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December 31, 2011

Victims' Group Ordered to Reveal Records in Priest Case

MISSOURI
Fox News

ST. LOUIS – An advocacy group that has relentlessly pressured Roman Catholic leaders to reveal the scope of sex abuse in the church has been ordered to disclose records to a priest's defense lawyers that could include years of emails with victims, journalists and others.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has so far failed to block a judge's ruling that requires the organization to produce the documents and allows defense lawyers to question the network's national director, David Clohessy, on Tuesday.

The Survivors Network has been at the center of the Catholic abuse scandal for more than two decades as a constant critic of church leaders who failed to warn police or parents about serial offenders in the priesthood. As the costs of the scandal have skyrocketed, many bishops and other Catholics have viewed the group as an enemy, accusing the network of funneling clients to lawyers who want to enrich themselves and bankrupt the church. ...

Defense lawyers in other abuse cases have tried to gain access to the Survivors Network records, but the Jackson County case was the first time the request has been granted, said Marci Hamilton, a law professor and advocate for victims. The group's attorneys have asked the Missouri Supreme Court to intervene.

"If you see that talking to any survivors' group means your story could show up in any state in front of any other lawyers, then people are just going to shut down again," said Hamilton, a specialist in church-state issues at Cardozo Law School at Yeshiva University in New York.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:58 PM

Acusado de abuso contra menores, padre irlandês de 72 anos é deportado do Brasil

BRASIL
Gazetaweb

See English translation of this article.

A Polícia Federal prendeu em São Paulo um padre irlandês de 72 anos acusado perante a Justiça de Dublin em 55 processos penais por supostos abusos sexuais contra menores. Ele foi deportado sumariamente para a Irlanda na noite de segunda-feira, 26.

P. J. Kennedy foi localizado na manhã de segunda por agentes da PF que atuam no escritório da Interpol em São Paulo - a Interpol é a Polícia Internacional que reúne corporações de 190 países.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:36 PM

Deportado reverendo irlandês procurado por crimes sexuais

BRASIL
DN Globo

O Brasil deportou para o Reino Unido um reverendo irlandês procurado por crimes sexuais na Irlanda, para onde deverá ser extraditado nos próximos dias, anunciaram hoje as autoridades de Dublin.

O reverendo Peter Kennedy, de 73 anos, está sob custódia do Reino Unido, adiantou hoje o Departamento de Justiça irlandês, escusando-se a avançar mais pormenores sobre o caso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:33 PM

Irish priest behind clerical abuse settlement extradited from Brazil

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
ANTOINETTE KELLY,
IrishCentral.com Staff Writer

Published Saturday, December 31, 2011

Father Peter Kennedy, 72, a fugitive Catholic priest accused of 55 child sex crimes, has been deported from Brazil after eight years on the run.

Kennedy first hit the headlines in 2003 when one of his former victims was awarded over $420,000 - to date the largest ever pay-out in an Irish clerical sex abuse case.

Kennedy's accuser claimed the priest had raped him when he was 13 after coming to his family's County Sligo home to perform the last rites for his father, who was dying of cancer at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:29 PM

Files order for accused priests

UNITED STATES
Herald (Ireland)

Saturday December 31 2011

Advocates for US victims of clergy sex abuse are being ordered to disclose years of records to defence lawyers in the case of an accused priest.

A US county judge in Missouri said lawyers for the accused man had a right to the documents from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap).

Snap said the disclosure order was so broad it could involve sensitive communication with victims in other cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:22 PM

Vatican: The position of bishops who do not want to retire

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Canonical law requires bishops to retire at 75 years of age. But many bishops do not want to leave the chair. The latest case is the Archbishop of Chicago: “I hope the Pope refuses my resignation”

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

The latest to “rebel” against mandatory resignation at 75 years of age is Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago and, until last year, President of the American Conference of Bishops. From the beginning of his pontificate, Benedict XVI has come under some pressure to abolish the rule established by Paul VI on the retirement age for ecclesiastics. So while most Western governments are grappling with the protests of citizens required by the exigencies of public finances to stay at work longer, the Roman Curia is receiving opposite signals from the Sacred College.

Despite the prominent appeals that have rained down upon the Holy See, Benedict XVI has continued, as did his two immediate predecessors, to retire bishops and cardinals at 75 years (as required by the rule established by Pope Paul VI), without extending the retirement age to 80 years, as many have requested. Based on under the first paragraph of canon 401 of the Code of Canon Law - the text approved in 1983 and signed by John Paul II in the fifth year of his pontificate - bishops are required to submit to the Pope their resignation from the pastoral governance of their dioceses at 75 years of age. According to the rules set down by the current “charter” that regulates the internal life of the Catholic Church, the issue of resignation and renunciation is armor-plated. As a rule, then, Benedict XVI has almost always accepted appointing a new bishop, barring some unforeseen extension for reasons of force majeure.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Priest of Filipino descent may be defrocked due to porn

PHILIPPINES
abs-cbnNEWS.com

Posted at 12/31/2011

MANILA, Philippines - A priest of Filipino descent in Worcester, Massachusetts faces removal from priesthood after he was charged of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish.

An Associated Press report said that Rev. Lowe Dongor was accused of stealing $40 to $60 from St. Joseph Parish in Fitchburg on several occasions. Images of preteen girls were also reportedly found on his computer during service.

Following Vatican officials’ “clarification” that child pornography possession is included in the grounds for removal from the priesthood, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has asked the pope to defrock Dongor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:19 AM

Diocese seeking to defrock city priest

FITCHBURG (MA)
Sentinel & Enterprise

Posted: 12/31/2011

FITCHBURG -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester is seeking to defrock the Rev. Lowe Dongor, the St. Joseph's Church priest charged with possessing child pornography and stealing from the parish in September.

A diocese spokesman told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette Friday that Bishop Robert McManus has asked Pope Benedict XVI to strip Dongor of his priestly privileges in light of the charges.

Dongor was arraigned in Fitchburg District Court on Sept. 10 on charges of larceny over $250, larceny from a building and possession of child pornography and was released on personal recognizance. He was placed on administrative leave and relieved of his duties in July.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:15 AM

Affaire Marcel Colignon : le juge d’instruction lance un appel aux victimes

BELGIQUE
L'Avenir

FLAWINNE/OMEZÉE/SURICE/VODELÉE - Le juge d’instruction de Dinant, Olivier Bontyes, encourage les victimes de l’ancien curé Marcel Colignon qui n’auraient pas osé dénoncer les faits, à se manifester auprès de la police.

Marcel Colignon, ancien curé de Surice, Flawine, Omezee et Vodelee, a été placé sous mandat d’arrêt le 15 décembre dernier pour une série d’attentats à la pudeur et de viols sur des mineurs.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Marcel Colignon écarté par l’évêché dès septembre

BELGIQUE
L'Avenir

SURICE/AGIMONT/FLAWINNE - L’évêché de Namur a réagi à notre article relatif à l’arrestation de l’abbé Colignon pour faits de mœurs. L’Église a écarté le curé dès septembre.

L’Évêché de Namur tient à réagir à l’information parue, ce mercredi 21 décembre, au sujet de l’arrestation de l’abbé Marcel Colignon, vicaire à Flawinne (1968 à 1980) et ancien curé de Surice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:01 AM

Finding the Way Forward Through Self Forgiveness: A Survivors Journey to Healing

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

Virginia Jones

We all abuse ourselves more viciously than anyone else does. Too often we repeat to ourselves, over and over, the criticisms and complaints others have directed at us, bashing ourselves and paralyzing ourselves with self loathing.

I still remember my mother’s words said to me 40 years ago when I was a child because I’ve repeated these words to myself so many times.

“Your father spoiled you.”

For years I thought of myself as spoiled and unpleasant, and didn’t my life and friendships, or lack of friendships, validate that point of view? Where were the friends I didn’t seem to have? Where were the invitations to dance that never came while I sat on a folded chair along the wall. Obviously there was something unattractive and unlovable about me because no one was attracted to me and no one loved me. It took me years to understand that my mother was speaking from her pain and anger at my father and not from some self evident truth about the five year old me. It was much harder for me to forgive myself for being alone and unloved than it was for me to forgive my mother for saying such wounding words to the five year old me so many times. I had to come to terms with being sexually abused as a child and discover that very often child survivors of abuse struggle with relationships and withdraw from these relationships to avoid pain we’ve experienced in interpersonal relationships. It took years for me to see the patterns of my behavior in avoiding opportunities for friendships and relationships and for choosing relationships that could not possibly work. I am still working on changing those patterns.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:58 AM

'Prime Time' priest mourns brother

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Saturday December 31 2011

The priest at the centre of the 'Prime Time Investigates' controversy was yesterday mourning the death of his brother.

Fr Kevin Reynolds was among the chief mourners as the remains of his brother Sean Reynolds were removed to the Church of The Immaculate Conception in Tubberclaire, Co Westmeath, yesterday evening.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs...

TEXAS
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs 'used phone to preach two sermons to his followers from jail cell on Christmas day'

Even from inside his jail cell, polygamist leader Warren Jeffs is still trying to exert power over his followers.

Texas prison officials are investigating whether Jeffs preached to his followers from behind bars on Christmas Day in violation of prison rules, officials said on Thursday.

Jeffs, 56, who is the self-proclaimed 'prophet' of a breakaway Mormon sect, is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting two girls he wed as spiritual brides when they were 12 and 14 years old at his sect's Texas ranch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Follower says he was expelled from FLDS for violating Warren Jeffs' sex ban

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Gary Tuchman, CNN

updated 4:36 AM EST, Sat December 31, 2011

(CNN) -- A long-time follower of a jailed polygamist sect leader says he has been ex-communicated after admitting to having sex with his wife -- a violation of an order that Warren Jeffs apparently issued from behind bars.

Jeffs' Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints also dissolved his marriage, the follower told CNN late Friday.

The church member spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

The report follows news that Texas officials are investigating whether Jeffs violated his prison phone privileges by calling his congregation with orders, according to CNN affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

Diocesan budget not all bad

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Bronislaus B. Kush TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
bkush@telegram.com

WORCESTER — The budget for the Diocese of Worcester has generally weathered the financial storms of the past few years.

However, the local Roman Catholic Church ended this fiscal year with a $315,690 operating deficit after accounting for depreciation expenses of $467,874.

And expenses related to the care of retired priests deeply strained the diocesan financial ledger book.

For example, despite a $450,000 subsidy from Partners in Charity, the annual campaign that assists the needy, clergy retirement programs cost the diocese $1,036,127 over revenues.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:41 AM

Pastoor worstelt met seksuele gevoelens

NEDERLAND
Omroep Gelderlander

[met video]

PUTTEN - De op non-actief gestelde pastoor Albert Rubrech uit Putten denkt dat hij nooit te ver is gegaan in de omgang met jongens. Wel zegt hij in een interview met Omroep Gelderland dat hij al zijn hele leven worstelt met zijn seksuele gevoelens.

In de loop der jaren zijn tegen de pastoor van de Sint Lucasparochie vier klachten over seksueel misbruik ingediend. Rubrech, inmiddels 93, zegt dat hij de jongens wel knuffelde en zoende, maar hij had daar naar eigen zeggen geen seksuele bedoelingen bij.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Pastoor Putten worstelt met seksuele gevoelens

NEDERLAND
Nu

AMSTERDAM - De van seksueel misbruik verdachte pastoor uit Putten denkt dat hij vroeger nooit te ver is gegaan in zijn vriendschappelijke omgang met kinderen.

Dat meldt Omroep Gelderland vrijdag.

De 93-jarige pastoor van de Sint Lucasparochie op de Noord-West Veluwe werd donderdag op non-actief gezet wegens vier klachten over seksueel misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:27 AM

Anonieme schenker laat Iers bisdom 670.000 euro na

IERLAND
RKnieuws (Nederland)

KILLALOE (RKnieuws.net) - Een anonieme schenker heeft in zijn testament 670.000 euro nagelaten aan het bisdom Killaloe,op één na het grootste bisdom van Ierland. Dat meldt de krant Irish Times.

Het geld mag echter enkel gebruikt worden voor roepingen en de vorming van priesters. Recent vonden in het bisdom Killaloe twee priesterwijdingen plaats. Momenteel is er slechts één seminarist in opleiding.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Victims' group must reveal records in priest case

MISSOURI
Santa Cruz Sentinel

By RACHEL ZOLL AND JIM SUHR Associated Press

Posted: 12/30/2011

ST. LOUIS—An advocacy group that has relentlessly pressured Roman Catholic leaders to reveal the scope of sex abuse in the church has been ordered to disclose records to a priest's defense lawyers that could include years of emails with victims, journalists and others.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests has so far failed to block the ruling by a judge, which requires the organization to produce the documents and also allows defense attorneys to depose the network's national director, David Clohessy, on Tuesday. The Missouri Press Association has filed a friend-of-the-court brief arguing the order is unconstitutional.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Mesle said Clohessy must comply because he "almost certainly has knowledge concerning issues relevant to this litigation." Mesle argued that Clohessy is free not to respond to specific questions at the deposition and can request that individual documents remain confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:14 AM

Cloyne abuse victims will attend secret tribunal

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan

Saturday, December 31, 2011

VICTIMS of clerical abuse in Cloyne have said they will co-operate with the Church’s secret canonical tribunal into the actions of Fr Ronat, a North Cork priest who was the subject of 11 complaints of abuse in the Cloyne report.

Archbishop of Cashel and Emly, Dermot Clifford, the apostolic administrator of the Cloyne diocese, said he intends to reconvene the secret court, which was suspended in 2009 because victims wanted to first see the outcome of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation’s report on the handling of abuse in the diocese.

The court was established under the auspices of Archbishop Clifford and could lead to Fr Ronat being defrocked. He will be represented by an advocate qualified in canon law. The court will consist of two clerical canon lawyers and a notary.

The complainants who allege he sexually abused them will also be invited to give evidence.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Imprisoned day care operator sued by sex abuse victim

ALABAMA
The Birmingham News

By Eric Velasco -- The Birmingham News

A man imprisoned for sexually abusing a child at his now-closed Cahaba Heights day care center was sued Friday by one of the victims and her mother, court records show.

The suit was filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court against Robert Eugene Frost, who is serving a 20-year sentence in the Bullock Correctional Facility after his conviction earlier this year for sexual abuse of a child under age 12.

The mother, identified in the suit only as LL, and daughter, identified only as KD, both have been scarred by the molestation and are mistrustful, the lawsuit said. Both require ongoing therapy, it said.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. It also claims Frost, the day care center he operated and its church sponsor were negligent in training and supervising Frost.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

August: August brings justice to victims of priestly sexual abuse

MALTA
The Malta Independent

Two priests, Carmelo Pulis and Francesco sive Godwin Scerri were jailed for six years and five years respectively after being found guilty of sexually abusing minors under their care, the extent of which was never made public before, a court ruled in August.

The sentence has since been appealed.

The court had heard how kissing and biting on the lips, masturbation, groping and even penetration were among the lewd acts that the underage boys were subjected to over the years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Matter of Faith: Aren't we beyond 'awareness' of abuse?

UNITED STATES
Leader-Telegram

By the Rev. Steve Scott

A woman called National Public Radio recently to share her hope that good would come out of the Penn State University sex-abuse scandal.

"Maybe this will help raise awareness of the issue of child sexual abuse," she said.

With due respect, aren't we past the time for raising awareness?

Wasn't our awareness raised like the hackles on our necks when the clergy sex-abuse crisis spilled out across our consciousness for the past decade?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:01 AM

Former Fairbanks pastor will remain in jail during appeal process

ALASKA
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

by Sam Friedman/sfriedman@newsminer.com

Dec 30, 2011

FAIRBANKS — The former pastor of a Fairbanks church will have to remain in jail while he appeals a 2010 conviction for sexual abuse of a minor.

In a bail hearing Friday morning, Superior Court Judge Michael McConahy said it was legal for him to grant bail for release Shawn Anthony Justice, 33, but said Justice is too much of a flight risk and danger to the community to be monitored by a third-party custodian or an electronic ankle monitor.

Justice had asked to be released to the custody of two women, one of whom attended the bail hearing.

Justice was sentenced to seven years in jail this year after a Fairbanks jury found him guilty of eight counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for having sex with a then-15-year-old girl in 2007.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Man who alleges he was sexually abused by priests sues Albany diocese for breaching HIPAA privacy laws

ALBANY (NY)
The Saratogian

By Danielle Sanzone
news@saratogian.com

ALBANY — An alleged victim of sexual abuse has filed a federal civil rights case with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding a possible breach by the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese with the HIPAA privacy act.

“I’m not going away,” said Mike DeSantis, 34, of Saratoga County, who claims he was abused by several priests in the diocese, including some of those who were exonerated in November following a seven-month investigation.

He has been looking into possible civil rights issues with the diocese’s actions since the decision from a diocese-appointed sexual misconduct board found that there were no grounds to substantiate allegations of sexual misconduct.

DeSantis said that his therapist authorized access to his therapy records only to head investigator Joseph Flynn, a former FBI agent. But DeSantis believes that the records were also seen by at least one other person, Albert M. Rosenblatt, a retired Court of Appeals judge, who was supervising Flynn and the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

No. 3: Charges against Catholic officials bring local diocese national attention

MISSOURI
St. Joseph News-Press

Kim Norvell
St. Joseph News-Press
On Twitter: @KimNorvell

The Catholic community in Northwest Missouri was rocked this year when a local priest was charged with possession of child pornography, and again when his bishop became the highest-ranking Catholic official ever to face charges for failing to report the alleged abuse.

State and federal prosecutors allege the Rev. Shawn F. Ratigan possessed and produced child pornography during a six-year span while he served various parishes in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

He was the parochial administrator for St. Mary Church in St. Joseph and St. Joseph Mission in Easton, Mo., from July 2005 to June 2009 and was the chaplain for Bishop LeBlond.
On May 18, charges were filed against Rev. Ratigan in Clay County for three counts of possession of child pornography. Those charges were superseded by a grand jury, who also indicted him on three counts for possessing child pornography.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

Milwaukee priests join abuse survivors in urging victims to report

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Catholic News Service

MILWAUKEE (CNS) -- Four Catholic priests have collaborated with victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy to make a joint public appeal urging survivors to come forward by a Feb. 1 court deadline and urging full accounting by the Milwaukee Archdiocese for the "action or inaction that may have allowed these crimes to occur, the offender to go unpunished, and other children to be harmed." Their message, in the form of a full-page advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Dec. 27, featured a small dove with an olive branch at the top of the page. That image sets the tone for the message, according to Father James Connell, pastor of St. Clement and Holy Name of Jesus parishes in Sheboygan, vice chancellor of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, and the person who paid for the $10,320 ad with money from his personal savings account.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:46 AM

Northern Cheyenne woman sues diocese, priest's order over alleged rape

MONTANA
Missoulian

By ED KEMMICK Billings Gazette | Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011

BILLINGS - A Northern Cheyenne woman in her 60s filed a lawsuit Friday in which she says she was repeatedly molested and raped as a young girl by the Rev. Emmett Hoffmann, a revered and popular priest at the St. Labre Mission School in Ashland.

The woman, who is not named in the suit, filed the action Friday in Cascade County District Court in Great Falls, home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, which has jurisdiction over the St. Labre Mission.

The lawsuit, which names as defendants the diocese and the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin, to which Hoffmann belonged, seeks unspecified damages and asks the diocese and the Capuchin Order to publicly acknowledge the sexual abuse suffered by the plaintiff.

The woman's attorney, Vito de la Cruz of Yakima, Wash., said the suit does not name Hoffmann as a defendant because the diocese and the order were ultimately responsible for placing Hoffmann at the mission. De la Cruz said he has handled lawsuits dealing with similar cases of clergy abuse in Indian Country, and he has found that it's best to go after the parties who should have acted to stop the abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Cleric freed after found innocent of abusing boy

TANZANIA
IPP Media

By The Guardian Reporter

31st December 2011

The Moshi Resident Magistrate’s Court in Moshi Rural District has freed Kilema Catholic priest Fr Stanslaus Sala after he was found not guilty in a sexual abuse case involving a 16-year-old boy.

The decision was reached by resident magistrate in charge Simon Kobelo after listening to prosecution witnesses, including the father of the boy and the St Theresa parish guard in Kilema area.

Kobelo said the defendant had no case to answer due to fact that the plaintiff failed to bring the child, who was abused, the doctor who investigated the matter and a PF3 showing that the crime was reported to the police and the child treated at a hospital.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Group seeks to block subpoena in Kansas City clergy abuse case

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY TIM TOWNSEND • ttownsend@post-dispatch.com
314-340-8221 STLtoday.com | Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011

An advocacy group for victims of clergy abuse has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to quash a subpoena that it feels could compel its director to disclose confidential information from victims of clergy sexual abuse.

The subpoena, upheld by a judge earlier this week, pertains to the case of a Kansas City priest, the Rev. Michael Tierney, accused of sexually abusing a minor. But attorneys representing the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests said the subpoena could have sweeping implications, potentially making public previously confidential information from those who have disclosed abuse allegations to the organization.

Attorneys who work with abuse victims said compelling such testimony would betray the trust of abuse victims and introduce a chilling effect for those who have yet to come forward.

"It would severely damage SNAP's ability to provide support for victims if victims aren't able to come forward to speak in confidence," said Ken Chackes, a Clayton attorney not involved in the case whose firm represents plaintiffs in most clergy sexual abuse cases in St. Louis.

David Clohessy, the St. Louis-based director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is scheduled to be deposed Monday. He was drawn into the case after Tierney's attorneys accused lawyers for the priest's alleged victim of violating an August gag order by providing Clohessy information that he then released to the news media in a press release.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Building a trust...

WISCONSIN
Sheyboygan Press

[the advertisement]

Written by
Bob Petrie

Building a trust: Sheboygan priests join with victims to raise the awareness of clergy abuse

For 16 years, Vicky Schneider held a deep and terrible secret from everyone, before she could finally muster up the courage and conviction to tell her parents.

The secret was at the age of 14, in the late 1970s, Schneider was sexually abused by a man who was trusted, loved and respected by herself and her family — a priest who was serving in the Archdiocese of Green Bay.

The abuse occurred at the family home in the Green Bay area, during the summer following Schneider's eighth-grade school year. For a long time, she felt a strong sense of shame, and a feeling that no one would ever believe her if she told someone what had really happened.

"We were a very conservative Catholic family. The church was God," said Schneider, now 46 and a Sheboygan resident for the past 20 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Accused Pinoy priest faces defrocking

UNITED STATES/PHILIPPINES
Asian Journal

Saturday, 31 December 2011

Joseph Pimentel | AJPress Los Angeles

A FILIPINO priest who fled charges of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish may soon be defrocked from the Roman Catholic Church.

The Diocese of Worcester has asked the Vatican to defrock the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, according to the Worcester Telegram.

The 35-year-old Dongor, who was the Diocese of Worcester’s first Filipino priest, fled the US and went to the Philippines, after being charged with possessing child pornography and larceny over $250.

Dongor was placed on administrative leave of absence and relieved of his duties last July. He fled before his October 25 court hearing. A warrant has been issued for Dongor’s arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

December 30, 2011

Demand for documents from SNAP draws attention

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

A Jackson County lawsuit against a Catholic priest is attracting attention because of a broad demand that an advocacy group supply numerous documents.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) has been ordered to disclose records to the priest’s defense lawyers that could include years of emails with victims, journalists and others.

SNAP has so far failed to block the ruling by a judge, which requires the organization to produce the documents and also allows defense attorneys to depose the network’s national director, David Clohessy, next week.

SNAP’s attorneys have asked the Missouri Supreme Court to intervene.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Ann Mesle said Clohessy must comply because he “almost certainly has knowledge concerning issues relevant to this litigation.” Mesle argued that Clohessy is free not to respond to specific questions at the deposition and can request that individual documents remain confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 PM

Libro revela diversas irregularidades en platas de la iglesia de Karadima

CHILE
Cooperativa

Una serie de extraños movimientos financieros constató una investigación periodística que indagó la Parroquia de El Bosque, que dirigió durante años el sacerdote Fernando Karadima, quien ahora vive retirado tras ser hallado culpable de abusos sexuales por la propia Iglesia Católica.

Se trata de "Los Secretos del Imperio de Karadima", escrito por Juan Andrés Guzmán, Gustavo Villarrubia y Mónica González, periodistas de Ciper Chile.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:17 PM

Victims' group must reveal records in priest case

MISSOURI
The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Advocates for clergy sex abuse victims are being ordered to disclose years of records to defense lawyers for an accused clergyman.

A county judge in Missouri says lawyers for the accused reverend have a right to the documents from the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by a man who says the reverend molested him. Defense lawyers say the accuser's attorney violated a judge's gag order by giving case details to SNAP.

SNAP says the disclosure order is so broad it could involve sensitive communication with victims in other cases and email correspondence with reporters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:29 PM

96 Percent of Children Who Report Sexual Abuse Are Telling the Truth

UNITED STATES
The Philly Post

Steve Volk

First, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing a series of children over decades. Now, even closer to home, Daily News sports writer Bill Conlin—a local legend—is accused of molesting kids decades ago. But after all the coverage, are any of us better prepared to protect our own children or recognize suspicious behavior on the part of the adults in our midst?

In Philadelphia, the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a non-profit mental health agency focused on sexual abuse, tries to counsel sex offenders and educate the public to prevent further victims. I spoke to Michael Stinson, director of prevention services at the Peters Institute, to try and figure out what we should take away from these recent, tragic stories.

To what degree do pedophiles focus on any one gender?
Stinson: Let’s back up and talk about that word, “pedophile.” People seem to lump all child sex offenders into the pedophile category. But there are different pathologies involved, and it’s very complicated. For our purposes, in this interview, it’s not even very useful to try and define child sex offenders in these narrower categories. Generally, pedophiles will manipulate people and situations and environments to satisfy a sexual attraction they have toward children. And they will often order their life around gaining that access to a specific type of child. A child molester is more of what we might call an all-purpose offender—a situation arises and they decide to act on the impulse they feel in that moment. I don’t want to talk specifically about Jerry Sandusky or Bill Conlin. Because those stories aren’t fully told yet, and the allegations aren’t resolved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

TWW Angry? You Betcha!

UNITED STATES
The Wartburg Watch

Well, well, well, we just found out that someone believes that your glam blog queens seem “angry". We have a hunch that this “observation” was made by someone whose sacred cow (human or theology) was the subject of one of our illuminating posts. Immediately, I thought, “Did they include the word, “bitter?” You see, this is a common tactic for people who wish to blow off another point of view.

Somehow, if said accuser who is uncomfortable, can “prove” that his tormentor is angry — especially angry plus bitter — then, ipso facto, this makes them the problem, not the sacred cow. You should see how many times people email us, accusing us of being bitter. It is becoming laughable! We believe this tactic must be taught in today’s seminaries and in-club conferences.

Unfortunately, many people who have tried to communicate their concerns to some of today’s hyper-authoritarian pastors have found themselves on the receiving end of the left boot of fellowship. They are told by their “divinely” appointed rulers that they are angry, bitter and some are even deemed unregenerate. Some “pastors”, as reported at the SGM Survivors site, tell those who have the temerity to ask questions that they are so blinded by their sin that they are unable to perceive things adequately. Talk about a racket! Said pastor is somehow exempt from this sin blindness. ...

The longer I thought about this comment, the angrier I became. You see, this person violated TWW’s prime directive. A few years back, we, sadly, had occasion to talk at length with some of the leaders of the internationally regarded SNAP (Survivor’s Network for those Abused by Priests). We discussed some teens that had been horribly molested by a seminary student. Barbara Dorris, one of the directors, told me something that I will never ever forget. She said, “No matter what happens, never forget that you are doing this for the boys. Always think of them.”

Frankly, this is the best piece of advice I have ever received. It has morphed into much, much more. We never ever forget the little guy who has been hurt by authority-drunk pastors. These folks have been given the left boot of fellowship and treated like they are human detritus-acceptable losses on the way to mega-church stardom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:25 PM

NCR chooses 2011's person of the year

UNITED STATES
National Catholic Reporter

Dec. 30, 2011
An NCR Editorial

The year 2011 offered the Catholic world a number of big news stories: the implosion of the church in Ireland; the first indictments of Catholic leaders, including a bishop, in the tragic clergy sex abuse saga; the initiation of reform movements by Catholics priests in Ireland, Austria, Germany, United States and Belgium; and the Vatican-forced implementation of the new Roman Missal.

Among the NCR headline-grabbing stories was one seemingly smaller and in some ways more personal story. Yet it had significant meaning and holds long-range consequences. It was the perplexing news story of the U.S. bishops' doctrine committee's condemnation of a 2007 book by Fordham University theologian St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson. At the heart of the severe condemnation (approved by the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee) of Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God is an unresolved theological conflict that revealed a rift between mainstream Catholic theologians and U.S. bishops.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:26 PM

Sault auxiliary bishop to head Quebec diocese

CANADA
The Sault Star

By Brian Kelly, The Sault Star

A higher calling beckons an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

Noel Simard was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Valleyfield by Pope Benedict on Friday.

The Quebec diocese, established in 1892, serves about 200,000 Catholics with 26 parishes and missions.

Valleyfield has 64 diocesan priests, 12 religious priests, 17 deacons, 42 pastoral assistants, 17 religious brothers and 76 religious women.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:23 PM

Supreme Court Declines To Hear Abuse Case

KENTUCKY
WLKY

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A man who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington in 2002 over alleged sexual abuse by a priest has lost his bid for an appeal.

The Kentucky Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal of Samuel Greywolf, who said he was abused by a priest as a teenager in the 1970s.

The court's Dec. 14 filing contained no comment. The court declined to review earlier rulings by the Court of Appeals and Fayette County Circuit Court dismissing Greywolf's case. The Court of Appeals ruled in August that Greywolf filed his lawsuit too late, even though the diocese's internal documents confirmed that the priest named in the lawsuit was a sexual abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:11 AM

Worcester diocese seeks to have Filipino priest defrocked

WORCESTER (MA)
Inquirer (Philippines)

Associated Press
8:56 pm | Friday, December 30th, 2011

WORCESTER, Massachusetts—The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester has asked the Vatican to defrock a Filipino priest who is facing charges of possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish in the US.

A spokesman for the diocese tells The Telegram & Gazette newspaper that Bishop Robert McManus has asked the pope to defrock the Rev. Lowe Dongor.

Diocese officials say they are seeking to laicize Dongor in the wake of a “clarification” last spring by Vatican officials child pornography possession is grounds for removal from the priesthood.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:06 AM

Attorney: N.J. vice principal accused of videotaping boys in shower is struggling to raise bail money

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ryan Hutchins/The Star-Ledger

SOMERVILLE — An attorney for Patrick Lott, an educator and volunteer coach accused of installing recording equipment in gym showers at a Somerville catholic school, says his client is struggling to raise enough money for his bail.

Lott, the 54-year-old assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School, is facing charges he secretly videotaped boys showering at Immaculata High School in Somerville, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday. Lott has served as a volunteer videographer and a coach at the school.

His bail, set at $500,000, is very high, his attorney, James Wronko, said today. Wronko said his client’s family is considering personal decisions and trying to determine if they can raise that much money.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

N.J. educator's alleged teen shower recordings are latest black eye for Somerville parochial school

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Kevin Manahan/The Star-Ledger

SOMERVILLE — For 60 years, Immaculata High School has built a reputation as a parochial school with a sound college prep curriculum, terrific student-to-teacher ratios and championship baseball, football and basketball programs that have produced Division 1 scholarship athletes.

With the arrest last week of volunteer coaching assistant Patrick Lott, however, the Somerville school of 800 students is compiling another reputation.

Lott, 54, is the third person connected with Immaculata to be arrested for sex crimes involving students over the past two decades. He faces more than 50 counts tied to allegations he surrepticiously videotaped 22 teenage boys showering at the school, where he is also a sports videographer.

Lott’s arrest comes just weeks after Pam Balogh, a former girls basketball and girls lacrosse coach at Immaculata, was paroled after serving 3 1/2 years in state prison for having a sexual relationship with one of her players, who was 15 at the time.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

N.J. educator accused of secretly videotaping teens in school shower tried to commit suicide, sources say

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Star-Ledger Staff

SOMERVILLE — Fred Howlett spent two hours with his old friend, Patrick Lott, at the Immaculata High School football banquet earlier this month, "talking about everything and anything," and it all seemed so normal.

The two men shared a passion for football and coaching, athletes and airplanes, and the conversation touched on all of those topics and more. The fellow football coaches told their favorite stories and laughed at the tales of others. They cheered award winners from the just-concluded season and reminisced about the stars of the past.

Nothing appeared out of the ordinary.

"Pat seemed normal, natural," said Howlett, who coached with Lott at Immaculata. "I never got an impression anything was wrong."

But the smiling, upbeat Lott was hiding a dark secret, prosecutors say. And within two weeks of that meal, shared by 200 back-slapping athletes and parents in a local church’s social room, Lott’s squeaky-clean façade came crashing down.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:43 AM

Texas prosecutors file to delay Warren Jeffs’ bigamy trial

TEXAS
The Salt Lake Tribune

By Lindsay Whitehurst

The Salt Lake Tribune
First published Dec 29 2011

As Texas officials investigate whether he broke prison rules with a telephone sermon, prosecutors have filed a motion to delay a bigamy trial for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs until late 2012.

Since Jeffs has no attorney and already is serving a life-plus-20-years sentence on two counts of sexual assault of a child, prosecutors wrote it makes sense to avoid expense and minimize litigation by delaying this second trial.

West Texas Judge Barbara Walther has yet to rule on the motion, which was filed Wednesday. Prosecutors moved to delay a pretrial hearing set for Jan. 6 to an unspecified date late next year. Jeffs’ trial was scheduled to begin Feb. 15.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Ad Limina Unlimited Comment and Response

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Catholic Insider

BCI was surprised at some of the comments on our post from yesterday, Ad Limina Unlimited: Part 1. If there is any confusion in the intent of BCI from that post, allow us to apologize and clarify it today.

This comment from “BetterthanNothing” particularly surprised us:

Yes, Cardinal O’Malley told us only a little bit of his trip from Rome. Yes, he could haves mentioned more. But for fairness purposes, I bet he shared much more than most of the other bishops in Region 1. Weren’t there about 15 or so bishops on that trip? How many wrote anything publicly?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:36 AM

Fundamentalist church sends revelations to Custer commissioners

SOUTH DAKOTA
Rapid City Journal

Mary Garrigan Journal staff | Posted: Thursday, December 29, 2011

Custer County commissioners each got a letter from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently that contained revelations from its jailed spiritual leader Warren S. Jeffs.

The three-page letter, signed by church patriarch Vaughan Taylor and bishop John Barlow, included revelations through Jeffs that were dated Nov. 23 and spoke of a need to "prepare righteously for coming great war." It included 12 items, including a revelation apparently warning against the consequences of allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military.

It was mailed to the Custer County Courthouse from an FLDS property in Eldorado, Texas. Custer officials read the letter, which was addressed to "leaders of power, and to all of governing power in nation of the United States of America," at their Dec. 14 meeting but did not respond to it.

One of the revelations in the letter was an admonition to free the imprisoned Jeffs. "...release my people in bondage, my servant Warren Jeffs, to have my preserving gift continue with you." Jeffs is serving a life sentence in Texas for the sexual abuse of underage girls.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Kriminelle Kleriker in Niederlanden

NIEDERLANDE
Junge Welt (Deutschland)

Kommission bezichtigt katholische Kirche des massenhaften Mißbrauchs von Kindern

Von Gerrit Hoekman

Die katholische Kirche in den Niederlanden wurde zu Weihnachten von einem Mißbrauchsskandal erschüttert. Bis zu 20000 Kinder und Jugendliche zwischen elf und vierzehn Jahren sollen allein von 1945 bis 1981 von Priestern und Angestellten der katholischen Kirche sexuell mißbraucht oder belästigt worden sein. Das geht aus einem Bericht der sogenannten Deetman-Kommission hervor, die nach dem Vorsitzenden und ehemaligen Minister Wim Deetman benannt ist. Die Kommission wurde eingesetzt, nachdem Anfang letzten Jahres bekannt wurde, daß in einem Internat des Salesianer-Ordens in Heerenberg in den sechziger und siebziger Jahren offenbar regelmäßig Jungen und Mädchen von Patern mißbraucht wurden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Neue Kinderschutzgesetze 2012…

OSTERREICH
Gegen sexuelle Gewalt

…die Kinderschänder jubeln ihnen zu Frau Justizministerin Karl! Rollen ihnen den roten Teppich aus und werden Sie wählen!

Bedingte Strafen für Kinderschänder Ring-Beteiligten 4 Monate bedingt… 7200.-Euro Geldstrafe…

Kinderschänder Ring-Beteiligter…

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Das bringt das Jahr 2012…

OSTERREICH
Gegen sexuelle Gewalt

Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Ab 1. April müssen Betreiber die Daten sämtlicher Kommunikationsvorgänge via Telefon, E-Mail und Internet für ein halbes Jahr speichern - und zwar

• Name und
• Adresse des Benutzers,
• Telefonnummern,
• IP-Adresse der Computer,
• E-Mail-Adressen,
• aber auch die Identifikationsnummern der Geräte und
• Standort des Handys.

Ermittlungsbehörden können je nach Verdachtslage - mit bestimmten Einschränkungen - darauf zugreifen. Betroffene sollen zumindest nachträglich darüber informiert werden. Die Veröffentlichung ist verboten, als Strafe droht ein Jahr Haft.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 AM

Should Catholic Sex Abuse Documents Be Withheld from Courts?

MISSOURI
National Catholic Register

by Jimmy Akin Thursday, December 29, 2011

David Clohessy of SNAP

That’s a very good question, isn’t it?

How many times during the course of various sex abuse news cycles have we read about lawyers using various legal maneuvers to try to keep official, confidential documents pertaining to priestly sex abuses cases out of the hands of courts?

These instances only reveal what scoundrels both the lawyers are—*and* their clients. I mean, the *only* reason to try to keep a document out of the court’s hands is if you have something to hide, and that shows that you are acting in bad faith, trying to stop justice from being done.

Consider this story on the web site of the National Catholic Reporter (*not* Register):

SNAP director may be forced to testify in abuse case

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The leading advocacy group for child victims of clergy sex abuse may be compelled to turn over 23 years of internal documents, correspondence and email to the attorneys of an accused priest unless Missouri state courts act to quash a court-ordered deposition.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:06 AM

FLDS: Following a 'prophet'

TEXAS
San Angelo Standard-Times

By Matthew Waller

Posted December 29, 2011

SAN ANGELO, Texas — For the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2011 was the year its prophet fell, and the year several scandals previously only rumored about the polygamist sect were revealed in court.

Sex beds in the temple, audio of the ritualistic sexual assault of a child, running from the FBI in disguise — all these facts and more came out in the trial of FLDS leader Warren Jeffs, who was convicted in August of sexually assaulting two girls, ages 12 and 15. Jeffs now is serving life plus 20 years in a Texas prison.

"The evidence that came out in Mr. Jeffs' trial and the lack of fulfillment of prophecies it has been a historic year," said Willie Jessop, an FLDS member who once spoke on behalf of the church but no longer is loyal to Jeffs.

He said the year's proceedings have unveiled a betrayal of most FLDS members by church leaders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Pastor Francisco Antonio Hernandez Accused of Sexually Abusing Children Sees More Charges Adde

TEXAS
Hispanically Speaking

Earlier this year, Pastor Javier aka Francisco Antonio Hernandez was charged with sexual crimes against children in the Austin,Texas area. Now, additional charges have been added, and he sits in jail with bail set at $220,000.

In October, the “traveling pastor” was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact. Last week, another charge of indecency with a child by contact was added.

A group of four women came forward earlier this year claiming that Hernandez had inappropriate sexual contact with them when they were children while in town holding services in private homes.

December 29, 2011

Pastoor Rubrech St. Lucasparochie ook geschorst

NEDERLAND
De Puttenaer

PUTTEN - Pastoor Albert Rubrech uit Putten, behorend tot de St. Lucasparochie, is van zijn taken ontheven en uit zijn functie geschorst, evenals pastoor Bert Sturkenboom. Dit heeft persvoorlichter van het bisdom Utrecht, de heer mr. Zuijdwijk bevestigd.

Door Jeanne Dijkstra

,,De parochie zit nu met 2 mensen die uit hun functie zijn ontheven. Hoe wij verder gaan hangt af hoe het verder gaat met de beide heren. Tegen pastoor Rubrech is ook een getuigenverhoor geweest en we moeten de zaak nu afwachten. Tijdelijk wordt nu waargenomen in de parochie door vicaris Hans Pauw. Dit is tijdelijk omdat de vicaris-generaal Herman Woorts wanneer hij terugkomt van een vakantie in het buitenland deze taken zal gaan waarnemen.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 PM

Rome was in 18de eeuw al 'poel van allerlei vuile onkuisheidt'

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Seks en de rooms-katholieke kerk, het is een beladen combinatie na alle onthullingen over kindermisbruik. Maar nieuw zijn de beschuldigingen allerminst. "Het historische cliché blijkt waar te zijn", zegt Edwina Hagen, als cultuurhistorica verbonden aan de Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Zij kan het weten, want Hagen promoveerde drie jaar geleden op een onderzoek naar antipapisme in Nederland rond 1800. Ook toen was het grote publiek ervan overtuigd, zegt Hagen, dat katholieke pastoors, paters en priesters meer dan niet-katholieken geneigd waren tot foute seksuele uitspattingen.

Hagen heeft tal van voorbeelden, verspreid over een paar honderd jaar. Zo publiceerde de vermeende schrijver van het Wilhelmus, Philips Marnix van Sint Aldegonde, in 1569 een zesdelige parodie op het pausdom die vele herdrukken beleefde. "Hij staat vol van scabreuze grappen. Een daarvan gaat over de omvang van de priesterstand - een gevolg van het Heilig Oliesel. De olie leende zich niet alleen voor de toediening van het sacrament, maar was ook een uitstekend glijmiddel." Hagen: "Grappen als deze zijn bij wijze van spreken zo oud als de weg naar Rome."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:32 PM

'Misbruik Sturkenboom was in Driebergen'

NEDERLAND
Nieuwsblad De Kaap

DRIEBERGEN - Het misbruik waarvan pastoor Bert Sturkenboom van de rooms-katholieke Sint Lucasparochie (onder meer Barneveld/Voorthuizen en Achterveld) wordt beschuldigd, zou eind jaren '80 hebben plaatsgehad toen de pastoor in de parochie Sint Petrus Banden in Driebergen werkzaam was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 PM

Aartsbisschop Eijk schorst pastoor na misbruikmelding

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

Ermelo | Het aartsbisdom Utrecht heeft een pastoor van de Sint Lucas-parochie op de Veluwe met onmiddellijke ingang en voor onbepaalde tijd ontheven van zijn bestuurlijke en pastorale taken. Het besluit is vorige week woensdag door aartsbisschop Eijk genomen nadat de pastoor is beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik. Twee mensen hebben melding gemaakt van het misbruik, dat zich in de jaren zeventig en tachtig zou hebben voorgedaan in een andere parochie.

De Sint Lucasparochie strekt zich uit over Ermelo, Nijkerk, Barneveld, Voorthuizen, Putten, Leusden, Achterveld en Hoevelaken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 PM

Ongemakkelijke waarheid

NEDERLAND
De Puttenaer

Ik behoor niet tot de groep gelegenheidskerkgangers die alleen bij gelegenheden als Kerst en Pasen een kerkdienst bezoekt. Maar op Kerstavond word je wel eens overvallen door contemplatieve momenten en stemmingen. Een rondje zappen langs allerlei tv-zenders biedt dan zicht op allerlei kerstnachtdiensten, waar in uiteenlopende vormen, maar meestal met de nodige romantiek de kerstgedachte wordt uitgedragen. Ik behoor niet tot de cynici die opmerken dat rond deze dagen de kerk haar core-business goed aan de man dient te brengen omdat daarmee het meeste wordt verdiend.

Maar zaterdag haakte ik wel af bij de door KRO/RKK uitgezonden kerstnachtdienst vanuit een katholieke kerk. In een gebed werd slechts één zin gewijd aan de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. En zelfs daarbij werd niet gerefereerd aan het feit dat deze slachtoffer werden van kerkelijke vertegenwoordigers. En dat terwijl de inkt van het rapport van de commissie Deetman, waarin gruwelijke misstanden werden beschreven, nog nat was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 PM

Weer pastoor Lucasparochie ontuchtverdachte

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

UTRECHT - De Sint Lucasparochie op de Noord-West Veluwe mist twee pastores. Donderdag liet een woordvoerder van het aartsbisdom Utrecht weten dat na pastoor Bert Sturkenboom een tweede pastoor op non-actief is gezet wegens klachten over seksueel misbruik.

Deze pastoor, die voorging in de rooms-katholieke kerk in Putten, was al enige tijd van zijn taken ontheven volgens het bisdom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:17 PM

Tweede schorsing bij St. Lucasparochie om misbruik

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) - Een tweede pastoor van de Sint Lucasparochie is op non-actief gezet wegens betrokkenheid bij seksueel misbruik. Het gaat om pastoor Albert Rubrech uit Putten. Dat zegt een woordvoerder van het aartsbisdom Utrecht. Vorige week werd Bert Sturkenboom uit Ermelo om dezelfde reden geschorst.

Een klacht wegens misbruik van een misdienaar tegen Rubrech is al enkele jaren geleden door Hulp & Recht gegrond verklaard. Volgens de woordvoerder was Rubrech toen al 90 jaar en werd er ten onrechte van uitgegaan dat hij niet meer voor de kerk actief was. Op voorspraak van Sturkenboom leidde hij echter nog wekelijks een mis.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:11 PM

SNAP director may be forced to testify in abuse case

KANSAS CITY (MO)
National Catholic Reporter

Dec. 29, 2011
By Joshua J. McElwee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The leading advocacy group for child victims of clergy sex abuse may be compelled to turn over 23 years of internal documents, correspondence and email to the attorneys of an accused priest unless Missouri state courts act to quash a court-ordered deposition.

David Clohessy, head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, known as SNAP, has been ordered to appear for deposition in a county court case involving allegations of sexual misconduct against Kansas City diocesan priest Fr. Michael Tierney.

Victims’ advocates say if Clohessy is compelled to appear, it could have wide-ranging impact on the ability of victims of clergy sex abuse to identify their accusers and tell their stories without revealing their names in public.

A law professor noted for her decades of work with clergy sex abuse victims said the “end result” of Clohessy’s deposition would be “a huge chilling effect on helping child sex abuse victims at every stage.”

