat and Chronicle

Written by
Victoria E. Freile
Staff writer

Sentencing for the former pastor of a Rochester church convicted last month of repeatedly sexually abusing a boy will be postponed until tomorrow morning.

Since the court received the pre-sentence report late yesterday, Monroe County Court Judge James J. Piampiano today moved sentencing to 9:30 a.m. tomorrow to give Joe. N. Flowers, 41, and his attorney time to review the document.

Flowers, who was the pastor of Walk of Life Christian Center in Rochester since it was founded in 1994, was convicted July 19 of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. He was found guilty of having repeated sexual contact with a boy younger than 13 from 2007 to 2010, in his Henrietta home.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:09 PM

Review board won't judge priests

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 17, 2011

Members of a local review board created to advise Catholic religious orders in their handling of sex abuse allegations said it did not exonerate two priests of the Franklin-based Priests of the Sacred Heart, as their order suggested last week.

Instead, review board members say they lacked enough information to make recommendations regarding the decades-old allegations, and that determining the veracity of a complaint is beyond the scope of its responsibilities.

"We do not attempt in any way to try to determine guilt or innocence," said Jim Freiburger, a psychologist who has been on the board since 2009.

"We may make recommendations . . . that they be monitored or that they get all the evaluations or assessments they need," he said, " . . . but to suggest we're decision-makers . . . that's not within the bounds of our board."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:04 PM

St. Anna doet zelf onderzoek naar onverklaarbare sterfgevallen

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Na het Limburgse jongensinternaat St. Joseph was er begin jaren vijftig mogelijk ook sprake van onverklaarbare sterfte op het meisjesinternaat St. Anna.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Former consultant to US bishops keynotes conference pushing for acceptance of pedophilia

UNITED STATES
Catholic Culture

August 18, 2011

A former consultant to the US bishops was the keynote speaker at a conference organized by a group that is lobbying for decriminalization of pedophilia.

Dr. Fred Berlin of Johns Hopkins University spoke to a meeting organized by a group called B4U-ACT. The conference was designed to explore ways in which "minor-attracted persons" could lobby for broader acceptance of their activities.

B4U-ACT is pressing for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to drop pedophilia from its list of recognized disorders--just as the APA dropped homosexuality from the list of mental disorders a generation ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:00 PM

BID TO NAIL HOLY SEE FLOUNDERS

UNITED STATES
Catholic League

August 18, 2011

The Vatican has released documents showing that the Holy See never had any knowledge that a priest allegedly molested a young man in Oregon in 1965. The case, Doe v. Holy See, involves the late Rev. Andrew Ronan, a Servite priest, who was moved from Ireland to Chicago to Portland, Oregon; the specific lawsuit relates to what allegedly happened in Portland. The case has yet to be decided.

Jeffrey Anderson's 2002 lawsuit claims that Ronan was an employee of the Vatican and that the Holy See is guilty of negligence for allowing the transfers. But the documents show that the Holy See never knew of this case until 1966 when Ronan asked to be laicized; his petition was quickly granted.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

Anderson knew all along that this lawsuit, like so many others he has filed, would never win in court. But to him, winning is not defined by a judge; rather, it is defined in the court of public opinion. That is why he continues to cast aspersions on the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, throwing up as much mud as he can muster, hoping some will stick.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Dublin Archdiocese on brink of financial collapse

IRELAND
National Catholic Reporter

Aug. 18, 2011

By Michael Kelly Catholic News Service

DUBLIN -- The Dublin Archdiocese is on the brink of financial collapse because of payouts to victims of clergy sexual abuse, according to an internal report.

The report -- prepared by the diocesan Council of Priests and obtained by The Irish Catholic newspaper -- said that "reserves the diocese had built up over decades have been spent on seeking to compensate, somewhat, victims of child sexual abuse by priests."

So far, 172 civil actions from people alleging abuse have been taken against 44 priests of the Dublin Archdiocese; 117 have been concluded and 55 are ongoing. The costs, so far, to the archdiocese for settlement of claims regarding child sexual abuse by priests is currently at 13.5 million euros ($20 million) -- 9.3 million euros in settlements and 4.2 million euros in legal costs for both sides.

"This means the diocese will have to go into debt for a considerable period and will not have resources for other projects unless we fundraise for them specifically," the document added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:54 AM

'Verdachte' broeder verhuisde naar Belgische abdij

NEDERLAND/BELGIE
Het Nieuwsblad

Dat er in de jaren 50 snel na elkaar 34 jongens in een Nederlandse katholieke instelling stierven, zou begonnen zijn na de aanstelling van een 'minder geschikte' broeder. Het is één van de denksporen die in Nederland circuleren. Opvallend: de broeder zou daarna naar een Belgisch trappistenklooster verhuisd zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:52 AM

St. Anna start intern onderzoek naar sterfte meisjes

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

Het bestuur van de zorginstelling Sint Anna in het Limburgse Heel gaat zelf archiefonderzoek doen naar de sterfgevallen onder meisjes met een verstandelijke handicap in de jaren vijftig. Aanleiding is de bekendmaking van statistieken door de gemeente Maasgouw, waaruit blijkt dat in St. Anna meer kinderen zijn overleden dan in St. Joseph.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:35 AM

Meer aanklachten tegen Belgische pedopriester

CANADA/BELGIE
Kerknieuws

In Canada zijn drie nieuwe klachten wegens seksueel misbruik ingediend tegen een Belgische pater. De 63-jarige man was in de jaren 70 en 80 als missionaris actief in de Eskimo-regio in Canada.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:33 AM

Church to pay $1 million in sexual abuse settlement

NEW JERSEY
Press TV (Iran)

The Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, has agreed to pay $1 million to five men who said they were molested by a priest when they were altar boys, their attorney said.

The molestations, which took place in the 1970s and 80s when the victims were 11 to 16 years old, involved the Reverend Ronald Becker, who died in 2009, said lawyer Mitchell Garabedian. Rawstory

HIGHLIGHTS

In confirming the settlement, the Diocese of Trenton said it found allegations against the priest to be credible and called for other victims to speak out, a reflection of the church's resolve to avoid the appearance of trying to cover up abuse. Articles.boston

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:30 AM

Support group: Vatican abuse publication a ‘last-minute ploy’

UNITED STATES
Digital Journal

Wednesday’s publication by the Vatican of files concerning a case of a priest accused of sexually abusing children has been denounced as a “last-minute ploy” by a victim support group.

The priest – the late Father Andrew Ronan – is said to have molested children in Ireland and the USA, according to the Irish Times.

The Vatican agreed to publish internal files about the allegations after being ordered by a judge in Oregon to turn over papers relating to the case, but the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has called the move “desperate” and that it is a Vatican ploy to “seem ever-so-slightly less recalcitrant than it has been for decades with clergy sex crimes and cover-ups.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:28 AM

One priest's crusade against sex tourism in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES
The Christian Science Monitor

By Donald Kirk, Correspondent / August 18, 2011

Olongapo, Philippines
From his sprawling establishment overlooking Subic Bay, the Rev. Shay Cullen surveys a city that seems almost as subverted by the trafficking of women, many under age, as it was before the US shut down its naval base here nearly 20 years ago.
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The sailors who once flooded the streets on shore leave are no longer here, except on brief visits during military exercises, but the city has never lived down the reputation it got for the sex trade that flourished around what was America's biggest Naval base outside the US.

“Sex tourism is unchecked and trafficking is rampant,” says Mr. Cullen, a Columban priest from Ireland who’s been crusading since 1974 against what he sees as a “mafia-like” conspiracy by foreign men and Filipinos to exploit under-age victims. “The local government supports the sex industry, the prosecutors are mostly corrupt, and the judges too.”

Cullen seems like a latter-day Don Quixote tilting at windmills as he leads often fruitless manhunts for traffickers among the foreigners who come to this once-thriving base city 50 miles northwest of Manila.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:18 AM

Pédophilie : le Vatican rappelle son représentant en Irlande

IRELANDE
Le Monde (France)

LEMONDE.FR avec Reuters et AFP | 25.07.11

Le Vatican a annoncé, lundi 25 juillet, avoir rappelé son représentant en Irlande en réponse à une motion adoptée par le Parlement irlandais et aux critiques du premier ministre accusant l'Eglise catholique d'avoir couvert des exactions à caractère sexuel commises sur des enfants.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

En Colombie, une affaire de pédophilie agite l'opinion publique

COLOMBIE
RFI (France)