Also at stake is the confidentiality of emails between reporters and victims’ advocates that may reveal sensitive information and names of sources. In a court filing, the Missouri Press Association said Clohessy’s deposition would “eviscerate the free-press guarantee” of journalists.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 PM

Polygamist leader Warren Jeffs might have preached from prison

TEXAS
Los Angeles Times

Texas prison officials are investigating whether jailed polygamist leader Warren Jeffs preached to his flock from prison on Christmas Day in violation of prison rules, officials told The Times on Thursday.

Jeffs, 56, is serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting two girls he married as "spiritual brides" when they were 12 and 14 years old at his breakaway Mormon sect's West Texas ranch.

"We have confirmed that Jeffs made two phone calls on Christmas Day to a relative," Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark told The Times. "At this point, we're investigating whether he may have circumvented policy and may have spoken to his congregation."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 PM

Diocese asks Vatican to defrock priest

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

WORCESTER — The Diocese of Worcester has asked the Vatican to defrock the Rev. Lowe B. Dongor, the Roman Catholic priest charged in September with possessing child pornography and stealing from his parish in Fitchburg.

Church and law enforcement officials believe Rev. Dongor has fled the country and may have returned to his native homeland of the Philippines. A default warrant was issued for Rev. Dongor after the clergyman failed to show up for an Oct. 25 court hearing.

Chancery officials said they are seeking to oust Rev. Dongor, in the wake of a “clarification” last spring by church officials in Rome that possession of child pornography is grounds for removal from the priesthood.

In May, the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith declared that “the acquisition, possession, and distribution of child pornography is a canonical delict that pertains to the sexual abuse of a minor.”

State police have charged that one of Rev. Dongor's laptops contained images of girls around the ages of 10 and 11 in various states of undress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 PM

Kentucky Supreme Court rejects appeal over alleged sex abuse by priest

KENTUCKY
The Courier-Journal

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has declined to hear the appeal of a man who had sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington over alleged sexual abuse by a priest.

The court, in a Dec. 14 filing without comment, declined to review earlier rulings by the Court of Appeals and Fayette Circuit Court dismissing the case filed by Samuel Greywolf, who said as a teenager in the 1970s he was abused by a priest.

The Court of Appeals had ruled in August that Greywolf filed his 2002 lawsuit too late, even though the diocese's own internal documents confirmed that the priest named in the lawsuit was a sexual abuser.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:42 PM

Consistory near: Vatican orders new cardinal's rings

VATICAN CITY
Vatican Insider

Created by the Savi Brothers, the Vatican's trusted goldsmiths. On 18 February the Pope will appoint 15 new cardinals

Andrea Tornielli
Vatican City

In February - in all likelihood the 18th and 19th of February - the fourth consistory for the creation of new cardinals in Benedict XVI's pontificate will take place. Vatican Insider has written many times of the lists of possible new cardinals: the now-imminent decision is confirmed by the purchasing of the new cardinal's rings. It is tradition, in fact, for the reigning Pontiff to give a ring to the new “senators of the Church”. Up until now, Pope Ratzinger has given newly-created cardinals rings forged on the model used during John Paul II's pontificate (a rectangle of worked gold, upon which stands a cross). But now a design has been approved for a new cardinal's ring, made in the form of a cross, which will be used for the first time next February. It was created by ecclesiastical goldsmiths the Savi Brothers, who work in Borgo Pio, at a cost of around €1,500. The Savis have already worked for some time with the Office of Papal Liturgical Celebrations: they are the ones who created the papal “ferula,” the cross the Pope uses as a pastoral staff during Mass.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:44 PM

'Fr Ronat' to face internal Church investigation

IRELAND
Corkman

[Final chapter of the Cloyne report regarding "Fr. Ronat" via BishopAccountability.org]

Thursday December 29 2011

THE elderly priest referred to as 'Fr Ronat' in the chapter of the Cloyne report released last week could face being defrocked pending the findings of an internal church investigation.

It is understood that canon lawyers will begin the process of interviewing those who lodged complaints of sexual abuse against the priest in the New Year. Fr Ronat will also be given the opportunity by lawyers to present his version of events to the investigation.

Several of those who made allegations have signalled their willingness to participate in the investigation. However, others are reluctant in light of criticism of the manner in which the church handled the original abuse complaints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Second sex abuse suspect priest suspended

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Two priests suspected of child sex abuse have been suspended from Saint Lucas parish, which comprises several Roman Catholic churches in a large rural area of the eastern Netherlands.

On Thursday, the archdiocese of Utrecht announced that, as well as Father Bert Sturkenboom, a second priest from Saint Lucas had been suspended following allegations of child sexual abuse. The priest, who conducted services in the church at Putten, had been suspended from his duties for some time, according to the archdiocese.

Father Sturkenboom, who was suspended on Wednesday last week, chairs the parish board and is team leader of Saint Lucas’ priests. The parish itself published his name.

Saint Lucas now has just three working priests to serve churches in Nijkerk, Ermelo, Voorthuizen, Barneveld, Achterveld, Leusden, Hoevelaken and Putten. The archdiocese says a locum priest will go to Saint Lucas to help out with the workload.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:32 PM

'Abuse' pay-out priest in Mass ban

NORTHERN IRELAND/FRANCE
UTV

A Catholic priest, who once made a secret pay-out to an alleged sex abuse victim, has been banned from saying Mass.

Father Andrew McCloskey, from Derry, now lives in the South of France but he's barred from ministering as a priest.

The alleged abuse incident dates back almost 20 years, but it comes just weeks after the Catholic Church disclosed how it had dealt with allegations of clerical sex abuse.

In 1992, an 18-year-old man was seeking counselling after he said he had been abused.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Cloyne report criticizes handling of abuse complaints

IRELAND
Corkman

By BILL BROWNE

Thursday December 29 2011

AFTER months of speculation and anticipation the long awaited Cloyne report into allegations of abuse within the diocese was finally released in April. The 400 page report pulled few punches in its criticism of the way complaints of abuse against priests within the diocese were handled. The 26-chapter report handled the allegations against 19 different priests - one of those being the former Bishop of Cloyne John Magee who now resides in Mitchelstown. The report said that there were concerns regarding the Bishop's interaction with a 17year-old boy. According to the report, the teenager said the Bishop "declared that he loved him and told him that he had dreamt about him". The report also found that Bishop Magee took "little or no interest" in the management of clerical abuse cases until 2008, fully 23 years after the framework document on child sexual abuse was agreed by the Irish Bishops Conference.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

More Bad News for the Catholic Church

HEMET (CA)
Courthouse News Service

HEMET, Calif. (CN) - Elderly caretakers of a home for Catholic priests claim the church wrongfully fired them for complaining about priests' penchant for pornography and misuse of church funds.

John Slonimski, 75, and his wife Margaret, 65, sued the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts in Riverside County Court, alleging wrongful firing, discrimination, breach of contract, failure to pay overtime and other charges.

The Slonimskis say the church hired them in 2002 to live on and oversee the 80-acre property in Hemet, and attend to the needs of the tenant priests. ...

The Slonimskis say the church's Hemet property "is, in essence, currently a housing organization used for priests, including those who have had legal problems wherein there have been accusations and claims of sexual abuse".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:03 AM

De Korte vindt aftreden bisschop niet logisch

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

GRONINGEN – Bisschop De Korte uit Groningen vindt de suggestie van SGP-fractievoorzitter Van der Staaij dat het goed zou zijn dat er in de huidige misbruikaffaire een bisschop aftreedt, niet logisch.

Deze reactie van de bisschop op de uitspraken van Van der Staaij in het EO-televisieprogramma Moraalridders meldde het Neder­lands Dagblad donderdag.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:59 AM

Ad Limina Unlimited: Part 1

UNITED STATES
Boston Catholic Insider

Last month we shared the reporting by Cardinal O’Malley on the Boston Archdiocese “ad limina” visit to the Vatican to review the state of the diocese. We called our post Ad Limina Limited Edition in part because desite the lengthy blog posts by Cardinal O’Malley about the overall time in Rome and experience, in the end he gave us mostly a travel diary and conveyed remarkably little of what was actually discussed. As feedback to him, people would like to hear more publicly about his assessment of the state of the diocese, and what feedback or input was given by the Holy Father or other congregations.

Given this information void, BCI thought readers would find it interesting to read what the Bishop of the Diocese of Albany had to say about his “ad limina” visit to Rome. BCI is not necessarily a fan of that diocese or the leadership there. They have many problems themselves, so Albany is not put forward here as a “model” diocese. BCI is merely sharing excerpts from their report, as some of the details are clearly applicable to Boston. Here is the entirety of one post, and excerpts below. Where a sentence or passage of text is bolded, that is emphasis placed by BCI.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:55 AM

‘Misbruik pastoor Sturkenboom was in Driebergen’

NEDERLAND
Barnesveldse Krant

BARNEVELD/REGIO – Het misbruik waarvan pastoor Bert Sturkenboom van de rooms-katholieke Sint Lucasparochie (onder meer Barneveld/Voorthuizen en Achterveld) wordt beschuldigd, zou eind jaren ’80 hebben plaatsgehad toen de pastoor in de parochie Sint Petrus Banden in Driebergen werkzaam was.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:51 AM

Bisschop Wiertz: 'Iedereen wist dat het voorkwam. Bij een enkeling. Sporadisch'

NEDERLAND
hp detijd

Opmerkelijk interview met bisschop Frans Wiertz van Roermond in De Limburger vandaag. De kerkvorst wist van misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk maar had niet verwacht dat het zo'n wijdverbreide praktijk was. "Het woord excuus sterft al in de mond van onnozelheid als ik het noem."

Wiertz is pas sinds 2005 consequent aangifte gaan doen wanneer er gevallen van kindermisbruik opdoken. Hij deed dit op aanraden van het Openbaar Ministerie. "Die zei: alles wat er is, zelfs een vermoeden: aangeven of melden." In het interview is Wiertz onduidelijk over wat hij nou wel of niet wist. Eerst stelt de kerkvorst dat internaten en kloosters incidenten registreerden, maar: "Dat wilde niet zeggen dat de bisschop het wist.” Vervolgens zegt Wiertz: "Iedereen wist dat het voorkwam. Bij een enkeling. Sporadisch." Wiertz is sinds 1993 bisschop.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:48 AM

B'ville Asst. Principal Allegedly Videoed Boys Showering

NEW JERSEY
Patch

Bernardsville Middle School's assistant principal faces numerous charges after he was allegedly found in possession of videos depicting naked boys showering at Immaculata High School, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday.

Patrick Lott, 54, of Somerville, was charged with 22 counts of third-degree invasion of privacy, nine counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, nine counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and nine counts of fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, search warrants were executed at Lott's house on Dec. 13 and Dec. 16 through the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. Detectives with the Computer Crimes Unit, Soriano said, also searched Lott's computer files and digital recordings.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Respected N.J. vice principal accused of videotaping boys in school shower: 'No one is perfect'

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

SOMERVILLE — When Patrick Lott, an admired public figure, school official and civic leader in Somerville, made a cryptic Facebook post earlier this month, those who know him knew something ominous was coming.

"I have always given my best and tried to be a great role model," Lott posted on Dec. 9. "No one is perfect. Thanks for the memories."

Today, the Somerset County prosecutor announced Lott, an assistant principal at Bernardsville Middle School since 2009, is facing charges he secretly videotaped boys showering at Immaculata High School in Somerville, where he is a videographer.

Lott, 54, was arrested last week, after videos of nude teenagers showering were found in his home, Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano said. According to the prosecutor, the videos showed teenagers in a boys’ communal shower area. Nine of the teenagers identified are under the age of 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 AM

Somerset County educator charged with videotaping boys in high school showers

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

Written by
Mark Spivey | Staff Writer

SOMERVILLE — Patrick Lott’s career as a popular, upbeat educator and youth athletics coach has spanned more than 25 years and covered at least five Somerset County communities, areas ranging from the hills of Bernardsville in the north to the suburbs of Montgomery in the south and several stops in between.

It’s precisely why Wednesday’s news that the 54-year-old borough resident is facing dozens of criminal charges after allegedly videotaping boys showering at one school in the county seat — Immaculata High School in Somerville, where he has served as a dedicated volunteer for years — is generating so many unanswered questions from local parents, schools officials and past and present students alike.

Lott is facing more than 50 charges in all, including multiple counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child, plus fourth-degree invasion of privacy, according to court filings obtained Wednesday by the Courier News. The allegations are connected to activity taking place between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 13 of this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

New Jersey Middle School Teacher Arrested for Filiming Boys in the Shower

NEW JERSEY
The Inquisitr

In the latest scandal to rock the educational system in America, James Lott, an assistant middle school principal who also volunteered at Immaculata High School, in Somerset County, New Jersey, was arrested last night for filming the boys as the took showers. The boys who were filmed had no idea there was a camera on them, as Lott had hidden them in the shower room, the New Jersey Journal reports.

Police, acting on a search warrant went to Lott’s house and found the videos of the boys as they were showering at the school. They allegedly found the videos of the nude boys at Lott’s home.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, in an interview with the journal said that nine of the victims were under 16 years old, which carries a more lengthy prison sentence. Soriano said, as of this time 22 students had been informed of the incident and that they were on the tapes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

More must be done to protect children

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Thursday, December 29 2011

More must be done to prevent the deaths of young children in this country, Roman Catholic Priest, Father Kenneth Assing, said yesterday.

Speaking during the Feast of the Holy Innocents at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Port-of-Spain, Assing said society must make every effort to protect its young children.

“It’s difficult to protect children, especially when we have a culture of silence on matters of infanticide because people are either threatened if they say anything, or they too were abused and they have to remain silent,” he told the congregation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

PBI offers third party support for alleged victims of abuse

CANADA
Drumheller Mail

President of Prairie Bible Institute (PBI) Mark Maxwell says the school is in contact with a third party to act as a venue for these who may have allegations of abuse.

Earlier this year allegations of abuse at PBI arose. President Maxwell gave an update to constituents on December 16.

“When allegations of abuse surfaced earlier this fall, we made every effort to respond appropriately and keep our friends reasonably informed. This has included pledging our full cooperation with the RCMP and making ourselves directly available to any who wish to share their experiences with us, no matter how difficult. We sincerely want those who may have been injured to feel loved and welcomed, but most importantly, to find the reconciliation, healing and justice appropriate to each situation,” states his letter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Former employee charged with embezzling funds from church

MICHIGAN
Observer & Eccentric

Written by
LeAnne Roger
Observer Staff Writer

A Canton woman has been charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from a Westland church where she was a longtime employee.

That amount is only a fraction of the nearly $143,000 reported missing from St. Theodore Catholic Church and allegedly used by former bookkeeper Kathleen Galoch to pay her family's personal bills, with the permission of the parish priest.

Galoch, 63, has been arraigned on a charge of embezzling over $1,000 from a nonprofit organization — a 10-year felony. A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Galoch, who was freed on a $10,000 personal bond and scheduled for a Jan. 19 preliminary examination in Westland's 18th District Court.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Signs of uncertainty not in short supply at Vatican

VATICAN CITY
The Irish Times

PADDY AGNEW

“JOSEPH RATZINGER should never have become pope. It could not happen. According to the unwritten rules of papal conclaves such a ‘divisive’ figure would never be able to command the two-thirds vote necessary to be elected.”

Those are the opening words of a new book, Ratzinger, A Pontificate In Crisis , by Marco Politi, the veteran Vatican commentator who in an interview as early as November 2004 had indicated the then Cardinal Ratzinger as a “secret candidate” to become the next pope. In his book, (not yet available in English) Politi outlines the background to his interview with Ratzinger.

He points out that he had originally issued a formal request for the interview in 2001. However, it was only in November 2004, at a time when John Paul II’s chronic ill-health was all too obvious, that the then senior Vatican spokesman, Opus Dei member, Joaquín Navarro-Valls confirmed the interview.

Politi suggests that during the summer of 2004, an inner Holy See cabal of ultra-conservative, Hispanic Curia cardinals had decided that “God’s Rottweiller” Ratzinger was the cardinal who could best defend their hardline conservative views. The cardinals in question included the Colombians, Darío Castrillón Hoyos and Alfonso López Trujillo, the Spaniard Julián Herranz and the Chilean Jorge Medina Estévez. The idea of the interview with Politi, then the Vatican correspondent for influential left-wing daily La Repubblica was to “promote” their man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Somerset County educator charged with videotaping boys in high school showers

NEW JERSEY
Asbury Park Press

Written by
Mark Spivey | Staff Writer

SOMERVILLE — Patrick Lott’s career as a popular, upbeat educator and youth athletics coach has spanned more than 25 years and covered at least five Somerset County communities, areas ranging from the hills of Bernardsville in the north to the suburbs of Montgomery in the south and several stops in between.

It’s precisely why Wednesday’s news that the 54-year-old borough resident is facing dozens of criminal charges after allegedly videotaping boys showering at one school in the county seat — Immaculata High School in Somerville, where he has served as a dedicated volunteer for years — is generating so many unanswered questions from local parents, schools officials and past and present students alike.

Lott is facing more than 50 charges in all, including multiple counts of second-, third- and fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child, plus fourth-degree invasion of privacy, according to court filings obtained Wednesday by the Courier News. The allegations are connected to activity taking place between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 13 of this year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

2011 top stories (No. 7): Child porn case plagues KC diocese

MISSOURI
Missouri Lawyers Media

Published: December 28, 2011

By Scott Lauck
scott.lauck@molawyersmedia.com

A set of disturbing images allegedly found on a Kansas City priest’s computer one year ago set in motion a flurry of litigation that will continue into 2012.

Bishop Robert Finn, of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, allegedly knew in December 2010 that child pornography had been found on a laptop computer used by Father Shawn Ratigan, but the information wasn’t reported to police for five months. Ratigan was arrested and charged in May.

The allegations prompted the plaintiffs in a 2008 settlement with the diocese to ask a Jackson County circuit judge to force the church to honor its terms. The settlement had included not only a $10 million payment but also 19 promised reforms the plaintiffs say the church hasn’t lived up to.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

New bishop could be installed by spring

IRELAND
Limerick Leader

By Mike Dwane
Published on Wednesday 28 December 2011

Limerick’s long wait for a successor to Dr Donal Murray as Bishop of Limerick could soon be over with hope rising that the new man could be installed by the spring.

This is the third Christmas season to pass without a bishop in place following Dr Murray’s resignation in December 2009.

Part of the reason for the delay was the Vatican’s intention to reform the Irish Church in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandals. An apostolic visitation from Rome has concluded its work and it had been expected they would reduce the number of dioceses in Ireland through amalgamation. But sources this week said the signs were that the Diocese of Limerick would survive in tact.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

Download het volledige eindrapport Deetman seksueel misbruik rooms-katholieke kerk

NEDERLAND
Katholiek

Het eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman is per ongeluk online geplaatst door het Bisdom Den Bosch. Het eindrapport kon je downloaden via een link, dat het Bisdom Den Bosch op haar website had geplaatst naar de website WeTransfer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:12 AM

Patrick Lott, Middle School Principal, Arrested For Allegedly Recording Boys Showering

NEW JERSEY
Huffington Post

Laura Hibbard

Patrick Lott, Bernardsville Middle School assistant principal, has been arrested for allegedly recording boys showering at Immaculata High School in Somerset County, N.J., where he was a volunteer, the New Jersey Journal reports.

Lott was arrested last week after authorities used a Superior Court search warrant to find videos of the nude teenagers in his home.

Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano told the Journal that nine of the boys videotaped were under 16 years old. According to the report, authorities have notified a total of 22 victims.

Based on the results of the search warrant, CBS New York reports the videos were recorded over a span of nearly three years, beginning in 2008.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

FLDS meet, prepare but for what?

UTAH
Deseret News

By John Hollenhorst, Deseret News

HILDALE — Concern is rising over a new burst of activity by followers of imprisoned polygamist leader Warren Jeffs .

According to outside observers, there has been a flurry of church meetings almost daily, a set of mysterious construction projects and widespread re-baptism as thousands of followers react to apparent prophesies of doom from their imprisoned leader.

"Right now, Warren is prophesying that the end is nigh, that the world's coming to an end at any moment," said Sam Brower, a Cedar City private investigator who has spent years probing the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "They're trying to live up to Warren's predictions and prophesies and trying to prove to him that they're obedient and that they're going to follow his instructions, do whatever he tells them."

Some believe the renewed fervor and emphasis on loyalty is a prelude to an exodus of the faithful to an FLDS outpost in another state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Warren Jeffs ratcheting up the pressure on the FLDS people

TEXAS/UTAH
Salt Lake Tribune

Lindsay Whitehurst

Imprisoned polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs continues to increase the pressure on his people as the year winds down.

He's set Saturday, Dec. 31, as the deadline for Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints people to be "re-baptized" by meeting an increasingly restrictive set of requirements, including donating $5,000 to the church, giving up children's toys, signing over all possessions to the bishop and refraining from sex, said private investigator and author Sam Brower. Read my story on the new rules here.

Everyone has to undergo a rigorous interview session, and those who don't earn the approval of Colorado City-Hildale bishop Lyle Jeffs (Warren's brother) by the end of the year are out.

(Some reports have said Jeffs is threatening those who aren't approved would be "destroyed," but former sect spokesman Willie Jessop, now opposed to Jeffs, says it's more of a warning: if you aren't among the chosen people, you're going to suffer the earthquakes and melting predicted in Jeffs' apocalyptic "revelations from God" along with everyone else.)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

'Prophet' Warren Jeffs May Lose Phone Privileges For Preaching From Prison Pulpit

TEXAS/UTAH
Forbes

Cathy Scott, Contributor

Warren Jeffs, inmate number 08888382, and a self-proclaimed prophet, has been manipulating, controlling and terrorizing a polygamist sect from behind prison walls. But his antics may soon end if a state probe finds his actions to be illegal.

Jeffs has given members of the polygamist sect of the FLDS, a fringe Mormon group, an end-of-year deadline to prove their loyalty to him — or else. And this from a man who is serving out a life sentence at the Powledge Unit maximum-security prison near Palestine, Texas, for sexually assaulting two underage girls at an FLDS compound in Texas.

How was he able to pull it off? Apparently, via telephone calls. “We went through the phone records and did determine that [Jeffs] made two calls to a family member on Christmas Day,” said Michelle Lyons, spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. “We’re determining whether the person put that phone call on speaker.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Priest banned from saying Mass

IRELAND/FRANCE
Irish Independent

By Greg Harkin

Thursday December 29 2011

A PRIEST involved in a controversial out-of-court settlement after allegations of a sex assault has been banned from saying Mass where he now lives, in France, the Irish Independent has learned.

Father Andrew McCloskey paid out €20,000 in 2005 to a man who claimed he had been sexually assaulted by him when he was 18.

A second teenager also made allegations against the priest, though he never took legal action. And there was uproar in the cross-border Diocese of Derry when then Bishop Seamus Hegarty admitted that the priest was later given a job within the church counselling sex abuse victims.

Fr McCloskey stood down from his role with the 'Hope Alive' group and from his position in Dungiven, Co Derry, when news of the out-of-court deal emerged in January 2005.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:49 AM

Assistant Principal Videotaping Boys In Shower: New Jersey Police Find Camera

NEW JERSEY
The Post Chronicle

by Jim Brogan

Patrick J. Lott, 54, an assistant Principal of Bernardsville Middle school is being charged with videotaping boys in school showers. According to reports, Lott was videotaping boys at the Roman Catholic Immaculata High School bathing area on and off again for three years.

Lott was a volunteer at Immaculata High School and he now faces multiple charges of second, third, fourth degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth degree invasion of privacy.

The alleged video tapings occurred between January 1, 2008 to December 13, 2011.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Dragging sexual abuse out into the open

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Don Harrison

There's no reason to believe that sexual abuse, pedophilic or otherwise, is increasing. It's only that we're more willing to talk about it.

The Penn State scandal seems to have unleashed a tsunami of revelations. "Funny uncles" are being outed everywhere, sometimes for atrocities committed long ago. The accusations against former Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin, for example, go back 40 years.

The shame and guilt felt by victims kept child molestation secret more often in the past. Taking it to the police would have made it known to everyone, which nobody wanted. If abusers were confronted, it was usually by family members, yielding tearful promises that the perpetrator would never to do it again.

What was little understood years ago was the nature of the compulsion - that abusers were often unable to resist future temptation, especially if they were around kids (which they often were, partly because many pedophiles choose jobs that keep them near their targets).

In the Catholic Church, priests who confessed and said the required prayers were forgiven (forgiveness being, after all, the business the church is in). His superiors might transfer him to another parish without realizing that, penitent though the abuser may have been, they were only providing him with a new source of victims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

Former Fairbanks pastor requests to be let out of prison on bail

ALASKA
Fairbanks News-Miner

by Sam Friedman/sfriedman@newsminer.com

Dec 29, 2011

FAIRBANKS — A former Fairbanks pastor convicted of sexual abuse of a minor is asking to be let out on bail while he appeals his case.

Shawn Anthony Justice, 33, is serving a seven-year sentence. The details of the proposed bail arrangements were not discussed at a bail hearing Wednesday afternoon because Justice was not available to attend the hearing by telephone from a prison in Colorado. Assistant Public Defender Lori Bodwell mentioned the proposed bail involves a third-party custodian.

Assistant District Attorney Gayle Garrigues said it did not make sense to reschedule the bail hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

S.C. diocese emphasizes appropriate Internet use in new policies

SOUTH CAROLINA
Georgia Bulletin

CHARLESTON, S.C. (CNS) -- The revised sexual abuse prevention policies of the Diocese of Charleston clearly spell out how church personnel can and cannot use modern technology in their work with youths. The 76-page document signed by Charleston Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone Dec. 12 highlights the need for church personnel to carefully monitor their use of the Internet from emails, blogs, online social networks and online games. It prohibits church personnel from using personal email to contact children and also prohibits them from playing online games with minors late at night. The document says church personnel cannot use social networking sites such as Facebook for personal communications with children and they should avoid using cell phones to contact children. It also says church personnel should not monitor a minor's activity on the Internet, describing that as a parent's function.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

A Change in Formation

UNITED STATES
America Magazine

How the sexual abuse crisis has reshaped priestly training

Katarina Schuth | JANUARY 2, 2012

O ver the past decade, many thoughtful Catholics have wondered if a connection can be established between seminary formation and sexual abuse by clergy. The answer is complicated, but the significant reshaping of seminary programs in recent decades suggests that many church leaders believe there is a relationship. Unraveling the various dimensions of the question requires knowledge of the background research found in the two studies prepared for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York. The full titles are “The Nature and Scope of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2002” (2004) and “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States 1950-2010” (2011).

These documents paint a picture of how seminary leaders developed instructions on sexuality and celibacy in recent years. In the future, the focus for seminaries needs to be on ways of maintaining practices that very likely contributed to the remarkable decrease in the number of abuse cases. It is timely, as well, to suggest supplemental approaches for formation and to maintain useful programs that promise to ensure even further reductions in abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 AM

Fugitive Irish priest behind large sex abuse settlement extradited from Brazil

IRELAND
The Journal

A CATHOLIC PRIEST wanted by gardaí in connection with dozens of allegations of child sexual abuse has been extradited from Brazil to Britain.

Gardaí wish to speak with Fr Peter Kennedy, 72, over child abuse allegations that date from the 1960s to the 1980s – the file against Kennedy includes statements from at least 18 people.

The suicides of two young men are also being examined as part of the investigation, the Irish Times reports.

In 2003, Kennedy was involved in one of the largest sexual abuse settlements ever seen in Ireland, which resulted in a victim of his being awarded €325,000. The victim claimed that, when he was aged 13, Kennedy had come to his family home in order to administer the last rites on the his gravely ill father, the Daily Mail reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

December 28, 2011

Irish priest behind one of largest sex abuse settlements in State deported from Brazil

IRELAND/BRAZIL/UNITED KINGDOM
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

AN IRISH priest responsible for what is believed to be one of the largest ever settlements in a clerical child sex abuse case in the State has been deported to England from Brazil, where he had spent the past eight years.

Fr Peter Kennedy (72), a priest with the St Patrick’s Missionary Society at Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, faces child abuse allegations from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s.

They involve at least 18 people from whom gardaí have taken statements. The suicides of two young men have been examined as part of the Garda investigation.

His congregation removed Fr Kennedy from active ministry in the mid-1980s following persistent complaints of sexual abuse against him dating back to the late 1960s, when he was a missionary priest in Africa. In the late 1980s he moved to London, where he continued to be under the supervision of the Kiltegan Fathers, and worked as a taxi-driver.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 PM

Windfall for Killaloe diocese as €678,000 left in will

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GORDON DEEGAN

A CATHOLIC diocese has received more than €670,000 in a will.

However, the diocese of Killaloe – which has been reliant on its 90 priests to keep it out of the red over the past three years – can only use the money to educate young men to become priests and to promote vocations.

According to the diocese’s annual accounts for 2010 and 2009, the diocese has received €678,330 under a “specific legacy” over the two years to boost vocations.

A spokesman for Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe said yesterday that a further allocation will appear under the same heading in the diocese’s 2011 accounts, which are not due to be published until next December. He declined to state how much the 2011 allocation will total.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 PM

Los polémicos 10 minutos del Arzobispo Ezzati con Karadima en Navidad

CHILE
El Morro Cotudo

Poco más de diez minutos estuvo el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, en el convento de las Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, en la comuna de Providencia, para reunirse con el cuestionado sacerdote Fernando Karadima, tiempo suficiente para que su visita generara airadas reacciones en quienes fueron víctimas del ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque y cuestionaran su actuar en el marco de la impunidad que la justicia civil consagró respecto a sus crímenes, basándose fundamentalmente en consideraciones técnicas.

Hechos a los cuales se suma además el reconocimiento de que Karadima, quien se encuentra cumpliendo un régimen de penitencia y oración en el convento de las religiosas por las sanciones que sí pudo imponerle la justicia canónica, se encontraría en condiciones de circular libremente.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 PM

Misbruik binnen kerk 'beschamend'

NEDERLAND
WAN

VORSTENBOSCH – Pastoor Ouwens noemt het seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk “beschamend”. Pastoor Frits Ouwens van de Pastorale Eenheid Heilige Lambertus Nistelrode-Vorstenbosch schrijft dit in het pastoorspraatje in het Parochieblad Vorstenbosch.

“Het misbruik dat aan het licht is gekomen is beschamend voor een instituut dat een God predikt die liefde is en waar iedereen op mag bouwen en zich veilig mag voelen. Het veroorzaakte leed vraagt om een antwoord en om het verzachten en wegnemen zoveel als maar kan”, aldus Ouwens in het Parochieblad Vorstenbosch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 PM

'Pastoor Ermelo beschuldigd van misbruik'

NEDERLAND
Parool

Pastoor Bert Sturkenboom van de Sint Lucasparochie op de Veluwe is beschuldigd van seksueel misbruik. Twee mensen hebben in het verleden melding gemaakt van het misbruik, aldus Omroep Gelderland vandaag. De Sint Lucasparochie strekt zich uit over Ermelo, Nijkerk, Barneveld, Voorthuizen, Putten, Leusden, Achterveld en Hoevelaken.

Het aartsbisdom Utrecht onthief de pastoor vorige week met onmiddellijke ingang van al zijn taken. Sturkenboom is sindsdien ondergedoken op een geheim adres buiten de parochie. Hoewel het bisdom niet wil bevestigen dat de pastoor is beschuldigd van misbruik, zegt een woordvoerder wel dat de klachten over Sturkenboom via de parochie in Utrecht terecht zijn gekomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 PM

Anglicaanse Kerk start onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik

LONDEN
RKnieuws (Nederland)

LONDEN (RKnieuws.net) - De anglicaanse aartsbisschop Rowan Williams van Canterbury geeft opdracht voor een onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door anglicaanse geestelijken in het bisdom Chichester. Dat meldt de Franse krant La Croix.

Het onderzoek komt er naar aanleiding van beschuldigingen tegen twee
geestelijken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:10 PM

Casey to seek new trial in altar boy rape case

TENNESSEE
TriCities

By: TriCities Staff | TriCities.com

KINGSPORT, Tenn. --
Former priest William Casey is seeking a new trial on charges that he raped an altar boy in the 1970s.

A Sullivan County judge sentenced Casey to nearly 40 years in prison on his conviction of aggravated rape and criminal sexual misconduct in November.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Het pedofielennetwerk

NEDERLAND
GeenStijl

Er is een geïnstitutionaliseerd pedofielennetwerk actief in Nederland. Inmiddels zijn ruim 800 daders geïdentificeerd. Meer dan honderd van hen zijn nog in leven. De leiders van het netwerk zijn ook bekend en inmiddels naar buiten getreden. “Iedereen wist ervan”, aldus één van hen. De organisatie opereert wereldwijd. Dezelfde praktijken hebben plaatsgevonden in Canada, de Verenigde Staten, Ierland, België, Duitsland, Oostenrijk, Zwitserland en in Polen. Het verbond wordt geleid - door een Duitser met een eigen stadsstaat - volgens het Führerprinzip; decreten komen van bovenaf, tegenspraak is nauwelijks mogelijk. Daarnaast onttrekt de organisatie zich aan het Nederlandse recht, ze werkt met een soort sharia-rechtbanken. Er wordt recht gesproken volgens eigen normen en waarden die niets van doen hebben met wat maatschappelijk aanvaardbaar wordt geacht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

'Bisschop Gijsen vernietigde bewijs'

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

Het archief van het bisdom Roermond is tot het aantreden van bisschop Gijsen vrijwel intact geweest. Bij zijn aantreden in 1972 heeft de vicaris generaal Castermans alles vernietigd, volgens Gijsen was dat in lijn van diens voorganger Van Odijk. Deetman concludeert dat die bewering niet klopt. Pas vanaf 1995 is er weer zorgvuldig gearchiveerd onder leiding van bisschop Wiertz. Deel 1972-1995 ontbreekt met uitzondering van dossier over grootseminarie Rolduc. In een grote brandkast in de Paradisstraat bevindt zich nog een deel van het geheim archief. Dit is door Gijsen en Wiertz nooit ingezien.

Roermond
Van onze verslaggevers

Dat staat in het rapport dat de commissie Deetman vrijdagochtend heeft gepresenteerd. Daaruit blijkt ook dat bij de Broeders van Maastricht het internaat in het nabijgelegen dorp Weert oververtegenwoordigd is bij het aantal misbruikgevallen. Zestien procent van de gevallen in deze orde heeft in Weert plaatsgevonden, terwijl daar maar 1 procent van het aantal leerlingen zat in 1952 (230 leerlingen, 31 meldingen, totaal orde 22825. Op de Dagschool van de orde in Maastricht zijn 10 meldingen (op 2815 leerlingen).


Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

Sexual Abuse of Children: 10 Years of Hard-Earned Knowledge

UNITED STATES
Huffington Post

Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Today I am giving my blog space to my colleague, Bernard Nojadera, who directs the U.S. bishops' critical office that works with clergy sexual abuse of children.

With 2012, the Catholic Church looks back on a decade of learning about a problem which may be decades or centuries old: the sexual abuse of minors by those who would mentor them.

The crisis in the Church in the United States reached a head in 2002, when newspaper coverage nationwide highlighted the existence of this horrific crime and moral travesty. We now know that others, including some sports organizations and other groups where adults mentor youth, have yet to confront this crisis within their own ranks.

In the United States, the Catholic Church adopted a plan to address the issue, called the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. It has spent billions of dollars on settlements, safe environment education, and background checks to do all it can to prevent the abuse of children in its care. We have come to some understanding of how to address the problem, gaining knowledge that can benefit more than the Catholic Church.

Some of what we've learned:
•The guiding principle when confronting child sexual abuse is to remember that it is most of all about the person who was abused. It is not about the offender, the institution or anyone's reputation. It is about helping a child.

•People can learn. In the 10 years since establishment of the Charter we have moved from disbelief to action. We have learned that what once seemed unbelievable is, unfortunately, credible and must be faced. Training, reference checks and background evaluations now are a normal part of parish life to keep children safe. We recommend these steps for all who deal with youth.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:58 PM

An open letter to Bishop Richard J. Malone about child sex abuse in Haiti

MAINE
Voice from the Desert

OPEN LETTER

December 27, 2011

Most Rev. Richard J. Malone
Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland
Portland, Maine

Dear Bishop Malone,

On November 1, 2011, it was announced that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) will host the first national conference on solidarity with Haiti from June 1-3, 2012 at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. http://onetable.crs.org

“We invite those whose faith has led them to mission work in Haiti to join this learning experience,” said Bishop Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Portland and CRS Board Member. “Haitians are at the forefront of the Church’s reconstruction program in Haiti and we should all hear the Haitian perspective on what is working best for the country.”

I have traveled to Haiti 6 times in the past 8 years and have been closely involved in advocating for Haitian children who are being sexually abused by U.S. citizens.

In each of the non-profit organizations where child sex abuse has been discovered, Bishop Malone, there is a link to the Catholic Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:14 AM

Misbruikschandalen: SGP pleit voor aftreden bisschop

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

Auteur: Rob Jansen

DEN BOSCH - SGP-leider Kees van der Staaij zegt woensdagavond in het tv-programma Moraalridders dat het goed zou zijn als een bisschop zou aftreden, wegens seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk. Dat schrijft het Nederlands Dagblad.

"Het aftreden van bisschoppen laat zien hoe ernstig je iets neemt", aldus Van der Staaij. "Het toont ook dat er dingen zijn gebeurd, waarvoor je geen verantwoordelijkheid kunt nemen."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:07 AM

Samenleving sluit nog steeds ogen voor seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

Nog steeds sluit de maatschappij haar ogen voor seksueel misbruik, evenals ze dat in de afgelopen decennia deed, reageert Gert-Jan van Panhuis MA op de uitkomsten van het rapport van de commissie-Deetman.

De uitkomsten van het eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman zijn ronduit schokkend. Tussen de 10.000 en de 20.000 kinderen zijn tussen 1945 en 1981 misbruikt in rooms-katholieke instellingen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:02 AM

'Aftreden bisschop goed'

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

AMSTERDAM - SGP-leider Kees van der Staaij zegt woensdagavond in het tv-programma Moraalridders dat het goed zou zijn als een bisschop zou aftreden, wegens seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

Clergy, survivors sign plea for Milwaukee sex abuse victims to come forward

MILWAUKEE (WI)
National Catholic Reporter

[the advertisement]

Dec. 28, 2011
By Tom Roberts

An alliance of priests, clergy sexual abuse survivors and advocates for abuse victims composed and signed a full-page ad that appeared Dec. 27 in The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel encouraging "victim/survivors" to come forward before Feb. 1, the deadline for filing abuse claims against the Milwaukee archdiocese through an impending bankruptcy proceeding.

The ad also calls upon other priests of the diocese to "join us and insist upon a full and public confession" by the archdiocese, including open publication of all abuse-related documents held by the archdiocese and the religious orders serving in the archdiocese. The signers also ask the archdiocese to provide "a full and explanatory list of all clerics and employees who have harmed children and minors."

Publication of the notice preceded a news conference scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday to address the issues. Peter Isely, Midwest director of SNAP (Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests) issued a statement Monday describing the effort as "the first time in the Catholic sexual abuse crisis [that] a group of priests and clergy sexual assault survivors" had jointly published a statement urging "public accountability and transparency from church officials."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Delfau y salidas de Karadima: La vida de penitencia no se hace en un restaurant o termas

CHILE
Cooperativa

El sacerdote jesuita y panelista de El Primer Café, Antonio Delfau, manifestó su malestar respecto al accionar de la Iglesia Católica frente al caso de Fernando Karadima y la empatía para con sus víctimas, luego de que uno de los afectados, el periodista Juan Carlos Cruz, denunciara las salidas del sacerdote.

"A mí me parece muy bien que don Ricardo Ezzati visite a Karadima porque él es pastor y tiene el deber de pastorear a todos sus curas. A mí lo que me duele es que todavía no veo en la iglesia jerárquica una mayor sintonía y simpatía con las víctimas", sostuvo Delfau.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:50 AM

The Innocents

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

On this day that the Roman Catholic Church dedicates to the Holy Innocents, NSAC honors the survivors of clergy and nun sexual abuse and their families.

Indeed, you are the true innocents.

We are awed by your lived tenaciousness to the truth.

For the knowledge you have brought to society about the horrors of sexual abuse, we express our undying gratitude.

For the actions you have taken to keep other innocents from bearing in their bodies, souls, and spirits the deep wounds and scars that you bear each day, we are profoundly indebted to you.

While we know what is required of the Roman Catholic Church to address this massive crisis is full justice for all of you, we do believe that this Church of sign and symbol can and should begin to look honestly at itself aided by its rituals.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:46 AM

Clergy abuse victims put ad in Milwaukee newspaper reminding others of restitution deadline

MILWAUKEE (WI)
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: December 28, 2011

MILWAUKEE — Victims of clergy sex abuse and a group of priests are urging other Milwaukee area victims to file for restitution in federal bankruptcy court before a Feb. 1 deadline.

They took out a full-page ad in Tuesday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and says it has less than $10 million available to pay claims.

As of late November, about 100 people had filed claims.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

Quits over women priest bar

IRELAND
The Irish Echo

A VETERAN Irish broadcast journalist has publicly parted ways with the Catholic Church over its refusal to ordain female priests.

Olivia O’Leary, one of Ireland’s best known current affairs presenters, blasted the church on its record of refusal to accept the notion of women priests and celebrated Christmas in Dublin’s Church of Ireland cathedral, St Patrick’s.

The 61-year-old, who was schooled by Catholic nuns and has clergy in her family, has also cited the cover-up of child sex abuse by church authorities as a “proximate factor” in her decision to renounce the Catholic faith.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Priest accused of 55 child sex crimes in Ireland is deported from Brazil after eight years on the run

IRELAND/BRAZIL
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)

By Leon Watson

Last updated at 12:11 PM on 28th December 2011

A fugitive Catholic priest accused of 55 child sex crimes has been deported from Brazil after eight years on the run, it was reported today.

Father Peter Kennedy, 72, was a the centre of a major abuse scandal in 2003 after one of his victims was awarded £271,000 - the largest known pay-out in a clerical sex abuse case in Ireland.

The man claimed the priest had raped him as a 13-year-old boy after coming to his family's County Sligo home to administer the last rites to his father, who was dying of cancer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Former Catholic priest William Casey filed motion for new trial, convicted of raping youth

TENNESSEE
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: December 28, 2011

BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Former Roman Catholic priest William Casey is seeking a new trial on charges that he raped an altar boy in the 1970s.

Casey, who is 77, was sentenced to nearly 40 years in prison on his conviction in Sullivan County.

Attorney Richard Spivey filed a motion Dec. 22 in Circuit Court claiming Casey's conviction was based on insufficient evidence and violated the statute of limitations, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/uk03SU).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 AM

Editorial: What in Heaven are these people thinking?

HOLYOKE (MA)
The Republican

By The Republican Editorials

Instead of turning to lawyers and courtrooms, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and parishioners of Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke should consult the one authority that can settle their dispute over the church’s status – the Gospel.

“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court,” Jesus exhorts his followers in the Sermon on the Mount.

“Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.”

Those words have always been good advice, but we wonder if anyone is listening in this case. Both sides are expected to appear in Hampden Superior Court on Wednesday in the dispute over the church’s future.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Court summary judgement on Mater Dolorosa protest delayed until next week

HOLYOKE (MA)
The Republican

By Jeanette DeForge, The Republican

HOLYOKE - A hearing for a summary judgment with the Roman Catholic Diocese and the protesters of Mater Dolorosa Church scheduled for today has been postponed until next week because the judge is on vacation.

The diocese sued the protesters, who have been holding a round-the-clock vigil in the church ever since the building officially closed in July, claiming they are trespassing. It is seeking a permanent injunction that would order the people to leave the church.

A judge rejected a plea for an emergency injunction in October, saying there seemed to be no eminent danger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:52 AM

Deadline nearing in Milwaukee archdiocese bankruptcy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

The following story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio

By Chuck Quirmbach

To listen to interview click here: WPR-Bankruptcy


(MILWAUKEE) Almost twelve months after the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy, a major milepost in the case is approaching.

Federal bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley has given people who say they were sexually abused by Milwaukee Archdiocese clergy members until February 1 to file a confidential claim in the bankruptcy case. John Pilmaier heads the Wisconsin chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. Pilmaier says now’s the time to come forward.

Pilmaier says once the so-called bar date of February 1 passes, Judge Kelley will consider those claims, the tens of millions of dollars of other financial liabilities the Archdiocese has, and the church’s assets. The Archdiocese is expected to try to get some claims thrown out and try to block claims involving abuse by clergy from religious orders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 AM

Unlikely group reaches out to victims abused by clergy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
CBS 58

[with video]

by Vanessa Murphy

MILWAUKEE --- It's an unusual alliance: survivors of sex abuse by clergy and Catholic priests. The group is banning together to warn about Febuary 1st deadline for anyone abused in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to receive justice in court.

"We want to make sure that anybody that's been harmed in the archdiocese by sexual assault or rape or abuse comes forward and has that opportunity to come forward to the court and time is running out," said Peter Isely, the Midwest director of SNAP, or Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests. "It may be likely that they'll never be an opportunity for restitution through the legal system in some way for victims in this archdiocese."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:44 AM

Measure aims to require reporting of sexual abuse

MISSOURI
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY JASON HANCOCK jhancock@post-dispatch.com > 573-635-6178

JEFFERSON CITY • Responding to the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University, a St. Louis County lawmaker has drafted legislation that would require anyone who witnesses sexual abuse to report it to authorities.

Current state law requires members of professions that deal directly with children — such as teachers, physicians and clergy — to report suspected abuse. State Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, plans to push for passage of a bill that would expand the so-called "mandated reporter" law to include any person — regardless of profession — who observes a child being subjected to sexual abuse.

The key to the change, Schmitt said, is that it focuses only on those who witness sexual abuse firsthand. ...

David Clohessy, the director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests — or SNAP — said he believes changing the law wouldn't have much impact.

"It's rare that someone actually witnesses a predator assaulting a child, so we're not confident this proposal would make much difference," said Clohessy, who lives in St. Louis. "Also, sadly, it's very rare that people are actually charged with failing to report suspected abuse. And when they are, the penalties are usually paltry."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:39 AM

Vatican Diary / The next cardinals, name by name

VATICAN CITY
Chiesa

VATICAN CITY, December 28, 2011 – In the year to come, "God willing," the fourth consistory of Benedict XVI is scheduled to take place, with the creation of new cardinals. And thanks to these new additions, the number of voting cardinals appointed by Ratzinger will for the first time exceed that of Wojtyla in the college of papal electors.