Par RFI

L’Eglise colombienne est condamnée à verser 172 000 euros aux parents de deux enfants victimes d’un curé pédophile. C’est une grande première dans ce pays très catholique, où six prêtres sont actuellement poursuivis pour des faits de pédophilie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 AM

Irlande, l'Eglise au ban

IRLANDE
L'Express (France)

Kim Haughton pour L'EXPRESS

Le réquisitoire du chef du gouvernement contre l'hypocrisie du clergé local et du Vatican, accusés d'étouffer les affaires de pédophilie, marque un tournant. Dans ce pays si religieux, le catholicisme est aujourd'hui en pleine crise et les fidèles désertent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:48 AM

Malte: un prêtre condamné pour pédophilie défroqué par le pape

MALTE
AFP

LA VALETTE — L'un des deux prêtres maltais condamnés mardi par le tribunal de La Valette à des peines de prison pour des actes pédophiles commis dans un orphelinat dans les années 80 a été défroqué par le pape mercredi, a annoncé l'Eglise maltaise en s'excusant pour ces crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:45 AM

First Nations man walks to raise awareness of residential schools

CANADA
Cochrane Times-Post

Mark Prior
editorial@cochranetimespost.com

Residential school survivor Patrick Etherington seeks to spread not only awareness about residential schools, but also to bring healing to those affected by them.

Mr. Etherington said residential schools are a scar on Canada's history. Aboriginal, Métis and Inuit children were forced to go to these schools as part of an aggressive assimilation strategy enacted by the Canadian government in the nineteenth century.

He added that the government at the time was relentless in their efforts at having over a 1,000 students attend these boarding schools against their will, forcing them to learn and adopt English and strict Catholic-Christian values they thought at the time would be ideal for society.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:42 AM

Investigation to open into Armagh diocese handling of child sexual abuse complaints

IRELAND
Tyrone Times

Published on Thursday 18 August 2011

A CHURCH watchdog is due to launch an investigation into the full extent of all complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse made to the Armagh diocese since 1975, according to a spokesperson for Cardinal Sean Brady.

The audit of the diocese will be led by Ian Elliott chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The board was founded in 2006 and has already compiled audits on six of Ireland’s 26 dioceses.

The board will be tasked with uncovering the full extent of all complaints or allegations, knowledge, suspicions or concerns of child sexual abuse, made to the Armagh diocese by individuals or by the civil authorities in the period 1 January 1975 to the present day, against Catholic clergy.

Its objective will be ‘to confirm how known allegations have been responded to and what the current arrangements for safeguarding children are’ in the Armagh diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:39 AM

New probe into Dutch Catholic institute deaths

NETHERLANDS
The Associated Press

By TOBY STERLING, Associated Press

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch Catholic institute for disabled girls said Thursday it will review 40 deaths at the children's home in the early 1950s. The review comes days after prosecutors began a criminal investigation into 34 deaths at a former Catholic boys' institute in the same town and the same time period.

The mysterious rash of deaths in the two children's homes nearly 60 years ago came to light during a search of Catholic church archives by a commission investigating possible sexual abuse.

There is no evidence that the unusual number of deaths over a three-year period in the small southern town of Heel was ever investigated for common threads or links to each other.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:25 AM

Brendan Gleeson confronts Irish Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal in ‘Calvary’

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
DARA KELLY, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Irish actor Brendan Gleeson will play a Catholic priest who must confront his own community and public revulsion towards the Church after its handling of sex abuse scandals there.

The film will see him back working with John Michael McDonagh, the writer and director of his current smash hit The Guard, and it's understood the script, called Calvary, has already been drafted.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Portland case forces Vatican to release priest abuse documents for first time

PORTLAND (OR)
The Oregonian

[documents]

By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian

A Portland man's lawsuit has forced the Vatican to turn over records for the first time in a case alleging sex abuse by a priest.

U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman in April ordered the central authority of the Roman Catholic Church, called the Holy See, to release documents sought by a Portland man known as John Doe.

Doe has accused the late Rev. Andrew M. Ronan of sexually abusing him in the 1960s, when Doe was just a teen. Ronan was a priest at St. Albert's Church in Portland. He died in 1992.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Vatican publishes details of abuse claims against Irish priest in Oregon

IRELAND/UNITED STATES
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN, IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

The Vatican has published details of an internal report into abuse allegations against an Irish priest in America – and denied it is at loggerheads with Enda Kenny’s government.

The Holy See has taken the steps in response to a US court claim taken by a victim of deceased Armagh born priest Rev. Andrew Ronan.

The files relating to alleged abuse by Ronan were released on the Vatican Radio website after an Oregon judge ordered it to turn over documentation relating to the case. ...

In a statement accompanying the documents, Vatican lawyer Jeffrey Lena said that the unusual step would: “calm down those people who are too quick to make sensational and unfair comments without taking the time to get an adequate understanding of the facts.”

He has since confirmed to the Irish Independent that the remarks were not a criticism of the Irish government or its leader Enda Kenny after his recent criticism of the Vatican and the Catholic Church in the wake of the Cloyne Report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 AM

October Trial Possible in Los Gatos Priest Beating Case

LOS GATOS (CA)
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

Attorneys representing a San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center last year will appear in court this morning to agree with the prosecution and the judge on a trial date.

William Lynch, 44, has been arraigned on one count of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and one count of elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

Authorities say he walked into the center's reception area the afternoon of May 10, 2010, asked to speak to Father Jerold Lindner, saying he had a death notification about a member of the priest's family, and assaulted him. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

More St Joseph's students come forward against Robert Best

AUSTRALIA
Geelong Advertiser

Aleks Devic | August 18th, 2011

POLICE are investigating 10 more cases of alleged abuse by jailed child sex molester and Christian Brother Robert Best, who taught at St Joseph's College in the 1980s.

There are at least 10 ex-students who have come forward and police expect more will follow suit.

One alleged victim who has come forward is a Geelong man in his 30s, who yesterday detailed to the Geelong Advertiser a litany of alleged abuse inside classrooms at St Joseph's College while he was aged 12 and 13. The man plans to tell police of his torment.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Torfs vermoedt dat Vangheluwe zijn bisschopstitel niet kwijtspeelt

BELGIE
Zita

Het Vaticaan 'strafte' de voormalige bisschop van Brugge zo'n vier maanden geleden. De geestelijke moest België verlaten - wat toen al een feit was -, psychologische en spirituele therapie volgen én hij mocht geen kerkdiensten meer leiden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Rabbi Faces Sex Crime Charges

TEANECK (NJ)
My Fox New York

By LUKE FUNK
MYFOXNY.COM

MYFOXNY.COM - A Teaneck, N.J. rabbi is accused of sex crimes involving two 13-year-old boys.

The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office charged Rabbi Uzi Rivlin with sex crimes.

Prosecutors say the boys were visitors from Israel and were staying in Rivlin's home at different times when the attacks took place.

One child reported that his visit was in the summer of 2009 and one child reported that his visit was in summer of 2010. Both children had separately reported the sexual abuse to Israeli police after they had returned to Israel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Teaneck Rabbi 'perplexed' by molestation case, attorney says

TEANECK (NJ)
The Record

BY KIBRET MARKOS
STAFF WRITER
The Record

A 63-year-old Teaneck rabbi is “perplexed and upset” by accusations that he had sexual contact with two 13-year-old boys at his home, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Rabbi Uzi Rivlin of Teaneck appears in court today in Hackensack. He's accused of having sexual contact with two 13-year-old boys.

“It was a complete, utter shock to him,” defense attorney Howard Simmons said shortly after Rabbi Uzi Rivlin formally was charged with criminal sexual contact and child endangerment at a brief hearing in Superior Court in Hackensack.

“He just doesn’t understand why these children would make these allegations,” Simmons said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 AM

Shock and disbelief follow Teaneck rabbi’s arrest on sex abuse charges

NEW JERSEY
New Jersey Jewish Standard

Abigail Klein Leichman • Local
Published: 17 August 2011

The arrest this week of Rabbi Uzi Rivlin casts doubt on the future of a scholarship fund he created for needy Israeli children.

Rivlin, 63, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. The charges were brought by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, the Teaneck Police Department, and the Israeli police, with the assistance of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Through the FBI, the county unit was informed of two separate complaints of inappropriate touching lodged with the Israeli police by two 13-year-old boys who had stayed at Rivlin’s home, one in the summer of 2009 and the other in 2010.