The most probable date of the new consistory is the weekend before February 22, the liturgical feast of the Chair of Saint Peter: a feast traditionally associated with consistories, but not usable next year, because it coincides with Ash Wednesday.

In all three previous consistories of Benedict XVI – held on March 24, 2006, November 24, 2007, and November 20, 2010 – the official announcement was made about a month in advance, and always at the end of a Wednesday general audience: respectively on February 22, October 17, and October 20 of those years. If this temporal rhythm is kept this time as well, it can be hypothesized that the names of the new cardinals to be created on February 19 could be made known at the end of the audience on Wednesday, January 18.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

New Birth Christian Academy to close doors

GEORGIA
CBS Atlanta

By Melissa Roberts -

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -
The New Birth Christian Academy Board of Directors announced in a statement Tuesday that it will temporarily close the school, after operating for several years with what the board said was "substantial budget deficits."

The Lithonia school is operated by the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, led by Bishop Eddie L. Long. New Birth boasts a membership of more than 25,000.

The Board said that declining enrollment at the school was also a factor in its decision.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Joliet Diocese sued over Roselle molestations

ROSELLE (IL)
Daily Herald

By Josh Stockinger

The mother of two boys who accused an elderly church usher of sexually assaulting them at his Roselle home has filed a lawsuit against the Joliet Diocese alleging it failed to remove the volunteer after he was accused of inappropriately touching a child on at least one earlier occasion.

Chester Stabrowski, 91, pleaded guilty in October to sexually assaulting one of the brothers — ages 11 and 12 — after inviting them over to swim in July 2007. In exchange for his plea, additional charges involving the other boy were dismissed, and Stabrowski was sentenced to six years in prison.

The lawsuit filed Friday in DuPage County accuses church leaders of allowing Stabrowski to remain a volunteer even after he was accused of inappropriately touching another child on a previous occasion. It claims Stabrowski developed relationships with young church members by giving them candy while working as an usher and parking lot attendant at St. Walter Church in Roselle.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:22 AM

A Catholic bishop should quit over abuse scandal, says SGP leader

NETHERLANDS
Dutch News

Wednesday 28 December 2011

If a Catholic bishop were to resign because of the sexual abuse scandal it would send out a strong signal about how seriously the church takes the issue, according to Kees van der Staaij, leader of the fundamentalist Christian SGP, the Netherlands Dagblad reports on Wednesday.

The Protestant paper says Van der Staaij will make the statement in television talk show Moraalridders on Wednesday evening.

Earlier this month, a church commission said between 10,000 and 20,000 children had been abused in Catholic institutions since World War II and 1985.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:19 AM

Priests join victims in call for justice

MILWAUKEE (WI)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[the advertisement]

By Mark Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Dec. 27, 2011

Calling it a historic chapter in the history of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, a group of victims and priests has banded together to call for more transparency from church officials and to urge other victims to come forward and file for restitution in federal bankruptcy court before a Feb. 1 deadline.

The priests and victims have been meeting quietly for roughly a year since Peter Isely, the Midwest director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, approached Father James Connell after a news conference.

At a news conference Tuesday at Plymouth Church in Milwaukee, Isely said the idea for the alliance between priests and victims was inspired by the Gospel.

"In the Christian story, which I believe in and have faith in, the truth may seem buried and dead, but there's always a way the truth will come back to life," he said. "I've always had a deep conviction that survivors and priests of integrity can turn the corner on the sexual abuse crisis. It's not going to be the bishops who do it."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

December 27, 2011

Priest sentenced for molesting boy wants new trial

TENNESSEE
Knoxnews

By Natalie Neysa Alund

Posted December 27, 2011 at 6:12 p.m.

A former East Tennessee Roman Catholic priest convicted of raping an altar boy nearly three decades ago wants a new trial.

William Casey, sentenced last month to nearly 40 years in prison, claims evidence presented during his July trial was insufficient to convict him of aggravated rape and criminal sexual misconduct, according to a motion for a new trial filed in Sullivan County Circuit Court. The motion cited various statute of limitation violations.

A jury determined Casey, 77, of Greeneville raped Warren Tucker of when Tucker was 13 and 14 years old and an altar boy at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in Kingsport when Casey was the senior priest there in the 1970s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Provinciaal dominicanen over rapport Deetman

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

UTRECHT (RKnieuws.net) - De dominicanen komen in het eindrapport van de commissie Deetman niet voor, omdat er ‘slechts’ vijf gevallen bekend zijn. Maar dat betekent niet dat de orde in Nederland niets met het schandaal van seksueel misbruik te maken heeft. Provinciaal Ben Vocking: ’We willen in de mate van het mogelijke de slachtoffers nabij zijn.’

’Ook wij zijn de afgelopen dagen geconfronteerd met de afgrijselijke gegevens, die de commissie Deetman naar voren gebracht heeft. Het is een intens triest gebeuren te horen en te lezen wat zoveel mensen is aangedaan. Het leven van zeer velen is kapot gemaakt. Er zijn wonden geslagen, die niet te genezen zijn. Het vertrouwen van deze mensen in anderen, in kerk, ordes en congregaties is weg. En dat is meer dan te begrijpen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:07 PM

Wipneus, Pim & Broeder Gregorio

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Roderick Nieuwenhuis

Broeder Gregorio schreef tussen 1967 en 1985 in totaal twintig delen van het populaire kinderboek Wipneus en Pim. Uit het rapport van de commissie-Deetman blijkt nu dat Broeder Gregorio zich al voor zijn schrijverscarrière schuldig heeft gemaakt aan kindermisbruik.

„Als gevierd kinderboekenschrijver hield hij promotietochten met signeersessies. En op foto’s daarvan is hij te zien te midden van groepen kinderen in de leeftijd van zijn vroegere slachtoffers.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 PM

Priests, clergy abuse victims working together as restitution deadline looms

Beverly Taylor
FOX6 Reporter

[the advertisement]

4:36 p.m. CST, December 27, 2011
WITI-TV, MILWAUKEE— Catholic priests and victims of clergy abuse united Tuesday in Milwaukee, and we're told this is the first of its kind of partnership in the country. It comes after the two sides began to really talk to one another and listen, and comes with a sense of urgency, as a deadline approaches for filing a case for restitution through the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy process, for victims of abuse.

Priests and victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy took out a full page ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, talking about clergy sex abuse. To many, the groups are bitter enemies, but all this changed about a year ago. For the past year, a small group of priests and victims have been meeting and talking, and developing a message, urging victims of abuse to meet the deadline for filing a case for restitution through the Milwaukee Archdiocese bankruptcy process. That deadline is February 1st, 2012, and is an important one, for if victim's don't file their case by that date, they may not ever have an opportunity for restitution through the legal system.

The group is also offering resources for victims. "Helping them to get the truth out, and to begin the process of healing," Father Gregory Greiten of St. Bernadette Parish in Milwaukee said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 PM

Mater Dolorosa hearing pushed back

HOLYOKE (MA)
WWLP

Mike Bulda

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - A court hearing to try resolve the Mater Dolorosa trespass controversy has been postponed until after the new year.

Protesters have been holding vigil inside the closed church in Holyoke for more than 200 days now, and the Diocese of Springfield is trying to get them to leave.

Bishop Timothy McDonnell was scheduled to be in court Wednesday for a hearing on the issue, but according to diocesan spokesperson Mark Dupont, the court has postponed the hearing until January 4th.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:19 PM

Howard case continued to January

MISSOURI
Boonville Daily News

By Drew Deubner
Boonville Daily News

Posted Dec 27, 2011

Boonville —

An arraignment for Gerald Howard, the Boonville priest suspected of sexually assaulting three men, has been continued to January 9, 2012.

Trials against Howard have been continued in the past, and at least 8 hearings have been continued in the past year. The Missouri grand jury indictment against Howard was filed in April of 2010.

Howard, formerly known as Carmine Sita, had previously worked as a priest in New Jersey, where he was charged with "an act of penetration with a male juvenile on diverse dates," according to the original Jersey City case.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

River Forest priest charged with criminal sexual abuse

RIVER FOREST (IL)
RiverForest.com

By Devin Rose
Staff Reporter

A 77-year-old River Forest priest was charged Friday with criminal sexual abuse after he fondled and attempted to kiss a man at Midway Airport earlier this month, according to Chicago Police News Affairs.

Bede R. Jagoe, of the 7200 block of West Division Street, turned himself in to Chicago Police on Friday, said News Affairs Officer Robert Perez.

Jagoe received the felony charge for an incident that allegedly occurred the morning of Dec. 11 in one of the airport's terminals, Perez said. The Chicago Tribune reported that Jagoe, who was assigned to the chapel at the airport, spoke to the man after services that day and tried to kiss him in an elevator. Surveillance cameras captured Jagoe moving toward the man.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:08 PM

La fin de l’Eglise?

FRANCE
Agora Vox

L'Eglise catholique est au coeur de la société occidentale depuis 2000 ans. Même si son influence décroit depuis le XIXème siécle, elle est restée à la source de notre culture. Pourtant la décennie 2010 risque de faire apparaitre que cette instituion, en apparence indestructible est très fragile. Son existence même est menacée. Et les conséquences sociales vont être importantes.

La crise des vocations, et les finances

Le premier problème de l'église catholique, c'est son manque de prêtres. Actuellement, la France compte 15 000 prêtres. Au rythme de mortalité actuel, 800 nous quittent chaque année, pour une centaine de nouveaux entrants. Soit une perte nette de 700 prêtres par an. A ce rythme, dans 21 ans, il n'y aura quasiment plus de prêtres ou presque. Si l'on regarde la pyramide des âges

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:29 PM

Pédophilie: l'Eglise "a franchi un très grand pas" en 2011 (G. Ringlet)

BELGIE
rtbf

Invité de Matin Première, le théologien et ancien vice-recteur de l'UCL Gabriel Ringlet porte un regard critique sur l'année 2011. Et retiendra notamment les mouvements d'indignation et de révolution qui ont secoué notre monde. Quant à l'Église, Gabriel Ringlet estime qu'elle a fait un très grand pas en accordant plus d'importance et d'attention aux victimes de prêtres pédophiles.

De cette année 2011, Gabriel Ringlet, ancien vice-recteur de l’UCL, retiendra particulièrement la vague de révoltes communément appelée "Mouvement des Indignés". Mais le théologien refuse de parler d’une protestation uniforme. "Vous avez une ligne commune : à travers tous les pays, des gens protestent en ne se sentant plus suffisamment reconnus par les pouvoirs intermédiaires. Mais c’est très diversifié." Et Gabriel Ringlet de citer notamment le cas de la Patagonie (où les Indignés protestent à cause des terres enlevées) ou celui de l’Espagne (où les revendications portent principalement sur l’emploi).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Sexual predators rely on us

WORCESTER (MA)
Telegram & Gazette

By Denise A. Hines

The events that continue to unfold at Penn State, Syracuse and elsewhere are shocking, most especially because so many turned a blind eye to the fact that grown men at highly esteemed institutions were molesting young boys. Unfortunately, to think that these situations are unique to high-profile institutions would be naïve. Such situations occur in colleges and universities, our K-12 school systems, our churches, our youth groups, our community centers, and our communities.

Predators rely on us being naïve. They rely on us being reticent to admitting that someone we trust to take care of our children is capable of this. They rely on their status — and the fact that people have a stake in maintaining their status — to keep doing what they are doing. They understand very well that to bring them down would cause turmoil in the community in which they are leaders and distress in those who trusted them deeply, and therefore, they know that their community has a stake in turning a blind eye.

Predators also know that people assume two things: that we can spot a sex offender and that sex offenders cannot control their impulses to rape and molest everyone they come across. Neither of these things is true.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:22 PM

More child sex charges for “pastor”

TEXAS
Statesman

By Patrick George | Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A “traveling pastor” who was charged with sexual crimes against children earlier this year has been charged again after another accuser came forward, according to court documents.

Francisco Antonio Hernandez, 53, was charged last week with indecency with a child by contact, a second-degree felony, according to an arrest affidavit filed with Travis County courts today. In October, Hernandez was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.

Police have said that Hernandez, also known as Pastor Javier, traveled to private homes in the Austin area to hold services for a nondenominational church that had no name. The church was led by Hernandez, with services six or seven nights a week that entailed reading from the Bible and singing, police have said. Hernandez led services as early as the early 1990s and as recently as August of this year, detectives said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:00 PM

Meeste klachten seksueel misbruik over Fraters van Tilburg

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

Auteur: Willem Jan Joachems

TILBURG - Bij de commissie Deetman die seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk onderzocht, is het meest geklaagd over de Fraters van Tilburg. Er kwamen in totaal 120 meldingen binnen over deze orde. Vooral internaten zoals Huize Nazareth in Tilburg, De Ruwenberg in Sint-Michielsgestel en De La Salle in Boxtel werden genoemd door slachtoffers. Dat blijkt uit het wetenschappelijke rapport van de commissie Deetman.

De commissie kwam ook een zestal strafzaken op het spoor van de Fraters van Tilburg. In het rapport worden ook minstens 25 Brabantse dorpen en steden genoemd met instellingen waar misbruik voorkwam. Plaatsen waar toezicht faalde en bestuurders ontoereikend handelden, volgens de commissie Deetman. Hieronder een overzicht van de meest opvallende zaken uit de rapportage:

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Aandacht voor seksueel misbruik in kerstnachtmis

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

LOSSER (RKnieuws.net) - De r.k.-kerk van Losser heeft op kerstavond, in de kerstnachtmis voor gezinnen en jongeren, aandacht gevraagd voor het seksueel misbruik dat in Nederland in het verleden heeft plaatsgevonden.

Een woordvoerder van de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie liet weten dat het tijd voor bezinning is met kerst en dat daarom in de kerkdiensten in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk niet expliciet aandacht wordt besteed aan het rapport Deetman over het seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:51 AM

Carlos Cruz considera una “burla” respuesta de la Iglesia por caso Karadima

CHILE
El Mostrador

El periodista Juan Carlos Cruz consideró como una “burla” la respuesta entregada por la Iglesia Católica a las denuncias por supuestas infracciones que habría cometido Fernando Karadima, quien tiene la orden del Vaticano de llevar una “vida de oración y penitencia”, luego que fuera declarado culpable de abuso sexual de menores.

Cruz envió el pasado 29 de noviembre un mail al obispo auxiliar de Santiago, Cristián Contreras, en el que le denunciaba que Karadima había sido visto en las Termas del Corazón, a 87 kilómetros del convento de las Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, en Providencia, donde está recluido, y que también había salido a comer con amigos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:13 AM

¿Pecar de Soberbia?

CHILE
Bio Bio

Martes 27 diciembre 2011 | 8:53

Publicado por Alberto Gonzalez | La Información es de Margarita Hantke

El viernes tuve que entrevistar en el noticiero de la tarde a una de las víctimas del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, Juan Carlos Cruz. Esto porque el Arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, le había dado unas declaraciones al diario La Segunda a propósito de rumores y denuncias del propio Cruz de que el cura – condenado a una vida de “oración y penitencia” – estaba saliendo del convento de las Siervas de Jesús y hasta se le había visto en las Termas del Corazón. Monseñor Ezzati dijo: “Por supuesto que puede salir. No está en la cárcel”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:08 AM

‘Kinderen uit tehuis misbruikt'

BELGIE
De Standaard

dinsdag 27 december 2011, 03u00

Auteur: Mark Eeckhaut

LOKER - Een aantal – ondertussen volwassen – kinderen uit huize ‘Godtschalck' getuigen in Humo hoe bisschop Vangheluwe andere kinderen zou misbruikt hebben.

Van onze redacteur

Het weekblad Humo pakt vandaag onder de titel ‘Duivel Vangheluwe. Misbruik in het Weeshuis' uit met het verhaal dat Roger Vangheluwe, de gevallen bisschop van Brugge, eind jaren '80-begin jaren '90 ook kinderen van de Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand misbruikt zou hebben. Het zou gaan om geplaatste kinderen uit huize Godtschalck in Loker, Heuvelland.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

A Message from Priests and from Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse by Clergy

MILWAUKEE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

[The full-page advertisement that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Dec. 27, 2011.]

Some of us are priests of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and some of us are survivors of childhood rape and sexual assault by priests.

In the wake of the bankruptcy filing by the archdiocese this year, we have joined together in an ongoing dialogue about the clergy sex abuse crisis and what we can do about it.

The sexual abuse of a minor by a priest is a crime and a sin. If you were sexually violated by a member of the clergy it was not your fault. We want you to know that:

• If you suffered this violation you are not alone.
• There are many survivors who have come forward and are
receiving the care and assistance that they need.
• There are many resources in our community that are available
to assist you.
• To be believed you must be heard. No one else will know
unless you tell them.
• We stand by you and support you.

EACH OF US BELIEVES that at the center of the human heart is an absolute longing for justice. We are committed to creating a true and lasting community of justice.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:54 AM

Diocese to make case against protesters

HOLYOKE (MA)
WWLP

Published : Tuesday, 27 Dec 2011

Matt Caron

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - Since June, protesters have been holding vigil inside the closed Mater Dolorosa church in Holyoke. On Wednesday, the Diocese heads to court again to try and get them out.

The protesters say their just holding a peaceful vigil. The diocese says they have no right to be there.

Spokesman for the Springfield Diocese Mark Dupont told 22News the parish was about $750,000 in debt, attendance was down about 20% and a report showed structural concerns about the church's steeple.

According to Victor Anop, a spokesman for the protesting parishioners, a judge ruled the steeple was not an immanent danger and that they were blindsided by the closing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

A Real Faith Economy

UNITED STATES
Healing and Spirituality

Dr. Jaime Romo

A recent article from Common Dreams, “The Book of Jobs: A Banking System is Supposed to Serve Society, Not the Other Way Around,” analyzes our current national banking fiasco. It also seems to describe the institutional handling of clergy sexual abuse. ‘The diagnosis of our condition and the prescription that followed from it were incorrect. First, it was wrong to think that the bankers (read, church leaders) would mend their ways—that they would start to lend (read, support survivors), if only they were treated nicely enough… In the end, bank managers (read, church administrators) looked out for themselves and did what they are accustomed to doing.’

This banking example relates to religious authority sexual abuse in two ways: institutional response and responses by everyday people.

An example of institutional responses can be seen by the Santa Barbara Mission Franciscan community, that has been exposed of many cases of religious authority sexual abuse and cover up, settled out of court with abuse survivors, and now has reversed its apparent stance of remorse and support of abuse survivors by asking SAFENet to leave the property.

SAFENet (see mission statement) was founded in 2003 by two survivors of Franciscan priests sexual abuse. They did what many survivors would not do: stayed in contact with the Order to be partners in providing healing resources and reconciliation. They demonstrated extraordinary courage and compassion by leading and participating in dialogues with survivors and supporters, even participating in reconciliation dialogues in northern California.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

"Roger Vangheluwe maakte ook slachtoffers in tehuis"

BELGIE
HLN

Roger Vangheluwe heeft ook kinderen uit tehuis 'Huize Godtschalck' in de Westhoek misbruikt toen hij bisschop van Brugge was. Dat tehuis bevond zich in Loker, een deelgemeente van Heuvelland. In de bisschoppelijke residentie in Brugge liet Vangheluwe bovendien kinderen uit de instelling overnachten. Dat schrijft het weekblad Humo in de editie die morgen verschijnt.

De bisschop bracht de kinderen in het tehuis geregeld een bezoekje, samen met zuster Astère, een van zijn huishoudsters die in de instelling gewerkt had. Zuster Astère weigert te reageren op de beschuldigingen, Roger Vangheluwe antwoordde dan weer niet op een e-mail met een verzoek om toelichting.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 AM

Nieuwe aantijgingen tegen Roger Vangheluwe: "Klopt niets van"

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

“Er klopt niets van.” Met die zin weerlegt Guy Rabaut, voorzitter van Huize Godtschalck in Loker (Heuvelland), nieuwe getuigenissen in Humo van seksueel misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe.

Begin jaren negentig kwam hij er vaak, de voormalige bisschop van Brugge. In Huize Godtschalck, een opvangtehuis waar (probleem)jongeren werden heropgevoed, was hij graag gezien. Samen met zijn huishoudster Astère, die zelf lang in de instelling had gewerkt. Het weekblad Humo zou met een aantal exmedewerkers hebben gesproken. De kinderen in de instelling gingen geregeld op vakantie in het bisdom bij Vangheluwe en de zuster.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:00 AM

Ezzati aclara que salidas de Karadima fueron al tribunal y para ir al dentista

CHILE
La Tercera

El Arzobispo de Santiago Ricardo Ezzati aclaró el contexto de las salidas del sacerdote Fernando Karadima, al decir que "salió cuatro veces durante un año: una vez llamado por la ministra en visita para dar sus declaraciones y tres veces para ir al dentista".

Ezzati precisó que "el testimonio que yo tengo de las hermanas que lo cuidan, es que nunca ha salido más de dos horas y media".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Ezzati y visita a Karadima: “Seguí el ejemplo de Jesús”

CHILE
Radio UChile

El arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, justificó la visita que realizó durante la mañana del sábado al ex párroco de la iglesia El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, condenado por el Vaticano por abusos sexuales contra menores y de poder.

La máxima autoridad eclesiástica afirmó que su deber es “estar cerca de los que sufren”. “Es justamente actuar como Jesús, tendiendo la mano al que más necesita”, dijo y agregó que “he acompañado a mucha gente y algunos no les gustó, bueno no les gustó pero eso no me va impedir a seguir estando cerca de los que sufren, y a los que buscan esperanza”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Editorial: Protecting children is everyone's job

WISCONSIN
Sheboygan Press

The executive order that Gov. Scott Walker signed last week requiring all University of Wisconsin System employees to report any suspicions of child abuse and neglect was the right move.

It was also one that should not have been necessary. Protecting children from sexual or other forms of abuse should be a matter of everyone's responsibility, whether or not a specific law exists to require reporting.

But since the state already requires health practitioners, schoolteachers, counselors and child-care providers to report instances of suspected abuse, extending the requirement to UW employees was a logical step. Now all UW System professors, administrators, coaches and school staff, will fall under the same requirement to report suspected abuse. The order also applies to people who are involved in summer camps or other programs in which children are involved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

More lawsuits filed against priests with Kansas City ties

MISSOURI
The Kansas City Star

By JUDY L. THOMAS The Kansas City Star

Lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by three current or former Kansas City priests have been filed in recent weeks, bringing the number of cases filed this year to two dozen.

The defendants — the Rev. Michael Tierney, retired Monsignor Thomas J. O’Brien and retired Bishop Joseph Hart — all are the subjects of multiple lawsuits. A lawsuit filed last month by a 53-year-old Missouri man under the name John Doe 101 accuses Tierney of sexually abusing him when he served as an altar boy at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church.

According to the lawsuit, filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, Tierney fondled the boy numerous times in the sacristy while preparing for Mass. At least one time, the lawsuit alleges, Tierney took the plaintiff and another boy to Lake Viking near Cameron, Mo. The lawsuit says that Tierney and O’Brien provided alcohol to a group of boys at the lake house and that some boys became “inebriated or high to the point of insensibility.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:45 AM

December 26, 2011

First time alliance of Catholic pastors and victims...

MILWAUKEE (WI)
SNAP Wisconsin

[the advertisement]

First time alliance of Catholic pastors and victims of childhood sexual violence by clergy make historic public appeal

Joint message to appear in a full page advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday December 27th, 2011

As Archdiocesan bankruptcy deadline looms, group wants survivors to come forward to court by Feb 1st bar date

Group also urging full accounting of child sex crimes in archdiocese, including release of all abuse related documents

Effort part of year-long dialogue between local survivors and priests, anticipated to grow in the coming year

WHAT
For the first time in the Catholic clergy sexual abuse crisis, a group of priests and clergy sexual assault survivors will jointly publish a statement calling on victim/survivors to come forward and urge public accountability and transparency from church officials. The group, which has been meeting for nearly a year, is specifically hoping that their appeal will bring forward survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the Milwaukee archdiocese to file claims for restitution in federal bankruptcy court before the February 1, 2012 deadline. The statement will appear in a full page Ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday, December 27th.

The group, which was brought together by the current vice chancellor of the Milwaukee archdiocese and the long time Midwest Director of the nation’s largest self-help organization of clergy sexual abuse survivors, or SNAP (Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests), will discuss the process of dialogue which led to the Ad, and the growing interest from priests and survivors in the archdiocese who wish to join together over the next year to develop a common agenda for healing and reform.

WHEN
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011. 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
Plymouth Church, 2717 E. Hampshire Street, Milwaukee, WI, Enter on side entrance facing Hampshire Street.

WHO
Several Catholic pastors of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and survivors of clergy sexual assault including Fr. Jim Connell, Vice-Chancellor of the Milwaukee archdiocese, and Peter Isely, SNAP Midwest Director. SNAP Wisconsin leaders will also be present including the mother of a survivor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:14 PM

Rome feels Kenny's wrath

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

No taoiseach had ever spoken about the Catholic Church in such terms

IT WAS yet another annus horribilis for the Catholic Church in Ireland, a condition now so regular it could be described as a new norm where that institution on this island is concerned. But 2011 also witnessed an unprecedented low in relations between Ireland and the Vatican state.

November 3rd was a watershed moment. Some would contend it was the lowest point ever reached in Catholic Ireland’s long relationship with Rome because, that evening, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced “with the greatest regret and reluctance” that the Government had decided to close Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See.

“While the Embassy to the Holy See is one of Ireland’s oldest missions, it yields no economic return,” Gilmore said, adding, “The Government believes that Ireland’s interests with the Holy See can be sufficiently represented by a non-resident Ambassador.” It was later announced that the secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs, David Cooney, would be appointed to this position.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:10 PM

Parket Brugge kreeg geen bijkomende getuigenissen tegen Vangheluwe

BELGIE
Knack

(Belga) Het parket van Brugge heeft geen weet van klachten rond misbruik door Roger Vangheluwe in Huize Godtschalck in Loker. In de eerste helft van dit jaar had een leek die op het bisdom werkt wel haar ongerustheid geuit. "Ze had het over een kind dat regelmatig mee mocht naar de privévertrekken van Vangheluwe (toen die nog bisschop van Brugge was, nvdr.). Maar we hebben het vermeende slachtoffer opgezocht en die vertelde ons dat er nooit iets was gebeurd", aldus het parket van Brugge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 PM

Misbruikte Vangheluwe ook probleemkinderen uit weeshuis?

BELGIE
hbvl

Roger Vangheluwe heeft, toen hij bisschop van Brugge was, naast zijn neefje ook kinderen uit 'Huize Godtschalck' in Loker, een deelgemeente van Heuvelland, in de Westhoek, misbruikt. Dat schrijft het weekblad Humo.

Toen Vangheluwe in 1985 tot bisschop gewijd werd, kreeg hij twee zusters toegewezen die hem zouden helpen met het huishouden. Zuster Astère en zuster Annemie trokken daarop in bij de bisschop in de Brugse Heilige Geeststraat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 PM

Old abuse claims face unsure path in Tenn. courts

TENNESSEE
Knoxnews

NASHVILLE — Experts in Tennessee law say it's not clear whether allegations of sexual abuse against the former president of the Amateur Athletic Union have come too late for the accusers to seek relief in either the civil or criminal courts.

Steve Farese, the attorney for former AAU president Bobby Dodd, has told The Associated Press that Dodd is innocent and that there is nothing to the claims by two men who told ESPN that Dodd abused them during the 1980s while they played on his youth basketball teams.

The results of a Memphis Police investigation will determine whether the statute of limitations has expired on possible criminal charges.

"The statute of limitation has changed probably six times in the last 30 years or so, so everything is very fact specific and time specific," said Brian Holmgren, an assistant district attorney in Nashville who prosecutes child abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:15 PM

Child abuse

UNITED STATES
Columbia Daily Tribune

By Henry J. Waters III

Monday, December 26, 2011

We ran a story yesterday from the Philadelphia Inquirer about the spate of child sex-abuse revelations in that state. The highest-profile scandal involved officials at Penn State University, but since then a number of unrelated victims have told stories about their own sad experiences.

Widespread sexual abuse by priests led to the formation of SNAP — Survivor’s Network of Those Abused by Priests. Executive Director David Clohessy said, “The real enemy in the child safety struggle is ‘surely.’ Surely, after all those lawsuits, surely after all those priests were ousted,” no day care center or athletic program, school or church or scouting group would continue to ignore or hide abuse.

More reports of abuse surely are not enough to fully report the situation. Child sex abuse is by nature a secretive business, fomented by the abusers and kept quiet by youthful victims at a loss what to do. The very idea of telling parents or other mentors is frightening and degrading. Youngsters want to please abusing adults, who usually occupy positions of trust and regard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:09 PM

Stories on repressed memory in the media since 2009, 2010

UNITED STATES
Memoir of a Redemptive Life

I have been doing research in the past three days on current stories of repressed memory, the court system and the media. I found two stories on the Priest Paul Shanley. In 2005 he was convicted of raping a 6 year old boy when he was a Priest in Boston. He petitioned to have his conviction overturned on the basis that the boy he raped had recovered his memory when he was 32 years old. His attorney argued what the FMSwordF's agenda that there is no such thing as repressed memory. That there is no way a child can "forget" a traumatic memory. The attorney had a lot of evidence. IMO that came from proponents of the FMSwordF.

Thankfully in 2010 the judge ruled that in 2005 allowing repressed memory into the trial was correct. I have highlighted what the judge said in red below. I think this is a victory for survivors of child sexual abuse, and other severe traumas. It sickens me that there are people who support a pedophile and will go to court and testify for him. Not to mention an attorney who will represent a pedophile. I honestly don't know how they sleep at night. I am sure Paul Shanley's victims sleep a lot better knowing he will never be out of jail alive. I think it is completely disgusting of Paul Shanley to think he should get away with his life as a pedophile with the support of FMSwordF proponents. How arrogant to think he would get a new trial on this evidence.

I appreciate the judge's willingness to do his research and follow the law. I don't think the judge had an agenda which is something that I suspect proponents of FMSwordF's agenda have claimed. You can read comments by the attorney of Paul Shanley in the articles below. In all of my research which will be posted to the blog in the next couple of days I have found several stories that support that repressed memory is real and that the FMSwordF has an agenda that they continue to push. They continue to push their agenda even though they know there is evidence to the contrary. It is one thing to do your research and talk about the truth there is another thing to "ignore" evidence because it doesn't fit your agenda.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:33 PM

Deetman Commission Report

NETHERLANDS
Deetman Commission via BishopAccountability.org

[excerpt]

3. Nature and scale of sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church in the Netherlands

What was the nature and the scale of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in the period from 1945 to 2010? What forms did the abuse take? How often did sexual abuse occur and where? How many minors were victims?

The Commission of Inquiry received around 2,000 reports and notifications between March and December 2010, of which 1,795 related to sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church. They included reports made directly to the Commission and reports that were passed on to it by Help & Justice (with the permission of the notifier), the media and the Samson Commission. However, this is not a sufficient number to draw any conclusions about the scale and nature of the sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church, since the figures could be distorted as a result of over- or under-reporting.

The Commission of Inquiry therefore had to find other ways of giving a scientifically sound estimate of the scale and nature of the sexual abuse. It therefore prepared a questionnaire and sent it to a selection of the notifiers and a sample population of 34,234 Dutch nationals aged 40 or older. It also consulted information from Kaski, a centre of expertise on religion and society at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute.

The Commission of Inquiry has exercised a certain caution in interpreting the data from the survey, which was conducted by TNS NIPO, because it covers a period stretching back 65 years, the memory is fallible and views differ about what constitutes sexual abuse.

Sexual abuse of minors in the Netherlands

According to the survey, one in ten Dutch persons have been subjected against their will to sexual advances from an adult who is not a member of their family before they were 18 (9.7% of the sample of 34,234 Dutch nationals aged 40 years and older). The perpetrator’s background was not further specified. The number of Dutch people in the survey that were raised as Roman Catholic is slightly higher than those who were not raised as Roman Catholic. Numerous other factors (such as socioeconomic status and cultural differences) could also have played a role. This survey covered sexual abuse in the widest sense of the term: forms of inappropriate behaviour towards minors of every degree of seriousness.

Sexual abuse of minors in institutions

The Commission of Inquiry investigated how great the risk of unwanted sexual contact with children was in institutions (boarding schools, private schools, seminaries, children’s homes). It emerged that the risk was twice as high as the national average, but with no significant difference between Roman Catholic and non-Roman Catholic institutions.

Children in residential institutions of education were vulnerable because there was greater opportunity for (unnoticed) inappropriate behaviour on a daily basis and no parents were present. Parents were also often not sufficiently aware of the situation in the institution where their child was staying. If their child told them that they had been sexually abused, it was sometimes difficult for parents to weigh that information and they often gave the benefit of the doubt to the adults to whom they had entrusted the raising and education of their child and whose authority they did not wish to undermine. Parents knew far more about what their children at day schools were experiencing since they saw their children every day. Consequently, complaints by parents to superiors or school directors prompted a reaction far more quickly.

Sexual abuse of minors by perpetrators working in the Roman Catholic Church

The study focused on perpetrators working in the Roman Catholic Church. Of the Dutch nationals aged 40 years or older, between one in a 100 (0.9%) and one in 300 (0.3%) have experienced unwanted sexual advances before the age of 18 from a perpetrator working in the Roman Catholic Church.

An educated estimate of the scale of sexual abuse of minors by perpetrators working in the
Roman Catholic Church

The number of victims that grew up as Roman Catholic, spent part of their youth in a Roman Catholic institution and reported being sexually abused by an offender working in the Roman Catholic Church before the age of 18 during the period between 1945 and 1981 is approximately 10,000 to 20,000. Their experiences ranged from very mild to severe.

The total number of persons that have reported sexual abuse by perpetrators working in the Roman Catholic Church in the period 1945 to 1981 comes to several tens of thousands. It can be assumed that several thousands of these victims suffered serious abuse.
Number of perpetrators within the Roman Catholic Church.

The Commission of Inquiry received 1,795 reports of sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church. These reports contain information about possible perpetrators. At the beginning of 2011 the Commission of Inquiry drew up a list of them. Inquiries made with dioceses, orders and congregations revealed that a number of perpetrators mentioned by name by the notifiers were not known to the relevant dioceses, orders or congregations. In a number of cases, it was also found that two or more of the names mentioned actually referred to one and the same person, usually because names, particularly religious given names, had been misspelled or corrupted. Information was received from every diocese and from 65 orders and congregations, including 18 congregations of female religious. Two congregations of sisters said that the names supplied (there were three names) provided too little to go on to answer the accompanying questions. No response was received from one congregation of sisters, which was asked about one name.

A total of roughly 800 names of perpetrators mentioned in the reports could be traced to individuals who work or worked in dioceses, orders and congregations. At least 105 of those 800 persons are known to be still living. It is not known how many of these individuals are still in their jobs. The relevant bishops and superiors have been informed of this finding by the Commission of Inquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:56 AM

Deetman Commission Report

NETHERLANDS
Deetman Commission Report via BishopAccountability.org

[excerpt]

Within the Roman Catholic Church, attention initially focussed on sexual abuse within relationships of dependency. Bishops who were confronted with sexual violence in domestic situations, and particularly incest, in the course of their pastoral work drew attention to these problems. In the early 1990s instructions were drawn up for providing pastoral care in these situations.

In 1995 the Roman Catholic Church established Help & Justice and drew up a procedure laying down how this organisation should handle complaints of sexual abuse. There was also discussion of how to deal with the 'problem of the priests who do not request or want a dispensation even though they are known to be homosexuals or paedophiles’. It emerged that Rome had issued an instruction that allowed for 'ex officio laicisation' (removal from office as a priest) in such cases. The consequences under criminal law were reviewed. For example, in 1998 a memorandum was drafted addressing the question of whether the Church was obliged to make a complaint [to the police] about sexual abuse by a priest or a
brother, even if it was not rape.

In 2001 the Vatican acknowledged the existence of sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church for the first time. During the World Youth Days in July 2002, Pope John Paul II called on the young faithful not to be deterred by the faults of some
within the Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 AM

Deetman Commission Report

NETHERLANDS
Deetman Commission via BishopAccountability.org

[excerpt]

2. The historic context

This study covers a period of 65 years starting in 1945. The decade immediately after the end of the Second World War was a period of social, cultural, economic and political change in Western Europe, during which a process of internationalisation also occurred.

For a long time the Roman Catholic Church had played a prominent role in the daily lives of many Dutch people. Although Catholics formed a minority in the Netherlands, in the first half of the twentieth century there was an extensive Catholic education system, Catholics had their own media, there was a Roman Catholic political party and a strong trade union federation founded on Roman Catholic principles.

According to the census in 1947, there were 3.7 million Catholics in the Netherlands in a total population of 9.6 million (38.4%). In 1967 there were 13,500 priests (4,000 secular in seven dioceses and 9,400 regular in 34 orders and congregations) and 40,000 brothers and sisters in 111 orders and congregations in the Netherlands.

Emancipation and concern for moral decline in the 1950s and 1960s In the pre-war years there was great concern in Dutch society and in the Roman Catholic Church about moral decline, particularly among young people. There also seemed to be legitimate cause for that concern. Up until the 1950s there was a steady increase in the number of sexual offences, in particular indecent acts with minors and sexual abuse in relations of dependency. The proportion of cases involving Catholics was always above average.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 AM

Woman says sex charges against priests stir up emotions

CANADA
The Western Star

Published on December 26, 2011

ROBINSONS Shock, horror and disbelief are some of the feelings stirred up when charges are laid against another Roman Catholic priest.

However, Elaine Wells of Robinsons, who grew up in the parish where Rev. George Smith once served as a priest at St. Columcille Parish in St. Fintan’s, said she was not surprised when the allegations were brought forward in 2010, and she was relieved someone was brave enough to come forward.

Recently, as a result of a 16-month investigation, the RCMP laid 38 charges against Smith in relation to numerous incidents that were alleged to have occurred between 1969 and 1989.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Molestia genera visita de arzobispo Ezzati a Karadima pese a justificaciones

CHILE
Radio UChile

Eduardo Orellana

Polémica causó la discreta visita que el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, realizó este fin de semana al ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque Fernando Karadima, quien cumple una penitencia por abusos sexuales cometidos contra miembros de su congregación. Mientras las víctimas de Karadima criticaron a Ezzati, éste se justificó afirmando que actuó como buen cristiano.

Poco más de diez minutos estuvo el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, en el convento de las Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, en la comuna de Providencia, para reunirse con el cuestionado sacerdote Fernando Karadima, tiempo suficiente para que su visita generara airadas reacciones en quienes fueron víctimas del ex párroco de la iglesia de El Bosque y cuestionaran su actuar en el marco de la impunidad que la justicia civil consagró respecto a sus crímenes, basándose fundamentalmente en consideraciones técnicas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:37 AM

Special Segment: When Called to Resign

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

[with video]

Alan Krashesky

December 25, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago Archbishop Francis Cardinal George turns 75 in January, and under Catholic Church law, he then has to offer to step down.

ABC7's Alan Krashesky spoke with the cardinal on ABC7's NewsViews and has more about what this means.

It does not mean that he wants to quit, but nonetheless, on his birthday, January 16th, Francis Cardinal George will send a letter to Pope Benedict offering the pope his resignation as Chicago's archbishop. All bishops are required to do that when they turn 75.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:28 AM

Gestaffelte Entschädigung für sexuellen Missbrauch

NIEDERLANDE
T.O.P.-Medien (Deutschland)

Opfer des sexuellen Missbrauchs innerhalb der Römisch-Katholischen Kirche in den Niederlanden erhalten Entschädigung ab 5000 Euro. In Sonderfällen kann der Betrag bis zu 100.000 Euro ansteigen. Dies geht aus einer Entschädigungsregelung hervor, die die Kommission, die auf Bitten der Römisch-Katholischen Kirche unter dem Rotterdamer Privatrechtler Prof. Siewert Lindenbergh in den Niederlanden gebildet wurden war, vorgeschlagen hat. Diese Nachricht stammt bereits aus dem Juni 2011, steht aber wohl schon im Zusammenhang mit dem offiziellen Bericht, den die Deetman-Kommission vor wenigen Tagen vorgelegt hat. Wie viele aber in den Genuss einer Entschädigung kommen werden, ist offen, denn es ist damit zu rechnen, daß nicht nur die Höhe der Entschädigung, sondern die Gewährung einer Entschädigung gewissen Kriterien unterworfen werden, die den Kreis derjenigen, die eine Entschädigung erhalten, erheblich einschränken werden.

Vorgeschlagen sind:

5.000 Euro für Verletzungen der sexuellen Selbstbestimmung durch Worte und Handlungen.
7.500 Euro für Berührungen des Intimbereichs (Genitalien, Anus und Brust).
10-20000 Euro für Berührungen des Intimbereichs (Genitalien, Anus und Brust) über einen längeren Zeitraum.
25.000 Euro für einmalige oder wiederholte Vergewaltigung.
100.000 Euro in Ausnahmefällen, wie z.B. Vergewaltigung oder schweren Missbrauch mit dauerhafter Schädigung oder in leichteren Fällen, wo nachweislich ein beträchtlicher finanziellen Schaden als Folge entstanden ist.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:24 AM

Roger Vangheluwe en de kinderen van de Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand

BELGIE
Humo

In de jaren dat de Brugse bisschop Roger Vangheluwe zijn neefje seksueel misbruikte, ontving hij ook kinderen van de Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand op het bisdom – sommigen brachten er zelfs de nacht door.

Wie leven en werk van Roger Vangheluwe enigszins wil vatten, kan niet om de figuur van zuster Astère heen. Zuster Astère was vijfentwintig jaar lang de rechterhand van de bisschop van Brugge: ze was een uitzonderlijk goede kokkin, waste en plaste met haar hele ziel en zaligheid en sloofde zich voor hem uit. En: ze was zijn ultieme vertrouwenspersoon. Zuster Astère pakte de koffer van de bisschop toen hij, in het voorjaar van 2010, werd gedwongen uit zijn ambt te treden. Ze zwaaide hem uit met tranen in de ogen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:21 AM

Roger Vangheluwe ontving ook kinderen van Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand

BELGIE
De Standaard

De Brugse bisschop Roger verleende ook onderdak aan kinderen van de Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand in de jaren dat hij zijn neef seksueel misbruikte. Sommigen brachten zelfs de nacht door op het bisdom. Dat schrijft Humo.

De spilfiguur in de zaak was zuster Astère. Zij was jarenlang de vertrouwenspersoon van Vangheluwe en zestien jaar opvoedster in Huize Godtschalck in Heuvelland, oorspronkelijk een tehuis voor weeskinderen uit de streek. Maar almaar meer kwamen er ook kinderen terecht die zich in probleemsituaties bevonden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Roger Vangheluwe ontving probleemkinderen op bisdom

BELGIE
Gazet van Antwerpen

Roger Vangheluwe, de voormalige bisschop van Brugge, heeft onderdak verleend aan kinderen van de Bijzondere Jeugdbijstand. Sommige kinderen bleven zelfs slapen op het bisdom. Dat gebeurde in de periode dat Vangheluwe zijn neef seksueel misbruikte, aldus Humo.

Toen Vangheluwe in 1985 tot bisschop gewijd werd, kreeg hij twee zusters toegewezen die hem zouden helpen met het huishouden. Zuster Astère en zuster Annemie trokken daarop in bij de bisschop in de Brugse Heilige Geeststraat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:15 AM

December 25, 2011

Midway Priest Charged With Sexual Abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
NBC Chicago

A 77-year-old priest assigned to the chapel at Chicago's Midway Airport has been charged with sexual abuse after he allegedly made an advance toward a man who attended services before a flight, authorities said.

Cook County prosecutors said Father Bede R. Jagoe spoke to the 58-year-old man after services on Dec. 11, attempted to kiss him and grab him in an elevator.

Surveillance cameras captured Jagoe moving toward the man, prosecutors said.

The man reported the incident to Chicago police after returning home to Kansas.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:45 PM

Midway Airport priest charged with sexual abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
WLS

December 24, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- A 77-year-old priest who is assigned to the chapel at Midway Airport was charged with sexual abuse Saturday.

Father Bede Jagoe allegedly told a man he was attracted to him, then reportedly tried to kiss him and grab his crotch.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Waarom is het eindrapport van commissie Deetman over het misbruik binnen de RK kerk, uitgegeven in boekvorm?

NEDERLAND
Goeie Vraag

Het is op deze manier toegankelijk voor iedereen, maar ook weer niet omdat het boek € 20,- kost.

Gebeurt het vaker dat een dergelijk rapport van een onderzoek commercieel geëxploiteerd wordt?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Rapport-Deetman niet centraal tijdens kerst

NEDERLAND
Elsevier

[Complete Deetman Report
Seksueel Misbruik van Minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk via BishopAccountability.org]

zondag 25 december 2011 09:06

UTRECHT (ANP) - Het is tijd voor bezinning tijdens kerst. Daarom wordt tijdens kerstdiensten in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk waarschijnlijk niet expliciet aandacht besteed aan het rapport-Deetman over seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen.

Dat zei een woordvoerder van de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie, waarin de bisschoppen zijn verenigd. ,,Ik sluit niet uit dat een enkeling de kwestie aanhaalt, maar er is niets over afgesproken, omdat het nu tijd is om stil te staan bij de betekenis van kerst.''

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Rk-Losser vraagt aandacht voor seksueel misbruik in de kerstmis

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

LOSSER - De r.k.-kerk van Losser heeft op kerstavond, in de kerstnachtmis voor gezinnen en jongeren, aandacht gevraagd voor het seksueel misbruik dat in Nederland in het verleden heeft plaatsgevonden.

Een woordvoerder van de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie, waarin de bisschoppen zijn verenigd liet weten dat het tijd voor bezinning is met kerst en dat daarom in de kerkdiensten in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk niet expliciet aandacht wordt besteed aan het rapport Deetman over het seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen. „Ik sluit niet uit dat een enkeling de kwestie aanhaalt, maar er is niets over afgesproken, omdat het nu tijd is om stil te staan bij de betekenis", aldus de worodvoorder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Helft katholieken denkt dat misbruik nog voorkomt

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) - Meer dan de helft van de katholieken denkt dat er nog steeds seksueel misbruik voorkomt in de Nederlandse rooms-katholieke kerk. Het overgrote deel gelooft wel dat dat nu in mindere mate gebeurt. Dat blijkt zaterdag uit een peiling van Maurice de Hond.