Maureen Parenta, spokeswoman for the Bergen County prosecutor’s office, told The Jewish Standard on Wednesday that the investigation will continue. “We’d like to determine if any other children have been victims,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Report: NJ rabbi accused of sex crimes against boys

TEANECK (NJ)
The Jerusalem Post

A Teaneck, New Jersey rabbi has been accused of committing sex crimes against two 13-year-old Israeli boys who were visiting the rabbi through a scholarship fund, Fox News in New York reported Thursday.

Rabbi Uzi Rivlin housed the two boys separately in 2009 and 2010 while they visited the United States traveling during the summer and visiting an American camp.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Israeli Kids Sexually Abused by NJ Rabbi: Prosecutors

TEANECK (NJ)
WPIX

[with video]

By MARY MURPHY

TEANECK, NJ (PIX11)— Rabbi Uzi Rivlin of Teaneck, New Jersey was running a scholarship program that brought impoverished, Israeli boys and girls to the United States for a summer respite from strife at home. But Bergen County prosecutors say the 63-year-old married father betrayed the children's trust, sexually abusing at least two, 13-year-old Israeli boys at his Teaneck home, when they came here to spend recent summers.

"We're all pretty shocked, because it's totally inconsistent with what we know about him," said Rabbi David Holtz, director of Congregation Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, New York, where Rivlin has worked for many years teaching fifth graders about Israel. "His life's work is to help kids; He cares very deeply for the kids, has saved kids' lives in Israel," said Holtz.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:49 AM

Teaneck Rabbi Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Abuse Case

TEANECK (NJ)
Patch

By Noah Cohen

A Teaneck Rabbi pleaded not guilty Wednesday after being charged with sexually abusing two teen boys who were staying at his home as part of a scholarship program.

Uzi Rivlin, 63, of Lindbergh Boulevard, was arrested Tuesday after Bergen County investigators learned that two 13-year-old boys had separately reported the abuse to Israeli police, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said in a statement.

“His reaction was confusion, shock and denial that any of this could have ever happened,” defense attorney Howard Simmons said of his client.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

The Release of Documents by the Vatican

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

We note with a sure, steady and strong salute of honor to the courage of a survivor, the announcement on the Vatican Radio website that the Vatican has released documents ordered by a United States court.

The Vatican’s attorney, Jeffrey Lena, speaking in a statement on behalf of his client, the Holy See, believes that the release of the documents will exonerate his client of knowledge of and responsibility for the abuse of survivor, John Doe, by Servite priest Andrew Ronan. This phrase is not to be missed in the Lena statement, “The Holy See is releasing all known documents relating to Ronan held by the Roman Curia.”

The survivor’s attorney, Jeff Anderson, says in a statement that he has yet to receive the documents and notes that the documents made public on Vatican Radio’s website are a partial release of the court ordered discovery documents. Anderson is expected to comment on the document release at a press conference on Monday.

In the coming days there will be a pell mell tumbling out of news outlets, Internet blogs and serious legal journals both profound and profane reporting, analysis and commentary on this historic US court ordered release of documents and the Holy See’s response.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Geen aanwijzing ziekte als doodsoorzaak Heel

NEDERLAND
de Limburger

Een medische verklaring voor de dood van 34 jongens in de jaren 1952 tot en met 1954 in de toenmalige zwakzinnigeninrichting Sint Joseph in Heel ligt niet voor de hand. "De commissie-Deetman is op basis van haar info niet naar de GGD, maar naar het Openbaar Ministerie gestapt.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Ook veel doden op Limburgs meisjesinternaat

NEDERLAND
RTV Purmerend

Het Openbaar Ministerie ziet nog geen aanleiding voor een onderzoek naar de hoge sterftecijfers in een meisjesinternaat in Heel, in Limburg. In de jaren vijftig stierven in het internaat Sint Anna opmerkelijk veel verstandelijk gehandicapte meisjes. Tussen 1952 en '54 overleden veertig meisjes, bijna allemaal 12 jaar of jonger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

De zoveelste katholieke doofpot ?!

NEDERLAND
Nieuwslog

De Stichting Sint Anna in Heel gaat een archiefonderzoek doen naar de sterfgevallen begin jaren vijftig bij het internaat voor verstandelijk gehandicapte vrouwen. Dat meldt de overkoepelende Koraal Groep in Sittard woensdag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

OM: geen onderzoek meisjesinternaat

NEDERLAND
Handicap Nationaal

Het Openbaar Ministerie ziet nog geen aanleiding voor een onderzoek naar het hoge sterftecijfer in meisjesinternaat St. Anna.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Doden op internaat: waarom onderzoekt OM wel de jongens en niet de meisjes?

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

Het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) maakte vandaag bekend geen onderzoek te doen naar de hoge kindersterfte bij het meisjesinternaat Sint Anna in het Limburgse Heel. Dit terwijl het OM gisteren wel bekend maakte onderzoek te doen naar sterfgevallen in het jongensinternaat Sint Joseph. Waarom dit verschil?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Limburgse omroep: ook veel meisjes stierven

NEDERLAND
Skipr

De Limburgse omroep L1 stelt dat begin jaren ’50 ook veel meisjes overleden in het meisjesinternaat in Heel. De omroep baseert zich op sterftecijfers die de omroep opvroeg bij de gemeente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Nabestaanden meisjes St Anna verontwaardigd over OM

NEDERLAND
L1

Familieleden en nabestaanden van meisjes die in de jaren vijftig in St. Anna in Heel verbleven, zijn verontwaardigd omdat het Openbaar Ministerie geen onderzoek wil doen naar het hoge sterftecijfer destijds. In St. Anna overleden begin jaren vijtig in totaal 40 jonge meisjes. "Op dit moment richt het onderzoek zich alleen op het jongensinternaat. We sluiten niet uit dat we het onderzoek later breder trekken", zegt het OM.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:17 AM

St. Louis native, the embattled Kansas City bishop, to lead workshop on the media

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY DEB PETERSON • dpeterson@post-dispatch.com

FINN INN: St. Louis native and embattled Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn, whose resignation has been called for by the Kansas City Star, will lead a workshop in Jeff City on Oct. 1 on the subject of ... the media.

Finn, who has been bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese since 2005, is scheduled to lead a panel at the annual statewideMissouri Catholic Conference. The workshop's title: "Catholic Press: A Tool for the New Evangalization."

A website regarding the conference says Finn will talk about how Catholic news outlets compare "to the secular media in methodology and goals." Finn is a former editor of The St. Louis Review, the weekly newspaper of the St. Louis Archdiocese. ...

Another workshop at the conference, “What you need to know about pornography,” will be headed by Robert Furey, a St. Louis therapist who helps sexually troubled clergy. Furey also directs a church-operated center for pedophile priests in rural Missouri that was criticized last year in a two-part KSDK (Channel 5) series.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Dublin Catholics face levy as church faces bankruptcy

IRELAND
The Guardian (United Kingdom)

Henry McDonald in Dublin
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 August 2011

Reparations for child abuse victims and the recession have brought Ireland's largest Catholic diocese to the brink of bankruptcy, according to a leaked document from a group of priests.

The paper from the Council of Priests concludes that many parishes in Dublin are close to a state of financial collapse.

It cites the ongoing cost of compensation payments made to victims of clerical abuse, the death of the Celtic Tiger economic boom and falling numbers going to mass in the Irish capital.

The document, which was leaked to this week's edition of the Irish Catholic newspaper, proposes imposing a parish-based levy on Catholic families living in Dublin that would raise up to €3m (£2.6m) a year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:09 AM

Response Team probes all reports, head insists

MALTA
Times of Malta

The Church Response Team that handles cases of sexual abuse of children by priests looks into every allegation it becomes aware of, whether reported to it or not, according to its head, Judge Victor Caruana Colombo.

In an article appearing on The Times today (see back page), Judge Caruana Colombo notes that some allegations of sexual abuse were only in the media.

He refers to four cases saying he wrote to the media where such allegations were made asking them for information that could help the Response Team investigate. However, no such information was forthcoming, Judge Caruana Colombo says.

“For lack of information, the Response Team obviously could not investigate. As far as I know, not one of the above allegations made in the media was reported to the police.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

Functions of the Church Response Team

MALTA
Times of Malta

Thursday, August 18, 2011, by Victor Caruana Colombo

I am a delegate of the Bishops and Major Superiors (Ecclesiastical Authority) of Malta and Gozo to conduct, together with a Response Team, a preliminary inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by pastoral functionaries. “When the preliminary inquiry is completed, the delegate shall provide a written report with the recommendations of the Response Team to the Ecclesiastical Authority” (Procedures in Cases of Sexual Abuse, 1999, para 13). For practical purposes I shall refer below to the delegate and Response Team as “Response Team”.