Van alle Nederlanders denkt acht op de tien mensen dat er nog altijd kinderen worden misbruikt. Volgens dertien procent van de ondervraagden gebeurt dat in dezelfde mate als in de vorige eeuw. Van de katholieken gelooft vijf procent daar in.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:19 AM

Peiling: 'Nog steeds misbruik binnen RK-Kerk’

NEDERLAND
Metro

DEN HAAG (ANP) - Vier op de vijf Nederlanders gelooft dat er nog steeds seksueel misbruik voorkomt binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Dat blijkt uit een peiling naar aanleiding van de bevindingen van de commissie-Deetman. Maurice de Hond heeft de peiling zaterdag gepubliceerd op www.peil.nl.

Van de katholieke ondervraagden gelooft slechts de helft dat er nog steeds misbruik voorkomt binnen de kerk. Van de katholieken verbaast ook 38 procent zich over de omvang van het seksueel misbruik die de commissie-Deetman naar buiten heeft gebracht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

’God is duizenden keren betast en verkracht’

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

TILBURG (RKnieuws.net) - Iedereen die de laatste jaren als rooms-katholiek naar buiten trad of die door anderen als katholiek werd aangesproken, zal wel eens bevangen zijn door diepe schaamte. Dat geldt in ieder geval voor mij. Het is sinds vrijdag niet minder geworden.

Wie zou zich niet schamen voor een kerk waarin kinderen worden misbruikt en die met de ontdekking hiervan zo stuntelig omgaat, zo incompetent? Een kerk die stelselmatig geprobeerd heeft melders van misbruik weg te zetten als mensen die eropuit zijn de kerk in diskrediet te brengen - alsof motieven van belang zouden zijn als het gaat om werkelijke misstanden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:07 AM

Penn State sex abuse case gives courage to victims across

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Detroit Free Press

By Melissa Dribben
Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA -- Since the child sex abuse scandal broke at Penn State University in November, victims of sexual abuse -- many of whom had remained silent about their suffering for years -- have been speaking up across the country, seeking counseling, calling hot lines and contacting attorneys.

An unprecedented increase in reports of abuse seems to have been inspired by the fall from grace of the university's revered football coach, Joe Paterno, and the school's president, Graham Spanier.

"If the powerful come down, the powerless really do feel they have a shot," said Marci A. Hamilton, a lawyer from Bucks County, Pa., and author of "Justice Denied: What America Must Do to Protect Its Children."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:04 AM

Priest assigned to Midway Airport charged with sexual abuse.

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Sun-Times

A Dominican priest has been charged with criminal sexual abuse for allegedly trying to kiss and fondle a man at Midway Airport.

Bede R. Jagoe, 77, attacked the 58-year-old victim on Dec. 11, police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:28 AM

Speculating on pedophilia benefits no one

ITALY
Vatican Insider

The comment of the Prior of Bose Comunity

Enzo Bianchi
Turin

Periodically the tragic plight of child abuse the spotlight, almost always tied to people’s behavior - returns to priests, religious, teachers with responsibilities inside the Catholic Church. This despite figures that confirm each time that the percentage of such crimes committed inside Catholic institutions does not differ from those for any type of institution that takes care of children, especially if it foresees educators and children living together on a daily basis. This disease generally spreads in society regardless of whether or not in a particular country there is aprevalence of Catholic culture, traditions andinstitutions.

This now morbid attention to the misdeeds of many Catholic educators, leaves a deep sadness when one realizes that the media prefers scandals and ignores or plays down facts or initiatives that attempt to remedy and heal this horrible scourge. Almost never, for example, are there questions about what institutions other than the CatholicChurch did - or did not do – to adequately compensate victims not only economically, to prevent such acts from recurring, to analyze in a documented way and interpret the phenomenon, to take care of the guilty as well, who often are victims themselves of similar abuse during their childhood. Sometimes the issues of «pedophile scandal» are coupled with problems of a more or less questionable nature: from the meaning of ecclesiastical celibacy to the influence of the Council on the Catholic Church. And this often with preconceived thesis that use the figures only if and when they confirm the pinion that hasalready been made ​​of the situation or image to be conveyed of a specific ecclesial reality.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:24 AM

Canterbury, abuse investigation

UNITED KINGDOM
Vatican Insider

Giacomo Galeazzi
Rome

The Archbishop of Canterbury has placed under investigation a diocese where Anglican priests were allowed to continue to work despite having been accused of pedophilia. The decision to investigate the diocese of Chichester made byRowan Williams, spiritual leader of the Church of England, marks the first time since theeighties that the Archbishop of Canterburyorders an apostolic inspection of a diocese.

The pedophilia scandal caused an earthquake in the Catholic Church, particularly in Anglo-Saxon countries, but it had never before appeared so conspicuously in the Protestant world.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:18 AM

Sólo 15 minutos duró el encuentro entre Monseñor Ezzati con Fernando Karadima

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El arzobispo de Santiago, monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, se reunió este sábado por sólo 15 minutos con el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, un día después de justificar su salida del convento Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad en Providencia.

Ezzati, quien no realizó comentarios tras el encuentro, había dicho ayer que Karadima "por supuesto que puede salir. No está en la cárcel", después de conocer las denuncias realizadas por las víctimas del sacerdote, quienes manifestaron su rechazo ante esta situación.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:13 AM

Pope calls for humility beyond Christmas 'glitter'

VATICAN CITY
Focus

25 December 2011 | 01:11 | FOCUS News Agency

Vatican City. The German pope also called for a strengthening of faith over liberal reason, drawing an analogy with the small doorway of the Church of the Nativity in Bethleheme intended to defend the church from raiders on horseback, AFP informs.

"It seems to me that a deeper truth is revealed here, which should touch our hearts on this holy night: if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our 'englihtened' reason.

"We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevent us from recognising God's closeness," he said. ...

The Catholic Church has also this year again been rocked by revelations about sexual abuse by priests and cover-ups by bishops stretching back decades including in Ireland, the Netherlands and the Unites States.

The Vatican has urged all bishops' conferences around world to come up with guidelines on how to deal with abuses by spring of next year.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:09 AM

Priest at Midway chapel accused of sex abuse

CHICAGO (IL)
Chicago Tribune

By Andy Grimm
Tribune reporter

A 77-year-old priest assigned to the chapel at Midway Airport was charged Saturday with sexual abuse after he allegedly tried to grab the crotch of a man who had attended services before boarding a flight to Kansas.

Father Bede R. Jagoe allegedly spoke to the 54-year-old victim after services on Dec. 11, Cook County prosecutors said.

As they boarded an elevator in the C Concourse, Jagoe allegedly told the man he was attracted to him and tried to kiss him on the mouth, then “grabbed (the victim’s) testicles,” prosecutors said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:05 AM

December 24, 2011

Cloyne Report - Final Chapter

IRELAND
Department of Justice and Equality

[excerpt]

Advisory committee

9.15 An advisory committee meeting was convened in July 1995. This was the first such committee in the diocese. It seems that the committee was formed in anticipation of the implementation of the Framework Document.

(The Framework Document was published in early 1996 but Bishop Magee and Monsignor O’Callaghan were involved in discussions about it during 1995.) The members seem to have been chosen by Monsignor O’Callaghan. According to the diocesan records, the members were Monsignor O’Callaghan himself, Archdeacon Twohig, two solicitors, one of whom
subsequently advised the diocese on the handling of child sexual abuse cases, and the other who left the committee after a short time, and the consultant psychologist who assessed both Ailis and Fr Ronat. The committee considered this case on three occasions – twice in July 1995 and again in November 1995. The psychologist was not present for the first two meetings and would appear not to have been present for the third but there is no list of those present at that meeting. The psychologist told the Commission that he has no memory of being invited to attend or actually attending this committee in 1995 or at all. (He did become a member of the advisory committee which was established in 2005 under the title of the interdiocesan case management advisory committee.)

9.16 Before the first meeting of the committee, Monsignor O’Callaghan wrote to Bishop Magee about the case (they had been speaking about it the previous day). The letter does not mention the names of either Ailis or Fr Ronat. The letter outlined the considerations involved in what Monsignor O’Callaghan described as a “very delicate situation”. The letter states that “in the matter of liability before the law the Diocese does not have a case to meet, apart from the age of the girl”. It outlines the concerns in relation to Ailis, concern for other children and concern for Fr Ronat.

9.17 At its July meetings, the advisory committee decided on general pastoral grounds “without prejudice” that arrangements should be made to have counselling available to Ailis and to have both her and Fr Ronat assessed. At its November 1995 meeting, there was a discussion of Ailis’s age at the time of the alleged abuse. The committee concluded that Ailis was about 17 when the alleged abuse started and noted that 17 was the age of
consent to sexual intercourse. The basis on which the committee reached this conclusion in not clear and it contrasts with the information provided to Bishop Magee by Ailis herself. The committee recognised that the behaviour was quite improper and a serious breach of trust. However, there was no “evidence of paedophilia nor of behaviour which would qualify as child sex abuse. Whatever evidence there is points to an attraction on the part of the priest to post-pubertal females”. The committee asked Monsignor O’Callaghan to make discreet inquiries from a “certain trusted person” about possible relationships. The only one which caused comment involved a woman aged 20 or so ten years earlier (1985).

The question of Fr Ronat being appointed as a parish priest was discussed. The committee concluded that an immediate appointment as a parish priest would precipitate Ailis into taking some action on the grounds that she had not been believed or taken seriously. In effect, the committee was more concerned about causing scandal than about protecting children. Monsignor O’Callaghan disputes this; he told the Commission that, as a member of the committee, he was always concerned about protecting children and this was a central part of the policy of pastoral care. It is the Commission’s view that the actions of the committee
in this case do not show concern for the protection of children. The committee recommended that Fr Ronat be directed to take sabbatical leave for a year and qualify in “some neutral area of pastoral care while having counselling”. This never happened.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:21 PM

Cloyne Report - Final Chapter

IRELAND
Department of Justice and Equality

[excerpt]

First complainant, Ailis,48 1989

9.5 The first complaint against Fr Ronat was made in 1989 by Ailis.

Unfortunately, Ailis died in 2006. Her parents and sister gave evidence to
the Commission.

9.6 Ailis and her mother made the complaint to a priest whom the mother described to the Commission as Fr Ronat’s “superior”. He was, in fact, a more senior curate in the same parish. Both women visited the priest but only Ailis spoke to him in any detail. Ailis believed and later told Bishop Magee that the priest to whom she had complained had confronted Fr Ronat but she was mistaken in that view. In July 1995, the priest to whom the complaint
was made said that Ailis and her mother did not ask him to confront Fr Ronat.

He said he had told the parish priest about the complaint in 1989. In 2006, he made a statement to the Gardaí in which he gave his recollection of what had happened. He described how a mother and daughter (whom he did not name) called to his house in the later years of his curacy there. He had been a curate there from 1986 to 1991. He got the impression that the daughter and Fr Ronat were “kissing in the priests house in […]”. He told the parish priest about this but did not know if the parish priest had done anything about it. The parish priest was dead at this stage. The priest did not remember ever talking to Fr Ronat about it.

9.7 There are no written records of this meeting in the diocesan files. There is no evidence that the parish priest did anything about the complaint. Complaint to bishop, 1995

9.8 Six years later, in January 1995, Ailis and her parents met Bishop Magee in January 1995 to tell him of the alleged abuse. In a statement to the Gardaí in 2005, Ailis said that Bishop Magee told her he believed her and he was sorry for what had happened to her. Bishop Magee told the Commission that he did not make a record of what was said as the
procedures provided that the complainant would be interviewed later by the delegate; he, the bishop, listened. There is, however, a handwritten document which seems to have been dictated by the bishop after the meeting. This records that Ailis told the bishop that she had been sexually abused by Fr Ronat between the ages of 15 and 19; that other young girls
and mature women had also been abused; and that Fr Ronat gave her wine to drink when she went to him in his capacity as a career guidance teacher.

She went to him for help with a personal problem. This note also records that she told the bishop that Fr Ronat’s illness (see below) began after the priest to whom she complained in 1989 confronted Fr Ronat.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:16 PM

Cloyne Report - Final Chapter

IRELAND
Department of Justice and Equality

[excerpt]

9.3 It seems that Fr Ronat practiced hypnosis as a means of dealing with the problems of people who came to him in his capacity as a guidance counsellor. A number of complainants told the Commission that they were asked about hypnosis when they were making a complaint. Bishop Magee denies any knowledge of Fr Ronat practising hypnosis. Fr Ronat told the Commission that he did use hypnosis but only as a hobby. He said that he did not use it with people who had emotional problems but only for treatment of addictions such as tobacco and alcohol. He said he practised hypnosis from 1981 to about 1988/89.

9.4 The Commission is aware of a total of eleven identified complainants who alleged that they were sexually abused by Fr Ronat. Three of these were young adults at the time of the alleged abuse. There is one unidentified complainant who was also a young adult and another unidentified complainant whose age is unknown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:12 PM

Llega la noche de los regalos y la solidaridad en Chile

CHILE
Provincia

Santiago, Chile.- Los chilenos se disponen a celebrar la Nochebuena y cada quien espera su “regalo”, mientras la Iglesia católica local reafirma su llamado a la solidaridad con quienes sufren “marginación y pobreza” en el país.

Esta Nochebuena y durante la madrugada del domingo, 250 voluntarios de la Pastoral Universitaria de Santiago recibirán la Navidad junto a personas en condición de marginalidad, que viven en calles, plazas y hospederías, o que se encuentran enfermos en hospitales.

En un gesto de caridad cristiana, el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, inició este sábado sus actividades visitando al sacerdote Fernando Karadima, quien fue condenado por El Vaticano a una vida de penitencia y oración por abusos sexuales de menores.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:14 PM

Ein Zeichen

OSTERREICH
der Standard

Hans Rauscher, 23. Dezember 2011 18:57

Die von Waltraud Klasnic geleitete Kommission hat bisher 6,4 Millionen Euro an über 500 Personen bezahlt

Die von der ehemaligen steirischen Landeshauptfrau Waltraud Klasnic geleitete Kommission hat, wie kürzlich gemeldet, bisher 6,4 Millionen Euro an über 500 Personen (von rund 1000, die sich gemeldet haben) bezahlt, die als Kinder oder Jugendliche Opfer kirchlicher Gewalt (überwiegend sexueller) wurden. Eine nicht unbeträchtliche Summe, die aus Einkünften aus dem Immobilienbesitz der Kirche bestritten wird.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Priester missbrauchte Buben

OSTERREICH
Wien.orf

Ein ehemaliger Priester hat in einem renommierten Wiener Internat drei Jahre lang zehn bis 13 Jährige Buben sexuell missbraucht. Nun hat ein Opfer die Schule samt Internat auf Schadenersatz geklagt.

Der Mann ist wegen ähnlicher Delikte in anderen Schulen bereits vorbestraft. Eines seiner Opfer hat sich jetzt entschlossen, über die Vorfälle zu reden und klagte die Schule, in der der ehemalige Priester als Religionslehrer tätig war. Drei Jahre lang wurde der heute 38-Jährige von dem Pater sexuell missbraucht. Als die Übergriffe im Jahr 1984 begannen, war der Mann zehn Jahre alt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:49 PM

Reformbewegung: Kritik nach Ackermanns Eingeständnis

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Auch nach dem Eingeständnis des Trierer Bischofs von Fehlern bei der Aufarbeitung eines Missbrauchsfalls hält die Reformbewegung «Wir sind Kirche» an ihrer allgemeinen Kritik fest.

«Das grundsätzliche Bemühen von Bischof (Stephan) Ackermann und auch seine jetzige Entschuldigung sind anzuerkennen», teilte die bundesweite kirchenkritische Gruppierung am Freitag mit. «Aber es hat sich wieder einmal gezeigt, dass das geschlossene System katholische Kirche nicht einmal die eigenen Leitlinien erfüllt und zur Vertuschung neigt.»

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Monseñor Ezzati visitó al cura Karadima

CHILE
La Nacion

Monseñor Ricardo Ezzati visitó al cura Fernando Karadima en el convento Las siervas de Jesús, permaneciendo poco más de 10 minutos en el lugar donde el sacerdote cumple un régimen de oración y penitencia impuesto por el Vaticano, tras declararlo culpable de abuso sexual.

Al retirarse del convento en la comuna de Providencia, pasadas las 12:30 horas, el arzobispo de Santiago no quiso referirse a esta visita al cura. Tampoco respondió a las críticas de las víctimas de abuso sexual por la decisión de permitir una salida diaria a Karadima, en tanto no se encontraría en un claustro, según explicó Ezzati.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:41 PM

Ezzati aclara que Karadima puede salir de convento

CHILE
La Tercera

Una visita en la víspera de Navidad tiene programada para hoy el arzobispo de Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati, al ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima (81). Así lo afirmó ayer la cabeza de la Iglesia capitalina, quien aprovechó la oportunidad para referirse también a la condena por abusos que el presbítero cumple en el convento de las Siervas de Jesús de la Caridad, donde permanece desde enero pasado, tras el fallo de primera instancia de la Congregación para la Doctrina de la Fe.

"Por supuesto que puede salir, no está en la cárcel", dijo Ezzati ayer a La Segunda. Esto, en referencia a la resolución de la Santa Sede, donde se establece que Karadima debe cumplir "una vida de oración y penitencia" y evitar el contacto tanto con los miembros de la Unión Sacerdotal como con los ex feligreses de ese templo de Providencia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

Prof. Borgman: De kerk is zondig

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

23-12-2011 19:16 | Maarten Stolk

Nu het rapport van de commissie-Deetman over het seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk op tafel ligt, is het volgens theoloog prof. dr. Erik Borgman tijd voor een volgende stap. De kerk zou moeten nadenken over het kwaad in haar midden. Dan kunnen alle schokkende onthullingen over het misbruik zelfs reden tot dankbaarheid zijn.

Hij nam een dag de tijd om het vorige week vrijdag verschenen onderzoek van oud-minister Deetman naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen door rooms-katholieke geestelijken grondig door te nemen. Echt verbaasd over de omvang van het kwaad –tussen de 10.000 en de 20.000 slachtoffers– was hij niet, na alles wat al bekend was geworden. Het was voor de Tilburgse hoogleraar wél „schokkend” om te bedenken dat een op tien Nederlanders van veertig jaar en ouder als kind is misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:57 AM

De kerk komt er echt niet met alleen een 'herderlijk schrijven' vanaf

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

OPINIE - Lidy Nicolasen − 24/12/11

Premier Rutte wil af van de verjaring voor misbruik in de katholieke kerk. De PvdA steunt dit plan. Een twistgesprek met PvdA-tweedekamerlid Frans Timmermans.

Hoe kun je met terugwerkende kracht wetsbepalingen veranderen? De grondbeginselen van de rechtsstaat zijn in het geding. Onze wet- en regelgeving komt tot stand op basis van de Grondwet en wordt opgesteld door de volksvertegenwoordiging. Die kan de verjaringstermijn veranderen. Dat is niet in strijd met de Grondwet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:54 AM

Rk kerk moet spirituele zorg bieden aan slachtoffers

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Herstel van de geloofwaardigheid van de kerk begint met omzien naar duizenden misbruikslachtoffers die kampen met spirituele verwoesting.

Nederlandse rooms-katholieke geestelijken maakten de afgelopen decennia tien- tot twintigduizend slachtoffers. Volgens de commissie-Deetman moet de oorzaak vooral worden gezocht in de pathologische machtsstructuren in de rk kerk. Deze machtsstructuur bood mannen, al dan niet met de nodige persoonlijke problemen, de gelegenheid om zich te ontwikkelen tot misbruikpleger.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:52 AM

Mater Dolorosa protesters, Springfield diocese, argue over nativity scene

HOLYOKE (MA)
The Republican

By Jim Kinney, The Republican

HOLYOKE – Those hoping for a Christmas truce in the battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and a group of disgruntled Mater Dolorosa parishioners fighting to reopen their church will be disappointed.

Both sides are squabbling over the baby Jesus along with Mary, Joseph, the wise men, shepherds, sheep and camels that make up Mater Dolorosa’s nativity scene.

The diocese says the figures and their model stable rightly belongs to successor parish, Our Lady of the Cross. The folks who have been doing a round-the-clock vigil at Mater Dolorosa since the diocese eliminated the parish in July accuse the diocese of “kidnapping” the statuettes Wednesday afternoon.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Fine allegations | President of sexual abuse support group questions DA's actions

SYRACUSE (NY)
The Daily Orange

By Kathleen Ronayne
Development Editor

The president of Road to Recovery, a group that supports victims of sexual abuse, said he is skeptical of the district attorney's handling of the allegations against Bernie Fine.

"The whole thing is very strange," said Robert Hoatson, president and co-founder of Road to Recovery.

Hoatson has commented publicly on the Fine allegations and made several trips to Syracuse to show support for the victims. He has encouraged other potential victims to speak. He said he does not understand why DA William Fitzpatrick said in a press conference on Dec. 7 that there was not a fourth victim.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Ireland appoints new ambassador to the Holy See...to do what exactly...with a few hundred GAY homosexual residents of the smallest country, Vatican?

UNITED STATES
Pope Crimes & Vatican Evils...

Paris Arrow

Notice what the Vatican Insider say about the new non-resident Irish ambassador to the Vatican. “Cooney is Secretary-General to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and, as such, Ireland’s top diplomat. He will retain that post whilst also serving as ambassador to the Holy See, and will commute between Dublin and Rome in fulfilment of his duties.”

How often does an ambassador need to see the Pope anyway - to pray with him? To don on his ambassadorial uniform to go to the Vatican to attend Mass and have photo-op once a year with the Pope? Any weatlhy Catholic can go to the Vatican to have photo-op with the Pope, read about them here including Murdoch - Rupert Murdoch a supporter of paedophilia within our churches?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 AM

Sandusky case triggers jump in U.S. abuse calls

UNITED STATES
The Morning Call

By Ian Simpson, Of Reuters

Juliann Bortz has stopped counting the calls from survivors of childhood sexual abuse she has received since Jerry Sandusky was charged last month.

"You get a call at 11 o'clock at night … and it's almost like they have to get it out," said Bortz, the Allentown coordinator for Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.

The callers, newly emboldened by a realization they're not alone as victims, unload a burden they may have carried for decades as Bortz, herself a survivor, listens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

An Apology to Cardinal Pell

AUSTRALIA
First Things

R.R. Reno

I owe George Pell, the Cardinal Archbishop of Sydney, and our readers an apology for subjecting him and you to a dreary and bilious rant. George Weigel recently wrote an appreciated column about Cardinal Pell, one of the most articulate spokesmen for the Christian faith in the English-speaking world. Our readers weighed in with their usual insight and intelligence, but someone whose moniker is “Voiceless Victim” made defamatory and false remarks regarding the Cardinal.

We monitor comments, not to screen out those we disagree with, but to block comments like this one that are offensive and defamatory. This one slipped through, and because it included serial falsehoods I need to do more than apologize.

Without repeating the serious and defamatory allegations made by “Voiceless Victim”, permit me to set the record straight. The fact of the matter is that as Archbishop of Melbourne Cardinal Pell was the first bishop in Australia to establish an independent process for victims of sexual abuse. Now known as the Melbourne Response, this process includes an independent commissioner to investigate complaints of abuse, an independent compensation panel, and a counseling service for victims. The level of the financial assistance under the Melbourne Response is similar to compensation provided by civil systems to compensate victims of crime. In addition, counseling and support are provided on an ongoing basis. About 300 victims of abuse have had complaints investigated and have been provided with financial assistance.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Should LDS bishop stand trial for failure to report abuse?

UTAH
KSL

By Geoff Liesik

DUCHESNE — A judge is considering whether an LDS Church bishop should stand trial for charges of witness tampering and failure to report abuse.

Gordon Lamont Moon, 43, is accused of telling a 16-year-old girl not to contact authorities in late July after she met with him in his capacity as her bishop and told him she'd been sexually abused.

But during a preliminary hearing Thursday in 8th District Court, defense attorney David Leavitt noted that at least six people knew about the abuse before Moon was ever told about it. None of those people have been charged with a crime, Leavitt said.

"That's because Bishop Moon is a bishop, isn't it?" Leavitt asked Duchesne County Sheriff's Lt. Travis Tucker during cross examination.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Inquiry is set up into sex abuse vicar diocese

UNITED KINGDOM
Evening Telegraph

Published on Saturday 24 December 2011

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has set up an inquiry into child protection policies of a diocese which employed a Wellingborough vicar under suspicion of child sex offences.

Lambeth Palace said the inquiry in the Diocese of Chichester had been launched “in response to concerns within the diocese”, but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

The Rev Colin Pritchard was jailed for five years in 2008 for four indecent assaults on two underage boys and three acts of gross indecency back in the 1980s when he was in charge of St Andrew’s Church in Wellingborough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

December 23, 2011

SF archdiocese says Myers cannot act as priest

CALIFORNIA
The Almanac

by Sandy Brundage
Almanac Staff

The San Francisco Archdiocese declared the findings of its independent review board (IRB) investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by a Menlo Park priest a "personnel issue" and thus confidential. However, a spokesman confirmed that Father William Myers can no longer act as a priest.

During his time as pastor at St. Raymond's Catholic Church in Menlo Park, Father Myers was put on administrative leave a month after the church learned about an incident on April 19, when the priest followed a 17-year-old boy into a dressing room at a Ross Dress for Less in San Francisco, according to the church.

Describing the encounter as a "boundary violation," George Wesolek, spokesman for the archdiocese, said no physical contact occurred. The San Francisco District Attorney's Office said it decided not to press charges against Father Myers for lack of corroboration, and that no further allegations had surfaced during the investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:04 PM

Arzobispo Ezzati confirma que ex párroco Karadima puede salir del convento donde vive

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- El arzobispo de Santiago, monseñor Ricardo Ezzati, confirmó hoy que el ex párroco de El Bosque, Fernando Karadima, está autorizado para salir del convento en el que permanece bajo "oración y penitencia" tras el fallo del Vaticano que lo responsabilizó de abusos a menores.

"Por supuesto que puede salir. No está en la cárcel", afirmó el también presidente de la Conferencia Episcopal, consultado por "La Segunda".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:58 PM

El Bosque sin Karadima...

CHILE
La Segunda

El Bosque sin Karadima: El plan de acción del nuevo párroco para "restaurar lo que el escándalo ha herido gravemente"

El sacerdote Carlos Yrarrázaval distribuyó trípticos y mandó e-mails para invitar a los fieles. Mantiene la charla para los jóvenes de los días miércoles.

por: La Segunda

viernes, 23 de diciembre de 2011

Fue como un tornado que embistió a la tradicional iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de El Bosque. Y si bien las estructuras permanecieron incólumes, todos sus rostros más reconocidos fueron apartados por el vendaval.

Ahora, cerrado el caso en tribunales y zanjada la cuestión eclesiástica -incluida la condena por abusos reiterados a menores contra el sacerdote Fernando Karadima-, la parroquia busca retomar el rumbo.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Second Victim Claims Sexual Abuse by Former Youth Pastor

GEORGIA
Patch

By Sharon Swanepoel

Gwinnett County police confirmed a second victim has come forward and accused a former youth pastor and little league coach of sexual molestation.

Stacy Lee Everett, 42, of Covington, is currently in the Walton County Jail facing several counts each of sexual battery, cruelty of children, false imprisonment and child molestation charges. Everett was charged in the summer following an investigation that began out of state. In that case, the victim was reported to have been 12 and living in the Loganville area at the time of the alleged incidents. Lt. Mike Westbrooks of the Loganville Police Department said additional charges also have been added in the case of that first victim, bringing them up to 17 counts in total.

Gwinnett County police have said they expect to file charges in connection with the second victim by next week. Westbrooks said she is reported to be an adult who lived in Gwinnett County and was under age at the time of the alleged molestation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:46 PM

Complete Deetman Report

Two Volumes: 860 + 367 pages

December 16, 2011

1 Introduction

2 In a nutshell: developments in the Netherlands and the Dutch Roman Catholic Church: 1945-2010

3 Nature and extent of sexual abuse of minors in the Roman Catholic Church of the Netherlands

4 Abuse and administrative attention

5 The dioceses

6 Orders and Congregations

7 The victims

8 Findings and recommendations

Plus appendices and a second volume of background studies and essays.

Posted by Terry McKiernan at 12:07 PM

Residential schools suit can proceed, court rules

CANADA
The Sudbury Star

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal upheld a lower court decision that granted certification status to several residential school class action lawsuits against the federal government.

In Wednesday's decision, the court dismissed a federal government appeal of the class-action status decision.

The claims, which haven't been proven in court, allege the Canadian government "forcibly confined" the complainants -- Newfoundland and Labrador's Innu, Inuit and Metis people -- to the residential schools in the province "and systematically deprived them of ... a healthy childhood," the decision says.

The claims concern former students of five residential schools, four in Labrador and one on the northern peninsula of Newfoundland. The schools were in operation before the province joined Canada in 1949, and operate for several decades afterwards.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:39 AM

Priest in Cloyne report to face internal church probe

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
ANTOINETTE KELLY,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Friday, December 23, 2011

The elderly Irish priest at the center of the worst child abuse allegations mentioned in the Cloyne Report is facing an internal church investigation that could see him defrocked.

Known only by the pseudonym Father Ronat he is expected to face a formal canonical review early in 2012.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:47 AM

With custodian convicted of murder, family of slain Chatham priest breaths sigh of vindication

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

CHATHAM BOROUGH — For six weeks, they listened to statements in which Jose Feliciano described their relative as a predatory priest who forced him into an unwanted sexual relationship.

Thursday, they felt vindicated when a jury convicted the former Chatham church custodian of murder, rejecting his contention that he stabbed the Rev. Edward Hinds in retaliation for the alleged abuse.

"The happy part is that his reputation gets restored," said Daniel Silas Miller of Chatham Township, Hinds’ cousin and one of his closest living relatives. "It was just disgusting. It’s like he was slaughtered twice."

"Everything this man (Feliciano) said was nothing but lies and a farce to save his own skin," Miller added. "It’s a shame that this pig was able to take such a precious commodity from our community. Ed Hinds was a good man."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Inquiry is launched into child protection in clergy

UNITED KINGDOM
Yorkshire Post

AN official inquiry into child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester has been launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Lambeth Palace said it had been launched “in response to concerns within the diocese” in West Sussex but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

Current child protection arrangements will be scrutinised during the investigation, which follows concerns raised over the response by senior clergy to allegations of child abuse, and recommendations for the future will be made.

Dr Rowan Williams has appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to conduct the inquiry, which Lambeth Palace said had the backing of Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Dr John Hind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Lambeth Palace launches diocese child protection inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
BBC News

An inquiry into child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex has been set up by the Archbishop of Canterbury's office.

Lambeth Palace said it would ensure recommendations of the report by Baroness Butler-Sloss were implemented.

She was appointed by the Church of England to examine how senior clergy dealt with historical claims of abuse.

Her report last May found there had been "a lack of understanding of the seriousness of historic child abuse".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:24 AM

Press Advisory from Lambeth Palace

UNITED KINGDOM
The Archbishop of Canterbury

The Archbishop of Canterbury today set up an enquiry into the operation of the diocesan child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester.

He has appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to carry out the enquiry. They will advise the Archbishop on any steps that need to be taken to ensure the highest possible standards of safeguarding in the diocese. This will involve examining current child protection arrangements as well as making recommendations for the future. They will make a preliminary report to the Archbishop by the end of February 2012.

The Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd John Hind, has given his full support to the enquiry.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:21 AM

Church of England orders child abuse inquiry

UNITED KINGDOM
AFP

LONDON — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has set up an inquiry in Chichester diocese in southern England, reportedly after allegations that paedophile priests were allowed to continue working despite being accused of sexual abuse.

The archbishop's decision to investigate the diocese will throw the spotlight on abuse by clergy in the Church of England, raising an issue which has already rocked the Catholic Church in a number of countries.

A statement late on Thursday from the archbishop's Lambeth Palace residence said the inquiry had been launched "in response to concerns within the diocese" but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

Current child protection arrangements within the diocese will be scrutinised and recommendations on future conduct will be made.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:18 AM

Measures to extend abuse statutes still bogged down

PENNSYLVANIA/NEW JERSEY
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Jeremy Roebuck
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Backers of bills that would allow childhood sex abuse victims more time to confront their attackers in court could not have asked for a year with more news to support their cause.

But despite a succession of scandals in 2011 - first in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, then at Pennsylvania State University, and now one involving former Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin - measures to extend both civil and criminal statutes of limitations stand no closer to passage than they did 12 months ago.

In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, such proposals have encountered stiff opposition from critics who warn against changing laws in response to the scandal of the moment.

Lawmakers "must temper the impulse to find a 'quick fix' to a horrendous crime with the responsibility to exercise sound legislative judgment," said Ron Marisco (R., Dauphin), chairman of the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee, in a statement.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:15 AM

Philadelphia D.A. urges prompt reporting of molestation suspicions

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Philadelphia Inquirer

By Miriam Hill
Inquirer Staff Writer

Responding to news reports that former Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin allegedly sexually assaulted children in the 1970s, District Attorney Seth Williams urged victims of any abuser and parents who suspect such crimes to call police.

Williams, who prosecuted sexual assaults against children in the early 1990s, said people often do not report the problem, leaving perpetrators free to find more victims.

On Thursday, Williams, who regularly uses social media to communicate public safety messages, said via Twitter: "When I'm King of the World, perverts like Bill Conlin won't be able to hide from criminal prosecution and incarceration because parents of victims failed to report the crimes timely."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Report über Kindesmissbrauch schockiert die Niederlande

NIEDERLANDE
Zeit (Deutschland)

Rund 800 Mitarbeiter der katholischen Kirche haben sich an Jugendlichen vergangen. Juristische Konsequenzen wird es wegen Verjährung wohl nicht geben.

Mit vorweihnachtlicher Besinnlichkeit ist es in der katholischen Kirche der Niederlande vorbei. Bischöfe und hohe Funktionäre reagierten am Freitag geschockt auf die Veröffentlichung eines Reports über sexuellen Missbrauch in kirchlichen Einrichtungen. Wim Eijk, Erzbischof des Bistums Utrecht, sprach in einer Erklärung von "Scham und Verdruss". Schuld treffe nicht nur die Täter selbst, sondern auch kirchliche Würdenträger, die "nicht sorgfältig gehandelt" und der Opferhilfe keine Priorität eingeräumt hätten. Auch die Dachorganisation der Abteien, Orden und Klöster bot ihre "aufrechte Entschuldigung" an.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:29 AM

Pädophilen-Ring soll Haiti-Waisen als Sexsklaven gehalten haben

DEUTSCHLAND/HAITI
Wochenblatt

Nach außen war der Berliner Verein „Promote Africa e.V.” ein Hilfsprojekt. Tatsächlich aber sollen die Mitglieder die Not in Haiti schamlos ausgenutzt, Kinder missbraucht und nach Deutschland verschleppt haben.

Zwei Mitglieder der mutmaßlichen Tarnorganisation des Kinderschänder-Rings haben sich ab Mittwoch vor der Jugendkammer des Landshuter Landgerichts zu verantworten. Ihnen wird u.a. schwerer Menschenhandel zum Zweck der sexuellen Ausbeutung und schwerer sexueller Missbrauch von Kindern vorgeworfen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:26 AM

Kirche schickt Priester in Rente

DEUTSCHLAND
n-tv

Mit Ende 20 hatte ein Geistlicher homosexuelle Kontakte zu einem Jugendlichen. Ein klarer sexueller Missbrauch. Obgleich der heute 59-jährige Priester schon damals "dieses Übel" in einer Therapie "aktiv und bewusst aufarbeitet", setzt ihn die Kirche heute vor die Tür. Neue Leitlinien der katholischen Deutschen Bischofskonferenz verlangen dies.

Sexuelle Kontakte zu einem minderjährigen Jugendlichen hat ein 59 Jahre alter Priester im Bistum Würzburg gestanden. Wie das Bischöfliche Ordinariat mitteilte, hat der Würzburger Bischof Friedhelm Hofmann den Geistlichen mit sofortiger Wirkung von dessen Aufgaben entbunden und in den Ruhestand versetzt. Bischof Hofmann folge damit den 2010 überarbeiteten Leitlinien der katholischen Deutschen Bischofskonferenz (DBK) zum Vorgehen bei sexuellem Missbrauch Minderjähriger durch Geistliche.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Mass. diocese takes manger scene from closed parish, says to be used at active parish

HOLYOKE (MA)
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Protesters occupying a closed church in Holyoke say the Springfield Diocese removed a manger scene protesters had set up to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

But diocesan spokesman Mark Dupont said workers went to retrieve the manger scene for an open parish nearby and found protesters had taken it out without permission.

Victor Anop, a protest leader at Mater Dolorosa Church, said on Wednesday diocesan workers took away figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. He said protesters would replace the figures, and compared the diocese to the "Grinch, Scrooge and Marley."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:14 AM

Mater Dolorosa Parishioners outraged after manger taken from church

HOLYOKE (MA)
CBS 3

By Samantha Lavien

HOLYOKE, MA (WSHM) -
It's just three days before Christmas and the Mater Dolorosa church is without a stable, manger and animals for their holiday service.

"We think that these people are acting like grinches and scrooges and we'd like to see them reform and just come back to the religion," said Mater Dolorosa spokesman, Victor Anop.

Wednesday parts of the Mater Dolorsa nativity scene were removed from the church on orders from the Bishop.

"I think everyone needs to remember one very important fact these people are there illegally, they're there without our permission, they have no right to be touching any of the items in that church so this is really a ludicrous argument," said Springfield Diocese Spokesman, Mark Dupont.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:11 AM

Mater Dolorosa protesters: 'Grinch, Scrooge and Marley' take Jesus, Mary and Joseph

HOLYOKE (MA)
The Republican

HOLYOKE – Protesters occupying the closed Mater Dolorosa church say the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield removed a manger scene the protesters had set up to celebrate Christmas.

Victor M. Anop, a spokesman for Friends of Mater Dolorosa Church, said Diocesan workers removed the figures of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus and other elements of a manger scene the protesters had set up. He compared the diocese to “a Grinch, Scrooge and Marley all rolled into one.”

But diocesan spokesman Mark Dupont said workers went to retrieve the manger scene for an open parish nearby and found protesters had taken it out without permission. He said the workers simply took it to the active parish, adding all Mater Dolorosa protesters would be welcome there.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:08 AM

Mass. diocese takes manger scene at closed parish

HOLYOKE (MA)
Boston Globe

Protesters occupying a closed church in Holyoke say the Springfield Diocese removed a manger scene protesters had set up to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

Victor Anop, a protest leader at Mater Dolorosa Church, said on Wednesday diocesan workers took away figures of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. He said protesters would replace the figures, and compared the diocese to the “Grinch, Scrooge and Marley.’’

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:04 AM

MOVISIE levert bijdrage aan verbetertraject Commissie Deetman

NEDERLAND
Movisie

De Onderzoekscommissie Deetman deed van medio 2010 tot december 2011 onafhankelijk onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk van 1945 tot 2010. MOVISIE heeft bijgedragen aan het onderzoeksrapport en speelt een rol in de preventie en hulpverlening, voor de slachtoffers van het seksueel misbruik.

MOVISIE heeft bijgedragen aan het eindrapport door het schrijven van twee essays. Een over de geschiedenis van de hulpverlening aan slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik en een over de geschiedenis van de hulpverlening aan plegers van seksueel misbruik. Op de website van de Onderzoekscommissie vindt u de samenvatting van het eindrapport en alle achterliggende documenten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:58 AM

Joep Dohmen op zwarte lijst Deetman

NEDERLAND
Villamedia

Voorzitter Wim Deetman van de commissie die het seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk onderzocht weigert journalist Joep Dohmen van NRC Handelsblad een afsluitend interview te geven als commissievoorzitter omdat hij ‘geen vertrouwen’ heeft in de journalist. Dat althans kreeg Dohmen – die vorig jaar samen met Robert Chesal van de Wereldomroep Journalist van het Jaar werd vanwege het feit dat zij het misbruik in de kerk aan de kaak stelden - te horen van de persvoorlichter van de commissie. De onderzoeksjournalist zegt uit goede bron binnen de commissie te hebben gehoord wat de aanleiding was voor het gebrek aan vertrouwen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:56 AM

Pastoor maakte negen slachtoffers

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

ALBERGEN - Pastoor Boonk van de Pancratiuskerk in Albergen zou negen jongens hebben misbruikt. Boonk is daarmee een van de grote zondaars in het misbruikschandaal binnen de rooms katholieke kerk.

De negen inmiddels volwassen mannen uit Albergen en omgeving zijn donderdag gehoord door de klachtencommissie van het Meldpunt Seksueel Misbruik RKK. Dat duurde de hele dag. Het waren soms emotionele gesprekken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Secular UK: Number of Christians is down 10% in just five years

UNITED KINGDOM
Daily Mail

By Steve Doughty

Christianity is slowly, but surely losing ground in England and Wales, according to an official survey yesterday.

The number who declare themselves to be Christian has dropped by nearly 10 per cent in five years, while the number of non-believers is growing.

The state research into race and religion also showed that Christians are less than half as likely to attend a place of worship as followers of other traditions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 AM

Commission to open hearings in Hardy

CANADA
North Island Gazette

B.C. has had many dark moments in its history, but few were as terrible as the time of residential schools.

The Truth and Reconciliation Com-mission hopes to help the healing process with a series of four regional hearings on Vancouver Island​ that begins in Port Hardy Feb. 27 to 28.

Through much of the 19th and 20th centuries, First Nations children were forced to attend these schools.

The stated goal of these schools was to exterminate aboriginal culture and assimilate their inmates into Canadian society.

Many students were physically, mentally and sexually abused and even killed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:43 AM

Vatican disowns porn internet address

VATICAN CITY
Belfast Telegraph

By Michael Day
Friday, 23 December 2011

The Vatican, which rarely lowers itself to issuing speedy press statements, has reacted with exceptional alacrity in denying ownership of a new internet address called "vatican.xxx", which is designed to host pornography.

"This domain is not available because it has been acquired by someone else, but not the Vatican," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told Vatican radio.

Father Lombardi's terse statement suggested that the Vatican may have tried to acquire the domain in order to prevent future misuse but had been beaten to it by the unknown buyer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:40 AM

Church child policies probe set up

UNITED KINGDOM
Lancashire Evening Post

Published on Friday 23 December 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury has set up an inquiry into child protection policies in the Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex, it was announced.

Lambeth Palace said the inquiry had been launched "in response to concerns within the diocese" but declined to expand on the background to the fears.

Current child protection arrangements within the diocese will be scrutinised during the investigation and recommendations for the future will be made.

Dr Rowan Williams has appointed Bishop John Gladwin and Chancellor Rupert Bursell QC to conduct the inquiry, which Lambeth Palace said had the backing of Bishop of Chichester, the Rt Revd Dr John Hind.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:35 AM

Abused as a child, Downey’s assemblyman going after not-for-profits that hide sex offenders

CALIFORNIA
The Downey Beat

Dec. 22, 2011 by Ben Baeder

Assemblyman Ricardo Lara, D-South Gate, is pushing legislation that would strip universities, churches, preschools and any not-for-profit of its tax-exempt status if the institution was caught hiding sex offenders.

Lara, who represents Downey and several other cities in the southeast region, in a statement said he was abused as a child, and that the scandal over sexual abuse accusations against a Penn State coach got him thinking about what he could do stop cover ups.

Organizations from the Roman Catholic Church, to day-care centers to the Boy Scouts of America have been accused of hiding reports of sexual abuse.

“Nonprofit organizations at all levels – universities, faith-based, or after-school programs – should be held accountable for their actions,” Lara wrote. “As a victim, I know firsthand the devastating effects of abuse. The safety and recovery of the victim must be our focus and ultimate priority.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:30 AM

Pastor gets 5 years for sexual abuse

NEW YORK
Queens Chronicle

by Liz Rhoades, Managing Editor |

Many members of the Community Baptist Church in Bayside continue to support their pastor, the Rev. Phillip Joubert, who was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for sexually abusing his then-13-year-old daughter two years ago.

Although no active churchgoer would comment on the record, several attended the sentencing to show their support. The talk is that the church will hire an interim pastor during Joubert’s incarceration.

The disgraced minister, 50, was sentenced by Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron, remanded to jail, and will undergo a three-year post-release supervision and be required to register as a sex offender.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:22 AM

Killaloe priests donate thousands to diocese

IRELAND
The Irish Times

GORDON DEEGAN

THE PRIESTS of the Catholic Diocese of Killaloe have paid more than €340,000 to shore up the diocese’s finances.

Accounts for 2010 and 2009 published yesterday show that the priests in the diocese have contributed €343,913 to its coffers over the two years.

The accounts also show that an individual – who wishes to remain anonymous – donated €100,000 to the diocese in 2009 in response to its financial troubles.

The accounts also disclose further payments to victims of clerical sex abuse in 2010 and 2009 totalling €428,162, bringing to €2.24 million the sum paid by the diocese since 2003 to victims of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:19 AM

Priests give €343,000 to ease cash shortage in diocese

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Gordon Deegan

Friday December 23 2011

PRIESTS of the Catholic diocese of Killaloe have been forced to put their hands in their own pockets and pay over €340,000 in order to shore up its finances -- while over €2m has been paid to sex abuse victims.

Accounts for the diocese for 2010 and 2009, published yesterday, disclose that priests contributed €343,913 to the Killaloe coffers.

They are expected to make a further contribution of around €170,000 this year.

The accounts show that an anonymous individual donated €100,000 in 2009 .

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 AM

December 22, 2011

St. Cloud Bishop's statement apologizes for victims' suffering

ST. CLOUD (MN)
St. Cloud Times

Written by
David Unze

The St. Cloud diocese learned about sexual misconduct allegations against former deacon Michael Weber in the 1990s, and diocese reports indicate that two vicar generals have met with his victims, according to a statement from Bishop John Kinney.

Kinney cited a pending lawsuit filed this month against the diocese as the reason he was declining recent requests for interviews about Weber and what the diocese knew and when. But Kinney released a statement this week that he read Monday night at a listening session at Church of the Holy Spirit in south St. Cloud in which he said he was “ashamed and humiliated” for what victims have suffered.

The listening session Monday was the second of two to address allegations that Weber sexually abused young boys in the late 1960s and early 1970s when he was a transitional deacon at Holy Spirit. One victim has sued Weber and the St. Cloud diocese alleging that the diocese knew about the abuse and covered it up.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:54 PM

A request for Father Ryan to rename its football stadium reopens a sexual-abuse scandal

TENNESSEE
Nashville Scene

by Jonathan Meador

December 22, 2011

When Father Ryan High School named its new athletic arena Giacosa Stadium in 2009, it intended to honor a respected priest and loyal supporter whose support continued even after his death. But a Father Ryan alumnus has written the school's board of trustees in protest, alleging that the stadium's namesake worked to cover up incidents of sexual abuse within Nashville's Catholic diocese.

Last June, 71-year-old Father Ryan alumnus Charles Michael Coode learned that while the Tennessee Titans were barred from using their regular facilities due to the ongoing NFL lockout, some of their players had been training during the off season at Father Ryan High School's brand new football stadium.

The problem, says Coode, is that the athletic field in question, Giacosa Stadium, is named after a former Father Ryan teacher — the late Father Charles "Charley" Giacosa — who he claims aided and abetted the church's cycle of abuse and cover-ups by allegedly providing contradictory testimony on behalf of Ed McKeown, a former Nashville priest currently serving a 25-year prison sentence for raping a 12-year-old boy.

Angela Mills, director of alumni and communications at Father Ryan, did not respond when contacted by the Scene via email. But diocesan spokesman Rick Musacchio rejects Coode's assertions.

"It was clear at the time that Father Giacosa was instrumental in helping remove priests from ministry who were unsuitable for ministry," Musacchio writes in an email. "He remained a supporter of the strong safe environment programs of the diocese, and was well respected for his contributions as a priest and pastor. He was a major supporter of Father Ryan High School throughout his priesthood and made a substantial financial contribution to the school after his death."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:37 PM

Charges dismissed against priest for La Crosse assault case

WISCONSIN
News 8000

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- A sexual assault charge has been dropped against a priest accused of groping a teenage girl in La Crosse last summer.

38-year-old David Szatkowski of Franklin, WI, who was in town for an August conference on canon law, was initially charged with felony second-degree sexual assault for allegedly touching the 15-year-old girl inappropriately outside the Radisson Hotel.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:35 PM

Feliciano Guilty on All Charges in Priest's Murder

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Laura Silvius and Rick Burchfield

Jose Feliciano was found guilty by a Morris County Superior Court jury Thursday of all charges in the murder of the Rev. Edward Hinds, who Feliciano is convicted of stabbing to death at St. Patrick Church in Chatham. Two of the charges were murder and felony murder.

Hinds' second cousin, Daniel Miller, 49, was present throughout the majority of the trial proceedings and said "justice has been served."

"It's a shame that this pig was able to take such a precious commodity from our family, from the community," Miller said.

Miller said he felt for Feliciano's children at this time, but was hopeful he would "never have the opportunity to hurt anyone else again. ... Words can't describe the damage he tried to do to a good man."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:29 PM

Jury rejects passion defense, finds janitor guilty of murder in death of Chatham priest

NEW JERSEY
MyCentralJersey

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

A Morris County jury found ex-janitor Jose Ramon Feliciano guilty today of murder in the death of the Rev. Edward Hinds in the rectory at St. Patrick R.C. Church in Chatham.

The 66-year-old killer, who has two alleged child molestation charges in his past, now faces the rest of his life in prison for stabbing the 61-year-old cleric 44 times on Oct. 22, 2009.

Feliciano had claimed he was guilty of killing the priest in the throes of passion or provocation but the jury of eight men and four women rejected the defense, agreeing with Morris County prosecutors that Feliciano deliberately murdered Hinds, robbed him of his cellular phone and tried to cover up with his crime.

Feliciano, who was among a few church employees who “found” the priest dead on his kitchen floor around 8 a.m. on Oct. 23, 2009, had faked life-saving CPR on the cleric. He showed no visible reaction to the verdict, which was reached at 10 a.m. today but read around 10:45 a.m. to a packed courtroom in Morristown.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:26 PM

Chatham priest murder trial verdict: Feliciano found guilty

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

CHATHAM — One of the Rev. Edward Hinds’ closest living relatives believes the slain priest’s reputation was saved by today’s jury verdict finding former church custodian Jose Feliciano guilty of murder and felony murder.

“Everything this man said was nothing but lies and a farce to save his own skin,” Daniel Silas Miller of Chatham Township said of Feliciano’s claims that he was sexually abused by the priest.

“It’s a shame that this pig was able to take such a precious commodity from our community. Ed Hinds was a good man,” said Miller, 49, Hinds’ second cousin who grew up with the future priest in the Green Village section of the township. Hinds’ brother and parents have died and no members of his immediate family are left, Miller said.

“I don’t know if I’m happy,” Miller added. “I just know justice has been served.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Former church janitor convicted of killing Chatham priest

NEW JERSEY
Morristown Green

Posted by Kevin Coughlin on December 22, 2011

Former church janitor Jose Feliciano has been convicted on all counts in the 2009 murder of Chatham priest Edward Hinds.

The jury came back on Thursday morning in Superior Court, Morristown, and declared Feliciano guilty of murder, felony murder, two counts of robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and hindering apprehension.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi issued this statement:

“I am proud and honored to have been part of a process to vindicate Father Hinds’ murder and the slander of his reputation, which obviously the jury soundly did not believe. I can think of no greater Christmas gift to Father Hinds’ soul, and for those that loved and respected him that this conviction happens at Christmas time.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:18 PM

Important dates in the case against Jose Feliciano

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

The following is a time line of the events surrounding the Oct. 22, 2009, killing of Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham, admittedly by church janitor Jose Feliciano:

Oct. 22, 2009:

6 a.m.: Jose Feliciano arrives at work at St. Patrick R. C. Church in Chatham for his custodial job.

8 a.m.: Former co-worker John Bongo visits Feliciano. At trial, Bongo describes his friend as upbeat, his “usual self.”

9:45 a.m.: Police find this time notation in Hinds’ day diary after his death. It indicates the priest planned to meet with Feliciano at this time to terminate him as of Friday, Oct. 23, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:13 PM

Janitor Convicted of Murdering New Jersey Priest

NEW JERSEY
Fox News

NEWARK, N.J. – A former church janitor was convicted Thursday of murdering a New Jersey priest who was stabbed more than 30 times while brewing a cup of coffee in his kitchen, wearing his clerical robes.

Jose Feliciano, 66, of Easton, Pa., didn't deny stabbing the Rev. Edward Hinds to death in the rectory of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham in October 2009. But his lawyer told jurors during closing arguments on Monday that Feliciano killed him in a fit of rage over sexual blackmail.

The prosecution said Feliciano "slaughtered" the priest after Hinds discovered Feliciano had an outstanding arrest warrant in Philadelphia from the 1980s for sexually touching a child, and fired him.

Feliciano argued the priest demanded sex in exchange for keeping quiet about the warrant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

And Then There Were Two: Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Calls on Catholic Church to Reform Itself

UNITED STATES
Bilgrimage

William D. Lindsey

Unfortunately for those seeking glimpses of reality-based reporting in the mainstream media, this is not a news item you're likely to be reading about in the American media as Christmas nears. They're too busy falling over themselves right now to report on a study that supposedly shows the shroud of Turin to be a true snapshot of the crucified savior's face--a story being shopped about by well-heeled right-wing Catholic sources determined to prettify the media image of the Catholic church as the year ends. And the mainstream media are all too ready to cooperate with those big Catholic $$$$.

But for my money, here's the Catholic story that really demands attention right now, which is being totally ignored by the American media: yet another practicing Catholic who has a position of high responsibility in his country has called for the Catholic church to reform itself. This past weekend, the deputy prime minister of the Netherlands, Maxime Verhagen, a member of the Christian Democratic Appeal party, spoke on national television about the crisis in the Catholic church due to sexual abuse of minors and the cover-up of that abuse. Verhagen urged the Catholic church to reform itself, and, in particular, asked the pastoral leaders of the Catholic church to begin examining why just 200,000 of the 4 million Catholics in the Netherlands attend Mass regularly.

As Peter Cluskey notes in the Irish Times, Verhagen was speaking with reference to the recently published Deetman Commission report, which shows that more than 800 Catholic priests and monks abused as many as 20,000 children in the Netherlands--many of them sexually, in the period between 1945 and 1985. And, of course, Verhagen's challenge to the church to reform itself will inevitably bring to mind the similar challenge issued by the Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny this past summer following the release of the Cloyne report, which pulled aside the veil to reveal the extent of abuse in yet another Irish diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:58 PM

Bishop Tells Congregations to Report Sex Abuse to Catholic Hotline...

PENNSYLVANIA
Jeff Anderson & Associates

Bishop Tells Congregations to Report Sex Abuse to Catholic Hotline, With no Mention of Calling Police

Jeffrey R. Anderson

After Rev. Bartley A. Sorensen, pastor at St. John Fisher Catholic Church in Churchville, Pennsylvania was arrested December 10th and charged with possession of child pornography, a bishop called on the congregation to report any suspected sexual abuse by the priest to a Catholic hotline. Incredibly he made no mention of calling the police.
Calling the hotline may seem like the right move; after all, it’s how Rev. Sorensen was reported. But it’s certainly not the most direct line to get help and keep kids safe.

The investigation into Rev. Sorensen began after an employee of St. John Fisher walked in on the priest looking at a picture of a half-naked boy. When questioned, Rev. Sorensen admitted to possessing and viewing at least 100 child porn images, some of which were found on his computer’s hard drive. He had only been working at the church for a few weeks, but the church employee who reported him said he has spent many hours alone on his computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Diocese of Worcester Releases Annual Report for FY2011

WORCESTER (MA)
Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester

[financial report]

December 15, 2011, WORCESTER, MA -- Following a complete audit of its financial accounting, the Diocese of Worcester has issued online and printed editions of the annual report detailing activities for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2011.

In his letter, the Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester, noted that the Diocese of Worcester “ended the fiscal year with an operating deficit of $315,690 after accounting for depreciation expenses of $467,874.” He also noted that “all office and programs under the Central Administration operated within their budgets.”

As noted by Bishop McManus in past annual reports, Priests’ Retirement Care is a continuing challenge. The bishop reported that, even with a $450,000 subsidy from Partners in Charity, retirement programs for clergy operated at significant expenses over revenues by $1,036,127. In his letter he writes “while I am firmly committed to the well-deserved and appropriate care for these priests who served our parishes throughout their lives, typically until the age of 75 or beyond, prudence dictates that continued deficit spending cannot continue and additional funding among other efforts will be explored this year.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:47 PM

Priests’ retirement care expenses hit diocesan budget

WORCESTER (MA)
The Catholic Free Press

The Diocese of Worcester ended the 2011 fiscal year with an operating deficit of $315,690, according to the annual budget report.

In a letter to the diocese, Bishop McManus said that the deficit included depreciation expenses of $467,874. He noted that “all offices and programs under the Central Administration operated within their budgets.”

He said that priests’ retirement care continues to be a challenge. According to the annual report, the Priests Retirement Fund ended the fiscal year with a deficit of $1,036,127, even with a subsidy from Partners in Charity of $450,000. The fund had revenue totaling $1,340,424, including the subsidy, and expenses totaling $2,616,693.

The bishop wrote that “while I am firmly committed to the well-deserved and appropriate care for these priests who served our parishes throughout their lives, typically until the age of 75 or beyond, prudence dictates that continued deficit spending cannot continue and additional funding among other efforts will be explored this year.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:42 PM

'Whistle-blower' priests say policy thwarts them from aiding in prosecution

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
The Kansas City Star

By JEREMY ROEBUCK
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA - At least four priests, described by lawyers as "whistle-blowers," have come forward hoping to aid in the prosecution of current and former clergy members accused in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex-abuse scandal.

However, an archdiocesan policy requiring them to notify church lawyers before talking to law enforcement could stifle the testimony they are willing to give, city prosecutors told a judge Wednesday.

"They're muffling us," said Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington, paraphrasing the response he said he had heard from at least one priest. "Priests have told us that this is the same thing the (archdiocese) has done all along."

Those allegations came as Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina continued to hear arguments on the issue raised by prosecutors last week.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:25 AM

Ackermann gibt Fehler bei Umgang mit Missbrauch zu

DEUTSCHLAND
SWR

Der Missbrauchsbeauftragte der katholischen Kirche, der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann, hat "gravierende Fehler" bei der Aufarbeitung eines Missbrauchsfalls in seinem eigenen Bistum eingeräumt. In einem offenen Brief erklärt er, der betreffende Priester aus Saarbrücken sei nicht beurlaubt worden.

Damit seien die eigenen Leitlinien nicht konsequent umgesetzt worden, bedauerte Ackermann in dem Schreiben. Der Priester aus dem Saarbrücker Stadtteil Burbach, der seit September regulär pensioniert ist, hatte zugegeben, in den 1980er Jahren sexuelle Kontakte zu zwei Messdienerinnen gehabt zu haben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

Trierer Bischof: Gravierende Fehler gemacht

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann hat „gravierende Fehler“ beim Umgang mit den beiden jüngst bekannt gewordenen Missbrauchsfällen eingeräumt. „Wir haben die in den Leitlinien formulierten Vorgaben nicht so konsequent umgesetzt wie wir dies hätten tun müssen“, schreibt Ackermann in einem heute veröffentlichten offenen Brief an die Gläubigen in seinem Bistum.

Der kirchliche Missbrauchsbeauftragte versicherte, dass es für ihn „kein Abweichen von der Linie der Nulltoleranz gegenüber dem schändlichen Verbrechen sexueller Gewalt gibt“.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:19 AM

Ireland appoints top diplomat as new ambassador to the Holy See

VATICAN CITY/IRELAND
Vatican Insider

The new Irish ambassador to the Holy See, David John Cooney, has previous experience of the Vatican having served as Secretary at Ireland’s Embassy to the Holy See from 1981 to 1985.

Gerard O'Connell
Rome

Ireland’s top diplomat, David John Cooney, will be the country’s first non-resident ambassador to the Holy See.

The Holy See gave its agreement to his nomination at the end of last week, Vatican Insider has learned from informed sources. The Irish Government is expected to make the formal announcement soon.

Ireland established diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 1929 and, since then, has always had a resident ambassador in Rome.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:34 AM

Yet Another Deadline Passes, Still No Report

UNITED STATES
National Survivor Advocates Coalition

Today is the first day of Winter.

We call this to your attention not because we think you might have missed it as you go about your Christmas preparations but because the Vatican made a self announced pledge earlier this year that it would submit its 14 year overdue report to the United Nations on the protection and rights of children in the Autumn.

As of today, Autumn of 2011 is history and the report is still awaited.

The U. N. Committee on the Rights of the Child mandates reporting every five years, beginning with the initial report in 1997, by all of the governments that are signatories to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Vatican, which is the only religion to have a permanent observer at the UN, is a signatory to this Convention.

Perhaps the Vatican believes, and with good reason, that no formal report is really necessary since all that one needs to do is read the newspapers and watch and listen to the broadcast news to see how the Vatican is complying with its international obligations regarding the protection and rights of children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:29 AM

Uitgebreider onderzoek naar sterftecijfers meisjes St. Anna

NEDERLAND
Trouw

De Koraalgroep laat uitgebreider onderzoek doen naar de opvallend hoge sterftecijfers op het toenmalige RK-meisjesinternaat St. Anna in Heel (Limburg) tussen 1952 en 1954. Eerder onderzoek in de onvolledige archieven van St. Anna leverde weinig op, zegt een woordvoerster van de Koraalgroep vandaag.

Een onafhankelijke onderzoekscommissie gaat nu ook in de archieven van de gemeente Maasgouw kijken en gaat waar mogelijk praten met vroegere bewoners of hun nabestaanden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:26 AM

Slachtoffers: bisschoppen nu niet aftreden

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

RIJSWIJK – Slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk willen niet dat bisschoppen aftreden nu het Deetman-rapport is verschenen. Slachtofferorganisatie Klokk zei donderdag dat hun aftreden niets concreets zou opleveren.

"De bisschoppen moeten samen met de ordes en congregaties bewijzen dat hun excuus welgemeend en effectief is”, aldus Guido Klabbers namens Klokk. De organisatie ontving na het verschijnen van het rapport tientallen nieuwe meldingen van seksueel misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:22 AM

Nigeria: Abuses in Churches - Time for Government's Intervention

NIGERIA
allAfrica

Daily Champion

Kingston Ekeke

22 December 2011

Opinion

I 'm not surprised by the recent slapping of a young worshipper in the service by Bishop David Oyedepo in the presence of thousands of parishioners. I have seen worse abuse than that. The difference is that the abused appears to be a very young girl. From her dressing, she is probably a poor young girl, who attends Bishop Oyedepo's Winner Chapel -aka 'Cananland,' which is the richest ministry in Nigeria with over 50,000 members, a university, hospital, clinics, various real estate properties and other business interests in Nigeria and overseas.

Like most of other abusers in the church, the bishop's behavior is the height of Satanism, arrogance, atrocity, pervasion, godlessness, deception, manipulation, and abuse in the church by men who claim to be prophets of God. The bishop's action is not just a physical abuse but emotionally, mentally, morally, and financially abusive as well. Bishop Oyedepo slapped the poor worshipper because she said, "I'm a witch for Jesus." That statement cannot be the only reason for the richest Bishop in the nation to slap the young girl in the presence of thousands of worshippers.

The behaviour of Bishop Oyedepo and others are the kinds of godlessness that are rampant in churches throughout the world today, especially in Africa, Nigeria leading the pack. And this is because most Christians have become very gullible and biblically ignorant.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Religions: Christianity is the most widespread in the world

INTERNATIONAL
Vatican Insider

Data released from a prominent United States research center: 2.18 billion people consider themselves Christian

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

Christianity continues to be the most widespread religion in the world. Around one-third of the Earth's population - 2.18 billion people - are classified as "Christian" in a study by The Pew Forum, a prominent American research center. On the same date, Muslims totaled about 1.6 billion and represented 23.4% of the world's population.

The study - reported by the missionary agency AsiaNews and cited by Radio Vaticana - shows that Catholics make up 50.1% of Christians, Protestants 37%, Orthodox 12%, and the rest are followers of various denominations.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Vatican denies buying Internet domain vatican.xxx

Father Federico Lombardi denies reports of a purchase made to protect against misuse

Vatican Insider staff
Rome

In response to reports that the Vatican had purchased the domain "vatican.xxx” - most likely to protect against misuse, as the ".xxx" domain extension is used for “adult” websites - Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Press Office of the Holy See, explained that "actually this domain name isn't available, as it was purchased by someone - but not the Vatican,” SIR reports.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:51 AM

The (gray) sky over Berlin

GERMANY
Vatican Insider

According to recent research, almost one million people would be willing to abandon Catholic and Protestant Churches

Alessandro Alviani
BERLIN

In Germany one million people want to leave the Catholic or Protestant Church. If you add those who are thinking about it but have not yet made a final decision, the number increases to more than 5.5 million people. This is the result of a study conducted by the Sinus Institute in Heidelberg and published first hand on the supplement “Christ und Welt” of the German weekly Die Zeit.

In practice 2.4% of the total number of Catholics and Protestants over 14 years of age said they would turn their backs on their Church. The apostasy seems to affect the Protestant Church to a greater extent than the Catholic Church; among Protestants, the percentage of those who are determined to leave their Church is 3.2%, while among Catholics it is exactly half (1. 6%). The trend is the same when considering those who are reflecting on leaving their church: 12.1% of total Protestants and 9.9% of Catholics. «For Christian churches, Germany has become a mission territory», writes the director of the Sinus Institute, Bodo Flaig.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Jury in Chatham priest murder trial to resume deliberations

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

MORRISTOWN — The jury in Jose Feliciano’s trial for the slaying of a Chatham priest is to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. today after failing to reach a verdict Wednesday during a four-hour session.

Wednesday’s deliberations began at noon, after the Superior Court jury received a corrected version of the judge’s instructions. The jury received the case Tuesday afternoon and had deliberated for just five minutes when it requested Judge Thomas Manahan’s 59-page jury charge.

Feliciano, 66, a former church custodian, is charged with murder in the Oct. 22, 2009, stabbing death of the Rev. Edward Hinds, 61, parish priest at St. Patrick Church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

German Bishop Concedes Mistakes in Abuse Case

GERMANY
WSLS

By: | Associated Press
Published: December 22, 2011

BERLIN (AP) A bishop who leads the German church's efforts to combat sex abuse says his own diocese made serious mistakes in failing to suspend a priest after allegations emerged against him.

Trier Bishop Stephan Ackermann wrote in an open letter Thursday that he is "personally very sorry" about the slip.

Ackermann says the diocese in January received indications of past abuse of minors by the cleric and made him take his case to prosecutors.

He says that should have been enough to suspend the priest but it didn't happen, apparently because he was recovering from an assault and never officially returned to work before retiring Sept. 1.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Charges dropped against priest accused of sex assault

WISCONSIN
LaCrosse Tribune

By ANNE JUNGEN | ajungen@lacrossetribune.com | Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Prosecutors Wednesday dropped a sexual assault charge filed against a Wisconsin priest accused of groping a 15-year-old girl when he was in La Crosse earlier this year.

The Rev. David Szatkowski, 38, of Franklin, Wis., had maintained his innocence since the charge was filed in August, his attorney Keith Belzer said.

"Unfortunately, members of the community often rush to judgment in cases such as these. Sometimes that judgment is made in error," Belzer said. "In this case, an exhaustive investigation was conducted. At the conclusion of that investigation the charges were finally and appropriately dismissed."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Board: Boston Archdiocese must pay taxes on church

SCITUATE (MA)
My Fox Boston

SCITUATE (AP) - The state appellate tax board says the town of Scituate doesn't have to refund $140,000 in property taxes the Boston Archdiocese has paid on a closed Roman Catholic church.

The archdiocese closed St. Frances X. Cabrini church in 2004, but it's been occupied since by parishioners protesting the closing, who also hold regular church services.

The archdiocese argued the property should retain the tax-exempt status it had as part of the diocese, as long as it's not being used for non-religious purposes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:26 AM

Deputy PM calls for reform of Catholic Church

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

Deputy Prime Minister Maxime Verhagen says Dutch bishops should consider resigning in response to the damning Deetman report on child sex abuse at Catholic institutions.

Speaking on television, Mr Verhagen, himself a Catholic, said that trust in the Catholic Church had been profoundly damaged. He called for the Catholic Church to undertake a far-reaching reform in order to restore confidence in it. The Church, he added, ought to examine why just 200,000 of the country’s four million self-declared Catholics regularly attend mass.

Mr Verhagen said the Church child sex abuse scandal had shaken him so deeply that he could not refrain from speaking out in public.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 AM

Victims can meet with Irish bishop who failed to report abuse charges

IRELAND
The Pilot

By Michael Kelly

Posted: 12/21/2011
DUBLIN (CNS) -- Survivors of clerical sexual abuse in the Cloyne Diocese will be able to meet with the bishop under whose leadership allegations of abuse went unreported to civil authorities in violation of established policy.

Under a new plan announced Dec. 19 by Archbishop Dermot Clifford, apostolic administrator of the Cloyne Diocese, victims would be able to meet Bishop John Magee and Msgr. Denis O'Callaghan, who oversaw the diocese's child protection program as vicar general.

The plan was announced as the final chapter of a report into the handling of abuse in the Cloyne Diocese was published. The chapter revealed that while Bishop Magee ran the diocese, abuse allegations were not reported to civil authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Priest in Cloyne Report storm to face internal church probe

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Thursday December 22 2011

THE elderly cleric at the centre of the Cloyne Report's worst child abuse allegations now faces an internal church investigation that could result in him being defrocked.

The man -- known by the pseudonym 'Fr Ronat' -- will face a formal canonical review early in the new year.

This is an internal church investigation in which canon lawyers will interview all those who lodged complaints of sexual abuse against the cleric -- and will then hear his version of events.

The Irish Independent confirmed last night that, while the canonical review will take "several months" to conclude, it will have the power to recommend to the Vatican that 'Fr Ronat' be laicised or defrocked.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Conlin abuse allegations highlight debate over statute of limitations

NEW JERSEY
Gloucester County Times

By Joe Green/Gloucester County Times

The four people who say veteran Philly sports writer Bill Conlin sexually assaulted them in the 1970s are far from the only ones to make such claims against someone decades after the abuse allegedly occurred.

Conlin’s accusers told their stories to Gloucester County prosecutors last year but found that New Jersey’s statute of limitations won’t allow authorities to charge him criminally.

Likewise for any civil lawsuits, so far.

A pending state bill would do away with the statute of limitations for civil suits in child sex abuse cases.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:06 AM

December 21, 2011

It is NEVER Okay To Defame A 14-Year-Old Crime Victim

CALIFORNIA
The Worthy Adversary

Posted by Joelle Casteix on December 21, 2011 in Clergy Abuse Crisis

International human rights groups cry foul when rape victims are stoned, imprisoned or forced to marry their rapists. But in sunny California, the news is almost as disturbing.

Last week, Richard Aldana, a popular teacher at JSerra High School (an independent Catholic high school that is endorsed, but not owned, by the Diocese of Orange) was arrested for raping a 14-year-old student. The school immediately fired the teacher when they learned of the circumstances around his arrest, according to school spokesman Bill Rams.

So far, so good. But story goes downhill … and fast.

It took less than 24 hours before students at the school (Catholic school students, mind you) went on expletive-laden rants in the comments of local news websites. They blamed the victim, called her names, said that her parents are only after money, and asserted Aldana’s innocence, although they, like the rest of the public, know nothing of the circumstances of the allegations and arrest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 PM

Brooklyn DA Released Abusers’ Names In Recent Years

NEW YORK
The Jewish Week

Hella Winston
Special To The Jewish Week

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes continues to refuse to reveal the names of 85 Orthodox Jewish child molesters his office claims have been arrested and charged through the Kol Tzedek program, a confidential hotline it established in March 2009.

Yet while Hynes’ office has explained this refusal by citing the confidentiality rights of the victims, The Jewish Week has uncovered four press releases it issued as recently as 2010 naming convicted child molesters from the Brooklyn Orthodox community.

According to a Dec. 11 story in the New York Post, Hynes’ office has been involved in the arrests of 85 alleged child molesters from the Brooklyn Orthodox community since January 2009. A spokesman for the DA told The Jewish Week that all of these arrests have come through Kol Tzedek, which was created in partnership with OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services and other Jewish nonprofits to encourage ultra-Orthodox abuse victims to report these crimes to the secular authorities.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 PM

Quebec woman settles sexual abuse lawsuit with Catholic priest, archbishop

CANADA
National Post

By Marianne White

QUEBEC — A Quebec woman reached a settlement with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Quebec and a priest she was suing for $250,000 for sexual abuse she suffered more than 25 years ago.

The lawyer for Shirley Christensen said Wednesday she is “very, very happy” to turn the page on this long-standing legal saga.

“The negotiations were long and very difficult,” said lawyer Alain Arsenault.

Details of the settlement are confidential.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 PM

In sex abuse cases, silence not so golden, after all

UNITED STATES
Washington Post

T.D. Jakes

In the time of Confucius, the Chinese coined a saying: “Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.”

In modern times we are more familiar with the Japanese translation signified by three monkeys covering their eyes, ears, and mouth respectively, in a posture that we recognize as “see no, hear no, and speak no evil.” There is however, a fourth, lesser known monkey called, “do no evil.”

As a pastor of a large congregation, father of five and grandfather of two, it’s easy to point to the fourth monkey, “do no evil” as a no-brainer, especially in light of the recent spate of sex abuse scandals behind the ivy covered walls of our institutions of higher learning and elsewhere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:15 PM

Bisdom Rotterdam zet hulporgaan voor misbruikslachtoffers op

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

ROTTERDAM (ANP) – Bisschop Hans van den Hende denkt dat slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik de mensen binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk die hun leed hebben berokkend, niet kunnen vergeven. Dat liet hij dinsdag in een reactie op het rapport-Deetman weten. „Het past ons te wachten.”

Volgens de bisschop van het bisdom Rotterdam zal de band met de slachtoffers vanuit de kerk moeilijk te herstellen zijn. Hij noemt het een trieste constatering dat feiten niet ongedaan kunnen worden gemaakt. „We zullen ons inspannen voor hulp, genoegdoening, openbaarheid en transparantie jegens slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik en hun familieleden”, aldus Van den Hende.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:12 PM

'Snel duidelijkheid over verjaring misbruik'

NEDERLAND
Metro

DEN HAAG (ANP) - Oud-minister Wim Deetman, voorzitter van de commissie die onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk, hoopt dat er snel duidelijkheid komt over de mogelijkheden om daders in verjaarde zaken toch te vervolgen. Dat zei hij dinsdag, in reactie op geluiden om verjaringstermijnen op te willen heffen.

,,Ik heb de vurige hoop dat er snel uitsluitsel komt in het belang van de slachtoffers'', aldus Deetman bij een congres over het onderzoek van zijn commissie. Hij zei grote juridische haken en ogen te zien bij de plannen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:08 PM

'Aangifte tegen bisdom mist grondslag'

NEDERLAND
Nu

ROTTERDAM - De beschuldiging dat het bisdom Rotterdam een criminele organisatie zou vormen die het plegen van seksueel misbruik als oogmerk had, mist elke grondslag.

Dat zegt het bisdom dinsdag in een reactie op de aangifte die advocaat Jan Boone maandag deed tegen het bisdom.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:05 PM

Bisschoppen spijtoptanten? ( Door Vingerindedijk )

NEDERLAND
Reaguurder

Wat voor waarde moet er gehecht worden aan de spijtbetuiging die de bisschoppen hebben uitgeroepen richting slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik? Zullen de slachtoffers hiermee geholpen zijn? In de tijd dat het gebeurde, heeft de katholieke samenleving alles in het werk gesteld om dit misbruik binnen de kerk te houden.

Mensen konden destijds wel klagen, maar de klachtenprocedure was zo ingewikkeld dat veel mensen er van afzagen. Ook heeft de Tweede Kamer destijds de wens uitgesproken dat priesters een Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag (VOG) zouden ondertekenen. De bisdommen waren het hier niet mee eens. Anders wordt het wel heel moeilijk om een geestelijke die pensioneert feestelijk uit te wuiven en een plantsoentje of steegje naar hem te vernoemen. Of is alles straks afgedaan met: “We hebben toch sorry gezegd…”?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:00 PM

Bisdom Rotterdam verwerpt aantijgingen

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) - De beschuldiging dat het bisdom Rotterdam het plegen van strafbare feiten als oogmerk zou hebben gehad mist elke grondslag. Dat meldt het bisdom dinsdag in reactie op de aangifte van advocaat Jan Boone.

De advocaat stelde maandag dat het bisdom een criminele organisatie was, die het misbruiken van kinderen faciliteerde. Hij zei hiervoor bewijzen te hebben gevonden in het rapport van de commissie-Deetman. Het rapport maakte volgens Boonen duidelijk dat het in het Rotterdamse bisdom 'een soort lustoord' was. Vooral bisschop Philippe Bär zou erg ver zijn gegaan in het toelaten en verhullen van misbruikpraktijken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:56 PM

Kerk vernietigde tal van dossiers seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Joep Dohmen

De bisdommen hebben documenten en soms complete dossiers vernietigd die verwezen naar kindermisbruik. In drie van de zeven bisdommen gebeurde dat systematisch, in de andere incidenteel.

Ook zes van de negen onderzochte congregaties en ordes hebben systematisch ‘geschoond’. De meeste stukken zijn al jaren geleden verdwenen; in enkele gevallen is het mogelijk recent gebeurd.

Dat blijkt uit de bijlage van het eindrapport dat de commissie-Deetman vorige week heeft opgesteld over het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. In haar conclusies maakt de commissie hier geen melding van.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:52 PM

Rutte: daders misbruik RK-kerk alsnog vervolgen

NEDERLAND
RTL

Premier Rutte wil onderzoeken of katholieke geestelijken die zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan kindermisbruik, alsnog vervolgd kunnen worden.

Die uitspraak doet Rutte in het programma College Tour van de NPR. Juristen geven Rutte weinig kans, omdat de misdrijven van de priesters verjaard zijn.

Tienduizenden kinderen misbruikt
De commissie Deetman, die het misbruik in de Katholieke Kerk onderzocht, kwam vorige week met schokkende conclusies. Pedofiele priesters misbruikten in de jaren 50 en 60 tienduizenden kinderen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Kerk vernietigde bewijs misbruik

NEDERLAND
PowNed

Verschillende bisdommen hebben bewijs van seksueel misbruik vernietigd. In drie van de zeven bisdommen gebeurde dit systematisch, in de andere gevallen betrof het incidenten.

Tot deze conclusie komt de commissie Deetman in haar eindrapport. De bisdommen Roermond, Breda en Den Bosch hebben zich schuldig gemaakt aan systematische vernietiging. In Den Bosch werd geen enkel bewijs gevonden voor seksueel misbruik ondanks dat dat bewijs er wel had moeten zijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:46 PM

‘Zwijgcultuur zoals RK kerk’

NEDERLAND
de Week Krant

20 dec 2011

Gorenaar Roel de Ruiter, vaak kritisch volger van raadsvergaderingen, heeft een brief gestuurd naar het college van B en W, alle raadsleden en het provinciebestuur naar aanleiding van uitlatingen van Bijleveld en Goudt over de omstreden gronddeal met CDA-raadslid Rudi Buschers. “De reacties doen mijns inziens niet onder voor de zwijg-en ontkenningscultuur van de katholieke kerk wat betreft seksueel misbruik van kinderen door tal van geestelijken.” De Ruiter roept de gemeenteraad, maar ook Provinciale Staten op een nader onderzoek in te stellen naar de rol van het toenmalige college van B en W ( en zeker ook van ex-burgemeester Bijleveld).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:43 PM

Archief van Bisdom Breda 'een rommeltje'

NEDERLAND
BN DeStem

Auteur: door Geert Nijland | dinsdag 20 december 2011

BREDA - De onderzoekers van de commissie-Deetman zijn in Breda op een chaotisch archief gestuit.

Dat blijkt uit de wetenschapseditie van het onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik binnen de katholieke kerk. Uit het onderzoek blijkt dat zo'n beetje alle persoonsdossiers van personen die voor 1994 stierven zijn vernietigd. Onduidelijk is wanneer dat is gebeurd, al zei voorzitter Wim Deetman eerder dat niet is gebleken dat archiefstukken tijdens of in de aanloop naar het onderzoek zijn verdwenen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:40 PM

“Das ist ein schrecklicher Skandal!”

LUXEMBURG
Wort

[mit audio]

Télécran-Redakteur Jean-Louis Scheffen stellte dem Oberhaupt der Katholischen Kirche in Luxemburg die Fragen der Leser

(das) - Muss die Kirche öffentlich stärker Partei ergreifen, gibt es einen Zusammenhang zwischen dem Zölibat und den Missbrauchsfällen in der katholischen Kirche, was denkt der Erzbischof über die aktuelle Form des Religionsunterrichts und wie möchte er wieder verstärkt Jugendliche ansprechen?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:37 PM

De kwetsbaren staan op de eerste plaats

NEDERLAND
KBVO

Het rapport ‘Seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk’ dat een commissie onder leiding van Wim Deetman publiceerde, laat een groep zondige geestelijken en onverantwoordelijke leiders zien. De commissie maakt melding van klachten over het gedrag van wijlen mgr. Niënhaus, die geruime tijd hulpbisschop is geweest en namens de Bisschoppenconferentie onderwijsreferent.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:30 PM

Kijkcijferrecord College Tour na uitzending Rutte10:26

NEDERLAND
radio.nl

De uitzending met minister-president Mark Rutte heeft College Tour een kijkcijferrecord opgeleverd. Naar het tv-programma keken dinsdagavond 694 duizend mensen volgens Stichting Kijkonderzoek. Vorig seizoen trok de aflevering met toenmalig premier Jan Peter Balkenende 299 duizend kijkers.

Vooraf was veel te doen over de uitzending. Zo kwam na de opnamen naar buiten dat Rutte priesters wil laten vervolgen die zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik binnen de rooms-katholieke kerk. Ook belde hij tijdens de opnamen met minister Ivo Opstelten over de benoeming van Piet Hein Donner tot vicevoorzitter van de Raad van State.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:27 PM

Bisschop: 'Misbruik in kerk niet uit te bannen'

NEDERLAND
Kerknieuws

Volgens bisschop Antoon Hurkmans (foto) van Den Bosch blijft seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk ook in de toekomst voorkomen. Volgens hem is misbruik van minderjarigen in geen enkele sector uit te bannen.

De rooms-katholieke theoloog Hendro Munsterman ziet echter wel mogelijkheden om het misbruik in de kerk aan te pakken. Daarvoor moet de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk wel hervormen, zo schrijft hij in een opiniestuk in het Nederlands Dagblad. Er is een cultuuromslag nodig waarbij priesters en bisschoppen van hun voetstuk af komen. De kerk moet af van de macht en autoriteit die geestelijken nu hebben.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:23 PM

Grand jury indictments in Paramus Catholic sex with students case

NEW JERSEY
Cliffview Pilot

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 12:11 Jerry DeMarco

CLIFFVIEW PILOT SCOOP: A Bergen County grand jury has returned a 25-count indictment charging Paramus Catholic High School’s vice-president of operations and an assistant varsity football coach with having sex with four students while serving as chaperones on a trip to Germany. It also accuses one of them with witness tampering.

Artur Sopel, 32, of River Edge, remains free on $225,000 bail and Michael Sumulikoski, 28, of Elmwood Park, on $50,000 bail.

Court dates have not been set.

Both were arrested in April following an investigation by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit and charged with having sex with three students.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:24 PM

Indictment alleges 2 Paramus Catholic employees had sex with students on school trip

NEW JERSEY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: December 21, 2011

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two former employees at a northern New Jersey Roman Catholic high school have been indicted on charges of having sex with female students.

Artur Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski face multiple counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of children.

Prosecutors allege the incidents occurred during a Paramus Catholic High School trip to Germany last February. The two men acted as chaperones.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:21 PM

Former Paramus Catholic Staffers Indicted On Sex Charges

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Eamon Harbord

A Bergen County Grand Jury returned a 25 count indictment Wednesday against former Paramus Catholic staffers Artur Sopel, 31, of River Edge and Michael Sumilikoski, 27, of Elmwood Park, authorities said.

The two men were arrested on April 5, 2011 on charges that they engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct in with four teenage female students during a school trip to Europe.

The indictment charges Sopel with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 12 counts of sexual assault, which are second degree crimes each carrying a maximum term of 10 years in prison. He is also charged with two counts of witness tampering, a third degree crime carrying a maximum term of five years incarceration.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:18 PM

2 ex-Paramus Catholic employees indicted on charges of sex with female students

NEW JERSEY
The Record

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

BY JAMES QUIRK
STAFF WRITER
The Record

A grand jury indicted two former Paramus Catholic High School employees Wednesday on 25 counts of engaging in illegal sexual behavior with four female students – three during a school exchange trip in Germany earlier this year, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said.

Artur Sopel, who was the school's vice president of operations, and Michael Sumulikoski, who was a substitute teacher and assistant football coach, were arrested April 5 following a monthlong investigation by the Prosecutor's Office into allegations that they engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with teenage students while on a 10-day exchange trip to Germany and Belgium that began Feb. 17.

Sopel, 31, of River Edge, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with two female students during the trip. Sumulikoski, 27, of Elmwood Park, is accused of engaging in sexual activity with one of the female students during the trip abroad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:14 PM

Jury in trial of slain Chatham priest resumes deliberation

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

MORRISTOWN — The jury in Jose Feliciano’s murder trial for the slaying of a Chatham priest resumed deliberations at noon today after receiving a copy it had requested of the judge’s instructions.

The jury in Superior Court in Morristown got the case Tuesday afternoon and had deliberated for just five minutes when it requested the 59 pages of instructions. The deliberations were put on hold while court staff produced a corrected copy of the judge’s jury charge. Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi had objected to the original version, pointing out that it contained typos and Judge Thomas Manahan’s oral instructions differed from the printed version.

The jury had been expected to convene at 11 a.m, but it was delayed when some jurors arrived late due to traffic tie-ups caused by the cleanup of Interstate 287 following Tuesday’s plane crash in nearby Morris Township, court officials said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:33 PM

Canadian court hears that Bishop Lahey poses no danger to minors

CANADA
U.S. Catholic

By Deborah Gyapong Catholic News Service

OTTAWA, Ontario (CCN) -- Bishop Raymond Lahey is not a pedophile and poses virtually no risk of sexual abuse or violence against children, a forensic psychiatrist testified during a sentencing hearing for the prelate who has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

John Bradford, the psychiatrist who examined Bishop Lahey, described him Dec. 19, the first day of the hearing, as a homosexual with an addiction to Internet pornography. The bishop also entertains sadomasochistic fantasies, but indicated during questioning that he has never acted on those fantasies, Bradford said at the hearing.

Bradford said that in a sexual history inventory, Bishop Lahey revealed that he had engaged in "a number of one-night stands" before settling into a "long-standing relationship that has lasted 10 years" and which the bishop hopes to continue when he leaves prison. Michael Edelson, Bishop Lahey's attorney, later said he knew about the romantic relationship and that the other man was not a cleric but a "civilian."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:26 PM

Catholics4Change Mentioned in Inquirer Year-End Column

PHILADELPHIA (PA)
Catholics4Change

December 21, 2011 by Susan Matthews

Click here to read: “Monica Yant Kinney: Checking in on some past acquaintances,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 21, 2011

Important clarification: I do not have a problem with the formality of Mass or any doctrine of Catholic faith. I take issue with apathy and the cover up in regard child sex abuse. That is what makes going to Mass difficult.

My letter to Monica:

Shortly after you wrote your column on Catholics4Change, the priest who married me, baptized both my children and employed me at the Archdiocese was removed from ministry. The watershed moments of my life and faith are now marred by dark questions. But those questions are far easier to deal with than the child sexual abuse endured by survivors.

Lately, I find myself in surprising emotional conversations. People at work, friends and strangers – often the people I least expect – want to talk about religion and faith. I think if you have faith you can deal with just about anything. But people have lost their moorings in all the hypocrisy, denial and lies. I don’t have the answers for them but I share the struggle and think that helps. People need to know their experience is shared. That’s the point of the site – even more than the information it provides.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:21 PM

Abusive priest used hypnosis says report

IRELAND
Irish Echo

[final chapter]

An Irish diocese has been criticized over its failure to deal with allegations of sexual abuse against children between 1996 and 2008, this after new portions of the Cloyne Report were published.

The redacted elements of the report, which were finally released this week, said the failure rested mainly with former bishop of Cloyne, John Magee, who resigned in March last year, and Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan, the delegate for the diocese with responsibility for child protection.

The report investigated how clerical child sex abuse allegations were handled in Cloyne diocese between January 1, 1996 and February 1, 2009. It followed findings by the Catholic church’s own child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, that child protection practices in Cloyne were “inadequate, and in some respects dangerous.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:17 PM

More Cloyne revelations published


IRELAND
Cork Independent

Posted on 20/12/2011

by Christine Allen
@chrisincork

The newly published ninth chapter of the Cloyne report has outlined how the Diocese of Cloyne handled 11 complaints against a priest who continued in office, and threatened legal action against complainants and the Bishop of Cloyne.

Published yesterday afternoon, the report centres around complaints made against a 'Fr Ronat’, who retired in 2005. The Commission reported that it was aware of 11 complaints against the priest and the chapter outlines the difficulty that the diocese experienced in trying to manage the complaints.

It details the actions of Bishop John Magee and Mallow based Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, among others, in handling the complaints.

The 42-page chapter is the longest in the Cloyne Report, which was published in July of this year. It dealt with the handling by church and State authorities of child sex abuse allegations in the diocese of Cloyne between January 1, 1996 and February 1, 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:14 PM

Markey Pushes Her Bill To Prosecute Child Abusers

NEW YORK
The Queens Gazette

BY JOHN TOSCANO

With sordid stories of child abuse again shocking the nation, Assemblymember Margaret Markey (D–Maspeth) has renewed her push for her legislation to give child abuse victims more time to bring their abusers to justice.

Under Markey’s bill, the Child Victims Act, victims of childhood sexual abuse would have a one year additional period to pursue prosecution of cases that in many instances are reported many years after they were committed putting their perpetrators beyond facing charges.

Markey’s bill has passed the Assembly on three past occasions, but in each case the bill could not get state senate approval.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:08 PM

Ex-bishop gets double credit for jail time

CANADA
Metro Ottawa

JESSICA SMITH
METRO OTTAWA

Raymond Lahey, the former Roman Catholic bishop caught with child pornography at the Ottawa International Airport, will get two-for-one credit for his time spent in jail before his sentencing, a judge has ruled.

Lahey, 71, one-time head of the diocese of Antigonish Nova Scotia, asked to go directly to jail in May when he pleaded guilty to a single count of importing child pornography.

The federal government ended two-for-one credit for pre-sentence custody in 2010, but Justice Jack Kirkland ruled that because Lahey was charged in 2009, the old rule applied in his case. Kirkland dismissed the Crown’s suggestion that Lahey’s asking to be incarcerated early was a ploy to get his sentenced reduced.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:34 AM

Disgraced Bishop Lahey apologizes for his Internet porn addiction

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
December 21, 2011

OTTAWA — Disgraced Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey apologized in court Tuesday for possessing child pornography, telling a judge he had an “indiscriminate” addiction to online pornography but didn’t seek help because of his high-ranking position in the church.

A contrite Lahey said he secretly wanted to be found out, so it was a “blessing in disguise” when customs agents stopped him at the Ottawa airport and discovered illicit images which included young boys and teens engaged in sex acts including bondage and torture. A Crown prosecutor said Tuesday some of the 588 images that were later discovered on Lahey’s laptop computer included graphic images of nude boys wearing rosary beads and crucifixes.

Police also located 63 child pornography videos and several stories with themes of slavery.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:31 AM

On the distorted coverage of the Dutch abuse report

NETHERLANDS
The Irish Catholic

David Quinn's blog

Sat, 17/12/2011

If you want to know why so many members of the public so grossly exaggerate the number of priests who are guilty of child abuse, look no further than the coverage of a new report on abuse in the Catholic Church in Holland released yesterday.

The media are correct in stating that approximately 20,000 Dutch children, possibly more, possibly considerably less, have suffered some form of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests, religious or lay workers since 1945.

But on its own, and taken out of context, the reporting is highly misleading because it gives the impression, yet again, that the Catholic Church is especially prone to this terrible scandal.

A story in today's Daily Telegraph is a case in point. It informs us that, "Children involved in church organisations were twice as likely as non-Catholics" to be abused.

But that isn't what the report says at all. What it says is that children in institutions were twice as likely to abused as other children, but that there was no difference in the rates of abuse between Catholic and non-Catholic institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

SNAP says accused pedophile priest is a flight risk

CALIFORNIA
Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests

Posted by David Clohessy on December 19, 2011

At least three Sacramento predator priests - Fr. Gerardo Beltran, Fr. Jose Luis Urbina and Fr. Francisco Javier Garcia - are believed to have fled California after sexually assaulting kids.