“The purpose of such an inquiry is to obtain information determin­ing whether or not there are reasonable or probable grounds to believe that there has been a situation of child sexual abuse” (ibid para 1.1). Thus, the Response Team does not decide whether an alleged perpetrator is guilty or otherwise of the alleged abuse. The following is an extract from a typical conclusion of the Response Team in its inquiries: “... fit-termini tal-paragrafu 1.1 tal-Procedures, jirriżulta/ma jirriżultax li ...” (... in terms of paragraph 1.1 of the Procedures, it results/does not result that ...).

Nonetheless, in every report the Response Team gives the Authority a clear account of the facts and circumstances. In order to be able to do so, the Response Team seeks to interview everyone who can provide it with even the slightest relevant information.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:03 AM

Abuse victims’ lawyer to meet Archbishop again in near future

MALTA
The Malta Independent

by Chiara Bonello

Article published on 18 August 2011

Patrick Valentino, the lawyer representing the victims of sexual abuse by priests, and Archbishop Paul Cremona, OP, had the opportunity to have their say on the matter of compensation during a meeting held yesterday morning.

Speaking to The Malta Independent after the meeting, Dr Valentino said that basically both sides had said what they had to say about the situation, and planned to meet again in the near future.

He also said that in view of the fact that the discussions were still ongoing and because of the nature of the matter, he did not feel that it was right to divulge too much information. He would not comment on who was present, but said that Archbishop Cremona and himself had spoken.


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:01 AM

Church leader convicted of sexual assault to be sentenced

ROCHESTER (NY)
WHEC

We'll learn Thursday how long a former Rochester church leader will have to spend behind bars.

A jury convicted Joe Flowers last month of molesting his nephew over a 3 year period. The boy's mother was in court that day and told us it was a victory for victims of sexual abuse.

Flowers was the leader of "Walk of Life" Christian Center.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Warrant Outlines Sexual Conversations Berlin Priest Had With 13-Year-Old Boy

BERLIN (CT)
The Hartford Courant

August 17, 2011|By DAVID OWENS, dowens@courant.com, The Hartford Courant

A Berlin priest who is facing five felony counts admitted to Berlin police detectives that he on at least two occasions offered oral sex to a 13-year-old boy he knew from his work at St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church.

The Rev. Michael Miller, who faces five counts of risk of injury to a minor and one count of attempted obscenity, was in court Tuesday to face those charges. The warrant for his arrest was also unsealed.
The six-page document, prepared by Berlin police Det. Sgt. John McCormack, tells the story of a concerned mother who contacted police after finding what she viewed as inappropriate conversations between her son and Miller.

The conversations took place online on Facebook and through text messaging on cellphones.

Miller, 41, has been suspended from the ministry by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Miller, according to the warrant, engaged in increasingly sexually graphic conversations with the boy and questioned the boy about his sexual development. The priest also told the boy about his own sexual experiences with men, the warrant reads. The boy told police that Miller never touched him.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

August 17, 2011

Review of 'Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church' by Jason Berry

UNITED STATES
Chicago Tribune

By Steve Fiffer
Special to Tribune Newspapers

What does a church do when faced with potentially having to pay billions of dollars in damages to victims of sexual abuse at the hands of its clergy? As Jason Berry documents so well in his compelling new book, "Render Unto Rome," the Catholic Church's initial response was to fight the charges.

Highly placed bishops and cardinals denied any knowledge of such abuse or claimed that proper procedures had been followed in sending known pedophiles from one parish to another, where they often committed the same vile acts. High-priced lawyers argued that even if such evils had taken place, the statute of limitations had passed and victims were not entitled to compensation. And perhaps worst of all, high-ranking church officials in the Vatican and the United States branded the accusers as liars.

We know that ultimately such tactics failed miserably and that archdioceses across the country and around the world have either lost or settled lawsuits that might bankrupt a major corporation — over $700 million in damages in Los Angeles alone.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:53 PM

Islamic teacher accused of multiple sexual assault

CANADA
Vancouverite

TORONTO – A 48-year–old Toronto man has been arrested on 13 counts of suspected sexual assault.