Given his youth, we fear that Fr. Ojeda also represents a flight risk.

Why take chances? We hope the judge and Sacramento's bishop will act prudently and make it impossible for Fr. Ojeda to flee the US and continue molesting kids elsewhere.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:12 AM

Kath. Aufarbeitung von sexueller Missbrauch

NIEDERLANDE
T.O.P.-Medien (Deutschland)

Dienstag, 20. Dezember 2011

Die Nachricht, von sexuellem Missbrauch an 10.000 bis 20.000 Kindern und Jugendlichen in katholischen Einrichtungen der Niederlande schockte vor wenigen Tagen die Öffentlichkeit. Doch waren sogleich auch die Entschuldigungsrituale zur Stelle. Wir haben das nicht gewußt bzw. in diesem Umfang nicht erwartet. Wir sind schockiert und beschämt. Priester, die ihre Existenzberechtigung zum großen Teil aus der Bekämpfung des Bösen, Juristen, die die ihre aus der Bekämpfung des Verbrechens ableiten, sie alle sind also geschockt, wenn sich das manifestiert, was ihnen die Existenzberechtigung gibt. In welcher Welt leben sie eigentlich? Flüchten sie etwa in die heile Welt ihres Wirkungskreises und lassen sonst den lieben Gott einen guten Mann sein?

Ist das, was jetzt so massiv in die Vorweihnachtszeit hinein schwappt wirklich nur die Banalität des Bösen? Hat man zu viel Zutrauen zu der Auffassung, daß der liebe Gott es schon richten wird? Ist Gott, der große Unbekannte, der sich zu den Mißbrauchsfällen nicht äußerst, die von seinen angeblichen Dienern begangen wurden, ein Ruhekissen, auf das man die Verantwortung abwälzen kann, um das eigene Gewissen zu beruhigen? Ja, das ist zu befürchten und zu befürchten ist auch, daß gerade mit dieser Grundhaltung eigentlich aus den Vorfällen nichts gelernt wird. Es ist doch sehr beruhigend, daß es sich um Fälle aus der Vergangenheit handelt, und daß die Gnade der Verjährung über die Missetaten den Mantel des Schweigens ausbreitet.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:58 AM

Nothing new

INTERNATIONAL
Oman Tribune

by Marcel Van Silfhout

The findings of the child abuse scandal probe was as predicted

Although awful, the child abuse scandal in the Catholic Church isn’t something new. And the outcome of the investigation was, more or less, as predicted: it took place on a large scale. But still, the devastating results of the investigating committee headed by former Dutch minister Wim Deetman shocked The Netherlands. Nobody thought it would be so massive: “In between 1945 and 1985 about 10,000 to 20,000 Dutch children have been abused by Roman Catholic priests and clerics,” Deetman’s report stated. Some thousands of those children have been raped.

Once more, throughout the whole world, at least in the parts where Roman Catholic schools and other institutions for youngsters are in plenty, child abuse has been reported. The first scandals were exposed in Ireland. Next came the United States, Australia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Revelations in Holland came relatively late, most assumedly due to the common feeling that ‘The Netherlands’ always has been a calm and normal country where these things just didn’t happen. So, once more, The Netherlands had to wake up in shock.

If one looks closely at the report, into the ‘facts and figures’, it’s remarkable to see that sexual abuse was widely known within the higher levels of the church. The policy was a simple one: silence. This ‘cover up approach and culture of secrecy’ was informally but effectively proclaimed by the Vatican in Rome. To protect the image of the church was far more important than admitting to the existence of child abusers amongst its own ranks. A question that perplexes all is, how come in all this time people didn’t see this ugly reality, this ugly truth?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 AM

Abuse and Assault

UNITED STATES/UNITED KINGDOM
UK Progressive

Reflections On | Carl Matthes | December 21, 2011

For many years, all across the United States, priests and other authorities of the Catholic Church have been embroiled in abuse and assault charges involving minors. Now, charges of assault and abuse against defensive football coach Jerry Sandusky of Penn State have once again shown the vulnerability of youngsters when in the care of an authority figure connected to a respected institution. And, at Penn State like the Catholic Church, we know that the abusers were enabled by higher-ups who, in some way, looked the other way or covered-up for them.

Women, girls and boys are victims of sexual assault and abuse. Adult males make up nearly 100% of the perpetrators. Females account for 90% of the victims, males for 10%. For too long, homosexual men have been demonized as the main perpetrators of this type of immoral and criminal behavior. Statistics show that that is absolutely not true.

Society has learned that the force which drives sexually-based assault and abuse is not easily categorized, understood or rooted out. What is understood is that this force is not driven by sexual need; men turn their physical and manipulative powers into a destructive force. The most horrific and unjustified exercise of this force is when it is unleashed against children.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:41 AM

Youth minister sentenced to 22 years for rape and sexual abuse of five girls

NEW YORK
Empire State News

NEW YORK - A former minister at Mariners’ Temple Baptist Church in Lower Manhattan, was sentenced to 22 years in prison, followed by 20 years of post-release supervision. On April 3, 2011, Jeremy Fulton, 29, pled guilty to Rape in the First Degree relating to the rape and sexual abuse of five girls who attended his church, where Fulton also served as the associate director of the church’s after-school and summer camp programs.

“This defendant used his position of authority and respect as a member of the clergy to win the trust of parents and gain access to children for the purpose of sexually abusing these girls,” said District Attorney Cyrus Vance. “Children who survive sexual abuse often face a lifetime of recovery. We hope the conclusion of this case and this sentence bring a measure of justice to those victims and their families.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 AM

Man jailed for filming child abuse

AUSTRALIA
ABC News

A northern Tasmanian man will spend at least two years in prison for recording child sexual abuse and sharing it on the internet.

Christopher John Wright pleaded guilty to 16 child exploitation charges, including committing indecent acts and assault against a child.

The 31-year-old from West Launceston was arrested in January after United States investigators told Australian Federal Police he was using email to send and receive child pornography.

Wright admitted taking sexually explicit photos and videos of a young girl.

He then emailed the footage to at least two other people.

The abuse took place at the Ravenswood Christian Fellowship centre where Wright's mother is a pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Victims of abuse by Dutch clergy seek trials

NETHERLANDS
The Irish Times
English - Eindrapport: Onderzoekscommissie

PETER CLUSKEY in The Hague

THE POSSIBILITY of changing the law to allow prosecutions against Catholic clergy believed to have been involved in child abuse is being examined by the Dutch cabinet. This is despite the fact that the statute of limitations on their alleged crimes has run out, Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said last night.

The 1,100-page report of the Deetman Commission revealed last Friday that more than 800 Catholic priests and monks – 105 of whom are still alive – had systematically abused as many as 20,000 children, many of them sexually, in church-run institutions, between 1945 and 1985.

Mr Rutte was commenting after it emerged that a formal complaint had already been lodged with the public prosecutor’s office against the Catholic diocese of Rotterdam and its former bishop, Philippe Bär, claiming they had provided “a platform for criminals involved in the abuse of minors”.

The Deetman Commission – chaired by former education minister Wim Deetman – focused in detail on Rotterdam diocese, collating evidence of a substantial number of sexual abuse cases there during the 1980s.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:30 AM

Jury's request halts deliberations in priest-murder trial

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

Minutes into deliberating the fate of ex-custodian Jose Ramon Feliciano on Tuesday, a Morris County jury’s request for a copy of the 59-page legal instructions they have to follow led to their dismissal for the day with orders to return at 11 a.m. today.

The jury, composed of eight men and four women, and four female alternates, were orally given the legal charge Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan, sitting in Morristown, and told they could have a copy in the jury room if they chose. The jury asked within a few minutes of starting deliberations but a copy wasn’t immediately provided, as Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi argued that the printed charge wasn’t word for word the oral charge given by the judge and had typos.

Manahan said he would watch the videotape of his charge recitation and match it to the printed charge for possible dissemination today to the jury, which has to decide whether Feliciano is guilty of murdering the Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham on Oct. 22, 2009, or guilty of a lesser form of homicide called passion/provocation manslaughter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Marcos Breton: Faith and justice square off in priest case

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

By Marcos Breton

The criminal case of a Sacramento diocesan priest accused of sexual molestation is evolving into a morality play where faith and justice will do battle and nobody will win.

Scores are rushing to the aid of Father Uriel Ojeda – tall, handsome and adored to the point of worship – while he remains isolated from other prisoners in Sacramento's Main Jail through the holidays.

Since his arrest on Dec. 1, Ojeda's legion of supporters have attended his court hearings by the bus load from Redding and Woodland. That's where the 32-year-old lovingly preached his way into many hearts.

A lifelong Catholic, I've never seen anything like it.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 AM

December 20, 2011

Government will respond to calls after abuse audit

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

THE GOVERNMENT will await the outcome of an audit of Catholic dioceses before responding to calls for further inquiries into the church’s handling of sexual abuse complaints, Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has said.

Responding to a written Dáil question from Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, Ms Fitzgerald said she was awaiting receipt of the national audit of dioceses by the Health Service Executive.

Mr Stanley had asked if there were any plans to establish a statutory inquiry to investigate sex abuse complaints and concerns about a “former archbishop of Dublin”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:39 PM

Mixed reaction from Cloyne victims to meeting proposal

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE and EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY

THOSE WHO made complaints of sexual abuse against a Cloyne priest yesterday expressed mixed views on a suggestion by Archbishop Dermot Clifford that they might be given the opportunity to meet Bishop John Magee and Msgr Denis O’Callaghan.

Archbishop Clifford suggested it would be possible for those who had made complaints against a priest given the pseudonym “Fr Ronat” to meet Bishop Magee and Msgr O’Callaghan as part of a counselling programme due to start in Cloyne next year.

The Commission of Investigation into the Diocese of Cloyne was highly critical of failings by both Bishop Magee, who resigned as bishop of Cloyne last year, and Msgr O’Callaghan to properly investigate and report complaints.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 PM

Convicted abuser loses court appeal

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A former Dublin priest and member of the All Priests Show sentenced to 16 years for sexual abuse has lost an appeal against his conviction.

Tony Walsh (57) pleaded guilty in November 2010 to two counts of indecently assaulting a male in a Dublin church and to a further charge of indecently assaulting a male in a school.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:29 PM

Disgraced Bishop Lahey apologizes for his Internet porn addiction

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
December 20, 2011

OTTAWA — Disgraced Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey apologized in court Tuesday for possessing child pornography and urged others who may have similar addictions to online pornography to seek help.

“I have always believed that people should take full responsibility for their actions, and I certainly want to take full responsibility for my own,” Lahey told Ontario Court Justice Kent Kirkland.

“I know I’ve done wrong, not only something illegal, but something that goes against the moral principles I believe in,” he continued.

“During the past 26 months, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what I have done. I can say I have come to recognize that I became addicted to Internet pornography on a very indiscriminate basis. This was an addiction powerful enough that despite my own distaste for it and my own internal convulsions I could not break it.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:16 PM

Canadian Bishop ...

CANADA
The Globe and Mail

Canadian Bishop in child-porn case tells court he's 'truly sorry'

OTTAWA— The Canadian Press

Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

A disgraced Roman Catholic bishop who got caught with hundreds of pornographic photos of young boys says he's sorry.

Speaking in public for the first time since he got caught at the Ottawa airport, Raymond Lahey offered an apology to the church and to victims of child pornography.

“I am truly sorry for what I have done,” Mr. Lahey told the court on Tuesday, the second day of his sentencing hearing.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 PM

Lahey surprises courtroom with request to speak

CANADA
CTV

Jaws dropped in an Ottawa courtroom when disgraced former Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey asked to speak. The 71-year-old who pleaded guilty to importing child pornography in May, made a lengthy apology and said he was sorry for any hurt caused to children, their families and the Roman Catholic Church.

"I've always believed that people should take full responsibility for their actions and I certainly want to take full responsibility for my own," said Lahey.

"I know that I've done wrong. Not only something illegal, but something that goes against the moral principles that I believe in," he added.

Lahey was stopped at the Ottawa International Airport in 2009. Ottawa police say they found hundreds of child pornography files on Lahey's personal computer.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 PM

Raymond Lahey, Canadian Bishop In Child Porn Case, Apologizes

CANADA
Huffington Post

OTTAWA, Ontario -- A Canadian Roman Catholic bishop charged with importing child pornography apologized in court Tuesday to the church and to victims of child pornography.

Speaking for the first time since he was charged in 2009 with possessing and importing child pornography, Bishop Raymond Lahey told the court that his addiction to Internet porn went against his moral principles.

"I am truly sorry for what I have done," said a frail and gaunt Lahey on the second day of his sentencing hearing. "I know that I've done wrong."

In a rare case of a high-ranking Canadian Catholic Church official charged with sexual misconduct, Lahey was arrested in 2009 after border agents examined his laptop computer at an Ontario airport on his return home from London.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

Jury begins deliberating fate of janitor charged with killing Chatham priest

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

Minutes into deliberating the fate of ex-custodian Jose Ramon Feliciano on Tuesday, a Morris County jury’s request for a copy of the 59-page legal instructions they have to follow led to their dismissal for the day with orders to return at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The jury, now composed of eight men and four women, and four female alternates, were orally given the legal charge Tuesday by Superior Court Judge Thomas V. Manahan and told they could have a copy in the jury room if they chose. The jury asked within a few minutes of starting deliberations but a copy wasn’t immediately provided, as Morris County Prosecutor Robert A. Bianchi argued that the printed charge wasn’t word-for-word the oral charge given by the judge and had typos.

Manahan said he would watch the videotape of his charge recitation and match it to the printed charge for possible dissemination Wednesday to the jury. It has to decide whether Feliciano is guilty of murdering the Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham on Oct. 22, 2009, or guilty of a lesser form of homicide called passion//provocation manslaughter.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:32 PM

Judge instructs jury before deliberation in murder trial of custodian who stabbed Chatham priest

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

MORRISTOWN — The Jose Feliciano murder trial headed to the jury today when Superior Court Judge Thomas Manahan gave his instructions to the panel in Morristown.

Manahan defined the charges the jury will be considering, a key element in the complicated case.

The jury began deliberating at 3:05 p.m., but five minutes later, requested a copy of Manahan's 59-page "jury charge," his instructions. Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi objected, saying the judge's oral instructions had differed from the written transcript, which contained typos. Deliberations were called off for the day and are to resume tomorrow at 11 a.m., when officials hope to have a new transcript that is identical to the judge's oral charge.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Irish Archbishop Says Sex Abuse Victims to Meet With Clergy

IRELAND
The New York Times

By DOUGLAS DALBY

DUBLIN — A senior Roman Catholic prelate in Ireland said on Tuesday that the church would arrange for victims of clerical sex abuse in one diocese to meet with the bishop who was in charge of the diocese when hundreds of abuse complaints were kept secret.

The meetings, the first of their kind in the Irish sex abuse scandals, are similar to those now taking place in the United States.

In an interview on RTE, the state television network, Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who now leads the diocese of Cloyne, discussed the planned meetings and repeated an apology to victims, saying that the church’s failure to report allegations of abuse to the police was misguided.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:28 PM

Nuns lose battle with priest on church assets

KENYA
Daily Nation

By Nation Correspondent
Posted Tuesday, December 20 2011

A group of Catholic nuns have lost their bid to stop a priest from running four church institutions.

The Assumption Sisters of Nairobi sued Father William Charles Fryda over claims of harassment, intimidation and mismanagement of funds.

Lady Justice Roselyne Nambuye ruled that what the nuns were asking for was not properly argued in the petition thus she could not issue a ruling to stop Father Fryda from running the institutions.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:39 PM

Former priest fails in appeal against abuse conviction

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A former Dublin priest and notorious serial sex offender sentenced to 16 years for abusing three victims has failed in an appeal against his conviction.

Tony Walsh - who was a well-known member of the singing All Priests Show - in November 2010 received sentences for separate cases of indecent assault and buggery of three boys in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Court of Criminal Appeal this afternoon rejected Walsh’s appeal against conviction, having found that issues raised concerning the credibility of one of the complainants had correctly been left to the jury to decide.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:36 PM

Die Kirche wendet sich gegen eine Instrumentalisierung von Mißbräuchen

DEUTSCHLAND
Kreuz

Dieses Hirtenwort wurde am 9. Mai 1937 in allen Kirchen der Diözese Berlin verlesen. Von Bischof Konrad Graf Kardinal von Preysing Lichtenegg-Moos († 1950).

Geliebte Diözesanen!

In letzter Zeit füllen sich die Spalten der Zeitungen täglich mit ausführlichen und groß aufgemachten Prozeßberichten über Sittlichkeitsverbrechen katholischer Priester und Ordensbrüder.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:30 PM

Priester gesteht sexueller missbrauch

DEUTSCHLAND
TV Bayern

Video

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Sexueller Missbrauch: Priester in Brasilien zu langen Haftstrafen verurteilt

BRASILIEN
Agencia Latina Press

In Brasilien sind drei katholische Priester wegen wiederholten sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern und Jugendlichen zu jeweils 16 Jahren und 4 Monaten Haft verurteilt worden. Ein Gericht im Bundesstaat Alagaos im Nordosten des Landes sah er als erwiesen an, dass die Geistlichen sich über Jahre hinweg an Messdienern vergangenen hatten. Die Opfer waren zur Tatzeit zwischen 12 und 16 Jahre alt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:10 PM

Priest Waives Child Porn Case To Trial

PENNSYLVANIA
WTAE

[video]

A Pittsburgh-area priest accused of possessing child pornography waived his case to trial on Tuesday.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:07 PM

Rapport Commissie Deetman

NEDERLAND
RKK

Vrijdag 16 december werd het langverwachte rapport van de commissie-Deetman gepresenteerd. Deze extra lange uitzending staat volledig in het teken van de bevindingen van de commissie. Bekijk de uitzending

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:03 PM

Bisschop Van den Hende: 'Woorden zijn pas begin van excuus'

NEDERLAND
BN DeStem

Auteur: door Gerlach Hochstenbach | dinsdag 20 december 2011

BREDA - "Slachtoffers kunnen wellicht het hen aangedane leed door mensen van de kerk niet vergeven. Het past ons om te wachten op het moment dat zij daartoe mogelijk wél in staat zullen zijn." Dat zegt bisschop Hans van den Hende in een reactie op het rapport van de commissie Deetman.

Van den Hende is sinds een half jaar bisschop in Rotterdam. Tot eind januari, als zijn opvolger Jan Liesen wordt geïnstalleerd, zwaait hij ook nog de scepter over het bisdom Breda waar hij in november 2006 werd aangesteld.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:00 PM

Van den Hende: vergeving wellicht onmogelijk

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

ROTTERDAM - Bisschop Hans van den Hende denkt dat slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik de mensen binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk die hun leed hebben berokkend, niet kunnen vergeven. Dat liet hij dinsdag in een reactie op het rapport-Deetman weten. „Het past ons te wachten.”

Volgens de bisschop van het bisdom Rotterdam zal de band met de slachtoffers vanuit de kerk moeilijk te herstellen zijn. Hij noemt het een trieste constatering dat feiten niet ongedaan kunnen worden gemaakt.„We zullen ons inspannen voor hulp, genoegdoening, openbaarheid en transparantie jegens slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik en hun familieleden”, aldus Van den Hende. Het bisdom gaat daarom een speciale commissie instellen waar ook de bisschop deel van uitmaakt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:56 PM

Bisschop: vergeving is onmogelijk

NEDERLAND
BNR Juridische Zaken

De slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke kerk kunnen het leed dat hen is aangedaan, niet vergeten. Vergeven is niet mogelijk, gelooft bisschop Hans van den Hende.

Dat zei de bisschop van het bisdom Rotterdam dinsdag in een reactie op het rapport-Deetman. Volgens Van den Hende zal de band met de slachtoffers vanuit de kerk moeilijk te herstellen zijn. Hij noemt het een trieste constatering dat feiten niet ongedaan kunnen worden gemaakt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:53 PM

Misbruik is wraakroepende zonde

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

EINDHOVEN (RKnieuws.net) - Geestelijken die zich schuldig maken aan seksueel misbruik moeten het Vaticaan een doorn in het oog zijn. Ze maken mensen kapot en ook de Blijde Boodschap.

Het Vaticaan, de top van de rooms-katholieke kerk, moet, nu de omvang van het seksueel misbruik door geestelijken steeds duidelijker wordt, de schuldigen aanpakken. Schorsing of ontslag moet volgen, zeker voor de ’grootste zondaars’ en ook in geval van verjaring van de zedendelicten en het verzwijgen daarvan door bisschoppen. En de maatregelen moeten aan de grote klok worden gehangen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 1:50 PM

Priest was abused as St Peter's seminarian

IRELAND
Enniscorthy Guardian

By CONOR CULLEN

Tuesday December 20 2011

A PRIEST who was sexually assaulted by another cleric at the seminary in St Peter's College has said that superiors there 'should not have been in charge of pigs, never mind students'.

Fr Patrick Mccafferty was giving evidence during the trial of paedophile and former priest James Martin Donaghy (53), of Lady Wallace Drive, Lisburn, who was convicted of 23 out of 26 charges he faced, including indecent assault and attempted buggery, at Belfast Crown Court.

The jury acquitted Donaghy of common assault and told Judge Patrick Lynch QC they would not be able to reach verdicts on two remaining charges of indecent assault and attempted buggery.

The three victims were Fr Mccafferty, former altar boy James Doherty and a former trainee priest who cannot be named. Donaghy had denied sexually abusing his three victims on dates between June 1983 and December 2000.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:57 PM

Priest will go to trial over child pornography charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

By Moriah Balingit, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Churchill priest facing possession of child pornography charges will head to trial after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

The Rev. Bartley A. Sorenson, 62, faces four counts of felony possession.

He had been arrested twice in the past week after detectives discovered thousands of images on his computer and on CDs. They were tipped off when a woman called a child abuse hotline to report he was viewing the graphic images on his computer in the rectory of St. John Fisher Church in Churchill, where he was the pastor.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:22 AM

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UNITED STATES
Ken Hills

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

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Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:04 AM

Cloyne abuse victims meet Bishop Magee in new year

IRELAND
BBC News

Clerical sex abuse victims in the Cloyne diocese in the Irish Republic will be able to meet Bishop John Magee in the new year.

Bishop Magee was in charge of the diocese while abuse allegations went unreported.

The report into the handling of abuse in Cloyne found serious lapses in how children were protected.

Under a new scheme, victims may also meet Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan who was in charge of child protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:01 AM

Padres são condenados em Arapiraca

BRASIL
Gazeta de Alagoas

Por: FERNANDO VINÍCIUS - REPÓRTER

Arapiraca – Os padres acusados por prática de pedofilia contra três ex-coroinhas, em Arapiraca, foram condenados pela Vara da Infância e da Juventude do município. A sentença, lida na tarde de ontem pelo juiz João Luiz Azevedo Lessa, fixa 21 anos de reclusão para Luiz Marques Barbosa e 16 anos e quatro meses de detenção para Raimundo Gomes e Edílson Duarte, além de multa para os três religiosos.

Antes de apresentar o veredito, o magistrado declarou para a Gazeta não ter sido pressionado por nenhuma das partes citadas no escândalo, caso que assumiu em julho deste ano e que resultou em 1.340 páginas, mais as 76 relacionadas à decisão que será oficialmente comunicada aos réus. A partir da data do recebimento da sentença, os advogados têm até cinco dias para apresentar recurso.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:58 AM

Justiça condena padres alagoanos acusados de pedofilia, pena chega a 21 anos

BRASIL
Jornal Correio do Povo

Cinco meses e 11 dias após iniciar o julgamento, o juiz da 1ª Vara da Infância e da Juventude de Arapiraca (AL), João Luiz de Azevedo Lessa, condenou, nesta segunda-feira (19), os três padres de Arapiraca acusados de pedofilia contra coroinhas a penas que variam de 16 a 21 anos de prisão.

Segundo a decisão, o padre Luiz Marques Barbosa, 84, foi condenado a 21 anos de prisão, enquanto os padres Edílson Duarte, 43, e Raimundo Gomes, 50, ficarão por 16 anos e quatro meses na prisão. Além disso, eles foram multados em R$ 1.816 cada um.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:55 AM

Brazil: 3 priests sentenced in sex abuse of minors

BRAZIL
The Associated Press

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A juvenile court judge in Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas has sentenced three priests for sexually abusing minors for years.

Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa was sentenced to 21 years in prison on Monday, while Monsignor Raimundo Gomes and priest Edilson Duarte were given 16 years and four months in prison.

Three former altar boys said they were between 12 and 16 when they began to be assaulted. Prosecutors said the priests kept the boys quiet with money and then with threats.

One of the victims videotaped a sexual act between Barbosa and an altar boy. The video was posted online and sold in street fairs, shocking Arapiraca, the second largest city in the state.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:51 AM

Final chapter of Cloyne Report unearths more damning evidence of cover up by Bishop and police

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

[final chapter]

Published Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shocking allegations of a cover-up into child sex abuse allegations against a Fr Ronat have come to light with the publication of the final chapter of the Cloyne Report – including claims that an investigating cleric tried to suggest a teenage victim was to blame.

The most troubling chapter of the Cloyne Report, Chapter Nine has finally been allowed into the public domain on the back of a ruling by Dublin’s High Court.

The Irish Examiner newspaper reports that the newly published chapter claims that the cleric asked to examine abuse allegations against Fr Ronat suggested the teenage girl was to blame.

The new section of the report also found that the bishop’s advisory committee tried to ensure the young woman’s complaints were not treated as child abuse while police buried an allegation of child abuse made by a young boy against the same priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 9:00 AM

Priest held on $5 million bail is no flight risk, his defense attorney says

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

By Andy Furillo afurillo@sacbee.com

An unspoken fear that the Rev. Uriel Ojeda will take off for Mexico if he gets out of jail is the big reason the priest, accused of child molestation, is stuck with a $5 million bail, his lawyer said Monday.

Defense attorney Jesse Ortiz did not disclose where he thinks the concern about Ojeda's flight risk is coming from, but he told reporters he has subpoenaed the accused priest's personnel records from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento.

Ortiz said Ojeda, who is accused of seven counts of molesting a girl under age 14, is not a flight risk. He said he needs the 32-year-old priest's records to demonstrate it in court on a bail-review motion, so he asked a judge on Monday to delay a hearing on the issue until he gets the records in hand.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:54 AM

Jury to get instructions at N.J. priest murder trial

NEW JERSEY
Post and Courier

Written by
The Associated Press

MORRISTOWN — Jurors at the trial of a janitor accused of killing a New Jersey priest are expected to begin weighing whether he's guilty of murder or manslaughter.

Jose Feliciano doesn't deny stabbing the Rev. Edward Hinds to death in the rectory of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham in 2009.

But the Easton, Pa., resident's lawyer told jurors during closing arguments on Monday that Feliciano was being sexually blackmailed by Hinds and killed in a fit of rage.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:50 AM

Hurkmans:help misbruikslachtoffers

NEDERLAND
Omroep Gelderlander

's-HERTOGENBOSCH - Bisschop Hurkmans van Den Bosch roept priesters, diakens en pastooraal werkers in zijn bisdom op om slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik te helpen. In een maandag uitgegeven reactie op het rapport van de Commissie Deetman zegt Hurkmans dat terugtreden het verkeerde signaal is.

Hurkmans spreekt van een confronterend rapport. Deetman noemt in Hurkmans bisdom een aantal van 35 plegers in de periode 1945-2010.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:44 AM

De kerk moet met gebogen hoofd staan

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

Priesters en anderen in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk hebben duizenden kinderen voor het leven beschadigd. Het rapport van de commissie-Deetman heeft tot in detail beschreven wat er is gebeurd, wie erbij betrokken waren, wat de tactiek was van daders en hun meerderen om weg te kijken van het gebeurde en de slachtoffers in de steek lieten. Het rapport is een grote aanklacht tegen de samenleving waarin seksueel misbruik op zo’n schaal en gedurende zo’n lange tijd kon plaatsvinden en tegen de kerk in het bijzonder.

Het drama beperkt zich niet tot binnen de muren van kerk en kostschool; de komende maanden zal blijken hoe in bijvoorbeeld overheidsinstellingen waar kinderen verbleven, zich soortgelijke taferelen hebben afgespeeld. En wellicht: afspelen. Inderdaad, dat laatste: steeds weer duiken berichten op van daders van seksueel misbruik: thuis, in het zwembad, op de sportvereniging en zelfs in de crèche.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Hurkmans stapt niet op na rapport

NEDERLAND
ED

DEN BOSCH - Bisschop Antoon Hurkmans is niet van plan terug te treden naar aanleiding van het rapport-Deetman over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. Terugtreden zou het verkeerde signaal zijn, meent Hurkmans, omdat daarmee de slachtoffers niet geholpen zijn.

De Bossche bisschop noemt de bevindingen confronterend en deelt de conclusie van Deetman dat seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen breed in de samenleving voorkomt. Maar dit relativeert volgens hem niet het misbruik in en de rol van de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Bisschop Hurkmans reageert op rapport Deetman

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

DEN BOSCH (RKnieuws.net) - Mgr. Hurkmans wil doorgaan met de persoonlijke gesprekken met slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik door geestelijken en andere medewerkers die onder verantwoordelijkheid vallen van het bisdom Den Bosch. Ook blijft hij zelf zoveel mogelijk deelnemen aan de hoorzittingen in Utrecht waar de klachten van de slachtoffers worden behandeld. Terugtreden vindt hij juist nu het verkeerde signaal, omdat daarmee de slachtoffers niet geholpen zijn. Het rapport Deetman meldt dat onder Mgr. Hurkmans een goede administratie is bijgehouden die aan de Onderzoekscommissie ter beschikking is gesteld. Ook krijgt onder Hurkmans (vanaf 1998 bisschop) de aanpak van probleemgevallen de nodige aandacht en is bij een vermoeden van een strafbaar feit aangifte gedaan.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:35 AM

Bisschop Wiertz niet weg om rapport Deetman

NEDERLAND
L1

Bisschop Wiertz van Roermond blijft aan, tenzij de paus hem ontslaat. Wel betuigt hij spijt over het seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke Kerk. Wiertz reageert daarmee op het rapport van de commissie Deetman, die het misbruik onderzocht. Dat rapport werd vrijdag gepresenteerd. Eerder stapten bisschoppen in Ierland wel op toen bekend werd dat ook daar op grote schaal kinderen misbruikt werden, en dat bisschoppen die zaken in de doofpot stopten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Ze kwamen er mee weg

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Eindrapport: Onderzoekscommissie

'Wat is er toch aan de hand?', verzuchtte Wim Deetman vrijdag bij de presentatie van zijn onderzoek naar seksueel misbruik in de kerk. Psychologe Anke Bisschops maakt duidelijk dat misbruik niet door het celibaat komt. 'De belangrijkste factor is macht.'

Regelmatig klinkt de stelling dat daders tot misbruik kwamen omdat ze celibatair (moeten) leven. De redenering luidt: wanneer iemand geen seks kan of mag hebben, zal hij (het is zelden een zij) zich eerder aan anderen vergrijpen. Als verklaring schiet deze logica echter tekort. Waarom zouden celibatairen die moeite hebben met het celibaat anderen misbruiken, als er ook de optie bestaat om uit te treden of desnoods een geheime relatie aan te gaan? Dat laatste gebeurt regelmatig. En als het celibaat de voornaamste oorzaak van misbruik is, hoe valt dan te verklaren dat veel misbruik plaatsvindt door gehuwde mannen, zoals in gezinnen?

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:29 AM

Bisschop: misbruik zal blijven bestaan

NEDERLAND
Tubantia

Auteur: Tom de Louw | dinsdag 20 december 2011

DEN BOSCH - Bisschop Antoon Hurkmans van Den Bosch is 'nuchter genoeg' om te zeggen dat seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk voor zal blijven komen. Misbruik van minderjarigen is volgens hem in geen enkele sector uit te bannen, al neemt dat niet weg dat de kerk er alles aan moet doen om het te beperken.

"Maar we moeten realistisch zijn. De commissie-Deetman heeft de kerk niet gespaard, toch is hij respectvol met alle gegevens omgegaan. Hij heeft het sociaal omkaderd; misbruik van kinderen komt niet alleen in de kerk voor."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:26 AM

Rutte bekijkt vervolging priesters

NEDERLAND
NOS

Het kabinet onderzoekt of katholieke geestelijken die zich schuldig hebben gemaakt aan seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk alsnog kunnen worden vervolgd. Dat zegt premier Rutte in het tv-programma College Tour dat vanavond wordt uitgezonden.

Er leven nog zo'n honderd geestelijken van wie bekend is dat ze zich hebben vergrepen aan kinderen. Ze kunnen nu nog niet worden vervolgd omdat de misdrijven zijn verjaard.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:23 AM

”Misbruik rooms-katholieke kerk, een delict dat niet mag verjaren”

NEDERLAND
Mootz

Daders van seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk alsnog vervolgen, ook al is de verjaringstermijn al verstreken? De Tweede Kamer kijkt of dit mogelijk is. Aanleiding is een rechtszaak die drie slachtoffers hebben aangespannen tegen de Staat der Nederlanden. De slachtoffers willen een aanpassing van de wet zodat verjaring van de strafbare feiten ongedaan gemaakt kan worden.

Bij de Kamer ligt een wetsvoorstel van minister Opstelten (VVD, Veiligheid en Justitie) om de verjaringstermijn voor ernstige delicten aan te passen. Maar de bewindsman waarschuwt dat ”reeds verjaarde feiten niet – en met terugwerkende kracht – alsnog vervolgbaar worden”. Dat zou een inbreuk zijn op het beginsel van rechtszekerheid, en strijdig met het Europees Verdrag tot bescherming van de Rechten van de Mens.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:20 AM

No more prosecutions over Cloyne abuse scandal

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

No further prosecutions are planned over clerical abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne — with just one of the 19 clerics at the centre of abuse complaints ever convicted.

The diocese was under the control of Newry bishop John Magee during the abuse. The revelation came as the Irish government released the full Cloyne Report, featuring previously withheld details on a priest known as ‘Fr Ronat’.

One girl complained that she had been abused by Fr Ronat — who had an interest in hypnosis — at his house when she was 17 or 18 years old.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 AM

KC Star risks credibility with bias against accused priest

KANSAS CITY (MO)
Catholic News Agency

Kansas City, Mo., Dec 20, 2011 / 06:07 am (CNA).- The Kansas City Star stands accused of violating journalistic standards, by presenting a priest as guilty of abuse on the basis of one man's uncorroborated account.

“When I first read this, I assumed he'd been convicted,” Marquette University Professor Dr. William Thorn told CNA, offering his reaction on Dec. 19 to Judy L. Thomas' recent three-part series about an allegation and lawsuit against 85-year-old Missouri priest Monsignor Thomas O'Brien.

“That's how it reads: as a post-conviction story, not as a story about suits that have been filed. It's prejudicial,” said Thorn, a professor or journalism at Marquette's Diederich College of Communications.

He said Thomas' series of features was “all focused on the accuser, and designed to generate enormous emotional support for him,” while downplaying the conflicting account offered by others.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 AM

Lawyer argues for release of convicted bishop

CANADA
The Ottawa Citizen

By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen
December 20, 2011

A disgraced former Catholic bishop interested in gay sadomasochistic sex and addicted to Internet pornography shouldn't spend another day in jail for possessing child pornography, his lawyer argued Monday.

Raymond Lahey, 71, should receive the mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail, especially considering the relatively small number of images he possessed, a doctor's finding that he presents virtually no risk to the community and the fact his reputation has been left in tatters by the incessant and international media coverage of the case, Michael Edelson said.

Since Lahey's offence predated a law abolishing enhanced double credit for time served in jail while awaiting sentencing, he should also receive two-for-one credit for the more than seven months he has voluntarily spent behind bars after turning himself in following a guilty plea in May, Edelson argued.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:55 AM

Disgraced Catholic bishop's sentencing enters 2nd day

CANADA
CBC News

Raymond Lahey's court hearing enters its second day in Ottawa on Tuesday with the Crown expected to give input into the sentence the disgraced Roman Catholic bishop should get for possessing child pornography.

Lahey, 71, former head of the diocese of Antigonish, N.S., pleaded guilty earlier this year to possessing child pornography for the purposes of importation to Canada.

Lahey’s lawyers asked for the one-year minimum sentence, plus one-year probation. They are also asking for a 2-for-1 credit for time served.

Lahey has been in jail since pleading guilty in May.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 AM

Ex-bishop 'a societal pariah': Lawyer

CANADA
London Free Press

By Tony Spears, QMI Agency

Ex-bishop Raymond Lahey's reputation is in tatters, his defence lawyer says.

"My client has, in effect, become a societal pariah," Michael Edelson said, who wants Lahey to serve the mandatory minimum sentence of one year in jail.

Lahey, who hammered out a multi-million dollar settlement for victims of sexual abuse in the Catholic church, lived a "life of great deeds, good work and immense erudition, education and good character," Edelson said.

Now, "he wears the scarlet letter," Edelson said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:48 AM

Former staffer at SBC mega-church focus of abuse investigation

TEXAS
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

Monday, December 19, 2011

CYPRESS, Texas (ABP) – A Texas youth minister already charged with statutory rape of a 16-year-old was arrested Dec. 14 for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages and videos to a 14-year-old girl he met while serving at a Southern Baptist mega-church.

Authorities said phone records show more than 15,000 text messages over a period of 11 months between Chad Foster, 33, and the young girl he met more than a year ago while he was a youth pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston.

Second Baptist’s executive pastor did not immediately respond to an e-mail asking how long Foster worked at the church. In a blog last updated in March 2010, Foster said he worked with students at Second Baptist’s Cypress campus, one of five locations of the multi-site congregation led by former Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Young.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

Ongoing Catholic Church Abuse Saga Spreads to the Netherlands

NETHERLANDS
Pannone Blog (United Kingdom)

An independent report has been published today, revealing the extent of child abuse by priests and other Catholic Church officials in the Netherlands since 1945.

The independent commission which compiled the report, beginning its research following allegations of child abuse at a Catholic school in the East Netherlands, has given an estimate of 10,000-20,000 children who have suffered church abuse between 1945 and 1981 when the number of Church-run homes dropped considerably. Since then, several thousand more children cared for in Church led facilities had been abused as children by priests and other religious officials.

The commission investigated 1,800 complaints of child abuse, identifying 800 perpetrators of whom just over 100 were still alive. Most of these cases involved what is classed as moderate abuse, for example touching, but the report estimated some “several thousand” instances of sexual abuse and rape.

The report estimated that 1 in 10 Dutch children have suffered some form of abuse, rising to 1 in 5 of those who attended a religious institution regardless of faith. It concluded that “sexual abuse of minors is widespread in Dutch Society”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Scheme to allow Cloyne victims meet John Magee

IRELAND
RTE News

Victims of clerical sex abuse in the diocese of Cloyne will be able to have face-to-face meetings with the bishop who oversaw the diocese, John Magee, while abuse allegations went unreported.

The report into the handling of abuse in Cloyne - the final chapter of which was published yesterday - found serious lapses in how children were protected.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford - who took over responsibility for the diocese two years ago - has said some priests failed to report child sexual abuse because they saw it as a sin, rather than a crime.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:34 AM

Cloyne victims to meet Bishop John Magee

IRELAND
Inside Ireland

By Laura McGuigan

The victims of clerical sex abuse in the diocese of Cloyne are set to have face-to-face meetings with the bishop who oversaw the diocese, John Magee, while abuse allegations went unreported.

The report into the handling of abuse in Cloyne has found serious lapses in how children were protected.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who took over responsibility for the diocese two years ago, has said some priests failed to report child sexual abuse because they saw it as a sin, rather than a crime.

Under a new scheme, he said victims would be able to meet his predecessor and Monsignor Denis O’Callaghan, who was in charge of child protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:31 AM

Abuse victims: Overhaul justice system

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

By Claire O’Sullivan and Conall Ó Fátharta

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

THE Irish criminal justice system is "not fit for purpose" when it comes to dealing with sexual crimes, an abuse survivors group has claimed.

Speaking after the publication of a previously redacted chapter of the Cloyne report, One in Four executive director Maeve Lewis said it was time to examine the failure of the state to allow victims of sexual crime access to effective remedy.

Chapter 9 of the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation focused on Fr Ronat, a guidance counsellor and priest against whom 11 complaints of child abuse were made regarding sexual abuse, rape and anal rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:27 AM

Catalogue of failure revealed as 'hidden' chapter published

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Tuesday December 20 2011

THE newly released chapter of the Cloyne Report details a catalogue of shocking errors and delays in handling abuse complaints levelled against a priest dubbed 'Fr Ronat'.

Children's Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that Chapter 9 -- the longest chapter in the entire report by Judge Yvonne Murphy -- had left her "deeply disturbed".

Victim support group One In Four said it was clear that the diocese had tried to protect and support priests, including Fr Ronat.

The 42-page chapter found that:

- On one occasion there wasn't "any evidence of a genuine investigation" into an abuse complaint.

- On another occasion, diocesan officials waited six months to put an abuse allegation to Fr Ronat.

- Fr Ronat at one point threatened to sue Bishop John Magee for defamation if he was not made a parish priest. This was described by one diocesan official as "self-evidently a bluff" by the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:23 AM

Clergy blamed abuse victim -- claiming she 'beset' priest

IRELAND
Irish Independent

[final chapter]

By Ralph Riegel

Tuesday December 20 2011

NO further prosecutions are planned over clerical abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne -- with just one of the 19 clerics at the centre of abuse complaints ever convicted.

The revelation came as Justice Minister Alan Shatter yesterday released the full Cloyne Report, featuring previously withheld details on a priest known as 'Fr Ronat'.

One girl complained that she had been abused by Fr Ronat -- who had an interest in hypnosis -- at his house when she was 17 or 18 years old.

The girl, given the pseudonym Ailis, was interviewed by a senior Cloyne diocesan official who later wondered whether the teenage girl had been "besetting" Fr Ronat. "Might it not be possible that (Ailis) is the Ophelia of 'Hamlet' -- sweet bells jangled," he wrote, in reference to Shakespeare's play.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:18 AM

Cloyne victims to have face-to-face meetings with Bishop Magee

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Tuesday December 20 2011

VICTIMS of clerical sex abuse in the Cork diocese of Cloyne are to be offered face-to-face meetings with Bishop John Magee who was in charge when abuse allegations went unreported.

The report into the handling of abuse in Cloyne - the final chapter of which was published yesterday - found serious lapses in how children were protected.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford, who took over the diocese two years ago, said some priests failed to report child sexual abuse because they saw it as a sin, rather than a crime.

Under a new scheme, he said victims would be able to meet his predecessor and Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan, who was in charge of child protection.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:14 AM

Help available for sexual abuse victims

CANADA
The Telegram

Published on December 20, 2011

Ashley Fitzpatrick

Stories of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation are often found in the news.

On Monday, the sentencing of disgraced Bishop Raymond Lahey continued on charges relating to his possession of child pornography.

Lahey was found to have close to 600 images of child sexual abuse on his laptop when he arrived at the airport in Ottawa in 2009.

On Friday, an investigative report was released in The Netherlands showing that as many as 20,000 children endured abuse at Dutch Catholic institutions over the last 65 years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:11 AM

Closing arguments in Chatham priest-killer trial: Is custodian a cold-blooded killer or a man pushed to the edge?

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger

CHATHAM BOROUGH — There is no disputing that Jose Feliciano killed the Rev. Edward Hinds by taking a steak knife and stabbing the 61-year-old St. Patrick Church parish priest 44 times. The 66-year-old defendant’s attorney conceded that fact.

What a Morris County jury must now decide is whether the former Chatham church custodian is a cold-blooded killer who would stop at nothing to hide his criminal past, or a broken man finally pushed over the edge when he was fired, after enduring years of sexual abuse and blackmail by Hinds.

"We’re asking you to find him guilty of what he did, and not guilty of what he didn’t do," Feliciano’s public defender, Neill Hamilton, told the jury Monday during closing arguments, emphasizing the Oct. 22, 2009 killing had not been planned out.

But accusing Feliciano of fabricating the sex stories, Morris County Prosecutor Robert Bianchi called the defendant "an inveterate liar." Bianchi, who chose to handle the trial himself, added that Feliciano "used sex as a weapon to justify why he did this horrible thing. He didn’t want to tell the world, ‘I’m just a cold-blooded murderer.’ "

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:07 AM

December 19, 2011

Commission findings: 13 people in report

IRELAND
The Irish Times

“Fr Ronat”, the priest at the centre of redacted elements of the Cloyne report published yesterday has faced complaints from 13 people. Four were young adults when the alleged abuse took place while the rest concerned child abuse. All who were allegedly abused by Fr Ronat as well as the priest himself were given pseudonyms in the report.

- The first complaint against the priest was made in 1989 by “Ailis”. Ailis died in 2006. Her initial complaint was not acted on by the priest to whom she spoke. In January 1995 she and her parents met Bishop Magee.

She told him she had been sexually abused by Fr Ronat between the ages of 15 and 19 and that other young girls and mature women had also been abused. She said Fr Ronat gave her wine to drink. In a statement to gardaí in 2005 Ailis said that Bishop Magee told her at the time he believed her and was sorry for what had happened to her.

However, the commission concluded that the diocese was “largely concerned with providing reasons why this might not be classified as child sexual abuse. It also, notably, seeks to lay the blame for what occurred on Ailis.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:59 PM

Collector donates document from auction to abuse victims

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY McGARRY and MICHAEL PARSONS

LETTER OF COMMITTAL: A COLLECTOR who bought a letter relating to the committal of three young girls to a Cork industrial school a century ago has donated the document to abuse victims after they complained about the nature of the auction.

On September 24th last abuse victim and Aislinn founder Christine Buckley and colleague Carmel McDonnell-Byrne protested at an auction in Dublin that was selling documents related to the committal of three young girls to a Cork industrial school a century ago.

Ms Buckley said she found the sale of such documents “physically nauseating. I am so shocked. It is absolutely grotesque and completely dehumanising. That could be me in 100 years’ time. I was ‘found wandering’ . . .”

The documents were sold to an anonymous telephone bidder who, she assumed, lived abroad.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Archbishop tells of 'profound sorrow'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MICHAEL O'REGAN

CHURCH REACTION: THE APOSTOLIC administrator of Cloyne, Archbishop Dermot Clifford of Cashel, has again extended sympathy to abuse victims.

He said it was deeply regrettable that the procedures for handling such cases, as outlined in the framework document of 1996, were not carried out. As a result, further hurt and distress were caused to complainants, and they were also denied the justice they deserved.

“On behalf of the diocese of Cloyne, and on my own behalf, may I express my profound sorrow and once again extend by sincere sympathy to those who have been abused and to their families,’’ Dr Clifford added.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:52 PM

Victims speak of anger at church response

IRELAND
The Irish Times

BARRY ROCHE, Southern Correspondent

REACTION: SOME OF the 11 complainants who allege they were sexually assaulted as teenagers by “Fr Ronat” last night spoke of their anger at the handling of their complaints by Bishop John Magee and the Diocese of Cloyne.

One woman, “Donnelle”, who made a complaint in 2005 that she was sexually assaulted by Fr Ronat between the ages of 15 and 20, said what had shocked her most was the attitude of the church authorities in seeking to downplay Fr Ronat’s abuse.

“Every time somebody came forward with a complaint to either Bishop Magee or Msgr Denis O’Callaghan, they never told them that there had been other complaints about Fr Ronat – they knew there were other complaints and yet they never told any of us,” she said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

Publication of Further Portions of Diocese of Cloyne Report

IRELAND
Department of Justice and Equality

On 8 April, 2011 the High Court directed that publication of certain parts of the report of the Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne be not published until the court otherwise directs.

A decision of the High Court on 16 December last, allowed for the publication of those parts of the report. Consequently, those parts of the report have now been made available on the Department’s website www.justice.ie. There is an obligation, in law, on the Minister for Justice to publish the report as soon as possible.

Minister Shatter said: "The publication this afternoon of the redacted portions of the Cloyne Report yet again details the failure of the Church to comply with its own child abuse guidelines and its failure to ensure that allegations of abuse when first received were brought to the notice of An Garda Síochána. The litany of allegations made and the failure to appropriately report cases of abuse reinforces the need to enact a statutory measure for the protection of children in the future. Work is continuing on the Criminal Justice (Withholding Information on Crimes against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Bill 2011 and observations on the Heads of the Bill previously published are expected to be received from the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality in January. I hope to publish the Bill as finalised in the New Year. I welcome the fact that we are able today to complete publication of the Cloyne Report and reiterate the Government’s commitment to take all necessary action to ensure children are properly protected."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Minister criticises failure to alert gardaí

IRELAND
The Irish Times

MARY MINIHAN

MINISTER FOR Justice Alan Shatter has highlighted the failure of the Catholic Church to bring child abuse allegations to the attention of gardaí, following the publication of previously redacted portions of the Cloyne report.

Mr Shatter welcomed the complete publication of the report in the aftermath of a High Court decision last week, and insisted that the Government was committed to doing everything in its power to ensure that children were protected from abuse.

“The publication of the redacted portions of the Cloyne report yet again details the failure of the church to comply with its own child abuse guidelines and its failure to ensure that allegations of abuse when first received were brought to the notice of An Garda Síochána,” Mr Shatter said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:44 PM

Report highlights failure of diocese

IRELAND
The Irish Times

[final chapter]

PATSY McGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

WITHHELD CHAPTER: THE FAILURE of the Catholic diocese of Cloyne to deal properly with allegations of child sexual abuse up to 2008 has been highlighted in previously redacted elements of the Cloyne report, published yesterday.

It said the failure rested mainly with former bishop of Cloyne John Magee, who resigned in March last year, and Msgr Denis O’Callaghan, the delegate for the diocese with responsibility for child protection.

“However, at least three priests of the diocese appear to have ignored complaints,” the report said.

The report investigated how clerical child sex abuse allegations were handled in Cloyne diocese between January 1st, 1996 and February 1st, 2009. It followed findings by the Catholic Church’s own child protection watchdog, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, that child protection practices in Cloyne were “inadequate, and in some respects dangerous”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 PM

Los Gatos Priest Beating Trial Set For Feb. 14

CALIFORNIA
Patch

By Sheila Sanchez

A San Francisco man accused of beating a priest at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center last year was scheduled to appear in court this morning for motions.

However, the Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose had to vacate today's hearing due to a scheduling conflict and has now reset the date for Jan. 4, said Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti.

"They're pre-trial motions," Gemetti said about what will transpire early next year, adding that the trial for defendant William Lynch has been scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:38 PM

Jury hears closing arguments in trial of janitor accused of killing Chatham priest

NEW JERSEY
Daily Record

Written by
Peggy Wright | Staff Writer

Rev. Edward Hinds was “slaughtered” with a knife by a narcisstic liar with a criminal past, a prosecutor argued Monday, while a defense lawyer said that ex-church janitor Jose Feliciano killed after the priest topped off years of sexual abuse by firing him.

A Morris County jury heard five hours of closing trial arguments Monday and is expected to receive legal instructions Tuesday. Deliberations would then start on whether the 66-year-old Feliciano purposefully murdered the pastor of St. Patrick R.C. Church in Chatham or committed manslaughter in the throes of passion or provocation on Oct. 22, 2009.

Crucial to the case is when the 61-year-old Hinds learned that Feliciano was a fugitive since 1988 from a Philadelphia charge of violating a child. Jurors were never told the exact nature of the charges -- that Feliciano was accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl -- but the defendant acknowledged he knew he could be fired simply because of the nature of the charges.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

Sex-abuse survivor Jimmy Carlino doesn't want alleged Syracuse and Penn State victims to suffer in silence

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY Michael O'Keeffe

When Jimmy Carlino first accused former Christ the King Regional High School basketball coach Bob Oliva of sexual abuse in 2008, Oliva and school officials tried to discredit him, writing him off as a crackpot looking for a quick payday. Carlino was vindicated in April, when Oliva pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges in a Boston courtroom.

Carlino will talk about his experience at 2:30 pm on Friday on DeFoRadio.com, the web station run by South Florida radio personality Jeff De Forest. (Here is the link: http://www.deforadio.com/)

Carlino recently sent the Daily News an open letter to the alleged victims in the Penn State and Syracuse sex-abuse scandals about what he went through after he went public about the abuse, and what they can expect.

I went through a very similar case. I'm writing this to let you know what to expect and what not to let go of. You see, I was molested by a coach at a young age. He went on to become a very famous and powerful figure in New York City basketball lore. He taught and coached at a prominent school where school officials first took his side when the initial allegations surfaced. You may read or hear where people in the community show support of these manipulative predators. Don't let any of this hurt you. I read where officials of his school took shots at my character and motives through the media. It hurts at first, but remember you have the truth with you at all times.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:42 PM

SNAP protests pharmacy license for accused predator


MISSISSIPPI
Associated Baptist Press

By Bob Allen

Monday, December 19, 2011

CLINTON, Miss. (ABP) – A support group for victims of sexual abuse by clergy is calling on a state pharmacy board to revoke a license recently issued to a former music minister awaiting trial on eight charges of felony gratification of lust.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests picketed Dec. 17 outside a Clinton, Miss., pharmacy where John Langworthy, former associate pastor of music and ministries at Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, reportedly works.

SNAP says the position gives Langworthy access to drugs that he might use to tempt children.

Langworthy, 49, confessed to his church Aug. 7 to “sexual indiscretions with younger males” that he said occurred before he moved to Clinton 22 years ago. A month later police arrested Langworthy for alleged sexual abuse of five boys in the early 1980s, while he was a student at Baptist-affiliated Mississippi College. A grand jury indicted him Sept. 28. He is scheduled to stand trial April 2.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:48 PM

Iglesia y denuncia contra sacerdotes por abusos: El 2011 asumimos asuntos dolorosos

CHILE
Emol

SANTIAGO.- La Iglesia Católica preparó un especial de los hitos que marcaron el 2011, a modo de balance de lo que vivieron los religiosos del país durante este año que ya termina.

A través de un comunicado expresaron que "este 2011 ha sido de discernimiento pastoral y espiritual. Nos preparamos para la Misión Joven, participamos de los debates sociales y se abordaron situaciones cruciales para nuestra Iglesia".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:57 PM

Former Catholic bishop not a pedophile, court hears

CANADA
CBC News

Disgraced Roman Catholic bishop Raymond Lahey is interested in sadomasochistic sex, young men and adolescent males but is not a pedophile, a forensic psychiatrist told a sentencing hearing Monday.

Lahey, 71, former head of the diocese of Antigonish, N.S., pleaded guilty earlier this year to possession of child pornography for the purposes of importation to Canada.

The psychiatrist who assessed Lahey, Dr. John Bradford, said Lahey presents virtually no risk to commit a hands-on sexual offence.

Bradford said Lahey has a homosexual interest in adolescent males — aged 14 to 17 — and young men, as well as sadomasochistic interests. But, he said, a pedophile is someone who is attracted to children under age 13 for more than six months.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:49 PM

Advocaat doet aangifte tegen bisdom

NEDERLAND
RTV

Advocaat Jan Boone heeft maandag aangifte gedaan tegen het bisdom Rotterdam en de voormalige bisschop Philippe Bär. De raadsman wil dat justitie het bisdom vervolgt op verdenking van het vormen van een criminele organisatie die het plegen van seksueel misbruik als oogmerk had.

Boone, die zijn aangifte deed bij de hoofdofficier van justitie in Rotterdam, wil dat ook voormalig bisschop Bär en de leidinggevenden en leden van het bisdom worden vervolgd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:41 PM

Aangifte tegen ‘criminele organisatie’ bisdom Rotterdam

NEDERLAND
NRC Handelsblad

door Marije Willems

Het bisdom Rotterdam was een criminele organisatie die het misbruiken van kinderen faciliteerde. Dat stelt advocaat Jan Boone, die vandaag aangifte heeft gedaan. Het Openbaar Ministerie verwijst de zaak mogelijk door naar het college van procureurs-generaal, laat een woordvoerder weten aan persbureau Novum.

“Ik heb het rapport van de commissie-Deetman bekeken, en zie vooral aanleiding om aangifte te doen van de praktijken in Rotterdam”, motiveert Boone. “Daar is toegelaten dat het misbruik doorging, pedofiele priesters die al waren betrapt werden gewoon overgeplaatst.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:36 PM

Dutch bishops blamed for “organising” paedophiles

NETHERLANDS
Vatican Insider

The Dutch Church has been dealt another blow: Prelate Philippe Bär, who has led the diocese of Rotterdam for ten years, has been accused of giving organisational support to a paedophile association

GIACOMO GALEAZZI
Vatican City

Bishop and leader of a “gang” of paedophiles: the prelate Philippe Bär (who headed the most important diocese in the Netherlands from 1983 and 1993) is suspected of offering organisational support to an association which intended to sexually abuse minors and to take part in such acts.

In 1993, the head of the diocese of Rotterdam suddenly left his post and retired to the Benedictine abbey of Chevetogne in Belgium. In the Netherlands, the Catholic Church is heading deeper into the storm. After the Irish drift, the Netherlands too is seeing a rise in the number of “unfaithful clerics”. First came the shocking conclusions of an independent commission on paedophilia (one out of five children who have come into contact with ecclesiastical institutions have been molested); now, the bishop emeritus of Rotterdam is being accused of sexual abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 4:31 PM

Priest's bail review motion delayed amid suggestion of flight risk

CALIFORNIA
Sacramento Bee

A bail review motion scheduled for today on a Catholic priest accused of child molestation was put off until Jan. 5 amid suggestions he may be a flight risk.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, who served in parishes in Woodland and Redding, is accused in seven counts of molesting a girl under the age of 14. The criminal complaint filed against him said the acts took place between June 28, 2007, and Aug. 30, 2009.

Ojeda's attorney, Jesse Ortiz, asked for the delay in order to obtain his client's personnel records from the Sacramento archdiocese. "The issue is if he's a flight risk," Ortiz said. "The documents will show that he is not."

Ortiz said Ojeda had regularly taken vacations in Mexico and has friends and relatives in the country.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:28 PM

Priest accused of child molestation has court hearing postponed

CALIFORNIA
Record Searchlight

SACRAMENTO - A suspended Redding priest charged with seven felony counts of child molestation saw today his criminal case in Sacramento County Superior Court postponed until Jan. 5.

The Rev. Uriel Ojeda, 32, who has not yet entered a plea, remains in Sacramento County jail in lieu of $5 million bail.

Although a bail review hearing was scheduled for today, it was put off until next month as attorneys await additional documents.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:26 PM

Defense presents summation in priest murder trial

NEW JERSEY
NorthJersey.com

Monday, December 19, 2011

Associated Press

MORRISTOWN — The lawyer for a janitor on trial for murdering a New Jersey priest tells jurors his client was sexually victimized by the priest for years.

Jose Feliciano has admitted stabbing Rev. Edward Hinds in Chatham two years ago. But Feliciano claims Hinds sexually extorted him by keeping quiet about Feliciano's criminal past in exchange for sexual favors.

In closing arguments Monday, defense attorney Neill Hamilton told jurors Hinds knew as far back as 2004 that Feliciano had a criminal charge in Philadelphia years earlier.

He showed jurors a large kitchen knife from a drawer in the rectory. Feliciano used a much smaller knife, Hamilton said, proving the crime was committed in the heat of passion and not with premeditation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:22 PM

Rome basilica vandalized, bronze door damaged

ROME
Sacramento Bee

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

ROME -- Vandals have made a fist-sized hole in the bronze central door of one of Rome's main basilicas, St. Mary Major.The damage, seemingly made by a small-tipped hammer or rock, was discovered Tuesday morning on a panel of the door depicting the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. The ANSA news agency said the presumed vandal had been detained.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:19 PM

Rotterdam bishop could face sex abuse charge

NETHERLANDS
Radio Netherlands

A Dutch criminal lawyer has officially reported the Catholic Church in the Rotterdam diocese for giving a platform to a criminal organisation whose purpose was the sexual abuse of minors.

Jan Boone has requested that the Rotterdam public prosecutor press charges against a former bishop, Philippe Bär, as well as other prominent church leaders in the Rotterdam diocese. Philippe Bär was bishop of Rotterdam between 1983 and 1993, when he resigned from his position abruptly to return to a Benedictine monastery in Belgium’s Chevetogne.

Mr Boone said a report released last week by the church-installed Deetman Commission supplied enough evidence to launch proceedings. Wim Deetman, a former Christian Democrat minister, discovered in his investigation that Roman Catholic bishops in the Netherlands protected sexual abusers and covered up their crimes.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:16 PM

Youth minister accused of raping teen now charged with online solicitation of a minor

TEXAS
KHOU

Posted on December 16, 2011

CYPRESS, Texas – A Houston-area youth pastor already accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl is now charged with online solicitation of a minor.

Chad Foster, 33, was arrested on the rape charges on November 3, 2011.

According to court documents, investigators learned of the latest offense after Foster’s November arrest. The new charges were filed on Wednesday.

Precinct 4 investigators spoke with the victim, a 14-year-old girl, who said she met Foster while he was a youth minister at Second Baptist Church in Cypress.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:13 PM

Critics of church's handling of abuse cases need evidence

AUSTRALIA
The Age

Peter O'Callaghan

December 20, 2011

Those calling for a public inquiry must show why it is necessary.

AS THE independent commissioner for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, I have found more than 300 complaints of clerical sexual abuse established. Those people have been awarded compensation and will receive free psychological and counselling support for as long as they need it.

A handful of complaints of child sexual abuse have not been established. I believe I have acted fairly, reasonably and appropriately in dealing with all complaints that I have considered. But in a letter to the state Attorney-General seeking an inquiry, extracts of which appeared in The Age in September, the Melbourne Victims Collective and their spokeswoman Helen Last assert that I have obstructed and perverted the course of justice when dealing with victims of sexual abuse. I reject those attacks on my personal and professional reputation.

Before stating my position, I want to make clear that I welcome constructive criticism and if there are complainants who consider they have not been fairly or reasonably treated I invite them, or someone on their behalf, to contact me in confidence. My response will remain confidential, unless the complainant wants to publish it. In short, I am bound to confidentiality but complainants are not.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:09 PM

Das Schweigen der Hirten

NIEDERLANDE
Welt (Deutchland)

Hinter den horrenden Zahlen steht unendliches Leid: Mindestens 10 000, vielleicht sogar 20 000 Kinder wurden seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg in katholischen Einrichtungen der Niederlande sexuell missbraucht. Die Täter wurden von der Kirche gedeckt, die Kirchenbehörden ließen Beweise vernichten. So steht es im Bericht der von den niederländischen Bischöfen selbst eingesetzten Deetman-Kommission.

So furchtbar die Zahlen sind, so wenig überraschen sie. Das Muster des Missbrauchs und der Vertuschung wurde überall aufgedeckt, wo es unabhängige Untersuchungen gab: in den USA, in Irland, in Deutschland. Nur Naive können glauben, dass dieses Muster nicht überall zu finden wäre, wo Priester und Nonnen absolute Gewalt über Kinder hatten und haben: in Italien etwa, in Spanien, in Südamerika.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:06 PM

Advocaat doet aangifte tegen bisdom Rotterdam

NEDERLAND
de Stentor

ROTTERDAM - Advocaat Jan Boone heeft maandag aangifte gedaan tegen het bisdom Rotterdam. Hij wil dat justitie het bisdom vervolgt op verdenking van het vormen van een criminele organisatie die het plegen van seksueel misbruik als oogmerk had.

Boone, die zijn aangifte deed bij de hoofdofficier van justitie in Rotterdam, wil dat ook voormalig bisschop Bär en de leidinggevenden en leden van het bisdom worden vervolgd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:02 PM

Seksueel misbruik Opperpater

NEDERLAND
Tilburgz

Geplaatst op 18 december 2011 door Henk Kuiper

Alle publiciteit over seksueel misbruik door katholieke geestelijken zou ons haast doen vergeten hoe omgekeerd katholieke religieuzen jarenlang zijn misbruikt door de seculiere wereld. Hoe is alleen al de Godgewijde liefde geëxploiteerd door verpatsers van abdijkaasjes, abdijbieren, Claraworsten, Udenhoutse broeders, Peerkes nat, kapelaantjes op brandewijn enzovoort. De hele kerstcommercie is weer één grote verkrachting en prostitutie van religieuze gebruiken en symbolen. Decennialang is misbruik gemaakt van de onnozelheid van zusters, broeders en paters wat betreft aardse zaken en seksualiteit in het bijzonder.

Slachtoffer onlangs van seksueel misbruik niemand minder dan de Opperpater!

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:57 PM

Kerk moet actiever misbruik tegengaan

NEDERLAND
BNR Juridische Zaken

[met audio]

De katholieke kerk moet een antwoord geven op de vernietigende conclusies van de commissie-Deetman over seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. Vanavond verschijnt een boek met adviezen.

Hoe nu verder? Voor die vraag ziet de katholieke kerk zich gesteld na het vernietigende rapport van de commissie Deetman afgelopen vrijdag. Een groep wetenschappers probeert daar antwoord op te geven in een boek dat vanavond wordt gepresenteerd: "Grensoverschrijdingen geduid".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:54 PM

Former pastor in Calloway County gets 4 more years for new sexual abuse conviction

KENTUCKY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: December 19, 2011

MURRAY, Ky. — A former pastor in western Kentucky who was convicted of sexually abusing a minor under 12 will serve more prison time because of new sexual abuse charges.

Three new charges were brought against 50-year-old Robert Meredith last week in Calloway County.

Meredith, former pastor at Green Plain Church of Christ in Hazel, was first charged in August for allegedly abusing a child during a sleep-over. The Ledger & Times reported that last week he reached a plea deal with prosecutors, who combined the three new charges into one count of first-degree sexual abuse (http://bit.ly/v7YBbB).

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:51 PM

Cleric 'blamed teenage victim'

IRELAND
Grantham Journal (United Kingdom)

Published on Monday 19 December 2011

A Catholic cleric asked to examine abuse allegations against a fellow priest suggested a teenage victim was to blame, a previously censored report has revealed.

"Chapter Nine", labelled the most troubling of the inquiry into the Cloyne Diocese in Ireland, found the bishop's advisory committee tried to ensure the young woman's complaints were not treated as child abuse.

It also found gardai buried an allegation of child abuse made by a young boy against the same priest.

Archdeacon Chris Twohig, a cleric drafted in to investigate a colleague identified only as Fr Ronat, offered a disturbing analysis of allegations of abuse made by a young woman when aged 15-19.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:47 PM

Child protection law to be boosted

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said stricter laws are needed to protect children, following the final chapter of a report into the Catholic Church's mishandling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse.

He hopes to publish a reformed Criminal Justice Bill in the New Year that deals with withholding information on crimes against children and the vulnerable.

"The publication this afternoon of the redacted portions of the Cloyne Report yet again details the failure of the Church to comply with its own child abuse guidelines and its failure to ensure that allegations of abuse when first received were brought to the notice of An Garda Siochana," said Mr Shatter.

"The litany of allegations made and the failure to appropriately report cases of abuse reinforces the need to enact a statutory measure for the protection of children in the future."

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:42 PM

Statement of Archbishop Clifford, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Cloyne

IRELAND
Roman Catholic Diocese of Cloyne

[final chapter]

I welcome the publication of the final chapter of the report by the Commission of Inquiry into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Cloyne.

I fully accept the finding of the Commission that the analysis of how the Fr. Ronat case was handled is illustrative of the failures to deal properly with child sexual abuse allegations up to 2008.

It is deeply regrettable that the procedures for handling such cases as clearly outlined in the Framework Document of 1996 were not carried out. As a result, further hurt and distress was caused to complainants. They were also denied the justice they deserved.

On behalf of the Diocese of Cloyne, and on my own behalf, may I express my profound sorrow and once again extend my sincere sympathy to those who have been abused and to their families.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:38 PM

Archbishop Clifford 'fully accepts' findings of Cloyne Report

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Apostolic Administrator of the diocese of Cloyne has expressed his profound sorrow on the publication of the final chapter of the Cloyne Report.

The report concerns allegations surrounding a priest known as 'Fr Ronat', and how these complaints were not dealt with properly from 1995 to 2008 by Cloyne's Bishop Magee, Monsignor Denis O'Callaghan and at least three priests.

Archbishop Dermot Clifford said he fully accepted the finding that the handling of the case illustrates the failure of the Catholic Church to properly deal with allegations of child sex abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:34 PM

DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHARLES HYNES OF KINGS COUNTY DENIES MAKING A SPECIAL DEAL WITH AGUDAS ISRAEL OF AMERICA

NEW YORK
Voice of Justice

[with video]

AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA has in the past year held two conferences, one a public educational conference at the Marriot of Brooklyn in July of this year, as well as a private closed door meeting Rabbis at the Agudath Israel convention in New Jersey. At both of these events Agudath leaders proclaimed their position that child abuse claims must first be reported to Rabbis and only if the Rabbi approved is one permitted to go to the Attorney. Rabbi Zweibel and his Chief Counsel of the Agudath Israel of America Mordechai Biser Esq. reiterated their position at a private meeting with Rabbis this past month at a Agudath Convention.

At the private meeting, the Chief Counsel of Agudath Israel of America stated that this arrangement was approved specifically by District Attorney Charles Hynes of Kings County. The Office of the District Attorney has privately and publicly denied that any such arrangement was made by the District Attorney's Office and that the policy of the District Attorney of Brooklyn is if a crime is committed against a child the only recourse is to contact the District Attorney's Office to initiate an investigation. For Rabbi David Zweibel and his Chief Counsel to twist and manipulate the words of the District Attorney's Office of Brooklyn is outrageous and simply a totally fabricated lie. As attorneys they should know better than to try and deceive the public in such a shameful way by twisting the words of law enforcement agencies as well as twisting the Halachik rule from the great spiritual leader Rabbi Elyashiev shlita which is wrong and shameful.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:28 PM

Final section of Cloyne Report published

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, December 19, 2011

The final part of the Cloyne Report has been published, again detailing the failure of the Catholic Church to report alleged child abuse.

The section published today concerns allegations surrounding a priest known as 'Father Ronat', and how these complaints were not dealt with properly from 1995 to 2008 by Bishop Magee, Monsignor O'Callaghan and at least three priests.

Chapter nine of the Cloyne Report highlights how "Ronat" was allowed continue in unrestricted ministry for around a decade.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:24 PM

Redacted chapter of Cloyne Report published

IRELAND
RTE News

The Department of Justice has published the redacted portions of the Cloyne Report, which deal with Fr Ronat.

The report into clerical child sexual abuse was published in July but sections were not published following an order by the High Court.

However, the court ordered on Friday that the report could be published in full.

Fr Ronat served in a number of parishes and was a teacher and career guidance counsellor for a number of years.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:21 PM

Final Cloyne chapter published

IRELAND
TV3

The Cloyne report has now been published in full. A chapter which had been withheld was published this afternoon.

The final chapter of the Cloyne report to be published illustrates the failure of the diocese of Cloyne to deal properly with allegations of child sexual abuse up until 2008.

Chapter nine of the Cloyne Report deals with the complaints made against "Fr Ronat", a pseudonym for the priest concerned.

The report was published last July - but chapter 9 was redacted as it could have prejudiced a criminal trial which has since been resolved.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:17 PM

Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne

IRELAND
Department of Justice and Equality

Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling by Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child sexual abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Introductory Pages (PDF - 574KB)

Report by Commission of Investigation into Catholic Diocese of Cloyne (PDF - 1.8MB)

Remaining portions of Report by Commission of Investigation into the handling of Church and State authorities of allegations and suspicions of child abuse against clerics of the Catholic Diocese of Cloyne.

Cloyne Report - Further Portions (PDF 258 KB)

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:09 PM

Government publishes final sections of damning Cloyne report

IRELAND
The Journal

THE GOVERNMENT has this evening published the final passages of the official report into the handling of clerical abuse allegations in the Roman Catholic diocese of Cloyne.

The final chapters of the report were cleared for publication by the High Court last week, which had previously withheld extracts due to the possibility of criminal proceedings being brought in some instances.

The previously unpublished passage outline how Fr Ronat – who retired in late 2005 and is out of ministry – was alleged to have abused a series of children between between 1989 and 2009, but in some cases reports of his behaviour were not forwarded to Gardaí for years afterward.

11 different complaints were made against Fr Ronat, some of them alleging that he had used hypnosis on them. The priest, who worked as a career guidance teacher, claimed only to have used the technique to treat some people for alcohol and tobacco addiction.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 2:04 PM

Cloyne publication 'insensitive'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

PATSY MCGARRY, Religious Affairs Correspondent

The planned publication later today of redacted parts of the Cloyne report has been described as "insensitive to put it at its mildest".

The Dublin Rape Crisis Network said in a statement that "victims calling the national 24-hour helpline are angry and upset at the timing of this publication, as Christmas is an emotive time for them anyway".

Last Friday the High Court cleared the way for publication of the remainder of the Cloyne report, parts of which were redacted when the main body of the report was published on July 13th last.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:49 AM

Murder Trial Summations to Begin Monday

NEW JERSEY
Patch

By Laura Silvius

Closing arguments in the trial of Jose Feliciano for the Rev. Edward Hinds are scheduled to begin Monday at 9 a.m.

The trial began on Oct. 17, nearly two years after Hinds was stabbed 44 times on Oct. 22, 2009. Feliciano confessed to the murder two days later to Capt. Jeffrey Paul of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.

Feliciano's attorney Neill Hamilton argued Hinds initiated a sexual relationship with Feliciano shortly after coming to St. Patrick Church in 2003. Feliciano said when he tried to end the relationship, Hinds fired the custodian, leading to a struggle. Feliciano said he "heard voices" while struggling over a knife with the priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:46 AM

Eerste martelaar katholieke kerk werpt zich #opinie

NEDERLAND
Typisch Ton

Na het vernietigende eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk, rest katholieke kerkbestuurders niets anders dan diep door het stof te gaan.

Voetstuk
En dat is een hard gelag voor types die zich zelf jarenlang op een voetstuk hebben geplaatst. Want ze MOETEN nu spijt tonen. Maar daarmee zakken ze met stip in aanzien. Ze leveren gezag in. En dat gaat deze voorheen onaantasbare ‘heren’ zichtbaar aan het hart.

Stof
Als ik aartbisschop Wim Eijk zijn excuses zie en hoor maken, dan weet ik het zeker: Wimpie WIL helemaal niet door het stof. Het enige wat hem ECHT spijt is dat dit schandaal zo breed wordt gecommuniceerd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:42 AM

Bisschop De Korte: Vergeving kan slachtoffers vrij maken

NEDERLAND
Trouw

INTERVIEW | Op het aftreden van een bisschop zitten slachtoffers niet te wachten, denkt Gerard de Korte, bisschop van Groningen-Leeuwarden. De Korte was gedurende het onderzoek naar het seksueel misbruik in zijn kerk, namens de andere bisschoppen woordvoerder.

Heeft u gesproken met slachtoffers?

"Ik heb met zo'n twintig slachtoffers gesprekken gehad, hun verhalen gehoord. Dat zijn indringende gesprekken, waarbij veel verdriet en pijn naar boven komt. Sommige slachtoffers hebben hun geloof verloren, andere hebben het behouden. Die gesprekken maken ook duidelijk hoe groot de verscheidenheid is. Een man vertelde dat hij die ene frater die aan hem gezeten had, als fout zag, maar dat hij een band met de kerk had gehouden. Het schrijnendste verhaal is dat van een man die in drie instellingen gezeten heeft, niet alle katholiek, en daar steeds opnieuw misbruikt is. Sommigen willen geld als schadevergoeding, anderen juist niet. Die voelen dat bijna als prostitutie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:40 AM

Columnist Ton Broekhuisen meldt zich af

NEDERLAND
Metro

Volgens de als vicepremier vermomde wentelreu Maxime Verhagen gaan er van de vier miljoen katholieken die ons land telt, nog maar 200.000 naar de kerk. Na het vernietigende eindrapport van de commissie-Deetman over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk, zal dat aantal snel verder afnemen. Kenmerkend genoeg is er namelijk nog geen katholieke hoogwaardigheidsbekleder op het idee gekomen om zijn biezen te pakken. De stuitend hautaine houding van katholieke kopstukken zou zelfs tot een nieuwe groep kerkgangers kunnen leiden. Passanten. Te herkennen aan een jerrycan met onbekende inhoud in de hand.

Recent haalde Hagenees Henk Bres tienduizenden handtekeningen op. Waardoor de Tweede Kamer verplicht moest debatteren over de vraag of pedovereniging Martijn uit de vaart moest worden genomen. Na de schokkende bevindingen van de commissie-Deetman rest de conclusie dat pedovereniging Martijn een véél grotere broer heeft. Een debat in de Tweede Kamer over het bestaansrecht van de katholieke kerk is dus een serieuze optie. Als Schrijvende Rechter voor Metro is dit mijn laatste uitspraak. Hier zal de katholieke kerk het mee moeten doen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:37 AM

Slachtoffers misbruik willen af van 'verjaring'

NEDERLAND
de Volkskrant

De Tweede Kamer bekijkt of daders van seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke kerk alsnog vervolgd kunnen worden, ook al is de verjaringstermijn verstreken. Aanleiding is een rechtszaak die drie slachtoffers hebben aangespannen tegen de Staat der Nederlanden.

Ze willen aanpassing van de wetgeving opdat verjaring van de strafbare feiten ongedaan wordt gemaakt. Politieke partijen reageerden dit weekeinde welwillend, geschokt als ze zijn door de omvang van het misbruik. Maar Kamerleden voorzien ook juridische complicaties.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:33 AM

Paus zal Eijks vertrek nooit eisen

ROME
BN DeStem

ROME - 'Dat is een zaak van Rome', zei aartsbisschop Wim Eijk telkens weer als reactie op de vraag of hij niet moet aftreden als gevolg van het rapport over seksueel misbruik in de Rooms Katholieke Kerk.

Maar ook Eijk weet dat het Vaticaan 'morele verantwoordelijkheid' geen argument vindt voor iemand die zelf niet wordt beschuldigd. Het klinkt logisch voor een inwoner van een geseculariseerd land.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:30 AM

Dublin bishop felt ‘abandoned’ as he tried to tackle abuse scandal in capital

IRELAND
Irish Central

By
CATHAL DERVAN,
IrishCentral Staff Writer

Published Monday, December 19, 2011

The Archbishop of Dublin has described how he felt ‘abandoned’ by his fellow clerics as he tried to tackle the sex abuse scandal in his diocese.

The church leader also expressed the anger he feels towards the guilty clergy every time he meets a victim of clerical abuse.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin opened up to Irish radio broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan as the church here awaits the publication of the final chapter of the Cloyne Report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 AM

End statute of limitations on child sex crimes

UNITED STATES
CNN

By Jon Wertheim, Special to CNN

Editor's note: Jon Wertheim, a non-practicing attorney, is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated and contributes to CNN.

(CNN) -- The Penn State scandal was just starting to reach a rolling boil last month when the Department of Education announced that it would be investigating the school for a possible violation of the Clery Act. A quarter century ago, Jeanne Clery was asleep in her Lehigh University dorm room when she was raped and killed by an intruder.

The act came about after Clery's parents discovered that more than three dozen violent crimes had been committed on the campus over the three years before their daughter's murder; yet administrators didn't see fit to disclose this information. In 1990, Congress passed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, requiring that schools that receive federal funds report crime statistics and make timely warnings to the campus community about crimes that pose a threat to students and employees.

Often it takes a tragedy to establish or improve public policy.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:42 AM

Church opposes NY bill that opens indefinite lawsuit window

NEW YORK
Catholic News Agency

By Benjamin Mann

Albany, N.Y., Dec 18, 2011 / 06:44 pm (CNA).- New York's Catholic Conference has criticized the fairness of a bill allowing sex abuse accusers to sue for damages on claims stretching back half a century or more.

“What we object to in the bill is not the extension of statutes of limitations going forward,” said Communications Director Dennis Poust, explaining the problems with Assemblywoman Margaret Markey's proposal to change how the law handles abuse claims.

“Our main objection is to the so-called 'window' portion of the bill, which would open up an opportunity to bring lawsuits for claims that were previously time-barred, where the statute of limitations has run out long ago,” Poust told CNA on Dec. 16.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:40 AM

Child abuse law could change in New York state

NEW YORK
Times Herald-Record

By Meghan E. Murphy
Times Herald-Record

12/19/11

In the wake of charges against a Penn State football assistant coach, Albany legislators are calling to expand the list of those who are required by law to report suspected child abuse in New York.

The current state law requires immediate reporting of suspected child abuse, followed by written documentation within 48 hours for a long list of professionals who deal with children. The penalty for failure to report is a Class A misdemeanor and civil liability for subsequent damages.

Professionals who hold state licenses can also face disciplinary action from the state, said Pat Cantiello of the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:36 AM

Ex-Catholic bishop's porn sentencing to resume

CANADA
CBC News

The sentencing hearing for former Roman Catholic Bishop Raymond Lahey is scheduled to resume Monday in Ottawa, seven months after he pleaded guilty to importing child pornography.

Police found hundreds of child pornography images on the personal computer of Lahey, who was arrested at the Ottawa airport in September 2009.

Lahey, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, was a bishop in the western Newfoundland diocese of St. George's between 1986 and 2003 and in Antigonish, N.S., until 2009.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 AM

Closing arguments set to start Monday in trial of janitor accused of killing NJ priest

NEW JERSEY
The Republic

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: December 19, 2011

MORRISTOWN, N.J. — Closing arguments are due to start Monday in the trial of a church janitor accused of fatally stabbing a New Jersey priest.

Defendant Jose Feliciano spent more than a week on the witness stand, answering questions about the 2009 slaying of the Rev. Edwards Hinds. The stabbing occurred in the rectory of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church in Chatham.

Prosecutors are seeking to prove Feliciano murdered Hinds when he found out the priest was going to fire him from his janitorial job.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:05 AM

Priest apologizes to parishioners

CANADA
The Vancouver Sun

By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun December 19, 2011

A Vancouver priest apologized to his parishioners Sunday, but defended asking church members to raise money to fund a clerical society whose charismatic leaders have been described as sexual predators.

A Vancouver Sun story Saturday revealed that Vancouver's Archbishop Michael Miller has ordered Father John Horgan at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Shaughnessy to no longer solicit or accept donations for the Society of St. John (Comu-nidades Sacerdotales de San Juan) in Paraguay, individual society members or an orphan-age in Paraguay.

"I'm sorry for the confusion, hurt or embarrassment this has caused anyone," Father John Horgan said in a 15-minute explanation following the mid-morning mass at the church on 38th Avenue, just east of Granville Street.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 AM

Bishop of Kilmore: Priest asked to stand aside

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Bishop of Kilmore has confirmed that a priest in the diocese has been asked to stand aside from ministry.

It had been reported that the priest - who is at the centre of abuse allegations - has refused to leave the parochial house, despite being ordered to find new accommodation.

Bishop Leo O'Reilly said he became aware of a complaint against the priest in September and immediately informed the authorities. He said he spoke to the priest who immediately agreed to stand aside.

In a statement today, Bishop O'Reilly said the allegations are the subject of criminal and legal proceedings and he can only comment in a very general way.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:59 AM

Veel vragen van slachtoffers aan Deetman

NEDERLAND
de Gelderlander

UTRECHT - Wim Deetman heeft zaterdagmiddag in de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht veel vragen en opmerkingen gekregen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk (RKK). Naar de besloten bijeenkomst kwamen 300 tot 350 mensen, aldus een woordvoerder van de commissie-Deetman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Emoties bij bijeenkomst Utrecht

NEDERLAND
Utrecht Nieuws Journaal

Wim Deetman heeft zaterdagmiddag in de Utrechtse Jaarbeurs het vrijdag verschenen rapport over seksueel misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke kerk toegelicht aan slachtoffers en hun familieleden. Ruim driehonderd mensen bezochten de besloten bijeenkomst en stelden veel vragen over het onderzoek en de inhoud van het rapport. Voor vrijwel alle aanwezigen was het een emotionele bijeenkomst. In het rapport staat dat het toezicht binnen de katholieke kerk faalde en dat daardoor tussen de 10.000 en 20.000 kinderen zijn misbruikt. Foto: Roel Wijnants/Wikipedia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:53 AM

’Priesters niet meer op seminarie opleiden’

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

EINDHOVEN (RKnieuws.net) - Priesters zouden opgeleid moeten worden op universiteiten in plaats van op seminaries. Dat zei pastoraal psycholoog Anke Bisschop zaterdag bij Omroep Brabant-radio. Volgens haar is het moeilijk voor priesters in opleiding om zich op een seminarie tot een gezonde volwassene te ontwikkelen. Ze zegt dat in een reactie op het misbruik bij de katholieke kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:50 AM

Bisschop De Korte: Wij hoeven niet af te treden

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

GRONINGEN (RKnieuws.net) - Bisschop Gerard de Korte van Groningen-Leeuwarden denkt niet dat slachtoffers zitten te wachten op het aftreden van hoogwaardigheidsbekleders binnen de katholieke kerk. ’We moeten de slachtoffers wel helpen.’

Dat heeft De Korte gezegd tegen Kruispunt Radio. Hij is woordvoerder op het gebied van seksueel misbruik in de kerk.

Klik hier om verder te lezen

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:47 AM

Ook in Protestantse Kerk niet altijd goed omgegaan met seksueel misbruik

NEDERLAND
RKnieuws

UTRECHT (RKnieuws.net) - ’Ook in de Protestantse Kerk en bij haar rechtsvoorgangers heeft seksueel misbruik plaatsgevonden en is daar niet altijd goed mee omgegaan. Ook daar zijn slachtoffers te vinden, die diep teleurgesteld zijn geraakt, niet alleen in de betreffende ambtsdragers, maar ook in de manier waarop in gemeente en kerk met deze zaken is omgegaan. De Heer van de kerk zal vaak geweend hebben met de slachtoffers van misbruik in de kerk en daarmee om de kerk zelf’.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 AM

RK Kerk schaamt zich diep voor misbruik

NEDERLAND
Omroep Zeeland

HULST - In de basiliek van Hulst en andere Zeeuwse kerken is de brief voorgelezen, die de bisschoppen hebben opgesteld als antwoord op de conclusies van de commissie Deetman.

De Rooms Katholieke Kerk is diep beschaamd dat een aantal verantwoordelijken binnen de kerk niet heeft ingegrepen toen zij hoorden van seksueel misbruik. De onderzoekscommissie concludeerde dat hooggeplaatste geestelijken wisten van seksueel misbruik, maar niet of nauwelijks ingrepen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

Pastoor Seidel kritisch richting Kerk in preek

NEDERLAND
ED

HELMOND - Pastoor Erik Seidel wijdde zondag zijn preek in de Helmondse St. Lambertuskerk aan de laatste ontwikkelingen rondom seksueel misbruik in de rooms-katholieke Kerk.

Seidel hoopt "dat de kerk haar etterende wonden schoonmaakt in plaats van alleen maar pleisters te plakken". Hij maakte duidelijk dat alleen sorry zeggen niet voldoende is, er moet ook naar gehandeld worden.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:37 AM

Brief in eerste mis na rapport-Deetman

NEDERLAND
NOS

In veel rooms-katholieke kerken is vanochtend een brief van de gezamenlijke bisschoppen voorgelezen voor de gelovigen. Aanleiding voor de brief is het rapport-Deetman dat eerder deze week werd gepresenteerd. Deetman concludeerde dat het seksueel misbruik in de vorige eeuw op veel grotere schaal had plaatsgevonden dan gedacht en dat de leiding van de katholieke kerk daarvan op de hoogte moet zijn geweest.

In de brief gaan de bisschopen uitgebreid in op de conclusies van Deetman. Ze schrijven dat het "pijn doet dat priesters en religieuzen wier roeping het nu juist was om door een voorbeeldig leven anderen tot God te brengen en hen te hoeden en te beschermen, een aantal is geweest dat het vertrouwen van kwetsbare minderjarigen heeft beschaamd".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:35 AM

Brief bisschoppen over misbruik voor kerken

NEDERLAND
Nieuws

(Novum) Utrecht - De Nederlandse bisschoppen hebben aan de rooms-katholieke kerken een brief over het seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk gestuurd die kan worden voorgelezen. Aanleiding voor de brief vormt het onderzoek van de commissie-Deetman, waarvan de resultaten vrijdag bekend zijn gemaakt.

Uit het rapport van Deetman bleek vrijdag dat het misbruik van minderjarigen die hun jeugd tussen 1945 en 1981 doorbrachten in een katholieke instelling, bekend was binnen de ordes en bisdommen. Tussen de tien- en twintigduizend kinderen zijn misbruikt.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:31 AM

Kerkslachtoffers hebben heleboel vragen

NEDERLAND
Spits

Wim Deetman heeft vanmiddag in de Jaarbeurs in Utrecht een heleboel vragen en opmerkingen gekregen van slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk (RKK). Naar de besloten bijeenkomst kwamen 300 tot 350 mensen, aldus een woordvoerder van de commissie-Deetman.

De commissie presenteerde een dag eerder een rapport waarin staat dat door falend toezicht tussen de 10.000 en 20.000 kinderen misbruikt konden worden. Volgens de commissie werden misbruikzaken toegedekt, om een schandaal te voorkomen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:28 AM

Bisschop De Korte: Niet aftreden maar juist handelen

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Bisschop Gerard de Korte (Leeuwarden-Groningen) denkt niet dat slachtoffers zitten te wachten op het aftreden van de huidige bisschoppen. ,,Wel dat de huidige bisschoppen zodanig handelen dat ze geholpen worden'', aldus De Korte zaterdag in Kruispunt Radio.

De Korte zei dat in reactie op vicepremier Maxime Verhagen die vindt dat de huidige bisschoppen bij zichzelf te rade moeten gaan na het verschijnen van het eindrapport van de Deetman-commissie. ,,Ik ben geen bisschop, maar als ik hiervoor verantwoordelijk zou zijn, zou ik voor mezelf zeggen: ben ik wel de juiste man op de juiste plaats.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:25 AM

Gebed voor daders en slachtoffers misbruik

NEDERLAND
Brabants Dagblad

DEN BOSCH - In de eucharistieviering in de Sint-Jan in Den Bosch is zondagochtend gebeden voor zowel slachtoffers als daders van seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk. Dat gebeurde in de voorbeden. Pastor Robert van Aken stond in zijn preek even stil bij wat hij noemde de 'duistere kanten van de kerk en zijn dienaars'.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

Volle Petruskerk Boxtel luistert naar lezen brief

NEDERLAND
Brabants Dagblad

BOXTEL - Tijdens de heilige mis van half elf zondagochtend in de Sint-Petruskerk in Boxtel, is de brief van de bisschoppen volledig voorgelezen. Deze brief deden de Nederlandse bisschoppen zaterdag uitgaan naar aanleiding van het rapport van de commissie Deetman over seksueel misbruik binnen de kerk. Verder werd er tijdens de mis in Boxtel niet meer over gesproken.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:20 AM

Bisschop Eijk: meer empathie moeten tonen

NEDERLAND
DePers

Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk vindt dat de kerk uitdrukkelijker empathie had moeten tonen met de slachtoffers van seksueel misbruik. Dat stelt hij zondagavond in een uitzending van Kruispunt TV.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:18 AM

‘Theologen moeten meer lef hebben’

DUITSLAND
RKnieuws (Nederland)

SALZBURG (RKnieuws.net) - ‘Je kunt niet geloofwaardig over God spreken als je de waardigheid van de mens niet verdedigt. Daarom vallen in mijn ogen de kerkcrisis en de geloofscrisis samen’. Dat zegt de Duitse theoloog Hans-Joachim Sander in een gesprek met Emmanuel Van Lierde van het christelijk weekblad Tertio.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:15 AM

Reacties Megens paterskerk op voorleesbrief bisschoppen

NEDERLAND
Brabants Dagblad

MEGEN - Ongeloof, teleurstelling en ingehouden woede: dat waren zondagochtend in de Megense paterskerk reacties op de 'Voorleesbrief Nederlandse bisschoppen'.

Ook al hadden de meeste kerkgangers de voorbije dagen al genoeg meegekregen over het seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen in de RK kerk tussen 1945 en 2010, de feiten verwerkt in het berouwvolle schrijven deden zichtbaar pijn.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:03 AM

Martin 'abandoned' in efforts to help victims

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Paul Melia and Fiona Donnelly

Monday December 19 2011

ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Diarmuid Martin yesterday admitted to being "abandoned" by fellow clerics who were far more concerned with protecting priests than helping child sex abuse victims.

He added he had "no idea" of the extent of the abuse when he was appointed as coadjutor archbishop in May 2003.

His comments came as the final chapter of a report into clerical child sex abuse in the Cork Diocese of Cloyne was published today.