The alleged offenses were committed between November 1, 2008 and July ,2011. ...

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 PM

Scarborough imam faces sexual assault charges

CANADA
Inside Toronto

A Scarborough religious leader faces 13 charges in a sexual assault investigation.

Police said Mohammad Masroor, 48, imam of the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society at 3334 Danforth Ave., was arrested Aug. 10.

"He has taught at this location and at private homes within the community since 2008," Det. Const. Karen Armstrong said during a news conference at police headquarters Wednesday. "Currently our investigation revolves around five victims who are both male and female."

Police alleged the offences occurred between Nov. 1, 2008 and July 28, 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:45 PM

Community saddened by allegations against imam

CANADA
Toronto Sun

By Rob Lamberti ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

TORONTO - Farouk Imded ambled slowly towards the small single-story brick mosque, both stunned and saddened by the news that one of the imams is in jail.

“At this mosque here? He’s a very good priest,” an astonished Imded said. “He’s a very good man. I don’t know what has happened.

“When you hear these kings of things, it’s very shameful,” he said.

Indeed, the allegations levelled against Mohammad Masroor have stunned the membership of the mosque, especially now during the holy month of Ramadan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 PM

Imam charged with sexual assault

CANADA
AFP

OTTAWA — Canadian police on Wednesday said an imam who led an Islamic society in Toronto has been charged with sexually assaulting male and female students.

Mohammad Masroor, 48, was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting five victims between November 1, 2008 and July 28 of this year, and police warned there may be more abroad as he "lived and travelled extensively internationally."

Masroor is the imam of the Bangladeshi Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society in Toronto and has taught there, in his home, and in Florida, Michigan and Bangladesh.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 PM

Toronto religious leader charged in sex assaults

CANADA
Toronto Star

Chloé Fedio and Curtis Rush
Staff Reporters

Members of a Scarborough mosque have expressed shock and disbelief that their “nice” and “humble” religious leader has been charged with a string of sexual assaults.

Mohammad Masroor, the imam at the Baitul Mukarram Islamic Society on Danforth Ave., faces 13 charges involving sexual offences and death threats relating to five alleged victims.

Police said Masroor, 48, travelled the world before settling in Toronto in 2008, and believe there could be more victims, here and abroad.

Abdur Rouf Tarafdar was one of more than a dozen people who vouched for Masroor’s pious character as he left afternoon prayer on Wednesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Three sexual assault cases filed against Archdiocese of Miami

MIAMI (FL)
Miami Herald

BY PERRY STEIN
pstein@MiamiHerald.com

The Archdiocese of Miami was hit with three lawsuits on Wednesday alleging that a priest sexually abused three children in the 1960s.

The lawsuits accuse Father Neil Flemming of sexually abusing three boys between the ages of 12-14 at Boystown, a former residential home in Southwest Miami-Dade for troubled boys.

The archdiocese released a statement Wednesday saying the church is aware of the lawsuit against the retired priest.

“As always, the Catholic Church’s concerns are for the victims and a prevailing sense of justice,” the statement read. “In addition, over the past nine years, the archdiocese has been forthcoming and taken steps to keep children safe through training and background screenings of all its employees.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 PM

Jesuits emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy

WASHINGTON
NWCN

Posted on August 17, 2011

SPOKANE-- The Catholic order that is affiliated with Gonzaga University has emerged from bankruptcy after huge amounts of priest sex abuse lawsuits forced them to declare Chapter 11 two years ago.

The Jesuits of the Oregon Province filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Portland in 2009.

On Wednesday U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris confirmed the written reorganization plan for the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province allowing the Province to emerge from Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Earlier this year the Jesuits agreed to pay $166 million to settle the claims of hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse. The claims spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s and include victims across a five-state region, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Diocese in crisis over abuse payouts and donations fall

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GENEVIEVE CARBERY

DUBLIN’S CATHOLIC archdiocese is trying to avoid possible “financial collapse” due to falling donations and abuse payouts, an internal document has shown.

A consultation document from the archdiocese advisory body, the council of priests, discusses fundraising and cost-saving measures to tackle the crisis.

“We are in a precarious position in many parishes and in the diocese, close even to a state of financial collapse,” the document says.

A fall in lay contributions and the depletion of reserves due to some €13 million in abuse payouts are the reasons it gives for the financial problems.