Last Friday, the High Court cleared the way for the chapter dealing with a priest given the pseudonym 'Fr Ronat' to be published, which details how abuse claims against him were handled by then Bishop John Magee and his child-protection team.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:59 AM

Full Cloyne report to be published

IRELAND
The Irish Times

Serious failures in the handling of child sex abuse allegations against a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne are expected to be highlighted in an official report today.

The final section of an inquiry will reveal how former Bishop John Magee did not deal with complaints in his Co Cork diocese against a cleric known as Fr Ronat.

Last July the Cloyne Report found Bishop Magee, a one-time Vatican aide and papal envoy, deliberately misled authorities and failed to report clerical abuse allegations as recently as three years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:57 AM

Spijtbrief kerk valt verkeerd

NEDERLAND
De Telegraaf

UTRECHT - De brief die de Nederlandse bisschoppen gisteren in alle rk-kerken hebben laten voorlezen als spijtbetuiging na de publicatie van het vernietigende rapport van Wim Deetman over seksueel misbruik, heeft de algehele verontwaardiging amper gedempt.

In de brief zeggen de bisschoppen ’geschokt’ te zijn door het gedrag van de daders en „diep beschaamd voor de momenten waarop een aantal verantwoordelijken van de kerk niet de juiste maatregelen heeft getroffen om het leed te doen stoppen”.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:54 AM

Lezers reageren massaal op rapport Deetman

NEDERLAND
Limburgs Dagblad

Welke betekenis hebben de conclusies van het rapport Deetman over seksueel misbruik in de katholieke kerk voor u persoonlijk en voor uw visie op die kerk? Die vraag legden we voor aan onze lezers. Een bloemlezing uit de reacties.

'Derde generatie slachtofers'

Er is (terecht) momenteel veel aandacht voor het misbruik door priesters. Gelukkig wordt er nu eens aandacht geschonken wat dit voor de slachtoffer(tjes) heeft moeten betekenen.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:51 AM

Voorleesbrief over misbruik

NEDERLAND
Katholiek Nieuws

De Nederlandse bisschoppen hebben dit weekeinde een brief laten voorlezen in de parochies over het seksueel misbruik in de Kerk.

Broeders en zusters,

“kwetsbaar en klein” is God bij ons gekomen, zo klinkt het in de eerste prefatie van de Advent.

Wij vieren met Kerstmis dat in het Kind van Bethlehem God zelf onder ons heeft willen wonen.

Onze hemelse Vader vertrouwt zijn Zoon toe aan Maria en Jozef. Bij hen is Jezus veilig en geborgen, ook tijdens de angstige en onzekere dagen in zijn kindertijd.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:47 AM

Lawyer Speaks Out on George Smith Case

CANADA
VOCM

The lawyer representing men who claim they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priest George Smith says unfortunately, it's an all too familiar scenario. Four of the nine men are being represented by Greg Stack with possibly more to come. Stack has represented victims of Father Kevin Bennett during the Mount Cashel investigation. Stack says these men want to know why the Catholic church ignored what was going on. Stack says there are all kinds of similarities between this case and those in the past.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:44 AM

Abuse victims need time to seek justice: Syracuse case highlights shortcomings in law

NEW YORK
New York Daily News

BY Richard Gartner
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, December 18 2011

The impact of childhood sexual abuse has no statute of limitations. Why is the statute of limitations for prosecuting abusers in New York so short?

Prosecutors are not charging ex-Syracuse basketball coach and accused pedophile Bernie Fine for crimes his accusers say he perpetrated when they were boys. The problem is not lack of evidence — prosecutors publicly state they find the accusers credible. But the law says the window of accountability for raping a child is finite — and small.

New York’s statute of limitations for sexual abuse is just five years after the child’s 18th birthday. That means sexually abused children have only until their 23rd birthday to press charges against sexual predators.

Statutes of limitation generally have a purpose: to protect those have moved on from long-ago indiscretions. Do the state senators who have fought attempts to extend the statute of limitations really believe that pedophilia is a youthful indiscretion? To the contrary: Evidence indicates pedophiles are almost always serial offenders.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:41 AM

Eliminate statue of limitations on child abuse lawsuits

NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger

Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011

By Star-Ledger Editorial Board

When a victim of childhood sexual abuse steps forward in search of justice, the only standard should be truth. Because of the evasive, enduring nature of childhood abuse, the statute of limitations is an artificial hurdle that should be eliminated.

Last week, advocates for abuse victims asked top New Jersey lawmakers to move on a stalled bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations entirely for lawsuits alleging childhood sex abuse. New Jersey abolished the statute of limitations on criminal sex abuse cases in 1996. The logic for civil cases should be the same — the doors to justice should remain open as long as necessary.

Statutes of limitations are meant to encourage swift justice — to ensure criminal charges or civil suits are filed while evidence and memories are fresh. The current New Jersey limit on child sex abuse is two years after abuse is linked to later problems. That’s not enough.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:37 AM

Cleric at centre of allegations is no longer in ministry

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

THE priest at the centre of the unpublished chapter of the Cloyne Report is no longer in ministry.

The man -- referred to by the pseudonym 'Fr Ronat' -- was also mentioned in the hard-hitting report by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children (NBSC). That study -- compiled for the church's own child-protection watchdog body -- caused a sensation when it was released in 2008.

Within weeks, the then Bishop of Cloyne, Dr John Magee, agreed to step back from diocesan duties in order to assist Judge Yvonne Murphy's investigation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:33 AM

Sex abuse-claim priest worked on for 10 years

IRELAND
Irish Independent

By Ralph Riegel

Saturday December 17 2011

AN UNPUBLISHED chapter of the Cloyne Report reveals that a priest at the centre of multiple abuse complaints was effectively left in unrestricted ministry for more than a decade.

Alleged victims of the priest -- known by the pseudonym 'Fr Ronat' -- are not expected to receive the full Cloyne Report and its unpublished chapter until shortly before it is formally released by Justice Minister Alan Shatter on Monday.

The High Court yesterday cleared the way for the suspended chapter of the hard-hitting report into the handling of clerical abuse complaints in the Cork diocese to finally be published.

Chapter nine was redacted or withheld on the order of the High Court on July 19 for legal reasons -- and is the only portion of Judge Yvonne Murphy's report not to have been publicly released.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:31 AM

Cloyne abuse report due

IRELAND
UTV

Serious failures in the handling of child sex abuse allegations against a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne are expected to be highlighted in an official report on Monday.

The final section of an inquiry will reveal how former Bishop John Magee did not deal with complaints in his Co Cork diocese against a cleric known as Fr Ronat.

In July the Cloyne Report found Bishop Magee, a one-time Vatican aide and papal envoy, deliberately misled authorities and failed to report clerical abuse allegations as recently as three years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:26 AM

Alison O’Connor: Your church is just lucky to have me at all, Dr Martin

IRELAND
Irish Independent

Monday December 19 2011

WHEN Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has a cut at us a la carte Catholics or "social sacramentrians", my instinctive response is that the Catholic Church should feel bloody lucky to have us in any shape or form.

My sentiments were re-inforced upon hearing the news that weekly Mass attendance in Dublin is down to 14pc.

That revelation followed the comments from Dr Martin concerning those parents who only turn up at the altar for the "celebratory sacraments".

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:23 AM

Did Penn State's Culture of Loyalty Allow Abuse to Flourish?

UNITED STATES
The Daily Beast

Newsweek

R. M. Schneiderman

There isn’t a word—not sick or despicable or appalling or even wretched—that sufficiently describes the nature of the allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the 67-year-old former football coach at Penn State University. Perhaps the only way to accurately convey what the former defensive coordinator stands accused of is to mention the “rhythmic, slapping sounds” of sex that a Penn State graduate assistant named Mike McQueary says he heard upon entering the team’s locker room on a Friday night in the spring of 2002, according to a Pennsylvania grand-jury report.

Sandusky, who spent decades coaching at Penn State, stands accused of sexually molesting at least 10 boys, going back to the 1990s, in a scandal that has tarnished the image of one of America’s most renowned public universities and successful college football programs. And yet much like the child-molestation scandal that marred the reputation of the Catholic Church, what is perhaps most indescribable are not the details of Sandusky’s alleged behavior—for example, how he purportedly used Second Mile, the charity he founded for troubled boys, as a way to seduce them with gifts to earn their trust; it is that Penn State officials knew that something may have been awry as far back as 1998 and yet did nothing to stop the alleged abuses.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:20 AM

Florida: Evangelical pastors arrested on child sex charges

FLORIDA
Energy Publisher

by Martin Barillas

An Evangelical church pastor was arrested on December 17 near Orlando FL on five counts of sexual battery on a child. Arnold Mathis (40) remains in custody at a Polk County facility after being arrested at his home in Winterhaven. The alleged perpetrator of the crimes is scheduled to appear before a local court later this week, having now secured a court-appointed defense attorney.

Mathis is an assistant pastor at Higher Praise Ministries, in Lake Wales FL. Officials say the incidents occurred in 2005 while Mathis was senior pastor at Saint City Power and Praise Ministries in Winterhaven. Mathis is alleged to have been a mentor to the young male victim, having met her at a basketball game, but then subjected him to abuse.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:16 AM

Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik 'shocked' at priest charges

PENNSYLVANIA
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

By Timothy Puko, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, December 19, 2011

Local Catholic church officials had no prior knowledge of criminal conduct or "problematic behavior" by a Churchill priest arraigned last week on child pornography charges, Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said this weekend in messages to parishioners.

In a phone interview on Sunday night, Zubik said he has found no information that anyone in church leadership knew of any issues with the suspect, the Rev. Bartley Sorensen. The leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh said he is trying to confront rumors about what church officials knew and when. Zubik wrote a letter to be read at all services this weekend and personally visited two local churches where Sorensen had worked.

"The assumption was: 'How could I not know?' I wanted to make that clear: I was just as shocked as everybody else was," said Zubik, who attended seminary with Sorensen 43 years ago.

Sorensen, 62, of St. John Fisher Church in Churchill faces a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday on charges of sexual abuse of children for possession of child pornography. He remains in Allegheny County Jail on $100,000 bail.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:06 AM

Final section of Cloyne report to be published

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Monday, December 19, 2011

Serious failures in the handling of child sex abuse allegations against a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne are expected to be highlighted in an official report today.

The final section of an inquiry will reveal how former Bishop John Magee did not deal with complaints in his Co Cork diocese against a cleric known as Fr Ronat.

Last July the Cloyne Report found Bishop Magee, a one-time Vatican aide and papal envoy, deliberately misled authorities and failed to report clerical abuse allegations as recently as three years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 5:02 AM

December 18, 2011

Church faces sex abuse charges

IRELAND
Belfast Telegraph

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Serious failures in the handling of child sex abuse allegations against a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne are expected to be published on Monday.

The final section of an inquiry will outline how former Bishop John Magee failed to deal with complaints in his Co Cork diocese against a cleric known as Fr Ronat.

Last July the Cloyne Report found Bishop Magee, a one-time Vatican aide and papal envoy, deliberately misled authorities and failed to report clerical abuse allegations as recently as three years ago.

He had resigned from duties in March last year as pressure mounted over the inquiry and his running of affairs in the diocese.

However much of chapter nine - the longest chapter in the report - was redacted over fears the material could prejudice ongoing criminal proceedings against Fr Ronat, a pseudonym for the priest concerned.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:08 PM

Local Man Outrage about Langeworthy working in Clinton

MISSISSIPPI
Fox 40

[with video]

Reported by: Kourtney Paige
Email: kourtneypaige@fox40tv.com

Mark Belenchia of SNAP (the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) is an independent support group for people sexually assaulted by clergy and others in institutional settings. Belenchia is upset that Former Minister John Langeworthy is now working as a Pharmacist Lab Technician at Medicap Pharmacy in Clinton at 821 East Northside Drive.

We have a short preview of Belenchia's anger toward Langeworthy. And, a heated exchanged of words between Medicap and Belenchia.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:04 PM

St. Cloud Diocese hosting second public meeting on alleged sex abuse

ST. CLOUD (MN)
Minnesota Public Radio

by Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio
December 18, 2011

St. Cloud, Minn. — The St. Cloud Diocese will hold a second listening session Monday evening on a former deacon accused of sexual abuse.

Last month, allegations surfaced that Michael Weber, 67, of Foley, was involved in sexual misconduct in the late 1960s, sometime during the four or five months he was deacon at the Church of the Holy Spirit in St. Cloud.

One of the alleged victims filed a lawsuit against Weber and the St. Cloud Diocese last week.

Jane Marrin, a spokesperson for the Diocese, says the information seemed credible so the Church decided to hold public meetings about Weber.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:02 PM

STATEMENT BY BISHOP LEO O’REILLY

IRELAND
Roman Catholic Diocese of Kilmore

17 DECEMBER 2011

In reply to a media query concerning a priest asked to stand aside from ministry in the diocese of Kilmore due to child safeguarding complaints, I should point out that these are the subject of both criminal investigation and legal proceedings and I am in a position to comment only in a general way on what is a complex individual case.

In September when child safeguarding complaints concerning this priest came to my attention I immediately informed the civil authorities. I spoke to the priest who voluntarily agreed to stand aside from sacred ministry. I informed the parish council that complaints had been received and I addressed local Masses so as to directly and personally inform parishioners.

As bishop of Kilmore I am very much aware of my leadership responsibility to safeguard children in the diocese, and I am absolutely determined to discharge those responsibilities fully. In doing so, and in responding to this case, children are placed first and I am committed to achieving justice for all concerned.

The Diocese of Kilmore applies the standards of good practice in safeguarding children proposed by the latest Church and State guidelines. However ongoing vigilance and cooperation throughout the diocese is required to make these guidelines work. I therefore invite anybody who may have concerns in this regard to contact the Child Safeguarding Designated Person of the diocese, Suzie Duffy; An Garda Síochána and the Health Service Executive.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 3:38 PM

Up To 20,000 Victims In Dutch Catholic Abuse Scandal

NETHERLANDS
Lez Get Real

Posted by: Bridgette P. LaVictoire on December 17, 2011.

Problems continue for the Roman Catholic Church when it comes to the sex abuse scandal. In the Netherlands, an independent commission was given the task of investigating incidents that ranged from touching to rape within the Dutch Church between 1945 and 2010 by two of the Church’s organizations. Wim Deetman, the chairman of the investigating committee, stated that there were a large number of victims.

According to Deetman “The number of children under the age of 18 that were sexually abused while spending part of their lives in a catholic orphanage or boarding school in the Netherlands is between 10,000-20,000.”

The findings of the commission also went into how the authorities covered-up the abuse, and caused the Dutch Church to offer an apology for how it handled this. Bishop Wim Eijk stated that “The offenders are not the the only ones to blame. The authorities are also at fault. They didn’t act properly. They didn’t take care of the victims or give priority to the victims’ interests.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:11 PM

Diocese of Cloyne priest expected to be charged tomorrow

IRELAND
Irish Examiner

Sunday, December 18, 2011 -

Serious failures in the handling of child sex abuse allegations against a priest in the Diocese of Cloyne are expected to be published tomorrow.

The final section of an inquiry will outline how former Bishop John Magee failed to deal with complaints in his Co Cork diocese against a cleric known as Fr Ronat.

Last July the Cloyne Report found Bishop Magee, a one-time Vatican aide and papal envoy, deliberately misled authorities and failed to report clerical abuse allegations as recently as three years ago.

He had resigned from duties in March last year as pressure mounted over the inquiry and his running of affairs in the diocese.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:07 PM

Participatory democracy in action - a pilot

IRELAND
We the Citizens

Foreword from the Chairperson

We the Citizens set out with optimism, and indeed hope, to test the value to our democracy of including citizens more directly in decision-making. That hope has been truly vindicated. We now have unequivocal proof that citizens’ assemblies will work in this country, as they have in many others. We have shown that when you give people objective information and the opportunity to
deliberate, not only do they make informed decisions, they also feel a greater connection to the democratic process.

Ireland has changed and people are looking for new ways to engage in the civic and democratic life of their communities and their country. That was the message we heard as we travelled through Ireland this summer of 2011. What we found was that a great deal of common sense is generated when people get together to work things out. People came together at our events, not because of vested interests or political persuasions, but as individual citizens willing and ready to contribute to the future of our country.

People were rightly angry about the economic and social crisis they did not create. But signi!cantly, they were ready to step up and become part of the solution.

We are grateful to every man and woman who engaged with We the Citizens at our events around the country, at our pilot Citizens’ Assembly in Dublin and online through our website and social media. We owe it to them and to all citizens to ensure that the Government and other political parties see the value of this form of participatory democracy. After all, this model would support politics at both national and local level.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 12:02 PM

A model which could help the Assembly of the Irish Church?

IRELAND
Association of Catholic Priests

There is not a great deal of lived experience of widespread consultation among the body of baptised Catholics in Ireland.

While church structures have their own organisation, and in many ways are dissimilar to civil society in Ireland, a possible model we might learn from is the process used by the “We the Citizens” movement (http://www.wethecitizens.ie/index.php). Their exercise was to encourage deliberative and participatory democracy in Ireland.

They recently produced a report which they presented to the government. It’s available (PDF) on line:

Click here to download the report

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:57 AM

Accused priest 'refusing to leave home'

IRELAND
The Irish Times

A priest at the centre of abuse allegations has refused to leave his parochial house in a diocese recently praised for having the best child protection measures in the country.

The elderly cleric, who has stepped down from his duties in the Diocese of Kilmore, has flouted repeated requests from Bishop Leo O’Reilly to move to alternative accommodation

The diocese was recently commended for having child protection measures that were a model of best practice within the Catholic church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:49 AM

Nalzaro: Priests are ‘threatening’ acolytes

PHILIPPINES
Sun.Star

By Bobby Nalzaro
Saksi

Sunday, December 18, 2011

THE acolytes in Minglanilla parish who exposed the alleged sexual misconduct of two of the five-member Team Ministry complained that they have been receiving death threats.

The threats allegedly came from one of the priests who was involved in the controversy and from the team moderator. A barangay councilor who is close friend and a firing buddy of the team moderator is also allegedly harassing them. The death threats through text messages were coursed through a common friend.

Why they are doing this? I thought they are Christians and servants of God. They are acting more like a policeman than a priest. But in fairness, only two of the five priests that compose the Team Ministry are allegedly doing this. The other two have shown humility to their parishioners. A church devotee told me that the two priests even cried and asked for forgiveness on behalf of their colleagues, when they officiated mass during the first day of the Simbang Gabi. They were apologetic.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:45 AM

Controversy over priest at centre of child abuse claims

IRELAND
The Journal

THE BISHOP OF Kilmore has intervened in a controversy over a priest in the diocese who is at the centre child abuse allegations.

Bishop Leo O’Reilly issued a statement saying that the priest in question had voluntarily agreed to step aside from his ministry. The bishop said he had personally addressed Masses in the area to inform parishioners about the case.

He said: “In September when child safeguarding complaints concerning this priest came to my attention I immediately informed the civil authorities.

“I spoke to the priest who voluntarily agreed to stand aside from sacred ministry. I informed the parish council that complaints had been received and I addressed local Masses so as to directly and personally inform parishioners.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 11:06 AM

Leader of Buchanan Abbey not what he claims, investigation shows

IOWA
The Courier

By DENNIS MAGEE, dennis.magee@wcfcourier.com | Posted: Sunday, December 18, 2011

First of two parts.

INDEPENDENCE --- Newspapers across the Midwest, including The Courier, published articles in recent weeks about the Buchanan Abbey and its leader, the Most Rev. and Lord Abbot Ryan St. Anne Scott.

He and his new organization, officially known as the Congregatio Ordnis Sancti Benedicti, took over the former Buchanan County home in April. He later moved his llama herd to the property. Scott agreed to pay Buchanan County $125,000 for the property.

But evidence shows Scott is not what he claims to be, neither an ordained Roman Catholic priest nor a Benedictine monk.

Scott is, according to those aware of his long history, a con man pursuing a familiar course that winds through several states. Scott, a convicted felon, has made multiple false claims related to his alleged religious training and job history.

Only the llamas in his care are real.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:59 AM

'Abuse' priest refuses to quit home

IRELAND
Irish Independent

A priest at the centre of abuse allegations has refused to leave his parochial house in a diocese recently praised for having the best child protection measures in the country.

The elderly cleric, who has stepped down from his duties in the Diocese of Kilmore, has flouted repeated requests from Bishop Leo O'Reilly to move to alternative accommodation

The diocese was recently commended for having child protection measures that were a model of best practice within the Catholic church.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:54 AM

Missbrauch: Bischof in der Kritik

DEUTSCHLAND
Saarbrucker Zeitung

Nach dem Bekanntwerden weiterer Missbrauchsfälle im Bistum Trier wächst der Unmut über die Verantwortlichen im Generalvikariat. Offen wird inzwischen auch Bischof Stephan Ackermann (48) kritisiert. "Wir haben Fehler gemacht", räumt sein Sprecher ein.

Von SZ-Mitarbeiter Rolf Seydewitz

Trier. Die vor zwei Wochen bekannt gewordenen Missbrauchsvorwürfe gegen zwei Bistumspriester haben eine Welle der Empörung ausgelöst. Hauptvorwurf: Trotz anderslautender Zusicherungen werde beim Thema Missbrauch "weiter verharmlost, verschwiegen und auf die lange Bank geschoben". Das behauptet der Saarbrücker Pastoralreferent Heiner Buchen.

Ähnliche Vorwürfe erhebt auch die katholische Jugendorganisation KSJ. "Wir sind empört darüber, wie im Bistum Trier mit den erneut auftretenden Fällen von sexuellem Missbrauch umgegangen wurde", heißt es in einer auf der KSJ-Internetseite veröffentlichten Stellungnahme.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:38 AM

„Wir hätten früher reagieren müssen“

DEUTSCHLAND
Volksfreund

Seit der Trierer Bischof Stephan Ackermann zum kirchlichen Missbrauchsbeauftragten ernannt wurde, muss er auch Kritik einstecken. Dass sie von organisierten Katholiken in Ackermanns eigenem Bistum kommt, ist allerdings neu. Schuld daran ist das schlechte Krisenmanagement in einem jetzt bekannt gewordenen Missbrauchsfall.

Als das Bistum Trier Anfang Dezember bekanntgab, dass es zwei seiner Priester wegen Missbrauchsvorwürfen suspendiert habe, hielt sich die Aufregung in Grenzen. Zwar wurde in den betroffenen saarländischen und Trierer Pfarreiengemeinschaften heftig über die teils viele Jahrzehnte zurückliegenden Vorfälle diskutiert. Doch die überregionale Aufmerksamkeit war eher gering. „Zwei Fälle von vielen“, dachten wohl auch die meisten Katholiken. Doch inzwischen hat sich der Wind gedreht, ist das Trierer Generalvikariat und mit ihm Bischof Stephan Ackermann wegen einer dieser „Altfälle“ gehörig unter Beschuss geraten.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 10:35 AM

Bisschop De Korte: Wij hoeven niet af te treden

NEDERLAND
Elsevier

Bisschop Gerard de Korte van Groningen-Leeuwarden denkt niet dat slachtoffers zitten te wachten op het aftreden van hoogwaardigheidsbekleders binnen de katholieke kerk. 'We moeten de slachtoffers wel helpen.'

Dat heeft De Korte gezegd tegen Kruispunt Radio. Hij is woordvoerder op het gebied van seksueel misbruik in de kerk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:39 AM

Kerken betuigen in brief spijt over misbruik

NEDERLAND
Omroep Brabant

Laatst gewijzigd: zondag 18 december 2011 - 13:10 | Auteur: Rob van Kaathoven

LUYKSGESTEL - In de katholieke kerken wordt zondag een brief voorgelezen over het misbruik binnen de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. De kerk betuigt spijt in de brief. De bisschoppen zonden de brief als reactie op de uitkomsten van het onderzoek van de Commissie Deetman.

Parochies mogen zelf beslissen op welke manier ze aandacht besteden aan de brief. Zo wordt zondag in Oudenbosch de hele brief voorgelezen, in Luyksgestel wordt gekozen voor een samenvatting. Veel kerken kopiëren de brief voor de kerkgangers.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:28 AM

Straf ook bisschoppen die van misbruik wisten maar zwegen

NEDERLAND
Dagelijkse Standaard

Geplaatst door Michael van der Galien op 18 december, 2011

Er de afgelopen dagen is veel gezegd en geschreven over het rapport van de commissie Deetman. En terecht natuurlijk: de schaal waarop dit misbruik kon plaatsvinden is werkelijk schokkend te noemen. Als buitenstaander zou je bijna denken dat er een ware pedomaffia was die het voor het zeggen had binnen de kerk, of die daar in ieder geval met een gerust hart kon opereren.

Zoals u onderhand ongetwijfeld weet zijn er namelijk tussen de 10.000 en 20.000 kinderen misbruikt. Dat is natuurlijk verschrikkelijk.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:25 AM

Trudy van Rijswijk: Uit brief bisschoppen bleek diepe schaamte

NEDERLAND
NOS

[video]

In veel Rooms-Katholieke kerken is vanochtend een excuusbrief voorgelezen van de bisschoppen. Verslaggever Trudy van Rijswijk legt uit wat er in stond.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:22 AM

Kilmore Diocese releases statement over priest

IRELAND
RTE News

The Diocese of Kilmore has released a statement reacting to queries from RTÉ regarding a priest at the centre of abuse allegations and complaints that continues to live in a parochial house, despite the expressed wishes of the Diocese that he move.

The priest voluntarily stood aside from Ministry in September and Bishop Leo O'Reilly announced the developments during weekly mass in the parish in question.

However, since September he has continued to live in the house, which is close to the local church.

This is despite repeated requests from Bishop Leo O'Reilly that he move to alternative accommodation.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:16 AM

Trostlose Wahrheiten

NIEDERLANDE
Sueddeutsche

Ein Kommentar von Matthias Drobinski

In der katholischen Kirche, so scheint es, wurden überall auf der Welt Männer zu Priestern geweiht, die zwar fromm schienen, aber ungeeignet waren für das Amt. Eine Studie in den Niederlanden deckt nun erschreckende Zahlen auf. In Deutschland fragt man lieber nicht so genau nach.

Trösten kann man sich immer. Im Fall des Berichts der Untersuchungskommission über sexuelle Gewalt gegen Kinder und Jugendliche in den Niederlanden zum Beispiel damit, dass die Angabe, es habe seit 1945 bis zu 20.000 Opfer gegeben, nur eine Schätzung ist. Man kann sich sagen, dass der Zeitraum von 65 Jahren sehr lang ist. Und dass die katholische Kirche nur eine von vielen Institutionen ist, in denen Kinder Übergriffe fürchten mussten und müssen. Ein solcher Selbsttrost aber bedeutet: Die Wahrheit ist trostlos.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:35 AM

Bischöfe beschämt über Missbrauch

NIEDERLANDE
taz (Deutschland)

von Gunda Schwantje

ARNHEIM taz | Die niederländischen Bischöfe sind "geschockt" über das Verhalten der Täter und "tief beschämt über die Momente" in denen Verantwortliche der Kirche "nicht die richtigen Massnahmen getroffen haben, um das Leid zu stoppen."

Das steht in einer aktuellen Briefbotschaft der Bischöfe über sexuellen Missbrauch an Kinder und Jugendliche in der römisch-katholischen Kirche. Den katholischen Gläubigen wird diese Botschaft an diesem Wochenende bei ihrem Kirchgang überbracht.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:32 AM

The Dutch drift, from model church to pedophile scandal

NETHERLANDS
Vatican Insider

After Vatican Council II, the local church proposed open and liberal reforms with its catechism, not realizing what had been consuming it from within

Giacomo Galeazzi
Vatican City

After the pedophile priest scandal in Ireland, a new front is opening in the Netherlands. Within the Dutch Church - whose “Catechism” attempted to bring modernity into the sacred chambers - the ad hoc conclusions of the independent investigation commission led by former prime minister Wim Deetman have shed light on clerical abuse. In his letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Benedict XVI identified a distancing from Tradition as one of the causes of abuse: “Many times the sacramental and devotional practices that support faith and enable it to grow – such as frequent confession, daily prayer, and annual retreats - are disregarded.

During this period there was also a significant tendency – also on the part of priests and members of religious orders - to adopt ways of thinking about and judging secular realities without sufficient reference to the Gospel.” In fact, “the program of renewal proposed by Vatican Council II was sometimes misunderstood, and in truth, in the light of the deep social changes that were taking place, it was anything but easy to evaluate the best way to go forward. In particular there was a tendency, motivated by good but mistaken intentions, to avoid penal approaches to canonically irregular situations. It is in this general context that we must try to understand the disturbing problem of sexual abuse of children, which has contributed significantly to the weakening of faith and loss of respect for the Church and its teachings.”

The post-Council defeat of the ultra-progressive Dutch Church confirmed the Pontiff’s analysis. “Many tens of thousands of minors” were sexually abused by clergy in the Dutch Catholic Church between 1945 and 2010 and around 800 alleged abusers have been identified.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:19 AM

Group spotlights sex offender's working at local drug store

CLINTON (MS)
WLBT

[with video]

CLINTON, MS (WLBT) -
A local support group for victims of sexual abuse is concerned that an indicted sex offender is working at a Clinton drug store.

The survivors network of those abused by priests issued a statement today saying that John Langworthy is currently working at the Medicap Pharmacy on Northside Drive in Clinton.

Langworthy faces a multiple-count indictment on sex abuse charges. The pharmacy's owner would not confirm nor deny the group's claim that Langworthy is an employee.

"The lady that called us was alarmed that he was working here. If she was alarmed, I'm alarmed and I know the children that are out there suffering in silence, they're alarmed and they would be alarmed," said Mark Belenchia, S.N.A.P Protester.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:13 AM

Perv & protect

NEW YORK
New York Post

By SUSAN EDELMAN

Last Updated: 6:41 AM, December 18, 2011

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ refusal to name Orthodox Jewish child molesters prosecuted by his office has fueled a firestorm of community outrage.

Naming the pervy perps, Hynes insists, would compromise victim confidentiality.

But critics say the secrecy keeps neighborhoods in the dark about child predators in their midst and panders to the politically powerful ultra-Orthodox.

“In a misguided attempt to be sensitive to the Jewish community, the DA works with its leaders to hide the shame of child-sex abuse from the world at all costs,” said Asher Lipner, a psychologist who treats sex-abuse survivors.

“To say you’re not disclosing the names of perpetrators to protect the victims just defies common sense,” said Ben Hirsch, president of Survivors for Justice. “Clearly the law supports the opposite: It requires those convicted to be on a sex-offender registry.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:10 AM

Principal suspended for not reporting sexual abuse

BOSTON (MA)
Boston Globe

As new details emerged in court yesterday about a teacher aide’s allegedly inappropriate contact with an autistic student, the Boston School Department suspended a principal who failed to report a prior complaint against the aide, after an internal review determined that she did not follow protocols.

Jessica Bolt - the principal of King K-8 School, who has worked for the School Department for more than 33 years - will be suspended for two weeks without pay, Superintendent Carol R. Johnson said last night.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:58 AM

Dutch inquiry highlights Catholic child abuse

NETHERLANDS
Tehran Times

Thousands of children suffered sexual abuse in Dutch Catholic institutions, and church officials failed to adequately address the abuse or help the victims, according to a long-awaited investigation.

The report, released on Friday, by an independent commission said Catholic officials failed to tackle the widespread abuse “to prevent scandals”.

It said the suspected number of abuse victims who spent some of their youth in church institutions was likely somewhere between 10,000 and 20,000, according to a summary of the report.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:55 AM

Youth Camp Founder Named in Sex Abuse Lawsuit

CALIFORNIA
The Mountain Enterprise

By Patric Hedlund and Gary Meyer

The ongoing child sexual abuse charges against the Roman Catholic Church touched the nonprofit organization that paid $2.65 million this fall for the 308-acre Tait Ranch at the heart of Frazier Park.

Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA, pronounced say-ah) was named as a co-defendant in a 2008 lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Claretian Missionaries and a Claretian Brother named Modesto Leon.

Leon was accused by a plaintiff known as Saul R. of child sexual abuse from 1996 to 1999, when Saul R. was 14-16 years old. He alleges the assaults occurred during SEA retreats at Camp Unity in the Angeles National Forest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 AM

Never forget lessons learned from child sex-abuse scandal

PENNSYLVANIA
The Morning Call

December 17, 2011

The Rev. Terry L. Folk is pastor of Schoeneck Moravian Church in Nazareth

What would the Christmas season be without children? Our greatest joy as adults is watching the innocent, wide-eyed wonder and excitement of children as they react to the sights and lights, sounds and singing of this time of year, and the love and goodwill they observe and express within their families and among friends and neighbors.

Indeed, the "reason for the season" is the Christ child Himself, born in humble surroundings in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem. In his ministry, Jesus took the time to bless children and spend time with them, often despite the pleas of his disciples to stick to the schedule.

At Schoeneck Moravian Church, indeed in all congregations of all faith traditions, we value and cherish our children and take our responsibility to encourage, teach and nurture them in the faith very seriously. For us in the Moravian faith, we strive to fulfill the vows we make when a child is baptized in our congregation.

The Advent and Christmas season especially gives us a wonderful opportunity to affirm our children, as they participate in worship with us: singing the songs of the season, sharing the message in dramatic fashion and holding their candles high on Christmas Eve with the rest of us.

Our love for children and our desire to protect them, to help them to grow into healthy adults, are the primary reasons why all of us were so shaken and saddened by the recent allegations of sexual abuse and molestation at Penn State University.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:40 AM

After abuse report, Dutch Catholic Church expresses shock and shame

NETHERLANDS
Catholic News Agency

English - Eindrapport: Onderzoekscommissie

The Hague, The Netherlands, Dec 17, 2011 / 07:09 pm (CNA).- The Netherlands’ bishops and leaders of Catholic religious orders are “shocked” by a new report from a commission investigating sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in the country.

“It fills us with shame and sorrow,” they said Dec. 16. “For us, religious and bishops, for the entire faith community, but also for society as a whole, it is painful to observe that a number of priests and religious failed when it came (to) conscientious behavior toward children and young people.”

Between 10,000 and 20,000 children suffered abused at Church institutions between 1945 and 2010. Perpetrators numbered in the hundreds and included priests, brothers and lay people in religious orders and congregations.

The investigation defined abuse as ranging from “unwanted sexual advances” to rape.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 AM

Diocese sets 2nd session to focus on deacon

ST. CLOUD (MN)
St. Cloud Times

Written by
David Unze

The St. Cloud diocese plans to have a listening session Monday night at Church of the Holy Spirit even though the diocese and a former deacon at Holy Spirit were named as defendants this week in a lawsuit.

The listening session is the second to focus on Michael W. Weber, who was a transitional deacon at Holy Spirit in 1969 and 1970. At least five people have filed reports with law enforcement accusing Weber of sexually abusing them in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Weber in the early 1970s abandoned his path to join the priesthood and went on to an award-winning career in child protection that saw him attain jobs as director of Hennepin County Community Services and assistant commissioner for the state Department of Human Services.

Weber also was associate director of the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, director of the Program for the Community Protection of Children and chairman of the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 AM

Ex-priest convicted of 23 sex offences

NORTHERN IRELAND
Press TV (Iran)

Northern Ireland has been rocked with another church scandal after a former priest was found guilty of 23 sex abuse charges against three men.

Trial judge Patrick Lynch found James Donaphy from Lady Wallace Drive in Lisburn guilty of indecent assaults and attempted sex attacks on three victims between June 1983 and December 2000, Donaphy was charged on 26 cases but the jury could not reach a verdict on two while the ex-priest was acquitted of one charge of common assault.

The court decided that the priest has victimized three people -- Father Patrick McCafferty, an altar boy James Doherty and a former trainee priest.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 AM

Abuse victim calls for public enquiry into St Joseph’s Orphanage, Kilkenny

IRELAND
Kilkenny People

ONE of the most shameful and painful periods in Kilkenny ‘s modern history refuses to go away. There are still many unanswered questions about how St Joseph’s Orphanage on the city’s Waterford road was managed and about who knew of the depths of the sexual depravity being inflicted there on innocent young children taken from their families for a myriad of different social reasons.

Now, one of those who still has the scars from the beatings and the mental anguish of the sex abuse perpetrated on him there wants a public enquiry into all aspects of the running of the place. He feels that many people knew what was happening but turned a blind eye or when asked about what they had been told or if there had been complaints made to them didn’t do so.

Noel Walsh thinks that if the facts of the sickening saga of abuse of the innocent were made public earlier or dealt with promptly, the abuse could have been stopped earlier than it was and many victims saved from the terror, torture and suffering.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:23 AM

December 17, 2011

Assistant pastor in Polk charged with sexual battery on child

FLORIDA
Tbo

By JULIO OCHOA | Tbo.com
Published: December 17, 2011

An assistant pastor in Lake Wales has been charged with sexual battery on a 14-year-old for crimes that took place six years ago, Polk County deputies said.

Arnold Maurice Mathis, 40, the assistant pastor at Higher Praise Ministries in Lake Wales, was arrested at 4:30 a.m. Saturday after the victim called police on Friday, said Donna Wood, spokeswoman for the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Mathis, who had already been convicted of a sex offence in 1997, met the victim at a basketball game, Wood said. He offered to buy him new shoes and help him financially, Wood said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:03 PM

Winter Haven Pastor Charged With Sexual Battery

FLORIDA
WESH

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- A Winter Haven assistant pastor was arrested Saturday morning and charged with having sex with a minor seven years ago, police said.

Arnold Maurice Mathis, 41, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Saturday and charged with sexual battery.

The alleged victim, who is now 21, said the crime happened seven years ago, police said.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 8:00 PM

Fourth pastor arrested in one week on child sex charges in Polk County

FLORIDA
13 News

By Cheryl Glassford, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, December 17, 2011

LAKELAND --
For the fourth time in one week, a Polk Co. church youth pastor has been arrested and charged with one or more child sex-related crimes.

On Saturday, Polk County Sheriff's detectives arrested another pastor on five counts of sexual battery on a child.

Winter Haven resident Arnold Mathis, 40, is a current assistant pastor at Higher Praise Ministries, in Lake Wales, but officials said the incident happened in 2005 while he was the senior pastor at Saint City Power and Praise Ministries, in Winter Haven.

According to officials, Mathis met the victim at a basketball game and turned into a mentor to the child.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:57 PM

Associate pastor arrested on child sexual battery charges

FLORIDA
WTSP

Written by
Stefanie Fogel

POLK COUNTY, Fla. -- Polk County sheriff's deputies have arrested an associate pastor accused of sexually battering a 14-year-old child.

Arnold Maurice Mathis, 40, is a registered sex offender and told detectives he is the current assistant pastor of Higher Praise Ministries in Lake Wales. In 2005, he was the senior pastor for Saint City Power and Raise Ministries in Winter Haven.

The victim is currently 21 years old and contacted PSCO deputies on Friday, telling them of the sexual battery incidents that took place over a period of two months approximately six years ago.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:53 PM

Associate Pastor Arrested on Child Sexual Battery Charges

FLORIDA
The Ledger

MATT PLEASANT
THE LEDGER

Published: Saturday, December 17, 2011

WINTER HAVEN | When Pastor Arnold Mathis arrived home Saturday morning after a night at the casino, Polk County detectives were waiting.

They arrested Mathis — a registered sex offender since a 1997 conviction in Leon County — outside his home after receiving accusations that Mathis had groomed a teenage boy for sex and repeatedly abused him six years ago, deputies said.

The alleged abuse happened when the boy was about 14, deputies said. Mathis was a senior pastor with Saint City Power and Praise Ministries in Winter Haven at the time. He is now an assistant pastor with Higher Praise Ministries in Lake Wales.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:50 PM

Sex-offender pastor in Polk accused of sex with teen boy

FLORIDA
Orlando Sentinel

By Jeff Weiner, Orlando Sentinel

6:22 p.m. EST, December 17, 2011
A sex-offender working as an assistant pastor at a Polk County church was arrested on Saturday after deputies say he confessed to having sex with a 14-year-old boy six years ago.

Arnold Maurice Mathis, who now works at Higher Praise Ministries in Lake Wales, was senior pastor for Saint City Power and Praise Ministries in Winter Haven when the abuse occurred, deputies said.

The victim, now age 21, contacted the Sheriff's Office this week. He told investigators that Mathis, now 40, approached him after a high school basketball game when he was a 14-year-old freshman.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:47 PM

Residential school payments unable to compensate for ‘genocidal practices’: survivor

CANADA
National Post

By Jason Warick

SASKATOON — Payments to former students of Indian residential schools have reached nearly $2.8 billion, but that amount doesn’t even come close to compensating the tens of thousands of students harmed, says a survivor.

“These were genocidal practices,” said Eugene Arcand, who attended schools in Duck Lake and Lebret in Saskatchewan.

“If your kids were taken from you for 10 or 11 years, is $43,000 enough (compensation)? Is that fair for what it cost me? My family? Of course it’s not fair.”

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:45 PM

Judge issues arrest warrant for priest

SALINAS (CA)
KTVU

SALINAS, Calif. —

A Monterey County judge has issued an arrest warrant for a Salinas priest believed to be in Mexico after he was recently released from jail for sexually abusing a teen.

The Monterey County Herald reports that Antonio Cortes is wanted for allegedly failing to report to a probation officer and failing to register as a sex offender after his release on Nov. 15.

Officials believe Cortes has returned to his hometown in central-western Mexico.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:51 PM

'Ik krijg nog steeds de kriebels als ik een priester zie'

NEDERLAND
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'Dat is de man die mij heeft misbruikt', zegt Ton Leerschool. Hij wijst op een foto, een kunstwerk, dat hij zelf gemaakt heeft. Er staat een pater op. Het gelaat van de geestelijke is vervaagd door vlammen. Op Tons hoofd rust een hand. Er gaat geen dag voorbij zonder dat hij naar het beeld kijkt. Ton is een van tienduizenden slachtoffers van misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke kerk.

Zijn eigen verhaal heeft Ton allang afgesloten, toch krijgt hij 'nog steeds de kriebels' als hij een priester ziet. Van de hand op zijn hoofd heeft hij nog steeds last. 'Het is een terugkerende nachtmerrie', zegt de man die op 13-jarige leeftijd werd misbruikte door pater Piet op het internaat Eymard Ville in Stevensbeek. De hand staat voor de katholieke kerk. 'Die wil ik aanpakken. Op de knieën krijgen. Al gaat me dat toch niet lukken.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:46 PM

Ererector KU Leuven vindt celibaat "historische fout"

BELGIE
De Morgen

Het was een "historische fout" om vrouwen en gehuwden niet toe te laten tot het priesterambt. Dat zegt Roger Dillemans, ererector van de KU Leuven, in een interview aan De Standaard.

Dillemans tekende niet zo lang geleden nog een petitie die oproept om het priesterambt open te stellen voor vrouwen en gehuwden, nu de kerk in Vlaanderen kampt met een toenemend tekort aan priesters.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:43 PM

Bisschoppen diep door stof om misbruik

NEDERLAND
Friesch Dagblad

Zeist | Het rapport van de commissie-Deetman over het seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen heeft een schok door de samenleving doen gaan. Verbijstering, ongeloof en woede overheersen over de omvang van het misbruik en het zwijgen erover.

De Rooms-Katholieke Kerk in Nederland heeft zelf ook geschokt gereageerd op de conclusies van Deetman, die met name onderzoek deed naar seksueel misbruik van minderjarigen. „Het vervult ons met schaamte en verdriet. Wij betuigen onze spijt voor het misbruik”, zei aartsbisschop dr. Wim Eijk, voorzitter van de Nederlandse Bisschoppenconferentie, in zijn reactie.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:36 PM

Liveblog: Bisschoppen betuigen spijt van misbruik (met livebeeld)

NEDERLAND
Reformatorisch Dagblad

DEN HAAG – Tussen de 10.000 en 20.000 kinderen zijn tussen 1945 en 1985 misbruikt in rooms-katholieke instellingen. Dat werd bekend tijdens de presentatie van het onderzoek van de commissie-Deetman naar seksueel misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk vrijdagmorgen. ’s Middags boden de bisschoppen aan slachtoffers hun excuses aan voor het leed wat hen is aangedaan en voor het falend beleid. Volg onze liveblog voor de presentatie van het rapport en het nieuws eromheen.

17.00 uur – Deze liveblog wordt afgesloten. Vrijdagmorgen heeft de commissie-Deetman haar eindrapport gepresenteerd. De commissie wordt zaterdag ontbonden. Vrijdagmiddag hebben de bisschoppenconferentie en de Konferentie van Nederlandse Religieuzen van de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk gereageerd op het rapport. Meer nieuws vindt u op de portal Kerkplein of in ons dossier over misbruik.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:33 PM

Verhagen: bisschop moet bij zichzelf te rade

NEDERLAND
RTL

Bisschoppen moeten volgens vicepremier Maxime Verhagen ,,zichzelf heel duidelijk de vraag stellen waar zij hun eigen verantwoordelijkheid onvoldoende of niet hebben nagekomen'' bij het voorkomen en tegengaan van misbruik in de Rooms-Katholieke Kerk. Dat zei de CDA-bewindsman zaterdag bij radioprogramma Tros Kamerbreed.

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:30 PM

'Opstappen om misbruik in de kerk nooit aan de orde'

NEDERLAND
Trouw

Aartsbisschop Wim Eijk en voorzitter Cees van Dam van de KNR, de koepel van onder meer religieuze ordes en congregaties, hebben nooit overwogen op te stappen vanwege het probleem van seksueel misbruik in katholieke instellingen. Dat zeiden ze vandaag in Nieuwsuur.

Van Dam vindt dat het een loos gebaar zou zijn geweest als hij was opgestapt. Hij zei dat het zeker symbolische waarde kan hebben 'Maar in dit stadium moeten we doen wat allang gedaan had moeten worden. Laat wat nu op tafel ligt wat betreft hulpverlening en erkenning een begin zijn om het vertrouwen te herstellen.'

Posted by Kathy Shaw at 6:27 PM

Deetman bracht elf geanonimiseerde meldingen onder aandacht van OM

NEDERLAND
Openbaar Ministerie

16 december 2011 - Openbaar Ministerie

De Commissie Deetman heeft in totaal elf geanonimiseerde meldingen onder de aandacht van het Openbaar Ministerie (OM) gebracht. Een van die meldingen betrof ‘Heel' waarnaar het OM in augustus 2011 een feitenonderzoek is begonnen.

De overige meldingen bevatten te weinig informatie om een goed beeld te krijgen van hetgeen zich zou hebben afgespeeld. Voor zover op basis van de beperkte informatie was vast te stellen, waren alle geanonimiseerde meldingen verjaard. De meldingen bevatten te weinig informatie om de Commissie Deetman te vragen de anonimiteit op te heffen.

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